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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:25 Source

Must be the week for it. After hearing that da King's '63' is to be adpated for a long form TV show, news dropped that Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series has also been bought by one of the GoT producers, Vince Gerardis. I dont know the cable network, Spike, which is backing the adaptation, but hopefully it works out and we get a bit of SF back on the telly.

For myself, I'll admit to picking up a few of KSR's masterworks and not finishing them because of the narrative structure he employed. But I might give Red mars a spin on Audible. After which ever Discworld novel I go with.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:21 Source

A new bad lip reading of The Walking Dead is always a thing of joy.

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The Tally Room Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Since the New Zealand election just over one week ago, you may have noticed the blog go quiet, but I haven’t slowed down.

I have now posted the first 55 electorate profiles for the upcoming Victorian state election, including twenty-three in the last week.

Over the next six months, we will see state elections in Victoria and New South Wales, and almost certainly in Queensland (definitely by June).

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:56 Source

by Chris Becker Continuing the Chinese authorities tradition of releasing important data on the weekend (oh and suppressing democracy movements, this time in Hong Kong), the industrial profits print for August showed a surprising 0.6% fall – the first such result in two years. This comes off a very big base this time last year […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:55 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax Media has done some nice work today, analysing the OECD’s Education at a Glance Report (summarised here) and finding that the public rate of return from higher education is around twice that of the individual, even though students in Australia shoulder most of the cost: The public rate of return […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:11 Source

A ‘crackdown’ means, roughly a speaking, ‘a small but well-justified massacre’, as in ‘crackdown on militant Uighurs’ or ‘crackdown on Tibetan dissidents’, which we Australians currently, sombrely approve.

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Global Guerrillas Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:11 Source

China is in the process cracking down on democracy protesters in Hong Kong. 

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It's important to remember that China is a dictatorship.  It's almost always been a dictatorship.  It also has a long history of extreme insularity and xenophobia.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:00 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 07:57 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:44 Source

saving freedom .....

With the freedom lovers restricting freedom even further to defend freedom, (oh, and don’t forget security), I am reminded of this from Peter Arnett about Bến Tre city in Vietnam on 7 February 1968.

He wrote that a US army commander said:

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Your Democracy Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:35 Source

the game of champions .....

Tickets prices for the Rugby League Grand Final

Grand Final Ticket Prices

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:34 Source

‘We may be at war within days,’ Abbott said after limping heroically out of his aircraft at Fairburn, ‘on the side of a government that lacks, as yet, a Minister for Security and an army that doesn’t run from battle, and has already lied to Washington about bombs on a New York subway — as did Chalabi, one of its ministers, in former times about Saddam buying Yellowcake and amassing WMD under sandhills he never used — and on the side of Assad, who has murdered a quarter of a million of his own people and would quite like to murder some more…because, ah, well, because…well, we are being asked to by the same Pentagon “experts” who believed in

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:13 Source

The national auction clearance rate rebounded over the weekend on the back of rises in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. However, volumes were down materially owing to the AFL Grand Final (go Hawks!). According to RP Data, the national weighted average preliminary auction clearance rate was 72.0% over the weekend, which was up 2.8% from the […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:13 Source

Click to view RP Data’s latest weekly housing market update, which provides a useful snapshot of the housing market as at 28 September 2014. This week’s report includes: Latest weekly dwelling value results; Auction results & clearance rates; Latest median house & unit prices; Average time on market & vendor discounts; Mortgage market activity; and New […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:12 Source

Cross posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks Some recent news from the past month: China ‘bad bank’ Huarong secures $2.4bn pre-listing capital Another of China’s four big “bad banks” has successfully raised pre-listing capital, with China Huarong Asset Management attracting $2.4bn from investors led by Warburg Pincus, Goldman Sachs and Malaysia’s Khazanah. Mainland banks’ preferred […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:11 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: I did an interview for the ABC, on the RBA Financial Stability Review. Here is the transcript, courtesy of the ABC. The link to the interview, and my longer interview can be found at the ABC site. By way of context, a quick reminder of […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 06:00 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, September 29, 2014 - 00:30 Source

welcome to team awstrayla .....

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Poll Bludger Monday, September 29, 2014 - 00:22 Source

The first state Newspoll result for South Australia suggests that the Liberal defeat and its aftermath has taken a heavy toll on its public support, which has benefited Labor only indirectly. The poll has the Liberal primary vote at 36%, compared with 44.8% that failed to win it a majority at the election. Labor’s 34% is also down on its 35.8% at the election, and the Greens are steady on 9%. It follows that a large share of the vote has drifted to “others”, which has all but doubled from 10.6% to 21% (and which may include a point or two for the Nationals).

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 29, 2014 - 00:16 Source

On 5 December 2013 the Australian mainstream media reported that Qld Premier Campbell Newman had appointed Retired Brigadier William Julian Andrew "Bill" Mellor to control the state government's anti-bikie strategy.ABC News was one of the media outlets which ran with the story that had apparently come to light after transcripts of Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC) hearings were tabled in Parliament in November 2013.The ABC’s initial reporting revealed the house number and suburb in which Mellor lived.

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 29, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Prime Minister Tony Abbott  addressed  the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25 September 2014 during the Opening of the General Debate.There was the standard set image of his attendance on the UN website:Other more animated images in the Australian media such as this:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 22:48 Source

Earlier this month, Tony Abbott travelled to India to seal the deal on a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement which will allow the sale of uranium to the subcontinent. Australia had previously banned the sale of uranium to India, due to its status as a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 21:37 Source

Sam Spinney has been banned for life.

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New Matilda Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 19:49 Source

A hard-baking Christian couple, a ban on cakes for same-sex couples, an angry public backlash and a hard right Christian fightback. Only in America.

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En Passant Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 19:14 Source

 

With the freedom lovers restricting freedom even further to defend freedom, (oh, and don’t forget security), I am reminded of this from Peter Arnett about Bến Tre city in Vietnam on 7 February 1968.

He wrote that a US army commander said:

It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.

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The Political Sword Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 18:30 Source

I regularly drive past a Christian church in a suburb of Brisbane that has a reputation for being a ‘nice’ area. When I drive past as a service is concluding, the attendees are going to their newish model cars to return to their homes that, if they live in the same area, are worth more than the median price across the City of Brisbane. While generalisations are frequently incorrect, the attendees at the service seem to be older and more conservative than the general population: in this case, however, the area usually votes for the conservative side of politics so the generalisation probably has some merit.

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New Matilda Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 18:15 Source

Australia's most famous journalist on Cambodia, Pol Pot, US foreign policy and Australia's deal to resettle refugees in Cambodia.

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 17:58 Source

In a paper on how to reliably measure political (i.e. economic and social) conservatism, psychologist Jim Everett makes a useful distinction:

authoritarianism and conservatism are distinct because authoritarianism focuses on aversion to difference across space (i.e. diversity of people and beliefs at the present time), while conservatism reflects aversion to difference over time (i.e. change). As such, there is no logical connection between the two, even if they often co-occur in practice.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 17:20 Source

I have purposed to do no more Worst Things on Sundays hereinafter; and I will do tonight instead, and tomorrow morning, if I live, some film and book and theatre reviews, the first of Josh Lawson’s The Little Death, on Ellis Gold, and put up another tranche of The Capitalism Delusion; and a chapter, perhaps, of The Ellis Laws, to be published by Penguin on October 15, a perfect ‘stocking-filler’, I am told, with a fair-to-middling chance of becoming a world bestseller and earning me millions. You never know,

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