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Croakey Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:17 Source

Matt Giles reports “Postvention” may not be a term familiar to many people outside the field of suicide prevention, but it dominated day two of the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth. The conference’s third plenary panel,...

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen The fallout from Treasurer Joe Hockey’s new authorised biography – Hockey: Not Your Average Joe – continues, with The AFR’s Laura Tingle slamming the book’s poor timing and the portrayal of Hockey as a “very hollow vessel”: Unfortunately the book has emerged at perhaps the worst possible time: the budget sales pitch […]

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Croakey Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:06 Source

Children are at the centre of any society and deserve our unwavering protection. It is no accident that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified human rights treaty in the world.  This week we have been inundated with evidence...

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xkcd.com Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:00 Source

Although the oral exam for the doctorate was just 'can you do that weird laugh?'

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:29 Source

From LNGWorldNews: Recent PIRA Energy Group weekly report finds that multiple offers comfort the buyers but hurt the spot sellers, and Henry Hub in the U.S. dipped bellow $4, while Europe’s oil-indexed pricing becomes more important in spot/contract relationship. “Explaining the current weakness of the spot LNG market is not a huge mystery; buyers are consuming […]

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Popular Science Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:18 Source

Nuclear bombs are seen as weapons of mass destruction, but some scientists imagined their use for good. Controlled explosions could be used to divert rivers, dig reservoirs, drill for oil and even create natural harbours. Located in Kazakhstan, Lake Chagan was one of these tests, performed by the Soviet Union in 1965. A 408m wide, 100m deep crater created with a 140 kiloton nuclear explosion. But would you really want to swim in it?

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:13 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen Stephen Kirchner from the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) has posted a convoluted article in Business Spectator lobbying against macro-prudential controls on higher risk mortgage lending: …monetary policy is a blunt instrument, making it unsuitable for addressing what are seen to be excesses in credit growth tied to specific asset classes. […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:44 Source

Glass is responsible for This American Life, one of the world's great radio shows and podcasts. He gave an interview to Lifehacker which is worth reading in it's entirety, here. But this extract, on how to organize an interview, is pure gold for students and young journalists. There are few jobs I find less appealing than transcribing interviews and picking out the best bits.

Let Ira show you how it's done.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:40 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:39 Source

In case any of you are wondering whether MB is worth supporting, the following little piece from Banking Day should strengthen your resolve. MB’s senior banking blogger, Deep. T., has been criticising Australian banks capital ratios (especially in reference to their international peers) for four years. That analysis is now bearing fruit. From Banking Day […]

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Popular Science Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:27 Source

So DARPA wants a reusable spaceplane. I mean, who doesn't? For decades, space experts have tried to design quick-turnover, reusable launch systems. So far, however, no one has made one that works. "There really isn't any kind of vehicle today that does exactly what they're asking people to do," Micah Walter-Range, director of research and analysis at the Space Foundation, tells Popular Science. "You can certainly compare it to existing vehicles, but it seems to be a new class." 

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Popular Science Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:27 Source

When the paperwork at your doctor's office asks you how much alcohol you drink, do you write down the truth? Would you be more likely to tell the truth if an animated head interviewed you instead? One team of U.S. military psychologists is betting you would.

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Popular Science Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:27 Source

No human would be inclined to think favorably of leishmaniasis, caused by a parasite spread by sand flies, which infects about 12 million people worldwide and kills 20,000 to 30,000 per year

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Popular Science Friday, July 25, 2014 - 06:27 Source

The Space Shuttle Columbia carried the Chandra X-ray Observatory into space on July 23, 1999. To commemorate the telescope's quinceañera, NASA has released four beautiful new images of supernova remnants, processed from Chandra's readings, that showcase the observatory's capabilities.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:59 Source

APRA’s new chairman, Wayne Byers, appeared at a CEDA event yesterday: Australia’s big four banks are now offering “guarantor loans” at up to 100 per cent of the purchase price of houses and apartments. This means people can borrow without a deposit if they have a family member as a ­guarantor. Asked if this was too risky, […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:43 Source

Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson last night delivered a speech to London’s Chatham House in which he joined the chorus of crisis-worriers over the low volatility in global markets, reminded of the limits of monetary policy, endorsed macroprudential measures and encouraged the G20 to adopt Australia’s infrastructure growth agenda. It was a good speech that makes […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 05:29 Source

I don’t watch much free-to-air TV these days but yesterday I flicked onto the news on the ABC just in time to watch the finance section be delivered by Alan Kohler. In it he dedicated  a lot of time to yesterday’s Moody’s release about the relative prices of Australian houses, including the discussion about the […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:52 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:24 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang slammed banks yesterday for only issuing large loans to big enterprises. Li wants to reduce to cost of financing, which is a very big deal considering the country is seeing a very low return on its debt. China pledges more financial aid for small firms: After […]

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North Coast Voices Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The Daily Star Lebanon 22 July 2014:Agence France PresseCAIRO: An Egyptian court that jailed three Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists said on Tuesday that "the devil guided" the group to spread false news defaming the country.Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted in June of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news that portrayed Egypt as being in a state of

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North Coast Voices Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Gasfield  Free Northern Rivers Media Release, 22 July 2014 :Senior Australian expert in community engagement tells Metgasco CEO “he’s dreaming”Senior Australian expert in community engagement tells Metgasco CEO “he’s dreaming”A senior expert in community engagement, Dr Wendy Sarkissian PhD, has analysed Metgsco’s community engagement policy and come to the conclusion that it is severely flawed and insufficient for Metgasco gaining a social licence to operate in the Northern Rivers.“As a senior expert expe

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Croakey Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:04 Source

Marie McInerney reports: A Canadian Aboriginal project looking to map the resiliency of Aboriginal men who have lived with HIV and AIDS for ten years or more posed just one research question: “How are you living well with HIV?” Art Zoccole,...

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:01 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 22:22 Source

Hamlet, Brutus, Willie Loman, Hedda Gabler, Gig Young, Van Gogh, Socrates, George Sanders, Antony, Cleopatra, Stephen Fry, Mohamed Atta, Michael Hutchence, Petronius and the swaggie from ‘Waltzing Matilda’ contemplated or committed suicide and none of their doctors was delicensed. Hemingway, Hart Crane, Mishima, Sylvia Plath, Brian Epstein, William Inge and Hunter S Thompson topped themselves while possessed of no fatal illness and none of their GPs was punished in any way.

I myself have failed to prevent seven friends from killing themselves and no inspector of police has come after me.

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En Passant Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 21:24 Source

It is the worst nightmare and best of wet dreams for Australian racists – jailed Aboriginal men converting to radical jihadist Islam.

Australia’s indigenous peoples have for years been the lowest of the low in the eyes of the colonial settler state and those who benefit from the dispossession of Aborigines. About 226 years in fact.

If there has been one constant theme running through the ruling class Australian nation narrative it has been racism against Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, a racism born as justification for the genocide unleashed on indigenous Australians to win their land.

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Political Owl Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:46 Source

Giving advice to Peter Costello is clearly a soul destroying task. His words and actions this week are those of a man acting on a whim of the moment rather than being part of a considered strategy. As his Irish ancestors might say, if I wanted to get to the Prime Ministership I would not be starting from here. Yet describing John Howard as a welshing liar is where the Treasurer is at and he now must make the best of it.On his way into this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Costello invoked the childhood advice of his parents that if you have done nothing wrong there is no harm in telling the truth.

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John Quiggin Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:36 Source

I’ve been working for quite a while now on a book which will respond to Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson a book that was issued just after 1945 and has remained in print ever since. It’s an adaptation of the work of the 19th century French free-market advocate Frederic Bastiat for a US audience, specifically aimed at refuting the then-novel ideas of Keynes.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:26 Source

Is the Abbott Government playing a major part in inflaming and destabilising the security of the Asia-Pacific Region? Dr Strobe Driver reports.

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George Monbiot Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:20 Source

The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 24th July 2014

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