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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:50 Source

(From Klondike Rob)

I am curious on a couple of matters relating to events in Israel/Gaza/Palestine/Unholy Land. Perhaps others can enlighten me.

!. Our news services have been silent on whether there are any Australians, perhaps of Palestinian descent, trapped in Gaza. If there are, would it not be unreasonable to look to the Australian government to undertake whatever it takes to evacuate them? Perhaps even the personal intervention on the spot of our Foreign Minister? But, are there any Australians there? Not a one? No one gone home, visiting family?

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Popular Science Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:16 Source

Numbers! Another week of numbers! Science and technology numbers!

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WixxyLeaks Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:13 Source

 

Anyone who has ever spent any time in prison will tell you that it isn’t a pleasant place to spend your time.

Ask anyone who has ever fought the great legal fight to stay out of prison or save themselves from civil claims and they will tell you there are two things long legal battles ain’t. They ain’t fun, and they certainly ain’t cheap.

Our jails and bankruptcy courts are full of people with the same old sad story that starts with “well in hindsight…”

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:05 Source

By Leith van Onselen It was revealed over the weekend that the Government has shelved Tony Abbott’s signature paid parental leave (PPL) scheme for fear that several Coalition backbenchers would cross-the-floor and vote against the scheme, causing embarrassment for Tony Abbott.  From The Canberra Times: Several… sources said a message had been discreetly sent to Mr […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, August 4, 2014 - 08:59 Source

fireThis Wednesday, 6th August 2014 is the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The following is a detailed account of what happened that day.

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Popular Science Monday, August 4, 2014 - 08:54 Source

The Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector was a huge flamethrower used by the British Army in World War I. Each projector was a massive 17m long and could spread fire and destruction for up to 40m. One of the flamethrowers was unearthed by archaeological TV programme Time Team and a full working model built. And yes, it’s as impressive as you might imagine.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, August 4, 2014 - 08:53 Source

‘We are destined to live together, on the same soil in the same land. We, the soldiers who have returned from battle stained with blood, we who have seen our relatives and friends killed before our eyes, we who have attended their funerals and cannot look into the eyes of their parents, we who have come from a land where parents bury their children, we who have fought against you, the Palestinians. We say to you today in a loud and clear voice: Enough of blood and tears. Enough.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 07:59 Source

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John Quiggin Monday, August 4, 2014 - 07:21 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, idees fixes and so on.

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John Quiggin Monday, August 4, 2014 - 07:20 Source

It’s time for another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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John Quiggin Monday, August 4, 2014 - 07:18 Source

Among the zombie ideas refuted in my book, Zombie Economics, “trickle down” economics is the one that dare not speak its name. Even those who believe, or are paid to say, that favored treatment for the rich will benefit the poor mostly avoid the term “trickle down”, preferring bromides like “a rising tide lift all boats”.

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Global Guerrillas Monday, August 4, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Here's an idea on how fast bots are going to roll out and why botageddon in some form is inevitable.  

Morgan Stanley (with good reason) anticipates that 100% of all of the automobiles sold in the US will be self-driving by 2026.  

That's only 12 years from now.

What's pushing this forward so fast?  

Driving bots are already do a better job at driving than people do.  

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, August 4, 2014 - 05:07 Source

Morrison will not want to let these twenty-five black African homosexual activists stay here — he believes they will burn in Hell, and the sooner the better — because it might then seem logical to let fifty, twice that number, black Tamil children come here also, since they likewise are fleeing persecution. And then where would we be? Taking in as many ‘illegals’ as Lampedusa, probably, and that would never do.

Morrison prayed in tongues last night, ‘Lord, let this cup pass from me’, or babblings to that effect, and I counsel him to resign this morning. He is not up to the job.

Or am I wrong to say this?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, August 4, 2014 - 04:52 Source

Bibi is killing a child an hour and it is hard to see why. He is killing a child an hour, and ensuring an eventual nuclear exchange between Taliban Pakistan and Israel, the destruction of some Holy Places and millions dead, and it is impossible for him to stop now.

Bibi is like that. He lost a brother to Idi Amin and blood upon blood upon blood will be his revenge. He would not be where he is had not a Jew shot Yitsak Rabin and Mossad poisoned Arafat and he is now so steeped in blood that not all the waters of the rough, rude sea, etcetera.

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Global Guerrillas Monday, August 4, 2014 - 01:07 Source

ISIS isn't a state and it's not your typical insurgency.

It's much more interesting than that.

ISIS is a marketplace -- a freewheeling bazaar of violence -- and it is rapidly expanding.   

So far, it's been very successful:

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:30 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:29 Source

From the Shadow RBA today: New inflation and growth data suggest that the RBA’s low interest rate setting ought to come to an end soon. Inflation is close to the upper target band, consumer confidence has bounced back from the temporary drop in May and GDP growth remains solid. Though some weakness in the labour […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:28 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:28 Source

By Leith van Onselen The national auction clearance rate rose over the weekend on the back of increases in Sydney and Melbourne. According to RP Data, the national weighted average preliminary auction clearance rate was 69.7% over the weekend, which was up 2.4% from the 67.3% preliminary clearance rate reported last weekend. Sydney’s clearance rate […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:25 Source

From the ABC: The WA Government has refused to commit to removing an extra charge added to public transport fares when the carbon tax was introduced. In 2012, the Government said public transport fares would jump 1.5 per cent to recover the estimated cost of the carbon tax. Opposition transport spokesman Ken Travers said it […]

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North Coast Voices Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:16 Source

A copy of Facebook comments on the Maclean, Buy, Swap, Sell, NSW page turned up in my mail this week.Another symptom of poorly led local government administration in the Clarence Valley?

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The AFR reported over the weekend that: Chevron has insisted it will take the risk of selling a chunk of LNG from its $US54 billion Gorgon project in Western Australia into the spot market rather than accept lower prices under contract sales as it struggles to sign up long-term customers who are holding out for […]

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North Coast Voices Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The Kathy Jackson saga has been running for years now and along the way the Liberal Party has been happy to champion her statements and actions:OpenAustralia:25 August 2011Tony Abbott (Warringah, Liberal Party, Leader of the Opposition)  Kathy Jackson is a brave, decent woman, and she is speaking up on behalf of 70,000 members.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:10 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:09 Source

Some interesting speculation about corporate action is growing around the iron juniors. Last week, Cliffs’ Australian assets shifted into play. That’s 11-12 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) that’s on the market: In a statement, 5.2 per cent shareholder Casablanca said all six of its nominees had been elected to Cliffs’ 11-member board at the company’s […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:09 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks Here is what I’ve said many times about buying restrictions: …easing buying restrictions is a bad policy because it won’t work. It allows speculators and investors to buy up homes, but the trend now is for investors and speculators to sell homes. It may help the big investors who need to […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:08 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:08 Source

Capital Economics nicely sums up the MB view of China today: Equities in China have soared in recent days as sentiment about the economy’s prospects has warmed. But we do not expect the rally to be sustained.The Shanghai Composite has risen to its highest level since December. Equity prices have also risen strongly in Hong Kong. Both markets […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:03 Source

The US Bureau of Labor (BLS) released its employment report Friday night and it helped defuse recent marginal tensions in expectations of rising inflation and early rate hikes (charts from Calculated Risk): Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 4, 2014 - 00:01 Source

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