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Digitopoly Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 07:53 Source

Last year one of my kids needed a graphing calculator for school. We went to Staples and it seemed that the recommended one was a $130 TI-84 graphing calculator. I was outraged. Why would we need this? There was nothing this calculator did that you could not do for free on the web or through Wolfram Alpha.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 06:50 Source

As is usual when a Government celebrates the first birthday of its first term a media frenzy of judgement scrambles to make comment its performance. I have done so myself.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 06:50 Source

As is usual when a Government celebrates the first birthday of its first term a media frenzy of judgement scrambles to make comment its performance. I have done so myself.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 06:48 Source

(From Doug Quixote)

There are some things one should not have to see. A Journey Round Ralph Richardson was in contrast a thing all of us should have seen.

I suppose it is a function of promotion, a result of lack of hype, that a show which had such entertainment value should go on to an audience of fifteen, if you count the two staffers who got to enjoy the show. We lost Prince Lorenzo at interval, but perhaps he is used to getting away early (the story goes that at his wedding he made off with the best man)…

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Digitopoly Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 01:59 Source

You may not have noticed, but recently the Huffington Post has been the poster child for lack of journalistic integrity. The actual details may appear to be small to many people, but not to me. HuffPo has made a sloppy journalistic error, publishing a historically inaccurate story, and on a claim many experts have proven wrong. The organization does not seem willing to retract it. I will never trust this source again.

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Political Owl Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 00:33 Source

5-09-2014 bullying

  • Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying – “Bullying – long tolerated as just a part of growing up – finally has been recognized as a substantial and preventable health problem. 
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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The Sydney Morning Herald 6 September 2014: If there was some way Tony Abbott could squeeze himself into a camouflaged hi-vis outfit,

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Happy anniversary to a prime minister that was not universally liked to begin with and quickly became hated by many.The Tony Abbott Song.........

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 00:01 Source

The lads at the table of knowledge at the local watering hole, who are not averse to having an occasional wager, are flabbergasted that the sports agencies (aka the online betting mob) haven't framed a market on who the "very well known person" is that the ICAC is currently referring to in relation to a chain of controversial emails between that "very well known person" and a Liberal identity. It's possible to punt on just about every other imaginable event, so why not the identity of the "very well known person"?For example, one

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Popular Science Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 23:37 Source

The explosive footage was captured by Phil McNamara just last week on the Island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The volcano is very active, with the latest blast on August 29. It triggered a 5.1 magnitude earthquake and sent ash clouds up to 18 km high.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 21:17 Source

Having booked Australia into Armageddon and World War 3 at a cost of, oh, twenty to eighty billion dollars, Abbott announced he would now spend a billion dollars more searching three oceans for bits of a drowned plane that would tell him nothing about anything any more and bits of an exploded plane in a war zone in Ukraine and some body parts not eaten by dogs he would bring home within two years and burn. To have decided on this expenditure in a time of national financial calamity made no sort of sense, it was argued by some shuddering pundits, to anyone but himself.

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Club Troppo Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 18:01 Source

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I recently visited the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition of 1950s furniture. I went to see Fred Lowen’s furniture. Fred was a Dunera Boy – who I became aware of towards the end of his life when he had an exhibition of drawings at Australia Galleries in Collingwood. There was also an illustrated autobiography there which I bought and read.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 17:45 Source

“In a week or so the governor-general will swear in a new government. A government that says what it means, and means what it says. A government of no surprises and no excuses. A government that understands the limits of power as well as its potential. And a government that accepts that it will be judged more by its deeds than by its mere words.” - Tony Abbott’s election night victory speech in September 2013

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 17:28 Source

the same old chorus line .....

The ISIS gang makes great enemies. They dress in black, wear Halloween masks, wave flags, act viciously, and cut off the heads of journalists.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 16:29 Source

the great escape .....

Antony Ting describes it as "like finding treasure". It was 18 months ago when the powerful US congressional committee blew the lid on Apple's aggressive corporate tax structure, which allowed it to funnel $US44 billion dollars out of the country through a network of tax haven subsidiaries. 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 15:33 Source

Since political journalists so love to talk about Labor Party narrative, I think it’s time we turned the tables and talked about mainstream media narratives instead. The one I would like to specifically discuss is the media’s recent coverage of the one year milestone of the Abbott government. From what I have seen and heard so far, these are the mandatory ingredients of the media’s narrative marking this occasion, with the consistency of a wheel in a track. This review of the media narrative also, handily, becomes my critique of Abbott’s first year as Prime Minister. One stone, two dead birds and all that.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 15:15 Source

pressing each others button...

There has been many spats between Tim Flannery and Andrew Bolt... One problem is that Bolt is a professional spruiker with a clever questioning tongue, while Tim is a scientist trying to be over-popularly alarmist on what he knows is a major problem for years to come. 

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 14:36 Source

the rise of the zealot .....

The man occupying the prime minister's chair today is a very different political character to the one who first sat in it a year ago.

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The Tally Room Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 14:00 Source

Vasse1-2PPVoters in the WA town of Busselton and surrounding areas will be going to the polls later this year in a by-election for the state electorate of Vasse, after the resignation earlier this week of former Liberal leader and Treasurer Troy Buswell.

Buswell resigned as Treasurer in March after a recent mental health breakdown, and revealed that he was living with bipolar disorder.

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Political Owl Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 13:44 Source

2014-09-06_bullybanks

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Damian Smith Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 13:20 Source

I did an interview a little while back on the subject of blogging. With tedious inevitability the question arose “how do you deal with the haters? The trolls? The negative comments?” Simple. I don’t read the comments.

I never read the comments. Good or bad. (Unless they come directly at me, by email or Twitter, but that’s another story)

Why would I care what other people think? I don’t do this blog because I have an insatiable need for the insight of the common man, because I have some craven need for the approval of strangers. I do it because I enjoy writing it - there doesn’t need to be any end game beyond that.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:59 Source

What is Joan Rivers’ vilest joke?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:56 Source

Welcome to the Human Race! Sean Hurley is your caller.

A good afternoon to you all and welcome back to The Bendigo Jockey Club, the stalls are almost loaded and we should be racing very shortly.

Our favourite today is Hope paying 2:1. Then Police State at 3:1, Liberal 5:1, Civil Unrest 5:1, Pandemic 8:1, Sharing and Equality both at 10:1 and the long odds of 18:1 are on Environmental Collapse.

Science has got behind this one, but well you would have to say it is not looking good for them.

They are all in line.

Under starters orders . . . and . . . we’re away racing!

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Rational Radical Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:27 Source

There seems to finally be an emerging awareness amongst traditional media in Australia of the intractable problem caused by our epic housing bubble coinciding with the end of the commodities and mining investment boom. In the words of certain pundits “our economic leaders have been managing a bubble, not an economy”.

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Rational Radical Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:27 Source

There seems to finally be an emerging awareness amongst traditional media in Australia of the intractable problem caused by our epic housing bubble coinciding with the end of the commodities and mining investment boom. In the words of certain pundits “our economic leaders have been managing a bubble, not an economy”.

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oecomuse Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 11:02 Source

In the USA, being born in the USA is a constitutional requirement for standing for the Presidency. Anyone born outside the USA is not eligible to stand. There was once some talk of changing this so that Arnold Schwartzenegger aka the former governator of California, would become eligible to run for president. A sex scandal broke, he disappeared from public life, and so did the debate.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 10:13 Source

luck of the draw...

David Leyonhjelm got lucky... His party of "democratic Liberals" (Laissez-faire all the con artistry of the ultra-rightwing nuts) was first of the list on the one-point-five metre long senate paper in the New South Wales ballot for the Federal elections... Many people tick-a-box and the first one will do. 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 09:53 Source

Ha, ha, We won and now we’re the new Student Representative Council.

Yes, congratulations.

You know why we won? Because we’re awesome and we’re more mature than you. You’re just babies and you were taking orders from a girl.

Yes, well, it’d be more convincing if Christopher wasn’t sticking out his tongue then hiding behind your back. Besides there’s nothing wrong with taking orders from a girl.

We won because we had someone stronger to be captain and because we’re awesome and you shouldn’t even be allowed to be in the school because you don’t know as much we do.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 09:43 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

Strange how Abbott thinks wars win votes. Churchill won one, and was voted out by a landslide. Bush I won one, and was voted out by a landslide. Menzies declared one, and was overthrown by his party. Lloyd George won one, and, after his subsequent crushing defeat, his party never held office again. Gerald Ford lost one, and was defeated by Jimmy Carter. Jimmy Carter stuffed up a wartime rescue, and was defeated by Ronald Reagan. John McCain campaigned for a wider war, and was defeated by a black man. Bob Hawke ‘won’ the Gulf War, and was immediately overthrown by Keating.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 09:08 Source

I've been a little surprised at the abject fawning over Abbott's posturing re. the Islamic State and, to a lesser extent, Russia. It's like the entire press gallery has decided to drop pants and bend over. There might well be sound strategic reasons for participating in a limited military strike against IS. There might even be reasons for going further than that. But neither Abbott, nor Shorten for matter, have put them. Instead we get pompous fucking bloviating and the blackguarding of anyone who demurs.

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