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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 10:13 Source

Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t need a Minister for Cities; his decision to take direct control of the portfolio is personal. It is very likely, as he says, an improvement on current arrangements Is it a problem there’s no Minister for Cities anymore?

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Your Democracy Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 09:23 Source

a modern religious war

 

The Graun’s recent (anonymously authored) “Observer view on…” reads like sullen teenage grafitti. Rddled with ignorance and misinformation, it would more fittingly be scribbled in the back of an exercise book, accompanied by an unflattering cartoon of a maths teacher. The introduction:

"The Kerry-Lavrov pact is as shot full of holes as an Aleppo block of flats"

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 07:18 Source

Every time a politician’s expense scandal breaks, we hear the same response as the tax avoiders use – “I did nothing wrong, it was within the rules.” If that doesn’t go well in the media, pay it back.  If the public is still antsy, announce a review of entitlements. In August last year, in response…

The post I know, we’ll have another review appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 06:49 Source

Tuesday 16 February 2016 Making Sense (or Nonsense) of Political Polling. If you are as concerned with Australian politics as I am then no doubt you take an interest in the polls. What do they tell us? Are they legitimate? How do pollsters arrive at their conclusions? What about their accuracy? Can we have confidence…

The post Day to Day Politics: Are the Polls accurate? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 06:17 Source

If I had died last night, I would have felt my life had come to an adequate climax. My wife Anne’s play All My Love opened in Parramatta and was acclaimed as one of the best two or three Australian dramas by Peter Collins, Judy Morris, Robert Love, Michael Aitkens, Stephen Ramsey and an audience amazed by its tenderness and power of history retrieved.

It is likely it will be filmed and go on a high school course. Its music, by my son Jack Ellis, adds to the ‘family impact’ in a way hard to describe.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Even though Essential Energy was not included in Baird Government plans to privatize state electricity supply assets, the company's decision to cut its workforce and enter into an enterprise agreement which pares down its wages bill is looking less like a response to changed financial circumstances and more like an effort to make this business a more attractive privatization prize should the NSW government change its mind.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 00:15 Source

First cab off the rank is the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with a Let’s Make Aged Pensions Repayable Loans!

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Digitopoly Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 23:55 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 20:34 Source

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 19:22 Source

It took 32 goes. Probs wept. I'm glad I stuck it out. As luck would have it I had to retreat into the shed to avoid loud noises so I put my industrial strength muffs on to block it out. Unable to listen to anything I booted up the game that has vexed me this past week and finally got it out. Perhaps the muffs helped with the concentration? I remember I wore a pair when I finally beat my dad at chess when I was 14.Freecell #32469, I salute you.(shrouded remains of #32469 are tipped over rail and into the sea)

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 18:56 Source

I had the admin meeting and it went as well as it could. We risked a café setting for the five of us as we discussed the minutiae that comes with a graduated return. I cried a couple of times, but only for a bit and not for long. I felt supported and looked after. Later I did a handover to a new person from my old area. We went 30 minutes over because it was just so engrossing and enjoyable to transfer knowledge to a willing, interested recipient. I reached my maximum time and left. I sat outside in the shade for two hours, reading a book and surfing the web on my phone until pick up time. See?

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 18:47 Source

I am a nerd and know lots of interesting things. I do well in quizzes or trivia nights thanks to it.theboy out nerded me. We were discussing biology and I said egg laying animals don't give milk to their young. He said pigeons do and said "give me $10 if I am right". I accepted that then looked it up.Fuck me, he was right. He saw it on an animal show.Exit $10 from my wallet to his money tin.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 18:18 Source

Some of you have undoubtedly seen the glowing press release from our Attorney-General, Always Right. Whoops, I seem to having some trouble with autocorrect because every time I write G-e-o-r-g-e B-r-a-n-d-i-s,  Always Right comes up instead. Whatever, he wrote a press release that was rather glowing in its praise for Timmy Wilson and his dextrous use of…

The post The Amazing Tim Wilson And What He Does With One Hand! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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En Passant Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 17:42 Source

 

The globe continues to warm. The recent Paris conference agreement was a sham. We are heading towards 3 – 4 degrees C warming. Why can’t world leaders end their fossil fuel addiction? If you are in Canberra come to this Solidarity meeting to discuss why we have to change the system, before the system destroys the planet.

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TPS Extra Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 17:20 Source

Who could ever forget Scott Morrison’s astonishing statement when he became our nation’s treasurer: Australia doesn’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem!

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 16:09 Source

Election sloganeering becomes a cottage industry at election time. How well we remember, moving forward, who do you trust, go for growth, hope reward opportunity, a new way, stop the boats, real solutions and on it goes. If you like them, hang on to your hats because in the coming months there will be more.…

The post The Neo-liberal Juggernaut Rolls On. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 15:17 Source

Solar households are facing hefty bills to change their meters when their solar bonus tariffs end this year. Worse, they are facing long delays. It's a potential train crash that could deepen desire to add battery storage.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 15:17 Source

Solar households are facing hefty bills to change their meters when their solar bonus tariffs end this year. Worse, they are facing long delays. It's a potential train crash that could deepen desire to add battery storage.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 15:08 Source

By Ross Sharp Hello. My name’s Bile Stiltson. I’m the managing director of the Australian Christian Fellowship League. We are urgently calling on the Australian Federal Government to temporarily over-ride anti-discrimination laws during the upcoming plebiscite campaign on whether same-sex marriage should or should not be legalised. As you know, we are strong advocates for a “no” vote,…

The post You’re like a Rainbow appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 15:04 Source

Redflow says zinc bromine flow batteries will be cost-competitive with lithium-ion and lead acid rivals, with more cost reductions to come.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 14:44 Source

Connected Energy and Renault are partnering together for the creation of second-life electric vehicle battery energy storage technologies.

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 14:25 Source

Prosper Australia President Catherine Cashmore was interviewed by Michael Bleby in the weekend Australian Financial Review. The interview stepped behind the intrigue of Henry George and Land Value Tax. Some selected highlights: Economic thinkers don’t often draw large crowds, but George did. “Thousands on thousands” of people filled the streets upon the death of the […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 14:21 Source

The latest wind turbines have blade tips reaching up as high as the Gherkin in London. Next stop, Eiffel Tower.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:57 Source

With nuclear ruled out as way too expensive, it may finally be time to turn to solar tower and storage technology. The technology is proven, dispatchable and cheaper than most people think.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:41 Source

University of Melbourne hopes to cut grid electricity use by 8% using CEFC finance to install voltage optimisation technology, solar and wind micro-turbines.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:41 Source

University of Melbourne hopes to cut its grid electricity use by around 8% using CEFC finance to install voltage optimisation technology, solar PV, solar thermal and wind micro-turbines.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:20 Source

It is reasonably certain that Hillary will not be the nominee. This follows Bernie beating her by over twenty percent in New Hampshire.

It does not follow that Bernie will be President, only that he has dished her chances of that high office.

What went wrong with Hillary?

It’s worth noting her situation was unique. No previous First Lady — Mamie, Jackie, Eleanor — had been publically humiliated by an adulterous husband, though they each had one, because there was no Roger Ailes and no Fox News to stick it to her while pretending to be after Bill, her tormentor. She was stuck out there, alone.

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Popular Science Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:17 Source

Flowers have a fleeting beauty, fading shortly after they are plucked. Pressing or preserving them can extend their beauty briefly, but a chance encounter with tree sap can stretch that time out by millions of years.

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Popular Science Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:17 Source

Because the demand for donors' organs and tissues is so high, researchers have spent years engineering synthetic tissues that could be transplanted into humans. But that's not very easy to do—many of the gel-like tissues have been too mushy to be moved into a living organism, and without the intricate pathways in the tissue through which oxygen and other nutrients can travel, the living cells inside don't survive long.

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Popular Science Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 13:17 Source

Hamilton fans will be the first to tell you that the hit Broadway musical's score, with music and lyrics by MacArthur winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, is pretty darn near perfect. And their praise doesn't just exist in a vacuum — the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording is the first Broadway cast album to ever hit #1 on the Billboard Rap Album chart.

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