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Club Troppo Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 23:09 Source


What is in the foreground of this picture. It is somewhere in Southern England around Salisbury.  The winning entry will fly first class to London to pick up the Troppo Mercedes Sports from the panelbeater – who’s had about enough of it sitting there since we dropped it off a few years ago.


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En Passant Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 19:33 Source

Of the 298 murdered on Malaysian Airways Flight MH17, 36 were from Australia. The outpouring of grief and support from ordinary people here in Australia has been overwhelming. It restores hope for the future, a future in which we working people, compassionate and caring, run society.

On the other hand, the hypocrisy from our political ‘leaders’ and the capitalist media has been gut wrenching. The hypocrisy is threefold.

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The Political Sword Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 19:22 Source

After many pieces about many issues, I’m ready to have my say about Abbott himself. So sit back with a beer, or a glass of your best red, and come along for a short ride. I won’t bother going over his broken promises and lies. There are many other people already doing that. The only point to make is that condemning Abbott for deceit is a ‘lay-down misere’. (For those who don’t know that expression, check out the rules of the card game Five Hundred.) The people have now seen through Abbott.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 18:00 Source

Follow the link to read the latest article at The Urbanist, Time to seize the Australian Century?

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New Matilda Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 15:36 Source

GIO knew that Ian Thorpe's 'coming out' story would be big news. And what better way to capitalise than with homophobic advertising.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 14:47 Source

Americans prepared for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with different emphases and colorations of memory and regret. Some believed it an unsolved and covered-up conspiracy in which the Bushes and their business partners the bin Ladens had given the American War Machine an excuse to make more money. Some thought no skyscraper would fall straight down without explosions from beneath. Some claimed no film or video existed of a plane approaching the Pentagon, whose wrecking was therefore an ‘inside job’.

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Croakey Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 14:45 Source

Professor Peter Brooks, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne writes: Imagine the future: HEADLINE STORY FROM THE NEW AGE NEWSPAPER MARCH 10TH 2025 ‘ABBOTT AND HOCKEY APPEAR BEFORE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO PREMATURE...

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 13:29 Source

A comment on a previous post expresses a common set of views among conservatives:

Darwin has the final word on sillyness. If same sex marriage was a useful thing in society, then the vast range of human societies would show us a successful society with same sex marriage as normal.

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Croakey Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:45 Source

Marie McInerney reports: The use of antiretroviral therapies for prevention as well as treatment for HIV and AIDS should not be seen as a “silver bullet” and could actually widen the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, an international...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:11 Source

Tony Abbott you are weak. When interviewed by Fran Kelly on ‘Insiders’ this morning you were asked if you had called Vladimir Putin. You said you hadn’t called the Russian President over the murder of at least 28 Australians. You gave no indication that you intended to. Why not? Are you too frightened? You say you have spoken to the Russian Trade Minister. Really? What a pathetic reply to a genuine opportunity to show the world that you view the deaths of innocent Australians sufficiently important enough to get on the phone and demand answers. You are clearly not up to the job you have been elected to do.

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Croakey Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:09 Source

(Note from Croakey: A correction to this post was made on July 22; correcting mention of “Justice Murphy” to “Justice Kirby” in the 2nd last paragraph.) The GP co-payment remains a hot topic. This week ABC news online flagged...

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John Quiggin Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:45 Source

Another big loss for the Newman LNP government here in Queensland, with a swing of nearly 19 per cent in the Stafford by-election. I did my little bit for this, speaking at a public forum on asset sales. However, since only the Labor and Green candidates showed up, and no-one in the crowd seemed inclined to vote for the LNP or Family First anyway, I doubt that my contribution to margin was noticeable.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 09:12 Source

Threatening the most powerful man in the world with humilation in Brisbane seems to me unwise diplomatically. What if he cuts off all trade with Australia? What if he expels, or, worse, imprisons our diplomats? It is wrong to think he will take it kindly. He routinely shoots defiant Moscow journalists, after all.

And it’s not as if he had anything to do with it, this mid-air explosion, this air crash, this unintended wartime tragedy. He supplied the weapons to his allies, sure, but all great powers do. The US gives helicopter-gunships to Israel, who last week killed seventy children, and so on.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 08:53 Source

The letter below is from a Norwegian volunteer in Gaza. His name is Mads Gilbert and in his ordinary life he is the Professor of Professor and Clinical Head of the Clinic of Emergency Medicine University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø. When you have read it, use the Twitter or Facebook buttons and send it to your friends. Do this for his sake, and for the sake of the dead and injured whose bloody remains are swept off the hospital floor by the cleaners.


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Politically homeless Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 08:47 Source

Clive Palmer has sold down the carbon tax, the mining tax, and consumers of financial planning for no net benefit - not to anyone, not even himself. For a while there, he had all the makings of a sustainable niche in Australian politics. The carbon and mining taxes have gone - but household expenses and unemployment will go up, not down. He'll try a bit of product differentiation but it won't be enough any more.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 07:28 Source

(From Robert Alexander)

‘What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.’ (Hamlet II ii 303)

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Digitopoly Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 07:14 Source

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 5.12.32 PMThusfar, I think it is safe to say that publishers have had the most to worry about with regard to Amazon’s monopsony power rather than authors; and what power there is comes at their own fault for

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 07:08 Source

Out of the least mysterious air crash since Napoleonic times (plane over war zone suddenly changes altitude, gunner panics, shoots it down) Abbott sought to spin a tale of lengthening horror and suspense. It may be months, he told the bereaved, before we know what happened, or bury at last the remains of the dead. He sent Julie Bishop off to New York to ‘campaign’ for an open, international inspection of the crash site, achieving this in the UN Security Council despite the veto of China, who thought her a ‘complete fool’, and Russia, who found Abbott’s McCarthyist rush to judgment ‘unacceptable’.

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Poll Bludger Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 05:53 Source

Wayne Swan’s electorate of Lilley covers bayside Brisbane north-east of the city centre, between the Brisbane and Pine rivers – an area accounting for industrial Eagle Farm in the south and residential Brighton in the north – together with suburbs nearer the city from McDowall, Stafford Heights and Everton Park east through Kedron, Chermside and Zillmere to Nundah, Nudgee and Taigum.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Tony Magrathea‏ who tweets as @dickybeacholdie had this to say on Twitter on 17 July 2014:My foi request for Abbotts form RN, renounce British citizenship has been denied by Peta Credlin. Home Office [U.K.] still looking.The form Mr. Magrathea is referring to is here.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Slipped into letter boxes in the Page electorate in the first half of this year was a leaflet from Nationals MP Kevin Hogan.In this leaflet Mr. Hogan listed under Kevin Getting The Job Done the fact that he Stopped GST on moveable homes. Reducing the cost of living.Er, no it was not just your letter Mr.

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Political Owl Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 23:18 Source
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Ambit Gambit Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 23:06 Source

On the basis of today’s Stafford by-election, you would have to put your money on Anastacia Palasczcuk being the next premier of Queensland after the next election, due around March next year. According to the Australian, the swing against the Newman government was 18.6%. The primary votes are almost a mirror image of those achieved at […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:31 Source

Putin is unwelcome in Queensland. But not as unwelcome as me.

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Political Owl Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 21:45 Source

What can you say – unless you are a banker – to disagree with the conclusion of this piece that while it will always be true that bankers do not want to turn away business, they would probably rather sacrifice some of their yearly bonus than risk spending a decade of their life behind bars?Did the Banks Have to Commit Fraud? | Beat the Press.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 21:31 Source

Eight years ago, doctors took nasal tissue samples and grafted them onto the spines of 20 quadriplegics. The idea was that stem cells within the nasal tissue might turn into neurons that could help repair the damaged spinal cord, and the experiment actually worked a few of the patients, who regained a little bit of sensation. But it didn’t go well for one woman in particular, who not only didn’t experience any abatement in her paralysis, but recently started feeling pain at the site of the implant.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 21:31 Source

Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 21:31 Source

250,000,000 miles: how far away the Rosetta spacecraft is from Earth. However, Rosetta is just 8,000 miles from its target, a comet that is called 67P and is surprisingly shaped like a rubber ducky.

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En Passant Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 20:20 Source

Shocked Liberal National Party Stafford candidate Bob Anderson looks on with young LNP friends at the Stafford by-election loss …

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 20:16 Source

I predicted a swing of 28 percent to Labor two party preferred in the Stafford byelection and a Palmer vote of 22 this morning.

I was then told there is no Palmer candidate.

I changed, at 6 pm, my prediction to a 22 percent swing to Labor two party preferred.

Early figures suggest a swing to Labor, two party preferred, of 20.1 percent and I am covered in shame.

A similar swing in a federal election would lose the Coalition all but five of their seats.

And so it goes.

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