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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 7, 2014 - 08:34 Source

It is important I measure my disappointment in Kieran Gilbert.

He said Will Hodgman ‘won’ the debate last night, though 28 undecided voters preferred him and 62 Lara Giddings. He said Will ‘won’ it because he was way ahead in the polls and, though Lara was much, much better this didn’t matter. He ‘won’ because he was ahead already, and spoke in recogniseable sentences and did not spontaneously combust or vomit on the stage.

This is like saying the Wehrmacht won the Battle of Britain because, although they lost, they had been winning other battles up till then.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 7, 2014 - 08:08 Source

Is the murderer still on staff?

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Popular Science Friday, March 7, 2014 - 08:08 Source

Earth has a magnetic field, which begins at the core and stretches far out into space. Typically, this magnetic field is a useful shield for solar activity. However, if the Earth's magnetic field bumps up against the sun's magnetic field, all types of madness can ensue, including geomagnetic storms, or space weather that can affect the International Space Station. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 08:06 Source

The delightful irony of invoking a shadowy real estate sock puppet as a riposte to a deconstruction of Kouk’s real estate busting rate forecasts! Who’s doing the “low flying” here? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:53 Source

Last night the Australian dollar launched above the 91 cent resistance mark and is in free air to fly off its inverted head and shoulders bottom: The proximate trigger was a sagging US dollar which was down half percent and break support: This also sent gold back to $1350. On the surface,  that had noting to [...]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:26 Source

Who were the five film stars John Kennedy had sex with? How many had, at that point, won Oscars? Who were they?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:04 Source

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Why are so many voters so reluctant to vote? The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) released figures after the last election that revealed 20 per cent of eligible voters did not cast their ballot in the last federal election and 25 per cent of young voters failed to enrol for the next election.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 07:00 Source

Via FTAlphaville comes a take from BofAML that nicely summarises this business (or should i say “speculators” cycle): Crimea River … flowing with liquidity…We believe this remarkable bull market in equities has been built on liquidity and pessimism, not on growth and optimism. US Nominal GDP growth has averaged only 3.3% over the last five [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 06:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the week ended 6 March 2014, the RP Data-Rismark 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, rose by 0.92%. It was the biggest weekly increase in values since the daily index started in January 2012 (see next chart). Values rose in all major capitals [...]

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Popular Science Friday, March 7, 2014 - 06:07 Source

After a class on out-of-body experiences, a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa came forward to researchers to say that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. "She appeared surprised that not everyone could experience this," wrote the scientists in a study describing the case, published in February in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

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Club Troppo Friday, March 7, 2014 - 04:50 Source

Phone 20130518 017One year ago our daughter died and was born.

We called her Sakura, for the cherry blossom. Sakura is a thing of beauty that does not, and cannot last, longer than a short time. But we meet its brief time in this world with joy and not sorrow.

Not surprisingly, I guess, thinking about her this way doesn’t make it hurt any less.

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Fraudcast News Friday, March 7, 2014 - 03:23 Source

I’ve let my thinking about Julian Assange and Wikileaks swing one way and then the other in the last 10 days – and make no apologies for what you might call being quick to change position but I’d rather say is being open minded. The work done by Wikileaks and its founder is so important that it bears time and attention to work out what’s going on as best we can.

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Fraudcast News Friday, March 7, 2014 - 03:23 Source

I’ve let my thinking about Julian Assange and Wikileaks swing one way and then the other in the last 10 days – and make no apologies for what you might call being quick to change position but I’d rather say is being open minded. The work done by Wikileaks and its founder is so important that it bears time and attention to work out what’s going on as best we can.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 7, 2014 - 02:54 Source

Lara Gidding performed so well last night that it’s possible, just possible, she will still be Premier in May after negotiating with either McKim or Clive Palmer — or both — a stable coalition. Will Hodgman with his lifted face, plucked eyebrows (which he raised a lot) and sugary insincerity lost comprehensively, not least because he got from Turnbull a ‘trial’ of the fibre NBN which Albo in September had for a year been putting in.

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Popular Science Friday, March 7, 2014 - 02:28 Source

The occasional sweaty bad dream is just a bother, but five percent of adults have frequent nightmares, which can disrupt sleep enough to interfere with waking life too. And for the 7.7 million American adults with PTSD, the proportion climbs to 71 percent. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently came out with two official recommendations for how to chase away bad dreams. Both are commonly used in veterans’ hospitals.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:37 Source

The AFR’s John Kehoe, who has some talent, has a good take on the Ukraine’s impact on LNG: The political and security crisis in the Ukraine is ramping up momentum for the United States to lift its ban on gas exports, a policy change that would shake up global energy markets. Natural-gas rich Russia supplies [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:30 Source

The argument that Chinese steel output is at its peak gets some heavy-duty support today from Reuters: Zhang Wuzong, delegate at the National People’s Congress (NPC) and chairman of private steelmaker Shandong Shiheng Special Steel said there was no room for further expansion. “You can basically say that Chinese steel output has reached a peak…If [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:22 Source

So the reserved and mild-mannered American Canadian law Professor James Allan, who works at an under performing Australian university, has recently written a long tirade against the bureaucratisation of higher education in Australia. While it contains a few home truths which need public acknowledgement – like the centralisation of decision-making and the power of university [...]

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Global Guerrillas Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:11 Source

I've finalized my keynote for the World War D conference in Melbourne, Australia at the end of the month.  

It's called:

 iWar:  How anybody can declare war on the world and win

Should be a fun conference. 

I've also offered to be in two additional panels on the second day to discuss topics of interest.  Should be lots of fun.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:02 Source

Global Macro / Markets: For Bitcoin, Secure Future Might Need Oversight – New York Times Who Owns Emerging Market Government Debt – IMF.org North America: Fed may fall ’behind the curve’ if GDP keeps growing: Plosser – Reuters Fed’s Plosser: Opposed to risky QE3 because it won’t work – Reuters Fed’s Plosser: Monetary Policy Creates [...]

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Club Troppo Friday, March 7, 2014 - 00:31 Source

“This hand is not the color of yours. But if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man.”

Standing Bear to a Nebraska court, May 1879. More here. HT Three Quarks

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 7, 2014 - 00:16 Source
For the people of Morwell, Victoria who are living with the reality of coal mining policy....

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 7, 2014 - 00:15 Source
 
Does publication of the article below see NSW Aboriginal Land Council's Tracker Magazine closing under pressure from NSW Indigenous Affairs Minister Victor Dominello?
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Political Owl Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 23:35 Source
Having run the interview with Schapelle Corby’s sister Mercedes that has Indonesian officialdom considering whether Schapelle should be returned to prison, the Seven television network looks to be revelling in just that prospect.
6-03-2014 mercedesapologyIt reported tonight:
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Duck Pond Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 22:35 Source

Perhaps with the exception of Madame Speaker, – maintaining her now customary, stern impartiality – yesterday, various female members of the Government, including the Foreign Minister, captured by the cameras in the House of Reps Question Time were attractively fitted out in orange.

Presumably, this expressed  symbolic solidarity with the Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.

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Duck Pond Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 22:35 Source

Perhaps with the exception of Madame Speaker, – maintaining her now customary, stern impartiality – yesterday, various female members of the Government, including the Foreign Minister, captured by the cameras in the House of Reps Question Time were attractively fitted out in orange.

Presumably, this expressed  symbolic solidarity with the Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.

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Club Troppo Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 21:06 Source

I recall seeing an exciting young player from Canberra at a Doberl Cup about seven or eight years ago. (The Doberl Cup is a regular fixture of the Canberra calendar. The comp was endowed by Mr Doberl with enough money so that the best from Australia and a few additional grandmasters from further afield come and fight for the cup.)

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 20:59 Source

Bryan Brown is a famous Australian actor. His first cousin is even more famous than he.

What is his name, and profession?

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En Passant Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 20:59 Source

Sometimes just a sentence or two captures the reality of the moment. Here is Tony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister, on liberating more trees.

Yes, Australia – open slather for business.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 20:55 Source

Shimon Peres, 91, is President of Israel, and was five times its Prime Minister.

Who is his first cousin?

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