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Poll Bludger Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 06:58 Source

Blue and red numbers respectively indicate size of two-party Liberal and Labor polling booth majorities. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

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Global Guerrillas Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 02:32 Source

My friend Jeff Garzik (bitcoin core dev) nailed it on Twitter:

This single-chain thinking is not scalable. Memo to Counterparty, Mastercoin, Ethereum, et. al. The future is an Internet Of Chains.

He's right.

It's the same conclusion I stumbled into while doing some scifi writing over the past couple of weeks -- the scenario building required really zooms my systems thinking in a very good way.  

Let me recast this a bit.  The future of the Internet is a confederation of chains.  

Chains that'll do almost everything.  

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Poll Bludger Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 02:10 Source

After a promising result for the Newman government in the July-September quarterly Newspoll result, the Sunday Mail today carries a ReachTEL poll which contradicts its finding that Liberal National Party support is on an upswing. The automated phone poll of 1471 respondents showed essentially no change for the two major parties on the primary vote since the last such poll a month ago, with the LNP down 0.3% to 40.9% and Labor up 0.6% to 36.6%.

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Global Guerrillas Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 01:33 Source

It should be pretty clear that the economy we have today is holding us back.  

It's an amoral, debt-riddled system that is riven with corruption and wracked by periodic bouts of extreme instability.  Worse, on its current path, the 'turking" future it's building for us is pretty damned grim.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 00:15 Source

A tale the NSW North Coast has heard many times before – a metropolitan-based developer is allegedly using a handful of local investors to hopefully cloak his proposed over-development with a modicum of legitimacy.West Byron at North Coast Nature

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you said it... Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 23:23 Source

Early this evening on a Brisbane train a man was filmed racially abusing a security guard.

The security guard had apparently requested that the man remove his feet from the opposite seat. The man then started abusing the guard.

The man has allegedly been identified as Kader Boumzar.

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you said it... Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 23:23 Source

Early this evening on a Brisbane train a man was filmed racially abusing a security guard.

The security guard had apparently requested that the man remove his feet from the opposite seat. The man then started abusing the guard.

The man has allegedly been identified as Kader Boumzar.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 21:28 Source

In Haneef Hussain’s recent article on The AIMN he told us why he and other family members fled their native Pakistan, for Australia and a better life. In Pakistan their people constantly faced torture or murder. As we also reported, they were on the first asylum seeker boat intercepted and returned to Indonesia by the Abbott Government. Hussain has written to us again with this brief yet disturbing letter about his life in Indonesia.

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John Quiggin Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 19:23 Source

In the course of a recent minor tiff on Twitter, accused of bandwagon jumping, I asserted that I had not only supported the Rabbitohs since (just) before their last premiership, but that I was old enough to remember actual rabbitohs, that is, itinerant sellers of rabbit meat. Now I’m wondering whether I’m conflating rabbit as an occasional treat with bottle-ohs, early recyclers who, as the name implies, went door to door collecting bottles. I can definitely remember a bottle-oh with a horse-drawn cart (this would have been around 1960 in Adelaide).

Any other readers of a certain age want to weigh in?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 18:29 Source

I was in the audience at ABC’s Q & A (Monday 06/10/2014) and I listened to the question from Ms. Stevens to Bob Katter about denying homosexuality and the links to stigma and mental illness.  Everyone cheered. The feeling of everyone’s passion to overcome injustice and to recognise individual rights in that one space was emotionally overwhelming.

Dr. Louise Byrne’s response about overcoming stigma and explaining to others what her job was, which exposes her illness, speaks to the face of real action on reducing stigma.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 18:04 Source

What will this country be like after two terms of an Abbott Government, let alone one? Shane Crocker takes himself to 2019 for a candid (or perhaps prophetic) look to review the damage.

In this election year of 2019, I take a look at how Australia and the world have been faring.

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Your Democracy Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 17:06 Source

red underpants

Australians back the federal government’s decision to join the military effort against the militia group calling itself Islamic State, but believe doing so will make us “less safe”, according to a new poll.

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Club Troppo Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 16:16 Source

If you want to understand what bank regulators were doing in 2008, and what people like APRA and the Reserve Bank worry about here, try reading Matt Levine’s latest column.

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New Matilda Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 15:54 Source

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai highlights the importance of culturally appropriate education back home, writes Hayley McQuire.

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En Passant Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 14:39 Source

 

In all the frenzy over Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner, there are a few key points the West and the media ignore about her.

Malala is a Muslim and a feminist. Her religion and her fight for women’s liberation within Islam define her.

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Your Democracy Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 14:01 Source

the world of 'blinky bill' .....

Only the Australian Labor Party could kid itself into believing that the world is its oyster, simply because unity has broken-out within its parliamentary caucus.

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Your Democracy Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 13:52 Source

thanks uncle joe .....

David Crowe refers to the failure of Joe Hockey to follow through with Labor’s proposed repeal of section 25-90 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. (‘Libs must fix credibility gap on tax dodge’ The Australian Friday October 10, Commentary p 14.)

 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 13:14 Source

Author’s note.
I am re-posting this article because of my deep concern for the state of our democracy. It is in a perilous state and is deserving of the attention of the politically minded.

I have also written “Seriously Our Democracy is Stuffed”, “It’s a Matter of Trust” and “The Political Bubble”.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 07:59 Source

The fanatical crucifying rebels took over more of Cobane and Abbott did nothing about it. The ebola plague advanced through Africa killling thousands and Abbott did nothing about it. Young demonstrators for democracy returned to the Hong Kong streets and Abbott said no word in their support.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

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Duck Pond Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 03:39 Source

Maybe not much looking back, but Dexter and Hannah were going around the track. Not many songs. We don’t make sense of what we see. Is there a long way to go? We have to accept that the time is running and we are walking.

What might Dexter and Hannah be thinking at any time is a mystery. They sometimes seem to be enjoying themselves. Shiba Shake observes:

Whenever we consider how dogs think, and how dogs learn, the discussion invariably veers towards how dogs are not human.

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Duck Pond Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 03:39 Source

Maybe not much looking back, but Dexter and Hannah were going around the track. Not many songs. We don’t make sense of what we see. Is there a long way to go? We have to accept that the time is running and we are walking.

What might Dexter and Hannah be thinking at any time is a mystery. They sometimes seem to be enjoying themselves. Shiba Shake observes:

Whenever we consider how dogs think, and how dogs learn, the discussion invariably veers towards how dogs are not human.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 02:51 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Tapering is tightening? – FT Alphaville Here’s How Much Business S&P 500 Companies Generate Outside Of The US – BI Global shares hit six-month low as growth worries mount – Reuters U.S. Opposing China’s Answer to World Bank – NYT Americas: US and Turkey in diplomatic stand-off  – FT Former Fed […]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The entertainment line up here.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Go Fund Me at http://www.gofundme.com/9fp5c4:This little black pup was found whining in the bush near Grafton. Although not a common colouring for dingoes, he is very dingo-like. DNA tests will tell, but of course this costs money, as does vaccinations, worming, feeding etc etc...

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 00:14 Source

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Club Troppo Friday, October 10, 2014 - 23:24 Source

InequalitySource OECD.

 

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Harrangue Man Friday, October 10, 2014 - 23:12 Source

For most of my life I've felt pretty shit about myself. This low appraisal of self made possible with the additional support of parents, peers and prick-arsed teachers—the shit ones who enjoyed inflicting pain because it gave them the jollies and some perverted sense of self for calling me out as an example of a not-man. I shed that feeling of shitness when I healed from my severe nervous breakdown of '13, having been able for the first time to look back on my en-rule thus far, the dash between dates of years of birth and eventual death, and realise I'd actually won. I'd won my life.

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Harrangue Man Friday, October 10, 2014 - 22:58 Source

Go my friend C— who got her book published. It's a cracking read and at the end I wanted to read more. Now that's a life win. Hat (equals sign) doffed

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En Passant Friday, October 10, 2014 - 20:42 Source

David Crowe refers to the failure of Joe Hockey to follow through with Labor’s proposed repeal of section 25-90 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. (‘Libs must fix credibility gap on tax dodge’ The Australian Friday October 10, Commentary p 14.)

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