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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:51 Source

Today, FOI documents confirmed that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was advised that last year’s power blackouts in South Australia were not due to renewable energy failures, but to severe weather conditions that caused unprecedented damage to the network. Turnbull decided to ignore this advice as it does not align with his commitment to fossil fuels and…

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The Tally Room Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:48 Source

Western Australia still uses the group voting ticket system for its Legislative Council – the system used for the Senate until 2013. Under this system, parties submit preference orders which are pre-filled for any voters who vote for that party above the line. These preferences were announced yesterday afternoon. I won’t bother to list every preference here, although William Bowe at Poll Bludger has the order of key parties.

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En Passant Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:27 Source

We may be careering towards war and climate change disaster and 4,444 victims of child sexual abuse may have been revealed, but “clean coal” and halal certification is what our politicians have focussed on this week, I write in Independent Australia

To read the whole article click here through to the IA site. Coal, Trump, Pell and halal certification

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:14 Source

Michelle Landry, LNP MP for Capricornia must resign.  The Liberal National Party have now admitted they went to the election based on a blatant lie. Turnbull said he will bring back integrity to politics He must insist that Ms. Landry resigns today. On 3rd February, I published Is the Defence Land Grab” Turnbull’s Carbon Tax Lie?  This article…

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Digitopoly Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 08:01 Source

As Snapchat (SNAP) nears its IPO, analysts have been pouring over its public documents. Ben Thompson found this interesting bit:

Our strategy is to invest in product innovation and take risks to improve our camera platform. We do this in an effort to drive user engagement, which we can then monetize through advertising. We use the revenue we generate to fund future product innovation to grow our business.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 05:58 Source

Tuesday 14 February 2016 1 What is it that occupies the minds of men and women that they need be so malevolent in their thinking? That the power of persuasion with reasoned thinking and debate no longer suffices. What is it in the backgrounds of people that causes their narcissism and their inability to accommodate difference…

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Kookaburra, Animals Australia, December 2016The Daily Examiner, 6 February 2017, p.12:VOICES FOR THE EARTHEARTH Charter, Principle 2: "Care for the Community of

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 00:15 Source
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Poll Bludger Monday, February 13, 2017 - 21:13 Source

Nominations having closed on Friday, it emerges that the Western Australian state election has attracted a record number of candidates, details of which are outlined by Antony Green.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 13, 2017 - 21:10 Source

I felt sick today. Truly sick. Malcolm Turnbull dangled people with disabilities as political pawns. He used vulnerable people as pawns to pressure Labor to support harsh cuts to welfare or he would hold off on the NDIS. Turnbull has now slid all the way from Diamond to Deviant. There is absolutely no coming back from this.…

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Club Troppo Monday, February 13, 2017 - 17:08 Source

Image result for racism quotesWe use a novel method to measure racism at both the individual and the country level. We show that our measure of racism has a strong negative and significant impact on economic development, quality of institutions and education. We then test different hypotheses concerning the origin of racism and its channels of impact in order to establish causality.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:51 Source

Draft guidelines to be released by Standards Australia suggests lithium ion battery storage devices such as Tesla Powerwalls should be banned from inside homes and garages in Australia, and only installed in separate "kiosks" or bunkers. It threatens to bring the industry to a halt.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:51 Source

Draft guidelines to be released by Standards Australia suggest lithium-ion battery storage devices like Tesla Powerwalls should be banned from inside homes and garages, and only installed in separate "kiosks" or bunkers. It threatens to bring the industry to a halt.

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Popular Science Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:43 Source

While NSW burns, a snowstorm hammered the Northeast US yesterday, dumping as much as a foot of snow in some places. And while the storm closed schools, grounded flights, and inconvenienced a lot of humans, the animals at the Bronx Zoo couldn't be happier about it. These photos of animals playing in the snow were taken today by zoo staff, and they're the perfect ending to a long week.

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Popular Science Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:43 Source

A lot of things can go wrong in the garden. Some seeds just won't sprout. A plant's leaves droop and turn colors they shouldn't. Thankfully, inventive people are starting to tackle this problem, manipulating hot tech to help you keep things...less dead. Don't fret about the color of your thumb; this stuff will bring you a few steps closer to becoming the 21st century's Frederick Law Olmsted (or whatever landscape architect inspires you).

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Popular Science Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:43 Source

This has been the week that was and these were/are/could be the images that define it, scientifically. What is time? Who knows. All I know is there isn't enough of it.

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Popular Science Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:43 Source

This week, The Times of India reported on a 42-year-old Indian woman who went to the emergency room complaining of a severely painful “tingling, crawling sensation” in her head. Two sets of doctors couldn't figure out the cause of her pain, but the third set finally made a breakthrough: They determined it was a “foreign body that seemed to be mobile,” ordered a scan, and found a living, fully-grown cockroach lodged inside her nasal cavity. Doctors quickly guided a flexible tube called an endoscope up the woman's nose to remove the bug.

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Popular Science Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:43 Source

If we want to find alien life in our solar system, Jupiter's icy moon Europa is one of the best places to look for it. And scientists may get a chance to do just that in the coming decades. A new NASA report outlines the goals for a mission that could land on the icy moon as soon as the 2031.

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Popular Science Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:43 Source

This year, the world saw a long-theorized weapon in action: a commercial drone, like a person might find at Best Buy, dropping a bomb on a target in Iraq. These drone bombers, used by the ultra-violent quasi-state ISIS in Iraq and Syria, are the flashiest combination of modern technologies with the modern battlefield. Cheap, camera-carrying robots, put to nefarious ends by a group that could never otherwise dream of fielding an air force. Dropping grenades isn't the deadliest thing an insurgent group can do with a small flying robot, but it leads to a very important question: What, exactly, is the answer to such a drone?

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 15:10 Source

Conservative media launches attack against chief scientist Alan Finkel for not whole-heartedly embracing fossil fuels as energy debate sinks further into mire.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 14:48 Source

Wholesale power prices in coal and gas dependent Queensland average $480/MWh over the past week. No wonder everyone wants to build solar farms.

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Your Democracy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 13:42 Source

impressions...

According to some critics, the Saturday Night Live is running out of steam. Their spoof on Trump is losing traction. The show is not as funny nor as stupid as the real Donald. Meanwhile:

Actor Alec Baldwin's impression on Saturday Night Live of Donald Trump tricked a national newspaper into thinking he was the real thing. 

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Harrangue Man Monday, February 13, 2017 - 13:29 Source

I was sitting with my son who was happily playing an iPad. He was making joyful squeaking noises. My injured brain subconsciously interpreted his happy noise as sounds of distress and it induced anxiety.So I remoted myself to the end room to get away from it.Later he joined me—to show off the set up railway set in the end room—and the squeaking began again.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, February 13, 2017 - 13:04 Source

As John Howard said, elections are won and lost in the centre. Analysis for Crikey.Filed under: Politics Tagged: centre, conservatives, Crikey, Malcolm Turnbull, Menzies, moderates, progressives

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 13:01 Source

Solar and wind "saved the day" in NSW on Friday, when two big coal units failed to produce and two big gas generators mysteriously stopped generating. Rooftop solar also helping Queensland meet record demand.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 13:01 Source

Solar and wind "saved the day" in NSW on Friday, when two big coal units failed to produce and two big gas generators suddenly stopped generating. Rooftop solar also helping Queensland meet record demand.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:47 Source

PM Malcolm Turnbull has installed battery storage at his Point Piper home and upgraded his rooftop solar system.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:40 Source

Climate Change Authority member Clive Hamilton quits over Coalition's "unconscionable" and "perverse" clean coal push.

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John Quiggin Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:25 Source

I got a brief run in the Murdoch press regarding Pauline Hanson’s revived proposal for a 2 per cent tax on all transactions (floated 20 years ago as “Easytax“).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:24 Source

The LNP is expected to announce today that even though the spate of blackouts and potential power outages across the country over the past few days cannot be attributed to using renewable energy – this doesn’t mean that dangerous Labor-Green backed Renewables aren’t to blame. When asked for further details about what it was that…

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