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Your Democracy Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 15:34 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 15:12 Source

A few years ago I wrote a play that examined the taking away of some of our rights in the wake of the September 11th attacks. My stage manager’s parents came to see the show – they were from Czechoslovakia. The next day, my stage manager informed me that they thought that I was “very brave”.

They don’t understand, I thought at the time, I’m hardly likely to be thrown into a re-education camp over a play.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 14:31 Source

It’s a while since Reagan funded rockets that, in outer space, would shoot down other rockets in outer space, put up there by Russians for reasons he could not clearly specify, and spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to do so. It was thought then modern wars would be fought in this way. Now we know this is wrong.

Modern wars are fought by kidnappers, who, on the internet, threaten with beheading western journalists who, before their decapitation, applaud their executioners, defame their native lands and scare the shit out of western leaders who know there is no way they can fight this.

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Political Owl Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 13:31 Source

2014-09-14_gillardslushAnother gem this morning to add to my “Views of Miranda Devine” collection. This time our intrepid Sydney Sunday Terror columnist has found a granny to hide her views of Julia Gillard behind.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:32 Source

Stephen King's The Stand was the first book I ever bought with my own money. This end of the world opus remains one of my favorites, and one of the few books (along with Michael Herr's Despatches) that I've read multiple times. The collapse of civilization brought about by the superflu is superbly detailed at both the personal and global level. It could stand on its own (see what I did there?) as a novel, but of course da King takes it so much further by introducing Randall Flagg and his second Armageddon.

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Croakey Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:35 Source

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Consumers Health Forum’s ‘Health in a time of change’ national workshop in Melbourne. The Workshop brought together a large number of consumers and other health stakeholders to debate current...

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

The archetypical robot is a man of metal, a harsh mechanical construct contrasted sharply with the soft fleshiness of the humans that built it. A team of engineers, led by Michael T. Tolley of the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, created instead a soft robot. Using a flexible body, the robot moves like a flailing starfish over all terrain.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

Remember that early ‘90s horror-themed video game, Doom, where you roamed around a Martian landscape, killing everything in sight? Well, now the game isn’t just for shooting demons and zombie Marines anymore. A construction company called DIRTT (which stands for Doing It Right This Time) is using software based on the old Doom engine to blueprint hospital walls and office spaces. They’re hoping the technology will eradicate the two most expensive words in the construction industry.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly will throw a water balloon at Bob whenever you throw a water balloon at Molly. Maybe Bob will splash both of you whenever he goes five minutes without getting hit -- or if it gets too warm out or if it's seven o'clock or if he's in a bad mood that day. The details don't matter.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:32 Source

The impact of 29 films released in the United States was examined, each featuring a different dog breed. Classics such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Lady and the Tramp (1955), The Fox and the Hound (1981) and Beethoven (1992) were all judged to have influenced people’s choice of dogs. The study traces the popularity of the featured breeds for up to ten years after the film’s release.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:32 Source

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

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:32 Source

If you talk to an artificial atom, it turns out the atom will say something back to you. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to hear it.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:32 Source

480: weight in pounds of the Lunar rover on Earth. On the Moon, it only weighs a light 80 pounds.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:32 Source

Popular Science has partnered with British electric racecar driver Katherine Legge, who will compete in the very first Formula E championship. Legge is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) supporter and is blogging for us from the racetrack in Beijing -- the host city for the first round, which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Croakey Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:19 Source

Mainstream health promotion has failed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, according to Karen McPhail-Bell, a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology. In the article below, she argues that those working in the field could...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:29 Source

The despair at the inaction of Labor is growing louder. The groups they are supposed to represent are under attack and all we hear is endless support for Tony Abbott’s warmongering.

Labor have been gifted a first year of Abbott government that has been so bad that they should be seizing the opportunity to reshape themselves as a viable alternative but all we hear is “our policies will be revealed in good time before the next election and they will be fully costed” or “we aren’t the government”.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 08:47 Source

The head of Abbott’s church, Pope Francis, said we were currently in a World War and wondered if this was a good idea. Abbott said he should keep his bib out of matters which, as God’s representative, did not concern him, and pledged we would die in our millions, if need be, in the coming Armageddon against Putin, the King of the North, whom he would arm with as much uranium as he had money to buy.

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 01:57 Source

The current turmoil in the Middle East is, amongst other things, one long vindication of Zionism. Given that, to many folk, Zionism has no meaning other than “Israelis being nasty to Palestinians”, some explanation is in order.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 00:15 Source

THE 2013 Federal Election finally wraps up in Page today with the official confirmation of the Nationals' Kevin Hogan as the member for the next three years.Mr Hogan will be confirmed as the seat's new federal member at noon in the Australian Electoral Commission office in Grafton. [The Daily Examiner, 25 September 2013]Pomp and ceremony will trump daily politics in Canberra today as MPs of the 44th Parliament are sworn in and officially presented to the Governor-General.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 23:59 Source

Sunday, November 13

No less than four new polls have reported overnight, of which two have “no” with reasonable solid leads of six or eight points, one is lineball, and one is the best poll yet to emerge for yes. These are reviewed in detail below, but first we take an updated look at the poll tracker. This puts the current result at 51.4% for no and 48.6% for yes, all but unchanged on the 51.2% and 48.8% recorded yesterday (based on like-for-like methodological comparison). An outline of the methodology was provided yesterday, in the bottom half of this post.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 23:57 Source

The Sunday Tasmanian today carries results from a ReachTEL automated phone poll of 2646 respondents in Tasmania, which puts state voting intention at 48.1% for the Liberals, 28.7% for Labor and 16.0% for the Greens.

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Harry Clarke Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 21:08 Source

I have been reading my favourite work on investment – the most recent edition (2011) of Burton Malkiel’s “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” – for some advice on managing wealth in retirement.  I first read Malkiel in the mid-1970s and find him to be a perceptive and balanced advisor on investment strategies.  These issues become important to me now as I am very likely to leave full-time employment over the next few months.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 19:11 Source

stupid tony

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reassured Australians that everything possible is being done to protect them, a day after the terror alert was raised to high for the first time.

The decision to increase the alert level on Friday followed a spike in "chatter" detected in a sixfold increase in counter-terrorism operations during the past year.

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The Idiot Tax Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 16:09 Source

You never know who is behind a user name on an internet forum. But if you pay attention you can pick up clues. It was July last year, as the Essendon/ASADA scandal was raging, that an eagle-eyed...

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The Tally Room Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 14:04 Source

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post about the Independent Local Government Electoral Review Panel in Victoria, chaired by former federal Liberal MP Petro Georgiou. In particular I focused on recommendations to modify the local government franchise, by extending the right to vote to all permanent residents (ie. non-citizens) living in the local government area, removing the second vote for businesses in the City of Melbourne, and generally simplifying and clarifying the process for non-residents to gain the right to vote in all council elections.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:59 Source

The good judge has found Pistorius careless with firearms and negligent of the safety of his beloved in a moment of unjustified but understandable panic. She has let him go free on bail and prepared herself to free him for good under certain conditions in October. His beloved’s relatives are cursing this, and demanding the State waste further millions appealing this decision, though the State will not. And it is worth, I think, saying the following, however murmurously.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:10 Source

sydney uni

The University of Sydney has withdrawn invitations for two Sri Lankan human rights organisations to an international conference at the request of the Sri Lankan military, angering campaigners.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:05 Source

the owl of Minerva ....

It is not pleasant to contemplate the thoughts that must be passing through the mind of the Owl of Minerva as the dusk falls and she undertakes the task of interpreting the era of human civilization, which may now be approaching its inglorious end.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:43 Source

tony abbott at large .....

Tony Abbott At Large …..

Tony Abbott At Large


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