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Skepticlawyer Friday, October 24, 2014 - 19:28 Source

The case of Gordon College (via) in Massachusetts, which propounds a traditional Christian view of homosexuality with a rather less traditional coda of sympathy, puts into sharp relief the “orientation is not sinful, acts are” position.

The policy of Gordon College is:

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Croakey Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:48 Source

Many thanks to John Menadue for allowing us to republish this personal farewell to Gough Whitlam which was originally published on his blog Pearls and Irritations earlier this week. John Menadue writes: Few public figures have left their mark on...

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New Matilda Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:37 Source

Our very own Lindsay Foyle is off to the Walkleys after a colourful career of cartooning, and much more.

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Poll Bludger Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:13 Source

The Seven Network reports a ReachTEL automated phone poll conducted yesterday has Labor’s lead at 52-48, up from 51-49 a month ago. More details to follow (although it may take a while).

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:50 Source

Open Culture has kindly gathered up all the free HP Lovecraft audio books in existence and bundled them in one terrorlicious post for you download at your convenience.

How many Lovecraft works? Pretty much all of them. The stories have slipped into the public domain and mad fans of the Olde Ones have been recording their own versions. There are also professional readings of everything from The Call of Cthulu to The Dunwich Horror, and a radio dramatization of The Color out of Space.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:08 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia equities had been looking fairly upbeat, pricing in the lead from both Europe and Wall Street until news broke that Ebola had made its way to New York. S&P futures have pulled back, with traders concerned that the Ebola patient had travelled on the subway from […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:52 Source

You’ve got to love the Fairfax property spruik machine: Australia’s property prices will be “flat as a pancake” over the next decade, Domain Group senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson says. The resources boom is over, the international economy “can’t get its act together” and investors will soon start to lose interest. “Going forward we are […]

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:15 Source

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is growing exponentially. The latest reports suggest that at least 9,915 people have been infected, and 4,555 have died. And this is just the beginning. Previously, the CDC estimated that a startling 1.4 million West Africans could be infected by January.  

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 14:18 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is one of the few pieces of national public health policy with unquestioned democratic legitimacy. It was established by the vote of a majority of citizens in a majority of states in a referendum in the late 1940s. Since then, it has lowered the cost of […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 13:06 Source

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The Tally Room Friday, October 24, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Keysborough1-2PPKeysborough is a safe Labor seat in south-eastern Melbourne, covering Braeside, Dingley Village, Keysborough and Waterways, and parts of Noble Park, Springvale and Springvale South.

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FACTS FIGHT BACK Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:52 Source

Today’s editorial in The Australian (24 October) claims:

No sector has the right to be artificially insulated from uncertainty.…[the renewable energy sector has] always known that the RET has been opposed by Coalition and Labor MPs concerned to preserve jobs.

The push for a cut in the Renewable Energy Target (RET) amongst Coalition MPs is inconsistent with previous bipartisan support for the RET.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:52 Source

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Jack the Insider Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:29 Source

Lachlan Murdoch’s speech at the Keith Murdoch Oration last night was both a powerful piece of history and a cautionary note…

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:21 Source

From Goldies: What next? Two scenarios for 2015-16 We expect Chinese steel production to grow by 2% and believe that further upside from stimulus spending is highly unlikely given the shift away from investment-led growth that is unfolding across the economy. The market needs to absorb a c.110Mt surplus in 2015, roughly double the c.60Mt surplus it absorbed […]

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