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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:16 Source

According to Australian High Court July 2014 transcripts; outside Australia’s territorial waters on or about 8 June 2014 the Abbott Government intercepted a boat carrying approximately 150 Sri Lankan Tamil men, women and children (of which the youngest appears to be two years of age) allegedly intending to seek asylum in this country.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:15 Source

From the Australian Communications and Media Authority:SCAM ALERT - Scammers posing as Qantas and Virgin AustraliaConsumer Alert: Scammers posing as Qantas and Virgin AustraliaThe ACMA has received an increase in reports from members of the public about automated voice calls. The call suggests to 'press 1' to claim a loyalty reward or redeem a prize from Qantas, Virgin Australia or similar.

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En Passant Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 22:14 Source


Professor Erakat

 

“(1) Israel is exercising its right to self-defense. (2) Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. (3) This Israeli operation, among others, was caused by rocket fire from Gaza. (4) Israel avoids civilian casualties, but Hamas aims to kill civilians. (5) Hamas hides its weapons in homes, mosques and schools and uses human shields.”

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 20:22 Source

Let me start out by saying that I know many rich people who have a social conscience and for whom this post is not relevant. But I also know many who are wankers. And I’m sick of these wankers ruining it for all of us.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 19:45 Source

In a move reminiscent of nineteenth century slavery, Scott Morrison sold thirty-seven black children to the Indians; or, it was whispered, paid the Indians to take them away. But the Indians would take only some of them: those Indian-born, unlike their parents, who wept when hearing they would be parted from them. These parents, S&M swore, would never live anywhere, not even in his desert concentration camp, which was closing; and that would teach them a lesson.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 19:08 Source

Psychopaths may be identified by a set of behaviour patterns or characteristics that include the way they deal with grief, sorrow, blame, truth, anger, violence and the ability to convince others. It is of interest to compare the behaviour of Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu against these variables.

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John Quiggin Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 17:17 Source

John Howard’s endorsement of Ian Plimer’s children’s version of his absurd anti-science tract Heaven and Earth has at least one good feature. I can now cut the number of prominent Australian conservatives for whom I have any intellectual respect down from two to one.[1] Howard’s acceptance of anti-science nonsense shows that, for all his ability as a politician, he is, in the end, just another tribalist incapable of thinking for himself. [2]

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En Passant Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 17:11 Source

I wrote this over 5 years ago. I have edited it slightly. It is as relevant now as it was then.

John
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In 1940, the Fascists herded 4000,000 people into the tiny space that became the Warsaw Ghetto. The Nazis walled it in and put barbed wire and glass on top of the wall to make sure no-one could get out. The 400,000 Jews, cut off from the rest of the world, lived on top of each other in misery and hunger. Many died and lay unburied in the streets.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 13:33 Source

As it becomes increasingly apparent that households will not be $550 a year better off without the carbon tax we hear the rhetoric change.  Andrew Laming said

“It will be $550 lower than it otherwise would be, but if other elements have made prices go up then you won’t see a $550 fall on any bill.  But you’ll be $550 better off than you otherwise would have been, and that’s a very important caveat.”

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Croakey Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 13:09 Source

Evelyne de Leeuw, Associate Professor, Public Health and Health Policy at La Trobe University writes: Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute the main causes of morbidity, mortality and disability. This has been recognised by the...

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Popular Science Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:05 Source

What if your car could sense when you were falling asleep behind the wheel, and wake you up before you caused an accident? That's the notion around a sensor device being developed by Harken, a public-private European consortium.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:05 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 Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:05 Source

If you're not worried about a future without toro sushi or rare tuna steaks, you probably should be. Five of the eight species of this tasty marine predator are endangered, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, source of the Red List of threatened species.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 12:05 Source

Following the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, monkeys living in nearby forests have been found to have lowered blood cell counts, according to a new study. What that means for people living—or who once lived—in the area is unclear.

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