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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 18:00 Source

By Ad astra Have you noticed how entrenched belief pervades our political and social life? Of course we have been accustomed to it in religious life for eons. There, for many people, it is the basis of their unswerving allegiance to a particular religion or sect. But its insidious permeation into political discourse and social…

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Club Troppo Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 16:38 Source

Well there’s been a frisson of excitement in the chess and AI world lately with the extraordinary performance of AlphaZero – essentially the computer that mastered the game Go – a game which proved, despite the relative simplicity of its rules, a much harder nut to crack than chess.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 16:33 Source

Ok, I guess you’ve all heard about John Alexander’s election night speech where he recalled telling a doctor who suggested that he’d be eligible for a disabled sticker that he still he had “pride”. Some people seemed to think that this could be regarded as being slightly insensitive, so Mr Alexander offered that wonderful apology…

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Renew Economy Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 15:08 Source

South Australia government to fast-track switch to renewable energy by contracting with SIMEC ZEN Energy while Aurora 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage project is built. It will help underpin Zen's own 1GW solar and storage plans.

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John Quiggin Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 13:44 Source

My observations on the electricity demand associated with Bitcoin made it into the ABC News Quiz last week, which is a kind of fame, I guess.

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Harrangue Man Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 12:38 Source

With thanks to YouTube.I have a womb-deformed skeleton that left me with short fingers, double-jointed little fingers and a poor grasp. Combining that with injury, medication and PTSD means I'm left with a normative state of fingers with a fine tremble and difficulty manipulating objects.I was sitting in the semi-dark of my room attempting to open a Christmas card envelope when theboy, playing a side-scrolling web game, clicked the formerly mobile toy Xmas tree that blares out "Yakety Sax".

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 12:31 Source

Being a moralist in the Olympics doesn’t carry you very far. Turn one way, and there are enterprising drug cheats; turn another, there are wads of cash in envelopes finding their inexorable way to an official’s accounts. The challenge of the Olympics is, in a fundamental way, a challenge of institutional decay, ruination and sport…

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The Tally Room Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:30 Source

There wasn’t much suspense in last night’s by-election results – it was clear early on that Labor wasn’t coming close to the swing they needed to win the seat. There was a sizeable swing (approximately 5.7% after preferences) which dented the Liberal margin. If this swing was repeated at an election the current government would easily lose its majority, but it would be dangerous to extrapolate this result to a general election. Federal polling has suggested that Labor is up by between 2% and 5%, so the by-election isn’t far outside of this range.

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Your Democracy Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 09:43 Source

XYZ affair cartoon detail.

it is now a year since President Trump took office in the White House. It is becoming possible to discern his political ambitions, despite the destructive confrontation in the US between his partisans and his adversaries, detrimental to all.

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MacroBusiness Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 09:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen In February last year I noted that the cigarettes tax – a policy adopted by both major parties in the lead-up to the Federal Election – would achieve two broad outcomes: It would fail to raise the projected revenue. With smoking rates falling, it is a declining tax base and this decline

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 09:26 Source

Of the 400 hundred or so recommendations in the Royal Commission’s final report on institutionalised child sex abuse, two were at the forefront of discussions in the MSM and social media yesterday. These were the alleged role of celibacy in causing pedophilia, and the call by some churches for women to be given more authoritative…

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MacroBusiness Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 09:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen After last month destroying the flimsy arguments for mass immigration perpetuated by the boosters at the RBA and the Australian Treasury, The Australian’s Judith Sloan has penned another article arguing that Australia’s record migrant intake is squeezing the life from Australia’s two major cities: The permanent migrant numbers are set at

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Poll Bludger Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 05:06 Source

A quiet week for national polling leaves Malcolm Turnbull looking a little bit better on personal approval, but a little bit worse on voting intention.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Excerpt from AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER HISTORY GROUP, NEWSLETTER No. 95, December 2017:The Australian Financial Review’s weekday edition increased its print readership by 14.9 per cent to 347,000 people during the 12 months ending in August. The AFR Weekend rose 4.8 per cent to 130,000 people. The weekday Australian increased its print readers by 5.6 per cent in the past 12 months.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Senate Environment and Communications References Committee, Inquiry Report, Shark mitigation and deterrent measures, December 2017:List of recommendations Recommendation 1 8.19 The committee recommends that the New South Wales and Queensland Governments: * immediately replace lethal drum lines with SMART drum lines; and * phase out shark meshing programs and increase funding and support for the development and implementation of a wide range of non-lethal shark

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