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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 13:35 Source

The devaluation of peoples’ hard-earned money is what Australians fear most. People fear inflation. Never mind the crime rate, political corruption, nuclear wars, family violence, pestilence and the like, inflation is the king of fear factors. So, when you tell them that a currency-issuing government is not constrained in its spending capacity, they immediately imagine…

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The Political Sword Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:15 Source

[The bookcases that were too big to move]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 10:01 Source

By Jennifer Meyer-Smith Hazelwood’s closure is a central issue to the whole of the world (even if they don’t know it yet) and it’s happening in my own backyard. Hazelwood has operated in the Latrobe Valley for half a century and generations of Victorians have seen it developed as state infrastructure, then privatised by Kennett…

The post With the closure of Hazelwood something ‘green’ can grow appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 07:53 Source

Many people are rightly concerned about the world’s growing population and its dwindling resources and if they aren’t, they should be. As of August 2016, world population was estimated at 7.4 billion. The United Nations estimates it will further increase to 9 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in the year 2100. But this doesn’t…

The post Are we really doomed? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Clarence Valley Council media release, 31 October 2016:How smart is your internet usage?CLARENCE Valley libraries are working through a project to develop their branches as eSmart libraries and need your help.“eSmart Libraries” is a cybersafety system designed to equip libraries and connect library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.During November libraries are asking users to complete a simple questionnaire that asks about internet usage.The questionnaire will gather information about the levels of digital literacy and cybersafety awareness of users of the Clarence Regional Library.Regional

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North Coast Voices Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 00:15 Source
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En Passant Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 22:28 Source

Warning! This is a paid poetical ad. If anyone wants a signed copy of my first recently published book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed, published a month ago, personal message me on Facebook for details or email me at en.passant@bigpond.com

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Left Focus Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 18:10 Source

above:  The Economic Policy Contest between Clinton and Trump is more interesting than a first glance may suggestDr Tristan EwinsThis week I begin my blog post with a correction.  In an earlier article I described Donald Trump as ‘a neo-liberal’.  Based on corporate welfare policies – such as cutting corporate tax by

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 16:04 Source

If I condense the current Liberal government’s position on renewable energy into a single dialogue, it’d go something like this: “There was a blackout in South Australia which just goes to show that these aggressive targets on renewable energy don’t give us energy security.” “But wasn’t the blackout the result of the transmitters being blown…

The post Coal-fired Power Station To Close; Must Be Labor’s Fault! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 14:20 Source

There’s a lot in the media this week about ex-Senator Bob Day. You may think this whole sorry saga is about Day’s dodgy dealings over the sale and rent of his electoral office and Day’s business failure. But pass the popcorn folks, because you ain’t seen nothing yet. Before I start at the beginning, just…

The post Bob Day’s Tangled Web appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 13:35 Source

Melancholy. An Excess of black bile. A poem

The post Melancholy: Normative in Western Society? appeared first on Peter G-W.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 09:41 Source

By Amanda Foxton-Hill Did you take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 17th to 23rd October? I did and my two (yes I know, only two) checklists have gone on to join the 44,707 others submitted so far in what will hopefully turn out to be a great triumph of citizen science. Birds…

The post Western Sydney Airport – The Revenge of the Angry Birds? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 09:22 Source

If there was a theme running through the shambles that was politics this past week, it was self-delusion.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 07:37 Source

At the after play drinks one player in the opposition was heard to say, “That bloody Turnbull must have been born with two dicks. He couldn’t be that stupid playing with one.” [John Lord writing in The AIM Network, 4 November 2016]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 00:18 Source

This was Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, on the campaign trail via Twitter 7 days out from polling day:It's time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia. https://t.co/D8oSmyVAR4 pic

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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 00:15 Source

ProPublica, 28 October 2016:Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.That’s basically what Facebook is doing nowadays.The ubiquitous social network not only allows advertisers to target users by their interests or background, it also gives advertisers the ability to exclude specific groups it calls “Ethnic Affinities.” Ads that exclude people based on race, gender and other sensitive factors are prohibited by federal law in housing and employment.Her

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, November 4, 2016 - 21:04 Source

By Tracie Aylmer So some people want Australia to leave the United Nations. This is one of the most farcical brain farts that One Nation could ever have thought up. There are two countries that are not member states of the UN. Neither could be classified as having real influence in the world, in relation…

The post Do we really need to listen to the crazy ideas of One Nation? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, November 4, 2016 - 17:54 Source

It is fifty years to the day since the flood of Florence destroyed thousands, many thousands of works of art. The river Arno was not responsible, we were. The cellars of Florence in particular where inundated, where the little shops of all things dear were, and treasures were be be found. Dr George Venturini’s memories…

The post Arno, 4th November 1966 appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, November 4, 2016 - 16:11 Source

I'm close, but I'm still writing the big pay off scenes. Probably two chapters worth, and I've hit that time of the day when I go from being a writer to being a suburban schmuck who has to chase around after the kids and get the house in order for the weekend.

I could upload 90% of Act 3, but that would be cruel to everyone who's been reading and commenting.

Better to get it finished and then file the lot.

Sorry.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 14:43 Source

Another of Australia's dirtiest coal-fired generators has closed due to the confluence of incompatible energy market conditions. So how does that match with what the conservative types are telling us?

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Friday, November 4, 2016 - 14:22 Source

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Long suffering fans of the Western Bulldogs in the AFL…

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 13:52 Source

Australia’s chief scientist says battery and energy storage a "tremendous" innovation opportunity – and a primary focus for Commonwealth Science Council.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 13:50 Source

Deutsche Bank predict the state of South Australia could easily beat its aspirational target of 50 per cent renewables by 2025.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:45 Source

On October 31, the Future Fund released its latest Portfolio update. As at 30 September 2016 the balances (and returns over the last twelve months) were: Future Fund A$124.650bn (5.8%) Medical Research Fund $4.532bn (3.5%) DisabilityCare Australia Fund A$6.134bn (2.8%) Education Investment Fund A$3.739bn (2.6%) Building Australia Fund A$3.722bn (2.6%) Of this more than $142…

The post Why aren’t we using our Future Fund? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:14 Source

An open letter to Malcolm Turnbull, by Tracie Aylmer. You are making me feel unsafe! Dear Sir, Your refugee policies are making me feel extraordinarily unsafe. You are inviting terrorism to our shores in many different and various ways and as such I have never felt as unsafe as I do right now. And it’s…

The post Mr Turnbull, you are making me feel unsafe appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:01 Source

New pricing for Tesla Powerwall suggests solar and battery storage now competitive with grid power. For about $16,000, consumers can slash their grid bill to almost nothing and not worry about blackouts. The strategic and commercial implications are marvellous or frightening, depending on your vested interest.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 11:33 Source

Windlab's 30MW Victorian wind farm, which is part owned by 24 of its neighbours, will be built in 2017 after reaching financial close.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 11:26 Source

The greenhouse gas emissions reductions countries have pledged aren’t nearly enough to meet the Paris goal.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 4, 2016 - 11:25 Source

White House announces 48 electric vehicle charging corridors along 25,000 miles of major U.S. highways to help cut emissions.

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