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Skepticlawyer Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 03:08 Source

I have taken a few pops at feminism of late, because I don’t think it’s doing its core job: defending the civil rights of women and girls. However, sniping from the sidelines is only useful up to a point.

Here I am in the Weekend Australian modelling how I think feminism ought to be done.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Why do so few make it out of poverty? I can tell you from experience it is not because some have more merit than others. It is because being poor is a high-risk gamble. The asymmetry of outcomes for the poor is so enormous because it is so expensive to be poor. Imagine losing a job because your phone was cut off, or blowing off an exam because you spent the day in the ER dealing with something that preventative care would have avoided completely. Something as simple as that can spark a spiral of adversity almost impossible to recover from. The reality is that when you’re poor, if you make one mistake, you’re done.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 00:15 Source

And here it is…………….

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 26, 2017 - 21:42 Source

Surrealist Landscape, Peter Purves Smith, 1938, National Gallery of Victoria   China Regulator urges China banks to save ailing companies – FT.com The Boosterism Behind China’s Silk Road Story– Bloomberg China’s Addiction to Debt Now Threatens Its Growth – NY Times PBOC plans to adjust yuan fixing methodology as Fed interest rate rise looms –

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, May 26, 2017 - 19:39 Source

Analysis for Crikey [$].Filed under: Politicians, Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull, strategy, tactics, Tony Abbott

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George Monbiot Friday, May 26, 2017 - 19:38 Source

How dark money is subverting democracy in the UK.

By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 17th May 2017

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John Quiggin Friday, May 26, 2017 - 19:33 Source

The Palaszczuk government has, unsurprisingly, capitulated to the Adani corporation’s demands for a tax holiday. To avoid accusations of bias, they have offered the same deal to other new coal projects. If these projects go ahead, the implications for the planet are disastrous. But, at least in Adani’s case, there are plenty of reasons to doubt that this will happen.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 26, 2017 - 18:00 Source

  By feeef’all852 “Oh what wicked webs we weave When first we practice to deceive.” Not far away from where I live, in a bare paddock, amongst thousands of broad cropping acres, there is an abandoned cottage. It was once the home of the Schippan family, the family involved in what has become a most…

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North Coast Voices Friday, May 26, 2017 - 17:47 Source

ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEARTWe, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 26, 2017 - 16:57 Source

On a recent trip to Perth in March this year I had the opportunity to have lunch with Tshung Chang. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, Chang ran as the ONE NATION candidate for the seat of Riverton at the last Western Australia (WA) State Election. The other interesting thing is that Chang is…

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Prosper Australia Friday, May 26, 2017 - 16:38 Source

President Catherine Cashmore on The Schtick, explaining Prosper’s tax reform agenda.

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 26, 2017 - 15:27 Source

A quick final post for the week before I fall back into bed. The so-called “bondcano” has collapsed this afternoon as markets wake in fright to Australia’s declining prospects. The 2 year has hit a 7 month low and is now only 7bps from pricing the next rate cut, obviously letting go of the global

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Renew Economy Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:45 Source

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) has launched a new guide that will help Australia's manufacturers and commercial building owners take control of their energy costs.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:32 Source

Australian Energy Market Operator says applications for new wind and solar projects up 50-fold in recent months, based on economics, not environment.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:32 Source

Australian Energy Market Operator says enquiries for new wind and solar projects up 50-fold in recent months, based on economics, not environment.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:15 Source

AEMO and ARENA again plead for changes to market rules to keep pace with extraordinary change of technology. Australia's over-buit grid is locked in 20th century, with much capacity sitting idle and peaking plants trying to recoup a year's revenue in just a few hours.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:14 Source

Many human beings spend the majority of their time indoors, interacting with and coming into contact with other humans, and objects that other humans have touched. At the same time, we're surrounded (inside and out) by a teeming mass of millions of species of microbes that they spread to the people and things surrounding us. Recently, scientists have become interested in these tiny organisms—collectively known as the microbiome—and how they influence our health. And they've come along way. We have a much better understanding of how some of these organisms influence our weight, and our susceptibility to certain diseases.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:14 Source

As we learn to read, neuroplasticity conquers a network that is deeply rooted in the brain. This reorganization makes us increasingly efficient at visually navigating through letter strings, or a group of letters that appear in a word (for example, the “str” in string, straight, and strike).

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:14 Source

Listen: we all want to believe that we make good choices. It doesn't matter if I douse my lettuce in fatty salad dressing, it's still good for me. Yes, there is an awful lot of sugary granola in my yogurt but hey, it's Greek yogurt. And maybe I do eat a lot of chocolate, but so what? It's good for my heart!

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:14 Source

Even though VR headsets are small enough to strap onto your face, they can make objects in the virtual scene seem far off in the distance. The headsets accomplish this immersive, visual trick by having two key optical parts: screens inside that display the images, and magnifying glass-like lenses between your eyes and those screens. It's those lenses that allows a virtual dinosaur to look as if it's in the scene in front of you, and not just on small screens inches from your eyes.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:14 Source

It might not seem like it, but we live in a world full of giants. Blue whales are the largest animal ever to move across the planet, with the biggest measuring in at over 100 feet long and weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:14 Source

JD.com, also called Jingdong, is China's largest online retailer, with a national distribution network matching the coverage of Amazon in the United States. It'll soon have something its American counterparts doesn't: super-sized delivery drones.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:12 Source

When you think of gene editing technologies like CRISPR, you might imagine editing genes that relate to height, eye color, or our risk of getting certain diseases. But in truth, our DNA and RNA are full of countless proteins whose jobs have tiny yet important effects on our health. Some, for example, are heavily involved in the cell cycle, which regulates how all cells grow and divide—including cancer cells. A group of researchers out of the University of Rochester Medical Center recently used the CRISPR gene editing technique to try to eliminate one of the key proteins that allow cancer cells to proliferate out of control.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:12 Source

If you're looking to play it safe when it comes to illicit substances, look no further than the humble shroom. It's non-addictive, hard to overdose on, and you can grow it yourself. And, according to a massive report by the Global Drug Survey, it sends the fewest people to the emergency room of any drug on the market. Take that, meth.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Has the Earth already reached peak warming? Has climate change leveled off, leaving us to adjust to a new, warmer normal? Not according to satellite measurements, say the authors of a paper published yesterday in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Between four billion and 2.5 billion years ago, the Earth's interior was way hotter than it is today. The exterior wasn't much better. Life had barely started to evolve, so the recently-formed land was devoid of plants or animals, nascent oceans were gradually being colonized by bacteria, the atmosphere had only limited amounts of oxygen, and some lava flows were so hot that they glowed white instead of red.

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:05 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Guardian’s Michael Slezak has penned a good piece on the losing battle being fought by energy regulators against privatised monopoly power owners, which threatens to leave consumers billions of dollars out of pocket: A federal court decision this week represents a possible end to a two-year battle that will see

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 26, 2017 - 13:05 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Guardian’s Michael Slezak has penned a good piece on the losing battle being fought by energy regulators against privatised monopoly power owners, which threatens to leave consumers billions of dollars out of pocket: A federal court decision this week represents a possible end to a two-year battle that will see

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:58 Source

Goats climb mountains. Why wouldn't they climb trees, too? But the sight of a herd of goats perched in a tree like a flock of birds is pretty startling.

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Popular Science Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:58 Source

Ths Nest thermostat mostly applies to Americans, or at least homes with central heating. But, it gets a lot of attention so we thought, why not republish the US mothership's latest review? Behold!

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