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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 01:40 Source

Sam Tarly is dead. Long live Sam Tarly: SEX GOD.

Yes, with Jon Snow absent from our screens this week (and what the hell was that about), the significant dribble from my rampaging libido had to be directed elsewhere. And where better than at Sam Tarly, Defender of Everything Good, Noble and Just and Stick-It-Upperer to Shit Dads Everywhere.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Clarence Valley Council website, accessed 24 May 2016:At the 24 November 2015 Extraordinary Council meeting (Item 12.060/15), Council resolved to apply for a Section 508A SRV of 6.5% p.a. (including the rate peg limit) for 5 years commencing 1 July 2016, which is a cumulative increase in ordinary rates of 37% by year 5 (2020-21) of the SRV (with the cumulative increase permanently built into the general rate after the 5 year SRV period has ceased). Council notified IPART on 25 November 2015 of its intent to make an SRV application of that nature.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 00:15 Source

For some reason certain commentators and voters appear to believe that Malcolm Bligh Turnbull had to fundamentally change in order to be elected Prime Minister of Australia by the Liberal Party.Nothing Turnbull has done since 1 December 2009 when his party dumped him as opposition leader indicates that any change has occurred.Basically what one sees is what has always been there – a hugely egotistical man, driven by ambition, who believes the misleading ' poor boy' backstory he created about his own life and who has little to no knowled

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, May 30, 2016 - 22:54 Source

By Callen Sorensen – Karklis For Indigenous Australians, election time is always a tough call. It’s a time when we find out how important my fellow Aboriginal peoples are to the average Australian. It is well known and appreciated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that progress has been made in a bi-partisan manner…

The post The Gap still needs closing appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, May 30, 2016 - 21:37 Source

Ok, I’ve worked in a variety of schools and the one I’m in at the moment has given me a photocopy budget of $10. The idea is that we put our resources online and try to be paperless. I don’t have a problem with this except that I’m also expected to photocopy tests and with…

The post What If The Military Was Run Like A School Or Hospital? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Harrangue Man Monday, May 30, 2016 - 17:42 Source

With thanks to the pleasant weather of a Canberra afternoonAfter an epic cook off the lingering side-effects are fatigue, increased IBS and susceptibility to fight (slash) flight. Loud, unpleasant noises, for example, are hideous and may trigger a subconscious panic that I have no logical control of and I have to sometimes just run the fuck away. It was a hard day of brutal, withering administrative reality and I tapped out early. Only to come home to two men, two doors up with two chain saws, a giant tree and a wood chipper.

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The Piping Shrike Monday, May 30, 2016 - 17:30 Source

 Mike Bowers

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, May 30, 2016 - 17:26 Source

I uploaded the Hooper ebooks to Apple on Saturday, including an iTunes-exclusive combined edition, which will be a bit cheaper. (It's not an option available, or easily avialble on Kindle, which would require me to redesign the covers and rename the volume).

I've been waiting for the books to go live. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

Gave up waiting and dived deep into iTunes Connect, looking for any problem. Found it under 'Tax'. Although I'd filled out my US tax forms I also needed to lodge local tax forms, including some GST registration documents I'd neved heard of.

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En Passant Monday, May 30, 2016 - 17:14 Source

Save the nation! Tax corporations! Tax the rich!

 
In Independent Australia I examine Labor’s social welfare policies and find they are edging closer to those of the Coalition rather than a progressive workers’ party.

I start off by saying:

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Skepticlawyer Monday, May 30, 2016 - 16:59 Source

The Donald is a demagogue and central to demagoguery is wish fulfilment politics. Demagoguery is not about believing in things, but in saying whatever the audience wants to hear. (The real trick is saying what they want to hear but haven’t articulated themselves yet.) Say it well enough and almost any amount of contradiction will work, as the wanting-to-believe audience will grab what they want to hear and discount what they don’t.

The fascist error

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Delimiter Monday, May 30, 2016 - 15:54 Source

Banking and insurance giant Suncorp today revealed it had appointed Sarah Harland as its new chief information officer, just five months after the executive took up a similar position at health insurer Medibank Private.

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A Senex View Monday, May 30, 2016 - 15:39 Source

Milking the Public

Milkonomics

Low prices benefit dairy farmers

Milk pricing & exports

The Milk debate is in the news but we visited this about 5 years ago.  Largely it is a non-issue. That is not to say there are not issues of concern in the dairy industry.

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Delimiter Monday, May 30, 2016 - 15:20 Source

Christopher Pyne’s assertion that there have been “no delays” in the implementation of the NBN is inaccurate.

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Delimiter Monday, May 30, 2016 - 15:00 Source

Once you break someone's trust, it's almost impossible to establish it again.

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Left Focus Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:36 Source

above: Arguably Bill Shorten won the recent Leaders' Debate for Labor ; But the leader needs to make clearer the connection between education and infrastructure, and a strong and fair economy.  Labor could also do with more policy ambition ; and needs to 'do the right thing' for th

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:28 Source

Infigen and Redflow are enjoying share price surges, while spot prices for electricity are also higher, particularly in NSW.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:25 Source

Last night’s leadership debate saw the term "climate" used almost as much as "economy" - but it wasn’t till the end that the two were connected on the costs of inaction.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:22 Source

Hydro Tasmania technology used to make King Island 60% renewable will be applied at the off-grid SA mining town of Coober Pedy.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:22 Source

Changes sweeping the electricity sectors in Japan and China suggest a hugely uncertain future for coal-fired power and a rapidly increasing risk of stranded assets.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:19 Source

Former boss of Hazelwood, Australia's dirtiest brown coal generator, now proposes a 200MW solar plant to replace the retired Northern power station in Port Augusta. He is one of two men who once ran Australia's dirtiest brown coal generators and who have switched sides to solar and other disruptive technologies.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:36 Source

The 30-minute city is the big urban policy idea both the Government and the Opposition are bringing to the election. But how realistic is it? Can they actually deliver on this one? Is Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ a serious election issue?

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Delimiter Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:04 Source

The founding chief executive of the NBN company, Mike Quigley will publicly discuss the history of the National Broadband Network as well as the various options for its future, in a major speech to be held just over a week before this year's Federal Election on 2 July.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:00 Source

Global infrastructure investment company becomes second largest shareholder in Carnegie Wave Energy with purchase of 5% stake.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:55 Source

Apple has spent more on R&D on electric, autonomous and shared vehicles than it did on iPhones, iPad and Apple watches combined, as it seek a major share of the $2.6 trillion "shared mobility" market.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:46 Source

It's the question – posed by Labor leader Bill Shorten – to which most Australians would like an answer.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:39 Source

Listed network stocks and the upside from the recent Victorian regulatory decision.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:34 Source

Studies show that far from a net cost, net metering is in most cases a net benefit—for the utility and for non-solar rate-payers.

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Popular Science Monday, May 30, 2016 - 10:16 Source

If you want wireless radio that runs on free energy and is disguised as a large pizza, John Greenlee's “Crystal Radio To Go” build might pique your curiosity—you just need to find scarce supplies like germanium diodes, high-impedance earphones, and Fahnestock clips. You can print or construct a dummy pizza of your preference.

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Popular Science Monday, May 30, 2016 - 10:16 Source

After more than three decades, the doctor who invented a maneuver to save people from choking got to use it himself.

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Popular Science Monday, May 30, 2016 - 10:16 Source

When all you have is a gun and a bunch of missiles, every problem looks like something to blow up. The Army's Apache helicopters are very good at blowing stuff up, but there are times when they need more precision. Laser-like precision, even.

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