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Harrangue Man Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 17:48 Source

Politico had a chat with writers who've written of Trump; about how they saw Trump's handling of the transition and what it said about how he will act in office.Their view is not good; he's been a bully all his life and will continue to act that way.We've lost someone that soothed for someone that bristles; a man with the full power of a state to advance his whims and a man whose career is not only defined by defying acceptable norms but reveling in it. Probs save us all.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 17:44 Source

With thanks to Gary Larson.I got pitched a job at a place whose initialism I did not recognise.A blanch of horror shot through me after I googled for what it stood for and I quickly signaled disinterest; we'd have been an antithetical fit. Still, how lucky am I to start a year with a fresh horizon. I haven't had that since high school. WFTW.

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Hoyden About Town Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 17:35 Source

Let the speculations begin!

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

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Hoyden About Town Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 17:13 Source

Most of the arguments against the Oxfam figures are asking us to look at all these molehills and ignore those few stupendously ginormous mountains.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 14:45 Source

New South Wales has burned through its fifth Premier in a decade with today’s unexpected resignation by Mike Baird, who had been there for two years and nine months.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 14:02 Source

The stark and rapid improvement in the economics of big solar in Australia is due to global declines in component costs, but also importantly declining construction costs and the deployment of yield-boosting technology like tracking.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 13:51 Source

Victoria has announced a tender for 75MW of large scale solar to be constructed in the northwest of the state, with 35MW of these arrays will "linked to" Melbourne's tram network.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 13:38 Source

AGL Energy ito begin construction on 200MW Silverton wind farm in NSW after agreement reached on a record low price for an Australian wind project.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 13:16 Source

By James Moylan Who is to blame for Trump? This seems to be the abiding obsession of our journalistic class. If you are a right wing journalist then it is apparent that Trump was elected because of a backlash against political correctness and a yearning within the huddled masses to be able to open their…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:46 Source

By now, most of you are probably aware of how ex-Minister Ley acquired the double “s” in her first name. Apparently, she “read about this numerology theory that if you add the numbers that match the letters in your name you can change your personality” So she altered the spelling so that her life would…

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:30 Source

Over the last 12 months, the Australian CleanTech Index recorded a gain of 30.4%, miles ahead of the mainstream index.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:27 Source

Singapore-based PV manufacturer REC has launched the latest version of its TwinPeak solar module. The 60-cell multicrystalline module can deliver up to 295Wp.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:25 Source

We are in the midst of experiencing the impacts of dangerous global warming, which made it all the more jarring when the Federal Government came out championing the big polluters that are driving global warming.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:24 Source

The hottest year in 137 years, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the last century because of human activities, says U.S. government scientists.

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Renew Economy Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:23 Source

The Brisbane-based developer has obtained approval to build the solar project near Columboola, southwestern Queensland, after a seven-week review process.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 09:54 Source

By David Tyler Australia is way ahead of the game in terms of using government policies and processes to punish and isolate our most disadvantaged citizens so the Government can reduce its welfare spending a few million. We now allow our Government to implement the work of sociopaths and threaten poor citizens with imprisonment on…

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AustralianPolitics.com Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 09:40 Source

Text of statement from NSW Premier Mike Baird announcing his retirement from politics.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 09:13 Source

Jason Lambright has started a blog. Go bookmark it and read regularly.

Go on.

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Global Guerrillas Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 07:05 Source

During the 2012 US Presidential election, the Romney campaign was accused of buying fake Twitter followers from a bot network after he gained a whopping ~150,000 new followers in one day.  Romney's following jumped 17% in one day, providing him with a significant bump in the general perception of his grassroots popularity and support for a paltry ~$2,700 ($18 per thousand followers). 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 05:52 Source

Thursday 19 January 2017 1 It was only last Friday in my piece “Where are you Bill” that I enquired as to where the Labor leader was. I also suggested a popular thing, amongst others, to do, would be to advocate for a National ICAC of something similar. Almost on cue Tuesday he advocated for…

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Prosper Australia Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:43 Source

by Philip Soos reposted from The Guardian Australia’s historically high and rising housing prices are widely debated and have prompted a number of government inquiries into housing affordability. The question stands open: is housing affordable in Australia? Affordability is often confused with related concepts such as ease of entry, serviceability and valuation. Ease of entry […]

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:18 Source

New York Daily News, 16 January 2017:Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities -- two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there.Johnson ascended to the presidency upon the death of John F.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:16 Source

OVERVIEW2017 Edelman Trust Barometer:The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer finds that two-thirds of the countries we survey are now "distrusters" (under 50 percent trust in the mainstream institutions of business, government, media and NGOs to do what is right), up from just over half in2016. This is a profound crisis in trust that has its origins in the Great Recession of2008. The aftershocks from the stunning meltdown of the global economy are still being felt today, with consequences yet unknown.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:15 Source

The Turnbull Government (like the Abbott government before it) once again demonstrates why it is unfit to govern……ABC News, 17 January 2017:The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare servic

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Club Troppo Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:39 Source

Do anti-poverty programs sway voters? Experimental evidence from Uganda
By: Blattman, Christopher ; Emeriau, Mathilde ; Fiala, Nathan

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:11 Source

Origin Energy should consider a bid for NSW network operator Endeavour Energy and/or make a serious push into the Queensland renewable energy market, with the aim of developing Australia’s first large scale “renewables energy on demand” business.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 13:21 Source

The bailout of the Portland aluminium smelter is arguably the dumbest thing the normally sensible Andrews Labor state Government will have committed to. And it will bear direct subsidy and power costs that amount to more than $500,000 per direct employee, per year.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:51 Source

China's National Energy Administration announced that 104 planned and under-construction coal power projects have been suspended.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:49 Source

Worldwide spending on clean energy fell 18 percent from 2015’s record high. However, even as spending ebbs, the amount of wind and solar connected to power grids around the world is still climbing.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:48 Source

German company Senec-IES has begun shipping its battery storage units to the fast-growing Australian storage market, with 2,000 units to be supplied in the first six months of 2017.

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