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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 13:59 Source

By Social Rebirth

This is an open question to any leader, treasurer or candidate of any political party in the world.

Our planet is finite, has bounds or limits in regards to the temporal spans of the human experience, being corroborated by measurements of biocapacity, the ability of an area to produce resources and absorb waste.

We are currently in ecological overshoot, the amount of resources we consume annually and the waste we produce is exceeding biocapacity by about fifty percent. Our ecological footprint is one hundred fifty percent that of the biocapacity of our planet.

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New Matilda Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 12:01 Source

Blackfellas are welcome on the sporting field, particularly during Reconciliation Week. But best they keep their culture to themselves. Amy McQuire takes aim.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 09:49 Source

“We want to send a very clear message that we want you in work when you are job-ready, that you don’t have the option of walking from the school gate to the front door of the Centrelink office. This document is not an Ikea catalogue to go shopping for benefits. That’s not what it is. What this is is a schedule of benefits and payments that are there to help people in need and who need that help from the Australian taxpayer.”

Scott Morrison, Minister for Social Services

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 09:49 Source

“We want to send a very clear message that we want you in work when you are job-ready, that you don’t have the option of walking from the school gate to the front door of the Centrelink office. This document is not an Ikea catalogue to go shopping for benefits. That’s not what it is. What this is is a schedule of benefits and payments that are there to help people in need and who need that help from the Australian taxpayer.”

Scott Morrison, Minister for Social Services

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 09:27 Source

When Queensland Liberal Senator James McGrath gave his maiden speech in July last year, Doug Cameron described him as a “fruit loop ” and a “Tea Party extremist.”  Perhaps the best appraisal of the speech was by James Colley in his article “Senator James McGrath Is Your Newest Reason To Swear Loudly At The TV.” (

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 07:40 Source

Macro, Markets & Investing The Federal Reserve Board Is Much More Likely to Take Your Job Than a Robot, so Naturally the Media Are Talking About Robots – Dean Baker Bond Yields’ Broken Link with Growth – WSJ Foreigners pile into China stocks as red flags loom – FT Asia Major construction at North Korea rocket site,

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 06:51 Source

Saturday May 23

“Love has No Gender”

Gay marriage 2Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.

Will our Catholic Prime Minister at least give his ministers a conscious vote?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 04:19 Source

Peter Hartcher in the smh.

It’s dynamite.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 03:54 Source

Chris Kenny, a Liberal voter, called Mark Dreyfus ‘grubby’ for having asked why Brandis and his catamites had not had the common sense to save Katrina’s and Tori’s lives. It was wrong of him to bring up a preventable act of terrorism with the responsible Minister, Kenny implied, who had ignored his own Red Alert. Sharri Markson, a Liberal voter, said there was ‘no way’ the Lindt murders would have been prevented by putting, three months before, the murderer in gaol. It would have ‘happened spontaneously anyway’. The fault, she said, lay elsewhere.

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Digitopoly Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 03:41 Source

After years of seeming missteps (e.g., Google Plus, Google Glass, Google Wave, Google Keep), Google roared back yesterday with a new Photos service. This seems pedestrian in terms of Google’s usual ambitions but actually it is incredibly on mission; that is, if Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information.

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, May 29, 2015 - 23:06 Source

The Political Weekly: Overnight sensations, sloppy rhetoric and a spectacular own goal. Analysis of the week in politics. For The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, Budget, Coalition, featured, Joe Hockey, Labor, Liberal Party, marriage equality, modelling, NATSEM, same sex marriage, terrorism, The New Daily, Tony Abbott, Tony Burke

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George Monbiot Friday, May 29, 2015 - 21:25 Source

The cruelties of factory farming shelter behind a fairytale image, promoted by advertisers and children’s authors.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website 29th May 2015

The way that meat, eggs and milk are produced is surrounded by one of our great silences, in which most people collaborate. We don’t want to know, because knowing would force anyone with a capacity for empathy to change their diet.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, May 29, 2015 - 19:10 Source

The Brandis/Monis malfunction is either a hinge moment in our politics or a big missed opportunity for Labor.

For it showed they don’t believe in their own Red Alert. And every scare they drum up is false. And every billion they spend on ‘national security’ is wasted.

It showed, too, that Monis was not a terrorist. He was a troubled man with a mental illness, on and off his medication, like other men who pursue their ex-wives, kidnap their children, chain themselves to the gates of Parliament House, ring up and rave late at night on provincial radio.

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Your Democracy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 18:40 Source

in the S-bend

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 16:36 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Japan getting it done While attention remains pinned on China, Japan has been the quiet achiever in Asia with the Nikkei remaining at 15-year highs. The recent gains in the greenback have been the pinnacle of the rally, sending USD/JPY to 2002 highs. Data

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 15:43 Source

  After the release of the 1Q 2015 Capex data by the ABS, Gunnamatta spoke with David Llewellyn-Smith and Leith van Onselen about the significance of the data for the national economy.  In a wide ranging discussion, they covered the outlook for aggregate demand, interest rates, and employment, and discussed how the economic outlook will

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:59 Source

Big iron is up today as the weak dollar and bond bid boosts shares. BHP and RIO are both up 1.5% but FMG is down 2% on the spot price sell off. To the indexes:   The idiocy spreads are still flat:   The juniors are stable but BCI is fading again:   Dalian futures

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:46 Source

CSIRO technology that allows remote control and monitoring of electricity use, energy demand management participation, is being commercialised in Australia.

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Jack the Insider Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:46 Source

Forgive me for coming over all Rodney Dangerfield but it is high time same sex couples shared the same misery us hetero couples have experienced…

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Market analysts say big retailers headed in right direction on solar and storage, arguing it is better to cannibalise than be consumed.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Sener starts work on thermosolar complex in Morocco; while Abengoa to develop 210MW hybrid solar plant in Chile, as solar prepares to take on baseload fossil fuels.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:41 Source

Garnaut says costs of climate action for Australia out to 2050 already exceeded by misplaced billions in mining boom and stranded assets.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:39 Source

Spanish lender joins Canada's two largest pension funds to launch London-based Cubico Sustainable Investment, a joint fund for renewable energy projects.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:39 Source

Claims of a coal power surge during Germany's nuclear phase-out are unfounded. In fact, Germany has no coal plants in the pipeline since Fukushima.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:38 Source

Relying on fixed charges to recoup lost electricity revenue from solar households is not only a big gamble for utilities, but a giant missed opportunity.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:37 Source

Unless Western countries intervene in their economies to build green energy and resource systems, they will continue to be defeated in this field by China.

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Your Democracy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:26 Source

sorcerer's apprentice

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New Matilda Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:26 Source

The WA government has refused to release the report but the Greens claim a leaked copy undermines the case for cuts.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:18 Source

Energy rule-maker finally moves on demand management, but changes may not take effect until after networks lock in another spending spree.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, May 29, 2015 - 13:55 Source

The Australian Army has put together a very good multimedia history of their involvement in Afghanistan. Lots of interviews, context and first hand coverage. It would take a few hours to work through, but worth it for those who are interested.

Link's here.

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