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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 00:16 Source

In which Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blunders by knighting Prince Phillip and then discounts the public reaction on social media because “it's anonymous”. As anonymous as the votes cast by secret ballot at the next federal general election in 2016?ABC News 26 January 2014:Some of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's most senior colleagues are bewildered, angered and dismayed by his decision to award an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip.Prince Philip and former Defence Force chief Angus Houston were named Australia's newest knights

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 00:15 Source

In the last month of 2014 the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption released a report titled; Election funding, expenditure and disclosure in NSW: Strengthening accountability and transparency. This 31-page report made twenty-two (22) recommendations which would make politicians, political parties and associated entities more accountable for their fundraising activities, finally allow voters to be aware of the sources of p

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 26, 2015 - 23:11 Source

Tony Abbott “continues to make the most astounding, cringe-worthy gaffes that stretch all credulity” writes Jennifer Wilson.

This, today from a Prime Minister who spends 4.3 million of taxpayer dollars monitoring social media, and employing spin doctors to “offer strategic communications advice” from the information gleaned:

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Fraudcast News Monday, January 26, 2015 - 22:49 Source

Vienna's Shakespeare and Co bookshop

Shakespeare and Co

Fraudcast News has been out and about for three years now, making its way into the world without the benefits of a conventional publishing push behind.

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Political Owl Monday, January 26, 2015 - 22:39 Source
  • Frederic Bastiat and football punditry – “In the day job I call Arsene Wenger a great economist. I’m making a serious point. … there is a close affinity between economics and sport; each can illuminate the other. I suspect you could learn more about economics from football than you could from the empty suits at Davos this week. “
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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 26, 2015 - 21:47 Source

Does the Syriza victory in the Greek elections signal the beginning of the end of Neo-liberalsim? Guest blogger Peter Martin reports.

Well done Syriza and well done Alexis Tsipras! The only way is up from here. 

Surely the economic crisis can’t get any worse for Greece! We’ll see.

The German population will have been fed a steady stream of disinformation on reckless, untrustworthy, lazy Greeks who agreed to borrow money they had no intention of ever repaying and which they have now squandered etc etc.  It’s all nonsense of course!

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 26, 2015 - 21:37 Source

“I’ll stand with you and your right to offend but I insist on the freedom to judge you on who you’re offending and why” writes Sally Baxter.

Any faint hope that a new year would shine a light in the growing darkness enveloping our planet was quickly shattered with the slaughter of a bunch of cartoonists working for an obscure publication in a language I never really come to grips with.

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En Passant Monday, January 26, 2015 - 20:57 Source

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Prometheus in The Masque of Pandora (1875) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

The decision of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to make Prince Philip a knight is a masterstroke.

Like all royals, Philip is a parasite, a hangover from medieval times and the result of the incomplete English revolution. He is also racist, stupid, sexist, rude, idiotic and an elitist.

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The New Social Democrat Monday, January 26, 2015 - 20:43 Source

1332817047237I can’t see why not.

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Your Democracy Monday, January 26, 2015 - 20:34 Source

there goes the knighthood ....

In his new book titled "Dangerous Allies," Malcolm Fraser, the former prime minister of Australia worries that the Canberra's dependence on the United States will eventually bring the nation into a direct conflict with China. His words echo those of Georgetown University professor Amitai Etzioni in an article he wrote for the Diplomat on Jan. 20.

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Your Democracy Monday, January 26, 2015 - 17:58 Source

sir dick...

Some of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's most senior colleagues are bewildered, angered and dismayed by his decision to award an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip.

Prince Philip and former Defence Force chief Angus Houston were named Australia's newest knights today, under an honours system reinstated by Mr Abbott last year.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Monday, January 26, 2015 - 16:40 Source

Which Queensland seats qualify for the legendary status of 'bellwether'; or 'litmus test' seats.

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The Tally Room Monday, January 26, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Murrumba1-2PPMurrumba is an LNP seat on the northern fringe of Brisbane, covering Deception Bay, Rothwell, Mango Hill and Griffin, and parts of Burpengary and Narangba.

The LNP’s Reg Gulley won Murrumba in 2012 after a 16.7% swing, and was left with a 9.5% margin.

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John Quiggin Monday, January 26, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Following up on my earlier piece about anti-vaxer Sherri Tenpenny, I’m pleased to report that all the commercial venues that were booked for her potentially lucrative “seminars” have cancelled. It appears the bookings were made by her Australian contact, pro-disease advocate Stephanie Messenger, under the name of a bogus anti-SIDS charity. Apparently, charges of to $200 a head were proposed.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, January 26, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Then again I wouldn't have scored a lazy quid for knocking out this column about Sir Phil the Greek.

To those who would decry this honour I say God's smothering bollocks upon you! Certainly, the PM could have embiggened any old convict. As Lord Nelson (H.G, not the other one) remarked on Australia Day morning, Sir Molly Meldrum, Sir Geoffrey Edelsten and Dame Dannii Minogue select themselves. But these would have been the obvious choices. The safe and predictable and boring options.

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The Tally Room Monday, January 26, 2015 - 14:00 Source

Fernygrove1-2PPFerny Grove is an LNP seat on the northern fringe of Brisbane, covering Ferny Grove, Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Upper Kedron and parts of Keperra, as well as semi-rural areas further north-west.

The LNP’s Dale Shuttleworth won Ferny Grove in 2012 with a 14% swing. He holds Ferny Grove with a 9.5% swing.

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Ambit Gambit Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:46 Source

It is easy to be blase about corruption in other places. No one thinks much of what passes for government in countries like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, or other places that don’t think much of human rights. (Lots of things upset me about our PM’s ideology, but I sleep better at night knowing he doesn’t keep […]

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New Matilda Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:39 Source

For Liz Conor, January 26 is a day for set aside for reflection. And avoiding large crowds. And people draped in flags.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:02 Source

The Rosetta mission made history last year, by being the first manmade spacecraft to ever orbit or land on a comet. Things didn't go exactly as planned, though. The lander Philae bounced around and got lost somewhere on the comet's surface. Wherever it is, it's not getting enough sunlight on its solar panels to keep it fully charged, so ESA has shut it down until the springtime, when the comet will be closer to the Sun. Meanwhile, the orbiter has been busy collecting data.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:02 Source

While the world awaits the first visit of Pluto this July, another space mission will reach a strange world much closer to home. And months sooner.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:02 Source

The 20,000 ton Tanggula Shan is China's fourth Landing Platform Dock, with a built in well deck which allows Chinese Marines to start amphibious assaults out of the range of coastal defense.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:02 Source

News reports say that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were deflated, showing about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) less pressure than the 13 psi required by the rules, so it seems that the most bizarre sports scandal of recent memory is real. But there are still plenty of questions: why would a team deflate footballs? Could there be another explanation? And most importantly, what does physics tell us about all this?

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:02 Source

In early March, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will enter the orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres. “We're going to see a whole new world,” says Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer and mission director. Eight years since its launch, and four years after visiting the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, Vesta, Dawn will be the first spacecraft to orbit two alien protoplanets in a single mission.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:02 Source

Light passes through air at about 299,000,000 meters per second, an accepted constant that hasn't been challenged—until now. By manipulating a single particle of light as it passed through free space, researchers have found a way to slow down the speed of light through air.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:01 Source

There is only so much Mars a rover can see from the ground. A drone scout could let the rover see further, so NASA's working on a small flying robot copter for a future Mars mission. Drones are proving themselves cheap and versatile on Earth, so it's natural to think they might be useful on Mars too. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory just released a video about their Mars Helicopter, designed to do just that.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:01 Source

But the trends that dominated robotics in 2014 weren't flash-in-the-pan fads. Last year's embarrassing drone antics, from buzzing sporting events to crashing in national parks, already seem quaint compared to the meth-hauling drone discovered in Mexico this week. And the climate of AI panic created last year by Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking has already spilled over into 2015, with the disastrous coverage of an open letter on AI safety, and $10M in funding from Musk himself towards research that would avert a superintelligent apocalypse.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:01 Source

Twitter can predict almost anything—including your risk of getting heart disease.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:01 Source

It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.

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Popular Science Monday, January 26, 2015 - 13:01 Source

Drones work best operating in packs. Last year, a study by the RAND corporation showed that when two or more drones are tracking the same target, they are much more successful at staying on its trail. Right now, however, flying drones is very labor intensive, with each drone requiring a team of pilots and observers. DARPA wants to solve both of these problems by putting more drones in the sky -- with fewer humans controlling them.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:59 Source

Noel Pearson. Barry Jones. Lowitja O’Donoghue. Kim Beazley. Fred Chaney. Anna Bligh. Caroline Jones. Margaret Throsby. Robin Williams. George Negus. Bob Brown. Natasha Stott-Despoja. Jeff Kennett. Dick Smith. Jack Thompson. Les Murray. John Williamson. Ray Martin. Roy Masters. Geoff Gallop. Bob Carr. Peter Beattie. Tim Costello. John Bell. John Gaden. Russell Crowe. Hugo Weaving. Jackie Weaver. Peter Carey. Andrew Refshauge. Kerry O’Brien. Phillip Adams. Mike Carlton. Peter Fitzsimons. Anthony Albanese. Tanya Plibersek. Nicola Roxon. Nicole Kidman. Robyn Nevin. Robyn Archer. Robin Williams. Joanna Murray-Smith.

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