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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 05:51 Source

Tuesday 21 February 2017 Much is being made of Donald Trump’s angst with the media. What gets forgotten is that his dislike of the media only applies to those who dare to criticise. He has in fact legitimised Fox News as America’s top truth teller. In Australia we at THE AIMN criticise the Main Stream…

The post Day to Day Politics: How the right play with your head. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 00:16 Source

NATURE.COM, Nature Climate Change,  Letter, abstract, 13 February 2017:Species’ traits influenced their response to recent climate changeMichela Pacifici, Piero Visconti, Stuart H. M.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 00:15 Source

By and large businesses in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales are fair to their employees.However, there is no denying that there is an element amongst employers which attempts to take advantage of people desperate to find paid work and, under award rates, no payslips, wages not paid on time, deductions from wages for a little as dropping one small bottle of soft drink, unfair dismissal, are not unknown.So it pays to know your rights upfront and this may help…….Fair Work Ombudsman, media re

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Club Troppo Monday, February 20, 2017 - 20:01 Source

Can a democracy attract competent leaders, while attaining broad representation? Economic models suggest that free-riding incentives and lower opportunity costs give the less competent a comparative advantage at entering political life. Moreover, if elites have more human capital, selecting on competence may lead to uneven representation. This paper examines patterns of political selection among the universe of municipal politicians and national legislators in Sweden, using extraordinarily rich data on competence traits and social background for the entire population.

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Harry Clarke Monday, February 20, 2017 - 19:51 Source

Vietnam is the second largest coffee exporter but its coffee has a low international reputation and much of it ends up in instant coffee brews.  In fact, there is a substantial coffee culture in Vietnam with (non-alcohol serving) coffee shops operating everywhere (I made the unspeakably bad error of judgment of asking for a beer in one – I got it though the owner had to raid her husband’s supplies!).  Vietnamese coffee does take a bit of getting used to –  it has a thick somewhat chocolatey taste vand is quite strong.

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laberal Monday, February 20, 2017 - 19:38 Source

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Harry Clarke Monday, February 20, 2017 - 19:22 Source

A major issue with my WordPress blog is its inability to consistently connect with Facebook whereI spend too much time these days. I have refreshment all settings and this post tests whether a connection has been achieved.  I used the WP blog for 10 years so I would dearly like to get things working again. Helpful advice appreciated.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 20, 2017 - 18:18 Source

While I was at Births, Deaths and Marriages I was stunned at the state of the waiting area. The seats were filthy. A friend asked “Did someone die or give birth on those seats?” when I shared the photo. Another along similar lines: “The right chair is for births, left chair for deaths. I’d hate…

The post Where are my (and your) taxes going? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Poll Bludger Monday, February 20, 2017 - 17:11 Source

Courtesy of the Herald Sun, two Victorian state polls from Galaxy:

• A statewide poll has Labor with a 51-49 lead, down from 52-48 at both the last poll in mid-November, and the last election in November 2014. On the primary vote, Labor is at 37%, compared with 37% in the last poll and 38.1% at the election; the Coalition is on 41%, compared with 42% at both the last poll and the last election; the Greens are on 10%, compared with 10% and 11.5%; and One Nation records a debut reading of 8%. The poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday from a sample of 1085.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 20, 2017 - 16:37 Source

For reasons of privacy, I don’t like giving my bank statements to the government – but I’ve just been required to do exactly that. After four marriages the time had come: I’m reverting to my birth name. While most people married and divorced within Victoria would have no problem reverting to their birth name, I am…

The post Would you give your bank statements to Births, Deaths & Marriages? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 20, 2017 - 15:02 Source

Federal Labor has backflipped on its renewable energy target backflip, with leader Bill Shorten insisting party still committed to 50% by 2050.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 20, 2017 - 14:55 Source

Coalition's "clean coal" plant would be costlier and dirtier than alternatives, and on top of that would require billions of dollars of government indemnities and guarantees.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 20, 2017 - 14:46 Source

Wind power has briefly supplied 52.1% of total power generation on a US grid connecting 14 south-western states – a new record for North America.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 20, 2017 - 14:22 Source

Coal dependent NSW, Queensland and Victoria facing biggest rises in electricity costs, possibly more than 20 per cent based on recent prices.

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A Senex View Monday, February 20, 2017 - 14:12 Source

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Renew Economy Monday, February 20, 2017 - 14:10 Source

The last rotor of Ararat Wind Farm’s 75 turbines was installed today.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:40 Source

Lyon Solar says 'very confident' of building solar and storage in SA this year, with investment from Magnetar Capital.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

The Juno spacecraft has been stuck in the wrong orbit around Jupiter for months, and today NASA announced that they're just going to leave it there. The team has given up on finding a way into a more ideal orbit.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

I never understood the fascination with drones—until I received my first one over the holidays. It was a small green quadcopter that looked more like a toy you'd pull out of a McDonald's Happy Meal. I wasn't too excited, but the second I turned it on, I was hooked. If you didn't get a drone for the holidays, buy one for yourself. This Metakoo Bee Mini Quadcopter is on sale for $28.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

A snake is a tube that eats, a wriggling cylinder that carries a stomach and not much else. So it was a natural inspiration for Eelume AS, a Norwegian underwater robotics company, when they needed to design an efficient, minimalist robot. They decided to replicate a snake's bendy body, creating a compact form adorned only with small sideboard motors and cameras.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

The week that was, science-wise, in pictures. Scroll down and be amazed!

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

I get it—we're all still bitter about Pluto. We wanted it to stay a planet, so we'll cling to our righteous anger until the day we die. Scientists are always changing their minds about all these categories and designations, and it sometimes seems totally unnecessary. Does it really matter if Pluto is a planet, or if there are eight continents instead of seven?

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

One of the largest aerospace contracts in the world right now is T-X program, an effort to replace all of the United States' T-38 trainer jets—a.k.a. the aircraft used to train fighter pilots. When counting the potential buys on the foreign export market, some 1,000 new jets are planned for this program.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

If you had dreams of riding a wooly mammoth through 2019 after reading headlines this week that 'Wooly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years', you might want to change your plans. It's not going to happen.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

The following is an adapted excerpt from A Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes by Zeeya Merali, available in stores now. In the book, Merali explores the possibilities of creating an infant universe in a laboratory. In this excerpt, she meets with noted futurist Anders Sandberg to discuss the ethics of potentially creating new intelligent life in a baby universe, or the possibility of sentience evolving in a computer simulation.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

This week saw a resolution to the grueling legal battle between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute over the discovery of the novel, cheap, and easy-to-use gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. The technique's original discoverers, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, lost a patent battle to the Broad Institute's Feng Zhang over who first discovered that the technique could be used to edit human and animal DNA—a feat that has massive potential to treat and cure diseases.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

The Dawn spacecraft has detected organic compounds on Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The findings are reported today in Science.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

On Jan. 20, the drone war entered its third Administration. Over the inaugural weekend, American drones fired missiles at suspected Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen, killing five people. The drone war, that is, the popular, unmanned-vehicle term for America's strategy of targeted killing, is an outgrowth of President George W.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

There's something magical about nature coming together to create a spectacle like Yosemite's firefall. It only happens in mid- to late February, when the skies are clear, the snow is melted, and the proverbial stars align. But just a few years before the firefall became a well-known visual phenomenon, visitors were treated a different firefall every single night—one made of actual fire.

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Popular Science Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:30 Source

We've mapped the surface of the Earth in excruciating detail, with images of individual streets and rivers and canyons photographed and catalogued. But one area of the Earth remains a mystery: the ocean floor.

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