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George Monbiot Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 00:35 Source

This is the question everyone should be attending to – where is the food going to come from?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2017

 

Brexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: none of them keeps me awake at night. This is not because I don’t care – I care very much. It’s only because I have a bigger question on my mind. Where is the food going to come from?

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North Coast Voices Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 00:16 Source

As households across the country began the count down to the holiday season, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull smugly informed an ABC interviewer that as a result of a proposed cut in the company tax rate* everyone’s income will increase – “All boats will rise”.This is another way of referring to that now legendary faux economic theory popular with right-wing politicians – the Trickle Down Effect.This assertion is tested in an Australian Treasury working paper

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 00:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ABS on Tuesday released its property price data for the September quarter, which valued Australia’s dwelling stock owned by households at a record $6.44 trillion, whereas the total housing stock was valued at a record $6.78 trillion. As shown below, the total value of Australia’s dwelling stock owned by households

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North Coast Voices Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 00:15 Source

“The Turnbull Government is doing what all Coalition governments have done in the past 40 years - deliver special funding deals for private schools, especially for Independent schools in this case, to ensure their resource advantage and privileged position in the schools market place.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 00:10 Source

From The HIA: “The consistent feature of new home sales in 2017 is that the market is cooling,” stated HIA’s Principal Economist, Tim Reardon. “The HIA New Homes Sales Report – a survey of Australia’s largest home builders – highlights that there has been a fall in the number of new homes sold in 2017,

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: 5 Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018 – Forbes We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years – VOX Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow – Reuters A new exchange rate regime for oil-exporting countries – ERF Oil hits two-and-a-half year

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 20:33 Source

It all seemed to be the rage of decency. Everywhere, moral indignation was on the rise. Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, advocates, activists and arm chair commentators have been subjecting the Trump administration to every analysis except the one that counts: how did actually win. The Alabama Senate election, featuring…

The post Escaping Reality: Roy Moore and the Rage of Decency appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 19:27 Source

It seems at time of writing Roy Moore lost the senate race in Alabama to Doug Jones from the Democratic party. Moore, accused of serial annoyance of hot girls at the mall and worse, wore a cowboy outfit at most public engagements and pulled out his weapon of choice a number of times to show off his love for "number two" and that "number one" only applied to Christians and then only when they said so (gays, slaves, burying talents etc.).I believe Jones got 56 per cent of all women and the black turnout was bigger than for Barack, with the Mighty O coming out to support Jones in his race to not be a child molester in the senate.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 19:24 Source

By Tina Clausen What is wrong with you? Your behaviour in Parliament is atrocious and unprofessional. You are like a bunch of squabbling children. Each trying to out yell, out do, out blame and desperate to get one-up on the other. I have never been more ashamed of our Australian politicians. You seem to have…

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 17:42 Source

by Chris Becker The Alabama senatorial election is putting a little spice into a bland market with the USD falling slightly against the majors – Aussie dollar particularly – as the Fed begins its meeting tonight. Asian stocks were mixed across the region as commodity prices remained relatively stable. In mainland China the Shanghai Composite has

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:46 Source

It seemed the bleeding arse incident was a one off and healed itself. I had to check pre-wipe and no blood.I now have the soft, relaxing feeling of not bleeding out of my arse to be a new thing for us to deal with. I say us because the impact of my wounded mind and under cooked body falls on everyone around me because they have to help me and, for now, I can't contribute.But as GoT famously opined "Some people will always need help. It doesn't mean they're not worth helping."I need help and I have it.

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Inside Story Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:01 Source

Here’s an apparently simple question: why have so many institutions failed so many children for so many years? By fail, we don’t mean neglecting to mark attendance rolls or enforce classroom discipline; we’re talking about failing to protect children from sexual abuse, which is close to the worst crime imaginable.

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Inside Story Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 15:20 Source

The fiftieth anniversary of Resolution 2312, adopted unanimously by the twenty-second session of the United Nations General Assembly, is likely to pass unnoticed. Lists of significant dates in world history make no reference to the decision to adopt the Declaration on Territorial Asylum at that 1631st plenary meeting on 14 December 1967.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 15:19 Source

Press Release On 11 December 2017, the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) advised the Australian Government that a Tamil man held in immigration detention in Australia and in danger of imminent deportation, should not be returned to Sri Lanka. Human rights law firm, Human Rights for All, filed a complaint to CAT in early December…

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 15:07 Source

AGL says no private investor would invest in new coal plant, but says battery storage is coming and will be a major game changer as costs fall – which is not far away.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 15:05 Source

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced it has awarded $29.2 million for 20 research projects to propel the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 14:34 Source

While most climate summits involve mitigation policies, motherhood statements and unmemorable memos, the latest, in Paris, could be different.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 14:34 Source

While most climate summits involve mitigation policies, motherhood statements and unmemorable memos, the latest, in Paris, could be different.

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Red Bluff Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 14:26 Source

Euthanasia – Courtesy Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 http://nyphotographic.com/"The Australian state of Victoria is the first in the country to have passed voluntary assisted dying [VAD] legislation.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 13:34 Source

From the AIG: “The ACCC’s latest gas market update confirms that the gas crisis has shifted down a gear since early 2017 – but it also confirms Australian industry’s concerns that we are still far from affordable energy,” Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said today. “More supply is clearly being made available in

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 13:33 Source

A more consumer friendly approach to connect renewables to the grid is the ambition of the new suite of guidelines being developed by Energy Networks Australia.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 13:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its Births 2016 survey, which recorded a 1.9% rise in births to a record high 311,104 in 2016, with the fertility rate falling marginally to 1.789, thus remaining below replacement: The next chart plots births across Australia, which have hit a record high: Below

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Poll Bludger Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 13:14 Source

A thread for discussion of the count in the Alabama Senate race, where the face of modern Republicanism, Roy Moore, does battle with Democratic candidate Doug Jones for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions’ appointment to the Trump administration as Attorney-General.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Trump official says US wants to form group of countries to promote “clean” coal, to offer an alternative path to nations who have a more positive political attitude to the fuel.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:45 Source

Tesla big battery is starting to play more in the energy markets, but it has also been active in the less visible "services" market. Smarter, quicker, cheaper and cleaner than gas.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:45 Source

Tesla big battery is starting to play more in the energy markets, but it has also been active in the less visible "services" market. Smarter, quicker, cheaper and cleaner than gas.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:37 Source

LG announced a 15-year product warranty on all Mono X® Plus and NeON® 2 solar panels installed from 1 January 2018. The new warranty period is one of the longest solar panel product warranties available in Australia, and represents a three-year increase on LG’s existing warranty term.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday I reported how Sydney’s crippling immigration-fuelled population growth had pushed the rail network to breaking point, with one early morning incident causing mayhem well into the evening across the metropolitan train system. Today, Sydney Trains boss, Howard Collins, admitted that soaring passenger demand means the train system is stretched beyond

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday I reported how Sydney’s crippling immigration-fuelled population growth had pushed the rail network to breaking point, with one early morning incident causing mayhem well into the evening across the metropolitan train system. Today, Sydney Trains boss, Howard Collins, admitted that soaring passenger demand means the train system is stretched beyond

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:11 Source

ANU's Andrew Blakers says the distribution of solar and wind energy from one side of a continent to the other, and even between continents, is now “eminently feasible”.

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