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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 21:07 Source

Readers who are already part of SF fandom have probably seen a lot of this WisCon 38 fallout already, but since this sort of institutional memory-holing of relevant history regarding serial harassers is precisely the sort of social convention that...

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Political Owl Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 20:05 Source

2014-07-29_elninowatchThe odds of an  El Niño developing this year, and with it the chances of an ultra-hot year for the planet, have dropped considerably.

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En Passant Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 19:54 Source

In commemorating the Great War, which broke out 100 years ago next month, we recall one of history’s greatest crimes writes Tom O’Lincoln in Red Flag. Sixteen million dead and 20 million wounded. Such a grubby mix of murder and profit-hunger confronts us. Dividends rise and workers fall.

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 19:32 Source

theBoy and I share a word—furtle, or furtling—which means to swivel your eyeballs in a suspicious manner. It now has a larger meaning of tucking your head down to just eyeballs above the rim level and sneakily zooming along. I am officially in a new position and oldwork has forever lost their hold. My newwork is awesome and I get to do fun things as I furtle along, tweaking things here, suggesting things there. An insidious influence by sheer dint of competence. Yes, my self-esteem is still that high. As I scored in black pen on the bookshelf hutch in the shed a year ago—I will never feel shit about myself again.I am still sore.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 18:51 Source

all-the-birds-singingAll the Birds Singing is the winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, given to a book judged to be ‘of the highest literary merit’ which presents ‘Australian Life in any of its phases’.

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Croakey Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 18:07 Source

Australia is not the only country with a health system under pressure from rising health care costs and increasing demand from a growing and ageing population.  A spate of recent research and policy papers from Europe shows that this part of the...

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 18:04 Source

Joe Hockey just said on PM that requiring young people to make forty applications per month would get the ‘most hungry’ into jobs, and Big Business’s view that the plan was ‘nuts’ was wrong.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 17:22 Source

Took a hit from a migraine this morning, so all progress on the books came to a halt. Dropped a couple pain killers and retired to my office recliner to let it pass. Strong pain killers, fell asleep. Woke up two hours later with head ache gone. Replaced by terrible back pain.

This is a disaster.

I've spent so much time at my standing desk that I can no longer skive off and sleep in my office chair.

Man, I loved that chair. We had some good times together.

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WixxyLeaks Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 16:20 Source

With the Royal Commission due back tomorrow with Kathy Jackson being called in for further questioning I thought now was as good a time as any to post my witness statement in full.

You will note that I don’t embellish too much as I chose to let the documentation speak for itself and not try and push any interpretation.

There are hyperlinks to all of the relevant documentation.

Some of the scans of cheque requisitions are quite faded and for that I apologise, the originals are with HSU National Office and are available for the Royal Commission

The statement has not been edited or modified in any way.

 

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 16:08 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has been fairly subdued today, although price action on an index level still points to holding a favourable bias towards China, Hong Kong and Japan. In Australia, the ASX 200 saw good buying off the early morning low (5565), although defensive names have outperformed. The talk […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:52 Source

A 10kW solar system at Gawler Community House SA becomes second such project funded by the Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia (CORENA).

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:51 Source

Australia Post installs rooftop solar at NSW HQ to cut electricity costs by $65,000-plus a year; as does one of Australia's bigggest bird seed makers.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:50 Source

TAI report says Australian solar industry employs more than coal fired generators, and are more efficient that international peers.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:50 Source

Network operators still want to address the "death spiral" by penalising solar and battery storage with higher fees and tariffs. But they are doing nothing about the legacy costs of a super-sized and over-capitalised grid.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:42 Source

By Leith van Onselen From The Australian comes news that members of the Parliamentary into into foreign property investment will embark on a week long tour of China to help ascertain the degree of investment in Australian property: The delegation is being led by committee chair, Kelly O’Dwyer, who is joined by fellow Liberals Peter […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:57 Source

By Leith van Onselen The AFR is reporting today that Queensland Treasury Corp has called for expressions of interest to sell $33.6 billion of ports, power generators, electricity distribution networks and water pipelines (see below graphic). Studying the for sale list makes me nervous, as most of the assets appear to be essential infrastructure, whose sale could potentially lead […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:53 Source

LED streetlights could achieve efficiencies of 97% by 2020 – much higher than domestic or commercial lamps. But are our governments enlightened enough?

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Club Troppo Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:52 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:52 Source

NSW should focus on restructuring its electricity business rather than trying to sell an old business model.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:51 Source

It’s all green again for iron ore miners today as Dalian iron ore futures are up almost 1% and rebar futures are following, up 0.6%. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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Club Troppo Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:35 Source

Putin currently graces the cover of Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and The Economist, together with a host of lesser publications. Always unfavourably of course, with the possible exception of Time where the headline is “Cold War II” and the subhead “The West is losing Putin’s dangerous game”.

In the midst of this stampede, it’s refreshing to find authors who take a longer view. Two popped up today, both writing in conservative publications and from a realist standpoint.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:24 Source

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:16 Source

The Abbott Government has just signed off on development of one of the world's largest coal mines. There goes the neighbourhood, literally.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:11 Source

Last night Sydney enjoyed an amazing winter sunset that slowly faded between endless colours. While beautiful sunsets are common, this one was particularly long lasting and photogenic. Not surprisingly, Facebook and the internet was soon awash with pictures. But what made the Sydney sunset so spectacular?

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Political Owl Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 13:10 Source

Synthesized face-like images illustrating the changes in facial features that typify each of the three social trait dimensionsSynthesized face-like images illustrating the changes in facial features that typify each of the three social trait dimensions

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:59 Source

There’s some evidence that microbes living inside a rock could be blasted from their home planet, travel through space, and then crash-land on a new planet relatively unscathed. Throughout the ALH84001 debate, scientists assumed fossils could also withstand the grueling journey, but it looks like nobody actually set out to test ituntil now. 

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:37 Source

The media loves it, but this one goes in the totally irrelevant category. From the AFR: Australian iron ore miners are playing with the structure and dating of contracts for the ore in a bid to lessen the impact of big discounts being forced on them by Chinese buyers. …Instead of continuing to set prices […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen Standard & Poors (S&P) has released a new report warning of increasing risks for the Australian housing market due to rising investor participation, slowing income growth and softening employment prospects, which could create mortgage repayment pressures for recent, highly leveraged, purchasers: All else being equal, falling interest rates have brought improvements […]

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Inside Story Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:16 Source

Chris Kelly as Gavrilo Princip in 37 Days.

In 28 June this year, on the one-hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, heads of state from the European Union countries came together at Ypres to commemorate the event that led to the outbreak of the first world war just thirty-seven days later. In Sarajevo, the mood was more turbulent, with demonstrations honouring Gavrilo Princip, the Bosnian Serb who fired the fatal shots.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:14 Source

Online modelling tool uses 3D maps of Australian capital cities to help consumers estimate benefits of installing rooftop solar.

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