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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 16:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini   Now it is time to progress to the libretto. That will show how little questions of morality matter with Howard and how much Howard and his ministerial cabal should be trusted over the cosy relationship they had with Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti. Following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the United…

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Your Democracy Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:56 Source
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John Quiggin Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:46 Source

A while ago, I made a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry into nuclear power and, in particular, the removal of the 1998 legislative ban on nuclear power. The inquiry was pretty obviously a stunt aimed at placating Barnaby Joyce and the nuclear lobby[1], but I decided to take it seriously and ask what would be needed to give nuclear power any chance, economically and in terms of social acceptance, in Australia.

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Skepticlawyer Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:46 Source

One of the signs of the increasing intellectual conformity of the academy, particularly the social science and (even more) the humanities, is the rise of scholarship that treats voting the “wrong” way as a pathology, to be explained pathologically.

In the US, analysis of voting Republican is increasingly treated in this way. Even more since Donald Trump won the Republican nomination and then the Electoral College and so the US Presidency. Brexit has received similar treatment.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00 Source

By Europaeus * Continued from Part 4 In the United States, the Immigration Act of 1924 – which established the Border Patrol  – was another piece of legislation based on the principles of ‘racial purity’ and ‘white supremacy’. Hitler praised this law when he said: “Compared to old Europe, which had lost an infinite amount of…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 09:33 Source

It would be an understatement to claim that Bougainville, that blighted piece of autonomous territory in Papua New Guinea, had been through a lot. Companies have preyed upon its environment with extractive hunger. Wars and civil strife have beset its infrastructure and economy. Some 900 kilometres from the PNG mainland, it has been what might…

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Your Democracy Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 09:15 Source

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Your Democracy Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 07:31 Source

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Nicola Sturgeon maintained throughout the election campaign that she did not want to see Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street as prime minister. 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 06:00 Source

As one day merges with the next and the year moves rapidly toward its own sunset, I cannot in all truth say that it is a season to be jolly. Christmas will come and go and Australia will enter its annual month-long period of self-imposed thoughtlessness. Then in February 2020 our politicians will begin to…

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George Monbiot Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 00:09 Source

Don’t despair: we will fight back, and, eventually, return stronger than before.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 13th
December 2019

Yes, it’s dark. Darker, arguably, than at any point since
the Second World War. We have a government not of conservatives, but of the
radical right, who will now seek to smash the remaining restraints on capital
and those who accumulate it. They will take their sledgehammers to our public
services and our public protections. They cheated and lied to assist their
victory; they will cheat and lie even more to implement their programme.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: U.S. coal production employment has fallen 42% since 2011 – Bic Magazine Morgan Stanley gears up for the new decade with job cuts – Euro Money The Rich Are Buying Physical Gold Bullion in Preparation for Recession – Gold Silver Bitcoin Americas: Why some economists are calling 401(k) plans

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 16:00 Source

Everything is awesome as the Tories look set to wipe out any chance of the UK remaining both in the EU and in, well union as risk takers take the cue that the US/China trade deal is done as well, sending the USD down against almost everything but gold. Stock markets have responded to the

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 13, 2019 - 15:30 Source

Southern Cross University Media Release New research into the impact of environmental changes on freshwater and marine animals aims to help safeguard natural populations and aquatic habitats integral to Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. The interdisciplinary project, led by Dr Ben Mos, an Aboriginal person of Turrbal descent, marks the first time Southern Cross University has…

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 15:24 Source

The UK has embraced Brexit in its national election. It’s time Australia followed suit. We need it a lot more than the UK does. Why we need our own Brexit is as obvious as falling wages growth, skyrocketing house prices, smoke choked cities, the staggering water crisis engulfing the east coast, the disappearence of city

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 15:18 Source

Via the IMF today: A Concluding Statement describes the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the end of an official staff visit (or ‘mission’), in most cases to a member country. Missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, in the context of a request to

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 15:02 Source

Kyoto Angus Taylor Michael Bloomberg COP25 Madrid - optimisedAngus Taylor bids Madrid farewell, leaving diplomats to fight for Australia's Kyoto accounting dodge, and as PM Morrison tells more untruths.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 14:55 Source

nuclear englandScott Morrison has thrown a bone to the conservative culture warriors pushing nuclear power, and now they'll be demanding a rump steak with tomato sauce.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 14:50 Source

Nuclear inquiry report calls on Australians to say "definite yes" to nuclear energy for Australia, despite the new technology's enormous expense and as-yet unproven status.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 14:44 Source

fuelEVs are an obvious solution for Australia’s precarious fuel security and its dependence on fuel imports. Former RAAF deputy chief John Blackburn explains why.

The post The Driven Podcast: EVs, range anxiety and fuel security appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 14:00 Source

The purpose of this Infographic is to debunk the common misconception that a switch to Electric Vehicles will hugely increase demand for electricity. This Infographic breaks down and depicts the data that it won’t, and in turn, Electric Vehicles will not save Coal as many suggest is might. The resulting effect is that Oil has

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 14:00 Source

Solar Panels on rooftop Roof suburb stockland - optimisedRegulator's report shows early signs of a dramatic fall in new large-scale renewables investment, to lowest level since mid-2016.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 13:40 Source

Has the RBA been hacked or what? More sense from The Bulletin from Kellie Bellrose and David Norman: Abstract Australian banks access large and deep foreign funding markets to supplement their domestic funding. Looking at the major banks’ worldwide operations, such offshore funding accounts for about one-third of their assets. This funding is raised in

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 13:34 Source

The Morrison Government is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr Eric Groom PSM and Mr Justin Oliver as full-time Commonwealth members of the Australian Energy Regulator.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 13, 2019 - 13:27 Source

AEMC seems to view distributed energy as a problem rather than an opportunity when it comes to maintaining system resilience in the face of weather events or cyberattacks.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 13:20 Source

As we already know, Sydney is a primary entry point for migrants: And Western Sydney is the prime dumping ground for these migrants: With Western Sydney also projected to receive the lion’s share future immigration-driven population growth – i.e. an additional 1.2 million people over the next 20 years, according to the Greater Sydney Commission:

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 13:00 Source

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) has released its rental data for the September quarter, which reveals that Perth’s rental market has tightened, with the vacancy rate falling to 2.5%: This is yet to translate meaningfully into rents, however, which remained flat over the past three quarters; although they have risen $10 for

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:39 Source

Phil Coorey today with dark musings on climate politics. First on The Greens and their election Adani cavalcade: Brown argues the mission was a success because the Greens’ vote rose nationally and the party secured the re-election of its Queensland senator Larissa Waters “with a more than 3 per cent increase in her vote”. But

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:30 Source

More details of the trade deal now at the WSJ: Michael Pillsbury, an adviser to the president, said he spoke with Mr. Trump, who said the deal calls for China to buy $50 billion worth of agricultural goods in 2020, along with energy and other goods. In exchange the U.S. would reduce the tariff rate

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:20 Source

I reluctantly ducked into Chadstone Shopping Centre earlier this week to buy Christmas gifts and was pleasantly surprised by how quiet the centre was. I hate shopping – even more so during Christmas, where the crowds are infuriating. I live reasonably close to Chadstone, therefore, rode my bike to avoid car parking. However, to my

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:00 Source

Sort of, via the AFR: The glut in LNG supply that caused spot prices to slump to a three-year low in Asia this year will worsen in 2020, triggering the shutdown of 10 million tonnes a year of capacity in the US and putting Australian exporters under pressure, according to a respected energy forecaster. Fereidun Fesharaki,

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