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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 11:20 Source

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been doing a bit of reading on gamification. For those of you who don’t know, gamification is using game mechanics to motivate people to work harder or to buy your product. I’m tempted to say things like leaderboards, points, etc, but I know that at least a couple…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 11:15 Source

By Terence Mills They tell me that our politicians pulled an all-nighter on Thursday and had to hang around on poets day – a most unusual occurrence – to tidy up some loose ends and for the blokes to find their ties – you can always tell when a male politician is pretending to be…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:55 Source

The object of community in creating and maintaining a stable social and commercial environment for healthy living standards to thrive hangs on the slimmest thread of collective “desire” for such a community to exist. All the best deeds and intentions in the world will be to little avail if there is no desire on the…

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The Political Sword Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:10 Source


Senator Hanson recently implied that children on the autistic spectrum should be shunted off to ‘special schools’. However Hanson wants to spin it, she said

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North Coast Voices Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 00:16 Source

“Examining the rollout of NBN technologies as of December 2016, our preliminary analyses suggest areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage overlap with regions typically receiving NBN infrastructure of poorer quality.”  [The Conversation, 22 June 2017]c|net, 23 June 2017:The richer you are, the better the NBN getting rolled out in your area.That's according to a 

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North Coast Voices Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 00:15 Source

The Liberal Party of Australia has a new website, The Fair Go, which it officially launched on 23 June 2017 at the party's federal conference.Created on 2 May 2017 with registration

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 16:52 Source

By Damian Smith I’ve been reluctant to comment on Pauline Hanson’s noisome remarks regarding autism and schooling. Like wildfire her vacuous bigotry requires oxygen and I am loath give her the attention she so desperately desires. However, there are times when one must stare into the abyss. I have what was once known as Asperger’s…

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Harrangue Man Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 16:08 Source

Having chewed through yet another cheapie from K-Mart I rode into town on my tricycle and bought a heavy duty gaming mechanical keyboard. It throbs with an unearthly green light. So far the keys have held up to my rapid pounding and they don't feel like they're going to lose their characters after but a week of use. It seems and feels robust.Finally a keyboard that suits my typing style of furious, frenetic and a lot of backspacing.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 11:49 Source

As our politicians bemoan Australia’s sliding international ranking in standardised testing, calling for a back to basics direct instruction approach, they are ignoring the things that really matter. In 2015, Australia placed first in the Global Creativity Index which ranked 139 nations worldwide on “three Ts” as measures of economic development — talent, technology, and…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 08:57 Source

I like the Australian cultural habit of telling yarns … and general bullshitting. There is a certain skill in attitude, demeanour and voice-timing to get a good story across. Of course, the oral tradition is the best way for such a personality to tell a yarn, but with the loss of the front-bar culture, where…

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Poll Bludger Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 05:04 Source

New results from Newspoll and Essential Research have failed to have any impact on BludgerTrack’s two-party preferred reading, but there’s one point worth noting on the primary vote, with the recent lift in One Nation’s poll ratings finally kicking into action on the trend measurement (more on that here if you’re a Crikey subscriber).

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 00:16 Source

One young well-known koala attempting to hide in Loxton Street from the Iluka paparazzi……

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 00:15 Source

If you want to build a new coal plant you have to think about what is going to happen to electricity prices over the next 20 or 30 years, because that is the time frame that you have to sell over to make back the cost of building the plant. The reality is that renewables and storage is going to be much cheaper than coal in far less than 20 years, so anyone building a coal plant today is never going to make back their money.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Companies with more women directors generate a 36% higher return on equity – QZ Podcast: Are we ready to live and work alongside robots? – WEF These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs – Bloomberg How big is bitcoin, really? This chart puts it all in perspective – MarketWatch

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 14:25 Source

Amusing stuff from CBA today: It would be surprising if AUD/USD fell below its December 2016 level of 0.7160 simply because there was a negative Australia-U.S. rate differential Structural improvement in Australia’s current-account deficit (to 0.6% of GDP vs 4-5% of GDP in 2001 period) Asian and global GDP growth remains firm, and Asia is

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:56 Source

From Dick Holden professor of economics at UNSW Sydney Business School via AFR: We are now through the looking glass on company taxation. We have industry-specific taxes based simply on which companies are profitable and what focus groups think about those companies. This is terrible tax policy. Though all taxes are distortionary, the primary goal of sound

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:45 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report. The answer is critically important to both household opportunity and prosperity, and to the management of our largest national asset. Australians’ wealth

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Damian Smith Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:42 Source

I’ve been reluctant to comment on Pauline Hanson’s noisome remarks regarding autism and schooling. Like wildfire her vacuous bigotry requires oxygen and I am loath give her the attention she so desperately desires.

However there are times when one must stare into the abyss.

I have what was once known as Asperger’s Syndrome, now coalesced into the all-encompassing autism spectrum.

I’m one of what Hanson calls ‘those people’.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:41 Source

A 25-year-old jerk was making rude comments towards a man’s wife and daughter, and he finally had enough. The young ruffian was harrassing and yelling at two women, a mother and a daughter, but didn’t realize the father was nearby. The father, almost 20 years older than the aggressor, had no problems walking right up to him and confronting him.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:17 Source

Citi went shopping:  Channel checks indicate apartment rebates have moved to >10%. Feedback from our Australian Property Conference and mystery shopping highlight a clear change in the apartment market, particularly so in Perth, Brisbane and to a greater extent in Melbourne. A tier 1 developer is now offering a 5% 12-month rental guarantee plus

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:15 Source

Regulator further lifts benchmark for NSW solar tariffs - well above AGL's proposed tariff - but rejects notion rooftop solar and storage have network benefits.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:56 Source

Dalian continues its recent pattern of firming at night and sagging during the day today: Big Iron is mixed: Big Gas is still stinky: Big Gold is up: Big Bubble is reeling: And Big Liar is as mendacious as usual as REA breaks out: As Australia goes ex-growth so does it’s share market. Avagoodweekend.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

This chart shows (a) the formation of an ice-lolly, (b) ice-lollies with spikes, and (c) representations of ice-lollies observed at different temperatures.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Ticks are horrifying, plain and simple. Even if they weren't vectors for nasty infections, the fact that they swell up like tiny blood balloons and then burst if you don't remove them properly is enough to make you never want to set foot in the woods again. And guess what: they can also make you allergic to hot dogs and hamburgers, which is pretty darn unpatriotic for a tick named Amblyomma americanum.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

We all know what an egg looks like, right? Well, we might know less than we think—bird eggs can be spheres, teardrops, oblong, and anything in between. An interdisciplinary group of scientists may have made progress in cracking the mystery behind how these different shapes emerged.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Americans are spending $200 billion a year to treat their back pain, and most aren't even happy with the treatment they're getting. They're often stuck relying on addictive pain meds or spending a fortune on physical therapy.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

On Wednesday, rapper Albert Johnson—better known by his stage name Prodigy—passed away at the age of 42 from complications of sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder he'd had since birth. Though some medications can help those with sickle cell manage their condition, no cure or real treatment exists to combat the disease. And while better care in the United States has extended the lifespan of those with the disease, they often face a lifelong battle with pain, infections, and extreme fatigue.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

"Are you allergic to any medications?" I've answered that query dozens of times since a childhood incident when penicillin, taken to treat a minor infection, instead gave me an itchy rash all over my body. So I respond automatically, and call out the common antibiotic. But I recently learned that this diagnosis could be wrong. Penicillin sensitivity can disappear over time, a fact researchers have known for years. So why hasn't my doctor told me to go get an official test? It could be because she doesn't actually know the allergy can fade.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Every few weeks, a telepresence robot rolls by my desk. It's usually a co-worker in a distant office on her way to a meeting, or checking in on the progress of physical things in the office from the comfort of her home.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

A stone statue from Queluz National Palace in Portugal that has been colonized by lichens and algae.

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