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Skepticlawyer Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 22:07 Source


Cartoon by UK Daily Telegraph cartoonist, Blower

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En Passant Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 19:45 Source

She rises the moon

 

Every month God bleeds

His needs, unmanned

Her deeds, at hand

The intersex of love

Is caught,

Between the two

 

This She knew

And wild walked the side

Until His feet bled,

Well, heeled

Between the end

And the felt

Stood potential

Drained to gain

Renewed the fame

Again, and again

 

She rises the moon

And sups her song

Of hymn

The twin dances

Our double helix

Together, apart

 

Art is dead

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:35 Source

By Christian Marx Sadly once again, yet another suicide bomber has acted his revenge on innocent people in Manchester. The predictable Nazi sock puppets are out on behalf of their corporate backers, screaming for more surveillance, greater military, and an increasing attack on the Muslim community at large. Same old crap, same old conservative hatred…

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John Quiggin Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:33 Source

I got a preview of Drug Wars by

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:31 Source

by Chris Becker Logic? Rationally thinking? These things don’t go along with stock trading! Chinese financial shares are up sharply, lifting the rest of Asia as the USD retreated while oil gained in anticipation of extended supply cuts at tonights OPEC meeting. In China the Shanghai Composite has closed up nearly 1.5% higher to be

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 15:41 Source

By Loz Lawrey The Australian well of public debate has been truly poisoned by the hatred, bigotry and racism spewed forth daily by right-wing commentators and politicians. Now the ABC has succumbed to their onslaught of unthinking vitriol over a well intended Anzac Day post by broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Mageid and terminated her excellent Australia wide…

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 15:06 Source

It is now clear there are enough projects ready to go to sail past the 2020 renewable energy target. But just because we can doesn't mean that we will. There are still some major hurdles.

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:43 Source

The plunging cost of solar and storage present a huge threat to the business models of incumbent utilities. But the biggest threat to their future is their own greed, and the invitation to consumers to look at alternatives.

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:25 Source

Businesses across the Canberra region were today recognised for their commitment to making a change towards a more sustainable future at the annual Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:20 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Our current retirement system is simply not sustainable, as our population ages and life expectancy increases. Australia incentivises people to structure their finances so they are asset rich and cash poor. They are then able to claim the pension and can leave an inheritance, which is in part paid for by

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:20 Source

War! Homecomings! Stabbings! Nude Grey Worm!

The Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer contained so many delights, that of course I must put pen to papyrus and recap the seven hells out of it.

But there was one thing in that 1 minute 35 seconds of glorious GoT bounty that thrilled me more than any other.

“Oh, yes, here she goes again, ranting about Jon Snow like a sad obsessed cat fancier,” I hear you say.

NO!

I mean, yes, I am obsessed with Jon Snow in a sad, cat fancier kind of way. And we"ll get to our beloved King in the North later.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 13:29 Source

By Leith van Onselen After the latest FIRB Annual Report for 2015-16 showed exploding investment in Australian residential property by China, Treasury Secretary John Fraser has stated that Chinese investment has plunged so far in 2016-17, due to credit curbs implemented in China. From the Herald-Sun: Treasury secretary and ­Reserve Bank board member John Fraser

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:57 Source

ARENA CEO tells Senate Committee new wind and solar power generation is already, on average, cheaper than existing fossil fuel generation on the NEM.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:55 Source

By Ross Elliott, cross-posted from The Pulse Predictions of the demise of manufacturing in Australia as the economy slowly becomes more service oriented are increasingly widespread. The reason – we are told – has mostly been an uncompetitive labour cost structure. We just can’t make stuff as cheap and as quickly as they can in

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:13 Source

By Leith van Onselen Greens senator, Peter Whish-Wilson, gave an excellent extended interview on ABC’s The Business last night (extract above), whereby he made a strong case for the bank levy to be raised from its current proposed level of 0.06%: “The most important issue is that we get a good levy in place so

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:38 Source

With the rising number of plug-in models available in the U.S., many at increasingly affordable prices, the climate benefits of electric cars are growing.

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:36 Source

Report by the International Renewable Energy Agency shows large increase in number of people employed in renewable energy sectors.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:22 Source

From Morgan Stanley: We expect APRA to provide more clarity on capital requirements in coming months, and we think there is higher probability of a bear case outcome than a bull case. ANZ is best positioned and CBA worst positioned for the bear case. Finalisation of “unquestionably strong”: APRA will publish an information paper on

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:54 Source

By Leith van Onselen Earlier this week, it was the slump in retail sales that had pundits worried for the broader economy: Today, it’s the decline in new car sales, which has led to profit downgrades from Australia’s two big listed car dealerships. From The AFR: Automotive Holdings Group warned on Thursday morning that softer

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:30 Source

By Gareth Aird, Senior Economist at CBA: Key Points: A second estimate of 2017/18 spending plans of around $85bn would imply no change to investment intentions compared to the first estimate. We expect the sixth estimate of 2016/17 spending plans to come in near $113bn. Our forecast is for the actual volume of QI capex

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:25 Source

The move to decarbonisation will benefit from the rising price of fossil fueled, grid delivered electricity because higher prices will encourage investment in efficiency and lower consumption ,and incentivise alternatives such as distributed renewables.

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:18 Source

Is the rise of subsidized clean energy causing power markets to misfire?

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:17 Source

Remote mining projects in farming areas could soon access baseload electricity from biomass plants powered by straw.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:16 Source

By Leith van Onselen Over many years, Melbourne has lead the nation’s population growth, adding a ridiculous one million people (a 27% increase) in the 12 years to June 2016: Today, Bernard Salt – the self-proclaimed “unabashed supporter of a Bigger Australia” – has penned an article in The Australian arguing that Melbourne will overtake

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oecomuse Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:56 Source

[This article was first published by Independent Australia on Tuesday 23 May 2017]

This week marks fifty years since the most emphatically supported referendum in the history of Australian federation. In 1967, the Australian electorate voted overwhelmingly to constitutionally empower the Commonwealth to make laws governing ‘the aboriginal race’. A Yes vote over 90 per cent was unheard of, before or since. This overwhelmingly positive result assumed that law is not the problem but the solution to injustices.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:49 Source

By Chris Becker   Only US markets are putting on a show of risk on with European bourses retreating overnight on the Moody’s cut to China. The FOMC minutes showed that the Fed were basically unconcerned with any domestic US economic dramas and are still on track to tighten rates in the calendar year. Yesterday

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:49 Source

Via Macquarie: The release of April’s global crude steel production data by worldsteel on Tuesday confirmed that, as expected, global steel output hit yet another record high in the month. June 2014’s previous record was surpassed by 2%, with output rising above 1,700mtpa for the first time in history.  China’s record output of 886mtpa

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:30 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:29 Source

By Leith van Onselen Domainfax has run another fluffer piece trying to argue that buying a home is not much more expensive than renting: If you’ve ever thought the cost of your rent was so expensive you could afford a mortgage instead, you’re not far wrong. Australian tenants pay just $62 less a week in rent than

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 08:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the wake of Standard & Poors (S&P) downgrading of 23 smaller banks because of an “increased risk of a sharp correction in property prices”, ABC’s The Business ran an interesting segment last night examining the potential fallout. The most interesting guest was Chinese real estate agent, Ming Li, who specialises

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