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Poll Bludger Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 07:00 Source

Very little in it in the latest state poll from Victoria, as the November 29 election looms ever nearer.

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Poll Bludger Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 06:56 Source

Nearly eighteen months after its election, the McGowan government records a strong result in its first published poll.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 06:00 Source

Sunday 12 August 2018 Aid Memoir: Meeting between the Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister for Energy and the Environment the Rt. Honorable Josh Frydenberg representing the Commonwealth, and Dr. John Schubert representing The Great Barrier Reef Foundation. April 9 2018 Schubert: “Good afternoon, Prime Minister, Minister Freydenberg. Please take a seat. May I enquire as…

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Harrangue Man Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 22:53 Source

I'd lapsed into a sotto rant---quiet because it's night and people are in bed but with the same intensity of yelling and boiled up anger. I hissed and spat as my right hand flexed for an object to fight with. I'd had a lapse back into childhood hurt at being a whipping boy for narcissists and had to ebb off the rage. So I stopped, aware I was pacing in the dim red of the single shrouded lamp lit in the front end of the house and the boiling fury was not helping.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 20:05 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 19:30 Source

By Denis Bright In the absence of new leads in the bizarre poisoning cases involving the Novichok nerve agent in Britain, the intensity of reporting in the mainstream media is certainly worth encouraging. While coverage of the Novichok poisonings sells papers and on-air time in Britain, its infotainment value also helps to chip away at…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 13:15 Source

You have to give it to him: President Donald Trump loathes the Fourth Estate with a dedication verging on caricature. He splutters at the members and rails at their observations with adolescent rage. He sees some of its members, not without a few solid reasons, as enemies of his vision. (The Gray Lady is formidable…

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Club Troppo Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 12:36 Source

Image result for corporate political responsibilityOne of my twenty something friends once told me of a meeting to discuss corporate social responsibility in their Big Law Firm. Along came the heavies of the firm, together with their Champions of Change. These champions of change are men who look out for women – largely by making sure you don’t have to listen to women when you can listen to a Champion of Change. #WTNTL?

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Harrangue Man Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:43 Source

It was in an hardcopy newspaper, no algorithm found me, that I saw an ad for a private all boys school and thought "lucky that wasn't my old school" then turned the pages only to see an even bigger ad for my old school.What the actual fuck.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:36 Source

"Oh fried balls sandwich at the Whistle Stop Cafe!"As used after a fail move in a game.Sorry, ladies.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:10 Source

In days gone by, handshakes, not contracts, sealed a deal. A handshake came after both parties reached what each considered a fair exchange.  It then implied mutual obligation to fulfil your part of the deal.  Your reputation depended upon it and that meant everything in a time when we knew our customers, our employees, our…

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Harrangue Man Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:01 Source

The trouble with a workplace mental health injury is how often you're reminded of it even if you're in another workplace. In my case I had to put on the mental health equivalent of scuba gear and light mesh chainmail and plunge into a fetid pond and grope about to find objects therein. I surfaced with the job achieved and with surprisingly little damage because the swim was about making the pond clear---or setting it up so nature would keep it clean once toxic waste stopped being dumped into it.After the dive I went on and did other things; I didn't trigger from distress.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 06:30 Source

Details on two privately conducted polls, plus a stew of federal preselection news.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 06:29 Source

A post-election bounce for Labor washes out in the latest Queensland state poll, as Annastacia Palaszczuk takes a five point hit on her approval rating.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 00:02 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Tesla’s board seeking more information on Musk’s financing plan – sources – Reuters Tesla Falls, Wiping Out Tweet-Fueled Rally in Just Two Days – Bloomberg The spoils of being a partner at an investment bank – FT ‘The Dude’ Is Back With a $100 Million Bet on Turkish Stocks

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Duck Pond Friday, August 10, 2018 - 23:21 Source

I am guessing on the basis of the references that the writer may well be Michael Nagler, but nevertheless the quote is from the Metta Center for Nonviolence – Daily Metta.

August 10
“Teaming up”–Daily Metta

“If it is [our] privilege to be independent, it is equally [our] duty to be interdependent.”
-–Gandhi (Young India, April 25 1929)

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Harrangue Man Friday, August 10, 2018 - 22:47 Source

Talisman and I am the Leprechaun. I just happened to also have the lucky charm magic object that when used allows you to determine the result of a six-sided dice.Even if I had used it the Dwarf who stole it would have won the battle; the fucker. Better it takes me charm though instead of a life.Fucking dwarves; wee folk are supposed to stick together!Always after me lucky charms...UPDATE: I caught up to him a fields square and beat the snot out of him; he had already used me charm. Bastard.

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Harrangue Man Friday, August 10, 2018 - 18:18 Source

I'm an educated, work-experienced cat from the world of the white collar. I spent 15 minutes attempting to turn a flat-packed archive box into a normal archive box.The instructions were clear, I just didn't understand them—or failed to translate their pics into concrete boxed action.Fifteen minutes.I felt epic stupid. I did succeed—and I didn't chuck a snit.Later I had to do cutting, lots of it.

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Club Troppo Friday, August 10, 2018 - 16:33 Source

If only I’d been alive to get to one of these events.

Nelson Mandela

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Club Troppo Friday, August 10, 2018 - 16:29 Source

Image result for authoritarianismArguing with an American ex-Australian now resident in Canada, I contested his view that, of the three countries, America is the least and Australia the most, authoritarian. In part it was a verbal difference. I was taking “authoritarian” in the established pejorative meaning: Valuing authority for its own sake often used to describe totalitarian regimes or certain personalities or cultures.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 10, 2018 - 16:26 Source

A bad end to the week here in Asia, with the Australian dollar looking like the worst casualty, selling off quite smartly against USD, Yen, even Kiwi in reaction to the RBA’s monetary policy statement. Chinese stocks continue to fall in light of ongoing trade war tensions while emerging currencies like the Turkish Lira are

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 10, 2018 - 16:15 Source

Here’s a little teaser for the weekend … But first let me make a disclaimer: I have no training or standing in any platform of the study of law and I place this debate on site for whomever may be inclined to contest the proposal … It has to be admitted that the fair state…

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 10, 2018 - 15:40 Source

The Australian dollar is clearly testing downside support this afternoon: As DXY heads for the heavens approaching tonight’s US inflation number. EUR has broken down, CNY is at the verge: King Dollar returns!

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 10, 2018 - 14:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen As if yesterday’s demolition job of RBA Governor Phil Lowe’s speech strongly supporting Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ program wasn’t enough, The Australian’s Judith Sloan – who was the Commissioner in charge of the Productivity Commission’s (PC) 2006 review into the Economic Impacts of Migration and Population Growth and can be considered

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Renew Economy Friday, August 10, 2018 - 13:52 Source

Gyon luxury sports EV conceptA new luxury electric vehicle maker plans to follow footsteps of Tesla in the country that is proving to be the strongest electric car market in the worldwide - China.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 10, 2018 - 13:50 Source

From Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: The RBA’s August Statement on Monetary Policy (SoMP) was a little hawkish, with Bank officials suggesting that higher rates are likely to be appropriate at some point if the economy evolves as they expect. However, they do not see a strong case for near-term adjustment. Growth forecasts were revised

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Renew Economy Friday, August 10, 2018 - 13:47 Source

wind farmQueensland, Victoria and the ACT were quite right to reject the proposed National Energy Guarantee in its present form. To do so now would have been undeserved reward for the destructive actions of former prime minister Tony Abbott.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 10, 2018 - 13:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen With NSW declared 100% in drought: And Sydney’s water supplies plummeting: Sydney’s Water network is literally cracking under pressure of drought. From The ABC: Sydney Water says it is drowning in leaks across the city due to the NSW drought, with some pipes spurting water for weeks before being repaired. As

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:51 Source

Bill Evans from Westpac still bearish AUD: Interest rate differentials continue to be important drivers of our core view that AUD will weaken further against USD over the course of the next 12 months. We confirm our target for AUD to head to USD 0.70 through 2019. Our forecasts for the US Federal Funds rate

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Renew Economy Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:46 Source

Traffic at SunsetGlobal and Australian car and truck manufacturers call for government support to nurture low and zero emissions vehicles and infrastructure.

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