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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 17:10 Source

My essay on ‘partial assassination’ is finished now, and worth reading.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 16:27 Source

This is the final instalment of Croakey’s coverage of the recent Congress Lowitja. Marie McInerney reports on Professor Marcia Langton’s advice for the community controlled sector and a new book that promotes family wellbeing and empowerment. And...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 16:21 Source

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It is becoming increasingly obvious that Tony Abbott’s plan for governing is to work his way through the IPA’s wish list of 75 (+25) “radical ideas”.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 16:11 Source

What did Roger Ailes, now head of Fox News, most famously say to George HW Bush when he was running for President in 1988?

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 16:07 Source

On what occasion and in what setting did Orson Welles accuse John Houseman of having, lately, assassinated him?

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 12:26 Source

‘Houston, we have a problem’ is an easy joke. But it’s likely Angus won’t be laughing loudly in four weeks’ time, or laughing at all. This is when it will be known, and known world-wide, and famously known to world history, that MH 370 did not go down in the sea but stood in an aircraft hangar while one by one the hostages were shot or strangled or tortured and the Malaysian PM refused all bargains to save their lives.

It will be thought then we wasted a lot of money prodding seaweed, and Abbott was an idiot to spend it.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 11:28 Source

Tony Abbott was sworn in as PM of Australia 193 days ago; no asylum seekers have arrived on Australian soil for the last 100 of those 193 days. Congratulations all round, outstanding job; I wonder if Scott Morrison will be made a knight? I doubt Reza Berati will be, even posthumously. One of the more interesting aspects of this, apart from wondering what else Tony has done in those 193 days, is the comment by the Opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles: Labor would support any scheme that was saving lives at sea. Any scheme? Including one that includes torture, murder […]

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:58 Source

Why was Russell Crowe asked to open the ‘Mapping Our World’ exhibition at the National Library of Australia?

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:23 Source

(From One Hundred Days Of Summer)

21st December, 2009

10.40 p.m.
Drinks and a meal with Nathan Rees and a taperecorder in a Lebanese Restaurant called The Prophet. He is focused, unrepentant and articulate as Paul Keating in a three-hour dialogue, much of it unrecorded, that I score as high as any I’ve had with Keating, Noel Pearson, Don Dunstan and John Ralston Saul.

Of his attempted (and initially triumphant) coup at the Conference, he said:

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 08:59 Source

We are told no boats have got here in a hundred days. But 7.30 showed one that made it to Melville Island eighty-eight or ninety days ago, by an ‘unusual route’ which others may have used. And the long search for MH 370 shows how little on water is detected, ever.

It’s much more likely that boats are getting through. Or that refugees disgorged in West Irian come by ferry or pleasure craft via Thursday Island bearing false passports. Or by submarine up the Diamantina and then by bus or truck or campervan to the Gold Coast.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Sir Pository of Wisdom from the brush of Ron TandbergBut that’s what Governors-General do – they encourage us to be our best selves.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Editor David Moase in The Daily Examiner, 27 March 2013, Page 11:If there was one headline I didn't expect to see this week, it was the news Australia will soon have knights and dames in our Order of Australia honours.It is a staggering decision by the Prime Minister - not a jump to the left

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The Sniper Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 21:28 Source

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By Barry Tucker                    29 March, 2014

On Thursday, 27 March, 2014, the Labor Opposition brought on a brief debate expressing its frustration with the hard-line rulings of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop.

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The Sniper Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 21:28 Source

Comment, editing and compilation

By Barry Tucker                    29 March, 2014

On Thursday, 27 March, 2014, the Labor Opposition brought on a brief debate expressing its frustration with the hard-line rulings of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 15:43 Source

Barry Tucker                    29 March, 2014

In an article for online magazine The Hoopla, Channel Ten’s Antoinette Lattouf writes about the volume of news, its quality and the ease of correcting errors — on the interwebs.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 14:31 Source

barnabyIn 2011, Gina Rinehart flew Barnaby Joyce to India in a private jet, to watch the granddaughter of her business partner marry in front of 10,000 guests. Three months later, the GVK conglomerate bought a majority stake in the billionaire’s ”Alpha” coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin for $US1.26 billion.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 14:23 Source

My friend Nathan Rees resigned yesterday. I had thought him a future Prime Minister and, in a book I wrote after his cutting down by Obeid’s allies, interviewed him searchingly. This chapter, and this assessment, will be in these columns tomorrow.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:02 Source

I imagine you won’t agree with all of this sentence but Russell Crowe, the best actor in English-language cinema since the invention of sound, is compellingly good playing Noah as a genocidal cult-leader serving a hard God in the best Old Testament film yet made.

Some of you will disagree with this, I guess; I guess. But it’s a superbly worked-out and reimagined film that will equally appeal to the Taliban, the Mormons, the Southern Baptists, any surviving Unitarian, Orthodox Jews and those atheists who grew up like me in a fundamentalist religion and look back on it now anthropologically.

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 08:00 Source

Daniel Hashimoto appears to be a pretty cool dad. The After Effects artist for DreamWorks Studios does his magic on videos of his 3-year-old son, transforming the little guy into a superhero capable of slicing through store shelves with a light-saber and shooting things with a Lego gun. Also, did you ever play the lava game, where you pretend that the ground is molten rock? I sure did. But I don't have a dad that then made it appear as if the ground really were lava in a video. You can check out all of the videos at Hashimoto's YouTube page, Action Movie Kid, and more are below. Happy Monday!

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 07:46 Source

(Or why we need the ABC)

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Since the coalition’s Murdoch lead victory in last September’s federal election there has been a palpable shift in our national narrative. The images of a sun burnt country forged by convict sweat and hard working immigrants is fading fast, and in its wake a new story is being fashion.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 07:21 Source

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 07:00 Source

"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in August of last year, she was wearing a prototype dolphin translator called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). The device is encased in a waterproof shell and contains hydrophones that detect dolphin whistles, which can be up to 10 times higher than the highest pitch a human can make out. The whistle was one that she and others had taught the dolphins and trained them to associate with seaweed.

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 07:00 Source

"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in August of last year, she was wearing a prototype dolphin translator called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). The device is encased in a waterproof shell and contains hydrophones that detect dolphin whistles, which can be up to 10 times higher than the highest pitch a human can make out. The whistle was one that she and others had taught the dolphins and trained them to associate with seaweed.

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 07:00 Source

Daniel Hashimoto appears to be a pretty cool dad. The After Effects artist for DreamWorks Studios does his magic on videos of his 3-year-old son, transforming the little guy into a superhero capable of slicing through store shelves with a light-saber and shooting things with a Lego gun. Also, did you ever play the lava game, where you pretend that the ground is molten rock? I sure did. But I don't have a dad that then made it appear as if the ground really were lava in a video. You can check out all of the videos at Hashimoto's YouTube page, Action Movie Kid, and more are below. Happy Monday!

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 06:00 Source

"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in August of last year, she was wearing a prototype dolphin translator called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). The device is encased in a waterproof shell and contains hydrophones that detect dolphin whistles, which can be up to 10 times higher than the highest pitch a human can make out. The whistle was one that she and others had taught the dolphins and trained them to associate with seaweed.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 03:24 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Bitcoin stumbles on fears of China clampdown -CNBC , Bloomberg Whoa Did Warren Buffett Get This Massively Important Prediction Wrong  – Matt Stoller , The Brooklyn Investor The top ten hedge funds by assets - CBNC Pimco Total Return Fund behind 87 percent of its peers so far this year – [...]

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Digitopoly Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 02:17 Source

In February, at the height of the Flappy Bird fad, a game called, Threes, was released in the app store. It had the addictive quality of Flappy Bird but it was not nearly so pointless and required, for want of a better word, ‘thought.’ It was also a polished game. Great music. Very fluid design. Neat animations. Pleasant to the eye. Everything an app should be. It had rave reviews and despite being priced at $2.99 it jumped to the top of the app store.

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 02:00 Source

In Aesop's fable of The Crow and The Pitcher, the thirsty feathered protagonist comes across a pitcher partially filled with water, butcannot reach the delicious liquid with its beak - it's just out of reach. Being very clever,the crow drops stones into the pitcher until the water level rises and the crowcan drink.

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 01:00 Source

At the movies, Russell Crowe, as the lead role in Darren Aronofsky''s$125 million production ofNoah, will pile countless animals into a woodenark in anticipation of a watery apocalypse.

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Popular Science Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 01:00 Source

In Aesop's fable of The Crow and The Pitcher, the thirsty feathered protagonist comes across a pitcher partially filled with water, but cannot reach the delicious liquid with its beak - it's just out of reach. Being very clever, the crow drops stones into the pitcher until the water level rises and the crow can drink. 

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