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Popular Science Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:00 Source

The 400 members of the Aka tribe, indigenous to the Congo River basin in Africa, are some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers in the world. Collectively, they're also pretty into smoking marijuana, which might help them keep their bodies rid of harmful intestinal parasites, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Human Biology. To the researchers, this may offer a different explanation for human drug use: an unconscious drive to rid ourselves of parasites.

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Popular Science Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:00 Source

Colon biopsies are uncomfortable procedures, but doctors need to do them if they suspect that a patient may have colon cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed type of cancer. Now researchers have developed star-shaped robots that can take tissue samples from inside the colon without the invasive probe.

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Popular Science Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:00 Source

Russia is not an easy neighbor for a country to have. In 2008 they invaded parts of nearby Georgia, protecting splinter republics that exist to this day. Last year, shortly after the Winter Olympics and a protest movement in Ukraine that drove out a Russian-aligned president, Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and continues to funnel arms and fighters to separatists in Eastern Ukraine as they fight against the Ukrainian government.

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Popular Science Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:00 Source

The US hurricane season kicks off today, and luckily the forecast predicts that this year will be a light one, with very few massive hurricanes developing.

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Popular Science Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:00 Source

It's been almost 50 years since astronaut Ed White became the first American to take the plunge into space. On June 3, 1965, White completed NASA's first spacewalk. Tethered to the Gemini 4 spacecraft by a shiny gold umbilical cord, White spent 23 minutes floating in low Earth orbit, and jettisoning around using an air gun. Mission control had to coax him back inside the spacecraft.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 09:54 Source

From Forexlive: Here’s a quickie from some of the banks on what they expect. They are all ‘on hold’ for today … Citigroup are looking for a 25bps cut before year-end Macquarie – 25bps cut in November Nomura are also in the 25bps cut in November camp RBC Capital  say there is a cut coming 25bps cut in late 2015

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 09:44 Source

By Leith van Onselen It seems that along with Treasurer Joe Hockey,  John Fraser is another unwilling participant in Tony Abbott’s “strategic” captain’s call not to touch Australia’s wasteful and inequitable superannuation concessions. Appearing at the Senate estimates committee hearing in Canberra yesterday, Fraser all but admitted that superannuation reform is inevitable, given its growing

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 09:43 Source

Chris Joye chimes in on the bubble debate: The biggest bubbles also tend to be accompanied by manic buying (tick that box), backed by high leverage (tick) and hyperbolic defences (tick) of the crazy prices (tick again). My next door neighbours traded their Sydney property, which recent sales implied was worth no more than $4.4

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 09:42 Source

If the convicted terrorist and fighter with Islamic State, Khaled Sharrouf, wanted to return to Australia, should he be allowed entry into the country? …

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 09:04 Source

By Leith van Onselen Dad’s Army’s  Alan Kohler really doesn’t seem to give a stuff about Australia’s youth. In September last year, he gave an extraordinary video interview whereby he cheered on Australian house prices and effectively told first home buyers to eat shit. While there were many disgraceful quotes in that interview, these ones

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 08:53 Source

Like other Newspolls this one bases its preference flow on the 2013 election, when PUP favoured the Liberals, and what might be called the ‘Windsor Independents’ were more likely to, and when it was believed that Abbott would not harm SBS, the ABC, NDIS, Gonski, health care, schools and universities, or book us into another war in Iraq.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 08:07 Source

By Chris Becker A solid ISM Manufacturing print gave the US Dollar and US markets a small bounce overnight, but the Greek debt situation continues to weigh in Europe, where the Troika yet again met in secret to discuss the once-sovereign state’s future as a rolling series of debt payments begins this Friday. Recapping Asia’s

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 06:44 Source

THE LIST

Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians. Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate fully referenced list at the end.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 04:34 Source

It is quite clear that Australian financial regulators have made a group decision to jawbone the Hell out of the housing market to help the RBA keep a lid on prices while cutting rates to lower the dollar. In recent weeks the heads of the RBA, ASIC, APRA and Treasury have all issued very blunt warnings to overheated

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 04:04 Source

It’s polling day and the news for the Abbott Government is not especially good. Newspoll has the Government clawing back one point on two party preferred but it is basically going sideways in a losing position: Shorten’s support is slipping but is still very high for an opposition leader. Roy Morgan is out too and

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:41 Source

Jennifer Doggett reports Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones, got it right at the closing session of #ruralhealthconf when he described it as having ‘both substance and soul’. From Shellie Morris’s rousing performance at the opening...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:38 Source

As I’ve said many times the Dun and Bradstreet Business Expectations survey is more a real time indicator than a leading index but it ain’t travelling well either way: That’s your roll over right there. What is most unsettling is that this is a services indicator so is supposed to be where the uplift is going to come from. The Kouk

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen The RBA has released its commodity price index for May, which registered another 1.6% fall in SDR (currency weighted) terms – the key determinant of the terms-of-trade – and a 2.1% fall in Australian dollar terms: Preliminary estimates for May indicate that the index declined by 1.6 per cent (on a

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:06 Source

Canberra: Monday, 1 June, House Of Representatives – Question Time

Joel Fitzgibbon (Hunter, NSW: ALP) Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Rural Affairs tried to ask a question of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and whether Barnaby Joyce had used inappropriate influence in the recent Rinehart court case against her children. Speaker Bronwyn Bishop blocked the question.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:05 Source

From the AFR: After failing to convince the Abbott government to run an inquiry into the iron ore market, Fortescue Metals Group is understood to be quietly agitating for Plan B  – an inquiry in the West Australian Parliament. Premier Colin Barnett is opposed to a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore market, and while

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:04 Source

From LNGworldnews: Major oil and gas companies, BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total sent a call to the governments around the world and to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to introduce carbon pricing systems. The companies urge the governments to create clear, stable, ambitious policy frameworks that could eventually

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:03 Source

Here are the iron ore price charts for May 1, 2015: Spot has not updated owing to the Singapore market being closed. If Dalian is any guide it’ll be a sharp jump higher tomorrow. The Chinese futures jumped to 436 yesterday and 441 overnight. Singapore swaps are still more sober. Rebar is still dying. Chinese

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:03 Source

The Brent oil price eased a little last night as we approach the OPEC meeting. Going in, Saudi appears relaxed, from Reuters: Saudi Arabia’s oil minister Ali al-Naimi said on Monday he expects oil demand to pick up in the second half of 2015 while supply decreases, in a sign that the Saudi strategy of

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:02 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. The CREIS May report for 100 cities is out and it shows prices rising 0.45% nationally. Gainers and losers were almost even: 48 cities saw gains, 52 saw losses. Bifurcation continues: the ten largest cities saw new home prices increase 0.99%. Source: 2015年5月中国房地产指数系统百城价格指数报告 Some cities are going nuts again.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Monetary policy and inequality – Brookings Roubini: The liquidity timebomb – monetary policies have created a dangerous paradox – The Guradian Why did Lehman Brothers Collapse? – Bloomberg View Lynch’s Secret to Finding Value Discovers Little in S&P 500 – Bloomberg Easy Access to Money Keeps U.S. Oil Pumping

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, June 1, 2015 - 21:02 Source

Got five submissions to The Oral History of the Monster Wars so far and they"re looking pretty good. Gonna have to knuckle down and write my own soon enough. Before then, however, I"m busy on the first draft of A Protocol for Monsters - the Scooby Gang book which lets us see Emergence from a point of view other than Dave"s.

Heath, Emmeline and Compton are the story tellers in this book and right now they"re fumbling their way towards a realisation that they"re dealing with something way beyond even the normal abnormalities of OSTP"s Special Programs Division.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, June 1, 2015 - 20:32 Source

Timing is everything in politics, and recently Labor has been missing the mark...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, June 1, 2015 - 20:25 Source

Ok, we’ve lived for years with the confusing situation where our “Liberal Party” is very confusing for those in the USA who see calling one a “liberal” is equivalent to suggesting that they are one of Satan’s disciples.

And, well of course, some of you on this wicked site won’t see anything wrong with being one of Satan’s disciples. That’s ok, but just remember when gay marriage is allowed that it certainly wasn’t the Liberals what done it…

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 19:49 Source

Abbott will knight George Pell on the Queen’s Birthday.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 19:26 Source

A Morgan poll of 3,140 electors over the last two weekends has Labor on 53 percent, two party preferred, and winning easily with a majority of about thirty seats. It spells the end, probably, of Abbott and Hockey.

Women favoured Labor by 54.4 percent, men by 51.5 percent. Those aged 18 to 24, 68 percent. Those aged 25 to 34, 58.5 percent. Those aged 35 to 49, 55.5 percent. Those aged 50 to 64, 50.5 percent. Those over 65, 41.5 percent.

In Victoria, Labor was ahead by 56.5 percent, in Queensland, 54.5 percent, in Tasmania 53 percent, in South Australia, 51 percent. In both NSW and WA, it was behind, on 49 percent.

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