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The Tally Room Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Fisher by-election primary votes – all booths reporting, no declaration votes reported

Projected %

Heidi Harris

Jeanie Walker

Nat Cook

Rob De Jonge

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 18:06 Source

The fourth estate has been sold off to private interests. What's needed is a fifth estate, one that watches the watchers and practices real journalism, writes John Pilger.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 17:36 Source

This blog will be silent for the next 6-8 weeks while I am away recovering from shoulder surgery.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 17:36 Source

Join me for a live results service on tonight's count in the Fisher By-election.

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Renew Economy Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 16:28 Source

APVI says Australia has reached 4GW of rooftop solar, up to 40 per cent household penetration in some states.

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WixxyLeaks Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 14:39 Source

“A little bit of torture never hurt anybody” some say.

So, what could possibly be more entertaining than torturing people? Or more fun than committing sexually violent acts against women and then viciously assaulting or murdering them?

Apparently not much if you are one of the programmers at Take-Two makers of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games.

The latest instalment of the series is a newly updated Grand Theft Auto V and has all the usual fun of stealing cars, shooting people, dealing drugs and assaulting pedestrians, plus some newer more controversial features.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 12:29 Source

Bishop and Abbott began to fight like dogs over whether Christ or Global Warming would end the earth and what they should do about it. Hockey blamed ‘ratbags’ in the Liberal back bench for the hourly swelling rumours that he would soon be replaced by Turnbull, who could add. Josh Frydenberg told Alberici that Hockey giving away the Mining Tax, the Carbon Tax, the Paid Parental Leave, two hundred thousand jobs in and around the car manufacturing industry and ten billion dollars to the Reserve Bank had had ‘no effect’ on the Budget bottom line; this was now called the ‘Joe Hole’, and involved the biggest deficit in our history.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:33 Source

As Lenore Taylor reported on Friday, every morning the major parties send out the “messages” of the day. These aren’t really super-secret documents since ministers and MPs dutifully recite them into any available open microphone.

At the media briefing after the Coalition’s party meeting the assembled journalists were told, “The prime minister said 2014 had been a very good year for the government and he’s confident next year would be at least as good if not better.”

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:01 Source

Last night, about 450 people packed into New York City's Kaufman Center to hear a genetics professor and Monsanto's chief technology officer debate against researchers who are against the use of any genetic engineering technology. Among the audience members were writers for environmental magazines, a well-known biologist who had invented major genetic techniques, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. It was a sold-out show.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:01 Source

This month the waters of the Atlantic Ocean will feel for the first time the smooth rush of something very special in the way of superliners. The S.S. United States will be taking her builder's trials and acceptance trials preparatory to entering the deluxe transatlantic trade on July 3.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:01 Source

She's the most famous ship that never sank, and a technological triumph of her era. At her launch, she boasted the most extensive use of lightweight aluminum in any structure, full air-conditioning, and the most rigorous fireproofing ever seen in a commercial vessel. She was fast, too -- the speed record she set on her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1952 still stands.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:01 Source

Although they fly like other bats and look like other bats, fruit bats lack the special biosonar that makes their smaller kin so unique. About 85 percent of the 1,200 known bat species emit ultrasonic chirps and clicks to hunt, but the other 15 percent, the megabats or “Old World fruit bats,” don't do this. They don't have any of the special adaptations it requires.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:01 Source

They're not the best leftovers, but winter vegetables are worth making well beyond Thanksgiving — think squash, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. If you don't like brussels sprouts, you're just wrong. It could be because you don't like their bitter taste, though.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:01 Source

Sure, you could order a pizza instantly through your Xbox, or by using hand gestures on an interactive tabletop at the restaurant. But what if you don't know what you want? Well, Pizza Hut wants to help you by reading your subconscious mind, and it's not creepy at all.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:56 Source

During the fall, tree leaves drop and gather on train tracks throughout Europe and North America, which can lead to serious problems for railways. Gathered leaves get wet from rainfall and then are crushed by train wheels, which turns the leaves into a hard, Teflon-like substance that coats the rails. The residue makes it harder for train wheels to grip the rails, which means trains have to move more slowly to be safe and to make sure their wheels don't slide on the rails when the train is slowing down.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:56 Source

Photographer Steve Spitzer was walking through Loyola Beach in Chicago when he came across an odd sight: A Great Horned Owl... swimming in Lake Michigan.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:56 Source

London's Crossrail is a railway system -- currently the largest current construction project in Europe -- that will run partially underground, and is designed to create a faster link between the center of London and it's outlying areas. Trains will start running in 2018. Since construction started in 2009, 23 miles of tunnels have been burrowed under the streets of London.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:56 Source

As costs go down and ease of use goes up, more and more drones are going to enter American skies. Last month, the Federal Aviation Authority reported an increase in drones spotted near other aircraft, raising fears that an errant drone may imperil a manned airplane. But drones don't just pose a risk to human-made aircraft. They can also threaten birds.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:56 Source

Anna-Louise Reysenbach has been to bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Sometimes she sits on ships atop the waves while sending robots down to such locales. Other times she goes herself, sealed inside submersibles that bring her safely to hydrothermal vents located more than a mile beneath the surface of the sea.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:56 Source

The Predator drone is an iconic symbol of America's current wars, and it's younger -- but bigger -- Predator-B sibling often goes by the ominous name Reaper. In NASA's hands, the Predator-B is instead Ikhana, from a “Native American Choctaw word meaning intelligent, conscious or aware," and today the Ikhana flew to see not insurgents moving across distant sands, but the Orion capsule crashing into the sea.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:54 Source

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my marketing career, it’s that a brand does not belong to those who own it. Nike is not defined by what Nike chooses to say about Nike. Your local restaurant can claim to be sell the best meal in the city. But none of what they say matters nearly as much as how those who consume the brand identify with the brand. Perception is reality when it comes to branding. No one is ‘cool’ because they say they are. Even people’s personalities are a reflection of what others think their personalities are. Someone else decides you are shy and it doesn’t really matter what you think you are.

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The Tally Room Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:00 Source

Voters are going to the polls today in the by-election for the southern Adelaide seat of Fisher in the South Australian parliament. The by-election was triggered by the death of independent MP Bob Such.

I’ll be back with live coverage of the results from 6pm Adelaide time (6:30pm AEDT). In the meantime you can read the Tally Room guide to the Fisher by-election.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 09:59 Source

On 30 October 2014 the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced a public inquiry into allegations concerning alleged corrupt conduct by a senior public official.This inquiry known as Operation Hale was due to commence on 10 November 2014 and run over a two-day period.However, by 10 November 2014 the NSW Supreme Court had handed down its judgment in Cunneen and Ors v Independent Commission Against Corru

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MacroBusiness Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 01:09 Source

Hi all.. unfortunately it’s going to be a single post weekend. Both Gunna and myself are otherwise engaged with end of year responsibilities. Global Macro / Markets: Bitcoin 2.0 gives the dreamers focus — but only without the hype  – FT Brent Drops From 4-Year Low as Saudi Discounts Deepen Price War -  Bloomberg Here Is Oil’s […]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 00:18 Source

ABC News 2 December 2014:A budding photographer from the New South Wales mid north coast has captured what she describes as her "Oh-my-God moment", with a shark leaping out of the water during a local surf contest.Steph Bellamy was at Macaule

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Toxic Tony: Abbott threw Napthine under a bus[The New Daily 30 November 2014]                     

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 00:15 Source

"Abbott has already burnt up an enormous amount of political capital and it's hard to get that back”,……Abbott "ran a very negative campaign to win government and he's now getting that back in spades".[Former Liberal MP and former Shadow Federal Treasurer John Hewson in, 29 November 2014]

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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 18:05 Source

Lawyers say a total of 44 asylum seeker children currently in Australia could be deported to Nauru as a result of the legislation.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 5, 2014 - 16:36 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has turned negative with equities tracking China lower after having outperformed all week. Adding to the demise of regional equities, the leads from overnight trade were not particularly encouraging as US and European markets struggled. The European Central Bank meeting was perhaps the […]

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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 16:07 Source

James Munro has failed to say what job he works in for two days and is banned for life. He is a political staffer, probably, or an aasociate of IPA or Gerard Henderson. Look on his works, ye mighty, and …

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