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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:50 Source

Open Culture has kindly gathered up all the free HP Lovecraft audio books in existence and bundled them in one terrorlicious post for you download at your convenience.

How many Lovecraft works? Pretty much all of them. The stories have slipped into the public domain and mad fans of the Olde Ones have been recording their own versions. There are also professional readings of everything from The Call of Cthulu to The Dunwich Horror, and a radio dramatization of The Color out of Space.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:08 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia equities had been looking fairly upbeat, pricing in the lead from both Europe and Wall Street until news broke that Ebola had made its way to New York. S&P futures have pulled back, with traders concerned that the Ebola patient had travelled on the subway from […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:52 Source

You’ve got to love the Fairfax property spruik machine: Australia’s property prices will be “flat as a pancake” over the next decade, Domain Group senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson says. The resources boom is over, the international economy “can’t get its act together” and investors will soon start to lose interest. “Going forward we are […]

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:15 Source

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is growing exponentially. The latest reports suggest that at least 9,915 people have been infected, and 4,555 have died. And this is just the beginning. Previously, the CDC estimated that a startling 1.4 million West Africans could be infected by January.  

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 13:06 Source

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:52 Source

Today’s editorial in The Australian (24 October) claims:

No sector has the right to be artificially insulated from uncertainty.…[the renewable energy sector has] always known that the RET has been opposed by Coalition and Labor MPs concerned to preserve jobs.

The push for a cut in the Renewable Energy Target (RET) amongst Coalition MPs is inconsistent with previous bipartisan support for the RET.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:52 Source

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:29 Source

Lachlan Murdoch’s speech at the Keith Murdoch Oration last night was both a powerful piece of history and a cautionary note…

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:21 Source

From Goldies: What next? Two scenarios for 2015-16 We expect Chinese steel production to grow by 2% and believe that further upside from stimulus spending is highly unlikely given the shift away from investment-led growth that is unfolding across the economy. The market needs to absorb a c.110Mt surplus in 2015, roughly double the c.60Mt surplus it absorbed […]

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:16 Source

Hunt says leaving renewable energy target as is would be equivalent of $90/tonne carbon tax. That's true, but only if retailers refuse to build wind and solar farms.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:16 Source

Consumer advocates say AEMC's rejection of proposed electricity tariff reforms paves way for retailers to continue increasing prices at their leisure.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:16 Source

BHP flags carbon price, complementary policies to address climate change, former coal chief and board candidate Ian Dunlop says it's still not enough.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:15 Source

AGL Energy – once the 'greenest' retailer in the country and now the largest producer of coal-fired energy – has called for the renewable energy target to be scrapped altogether.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:15 Source

AGL Energy – once the 'greenest' retailer in the country and now the largest producer of coal-fired energy – has called for the renewable energy target to be scrapped altogether.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:47 Source

Breaking news from Bloomie that a doctor in New York City has a confirmed case of Ebola. He had recently worked in West Africa. That won’t cheer markets any and appears to have kicked shares and the dollar lower. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:43 Source

From ABC: European Leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate negotiations next year. A package agreed by […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:08 Source

Macquarie Bank still has a base of no rate rises until January 2016 but it has introduced a “risk case” for interest rates based around the adoption of macroprudential tools: The key hurdles, or catalysts, we think would be necessary for push the RBA into action are:  Non-mining capex intentions for FY16 falling short […]

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:04 Source

On Sept 30, South Australia ran most of the working day on wind and solar power, and it sent electricity prices into the negative in the middle of the day.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:01 Source

A few charts below from Mac Bank’s monthly Chinese steel mills survey: The October results of our proprietary steel survey show a modest improvement in conditions after September’s sharp contraction. Steel traders report improving sales and falling inventory, mill orders are contracting less quickly and profitability appears to stabilising at much better levels than previous troughs. For raw materials, […]

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:01 Source

The Coalition's opening bid on RET negotiations offers interesting insight into renewable energy politics, including the votes attached to rooftop solar.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:00 Source

Could climate change bring huge spiders and snakes, or shrunken mountain goats? Apparently, there's some science behind the wacky news headlines.

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xkcd.com Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:00 Source

'Oh, hey Mom. No, nothing important, just at work.'

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:53 Source

In the future, we may not be dealing with the hassles and frustrations that come with driving cars everyday. Autonomous automobiles can make our lives better! But are cars that drive by themselves all that it's cracked up to be?

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:53 Source

The scientists who published sham research on a useless weight loss supplement once called a "miracle pill" on the Dr. Oz Show have retracted their study.

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:53 Source

There's a new microscope in town and the images it produces are stunning. An international team of engineers and biologists is announcing it's made a microscope that's able to see phenomena such as single proteins diffusing through thickly-packed cells, and the movement of the fibers that pull cells apart when they divide. Everything remains alive and active under the microscope.

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:47 Source

Engineers make disaster-response robots precisely because robots are able to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans. Now the humans have got a new idea: Perhaps robots could carry off waste from Ebola patients, or bury the bodies of people who have died from Ebola in West Africa. Roboticizing such tasks would keep people from having to touch bodies when they're most infectious.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:20 Source

From  Adam Carr today: Consider that in 2014 the Chinese economy is expected to show the largest expansion on record; GDP set to rise by nearly $1.5 trillion (on a PPP basis) after a $1.37 trillion lift last year. For comparison, this is 22 per cent above what we saw during the ‘mining boom’, in […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:57 Source

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:56 Source

Laurie Oakes, a Liberal voter, boasted proudly to Media Report that he had ruined Whitlam. First, by publishing the imminent Gair appointment and causing the 1974 election in which Labor lost seats; and then by blazing the Ba’athist Breakfast, a meal at which associates of Saddam Hussein promised five hundred thousand dollars they did not deliver to Labor’s 1975 campaign. At the time he called Whitlam’s ‘the silliest government on record’ and warned them ‘little things count’, like the Cairns-Morosi adultery and the colour of Khemlani’s skin.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:43 Source

From Westpac’s rising star, Elliot Clarke: As we come to the end of October, we find ourselves facing a new state of affairs. Not only will an end to tapering in the US halt the provision of new liquidity to the US financial system, but the Fed’s balance sheet will also start to shrink relative to the size […]

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