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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 03:51 Source

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Nanxi River, which is located in North Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, is famous for its clean water,rare rocks,waterfalls and ancient villages. The place isdubbed as the cradle of Chinese landscape painting.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 03:42 Source

The Great White Whale when it comes to forming new habits, for most people, is exercise.

Along with eating your vegetables, meditation, getting good sleep and quitting smoking, exercise is probably the most important habit change anyone can make.

And yet, most people struggle with creating a lasting exercise habit.

The solution is to replace the “exercise” habit with play.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 03:42 Source

The Great White Whale when it comes to forming new habits, for most people, is exercise.

Along with eating your vegetables, meditation, getting good sleep and quitting smoking, exercise is probably the most important habit change anyone can make.

And yet, most people struggle with creating a lasting exercise habit.

The solution is to replace the “exercise” habit with play.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 20:04 Source

Julie Bishop has said the search for MH 370 must go on, and millions more of our money spent on it, lest we do not find out what was on the pilot’s mind when he altered the course of the aircraft, and turned left.

This is like spending millions and millions more on finding out what was on the mind of Adam Lana when he shot the children of Sandyhook.

Millions, millions, millions more.

These are millions we could be spending on disabled children, or midnight calls to suicidal teenage Aborigines in gaol. Or into university research into curing AIDS, or cancer.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 17:47 Source

The Political Weekly: The week may have commenced with the opposition feeling chuffed about having brought down Bronwyn Bishop, but by week’s end Labor was becoming increasingly anxious about the media witch-hunt it had unleashed.

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Skepticlawyer Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 17:46 Source

Reading Norman Davies’s Vanished Kingdoms, it struck me how much Islamic states–across most of the history of Islam–resembled the fluid warlord states of Europe in the centuries immediately after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, but did not resemble the institutionally resilient Christian states of the later medieval period.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 16:27 Source

I’m not into spreading rumours and I don’t judge people. Mind you, I do form my own opinions of course. I have always believed that those who feed on rumours have small, suspicious minds.

Anyway, it just seemed rather odd to me that in the past week or so, so many people are talking about when the next election might be. The Prime Minister has said he will go the full term and you have to take him at his word given his trustworthiness. Well you know what I mean. Personally I think it will be late this year or at least before the next budget. That’s reading between the lines, of course.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 14:55 Source

Those who are puzzled by the popularity of Donald Trump I think have missed ‘a beat’, a shift, a movement in history.

They say that no-one should talk of women like that, and women will not accept it.

But they clearly have not seen Two And A Half Men, where the dialogue between men and women is Swiftian in its savagery, nor Family Guy, which is astounding in this way. All across America,min trailer parks and suburbs, this male-female raillery is loved. savagery, And those conversations rate very well.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 14:54 Source

This week’s unemployment figures should have seen the MSM frothing at the mouth. With over 800,000 Australians looking for work and no sign of any nation building projects to address this appalling number, the MSM is either asleep at the computer, or complicit in trying to conceal what is a failure of leadership.

Tony Abbott has developed a new three word slogan for those who can’t think. It’s ‘Jobs and Growth’ but those of us who can think are wondering what he is doing to make it all happen.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 10:59 Source

Hope Versus Fear

Abbott is gearing up for an election. First he wants to ensure he will be the leader who takes the Liberal National Coalition to an election, and this is by no means a done deal. And then he is convinced that he can sloganeer away the poll deficit he needs to win a second term. Or rather, his strategists are convinced they can come up with effective slogans to take Abbott to victory, and Abbott is happy to believe them.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 09:29 Source

Last week, as I pointed out, there are plenty of coal mines up for sale. So why is Adani so determined to build a new one?

On the face of it, we have one of those “silly” court decisions. A mine that’s going to create more jobs than we could possibly imagine is being held up over concern over a couple of animals.

As our illustrious leader put it:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 07:29 Source

George Bernard Shaw observed that; “A reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore, Shaw argued; all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Within Shaw’s definition, Bill Mitchell is an unreasonable man.

As an economist, Mitchell has persistently argued against the Chicago School theory of ‘trickle down’ since the mid 1980s and continues to do so today.  He remains in his own words; “One of a few trying to pull together post-Keynesian theories with other insights to create what we now call Modern Monetary Theory.”

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 07:28 Source

My irregular commute, a morning run across the city just ahead of peak hour, takes me within striking distance of The Brown Dog Cafe in the back streets of the Gabba.

It was a place which intriuged me for a long time. An old, anonymous corner lot, out of the way, and yet the footpath outside always seemed crowded. Eventually I checked it out, as is my want, and discovered one of the local secrets of the southside.

The Lazy Dog Roll.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 06:53 Source

Saturday 1 August

1 I recall being shocked when Tony Abbott was Opposition Leader and the cost of running his office was revealed. I cannot accurately recall the amount but it was way in excess of Julia Gillard’s and I wondered, at the time, how that could be.

Here’s one reason. In 2012 he did a one day trip to a Country Music Festival in Tamworth and claimed $9347 in work expenses for the whirlwind visit – despite not even staying in the city overnight.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 00:18 Source

James Ensor, The Frightful Musicians, 1891 China Beijing may question the yuan peg as the Fed prepares for liftoff – SoberLook Can the Renminbi Take on the World? – Project-Syndicate How China Is Winning Southeast Asia – Project-Syndicate China’s Malfunctioning Financial Regulation – Project-Syndicate China brokerages repackage margin loans into exchange-traded securities – SCMP China

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 7, 2015 - 21:39 Source

Hardly a day goes by where we don’t learn of something utterly terrible happening to our environment, our economy, our reputation, or our people. And the underlying thread to all of these is an incompetent government. The Abbott Government, to be precise.

Think back to the days of the Rudd/Gillard Governments and the daily dose of gloom and doom we were fed by the Murdoch media. Plus of course, their endless sensationalism about anything and everything from the clothes Julia Gillard wore to the way Kevin Rudd flicked his hair. It was so pathetic.

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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 20:43 Source

Paramedics operate in some of the most high risk situations of any health professional and often deal with critically ill and injured people.  Yet paramedics are currently not registered as healthcare professionals in any State/Territory in...

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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 19:30 Source

Something happened in the last months of the Anzac year. It was to do with the information, and the detail and the abundance of the information in the many, many documentaries and miniseries, especially Deadline Gallipoli, that showed us what really happened a hundred years ago.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 7, 2015 - 17:48 Source

Whilst we have all been distracted by Choppergate and passionately discussing Adam Goodes and marriage equality, I have a sinking feeling we have been sold out and not just by the TPP. The tea leaves are telling me that the crossbenchers may have sold out on higher education reform.

Today I saw David Leyonjhelm interviewed and he was purring about his success in destroying the wind industry. He said seven of the eight crossbench Senators had combined to achieve this and that they are realising the power they have when they agree.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 7, 2015 - 16:01 Source

No ASX at the close today owing to illness. Here’s the seven day chart: And accompanying theme song:

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, August 7, 2015 - 15:01 Source

Really expensive new running shoes. But when were they ever cheap?

Actually, I have a history of buying the cheapest running shoes I can find. Not the worst ones, usually just the ugliest most unsaleable items from the back of the sports store. They might have started out at two or $300, but I generally refuse to pay more than fifty.

And then I use them until they fall apart. I think I bought my last pair in the US at a clearance sale in San Francisco; a pair of New Balance cross trainers that I flogged for the next five years.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 7, 2015 - 14:55 Source

From Bloxo at HSBC: Amongst the many details in today’s RBA official statement we saw two key elements: downward revisions to the unemployment rate forecasts and upward revisions to the underlying inflation forecasts. Together, these revisions suggest to us that the RBA is unlikely to cut rates further. The RBA’s new forecasts suggest that it

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 7, 2015 - 14:04 Source

Santos and Origin have both extended breaks below key support today and are now in technical free fall:

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Delimiter Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:53 Source

The Opposition has demanded that the Government release a full business plan for its heavily revised version of the National Broadband Network.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:43 Source

Big iron is getting pounded today as BHP and FMG fall 2%. RIO is bucking the trend up 0.5% on its results. The mix may be the result of RIO’s plans to open the Silvergrass mine next year though it does not add a great deal in new volumes: Idiocy spreads are flat again: AGO is

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Renew Economy Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:33 Source

A single dollar can buy an awful lot of coal assets these days – coal generators in Australia and Germany, a coal mine in Queensland, or a share in the biggest coal company. But as market forces turn, Tony Abbott and his government still just don't get it.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:17 Source

The PV power generated also matched up to nuclear. Another first.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:15 Source

Warnings of fewer Tesla deliveries could be eclipsed by mesmerising video of EV-maker's prototype robotic car charger finding its way to a Model S.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:14 Source

On a Q2 earnings call, Musk reports EV production glitches and more than $1 billion in battery orders.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 7, 2015 - 13:13 Source

China working on a new initiative for spurring the usage of green vehicles, taking their cue from measures previously launched in the state of California.

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