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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 00:30 Source

Most sports organisations appreciate the free publicity local newspapers provide them with so it both surprising and annoying to repeatedly see the manner in which some cricket clubs in the Clarence valley submit the results of their matches to The Daily Examiner. Too often incomplete score cards are submitted. The Examiner provides written reports to accompany most matches but it cannot be expected to work magic with the information some clubs supply.Come on, local cricket clubs, lift your game.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 00:15 Source

When No Fibs reported this on 1 November 2013 it probably surprised very few people:It was interesting to see the opinion piece written by Peter Reith for The Drum – Fracking scare campaigns threaten our prosperity – especially considering Reith is a paid political lobbyist and chairman of the Victorian Government’s task force on the eastern gas market.“The publi

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 23:45 Source

Systems thinking is increasingly being used to address complex public health problems, such as obesity and addiction, which do not easily fit within traditional, more linear approaches.  The applications of systems thinking to public health are the...

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The Tally Room Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:18 Source

All votes have now been counted for last weekend’s Fisher by-election for the state seat in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

Earlier this week I wrote about how, after Labor won a solid lead on election night, a strong Liberal lead in the declaration votes brought the race close to a tie. As of yesterday afternoon, all two-party-preferred votes have been counted and Labor leads the Liberal candidate by 24 votes.

As long as Labor remains in the top two when the official preference distribution concludes today, you would expect Labor to win by roughly 24 votes.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:09 Source

Smashing particles together, contemplating the nature of space and time: in the popular imagination, few occupations evoke the concept of "pure science" more strongly than that of the particle physicist. But how does a particle physicist actually do her job? You're about to find out.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:09 Source

Cabo Verde doesn't make headlines all that often. An archipelago of 10 islands off the coast of Africa, it gained independence from Portugal in 1975, and has been an independent democracy ever since. But while the government of Cabo Verde (sometimes referred to as Cape Verde) is stable, the islands themselves aren't.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:09 Source

In the far Western corner of Texas, where the state almost spills over into New Mexico, the U.S. Army is building an airport for drones. Located within Fort Bliss, the new 150 acre complex will have a 50,000 square-foot hangar, a 5,000-foot runway for Gray Eagle drones, and a 1,000-foot runway for Shadow drones.

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Popular Science Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:09 Source

In January 1963, Popular Science anxiously awaited the day when humans would set foot on the moon. The president had just promised it would be a reality before the end of the decade. Naturally, we had lots of questions, and who better to answer them than the man who was in charge of designing the rockets to get us there?

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Popular Science Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 11:09 Source

Ball!
Look at the ball!
The ball is blue!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:36 Source

Laurie Oakes, a Liberal voter, said Credlin would have to take her eggs out of Abbott’s fridge and ‘mosey on down the corridor’. Paul Kelly, a Liberal voter, called Credlin a ‘barnacle’ soon due for removal though not Joe Hockey, a ‘total success’ in his portfolio. Dennis Shanahan, a Liberal voter, said of Credlin’s dominatrix rule of the PMO that comparisons to the ‘”chaos and dysfunction” of the Rudd years are inescapable’. Gerard Henderson, a Liberal voter, predicted one-term governments for both Abbott here and Cameron in Britain, and put his old head in his wrinkled hands.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 09:45 Source

(From Allthumbs)

Ellis in this slim volume manages to sum up the current state of the human condition in 10 chapters with 10 indisputable laws mightier than those handed down to Moses in the days of the burning bush, and Christian Bale decided the voice he used for Batman was suitable for the great Jewish liberator.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 09:45 Source

Ok, there’s no truth in the rumour that the Liberals are changing their name to the Sleeping Dogs Party, because people should get let them lie.

However, one has to wonder. Just how stupid do they think we are? Of course, the answer to that may well be, you’d have to be pretty stupid to elect any party that had Tony Abbott as its leader. (Of course, we weren’t voting for Tony we were getting rid of that “terrible woman”, that “dysfunctional government”, that bunch of incompetents that caused the GFC… But I’m getting ahead of myself, more on that later!)

And speaking of more on: Let’s start with Joe Hockey.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 09:35 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

It is worth noting the harm John Faulkner did the Labor Party.

It was his vote that elected Latham. It was his vote – and four others – that elected Rudd. It was his vote, and four others, that re-elected Crean. All these men he preferred to Kim Beazley.

It was he who, although the sole witness, did not dissuade Gillard from challenging Rudd, nor Rudd, initially, from defying her. He it was who, as party elder, failed to stop Rudd from undermining, treasonously, his leader during an election.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 08:56 Source

 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 00:19 Source

In 2011 Joe Hockey said “No qualifications, all the excuses that Wayne Swan talks about – falling commodity prices, a high Australian dollar, nominal growth not being up to standard. Somehow the GFC is ongoing all the time.  So yes, we are upset about this … they think the Australian people over summer will forget the solemn promises.”

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The NSW Dept. of Environment and Heritage has posted Climate Projection for NSW on its website.These projections include a; Change in number of days a year max temp > 35ºC Hots days are projected to increase across the state by an average of 9 days per year by 2030. There are significant spatial differences across the state. The greatest increases are seen in the west of the region during summer and spring with an additional 10-20 days by 2030.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Even if the Liberal Party do end up winning Fisher, there will be huge recriminations from this result. This is an 8% swing towards a 12 year-old state government in a seat Labor hasn't won since the 1985 state election. This is a result that can't be blamed in electoral boundaries. Someone is going to have to take responsibility for this result. Will it be the state Liberals? Will the finger be pointed at the federal Liberals? This is a very bad result for the Liberal Party in South Australia.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 12, 2014 - 23:10 Source

Science & Technology Buckyballs Could Make Carbon Capture Better (Spectrum) Startup Lets You Track Electricity Usage of Every Device in Your Home (Spectrum) Engineers Invent Inks for Making 3-D Printed Fuel Cells (Spectrum) Candy Crush’s Puzzling Mathematics (American Scientist) Have scientists found first sign of Dark Matter? (Telegraph) The future of 3D printing (Techlife) Quantum […]

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 21:16 Source

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News In Brief: Abbott tells colleagues to stop being sexist
 
 
Credit: Gregory Diaz

The post News In Pictures: Abbott tells colleagues to stop being sexist appeared first on The Sauce.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 12, 2014 - 19:17 Source

We continue with Dr George Venturini’s* outstanding and eye-opening analysis on the events (and aftermath) of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy. In Part 3 Dr Venturini looks back at the recent political history of Ukraine.

Who was behind the MH17 downing?

When the Soviet Union was disbanded on 8 December 1991 the leaders of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus formed the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Most of the other republics soon signed up for the new union.

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George Monbiot Friday, December 12, 2014 - 18:31 Source

The interactions between wildlife and the physical planet are more complex and fascinating than we could ever have imagined.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 12 December 2014.

I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely lost it this time. He’s written a 2,000-word article on whale poo. I admit that at first it might be hard to see the relevance to your life. But I hope that by the time you have finished this article you will have become as obsessed with marine faecal plumes as I am. What greater incentive could there be to read on?

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 18:30 Source

It appears charity group Save The Children will have less to do on Nauru next year, but neither they nor the Department want to say too much about it.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 17:41 Source

The Ellis Laws is now the number three bestseller in its category in Gleebooks. Will someone out there review it? I will print the first five that come in. Also the book that tied with Flanagan’s book in the Prime …

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 12, 2014 - 16:24 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets While US markets bounced after recent weakness, Europe remained quite choppy with investors focusing on Greek concerns and the latest round of the TLTRO. With such a disappointing uptake (€129.8 billion), it’ll only get harder for the ECB to reach its goal of expanding […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 12, 2014 - 15:29 Source

By Leith van Onselen Treasurer Joe Hockey has flagged further spending cuts in Monday’s mid-year budget update. From The AFR: [Hockey]…said the spending cuts to be announced on Monday would have “no negative impact on the economy”. “They’re modest savings because our [extra] expenditure is modest,” he said. The government’s update is set to include […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 12, 2014 - 15:23 Source

Lot’s of hand-wringing today over Capt’ Glenn’s interview at the AFR today: Declining commodity prices, an income recession, a gridlocked Senate, plunging consumer confidence and, everywhere except Sydney, a flattening housing market. At first glance it would appear the economic ducks are in a row for an interest rate cut. But are they really, and […]

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Rational Radical Friday, December 12, 2014 - 15:12 Source

Financial System Inquiry skewers housing speculation

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:47 Source

One of the key themes amongst a lot of the comments on any given real estate related piece here at MB is the discussion about how and when there is some form of correction (if we set aside the spruik of endlessly elevated, or foreign or investor demand into the stratosphere) in Australian real estate […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:44 Source

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