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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 16:28 Source

It is a hundred years and one hundred and ninety-one days since an Australian was killed by a terrorist attack in Australia.

When, at last, another death occurs in this way it will be noted here.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 16:05 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Uncertainty breeding fear Asia is trading risk-off as confusion continues to reign in global markets – a Greek deal is yet to come together and the threat of a messy default looms. It’s almost as if investors don’t know how to move on without

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 26, 2015 - 15:59 Source

AIMN reader Colin Price has a say:

Here is an angle to the Zaky Mallah/ABC circus that may not have been picked up on: By using the term “Heads Must Roll” at the ABC – Does Prime Minister Abbott intend to commit an act of terror against ABC Staffers by beheading them?

Of course that is not what he means literally, so why is OK for Tony Abbott to be making comments that can be taken out of context, but not someone such as Zaky Mallah?

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, June 26, 2015 - 15:41 Source

iO9 has a nice tribute to Patrick Macnee who passed away this week:

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 15:26 Source

Shanghai may be down, another 4% today: And have some hope of finding a support level. But you can’t say the same for Chinext, China’s tech-heavy NASDAQ equivalent, down 8% today and looking very like it’s headed for Hell: Where high-beta goes the overall market will follow. Does it matter? According to B0fAML, any reversal will be

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 14:41 Source

From Fairfax: Hundreds of thousands of building industry contractors who may have dodged their GST or income-tax obligations have been hit with $2.3 billion in tax bills. But there could be billions more outstanding, as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) continues data matching information reported to it to identify operators in the cash economy. A reporting

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 26, 2015 - 14:26 Source

Watching the Abbott government is like watching the rerun of a movie with the same script but worse actors.

Consider Howard in 2001 as he approached an election.  The government had performed very badly in opinion polls and a series of by-elections throughout 2001, largely due to a slump in the dollar and loss of business confidence.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 14:14 Source

From BS on a parliamentary exchange today: Treasurer Joe Hockey is “flying blind” on the topic of negative gearing, amid revelations the Treasury has not modelled on the impact of federal taxes on house prices, Labor MP Jim Chalmers says. …Dr Chalmers questioned the officials about Treasury’s modelling on negative gearing, noting ratings agency Moodys’

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 13:47 Source

The Australian newspaper reported this week that the Federal Department of Health has given a large Aboriginal community controlled health service in western Sydney notice of imminent loss of funding. Patricia Delaney, a longstanding Aboriginal...

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 13:24 Source

I have already noted the pressure that big miners are under today. Here are regular charts: BHP and RIO idiocy spreads are still expanding but they’re about to reverse sharply. The FMG sanity spread has broken out and is running: Junior doom continues with ARI at a new all time low of 12 cents today:

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 13:12 Source

A $450m Victoria wind project gets financial go-ahead one day after RET legislation passed, as federal government waives through another major wind project and more wind farms rush to secure financing.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 13:12 Source

Infigen Energy will offload its US solar development pipeline, after agreeing to sell it to an unnamed global solar company for $US37.9 million.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:56 Source

Shanghai is also down 3% today and Morgan Stanley says it’s over: Our stance on China A shares is that this is probably not a dip to buy. In fact, we think the balance of probabilities is that the top for the cycle on Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chinext has now taken place. We remain concerned over four

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:50 Source

Young mother's journey from silence to speaking up for wind energy highlights importance of open, honest communication in regional wind communities, without fear or manipulation.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:49 Source

Efforts targeting lower income Californians aim to bring more EV buyers into the market and continue efforts to clean up transportation in the state.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:46 Source

Could such a case be brought in Australia? And what are the broader implications for Australia in how it positions itself on climate change?

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:45 Source

Google says newest data centre will be 100% renewable energy powered, and be re-using a retired coal power plant.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:44 Source

579 megawatts on-line in Antelope Valley, built by SunPower and now owned by BHE Renewables

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Renew Economy Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:43 Source

Switching to solar power can deliver over 100 million tonnes of emissions reductions by 2030.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:33 Source

From Capital Economics: The Australian labour market appears to be coping surprisingly well with the end of the mining boom. However, we suspect that the recent data overstate the strength of the labour market. Moreover, if the economy slows sharply this year, as we expect, then jobs growth will follow suit. By the end of

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:15 Source

Support groups have long lobbied for the change and say it is myth that most asylum seekers are provided with adequate welfare support.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:14 Source

From the AFR: HSBC has cut its Australian growth forecast to 2.4 per cent from 2.6 per cent for 2015 because of lower expectations for Chinese economic growth and a lack of investment spending by businesses, which it sees as part of a global phenomenon. Paul Bloxham, HSBC’s chief economist in Australia, now sees the Reserve Bank

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:10 Source

Big iron ore is getting pounded today as the broader markets weakens and the reality of Chinese steel weakness keep the pressure on. The technicals are looking a little scary for the big boys. RIO is off over 2% and is approaching key technical support levels That’s a rather ugly looking series of bearish descending triangles.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:07 Source

End of financial year selling. Traders selling weak names to offset against any gains made through the year. Greek issues are in play. The IMF have a deadline ‘before the Asian session’ on Monday and nothing is certain at this stage. Some will feel it’s prudent to take some risk off the table. This view

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Popular Science Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:24 Source

Since it made its courtroom debut in the mid-1980s, DNA evidence has been integral to thousands of cases (including, famously, the OJ Simpson murder trial).

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Popular Science Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:24 Source

Imagine a world where we don't have to plug anything in. Your phone, laptop, tablet and headphones are constantly being topped-up whenever they're placed on an inductive surface, so that when you take them out with you into the wider world, your devices are always brimming with battery. Step-by-step, it's what we might be moving toward, if the industry lobbying group The Wireless Power Consortium gets its way.

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Popular Science Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:24 Source

Scientists from the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago have just released a smartphone app called the Great Lakes Fish Finder. The app will help Great Lakes visitors identify what they're seeing while holidaying, and meanwhile will help researchers learn more about what species are highly prevalent in the lakes in real time. The app is being powered by iNaturalist, and is completely free.

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Popular Science Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:24 Source

Your home is about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday, Amazon announced its artificially intelligent bluetooth speaker—the Amazon Echo—is being made publicly available for purchase. The Echo was first unveiled in November 2014, but it was sold on an invitation-only basis until this week. The device is one of the first always-on, voice controlled intelligent home appliances that connects to the Internet and controls third-party services.

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Popular Science Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:24 Source

You might have thought that BlackBerrys went out of style with the advent of the touch screen, but the company is making a bold move to put their devices back in the limelight. Well, in hospitals at least—BlackBerry announced that it might be in the market to make antimicrobial cell phones for health care workers, Bloomberg reports.

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Popular Science Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:17 Source

One of Microsoft's most ambitious projects of the last few decades is HoloLens, a prototype headset that displays holograms over the real world as you look around. Also known as augmented reality, the technology has so far-been used for mostly entertainment purposes, putting Minecraft on your tabletop, for example.

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