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Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 07:05 Source

I am reviewing Sport For Jove’s The Merchant of Venice and the BBC miniseries Wolf Hall in the next day or so on Ellis Gold.

I will monitor the developing Abbott/Bishop donnybrook-and-coup throughout the day in these pages. It seems to me extremely unlikely, but what would I know, that Abbott will survive, and extremely probable the numbers dividing Turnbull and Bishop are only one or two.

Insiders this morning will be instructive.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 06:48 Source

(From Dali)

This newly released documentary is directed by Alex Gibney, who kept the title of the 2013 bestseller by Lawrence Wright on which the documentary is based. I haven’t read the book, but there are strong indications that Gibney has incorporated very recent material, which may not have yet surfaced in time for the book.

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you said it... Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 18:28 Source

#smh_news                 #guardian                 #abcnews

Once upon a time, the offspring of a Russian immigrant yearned to stamp his presence on the Australian landscape.

The resulting impact could be likened to the thud a parasite-ravaged dead autumn leaf makes as it plops to the ground.

Nicholas Hunter Folkes started his relentless quest for Führerdom with the Australian Protectionist Party, founded by former Nazi Darrin Hodges.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 13:59 Source

By Social Rebirth

This is an open question to any leader, treasurer or candidate of any political party in the world.

Our planet is finite, has bounds or limits in regards to the temporal spans of the human experience, being corroborated by measurements of biocapacity, the ability of an area to produce resources and absorb waste.

We are currently in ecological overshoot, the amount of resources we consume annually and the waste we produce is exceeding biocapacity by about fifty percent. Our ecological footprint is one hundred fifty percent that of the biocapacity of our planet.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 09:49 Source

“We want to send a very clear message that we want you in work when you are job-ready, that you don’t have the option of walking from the school gate to the front door of the Centrelink office. This document is not an Ikea catalogue to go shopping for benefits. That’s not what it is. What this is is a schedule of benefits and payments that are there to help people in need and who need that help from the Australian taxpayer.”

Scott Morrison, Minister for Social Services

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 09:27 Source

When Queensland Liberal Senator James McGrath gave his maiden speech in July last year, Doug Cameron described him as a “fruit loop ” and a “Tea Party extremist.”  Perhaps the best appraisal of the speech was by James Colley in his article “Senator James McGrath Is Your Newest Reason To Swear Loudly At The TV.” (

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 07:40 Source

Macro, Markets & Investing The Federal Reserve Board Is Much More Likely to Take Your Job Than a Robot, so Naturally the Media Are Talking About Robots – Dean Baker Bond Yields’ Broken Link with Growth – WSJ Foreigners pile into China stocks as red flags loom – FT Asia Major construction at North Korea rocket site,

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 06:51 Source

Saturday May 23

“Love has No Gender”

Gay marriage 2Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.

Will our Catholic Prime Minister at least give his ministers a conscious vote?

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 04:19 Source

Peter Hartcher in the smh.

It’s dynamite.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 03:54 Source

Chris Kenny, a Liberal voter, called Mark Dreyfus ‘grubby’ for having asked why Brandis had not had the common sense to save Katrina’s and Tori’s lives. It was wrong of him to bring up a preventable act of terrorism with the responsible Minister, Kenny implied, who had ignored his own Red Alert for three long months before the subsequent, and consequent, massacre. Sharri Markson, a Liberal voter, said there was ‘no way’ the Lindt murders would have been prevented by putting the murderer in gaol. It would have ‘happened spontaneously anyway’. The fault, she said, lay elsewhere.

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Digitopoly Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 03:41 Source

After years of seeming missteps (e.g., Google Plus, Google Glass, Google Wave, Google Keep), Google roared back yesterday with a new Photos service. This seems pedestrian in terms of Google’s usual ambitions but actually it is incredibly on mission; that is, if Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information.

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, May 29, 2015 - 23:06 Source

The Political Weekly: Overnight sensations, sloppy rhetoric and a spectacular own goal. Analysis...

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George Monbiot Friday, May 29, 2015 - 21:25 Source

The cruelties of factory farming shelter behind a fairytale image, promoted by advertisers and children’s authors.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website 29th May 2015

The way that meat, eggs and milk are produced is surrounded by one of our great silences, in which most people collaborate. We don’t want to know, because knowing would force anyone with a capacity for empathy to change their diet.

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 16:36 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Japan getting it done While attention remains pinned on China, Japan has been the quiet achiever in Asia with the Nikkei remaining at 15-year highs. The recent gains in the greenback have been the pinnacle of the rally, sending USD/JPY to 2002 highs. Data

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 15:43 Source

  After the release of the 1Q 2015 Capex data by the ABS, Gunnamatta spoke with David Llewellyn-Smith and Leith van Onselen about the significance of the data for the national economy.  In a wide ranging discussion, they covered the outlook for aggregate demand, interest rates, and employment, and discussed how the economic outlook will

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:59 Source

Big iron is up today as the weak dollar and bond bid boosts shares. BHP and RIO are both up 1.5% but FMG is down 2% on the spot price sell off. To the indexes:   The idiocy spreads are still flat:   The juniors are stable but BCI is fading again:   Dalian futures

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:46 Source

CSIRO technology that allows remote control and monitoring of electricity use, energy demand management participation, is being commercialised in Australia.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:46 Source

Forgive me for coming over all Rodney Dangerfield but it is high time same sex couples shared the same misery us hetero couples have experienced…

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Market analysts say big retailers headed in right direction on solar and storage, arguing it is better to cannibalise than be consumed.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Sener starts work on thermosolar complex in Morocco; while Abengoa to develop 210MW hybrid solar plant in Chile, as solar prepares to take on baseload fossil fuels.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:41 Source

Garnaut says costs of climate action for Australia out to 2050 already exceeded by misplaced billions in mining boom and stranded assets.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:39 Source

Spanish lender joins Canada's two largest pension funds to launch London-based Cubico Sustainable Investment, a joint fund for renewable energy projects.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:39 Source

Claims of a coal power surge during Germany's nuclear phase-out are unfounded. In fact, Germany has no coal plants in the pipeline since Fukushima.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:37 Source

Unless Western countries intervene in their economies to build green energy and resource systems, they will continue to be defeated in this field by China.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:26 Source

The WA government has refused to release the report but the Greens claim a leaked copy undermines the case for cuts.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:18 Source

Energy rule-maker finally moves on demand management, but changes may not take effect until after networks lock in another spending spree.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, May 29, 2015 - 13:55 Source

The Australian Army has put together a very good multimedia history of their involvement in Afghanistan. Lots of interviews, context and first hand coverage. It would take a few hours to work through, but worth it for those who are interested.

Link's here.

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 29, 2015 - 13:50 Source

From Capital Economics: It is possible that at some point in the next couple of years, Australia will lose its AAA credit rating. While this would be a huge blow for whichever political party is in power at the time, it wouldn’t be a big deal for the economy or the financial markets. The dollar is unlikely

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 13:35 Source

A program credited with preventing Aboriginal deaths in custody is under threat, with the Abbott government urged to rethink its decision. Amy McQuire reports.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, May 29, 2015 - 13:11 Source

I'm a sucker for those 'my workspace' blog posts, but I was horrified to see this one, by the iMore crew. Managing editor Serentity Caldwell may be a great journalist, but this is no way to treat one of Sir Jony's finest objet d'art.

I believe the effect she was seeking was something akin to my own tasteful set up.

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