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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:36 Source

The ancient tragedians - Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides – have as a central theme in their works the element of hubris – overweening pride – that afflicts each of their protagonists.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 02:35 Source

Neil Buchanan and Michael Dorf make what I think is a valid point – effectively the combination of the US debt ceiling, taxation and spending create a conundrum for the President where he has to act unconstitutionally in one or more areas. That is, to break the debt ceiling would be to usurp Congress’ borrowing power. To increase taxation would be to usurp Congress’ taxation power. And to cut spending would be to usurp Congress’ spending power.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 02:11 Source

Divers have hauled a 570-kilogram-plus (1,257 pounds) hunk of meteorite from Lake Chebarkul in the Urals region of Russia. The rock seems to be a piece of the meteorite that landed in the country this February. The fragment was so large it: 1) broke into three pieces during removal and 2) broke the scale scientists used to weigh it, once the scale reached the 570-kilogram mark.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 22:51 Source

1299430841_harvard_business_review_2011_04_downmagazMy post last week on Harvard Business School Publishing’s pricing rules for Harvard Business Review artic

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 22:14 Source

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 15:05 Source

I don’t know if these continuing episodes of the Perils of Pauline are just there to sell newspapers or whether there is more to it and the US might really default on its debt but this is where we are right now. From The Washington Post:

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 14:15 Source

Simon writes eloquently on the blog today that the last hope of those looking for climate action is to ‘make climate change the issue again’, and that it needs to be about ‘real-life’ impacts.

He is precisely half right.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:13 Source

With the new electoral boundaries in place, it's time to publish an electoral pendulum for the 2015 NSW Election.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:04 Source

The sacking of Greg Reynolds, a dissident Australian cleric, shows the Vatican is prepared and able to swiftly remove priests. Adam Brereton's report begins our Royal Commission coverage

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:02 Source

There’s a new web page at Quadrant Online to celebrate the 500th issue of the magazine. What an extraordinary achievement. Congratulations to Quadrant and Keith Windschuttle, the latest in a long line of great editors, who have helped keep our liberties alive. And congratulations to Roger Franklin, the online editor, who has made the site a daily requirement. The dangers never cease and Quadrant remains one of the most important of our own institutions in trying to hold back the many threats to our freedoms. If you come here you should also go there.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:48 Source

“I want the reader to consider whether the survival of the democratic system may not be dependent upon a general recognition of the illegitimacy of privately motivated coercion in all forms.”

From Hutt’s book The Strike Threat System, the mythology of Labor’s “bitter struggle”.

•“The strike-threat system is an intolerable abuse of economic freedom. The strike is a type of warfare under which privileged groups can gain at the expense of the unprivileged.”

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:21 Source

Tony Abbott's government is hushing up academics, human rights defenders - even their own ministers. Whose right to free speech do they actually stand for, asks Costa Avgoustinos

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:57 Source

For all the wrack and ruin that we faced under the previous government, the Abbott government seems to be in no hurry to get rolling. There is no urgency to anything they have done. To be sure they may be following a stave the 24-hour media beast policy in an attempt to make us relaxed and comfortable or some such thing.

I suspect, however, that isn’t the case.

Two things have caught my eye this morning. First a letter in the AFR:

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Red Bluff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:00 Source

This Human Rights post is part of Blog Action Day on 16 October 2013. It is a cross-post at Global Voices Online.Two sisters were repeatedly raped by their parish priest in an Australian primary school. One later committed suicide. The other became a binge drinker and is disabled after being hit by a car. Their parents want laws to make the Catholic Church look after victims properly.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 08:19 Source

Adam Creighton has written an interesting piece in the Australian about the fallacy that more people entering university increases national productivity. This is along the lines of a piece I wrote last December arguing that too many people go to university.

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you said it... Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 06:22 Source

#auspol #ausmedia #qldpolice

Never mind about the fact that the proposal to change Australia Day to ‘Citizens Day’ has long been proven a hoax by trolls trying to get a bite. No, use it as an opportunity to display your violent, racist attitude.

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 03:30 Source

Remember when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled genes can't be patented? Well, now we're seeing the consequences. A major U.S. medical testing company—it's America's largest by revenue, Reuters reports—is now offering a test for the very genes that Myriad Genetics, the company in this summer's Supreme Court case, once patented. 

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 03:00 Source

Over the last five decades, the prevalence of chronic conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and autism spectrum disorders have grown significantly.  Public health research has been working fervently to find a way to treat and hopefully cure the ailments.  Yet the goal is not easily reached due to one major hurdle – the immune system and more specifically, inflammation.

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Café Whispers Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 20:20 Source

From The Australian rossleigh of The AIMN found this interesting quote:

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laberal Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 18:37 Source

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 18:00 Source

Paul Howes has an op-ed in the AFR today that seems largely sensible.

Australia’s traditional assistance approach to farmers, no matter how deeply cherished by the Nationals, simply cannot continue. Farmers cannot efficiently operate under the implicit guarantee that no matter what happens the government will bail them out.

I understand generous assistance to struggling farms stems from a national culture of helping fellow citizens. But this noble impulse doesn’t help in this case.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 13:52 Source

This morning I spoke with 2CC presenter Mark Parton about the new Labor frontbench featuring 11 women appointed yesterday by leader Bill Shorten. Labor’s ministry team again highlights the disappointing lack of diversity in Tony Abbott’s cabinet. Listen to the full interview or read the transcript:


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:40 Source

The very real prospect of Attorney-General George Brandis’ enormous bookshelf going to waste has been averted, with the Coalition today announcing plans to use the impressive piece as a processing … Continue reading →

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 11:49 Source

Tony Abbott wants to axe 12,000 jobs from the public service. But did the previous government really oversee a bloated bureaucracy? The numbers say no, write Ian McAuley and Chris Stone

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The Tally Room Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 11:06 Source

christchurch varianceIn New Zealand, the Census is usually conducted once every five years. The last Census was due in 2011, but due to the Canterbury earthquakes they were postponed until early 2013.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:27 Source

Bill Shorten wants Labor to 'start again'. If he's serious, the party must resume its place at the head of a left movement that includes the Greens, argues former WA premier Geoff Gallop

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 07:23 Source

On 14 October, I spoke with Waleed Aly on ABC RN Drive about the new shadow ministry, Labor’s support for a price on carbon, and the need for Labor in Opposition to remain positive and ideas-driven. Here’s a podcast.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 03:21 Source

The news story of the day yesterday was undoubtedly the selection of the Labor ministry.

Katz was probably right:

Members of the Labor factions conspired with each other to maximise factional outcomes and then complained when they felt themselves personally short-changed.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 01:16 Source

Labor’s Anna Burke shows the entitlement mentality is alive and well in the ALP

Does one go from speaker of the House to nothing and think they have been recognised and rewarded by their colleagues for the hard yards and effort, or does one just feel the same old winds of inevitability in a system which, after 15 years, I still cannot fathom?

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The Angle Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 00:26 Source

Feng Shui is a conventional Chinese procedure for creating an atmosphere that is said to add harmonious relationship and stability to a room. You might have much better luck by utilizing feng shui in the decorating method. This informative article provides details about improving your house with feng shui.

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