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Popular Science Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:19 Source

The X-15 rocket plane, sometimes considered the first spacecraft, wan't designed to take man's first steps into space. It was designed to gather data at a time when new technology was fast outstripping engineers' understanding of how aircraft behaved in high speed flight conditions.

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Popular Science Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Santa Claus may be coming to town, but how are you going to know when? Turns out there's not one, but two prominent trackers for jolly old St. Nick's progress on this upcoming Christmas Eve: one from Google, and a second from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). But with two competing Santa trackers, how do you know where to go to get the most up-to-date information about Father Christmas?

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Popular Science Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:19 Source

After a bit of a hiatus from launching crew vehicles into space, NASA is finally getting back to doing what it does best.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:07 Source

Bibi Netanyahu calls for elections, and grabs headlines. A much more important article passes by quietly. It was written by Ghanem Nuseibah, the scion of the oldest Arab family that has held the key to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for more that 1,400 years. It is worth comparing the two.

Bibi wants an election in order to gain a mandate to take apartheid in Israel to new heights. He does not put it that way, of course:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:07 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:53 Source

In the many tributes that flowed to Gough Whitlam, we were reminded of his impact on the geo-cultural-political map of Australia.  As Cate Blanchett put it:

“I am the beneficiary of free, tertiary education. When I went to university I could explore different courses and engage with the student union in extracurricular activity. It was through that that I discovered acting.

I am the product of an Australia that wanted, and was encouraged, to explore its voice culturally.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:41 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

Shorten is a million votes ahead of Abbott as preferred Prime Minister, Labor 1.5 million votes ahead of the Coalition as preferred federal government, and, in the Westminster system, there would normally be resignations by now.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:36 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the September quarter National Accounts and the news is weak on growth, which was up only 0.3% over the quarter and by 2.7% over the year, and downright crappy on national disposable income, which fell by 0.3% over the quarter to be up by […]

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xkcd.com Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:00 Source

For $5 I promise not to orchestrate this situation, and for $25 I promise not to take further advantage of this ability to create incentives.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:51 Source

From Goldman’s Tim Toohey, fast becoming a national treasure: Relative to the commencement of 2013 and 2014, the main challenges and opportunities for the Australian economy seem better understood by the consensus and by policy makers. The triple threat of an income shock via commodity prices, an investment shock via the mining sector and a fiscal shock via […]

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:38 Source

Why don’t we “green the streets of Australia”?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:19 Source

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The Idiot Tax Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:51 Source

Onto the sequel of how to buy a used car aka some random bozo stretches the car buying process over two blog posts.

I'd noticed a mid 2000's Subaru Impreza with less than 65,000km on the clock at...

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The Idiot Tax Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:51 Source

Onto the sequel of how to buy a used car aka some random bozo stretches the car buying process over two blog posts.

I'd noticed a mid 2000's Subaru Impreza with less than 65,000km on the clock at...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:38 Source

The AIG services PMI remains in recession in November: After dropping to a 14-month low in October, conditions in the services industry have failed to rebound this month. The seasonally adjusted Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Services Index (Australian PSI®) was almost unchanged in November, at 43.8 points (up 0.2 points). The Australian PSI® has now contracted […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:15 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen I reported in brief yesterday that Treasurer Joe Hockey had revealed that the contract to build Australia’s next generation of submarines would not be put out to a competitive tender because the Government doesn’t “have time to go through a speculation process”. I also argued that it further undermines the Government’s […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Government’s university reform Bill, which sought to remove caps on university fees and cut course subsidies by an average of 20%, was defeated last night in the Senate, going down 33 against to 31 for. While the Coalition managed to secure support from Family First senator Bob Day, Liberal Democratic […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:44 Source

 

It ought not to surprise anyone that naval personnel are vulnerable to post traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of implementing the ALP and LNP governments’ asylum seeker policies.

This investigative report by the ABC describes in detail what sailors are required to do in so-called “border protection” actions.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 08:30 Source

The chaos enveloping the Government’s budget has turned internecine, from The Australian: FRUSTRATED  backbench MPs have blocked an attempt to fast-track the Abbott government’s $20 billion medical research ­future fund in a show of strength amid growing despair at the way their leaders are communicating their economic strategy. The Coalition’s economics committee refused to approve […]

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George Monbiot Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 07:31 Source

It’s time to bring the Highland Spring south, and, like Scotland, introduce democracy to this quasi-feudal nation.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd December 2014

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 07:25 Source

Some sense today from Adam Creighton and David Uren: AUSTRALIANS are enduring a deep-seated pessimism from a loss of confidence in social and economic institutions at the same time as growing fears of joblessness undermine the government’s economic sales pitch. As the government embarks on a campaign to boost confidence ahead of Christmas, both economic and […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 06:16 Source

From Bill Evans of Westpac late yesterday: As expected the Reserve Bank Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5%. The two consistent themes of recent statements were retained: “the most prudent course is likely to be a period of stability of interest rates”; and “the Australian dollar remains above most estimates of […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 04:41 Source

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Herald Sun 1 December 2014:Forget Treasurer Joe Hockey's prediction of a balanced budget in 2017-18 because it's "well and truly toast".That's the assessment of Deloitte Access Economics economist Chris Richardson, who is predicting bigger budget deficits across the forward estimates in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook.Mr Richardson, who has long criticised both sides of politics for their handling of the budget, expects the 2014-15 deficit to blow out to $34.7 billi

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Herald Sun 1 December 2014:Forget Treasurer Joe Hockey's prediction of a balanced budget in 2017-18 because it's "well and truly toast".That's the assessment of Deloitte Access Economics economist Chris Richardson, who is predicting bigger budget deficits across the forward estimates in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook.Mr Richardson, who has long criticised both sides of politics for their handling of the budget, expects the 2014-15 deficit to blow out to $34.7 billi

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 00:15 Source

AusTender snapshot 29 November 2014:It seems that once Federal Government politicians swan off for the December to February 2015 parliamentary holiday break, their backroom boys may not be enjoying quite such extended

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