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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:33 Source

On closer inspection, our interest in terrorism and repression seems rather selective. Jessica Issa explains.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:29 Source

From Westpac’s Elliot Clarke and James Shugg: Amidst growing evidence that the risks of an entrenched (and broadening) deflation trend are crystallising, the past eight months have seen ECB policy take a more proactive approach. Over two steps in June and September, the Council reduced lending rates to the lower bound; implemented a negative interest rate for deposits held […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:20 Source

The quarterly NAB property survey is a canvassing of real estate professionals and they appear to be losing confidence in the house price cycle. NAB Residential Property Index falls as house price expectations pared back and rents weaken. Sentiment softer in all states (and still deeply negative in WA). Almost 10% of all property is being purchased by […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00 Source

Southport1-2PPSouthport is an LNP seat on the Gold Coast, covering Arundel, Parkwood, Ernest, Molendinar, Southport and parts of Ashmore.

The LNPs’ Rob Molhoek won Southport in 2012, and holds the seat by a 14.7% margin.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:35 Source

In most election campaigns there are candidates that end up becoming a bit of a laughing-stock, and it seems that the campaign currently underway in NSW is no different.

Much of the focus of the campaign in NSW will be in the Western Suburbs of Sydney as this is the real battleground. Western Sydney is considered Labor heartland however those who live there open themselves up and welcome the Liberals to the area every election campaign when they stray out of their comfort zones to visit.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:25 Source

There have been some exciting things going on at NM over the break. Here's a little of what we have planned for 2015.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Earth clearly hasn't been inspected, since it's definitely contaminated with salmonella.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:53 Source

From Morgan Stanley today: 2015 outlook: While our Global Macro team’s view is for improving global growth and still-accommodative policy settings, Australia’s macro trajectory remains out of sync, with slowing growth and escalating risks. Scope for fiscal and monetary stimulus is available, but we believe policymakers will slip ‘behind the curve’ through 2015, at least relative to market expectations. Global view […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:45 Source

Fresh from Bill Evans at Westpac: The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment increased by 2.4% in January from 91.1 in December to 93.2 in January. It is encouraging to at least see an increase in the Index. To be sure, the increase is not just reflecting a regular ‘holiday boost’ to sentiment that can be expected at […]

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Sustainability is perhaps the biggest issue confronting our nation. But the Australian media isn't even having the debate, writes Paul Yacoumis.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:23 Source

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

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The Tally Room Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Lockyer1-2CPLockyer is an LNP seat in south-east Queensland, covering rural areas between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

The LNP’s Ian Rickuss has held Lockyer since 2004. In 2012, he retained his seat with a 14.9% margin over Katter’s Australian Party. One Nation founder and leader Pauline Hanson is running in Lockyer in 2015.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

It's become a common refrain for any champion. As soon as you win the prize, a camera is there to hear the joyful refrain, “I'm going to Disneyland!” The carefully thought out marketing ploy has since become an analogy to reflect triumph in any arena. But the most recent visitor may have signaled a most unwanted victory.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

If there are enough clear summer days in a row, Bye Aerospace's Sun Flyer may just live up to its name and charge in sunlight. Bye just sold twenty of their distinctive training airplanes to the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. If the Sun Flyers take off, they could signal a future of more sustainable flying.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Sometimes, it takes a massive volcanic eruption to keep a library intact. When the ancient Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii met their fiery ends at the hands of Mount Vesuvius, the vast quantities of ash and other materials ejected from the volcano preserved nearly everything in the towns for over a millennium. People were instantly killed by the searing heat, their last moments preserved in ash that coated their bodies.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

If you were waiting to hear the U.S. Food & Drug Administration weigh in before you strap on a device with a fitness tracker, like a Fitbit, Pebble, or Apple Watch, well, good news: the government agency has released a draft set of guidance for the industry about how it plans on treating the burgeoning market of wearable health devices.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Snakes don't have necks, shoulders, arms, hips, legs or any other familiar vertebrate body parts — but that doesn't mean they are simple animals. They might have evolved in a completely different way than scientists thought, a new study says.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

You might think we've thoroughly explored the solar system between the Sun and Pluto, but there is still much terrain we have yet to see. The dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and we have almost no idea what it looks like.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Killer robots are a reliable staple of science fiction, a culmination of humanity's technological prowess turned against civilization as a cruel, cosmic joke. While this is a good premise for a movie, developments in military robotics are often seen as heralding a once-fictional robocalypse.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Diabetics often prick their fingers up to eight times a day to check their blood sugar. Researchers have long looked for a solution that provides constant monitoring without being so invasive, and researchers at the University of California San Diego have come up with a new needle-free design that could turn out to be less painful, yet just as effective, as the finger-prick method.

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Global Guerrillas Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:53 Source

Here's some interesting outliers.  Information that isn't easy to parse.  Over the last week, local ISIS forces have:

  • Publicly executed 13 teens in Mosul who were watching a soccer game (Iraq vs. Jordan).  
  • Rounded up 15 teen boys for raising pigeons as a hobby in Diyala.  They executed three of them and burned the birds.

Why did they do this?  It wasn't just because they were being strict.  The key to unlocking this is found in this simple statement:

"It distracted them from a focus on Islam"  

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:40 Source

Chris Uhlmann, a Liberal voter, in anguish alleged most MPs who had ‘sounded out’ their constituents over the Christmas break now felt Abbott was ‘terminal’ and he would have to go. Baird, shovelling soil beside Abbott at a function, said sorrowfully he wouldn’t ‘need his services’ in the coming New South Wales election.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:39 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:37 Source

I'm not sure how it happened. I spent considerable time and money to ensure it never came to pass. But somehow the Rhino has procured a copy of Emergence. Tactical squads are en route from Random House New York but I fear they will arrive too late.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:34 Source

The BHP Q4 production is out and was unremarkable in volume terms, a littler short of expectations: Group production increased by 9% during the December 2014 half year with records achieved for eight operations and five commodities. Production guidance remains unchanged and we are on track to deliver Group production growth of 16% over the […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:28 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:22 Source

From Peter Martin today: Who’d say no to the deal of a lifetime? Tony Abbott would, and it’s our tragedy. The 10-year bond rate is the rate at which the government can borrow for 10 years at a fixed rate of interest. Right now it’s just 2.55 per cent, an all-time low. By way of […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 08:46 Source

Actually, the title of this piece is unfair. The Liberals not only have a good story, they have oodles of them. And this is what’s making their narrative so confusing.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 07:55 Source

Sense from Credit Agricole this morning: Overnight the main focus was on Chinese growth data. At 7.3% (cons. 7.2% YoY, prev. 7.3% YoY), Q4 GDP was released above expectations. However impact on sentiment was limited, with the IMF announcing a cut in its 2015 global growth forecasts to 3.5% from 3.8%. In an environment of sliding global growth expectations […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 07:27 Source

Missed this yesterday but being a little slow today it’s worth revisiting. Alan Kohler appears determined to turn himself into Australian youth enemy number one. Readers may recall last year’s Kohler shit sandwich: … a large part of the foreign buying of local real estate is not from Chinese citizens flouting the local regulations in the apparently […]

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