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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 12:26 Source

During Labor's first year in opposition it should achieve two things - save carbon pricing, and return to its members. Ben Eltham on who can best lead that process

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 12:15 Source

badgeAnthony Albanese hasn’t yet revealed his hand publicly, but the Fin Review reported this morning that the outgoing Deputy Prime Minister had told leadership aspirant Bill Shorten he planned to run.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:43 Source

Watching the hysteria surrounding the Senate outcome is quite bemusing. Right now it looks like the Australian Sports Party in WA will get a Senator with 1,996 votes out of 896,941 formal Senate votes cast in that State. In Victoria, the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party is likely to get a Senator with 12,473 votes out of 2,474,487 formal Senate votes cast in that State.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:38 Source

Have the new minor party senators won seats they don't deserve? Actually, writes mathematician Cara MacNish, the preferential system has done its job

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:34 Source

It's a key job of political hacks to sniff out any way to game the system. So let's reform the system. The ACTU's Tim Lyons proposes reforms to the release of costings, debates and more

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Red Bluff Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:08 Source

My latest weblog for Global Voices Online: Secret Use of Personal Digital Data Shocks AustraliansIt covers reactions in the twitterverse to the Four Corners program In Google We Trust:

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:04 Source

Following the history wars and a preliminary skirmish in the culture wars we move on to the queen of the sciences, which used to be theology. A Liberal Party waste-watcher has identified some dodgy research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the Truth Seekers have struck back.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:04 Source

Don’t you just love it.  There was Kevin Rudd sounding all Pauline Hanson about foreign investment, telling us he was a bit uncomfortable, that he was not as pro-market as Tony, that maybe we should insist on joint venture investments by foreigners, that he was really an economic nationalist (forget the fiscal conservative tag) and not a peep from Emmo.

But now it turns out that Emmo was appalled, as he writes in the op-ed page of The Australian.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:01 Source

These are exciting times for the ALP. What with picking a leader, dealing with the Rudd factor, dancing with the unions, it's lucky they don't have to run the country, writes Ben Pobjie

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 07:35 Source

The high-intensity electromagnetic beam stops a vehicle by interfering with its controls and turning off its engine. In the video above, you can see the beam halt an approaching car in a simulation of a military checkpoint. In another test, the beam-emitting device is mounted inside the back of a vehicle, and stops another car approaching from behind.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 07:00 Source

We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well (like the mischievous chimp who stockpiled stones that he could later hurl at zoo visitors) but whether they use this ability in the wild is harder to show. A new study from the Anthropological Institute and Museum at the University of Zurich indicates that wild great apes do, in fact, plan hours in advance, and announce their plans to their friends.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 04:00 Source

Kenyan farmers last week got a first look at two new varieties of wheat that are resistant to the number-one threat to worldwide wheat production. They got to see resistant and non-resistant wheat side by side in fields. The Kenyan government is also giving away the first batch of seeds-six metric tons of it-to seed producers, in hopes their fields will serve as visual persuasion to their neighbors to try the new stuff.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 03:30 Source

NASA wants to know what's up with thunderstorms. Not the flashy bits - the thunder, the lightning, yada yada. Pretty, but we see that all the time. NASA, as usual, is aiming its sights a little higher, on what's happening above the clouds.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 03:10 Source

Tesla Motors is the car company behind the electric Model S, of which we are fans. But along with cars, the company is also trying to innovative on the business-side, skirting the traditional third-party dealerships that act as middlemen between car companies and consumers. Instead of buying a Model S from a dealership, you can get it directly from Tesla. Unless you're in Texas, that is. If you're in Texas, you're hosed.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 02:00 Source

No. The charm has nothing to do with the music and everything to do with the charmer waving a pungi, a reed instrument carved out of a gourd, in the snake's face. Snakes don't have external ears and can perceive little more than low-frequency rumbles. But when they see something threatening, they rise up in a defensive pose. "The movement of the snake is completely keyed in on the guy playing the toodley thing," says Robert Drewes, chairman of the department of herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles) at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. "He sways, the snake sways."

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 01:30 Source

Just before 11 p.m. Eastern Time last night, three members of the International Space Station's Expedition 36 returned to solid ground. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, along with Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin touched down in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft in a remote stretch of central Kazakhstan near the town of Zhezkazgan.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 00:00 Source

In the midst of a particularly brutal civil war, international attention focused on the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against civilians. With a potential deal on the table for Russia to take and store Syria's chemical weapons, here is a look at what chemical weapons are, and what it takes to safely dispose of them.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 23:55 Source

With the possible Senate victory of the Motoring Enthusiasts on 0.5% of the vote, and the Sports Party on 0.2% of the vote, there has been a growing call for reform to the way that we vote. One of the more sensible suggestions doing the rounds is that people should have more control over their preferences, for example by being able to preference parties “above the line” on the Senate ballot paper. Perhaps. That is certainly something that should be considered.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 22:57 Source

Following up from my earlier post on Apple’s iPhone versioning, Apple has released its new range. Here is the pricing:

iPhone 4S (8GB): $0 ($450 unlocked)

iPhone 5c:

16GB: $99 ($549 unlocked)

32GB: $199 ($649 unlocked)

iPhone 5s:

16GB: $199 ($649 unlocked)

32GB: $299 ($749 unlocked)

64GB: $399 ($849 unlocked)

In other words, the same pricing structure as before thereby vindicating my prediction: “we will see a similar set of versions and price points as in the recent past.”

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 22:56 Source

Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your finger and your friend's ear together form a speaker that lets your friend hear your message.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 21:47 Source

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 15:37 Source

Michael Kroger, former President of the Liberal Party in Victoria, and still influential in Liberal Party circles is outraged that the Liberal Democratic Party achieved a NSW Senate seat based on a passing similarity with the name of his party, the Liberal Party. Kroger described the result as to the eternal shame of the Australian Electoral Commission.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 15:24 Source

Any sensible reform of the Senate must include handing the power over preferences back to voters.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 15:02 Source

In a bizarre coincidence, twenty-five young women all fell in love with the same man this week, despite never having laid eyes on him. The extraordinary event was caught on … Continue reading →

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 14:34 Source

Dear Mr Shorten,

You have put your hand up for the leadership of the ALP, with Tanya Plibersek as your running mate.

There are several reasons why you should not be elected to the leadership position.

You were involved both in the dumping of Kevin Rudd and the dumping of Julia Gillard. This leaves you open to every kind of criticism – from the Murdoch-led media which have shown themselves to be anti-Labor in a huge way, and from within the party itself, where there are plenty of folk who don’t want a leader with that kind of baggage.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 14:34 Source

Dear Mr Shorten,

You have put your hand up for the leadership of the ALP, with Tanya Plibersek as your running mate.

There are several reasons why you should not be elected to the leadership position.

You were involved both in the dumping of Kevin Rudd and the dumping of Julia Gillard. This leaves you open to every kind of criticism – from the Murdoch-led media which have shown themselves to be anti-Labor in a huge way, and from within the party itself, where there are plenty of folk who don’t want a leader with that kind of baggage.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:59 Source

RECRUITMENT_-_Advertising_-_Twitter_-_chamber_-_May_2011Crossposted from Sed Probate Spiritus

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:02 Source

If Australia wants to show leadership within Asia, drawing attention to the disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone is a good place to start, write Kearrin Sims and James Arvanitakis

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:55 Source

If, as Obama said this week, Al Qaeda will only grow in a chaotic Syria, then we must scrutinise the opposition forces closely. Or have we forgotten who the real enemies are, asks Joseph Wakim

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:17 Source

A bill before the NSW Parliament seeks to recognise foetuses as living persons - a battleground issue for abortion activists. Here's why Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi is opposed to it

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