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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:59 Source

Fairfax joins Murdoch media, ABC and right wing blogs with hysterical and inaccurate story about potential blackouts once Hazelwood is closed.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:59 Source

Fairfax joins Murdoch media, ABC and right wing blogs with hysterical and inaccurate story about potential blackouts once Hazelwood is closed.

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Peter Martin Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:40 Source

The myth about budgets is that they can achieve much at all.

In decades to come few will be remembered for anything other than the introduction of Medicare, the national disability insurance scheme and the goods and services tax.

But in six weeks' time the government will have an opportunity to actually do something that will last; something far more important, and more transformative, than the apparently doomed plan to cut the rate of company tax.

It's an idea from the Greens, but that's a plus. It gives it a good chance of getting through the Senate.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

At 582,578 square miles, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is not just the United States' largest marine protected area—it's currently the largest marine protected area in the world. The monument, a stepladder-shaped oceanic expanse dotted with atolls, shoals, and islands northeast of Hawaii's island of Kauai, was created by President Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Obama in 2016. The goal of Papahānaumokuākea, and of marine protected areas more broadly, is to spare it from the spoilage that frequently happens in unprotected areas: overfishing, pollution, and degradation.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

Sure, we'd all love to traipse over to Europa and go hunting for alien lifeforms. But in the meantime, we can enjoy the weirdos that already live right here on Earth. Here are 10 of our favorite Earth-dwelling aliens—organisms so strange they seem otherworldly.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few million years. But most of what we see today on our planet's surface is much younger—only a few billion years old, if that.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

Early on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed a specific “security enhancement,” which restricts “large electronic devices” in the cabins of flights into the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East. The fear is that they might be used to smuggle explosive devices—or at least crucial pieces of improvised bombs—onto commercial aircrafts.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:58 Source

Katherine Schreiber and Leslie Sim are experts on exercise addiction who believe that tech advances encourage obsessive goal monitoring. Schreiber and Sim loathe wearable tech. “It's the worst,” Schreiber says. “The dumbest thing in the world,” says Sim. Schreiber has written extensively about exercise addiction, and Sim is a clinical child adolescent psychologist at the Mayo Clinic. Many of Sim's adolescent patients have twin exercise and eating disorders, which tend to go together.

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Club Troppo Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:57 Source

Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story The Emperor’s New Clothes epitomises the phenomenon of the truth hiding in plain sight as a result of collective delusion or selective vision.

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Your Democracy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 08:22 Source

the law

Rightwing politicians and media commentators had a field day.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 05:54 Source

Friday March 24 2017 She sat there edging forward with a tense look of bemusement on her face. It might have said, “why is this child acting this way?” He sat beside her looking like a spoiled kid with pouted lower lip giving the impression of a sulking child who had just been given a…

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North Coast Voices Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 00:16 Source

The following figures represent someone’s mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle, grandparent or friend.The numbers also make clear that, averaged out, two people were killed each day in a workplace accident between 1 January and 14 March 2017.This is no blip in workplace fatality statistics – averaged out two workers died each day of the year in 2016 and 2015 as well.Work Safe Australia:Worker fatalitiesAs at 14 March, 32 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017.The

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North Coast Voices Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 00:15 Source

There’s more to climate change impacts than living in a markedly hotter, drier continent being nibbled at the edges by encroaching oceans or battered by storms - and it isn’t only the very real threats to the natural environment, biodiversity and water security.There’s the risk of an increased incidence of disease outbreaks in humans and animals and, the economic and social costs rising levels of disease bring to families, communities, local economies and the nation.The Sydney Morning Herald

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John Quiggin Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 22:15 Source

The obsessive desire of the current government to protect the right to offend and humiliate people on the basis of their race or religion has been driven, in large measure, by the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA has a mixed* record on freedom of speech, and on the kind of offensive speech that is the subject of 18C.

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Under The Milky Way Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 21:14 Source

My primary-aged daughter wrote my wife and I this letter which she left on our pillow to be discovered and read. All punctuation and spelling is as per the original.

To Mum and Dad:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 18:56 Source

Yesterday in Parliament several government MPs, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, decried Labor’s opposition to proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) as a claim that Australians are racist. “[The Opposition] believe[s] that Australia is a nation of racists only held in check by Gillian Triggs and section 18C,” said Turnbull. “We have more…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:58 Source

We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Ken Wolff. For readers of The AIMN Ken will be remembered for his many wonderful articles we were privileged to publish. Long-term bloggers will also remember Ken for his years with The Political Sword, where his articles were originally published. Ken’s family, the blogging…

The post Vale Ken Wolff appeared first on The AIM Network.

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John Quiggin Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:21 Source

Back in December, Gautam Adani came to Queensland and gave a very positive view of the proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. Things went pretty quiet for a while after that, but it appeared that a final announcement on the project would be made in April. Now, Anna Palaszczuk and a number of lesser dignitaries have been to India and brought back the news that the project will shortly be approved by the Adani board, at least if Mr Adani has his way, which seems guaranteed.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 15:30 Source

Tesla is planning to open its third service centre in Australia, combined with the first store for Queensland, both in Brisbane.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 15:06 Source

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Your Democracy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 14:27 Source

derryn's way

Derryn Hinch has long played the "nice guy" image. He's not nice. He is an opportunistic bastard who is prepared to sell the soul of this country for his pension as a senator. He should be thrown out as soon as possible. The only thing he understood about truth, freedom and justice is ... ratings (TV and radio).

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 14:19 Source

Concerns raised again that the NEM's coal and gas generators can no longer deliver the grid security services expected of them.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 14:17 Source

Solar Analytics awarded $2.1m grant funding from ARENA to fast-track its household solar monitoring technology.

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Poll Bludger Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 14:08 Source

Wednesday 2pm

We have the first finalised upper house result in, so I’m bumping this post. The Greens are relating that Robin Chapple has been re-elected in Mining and Pastoral, in what can only have been a close race against Labor’s third candidate, which presumably means a result of two for Labor and one apiece for the Liberals, Nationals, One Nation and Greens. More on that shortly. The other five regions, last I heard, are set to be determined tomorrow.

Monday morning

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:45 Source

Carnegie is pleased to announce a capital raising via a Share Purchase Plan to raise up to $6 million for the 10MW Northam Solar Project and its project pipeline.

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:45 Source

It's outside but stopped for now. A blower or mower? It was a horrid noise but I did not bolt. I handled it. TV helped.I'm not under operational stress so I am not as close to the PTSD tipping point on foul sounds; of my under brain yelling at me to run. It will be interesting to see how I go with such sounds when operational stress comes again.That's life with a psychological injury; you're in a forever experiment on resilience which, by law, could never be ethically inflicted.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:43 Source

Market rules again under focus as SA generators push up prices, and regulator report documents another incidence when gas plant "failures" and rebidding pushed prices to stratospheric levels.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:19 Source

Careful examination of the economics of the battery will be needed to ensure that the people of South Australia get the right sized solution at the right price.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:19 Source

Careful examination of the economics of the battery will be needed to ensure that the people of South Australia get the right sized solution at the right price.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:13 Source

Ted Dillard's must read book about the history of electric motorcycles has captured a much wider and more profound story.

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