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Renew Economy Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 18:12 Source

The global Covid-19 pandemic is expected to hit planned wind and solar projects in Australia and other countries particularly hard, and wipe out any anticipated growth in renewables deployment in 2020, according to a new study. The Norway-based Rystad Energy says it had expected global solar additions to grow 15% to 140 gigawatts in 2020,...

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George Monbiot Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 18:02 Source

This coronavirus is the wake-up call for a
complacent civilisation.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian
25th March 2020

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WixxyLeaks Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 16:42 Source

It’s hard to find a silver lining in a global pandemic, but if there is something positive to come out of Covid-19 in Australia it may just be our attitude towards welfare recipients.

With the aid of right-wing shock jocks, columnists, commentators and all those countless trolls on social media, welfare recipients have been painted as bludgers, stoners, drunks and the principal drain on society. With successive conservative governments incapable of putting a lid on the rising cost of living this has made the job of the haters easy. After all, nobody doing it tough likes to see someone else getting a free ride.

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WixxyLeaks Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 16:01 Source

Right now, people are scared for their lives and their jobs. Businesses are being forced to close their doors, many are going broke. We all know that.

What we don’t know is whether we are headed for a recession or a depression.

So perhaps now is a good time to scrutinise who is gifted with tax exemptions and who we prop up with millions of taxpayer dollars.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 15:30 Source

Media Release from the Commission for the Human Future Canberra, March 28, 2020: A group of Australian scientists, business leaders, public servants and academics has called for the world’s nations to come together to develop a strategy for human survival. Recognising mounting catastrophic risks from mismanaged human and environmental systems, under-regulated weapons and the failure of our…

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THE BLOT REPORT Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 14:23 Source

The Diamond Princess was the
cruise ship quarantined in Japanese waters after one person who disembarked in
Hong Kong tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreak on the ship has been
intensively studied, with almost all of the 3,711 passengers and crew being
tested for the virus, some more than once. Scientists found that 700 of them
were infected with the virus, with a substantial proportion – 18% – being
asymptomatic (i.e. showing no symptoms). Like most cruise ships, many of the passengers
were elderly and these people are more likely to develop severe symptoms when

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Your Democracy Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 09:36 Source

pope

We were ill-prepared…

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THE BLOT REPORT Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 23:57 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 21:38 Source

“There’s a concept of economy and efficiency. You should have just enough beds for what you need tomorrow. You shouldn’t prepare for the future. Right? So the hospital system’s crashing. Simple things like tests which you can easily get in a country South Korea, you can’t get here. So the coronavirus, which should be controlled in…

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MacroBusiness Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 20:55 Source

Tom Roberts, Shearing the Rams, 1890, National Gallery of Victoria   Macro & Markets Petrostates Hammered by Oil Price Plunge and Pandemic’s Spread – Bloomberg Coronavirus and the economy: World ‘clearly’ in recession, IMF says – DW The world’s on the brink of running out of places to put oil – Financial Post Global oil

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Poll Bludger Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 19:06 Source

Live results and projections for Bundamba here and Currumbin here. 6.18pm. I’ve mostly got it working now, I hope, though a niggling error means I’m unable to provide rows for non-ordinary (i.e. mostly postal) votes, which shouldn’t matter until later in the evening and hopefully I’ll have fixed it by then. In any case, the … Continue reading "Bundamba, Currumbin and Brisbane City Council live"

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The Tally Room Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 19:00 Source

6:00pm – Polls have just closed in the Queensland council elections. I’ll be live-blogging tonight, although it’s worth noting that a very high rate of pre-poll and postal voting means we will likely need to wait to know who is winning close races.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 18:32 Source

No one who becomes a leader of a country is expected to know everything. What they are expected to know is when they are out of their depth and need help from experts. In the UK, the leading universities – with regard to both the standard they offer and their longevity – are Oxford and…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 18:21 Source

The acolytes of neoliberalism are likely to view this piece as politicising the current crisis. I care not. For decades we have been told that coddling big business and the rich will generate a prosperous society for all. This was always a lie, but until recently the oligarchs have been able to get away with…

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The Tally Room Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 17:40 Source

We are still waiting for results from today’s Queensland council elections, but this election is on track to look very different to past elections, with only a small proportion of Queenslanders voting on the day.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has estimated that about 1.2 million Queenslanders have cast pre-poll votes over the two weeks of voting. 570,000 Queenslanders also registered for a postal vote, and 40,000 people registered for telephone voting (although this does not mean all these people will cast a vote).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 16:25 Source

This government’s preparedness and response to emergency situations fails every test. I highlighted this in my recent article; ‘We were once prepared for this‘ in which I wrote: In the dying days of the Howard government they were very mindful of a couple of viruses, H5N1 (avian influenza), or bird flu as it was better known as,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 16:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini   Is it possible that certain British historians have consistently tried to play down anti-Semitism in the British Royal Family during the 1930s? “Edward VIII was particularly attracted to the Nazis because of their social ideas,” said Karina Dr. Urbach, an assertion which contrasts with that of the British historian Philip Sandeman…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 14:38 Source

“To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision.” (Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, March 26, 2020). Social distancing is not a word that seems to have reached certain parts of the British legal…

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John Quiggin Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 13:27 Source

It seems quite likely that we will soon see the introduction of a wage subsidy along the lines of that announced by Boris Johnson (himself now testing positive!) in the UK. That is, a payment to employers equal to 70 or 80 per cent of workers’ pre-crisis wages, in return for keeping them on for some period. That would be better than doing nothing beyond what has already been announced, but I have two big problems with it.

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Your Democracy Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 13:14 Source

doom

I’ve been on to my solicitor to draft a certificate setting out why I should be saved when the Great Triage comes.

I can’t think of a single reason off the top of my head but he’ll come up with something. He’s good. He’s expensive. I want the document on me when I’m wheeled into ICU.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 11:37 Source

Many years ago, I was invited by a close friend to come to Perth to do some major renovations to his house … a kind of “carpenter’s holiday”. There, I met the lady about which this story was written. I got to learn about a kind of “way of life” for seemingly many single parents…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 11:32 Source

Ok, nobody has actually said that the best form of healthcare is a job. Nor has anyone said the best form of wealthcare is a job. However, it’s certainly no sillier than the vacuous: “The best form of welfare is a job”! Scott Morrions’s reluctance to introduce lockdown measures in response to Covid-19 does seem…

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Your Democracy Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:38 Source

tanks

OK, I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. The good news is mainly for authoritarians who missed all the fun during the War on Terror. The news is … welcome to the War on Death!

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The Tally Room Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 09:00 Source

Polls have just opened for election day for the Queensland council elections and two state by-elections. Please feel free to use this post to discuss the election. I’ll have a liveblog at 6pm Queensland time.

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Your Democracy Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 08:13 Source

world order    We are sold a pup. Yes the coronavirus is here. But the treatment is far worse than this disease which is not worse than the ordinary flu by any shot. People still die daily from the flu in far greater numbers than those who die from the coronavirus. Isolation, quarantine and destruction of the social fabric in one swoop are not the solutions to fight such an infection and one should ask questions.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Was Pre-Coronavirus Stock Market a Bubble Inflated by “Financial Engineering”? – Open Politics This Is Not Capitalism: This is your brain on central banking, regulatory capture, and financialization – Medium Dow rallies 1,000 points, lifting its 3-day gains to 20% – Apple News Americas: Unemployment claims hit 3 million

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Club Troppo Friday, March 27, 2020 - 18:09 Source


Is this a bunch of black patches on a white background. It is. It also depicts something which you can’t unsee once you’ve seen it.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2020 - 17:01 Source

After spreading the virus through schools for a month, SloMo has caved, not that you’d know it from all the smoke he’s blowing: “In each of the States and Territories they will be pursuing their own arrangements directly with those schools between now and the end of term. Over the next few weeks, the schools

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2020 - 16:36 Source

Chris Richardson taking a shot at redemption: Deloitte Australia has produced the attached document – as a declaration of what Australia needs to do to combat the, in particular, economic and business impacts of COVID-19, and to provide a summary of policy responses across federal and state/territory governments to date. In a nutshell, the Deloitte

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2020 - 16:05 Source

skybusAdelaide Airport bus will become the first airport in Australia to switch entire bus fleet to electric, in new deal with airport transfer service SkyBus.

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