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Renew Economy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 11:48 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 11:36 Source

The US and its allies set the stage for the Ukraine crisis by sponsoring the Maidan coup in 2014, which sparked a conflict in Donbass and escalated into a full-blown confrontation involving Moscow last February. One heavily underreported facet of the West’s Ukraine policy revolves around Kiev’s immense mineral wealth.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, January 30, 2023 - 11:23 Source

Off to get snipped tomorrow.

No, not like that.

This is just another bunch of skin cancers coming off my back. I’ve had so many of these things cut out now that I can talk my dermo through what he’s doing as he’s cutting.

I tell you what, though, if there was one thing Right Now Me was allowed to go back in time and kick Stupid Then Me hard in the dick for, it’d be all the hours I spent in the sun without a hat or sunscreen.

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Your Democracy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 11:23 Source

The caterpillar that made this cocoon seem to have decided to have a last meal before its final transform. The two views 24 hours apart in this picture by Gus Leoniksy shows that the cocoon had been moved overnight by the said caterpillar as a portion of the leaf above was eaten away...

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Your Democracy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 10:43 Source
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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 10:00 Source

Chris Joye at his lyrical best: Martin Place has a big, mother-trucking sledgehammer – a veritable Thor’s hammer as far as monetary policy tools go. And that’s because the huge preponderance of floating-rate debt in the Aussie economy, which is unusual globally, makes it extraordinarily interest-elastic. This elasticity was seriously impaired during the pandemic by

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 09:40 Source

Goldman with progress on the Chinese reopening: Holiday tourism and travel data during the Lunar New Year (LNY)golden week pointed to a solid recovery in the hospitality sector (albeit fromdepressed levels), adding conviction to ourrecent upgradesto China’s 2023 GDPgrowth forecasts. The strength in travel recovery mainly came from short-distanceself-driving, while long-distance public transportation appears still

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 09:20 Source

Wall Street continued its solid run on Friday, led by a surge in tech stocks as the latest economic data improved risk sentiment across the complex, although European shares lagged. The USD pushed back a little against the majors with Euro pulled below the 1.09 handle while the Australian dollar was unable to advance further

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 09:00 Source

Treasurer Jim “Chicken” Chalmers has somehow found the time to pen a 6000-word essay in The Monthly. I wish he hadn’t. The Chalmers essay explicitly sets out the historic context of Kevin Rudd’s ill-conceived 2009 essay panning “neo-liberalism”, and Wayne Swan’s 2012 embittered sequel in which he whined about the vested interests that had just

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Your Democracy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 08:46 Source

US drugmaker Pfizer admitted on Friday that it “engineered” treatment-resistant variants of Covid-19 in order to test its antiviral medicine. The admission partially backs up earlier claims by an executive with the company who told an undercover reporter that Pfizer was deliberately “mutating” the virus to “preemptively develop new vaccines.”

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 08:44 Source

CoreLogic has released new data showing that Brisbane’s housing crash is now the biggest and fastest in history with values down 10.9% in only seven months: This follows a pandemic population and price surge, which saw Brisbane home values soar by 43.5% to an all-time high in on 19 June 2022, soon after the Reserve

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THE BLOT REPORT Monday, January 30, 2023 - 08:43 Source

Greg Latemore was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1975 for the Archdiocese of Brisbane and left active ministry in 1980. He was laicised* in 1990. He is now married, lectures part-time at Australian Universities, and was awarded a PhD in human resource management in 20201. He has written a generally excellent piece explaining something he believes has happened to the Catholic Church since his time as a priest. He suggests that the gushing adulation of Cardinal Pell in the Murdoch budgie cage liners is testimony to a different Church.

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Your Democracy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 06:22 Source

Bill Gates has led a new $12m investment in an Australian company that is aiming to feed seaweed to cows in order to reduce the planet-heating emissions that come from their burps.

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John Quiggin Monday, January 30, 2023 - 06:08 Source
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John Quiggin Monday, January 30, 2023 - 06:05 Source

Another Message Board

Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

I’ve moved my irregular email news from Mailchimp to Substack. You can read it here. You can also follow me on Mastodon here

I’m also trying out Substack as a blogging platform. For the moment, I’ll post both at this blog and on Substack.

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Your Democracy Monday, January 30, 2023 - 05:27 Source

The RAND Corporation, a highly influential elite national security think tank funded directly by the Pentagon, has published a landmark report stating that prolonging the proxy war is actively harming the US and its allies and warning Washington that it should avoid “a protracted conflict” in Ukraine.

 

By Felix Livshitz

 

What are the US' interests in Ukraine

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 00:04 Source

The most interesting observation from this month’s house price declines is that the property correction appears to have finally spread beyond the big three capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Adelaide and Perth. As at 29 January 2023, dwelling values across Australia’s five major capital cities had fallen by 1%, with all major

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 00:02 Source

DXY is consolidating after its big fall: AUD is afire: Oil and gold stalled: Base metals are looing for China confirmation: Big miners dropped: EM stocks will reopen into the return of China this week: Junk faded: US yields have quietly rebounded: Stocks are full of hope despite poor earnings: Credit Agricole outlines the week

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 30, 2023 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: The Global Economy on the Edge: Examining Housing Prices, Spending, and Unfair Share Buyback Practices – The Macrolist Making Farms Organic is Paying Off: What we have here is finance meeting farming and doing good, not evil. – NY Times The Myth of the Socially Conscious Corporation – New

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 19:47 Source

... “Bradley is not a (expletive) tank,” James Cunny wrote on Twitter. “I take personal offense, most of my career I was a dismount, but also did crew, it is NOT a (expletive) tank.” 

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 16:23 Source

The United States of America was founded as an answer to the tyranny of abusive power from a leadership that everyone was required to be loyal to at all costs. Rebelling against the most powerful empire on Earth was a very risky proposition, and the Founders of the American nation had no ambition to create a tyrant nation themselves.

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 15:52 Source

Notebooks that US President Joe Biden kept during his time as vice president were among the items seized by the FBI during a search of his home last week, as part of a probe into his mishandling of classified documents, a person familiar with the investigation told NBC.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 15:23 Source

By Denis Bright  Editorial insiders at The Weekend Australian (28-29 January 2023) have telegraphed their displeasure at Jim Chalmer’s appeal for a commitment to Values-Based Capitalism as the clarion-call across the Labor Movement and the wider Australian society. The full text of Jim Chalmers’ essay is available online from The Monthly which offers one free…

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Renew Economy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 14:57 Source

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Renew Economy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 14:10 Source

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 11:37 Source

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is "nervous" about the probability of the US defaulting on its debt which could translate into nothing short of a "catastrophe" for the nation, as she told American reporters during her Africa trip.

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 07:35 Source

The New Silk Roads, or BRI, as well as the integration efforts of BRICS+, the SCO and the EAEU will be on the forefront of Chinese policy.

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 06:46 Source

On the 5th anniversary of his death, we republish one of Parry’s many prescient articles on Ukraine, this one on the risks of ignoring the 2014 coup, the neo-Nazis’s role and the war against coup resisters in the east.

 

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 06:02 Source

They lied. They went to war under false pretences. They killed. They destroyed a country.

They write about their right to do the things they did and blame "intelligence" that got it wrong - though they were lying about everything - and, in a well-oiled threesome speil, they say they would do it all again...

They STILL take us for fools.

 

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New Politics Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 01:05 Source

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