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xkcd.com Monday, May 16, 2022 - 10:00 Source

Donate now to help us find a cure for causality. No one should have to suffer through events because of other events.

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Your Democracy Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:44 Source

Spider-Man fans have been left stunned by the name of an obscure villain from the Marvel comic book series.

While many of Spider-Man’s nemeses are almost as well-known as he is – such as Doctor Octopus, Venom or Green Goblin – the minor fellon known as Spectrum has perhaps the most famous name of all.

 

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THE BLOT REPORT Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:43 Source

Got a phone call last week from a stressed son asking if we could see our way clear to provide some assistance due to severe illness in the family. About eight hours later we were providing that assistance: cooking, cleaning, walking a dog, entertaining a recovering toddler. Love conquers all.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:40 Source

PM Scott Morrison cheated in the last debate: A curious screenshot was sent to Diary at 9.12pm on Wednesday, as the final showdown between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese was starting. The reliable Liberal source claimed it was a list of the debate questions, which had been leaked to the Prime Minister’s office earlier that

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:30 Source

Friday night finally saw a proper bounceback on stock markets after weeks of downside volatility with Chinese shares leading the way into the European session and then Wall Street taking over after desperately trying to find a bottom in the mid-week. While the latest US consumer sentiment figures disappointed, the Fed is still ready to

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The Tally Room Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:30 Source

One of the big questions at this election is how the result will play out in each state. Labor has performed poorly in Queensland and Western Australia but is hoping to pick up ground there.

For this post I wanted to examine the historic record on how the two-party-preferred vote in each state varied from the country overall. Then I look at what the latest polling suggests could happen in 2022.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:20 Source

If you want to understand just how biased the Australian MSM is these days then look no further than the last week of political coverage. All of last week we heard uncritically of how inflationary would be a simple pay rise matching inflation for low income workers. That is, not even a real pay rise, just

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 09:00 Source

Over recent months we witnessed the Coalition and Labor launch a raft of new “housing affordability” policies – from home loan guarantees to shared equity schemes – aimed at driving more first-time buyers into the housing market and propping up housing values. Yesterday, a desperate Scott Morrison announced that if re-elected, the Coalition would allow

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Your Democracy Monday, May 16, 2022 - 08:40 Source

The undersigned strongly and unambiguously express their opposition to your policy with regard to Ukraine. Your strategy is edging the world closer and closer to a nuclear war with Russia, and to another world war. Recently, you requested Congress for even more funds to be sent to Ukraine in order to help them buy more weapons for the military conflict with Russia. 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, May 16, 2022 - 08:31 Source

“My wife says that I’m far too modest and that I should remind people of what a great fixer I am. I would never do that because that would sound like I was boasting, but she says that I shouldn’t ever forget that I’m one of the Morrison men and that I’m a fixer. Like…

The post The Morrison Men And The Little Lady To Whom I Owe Such Excellent Descriptions! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Monday, May 16, 2022 - 07:25 Source

Americans are being shepherded to the next emoji crusade – the latest being Russia’s special operation in Ukraine – like consumers waiting in line for junk food and Happy Meals. When does the mindless virtue-signaling end?

While some Westerners may find a kindred spirit with McDonald’s and its anti-war posturing against Russia, a little more consistency on the issue of war and peace would be a most welcome development.

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Your Democracy Monday, May 16, 2022 - 06:41 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 06:35 Source

DXY took a breather Friday night as risk dead cat bounced: AUD screetched higher: Oil too which is self-defeating, self-evidently: Not so much metals: Miners eked out gains: EM stocks and junk too: The Treasury curve steepened: Stocks roared: Westpac has the wrap: Event Wrap US consumer sentiment (Michigan University) disappointed at 59. (est. 64.0, prior

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John Quiggin Monday, May 16, 2022 - 06:01 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 Twitter @JohnQuiggin

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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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 00:05 Source

Freelance journalist Tarric Brooker has authored an interesting article estimating how forecast interest rate rate rises would compare with Australia’s historical experience. Rather than examining raw interest rate increases, Brooker has instead calculated the percentage change in mortgage interest repayments from the trough to the peak of the interest rate cycle. The analysis shows that

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 00:03 Source

At the same time as Australia’s business groups are arguing for a real cut in the minimum wage, they are reportedly in a state of “despair over sluggish immigration flows”: Australia’s visa system needs an overhaul to accelerate skilled labour flows… Over the past decade, excluding 2021, permanent long-term visitor numbers averaged 162,000 during the

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 16, 2022 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Tesla, Twitter shares drop as Elon Musk’s legal issues grow – ABC The Meltdown of ‘stablecoin’ Terra shows an Urgent need for Regulation to Protect Consumers – Guardian Mag How More Than $1 Trillion of Crypto Vanished in Just Six Months – WSJ Stocks Trim Weekly Losses With Friday

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Your Democracy Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 20:00 Source

Scott Morrison has made housing policies for young and old a central part of his address at the Liberal Party’s official campaign launch, days before Australians go to polling booths.

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Your Democracy Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 17:41 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 16:48 Source

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has described the Liberal party’s policy to allow people to access superannuation to obtain housing deposits as “another frontal assault by the Liberal Party on the Superannuation system”. I agree with Mr Keating. In a statement today, 15 May 2022, Mr Keating, who was the architect of the superannuation scheme,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 14:45 Source

By Denis Bright   Hoping a smooth campaign of boring photo opportunities, LNP insiders were obviously shocked by negative reactions to its Return to Neoliberal Normalcy Strategies. The leadership and policy vacuum generated by the LNP has generated unexpected focus on real policy issues which the latest round of pork-barreling has not arrested. There was real…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 14:05 Source

Dear Hindu Council of Australia (@HinduCouncilAu) and Australian Hindu Media (@austhindu), Australian Federal Elections are always keenly contested, but yesterday the behaviour of Morrison crossed the line from keenly contesting to just an outright lie to the Australian Indian community, a lie which was made about a former Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd:  …

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Club Troppo Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 13:17 Source

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The Tally Room Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 11:00 Source

Last month I posted an analysis looking at how much seats have moved in terms of their two-party-preferred rank, relative to every other seat in the country. Matt Cowgill on Twitter suggested I also look at the average size of swings in each seat in absolute terms (ie. ignoring whether the swings went one way or the other) to judge which seats seemed to be the most swingy.

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Your Democracy Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 07:45 Source

While the so-called liberal and conservative corporate mainstream media – all stenographers for the intelligence agencies – pour forth the most blatant propaganda about Russia and Ukraine that is so conspicuous that it is comedic if it weren’t so dangerous, the self-depicted cognoscenti also ingest subtler messages, often from the alternative media.

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Your Democracy Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 06:59 Source

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his leadership style will be more empathetic if re-elected, as he seeks to woo voters put off by his self-described ‘bulldozer manner’ in the final week of election campaigning.

On Saturday, Mr Morrison claimed Australia needed “strength and resilience” to get through the past couple of turbulent years, but acknowledged the approach he had during the pandemic would need to change.

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New Politics Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 00:38 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 15:30 Source

At this point, some may consider anyone voting, or considering voting, for the LNP as TFG; too far gone. These are the ‘rusted ons’, the ‘dyed in the wool’ types who are unreachable. I do not think this is a productive strategy, as pleasant as the dopamine hit might be. Instead, I will go here:…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 12:45 Source

Weapons, lacking sentience and moral orientation, are there to be used by all. Once out, these creations can never be rebottled. Effective spyware, that most malicious of surveillance tools, is one such creation, available to entities and governments of all stripes. The targets are standard: dissidents, journalists, legislators, activists, even the odd jurist. Pegasus spyware,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 11:40 Source

Under threat from Independent candidates, so-called Liberal moderates have chosen a new and rather extraordinary campaign pitch – if we want action on climate change or protection of gay rights or gender equity, we need to send more moderate Liberal MPs to Canberra. We tried that before and the Liberals themselves booted them out. Malcolm…

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