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John Quiggin Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 16:59 Source

The New Yorker is running a profile of the anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar. Reading it, I was unconvinced by the implied response to the obvious objection, “if life is so bad, why not kill yourself”, namely that suicide is painful in itself and causes pain to others.

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THE BLOT REPORT Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 11:57 Source

The Liberal Party has been taken over by religious nutters in Western Australia1, Victoria2  and Queensland3, and efforts are under way to do the same in South Australia4,5. There have been occasional outbreaks of loopiness in some branches of the NSW Liberal Party6, but despite this, the New South Wales branch has held out against the onslaught from the religious, as has the Tasmanian branch. However, this may be changing in New South Wales. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now attempting to assume power to override the process of pre-selection in New South Wales so he can select his own candidates ahead of the upcoming federal election.

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Your Democracy Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 08:04 Source

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The money laundry: Pubs and clubs the next frontier for crime

 

Over five years, a single young woman put $38 million in dirty money through the pokies. But she wasn’t doing this in the glitz of a casino, she was visiting your neighbourhood club.

 

By Nick McKenzie and Joel Tozer

 

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Your Democracy Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 05:47 Source

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China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson has lashed the “extremely absurd and irresponsible” remarks made by Peter Dutton as Senator Penny Wong declared the Defence Minister “does Australians no favours by amplifying Beijing's fatalism”.

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Your Democracy Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 05:37 Source

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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden phoned in to NBC’s Al Roker during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday to deliver a holiday message to Americans. “My message is after two years, you’re back, America’s back,”Biden said. “There’s nothing we’re unable to overcome.”

 

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Your Democracy Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 05:30 Source

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Countries around the world are racing to introduce travel bans and restrictions on southern African countries in an effort to contain the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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Club Troppo Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 00:14 Source

Czesław Miłosz is a Polish writer and Nobel Laureate who first came to Western attention in the early 1950s with the publication of The Captive Mind one of the earliest exposes of the nightmare of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe following WWII.

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New Politics Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 23:07 Source

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Club Troppo Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 20:23 Source

Standards: continued from Part One.


Why is this man smiling?

I. Introduction

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Renew Economy Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 16:44 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 14:03 Source

It has been written about more times than any care to remember. Pliny the Elder, that old cheek, told us that Africa always tended to bring forth something new: Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre. The suggestion was directed to hybrid animals, but in the weird pandemic wonderland that is COVID-19, all continents now find themselves…

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MacroBusiness Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 10:51 Source

Gavin ‘I managed to dig out footage of Albert Tucker with my grandparents in the 1940s (Paris). I have uploaded the footage to Youtube. My Grandmother is in the dark (black-ish colour coat) and my grandfather is wearing a tie and proper receding hairline with thin moustache. The blonde woman is my grandmothers sister, she

The post Weekend sundries 27-28 November 2021 appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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THE BLOT REPORT Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 09:52 Source
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Your Democracy Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 09:16 Source

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The 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded last month to three economists for their work on what are called natural experiments: the real-world equivalent of a laboratory experiment.

Economist Andrew Charlton reflected on the great value of such natural experiments when he spoke at the National Press Club in Canberra last week.

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Your Democracy Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 08:03 Source

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The truth is becoming increasingly unimportant in our politics and Parliament — and this bodes ill for civilised society and the survival of democracy. 

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George Monbiot Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 01:11 Source

Thanks to disgraceful government failures, an illegal waste-dumping mafia is now burning and burying millions of tonnes of dangerous materials.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 24th November 2021

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MacroBusiness Saturday, November 27, 2021 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Corporations are using inflation as an excuse to raise prices and make fatter profits — and it’s making the problem worse – Business Insider Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones – NY Times Biden Is Worried About Gas Prices? He Should Bust OPEC.

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Your Democracy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 21:11 Source

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This website is called yourdemocracy — YOUR-DEMOCRACY… I hope that is is not beyond the folks who thus read this website to see that de-mo-cra-cy is in trouble, once more… It always was, despite the flux of hope that props its head from time to time, despair at personal and social construct seems to be the order of the day. 

 

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 26, 2021 - 16:00 Source

Heading into the end of the trading week, risk markets are falling out of bed due to the latest COVID variant news, with Asian stock markets heavily sold off and USD bid up strongly, although Yen safe haven bidding is also gathering pace.  Gold has broken out somewhat, although this has been overshadowed by other

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Your Democracy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 14:52 Source

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Across America in a few hours' time, turkeys will be going into ovens, millions will be hurrying from regional airports to get to see loved ones, roads will likely be jammed. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 26, 2021 - 14:30 Source

The website of labour hire firm Owen Pacific Workforce indicates it intends to hire workers under the federal government’s new agriculture visa, although a spokeswoman for the company has stated it is not taking part in the first phase. Owen Pacific Workforce has previously been accused of housing Pacific Islander workers in squatter-like conditions, so

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Renew Economy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 14:10 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 26, 2021 - 14:00 Source

The Minister for Infrastructure, Barnaby Joyce, has reshuffled the board of Infrastructure Australia (IA) and directed it to adopt a greater regional and rural focus. Joyce has appointed former Tamworth mayor Col Murray (from Joyce’s own electorate) as IA chairman, which has prompted condemnation from Labor: Former Tamworth mayor Col Murray, who will take up

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Your Democracy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 13:41 Source

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Stephen K. Bannon, the former Trump White House adviser, has filed an opposition to the U.S. district court’s standard protective order for discovery, which prohibits either side from releasing documents or evidence publicly.

 

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Renew Economy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 13:37 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 26, 2021 - 13:30 Source

Australia’s auction market continues to fatigue after weeks of high listings: Last weekend’s final auction clearance rate was 70.3%, down heavily from 73.2% the prior weekend off 3720 auctions (up from 3,539 the prior weekend): As noted by CoreLogic: Maintaining volumes in excess of 3,000 for the fifth consecutive week, last week overtook three weeks

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Renew Economy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 13:24 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 26, 2021 - 13:00 Source

In the lead up to the last federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a national anti-corruption commission. Instead, Morrison put forward a farcical model that experts believe will actually “hide corruption, not expose it”. According to Stephen Charles, Board member for the Centre for Public Integrity: Currently, Victoria’s IBAC is investigating in public hearings

The post Sly ScoMo rejects genuine anti-corruption commission appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 26, 2021 - 12:30 Source

Below is an article I wrote for News.com.au: It’s been hailed as “early Christmas” gift for hospitality, but reopening international borders could have a big downside. This week, the Morrison Government announced that Australia will re-open its international border to overseas students, skilled visa holders and working holiday makers, with Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews

The post Why opening international borders could ruin Australia’s economic recovery appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 26, 2021 - 12:21 Source

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