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THE BLOT REPORT Saturday, January 1, 2022 - 09:20 Source

I suspected Nick Coatsworth was out of his depth in the modern world when he responded to a question ‘So who are the people to listen to?” asked of him by Peter Stefanovic on Sky News. Coatsworth replied “Well, I think when you hear your leaders speak; I mean, there’s a difference between experts and leaders, Pete. I think that experts, sure, give the view as you see it, that’s fine, within your swim lane, because some experts work in a very narrow sphere, Pete, but they’ve had a sort of creep in terms of what they’re asked to comment on, and they don’t seem to mind swimming outside a swim lane.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 1, 2022 - 07:00 Source

We made it to 2022, but it feels like we just crawled over the line to get here. Now we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and tread cautiously into the New Year. The enthusiasm we felt twelve months ago to the day that 2021 was going to be better than the previous year…

The post We’ve made it! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 31, 2021 - 23:59 Source

‘Barwon Heads Road Connewarre, facing West 2040Hrs, 31 December 2021’ Macro & Markets Inflation and China Failed to Rattle Markets. 2022 Might Be Different. – Bloomberg Coronavirus: worst stage of the pandemic may end in 2022, WHO chief says – SCMP From bust to boom: How the 2020s economy could resemble the 1980s – Ninefax

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xkcd.com Friday, December 31, 2021 - 11:00 Source

Neither group uses iso 8601 because the big-endian enthusiasts were all at the meeting 20 years ago.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 31, 2021 - 10:00 Source

The countdown is over! Number 1 goes to Dr Jennifer Wilson for this article from February 2021 on what would be one of the biggest stories – and one of the biggest scandals – of the year. Congratulations, Jennifer. The Morrison government is a sewer An allegation of the brutal anal rape of a child in 1988…

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Your Democracy Friday, December 31, 2021 - 06:15 Source

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If you think you know the sound of horror, try the unmistakable thump of a bloody pirate demon’s wooden leg coming down the stairs accompanied by the scratch of a hook hand gouging the railing for balance.

Yes, it really is worse than fingernails on a blackboard.

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Your Democracy Friday, December 31, 2021 - 05:51 Source

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Dominic Perrottet’s COVID “change in approach” will be sceptically received and many will see this contradiction of earlier advice as a belated attempt to manage a situation that has the appearance of being out of control (“One in 10 may catch first wave, Chant says”, December 30).

 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 31, 2021 - 02:05 Source

For anyone in a managerial position, the ability to plan is important – as is the ability to recognise when plans must be changed. When that position is as Prime Minister, there are actually far more important events than elections to worry about! We came into the COVID-19 pandemic ill-prepared to handle the challenge. Over…

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 31, 2021 - 00:05 Source

Macro & Markets Looming mass extinction could be biggest ‘since the dinosaurs,’ says WWF: More plants and animals than ever before are on a global list of threatened species, with the World Wildlife Fund Germany warning that more than 1 million species could go extinct within the next 10 years. – DW South Africa court

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 17:01 Source

Of course, it’s easy to pick on governments. After all, they’re the ones doing the heavy lifting. Well, usually… Just a few days ago, the PM was talking about “personal responsibility”, but now he’s a bit concerned that too many of us thought that it was our personal responsibility to get a PCR test, so…

The post PM Tells Us That He’s Not Responsible For More Than A Handful of RATs… appeared first on The AIM Network.

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John Quiggin Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 13:31 Source

That’s the headline for a story based on an email interview I did with Yahoo News. Over the fold, the full Q and A.

  • What are your predictions for NSW given the current numbers?

Assuming that Hazzard’s 25 000 cases a day estimate is correct, that 2 per cent  are hospitalised and and average stay of 10 days, that’s 5000 people in hospital on any given day. NSW has 20700 hospital beds, so almost 25 per cent taken up with Covid

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The Tally Room Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 11:00 Source

As my last blog post of the year, I thought I would focus on the closest of all the referendums held alongside the council elections. Wagga Wagga held a referendum about switching to directly electing the mayor. Similar referendums in Bega Valley and Ryde passed by wide margins, while a referendum proposing the opposite change in Griffith didn’t come close to passing. No other referendum or poll was won with less than 60%, but the No case in Wagga won with just 50.82%, winning by 614 votes.

It’s worth noting the unusual question asked of Wagga voters:

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 11:00 Source

In today’s investment webinar MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen and Senior Financial Advisor Sam Kerr cover the different ways you can invest ethically, how ethical investing really works, why you might consider it, and the investment impacts of the decisionOn the agenda: Defining Ethics Effect on portfolio performance What are the options for

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 10:00 Source

We continue the countdown to our Top 5 most viewed articles in 2021. Number 2 goes to Rossleigh for this article from January 2021. It’s the second year in a row that Rossleigh has taken the Number 2 spot. Maybe next year he’ll have a Number 1. The Day John Lennon Was Shot I Had…

The post Number 2 for 2021: The Day John Lennon Was Shot I Had A Cold Sore So It Was A Bad Day For Both Of Us! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 06:04 Source

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Canberra’s conduct towards the Timorese was so grave that Australia continues to be regarded, within international legal circles as a cheat.

 

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 30, 2021 - 00:05 Source

Macro & Markets Shipping Chaos Teaches the World It Can’t Always Get What It Wants – Bloomberg How the 2020s Economy Could Resemble the 1980s – NYT Omicron infection appears to protect against Covid delta variant and could displace it, South Africa study finds – CNBC Americas U.S. home prices surge 18.4% in October –

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THE BLOT REPORT Wednesday, December 29, 2021 - 19:04 Source

The idiotic James Morrow has been one of the sources of hilarity and ridicule here before, mostly as one of the monumentally gullible, obsessively antiscientific ‘three stooges’ on Sky News with Rowan Dean and Rita Panahi1,2. Morrow recently wrote a vicious little piece attacking epidemiologists and some of the states’ chief health officers, as well as Dr Norman Swan. It was a classic piece of stupidity in which he mostly whined about how their dire Covid-19 predictions didn’t come true, seemingly ignoring the fact that lockdowns and mask-wearing mitigated the spread of the virus3.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 29, 2021 - 18:44 Source

I keep reading that the Coalition will play to their strong points in the upcoming campaign which, according to some, are national security, the economy, cost of living, and something that hovers around vaccine rollout/post-pandemic recovery/getouttamyface freedom. National security gets talked about a lot, mainly as a reason to block any scrutiny of what the…

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