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Murder and Mayhem ...

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16.07.18 2:05 am

... The Murder of the Imperial Family by their executioner Yurovsky This chilling translation from the original Russian was written by the man responsible for the murder of the Imperial Family and their retainers in the early hours of the morning of July 17th 1918 at Ekaterinburg, now the site of the golden-domed Church of the Blood and a host city for the World Cup …

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NATION: Who is the real baby, Trump or Turnbull?

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16.07.18 2:00 am

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Who’s the real baby here? A monster orange balloon-effigy of Trump as an angry baby in a nappy, complete with blonde comb-over and blue mobile in tiny hand, scares him off London, Friday. It’s a brilliantly surreal representation, of the inner Trump which also evokes just how untethered this president is from his administration. Or from reality …

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‘BirdLife Tasmania welcomes DPP’s appeal of penguin killer’s sentence’

Dr Eric Woehler, BirdLife Tasmania Convenor Media Release
16.07.18 1:55 am

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… “Within 24 hours, people around the world were expressing their feelings about the killing of the penguins and the sentence imposed,” Dr Woehler said …

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The Inconvenient Truth: Geelong Star and Basslink

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16.07.18 1:53 am

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... Opportunity, motive, means ...

The super trawler Geelong Star slipped quietly from our shores over a year ago.  More recently, Matthew Groom, the minister for energy, who presided over the disastrous Basslink Saga of Dec 2015, also slipped his political mooring for life in QANGO land …

… I do not think there is any contest as to who the primary suspect should be. While Geelong Star may have sailed from our shores, I believe there has been no evidence forthcoming that the Geelong Star can be eliminated from the possibility of having damaged the cable …

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‘McKinsey’s catastrophic part in the CBA – Bankwest takedown’

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16.07.18 1:50 am

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The McKinsey firm appears to develop academic theories for banks to use in clinical trials on their customers. Dr Evan Jones reports …

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Tasmania’s new electricity smart metering rollout ...

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14.07.18 7:00 am

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... Why opting out may be your wisest, and healthiest choice On December 1, 2017, the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) final rule determination, titled: “Expanding competition in metering and related services” came into force in Tasmania, SA, NSW, the ACT and Qld. The rule states that this is a framework which is designed to, “promote innovation and lead to investment in advanced meters that deliver services valued by consumers at a price they are willing to pay. Improved access to the services enabled by advanced meters will provide consumers with opportunities to better understand and take control of their electricity consumption and the costs associated with their usage decisions …”

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Why Co-operatives ... ?

Stephen Cameron*
14.07.18 6:45 am

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Co-operatives, and the closely related Mutuals, are not a common subject of conversation, but we think they should be …

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Environmental damage at Chauncy Vale

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14.07.18 6:15 am

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NEW STORY ... … Yet again an attempt to dominate nature to protect minimal infrastructure, not dissimilar to protecting shacks while letting virtually irreplaceable wilderness burn. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ and show we can live amongst nature without beating her into submission …

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Mr Trump visits Europe ...

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14.07.18 6:00 am

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Max Atkinson ... And the Importance of Values ...

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14.07.18 5:53 am

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… But the heart of the problem, and a reason why major parties are now so much on the nose, has been a self-serving view of the duty of an elected representative, which puts party policy (and especially the need to avoid an appearance of internal dissension) above the duty members owe the public, which includes the duty to act in accordance with community values Max Atkinson

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Lest we Forget ... Battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918

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14.07.18 5:49 am

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John Maynard Keynes, prominent mid-century economist, is often cited as having answered a challenging question with ‘When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?’^ Happily for us, and even more so for our future generations, there has been a lot of mind-changing, reinterpretation and revision (not to be confused with any ideologically biased ‘revisionism’) our ‘Great War and modern memory’ …

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‘Patients spent up to six days waiting in Royal Hobart Hospital ED for psych bed, stats show’

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14.07.18 5:45 am

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Mental health patient wait times in Tasmania’s emergency departments are the worst in 20 years, a senior representative of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry says …

Advocate: Mental health wait times revealed in new figures from government

Andrew Wilkie: Mental health crisis dragging police off the beat

Labor: Hospitals at new crisis point as Michael Ferguson – again – fails to act • What will it take for Michael Ferguson and the government to act? • Frontline staff assaulted, staff safety at crisis point• Code Blacks instigated, ambulance ramping at unacceptable levels while Ferguson turns a blind eye …

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‘Australia broke the law in East Timor scandal’

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13.07.18 4:45 am

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… Mr Wilkie said Australia’s unlawful use of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service to bug East Timor’s cabinet office during gas and oil negotiations had never been investigated and that must now be remedied. The Federal Government is going after Witness K, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, but leaving the substantive matter unaddressed,” Mr Wilkie said …

ABC: East Timor bugging: Politicians call for AFP to investigate Australian spies’ role in 2004 operation Intelligence whistleblower turned independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to launch an investigation into the role the nation’s intelligence services played in the bugging of East Timor’s cabinet room …

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Addressing demand in prostitution, which political party has the courage to do it right in Australia

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12.07.18 7:00 am

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While European countries have been moving towards “society without prostitution” and gender equality, Australia and NZ has been experimenting with various legislations but failed to address and diminish demand for it. While the focus of legislation has always been on the prostituted (vast majority of who are female), the buyers have not been scrutinised, but instead buying has been normalised, in effect signalling that buying another person’s body is ok in our society …

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‘First US land-farmed Atlantic salmon go on sale’

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12.07.18 6:45 am

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Wisconsin land-based fish farmer and hydroponic vegetable grower Superior Fresh has begun selling its first Atlantic salmon in Festival Foods stores in the northern US state …

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The missing argument ...

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12.07.18 5:33 am

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... Do environmentalists ignore it because it’s too complicated?  I am restating an argument here that environmentalists could use to support any and all of their campaigns, but which they ignore. This seems disastrous to me, because it might end their interminable conflicts with developers and politicians - and it could do that by showing everyone that they are making much more sense than their opponents …

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French Bulldogs, Faberge and the Romanov Family

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11.07.18 6:00 am

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Part V: King Edward VII and his French Bulldogs The French Bulldog portrait statuettes of Cody and Custer belonging to Elizabeth Balletta and the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich and the two portrait statuettes of King Edward VII’s Norfolk wire fox terrier, Caesar and the Clumber spaniel Sandringham Lucy in the British Royal Collection are the finest known hardstone Fabergé carved dog statuettes …

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NATION:  Abbott’s insurrection fails but Turnbull undermines a just and fair society

Urban Wronksi (aka David Tyler*).Satire: Leunig*
11.07.18 5:40 am

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“The nose of Cleopatra, if it had been shorter, would have changed the face of the Earth,” ventured philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal in 1669 … This indefinable something, so trifling that we cannot recognize it, upsets the whole earth, princes, armies, the entire world.”

… Leyonhjelm owes his place to Mal’s dud judgement. (And tricking some would-be Liberal voters with the Liberal in Liberal Democrat). Turnbull’s genius shrank his government to a one-seat majority; delivered a senate cross-bench like a scene by Hieronymus Bosch, a nightmarish, macabre image of hell complete with mutant monsters and goblins. …

… “Efficiency review” means cutting funds. Minister for Communications and Complaining About Emma Alberici, Mitch Fifield, who sees no conflict between his role and his membership of an IPA pledged to privatise the ABC, (the Liberal Party Annual Council, last month, voted 2:1 in favour) complains of Auntie’s bias and slack journalism - five times in six months …

Canberra Times: States swing to Labor in grim poll for Turnbull

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Tasmanians Unite!

Josephine Zananiri*
11.07.18 5:35 am

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… Indeed the most favoured son of Victoria,  Ned Kelly was the son of a Tassie bloke, Red Kelly who was detained for some time on the pre apple isle …

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At What Date Do You Wish to See A Dystopian World, Or Your Children or Grandchildren Dead?

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11.07.18 5:34 am

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Lately, when there is discussion of climate change there are two conversations going on; one pushing the need for reliable energy sources,  and the other being in relation to climate change. Climate change has to a great extent been subsumed by discussions in relation to energy. But, the lack of water, breakdown of crops, and sea level rise will lead to the creation of a dystopian world creating refugees by the score. Reticulated water problems have already been experienced in California, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia etc, a recipe for community breakdown. Lack of water resources have been stated to be a background influence in the Arab Spring.  Sea level rise has already been experienced in a number of locations …

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CTV News: Amid extreme heat, 33 die in Quebec

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