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    Gough Whitlam dead at 98

    Just reminded me of this:
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    Atomic Top 20 Games

    Voted, keen to see the results.
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    Gay Marriage.

    One good thing (for gay couples) which came out of the decision was the finding by the majority that the Federal Government does have the power to legislate for gay marriage - i.e. extend the current definition of marriage to include gay couples. This was seemingly to head off any challenge brought by religious groups in future on the grounds that the constitution only provided powers with respect to marriage as it was understood at Federation.
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    National Election Super Station!

    They send you T-shirts, and signs for your front yard, that sort of stuff. Somehow I doubt the Pirate Party could afford that, but sounds interesting. Are there disadvantages to joining a party? If you are quite vocal (social media/blogs etc) or gain some level of public recognition with the party, it may preclude you from working for the AEC. I worked as polling attendant this election and one of the criteria was not only to uphold political neutrality when acting for the AEC, but also to essentially 'fly under the radar' as far as your political identity was concerned.
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    Someone debunk this for me.

    I'd stick any 'alien' dna through an ICP-MS to ascertain whether the lifeform was carbon-based before even considering any macro-molecular technique.
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    Is scruffy a common name for lorikeets?

    This guy and his mate are the only two we got at my parent's place on the edge of the bush...because they'd chase off any other lorikeets in the area. Had no idea they could be so territorial, as we'd get flocks of them when we lived in Epping.
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    whats your favourite documentary

    Food, inc. is pretty good, though the gene patents/GM claims should be taken with a grain of salt when viewed from an Australian audience's perspective. +1 Dear Zachary (my favourite) and Fog of War.
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    Black Mirror

    Spiked my interest, will get around to watching it tonight/weekend. Will s02 be 3 episodes as well, or has it been picked up for a longer run?
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    Employment Legalities

    BTW you want to contact the Fair Work Ombudsman (ph: 13 13 94), not Fair Work Australia directly. The Ombudsman deals specifically with wage and entitlement disputes. From (my brother's) experience they're actually quite helpful and will provide free advice and pathways for resolving your issues, if possible.
  10. Assange was just granted asylum by Ecuador. No idea how they'll get him there though. Part of the reason given was that the UK and Sweden would not grant a guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to the US. Ecuador also queried the US with regards to extradition, but the US would not offer any information.
  11. High Court of Australia (HCA) handed down it's decision on whether the 'plain packaging' laws were unconstitutional with regards to s51(xxxi) - "Just Terms". The HCA found that the Act was not contrary to the constitution, but the actual reasoning (and number of judges in the majority) will be published at a later date. Announcement Here
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    Assange granted Ecuadorean Asylum

    Does the same arrangement exist between the USA and the UK, as exists between the USA and Sweden? This seemingly carte blanche "we ask you deliver" arrangement? That's another concocted lie. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/david-al...nge-extradition It is much easier to extradite Assange out of England. Richard Dwyer can attest to that. I asked before, and still no-one has answered... are you going to be the one who stands up and tells two women that their alleged rape is irrelevant and that St. Assange should escape all consequences of his alleged actions just because he is an editor of wikileaks? Actually, it's not a lie. Source (was mentioned in your previously linked article). I don't like linking blogs, but it is written by a British criminal defence QC, so it's probably worth something. So all the Swedes have to do is conduct the trial, then afterwards swing him over to the US without reference to the UK government. All they have to do is get a guarantee that the death penalty is off the table and that he'll be held in a state-side super-max or similar (i.e. not gitmo), and that'll deal with the inevitable human rights claims. Given Sweden's complacent history of extradition to the US or it's agencies (see Ahmed Agiza & Muhammed Al-Zery), I wouldn't be surprised if the US considered a Swedish extradition easier & more expedient. On your (blatently false dilemma) point of Assange escaping justice, his Swedish, British and American defence attorneys are on the record saying they want to defend the case in Sweden. I, like any sane & reasonable person, would to see justice, either for the man's reputation or for the alleged victims, done.
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    Assange granted Ecuadorean Asylum

    What worries me the most about this case is this: Source
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    Assange granted Ecuadorean Asylum

    In other news, it's "Ecuadorian", got it wrong in the title. Yeh, check the guardian they have a couple of articles on the legality of the UK 'storming' the embassy
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    What's on your mind?

    Chemistry Project options. So many options, so little time/funds/equipment.
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    Abbot to change race discrimination laws

    The weirdest thing about this entire debate is that everyone references 18C, but few (and rarely those denouncing the court's decision) make mention of 18D, despite it being the crux of the case: I don't have a particular problem with the current construction of the law as I believe 18D provides the necessary balances to 18C. I'm actually annoyed that Bolt screwed this issue up so royally, because the issue of aboriginal welfare being accessed by middle-class and well-to-do people as opposed to low-income and disadvantaged people is something that needs to be discussed.
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    Old School Fun Thread: Fallacious Accusations

    Actually, it's a Merkin. :PNot false. Sorry. Nich's Merkin is made from Snooki's hair.
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    Names of your Co-workers..

    My brother had an apprentice they called 'Fingers'. Because everything he touches, he f*cks.
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    What to do:(

    Though your neighbour's in the wrong to yell at your kid, it's important to remain calm (as others have eloquently noted above) and try to resolve the situation amicably. Telling the neighbour to "F*** off" or any other outright hostility, will just result in pissing off an old man who clearly has plenty of time to write letters to council/RSPCA etc to nitpick everything he thinks you're doing wrong.
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    First Atomic Posts

    How young I was: http://archive.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp...p;c=1&t=391 Digging around and I found this old one, quite interesting: Who are you? (from 2003)
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    The curtain closes.

    Everytime I hear "Back in so-and-so year..." my mind clouds over and standard film clip plays:
  22. ^ That doesn't make any sense. At all.
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    Blocking someone.

    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/-Ba...d-/7f5f3728.jpg Sarcasm used to be the lowest form of wit... until the internet. If I had of thought of it at the time, the appropriate comeback to that would have been your welcome L'esprit de l'escalier
  24. If you truly hold those opinions, why partake in a thread on a discussion forum? You clearly have no interest in actually arguing either the science or economics of AGW and mitigation policy, you're just using the thread to lash out against the direction society is taking without actually understanding either the reasons or motivations behind the actions. So why waste everyone's time?