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US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians

theguardian.com — Security guards working for the private US contractor Blackwater have been found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of a group of unarmed civilians at a crowded Baghdad traffic junction during one of the darkest incidents of the Iraq war.
Oct 22, 2014

1 Blackwater guard convicted of 1st degree murder and the other three of manslaughter theguardian.com/us-news/2014/o…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @ewenmacaskill: Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter over notorious killings in Baghdad in 2007. bit.ly/1rqtEc2

Oct 22, 2014

US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians gu.com/p/42kcf

Oct 22, 2014

Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter over notorious killings in Baghdad in 2007. bit.ly/1rqtEc2

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Barry Spurr drops legal action to force New Matilda to reveal source of emails

theguardian.com — Suspended University of Sydney professor Barry Spurr has dropped his bid to force the website New Matilda to reveal the source of emails containing racist and derogatory comments, which were published by the site last week.

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

theguardian.com — The amount of coal being burned by China has fallen for the first time this century, according to an analysis of official statistics. China's booming coal in the last decade has been the major contributor to the fast-rising carbon emissions that drive climate change, making the first fall a significant moment.
Oct 22, 2014

China's use of coal has DECLINED for the first time in the 21st century, Greenpeace says: bit.ly/1ovv0Yn

Oct 22, 2014

RT @JohnRoss43: China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests gu.com/p/42k4k/tw via @guardian > Guardian on Ch…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @JesseJenkins: China's #coal use falls in 2014 for 1st time. Not sign of peak coal yet. But no growth is big change, worth noting theguardian.com/environment/20…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @dpcarrington: ICYM: China's #coal use falls for first time this century: analysis > a significant moment theguardian.com/environment/20… http:/…

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Luke Batty was killed by his father. So why does Rosie Batty have to defend her parenting decisions?

theguardian.com — It's been barely eight months since Rosie Batty's 11 year old son, Luke, was brutally murdered with a cricket bat and a knife by Greg Anderson - his father, and her ex-husband.
Oct 22, 2014

Luke Batty was killed by his father. So why does Rosie Batty have to defend her parenting decisions? | Melissa Davey gu.com/p/42km8/tw

Oct 22, 2014

Read this. 'Luke Batty was killed by his father. So why does Rosie Batty have to defend her parenting decisions?' theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 22, 2014

Luke Batty was killed by his father.So why does Rosie Batty have to defend her parenting decisions? gu.com/p/42km8/tw

Oct 22, 2014

RT @emilyhwilson: Luke Batty was killed by his father. So why does his mother have to defend her parenting decisions? By @melissaldavey gu.com/p/42km8/tw

Oct 22, 2014

Luke Batty was killed by his father. So why does his mother have to defend her parenting decisions? By @melissaldavey gu.com/p/42km8/tw

Wind turbine maker sacks 100 workers, blaming renewable policy uncertainty

theguardian.com — A major Australian wind turbine manufacturer has laid off 100 workers in what the industry said was a direct response to the uncertainty created by the government's push to reduce the renewable energy target (RET). The government and Labor are trying to strike a bipartisan deal on the policy, which currently requires that 41,000 gigawatt hours of energy come from renewables by 2020.
Oct 22, 2014

Wind turbine maker sacks 100 workers, blaming renewable policy uncertainty gu.com/p/42kmy/tw via @guardian

Oct 22, 2014

Wind turbine maker sacks 100 workers, blaming renewable policy uncertainty gu.com/p/42kmy/stw from @lenoretaylor

Oct 22, 2014

Wind turbine maker sacks 100 workers, blaming renewable policy uncertainty gu.com/p/42kmy/tw via @guardian

Five must-read books by Indigenous authors

theguardian.com — In the final report into the federal curriculum review, released last week, Professor Barry Spurr argued that too much weight was given to Indigenous writers and history in the English curriculum. Instead the curriculum should be re-oriented towards the teaching of "western Judaeo-Christian culture".
Oct 23, 2014

Don't like Aborigines Barry Spurr? Here are five must-read books by Indigenous authors that astonish,perplex&comfort gu.com/p/42knt/tw

Oct 23, 2014

RT @emilyhwilson: Barry Spurr may not think much of Indigenous fiction, but here are five absolute must-reads gu.com/p/42knt/tw By @brigidwd

Oct 23, 2014

Barry Spurr may not think much of Indigenous fiction, but here are five absolute must-reads gu.com/p/42knt/tw By @brigidwd

Goodfellas actor files $250m lawsuit against The Simpsons for using his likeness

theguardian.com — Alongside Bumblebee Man, Doctor Colossus and German exchange student Uter Zorker, Louie is one of the more minor members of The Simpsons universe. He occasionally menaces Springfieldians at the behest of mob boss Fat Tony and he doesn't even get a surname.
Oct 22, 2014

Hah RT @digg "Goodfellas" actor files $250M suit against "The Simpsons" for using his likeness di.gg/1sQkI3z pic.twitter.com/kuN6eoEl82

Oct 22, 2014

RT @digg: "Goodfellas" actor files $250 million lawsuit against "The Simpsons" for using his likeness: di.gg/1sQkI3z pic.twitter.com/Q9fMuPOajP

Oct 22, 2014

RT @digg: "Goodfellas" actor files $250 million lawsuit against "The Simpsons" for using his likeness: di.gg/1sQkI3z pic.twitter.com/Q9fMuPOajP

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Twitter changes: 20 hits and misses from the social network's history

theguardian.com — Grump's Internet Law dictates that whenever a large social network like Facebook or Twitter changes its design or adds a major new feature, people kick up a stink online claiming it's going to ruin the service. Sometimes, they're right, and the company executes a quick u-turn.
Oct 22, 2014

ahead of today's #twitterflight dev news, @stuartdredge looks at Twitter changes over its brief but packed history gu.com/p/42k99/tw

Oct 22, 2014

RT @JonathanHaynes: Ahead of Twitter's announcement in an hour or so, here's 20 ways they've change things before … for better, or worse theguardian.com/technology/201…

Oct 22, 2014

Ahead of Twitter's announcement in an hour or so, here's 20 ways they've change things before … for better, or worse theguardian.com/technology/201…

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Facebook pays no UK corporation tax for a second year

theguardian.com — Facebook paid no UK corporation tax for the second year in a row in 2013, while employees received shares in the company worth tens of millions of pounds. The world's largest social media company reported a pre-tax loss of £11.6m in the UK last year, despite its US parent company reporting a net profit of $1.5bn (£900m).

Public benefits from LNG exports may be little more than a gas pipe dream

theguardian.com — The opening of the eastern gas market to export is set to cause massive ructions to Australia's economy. But while standard theory would suggest the LNG boom will be a win for our economy, the reality of poor taxation policy and a lack of a carbon price suggests the benefits may not be as big as might be hoped.
Oct 22, 2014

Public benefits from LNG exports may be little more than a gas pipe dream gu.com/p/42knf/tw via @guardian

Freya Newman sentence deferred over Frances Abbott scholarship leak

theguardian.com — Police have called for a conviction to be recorded against a 21-year-old whistleblower who pleaded guilty to accessing restricted records revealing the prime minister's daughter, Frances Abbott, received an undisclosed $60,000 scholarship. The whistleblower, Freya Newman, appeared in Sydney's Downing Centre on Thursday and will now be sentenced on 25 November.