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Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:
Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).
Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.
Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.
It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.
These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.
Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.
With the Singapore Armed Force's Military Exercise Wallaby 2018
expected to officially kick off later this week, on Tuesday 18 September, four Republic of Singapore Air Force
(RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters were photographed arriving
into Rockhampton Airport, flying direct from their new base at
Crakes are abundant and obvious at the moment.One Hobby.
As reported on EBird by Stephen Murray on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo also reported by Stephen Murray on EBird on Sunday.
Ad female seen feeding in mangroves on the edge of Theodolite Creek near boat ramp at 0830
Single female, is the first sighting of this species (at this location by this observer) since 1994
Was feeding around shoreline of water.
During Sunday 16 September, the six Australian
Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that ventured North to
Townsville for an exercise during August, were spotted passing back
South through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports while heading home
Central Queensland Grazier Mick Alexander asks the question. Why do our governments consistently give preferential access to our land and water resources to companies like Adani and not support the industry that we will always need to feed us?
The post Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food appeared first on The Pen.
Australian police are continuing their manhunt for the country's infamous strawberry saboteur as needle-contamination fears spread across the country, bringing the fruit industry to its knees. Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state. Previously, almost a dozen incidents were reported in six brands of strawberries across six states and territories. The crisis has spiraled since a man was hospitalized after swallowing a needle that was hidden inside a strawberry in Queensland over a week ago. Fears of a copycat fruit saboteur emerged on Monday after police reported that a woman was caught inserting a needle into a banana in a Queensland supermarket. However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations. It comes as New Zealand food distributors removed Australian strawberries from their shelves as a precaution, further adding to the devastation caused by the unidentified culprit.
Interception is no small problem but can be done with a kinetic weapon. You would require multiple platforms packing an arsenal of tethered kinetic weapons with enough control to actually chase and intercept at extreme high speed.
Explosive effects would be limited to producing a focused cloud of material but not even that unless very close.
The speed is huge and any lateral movement by the target will allow evasion. Such movement every thirty seconds or so would be ample. Recall it still takes minutes to close the gap and the speed is such that adjustment becomes difficult as well.
At least our sensing tech will now be up to it.
A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock things you have to do.
The bitcoin security specialists Wizsec has recently explained to the public that the wallet that held more than 111,000 BTC did not derive from the Silk Road marketplace, and its also not one of the Mt Gox wallets. Further Wizsec detailed today that a recent article had quoted the organization by cherry-picking quotes which in turn created an editorial that has bolstered unneeded fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).
Over the last few weeks, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a large amount of BTC that has moved from an old wallet onto a few popular trading platforms. Many people including the person who ...
EXCLUSIVE: The convicted celebrity paedophile, Jeremy Kewley, is attempting to resume his acting career just months after his release from prison, with the highly dangerous sex offender even travelling from town-to-town in regional Victoria to perform to unsuspecting audiences at festivals featuring youth theatre groups. Horrifyingly, it can now be revealed that one of Kewley's performances was delivered at a school and is said to have been a "chilling and sickening" monologue about the rape of a teenage girl. [READ MORE]
A chorus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and organisations have called on the Federal Government to provide a formal response to the recommendations contained in the Australian Law Reform Commissions Pathways to Justice report.
In an open letter penned to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 35 leading community organisations and academics working in the justice reinvestment space have lamented the Federal Governments continued inaction on the reports key recommendation.
It has now been nearly six months since the ALRC report was tabled in Parliament, the letter states. However, to date the Federal Government has made no formal response. The open letter identifies that during the last six month period, more than 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children have spent time in prisons around the country, causing a significant negative impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities around the country. The call for Federal Government action has been initiated by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations working on the ground to achieve safer and stronger communities. Unfair justice systems are failing to build the safer, stronger communities all Australians want, the letter states.
We cannot let another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lose their futures, their dignity, and, for some, their lives, because of inaction by Australian governments, the letter concludes.
The Pathways to Justice report was released following detailed consultation and research led by the Australian Law Reform Commission. It contains 35 recommendations to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system and to address community safety. Specific recommendations made to the Federal Government include:
When announcing the inquiry in October 2016, then Attorney-General George Brandis QC labelled the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons a national tragedy and stated that the ALRC inquiry would be a critical step for breaking through the disturbing statistics.
Every day here in Bourke we see the benefits that the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment initiative has for our community, and in particular our young people. Justice reinvestment enables us to make decisions about what we need in our community. In partnership with Just Reinvest NSW it creates collaboration, it builds our strength and confidence, causes better hea...
Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things
where you post favourite albums
Theres a lot to admire about Bjork and Ive chosen her and this album to represent a number of influences.
When I first saw Bjork she was squeezed between The Smashing Pumpkins and The Ramones at the 1994 Big Day Out.
It still seems like a weird spot for her and I wandered in and out of that set but it was clear something new was coming to the surface.
Her album Debut had some airplay on Triple J and it was my first introduction to Nellee Hoopers influence, since itd be a couple more years before I listened to Massive Attack and Sinead OConnor but also the trip-hop of Portishead.
Bjork worked with a number of interesting producers and managed to get a cohesive result, just look at how Army Of Me and Its Oh So Quiet both sit on the first side of the album Post.
These collaborations between artists and producers are a dialectic central to popular music and, in many ways, its a formula I enjoy hearing in singers like Madonna and Kylie Minogue too.
Many popular singers get dismissed as record label products but those that build a career seem to be able to maintain a firm grasp on their image and material.
Madonna has a reputation for being present throughout the recording process and it seems clear that Bjork occupies a role overseeing the realisation of her albums.
Norm Wallace passed away yesterday (17 September 2018). He was a well known and respected union figure, shaped by the 92 years of his life. His was a life lived well.
Norm lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. Events that shaped the way he saw the world and drove him to act against injustice and the exploitation of working men and women. His was a generation at learned from the school of hard knocks.
I first got to know the man, when I became a young official of the Builders Labourers Federation in Melbourne. This was a place where the demands of work were immense, and as a greenhorn trying to find his way, he was the one I could turn to for help. Norm was always there for you with his characteristic smile.
Norm Wallace was the kind of leader wo won people over through his capacity to see the good side of someone and show them friendship and trust. He was easy to get along with, and it won them over to him.
Norm the fighter was the other side. On seeing an injustice, he couldnt help but to take a stand against it.
These two sides of him, a compassion for people and a hatred of injustice, are what drove him and the reason why he became a union official.
Under the wing of the legendary Paddy Malone, he and Norm Gallagher had been recruited into the unions Committee of Management in the early 1950s. Before long, both became organisers. These early days were the time when the organisation was taken out of the control of gangsters and put back into the hands of its members. They did it in Victoria, while Joe Owens and Jack Mundy did it in Sydney.
Although the teams in each state were destined to fall out, they had much more in common than their differences.
Norm Wallace became the Assistant Secretary of the union. Through it all, he always remained true to his convictions.
The deregistration of the union and the subsequent lack of funds forced Norm into an early retirement. This did not stop him from being involved in the cause.
His greatest legacy is all those he mentored, and continue to put their shoulder to the wheel, not only in the union movement, but also out there in the broader community. He lives on through all of us.
Norm Wallace was one of those who passionately held that unions and their leaders should be concerned about more than the bread and butter issues of wages and working conditions and be concerned about the just causes of all sections of society. The wider political arena is also union business.
He may have left the room. But I for one am one of those who consider themselves lucky to have been inspired and influenced by him. He will be missed. Especially by his family. But also a...
The northern part of the Australian state, Queensland, is bustling with cryptocurrency energy. The region is extremely passionate towards one specific decentralized peer-to-peer electronic currency bitcoin cash (BCH).
Over the last few months, a few bitcoin cash proponents have been spreading a lot of BCH adoption in the North Queensland region in Australia. North Queensland is a very large area with its own distinctive regional character within the massive state of Queensland. Anyone who frequents the Reddit forum r/btc, have probably noticed many posts showing BCH adoption taking place in the region.
North Queensland has its own Bitcoin Cash meetup, its home to the countrys first BCH-only automated teller machine, and right now the area has a lot of BCH accepting merchants. This week, using the mobile application...
There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles. The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.
The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years. A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets. Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers. There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds. This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.
The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion. It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator. Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter. This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.
Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found. Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected. Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.
Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers. Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...
I am delighted to publish this guest post from my good friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton. Views expressed in this guest post are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me as well. GT
Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis
Last week an Australian Senate committee released its report on Senator David Leyonhjelms private members bill to allow any State or Territory Government to legalise and regulate cannabis. The committee, chaired by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald and including Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt, was told that cannabis use is less harmful than alcohol use and tobacco use, and that otherwise law-abiding recreational cannabis users were cast as criminals, which increases pressure on the criminal justice system and supports organised and violent crime.
Although I did not make a submission to the inquiry, in 2016 I undertook a preliminary examination of the likely economic and social benefits of legalising recreational cannabis use in Queensland [see here], prompted by its legalisation in a number of US states, which as of January this year includes California, one of the worlds biggest economies. My report found similar benefits to that identified by Senator Leyonhjelm in terms of economic and social benefits to government and consumers, specifically:
Costly cannabis arrests in Queensland (offset to some extent by fines) are the highest in Australia and have been since 2001-02. Queensland police in 2015-16 arrested 25,307 persons of the nearly 80,000 arrests in Australia and nearly as many as NSW and Victoria in total despite having around one-third of their combined population....
On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed
by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach
at Rockhampton Airport.
Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.
One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.
The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head. She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.
I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.
So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.
Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.
Oh what a fool I was.
Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).
The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.
With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.
As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.
When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...
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The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse.
The original Adani proposal, put forward in 2010, was for a mine producing 60m tonnes of coal a year. The coal would be transported along a completely...
Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things
where you post favourite albums
Janes Addiction had come to my attention via Mountain Song on Rage and I still regret not accepting an invitation to see them perform at the Hordern Pavilion in 1991.
Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.
NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.
A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.
Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.
The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.
Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.
That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.
Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.
Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.
I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.
Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.
In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.
As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500.
Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.
Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.
Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service.
Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.
A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.
A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.
Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....
Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.
Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...
And now it's getting underway...
Exciting times for Brissie.
And not a winking kangaroo in sight.
WENTWORTH (Lib vs ALP, 17.8%)
Cause of vacancy: Resignation of Malcolm Turnbull
A by-election for Wentworth has been set down for Saturday 20 October following the resignation from parliament of the former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. This post will give an assessment of how this by-election stands in history and will also comment critically on polling. As I start it on 14 Sep I won't be brave enough to predict the winner yet, but I may do so later. This post will be updated with new polls and changed assessments through to polling day.
By-elections often produce big swings against governments, but surely 17.8% is safe? After all, there has only been one larger swing in federal by-election history (20.1% in Wakefield, 1938). In fact there are at least two reasons not to take the seat's safety for granted. These are the historic circumstances of the by-election and the prospect of losing the seat to an independent. While I've seen some spinning suggesting that a double-digit swing should be viewed as a shocker for the Liberal Party even if they lose the seat, I think the circumstances are so unusual that they'd take a win by any margin now.
Wentworth (see Poll Bludger preview) is a Federation seat and as such stands alongside Kooyong with a nearly spotless record of Liberal victory. It has been won by the endorsed (or an endorsed) Liberal-or-precursor candidate every time but one, the exception being 1929. Incumbent Walter Marks was one of the rebels who voted with Billy Hughes to bring down the Bruce government. Marks was not endorsed for his troubles, but beat the endorsed candidate anyway. The seat was so safe for the conservative side that in 1931 both candidates were endorsed by the United Australia Party, and Marks was defeated by the other UAP candidate. No current federal seat created before 1949 has a completely perfect record of being always won by the endorsed Liberal-or-precursor candidate, though Barker (1903) has always been won by a conservative party of some kind.
Wentworth hasn't always been super-safe. It almost fell in the 1943 Curtin landslide, and in 1993 then Opposition Leader John Hewson had an unconvincing 55.5% 2PP result. In 2007 Turnbull (who had wrested the seat from Peter King prior to the 2004 election) was held to 53.9% 2PP. Overall it was inside 60-40 at every general election between 1984 and 2007. Margins blew out from 2010 with Turnbull's status as former Opposition Leader and then Prime Minister.
Standard By-Election Swings
As noted in my...
The humane world breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when
Japan was trounced in the International Whaling Commission vote on
its motion for open-slather whaling, Australian environmentalist
Bob Brown said today.
Japan, with a team including 9 politicians, and with its representative chairing the meeting, was whalloped 41-27 in its effort to drop the 32 years old moratorium on commercial whaling. The success of a Brazilian motion, for the IWC to become a whale conservation organisation, removed any lingering hopes of Japan ever having its whaling fleet endorsed.
A WOMAN was jailed for six months for forcing her way into a nursing home to bash a staff member, claiming shed insulted her daughter...
WHEN WORD went around that Robyn and Tom Webb had sold their service station to Indians, some worried about the hotbox and its deep-fried offerings....
ITS BEEN nearly 25 years since the railway station lost its raison detre, when the Goss Labor government axed the Westlander passenger train. But, after...
BULLOO SHIRE council CEO Edwina Marks has resigned just over midway through a four-year contract to take the helm of an amalgamated council in NSW....
TWO JOCKEYS were injured and a horse had to be put down as a result of a prang in the second race at the annual...
YOU COULDNT say the young feller overanalysed the tie breaker. He lined up as casually as if it was a practise tonk in the backyard....
PETER MCRAES work colleagues commissioned a surprise gift to be presented at the fur ball last Saturday, the eve of the 13th national bilby day....
WHEN IT comes to an annual outburst of expressionism, Charleville hasnt had anywhere to hang its hat or coat. Most Villains will struggle to swallow...
WRITERS OFTEN say they dont pick their subjects, their subjects choose them. Fran Harding didnt stand a chance from the moment her pharmacist husband Gordon...
Bob Brown Foundation has today announced a new peaceful forest vigil has been established to occupy ancient forests in Tasmanias takayna / Tarkine. These forests are threatened by a new logging road this Spring / Summer.
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