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Welcome to the main page for my 2018 Tasmanian state election
coverage. This page will carry links to all the other
articles about the election that I write prior to the close of
polling, and will contain general big-picture stuff and links to
all the specialised articles (once these are written). It
will be updated very frequently. However, one thing I am
doing differently from my
2014 guide is that each electorate will have its own guide
page. The electorate guide pages will be rolled out over
coming days and I aim to have them all up by the end of Monday 22
January. Note that these are my own guides and I reserve the
right to inject flippant and subjective comments whenever I feel
like it; if you do not like this, write your own.
This is the Bass electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State
to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other
Bass (Currently 3 Liberal 1 Labor 1 Green).
North-east Tasmania including most of Launceston
Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time. It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election. On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that. Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.
I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.
Peter Gutwein, incumbent, Treasurer and Minister for Local Government
Michael Ferguson, incumbent, Minister for Health, former federal MHR for seat
Sarah Courtney, incumbent, backbencher
Bridget Archer, Mayor of George Town
Simon Wood, Launceston councillor
Michelle O'Byrne, incumbent, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Education, former federal MHR for seat
Adam Gore, Army musician, former university tutor, staffer for Michelle O'Byrne, also 2014 candidate
Jennifer Houston, sociologist, community development officer, ALP candidate for Windermere in 2015
Owen Powell, farmer with a PhD in hydrogeology (check this out!)
Brian Roe OAM, prominent sports administrator, ALP candidate for Launceston in 2016
Greens candidates for Bass are listed in endorsed ticket order
A nice surprise visitor to Central Queensland during the
afternoon on Friday 19 January with the latest
to be delivered Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 /
KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 spotted
completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport. It was
flying as "Dragon 10".
Melbourne Water is about to de-tree Frankston koala corridor by removing mature trees from banks of a huge park with a water retarding basin in it at Lee Street Frankston 3199. They are claiming that the trees are 'destabilising' the banks. But of course the trees are holding the banks together and keeping the water-table down. Who is accountable for these kinds of decisions that are based on what sound like lies that make no sense? Frankston Council is apparently going along with this. It seems totally insane and anti-life and nature. Inside is a video alerting us to the details.
This is a link to a facebook video:
The person speaking in the video is Michele Thomas, of Animalia, who is a well-respected wildlife carer, who knows what she is talking about regarding koalas. See "Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue".
This tree removal with barmy excuses seems to be a new trend. Recently they machine-ripped out trees all along the sides and median strips of a shady Mornington Peninsula highway, one of few relatively pleasant highways to travel on, due to the shade and green. See http://candobetter.net/node/5304. The reasons given were that cars might run into them and that they were for eliminating all risks. (Not risks of depression leading to suicide in those who were revolted and felt powerless, of course.) AWPC managed to stop them from ripping them out quite so fast, but the kept on with a different machine at a different pace and they paid for a few possum boxes (not enough for all the possums and other wildlife that were and continue to be displaced.)
We know that trees are being ripped out for more houses and more roads to squeeze in the invited economic immigrants that make up over 60% of population growth in Australia. This is obvious with the road widening in Hoddle Street and in the destruction of Melbourne...
From an Essay by Micah Fink, Alternet, January 18, 2018
As millions prepare to return to the streets on Saturday, January 20, for a reprise of last years Womens March the largest mass protest in American history people of conscience are actively debating critical questions about the power of protest. Are mass protests and civil disobedience still effective? What are the most effective strategies for achieving lasting social change? What is the connection between protest movements and electoral politics? Do we need more marchers or mayors?
The Power of Protest, a new documentary film were launching on Kickstarter, seeks to answer these questions in the Trump era. The film will follow a year in the life of contemporary social movements like the Womens March, Black Lives Matter, Gays Against Guns, Lancaster Against Pipelines and Indivisible to see how they frame and pursue their objectives during a period of intense social turmoil leading into the 2018 midterm elections, and beyond.
We will also hear from strategic leaders of the civil rights movement, the Tea Party movement and the recent struggle for marriage equality to explore how social and technological changes are transforming what environmental activist Bill McKibben, one of our project advisers, calls the rapidly evolving new science of non-violent protest.
Case Studies in Resistance
The Kickstarter campaign weve produced offers a sample of our approach. It tells the story of a small but influential group of activists fighting to stop construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in the heart of Central Pennsylvanias Amish country.
The 184-mile pipeline is designed to carry fracked gas from the Marcellus shale fields in Northern Pennsylvania to Maryland and the Gulf Coast for industrial use and export to foreign markets. Its original route passed right through the backyard of Mark and Malinda Clatterbuck, whose house sits in a shady hollow in rural Lancaster County.
Mark, a professor of religious studies at Montclair State University, and Malinda, a Mennonite minister, are unlikely act...
"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa
"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato
"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 Beyond Basics was recently released and is unfortunately on expected lines. The report highlights the sorry state of education when it comes to Indias 14-18-year-olds and asks rather uncomfortable questions that policy practitioners must find answers to. In an earlier article, we had outlined some issues that have plagued Ind...
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[ Sunday, 21 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] This is a free feed social meeting for those that care about the habitat trees of UNE. Also feel free to bring something to share drinks, food, and fun things. Where: Mary White College When: 1pm Sunday 21st January Cost: Nil Here are some video of the Save UNE habitat trees campaign. [embed width="520"]https://youtu.be/DbHHPFIA5J8[/embed] [embed width="520"]https://youtu.be/Ws21Xa3uEDE[/embed] full article
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
The central bank can influence the supply of money via the price it provides reserves to the commercial banks but this influence is compromised by the level at which it sets the target monetary policy rate.
The answer is True.
The facts are as follows. First, central banks will always provided enough reserve balances to the commercial banks at a price it sets using a combination of overdraft/discounting facilities and open market operations.
Second, if the central bank didnt provide the reserves necessary to match the growth in deposits in the commercial banking system then the payments system would grind to a halt and there would be significant hikes in the interbank rate of interest and a wedge between it and the policy (target) rate meaning the central banks policy stance becomes compromised.
Third, any reserve requirements within this context while legally enforceable (via fines etc) do not constrain the commercial bank credit creation capacity. Central bank reserves (the accounts the commercial banks keep with the central bank) are not used to make loans. They only function to facilitate the payments system (apart from satisfying any reserve requirements).
Fourth, banks make loans to credit-worthy borrowers and these loans create deposits. If the commercial bank in question is unable to get the reserves necessary to meet the requirements from other sources (other banks) then the central bank has to provide them. But the process of gaining the necessary reserves is a separate and subsequent bank operation to the deposit creation (via the loan).
Fifth, if there were too many reserves in the system (relative to the banks desired levels to facilitate the payments system and the required reserves then competition in the interbank (overnight) market would drive the interest rate down. This competition would be driven by banks holding surplus reserves (to their requirements) trying to lend them overnight. The opposite would happen if there were too few reserves supplied by the central bank. Then the chase for overnight funds would drive rates up.
In both cases the central bank would lose control of its current policy rate as the divergence between it and the....
Since having my soil epiphany brought on from doing the NRM Small Farm Planning Course, I have been arguing with people who keep banging on about how we have to abandon meat eating to save the planet.. I disagree. Its just another silver bullet, as far as I am concerned, and they simply dont exist. sure, most people might eat too much meat, but for anyone to tell me that marginal land can be turned into crop land, and easily at that, just riles me up they obviously have no idea what theyre talking about, nor do they have any experience at doing this.
As I have said before, it took me ten years at my last project to convert that marginal land into something capable of feeding two to three people. Making compost by hand, even when using your own humanure, takes years. And while you are waiting for the soil to improve, you have to buy food from some unsustainable source or other.
From where I sit, we probably have a couple of years of relatively normal times left.
Palace of the Doge Venice
QUESTION: In your study of history, would you agree with this quote? In all of history, no government became more honest, less corrupt, or respected its citizens rights more as it grew in size.
Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States proposed resolution at the United Nations, and therefore, against Palestine.
As reported on December 22, 2017 by Al Jazeera:
The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.
At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trumps controversial decision on December 6.
Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.
Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.
Did scarcely inhabited island-nations that are lost in the middle of a tremendous body of water, go crazy?
After all those horrific nuclear experiments committed there, against their people, by the United States, France and the UK; could local people sincerely believe that the truth as seen from Washington is the only legitimate truth on Earth?
After the naked modern-day colonialism, which is being implemented by Australia, New Zealand, and France, and, of course, by the United States, have the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia become blind?
After total dependency, after decades of humiliation and virtual slavery, do the inhabitants of Oceania believe that their fellow victims in Palestine do not have the right to live in their own state, without barbed wire; that they shouldnt have their own historical capital?
The answer to all these question is, actually: No.
They do what they are doing simply and only because they have no choice.
When working on my book, Oceania, travelling all over the South Pacific, I visited a Jesuit priest and the regions prominent intellectual, Francis X. Hezel. Our encounter took place in the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia...
Despite some indecisiveness about cryptocurrencies on the part of centralized power, Russia has been quietly preparing for a wave of migrant crypto miners from East and West. Its been said that the country has got what it takes to invite them. A third of the Soviet era power producing capacity is idling, after energy hungry industries were closed and scrapped in the 90s. Experts, home and abroad, members of the local crypto community, all agree Russia is ready to welcome bitcoin miners from China and Europe. Thats if Moscow says yes or at least doesnt say no.
Hello, Invite Chinese miners to Russia!! Excess electricity capacity 20 MW 3 rubles/kWh (0.05USD; 0.32RMB). This is just one of many ads you can find in bitcoin forums these days. With electric installation to plug in the rigs ready, internet cables stretched in a 5,000 m2 air-cooled building check, fire alarm and CCTV cameras installed, and 24/7 tech support available, Russians mean business. The country is ready and even bragging about what it can offer to miners chased beyond the Great Wall, but not only, Do you cooperate with European colleagues? a question reads when you scroll down. Ill send the contract, the answer follows shortly after.
The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among gay men and heterosexual people.
This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the exchange of bodily fluids. Whether people involved have a particular identity, as the words used in the report suggest, is irrelevant.
Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct,...
Among policy positions to be revealed in greater detail in coming weeks are the scrapping of the Safe Schools program, capping the premiers tenure to two terms, and developing a nuclear fuel cycle industry.
Senator Bernardi said the direction of preferences would be subject to negotiation between the major parties.
Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives to fight for 20 seats in SA election, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/cory-bernardis-australian-conservatives-to-fight-for-20-seats-in-sa-election/news-story/7130de833df916429b388f70b26ff443, MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide@mjowen, 19 Jan 18
Cory Bernardis conservative party will run at least 20 candidates in lower house seats at the South Australian election, mirroring the plans of Nick Xenophons SA Best and heightening the critical role of preferences in determining the outcome of the March 17 poll.
The move comes after the Australian Conservatives ran candidate Joram Richa in the federal seat of Bennelong, in Sydneys north, in a key by-election last month, polling 4.5 per cent of the vote and directing preferences to Liberal John Alexander, who retained the seat....
They are on the frontlines of any major conflict or disaster but how much is known about the daily experiences of humanitarian workers in these extreme situations? In their new book, Gnocide et crimes de masse. Lexprience rwandaise de MSF (Humanitarian Aid, Genocide and Mass Killings: Mdecins sans frontires, the Rwandan experience, 1982-97), Marc Le Pape and Jean-Herv Bradol set out to answer some of these questions. The book is also informed by Bradols experience of working for Mdecins Sans Frontires in Rwanda during the genocide. Here, they discuss their findings.
You investigated humanitarian operations in the Great Lakes region between 1990 and 1997. This was a period of extreme violence against Rwandophone populations. You specifically looked at the records of Doctors Without Borders in Paris. What did you hope to learn?
Marc Le Pape: The actual day-to-day work of humanitarian teams in situations of extreme violence is generally little known and understood. Thats why our investigations focussed on messages from the field, while most studies are far more concerned about getting the macro-political or macro-humanitarian picture. Taking a micro perspective meant we could observe the long-term evolution of operations: how, and with whom, did teams need to negotiate to launch and maintain operations?
So we looked at how these teams got information and communicated with political and military authorities, various local authorities, UN agencies in the Great Lakes region, local and international NGOs, religious leaders and people at emergency sites, in medical facilities and camps.
We also looked at the relationship between the field of operations, national capitals and the various Doctors Without Borders head offices. We tracked field accounts transmitted up the chain of command, how the organisations head offices reacted to the stories of violence, intimidation and prohibitions, and the way these were then framed and talked about publicly.
For example we examined all the documents, from internal alerts to public statements, demonstrating the gradual realisation of humanitarian workers in Rwanda in 1994 that they were witnessing the systematic, organi...
Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova South Australia and the Australian State of Victoria learned the hard way that when power demand surges, you cant turn up the solar panels. Melbourne hospitals switch off lights as mercury rises Grant McArthur and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun January 19, 2018 7:36pm PATIENTS were left in
Once again, the threat of a government shutdown looms over the capital. Politicians exchange barbs, pundits wag their fingers and wring their hands, and the rest of us get up and go to work like we do every day. The news anchors demand to know: whose fault is it? What labyrinthine eleventh-hour compromise will they devise to avoid it? The rest of the nation yawns with indifference.
But we want answers! What if the government does shut down? Who will funnel our taxable income to military contractors? Who will tap our phones and read our email? Who will raid 7-Elevens and deport people? Who will indoctrinate our children? Who will stop people from driving while black? Who will build the wall?
It doesnt sound all that bad, actually. Unfortunately, the shutdown theyre talking about wont interrupt any of those things. Compared to what this country needs, its just a bit of theatrics.
So heres a different proposal for how to respond to the imminent shutdown of the US government. Lets make it comprehensive and permanent.
What better way to cut through partisan gridlock than by abolishing both parties outright? Seriously, what have they ever done for us? Two gangs of thieves and swindlers competing to boss us around and bleed us dry. Its hard to imagine a single problem that any of them can resolve better than we could on our own. They themselves are responsible for most of the issues they claim to address.
In recent years, societies around the world have discovered that the absence of a functioning government has produced remarkably little change in their daily lives. Since its prime minister quit a year ago, Northern Ireland has functioned without its elected assembly doing a thing. In Belgium, in 2010 and 2011, 589 days passed without the establishment of a government with no noticeable change in everyday life for most Belgians. Similar interludes went by in Spain and Germany with similarly insignificant consequences.
SA heatwave will not affect power supply, Treasurer says, as TDU amateur cyclists ignore warnings, ABC News 19 Jan 18, By political reporter Nick Harmsen and staff The South Australian Government is not expecting to use the states new backup diesel power generators despite temperatures well into the mid-40s forcing a tight power supply balance.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued a level two lack of reserve notice for the state late this afternoon, meaning there is a small buffer of surplus generation available.A level three notice means unexpected load shedding blackouts are likely.
The power supply situation is even tighter in Victoria with AEMO flagging the possibility of curtailing power to some industrial customers who have volunteered to be part of a demand management scheme.
SAs hottest temperature so far recorded today was a scorching 47.4 degrees Celsius at Wudinna on Eyre Peninsula.Port Augusta hit 46.5C, Whyalla reached 46.4C and Lameroo and Tarcoola both had tops of 46C.SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said while the states temporary generators were ready, they were unlikely to be used this afternoon.
In terms of supply we should be okay, he said.
Victoria I understand is about to load she...
By Steven & Evan Strong
Special Thanks to Richard Patterson & Erik Bower
During recent times quite a few commentators have gone to considerable lengths to cast doubt, and often ridicule, when assessing the credentials and sanity of Frederic Slater. The general consensus amongst the many later-day critics is that Slater was at best deluded, unqualified and more than likely off with the fairies." Due to his many shortcomings, it has been decided his inadequacies immediately disqualify any claims made in relation to the Standing Stones Complex.
Until March of 2017 Slater had spent 75 years suspended in total anonymity outside all avenues of mainstream press and official channels, his work and actual existence in every academic arena was censored and if it wasn"t for an invitation we knew was laden with second agendas, it would have stayed that way. From the first time the feature writer for the Brisbane Courier Mail contacted us, I immediately made it clear that our scepticism metre was running on overdrive. Despite his repeated assurances that the sacred mound would be revered and respected in the article he intended to write, we never let go of the real concern this was a very conservative paper covering an incredibly radical sacred site and advocate in the 1930"s. The content was so left-of-centre and this outlet of mainstream press was so far to the right there didn"t seem to be any middle-ground.
There was every conceivable reason demanding no further contact balanced against only one directive that insisted we agree without equivocation. When given my first ceremony by Karno and the Ramindjeri, it was made clear we had to convince using empirical evidence and logic and our primary target audience was to be those most resistant. Whether the scientists, mainstream press or even politicians, our anointed brief was constant in trying time after time to breach the wall. So we agreed to meet and in keeping with our misgivings the first issue raised by us related to why they were so supportive. Their responses sounded reassuring, but there was a hollow ring to every guarantee. Irrespective of individual dispositions, both reporter and cameraman were employees subservient to the Courier Mail"s philosophy of ridiculing anything that deviates from their brand of right-win...
Art can reveal so much about a culture. Sadly, many of the masterpieces created throughout the centuries have been lost due to erosion and the passing of time. On a positive note, not all is lost. To determine what our ancestors painted on rocks and engraved into stone, researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, developed a new imaging technique. The technology has allowed them to re-examine Egyptian art and find details that were lost over the years.
In their paper, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers describe a technique called DStretch. With this tool, they were able to analyze paintings found at Beni Hassan, an ancient Egyptian cemetery located near the city of Minya. Egyptologists have not realised [DStretchs] potential in helping us to examine and record ancient wall paintings, Dr. Linda Evans told IFLScience.
The technique was first developed in 2005 and allows digital images to be enhanced. After the remnants of paint and engravings are analyzed by three bands of RGB color, the intensity and saturation of them are improved. Essentially, the images are stretched then mapped back to normal. The resulting product reveals artwork similar to what the original looked like.
Artwork from Beni Hassan, which has been carved into the walls near tombs, contains scenes from daily life, such as farming, hunting, and fishing. Because the artwork is multi-colored, researchers had a difficult time determining the shades of red, brown, blue, green, black, and white used. Using DStretch, the researchers found a drawing of a herd of pigs, as well as a hoard of bats.
The most surprising outcome of the DStretch study has been the confirmation of new images of animals that are incredibly rare in Egyptian art, said E...
Not only were British colonists at war with Australia's First People, but irrefutable evidence shows they were trying to wipe them out. read now...
Guano, Nuclear Testing, Chemical Weapons Another guano claim converted for U.S. military use is Johnston Atoll (Kamala), located about 800 miles southwest of Honolulu.
One phase of expansion on Johnston Island involved construction of a launch pad for high-altitude missile tests for Operation Dominic in the 1960s. Two of the tests were aborted, with radioactive contamination falling on the runway. Forty years later, in 2002, the Air Force finished burying thousands of cubic meters of plutonium-contaminated waste in a 25-acre landfill on the atoll.
The question, then, is not when will islands be submerged, but when will sea-level rise make life on low-lying islands impossible.
The answer to that question is close at hand for a number of Pacific islands.
Perhaps the biggest legal stride in New Zealand is Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns recent announcement of plans for a special refugee visa for Pacific Islanders, starting with 100 places annually. We are anchored in the Pacific, Ardern told reporters. Surrounding us are a number of nations, not least ourselves, who will be dramatically impacted by the effects of climate change. I see it as a personal and national responsibility to do our part.
American Polynesia, Rising Seas and Relocation, By Laray Polk, Global Research, Ja...
The science has been obscured in philosophy, but the question is settled. The question of when a human life begins is a strictly scientific one and one for which the scientific community has had an empirical, internationally acknowledged answer for a very long time. For more than a century, the field of human embryology has documented that in human sexual reproduction a new, whole, individual, living human being begins to exist at "first contact" between a sperm and an oocyte/"egg" (the beginning of the process known as fertilization.) Immediately when these two mere cells make first contact and fuse, organism proteins and enzymes specific to humans are produced. One new single-cell human being with his or her own new, unique, and complete set of human DNA begins to exist. This is an internationally recognized empirical fact that has been documented by the Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development since 1942, and updated every year since then to the present by the international nomenclature committee (FIPAT). The 23 Carnegie Stages cover human development during the eight-week embryonic period, and a new human being is represented by Carnegie Stage 1a.
News.com.au have helpfully provided a perfect example of a how not to report on a man who killed a woman.
Dont write headlines giving sympathy to a murderer. He was lonely. Thats the biggest, boldest fact to report? Thats the first thing to say in the headline? Really? He killed a woman. That doesnt make him an object of sympathy. It makes him a murderer and a criminal.
Dont interview a murderers friends. Men who murder women are not evil monsters lurking in alleyways, hiding their recognisably evil faces from the world. Theyre just men. They look like other men and live lives like other men. They have friends and families and people who care about them. Those people mourn them when they die and are shocked when they kill women they claim to love. All these things are true of Brazil Gurung and none of them change the fact that he killed a woman. Murder is still murder even if the murderer had friends who liked him.
Dont make excuses for murder. Cocaine does not cause murder. Loneliness does not cause murder. Debt does not cause murder. A decision to travel does not cause murder.Ex-wives definitely do not cause murder. Devoting nearly 700 words to all the difficulties of a murders life as if they excuse or justify the fact that he killed a woman is ludicrous. Half the country is lonely. Thousands of people use cocaine. Hundreds of thousands of people in Australia have ex-spouses. These people do not commit murder. Murder is caused by one thing the decision to commit murder. Any other details should be used for nothing more than describing the circumstances.
Dont erase the victim. Amelia Blake was 22 years old. She was a person. She should have had decades to live and explore all her possible futures. In the whole article her name is used seven times and six of those are describing his life and his relationship to her. The only time she is mentioned outside describing his life is in the last paragraph, which briefly states that her family is mourning her.
Women do not exist only as an extension of a mans life. This is not a movie where the female character is written only to move the male protagonist through a plot. This is someones life. She was real. She was a person. And he killed her. Where are the people who mattered to her in this article? Where are her friends and the difficulties of her life? What are the trials she had to overcome? It appears that none of them are important enough to ask about or report. The only story told is his story.
Murder is the ultimate vi...
One of the questions that has puzzled the greatest minds in history is What is the meaning of life?. What is our true purpose on this earth, why are we here? Chances are youll get a different answer from almost every single person. Some people believe that money will help them find the answer, so... View Article
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1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which
wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its
own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy
baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo
not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he
just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!
1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.
1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.
1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.
1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.
1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.
1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.
1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.
1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.
1880 - Thomas Rogan (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.
Ice jams have caused severe problems along some rivers in north eastern USA and eastern Canada since 12 January, 2018. States of emergency have been declared and around 200 people have evacuated their homes and north eastern USA and a further 100 in New Brunswick, Canada. Heavy rain over the last few days has also caused rivers to overflow and some surface flooding. Two people died in West Virginia when their vehicle was trapped in flood water. Flood rescues were required in Pittsburgh after a major road was flooded. Ice jams in northeastern USA Media have reported dozens of ice jams along rivers in north eastern USA. Below is a short summary of some of the floods. Parts of the Connecticut River near Haddam are so blocked, ice breakers from the US Coast Guard have been called in to break the jam.
Blame Shiv for this one; she posted about someone at Monsanto inviting Jordan Peterson to talk about GMOs, and it led me down an interesting rabbit hole. For one thing, the event already happened, and it was the farce you were expecting. This, however, caught my eye:
Corrupt universitiesand Womens Studies departments in particular, he saysare responsible for turning students into activists who will one day tear apart the fabric of society. The world runs on ideas. And the ideas that are in the universities are the ideas that are going to be in the general public in five to ten years. And theres no shielding yourself from it, he said.
Peterson also shared a trick for figuring out whether or not a childs school has been affected by the coming crisis: If a schoolteacher uses any of the five words listed on his display screendiversity, inclusivity, equity, white privilege, or genderthen a child has been exposed.
Whats Petersons solution for all this? The answer to the ills that our society still obviously suffers from, he said, is that people should adopt an ethos of responsibility rather than continually clamoring about their rights, which is something that weve been talking about for about four decades too long, as far as I can surmise.
Four decades puts us back into the 1970s, when womens liberation groups were calling to be able to exercise their right to bodily autonomy, to be free from violence, to equal pay for equal work, to equal custody of kids. If Peterson is opposed to that then hes more radical than most MRAs, who are generally fine with Second Wave feminism. I wonder if hes a lost son of Phyllis Schlafly.
But more importantly, he appears to be warning us of a crisis coming in 5-10 years, one that invokes those five terms as holy writ. Thats . well, lets step through it.
Diversity training started sometime before the 1980s by white male corporate managers, who were worried some of their employees didnt have the proper training or knowledge of corporate culture. Over time, employee feedback suggested including said managers as well to help weed out their biases. By the 1990s, diversity training was booming thanks to corporate interest. The reasons were pretty simpl...
On 6 February 1976, in his syndicated column in the New York Post, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jack Anderson revealed to his readers that the CIA once tried to bribe the Communist Worlds most famous newsman, Wilfred Burchett, into defecting to the U.S. for $100,000.
The attempted bribe happened in Korea in September 1953, during the talks to end the Korean War. In todays money, the CIAs $100,000 would be equivalent to $904,239.70 according to dollartimes.org. Why did the CIA try to buy my father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett in Korea in 1953? I dont know. But I can guess
My father confirmed the story in an article in The National Guardian (New York, Feb. 18, 1976). His answer to the offer, made by an American newsman on behalf of the CIA was Nothing doing.
I remember asking him in our home in Paris at the time: Why didnt you tell that story earlier? They accuse you of being a KGB agent, and now we learn that it was actually the CIA who wanted to buy you!
His answer was: it would have been embarrassing and damaging to the reputation of the colleague who made the offer on behalf of the CIA.
In October 1974, my father appeared in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney. He was suing the editor of the Australian right-wing magazine Focus for defamation over an article which accused him of being a KGB agent. The allegations were based on the testimony of a former part-time KGB operative, Yuri Krotkov (aka George Karlin), who specialized in the sexual blackmail of foreign diplomats in Moscow. He defected to the UK in September 1963. In 1969, Krotkov/Karlin was called to testify before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Internal Security and named Jean-Paul Sartre, John Kenneth Galbraith, a number of distinguished diplomats and other personalities of being in the pay of the KGB. Among those named was Wilfred Burchett.
Wilfred Burchett had been a thorn in the U.S. and Australian militaristic establishments ever since he blew the whistle on one of the greatest crimes against humanity: the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the long-term effects of atomic radiation. He went on to report the talks to end the war in Korea from the North Korean- Chinese sides. And in 1969, when Krotkov/Karlin spun his tale, he was reporting the Vietnam War from the Hanoi-Viet Cong sides. He did it openly and publicly in articles and books published and widely read all over the world.
For the people sitting on the U.S. Senate Committee before which Krotkov/Karlin testified, the anti-war movement was a communist conspiracy orchestrated by Moscow. So to have one of the most prominent journalists reporting the....
Use of low-cost fighter planes would allow deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities
Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, answers questions during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Nov. 9.Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
Jan. 19, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET
The U.S. Air Force is considering forming international squadrons of low-cost fighter planes to strike terrorist targets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, allowing deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities.
A new unit employing relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf aircraft could free up cutting-edge U.S. and allied jet fighters for deterrence missions in Europe and Asia, and could help relieve a critical pilot shortage the U.S. Air Force faces, military and congressional officials say.
As the U.S. transitions its fighter fleet to new advanced stealth planes, like the F-22 and F-35, it is confronted with the difficult cost equation of using a fighter jet that costs $150 million to buy and $35,000 an hour to fly to destroy a terrorist camp of tattered tents.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft refuels during an exercise over Nevada in 2016.Photo: Msgt Burt Traynor/Planet Pix/ZUMA Pres
Now, as Russia and China invest in their militaries and assert themselves more, the U.S. faces the additional problem of how and where to deploy limited numbers of stealthy warplanes to deter so-called peer competitors....
We all have a sense of intuition. Now, for some, it is much more intense than it is for others but it is still always there.
Where does our intuition come from though? What is causing it to do the things it does? Digby Tantam, a Professor at the University of Sheffield, has gone to great lengths to research intuition and believes he has the answers we have all been looking for.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.- Albert Einstein
He published his findings in his book The Interbrain. He seems to think that our human brains are interconnected and are able to communicate with other brains. This being done non-verbally, of course. He claims it is occurring through micro-signals that are revealing the thoughts of others.
This essentially means he thinks that our brains speak to one another through a means similar to WI-FI. He calls this connection the Interbrain and argues that it is what creates our gut-feeling because our brain on a subconscious level already knows what those around us are thinking. Does that make sense to you?
Tantam told the Telegraph as follows on his new book:
We can know directly about other peoples emotions and what they are paying attention to,
It is based on the direct connection between our brains and other peoples and between their brain and ours. I call this the interbrain.
The area of the brain that is closest to the nose os the orbitofrontal cortex. It might be there because so many of our most basic connections to other people are via smell.
They are often able to pick up or learn what expressions mean and yet that doesnt seem to solve the problem of that lack of human connection.
Emotional contagion occurs at the speed of light, not the speed of electronic transmission. Face-to-face visual input is accompanied by sound, by gesture, by the smell of sweat, by the possibility of touch, and by a connection.
This is a highly controversial subject but I find these things to be quite fascinating. What do you think about a...
Earlier this week, clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson appeared on Britain's Channel 4 in an interview with TV journalist Cathy Newman. It didn't go well. Journalist Douglas Murray described it as "catastrophic for the interviewer", while author Sam Harris called it a "nearly terminal case of close-mindedness". Sociologist Nicholas Christakis perhaps described it best: Christakis mentions two important things about Newman. First, she seemed hostile towards Peterson, clearly going into the interview with a moral prejudice towards him. Second, she seemed unable to engage with his arguments, instead misrepresenting them ("You're saying women aren't intelligent enough to run top companies?") or taking issue with them (during a conversation about unhealthy relationships, Newman asked: "What gives you the right to say that?" Answer: "I'm a clinical psychologist.") At one point, she was rendered speechless.
By Shawn Gordon
What is Ripple? Technically speaking, is Ripple a cryptocurrency in the mold of Bitcoin? The short answer is probably no, but that doesnt stop it from often being lumped into that same category.
Originally released in 2012 as a subsequent iteration of Ripplepay, Ripple is a real-time gross settlement system (RTGS), currency exchange and remittance network. Using a common ledger that is managed by a network of independently validating servers that constantly compare transaction records, Ripple doesn't rely on the energy and computing intensive proof-of-work used by Bitcoin. Ripple is based on a shared public database that makes use of a consensus process between those validating servers to ensure integrity. Those validating servers can belong to anyone, from individuals to banks.
The Ripple protocol (token represented as XRP) is meant to enable the near instant and direct transfer of money between two parties. Any type of currency can be exchanged, from fiat currency to gold to even airline miles. They claim to avoid the fees and wait times of traditional banking and even cryptocurrency transactions through exchanges.
It is the validating servers and consensus mechanism that tends to lead people to just assume that Ripple is a blockchain-based technology. While it is consensus oriented, Ripple is not a blockchain. Ripple uses a HashTree to summarize the data into a single value that is compared across its validating servers to provide consensus....
A 4-year-old child "severely mauled" by a pair of pit bulls Thursday afternoon in Brevard County was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for treatment, police said. The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. at The Meadows mobile home park off Rolling Rock Drive near John Rodes Boulevard, just north of Eau Gallie Boulevard. Paramedics responded to the scene within minutes. "They're working on him now," Melbourne police Lt. Steve Sadoff told News 6 partner Florida Today. Three pit bull mixes were taken from the scene by Brevard County animal control, but four dogs were at the residence at the time of the attack, officers said. Police said the child suffered multiple lacerations but is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.
When a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked what role U.S. soldiers/terrorists would have in Syria, once ISIS was no longer a viable presence in that country, the answer was not what the questioner expected. The State Departments David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, responded thusly: We are deeply concerned with the activities of Iran, with the ability of Iran to enhance those activities through a greater ability to move material into Syria. And I would rather leave the discussion at that point.
This response further obfuscates the already complicated, years-long U.S. interference in Syria. The Syrian government has been fighting a variety of foreign-supported terrorist groups for several years; ISIS has been chief among them. While the U.S. has ostensibly helped defeat ISIS in Syria, it has long been proven that ISIS fighters receive training and funding from the U.S., Britain, and other countries. The U.S. is more than willing to support both sides of a conflict since it is the worlds largest arms dealer; where there is money to be made, the U.S. is there, regardless of how totally immoral the deal might be. So it both supported and, to a lesser degree, fought, ISIS.
By the World Mercury Project Team
In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.
Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.
If you plan on visiting the US for any number of reasons, you are probably going to need a visa. You will also require an ESTA visa, which is a digital visa that stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This shouldnt be a concern as it is relatively easy to acquire. While the process is pretty straightforward, you still need to familiarize yourself with it in order to properly go about applying for your ESTA. Check out the rest of this piece in order to learn how you can get your own ESTA and become eligible for travel in the US.
You apply for an ESTA visa by going to https://www.e-visa-usa.com/en/application. The form you need to fill in is in regards to general information about yourself, which you shouldnt find difficult to answer. This personal information is then sent over to US authorities which will run your application information against their criminal database.
You will need to pay a few in order to submit your ESTA application, but were not talking big bucks. You will need to pay a total of $14 for the application, out of which only $4 cover the actual cost of the application. The other $10 is considered a donation to US Tourism. If your application is rejected, you will be refunded the $10, but the $4 application cost is non-refundable.
How long does it take?
You shouldnt have to wait too long for your ESTA response to kick in. You can except a response in a matter of seconds from sending out your application, but keep in mind that it might take more than that. The best way to go about it is to prepare for a lengthier response duration, so that you dont have your plans ruined by this unknown factor. It is known that the maximum waiting time is 48 hours, so it helps to submit your appl...
The Unknown Light Warrior brings us some unusual information and food for thought so we can chew the cud and figure ourselves out rather than beating ourselves up. Makes a lot of sense. ~ BP
By The Unknown Lightworker
Quick update & preface: No show this week. Too much happening with the 144k Campaign & the Piercing The Veil Through the Global Leyline Tachyon Chamber Project. But Ill be back next week, with a VERY special guest. For now make sure you read this BREAKTHROUGH article thats being communicated to our galactic family. It was AWESOME therapy for one lady who proof-read it so it may well have the same affect on you.
Unlike my previous articles, this one will be short partly because of the urgent need for the Resistance, all other off-world groups & ET souls incarnated here for the first time to receive this intel that is proving hard for them to truly absorb process & thus understand at the real-world practical level about the real reasons why surface Lightworkers attack each other.
Henceforth in this article Ill be speaking to all off-world groups, not only the Resistance Movement.
As an off-worlder youll know that the Archons, were once Angels.
This is something you are aware of intellectually but it is hard for you to truly synthesize this information in a way that actually answers the question of why Lightworkers attack each other in the context of working & fighting together for planetary liberation, without having actually experienced several lifetimes here yourself
This article will allow you to finally truly understand this. Or as we on the surface put it To really get it.
Because how can any Lightworker attack another, when working and fighting side-by-side?
Its so illogical
Its so ugly
It goes against everything were striving for...
In the early part of 2017, we brought you the story of an Iowa State University student group pushing for marijuana reform in the state that was being targeted by the university for trademark infringement after the group used some school iconography on t-shirts it developed for its cause. Now we have an answer to that question: at least $350,000. The board also approved a $193,000 payment to two law firms that represented the group for their efforts to defend against the university's unsuccessful appeals, and additional legal fees for their trial work in an amount to be decided by a judge.
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