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James Cook University (JCU) has sacked Peter Ridd, who until then held a chair in geology at JCU. He remains a highly valued AEF Director and Scientific Adviser.
Peter is determined to fight his termination in courtalong with the final censure that JCU imposed on him last yearnotwithstanding its vastly greater resources.
As Peters additional legal costs will further outstrip his personal capacity to fund them, he is again appealing for financial assistance from the public.
Last Friday Peter re-opened the GoFundMe campaign he set up to help with his original legal challenge against last years final censure. His revised funding target is $260,000 and, at the time of writing, he had already raised $200,000.
Given the importance of the issues raised by Peters sacking, I would like to invite you to contribute to Peters GoFundMe campaign. Either way, could I ask you to share his campaign with your family and friendsits website page has social media links.
Peter has set up a separate website with all the documentation on the case to allow people to make up their own mind on the issues. The link to that site is here.
Dr. Ridds crime was to break a gag order that JCU had imposed on him. The University had instructed him not to speak to anyoneincluding his wife!about the disciplinary action it was taking against him, including last years final censure.
JCU also found that Dr. Ridd broke its order not to directly or indirectly trivialise, satirise or parody the university after he sent an email to a former student headlined for your amusement. [It would seem that Sandra Harding, the JCU Vice Chancellor, does not understand trivia, satire, or parody, let alone irony.]
The Vice-Chancellor added that Dr. Ridd had engaged in a pattern of conduct that misrepresents the nature and conduct of the disciplinary process through publications online and in the media.
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Published on 30 Jan 2018
Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/SQWQg5ZsOq The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018
A resolution of the council prescribing a probe into the latest deadly clashes between Israel and Palestinian protestors along the Gaza border has been adopted after six weeks of violent demonstrations, led by Hamas. 29 members of the UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday for a proposal to set up an "independent, international commission of inquiry" to investigate the ongoing conflict in Gaza, while 14 countries abstained and Australia and the US opposed the move. The Australian representative stated that Israel had the right to "protect its population," adding that the draft resolution appeared to be one-sided.
|Plastic bag - to the right above the
|Searchlight on clouds above houses (Moon in top centre)|
On Saturday 19 May, and for the second weekend
in-a-row, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30
Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was spotted arriving into
Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 55".
The familiar sight of both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45
bizjets VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" were both
noted calling into various CQ Airports on Thursday
10 May over the latter part of this week.
A man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after he allegedly sideswiped two cyclists while driving almost five times over the limit near Casino on Saturday (May 19).
About 11.30am , the mans white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about six kilometres east of Drake when he collided with two cyclists, travelling in the same direction.
The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, who were part of a group, both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both have to undergo surgery.
The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.
He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.243, almost five times the limit.
During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.
The mans licence was suspended and he was charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; negligent driving; driving with a high-range PCA; and possessing prohibited drug
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (May 20).
A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officers Glock 22 pistol, police allege.
About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.
Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.
He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.
During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officers gun from its holster.
He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.
The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).
One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Well, you thought he couldnt do it; you thought that Tony Abbott was indulging in intemperate exuberance [or telling fibs] when he said in 2013 that during the first five years of his reign as Emperor of Australia, he would create one million new jobs. Well, you would have to eat your words now, wouldnt
By Dr. Mercola (see
In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year. FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.
Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.
In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...
Thursday 17th May 2018
COMMUNITY RALLY AT DELWP BAIRNSDALE FOR GREATER PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY IN PLANNED BURNS
On Wednesday 16th May a crowd of more than fifty people gathered outside the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) office at Bairnsdale to protest at DELWPs failure to protect threatened species and ecosystems from the impact of planned burns.
The rally organised by Gippsland Environment Group (GEG) was also attended by various community environment groups and concerned individuals. People come from all over East Gippsland highlighting the widespread concern felt by locals over DELWPs planned burn program. A phalanx of people and placards lined the highway outside the DELWP offices then proceeded peacefully to the main entrance.
Mr John Hermans, President of GEG, read out a letter detailing key concerns and a list of demands and handed it to Mr Chris Stephenson Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gippsland region. The letter has also been sent to the Minister forEnvironment and Climate Change Lily Dmbrosio and Chief Fire Officer DELWP Darrin McKenzie.
In light of the severity of the ongoing dry season experienced by East Gippsland GEG requested that the Minister directs DELWP to halt any further planned burns in Gippsland and East Gippsland this autumn. In addition GEG requested that the State Government:
implements mandatory, consistent state-wide protection for threatened species including the nationally endangered Greater Glider, from the impact of planned burns
undertakes a review of the environmental impact of DELWPs hazardous trees program
increases funding for biodiversity surveying, and updating the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas database
increases numbers of biodiversity staff to conduct on-ground flora and fauna assessments pre and post-burn;
increases numbers of biodiversity staff to conduct on-ground flora and fauna assessments pre and post-burn; and directs the EPA to install air quality monitors in Gippsland and East Gippsland east of the La Trobe valley.
Australia has one of the worst extinction records on the planet, said Mr John Hermans, President GEG. Just last week another 40 species were added to Australias endangered list which now numbers almost 2000 species.
In Gippsland GEGs citizen science surveys repeatedly find threatened species in areas scheduled for planned burns that DELWP were completely unaware of because they simply do not undertake any surveys. When species records are reported to local DELWP little to nothing is done to ensure species are protected
In fact biodiversity protection across the state appears to be an ad....
All of this winning is so exhausting.
Maybe its all the clean coal?
Rowan Dean told his audience on Saturday the Earth has cooled 0.454 degrees Celsius since Donald Trump got elected.
Its true. Watts Up With That reported: From February 2016 to February 2018, global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius. That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century.
Thank you President Trump!
Via Jack Posobiec:
.@rowandean: Earth has cooled 0.454 degrees Celsius since Donald Trump got elected. Thats the fastest 20 month cooling period since 1916. Another Trump triumph.
Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) May 20, 2018
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By Dr. Mercola
In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year. FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.
Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.
In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.
"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.
In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.
"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.
We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t............
Its normal for people to sometimes feel sad, disappointed or disheartened, especially when they experience low points in their life. However, these blues usually go away when any happy circumstances occur.
But in some people, this low mood becomes persistent and lasts a long time for weeks, months or even years. And if it comes with other hallmark symptoms, such as lack of interest in enjoyable activities, a feeling of hopelessness or thoughts about self-harm or even suicide, then watch out: You may be suffering from depression.
The Mayo Clinic defines depression, also called clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), as "a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. This debilitating condition affects you entirely how you behave, think and feel and paves the way for emotional and physical problems to arise. Depressed individuals usually struggle with completing their day-to-day tasks, feeling as if theres no more point in living.1
According to the Australian nonprofit organization Beyond Blue, there are different subtypes of depression depending on the symptoms, the intensity and their triggers. Some of the most common ones include manic depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the winter blues and antepartum and postpartum depression (occurs specifically in pregnant women and new mothers).2
Depression is a widespread global problem, with over 300 million people dealing with this severe mood disorder today.3 Even in developed, industrialized countries, depression is rampant. In fact, in the United States, between 2013 and 2016, 8.1 percent of Americans who were 20 years old and older suffered from depression in a given two-week period.4
The most recent quarterly update of Australias National Greenhouse Gas Inventory states that emissions per capita, and the emissions intensity of the economy (emissions/$ of GDP), were at their lowest levels in 28 years in the year to December 2017, a fact loudly repeated by Josh Frydenberg in the hope that we wont notice that
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I spoke to two activists from Lockout Lockheed at the University of Melbourne. They are trying to organise resistance to universities partnering up with companies who make money from killing the poor The only way to stop global warming, is to disarm immediately. We need to be brave to make the world we want.
Romaine Rutnam reviews John Kochs book, 'Portal to the Dreamtime', that tells the story of his rare experiences at Oasis Anu Ta, Victoria. read now...
His subjects are rich, unique and evoke optimism. Regularly seen in an embrace, their hands open and welcoming like beaming flowers calling us in. Colour comes naturally to Zion, his palette a beautiful array of nave combinations. Beck Marshall, Paradiso Magazine
A familiar figure in his paint-spattered clothes, local artist Zion Levy Stewarts next solo exhibition Picasso Would Be Jealous, opens at the Project Space, Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby on Friday 25th May at 6.00pm.
Now 39, Zion has been drawing and painting for almost 20 years. This prolific painter creates art every day and loves working with clay, painting and drawing. His distinctive style captures the people, objects, memories and magic that surround him in his colourful world. Zions acrylic paintings illuminate local scenes; his quirky portraits overlaid with sketches often depict his characters gender details under their clothes. His ceramics are glazed earthenware, decorated with animals, birds and fish with brilliant underglaze colours.
Last week 27 people were killed and about 50 wounded in 5 ISIS linked terrorist bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. The bombers came from 3 families and included children as young as 9. The attacks started last Sunday when 3 Christian Churches were hit in suicide attacks. Yesterday...
Boeing sells the Apache AH 64E for about $48M AUD. This week Indonesia took delivery of 8 of them - not far shy of $400M in one order. It's a bit galling to know that Australia will send Indonesia about $320M in foreign aid this year - the US gives...
As one gets older, one is immediately confronted by the shock of dates No, I dont mean going on them Although that would be quite a shock too. I mean, the shock of when someone says something like, When the GFC hit ten years ago, you tap your watch and go, Ten years ago, Im
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The FBI was spying on the opposition partys campaign 100 days before the election. The spying was based on a phony Russian dossier that was paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton and by the hearsay of a low-level Trump campaign official who was coached by FBI operatives on Russian rumors.
Five agents, including Peter Strzok traveled to London in the summer of 2016 to interview with a diplomat after Papadopoulos drunkenly claimed to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer he knew who had Hillarys emails.
And the FBI informant used thousands of dollars to entice Trump campaign official Papadopoulos to London to set up meetings.
Deep State opreatives released this information to
The New York Times for Wednesdays report.
The information was only leaked out after Congressional investigators discovered this last week.
This is likely the biggest political scandal in US history.
On Saturday the Washington Post started their defense of the Deep State spying on the Republican campaign. Liberal hack Asha Rangappa insisted the spying was meant to protect Trump. That may be the most dishonest and shameful headline of all time.
The New York Times insisted the spies inside the Trump campaign were not there to spy.
So the corrupt liberal media continues to spin for the deep state Democrat criminals.
But noticeably absent is the loundmouth and former FBI Chief.
International diplomacy is all about carefully selected words. Words that are supposed to convey a nations feelings without, necessarily, upsetting too deeply another nations feelings.
Unless that other nation is not your ally in which case, its open slather.
Heres what Julie Bishop had to say last week as the death toll in Gaza of unarmed protestors sniped by Israeli soldiers from across the border topped 100 (in total, more than 130 Gazans were killed in six weeks of protests, and thousands more injured).
We recognise that Israel has legitimate security concerns and needs to protect its population, and we call on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. Australia urges Palestinian protesters to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory during the March of Return.
Presumably, that legitimate security concern included gunning down an unarmed protestor running away from the Israeli border with a tire.
For the record, the violence directed by Gazans resulted in zero injuries to Israelis.
Now heres Bishops remarkably similar statement in 2014, during Israels assault on Gaza, called, without a hint of irony, Operation Protective Edge.
The retaliatory acts from both sides that have led to civilian deaths and injuries are deeply regrettable, and I call on all parties to exercise restraint and do everything necessary to avoid a further escalation of violence.
For the record, Israel lost 67 soldiers, and six civilians in that outbreak of violence. By contrast, 2,300 Gazans we killed, more than 500 of them children, and over 10,000 injured, with about 100,000 homes destroyed.
Now heres Julie Bishops response when Russia was accused earlier this year (without any real evidence, save for claims from countries which brought you the 2004 invasion of Iraq based on their weapons of mass destruction intel) of a chemical attack on two former Russian citizens in Britain.
Together with many nations, including our closest allies, Australia stands with the United Kingdom as we condemn the outrageous use of a banned Russian nerve agent on British soil, in the first chemical weapons attack in Europe since World War II. The Russian Government must explain how a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia was used in the UK, endangering the lives of hundreds of people.
So an attack on two British citizens which claimed zero lives, and was allegedly perpetrated by a nation not allied with Australia, requires condemnation. But a series of attacks by a nation that is allied with Australia, which resulte...
In a bizarre and disappointing move, the New South Wales government has announced that a proposed cull of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park will be scrapped, and any future cull will be outlawed.
The enormous damage caused by wild horses to the high country is widely documented. It is estimated that around 6,000 wild horses live within the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. Plans to cull them have been supported by scientists and environmentalists but opposed by people who claim they represent part of the cultural heritage of the mountains. While this is certainly true, they are also massively destructive and a responsible government would be working to reduce their numbers.
Now the NSW government is moving to rule out any culls in the park.
In 2016, a draft Wild Horse Management Plan for NSW recommended reducing the number of horses in the park by 90 per cent over 20 years, primarily through culling, which would have left roughly 600 horses within the park. This plan was considered a difficult compromise as it would still leave significant numbers of the animals in the park and hence sustain their damaging impact. But pro brumby groups refused to accept this compromise.
Following a major campaign by groups opposed to the cull, the ABC is reporting that the plan will not go ahead, and the Government will instead look to pass legislation to protect the animals.
Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro said the cultural significance of the brumbies needed to be recognised.
Wild brumbies have been roaming the Australian alps for almost 200 years and are part of the cultural fabric and folklore of the high country, Mr Barilaro said.
He said the Brumbies Bill would put an end to any suggestion the animals should be culled.
The heritage management plan will specifically prohibit lethal culling of the brumby, aerial or otherwise, and will identify those areas in the park where brumbies can roam without causing significant environmental harm, Mr Barilaro said.
If brumbies are found in highly-sensitive alpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park, resources will be allocated towards relocation first, followed by re-homing, should population numbers grow too high.
I have always opposed cruel forms of culling and have advocated for non-lethal ways of managing brumby numbers.
Shortens Budget reply speech should have been a piece of cake, but he gave crumbs to climate change and health. Dr David Shearman fixed it. read now...
1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary
Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and
robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was
commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from
Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained
until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for
1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.
1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.
1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".
1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?
1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....
1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts) with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.
1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."
As I have pointed out before there has always been some conflict in the environmental movement over various issues. The Green party grew out of the campaigns to stop the damming of the Gordon River and the flooding of Lake Pedder an idyllic setting I visited in 1969. But now Tasmania (along with South Australia) is the leading light in low carbon, renewable energy in Australia and that energy is mainly hydro-electric. There is, in short and in this instance, a conflict between no dams and a low carbon economy future.
I was reminded of this conflict following feedback on Paul Treasures pumped hydro blog which required a new dam to be built near the Baw Baw National Park in the headwaters of the Thompson River. The proposal compared favourably with our Prime Ministers Snowy 2.0 project both financially and in terms of energy stored. Negative feedback that came from several quarters was either opposed to new dams, concerned with the health of the Gippsland Lakes or the survival of the rare Baw Baw frog.
A substantial part of the environmental or green movement either does not understand the basic physics of climate change or they are motivated by narrow and specific aspects such as localism (which, somewhat ironically in most cases I would support and is one of the basic tenets of this blog). Like most of the populace many also fail to recognise the urgency of the problem, the need for concerted action on many fronts and that it is an existential threat to all life. As Julian Burnside noted If we cant fix climate, nothing else matters. In other words we are in a climate emergency.
The triage system was developed during the Napoleonic Wars as a means of maximising the survival of casualties and dealing with the predicament of treating huge numbers of wounded soldiers deciding who to treat, who had the best chance of survival etc. and so establishing a priority of action. It was designed as a response to an emergency situation. Perhaps triage will eventually be applied to climate solutions to get the best gain in carbon reduction for the least expenditure of energy and to minimise any deleterious environmental effects of which there will always be some.
Two negative aspects of Pauls pumped hydro plan are the effect that the plan would have on the Gippsland Lakes and on the endangered Baw Baw frog. No doubt there are other downside aspects. This hardly fits the t...
It is impossible to feel the pain Australian musician Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick feel after the loss of their twin son Arthur in a tragic accident in England in a few years ago.
I have five sons, aged 34, 27, 13, 4 and 3. If anything happened to any of my sons it would be a catastrophe. One of my sons came near to dying in 2010, and that was really traumatic for me.
So we can empathise with Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick, as they continue their life journey without one if their twins Arthur.
Daily Mail Australia
He was trapped and needed to do something: Nick Cave felt paralysed after his son Arthurs death and needed to make upcoming film to move forward, director reveals
By Nic White and Jenny Awford For Daily Mail Australia
PUBLISHED: 12 August 2016
His son plunged to his death from an 18...
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) just issued a stunning rebuke to Israel, voting through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry... to investigate all alleged violations and abuses... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018," while the UN human rights chief slammed Israel's "wholly disproportionate response." The UN's top human rights body passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions. The two HRC members in opposition were the United States and Australia (the UK abstained), with Israel condemning the vote, which was proposed by a group of countries including Pakistan. Both the US and Israel criticized the resolution's language for failing to mention Hamas - the militant group ruling over Gaza - which Israel blames for the scores of civilians killed during the 'Great March of Return' protests.
7 birds at the main waterhole off the Cunningham Highway at 7.20am.
On the ABC, the gender gap, climate change and wage growth, the Liberals pretend to care while making sure nothing changesSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayIt probably should be no surprise that last night's royal wedding became part of the political debate this week. But the criticism by government members highlighted yet again the Liberal party's policy of pretending to care about something while simultaneously doing everything to work against it.Peter [...]
How old do you think Tony Sheldon is?, we asked each other during half-time yesterday in the latest production of Priscilla, Queen Of The Dessert, currently playing at Sydneys Capitol Theatre, which I attended with my friend Sue, and her mum, visiting down from the country. It turns out hes 62, and in remarkably good shape as a performer, playing
In a shocking admission on Wednesday The New York Times reported the FBI opened an investigation dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane" into Trump's campaign 100 days before the Presidential election. The FBI was spying on the opposition party's campaign 100 days before the election. The spying was based on a phony Russian dossier that was paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton and by the hearsay of a low-level Trump campaign official who was coached by FBI operatives on Russian rumors. Five agents, including Peter Strzok traveled to London in the summer of 2016 to interview with a diplomat after Papadopoulos drunkenly claimed to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer he knew who had Hillary's emails.
Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock have made headlines recently by revealing their secret to maintaining young and healthy looking skin. The duo have nicknamed the procedure the Penis Facial due to the fact that the serum used in the process is derived from the foreskin of Korean babies.
Known officially as the Hollywood EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) Facial, so-called penis facials have earned the nickname not just because the process smells like sperm, but because it requires a serum derived from the cells of the foreskin of newborn babies.
Whats more is that not only are they publicly admitting to the use of mutilated baby penis parts to look younger, but they are celebrating it. On Thursday, Bullock went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to explain why shes so happy about this treatment and to explain the reason it has been called the Penis Facial.
As if to imply babies across an ocean dont matter as much as babies here, the serum, Bullock tells DeGeneres, is an extraction from a piece of skin that came from a young person far, far away.
However, Ellen bluntly pointed out, that it is indeed derived from the foreskin from a Korean baby.
In an interview in Vogue magazine last month, Blanchett raved about the Penis Facial too, as she callously admitted that she doesnt even know what it is.
Sandra Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial, Blanchett told Vogue Australia. Its something I dont know what it is, or whether its just cause it smells a bit like sperm theres some enzyme in it so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial.
In an interview with People Magazine, the inventor of the treatment, Georgia Louise explains, EGF is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin which helps to generate collagen and elastin.
Bullock jokingly explained that she loves the treatment and pointed out the obvious.
Its not like Im lying there with little pieces all over my face, she laughs. I cal...
High sexual energy is nearly universal in new relationships but tends to decline after a few years. You know what happens life gets busy, a couple of kids come along, careers become more demanding, family members need more of your time and attention and suddenly your sexual energy is gone. You can probably remember it, but very often you just cant feel it.
Fortunately, maintaining your sexual energy or getting it back isnt usually hard. And it can be a lot of fun. But it does require some of your time and attention, just like maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy requires some time and attention.
So if the sexual energy in your relationship is drooping or totally missing in action dont despair. Here are 9 ways to boost your sexual energy.
Talking about our emotions helps us feel bonded, so were more likely to want to have sex, says Isiah McKimmie, a certified Somatic sex therapist who specializes in Tantra, somatic sexology, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Many women who come to see me say theyve lost interest in sex, but in fact, theyve lost the feeling of connection to their partner. Make time to sit down and talk things through. Address issues and make a point of telling your partner often how great he is: this helps him open up, too.
Flower essences rebalance the emotional side of your spirit, which may be damping down your sexual drive. Leonie Sinclair, a certified flower remedy practitioner from Triple Tranquillity Therapy Centre, suggests Bach Olive flower essence (to boost sexual energy and extinguish exhaustion and fatigue), Australian Bush Flowers She-Oak (to balance hormones), and Wedding Bush (to strengthen your relationship).
A study published in Biological Psychology found that men and women who had recently had intercourse responded better to stress than those who abstained. An intense sensation of euphoria, calm and relaxation follows orgasm, due to the release of the hormones oxytocin, which helps us bond and creates the urge to nurture, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation, but also an important role in the regulation of the immune system.
In a shock development, Prince Harry and the new Princess Meghann Markle have held a joint press conference announcing their intention to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. read now...
The Deep State FBI started spying on the Trump campaign earlier
They Obama FBI, DOJ, and CIA were spying on Trump before they officially opened their investigation.
Kristina Wong at Breitbart.com reported:
Current and former officials apparently so fearful that an FBI informants identity and role would be outed by congressional Republicans confirmed both to the New York Times and the Washington Post in an attempt to offer their own narratives first.
Both outlets offered details that readily identify the informant but do not name him, citing concerns for his safety and warnings from U.S. intelligence officials.
The details, however, match a person described in the Daily Caller as Stefan Halper, a Cambridge professor and longtime Washington, D.C. fixture who worked for three Republican administrations and has links to U.S. and British intelligence.
The Times and Post are the first outlets claiming to have confirmed his identity, and to describe him in such detail as to match the description of Halper.
The accounts also indicate the FBI lied about when they first began surveilling the Trump campaign, or might have done so, without any particular intelligence.
FBI officials have said they began investigating the Trump administration on July 31, 2016, after stolen Democratic National Committee emails were released on July 22, 2016, prompting Australian officials to come forward with information they received from Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos months earlier.......
when leaked Democratic emails began appearing onlin...
The United Nations hightest human rights group voted Friday in Geneva to investigate Israel for human rights violations in the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018 in the Gaza Strip, after convening a special session.
The the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor and 14 abstentions. The U.S. and Australia alone voted against it.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the council after the meeting, defending Israel for engaging in legitimate defense of its own border against terrorist attacks.
It is another shameful day for human rights, Haley said.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Aviva Raz Shechter lambasted the decision, stating while Israel deeply regrets any civilian loss of life, the responsibility for the death of demonstrators who were shot by Israeli forces can only be attributed to Hamass cynical exploitation of its own population, in a violent campaign against Israel.
Israel unilaterally disengage from Gaza in summer 2005. There is no occupation in Gaza. It is a myth, she said, referring to the protest on Monday as a riot.
Shechter mocked the notion that Palestinians were hosting a peaceful protests.
By supporting the convening of this session they unwisely embolden the Hamas terror organization. There is nothing peaceful in Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and meat-cleavers, Shechter said, adding criticism for the Ramallah based Palestinian Authority. In 2007 the Palestinian Authority and Hamas divided their governments between the West Bank and Gaza, although there has been numerous failed attempts at reconciliation in recent years.
Shechter accused the Palestinian Authority of willingly taking part in the implementation of Hamass strategy, which was outlined as to Blame Israel. Complain to the UN.
Traditionally UNHRC considers independent inquires into human rights violations only after a member nation has exhausted a domestic investigation.
This unnecessary resolution should have been avoided, because of the credibility of Israels robust investigative mechanisms, and its steadfast respect of IHL [International Humanitarian Law], Shechter said.
After the vote, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said over social media, the Human Rights Council again proved that it is a hypocritical and biased body that aims to harm Israel and to back up terror.
On Thursday Israels Defense Minister.........
People need to know why Malcolm's on the side of the cheating banks.ETUVIC (@ETUVIC) May 13, 2018
Here are the ads we're running on TV. It's not good enough that Turnbull spends all his time defending and supporting the big end of town and treats working people like trash. #auspol #banksrc pic.twitter.com/lHDatAo27Y
A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.
In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.
The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical miles southeast of Singapore.
Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.
A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger.
According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years.
This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014.
The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.
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It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by 
The resolution, which was debated Friday during the Council's 28th special session to discuss international law violations during protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The resolution, which sort to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry, was supported by 29 members. Only the United States and Australia voted against the resolution, 14 nations abstained. The Great March of Return began on March 30, Palestinian Land Day. Since then, Palestinian have protested every Friday to demand their right to return to the towns and villages they were expelled from during and after the creation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
by Mary W Maxwell
Some say Australia needs a Bill of Rights. Gumshoe hereby invites any reader to propose a right. Our journalistic staff (if you could call it that) seems to be in a jocular mood at the moment (no reason given), so we dont forbid you to send a jocular offering. Still, serious ones would be especially appreciated.
For historical purposes, I am going to list, below, the United States rights never mind the apparent lull in their enforcement nowadays. These ten rights went into the US Con as amendments thereto. For an amendment to get in, three-fourths of the states must ratif...
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77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion
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From an Article by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, May 17, 2018
PHOTO: The Aral Sea, seen in a NASA satellite image, in year 2000 on the left versus 2017 on the right. (Modis/Terra/NASA)
With a first-of-its-kind satellite study, NASA scientists have identified more than 30 parts of the globe where the depletion of freshwater has been most dramatic, largely due to human activity and the climate crisis.
Parts of India, the Middle East, Australia, the Arctic, Antarctica, and California were among the places pointed out in the new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, as areas where an overuse of groundwater resources from irrigation, agricultural, and industry projects, as well as the loss of glaciers and ice sheets, have led to water shortages.
NASA has identified more than 30 hotspots where freshwater is in particular danger.
The findings showed a clear human fingerprint on the drying out of the earth, the authors of the report told the Guardian.
Aside from the warming planets effect on rapidly melting polar ice, the extraction of water from rivers like those that feed into the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for the purposes of farming and industrial use, have resulted in dramatic losses of freshwater.
Over-extraction has been especially problematic in parts of India and China, according to the study, causing a rapid decline in the availability of water despite normal rainfall levels.
The fact that extractions already exceed recharge during normal precipitation does not bode well for the availability of groundwater during future droughts, wrote the studys authors.
This report is a warning and an insight into a future threat, Jonathan Farr of the charity WaterAid told The Guardian. We need to ensure that investment in water keeps pace with industrialization and farming. Governments need to get to grips with this.
The worst-affected regions were uninhabited parts of the globe like Antarctica where 10 percent of the icy continents glaciers are now in retreat, according to a study published last month.
18 May Since the day of his arrest, May 1st until May 16th 2018, our comrade Brian Valentino who were beaten and tortured have been denied of his rights for legal advocate or lawyer. Ever since he was arrested its already 15 days of interogation without the company of a lawyer or advocate.The police or the legal aid havent gave us a clear reason about this, therefore we are not sure that whether the police or the legal advocate who refuse to help him.
To be clear, we received information from Brian Valentinos dad who have just visited him after a week and he make sure that Brian was the only arrestees who havent given any legal aid for 15 days since arrest.
Therefore we urge to the comrades national and international to strengthen solidarity with Brian Valentino, our dear anarchist friend, who have been refused of his rights for legal aid. We are not limiting the solidarity, it can be legal or whatever. But for donation to the family and defendants:
Donation: BRI 5175-01-001-257-503 (Ilona)
Or communicate this to the local Indonesian embassy. By any means necessary
Anarchist Black Cross/Anti-Authoritarian Solidarity Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
I haven't seen these anywhere around the area before, so thinking they're out of their usual range.
The Kurilpa Poets present Sunday 27th May, 2pm, 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane ATMOSPHERICS! ..And these our Actors fade into the Air..into thin Air W. Shakes-speare * This month the Water Rats take flight as we present the Fourth Continue reading
Julie Bishop doesn't like President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear "deal". Neither does Hizb ut-Tahrir. Strange company ole Jules keeps. http://www.hizb-australia.org/2018/05/qa-trumps-withdrawal-from-the-nuclear-deal/ Q&A: Trumps Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal Below is a Question that was sent through to the Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir, our eminent scholar Ata Bin Khalil Abu...
St Kilda Arts Community Incorporated is excited to be launching the 2nd St Kilda Art Crawl at the Vineyard in Acland Street on Thursday 24 of May at 6pm. On the weekend of 25, 26 & 27 May, over 32 local venues including art galleries, pop up galleries and studios, are joining forces to showcase 
Artist Tommy Langra exhibiting at Punchinello Pop-Up 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 10am 6pm St Kilda Art Crawl May 25, 26 & 27 Download Map Tommy Langra will be working and exhibiting at Punchinello Pop-Up everyday during the St Kilda Crawl from 10 6pm at 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson joins the #MAYhem, to explain why she writes for Australias most stubborn independent media outlet.
If the parlous state of Western media was ever on full display, it has been lately. From sanitising massacres of Palestinian protesters to bolstering the silencing of Julian Assange, the media has some serious charges to answer.
In the UK, faced with gaping holes in their narratives during recent weeks, major media outlets went into melt-down over journalists, academics and others departing from the official scripts on Syria and the Salisbury poisoning. The desperate, dogged defence by media institutions of their own fragile groupthink has been remarkable to behold.
During a BBC interview on the alleged Douma attacks, for instance, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, advocated seeking accurate information before taking military action, whether in Syria or elsewhere. Despite the obvious prudence of his suggestion, the BBC presenter interviewing Lord West took umbrage at his stance. She found it inadvisable to say such things so publically.
West had gently pointed out that terrorist-embedded sources, such as those supplying intelligence on Douma, are not the most reliable. He added that when he was Chief of Defence Intelligence himself, he had been put under huge pressure politically to lie about the UKs bombing campaign in Bosnia, alluding to the dangers of politicised intelligence.Casualties at Douma last month, from the ongoing Syrian civil war.
With US president Donald Trump citing discredited Israeli intelligence as a basis for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear de...
The San Sebastian inspired bar and eatery, Lona, is celebrating good beer week with some awesome flight specials. So PSA to all the beer lovers out there, this ones for you! Okay, so it might not be a flight to Barcelona or Santiago, but it is certainly a flight including the very best beers paired 
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
In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:
(a) higher the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.
(b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.
(c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.
The answer is Option (c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.
Option (b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down might have attracted your attention given that it correctly associates higher demand for bonds will lower yields.
You then may have been led by your understanding of the fundamental principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) that include the fact that government spending provides the net financial assets (bank reserves) and fiscal deficits put downward pressure on interest rates (with no accompanying central bank operations), which is contrary to the myths that appear in macroeconomic textbooks about crowding out.
But of-course, the central bank sets the short-term interest rate based on its policy aspirations and conducts the necessary liquidity management operations to ensure the actual short-term market interest rate is consistent with the desired policy rate. That doesnt mean the central bank has a free rein.
It has to either offer a return on reserves equivalent to the policy rate or sell government bonds if it is to maintain a positive target rate. The penalty for not borrowing is that the interest rate will fall to the bottom of the corridor prevailing in the country which may be zero if the central bank does not offer a return on reserves.
This situation arises because the central bank essentially lacks control over the quantity of reserves in the system.
So the correct answer is that movements in p...
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.
Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesnt disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Sons 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMinis butt-cam.
President Donald Trump moved to fill a key gap in his foreign policy team by picking Admiral Harry Harris to be his nominee for ambassador to South Korea, just weeks before a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
While the White House had earlier this year signaled that Harris the head of U.S. Pacific Command would be the American envoy to Australia, that changed after Mike Pompeo was chosen to became secretary of state.
Pompeo has led U.S. outreach to North Korea, traveling twice to Pyongyang in recent weeks, but South Korea has played a key role in bringing the two sides together and the lack of an ambassador in Seoul with close ties to the Trump administration was cited as a vulnerability for the U.S.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.
In a statement Friday, the White House cited Harris for being a proven naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership, and geopolitical expertise in the Indo-Pacific region. The 40-year military veteran was born in Japan and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1978, according to his official biography.
In an interview on Fox News in November, Harris described North Korea as the most immediate threat to the U.S. Citing comments that continue to be used by White House officials, Harris said the ultimate American goal in dealing with Kim Jong Uns regime is one seeking complete, verifiable, and permanent denuclearization of the peninsula. I believe that diplomacy has to be the main battery, but that is diplomacy backed by a credible military power.
But referring to fears that tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could lead to a catastrophic conflict, Harris told participants at a Chamber of Commerce event in Hawaii earlier this year that it was his job to imagine the unimaginable, according to a repor...
QUESTION: Do you think Bitcoin can survive? Or has it been a passing fad?
ANSWER: Bitcoin rose because 70% of the miners were in China. It was NOT simply because energy was cheap. Bitcoin became the LEADING means of money laundering and movement of cash out of China, circumventing their rule of law and currency controls. So do not think for one minute that Bitcoin rose because it was really a wonderful idea?
BitCoin was a means to get money out of China when you could not wire money out under currency controls. In Australia, they have adopted the slogan that CASH IS FOR CRIMINALS. They will do the same to cryptocurrencies. All they need to do is declare a law that it is illegal for a business to accept cryptocurrency under the excuse that it is money laundering. You just killed the entire industry.
The government has the army, tanks, and the guns and soon robot soldiers. Until the army is willing to turn against the hand that feeds them, which is why they are developing robot soldiers, you cannot stand with cryptocurrency and claim some magical right to suppress government and central banks. You need the power grid!
Video streaming today is because of the online porn industry (I wont post a picture of that). They needed to sell their product and they invented video streaming under the mother of all evolution Necessity. Video streaming has since expanded to everything. Blockchain can be used in many other contexts just a video streaming was not restricted to just porn. The technology can be used for documents and other things besides just cryptocurrencies.
I have been skeptical about the claims that cryptocurrencies will replace all money and central banks and end banking creating money out of thin air. That would be recreating the Dark Age. For that to take place there can be no lending. The mortgage market would...
The ABC does not have enough money to cover Australian news in Gosford, Geelong, Parramatta etal ... but does have enough money to splurge on tabloid wedding coverage that every other network also provides. The lack of self-awareness is simply staggering.https://t.co/upvsIXJGjG G C (@GrayConnolly) May 17, 2018
Why isnt disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe being investigated for the $700,000 Crooked Hillary Democrats in Virginia, led by Clinton best friend Terry M (under FBI investigation that they killed) gave to McCabes wife in her run for office? Then dropped case on Clinton! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May...
An exhibition of actual human corpses thats currently being shown at the Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall is causing public outrage. Real Bodies: The Exhibition features the display of 20 cadavers and over 200 human organs preserved through plastination in China. Critics of the exhibition are calling for its closure, as they hold grave concerns
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In Stunning Rebuke, UN Votes To
Investigate Israel For Gaza Mass Shootings
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:00
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) just issued a stunning rebuke to Israel, voting through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry... to investigate all alleged violations and abuses... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018," while the UN human rights chief slammed Israel's "wholly disproportionate response."
The UN's top human rights body passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions.
The two HRC members in opposition were the United States and Australia (the UK abstained), with Israel condemning the vote, which was proposed by a group of countries including Pakistan. Both the US and Israel criticized the resolution's language for failing to mention Hamas the militant group ruling over Gaza which Israel blames for the scores of civilians killed during the 'Great March of Return' protests.
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On Monday 60 Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli live fire as protesters approached the border fence area. The following day U.N. leadership issued a scathing critique of Israel's actions, with the U.N.'s human rights commissioner identifying women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders as among the dead. "We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday," said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Though the U.N. commissioner acknowledged the Palestinians' attempt to break down and damage the fence that separates Gaza and Israel, he added that this did "not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunit...
The Federal Government delivered a mixed-bag of good and bad news for the Australian court system last week. It announced an $80m boost to court resources, but many believe the amount is not enough to sufficiently ease the burden the court system is currently under, which has created enormous backlogs particularly in our family
Entertainment editor John Turnbull looks at Arctic Monkeys, Post Malone, near-megastar Childish Gambino and Eurovisions festive weirdness. read now...
Jennifer Aniston is set to play the role of first lesbian president of the United States. While other actresses such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, Robin Wright in House of Cards and Bellamy Young in Scandal have played the part of fictional commander-in-chief, none of them had a first lady at their side. Netflix has ...
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3CR INTRO: Last month over 80 delegates, farmers, scientists and development workers from the Asia Pacific region joined peasant farmers in the Philippines for a 5-day conference with the aim of stopping the introduction of so-called Golden Rice, which is a genetically modified organism, which the proponents claim will significantly address hunger and vitamin A deficiency.
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Today, I want you to imagine your daily commute as a brisk 10-minute walk.
Just down the road is a fresh food market too.
The air is clean and clear.
Theres just one snag
You have to walk by streets coated with horse manure.
This was the reality of anyone living in the 19th century.
Some 20 million foals trundled up and down the streets of North America and Europe alone.
A gallon of urine and 50 pounds of manure a single stallion could produce that in a days work.
The stench must have been unbearable. To say nothing of diseases spread by flies bred in horse dung.
Thankfully, its not something you have to deal with today.
The family car revolutionised our daily commute and grocery run. And its made cities much larger than one with a transport system built on horses ever could.
But not every outcome has been positive.
Cars eliminated methane emissions in cities, but they introduced ozone-ripping carbon monoxide. And car accidents replaced injuries from bucking and kicking horses.
But it does show that disruption rarely unfolds without complication.
No matter where it happens, or on what scale, change always produces winners and losers.
Often times, it is both necessary and welcome.
But its rarely inevitable.
In hindsight, its easy to assume the transition from horses to cars took place overnight and that it was met with broad approval. But that couldnt be further from the truth.
In fact, this process played out over the course of half a century, introducing as many problems at it solved.
After all, nothing takes place in a vacuum. Its impossible to upend industries without destroying the livelihood of both people and businesses.
Road sweepers, carriage drivers and breeders suddenly found themselves out of work as the horse was displaced.
But it also paved the way for the biggest explosion of urban development in human history.
Now, some 120 years following the four-wheeled takeover, we find ourselves at another inflection point.
This fight promises to be fiercer than any before it. But, unlike the automobile, its unlikely this challenger will need 50 years to displace its competitor.
In fact, just this week, it landed the first blow
Blockchain goes mainstream
A landmark event took place this week that could overhaul the financial industry as we know it....
Earlier this year Goldman Sachs had sent a report out to its high-net-worth clients indicating that it was the best time to own commodities in at least 15 years, if not decades.
This view from Goldman was based on three forces coming together at the same time:
You may not love Goldman Sachs, but their research is definitely worth paying attention to.
Then, just a short time later, the notoriously secretive hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones had suddenly become rather chatty. His main message detailed a very bullish view on commodity prices.
Jones view is based on a belief that the recent big tax cut is a mistake. His issue with the tax cut is timing it coming nine years into an economic expansion. Jones believes the tax cut is going to be the spark that finally sets off the inflation fire.
I see his point there are a lot of inflationary forces at work here. This tax cut, on top of a decade of ultra-low interest rates, on top of years quantitative easing, on top of a spending bill.
The bottom line for Jones is that nothing performs better in an inflationary environment than commodities.
And in April, another very smart investor reported that they think commodities are going to perform exceptionally well. At some point we may need to conclude that these proven investors are onto something.
This time around the investor is DoubleLine Capitals Jeffrey Gundlach.
Gundlach doesnt just think commodities are going to do pretty well from here; he thinks commodity prices are on the verge of exploding higher. Gundlach isnt looking for a 30% rise; he expects commodities as a group to go up 100%, 200% or even 400%!
That is a bold call.
As to why (always the important part) Gundlach is so bullish on commodities, the investing heavyweight hits on a few factors that are similar to what we heard previously from Goldman and Jones.
Those factors include:
In addition to putting together the fundamental case behind rising c...
25 May 2018 5pm 9pm
7/13 Lawson Street Byron Bay
Come and celebrate the opening of the newest, biggest & tiniest Art Gallery in Byron Bay!
Representing renowned local artists Craig Parnaby, Mike Chavez, Andrew Hmelnitsky and from Sydney town, the beautiful Samantha Robinson.
Drinks kick off at 5pm. Sponsored by the brewing champions of the area, Pickled Pig Brewery.
Bring your friends, spread the word, see you there.
International politics teeters about over the Iran nuclear deal. Plans falter for nuclear summit meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un. Trump will decimate North Korea unless Kim agrees to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.
Pro nuclear propaganda becomes more sophisticated and subtle. National Geographic now a stooge for the International New Nukeslobby
Labor prepared to strengthen environmental protections, as grass roots members demand.
ACT brings forward zero emissions target to 2045.
Australias nuclear propagandist Ben Heard wrote a paper rubbishing renewable energys potential:...
Make peace by defying SA nuclear dump https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=55371 Michele Madigan 17 May 2018
Sunday 29 April 2018 marked the second anniversary for many such South Australian peacemakers. It was on that date in 2016, at 2.30am, that Adnyamathanha Elder Aunty Enice Marsh heard the news that the federal government had chosen the Flinders Ranges to be the top of the list site of the proposed national nuclear dump.
Incredulous at hearing this on the 8am news, I rang Aunty Enice. Im sitting here trying to eat my weetbix and keep my thoughts calm, she said. But do you know what I was thinking? Colonisation is again attacking the First Nations people and poisoning their land.
For her colleague, Regina McKenzie, it was like getting news of a death: death to a 60,000-year cultural heritage.
Since then, South Australia...
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Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/luot-cwg051718.php New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018
Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?
In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.
Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...
Should Australia consider thorium nuclear power? The Conversation Nigel Marks, Associate Professor of Physics, Curtin University March 2, 2015 .. a growing community of devotees has sprung up around an alternative nuclear fuel: thorium. But is it right for Australia?
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While compelling at first glance, the details reveal a somewhat more murky picture. The...
Tasmania is blessed with beautiful and intact landscapes and excellent protection of much of the state. World Heritage Areas and national parks have long been coveted by developers and these attempts to open up parks to commercial interests have been resisted with varying degrees of success over the years.
Under the current very pro development Liberal government in Tasmania there are no end of proposals for private developments in national parks and other parts of the conservation network (check here for a current list).
This is being resisted strongly by many in the Tasmanian community and it is now being criticised internationally.
Ellen Coulter, writing for the ABC reports that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has raised concerns about Tasmanias wilderness areas being rezoned for tourism developments and called on the State Government to speed up a Tourism Master Plan requested in 2015.
Conservationists said a recent UNESCO document highlighted serious risks to Tasmanias wilderness brand.
In the document, the committee also raised concerns about the State Governments rezoning of some wilderness areas to allow for tourism opportunities and wider aircraft access.
The report refers to areas being changed from wilderness to remote recreation, which the Wilderness Societys Vica Bayley understands refers to new self-reliant recreation zones.
Mr Bayley said rezoning had occurred near Lake Malbena, in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, where a luxury standing camp has been proposed.
Also down the Overland Track and indeed at Lake Rodway, at Cradle Mountain, he said.
It seems that the Government here has been called out the World Heritage Committee has identified that this switch is of concern and theyre urging for it to be fixed.
This risks our reputation, it risks our credibility on the international stage and it sends a signal of contempt.
In response, Tasmanian Greens have urged the state government to put a halt on tourism proposal assessments until a Tourism Master Plan was in place.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade yesterday presented its report on the national security implications of climate change.
The report makes several findings and recommendations, noting at the outset that climate change has a range of important security implications, both domestically and internationally.
Tellingly, none of the expert submissions questioned the rationale for this inquiry, nor the claim that climate change challenges Australian national security.
The report concludes that:
the consensus from the evidence (is) that climate change is exacerbating threats and risks to Australias national security.
Significantly, it also notes that climate change threatens both state and human security in the Australian context. Here are some of the key security implications.
The report emphasises the risks posed by rising sea levels and a...
Climate change on track to cause
major insect wipeout, scientists warn
Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections , Guardian, Damian CarringtonEnvironment editorFri 18 May 2018 @dpcarrington
Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the sc...
18 MAY 2018 https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/women-leaders-come-together-fight-climate-change
Climate change affects everyone, but certain demographics and groups are at greater risk. One such demographic is women, who are more likely than men to feel the negative consequences of a warming planet.
This fact was one of the primary reasons for the Climate Leaders Summit: Women Kicking it on Climate, which was hosted on 16 and 17 May by Catherine McKenna, Canadas Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
I am privileged to work with so many fearless women who are climate leaders, said McKenna on why she organized the summit. We know women and girls are particularly at risk when it comes to climate change, and yet women are also at the forefront of bold climate leadership around the world. Together, women are turning ideas into solutions.
The event brought together female climate leaders from around the world, with representatives from the public, private, academic and civil society sectors. The group focused on topics such as improving collaboration to find solutions to climate change, female empowerment and ensuring that women are represented in global conversations surrounding the environment.
As scientists have begun to understand the effects of climate change, it has become apparen...
Childrens Day 2018 Announcement
SNAICC is delighted to announce the theme for
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day for 2018 is
SNAICC Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years.
Our children are the youngest people from the longest living
culture in the world,
with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Our children are growing up strong with connection to family, community and country.
Our children are the centre of our families and the heart of our communities.
They are our future and the carriers of our story.
This year, we invite communities to take a walk down memory
as we revisit some of the highlights of the last 30 years. We look back
on the empowering protest movements instigated by community that had led
to the establishment of the first Childrens Day on 4 August 1988.
We look back at all of the amazing moments weve shared with our
children over the years,
and how were watching them grow into leaders.
We look back to see what weve achieved, and decide where we want
from here to create a better future for our children.
If you have celebrated Childrens Day at any time during the past
we would love to hear from you.
Read How to get
involved in Childrens Day 2018:
Senate report acknowledges the huge risks of climate change and the threat to intelligent life. But it needs to do more than that.
Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.
How an Australian town found itself at the vanguard of a global solar revolution.
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