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A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M5.7 hit near Frankland River, Western Australia at 04:56 UTC on September 16, 2018 (12:56 local time). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was initially...... Read more
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Here at GumshoeNews there has been much coverage of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. And lately there has been coverage of Fiona Barnetts and Rachel Vaughans testimony to the ITNJ the International Tribunal for Natural Justice an ad hoc group of people who couldnt stand it anymore.
Both women told of their direct experience of extreme abuse as children and their witnessing of murders. Both told of their shocking inability to get help from the authorities. I have been developing the theme that such behaviour by persons in government office is plainly criminal.
I have also proposed, mainly with regard to the Martin Bryant case (he is in his 23rd year of imprisonment and is not allowed to speak) that a trial can be handled outrageously by a DPP a Director of Pub...
I must admit that even I, as a child psychologist, have found some of it very difficult to listen to in particular the anal cutting for sex at 30months of one of the Australian female witnesses Rachel Vaughn, the caged children who had never seen the light of day noted in hers or Fiona Barnetts testimony and the concept of foetuses being shocked in the womb from Jay Parker or Ronald Bernards testimony were all really gutting. How do we get around the problem of people just not wanting to hear this stuff?
Videos below. Your strength today is a gift to all
children in the morrow.
On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed
by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach
at Rockhampton Airport.
Breaking news.well kind of. Company linked to alleged foreign bribery conspiracy in Nauru received $2.5m Australian government contract Shock horror. Our AFP have discovered corruption in Nauru.eventually. Which leads me to repost an article I wrote over two years ago.. August 14, 2016 In June , in an interview with A Current Affair, Naurus Justice Minister
As China consolidates its hold in South China Sea and wields its military, economic and diplomatic leverage, smaller countries see no credible option but to work with Beijing, even if that means furthering Chinese objectives. Manila, for example, seems willing to accede to Beijings demand for joint development of hydrocarbon resources in the Philippines own exclusive economic zone.
The plain fact is that U.S. inaction under successive administrations has allowed China to gain effective control over a strategic sea that is more than twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico and 50 percent bigger than the Mediterranean Sea. Australias Kevin Rudd, who is still fending off accusations that he was a slavish pro-China prime minister, has acknowledged that Chinese policy has not yet been challenged in the South China Sea by the United States to any significant extent.
The U.S., even at the risk of fostering Philippine helplessness against Chinese expansionism, has refused to clarify whether its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Manila would apply to an attack on Philippine troops or vessels in the South China Sea. This refusal stands in contrast to Washingtons commitment to the defense of the Japanese-administered but Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. U.S. President Donald Trump, in his joint statement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, said that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands.
In the South China Sea, China has astounded the world with the speed and scale of its creation of artificial islands and military infrastructure. The first Chinese dredger arrived in the region in December 2013. Less than five years later, China has largely completed building most of its forward military bases. It is now ramping up its military assets in the South China Sea.
Yet China has incurred no international costs for pushing its borders far out into international waters. In fact, China stepped up the expansion of its frontiers after an international arbitration tribunal invalidated its expansive claims in the South China Sea through a 2016 ruling in a case instituted by the Philippines.
China says it has sovereignty over all the South China Sea north of its nine dash line. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid. But China and the Philipp...
The media has been giving a lot of attention in the last week to
the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers crash which occurred
on September 15, 2008 and marked the realisation, after months of
denial, that there was a financial crisis underway. Lots of
articles have been published recently about what we have learned
from this historical episode. I thought that the Rolling Stone
article by Matt Taibbi (September 13, 2018)
Ten Years After the Crash, Weve Learned Nothing pretty much
summed it up. We have learned very little. Commentators still
construct the crisis as a sovereign debt problem and demand that
governments reduce fiscal deficits to give them space to defend the
economy in the next crisis. They are also noting that the balance
sheets of the non-government sector components households and firms
are looking rather precarious. They also tie that in with flat
wages growth and a run down in household saving. But the link
between the fiscal data and the non-government borrowing data is
never made. So we are moving headlong into the next crisis with
very little understanding of the relationship between government
and non-government. And we are increasingly relying on private
sector debt buildup to fund growth as governments retreat.
Everything about that is wrong.
The recently published book Financial Exposure: Carl Levins Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Palgrave Macmillan) by Elise J. Bean is worth reading. Elise Bean was an investigative lawyer for the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI).
The book recounts the workings of the PSI.
We read that the PSI has:
faced down corrupt bankers, arrogant executives, and sleazy lawyers. Wed confronted tax dodgers of all stripes, from billionaires to multinationals. Wed interviewed crooks in prison, North Korean representatives, and tax have operatives. Wed protected whistleblowers, championed victims, and defended honest government employees battling abuses. Wed stood up to dirty tricks, assaults on PSIs bipartisanship, and attacks on our bosses.
Never was this environment more loaded than when they started looking into the financial services sector.
The chapter on Deconstructing the Financial Crisis is particularly interesting, given the current attention the decade-anniversary is receiving.
Elise Bean writes that the investigation was the longest, toughest inquiry the PSI under Carl Levin had ever undertaken.
The facts were tangled, the players powerful, and the stakes huge.
She credits the legislative action that led...
Medieval legends claim that Pope Joan was the first and only female pope. And now, an analysis of ancient silver coins suggests that the ordained woman may have actually lived. According to legends from the Middle Ages, a pope named John, or Johannes Anglicus, who reigned during the middle of the ninth century, was actually a woman, Pope Joan. For instance, a story from the 13th century written by a Dominican monk from Poland named Martin claimed that Pope Joan became pregnant and gave birth during a church procession. However, there is much debate over whether a pope named Johannes Anglicus existed, much less whether this pope was a man or woman. The doubt stems in part from the great deal of confusion over the identities of popes during the middle of the ninth century. For example, in the oldest surviving copy of the Liber Pontificalis, the official book of biographies of popes during the early Middle Ages, "Pope Benedict III is missing entirely," study author Michael Habicht, an archaeologist at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, told Live Science. Discovering whether Pope Joan existed may not only solve a religious and historical mystery, but also factor in to modern arguments over the role of women in the church. "The debate on female ordination in the church is still ongoing," Habicht said. Now, Habicht has suggested that symbols on medieval coins show that Pope Johannes Anglicus may have existed, and so, Pope Joan may have been real as well. "The coins really turned the tables in favor of a covered-up but true story," Habicht said.
It is a shame that this fallout occurs, when it is so important to build unity, not only for an end the Coalition government, but to present the Australian people with a clear cut alternative, to the corporate welfare state and misery for everyone else.
It is up to the supporters of the deal to prove that the TPP has something going for it. Theres been a stunning silence on this front. Perhaps, its because it is indefensible.
Some are talking of betrayal, after the caucus voted to agree to pass the enabling legislation. Within its own base, Labors leadership is losing some credibility, in in terms of its sincerity.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Paul Bastian said the TPP would be a disaster for Australian workersIt beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TPP given its against the partys own policy.
The Electrical Trades Union warned Labor it faced a real threat of losing the support of Australian workers ahead of the next election if it failed to reverse its support for the TPP.
In addition to making it easier to turn jobs over to lower paid foreign workers, the TPP will establish a system that will enable for private foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for any action it takes that has a negative impact on their capacity to trade, including funding and providing cheaper services through the public system. There is also concern that it would seriously limit capacity to protect the environment.
Labor has announced a policy to improve h...
Regardless of the prognostications of politics in Australia, the message delivered by politicians from the larger parties is always professional, well-rehearsed and well delivered. Even as the dust was settling on the Turnbull/Dutton/Morrison brouhaha recently, Morrison had his message sorted (hes representing us in case you didnt pick up on it). Its just like a
Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.
One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.
The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head. She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.
I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.
So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.
Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.
Oh what a fool I was.
Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).
The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.
With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.
As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.
When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...
In 2016, Labour
promised that they would withdraw kiwi troops from Iraq if
New Zealand will extend its military presence in Iraq until June 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.
Cabinet signed off on five military deployments on Monday.
The deployment in Afghanistan has also been extended to September 2019 alongside three smaller peacekeeping missions.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many Australians, the ideals of freedom and democracy took another turn for the worse last week when a nine year old girl was threatened with suspension from school and criticised by politicians for daring to act in accordance with her convictions when it comes to the Australian national
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A young girl is in a critical condition after being struck by a car near Lismore.
At 10am Monday (September 17), emergency services were called to Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, after an eight-year-old girl was struck by a southbound sedan.
A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily the car was travelling at around 70km/h when it hit the child.
She bounced off the bonnet and was thrown over the car and onto grass, the spokesperson said.
He added the child was bleeding from mouth, and suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest.
Her mother was giving her CPR when help arrived, the spokesperson said.
Five units and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.
Emergency services treated the girl before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance, where she is understood to be in a critical condition.
The male driver was also taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, and to be treated for shock.
A crime scene has been established which is being examined by forensic police.
Officers from Richmond Police District are conducting inquiries into the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
In a competitive, capitalist culture, the descriptor brilliant tends to refer to somebody who makes connections others have not, or perhaps to have made them faster, or first. It is to burn the brightest, to out-do, to dazzle to the point of disbelief. Brilliance, in this sense, is the fake currency of the elite humanities academy the fissile defence that protects against wrongdoing; the light that shines so brightly it cannot touch, nor recognise, shadow.
The plane touches down in Sydney. Its been a long time since Ive been on a plane. Its a little reminder of my old life; the one where the airport felt like a second home and I was constantly on the road. I see Laura. A week ago I was laying on a beach in Fremantle imagining this moment. Now here she is and I want to drink in all of her hilarity and wit and affection.
Its dark and we walk to a pub where people drink ciders on the concrete with their dogs. I get a pint of cider. Anxiety hits. The waves are too big. I think Im too anxious for this, I say. Laura gets it. We walk home.
Georgia arrives with her bleached peach hair, Doc Martens and contagious laughter. Wed booked her a flight for her birthday. Were all together. Its incredible. Im with two of my best friends and we all live in different states but its okay because right now were all in the very same place.
We eat delicious things from food trucks at the Marrickville Markets. I run into an old friend of my little brother. He talks about Zake. Grief sways me. We watch Planet Earth and order three pizzas and soft drink like were at a slumber party. We all squish into Lauras bed and sing along loudly to our favourite songs.
Ive been telling Georgia and Laura how alike they were long before they ever met. Theyre both so extroverted and confident and funny, the kind of people everyone wants to befriend and date and be. Theyre protagonists. I soak in all of their stories. I feel so lucky.
I walk through the Newtown graveyard with my mother and little sister Pixie. Mum tells us stories of her youth. I imagine her at my age as totally free in the world. Reading the books at the bookstore where she worked, writing poetry in her journal from park benches and having love affairs with all kinds of interesting people. It hurts me to think of what she faced from my father and stepfather after that, the challenge of raising my little brother in a world that didnt understand him and then losing him.
Shes changed since Zake died. Become softer somehow. More loving. My sister is pregnant with a little girl, at the same age I fell pregnant with Alba. Our mum jokes that she warns those who come to her for parenting advice that shes had two daughters drop out of school and become teenage parents and a son who committed suicide. We share a dark sense of humour. Im glad theyve left our hometown to move here. I never thought they would. They had a lot...
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Over the weekend the government announced an ambitious plan to
make Waiheke Island predator-free:
Waiheke Island is set to become the world's largest predator-free urban island under a bold new $11 million plan to rid the Hauraki Gulf Island of rats and stoats.
Millions of passengers visit the Auckland tourist destination each year and the head of Fullers ferry company says it will be extremely difficult to introduce biosecurity measures similar to those imposed on other pest-free islands which involve checking visitors' gear, ensuring food is in sealed bags and cleaning footwear.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage will today announce plans to make the island, which is already free of possums, free of other pests by 2025.
This would enable North Island kk, kkriki, kerer, t, korimako or bellbird, piwakawaka or fantail, tturiwhatu or New Zealand dotterel, i or grey-faced petrel and koror or little blue penguins to breed safely and increase in number on Waiheke, she said.
Think back to university or high school. Were you or your classmates ever left bored or wondering whether one of your subjects would ever help you get a job? When was the last time most of us wrote an essay on literature or foreign policy, or solved an advanced mathematical equation? Youre not alone: An Australian government survey recently reported that more than a quarter of the nations graduates say their degrees are close to useless for their jobs, while more than half of employers say management and commerce degrees, the most popular field of study, are not important. Yet Australian taxpayers spent about $87 billion on education last year, $31 billion of which is spent on university education. Is that money well spent?
Economics Professor Bryan Caplans provocative, well-written and sometimes witty book, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money, argues that taxpayers wastefully sponsor students to study courses that many wont enjoy, dont find relevant, dont learn much from, and dont remember much of after graduation.
So why do students study boring, irrelevant subjects? Graduating from university is valuable because it signals to employers that students are hard-working, capable, and willing to tolerate serious boredom as demonstrated by years of study. Indeed, graduate salaries tend to grow dramatically compared to nongraduates but mostly after they graduate. Thats called the sheepskin effect. The sheepskin effect even works for near-failing graduates, who still earn substantially more than students who drop out with one semester lefteven though theyre often separated by sheer luck. By graduating, students signal their work ethic.
The problem? Taxpayer sponsored education encourages excessive credentialism. Competent high school graduates benefit from a university degree even if it doesnt offer a career path, simply because it allows them to further demonstrate their pre-existing work ethic. But those too poor to enrol in university or complete it are effectively left behind when competing with tertiary graduates in the workforce. Thats because employers prefer to hire university graduates over high school graduates, even though both may be equally capable. State-sponsored higher education punishes university graduates by forcing them to engage in years of make-work while also punishing high school graduates who cannot afford university studies.
Moreover, and contrary to popular belief, students dont gain critical knowledge, reasoning skills, networking, discipline and social skills from studying the humanities. Studies conducted by educational psychologists indicate that most students dont learn these ski...
Featured Dish: Shroom Season Waffle Dear Liza, a caf and bar in the heart of St Kilda, is offering a simple yet mouth-watering solution by transforming one humble spud at a time. Crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside, Dear Lizas potato waffles are gluten free and vegan, and satisfy the taste buds in the same way as a hash brown or 
In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Claims of a Sudanese Crime Wave: Political Point Scoring at its Worst The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese gang crime wave is unfounded. Click here to read the article Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean
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National's charter schools are now
All 12 of New Zealand's charter schools have been approved for transition to state integrated schools.
It marks the end to a rather short era.
"We have worked with the charter schools to find a way forward for them within the state system and no existing charter schools are closing their doors," Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
The last two schools to be approved for transition were Tranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne and Waatea School in Auckland.
Te Kura Mori o Waatea will open as a year 1-8 state integrated school in 2019, and Tranga Tangata Rite, which was not yet up and running, will open as a state-integrated school in 2020.
Chris Dobney & Aslan Shand
Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.
And he has called on Byron Shire Council to make no long-term decisions about southern Terrace Reserve that would stop it being handed back to the community after the state election due in March next year.
Mr Pugh has been running a campaign and community petition to stop the privatisation of the Brunswick Holiday Parks and calling for southern Terrace Reserve to be handed back as community space.
This weeks Byron Shire council agenda includes a recommendation from council staff to approve a licence application from the state-owned holiday-park conglomerate Reflections, which would allow camping on southern Terrace Reserve and could potentially allow the destruction of an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines.
Mr Pugh is calling on councillors to reject the application.
If council approves this license at Thursdays meeting it could make it harder for a new Labor government to open this space back up to the community. Council can still approve the camping license for the other parts of Terrace Reserve to operate and reject the application to operate in this sensitive area.
We need to listen to the community and save our public green space in Brunswick Heads.
I am determined to make saving the precious public space in Brunswick Heads and stopping the privatisation of the parks an election issue, he said.
A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured, left to right) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs ...
The post Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Back in March, the State Services Commission began an inquiry
into government departments' use of Stasi-as-a-service firm
Thompson & Clark. But there's one significant group which
appears to have a deep and disturbing collaboration with TCIL which
isn't covered by the inquiry:
There are calls for the inquiry into government agency links with controversial private investigation firm Thompson & Clark to be expanded to also take in the police, after a Stuff Circuit investigation exposed a long history of contact between police and the company.
"It's completely extraordinary that the police are not covered by the inquiry into Thompson & Clark," said Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman.
When police undertake surveillance there is oversight, from the judicial warrant system, for instance.
"Thompson & Clark don't go through any of those processes," says Norman. "They pay people who then turn up at groups and pretend to care about whatever the issue is and then if they're passing that information on to the New Zealand police without ever getting any proper judicial oversight of what the police are up to, that is very problematic."
As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques
Holy moly. All eyes in the small cap mining space will be reading the latest announcement from Kidman Resources Limited [ASX:KDR] today. This could set a new tone for the lithium market for the next six months.
Kidman went into a trading halt last week and shocked everyone. Thats because it may lose the right to develop its Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia over an obscure issue.
This is a nervy wait if you happen to hold any shares. But anyone in any other lithium play will be on their knees, praying it happens. It would make supply even more tight than it is right now. Theres no sympathy in the market.
What gives, anyway? Mining tenements in Western Australia come with minimum spending obligations. A WA state ruling has now recommended refusing Kidmans request for an exemption from this.
Kidman shares sold down as it prepares to fight ruling
Well, these tenements could be under threat from other companies who claim them because of issues with their former owner. As I write this, the stock is down 13% in the first hour of trading.
Kidmans joint venture partner in Mt Holland is Chilean firm SQM. Management there have already issued a statement, saying this may delay the project.
The decision now lies with the WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, who can grant the exemption from his office, regardless of the advice hes now received from his bureaucrats.
Odds are on the minister finding a way for the project to go ahead. Theres a lot of capital spending and jobs at risk here. To cut off a major project over this seems insane.
For example, an investment decision is due before 2019 on Kidmans proposed WA lithium hydroxide refinery. This is part of WAs Lithium Valley idea the state is now trying to push.
This kerfuffle does highlight a major issue when it comes to lithium in general. Thats the assumption that all projected mines and projects will come into being and on time, on budget and with no setbacks.
Thats a dangerous assumption. Already weve seen South American expansion plans be brought into question over water rights and now this.
There are a lot of lithium projects staked out in various forms all over the world. But permits, environmental clearance, financing and competent staff dont just appear from nowhere.
Now, we have the situation where battery especially lithium stocks have sold down hard since late last year, based mostly over fears of an oversupply developing. That means cheaper values.
But is it worth the risk scooping...
Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin, honky tonk dance-floor. Its a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the
In a bit of a twist to our usual format, GT and sports journalist Rupert Guinness discuss the latest stories hitting the sports headlines this week, including Grand Final season, the Aussie and Irish wins at the World Rowing Championships, the blistering new marathon world record, and updates from the endurance cycling event Race to the Rock.
GT and Rupert will also be playing a selection of their favourite Aussie hits. Join them live at 3pm.
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Reading some academic literature by warming alarmists on the appropriate way to respond to criticism suggests that we have a shift in the meaning of key concepts in the debate. Cutting to the chase, in this literature the role of human emissions has shifted from likely one of the causes of warming in 1988 through discernible human influence in 1995 to causing most of the Earths warming since then.
So the image or the connotation of human-generated CO2 has shifted from traces of plant food added to the air by human activities that could have some influence on the climate to a global emergency that calls for trillions of expenditure to fix although it might be too late.
The technical term for this kind of thing is semantic drift or shift.
Awful Originally meant inspiring wonder (or fear), now usually
has negative meaning.
Demagogue Originally meant a popular leader from the Greek dmos people + aggs leading, guiding. Now a politician who panders to emotions and prejudice.
Egregious Originally meaning good from the Latin egregius illustrious, select, literally, standing out from the flock, now really bad or flagrant.
Gay Originally meant (13th century) lighthearted, joyous or (14th century) bright and showy, it also came to mean happy.
Disinterested, once even handed or objective, now not interested.
In Climate scepticism and the manufacture of doubt [Ref below for nerds] we read Since at least the mid-1990s there has been a consensus that most of the Earths warming over the last half a century is likely due to increases in greenhouse gas emissions. In 1988 James Hansen testified [that it is] very likely on one of the causesIn 1995 the IPCC Second Assessment concluded that the balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influenceand since that time the debate within the field of climate science [re the dominant contribution of human emissions] has largely been settled.
Observe the drift from likely one of the causes (1988) through discernible (IPCC 1995) to most of the Earths warming and debate largely settled since that time. Moreover the warming is alarming and it is mostly CO2 that is to blame.
Observe how the drift is propagated by the Reuters report on the 97.4% consensus paper by Cook and others. Incidentally the paper itself, read closely, indicates that most of the climate scientists think like most climate realists, that there has been some warming in recent times and there is a human influence (magnitude of both unspecified).
The Reuters item leads off with a summar...
I have a piece in The Guardian under the headline Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, starting with the observation
The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didnt Adani go that way in the first place?
I also address the broader question
If coal is doomed, why has the price recoverd
Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.
A cool blustery day did little to dampen the determination of protestors at Tyagarah as almost 100 supporters visited the Nude Not Lewd beach rally throughout Sunday morning.
Though naturalists at heart, clothes were the days option for many as a chill wind blew along the beach, but their message was fiery hot.
Nude is not lewd.
Council is currently debating the future of clothes optional beaches in the Shire and naturists from the Byron area and beyond say they are fighting for their right to have clothes optional beaches. The protestors are adamant about everyone being able to enjoy the beach in a safe community environment.
Several speakers had their say during the morning and all agreed that there is sometimes an unpleasant element who are attracted to the nude beach, but working together, the community could address those issues.
A spokesperson for the Byron Naturists said that the main focus of the days rally is to keep the beach open.
Theres a small number of local residents who have been very vocal about trying to close the beach.
They have claimed that police statistics are up. That is true, but that is since the size of the [nude] beach has been reduced a lot of those statistics have been about people who have been naked outside of the signposted area. A lot of those statistics are also what they call bona fides they are doing daily patrols and they are asking people for ID.
So they are minor issues. What the police have said is that there havent been any major issues in the signposted area.
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By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...
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British Labour Party MP, Lucy Powell, has introduced a bill into parliament which seeks to outlaw secret online social media groups. The proposal The basis of the proposal is that these hidden groups are fertile ground for unchecked hate speech, bigotry and what has become known as fake news. The bill also seeks to ensure
This is the Instapundit post which already has more than 1300 comments. If the right is going to fold every time some woman makes an accusation from decades before, they are not only sensationally vulnerable but fantastically stupid. Not one Democrat believes any of it, but they know some Republicans will, or at least will pretend to. Remember Roy Moore?
ANITA HILL, REDUX: Kavanaugh Accuser Breaks Anonymity, Is Liberal Professor.
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With a photo of some young kids eating whipped ice-cream, nine-year-old Sophia Dadon will go down in history as the youngest overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photo Competition.
Keeping in mind this years theme Loving Bruns Sophia snapped her young friends loving the whipped ice-cream from Bernardis on Mullumbimby Street.
In its 14th year, the competition winners were announced at a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday afternoon.
With the Tamara Smith MP, Peoples Choice and Instagram awards, judges chose 17 finalists and five winners from 135 print and almost 500 instagram entries.
From those entries a wonderful selection of photos are now for sale in the 2019 Simple Pleasure calendar.
For more information visit: www.brunswickheads.org.au.
Report shows raising Newstart & Youth Allowance will boost jobs, state taxes
South Australias total disposable income would increase by $288 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week. This is according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, released today by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with support from SACOSS and the state and and territory councils of social service.
After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.
VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.
Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.
If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!
Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs
October 3 Northcote Social
w/ Alex Lahey
Waste Control Specialists has been lobbying federal officials to establish an interim high-level waste repository
NSW Health Infrastructure has repudiated claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) that the Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital, announced by the state government, would need to be assessed by the federal environment department.
Last week, Ms Elliot, whose husband Craig is running for the state seat of Tweed against sitting member Geoff Provest (Nationals), ran a series of ads and issued a media release saying Mr Provests decision to impose a hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands could be breaching Commonwealth law.
Ms Elliot argued that the proposed Tweed Hospital site near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.
Mr Provest responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.
Now the state body tasked with building the hospital, NSW Health Infrastructure, has announced that it, too, believes there is no requirement to refer the $534m new Tweed Hospital to the Commonwealth under the [act].
Detailed site investigations and advice from an independent environmental management expert has confirmed that there is no significant impact on any Matters of National Environmental Significance, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson told Echonetdaily.
The environmental area running along the northern boundary of the project site will be preserved outside of the development area to protect the environmental biodiversity and provide views and amenity for the hospital campus.
Two nuclear power plants are in the track of deadly Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is projected hit mainland China as early as Sunday.
located in Wilmington, NC Global Nuclear Fuel Americas is powered by three giants: GE Energy, Toshiba, and Hitachi. As part of the Global Nuclear Fuel joint venture formed in 2001, it combines the design, manufacturing, and marketing operations of its parent companies to manufacture light-water nuclear reactor fuel. It serves customers in Europe, Mexico, Taiwan, and the US. Global Nuclear Fuel Americas operates a plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. The company works with affiliate Global Nuclear Fuel Japan, and they both work with GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which designs nuclear reactors.
Sea level rise could inundate coastal reactors, with catastrophic consequences
The comments came in an interview on Sky News on Sunday night,
and little more than a week after Taylor told radio stock jock Alan
Jones that there was already too much wind and
solar in the grid.
On Sunday, he went even further: Asked by Skys Chris Kenny what he thought of Labor leader Bill Shortens comment that Labor was still thinking about adopting some aspects of the National Energy Guarantee, now dumped by the Coalition government, Taylor trotted out all the usual diatribe about...
The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse.
The original Adani proposal, put forward in 2010, was for a mine producing 60m tonnes of coal a year. The coal would be transported along a completely...
From the wisdom of Thomas Sowell:
What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise peoplelike themselvesneed to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.
If there is ever invented a proven and working potion of youth, Spartacus would vote that Sowell be the first recipient if he wants it that is.
Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things
where you post favourite albums
Janes Addiction had come to my attention via Mountain Song on Rage and I still regret not accepting an invitation to see them perform at the Hordern Pavilion in 1991.
It follows pressure within the Labor Party for the State Government to hold off sealing Adanis takeover of the Carmichael mine site, which would permanently wipe out a native title claim by the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people.
Last month, the Federal Court upheld Adanis ILUA, but mine opponents in the W&J who unsuccessfully argued it was a sham agreement filed an appeal on Wednesday
W&J spokesman Adrian Burragubba has previously declared they would take their fight to the High Court.
The ABC asked Mr Lynham if the Government would insist on Adani reaching financial certainty before it extinguished native title rights on the mine site.
In a statement, the Minister repeated the wording of the Labor conference resolution.
The Government has maintained that Adani needs to prove they can reach financial close [certainty] before we finalise processes for this project, he said...
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.
Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.
In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 2018.
Mr Adrian Burragubba says, We are not conceding our rights under our laws and customs to this court decision. We are resolute in putting a stop to the pretense that the Adani ILUA amounts to the consent of the Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou country to the extinguishment of our native title.
Whilever we have this court case running in the higher courts, whether it takes many months or years, Adani has not achieved conclusive registration of its ILUA. The Government should refuse to act on it, and banks should refuse to finance the project.
Adani engineered this pretence, the Government chose not to side with us, and their lawyers and the Native Title services bureaucrats provided the paperwork for an act of betrayal. Nothing changes those facts for us. They refused to accept our original decisions and interfered in our business, he said.
Ms Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the W&J Council says: The State ALP has gone some way in passing a resolution calling for financial cl...
Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation
Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.
The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.
Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.
We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.
We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and will hold both the company and the Government to account.
Adani have been camped on our country hoping to one day build their mine. Starting work illegally only adds insult to the injury that they are there without our consent. We will continue to pursue them through the courts, and with our demands on the Government.
We have seen the report from the lawyers at the Environmental Defenders Office, and it appears that coal seam dewatering bores and other extensive groundwork is being done in breach of Adanis environmental license, and that Adani may have lied to the Queensland Government about it.
We have known all along that Adani cant be trusted with our country, to respect our rights, or be custodians of the environment. The Government can restore some faith by interrogating Adanis conduct and taking whatever action needed to safeguard our country and culture, he concluded.
Nuclear is too slow and gets in the way of real solutions
Australian Bianca Talevska recently volunteered at a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. She met many people with uncertain futures. One of them in particular stood out.
Mohammed Sharife sits down to talk with me. The intense look in his eyes slowly fades to that of innocence and desperation. He is eager to tell his story, in the hope those reading can get even the slightest glimpse into his short life.
From the Parwan Provence of Afghanistan, Mohammed, aged 16, could be like any teenager. Yet, his place and time of birth set him considerably apart from boys his age in the west. The discrepancy in his age (he tells me he is 16, but has no birth certificate to prove it) means he has spent the last three months sleeping on an exercise mat on the floor of a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos.
They call this section: new arrivals. It is meant to be a temporary area of stay (one night) for those arriving via boat that day, but the sheltered area is filled beyond capacity with people like Mohammed who have spent up to three months calling it their home.
Due to Mohammeds unproven age, there is not enough space in section B, otherwise known as unaccompanied minors, so his only option is to sleep on the overcrowded floor of the new arrivals area. Barricaded with barbed wire and checkpoints at most gates, the camp looks more like a prison.
When I go out [of the gates]I get attacked. I dont feel safe, he says. Within days of arriving at camp, Mohammed had his only source of communication with his family, his mobile phone, stolen.
The situation in here is not suitable for me. He has not made contact with his Mother, who remains in Afghanistan, since arriving. My mother is very sick. We do not have the family or the money to take her to the hospital.
That family he refers to is his father. Five years ago, Mohammeds dad, a government employee, was killed by the Taliban. Just months earlier his 32-year old cousin was also brutally murdered by the extreme fundamentalist group. The reality of mortality has become far too common for children in Afghanistan. If the loss of his father and other family members wasnt traumatic enough, at the age of 14, Mohammed was taken hostage.
They [Taliban] come and find me. They know that my father worked for the police so they capture me. For three days they take me and keep me in a dark room and torture me. I escaped them. When I escaped I fell off a wall and hurt my stomach on a fence.
To this day, Mohammed visibly wears the scars of his upbringing.
They [doctors in Greece]tell me I need surgery, but they tell me I can only stay in the hospital for two days, then I must come back and sleep on the floor again. How can that be? I am in so much pain....
Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.
NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.
A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.
Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.
The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.
Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.
That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.
Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.
Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.
I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.
Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.
In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.
The Australian Government should not be allowed to pick and choose what detention facilities can be scrutinised under the UN anti-torture treaty, the Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission to the Human Rights Commission.
Ruth Barson, a director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the independent oversight body not the Government should decide what places of detention should be the subject of inspections.
It would be very cynical of the government to commit to the anti-torture treaty, yet at the same time undermine it by keeping its deepest darkest places of misery hidden from scrutiny. Half-baked implementation of the treaty risks undermining the whole purpose of it, said Ms Barson.
The Australian Government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) a mechanism to prevent cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in places of detention in December last year. At the time, the Australian Government denied its obligations extended to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is tasked with holding consultations and advising the Government on implementation. The HRLCs submission addresses how OPCAT should be fully and properly implemented and recommends the following basic principles be applied:
Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru should be included and subject to independent inspections;
The decision of whether or not a facility constitutes a place of detention should be left to the independent inspector to determine;
There should be stand-alone legislation safeguarding the inspectors independence and containing whistle-blower protections; and
There should be a commitment to establish stakeholder working groups to consult with the government on proper implementation of OPCAT.
Ruth Barson said that the Australian Government should keep its promise and fully implement the anti-torture treaty and the principles that underpin it.
"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if the Government can just deliberately shield politically inconvenient places of detention from public scrutiny, said Ms Barson.
The Human Rights Law Centre's submission can be found here.
For interviews call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
Complete with a new leader, this Government remains in complete disarray merely keeping the seat warm for Labor. read now...
A 41-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 16.
Police allege that at about 1.15am a man came up behind a woman while she was dancing with friends and pushed his penis in to her back .
Security detained the man until police arrived.
He was arrested and conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was refused bail. He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court later in the day and was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 20.
As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500.
Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.
Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.
Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service.
Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.
A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.
A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.
Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....
Police are warning residents in the Tweed to be especially careful to lock cars, homes and caravans following a recent spate of thefts.
During the evening of the September 15-16 alcohol was stolen from fridges in two caravans in the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.
Police are asking campers to ensure all their property is safely secured.
Police will be reviewing all CCTV within the park to try and identify the offenders.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson said police have seen an increase in stealing from motor vehicles, stolen motor vehicles and break and enter offences in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South.
The entire community need to ensure nothing of valuable is left in their cars, and to ensure your motor vehicles are always locked when there is not and adult within three meters of the vehicle, the spokesperson said.
Dont give opportunistic thieves the chance to take your property.
Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.
Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...
And now it's getting underway...
Exciting times for Brissie.
And not a winking kangaroo in sight.
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has hit near the West Australian town of Walpole, about 430 kilometres south-east of Perth, with tremors felt as far away as Perth and Albany. The earthquake happened about 1:00pm (WST). Walls were cracked at two homesteads in the Lake Muir region, but there were no other initial reports of damage. The Bureau of Meteorology WA said there was no tsunami risk to Australia. It said the quake was centred near Lake Muir and forecasters working in its West Perth headquarters felt the building sway. Senior Geoscience Australia seismologist Phil Cummins said it was the second earthquake to hit the region in a week. "It occurred roughly between Walpole and Kojonup on the south coast, it was felt all the way from Albany up to Perth," he said. "It is quite a large earthquake, it is large enough to cause damage but it's unlikely to have done so because it occurred in a relatively remote area."
Words like freedom, rights and liberty are values that the vast majority of people aspire to for themselves and others yet they remain poorly understood and as a result vulnerable to being manipulated.
When we think of the word liberty or libertarian, sadly many of us we quickly picture gun-toting rednecks from the [...]
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Formed in response to dire statistics for women in both punk rock and their home country generally, Perra Vida are resisting preconceptions and the patriarchy through their feminist punk, all the way from Lima, Peru.
Perra Vida arent here to mess around. After realising that there were practically no punk acts in their hometown which consisted of both women and men, the quartet decided it was time to change that. Not only that, but lyricist and singer Diana Matos wanted to use their music to highlight and address government corruption and the treatment of women in Peru, a country which has a history of femicide and violence towards women.
It was just April when a 22 year old woman was burned alive on a rush hour bus in Lima by her former male colleague wanting to crush her ego. Its unfathomable injustices like this that fuel Perra Vidas fury and inspire their writing.
In June they released their self-titled EP, a collection of relentless, authentic feminist punk that wastes no time in getting to the point, whether it be violence against women, corruption, drug abuse or organised religion. Tracks barely scrape the two-minute mark but leave nothing to be desired theyre visceral, punchy and primo examples of DIY dexterity.
Punk has long been a weapon of the marginalised and if Perra Vida manages to use that weapon to expose the horrors in their home country to people oceans away, then what better way to wield it.
Submitted by Zombie Democracy Blog Welcome to NZ: We offer 2nd highest rates of cancer in the world! Cancer deaths to rise to 9.6 million worldwide in 2018 WHO 20 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World Ranked by estimated new cases per 100,000 people in 2018: Australia (468.0) New Zealand (438.1) Ireland (373.7) 
Received a note from a friend, but not a Facebook friend but a real friend since I am not on Facebook. He wrote, in part:
If you are my friend on Facebook, you wont be seeing me for a month. I have been sin binned again.
Didnt know you had been sin binned at all not to mention that this is well past the first time. Quite a mark of honour in its own way, although part of an extremely dangerous trend. The leaders of industries in the old days ran railroads and steel mills so their personal opinions about anything mattered not at all. Now these morons are at the centre of the information economy and their prejudices and ignorance affects everything. We are definitely in need of some means to fix this up.
Having seen the chap who runs twitter before Congress the other day and then the video of Googles post-election mass meeting, and knowing what I know about Zuckerberg, it is depressing to see how utterly out of their depth they are on any political or philosophical issue. They really are ignorant to a fantastic extent. They have immense power over the messages that are able to reach us all, and act as gatekeepers to prevent the ones they dont like from being received.
This should not be tolerated. If anyone any longer really does care about free speech, the ability of social media to censor what we say to each other should be stopped dead in its tracks. Google, Twitter, Facebook and others of their kind are supposedly designed to provide a platform for each of us to talk to each other or to learn from each other. The right to stop us from communicating among ourselves is intolerable and must end.
THE CREEPY LINE: It is all coming out as a movie. A big issue with growing momentum.
Im back in Sydney after a couple of weeks in Darwin for work. It was an awesome time to be there, as the wet season hasnt arrived yet. However, there were a couple of days of high humidity combined with high temperatures. On two separate days, I arrived at work with a slightly damp shirt. When I wasnt at work,
A new social media campaign is in the works to help young LGBTIQ people in Queensland fill in the gaps in their knowledge of sexual health and better understand the risks of HIV. Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service is working with researchers from the University of Queenslands School of Public Health to develop the ...
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Here at NewsBTC we believe that education and knowledge is fundamental to the wider adoption of cryptocurrencies and growth of the blockchain industry. We will be expanding our education section by delving deeper into some of the machinations and technology behind the blocks. Our weekly articles aim to provide a greater understanding of how things work in the crypto ecosystem.
Following a number of attempts at a digital currency, the most successful being B-money, the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto began working on his whitepaper in 2008. In October of the same year it was published, titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.
The nine page paper outlined the design and justification for a digital currency with the intention of doing what no other attempt could do before: create an anonymous, trustless, decentralized currency.
What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party. Transactions that are computationally impractical to reverse would protect sellers from fraud, and routine escrow mechanisms could easily be implemented to protect buyers.
The proof-of-work protocol was developed from Dai Weis B-money in order to enforce a one CPU one vote policy as outlined by Nakamoto in his now famous paper. Unlike traditional money, Bitcoin was also designed to be a deflationary currency, meaning that there will only be a limited amount of them that will ever exist, specifically 21 million. The reward miners get for finding each new block decreases over time and is halved every 210,000 blocks, approximately every four years. It started off at 50 BTC and is currently 12.5 BTC.
Satoshi was not fond of the modern banking system, particularly fractional-reserve banking whereby a bank accepts deposits, makes loans or investments, but is required to hold reserves equal to only a fraction of its deposit liabilities.
According to Wikipedia, Nakamoto claimed to be a man living in Japan, born on 5 April 1975. The true identity remains a mystery however there has been se...
City of Sydney Councillor Kerryn Phelps has confirmed she will contest former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls seat of Wentworth as an independent. Professor Phelps, a former Australian Medical Association president and now GP in the electorate, was a high-profile backer of same-sex marriage and was heavily involved in the yes campaign during the postal survey ...
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Back in April, it was announced that The Wire creator David Simon plans series based on Spanish civil war, one which will follow the adventures of the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington battalions and their contributions to the International Brigades. Continue reading
It has become known that 6 more Solar Observatories (Australia, Chile, Spain, Hawaii (2), and Pennsylvania) have been shutdown: We note that all these solar/space cams down at the same time as the Solar Observatory in New Mexico.
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Three Australian women in 1961 ponder the question, Is education a waste of time for married women?
I like how even the woman arguing for the utility of education explains how modern women can get all their household chores done in the morning, leaving them free for the afternoon, until the children get home. She still has a few shackles to break, I think.
Helen Coley Nauts tries unsuccessfully to sell her wares to Dr Lloyd Old of Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
So far this series presented two dramatic cures by the use of Coleys toxins. One was in 1893 and the other in 1901. Many more will be presented, and one unsuccessful attempt by Coley..
Let me say where this series is headed. In one sense, its not headed anywhere the case histories have value on their own and they may open the possibility to a revival of that particular treatment.
In keeping with many of my themes at GumshoeNews, however, this series is also headed toward a claim that Coleys cure was suppressed, in order that more people would die of cancer. Indeed I think millions have died needlessly of cancer.
In my review of 18 cures for cancer, in Consider the Lilies (2013), I named two successful curers who I think knowingly participated in the suppression of their excellent work. One was Dr Thomas Glover whose cure was a serum; the other was Dr William Coley (1862-1936) whose cure came from bacterias production of toxins.
Coley and Glover may have been sent on a mission to find their cures by yet an earlier scientist whose name we do not know. That is to say, I do not necessarily accept the legend as to how Coley happened upon his cure. It may be true or apocryphal....
I used to call Dutchsinse the earthquake guy as he does a remarkable job of reporting earthquakes- but listening to what he had to say in his new video, it is a pretty good guess that he has been threatened.
This is the comment I left for him
In the End Times- which we are in now- it is said that Christians- those who serve our Father- will be martyred. Give to Caesar what is Caesars only refers to taxes. Those of us who fight to save our lives will lose them- those of us who follow- even in the face of death- will find life eternal. Trust me Dutch- it ISNT easy- we were never promised it would be- just that it would be worth it. I cant tell you what to do- but they are doing their best to kill me for simply trying to get my parents investigated for child trafficking. You just have to hold onto your faith and put aside your fear. Many of those of us with faith are going to die early because we are not meant to live through the days that are coming. Do what you are being lead to do until the end. Follow your heart. And know that we are all in our Fathers hand- no matter what the consequences are. Trust your faith- trust what God is calling you to do- and keep doing what you are- living the Word. That is all I can say.
Satanists, and more apt: Luciferians- have this mantra Do as thou whilst because they believe God either doesnt care or is powerless to do anything about it, so you can do whatever you want with no consequences if you are rich enough or powerful enough to thwart retribution,
However, God will NOT negate our free will- as it was his gift to us- although this gift is a double edged sword- as it is through inacting our free will that we open ourselves to judgement- despite the fact that society has been deluded into believing we are somehow above being judged.
I have often said that this life doesnt make a difference and yet it makes all the difference in the world as we ARE in a matrix- but it is a spiritual matrix and NOT a computer generated one.
Luciferians are under this misconception that this life is the only thing that matters, which is why they are so obsessed with living forever. Yet despite their obsession, not one of them has found the key for eternal life.
But they, as are the rest of us, are allowed to do what we want- using our free will however we wish. The reason for this is because we can only be judged by what we DO and NOT simply by what we think or feel.
Luciferians lie- just as their Master who they follow does. And their objective is to lead as many as they can into the same aybss that they themselves are headed for.
They believe they are gods- thus they...
You are a fucking mendicant, Scott Morrison tells Tassie Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, reports Paul Bongiorno who quotes a Herald Sun article, Wednesday, citing senior Liberal sources. Gutwein doesnt dispute the claims. Bean-counter Gutwein cant find a good word for Morrison when asked how it feels to be so bullied and abused by his new leader.
Shannon Noll is set to appear before the courts next month after being charged with drug possession last week.
As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, officers from the Sutherland Shire were conducting a search at the Caringbah Hotel on Thursday night when they allegedly found a bag of white powder on Shannon Noll.
About 8.15pm yesterday (Thursday 13 September 2018), officers from the Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, along with Public Transport & Public Safety Command and the Dog Unit, were conducting a drug operation at a licensed premises on Port Hacking Road at Caringbah, explained a spokesperson for NSW Police on Friday.
A 42-year-old man was arrested by police after allegedly being detected with white powder, believed to be cocaine.
At this stage, Shannon Noll is set to appear at the Sutherland Local Court on October 11th, where hell face charges of drug possession.
Of course, this isnt the first time that Shannon Noll has made headlines for a bit of rowdy behaviour.
Most notably, the Australian Idol runner-up had charges of assault dropped last year after he hit a member of security while trying to gain entrance to the Crazy Horse, a strip club in Adelaide, in January.
More recently, the singer ended up receiving widespread criticism for an onstage rant In July that was deemed foul-mouthed and misogynistic by many of his critics.
The incident in question occurred at the Duck Creek Races in New South Wales in July, and was spurned by a member of the crowd throwing a can at Nolls head while performing on stage.
Soon, the singer appealed for the audience member to come up onstage, calling them that fucker in a tie, and a fucking maggot.
Hey, who thinks he should come up, Noll asked the crowd at the time. Shame that prick, shame that motherfucker right there. Fucking private school stupid fuckhead motherfucker. Have some balls and get up here and...
Rapper Eminem has suggested he regrets directing a homophobic slur at fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator on his latest album Kamikaze. Eminem surprise-released the album two weeks ago but the track Fall caused a backlash because he raps, Tyler create nothin, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch. Tyler hinted that he identifies ...
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In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Australias financial regulators have expressed skepticism regarding Coinjars purported trade volume, Paysend has partnered with Bitstamp to facilitate cryptocurrency purchases through its Global Account, and Seed Cx has announced a $15 million USD Series B funding round.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Jordan Michaelides, Coinjar...
One of the worlds hottest podcasts right now has helped shed light on the disappearance of a Sydney woman. But at what price of a fair trial, asks Hannah Marshall.
The best way to dispose of a body, if you live in the bush, is to put it in the bush, and thats what I think he did on the Friday night.
There is a problem with The Teachers Pet. The podcast and the slew of surrounding media could be so sensational and prejudicial that if he is prosecuted, Chris Dawson cant get a fair trial.
The podcast is a true crime story about a woman, Lyn Dawson, who disappeared from Sydneys northern beaches in 1982. Her body has never been found. The investigating journalist accuses her husband, former Newtown Jets player Chris Dawson, of murdering her. He denies it. Two coronial inquests have recommended prosecution but none has ensued.
The picture painted of Chris Dawson is not good. Theres his affair with a schoolgirl, allegations of physical abuse, allegations of an attempt to hire a hitman, inconsistent statements, and two small daughters left without their mother.
The Teachers Pet is compelling and sad and reveals some great injustices; to the two daughters, the schoolgirl, and Lyns family as well as to Lyn Dawson herself.
But in its eagerness to seek justice for her probable murder it risks doing exactly the opposite. It could result in Chris Dawson avoiding facing a jury, or even avoiding a murder trial altogether, regardless of the strength of any evidence against him.
The obvious upside to this kind of investigative journalism is the chance that new, meaningful evidence could be found that will help get a conviction. But that has to be balanced very carefully against the risk involved in broadcasting information that is prejudicial and unlikely to be admissible as evidence in court.
To be fair, a lot of the information presented in The Teachers Pet is unproblematic. Written statements and evidence from the coronial inquests for example. But a lot of other parts of the podcast are prejudicial and prejudge Dawsons guilt. Here are just a couple of examples.
A new witness alleges that she saw Chris Dawson assault his wife twice, well before Lyn disappeared. The inference is that he is a violent person and therefore more likely to have killed his wife. Courts call this tendency evidence and treat it with extreme caution. It is only admitted in very particular circumstances. Whether this new testimony would be admitted into evidence is highly uncertain. But the podcast doesnt tell you that.
Then theres the treatment of a claim that Chris Dawson said he tried to hire a hitman to kill Lyn, but didnt go through with it. The allegation comes from Dawsons schoolgirl lover, and later...
There has been a lot of commentary over the past 2 weeks on the
faith of our new PM, Scott Morrison. Here is my two bobs
Politicians and prophets have very different callings. Prophets, or in their secular version, social activists, point us to what we can and should be. They are not satisfied with simple improvements in the human condition, but long for a world in which every person finds justice and is treated with dignity.
We need prophets. They force us to recognise the vulnerable; they dispel the myths that the powerful create to justify the neglect of those with little power; and they call us dream of equity, love, grace and justice in our societies.
Politicians are not prophets. When forming policy and passing legislation politicians are constrained by the demands of their colleagues, their party policy platforms, what they can get through the Parliament, their budgets and the demands of the electorate. This means that government policies nearly always include compromise and concession. They will rarely be the best policy imaginable but rather will be the best policy a government deems achievable in the given political context.
When it comes to prosecuting policy in the public domain, Ministers of the government are not free to speak their own opinions but speak as representatives of the Government. They are responsible to publicly makes the case for the policy of the government even when they have deep reservations about it.
This means we cannot read the personal convictions of Ministers (or their opposition counterparts) off the policies they present. This is particularly the case with areas such as refugee policy, where there are no ideal outcomes. I have not spoken with the Prime Minister on this issue, but I have spoken with a number of politicians from both the Coalition and the ALP, including Ministers and Shadow Ministers and I have not met one who is not troubled by our policies towards asylum seekers arriving without visa authorisation. Yet they are also convinced that the current policy regime (or the one their party proposes to introduce) is the most preferable of what are only suboptimal possibilities.
I dont think they have lifted their sights high enough. Our options are not limited to an awful choice between deaths at sea or locking up the innocent. I stand with the Prophets calling for political leaders willing to draw our nation down the path of moral greatness that will involve the acceptance of much larger numbers of refugees. Politically difficult but not politically impossible.
We should read the character and the personal values of Prophets off the policy positions they put forward. We should condemn the policy prescriptions of the Government when they all short of our longings for a better future. But I think we err when we try to r...
Heres some tips on how to stay safe, along with other stupid things men say to women after someone is sexually assaulted. Note to readers: this story contains a confession by writer Chris Graham, and another epiphany.
Remember Eurydice Dixon. How could anyone forget, right? And remember the backlash when, following Eurydices brutal rape and murder, Victorian Police issued a timely reminder to women in Melbourne to take greater care with their personal security? How could anyone forget that either, right?
Well, it seems the folks over at the University of NSW did, because on Friday afternoon, following reports of a sexual assault near the campus, an executive from UNSW sent all staff and students an email headed Safety and vigilance on campus. The message sought to provide women, well over to UNSWSafety and Vigilance on Campus-1
Lets see if we can break down what UNSW is really communicating here.
Someone got raped last night, but it wasnt on our campus. That said, it was near our campus, and we really should say something, because if we dont and the next rape actually occurs on our campus, we can point to the email we sent to all our staff and students and say Its very sad but we did kinda warn you. That lessens our moral culpability, but most importantly it will also help us seriously mitigate any reputational damage the rapist and his victim might cause us. Thus, what were going to say is this: While we do what we can to make you safe, your personal safety is still your personal responsibility. Follow these helpful tips so you dont go and get yourself raped.
Or words to that affect. Because while that might not be how the email is intended to be read, its certainly open to interpretation to be read that way. And at this juncture, I should offer a confession. My spin on the UNSW email is obviously quite provocative, but its not what I thought yesterday.
On Friday afternoon, I was sitting in a caf with two female colleagues (plotting the downfall of a government), when one of them received the email, from a distressed UNSW staff member.
A discussion of mutual exasperation ensued, whereupon I entered it by saying words to the effect of, OK, I understand the frustration and anger of women at this, and Im not suggesting UNSW cant do more to make women feel safe, but is it really that unreasonable for UNSW to remind people about their safety? Where is the actual harm in the email?
Well heres the harm (and thanks to my colleagues for gently explaining it to me).
The problem with telling grown w...
A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Defqon. 1 festival, the police said. Two of the 13 hospitalised people remain in critical condition, while about 700 sought help on site.
The police has charged 10 people with drug supply offences, including two teenagers who allegedly carried 120 capsules to the festival, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Im absolutely aghast at what has occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said.
Ive been busy finishing the manuscript of my book, and dealing with policy issues as they came up, so I havent paid a lot of attention to the Liberal leadership saga. One thing that strikes me is that Josh Frydenberg has had exceptionally favorable coverage, apparently on the basis that hes likable and popular. Thats fine, but if youre going to appoint someone as Treasurer, shouldnt a successful track record be a necessary (though not sufficient) condition? Morrison, for example, had a political success in stopping the boats (whatever the morality of the policy) and was generally seen as a successful Social Services minister (unlike his successor, who messed up the robodebt program). He didnt impress as Treasurer, but at least his previous career justified giving him a go. And while he looks underqualified as PM, the alternatives were even worse.
Frydenberg has essentially had one ministerial job, covering environment and energy (though with various titles and temporary add-ons like Northern Australia). In this capacity, his big contribution was the National Energy Guarantee. It was a terrible policy, made necessary by the failure of Turnbull and Frydenberg to face down the denialists in the government. Designed to be all things to all people, it ended up being nothing to nobody. Frydenbergs failure to secure agreement on the NEG was the proximate cause of Turnbulls downfall as PM, and the policy was promptly abandoned the moment Morrison took over. In what possible world is this a basis for promotion?
fn1. Bishop was ruled out on tribal grounds. Her weakness as Treasury spokesman years ago was also held against her, even though she wasnt obviously worse (in retrospect) than Morrison, and much better than Hockey. About Dutton, the less said the better. After that, its daylight.
Refugee advocates have called for urgent medical attention for a 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who has been hospitalised in Port Moresby after swallowing razor blades.
The refugee has swallowed a total of eight blades six last Friday morning, 14 September, and then two more after he was admitted to hospital.
On Saturday morning, 15 September, still in the hospital, he swallowed a pair of nail clippers.
He has had one scan to locate the blades and nail clippers, but there has been no more treatment. He is now passing blood.
Since being on Manus, the man has been sent to Port Moresby three times for treatment. This time, he has been in Port Moresby for 17 months, waiting for treatment for an intractable stomach ailment.
His case has highlighted the lack of medical or mental health care available for refugees in Manus or Port Moresby.
There are numerous cases of refugees waiting for months in the Granville Motel for treatment that they never get, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, who recently visited the Granville Motel and Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.
While the recent attention has been on Nauru, where legal action in Australia has forced the government to bring refugees to Australia for medical treatment, there are just as many cases in PNG. One man I saw has a letter indicating that IHMS has referred his case to Border Force in July 2017, and he is still waiting for urgently needed surgery that cannot be done in Port Moresby.
The Iraqi refugee decided to try and end his life to put an end to his suffering. The government has a duty of care to those they have illegally dumped on Manus Island. They cannot provide medical care; there is no third country to resettle them; they need to evacuate Manus and Port Moresby and bring them here.
For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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Two people are confirmed to have died, with others being treated for drug-related issues, following the Sydney dance festival Defqon.1 yesterday.
Saturday afternoon saw the 2018 edition of the dance music festival Defqon.1 take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.
Sadly, as the ABC reports, two festivalgoers have passed away following suspected overdoses at the festival, with three others in critical condition at a local hospital.
While police have reported that a further thirteen attendees are currently receiving treatment for treatment for drug-related issues, over 700 punters reportedly sought help from medical personnel at Defqon.1.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has condemned the event, vowing to ban Defqon.1, and firmly stating that pill-testing is not the answer to the issue of drug use at festivals.
I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again we will do everything we can to shut this down, she explained.
I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event, she continued. Clearly it wasnt when so many people have succumbed.
Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs. There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.
As the ABC notes, police charged ten people at the festival for drug offences, including two 17-year-old girls, and a 22-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of 20 packets of GHB.
Organisers of the Defqon.1 festival released a statement earlier today, noting that they were deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of the festival patrons, and expressed their condolences at all those affected.
We are disappointed at the number of reported drug related incidents, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to drug use at the festival, they explained.
Festival organisers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is currently underway.
Recipe by Pete Evans
Many people just cant end a meal without dessert. After all, a satisfying dessert refreshes your palate and gives your lunch or dinner a sweet ending.
Most people, however, would reach for a bowl of ice cream or a slice of cake to satiate their sweet tooth but why do so when there are healthier dessert options to choose from? Case in point: these delicious cherry bites from Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans, with whom I co-wrote The Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook.
This easy dessert recipe combines the freshness and tartness of cherries with the bitter taste of raw cacao chocolate and the mild sweetness of coconut flakes, giving you a deep burst of flavor in every bite.
Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes chilling time)
Cook time: 15 minutes
What I find really distasteful is how the media is so corrupt that all they want to do these days is to manipulate us into mindless drones. All we hear is Global Warming and they seem to be paid to push this just as they have done in Canada to tax each house $1,000+ to solve Global Warming? It should come as no surprise that the very same news source they have used for their Global Warming pitch has reported the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred. Their data from February 2016 to February 2018 showed that the global average temperatures declined 0.56C. The last two-year decline was 1982-1984 with a drop of 0.47C, which took place during their favorite stint to justify global warming era. (see NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (dataset accessed 2018-04-11 at https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/).
Then we have the Global Warming crowd trying to dismiss the Big Chill claiming it is really Global Warming causing an increase in volatility of temperatures. Here we go again with FAKE NEWS data. The global temperatures are by no means becoming more volatile and if you run the data through a standard measurement we use in markets to gauge volatility, you are immediately confronted with the monthly global average temperatures since 2000 is only about 65% of what it was from 1880 to 1999. They simply refuse to just accept that there are cycles to EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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