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If you thought parliament was toxic and unstable before Malcolm Turnbull exited, you aint seen nothing yet. Chris Graham looks at a house divided, and one of the men who now holds considerable sway over it.
Counting in the Wentworth by-election hadnt even finished when, at 8:44pm last night, Bob Katter, the Queensland independent who now holds the balance of power in our federal parliament, began issuing threats.
Yes folks, the Australian Government is now partially at the mercy of a man who claims to be Aboriginal (with no Aboriginal heritage); who once swore there were almost no homosexuals living in North Queensland; who believes that its racist to refer to his heritage as Lebanese (its Lebanese); who thinks that man-made climate change is probably a hoax; who supported Fraser Annings white Australia speech; and who voted against marriage equality.
And thats just the basics. Katter unplugged is much more scary, as the media release he issued last night will show.
Before we get to it, some brief background: Since 1940, Australia has only ever had one other hung parliament Gillards in 2010. Labor won 72 seats, and so did the Coalition. Green Adam Bandt, and independents Tony Windsor, Andrew Wilkie and Rob Oakshott agreed to back Labor, giving them the required 76 seats to govern.
That period also happens to coincide with one of the most productive periods of legislation for an Australian government. The fact is, hung parliaments can be a good thing if sensible people hold the balance of power.
As it now stands, The Morrison Government holds 74 seats, but one of those is occupied by the Speaker of the House, Tony Smith. They also have Nationals MP Kevin Hogan, who left the government benches after the ousting of Turnbull but has guaranteed supply. So of the six cross bench MPs, the Coalition needs at least two of them. Katter will have almost certainly have to be one them.
Heres how that man opened his media statement last night.
I would hope that other cross benchers would see it the same way as I do any further instability in government by leadership or early elections will result in us having more Prime Ministers than Pakistan.
Obviously, we have had more Prime Ministers than Pakistan, both in the last decade, and in history (Scott Morrison is Australias 30th Prime Minister. Imran Khan is Pakistan...
Gibt es eigentlich auch noch Hardware-Journalismus? Also im Sinne von: Reviews von Hardware?
Ich finde irgendwie nur noch so Affiliate-Link-Reindrck-Textfarm-Output, der ein paar Features (hufig auch noch falsch) listet. Selbst bei Heise findet man nur noch Affiliate-Bullshit und Preisvergleich.
Nicht dass Forenbeitrge weiterhelfen, aber selbst da sind jetzt die Hlfte so "Ich habe das Board zum Reviewen kostenlos zur Verfgung gestellt gekriegt"-Bullshit, und dann ergtzt sich der Autor daran, wie schnell das Board geliefert kam und dass die Verpackung toll aussieht. What the fuck?
Update: Fr Notebooks fand ich bisher notebookcheck.com ganz gut, aber bei Desktops gibt es echt nur noch so Gamer-Schei. Ich stehe im Moment vor der Frage, welches Mainboard ich fr einen Ryzen 8-Core haben will. Und da gibt es in der Tat Reviews hier und da, aber kein einziger versucht mal mit RAM-Vollbestckung zu testen. Beim Rumklicken in den Kompatibilittslisten bei MSI bleibt dann berhaupt nur ein RAM-Hersteller brig, bei dem 64GB RAM mit Maximal-Taktung (nur noch 2933 bei Vollbestckung :-( ) zugesagt werden, und die haben dann CL17 und sind die Rechts-Unten-Modelle von Kingston, die leider auch preislich rechts unten sind. Aber 64GB RAM und viele Cores betrifft halt Gaming nicht, daher testet sowas niemand.
This is what a fake survivor advocate looks like
And Hoffman is now attacking me with the same BS arguments Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his crew are attacking me with.
Like with a 10 min video I made speaking about what happened with my nephew when I was 13 that they edited to 1 minute.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
About Federal Code....
Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz
The first thing every American has to know about Federal Code is that only about 10% of all the Federal Code--- only those General Session Laws posted in the Federal Register -- ever applied to us.
The rest is and always was just internal rules and rule-making for federal employees and dependents.
The second thing that every American needs to know is that the "Revised United States Statutes" that would have applied to us were never in fact adopted or "revised" because neither the Territorial Congress nor the Municipal Congress had authority to "revise" anything done by our actual Federal Congress prior to 1860. So the old "unrevised" Federal US Statutes-at-Large still stand.
The third thing every American needs to know is the organization that promoted and developed all the rest of the Federal Code structure from 1860 to 1999, went totally out of business when its bankruptcy settled November 7, 1999, and all those rules --- all fifty (50) "Titles" worth --- became "discretionary" -- that is, something that federal employees are taught as standards, but not obligatory.
The fourth thing that every American needs to know is that you look like complete idiots when you go around quoting these defunct federal rules and codes. Why? Because you are like Dutchmen lecturing Australian Aborigines about their own history, and they could care less.
These people are your employees and that is what you need to drum into their thick, thick, thick heads.
"Invictus Games opening ceremony kicks off after delays from severe storm" https://t.co/Kdv0xS9cZP Australian Army (@AustralianArmy) October 20, 2018
A man has been killed by lightning at a racecourse in central western NSW as storms hit the state. Emergency services were called to Comobella Road at Guerie, near Dubbo, just after 2pm on Saturday following reports a man had been struck by lightning. Paramedics assessed the 53-year-old but he had died at the scene. "Unfortunately there wasn't much we could do," a NSW Ambulance spokeman told AAP. A report will be prepared for the coroner. The incident comes after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning for a severe thunderstorm that has pushed north from the ACT.
The elephants almost made a match of it. NEW: Elephants charge at hunters after they shoot and kill a member of the herd in Namibia.https://t.co/hKkucYMQNn pic.twitter.com/mYG7HE4O7d Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 18, 2018
Independent candidate and longtime LGBTIQ rights campaigner Dr Kerryn Phelps has claimed victory in the Wentworth by-election, removing the Morrison governments majority in parliament. In a historic defeat for the Liberal Party, Phelps was declared winner on Saturday night with a a two-party preferred vote of 54.39 per cent, compared to Liberal candidate Dave Sharma ...
The post Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth By-Election, Wiping Out Liberal Partys Margin appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Apart from the economic lunacy of the horrendous cost not only of construction, but maintenance of the disused desalination plants in Melbourne and Sydney Australian state governments have many dark secrets.
AUD 500 Million
It slipped in early December 2017 that The New South Wales Government in Australia is paying the four big accounting firms an admitted AUD 500 million a year for Consultancy Services. Nothing has since been questioned on the matter. There being more compelling issues for the news cycles of Australian mainstream media (MSM).
The Government has apparently Lost its Expert Capacities. An issue that raises many more questions than answers. Whatever happened to the suicidal Doctrine of Keynesianism?
Now, if these four firms are being paid to advise Government, but at the same time represent the largest corporations playing in Australia, would that not at sometime be a conflict of interest. Or is that also covered by that peculiar mental gymnastic of ...
The Morrison Government has lost the eastern Sydney seat of Wentworth an electorate that has been held by the Liberals virtually since the Second World War meaning it has also lost its majority in the House of Representatives.
In a stunning result, a short time ago ABC election analyst Antony Green declared Dr Kerryn Phelps a high-profile Independent and the former head of the Australian Medical Association the victor in the by-election.
With about almost 90 per cent of the vote counted, Phelps was predicted to secure 54 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, over the Liberals Dave Sharma.
Sharma has so far polled about 39 per cent of the primary vote, not enough to hold Phelps off once the count moves to preferences.
He went into the contest with a huge 17 per cent margin.
Significantly, early booths reported by the AEC were Vaucluse and East Double Bay both showed massive swings against the Liberals, averaging around 25 per cent. Both booths are traditionally the heartland of the Liberal Party vote.Independent, Dr Kerryn Phelps, pictured earlier today from ABC TV news coverage.
Virtually all of those votes appear to have gone directly to Ms Phelps.
The Greens and Labor both suffered significant swings against their primary vote 6.2 per cent and 7.8 percent. Combined, thats a 14 per cent swing against them, and when you add in the 21.66 per cent swing against the Liberals, it accounts pretty neatly for Phelps vote (33.09 per cent of first preferences).
The Liberals ham-fisted campaigning in the weeks leading up to the poll clearly didnt help. The ill-conceived announceme...
UPDATE 7:18pm: ABCs election analyst Antony Green has called the Wentworth by-election for Independent Kerryn Phelps.
UPDATE 7:13pm: With six of 41 booths in, Independent Kerry Helps appears to be headed for a stunning destruction of the Liberal Party, leading Dave Sharma on first preference, 1648 votes to 1531.
Commentators had tipped Phelps may win the seat, but no=one predicted she would actually outpoll the Liberals, with expectations she would pass Sharma on preferences.
Two of the booths that came in early Vaucluse and East Double Day showed swings of above 25 per cent against the Liberals, and theyre traditionally strong booths for the government.
UPDATE 7:04pm: ABC election analyst Antony Green is potentially only minutes away from calling the Wentworth by-election for Independent Dr Kerry Phelps.
Four booths have so far been counted all of them show a massive swing against the Liberals, in the vicinity of almost 30 percent.
UPDATE 6:55pm: A second booth is in. The Liberal vote is down 23.4 percent at the Vaucluse, one of the best booths for the Government. It puts Sharma at around 40 per cent across two booths, which would make it almost impossible for the Liberals to retain the seat.
6:44pm: Less than 400 votes have been counted in todays Wentworth by-election, but already, a huge swing appears to be on against the Liberals.
A few minutes ago, the Australian Electoral Commission posted the results for the first booth East Double Bay. It showed a 27.31 per cent swing against the Liberals.
Those votes went to independent Kerry Phelps, who picked up 29.48 per cent of the booth. In terms of raw votes, Dave Sharma won 165; Phelps picked up 102. Labors Tim Murray picked up 30 votes.
If that sort of swing translates across the electorate -Turnbull won the seat in 2016 with as 17 per cent margin Dave Sharma will lose the seat for the Liberals.
Wentworth has been in Liberal hands almost exclusively since 1944. It was held briefly in the early 2000s by Peter King, a Liberal dis-endorsed to make way for future Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnbull held the seat since 2004, only to leave politics entirely two m...
For those who take a feed from my blog you will note some new posts that seem to date back to 2004 and 2005. I am currently integrating (slowly) my initial blog (which was in a different database) into the current database. It will take some time. You can ignore the posts.
Next week a couple of our members will facilitate some non-gardening activities as part of the Gardener in Residence Program. The community garden is the perfect setting, beyond the gardening, this time of the year. Interested in getting your body fit for gardening, and your mind relaxed? On Tuesday Erica will run a yoga and Continue reading More than a Garden
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
The mainstream the Quantity Theory of Money claims that growth in the stock of money will be inflationary. The fact that the recent practice of large-scale quantitative easing (so-called printing money) in many nations has not generated any inflationary impulses is evidence that this Theory is flawed.
The answer is False.
The question requires you to: (a) understand the Quantity Theory of Money; and (b) understand the impact of quantitative easing in relation to Quantity Theory of Money.
The short reason the answer is false is that quantitative easing has not increased the aggregates that drive the alleged causality in the Quantity Theory of Money that is, the various estimates of the money supply.
The Quantity Theory of Money which in symbols is MV = PQ but means that the money stock times the turnover per period (V) is equal to the price level (P) times real output (Q). The mainstream assume that V is fixed (despite empirically it moving all over the place) and Q is always at full employment as a result of market adjustments.
Yes, in applying this theory they deny the existence of unemployment. The more reasonable mainstream economists admit that short-run deviations in the predictions of the Quantity Theory of Money can occur but in the long-run all the frictions causing unemployment will disappear and the theory will apply.
In general, the Monetarists (the most recent group to revive the Quantity Theory of Money) claim that with V and Q fixed, then changes in M cause changes in P which is the basic Monetarist claim that expanding the money supply is inflationary. They say that excess monetary growth creates a situation where too much money is chasing too few goods and the only adjustment that is possible is nominal (that is, inflation).
One of the contributions of Keynes was to show the Quantity Theory of Money could not be correct. He observed price level changes independent of monetary supply movements (and vice versa) which changed his own perception of the way the monetary system operated.
Further, with high rates of capacity and labour underutilisation at various times (including now) one can hardly seriously maintain the....
The film starts out with a quick history of Roundup and how its now-clearly absurd safety claims (such as "it's biodegradable," "safe enough to drink," and "safer than table salt") made it into the worlds' most widely used weed killer, used by farmers and private gardeners alike. Indeed, it was at one time known as "the world's most trusted herbicide," but those days are now long gone.
Between 1974 the year glyphosate entered the U.S. market and 2014, glyphosate use increased more than 250fold in the U.S. Today, an estimated 300 million pounds are applied on U.S. farmland annually. Globally, nearly 5 billion pounds (over 2 billion kilograms) of glyphosate are applied to some 70 types of farm crops each year.3
Mounting evidence suggests Roundup is far from harmless, and evidence unearthed during legal discovery shows Monsanto has been well aware of its product's toxic nature, and has been covering it up.
As previously discussed in many articles, glyphosate and glyphosate-based weed killer formulations such as Roundup have in recent years been linked to a wide variety of human health consequences, including:...
Impairing your body's ability to produce fully functioning proteins5
Inhibiting the shikimate pathway (found in gut bacteria)
Interfering with the function of.........
The Morrison governments biggest economic problem? Climate change denial, The Conversation, Emeritus Professor of Politics, La Trobe University, October 19, 2018 . the heart of the problem, which is the inability of the Coalition to face the reality of climate change and its stubborn determination to live in a parallel universe of business as usual. It is climate change denial that is preventing the government from developing a coherent economic narrative. ..
As an identity issue, it is largely impervious to evidence, as we saw in government ministers hasty dismissal of the recent...
When the lights are on and the cameras are rolling, most government Ministers know that they must at least pretend to believe in and care about the impacts of climate change. The post Minister Price is not right appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Victorian government backs microgrid in Victorias north-east that will trial the use of solar, storage and smart controls at the grid edge. The post Microgrid funding to help Yackandandah reach 100% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.
NSW government trial will install 2.5kW of rooftop solar, free, for low-income households that forego their energy rebate. The post Free rooftop solar for low-income households in NSW govt deal appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Opinion: Trumps Failure to Fight Climate Change is a Crime Against Humanity President Donald Trump, along with others who oppose action to address human-induced climate change, should be held accountable for climate crimes against humanity. Their policies deny the rights to life, health, and property to their own citizens and people worldwide. [CNN] 
UK to probe poisonous genetic legacy of nuclear test guinea pigs SMH, By Nick Miller, 19 October 2018 London: The UK government is considering a new study into the health of the children of British veterans used as guinea pigs in its Australian and Pacific nuclear weapons tests, to test fears of a poisonous genetic legacy.
If a link can be found it may form the basis of a claim for compensation from the UK government, despite courts previously turning down such claims from the veterans themselves.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has told officials in the Ministry of Defence to look at the feasibility of a study into the health and well-being of the children of nuclear test veterans, an MOD spokesman said.
Decades ago, around 22,000 British military personnel witnessed nuclear weapons tests in South Australia, on the Montebello Islands off Western Australia, and on Kiribatis Christmas Island in the Pacific.
Some felt the heat of the explosion on their backs and were ordered to turn around and observe the mushroom cloud. One veteran told the BBC in February the tests bowled people over and left them on the ground screaming. He had watched another sun hanging in the sky, dresse...
60,000 tons of dangerous radioactive waste sits on Great Lakes shores
THE EFFECTS OF A WORST-CASE SCENARIO FROM A NATURAL DISASTER TO TERRORISM COULD CAUSE UNTHINKABLE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE GREAT LAKES REGION. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press Oct. 19, 2018 More than 60,000 tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel is stored on the shores of four of the five Great Lakes in some cases, mere yards from the waterline in still-growing stockpiles.
Its actually the most dangerous waste produced by any industry in the history of the Earth, said Gordon Edwards, president of the nonprofit Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.
The spent nuclear fuel is partly from 15 current or former U.S. nuclear power plants, including four in Michigan, that have generated it over the past 50 years or more. But most of the volume stored along the Great Lakes, more than 50,000 tons, comes from Canadian nuclear facilities, where nuclear power is far more prevalent.
It remains on the shorelines because theres still nowhere else to put it. The U.S. government broke a promise to provide the...
When businesses are considering locating in Zion or making real estate investments, the nuclear waste presents a negative perception of our community, Hill said. Plans call for the development of the lakefront, and we are unable to attract investments to that..
I speak for all the citizens of Zion when I say we do not want to be a storage facility for radioactive waste.
Failures of Congress Keep Nuclear Waste Scattered Across the US, Governments liability is $34 billion and growing as communities wait and wait some more, Roll Call , Jeremy Dillon 15 Oct 18, In Zion, Illinois, 257 acres of prime lakefront property about 40 miles northwest of Chicago should be at the center of a redevelopment plan to revive a struggling community caught in the aftermath of a closed nuclear plant, says its mayor, Al Hill. But after decades of federal inaction on a comprehensive strategy to move the nations high-level radioactive waste from some 121 sites across the country, Zion and its local officials are coming to the same stark realization as many other communities with shuttered or aging plants: The federal governments foot-dragging on nuclear waste policy may seem as long as the radioactive materials 10,000-year half-life.
Some 64 so-called dry cask storage units containing 2.2 million pounds of deadly spent nuclear fuel rods are stored on the site of what was the Zion Nuclear Power Station, the remnants from generating nuclear power since 1974. And theyve left Zion in a kind of purgatory, unable to move on from its nuclear past even as it must shoulder the public safety and health risks from the inability of Congress and multiple administrations to decide how to dispose of the radioactive waste.
The second wave of big batteries two in Victoria and one in South Australia are going through the commissioning phase, and should be ready to join the main grid in time for the coming summer. The post Second wave of big batteries about to join Australias main grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.
The last 5 seconds or so of this interview. No Liberal Party member in their right mind would want to be cast in the Malcolm Turnbull tradition!
The Australian government and mainstream journalists are going to extreme lengths to prevent the public from receiving the science that supports the publics right to choice in vaccination, with credibility. This includes providing false and misleading information about my qualifications in public health and the framing of the scientific arguments as anti-vaccination or a conspiracy theory.
It is important to remember that vaccines are injected into the human body and, like all drugs, it is necessary to know what is injected and what the long-term health effects are. It is also important to know if governments are using objective science or biased science in the development of these policies.
This bias can be a result of the industry funding of vaccine science combined with the financial conflicts of interest of government representatives and the donations/lobbying of politicians by pharmaceutical companies.
My PhD research found that governments are promoting vaccines on 3 main myths:
Here is a 30 minute video presentation of the scientific evidence in my PhD that demonstrates that there is no valid reason to mandate any vaccine in any population. The mandating of vaccines is a serious risk to public health and it is most likely destroying the genetic fabric of the population. This video has been made for a scientific conference on vaccination and it is titled Vaccination against Multiple Diseases: Is this in the best interests of public health?
Please note that the control of infectious diseases is a discipline of public health (social medicine). It was not included in the field of medicine for general practitioners until the 1990s. Prior to this it was not a medical issue. This is because Infectious diseases were controlled by political and economic decisions that changed our lifestyle and environment with....
The question about how the universe came to be has long interested the scientific community, however, a team of scientists may have just unlocked some fascinating answers in an unlikely place it appears the moon may have something to tell us!
A team of astronomers used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope, a low-frequency radio array designed to operate in the frequency range of 80-300 MHz. This allows scientists to detect the radio signals that are given off by hydrogen atoms, providing for an opportunity to study space including the sun, the Earths ionosphere, and the heliosphere, among other things.
Using this technology, they began to seek a better understanding of how the universe came to be. The team led by Dr. Benjamin McKinley was able to observe the moon specifically, picking up radio signals from outer space, specifically those given off by hydrogen atoms. This data provided an interesting insight into what they referred to as the infant Universe.
Before there were stars and galaxies, the Universe was pretty much just hydrogen, floating around in space, explained Dr. McKinley. Since there are no sources of the optical light visible to our eyes, this early stage of the Universe is known as the cosmic dark ages.
To help those who are unfamiliar with how the technology works, Dr. McKinley provided a simplified explanation. The waves that the telescope was able to pick up were similar to the radio waves that we use to listen to our favourite stations every time we get into the vehicle. In the same way that you can adjust the car radio, tuning into a wide selection of channels, converting the available radio waves to sound, these same waves coming from space can also be converted, providing us with a great deal of valuable information.
The radio telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array which is located in the Western Australian desert far away from earth-based FM radio stations, takes the radio signals from space and which we can then convert into images of the sky, Dr. McKinley described.
What we need to understand is that everything in space gives off similar waves, however, the items that are closer to us, the bright objects in space like those in our own Milky Way galaxy are louder due to their proximity, and so most studies stop there. However, the waves discovered, the team states, were weak signals from the early Universe, new insight into its history.
While this is a great discovery and a big step towards understanding the origin of the Universe, it is not witho...
The media finally listened to the pleas for help from our rural areas after years of drought. Australians coughed up the cash. But what happened to it? By General Maddox. Our rural brothers and sisters have been complaining about the drought conditions for over a decade. Conditions have worsened and finally the mainstream media decided 
Its time to turn around record inequality and bring back the fair go.
We need everyone out on the streets.
Video from Australian Unions
It's time to turn around record inequality and bring back the fair go.We need everyone out on the streets.
Posted by Australian Unions on Thursday, October 18, 2018
The post Video: Join 23 October Melbourne rally and help change the rules appeared first on The Pen.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A report released on 18 October 2018 by the NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, has suggested that New South Wales remove signs that alert motorists to upcoming speed cameras, on the basis they reduce road safety. Ms Crawford says the signs which give speeding motorists an opportunity to slow
Sunday 28 October 2018 8.00pm
$59.90-64.90 + booking fee
Theatre, Lismore City Hall
ABOUT THE SHOW
Australias hit new Irish rock show is taking off around Australia.
Eireborne is a tribute to Irelands contribution to the world of music and dance. More than an Irish dance show, Eireborne is a theatrical experience like nothing youve seen before.
The best Irish dancers in the world perform live with a band to a soundtrack comprised purely of the greatest Irish hits from artists such as U2, Van Morrison, Hozier, The Script, Ronan Keating, Enya and many more.
Eireborne showcases the extraordinary talent of music and dance that has come from a country of less than 5 million people.
At OHennessys pub, the barman, played by Adrian Espulso of X-Factor and Channel Tens I Will Survive fame, welcomes the audience to a traditional ceili night where his rocking band perform both traditional and modern world-wide hits. Dancers from international Irish shows such as Riverdance and Lord Of The Dance kick up their heels performing traditional and modern Irish dance as well as ballroom and tap dance. Youll meet the locals, be regaled with stories, clap your hands and sing along to the incredible list of Irish hits.
Fronting the dance ensemble is former Riverdance cast member, Peta Anderson . Along with co-directing the production, Petas choreography showcases her unique ability to fuse the styles of Irish dance with tap rhythms and beats. Peta was winner of Irish RTEs Dance Off , lead dancer in the Drama Desk Award nominated off-Broadway Irish production Noctu , and is a Capezio sponsored athlete.
Senior/Concession/Groups 10+ $59.90
Allocated seating (numbered tickets).
Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.
Duration | 115 minute
BAR AND DINER
Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.......
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PMID: BMJ. 2008 Dec 2 ;337:a2642. Epub 2008 Dec 2. PMID: 19050332 Abstract Title: Hypersensitivity reactions to human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls: retrospective cohort study. Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To describe the outcomes of clinical evaluation, skin testing, and vaccine challenge in adolescent schoolgirls with suspected hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine introduced in Australian schools in 2007.DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.SETTING: Two tertiary paediatric allergy centres in Victoria and South Australia, Australia.PARTICIPANTS: 35 schoolgirls aged 12 to 18.9 years with suspected hypersensitivity reactions to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical review and skin prick and intradermal testing with the quadrivalent vaccine and subsequent challenge with the vaccine.RESULTS: 35 schoolgirls with suspected hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine were notified to the specialised immunisation services in 2007, after more than 380 000 doses had been administered in schools. Of these 35 schoolgirls, 25 agreed to further evaluation. Twenty three (92%) experienced reactions after the first dose. Thirteen (52%) experienced urticaria or angio-oedema, and of these, two experienced anaphylaxis. Thirteen had generalised rash, one with angio-oedema. The median time to reaction was 90 minutes. Nineteen (76%) underwent skin testing with the quadrivalent vaccine: all were skin prick test negative and one was intradermal test positive. Eighteen (72%) were subsequently challenged with the quadrivalent vaccine and three (12%) elected to receive the bivalent vaccine. Seventeen tolerated the challenge and one reported limited urticaria four hours after the vaccine had been administered. Only three of the 25 schoolgirls were found to have probable hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent vaccine.CONCLUSION: True hypersensitivity to the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in Australian schoolgirls was uncommon and most tolerated subsequent doses.
How you think about inequality could lead to the most important financial decision you ever make.
The key asset class thats driving inequality around the world is about to pull the rug out from under our nations extraordinary levels of wealth.
Australia is at the end of the property cycle.
Its property bubble is popping right now, in my view.
And the wealth statistics suggest this will be downright catastrophic, because property and its satellite industries form an enormously bloated share of our economy and wealth.
From 2010 to 2013, Credit Suisse calculated Australians to be the wealthiest people in the world.
Thats on a median basis, meaning the middle Australian in terms of wealth was compared to others around the world.
The average Australian came in second because we have fewer billionaires than Switzerland.
Thanks to exchange rate moves, weve been coming second to Switzerland on both the median and average measure ever since.
But its the concentration of wealth thats the key. Not in terms of inequality, but in terms of where that wealth comes from.
Credit Suisse explains: The composition of household wealth in Australia is heavily skewed towards non-financial assets, which average US$303,200 and form 60% of gross assets. The high level of real assets partly reflects a large endowment of land and natural resources relative to population, but also results from high property prices in the largest cities.
In other words, as The Sydney Morning Herald put it, Most of that rise has been in the value of assets, mainly the family home, after a property boom centred on Sydney and Melbourne.
This explains why the Productivity Commission found that income inequality hasnt really worsened in recent decades, but wealth inequality has.
According to research from management consulting firm Capgemini, rich Aussies had 30.8% of their wealth invested in property in 2015.
The global average was 18.2%.
Legg Mason, an asset management firm, estimated that Aussies invest 11% more in real estate than other investors: Property accounts for about 27% of Australian investors portfolios, but only 16% of the portfolios of global investors.
Of Australias 200 wealthiest people, the number who list property as their sole source of wealth has doubled since 2011.
The real winners of the property bubble
Its not just property itself thats the issue.
Other large chunks of the Australian economy are dependent on rising house prices too........
An Australian company is pushing ahead with plans to open a coal-fired power plant and coal mine in Papua New Guinea, despite the recent call from the worlds most authoritative climate science body to completely cut greenhouse emissions by 2050.
Yara Murray-Atfield | ABC News | 19 October 2018
Australian-based and PNG-focused M...
One male, first I have seen at this location. Leaden flycatchers and the other usuals present also.
The establishment of a republic means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households. When the question shall arise, it will be determined by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.
Sir Alfred Stephen, NSW Legislative Council, June 16, 1887
The republic has tended to be a dormant idea in Australian politics for decades. The Peoples Advocate, a Sydney-based publication, was unduly optimistic in its June 17, 1854 note which spoke of, The independence of the Australian colonies being more than an abstract idea. It is certainly approaching as it is the dawn of tomorrows sun. Occasional flashes of republican sentiment can be found in the historical record, but these have been, in the main, suppressed in favour of a monarchy housed in residences ten thousand miles away.
In 1999, the Republic idea was essentially buried by vote, a feat not without some genius on the part of the then Prime Minister, John Howard. Sensing that more than a few Australians were keen to detach the British dominion from its monarchical moorings, Howard first initiated a peoples convention which, he sensed, would botch up any prospect of advancing a decent model to vote upon. The Republican grouping, distant and smug, was (and here, history is instructive) led by the now deposed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Pro-monarchist groups such as Australians for Constitutional Monarchy pursue a line not merely paradoxical but absurd. The British Crown is raised to the level of sacrosanct mother, protector, and unifier. How this squares with sovereignty is a baffling exercise of self-delusion, but one happily embraced by such individuals as Gregory R. Copley, President of the International Strategic Studies Association based in Washington, D.C.
As the globe is fractured by bursts of populist dissatisfaction, suggested Copley at the Annual Conference of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy held at the New South Wales Parliament earlier this month, monarchy was indispensable. It is an appropriate time, then to ask where Australia would be today, without the enduring presence of the Crown our most visible icon of sovereignty and unity in Australian life. In a paean to monarchical systems of government, Copley goes dew-eyed at the fate of monarchies in the 20th century, whose collapse was the precursor of todays global framework. This unfortunate turn of events left a global strategic framework which was inherently fragile.
The visit by Prince Harry and his new wife...
Anote Tong, allegedly insulted by Australian minister, says inaction means Canberra risks losing its status in Pacific regionAnote Tong has had quite a week. The former president of Kiribati has been in Australia to advocate for more robust action on climate change, which threatens to wipe out his Pacific home within a matter of decades as sea levels rise.But on Wednesday he got caught up in controversy when reports emerged that Australia's environment minister, Melissa Price, allegedly [...]
Polls have just opened in the federal by-election in the seat of Wentworth in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Ill be back at 6pm to cover the results, but until then enjoy this open thread.
You may like to read my guide to todays by-election.
Open Letter to Mrs. Chancellor Angela Merkel From
German citizen Elias Davidsson
Dear Chancellor Merkel,
I am writing to you regarding the fake terrorist attack that took place at a Christmas market in Berlin on 19 December 2016.
As we both know, you were forced by dark forces that reside outside Germany to authorize and cover up this act of public deception. I guess that this decision was hard on you.
The facts of this particular case are meanwhile seeping into public awareness. More and more citizens suspect that the official account on the Berlin attacks are contrived and that your government is covering up the facts. Such suspicions do not only undermine your credibility and that of your government, but also of the civilian institutions who participated in this act of deception, including the medical profession, firefighters, emergency workers and the police. When such institutions cannot anymore be trusted, the very rule of law is under threat. I doubt that this is your intention....
Tropical forests Insect numbers plummet in Puerto Rico, alarming scientists (The Independent, Gizmodo, Nature, The Scientist). Cameroonian authorities have approved the countrys first combined marine-terrestrial national park (Rainforest Trust). The expansion of oil palm in Indonesia could be threatening subsistence farming for 150 million people, a new study has found (CIFOR Forests News). Two tropical countries, Ghana and Ecuador, are working together to develop their forestry sectors (Peace FM). Food giant Nestl says it will publish evidence of deforestation that it has gathered on its website (Swiss Info). A new report from Global Witness finds that logging, driven largely by demand from China, is wiping out forests on the Solomon Islands (Radio New Zealand). Given a choice between reducing emissions and halting deforestation, scientists agree that we need to do both (The Guardian). The Rakhine crisis in Myanmar leads the U.K. to pull funding from an effort to reform the countrys timber industry (Frontier Myanmar). Scientists could miss the warning signs of the extinction of some species because of the compounding effects of the wildlife trade and deforestation (Science Daily). A unique skin disease could be adding to the decline of giraffes in Africa (Business Daily Africa/The Conversation). Beef is off the menu on select flights by Virgin, in a test that the companys founder says could reduce its climate footprint (The Australian Financial Review). Investors are increasingly valuing zero deforestation (Brink). Agriculture giant Wilmar pledges to be deforestation-free by 2020 amid criticism (Eco-Business). Other news U.S. President Donald Trump
Life is fragile, and transient.
I know three people who are battling serious cancer. A friend aged in his 50s, who has been through a lot in his life, has lymphatic cancer, a lady aged 44 has ovarian cancer and Pastor Danny Guglielmucci, an ACC (Australian Christian Churches) pastor has lymphoma.
I read on Dannys tweet stream that he has just had his sixth chemotherapy treatment.
My friend aged in his 50s is currently having chemotherapy followed by bone marrow replacement surgery. a last ditch effort.
The lady I know is in stage 4 of her cancer and is in palliative care, meaning the doctors have said they cant treat her any more.
Robbie Gale, a Bellingen resident and Christian, survived leukaemia about 15 years ago. Hes run the City to Surf in about 65 minutes every year since he got better about 12 years ago.
My father Rev Reuben Donald Elley known as Rev Don Elley, an eminent New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, survived lymphatic cancer in his 70s, and lived another 15 years. He did chemotherapy and lost all his hair.
Cancer is either a genetic disease, degenerative (aging) disease, or caused by smoking, excessive alcohol, unhealthy foods (colon cancer) or causes like chemicals.
Robbie Gale thinks he contracted cancer by being exposed to an Agent Orange factory next door to where he grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Hes almost certainly correct.
My mother had chronic lymphatic leukaemia from her 60s and is still alive aged 87. Thats a blood condition that can ease in old age. Mum has outlived the cancer. Mum and dad used to spray their vegetable garden with chemicals all their adult live.
So life and cancer is a bit of a lottery.
My friend in his 50s has always been very fit and healthy, not smoking etc.
The lady aged 44 has always been healthy and has ovarian cancer from genetic causes.
So we never know whats around the corner for us, and we should live each day with gratitude to the Lord of Heaven, like its the last.
Greens praise progressive Kerryn Phelps ahead of Wentworth byelection, Guardian, Katharine Murphy and Anne Davies, Fri 19 Oct 2018 Exclusive: Richard Di Natale says the independent candidates positions on climate change and refugees are a welcome change. The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, has urged supporters in Wentworth to take note of Kerryn Phelps progressive positions on climate change and refugees when they cast their ballots on Saturday, in a clear signal to preference the high-profile independent ahead of Labor.
Di Natale told Guardian Australia the government was clearly at risk of losing Malcolm Turnbulls former seat, and Labor was running dead in the contest, so in that context people can vote Green and choose Kerryn over yet another Liberal backbencher.
The Greens leader urged rusted-on supporters to vote for the partys candidate, Dominic WY Kanak, and then take note of Kerryns progressive views on refugees and climate change, which are a welcome change from both the major parties.
The Wentworth byelection has become a referendum on climate change and refugees and is a unique opportunity to send a message to the Liberals who dont deserve to govern, he said. .https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/19/greens-praise-progressive-kerryn-phelps-ahead-of-wentworth-byelection
PMID: Med J Aust. 2005 Aug 1 ;183(3):145-6. PMID: 16053418 Abstract Title: Macrophagic myofasciitis associated with vaccine-derived aluminium. Abstract: Macrophagic myofasciitis is characterised by sheets of macrophages in striated muscle, a few lymphocytes and inconspicuous muscle fibre damage. It is due to aluminium contained in vaccines, and is localised to the inoculation site. We report the first Australian case, detected incidentally when investigating a raised serum creatine kinase level.
This Australian satiric video says about itself:
PAULINE HANSON Send Up Im a Very Caring Racist Skye Brooks
The Racist, Sexist Lying Hypocritical Bigot Mix By Skye Brooks. Performed 1999, The Comedy Club, North Melbourne.
By Mike Head in Australia:
Australian government backs far-right OK to be white motion in Senate
19 October 2018
Last Monday, Liberal-National Coalition senators voted unanimously for a resolution by Senator Pauline Hanson, the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation Party, promoting a notorious white supremacist slogan. In a revealing political stand, they openly joined far-right senators in backing Hansons it is okay to be white motion, which was only narrowly defeated, by 28 votes to 31.
The vote caused widespread outrage, and attracted international media attention, because it so nakedly aligned the government with the type of far-right and fascistic elements emerging in Europe and the United States. With a crucial by-election in the Sydney electorate of Wentworth this Saturday, there was also evident nervousness that the line-up with Hanson could cost the Liberal Party votes.
Recently-installed Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicly back-tracked the next day, saying the Senate vote was regrettable. Cabinet ministers blamed an inexplicable administrative error. At the suggestion of the opposition Labor Party, the Senate vote was placed back on the notice paper so that Coalition senators could reverse their vote on Tuesday.
This 14 April 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
A former FBI agent has been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for leaking confidential documents to the press. During the trial he said that he wanted to focus attention on racism in the police service, but according to the court, that is no excuse.
39-year-old Terry James Albury leaked more than seventy documents to the press. Fifty of them were confidential. Eg, to a news site he gave a document describing how the FBI judges secret informants.
According to his lawyers, the black man was acting according to his conscience because he felt that the FBI had profiled ethnically in the fight against terrorism. The lawyers therefore wanted him to get a suspended sentence only.
[Albury:] I wanted to do the right thing and never had the intention to endanger anyone.
If you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign, writes Harriet and Milou, who inspired by the 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg and her #ClimateStrike which has spread in numerous European countries now hope to see a similar youth movement rise on Australian grounds.
Our names are Milou and Harriet, and we are fourteen. We live in Castlemaine and are in Year 8 at school. And we care about our futures.
We have decided to go on strike from school to make our politicians do something about the climate emergency. Weve been inspired by Greta, a fifteen year old girl in Sweden, who has been striking from school in front of the Swedish parliament.
Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world and it isnt being addressed quickly enough. We are striking because in Australia, education is viewed as immensely important, and a key way to make a difference in the world. But just going to school isnt doing anything about climate change. And it doesnt seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either.
As people, we have a tendency to think only of the present impacts of our actions, and not the ones that follow after. We, the children and teenagers, are going to be living in this after and we dont like to look of the way this climate is heading. This has to change!
So, as our contribution to the changes we would like to see, we are organising a strike from school. We are temporarily sacrificing our education in order to save our futures.
If you feel the same way, find a way to join us. If you dont feel confident enough to come on strike, but still care, there are numerous other ways to help, like telling others about the climate emergency.
So, if you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign. The biggest day for walking out of school will be Friday 30th November, when we hope lots of kids will join us at the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne at midday.
Harriet and Milou
Yesterday, we brought you a list of 123 things the Liberal Government did to tackle climate change. The list, compiled by Liam McLoughlin, was sparked by a ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia which found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. The second priority for voters was immigration. As Wentworth voters head to the polls today, heres a list (which reads like an International Criminal Court charge sheet) of what the Liberal Government has done to asylum seekers over the past five years, and in many cases is still doing.
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Amy Friedman has been found safe and well after being reported missing in Brunswick Heads about 4.45pm on Thursday 18 October 2018.
Amy was reportedly camping with friends and last seen on a fire trail, south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, about 8am on Tuesday 16 October.
She was found safe and well this afternoon Friday, 19 October following a police and helicopter search of the area.
Police would like to thank the public and media for their assistance in sharing the post.
On Wednesday Alex Turnbull, who has been campaigning for voters
to evict the Liberal Party from his father's former seat of
Wentworth, switched his support from Labor to independent Kerryn
Phelps on strategic grounds. Amusingly, Turnbull jnr
justified his support by reference to a popular American text
called "Gaming the Vote" by William Poundstone, and posted a
colourful excerpt explaining how the squeezing out of a
centrist candidate who finishes in third places can lead to
"unpalatable, Wizard-or-Lizard dilemmas". After
Clinton-vs-Trump, or even the utter farce that has been the present
term of Australian parliament, wizards and lizards are both
sounding pretty good at the moment.
The idea here is very simple: if Kerryn Phelps makes the final two she is more likely to beat Dave Sharma (Lib) on preferences from Labor (which will include some votes originally for the Greens and minor candidates), than Tim Murray (Labor) is to beat Sharma on Phelps' preferences should he make the final two. Phelps is (mostly) seen as the more centrist candidate in an electorate that has never elected a Labor MP. There will be voters who want to send a protest vote against the Liberals for disposing of that other Turnbull or whatever other reason, but who cannot bring themselves to vote Labor.
And yet, I have seen a few politically active people on Twitter claim (and persist in claiming after being refuted) that strategic voting is a non-issue in a preferential system, that we don't ever have it in this country and never need to, and that all a voter need ever do is put the candidates in order of preference and the system will process that as best for that voter as it can.
Now, normally it doesn't bother me if people who seem to be smart enough to know better insist on damaging their own voting power. Also I have no interest in promoting a Phelps vote myself and I'm not sure I'd put her above either major party's candidate if I had the fortune to be a Wentworth voter. But above all else, this goes to the question of our electoral system, what it is good for, what are its strengths and weaknesses, is it prone to gaming, and does it sometimes leave voters with difficult strategic choices that they do not have the information needed to make. These questions need answers and the fact is that an incentive for strategic voting is a real, if rare, thing in our House of Reps system.
Here are some examples of strategic voting scenarios in Australian single-seat elections with preferencing (either compulsory or optional, the same points apply in each case). The extent to which strategic voting actually occurred in each case is not that relevant; the point is that there was clear room for using it if voters were concerned with a specific outcome.
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This February 2018 video from Chile is called Monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides).
South American marsupials discovered to reach new heights
For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy
October 18, 2018
In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides) climbs to lofty heights in the trees. Yet, due to the lack of knowledge about the regions biodiversity in the forest canopies, no previous records exist documenting such arboreal habits for this creature.
Some tree-climbing researchers are changing that.
Javier Godoy-Ginao and colleagues set motion-sensing camera traps in the tree canopy to capture photographic evidence confirming the high-climbing theories surrounding this miniature mammal. The findings are published in a new study in the Ecological Society of Americas journal Ecosphere.
The monito del monte (Spanish for little monkey of the bush, although not a monkey at all) is a small, inarguably cute marsupial that is found solely in the temperate rainforests of Argentina and Chile. It eats mostly insects with some fruit and seeds and nuts, and it also hibernates, which is unusual for marsupials. Females can carry up to five young in a pouch, and a prehensile tail makes it adept at climbing. It is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Researchers thought this marsupial may live in the canopy because of its mobility in the vegetation above the forest floor, called the understory. However, Godoy-Ginao writes, all previous studies on D. gliroides have been conducted from the ground, with no documentation of this species ability to climb trees, or how high they may reach. Following the clues from reported sightings, he and his colleagues found the mystery intriguing and decided it worth finding out first hand just how high they climb.
Along with Ivan Daz, professor in charge of t...
A man fell into a 4-metre trench at Perths Mosman Park yesterday and died. He was stuck and drowned in the water rising about half way up.
This was called an accident. But it begs the questions, why was the water there in the first place, and why immediate action to prevent an accident apparently not taken. Is this a case of a safety n breach on the job?
One man did not get the opportunity to return home to his wife and kids. and it is not a once off.
It happens again and again around Australia, and in most cases, it is easily preventable.
In this case, it took eight hours to retrieve the body. Imagine the trauma to his workmates. They tried to get him out, as he screamed that his leg was stuck.When the water rose over his head, others at the scene passed him hose, to breathe through, as he went under water. In the end they couldnt save him.
A report is being prepared for the coroner. A report is being prepared for the coroner. This is all very good. But how many accidents, how many Worksafe investigations and coroners reports are needed, before something serious is done about preventable deaths in the workplace.
It is already known that many, if not most deaths at work occur because of unsafe conditions provided by the employer, or inadequate training. There are safety laws that spell out the minimum required. But when these are flouted, the penalty is no more than a slap on the wrist. An employer found guilty is fined. This is not much of a disincentive.
A major reduction in workplace deaths will only come about, if when they are found to be the result of negligence, whoever is responsible is convicted under an industrial manslaughter charge. This would mean the possibility of a prison sentence.
Safety should always come first.
Ministry of Sounds Orchestrated rearranges, remixes and reimagines classic dance tracks with a live symphony orchestra and special guest vocalists for a night of pure celebration. The Strings of Life Tour this December sees guest vocalists Sam Sparro, Crystal Waters, Alison Limerick and DJ Groove Terminator join some of Australias finest orchestras to perform classic dance hits from ...
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We All Know Whats Happening, photos: Bryony Jackson
What do you get when you blend together a school musical, a history lesson and a political probe? We All Know Whats Happening is a new work by Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms focusing in on people that are too young to vote, as they confront power, political complacency, childrens rights and their ominous future.
Lara and Samara have collaborated with seven young people in response to Australias ongoing relationship with Nauru. Set against a backdrop of handmade costumes and colonialism, this is an absurd, true story about Leonardo da Vinci, seagull poo, the Pacific and children in detention.
We chatted to Lara Thoms to see what theyve got instore for us at the Sydney premier of the theatre piece at Campbelltown Art Centre.
Lara Thoms: The essence is Australias ongoing colonial relationship with Nauru. In terms of the musical Australia convinced Nauru to invest the equivalent of several million dollars in the 90s in a musical about the Leonardo DaVinci falling in love with the Mona Lisa and lost their money. This is one of the more absurd examples of Australia placing itself in the middle of this tiny country with negative repercussions.
LT: This live performance is made with 7 young Australians who are in collaboration with 7 young people currently trapped on Nauru. A live performance demands attention in a way that video or online content doesnt. It asks you to sit in the dark with with these ideas and share this experience with those in the room. It is particularly visceral hearing young people talk about these issues affecting people their own age. Apparently 60% of Australians are unaware there are children in offshore detention.
Only a fortnight ago, the state of NSW was embroiled in a grand moll hoo-hah over NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian caving into shock jock Alan Jones bullying, and directing the Sydney Opera House to project ads for a horse race onto the sails of the Opera House.
And now, having put projections well and truly onto the political landscape, the Liberals are having to pay for it in NSW and beyond.
With the Wentworth by-election soon to kick off, Greenpeace decided to do some polling of the seat to determine what really mattered to voters. As it turned out, tackling climate change was top of their list (40%).
But Greenpeace also decided to get a little creative with their own campaigning and so they went full guerilla projections on the side of Westfield Bondi Junction, one of the busiest spots in the Wentworth election.
Enjoy the fruits of Greenpeaces labour, with kind the assistance of the Liberal Party and its seemingly endless capacity to screw things up.
Government: Everyone should be less precious about whats projected onto iconic buildings!
Greenpeace Aus Pac (@GreenpeaceAP) October 19, 2018
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Jon Rafman, Dream Journal 2016-2017, 2017, courtesy the artist and Sprth Magers. Photo: Zan Wimberley
The Public Body .03 at Artspace asks: what now, after all of our modern material interventions, are our bodies actually made of? The humanoid construct that calls themselves Sean Maroney was there.
We live in a wacky world of odd-ends entangled together. We have smart phones at the end of our hands like cyborgs which connect us to a million different types of selves: our linked-in selves, Instagram selves, Google-search-history selves and more. We ingest animals, which are digested by weird bacteria in our stomachs, and we pump ourselves full of antibiotics, vitamins, hormonal contraception, and vaccines. We are fuelled by caffeine, sugar, and almond milk. We get serotonin hits from bright screens and from online shopping. We are more than just a body and a mind we are an assemblage of desires, pharmaceuticals, and objects. This is the weirdness that confront us at The Public Body .03.
Patricia Piccinini, Eagle Egg Man (The Optimist) 2016, Eagle Egg Man (The Philosopher) 2016, Eagle Egg Man (The Astronomer) 2016, courtesy the artist. Photo: Zan Wimberley
On the long wall opposite the entry, Patricia Piccininis Grotto (2018) hangs. This long wall brings the two sides of the gallery together. Piccininis work, of which there are numerous examples throughout, punctuates each room, touchstones of the uncannily familiar that keep us in touch with the corporeal body amid so many digital manifestation...
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On behalf of our members and governing staff from over 30 of the refugee and eX-detainee communities in Australia, RISE urges the Australian public to say NO to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisons plan to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. In November 2016, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and current Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton attempted to table the Life ban of refugees and asylum seekers Bill in parliament but it faded away after significant public backlash. Due to the current public outrage on Kids in detention in offshore camps, the Morrison government is reviving this bill yet again, using refugees as political pawns.
Scott Morrisons proposal to impose a life ban on refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived since 2013 July, as well as future refugees who will be arriving to seek protection, will be tied up with the No Advantage Policy, which was crafted and designed under the Australian Labor government.
Australia has a history of racism and genocide. Far right-wing sentiments are reappearing fast. It is up to us to not repeat the abhorrent acts that Australia was built on. If the majority of the Senate go ahead with the decision to support Prime Minister Morrisons proposal banning refugees and asylum seekers, it will be further evidence of Australias shocking discrimination against people fleeing from war, torture, rape and persecution Ramesh Fernandez (RISE founder and eX-detainee)
People who have fled war, trauma and torture need long term security in order to restore their lives. The proposed legislation will be extremely harmful to refugees and asylum seekers. It adds major uncertainty to the lives of asylum seekers who have fled persecution and in turn exacerbates the trauma they have endured and continue to live through.
If New Zealand agrees to take about 150 refugees & Australia imposes life ban;
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has been called in to help with the search for a woman missing near Brunswick Heads since Tuesday (October 16).
Amy Friedman, aged 28, was last seen on a fire trail, south of Brunswick Heads Surf Club, at about 8am that day.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were contacted about 4.45pm on Thursday 18 October 2018, when she failed to return to her campsite.
Police have been told Ms Friedman had been camping in the area with friends. Officers conducted a search for Ms Friedman; however, she was not located.
Her family and police hold serious concerns for her welfare as her disappearance is out of character.
Ms Friedman is described as being of South American appearance, about 170cm tall, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.
Police, with assistance from the local community, are today (Friday 19 October 2018), continuing to search the area for Ms Friedman.
Anyone with information, or who sights Ms Friedman, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
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From turning back time in in the 80s whilst clad in leather to spearheading 60s mystic hippiedom, there arent many artists whove transcended multiple eras of pop music as effortlessly as Cher.
Returning to Sydney last night in a tantalising downpour of glitter and joy, Cher showcased her status as a bona fide pop queen with superb aplomb.
Throwing the audience into an immersive montage of her classic videos, imagery, outfits and moments, Cher drifted elegantly and powerfully on to her platform. It was her first time performing headline shows in Australia after 13 years the shows entirety was a reminder as to why it was worth the wait.
Opening up the show with the utmost anthem of empowerment, 2013s shimmery pop slapper Womans World, Cher thrusted with ease and groove, hitting each note with power, donning a bombastic orange wig, bejewelled corset, and an enormous headpiece.
My wig and I are thirsty pondered Cher, taking a graceful, break between songs as the crowd basked in her all-encompassing presence.
Splitting the show into separate acts, Cher took fans on a journey through her illustrious career, topping off the first act with fan favourites from the 90s including All Or Nothing and Strong Enough, amplified by the tight musicianship of her backing band and vivacious back up dancers Stomping on poignant beats, and drifting through atmospherics instrumentals.
Act 2 kicked off with Sonny and Chers 1967 hit The Beat Goes On a hallmark of the Cold War Americas eclecticism Cher took fans on a hallucinogenic trip back to simpler times of free love.
What is your Grandma doing tonight? exclaimed a well and truly primed Cher, showing no signs of slowing down before
Celebrating her recent appearance in summer box office smash Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher treated fans to the ultimate ABBA sing-a-long, driving through generation-defining tracks, Fernando, SOS and more.......
THE NUMBER of Gippsland children and young people entering out of home care is on the rise which means there is an urgent need for more members of the community to become foster carers.
Childrens services provider OzChild is encouraging residents of Leongatha and surrounding areas to open their hearts and their homes to these children and young people.
Senior manager, carer recruitment and retention Sharon McRae said OzChilds intake team had seen an increase in the number of requests for the organisation to provide homes for at-risk children and young people in the Gippsland region.
Across Victoria there are over 10,000 children in OOHC and unfortunately it is increasing each year. And its sad to say the active numbers of fosters carers is decreasing, MsMcRae said.
There is a desperate need for more foster carers so we are reaching out to members of the local community to consider helping these children and young people.
While currently homes might be found for the children and young people with existing OzChild foster carers living outside of the Gippsland region, the organisation makes it a high priority to place children with carers where possible in their own community.
Until recently OzChild didnt offer foster care services in the Gippsland region. OzChild has always considered local solutions for the children they are asked to place, so in line with our strategic goals to extend our reach, we feel we are in a good position to do that by expanding our services into the Gippsland region,Ms McRae said.
It is important where ever possible to find foster carers in the local community. There is enough turmoil happening in the childrens lives without removing them from friends, their school and even extended family as well.
Ms McRae said people interested in becoming foster carers needed to be over 21, have secure accommodation and appropriate space in the home. They would then undergo assessment and screening.
We are looking for people who can provide respite, emergency, short term and long term foster care; their commitment is entirely up to them,Ms McRae said.
They are provided with full training and ongoing support from a dedicated team of case managers with the aim of safely reuniting children back to their families.
OzChild has been supporting Victorian children and families for over 167 years and has been delivering foster care in the Southern Metro region of Melbourne since 1979.
Presented by Big Scrub Landcare in association with Rous County Council, the 20th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day will be held on Sunday, October 21.
Unfortunately, owing to recent rain, the spiritual home of the Big Scrub day has been forsaken this year in favour of the more weatherproof surrounds of the Lismore Town Hall.
One of many attractions during the day will be the Rous County Council Marquee, which will feature numerous interactive workshops covering everything from native bees through to plant propagation and weed biosecurity.
The critical restoration work that continues to be undertaken in the Big Scrub Rainforest is a shining example of how we can all work together to conserve and enhance biodiversity in our region, Mr Rudd added.
Side by side with Big Scrub Landcare, landowners and other groups, we remain committed to delivering and supporting initiatives aimed at protecting and restoring this rainforest area, especially given the benefits to the regions water catchments, he said.
The Big Scrub Rainforest Day runs from 7am to 3pm. Visitors are asked for a gold coin donation at entry.
Further information about the Big Scrub Rainforest Day including the full program is available at www.bigscrubrainforest.org or www.rous.nsw.gov.au.
An indication that something has gone awry for our rulers is the resurgence of interest in socialism, particularly among young people, that neoliberals worked so hard to make anathema. As with different leftist formations overseas, the Victorian Socialists are one attempt to respond to the world we now find ourselves in.
19th October 2018
The Wentworth by-election has become a litmus test on whether politicians heed the strong public sentiment against the Adani coal mine, former Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed changes recommended by a Parliamentary Committee into proposed national electoral laws, which are a further step towards rolling back proposed legislation that would have stifled vital public advocacy by charities.
"Charities have enormous expertise to contribute, drawn from the work they do, whether its running a homeless shelter, addressing family violence or protecting the environment. When you sideline charities from public discussion, you silence the voices of marginalised people, undermine good law making and harm our democracy," said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director.
In December 2017, the Turnbull Government introduced a badly flawed bill, purportedly to address foreign influence in elections that would have stifled public advocacy by charities and other community groups. There was an outpouring of opposition to the reforms from charities, community groups, business groups, academics and more.
In September 2018, the Government proposed changes to address concerns. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with reviewing those changes released a report on Monday that accepts many of HRLCs recommendations regarding lingering problems with the bill. The worst aspects of the original bill will be avoided if these recommendations are adopted.
However there is still room for improvement. Significant ambiguity in the definition of what counts as election expenditure remains, leaving charities and community groups uncertain as to how to comply. HRLC is also concerned that the Bill seeks to override State electoral laws, which in many cases are more transparent than at Federal level.
The HRLCs submission on the September changes is here.
For interviews and media enquiries please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
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Several years ago, I began warning readers that a global trade war was likely in the wake of the currency wars.
This forecast did not seem like a stretch.
It would simply be a replay of the sequence that prevailed from 19211939 as the original currency war started by Weimar Germany morphed into trade wars started by the United States and finally shooting wars started by Japan in Asia and Germany in Europe.
The existing currency war started in 2010 with Obamas National Export Initiative, which led directly to the cheapest US dollar in history by August 2011.
The currency war evolved into a trade war by January 2018. Unfortunately, a shooting war cannot be ruled out given current developments in North Korea and the South China Sea.
The reasons the currency war and trade war today are repeating the 19211939 sequence are not hard to discern.
Countries resort to currency wars when they face a global situation of too much debt and not enough growth.
Currency wars are a way to steal growth from trading partners by reducing the cost of exports.
The problem is that this tactic does not work because trade partners retaliate by reducing the value of their own currencies. This competitive devaluation goes back and forth for years. Everyone is worse off and no one wins.
Once leaders realise the currency wars are not working, they pivot to trade wars. The dynamic is the same.
One country imposes tariffs on imports from another country.
The idea is to reduce imports and the trade deficit, which improves growth. But the end result is the same as a currency war. Trade partners retaliate and everyone is worse off as global trade shrinks.
The currency wars and trade wars can exist side-by-side as they do today.
Eventually, both financial tactics fail and the original problem of debt and growth persists. At that point, shooting wars emerge. Shooting wars do solve the problem because the winning side increases production and the losing side has infrastructure destroyed that needs to be rebuilt after the war.
Yet the human cost is high.
The potential for shooting wars exists in North Korea, the South China Sea, Taiwan, Israel, Venezuela and elsewhere.
Lets hope things dont get that far this time.
How the mainstream got the trade war wrong
What most surprised me about the new trade war was not that it started, but that the mainstream financial media denied it was happening.
Its possible to date the trade war from January 2018, when Trump announced tariffs on solar panels and appli...
A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drag performers will this weekend compete for the coveted title of Miss First Nation 2018. The drag competition, which has been running all week at the Imperial Hotel in Sydney, invites Indigenous drag performers from all over the country to showcase their talents. The pageant was first ...
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By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In whats being hailed as a historic vote, the Queensland parliament has resolved to repeal an antiquated section of the states criminal code that considers the termination of a pregnancy to be an offence against morality. The code was written more than 100 years ago, well before women had
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Flight finishes in Melbourne on 21 October. But it is not the last time Australians will be presented with the lives, names, terrors and dreams of people seeking refuge. People like Aryan and Kabir, like Behrouz, like my family nearly 70 years ago.
I liked the world better when we had man-sized Saladas. Now we can't even handle man-sized Tissues to cry into. Kleenex is rebranding its 'mansize' tissues as 'extra large' after complaints of sexism (CNN)Kleenex is scrapping its range of "Mansize" tissues after 62 years, following complaints that the branding is...
Update: Byron Shire Council is now saying that the NBN tower may not require a development application (DA) from council.
Councillors had been contacted by members of the Main Arm community and were asked to resolve at Councils most recent meeting on Thursday, October 19, for it to lodge a submission to Visionstream and NBN Co, opposing the installation.
The reasons provided to councillors were:
(a) proximity to Durrumbul Public School, Durrumbul Preschool
and various residences;
(b) the likely later co-location of future services;
(c) disruption of visual amenity for much of the Main Arm valley.
While Mayor Simon Richardson was attempting to put the motion forward for council to make a submission to NBN opposing the tower, staff member Shannon Burt advised him it wasnt required. Ms Burt stated that the Council are currently working with NBN in the pre-consult stage and that a DA would be required.
It now appears that information was incorrect. Byron Shire Council will clarify if a DA is required on Monday.
A proposed 45m NBN tower within 500m of the local school, pre-school and residences has outraged the Main Arm community.
A letter from NBN to residents of Durrumbul, in Main Arm, states that they dont require council approval for a 45m tower that will dominate the local environment.
Within only a matter of days since the community resoundingly rejected a Telstra tower at Wilsons Creek, NBN are now proposing an even larger, more visually intrusive tower at Durrumbul, said local community member Anton Vanderbyl.
The 45m lattice type tower, that is 10m higher than the one put forward at Wilsons Creek, is proposed to be centrally located in the escarpment landscape within 500m from Durrumbul school and be visible from Mullumbimby.
In a recent letter NBN have informed residents that the proposed facility...
The highly-anticipated new film Boy Erased tells the story of a teenager pressured into dangerous gay conversion therapy by his religious parents in the US Bible belt. Jared Eamons, played by Lucas Hedges, is viscously outed to his parents, played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, in a small American town. Fearing a loss of ...
The post The Heartbreaking True Story Behind New Movie Boy Erased appeared first on QNews Magazine.
On 21 September 2018, the Australian Capital Territory Court of Appeal dismissed Magad Al-Harazis appeal against the severity of his 30-year sentence for murdering his wife Sabah Al-Mdwali. The relationship The couple met in 2005 and married in Yemen a year later. Mrs Al-Mdwali migrated to Canberra with her parents and siblings in 2007, and
The post Court Upholds 30-Year Prison Sentence for Domestic Murder appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
They come and they go but I'm still here... pic.twitter.com/OHNcIRtQuv Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) October 18, 2018 As tired and emotional as a newt. Here's some vintage Sir Les now that Albo's got us in the mood. Not for the delicate! We are reminded by Truth Will Out that...
Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW 16th October 2018 Thanks to the good taste of tour promoters Love Police, October is the time of year when Sydney gets a handful of sideshows in the wake of the Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne. This year the pick of the crop was
By James ONeill | OffGuardian | October 18, 2018 According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he was open to the idea that Australias embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said 
Byron Youth Theatres latest production In My Skin is raising issues of of racism and prejudice that continue to negatively impact on the lives of all Australians. Through a youth perspective the performance looks at the consequences of racism and prejudice and how this impacts communities.
In My Skin is aimed at young people aged 14-25 years and takes the chance to examine how to promote effective behavioural change to foster understanding, acceptance and tolerance thereby creating harmonious communities.
Young people want to see positive change in the world and this is a chance to participate in that change.
In My Skin will be on at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday 21 November and the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby on Saturday 24 November at 7pm. Get your tickets on the door.
Punters at the Hornets next gig in Ocean Grove are in for a double treat.
The Hornets are an all-star cast featuring singer songwriter Craig Horne together with guitarists Jeff Burstin and Wayne Burt from Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and the Black Sorrows, Chris Tabone from the Bad Loves on drums and Bruce Haymes on keyboards from the Paul Kelly and Renee Geyer bands. Wayne Duncan from Daddy Cool was also in band before his death in late 2016.
Horne will not only play for the intimate crowd at Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, he will also launch his new book Daddy Who, which is an insiders view on the iconic band Daddy Cool.
Horne told the Voice he was looking forward to coming to Ocean Grove again.
Its one of the best venues Ive ever played at its a beauty, he says.
You actually have a great communication with the audience because theyre right in front of you and its friendly and over the time Ive played at the shop, Ive built up an audience and its great, I enjoy the atmosphere.
It has that New Orleans sort of feel, which I love.
The Hornets have been described as the best blues band in Melbourne.
Its a pretty good marketing tool, Horne laughs.
Are we strictly a blues band? I think were more of a roots band, but blues is the foundation of it all.
Were one of the longest surviving blues bands in Melbourne.
Horne said you dont necessarily have to love the blues to enjoy the Hornets.
Journalists in the past have said that the good thing about the Hornets is that it isnt the same old blues, he says.
We have our own slant on it. We have a little bit of country in there and a bit of folk.
I think were a blues band in feel only.
But for now, Horne is happy to launch Daddy Who and play in front of one of his favourite audiences in the Grove.
The local fans are knowledgeable, he says.
I think its the reason we really enjoy playing there. The people are steeped in the traditions of Australian music so when you walk in, people understand our history and what were trying to do so its an audience thats made in heaven really.
The Hornets will play at Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill on Saturday 27 October. Tickets geelongtickets.com.au/event/the-hornets-live-7939.
A new policy to be debated by the Sydney Anglican diocese that would ban same-sex weddings and the promotion of homosexuality and transgender ideology in churches has been panned by queer Christians. The policy would confirm that church-owned buildings can only be used for acts that conform to the doctrines, tenets and beliefs of the ...
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Community Lunch will be held at Camp Reserve Club Rooms during Term 4. We will be retunring to the Town Hall once the kitchen renovations are complete.
Community Lunch, Camp Reserve Club Rooms: Tuesday 16th Oct to Tuesday 18th December.
The Federal Park Party, held in the village of
Federal in Byron Shires hinterland, will take place
on Saturday October 20 from 12 noon.
Organisers say it will be a celebration of the vibrant community life in the hills above Byron and Mullumbimby.
This gathering has been going for 16 years with many people coming to experience the event from far and wide.
After last years wash out, this year will be even
Highlights include a silent disco, the busking comp, games and fabulous food.
This year the popular dog show also returns at around
Great live music and DJs by locals and guests will be featured all day and will continue as the sun goes down.
They continue, Well also be celebrating the
installation of a defibrillator in the village, other improvements
in the Park, launching the re-power Federal campaign with COREM and
celebrating the installation of solar panels on Federal Hall
Everyone is welcome to come along, enjoy the food, meet friends and have a dance to the beats.
This is a free community event and a highlight on the Byron Hinterland calendar.
Jack Events Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads is under review and the Tweed council is looking to locals to find out how they want the harbour and surrounds managed.
The new plan of management that is currently under development will cover Jack Evans Boat Harbour Parklands which includes Chris Cunningham Park, the boardwalk and McMahons Beach, Anzac Memorial, Goorimahbah Place of Stories and east of the Seascape building, the Jack Evans Boat Harbour waterway, Ebenezer Park; and the Old Aquatic Club site and north of Coral Street.
To share your vision of how teh space should be managed you can head to the free Family Fun Day at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on Saturday 27 October from 10am to 1pm and enjoy water activities face [painting and a barbecue.
Manager recreation services, Stewart Brawley said the plan of management would provide guidelines to ensure the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct is managed as the recreational and tourist centrepiece for the Tweed Heads city centre.
Jack Evans Boat Harbour was constructed as a high quality and accessible regional facility, and we want to ensure its management and future development is reflective of the values and aspirations of the Tweed community, Mr Brawley said.
Your input will help Council develop its priorities to enhance, protect and manage the precinct to better meet the needs of our growing community.
If you cant make the day in the park then either fill in the online survey or make a written submission before 30 November 2018.
For catering purposes please RSVP for the Family Fun Day by Wednesday, 24 October 2018 by phone on (02) 6670 2515 or email...
The tide is turning over the issue of removing the close to 80 children still being held in offshore detention off Nauru. Indeed, events over recent days reveal that the Morrison government is going to find it increasingly untenable to keep the kids there. Three federal MPs from the prime ministers own crew have called
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Part 52: Australias irrelevant holocaust Ive called the cops:- the choice is arrest me for criminal defamation or investigate the Federal Parliament for genocidal crimes against humanity. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"
NOTE: At the time of uploading this blog, the letter to Commissioner Stevens has not been posted. That will happen by 3.00PM local time today.
The outdoor recreation community is huge. The outdoor recreation industry is equally large, employing many thousands of people and generating billions of dollars of economic activity each year (the Australian ski industry alone generates more than $1.8 billion a year and employs more than 18,000 people).
Yet the outdoor industry, taken as a whole, remains curiously silent on key issues like park protection, threats to wild areas and climate change. There are a few standouts, like Patagonia, but generally theyre missing in action on the key issues of our time.
Not so in the USA, where the election of the anti environment Trump administration has radically heightened the already active outdoor sector. With the mid term elections happening soon, which will have enormous implications for the balance of power in both houses of federal government (and hence Trumps ability to implement his negative agenda), the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has launched an impressive #VoteTheOutdoors campaign to mobilise people concerned about climate and protecting wild nature.
The guide identifies 34 Races to Watch, which not only affect local constituents but could also impact federal and state outdoor recreation policies. In an interesting move to increase the effect of local people expressing an opinion, the OIA also included Consumer Spending numbers in each candidates districts and states to show the extent of the outdoor recreation economy. They have provided official OIA endorsements for candidates in 13 areas where they feel it will make a difference in the legislative balance of power.
Candidates are assessed according to a score system then given a rating from A to F (fail). The rating covers four areas:
The Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organisation for the outdoor industry, with more than 1200 members (including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, and nonprofits).
You can find the voters guide here..........
Hollie Fullbrook has released a video clip for the second single and title track of her new Tiny Ruins album Olympic Girls, due out on February 1st, 2019 via Milk! Records and Remote Control. Its trademark Tiny Ruins in its mix of bucolic melodies, artful wordplay and fluid and inventive instrumentation. The clip is a
In March 1973 a Fortitude Valley nightclub, the Whisky Au Go Go was firebombed resulting in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that ...
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A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Partys action on climate change over the last five years. Its a long list actually, its a long Shitlist.
Tony Abbott eats an onion. Just because.
Population Minister Alan Tudge has suggested that Melbourne and Sydney are experiencing significant pressure from excessive population growth. Hes probably got a point, but his solution forcing immigrants to live in areas with less population pressure for at least five years after permanent residency is granted demonstrates Tudges complete lack of knowledge of
Leftist Rosie ODonnell says she wants to send the military to get Trump pic.twitter.com/c90lgN9oo4 Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 18, 2018
Though state and federal governments dont appear to be taking climate change seriously, it seems at a local level, things are very different.
Several local councils were yesterday awarded top honours for their work on the climate change frontline, at the inaugural Cities Power Partner Summit Awards.
The awards, held in Kiama, New South Wales, are part of the Climate Councils Cities Power Partnership National Summit, recognised the unsung work of the climate heroes in local governments across the country, who are quietly transforming Australias energy landscape.
Lismore Council was one the recipients winning the Community Engagement Achievement Award for the new floating solar farm on Wyrallah Road.
Lismore Community Solar was launched on January 31 this year at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant it is Australias largest floating solar farm.
The Lismore Community Solar initiative is a partnership between Lismore City Council and community solar energy facilitator Farming the Sun, to break new ground in working with communities to fund renewable energy projects that power Council facilities.
Alix Pearce is the director of the Cities Power Partnership, which is Australias largest local government climate alliance. Ms Pearce says the range of climate solutions coming out of Australias councils was staggering.
The local climate solutions on display at these awards are tangible proof that Australian communities are rising up to meet the challenges of climate change, she said.
From supporting local schools to save thousands on their power bills through solar energy to developing Australias largest floating solar farm, Cities Power Partnership councils are leading the way with practical local climate solutions.
Ms Pearce says that its these local heroes who are stepping up and getting the job done in the face of continuing Fed...
Dearest subjects of Her Majesty's Crumbling English empire: be warned! One of your brethren realms - namely, the Federation of Australia - is sliding away from the beloved civilising influence of Westminster, and is headed for utter chaos! On saturday 20th October, a by-election in the Sydney electoral division of Wentworth, the seat of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, will decide the fate of current caretaker prime minister Scott Morrison (affectionately, and not-so-affectionately, known as 'ScoMo'), whose Liberal-National Party coalition government is barely hanging on. With a single-seat majority in the House of Representatives, a failure to retain this critical piece of furniture will see the current parliament well and truly hung, thus opening the door to a (gasp!) Labour government. But never fear; loyalists have mobilised all available reinforcements to prevent such a disastrous outcome! The by-election conveniently falls on the same day that English-American royal...
150-million-year old, piranha-like specimen is earliest known flesh-eating fish
October 18, 2018
Researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 18 have described a remarkable new species of fish that lived in the sea about 150 million years ago in the time of the dinosaurs. The new species of bony fish had teeth like a piranha, which the researchers suggest they used as piranhas do: to bite off chunks of flesh from other fish.
As further support for that notion, the researchers also found the victims: other fish that had apparently been nibbled on in the same limestone deposits in South Germany (the quarry of Ettling in the Solnhofen region) where this piranha-like fish was found.
We have other fish from the same locality with chunks missing from their fins, says David Bellwood of James Cook University, Australia. This is an amazing parallel with modern piranhas, which feed predominantly not on flesh but the fins of other fishes. Its a remarkably smart move as fins regrow, a neat renewable resource. Feed on a fish and it is dead; nibble its fins and you have food for the future.
The newly described fish is part of the world famous collections in the Jura-Museum in Eichsttt. It comes from the same limestone deposits that contained Archaeopteryx.
Careful study of the fossilized specimens well-preserved jaws revealed long, pointed teeth on the....
THE Golf Croquet pennant season has reached its halfway mark
with the West Gippsland section being a tight affair to date.
Warragul leads the way from Drouin on hoops (five wins each) with the two Wonthaggi teams in third and fourth places.
Both have 4 wins each with Wonthaggi 2 in third on hoops difference.
Phillip Island, Morwell and Leongatha fill the last three places.
To get to the half way mark, the two Wonthaggi teams played each other on Tuesday, October 9 with Wonthaggi 1 taking out the honours 8 games to 6.
Games were 6-all until the last two doubles matches. A hard fought day in sometimes wet conditions.
One of Wonthaggis members, Ray Ball, ventured to Ballarat last weekend to play in the Alexandra/Western Ballarat combined open singles and doubles events.
Ray finished runner-up in the singles and a credible fourth in the doubles.
Some Wonthaggi members will travel to Morwell, Warragul and Korumburra for singles and doubles tournaments in the next few weeks to try and keep the clubs flag flying.
Dont forget the Come and Try days on October 18 and 19 from 10am to 2pm as part of Seniors week.
Club days during daylight savings are: Monday from 4pm and Wednesday and Saturday from 10am.
Come and join in.
expressed before my dislike of the fact that cheating in
baseball by tricking the umpires is not only not punished, but the
players and media gloat over their success in duping on on-field
officials. That strikes me as disgraceful. Another thing I dislike
is not cheating but involves the fact that spectators can, in some
instances, interfere with the action. This can happen because
spectators can sit right behind the wall that designates the
boundary. So if a ball is hit over the wall, you can have a
situation where the fielder leaps to catch it before, or even
after, it reaches the wall, while spectators, rather than moving
away and giving the fielder room to make the play, also try to
catch the ball and interfere.
Here is one such incident that happened in a high-stakes playoff game yesterday and may have cost one team the win.
That would have been an INSANE catch from Mookie Betts. pic.twitter.com/3EdbzyBJb2
Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 18, 2018
The astounding this is that this kind of thing is considered perfectly acceptable. If I were running the game, I would put a gap between the wall and the first row of spectators.
I am trying to think of other games where spectators can and do interfere with the play. In cricket, there is a huge distance between the boundary line and the spectators. So too in football and tennis and rugby. The only sport where spectators are so close to the playing area is basketball but I am not aware of fans trying to interfere with the game, though they could easily do so if they wanted. I suspect that they would be ejected from the arena pronto.
Adding to this problem is that in baseball, there is a peculiar mystique attached to catching a ball that goes into the crowd, and people who catch one seem inexplicably proud of having done so, even though what they caught can be bought cheaply in any sports store. They dont do this just for (say) some record-breaking event but even for run-of-the-mill games. This has even resulted in ugly fights among fans over ownership of a ball that falls among them. Adults will even snatch a ball away from small children and then gloat over doing so, as this video clip compiled by an Australian shows. (Language advisory)
Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forest is currently holding a Creatures photo exhibition at Togs Place, 58 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine.
The 24 photos show a small percentage of the many creatures that inhabit our Box-Ironbark Forests. They have been selected from 125 photos that were sent in by 23 local photographers to Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests. You can see all these photos in a FOBIF Flickr album
Over half of the exhibition photos are birds and include the endangered Swift Parrot, a group of perching Juvenile Scarlet Robins and a Red Wattlebird bathing. The rest show photos of local fauna including a macro shot of a Grasshopper Nymph, a watchful Koala and a curious Yellow-footed Antechinus.
Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests has been conducting art and photography exhibitions since 1999. They have all had the same purpose: to honour the native forests of the region, continuing the long tradition of artistic involvement with these forests. Photographers in this exhibition are all local residents.
This Creatures exhibition aims to give viewers an appreciation of the amazing variety and unique qualities of fauna to be found in our local bushlands.
Its not only koalas who are out and about at present. The weather has meant that there is more shooting grass and other food about for wildlife and they are currently very active on the roads.
And its not only at night this lovely little wallaby was hit sometime between 8.30am and 10am there was a clear view of road for anyone who had been travelling at wildlife speed.
In this case, the wallaby had a buddy who sat on the road waiting for its friend to hop-on. When approached, the friend moved off into the bushes. When the body was taken to the side of the road, it was quite cold, so his friend had been sitting there waiting for a while. Another tragedy ready to happen when the next speeding human drove along the road.
Please slow down in areas known to have wildlife on the roads. If you do hit an animal, please stop and check it to see its condition. If its dead move it to the side of the road. Check to see if there is a pouch and anything in the pouch. If the animal is alive, please take it to the nearest vet you shouldnt be charged any fee.
Gently wrap smaller animals and birds in a towel or sarong and put them in a box away from other animals and children.
Flo Stratford celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends at Sea Views Manor today.
Flo was born in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne in 1950 where she lived in Thornbury for 65 years, raising her two daughters.
Widowed for 38 years, Flo has kept busy by playing A Grade bowls until her early 90s.
She has collected stamps, has been involved in Probus, RSL and has enjoyed tripping off on bus holidays with friends, usually with a bowls match thrown in.
I never thought I would get to this stage its all a bit overwhelming, Flo said.
Flo continues to be active in cards, bowls and bingo and has made many friends and is a happy and healthy member of the Sea Views community.
In light of Aus Music Month, well be collecting donations to contribute to Support Act who help industry professionals who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts their ability to work in music.
Wear your fave Aus music tee to help us celebrate it!
Loyal volunteers Matt Dean and Des Every were awarded with life membership of the Ocean Grove Cobras Junior Football Club at the annual general meeting on 14 October.
Dean and Every join Neale Wal Walter and Brett Pearson as the clubs only other two life members.
Ocean Grove Cobras Junior Football Club president Shaun Stow said the clubs newest life members were outstanding servants of the broader community and club football program.
Both Matt and Des are humble people, Stow told the Voice.
People dont probably recognise the amount of work they do behind the scenes.
Cobras football director Cameron McGregor said when a task needed to be done, the pair would do it without being asked.
They are the two go to men whenever there is something to be done, he said.
They are generally the ones that are already doing it, they dont need to be asked and go about it quietly.
Stow said Dean, a local plumber and handyman, is a tireless volunteer of the Cobras.
Dean, the clubs football property manager, has spent numerous voluntary hours as a committee member.
Anything that needs fixing he is either doing it himself and managing the solution, he said.
He is our maintenance Mr Fixit manager.
Stow acknowledged Everys workload was enormous with the Minerva Close Collendina Recreation Reserve base considered his second home.
Everys roles with the Cobras have included bar manager and junior assistant coach duties.
It is just his second home for Des and his family, Stow said.
He has spent so much time here no one probably realises the work he does during the week to set things up for the following weekend.
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