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The Northcote by-election is a great opportunity for all candidates to show their support for protecting native forests and wildlife.
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Contact your candidates to tell them you want Victoria's native forests protected from logging.
To know a place is to know the people. This is why I check Grindr in every location.
Grindr is far nicer to use in Bangkok than Australia. Where Im from, the app is known for its racism, fem-hating and body-shaming rather than its welcoming queer community.
We were in Bangkok to visit an old friend, and seeing as Bangkok is in Thailand, the heart of the gender-bending world, we had to see a drag show.
On our last night, I took the crew to a bar I blearily recalled from previous escapades.
Not only were the girls giving some of the best face from the upstairs stage-balcony, they did a mean lip synch to Dont Cry For Me Argentina no easy feat even when English is your first language. They looked 100 per cent woman, unlike on the Australian drag scene, where you see men in dresses.
One of the people in charge, Boy, recognised me from my antics the night before. He was super cute, so I told him as much. We leaned in towards each other, but I was pulled away by my mates before we could have a Disney-like pash. They were in desperate search of Go-Go Boys: hot guys dancing on stage who wanted our cash apparently queens like Boy just didnt cut it for my d-hungry friends. I resisted their tugs for a minute and stayed trading pics with Boy on Instagram, mentally planning to surprise him with plane tickets to Sydney for the Mardi Gras celebrations in 2018.
After wandering through the Silom sidestreets, we end up at a dodgy looking establishment suitably named Dream Boys. The voluptuous drag queen outside, Natalie, gave us free entry. Initially delighted, we were then shocked to find that the drinks cost us a good 400 Thai baht each (longnecks of trendy beer from the 7/11 are only 60). Still, we decided to roll with it and let ourselves be ushered into a three-tiered amphitheatre surrounding a stage.
Once wed ordered drinks and lit a ciggie, it hit me: there were some 30 guys lined up on stage in matching white underwear. Each was adorned with a white badge featuring a number in bold red sans serif, and every minute or so, a man would take a step forward and rotate.
We were in a brothel.*
A change in music signalled the start of the show, and the lads jumped off the stage. It was much raunchier than anything Id seen the night before. One boy in a jock strap pushed a couch out and took a seat as soft music played (Enriq...
THE release of the Paradise Papers in the week of the centenary of the Russian Revolution and in a week when the peaceful leaders Catalonian independence were branded criminals should warn us that history did not end with the coming down of the Berlin Wall in the 1989. The clash between the forces of capitalism-individualism-rentiers vs the forces of communism-socialism-collectivism-labour is alive and just as destructive as it has ever been.
The Paradise papers revealed what we already suspected: that for rich elites tax is optional. Without a good tax base, of course, governments cannot provide reasonable services or basic living to the mass of the governed.
Louise XVI knew the problem only too well. His rentier aristocracy simply refused to pay reasonable taxes. The masses got no bread. They were told to eat cake by the Queen. They rebelled. The royals were executed.
So were Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife in Romania in 1989.
I am not suggesting that we are heading for violent revolution. Rather that when you look through history, time and time again major upheavals occur when ruling elites keep taking and not giving and the broad mass of people feel cheated and exploited.
To return to the French Revolution, just before the reign of terror the Marquis de Condorcet (pictured) got it right when he referred to the secret that real power lies not with the oppressors but with the oppressed.
So many of these upheavals come when to emperors, monarchs, governments (elected or unelected) fail to get enough tax in from the wealthy to distribute across society so the masses do not feel a powerless anger that eventually explodes.
It could be a Roman Emperor, a Russian Czar, a communist dictator, or any ruling elite. We do not know what form the upheaval will take but if the good Marquis is right and people are feeling oppressed or even just feel a seething resentment, the oppressed will exercise their power and cause an upheaval of some sort.
It should be a warning to governments: make sure the wealthy elites pay a reasonable share of taxes so that the broad mass of society gets decent education, health and housing, or face the consequences.
In Australia, those consequences seem to be a voter exodus to anyone but a major party. It is one of the few powers they can exercise in a world in which wages stagnate; CEOs get paid 100 times or more t...
We all seem worried about privacy. Though its not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: its also our attitudes towards privacy that are important.
When we stop caring about our digital privacy, we witness surveillance apathy.
And its something that may be particularly significant for marginalised communities, who feel they hold no power to navigate or negotiate fair use of digital technologies.
This article is by Siobhan Lyons, from Macquarie University and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA licence. See the original article.
In the wake of the NSA leaks in 2013 led by Edward Snowden, we are more aware of the machinations of online companies such as Facebook and Google. Yet research shows some of us are apathetic when it comes to online surveillance.
Attitudes to privacy and surveillance in Australia are complex.
According to a major 2017 privacy survey, around 70% of us are more concerned about privacy than we were five years ago.
Malcolm Turnbull is setting the scene for a chaotic end to the parliamentary year and a round of by-elections in 2018 as he moves to take control of the citizenship crisis engulfing federal MPs.
From Vietnam, where he is attending the APEC summit, the prime minister has threatened to use the governments slim majority in the lower house to refer to the High Court any MP whose eligibility to sit in parliament is in doubt because of their dual citizenship status.
Whether theyre on the government side, the Labor side, or on the crossbenches if there are substantial grounds to believe they are not in compliance with the constitution, Mr Turnbull told reporters in Da Nang.
Thats brought an angry response from Labor, which faces the prospect of four of its MPs Justine Keay, Madeleine King, Susan Lamb and Josh Wilson being disqualified from parliament.
Opposition Senate leader Penny Wong accused Mr Turnbull of behaving like a tin-pot dictator.
This is really a very desperate and diminished prime minister weve seen, she told 5AA radio in Adelaide on Friday.
I think Australians, who are rightly sick of this, want it resolved.
Mr Turnbull has told independent MP Rebekha Sharkie she may have to refer herself to the High Court over the timing of her renunciation of British citizenship before the 2016 election.
On the government side, there are reports Liberal backbencher John Alexander could quit his Sydney seat as early as this weekend because he believes he is a British citizen by descent.
Mr Turnbull is in Asia until next Wednesday after being unable to broker a deal with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten over a citizenship disclosure scheme.
Before he left the prime minister accused the Labor leader of not being fair dinkum about reaching a bipartisanship agreement.
Mr Shorten argued for a December 1 deadline for MPs to lodge their documents and provide High Court standard details of their family history and renunciation steps.
He also called on Mr Turnbull to follow th...
The 600 refugees waiting it out in squalid conditions at a mothballed detention centre on Manus Island are effectively squatting, federal cabinet minister Christopher Pyne says.
Water, electricity and food supplies were cut to the centre more than a week ago and the Papua New Guinea government has on Thursday told the men to prepare to leave immediately.
Mr Pyne says they have refused to take other options available, including access to new accommodation facilities or returning to their country of origin.
All those people in Manus Island who are at that detention centre are effectively squatting there, Senator Pyne told Nine Network on Friday.
Activists in Australia telling them to stay there and they will get to Australia are lying to them and that is unfortunately the situation.
Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese says the government hasnt provided third party country settlement options for the refugees.
New Zealand have made an offer and the government rejected it. They would rather have this stand-off and it is time that the politics ended, Mr Albanese told the Nine Network.
Mr Albanese said the centre was supposed to be a processing centre, but instead became a place of indefinite detention.
Right-wing nationalists who attacked Labor senator Sam Dastyari face joint legal action from two entertainment companies over the groups name, Patriot Blue.
Streaming service Stan and Roadshow Productions will launch action against the men, which includes convicted stalker and racial vilifier Neil Erikson, who have set up Facebook groups under the Patriot Blue name.
But Patriot Blue is also the name of a group in the entertainment companies upcoming fictional drama series Romper Stomper, based on the 1992 Australian film starring Russell Crowe.
The group involved have misappropriated the name of the fictional group from the series, Stan and Roadshow said in a joint statement.
Stan and Roadshow Productions today instructed law firm Gilbert and Tobin to take appropriate legal action in relation to the infringement of the Patriot Blue trademark, and use of the Stan name on Facebook.
Iranian-born Senator Dastyari was ambushed at Footscray bar VU on Wednesday night, the group taunting the Senator with You terrorist. You little monkey.
Senator Dastyari on Thursday said politics in Australia was heading to a very, very ugly place and attacks like the one he was subjected to makes me feel small, makes me feel horrible, it makes you feel kind of terrible and thats what they are designed to do.
He is also considering legal action.
Overnight the United Nations Human Rights Committee called on the Australian Government to improve its track record on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) rights across the country.
Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia has taken huge strides addressing discrimination and harm faced by LGBTI communities but more work was needed.
"In many ways Australia is ahead of the pack when it comes to LGBTI rights but there are serious injustices that require urgent attention. Australia must do the right thing when it comes to marriage equality, protecting intersex people from harmful medical procedures and ensuring transgender people can access medical treatment and birth certificates to allow them to live as who they are," said Ms Brown.
The Committee has called on Australia to revise the Marriage Act, to ensure LGBTI people, couples and families are afforded equal protection under laws and policies - irrespective of the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey next Wednesday.
The Committee criticised the Australian Government for the current voluntary, non-binding postal survey, stating that resort to public opinion polls to facilitate upholding rights [to] equality and non-discrimination of minority groups in particular, is not an acceptable decision-making method and that such an approach risks further marginalizing and stigmatizing members of minority groups.
Australia is drawing international attention for all the wrong reasons. The Committee has rightly criticised the Australian Government for putting LGBTI Australians through an unnecessary and divisive public opinion poll. The UN has tonight confirmed what Australian politicians should already know - human rights should not be put to a majority vote. Australia needs to do its job and vote on a bill to deliver equality and dignity for LGBTI couples across the country said Ms Brown.
The Committee also urged Australia to address the discrimination same-sex couples who marry overseas face in Australia raised in C v Australia. (Paragraphs 25-30)
Prohibiting medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children
Following concern raised by Australian advocates about controversial medical interventions performed on children with intersex variations in Australian hospitals, the Committee has called on Australia to end irreversible medical treatment and surgery on intersex infants and children who are not yet able to provide fully informed and free consent, except in cases of absolute medical necessity....
Although the Paradise Papers are exposing some rotten goings on in the world of big business, there is a lot more there that is not getting out to the light of day.
The reason is that most of the worlds big media is hiding crucial parts and this is happening in Australia too.
In the United Kingdom, newspapers like the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Times, went so far as to jump to the defence of the Queen and attacked Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, when he suggested that the Queens should apologise for her use of offshore tax havens. In doing so, they could ignore t that that billions have been robbed from the British people.
There is a very good reason why big media would want to minimise the fallout and hide certain culprits, and that is that the owners are involved in the money laundering operations up to their necks.
If you want to pick a stand out, none pits better than Rupert Murdoch. He owns the Sun and the Times. He is also happens to be the biggest media owner in Australia.
The Queen has received a slightly bigger mention in Australia. Alongside this there has been a focus on Michael Hutchence, the Russians, Lewis Hamilton, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. There has been some mention of Apple, Nike and Glencore.
To cover this up is nothing short of censorship.
Only the Australian Financial review mentioned, albeit briefly, that Appleby people met major firms such as KPMG, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers over cocktails, dinners and conference tables. These companies also act on behalf of whos who in the corporate world
Take Rupert Murdochs empire. EY is NewsCorps auditor and has assisted in you guessed it, avoiding paying tax. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald last year by Michael West (6 April), NewsCorp paid virtually no tax as it took $4.5 billion out of Australia.
The other incentive for limiting the exposure of the Paradise Papers is that many business p...
Today is November 9th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. On this episode Gary answers all of your questions that you have been emailing him. Gary Has A New Special:Triple Support Bundle Order 2 Items, get Cardio ...
The Byron Shire Council has defended its decision to recover part of the legal costs associated with defending the Butler Street bypass as well as trying to force the Byron Bay residents group, the Butler Street Community Network, who brought the challenge, to supply membership and donor names and addresses through the courts as reported by The Echo on Wednesday.
The council made the following statement to The Echo on Thursday, 9 November:
Despite winning the original court case Byron Shire Council was unsuccessful in its order for costs relating to the court action in the NSW Land and Environment Court brought by the Butler Street Community Network earlier this year.
Byron Shire Councils Legal Counsel, Ralph James, said the Butler Street Community Network took the Council to court arguing that development consent for the bypass be refused. The court ruled in favour of Council.
The consideration of costs was limited to costs of a notice of motion brought by the Network raising a legal question. It did not relate to the costs of the proceedings generally.
Council was wholly successful in respect of that notice of motion and the judge reserved the question of costs of the motion.
Council then sought to recoup legal costs of the Notice of Motion from the Butler Street Community Network, Mr James said.
In circumstances where the Council had incurred additional costs responding to the applicants unsuccessful notice of motion, including through preparation for and attendances of solicitors and senior counsel at a separate hearing and further associated listings, it was determined appropriate to consider Councils prospects of recovering costs in respect of the motion as a discrete matter, he said.
It is important for the public to know that Byron Shire Council did not initiate the original court action or the Notice of Motion both were instigated by the Butler Street Community Network, he said.
Byron Shire Cou...
I reckon there is something a little different in the water out there at Welshmans Reef.
While Willie Wagtails are well-known for using artificial, as well as natural structures for nest sites I cant say Ive ever seen a pair choose such a novel location.
A couple of days in Chengdu before heading home... See the big shiny scaly looking building in the background - from a different angle it looks kinda like a blokes wedding tackle, balls'n'all. That's our digs, the HDCL Serviced Residences. We're staying halfway up the shaft, just above the scrotum. It's a giant penis with a washing machine. The best kind. Nothing makes a traveller
Its 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth and is proven to deliver numerous benefits?
Its a valid question one the Oregon-based cannabis delivery service Briteside asked. Because no team member could come up with a convincing answer, the company decided to produce an SNL-style parody video that largely mocks the lame commercials most prescription drug companies pump out on a near-daily basis.
Brightside partnered with Sandwich Video to produce the parody video which depicts two frazzled adults finally getting the help they need, in the form of some sweet, sticky kush. The video begins just like an average pharmaceutical advertisement. However, it takes a provocative turn as the voice-over recommends the dank herb.
Briteside offers an extensive menu of strains and products to meet your needs, the narrator says. Choose the experience you want, and well send you the dankest herb. The real sticky icky If you like what we send you, keep the whole jar. Well even include some nugs for you to blaze.
Potentially awesome side-effects are listed, and they include euphoria, increased appetite, uncontrollable giggles, elevated sensitivity to musical dopeness and redu...
Justseeds | Celebrate Peoples History Poster Series: CPH posters have been pasted up in the streets of over a dozen cities. Each time I receive emails from people wanting to know more. Our streets can be a venue for asking these questions, and the CPH posters can play a role in answering them. Soon after the first poster was printed, educators began asking for posters for their classrooms. Its been great to see the posters become part of curriculum, and to see lessons built around them. Once when giving a talk about CPH, I was approached by a student in training to become a teacher. She was first introduced to the posters when they hung in one of her grade school classrooms, almost a decade earlier. Now she intends to use them in her future classes. I hope that these posters can continue to act as some small corrective to the dominant narratives told in schools, and that more teachers engage students in alternative ways of understanding the past.
Irish company DP Energy unveils major expansion of its Port Augusta hybrid renewable energy park, adding another 300MW of solar and 400MW of battery storage, as South Australia continues to hurtle towards near 100 per cent renewable energy.
A former star of the hit series Smallville has been identified as a high-ranking member of a sex cult. Last month, the New York Times broke the story about a secret sorority that brands women, puts them on starvation diets and beats them if they don't recruit enough 'slaves'. The group, called DOS, is reportedly a secret society for the highest ranking female members within the self-help group NXIVM. To outsiders, NXIVM is just a run-of-the-mill self-improvement group, offering classes that teach the answers to living a successful and fulfilling life. But ex-members told the Times that NXIVM functions as a cult for people at the high levels of the group, who have dedicated themselves full-time to founder Keith Rainere and his teachings. On Wednesday, a former spokesman for the group, Frank Parlato, told The Sun that an 'Emmy Award-winning actress' is a 'key recruiter' for DOS. While The Sun did not name the actress, DailyMail.com can reveal that she is Allison Mack, who played Clark Kent's sidekick Chloe Sullivan on the long-running CW series Smallville.
In this Podcast interview with Lonnie Clark, Prof Chris Busby starts off by discussing a new paper that he has been working on. The Paper centres around 2 studies that looked at the correlation between nuclear fallout/releases and high voltage power lines causing leukemia to children living close to the power lines. The mechanism for 
A construction project to create frozen soil walls that encircle the ground beneath Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.s disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is nearly finished. Although TEPCO insists that the inflow of groundwater beneath the reactor buildings has been reduced, some members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority are skeptical about the 
If the Turnbull government was setting the standard for global climate action wed be going to hell in a handcart, says new report.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis says cannot support NEG, says it an attack on renewables, designed to keep alive dirty coal.
We all know someone who thinks this way. Put a stack of scientific evidence in front of them that reaches to the moon, and they will still disbelieve that human-caused climate change is real, harmful, and getting to be so bad that its increasingly capable of wrecking our lives. It is the very definition of 
A three-year project to restore 25 hectares of bushland on private land at Numinbah is entering its final stages, with plant diversity trebling in some areas.
There has been prolific regeneration of native species through the Numinbah Nature Links program, which has brought landholders and Council together to conserve threatened flora and fauna in Tweed Shire, Councils project officer biodiversity, Michael Corke, said.
He said the project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and Council, is on track to meet its targets.
This is a great result because the project area, within the Pat Smiths Creek and Couchy Creek catchments, is rugged and heavily weed-infested, Mr Corke said.
The area is part of a regional fauna corridor linking the World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park and Numinbah Nature Reserve with Wollumbin National Park. These national parks are internationally recognised for their biodiversity, including rare and threatened species.
Bush regenerators and landholders are controlling dense infestations of Lantana, Giant Devils Fig, Kudzu and other weeds, including a severe infestation of the invasive ornamental tree Pink Cedar on one property.
Until now, weeds have suppressed rainforest regeneration and threatened the viability of threatened plant species. However, systematic initial and follow-up weed control has led to dramatic results, he said.
After two years of weed control, most work sites are now covered in pioneer native species. Growth rates are phenomenal, with many saplings well over head high. Threatened species are growing with renewed vigour because they no longer have to compete with weeds.
The final year of the project will involve follow-up wee...
All children, except one, grow up
Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barries much-loved tale screens in cinemas.
When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.
A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production. Radio Times
Please note: This is a live SCREENING of the theatre performance.
December 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am 2:30 pm
Learn more and buy tickets at www.byroncentre.com.au
While time travel has not yet been made possible, there is no denying the possibility of it in the future. Time travel is something we have always been obsessed with as human beings.
I know as a child I dreamt of traveling through time, whether it was forward or backward. Because of our fascination with time travel, tons of different researchers have explored the subject. While we havent quite gotten to the point where we can actually travel through time as mentioned above, these researchers seem to think we could bend it.
According to James Beacham, if space can be bent then so can spacetime. One method of time travel suggested by him was traveling through wormholes. Beacham says that because space is a 3-dimensional body that all things move within, space is nothing more than a 4-dimensional continuum.
The idea that wormholes work as bridges between two points is quite interesting yet still could end up as anything. Just a few years back, scientists had built a wormhole model. This model created a portal for magnetic fields. Wormholes are possible, whether you think so or not.
You see, to make this model, wormhole physics professor Alvaro Sanchez and his team began with just a few smaller scale superconductors. When it came to testing this wormhole out, the magnetized cylinder showed two poles until it was sent into a sphere. When this cylinder came out from the other end of the sphere, only the pole that was sticking out could be seen.
While this specific wormhole cannot transport people or particles, it does seem to be quite the advancement. This is a critical step towards formulating a wormhole that can do what we are setting out for it to do. It does appear that someday we will be able to manipulate spacetime. Sure, this cylinder was not traveling faster than light but it did invoke the image of a classic wormhole.
Things like this are merely the beginning of something much more. There are a number of ways that in time travel could become a reality. Who knows maybe in the next 100 years visiting deceased loved ones will be as simple as hopping into a time travel booth. You can learn more about this wormhole model by clicking here.
Australia was condemned overnight by the UN Human Rights Committee for its human rights record on a range of issues including refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples rights, youth justice, democratic freedoms and Australias failure to respond appropriately to UN guidance.
The UN Committee honed in on Australias cruelty to refugees as the crisis on Manus Island continues to escalate. The Committee stated that Australia has effective control over the facility and is responsible for the mens safety. It urged the Government to evacuate every man currently held on Manus and bring them to safety.
Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, said it is clear that the UN is deeply concerned by the Australian Governments deteriorating human rights performance, especially its mistreatment of people seeking asylum.
"Manus is on a knifes edge and the UN has found that its Australias responsibility to protect the men held there. Instead, the Australian Government has cut food, power and water. These innocent men are in great danger but they have nowhere safe to go. They're terrified of violence if they stay. They're terrified of violence if they leave. These men deserve a future, but instead of bringing them to safety, our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another," said Mr de Kretser.
The criticism comes in the same week that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called the situation on Manus a humanitarian emergency.
These men have been shot at, beaten and suffered the mental torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end. Theyve watched friends die there. Manus is not a safe place for them - never has been, never will be. The UN, the PNG Government, the New Zealand Government, Manus locals, people around Australia - everyone can see it. Enough is enough. These men are our Governments responsibility. The Australian Government must evacuate them immediately to safety, said Mr de Kretser.
This report comes just one month after Australia was elected to a coveted seat on the UN Human Rights Council, the worlds premier human rights body.
Our Government is just one month into a three-year term on the Human Rights Council and already its clear that its cruelty to refugees will haunt it wherever it goes. For as long our Government continues to deliberately mistreat innocent people people just seeking a chance at life in freedom and safety Australia will lack credibility or moral authority on human rights, said Mr de Kretser.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples rights
The UN urged Australia to take measures to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres....
This year Forestry/STT was gifted $ millions to maintain their roads on the announcement that it would provide access for tourism. We all know its just another forestry funding deception but if tourists do drive out into those regions heres what they will quickly discover
A survey of the wreckage left behind by Forestry Tasmania (FT) reveals since its peak in 2004 it has lost over $1 billion from forestry activities ABC: Government rejects claim that waste log export operation is rorting federal subsidy Gordon Bradbury in Comments: When the forest industry is already the most heavily subsidised industry in Tasmania, Andrew Wilkie is spot on: ABC: Government rejects claim that waste log export operation is rorting federal subsidy. It is the taxpayer who is being rorted. Job creation? What rubbish! Centrelink timbers in the sheltered workshop ... that is the forest industry.
Once seen as a something to be avoided at all time, profanity has been accepted more in society today than ever before. In fact, there are even reports that people who swear more are inherently more honest than those who avoid using bad language. While we arent here to debate these findings, they do raise an interesting question.
With the changing views of society towards language, should we be accepting profanities in all situations? Are there times that swearing is still inappropriate?
Most of us will agree that there should still be some level of discretion when you are around younger children, or in professional work settings. While we may be trying our best to maintain appropriate language in these settings, there are times that someone is going to push you to the point that there is nothing else that comes to mind except for your need to tell them to f**k off.Source: Chicago Tribune
At these times the answer involves a little creativity, finding a way to make your point while avoiding words that may raise a red flag.
Closer to the original phrase than most of the options listed here, this will at least clean up the language enough for little ears.
2. Let Me Know How That Works for You
This is a great way to sound like youre agreeing with someone while still quietly getting your jab in there plus youll be able to have the satisfaction down the road when you can ask them how their horrible decision turned out.
3. Bless Your Heart
According to the now publicly available transcript of the testimony that former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin gave before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) on March 11, 2010, he was not put under oath, despite the fact that the bank at which he had served as Chairman of its Executive Committee for a decade, Citigroup, stood at the center of the financial crisis and received the largest taxpayer bailout in U.S. history.
The fact that Rubin was not put under oath might have had something to do with the fact that he showed up with a team of six lawyers from two of the most powerful corporate law firms in America: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Williams & Connolly. One of Rubins lawyers from Paul, Weiss was Brad Karp, the lawyer who has gotten Citigroup out of serial fraud charges in the past.
As one reads the transcript, it becomes alarmingly apparent that a man making $15 million a year at Citigroup for almost a decade has not involved himself in very many intricate details of how the firm is being run or has a very selective memory. (Rubin gave up his $14 million annual bonus when the bank was blowing up during the financial crisis but kept his $1 million salary. According to widely circulated estimates, Rubins total compensation for his decade at Citigroup was over $120 million, for a job which he concedes included no operational role and with just two secretaries reporting to him.)
To many of the questions posed by Tom Greene, Executive Director of the FCIC, Rubin responded I dont remember. Rubin used that phrase 41 times during the interview.
At one point, Rubins own lawyer, Brad Karp, appears to nudge Rubin on his failing memory. Greene asks Rubin if he attended a tutorial for the Board of Directors on September 17, 2007 on the risk environment. Rubin answers as follows: It is interesting. I dont remember either going or not going. Karp then says to Rubin: Bob, they have the minutes of this meeting
The promise of blockchain technology is coming to the forefront and capturing the imaginations of investors, entrepreneurs and innovators alike. But what many people do not know is how perilous the blockchain journey ahead still is. We live in a world of smoke and mirrors; enterprise investors must do their due diligence in navigating these choppy waters making the right investments in the right blockchain technologies to unlock that promised potential.
To make the correct investments, we need to adopt a framework to evaluate them. Having a framework also means having the necessary inputs. What follows in this article are some of these key inputs.
If you are considering making technology investments, think about the end state: your vision. How will this technology fit within your existing technology infrastructure? You need to put on your far- and short-sighted glasses: First, what will the near future (12 years) of the blockchain ecosystem look like? Second, how will this blockchain technology integrate with your existing infrastructure? Does it complement your technology investments thus far? Does it mitigate or add to any burdens in your existing technological landscape? All of these questions should inform your purchasing decision.
As an integration consultant and a blockchain architect, my role is to help clients determine what is in the realm of possibility for them and what is not. Questions surrounding scalability, integration points, data interoperability and security are not easy questions to answer, but they must be considered. Some potential investors will be blinded by the sheer potential (or hype) of the technology and will completely ignore these realities. As appealing as blockchain technology is, its not for everyone. Some enterprise investors are not at the maturity stage to adopt it yet, and this is not an easy pill to swallow.
Blockchain is a nascent technology and much work is still being done in the areas of interoperability (e.g., ISO/TC 307, Ripple ILP, Hyperledger Quilt, etc...
Alleged Sutherland Springs, Texas gunman Devin Kelley was lethally shot, reportedly fleeing from the First Baptist Church crime scene, the deadliest mass-shooting in state history.
Lots of questions remain unanswered, including motive, multiple gunmen possibly involved, and why church worshipers were attacked.
When these type incidents happen, cable TV channels report on them round-the-clock, blocking out most other stories, coverage pronouncing alleged assailants guilty by accusation, alternative views suppressed.
Print media stories are just as disturbing biased, not fair and objective. Below are biased Tuesday headlines from Americas three leading broadsheets:
The New York Times:
Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons
Texas Gunman Broke Childs Skull and Assaulted Wife in Troubled Life
Witnesses Describe Shooting in Texas Church
One Minute They Were a Family Praying in Church. The Next, Eight of Them Were Dead
Similar Times reports were published Monday, much more likely to come from the Times and other media scoundrels.
Air Force failure enabled Texas gunman to obtain firearms
Ex-service member should have been barred from buying guns, but FBI was not alerted to his history
Gunman had hurt people and animals years before mass shooting
Texas massacre followed domestic dispute involving gunmans family, officials say no evidence cited.
The lives lost in Sutherland Springs, Tex
In Sutherland Springs, Texas, a mass shooting d...
After Tuesdays losses, some political commentators are wondering
if Donald Trump is finally losing support among his base. Michael
Kruse recently visited the town of coal and steel town of
Johnstown, PA, a year after he and Trump visited it at a campaign
stop where Trump promised to bring back the coal and steel
says that even though Trump has not delivered on any of the
promises that he made to them in his campaign stop, the people he
spoke to last year still back him, mainly because Trump attacks the
people that they hate, and they take at face value Trumps insistent
declarations of success no matter the reality and his inveterate
At a raucous rally in late October, right downtown in their minor-league hockey arena, he vowed to restore the mines and the mills that had been the lifeblood of the region until they started closing some 40 years ago, triggering the American carnage Trump would talk about in his inaugural address: massive population loss, shrinking tax rolls, communal hopelessness and ultimately a raging opioid epidemic. When Trump won, people here were ecstatic. But theyd heard generations of politicians make big promises before, and they were also impatient for him to deliver.
Six months to a year, catering company owner Joey Del Signore told me when we met days after the election. A couple months, retired nurse Maggie Frear said, before saying it might take a couple of years. Hes just got to follow through with what he said he was going to do, Schilling said last November. Back then, there was an all-but-audible or else.
But what I wasnt prepared for was how readily these same people had abandoned the contract he had made with them. Their satisfaction with Trump now seems untethered to the things they once said mattered to them the most.
I dont know that he has done a lot to help, Frear told me. Last year, she said she wouldnt vote for him again if he didnt do what he said he was going to do. Last week, she matter-of-factly stated that she would. Support Trump? Sure, she said. I like him.
When I asked Del Signore about the past year here, he said he didnt see any change because we got a new president. He nonetheless remains an ardent proponent. Hes our answer.
I asked Schilling what would happen if the next three years go the way the last one has.
Im not going to blame him, Schilling said. Absolutely not.
Is there anything that could change her mind about Trump?
Nope, she said..........
A still from Anarchist from Colony.
This year, several major films from South Korea depict rebels or outright anarchists. Okja portrays the Animal Liberation Front; Anarchist from Colony tells the story of Park Yeol and Fumiko Kaneko, two anarchist nihilists who have become national heroes in Korea; A Taxi Driver dramatizes the Gwanju uprising of 1980. Why are anarchists suddenly appearing in Korean cinema? Whats the context behind these films? And how can they inform how we frame our own narratives in a time of resurgent nationalism and unrest?
South Korea, 2017. The new year arrived with a surge of demonstrations expressing disgust at the state of the nation. Is this a/our country? went a popular slogan. The state apparatus played for time by starting the impeachment process. Aspiring politicians worked hard to frame the events as a democratic revolution (what an oxymoron!) and the massive demonstrations were pacified, accepting the authority of the police and the ordinary violence of daily life under this system. Then, pro-regime reactionaries gained momentum fighting with the police in the name of law and order and patriotism. Nevertheless, perhaps fearing that the ruling order was becoming too unstable, the court announced the impeachment of the president, who is now facing charges. Elections took place, raising a new government to power.
Things are back to normal, it seems. However, the theater screens have been filled with more revolt than usual. Indeed, this summer, at the theater in my small Korean town, among the few movies presented, I could watch back-to-back two Korean movies featuring anarchists in the spotlight, preceded by a preview for yet another movie about the Gwangju uprising.
Whats going on? This is out of the ordinary. It probably reflects something happening in the popular consciousness on some level, but I see no anarchist surge in the streets. What do we do when anarchism is more visible on the screens than in the streets, when it is recuperated by production companies with budgets that dwarf our scant resources? To begin to answer these difficult questions, though I am hardly an expert on Korean cinema, Ill try to situate these recent movies in context to see what they reveal about how anarchism is perceived here today. As anarchism and nationalism have historically been closely intertwined in Korea, this also brings me to discuss nation as narration.
Okja portrays the relationship between a young Korean and a pig, which is interrupted by a multination...
Israel extends processing time for
exit visas from Gaza, with 16 thousand requests pending
Haaretz 9 Nov by Amira Hass Israeli bureaucracy stymies Gazans striving to get out Back in May, Israeli Liaison Office officials told the Palestinian civil affairs committee in Gaza that aside from urgent cases, the processing time for exit-permit applications would grow from 24 working days to between 50 and 70 (regardless of whether the answer was positive or negative). Working days dont include Fridays, Saturdays or Jewish holidays. This was another step in a trend toward greater restrictions on Gazans freedom of movement that first became evident in late 2015. Israels Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories published the new rules only five months later, in October. And the maximum time for processing an application proved even longer than Palestinian officials had originally been told: 23 working days for requests to leave for nonurgent medical care; 50 days for visiting sick relatives in the West Bank or Israel or attending weddings, work meetings, conferences and embassy or consulate appointments; and 70 days for studying, doing a medical residency, trading in Israel or going abroad. But to attend funerals in Israel, answers were promised immediately Over the past year, some 16,000 applications to leave Gaza have piled up at the Israeli Liaison Office and still await a reply. Thats what COGAT told the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in response to a freedom-of-information request. COGAT didnt tell either Gisha or Haaretz how long ago these applications were filed. But the Palestinian civil affairs committee said 14,000 of the applications it has passed on to Israel since the start of the year have yet to receive a response. These include 3,052 applications by people over 60, 5,533 by merchants (including 400 over age 60) and 3,372 by people seeking to pass through Israel en route to Jordan (including 383 people over 60 and 315 students).
Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem / Israel
Israeli kindergarten raid terrifies
OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM (Al Jazeera) 7 Nov by Jacklynn Ashly Teachers and parents have decried a raid on a school by Israeli forces that resulted in the arrests of the schools deputy principal and three teachers. Israeli police entered the Zahwa al-Quds kindergarten and primary scho...
1) Patriot Blue For those of you coming in late, Patriot Blue is the name under which local (Melbourne) racist Neil Erikson (& Co) currently performs political stunts principally in order to film them and upload them to his Continue reading
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One month on from the Las Vegas shooting massacre on October 1st, and we still have no satisfactory answers for horrific events that took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The mainstream media has all but given up on reporting on the attacks, now that it seems as though the public has swallowed 
Ace Rapper and Sept. 20 Clothings Boss, Ruggedman has responded to some comments made by ex-plantashun boiz member, Blackface, during a recent interview with PulseTV. Ruggedman, who apparently felt offended by comments made by Blackface took to his Instagram page to bare his mind and call out the singer, below is what he wrote on IG: My dear Blackface Naija, I greet you. I saw your little interview on Pulse and decided to take a little time off to answer your call. I have been doing my best in setting...
The post Ruggedman fires Blackface, says 2face owes him nothing appeared first on Newtelegraph.
Transparency and accountability in our politics have never been more important, and yet structural changes in how the public accesses and shares information has introduced more shadows instead of sunshine into public discourse. Its clear that electioneering is taking place online, but whos behind the communications is opaque, and the people buying the ads arent always filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
That should change, and YOU can do something about it. Today is the last day for the public to take a stand and tell our nations top campaign regulator that our democracy needs to be updated for the 21st century.
The FEC asked the public what it should do. In answer, we urge you to submit a comment to the FEC asking the agency to revise its rules on disclaimers on certain communications made over the Internet. This video, embedded below, explains how to do it online:
Our own filing will look a lot like the post youre reading right now, founded in the same principles that we have advanced for over a decade. Weve noticed that the FEC submission form appears to be experiencing issues, perhaps due to high vo...
Pastor Neville Johnson Academy of Light Queensland, Australia. Neville Johnsons daughters death in a car accident in the 1980s and Neville Johnsons practice of necromancy conversations with the departed a form black magic and of witchcraft. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 11. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"
Greg Laden has some answers there are a few things he mentions that I did not know about.
Also, hes got a list of where some of the old scienceblogs sites have moved to. Ive pulled those urls out and put them on the blogroll on the sidebar to the left, under the category Scienceblogs Diaspora. Dont forget them, the network may have vanished into the ther, but the authors are still tap-tap-tapping away!
TweetToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes. Todays episode was originally, Episode-534- Prep? Save Money? Or Enjoy Life? and was first published on Oct. 19, 2010. The following are the original show notes from that episode. A question I get often is some variation of the following. When do I stop prepping for a while and simply save some of our money? When have I invested enough into prepping and should just start blowing some money once in a while? How do I stay positive in the face of all the problems headed our way? In essence these folks are asking at the core of things. Is there hope in spite of the danger? Is it okay to just have fun in spite of what might be coming? Is there a such things as a maintenance mode as a prepper? The nice thing is the answer to those last three questions are yes, yes and yes. Join Me Today as We Discuss A quick refresher on commonality and probability Exactly what is money anyway, why do we have it What is life all about, what are we surviving for? Setting your personal goals, the big ones Time to debt freedom Time forward in self reliance Percentage of self sufficiency Where you will go if you have to leave How you want your daily life to be What you need for basic comfort What you need to be truly happy What level of physical security do you desire What level of financial security do you desire How much redundancy do you want The reasons most people wont ask these questions They require you to be 100% responsible for yourself The answers are subject to your self imposed limitations We have been conditioned to think focusing on what we want is selfish The resulting answers require massive action We all have a desire to fit in on some level, even me Your plan is going to require sacrifice for some period of time Why you can make it happen In the end you make the decisions You have the courage to ask the questions It aint as hard as they make it out to be We dont have to prepared for the end just change Resources for Todays Show Members Support Brigade TSP Gear Shop Join Our Forum Western Botanicals (sponsor of the day) Ready Made Resources (sponsor of the day) Members Support Brigade Ron Hoods Survival.com Magazine Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.
Its all over the news: Syria has joined the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the world that is not a signatory. Many observers and commentators are using this as an opportunity to chastise America for holding out where a roundly abhorred government has given in. But the questions people should really be asking are why Syria joined the Paris agreement and why it chose to do so now, two years after the agreement was first adopted. The answer is simple. Syria is seeking international legitimacy.
No doubt, copy editors across the mainstream media relished the chance to write headlines like, As Syria Joins Paris Climate Agreement, US Stands Alone or As Syria Embraces Paris Climate Deal, Its the United States Against the World, emphasizing Americas isolation over climate change and juxtaposing Syria as the good guy with the United States as the bad guy. After all, if even Syria is signing on, how bad does that make America?
Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted, Today at the international climate talks, Syria joined the Paris Climate Agreement. Thanks to Trump, the U.S. is now the only one out. Many other lawmakers and activists shared those sentiments on Twitter, including one group that noted in a video that even Syria, in the middle of a bloody civil war, still made time to prioritize climate change.
No doubt, Syrias Bashar al Assad is enjoying this moment. The villain par excellence, who has been engaged in a brutal war against his own people for six years, can sit back and watch as the world bludgeons the Trump administration and mocks the idea of American exceptionalism. But even more enjoyable to Syrias authoritarian leader is that while everyone is busy dumping on America, they are distracted from his real purpose in signing onto the Paris agreement. No, its not that he cares so very much about the environment and working for the good of mankind. Hardly.
Assads motivations are entirely self-serving. The first is fairly straightforward. Sign...
Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MANUS STANDING STRONG; Hundreds of Manus refugees and asylum seekers are staging a protest in Mike compound where the fences have been pulled down. (Photos attached.) Meanwhile, in Port Moresby, appeal documents have been lodged with the Supreme Court to appeal against the Chief Justice decision not to grant injunction(...)
It was 10 a.m. on a hot, humid Tuesday in August when I decided I could finally relax. After a frantic weekend of finishing a big story and typing so much that my forearms tingled I needed to decompress.
I placed my phone on do not disturb, turned on my air conditioner and blissfully spent an hour contorting myself into various poses on the yoga mat next to my bed.
Precisely at 11 a.m., my yoga routine finished, I turned my phone back on to see a text message from my colleague Lauren Kirchner: I am under some kind of email attack.
I was chagrined but not surprised. Lauren had been harassed all weekend, a result of an article we had co-authored about companies such as PayPal, Newsmax and Amazon whose technologies enabled extremist websites to profit from their hateful views. Simply in the interest of journalistic fairness, Lauren had sought comment from about 70 websites designated as hateful by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
In return, her voicemail and her email inbox were filled with threats and insults. Her Twitter mentions were filled with people criticizing her appearance. Several of the sites she contacted posted negative articles about her, calling her a fascist and a troll. Alarmed, she had asked the security guards in our building to not let anyone into the office who asked for her.
But then I looked at my inbox and realized that something troubling was happening to me too: 360 emails had poured in while I was pretzeling myself. Every single one was a confirmation of a newsletter subscription or account sign-up from a website Id never heard of.
Thanks for signing up, here is your coupon! an email from the Nature Hills Nursery said. Please Confirm Subscription Fintirement said. Account details for xvwgnagycdm 1992 at ami-forum.org are pending admin approval, a Montessori organization in Australia said.
I am under some kind of email attack as well. Jesus, I texted Lauren. Then I messaged my colleague Jeff Larson, who had shared a byline with Lauren and me on the article. His inbox was flooded too. Fortunately the inbox of our part-time colleague Madeleine Varner, who also had a byline but whose email address is not published on our website, was quiet.
As a reporter who has covered technology for more than two decades, I am familiar with the usual forms of internet harassment gangs that bring down a website, haters who post your home address online, troll armies that hurl insults on a social network. But Id never encountered this type of email onslaught before. I wa...
Navigating the current world of torrential actual news never mind the copious fake stuff is becoming increasingly difficult. With traditional common sense under constant attack by sensory overload, sidestepping the numerous trees placed before us in order to perceive the larger forest remains the big challenge.
A short salutary omnibus of key news as reported in the last day or so might illustrate the point. One of the latest headlines crossing NPR feeds stated bluntly: Massive Government Report Says Climate is Warming And Humans Are the Cause. Ignoring for the moment intricate arcana of American checks and balances, it is hard to square that with the US governments dominant denialist narrative, dismissive of any tree-huggers blocking economic growth. Perplexed, we might then turn to the next worthy government-related headline on promoting growth: the tax reform proposal. This is the one where, in the words of Sen. Sanders, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are  trying to push through one of the most horrific and destructive budget and tax proposals in the history of our country. So, we might reasonably and naively conclude that such twin calamities, stated in no uncertain terms, would mobilize Sanders progressive allies to the max. Until we flip the channel again
Instead, there we find the ongoing saga of alleged Russian interference into the sacrosanct US electoral process, with the those (mostly Democratic) senatorial allies engaged in it with apodictic, magisterial certainty this time ostensibly directed at the complicit/lax behavior by the social media trio of giant darlings of both The Valley and The Street. Never short of his SNL-style comic flare, Sen. Al Franken amusingly proceeds to grill the Facebook corporate counsel although its not quite clear whether the inconvenient fact that these sophisticated foreign operatives paid for their foul ads with dead-giveaway Russian roubles and/or N. Korean wons (instead of some crypto-currency or honest-to-God greenbacks) is part of the skit, or some even more sinister Ruskie strategy But the combination of the witness salubrious, patriotic prepared remarks (slightly self-flagellating, very self-regulating) and bumbling evasive answers would still indicate that we might be on to something and looking at the right tree. Until we notice the next news piece
Here, CBS news anchor Elaine Quijano focuses on the horrendous Manhattan massacre, and the question of how the perpetrator might have been radicalized. From her conversation with a bona fide expert (Haroon Ullah), we learn of massive Twitter traffic by radical terror-preachers, that ISIS and people affiliated with ISIS use social media to find outsize influence beyond any borders, and that therefore many believe the group is actually winning. These are serious words. Also, they sug...
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Ill admit, before heading to The Basement tonight, that I was struggling to remember the names of the Incognito tunes I liked. Not because there werent any, but because like many of the groups who broke out to varying degrees of global acclaim during Britains 90s jazz-funk craze, Id obviously also filed Incognito memories away. Presumably they were lost in the same rusty bottom drawer in the back of my mind where other bands I associated with Eddie Piller were disintegrating. That was a big mistake.
Piller head of the 90s movements flagship label Acid Jazz to my ear often promoted the blandest of bands: groups who thought a fairly pedestrian five-minute sax or flute solo was a good substitute for melody. The same bands also thought little about the art of music arrangement or the thrill of surprising the listener, opting instead to vamp endlessly on a Rhodes or vibes preset over some jazzy guitar chords played through a wah-wah pedal. They usually proved to be neither jazz (unless youre willing to include folks like Kenny G in that category) nor induce anything nearing the effects produced by dropping acid. To be fair, Piller did introduce many listeners to the Brand New Heavies. Before slowly losing their appeal, that band gave us their still-strong sophomore LP Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol 1, which featured everyone from Gang Starr to Grand Puba and The Pharcyde on mic duties. There wasnt a lot else pushing the envelope on his label, which is probably why Aussie group Crisp (fronted by the young, yet to be mega-star vocalist Sia) said no thanks to Pillers offer of signing-on and waving farewell to Adelaide, and also why co-label founder Gilles Peterson soon exited to set up his own label Talkin Loud. Its on that particular label that Incognito found themselves a world-wide audience.
I should have remembered that Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey) and his Incognito project was a far more interesting and sophisticated affair than many of the bands acid jazz movement...
This 2015 video is called Australias Great Barrier Reef || Full Documentary with subtitles.
From PLOS ONE:
Great Barrier Reef protected zones help fish in even lightly exploited areas
Fish biomass up to five times greater compared to unprotected zones at northernmost reefs
November 8, 2017
Protected zones of the Great Barrier Reef benefit fish even at the relatively lightly-fished northern reefs, according to a study published November 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Carolina Castro-Sanguino from the University of Queensland, Australia, and colleagues.
The Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the largest network of marine reserves in the world, and includes both no fishing (no-take) and no-entry zones as well as fished areas. The authors of the present study analyzed the effect of such policies in the relatively lightly-fished northernmost regions. They measured, counted and calculated the biomass of commonly-fished species found at 31 northern, central and southern reefs in the area north of Cooktown, as well as assessing the seabed habitat at these sites.
The authors found that fish biomass was up to five times greater in protected zones which prevented fishing, whether they had no-take or no-entry policies. The most remote northern reefs had greater fish biomass than more southern zones, regardless of the zones policies, and the authors speculate that poaching may be common in southern reserves. They also found indication that fishers may frequently operate at reserves boundaries to exploit the increased fish biomass in these reserves.
The specific seabed habitat of different reefs had a strong effect on the amounts and types of fish found, making it impossible for the researchers to discern any distinct effects of no-take versus no-entry policies. Nonetheless, they did find clear differences in biomass between protected and unprotected areas, despite this region being generally fished relatively lightly. They state that this illustrates the high sensitivity to fishing of many species, reinforcing the case for their protection.
Even in remote reef habitats, m...
In his paper American Government Finance in the Long Run: 1790 to 1990 (Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 14, Number 1) John Joseph Wallis demonstrates that US government finance experienced three separate phases:- Asset Finance Phase 1790 to 1842, where state-driven infrastructure and legal support for banks and companies were a priority. Development was financed from land sales, 
On Thursday 2 November, Surveillance
Australia / Australian Border Force (ABF) Cobham Aviation-operated
Dash-8-315Q MPA VH-ZZG was spotted parked on the Northern end of
the parking apron at Rockhampton Airport.
Passed not so long ago by parliament in Queensland, Australia, Australian police have been granted the power to turn smart phones, fridges and speakers into listening devices. Read More
Mumbai: Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has charged 22 entities, including Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupanis Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), for manipulative trades in little-known company Sarang Chemicals.
The regulator has imposed separate penalties amounting to Rs 6.9 crore on the 22 entities, which SEBI investigation found were connected or related. Rupanis HUF has been asked to pay Rs 15 lakh, while three other individuals would have to shell out Rs 70 lakh or more each. SEBI says the penalties are commensurate with the violations. Among the 22 entities, there are two brokers (noticee number 21 and 22) through whom the trades were executed. They have been asked to pay a penalty of Rs 8 lakh each.
The alleged manipulative transactions were done between January 2011 and June 2011 the investigation period. Rupani took charge as Gujarat chief minister in August 2016.
In May 2016, SEBI had issued a common show cause notice to the 22 entities alleging violations under SEBI Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices (PFUTP) relating to the securities market.
The Rupani HUF was noticee number 18 in the matter. Telephone calls, emails and messages to Rupani and his office went unanswered. Business Standard verified Rupanis HUF permanent account number that SEBI mentioned with his affidavit on the E...
This video from Australia says about itself:
New twilight eye cells discovered in fish
7 November 2017
A new type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish, and scientists say the discovery opens a new world of understanding vision in a variety of light conditions.
From the University of Queensland in Australia:
Deep-sea fish reveals twilight trick
A new type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish
November 8, 2017
Summary: A new type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish, and scientists say the discovery opens a new world of understanding about vision in a variety of light conditions. Scientists found the new cell type in the deep-sea pearlside fish (Maurolicus spp.), which have an unusual visual system adapted for twilight conditions.
A new type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish, and scientists say the discovery opens a new world of understanding about vision in a variety of light conditions.
University of Queensland scientists found the new cell type in the deep-sea pearlside fish (Maurolicus spp.), which have an unusual visual system adapted for twilight conditions.
Dr Fanny de Busserolles at UQs Queensland Brain Institute said the retina of most vertebrate animals including humans contained two photoreceptor types: rods for vision in dim light, and cones for daytime vision. Each had different light-sensitive proteins.
Deep-sea fish, which live at ocean depths below 200m, are generally only active in the dark, so most species have lost all their cones in favour of light-sensitive rods, Dr de Busserolles said.
Pearlsides differed in that they were mostly active at dusk and dawn, close to the waters surface where light levels are intermediate.
Previously it was thought that pearlsides had retinas composed entirely of rods, but o......
The year was 1968, the year after the summer of love. Residents were falling in love with their new homes. Visitors flocked to Bolingbrook to read the far out stories in the Babbler. Publisher John Olson loved his expanding staff, and the Babblers new office across from Toturas foods.
Nineteen-sixty-eight was also the year of violence and chaos. Inside Bolingbrook, space hippies tired to corrupt the minds of our children. Outside, unsavory elements edged on by communist mind control satellites, rioted in the streets of Chicago. Young people turned to crime, rock music, and drugs.
Bolingbrook residents demanded order. Bolingbrooks politicians delivered: They founded the first police department in 1968. Trustee Robert Schanks then led a rebellion against Village President Jack Leonard to buy a new police car.
Then later in the year, Schanks unleashed Bolingbrooks ultimate tool for law and order. He introduced it during his first and only in-depth interview with the Babbler.
Village President Schanks unveils the Men in
A Bolingbrook Babbler exclusive!
We were warned to expect something unusual when Village President Robert Schanks summed us in for an exclusive. So we hid one reporter in his office while another reporter conducted the interview. As you will see, our hidden reporter came out with the story Schanks doesnt want you to read!
(Update 2017: Revision based on a clearer copy of the original issue.)
Schanks: Thank you for coming here on short notice.
Reporter: No problem. Ive always wanted to interview you, but you never returned my calls!
Schanks: Are you the one who calls around midnight?
Reporter: You bet. Because you never take my calls at work, before work, during dinner, after dinner
Schanks: I get the picture.
Reporter: So, is it true that the Bolingbrook police will be given special training to deal with the local space hippie commune?
Schanks (chuckles): No. I have something better.
(Two men, wearing blue sunglasses and blue suits walk into the office.)
Reporter: Wow. Those are some far out suits!
Schanks: Behold! The Men in Blue. They are Bolingbrooks newest weapon against alien criminals and those who would expose Clow UFO base.
Reporter: Um, I think the suits are cool, but dont you think they would stand out Especially around all the corn fields? Wont people start asking questions, and then turn to the Babbler for answers?
Schanks: Of course theyll stand out. Its so theyll distract residents from the Girls in Green.........
Its become fashionable to malign millennials for killing everything from dinner dates to department stores. If the results of a recent survey are anything to go by, theres another victim that can be added to that lengthy list fiat currency. According to a newly released survey, over 50% of millennials have a positive view of bitcoin and are twice as likely to own it compared to other age groups.
Over 2,000 US adults were quizzed by Harris Poll in one of the most wide-ranging bitcoin surveys to date. The poll, which was conducted between October 18th and 20th, provides a fascinating insight into how adults of all ages perceive bitcoin. It is among 18-34-year-olds however millennials that the greatest divergence from the rest of the population is seen.
Youth might be wasted on the young as the adage goes, but bitcoin doesnt appear to have passed them by. Not only do twice as many millennials own bitcoin as the rest of the population (4% versus 2%), almost a third claim theyre likely to buy bitcoin in the next five years, versus just 19% of all Americans.
Spencer Bogart, managing director with Blockchain Capital, stated:...
The Australian Energy Market (AEM) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide a 200 megawatts of emergency electricity reserve for extreme demand peaks. They are looking primarily for businesses who want to participate in the trial. See: https://arena.gov.au/blog/demand-response/ HOW IT WORKS Demand Response is a pilot program that aims to reduce energy consumption during extreme weather [...] full article
Angst, passion and the colour red will be shared at the Seeing Red No Paid Parking Rally at the Hotel Brunswick on Saturday, 11 November at 6pm.
Dustyesky 30 not-quite-Russian men from Mullumbimby has met every week for three years to share a beer and sing Russian songs. Modestly, they describe the results as spectacular!
Dustyeskys rise to fame includes making headlines on Russian television and we are thrilled that this choir will bring their passion to our Seeing Red Rally on Saturday evening, says Zac Tooth, Chamber of Commerce President.
Our community feels like we are facing the fight of our lives to protect our precious village from the negative impacts of paid parking. We are uniting in song, comedy and seriousness to share our resolve and passion to make sure Brunswick Heads remains paid-parking free! he says.
In the early 2000s the Brunswick Heads community pulled itself out of serious economic doldrums and low morale with a series of co-operative events, initiatives and the simple pleasures branding, showing everyone that we are fully prepared to take responsibility for our own destiny. And we will continue to fight for that right, he says.
We are not at all happy with the way Council has ignored the findings of its own independent report. We are not happy with the survey bias nor with how we have been treated during some of the consultation sessions, explains Tooth.
The community has never been more determined to get the No Paid Parking in Brunswick message across to the decision makers.
We are not prepared to take the very real risks of losing businesses that will result in loss of jobs for our youth. We are not prepared to lose our valued visitors or our Simple Pleasures identity and village character.
ANTALAHA, Madagascar The piles of rosewood logs outside Chantal Rasoanirinas office filled more than half the courtyard to head height. Each log, wet and weathered, was marked with a faded bar code left by a team that came from the capital city of Antananarivo to audit the stockpile between October and December of 2015. Rasoanirina, a forestry official here, looked out at the wood through her doorway with dismay. Some of the logs had been there for more than five years. Others the visitors from the capital had brought in by boat from remote outposts. She never learned the final count when they left that December, and said there had been no movement whatsoever in the past 18 months. Were an intermediary site for the state I dont know where it goes next, she shrugged. From her perspective, overseeing the stockpile has been a nerve-wracking, thankless task; shed rather not answer for it at all. Lots of people come by and ask questions, she said. It would be good if this rosewood disappeared, so there wouldnt be any more questions about it. Many of the logs stocked outside the provincial forestry and environment office in Antalaha bear the marks of multiple rosewood inventories carried out since 2010: barcodes affixed in late 2015, as well as blue, yellow, and red paint from earlier counts. Photo by Rowan Moore Gerety for Mongabay. But the rosewood here, and in 72 similar stockpiles of seized logs up and down Madagascars east coast,
Several Gippsland schools are set to receive a one-off funding boost as part of the Andrews Governments $24 million Planned Maintenance Program.
Passed not so long ago by parliament in
Queensland, Australia, Australian police have been granted the
power to turn smart phones, fridges and speakers into listening
Using existing technology, it will be done through the police remotely installing software into these smart devices for surveillance purposes.
Ian Stewart, Queensland polices chief commissioner stated in so many words that the new state law will help police combat terrorism Thus, the surveillance will only be used for terrorist related purposes.
However, how many Australian citizens know that worldwide we are being subjected to more and more false flag terrorism, so that the powers that be can expand their matrix of world control, introducing more unjust draconian laws as a consequence, in a Big Brother/Sister totalitarian police state?
Thursday 9 November, Queensland. The Stop Adani movements high profile presence in the Queensland election is set to intensify, with official launches in Brisbane and Mackay today to kick off an even more targeted effort in coming weeks right up until election day, with a focus on pressuring LNP leader Tim Nicholls to veto the $1 billion public loan to Adani and making sure all candidates reject Adanis dirty mine.
Details below of the Mackay event, and the Brisbane Launch & Fire Up!, hosted by AYCC, Australian Marine Conservation Society, GetUp, ACF and Stop Adani Brisbane.
Basha Stasak, lead Stop Adani campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation said, The Queensland election is on the frontline of climate change and ACF supporters will be having thousands of conversations with voters who do not want more pollution, their water poisoned, Queenslands beautiful forests cleared and the Great Barrier Reef harmed.
They want Tim Nicholls to veto the $1 billion loan to Adanis dirty coal mine. They want all parties to reject Adanis dirty coal mine and put a stop to more burning of coal. Whoever forms government in Queensland after this election must have a concrete plan to replace polluting coal and gas with clean energy from the sun and the wind.
Ellen Roberts, Queensland Lead Organiser for GetUp, said, GetUp members are primed and ready to take it to Adani this election.
Our members will be holding phone banking parties, with the goal of making over 100,000 calls to the voters who will determine the future of Adanis billion-dollar bailout. Well also be on the ground talking to people and going hard online with digital ads.
This campaign is on a roll, with Queenslanders increasingly alarmed at government support for this backward looking coal project which will destroy our land, water, climate and Reef. Were set on harnessing this concern in the lead up to the November 25 poll.
Maggie McKeown, Community Organiser at the Mackay Conservation Group, said, Mackay is abuzz with Adani talk and our campaign is gearing up at exactly the right time.
Adanis mine i...
Refugee Actiom Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MANUS FENCES BEING DISMANTLED Within a couple of hours of a notice being handed to the refugees inside the Manus detention centre, fences around the Mike Compound have begun to be taken down. Reducing the security around the centre will only raise the detainees fears of being attacked even further.(...)
Nations like Russia and China make billions of dollars a year in the arms industry. Their arming of other nations with the latest in defence technology is not only a means of supporting their respective economies, it also fits into a diplomatic and national defence strategy of their own.
As information technology increasingly shapes the future of economics, society, politics and even warfare, the export of information arms appears to be an emerging opportunity not only for a nations economy, but also in enhancing a global balance of power that may help guard against rogue global super powers.
Defending Information Space
Russia and China also have begun developing infrastructure, platforms and indeed, entire strategies for defending their information space as well as their physical territory and their economic interests. These include information technology alternatives to large, predominately United States-based technology corporations and the products and services they provide.
In addition to the economic benefits of a large, popular social media platform being based in Russia, VK allows the Russian government and the Russian people to decide how social media is used within their borders rather than such decisions being made in California, or less desirably still, in Washington.
Yandex is Russias answer to Google. An Internet search engine, e-mail host, cloud service and engaged in research and develop regarding cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, Yandex gives Russia a means of closing the technology gap between itself and the United States, not only in economic terms, but in terms of national security as well.
China also has a large and growing number of information technology companies, keeping the profits made off of Chinas growing online population within China as well as giving China the ability to also....
Comedian Joel Creasey doesnt think 27 years old is too young to be writing a memoir. In new book Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore, Joel offers up everything from celebrity anecdotes to stories about growing up gay in Perth to travelling the country on the stand-up circuit aged just 15. Joel says hes been ...
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Reducing the security around the centre will only raise the detainees fears of being attacked even further.
It was through the Mike fences that PNG locals and staff attacked the asylum seekers in 2014. It was in Mike Compound that Reza Barati was killed and scores of others were savagely bashed.
The moves to dismantle the fences comes as it is revealed that there is no proper security in the areas that the government is trying to force the refugees to move to.
The point that the refugees have made over and over again is that the Lorengau settlement area is not safe. There is a fence around the East Lorengau facility but because people are forced to go to the Lorengau settlement area for food and medications, they are vulnerable to attack. And the attacks are frequent and brutal.
Despite more lies from Peter Dutton about the state of the other two facilities, Hillside Haus and West Lorengau Haus even the Murdoch press have revealed there are not even perimeter fences around them.
Removing the fence around Mike shows the contempt that the Australian and the PNG governments have for the security of refugees who are in their care and need protection. Defenceless people just became more vulnerable. It is a form of psychological torture said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
Is also shows the contempt for the governments responsibility to provide permanent security for the refugees and asylum seekers. Their demand is for enduring protection in a safe, third country. Many of those who have been deemed negative have never submitted a refugee claim in PNG, because they claimed protection from Australia when they arrived in 2013.
The PNG government has no right to detain the people on Manus. The PNG and Australian governments are in contempt of the PNG Supreme Court ruling in 2016, which reads in part, Naturally it follows that the forceful bringing into and detention of the asylum seekers in MIPC is unconstitutional and therefore illegal....
On September 26, West Papuan leader Benny Wenda presented a petition to the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24) calling for an internationally supervised vote on West Papuan self-determination. The petition was signed by 1.8 million West Papuan people, which accounts for 70 percent of the Indigenous population. It shows an overwhelming rejection of Indonesias
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Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention centre on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict nearly 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.
The asylum seekers have barricaded themselves inside the Manus I sland centre for the past nine days, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close the camp in a standoff the UN describes as a looming humanitarian crisis.
The men fear violent reprisals from the Manus Island community if they move from the camp to three transit centres, pending possible resettlement to the US. The camp was closed on October 31 and water and power have been cut off....
Interrogating gender, sexuality and love, Rainbow Chan has just unleashed The Creator. Premiering this afternoon on FBi Radio, its the second taste from her new EP FABRICA, due out later this month.
Weaving textured, minimal pop with a set of frustratingly familiar scenes, The Creator is a powerful response to normalised gendered behaviour. Drawing from the everyday experiences of her female identifying family and friends, Rainbow has rolled a myriad of resilient stories into an act of resistance; the discounting of stories, dismissal of relationships and brushing off of experiences are not to be excused.
Of the track, Rainbow had this to say:
Every time a woman is interrupted, undermined or silenced by a man, our cry becomes stronger. We dont need your validation or your weak regurgitations of things we already know. Of course, these gendered relations dont fit neatly into a binary and I extend this message to include trans and non-binary individuals around me. The Creator was written for us: to disturb the norm, to give us a song to sing when our confidence falters, and to lay down the loam for us, and only for us, to bloom.
With the release of her new EP only days away, we cant wait to hear whats next from our most played artist of 2016.
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Liberal senator Dean Smith has said he will move his marriage equality bill as soon as practically possible after a yes vote is known, as conservatives continue efforts to delay the passage of legislation. The bill, developed by Smith (pictured) out of a cross-party inquiry and backed by other Coalition MPs, includes provisions allowing civil ...
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Yesterday The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation unveiled an ambitious plan to protect and connect 50 percent of the worlds land area as part of a broader effort to curb global warming, stave off the global extinction crisis, and ensure food availability for the planets growing human population. The first step of the Safety Net initiative is to identify the best opportunities to protect and restore ecosystems that underpin human well-being and sustain healthy wildlife populations. That means incorporating data on variables ranging from species richness to climate trends to deforestation rates for every point on Earths surface. That task is being taken up by a consortium of groups led by RESOLVE, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit; Globaa, a Canadian data visualization group; and Brazils Universidade Federal de Viosa. Heading up the terrestrial mapping is Eric Dinerstein, a biologist who formerly served as chief scientist for WWF and now has the same role at RESOLVE. Dinerstein answered questions about the Safety Net Map during a November 7, 2017 interview with Mongabay.com. The cock-of-the-rock bird from South Americas Andes-Amazon region, an area that has the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Photo by Rhett A. Butler AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIK DINERSTEIN What is the safety net? Simply put, its a vision of the Earth in 2050 that provides enough arable land to feed 9.5 billion people while still allowing enough land for global conservation efforts to keep our biosphere alive and healthy. Scientists are calling for 50% of the land area of Earth
London: British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert her diminished authority as she negotiates Brexit.
Patel, a Brexit campaigner who is popular in the ruling Conservative Party, had to abandon a trip to Africa earlier on Wednesday after being summoned by May to answer questions on more unsanctioned meetings that breached diplomatic protocol.
After a hastily arranged meeting not long after Patel landed in London, Mays office released her ministers letter of resignation, in which Patel said her con...
It's now 2 years since the Trade Union Royal Commission abruptly released a media statement (prior to final submissions and almost two months prior to the Commissioner's final report) "clearing" Bill Shorten of criminal conduct. The apparent about face came six weeks into the Turnbull administration. On 3 September 2017,...
FIGURE skater Harley Windsor will become Australias first Indigenous winter Olympian when he pairs with new citizen Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The duo qualified for Australia as a pairs berth at the February Games and their selections have been confirmed alongside fellow figure skaters Brendan Kerry and Kailani Crane, who will compete individually. The quartet are the first confirmed Australian team selections for the Winter Games. Windsor, 21, and Alexandrovskaya are the 2017 World Junion champions, the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medallists, and 2017 Australian national champions.
Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly Paul Kellys iconic song How to Make Gravy has become a stalwart of the Christmas period with many Australians siting it as their favourite holiday song. Kelly has embraced the national love of the song with the announcement of a huge Making Gravy show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl 
Federation Peak photographed by Bob Brown
The so-called Geeves Effect plan for a 2.5 kilometre track at Lake Geeves, under Federation Peak, has morphed into a 20 kilometre track and an eco-hub with motels, luxury campsites and roads all at public expense, Bob Brown said today.
The business interests branding up this proposal now want millions of public money to bring their commercial plan to fruition, he said.
The impact on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, famous for its remoteness and naturalness, would be core degradation, he said.
Clinical factors stand in the way of better mental health care,
according to new research led by Flinders. The research
project led by Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Chair of
Nursing (Mental Health) at Flinders University, has found that
despite best practice techniques being available to reduce or
eliminate seclusion and restraint, national system-wide
implementation is inconsistent.
The project, funded by the National Mental Health Commission, and conducted by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), reveals that clinical factors stand in the way of achieving a restraint-free environment in mental health care.
Read more at: https://indaily.com.au/news/local/2017/11/08/roadblocks-mental-health-care/
THE rate of suicide is 66 per cent higher in rural Australia
compared to major cities, with farmers twice as likely to take
their own lives than the general population. Per capita rural
Medicare expenditure on mental health care is 60 per cent of what
it is in cities.
Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said distance was one barrier for those in the bush, which had now been removed.Mr Littleproud said a new telehealth initiative was available for people living in rural and remote areas, improving access to psychological services."I often hear travel times and the fear of others knowing you're receiving help stops people from putting up their hand for assistance - so that's why we've introduced this new service to improve mental health access, he said.
See more at: https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/greater-support-for-mental-health-in-the-bush/3260006/
There wasnt a dry eye at actor Colton Haynes and his fiance Jeff Leathams wedding. The couple tied the knot in California on October 27, and this week Haynes uploaded a video to his YouTube channel of he and his partner walking down the aisle. This video makes me cry every single time I watch ...
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The Space Fence is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA. Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris. Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia. The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose. This article exposes the grander implications of the Space Fence and how it connects to other technology that could be used to enslave you.
Although the USAF and Lockheed Martin tell us that the purpose of the Space Fence is to detect, track and catalog space debris, we must acknowledge that the MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) is at the helm of the New World Order and is routinely engaged in psychological operations against the rest of the population. The Space Fence is the answer to the prayers of a control-freak conspiratorial class. It will have the capacity to surveil everything on Earth. Like Skynet in the fictional Terminator films, it could become surveillance beyond comprehension. How? The Space Fence is designed to operate in LEO (Low Earth Orbit). It is designed to be one big interconnected machine, run by AI and joined to current (weaponized) technology by interacting with cell phone towers, Gwen Towers, Nexrad Towers, metal particulates and more to create a giant wireless network that manipulates us thro...
If youre of a certain vintage age you might be familiar with Ian Freeman a former Perth musician who played in The Palisades, The Rainyard; Header and many morefor some years now hes been based in Melbourne and have kept making music in his most recent group: The Golden Rail.
Hes back in town to launch the bands new album,
Electric Trails From Nowhere, and he
joined us in the studio to tell us all about it
Below, three of the state election candidates vying for your vote in the inner-city Brisbane seat of McConnel (formerly Brisbane Central) introduce themselves. The Queensland election will be held on Saturday, November 25. Grace Grace: Labor Candidate For McConnel Grace has lived in the electorate with her family all her life, has spent her working ...
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Hope and Change at the Fed? by Jim Rickards Daily Reckoning Ive been writing from Australia recently, meeting with over 30 of the largest institutional investors and hedge funds in the country. In addition to giving presentations to these...
As the Hollywood purge of sexual harassers continues, Rutaban Yameen looks specifically at the experience of Women Of Colour.
Actress Jane Fonda and journalist Gloria Steinem recently appeared on MSNBC as representatives for the Womens Media Centre.
It feels like something has shifted, Fonda said. Then she said, Its too bad that its probably because so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and White and, you know, everybody knows them.
She then added: This has been going on a long time to Black women and other women of colour and doesnt get out quite the same.
Fonda wasnt trying to undermine the severity of the experiences that majority White celebrity actresses alleged they suffered. She wasnt dismissing the depravity of Weinsteins alleged actions.
Many pointed out the irony. It still took a White celebrity for people to empathise with the oppressive experiences of women of colour (WOC) in the US film industry.
But this is a non-issue. White people who are progressive should use the platforms available to them to show support for WOC who experience sexism and racism.
In 1972, Fonda visited Vietnam amid the anti-Vietnam War movement. She was nicknamed Hanoi Jane after photographs of her sitting in an anti-aircraft gun with Vietnamese enemy combatants drew the ire of the US administration and right-wing pundits.
Fonda never regretted her visit.
Her concerns for WOC today come during a dynamic period in US history.
The Black Lives Matter movement inspired mass protests against systemic police violence toward African-Americans.
The hashtag #SayHerName shone a light on the plight of African American women who, like their partners, brothers and sons, were suffering from increased rates of incarceration and police violence.
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite went viral when in 2016, no actors or actresses of colour were nominated for the second year in a row.
Beyoncs performance at the 50th Super Bowl was Americas most watched television event of the year. The backup dancers wore berets reminiscent of the Black Panthers. It was a clear memento to Black st...
One wonders what goes on in the heads of politicians sometimes.
Perhaps not much other than a warped sense of their purpose in life
which for some seems to be to advance themselves rather than
advance societal well-being. In recent days, fiscal debates have
raged on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, there is the Trump
tax cut debate. The correct progressive response would be to focus
on why these cuts will not advance anybody but the rich and will do
very little if anything to create new jobs. Unfortunately,
prominent Democrats such as the awful Nancy Pelosi have been
spouting stuff about the tax cuts increasing the federal deficit
and federal debt. At a time, when the Republicans are abandoning
the deficit terrorism to advance their own interests, the Democrats
seems to be reinforcing the deficits are bad narrative. Instead,
they could have seized the opportunity to say to the American
people see deficits are fine but the real issue is what we do with
them. Pelosi and her ilk seem incapable of adopting that quality of
leadership. In the UK, the reality is dawning on the British
government that the austerity harvest is anything but what they had
hoped it would be. No surprises there. Austerity undermines growth
which can easily increase the fiscal deficit when the goal is the
opposite. But the way that reality is being handled in the
progressive press is pathetic. The UK Guardian, for example, has
headlines about black holes and is giving oxygen to reports that
talk about the deteriorating fiscal situation in the UK. Readers
are left with nothing but neoliberalism reinforcement of the
deficits are bad myth. A shocking indictment of the progressive
debate in the UK.
Pelosi seems to think a sequence of inane blogs is how to demonstrate progressive leadership.
For example, over the last few days.
On the face of it, One Nations decision not to field candidates where the Liberal National Party (LNP)is vulnerable to losing seats, is self-defeating for the party.
More so, when it is in a position to benefit from rising disillusionment with the NLP, among its supporters. One Nation could pay a price for this.
It should not come as a surprise, given that its leader Pauline Hanson has been busy reshaping the party as an adjunct to the Liberal Party nationally and the LNP in Queensland. This is the quagmire she came from as a failed aspirant and seeks to return to, with the offer of One Nation.
But this is a risky strategy. It may bring the LNP a bigger primary vote in its most vulnerable seats, but deprive it of One Nation second preferences.
Two examples are Gaven, where One Nation is polling at 15 percent and Bonney, where it is 12.8 percent.
It seems the hope is that the LNP will be able to return the compliment, by delivering preferences to One Nation, in seats where its primary vote is higher. The difficulty is that there is no formal agreement and it might not eventuate.
If the gamble pays off, One Nation will end up with about 6 seats. If it doesnt, it will exacerbate internal divisions that already exist. In this case, it will be a disaster on the scale of the debacle it faced it Western Australia last year.
One Nations chance exists because the major parties do not have a high standing among many Queenslanders, who are looking for alternatives, whether they offer a real difference or not. This is true in Brisbane, regional centres and the country.
This is the most important political development.
Labor has harmed itself by an association with Adani, his Carmichael coal mine and Abbots Point terminal to ship the coal overseas. Some of its support has bled to the Greens. They are now sitting on 9 percent support, compared with One Nations 16 percent and may even win a seat.
The LNP is not trusted and disadvantaged by its association with the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra.
Many people will not happy to see One Nation scoring a win and for good reason. This is a force that has been channelling genuine discontent down the blind alley of hate politics as the solution to real problems, while in practice, it serves as a prop for what it is supposed to stand for; opposition the political control of an elite, giving ordinary Australians a voice and restoring gutted services.
It might be that One Nation needs to be put to the test, so that those who are seduced by it can see the difference between the claim and the reality.
Then again, it might have shot itself in the foot......
In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, NITI Aayogs vice chairman, Rajiv Kumar, has been dismissive about CMIE-BSE unemployment statistics. He says that I had no answer to chief statistician T.C.A. Anants question on seasonal adjustment of unemployment data. This is an incorrect description of a brief interaction, which I relate below.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a meeting in Delhi with Kumar and Anant, where the subject of discussion was about measuring employment and unemployment in India. After the meeting, as we were exchanging pleasantries and moving out, Anant effectively pulled me up on CMIEs recent efforts at measuring unemployment in I...
by Jesse Hermans In an AFR op-ed this week , the Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman asks, What Australian really wants lower house prices? Australians are obsessed with housing, he writes. Everyone is piling into bricks and mortar. The value of property is three times the value of superannuation! The value of all Australian land 
Warning: confronting content A New Zealand pastor who has repeatedly called for the death penalty for gay people has said hes moved to Brisbane to start a new church. Logan Robertson founded Aucklands independent Westcity Bible Baptist Church in 2014, which reportedly only has a congregation of 42 members. Robertson was investigated by New Zealand ...
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McHenry is an Adelaide born musician and composer who has become a formidable force in modern Australian jazz. You may know him from his Shaolin Afronauts project, who have three albums under their belt, and hes recorded a couple of brilliant albums as under his own name Ross McHenry as well.
This is McHenrys first album in the trio format with drummer Myele Manzanza (from the NZ band Electric Wire Hustle) and distinguished Australian pianist Matthew Sheens. The three met whilst performing at Womadelaide 2015, and spent the next two years on and off scheduling studio time in order to bring us The Outsiders, which was shortlisted for this years Freedman Jazz Awards.
McHenry says he was keeping the nature of Australian cultural identity in a modern, hyper-connected world, as well as some contemporary political misgivings in mind as he was composing the record.
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The war on drugs in not over yet. But there seems to be some glimmering light at the end of the tunnel, with the major drug law reforms that have been taking place globally over recent years. The US once led the world on drug prohibition. But today, one in five American citizens now lives
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On October 18, Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon posted the following statement on her Facebook feed: In NSW, 28,190 people are homeless, while 68,000 properties sit vacant. The senator then posed the question, Is this fair? Of course, the overwhelming response from those in the community aware of the increasing numbers of rough sleepers would
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A Sydney banker has been violently laughed out of the courtyard at Ryans Bar in Martin Place this afternoon when he placed his almost month-old iPhone 8 on the table he was sharing with associates.
Those who witnessed the event said it proved the man had no hustle.
If you cant arrange for your assistant to camp out and get you the latest iPhone X on release it shows you have no drive or self-respect, a witness said. Ryans Bar is a sacred networking site for alphas, and it demands a certain level of decorum. Imagine the public spotted one of us with an old phone like that? Theyd almost think we werent better than them.
One banker felt sorry for the man.
Listen, we all make mistakes like that time I got caught with other peoples money resting in my account for a few years, he said. I say we let him get help, then welcome him back when hes ready.
A spokesperson for Ryans Bar said it would be increasing security to prevent embarrassing incidents like this from happening again.
I like the clever way this comic pokes fun at the use of V
for Vendetta masks by protestors who seem to have been quickly
is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA. Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris. Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia. The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose. This article exposes the grander implications of the Space Fence and how it connects to other technology that could be used to enslave you.
Although the USAF and Lockheed Martin tell us that the purpose of the Space Fence is to detect, track and catalog space debris, we must...
December 1 is globally recognised as World AIDS Day. Across Australia, its celebrated across Australia to remind everyone that HIV is still a health issue, educate everyone on HIV prevention strategies, and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate in life without stigma and discrimination. From late November through to early December, theres ...
by Mary W Maxwell
Sherman Skolnick was my hero in the days before we could surf the Net. He ran a radio channel and later got a regular spot on cable TV to do his thing. He was a religious Jew, self-taught in the law, and a very dedicated American. He is responsible for putting many corrupt Chicago judges behind bars. How dedicated can you get? Skolnick was confined to a wheelchair for much of his life. His Commit...
Event five of the Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp presented by Wahu
is set for take off this weekend at Ocean Grove main beach.
Over 80 future surfing stars will participate in the event that aims to give surfers their first taste of surf competition in a fun and exciting format.
Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu caters for surfers from under-8 to under-14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia over summer. The prestigious event series will also return to Tasmania in 2017/18.
Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson is looking forward to seeing the next crop of talent take to the waves.
This event is a fantastic way to introduce under-14 surfers to competition. It is fun, safe, and inclusive which allows all levels of abilities to be involved.
Many of the top surfers in the country have been through this event including Matt Banting, Jacob Willcox, Macy Callaghan and Isabella Nichols. This is the perfect opportunity for young Victorians to start their competitive surfing career.
As an added bonus, the respective winners of the under-14 boys and girls divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Woolworths Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC).
For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place under-14 boy and girl who reside in that respective state.
Each entrant will also receive a Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu T-shirt for entering, plus a Wahu beach product and there will be plenty of Wahu beach games and give-aways at each event.
The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu have helped to launch the careers of many of Australias most promising junior surfers with almost 800 children set to take part in the 2017/18 event series.
Heat draws and schedule can be found under the events section at www.surfingvic.com
By Cr Pamela Rothfield
Here we are in the midst of the Spring Racing Carnival, with Christmas decorations on shop shelves and the promise of summer in the air! Bass Coasts VCE students are in the midst of their assessments and I wish them all the best as they study, prepare and sit their exams.
While I admit, I am possibly one of the few Phillip Island residents to not own a wetsuit or surfboard, it was an absolute delight watching the World Surf League Qualifying Series Event, the Phillip Island Pro, last weekend.
I sat with and was taught by the experts who explained both the complexity of the sport, and the scoring process. A QS 1000 Qualifying Series event requires a six judging panel, with four judges on each heat. Of the four judges scores, the two middle scores are averaged, and this score is applied to the competitor.
It was also wonderful to hear these surfing gurus talk about Phillip Island as one of Australias premier surfing locations. Because the Island has many beaches facing different directions with different geological features, surfers are almost guaranteed to find a wave here somewhere. This helps explain why we have so many exceptional surfers locally and why it is such a large part of our culture in Bass Coast.
Congratulations to the winners from the weekend, Piper Harrison and Jacob Willcox, and thank you to Piper for acknowledging Councils commitment to equality for women in sport and supporting womens surfing by securing equal prize money at this event.
Congratulations also to the Energy Innovation Co-operative who were recently successful in achieving Registered Environmental Organisation (REO) status from the Federal Government. The REO involves obtaining DGR 1 status which will allow them to receive tax deductable donations from individuals and direct grants from philanthropic organisations. Obtaining this status is the result of the tireless work and commitment from the Coop committee, who key objective is to improve Bass Coasts sustainability and energy practice. The hard work they are putting in today will make a significant impact on our future, and we are lucky to have such a group.
There will be Remembrance Day services held across the Shire this Saturday at Grantville, San Remo, Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi. I encourage everyone to join me in one minutes silence at 11am on Saturday, in memory of all who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
The word stiffy has been making a long-overdue return to conversations across Sydney this month, a special investigation by The Sydney Sentinel has revealed.
This charming word for an erection or hardening of the penis bone gained popularity during the 1990s but was dropped by many for sounding too childish or disrespectful of a well-earned trouser throb.
One Sydney man is thrilled its back.
Terms like boner, cracked a fat and woodie have lost the ability to capture the true essence of a cock push-up, the man said. Stiffy is a simple word that brings delight to all those who hear it and it doesnt get lost in a conversation. Stiffy demands attention.
A linguistics expert has confirmed that the word stiffy cant be beaten.
Cellar-door is often regarded as the most beautiful word in the English language but I reckon thats fuckin bullshit, hey, the professor of language at Penrith University said. You can say the word stiffy 700 or so times a day, especially if you work on a university campus like I do. But how many times can you say cellar-door in one day? A maximum of 20, maybe 30 if you call your goon box a cellar door.
Another word thats set to make a heroic comeback this year is moot, but there have been delays due to wondering how to properly spell it.
Democrat Danica Roem, 32, beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall, 73, in the northern Virginia district near Washington DC.
Mr Marshall is the man who unsuccessfully pushed a bill that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use, and as such, it is believed the election was seen by some as a referendum on rights for gay and transgender people.
Four people rescued after a helicopter crash in the Whitsundays.
THE Inverloch and District Community Bank is an avid supporter of the local community and with great customer service, its no wonder its the choice for many Bass Coast residents.
The Bendigo Bank branch supports local sports clubs, Inverloch RSL, Inverloch Jazz Festival, Rotary Club of Inverloch, Southern Business Womens Network and other associations and events.
They proudly supported the Charity Golf Day recently at the Leongatha Golf Club, where all proceeds went to research into Scleroderma.
The directors work hard on behalf of the Inverloch community. Since opening, the banks given back more than $250,000 to the community in sponsorships, grants and donations.
The Inverloch and District Community Bank is also a major sponsor of the upcoming Sounds of Summer Festival on December 29 and the staff hope to see you all there!
To go in the draw for tickets to the event, make an appointment with one of the banks home loan specialists at Inverloch.
The Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank is one of a network of 316 Community Bank branches across Australia and the big difference from other banks is that a share of the revenue earned is returned for the benefit of local community groups.
More than $180 million in Community Bank contributions has been reinvested into local communities since 1998.
The bank believes that there is a profound connection between business success and community wellbeing, and that for a business to prosper, the community it serves must also prosper.
When a community gets behind its local Community Bank, part of the profits are re-invested back into the local community to fund all sorts of projects.
In addition to being an important source of revenue, Community Bank enterprises provide local people with award-winning banking services, employment opportunities, and a local investment option for shareholders.
The Inverloch and District Community Bank offers a very competitive range of loans and investment options, as well as insurances. But theyre probably best known for their customer service.
Bendigo has been rated #1 bank in the Mozo Peoples Choice Award 2017, rated as having the most satisfied customers according to Roy Morgan research.
But actions speak louder than words, so if youd like to learn more about how a relationship with Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch can benefit you and the community, you can see what an amazing difference Bendigo Bank has made around Australia with the money that is re-invested.
You can also Like them on Facebook at Inverloch & District Community Bank Branch.
For more information, drop in to Bend...
This request is coming from RISE eX-detainees, calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Firstly we like to thank everyone for supporting our call for protests and other actions on Melbourne Cup day and for participating in our #MelbourneCup Twitter storm http://riserefugee.org/melbournecup-twitter-storm-to-bring-attention-to-the-crisis-faced-by-refugees-in-manus/ to bring the escalating hostage crisis faced by our people held by Australia in Manus to the worlds attention. But there is more work to do. Our people are still not free. We eX-detainees urge our supporters to keep up the pressure and continue the protests and actions with the collective goal of making sure all detainees held hostages on the island are evacuated and given permanent protection in Australia and if they choose, New Zealand.
At present refugee detainees are refusing to leave Australias detention camp in Manus simply because they are being moved to another form of Detention. The Australian Government has cut all resources including power and water to the camp. This disgraceful situation cannot continue and international agencies need to take urgent action to prevent mass atrocities against the Manus refugees. We should not wait for another refugee to be killed or maimed due to the Australian governments racist policies. No refugee wants to be left in limbo, but the Australian government has consistently shown a lack of transparency and accountability, breaking faith with Refugees.
Australia should stop using us as political pawns and stop dumping its refugee responsibilities to less wealthy countries such as PNG and Nauru. Refugees in offshore camps on Nauru and Manus are not allowed to go to New Zealand and are permanently banned from resettling in Australia What sort of cruelty is this? Stand up and take action against these xenophobic politicians and show the world we do not support human rights violations against refugees.
While you take action on this urgent matter, get involved in eX-detainees #sanctionAustralia campaign: http://riserefugee.org/sanctionaustralia/. RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia from major international human rights bodies in the way of sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights fora until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.
RISE eX-detainee Members.
Image Courtesy of Ruby Boots WA songstress Ruby Boots returns with the rocking new single and video Its So Cruel. The tack is the first taster from Ruby Boots second album Dont Talk About It which has just been announced with a release date of 9th February. Its about that moment when you meet 
Byron Shire Council is looking to the future and once again trying to engage in community engagement and consultation after their recent failure with the Byron Environment Centre, Byron Masterplan Team and the future of Railway Park.
They are launching the OUR BYRON, OUR FUTURE a ten year aspirational plan looking at what the future should hold for the shire.
From sharing your selfies, big ideas and stories they are hoping that you ideas and experiences will drive a think tank on the future of Byron Shire.
We want to know what you value most and what the long-term direction for our community should be, mayor Simon Richardson said.
We will be popping-up everywhere in the coming weeks to hear peoples big ideas for our future and we look forward to seeing you at workshops, talking with you at our pop-up stalls and hearing from you online at here.
Your feedback will be used to develop our long-term promise to the community Councils new Community Strategic Plan.
The plan lays the foundation for our future vision, directs our future aspirations and supports the operational goals of Council.
Our teams will work across a variety of diverse and in-depth consultation activities to hear from you and really encourage you to have your say.
A key aim of this process is to seek feedback from multiple stakeholder groups across Byron Shire and to tap into those sections of the community who are not usually part of engagement processes.
Thats why were excited to hear about your future aspirations and really keen to listen, mayor Richardson said.
Youve told us that you feel positive about the natural environment, and hold a deep sense of commitment to your community we want to honour and build on that feedback in the developm...
Since the 7 October unilateral declaration of independence, events have moved fast. The central Spanish government has taken over administration, set an election for 21 December and ha started taking steps to maximise the vote in its favour.
Madrid has moved quickly to arrest begin the process of laying charges on the dissolved Catalan parliamentarians.
Huge crowds hit the streets again, as soon as the news got out.
Yesterday (8 November), thousands were out before daybreak, taking part in pickets to block roads and the rail network and demanding the release of political prisoners. Under Spanish law, political strikes are illegal and this one was called by a teachers union over work conditions. The strike took its political form in the streets,
President Carles Puigdemont and five ministers, including deputy Premier Oriol Junqueras, the administrations foreign minister, Ral Romeva, and the government spokesman, Jordi Turull, left the country and went to Belgium. They had earlier driven to Marseille in France and boarded flights to Brussels. They have now handed themselves over to the Belgian authorities and are seeking protection.
Another 9 are in the custody of the Spanish authorities and have been ordered to pay 6.7 million euros to cover expected court costs or have their property confiscated.
All have been accused of rebellion. Sedition and the misuse of public funds and face a potential maximum of 30 imprisonment.
The new political prisoners join Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Snchez, two leaders of the grass roots movement that has been organising the street protests. They have been in custody since 16 October.
The Spanish government has now issued an international warrant for the arrest of Puigdemont, who has said he would return immediately, on the condition that a fair judicial process was guaranteed. At the same time, he has vowed to keep up the political parties to form a united front and contest the imposed election.
The parties have also signed a joint declaration, demanding the release of all those in custody. The exceptions are Prime Minister Rajoys Popular Party, the Socialist Party and Ciudadanos (Cit...
November 9, 2017: A new paper by leading health experts published in the Australian Health Review and summarised in Fairfax news has found that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could add up to $367 million to the cost of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme if increases in data protection monopolies for biologic medicines proposed in the original TPP text are implemented.
Australia and 10 other countries are currently attempting to renegotiate the TPP, after the US withdrew earlier this year. Talks continued this week in Vietnam, and outcomes are expected on November 11. Australia and some other governments are hoping to freeze contentious elements of the deal, anticipating that the US will re-join at a later date. This would include the increased monopolies for biologic medicines.
Right now, Australia provides five years of data protection for all medicines, in addition to twenty years of patent protection from competition. The TPPs provisions give biologic medicines eight years of data protection, an additional three years of protection from competition. This could prevent Australia from ensuring cheaper medicines are available sooner, and would increase costs for the PBS.
The analysis of Australias Medicare expenditure data and PBS price data between 2015 and 2016 shows that Australia spent $2.2 billion on biologic medicines under the PBS. This could be reduced by 24 per cent once both patent and data protection monopolies expire. This means Australia could have saved up to $367 million per year if cheaper versions of biologic medicines (biosimilars) had been available on the PBS in 2016. The extra three years of data protection in the TPP would delay these savings.
The study shows that there is no reason for agreeing to TPP proposals for increased monopolies that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars per year more on biologic medicines either now or in the future. Instead, the Australian government should be seeking to reduce such expenditure and redirect it to other areas of the health care system.
Sue Higginson has stared down loggers at forestry blockades, mining company lawyers in the highest courts, and now wants a chance to unleash her passion in the Bear Pit of the NSW Parliament.
After stepping down as the head of the NSW Environmental Defenders Office, which she was instrumental in forming in Lismore, Ms Higginson has signed up with her local branch of the NSW Greens party in the hope of representing the party at the next state election.
Courted to the Greens party by long-time friend and fellow environmentalist Ian Cohen, and inspired by a speech by the NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman, who said the parliament needed more lawyers, Ms Higginson told Echonetdaily she was available and interested in entering parliament if the local group supported me.
And why wouldnt they?
With a strong candidate, and long-serving Nationals MP Thomas George resigning, the Greens are hoping to do what they did in Ballina where Greens member Tamara Smith reigned supreme after the resignation of incumbent Don Page of the Nationals. Greens candidate Adam Guise, on the back of the CSG issue, almost did the same in Lismore and is yet to announce whether he will put himself forward as a challenger.
I think with every election we are faced with new challenges and circumstances, Ms Higginson said.
Whats clear for Lismore is that there is a long-standing representative who wont be running again so they (the Nationals) dont have the benefit of incumbency.
I also think communities are looking for stronger, louder, engaged voices. What we saw with the CSG issue is that we realised that when we work together we can make a real difference.
Ms Higginson believes that success at the next election will go to the candidate who best represents the electorates desire for a cleaner energy future across all sectors agriculture, industry and community.
When you look at what we are facing regionally with a changed climate its apparent that we...
The winners of the Mullum Music Festivals esteemed Youth Mentorship Program have been announced. While the festival celebrates ten years, this marks the eighth year for the mentorship initiative with entries now coming from as far as Brisbane to Sydney. Conceived by Festival Director and Director Glenn Wright, and coordinated by Tom Whitaker, the Youth Mentorship has had a real impact on developing career pathways in the music industry.
This years Category Mentors &
Winners are: Band
mentor Husky, winner Miel (Bellingen),
Singer songwriter mentor Aine Tyrrell, winner Ruby Gilbert (Brisbane), vocal mentor Kodi Twiner, winner Amy Nelson (Sydney), Under 15 mentor Domini Forster, winner Grace Donsworth (Iluka).
This years mentorships will be awarded at the Mullum Music Festival opening night, with a performance by Under 15 winner Grace Donsworth. After their mentorship with their category artists the other winners will play spots over the festival.
For tickets and program information go to mullummusicfestival.com 16-19 Nov 2017. The YMP is about de-mystifying the pathways to performance careers and the music industry, developing relationships between established and emerging artists who have proven enriching and beneficial for both the mentors and the mentees. The YMP is a unique and exciting initiative that has brought many young artists into the spotlight and enabled them to move forward with more insight into the realities of being performing artists.
This year the YMP teams up young artists with mentors handpicked from the festivals stellar lineup. The mentors have chosen the winners from the many applications.
Ever wondered what there is to do and see in Mullumbimby?
The Mullumbimby y Chamber of Commerce has just helped locals and tourists alike to find out all they need to know from ;Weres the nearest toilet to where can I take the kids for a play by putting up a fun map on the wall of Mullumbimby Newsagents on Stuart Street.
Building on a fun map supplied by The Echo local mural artist Samantha Wortelhock created the fun and informative map for everyone to enjoy.
We get lots of people in here at the Newsagents and at Stewarts Menswear in Mullumbimby asking lots of questions like are there any walks I can do?,said Chamber president, Jenelle Stanford.
The Mullumbimby Chamber took their time consulting with both local businesses and the community to put together all the most common questions we get and created the fun map around those, finished Jenelle.
Nominations closed on Tuesday for the Queensland state election, so Ive done one last update for my candidate list.
There are 453 candidates running: an average of 4.87 per seat.
Labor, the Liberal National Party and the Greens are all running a full ticket. There are nine seats where they are the only parties running.
One Nation is running in 61 seats. Katters Australian Party is running ten candidates, while the Civil Liberties, Consumer Rights, No-Tolls party is running eight candidates. There are also 95 independents running.
The gender balance for the bigger parties are:
Marlon Williams long anticipated second album now has a title and a release date. Make Way For Love will be released on February 18th, three after his self-titled debut. In that time hes toured constantly, pausing only to write the new album and make a foray into acting. Williams recently released Vampire Again, the first
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Welcome to VANDALISMS, an irregular column round up of, obviously, vandalism. Well collect photos and stories of all sorts of graffiti across so-called North America and share them with you, perhaps inspiring you and others to contribute (indirectly) to the next column.
This sort of project has precedents. Some years ago, we loved following MKE Vandalisms, a tumblr page that collected photos of tags, stencils, scribbles and much more seen in Milwaukee. We also enjoyed Plain Words Bloomingtons Around The Town posts earlier this year. We think that, while tagging, wheatpasting, or stickering doesnt often warrant the effort to publish some fiery communique about smashing the state, these minor interventions into the urban landscape are worth sharing nonetheless. While the state works tirelessly creating the illusion of total control, every act of vandalism is a testament that this control is indeed an illusion. To quote A.G. Schwarz:
As authority increasingly manages us at the nano level, the can of spray paint, the rock, the molotov, deserve the same significance as the AK-47. (Signals of Disorder)
Well get right to the action, then, but we do hope to continue expanding our thoughts around the use of vandalism in future columns.
In early October, while anarchists in France awaited their sentencing for the torching of a police car the year before, the walls of Chicago were lit up with the names of some of the imprisoned, including Kara Wild a transwoman from Chicago herself.
Anthony Patch & I get into AI, both the positives & the negatives of the technology. As with everything, there is two ways of looking at the rise of AI dystopic nightmare or the answer to all of our problems. Which way with this cookie crumble? Tune in to hear our opinions on this
Image Courtesy of Julia Jacklin We couldnt be prouder of everything Julia Jacklin has achieved over the last couple of years. Shes gone from playing tiny pub gigs in Sydney to becoming the darling of triple j, scoring a bunch festival slots and even getting nominated for ARIA awards. Jacklins brand new single and video 
Tyagarah landowner Michael Hunter is testing the market by placing his landmark Buckleys Road property for sale with Sydney real estate firm Max Walls.
Currently Mr Hunter holds a DA that would allow the development of a holiday park with 22 holiday cabins, five dwellings, two camping grounds, a conference centre, a swimming pool and a restaurant/caf/general store.
But last year, in association with Ballina-based town planners Ardill Payne, he put before council a much more substantial proposal for a mini-suburb that would have seen between 100 and 200 home sites created, according to planner Dwayne Roberts.
The site was included in Byron Shires draft Rural Land Use Strategy, initially approved by the outgoing council, prompting a snap protest by Tyagarah residents during the election campaign.
But after the developments prime advocate, Cr Rose Wanchap, failed to be re-elected the new Greens-led council withdrew its approval.
Mr Roberts told Echonetdaily he was still in discussions with the new council about the plan.
In response to rumours that Mr Hunter was seeking to have the development decided by the state government as a state significant project, Mr Roberts said, Ardill Payne have not been engaged to undertake any representations to the state government.
Property agent Anthony Walls told Echonetdaily the propertys biggest attraction was its elevation and seclusion.
Weve had families from Melbourne wanting to land-bank it and an overseas religious group looking at it for a place of worship and education.
He said the religious organisation was the most aggressive bidder so far and a bottomless pit of money.
While not wishing to name the religious group, Mr Walls said they had built already in Minnesota (USA) and Bendigo (Victoria).
He added that he had also had interest from Chinese investors and a consortium wishing to turn the property into an eco-resort.
Apart from the 21 hectares required for the development, Mr Roberts said...
In Labor's biggest funding pledge yet, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the funding would increase capacity at the Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals by more than 320 beds and provide a new $12.6 million maternity ward at the Logan Hospital.
The commitment includes $575.8 million over funding allocated in this year's budget.
Potential for new PCYC facilities in Brisbane suburbs
In the southern and riverside Brisbane suburbs, communities have
been discussing the potential for one or
more PCYC facilities.
Nine further charges have been laid against a Lismore gynaecologist who now faces 69 counts of sexually and indecently numerous female patients since 1992.
Dr Glenn Allan Taylor appeared at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing 60 charges concerning the sexual and indecent assault of female patients at his Uralba Street clinic.
Since his last appearance in October, the court heard there had been nine fresh allegations from six former patients of the 62-year-old.
Following complaints from the patients, Dr Taylor was charged with five counts of sexual assault under authority and four counts of indecent assault.
The victims allege between November 1992 and up until January 2015, Dr Taylor fondled two of the womens breasts, rubbed his erect penis against one womans arm and sexually assaulted four patients, one twice.
All alleged acts occurred during consultations.
On Tuesday, Dr Taylor was represented by solicitor Steve Spinks, who was acting as an agent for Taylors Queensland-based counsel.
Mr Spinks requested a brief of evidence concerning the fresh charges from the prosecution.
The court heard the nine fresh charges were likely to link with the 60 other matters previously committed for trial in the District Court.
Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by November 30, and adjourned Dr Taylors fresh matters until December 5.
When the court heard more charges were likely to be laid against Dr Taylor, his original matters, which grew from five to 60 charges over several court appearances this year, were adjourned to meet up with the fresh charges in court.
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A Casino man charged with raping a woman at knifepoint allegedly made numerous attempts to pressure his victim to withdraw complaints to police.
The man, who was 37 when he was arrested, appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday where he was committed to the District Court to stand trial.
He is charged with aggravated sexual assault, two counts of common assault, unlawful imprisonment, intimidation, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and contravening an apprehended violence order.
Between 11pm on April 26, and 7am on April 27, the man, who cant be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have unlawfully imprisoned the woman, contravening an apprehended violence order, before assaulting and intimidating her.
The woman complained about the incident to police, the man was arrested on May 3, and when he faced court two days later he was granted conditional bail.
Less than a fortnight passed before the next attack, police allege.
In the early hours of the morning of May 17, police said there was a second incident between the pair.
But this time the man is accused of being armed with a 20 cm long knife, which he allegedly used to threaten the woman and eventually rape her.
Police arrested the man around 11am that day and he was charged with aggravated sexual assault, common assault, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and contravening an apprehended violence order.
He was refused bail and remanded in custody until his next court appearance.
During this time police allege the man pressured the woman in numerous attempts to get her to withdraw her complaint and statement against him.
He was subesquently charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.
On Tuesday he was committed to stand trial in the District Court.
The man, who is yet to enter any pleas to the charges, will be arraigned for trial on December 13 at Lismore District Court.
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I was fortunate last evening in the Mia Mia to observe a pair of Sacred Kingfishers engaging in courtship behaviour.
Their loud contact calls drew me to the pair perched near a hollow in a tall Grey Box. Both adults were making brief sorties from nearby perches to enter the nest site appearing to delve and excavate with their bills in preparation for nesting. Sometimes they would disappear briefly into the hollow while on other visit they perched at the entrance. On a couple of occasions the male (pictured here) caught a prey item and called loudly whilst displaying with its tail towards the female. While many of our bush birds are feeding young at present these spring migrants are in the early stages of breeding.
We all have that one friend the one whose sense of humor is darker than black. They announce that they want to share a joke and you cant help but wonder just how morbid and grotesque the words they are about to share will be You often try to keep them quiet in public in an attempt to avoid offending anyone or causing a scene. At the end of the day, you cant help but wonder, whats wrong with them to find such dark jokes funny?
Experts are now saying there is nothing wrong with them at all. In fact, a new study published in the journal Cognitive Processing discusses the discovery of a connection between dark humor and a heightened sense of intelligence. Thats right that dark, twisted friend may by hiding an incredibly high IQ!Source: Catprint Media
What exactly is dark humor? Merriam-Webster defines dark humor or black humor as humor marked by the use of usually morbid, ironic, grotesquely comic episodes. While the Cambridge Dictionary provides the definition: a humorous way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad. Basically, it is any type of humor that focuses on the more serious, sad, depressing, morbid or grotesque topics in life such as death and physical violence.
The study was conducted by a research team of the Medical University of Vienna led by Ulrike Willinger. They assembled a group of 156 people with an average age of 33, including 76 women and 80 men. Each participant was shown a series of 12 cartoons of a dark and twisted nature by the renowned German cartoonist Uli Stein and asked to rate them both on their level of comprehension and enjoyment. The participants also underwent testing for both verbal and non-verbal IQ, as well as answering questions relating to aggression levels, mood, and educational background.
This group had the highest level of appreciation for dark and twisted humor. They also scored highest in comprehension, verbal and non-verbal IQ, were generally better educated and scored lower on aggression and bad moods.
While this group still scored moderately well on comprehension, they enjoyed the dark humor the least of the...
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris faces a wait to find out if he has won the latest round of a battle to clear his name.
Australian-born Harris, 87, has made a fresh bid to challenge unsafe indecent assault convictions.His renewed application for permission to appeal has been considered by three leading judges in London.
On Wednesday, after hearing submissions on behalf of Harris and from the prosecution, opposing the challenge, the Court of Appeal judges reserved their decision to a date to be fixed.
The proceedings before Lord Justice Treacy, Mrs Justice McGowan and
the Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, related to convictions in 2014.
The artist and musician was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Londons Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens, and a catalogue of abuse against his daughters friend over 16 years.
A few months after he was found guilty he failed in an attempt to bring a challenge when a judge refused his application for permission to appeal after considering the case papers.Stephen Vullo QC, for Harris, presented four grounds of appeal during the hearing, which Harris attended.
One of the grounds is that there is fresh evidence which supports Harriss case, and complaint is also made about a direction made to the jury by the trial judge relating to the credibility of complainants.
Harris, a family favourite for decades, was jailed for five years and nine months after being convicted of a string of assaults which took place between 1968 and 1986.
The television presenter has since been released from that sentence.
In May this year, he was formally cleared of unconnected historical sex offences, which he had denied.
He was formally cleared of four counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 13 after a retrial ended with a hung jury.
Lord Justice Treacy said the application requires careful consideration and assessment.
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Conservative MPs are reportedly working on an alternative bill to legalise same-sex marriage if the postal survey returns a yes vote.
Theyre worried the legislation being proposed by West Australian Liberal Dean Smith could result in same-sex marriage opponents falling foul of the law if they air their views in public.
Liberal MP Ian Goodenough has told the ABC the alternative bill contains protections for parents and schools with strong religious views.
These would allow schools to teach the traditional view of marriage without necessarily having to provide the full spectrum of views on marriage.
He said the bill also includes amendments to protect faith-based charities like the Salvation Army, Anglicare and St Vincent de Paul from losing funding.
Senator Smiths bill allows same-sex couples to wed, while creating exemptions so that religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.
More than 12.6 million ballots received before the survey officially closed on Tuesday.
The results will be announced next Tuesday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had hoped to get the legislation through parliament before Christmas if the yes vote wins, but the debate on amendments could delay the vote.
Itll take several weeks to get even a dozen amendments through if theyre contentious, Mr Goodenough told ABC radio.
So suddenly itll be very difficult and challenging to get the required number of detailed amendments through before parliament rises.
Parliament is scheduled to rise for the year on December 7 after a final fortnight of sittings.
Australia is falling behind in the global fight against climate change as experts warn the time for action is almost up.
The Climate Council released a new report on Thursday labelling Australia a climate laggard that lacked a coherent, long-term plan to tackle climate change.
Climate Council chief executive officer Amanda McKenzie said Australia had yet to develop a unified approach to reduce emissions despite the country being vulnerable to worsening heatwaves, droughts, coral bleaching and rising sea levels.
This is a critical warning that the window of opportunity for the federal government to tackle climate change is closing, Ms McKenzie said.
In its report the Climate Council detailed five key recommendations for Australia to help fight climate change.It comes three-quarters of the way through what has been described as the critical decade of 2010-2020 by climate experts, and amid an ongoing debate on energy policy by the major parties.
Under the governments new energy policy released in October, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ditched Chief Scientist Alan Finkels proposal to have a clean energy target.
Instead, energy retailers would need to meet guarantees on reliability and emissions but how they do it would be up to them.
Labor remains committed to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.Meanwhile, the UNs 23rd climate change conference is being held in Germany, the first major conference since President Donald Trump said the US will pull out of the Paris accord unless his administration can secure a better deal.
Conference chair Fiji pleaded for the world to do more to protect its most vulnerable people.
All over the world vast numbers of people are suffering, bewildered by the forces ranged against them, Fiji Prime Minikster Frank Bainimarama told the conferences opening session on Monday in Bonn, citing destructive hurricanes, fires, floods and droughts.
FIVE CLIMATE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATIONS:
* By 2020 leaders from all sides of politics adopt a unified approach to climate change that involves embracing renewable energy sources
* Australia targets a net-zero emissions by the mid-2040s
* The government revitalises the Climate Change Authority and allows it to provide independent, expert-based policy guidelines
* Provide financial support to states, territories and local governments to accelerate their own climate change plans
* Transform Australia on the global stage from a laggard to a leader
The post Australia lagging in climate...
As Malcolm Turnbull faces calls from Labor to toughen his proposed checks on MP eligibility, Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie has been drawn into the citizenship fiasco.
Mr Turnbull met with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labors Senate leader Penny Wong in Melbourne for two hours on Wednesday to thrash out an issue that is undermining confidence in the parliament.
The meeting followed reports Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie might become a casualty of the constitution because her father was born in Scotland.
Senator Lambie insists her affairs are in order but its unclear whether she had renounced any potential UK citizenship by descent before entering parliament.
Im happy to put on record that Im satisfied that my parents are both Australian citizens and I have no concerns about me being a dual citizen because of where they were born or came from, in the case of my father, as an infant, she said in a media statement.
The prime minister wanted Labor agreement on a 21-day process, which would involve members and senators publicly declaring they are not a citizen of any country other than Australia and producing birth details relating to them and their parents.
If they had previously been a dual citizen, they would need to show how they had renounced it or how it had otherwise come to an end.It also emerged on Wednesday the government was considering extending parliamentary sitting days to deal with any potential High Court referrals arising from the declarations.
While both leaders agreed on the need to complete the declarations and referrals by the end of the year, Mr Shorten said Labor had two outstanding concerns.
Labor wants all MPs to put on the public record a statement of facts on what steps were taken to investigate whether having a parent or grandparent born overseas entitled them to citizenship.
The parliament should also pass a resolution requiring disclosures by December 1, allowing High Court referrals in the final week of parliament.
We want to sharpen up the prime ministers resolution and make sure it is foolproof, Mr Shorten said.
No point in constructing a net which has mor...
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by KATE FREER Depression and mood disorders are devastating health problems today. When you go to your doctor, their answer is often a prescription for one of the various popular anti-depressant drugs. Many doctors do not investigate for metabolic or nutritional deficiencies that may be the real problem for your depression. Patients have no idea 
INVERLOCHS evergreen table tennis stalwart and a founding member
of the Leongatha Table Tennis Association, Case de Bondt, returned
from Mandurah, Western Australia last week having competed in the
annual Australian Veterans Championships.
The event attracted 416 players from Australia and around the world.
Case managed to win his eighth Australian singles title winning the Over 80s event, as well as the O80s doubles title, for the fourth time, with his regular partner Jim Furness from Mornington.
Also Case was a member of the O75s Victorian team with Dr Barclay (Buddy) Reid, the current holder of the World singles title, to win the gold team medal.
Finishing high in the Order of Merit ranking, Case will once again represent Australia in the annual Test match against New Zealand at Taupo on the North Island next Easter.
Life member Case de Bondt has done Leongatha proud in winning five medals at these championships.
His globetrotting ventures have taken him all over the world since 1994 when he retired from farming. In fact it has become a major part of his lifestyle. He recommends other retirees to follow in his footsteps.
Case claims he owes the Leongatha Table Tennis Association much gratitude for forming the essential basis of his table tennis prowess.
He is currently once again competing on the local scene and enjoys coaching some of the juniors.
Leongatha table tennis
IN THE last home and away round, on October 24, fourth placed DON had to defeat top placed Triple Trouble to keep their spot in the finals. Both sides won one double rubber and the singles went as expected until Neil Smith lined up against Trish Denier in a do or die rubber for DON. This match was a beauty, with Neil taking the first game 11/9, then Trish fired up to take the next two 11/3 and 11/8. It was now or never for Neil and he lifted himself to fight out a very tough game, finally taking it 14/12 to level at two games all. At this stage the younger Neil was feeling less pain than Trish, and he took the fifth 11/5 to secure the win and a place in the finals for the DON team. The other three matches had no effect on the final four. Top players for the season were Allan Robic, undefeated on 42 wins, followed by Michael Chang, Case Debondt and Michael Grist, on 36 wins each, Bryce Holwerda, on 32, and Jason Comrie, on 30.
In the first semi final, played on Tuesday, October 31, DON had no such luck as the previous week against the MKM side. Neil Smith failed to produce the form of the previous week and went down to Martin Stone in the first rubber, 11/13, in the fourth game. When MKM took the first double they were then three rubbers to one up, with Michael Chang then defeating Neil to increase the lead to 4/1. Unfortunately the writing was on the wall for DON, who could only win one more rubber before losing the second doubl...
Herbs and leafy greens are some of the easiest plants to grow. Interestingly, theyre also difficult to store and transport, hence when you buy them from the supermarket or grocer, theyre disproportionately expensive.
If youre venturing towards the end of the year with the intention to eat a little better and spend a little more wisely, perhaps you could rustle up some terracotta pots, soil and seedlings and grow your own.
If you feel like you need a helping hand and wise guidance, youre not alone. My friend Meagan of Whole Family Rhythms recently partnered with herbalist Courtney Irwin from Secret Life of Herbs to create the Whole Family Herbs eGuide 40 beautiful pages abundant with planting, gardening and harvesting advice. Its written for urban and rural families alike, delves into the world of kid-friendly herbs and contains over 15 recipes that are especially delicious, nourishing and supportive for young children.
Greetings amazing human beings! I was recently at the University of Berkeley, where the police presence was intense, and tensions were high from the time I had arrived. I ran into the one and only Sargon of Akkad..
For those who are unfamiliar with Sargon, he is mostly a YouTube content creator that is dedicated to, finding the truth of the matter using rational arguments backed up by evidence.
The police began cordoning off areas of the campus, and we were asked to vacate certain areas on multiple occasions.
Since Sargon and I were already being boxed in by storm-troopers, we decided to conduct an on the spot interview. We mostly discussed what I consider, todays most critical issue The gargantuan, big data guzzling Google- which has received billions in government subsidies in exchange for censoring information to the public, and at the same time, selling our personal information.
This evolved into a discussion about how through their influence and power shape the narrative. They can already control access to information like some Orwellian big brother nightmare. Even Googles top ranking woman has made headlines after making questionable statements about gender. This lead to her writing an essay to try and save a crashing plane.
This brought us to a discussion involving the Ministry of Truth role that Google is playing in this era of, what John Stuart Mill called, Social Tyranny. An era where the loudest collective voice drowns out the individuals voice, penetrating deeper into the matters of life, leaving little hope of escape.
Yesterday, Israeli broadcasters released audio of John Kerry speaking last year at a conference in Dubai. While the full context of the remarks is unclear, he does state some undeniable truths about the Palestinian peace process that US leaders would never say in public.
For starters, Kerry is heard speaking about the Palestinians extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. Kerry cited the example of the Palestinian restraint during the period known as the Knife Intifada, saying that when it took place [Palestinians] delivered non-violence in the West Bank.
Kerry apparently factored this reality into the rest of his remarks, when he went on to say that it wasnt Palestine stalling the Middle East peace process. According to Kerry, the Palestinian commitment to nonviolence is overlooked by the general [Israeli] population.
Kerry went on to rhetorically ask why the Israelis might fail to mention the fact that the majority of Palestinians arent calling for an armed conflict with Israel. Answering his own question, Kerry said the reason was simple: Because the majority of the cabinet currently in the current Israeli government has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state.
Also in Kerrys remarks were several warnings about the inevitable evolution of the apartheid standoff over Palestine. Kerry assumed the next step for the Palestinian liberation movement would likely be mass civil disobedience, or as Kerry describe it, 40,000 kids marching up to the wall every day with signs saying give us our rights.
It was Kerrys opinion that Palestine isnt going to be immune forever to the civil rights movements that have swept other nations in the world.
Protest is already a large part of Palestinian organization so its not like t...
Australia has just witnessed the last Holden vehicle to come off the factory conveyor. This signals the end of a once vibrant national manufacturing industry, which has ultimately fallen to international competition through cheaper imports and the removal of tariffs. American car manufacturing on the other hand is moving with the times, and the Tesla initiatives are setting the world stage alight with advanced renewable technology, electric vehicles and energy storage
Donna Brazile appeared on The View Tuesday morning and admitted the Clinton campaign indeed knew about the Russia dossier BEFORE the presidential election. Brazile says she specifically asked about the dossier on November 4th and was told she didn't need to know about it. Meghan McCain asked Brazile point blank, "I have a question for you and I hope you answer this honestly because there are a lot of questions about this Russian dossier and there is evidence that came out that the DNC helped fund it. Did you know that was happening, and were you surprised to hear about it if you didn't," McCain asked. "I asked one question on November 4th and I was told that I did not need to know and so no, I did not know," Brazile said. Brazile went on to say that she did not control the money in the DNC and line items for oppo research were vague. This is odd, Hillary says she didn't know the dossier existed until Buzzfeed published the 35-page document on January 10th.
The Minister for Primary Industries, Jeremy Rockliffs announcement of Tassals exploration of finfish farming operations off eastern King Island is a desperate attempt to create fictional jobs in his home electorate of Braddon. In his hasty celebration, Minister Rockliffs failed again to talk to the local community about the impacts it will have on their lives, livelihoods and environment. The waters around King Island are home to diverse numbers of fish and other marine life. They are incredibly important to the local Aboriginal community and existing fishing businesses Mercury: Tassal gains permit to explore potential of salmon farming off King Island in Bass Strait TT Media here for other reactions ... ABC: Tassal to explore salmon farm potential off King Island, but local opinion divided
Anonymous artist Hogre wasnt expecting to be arrested while checking their email at an internet caf in Rome. Neither were they anticipating being charged under an archaic Italian law that punishes a public offense to religion with a fine of up to 5,000 Euros or a prison sentence of up to two years.
Hogre was one of two artists who, on June 1 of this year, placed satirical posters in bus stop advertising spaces in the Italian capital. Hogres poster Ecce homo erectus depicts Jesus with a conspicuous erection, resting one hand on the head of a praying, kneeling child. This was a response to sexual abuse charges against Cardinal Pell, the third highest-ranking Vatican official.
The other poster, Immacolata conception in vitro, is by Hogres friend doublewhY. Less obviously inflammatory, it shows two women holding a baby; one of the women is flipping off the viewer. The text and image suggest a parallel between in vitro and immaculate conception.
The moral panic that ensued was instigated by right-wing politician Fabrizio Ghera, who called for the resignation of the transport official responsible for the posters. The Italian media fanned the flames of this panic; according to Hogre in an interview with Hyperallergic,the articles that were around looked like they were written by parrots and pigeons.
Another lofty height achieved in the annals of pious hypocrisy. Jesus with an erection, the whole world will fall apart! but its perfectly okay for the Catholic Church to keep playing transfer the rapist, making denials, and protecting and sheltering those who sexually assault and abuse. Is that not an offense to religion? Might be nice if t...
A group of friends are forming a biodiesel co-op in Kapiti, New Zealand, to reduce waste and lower their greenhouse gas emissions by 86%.
The co-op will collect cooking oil from local businesses and restaurants so they can filter and process it into a fuel that can be used in any diesel engine without modification. It uses biodiesel processor BioPro190 technology to convert the oil.
One of the key figures behind the project is Matt Lamason, founder and director of the Peoples Coffee in Kapiti, who wanted a sustainable solution for the problem of waste cooking oil in his business.
The idea came from visiting a small farmer in Australia who was making biodiesel in his backyard, he said.
I thought, we can do that and here in NZ, we eat a lot of fried fish and chips. So the waste oil was a factor in seeing the gap in the market for a local, small-scale fuel project that has the potential to reproduce around NZ and maybe in the Pacific islands where fossil diesel is at very high prices.
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Published on Oct 10, 2017
There is something much bigger at play as it pertains to the Las Vegas shooting. The big question isn't how many shooters there were, but rather who is behind most all of these types of events? The answer to that question is deeply disturbing.
Published on Oct 4, 2017
I posted the links below to the original posts and the article with Julian Assanges tweets. The tweets have been verified! They are real. I will also post my twitter link below where you can find screenshots and collaborating evidence for this video! You guys owe me big for this video! Google and YouTube are going to remove it asap, so please share this video with as many people as possible! This is the most truth that you will ever get about the situation.. Sorry for the weird title, but I'm trying to keep this video under the radar!
Facebook is teaming up with four countries to test a preemptive system to detect and defend against revenge porn. Users are being asked to upload nude photos of themselves to Messenger. The Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced they were partnering with the social media giant last week on a pilot scheme that will 
"The Week" has been around since 1995 and has a large circulation in the U.K, U.S and Australia.
This article is prophetic - July 2015. I wish I'd seen it earlier.
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A Sydney mother is calling on the NSW government to issue a total ban on smoking around children, labelling it as child abuse. Nina Belle said she was driving along Old Northern Road in Castle Hill when she saw three adults smoking alongside a toddler in a pram, with the smoke "blowing in the poor child's face". Left in an absolute rage by what she saw, the young mum started a petition, calling on the state government to take action. She is calling on those parents who do smoke around their children to be fined and given "ample education and support to quit, including counselling". "I believe exposing babies and children to ongoing passive smoke is a form of child abuse. This view might sound outrageous, but it's not," Ms Belle wrote in her petition. Comment: There isn't much (if any) real scientific evidence for second-hand smoking causing any health issues. "We intervene when children are neglected due to alcohol or drug addictions, and we should intervene when children are exposed to ongoing second-hand smoke.
A violent storm, described as one of the worst to hit the region in a decade, hit eastern Queensland, Australia on November 7, 2017, with hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and large hailstones. Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said the severity of the winds was...... Read more
Facebook is teaming up with four countries to test a preemptive system to detect and defend against "revenge porn." Users are being asked to upload nude photos of themselves to Messenger. The Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner announced they were partnering with the social media giant last week on a pilot scheme that will allow anyone to report sensitive images being shared online without their permission. The eSafety office, which works primarily to prevent the online abuse of minors, asked any Australian who fears that intimate images of themselves may be online to send a nude photo of themselves via Messenger. They will then notify Facebook, who will use image matching technology to stop those images from being uploaded to Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Groups or Instagram.
A war of words has erupted between Iran and the Saudi monarchy following the interception of a missile over the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (or MBS as he has become popularly known) has accused Tehran of being responsible for the attack in a phone call to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The missile was launched from Yemen, where Iran is thought to be backing the Zaydi Shia Houthi rebel movement against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government is backing Yemens internationally recognized president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Riyadh has reinforced its blockade of Houthi territory following the missile strike, closing land crossings and barring all traffic through Yemens air and sea ports.
The present situation is extremely complex, with a Saudi-Iranian/Sunni-Shia rivalry playing out across the Middle East complicated further by local factors. For example, Saudi domestic politics have been unsettled by MBS launching massive purge of rival members of the royal family, ministers, and businessmen all on allegations of corruption. Critics charge that MBS is undermining the Saudi tradition of consensual rule among the sprawling royal family to cement his own personal power networks prior to his accession to the throne. Meanwhile, Yemeni President Hadi is under house arrest in Riyadh as a Saudi concession to the UAE, which is supporting the Saudi effort in Yemen and has built up a considerable powerbase in the anti-Houthi south at Hadis expense. The UAE distrusts Hadi, whom it sees as corrupt and allied with Yemens chapter of the detested Muslim Brotherhood. In the south, the Gulf nation has trained, financed, and armed militias that answer to it alone. It has also set up prisons and created a security establishment parallel to Hadis government.
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Experts have warned that a marked increase in the number of sharks and crocodiles lurking in Queensland's waters have forced more than 50 beach closures this year. More than 420 sharks have been caught as part of the state's Shark Control Program, including one of its biggest ever to be captured, a 5.25 meter tiger shark. Exactly 42 per cent of sharks caught since the beginning of January have been tiger sharks - widely considered one of the most deadliest in the sea. In February 25-year-old Glenn Dickson was spearfishing off Hinchinbrooke Island, North Queensland, when a bull shark attacked him leaving him fighting for his life in hospital. Doctors had to amputate his leg, but the young father did eventually overcome his fear and get back into the water. Dorsal Watch app founder Sarah Beardmore told The Courier Mail: 'I think we're seeing more sharks for sure.'
Iran hawks in the Trump administration have orchestrated the latest release of documents via a neoconservative think tank to link al-Qaeda to Iran
AFP/File / by Benot FAUCHET | An IS offensive in 2014 drove thousands of Iraqi Christians from their homes
LOURDES (FRANCE) (AFP) A top Catholic cleric from Iraq says his country has lost all confidence despite the rout of the Islamic State group, and needs an economic and cultural Marshall Plan.
Its much deeper than simply giving money, Yousef Thomas Mirkis told AFP after addressing a meeting of French bishops in the southwestern French pilgrimage town of Lourdes.
Mirkis, the Chaldean archbishop of the northern diocese of Kirkuk, said the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 had opened a Pandoras Box, and today we see the consequences of the destabilisation of the entire region.
Iraq will long struggle with many difficulties, said Mirkis. We know that sectarianism has failed, American-style democracy has failed. The only thing that will succeed is a rebirth arising from the grassroots.
He said that if young people under 30, who make up some 60 percent of the population, do not rise to the occasion, nothing can be done.
The 68-year-old cleric, who received some of his training in France, thanked the French Catholic Church for its support to hundreds of Iraqi students who fled to Kirkuk from areas that fell to IS during a sweeping 2014 offensive, especially the jihadists Iraqi bastion Mosul.
He urged the bishops to further their support for Iraq, which has lost more than half of its Christian population in recent years. Today, they number fewer than 350,000.
One of the worlds oldest Christian communities is disappearing in Iraq before our eyes amid widespread indifference, he told them on Tuesday.
Chaldean Christians are the most numerous in Iraq. Before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 they numbered more than one million, including more than 600,000 in Baghdad.
Emigration not the answer
The prelate said IS at its peak had many people in its thrall, even if they were not won over to the ideology....
Its 2 AM, youre up late working on your website, and you find
that your MySQL
database has gone offline. You log into your server to troubleshoot, and the following unpleasant
error message appears in your SSH terminal:
# service mysqld restart
Stopping mysqld: [ OK ]
Timeout error occurred trying to start MySQL Daemon.
Starting mysqld: [FAILED]
There are a number of issues that can lead to MySQL errors, and
not one article can
cover the hundreds of possibilities that could cause a MySQL server to fail to start,
however, in this tutorial we will be covering the most common resolutions for this error.
1. Configuration Errors Well start off with the
most common issue which is all
within one file on your server located at /etc/my.cnf. This is the file that is vital to
a successful MySQL server. This configuration file stores all of your MySQL
settings, if there are any errors or unsupported configurations in this
configuration, it can cause the MySQL server to fail to start.
2. Incorrect Permissions
Check if proper permissions are in place!
of the MySQL files such as binaries or the /var/lib/mysql folder can get
accidentally changed when multiple hands touch a servers configuration.
3. MySQL port in use by another application If
another application on your
server is running on Port 3306 it can cause MySQL to fail to start.
4. Disk Space Full Is your server disk space
full? Or the /tmp partition full? If so,
this is why MySQL will fail to start as well. Check your disk space by running the
df -h command!
5. Out of memory If MySQL process is not
getting enough memory due to
abusive processes or any other valid process, it cannot start or would keep
crashing all the time.
These are the top 5 issues that can result to a MySQL server to not starting properly....
If doctors would wait a mere 60 seconds to clamp preterm babies umbilical cords, it could potentially save the lives of 100,000 babies. Thats what a new Australian study has proposed after researching preterm babies...
The post Doctors Waiting To Clamp Umbilical Cord Could Save 100,000 Babies appeared first on Vaxxter.
TweetToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes. Todays episode was originally, Episode-305- You Cant Lose by as a Modern Survivalist and was originally published on Oct. 28th 2009. The following are the original show notes from that episode. The number one question I get from non preparedness minded individuals when I tell them about The Survival Podcast is simply, why? Why takes many forms such as Why do you worry about so many things you cant control? Why do I need to do anything different then I am doing now, I got this far OK, right? Why should I spend money on things I may never need or even use? Why should I sacrifice just to be debt free because youre no one unless you own money in the nation anyway? Why should I store food? Why do I need a gun, we have a nice town and a great police force? Why do you feel the need to be an alarmist? Oh and that list of whys goes on and on, I assure you. Yet I always answer every single why with the same answer, because the way I do things my life is better even if nothing bad ever happens. Tune in today as we discuss this concept and thoughts on how Living debt free is the only way to have the freedom we all desire Why most people tolerate things in their life they should never allow Why tax is theft and why understanding it creates freedom Why no matter what people say you do need to prepare for bad times How the media and the government create plastic lifestyles that we choose to live within Why storing food will always pay itself back even if you never have to rely on it directly Why a garden is liberating and a financial gain Why so many people that start to prep fail and fall out and how to change that Resources for todays show Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum We Did It 1 Million Downloads (Thank You All!) TSPs Youtube Channel Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.
In the wake of the Paradise Papers revelations that Apple was using the island of Jersey as a tax haven to avoid ponying up, German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung, which has covered the scheme along with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, had one big question for Apple: Why? To hopefully get answers (or at least vent a little) they
In the wake of the Paradise Papers revelations that Apple was using the island of Jersey as a tax haven to avoid ponying up, German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung, which has covered the scheme along with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, had one big question for Apple: Why?
In a trial of a new drug to cure cancer, 44% of 50 patients achieved remission after treatment. Without the drug, only 32% of previous patients did the same. The new treatment sounds promising, but is it better than the standard?
That question is difficult, so statisticians tend to answer a different question. They look at their results and compute something called a p-value. If the p-value is less than 0.05, the results are statistically significant in other words, unlikely to be caused by just random chance.
The problem is, many statistically significant results arent replicating. A treatment that shows promise in one trial doesnt show any benefit at all when given to the next group of patients. This problem has become so severe that one psychology journal actually banned p-values altogether.
My colleagues and I have studied this problem, and we think we know whats causing it. The bar for claiming statistical significance is simply too low.
Most hypotheses are false
The Open Science Collaboration, a nonprofit organisation focused on scientific research, tried to replicate 100 published...
Give a cheer for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Theyve been winning big on the football field, but also scoring major points for religious freedom. Last week, students and faculty were informed that artificial contraceptives would no longer be covered under the universitys insurance plans, as of 2018.
As a policy change its small potatoes, but its a big deal for faithful Catholics. In truth, anyone who cares about religious liberty has reason to cheer. With this bold step, Notre Dame distinguishes itself as one of the first employers in the country to take advantage of the Trump administrations relaxation of the contraceptive mandate. The Irish are asserting their right to be a Catholic university.
In 2013, Notre Dame was one of several institutions that sued for relief from Obama administrations contraceptive mandate, explaining that its requirements were incompatible with the schools religious mission. The university was permitted to transfer the cost of contraceptives to a third-party provider, but still de facto required to arrange for contraceptives to be provided by filing paperwork that initiated third-party coverage.
In recent years, Notre Dame employees and students have been receiving free contraceptives under this policy. The Trump administrations new rules permit Notre Dame to forego contraceptive coverage entirely, in keeping with its religious mission.
Why does the Catholic Church forbid contraception? Im not going to answer that question right now, because its a distraction from the truly important point. Whether or not you agree with the Catholic position, it is sincerely held by millions of your compatriots, who should be permitted to hold that view without legal penalty.
Youre allowed to disagree with us, because its a free country. But we should still be permitted to build private institutions that reflect our shared beliefs. Lets suppose for the sake of argument that we really are revanchist oddballs. So what?
Whenever this issue is debated, we get inundated with statistics meant to show this church teaching is effectively a dead letter. Even Catholics, we are told, dont really believe or practice it. Of course, a moral position cant really be refuted (or proven) by a public opinion poll, but I frequently find these...
If consequence-free sex is the dream, sex dolls are the reality. Long a key component of sci-fi fantasies and dystopian futuramas, sex dolls have a foothold in the marketplace. Last winter, a doll brothel opened its doors, catering to an international clientele of tourists eager to get it on with a pliable, synthetic human.
These artificial, anatomically correct females can be rented by the session, and their specs can be specially requested. A perusal of the companys website shows that a variety of models are available, with breasts from average size all the way up to cow (you read that right), and that one of their most oft-requested outfits is a plaid mini-skirted school girl uniform.
Lumidolls, the brothel featuring sex dolls, has been open in Barcelona for nine months. In that time, owner and co-founder Sergio Prieto revealed recently, its faced a plethora of requests for rape fantasies and for dolls that resemble children. Lumidolls does not provide child-sized dolls for customers, although dolls of that nature are available internationally and reportedly on Amazon. Although Prieto claims rape is not the sort of behavior Lumidolls promotes or encourages, its safe to say that once the boudoir doors are closed the customer can do as he pleases, with nary a dissenting voice from the inanimate woman in his bed.
Theres basically two answers to whether pedophiles and rapists should play out their fantasies with dolls. On the one hand, sure, why not? Who is being harmed by a guy raping a latex doll that looks like an eight-year-old? Certainly not the doll, who is not a cogent human being. Perhaps the guy is so marvelously in control of his desires that he can save all his pedo-rapist impulses in a jar with his Euros and only rape the doll, sparing any potential violence against actual women and children.
This relativist perspective would have us believe that the only problem with raping women or children is the harm done to the women and children. If it didnt cause any harm, then would raping and pedophilia really be that bad? Nah, say proponents of relativism, no big.
The argument against is that normalizing these behaviors in the mind could lead to men seeing this as normal behavior in their everyday lives. Its possible that to engage in the fantasy is to bend the barriers toward engaging in the reality. Aimee van Wynsberghe, from the Foundation on Responsible Robotics, believes we have to think about the power technology has to reinforce different norms, habits, routines, and values, and that sex dolls can change the idea of what sex is.
In a June 5 interview with the BBC, van Wynsberghe argues that using sex robots creates a situation where sex does not require dual consent. Relativists who favor todays sex-...
How long will I need to be on the medication? It seemed like a harmless question, the sort youd see on a suggested list of questions to ask your doctor when starting a new treatment or regimen, right up there with What are the possible side effects? and How soon should I expect it to take effect?
Looking back on that conversation with my obstetrician now, nearly a full year later, I realize that question and her subsequent answer has significantly shaped my understanding of my diagnosis and my expectations for treatment and recovery.
My postpartum depression diagnosis last fall was my first experience with any sort of depressionas far as I knew, anyway. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues may have plagued a number of relatives on both sides of my family, but I had always seemingly dodged that mental health bullet.
My doctor noted, though, that given my family history my previous experiences with baby blues following the births of our other three children may have actually been mild cases of postpartum depression that went undiagnosed due to my ability to function relatively normally. Regardless, I went into my depression treatment with a number of assumptions that may have set me up for the frustration, anger, anxiety, and despair I find myself wrestling now.
During that discussion about an increase in my dosage, my doctor never offered definitive dates for when the treatment would end. Yet somehow my mind, in its desperation for healing and a return to normalcy, took her at least until March, perhaps after your son weans answer as a firm deadline to mark on my calendar and aim for. Despite her limited expertise on treating mental health issues, I trusted her so implicitly I not once sought out additional information or data on my condition.
Sure, I talked with friends who had experienced it, understood it, and survived it. I listened to friends who had battled depression and anxiety their whole lives and navigated the complexity of treatment during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I spoke with some who had found healing through non-medication treatment, others who had found relief with mild dosages of medication alone, and a handful who waited out the internal storms when no treatments worked.
But despite my high dosage of medication needed to maintain an even keel, I always assumed my depression would become easier to handle and end sooner rather than later. Not once did I expect to still be battling it a year after our sons birth. But I am. And it is frustrating and defeating. And completely normal.
It wouldnt be until 11 months later, after a scary downturn in my mood led me to contemplate veering my car into traffic or off an overpa...
In the interviews below, Russ Baker explores various issues, but they all have one thing in common they demonstrate the enduring power of the Deep State. The first concerns the long-withheld documents concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The mainstream media is having trouble putting into context the promised JFK records release, and President Donald Trumps decision to hold back some of those records because they all work off the same flawed script. In a brief interview with Los Angeles radio station KNX, WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker sets the record straight on what is at stake here.
In a second of two radio interviews with host Peter Boyles on 710KNUS in Denver, Russ reveals the answer to an intriguing paradox: Why has the Bush family been outspoken against fellow Republican Donald Trump after holding their tongues during eight years of the Obama presidency?
He also discusses why the mainstream media has such a hard time accepting the possibility that the US intelligence/military coup detat machine which was overthrowing elected leaders worldwide during the 1950s and 60s might have turned against President John F. Kennedy.
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|KNX Radio Host:||Right now though the mystery about who killed President John F. Kennedy continues even though the government has now released thousands of documents about the investigation. With us now is Russ Baker, Investigative Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of the news site WhoWhatW...|
Edwin Oswald was an elderly man, who in 1925 lived with his wife in Bayswater. But, like many a married man before and since, he decided he wasnt getting enough at home, so resolved to get some elsewhere in exchange for a monetary transaction. If you get our meaning.
Fortunately for Edwin, he knew where some was available on King William Street in Bayswater and wrote a very precise letter stating the date and time he would turn up, together with a few somewhat explicit lines detailing what he would require when he got there. Then he put the missive in the mailbox and waited for the appointment.
At 7pm on his chosen day in March 1925, he arrived and knocked on the door. The door was opened by Mrs Ethel Drew who demanded to know what he wanted. After telling him she didnt want him there, he replied with the romantic words But I want you. At this point, one Constable White stepped forwards from the shadows and arrested Edwin for using insulting words towards a lady.
But this was not a simple case of a mistaken address, for Edwin had good (if wrong) reasons for believing his indecent request would be fulfilled, for it was common knowledge that Ethel was King William Streets most available prostitute. Only she wasnt. She was a war widow with two young daughters, and nothing but gossip to link her to the worlds oldest profession.
The rumours had been started by one of Ethels neighbours, Edith Nelson. The pair had once been friends, and had...
Judging from some of the reactions on the internet, consent is a very difficult thing to figure out. Personally, Ive never had any problem with it. Heres my algorithm:
If youre not sure you ask. If the person you ask is too drunk or fucked up to reply with an enthusiastic yes then wait.
Thats one of the pieces that those who are find consent complicated seem to want to ignore: waiting is always an option. If one is rushing to get some sexing in really quick before ones prospective partner changes their mind (or something else about the situation changes) then its always shaky ground. If one wishes to be sure one has consent, wait, and check again when the situation evolves. Or make the situation evolve, then check back. Its simple.
Worked example: youre a big time studio boss and an young ingenue is making big eyes at you. Ignoring the power differential, you ask, are you flirting with me? Because if you are, and youd like to go out for dinner and a long walk on the beach with me, Id love to just as soon as were done casting for this film. I wouldnt want you to think I was mixing business with personal affairs. If the dynamic is that youre afraid theyll change their mind when they find out you think they cant act and wont get the part, then youre not getting consent, youre being offered a trade. Or worse, they think youre offering them a trade.
Another worked example: youre Thomas Jefferson and your comely slave Sally Hemings is, well, comely. Perhaps there is magic possibly going to happen? Being a great political philosopher, you recognize that there is a gigantic power differential between you and so you free her and give her a bunch of money. Does she leave or does she stay? (My bet is she hauls ass out of there and never comes back) But if the question is can someone I own consent to sex? then the obvious answer is to wait and see. And dont be coercive: Sally, if I free you will you be my mistress? is offering a trade, not asking about consent.
Trading for sex and consenting for sex are on the same chart, but theyre not always connected. Thats one of the other things that confuses some people. Although, I will say for the record: I dont believe for a second that they are confused; theyre just saying their confused because it serves their agenda.
It seems to me that if you break it down li...
There is so much vibrancy and life to this embrace between the folk music of Chinas Sichuan Province and that of Melbourne, Australia. Framed in a context of jazz and classical expressionism, Water Pushes Sand has a rich voice that takes to the skies and soars. This project began after Erik Griswold and Vanessa 
Svetlana Alexievich, Chernobyl Prayer (1997, trans Anna Gunin & Arch Tait Penguin Classics 2016)
From post revolutionary China in Madeleine Thiens Do Not Say We Have Nothing back to the Russian Revolution in China Mivilles October, and now forward to post-Soviet Belarus: the book group has lit on a theme.
Before the meeting:
Knowing that Chernobyl Prayer is essentially a series of monologues about the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, I expected it to be a gruelling read, so I rationed it. I worked out how I would need to read seventeen pages a day to finish the book before the Group met, and set that as a schedule. Of course it didnt work out like that, but it was a good strategy.
As Studs Terkels Working did for working people in the USA, or Wendy Loewensteins Weevils in the Flour for the 1930s Depression in Australia, this book provides a platform for scores of witnesses who otherwise would be largely ignored or ...
Pizza is just a kind of very large cheese biscuit. An adequately large cheese biscuit is a pizza.
If you want to waste someones time in a debate, one of the best ways to do it is to hurl the balloon full of sticky goo we call linguistic nihilism at them. In terms of the value of the technique, I think my colleague Marcus characterizes it best: like sneaking off the battlefield under cover of darkness. Other suitable metaphors include stepping into quicksand or navigating a quagmire. If we imagine a debate to be a duel of swords, linguistic nihilism is not a technique of parrying or striking, but rather manoeuvring the opponent into knee-deep mud.
One iconic example of linguistic nihilism is captured in a low-stakes joke: Hot pockets are a kind of sandwich. The crux of the argument, not (typically) made with any seriousness, is that we can define a sandwich to possess certain attributes (e.g. a pair of bread slices with fillings in-between), and then label all things with those attributes sandwiches. Hot pockets, being quite literal bread products with cheese and meat stuffed in between, could arguably be sandwiches. But the vast majority of people reading the word sandwich probably dont picture hot pockets. We can chase our tails all day as to whether or not we could argue that hot pockets are sandwiches, but it wont change the fact that enough people, when polled, will picture distinct and different things when asked to imagine a hot pocket and a sandwich in their mind. The attributes of any given hot pocket and any given sandwich could all be described, but what those attributes mean is a linguistic and philosophical dispute, not an empirical one. There is no essence of sandwich one can detect in hot pockets to measure their sandwichness. What we call sandwiches is a negotiated, social process, meaning if it is suitable to all parties involved, we can decisively say one way or the other whether hot pockets are sandwiches, and then proceed with our discourse.
Of course, even if you and I come up with an answer, well have to repeat the process when my colleague Marcus pops in and says obviously hot pockets arent sandwiches. Thus the circle closes. Maybe we actually wanted to discuss whether sandwiches had better nutritional potential than hot pockets, and now were bickering with Marcus over whether the distinction between the two is even meaningful. Were back at the start of this post, having wasted time and ruined friendships over whether hot pockets are a kind of sandwich.
Balloon full of sticky goo. Quagmire. Quicksand. Knee-deep mud. Get it yet? Its tedious as hell, and inciden...
A severe weather anomaly swept across New South Wales, Australia on November 6, 2017. Two people were sent to hospital after a roof collapsed due to intense rain, giant hail and destructive winds across NSW. Unseasonal snow also reported. Some describe as the storm as the most severe hailstorm experienced in 30 years in the area.
The release of more than 13 million financial and tax documents known as the Paradise Papers show that the Panama Papers last year and LuxLeaks in 2014 were just the tip of the tax avoidance iceberg. It also shows that governments have not learnt their lesson and taken action.
Both the OECD and G20 made recommendations several years ago that would have increased transparency of corporate taxes, and extensive research shows that this is effective in limiting corporate tax avoidance. Recently, we also recommended to a Senate committee that the government limit the use of some financial products that can be re-purposed for tax avoidance.
The Paradise Papers detail the complex offshore financial and tax activities of celebrities, politicians, world leaders, and more than 100 multinati...
Under a newly signed deal, the Australian and Chinese regulators will share and utilize information on emerging market trends and developments to promote fintech innovations.
Questioned about the obvious arithmetical impossibility of his promises to increase spending, cut taxes and greatly improve the budget balance, Queensland LNP leader Tim Nicholls had two responses.
First, he claimed that he could balance the books by not renewing some unspecified programs as they aspire and by cutting government advertising expenditure. This is laughable. The savings from discretionary programs expiring in any given year are going to be tiny in relation to the billions Nicholls needs to find annually. As for government advertising, not only are the sums involved relatively modest, but this is a promise routinely made and broken by Opposition parties in just about every election. Nicholls may not like government advertising when Labor does it, but, in office, he was happy to spend $70 million on the Strong Choices asset sales campaign.
More importantly, Nicholls stated that his campaign would release costings by an unnamed accounting firm on 23 November, two days before the election and after lots of people have cast early votes. This is stunning. Its obvious that the date has been selected to ensure that the costings cant possibly be checked in time to confront him with the errors it will undoubtedly contain.
He might as well have promised them five minutes before the polls close on election day. Why even bother with such a charade?
S Ganesh Kumar, Executive Director at the Reserve Bank of India, answering audience questions during a conference, continued the governments official hostility toward the worlds most popular cryptocurrency. He signalled Indias unwillingness to formally allow bitcoin use in the country, but did reserve judgement on blockchain technology.
Our current position on bitcoins, Reserve Bank of Indias (RBI) Executive Director, S Ganesh Kumar stated, is that we will not be using it for any payments and settlementsthough the technology underlying cryptocurrencies will not end.
Mr. Kumar chose the Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, home this year to one of Asias largest banking conferences to make his statement. This annual flagship conference has become the marquee event in the calendar of members of the entire banking and financial sector fraternity in the country, the conferences website hyped.
Some of the most crucial ways you can prepare for an interview have nothing to do with whats on your resume.
You studied the companys history, practiced your answers to the most common interview questions, and have planned the perfect outfit. Youre ready to land the job, but a seemingly inconsequential detail could trip you up. It takes a few seconds for an interviewer to form a first impression of you, and something you do or wear could trigger unconscious first impression bias.
Im a filthy Townsvillian looking to escape the Brown of the Ville, and am looking to purchase a property in your lovely city.
Ive had a read through the suburb guide in the sidebar, done some heavy research online and now understand the Ms and Ws! What I have discovered is that although most of it is straight forward, some of it is not.
I was wondering if I could get some specific feed back - I believe that Edge Hill has a pretty good reputation, I was wondering if there are any bad streets to avoid, as within the suburbs there there seem to be good bits and bad bits.
Also, I love Westcourts proximity to the city, and am hoping theres a good street or two hidden away. I havent heard much said about Bungalow or Kanimbla either...
Any feedback or thoughts would be much appreciated, I made a crappy purchase here in Townsville in 2010 and dont want to repeat my mistake!
Where: Pacific Hotel Harbour Room, 43 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870
When: 6.00 8.00 pm Tuesday 14th November.
Extra details: Drinks available to purchase
Far North Queensland is home to two World Heritage Areas, diverse and spectacular landscapes and an unusual mix of native wildlife which together support our world-renowned nature-based tourism industry. Our region exists and prospers because of the unique beauty, wildlife and natural values of Far North Queensland (FNQ) and we wouldnt want it any other way.
With the unprecedented back-to-back coral bleachings in 2016 and 2017, climate risk to our environment and our livelihoods cannot be ignored. Climate change is no longer an abstract concept it is an everyday concern not just for the environment but for local livelihoods.
With the impacts already being felt in the region, strong and swift action is needed and it will be the next elected government that will set the course for what climate action looks like for Queensland.
Across the state, conservation groups and the community are calling for strong leadership and urgent action to reduce rapidly rising rates of land clearing in Queensland and transition our energy and economy away from fossil fuels and towards renewables.
Getting the large number of candidates across the region into one room is a logistical nightmare, some would say impossible. Instead, we have invited a mix of candidates from two FNQ electorates, Cairns and Barron River. This includes the three independent candidates across the two electorates and a candidate from each of the four political parties. In doing so, we hope to create a robust and respectful discussion encompassing diverse views from across the community and the political spectr...
The Falls Music & Arts Festivals 2017 Foster A Band initiative has closed and the votes have been tallied! Falls fans cast thousands of votes via the festivals website and the race was super close to the very end! Running throughout the month of October, people from around Australia tuned in and selected who they would like to see hitting the Falls Byron stage this summer alongside the likes of Flume, Angus & Julia Stone, Run The Jewels, Liam Gallagher, Peking Duk and heaps more!
The artist scoring the highest number of thumbs up and a slot on the 2017/18 line-up is
Adam Harpaz is a multi-instrumentalist, indie-folk musician who busks during the day, performs at venues during the night and surfs in between. The Byron Bay based singer-songwriter paints pictures of peaceful coastal living through heartfelt performances and lyrical integrity. Adam has been featured on triple j, performed at major festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, and has sold out shows across the country. Adam has also shared the stage with the likes of Missy Higgins, Hein Cooper and the Art of Sleeping.
[ Saturday, 11 Nov; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. ] Every year New England folk gather at Black Gully (behind NERAM) to celebrate community, music and biodiversity. Starting at 10.00am you can browse through the Maker's Market and chill out with art, food, drink, nature and of course live local music. Kids art and environment activities all day. When: This Saturday 10am10pm Where: behind New England Regional Art Museum, [...] full article
[ Friday, 10 Nov to Sunday, 12 Nov. ] When: Friday, 10 November 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, 12 November 2017 - 6:00pm Where: The Pilliga, North West NSW, return from Sydney, Newcastle and Northern Rivers. The Pilliga forest is the largest woodland in eastern Australia. It is a sacred place for the Gamilaraay people and a vital recharge area of the Great Artesian Basin. The Pilliga spans [...] full article
The British newspaper, The Independent seems to be getting in
beds with Commies lately. The evidence I elicit is the recent
article (November 4, 2017)
Actually the magic money tree does exist, according to modern
monetary theory by a journalist Youssef El-Gingihy. It gives
oxygen to the views of an Australian economist, one William
Mitchell who espouses what is known as Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
yes, you got it in one another crackpot economic approach that
fails to recognise that most professional economists reject it,
which means it must be wrong. Right! More than two thousand people
have shared the article, which means the socialist cancer is being
spread by these Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) fanatics. One
commentator thought it was a rearly stupid article. Dont worry
about the spelling error. The opinion is what mattered and it was
dead-centre true. Mitchell must be one of the most stupid
economists ever. Like his MMT mates who seem to be tweeting and
being retweeted in ever increasing frequencies these days, which
just goes to show that people can be indoctrinated to believe
anything. Some comments were made on the article, which just
reflected what anybody who knows anything about economics would say
you know government spending will ultimately cause hyperinflation
everybody knows that. Further, one insightful commentator noted
that because Britain is not at war there is no justification to
rack up big debts everybody knows that. Mitchell obviously wants
the government to rack up huge debts, although he doesnt actually
say that. But if the government does run deficits it will obviously
intend to soft-default on debts through inflation which will then
mean the markets will smash the pound. Everybody knows that too.
For me, I couldnt get any traction in the comments section most
commentators seemed to be supportive of this mad professors crazy
ideas so I decided to E-mail him. I didnt get any satisfaction from
that either. He is obviously a commie in disguise. He said
something about Chartalism. I think that was just a typo in his
reply probably he was trying to say that he was a charlatan. What
is the world coming to!
The article summarises the thesis in Mitchell and Fazis latest book Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, 2017).
Who is this Fazi character? An Italian journalist by accreditation. Clearly says a lot for journalistic standards in Italy.
The fact that their book was published by...
[ Tuesday, 14 Nov; 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. ] New England North West Regional Science Hub presents: A Day in the Life of Your Soil Soil organisms are very important for agricultural productivity and the health of natural environments. They influence how much water enters and stays in your soil, nutrient cycling, drought resistance and pasture growth. This half-day workshop will give you a first-hand, up-close look [...] full article
Songs about misogynistic murder, if sung by mainstream country artists, might be construed as indicative of the harsh patriarchal world of rural Australia. To the contrary, urban alt-country or bluegrass artists can afford to try on the persona of the violent male without any ramifications, and indeed, can accrue symbolic capital through their embrace of a song form considered gothic or edgy.
A new international study published in the journal Nature found that Australia is among a group of seven countries who are causing around fifty percent of global biodiversity loss. Using measures from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list, the study calculated that Indonesia has the worst record, accounting for 21% of [...] full article
Glen Innes is at the centre of the renewables revolution according to a recent ABC news article, which highlights the Sapphire and White Rock wind farms. Both are being constructed close to the town due to the ideal combination of high winds and grid connectivity found on this part of the Great Dividing Range. Goldwind, who [...] full article
Pastor Benny Hinn American televangelist and Pastor Neville Johnson Australian false prophet have conversations with the departed known as necromancy, a black magic art. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 10. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"
There are more suicides today Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander than ever before. It is not just intergenerational trauma and the impacts of colonisation, or cultural deficits that are contemporaneously culprit to this crisis. Much more simply the culprits are the deplorable ongoing inequalities and direst poverty. The intergenerational trauma is compounded by betrayals, where 
Can music actually make us smarter? Research suggests that from as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, when auditory function is forming, babies begin their musical development. Their early adaptive exposure to sounds, including those familiar sounds of parents voices, enhance extraordinary processing skills.
Neuroscience teaches us that a childs brain is plastic. By this, we mean it is malleable and has the ability to change. The first year of life, more than any other year, will see the most rapid change in brain size and function as all the sensory receptors activate. Intriguingly, neuro-imaging shows that music alone turns on large sectors of a childs brain, opening crucial neural pathway...
28 years strong and still full of surprises!
Reviewed by Phil James
The 2018 Wangaratta Festival of jazz and blues (Wang.) was a story of the big and small, electronics and prerecording, continuing contributions by women, particularly from expat Aussies, new and proven talent. It did what festivals are meant to do. It provided an audience worthy of grand new works and artistic collaborations not served well by being restricted to the confines of the small urban music club. Wang. also provided the opportunity to create a jazz and blues smorgasbord, and as is true of all you can eat (or in this case all you can hear) one is prone to over-indulge. Like many others, I found myself dashing feverishly from one musical dish to another.
No one worked harder at Wang. than trumpeter / composer Nadje Noordhuis. Originally from Melbourne but resident in NY for past 14 years. One minute in partnership with long time collaborator, vibe player and percussionist James Shipp, the next with a quartet, and on another day a quintet. All this as well as acting as one of the National Jazz Award judges, and opening the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival on Nov. 8
Melbourne saxophonist Angela Davis also demonstrated the benefit of having spent several years in the U.S. She really warmed up an otherwise acoustically cold St Pats Hall with her beautiful compositions and sensitive quartet.
Another talent featuring at the SIWJF who gave two performances was multi instrumentalist, vocalist, storyteller extraordinaire Jun Shyu. It wasnt jazz (or blues) but those who caught one of her two shows were completely mesmerized.
At the Blues tent on opening night Northern Territorys Caiti Baker and her band (with a little help from prerecorded guitars and backup vocals) gave great renditions of tunes from her latest terrific album Zinc. She threw in a couple of covers from Amy Winehouse and Irma Thomas for good measure. I predict BIG things for Miss Baker.
Other highlights at the Blues Tent (besides the excellent food and beverage vendors!) were the very credible vocal and guitar impression of Jimi Hendrix by Shannon Bourne; and the barnstorming gumbo sounds of funk, r&b and soul from Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Anyone who can get my world weary body up and boogieing has to be admired.
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Adrian Attwater and Paul Marris, presently in jail awaiting sentencing, will get over ten years jail for what they did to Lynette.
This wont bring young Lynette back for her family and friends but at least justice is being done. It took a long time for the police and authorities to act on this terrible assault, and the family and supporters are rightly angry about this.
Sentencing is due in Coffs Harbour Court on 8 December 2017.
8 November 2017
The mother of a woman who died after a violent sexual assault on a New South Wales beach says she felt like her heart had been ripped out when she learnt of her daughters death.
Paladin has ignored our requests to provide its estimate of the cost of rehabilitating Kayelekera, but we can safely say that the figure will be multiples of the US$10 million bond. Just keeping Kayelekera in care-and-maintenance costs US$1012 million annually.
As things stand, if Paladin goes bankrupt and fails to rehabilitate Kayelekera, either rehabilitation will be coordinated and funded by the Malawian government (with a small fraction of the cost coming from Paladins bond) or the mine-site will not be rehabilitated at all.
It does Australian companies investing in mining ventures abroad no good whatsoever to leave Kayelekera unrehabilitated, a permanent reminder of the untrustworthiness and unfulfilled promises of an Australian miner and the indifference of the Australian government.
The companys environmental and social record has also been the source of ongoing controversy and the subject of countless critical reports.
Julie Bishop, the WA government, Paladin and its administrators from KPMG need to liaise with the Malawian government and Malawian civil society to sort the rehabilitation of Kayelekera. An obvious starting point would be to prioritise the rehabilitation of Kayelekera if and when Paladin goes bankrupt and its carcass is being divided up. (picture below shows uranium sludge going to river)
Cairns, Queensland. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcomes support for the Reef tourism industry announced today by the LNP but calls on leader Tim Nicholls to veto the $1 billion loan to Adanis Carmichael mine.
AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaigner David Cazzulino said, The Reef tourism industry in Queensland is already under pressure in the wake of record coral bleaching and Cyclone Debbie. Climate change, mainly driven by the burning of coal and gas, is the single biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef.
Mining and burning coal from Adanis Carmichael mega-mine would generate billions of tonnes of pollution, accelerate global warming and put our Reef in even more danger.
The Reef supports 64,000 tourism industry jobs that are clean and sustainable and generates $6.4 billion every year. Its of enormous social and economic significance to regional Queensland.
Recent polls show that Queenslanders want opposition leader Tim Nicholls to join the Premier to veto the $1 billion taxpayer loan to Adani and oppose the Carmichael mine, which will only exacerbate damage to the Reef, tourism industry and related jobs that rely on a healthy Reef.
AMCS is calling on all parties to:
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The Worlds Largest Climate Change Summit Starts Today. Heres Whats Happening. Huffington Post 6 Nov 17 It is the first annual meeting of the United Nations group since President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Representatives from nearly 200 countries gather at the United Nations 23rd climate change conference beginning Monday, an annual effort to tackle global warming and its impacts already inflicting havoc on the planet.
Australia conducts naval drills to stop and search North Korean weapons ships, SMH, David Wroe, 6 Nov 17, Australia is stepping up its role in tightening the net around North Korea, carrying out naval drills with the United States and South Korea to practise intercepting ships suspected of carrying illicit weapons to and from the rogue regime.
Two Anzac Class frigates began the two-day joint exercises on Monday in seas to the South of the Korean peninsula alongside powerful guided-missile destroyers from the other two countries as well as four smaller warships, maritime patrol planes and helicopters.
The crews are rehearsing how to stop and search a suspect ship of any country but the drills are clearly aimed at North Korea, which is not allowed to trade in arms because of several sets of United Nations sanctions.
Defence Minister Marise Payne said the drills would enforce UN Security Council Resolution 2375, concerning the interdiction of vessels carrying suspicious cargo..
The training mission came as the Pentagon outlayed the grim choices facing the US and its allies in stopping North Korea, saying that a full ground invasion of the country was the only way to be certain it could destroy all of Pyongyangs nuclear weapons.
The United States wanted to dramatically increase ship interdictions in the most recent round of UN sanctions aimed at reining in Pyongyangs nuclear weapons program. That would have allowed the US and others to use force on the high seas to stop ships suspected of carrying any type of goods whose trade is prohibited by sanctions.
But veto-wielding Security Council members China and Russia stripped out those measures, leaving the noose of interdiction efforts only incrementally tightened, meaning that interdiction can only happen if ships are suspected of carrying arms materials, particularly anything used in the production of weapons of mass destruction and missiles to deliver them. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-conducts-naval-drills-to-stop-and-search-north-korean-weapons-ships-20171106-gzg01k.html
Make the most of the funding for Kimba Eyre Peninsula Tribune http://www.eyretribune.com.au/story/5039693/make-the-most-of-the-funding-for-kimba/ Kathrine Catanzariti , 7 Nov 17
It has been refreshing to have our nearby regional cities in Whyalla and Port Augusta in the news lately, having secured government and private funding for major projects and improvements in or near those cities. However, despite our continued optimism and positive can do attitudes, we still find our rural towns and smaller community centres are battling to receive our fair share as we struggle to show population and economic growth that would build the case for increased funding.
With this in mind, the Kimba community is fortunate to benefit from a substantial injection of funds as a result of our continued consultation and engagement in the national radioactive waste management facility search. Importantly the funding is not tied to final siting of the project but is recognition of our continued engagement in the process to this point. I would encourage...
North Koreas nuclear test site is a wasteland with deformed babies http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/07/north-koreas-nuclear-tests-turn-area-wasteland-lead-deformed/ 7 NOVEMBER 2017
North Koreas underground nuclear test site has turned the surrounding area to wasteland and caused defects among newborn babies, defectors have reported.
About 80 per cent of trees that are planted die at Punggye-ri...
On 12 November 2017, Campaign for International Co-operation and Disarmament (CICD) will celebrate Bruce McPhie, Rev Richard Wootton and Heather Corrys lives and achievements for peace and social justice. CICD will also celebrate 40 years of Alternative News broadcasting on 3CR. We invite you to help celebrate their achievements with us. Sunday 12 November, 1.30 to 5pm, Unitarian Peace Memorial Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. More information and rsvps to Romina firstname.lastname@example.org
On Arts Wednesday 8 November 2017, Sylvias guests were Zorica Purlija and Ella Dreyfus. Zorica is the curator of a new exhibition at the Kudos Gallery in Paddington and Ella is one of the 16 contributing photographic artists.
The conversation was lively, with many differences of opinion being aired around the table. Follow the links and listen:
That was Part 1 of the conversation and here is Part 2:
And now for Part 3:
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Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE LAWYERS WILL APPEAL COURT RULING ON MANUS DETENTION SIEGE MANUS STILL UNSAFE The PNG Supreme Court has declined to issue an injunction to restore immediately food, water, and power to the Manus detention centre. The Chief Justice found that while the applicants (Behrounz Boochani) human rights may have been breached,(...)
Is US President Donald Trump being blackmailed by Russia? This is the real question not just the American public is asking, with Trumps approval rating hovering near 30%, but one being asked around the world. To answer this, we need to ask questions no one asks. Why is it the press never seems to ask the really hard questions?
Lets go back and look at 9/11, just for an example. What if, lets say, after the attack on Pearl Harbor back in December 1941, the US invaded Canada instead. After all, Canada is closer, has tons of oil, and not so many guns.
If the US did invade Canada and the men who survived Pearl Harbor came home, stories of Japanese planes instead of a mysterious Canadian submarine or such, would there have been an outrage? Would there have been an inquiry? What would have happened to the people who covered it all up and sent Americas military might the wrong way?
Well, this is exactly what happened after 9/ll. Israeli intelligence pumped phony Intel, through their neocon surrogates, into Washington and London, all of it made up, imaginary nuclear programs, imaginary al-Qaeda armies, imaginary training bases around Afghanistan that nobody ever found, and now millions are dead.
Those who told the lies are billionaires many times over with a fully complicit press never having noticed, never asking the question, never peeking behind the curtain.
Lets go to 2016 and the dossier. Is Trump being blackmailed for being filmed while engaging in disgusting and filthy sex acts, and by filthy, we mean the hotel room would need to be burned out with a flame thrower. Our assessment is probably with a very strong leaning toward absolutely yes.
This is based on analysis of his behavior before, the real credibility of the dossier, which is high, and how his actual policies have and behavior after assuming the presidency indicate a leader that is being leveraged and is compromised.
Here is what we know:
Trump talked about Russia and Syria and how he was going to partner with Russia to fight ISIS. Trump talked about a lot of things, but it was empty talk. Trumps real policies have been to betray Russia at every turn,....
IT has been her determination to want to do more for the community that has driven Greater Shepparton City Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe to contest the seat of mayor at the upcoming mayoral election, which will see her go up against current Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem for the top job.
Having been elected mayor two years ago, Cr Adem will once again be vying for the position when council meets to vote on Tuesday next week.
Cr OKeeffe was elected into council during last years election and has spent the last 12 months alongside Cr Adem as the regions deputy mayor, and has already experienced many elements of what is involved in being mayor.
Cr OKeeffe said, The past 12 months has been a life changing experience. It has been an incredible learning curve, but something that I have totally embraced.
I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given, and I take the results of the election 12 months ago with the greatest of respect and responsibility.
The community got behind me, and I want to do all I can to do this role well. I am loving my role and I am totally invested in doing all that I can. I am also working hard to build a more positive relationship between council and the community.
The time is right for me to step up into the mayoral role. I have grown a lot in the past 12 months as deputy mayor. I have been dedicated and committed and I have had the energy and enthusiasm, and I want to do more. Being mayor will allow me to do that. I also believe it is time for a change. We are a new council and it is the next phase for our community.
It is an exciting time. We are achieving some great things, but there is still a lot to do.
I want to build stronger relationships and engagement with our members of parliament, associations, the business community, industries and my fellow councillors. A collaborative approach will strengthen our opportunities to achieve the outcomes we want to achieve. Greater Shepparton often misses our when it comes to funding and opportunities have been lost.
I believe I have contributed to a more positive, cohesive council and it is a refreshing cha...
ITS a step that I cant imagine many brands would take, but to help celebrate its 60th year, the local iconic White-King bleach has gone retro.
As the brainchild of White King-Pental CEO, Charlie McLeish, the bleach that is produced right here in Shepparton and found in almost every household across Australia will start appearing in stores with a new lookor rather, an old look, with the company deciding to revert the packaging of its lemon and regular scented bleaches to the way its original launch label design was displayed 60 years ago.
White King-Pental engineering manager, Paul Moore said, Weve managed to capture the fundamental design elements from the 1950s in an effort to pay homage to the brands origins.
Were tapping into the Retromania trend; peoples nostalgia for the past and love of where something has come from and its story.
The new (old) look product rolled off the production line two weeks ago and will hit stores very soon. It will be transported across Australia and internationally.
I think its going to stand out. Its a traditional and nostalgic look that was iconic to days gone by.
THE Association of Financial Advisors (AFA) 2017 National Adviser Conference held recently saw over 800 attendees hear the stories of 11 AFA members who raised more than $40,000 in completing the Kokoda Trail and increasing awareness of veteran suicide and PTSD.
The AFA Foundation initiative saw the group, which included Verona Ritossa, Ben Nash, Mark Neil, Melinda Fox, Grant Bramwell, Brian Woods, Adam Smith, John Mulraney, Shaun Hunt, Brad Fox and Anthony McKay trek 96km in seven days through some of the most rough and remote jungle in the world, finishing on September 8. The funds raised will go towards the AFA Foundation.
Former AFA chief executive Brad Fox, who personally helped raise more than $10,000, told his everyday hero fundraising page, It was a bloody hard seven days.
Rain, heat, humidity, clay, climbing up and down a cumulative 10,000 feet. (There were) log and bamboo bridges and water crossings, poor sleep, aches and painsbut I had 20 fellow-trekkers that are now 20 mates. The pillars at Isurava Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice say it all, Fox posted.
THE next step towards achieving eight VLocity services for Shepparton with a journey time of two hours and 10 minutes along the Shepparton to Melbourne corridor is the aim of a newly formed alliance between Greater Shepparton City Council, Moira, Mitchell and Strathbogie Shire councils.
Infrastructure Victoria has announced that the Shepparton rail line will accommodate VLocity trains and more trains by 2020 following a commitment from the Victorian Government to revive Victorias regional rail network.
This includes a commitment of $10M towards improving the Shepparton line for passenger and freight rail through Commonwealth Government funding.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem welcomed the commitment.
I look forward to collaborating with the partnering councils to achieve the envisaged improvements for the rail corridor, which will see social and economic benefits for the wider Goulburn Valley region, Mayor Adem said.
We thank Infrastructure Victoria for recognising the importance of the Shepparton line and committing to VLocity trains and more trains by 2020 but unfortunately, there is still no budget allocated for additional works required to actually run VLocity trains or achieve adequate journey times, such as level crossings, and track and signalling upgrades. Were hoping to see a significant funding allocation to this project in the 2018/19 State Budget.
While council eagerly awaits further announcements on budget provision to achieve these commitments, via our partnership we will continue to lobby for the services that the Shepparton line desperately needs.
The alliance with Mitchell, Moira and Strathbogie Shire councils will improve our advocacy platform for infrastructure upgrades to bring improved services, resulting in wider social and economic benefits to all collaborating councils.
The recent interest in rail improvements is long overdue for Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley region, Mayor Adem said.
MOST people will often spend time in the regions parks and reserves but perhaps might not take note of the incredible amount of work that council workers put into them to help shape and create a sense of place for the whole community to enjoy.
You might find it surprising to know that there are just five council staff that maintain garden beds across the municipality, and with in excess of 700 open spaces to be maintained, its easy to see the passion and dedication that goes into these wonderful community spaces.
As part of the 700 open spaces, there are 92 parks, 108 recreation reserves, 31 tree reserves and 5 river reserves that are cared for.
The seasonal plants that are used are sourced from a wide variety of growers and then recycled for events once removed from their location and replaced with the next seasonal greenery.
You might have seen one of councils park services officers, Scott Saunders using his green thumb to bring life to areas across the region including the Queens Gardens, Helen Fairley Gardens and Monash Park, and for close to 10 years he has been helping the keep up of the regions beautiful green spaces.
Scott said, I like the work and the satisfaction that I get from seeing the end result.
It wasnt something that I realised I loved until my role started with council. Ive got the best office in town.
I enjoy helping to transform the gardens from being bare to what they become each time we put the annual vegetation in.
Its the best job I have ever had.
A NEW, $2.5M state-of-the-art, purpose built facility is expected to start taking shape from mid to late next year that will become the new home for ConnectGVs day options operations, which will help to see the continuation of quality services to current and future clients when the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is introduced in the region in 2019.
With construction of the new premises, that will be located across the road from the current Bowenhall Street location, hoping to be completed in 2019, the focus over the coming months for ConnectGV will be on planning and design to ensure the facility meets client needs and help to sustain the agency for years to come.
The current facility was constructed when a group of local parents and service clubs got together to address the need and began fundraising.
ConnectGV chief executive officer, Carolynne Young said, Our service today is a legacy of the vision of this wonderful group of community minded people.
This space has certainly served ConnectGV well over the decades however with an increase in client numbers and changes that the NDIS will bring, it is time to look to the future.
This new location was chosen as the preferred site as it will result in less disruption for our clients, they will be able to watch the progress of the build from across the road, be comfortable and familiar with it and literally once completed will be able to close the door of the old building and walk straight into the new building, Carolynne said.
THE Euroa, Tallygaroopna and Rushworth Mens Sheds are set to receive a funding boost from the government, which will help towards the purchase and upgrade of equipment and their sheds.
Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum said the funding will support mens physical and mental health and wellbeing.
All of the mens sheds in Murray help men, particularly as they get older, to connect with each other and prevent social isolation and preventable health conditions, Mr Drum said.
Recently I have had the privilege to visit a number of the mens sheds in the electorate. I have seen first-hand the great things they do to help each member and the communities they operate in.
The Tallygaroopna Mens Shed has been granted $4,500 for tools such as a portable band-saw, 177 piece tool set, angle grinder, welding helmet and a MIG welder.
The Rushworth Mens Shed, which is a part of the Rushworth Community House, will be granted $7,500 for a toilet and kitchen fit-out, plaster and electrical work and a refurbishment of their back wall.
The Euroa Mens Shed will be granted $2,400 to go towards a laser printer cutter and software.
The shed will also be able to purchase a number of tools including a nail gun, belt sander, jigsaw and an orbital sander, just to name a few.
All of our Mens Sheds do a fantastic job in helping all of our communities throughout the electorate. I want to congratulate all of them for doing such wonderful work and Im looking forward to going to have a cup of tea with the latest successful grant recipients, Mr Drum said.
JUST DINNER will run on Saturday, November 11. A social evening for singles and couples aged 45 to 70. All are most welcome to come along, meet others and enjoy dinner. Phone Val on 0427 217 018 for venue details and time.
NORTHEAST HEALTH WANGARATTA is holding an open gardens event on Sunday, November 12 from 10am to 4pm. Two gardens are on display including 23 Firbank Drive, Waldara (This garden is five years old with an established border of trees with many roses, cottage plants, hedges and Japanese maples) and 1790 Warby Range Road, Killawarra (Samarkand is an old world garden that surrounds a circa 1870s farm homestead). $5 entry per garden or $8 entry for both. There will be childrens activities and music students performing, plant sales and raffles and refreshments available all day. All money raised will go to Northeast Wangarattas Oncology Department. For further details, phone Nadia on (03) 5722 5069.
KATANDRA AND DISTRICT HISTORY GROUP is holding a book launch of Ruth Tates Scrapbook 1913 1923 in the Katandra West Community Centre on Sunday, November 12 from 1pm. This book is a record of life in a small country village 100 years ago and highlights the effects of WWI on families and the district. District memorabilia on display and other books will be for sale. For further details, phone 5828 3236.
ST GEORGES ANGLICAN CHURCH FETE will run on Saturday, November 18 at the church grounds, corner of Melville and Brenion Streets, Numurkah from 9am to 1pm. Cakes and produce, plant stall, fancy goods, books and DVDs, white elephant stall, Devonshire tea, barbeque lunch, desserts, drinks, live music by Numurkah Town Band, ANDS dance demonstration and monster 10 prize raffle.
THE GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH HOSPITAL AUXILIARY is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and Christmas Lunch on Thursday, November 30 at 11am at Fairley Downs, 5250 Barmah/Shepparton Road. Members please bring a plate and $5 to purchase books for the Childrens Ward. All present and past members are welcome. For further information and bookings, phone (03) 5826 9598 or 0438 822 081.
FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT GROUP meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at Primary Care Connect. The support group is for carers who have a loved one with alcohol or drug addiction. All welcome. For further information, contact Tina on 5823 3205.
PARKING PENALTY RATE OCCASION!
After enjoying lunch with a friend at a central Shepparton restaurant, it was depressing to see my car being photographed by a parking officer; I was 20 minutes over time. The fine was a hefty $79.
It is not difficult to understand why the good citizens of Shepparton and its visitors would rather do their shopping in the shopping centres than in the central business district.
Whilst the Greater Shepparton City Council claim to be investigating ways to increase business in the quiet mall and surrounding streets, they have chosen to fine people $79, when the Victorian State Government only recommends fines of UP to $79. When discussing this worrying issue with Mayor Adem, he claims that he agreed it was excessive, but he was only one person on the council! Why would the council try to penalise our local businesses when theyre down? I thought we were all working together to increase the foot traffic in these areas and help our local traders!
We have an unprecedented number of empty shops. Where once friendly local traders used to greet visitors and locals, we are now met with a lonely shop front and its sad implications.
Instead of fining people with the maximum $79, this money could have been spent at our local businesses. With a longer and cheaper parking time, people could choose to wander around the shops just that little bit longer. No, wed better get back to our car because we wouldnt want to get another $79 ticket, would we?
HEALTH SHOULD COME FIRST
I recently spent six weeks in Bendigo attending the Peter Mac Cancer Unit with a family member for radiation treatment, and wish to thank the unit and the Bendigo Hospital for outstanding treatment given.
Yes Sheppartons GV Health hospital urgently needs a radiation unit installed right now not just considered going forward. I was shocked to see so many people from around the Shepparton region attending the Peter Mac Radiation Unit in Bendigo and not able to have one in Shepparton.
I know the art people in Shepparton think that SAM is important for them, but I feel that people`s health should come first, especially with cancer killing so many people who did not ask for this sickness.
THE DROP-OFF in support for the Federal Coalition Government in regional Australia can be directly linked to a gradual reduction in traditional means of communication through local advertising.
Country Press Australia (CPA) represents independent non-daily newspapers in regional, rural Australia and the recent News Limited polling confirms what CPA has already been saying to the Federal Government: that it needs better communication with regional people through small, independent publishers.
Country Press Australia president, Ben Taylor said, While at CPA we welcome the governments $60.4M regional and small publishers jobs and innovation package, it needs to go further to ensure the future of quality journalism and reduce the impact of the online duopoly of Facebook and Google.
Independent regional publishers, through CPA as its representative body, had urged the Federal Government to support South Australian Senator, Nick Xenophons proposed 40 percent rebate on journalism costs.
And, in its own written submission to the Senate Inquiry into Public Interest Journalism, CPA lobbied to ensure a minimum advertising budget percentage allocation to communicate with regional Australians. It will continue to do so.
Senator Xenophon liaised directly with CPA. He clearly was committed to ensuring there was assistance for smaller, regional publishers in the wake of the significant media reforms.
Disappointingly, there was no direct contact or consultation from the office of Senator Fifield, Minister for Communications.
CPA has been promised a seat on the group which will oversee distribution, which we welcome.
However, while we welcome a package that represents investment in business innovation, a cadetship program and journalism scholarships, it will go only so far. And it needs to be kept relatively simple in terms of applications. Red tape is the last thing these small operators have time for.
CPA member newspapers, all regional non-dailies, continue to have strong readerships, with upwards of 70 percent of country people continuing to read their local newspaper. We have significant recent research across two states to prove this.
Too often our member newspapers are left off advertising campaigns, meaning regional Australians often miss important government communications. The package should have included guaranteed messaging through our medium.
The governments failure to adequately communicate is evidenced in the recent polling which clearly shows a drop-off in support for the coalition in regional Australia.
If the Federal Government, through their advertising agencies, believe that they will adequately get across their message digitally they are ill-infor...
Queensland election: Naif testimony casts doubts on claim Adani loan can bypass state. Annastacia Palaszczuk gets support from former LNP MP Vaughan Johnson, who says she made the right call on loan, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 7 Nov 17, The Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility cannot bypass the Queensland government and award Adani a $1bn loan, according to Senate testimony from its own executives that casts doubt on fresh suggestions funds could be fast-tracked before the state election.
Annastacia Palaszczuks belated pledge to veto the Adani loan if Labor holds government remains a campaign flashpoint, with the treasurer, Curtis Pitt, forced to refute a report that his office said the state would process the loan.
The Queensland premier is under attack for framing her dramatic about-face as a bid to quash a rumoured smear campaign by Coalition senators about a conflict of interest from her partners role in Adanis Naif application.
But Palaszczuk also gained an unlikely supporter in the former LNP MP Vaughan Johnson, who said she made the right call amid mudslinging from Canberra. The Guardian has been told that Labors decision to commit to a veto involved strategic input from the former Adani lobbyist Cameron Milner, who cut ties with the miner to devote himself to the partys campaign.
A veto now hinges on Labors re-election after the opposition leader, Tim Nicholls, refused Palaszczuks request for bipartisan support in a caretaker period.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/07/queensland-election-naif-testimony-casts-doubts-on-claim-adani-loan-can-bypass-state
Former Clean Energy finance chief Oliver Yates slams Turnbull governments immoral climate policies, SMH, Nicole Hasham, 7 Nov 17, A Liberal Party veteran and former head of the federal governments green bank has unleashed on his partys immoral climate change policies, saying they knowingly and willingly inflict damage on others.
Ex-Macquarie banker Oliver Yates, chief executive of the governments $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation until April this year, said far-right members had hijacked the party and that reform from the outside may be required in the form of a rival party that better reflects core Liberal values
If we dont address climate change and start to reduce our emissions, then its likely that billions of families could be forced to move home unnecessarily, Mr Yates said.
He cannot understand how Liberals would knowingly inflict damage on others when they have a perfectly workable economic cure in front of them the adoption of clean energy.
Mr Yates lives in the inner-Melbourne electorate of Kooyong, held by Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg. A life-long member of the Liberal Party, he is the son of former federal Liberal MP William Yates and began campaigning for the party at the age of nine. He is the independent director of several emerging renewable energy companies. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/former-clean-energy-finance-chief-oliver-yates-slams-turnbull-governments-immoral-climate-policies-20171106-gzfobv.html
Image Courtesy of The Staves English indie-folk trio The Staves have just announced plans to release their brand new album The Way Is Read on the 24th November. The album is a unique collaboration with New York City-based chamber ensemble yMusic. The collaboration was originally commisioned by Justin Vernons Eaux Claires Festival back in 2016 
The report from the Climate Council shows that greenhouse gas emissions in Australia resumed climbing in March 2015, with the country at a substantial risk of failing to meet its generous targets under the Paris Agreement.
This week, the World Meteorological Association said that this year was on track to be the third hottest on record and the hottest year not to be affected by an El Nino weather...
RuPauls Drag Race stars Trixie Mattel and Katya have a new TV series coming to SBS Viceland this month. Though neither of the pair won Drag Race season 7, theyve since scored success with their hilarious YouTube series UNHhhh and now theyre bringing it to TV screens. Just as in their web series, the pair ...
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Why Adani may still get its government loan, The Conversation, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Tasmania November 7, 2017 Even though Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would be vetoing the around A$1 billion loan to Adani for a rail link to its proposed Carmichael coal mine, funds could still flow to the company.
Currently in caretaker mode for the Queensland election, the premier would need the consent of the opposition party to exercise such a right. That is very unlikely given the LNPs longstanding support of Adanis mine.
This means any veto could not be exercised until late November, or more realistically, December 2017.
As the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan doesnt need state approval (but rather explicit veto) it could also mean the money will make its way to Adani, without any direct action by the state government.
The NAIF body was established in 2016 and administers A$5 billion in Commonwealth funds. Its been empowered to award grants to the northern states and Northern Territory for infrastructure projects. Practically, however, these jurisdictions are used as financial conduits to pass this money to large corporations operating in northern Australia.
The NAIF is established under the tied-grants provision of the Constitution, Section 96, which states:
the [Commonwealth] parliament may grant financial assistance to any state on such terms and conditions as the [Commonwealth] parliament thinks fit.
Does Palaszczuk have a veto power?
The premiers reasoning for the veto is a continuation of her governments legacy of having no role to date in the federal governments NAIF Loan Assessment Process for Adani and no role in the future.
These statements seem to be contrary to earlier ones by the Queensland treasurer, Curtis Pitt, that the government would...
Actually, there are two tales about Tilly; the first is the human Tilly. We recently met the young Tilly when she toured Edgars Mission in the company of her proud mum and sister. The tour came not long after Tillys birthday, where, rather than receiving presents as most young girls do on their birthdays, the kind-hearted Tilly requested, instead, donations to her favourite animal charity: Edgars Mission. She brought the donations to our team on the day of her tour.
And so to the tale of the second Tilly. As the universe would have it, on this very day, a little lamb in desperate need of a hand and kindness came into our care. We could think of no better name for such a sweet being than Tillythey are both linked by kindness, one as the deliverer of kindness and one the recipient.
Tilly the lamb was first spotted, out of the corner of the eye of a country traveller, as a tiny white blip. Fearing the worst, this Good Samaritan stopped to see just why this little lamb was where a little lamb should not be. It quickly became evident that the circumstance of the lamb was not the only thing wrong with the picture, as a bloodied and scab-encrusted stump sat in place of Tillys once waggy lamby tail. Piecing things together, it would seem a crudely placed elastrator* hadnt done a very good job of removing the young animals tail. Instead, a large open wound had attracted many a fly, leaving a legacy of writhing and wriggling maggots whose smell and sight caused our hearts to skip a beat, our eyes to water and us to wish our noses were completely blocked.
Despite our thorough cleansing of the wound and administering of antibiotics and pain relief, Tillys infection raged as her health continued to wane, no doubt as a result of the head start the joint ill**that had settled in her hind legs had, before she came to our attention. Tilly was to spend much of the first few weeks of her new life in intensive care under constant veterinary attention. Yet the infection...
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A POSTING ON RUMORMILLNEWS ASKS WHO STOLE TESLA'S PAPERS. HERE IS THE ANSWER (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_bush19.htm)
GHS1 OR GEORGE H. SCHERF(F), SR. CHANGED HIS NAME TO PRESCOTT S. BUSH THEN ADOPTED HIS OWN SON GEORGE H. SCHERF(F), JR. AND NAMED HIM GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH.
GHS1/PSB WAS TESLA'S TRUSTED ASSISTANT WHO HANDLED HID FINANCES, ROBBED HIM BLIND, AND STOLE HIS PAPER, THEN SOLD THEM TO THE UNION BANKING COMPANY. PRESCOTT BUSH WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT CAUSED THE CREATION OF THE "TRADING WITH THE ENEMIES ACT."
Even Skorzeny bought the story that George H. Scherf, Jr. (GHS2) was GHS1/PSBs adopted son. In effect, GHS1/PSB was a double agent who worked primarily on behalf of the Nazi SS apparatus that controlled the German Central banks who, in turn, controlled their counterparts on Wall Street and in London.
GHS1/PSB stole Nikola Teslas technology and, according to Skorzeny, robbed Tesla blind. The Nazis of the Third Reich, determined as they were to deceive the world in their pursuit of world domination, made some mistakes. Their carefully-crafted plan had its own shortcomings, despite their best efforts. Inevitably, greed became the hidden enemy.
Not only was Teslas technology stolen, but the governments of Germany, Russia, and the United States benefited by covertly weaponizing his most-advanced inventions and then turning that technology on the peoples of the world.
George Scherf, described in books, newspaper and magazine articles and in biographies distributed throughout the scientific community as Teslas trusted associate, accountant, and sometimes secretary, stole his inventions, sold them to the Union Banking Corporation (UBC) through his vice-presidency and directorship under the alias of Prescott Sheldon Bush, to be forwarded to Paul Warburg (banker), Fritz Thyssen (industrialist) and I.G. Farben (the largest conglomerate of chemical companies in the world) - the latter two being industrialists loyal to Hitlers Nazi Party.
Visit the Veterans MC (WA) Clubhouse to enter to WIN 2 tickets to Fat Pizza Vs Housos, playing at Astor Theatre Perth on 1 December 2017.
Our Clubhouse is open every Friday Night from 7pm. We are also open this Saturday for Remembrance Day. Perfect time to enter.
The winner will be announced Friday 24 November 2017
Thanks to our sponsor: Astor Theatre Perth
I worked for a company for a few weeks doing vacation work while I was at uni. Some of this time occured in July of the 12-13 financial year. I ended up getting a graduate job at the same company in December. I cancelled my Youth Allowance in the month prior to starting work.
DHS only gets a single statement from the ATO saying I worked for this company from July 2012 to June 2013 and earned $xx,xxx. So because they think I worked for this company for the entire financial year, they think I was working while receiving YA and not reporting. I've provided bank re...
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, fifth December 2017. This year is an election year and on Friday, 3 November 2017 at 5pm, applications closed for Board nominations.
After verifying all of the applications, the Returning Officer held a ballot to decide the order that candidates would be listed in. This was witnessed by several ECCV staff.
We received 30 complete nominations, and they are as below (Nominee statements coming soon):
Darebin Ethnic Communities Council Inc.
Maltese Community Council of Victoria
Marion Lau OAM JP
Chinese Community Society of Victoria
Joseph A Caputo
Federazione Pugliese D'Australia
The Committee for Sri Lanka Inc.
Jude Ogbeide Ediae
Nigerian Society of Victoria
Bhutanese Community in Australia Inc.
Jewish Community Council of Victoria
Sri Lankan Ethnic Communities Association Inc
Dean Aqo Wickham
Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council Inc.
Dr Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe
Ethnic Council of Shepparton & Districts
Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women's Coalition
Wilhelm Owen Morgan
Australia Ceylon Fellowship
Communities Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Region)
VICSEG New Futures
Australian Assyrian Arts & Literature Foundation
Marian Pawlik OAM
Polish Community Council of Victoria
Slovenian Welfare & Information Office
Centre for Multicultural Youth
Dr Moses G Adepoju
Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council
Ethnic Communities Council of the South East
Dr Ka Si...
Wednesday 8th November, 2017
Section 44 deters almost half of Australians from participating in federal politics
The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is aware that under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, being a citizen of any other country makes an Australian incapable of running for or sitting in Federal Parliament as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
The ECCV Chairperson, Mr. Eddie Micallef states Over a number of years, almost every part of Section 44 in the Constitution has proved difficult to interpret and apply. With Australia promoting ourselves as a successful multicultural nation, the Section 44 has the potential to exclude multicultural Victorian and the wider Australian population from participating in federal politics.
In contrast, our States and Federal Governments do not have a synchronised policy regarding dual citizenship. As it stands, State Members of Parliament can hold dual citizenship. Our fellow states also recognise the validity and enriched diversity that dual nationals bring to our countrys states political systems. Yet dual nations are prohibited from participating in Federal politics.
Our ethnic diversity and immigration is globally promoted as a major factor for our robust economy, enriched culture and our successes in international lifestyle rankings. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2016 Census revealed that over a quarter of Australians were born overseas and 49% of people have at least one parent born overseas. Section 44 in its current form deters almost half of our entire Australian population from participating in Federal politics.
The ECCV Chairperson states Dual citizenship reflects the multicultural society that is Australia. Many Australians hold dual citizenship as weve become an increasingly multicultural nation. A rigid constitution around renouncing dual citizenship significantly limits our societys civic participation. ECCV believes that dual citizenship should be seen as a positive complementary sense of identity, belonging and contribution to Australia instead of setting up a two-class citizenship system.
For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, email@example.com / 0421 433 049
There are few things in life that so remind us of the vulnerability of animals than those who arrive in our care in severe states of neglect. And few have arrived in a worse state than Muffy and her lamb, Duffy. That Muffy adored her baby was so evidentshe had put every ounce of her being into her baby, even at the expense of her own health. Blood tests soon revealed that this courageous and loyal mother was not long for this world, as she was in the final stages of liver failure. And little Duffy in all our years of rescue we have not seen a live lamb more emaciated than he.
Yet despite their pitiful states, the two were inseparable, so strongly bonded were they. Caring for them daily broke our hearts, as the love, devotion and comfort between the two was palpable, yet it was evident it would only be a matter of time before we had to step in, when our veterinary intervention could no longer give Muffy that quality of life she deserved. Our only wish was that this would be long enough to pull little Duffy back to the right side of living, one where he would be strong enough and confident enough to face the world on his own.
Seeing animals in such a pitiful state of neglect with no legal course of redress causes us to think sometimes the world just doesnt care, but then along comes a saviour like the human who secured the release of these hapless two into our careand we are buoyed by the thought that sometimes the world just does.
Every venue in Sydney will have a hip-hop theme by the year 2020, a CSIRO study has found.
The findings come after 2,327 Sydney trust-fund-powered entrepreneurs opened something to do with hip-hop mixed with fast food or craft gin in the past afternoon alone.
Nineties American gangster rap really speaks to 2017 inner-city Sydneysiders. People can sit back with a nice juicy burger and think, yeah, me too, as they listen to the sounds of the Compton projects, the owner of one inner-city hip-hop-themed burger joint with graffiti murals said. Ive seen graphic designers become completely rejuvenated after connecting with those doing it tough in the crack game just like they are with a tricky InDesign layout.
The man said those wanting to open another hip-hop-themed place better act fast as coming up with clever rapper names for menu items is getting harder.
Some names took us ages, but some just came naturally, the man said. We were lucky that our cheeseburger tasted like aids, so we called it the Cheezy-E.
Have you ever wondered why some animals get lucky and others do not? Its something we regularly toss about in our hearts and minds each day here at Edgars Mission. And the story of Kanga speaks poignantly of this.
For some time, this once owned goat had roamed vacant land around an outer Melbourne industrial area. Minding her own business and keeping out of trouble, she had pretty much slipped under the radar. Slipped under, that is, until her cameo appearance on national news recently, mingling amid hapless and landlocked kangaroos. This fleeting moment of fame brought her existence to the thoughts of many. While animal activists lobbied hard to save the doomed kangaroos, calls began to come in for EM to step up and offer sanctuary to the sweet old goat. The taste of freedom and lack of human contact had boded well for dear Kanga, so she did not realise that she was now living on borrowed time. She refused to give up the good life easily and it was to take a dart-gun laden with sedation to rein her free spirits in.
Once in our care, it was sadly all too clear that making friends with humans was not high on Kangas agenda. As she refused to eat or drink during her quarantine days, we had to think fast to entice our new friend that an even better life lay ahead. Enlisting the help of dear Othello, an older sage of a goat, most admirably did the trick as now Kango bounces to the beat of a different pastureone filled lush green grass and kindness, and one where never again will her future look bleak. Some truly do get lucky.
While Kangas lot is now all good, the fate of her kangaroo buddies is uncertain, with a stay of execution in place with a direction hearing at the Supreme Court resulting in a full hearing date being set for June 2018.
A liquor license application by Yarragon Cafe Fozigobble will be considered by Baw Baw councillors tonight.
Answer: When they happen to be a hen who is actually a rooster. Confused? So too were we when we recently received a call from a concerned and kind-hearted member of the public who noticed a little black hen pecking about on their lawn recently. The plucky chicken, whilst appearing most at home, wasnt. Because this green patch or earth was not her home, and many calls and door-knocking in the area revealed there was no home anywhere nearby missing one of their feathered friends. But what was nearby was a parkland area inhabited by urban foxesnot a good mix for a lone chicken. With the call for assistance coming in right on our own poultry lock-up time here at Edgars Mission, we simply could not abandon the animals in our care to rescue another, but we knew someone who could. With one final call to ensure the hen was still at the address, we heard these words, Oh yes she is; she is happily perched on the window sill as she has been for the last couple of nights. Ah, ha, we thought, Shes a rooster which sadly explains why there was no home for her/him.
Sadly, such stories of rooster abandonment are all too often fielded by rescue groups and animal sanctuariesdespite a moral duty to never cause harm to another living being nor place them in harms way, and despite animal protection laws which clearly state under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, s. 9(1)(h), that it is deemed an act of cruelty if a person abandons an animal of a species usually kept in a state of confinement or for a domestic purpose. And sadly, it is evident that being born a rooster is all too often a death sentence for so many beautiful, intelligent and sentient beings.
Our Raven is as handsome as he is spectacular, and although still finding his voice and his confidence with humans, he has readily taken to his little group of hens and claimed them as his own. And although his gender may have initially...
Kevin Rudd on Twitter: Turnbulls handling of Manus is inhumane. The 2013 Agreement was for a year. Turnbull has failed to resettle them, so they should come to Oz
Who permanently exiled our people to PNG? Who froze asylum applications against Afghans and Sri Lankans? Who turned back the Oceanic Viking refugee boat to Indonesia? Who turned back the Jaya Lestari refugee boat to Merak, Indonesia? So basically Labor is mainly responsible for introducing the refugee boat turn back policy in Australia.
Even after reports of rape and abuse in 2013-then Labor Immigration Minister Tony Burke said Manus can cope with more detainees. Rudd is clearly normalising his crime against humanity. We should not forget that both Labor and Liberals support the abuse of refugees in offshore detention centres. Who is responsible for deaths and torture in Australian detention camps? Mainly the Australian Labor party and mandatory and indefinite detention founder Paul Keating. Asking justice from the ABUSER who violated our rights is a slap in the face of rape and torture survivors.
Now, dont come and ask us for proof-do your own research and stop exploiting our labor. We are living proof of these facts.
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Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi wants parliament to delay legislating same-sex marriage if the Yes vote prevails. Senator Bernardi told ABC radio today the eligibility of federal politicians needs resolving now and the issue of same-sex marriage should be put on the backburner. Postal voting closed yesterday, with the latest estimate showing 12.6 million people ...
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Human rights activists are demanding answers on the three-month anniversary of the disappearance of a high-profile pop singer from the Russian region of Chechnya. In April, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta alleged that Chechen officials were arresting and violently torturing men they believed to be gay in what was described as a gay purge. ...
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After paying a visit the previous day, on Friday
3 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 /
KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 was back in the skies above Rockhampton,
flying up from RAAF Base Amberley as "Dragon 36".
The Australian Greens can be as anti-science as any of the major parties when the politics suit, writes Geoff Russell.
As world leaders gather in Germany for yet another historic we-can-save-the-climate hand waving conference, the Germans are desperately trying to form a Government. There was an election in Germany at the end of September and the electricity system is a key issue in the negotiations to form a new coalition Government. One of the big sticking points is coal.
The German Greens, of course, like the Australian Greens, are dead against coal. Just like anybody else with a concern for the future of us and many of the other species with which we share the planet.
Can we treat The Greens as one global entity? Where they have similar policies, I guess its a reasonable approximation to reality. But the German Greens have only recently shifted their focus to coal. For the last 30 years that focus has been primarily aimed at the old enemy, nuclear power.Inside the abandoned Satsop Nuclear Power Plant in Elma, Washington. (IMAGE: Dave Sizer, Flickr)
Its of no consequence that 30 years of discoveries in DNA and cancer biology have entirely smashed the basis of that opposition. But thats what old enemy means. Its like Capulets and Montagues, or the real life Clan Chattan and Clan Kay in Scotland.
So the German Greens have been actively and successfully campaigning to shut down nuclear power in Germany. In so doing, not only have they forgone all the greenhouse gas emissions savings they could have got from the biggest solar and wind deployment in Europe, theyve also crushed any chance of getting rid of coal in the next 20 years.
You can see the first impact in the data on German carbon dioxide emissions from primary energy over the past 30 years. In 1990 they produced 63.9 tonnes of CO2 per terajoule of primary energy. By 2000, due to the nuclear roll out of the 1980s, that had dropped to 57.7...
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Investigators are appealing for information from the public after a vehicle was stolen from a Drouin address earlier this week.
MORE than 250 people attended the first official Koonwarra Park Run on Saturday, to walk, skip or stroll the five kilometre course along the Great Southern Rail Trail.
The event will be held every Saturday, from 7.45am for an 8am start.
Event director Ebony Knox started the run in Koonwarra, after seeing the events popularity grow in Inverloch over the past couple of years.
She said Koonwarra presented a central location and allowed the use of the fantastic rail trail.
The Koonwarra community has been really supportive and positive about the event. We have done a lot of work with local businesses, schools and sporting clubs in the lead up to our first run, she said.
The run will bring a lot of tourism to the area, provides a social event and will encourage the community to stick together.
Ebony used the Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-guh) to explain her vision for the park run.
In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.
This is what we hope to achieve by bringing the park run to Koonwarra, Ebony said.
The park run is open to all people, of any fitness level. It is not a race, but it is a timed event.
Kids over the age of four can register, younger children and prams are always welcome as well, Ebony said.
Each week, a group of friendly volunteers will take on various roles to make sure the event runs smoothly. Ebony said she was thrilled with the amount of people willing to put their hands up to help.
We have such a brilliant team to help out, but if anyone else wants to help, there are six or so roles each run, she said.
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EXCITEMENT is building at Meeniyan with news former Sydney Swans champion footballer Stephen Wright has been appointed the Senior coach of the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Netball Club (MDU) for the next two seasons.
Wright is an AFL Sydney / South Melbourne team of the century member and Sydney Swans Hall of Famer.
A real coup for the MDU club Wright is looking forward to the challenge of coaching at the club having just relocated to Phillip Island permanently from Melbourne.
Wright takes over from 2017 MDU senior coach Tom Coray who will be staying on at the club as assistant coach.
The MDU Club is coming off a very tough year on the football side of the Alberton League competition having finished last on the ladder and Wrights appointment has been welcomed by new club president Jason Harris who will be taking over from Andrew Macrie.
Harris said, There is an air of excitement around the club, it is now up to the footballers to step up and steel themselves for the task of regaining respect as a competitive team in all grades of football.
The club is thrilled to welcome Wright to the club and maintains the appointment of a person of his calibre will generate a massive upside of interest going forward into 2018.
Wrights playing and subsequent coaching career reads like a manual of hard work, commitment, development and success.
During his 246 games with South Melbourne and the Sydney Swans, where he won two Bob Skilton medals for best and fairest. Wright represented Victoria twice, NSW twice and an Australia verser Ireland International Rules match in 1990.
Since then he has been involved in coaching from 1992 where he started out at Clarence Football Club in the Tasmanian Football League wining back to back premierships in 1993 and 1994 and runner up in 1995 as a playing coach.
While in Tasmania Wright coached the Tasmanian State team and following his Tasmanian journey he moved on to coach Central Districts in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and finished runner up in the 1996 and preliminary finalist in 1997 and was awarded SANFL Coach of the Year in 1996.
From 1997 to 2000 Wright coached the ACT Rams in the TAC Cup competition with much success with the team reaching the preliminary finals. Coaching stints at Queanbeyan Tigers in the AFL Canberra League, at Western Creek Wildcats also in that league, North Ballarat Football Club (VFL), the Caulfield Grammarians Footbal Club (VAFA), Highett Football Club and at the original Oakleigh District Club where he started his decorated playing career.
In 2010 he coached the Southern Football League Interleague team and since 2013 Wright has coached Murrumbeena Football Club and making it to grand fi...
FOSTER is in a good position to claim the points in the first two-day match this season having made a competitive 250 against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL.
Opener M Jones made 34 before the innings collapsed with the Tigers at one stage 7/82 and in dire straits.
It took a rear guard action to propel Fosters score into the 200s when Richard Johnston with 74 and Nathan Clarke with 61 saw a 98 run partnership form.
J Kennedy took 4/43 for the Cougars.
MDU was put into bat by the Miners with the Demons scoring a pretty good 214 at the close.
Captain Nick Eddy batted superbly but unluckily fell one run short of his century, being caught for 99.
He and Tim Harris, scoring 63, made a 96 run partnership and United is well placed to make a good contest this week. Jayden Loos was the standout bowler for Miners claiming 5/48.
Imperials had an innings to forget on Saturday being bowled out for just 87; all its regular stars not firing at all with only a couple of scores in the teens.
Tim Wightmans 4/23 was the pick of the bowlers.
THE Leongatha Parrots will be looking to go back to back under new Seniors coach Paul Carbis.
The Leongatha Football Netball Club recently welcomed Carbis to the club, following the departure of premiership coach Beau Vernon.
Carbis comes to the Parrots with substantial football experience, with links to six Victorian Football Association clubs: as a player with Waverley, Prahran and Box Hill, and coach at Frankston, Coburg and Springvale/Casey. He coached the latter side to a premiership.
His experience also includes fitness roles, developmental roles, junior coaching, senior coaching and line coaching at VFL level.
Over the last two years, Paul has been Casey Football Club Development League coach, who were premiers this year.
Paul is looking forward to meeting everyone and getting into
preparations for next year.
The club was also thrilled to announce a number of the premiership players have signed on for the 2018 season; Hayden Browne, Chris Verboon, Cade Maskell, Ben Willis, Shaun Westaway, Tom Marriott and 2017 best and fairest Luke Bowman.
VENUS Bay Surf Lifesaving Club won the prestigious National Club of the Year award at surf lifesavings night of nights in Sydney, New South Wales.
In the illustrious surrounds of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the finest surf lifesavers in Australia were recognised at the 2017 Surf Life Saving Australia Awards of Excellence Gala Event on Saturday night.
More than 300 people as some of the most amazing acts of heroism were recounted and participants were awarded with meritorious commendations for rescues.
The final award for the evening was the prestigious DHL National Club of The Year Award.
There are more than 300 surf lifesaving clubs in Australia and the six finalists had spent the previous day presenting to the SLSA Honours Committee in a final determination of the winner.
In a real David versus Goliath story, the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club was announced 2017 DHL National Club of the Year. It is extremely rare for a Victorian club to be awarded this accolade.
Venus Bay SLSC was founded in 1961 and is located at one of the most dangerous beaches in Australia.
Over the past season the Venus Bay SLSC has put together an amazing set of lifesaving statistics:
The work the club has driven in the community and its efforts in raising awareness for river safety and swimming between the flags were specifically mentioned by the judging panel.
The next challenge for the club is to raise the $1 million required for essential clubhouse redevelopment to cater for the growing beach attendances and ensure safety for beach users.
HISTORY was made on Wednesday, October 25 when a cow bred by Bushlea Jerseys of Leongatha South made an Australasian record price for a jersey female of $50,000 during the Global Impact Sales held at Camden Showgrounds, New South Wales.
The price smashes a 36 year old record, set back in 1981 by Warwick Daisy Lee which made $34,000.
Breaking the record was reining International Dairy Week Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Bushlea Van Fernleaf 10, EX 93. This deep pedigreed five year old was consigned by Bushlea Farms, owned by the Kuhne family.
She was purchased by a syndicate of Bradley Cullen and American partners including Andrew and Jennifer Vander Meulen, Cybil Fisher and Matt Senecal.
Fernleaf 10 was the first ever Dairy Week supreme champion to sell at a public auction, so the anticipation was high for what price the cow would make. The cow completes eight out of 10 generations of excellent dams and is straight from Bushleas most famous cow family, the Fernleafs, which make up more than half the herd on the farm.
Wayne Kuhne was at the sale for Bushlea Farms and said it was a great experience and the first time the farm had been there for the sale.
She went well above our expectations but she was such a unique cow and has just achieved everything possible for us, Wayne said.
Wayne was up in Camden for a whole week and said the event was run in conjunction with the New South Wales State Fair.
THE restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is well underway with the completion of the project anticipated for November next year.
Gippsland Ports project manager Ian Cameron said the first 190m of the jetty was 90 percent complete.
We are about to commence stage two of the construction, which will be done off the barge and will involve the total demolition and reconstruction of the structure, he said.
The rehabilitation project is being carried out by Sydney company SMC Marine.
SMC Marine project manager Wes Cahill said for the next stage, they will demolish around 100m at a time and then build the new structure.
That process will continue the whole way to the end of the jetty, around 570m, he said.
The remaining section of the jetty was beyond repair and will be demolished. The pylons will be cut off around two metres under the waterline to create habitat for marine life.
The slip shed will be restored and will remain in place on the jetty.
Built in the 1930s, the original jetty was 850 metres long. It was lengthened to 908 metres in 1982 for the supply of the Bass Strait oil and gas industry.
Mr Cameron said the jetty was originally designed to take a train, however that never eventuated.
He said this benefitted the integrity of the original structure.
The extension was constructed out of lower grade timber, he said.
Engineering consultant Roger Wilson said because the original jetty was intended to take a train, it was built on a three metre grid, which meant the pylons were three metres apart.
The newly constructed jetty will be built on a 6.1 metre grid and will be slightly wider than the original, he said.
Mr Wilson said the new section will effectively require half as many pylons and meant it was a more cost effective way of constructing the jetty.
He said the design had a strong focus on durability and will be low maintenance.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said the Port Welshpool Maritime Museum will be given a section of the jetty, to put on display in its yard.
SMC Marine is donating the section to the museum, which they didnt have to do. They will chop out a section and deliver it as well which is fantastic, he said.
Cr Argento said it was pleasing to see the project progressing on schedule.
I am really impressed with the project and that it is all on target, he said.
He said now the construction was being completed from the water, progress may slow down but the jetty was still on target for a November 2018 completion....
THE Meeniyan Progress Associations annual open garden day saw five local gardens opened up on Saturday, attracting hundreds of people.
Progress association open garden coordinator Peter Twigg said it was a great day, which exceeded all expectations.
We had record numbers; we were up on last year by about 10, with around 220 maps sold, he said.
It was a great day. Having the tractor and vintage car display as part of the weekend was also super successful.
People came from all over Gippsland and Melbourne to attend the open day.
We are very lucky we have so many lovely gardens in the town. They are all great and all different, Mr Twigg said.
Big thanks must go to to all our gardeners and Blue Tree Honey Farm in Dumbalk.
Mr Twigg said he expected to raise around $2000 from the open gardens, which will go towards the progress association.
THE Fish Creek Primary School whole school production of Fishers was played to huge audiences last Thursday, much to the delight of the students.
The play had a Trolls theme with a distinct Fishy twist, and students were all excited to show their families and friends the show.
All students learned two dances for the play, which was entertaining, funny and gave the students a real opportunity to shine.
THERE was something for everyone at the Small Farm and Lifestyle Expo held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend.
The latest in farm machinery for serious farmers or small landholders was on display with advice from the regions best farm equipment retailers.
Free face painting, chainsaw sculpture, sheep shearing and much more had visitors of all ages entertained, while the poultry display had plenty of children impressed.
There were caravan displays, safety wear, logging equipment, horse fencing, health equipment, gutter protection and a dedicated rough terrain area where quad bikes, gators, ag bikes and four wheel drive vehicles were through their paces.
Over fifty leading Australian environmental scientists and academics are calling on the Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and the Environment Minister Stephen Dawson to protect the Helena and Aurora Range as a Class A National Park.
The Environmental Protection Authoritys (EPA) strong rejection of a proposal to mine the range in June sends a clear message to the government that the natural and cultural values found in this area should be preserved in perpetuity and for all to enjoy.
The Helena and Aurora Range Science Declaration was released today by Emeritus Professor John Bailey, a past member of the EPA and Chair of the Conservation Commission of Western Australia.
Professor Bailey said that the Helena Aurora Range is the most significant intact banded ironstone formation range left in the Yilgarn Region of WA.
The scientists have sent the Helena and Aurora Range Science Declaration, which details the importance of protecting the range, to the Premier Mark McGowan; Minister for the Environment, Stephen Dawson; and the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnson.
There is growing concern that the science could be ignored in favour of commercial interests. This would undermine the purpose of the EPA and also the commitment of the government to biodiversity conservation, Professor Bailey said.
The Helena Aurora Range is a refuge for both threatened flora and fauna, including two declared rare endemic flowering plants found nowhere else on earth.
The Helena Aurora Range is an incredible landscapeone that has been hidden away from the Western Australian community for too long, said Professor Carmen Lawrence. I think, as a community, were only just starting to really appreciate how unique and rare places like this are. We need to protect this range for future generations to appreciate and explore.
The time has come for the WA Government to act responsibly and protect this exceptional feature of our environment for future generations and upgrade its protection to a Class 'A' National Park.
Professor John Bailey: 0427 188 294
Professor Carmen Lawrence: 0407 377 582
Jenita Enevoldsen, State Director for The Wilderness Society WA: 0405 941 500......
In major coup, Barwon Heads is getting its very own Spiegeltent
From Boxing Day through until 29 January, locals and holidaymakers can experience the 1930s nostalgic and antique travelling European circus tent, creating an exciting pop up entertainment and attraction.
It will include a savvy bar, special guest food trucks, sparkling lights full of glittering shows for all ages and a fantastic night out for family and friends over the festive season.
The program will host headliner musician Ross Wilson from Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock. As a solo artist, with no less than 26 ARIA Top 40 hits to his credit as a singer, songwriter and producer, Wilson is one of Australias most awarded, respected and well-known artists.
Circus Cabaret Burlesque shows will have a line-up of evening cabaret shows including Rouge a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque. This is a non-stop celebration of the astonishing, the surprising and the downright sexy and Papillon the circus for grown-ups.
Circus Wonderland will be there, where strongmen, contortionists, acrobats, a magician and a gypsy come to Barwon Heads bringing a thrilling and hilarious circus spectacular.
Barwon Film Society will also be presenting a series of family movies.
On Australia Day weekend, award winning five-star show review Trash Test Dummies will be appearing.
Many other events planned will include a free Sunday Barwon Blues Music Festival, stand-up comedy and more.
Spiegeltent is air-conditioned and proudly supported by Barwon Coast Committee and management and Scotchmans Hills Wines.
The full program will be announced at www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is working with Michaels IGA to provide a new full-line supermarket at the existing library site in Korumburra.
Seeking feedback from the community, council and Michaels IGA representatives held a public drop-in session last Tuesday, October 31 to answer the communitys questions while a planning permit for the supermarket is on public notice.
Korumburra resident Terry Waycott attended the session and believed the supermarket will be a great asset for Korumburra.
He also noted six houses would be demolished for car parking and another three houses will go if the proposed community hub for Korumburra which will include a new library is located on the site of the former Birralee childcare centre.
Thats six to nine families that will lose their homes, Mr Waycott said.
Councils statutory planning coordinator David Simon said that in the four hours he was there, around 25 people dropped in.
Generally the feelings were good and everyone was relatively positive, Mr Simon said.
Council is now seeking feedback from the community about the potential site for the Korumburra Community Hub.
Three sites have been determined as suitable for the hub, each
with advantages and disadvantages that can make selection
The three sites include the former Birralee site on Victoria Street and adjoining lands; the old kindergarten site, potentially including adjoining lands, also on Victoria Street; or the railway yards.
Council will hold a community information drop in session for the community hub plan this Thursday, November 9 between 2pm and 9pm at the Korumburra Library Meeting Room, corner of King and Commercial streets, Korumburra.
LEONGATHA could be home to an innovative renewable energy hub that would slash the electricity bills of sporting groups and spin money for the community.
South Gippsland Shire Council is awaiting the results of a business case for solar panels on South Gippsland SPLASH aquatic and leisure centre in Leongatha, and other buildings at Leongatha Recreation Reserve.
Its hoped the case will reveal solar panels would produce electricity to help feed SPLASHs massive energy demands, and further panels could be installed on the Leongatha Football Netball Club and Woorayl Golf Club.
The project would make Leongatha home to a key community energy site, with a microgrid seeing all electricity produced feeding into one meter and shared across the site.
Councils sustainability officer Heidi Hamm said the project was exciting for South Gippsland.
It supports local renewable energy generation and it means savings for the sporting clubs run by community groups, so they will save money and be able to do whatever they choose with those savings, she said.
There are other councils that are looking at other microgrids but this is quite an innovative project for regional areas.
Ms Hamm said surplus funds from the savings made by the solar system could be invested in a community fund for wider public benefit.
It could be a revolving fund for renewable energy projects on community buildings, she said.
SPLASH is a major user of electricity, consuming more than 160 megawatt hours per year. The 99kW system proposed for SPLASH would be about as 20 times as big as a household system.
At the earliest, implementation could start early next year and I believe it will take a year to implement, Ms Hamm said.
Council would have to apply for grants to install the solar systems, based on figures produced by the business case.
SPLASH operators, the YMCA, pay SPLASHs energy bills now.
Councils environment officer Skye Radcliffe-Scott said, There are possibly other sites that could be looked at in the future. This could be a trial site.
The business case is being funded by a $20,000 grant shared by South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils, and awarded by the State Governments 2015 Climate Change grant program.
The grant came through Communities Making Energy Together (ComMET), a group comprising the councils, Energy Innovative Co-operative and Mirboo North Community Energy Hub.
The business case is nearly complete and council could apply for funding later this month to install the panels, with the outcome of that application possibly known by early next year....
PROLIFIC and talented.
That sums up the work of the Leongatha Painters Group, whose members will present an exhibition at Korumburra Art Gallery from November 9 to 19, open 11am to 4pm daily.
Some 150 artworks will be shown by 17 members, spanning watercolours, gouaches, acrylic and prints, and covering a diversity of subjects, including South Gippsland scenes.
Anything you can think about, someone has painted it, the groups Florence Crighton said.
A feature work, Venetian Reflections, will be a painting that appears as though it was completed by one artist but in actual fact comprises 20 squares, with each square painted by one person.
Each square was based on a sample square measuring 4.5cm.
As each artist painted, the rest of the painting was covered, keeping artists guessing of how the final piece would look until the end when the finished work was unveiled.
A celebratory closing function will be held at 1.30pm on Sunday, November 19, with afternoon tea.
The Leongatha Painters Group meets at the Leongatha Guide Hall in ABeckett Street, Leongatha, every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm, and has been gathering there for 35 years. BYO lunch.
Members hail from Leongatha, Fish Cree, Tarwin Lower, Mirboo North and Korumburra.
A NEW petition calling for better bus services for South Gippsland has been launched.
The e-petition was unveiled by South Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen, the chair of South West Gippsland Transport Group. Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath has agreed to sponsor the petition and Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien has confirmed his support for the petition to improve bus services.
The e-petition to the Victorian Legislative Council requests the council to call on the government to allocate equitable funding for the provision of local bus services or a telebus service for South Gippsland, in particular for Leongatha and Korumburra, and for improvement in inadequate cross regional and Melbourne services.
The petitions will be open until Friday, February 2, 2018 and will be tabled on the first sitting day of the council of 2018.
Cr McEwen said, The report prepared by the group identified a systematic under resourcing of bus services for South Gippsland. South Gippsland has no local bus services unlike most shires of similar population. Leongatha and Korumburra are in reality in close proximity with a population approaching 10,000 people.
Mr OBrien raised the matter in parliament last week, saying, The Southand West Gippsland Transport Group has launched a petition and campaign for better local transport in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires, particularly the latter, which has no internal bus services in the shire at all.
This region has a population of over 60,000 yet little public transport. I urge the government to undertake feasibility work on new and improved bus services throughout the region, in particular to gauge the likely level of demand.
The link to the e-petition can be found on the groups Facebook page (South and West Gippsland Transport Group) and website: http://www.swgt.org.au
Well, it wouldnt be an election without a Westender/West End Community Association Community Forum, giving you the chance to meet the candidates vying for your vote face to face, and ask them about the issues that affect you personally. Were expecting a good roll up of candidates, listed below as per the ballot paper: BOELE, 
Image Courtesy of Echo Deer Sydney based Americana band Echo Deer have just released their brand new single Lost My Way. The whisky-soaked track is the first taster from their upcoming EP Side B and it recounts the well worn tale of waking up empty handed in the cold light of day with nothing to 
By Peter Robinson, Swinburne University of Technology I dont for the life of me understand why the gay community has decided to emulate an institution that doesnt work for even straight people It is laughable. This is what a 59-year-old black gay activist in Los Angeles told me of his views on same-sex ...
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Last Friday and in the middle of an election campaign, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that her government will veto the federal governments $1 billion offer to Adani, to help build the railway link between his Carmichael coal mine and the Abbot Point port on the coast.
This turnaround, from unquestioning and total support, is testimony to the strength of the community campaign that has been relentless, encompassing concern about the contribution to climate warming carbon emissions, the threat to the Great Barrier Reef, the misuse of indigenous land, damage to farming land and the likely negative economic impact.
Community awareness and opposition have grown to the extent that the government is in serious risk of losing office and a significant portion of its traditional support base, could transfer to the Greens.
The governments pro-Adani position had also alienated many of the Labor Partys members, who have been campaigning for a change.
Capacity for the Liberal National Party opposition to benefit from this is limited, because it has been and continues to be even more pro-Adani. This is likely to benefit One Nation. Much of its base does not want the Adani projects to go ahead either, even if Pauline Hanson makes noises in the opposite direction.
Far from meaning that the battle is over, this is just another step and rather than abating, the campaign is stepping up. Although more isolated, the supporters of Adani are still formidable.
Post election and whoever wins, pressure to stop the $1 billion loan will continue. So will the effort to extend pressure on financial institutions not to come up with the cash. The Adani companies already have a $2 billion debt over the Abbot Point terminal and since this debt is almost due, need to borrow the funds to pay it. Failure to secure this has the potential to knock the project out of the water.
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|Humpback spy-hopping. Pic by Rick Franks|
Brisbanes LGBTI Legal Service say theyve collected over 220 examples of hate speech from throughout the same-sex marriage postal survey. The services Like Love project is aimed at addressing unlawful vilification in Queensland and theyve monitored social media, news websites and public spaces to track public statements that incite ridicule or hatred on the grounds ...
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07 Nov 2017 | Weekly TimesAccording to the latest Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land, Chinese ownership of Australian farmland has increased tenfold in the past year, to 14.4 million hectares.
Around 2 oclock I join a peaceful protest walk. It is the eighty-seventh day of peaceful protest. Men are holding banners and cards with different slogans on them, like Four years are enough, PNG is not safe for us, and Safety is everyones human right. The main purpose of the protest is to let people know that we don't want to be resettled in Papua New Guinea. We are also asking for an end to this indefinite detention.
In an exciting move forward, digital rights organisation Electronic Frontiers Australia has elected its first ever female leadership. Lyndsey Jackson and long time EFA member Katherine Phelps take their positions as chair and vice-chair respectively as the organisation moves forward to address the challenges that affect Australians online.
Having recently joined the EFA Policy Team, my first effort has been to suggest the organisation take a more proactive position one of the issues that affect the way many people experience digital life: online abuse and digital stalking. The result is the establishment of a new working group for online abuse.
This article is by and is the copyright of Rosie Williams, a citizen journalist who works on a range of issues, including data ethics and online safety. It was originally published on her The Little Bird blog and is republished here with permission. She the original article. Rosie is also very active on Twitter @Info_Aus.
A Pew Research Centre Survey published this year found that around 4 in 10 Americans had experienced online harassment but this experience varies by age and gender and research by Australias eSafety Commissioner found that 1 in 5 of 16-50 year olds have experienced image based abuse. While men are more likely to be harassed online, women are most likely to experience sexual harassment with over half of young women surveyed receiving unwanted explicit photos. Political views, gender and race are the top reasons why people say they are harassed. Women are overwhelmingly the victi...
Labor leader Bill Shorten is being urged to put politics aside and work with the prime minister on a new process to check the citizenship credentials of federal MPs.
Junior minister Dan Tehan labelled a meeting between the two leaders in Melbourne on Wednesday incredibly important, as questions emerged about the eligibility of two Labor MPs Tasmanias Justine Keay and Queenslands Susan Lamb.
Ms Keay says her renunciation of British citizenship was not effective until after the 2016 election, while Ms Lamb has said she took all necessary steps to renounce her British citizenship in May 2016, but has not said if this was confirmed before the deadline, the Guardian online reports.
The recent High Court ruling stated Section 44 does not disqualify only those who have not made reasonable efforts to conform to its requirements.
Malcolm Turnbull needs Labors support for a plan to force all members and senators to declare, on the register of interests, they are not a citizen of another country and set out the birth records of themselves and their parents.
If they have previously held citizenship of another country they must provide evidence of their renunciation or how it came to an end.
Under Mr Turnbulls plan, the register would not be published until after Christmas.
Mr Shorten will argue it needs to be done sooner in order to provide the public with confidence that all MPs are eligible to sit.
Mr Tehan pleaded with the Labor leader to put politics aside.
This is an issue which is too important, weve got to make sure we get this right, he told Sky News.
What we need from Bill Shorten especially given now there is a cloud over two Labor party MPs is for him to work with the prime minister so that we get a process in place that means that we can once and for all have a procedure to sort this out.
FOR the 10 Indigenous runners who completed this weeks New York Marathon, the finish line was just the start. The race was the culmination of six months of training and commitment for the squad, many of whom came from non-running backgrounds, and from some of Australias most remote areas. Last Sunday, November 5 (early Monday Australian time), the 10 runners of the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) lined up in a field of more than 50,000. Luke Reidy of Perth, was the first male to finish, while Allirra Winmar, of Perth, who battled a sore throat and cold in the lead-up to the marathon, was the first female.
Illegal logging is an immensely profitable global activity, linked to corruption, human rights abuses, criminal networks, and environmental destruction. A 2017 study by the Global Financial Integrity ranked illegal logging as the third largest global crime in value, after counterfeiting and drug trafficking.
Australia imports roughly A$8.1 billion worth of timber products a year, and according to estimates from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, up to A$800 million comes from sources with some risk of being illegally logged.
Yet the federal government is currently considering significantly weakening regulation that prevent the import of illegal timber. Companies will be less likely to know where their wood comes from, and consumers will have less assurance that they are buying products from a legitimate source.
The proposed reform will require amendments to the 2012 Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation. Once the changes are introduced, the parliament has 15 sitting days to disallow the changes.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has proposed significant changes to our timber import rules, with the aim of reducing the costs for businesses to comply with regulations. The proposal is to introduce a deemed to comply arrangement for certain private certification schemes.
Under current laws, businesses need to assess and manage the risk that imported timber or wood products may have been illegally logged. This is known as due diligence, and applies to timber imports worth A$1,000 or more.
The deemed to comply provisions assume that an importer has complied with the regulations, in some cases without actual checks and proofs of legality. This will exempt companies from undertaking their own due diligence.
But the Australian government recognizes that certification schemes still face challenges in dealing with deliberate fraudulent activity. Given the prevalence of bribery in illegal logging, it is not uncommon for illegally logged timber to have the...
A Melbourne gay man has shared an emotional letter he wrote to his parents in an unsuccessful bid to convince them to vote yes in the same-sex postal survey. Actor Barnaby Reiter posted the letter to his Instagram explaining to his parents that they wouldnt be invited to his future wedding if they voted no. ...
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PMID: Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:3579-3589. Epub 2017 Jul 19. PMID: 28790850 Abstract Title: Emodin suppresses proliferation, migration and invasion in ovarian cancer cells by down regulating ILK in vitro and in vivo. Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Although our previous studies have confirmed that 1, 3, 8-trihydroxy-6-methylant hraquinone (emodin) inhibits migration and invasion in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cells, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. Here, the aim was to investigate the effects of emodin on EOC cells and to study further the mechanism underlying this process, both in vitro and in vivo.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell proliferation was evaluated by the methylthiazolyl tetrazolium assay. Cell migration and invasion abilities were tested using the transwell assay. The expression of integrin-linked kinase (ILK) and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-associated factors were measured with western blotting.RESULTS: Exogenous ILK enhanced the proliferation, migration and invasion properties of A2780 and SK-OV-3 cells. After treatment with emodin, the survival rate of cells was gradually reduced, including those of SK-OV-3/pLVX-ILK and A2780/pLVX-ILK cells, with increasing emodin concentrations. The migration and invasion abilities of A2780 and SK-OV-3 cells were effectively increased by the transfection of pLVX-ILK, which could be abrogated by following this with 48 hours of emodin treatment. Treatment with emodin significantly downregulated the expression of ILK and EMT-related proteins. So, emodin suppressed proliferation, migration and invasion in ovarian cancer cells by downregulating ILK in vitro. SK-OV-3/pLVX-Con and SK-OV-3/pLVX-ILK cells were used to generate xenografts in nude mice. Tumors grew more rapidly in the SK-OV-3/pLVX-ILK group compared with the control group, and this could be significantly inhibited by emodin. Also, the expression of E-cadherin was downregulated, while the expression of Slug, MMP-9 and Vimentin were upregulated in the SK-OV-3/pLVX-ILK group, and this could be reversed by following treatment with emodin. Emodin did not demonstrate target toxicity on hepatocytes, nephrocytes and cardiomyocytes.CONCLUSION: Emodin suppresses proliferation, migration and invasion in ovarian cancer by targeting ILK.
Byron Shire Council staff have failed in an attempt to force a Byron Bay residents group to supply membership and donor names and addresses through the courts all without informing councillors.
It comes as Council were also unsuccessful in court on October 31 in recovering part of their $453,129.29 in legal costs from the Butler Street Community Network, who challenged Councils bypass plans.
The Echo understands general manager Ken Gainger was delegated authority by councillors to defend the court case brought by residents.
As to the status of the overblown bypass budget, The Echo is yet to receive a reply from staff.
Both mayor Simon Richardson (Greens) and Cr Paul Spooner (Labor) confirmed with The Echo that they were not informed of staffs request to the courts for the personal information of the residents group.
Cr Richardson said he would be happy to follow it up.
Any of Councils funds spent on defending its decisions, even when successful, or spent following up in seeking costs to be paid, is a regrettable use of funds.
Heaven knows, we could spend legal expenses in a myriad of better ways; however, if Council rolls over, over time others launch legal action [and] we would also be in a perilous position when trying to make decisions on behalf of the whole community.
Meanwhile, Cr Spooner added he doesnt support vexatious court cases against community members.
As for the current status of the bypass, he said costings have not shifted since $20m was previously announced.
He said, We are still $6m short; there has been no movement on this from the state government that I know of.
Butler Street Community Network president Paul Jones told The....
A meet the candidates forum will be held at Lismores Southern Cross University Enterprise Lab tomorrow evening to give locals the chance to grill prospective candidates.
The NSW National Party, which is holding a community preselection on 18 November, is organising the event, which begins at 6pm.
The candidates to front the audience will be Lismore real-estate agent Andrew Gordon, Tenterfield shire mayor Peter Petty, and Tregeagle farmer Austin Curtin.
Anyone enrolled in the Lismore electorate can have their say and participate by voting for their favourite candidate at one of the six polling booths located across the electorate.
More information can be found at: www.lismorevotes.com.au
Meanwhile, reports indicate that Sue Higginson, former head of the NSW Environmental Defenders Office, will be putting herself forward as the Greens candidate for the Lismore electorate.
The former candidate Adam Guise, who was narrowly pipped by outgoing Nationals MP Thomas George at the last election and is now a Lismore City councillor, has not yet indicated publicly whether he will be standing although Greens sources indicate he wont be.
Ms Higginson, who has an impressive history as a front-line environmentalist, and later as a lawyer, would be a strong contender, although it is yet to be seen whether she might be swayed to have a go for an upper house seat.
One reliable source has suggested that Ms Higginson agreed to consider nominating after being approached by former Greens MLC Ian Cohen.
The Echonetdaily has asked Ms Saffin whether she would be p...
Confusion and uncertainty still surrounds the location of a proposed transit hub for Byron Bay.
While no costings have been provided, a Transport for NSW spokesperson told The Echo, Transport for NSW has been working with Byron Shire Council on developing a new bus interchange since 2015.
A number of sites were investigated by Transport for NSW as part of initial concept plans for the new bus interchange. Butler Street Reserve was a site chosen by Byron Shire Council as the most suitable location as it fits within the Byron Bay Masterplan.
Yet Chris Hanley from the masterplan leadership group told The Echo, The leadership group and the community members of the master plan group were not consulted on this decision. We had no input into the design or location. This decision was made by Council staff who did not consult with us.
The issue again highlights tension between staff and councillors, where senior staff have taken an active role in policy decisions instead of implementing Council policy.
Mayor Simon Richardson (Greens) told The Echo that the transit hub location was not set in stone.
The use of the term masterplan is regrettable in this instance and I will be instructing staff to cease using it to explain every action or decision within Byron Bay.
The only connection to the masterplan is that the masterplan illustrated the benefits and desirability of locating the bus interchange on the other side of the tracks from town, hence moving bus movements out of the town centre. The connection to Butler Street reserve was not in the masterplan....
The massive Paradise Papers leak is as big as the Panama Papers release last year,. Although itr is grabbing some attention, it is not producing headlines on the same scale.
Each of these stories first came to light in a German publication (Suddeutsche Zeitung). But with the Panama Papers it was mainly WikiLeaks that brought the contents to the worlds attention. In the case of the Paradise Papers the WikiLeaks connection is missing.
The involvement of WikiLeaks in the first case, made sure that all the contents were made public. In the second case, what comes out has been more selective, although the Paradise Papers involved more than 13.4 million documents, which we are told, details more than 120 politicians around the world involved in of shore banking activities.
A massive 6.8 million of these documents were leaked from a major Bermuda based legal firm called Appleby and are in the hands of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
A group of corporate interests and very rich individuals initiated, fund and support the ICIJ and there is also an association with a formidable list of corporate media outlets around the world. These links are important, because they provide an explanation of what drives the group.
The two best known backers are the Ford Foundation associated with the car manufacturer of the same name and George Soros Open Society Foundation. What binds this group together is a shared political mission that is encapsulated by George Soros, who wrote that that the main threat to society is the rise of laissez-faire capitalism and the spread of market values into all areas of life is endangering our open and democratic society.
The Soros way to carry this out, is to create a political centre that proclaims opposition to extreme capitalism, as the means of pdefending the existing political, economic and social order, against forces hostile to it. The method is to build a politics of compromise in connection to the class divisions that exist in society. The cry is that no one has absolute truth and harmony can only be guaranteed if conflict is ended through compromise. This means....
Two disability advocacy services, in Ballina and Alstonville, are in danger of being wiped out by proposed funding cuts by the NSW Government.
The cuts are expected to take place from June 2018 and will impact on Ability Advocacy in Alstonville and DAISI advocacy service in Ballina.
Ability Advocacy manager Doug Hollingworth said his service employed six people who supported about 120 people with disabilities.
These cuts would mean we would mean the loss of 2 staff members and wed be forced to stop providing support to 40-50 people with disabilities who will have nowhere else to turn, Mr Hollingworth said.
We know how important our services are to local families and people with disabilities across the North Coast who will suffer as a direct result of these cuts.
DAISI chief executive Joanne Mclean said the cuts would mean a dramatic loss of staff and the closure of our shopfront in Ballina.
We are applying for grants and doing what we can to try and keep providing services to people with disability, but the reality is that unless the State Government maintains disability advocacy funding, our organisation is on the edge of survival, Ms Mclean said.
Greens Disability spokesperson Dawn Walker has called on the NSW Premier and North Coast Nationals MP Ben Franklin to intervene.
This is a Government that likes to crow about budget surpluses, but shows its true colours when it refuses to fund essential disability services, Ms Walker said.
They use the transition to the NDIS as cover for these cuts, but other states like Victoria have stepped in to ensure that their disability advocacy funding will be maintained, despite the NDIS rollout. NSW must do the same.
Im calling on the NSW Premier and National Party MP, Ben Franklin to show some heart and reverse these cruel cuts to ensure DAISI and Ability Advocacy retain their funding beyond 2018 so they can continue to support people with a disability from the Tweed down to Grafton.
Ms Walker said the looming funding cuts had occurred because the State Government was rolling its disability advocacy services funding, worth $13 million state-wide, into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
However, the NDIS does not cover advocacy services, leaving a major funding gap for NSWs disability advocacy services that will impact nearly 50 disability advocacy services in NSW, many in regional NSW.
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Protesters will remain camped in front of the Gympie Road site from 6pm today, until 6pm tomorrow.
Refugee Action Collective, organisers of the vigil, say it is time the minister and the government face up to their responsibilities as a part of the United Nations and its refugee conventions.
Want to get there? Peter Dutton's office is 350 meters from Strathpine train station, or a 40 minute drive from the CBD.
Severe storm hits Bundaberg
The worst non-cyclonic storm in a decade has hit Bundaberg and left the region without power overnight.
Image Courtesy of The Waifs The Waifs round out their massive 25th anniversary year with the announcement of a bunch of regional dates through November and December. Its already been a huge year for The Waifs having released their new album Ironbark and performing at a bunch of headline and festival shows. The regional tour 
An Erskineville local wearing several Love is Love badges on her cloth backpack, in fact hates everybody, it has been confirmed today.
One gay man said the woman recently responded to a friendly head nod from him with a swift headbutt.
She said I wasnt gay enough because I wasnt writing yes on the ground with chalk at that very moment, the man said. She ranted that I was only a very small step above a death-deserving cis-male.
An Aboriginal man said she wasnt a fan of him either, despite the fact she was wearing an Aboriginal flag T-shirt.
She told me I was a race traitor as I was eating a white-bread sandwich, the man said. She also demanded I thanked her for repeatedly acknowledging me as the traditional landowner before everything she said.
The woman said she was so angry with the world because she was born white, privileged and heterosexual, and the only thing that gives her any hope is that she wasnt born a man.
Seville is one those great cities full of history, attractions and enough sites to keep the whole family entertained. How many days in Seville should you spend? We spent 5 days in Seville, 3 full days and a half day coming and leaving Seville. We were in Seville in December. We believe 3 days in Seville is a perfect amount of time to see everything. By giving yourself 3 days in Seville there is no need to rush any one thing, some things you will stay at for hours and other things not so long. Theme parks may require a whole day while visiting the Roman ruins Italica Seville, that is just out of town will account for half a day of your 3 days in Seville for sure.
This is just an outline, adjust your Seville Itinerary to suit your needs, take your time to stroll the streets and you will find many places to visit in Seville.
We stayed at Reservaloen Plaza del Salvador in the Seville Old Town during our 3 days in Seville. The apartments offer premium amenities, such as a coffee maker. Each apartment has an in-room dining area, a refrigerator and a private bathroom with a shower. We found the apartments to be roomy and well furnished. Very comfortable to relax after a day exploring. Restaurants straight out the front door made dining very easy.
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Getting up close to wild birds requires a combination of skill, patience and luck.
I reckon patience is the key.
This pair of Caspian Terns, looking resplendent in full breeding plumage were fishing along the shores of Cairn Curran at Joyces Creek. After a while they came down to bathe which allowed me to quietly approach to within 20 metres or so for the following set of images. What a wonderful privilege to be able to spend some time up close with such magnificent birds. I also spotted a single marsh tern, most likely a Whiskered Tern, while watching their larger relatives.
The United States is becoming isolated in its opposition to international action on climate change and other countries, especially China, are stepping up to fill the gap.
Syria now plans to join the Paris agreement on climate change, delegates at the UN climate conference in Germany said on Tuesday.
The decision follows Nicaragua signing up a fortnight ago, prompted in part by US President Donald Trumps June announcement he would seek to withdraw from the deal unless a better arrangement could be reached for America.
Syria and Nicaragua were the only two nations left outside the 195-country deal when it was agreed in 2015.
Meanwhile, China has been stepping up its role, after its Communist Party national congress in October for the first time formally declared the country a leader in global climate action.
Greenpeace East Asias Li Shuo said this was a significant step for a country that previously had been reluctant, especially in its approach to UN negotiations.
But he said China has been working towards greater confidence in climate negotiations for some years.
Trumps Rose Garden announcement certainly left a vacuum of leadership, he told AAP.
But that vacuum in fact solidified other countries commitment to Paris and has propelled China, as well as other countries, towards filling that leadership gap.
China has joined the European Union and Canada to establish a new ministerial forum on climate change.
Talks to establish the body started during last years UN conference, COP22 when it became clear Mr Trump would win the US election and it met for the first time in September with representatives from 34 nations, including Australia.
European officials see this new group as filling the vacuum being left by the US on the world stage.
However, Mr Li said it still needed clarity around its mission.
A US delegation is attending the current climate talks and the Fijian COP23 presidency says it ha...
A Byron Bay resident has told The Echo that Byron Shire Council staff have been unable to act on her complaints about her neighbours Airbnb activities, which she says are so intrusive she has had to buy earplugs.
Im 71 years old and have been here 21 years, she told The Echo.
Over those years, I have done thousands of hours of community work, yet Council are unable to help me by enforcing compliance against this activity.
Im suffering from stress and sleep deprivation because of this, she said.
After she asked Byron Shire Council to intervene, she says council compliance inspected the neighbours property.
I just got a letter from the council which said there are no compliance issues identified at this moment.
The issue arose after her neighbours renovated their house. They moved the entrance of their one bedroom Airbnb premises to be under my bedroom window.
She says no DA was required to move the doorway entrance to the Airbnb-let premises.
Guests used to go through another entrance, she said, which was closer to the neighbours own entrance.
They moved the problem, without asking me.
The council compliance officer could only suggest earplugs and mediation.
Im not interested in mediation as I believe these people wont change, she said. Apparently people coming up a driveway doesnt constitute a noise complaint.
Whatever was said to the compliance officer, he argued it was within their legal rights. What about my rights?
The woman says she has also documented to staff 74 times she has been woken up by late night visitors.
by Sherryn Groch, Canberra Times, Nov 6, 2017
Its hosted Canberras prime ministers, diplomats and brides but now the iconic Lobby restaurant is home to a quiet occupation.
Nioka Coe, a Ngunnawal person, joined forces on Sunday with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to reclaim the restaurant in an act of sovereignty.
The group issued the National Capital Authority, which owns the historic site, with an eviction notice, citing its failure to seek permission or sign a treaty or lease the land from Ngunnawal traditional custodians as the reason for the takeover.
Working alongside the Ngunnawal...
The Nikkei (+1.75%) had the strongest session in Asia today, helped by the continued rally in oil (+3% on Monday) prices and strong earnings. The Nikkei reached new 26 year highs earlier on optimism of growth, mergers and fresh international investment. The index moved stronger from the opening, eventually closing at the highs of the day and levels not seen since 1992. The currency was very well behaved playing just under the 114 handle for most of the day. The Hang Seng equally performed well closing at its days high adding 1.3%. The index moved in sympathy with the oil rally and comfort in Australia leaving rates unchanged. This unchanged moved by the RBA also added a 1% move for the ASX also. SENSEX traded weaker from the opening bell and eventually closed 1% lower.
Europe was not so fortunate as Asia, with many indices coming under pressure in todays trading. The corporate news was not so great but we heard a mixed bag from domestic Housing in the UK to Danish Shipper Moller Maersk. Although the Housing numbers in the UK were better than expected (Halifax Index 4.5 versus 4% expected) it even held the currency as a whole, it was the such a strong number that eventually took its toll on GBP. Having already heard from the Bank of England last week, mortgage takers are breathing a sigh of relief once it became know that rates rise are to be slow and measured. The FTSE, DAX, and CAC all lost ground ending with losses of around -0.5%, whilst the Spanish IBEX returned -0.85% for the day. The sentiment was heavy from the opening with all markets struggling to make any gains. The Euro and GBP were also under pressure trading lower against the USD for the majority of the day.
US markets have been lower for all the session, with very little sign of changing direction. The DOW has been heavy all day opening positive but unable to stay, we have been around 30 points lower and playing within a tight negative range all day. The general market drag has seen renewed vigor in the VIX index, gradually pushing values up 8% to mid 10s. This pause has is starting to affect the broader Russell 2k which lost around 1.3% with volume increasing. We have seen a 15% rally this year and looks as though some are happy to t...
When Cris quit her well-paying film and television industry job to move to Byron in the early 2000s, she knew finding regular work would be a challenge.
But the talented young woman didnt expect that, more than a decade on, shed be facing the prospect of having to leave town due to a lack of consistent work.
For years, Cris rode the seasonal roller coaster of Byrons tourist-driven job market working over summer, but struggling to survive for the rest of the year.
Now shes contemplating greener employment pastures.
I love living here this is my home, she says.
But if I cant generate the income to pay the rent then its a no brainer.
Criss story is all too familiar for many in Byron Shire.
Thousands of locals are engaged in a nearly constant battle to generate enough regular income in a job market which is dominated by part-time jobs in tourism, hospitality and retail.
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Byron Shire has the lowest proportion of people working full-time of any local government area in NSW.
Just 42 per cent of working locals are hitting the 38-hour mark, well below the state average of 59.2 per cent.
At the same time, we have one of the highest rates of part-time work in the state, with 45 per cent of employed people in this category.
And more than a third of these part-timers are working just 15 hours a week or less barely enough to pay the rent given the regions ongoing affordability crisis.
A major Sydney newspaper recently declared that t.......
Local bookshop operators John Mitchell and Karen Martin who ran Mary Ryans Books in Byron Bay have not had their franchise agreement renewed after a dispute with the franchisor.
This is the fastest growing bookshop in the country, said Mitchell.
According to Mitchell, the franchisor receives a percentage of all the bookshop sales and they would have been getting good revenue from the Byron bookshop. However, at the end of the agreement, the franchisor Bill Concannon, has said that he doesnt want Mr Mitchell to continue as the franchisee of the bookshop.
We have had a recent dispute with the franchisor as he wanted to become more involved, said Mitchell.
He said we were no longer welcome because of irreconcilable differences.
Mitchell is required to offer all the assets of the bookshop to Concannon and is now restrained from trading in Byron Bay for the next two years under the franchise agreement.
Mitchell said that, Though we are no longer trading, we are still left with a very expensive lease on the bookshop. The franchisor has an option to take on the lease. However, he says they are yet to be informed if that is the case.
Concannon confirmed with The Echo that the bookshop would continue in the same location and said, Yes, they (the future franchisee) would take on the lease.
I am negotiating with potential operators of the store for the ongoing future of the bookshop.
He wasnt removed. His term came to an end, he said.
John and Karen have decided that they will continue their love of book...
The young woman stands in front of the bathroom mirror an internal battle raging.
Does she follow her impulses and sleep with her new friend on the first date, or take a more conservative course and quietly usher him to the door?
Its the kind of dilemma that has plagued countless women and more than a few men as they navigate the perils of dating.
And that makes it perfect fodder for a new web series, to be shot in Byron Bay next month.
Freudian Slip is a six-part comedy series exploring the inner turmoil that accompanies romance and dating.
Each bite-sized episode explores a different dating dilemma from a womans perspective, and the competing voices in her head.
Local writer and director Clare Sladden says the series will externalise womens doubts and dilemmas.
Its a little bit like the age-old internal battle between the angel and the devil, says Sladden, 36.
But weve gone a bit more Freudian, incorporating the idea of the super-ego that always wants to do the right thing, versus the Id which is all about acting on impulse.
Featuring the acting debut of well-known journalist and commentator Ben Law, the series was inspired by Sladdens own experience of datings trials and tribulations.
Freudian Slip is due to be shot in mid-December and released in March next year.
A Grade Division 1
A RECORD breaking second wicket partnership between Tom Wyatt
and English import Callum Honeyman has helped OMK set a monster
first innings total of 5/348 in their match against Phillip Island
in A Grade Division 1.
Wyatt 138 and Honeyman 146 put on 250 runs to break the previous record of 206 set by Nerrenas Terry Clark and Murray Wightman back in 1991.
Losing opening partner Alex Rose for just two runs, Wyatt teamed up with Honeyman to tear apart the Phillip Island bowling attack and continue his stellar run of form.
Wyatt has already made 277 runs this season, proving himself to be a key figure in the star studded OMK batting line-up.
Promoted to number three for the first two day game of the season, Honeyman relished the opportunity taking advantage of the short boundaries at the Outtrim Rec Reserve.
Charith Keerthisnghe toiled with the ball for the Island bowling 26 overs and finishing with figures of 2/90.
Leongatha Town managed to fight their way back from a dreadful start to finish their first day against Glen Alvie in a positive position.
The Scorpions won the toss and elected to bat and thats where disaster struck, losing captain Matt Davies and opening partner Jack Hume in successive overs to start the game 2/0.
And when Scott Browne followed for just nine runs Town were on the ropes at 3/13, but a solid knock of 86 by Madura Madusanka and 52 from Jareth Hume salvaged the Scorpions innings finishing all out for a defendable 186 off 47 overs.
Jamie Glenn finished with the tidy figures of 3/8 along with Todd Smith 2/20 for the Alvie.
The remaining overs were left for Glen Alvie to bat and thats where Town took advantage, taking three early wickets leaving the Alvie on the back foot.
Madusanka struck twice in his six overs with opener Jack Hume snagging a wicket as well leaving Glen Alvie 3/35 at stumps.
Korumburra bowled Kilcunda-Bass out for 162 in their clash at the Bass Recreation Reserve.
Shane Dole 4/46 and Tom Richards 3/38 did the damage for the Cobras in an impressive bowling performance.
A defiant knock of 73 from middle order bat Joe Hewison helped Kilcunda-Bass to a defendable total along with contributions from Jack Rosenow 21 and Andrew Donohue 21.
Forced to bat the reaming seven overs, Korumburra lost Kallon Rigby off the bowling of Stephen Leman to finish 1/11 at stumps.
Inverloch restricted Wonthaggi Club to the modest total of 9/159 in the grand final rematch.
The turf appeared to be troubling the Club batsmen, making it very hard to score and losing opener David Britt in the first over of the day wasnt an ideal start.
A solid fight back from Sam Huitema 45 and Mitch Thomas 13 got Club back on track, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
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In 1998, a teenage Kobe Bryant was lifting weights in Golds Gym in Venice, Calif. when his phone rang. He answered his brick-sized Nextel phone to hear a shocking statement on the other line: This is Michael Jackson.
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