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In the final hours of December 2015 we attacked the offices of the defense contractor BAE Systems on River Boulevard in Richmond with paint and sledge hammers.
BAE Systems make billions from war and their technology is responsible for countless civilian deaths worldwide.
This action was carried out as part of Black December, a month of anarchist direct action that was initiated by the anarchist prisoners Nikos Romanos and Panagiotis Argirou in Greece.
We also carried out this action in solidarity with anarchist prisoners held hostage by states worldwide and in solidarity with Indigenous prisoners held hostage by the colonist ‘authorities’ here in so-called ‘Australia’ – all of whom are political prisoners.
Black December is everywhere!
Anarchist Office Refurbishment Cell
(via contra info)
On Saturday 19 December at Hamilton Island
Nantworks (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI bizjet N278L touched down
from Kahului and Townsville.
|N278L parked at Hamilton Island (Photo taken by 'AC' ©)|
Exotic motorcycle and mountain bike suspension and exhaust manufacturer Marzocchi has been said from closure after being bought by a fellow Italian company.
The Italian company’s products are used by a wide variety of motorcycle manufacturers such as Italian brands Ducati, MV Agusta, Bimota, Benelli and Moto Guzzi, plus BMW and even American electric motorcycle company Brammo. Their suspension systems are also used by many road and off-road race teams and are also used in exotic mountain bike brands.
Marzocchi’s parent company Tenneco closed the Bologna factory in April amid reports the company would cease all operations, sending motorcycle manufacturers to seek for alternative components.
However, Italian automotive parts manufacturer VRM has now bought the company from Tenneco with the help of the local and regional authorities to keep some 70 jobs.
VRM has not yet made any announcements bout their plans, but it is expected they will keep the factory open.
Among VRM’s customers are BMW, Ducati, MV Augusta and Ferrari.
Marzocchi was founded in 1949 and was bought in 2008 by $5.9 billion global manufacturing company Tenneco Group of Illinois.
Tenneco had failed to invest heavily in R&D in the company and talked about closing down Marzocchi....
Today marks the first anniversary of the arrival of Neo, a critically ill young sheep. We are sure his amazing story of recovery and love will touch your heart as it did ours.
|Letter-winged Kite - Pic by Peter McDonald|
branching out, a cavalier considers itself a cat
New Year’s Eve in Burlington, Vermont on Flickr.
New Year’s Eve in Burlington, Vermont
This was made with Epic's Unreal Engine. It's AR, not VR. The game is projected onto a real world surface, in this case a desk via a heads up display. Even if they contour mapped the desk beforehand, it'd be incredible. Imagine your fave game playing out across the living room in a couple of years.
Venture Beat has a bit of a write up, if you're interested.
As the end of the year quickly approached, thoughts turned inward, many of us assessed what we’ve achieved and chatter turned to new year’s resolutions. While some of us simply don’t bother, some use it as a time of self-reflection, and others take the opportunity to dream big and make a wish for the betterment of the world.
Here at Edgar’s Mission our New Year’s resolution for 2016 is the same as it has been since our humble beginnings: to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Some of the residents wanted to share their resolutions with you.
Ruby: wants to cast a wider net and spread even more love and kisses in 2016 than she did in 2015. The un-caped crusader wears her heart on her paws and greets visitors with a tirade of affection, plumping herself on any laps that “present” themselves.
Red Baron: wants a mini bicycle so he can ride beside Pam as she cruises the property. Although, on second thoughts, standing on Pam’s head with wings spread and the wind in his feathers is pretty darn nifty too.
Pixie: just wants to run a mile in her own hooves. We so want this for Pixie as well, so we’re going to shower her with all the love and care we can muster and give her the best veterinary care we can possibly find.
To wish you a Happy New Year and help cure that hangover, we have prepared a very special and fun rider personality test that will tell you what sort of rider you really are!
It has been specially prepared by a highly qualified team of hard-working and hard-drinking riders on New Year’s Eve with the help of Mr Jack Daniels and his buddy Jimmy Beam....
The Sacred Kingfishers are getting busy feeding nestlings in their ‘apartment’ on the river.
It seems the timing is a little later this year though, as the parents are spending time inside the tunnel, presumably watching over recently hatched chicks. Normally you can hear the cries of the young when they reach a certain size as they beg the parents to arrive with food. Trying to photograph proceedings is a challenge I suspect I’ll never master – the adults are just too quick!
I first posted this on Simple Green Frugal two years ago. It is worth revisiting.
I have the luckiest life. In lots of ways, but one of them is that we have a creek running through our place, one that starts from a spring up in the forest with nothing but forest upstream. When we first moved here, over 30 years ago, we used to dip in the creek pretty much every day in summer. In the heat of the day parents would take the babies and toddlers down to a shady pool and we’d paddle and make little dams and catch guppies and try to lure the shy yabbies into sight and race little leaf boats down the stream.
Then we had drought years for a decade and though the creek never totally dried up, the swimming holes weren’t quite so inviting. And kids grew up and life got busier and busier. Until, the other day, after mowing a bit too long in the heat, I decided I needed a dip and realised, it’s years since I’ve done this.
There is something very profound about skinny dipping in a mountain stream. I drift floating in the water, looking up through the leaves of the overhanging trees at an impossibly blue sky, and think: this is life. I am alive.
There are some things I think you need to do at least once every year to remember you are alive, to remember what is important and valuable, to stay sane. And some years, the whole year goes past without me doing them.
So these are my New Year’s Resolutions.
At least once this year, I will
Go skinny dipping in a mountain creek
Sleep under the stars
Get pounded by the surf
Go for a daylong beach or bush walk
Sit around a bonfire till all hours
Go to a really good concert
Spend a few days completely alone, including from inte...
The Daily Mail 27 December 2015:
Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica… with the White Tree of Gondor out the front??
Welcome to #Burlington, #Vermont on Flickr.
Welcome to #Burlington, #Vermont
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful festive season! As mentioned previously, the In My Kitchen gathering will now be hosted by the lovely Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef. Please send your links to her and she’ll add them to the list. And please remember to get your blogposts uploaded by 10th January! . . . […]
Wishing you 12 Months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck and 31536000 seconds of happiness.
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Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016. Many look to New Year’s Day for a fresh start, but to me, it’s just another day. However, I do take the time to look back and reflect upon the year just past. It was certainly a full year. My main greening activity were the workshops that Kim and I teach [Continue Reading …]
To open a twitter account and make only one tweet of one
character's length, consisting of an obsolete punctuation mark, and
a spelling mistake.
Happy new year.
A couple of weeks ago I was having a chat with some folks around
the topic of movie spoilers. One guy was saying he hated spoilers,
did everything he could to avoid them; another was saying she
didn't mind spoilers at all actually, no problem with them. My
position was slightly different: hey, sometimes spoilers are the
only good thing about a movie; I will actively go out of my way to
avoid a movie and read the spoilers instead. Case in point, the
upcoming Batman vs Superman movie, or even more case in
point, the never-ending series of Star Wars sequels.
These films present me with a curious paradox: I see the previews, I read about everyone else's excitement, and as a result I get all excited myself and want to know how they end. But I find I have no desire, nonetheless, to see the films. That would be a waste of precious hours in my life; the carpe diem poets advise man to seize the day, to Gather ye rosebuds while ye may/ old time is still a-flying - not Go to a bloody movie theatre for two hours and sit through another tedious collection of special effects just so you know how it all ends. You don't actually have to endure your way through to the end of Star Wars episode 1-3 and Darth Vader/Anakin's hilariously anti-climactic "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" to realise that, aside from filling in a few plot details that people could probably guess anyway, the films are devoid of any artistic interest whatsoever. In fact, Star Wars Episode Whogivesa or Batman vs Superman are hardly movies at all; they are plot twists mistaking themselves for movies.
So to the plot summary on the Wikipedia page I go, then. My favourite part of the plot summary would have to be.... I'm not sure, but my least favourite part would have to be the fact that they've (oh come ON don't tell me you didn't know I was going to include some spoilers i...
And what a year it’s been. 2015 has been one of those years I would sooner forget! One month with a flu I couldn’t seem to get rid of, 2 and a bit bike failures, and a seemingly conspiritorial number of things getting in the way of cycling. But inspite of all the things that worked against the cycling this year, I still broke a few personal records and reached (and exceeded) a major goal (6000km for the year).
Here are the stats for the year, courtesy of Strava:
|Distance||6,172.2 km (5033km last year)|
|Elev Gain||21,050 m (19203m last year)|
|Rides||249 (149 last year)|
Some interesting extra stats can be worked out from the data above.
This year saw some very different rides to what I am used to doing. The climb from Eurobin Creek to Mount Buffalo Chalet (see blog entry for Nov 4th, 2015) would have to be the highlight of the whole year. But there were other different rides in different places which helped keep me interested.
For most of July and the first week of August I did almost no cycling at all, but tried to keep fit by running in very boring straight or almost straight lines on the roads near our home. I say ‘tried to keep fit’ because I’m still not overly convinced it actually kept me very fit as when I finally did get back on the bike I was re...
“2015 has been a year to forget in so many ways, so I was thinking it would be kind of neat (hush) if I invited some of you lovely people to answer these two simple questions:
1) what was your happiest moment in 2015?
2) what are you most excited for in 2016?
Everyone feel free to answer or not and to share these questions with others - let’s go out on a high note!”
This year has been a good year generally speaking, it’s hard to choose a single moment. Maybe the three times we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. First before the actual date because it would be during our trip to Canada and we thought that maybe we’ve had no time for it. Second, we had a fantastic dinner at CN tower, Toronto. Third, once at home I made a dinner for two for the last celebration of the 10th wedding anniversary so far. Last one will we tomorrow.
Next year I want to work more on my creativity and my artistic side. I don’t know what I will do exactly, but I want to be better at photography and at painting, and I’ll try at other things. I’m sure I will do a lot more and everything will be better. If it’s not, it doesn’t mind, working on art, all experience is good experience.
The Mercury reported here that Gunns’ liquidator, PPB Advisory,” has summonsed auditors Leigh Franklin and David Lumley of KPMG’s Hobart office to a public examination under the Corporations Act in the Supreme Court of Victoria early next year.”
Concerns were held for our very senior Dad who seemed to go missing for a couple of months. Please do take care on the roads, cassowaries and other local beasts are not at all road wise, and please let us know if you spot one, the location, description, date, time and any interesting circumstances. Photos very much appreciated as well.
We wish all CASSOWARIES AND CONSERVATIONISTS everywhere VERY BEST WISHES FOR 2016!
This is a must view video for all Australians with Independent MP Andrew Wilkie exposing the police state government we live under explaining each section of deprivation of your freedom in his speech to parliament December 2015.
You now have information we are a police state and make an informed decision at the next Federal election polling booth to return your Australia from a police state run by decades of a duopoly government system, to the democratic Australia handed to you by your forefathers that you have voted away.
This is my mandatory round-up post about the Australian Women Writers’ Challenge 2015. I think I undertook to read 10 books by Australian women writers. I read 21. It was not an ordeal.
I read poetry, such poetry:
brush, joanne burns
Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call, Melinda Smith
The Guardians, Lucy Dougan
Inside My Mother, Ali Cobby Eckermann
The Fox Petition, Jennifer Maiden
I read two stunning memoirs:
In My Mother’s Hands, Biff Ward
Reckoning, Magda Szubanski, as an audiobook resd brilliantly by the author
I read biography and recent history
Barbara Baynton: Between Two Worlds, Penne Hackforth-Jones
The Streets of Papunya, Vivien Johnson
I read novels:
The Golden Age, Joan London
When the Night Comes, Favel Parrett
Image Courtesy of Josh Pyke Having released one of the best albums of his career in 2015 with But For All These Shrinking Hearts Josh Pyke is about to head out on a national tour. We sat down with the singer-songwriter to talk about his writing process, how he chooses supports and the importance of […]
Jennifer Maiden, The Fox Petition (Giramondo 2015)
Most of these appear in Maiden’s dialogue poems. Julie Bishop makes her debut, and so do father and son act Keith and Rupert Murdoch. Making return appearances are Kevin Rudd and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who seem to be forever on an aeroplane; Tony Abbott and Queen Victoria, whose relationship is becoming even more tense; George Jeffreys and Clare Collins continuing their adventures, this time in the Greek financial crisis and with refugees from Syria; Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt, still flirtatious and remonstrative in pretty equal measure.
I think the Hon. Carina Monckton, created by the inhabitants of the Carina Galaxy, has appeared in an earlier book, but I’m positive that the Harvard School of Business has not been seen before his chat here with Julie Bishop.
Then there are the Diary Poems, so called because they seem to ramble like diary jottings, though those appearances are hugely misleading. Many other characters get a guernsey in them, including Tanya Plibersek, Gillian Triggs, Penny Wong, Joan Baez, Labor politician Melissa Parke (Maiden’s ‘favourite politician / now’) and eighteenth century Whig Charles Fox (her ‘favourite politician / of all time’).
Heavily populated though the book is, it has an extraordinary coherence. The title refers to a recent protest against measures in New South Wales making it illegal to keep a ‘newly acquired f...
The cashless society is coming hard and fast. Even the US is preparing to remove cash transactions. The One World economy mentioned on ABC radio today is on track and you can bet the Goldman Sachs Merchant Bank-driven Malcolm Turnbull will be on board. By then it will be too late to stop the One World Government. Do you want this in Australia?
Did you know that 95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless? And did you know that the government of Denmark has a stated goal of “eradicating cash” by the year 2030? All over the world, we are seeing a relentless march toward a cashless society, and nowhere is this more true than in northern Europe. In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, and thousands of ATM machines have been permanently removed.
At this point, bills and coins only account for just 2 percent of the Swedish economy, and many stores no longer take cash at all. The notion of a truly “cashless society” was once considered to be science fiction, but now we are being told that it is “inevitab...
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