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I have been reading about the Falls Festival how it was the best one yet, incidents were down, relaxed calm and friendly atmosphere etc, which is great.
Byron Echo did an article before the Falls Festival about the smoking/blessing ceremony performed by the local original (Minyanbal/Yugembeh) people. They also did a Welcome to Country on the opening day of the festival. This has not been done at the previous Falls Festivals here.
I would like to pay acknowledgment to those who performed these ceremonies that made this years’ festival the best one yet. It is obvious to me that this blessing made this difference, so thank you for making it real, keeping your culture and looking after us all here.
Catherine Jarrett, Bogangar
The lucky ones….
Only the lucky ones get out alive… This clichéd saying that everyone would have heard at least once in their life, most likely in a dramatic film, can also be applied to the lives of most sharks worldwide. As I sit here in Indonesia, the country responsible for killing the highest number of sharks annually, I look out over the beautiful Balinese Ocean in front of me, a significant contrast to my grim expression.
I have been in love with sharks since I was five years old. Whilst other kids were fascinated by lizards, dogs, cats etc, little me was laying on the floor drawing hundreds upon hundreds of pictures of every shark I knew. This love turned into a healthy obsession, when snorkelling with my family on the Great Barrier Reef and whilst playing in the shallows of a lagoon, a small juvenile black tip reef shark chased me at high speed back to the shore line. The animal who had chased me on that day had captured my heart and soul and ignited a growing flame within me that would lead to a life of complete fascination and devotion to sharks and ultimately the natural environment.
Sitting on the balcony of the hotel I am staying at here in Serangan, Bali, In the near distance I can see the floating pontoon of “shark island”. Shark island is a floating nursery designed by the Balisharks organisation and is currently home for 22 juvenile black tip reef sharks, 12 juvenile white tip reef sharks, and a bamboo cat shark, all sharks that have been rescued from a torturous, inhumane and unnecessary death. Out here on this floating island is where I spend most of my time each day in Ba...
Exactly five years ago to this day we saved the lives of three baby calves destined for slaughter. The oh so tiny and weak Maid Marian, the brain damaged and sweet Little John and the rambunctious and handsome Robin Hood. Through telling their story countless more precious babies have no doubt been spared as people have come to realise the “dairy truth” behind every glass of milk, dollop of cream or slice of cheese. Save lives, ditch dairy.
Please note the public consultation mentioned at the end of the video has long closed. The sad result is this, baby calves just like Maid Marian, Little John and Robin Hood, can legally be denied milk (or any other feed) in the last 30 hours of their short, miserable lives.
Byron Vibes is bringing their party back to the public on Saturday January 16th @ Byron Bay Brewery.
Get ready for another conscious rocking event complete with a fire show by Cinders Ashes Entertainment, two live music stages featuring local artists, the ever popular “JAM STAGE” and much more. Come in your wildest attire to help us continue Byron Vibes carnivale atmosphere. Remember to bring your dancing shoes! and “GET INTO IT”…
These events are about the collective coming together so everyone can get involved… We wanna hear what YOU think and would like to see you at our future events…
Hunter & Smoke / Future Elders /
Wandering Eyes / Chris Wesely / Jake Cairns / Christine
2PM – MIDNIGHT
Happy 2016! I’m hoping this year sees more rain. The garden is managing, thanks to the waterers, composters, mulchers. Our garlic is curing nicely under Gayle and Gary’s house. We’ll be selling it on the Saturday of Newstead Live, in a fortnight’s time. Before then we need to clean it up, top and tail and […]
A few times in recent days I’ve heard the cackling of what I presumed to be a perched raptor quite close to the garden. Finally tracking it down yesterday afternoon, the bird took off from one of the elms on our nature strip – either a Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk but I couldn’t be sure.
Rather than pursuing it in the hot sun, I stood and waited as the bird continued to call at a distance. Sure enough, after a short while it reappeared and made a rapid pass as I clicked off a few shots. This time identification was easier. It’s a young Brown Goshawk, possibly a recently fledged bird, celebrating a kill. The unfortunate victim is a small songbird – held in one foot and trailing headless below. There are a few features to note in confirming the identification. The brown barring and spotted pattern underneath indicates a juvenile or immature bird (both species are identical in this regard), while the rounded tail and semblance of a ‘beetle brow’ are typical of the Brown Goshawk. The bird also seems to lack a feature of the Collared Sparrowhawk, an elongated middle toe – look at the leg held against the tail.
Queensland’s Keystone cops.
What a bunch of amateur idiots!
January 9, 2016 1:45 am
FIRST ON MYGC: A Gold Coast mother-of-two says her children were too traumatised to sleep last night after half-a-dozen police burst into their home and detained their father by mistake.
Kristy Stewart told myGC a squad of officers stormed her Coombabah home along The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Friday after allegedly mistaking her address for another in the street.
Mrs Stewart, 35, says her two children, aged 10 and eight, were shaking in terror as they watched police order her out of the house and rush inside to detain their innocent father.
“My husband was out on the back patio with the kids and I was in the kitchen when I looked outside and seen an officer approach the front patio,” Mrs Stewart recalled.
“I opened the front door and five or six police officers and two police dogs started coming from the front.
“They yelled ‘step...
81,000 metric tonnes of methane released since October 23 and growing by the hour
Attempts to plug the 1000 feet deep well leak failed
What contingency plans do Australian gas companies have for a similar catastrophe?
California Governor Jerry Brown finally declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, concerning the ongoing, currently unstoppable methane gas leak spewing from Aliso Canyon that has created a nightmare for residents of Porter Ranch.
“I will tell you, this goes well beyond Porter Ranch. We’ve had complaints from as far as Chatsworth, Northridge, and Granada Hills,” emphasized Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander during a Porter Ranch town hall meeting on December 28. “Apparently this plume of toxic chemicals and whatever it might be, doesn’t know zip codes […] This is the equivalent of the BP oil spill on land, in a populated community.”
A partnership between two singer songwriters Chris Fisher and Marcelle Townsend-Cross creates a special vocal harmony & presence in Monkey & the Fish. Presenting their own songs along with original renditions of classic tunes this act is popular at both Festivals and pub/club gigs. Uncle Keith always called his little sister “monkey” so when she started singing up and hanging out with Chris Fisher the cry began “where’s Monkey & the Fish playin?”
The name stuck and play they did. Their already dysfunctional families blended becoming something nothing like the partridge family but twice as talented. ‘In Cahoots’, Monkey & the Fish’s baby & debut CD release came in 2001 and features several Dolphin Award winning tunes. ‘Bundjalung’ (Song of the Year), a track written and recorded in collaboration with local Bundjalung Custodians, ‘Mirror’ telling some of Marcelle’s story as a Koori woman and Wai:Bal (Best Environmental Message Song) written in acknowledgement of the Clan of the Bundjalung who’s homelands includes Lismore and Nimbin NSW, have all been celebrated through awards.
These and other songs from ‘In Cahoots’ have proved popular with FM radio and live audiences. Monkey & the Fish now perform as duo or band with the addition of George Urbeszeck on Bass and Dan Crandon on Drums. In addition to originals classic songs by Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Van Morrison, Goanna, Tracey Chapman, and many more are performed. Influences are diverse with oz rock, reggae, folk and country vibes present. Top musicianship and home grown creativity combine with a healthy audience rapport to make this a truly deadly act!!...
Trump woos Democrats in their heartland
A line formed outside for Donald J. Trump’s rally in Burlington, Vt. on Thursday, as more people tried to attend than the Flynn Center for Performing Arts could hold. Photo: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Donald J. Trump touched down in one of America’s most progressive cities Thursday night, bringing the bombastic message that has captivated Republican voters into the backyard of a Democratic opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The visit came as the billionaire real estate mogul has made a point of broadening his focus beyond the early primary states, showcasing his popularity with packed rallies from Mississippi to Massachusetts, and now Vermont — a onetime Republican bastion that is now one of the most solid liberal states in the nation.
The choice of venue seemed curious to some, but Thursday’s rally served multiple purposes for the Trump campaign: needling Mr. Sanders in his own neighborhood; garnering attention in nearby New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first primary next month; and showing that the candidate can attract big crowds in a Democratic haven.
“They’re afraid to come up here because it has a tendency to be a little bit liberal, a little bit rough,” Mr. Trump said of his Republican rivals. “When you look at the candidat...
-Mein Kampf, Aldolf Hitler’s famous book has now gone back on sale in Germany after decades of being banned. Part of the reason the book in now available is that the copyright has run out so the book is now public domain.
English translation here: 1415736413599-1
Interestingly this is on the back of the refugee/invader crisis and a growing support for various forms of nationalism with movements like PEGIDA becoming popular.
City Of Greater Bendigo Council Meeting held the 16Th of December 2015 at the Bendigo Town Hall.
Where did Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) belong?
Young Vladimir was no impoverished son of a peasant farmer; he born in St Petersburg to an important family of the Russian nobility. His father was a lawyer-statesman and his mother was the granddaughter of a millionaire gold-mine owner. One grand-father had even been a cabinet minister in the reign of Alexander II.
Vladimir was the family's eldest of five children. This privileged family spoke Russian, English and French in their household, and Nabokov was equally skilled in all three. In 1916, Nabokov inherited an estate from his uncle (although ownership was soon taken away, as quickly as it had been given). Nonetheless this was the very period in which his first serious literary endeavours were made. In 1916 there was a first adolescent collection of poetry published. His privileged childhood, and his ability to recall in vivid detail memories of his past, helped this budding man of letters enormously.
After the 1917 February Revolution, Nabokov's father was a member of the Russian Provisional Government. So after the Bolshevik Revolution, the family quickly escaped to Crimea. Nabokov's father became a minister of justice in the Crimean Regional Government.
After the withdrawal of the German Army (late 1918) and the defeat of the White Army (early 1919), the Nabokovs sought exile in western Europe. They settled in the UK and Vladimir enrolled in Trinity College Cambridge, first studying science and then foreign languages. Graduating in 1922 again gave Nabokov grist for his future literary mill – he drew on his Cambridge experiences to write 2 later novels.
In 1920, Nabokov's parents moved to Berlin, where his father set up the émigré newspaper. Nabokov followed them to Berlin two years later, after completing his studies at Cambridge. His father was murdered (by mistake), a theme that would appear a number of times in Nabokov's later fictional works....
by Harry Palmer
Ignoring a decade of Hunter Valley farmers in their plight to halt coal mining and gas fracking of prime agricultural land, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull now is at the coal face himself.
His family farm lies under clouds of dust driven by prevailing winds 5 kilometres from Nathan Tinkler’s open cut venture at the underground Dartbrook coal mine, which is of great concern to the township of Aberdeen, next door to the mine.
Malcolm advocates the mining of prime food bowl agricultural lands, but those driving the opposition are wealthy horse stud breeders also backed by our ever arrogant Prime Minister.
We will be following this battle front with interest comparing the plight of neighbouring Liverpool Plains farmers under siege from coal mining operations protected by government legislation. Many of those farmers have been prosecuted for trying to protect their properties.
Election now looms through a contrived fog of media polls, drowning out that distinct stench of political corruption and previously tolerated arrogance, now being challenged.
‘King Malcolm’ now sits upon a throne of thorns. Will he legislate or will he capitulate?
Death and disaster has befallen farmers as a result of government support of invasive coal and gas mining.
Independent internet outlets are now dwarfing establishment media, and have presented the Vaucluse farming PM with a political cross roads.
(NaturalNews) A leading climate scientist from the U.K. had a Freudian slip moment recently when he admitted, perhaps without realizing it, that climate geoengineering in the form of “chemtrails” is not only not some wild conspiracy theory, but is an actual thing happening all around the world right now.
Professor Tim Lenton, chair of Climate Change/Earth Systems Science at the University of Exeter in the U.K., participated in a question and answer session at the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference in Paris back in July, where he agreed to answer a compelling question about weather modification and its effects on our planet.
Olga Raffa from Chemtrails Project U.K. asked Prof. Lenton why “ongoing” geoengineering programs are taking place without any research as to their outcomes. She also asked about how the use of “aerosols” is justified when the aluminum, barium and other chemicals they contain is a known killer of bees.
“I represent a large group of people who are wondering why programs such as weather modification and ongoing geoengineering programs throughout the world have not been taken into consideration with a lot of the research done,” Raffa asked, pointing to the ongoing climate change debate and its lack of attention on geoengineering.
“And we notice, on a daily basis, that our environment is being tipped through the aerosols being dumped into the atmosphere blocking our sun.
And there seems to be a lot of aluminum in the environment – within the bees now have aluminum, and it’s destroying their, well, there’s a bee collapse obviously with the insects and the biodiversity.” Raffa also brought up electromagnetic radiation (EMF), HAARP (the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), covert military programs and other hard-hi.....
A new illustrated book by Alina and Bruce MacDonald stars our beloved comrade Bill Deller as the protagonist in a journey that stems from Ballarat to Humpty Doo and features all the lefty issues that were dear to Bill's big heart. 3CR has a few precious copies of this beautiful book for sale at $20 pick up or $25 posted to you. All proceeds go to the Solidarity Breakfast program's Radiothon fund.
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