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Wednesday, 20 January

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Tuesday, 19 January

23:48

New survey finds ‘healthy’ smoothies are just as bad as a Big Mac Corporate Australia

Lara Bingle with a Boost Juice, a company which has been flagged in a new health survey for its not-so-healthy smoothies.

Rebecca Sullivan news.com.au
 
HEALTH experts are warning Australians to be wary of store-bought smoothies, after a survey of 40 cold drinks found some contained more kilojoules than a Big Mac and more sugar than a bottle of soft drink. 
A survey from government-funded health program LiveLighter found smoothies and frappés from Boost Juice, Gloria Jeans and McDonald’s were some of the worst offenders.

To put the following numbers in context, the recommended daily kilojoule intake for adults is 8700kj and the World Health Organisation recommends we consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day.
Boost Juice’s ‘Brekkie to Go-Go Super smoothie’ contains 2560kj, 500kj more than a Big Mac (2060kj) and 18 teaspoons of sugar.

The ‘Protein Supreme’ smoothie from Boost’s Black Label range, which is marketed as “premium smoothies with an abundance of nutrition”, contains 2360kj and 12 teaspoons of sugar. The Gloria Jeans ‘Mango Fruzie’, marketed as ‘98 per cent fat free’, contains 31 teaspoons of sugar and 2150kj.

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20:15

When official reports obscure as well as explain: An analysis of the report on Cockburn Sound mass fish deaths

The Department of Fisheries has released the report of its investigation into the massive fish die-off that occurred in Cockburn Sound in late November and early December 2015. Over 2000 fish and 15 species died. An earlier piece I wrote on the environmental crisis is here and here. However, like many official reports, the Fisheries […]

18:28

More reports from Project Newsprint - Victoria Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Hi all,


So far, today, I have heard about the following sightings:

November 2005, Mildura

"I was driving home one night on the Calder Highway between Mildura and Merbein West. I noticed in the north west region of the sky , at what I estimated to be a 45 degree angle four bright orange/red stationary orbs of light, estimated three times the brightness of a star or planet.

What struck me immediately was the quality of light they produced unlike any aircraft light I have ever seen. They gave me the impression of being more of an energy or a plasma, than an ordinary electric light if that makes sense.

I pulled over to the side of the road and got out of my car to get a better grasp of what I was seeing. As I watched, at different times to one another they would slowly fade in brightness to a small point of white light, barely visible. Within seconds they would start to gain brightness and intensity again, glowing back to a bright orange/red orb.

Courtesy Google maps.
This went on for a while, fading in and out at different times. Right when I thought that wa...

17:07

Bastardry in Australian migration – particularly in relation to disability

“Disability is often framed, in medical terms, as the ultimate disaster and certainly as a deficit.” – Stella Young. I have written often of the sheer bastardry of the rules and regulations pertaining to migration into Australia and particularly in the disability sector. Many cases have been highlighted which demonstrate the hypocrisy we practice in […]

01:27

How Australia is inspiring Europe’s immigration policies Antony Loewenstein

My column in the Guardian:

Australia first introduced onshore detention facilities in 1991 at Villawood in Sydney and Port Hedland in Western Australia. Mandatory detention came in 1992. Bob Hawke’s government announced it was because “Australia could be on the threshold of a major wave of unauthorised boat arrivals from south-east Asia, which will severely test both our resolve and our capacity to ensure that immigration in this country is conducted within a planned and controlled framework”.

More than 20 years later, the rhetoric has only worsened against the most vulnerable arriving from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Policies that years ago seemed unimaginable, such as imprisoning refugees on remote Pacific islands, are the norm and blessed with bipartisan support.

The sad reality is Australia’s refugee policies are envied and copied around the world, especially in Europe, now struggling to cope with a huge influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Walls and fences are being built across the continent in futile attempts to keep out the unwanted. A...

01:03

Politicians in California May Soon be Forced to Wear Corporate Sponsor Patches Like Nascar Drivers Wake Up World

19th January 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World What once began as a joke could soon become a reality for California politicians. Popular on social media sites, memes calling for politicians to wear badges of their corporate donors have spread like wildfire for years. But no one took the idea seriously ...Continue Reading - Politicians in California May Soon be Forced to Wear Corporate Sponsor Patches Like Nascar Drivers

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Monday, 18 January

15:05

Wake Up World’s ‘Higher Balance’ Prize Giveaway! Wake Up World

18th January 2016 By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World Wake Up World just reached 3 million Likes on Facebook! To celebrate, we’re giving away prizes of ‘Higher Balance‘ books and coaching sessions. Plus… as a special “thank you”, there’s a prize for everyone! Thanks to our friends at Higher Balance, we are offering free exclusive ...Continue Reading - Wake Up World's 'Higher Balance' Prize Giveaway!

03:00

WA's 'Porsche Kid' thief dies in custody Deaths In Custody Watch Commitee WA blogs

West Australian prisoner Bret Lindsay Capper, known as 'the Porsche Kid' after stealing a string of luxury cars in Perth in the 1980s, has died in custody while on remand.  

 

Mr Capper, who had been released from his most recent prison term in 2014, was arrested in October after a week-long manhunt during which he allegedly carried out a series of assaults and armed robberies across Perth.

Mr Capper, 43, attempted suicide about 6pm at Hakea Prison last Tuesday, a Department of Corrective Services spokesman confirmed.

Read the rest of the story at WA Today

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Sunday, 17 January

21:33

Occupation of #Santos #Pilliga #CSG site by traditional owners, local farmers reports @takvera No Fibs

Santos plans for a Coal seam gas field in the Pilliga region of western NSW has met stiff opposition from local farmers and traditional owners. A Santos test site was occupied today by 120 people in a mass civil disobedience action. 120 people joined traditional owners from the Gamilaraay / Gomeroi mob in occupying the […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Saturday, 16 January

00:52

Qld Employment Minister Grace Grace hits back at Courier Mail accusations she’s given up: @Qldaah #qldpol No Fibs

Queensland’s new Employment Minister Grace Grace has denied claims by The Courier Mail that she has given up on youth unemployment across the state. In a Tweet published on Friday night, a defiant Ms Grace said, “I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed.” Ms Grace also stated that she was, “completely quoted out of context”. Completely […]

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

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Friday, 08 January

20:37

Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires – @takvera No Fibs

Australians woke up on Friday 8 January hearing another bushfire tragedy: the total firestorm devastation of the Western Australian town of Yarloop south of Perth. This comes after 60 homes were destroyed along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria on Christmas Day. John Englart (@Takvera) provides a brief introduction and summary to a curated story […]

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John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

11:23

Health Troubles: The high price of budget cuts @novidados comments No Fibs

It’s no secret that the government wants to cut the health budget. The Commission of Audit report, published in early 2014 argued that current expenditure on health was not sustainable without reform and  recommended co-payments as high as $15 for general patients, and $7.50 for concession card holders. The rationale behind this, the report states, […]

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Nour Dados

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Nour writes, translates and makes videos. She is co-researcher on a project about market society and the reshaping of North/South relations.

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Thursday, 07 January

18:09

Once upon a time in Qld – The digital archive of the 2015 election campaign: @Qldaah #qldpol No Fibs

On January 6, 2015, Campbell Newman’s snap election call caught many off guard, including members of his own party. The Liberal National Party candidate to challenge Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in her seat of Inala was overseas. The LNP candidate to face Labor’s Jackie Trad in the seat of South Brisbane had not even been named. In a normally festive time of year, […]

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David Marler

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Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

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Friday, 01 January

18:09

‘We will fight for the worker’ – Michaelia Cash threatens double dissolution: @Qldaah #ausvotes #qldpol #auspol No Fibs

Federal Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, has told the Sunrise program that the Turnbull Government has a trigger for a double dissolution election. A double dissolution would result in the full upper house being dissolved along with the lower house for an election. Cash told presenter, Andrew O’Keefe, that if the government could not get it’s Australian […]

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David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

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Thursday, 31 December

16:04

Pear and Cherry Slug Sustainable Gardening Australia

pearcherryslugWhile most babies are cute, cuddly and adorable, this is definitely not the case for the offspring of the Black Sawfly Caliroa cerasi. The larvae, known to us as Pear and Cherry Slugs, are possibly the ugliest of all pests, and the mess they make to some of our favourite fruit trees is pretty unattractive as well!

Description

A beautiful deep, glossy black with a lighter coloured head, the Pear and Cherry slug grows to only 1cm in length and about .5cm wide. Mum is a Black Sawfly, a small, shiny, black wasp with a wingspan of 1 cm and a saw-like appendage with which she cuts leaves of the host plant to deposit her eggs.

Plant Damage

The female sawfly deposits her eggs in a small slit in the leaves of her favourite trees in spring. After about 2 weeks, the slug-like larvae emerge, munching the leaves to a skeleton. Heavy infestations of slugs can cause serious defoliation, and result in incredibly unattractive and unproductive trees. They drop to the ground where they go through the pupal stage allowing another generation of flies to develop. Slugs will appear in early summer, and, after the next lot of pupae have spent winter in the soil, again the following spring.

Plants Affected

Pears (incl. ornamentals), cherries (incl. ornamentals), plums, quinces, apples, hawthorns and crabapples.

What to Do

  • Blast them off the leaves with a strong jet of water and then band the tree with a low e...

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Saturday, 26 December

15:11

Intense #Bushfire hits Surf Coast Christmas Day forcing evacuations – @takvera #vicfires No Fibs

We are already getting a taste of the future with climate change with record temperatures in December, extreme bushfire alerts, and intense bushfires like the Separation Creek and Wye River bushfire causing town evacuations on the Surf Coast near Melbourne. On Christmas day BOM Tasmania reported in a tweet “A sweltering 36 degrees in #Hobart […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Thursday, 24 December

17:48

Burying the bad news at Christmas: Greenhouse Gas emissions rising reports @takvera #Auspol No Fibs

Australia’s Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory to June 2015 was published on Christmas Eve. You can usually tell something is trying to be hidden when it is being released late on a Friday to avoid public and media scrutiny. Doubly so if published on Christmas Eve. I find it hard to believe […]

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Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Wednesday, 23 December

16:04

Julie Bishop promotes jewellery for Liberal Party donor: @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol No Fibs

The jeweller, the retailer and the foreign minister. How a blue opal necklace linked Julie Bishop to Liberal Party donors and sparked the war over the abolition of Sunday penalty rates. Foreign minister Julie Bishop has modelled an opal collier for one of the Liberal Party’s donors at the launch of the taxpayer funded program, “G’Day USA”. The […]

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David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

Monday, 21 December

14:29

#Homophobia for the holidays: @burgewords on creating #LGBT characters No Fibs

It would surprise most people to see what a strong thread of prejudice runs through families. Spending time with family over Christmas and New Year can be a challenge for anyone, but journalist and author Michael Burge explains how his first collection of short stories grew in the fertile ground of familial homophobia. WHEN I began […]

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Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

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