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Letter to the Editor
Alesandr Prokhorov, Queensland’s first of two Nobel Prize winners, begins to emerge from his obscurity due to much research and he begins to take a more prominent place in Queensland’s history.
This is the Centenary of his birth in Peeramon, he began his thirst for knowledge at Butchers Creek School with his three sisters. His wife has remarked that all his life he said his destiny was shaped by his first seven years in Australia. His eldest sister Clara died from pneumonia in Herberton in 1921 and is buried there, Shaaron Lindwood has discovered Clara’s grave well done Shaaron. After my first letter was published, I had a phone call to tell me that CSIRO in Atherton had a plaque for Aleksandr in the garden, I look forward to seeing it soon. Friends hope to go to Moscow later this year, and will take photos of Clara’s grave to give to the Russian authorities and hopefully take a few photos of Aleksandr’s grave. Aleksandr, who died in 2002, is in very good company surrounded by all the famous Russians, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Khrushchev.
Aleksandr has to shoulder a lot of the praise for the discovery of masers and lasers together with his Nobel Laureates. What goes around comes around so they say. The laser was a fantastic invention made by a brilliant scientist born in Peeramon up here in the mountains behind Cairns. Millions of people the world over who were blind can now see because of laser surgery. Lasers are used in dentistry, by teachers, in CDs. and supermarkets around the world as the laser scans the goods, beep beep! And interspace communication, needs lasers and the most important of all the Atomic Clock which keeps the world’s time – that needs lasers.
6 February 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said today that coal seam gas opponents had claimed a ‘scalp’ in their ongoing war against CSG – as AGL Energy this week made a decision to cease its coal seam gas operations in Australia.
Mr Katter paid tribute to the tireless individuals who had fought against coal seam gas projects – from radio personalities, to Lock the Gate, to farmers, to knitting Nannas – but said the battle was far from over.
“Just this week I had a meeting with Dr David Pascoe and his wife Heather about this very issue – as early as four or five years ago they told me the issue of coal seam gas was so serious and so frightening it had the potential to redefine the political landscape of Australia.
“So we pay tribute to all of these people in having a very small win, but a win nonetheless.
“The CSG industry has treated land owners – and I don’t just mean farmers – but land owners of Queensland with absolute contempt.
“They have jeopardised the water supply for vast areas of Queensland – and all for an industry that does not give two bob to the Australian economy.
“We have always been proudly a mining state but coal seam gas has, and is, seriously damaging the mining industry.
“When the construction and development phase is over the industry comes back to 2500 jobs, and almost its entire $25,000 million a year income will then line the pockets of rich foreign CSG giants,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter has constantly warned of the potentially catastrophic social and economic costs of coal seam gas aquifer drilling which threatens to contaminat......
‘Pictures taken from a moving car: rain on the windscreen #137’
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Reinventing the wheel and Cannabis trials are in the same category. unless you’re making prudent decisions on behalf of vested interest. Watching loved ones shake to death, then stop when they use Cannabis, is the only trial that is required. Law makers and enforcers are not trained to make decisions on health.
The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.
What will become the ‘new’ Maroochydore CBD is moving ahead. What will be its’ ‘look and feel?’
The opportunity to incorporate fundamental and necessary sustainability, livability and design features cannot be missed if this development is to contribute in a practical, visual and meaningful way to the Sunshine Coast’s sustainability vision.
Such elements are critical for a development of this scale and the population it is projected to support.
To have a healthy society and environment in the future, we need to objectively consider planning decisions in the face of increased population growth with outstanding urban planning providing social and green infrastructure.
To achieve this, there needs to be exceptional intra-regional public transport such as light rail and rapid bus, low levels of pollution and waste, localised renewable energy, ambitious energy and water conservation programs, a focus on local food production , urban biodiversity and an inclusive community-orientated culture.
It’s time for the region to raise the bar and demonstrate leadership in innovative planning for both commerical and residential development which respects our natural environment,...
sat 13th nov 7pm $10!
If you’re the kind of person that likes rickety trial shows and thinks they’re charming or at least interesting from an anthropological point of view, come along and check out 101 Tripod Hits at lot19.
For musicians they’re funny. For comedians they sure can sing. Believe it or not it’s 20 years since showbiz legends Tripod started not quite fitting in anywhere. Tripod: 101 Hits will be an hilarious, chaotic and occasionally nail biting tour through a random selection from the songbook of the same name. If you like a mixture of their old and new stuff better than their new stuff, this is the show for you.
Mama’s Kitchen & Papa’s Bar Open from 7pm. Show @ 8pm (no byo)
Saw this shop the other day so decided to have a look inside, almost immediately two men in dresses came over and asked what I wanted, I said ‘Do you have a copy of the book on Great Britain’s policy regarding deportation of immigrants? One of the gentlemen said, “F*** off get out and never come back”, I said “yes, that’s the one, how much?”
This is a new blog that will try to promote the photographers of tumblr and their work. We are looking for submissions of original work, so if you want to get your work featured on our blog, and help us get started please submit!
We will be organizing theme weeks for the submissions as soon as we get the blog going. We will also pick out favourite submissions from the theme weeks and feature the photographers work for a month.
(Also if you want to send us a message asking us to check out your work we will or otherwise answer if we are overworked)
Another opportunity to submit your work to a reblogging tumblr…. Maybe worth checking out.
A VESSEL arrived at Williamstown on Friday afternoon to search
the wreckage of a plane which crashed off the coast of Point
Lonsdale last week.
Water police loaded the vessel, from Gippsland, with diving equipment and plan to travel to the crash site tomorrow.
Police search and rescue members will commence diving on Sunday.
Look down and the dolls arms poking out from the grating, that remind me of the children currently held in indefinite detention of the Australian government, is also the work of Kranky. (Wait a minute one of those hands has a cigarette butt.)
Look at the wall and there is more work by Kranky and other street artists.
There has been street art in Presgrave Place for quiet some time; if my memory still serves me there were frames on its wall when it was shown in Marcus Westbury’s 2007 series Not Quite Art. However, there never was that much art in Presgrave Place. Just that one wall really, around the corner there is the dead end and the rubbish bins and back doors of businesses. Without the graffiti writers it never had the same turn over of work. The frames, some stickers, a paste-up by Happy and the couple of Junky Projects sat on its walls for years.
The paste-up by Happy and the Junky Projects are still there but they have a lot more company, it is now intense. Last year Kranky started to crank out assemblages in the place, along with everywhere in Melbourne, but this new energy was what was needed to revitalise the place. Kran...
BOM warns of heavy rainfall in central QLD
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that parts of central Queensland are set to receive the equivalent of their entire February rainfall in the next 24 hours.
There has already been some flooding in parts of Central Queensland and Wide Bay areas, with Rockhampton experiencing almost 100 milimetres of rains since Thursday morning.
A bureau spokesman said a trough is unlikely to move off shore until Tuesday.
Crash on Pacific Motorway causes major delays
Last night I had honour of launching my good friend Leanne Hall’s new book Iris and the Tiger at Readings in Carlton.
Leanne has already published a couple of YA novels, but this is her first novel for younger readers and it’s an absolute winner. So much so that I dressed up as my favourite scene from the book for the launch.
Here we are enjoying a moment at the book signing afterwards. Thanks to Steph at Text Publishing for taking the pic.
It is my great honour (and stiff-necked misfortune) to be launching Leanne Hall’s splendid children’s novel Iris and the Tiger tonight.
I want to talk about the brilliance of this book – and I will – but first allow me to explain why I look the way I look.
I am a sunflower.
An athletic sunflower.
And I come to you in fancy dress tonight for two reasons:
The first is that this is a Leanne Hall event. So we’re doing things the Leanne Hall way. And when Leanne Hall invites you to launch her amazing new book – and suggests on social media that it’s going to be a dressing-up kind of occasion – you do not disappoint by showing up in jeans and a shirt.
So I’ve taken it upon myself to come dressed as my favourite scene from Iris and the Tiger.
Iris, of course, is the hero of the story and we’re with her from page one as she flies from Australia to Spain to sp...
One in six Brisbane offices empty
One in six Brisbane offices are sitting empty and a rate more than double that of Sydney, according to a new report from the Property Council of Australia for the six months to January showing vacancies at 14.9 percent.
The report shows a worsening of the 14.7 rate recorded in 2014 when Brisbane had the worst office vacancy rates since the 1990s recession.
Legionella scare at Brisbane hospital
At risk patients at a Brisbane hospital have been told not to use showers or sinks after signs of legionella were detected in the water system.
The warning to staff and patients at Mater Private Hospital come a week after a patient tested positive to the bacteria.
If inhaled, the bacteria can lead to Legionnaire’s Disease which can progress to kidney failure and death if left untreated.
Ambos say no to violence
AGL ceases CSG operations in NSW & QLD
Energy giant AGL has announced it will cease all coal seam gas operations in Queensland and New South Wales.
AGL has announced no changes to its commercial and retail gas activities and will pay a six-hundred and forty million dollar after-tax impairment charge.
Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said it is smart and strategic for AGL to get out of a fossil fuel industry that was floundering in the face of public opposition.
Positive heckling: the worst sort of heckling.
Good on you for trying!
We all have to start somewhere! (Before you have even started).
This is the best thing I've heard all second!
Don't feel bad! (Said for no reason at all).
That must have been good for your self-esteem!
Don't listen to them! (No-one has said anything).
Give yourself a pat on the back!
(Breaks into applause as you reach the third line in a 30 line piece).
Encouragement is never something that should be encouraged, people.
“A United Nations panel has decided that Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half years in the Ecuadorian embassy amount to “arbitrary detention”, leading his lawyers to call for the Swedish extradition request to be dropped immediately.”
Of course this doesn’t mean that anything will change in the eyes of British and Swedish authorities. He is a middle aged white man after all, and the only legitimate refugees these days are young brown and black Muslim men,whose rape rampages in Sweden and the UK are tolerated and swept under the carpet by authorities, while a white man only has to have consensual sex with the wrong woman in order to be locked away for life.( Of course, the rape charges against Assange have always been irrelevant.)
Ironic, then, that Wikileaks tried to defend the lives of those Muslims by showing how the US committed war crimes.
The US stance towards Assange would be understandable if the US government and it’s president weren’t such lyin’ cheatin’ bastards.
This whole sorry saga is a medieval tale of brutality and miscarriage of justice of epic proportions , but one thing is clear : The West does not have anything resembling freedom of speech or freedom of the press, but is starting to resemble East Germany at the height of Stasi infiltration.
The UN decision, while welcome, appears to be nothing but a cynical exercise in ass covering inspired by Pontius Pilate, paying lip service to the idea of human rights, while at the same time being completely willing to sacrifice yet another enlightened human being who wanted to do good.
by Charles Miranda
ITALIAN police have carried out a series of raids to smash a Mafia-led operation to smuggle cocaine to Australia that police say godfathers have now divided into six zones for trafficking drugs, extortion and money laundering.
And such is the entrenchment of Mafia links to Australia now, authorities say the country is virtually a state of Italy and it would be impossible to ever wipe out.
Authorities have uncovered a treasure trove of intelligence related to the fearsome Calabrian-based ’ Ndrangheta mafia group and their operations in Australia including members’ infiltration of key areas to assist in their trade, including transport and politics.
The police operation last week with raids on more than a dozen homes in Calabria has seen 14 members of clans linked to ’Ndrangheta arrested and charged with “criminal association linked to international drugs tracking”, namely to Australia and Canada.
One of eight refused bail is a police officer tasked with protection of a port but instead was allegedly providing guidance on evading controls and security for drug shipments.
The case was the culmination of five years of work by the Central Operational Service of the Italian National Police, a specialist Italian police squad from Calabria and the district’s Anti-Mafia Prosecutor’s Office.
Despite the success of arrests and uncovering intelligence on international operations through extensive listening devices, taps and surveillance, it may not assist the overall...
Our state and federal governments signed away our native forests exactly 19 years ago today (3rd Feb 1997). They were deemed exempt from commonwealth environmental laws. Ever since our forests have fed a massive overseas woodchip market.
This immunity from the law will end next year and the Turnbull Government wants to roll over this special treatment without pause or scrutiny.
Much of our wildlife is now critically endangered due to ongoing destruction of habitat. Thousands of hectares of our original rich forests have been and are still being converted to uniform single species tree crops across the country; a desert compared to the once diverse forests brimming with birds and wildlife.
The Leadbeaters Possum, Swift parrot, Greater Gliders, Quolls and so many others are now on a downhill path yet there is no let-up in the destruction.
To roll-over these 20 year exemptions from the law would be a deplorable act, more so because our timber and woodchip needs are almost exclusively met by plantation wood supplies today.
Why is this destructive, archaic, unpopular and uneconomic industry so protected and favoured? Forests are now widely recognised as being more valuable for water, clean air, climate moderation and habitat than as a cheap export com...
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