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The extra $50 million the Obama Administration wants to go towards tribal housing in fiscal 2017 looks to be just a dro...
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The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth came out last year
(2015) from Frances Lincoln Children's Books. That's a publisher in
The complete title of Howarth's book is The Crow's Tale: A Lenni Lenape Native American Legend.
In her "About the story" note, Howarth writes:
The Rainbow Crow -- a Pennsylvania Lenni Lenape Indian legend--is the perfect example of a story that was first told to explain the mysteries of the natural world. When I came across this beautiful tale, my imagination was immediately soaring with Rainbow Crow across wide winter skies and landscapes. The tale has been passed down through generations of Lenni Lenape Indians, mostly orally, and I have tried to remain true to the narrative, although I have visualized the Creator as the Sun, as I wanted to make the Sun a character in his own right.
Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.
Companies are tapping into cities' underground networks of steam pipes as a source of...
Reforestation and landscape restoration as means of combating climate change are now high on the agenda of many governments and organizations, especially in the wake of COP21 in Paris. Close cooperation between businesses and investors is needed to meet this challenge and to develop plantation forestry into a stable and sustainable business that will be beneficial to all involved. The opportunities for all stakeholders are huge.
A number of projects are already in place, and initiatives such as AFR100 are demonstrating a strong commitment, but the pace and scale of operations is still far too low to reverse forest loss.
The successful creation of new forests requires close, long-term commitment and cooperation between all parties. It is for this reason that we have set up a working conference on March 16 and 17, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.
The challenge of reforestation goes far beyond simply planting trees. Its impact on the planet and its inhabitants is far greater. The far-reaching implications of the topic under discussion will be reflected in the conference program and a number of best practices in reforestation will be shown and discussed. We are proud to announce that one of our keynote speakers will be the Honorable Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Kofi Annan...
More than one in 9 Syrians killed or injured, nearly one in two displaced: Report “The fragmentation in Syria has become a black hole that turns local and international human and material resources to sabotage and chaos engines,” says a new report published by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). “Fragmentation, as the process […]
Are you ready to power your car by the sun? If so, you need to...
12thÂ February 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World ItâŹ"s such a remarkable time weâŹ"re living in right now. All of this going on both within and without us is happening almost before we can even begin to identify what it is weâŹ"re going through or where weâŹ"re headed. ItâŹ"s very much like ...Continue Reading - No One Escapes the Shift
12th February 2016 By Elisha McFarland Guest Writer for Wake Up World ValentineâŹ"s Day is coming and for many that means chocolate. I admit that I do have a serious sweet tooth and try to temper it, by making desserts that are not overly sweet. This dessert fits the bill. I love the crunch of ...Continue Reading - Share The Love With These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites! (Yummy Vegan Wheat-Free Recipe)
It is an incredible time right now with significant movement momentum gathering around the call to #LetThemStay in relation to the 267 refugees at risk of being deported to Nauru after a recent high court case was unsuccessful in challenging offshore detention.
The response across Australia has been phenomenal – from all sectors of civil society, calling on a need for a moral response, rather than a legal one. Civil disobedience and non-cooperation has hit the mainstream with churches offering sanctuary, and other institutions such as trade hall, and individuals joining that offer as well. Teachers and healthcare workers have been speaking out in recent months, risking possible charges under the controversial Border Force act, and many thousands of everyday folks have hit the streets, brought cities to a standstill and expressed powerful support in taking further steps of direct action to “get in the way, to let them stay”.
Despite the huge interest at the moment around asylum seekers and refugee rights issues there is an ongoing problem of overstretched grassroots activists struggling to facilitate actions, and conservative organisations who aren’t ready to step into nonviolent direct action.
Some people are taking matters into their own hands… Yesterday two...
This is Donald Trump receiving an award from the American Spectator in 2013, long before he was running for President. Listen to not just what he says – which are themes he has been discussing since entering the race – but also how he says it – which is temperate, balanced and filled with common sense. And he knows a thing or two about budgets, deficits and getting value for money. There is no doubt in listening to this that he is not a Democrat and is a Republican, but of a kind not hitherto seen. From this point on, for me it is Donald Trump for President. America’s problems may be too large to fix, but if they can be fixed, he is the only person in public life who has the potential to do it.
On Fukushima Prefecture and Hiroshi Kainuma: How Officials and Popular Academics Have Responded to Disaster Victims in the Wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Originally published by Japan: Fissures in the Planetary Apparatus, February 4, 2016. Published here with permission. By Toshinori Shishido About the author […]
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USDA Designates Multiple Counties in Two States as Crop Disaster Areas Crop Disaster Designation #1 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in North Carolina as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 24, 2015, and continues. Those counties are Granville, […]
Dr Shaaban says UN Report claiming to uncover torture and murder by the Syrian government has no more credibility than the 'weapons of mass destruction' that the US used as an excuse to invade Iraq and which were later shown not to exist. "Everybody who is carrying arms against civilian and against the Government is a terrorist. The Russians are here according in response to the requests of the Syrian Government. The Russians are coordinating with us every single step and they are only fighting terrorists"; "The Security Council Resolution 2254 asked for one broad delegation from the opposition to represent the opposition in Geneva. Let us wait to see when that delegation is going to be made. The reality, Tony, again, is that these oppositions are paid by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, by Qatar. [They] represent the countries who are paying them, but they do not represent the Syrian people. However, we are ready to sit with them whenever they are ready for a dialogue as Security Council resolution say"; "President Assad has been elected by the Syrian people and it is the Syrian people who decide [whether he will go"; Transcript and link to videoed interview inside article.
The ABC has interviewed Hans Brunner about the problems of bandicoots in Victoria. The interview will be screened on Sunday 14 February 2016. Further details are not yet available. Hans Brunner is well-known to professional ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where he has continually championed the rights of bandicoots to safe habitat in the face of ever-increasing obstacles and stone-walling by government. Hans continues to be involved in the defense of preserving a full natural ecology in Frankston.
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie on Winning the American Indian Library Association's 2016 Youth Literature Honor Award for Young Adults "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"
Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright’s interventions just before New Hampshire were not just wrong-headed, they were politically disastrous. Oh young Americans, and young women in particular, what have you done? More than 80 per cent of voters under 30 in the New Hampshire Democratic primary voted for an old man who wants a revolution. And women, presented […]
Gay is the Melbourne editor for Guardian Australia. Politics, books, culture and whatever you want to talk about. She was United States correspondent for Fairfax during the election of George Bush as President.
PEGIDA Goes to Canberra Above : Neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell (UPF/Fortitude) and Christian fundamentalist Rosalie Crestani (Rise Up Australia Party). On Saturday February 6 a number of nationalist, patriotic and religious groups held a rally in Canberra outside Parliament House in … Continue reading
Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long term attack on India's local cooking oil producers, writes Colin Todhunter. In just 20 years they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs. Now the government's unlawful attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian food and farming traditions.
Semi Turaga | Fiji village 10/02/2016
A parliamentary report of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources has concluded that landowners of Nawailevu in Bua have received the full payment and fair share of royalties for the mining of the bauxite in their area.
These landowners had claimed in a petition presented to parliament last year that they were not receiving full payments.
The bauxite mining license in Nawailevu, Bua was awarded to Aurum Exploration Fiji Limited.
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki told parliament that a future generation fund of $600,000 has been paid to the landowners.
Cawaki says it is the fair share of royalties formula that is yet to be finalised by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.
The report has been tabled in parliament and will be debated at a later date.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Evidence of Zika Virus Infection in Brain and Placental Tissues from Two Congenitally Infected Newborns and Two Fetal Losses — Brazil, 2015 The following are field notes from Brazil on ZIKV infection posted in the latest issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Zika virus is a mosquito-borne […]
Julian Assange first expressed his willingness to be interviewed by Swedish prosecutors, who were investigating allegations of rape and sexual molestation made by two women against the Wikileaks founder, in London in November 2010, as this BBC time line demonstrates. It is common practice for Swedish prosecutors to interview persons of interest in countries […]
Noel Wieck has spent his life working on national-award winning dairy farm ‘Chelmonte’, which has been in his family for almost a century.
The 70-year-old now lives on an adjoining property with his wife, Fay, while one of his two sons, Grant, wife Kylie and their five children have taken on the family home at Chelmonte.
Noel is deeply concerned the New Acland Coal (NAC) mine expansion might destroy both his farming business and his home, which he had hoped to pass on to future generations of his family.
“I see this project as being short term greed for long term pain for future generations,” Noel says.
Noel is one of more than 30 community objectors opposing the state approvals of NAC’s expansion in Queensland’s Land Court.
The first reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP-1), built jointly by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport (ASE) is the only operating Generation-III pressurized water reactor (VVER-1000) in the world. During the 840 days of its grid connection since 22 October 2013, the reactor worked for 372 days, tripped (forced outage) for 20 times and was off-grid for 468 days and its capacity factor has been less than 25%.
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Telstra's rollout of solar and battery storage looks to be a game-changer in the home energy market. RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson reports. read now...
I have written several letters over the past years concerning Byron Shire Council, including my concerns about the level of infiltration occurring during high rainfall into the gravity sewer mains in Mullumbimby. The previous director of water and recycling and his engineering staff submitted to council in 2011 that the infiltration of the Mullumbimby gravity mains had been resolved. The evidence used to support this was a reduction in sewer-pump run hours. What the director failed to add was that this had been done by replacing the existing pumps with substantially larger pumps. This meant that pump-run hours would be reduced.
There was a consultant’s report supplied to the then Brunswick Waste Water Steering Committee in 2006. That report in part stated that unless the Mullumbimby infiltration was stopped Vallances Road STP would be hydraulically overloaded within four years.
The Vallances Road Sewage Treatment Plant was commissioned in 2011 and the Clause 45 ‘Sewerage Moratorium’ was lifted.
There have been reports of biosolids being dumped on the riverbank from the Vallances Road STP during high rainfall that are extremely offensive in odour. This is a sign that a plant of this design is showing signs of being hydraulically overloaded.
The only way to substantiate that the infiltration had been stopped would be to examine the daily inflow and daily rainfall figures recorded by the operator in charge on the operational sheet at the Vallances Road plant to see if there are larger inflows during rain periods in Mullumbimby. This data recording is required by government authorities.
If the data confirm that infiltration problems exist then the information given to the elected Council by BSC’s sewer management should be re-examined.
Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads
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Shepparton Interfaith Network is a partner in the forthcoming New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program to be conducted in Shepparton. The New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program (NECLP) provides an outstanding opportunity for potential and current leaders from new and emerging communities across Victoria to build their leadership skills and capacity in order to contribute ... Read more...
CSIRO chief provides echo chamber for climate denialists: "It almost sounds more like religion than science to me."
New data shows Tesla crushed the competition in the large luxury car market in 2015.
Independent review of Victoria's Climate Change Act recommends a 1.5°C long-term emissions target for the state that hosts Australia's large brown coal generators. It also calls for greater regulatory power for the EPA.
California, Hawaii and Massachusetts lead the nation for the economic competitiveness of solar PV.
Give me a Wave.
To navigate through the World Wide Web, is called ‘surfing the web’ or spending time on the Internet. Cyberspace is like a vast ocean. So surfing the net is an appropriate metaphor. Surfing the ocean waves is physically good for you and surfing the Webb is a good mental exercise. Surfing the web is mentally surfing invisible waves.
To learn I read mostly nonfiction. Educational, do it yourself type books I struggled with what I called ‘heavy books’ they were like trying to read a foreign language. I found a dictionary helpful but the going was a tedious slog.
The Countdown is now on to the 27th Byron Bay Bluesfest. On 26 January festival director Peter Noble, who ironically describes himself as ‘an old angry motherfucker!’ was awarded the very prestigious OAM – Order of Australia medal for his services to the music industry.
With fifty years plus in the industry the man and his event have garnered a lot of awards. You’d need a trailer to move them.
Just last year there was the Best Major Event for North Coast Tourism and Festival of the Year at the Pan Australasian Award. There have been not one, or even two, but four Helpmann Awards for Best Contemporary Music Festival, a Rolling Stone award back in 2007 for Contribution to Australian music and even a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience. Something like 28 awards in fact, and numerous nominations, the most impressive being on the global stage alongside festivals such as Glastonbury for International Festival of the Year Pollstar Awards.
So how does an ‘angry old motherfucker’ celebrate his OAM?
‘Annika [his partner] went to the opening of Elements the night before so my family celebration in the morning didn’t happen because they couldn’t get out of bed! Must have been a good opening! So I went down to...
2015 saw a surge of leftist and radical movements and the rise of anti-austerity forces across Europe. So it is interesting to see this week’s launch of DiEM 25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), a new left-wing cross-European progressive movement to democratise Europe and present alternatives to austerity and authoritarianism. The purpose of DiEM is to act as […]
Technological Hazard – Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release North America – USA | State of Illinois – Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 3 Location: 41°23’23.0″N 88°16’05.0″W Present Operational Age: ~55 years Event: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Nuclear Event in USA on Tuesday, 09 February, 2016 at 21:42 [CST] SECONDARY CONTAINMENT INOPERABLE “At 2142 [CST] on February 9, 2016, […]
Amor fati – Arbeit macht frei The New Courage Philosophy and psychology have made us aware of new challenges and new courage. Socrates, over two thousand years ago, considered bravery a spiritual courage, which goes far beyond the courage of physical battle. A soldier can be aggressive and have contempt for death without being brave. […]
What might interest you more than the words is that I didn’t write them, although I do, of course, agree with them completely. They are from an article in The American Spectator, Demand for Economic Growth by Bob Luddy.
Jean-Baptiste Say theorized that the growth of economies is not demand-driven, but growth is created by new and lower cost products and services. McDonald’s created huge demand in 1955 with a 15-cent hamburger, and now dominates fast food worldwide. As a result, a new, trillion-dollar industry has been created — eating away from home. We eat at grocery stores, fast food restaurants, at work, and from food trucks.
In 1925, Bell Labs made enormous investments in telephone technologies, resulting in international phone service at a modest cost. Today, electronics have improved service and lower costs, so virtually anyone can communicate worldwide.
Casual observation helps us validate Say’s Law. The big-box retailers have provided low-cost goods, stimulating demand for all types of consumer goods. We now have on-line vendors offering every product imaginable at even lower cost, delivered to your door by none other than FedEx, which did not exist when I was in college.
America has the opportunity to take full advantage of Say’s Law, and to create new demand and growth from investment and innovation. The requisites are: lower taxes, reduced regulation, and leaders to innovate. We must also focus on education, as innovators must have enormous knowledge to create the future world of ideas.
Small business, which creates the majority of new jobs, is especially challenged by government regulation, bec......
Tasmania urged to encourage more wind and solar generation as it struggles with depleting hydro levels and lost connection to mainland grid.
Editor’s Note: Though the figures are not definite, currently there are an estimated 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada....
What is it with National and starving watchdogs? First, they
under-funded the Ombudsman, meaning a huge increase in the amount
of time it took for OIA complaints to be resolved. And now they're
underfunding the Independent Police Conduct Authority, with
Allegations of excessive force by police are going uninvestigated by the country's independent watchdog, due to financial pressures on the organisation.
The authority had been forced to abandon plans in some areas, such as assessing the standard of detention facilities and shifting its focus from "just blaming" to prevention.
While the IPCA could cut costs by reducing its investigations, Carruthers said that was not a desirable solution.
"We'll never be short of money because we can always decline to investigate independently, as we think fit ... but there comes a time when we then don't feel comfortable about actually doing the job that we're there for."
Speaking after the meeting, IPCA operations group manager Warren Young confirmed the authority had already passed up independently investigating some cases, instead referring them back to police to check themselves, because it was "beyond our resource".
"There have been occasionally matters that we've referred back to the police where if we'd had the resource, we might have investigated, including, for example, excessive force cases."
Ifill: Now to our closing statements. Sen. Sanders, you are up first.
Sanders: This has been a very illuminating debate. We’ve seen firsthand the anger, the aggression, the last gasps of the 1 percent. They see a revolution coming. We are going to seize the tools of the state and bring prosperity to millions of Americans who have been oppressed for so long.
Trump: Bye-bye, Santa. Bye-bye, Jesus. Bye-bye, Easter.
Ifill: Sen. Sanders, please finish your statement, sir.
Sanders: The system is rigged, folks. That’s it. Thank you.
Ifill: Mr. Trump?
Trump: We are going to make America great again. I’ve said this many, many times throughout this campaign and people nod their heads. I don’t know—I guess no one’s ever said something like this to them before. We don’t think America can be great anymore. But we can be. I see......
More than 1,000MW of large-scale renewables projects will likely be committed this year, but we’ll still fall short of the RET in 2018. The problem lies with financier confidence, not a lack of economically viable projects.
How did Greg Hunt win an award that Greens deputy leader Scott Ludlam says "sounds like something his mum made up"? As the satire ramps up, confusion emerges about exactly who was responsible.
This Sunday is Valentines Day. And before you think it’s all wine and roses and corny cards about true love, remember that it’s also V Day – part of a global revolution to protest against violence against women and children around the world…
Starting at 7.30am on Main Beach
with a flashmob (wear red!) and culminating in a powerful
contemporary show created by local women: Vagina
Conversations at the Byron Theatre in the evening.
Organiser and event MC Zenith Virago spoke with The Echo.
Tell me about the concept of Vagina Conversations.
Having been involved as MC in the Vagina Monologues productions for the past two years here, and for another production which you were also part of some years ago, it is always abundantly clear that women want to talk about, listen about, laugh and cry and shout about their vaginas.
I have been thinking for a while that we need to tell new, more contemporary, evolved stories. Our stories. ...
What does it say that Indian coal imports fell 28.6% year over year in January 2016 and US coal production was down record 32.4%?
It’s time to ask a few questions about the BBC’s re-launch of Top Gear in a post-COP21 world.
Why does inequality matter?
Just look at the consequences:
Children living in poverty in New Zealand are at least six times more likely to struggle with maths than students from wealthy backgrounds, a new report has found.
The ranking was one of the worst in the developed world, with only Ireland, Israel and Poland doing worse.
The report from the OECD, Low-Performing Students: Why they fall behind and how to help them succeed found students from the poorest 25 per cent of households in New Zealand were more than six times more likely to be low performers in maths compared with those in the top 25 per cent.
Our figure was five times that of Australia.
ALEPPO, SYRIA, 11 Feb 2016: Our correspondent writes: "President Assad is not exterminating his people. I'm still alive, and no one said a word to me. If something bad happened to me in the near future, it would be because of the terrorists' policy of extermination. I'm living happily because there are Syrian soldiers who are defending us in hot summers and cold winters. The UN is lying as usual in their reports about Aleppo and Syria in general."
2015 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting award winners
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have made their long-awaited return to Australia with two very special shows at the Bangalow A&I Hall this weekend.
‘We are very excited, once again, to be bringing our songs and ourselves, and a few of our good friends, all the way from Tennessee to the land of Australia way down under.
‘We will be driving the wild back roads from Perth to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane… come out and say howdy when we roll in to town!’
– Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.
The dynamic duo were last here a long 11 years ago in 2004. No-one had quite expected the sublime beauty and simple complexity of their voices and instruments in their live shows. From the grandious Forum Theatre in Melbourne to the tiny Meeniyan Town Hall, they slayed ’em all in shows.
Dave Rawlings Machine play in support of the recently released and critically acclaimed album Nashville Obsolete, which features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Machine live band will feature Dave and Gillian, a...
Like the U.S., our democracy is threatened by powerful corporations who control the levers of power in Canberra. But Americans are now "as mad as hell" and are reclaiming theirs. Jessica Mason from PRWatch reports. read now...
We all know that energy efficiency is the lowest cost, highest benefit, biggest no-brainer when it comes to reducing pollution across our economy. But will government's embrace it?
Jodie McRae of Lismore has been named a finalist for the 2016 Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award.
Mrs McRae, who has been battling cancer, founded ‘Jodie’s Inspiration’ , a non-profit organization which raised more than $100,000.
The money was used to buy two cold cap therapy machines for a local oncology unit that help people retain their hair during chemotherapy.
Lismore MP Thomas George said Mrs McRae had been chosen from a field of almost 250 nominees.
‘She is truly an inspiration and a role model for us all,’ Mr George said.
The 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the outstanding contribution of exceptional women in NSW.
Nominees for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year fall into five categories – the Premier’s Award for Women of the Year, Harvey Norman Young Women of the Year, A.H. Beard Community Hero, REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year and NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
Mr George said too often successful women don’t get the recognition that they deserve, particularly for those in the field of volunteering.
‘These awards are our chance to honour some of the many women, like Jodie, who have contributed so much to this state and to their local community,” Mr George said.
‘I urge everyone in the local communi...
5 Feb – Molotov cocktails were thrown into Government minister Anne Tolley’s Whakatane office overnight and anti-TPPA graffiti was scrawled on a wall outside.
Police said Tolley’s office was under police guard following the attack, which comes at a time of high tensions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
The attempted firebombing comes after vandals broke into Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office on Monday morning and poured fuel in a room before leaving.
“When the police tell you that it’s a pretty determined effort, it does shake you up a bit – they went to a lot of trouble to try and burn my office down, so it’s a bit scary, and pretty tough on the staff.”
“I think the police patrol caught it quite early on…if it had been on carpet or something that could have caught alight quickly.”
Tolley said she hadn’t expected any attacks on her office, with anti-TPPA marches in her electorate run in a “well-organised and well-contained” manner.
“Some people get quite aggressive when they’re talking to you, but generally people are quite reasonable – they’re passionate, but violence is an extreme reaction.”
The office would be closed over the weekend while police finished their work and damage was dealt with, Tolley said.
In a s...
5 Feb – The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement was signed at Sky City in Auckland this morning, amid large protests in the central city.
Detective Superintendent Richard Chambers has spoken about the large police operation in central Auckland.
He said there were no arrests made and several hundred officers were involved in the operation.
He is aware of images circulating of protesters potentially being treated with a heavy hand by officers but says he is confident they operated appropriately to stop people from running onto on-ramps and putting themselves and others at risk.
“There have been thousands of people in the city, many of those people were there to voice their thoughts on TPP,” he said.
“I’m very disappointed there were a group among them who chose to disrupt traffic.”
He says officers were abused, had their clothing and hats pulled, but displayed “outstanding professionalism”.
A massive group of protesters had gathered at the intersections of Victoria West St and Hobson St, while a steady stream of protesters also made their way down Nelson Street, parallel to Hobson Street, while chanting profanities directed at police.
A large number of people from several iwi groups had gathered at Victori...
The government has finally released its
Open Government Partnership Mid-term Self-assessment Report,
just four months after it was supposed to. They're so proud of it
that they didn't even issue a press release on it - just a quiet
change to the heading of a web-page. The major change? The addition
of the promised "statement from the Stakeholder Advisory Group" on
the Action Plan and contents. Which, stripped of its waffle, comes
down to one sentence:
Because of the brevity of time since the Stakeholder Advisory Group was formed, it is [sic] not been able to provide collective detailed comments on the particulars of the actions.
I was taught all about the occult. How to cast spells and curses and almost all of my training was focused on psychic energy manipulation. Practicing magic was the primary focus with my training- that, and communing with demons. Now I know this opposition group will jump on this and try to discredit me for saying this- but the fact is, I have long since realized that what I am saying is not dependent on public opinion. Whether people believe me or not doesn’t negate the fact that I am just saying WHAT IS, and what anyone thinks or doesn’t think in no way negates the truth of it.
This opposition keeps looking to expose a dark side of me that they are sure exists, and they are correct, it most certainly does. So let me expound about that.
My childhood was horrific and I spent many years consumed in hatred because of it. Angry at God, angry at those who had hurt me, and angry at myself for not being able to do anything about it,...
Angry vendors went on a rampage Wednesday when officers arrived to seize counterfeit products being sold in Sa Kaeo province near the border with Cambodia.
3 Feb — Police are licking their wounds after an enraged mob of vendors chased them away when they tried to seize fake goods at a market near the Cambodian border.
Twelve officers were injured Wednesday when police and French Embassy observers went to the Rong Kluea market at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo province to seize items such as fake perfume that violate intellectual property law, according to the Department of Special Investigation.
A DSI statement said about 400 Cambodian laborers surrounded the officers, pelted them with rocks and bottles and pushed over a police pickup truck. It said the police were withdrawn to ease tensions.
Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road
3 Feb – A hundred people from 10 villages in Kampong Speu on Monday blocked a road to a mountain where construction supply companies operate rock quarries.
Villagers had complained for years that three companies damaged the road with their trucks but avoided paying compensation despite promises.
Two of the companies, HTTK and Khmer ISS, belong to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nephew, Hun To. The third is a Chinese company whose name the activists and local authorities said they didn’t know.
“We have been waiting for [them to keep] their promise but we don’t see them taking any action,” said Kong Sameurn, a farmer in Phnom Sruoch district.
The villagers requested that all three companies set a timetable to fix the road and pay compensation.
Hun To defended himself yesterday, saying his companies are just two out of six or seven that are active in the area.
“Do not blame me just because I have relatives or connections with the government,” he said. “My companies have the legal right to work here.”
Sam Tith Seyha, a human rights monitor for rights group LICADHO, said that villagers would continue to block the road until the companies agree to negotiate.
Previous complaints by villa...
1 Feb – Vandals have smashed a window and poured or thrown fuel inside MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office.
Police were called to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister’s office in Greers Rd, Ilam, on Monday morning after staff discovered the building had been damaged.
Detective inspector Greg Murton said CCTV footage showed two men breaking a window to gain access to the Earthquake Recovery Minister’s Greers Rd office just after 3am.
They poured accelerant in a ground floor room, then left shortly after.
“They appear to have approached the property heading south-west along Greers Road and have left the scene in the opposite direction heading north-east,” Murton said in a statement.
It was believed the two men arrived and left on motorcycles, wearing identical clothing and “distinctive trainers”.
A scene examination was carried out on Monday, and police were working with Brownlee’s office, Murton said.
North coast environment groups have praised the state opposition for ruling a line through the government’s plan to use woodchips from local forests to fuel furnaces in the pursuit of so-called renewable energy.
Susie Russell, vice-president of the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC), who travelled to Sydney for a meeting with opposition leader Luke Foley and shadow environment minister Penny Sharpe MLC yesterday, said their commitment not to allow forests to be burnt in power stations, would see the industry ‘dead before it gets off the ground’.
‘We are heartened that Luke Foley has given a categorical undertaking to not allow forest wood to be substituted for coal, or for stand-alone forest fired power stations to be part of the energy mix in NSW,’ Ms Russell said.
‘We know that the government-run Forestry Corporation is pinning its hopes on a new woodchip industry to try and...
Growers (and farmers) beware … the choppers are in the air.
The police helicopter and its ground troops were spotted out Uki way earlier this week, with reports that their low-level surveillance for cannabis was again scaring livestock and children in the area.
A property owner along Blue Knob Road received a call while she was at work in Nimbin that almost 30 of her cattle had ended up on the road.
The cattle reportedly escaped through a barbed wire fence after being spooked by the choppers, with a number of the animals receiving injuries.
This morning, an Echonetdaily source has reported a large contingent of police – dressed in black t-shirts with ‘Police’ on the back – were congregating at Durrumbul Hall near Mullumbimby.
Further social media posts indicate properties in the Main Arm area were being buzzed mid-morning.
Tweed Byron Local Area Command has been contacted about the sighting but had not responded to a request for information prior to deadline.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the annual cannabis eradication pr...
Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula
26 Jan – Several families yesterday burned tyres to protest the bulldozing of their land to make way for a road that will run next to a billion-dollar satellite city project on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula.
Built by City Hall, the road will be set 100 metres west of National Road 6A. It will run alongside the Chroy Changva Satellite City, planned by tycoon Pung Khieu Se’s Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation, which is embroiled in a land dispute with six communities living on the site.
As four bulldozers levelled plots they claim belong to them and security guards watched on, the families said they were offered inadequate compensation in exchange for about a third of their holdings.
“We are not against building the road, but the company and authorities should compensate us . . . in advance; don’t just come and clear our land like this,” said Uy Phary, who claimed she was offered $15 per square metre for land which she...
There are moves afoot, well underway, to have the Byron Shire LEP amended to suit developers of the site known as Lot 101, being the property next to the new hospital. In order for this mega development (under the pretentious name of ‘senior housing’) to proceed, the LEP needs to be adjusted.
Why do we have an LEP in the first place if anybody can come along and get it changed?
Ewingsdale has been and still is a rural residential subdivision. When we bought there, over 20 years ago, we bought for that reason. We wanted space around us. We didn’t want to chop up our garden to make a profit. We enjoyed having certain amounts of privacy and freedom. We also expected this to last.
Is it ‘selfish’ to want what we were promised to remain that way? Is it unreasonable to expect the councillors that represent the people of Byron Shire to do the job they are paid to do and look after the interest of the people and not kowtow to outside developers with their over-the-top plans to denude and destroy our way of life with the stroke of a pen?
If this development goes ahead, including a shopping centre the size of the IGA complex, it will forever change the gateway to Byron Bay. No matter what the architects tell us they intend to do with their fancy words and modern ideas, it will be a sprawling blight in the Byron Shire.
This is all about money and profit, not caring for the elderly, and I assure you that if this goes ahead we will all look back and wonder ‘How did we let this happen?’
Jenny Gordon, Ewingsdale
Federal Government creates emergency relief fund for Indo-Pacific region yet leaves our farmers and small business in regional areas to cope with predatory banks and their dodgy receivers selling off farms and closing businesses. Where is the Labor Party Opposition?
The federal government has announced it will provide a further $25 million in funding towards aid in Syria and Iraq.
The funding will be drawn out of Australia’s emergency relief fund, which is usually provided to disaster-stricken areas in the Indo-Pacific region. There is no relief fund set up by government for Australian disasters to draw from.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the funding at the Syria Donors Conference in London on Thursday. It brings Australia’s total assistance to Iraq and Syria to $258 million since 2011.
On Tuesday, Bishop met with a small group of foreign ministers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria and how they can combat the Islamic State.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Julie Bishop for donating yet another $25m to Syria as Australian farmers and regional towns struggle to survive bank foreclosures and s...
A resident of the Byron Bay hinterland says Byron Shire Council has ‘dragged its feet for a year’ over a dangerous stretch of Coolamon Scenic Drive near St Helena hill.
The section of road is located about 100 metres past the house with the old petrol bowser out front.
Brad Garnham told The Echo that it is particularly dangerous owing to it being the first tight corner when travelling west from the highway.
‘The evidence of multiple and regular wet-weather single-vehicle accidents here should be more than ample motivation for the council to sort it out. It’s a disgrace that nothing has been done here’.
Mr Garnham says he followed up his initial contact with Council a few months later but no action has been taken. He said, ‘Disturbingly it’s been 12 months since I lodged the alert.’
In 2016, Australia’s most ‘spoketacular’ charity cycling event, the Variety Cycle is urging participants to challenge themselves for Aussie kids in need.
Now in its third year, the new route for 2016 will see cyclists take in the beautiful east coast of Australia, cycling from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef
Participants can take on the full 15 day ride, or choose their challenge with a range of one, two day and seven day routes, including Sydney to Byron Bay.
This life-changing journey will see a philanthropic peloton clip themselves in and travel through some of Australia’s most scenic regions from April 2nd to 16th. The Variety Cycle 2016 boasts a greater range of shorter cycles than ever before, making it the ideal adventure for everyone from novices through to elite athletes.
The range of options include the full 15 day Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef cycle (2002 kms), challenging seven day cycles from Sydney to Byron Bay route (1023 kms) or Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef (979 kms) as well as three choices of two day cycles (Sydney to Maitland (223kms), Brisbane to Noosa (229kms) or Bundaberg to the Great Barrier Reef (358kms) and the one day ride from Sydney to The Entrance (104kms).
‘The Variety Cycle is more than just a bike ride; it gives participants an exclusive insight into Variety’s vital work and how their fundraising supports Aussie kids in ne...
NORPA’s collaborative project Bundjalung Nghari – Three Brothers is the latest of the company’s locally created Generator productions to receive a Regional Partnerships grant from Arts NSW....
A day before the start of yet another trial brought by the Bolloré Group against French journalists, organisations denounce the imprisonment of six local community leaders affected by the investments of Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd (SAC), a subsidiary of Socfin, linked to Bolloré.
GENEVA – [AAP] Women in areas with the Zika virus can protect themselves, especially during pregnancy, by covering up against mosquitoes and practising safe sex through the use of condoms, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Geneva-based United Nations agency issued recommendations on Wednesday for women regarding microcephaly and other neurological disorders linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has been found in more than 30 countries including Brazil, where babies with birth defects have been reported.
It did not recommend travel restrictions, instead suggesting that women consult their doctors or authorities if travelling.
More evidence is needed to confirm whether sex commonly transmits the Zika virus, WHO said, noting that Zika has been found in semen and citing a report of sexual transmission in the United States.
There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.
Pregnant women in general, including those who develop symptoms of Zika virus infection, should see their health care provider for close monitoring.
But WHO was also somewhat reassuring, declaring: ‘Most women in Zika-affected areas will give birth to normal infants.’
Microcephaly is a rare condition where a baby...
The Greens and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) have said the Australian government needs to put teeth into its Close the Gap policy if it is to have any significant affect.
The NSWALC believes federal and state governments need to ‘close the knowledge gap’ and directly involve Aboriginal people in decision-making if they are serious about closing the gap on disadvantage.
NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See welcomed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s continued commitment to ‘closing the gap’ but warned progress would only be achieved by increasing Aboriginal participation in decision-making.
The Aboriginal-led Close the Gap Steering Committee has made nine detailed recommendations to Government about how the Closing the Gap strategy can be improved. These include the adoption of targets to reduce imprisonment and violence, improvements in data collection, more action on mental health and increased funding to tackle smoking.
‘NSWALC urges the Government to act on what the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts in the field are telling it and adopt the Close the Gap Committee’s recommendations.
‘Aboriginal people must be front...
From Tim Blair. These are real students but the dog is a fake.
MAIDUGURI – [AAP] Two female suicide bombers have killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa.
The attack occurred 85km outside the capital of Borno state, centre of the seven-year insurgency, military officials said on Wednesday. It took place on Tuesday, but a breakdown in the telephone system prevented the incident being made public earlier.
CANBERRA – [AAP] The mother of an Australian woman who followed her Islamic State supporter husband to Syria is devastated at her death.
Tara Nettleton died of an infection – either kidney or appendix related – in the IS stronghold of Raqqa around September, according to The Australian and Fairfax Media.
‘I am devastated because I wasn’t able to be at my daughter’s side,’ her Sydney-based mother Karen Nettleton told The Australian.
Nettleton leaves behind her five children with IS fighter Khaled Sharrouf, as well as a baby granddaughter.
Sharrouf is believed to have been killed during the fighting last year, although this has never been officially confirmed and there’s been some speculation he might still be alive.
Information from inside Syria and Iraq on the fates of Australians who have joined IS is scant and difficult to substantiate due to the war being waged across both middle eastern countries.
Last year, it was revealed Tara Nettleton’s eldest daughter, Zaynab, 14, had been married to Sharrouf’s Australian mate and fellow IS fighter Mohamed Elomar.
The teenager later gave birth to a daughter, now believed to be about eight weeks old.
But Elomar was already dead,...
The Australian public is gobsmacked: Ruddock as a defender of human rights? Is this Turnbull's 'Captain's Call' or a calculated snub to the UN? David Tyler reports. read now...
DAKAR – [RAW]
Prosecutors in the landmark human rights trial of former Chad ruler Hissene Habre recommended life in prison if he is convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, according to Senegal state radio.
Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, went on trial in the Senegalese capital last July and a verdict is expected this year. It is the first time a domestic court system in one country has tried a former leader of another on rights charges.
Rights advocates say the case offers an alternative avenue for justice to the International Criminal Court based in The Hague. Many African leaders have voiced scepticism about the ICC on the grounds that it has investigated abuses mainly in Africa.
Habre was deposed in a coup in 1990 and fled into exile in Senegal. He was detained in 2000 and in 2012 a Belgian judge obtained a ruling f...
CANBERRA – [AAP] Deputy prime minister Warren Truss is expected to reveal his retirement from politics one day after trade minister Andrew Robb confirmed he was calling it quits.
Mr Robb on Wednesday announced he won’t contest the next election, saying he felt the time was right to leave politics and hand over the baton to the next generation in the Liberal Party.
He believes the Turnbull government is in ‘great shape’ and no longer requires his assistance.
His announcement came amid reports Mr Truss was expected to make his retirement intentions clear on Thursday.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed Mr Robb the most successful trade minister in the country’s history, noting three ‘enormous’ free trade deals with China, Japan and Korea signed on his watch.
The prime minister also pointed to his work securing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a historic trade agreement between 11 countries including the United States and China.
Mr Robb, 64, has ambitions to work in the private sector and mental health and doesn’t want to leave it too late.
‘I’d be 68, 69 after the next term, and I felt that was leaving it too late,’ he told ABC’s 730 on Wednesday evening.
But he won’t be leaving the ministry in a hurry, confirming the prime minister wanted him to stay on potentially fo...
BRUSSELS – [RAW] NATO has agreed to its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.
In an effort to dissuade Moscow after its 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO defence ministers decided to rely on a network of new alliance outposts, forces on rotation, warehoused equipment and regular war games, all backed by a rapid-reaction force.
‘Russia is a threat,’ Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told Reuters on Wednesday at an alliance meeting in Brussels.
‘It is Moscow’s actions in Crimea, their support for separatists in Ukraine and their snap exercises that concern us’.
The measures, which British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said proved that ‘NATO means what it says’, showed a unity the West has not been able to muster against Russia in Syria, where the United States faces criticism for not stopping the Russian-backed assaults on reb...
In a recent photo competition run by the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network one of the most popular subjects was the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulate), pictured above. Speaking to the photographers it appeared that this was the first time that they had seen these striking insects in their respective localities. Indeed a blog on this very […]
Adelaide researchers have developed a diet and exercise program which has proven to be highly effective in reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes, with an average 40 per cent reduction in medication levels.
The diet incorporates an eating pattern that is very low in carbohydrates and higher in protein and unsaturated fats. The program is based on the findings from a $1.3 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) funded study, which compared the low carbohydrate eating pattern with the current best practice approach of managing type 2 diabetes with a high-unrefined carbohydrate, low fat diet.
‘The research results are ground breaking,’ Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth, principal research scientist at the CSIRO said.
‘Health professionals have been divided over the best dietary approach for managing type 2 diabetes, and the ongoing uncertainty is a hotly debated topic amongst clinicians and researchers.
‘The most amazing benefit of the low carbohydrate diet was the reduction in the patient’s medication levels, which was more than double the amount than the volunteers following the lifestyle program with the high-carbohydrate diet plan.
‘Some of the participa...
A Tacoma police officer fatally shot Puyallup tribal member Jacqueline Salyers just before midnight on January 28....
TRAHANT REPORTS – Denise Juneau, Montana’s superintendent of pu...
On January 25, 2015, powwow dancer Isaac Wak Wak’s life changed forever....
Dane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The vast majority of global populations are unfortunately not yet willing to face the fact that Earth's climate and life support systems are being totally disrupted and derailed by a global power structure that is inarguably insane and completely out of control. "US military planners have been ordered to war game climate change
We find out what’s cookin’ in the Seymour Salvos Community Kitchen with special guests Heather Stamp & Rachael McCracken. We also check what’s in store at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Paddock to Plate on episode 29/1/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at www.exchangefood.org/radio-show/...
By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny
What we can’t see is hurting us.
The oil and gas boom is playing out in dozens of states across the country. Yet years later we are still struggling to fully understand the devastating impacts it’s having on our environment and public health. The industry’s impacts are local, often severe and likely to unfold over decades. First, we see changes in our groundwater. Then local surface water is impacted. Then we realize the entire lifecycle of water used in oil and gas operations is vulnerable to contamination. Worse yet it’s the smog-forming pollutants and other air toxics that threaten our health, especially for children. Finally, some are forced to conclude that oil and gas development is an “assault” on their way of life. Now it’s methane pollution that promises to kick climate change into overdrive....
This is the first piece of legislation specific to regenerative agriculture in the U.S. and...
You may have noticed that the influence of corporate money in politics has ...
With the proposed connection between the Zika virus and Brazil's outbreak of microcephaly in new born babies looking increasingly tenuous, Latin American doctors are proposing another possible cause: Pyriproxyfen, a pesticide used in Brazil since 2014 to arrest the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. Might the 'cure' in fact be the poison?
The anti-fracking movement celebrated an important victory in Brazil when a...
President Barack Obama submitted his Fiscal Year 2017 proposal to Congress yesterday, and the budget has increased fund...
For his latest project, Pollan is looking past his edict of what to eat and...
From old to new courage who resists longer and why What can give a person the strength to resist a menticidal assault? What makes it possible for so many thousands to survive mentally and physically the horrors of totalitarian environments like the concentration, prison, or interment camp? The answer is essentially simple. Humans yield primarily […]
Watch Noam Chomsky's interview with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera as they talk about...
11th February 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World While some regions are breathing a sigh of relief with the arrivalÂ ofÂ El NiĂąoÂ this year, other areas are still faced with ongoing historic drought without an end in sight. Dry conditions have eased in places like the western United States and the United Kingdom. ...Continue Reading - Primary Water: A Solution to Drought, Famine and Social Unrest?
11th February 2016 By Laura Leon Guest Writer for Wake Up World There is much healthy discussion taking place in determining the ways that manipulating forces have invaded, hijacked and concealed Light Truth. For those on such a quest in their awakening state, a far more sophisticated level of ensnaring is surfacing on account of ...Continue Reading - False Light and Traps of Agreement
This article contains a speech by Kelvin Thomson, critical of a motion to change environmental law by George Christensen, Member for Dawson, Queensland. Monday, 8 February 2016, House of Representatives, Chamber Speech, page 22 Hansard proofs.
KELVIN THOMSON I do not support this motion by the member for Dawson. The environmental law is there to protect the environment and to protect endangered species. The member for Dawson's own party brought it in. All environmental groups ask is that mining companies, agribusiness and so on do not break the law, just as environment groups and ordinary citizens are expected to abide by the law.
Last year I did some high school teaching, which I found to be the most difficult paid work I’ve ever done. Definitely way harder than being a Senator – apart from anything else, Senators have staff to help them do what they need to do (& get paid 3 times the money of course). And there is of course also ready access to other resources – apart from anything else, when I was a Senator I didn’t need to go to Officeworks to make sure I had enough pens to do my job the next day, and I didn’t have to be worried if I was blowing the printing budget each time I clicked OK on extra copy of an exam sheet for my class.
Having said that, the teaching I’ve done was not as hard as some of the unpaid work – also known as volunteer work – that I’ve done, but I guess that’s a separate story. I should also emphasise that sometimes I found teaching to be very fulfilling and rewarding (in a non-financial sense), but there is still no doubt that to do it well, day after day – which of course is what every parent hopes/demands and our community needs – is bloody hard.
In any case, I think teaching is much harder than it needs to be because teachers are ridiculously underpaid and undervalued (despite all of the nice sounding words about how we have to invest in our children’s future, etc), and the expectations on what every teacher is meant to cover and be fully across as a matter of course verge on the ridiculous.
So even with my limited direct experience, I’m not surprised that the recent resignation statement of a Brisbane based school teacher of thirty+ years standing has got so much attention. Although this statement is from a primary school teacher, I think many aspects of it are als...
Population is a big issue happening in the world today, with our numbers having increased massively from around 1 billion in 1850 to what now looks like 11 billion at the end of the century. Right now, the numbers of the worldâ€™s poor increase by 80 million each year and the number of unwanted pregnancies are 210 million per annum. Considering that human population predicts 88% of impact to other animal and plant species (according to the International Union for the Conversation of Nature) human population remains a huge, yet very controversial concern. (This article was written by Michael Bayliss as part of an information booklet with Mark Allen (founder, Population Permaculture and Planning) entitled: 'Why We Need To Talk About Population.' This booklet is designed to engage with a younger, left leaning generation including environmentalists and activists. It will be available at the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend at Federation where Mark Allen will also present on town planning and population issues. To find out more, click here.
"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian international aid and community sector agencies united behind churches across the country who are opening their doors to asylum seekers facing removal back to Nauru & Manus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
Going Underground's Afshin Rattansi interviews the former British Ambassador to Syria on the irony of London hosting a Syria conference to aid refugees while Cameron drops bombs to create more. "This week London hosted the Syrian Donor conference in an attempt to raise money for the people UK bombs continue to displace to the shores of Europe. But as Philip Hammond mulls sending guns to Libya to quell the rise of Isis - made possible by the British toppling of Gadaffi - should we really even believe his claims that Russia is helping ISIS/Daesh by bombing Cameron's supposedly 'moderate' rebels." (Afshin Rattansi) First published at https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/331567-assange-detainment-syria-conference/
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I can’t really see through things. I’m sorry, lovers, but, try as I might, I can’t see through the horror of Catholic abuse to the shining heart of love. I can’t love without looking over my shoulder, fearful that the devil (or Luthor) will appear; to find me out; to applaud me for the pleasure I feel.
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Following this week’s High Court decision on offshore detention on Nauru, the Greens have called on the prime minister to rule out sending children and their families back there. Sending children to Nauru would be child abuse and Malcolm Turnbull needs to decide whether he is willing to authorise that. The evidence is clear and it’s undeniable that Nauru is unsafe for women and children. This is a major test for the prime minister. Will he keep these children safe, where they can thrive and prosper, or will he dump them back on the prison island of Nauru?
I was so disappointed this week when the Labor and Liberal-National parties voted down a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to grant amnesty to these 267 vulnerable people, including 37 babies, so they don’t have to be sent to Nauru and Manus Island. The snap-rallies held around the country this week demonstrate Australians do not think this is fair or reasonable.
Dawn Walker, Greens candidate for Richmond
Simon Tedeschi is a Randwick City local, a gracious raconteur with a big smile and ‘one of the finest artists in the world’. He’ll be performing on the 4th of March at Randwick Town Hall
He is Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianist, performing throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Simon makes a welcome return to Randwick Town Hall with ‘Kaleidoscope’ – a multi-coloured and continually shifting program which presents the piano in all its majesty and dynamism – from the heartbreaking lyricism of Schubert and the romance of Chopin, to the visionary dissonance of Prokofiev and the incandescent swing of Fats Waller.
‘True greatness.’ John Carmody, Sydney Morning Herald
Last year a capacity audience sat spellbound in Randwick Town Hall from the first ripple over the keyboard to the final reverberation. Don’t miss this wonderful performance.
The In-flight Bar & Diner will open one hour before the performance. So you can enjoy a drink and delicious snacks.
What : Simon Tedeschi : Kaleidoscope
When : 4th of March
Where : Randwick Town Hall
You can book using a credit card by calling Tickets 4 Me on 1300 306...
‘By the sea #33, #39 & #35′
Over the last couple of weeks, Surveillance Australia /
Australian Border Force (ABF) Cobham Aviation-operated Dash-8-200
aircraft continue to operate in parts of Central Queensland and on
Wednesday 10 February, local plane spotter 'IAD'
captured VH-ZZJ parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton
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Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles or Japanese whiskey: our natural water supply.
H2O: Water Bar is a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.
Outfitted like an apothecary or laboratory, H2O: Water Bar is set amongst the heritage industrial space of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ inner chamber, opened to the public especially for this installation.
Australia’s identity is forever tied to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons during the colonial era, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. By inviting you to experience the qualities of different Australian waters, H2O: Water Bar helps us to better understand the complexity and fragility of this vital resource.
Alongside the Water Bar is a series of diverse talks, discussions and performances for you to learn more about Water
The installation is created by Janet Laurence, a Sydney artist whose international practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world. Janet is the Australian representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference exhibition.
H2O: Water Bar will be the hip new watering.....
Survival International has launched a formal complaint about the activities of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cameroon.
This is the first time a conservation organization has been the subject of a complaint to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), using a procedure more normally invoked against multinational corporations.
The complaint charges WWF with involvement in violent abuse and land theft against Baka “Pygmies” in Cameroon, carried out by anti-poaching squads which it in part funds and equips.
Before beginning its work in Cameroon, WWF failed to consider what impact it would hav...
Noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport on Wednesday 10 February was Marcplan Charter Embraer
EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT. It looked to call in from
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I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating twenty years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Although I have a copy somewhere in my extensive CD collection, I needed to touch base with my friends Glen and Greig who had been instrumental in putting the project together. They came up with the idea, they found the talent, and they made it happen. All I did was chat with a few people, and hopefully got them to tell their stories as well as they could, and create the audio. The premise for the project was simple: for Sydney Pride Centre, we would get together a bunch of people who had participated in the first Mardi Gras and ask them to tell their stories.
As I wrote in 2007,
I remember at the time of doing the interviews of being in awe of these people who had quite simply participated in something quite amazing, but who hadn’t really thought of it in those terms at the time. The aim of the project was to document in some way the experience of the many “ordinary people” who had taken part in the first parade and protest.
Thankfully Glen and Greig were able to find the original audio files, and so to make these more widely, here they are, hopefully never to be lost again.
NSW Premier’s Award winning author Babette Smith will give the author’s talk at Thirroul District Library and Community Centre on 17 February.
Ms Smith won the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Award for her book, The Luck of the Irish, which looks at the history of Irish immigrants to Australia. It is an original and sophisticated analysis of the Irish in parts of NSW during the 19th century. The book begins with the 1835 wreck of the ship, Hive, carrying convicts. Ms Smith contends that the convict Irish brought a culture with them that helped shape and reinforce Australian egalitarianism.
Ms Smith’s first book, A Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson & the Convicts of the Princess Royal, is a study of 100 female convicts transported to Australia.
Ms Smith will speak at Thirroul Library on Wednesday 17 February from 5pm. Bookings are essential or on 02 4227 8191.
The Author’s Talk is sponsored by the State Library of NSW and
Wollongong City Council.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111
A nice visitor to Rockhampton Airport around lunch time on
Wednesday 10 February was a fairly new Australian
Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter - serial
The sudden collapse of four for-profit vocational education enterprises including Aspire college is the latest in a string of scandals, failures and license revocations in the sector.
Meanwhile, in the US, the Apollo Education Group, owner of the “University” of Phoenix, has been taken private for $1 billion, a fraction of its peak market value. UoP pioneered the model of providing a bogus education to publicly funded students, ripping off both the students and the public purse. As the US has cleaned up the worst abuses, UoP and others have seen their profits shrink, to the point of bankruptcy in some cases.
The provision of public funds to for-profit operators has been a predictable, and predicted disaster. Of all the disasters perpetrated under the banner of microeconomic reform, education reform has probably been the worst.
In these circumstances, it would make sense for the national government, which has borne much of the cost, to take over the vocational education sector, properly fund the public TAFE system, and close down the for-profit sector, as was recently done in Chile.
The idea of a national takeover is, indeed, on the cards. But far from closing down the for-profit sector, it appears the Turnbull government plans to push the reform agenda even further.
Waist deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool said, Carry On.
POLICE are appealing for public assistance after an elderly woman was robbed in Corrimal earlier this week.
About 12pm on Monday, a 73-year-old woman who was using a walking frame for assistance, was approached by a man as she used a footpath crossing on Railway Parade, near Corrimal Railway Station.
The woman was treated by paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock and for checks relating to a pre-existing medical condition.
Wollongong Local Area Commander, Superintendent Joseph Cassar said whilst all robberies are disturbing, the robbery of a 73-year-old woman using a walking frame is particularly abhorrent.
Detectives are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact Wollongong Police Station on (02) 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
I've been running Soul Line Dancing sessions in Beachmere for
several years at various venues. We've even danced weekly on
Clayton Park's basket ball court.
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The Agriculture and Environment Committee reported on the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 on 05 February.
The report is available here
The restoration of fundamental provisions in the Act such as the cardinal principle which recognises National Parks as cornerstones for conservation was crucial to protecting the Kondalilla National Park from an inappropriate zip-line.
The Nature Conservation Act is also an integral part of the legislative framework to protect our small, diverse conservation estate from potential commercial activities and intensive uses which would compromise the natural and amenity values of these special places.
Minister Steven Miles MP issued the following statement on 09 February
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef...
Arts Thursday 11th February with Maisy Stapleton traverses theatre design, festivals and spectacular visual arts.
Stephen Curtis is one of our most respected designers for theatre and film and in the first of a two-part interview he’ll be discussing the ideas behind his Platform Paper The Designer: Decorator or Dramaturg?
Platform Papers are published by Currency House every quarter and explore ideas and issues in music, theatre, dance, arts and entertainment, film, television, cultural policy, advocacy. copyright and defamation, arts training and innovation, the creative economy, race relations, young people’s theatre, digital arts. They interrogate all aspects of the arts and are a marvelous contribution to arts thinking in this country.
Stephen Curtis’ paper is wide-ranging and it reveals the broad role of the designer; provides a brief history of theatre design in this country and demonstrates the pivotal role of a designer in conceptualizing a performance and giving both reality and meaning to the intentions of director, performers.
This week, in conversation with Maisy Stapleton, he will be discussing the need for a b...
The late Canadian economist Harry
Johnson, who came at the subject from the Monetarist
persuasion, was correct when he wrote in 1969 (reference below)
that “The adoption of flexible exchange rates would have the great
advantage of freeing governments to use their instruments of
domestic policy for the pursuit of domestic objectives, while at
the same time removing the pressures to intervene in international
trade and payments for balance-of-payments reasons.” How does this
square with those who believe that even currency-issuing
governments are constrained in their fiscal flexibility by an
alleged balance of payments constraint. So-called progressive
economists, particularly, are enamoured with the idea that Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) is flawed because it doesn’t recognise the
fiscal limits imposed by the need to maintain a stable external
balance. In this blog, we trace the arguments.
While on Harry Johnson, he made an important point when countering the argument that flexible exchange rates would be “unstable … jumping wildly about from day to day” was that movements will only be (p.19):
… in response to such changes in demand and supply — including changes induced by changes in governmental policies — and normally will move only slowly and fairly predictably. Abnormally rapid and erratic movements will occur only in response to sharp and unexpected changes in circumstances; and such changes in a fixed exchange rate system would produce equally or more uncertainty- creating policy changes in the form of devaluation, deflation, or the imposition of new controls on trade and payments.
It is often forgotten that the fixed exchange rate system was ultimately derailed by speculative capital flows which threatened exhaustion of the foreign exchange and gold reserves of nations...
A university in the United States has found that the much-heralded Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will cost the American economy 448,000 jobs and significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product.
One of 12 nations in the deal, Australia signed the agreement in New Zealand last week.
The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University near Boston said President Obama’s promises of sweeping economic benefits are wrong and the treaty would actually harm America.
The analysis said U.S. jobs would be “hardest hit” of all the nations in the agreement.
Meanwhile the TPP along with the National Interest Analysis was tabled in the Australian House of Representatives today prompting the Member for Kennedy and leader of Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter to form a cross bench alliance, citing the TPP as the “greatest threat to Australia’s sovereignty in decades.”
Mr Katter, Senator Glenn Lazarus and Greens’ Trade Spokesman Senator Peter Whish-Wilson fronted a joint press conference at Parliament House to oppose the ratification of the TPP, which is expected within weeks.
Whilst full details of the TPP Agreement were laid before Parliament, all three attacked the Government’s own analysis of the Agreement – an analysis which is unlikely to highlight the real losses to Australian manufacturers and producers.
“There has been a hole a mile wide torn in the sovereignty of Aus...
Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here
Hundreds of fanatical Islamics rioted in Sydney on September 9, 2015, claiming they were objecting to the release of an anti-Muslim film. Police were caught off guard and a number were seriously injured while trying to contain the mob surging through the CBD. Police were forced to shut down Market Street sending the rioters back to Hyde Park to regroup. There police dogs and capsicum spray were used to break up the crazed Muslims. The chanting, mindless mob took to police with missiles and boots hospitalising six officers.
The blame for these disgusting anti-Australian attacks on the majority of peaceful citizens by several hundred Muslim immigrants can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Labor party, the Liberal Party and the equally crazed Greens.
North Queensland MP Bob Katter has called for an end to all immigration tying the annual 600,000 influx of immigrants to job availability. Until the nation can absorb existing immigrants and place them in meaningful jobs, Katter says from today no more, finished, don’t apply.
We are big fans of local artist Nitsua, he shared a little about himself with us this week after driving back from Melbourne where he was at Rainbow Serpent Festival and afterwards completed the amazing Bowie mural you will see below.
KP – Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?
I’m mainly known for my street art / mural work & furniture design.
KP – Is it your passion or just something you do?
Yes its my passion, I’ve come from being stuck behind a computer working as a Graphic Designer for 12 years of my life, which I find myself still doing occasionally otherwise I’d be one of those struggling artists!
KP – What is your greatest career achievement?
Signing a 4 year license agreement with Ken Done in the fashion industry.
KP – How do you give back to your community?
Through my street art, whoever takes it on, I inspire or just
smiles when seeing my paintings I’ve just given back to. Also
teaching local kids a thing or two on techniques, giving them
confidence to really push there work and inspire them.
Triumph Australia has announced the dates for the annual Rat Rally, while BMW Motorrad Australia has announced its 2016 dates for the GS and GS Enduro rallies.
The annual Triumph Rat Rally will be held in Australia’s best mountain roads from March 11-13, based at Jindabyne Station Resort.
Triumph claims it will be their biggest rally yet, with more rides scheduled each day, and more demo rides scheduled from Friday afternoon and all day Saturday including the opportunity to test the new Bonneville Street Twin and T120 range.
Thanks to an observant Adelaide individual, I have now found out that Ronald Ernest Ellis, the main witness of the pre Kenneth Arnold, "flying eggs", at Port Augusta in 1947, passed away on 15 July 2008, aged 87 years. He is buried in the Stirling North Garden Cemetery.
The same Adelaide man, also directed my attention to a photograph of Ellis, which I reproduce below.
Shining the kindest light on two most dishevelled alpacas has unearthed one of the most dramatic makeovers not-for-profit animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, has ever seen. Director Pam Ahern explains: “I was shocked beyond belief when I first saw the girls, although I couldn’t even determine what gender they were because of the overgrown fleece that burdened them. Not only was their matted fleece covered in sticks, twigs and leaves, but several pieces of barbed wire had become entangled as well.”
The Macedon Ranges Council had earlier discovered the two abandoned alpacas on council land. Fearing for their welfare, they contacted Edgar’s Mission to assist. Days later Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall (as they have been christened) were whisked away to the safety of the local animal charity where a set of shears was on hand to greet them. Pam said: “The transformation has been dramatic and clearly shows the dire state into which they have fallen.”
“It is incomprehensible how anyone could allow this to happen to an animal, they rely on us for everything. Sadly we saw evidence that a third alpaca had died some time earlier. Their heavy fleece is a burden in so many ways and could well lead death.” Local alpaca shearer, John Tully, who expertly shore Grace and Lauren, trimmed their overgrown toenails and administered vaccinations and vitamin shots, estimates the alpacas had not been shorn for up to four......
Valentine’s Day Sunday 14 February 2016 St Kilda Festival is a celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore. It’s a day of fun in the sun, thrills on the beach and awesome sounds after dark. Just remember to come prepared and treat the ‘hood with utmost respect’. The Festival is […]
Click here for tickets – we look forward to seeing you on 16th March!
St Kilda Festival’s 2016 New Music Stage line-up has been announced; a landmark event and exciting platform for Australia’s hottest new music aims to support emerging artists and the growth of the Australian music industry. This initiative offers the nation’s best emerging talent the opportunity to play at Australia’s largest music festival on Sunday 14 […]
When gold was first discovered at
Hiscock's Gully in August, 1851, the track from Geelong led to
Buninyong. There was no town at Ballarat. At the time, the only
European settlement in the area that would become Ballarat, was a
squatting run. It was occupied in 1838 by 19 year old Scottish
settler, William Cross Yuille and his cousin Archibald Buchanan
Yuille who had left their earlier run on the Barwon River at
Murgheboluc after coming into conflict with the local Wathaurong
In March, 1838 therefore, they selected 10,000 acres north west of Mt Buninyong on the shores of a swamp. This run which in today's terms included the inner suburbs of Ballarat and extended south as far as Sebastopol was known as "Ballaarat". When William Cross Yuille first arrived (shortly before his cousin), he camped on the edge of what was then known as Black Swamp. Soon it became known as Yuille's Swamp and today is recognised as Lake Wendouree.
|A memorial erected in 1938 on the banks
of Lake Wendouree
(near the end of Pleasant St) commemorating the arrival of
William C Yuille, the first European to live in the district
Angela Tiatia video work from Video Video at Campbelltown Arts Centre
There’s no doubt that we all enjoy moving image in some form – be it cinema, trashy TV, spiralling into a YouTube vortex, or watching Rage on a Saturday morning. Video art, however, still seems to be one medium that gallery-goers often struggle with. It requires a longer attention span, often has no narrative, and the darkened rooms that house these works are sometimes easily missed on the way to the gallery café.
With this in mind, Video oediV is one exhibition that you’ll be glad you devoted the extra time and attention to. Curated by Megan Monte, it’s an exhibition entirely comprised of video art, with works ranging from a few minutes to an hour and a half long.
It features new and commissioned works by fifteen Australian and international artists, all of who are female. Though feminism isn’t the crux of the show, there’s more than one work that leaves you with a sense of perverseness as a spectator, referencing the male gaze and exploring feminist and queer identities on screen.
The different ways the video works are displayed makes the show feel part installation, part sculpture, part interactive. There are huge projections, as you would expect to see when viewing video art. But there’s also a tiny iPad screen showing the work of Anne Hirsch, tucked away in an intimate corner that you can interact with. Then there are scrolling projections by Giselle Stanborough that circle all around you while you’re standing in an enclosed room, and there are bright blue banana chairs inviting you to sit back and relax while watching the work of Hissy Fit.
If you can dedicate ten hours to...
Hands up if you would like to start 2016 all over again! The great news is with Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we all get a second chance on kicking off 2016. According to Chinese beliefs, there are some important customs one must follow in order to gain some good fortune! To […]
EP Launch Party at Prince Bandroom on 24 Feb 2016 Barely standing is an up-rising Melbourne based duo that have been packing out venues with their high octane performances, up and down the east coast over the last 12 months. Originally from Byron Bay, they are heavily influenced by their barefoot, free-spirited, native town. With […]
Appropriately dressed in just stark black and white, Canadian duo Majical Cloudz enchanted the crowd with a sparse, emotional set at Newtown Social Club. Magical indeed!
Photos by Sunny Lei | 8.2.16...
Forget Tinder, it is time to swipe right for travelling solo! According to the recently released 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, nearly 25% of people travelled alone on their most recent international vacation. This is a significant increase from 15% in 2013. Solo travel is definitely “trending”. While holidays with loved ones are undeniably […]
A streetlamp extends from the trunk of a She-Oak. It arches over a still river, late at night, colouring the photograph in sepia tones. While such an image is not so out of place in an age of photoshop, Williams’ work differs, as the image acts as a document of a scene he built, rigging a disused high-pressure sodium streetlight to a tree on the banks of the Coxs river, not far from where he grew up in the Blue Mountains. Each work in ‘Site Specifics’ extends past the gallery space, gesturing towards a process of finding, constructing and reworking.
Humans are absent from the work in Site Specifics, leaving room to record subtle moments of action and reaction between different systems. The 3.5 metre streetlamp in the photograph is installed in the gallery, shining into the corner with a brightness that fades and increases depending on the surrounding light. A fire-sprinkler unit is bolted into the walls, supporting a video screen displaying the same sprinkler, assembled above an open fire in deep bush. At the moment of activation, water is pumped through the pipes from a river offscreen. Williams work presents an ecology of hijacked structures, bringing into question the way we occupy and manipulate space.
Site Specifics pin-points moments of control over our environment, claiming and rearranging them, to problematise the basis on which we deem spaces exterior and inte...
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Last week The Echo highlighted the Online Comment of the Week, ‘Why would an innovation and engagement platform want to form a political party? Why not dedicate 100 per cent of your time … into inviting, developing and improving the innovation and engagement platform?’ – Jason.
I have dedicated 100 per cent of my time to improving the innovation and engagement platform during my 30-year career working as an inventor and innovator. I felt compelled to design a political party that is committed to bringing about improvement of function in all areas of governance. We aim to find greater efficiency, eliminate unnecessary waste and better serve the community by deeper engagement at a grassroots level.
The InnovationParty.com.au charter highlights this fact. Innovation is what is needed if we are to adequately meet the coming challenges of economic disruption and climate change. The principle of innovation can be practically applied in all areas; from a person learning a new vital skill to a system being created that enables greater community engagement. Our antiquated electoral process requires a mix of new technology and good old-fashioned education with values of transparency and integrity to guide its way.
I was surprised to see such a comment highlighted by a media organisation that prides itself on supporting community proactivity. The opportunity to clarify our intentions here is appreciated. I also acknowledge the back page mention of our efforts to provide an alternative political party and I can confirm that the party was launched on Australia Day – precisely.
Malcolm Robertson, public officer, Innovation Party
POLICE are appealing for information after a girl was approached
by a man in a vehicle at Balgownie on Tuesday afternoon.
About 3.30pm, a 12-year-old girl got off her school bus at Margaret Street, near the intersection of Foothills Road, and began to walk the short distance home.
A man driving a light-grey-coloured Toyota Corolla parked his vehicle nearby and offered the girl a lift home.
She refused and continued walking home, where she advised her family who contacted police.
Wollongong police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The male driver has been described as being about 80 years of age.
Investigators are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist police.
Anyone who can assist in relation to this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A MAN has been charged over the alleged robbery of a teen at
Bulli last week.
Police will allege that around 8.30pm on Thursday February 4, a 15-year-old teen was robbed at knifepoint by a man he met on a train, near Spinners Way at Bulli.
The man allegedly stole the teen’s wallet, mobile phone and hat before punching him in the mouth and head.
The man left the scene, but the teen encountered him again a short time later along a bush path.
The man allegedly told the teen to run before chasing him along the path.
The teen was able to run home and alert his parents who contacted Wollongong police.
Following further inquiries, about 9am ON Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Towradgi and seized several items allegedly connected with the incident.
An 18-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards when he returned to the home. He was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with aggravated robbery.
While working on those entangled branches for the past few days, I listen to podcasts on the ute radio that I’ve downloaded over the past 12 to 18 months. It suddenly hit me that the three people whose work I follow and respect the most are women’s. I can’t help wondering why this is. Could women be actually cleverer than men? Are they most able to think into the future?
Susan Krumdieck is the engineer with more degrees than a thermometer plus a PhD, Nicole Foss whom I think can match Susan’s pedigree but has additional expertise in economic matters, and Gail Tverberg, the actuary with the uncanny ability to analyse what’s going on and explain it in a way most people should understand…… the only male standout for me is Chris Martenson, though I think his website is too much about how to stay rich in the collapse rather than how to survive it….
A couple of days ago, not one but two really good articles landed in my news feed commenting on how the collapse of the price of oil is going to cause mayhem this year, and is a clear sign of diminishing returns. One was by Gail, the other quoted her….
Nicole has written a long article which was published in three parts over at the Automatic earth, I highly recommend it.
the effects of not having enough energy flows may spread more widely than the individual plant or animal that weakens and dies. If the reason a plant dies is because the plant is part of a forest that over time has grown so dense that the plants in the understory cannot get enough light, then there may be a bigger problem. The dying plant material may accumulate to the poin...
One of the first things that conservatives (and most economists which is typically a highly overlapping set) raise when Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) proponents suggest that increased deficits are essential to reduce mass unemployment is the so-called balance of payments constraint. Accordingly, we are told that the capacity of a nation to increase domestic employment is limited by the external sector. And these constraints have become more severe in this age of multinational firms with their global supply chains and the increased volume of global capital flows. I will address the specific issue of a balance of payments constraint on real GDP growth (that is, the limits of fiscal stimulus) in a future blog. But today I want to consider the so-called Exchange Rate Pass-Through (ERPT) effects of that are part of the balance of payments constraint story. The mainstream narrative goes like this. Higher wage demands associated with full employment and/or stronger imports associated with higher fiscal deficits lead to external imbalances due to rising imports and loss of competitiveness in international markets (eroding export potential). In a system of flexible exchange rates, the currency begins to lose value relative to all other currencies and the rising import prices (in terms of the local currency) are passed-through to the domestic price level – with accelerating inflation being the result. If governments persist in pursuing domestic full employment policies the domestic inflation worsens and the hyperinflation is the result, with a chronically depreciated currency. Real standards of living fall and a general malaise overwhelms the nation and its citizens. I am sure you have heard that narrative before – it is almost a constant noise coming from the deficit phobes. Like most of the conservative economic claims and I include the austerity-lite Leftist parties in this group, it turns out that reality is a bit different. Here is some discussion on that i...
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