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Alerted by a neighbor’s emergency call, Rita Catashunga raced back to her home in Nauta, in northeastern Peru, early on...
Vatican Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy Cardinal George Pell has always enjoyed due process in any Australian court case, state inquiry or royal commission concerning child sexual abuse at which he was a witness and, observation over time would lead an ordinary person to conclude that his various religious titles have afforded him what amounts to favoured treatment by both the police and legal profession.
Fair treatment was also afforded Pell in the 2002 internal Catholic Church inquiry into his past conduct as a seminarian in the early 1960s.
Pope Francis’s and the Vatican’s ongoing support and protection for Cardinal George Pell will make it clear to the whole world that Pope Francis and the church at the highest level are complicit in at least concealing the sexual abuse of children. They are still supporting Pell even though there are new allegations against Pell […]
Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it ‘probably carcinogenic, said ABC News headlines on February 16th. It was great to see that long term public concerns regard the broad scale use of herbicides with Glyphosate as an active ingredient finally is reaching the general public.This pesticide is the main tool for weed control in use by Landcare, Dunecare, local Councils, National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW, Road Traffic Authority, farmers, etc On March last year the World Health Organization change the status of Glyphosate from 2B to 2A (probably carcinogenic). Please see the article below.
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By Don Drinkwater
During 1977, I purchased the land after 70 years of human occupation leaving a very visible mark on what was once red cedar tree country. Red gold it was called by the coastal brokers, men who paid the red cedar tree getters next to nothing to mill them. Then in 1977, 2 red cedar trees remained.
Following the century of the removal of the trees, it attempted
to run as a dairy farm, a futile quest when the rain fall averaged
out at 2 and a half metres a year. Hooved animals and fragile soils
do not mix. I bought into bare and severely eroded hillsides,
stripped of all native grasses, with sad skinny cows roaming the
scarred slopes. Then, with half an hour of rain, the creeks
would be red with the soil run off. The resident tenants at the
time had harvested what remained of the elk and stag horns and tree
In 1996 I returned to this 73 hectares of steep end of valley country. Lantana had completely established itself over the severely eroded hill sides, giving the remaining soil a chance to recover after years of being completely exposed to the elements, including the hooves of overstocked and starving cattle. Wallabies had returned. In flower, pink, orange and white, the lantana looked beautiful.
So I had a challenge and needed to create my own working environment. The encouragement was almost nil as the herbicide called Round-up was starting to appear on the market.
MY method of regeneration is simple. Hard labour and the ability to never get discouraged at the immensity of the task. I soon learnt, my best teacher, over seer, guide was nature itself.
i grew up in a no pesticide/herbicide environment. Naysayers jeered my non herbicide approach with words like, you could spray that patch and it would be done for...
As longterm readers know, my record on political and other predictions is mixed, not as bad as some have made out, but by no means uniformly accurate. Still, I’m going to venture my most fearless prediction in some time.
Bill Shorten will be Prime Minister after the next election.
Like most Australian voters, I have no great enthusiasm for Shorten. But, I’ve come to the view that Turnbull is, as the Fin remarked recently, “all hat and no cattle”, and the same can be said of most of his ministry. In particular, Scott Morrison is the most striking instance of the Peter Principle I’ve seen in some time. Brutally effective as Immigration Minister, he handled the Social Services portfolio quite deftly, but has floundered as Treasurer.
Turning from personality to policy, Labor certainly deserves a win. They have stuck to their guns on issues like carbon pricing, and advanced serious and credible policies on tax and public expenditure, something that hasn’t been attempted since John Hewson’s Fightback! disaster in 1993.
By contrast, the Turnbull government is an enigma. Will it go to the election with the policies Turnbull inherited from Abbott? Or will be asked to “let Malcolm be Malcolm”? Or will we see a continuation of the studied ambiguity of the last five months? No one seems to know.
For the moment, Turnbull’s popularity looks like the trump card. The experience of his last stint as leader suggests that this is a fairly weak reed.
The best hope for the government is that the post-Turnbull surge was not so much driven by support for Turnbull as by an underlying LNP majority, submerged by Abbott’s absurdities.
Chemical Free Landcare volunteers and supporters strip naked to show their support for an end to the use of gylphosate. Photo ©Trevor Avedissian
A group of north coast women have put their bodies on the line, literally, in an effort to stop councils and government authorities spraying glyphosate in their weed reduction activities.
Glyphosate, which was invented and is widely marketed by multinational chemical company Monsanto under the name Roundup, was named a ‘probable carcinogen’ by the World Health Organisation in March this year.
This action, together with the forthcoming trial of Monsanto at the International Court of Justice next year has prompted the women to take a stand.
With ‘I am water’ written on their bodies, the women are bringing attention to the protection of the essential resource from ongoing pollution with herbicides in the region.
‘Our bodies are made of water and we are one and the same as the environment. If we pollute the water with pesticides, we pollute ourselves,’ said Pietramale, local bush regenerator and co-ordinator of Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare Nadia de Sousa Pietramale.
‘While Monsanto will go on trial for crimes against humanity and nature, in Byron shire, glyphosate, a product developed by the company and an active ingredient of many herbicides, is still being poured into the environment where it ends up in our local rivers and catchments’ she added.
‘In Byron shire we see evidence of the latest herbicide use as the death of grasses along roadsides and drains. But the use of glyphosate doesn’t stop there. It’s the main tool used by Council staff and contractors in nearly all bush regeneration sites from the top of the catchment along creeks to the lowlands. It’s also used by other governmen.....
Earthquake strikes Camp Rock-Emerson-Copper Mountain fault zone The quake struck Camp Rock-Emerson-Copper Mountain fault zone at Emerson section, NE of Red Hill, reported SGS/EHP. Magnitude: 4.3Mw Time: 2016-02-20 06:13:20 (UTC) Location: 34.610 °N 116.629 °W depth=7.6 km (4.7 mi) Nearby Cities: 36km (22mi) ENE of Lucerne Valley, California 44km (27mi) NNE of Big Bear City […]
Powerful Cyclone packing destructive winds moves towards Fiji capital, Suva WINSTON, a category five storm packing destructive winds, is impacting Fiji’s biggest islands as it moves towards the capital, Suva. Fijian authorities have issued a curfew for the entire Fiji, effective 6:00pm local time, said a report. “This latest measure is designed to restrict movement […]
There is a Marge Piercy poem that I think perfectly sums up zucchini called Attack of the Squash People. I think of it every year around this time. I learned some time ago to plant just a couple of zucchini seeds at a time, but then I discovered tromboncino.
Tromboncino substitutes for zucchini in pretty well any recipe. I like it a bit better – the texture is a bit firmer and it doesn’t have that edge of bitterness that larger zucchinis get. But then, I like that bit of bitterness too, and bitterness in vegetables is often a sign of antioxidant phytochemicals that are very good for you. Not always, alkaloids that do nasty things to your liver also taste bitter, which is probably why we omnivore humans have evolved to enjoy a bit of bitterness as adults, with full grown livers and a bit of education about what is safe to eat, but reject it as children.
Tromboncino fits better into my late summer garden. It is a rampant climber, like a very vigorous climbing cucumber in growth habits – a nifty trick that keeps it up off the ground conserving ground space and protecting it from mildew diseases. It lasts a long time – I’ve had tromboncinos overwinter and bear right through into the next spring. And if you think zucchini are prolific…
So this is my dilemma. A nice sequence of zucchini plants, so there is zucchini if I want it. For rattatouille for instance, that I think needs that bitterness. A nice range of tromboncino plants, so I can save seed without it being inbred. A...
Turnbull's talk of innovation is hampered within his own party which is made up mostly of lawyers with a lack of expertise in, or appreciation for, STEM fields, writes Sameer Murthy. read now...
It’s very cute, albeit glib and inaccurate, to describe Australia’s tax system as a giant Swiss cheese.
Here’s the quote from the man who thinks he knows everything about tax but doesn’t understand the first principles:
Economist Saul Eslake describes Australia’s personal tax system as being “like a giant Swiss cheese”.
In his words, it is a system ”riddled with holes” that allow people to pay less tax on “particular types of income, earned in particular ways”. These holes, he notes, are “disproportionately” used by higher income earners.
“There is no compelling public policy rationale for any kind of preferential tax treatment”.
This is complete blather. In fact, Australia has a tax system that has very high rates of compliance and transparency. We know that income tax will raise around $190 billion this year and the total deductions will be $28 billion or 15 per cent of the total.
Rather than being a giant Swiss cheese, this looks like a very solid block of cheddar.
And when it comes to company tax, it is expected that more than $68 billion will be raised. This puts us in the top quartile of company tax as a percentage of GDP in the world. Not too many holes there (see ATO Tax Transparency Report).
Compared with many other countries, there is extremely high compliance in our system, although Sinc may have a point that tobacco excise, which has been ridiculously jacked up, may be avoided in the future through a rise in the importation of illicit tobacco.
As to the curious notion of preferential tax treatment, here’s the thing: only an idiot would think that current income should be taxed in the same way as saving and capital accumulation. It is not a case of preferential tax treatment; it is appropriate rules for the different...
Biological Health Hazard – Human Parechovirus (HPeV) PARECHOVIRUS INFECTION – AUSTRALIA: (QUEENSLAND) CHILDREN ********************************************************* Published Date: 2016-02-19 19:18:40 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Parechovirus infection – Australia: (QL) children Archive Number: 20160219.4035899 Date: Wed 17 Feb 2016 Source: Northern Star [edited] Parents of babies on alert for contagious parechovirus —————————————————— Parents of newborn babies in Queensland are being […]
Somehow or other, material published on the Facebook group “UPF & FORTITUDE ~ INNER CIRCLE” — comprising the ‘inner circle’ of the UPF/Fortitude — done got made public. It provides an interesting glimpse into the inner workings of the group … Continue reading
It’s time for some new music as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out the final album from rock legend David Bowie, along with recent releases from the hard rocking Baroness, metal journeymen Megadeth and recently reunited Brit rockers The Libertines. read now...
Originally posted to http://www.cairnsnews.org Source: PERTH SWAT team snipers and 10 police with pistols drawn evict farmer at request of ANZ Bank Evidence given at NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Into Banking ANZ Bank features prominently in unlawful foreclosures. The largest non-institutional shareholder in ANZ is Queen Elizabeth of England! Biggest bank heist by the banks in the […]
1. In 2008, General David Morrison had urged the federal government NOT to recognise the 2nd D&E Platoon because ‘amending archives was high risk’ and ‘could open the floodgates to others to might want to correct the official records.’In other words, this bastard preferred the official records to remain false and inaccurate- and to hell with military integrity and the service histories of the men involved in such units.
This also explains why the Australian War Memorial refuses to release the 235 documents it holds concerning the 2nd D&E Platoon despite its own (and the government’s FOI policies).
How can anyone support the deliberate falsification of war records?
2. And it’s interesting to note that before he retired, General Morrison wanted the Army website ‘revamped’ and paid Deloitte Australia $2,600,000 to do it- and now, Deloitte is paying him $200,000 to advise it on because he is an ‘amazing role model and advocate for diversity and inclusion, gender equality and fairness.’
What a load of want!
Ex-4RAR; ex-2nd D&E Platoon; ex-9RAR;
Reblogged fromÂ www.donaldfox.wordpress.com Source: Summary of Jews Involved in the 9/11 Nuclear TerroristÂ Attack Here is a good summary of Jewish involvement in the 9/11 nuclear terroristÂ attack. It was originally posted on Wikispooks:Â https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9/11/Israel_did_it. I made a few formatting tweaks and cleaned up some typos. Jews in Control of World Trade Center Complex Larry SilversteinÂ âŹ is a Jewish […]
While the Autonomous Bougainville Government looks to mining and litigation to fill a significant gap in its accounts, it appears the region’s fiscal woes hasn’t put a break on the spending habits of President Momis and his wife.
Data leaked by demoralised civil servants within the ABG, reveal that the President and Bougainville’s First Lady spent, or received in total K815,298 (A$374,208) in cash advances, allowances, travel and service payments during 2014 alone. This is all in addition to the President’s actually salary.
K719,046 in allowances and advances flowed through the President’s own hands, while his wife benefited from extensive travel, in addition to payments for ‘catering services’ and ‘car hire’, amounting to approximately K136,328.
As the President warns his citizens they must sell their natural resources off to foreign investors in order to see his government through these difficult fiscal times, it remains to be seen whether the political classes will cut back on their extravagant expense accounts and wayward spending.
We won’t hold our breath.
JOHN MOMIS – 2014 PAYMENTS
Queensland goes to the polls to elect their local councils on March 19.
I’m currently working on my guide to the Brisbane City Council election – so far I’ve finished guides to ten wards out of 26.
The other piece of the puzzle is a complete ward map of Queensland, as I have done for every election since 2008.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get it done – moving house and taking some time off the blog over the summer slowed me down, and I’ve decided to prioritise finishing the Brisbane guide.
I’ve decided to post my partially-complete map. I’ve completed the boundaries for Banana, Isaac, Rockhampton, Whitsunday and Brisbane, but not Cairns, Tablelands, Townsville, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast.
I plan to finish this map before election day – but maybe not long before the election.
On February 18, 2016, a coalition of environmental and tribal groups released a new in-depth report, ENBRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER, detailing the risk and destruction posed by Enbridge's plan for a web of new pipelines throughout the region. Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, is a co-author of the report.
The report highlights the various tar sands and fracked oil projects Enbridge operates across the Great Lakes region and the devastating impact the company has had on communities...and will continue to have if Enbridge is permitted to continue its scheme to expand its pipeline system through the towns, rivers, properties, wetlands, and streams of the Great Lakes region.
“These pipeline projects pose a devastating threat to tribal peoples, our homelands, and our future survival,” said Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director with Honor the Earth. “Enbridge's plans will destroy Anishinaabe wild rice beds and wipe out an entire culture. The new report details why Enbridge must be stopped and why billions of dollars in pipeline investments are an incredible waste in a time when we are moving to a post-fossil fuels economy.”
Given the speed at which technology and inventions are advancing, it's a no-brainer to see that the barriers to a clean energy shift are more political and psychological than technological, argues Dr David Suzuki. read now...
The Northern Rivers community is warmly invited to White Noise, the first local exhibition in ten years by Australian artist Angus McDonald.
Since the Lennox Head based artist was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney twenty years ago he has exhibited across Australia and around the globe, from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan. He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.
White Noise is his 30th solo exhibition. “I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home!” mused Angus. “I’ve lived in this area for fifteen years so exhibiting locally is pretty special. Especially at an amazing state museum like the Tweed Regional Gallery. If you placed that gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London it would be constantly busy. It’s a world class facility”.
The term “White Noise” refers to the background noises of our existence. “The noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives” said McDonald. “The work explores moments of realization and loss. There is an ethereal quality to it. The two large figurative works were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio. My partner Beata modelled for Rise. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s. It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race”.
McDonald encourages the local community to attend exhibitions as a way to “jump off the business of surviving for a while”. “To go....
I noticed our previously invisible member Billy Gordon has had a change of heart and now says he wants to do something for the people of Mareeba.
That is very noble of him, but wasn’t he elected a year ago? What has he been doing over the last 12 months?
Apart from attracting the attention of national newspapers over his photographic ability, has he done anything positive instead of voting with his beloved Labor Party on almost every motion in Parliament?
Relocating from Cairns to Mareeba will at least give him kudos for being the first Member for Cook in many years to live here. Maybe he just realised there are others in his electorate who don’t live on the Cape.
Seeing he has done very little for the southern end of Cook, do local people think he should pay back his government salary for the last 12 months?
He had a chance to get more state representation for people living outside of bigger cities but no he voted with the ALP to water down rural representation and give three more seats to Brisbane. By continually voting with the ALP he has helped himself to get voted out at the next election after the electoral commission changes the boundaries in the far north redistribution, expected in August.
I have been told that Atherton will be added to Mareeba again and their seat of Dalrymple will be abolished. It is not hard to work out who the Atherton people will vote for.
Mr Gordon might find himself running...
Albert Woodfox, Last of the Angola Three, To Be Freed After 43
Years in Solitary Confinement | Democracy Now!: Supporters say
Albert Woodfox, the longest-serving U.S. prisoner in solitary
confinement, is about to be released in Louisiana after he pled no
contest to murdering a prison guard in 1972. His two prior
convictions were overturned based on racial prejudice and lack of
At a hearing this morning in a St. Francisville courtroom, Woodbox entered his plea to lesser charges than the murder for which he was indicted of last year for the third time. He was sentenced to 42 years but has already served a 45 year sentence.
His legal team told The Times Picayunne that Woodfox pleaded "no contest" to two lesser charges: manslaughter and aggravated burglary, and noted this is not an admission of guilt.
Woodfox’s release is expected soon from the West Feliciana Parish jail, where he had been held pending his third trial.
EU and US resume their negotiations next week over the TTIP trade and investment deal. But deep rifts have emerged over the corporate courts in which investors can sue governments for any actions that reduce their profits. Meanwhile MPs are seething over their restricted access to draft texts and negotiating documents.
Charles and David Koch are reportedly backing a new group that will use millions to...
“Worst person in the world found dead in Texas “rent boy ranch” playground for Mick Jagger and Charlie Sheen”
So others seem to be grasping the point that this ranch is WAY MORE than it seems. In fact, it is a pedophile hunting ground in every sense of the world, and I wonder how many times convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffery Epstein has frequented the joint.
So what can be said about the resort that Anton Scalia was murdered in? First, let’s consider the facts of what it is and who owns it.
CIBOLO CREEK (‘RENT BOY’) RANCH is a 30,000-acre VIP resort located in west Texas, 100 miles from the Mexican border, in the Chinati Mountains. Guests arrive by private jet at the Ranch’s own private airport. Rooms cost $500+ per night.
Guests of the ranch typically include Hollywood figures, politicians and businessmen But only the rich.
Previous guests have included Mick Jagger,Tommy Lee Jones, Randy Quaid, Dick Cheney, and Charlie Sheen – all who have been accused by others as being pedophiles.
The owner of Cibolo Creek ‘Rent Boy’ Ranch is John Poindexter. He obtained the property in 1988. A 3rd-generation Texan, Poindexter runs a Houston-based manufacturing company, J.B. Poindexter & Co. Poindexter is a leader in the ORDER OF SAINT HUBERTUS.
Thus the Cibolo Creek ‘Rent Boy’ Ranch is often frequented by this international 17th-century hunting society ORDER OF SAINT HUBERTUS. This all-male Order was founded in 1695 by Austrian Count Anton von Spork, although it just recently allowed women to join their elite hunts.
In 2010, 53 members of ORDER OF SAINT HUBERTUS gathered at
Cibolo Creek (Rent Boy) Ranch to hunt. Guests included minor
How many individuals in our society have completely abandoned any sense of honor or morality? How many have sold out to the cancer that currently controls the country and will now do or say anything so long as their immoral behavior provides a paycheck and a pension? This is the world we live in, this is
The following is a statement from the Apache Ndé Nneé Working Group, the Apache Nation and the Coalition for Apache...
Pope Francis asked indigenous people for forgiveness and for their help in dealing with climate change during his recen...
On Friday, the South Dakota House Committee on Education will hear a bill to eliminate the use of “team names, mascots or nicknames that are determined to be racially derogatory...
The New York Times reported on a trove of correspondence made public between Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and Karol...
Thursday morning Marilaine came to the office to meet everyone at CCAN and eat breakfast, and after coffee and bagels we left for Annapolis. We arrived in Annapolis to meet Jennifer Kunze (a former CCAN Fellow, now an organizer with Clean Water Action) for an event with Delegate Clarence Lam about oil trains and his recently introduced bill, the Rail Safety Act of 2016. We had a small but mighty audience who attended and learned about Marilaine’s story. Marilaine shared her story, Delegate Lam introduced and outlined his bill, and Frtiz Elder, a representative from...
The New York Post is generally known for its punny or alliterative titles, not for ...
Slovenia: How a neo-Nazi expos� almost landed a journalist in jail
- Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship: Delic, a
journalist for the well-respected daily newspaper Delo, was being
charged with disseminating classified information. According to the
stern-faced officers at her mother’s door, she could face up to
three years in prison if found guilty.
“She called me up and was freaking out,” Delic said. She was furious and didn’t understand why the police went to her family home, as she is registered as living elsewhere. “I told my mother to give the phone to one of the police officers,” she said. “I first asked them to apologise to my mother.”
Delic learned that she was to be charged with a criminal offence and was summoned to come in for questioning at the police station in Ljubljana. The charge, she would soon learn, related to her work reporting on alleged connections between the ruling right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and the controversial neo-Nazi movement Blood and Honour.
“The charges were ridiculous,” she said. “They said that I had published classified information from the Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency. But all the information they came up with was public information. They really didn’t have a case.”
Pakistan's parliament is the first in the world to be...
India's farmers are the targets of structural violence aimed at uprooting indigenous agriculture and replacing it with an intensive corporate model based on GMOs and agrochemicals, writes Colin Todhunter. But as Monsanto's GM cotton succumbs to insect infestations despite repeated pesticide applications, agroecological farming is an increasingly attractive option for cultivators.
How did something so basic as keeping people and animals safe from dangerous chemicals become...
Here are the answers with discussion for the Weekend Quiz. The
information provided should help you work out why you missed a
question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from
yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope
this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory
(MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as
usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.
If the private domestic sector spends less than it earns and the nation runs a small external deficit, then the government fiscal position will always be in deficit at all levels of national income.
The answer is True.
This question requires an understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. But it also requires some understanding of the behavioural relationships within and between these sectors which generate the outcomes that are captured in the National Accounts and summarised by the sectoral balances.
Refreshing the balances (again) – we know that from an accounting sense, if the external sector overall is in deficit, then it is impossible for both the private domestic sector and government sector to run surpluses. One of those two has to also be in deficit to satisfy the accounting rules.
The important point is to understand what behaviour and economic adjustments drive these outcomes.
To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources...
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This is what happened at Rutgers U after a conservative spoke on campus Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos made an appearance at Rutgers University, and his ideas and rhetoric so traumatized the delicate flowers who heard him that many of them attended a “group therapy” session afterward. You are not going to believe what happened next: […]
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Leonard Peltier supporters gathered in New York, California, Oregon, Paris, Barcelona, Belfast, Brussels and Berlin on Saturday February 6, 2016, for an International Day of Solidarity. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, home to the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, an overflow multi-generational crowd congregated at the First Unitarian Church to commemorate with prayer, discussion, music, dance and drumming the 40th anniversary of Peltier’s incarceration in the U.S. federal prison system. “Twice as many people as last year,” according to Peter Clark, co-director of the Defense Committee, “More than any Peltier event i...
As a cancer epidemiologist, I’ve spent a lot of time researching the links between...
Plaintiffs say ‘elevated and unsafe’ levels of lead have contaminated water supply for years due to risky construction projects
The recent Paris United Nations Conference on Climate Change resulted in a world agreement to attempt to limit global warming to 1.5°C, but is Australia doing enough? Then again, is limiting global warming to 1.5°C feasible? And what must we do to limit global warming both as a nation and individually? I travelled the 150km […]
John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.
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from Act For Freedom Now!
We are the poisonous arrows that the ancients used against their
prey and their enemies. We are the flame of the bonfire that warms
in the cold. We are the pagan dances and cries in the name of the
Unknown. We are the snow on the mountain tops. We are the virgin
soil, free of civilization. We are the lava flowing from the
volcano. We are the warning calls of the birds.
We are the quiet of the wolf stalking its prey. We are the strength of the ants. We are the wave that wipes cities from face of the Earth. We are the killer earthquake that brings down buildings. We are the wind become hurricane. WE ARE UNKNOWN WILD NATURE!
We came out of our hiding place, like the rabbit comes out of
its hole in the darkness and silence of night. This time we came
out in plain daylight.
We frolic in the mountains, rivers, and meadows. But we wander in the city in search of its defects and imperfections, seeking all that is of civilization and human progress. We know its times, its hours and moments, the daily grin...
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More than five years after a special prosecutor first brought charges against a staggering number of Navajo leaders acc...
Heavy rainfall has induced disastrous mudslides in the Pampa Hermosa district, Peru. According to media reports, about 12 km (7.4 miles) of the district have been affected, 25 people suffered injuries and over 100 homes have been devastated. Drone footage in the...... Read more »
“I was once described to have a very radical gay agenda. I’m in favour of getting married and allowing people to join and stay in the military. I don’t think that’s such a radical agenda. In fact, I think that’s a rather bourgeois agenda”, said US Congressman, Barney Frank as he spoke tonight at Sydney’s Masonic Centre in a talk organised by the McKell Institute.
Why is he here? Well, he was invited by the McKell Institute, a left-leaning think tank, but the “clincher” was the fact his partner, Jim Ready loves to surf. “I’ll come so long as you can organise for Jim to go surfing”, he told us, adding that Jim had been surfing “four days in a row”. Though I’m sure there are many other reasons, there’s also possibly the fact we’re in the midst of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Though Congressman Frank is known worldwide for his support of gay and lesbian issues, he remembers a time when things weren’t as positive. “I spoke to someone who told me he remembered when LGBTQ was ‘just G’, and I told him I remember when it was just ‘F'”, he told us, as he spoke about how he attempted to join the US military as a young man, and was faced with the question of whether or not he was a homosexual.
Times have changed, and marriage equality has been achieved in the United States, in stark contrast to Australia. As he spoke, I reflected in my own mind, about how odd it was that the United States (traditionally, more recently more socially conservative on so many issues than Australia) was now leading on the issue of marriage equality. Thus, when he said, “Puritans moved to America because they didn’t want to be told how to live their lives, and ever since they’ve been telling other people how not to live their lives” (or words to that effect), I wondered more deeply about the issue.
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As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now is...
20th February 2016 By Wes Annac Guest Writer for Wake Up World You hear about psychedelics often in the âŹÜspiritualâŹ" community. While most people are brought up to believe theyâŹ"re harmful and should be avoided, some will tell you that they arenâŹ"t harmful at all, and that theyâŹ"re beneficial for the spiritual seeker who wants ...Continue Reading - Can Cannabis Enhance Our Spirituality?
20th February 2016 By Paul Lenda GuestÂ Writer for Wake Up World ColorsâŹŚÂ an integral aspect of reality as air and water. A colorless existence is a seemingly-incomprehensible one, minus perhaps what has been described as ‘the Void’ by sages and mystics. Thanks to the ability for humans to see the visible light spectrum, reality itself seems ...Continue Reading - Healing With Color: Enhance Your Well-Being With Color Therapy
It’s reported this evening that Cardinal George Pell is the subject of a twelve month investigation by Victoria Police over allegations of child sexual abuse, dating from the time he was a priest to when he became Archbishop of Melbourne. Pell has issued a furious statement, demanding an investigation into Victoria Police leakages, […]
The attempt by the US Supreme Court to stall the White House Clean Power Plan is being thwarted on the ground, writes Linda Pentz Gunter. The numbers show that new renewable energy installation around the US is outpacing even natural gas - leaving coal in the dust, and new nuclear at a big round zero.
How big a deal is China’s growing leverage?
GORCC works alongside and supports many volunteer groups who operate on coastal Crown land reserves from Torquay through to Lorne. These hard working groups spend thousands of hours each year undertaking vital conservation work and raising awareness in the community.
Dennis Leavesley is one of the hundreds of dedicated volunteers working towards creating an environmentally sustainable future.
Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve (FoAI) Convenor Dennis Leavesley has been an active volunteer along the Surf Coast since he moved to the area in 1998.
FoAI was established in 1991 as a sub group of ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna) to focus on removing woody weeds from the 3.7km of land along the cliff top between Boundary Road and the Inlet.
Mr Leavesley said he believes FoAI is winning the battle against the woody weeds and hopes it only takes few more working bees to remove all woody weeds from the area.
“It’s taken many years and a mountain of hard work from volunteers and GORCC to transform the clifftop area,” he said.
Originally from the Goulburn Vall...
A unique, all female anti-poaching unit has transformed the conservation picture in South Africa's Kruger National Park, writes Anneka Svenska. In just three years the Black Mambas have cut poaching by more than 75%, removed over 1,000 snares, and become role models for local youth. And this weekend they arrive in the UK to collect Helping Rhinos' 'Innovation in Conservation' Award.
TRAHANT REPORTS – Indian country is a key voting bloc in the De...
Guatemala is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recent history. 1.3 million people have been affected, and approximately 720 000 are encountering severe food insecurity. The inhabitants of the Central American 'dry corridor' – an area...... Read more »
Why has Eben Alexander’s story caught the public imagination so intensely? Admittedly, not everyone has looked favourably upon his revelations. Much of the materialistic press has groped around to find holes in his arguments (usually by casting aspersions upon his good faith), but their attempts to rebut him have been someplace between weak and nonexistent. As we shall see.
To begin with, here is one of the most important challenges that Alexander makes to current scientific dogma: his experience strongly suggests that consciousness is not produced (or produced exclusively) by the brain.
In the simplest possible terms, his argument goes like this. The standard scientific view says that all higher cognition – conscious, human experience – is the result of brain states. Furthermore, different parts of the brain govern different states. Higher cognition is performed mostly by the front part of the brain: the cerebral cortex. If this part of the brain doesn’t function, there is no cognitive experience.
Alexander’s case shows something different. During his experience, his cortical areas showed no activity, according to the medical apparatus. The parts of the brain associated wi...
Today the intellectual world is facing an insurrection. It has nothing to do with politics or economics. It is about worldviews. Contemporary intellectual thought is hidebound by a materialistic view of the universe that automatically shuts out anything of the “spiritual,” or, God forbid, “mystical.” More and more evidence is coming to light that refutes this narrow view of reality. And more and more intellectuals are standing up against it.
Eben Alexander is one of the most famous examples. An American neurosurgeon, in 2008, he fell into a coma during a case of severe meningitis and – at a time when, from the conventional point of view, he should have had no consciousness whatsoever – he had a profound and inspiring vision of worlds beyond this one.
Alexander describes this journey in the best-selling Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. The book sent a shock through the United St...
The mass media is the biggest remote control ever built, and we all exist within the four-walled idiot box it controls. Manipulation of thought and behaviour is a part of our accepted daily lives. Each time we lock eyes on a news story, whether on the tube, the screen, the tablet or the old fashioned way, via a newspaper, we are buying into a perspective that may or may not be our own. We read stuff, and readily accept it as reality, often without ever bothering to source the information or take the time to perform due diligence and research the subject more deeply. We then pass on some of that information to others, and the viral effect can now, with the Internet and cell phones, travel on a global scale in a matter of minutes.
If you wanted to truly control the minds of the masses, what better way than buying time on the media outlets the masses most visit? And the most effective types of media most able to manipulate our behaviour and change how we think… and even consume? News media, advertising… and now, social networking.
Get ready to have your channel changed, because with the sheer amount of social programming faced on a daily basis, you are no longer in control of your own remote.
It’s all bad news, all the time. The stories that bombard us on television, radio and even social networking often tend to be depressing, fearful and anxiety provoking… and they spread like wildfire. But we all know that good things happ...
According to an article on the website of ‘Radio Free Europe’, a nondescript modern 4-storey building on Savushkina Street, St. Petersburg, houses the innocuously titled ‘Internet Research Centre’.
Inside the building operate government controlled and tasked teams of professional ‘trolls’. Spread across approximately 40 rooms, the trolls prowl the Internet in 12 hour shifts, generating pro-Kremlin comments and ‘gaming’ Internet forums and online conversations.
St. Petersburg blogger Marat Burkhard recently came forward to describe the apparent covert activities in detail. Burkhard describes his co-workers as “politically illiterate young people” who must be briefed on current topics at the beginning of each shift and continually supervised.
At this point it would be pertinent to note the source of the article – Radio Free Europe – notoriously a CIA funded propaganda outlet for decades (now financed, more obtrusively, through the State Department and ‘private donors’). While only the congenitally naive would doubt the veracity of the article’s basic claims, what is (unsurprisingly) lacking is context. Whether financed and operated by Russia’s intelligence agency FSB, or some other shadowy enclave, it is estimated that the entire Russian security establishment currently operates with just one twentieth (1/20) of the US equivalent (not even including the UK and other close Western allies).
What that means, in a nutshell, is that for every Internet Research Centre in Russia, the CIA/NSA/GCHQ/private contractor nexus would be operating the equivalent of (at least) 20 such centres. Flooding t.....
As we marked the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 on 8 March 2015, the mystery has demonstrably deepened over time. The lack of substantial news over the past year spawned much speculation – some of it over-imaginative, some of it plausible.
If we are willing to disengage from officialdom’s misinformation, we can follow some credible suggestions that lead us into that twilight zone where quantum physics has settled in as an uneasy neighbour alongside the paranormal.
Some observers, including former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad1 and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, have accused the Malaysian government of holding back “missing bits of information.”2 If we are to believe that an aircraft over 60 metres long, with an equally wide wingspan and weighing more than 250 tonnes, can vanish with no-one knowing where it is, then concerns about the alleged spying capabilities of the major powers may be overstated.
Of particular interest is the plane’s last known position (LKP). In all possible scenarios, from crashing into the sea to being shot down by military fire, from cyber-hijacking to paranormal interference, the real indications are that the incident took place between Malaysia and Vietnam, above where the Gulf of Thailand meets the South China Sea. Witnesses who say they observed an event in MH370’s last recorded neighbourhood have been discredited and testimonials ignored. Australia has taken on the role of sheriff, perhaps at the behest of the USA, in drawing the scent away from the actual geographical vanishing point to the Indian......
A medium is an individual who has a connection with the spiritual world, or the “other side” as some people call it. The spirits on the other side of the veil between life and death can communicate with them. In the West, there is a long tradition of mediums relaying messages from the deceased to family and friends left behind. This is known as “mental mediumship.” Another more intriguing form of mediumship known as “physical mediumship” prospered in the 19th century. In this form, mediums would sometimes go into a trance and spirit controls would subsequently speak through them. These controls would harness subtle forces as well as the medium’s own energies to levitate objects and produce materialisations. These displays stunned great men of science like Alfred Russell Wallace and William Crookes.
In Vietnam, mediumship has been turned into an art form. Far from the table tipping and communication with deceased loved ones in the West, Vietnamese mediumship more resembles divinely inspired performance art. These spirit possession rituals are known as Lên đồng. With an array of beautiful glittering costumes, heavenly music, and dancing, watching a mediumship ritual in Vietnam is akin to visiting Broadway. However, mediumship in Vietnam is not completely uniform.
There are two basic camps of mediums – those affiliated with St Tran Hung Dao and those associated with the goddesses, princesses, princes, and mandarins of the Four Palaces. The latter mediums are associated with elaborate performance rituals. The former don’t often give elaborate performances, but play a key role in protecting people via the power.....
Pilgrims have been drawn to the other-worldly auras of hallowed sites, both natural and man-made, all around the globe since antiquity. One such sanctuary sits right in the heart of Sydney and, although it has slipped from prominence today, it played a significant role in Australia’s spiritual and esoteric history.
While its narrative has primarily been expressed through the descriptions of the characters who have occupied it, the magnetism of the building and the ground it stands on are worthy of examination in their own right. Today it has become less visibly conspicuous, surrounded as it is by so many other grand dwellings. However, a century ago the world was a different place and it was quite the topic of conversation in Sydney society.
The late nineteenth century saw a surge of spiritual and metaphysical pursuits in the Western world, springing from Europe and Britain and streaming into the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. While the British Victorian era is generally associated with industrial and scientific advances, not to mention Darwinism, many Victorians (including the Queen herself) embraced Spiritualism, séances and other forms of mysticism. At what is now considered the birth of the New Age movement, independe...
Not long ago I was walking through the aisles of a New Age fair in the suburbs of Chicago. All the usual suspects were there: booths for Baha’i and Eckankar; ladies selling essences and fragrances; bodyworkers offering ten minutes of chair massage; psychics inspecting the etheric fields of their subjects. Like most New Age events I have gone to over the past decade, the fair had a tired quality to it.
I could simply be jaded. I’ve been going to such gatherings for over thirty years now, and at this point they hardly impress me with their novelty. But I may not be alone. One has the sense that for many, the energy that gave rise to the New Age has ebbed.
Even the term “New Age” has come to sound stale, harking back to the ’80s and the Harmonic Convergence, and, still further, to the spirituality of the 1960s counterculture. Commercial interests have backed away from the name, preferring the term “mind-body-spirit” or “MBS.” In January 2012, New Age Retailer, the primary trade magazine for this field in the US, changed its name to Retailing Insight.
Was the New Age a fad? Was it a noble but misguided hope that the world was ready for an enlightenment to which it now seems indifferent or hostile? Probably neither. More likely this is the case: much of what the New Age pioneered, including yoga, meditation, and organic foods, has become mainstream. Thus you could say the New Age won out in many ways – but at the cost of seeming fresh.
What about its ideas? Many of them too entered the mainstream and have even become clichés. At this point it may be useful to ste.....
If you were an art student in Britain in the last decades of the 20th century, you would have been extremely fortunate to learn of the existence of Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956), “one of the greatest living draughtsmen” as he was described within his lifetime, and certainly “the greatest artist you’ve never heard of,” as the cliché goes.
In an item on the BBC’s ‘The Culture Show’ aired to coincide with a major retrospective of Spare’s work in 2010, no less a commentator than Andrew Graham Dixon introduced him as:
An intriguing Edwardian artist of the magical, the otherworldly and the grotesque, whose claims that mystical practices lay behind his disturbing imagery brought him admirers and detractors in equal measure.
As the subtitle of a recent highly acclaimed biography of Spare described him, he was truly “London’s Lost Artist” – or perhaps even England’s… But Austin Spare, the ‘lost’ artist, is apparently lost no more, judging by the fact that his popularity is on the increase, and his work fetches ever-higher prices these days.
If you had a talent for drawing and were deeply interested in representing the human figure – not just by itself, but also within a meaningful,...
Evidence given at NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Into Banking
By Sarina Locke
Feb 17, 2016
Farmers whose properties were foreclosed on by the ANZ bank since 2010 have made explosive claims about the devastation suffered by those who were accused of defaulting.
Two have given evidence at a parliamentary inquiry hearing, in Sydney, into the banking industry’s practice involving loans.
Rod Culleton, of Williams in Western Australia, and Margaret Menzel, Townsville, representing sugar cane farmers, gave evidence.
Mr Culleton was a cereal and sheep farmer until he lost the farm in 2013 and has been fighting the ANZ in the courts and in the media ever since.
He said ANZ had admitted to overcharging in fees incurred during the transition [from Landmark to ANZ] and “is giving a lot of that back”.
In answers to the committee, Mr Culleton said he, and others in positions of default to ANZ, were “held at gunpoint” after receivers were sent in.
by Robert J Lee
Decades of detritus accumulated under the forest canopy forming two metre thick beds of tinder have caused utter devastation across large areas of once pristine forest in Tasmania.
Uncontrollable wildfires in January wiped out 38,000 acres of forest ecosystems in the Central Plateau that once attracted many thousands of bushwalkers and tourists every year.
The State Government has not yet revealed the magnitude of other devastated areas in World Heritage and forestry.
Unique alpine flora including pencil pines, king billy pines and cushion plants, some more than 1,000 years old have been lost forever.
Wilderness photographer and bushwalker Dan Broun has returned from the Central Plateau. He told the ABC he walked four hours into the bushfire affected areas just after the fires.
“The scene is complete and utter devastation. There is kilometres of burnt ground, everything is dead,” he said.
He said small pockets of areas protected by rock escaped the fire.
“I also witnes...
Out of the blue, another acquaintance of mine in Geeveston who actually bought a block of land I had my eye on a few years ago offered me some geese. With twenty five of them, and having problems trying to stop them flying away to greener pastures, Dave decided he just had too many. I on the other hand have always been a firm believer that mowers that don’t use fossil fuels are the best there are, and it was always my intention to keep geese and ducks (Muscovies in particular) to keep the grass down in the apple orchard.
Not only do they eat lots of grass, they also produce enormous quantities of very wet poo, the ideal fertiliser for my apples. Permaculture 101, really, and eventually they reproduce supplying either eggs or meat when their numbers grow. In exchange for the free birds, I’ve spent all day having fun on Dave’s farm (which I can clearly see from our place) with Matt and his tractor, ploughing hundreds of metres of windrows in preparation for planting a windbreak of native trees. I also showed Dave how to clip wings to stop the birds from flying, and how to kill one the quick and humane way I’ve used for years with my ducks back in Queensland. All in all, a very productive day…….
While MV Agusta will be sold through AMG/Mercedes dealerships in Europe and the USA, Australia will only display the bikes in the luxury car showrooms.
MV Agusta importers Urban Moto Imports (UMI) bosses Joseph and Alan Elasmar say MV dealers will supply the bikes and train some of the car sales staff, but interested buyers will be referred to the nearest MV dealer.
At the recent launch of the new MV Brutale 800, MV Agusta boss Giovanni Castiglioni said Mercedes will start selling MV Agusta bikes directly from its car dealerships.
This is unique and even BMW doesn’t sell bikes in BMW car showrooms.
The move comes after AMG/Mercedes bought a 25% minority stake in MV in 2014 and announced plans for a strategic marketing and research.
Pacific Bazas appear to be dispersing at the moment. Today I've had 4 overhead of the property displaying while calling and yesterday another two were doing the same. Also noticed a small group over Lake Samsonval (Postman's Track) last Saturday (13th) when bird surveys were being conducted.
In local journalism, Nikolic asserts the Power of One ... You have to admit when it comes to the politically outrageous Andrew Nikolic has few equals. On TASMANIAN TIMES, Mr NIKOLIC’s colourful history ...
In town for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith spoke with Greta Balog on Mornings about their long-awaited new record, Is the Is Are.
Named FBi’s album of the week shortly after the interview, this double album has been a vessel through which DIIV have poured the narrative of their last few years. Cole spoke about how the band has tried to move on from the negativity that has plagued them between their debut album Ocean and Is the Is Are:
“I definitely wanted to shift the conversation back to the music. But also, that whole story and everything that happened is an important part of the narrative of the record… It’s a part of my life no matter what. I hear everything that people say abou...
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Having looked at how out to lunch The Economist is I picked up The AFR over lunch and found this: OECD blasts reform fatigue, downgrades growth and calls for more rate cuts. They called for more than that, and this being the OECD, is the collective economic wisdom of the West. It is no wonder we are heading so deeply into recession.
Warning that global growth is faltering so fast there now needs to be a fresh wave of budget spending and interest rate cuts, the OECD demanded governments spend more money on investments and infrastructure, and get serious about productivity-boosting reform.
Officials at the Paris-based organisation also described the risk of another financial mishap on global markets as “substantial”. . . .
In the absence of fresh economic reform momentum, the OECD acknowledged there was now an urgent need to raising government spending on investments such as infrastructure, which they said would generate a strong growth dividend.
“Quality infrastructure projects would help to support future growth, making up for the shortfall in investment following the cuts imposed across advanced countries in recent years.
“A commitment to raising public investment collectively would boost demand while remaining on a fiscally sustainable path, the OECD said, pointing out that governments in many countries can borrow for long periods at very low interest rates.
“Many countries have room for fiscal expansion to strengthen demand.” . . .
“A recovery in private sector investment and wage growth is needed for global economic activity to accelerate.”
Anyone educated in economic theor...
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service will conduct a number of prescribed burns in the coming months across Canberra to prepare for the upcoming fire season. Some of these Burns will be in the Namadgi National Park and may impact the Australian Alps Walking Track. For more information on this and other burns please go […]
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[ Saturday, 20 Feb; 10:30 am to 11:30 am. ] ARAR (Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees) invites you to two events: 1. Snap rally: This Saturday 20th February, “Let Them Stay” 10.30am Old Courthouse 2. Organising meeting this Sunday 21st Feb, 4.30pm Kent House, for Palm Sunday Rally. DETAILS OF BOTH, BELOW: 1. SNAP RALLY – Saturday 20th Feb 10.30am Armidale Mall – LET THEM STAY: Churches, community groups, [...] full article »
By John Campbell
As memorable as any film’s content may be, the emotional toll it takes on its audience can be equally so. The session of this that I attended was composed entirely of mature-age punters – the sort of people who go to the cinema in the middle of the day. At the end, we left in a hush of bleak resignation, deeply angered by what we had seen and frustrated in thinking that the power and influence of the Catholic Church remains undiminished. The story deals with the Boston Globe’s exposé of the wicked maltreatment of children by the city’s Catholic clergy through the eighties and nineties. Sadly, we are all familiar with the scenario. In my case, as a non-believer, Tom McCarthy’s movie added another layer to my understanding of the priests’ sickening activities. That their sexual abuse of helpless young victims was unpardonable is a given, but what I’d not appreciated before is that it was also an abuse of faith, enough to shatter lifelong convictions. A straightforward narrative delivered with a subdued palette (costumes are almost entirely neutral) and free of clever time-jumps moves inexorably into realms of venal criminality as the newspaper’s reporters unearth repeated cover-ups. McCarthy does not shy away from the unpalatable truth that the dire state of affairs had been partly underpinned by the media’s apathy. Whistleblowers in the past had made submissions to the Globe that were not followed up on – ‘silence like a cancer grows’. It took an outsider, the new, Jewish editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiver) to encourage the Spotlight team to focus on the organisation rather than the individual. A revitalised Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams (‘my Nanna goes to mass every day’), John Slattery and the slow-boiling Mark Ruffalo are fan...
Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) has a limited number of places for a few people to join in for one-off sessions. Here are the upcoming sessions:
27th Feb 9:00am –
4.30pm Understanding and Improving your Soil with Emma
1:30 – 4:30pm Animals in Permaculture 1 with Richard
9:00am – 4.30pm The Cultivated Ecology – Permaculture Vegetable
Gardening with Dick Copeman
19th March 1:30
– 4:30pm Creating a Resilient Garden Ecology with Dick
2nd April 9:00am –
4.30pm Trees in Permaculture with Dick
16th April 9:00am –
4.30pm Social Permaculture with Emma Brindal
23rd April 9:00 –
12:00 Animals in Permaculture 2 with Richard
30th April 7.00am – 6.00pm...
Victorian Health Minister says that there are no risks in vaccinating your children and that you should seek advice from a GP not a quack on the internet. By General Maddox. In what can only be described as one of the worst, most misleading, flat out false statements spoken by a politician has just been uttered […]
Saturday 20 February
4 – 5pm Gem and Lewi
We chat to Sydney Hip Hop artist Samuel Dobson, who has just released his debut album “Samuel”.
Sydney artist Le Pie chats to us about her love for care bears and 1960’s girl groups. She plays OAF Gallery next Friday the 26th Feb.
[ Tuesday, 23 Feb; 7:00 pm; ] Join the conversation with: Robert Heather, Director of NERAM Bimblebox and the art of protest Andrew Nicholson, Researcher, University of New England Environmental art as communication David Curtis, EcoArts Australis Arts as means of shaping environmental behaviour 23 February at 7pm The Armidale Club 91 Beardy Street Find Arts in the pub on Facebook full article »
New report from market and grid operators says South Australia's push to 50% wind and solar, and the exit of the last coal generator, will not affect system security or reliability. But that is not what the fossil fuel and nuclear lobbies, or many in mainstream media, want to hear.
The City of Ryde Council is once again joining forces with Relationships AustraliaâŹ"s Ryde Community Hub to present the annual Community Information Expo on Thursday 24 March at Eastwood Plaza, 9.30am âŹ 12.30pm.
Part of Harmony Week celebrations, the Information Expo is billed as a celebration of inter-culturalism and community spirit.Â The multi-lingual one-stop-shop of Expo provides information on local services available to residents and new migrants, on aged/home and community care, housing, education, volunteering, as well as family and legal services.Â It also showcases some wonderful local talent, including community choirs, dance groups and more.
To cater to the more than 50 nationalities represented in the local community, information is available in a number of community languages including English, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi and Tamil.
City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said:Â âŹSThis Expo is a great demonstration of how welcoming a community we are.Â While it is primarily about information exchange and networking, the entertainment and social elements add a celebratory aspect and showcase the diversity and generosity of our community.âŹ
The morning program offers a combination of information, fun and entertainment and includes:
Service providers at the Expo include:
Community Migrant Resource Centre
Christian Community Aid
Ryde Family Services
Ability Links NSW
NSW Police Force
Department of Human Services
Local NGOs and charities
For more information on the Community Information Expo, call Relationships Australia Community Hub Ryd...
Changes to State Government liquor ‘lock out’ laws have divided the community in Far North Queensland, with letters to newspapers and radio talk back callers equally opposed and agreeing to the changes.
Taxi operators, nightclub owners and young patrons have criticised the Labor Party’s legislation that will see a reduction in drinking time, with last drinks at 1am instead of 3am.
Some venues can apply for last drinks at 2am with an additional 30 minutes grace before lock out.
The new regulations come into force on February 1, 2017, allowing a 12 month phase-in provision insisted on by Katters Australian Party MP’s Shane Knuth and Robbie Katter.
Those with a criminal history of violence or drug dealers will not be allowed entry to venues.
The regulations are to be reviewed in July 2018.
Emergency services personnel have shown total support for the new laws, praising the KAP for its insight into the burgeoning alcohol culture of young people.
The Australian Medical Association welcomed the changes, believing the shorter hours will go a long way towards halting ‘coward punches’ and drug-fuelled violence.
“The police asked us to include the banning of known drug dealers and users within night club precincts and the management of this is up to the night clubs,” Mr Knuth said.
“We indicated from the beginning we would not support the regulations in their original form.
“In Sydney, with its similar laws, clubs introduced food towards closing time, helping patrons to sober up before leaving.”
Our Nightlife Queensland Secreta...
This week saw the announcements of the shortlists for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, and I’m thrilled to be able to say Clade is one of the nominees for Best Science Fiction Novel, alongside Evelyn Blackwell’s Crossed, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s Their Fractured Light, Joel Shepherd’s Renegade and the conclusion to Sean William’s fantastic Twinmaker series, Fall. The winner will be announced at Easter at NatCon in Brisbane, but it’s a great honour and it’s fantastic to be in such terrific company. If you have a moment you might want to check out the shortlists for the other categories, which feature work by many, many excellent people.
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden released her new video “Land of Gold”. Details here – Central coast duo Eagle & The Wolf released their new video “Mama, Son and the Holy Ghost”. Details here – Indie-folker Radical Face released his new single “Secrets […]
by Jon Rappoport
Four days before he died, Supreme Court Justice Scalia voted to stall Obama’s plan to force drastic climate-change rules on the American economy. The vote was 5-4. (see: The Hill, 2/13, “Greens faced with nightmare scenario at the Supreme Court”)
With Scalia now gone, the vote would be 4-4.
With a new Obama Supreme Court appointee, if Obama could ram his choice through, the vote would be 5-4 in the President’s favor. Ditto, if the next President shares Obama’s position. And the climate-change agenda would roll ahead. (see: The Washington Times, 2/16, “GOP showing signs of backing down from vow to block Obama SCOTUS pick”)
We’re not talking about small climate-change rules. We’re talking about the Big Ones.
And note: such rules could very well dovetail with the Brave New World spelled out in the upcoming TPP (the Trans-Pacific Partnership).
It’s a wedge formation, a squeeze play, a pincer movement featuring new EPA climate-change regulations on one side, and new draconian possibilities embedded in the TPP.
If Scalia was murdered, the above agenda was sufficient reason, because the climate agenda has the force to transform life on the planet.
If Scalia’s murder were a movie, he would have been told, as a warning: “You have no idea how big this thing is; you really don’t...
Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines is considering a subsidy to assist the search for more coal…! Read the NQCC media release here.
Jan Juc Coast Action (JJCA) faced an unusual task during their last working bee for 2015 – finding and removing the tenacious South African orchid Disa bractreata.
The highly invasive orchid species first appeared in Victoria in the mid-1990s after being introduced in Western Australia in 1946.
A group of volunteers successfully removed more than a dozen plants along the fenced area in the Jan Juc reserve behind Carnoustie Avenue by spreading out in an emu parade fashion, walking a few meters apart to ensure no weeds were missed.
JJCA founder Ian Edwards said the working bee had been a very valuable exercise.
“When it comes to these orchids, it’s imperative for us to be as thorough as possible and I believe we’re making good progress,” he said.
“We’re keen to keep on top of the orchids as much as possible and we’ll be watching out for them each year from about mid-winter onwards.”
Each orchid has dozens of flowers on the stem, potentially releasing thousand...
Wild storm hits Kenilworth
Kenilworth residents are cleaning up after a wild storm struck the Sunshine Coast Hinterland yesterday afternoon.
The storm tore through the town with little warning around 5pm bringing down trees and powerlines and damaging shops.
Further storms are predicted in the hinterland later today.
Palmer owes $26 million on private jet
Though fracking industry proponents scoff at any intimation their so-called vital industry poses even scant risks to the public, a new study published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology just proved those critics right — fracking wastewater causes cancer.
Using human bronchial epithelial cells, which are commonly used to measure the carcinogenesis of toxicants, researchers confirmed fracking flowback water from the Marcellus Shale caused the formation of malignancies.
After conducting further tests on live mammalian subjects, researchers found five of six mice “injected with cells transformed from well water treatments developed tumors as early as 3 months after injection,” including a tumor in one mouse that grew to over 1 cm in size in just five months. A control group did not develop any tumors for the six months of the study period.
According to the study, performed by scientists from the Department of Envir.........
The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) trekked the earth during the Pleistocene era, each thunderous footfall deafening those around them and sending fear into the hearts of many. Today its closest living relative is the Asian elephant, or so we thought until we recently spied four decidedly large and mammoth-like sheep, sans tusks, weaving across not the bitter Arctic tundra but a heavily wooded area of the Macedon Ranges. As their overgrown coats slowly rose and majestically fell almost in slow motion with each arduous stride they took, we quickly realised that their main predator was no fabled sabre-toothed tiger but the very fleece that engulfed them. Sheep of today, unlike the long-gone woolly mammoth, most certainly need regular human contact for survival; shearing, hoof trimming, drenching and vaccinations are right up there with the Good Shepherd. And whilst it was no 8,000kg burden we removed from their backs, it was indeed a much-welcomed relief for the three black Suffolk ewes and their male buddy as they were shorn.
Quickly christened the “woolly bottoms” for obvious reasons, our new sheepy friends are now acclimatising themselves to an entire new age of kindness. Welcome Warren, Wendy, Winona and Wynnie.
Lockyer Valley mayor in critical condition
Lockyer Valley mayor Steve Jones is in a critical condition after collapsing at a meeting with Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann.
The councillor is believed to have suffered a stroke and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to hospital.
He has been moved to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and Queensland Health has not revealed any further information on his condition.
QLD government attacks opposition chief of staff
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In the last few days, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about Senate reform, and many times I’ve had people insist that voters make a choice to hand control of their vote to their party, and any voter should be able to vote below-the-line if they wanted to. These arguments often insist that below-the-line voting is easy, and stray into elitist arguments about ordinary voters being lazy.
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) February 17, 2016
Now there are multiple different reasons why voters lack informed choice when voting in the Senate, including how difficult it is to understand the impact of a GVT even when you’re an electoral expert, but I’m just going to focus on the idea that it’s easy to vote below-the-line, and thus voters have a reasonable option if they wish to opt out of the parties’ preference machine.
In short, appr...
[ Sunday, 14 Feb; 8:00 am; ] We have had a break since mid December due to dates falling on Christmas & then the Country Music Festival taking over our venue. We start again on Sunday the 14th February back through the Sandstone gates entrance to Bicentennial Park, Kable Avenue Tamworth. The market is held at this venue on the 2nd Sunday & 4th [...] full article »
Here is an object lesson of the effects of winner picking by governments. South Australia’s electricity industry is now threatening to seriously undermine the state’s economy.
Back in October 2014, the electricity market manager, AEMO together with the South Australian state based transmission business, ElectraNet, made some ostensibly soothing comments that the wind dominated South Australia system could continue to operate securely. Wind is inherently unreliable as well as costing two and a half times as much as coal. But the 2014 report said that this reliability depended upon transmission support that allowed increasing amounts of reliable coal generated electricity to be imported from Victoria and NSW.
South Australia is able to boost wind only because of the subsidy which the Commonwealth’s renewable program and the state’s own measures force consumers of other fuels to transfer to the renewables.
Wind and solar account for 40 per cent (p.5) of South Australia’s generation
By October of last year the officials’ balm was being used less sparingly. The head of AEMO, following a series of high priced events in South Australia as a result of the wind stopping – as it does – was warning of increasing blackouts in South Australia unless the transmission system was augmented. And the effectiveness of such a patch up would diminish if subsidies cause the share of wind to increase in other states – in this respect the ALP has an “aspirational” goal of 50 per cent renewable share. South Australia’s problems are about to become more acute with the closure next month of the coal fired 550 MW Northern Power station, a measure brought about by the increasing amount of subsidised wi...
In one critical area, China still has an overwhelming lead.
Last month, employment growth was basically flat (slightly
negative). Participation decreased. The signs were ominous. Today’s
release of the –
Labour Force data – for January 2016 by the Australian Bureau
of Statistics show that those ominous signs have worsened. Total
employment growth fell again with massive drops in full-time jobs,
unemployment increased sharply and the unemployment rose by 0.2 per
cent on the back of the declining employment and steady
participation. The teenage labour market continued to deteriorate
with the adjusted unemployment rate (taking into account the sharp
fall in participation since the downturn) of 28.2 per cent rather
than the official estimate for January 2016 of 18.3 per cent.
Overall, with private investment forecast to decline further over
the next 12 months, the Australian labour market is looking pretty
The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for January 2016 are:
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