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by Lorelai Goff / Appalachian Voices
A phantom haunts Appalachia. Blurry trail camera pictures and occasional eerie screams in the forest keep the debate about the Eastern cougar’s existence alive among scientists and lay people, even after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the elusive ghost cat extinct in 2011.
The Eastern cougar, Puma concolor cougar — also known as ghost cat, catamount, puma, painter, panther and mountain lion — once roamed Eastern North America from Canada to Florida. All but the Florida Panthers were wiped out by the early 1900s. Hunting by European settlers, loss of habitat and a decline in the white-tailed deer population — the cougar’s favorite meal — all played a part in its demise.
Myths surround these tawny predatory cats, which can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh in at 200 pounds. One is the notion that they are man killers. The truth is, a fatal accident with a white-tailed deer is many times more likely than a fatal cougar attack, according to The Journal of Wildlife Managemen...
from Global Post
Walter Mendez of the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP) — who campaigned against deforestation and hydroelectric projects in Guatemala’s northern Peten region — was found dead at his home on Wednesday, his body riddled with several gunshot wounds, the organization said in a statement.
“He had received death threats from illegal invaders of the land who publicly denounced him because of the causes he championed,” the group said.
Mendez was also a member of the Peten Front against Dams, which opposes hydroelectric projects on the Usumacinta River, the organization added.
ACOFOP joins more than 20 peasant and indigenous groups to help manage forests in Guatemala’s government-run Maya Biosphere Reserve near the border with Mexico and Belize.
Mendez’s death is the latest act of repression against Central American activists following the murder of Berta Caceres, an indigenous leader killed in Honduras earlier this month, and her colleague Nelson Garcia two weeks later, ACOFOP said.
Caceres won international recognition...
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There will eventuate a royal commission into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides. A political firestorm followed the tragic loss of a 10-year-old girl to suicide and one inquiry after another is being called but according to those in the suicide prevention space, only a royal commission can make a difference. Suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos […]
Overall, there was a swing to the ALP and away from the LNP, but it hasn’t been reflected in the ward victories.
The LNP primary vote dropped from 57.1% to 49.7%. Labor’s vote only increased from 32% to 33.8%, with the bulk of the swing going to the Greens, who increased their vote from 8.5% to 13.9%. This partly reflects that the Greens only ran in 18 wards in 2012, and ran in 26 in 2016.
On a two-party-preferred basis, Labor gained big swings in many LNP wards, but not in the ones that mattered.
The LNP has held on to all of their wards. Labor has lost its marginal ward of Northgate to the Liberal National Party, and Labor and the Greens are in a tight race for second place in the Gabba ward. Whichever progressive candidate comes second in the Gabba should easily defeat the LNP candidate on preferences.
Overall this leaves the LNP with 19 wards (up from 18), the ALP with five (down from seven), independent Nicole Johnston with her ward of Tennyson, and the Greens currently leading for their first Brisbane council seat.
(When the results are final and there is more time it would be worth examining whether there was an increase in preferences from Greens to Labor giving them those big 2PP swings, or whether it was just a drop in the LNP vote).
The following map can be clicked on to look at the primary votes and two-candidate-preferred figures for all 26 wards. We don’t have two-candidate-preferred vote figures in five wards. Understandably we won’t have a count in The Gabba until we know who is in the top two (although the ALP in winning about 59% in the ALP-LNP count...
Impact of Regulation on Small Farms
AFSA put in a submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the impact of regulatory burden in Australian agriculture. (Access the link to download the full response paper at the bottom of the page).
In our submission, we gave evidence of many examples of overly burdensome regulation stifling innovation and the very viability of small-scale farms. One such example is the terrible impact of lack of due process for Elgaar Dairy in Tasmania, who were shut down after 20 years of traditional production of organic milk when the food safety authority decided they needed a new pasteurizer and various upgrades to what they determine are more ‘modern’ standards. Elgaar has no history of food safety issues, and have now been without a license for over a year and a half, during which they crowdfunded over $250,000 to buy a new pasteurizer and meet the new requirements. The Tasmanian authority has yet to grant them another licence in spite of the upgrades and enormous amount of work done in good faith. AFSA condemns such draconian measures and unwillingness by government to support small businesses towards compliance.
Our submission also cites egregious examples from Victoria’s meat regulator PrimeSafe, the huge impact of knee-jerk changes to regulation of raw milk on small-scale dairy farms (many of whom have now gone out of business), and the complicated business of ensuring appropriate labeling of GMO and imported ingredients while not creating an extra burden for small-scale producers who sell directly to the public.
Our recommendations are:
I thought I would take this opportunity to write a piece about the use of "primary/original" sources in research, as you often see these terms mentioned in my blog posts.
|UFO magazines often contain statements by witnesses in their own words|
Queenslanders yesterday voted in a referendum on whether the state Parliamentary terms should be extended from three to four years, and that election dates should be fixed on a date in October.
The result was close, but the referendum passed. At the time of writing, Yes has 53.15% of the vote.
Yes is currently winning a majority of the vote in 72 out of 89 districts, and has won in every region of Queensland.
The following clickable map shows the vote in each of the 89 state electoral districts:
The Liberal National Party’s Graham Quirk won a second full term last night as Lord Mayor of Brisbane, the fourth successive win by the LNP after the two wins by Campbell Newman in 2004 and 2008.
He won comfortably with 58.9% of the votes counted so far after preferences, but even that was a swing of about 10% from the highs of 2012.
The following map provides the primary votes and two-party-preferred votes in the lord mayoral race by ward, including the swings from the 2012 results adjusted for the ward redistribution.
I’ll return later today with similar maps for the Brisbane City councillor elections and the statewide referendum.
The Senate voting reforms finally passed Parliament on Friday, after apparently the longest continuous Senate debate in Australian history.
The passage of the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 (soon to receive Royal Assent and commence on that day) improves the democratic accountability of the Senate, although of course it remains with a fixed 12 senators per state and hence ‘undemocratic swill’ as Paul Keating once said.
Anyhow, the preference whisperers have had their day. Under the previous arrangements, each party would submit one (or more) group voting tickets to the Australian Electoral Commission which would allocate preferences (for people who voted above the line) according to that list. If a party had two group voting tickets for one state, the votes would be distributed 50% according to one and 50% according to the other.
By far the majority of voters never saw these preference distributions, and had no idea where their preferences would be distributed. This allowed the exploitation of voters – in NSW in 2013, for example, there was a ballot paper more than 1 metre long with 110 candidates and 44 different groups. I voted below the line, but not many voters do that.
Under the new regime, voting will still be above or below the line. But this time the preference distribution will only be according to the one group, so voters will need to number 1 through 6 on the various above-the-line groups to indicate preference distribution once it has been exhausted on their nominated first group.
This is far more reasonable – people will be allocating their own preferences, rather than relying on an unknown distribution. It will better represent the will of the people, rather than a trick.
Yet some of the Cats will object that the very excellent Senator David Leyonhjelm would not have been elected under the new arrangements. Perhaps, perhaps not. But just as you happen to like David, while...
Refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, compared to non-refugee migrants from the same regions of origin, finds a new study. ———- One possible explanation is “that a larger proportion of sub-Saharan Africa immigrants will have been exposed to deleterious psychosocial adversities before emigration, irrespective of refugee status,” suggest the authors. […]
And the question Bill Shorten was asked (according to my wife since I didn’t see it): which politicians do you admire the most? If that was his answer, what do you think his answer would be to the question, what do you think about open borders?
Even though this would probably be the same answer given by Malcolm, with Bill he is backed by a party who agree with their leader, while with Malcolm, most of the rest think he is he biggest fool of a leader they have ever had to deal with.
We remain a parliamentary system and so the leader remains no more than first among equals. You have seen it with the “Safe Schools” Project and with other things as well. The leader’s views are not the last word. Putting Labor last remains the only answer if we want to ensure that the fact that our land is girt by sea will still count for something. Let me take you to this which is in no sense an argument against legal migration and from anywhere in the world:
When politicians want to import tens of millions of new immigrants it can look like Washington is trying to remake the electorate. This isn’t pure fantasy. In 1996, Bill Clinton’s White House instructed the Immigration and Naturalization Service “to streamline the naturalization process and greatly increase naturalizations during 1996.” Sure enough, Hispanics more than doubled as a portion of the electorate for Clinton’s 1996 reelection, according to exit polls.
The more dependent on public services voters are, the more the electorate will vote for the party of handouts. As in: Shocking claims Tony Blair led a mass migration conspiracy to ensure Labour’s rule.
The controversial Prime Minister cynically dismantled U...
It’s the southern hemisphere equinox at 3.30 pm today, the moment when the earth is exactly half way on its journey round the sun between the short shadow full face to the sun days of midsummer, and the long shadow late mornings and early evenings of midwinter.
In gardening terms, it’s time to start planting things that need the threat of winter to persuade them to store food- garlic and onions, cabbage and turnips, celeriac and cauliflower. There’s a whole set of posts about what I plant, in northern NSW, this time of year at Early Autumn Planting. It will be different in your part of the world but the concepts are the same – with a few exceptions like broad beans, it will be plants that hunker down and store food to see them through till the lengthening days signal good times ahead and time to seed. Except by that time, they will be harvested and eaten.
It’s also time to start thinking about firewood and crafts and good books and the idea of balance. The spring equinox I think of as being about balance by planting and growing, but the autumn equinox is about balance by harvesting and culling.
I don’t usually like winter much. The days are too short, the quality of the light is wrong, I have to wear boots. I like the long days of summer when you can do so much in a day. But I think maybe this year I need winter. Some time contemplating the bare framework without all the leaves and flowers and fruit that can hide as well as yield. Some time to sift what is important out of the ongoing urgent, to cull and whittle.
“If austerity were tested like a medication in a clinical trial, it would have been stopped long ago, given its deadly side effects…. One need not be an economic ideologue – we certainly aren’t – to recognize that the price of austerity can be calculated in human lives.” David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu,“The body economic: […]
Dr John Stokes discusses the link between financial reward and systemic bullying in the health sector, the ramifications for patients and urgent need for reform. read now...
Native Americans were among 120 protesters who suddenly blocked a road leading to a scheduled Donald Trump rally on Saturday in Fountain Hills, Arizona....
Previously published (19/3/16) on the
Syrian Arab News Agency
See also;Kurdish â€œFederalizationâ€ Reminiscent Of Kerryâ€™s Plan B, Brzezinski, NATO Plan A (17/9/16) | Global Research by Barndon Turbeville, also published (18/3/16) on Activist Post.
Damascus, SANA â€“ The Assembly of Syrian Tribes and Clans in Hasaka province stressed its firm rejection of the declaration of the so-called â€œfederal region in northern Syria,â€ adding that such an attempt to undermine Syriaâ€™s sovereignty is doomed to failure.
The Assembly pointed out that the timing of this declaration came as a reaction to the exclusion of Kurds from dialogue in Geneva, stressing that the Kurds constitute an important component of the Syrian society that cannot be excluded from the process of shaping the countryâ€™s future.
The statement noted that no party has the right to tamper with the form of state and its political system in a unilateral way and in an uncalculated, reaction manner, since such behavior constitutes a flagrant threat to the unity of the Syrian people and geography.
The Assembly said that the self-administration experience, even if it hides behind claims of democracy, i...
Dr Evan Jones continues his six-part analysis on the series of parliamentary inquiries into systemic bank corruption as the victims of fraudulent foreclosures continue to wait for justice. read now...
Osage Nation member Evie Kenworthy, 21, her boyfriend Robert Moseley, 26, and their three young children have been reported missing since February 27....
Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders appears in court to answer
charges of hate speech | euronews, world news: The charges date
back to a rally in March 2014 where he called for ‘fewer
Moroccans’. Wilders claims that his comments are protected by his
right to freedom of speech. At the hearing the lead prosecutor,
Wouter Bos, said free speech came with responsibilities within a
“The suspicion is that with these words Wilders insulted Moroccans as a group. Further, the suspicion is that with these words he incited discrimination and hatred. Thank you.”
Wilders has previously been acquitted of making anti-Islam remarks in 2011.
A handful of his supporters and the Dutch branch of the German anti-Islam Pegida party rallied outside the courtroom.
Pegida Dutch branch leader Edwin Wagensveld said:
Yes campaign appealed beyond politics and traditional allegiances –
Uniting Ireland conference speaker | An Phoblacht: RADICAL
IDEAS require women and men of vision, to be sure, but it is only
when that vision inspires and empowers a wider movement that change
that might have been unthinkable for generations can come within
This is true of the movement towards Scottish independence.
From a group widely portrayed as being on the lunatic fringe in the 1930s-1950s, it grew to a cross-party, cross-community, cross-interest and wide movement for social change that brought self-determination tantalisingly close.
Pralad das is a legendary artist of the chant realm; he is an amazingly talented musician and a master of melodic kirtans that will touch you the soul. Together with his equally talented band “The Chants”, consisting of Gauranga das and Nari. They will rock your world with beautiful and powerful yoga mantras.
They’ve invited some special guests to their ‘Chant for Peace’ these include The Alohas a local ukulele kirtan band that will get you in the groove and Amy King, who will take you into a deep rejuvenating yoga nidra, incorporating sacred sound and Tibetan Singing Bowls, and that’s not all. We also have Tribal Dance with Gopali and friends, and a delicious vego meal provided.
Family Friendly Drug & Alcohol-Free Event
Please bring your own yoga mat & or towel
Please RSVP for catering 0422106016
Iditarod 44 represented all that is surprising and unpredictable about Alaska, as well as all that is gritty and indomi...
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has pointed to the Administration’s $50 million increase in budget requ...
Bernie Sanders Turns Down Invitation To Address AIPAC Conference –
News: All the presidential candidates were invited and all will
be attending, except for one: Democratic presidential candidate,
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who also happens to be the only Jewish
candidate ever to win a presidential primary.
Mr Sanders said he would be unable to attend because of his campaign schedule.
“I would very much have enjoyed speaking at the AIPAC conference,” Sanders said in a letter released to AIPAC’s President Robert Cohen on Friday.
His decision not to attend happened to follow a petition campaign which was endorsed by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, although the Sanders campaign did not say whether it had responded to the petition
of 'Laudato Si'? | Sojourners - Though Honduran police have
claimed Cáceres’ murder was the result of an attempted robbery,
many believe it was a political assassination, intended to silence
her. Cáceres’ family, along with more than 200 human rights
organizations and now the Holy See, are calling for an independent
international investigation into the crime.
“I want to express my desire that there be an independent and impartial investigation into what happened in order to resolve this horrendous crime as soon as possible,” wrote Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in a letter addressed to Cáceres’ family and friends.
How to Kill an Indian With a Piece of Paper; Bl... - Native Americans in the 21st Century...(We're STILL here!) - Quora: In my search for clarity, I found there is no consensus in the definition of blood quantum other than the concept that one can use “blood” to measure the perceived racial identity of others. Not even the Bureau of Indian Affairs (the United States government agency dedicated to matters pertaining to trans-government relations between federally recognized tribal governments and the U.S., also the official documenters of “certified Indian blood”) provides a clear description of what blood quantum is. Rather, they express their ability to provide a person affiliated with a federally recognized tribe a certificate that declares the percentage of perceived "Indian blood" they have according to their specific tribe's definition and application of “blood quantum” (or collection of tribal affiliations, if applicable; my CDIB states I have x percentage of Indian blood from the Skokomish, Squaxin and Suquamish tribes; my First Nations ancestry from Canada does not count, even though my Cowichan ancestors were from the same extended cultural group as the ones I'm affiliated with south of the U.S./Canadian border). T their official webpage states:
Police Chief’s Statement About Black Cop Shooting Has Racial Bias
Comments All Over It | Black Matters: How could this possibly
happen, everyone begins to ask, how can a cop shoot his fellow
undercover cop because he is black skinned?
However, the County’s Chief of Police, Henry Stawinski, objects to these racial bias claims. Reporter Lynh Bui who covered the story for Washington Post on the case reported:
“Stawinski said he was “uncomfortable with the notion that” bias would be “introduced to the conversation.” He later clarified his response to the question about whether there was any suggestion of racial bias in the exchange of gunfire. “In those split seconds when lives are in danger and officers are engaging a deadly threat, there simply isn’t time to bring any biases into it,” Stawinski said. “Hindsight is a luxury that no officer has in the midst of an ambush.”
Undoubtedly, these comments raise numerous inner racial questions. How can such a big decision on a person’s life be branded “split second decision making?” In such tragic incidents, a split second decision to shoot a person of color is a major and undeniable factor.
CJ Members Broadcast on FIRE-EARTH Channels… For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels. Starting March 19, 2016 at 20:05 UTC Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 19 March 2016, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Members Notice, News Alert, Q & A
A number of Queensland voters in the March 2016 Sunshine Coast local government election obviously felt the choice before them was between bad and badder - so they chose baddest.
Dane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org From the endless skies above to the vast ocean expanses, the climate engineers have been busy modifying the natural world with highly toxic elements for a very long time. The vast majority of populations around the globe have been (and still are) completely asleep, unaware, and unconcerned. Carefully crafted power structure programming and
20th March 2016 By Jennifer Deisher Contributing Writer for Wake Up World The hijacking of our minds and our consciousness with fear-based societal manipulation is the foundation for many of our most deeply rooted beliefs and perceptions. The institutions of our society are designed to produce fear, stress and trauma via manufactured systems of power, governance, education, religion ...Continue Reading - The Hijacked Mind: Healing a Society in Trauma
20th March 2016 By Audrey Lefebvre, RN Guest Writer for Wake Up World Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active cannabinoid found in cannabis which, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), does not produce a psychoactive effect in the brain. For this reason, CBD has become a primary focus of medicinal cannabis studies. CBD has been found to have a wide range of benefits, including ...Continue Reading - Cannabis as Medicine: How CBD (Cannabidiol) Benefits the Brain and Nervous System
Fossil fuel money is warping our electoral process and now, leaders in Congress are even...
by anonymous / Bite Back
On the night of March 7 we returned the joy of living to 49 lambs, with the complicity of the night we arrived in front of the fence that protected the stable where they were locked up those 49 defenseless creatures, alone, cold, hungry, frightened and some wounded.
We opened the network, and each of them brought out, loaded and taken away.
We left not before leaving a reminder to the owner of the place, burn folders, missing documents, pc destroyed and damaged barns and no longer usable perhaps serve to make him understand that it must stop.
If you ruin the lives of others, we will ruin your life.
Now they are in a safe place where they will be cared for and will be able to live their lives as they deserve, free, happy and safe.
The ALF will never leave in peace killers like you, stop profiting on the pain of others and life or come back for you !!
Want to celebrate your God? ok! But not to involve innocent creatures .. or very soon will have a our visit !!!
The country is not merely carbon neutral, it’s also a carbon sink—making it one of the few...
by Alejandro Davila Fragosa / Think Progress
Monsanto may have stopped developing Polychlorinated Biphenyls — typically known as PCBs — nearly four decades ago, but on the West Coast, lawsuits associated with this toxic group of chemicals keep mounting against the agrochemical giant.
On Wednesday, the Portland City Council voted to sue the Monsanto Company in federal court. Once Portland files the suit, it will become the seventh city to go after Monsanto over the toxic chemicals it produced, Portland City Attorney Tracy Reeve told ThinkProgress.
“Portland’s elected officials are committed to holding Monsanto accountable for its apparent decision to favor profits over ecological and human health,” Reeve said in a statement. “Monsanto profited from sellin...
These fragrant and delicious plants may be varied in their uses, but one thing is for sure...
General Mills announced it will start labeling products with GMOs, becoming the...
The ABC has given known child groomer and alleged paedophile Alan Jones airtime to defend Cardinal George Pell’s criminal conduct while Australia is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a Royal Commission investigating child sexual abuse. I think it is disgusting and should not have happened, but at the very least the ABC should have made […]
Camping at Halls Gap, in the Grampians, I got up early one morning to check out the locals birds. Walking across the road to some paddocks near a few houses I watched several deer resting after a nights feeding. Apparently there are 6 species of deer in the forests and associated farmland in Victoria and they number in the tens of thousands. It seems incredible that I have only seen them a few times over the years. I spend so much time in the forests and yet I never see them. There is still so much to be aware of when walking around. As soon as the general campground started to wake up these two quietly wandered back up the slopes and into the forest.
Someone announces "It's Earth hour!"
We all practice being one
In the dark
No-one can see
You're a Goth
10:20pm – Alright I’ll call it a night. I’ll come back tomorrow and put together some maps of the results. In summary:
10:07pm – The Yes case is winning in both Labor and LNP areas. Yes is winning 54.5% in the 44 seats which Labor won in 2015, while Yes is winning 52.8% in the 42 LNP seats. No is winning in the three seats won by Katter’s Australian Party and independent Peter Wellington.
10:03pm – I’ve just run updated referendum figures. Yes is now winning in all regions, ranging from 50.5% in regional South-East Queensland to 58.3% on the Gold Coast. We have no figures from Stretton, but Yes is winning 67 other seats and No is winning 21 others. The vote count is still more progressed in No areas.
9:55pm – In 2012, Labor won the mayoral vote in only one ward: Richlands. The new ward replacing Richlands, Forest Lake, had a notional LNP majority, so going in to tonight Labor had a mayoral majority in no wards. At the moment it looks like Labor has gained a majority in Forest Lake, Deagon, Moorooka and the Gabba. Labor’s swing is averaging at 9.95%, with swings over 10% in fifteen wards, and a negative swing in only one:...
‘Uncle Wayno (having a sit down) #392’
Something from 2013
English food person Jamie Oliver believes that because his
country is taxing sugar added into processed foods, Australia
should as well. He put out a statement on his Facebook page, and
Latika Bourke thought she was doing some journalism by copying
it and doing a quick Google search on sugar. Some people regard
this as Excellent Journalism That Must Be Preserved but I
There was the expected backlash from big processed food producers, inevitably to be copied here but with added surprise even from journos with Google access; but that isn't the reason why a sugar tax won't work in Australia.
First of all - Australia is one of the last countries in the developed world that doesn't have a bill of rights, same-sex marriage, or a tax on carbon emissions. What makes anyone think we are ready for a sugar tax? The Treasurer is actively looking for ways to cut taxes rather than raise them, even with a supposedly massive and unsustainable debt.
Second, and more importantly, the reason why we won't have a sugar tax in Australia is because of the sugar seats.
Most famers vote Coalition and get taken for granted. Sugar farmers tend to be different, voting for parties that best represent their interests at a given election (i.e., swinging voters), as Tony Windsor would have all farmers do. Sugar cane is grown not in lush, rich soils, but on marginal lands where margins are thin and a break in government policy can mean the difference between surviving or going under. This has seen major parties offer subsidies and other largesse - sweeteners, if you will - to sugar farmers.
Australia has a significant domestic market for sugar, which argua...
Fighting for LGBTI refugee rights: the case of Nima & Ashkan Amy Frew, Human Rights Legal Centre lawyer involved with Nima and Ashkan’s case will speak at 7pm, at the RAC meeting on Monday March 21, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne - we will also play footage of Nima and Ashkan explaining their situation. *note meeting(...)
What will it take to Let Them Stay? RAC public forum: All welcome! When: 6:30pm Monday 4th April 2016 Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Speakers include: Adam Bandt MP - Australian Greens Katie Robertson – lawyer for asylum seeker babies born in Australia, Reza Yarahmadi – Refugee activist, 3CR presenter & Iranian Kurdish Refugee After the(...)
ICYMI – As we approach Easter, lots of Catholic Churches (and maybe others) cover up crucifixes, statues etc for the final week of Lent. St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney is quite a sight at the moment, with probably hundreds of purple cloths. Even if you’re not a Christian or are actually an atheist, it’s really interesting to take a look.
“Would you like to suggest a word that makes you feel good, or makes you feel happy?” I was asked by a woman on Walker Street, Redfern today. She was one of the artists participating in the Redfern Biennale today. I didn’t look too closely at work, but she told me she was adding the different words people suggested to the artwork itself. After a moment of deep thought, I said “family”, as I was planning a Google Hangout with my family who lives in Lismore later this afternoon.
Until I received an invitation to attend from a friend I hadn’t realised the Redfern Biennale had been staged twice before.
The concept is simple:
We invite you to view readymades, sculpture, multi media, new media, painting, found object, anything and everything placed along Walker Street, Redfern between Cooper and Redfern Streets.
The Redfern Biennale, attracting the work of 50 practicing artists and Housing Commission artgroups, is an outdoor, eclectic, democratic free-for-all happening, that will just happen on the day. There is no Council approval; we are just placing the work on the streets for seven hours, rain, hail or shine.
I love the slightly anarchic approach to say they had no council approval for this.
Here are some of the photographs I took as I walked around this afternoon of the works I really liked.
I though some of the works were very good; others not as good. But interesting, nonetheless. I also thought it was great to see well known Sydney arts figure, Damien Minton (formerly his own gallery, now at Watters) supporting this....
More than 7000 riders in 34 locations around the country will tomorrow (March 20, 2016) take part in the annual Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer to raise awareness and funds for mental health issues.
And it’s not too late for you to take part. Although some online registrations have closed, you can still register on the day. Check out the location closest to you on their website.
Among those attending will be motorcyclist and Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator for Victoria, Ricky Muir, who will participate in the ride that starts at the Clock Tower in Sale, Gippsland, at 10am.
As ex-detainees and detainees, firstly we should remember we are one of the most vulnerable people in Australia who have experienced physical and psychological trauma as well as ongoing discrimination and deaths in mandatory detention in Australia. We also need to be really careful of those who are exploiting us, trying to promote their causes by using our stories.
In recent times I have witnessed there are so many non- refugees collecting and publishing our stories to “humanise” our struggles. There are some underlying issues about many story telling platforms created by non-refugees and mostly white people. One should question and thoroughly examine these issues and question those who control and transmit our stories.
As an ex-detainee I highly recommend:
Firstly: we as ex-detainees should not participate in any platform that is established by non- refugees. Any platform should be determined by us and run by us.
Secondly: we should not share our personal stories with those who are behind the oppression.
Thirdly: we should have a strong strategy to protect those ex-detainees who are seeking asylum not to jeopardise their protection status in Australia because our families are still back in the country facing persecution and also those who haven’t been granted permanent visas are at greater risk of deportation.
DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN STORY TELLING PROJECTS UNLESS IT IS CONTROLLED OR RUN BY US. IT IS NOT ABOUT ‘OTHER’, IT IS ABOUT US
Finally – fellow ex-detainees and detainees, it is not only the governments; the refugee sector has polarised us and damaged us. It is about their interest rather than our lives–what have we achieved last 20 years in Australia? NOTHING- because the refugee sector is headed by non-refugees last two decades. Stop letting others to dominate our lives and tell us ‘how we should live and what we should do’. We ex-detainees and detainees should build strong solidarity within us and...
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For people who follow French politics, France's entry into NATO was a frank change of politics. France had previously maintained an independent interest in the Middle East and tended to align away from Israel. France's involvement in recent NATO 'interventions' in Syria seemed uncharacteristically naive. In this stand-out interview, Yvan Blot, a former Gaullist parliamentarian, and closely associated with Sarkosy, when President, says that he did not agree with joining NATO. He says that French conservatives tend to be friends with Russia, in part because of business interests, and that socialist governments tend to have strained relations with Russia, since Mitterand. This interview is one of those where the person interviewed has a lot of experience and an unusually wide and historical perspective. This video transcript was first published on Sophie & Co on RT on 8 Mar, 2016 .
Russia's military pullout out of Syria came as a surprise to most Western nations. That, and a successful though fragile ceasefire inside Syria between Assad and the rebels, have shifted the balance on the global chessboard. Europe is struggling with the refugee flow, desperate enough to negotiate a blackmail-style deal with Turkey. As people are growing tired...
Media Release 19 March 2016
Tarkine in Motion is an environmental arts project by the Bob
Brown Foundation. Over the Easter weekend, in March 2016, more than
one hundred Australian artists will visit Tasmania’s Tarkine to
explore and capture the place, contributing art, images and film to
the Bob Brown Foundation’s campaign. Over four days, artists will
immerse themselves in the landscape, supported by volunteers at
seven base camps from the remote coastlines, to forests threatened
by logging to rafting rivers with drones.
Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said, “This year Tarkine in Motion project is bigger in size and scale of the operation. From windswept coastlines on the coast to the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, we are excited that 120 artists will locate in several diverse locations through the Tarkine. Through the experience and expression of place by the artist, our Foundation can spread to the world the urgent plight of the Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.
“The great body of work that will come from Tarkine in Motion will share with the people of our great cities what stands to be lost forever if we don't act to protect it. Artists are able to convey the Tarkine’s beauty, fragility and threats to a wider audience. Audiences will be exposed to the remarkable place through the remarkable effort of more than 100 artists in action,” Jenny Weber said.
“Fundraising for Tarkine in Motion is underway through the crowd-funding platform Pozible to fund the project. The Bob Brown Foundation is fundraising to support the artists and volunteers on location in the Tarkine. Costs include accommodation, transport, food and e...
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IT’S BEEN ONE of the worst-kept secrets for years: the identity of the person the government was investigating in 2013 when it served the secure email firm Lavabit with a court order demanding help spying on a particular customer.
Ladar Levison, owner of the now defunct secure email service, has been forbidden since then, under threat of contempt and possibly jail time, from identifying who the government was investigating. In court documents from the case unsealed in late 2013, all information that could identify the customer was redacted.
But federal authorities recently screwed up and revealed the secret themselves when they published a cache of case documents but failed to redact one identifying piece of information about the target: his email address, Ed_Snowden@lavabit.com. With that, the very authorities holding the threat of jail time over Levison’s head if he said anything have confirmed what everyone had long ago presumed: that the target account was Snowden’s.
Document from the Lavabit case mistakenly made public by the
government showing Edward Snowden’s email address was the target of
the 2013 investigation.
The documents were posted on March 4 to the federal court system known as Pacer as part of Levison’s long battle for transparency in the case that ruined his business. They w...
It's a familiar polling story. The long-serving government
is looking rough around the edges and the Opposition has a moderate
but handy polling lead. The Premier is on the nose and has
been rating badly for years, the Opposition Leader is well regarded
and leads as preferred Premier. There are rumours and
rustlings, and finally a challenger indicates potential interest in
the job, should his/her colleagues so desire it, and says that the
current leader can't win the election. We all know how this
Only in Western Australia, it's the Opposition Leader, not the Premier, who has been informally challenged - and even more strangely, the putative challenger isn't even in parliament. In an extension of the Campbell Newman doctrine (in which a new leader can be drafted by the party from outside the parliament in order to take over), it is now possible for someone to raise an interest in the leadership when they:
* aren't in the parliament or serving in any current political role
* have no seat for which they are reasonably assured of preselection
* aren't being drafted by the party's current organisation or the parliamentary party, and whether anyone involved in the drafting is even a member of either isn't totally clear
The putative challenger, Stephen Smith, is, of course, a former Federal Minister. Smith was well enough regarded as Foreign Minister and then Defense Minister in the Rudd-Gillard governments, but the former is a role in which even duds often shine. At some points Smith was even talked about as a possible "nightwatchman" Prime Minister to resolve the Rudd/Gillard conflict. At the moment, it looks like Smith's challenge is being emphatically shut down, but should Opposition polling worsen, he has his foot in the door for another go down the track.
Quality public polling in Western Australia has been scarce since I covered it in an article called...
Fairfax media, one of the few large non Murdoch/Fox controlled media companies in Australia, has announce the sacking of 120 ‘journalists’. Fairfax owns mastheads such as ‘The Age’ and the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’. There has been a perception in the public that online newspapers (and commercial media in general) resemble nothing more than an Facebook group, with most content simply shared without checking sources or copied and pasted with little thought. So it turns out that copying without thought can be done easily and cheaply by computers.
At least you will have more time for Facebook now.
While doing mindless tasks on the Fanny Farm, like dragging Macrocarpa branches around to clear the deck for the house building and stacking it on the back of the ute for removal, I tend to do a lot of thinking to keep the brain engaged…… and it occurred to me that very few people ‘get it’ when it comes to the predicament we here at DTM know as the Energy Cliff.
Now I expect nearly all my readers would know what I’m talking about, but likely have the same problem whenever trying to get people to understand what we are on about. So I came up with a metaphor that hopefully simplifies the concept for the masses.
I’m going to break some rules here, but the idea of this metaphor is not to come up with an accurate mathematical and/or physical model, rather a simple way to explain why we are fast running out of energy, even as we extract ever more oil and coal out of the ground.
It’s generally accepted that way back in the 1930’s the ERoEI of oil was 100:1; which means that for every unit of energy invested in finding, extracting, and refining this oil, 100 units were available to do work. You know……. stuff like build the 20th Century!
This is where I start breaking rules. I know that ERoEI is not an efficiency number, but I’m going to use it that way because in many ways it is like efficiency. And for ease of using numbers, I’m going to say that that 1930’s oil had an energy efficiency of 100% – and yes, I know nothing has an efficiency of 100%. Just bear with me….. this isn’t an exercise in maths and science, it’s a thought provoking process.
If you are unfamiliar with the energy efficiency calculations for a whole system, rather than a single part of that system, then the way it’s done is that you multiply th...
February 2016 was the hottest month ever measured on Earth. The Earth broke a heat record for the 10th month in a row in February, and it was broken it by a record margin as well.
The heat was nothing short of amazing with Alaska averaging out at over 6 degrees C above normal. That is nothing less than stunning. The odds that this warmth is part of a natural cycle have been shown to be at least 1500:1. More likely several thousand to a million to one. This heat is the result of rising greenhouse gas levels and the strong El Nino in the Pacific. El Nino events are always warm years globally, but to beat the record by this much is certainly caused by greenhouse gas levels being the highest in millions of years.
More from NOAA:
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for February 2016 was the highest for February in the 137-year period of record, at 1.21°C (2.18°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.9°F). This not only was the highest for February in the 1880–2016 record—surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.33°C / 0.59°F—but it surpassed the all-time monthly record set just two months ago in December 2015 by 0.09°C (0.16°F). Overall, the six highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred in the past six months. February 2016 also marks the 10th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken.
The average global temperature across land surfaces was 2.31°C (4.16°F) above the 20th century average of 3.2°C (37.8°F), the highest February temperature on record, surpassing the previous records set in 1998 and 2015 by 0.63°C (1.13°F) and surpassing the all-time single-month record set in March 2008.......
Over the past few months we have been running competitions to win motorcycle gear through our weekly trivia quiz, but this week it’s just for fun.
One reader discovered that you can do the test again and score a perfect 10 out of 10 to win the weekly prize.
You see, as you answer each question in the quiz, the right answer is highlighted with green and the wrong answer in red.
So if you keep a tally of the correct answers, you can do the test again and get a perfect score.
Hmmm, we didn’t see that one coming, so we’ve closed down the competition until we can work out how to prevent people doing the test twice.
FRIDAY March 18 ... • Mercury: Hydro water assets badly managed and heads need to roll. TT MARCH 13: • What can you expect from from a Hydro Board with five business/finance backgrounds and a single, solitary engineer ... ? • Simon Warriner in Comments: re 33, about bloody time someone in parliament started talking about the board of hydro tas and resignations in the same conversation. As for Bryan Green, he is just as culpable as Matthew Groom. And they are as culpable as the slew of other members of both parties who have pimped the Friedmanite nonsense about monetising, corporatising, and ultimately, privitaising public assets and the goods that they provide over the last few decades. We need a new approach to managing our public affairs that puts the common good first and the wants of a greedy bunch of neo-liberal oligarchic greed merchants a very distant last. An approach that does not include the failed model of party politics that has brought us this unmitigated cluster fuck. • Luigi in Comments: I mention this not in criticism of the Hydro. I think they have to conserve the water in Trevallyn Dam. I mention it because the story is the first peep we’ve heard from Nikolic about The Crisis. “Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic said he had put a proposal to the State Government for regular water releases from the Trevallyn Dam to assist silt raking when water storages permit.” Put a proposal to the State Government? For water releases? When water storages permit? That’s it? No mention of doing a bloody thing in Canberra to express our plight and seek support for additional generation capacity or for wind farms. Zip. Nothing. What planet is he on? And it’s not just him. Here’s an old story about the “Three Amigos”. “Three Amigos are Tassie’s united force.” Remember them? HERE Where are they now? Have Nikolic, Whiteley and Hutchinson ridden off into the sunset? Are the...
Most readers of this blog know I love travelling every winter
(July); I spend the time exploring and photographing churches,
synagogues, concert halls, art galleries and other cultural
edifices. I might spend one day per year admiring mountains and
lakes, but one day of nature is enough!
My absolute passion is to examine café culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examine The Blue Train in Paris; Ritz and Escoffier; Les Deux Garcons, Cezanne and Zola's favourite brasserie in Aix-en-Provence; Lyons Tea Rooms; The Four Cats Restaurant in Barcelona; and every other place I can inspect.
Now consider London. A small restaurant, The Ivy, was opened by Abel Giandellini in 1917 as an unlicensed Italian café in London. The restaurant expanded into the current West St premises in 1929 and was run by the same owner.
Giandellini selected both the location and the late closing time carefully. The Ivy was sited on a corner position in the heart of London's theatre land. And the closing time enabled clients of the nearby theatres to dine and drink after the shows finished. These were two very smart decisions. Over the decades, it has remained a favourite of acting stars and other celebrities. Customers enjoyed spotting stars at leisure eg Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Marlen...
2PP Aggregate: 51.0 to Coalition (-0.3 in a week, -2 in three
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority
The downwards trend I've been tracking in the Coalition's aggregated federal polling has continued. It's not so much the case that the polls keep getting worse, but more that it was longer since they got a really good one. In the last two weeks Essential (which has leant to Labor on the whole since Turnbull became PM) has put out a couple of 50:50s, and Newspoll (which in its new incarnation has also leant to Labor, though not by much) has followed up its shock 50:50 from a fortnight ago with more of the same. Morgan had a very slight improvement for the government, up to 53:47 by last-election preferences, but this may be more evidence that its house effect is hanging around than anything in the government's favour. Anyway with all these included my aggregate now falls to 51.0% to Coalition - more or less exactly where it was in the immediate aftermath of last September's removal of Tony Abbott. Here's the smoothed tracking graph:
I'm lapping up the boho beauty of this lush tropical north
Queensland baby shower for my friend Jess. Gorgeous photography by
Tasvinda captures the sweetness of the afternoon in all its
steamy gloriousness. Jess gives us the goods on the lovely event
she created (omg - the cake!):
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