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Friday, 25 March

00:01

Meditation Changes Body Temperature: Mind controls body in extreme experiments new illuminati

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Thursday, 24 March

12:13

Video & transcript: Syrian UN rep refutes ABC'S Tony Jones on Syria war, denounces Western meddling (We) can do better

Dr Bashar al-Jaafari is the Syrian UN ambassador. In this interview he refutes the ABC-US-NATO line that Tony Jones runs on Syria. Among other things, he says, "Number one, we are not regime. In Syria, there is no reg>ime. There is a government. We are the legitimate government." Bashar al-Jaafari was present when independent international witnesses delivered their (positive) reports on the conduct of the Syrian elections of June 2014. (Video included).

ABC Lateline’s Tony Jones speaks with Dr Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, as he attends the UN-brokered Syrian peace talks as the lead negotiator for the Syrian government.

TRANSCRIPT:

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: This story is about the conflict in Syria. After five years and more than 250,000 lives lost, a new round of peace talks is under way in Geneva to try to bring an end to the conflict. As the new talks enter their third day, we’ll cross in a moment to the Swiss capital to speak to Syria’s lead negotiator. The talks were made possible by the UN-backed ceasefire which came into effect on 27th February, the first major truce in the five-year war. The peace talks aim to establish a transitional government in Syria leading...

10:51

Considering Noam Chomsky's take on Syria - article by Susan Dirgham (We) can do better

It has been an enigma for me and others that Noam Chomsky seems to be blind to the covert war against Syria. One would normally assume that any Chomsky follower could see the US (and allies) hand behind the 'Arab Spring'. Chomsky had described the basic blue print. After investigating, for me, the only possible explanation for Chomsky not joining the dots in regard to Syria relates to his close friendship with Robert Fisk: Is Chomsky deferring to Fisk on matters related to Syria?

My political activism began in the late 1960s when my brother became a draft resister and a founding member of SDS in Melbourne. I also joined SDS.  One critical aspect of the anti-war efforts carried out by SDS was the printing and distribution of well-researched articles  For example, my brother once wrote a paper on the secret US bombing of Laos, and I remember its long reference list.  Noam Chomsky was always referenced. 


In November 2011, Noam Chomsky visited Melbourne and he gave a talk at Deakin University (see link here).  He spoke about the US game plan for the Middle East and Africa. I had no problem accepting the points Chomsky made in that talk.  However, I was very disappointed he didn't acknowledge that the US had been involved in covert action in Syria since 1949, the year the CIA orchestrated its first successful military coup. That covert action continued into the 1950s

In his talk at Deakin University, Chomsky refers to t...

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Wednesday, 23 March

23:30

The Brussels Attack – Another False Flag? Wake Up World

23rd March 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Another attack occurred yesterday on Tuesday March 22nd, 2016, in the capital city of Belgium and the European Union. Bombs were set off in Brussels metro station Maelbeek (right next to EU and NATO headquarters) and its Zaventem airport. At the time of writing, the toll ...Continue Reading - The Brussels Attack ⏠Another False Flag?

23:15

Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Libra – Changing Our Minds to Change the World Wake Up World

By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing Writers for Wake Up World In the centre of our own core we hold such incredible potential, and yet, for some reason, we never seem to harness it. Through the experience of social rules, mis-placed judgments, distorted masculine and feminine principles, and the various deceptions of our hierarchical societies, we ...Continue Reading - Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Libra ⏠Changing Our Minds to Change the World

19:17

Try this quick quiz... A.E.Brain


“Allowing students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers that are reserved for students of a different sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students,” - Kansas Bills SB 513 and HB 2737
So... which of these two causes "psychological injury"?

Like bills proposed in other states, these measures attempt to define “sex” in a narrow way — in this case, “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.
Because Intersex people not only don't exist, they can't exist. The 1 in 300 men who are not 46,XY, and the 1 in 600 women who aren't 46,XX, they are causes of "shame and embarassment" because... well, just because. And that's worth Big Bucks.

The “Student Physical Privacy Act” would apply not only to public schools, but all public universities in the state as well, guaranteeing that anyone who saw someone transgender in the bathroom could sue their school for $2,500 for every time that it happened.
At a minimum, plus court costs and actual damages for "psychological injury".

See http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2016/03/22/3762490/kansas-transgender-ransom-bathrooms/

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Tuesday, 22 March

00:00

ANTaR joins call for WA Government to stop locking up vulnerable people for unpaid fines ANTaR

ANTaR joins over twenty Indigenous and human rights organisations have signed an open letter released today calling on Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett to stop locking up vulnerable people for unpaid fines. The open letter comes in the wake of the ongoing inquest into the tragic death of Ms Dhu, a 22-year old Aboriginal woman who died in police custody after being imprisoned for unpaid fines. Read the open letter here. 

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Friday, 18 March

20:16

Better ban the Bard if #SafeSchools scares you: @burgewords comments on Australia’s #NeoPuritans No Fibs

Hated by the Puritans, the complete works of William Shakespeare was firmly entrenched in the Australian school syllabus decades ago. WESTERNERS have lived through many periods in which extreme Christians distributed anti-gay propaganda and thereby got the ear of authorities, and this month’s spat from Australia’s hard, religious right shows not much has changed in four hundred years. […]

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Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

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

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Thursday, 17 March

14:44

Storing apples Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

The easiest way to preserve apples… is not to preserve them at all but to store your apples properly in autumn so that they last into winter. The fact that apples keep has made them a mainstay of the homesteading tradition and storing them is so much easier than turning them into sauce, jelly or drying them on a rack. This technique is also good for quinces, pears and medlars too, and especially good for those of us who start freaking out with the amount of autumn bounty that needs bottling this time of year!

So. Here’s how to store apples…

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Step one: sort your good apples from your bad apples. It is actually true that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch so be really picky – any apples with even the tiniest bruise or signs of spoilage should be popped on the bad apple pile and made into jelly, cake, sauce, or just eaten quickly with the bad bits cut out! It’s also worth noting that some apples store better than others: tart, thick skinned varieties store better than thin-skinned sweeties. A good keeper should last for at least three months.

 

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00:00

Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic 2016 ANTaR

Thanks to everyone who braved the weather this morning to join us for the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic. Big thanks to Close the Gap Co-Chair Jackie Huggins from National Congress of Australia's First Peoples who spoke about the unacceptable 10 year life expectancy gap that must be closed. Also big shout out to the Redfern Jarjum College dancers - they were deadly. Over 1600 Close the Gap events took place today with thousands of Australians reminding the government that health equality must be a national priority.

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Wednesday, 16 March

20:13

Community Celebration – #Bulga Beats A Generous Heart Despite Threat From #Coal Expansion by @coolmccool No Fibs

The recent Bulga Beats Festival was a warm celebration of community spirit, from a small town determined to show its strength and vitality, in spite of the existential threat it faces from Rio Tinto’s encroaching Warkworth open cut mine. If Rio Tinto gets its way, Bulga will be effectively swallowed by the coal mine, and […]

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Jim McCool

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Jim McCool (@coolmccool ) is an IT Consultant and father of three, who has previously contributed to No Fibs on the March in March in Sydney. A keen camper and fisherman, Jim is dismayed by the threat to the Australian landscape from extreme forms of fossil fuel extraction for short term profits.

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Tuesday, 15 March

21:13

Red room and the quest for Queensland fixed four year terms: @Qldaah #qldpol No Fibs

Opinion The referendum this Saturday on fixed four year terms for the Queensland state parliament will fail. I know this because voters have two main concerns. They fear a return of a “Campbell Newman”; not being able to oust a bad premier for four long years. Queenslanders have also expressed a long harboured desire to restore the upper house which […]

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David Marler

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Queensland reporter at No Fibs

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

14:40

10 ways to create a fairer food system Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

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Pip issue #5 is all about Fair Food – and how we can be part of a just food system for workers, growers, eaters and the environment. If you haven’t already subscribed, here’s a sneak peak at this article from the mag, our top 10 ways to make the food system fairer:

1. Learn to cook.

This changes everything: you can make what you want, and avoid packaging and food miles.

2. Spend most of your money outside of the big supermarkets.

This is a direct snub to the monopolisation of corporate control over the supply chain. For a guide for people starting out, see ‘7 steps to quit supermarkets’ at the Beyond The Trolley website

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Sunday, 13 March

01:33

Greens launch bid for #Wills2016 reports @takvera #Ausvotes No Fibs

Last weekend I attended the Greens campaign launch in Wills. This electorate is one of a very few around Australia where the battle is now between Labor and the Greens. The Greens have pre-selected a high profile local candidate: Samantha Ratnam is a local Greens Councillor and current Mayor of the City of Moreland. A […]

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John Englart

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Citizen journalist at No Fibs

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

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Thursday, 10 March

15:41

Autumn Rituals Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

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Well, you wouldn’t know it if you looked at the mercury, but autumn is here. We’ve had some record breaking heat across our hemisphere and it’s thrown some of our planting plans into dissarray, I can tell you! We’re still planting out some new year crops in the hope we might have an extended harvest of summer delights, and holding off on many annuals we’d already be sowing by now because it’s just been far too hot. But despite the weird weather, we’re still making time to mark the changing of the seasons in our house. There are so many ways we can do this, and the benefits of getting us connected to what is happening in our growing spaces while making slow time to connect with the natural world are manyfold.

Here are just a few ideas for saying a warm welcome to autumn…

  • Preserve something: nothing says “the cold is coming” qui...

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Friday, 04 March

23:55

Is poor funding of climate and health research by NHMRC political bias? asks @takvera #Auspol No Fibs

Is there a funding bias with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) when it comes to climate change and health? and particularly extreme heat and population health? Some climate and health researchers say there is a definite bias, over a number of years, against funding health and climate change related research projects. One […]

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John Englart

John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

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

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Wednesday, 02 March

16:39

The Silent Killer: #climatechange and Public Health. @takvera reports on #HeatHealth report launch No Fibs

The Climate Council released it’s new report on climate change and heat health, on the impacts of extreme heat on public health. Nofibs reporter and climate activist John Englart was there at the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital to document the occasion. Key findings of the report include that: 1. Climate change is a serious health […]

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John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

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

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Tuesday, 01 March

08:29

March Garden Guides Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

Our Garden Guides are now all in the one place! Click the link below to jump to the guide for your climate area for March.

 

March in the tropical garden

by Kathleen Hosking of Solution Focussed

WHAT TO PLANT?

• The wet season hasn’t really started yet so it is best to just plant green manures and greens for the moment.

• You can try a few tomatoes which may grow. The Pink Thai egg tomato and tropic do best in the humid and hot conditions. The most productive plants in my garden are those that grow themselves in their chosen position.

• This time last year I transplanted a sapodilla and it has survived. I used the deep stem planting technique for wind tolerance and protection.

• The mainstays for this time of the year are the perennial greens such as sweet leaf, Kangkong, Okinawa spinach, sweet potato tops.

MAINTAINANCE

• In the hot humid weather of March the mulch breaks down very quickly so keep mulching

• Continue to work on swales and drainage as there could be a lot more rain yet. We have not had a wet season this year, just some heavy rain events then back to high temperatures and high humidity with effective temperatures of 40 deg. C.

• Do not leave any areas exposed as they will cook in the sun. A groundcover of weeds is preferable to bare soil.

WEEDS, PESTS AND DISEASE

• Continue weeding and mulching

• It is fabulous to see the many small birds at work hovering and chasing the bugs.

HARVEST AND PRESERVE

• Harvest taro, cocoyam’s, celery top taro, sweet potatoes and cassava as required.

• The yard long beans are starting to produce a cop so keep harvesting daily...

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Friday, 26 February

22:06

So @martycorboynats v @mirabellasophie at #indivotes, how will @Barnaby_Joyce play? @adropex reports No Fibs

The Coalition ‘Cupid Shuffle? What was Warren Truss thinking when at a recent media doorstop he singlehandedly emasculated the National Party in Victoria? For that matter, what was Sophie Mirabella thinking when, during this same media event, she deposited six years of her career in the ”can’t actually deliver” bin? Warren Truss, in the final […]

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Citizen Journalist at No Fibs

Lesley has a keen interest in supporting sound environmental social practice, and works pro bono for Western Chances and ACF as required. She is undertaking a Masters of Science, Applied Statistics.

18:51

LGBTI versus Christians, an unnecessary war: @burgewords comments on #SafeSchools No Fibs

This is not a suffering competition for martyrs, it’s a legislative process taking place in a secular nation. THE Turnbull government has no firm plans for a public vote on marriage equality. We only know it’ll be ‘after the election’, an Abbott three-word slogan for ‘on the never-never’; and that it will be a non-binding, […]

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Michael Burge

Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

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

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Thursday, 25 February

14:12

Fossil fuel growth centre funded while silence on Mission Innovation global commitment reports @takvera No Fibs

On the opening day of the Paris Climate conference our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a stylish but lacklustre speech with few new initiatives, announced support for the Mission Innovation multi-country program to research, develop and commercialise clean energy systems. “Today Australia joins with many other countries in supporting Mission Innovation which aims to double […]

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John Englart

John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

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

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Wednesday, 24 February

12:55

Five Ways With Figs! Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture

We asked, and you told us!

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We’ve had an incredible response to our call out for our readers favourite ways to use up a glut of fragrant figs! Here are our five faves (plus some honourable mentions…)

1. Fig jam

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Sunday, 21 February

15:52

Coal train protest ends 1st week of #Leardblockade action on #coal reports @takvera No Fibs

“Red alert, red alert, keep the coal in the dirt” the protestors chanted at a blockade of coal haul trucks going to Whitehaven’s Tarrawonga coal mine while Whitehaven and Idemitsu bulldozers are lining up to devastate the Leard forest to expand coal mining. Nofibs reporter John Englart reports on the week of action – titled […]

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John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

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

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