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Sydney: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday where the pair agreed to deepen defence ties and stressed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Abe’s visit comes amid heightened regional tension in the South China Sea and fears US president-elect Donald Trump will push ahead with his pledge to kill the trade agreement once he takes office on January 20.
“We have confirmed our commitment to the rule of law, free trade and open markets in our region,” Turnbull told reporters at a joint press conference.
Abe said the increasingly uncertain geopolitical landscape made the relationship between Japan and Australia more important than ever.
“It is important to guard and increase the robustness of the free, open and rules-based international order,” Abe said.
Both leaders spoke of their desire to see the TPP ratified, despite opposition from Trump.
The 12-member pact aims to cut barriers in some of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, but it does not include China.
Without US approval the agreement cannot come to fruition.
Following bilateral talks, the two leaders announced the signing of an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which will increase cooperation in combined military exercises, training and peace-keeping operations. The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.
The announcement comes nearly nine months after Australia chose a French bid over a Japanese design for a new fleet of submarines.
The loss of the $40 billion contract was a major blow for Abe’s ambitions to develop Japan’s defence export capabilities as part of a more muscular security agenda.
Japan, as well as Australia, is looking to protect its strategic and trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region, especially as China becomes increasingly assertive in...
Celestron, Bintel & DNA Digital announced today that they are bringing a “supergroup” of Australia’s leading scientists and experts in science, space, astrophysics and astrophotography to Byron Bay in June 2017.
Speakers include well known TV and Radio personalities Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Alan Duffy (Swinburne) who will be hosting a VIP dinner and keynote presentation at the Elements of Byron Resort.
“We humans will become a space going race. We have to for our survival.” said Kruszelnicki. “But more than that, astronomy has given us clocks, calendars, GPS navigation and poetry. Byron Bay is the most easterly part of Australia and is beautiful – just check out the first sunrise there. Do yourself a favour and come and rock with us.”Other speakers include astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack, a highly regarded scientist and presenter known for her work on dark matter and global science outreach from her adopted city of Melbourne.
Mark Gee (NZ), 2013 astrophotographer of the year, will also be taking the stage to share his aspirational story of success travelling the world and sharing his remarkable photos of the Sun, Moon and Milky Way.
Dr Duane Hamacher (Monash) is also on the bill to present an overview of his work decoding the ancient secrets of Australian aboriginal astron...
Another year, more great music released. Here are 10 songs I loved for various reasons:
Spindles – Revolution
I had a long wait between first hearing this song and it finally being recorded. But at one point shortly after its release, I reckon I listened to this song at least once a day for about three weeks. I craved it. I thought about writing an essay based on the lyrics.
Spindles had other great songs (no official release yet beyond a few internet uploads) and played some fantastic shows – from the little library at Jura Books to the wide open desert at Roxby Downs. But if I have to pick one song it’s still this one.
Dispossessed – Thronebreaker
2016 was a huge year for Dispossessed. At the start of the year I was hearing favourable murmurs about this new band out of Sydney. In March when I saw them I agreed they were great but was surprised at how young they were. Since then the band has lost members, had all their gear stolen, had one of their members be the subject of a public shaming campaign by the Daily Mail. They’ve also toured, gained loads of mainstream press attention, and released a fantastic album. Vice called them “the most important band in Australia.” I think it’s just great to see a proudly multi-racial and political band from western Sydney smashing it.
Camp Cope – Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams
I first saw songwriter Georgia Maq play a few years ago. I don’t know how old she was at the time, but she looked like she could have needed parental supervision to go to her own gigs. Camp Cope bassist Kelly I have similarly seen around the place since she was very young – I think her first musical effort was with all-femme scremo outfit Palmar Grasp.
So what a pleasure then to discover Camp Cope’s debut album – showcasing some great songwriting from Georgia MAq aided by wonderful melodic bass playing from Kelly. If I’m being totally honest, a few of the songs are still a l...
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A 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were arrested after a police pursuit from Ballina to Tweed yesterday in which the car they were in travelled for 45 kilometres on one tyre and three rims.
Police say that around 10.50am on Sunday, a Ford Falcon allegedly failed to stop for a roadside breath test at Ballina. A pursuit began but was terminated due to safety concerns.
About 12.30pm, police saw the vehicle at Wardell and tried to stop it. When it failed to stop, another pursuit commenced.
It ended about 1.15pm, when the car stopped on the Pacific Highway at Crabbes Creek, after road spikes were deployed twice and the car travelled on one tyre and three rims for about 45 kilometres.
The man and his young passenger were arrested at the scene and taken to Byron Bay Police Station .
A short time after the pursuit ended, the car caught alight.
Single bird feeding with 3 Greenshanks on the claypan - at the end of the peninsula.
The Bobolas family had been been hoarding for over 26 years. Their Bondi Beach, Sydney, home (above) was then forcibly sold in 2016, so the council could recover approximately $160,000 in cleaning costs. The council probably sent the trash to the Bronte tip (below). by Dee McLachlan In cities across the globe you get hoarders. […]
Famous for their flamboyant, leaflike appendages and mesmerizing movements, sea dragons are aquatic works of art. Since the 19th century, marine biologists had thought that only two types of these enchanting fish existed — the...
Lately I’ve been reading Tim Dunlop’s excellent book Why the future is workless , and thinking about the issues it raises, particularly in the light of the prospect of autonomous vehicles and other transport technologies. Tim raises the obvious question: what will happen to people who currently drive for a living, and the broader issue of whether any kind of work will survive the process of automation.
Dealing with the second question first, labour-saving technological progress (aka automation) has been going on since the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th century. Until recently, it seemed (to me, at any rate) as if the process was decelerating, with technological progress being confined to information and communications technology. But, as I said in my previous post, the technological revolution seems, quite suddenly, to be affecting the transport sector. Looking at recent progress, I’d say that, within a decade or so, autonomous vehicles will probably be as cheap as human-driven ones, and safer than the average human driver, at least in for the kinds of travel typically associated with transport sector jobs.
There’s plenty of room for dispute about estimates like this. But, even if I’m right, that doesn’t mean that transport employment is going to disappear in the next ten years. It would probably take another ten years for sales of human-driven vehicles to drop to low levels, and another ten or twenty for them to disappear from the fleet.
In the meantime, technological change in the form of online shopping is likely to generate increased employment in goods delivery. The fact that, nearly 15 years after it became a major phenomenon, online shopping has not prevented growth in retail employment is itself an indication of how slowly these processes move.
Still, once the transition to autonomous vehicles starts, I’d expect to see transport employment dropping by 2 to 3 per cent a year. Using the Rule of 72, that would imply a reduction of 50 per cent over 24 to 36 years. And, if the tech revolution spreads more broadly, this could happen in sectors other than transport. Even so, this won’t happen evenly, so the rate at which jobs are displaced will be less than the rate in sectors where the transition is taking palce.
There’s nothing unprecedented in this rate of change, and no necessary reason why it should produce social dislocation. That doesn’t mean that we should accept the Pollyanna view that everything will be rosy. A look at the history of the p...
It’s five in the morning where I am, but am up and watching the Patriots v the Texans. I do indeed like Boston which is why I am preparing for a wrecked day tomorrow, even though we are in Copenhagen just for the weekend. But it’s the Boston QB that I like to watch, and this is not even remotely because he is one of the few people in sport to say a good word about the president-elect.
In fact, it is very hard to find a good word said about him anywhere. But among those who do, it turns out, is Tony Abbott who has put out a statement on RESPONDING TO THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY that was published in The Oz. I have no idea whether this is much noted back home, but it does seem a useful addition to the debate. The great fear on the left is not that Trump will fail but that he will succeed. At least here there is recognition on how he might and what we might learn from Trump’s approach:
In just a few days Donald Trump will become President of the United States and leader of the free world. It’s high time for people everywhere to stop lamenting the rise of Trump and to start responding to it. If he does what he has said he would – and we have to assume he’ll try – economic policy here in Australia will need to respond fast. It will be a good opportunity for the government not just to talk about agility but actually to be agile.
There is as much to worry about what Trump does on the economy as there is to hope. But if he does succeed, and he really might, he will re-write the policy agenda for a generation to come.
Might mention that with five minutes to go in the game, Boston has not just an impossible lead, but is beating the spread. I can only hope Trump does as well.
A rare red seadragon isn’t a mythical creature. It is real, and was first discovered in 2015. The species (Phyllopteryx dewysea) has now been captured on film.
They are so rare, in fact, that scientists presumed that they would have to comb at least a quarter-acre of ocean on average before finding a single individual.
The cousins of the ruby seadragon are the common and leafy seadragons as well as sea horses.
The footage, filmed in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago, also marks the first time that the 10-inch-long fish has been seen alive. It is just the third known seadragon species, as well as the first discovered in 150 years.
Seadragons and sea horses are already enigmatic creatures. A female sea horse may have the babies, but the male sea horse carries eggs in his pouch until they are old enough to hatch. On a rare occasion, male sea horses can even give birth! They also represent some of the most intriguing life of the ocean.
“There is hidden biodiversity in the sea,” says Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Greg Rouse, who discovered the species with graduate student Josefin Stiller and Western Australian Museum researcher Nerida Wilson. “A big, charismatic fish like the ruby seadragon represents that.”
This species was found swimming almost 170 feet underwater, a very different habitat than its leafy seadragon cousins that swim along the southern Australia’s coastlines.
Scientists had to travel to the remote Recherche Archipelago to find the ruby seahorse. After four dives in rocky, windy seas with a remote-controlled mini-submarine, they finally filmed two ruby seadragons more than 167 feet underwater, as the fish swam through rocky gardens of sponges and nibbled at their prey, most likely tiny crustaceans called mysids. Footage of the species was published in...
Early skirmishes point to a war over renewable energy lasting well into 2017, The Age, Peter Hannam, 15 Jan 17 “……Trenches are now being dug for what looms as a political battle that will probably last through 2017. On one side lie the Turnbull government, fossil fuel suppliers and right-wing pundits, who say the priority has to be affordable and reliable power. ...
Here’s a tip: never take public policy advice from a medical doctor.
Here’s nanny-in-chief Professor (of public health) Stephen Leeder (a medical doctor he is) telling us that weight loss programs don’t work but that the state needs to intervene to ensure weight loss occurs – like a tax on sugar and fat, subsidised access to fresh foods, enforce physical activity.
Here’s the thing: all these weight loss programs involve lowering fat and sugar consumption, small portions, upping the consumption of fresh foods and more physical activity (sometimes extreme).
But according to Leeder, if these things are foist on us through government edict and regulation, they will work. It’s only when they are provided by profit-making service providers they don’t work.
GO FIGURE, I SAY.
Here’s the piece from the Tele.
AS a nation, we are fat. Not tubby. Not charmingly chubby. Just fat. And about this time of year, every year, thousands of us resolve to do something about it.
This is the year, we tell ourselves and our loved ones. This is the year I’ll get healthy and trim. I’ll exercise more. Junk food? I’ll pass. Booze? Banished.
The Deep State – what I have called the progressive internationalism – are doing all they can to hobble and destroy Trump even before he enters the White House. This article on The Deep State Strikes Back: The Permanent Campaign Against Donald Trump gets right to the heart of the issue.
Getting most of what I know from the net, and being used to the relatively balanced Australian press, the above front page has been quite a revelation. It is not just that the story is discussed, but driven towards the reader. It is from The Daily Mail as well, which is towards the right of the spectrum and yet, there you are. If you are just someone who takes the news, and the balance of what matters and what does not from the paper you go to if you want to know the football scores, you cannot but be affected. The “sex scandal” is assumed to be true, it is presented as having come from a reputable source that being an “Ex-MI6 officer”, and it is something that must inevitably tend to diminish Trump’s credibility since whatever you might think of the story, you know it is now part of the mythology.
The process is depraved. But when I think that half of Americans are sorry to see Obama leave, it is hard to see Trump prevailing into the long-term. He is of a different cut, he is personally disgusted by the values his enemies display, and he has been warned that these enemies exist, which are all positive. But we will have four years of relentless negativity about Trump, some of which will stick and some of which will not, but all of it will take its toll.
Then there was The New York Times this morning (although yesterday’s paper). Not as sensationalist as The Daily Mail but even more one dimensional. The story on the front page is titled “Blackmail in Russia didn’t die with Soviets” and comes with the sub-head “Kremlin has long history of using compromising material to discredit foes”. I suppose that’s true, but the presumption throughout the paper is that there is something to the story even though there is nothing in it other than some insane fantasy. So we continue inside with “From salacious dossier to political crisis””, “President-elect concedes Russia’s interference in American election”, “A Manchurian candidate” (with the highlight quote “The onus is on the president-elect to prove he’s not Putin’s puppet”) and “Trump takes aim at news media”. There is also...
A nice interview with a scientist who knows a bit about atmospheric physics and related matters. He was sacked from the Department of Energy by Al Gore but don’t be put off. A lot of information and telling arguments.
He was “stung” by Greenpeace who invited him to write a paper on the benefits of CO2 for “a Middle Eastern client”. The idea was to claim he just wrote propaganda for money. He said he would only give his own views and the payment should not go to him.
To be sure your client is not misled on my views, it is clear there are real pollutants associated with the combustion of fossil fuels, oxides of sulfur and nitrogen for most of them, fly ash and heavy metals for coal, volatile organics for gasoline, etc. I fully support regulations for cost-effective control of these real pollutants. But the Paris climate talks are based on the premise that CO2 itself is a pollutant. This is completely false. More CO2 will benefit the world. The only way to limit CO2 would be to stop using fossil fuels, which I think would be a profoundly immoral and irrational policy.
In response to some standard alarmist claims: It is a major problem for humanity.
Quite the contrary, more CO2 will be a benefit to humanity. The predicted warming from more CO2 is grossly exaggerated. The equilibrium warming from doubling CO2 is not going to be 3° C, which might marginally be considered a problem, but closer to 1° C, which will be beneficial. One should not forget that the “global warming” is an average value. There will be little warming in the tropics and little warming at midday. What warming occurs will be mostly in temperate and polar regions, and at night. This will extend the agricultural growing season in many countries like Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia. More CO2 greatly increases the efficiency of photosynthesis in plants and makes land plants more drought-resistant. So, the net result of more CO2 will be strongly beneficial for humanity.
Concerted global governmental action is required to combat it.
In view of the comments above, this is nonsense. Government actions to combat the non-existent problem have blighted the landscape with windmills and solar farms. They have driven up the price of electricity, which has disproportionately harmed the poorest segments of society. Government actions have corrupted science, which has been flooded by money to produce politically correct results. It is time for governments to finally admit the truth about global warming. Warming is not the problem. Government action is the problem.
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Here is a wonderful parody of Davos, whose attendees are so concerned about wealth and income inequality as well as climate change (gosh, what’s a few corporate jet and helicopter rides?):
Hundreds of chambermaids, doormen and cocktail waiters have been flown to Davos to cater to every whim of world leaders, business executives and the super-rich who will descend next week on the Swiss Alps town for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) celebration of capitalism.
While WEF guests, including Theresa May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and South African president Jacob Zuma, will spend their nights in some of the world’s most luxurious hotel suites, the staff brought in to serve them will be sleeping up to five to a room in bunk beds.
The manager of the fanciest hotel in Davos – the Grandhotel Belvédère – said he had flown in 200 extra staff to work in shifts around the clock during the annual jamboree of the rich and powerful. “We normally have about 100 employees, but this week we have 300 to help us out,” Thomas Kleber, general manager of the Belvédère, said.
Kleber said the extra staff have been flown in from partner hotels across the world to help out during the Belvédère’s busiest week of the year, but because the whole of Davos is packed out with forum visitors there isn’t much space to accommodate the additional workers.
“We have a staff house, but at this time of the year it is getting cosy,” he explained. “We do have some different places with four or five people in one room. We have set up high beds with one sleeping on top and one underneath.”
Despite the contrasting sleeping arrangements, a key theme of this year’s conference will be rising inequality, which the WEF has warned is the biggest problem facing the world. The forum said the growing gap between rich and poor, which it said had helped trigger the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s presidential victory, had led the west to “a tipping point and might now embark on a period of deglobalisation”.
The WEF has organised six sessions for Davos visitors to discuss inequality, including one ent...
One of the reasons behind the first ever visit by a Chinese president to next week’s Davos boondoggle is that, as reported last week, president Xi was open to a meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump’s team, if clearly not the president-elect himself, who will be far busier on January 20 – the day the World Economic Forum in Davos ends – getting inaugurated.
“China has good contacts with the present US government, and also has a smooth communication channel with Trump’s team,” deputy foreign minister Li Baodong said on Wednesday. Li was responding to a query on the possibility of a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Trump’s team members when they attend the World Economic Forum in Davos from January 17 to 20, according to SCMP.
However, while the world’s elite eats “$43 Hot Dogs; $47 Burgers And $55 Caesar Salads“, Xi will have to do without a close encounter with members of Trump’s, because as Bloomberg reports, “Trump won’t send an official representative to the annual gathering of the world’s economic elite in Davos, taking place next week in the days leading up to his inauguration.” The stated reason by a senior member of Trump’s transition team is that “the president-elect thought it would betray his populist-fueled movement to have a presence at the high-powered annual gathering in the Swiss Alps.“
During the campaign Trump labeled his opponent Hillary Clinton, as “a globalist” and portrayed himself as a champion for the working class fighting an unfair economic system. Since the election, Trump, who will be the nation’s first billionaire president, has nominated for his Cabinet two billionaires and about a dozen millionaires.
And yet, the gathering of millionaires, billionaires, political leaders and celebrities “represents the power structure that fueled the populist anger that helped Trump win the election”, said the person, who Bloomberg said asked for anonymity to discuss the matter. Amusingly, it also leads to such Bloomberg articles as “...
Martine Beswick was the second actress (after Eunice Gayson) to appear in two James Bond films. There was a third and that actress will be identified in a future post, although hardcore Bond fans should already know the answer.
Beswick played Zora, a gypsy girl in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963). Her screen time is limited but memorable as she's featured in Bond's visit to a gypsy camp and the subsequent gun battle that occurs there. Beswick got more screen time in THUNDERBALL (1965), in which she played Bond's assistant, Paula Caplan. She also appeared in several Hammer films including ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966), PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1967) and DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971).
A couple of weeks ago, I had a grand plan that I would re-commence blogging every day. Inspired by people like Carol and Andrew, who post more regularly than I do, I thought I’d give it a shot. For a few years I did in fact blog every day (or pretty close to it), as … Continue reading Catching Up
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday made a desperate attempt to staunch the bleeding from wounds inflicted on his government by his own ministers thieving from the public purse for personal gain. An independent parliamentary expenses authority will be a compliance, reporting and transparency body, he said, applying the tourniquet. It will monitor and […]
So I have been here a week and have decided that for the next two years I am likely to live here I would like to see a bit of North Queensland and get out of TSV when I can. Starting with things nearby before branching out further towards Cairns and down near Mackay. I have had a look on the QLD tourism page for things nearby like Hinchinbrook Island. Just wondering if there are any tips from the locals, like fresh water swimming holes, nice towns etc. looking for day trips/overnight. Local info usually results in less tourists traps and more fun.
As with most political issues, the following few questions are inter-related: Turnbull’s future may well depend on the economy, on whether or not a new conservative party forms and whether there is a Trump-inspired trade or currency war between China and the US; our economy may well depend on what Trump does in relation to China, let alone whether Morrison displays any understanding of economics; and so on.
Will the Australian economy improve or continue to stagnate?
In December we had the news that the Australian economy had contracted by 0.5% in the September quarter. Most of the pundits do not expect that to be repeated in the December quarter, which means we would avoid a recession (which requires two consecutive quarters of contraction).
On the other hand, commodity prices are still weak, although better than they were, and if a US/China trade war erupts may weaken again. Every reduction in commodity prices flows through a large segment of our economy, affecting the supporting businesses and often, through reductions in the workforce, local businesses, and the impact then multiplies ultimately affecting government revenue. The Christmas season may help us avoid a ‘technical recession’ (that magical six months) but will we see another quarter or two of contraction during 2017?
This year will also see the end of car manufacturing in Australia. That has implications across a number of industries and, as some commentators have noted, it has been car manufacturing that has driven much of the technological innovation in the manufacturing sector. Turnbull’s ‘innovative and agile’ economy may become a little more wobbly as a result.
The end of car manufacturing will lead to increased unemployment, not only in the car industry but in the companies that previously relied on providing parts to that industry. Couple that with the lack of wages growth (the lowest since records have been kept) and the government will be losing more in income tax revenue and paying more in unemployment benefit, making it that much more difficult to achieve its stated aim of bringing the budget back to surplus.
The economy did not go well in 2016 and the prospect for 2017 isn’t all that good. Even in his MYEFO in December, Morrison lowered the estimated rate of economic growth for both financial year 2016‒17 and 2017‒18. The new forecast rate of growth isn’t even enough to absorb new entrants into the workfo...
Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to “see” the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum technology closer to reality.
The applications of quantum-enabled technologies are compelling and already demonstrating significant impacts — especially in the realm of sensing and metrology. And the potential to build exceptionally powerful quantum computers using quantum bits, or qubits, is driving investment from the world’s largest companies.
However a significant obstacle to building reliable quantum technologies has been the randomisation of quantum systems by their environments, or decoherence, which effectively destroys the useful quantum character.
The hot night shadows speak to each other. Everything seems noisier when it’s 34C at 11.30 at night. The heat sits there like a uncomfortable blanket you can’t pull off. A fan overhead spins relentlessly. Cooling you it isn’t. Just … Continue reading
Aloha Baby at Treehouse On Belongil – FRI 20 JAN 7:30pm
Hawaiian Music is taking the world by storm… well OK… more like a soothing sun shower. Either way don’t Miss Aloha Baby at Treehouse On Belongil Friday 20 January from 7:30pm for two joyful sets of soothing steel guitar, ukulele, bass and 3 part harmonies with Paul, Rod and Stu.
The vibes are relaxing and the food is amazing. Cheaper than a trip to Hawaii!!
Kawasaki Motors Australia teams up with Champion’s Ride Days in 2017 to offer a range of road motorcycles for customers to hire at their track ride days.
The Queensland-based company has 18 years of experience with track days throughout Australia, hosting up to 120 events this year with the addition of NSW and NT venues.
Now it teams up with Kawasaki to not only offer green machines for riders, but to also host their Kawasaki Team Green Australia Track Ride Day events.Kawasakis begin arriving at Champion’s Ride Days HQ
National Sales and Marketing Manager of Kawasaki Motors Australia, Robert Walker, says the partnership which will provide Champion’s Ride Days customers with “the opportunity to ride a range of formidable Kawasaki motorcycles”.
Previous Team Green events have included a range of Kwakas from a Z125 PRO, Versys 650L and Ninja H2R to more classic Kawasaki motorcycles including a 1976 Kawasaki Z1000.
Champion’s Ride Days started when now managing director Scott Osborne was racing, says Nicole Osborne, Sales and Marketing Manager of Champion’s Ride Days.
“He found that there were limited opportunities and it was difficult to find safe ways to practice, so he wanted to start a company that focused on safety and its alignment with riding on a track,” she says....
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Fiji region at 06:11 UTC on January 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »
Syria and the US: More Truths Emerge On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called ‘coalition’, led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and…
Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress who also has American citizenship. She appears to have some common sense in her as opposed to all the bitterness and hatred being spewed everyday by many Hollyweird liberals. From Yahoo: Nicole Kidman may be … Continue reading
News Ltd reports this under the moniker, ahem: politics Julie Bishop pulls out of Portsea Polo JANUARY 14, 20179:36PM Staff writersHerald Sun FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has been a last minute no-show at today’s prestigious Portsea Polo. Ms Bishop and her partner David Panton were listed as guests at the...
It's so crazy it's beyond even poetic. Firstly now
ex-Senator Bob Day takes the government to court using money
that may not even exist to argue that the new Senate system has
prevented his re-election. Then he proves his own case
multiply wrong by winning. Then it turns out he might not be
eligible to keep his seat and he says he'll resign, then he flags
that he'll hang around a bit. Then he resigns, and then it
turns out that he might never have won in the first place - for a
different reason to the one he first flagged resigning over.
And it has been cited as a factor in the blowup
between George Brandis and the former Solicitor-General, Justin
Gleeson (though it's now emerging that that was erroneous and
advice involving a different Senator, Rod Culleton, was the issue
What happens now? Firstly, while Day's seat remains vacant until we find out whether it is a recount or a casual vacancy appointment that will fill it, the Coalition benefits. The Senate is reduced from 76 seats to 75, meaning that a majority is now 38 not 39, which is effectively the same as having Bob Day automatically voting with them on everything, with the added bonus of him not even being there to do it. They're probably hoping the court has some really long adjournments.
(Update: The paragraph above was written before Culleton threw a spanner in the works by flagging his intention to abstain on contentious legislation while his own eligibility is sorted. If Culleton abstains then the combined absence of Day and Culleton is very harmful to the Coalition, meaning they need 8/9 non-Green crossbench votes instead of 9/11.)
Secondly, if it is found Day was validly elected in the first place, then the SA Parliament will nominate his replacement, who by almost universally followed convention will be whoever Family First nominates. But if Day wasn't eligible in the first place, then it would seem we are following the same road as in the Robert Wood and Heather Hill cases - to a full recount of the SA ballot, minus Bob. That might sound arduous, but all the ballots are computer-entered and it's very likely the computer counting system will have provision for excluding a candidate right off the top without even needing any recoding. So it's just another button press event.
Antony Green has covered the issue in another piece that is essential reading. I will say however that I do not believe the High Court would go near the argument that Day's ineligibility (if he was ineligible) should cause Family First above the line votes to pass directly to the next party. .........
The publicly listed Seven Group Holdings which is controlled by Kerry Stokes had $3,583,478,772 revenue in the 2014/2015 financial year but paid no tax. That is almost $3.6 billion but they apparently did so badly there was no tax to pay. It wasn’t much better the previous financial year of 2013/2014 when they had $3,975,156,028 […]
This video says about itself:
12 January 2017
Researchers at Scripps Oceanography and the Western Australian Museum capture on video the first-ever field sighting of the newly discovered third species of seadragon. As they observed two Ruby Seadragons on video for nearly 30 minutes, the scientists uncovered new details about their anatomy, habitat, and behavior.
See also here.
The whole point of renewable energy is that it is clean. And, for sure, the major fuels – sun and wind – are undoubtedly clean. However, renewable energy does require some components – rare earths – that certainly have a dirty radioactive history, and may still have a dirty radioactive present.
FTR & FWIW … In the last coupla weeks, various nazi dingbats active on the #altright in the US have been doXXed — seemingly as a result of some internecine online warfare. The latest casualty in this war is Some … Continue reading
On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called 'coalition', led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport. Comment: Russia-brokered ceasefire shattered as US airstrikes against Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor leaves 80 soldiers dead, over 100 injured (UPDATES) At the time, the attack was labeled a "mistake". Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel. A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was "intentional", a view shared by Syria's ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than "regrettable mistakes" are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned. Often, some reason is found to attribute the "error" to the enemy's actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan. Comment: Switching tactics: U.S. now claims that the Kunduz hospital bombing was due to an 'intelligence systems failure'
Strong Earthquake Strikes 152km SW of Nadi, Fiji EQ Details Magnitude: 6.1 Location: 18.588°S, 176.230°E; depth=10.0 km Time: 06:11:41 UTC 2017-01-14 Source: USGS/EHP Analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Australia plate, earthquake, Fiji, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, M6.1, Nadi
Well, long time no blog update! We’ve been rebuilding our mail order site, and it’s now ready for your perusal:
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Middle East (SCF) – Although it is well known that the Wahhabist governments, royal families, and top businesses of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain directly finance jihadist terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and countries around the world, many consumers are unaware that percentages of their purchases of Muslim «halal» (imam-certified) food products eventually end up in the hands of jihadist organizations. Halal refers to any food product that can be eaten by observant Muslims. Anything other than halal is «haram» and prohibited for Muslims. Haram includes pork, blood, or meat from approved animals but which have been strangled or slaughtered with blunt knives.
Food and drink producers pay Muslim halal certifiers fees to certify their products as halal. According to Australian One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson and others, certain Muslim halal certification agencies use profits from certification fees to fund terrorist attacks around the world. During an election campaign in Queensland in 2015, Hanson told reporters: «ASIO [Australian Security Intelligence Organization] has picked up that this money has been funded through an organization to fund Syria and the terrorism there». ASIO, all too quickly, denied the charge.
Even if a small percentage of imams who certify products as being halal are passing the profits on to terrorist organizations, it potentially represents a large amount of money. Malaysian studies have valued the worldwide halal food industry as between $600 billion to $2.1 trillion. Halal certifications are usually paid by food companies at set annual rates. Considering all the firms worldwide that pay such fees to imam halal certifiers, this amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. Some halal certifiers have become quite wealthy from the halal certification scheme. Halal certifiers have also been quite secretive about who receives donations, with some admitting only that the funds go to Islamic madrassa schools and mosques. However, many of these madrassas and mosques are linked to the Wahhabis.
Some Muslims have opined that halal certification is nothing more than a money-making scam, with the most ridiculous aspect being halal certification for dog food. It is ironic that the same imams who declare dogs to be «unclean» animals also willingly charge pet food manufacturers to certify food for the «unclean» beasts to be halal. Other Muslims have conceded that the halal certification scheme has become as financially corrupt as segments of the Jewish kosher product certification system. South African Muslim authorities have pointed out, to the dismay of the halal certification industry, that the Koran forbids imams from charging money to certify food as halal. Yet, the practice continues with fees charged for halal «stamps» on food, in some cases, i...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s
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
The money supply is often defined to be the sum of currency on issue and demand deposits held in banks. The value of money always declines if the money supply rises.
The answer is False.
The question requires you to understand: (a) the difference between bank reserves and the money supply; and (b) the Quantity Theory of Money.
The mainstream macroeconomics text book argument that increasing the money supply will cause inflation is based on the Quatity Theory of Money. First, expanding bank reserves will put more base money into the economy but not increase the aggregates that drive the alleged causality in the Quantity Theory of Money – that is, the various estimates of the “money supply”.
Second, even if the money supply is increasing, the economy may still adjust to that via output and income increases up to full capacity. Over time, as investment expands the productive capacity of the economy, aggregate demand growth can support the utilisation of that increased capacity without there being inflation.
In this situation, an increasing money supply (which is really not a very useful aggregate at all) which signals expanding credit will not be inflationary.
So if nominal demand kept increasing beyond the capacity of the real economy to absorb it via increased production then the result will be inflation and the “value” of the dollar would start to decline.
The Quantity Theory of Money which in symbols is MV = PQ but means that the money stock times the turnover per period (V) is equal to the price level (P) times real output (Q). The mainstream assume that V is fixed (despite empirically it moving all over the place) and Q is always at full employment as a result of market adjustments.
In applying this theory the extreme mainstream position is to deny the existence of unemployment. The more reasonable mainstream economists admit that short-run deviations in the predictions of the Quantity Theory of Money can occur but in the long-run all the frictions causing unemployment will disappear and the theory will apply.
In general, the Monetarists (the most recent group to revive the Quantity Theory of Money) claim that with V and Q fix...
1. Lowland Copperhead Snake (Austrelaps superbus) in Backyard A family member sat down by our small pond to look for frogs only to find that a few feet away this Lowland Copperhead snake (Austrelaps superbus) was doing the same thing. I grabbed the camera to get a few shots. In the video you can see two frogs escape from the snake. It was fascinating to watch it as it slowly checked every nook
Rocky Dabscheck bugs one the bins in Ley's pantry to check on the impulsive lifestyle that brought her undone. read now...
COMMENT #1: Regarding your post Currency vs Language, I wanted to add that in NY I have an abundance of IT co-workers that are H1-B visas holders working as consultants from India. They are extremely nice and I’ve enjoyed learning about their culture. As I’ve stated before, these consults overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. Some of the consultants were naturalized and voted for Hillary. People from India are social and they often gather and speak among themselves; therefore, as more before naturalized and vote, you can expect more Democrat voters. With regard to language, they’ve confirmed to me that they speak their India state language at home, not English. You are correct, even in NY, “If that subculture then becomes the majority, the culture of the state will change and therein lies the seed …”
COMMENT #2: The Xi Jinping article about the coming new world order, in it you provide a good explanation of why we think linearly and they think cyclically. My explanation lies along the lines of religious background. Even if/when people leave the confines of religion, the subconscious thought remains. I believe that we think linearly because our religion teaches us that things begin and end. They think cyclically because their religion teaches them that things begin and end and then begin again and end again.
COMMENT #3: Hi Martin, I appreciate the work you do and making your blog available for free. I thought you might like to know that Canada is also moving toward a cashless society. Yesterday I went into Scotia Bank and tried to buy foreign currency. I offered them cash and they refused it. They told me that the money had to be paid by cash transfer. Because I didn’t have an account with them I could not buy the foreign currency. The Canadian banking system is primitive compared to New Zealand and Australian banks where I have also lived. Another bank would not allow me transfer money online from my own bank to a relative’s bank account at their bank. I would have to personally go into...
A few days ago we linked to Allan Hird’s interview on 3AW. There he made a very interesting comment – that a Herald Sun reporter got his AFL accreditation stripped by the AFL for his pro-Essendon reporting during AFLgate. The reporter has now confirmed the story:
The Herald Sun’s Mick Warner confirms he was denied access to an AFL Finals series after reporting on the Essendon supplements saga.
“I don’t know if it was the end of 2013 or 2014, I was denied an accreditation to the finals,” Mick told the FIVEaa sports show. “I suppose that was probably the direct result of some of the things that I was reporting on… but they pale into insignificance compared to what some other people in the game have said they’ve had to endure over the years.”
“I wouldn’t call it support of Essendon, I would just call it reporting on the facts of what happened.”
Mick reminded listeners that early in the Essendon saga it was alleged that then AFL boss Andrew Demetriou tipped off Essendon’s David Evans about the looming investigation…
“The investigation was compromised from that point on. That’s sort of what I think the AFL didn’t really like being explored,” Mick said.
“A lot of the things that came out — clearly the AFL weren’t happy about… the behind the scenes manoeuvring …”
That puts another allegation made in the press today into context (and the claim that the AFL intervened to prevent James Hird from getting a job at SEN Radio):
AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick allegedly said fallen Essendon champion James Hird would “never get back into football”.
Ex-Bombers football boss Danny Corcoran has broken a four-year silence, following Hird’s drug overdose last week, to detail an explosive conversation he said he held with the league’s most senior official on March 19, 2016.
“I saw Mike Fitzpatrick by chance at an auction,” he told the Herald Sun on Friday.
“I approached him and asked if there was any chance I could speak to him about having some involvement back in the game.
“He never answered my question, he simply turned and said to me ‘Your mate [James] Hird will never get back into football’.”
James Hird was supposed to be the fall guy and distract attention from the Gillard government’s failings. I’m just wondering how much longer the Coalition government can ignore the...
A week away from Donald Trump taking over the USA Presidency, and it’s anybody’s guess as to how bad the repercussions of that will be, for climate action, nuclear safety, and the public good. If there happen to be some accidental unintended benefits for they public good, I doubt that these will compensate for the world’s most powerful nation being run by the lead bully boy for corporate America. Barack Obama retires graciously, claiming that “we did”. Perhaps more accurately “we tried”.
Record loss of sea ice in 2016-both Arctic and Antarctic.
Alexei Yablokov, grandfather of Russian environmentalism, dies at 83
Australian not-for-profit, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) installs solar household systems in East Timor villages.
Loss of Great Barrier Reef will be part of major collapses of ocean ecosystems.
Australia and USA trail behind in renewable energy, as China and India lead.
ACT. Australian Capital Territory prepares for role as clean energy hub and exporter of renewable technology
South Australia. Pro nuclear former Senator Sean Edwards to run for South Australian Parliament, considers leadership of S.A. Liberals . Prominent wealthy nuclear industry fans back former Senator Sean Edwards.
It has been a very long time since I have accused a Minister of the Western Australian parliament of Institutionalised racism. As many of you would know I have been at various times since 2001, the President, Treasurer and Secretary of the body known as the Ethnic Communities Council. I am, as we speak, the […]
Rod has achieved more to restructure the illicit banking industry in his short tenure as a senator for Western Australia than most other politicians have in a lifetime. The banks have targeted him with the aid of the political parties and sections of the judiciary. The moves made by Rodney, such as getting the High Court of Australia to admit its rules were faulty by reinstating process under the Queen and the latest manoeuvre to summons Senate President Stephen Parry and Attorney General Brandis to the High Court will force it to determine if only the senate can remove one of its members, as stated in the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia.
Please dig deep to help Rodney, he is fighting for you, your family and your property. Rod described the banks yesterday as the “biggest asset strippers in our history.” Unfortunately making a deposit into a bank account is at present the only method of getting funds to help with court costs.
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ANSTO’s link http://www.nuclearaustralia.org.au/ansto-nuclear-medicine-project/ This is a slide from the above link. ANSTO Nuclear Medicine (ANM) Pty Ltd is a commercial subsidiary of ANSTO.
So a company is going to cream off the profits while Australian taxpayers subsidise the reactor and the waste disposal – and communities have to deal with the costs of a nuclear waste dump. Another slide says “Full Cost Recovery Model” – the full cost can never be recovered when you are dealing with nuclear waste.
Steve Dale Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA., 14 Jan 17, Canada is moving towards clean Cyclotrons for Molybdenum-99 production – yet Australia decides it wants to undermine worldwide Cyclotron development by subsidising Mo-99 for the world. Waste taxpayer’s money to produce unnecessary nuclear waste.
“The ANSTO Nuclear Medicine (ANM) Project will enable ANSTO to triple production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). The increased capacity will enable Australia to meet domestic demand, as well as being able to supply up to 25-30% of global demand.”
New York Times photo of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Mary W Maxwell Right now we’ve at least got a president-elect, Donald Trump, who makes leaderly noises. Does that mean he is a person of vision? I have no idea. He does talk a good game, though. It will be nice if it turns […]
US ‘threatens to involve Australia in war with China’: Paul Keating condemns US secretary of state nominee’s comments, The Age, Fergus Hunter, 14 Jan 17
In a statement released on Friday, Mr Keating warned the Australian government to reject Rex Tillerson’s declaration this week that a “signal” needed to be sent to Beijing that the construction of artificial islands in the contested region must stop and “access to those islands also is not going to be allowed”. The remarks from the former chief of Exxon Mobil, in which he also called for regional allies “to show backup”, have set the stage for sharply increased tensions between the US and China as the Asian superpower builds up its military presence on the islands to defend against competing territorial claims from neighbouring countries.
According to Mr Keating, Mr Tillerson’s testimony to his US Senate confirmation hearing “threatens to involve Australia in war with China”. And he has urged the Australian people to “take note” and recommended the government tell the Trump administration, which will take over on January 20, “that Australia will not be part of suc...
King CONG vs. Solartopia The Progressive December 5, 2016 Harvey Wasserman “………On one side is King CONG (Coal, Oil, Nukes, and Gas), the corporate megalith that’s unbalancing our weather and dominating our governments in the name of centralized, for-profit control of our economic future. On the other is a nonviolent grassroots campaign determined to reshape our power supply to operate in harmony with nature, to serve the communities and individuals who consume and increasingly produce that energy, and to build the foundation of a sustainable eco-democracy…….
with this dangerous and dirty power have come Earth-friendly alternatives, ignited in part by the grassroots movements of the 1960s. E.F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautifulbecame the bible of a back-to-the-land movement that took a new generation of veteran activists into the countryside. ……
As rising concerns about global warming forced a hard look at fossil fuels, the fading nuclear power industry suddenly had a new selling point. Climate expert James Hansen, former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman, and Whole Earth Catalog founder...
It is a commonplace that the victors write history. But which victors? The victors that are claimed to write history are normally taken to be those who win wars and other conflicts. But just because one side wins a war or conflict, it does not follow that its ideas triumph in the longer term.
Consider contemporary China. Mao Zedong defeated Chiang Kai-shek in their epic decades-long conflict, driving him and his Kuomintang forces to exile in Taiwan. Now, look at contemporary China–is it closer to Mao’s vision or Chiang’s?
Obviously Chiang’s. As a wit observed, the story of post-1979 politics in both “Chinas” (the People’s Republic and Taiwan) is the Communist Party of China trying to become the Kuomintang and the Kuomintang trying to become the Democratic Progressive Party. Mao may have won the military struggle, but Chiang’s vision won the wider social war. It turns out that social reality is not entirely plastic to our visions, and Chiang’s proved to be more human and achievable than Mao’s. That matters, in the end.
Lenin‘s successor Stalin, with huge help from the Anglo-Americans (who provided trucks, rolling stock, canned food, and munitions crucial to the Red Army while their bombing campaign diverted the Luftwaffe and many thousands of tank-killer 88mm guns from the Eastern Front), defeated Hitler on the Eastern Front. But consider contemporary postmodern identity progressivism (PIP), with its concern for authenticity, identity, emotion over reason, environment, obsessions with the Jewish state, dismissive treatment of workers and belief that a sufficiently interventionist state does not have to own firms to control them: whose obsessions does it better reflect, Hit...
As the protest against the Carmichael project – Australia’s largest proposed coalmine – moves beyond the courts and into the realm of civil disobedience, activists have a clear warning: ‘If you’re in bed with Adani, you’re a target’, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 14 Jan 17, Across Australia a secretive network of activists are laying the groundwork for what they expect will be the biggest environmental protest movement in the country’s history.
Of course this won’t materialise if Adani and the rest of the miners proposing to open up one of the world’s biggest coalfields walk away from Queensland’s Galilee basin first.
But standing idly by on the assumption that the economics of the massive coal projects won’t stack up – at a time the world is trying to reduce carbon emissionsto limit global warming to under 2C – is not a choice these activists are willing to make.
And so the campaign to take the fight against Australia’s larg...
A man using a blood-filled syringe robbed a bank in the Ballina CBD last Wednesday afternoon.
Police say that just after 3pm on Wednesday, the man entered the bank in River Street and demanded money from the teller, while armed with the syringe.
The teller handed over cash and the man fled. He was last seen on River Street.
No one was injured during the incident.
Officers from Richmond Local Area Command are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
“Our analysis suggests that solar could now infringe on gas’ market share and in some cases challenge its peak margins, and that gas and renewables collectively will continue to gain market share at the expense of coal and nuclear,”
Levelized cost of energy survey shows wind, natural gas cementing economic edge SNL, 06 January 2017 By Lucas Bifera
A survey of levelized cost of energy, or LCOE, studies illustrates that onshore wind and combined-cycle gas have secured their place as the lowest-cost energy resources, with utility-scale solar not far behind.
Often used as a barometer for estimating the cost at which certain generation technologies can be deployed on an economic basis, LCOE has become a mainstay for policymakers, analysts and industry groups as a reference when comparing costs and benefits of various technologies on the grid.
Incumbent technologies like combined-cycle gas, onshore wind, utility-scale solar photovoltaic, nuclear and coal are uniformly included in studies…….the emergence of a cluster around onshore wind and combined-cycle gas across the different studies indicates an economic consensus, one that highlights the cost effectiveness of renewables on an unsubsidized basis and role of combined-cycle gas as the preeminent baseload resource.
“The demands of a developed economy will continue to require both traditional and alternative energy sources as the technologies driving renewable energy evolve,” observed George Bilicic, vice chairman and global head of power, energy & infrastructure group at Lazard, an investment bank that releases a widely-cited LCOE...
New York Bets On Renewables To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Plant https://cleantechnica.com/2017/01/13/new-york-bets-renewables-replace-indian-point-nuclear-plant/ Originally published on Think Progress. By Jeremy Deaton
New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans this week to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which supplies electricity to New York City and surrounding areas. The plant’s two working reactors — which account for roughly 10 percent of the state’s power generation — are slated to go offline in 2020 and 2021, more than a decade ahead of schedule.
Nuclear power plants represent a range of risks, from hazardous radioactive waste to a full-scale meltdown. They also supply the...
What also isn’t included in any of the above articles is that China is also investing 2.5 trillion yuan, the equivalent of $US361 billion in renewable power generation by 2020.
Environmental spin: An example of media disunity on renewable energy, Independent Australia, Melanie McCartney 14 January 2017, We can’t keep ignoring the ginormous elephant that is renewable energy in our economic policy, writes Melanie McCartney.
LAST SUNDAY, I surfed the ABC news website and clicked onto this headline:
‘China fights pollution: New environmental police squad to battle heavy smog’.
The article seemed a little threadbare. When this occurs I search further and ideally for an article in the country relevant to the article. I like to get more details this way. I decided to try something different this week and scanned the headline blurbs on the first Google page.
I noticed that all of the articles, bar two, started the same:...
‘My Leonard Cohen’ was the toast of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, with sold-out shows and rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The show returns to Sydney at the Sydney Opera House, Playhouse from Monday February 6 2017.
Performed by Stewart D’Arrietta and a six-piece band, featuring some of Australia’s best rock musicians. D’Arrietta’s musical interpretations are gutsy and arresting and the stories he tells give an insight into Cohen’s life and the motivations behind the songs with a sprinkling of laconic humour. In MY LEONARD COHEN, Stewart and his band perform 18 songs including the heartrending Suzanne. The iconic Tower of Song, the seductive I’m Your Man the rousing Hallelujah, Dance Me To The End of Love, Bird on A Wire, “So Long Marianne” plus many more.
Few bodies of musical work rouse, seduce and are of such great solace as that of the great singer songwriter Leonard Cohen. Soulful lyrics are laced with raw emotion and sheer seductiveness. D’Arrietta’s arrangements add an uplifting, upbeat feel.
Producer, Harley Medcalf added “Seeing the raw emotion in Stewart from Mr. Cohen’s passing, and knowing how he deeply loves this music, I felt driven to ask Stewart to perform this very special tribute at the Opera House”
For two decades, Stewart D’Arrietta and his collaborators have brought their own musical personality to the works of great songwriters, including Tom Waits, John Lennon and Randy Newman, and have received praise for shows in Australia and overseas.
D’Arrietta on piano and vocals is accompanied by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Australia’s best rock musicians.
Expect Cohen’s best – all delivered as you’ve never heard them before.
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I guess she had forgotten to put the arrival of Japan’s prime minister in her diary; seems she has to be in Sydney and that clashes with the very important event, the Portsea Polo. Gosh, she will be missing out on networking with everyone she ever wants to talk to at the one event.
And as for the suggestion in Fairfax this morning, that Julie Bishop should step up to the plate and take on the health portfolio; give me a break. Anyone recall when she was shadow treasurer?
Swanning around the world attending important conferences and top-level meetings while pretending that Australia plays above its weight in foreign policy is so much more fun than getting into the nitty-gritty of health policy.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will not appear at Saturday’s Portsea Polo, citing the visit of Japan’s Prime Minister as the reason for her absence.
Ms Bishop had been scheduled to attend as a guest of naming sponsor Alfa Romeo but earlier this week it emerged she billed taxpayers to attend last year’s event, which left her attendance at this year’s event in doubt.
A department of finance report shows that the Foreign Minister claimed almost $3000 to attend a marquee at the Portsea Polo event. Vision courtesy ABC News 24
According to sources, her office notified organisers last night to inform them she would not be attending, citing the visit of Shinzo Abe as the reason.
Through the week-long expenses scandal that has plagued the government and on Frid...
A foodie tip: buy soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert or Fromage D’Affinois whenever they’re on special (the riper the better), wrap them carefully, and stash in the freezer. They will defrost overnight in the fridge to perfect, non-soggy ooziness for your next dinner party cheese platter. They’re also brilliant on pizzas – D’Affinois makes […]
Stillness in The Storm
There have been multiple stories in the area of Extraterrestrials and Ufology. On January 5th, The Huffington Post reported on a 9 minute video released by the Chilean Navy purported to be an official UFO sighting, with this even reaching the trending page on Facebook. Then, on January 4th through 6th, the BBC, CNN, and again the Huffington Post all simultaneously release a story on a "fast, strange, mysterious" radio burst detected by astronomers in Australia who have gotten 20 puzzling bursts over the past 10 years, emanating from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.
The Chilean government also released footage from a UFO captured by the Navy.
Related Chilean Navy Releases Shocking Declassified UFO Footage
We have also had disclosures on US intelligence agencies and Wikileaks front. On January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. This interview was split into three parts and aired during primetime television. On January 6th, Fox News also ...
Since the real foundation of these absurd allegations started with the fraud of Franklin Credit in Omaha, Ne in the 80’s- which was what caused the the horrible witch hunt that ensued as a result- until it was completely debunked as the hysteria based on falsehoods that is was- there is no better person to represent the facts of this than the VERY person who did so then- Col. Michael Aquino- Founder of Temple of Set, government official- and the one MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE as to what occurred back then.
He WAS the “unofficial” spokesperson for False Memory Syndrome Foundation- and was all OVER every media outlet at the time, and since he is the ONLY ONE left of that group- I believe that it just make sense that such a distinguished and educated government official- ranking as he does, who was THERE and fought it so well- should represent the accused and defend them against these allegations as he did before when it occurred the first time.
Now, since Ted Gunderson is dead, and John DeCamp doesn’t even know who he is anymore as he is suffering from Alzheimer’s- I believe that I- David Shurter- should represent the other side. I was there- I have an established reputation with MANY people as being an expert on the situation- and I would be willing to represent that side that Mr. Aquino did such a marvelous job defeating in the 80’s,
However- I have some stipulations.
One- it will be PUBLIC- and FACE TO FACE- just as he was willing to do with Ted Gunderson many years ago. I have absolutely NO history of violence- and so claiming he is afraid of me in public can’t really be argued effectively, although he can have as much protection as he deems necessary.
And two- it will be videotaped. This just makes sense- since we are doing this to resolve this insane issue that is so similar to the “satanic panic” hysteria that enveloped this country back in the 80’s- and so this is important for the PEOPLE to see as well as just a select group.
I think to put this country at ease- we must rise- as good American’s, and try to put this matter to rest- and the oaths that Col. Aquino took to protect and honor America I believe should compel him to agree.
We owe it to our country to do this- so that we can put our fellow American’s at ease and assure them that their children are safe. After all- this IS the land we all love and we ARE Americans after all.
The vulnerable beach-nesting Hooded Plovers are struggling for survival this breeding season with hundreds of footprints were spotted from holiday beachgoers near the nesting and dune areas in Point Roadknight in Anglesea.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Environment and Education Manager Katie Dolling said this type of behaviour is unacceptable and causing concern at the popular hoodie nesting area.
“Dunes are highly sensitive ecosystems that provide protection to the coastline and habitat for several native species, including the Hooded Plover. Dunes are easily damaged by people accessing these areas.
“Trampling vegetation in the dunes compromises dune stability and their ability to withstand other environmental factors including wind, waves and rainfall,” she said.
Hooded Plovers have one of the lowest survival rates from nest to adult of any species in the world and have a 90-95% nest failure rate.
Only thirteen days into 2017, and there have been many breaking stories presented by the mainstream media that suggest grand changes are taking place behind the scenes. The truth that has been withheld and obfuscated for so long seems to be coming to light.
There have been multiple stories in the area of Extraterrestrials and Ufology. On January 5th, The Huffington Post reported on a 9 minute video released by the Chilean Navy purported to be an official UFO sighting, with this even reaching the trending page on Facebook. Then, on January 4th through 6th, the BBC, CNN, and again the Huffington Post all simultaneously release a story on a “fast, strange, mysterious” radio burst detected by astronomers in Australia who have gotten 20 puzzling bursts over the past 10 years, emanating from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.
The Chilean government also released footage from a UFO captured by the Navy.
We have also had disclosures on US intelligence agencies and Wikileaks front. On January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. This interview was split into three parts and aired during primetime television. On January 6th, Fox News also...
We’ve had a series of warm nights in Sydney. You know? Those nights where you wake up in the middle of the night, look at your phone, and can’t possibly believe it’s 27 degrees. It was one of those nights last night, and so when I woke in the middle of the night, I hopped … Continue reading Circular Quay
Melanie Shaw, in a secret court hearing, was given two more years in jail. So if you fuck children in the UK- you are protected and given ZERO jail time. But if you make the mistake of trying to protect children- it is off to jail you go. And more than that- into solitary confinement.
And what do the people do? They sit back- entertained. And expect Heaven to serve them cake and ice cream for their efforts.
Yeah- the world- and ESP. The people in it- SUCK. Although I am sure if you ask any of them- they would argue the point.
The Byron Bay Surf Festival is stoked to announce it will host the second edition of the McTavish Trim.
The McTavish Trim – Furthest Up The Beach, is a unique surfing event whereby the longest distance surfed is the goal for each of the 12 invited trimmers. Surfboards must be over 10 feet in length, requiring a significant amount of skill and panache to surf.
The event will take place during the always popular freestyle & stoke surf sessions, on the Sunday of the festival, which could not be better this year with the unique addition of the Trim. On this stoke-filled day you’ll also enjoy the classic surf sessions which this year includes, torpedoes (bodysurfing), finless (timber, surfmat or softboards), fish, logs, mermaids (gals only), Tandem and the partywave!
These sessions are non-competitive and are more or less based on artistic interpretation with a decided peer vote for which waverider showed the most pure stoke and freestyling fun on any particular wave during each of the sessions.
Also included on this day is the hunters & collectors show and demo…a mix of modern, collectable, handmade, art-driven and sustainably produced surf craft on show for demo or swapping, from Australian, Japanese, Californian and Hawaiian shapers.
Bring your kids, friends and your board and come enjoy surfing, trimming, live music and so much more at the freestyle & stoke on Sunday 26th of February at Wategos!
For further information visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au
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The threat of large-scale natural disasters and climate is growing across the world, leaving nations increasingly exposed to a myriad of risks.
As a result, many initiatives are under way at the international, regional, national and local levels by a diverse range of stakeholders to better ways to protect human lives and livelihoods, and reduce economic losses.
Human development and settlement patterns, such as growing urban population, wealth and concentration of assets in high-risk regions, determine if and how a natural hazard could turn into a disaster (World Bank Group and United Nations, 2010).
These impacts are further exacerbated by climate change, through changing characteristics of weather-related extremes, sea level rise and other environmental changes (IPCC, 2014; IPCC, 2012).
Whilst for a long time dismissed as ‘acts of God’, these socio-economic impacts can only be reduced through proactive integrated risk management.
Over the last three decades, international policy dialogue on…
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Information analysis, followed by step-by-step logical deduction is often our go-to method to solve problems we encounter in life. Yet, for some problems we seem to suddenly gain insight - we realize the solution in an "Aha!" kind of moment. Known as 'insight problems', they can seem impossible or unsolvable until creative insight appears and a solution is unexpectedly realized. Is it possible to increase the likelihood of the arrival of such creative insight? PhD candidate Ruben Laukkonen along with Dr. Jason Tangen at the University of Queensland in Australia, have recently published a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition suggesting that it is. "We might be taking a walk, riding a bike, or having a shower, when we finally understand something we've been struggling with. One goal of this study, and ongoing research, is to understand what it is about those situations that evoke epiphanies," Laukkonen says.
Why shouldn’t I write a post in Australia just because I am sitting on a train going from Aarhus to Copenhagen?
Anyway, this is from Captain Capitalism, in a quite nice post on Debunking the Multiplier Effect. To me it is essential to take his criticism of Keynesian theory back to Say’s Law since otherwise there is no reference point to hold onto when trying to explain what’s wrong with modern macro. This is his final para:
The truth is economic growth is caused by hard work, innovation, creativity, self-supportation, and increased efficiency. It’s nothing new or mysterious as human kind has, through trial and error (and not faux “studies” done by idiots in the economic departments of academia or Washington) figured this out over the millennia. And the fact something as stupid as “the multiplier” effect can not only be swallowed, but be so prominent among economist and professional circles, is more a testament to the human mind’s amazing ability to lie to itself than any kind of epiphany or “discovery” by the “profession” of economics. It is here I simply ask Americans and westerners to do something they pride themselves off of. Be TRULY independent minded people with genuine critical thinking skills. Wake the F up, use your brain, think things through and realize just what a bunch of frauds, posers, and charlatans most economists and politicians are.
Only an increase in the supply of products whose production costs are covered by their sales revenue will push an economy along. That is not 100% right, but it is close enough so as not to matter if you want to see what governments are doing wrong.
Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, Comrade Elizabeth Farrelly writes about proposed (urban) planning changes in Sydney.
I won’t bore Cats with the essence of her article, but highlight one particular sentence:
Planning has one job and, actually, only one; to defend the public interest against voracious private profit. In every decision, from mall to sprawl, airport to potting shed, planning need ask just a single, Solomonesque question. Wherein lies the public good?
To to defend the public interest against voracious private profit. Really.
That does not sound like planning to me. That sounds like central planning.
Call you a cynic? Nope. Call you a communist. Yep.
A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said. Cooper Allen, a 17-year-old high school student, was surfing with friends on the first day of the students' spring vacation when he was attacked off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach at midmorning, Ballina Mayor David Wright said. The shark struck from behind and bit across the board's fins as the boy lay on the board paddling. The shark's lower jaw tore into the fiberglass as its upper teeth clamped his right hip and thigh, Wright said. "The shark lacerated his leg in three or four places fairly deep," Wright said. "Luckily the lifeguards were on duty and got down there quickly."
On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called ‘coalition’, led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport.
At the time, the attack was labeled a “mistake”. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.
A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was “intentional”, a view shared by Syria’s ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than “regrettable mistakes” are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned.
Often, some reason is found to attribute the “error” to the enemy’s actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan.
Two recent developments however, cast some new light on that “mistake” in September 2016.
The first is the release of the report into the investigation by the US Central Command based in Qatar on 29 November 2016. As is almost invariably the case, the report found “no evidence of misconduct.”
The report did acknowledge however, that the US did mislead the Russian military command about where the strike was to occur.
Further, the report acknowledges that the US Command ignored both actual information and intelligence analysis that the positions targeted were occupied by Syrian government troops and were not ISIS terrorists.
The third revelation was that the air strikes shifted from the strategy of “deliberate targeting” to one of an “immediate strike.” This violated usual US Air Force operational procedure. No explanation was given for this violation of normal procedure.
The fact that the Russians were misled, the ignoring of their own intelligence and factual information, both electronic and human, and the abrupt change in operational procedure without a good reason, all reinforce the conclusion reached at the...
This is an Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) video from Germany.
By Peter Frost in Britain:
The battle of the squirrels
Friday 13th January 2017
There were once three and a half million of our native red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in the forests and woodlands of Britain.
Today that population is down to well under 150,000 and although still reducing dramatically a number of initiatives are reducing the rate of decline.
What happened? Well, in 1876 some stupid aristocrat decided to import grey squirrels (Scirius caroliniensis) from their native North America releasing them in Henbury Park, Cheshire.
It’s not clear why they were introduced, probably as a live novelty garden decoration. Rich Victorian land owners simply had no idea about the risks of introducing non-native species to their estates.
Other landowners in other parts of Britain also imported the greys which spread rapidly. There are now estimated to be about 2.5 million grey squirrels in Britain.
Unlike the bold and oft seen greys our native red squirrels are very shy and elusive and spend much of their time in the tree canopy. Telltale signs to look for include large dreys in trees, scratch marks on bark and chewed pine cones that look like chewed apple cores. You might also hear the distinctive “chuk chuk” noise they make.
Although the grey squirrels don’t actually attack the native reds they carry the squirrel pox virus which is fatal to red squirrels without harming its grey carriers. Squirrels come in all colours.
Entirely black ones are becoming common and originate in colder regions of Canada where their dark skins absorb more winter sun to keep them warm.
A family of at least........
Three birds flying slow ,real low and headed up creek to Mountain area. (there are lots of ROSE SHEOAKS up in the hilly areas.)
A student protest in Port Moresby in June 2016. Human Rights Watch says PNG has failed to respond to corruption and police violence. Photograph: AAP
Author: Helen Davidson Source: The Guardian
Papua New Guineans took to the streets to protest against government corruption and were met by gunfire, Human Rights Watch has said in a scathing assessment of Australia’s nearest neighbour.
In its annual assessment of more than 90 countries, Human Rights Watch has warned of the rise of populist leaders threatening the protection of human rights. It says PNG has failed to protect women and children, or to respond to corruption and police violence.
Anger against the Peter O’Neill government – linked to numerous and high-profile corruption scandals and allegations over recent years – became the focus of student protests, culminating in the march on parliament in Port Moresby in June calling for O’Neill’s resignation.
The students, who had boycotted classes, were stopped from boarding buses to parliament where O’Neill was set to face a vote of no-confidence. Police opened fire, and 23 people were injured.
O’Neill was defiant, and blamed “agitators” funded by the opposition for the protests, which spread and escalated across the country.
“People took to the streets to voice concerns about corruption, and the only government response was gunfire,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch.
“Corruption and abuse will only end when abusive officials are held responsible for their crimes.”
O’Neill, who continues to avoid an arrest warrant over a long-running corruption investigation, survived a no-confidence motion in parliament the next month.
Senator Rodney Culleton is under siege ordered by the Federal Government aided by their political and judicial puppeteers, the banks, and is bunkering down for a battle before the Full Bench of the Federal Court.
Today his Melbourne solicitor, John Maitland, filed a Summons in the High Court of Australia, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns requesting an order to stop the President of the senate, Liberal Stephen Parry from making any representations that Senator Rod Culleton is an undischarged bankrupt and/or disqualified to sit as a senator for Western Australia or to declare the seat vacant.
The Summons has been served on the Liberal Attorney General George Brandis and Senator Parry below.
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