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There are gross inequalities and injustices, narratives of misery and disadvantage, where the narrative is ongoing because inalienable rights are not worked to or short-changed by governments and state institutions. Instead the affected are sold resilience. But resilience alone does not guarantee expectations. Resilience has been the buzz word for quite some time and instead 
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Taking place over time zones from Australia to Europe, and bouncing to the east and west coasts of the US, this was the show that couldn't be constrained by time or space.
Lisa Harrison and Dani Arnold McKenny will be familiar to many of you as we share much of the same audience. For the last few years we have enjoyed listening to them thread through the current happenings on every level of our multi-dimensional reality. They do it all in their unique style of casual conversation, allowing the audience to pop in with their thoughts and questions. ...
We started today's show by mentioning a couple of upcoming events you might like to check out...
Scott Pickett and Adam D'Sylva are cooking at the upcoming St Anthony's Primary School Twilight Fair, rockstar farmer Joel Salatin is in Australia to speak at the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's talk at Jonai Farms, and there is an excellent lineup for the #CookForSyria event in early March at The Point.
Melbourne food icon Guy Grossi and his son Carlo popped into our East Brunswick container to talk about his recent appointment - annointment? - as this year's King of Moomba. We also chatted about tomato season, and the upcoming Melbourne Tomato Festival that has moved to a bigger location this year.
We spoke to John at the Vic Market.
To finish today's show, the team behind Smith & Daughters Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse came in to speak about their excellent new cookbook (which just happens to be vegan). It's 2017; we're cool with veganism, yeah?
A bushfire has been reported at Broken Head, near Byron Bay Road, at around 5.30pm today (Sunday).
The Rural Fire Service reports that around 26 hectares has been burnt and that the fire is currently being brought under control.
No further information is currently available.
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenage boy reported missing from the Tweed Heads area.
Joel Noonan, aged 17, was reported missing to police on Saturday (February 11) after he failed to return home from school the previous day.
Police say Joel had packed some belongings and may have travelled away from the area.
His family along with police, hold serious concerns for his welfare as he may suffer from a medical condition.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are conducting inquiries.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 175cm tall, about 65kg and with brown hair.
Anyone with information on Joels whereabouts is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ I
Sydney music photographer, Rod Hunt, and Director, Monica Zanetti, are my guests today.
Music photographer, Rod Hunt has photographed many high profile artists and covered Australian and international music festivals. His impressive body of work has also been featured in most of the key music publications. Rods upcoming exhibition, Portraits, Pits & Punks draws on his extensive catalogue of work for his first major solo show.
Rod Hunt: Portraits, Pits & Punks
16 -26 February 2017
Chrissie Cotter Gallery Pidcock Street, Camperdown
Ellie, Abbie & Ellies Dead Aunt written by Monica Zanetti is a touching look into the heart of a teenager as she struggles with her sexuality and her simple wish to ask a girl to the formal. This play explores the awkwardness of first love and the disapproval faced from parents.
ELLIE, ABBIE & ELLIES DEAD AUNT
29 March 9 April 2017
Depot Theatre 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Info / Tickets thedepottheatre.com
I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm
Police have charged a man after a pursuit in Casino on Thursday (February 9).
Officers spotted a wanted man in a silver Holden Commodore while patrolling West Street, Casino, at about 10.30pm.
When the driver failed to respond to police indications to stop, a pursuit ensued.
It was terminated due to the mans dangerous driving but, a short time later, police found the Commodore abandoned on Arthur Street.
A 25-year-old man was arrested in a house nearby and taken to Casino Police Station, where he was charged with not stopping during a police pursuit, car theft, unlicensed driving and resisting arrest.
The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Friday (February 10).
Australia is currently the hottest place on the planet with the heatwave in SE Australia according to the Climate Reanalyzer site for Saturday 11 February. And last year (2016) was the hottest year on the planet in recorded history, following two previous years which also set the record. As heat temperature records tumbled in south 
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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A couple of months ago I attended an event at Melbourne Uni run by privacy advocates from both Sydney and Melbourne. SnitchHunt is game created by privacy expert Gabor Szathmari of CryptoParty Sydney to teach people about the data that is collected from us each time we call, email, text or browse the web.
The event generated a couple of media stories and having spent years educating my son via games before he began studying university courses at twelve, I was very impressed with Gabors game. I was interested to hear that he could not keep the game up throug...
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This week in the Australian parliament Senator Ludlum of the Greens raised the question of whether a tweet from president Trump could send us into war with our biggest trading partner China. While the question seems at first absurd and possibly even a satire, its not. Its a very serious question that deserves debate within Australia as it could have very severe consequences to not only our Australian economy but every Australians future.
The USA is in a very politically unstable position at the moment with many US citizens unhappy with some of the new presidents seemingly impulsive executive orders. One such order is the banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA without asking advice from his government departments as to what sort of problems this might cause to US citizens traveling abroad or anyone travelling to the USA for business or even a holiday.
This presidential order and tweets caused chaos at international airports and led to thousands of protesters at airports all over the USA. Even some of the international governments friendly to the USA criticised this action and some of the Muslim majority governments whose citizens were banned have reciprocated by banning US citizens. Fortunately for all the travelers affected, a US Federal Judge blocked the Presidents order until it could be examined in a court of law.
President Trump has also been co...
Aldous Harding blew many peoples minds with her debut, self-titled LP three years ago. Since then shes been keeping busy with plenty of live shows and more recently, completing the recording of its follow-up, Party. It was recorded by PJ Harveys right-hand man John Parish and the first single is the dramatic Horizon. Its a
Tess Lawrence reckons Malcolm Turnbull's "know your place" speech was terrific. read now...
For more than 40 years the Footscray Community Arts Centre has been the premier community-engaged, contemporary arts space for Melbournes west. In 2016, the centre collaborated with The Peoples Solar to deliver an initiative that incorporated crowd-funding and private and government partnerships, resulting in the installation of a suite of renewable energy infrastructure at the centre. To find out more Des Lawrence spoke with Morgan Brady, Development Coordinator, at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.
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You really did have to laugh at how the entirely left panel on Insiders (how is possible that Andrew Probyn is now on the ABC aka taxpayer payroll is this some kind of joke?) stumbled their way through the explanation of the load shedding that occurred in South Australia last week. (According to shadow minister, Mark Butler, just a hiccup.)
If you read the Guardian, Fairfax or listened to the ABC in the past few days, all their commentators were praying for load shedding to occur in Sydney so they could all go See, nothing to do with renewables. Sadly, for them, load shedding was avoided so that argument is dead for the moment.
You did have to laugh when LaTingle immediately lept to the point that it had nothing to do with renewables but then had to backtrack well, it is complicated (a point made by fellow green traveller, Lenore Taylor, who laughably thinks she is quite the expert on this stuff.)
And what about the suggestion that it was all AEMOs fault because it didnt switch on the gas power plant at Pelican Point? Excuse me, AEMO doesnt run electricity generation and PP didnt bid in because it couldnt supply (an entirely sensible rule). And it is not just a matter of switching it on it takes several hours and there needs to be feeder stock as well.
But the answer of the panel was clear: the supply was not forthcoming because they could make heaps of money by not supplying but pushing up the price. You know it makes sense PP didnt bid because it couldnt supply, but the price was bid up and the plant made money by not supplying. That must be the entire explanation.
And heres a point that the greenies fed Barrie: there have been more peaks in wholesale electricity prices in Queensland than SA this year therefore nothing to do with renewables. Of course, this is just spin.
The peaks generally last a very short time and the key is average electricity prices. Here are the figures for 2017:
South Australia $105.05/MWh
Now if you think last week was bad, just wait until next summer when Hazelwood is shut down taking 20 per cent of baseload from Vict...
Me get em by Mary W Maxwell, LLB There is no question in my mind that the persons who have been doing terrible things to the human race need to be stopped. I myself would not care how that gets accomplished by punishment, by pensioning them off, by welcoming them back into the fold 
MEDIA RELEASE 12 February 2017
Traditional Owners resist industry push for amended
Native Title Act to secure Carmichael mine
Seek court order Monday to strike out Adanis fake land use agreement
Members of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional
Owners Council will on Monday ask the Federal Court to knock out
Adanis claim that it has the consent of the W&J Traditional
Owners for its proposed Carmichael mine, calling it is a sham
agreement which Adani engineered through rent-a-crowds, dishonest
tactics and attempts to exclude their voices.
The W&J Council say any attempt by the Federal government to do the bidding of Adani and the mining industry to engineer an amendment to Native Title laws, will be vigorously challenged by them and other Traditional Owner groups and supporters.
Spokesperson for W&J Traditional Owner Council, Mr. Adrian Burragubba, says, The document Adani is trying to pass off as an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with our people is illegitimate. We launched action last year to defeat this dodgy deal and we are now taking decisive action in the Federal Court to have this fake agreement struck out. [Details of the legal action are set out below.]
We have already put evidence before the National Native Title Tribunal to prove that Adani does not have an agreement with the W&J Traditional Owners for its mine of mass destruction, which will destroy our ancestral homelands and waters, the cultural landscape and our heritage.
Adanis proposed land use agreement has always been a sham. Three times we have rejected any deal with the Indian mining conglomerate. Now Adani are on the back foot and have run crying to the Queensland Resources Council and the Federal Attorney General, asking them to do their bidding by pushing through an Adani amendment to the Native Title Act.
New chief of the Queensland Resources Council, former Federal Resources Minister Ian MacFarlane, boasted at a Townsville business breakfast last week that he has spoken to his good mates in Canberra about amending native title laws, in the wake of the Noongar decision in the Federal Court. This is just additional proof that the Turnbull government is in bed with the...
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Sunday morning so thought I would look at the paper and there we have this column by PVO on Political discourse coarsened by reactionary war against elites. Its not every reactionary who becomes the wave of the future, but there is this possibility in DJT. It is a bit old timey, but let me take you back to what I still think makes a lot of sense:
The circulation of elite is a theory of regime change described by Italian social scientist Vilfredo Pareto (18481923). Changes of regime, revolutions, and so on occur not when rulers are overthrown from below, but when one elite replaces another.
There will always be leaders in every society and they will come from a variety of directions and use different means to hold on when challenged. But this is the essence of what PVO has to say:
A book by American professor Tom Nichols titled The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, explores how and why modern society has embraced such a lowbrow approach. [My bolding]
Let me take my own area of expertise, economics. You can certainly accuse me of campaigning against modern textbook theory which, so far as I can see, has brought our economies very low although making some people very rich. Go back to the first civilisations and you will see this everywhere you go. There are some few who are very rich and there are others who are not. The thing about our societies in the West is that those who are not do very very well by historical standards. But if your expertise is founded on the belief that increased aggregate demand and higher public spending are good for growth and employment, then your expertise, in my view, is junk science.
And the fact is, there is a lot of that kind of stuff around at the moment, with agw as large a danger to our communal wealth and well being as I have ever seen. So what does PVO say about that?
Climate change scientists might be the specialists when it comes to assessing global warming, and Ill defer to their judgment rather than embrace the conspiracy theories of polemicists who dispute the evidence. But when climate scientists seek to influence policy mechanisms for addressing climate change, they move outside their area of expertise. Scientists recommending how best to structure tax or energy trading systems is akin to me offering medical advice: buyer beware. [My bolding again]
Those lowbrow polemicists attacking our elites who indulge in various...
Would you believe that I am a 25 year old self-made millionaire and spend my life travelling around the world only if I can fly in an Etihad A380 equipped with The Residence three room suite (only plebs travel First Class apparently!). I also have bankers beating a path to my door to lend me money for my latest development proposal after all anything I touch turns to a platinum - plated investment opportunity.
Youre right, the statements above are overblown and you could make the claim they are alternative facts (aka completely made up fantasies). The bio listed here is far more accurate, although the alternative facts I have presented sound far more appealing than getting on the bus most mornings to go to work. Rest assured that if I need to borrow money from a bank, I am the one approaching them, cap in hand and demonstrating that they have a better than equal chance of getting their money back one day. For some funny reason, banks seem to want you to prove that you are who you are and, more importantly, have the capacity to repay your debts. In case youre interested, my credit card limit precludes me from even dreaming about Etihads The Residence class travel.
Kellyanne Conway must live in that rarefied space where banks dont look for evidence of a capacity to repay, airlines happily allow you to travel at the pointy end and the facts are variable dependent on the message you want to give, regardless of the consequences. Conway is the councillor to President Trump who defended some overblown claims by Trumps Press Secretary (Sean Spicer) by commenting that Spicers defence of the claim that more people attended the Trump inauguration than anyone elses were merely alternative facts.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, declaring erroneously the number of people who used the D.C. metro on Friday, that there was a change in security measures this year and that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."
Contributed by Joe Montero For the coming 11 march election in West Australia, the Liberal party has just stitched up a deal that gives One...
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I suppose I am being baited by LIQs reference to J.-B. Say but the world is as it is. The point really about free trade is that the country that does not enter into it is depriving itself of the possibilities of a higher standard of living. So it is nice to see such concern for the future economic prosperity of the US but since Keynes at least, the issue has not been wealth creation as such but jobs. As Say so rightly pointed out:
A country, in one way or other, direct or indirect, always consumes the values it produces, and can consume nothing more. If it cannot exchange its products with its neighbors, it is compelled to produce values of such kinds only as it can consume at home. This is the utmost effect of prohibitions; both parties are worse provided, and neither is at all the richer.
But its not a jobs thing in and of itself. And the US is a very large country so that the division of labour is widely extended. If they want to make their own fridges and cars, well thats their own business. The EU, for example, I might note has tariffs, just not between its member states. This refers to the EU: What is the Common Customs Tariff?:
Since the completion of the internal market, goods can circulate freely between Member States. The Common Customs Tariff (CCT) therefore applies to the import of goods across the external borders of the EU.
The tariff is common to all EU members, but the rates of duty differ from one kind of import to another depending on what they are and where they come from. The rates depend on the economic sensitivity of products.
The tariff is therefore the name given to the combination of the nomenclature (or classification of goods) and the duty rates which apply to each class of goods. In addition the tariff contains all other Community legislation that has an effect on the level of customs duty payable on a particular import, for example country of origin.
The tariff is a concept, a collection of laws as opposed to a single codified law in itself. There is however a kind of working tariff, called TARIC, which is not actually a piece of legislation.
Through the tariff, the Community applies the principle that domestic producers should be able to compete fairly and equally on the internal market with manufacturers exporting from other countries.
If you want to worry about economic policies under Trump, I have a number of my own but these are hardly the central reason he ended up president. The 1930s were defaced by the...
From wanting to raise the Newstart eligibility age from 22 to 25, to inaction on climate change, the government gambles that young people can't hurt itThis week came the news that Australia's millennial generation are the least optimistic in the world. Fortunately the study was done prior to this week's events in the federal parliament, because any young person observing what the government did would quickly find themselves even more despondent.The big legislative move this week was the [...]
Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, whose little son shocked the world by holding up the severed head of a soldier in a picture, has become the first Australian to be stripped of citizenship under the country's anti-terrorism laws, a report says. A spokeswoman for Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told AAP that a person had been stripped of their Australian citizenship, while declining to name the individual, but the Australian newspaper has identified him as 35-year-old dual-national Sharrouf. Under a 2015 law, Australia may strip dual nationals of their citizenship if they have carried out terrorist acts or been members of a banned organization. Sharrouf, the son of Lebanese immigrants, went to fight for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria in 2013, a year after being released from prison for taking part in a terrorist plot. In 2014, horrifying photographs emerged on Twitter showing Sharrouf and his 7-year-old son holding up the chopped off heads of Syrian soldiers, with the caption "That's my boy!" In 2015, unconfirmed reports emerged claiming that Sharrouf had been killed in a drone strike in Mosul in northern Iraq, but he is still the subject of an active arrest warrant. Last year, Sharrouf's widow, Tara Nettleton, a mother-of-five who was living in Raqqa with four of her children and one grandchild, died in Syria, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Half an hour or so after watching Heat 2 of Melodifestivalen, the annual contest which selects Swedens song for the Eurovision Song Contest, I still have the melody of one of the songs stuck in my head. The song, A Million Years by Mariette is really very good: its memorable, and was performed well. Its Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltvling 2
About four years ago I wrote a fairly detailed paper looking at a range of scenarios for the Gippsland coast and sea level rise. I added a postscript in May 2014 outlining possible abrupt changes if any volcanic activity under the Antarctic ice occurred. The paper considered both the possibilities of subsidence due to the lowering of the Gippsland basin aquifer and the various effects of climate change sea level rise, increased severity and frequency of storms and storm surges. The worst case scenarios predicted were an outcome of business as usual. This state of affairs continues with big coal still the main influence in politics and with Exxon and others still removing oil and gas offshore in the Gippsland basin.
Whilst it is still early days so far none of the predictions have materialised. There has been no measurable subsidence anywhere on the coast and sea level rise continues at a rate of about the world average 3.5mm per annum hardly discernible in the short to medium term. Nor have any of the storms and floods predicted occurred, or as far as I am aware, any severe erosion along the coast. As well as this the totals in the tables are substantial overestimates due to an error in my method of calculations with regards the rate of change of sea level rise and they may be one third or more too high. On the other hand it is possible that at some specific locations the rate of subsidence I have used is an underestimate. The purpose of the different scenarios is to give you a rough idea of the future, not to say what exactly will happen or when.
There are a number of problems with applying all these variables to our coast. Will the changes be abrupt or gradual? Will the rate of doubling of the amount of sea level rise be fast about every ten to twenty years or slow with the latter meaning the sea level rise will be just discernible over a lifetime and manageable in human terms? There are also other factors which may influence outcomes the unknown unknowns. It is also unlikely that any subsidence will be general or uniform but may be severe in specific localities. Where it may occur is critical and combined with sea level rise subsidence at or near Golden Beach, for instance, would threaten the Gippsland Lakes system.
As well sea level rise varies substantially around the earth and the figures we use are global averages. The oceans slosh around the earth and they have measurably warmed round our coast. Whilst it easy to come to a conclusion...
Cabaret and Burlesque Festival
Fingal St, Brunswick Heads
May 12-14 2017
Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Burlesque Festival is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association located in Byron Bays beautiful vintage neighbour, Brunswick Heads.
Simple daytime pleasures of sand and surf give way to three outrageous nights of seaside speakeasy fun.
Our festival celebrates and embraces a diverse range of cabaret genres, including:
Jenny Weber of the Bob Brown Foundation and Scott Jordan of Save the Tarkine have released a Media Release charging that Forestry Tasmania has carried out illegal roading in a Wedge-Tailed Eagle breeding exclusion zone in the Tarkine ... Watch ... on the Save The Tarkine Facebook page Andrea Dawkins: Protect the Tarkine for NW Jobs and Environment Todays news that Forestry roading in the Trowutta Blackwood forests directly threatens nesting habitat for the Wedge-tailed eagle is alarming. All practices must be stopped immediately and a full investigation undertaken Brown: Tasmanian Premier should uphold all laws of this state ... Environmentalist Bob Brown has responded to comments by Tasmanias Premier and Forestry Tasmania regarding logging operations in Tasmanias Tarkine. The Premier should be upholding all the laws of this state, including forest practice laws, Bob Brown said. The Forest Practices Authority, as the policing authority on logging, shouldnt be secretly licensing its mates to breach its own published prohibitions. Who from the FPA inspected the nest in November and why did he/she not make their findings public? Bob Brown said. It doesnt pass the pub test, Bob Brown said New Forestry Tasmania report reveals Government legislation threatens FSC A report released late Friday by Forestry Tasmania (FT) reveals that the Tasmanian Governments plan to start logging in 357,000 hectares of protected old growth and rainforest reserves will derail attempts to secure Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of logging operations on public land. The report has highlighted that a critical assessment of environmental values needed to secure FTs FSC certification will be made invalid and need to be reviewed and revised if the Government proceeds with its reckless decision to strip protection from important forest areas that are currently part of the Tasmanian Reserve Estate Cassy OConnor: Liberals Will Wear Blame if FT Fails in FSC Bid Cassy OConnor: Barnett Exposed by his own Agency on Tarkine Logging
by Don Aitken
I have not met Senator Bernardi, but Ive read some of his writing. From what I have read in the media and on line, it might surprise some people to learn that in fact he is a published author. His seven books include two for children, the rest being about politics, collections of his own opinion pieces, and a book that did well in the review sections, The Conservative Revolution. Thus far the talk has all been about how his defection from the Liberal Party is another destabilising factor for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Since Bernardi is unlikely to vote for anything that Labor or the Greens would put up, theres no likely loss of support for the Government on the floor of the Senate. There may be trouble in the next South Australian elections, and more widely, if Senator Bernardi manages to arouse people like him around the country to form another party of the Right. The Australian Conservatives movement he set up is said (by Wikipedia) to have 50,000 members. We will have to wait to see.
I think his departure is important because it demonstrates further the weakness in the current alignments in Australian politics, about which I have written a few times. All political...
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The relentless courage and dedication of the VAXXED group continues to expand the wave of vaccine danger awareness. More and more populations around the globe are going hungry, how is it that the grocery shelves in the US are always completely stocked? Where is all this food coming from? Dementia and Alzheimers mortality rates have gone exponential. The chemically engineered winter storms in the US continue in spite of record shattering high temperatures. The Arctic pushes 60 degrees above normal while being battered by a category 4 equivalant cyclone. Australia is suffering in a heat wave that experts have called horrifying. Locusts are devouring the food crops in Bolivias heartland, an official state of emergency has been declared. And there is Fukushima, every time it seems it cant get any worse, it does. Nearly 500 whales have beached themselves in New Zealand, is this heartbreaking tragedy the result of US/NATO/fossil fuel industry seismic activities in the region?
For many, the darker the horizon grows, the deeper their denial manifests. Each of us must struggle against such a tendency. We are not helpless, we are not without a voice, but we must choose to fully utilize it, no matter how ominous the gathering storm appears to be.
The suspended reality across the Pacific took hold as the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, conversed with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a state of mild delusion. Assuming the air of a clairvoyant, Bishop insisted that she knew that the United States would not repudiate its own free trade agreement with Australia. Knowledge, however, soon changed to disbelief. "I can't believe it," she is reported to have said. "I don't take it credibly." Surely, the United States would not withdraw from the Australian-US free trade agreement, its own brainchild and inspiration. The trade balance favoured the US in any case. The paternal figure would eventually make sense, and step back from the precipice of madness. Observers should have immediately noted the perverse scenario. Australia had been shown up by the agreement to be distinctly outplayed and outdone in its trade with the US. (Some states simply have a freer regime than others.)
The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties
between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter
of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold
War new world order based on American supremacy to a global
disorder of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political
chessboard. In many respects, the new global disorder has also
placed in jeopardy various post-World War II contrivances,
including NATO, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the
Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) alliance.
By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Scientists in Brisbane, Australia, have discovered a non-invasive ultrasound technology that fully restores memory function in 75 percent of Alzheimers test animals. Affecting close to 50 million people worldwide, dementia of which Alzheimer"s disease is the most common form is expected to impact 135 
Seven West Media are using the big stick of the law to bully, harass and intimidate former female staff members into silence about what really happens at Seven West Media and also defame them with allegations that are nothing but lies by Sevens management. But the women, Amber Harrison, Amy Taeuber and Talitha Cummins are standing 
The Federal Auditor Generals Audit of WestConnex is due to be tabled this Tuesday, probably at around 2pm.
Once it is released, what should opponents or supporters of WestConnex be looking for?
The first thing to remember is that some things will be off limits. This is not a full audit of WestConnex.
The audit is of the Commonwealths decision to commit $3.5 billion in loans and grants to the project and the focus will be on the process by which that decision was made, including the information the decision relied on.
This is where things ought to get delicate for what is now the Berejiklian government, but also for the Federal Government.
If the Auditor Generals office have done their job properly, then we can expect them to identify the following issues, which are already known:
In addition to the above known knowns, there are a number of known unknowns which we can hope the Audit will shed light on:
On Monday 6 February, LifeFlight (Aeromed)
LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ was noted calling into Longreach Airport
from Townsville as "Ambulance 452".
Queensland Galaxy: Labor 31 LNP 33 PHON 23 Green 8 KAP 3 Other 2
[Update (February 12, 2017) : After being the subject of numerous complaints, VIC Uni has finally copped to having hosted The Q Society on Friday. It will be interesting to see what the response is from this point ] On Continue reading
We observed a female Australian Bustard thrown on a power line by a very strong wind gust. It happened just few kms south of Rockhampton on Bruce Hwy. It fell down but picked itself up looking dazed. In meantime black kites, crows and magpies appeared and started to attack it without any mercy. She stayed on the ground for about 10 min and then flew away.
A single Common Sandpiper was observed roosting on the ash pond causeway ( end of Albert St behind STP). It is probably the same bird that was reported from nearby the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal ponds. It was present there for nearly two months until the ponds completely dry out.
Hansard November 24, 2016
Pauline Hanson addresses the racial Discrimination Act
Senator HANSON (Queensland) (10:48): I have listened to some comments in this chamber today and all I hear about is racism. Let me make my point very clear. When I first came into parliament I stood on the ground of equality for all Australiansequality regardless of race, colour or creed. Also, what I have tried to make quite clear is that, yes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people were the first peoples of this land here. Yes, Australia was colonised and people came here. Since then, many migrants from around the world have sought to make Australia their home. They have come here to join us and to be one of us, and I welcome that. My first husband was actually Polish. He was a migrant after the Second World War who came to Australia for a new life with his mother.
I have had involvement with people of all different cultural backgrounds. The manager of my shopmy fish and chip shopwas also a refugee from Laos. I had the highest regard for her and we worked very well together. I had properties that I actually rented out to an Aboriginal lady and her child. My children grew up in the same street with Aboriginal children. My association will all different cultures has been one that I have cherished. My parents were people that welcomed anyone into their homes, and that is how I was taught. I have respect for so many different cultures and the people. Respect is earned by the person, not purely based on who they are or their race. It must be earned.
Nominations closed yesterday for the Western Australian state election, to be held four weeks from today.
415 candidates have nominated for the lower house. Labor, Liberal and the Greens have each nominated a full team of 59 candidates. The Micro Business Party (no I hadnt heard of them either) have nominated candidates in 46 seats, with the Australian Christians running in 45. One Nation have 35 candidates nominated.
There are 31 independents, and Julie Mathesons party is running twenty candidates.
Interestingly the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers are running nineteen candidates. The Shooters have traditionally been an upper house-only party, although they broke that trend when they ran in (and won) the Orange state by-election in New South Wales last year.
A new report released by the Humane Society International (HSI) finds that trophy hunters are grossly overstating the economic benefits of big game hunting in Africa. HSI timed the release of the report to coincide with the start of Safari Club Internationals (SCI) annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 1. US-based SCI, one of the worlds largest trophy hunting advocacy organizations, released a report in 2015 that claimed trophy hunting-related tourism contributes $426 million annually to the economies of eight African countries and creates more than 53,400 full- and part-time jobs. But the HSI report, prepared by Melbourne, Australia-based consultancy Economists At Large, found that SCI had grossly overstated the contribution of big game hunting to eight African economies and that overall tourism in Africa dwarfs trophy hunting as a source of revenue, according to a statement. In the eight countries studied for both reports Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe tourism is responsible for 2.8 to 5.1 percent of GDP, according to the HSI report. Trophy hunting is responsible for less than $132 million not $426 million, as SCI's report claimed of the $17 billion spent on tourism in those countries every year, or just 0.78 percent of total tourism spending, the HSI reports author, economist Cameron Murray, adds. Thats an estimated 0.03 percent of GDP for those eight countries. In terms of the wider tourism economy, which relies heavily on wildlife resources, trophy hunting is relatively insignificant, Murray
This is a dangerous situation because a southerly cool change will be passing through the Hunter about midday on Sunday.
The link to the NSW Rural Fire Services is
Here is the latest update:
Little Burrendoo Creek
ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Approx 15km west of Bulga, east of the Commission Rd, Wollemi NP
COUNCIL AREA: Singleton
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 12 Feb 2017 08:29
From CNN Town hall meetings in republican heartlands are opposing the scrapping of Obama Affordable Health Act.
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Fundraiser for the Walking Wounded
The Soul Shakers
Milan Hendrik EXP (Duo)
Finger food BYO
Tickets $20 (Kids under 14 Free)
18 February at 6:0011:30
Crabbes Creek Hall
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Last Thursday, Paul Bloxham, HSBC Chief Economist for Australia and NZ, gave an excellent briefing on the economic outlook at a lunchtime event organised by the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI), and hosted by Clayton Utz at their Brisbane CBD offices. Bloxham is highly optimistic about Australias (and Queenslands) growth prospects due largely to:
As you would expect, Bloxham qualified his observations by noting the huge amount of uncertainly arising from the US and possibly from elections in Europe later this year. Bloxham speculated on what Trumps policies might mean for Australia, noting there could be one benefit from a US-China trade war, as we could then export more agricultural products to China. I would note that, of course, we may also suffer if the US buys fewer products from China and then this flows through to their demand for our resources. Also, Bloxham sug...
PBS 106.7FMs ska, rocksteady and early reggae party Jamaica Jump-Up is back after a summer break with a massive line-up for a very special, one-off fundraiser for the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica.
Featuring live performances from none other than the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, The Ska Vendors and The Moonhops! Yes, THREE huge live sets from some of Melbournes most celebrated ska/rocksteady outfits.
Plus, selections by our own Mohair Slim (Blue Juice, PBS 106.7FM), Jesse I (Babylon Burning, PBS 106.7FM), Rick Howe (Riddim Yard, PBS 106.7FM)with guest selectors Systa BB (The Good, The Dub, The Global, 3RRR 102.7FM) and Fabulous Fez.
Stick Mareebo and Queen Jigzie will be joining forces to bring all the good vibes and take us through proceedings as MCs for the evening.
The Alpha Boys School has been providing schooling and vocational skills to underprivileged and troubled youth in Kingston for over a 130 years. Alpha is best known for having been the training ground for many important musicians and singers of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and jazz including Don Drummond, Dizzy Moore, Owen Gray, Johnny Osbourne, Desmond Dekker, Rico Rodriguez, Yellowman, Horsemouth Wallace, Eddie Tan Tan Thornton and dozens more.
As this an event very close to the hearts of musicians in the extended Jamaica Jump-Up family, ALL PROFITS from ticket sales will be donated to the school plus there will be rare merch and vinyl available for purchase at an auction on the night.
As usual, the party will take place at our home turf The Gasometer Hotel, 9pm-3am.
For this very sp...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent 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
National accounting rules dictate that a national government surplus equals a non-government deficit (and vice-versa). If a national government successfully achieves a fiscal surplus through an austerity program then the private domestic sector must be spending more than it is earning.
The answer is False.
The point is that the non-government sector is not equivalent to the private domestic sector and to fully assess what is going on we have to include the impact of the external sector.
This is a question about the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance that have to always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts. The balances reflect the underlying economic behaviour in each sector which is interdependent given this is a macroeconomic system we are considering.
To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
GDP = C + I + G + (X M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).
Adding in the net external income....
In middle lagoon in its old haunt. Hasn't been reported in 19 months. Probably left because wetlands was drained for reshaping and replanting
The Donald Trump administration and the Brexit severance of ties between the United Kingdom and the European Union have, in a matter of a little over a half year, changed the world from a post-Cold War new world order based on American supremacy to a global disorder of altered alliances on a multipolar geo-political chessboard. In many respects, the new global disorder has also placed in jeopardy various post-World War II contrivances, including NATO, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) alliance.
According to a well-known theory in quantum
physics, a particles behavior changes depending on whether there is
an observer or not.
by Anna LeMind
It basically suggests that reality is a kind of illusion and exists only when we are looking at it. Numerous quantum experiments were conducted in the past and showed that this indeed might be the case.
Now, physicists at the Australian National University have found further evidence for the illusory nature of reality.
Iran celebrated the 38th anniversary of revolution ,chanting "Death To America" & threatening to @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fl3fRMiLEs Ad (@CodeAud) February 11, 2017 And it takes a lady chess player to show our Foreign Minister what respect for our way of life and courage look like. America's Female Chess Champion Boycotts...
Ive been telling you about this for years.
by Jon Rappoport
February 10, 2017
*** A message to quack busters who attack natural health behind a phony mask of scientific skepticism: put your own house in orderthats where the real quacks and shameless killers are. Read More
And why do you wear those pink vests? Legal Observers, or Human Rights Monitors as they are sometimes called, have become a common sight at large scale protest events throughout the western world over the past decade or so and the chances are you have seem MALS Legal Observers in the pink hi-vis vests at 
(Natural News) The great state of California is facing another serious threat to health freedom from vaccine pimp Senator Richard Pan, who is right now pushing a new piece of legislation he claims to have authored, that has the potential to make vaccines a mandatory medical procedure for all children in the Golden State this time with noexceptions or opt-out protections whatsoever. Read More
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I smiled when I saw the mural was still there, standing in the midst of the construction zone. Though I have no idea if thats a good or a bad thing, in terms of preservation, it gave me a smile to see it standing there nonetheless. Seemingly further back from where it used to be, Continue reading Devonshire Street Lightrail Construction
Native Title Authorisation Meeting
The claim area is described as
"The area is located north of the NSW/Queensland border, extending in the east to Lalaguli and in the north to Nindigully on the Moonie River. The area then extends west to meet Yuwaalaraay country between the Moonie and the Narran Rivers to the Bririe, a tributary of The Big Warrambool River, and includes the towns of Thallon, Dareel and Talwood."
The apical ancestors are described as
Beeswing and his daughter Lucy Long
Kitty, mother of Charles, Jack and Alice Dennison
Mary Ann mother of William Arnold
Mary Ann and Murray parents of George and Ada Murray
George Bennett and Mary Moodie
Charles Cubby and Lucy Ann
Jonathan Flick and Mary Ann
James McGowan father of Aggie, Annie and Kate McGowan
William Hilbert Saunders
Lennie Jane Smith/Rodwell
William Trapman (Troughtman)
William (Billy) Wightman
Sarah Witon aka Witson/Wilson/Murphy
Appeared in the Koori Mail of February 8, 2017
Thanks to a crazy love of inefficient wind farms, Australias electricity network is now approaching that of Pakistan. There many households own backup diesel generators for the times the network blacks out or there is load shedding. But at least mains electricity in Pakistan is cheap (about 8 Australian cents per kilowatt hour). Here Australians pay a high fixed cost plus around 30 cents per kilowatt hour. Expensive and unreliable power. Just what we need to power the economy.
And what are many Australians doing? Going out and buying diesel generators quite an inefficient form of electricity generation.
The Government should declare include coal and nuclear as renewable energy (since they are in fact renewable and plentiful).
And yesterday the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson, ordered that thermostats in government buildings be set to 26 degrees Celsius to reduce the load on the electricity network.
Given the threat of rolling blackouts across NSW and the ACT tomorrow, the NSW and ACT Public Services
are setting thermostats to 26 degrees.
I believe we also have an obligation to assist and would ask that you seek to ensure that
all buildings In which you or your portfolio agencies operate participate in this action.
I will ensure that all PM&C facilities participate and ask you to make sure that your portfolios are also responding appropriately.
We will be sending a notice to all PM&C staff in the morning explaining our action you might like to consider doing the same.
Surely further evidence of our third world electricity network?
FOBIF has been successful in our application to the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) for a Maintenance/ Start Up Grant through the Victorian Landcare Grants Program for $500. This money will go towards paying for public liability insurance for our group so we can continue to host our activities safely.
Local Landcare groups have shared in more than $204,000 to carry out environmental projects that improve biodiversity and land health across the catchment through this program.
This year, about 20 local groups project grant applications in the region were successful. Each year the quality of applicants is impressive, and this year was no exception, North Central CMA Regional Landcare Coordinator Tess Grieves said.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio congratulated the local groups on their projects. The Victorian Landcare program is an investment in our future and its fantastic to see these local groups receiving grants to support their important environmental projects, she said.
Thanks to Tess and the team at the NCCMA for their work in making this successful application possible.
The following is from New York based writer for The Independent Rachael Revesz. This is a story the military veterans who has just raised another...
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Smiling as the shit comes downIn theory, Parliament is the forum for the great debates on where the nation is headed. In practice, debates on where the nation is headed are had behind closed doors; what is put on show is bad drama badly acted, in Australia's best-subsidised and best-equipped theatre, where it is reviewed by the Australian media's last contingent of professional paid drama critics.
You can tell a man from what he has to say
Everything gets turned around
And I will risk my neck again, again
- Crowded House Four seasons in one day
A dolphin has been trapped in a filthy tank for over two years after being stolen from the ocean and her family in an annual dolphin hunt. The dolphins name is Angel and she is currently being kept in captivity in a museum in Japan. The Taiji Whale Museum is known for keeping dolphins that have been caught in Taijis annual hunt and is just around the corner from the Cove where this takes place.
The dolphin, who is believed to be an albino dolphin, swims around with her eyes closed most of the time, which reports have suggested is due to the excessive amount of chlorine in her tank, according to a report by The Dodo. Visitors to the museum have even commented on the overpowering smell of chlorine as visitors walk through the buildings. Despite the amount of harmful chemicals being used, the tank is filthy, with photos and video footage showing Angel swimming around in brown, murky water with her eyes tightly shut.
Angel shares the tank with five other dolphins who were also snatched away from their mothers when they were young, during the dolphin hunt. Angel has gone from a life of freedom in the ocean with her mother, to one of cruelty in captivity where she has nothing to do all day but swim around in circles. The tank that Angel is kept in also has a plastic tube running through it which is a walkway for visitors to the museum. The tube, which allows visitors to walk through the tank, has made Angels home even smaller, with less space for her to move around in. In the wild, Angel may have swum around 100 kilometers (62 miles) each day, but now all she can do is swim in circles in the cramped tank, trying not to hit the edges and hurt herself.
Graham Henry, the campaign coordinator for Sea Shepherd said, Angel and the dolphins in the same tank are in some of the worst conditions Ive ever seen for captive dolphins. Young dolphins that are deemed pretty enough are captured during the annual hunt whilst the remaining dolphins that did not make the cut into captivity are killed for their meat. From there they can be sold for over $100,000. The young dolphins are already seriously troubled when they are br...
Contributed by Adam Carlton The protest outside the venue of a fundraising dinner for the extreme Q society has brought this shadowy organisation to some...
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I really do fear for an outbreak of beggar thy neighbour policies that so damaged the world during the Great Depression. The return of outright protectionism not even disguised now is clear, with Crazy Trump leading the way with his extreme protectionism and crony capitalism. Milton Friedman, Jean-Baptiste Say, Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan and many other conservative, free market and libertarian economists would be rolling in their graves at the populist trends in society and capture of the White House by a group of thugs.
Trump is following the lead of many tyrants with mercantilist tendencies providing a greater opportunity to pilfer the peoples wealth. Trump has much in common with Jean-Baptiste Colbert and perhaps even more Nicolas Fouquet who as Louis XIVs finance minister seemed incapable of distinguishing his personal finances from the States finances.
Im afraid the Trump supporters here at the Cat are Trumps useful fools. You like him because he is seems to be opposed to climate change policies, but neglect the much greater danger he poses in every other area of human activity. Even on climate change policy I would not believe a word uttered by this contemptible and crazy man. It really is the case that the asylum is being run by the inmates.
Ill leave it for Jean Baptiste Say to have the final words, as his warns of the dangers of protectionism in his A Treatise on Political Economy:
The subject [is]the nature of the injury that a community suffers by difficulties thrown in
the way of the introduction of foreign commodities. The mischief occasioned to the country that produces the prohibited article is of the same kind and description; it is prevented from turning its capital and industry to the best account. But it is not to be supposed that the foreign nation can by this means be utterly ruined and stripped of all resource, as Napoleon seemed to imagine, when he excluded the products of Britain from the markets of the continent. To say nothing of the impossibility of effecting a complete and actual blockade of a whole country, opposed as it must be by the universal motive of self-interest, the utmost effect of it can only be to drive its production into a different channel. A nation is always competent to the purchase and consumption of the whole of its own products, for products are always bought with other products. Do you think it possible to prevent England from producing value to the amount of a million, by preventing her export of woollens to that amount? You are much mistaken if you do. England will employ the same capital and the same manual labor in the preparation of ardent spirits, by the distillation of grain or other domestic products, that were before occupied in the manufacture of woollens for the French market, and she will then no l...
Native Title Authorisation Meeting
The claim area roughly covers Brisbane City and suburbs generally encloses an adjoining area defined by Ipswich, Coominya, Hampton, Toowoomba, north of Warwick, Boonah and Beaudesert. The proposed application has two options.
The apical ancestors are defined as
Janie/Janey Billie/Billy (mother of Harry Thompson and Daisy Moreton (nee Thompson))
Billy Turner (father of Amy Turner)
Jackey Harvey (father of Emily Harvey the social mother of Robert Anderson snr)
Thomas Duggandan/Anderson (social father of Robert Anderson snr)
Topsy of Ipswich (mother of Jimmy Edwards jnr)
Ted Myer/Meyers/Myers (father of Elsie Richards)
Molly Myers (nee Crow) (mother of Elsie Richards)
Appeared on the Koori Mail of February 8, 2017
Some items of interest
Charlie Moreton F/B, born 1871 Stradbroke Island, parents Charlie Moreton and Sarah Moreton (Sandy) married Daisy Thompson
Jackey Arvey (?Harvey) F/B, aged about 75 years, died 26.12.1901 from consumption. Belonged to the Yackara tribe.
An Emily Harvey (Wanjin) aged 38 years native of Laidley was at Deebing Creek circa 1902
Elsie Richards, born Ipswich, died 28. 9.1961 Palm Island, parents Ted Byer (Myer) and Molly Crow, married to Arthur Richards
Melbourne city-goers are now able to access fast, free Wifi with unlimited data at Wi-Fi hotspots across the CBD. Melbourne Citi Free Wi-Fi and Melbourne Metro Free Wi-Fi (available from selected Melbourne train stations) are currently available in Bourke Street, Russell Street, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street Station. Its a win-win. 
Here in St Kilda we spend a lot of time brooding about our suburbs future: what will become of the Gatwick, when will the Epsy reopen, what will the Live Nation run Palais be like, could the GH have been saved? There are many questions, and few answers. If all of St Kilda 
Signature Dish is a section that explores the districts best dishes. We champion those culinary heavy hitters and uncover hidden gems by asking local restaurants to serve up their most popular dish. This month Clucked Fried Chicken isnt something synonymous with healthy eating. But rebranding a seemingly steadfast image is commonplace 
Mantis Kane www.zantidote.com A few months back you might have witnessed the scene pictured. A crane winching a large object over Acland Streets rooftops. Youd be forgiven for thinking it was a brazen daylight heist, the kind of clumsy old-school robbery of black & white movies, planned by intimidating men with anchor tattoos and 
2017 marks 44 years of operation for St Kilda Legal Service (the Service). It was established to service the needs of the local communitys particularly disadvantaged groups needing assistance. At its core ,our Service is a grassroots organisation which was created to empower people to access justice. What began in 1973 as a 
More than three years ago I was raising alarms about the decline of once vibrant Fitzroy St in St Kilda. Eventually after six months and many Facebook posts and Tweets The Age awoke to the story. My Jaccuse poster appeared on the shattered windows of our much loved, slightly weird Chronicle bookshop, which was left 
Carlita Warren The resolution of the backpacker tax will provide much needed certainty to tourism and hospitality operators heading into the busiest trading period of the year, according to peak industry body Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA). From January 1, 2017, a tax rate of 15 per cent will apply to working holiday 
Australia's planet-roaster government has recognized that coal is now so uneconomic that the way to get new coal mines started is to subsidize them.
In other words, the coal barons have taken control of the country with their denialist lies, and now like a virus will direct the country's machinery to enriching them while endangering everyone else.
A city in Australia has placed hundreds of microphones in public places to record people's conversations.
There are also microphones in taxis in Canberra, and buses in San Francisco. No matter what supposed justification there is, the danger of listening to people is more important. We must get rid of them.
One of my goals this year was to sew my own bras. Finding a bra is soul destroying for many people, and its been hell for me because I need a large band and cup. Bras for my size are nearly impossible to find, and the one or two that I can find cost anywhere from $90-150. As a result I have been wearing the incorrect size for years.
Aside: do you know how much it bothers me when people trot out the n% of women are not wearing the correct bra size!!!??!! Theres a reason: Bra sizing is not standardised, you cant just assume you are the same size across all brands. Even if you fit into and use the sizing chart, theres no guarantee the damn bra will fit! Another reason: bodies are different. Fat and breast tissue are distributed in all matter of different ways across all the bodies in the world.
So, last year I decided the only thing to do would be to sew my own bras. Aside from the major challenge of learning bra construction, finding a pattern to fit me has proven to be incredibly challenging. If I thought ready-to-wear bras were hard to find bra patterns in my size are non-existent. Remember what I said about bra sizing? It applies to bra patterns as well. I decided to go with the Pin Up Girls Classic pattern, because Beverly Johnsons Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit class use this pattern (her one). I bought two of her bra kits and a couple of underwires, then upon figuring out that the...
by Dee McLachlan It just happens I am writing a movie action script on whales at the moment. So I am alarmed to see that 416 pilot whales beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, New Zealand. More than 70% have died, with locals desperately trying 
Following up previous accounts of the shortcomings of Australian child protection dealing with the systemic problems here and here and the particular situation in South Australia which was revealed in an inquiry last year.
Readers may recall that the central concern is the extreme unwillingness of child protection authorities to remove children from their natural parents to a safer place or to adoption even when they are suffering serious and persisting abuse in the family.
The bad news is from South Australia following the report last year. Given that the report only recommended more resources to do much the same things it is not surprising that The Fresh Start is just a new department and more people but no sign of a move in the direction of adoption.
1 November 2016. The new Department for Child Protection opens today signalling a fresh start for child protection in South Australia. The department was created in response to recommendations in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. The life they deserve that was presented to the state government in August this year.
While a lot of this work has been occurring behind the scenes over recent months to ensure staff, the agencies that support child protection and the whole community are involved in the process.
Work already underway across child protection includes the new Choose to Care campaign to encourage an increase in foster cares; strong relationship with non-government organisations and other key partners; innovative parenting programs; and as well as child well-being practitioners working with schools to continue to grow partnerships with the education sector.
And there is a Media Centre! The Media and Digital unit, within the Media and Communications Directorate keeps the community engaged through the media with the latest news on initiatives, developments and events focusing on child protection.
The message on adoption is that it will be expensive for prospective parents, time consuming, and there will not be many placements anyway.
The good news comes from New South Wales where it seems that the Sammut report has been read and digested with the result that there is a move in the US direction of increase...
This photo of Tony Abbott's boot was taken earlier today. He was loading his Rural Fire Service gear and heading to his station, "Like so many other volunteers". Thank you for your service Tony. Values These are the values, as enunciated by Sir Robert Menzies in 1954 when founding the...
Mark your calendars! The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is coming up on Saturday the 4th of March! This years festival will run in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers Market, with a full program of inspiring exhibitors, free workshops, guest speakers, film screenings, kids activities, and lots of high quality local and regional produce. It promises to be a great day out for the whole family!
The MRSLF is seeking some keen community superstars to join our team of festival volunteers on the day. Youll have the opportunity to meet great people and get behind-the-scenes experience in one of the regions most engaging and popular events. If you can spare a couple of hours on festival day, wed love to hear from you! Call Sharon on 0487 444 090, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details at www.mrslf.org.au
Congratulations Trentham Produce Exchange for 3 years of exchanging. The swap is part of the Trentham Farmers Market held every 3rd Saturday of the month and anyone can join in. Organiser Glenda Holmes said:
We have swapped a vast array of goodies from backyard gardens - fruit, vegies & herbs, interesting bottled preserves, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, seeds, worm juice and manure! It has been an exciting and successful three years.
Not only have we shared delicious local produce, weve formed new friendships, helped nurture a stronger community and contributed to reducing our carbon footprint. We all know that its the best thing to know where the food we eat comes from and the more local the better! Our swap table has also become a talking post where interesting conversations happen, and gardening tips and recipe ideas are shared.
Apparently tacking on an extra $5.3 million in debt every hour isnt sufficient. At least not according to RBA governor Philip Lowe.
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There's a long list of blame and shame for Australia's threadbare climate and energy policy, but Turnbull's party takes the cakeWatching politics builds a high tolerance for hypocrisy and humbug, but even I am aghast at the Coalition's antics this week fondling a lump of coal in parliament while accusing the opposition of an ideological approach to energy and negligence in policy planning.Seriously. There's a long list of blame and shame for Australia's threadbare climate and [...]
Free multi-million dollar Wi-Fi service is now available in Melbournes CBD Offering users free, fast, unlimited data Melbourne city-goers are now able to access fast, free Wifi with unlimited data at Wi-Fi hotspots across the CBD. Melbourne Citi Free Wi-Fi and Melbourne Metro Free Wi-Fi (available from selected Melbourne train stations) are currently available 
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Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, class war, leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, politics of envy, Scott Morrison
There is only one solution. We must unwind the subsidies and regulatory interventions that have created the problems. Governments spend or impose regulatory costs like the renewable subsidies that amount to about $5 billion a year (a calculation the Finkel report deigned not to make). These are poisoning the economy as well as costing each household $500 per year. We need politicians to announce that all subsidies to energy will be removed immediately and that there will no longer be any favouring of particular power sources. Only then will we see the supply system convalescing and recovering so that it once again provides the cheapest electricity in the world and all that entails for living standards.
Spiny Norman- I havent seen your three questions on either YouTube NOR Facebook- but since you are OBVIOUSLY AWARE I am watching Hoaxtead Research- why havent you just asked them on there?
While you are at it- why dont you answer MY THREE QUESTIONS as well? Because it seems to me that your three questions are nothing more than a pathetic attempt to avoid mine.
Oh, and of course my three are- since we have irrefutable proof that the UK covered up massive child abuse in the 80s
1). What exactly were the allegations?
2). Who exactly were involved in the allegations?
3). If these claims were so bogus- why was so much time, money, and effort spent to cover them up and hide them?
PMID: Int J Hyperthermia. 2015 ;31(6):643-8. Epub 2015 Jul 9. PMID: 26156211 Abstract Title: Efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with mild hyperthermia for improving the anti-tumour effects of carboplatin. Abstract: PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) on the enhancement of hyperthermic chemosensitisation to carboplatin at mild temperatures in experimental tumours.METHODS: SCCVII carcinoma in C3H/He mice was used to assess tumour growth delay. The mice received intraperitoneal injections of carboplatin. For HBO treatment, the mice were exposed to HBO at 2.0 atmospheres of absolute oxygen for 60min. For mild hyperthermia (HT), treatment at 41.5C for 30min was performed. The tumour tissue pO2 levels were measured with a digital pO2 monitor during and immediately after treatment.RESULTS: The average time taken to reach a threefold relative tumour size was significantly longer after treatment with carboplatin combined with mild HT and HBO than after treatment with carboplatin and mild HT. The relative sizes of the tumours after the combined treatment were smallest when the treatment sequence was carboplatin, mild HT, and HBO. The tumour tissue pO2 values were significantly higher immediately after mild HT followed by HBO than immediately after HBO followed by mild HT. The tumour tissue pO2 levels during mild HT and HBO generally increased, although the patterns of the increases varied.CONCLUSION: The administration of HBO increased the effects of hyperthermic chemosensitisation to carboplatin at mild temperatures on experimental tumours, particularly when given in the sequence of carboplatin, mild HT, and HBO, a finding that supports previous clinical outcomes for a novel combined therapy using carboplatin plus HT and HBO.
You should all know by now that our Surf Art Market brought to you by SurfStitch is a true celebration of all things Surf Culture. From fashion to food, industry experts to one of a kind artisans who cant wait to show you their unique creative ideas.
But the common denominator among all of us here, is our love for the sea. So todays EDM is all about the surfboards, the shapers, the surf accessories and the surf saviours who we havent had a chance to mention yet in our regular newsletters. Lets meet them shall we?
BOARD SHAPERS GALORE:
There are 17 surfboard shapers at the Surf Art Markets, including
Dead Kooks Surfboards has evolved over the past 9-10 years from a backyard hobby making boards to a full-time job working with world champions and a string of worlds top surfers. Drawing inspiration from shapes of old, the boards that Eden Saul makes are anything but retro. Everything is designed, shaped and further refined with performance in mind, tackling everything from 12ft gliders, paddle guns for Jaws to refined modern logs, fish, singles and shorties.
Joel has a deep appreciation for the organic slowed down life and takes care in all he does. He is a soul surfer fused with big wave charger, known amongst his respected peers and fellow shapers as an innovator and talented surfboard craftsman. Each board is hand crafted by Joel for your enjoyment.
McTavish Surfboards is a high quality surfboard manufacturer based in Byron Bay, Australia. The brand was founded by Bob McTavish in 1962, with boards bearing the McTavish name in production ever since. Bobs loveable larrikin personality and his contributions to surf design and culture form the basis of what McTavish is all about design excellence, excitement, fun and adventure.
Morning of the Earth
Simon Jones of Morning of the Earth Surfboards handcrafts and shapes the finest seventies inspired retro surfboards in his backyard right here in the hills of Byron. Combining retro plan shapes, fin templates, & rocker with contemporary bottom shapes & rail configurations Simon produces beautiful classic shapes that you will love to surf.
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Fascinating. A look into the way business is done in Tasmania ... and a warning from The Mercury. Mind you this was 1993 ... Read for yourself ... Federal Groups Social and Economic Impact Study Report from 2014, here
The suspended reality across the Pacific took hold as the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, conversed with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in a state of mild delusion. Assuming the air of a clairvoyant, Bishop insisted that she knew that
Just so I get this out in a timely matter- as Hoaxtead is ONCE AGAIN suggesting that the two Hampstead children are going to be kidnapped- OPENLY STATING that Angela Power- Disney is going to be behind it.
Of course from everything I have seen personally- they are working in conjunction with their idiot shills- and Angela Power- Disney is ONE OF THEM.
They are DESPERATE to shut down talk of this elite pedophile ring any way they can- so I would NOT IN ANY WAY put kidnapping those children and blaming it on others past them.
After all- if they have shown anything is that they dont give a fuck about these- or ANY OTHER children
Hottest February day in NSW as extraordinary heatwave moves across Australia The heatwave moving across the sub continent is expected to intensify over the weekend, elevating the threat of potentially catastrophic fire conditions, authorities warned. New South Wales could face its hottest February day on record, with temperatures reaching 47C in western parts of the 
Professor Tim Anderson is a distinguished author and senior lecturer of political economy at the University of Sydney, Australia. In an interview with Khamenei.ir, he answers questions about the Syrian crisis, the Astana peace talks as well as the role
The ascension of Donald Trump to the US Presidency has introduced an additional element of uncertainty to the conduct of world affairs. Judging from Mr Trump's rhetoric, and some of his initial executive orders, such as withdrawing the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proverbial cat has been set among the geopolitical pigeons. The Australian government appears to have been completely unprepared for the Trump Presidency, and even less so by his decision to scrap American participation in the TPP. The political response has been one of denial, insisting that the TPP could proceed, and even more extraordinarily, suggesting that China and Indonesia could take the place of the departed Americans. This displays a degree of naivety that is a matter of concern. Even more concerning is that according to Opposition Trade spokesman Jason Clare following two FOI requests, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had not been asked to model alternative scenarios in the event the TPP fell over for whatever reason.
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With the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decisively rejecting the Trump administrations application for its executive order on immigration to be reinstated, the question of whether the checks and balances Americas system of government imposes on the new administration will remain effective has moved to the centre of the political debate.
A huge pocket of hot air is causing extreme heatwave conditions across eastern Australia, causing authorities to prepare for temporary suspension of power to selected areas of New South Wales late Friday, February 10, 2017. Rare Catastrophic fire weather conditions...... Read more
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