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Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia as technology played a major part in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday. Midfielder Pogba, who was criticised after recent below-par performances, found the back of the net with a lob after a fine one-two with second-half 
Proposed new defamation laws would allow corrupt companies such as the banks to sue whistleblowers and social media users. If the laws had been in force a few years ago it would mean we would never of had the Banking Royal Commission as most of the whistleblowers who sparked the Royal Commission would have been 
A couple of days ago, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was opened by a match between Russia and Saudi Arabia national teams that many anticipated. At the grand opening of this event, Russias president Vladimir Putin announced that:
I congratulate the whole big, strong, multi-national football family from all over the world and welcome to the beginning of the planets main football tournament.
Even though soccer, or football as they call it in Europe, lies far beyond the boundaries of day-to-day politics, its hardly a secret to all those who have been following political events closely that it has been dominating the world of sports for quite some time. Its no wonder than that the world cup that has just opened attracts so much attention, as Russia and the Western world are engaged in the most intense and bitter geopolitical struggle since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, what is even more intriguing, Russia appears to be winning.
Long before the grand opening of the 2018 World Cup, the deputies of the European Parliament announced their intention to declare a diplomatic boycott of this massive event. British authorities were first to officially announce the boycott of the FIFA World Cup, with a number of other countries joining them, including Iceland and Australia.
However, on the day Vladimir Putin made his greeting speech, most of the Western media sources had to acknowledge that the whole idea of a boycott was nothing but a big failure.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the largest event that Russia hosts since the end of Soviet days, back when the United States and other countries chose to boycott of the Russia Olympics in 1980 because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Reuters notes.
Its rather symbolic that the new anti-Russian hysteria was launched after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that was the largest sports-related PR victory for Vladimir Putin until those very days. The Atlantic Council...
If Theresa May thinks this video will unite Britons she is off her freakin' nut! I do not give thanks for the Muslim negative contribution to the world at all. It's a nett value subtractor. "The end of the holy month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to come...
With the opening of the new childrens hospital there has been interest in the origins of the first one, Princess Margaret. One popular retelling of the tale is:
In 1897, a young girl entered Charles Moores department store. She was drawn to an unusual moneybox into which she put three pennies. When Mr Moore asked her what she would like in return for her money, she asked to give it to the childrens hospital. Moore said there was no such hospital and the girl replied, Then why not have one? Moore responded, We certainly will, and we will start it with your pennies.
When Charles Moore told this story in 1909 at the opening of the hospital there wouldnt have been a dry eye in the room. And since Moore himself related the tale, it must be true. Mustnt it? Well, no, so let Dodgy Perth debunk it. But first, why is the moneybox always described as unusual?
The following section contains racially charged language and an image some may find offensive.
Moore said the moneybox was a negro one, where a coin placed into the hand would be thrown into the box. These were sometimes called jolly negro moneyboxes or, worse, greedy n****r boxes and were popular around the turn of the 20th century. Casual racism like this was the norm in the Perth of a century ago, so we shouldnt read too much into Moores story, or the fact that this box apparently stood on the hospitals front counter for years. However, to...
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The Socceroos kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against European heavyweights France on Saturday night at 8pm AEST. With two friendly wins under their [more]
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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
An external surplus is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a nation that wishes to grow during a period of fiscal surpluses and private domestic deleveraging.
The answer is True.
This is a question about the relative magnitude of the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance. The balances taken together 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 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:
(1) 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 tax revenue minus total 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 flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):
(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI
To render this approach....
Thanks to everyone who commented on the first eleven chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.
Heres a draft of https://www.dropbox.com/s/seojgihd4mrkcrq/QuigginChapter%2012Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 12 on Predistribution
Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.
Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao6s4jaejbrzap1/QuigginChapter1Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r1k8iqcpeboosbh/QuigginChapter2Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4umnbwj4kmihd6/QuigginChapter3Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2fkdwmbmje6fdo/QuigginChapter4Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmml30mkozzj9j5/QuigginChapter5Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/44bvl01adcv2fte/QuigginChapter6Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction
Yesterday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews put out this tweet in response to an, admittedly tactlessly worded, warning from Vic Police that everyone, particularly young women, should be mindful of their personal security when walking alone at night:
So our message to Victorian women is this: Stay home. Or dont. Go out with friends at night. Or dont. Go about your day exactly as you intend, on your terms. Because women dont need to change their behaviour. Men do.
That statement is jaw droppingly stupid and it astounds me that no-one has called Andrews out on it. Could there have ever been a more asinine public statement, on any subject, than this. It is virtue signalling par excellence and, if taken literally, is likely to put more women in danger.
Men do not commit these crimes. Anti-social misfits do and they are not going to modify their behaviour at the behest of anyone, let alone a moron like Andrews.
Humans are a flawed species and some specimens are found within the ranks of men. It will always be thus. To tar all men with this infamy is not only grossly offensive but also counterproductive.
For over two months Julian Assange had no internet access and no contact with anyone besides his lawyer. Fifteen days is prohibited by the UN as prolonged solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules. His situation now appears unchanged except that he was visited last Thursday by two officials from Australias High Commission. It has not Continue reading "Assanges Ecuadorian Cave"
A recent report has concluded that a key initiative designed to combat domestic violence is failing complainants. The report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) suggests that the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT), is a very poor instrument measuring the risk of repeat domestic violence victimisation, often performing little better
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Friends of the Earth , Contact: Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.) PhD National Nuclear Campaigner Australia SUBMISSION TO SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES ON ECONOMICS Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Friends of the Earth Australia www.nuclear.foe.org.au/waste(Submission No. 86)
(Ed note. This copy of this submission does not include the copious references which are provided on the original at the Senate website. )
Friends of the Earth Australia (FoE) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to thi...
ANOTHER great post from SRSrocco.. this one should be of particular interest to Australians though, because we are in a more vulnerable region. and while Australia may look not too bad on those charts, its only because our relatively small population means we consume way less than most of the other nations of the Asia Pacific region
Certain areas of the world are more vulnerable to economic and societal collapse. While most analysts gauge the strength or weakness of an economy based on its outstanding debt or debt to GDP ratio, there is another factor that is a much better indicator. To understand which areas and regions of the world that will suffer a larger degree of collapse than others, we need to look at their energy dynamics.
For example, while the United States is still the largest oil consumer on the planet, it is no longer the number one oil importer. China surpassed the United States by importing a record 8.9 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2017. This data came from the recently released BP 2018 Statistical Review. Each year, BP publishes a report that lists each countries energy production and consumption figures.
BP also lists the total oil production and consumption for each area (regions and continents). I took BPs figures and calculated the Net Oil Exports for each area. As we can see, the Middle East has the highest amount of net oil exports with 22.3 million barrels per day in 2017:
The figures in the chart above are shown in thousand barrels per day. Russia and CIS (Commonwealth Independent States) came in second with 10 mbd of net oil exports followed by Africa with 4 mbd and Central and South America with 388,000 barrels per day. The areas with the negative figures are net oil importers.
The area in the world with the largest net oil imports was the Asia-Pacific region at 26.6 mbd followed by Europe with 11.4 mbd and North America (Canada, USA & Mexico) at 4.1 mbd.
Now, that we understand the energy dynamics shown in the chart above, the basic rule of thumb is that the areas in the world that are more vulnerable to collapse are those with the highest amount of net oil imports. Of course, it is true t...
Markets always seem to be waiting for something and even today
it appears they were concerned about the BOJ and then later the
US/China Trade Talks. The result for cash was that the market felt
that the BOJ offered a helping hand after it today downplayed its
previous view on inflation. The subsequent bounce in the Nikkei
(+0.5%) was one of the few markets that managed a positive return
today. The other core market to benefit off of today events was the
Australian ASX (+1.25%), but that too saw currency declines -0.4%.
Shanghai and the Hang Seng
both lost around -0.6% as concerns escalate over the Trade Talks. SENSEX did well just to close unchanged as most of the afternoon session was spent in negative territory. However, the markets was probably helped by the continued decline in the INR, this evening closing with a 68 handle.
Europe was generally weaker across the board with the UKs FTSE (1.7%) being hit hardest. The UK continues to battle with BREXIT plans and so we are seeing the currency also under pressure and also market concerns surrounding US trade. Core Europe were also lower with DAX and CAC off around -0.6% the pair, whilst peripherals (IBEX, FTSE MIB) closed a little over 1% lower. The markets are still concerned about the ECBs possible tapering from QE from September. We did hear Draghi state that the door could remain open but these moves appear a little more concerning.
US core were waiting for more information about US/China trade tariffs and so were trading lower in the uncertainty. By the close all core had recovered much of the intraday declines closing just 80 points off on the DOW. Earlier in the session the DOW was down almost 300 points but had recovered by the close. Eventually, we heard the US put a Trade number of $50bn of charges on trade and later we hear China stated a $32bn number. The result of todays trading really blends into the previous rally and is having a negligible impact. It may be too early to make such a claim but the market consensus is that somehow these guys will work things out. US stocks still looking in good shape with gains of around 5% over the past month for NASDAQ and the broader S+P.
Japan 0.03%, US 2...
We came across a skeleton of a building bristling with warnings: Asbestos, Stay Out; Danger, Do Not Enter. The sense was that entering this site of history in Townsville, North Queensland, would kill you. And damn well it would have, sending you keeling over in fumes, damning you even if, on entering, you had hoped
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Its been busy here for the past month or so since we started coming out of the ground As I type, the masonry work is as good as finished, weather permitting will be so next Monday. So on a rainy weekend and I have to say weve been so lucky weather-wise Ive decided to update you all on the progress.
I started with 24 pallets of blocks, and it looks like well have almost three left over, even after the numerous broken ones found beneath the plastic wrap around the pallets. Beats me how everything is plastic wrapped now, even concrete blocks
Mark the Irish block layer has done a wonderful job.. he may be six years younger than me, but us old farts can sure work when the pressures on!
Having fitted the electrics on top of the first course, it occurred to me that dropping
concrete from a great height onto the plastic conduit spanning almost 400mm between the block webs might not be a good idea, so I filled the bottom course by hand to support all that hard work. Didnt want to...
I know that many people libertarians, conservatives etc who railed against this trend saw the election of Donald Trump or, rather, the rejection of Hillary Clinton as at least a sign of some backlash perhaps a spine will grow in those who might defend the legacy left by some many earlier generations?
I thought (and continue to think) Trump was a false prophet, a buffoon who would achieve the opposite of those hopes.
But Im gradually coming to the view that Trump is a necessary evil, a product of the decline of the west. He may well be the spark that inspires others to reject the stasis that has enveloped many western developed countries which have fallen into a period of self loathing.
Trumps meeting with Kim Jong-Un may be a false dawn for the future of the Hermit Kingdom. But its more promising than any other action in that space since the Korean War.
So lets play it out, and watch brains explode when Trump is elected for a second term. I will not worry and I have learned to love the Donald.
Calling from the lantana bushes. Very active.
At least 22 nankeen kestrels In approximately 6 hectares hovering and striking. In the same paddock at least 60 masked lapwings in 3 loose groups. Recorded here due to unusually high numbers.
In 1904, Sir Halford John Mackinder, a British geographer and academic, presented a paper to the Royal Geographical Society.
The Geographical Pivot of History is a remarkable paper for two reasons.
For starters, it gave birth to the modern science of geopolitics.
More importantly, it may have played a central role in dooming the world to two global wars.
How could one paper have so much influence on modern history?
Read on to find out
Mackinders outlook was a theoretical expression of what would become British foreign policy. He believed that geography played a key role in attaining global power. And he used this belief to make sense of history and world politics.
Mackinders research led him to divide the world into three parts. You can see this illustrated in the map that Mackinder created at the time:
Source: The Geographical Pivot of History
For Mackinder, global power centred on what he called the Heartland. The pivot area marked on the map shows this. Its basically the Eurasian landmass, with Russia dominating the whole area.
The second part of Mackinders division is an inner crescent of flashpoints bordering the Heartland Europe, the Middle East, the subcontinent and East Asia. This is where geopolitical flashpoints were always likely as competing nations wrestled for control of the key areas.
Finally, Mackinder had a third and outer crescent consisting of peripheral continents in geopolitical analysis, including Africa, the Americas and Australasia.
Mackinders basic premise was that whoever controlled Eastern Europe could control the Heartland too.
Any dominating position in the natural seat of power would provide control of huge reserves of raw materials and men enough to dominate the entire world.
Such an idea would always be a worry
When the victors write history
At the time, Britain was the worlds dominant superpower, courtesy of their naval power. They also used this to contain and disrupt regional players across Eurasia.
The primary British foreign policy objective was to prevent any foreign countries uniting and rivalling it for power or arms.
As the British saw it, the biggest threat was the emergence of a ma...
I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, Ill go into laughing.
Herman Melvilles Moby Dick
Its a story about the existence of a higher power. About good and evil. About self-examination. And about even social status. Herman Melvilles literary classic Moby Dick is many things.
Its also a tale of a bloke seeking vengeance on a whale that bit half his leg off.
But you wont catch us sympathising with the half-legged and neurotic protagonist Captain Ahab.
Our allegiance has always lied with Moby Dick, historys most famous sperm whale and chief antagonist.
With good reason, we might add.
You see, the 1800s were a time when whale hunting was considered big business. So big, in fact, that, for a brief period, it accounted for a whopping fifth of the US economy.
In truth, the whaling industry completely transformed the north-eastern United States into one of the richest places on Earth.
Ships numbering in their hundreds would set out from ports across this vast region known as New England, stretching from Maine to Connecticut. They crossed the globe, seeking out and bringing home with them prized whale oil in vast quantities.
It may be hard to imagine now but whale oil was central to life in the 1800s. In an era long predating electricity, whale oil was prized for its use in oil lamps. It was a key component in candles that not only emitted no smoke, but which released no smell.
Yet its importance extended far beyond lighting alone. Not only was it also used to make household necessities like soaps and margarine, it made for an excellent lubricator at a time when the use of machinery was growing.
Of course, obtaining whale oil meant having to actually kill whales, which was much easier said than done.
Prior to Americas arrival on the scene, whaling techniques had been primitive and dangerous.
The British, for one, would hunt for whales by jettisoning smaller boats from ships. Scores of men would row out towing harpoons attached to ropes, sniping at whales like javelin throwers until they surrendered.
Victorious, these hardened men would drag the whales back to ships, tying them to hulls. From there, the whale was stripped of its skin and blubber, which was then boiled to make whale oil.
As you can imagine, this was quite an ordeal. And a deadly one at that.
However, by the 18th century, American seafarers had joined in on the great whale hunt in earnest, leading to a boom in whale oil supply.
New England became ground zero...
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In August 2001, Australias dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his countrys elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the crack troops of the Special Air Services.
A bitter, politicised standoff ensued. The Norwegian vessel had initially made its way to the Indonesian port of Merak, but then turned towards the Australian territory of Christmas Island. Howard, being the political animal he was, had to concoct a crisis to distract. The politics of fear had a better convertibility rate than the politics of hope.
Australian authorities rebuked and threatened the container ships captain, claiming that if Rinnan refused to change course from entering Australias territorial sea, he would be liable to prosecution for people smuggling. The vessel was refused docking at Christmas Island. As was remarked a few years later by Mary Crock in the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, The stand taken by Australia in August 2001 set a precedent that, if followed by other refugee receiving countries, could only worsen the already deplorable problems facing asylum seekers in the world today.
And so it has transpired. Italys response to the migrant rescue ship, MV Aquarius, eerily evoked the Tampa and its captains plight. The charity ship, carrying some 629 African refugees, found all Italian ports closed to it under the express orders of Matteo Salvini, who has debuted in stormy fashion as Italys new deputy prime minister and minister for the interior.
Salvini had, at first instance, pressed Malta to accept the human cargo, but only got an offer of assistance with air evacuations. The good God, he bitterly surmised, put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily. The result was initial diplomatic inertia, followed by growing humanitarian crisis, and a Spanish offer to accept the vessel.
The situation clearly, as it did in the case of the Tampa, was calculated for maximum political bruising. One of Salvinis many political hats is federal secretary of the populist Lega party, which capitalised, along with the Five Star Movement, on the shambles of Prime Minister Giuseppe Contes failure to form a government in May. The nature of that calculation was made clearer by the uneventful rescue of 937 refugees off the Libyan coast who were taken to Catania in Sicily by the Italian warship, the Diciotti on Tuesday. Little fuss arose from that engagement....
The irony of the North Korean denuclearisation deal could be that everybody else decides to go nuclear. If it fails and Kim remains in power and countries doubt our commitment, then whats to stop Japan or South Korea or Australia going nuclear?
Trump triggers talk of Australia going nuclear, SMH, By Peter Hartcher 16 June 2018
Should Australia develop its own nuclear weapons? It seems an outlandishly radical thought for such a safe country to consider. But a former adviser to Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop thinks its an idea whose time is fast approaching.
In his book Why Australia Slept, launched this week, Peter Hendy says that Australia needs to consider nuclear weapons because if we could financially afford them, [they] would secure an even more independent foreign policy for the country.
Hendy, a former Liberal federal MP, former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and now a consultant, is not the first to raise this delicate subject. The way things are going he wont be the last.
Three former deputy secretaries of Australias Defence Department strategists Hugh White, Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith have mooted the idea in the past year. Till these most recent months, its been something of a taboo topic in respectable circles.
One big reason? Australia already has the protection of the United States nuclear umbrella. Under this system, the US pledges that if anyone should launch a nuclear strike on one of its allies, Washington would retaliate against the aggressor....
Philip Fels Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Submission 84
To the Senate standing committee on Economics, Regarding the proposed nuclear waste facility at Barndioota near Hawker S.A.
As a family which has lived and worked the land very near to the proposed nuclear waste facility for more than 130 yrs we are very strongly against this facility going ahead for some of the reasons which we will try and point out in the text following.
The site in question shouldnt have been allowed to be nominated by a person or persons with out any consultation with people whom this may directly effect considering they have only owned the property for a short time and have never lived or worked on the property or are ever likely to.
The land in question is one of the most unstable areas in Australia and we have earth tremors weekly if not daily and the Wilkatana Fault runs right up through this area.
As the soil structure is very porous and their is no granite bedrock in this area seepage or leakage into the local underground water table and then ultimately Lake Torrens is a very real risk.
As well as sustainably farming Merino Sheep and beef cattle for a very long time we also have a successful tourism business which we have been running on the property for 50 yrs which we fear will be severely impacted.
Our biggest worry of this process is the detrimental effect it...
IAEA and Australias Regulatory Body Strengthen Cooperation to Enhance Radiation Protection of Uranium Mining and Processing Workers https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-and-australias-regulatory-body-strengthen-cooperation-to-enhance-radiation-protection-of-uranium-mining-and-processing-workers ,
Guardian 15th June 2018 The
world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming unless countries
rapidly implement far-reaching actions to reduce carbon emissions,
according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. The final draft
report from the UNs intergovernmental panel on climate change
(IPCC) was due for publication in
October. It is the guiding scientific document for what countries must do to combat climate change.
Human-induced warming would exceed 1.5C by about 2040 if emissions continued at their present rate, the report found, but countries could keep warming below that level if they made rapid and far reaching changes.
Under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, almost 200 countries signed up to limit global temperature rises to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C. Climate scientist and Climate Analytics director Bill Hare said the draft report showed with greater clarity how much faster countries needed to move towards decarbonisation under various temperature situations and that the impacts of climate change greatly increased between 1.5C and 2C of warming.
Necessary actions include making the transition to renewable
energy, powering the transport sector with zero carbon electricity,
improving agricultural management and stopping deforestation.
1806 - Some convicts decided on a change of scenery so they
lifted the brig 'Venus' from Port Dalrymple (in Tassie) and sailed
off into the sunset and over the ditch to NZ.
1801 - Lieut William Paterson founded a settlement on the Hunter River. Alas! He forgot the first rule in real estate - location, location, location, and thus it was kicked to the kerb (abandoned to you fancy-pants readers) in 1802.
1806 - Sydney's very first girl's school was opened by Mrs Williams while many parents breathed a sigh of relief and stopped eyeing off the latest line of chastity belts.
An early St Trinian's....?
1807 - The first Russian ship in Australian waters, the trading sloop Neva, 370 tons, popped into Sydney to share a bottle of voddy with the colonials. While anchored in Neutral Bay, Lieutenant Leonid Hagemeister collected Aboriginal weapons, which were sent to St. Petersburg
1828 - John Curtis was hanged at Sydney for the theft of a cow from the herd of William Wentworth, at Bringelly.
1828 - James (or Joseph) Johnson (also called Philip Macauley, Phillip Gawley) was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery and assault of George Tills outside Liverpool.
1857 - Beginning the looong tradition of pollies wasting time & money by "looking into it" Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, headed a select committee established to inquire into federation of the Australia's colonies.
1869 Explorer Charles Sturt dropped off the perch.
1879 - Proving that scratching about in the dirt isn't just a fun hobby prospectors John Atherton and James Robson tripped over tin deposits on the tablelands inland from Cairns, Queensland.
1884 - The Bendigo Railway Line (Vic) was opened from the glorious Castlemaine Station (Maldon Junction) to equally delicious Maldon Station.
1885 - Not to be outdone by Benders transport improvements, Ballarat saw the launch of the Golden City steamer on Lake Wendouree.
1887 - Queen's College at Uni of Melbourne (named for the Jubilee of Queen Vicky's reign), was founded by the Reverend William Quick (Founders Day) on the piece of land granted by the Victorian Government to the Methodist Church.
1888 - Melbourne Footy Club were trying to spread the love of the game in Banana Bender country where they played a match against QLD at the Exhibition Ground.
Melbourne 6.16 defeated Queensland 3.5 (Attendance: 5,000)
1903 - The Lake Condah Mission Aboriginals formed an unbeatable football team in 1902, the Darlot Creek Wanderers which the Hamilton Spectator reported on this day having won by 52 points against Condah.
1906 The town of Roma, Queensland became the first town in Australia to be lit and po...
This week, after a quick stopover in Singapore, Donald Trump was keen to return to his favourite topic (beside his own greatness) his feud with the American news media. Political editor, Dr Martin Hirst, argues that journalists need to continue pushing back, or risk being swamped by Trumps aggression. read now...
From 1993 to the present day, global sea level rise has accelerated by 50 percent. And the primary cause, according to recent research, is that land glaciers such as the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are melting far faster than they have in the past. (Assessment of factors involved in the presently increasing 
Opinion: NRDC, 19 Other Groups Challenge EUs Mistaken Climate Decision EU policymakers agreed on a new Renewable Energy Directive that failed to fix Europes broken bioenergy policies. The decision to continue to label the indiscriminate burning of wood as carbon neutral undercuts the EUs climate targets. [Natural Resources Defense Council] Nuclear Power 
Basically, they took some plandids and didnt make a lot of progress
https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/solar_and_wind_could_provide_60_of_uk_power_without_jeopardising_reliabilit Solar and wind could provide 60% of UK power without jeopardising reliability, study finds Liam Stoker Solar could play a pivotal role in a future energy system without jeopardising security of supply, a new report has revealed. The report, produced by consultancy Vivid Economics in partnership with Imperial College academic Marko Aunedi, has analysed 
A Mens Shed group, sporting clubs and a local radio station are among organisations in Mayo benefitting from the Turnbull Governments $5 million Solar Communities Program.
The 2014 National Commission of Audit decided there were too many government bodies in Australia and suggested abolishing, merging or privatising 99 of them. One recommendation was the consolidation of border protection services which ultimately led to the formation of Duttons superministry. A consolidation of Australias border services has the potential to generate significant savings
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Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012. Ecuador is exploring possible ways to resolve the situation of Australian activist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that are "not traumatic," Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said on Wednesday. Valencia said Ecuador is negotiating with authorities in the United Kingdom, where Assange has been granted political asylum in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, but with increasing restrictions.
Saturday 16 June 2018 Introduction This week ended much like the last: boringly quiet. The big event of course was the meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The Donald added to his personal embellishments of himself by describing himself as brave. He seemed to create the impression that because he now likes the fellow
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Tropical cyclones are moving more slowly. As temperatures rise, the pace at which a hurricane storms across a landscape has slowed perceptibly in the last 70 years. But the slowdown means each hurricane has more time to do more damage and deliver more flooding.
Tropical cyclones over land have slowed down 20% in the Atlantic, 30% in the northwestern Pacific and 19% in the Australian region, said James Kossin, of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations national centres for environmental information.
These trends are almost certainly increasing local rainfall totals and freshwater flooding, which is associated with a very high mortality risk.
He reports in the journal Nature that thanks to atmospheric warming as a consequence of the profligate combustion of fossil fuels in the last century, the summer tropical circulation has slowed and, along with it, hurricane and typhoon speeds. Overall, since 1940, cyclone movements have slowed by 10%; over some land areas, they have slowed much more.
But as the temperature goes up, the capacity of the atmosphere to hold moisture increases by at least 7% with each degree Centigrade. That means a tropical cyclone a whirling system of terrifying winds bearing huge quantities of water has both more water, and more time to drop it over land.
And Dr Kossin cites the example of Hurricane Harvey which in 2017 dumped more than 1.25 metres of water on Houston, Texas and the surrounding countryside in just five days. Devastating floods displaced 30,000 people, and 89 died. Economic losses were assessed at more than $126bn.
This shift in what researchers call the translation speed is new and is only the latest study in a procession of alarming findings about the response of the winds in a warming world.
Researchers have already established that hurricanes are gaining in ferocity that is, becoming more intense at a faster rate than they did decades ago. They have warned that windstorms capacity to damage the worlds economy is on the increase directly because of global warming and consequent climate change, and they have identified a trend in hurricane geography: the storms are moving further north, in the northern hemisphere.......
The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths of light. The discovery, published today in Science, was led by Imperial College London, supported by the BBSRC, and involved groups from the ANU in Canberra, the CNRS in Paris and Saclay and the CNR in Milan. The vast majority of life on Earth uses visible red light in the process of photosynthesis, but the new type uses near-infrared light instead. It was detected in a wide range of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) when they grow in near-infrared light, found in shaded conditions like bacterial mats in Yellowstone and in beach rock in Australia. As scientists have now discovered, it also occurs in a cupboard fitted with infrared LEDs in Imperial College London.
Crypto investors in Australia should expect scrutiny from the tax authority, experts say
The State Government is seeking to have an anti-vaccination billboard pulled down in Perth, after doctors complained it was posing a public health risk. The billboard has sparked outrage among Australian doctors and authorities who [...]
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Undoubtedly, sellers are in charge and it"s solely because of this that the cryptocurrency market cap is down $25 billion in the last four days or so. But, this is coming at the expense of other coins because Bitcoin controls 
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STUDY: Left-wing Aussies are anxious about expressing political
views online: According to new research, almost half of
Australians are worried about what their friends, family and
colleagues will think of them if they express their political views
on social media. This is an important contribution to understanding
the changing nature of the Australian public sphere and the way
citizens moderate their behaviour in different media settings.
The finding is contained in the latest Digital News Report: Australia 2018, released by the University of Canberra yesterday.
Without timely access to path-breaking technologies, app developers in India can never be on an equal footing with developers in the first world.
Reporter: "You're defending now Kim Jong Un's human rights records. How can you do that?" .@POTUS: "You know why? Because I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family." pic.twitter.com/H50VJuP9xr Fox News (@FoxNews) June 15, 2018 hfg
A new anti-vaccination billboard in Perth has sparked outrage amongst Australian doctors and caused a dispute to flare on social media. The ad poses the controversial question "Do you know what's in a vaccine?" The billboard was met with fierce criticism from Australian doctors and the authorities, which vowed to pull it down, as social media users argued about whether this could violate freedom of speech. Placed on a street corner, the billboard provided a link to an American anti-vaccination group called 'Learn The Risk.' It defines its mission as one of raising people's awareness of "the dangers of pharmaceutical products, including vaccines." However, the message wasn't received so well by the Australian Medical Association. As soon as the billboard was spotted, the Association insisted on having it pulled down by the local authorities. Their outrage was reinforced by Health Minister Roger Cook, who in turn branded the billboard "nasty and devious" and warned that its "misleading" nature could seriously endanger people's lives. Cook vowed to pull all the necessary strings to have it removed as soon as possible and said he was considering toughening laws to fight against this sort of "misinformation."
Australian troops on active service in Afghanistan flying a Nazi flag circa August 2007....
This is a political cartoon by Rob Rodgers, who until 15 June 2018 was employed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - ciruculation 317,439 - a subsidiary of Block Communication Inc.
On that day he was apparently sacked for being critical of US President Donald J. Trump.
Even though Frances first encounter with its Australian rival wont be held at the World Cup till tomorrow, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann scored two goals yesterday. But not in any Russian stadium about 750 meters away from the barbed wire between Israel and Gaza.
The real blonde-haired Griezmann was represented by his number 7 blue shirt, worn by the 25-year-old Rami Jendia, who played for a Gaza sport club in a simulation match of the World Cup, held at Malaka, the base camp for the Great March of Return protests in Gaza. In the simulation, 14 amputee players played who had lost a leg from Israeli fire either from the weekly marches that began March 31, or from three wars on Gaza over the past decade.
The simulation-team players wore T-shirts from several countries participating in the World Championships. They were not able to buy only French and Australian jerseys because they are not available in sport equipment stores in the blockaded Strip.
The short game lasted only one-sixth the length of a real match, due to the stress on the players who were forced to jump on one foot all the match time. It kicked off after 13 hours of continuous fasting of the last day of the Holy Ramadan month.
Hamza Sersawi, 23, who symbolized the Manchester Citys superstar Leroy Sane, preferred to play as a goalkeeper, despite suffering paralysis on his left side of body and unable to repel his opponents balls.
There are people on this planet who love life and love sport, and not being forced to be killed or wired to deprive their freedom, Sersawi, who represented his countrys 2012 athletics national team, told ...
Lets first define seaward: the direction or side away from land and toward the open sea. Seems pretty innocuous, yet there has been quite a disturbance in the force over the use of just this word the other day. And it is being commented on very sharply at Powerline, here under the heading, Ammo Grrrll finds no limits in THE THIRD RAIL. Read it all since the scum on the left know no bounds to their vile subnormal behaviour. For some idea of what you will find at the link, I will just quote this and let you see for yourself what comes before and after.
The late, psychotic, plug-ugly dwarf Charles Manson shared his secret formula for getting a sizable harem of young women to do his bidding. Make them perform humiliating and deviant sex acts that break down all inhibitions and violate civilized norms. In no time, you will have a cult of lost, broken souls who are capable of slaughtering a 9-months pregnant woman. Yes, yes, I know that one persons deviant act is anothers pleasure. Im not talking about a wide range of normal. Im talking about violating all borders and boundaries of human decency.
Women publicly calling another woman vile names and men tittering about it instead of defending the slandered woman as a gentleman would is a marker on the steep slide to Perdition, a breakdown of civilized norms.
People who fret over the effect on Gaia Mother Earth from SUVs do not think for a minute about how fragile civilization can be. Civilizations have come and gone. If you separate sex not only from procreation but even from loving intimacy, you have one ingredient for disaster. Demonizing normal, robust masculinity as toxic while unleashing enraged, unhinged, unfeminine women, immune to any criticism, is another way to hasten societal collapse.
The American left have gone insane. And if you have never heard the story of Andrew Jackson and the duel he fought, this is the place to find out. There are many reasons to compare PDT to AJ, this being just one.
My neighbours basically forced one of their cats onto me saying she didnt get along with their dogs. Poor girl had been neglected for a while and although I would take her, I already have 4 cats, and don't have the space or money for a fifth. Angel paws is ignoring my requests for help and my money is running out so I am wondering if I will have to take her to city council :(
She is an older girl named Coco. She is very slow to trust, due to her past neglect but when she feels comfortable, she becomes so affectionate. She will play a little bit with some toys and she acts like a kitten again when she is really into it.
She is desexed but that is all I know about her. Age, vaccination history, worming history, and whether or not she is microchipped are all unknown.
She would be perfect for someone who wants a companion to cuddle with. She likes sleeping during the day in a warm corner and will watch outside the window at night.
If you or anyone you know of wants an older, chill cat, please contact me ASAP!
Edit: here is a pic of her https://m.imgur.com/c2VOV6f
We are excited to announce a rustic culinary collaboration between The Apollo Restaurant Sydney and The Byron at Byron Join Chef Jonathan Barthelmess from The Apollo Sydney and Our Executive Chef Matthew Kemp and his team for a fabulous evening of Mediterranean share-style feast with a fusion of Byron Bay magic.
Enjoy a four-course affair of rustic Mediterranean dishes with wines from St Hugos and a Brookies Gin on arrival, with the view of the chefs cooking the lamb on the fire!
Find out more at The Byron at Byron.
Note that this Monday 18 June 2018, we will be meeting in room 013.01.003, Emily McPherson building The big white building on the southwest corner of Russell and Victoria. Enter via Franklin St (ie. the Victoria St side). All are welcome!
An anti-vaccine billboard is now displayed over a heavily trafficked corner in Perth, causing a slew of controversy in the area. Residents are upset that the owner of the billboard accepted money from the American...
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A visit to the Joyces Creek arm of Cairn Curran on Monday was a bit of a desperate attempt to satisfy the bird photography addiction (aggravated by the acquisition of upgraded lens and camera) on a cloudy and unpromising day. While I was delighted to see a party of five male and one female Flame Robins, they were a bit reluctant to pose for the paparazzi, as were the many Black -fronted Dotterels. A Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) on the shoreline was more accommodating, but still a little coy.
A group of five Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Platalea flavipes) perched in an old dead River Red Gum were considerably more obliging. A little bit of light breaking through the sombre clouds at the right moment was even better.
Yellow-billed Spoonbill looking rather cool.
And perhaps tiring of the fool with the big lens
Time to move on
As I wended my way back to the car, the Flame Robins were still shy, but a Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) clad in formal attire was happy to pose on a suitably corroded picket.
[This was published June 13, 2018 at www.ageofautism.com]
By Teresa Conrick
For years now, parents of children on the autism spectrum have been on the internet and social media sharing their stories. Many, like me, have had horror stories of their child being sick too often and then abrupt and bizarre behaviors would appear. Strep throat was often a trigger for us.
- The strep infection triggers a misdirected immune response causing inflammation within the basal ganglia, a portion of the brain responsible for speech, involu...
The number of Indigenous businesses is growing by about 23% per year which is almost four times higher growth than businesses owned by non-Indigenous Australians.
SOCIAL media has been such a game changer that NSW is to have a look at how the 2005 uniform defamation law is coping. But some things remain constant: humans like to be liked, like to be respected and like to be trusted. It is in our evolved genes. So we should be careful.
Whether the respect or trust is deserved is another matter. And deserved or not, humans will fight for it. Indeed, men (they were nearly all men) if insulted used to duel for honour with swords and pistols injuring or killing themselves so often that law-makers and policy-makers encouraged and then insisted that honour be settled in the courts and not the dueling field.
As the press became more popular, publication became more widespread, so the damages for loss of reputation became higher. The law became more complicated and costs went up.
Newspapers and later broadcasters staked their reputations on reliability and veracity. It meant, of course, that anyone defamed by them could argue thay had suffered great reputational loss because the publishers had urged everyone to rely on them.
As Tom Bathurst said in the defamtion action this week against broadcaster Alan Jones the damages had to be enough to convince Mr Joness devoted followers, who write to him and hang on every word that he says, to convince them that his charges are baseless.
Before the internet, Newspapers and broadcasters usually took great care to avoid defamation actions, and they still do. Editors and sub-editors were trained to spot defamation dangers.
Newspapers and broadcasters had a monopoly on the widespread publication of news and information. You needed an expensive press or broadcast licence to be in the game.
Then came the internet. It did not take much to publish material. Then came Google and it took even less. Then came social media and suddenly anyone could be a publisher to a lot of people at virtually no cost. They could also be republishers of other peoples material.
The new publishers arose around the time the 2005 defamation law was taking shape.
These new publishers have little or no understanding of defamation law. They know nothing of the old legal adage: you publish at your peril.
Rather, in Australia, they were imbued with inapplicable US concepts of freedom of speech.
Introduction I live on the Eyre Peninsula and have deep concerns about this plan, including site selection, community consent, and the consultation process which lacks transparency and is fundamentally flawed. I do not support this current plan and welcome this opportunity to formally convey my concerns and opposition to the inquiry.
The Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community. Myself and many locals believe the storage of intermediate level nuclear waste will affect tourism and primary industries. The issue continues to cause deep division and stress in the affected communities. Many Traditional Owners do not want cultural heritage sites and their spiritual connection to country put at risk.
After 70 years of the nuclear industry the federal government has no plans for a permanent solution of the long-lived intermediate-level waste. Interim aboveground storage in SA could stretch to 100 years or more, this is not acceptable. The current project has not considered the full range of options to best advance responsible radioactive waste management in Australia
The federal government has not made a clear or compelling case that we need a national nuclear waste dump in SA. Australia must take responsibility for this waste; we must minimize future waste production and have a transparent approach to the future safety of intermediate level waste.
I believe that
a) the process of site se...
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