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Including this whole exchange :
And within 30-45 minutes after I published this exchange was when my Gmail account Davidshurter1@gmail.com got hacked- preventing me from making a YouTube video about it.
And this group of emails was NICE compared to others I recieved.
But the Sheriffs dept has them all- as I was just forwarding them as I got them.
On August 9th, Sydney beamed out strong support for Julian Assange with a live-to-air event: THE GAGGING OF JULIAN ASSANGE. The venue, with live audience, was Politics in the Pub at the Sydney Gaelic Club. Thanks goes to the #Unity4J movement and particularly its Stream Team, for their invaluable technical support.
In Sydney, the speakers were Cathy Vogan, Professor Stuart Rees and Mike Head. Christine was interviewed two days earlier by Cathy Vogan, and this was pre-loaded to the stream. There had been mysterious problems, in getting her connected to the live monthly VIGILS that #Unity4J have been running, so no risks were taken
Here is the entire show, as broadcast on August 9th, with a direct link to Suzie Dawsons talk. As viewers will see from the opening remarks by Vogan, there was a power failure (and internet lockout) while Christines interview was playing. Dawson focuses on the #Unity4J movement to save Julian now 2700 people strong, and comprised of artists, writers, techs and speakers. She addresses the idea of bringing together people with different political opinions, who have one common aim, and how thats been panning out.
Big shout-out to Gard Lord, @Jarraparilla, for this list of the main points made by Christine Assange:
*** If UK get him on the [bail] warrant, which should be defunct, they can then drop that [and] serve the Grand Jury indictment with no proper legal process. Then they can extradite Julian to the US, again without legal process because you dont have to present a prima facie case
*** And then,...
A body has been located after a large-scale search for a man reported as missing last week in bushland at Blue Knob near Nimbin.
Family members reported 38-year-old Damien Roadley as missing after he set out for an overnight camping trip on Wednesday August 1 and failed to return.
A large-scale search was conducted by officers from Richmond Police District, with the assistance of State Emergency Service, the Dog Unit, Police Rescue Unit, Rural Fire Service, Westpac Helicopter, Volunteer Rescue Association and the Queensland Police Dog Squad.
About 11.45am Saturday (August 11), a body was located at the south-west point of Blue Knob Mountain.
The body is yet to be formally identified but believed to be that of Mr Roadley.
Officers will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Any locals involved in the search for Mr Roadley are urged to contact Lismore Police Station on (02) 6626 0599.
Police have thanked the community and the media for their assistance with the search for Mr Roadley.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Israeli culture and sport minister has called for the assassination of the leaders of Hamas Palestinian resistance movement, stressing that Israel should reinstate its policy of targeted assassinations.
Miri Regev told a recent meeting of local leaders of Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip that the Palestinian resistance movements senior officials should live in fear.
We must go back to the policy of targeted assassinations of leaders of this murderous terrorist group, she added, referring to Hamas.
Other Israeli politicians likewise called on the Israeli leadership to come down harder on Hamas, which controls Gaza and has defended the enclave against three Israeli wars.
Leader of Israeli party Zionist Union Avi Gabbay, who was visiting the city of Sderot in the west of Negev Desert, was recently quoted by media as saying that Israel had a strong army and weak politicians, who would not intensify the regimes aggression.
The current regime doesnt know how to deter a terrorist organization or to negotiate, he added.
Israel has assassinated many Hamas figures over the past years.
Last March, it assassinated Mazen Fuqaha, one of the groups senior figures, in Gaza. The victim was shot with four bullets to his head.
In 2010, Israel had itself embroiled in an international scandal when its operatives used false European and Australian passports to assassinate senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the United Arab Emirates.
Oren Hazan, an Israeli lawmaker from Likud Party, also recently said, We are not hitting Hamas hard enough for fear of an ongoing conflict, even though we are deep inside one.
If we would have hit them, they wouldnt have allowed themselves to shoot 200 rockets in one day. So enough with the stories that we hit them hard. The public isnt stupid, and neither is Hamas, he added.
Besides staying prepared to take the territory under wholesale warfare, Israel regularly strikes G...
I've been a bit obsessed with Murray Cod since being part of
Monsantos secret strategies to market its weedkiller glyphosate despite knowledge of its serious health and environmental effects have now been exposed in this first case to come before US courts. The strategies mirror those of other neoliberal corporates (CSG, tobacco, asbestos etc), capturing regulators and academics alike to bury the truth.
Carey Gillam writes in a recent Guardian article In a stunning blow to one of the worlds largest seed and chemical companies, jurors in San Francisco have told Monsanto it must pay $289m in damages to a man dying of cancer which he claims was caused by exposure to its herbicides.The jurys verdict found not only that Monsantos Roundup and related glyphosate-based brands presented a substantial danger to people using them, but that there was clear and convincing evidence that Monsantos officials acted with malice or oppression in failing to adequately warn of the risks.
Carey adds The ramifications, however, are much broader and have global implications. Another trial is set to take place in October in St Louis and roughly 4,000 plaintiffs have claims pending with the potential outcomes resulting in many more hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in damage awards. They all allege not only that their cancers were caused by exposure to Monsantos herbicides, but that Monsanto has long known about, and covered up, the dangers. The team of plaintiffs attorneys leading the litigation say they so far have brought to light only a fraction of evidence collected from Monsantos internal files and plan to reveal much more in future trials.
There is a terrific blog by Glyphosate Girl covering the court case day-by-day here.
The post Monsanto vs Johnson: the first non-Hodgkins Lymphoma court case appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .
The Roy Rose Fire Shed was named after its founder from Thora Valleys well-known pioneering Rose family. This fire shed has served the Thora community for 50-60 years, and has many local stories of fighting fire fronts across this dense bushland valley. In recent times it has become better known as the Thora Fire Station, or Thora RFS and is currently captained by Todd Travers. We caught up with Todd to hear about his recent recruitment drive success and his new team, their award-winning trip and how this RFS Captain relaxes.What is your connection with the Bellingen Shire?I first visited Bellingen 23 years ago and was instantly drawn to the Shire. I continued to visit annually usually to tie in with the community markets for eight years until I bit the bullet and moved from the northern beaches in Sydney. That was 15 years ago and I havent looked back.Apart from driving that big red truck (every boys dream), what got you interested in joining the RFS?I joined in about 2014 because I like helping people, and I also saw it as a great way contribute to, and participate in this amazing local community. The RFS is the biggest volunteer organisation in the world and being a part of the RFS gives me the opportunity to help the community, not just on the fire front, but also at MVAs (motor vehicle accidents), burn pile assists and, importantly community fire education.What are you doing when youre not in Rural Fire Service mode?I work at the local Bellingen Hardware shop. I love spending time with my three beautiful children and my amazing wife Nerida. I also really enjoy playing the guitar.So this means you get discounts on hoses and buckets for the truck?Only the red ones.And why havent we seen you busking around the Shire or strumming a tune in one of our venues?All I can say is Open Mic night at No.5 Church Street watch out, Im coming! (When Ive practiced a bit more.)How did you go about starting a recruitment drive to build the troops?Starting about mid 2017 I put together Open Days at the Station, as well as taking the kids out on Sundays and doing fire information letterbox drops and a recruitment letter. We got 2 members on the first drive, then 4, and then another 2.So we now are nine:John Imrie (The Bear), Phil OBrien, Stuart Scott, Shaun Robinson, Peter van Brussells, Jacob Cooper, Sydney Eyre, Sue Travers and me.It was, and still is a big commitment but well worth it. Rachel Eggins from Coffs Harbour Fire Control Centre worked effortlessly with me for guidance & materials to make it all happen.How should people interested in joining their local RFS go about it?They should call Coffs Harbour fire control centre on 6659 7800 and they will walk you through the process.Tell us about the submission a...
And his father Iman Siraj Wahaj - the mentor of Linda Sarsour - spoke at Quest for Success in Sydney lst year pic.twitter.com/k3HTSOstJT Neryl McPhee (@NerylMcphee) August 12, 2018 https://www.smh.com.au/national/ji-training-camps-held-in-blue-mountains-asio-told-20021130-gdfw5w.html
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I wrote this little song Come Holy Spirit at my piano in Melbourne, Australia in 1985. Since then, thank the Lord, it has been all over the world as have I. The Lord truly chooses the simple things. So grateful.
This whole situation with my dogs is being done as an attempt to destabilize me in hopes I become suicidal. OR they want to hurt me and CLAIM I hurt myself- although doing such is COMPLETELY against my faith and would NEVER happen.
There have been NO calls to the Sherriffs office regarding my dogs EVER and I have letters from my neighbors completely discrediting the one ANONYMOUS complaint my city hall is using to try to take them away from me.
This is not, in my opinion, a coincidence that this happened within days after my interview on Lift the Veil
The attacks against me have been crazy. My Gmail account davidshurter1@gmail was hacked- effectively preventing me from making YouTube videos.
Someone has tried to poison my dogs twice.
I have an army of trolls online trying to discredit me to try and prevent anyone from listening to me- generally using anonymous or fake names.
The good thing however about my Gmail account being hacked is I no longer have to deal with emails from Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.
So at least there is THAT silver lining.
I have to admit dont trust the new leaders of this mess who only seem to focus on their OWN claims while completely dismissing the history of this mess.
And have NO doubt- what happened in Omaha in the 80s DOES matter. It IS part of the history of this mess- and those who dismiss it or discredit it are not to be trusted in my opinion.
But let me say- no matter WHAT happens to me I will NEVER commit suicide or intentionally hurt myself in ANY way.
Many news outlets have been reporting on a huge meteor that many were unable to see that hit near US military base but there is a lot more to this story than you think. The whole ordeal is quite peculiar and well worth breaking down.
Back on July 25th (2018), an early missile warning was triggered at the Thule Air Base. The Thule Air Base for those who do not know is about 43 kilometers south of Greenland. This missile was said to be traveling at a speed of 24.4 kilometers per second but as it turns out was not a missile but a meteor.
This meteor hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotonnes of force according to News.Com.Au, they actually confirmed with NASA that this meteor should have hit the base itself. Hans Kristensen Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists actually tweeted about the event when impact occurred. He was one of the first and few to actually speak up about the whole ordeal itself.
Were still here, so they correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike. There are nearly 2,000 nukes on alert, ready to launch. pic.twitter.com/q01oJfRUp4
Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) August 1, 2018
Because of this and other similar tweets, many news reporters called the air base as well as NASA to see if the base itself had been harmed. With that being said, according to Military Times the Air Force said within days of the event that the meteor did not hit the facility and it was fine. It did no damage to Thule what-so-ever.
The story was first reported by Australian media, then re-upped by Fox, which provided the rocket fuel for a frenzy of reporter calls to surprised base and NASA spokesmen.
The Air Force did call its space command, a defense official said on the condition of anonymity, since of course, that action would confirm that the U.S. Air F...
NEW YORKIn an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading.
Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying he will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. He had said later that day he would remain on the ballot despite the indictment and fight the charges.
I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Donald Trumps agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress, the statement said.
He went on to say he will fill out his term and continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Wednesdays indictment charges Collins and two others, including his son, with conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts.
Prosecutors say the charges relate to a scheme to gain insider information about a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for the New York state Republican party, said no decision has been made about a possible replacement for Collins on the ballot. She said the party is weighing its options.
Traditionally a male institution, the last decades have seen the rise of policies that push for equal inclusion of women in all areas of military service. But they're not working, for some strange reason. Men still dominate militaries all over the world, including in western democracies. This has led to charges of systemic discrimination, misogyny and toxic masculinity. But no worry, the gender activists have the solution: affirmative action, including special woman-only incentives to attract them into the military. But will these additional policies work? Or will they only result in a more 'toxic' military atmosphere? Are the ideals of 'diversity, inclusivity, and equity' compatible with the purpose of a military as an effective fighting force, or are they mutually exclusive? Today on the Truth Perspective we look at recent developments of gender politics in the military, with Australia as a case study and ask the question: are such policies making the military a better institution, or just making it weak? Running Time: 01:24:57 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!
By Sam Tobin in England:
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Inquiry chair Alexis Jay said: For decades, Ampleforth and Downside tried to avoid giving any information about child sexual abuse to police and social services.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) found that the true scale of sexual abuse of children at Ampleforth and Downside schools over four decades was likely to be considerably greater than numbers cited in the convictions.
Australians have been told repeatedly that global warming leading to climate change is real.
The continent is becomng dryer, record air and ground temperatures are no longer novel, heavy rain events are predicted to become more destructive, mass flora and fauna extinctions are expected and the coastline is beginning to erode faster than at the historical rate.
It's not just happenng in Australia, other continents are also experience climate change and, the one factor most have in common is generations of ever increasing greenhouse gas emissions produced by both households and industries in metropolitan, regional and rural areas.
Everyone bears some responsibility for where the world finds itself......
A cancer patient in the US has been awarded $395 million Australian dollars ($US289 million) after a court found he got cancer from Roundup which Capilano Honey CEO Ben McKee admitted to beekeeper Simon Mulvany has also been found in Capilanos honey. Roundup is made by US agro-chemical giant Monsanto and there are hundreds more people 
The ABC Red Cross Appeal to help Australian farmers (since 5am 10 August) as of 6pm 11 August - TOTAL: $1,028,000. @RedCrossAU @ABCRural pic.twitter.com/RKpbjh3kpw Jennifer (@JenIngall) August 11, 2018 UPDATE Maybe a word from the wise here - from our reader JM!!!! Glad the abc trusts the Red...
Pastor Keith Ainge who was recently put in charge of protecting Hillsongs children is in fact a Pedophile who should be charged with not reporting a pedophile to the Police and for sheltering a pedophile. The pedophile being Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong.
Pastor keith Ainge is a Pedophile Protector, and now a crafty snake in charge of protecting Hillsongs Children.
The Australian War memorial director Brendan Nelson has spoken about the claims made against Ben Roberts-Smith. #7News pic.twitter.com/avcEYbnFTH 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 11, 2018
MANILA, Philippines A drug suspect in President Dutertes watchlist was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants in Barangay Nanguneg, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur on Thursday.
Abraham Cabuena, 49, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Cagayungan when he was shot at around 10 a.m.
Police said Cabuena, who yielded under Oplan Tokhang in 2016, recently attended a community drug rehabilitation program.
Meanwhile, 21 sachets of shabu weighing 85 grams with an estimated street value of P1.2 million and 515 grams worth P6.27 million were recovered in drug raids in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Earlier this week, more than six kilos of shabu worth P73.4 million were recovered in drug busts in the cities of San Carlos and Bacolod. Police said it was the biggest shabu haul not only in the province but also in the entire Western Visayas.
In Bulacan, 44 sachets of shabu were recovered from 28 persons arrested during drug stings in the last two days, according to Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna, acting Bulacan police director. Jun Elias, Ramon Efren Lazaro, Gilbert Bayoran
This 2016 video is called HD Documentary: Becoming Human, Episode 2, Birth of Humanity (Homo Erectus).
Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus
August 10, 2018
An archaeological excavation of ancient human populations in the Arabian Peninsula during the Early Stone Age, found that Homo erectus used least-effort strategies for tool making and collecting resources.
This laziness paired with an inability to adapt to a changing climate likely played a role in the species going extinct, according to lead researcher Dr Ceri Shipton of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language.
They really dont seem to have been pushing themselves, Dr Shipton said.
I dont get the sense they were explorers looking over the horizon. They didnt have that same sense of wonder that we have.
Dr Shipton said this was evident in the way the species made their stone tools and collected resources.
To make their stone tools they would use whatever rocks they could find lying around their camp, which were mostly of comparatively low quality to what later stone tool makers used, he said.
At the site we looked at there was a big rocky outcrop of quality stone just a short distance away up a small hill.
But rather than walk up the hill they would just use whatever bits had rolled down and were lying at the bottom.
When we looked at the rocky outcrop there were no signs of any activity, no artefacts and no quarrying of the stone.
They knew it was there, but because they had enough adequate resources they seem to have thought, why bother?.
This is in contrast to the stone tool makers of later periods, including early Homo sapiens and...
From CBS in the USA, 10 August 2018:
This 10 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Dewayne Johnson, 46, was awarded $289 million in damages on Friday after a jury ruled the companys product was the reason he developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to the Associated Press. Monsanto denies the claims their product causes cancer and told the wire they plan to appeal the verdict.
Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, said he used the weed killer regularly while spraying it on the grounds he worked on in the San Francisco Bay Area school district. In one instance, the product left the father of two soaked after a hose broke in 2012, according to CNN.
He claimed he con...
Hey .@TurnbullMalcolm ! Maybe @unionsaustralia could run some good governance courses for the big banks. And to think your solution is to throw more money at them! Corrupt!#auspol https://t.co/jJQaAKv81C John Setka (@CFMEUJohnSetka) August 11, 2018
Why do I think the preservation of a working fifty-year old bluestone toilet block, in the face of its unnecessary replacement by a production-line designed one, so important that I can bring myself to promote a change.org petition to save it? Because somehow this blocky polylith has shown the capacity to unite us, where we can agree on little else. We live in a very atomised society, suburbanites here in Australia, victims of change and population engineering. People find it difficult to agree on complex politics, but the toilet block is an obvious example of something that does not need fixing, but that someone is fixing to fix. It should be too small for the council to fight us over it, but since the council intends to replace all bluestone blocks, stopping this would obviously frustrate a significant financial transaction. Someone is benefiting financially from this overkill, but not us.
Somehow the threatened removal of the sturdy bluestone toilets symbolizes important elements of our disempowerment. Some of these are our resentment at impermanence, our growing lack of local self-determination, lack of real consultation in favour of manufactured consent, industrial design over artisanship, synthetics over stone and trees, abuse of authority, planning facism, consumerism, delocalisation of decisions, spin replacing argument, and corporate beneficiaries taking over local employment and manufacture.
Our state-ruled local government has different values from many
of the locals. These values are for the imposition of unnecessary
new infrastructure of banal style and flimsy construction in place
of something that anyone can see is durable and which has taken on
the thermodynamic patina of age and locality a sign that it
belongs. Somehow this toilet block seems the right place to make a
stand. See the petition
here or republished below.
During the week I received a response to my enquiry to the ATO requesting a list of Approved Research Institutes (some of which are think tanks like the IPA) however, as you will see from the response at the foot of this post, the problem of think tank transparency in Australia has a lot of hurdles to overcome before we will be in a position to understand who is funding them.
Australian tax law prevents the disclosure of organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status which would presumably affect transparency regarding Approved Research Institutes that have DGR status. Im not sure why I was not provided with a list of ARIs that do not have DGR unless every ARI in Australia also has DGR, thus preventing disclosure. Given the secrecy provisions, who knows? See the thread below for a discussion of the issues surrounding think tank transparency.
Good piece from @SimonJCowan whilst there are benefits to voluntary transparency, Im yet to hear a compelling argument for mandatory think tank donor disclosure. In any event people can safely assume they are funded by people who support their views https://t.co/hqnJs43S5G
Krystian Seibert (@KSeibertAu) August 3, 2018
International debate leans toward expecting greater transparency from think tanks. Transparify recently released its annual report, rating think tank transparency around the globe, announcing that overall, funding transparency is improving.
How has think tank transparency evolved in 2018? Growth is the outlook according to our newest report, yet there is still significant room for improvement. Read the 2018 Transparify global report to find out more: https://t.co/SQPBDqOHLB pic.twitter.com/Z5NnNCjdAt
Transparify (@transparify) July 17, 2018
A couple of Australian think tanks made the 4 star rating but the IPA does not rate a mention presumably because T......
Although it may look like there is not much happening with your fruit trees over winter, the microscopic world of fungi is making plans, strategically laying in wait in the cracks and crevices of your trees until the weather warms up. The most prevalent fungus is Peach Leaf Curl, causing the disfigurement of leaves, and sometimes the fruit, on your peach, nectarine, apricots and even almonds. However there are many other fungal problems that may occur and winter spraying is a good way to help reduce the incidence of fungal problems.
Peach Leaf Curl will cause the lovely new growth on your trees to appear blistered and puckered and in severe cases it can cause pimples on fruit and premature fruit drop. In the cool moist weather of early spring the fungus will multiply and if the cycle is not broken your trees will continue to be infested year after year.
Other fungal diseases that may be dormant on stone fruit include
Shot Hole, Freckle Spot, Rust and Powdery Mildew.
There are several things you can do to minimise the spread of Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal diseases in the garden.
Practise good garden hygiene. Pick up fallen leaves from the ground and avoid putting them in your compost. Remove damaged or rotten fruit and keep the tree pruned to an open vase shape to increase air circulation.
Plant your tree into well prepared soil in the right position with plenty of sun and good air circulation. Keep up a regular fertilising and watering schedule.
Spray your trees during winter with a low impact fungicide. Winter-washing helps to kill off any spores and can greatly reduce the incidence of Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal problems.
The best spray to use is either copper oxychloride or lime sulphur sprayed in alternate years. The first spray should be in late autumn at leaf fall just before the tree enters its dormancy. Spray again at bud swell or bud burst in late winter or early spring. Once the leaves have opened out it is too late to spray for Peach Leaf Curl and many other fungal diseases. Safe and effective spraying can only be done at the end of the following summer.
When spraying fruit trees, be aware of the potential impact that spray drift may have on surrounding vegetation, soil micro-organisms, pets and humans. Spraying is usually done to the point of run-off, where the spray liquid has completely covered the tree surface and runs off on to the ground. It may be prudent to lay spra...
Strong cold front hits Australia's southeast, one death, hundreds of emergency callsOne person was killed after a strong cold front hit Australia's southeast on August 10. The storm produced strong winds across Victoria, with gusts up to 125 km/h (78 mph),...... Read more
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Two persons indisputably died as a result of the 2013 Marathon bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 24 and Ibraghim Todashev, 27. Another four reportedly died: Sean Collier, 27, Martin Richards, 8, Lingzi Lu, age 23, and Krystle Campbell. Jahar Tsarvaev was convicted of the murder of each of those four. He is currently on Death Row.
I own up to being a partial...
CRIME CULTURE: A priest massacres members of his own church congregation in a drought-ridden New South Wales town. Charles Sturt University academic, Therese Taylor, explains why the newly released Scrublands is such a timely novel. [READ MORE]
Two months ago today, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the line of duty and remains in a coma. Today, his son Kaleb started kindergarten. Since his daddy couldnt be there, Kevins Squad & @ChiefJohnMina escorted Kaleb to his first day of school.https://t.co/GfxTWL7pgt pic.twitter.com/TUVfKjStYe Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) August 10,...
Yesterday I was in an East Timor SASR veteran's home for a few beers along with some other diggers. Each man had several tales of woeful, bureaucratic indifference from Australia's Department of Veterans Affairs. These men wrote out a cheque to Australia made out to the value of their life...
A common error gardeners make is to assume that appearance of coloured areas on leaves is caused by natural variegation, fungal infection or nutrient deficiency. In many cases, the variegated colour of leaves of some shrubs, indoor plants, lettuces, herbs is a natural mutation. Happily, this is not a destructive mutation, but one that results in less chlorophyll in some parts of the leaves, causing a paler and mottled effect. Sometimes, keen gardeners have selected these plants and bred from them. These variegated plants can be lower in vigour and shorter-lived than their normal relatives but this hasnt affected their popularity as garden plants.
There is, however, variegation caused by some sort of plant problem. Although some garden pests, such as aphids can cause leaf yellowing, this colour change is not the only sign of an infestation. A more problematic cause of colour change is infection by disease-causing viruses or virus-like viroids and phytoplasmas, of which there are hundreds. Shown at the left is the leaf symptoms of cucumber mosaic virus (image courtesy of www.whitefly.org).
Fortunately, trees and Australian native plants have few virus disease problems and, interestingly, viruses in wild-growing plants dont seem to develop disease, although they have not been studied as well as cultivated plants. It is in cultivated plants, mainly food crops, that virus infection is of most concern. Because viruses and virioids are very simple organisms with DNA or RNA coated by a protein layer. They cannot survive for long or multiply outside of a host so they are obligate parasites they can only increase in number inside a living organism. Once inside the plant, the plant is harnessed into producing more virus. The plant cannot grow properly because its energy and nutrients are diverted away from normal activities like photosynthesis.
Shown here are the leaf and fruit symptoms of tomato spotted wilt virus (images courtesy of North Carolina Co-operative Extension).
Virus infection may result in...
Trustworthy Australian media claims July 2018 as the hottest month ever in the country, but even the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says its 2nd warmest day time highs, and 5th warmest mean since records began. Australia's drought is set to significantly worsen as well based on past patterns of climate on longer multi-century and multi-millennia cycles. South America was below normal temperatures overall for July 2018. Sources
I dont use illicit drugs. Im 61. Age doesnt stop a lot of people in Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales Australia, where I live, from using illicit drugs, even heroin. Most whove used heroin for a long time are long dead.
No matter what I write, what Im writing wont stop people using illicit drugs.
But here goes
In 2010, I observed someone very close to me with very serious drug psychosis through the the window in a padded cell in the lock-up section for drug addicts and the mentally ill called Kiloh, the psychiatric ward at Prince Alfred Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. This person had been using multiple drugs in a serious drug binge lasting four months. They were mainly using very strong laced hydroponic marijuana. This type of marijuana, grown by bikies and other criminals in houses converted to drug labs, caves and the Australian bush, is at least thirty times stronger than the bush-grown marijuana we used to smoke in the 1970s back in New Zealand. Then it is laced with amphetamines or whatever these criminals have available.
I first observed someone using heroin in 1972 when I was 16. A friend has been doing a carpentry course in Huntley, near Auckland, New Zealand. He made friends with some teenagers aged about 16 from Auckland. I visited him at one of his friends houses in Remuera, Auckland, one of Aucklands most affluent suburbs. In a large bedroom on the basement level a young man was in bed resting. He got up sleepily, and injected himself with heroin, and lay back on the bed and fazed out, very high.
I was always scared of heroin and strong drugs. Many of my Auckland friends when the family moved there in 1974, used LSD. I never used it. I smoked a lot of weed (marijuana) from the age of 15 to 19, when I became a Christian. I was always Christian in a way, but I did the 70s counter-culture teen rebellion thing.
One of the home group leaders under my leadership at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, the early name of Hillsong, in the 1980s, Michael Driscoll, suicided in the 1990s in Ireland. Michael went back on heroin, which he was on with his friend, the famous Australian painter Brett Whitely, and many other artists and their friends in Sydney in the 1970s, prior to Michael becoming a Christian. Jonathan Page and others helped Michael find Christ. Then in the 1990s he lost his way, moved to Ireland, went back on heroin, and suicided. I attended Michaels funeral in Neutral Bay in the 1990s.
Charges to three defendants also include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud Wednesday. The indictment is tied to securities of an Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics where Collins has served on the board of directors. Collins' latest sale of Innate Immunotherapeutics holdings was on June 20, 2018 and valued between $15,000 and $50,000 according to House periodic transaction reports. He bought at least 4 million shares between 2016 and 2018, according to the reports. Collins' value in Innate went from $25,000,001 to $1,000,001, according to his most recent financial disclosure. He serves on the Health subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce. Last August, the House Ethics Committee took up an inquiry into Collins and allegations that he had shared nonpublic information about the company, in violation of House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. Collins gained personal benefit and provided nonpublic information to his son Cameron Collins who sold nearly $1.4 million of Innate Immunotherapeutics shares, according to a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Christopher Collins knew or recklessly disregarded that he breached his duty by disclosing this inside information to Cameron Collins," the SEC said.
A former Australian cricketer has received criticism over his decision to publicly endorse an initial coin offering (ICO) platform. Michael Clarke tweeted his support for Brisbane-based Global Tech earlier this week.
Two days ago, the former Australian cricket team captain took to Twitter to promote a company looking to create a platform described by SmartCompany as part social network, part cryptocurrency exchange.
Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) August 8, 2018
In the tweet, Clarke included the message, exciting times ahead along with a marketing image from Global Tech. The image depicts the former cricket star with the quotation:
I am really excited to be involved with Global Tech. Their ambition and drive is something that I resonated with straight away and I cant wait to learn more about blockchain technologies.
Since posting the image, Clarke has received an intense backlash from both the cryptocurrency community and fans alike. Many questioned why someone with little to no prior experience in the tech industry would risk their reputation on an ICO given the funding methods track record for fraud and failure.
One particularly amusing response to the endorsement was from John Hempton. The prominent investor suggested to the former cricketer that sandpaper would be a better investment. He was, of course, referencing the recent Aussie cricket scandal in which members of the national team had been found using...
This May 2018 video says about itself:
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Sit back, relax and enjoy the colourful world of coral reefs as we take you on a journey through some of the most vibrant parts of our blue planet with this 10 hour loop.
From Penn State university in the USA:
August 9, 2018
Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely to survive modern-day global warming as well, suggests an international team of scientists.
The teams conclusion is based on the finding that the relationship between corals and the mutualistic micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older and more diverse than previously assumed.
Past estimates placed the initiation of these symbiotic relationships at 50 to 65 million years ago, said Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology, Penn State. Our research indicates that modern corals and their algal partners have been entwined with each other for much longer since the time of the dinosaurs, approximately 160 million years ago. During their long existence, they have faced severe episodes of environmental change, but have managed to bounce back after each one.
I spoke to the Sheriff who has been working with me since I moved here with concerns to the break Ins and attacks and now I understand why things are playing out as they have.
First of all, let me say I trust this Sheriff and realize that my belief that they are working like the Algona WA police did is COMPLETELY unfounded.
Right when I moved to Earling I got threatening emails from Doug Mesner- bragging that he already had contacts in Earling who were going to get me. The Sheriff I spoke to HAS these emails and every other one I have recieved since coming here.
The city manager befriended me before I had even got to Earling- as we would have hours long conversations on the phone before I ever even left WA.
I trusted her so much that I gave her keys to my house and she was one of the witnesses on my Last Will and Testament.
During these constant break ins I was going through- she was telling me it was my neighbor- who she told me police were investigating for manufacturing meth in their basement, however today the Sheriff told me this wasnt true.
My neighbors were NEVER being investigated. Let alone for anything doing with narcotics.
At the height of all of this- the city manager gave me a photocopy of a check my neighbors had written the city for their water bill.
I didnt understand why but at the time I just thought, as my friend, that the city manager was just trying to help me.
Now- talking with the Sheriff for an hour today- I know this is FAR from the truth.
Today I learned that had I done ANYTHING with that check- like posted it on my blog- I could have faced criminal prosocution.
In doing so I would have gone to jail as that protection order would have put me in jail for a year. But all I did was throw it in a pile of stuff in my office- as it seemed useless to me, and- until just recently- forgot about it.
I went in search of it after realizing what had been stolen from my house and figuring out it was the City Manager. Consequently I notified my Sheriff AND my neighbor whos check was photocopied.
But this was a setup the entire time. Doug Mesner was directing it- my city manager was helping- and with the break Ins and threats- they thought I would be reactionary and do something stupid- which would have landed me in jail- thus allowing Mesner to follow through with his promise to have me murdered in jail.
As far as the dogs- the Sheriff informed me they have NEVER recieved any complaints about my dogs until this anonymous one that the city of Earling filed. However he told me that Earling is just following the direction of their city attorney and that they have the right to reject putting me on the agenda....
As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports.
On July 24, China successfully lobbied five other members of the East Asian Olympic Committee to revoke Taiwans right to host its first-ever East Asian Youth Games next year.
Recently, a group of Taiwanese LGBTQ activists accused Beijing of pressuring the organizers of the Gay Games in Paris into banning the display of Taiwans flag.
Also, a performance by a Taiwanese high-school choir at the UN Center in Vienna was reportedly canceled due to pressure from the Chinese embassy in Austria.
On July 25, four major US airlines complied with Beijings demand to alter Taiwans description on their websites, changing the destination to Taipei instead of Taiwan. The total number of international airlines that have so far caved in to Chinas demand is now 44.
China continues to lay claim to the island under its one China policy, which Taiwan rejects, and hostility toward Taiwan has only grown in Beijing since Tsai Ing-wen (Tsai pictured above, with Chinese President Xi Jinping) was elected as Taiwanese president in 2016.
Australia has maintained a Blockchain-friendly position with its government-backed exploration of Blockchain technology for various applications. Now, it is getting ready to issue the worlds first Blockchain bond upon being mandated by the World Bank.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will reportedly create, allocate, transfer and manage the bond using Blockchain technology. The $AUD Kangaroo bond, named bond-i, will be delivered on a private Ethereum blockchain being utilized by the World Bank and CBA in Washington and Sydney, respectively. The Blockchain platform has been designed and developed by the CBA Innovation Labs Blockchain Centre of Excellence and an independent review of its technical architecture, security and resilience has been conducted by Microsoft.
The initiative is a part of the World Banks mandate to reduce poverty and promote development, as a part of which, it issues bonds worth US$50-US$60 billion annually for encouraging sustainable development. The World Bank is focused on helping countries to leverage the technology for sustainable development, and it aims to explore disruptive technologies such as blockchain to expedite its progress towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals.
A media release on CBAs website states This collaboration built on the longstanding partnership between the two organisations, with the World Banks 70-year track record of innovation in the capital markets and CBAs globally recognised Blockchain Centre of Excellence combining to deliver the project successfully.
In 2017, the CBA had issued a prototype cryptobond for Queensland Treasury Corporation utilizing its capital markets blockchain platform, and become the first government entity both in Australia and in the world to do so.
The Australian government has also been proactive in investigating the technology for its efficiency gains and implementing it across a range of sectors. The country has signed a five-year $740 million deal with IBM to use crypto and other new technologies to enhance data security. Australias Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is researching the technology, hoping to apply it in international trade and supply chain management for better security and transparency. Another area where the country is aiming to implement the technology is for tracking the provenance of s...
Right now I am fighting to keep my dogs based on anonymous lies that are negated by my neighbors signed declarations. Jan Gaul- Earling IAs acting mayor- sent me an email telling me I could not come to a public town hall meeting and plead my case.
The Sheriff s dept told me they have never recieved any complaints- esp of them running around in loose in town- although Sheriff Donovan- who delivered the order to me last Sunday- told me city hall said it had happened three times.
However- Earling IA is a tiny town with less than 400 people and had this EVER happened- the Sherriffs dept would have been flooded with calls.
My neighbors have said they rarely bark- that they are gentle and sweet- as did my vet who also declared they were current on their rabies shots.
The Sheriff read Jan Gails letter three times- told me he didnt understand it and ended up calling the county attorney for clarification- who didnt understand it either.
And I can PROVE this conversation with the Sheriffs dept because I have the entire conversation on video. (I have learned these many years NOT to trust the police).
I figure those I am fighting think that if I loose my dogs- Ill either commit suicide or they can make it LOOK as if I did. However- this will NEVER happen as it is against my faith and I will NEVER risk my soul regardless of how much pain I am forced to endure.
I am even expected to do the impossible and register my dogs- despite the fact Earling IA has no such thing in place on the books.
This is NOT the first time I have had to deal with things like this.
On the protection orders granted against me in Kent WA- it was put on the documents and even mentioned in court that I threatened the Algona WA police. However- had I actually done this- I would have gone to jail and since that never happened- it is obviously a lie.
And the Algona WA police knew this- as after the fact I told them every video listed on that protection order had NOTHING to do with the petitioners but ONLY and SOLELY dealt with Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and they responded with we know .
So they obviously had read the orders and knew the claim that I threatened them was a lie. And yet they delivered the order and I lost the case anyway.
These people will do anything they can to shut me up. And they will hurt me any way they can.
All to protect their secrets regarding child trafficking and pedophilia.
Racially and sexually objectifying Aboriginal women reflects a long practice in Australia and abroad.
By Taazakhabar News Bureau
Minerals are back-bone of Australias economy. Australia is leading producer and net exporter of minerals. More than 300 mines over Australia produce over 22 varieties of mineral ores. Mining has directly or indirectly touched the lives of people and contributed billions of dollars to Australias wealth. The industry has developed 26 towns, 25 airfields, 2,000 kilometers of railway and 12 ports besides upgrading the facilities in existing ports.
Mining industry has been a catalyst for Australias economic development and is the largest source of private employment. Around 167 000 people are directly employed and almost a similar number some 153 000 are indirectly employed by the industry. The industry also serves as a spring board to leverage a number of immigrants wanting to make a fortune.
It is said to be so important that when it sneezes the Australian economy catches a cold. The industry accounts for 7% of GDP, 20% of investments and 50% of exports of goods and services.
Minerals are Australias largest export. Coal and iron ore are two of Australias largest export earners. The two types of coal mined in Australia include high-quality black coal and the lower-quality brown coal. The Black coal is mined underground in Queensland and New South Wales, and is used for domestic and overseas power generation and industrial boilers. Brown coal found in Victoria and South Australia is of lower quality due a higher ash and water content. Australia holds 8 per cent of the worlds black coal resources and accounts for 6 per cent of world production. In terms of brown coal resources Australia represent 24 per cent of total world resources. Coal is Australias biggest export commodity. Australia accounts for around 34 % of world black coal trade54% of world metallurgical trade and 18% of thermal coal trade. Almost 75% of Australian black coal production is exported. Australia has one of the largest coal reserves (76200 million ton) almost 10% of the world total.
Coal also referred to as Black Gold accounts for 25% of Australias exports. Though Coal is mined in varying quantities in almost every state of Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland account for 97% of Australias production and almost its entire black coal export. Victoria has the largest reserves of brown coal, used exclusively for power generation. The brown coal deposits in Victoria with low mining costs is one of the worlds che...
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