|IndyWatch Bellingen NSW All Topics Summary Archiver|
IndyWatch Bellingen NSW All Topics Summary was generated at Bellingen NSW IndyWatch.
EXCLUSIVE: If he was making a list, he perhaps did not check it twice to see who has been naughty or nice after shocking photos reveal that Santa Claus was the star attraction at a childrens Christmas party for a controversial Australian outlaw motorcycle gang which celebrates Nazi symbols and counts a notorious paedophile as
Disclosure: I have invested in technology related to quantum computing. Via: zdnet: A team of engineers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has unveiled the design of a working chip that can integrate quantum interactions. According to UNSW, the design, which can be manufactured using mostly standard industry processes and components, comprises a 
BBC NewsImage copyright AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE HANDOUT
A man has been arrested in Sydney for allegedly acting as an economic agent for North Korea, Australian Federal Police (AFP) have said.
Chan Han Choi, 59, has been charged with brokering illegal exports from the country and discussing the supply of weapons of mass destruction.
Police allege he has broken both UN and Australian sanctions.
The case against Mr Chan, who has lived in Australia for more than 30 years, is the first of its kind in the country.
It is the first time anyone has been charged under the countrys 1995 Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act.
Police say there was evidence that Mr Chan had been in contact with high ranking officials in North Korea.
They allege he had brokered services related to North Koreas weapons programme, including the sale of specialist services including ballistic missile technology to foreign entities, in order to generate income for the North Korean regime.
Mr Chan also was charged with brokering the sale of coal from North Korea to groups in Indonesia and Vietnam. He is facing six charges in total after being arrested at his home on Saturday night.
In a Sunday news...
Washington: Chinas efforts to project its One Belt One Road as the panacea for the world faced a serious setback this week at the United Nations, when a coalition led by India and the US pushed back and forced Beijing to retreat.
The laudatory language about OBOR inserted last year by hyperactive Chinese diplomats was dropped as more and more countries asked for details on Chinas financing mechanisms and environmental standards in pushing the gargantuan scheme.
The hard work of coalition building over the last two months was done by a team of young Indian dipl...
International guest speaker: Frederike Geerdink, Dutch journalist, was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled. Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Koban in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day. But as necessary and attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women. Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in womens rights, jineology and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support. Organised by Sydney University Resistance Club, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of NSW, Sydney University Wom*ens Committee, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association
OK, believe it or not, the Australian government wants sweeping changes in the Catholic Church and other organizations, including making celibacy voluntary for clergy, but the real kicker is that they want priests to report people who confess sins in church. Politicians no longer have respect for religion or the beliefs of people. To them, there is no God, only their power. This is getting really insane.
A grand jury can meet anywhere and should!
by Mary W Maxwell
As our readers know, GumshoeNews has been dabbling in articles, petitions, Fringe plays, a song, attempts to reach the guardianship board, and whatever else we can do to find ways to get the conviction of Martin Bryant turned around.
Many Australians are aware of the falseness of the case that was presented in court in Tasmania in 1996, but many others are still going on the official story that Bryant was the gunman in the Port Arthur massacre.
This article was prompted by Mal Hughes comment to my article Hands Across the Ocean Against Fake Terrorism. Mal pointed out that few people know the truth about Port Arthur. I recall that in the Foreword to our book, Port Arthur: Enough Is Enough, Dee McLachla...
Published December 16, 2017
ADA, OKLAHOMA The Chickasaw Nation created a mobile application that offers mothers, fathers and other caretakers a new resource in the palm of their hands.
The MOMents app, now available to the public at no charge through the Apple App Store and Google Play, provides tips and advice through every step of a childs development. Topics include eating, breastfeeding, sleeping and playtime, among others.
Also included in the app are links to helpful resources and information all in one spot to help parents find answers for everyday questions quickly and easily.
The Chickasaw Nation has been developing the application for three years. This last summer, a major update went live which aligns the resource more closely to the feedback of mothers who had used the app.
A search tool is included to help users locate knowledge and information contained in the application. Kids in the kitchen videos provide quick and easy recipes including ideas from moms who enjoy cooking with their children. And for continually updated advice and inspiration, there are daily moments messages and an in-app blog.
The app can be found on the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching MOMents by MomCircle.
For more information, call the toll-free number 855-559-0985.
The post Chickasaw Nation Releases Resourceful App Specially Made for Parents appeared first on Native News Online.
From the AFP - some heavyweight charges. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a 59-year-old Sydney man for allegedly acting as an economic agent for the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Government (North Korea) in Australia, in breach of both United Nations (UN) and Australian sanctions. Notably, the man...
At one point or another, we have all been exhausted. That being said, sometimes this exhaustion is stemming from a place we usually would not expect it to.
Spiritual exhaustion is a thing and it can and will affect you big time after going through a spiritual awakening. These feelings are not pleasant and can leave you feeling like complete shit. If you are experiencing spiritual exhaustion dont worry, you can overcome it and it will pass with minimal efforts. Below you will see a list of the best things to do to help kick yourself in gear.
When you are at your worst you need support to help get back on track. Just being around the people who care can and will make a difference. Even when you feel like you want to be alone dont hesitate to have a close friend by your side to lean on.
If something is bothering you deal with it. Dont let things keep weighing you down. You can overcome any obstacle if you believe in yourself.
Spending time in nature always helps. Really take in your surroundings. Let mother nature nurture you in her way.
Meditation will help rid you of stress and bring you to a more clear point of view. Even if just for 20 or 30 minutes a day you will notice a difference. Dont bottle things up.
If someone is pulling you down, dont let them drown you. Let go of toxic people and move forward with your life. Life is too short to spend it wasting time and energy on those who do not truly care.
Be in the moment a much as you possibly can. While this is one of the hardest things on the list you will benefit greatly from it. Stop being stuck in the past or worrying about the future. Now is all we are promised.
Dont be afraid of anything. Running away is never the answer. Take a closer look at the things you are afraid of and overcome that fear.
Positivity can be found in every single situation. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Do not let yourself give up hope. Maintaining a positive minds...
Last week I reunited a 14 year old girl with her biological mother. She had been removed from her mother at 12 months of age. Children removed from their biological parents are among the most elevated risk groups to serious aberrant behaviour and to suicide. On the day of her reunification she called me to 
Bennelong defeat / Bennelong victory pic.twitter.com/9v1hCi6SZ3 Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) December 16, 2017 UPDATE - 40 minutes of counting and it's done and dusted. Bill Shorten and Labor appear to have overplayed their hand somewhat - rather than Turnbull it's Shorten who's been sent a very clear message. This is...
On 13 June 1995 Bruce Wilson deposited a $20,160 cheque from Thiess (a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Ltd) into the Melbourne based slush-fund that would lead to the discovery of his corrupt network. The $20,160 was one of about 40 secret commission payments corruptly made by Thiess executives...
November has seen more people lost to suicide than in any other month this year. More than a quarter of the suicides are of persons born overseas, with a significant proportion relatively newly arrived. The grim reality is that the end of year and the beginning of the new year are an elevated risk period. 
Most compensation schemes require fairly rigorous testing of your case, particularly if you're after a big payout. My mates who deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs tell me stories of endless medico-legal interviews, reams of paperwork and cascading hoops to jump through - and that's after their war service...
There is no terrible regime Columbia, Guatemala,
Uruguay, Argentina and Chile during the time of the colonels,
Burma, Taiwan, Zaire, Liberia, Congo, Sierra Leone there is not one
that does not have a major military connection to
Jeff Halper, 2003
If the details in this court report were allowed to be made public, it would no doubt be extremely embarrassing to the state of Israel, who relies on maintaining the status of eternal victim in order to side-step dozens of UN resolutions regarding its illegal land annexations and human rights abuses against the native Palestinian population who have been under violent Israeli military occupation for over 50 years.
Question: why have the Israeli Courts ruled to cover-up these important details about Israels own role in helping to facilitate a genocide in Africa?
Their answer: The release of information would undermine state security and international relations.
According to reports, Israels arms exports to Rwanda were in violation of international law.
Israel has also been caught numerous times before, including recently being exposed in a UN report after supplying Israeli weapons in the Sudan conflict, and again, with the US protecting the rogue state, Israel continues to act with impunity.
And this is what US politicians continuously refer to as the only democracy in the Middle East.
More from Tel Aviv
Documents detailing Israels alleged defence exports to Rwanda during the countrys civil war and genocide in the 1990s are to remain sealed, the countrys Supreme Court has ruled.
Two years ago Professor Yair Auron and attorney Eitay Mack submi...
The owner of the Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife were found dead at their home under suspicious circumstances. Reports say their bodies were "hanging side by side" next to their pool. The bodies of Bernard Sherman, 75, also known as Barry, and his wife, Honey, 70, were found around Friday noon in their mansion in the North York district of Toronto by the police, who arrived in answer to a 911 call. Police did not say who made the call, while the National Post reported that the bodies were initially discovered by a real estate agent, who came to the couple's luxury mansion, which is currently up for sale. The paper also said that the bodies were "found hanging side by side next to their indoor pool," something that other Canadian outlets later repeated, citing police sources. Local media also said police were looking into whether it was a murder-suicide.
The Bureau of Statistics has produced some shockers wildly inaccurate employment statistics it has had to disown. But not this time.
An apparent employment surge in one month might be a statistical fluke, the result of a dodgy sample or flawed bad seasonal adjustment. But not a near-record surge that goes on for month after month, 14 of them in a row.
Over the past year a near-record 383,300 more Australians have been funnelled into employment, all but 87,700 of them full-time. In the past month (acknowledging the usual caveat) 61,600 were funnelled into work, all but 19,700 of them full-time.
We won't get the detailed breakdown until next week, but a look at the latest detailed breakdown we do have, for the year to August, shows that almost all of the jump in employment of 324,900 was in two industries: 'healthcare and social assistance' (130,600) and construction (104,400).
On Monday, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state was in the midst of a construction boom not seen since Premier Henry Bolte in the 1960s and 1970s. It's getting hard to find the right workers and hard to find steel and cement.
Much of it is the result of government road and rail projects, as in NSW. Much of that is due to the previous Australian treasurer Joe Hockey, who in 2014 awarded incentive payments to states that "recycled assets", selling roads and other things they owned in order to build new ones. Victoria and NSW started early, recycling some of their assets before the Commonwealth incentives.They made use of the riches that had been flooding in to their treasuries as Sydney and Melbourne property prices pushed stamp duty takings sky high.
Once it was thought that government investment "crowded out" the private sector. Not at the moment. It's because of the government investment programs that the private sector is investing too, building projects on contract, handing them over to state governments (which will later sell them) and then starting on the next one. The known pipeline stretches out beyond 2...
Should the US military launch nuclear weapons, if Donald Trump orders a first strike?
Now, lets flesh out that answer a bit. The premise of the way the US National Command Authority (NCA) is set up, is to centralize control of the US nuclear arsenal, ostensibly for defensive reasons. Recent discussions about Donald Trumps unsuitable command temperament did I put that delicately enough? have swirled around the idea that Trump might order a strike, and the military might ignore NCAs directive as not lawful.
Im sorry sir, that is not a lawful order, is what they trained us, over and over, to say in the muggy June evenings in Ft Dix, NJ, in 1983 when I went through basic training. At that time, the US Army of the 1980s was still reeling from its self-inflicted morale damage following the ignominious defeat in Vietnam. Included in that ignominy was the institutional awareness that the US military had taken things way across the line: the carnage at My Lai was bad, but it wasnt really any worse than what the US Marines did at Hue. Or the US Air Force did during Operation Linebacker, when politician-to-be John McCain dropped bombs on a defenseless city of civilians. My Lai had become the tip of an iceberg, that the US planted a flag upon, trying to say, this atrocity was special. These atrocities are not us. So those of us being absorbed into the big green machine sat, using our M-16 rifles as props to support our weight, and took a few classes on what constituted lawful and unlawful orders. We were told, dont shoot prisoners. And then we were told, dont shoot someone who is trying to surrender. And we were told dont shoot civilians, although your first responsibility is to your mission and your fellow soldiers so if youre fired upon, return fire. And we were told, Im sorry, sir, that is not a lawful order, was our duty to say to an unlawful command; we were to accept that wed be relieved of duty and might be put on a barracks detail, until the chain of command determined whether we were wrong, or right, and everything got sorted out.
Of course none of that is how it ever happens. There is no perceptible shortage of people in the military who are comfortable (indeed, gleeful) with orbiting a Mdecins Sans Frontires hospital in Kandahar and raining...
An entire year without a pay rise? Prepare for another one, next year.
Wage rises used to be an annual phenomenon. The Bureau of Statistics says on average we got one every year. But since 2012 the length of time between them has almost doubled. The average has become once every 1.75 years. For every person that gets a wage rise more often than that, there will be someone who gets one less often.
And when the increases are delivered, they are smaller. If you get one after waiting almost two years, it is more likely to be 2 per cent than the average of 3.6 per cent that prevailed when they were handed out annually.
Back then three in 10 wage rises exceeded 4 per cent. Now it's less than one in 10. And the wage rises that are over 4 per cent are smaller: typically 5.75 per cent, down from 7.5 per cent.
It's an understatement to say it's caught the experts unawares. The employment minister has an entire department to proffer advice. Within months of taking office in as Tony Abbott's employment minister, Eric Abetz warned of a wages explosion. In Abbott's first budget and his next, and in Turnbull's first budget and his next, the Treasury forecast a wages takeoff. Not only did wage growth not climb as forecast, it fell further in each of those four years despite repeated predictions to the contrary.
And it did something remarkable. It's not unusual for the budget to forecast one thing and for reality to deliver another. A lot can happen over two years. But it is highly unusual for the budget to forecast the present and get it wrong.
The budget is delivered each May. The budget forecasts are finalised a few weeks earlier. The forecasts for the wage growth cover the year ahead to the next June quarter, and the year to the June quarter after that. As a point of reference, they also include a forecast of growth in the year to the present June quarter, the one the budget is in. In other words, they forecast the present.
Extraordinarily, in three of past five years the budget has got the present wrong. Wage growth was lower than the printed forecast, even while the forecast was being printed.
So concerned has been Treasurer Scott Morrison that he ordered a special report from the Treasury, one released only this month after Labor submitted a freedom of information request. It says while wage growth has dived in the mining industry (as would be expected, after the boom) it has also plunged everywhere else, as well as overseas. The dive can't be explained by lower productivity growth. It's been pretty stable at about its...
While sweat and Queensland summer go hand-in-hard, people in the state's west are reaching for cardigans as overnight December temperatures break record lows. From Birdsville to the Gulf of Carpentaria, temperatures dropped to 11 degrees Celsius below average - a phenomenon forecasters describe as "very unusual". "I've been forecasting for a few decades now and I can't really remember anything quite this spectacular as far as dry and cool at this time of year," said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Bernard. "It's the sort of thing we often see in winter which usually leads to really cold winter nights, but we don't often see it in December."
Eyewitnesses Testify Vatican, Drug Cartels
Trafficking Children to Satan worshipping pedophiles of royal
families, corporate heads, politicians
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 By Judy Byington
According to victims and for big bucks, the Catholic Church and drug cartels regularly funnel children through international pedophile rings to Satan worshipping businessmen, politicians and members of European royal families.
Since May 2014 more than 34 eyewitnesses have given depositions to the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels about this childhood sexual abuse and forced participation in child sacrifices by these global elites of the Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult.
Five international court judges have considered evidence against Ninth Circle Cult members including the trials chief defendant, Pope Francis, plus former Pope Ratzinger and Queen Elizabeth. In 2013 the ICLCJ Court found Queen Elizabeth and Pope Ratzinger guilty of Crimes Against Humanity and issued arrest warrants against them.
A European mafia known as Octopus or Ndrangheta, was said to make considerable money by securing drugs and children for the upper echelons of Pope Francis Catholic and Queen Elizabeths Anglican Churches, royal family members and European, Canadian, Australian and US politicians and corporate heads. The Catholic Church is clearly the largest baby trafficker in human history, making billions each year by selling Catholic newborns to orphanages, foster agencies and undisclosed parties Antonio Barrero testified before five judges of the ICLCJ Court. In Spain alone between 1940 and 1980, the Catholic Church reaped over $20 billion by trafficking more than 300,000 children.
The now Pope Francis organized the marketing of those more than 30,000 children of Argentine political prisoners according to a ICLCJ Court witness identified only as Number 32. In the 1970s-1980s the witness was a former Argentine civil servant who was present in meetings between the now-Pope Francis and the Junta Military during Argentines Dirty War.
The Court r...
This truly shocking video of one of President Donald Trumps judicial nominees has been making the rounds and it raises a lot of troubling questions.
Foremost among them is, why would someone be nominated to a lifetime appointment on the influential US District Court for the District of Columbia who doesnt recognize some basic legal terms.
Just as importantly, why did nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen not prepare? A week-long cram session should have allowed any law school graduate to knock these softball questions out of the park. The fact that he apparently failed to do this raises the troubling possibility that Trumps nominees, no matter whether they are qualified or not, expect to be confirmed by the Republican majority in Congress.
And, what is most disturbing is that, in many cases, they might be right.
Trump is appointing and the Senate is confirming judicial nominees for circuit court positions at a record pace. As a result of these lifetime appointments, it is fair to say that Trumps legacy will continue to be felt long after his presidency ends.
Proud to say the judiciary committee + the senate made history 2day by confirming the 12th circuit judge this year. the MOST in the 1st yr of any president in the 228 yr history of our country
ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) December 14, 2017
The post Trump Federal Judge Nominee Cant Answer Basic Legal Questions appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.
In recent weeks, 86-year-old Ruth Zalph has been repeatedly arrested for protesting the GOP tax bill and advocating for health care coverage in Washington, D.C. Calling herself Raging Granny Ruth, Zalph is a founder and leader of the Raging Grannies in North Carolina, a group that uses song and street theater to advocate for justice and equality, particularly in the realm of voting rights and fair political representation.
Before the Raging Grannies, Zalph already had an extensive history of activism and community organizing, including countless arrests protesting nuclear weapons during the Cold War, as well as leading the 860-mile NAACP Journey for Justice march in 2015. She has also conducted many actions as part of the Del Ray Citizens for Social Responsibility and the Palm Beach Friends Quaker Meeting.
I recently met up with Zalph at a sit-in against the tax bill, where she joined disability rights activists and faith leaders in civil disobedience actions on Capitol Hill. She told me about her early anti-nuclear activism, using Jimmy Carter as an excuse to not pay a court-mandated fine, and how the Raging Grannies have evolved over the years.
You started out as an activist protesting nuclear energy and nuclear proliferation. Why was the anti-nuclear movement so important to you?
I traveled to Kazakhstan and Ukraine when they were part of the Soviet Union. In Ukraine, I interviewed a dying victim from the Chernobyl disaster. The government didnt have to answer to them. Those facilities were thought to be fail safe. So, for example, when Duke Energy announced plans to store nuclear fuel waste at the Shearon Harris plant in 2000, I went with a group of people to their offices to demand a public hearing. We wanted to deliver a letter to the CEO on the 29th floor, and they would not permit us to take the elevator. So we sat downstairs [and refused to leave]. They arrested us for trespassing, and the case went all the way up to the North Carolina Supreme Court. I read a testimony in court, and I explained that the nuclear waste storage project posed a great safety hazard to the general public. So, our actions were done for the greater go...
In the 1950s, areas known as Emu Fields and Maralinga were used to test nine full-scale atomic bombs and for 600 other nuclear tests, leaving the land highly radioactive. We weren't on ground zero, but the dust didn't stay in one place. The winds brought the poison to us and many others.
On todays Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis speaks to Olympia LePoint, about her new book, Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brains Power Music featured on todays program: Frog Dancing by David Anthony Clark Olympia LePoint AnswersUnleashed.com Countless books have been written about the process of healing the brain from traumatic situations. But Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brains Power by Olympia LePoint is the first self-help ...
The day Samantha Folsoms parents were supposed to take her to a facility for drug rehabilitation she did not show. They repeatedly called her phone and did not receive a response. They went to her apartment, at Place Ste. Marie, on Oxford Street, in Lewiston. There was no answer. Folsoms father asked the landlord if 
AMMAN (Reuters) Sabih al-Masri, Jordans most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.
Masris arrest, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdoms affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments.
A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.
He is the founder of Saudi Astra Group, which has wide interests in diversified industries ranging from agro-industry to telecommunications, construction and mining across the region.
Masri was heading to the airport and they told him to stay where you are and they picked him up, said a source familiar with the matter who asked not to be named.
He canceled a dinner in Amman on Wednesday that he had invited board members of Arab Bank and business associates to attend on his return.
Masri could not be reached for comment. The Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for comment.
Confidants said Masri had been warned not to travel to the Saudi capital after mass arrests of Saudi royals, ministers and businessmen in early November.
He has been answering questions about his business and partners, said a source familiar with the matter who did not elaborate nor confirm he was held.
Reasons for Masris detention were not clear but political sources said the Saudis might have used him to put pressure on Jordans King Abdullah not to attend a Muslim summit last week to discuss U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.
The Jordanian monarch attended the Istanbul summit, however. He is a custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem and has been vocal in criticizing Trump over his decision on Jerusalem.
Saudi Arabia, whose relations with the United States have warmed with Trump taking a harder line against its arch-ri...
I don't recall the Government of Turnbull making any noises about increasing immigration by 27%! On Thursday the ABS released its most recent Australian Demographic Statistics. ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said: "Australia's net overseas migration for the year ending 30 June 2017 was 245,400, an increase of 27 per...
JERUSALEM (Opinion) Jerusalem was an Arab and Muslim city for close to 1300 years. Like other parts of Palestine, it was a harmonious mosaic. But, though there was always a Christian and Jewish presence both of people and of monuments it was predominantly a Muslim city.
This was violently disrupted twice: first in the year 1099, from which for a period of 88 years the city was occupied by the Crusaders, and then again in 1948 when the newly created Jewish State took the city and made Jerusalem its own. When the State of Israel took the western part of the city in 1948, in violation of a United Nations Resolution, it destroyed its Arab and Muslim character and then declared it as the capital city of the Jewish people.
Claiming that Jerusalem and indeed all of Palestine belongs to Jews only is not only morally wrong, but also short-sighted and unsustainable. In Jerusalem, as in the rest of historic Palestine, Israelis and Palestinians today, despite living in close proximity to each other, are completely segregated by a system of apartheid,. The two communities live in one state, governed by the same government, but in completely different realities and under different laws resulting from Israels apartheid legal system.
If the United States truly cares about democracy, the answer to this is not for Washington to legitimize Israeli claims to exclusive sovereignty but rather to support work towards a democracy where everyones rights are respected and guaranteed under the same law.
By David Swanson, December 16, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.
For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts to rest at least until the de-neutering of the internet succeeds.
On January 31, 1990, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher made a major public speech in which, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, he made clear that the changes in Eastern Europe and the German unification process must not lead to an impairment of Soviet security interests. Therefore, NATO should rule out an expansion of its territory towards the east, i.e. moving it closer to the Soviet borders.
On February 10, 1990, Gorbachev met in Moscow with West German leader Helmut Kohl and gave Soviet assent, in principle, to German unification in NATO, as long as NATO did not expand to the east.
U.S. Secretary of State James Baker said that NATO would not expand eastward when he met with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze on February 9, 1990, and when he met with Gorbachev the same day. Baker told Gorbachev three times that NATO would not expand one inch eastward. Baker agreed with Gorbachevs statement that NATO expansion is unacceptable. Baker told Gorbachev that if the United States keeps its presence in Germany within the framework of NATO, not an inch of NATOs present military jurisdiction will spread in an eastern direction.
People like to say that Gorbachev should have gotten this in writing.
He did, in the form of the transcript of this meeting.
Baker wrote to Helmut Kohl who would meet with Gorbachev the next day, February 10, 1990: And then I put the following question to him. Would you prefer to see a united Germany outside of NATO, independent and with no U.S. forces or would you prefer a unified Germany to be tied to NATO, with assurances that NATOs jurisdiction would not shift one inch eastward from its present position? He answered that the Soviet leader...
Court evidence filed by NSW Police has the witness statement of NSW Supreme Court registrar Chris DAeth which shows Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has conspired with others since September 2016 trying to jail journalist Shane Dowling for making judicial paedophile and bribery allegations against 16 judges , including Bathurst, in an article he published in 
Dont hold your breath about the Pope or the Church of Rome making any great changes. Theyre good at making patronising responses and doing nothing.
16 December 2017
Pope Francis says the findings of Australias child sex abuse royal commission deserve to be studied in depth, after the Catholic Church was heavily criticised in the final report.
The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under the final recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which were on Friday released.
If rubber-stamped, the changes would signal a break from centuries of tradition.
The final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Re...
The federal police in Australia report that its law enforcement officers and the Australia border protection agency seized thirty (30) kilos of cocaine stashed aboard an unidentified cruise ship which docked in Sydney on November 30, 2017. Four passengers were arrested on the ship and escorted from the cruise ship - a 41-year-old Belgian woman and three French nationals, including a 61-year-old man, a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.
The Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force released a multimedia news release titled No Sooth Sailing for International Cocaine Syndicate, with photographs of the drugs and the suspects. The release did not identify the name of the cruise line or cruise ship.
The cruise ship originated in the United Kingdom. The arrests took place after a joint operation between the Australian Border Force and their counterparts in United Kingdom.
The Australian authorities have been successful making drug busts on cruise ships entering the ports in Sydney. Last year, authorities seized 95 kilos of cocaine that three passengers smuggled on a Princess cruise ship (the Sea Princess). The question arises whether smuggling anywhere from 30 to 100 kilos of drugs aboard a cruise ship must involve help from crew members. Given the use of screening equipment on cruise ships, some people question whether the drugs were loaded onto the ship along with food and provisions and then transferred to the passengers to be smuggled off the ship in their luggage.
Have a comment? Please leave a comment below, or join the discussion on our Facebook page.
Hat tip to Crew Center where I first learned of the drug bust.
Update: The cruise ship where the drug bust occured is the M/S Astor, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, according to several individuals familiar with the cruise ports in Austrralia. The Astor was docked at the White Bay Cruise Terminal at the time of the drug sizure and arrests.
The first encounter between a cop and a gangster has a quality of romance. The person in your head is finally flesh and gun. There is curiosity. Youve been obsessed but you barely know them. There is hesitation should you talk or shoot?
Adi (Vijay Varma) meets Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) for the first time in a rundown alley. Its late in the night, and the Mumbai clouds have opened their ducts. Adi points his gun at Shiva who is on the run, trying to climb a wall. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Hes unarmed.
Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootouts director, films the next portion in slow motion. As the two shoot blank stares at each other, Adi remembers his mothers (Pravina Deshpande) advice, There are three paths in life: good, bad and middle. Good: dont shoot; arrest the guy. Bad: murder him and dress it as a shoot-out. Middle: injure and arrest him.
Adi doesnt shoot. Shiva jumps the wall and hides under trash. The next morning, he finds the boy who tipped off the cops and hacks him with an axe. Adis senior, Khan (Neeraj Kabi), relegates him to clerical work. Adi starts investigating the case alone, but Kumar is not interested in its outcome. Soon were back in the alley. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Slow motion, his mothers words and a frozen Adi. This time he shoots. Shiva dies.
These arent spoilers. The film reveals these...
The search for an effective tool to manage and even cure depression is one that has captivated the attention of scientists, medical professionals and researchers for decades. Experts estimate that more than 16 million American adults are currently affected by Major Depressive Disorder, which is equal to a staggering 6.7% of the US population aged 18 and older! With the prevalence of depression in the United States the demand for answers is incredibly high.
In an effort to better understand the workings of the mind, neuroscientists have been focusing on studying the presence of brain waves, and the power that they have to influence our thoughts, feelings and overall mood. Scientists have discovered 5 distinct bandwidths that make the way in which our brains operate, each representing a different state of consciousness.Photo by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash
Delta Waves (0.5 to 3 Hz): The slowest of the 5 bandwidths, Delta waves occur when we have reached the deepest state of sleep.
Theta Waves (3 to 8 Hz): The brainwaves that occur during a lighter sleeping state, or during the deepest of meditation.
Alpha Waves (8 to 12 Hz): When we are awake, however, we are not fully conscious of what is happening around us, such as during a daydream, we are often experiencing Alpha Waves. These also have been witnessed during times of meditation.
Beta Waves (12 to 30 Hz): This is the bandwidth at which our brainwaves regularly operate at during times of consciousness. This is also the state at which depression and anxiety are most common.
Gamma Waves (25 to 100 Hz): The highest level of consciousness, we only enter into this bandwidth during times of intense thoughts and processing, or when we have obtained a higher state of consciousness.
In understanding these various classifications, and the associations with each, we are able to piece together the ways in which our brainwaves influence our thoughts, feelings and emotio...
Since the dawn of self-awareness, both spiritual and scientific minds have pondered similar questions to our existence: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here and where are we going?
While most teachers within the worlds religions would disagree to the specific answers to these questions, there is a reoccuring theme that presents itselfour universe is not simply a colliding ground of dead matter and scientific chance, but rather it is a vast, interconnected ocean of intelligence. We often hear this theory mentioned as the great oneness, source, god, and the list goes on.
Within the field of quantum mechanics, physicists, too, have opened their eyes to the possibilities of a conscious, vibratory field that permeates the Universe. In his best-selling book, The Source Field Investigations, author David Wilcock proposes the question, could all space, time, energy, matter, biological life, and consciousness in the Universe be the product of a source field? He references a number of curious experiments conducted by scientists over the last century which add credence to his theory, and by the end of the book it is difficult to refute the existence of what he names the Source Field.
Below are five experiments explored in The Source Field Investigations that aim to prove the existence of an interconnected consciousness that pervades the Universe.
Cleveland Backster was a researcher and interrogation specialist for the CIA who served as director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. Backster developed the first numerical standardized evaluation of the polygraph chart and went on to study and promote the technology extensively.
On February 2, 1966, Backster&...
The Lions Rd on the Queensland and NSW border has reopened to traffic after bridge work closed the popular motorcycle route from January.
It was supposed to be closed to traffic for only six months, but bad weather has forced delays until December 15, according to Roads and Maritime Services.A new concrete bridge
Now that it is open, heavy traffic will be permitted on the road as the picturesque wooden bridges some single lane have been replaced by modern, two-lane, concrete bridges. They will have no load limits, allowing trucks and caravans to use the route.
While the work will now keep the road open in flood times, it may become a slower trip with riders hindered by slow-moving trucks and caravans using the shorter route.
Kyogle Council says the new bridges will help the local timber and beef industries, so we can expect logging trucks and cattle transports on the road.
The alternative route along the Mt Lindesay Highway and Summerland Way almost to Woodenbong is 24.3km longer, so many other interstate trucks and grey nomads may also start choosing the hilly Lions Rd.
Council says the bridges will help the tourism industry, but it certainly wont help motorcycle tourism if the road is open to big trucks and caravanners.Lions Rd scenery
Organisers of the Lions TT to postpone their September event blamed the delays to the opening of the road on the cancellation of the event this year.
Kyogle Council says the two-lane concrete br...
Sydney: Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse during confession...
A recap: Above and Below Ground threats to
Deep Underground Military Bases in the united States
99% of these bases have already been destroyed by the Alliance. - OD
The world's most prominent researcher on Underground Military Facilities, Richard Sauder, Ph.D, told of an interesting story in his book Hidden In Plain Site:
As it happens, after giving a public talk a couple of years ago I was approached by a man who had been a uniformed member of the United States Navy. We chatted for a while and when he mentioned that he had spent some time at China Lake my ears perked up. I asked him if there was an underground facility at China Lake. He said that indeed there is, and that it is impressively large and deep. I asked him if he had ever been in it, and he said that he had, though not to the deepest levels. I asked him how deep the deepest part extended. He looked at me soberly and said very quietly, It goes one mile deep. I then asked him what the underground base contains. He replied, Weapons. I responded, What sort of weaponry? And he answered without pausing, Weapons more powerful than nuclear weapons.
Underground Bases listed by State
1. Fort Huachuca. 3150 N 1100 1948 W, saucer base below, intelligence training above, mind-control included, too.
2. Gates Pass Base
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
Although we are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall, we are unable to draw any conclusions about the state of the fiscal balance until we know the relative magnitudes of the other balances.
The answer is False.
This question requires an understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. But it also requires some understanding of the behavioural relationships within and between these sectors which generate the outcomes that are captured in the National Accounts and summarised by the sectoral balances.
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 into...
QUESTION: I read your article on Bitcoin. I found it fascinating that defining what it is changes everything. You did not actually say what you thought it was, money, stock, or a commodity. Curious as to what you would classify Bitcoin as.
All the best
ANSWER: The definitions I presented are from the government perspective of taxation. They will naturally define it to be whatever produces the greatest tax for themselves.
Economically speaking, anything that can be exchanged to facilitate a barter transaction becomes a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE. That really can be anything. It has been food, sheepskins, seashells, cattle, bronze, silver, gold, or a derivative of something as paper money began.
Pictured here is a bronze ingot of the Minoan society. It is bronze cast in the form of a sheepskin. This reflects the transition from sheepskin to the Bronze Age. Above is a Roman ingot with the picture of a bull, which also reflects that this was a transition for cattle that was money previously.
Cryptocurrency is the next transition from tangible items being used...
Sydney: Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is hoping to regain his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership.
The election campaign in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Bennelong has been bitterly fought between the centre-right governments candidate, former tennis star John Alexander and the Labor oppositions Kristina Keneally, a...
I was honoured to deliver the F Word Address at the Wheeler Centre this year. This is the speech as I wrote it but I spoke without notes so the actual delivery might have been slightly different. Its a longish (10 to 15 minute read).
Podcast is available on The Wheeler Centre website
I think many of you know that I am going to be talking quite a lot about mens violence against women. Obviously if it gets too much and you want to leave please dont hesitate to do so. But thats not always as easy as it sounds, so if you want to just tune out, think about something else or read something on your phone for a bit, please do. Theres going to be a lot of people tweeting so no one will notice. And if you need to talk or ask for help, you should. No one should ever feel shame about the feelings this stuff can provoke. Shame belongs only to perpetrators.
As Santilla said I am a journalist. I found some research a few weeks back that says journalists are among the least valued professions in Australia, we come just above politicians and priests.
I think thats fair, weve earned it and we earned it the same way priests and politicians did. Weve lost sight of our purpose.
One of the best descriptions Ive heard of the purpose of journalism is that it exists to describe society to itself, and we do this by finding things out and telling people about what weve found.
It sounds simple, it should be simple but it appears that it isnt. And people know. When we are describing a society that is not what people know to be true, they stop trusting us. I think this, in the simplest terms, is why people have lost faith in journalism.
Theres many different ways weve done this, politics and economics are the obvious ones, but my particular area is how women are described in the media. We are half the population and less than 30 percent of the news reported about our population.
The MEAA produced a report in 2016 on women in media. Its a bleak picture of a profession rife with discrimination, bullying, harassment and underrepresentation.
Only 30 percent of content acros...
Bennelong: John Alexander (Lib) vs Kristina Keneally
2016 margin: Liberal 9.7%
Welcome to my live comments page for today's Bennelong by-election, including the post-count for as long as it remains of interest. As usual this is intended as a more forensic companion to the coverage on ABC News Live, and there will be similar live comment threads at Poll Bludger, The Tally Room and other places. Comments here will start from 6 pm and will scroll with the most recent on top of the page, refresh now and then for the most recent comments.
If this seat falls, the Turnbull Government loses its majority, although it would be unlikely to collapse by reason of that happening alone. The government very easily saw off a similar situation in New England two weeks ago but that was against weak opposition. Polling and historic evidence both suggest Alexander will probably be narrowly returned (see my preview comments, including poll results) and the betting markets have him favourite at around $1.33. In my view, that's a bit short. There are a lot of strange factors at work making this one a singular contest. I can't find any objective reason to say Keneally will win, but I can see lots of subjective ones why she might.
The by-election is also an important test for Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives, both in terms of the potential for the party to succeed in New South Wales (where it is anecdotally attractive to disgruntled Abbott fans) and in terms of its potential to supplant or absorb Fred Nile's Christian Democrats. Bennelong is an excellent test seat for this as the Christian Democrats polled very well (over 6%) at the 2016 election. Bernardi's party is eyeing off One Nation's Senate seat in NSW and we may find out whether this is a realistic threat.
In terms of some basic statistics for the election, enrolment is 106,582. However, recent urban by-elections have rarely had turnouts much above 80% even when both major parties have contested. Perhaps the intense focus on this by-election will drive a higher turnout, but I'm expecting at least 10,000 and possibly 15,000 or more to not show up. I'm also expecting about 5% of votes cast to be informal.
13,387 voters have pre-polled. Nearly all of these were at Epping and West Ryde Prepoll Voting Centres (6848 and 6275). There have been 16,210 postal vote applications of which 439 have been withdrawn as duplicates. Of the postals, 45% are Liberal "party postals" and 7% are Labor's, compared to the 2016 election at whic..........
This week I appeared on #QandA as one of the questioners to the Prime Minister regarding the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He sought to defend his dismissal of a proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament by relying on the fact we already have Indigenous MPs in Parliament.
You know the saying:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
I hate fishing. Hate it with a passion.
When I was a kid, my dad took me and my older twin brothers to Alexandria, Minnesota. My great aunt Jo lived on Lake Latoka there. She owned a large pontoon boat and had a lot of old dude friends who liked to fish. She made fruit punch slushies, filled up ice cream pails with it, and sent me, my brothers, the old dudes, and my dad off to the lake.
We caught 109 fish that afternoon. I remember running from one full hook to the next, taking off fish and throwing them in the water basket. It was an exhilarating time.
The next year, my dad took the three of us to a lake in St. James, Minnesota. That is the exact opposite direction of the northern city of Alexandria, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Down there, the lakes are shallow, green, smell like toilets from hell, and give you the runs just for walking past. We had no boat and stood on the dock. There was no wind and it was 98 degrees, with high humidity.
We caught a frog and a bicycle.
On the way home, I asked my dad a very important question that would change the course of my life:
Was our success last year in Alexandria what most fishing trips are like, or is it closer to the misery of St. James?
Dad, not knowing that he was about to give a young gentleman an enormous distaste for an absolutely pointless and boring activity, answered as honestly as every fisherperson should answer:
St. James is the norm.
That was it for me. I never fished again on purpose.
To fight the catastrophic fires of the future, we need to look beyond prescribed burning https://theconversation.com/to-fight-the-catastrophic-fires-of-the-future-we-need-to-look-beyond-prescribed-burning-89167 December 15, 2017 California is burning a sentence weve heard far too often this year. Sydney is currently on bushfire alert, as firefighters battle a fire in the Hunter Valley region and temperatures are set to top 40.
A cocktail of factors, from climate change to centuries of ignoring indigenous burning practises, means that catastrophic fires are likely to become more common.
One of Australias favourite fire prevention measures is prescribed burning using carefully controlled fires to clear out flammable materials. Were almost obsessed with it. Indeed, it seems the outcome of every major inquiry is that we need to do more of...
This week we examine and analyze deep questions about who will
survive the storm that is now upon us. This, of course refers to
President Trumps storm which is playing out against the deep state
criminals, pedophiles and traitors.
As this now fully unleashed second American revolution progresses into 2018 who can you trust and why? What are the essential factors that will determine peoples identity to either side- that meaning the globalists versus the nationals, the deep state cabal and its funded groups versus the Patriots who love America, Conservatives and people who still cherish cultural and religious moral values.
The definitive line is now drawn in the sand and today we discuss some of the details of this divide and what it means for you and I. We also discuss the alternative media, the notion of being a truther and the importance of understanding what all of this means.
The post Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Sleuth Journal.
Doctors are anticipating a particularly bad year of flu as the same strain which struck Australia earlier this year is set to hit the U.S. According to the Daily Mail, over 370 deaths have occurred this year as a result of the flu, but vaccinations are proving to be largely ineffective against the virus.
Every year scientists attempt to predict which strain of influenza will become the most virulent in order to create vaccines which protect as many people as possible from the flu. If they guess the wrong strain it could result in a 0% effectiveness rate where if they guess correctly the effectiveness rate could be upwards of 60% or higher.
This flu season strain H3N2 is predicted to hit the U.S., which has been the deadliest throughout the past decade. However, this years vaccines are proving only to be about 10% effective against the virus. To put that in perspective statistically, in 2011 it was recorded that out of the 2.7% of people estimated to be affected by influenza each year, vaccinations were only able to drop that number down to 1.2%.
This 60% effectiveness rate was actually touted as a huge success by vaccine manufacturers, but it also meant that the remaining 98.5% of people who either werent granted immunity from the vaccine or never got it at all had no benefit from the shot whatsoever. Now that the new vaccine has only a 10% effectiveness rate, the amount of people who can potentially benefit from getting vaccinated for the flu falls from roughly 3 in 200 people to less than 1 in 300.
Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low, and his entourage, ushered in 2013 twice in Sydney and then Las Vegas, a report in The Australian said today. Citing a report first published by whistleblower website The Sarawak Report on social media posts of the party, The Australian said it painted a picture of excess, including gambling 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announcement in November that it was lifting a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia an order President Donald Trump said in a tweet two days later that he had put on hold was merely the latest flashpoint in a debate that has been raging for years. Proponents of trophy hunting insist that it generates revenue that can be directed towards conservation efforts and creates incentives for local populations to conserve particular species. Opponents counter that there is no research proving these claims to be true and that there are better alternatives, such as eco-tourism, the benefits of which are more established and do not rely on killing animals for sport. According to the Matthew Holden, an applied mathematician at University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses on how human behavior reacts to and impacts conservation policies, we dont know enough about how trophy hunting affects wildlife populations to say with any certainty whether or not the legalization of the transport of elephant trophies could drive African elephants to extinction. Both sides of the trophy hunting debate make seemingly logical arguments, but actually very little is known about the social and economic side of trophy hunting and thats a big concern, Holden said in a statement. Holden is the lead author of a study recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that adds a significant new dimension to the debate, however. He and a colleague at
As an old soul, you stand out more than others. You just dont seem to fit in and there is nothing wrong with that.
That being said, some people just cant quite pinpoint what it is that makes them different. If you believe you may be an old soul but arent quite sure this should help you. All old souls value the following things, and if you value these things you are an old soul.
An old soul is a person whose soul has already lived many lives. You have already been here time and time again and gained great wisdom. You are quite intelligent and often act wise beyond your years.
You know growth is important for all of us. No matter how old we are we never stop growing. This is something we all have to accept. Growth is just a part of life and a big part at that.
You like to be able to do the things you want to do. You have been through this life more than enough times to know that freedom is important. Without freedom we are nothing.
You need time to reflect and unwind. As an old soul, you are much more introverted than others. You have already lived through the stages most people are stuck in. Three or more lives ago you may have been a party animal, who knows.
You are constantly learning new things and figuring out answers to questions you never thought would be answered. Knowledge is the key to everything. Without knowledge where would we all be?
You do not lie and do not let those who lie remain in your life. You are honest and truthful and expect nothing less from others. Telling the truth is not hard and you are more than aware of that.
You are always working towards something else. The bigger picture never leaves your mind. You have a plan and know your purpose.
You are quite family oriented because you have seen what it is like to be away from those who care. You would do anything for those closest to you and they know that. Family is something you hold to a very high standard.
Old souls are some of the most amazing people in the world, if you happen to be one remember that you should always be true to yourself. Things are falling into place and you are going to be the only one still standing tall in the end....
Channel 9 reported that Rashid Mohamed Abuuh was convicted on several charges over raping a woman in Canberra last year.
Her job is not the most important thing to know about her. She is a woman and a person before she is her job. Dehumanising rape victims is abhorrent.
Sex work is dangerous, but not because the people who do such work are working with toxic chemicals or high risk machinery, its because they are working with men. The men who put sex workers in danger are the ones who believe they are easy prey, theyre bad women and they are therefore acceptable vessels for male violence. The belief is utterly false and should not be given any credence.
No one can buy the right to rape someone.
FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1800 737 732
Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99
Newly declassified footage of US nuclear tests has been published online, showing dramatic fireballs and mushroom clouds from experiments conducted between 1945 and 1962.
The 62 videos were released by the Lawrence Livermore National Library in California on Thursday.
Weve received a lot of demand for these videos and the public has a right to see this footage, LLNL nuclear weapon physicist Gregg Spriggs said. Not only are we preserving history, but were getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.
Each of the tests were captured by some 50 cameras, providing different vantage points and backup in the event of a camera malfunction.
The common thread between these films is that they contain a great deal of quality scientific data, data that can never be reproduced, the release says.
Preserving the videos required the expertise of rare film expert Jim Moye, particularly as some were suffering from physical decay. His job was to prep and clean the film before scanning it with a customized Hollywood film scanner.
The preservation of the films will now allow scientists to better understand the yield (amount of energy released) of each test, and to provide more accurate data for those who are responsible for certifying the nuclear stockpile every year.
Its been 25 years since the last nuclear test, and computer simulations have become our virtual test ground. But those simulations are only as good as the data theyre based on. Accurate data is what enables us to ensure the stockpile remains safe, secure and effective without having to return to testing, Spriggs said.
The videos published on Thursday include the Harlem event, a 1.2 megaton test that took place 13,645 feet (4,158 meters) over the Christmas Island area of the Pacific on June 12, 1962. The Turk event of March 1955, which took place 508 feet above the desert floor of a Nevada test site, is also included in the released footage.
News.com.au reported that a man shot and killed his estranged wife at Penn State campus.
The man also killed himself so there wont be a trial, but police told the media he lured his ex wife out of her workplace and shot her in the car park.
State Police Lt Eric Hermick was quoted as saying I know theres often panic about college campuses and talk about active shooters, but thats not the situation, he said. It appears to be some type of domestic violence issue here.
But somehow the man who killed a woman he once claimed to love wasnt in the headline.
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1800 737 732
Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on herbal medicine, cooking, radios, knife making, websites, law enforcement, investing, rocket mass heaters and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The uses for wild lettuce extract Doc Bones Getting pectin to do its thing when making jam Erica Strauss GMRS radio for back up comms Tim Glance Choosing the right steel for a knife Patrick Roehrman Finding the right word press theme Nicole Sauce Dealing with LEOs that escalate vs deescalate Dan Ohmann Could we be looking at a major market correction John Pugliano More on rocket mass heaters Paul Wheaton Thoughts on accusations and the court of public opinion Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 82 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Tim Glances Recommended GMRS Radio Gear Recommendations Browning Antenna Antenna Mount Base Antenna Hand Held Radio Midland Mobile Radio Rock and Roll Christmas George Thorogood & The Destroyers Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on th........
1791 - Whalers Matilda and Mary Ann arrived at Sydney from the
"Coast to the south" (Illawarra).
1807 - John Macarthur was arrested on a second warrant, and granted bail. Upon his commitment for trial before the Criminal Court, he demanded payment of a 15-year old debt from Judge-Advocate Atkins.
1811 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie set in motion the move of the settlement at Port Dalrymple back to the George Town site on Outer Cove from York Town. He renamed the locality York Cove.
1817 - Colonial architect Francis Greenway was given a conditional pardon.
1824 Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell arrived in the area the Aborigines call Corayo (Corio)
For the past three months, an unsettling question has riled Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado, the indigenous rights activist disappeared under murky circumstances after a protest? The tragic answer took 78 days to establish. Santiago Maldonado, 28, was last seen on August 1 at the Pu-Lof indigenous community in Chubut, Patagonia. An artisan and organizer from El Bolsn, he traveled to support the Mapuche's struggle. Dwellers of the Patagonia region, which abuts Argentina and Chile, [...]
After seeing this video of one of Donald Trumps nominations for
a lifetime position as a federal judge in the US District Court, I
feel that I am just as qualified as him. He failed to
satisfactorily answer a single question of law posed to him by
Republican senator John Kennedy of Louisiana. Trump has been
nominating extreme ideologues to the federal bench, many of whom
have been deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association. The
sad thing is that the Republican senators have confirmed many of
Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
It should be noted that Kennedy is one of the most conservative members of the senate.
Mandatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, according to a newly released report. In the landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse said that some church [...]
'We're not there to do any deep-dive critical thinking' There have been a few outstanding questions since graduate student Lindsay Shepherd was investigated and threatened with discipline for exposing her undergraduate communications students to a televised debate on gender-neutral pronouns. Chief among them: Who filed the complaint against her? The answer could determine whether Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University broke its own rules to investigate her. Thanks to a lengthy and eye-opening Maclean's feature, we now know: It wasn't technically a student. Specifically, it was campus LGBTQ office acting on a tip from a student: Toby Finlay, an administrator at the Rainbow Centre, wouldn't share the specifics of the conversation due to confidentiality reasons, but adds: "It was through us that they made the complaint that led to the situation that blew up in the media."
This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.
There are well established markets for trading the vast majority of commodities that are significant to the global economy. This includes everything from oil to gold to even soybeans. But there is one major commodity for which that isnt true diamonds.
Thats finally going to change in 2018 with the launch of CEDEX, a decentralized diamond exchange that will transform diamonds into a tradable asset.
Diamonds have been a steady store of value throughout modern history, similarly to gold and other precious metals. The problem is that very few people have access to the diamond market. This is primarily a consequence of three factors specific to the diamond industry: lack of transparency, lack of liquidity, and lack of standardization.
By solving all three of these issues, CEDEX has built a bridge that will connect the diamond industry to innovative financial markets. Before discussing that solution, though, its important to understand the problems.
First is the lack of transparency. How can you determine what any given diamond is worth? Unless youre an expert, the answer is that you have to take it to a professional appraiser. The appraiser will then evaluate the diamond and try to gauge its true worth, a somewhat subjective process that may be inconsistent from one appraiser to the next. As a consequence, there isnt clear and transparent pricing for diamonds and general investors cant purchase them with any confidence.
Even if the lack of transparency were solved, investors would face another serious problem lack of liquidity. While diamonds are a durable good, they are mainly sold to end customers in a one-sided transaction. As a result, diamond owners cant expect to resell their diamonds for anything close to fair market value. In fact, diamonds are usually resold at a loss of 30% 50%. This leaves no incentive for general investors to even consider diamonds....
A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook's vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business on 10 November in which he described feeling "tremendous guilt' in helping the company attract two billion users. His comments echoed remarks by Sean Parker, one of the early pioneers of Facebook, who spoke on 8 November, saying the social network provided "a dopamine hit and a social validation feedback loop, that exploited a vulnerability in human psychology." However, coverage this week has seen thousands responding to Palihaptiya's words. "We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," he told the audience.
The testimony of one of President Donald Trumps latest judicial nominees went viral Thursday after the potential future U.S. District Court judge was shown to have no knowledge of basic legal terms and little experience in law.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Federal Election Commissioner Matthew Spencer Petersen if he had ever tried a criminal or civil case or a case in a state or federal court, finally questioning whether he had even taken a deposition without supervision from a more senior attorneythe answers to all of which were no.
Petersen also appeared to be unfamiliar with legal rules dictating court procedures and several examples of legal terminology.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) posted about Petersens testimony on Twitter, expressing shock at his flimsy qualifications for an appointment as a federal judge.
Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
But Petersen is only the latest of Trumps judicial nominees to draw attention for their lack of eligibility. Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged the Trump administration to withdraw its nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer, nominated to district courts in Alabama and Texas, respectively.
As Axios reported, Trump has set a record for the most circuit court judges confirmed in his first year in office, with 12 confirmationsbut on social media, critics suggested the president is placing quantityand cronyismover quality in his nominating process. Petersen served on the FEC alongside White House Counsel Don McGahn, who now oversees the presidents judicial nominations.
Serious damage to the integrity of the judicial system. We may not always like the personal politics of a nominee but mostly accept it as long as nominees are highly qualified lawyers. Confirmations should be put on hold u...
This is the last thing I'll be writing for Strong Towns in 2017. I want to take the opportunity to thank you, our readers, for being part of our conversation. Since I published my first column back in 2008, this forum has been an intellectual exploration for me. It's overwhelming at times to ponder just how many people look to Strong Towns for explanations and answers today, but for me, it's always been about the disciplined act of putting thoughts in writing, sharing them and then learning from the interactions that follow.
I've learned more from this process in nine years than I ever learned from my undergraduate and graduate programs. That's largely because of you; all the thoughtful feedback and heartfelt reactions and intelligent conversation. In the cesspool that often is online dialogue, we have developed a shiny outpost of civility and thoughtfulness. That's you, and for that, I'm eternally grateful.
I've been talking about the essence of the following piece that poor neighborhoods subsidize affluent neighborhoods in the American development pattern during the Curbside Chat for some time now. Some people struggle with it, but I share this information towards the end of the conversation and, by that point, it's just another shocking fact in a long list of them throughout the Curbside Chat. I was finally prompted to write it down, however, and this piece is the result.
I think there were two reasons why I was hesitant, and kind of remain so. First, by itself, the suggestion that poor neighborhoods subsidize wealthy neighborhoods is so counter-intuitive even to those who advocate for the impoverished that it's really hard to believe. During the Curbside Chat presentation, I have over an hour of setup working up to this point. And it's one point of many. Here, in a ~1,000 word piece, I don't get the opportunity to provide that context. As a stand-alone piece, I worried the challenging and provocative nature of the claim would stretch our credibility. It certainly will for some.
I also have a lot of you who are pushing I would go so far as to say demanding that Strong Towns center its advocacy around the social justice narratives of our day. Not only is this not my language (I would be an inauthentic poser if I pretended it was) it's not the prism through which I view my work or the world in general. That being said, I'm glad that some people do view things through that prism, I don't oppose them and I'm happy to welcome them into our conversation. I think we have a lot to offer each other and, indeed, since starting Strong Towns, I feel like I've learned a lot and changed my understanding on many things. All of this is a process.
With that said, I am proud of this piece, originally published in January, and the reaction it received when it was fi...
December 14, 2017
MEKAMBO: The small municipality of Mekambo was the scene of an
the DGR last Sunday. The elements of this special brigade seized three
alleged ivory traffickers.
Bernard Nolo, Landry Mouamouele, and Jean-Benoit Akono, three
were arrested in possession of four ivory tusks in eight pieces.
Informed that a transaction concerning trophies of a fully
species was to take place in the capital of the Zadie department, the
elements of the DGR, assisted by agents of the Water and Forest
Administration and a lawyer of the NGO Conservation Justice, left Makokou
the provincial capital to reach the small town located more than two
hundred kilometers away.
Arriving at the scene, they would quickly deploy in the city,
checks in buildings and vehicles. It is indeed by carrying out these
controls that they would encounter the traffickers who were preparing their
loot for sale.
The appointed Nolo Bernard and Jean Benoit Akono indicated they
up the ivories in the Matsiedie River in the forest before they had brought
them to the previously selected place where Mouamouele Landry already was,
in order to sell them.
They were then all taken to the offices of the DGR in Makokou.
They will now have to face justice to answer to the facts of
transport, and marketing trophies of a fully protected species as
stipulated in the Forest Code in its articles 272, 274 and 275.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.
Researchers will surely continue to plow the 2016 U.S. presidential election looking for answers to Donald Trumps victory for decades to come. What we know now, though, is that racial resentment played a prominent role in the equation. Michael Tesler has shown, for instance, that white racial resentment was more tightly linked to [support for Trump] than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively even after controlling for party and ideology. And Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel have found that racial attitudes towards blacks and immigration are the key factors associated with support for Trump.
If white voters are racially resentful and if their resentments remain consequential for their selections at the ballot box, we might wish to understand who among the white population in the U.S. evinces the most racially resentful and racially conservative attitudes and why. Some recent sociological work has examined this question and found at least one primary suspect: white police officers.
White individuals throughout the country continue to compose a large share of law enforcement positions. They also continue to murder unarmed black citizens at a disproportionate rate as well. Yet, despite these instances, 70% of whites believe those police departments do an excellent/good job holding police officers accountable when they engage in misconduct, compared with 31% of blacks; 75% of whites believe those police officers do an excellent/good of treating racial and ethnic minorities equally, compared with 35% of blacks; and, finally, 44% of whites believe that blacks fatal encounters with police are isolated incidents, compared with 18% of blacks.
While decades of sociological research betray the general sentiments of many white citizens, white law enforcement officers continue to maintain even more racially resentful and racially conservative sets of beliefs than white citizens writ large. Racial resentment is indeed a bit different than outright racist views, but only a permutation of them.
In new research published by sociology professor Ryan LeCount, racial resentment is simply understood as the belief that black citizens are unfairly advantaged relative to whites. In his research, LeCount examined the extent of racial resentment among white police officers in comparison with white citizens, in addition to the extent to which w...
Frothy fanatic Kevin Swanson has the answer as to why the people of Alabama failed Roy Moore so miserably porn!
Swanson, who interviewed Moore on his program earlier this year, told his audience that Alabama was among the states where people spent the most time on the website Pornhub in 2016, which lead him to conclude that it was no coincidence that Moore lost because that state probably has significant sexual problems, especially since Doug Jones is so in favor of sexual perversion, transgenderism and homosexuality. Evidently, the state of Alabama must have a problem with sexuality. Its obvious.
Somehow or another, this wasnt any sort of a problem when you thought Moore was going to win. Doug Jones is so in favour of people. People who come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and genders. Mr. Jones has the radical notion that they are all human, and deserving of the same rights automatically consigned to the straight white male person contingent. It is true that the people of Alabama did, in the end, have a problem with sexuality. Specifically, they had a problem with Roy Moores sexuality. Its interesting how that troubled people enough to get out and rock the vote, but it doesnt seem to trouble you at all, Mr. Swanson.
Unless there is a spiritual awakening, Swanson added, I think these conservative states are going to become liberal in their moral values within another five, 10, or 20 years. If the fathers are doing pornography, the kids are going to turn into homosexuals. The fathers will hide their sin and the children will come out of the closet with it.
People will come out of the closet whether or not their parents might indulge in porn. That would be because sexual orientation is not caused by, or swayed by porn. Of course, youre the idiot who thinks Disney movies will turn a whole generation of sprogs gay. (Frozen). Swanson also thinks that the death penalty is appropriate for queer folk....
Donald Trump announced on 6 December that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most notable about his speech was not what he said, or how he said it, but the presence and demeanor of vice-president Mike Pence. Though an element almost entirely missing from the reams of analysis following Trumps statement, Pences beliefs do much to explain Trumps motivation.
Washingtons declaration of Jerusalem to be Israels capital has provoked sharp criticism across the world, most strongly in the Middle East where 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for East Jerusalem to be accepted as the capital of a Palestinian state. This may count for little in Trumps White House, though there might be slightly more concern over the attitudes of the European Union in general and France in particular. Even Britain under Theresa May added its pennyworth.
The strong worldwide condemnation of a statement with little obvious benefit raises the question: why did Trump go so far at this time? Some pointed to his repeated backing for Israel during the presidential campaign in 2016 and the need to deliver to his core domestic base. In turn, this leads to a further question: why would this base be especially supportive of the Jerusalem policy? The answers almost certainly lie in one particular element of evangelical Christianity, most commonly known as Christian Zionism, and one of its most fervent supporters, vice-president Mike Pence.
To talk about the power of the Jewish lobby in the United States is actually misleading when the more correctly described Israel lobby wields far more electoral power thanks to its reinforcement by Christian Zionists. They number tens of millions of voters compared with the far smaller American Jewish population who, in any case, will tend more often to vote for the Democratic Party.
Nearly a third of Americans, around 100 million people, lean towards evangelical Christianity and of these perhaps a third embrace the Christian Zionist perspective. This is passionate in its support for Israel. Two of the most powerful groups that link with the pro-Israel lobby are Christians United for Israel and the International Christian Embassy....
Were well-used to members of central banks, and government expressing concerns about Bitcoin. However, whats much rarer is one of our own using that pesky B word. Revered Bitcoin proponent Andreas Antonopoulos has joined the likes of Jamie Dimon and Janet Yellen in deeming the worlds hottest digital currency a bubble.
The Australian Financial Review report that the Bitcoin and blockchain guru warned that the rise in price weve seen so far in 2017 was not the result of genuine adoption and usage but rather people hoping to emulate the parabolic gains early advocates of crypto have seen:
What were seeing is a straightforward grassroots bubble driven by speculation and greed.
He also cautioned investors who he feels are essentially throwing money at a technological innovation they know nothing about. This makes it even more dangerous, and Antonopoulos feels that those who dont properly understand what they are getting themselves into are taking on a serious amount of risk.
The concern coming from a Bitcoin proponent should certainly worry those invested in the space more than that of central bankers many of who are essentially clueless about cryptocurrency themselves. Andreas Antonopoulos has dedicated much of the lifespan of Bitcoin advocating its use, and its game-changing properties in the world of finance. Hes spoken many times about cryptocurrencys potential to completely destroy central bankers ability to dominate the planet by controlling the cash were all dependent on. Hes even authored two of the spaces most popular books, Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money.
Rather than pursue wealth, Antonopoulos instead favoured spreading awareness. Hes been something of a digital nomad for the last few years, appearing at events around the globe where he has selflessly championed Bitcoin. Despite his time in the space, until recently, he hadnt enjoyed the same financial success as many early adopters. This prompted an attack on Antonopoulos by fellow long-time advocate Roger Ver. He publicly poor shamed his fellow crypto-pioneer which prompted the wider community to donate almost $2 million to Antonopoulos as a sort of communal thank you to a man who has done so much to spread Bitcoin awareness.
The Australian Finance Review went on to state that Antonopoulos warned that the influx of users seeking fast gains on their investments was causing Bitcoin to not perform as it was designed:...
Millions of Americans are wrestling with the impossibility of a traditional middle-class existence. In homes across the country, kitchen tables are strewn with unpaid bills. Lights burn late into the night. The same calculations get performed again and again, through exhaustion and sometimes tears. Wages minus grocery receipts. Minus medical bills. Minus credit card debt. Minus utility fees. Minus student loan and car payments. Minus the biggest expense of all: rent. Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles In the widening gap between credits and debits hangs a question: which bits of this life are you willing to give up, so you can keep on living? During three years of research for my book, Nomadland: Surviving America in The Twenty-First Century, I spent time with hundreds of people who had arrived at the same answer. They gave up traditional housing and moved into "wheel estate": RVs, travel trailers, vans, pickup campers, even a salvaged Prius and other sedans. For many, sacrificing some material comforts had allowed them to survive, while reclaiming a small measure of freedom and autonomy. But that didn't mean life on the road was easy.
Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
Sheldon Whitehouse: MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrumps US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he cant answer a single one. Hoo-boy.
Hoo-boy does not begin to cover this. At all. I wanted to reach right through the screen, and space-time, to insist on answering the questions with a yes or no. Absolutely no other words allowed. Im a 60 year old artist in rural nDakota, and I know what a motion in limine is, because Law & Order. So, do I get to be a judge?
Then theres just the waste. The waste of time. The waste of money. The waste of brain cells in indulging this farce.
Some generous donations from Australia and the UK in the wee hours of this morning boosted our total to $48,435 from 205 donors as of 7 am today (Dec 15). This means that we are in very good shape to reach $50,000 by midnight tonight which will trigger another $2,000 from a super angel pledge.
But we cant stop there. Our mini-goal for Christmas Eve is $120,000, so we are going to need a lot of miracles before then.
So please make a donation today large or small and become a member of the FAN team for 2018 and help rid the world of fluoridation.
You can follow our progress on our homepage www.FluorideALERT.org (masthead #1) for the totals.
How to Donate:
You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network, and mail to:
Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims
Does your child have moderate or severe dental fluorosis from excessive fluoride in drinking water or fluoride supplements? If your childs teeth have been damaged due to fluoride exposure you may have legal rights. Chris Nidel and the lawyers at the Washington, D.C. law firm Nidel & Nace are investigating claims against water companies and supplement manufacturers for injuries caused by ingesting excessive fluoride and for their failing to warn of its negative impacts, such as dental fluorosis.
Contact: Attorney Chris Nidel email@example.com...
Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense. Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised. The origin is always elsewhere.
Australias politicians represent this more starkly than most. Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they become the servants of different masters once in office. Whether it is the large party machines that often back them, drawing and quartering their individuality, or a powerful lobby that threatens and cajoles them, the Australian politician is at the mercy of various earthly and often nasty powers. The one judge of the matter, the public, is left out.
The fall of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who had become a distraction of such proportion as to drive opposition leader Bill Shorten potty, constitutes the first conspicuous casualty of this dilemma: that of the bought politician. But it all seemed so convenient, and easy.
Today, after much reflection, concluded Dastyari, Ive decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is not to return to the Senate in 2018. His Labor values had told him like a high gospel power that his continued presence in the party room had detracted from the pursuit of Labors mission.
Dastyari had certainly bumbled and bungled his way into a corner so narrow that no tomfoolery could extricate him. Excuses that had been made in the past (oh, cheeky Sam; or what a lark) had run out of steam.
The list of grievances against him had become a lengthy one. Over a year ago, it was revealed that he permitted a company owned by Huang Xiangmo, with claimed links to the Chinese communist party, to foot a legal bill for his office. Such a donation, as it was termed, saw him resign from the front bench. (It is worth noting that Huang had donated generously to the Liberal Party as well a far from negligible $50,000 to the Victorian branch in November 2014.)
Then came the revelation, scenting of a targeted intelligence leak, that the senator had been cautionary to the billionaire prior to a meeting: leave the phones behind, he suggested, as they were surely surveillance targets.
But of all such detractions and transgressions, an umbrella theme of sorts had emerged. Dastyari was to be crucified for being too close to a power that is both boon and bugbear for Australia. His behaviour had revealed a dark future, one of Chinese influence edging out US suasion. In Australia, this has assumed something of a binary idiocy, the either or of allegi...
Steve Bannon represents White Supremacy, Roy Moore represents Pedophilia, Mitch McConnell represents Billionaires, Donald Trump represents Russia and the GOP represents everything that is wrong with America right now.PROUD RESISTER (@ProudResister) December 6, 2017
Lebanons cabinet was celebrating yesterday the passing of the petroleum decree and our Energy & Oil Minister announced afterwards that Lebanon will start exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast in 2019. Obviously this is big news and Lebanon becoming an oil rich country could prove to be a game-changer for the economy and the country as a whole but were assuming here that a competent and transparent governing body is handling the matter.
I was watching Kalamenass yesterday where the hot topic at hand was the passing of the oil & gas decree and it was clear that no one still has all the answers on the decree passed, the companies in question, the offers, the terms etc .. and that transparency remains a key component to making this work. While one of the three guests was very pessimistic, for valid reasons, about the outcome of such a decree, the two other guests were quite optimistic but raised concerns as well.
Is becoming an oil & gas rich country a good thing?
It suffices to google oil & gas rich countries to find out that corruption is a huge problem in many oil-rich countries and is central in explaining why these countries perform badly in terms of socio-economic development. Even worse, an NYtimes post stated that while every nation wants to strike oil, yet after it happens, nearly every nation is worse off for it. It may seem paradoxical, but finding a hole in the ground that spouts money can be one of the worst things that can happen to a country. Oil or gas-dependent countries eventually become among the most economically troubled and most conflict-ridden ones in the world, in reference to the resource curse phenomenon, with few exceptions of course.
Just in case you dont know what the resource curse is, it is also known as the paradox of plenty and refers to the paradox that countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources. This is mainly due to governments mismanagement, corruption, instability and other factors.
This being said, and given the high levels of corruption and staggering incompetence found at all levels of government, I am not that optimistic about the prospects of Lebanon becoming an oil-rich country given that transparency...
Every Christmas we all take a tree that otherwise doesnt die and we kill it. Then we place it inside our homes and cover it with a bunch of chintzy nonsense. As Jim Gaffigan says, this sounds like the actions of a drunk man.
In his Christmas tree bit, a wife wonders why theres a pine tree in the living room, and Jim answers with slurred speech saying that theyre gonna decorate it, for Jesus. Indeed, that is exactly why we have Christmas trees: Not drunk people, but Jesus the Messiah.
The Christmas tree is a perfect symbol of Christian theology. It depicts the complete good news of Christ. But to see this we need to understand what the tree means and where it comes from. Lets look at the trees origins. That begins with Norse mythology.
Norse mythology centers upon a tree. This is not exactly novel. Trees are sacred in almost every culture and religion to varying degrees. This makes sense for several reasons: trees represent immortality because they can live for thousands upon thousands of years. They also are often a source of life either by their fruit or the shade they provide, or because humans have learned how to craft almost anything from their flesh.
But the tree at the center of Norse mythology is unique. It is called Yggdrasil. Modern people tend to think of and depict it as a gigantic ash tree where the nine realms of gods, elves, dwarfs, etc. sit in the branches and roots. Ancient Norse people wouldve probably seen these renditions and known what was meant, but to them the tree didnt actually exist in that way at all. Yggdrasil was existence itself. The world itself was the tree.
By world, I dont mean earth. Earth was a realmMidgard, or, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it, middle earth. Our realm of Midgard was small within the world of this cosmic tree.
The cosmic tree was most clearly seen and understood only after the sun went down. Then the universe is laid bare before mans eyes. In a world without city lights, the naked eye can see the universe of stars that surrounds us in shocking detail. Billions of stars explode across the night sky like a Jackson Pollock painting.
In the middle of all that splendor was the Bifrost, what we call the Milky Way. Weve discovered this white path through the night sky is actually an arm of our spiral galaxy. But to the Norse the Bifrost was a bridge between Asgard and Midgard. Asgard was the home of the Aesir, the greatest Norse gods, Odin of course being their chief.
So what does Yggdrasil mean? It is often translated as Odins horse. But that is actually a theological interpretation of the true meaning of the word. The word literally means The Awesome Ones Gallows. To say it is Odins horse is therefore not false.
You say, The one-size-fits-all policy of central banks with regard to interest rates pits East v West in both Canada and the United States. Farmers, oil producers, and miners are forced to pay higher interest rates when their economies are declining because of speculative booms in Toronto or New York.
I can see how regional Central Banks could have supplied different stimulus in different regions back in the time of the Feds formation when the mediums of communication were not what they are today, but how would that work now. With the ability, today to borrow money electronically from where ever it is cheapest, wouldnt people in the high-interest regions simply borrow in the regions where the money was cheapest defeating that strategy?
ANSWER: About 70% of small business are routinely turned down for business loans. The small farmers, miners, and oil producers cannot simply borrow from the cheapest source. I myself always found banks calling me asking if wanted to borrow money when things were great and I never needed it. If you are watching your business model decline, nobody will lend to a ship taking on even a little water. There is a huge difference between a consumer loan on credit cards and a small business.
Consumers already pay interest rates set by a bank which are usually covering various regions. It is true, after the collapse of 9,000 banks with the Great Depression, thereafter banks were prohibited from Interstate Banking. Indeed, Interstate Banking allowing banks across state lines became widespread in the mid-1980s, when state legislatures passed legislation that allowed bank holding companies to acquire out-of-state banks on a reciprocal basis with other states. I had been on the board of a regional bank in the early 1980s. After Interstate Banking was allowed, a New York bank came down and put in a bid for Capital State Bank. It was sold and everyone cashed-in on their shares.
The main point is that there remain regional lending problems. The banks will lend to a market that is booming and will shun away from the regions in trouble. Today, a major bank in New York goes down and it impacts the entire country thanks to Interstate Banking....
Q Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: ChildrenHL3911
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.
A Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017
Public Health Englands Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.
The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.
Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)
Who would believe them after their involvement in the Southampton fluoridation scheme debacle.
This video shows how they manipulate reviews if they don't agree with the findings. Now a bit old as SHA's no longer exist. It's the council who have to ask for a feasibility study.
|IndyWatch Bellingen NSW All Topics Summary Archiver|
IndyWatch Bellingen NSW All Topics Summary was generated at Bellingen NSW IndyWatch.
Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog