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It is no secret that the world is an unequal place when it comes to the distribution of wealth and the free exercise of political power.
This is a deliberate, chemical dumbing down of society so everyone has to rely on the government…
Cyclists in the Santos Tour Down Under UCI Professional cycling race in South Australia today faced the challenge of riding in temperatures over 40 degrees. Local temperatures on the road are likely to be even higher for the cyclists riding on hot road surfaces. Indeed, Jérémy Maison with the FDJ team measured a local temperature […]
John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.
Australian historian, Jill Roe passed away late last week. Jill Roe has been a leading Australian historian for several decades. She is best known for her biography of literary great, Miles Franklin, but she also did many years work for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In this post I highlight some of her work and a fascinating interview of her. The photo of her that I use in this post is courtesy of the only time I met her in person. It is a vignette that I think reveals a lovely personality. Continue reading
(two towering intellects of the economics world) The World's Greatest Treasurer Wayne Swan has been elected to chair a UN economics advisory body. Wayne Swan aka Wayne Swan FI* to the staff of the Australian Treasury. This is not a joke. And the very first thing he said in his...
On December 27, 2016, the British CFA Society (an organisation
representing Chartered Financial Analysts) released an interesting
report that they had commissioned from academic researchers at the
Lancaster University Management School. The Report –
An Analysis of CEO Pay Arrangements and Value Creation for FTSE-350
Companies – explodes another mainstream economics myth that pay
is in accordance with contribution to production adjusted for
so-called compensating differentials (danger, risk etc). The Report
confirms many other research publications over the years that there
is little or no relationship between the pay that the top CEOs
receive and the performance of the companies they manage. In fact,
executive pay seems to grow even when their companies go backwards
and their workers are shown the door (lose their jobs). It is just
another one of those scams that we have been lulled into accepted
in this neo-liberal era. It is one of the scams that a progressive
agenda has to attack and develop policies to reverse. There should
be legal frameworks in place as part of company law to force boards
to scale pay to performance as a first step. The results of the
research also allow us to see through some of the central arguments
in favour of privatisation – viz, that public enterprises are
wasteful because there are no shareholders to discipline the
management. Well, the research discussed below shows that
shareholders have very little sway on management and the boards
that hand out massive and unjustifiable executive salaries.
The UK Report sought to examine:
… the link between executive compensation and corporate performance.
In 2012, the Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-term Decision Making – produced by economist John Kay investigated the “long-term performance and governance of UK quoted companies” in terms of equity market performance.
The aim of his inquiry was:
… to ask how well equity markets are achieving their core purposes: to enhance the performance of UK companies and to enable savers to benefit from the activity of these businesses through returns to direct and indirect ownership of shares in UK companies.
The answer he came up with was that:
… short-termism is a problem in UK equity markets, and that the principal causes are the decline of trust and the misalignment of incentives throughout the equity investment chain.......
Severe storms have swept across south-east Queensland, dumping more than 60mm of rain in some parts in just half an hour. There are reports of flash flooding in parts of Brisbane as the storm cell moves north, with video emerging of flash flooding in a south Brisbane car park. Carindale received more than 68mm of rain in just 30 minutes. Some 1400 residents across the state are without power, with Aspley the worst affected. Earlier, video surfaced of a landspout, similar to a tornado, landing near Caloundra racecourse, on the Sunshine Coast. A landspout is formed when clouds converge with wind, and are not associated with the mesocyclone of a thunderstorm.
Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how the CIA controls German media, has been found dead. He was 56. -Former editor of largest newspaper in Germany revealed the CIA pays journalists in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to plant fake stories – and the CIA is trying to bring…
Donald Trump. for all his flaws, is not Barack Obama, an American president who has set new lows in foreign slaughter and the transfer of wealth from the poor to the mega-rich, writes John Pilger.
On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…,” say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired focus on the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy.”
And: “We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names of politicians or adopting ‘anti’ language as the focus for their Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit organizations, which are prohibited from political campaigning, will feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.”
Thus, real protest is to be avoided, for it is not tax exempt.
Compare such drivel with the declarations of the Congress of American Writers, held at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1935, and again two years later. They were electric events, with writers discussing how they could confront ominous events in Abyssinia, China and Spain. Telegrams from Thomas Mann, C Day Lewis, Upton Sinclair and Albert Einstein were read out, reflecting the fear that great power was now rampant and that it had become impossible to discuss art and literature without politics or, indeed, direct political action.
“A writer,” the journalist Martha Gellhorn told the second congress, “must be a man of action now… A man who has given a year of his life to steel strikes, or to the unemployed, or to the problems of racial prejudice, has not lost or wasted time. He is a man who has known where he belonged. If you should survive such action, what you have to say about it afterwards is the truth, is necessary and real, and it will last.”
Her words echo across the unction and violence of the Obama era and the silence of those who colluded with his deceptions.
That the menace of rapacious power – rampant long before the rise of Trump – has been accepted by writers, many of them privileged and celebrated, and by those who guard the gates of literary criticism, and culture, including popular culture, is uncontroversial. Not for them the impossibility of writing and promoting literature bereft of politics. Not for them the responsibility to speak out, regardless of who occupies the White House.US Democrat presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. (IMAGE: Pan Photo, Flickr)...
A 100-meter-wide, kilometers-long rift in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf by James O’Neill* In November-December 2015 Australia was an attendee at the Paris Climate Conference. Various commitments were entered into, although it took a year for them to be ratified. According to a press release from the Federal Department of Environment and Energy, Australia committed […]
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah reopened today after repairs were made to the building’s damaged air conditioning system, which had caused concerns for public safety.
The Queensland Road facility was closed last week after a piece of the air conditioner ceiling duct became loose.
An interim solution to secure the duct has now been put in place until full repairs can be made to the air conditioning system.
One of the museum’s most significant and thought-provoking exhibitions – of breastplates given to Aboriginal people associated with the northern rivers in the late 1800s and early 1900s – ends this Saturday.
Other current exhibitions include some of the most beautiful butterflies from Australia, Asia and South America, featured in the Collector’s Cabinet until February 25.
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is located at 2 Queensland Rd, Murwillumbah and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
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The Governor General's office has contacted us - apparently Mr Wolpe's announcement of the Companion in the Order of Australia was premature and he's broken an embargo with his note. The Governor General's office has asked that we unpublish the details of the award recipient until 0001 hours Thursday 26...
Australia (Sputnik) – The activist ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd said Sunday that it found a slaughtered minke whale on a Japanese ship that had been illegally whaling in Australian waters.
It is the first incident to be documented since Japan lost against Australia in a case on whaling in the International Court of Justice.
The dead animal was spotted on the Nisshin Maru whaling vessel in Australia’s whale sanctuary in the waters of Antarctica. The Sea Shepherd’s helicopter tracked the ship and two harpoon vessels after a five-week hunt for the Japanese fleet.
When the crew heard approaching helicopters, they tried to hide the dead whale beneath a tarpaulin, the activists say.
“The fact that the Japanese crew went to cover up their harpoons and the dead minke whale on deck just shows that they know what they’re doing is wrong,” Wyanda Lublink, the captain of the group’s 59-meter flagship Steve Irwin, said in a Sea Shepherd statement.
Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia, emphasized that the whales are being killed in an extremely cruel way.
Slain Minke Whale Spotted On Japanese Boat In Australian Waters https://t.co/fOIUkcLoZL
— Lorraine McCandless (@Anipal007) January 16, 2017
”They’re hit with an explosive harpoon that goes straight into their body. Hooks come out and shrapnel is sent through their body; it’s a terrible, bloody death,” he said. “These whales can take up to 30 or 40 minutes to die.”
Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on the practice of commercial whaling, which has been in force since 1986. Japan insists that since then it has only been whaling for “scientific research,” but the activists doubt that slaughtering more than 8,000 minke whales in the past three decades for that purpose was necessary.
Source: Collective Evolution
Facebook, as many of us already know, has a few dirty secrets. While it offers undeniable benefits, such as being able to easily communicate and stay up to date with your friends and family, and providing a platform to share your views, it does come with a price. Facebook has been widely known to spy on its users, for example, and participate in many other privacy invasions.
But how much do these things actually affect us? Are these practices enough to stop us from using it? The following 5 secrets may just help you decide.
1. Double Dealing
And this shows that they are scrambling. So Hoatead’s claims FALL FUCKING FLAT as they have ALWAYS claimed that the Hampstead children’s claims were TOTALLY INVESTIGATED and that NO PROOF WAS FOUND. But the UK authorities are saying JUST THE OPPOSITE- which PROVES that Hoaxtead Research are liars. Of course- NOW they are trying to back track- but then that is the Pedophile Protection Squad’s MO…
Part 40. Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity. A complex legal appeal for the Federal Police to investigate the Tudge Fudge Fraud than can be used to fight Centrelink’s fraudulent ‘pay up’ demands. "IndyWatch Feed National"
Centrelink fail – Honest Government Advert (99 seconds)
The on-going role of the Australian Federal Police [AFP] in protecting politicians who may have rorted the Parliamentary Entitlements Fund, or who may be engaging in the systemic defrauding and murder of welfare recipients, is now being exposed to public scrutiny in open forums, e.g. the Internet, free-to-air television, appeals tribunals, and possibly even the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Aldous Huxley’s truism that “Facts do not cease to exist because they are disregarded” is extremely relevant to the current humanitarian disaster that is occurring in Australia. Over a period measured in decades, the Australian Parliament has recklessly violated the civil rights of millions of people and as a direct consequence, an unknown number people, possibly 100,000 or more in number, are dead. Whatever the as yet undisclosed number of officially “irrelevant” fatalities may be, the appalling harm caused by these civil rights violations means that the greatest terrorist threat to Australians comes not from supporters of fundamentalist terrorist organizations, but from the Federal Parliament and numerous agencies acting on behalf of the Federal Parliament.
My colloquial name for the current ruthlessly overt defrauding of welfare recipients, at the reported rate of up to 20,000 people per day is “The Tudge Fudge Fraud”. This is a blatant violation of the civil rights of welfare recipients that uses what I refer to as the “Lie on Rye” deception technique, i.e. the intimidation and mislea...
Lismore’s deputy mayor Gianpiero Battista has turned the first sod on the $25 million upgrade of the South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).
The council says the upgrade will transform the 80-year-old plant into a modern facility with an increased capacity of 45 per cent. The new STP will significantly improve environmental impacts and will include the installation of a 334kW solar farm on site.
‘We are really excited that we can generate up to 60% of our electricity from an on-site solar farm. This farm will be the largest on the Northern Rivers and it is definitely the way of the future for powering public infrastructure,’ Cr Battista said.
At present the South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant can service around 15,000 people. The upgraded plant will be able to service 22,500 people, catering for expected population increases including growth on the western side of the city due to the North Lismore Plateau.
Opponents of the Plateau development have been contacted for comment.
‘The technology we will use to build the plant is a far cry from what we had back in the 1930s and the proposed design will provide high quality treated sewage as well as optimise chemical usage and power consumption,’ Cr Battista said.
For the duration of works there will be a 40km/h reduced speed limit outside the plant along Three Chain Road, as large vehicles and machinery will utilise this road for construction and deliveries to the site.
Lismore City Council urged members of the community to take additional caution driving on Three Chain Road due to the extra traffic and the changed conditions.
Time lapse footage throughout the duration of works will be available for viewing from tomorrow on the council’s website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.
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For someone who hasn’t put out a full album yet, Moses Sumney has an incredibly strong following – he sold out both shows he played this week for Sydney Festival. The gig I attended at Hyde Park’s Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent was jammed with folk ranging from their 20s to late 30s, but less expected was the sheer number of baby boomers. (Perhaps it speaks to the power of The Sydney Festival SMH Lift-Out Guide to mobilise the superannuated.)
Flanking me on either side are two very chatty mums who smuggled in their own sav blanc. They whisper back and forth to each other throughout the gig while Sumney uses his voice, guitar and a loop pedal to create loose, sparse rhythms and sing over them.
“Gosh. He has the voice of an angel.”
“Oh! It’s a loop!”
Starting with a finger click, Sumney steadily adds hums, hand claps and finally his incredible voice. The effect is warm and meditative. His songs have the hypnotic, religious quality of a dark hymnal dirge.
Between songs, he undercuts the sombre mood with surprisingly self deprecating banter. Three songs in, he apologises for his “boring ass music”. When someone responds with “We’re lovin’ it!”, Moses mishears them and starts laughing – “Did someone just yell out ‘You ruined it’? Mom? Is that you?” – before dedicating his next song, ‘Worth it’, to the Sydney housing market:
“…I don’t know if I’m worth it
I don’t know if I’m worth it.”
The gig finishes with ‘Everlasting Sigh’, which he gets the audience to build with him using syncopated hand claps. Both mums are enthusiastically drunk at this point, our section is way off rhythm, so I sit it out to watch Moses and his small, spellbound audience.
When people write about Moses Sumney, they often tend to make comparisons to artists from another era. Musicians like Prince (Pitchfork), Jeff Buckley or Nina Simone (Sydney Morning Herald). None of these people sound much like Moses Sumney to me, but I think the comparisons are made because he shares that same quality: a rare, transcendent talent.
“Thank you,” Sumney says. “This is my first time selling out shows in another country. Which is pretty cool.”
You get the feeling that pretty soon it will be hard to ca...
On Sunday, a helicopter with Sea Shepherd spotted the Japanese Whaling Processing Ship (Nisshin Maru) with a slaughtered minke whale on deck. According to International Business Times, the ship was previously located in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and the act of having a partially processed whale on deck is being perceived as a defiance of an international court ruling against Japans whaling activities.
Said Captain Adam Meyerson of the Ocean Warrior, Sea Shepherd’s Southern Ocean patrol ship, in a statement:
“The whale killers from the Nisshin Maru were caught red-handed slaughtering whales in the Australian Whale sanctuary. The Steve Irwin [the group’s helicopter] has shut down their illegal operations and caught them trying to hide the evidence.”
According to Sea Shepherd, two harpoon ships were spotted near the Japanese vessel. As soon as the Steve Irwin helicopter was spotted, the ships’ crew covered the dead mink whale with a tarpaulin. Wyanda Lublink, the Captain of Sea Shepherd’s MY Steve Irwin, commented that there’s no question the crew knew their actions were wrong.
“The fact that the Japanese crew went to cover up their harpoons and the dead minke whale on deck just shows that they know what they’re doing is wrong,” stated Lublink.
I’ll write a bigger update soon and let you all know what is happening, but for now we just wanted to let you know that Yeelirrie just got Ministerial approval – that’s the one that the EPA rejected.
Here’s a link to all the docs if you want to read them – so it’s really time for action. If you can come to a BUMP meeting tonight ( Tuesday 17th at 5.30pm at Clancy’s in Fremantle to plan otherwise please stay posted for action.
As we come closer to the State election the Liberal party is pushing these approvals as all the polls are showing a Labor Party victory. This has no community support and goes agaist the recommendations of the EPA..
If you are in the Fremantle area then please come down to Clancy’s tonight and be a part of making plans to stop this from going ahead..
You can have your say on all of them by signing the Uranium Free Charter here.
The 1967 referendum remains a watershed moment in Australia’s civil rights history. On the 50th anniversary of the result, that saw over ninety per cent of Australians vote in favour of including First Nations people in the Commonwealth constitution, a special performance will pay homage to the era and its activists at the Sydney Festival.
“The whole idea is that you can’t even get in unless you’re 40-plus,” vocalist Steve Clisby says of the new ’70s, ’80s and ’90s club night he is hosting with legendary Sydney DJ Stephen Ferris.
The pair will take over the Basement on March 3 for their inaugural 40up night, featuring Clisby’s five-piece band, Ferris on the decks, and a bunch of special guests throughout the night. Each subsequent night will have a special theme.
“This is how you exercise your right to be over 40 and still party, without worrying about the millennials getting in the way,” Clisby explains. You may remember him from the 2013 season of The Voice, where he teamed up with judges Seal and Delta Goodrem.
“We’ve taken the dinner, dance show concept and turned it on its head. People are always telling me that the thing they love most about my gigs is the chance to get up and dance like they used to – to the music they love. Now there’s a show especially for them.”
This makes sense, considering the birth of disco in the late ’70s paved the way for the club scene.
“We want to get the 40-plus crowd out to party and have a little fun,” Clisby continues. “It’s an alternative to a seated concert – this is more about the audience’s love affair with the dance floor.
“There’s nothing quite like this in Australia that caters specifically for 40-somethings and baby boomers. It’s all about the original music, the dance era and the fun that surrounded that time, but given a fresh, contemporary feel. This makes being older cool.
“Get up, 40up and dance! Bring ID”
Grab tickets here.
A former florist who was widowed with seven children in the middle of her Southern Cross University (SCU) law course, has been named the 2016 National Indigenous Law Student of the Year
The Attorney-General’s Department has announced the award will go to Johanna Byrne, who overcame personal tragedy to find solace and inspiration in her degree.
Ms Byrne was left a single mother after the sudden death of her husband in 2014, less than 12 months into her Bachelor of Laws degree at SCU.
Soon after, Johanna relocated from Coffs Harbour to Perth for a fresh start, while continuing her studies online.
‘Despite this adversity, I have managed to remain focused and succeed with my studies while continuing to bring up my children, albeit now on my own,’ she said.
‘While it has not been easy, my passion to become a criminal lawyer and help disadvantaged people has kept me focused.’
Johanna will receive her qualification at the Southern Cross University graduation ceremony in March.
‘I was a florist for 16 years. While this seems like it would provide no background that would help with a career in law, it has given me emotional intelligence,’ said Johanna.
‘Law is a people profession, much like floristry, as both deal with clients who are emotionally vulnerable.’
After working at Legal Aid Western Australia in the Appeals Department for more than a year, Johanna will start a graduate role with top Perth legal firm Lavan Legal in February.
Johanna, who admits to being naturally shy, made networking a priority when she moved to Perth. Her mentor is Peter Quinlan SC, the Solicitor-General of Western Australia.
‘Through networking, I was introduced to Peter who was then head of the WA Bar Association. I’m indebted to him. He’s given me good advice. Peter is a good friend to have on my side,’ she said.
The annual National Indigenous Law Awards (NILA), awarded by the federal Attorney-General’s Department, recognise the achievements of Indigenous Australians who improve justice outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
Johanna said the NILA judges were impressed by he...
A Nimbin woman will appear in the Grafton Local Court today after being allegedly found with a stash of drugs and cash.
Police said the 26-year-old was stopped at a service station on the Pacific Highway at South Grafton about 12.20am on Monday.
She was allegedly found to be in possession of 12.2 grams of crystal methylamphetamine (ice), one gram of cocaine, one MDMA tablet and an amount of money believed to be the proceeds of crime.
Police also allegedly located drug paraphernalia associated with the use and supply of prohibited drugs.
The woman was charged with: Supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug x 3, deal with the proceeds of crime, possess equipment to administer prohibited drug.
She was bail refused to Grafton Local Court today.
Police said the potential street value of the drugs was over $10,000.
Police are appealing to the public for information after an armed robbery in Goonellabah.
A man allegedly approached another man on Simeoni Drive with a knife and demanded money about 9.30pm on Saturday, 14 January.
He fled the scene with a sum of cash. No one was injured during the incident.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of solid build, between 170cm and 180cm tall, and was last seen wearing black sports clothes and a black cap.
Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious in the area, should contact Crime Stoppers.
Patient numbers at Ballina Hospital surged more than 50 per cent on New Year’s Day, with a full waiting room, one woman lying on the floor on a blanket vomiting into a bag and another lying on concrete outside in the 38-degree heat.
That was the scene that greeted Maralyn Sweeney at around midday, when she presented to the hospital with an infected eye.
She described it as being ‘like the third world.’
Ms Sweeney says she was told that she would have to wait up to six hours to see a doctor, and that she was given the prescription-only drug Panadeine Forte by a nurse to ‘make her wait more comfortable’.
Ms Sweeney said there were ‘probably 15 or 20 people waiting and the triage nurse told me there was only one doctor.’
She told Echonetdaily that she later had that information corroborated by a friend who works at the hospital, although Northern NSW Local Health District has since said in a statement that three doctors were rostered on at the time she presented to the hospital.
She said that a man who had bleeding stitches in the waiting room told her he had already been there for six hours without seeing a doctor.
Ms Sweeney also said she was told by the triage nurse that she ‘should have come in yesterday’ because there was ‘less of a wait’.
She added that the new blood pressure machine at the triage nurse’s station ‘kept beeping’ and the nurse apologised, saying ‘it’s never worked since we got it just before Christmas’.
She then asked the nurse if the machine would give a correct reading of her blood pressure, to which she said the nurse replied ‘who’d know?’.
Ms Sweeney eventually left the hospital without seeing a doctor after ringing the Doctors on Duty service. She said a doctor from the service came to her home within around three hours of calling.
But she told Echonetdaily that as she was leaving the hospital she noticed ‘a lady up the end of the waiting room [which was ful...
More than a dozen ‘iconic’ paperbarks have been cut down on the old school site at Evans Head to make way for a residential development despite the development application approving the removal of just one tree.
The Evans Head Residents for Sustainable Development group has accused Richmond Valley Council of not giving ‘a stuff about the environment.
Group spokesman Dr Richard Gates said the DA for the subdivision on the site had indicated that only one paperbark would be affected by the development.
‘The community was lulled into a false sense of security about what would happen to the site,’ he said.
‘Most of the trees have been removed since approval was given. A number of nesting birds were affected.’
Dr Gates said growth rings on some of the trees showed they had been around since the late 1800s.
‘The trees have provided significant ecological services of the site, which floods frequently.
‘It will be interesting to see how the site fares now that most of the trees have been removed notwithstanding fill which has been put on the site to raise its level for building.
‘Despite the fill vehicles working on the site continue to become bogged even after moderate rain. The area is former wetland. As most residents will tell you, it floods regularly. The loss of the trees will not help the problem of a high water table.’
Dr Gates said the Old School site had a controversial history.
‘The site was sold at auction shortly after Richmond River Shire Council was forcibly amalgamated with Casino Council in 2000,’ he said.
‘At the time local builders were surprised at the high sale price of the land but after the auction discovered that the conditions for the sale had changed not long before the auction allowing potential three storey development on the site. The land has been onsold a couple of times since then.’
He said many locals regarded the sale of the site for residential development as short-sighted because of its central location and possible ‘better use’ status from a planning perspective.
‘The residential development prop...
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On the 19th of December 2016 I was granted permission to visit the Tishreen Military Hospital in Damascus. I was told by the hospital director, that at the turn of the 20th century it had been a civilian hospital. It now treats both military and civilians. The hospital has been the target of numerous US coalition funded extremist attacks, led by Jaish al Islam and Nusra Front terrorists since the dirty war on Syria was ignited in 2011.
During the conflict, being fomented inside Syria by a collection of US allied, interventionist nations, with Israel as primary beneficiary, the majority of soldiers treated in this hospital have come in from Southern Syria, Homs, Daraa and most recently from Ghouta, especially from Mayda’ani.
Tishreen had also received soldiers who had been targeted by the US coalition airstrikes in Deir Ezzor on September 17th 2016, when US, UK, Danish and Australian airforces had bombed and strafed SAA soliders defending the beleaguered city against ISIS attacks. The attack went on for an estimated one hour and permitted ISIS to advance and take Syria army positions, which were later retaken. John Kerry issued a statement in January during which he announced, in an offhand way, that the US coalition had “accidentally bombed 70 Syrian troops”.
The soldiers I met, had recently been wounded in fighting in East Ghouta, particularly in the hotly contested Mayda’ani. In this area, Nusra Front and Jaish al Islam are the dominant NATO state proxy extremist forces. The names of these soldiers cannot be published for security reasons. Most of them had been injured in rocket and missile attacks which had lacerated limbs and shattered bone. One young soldier who barely spoke had lost both legs when he had trodden on a terrorist laid mine...
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On the 19th of December 2016 I was granted permission to visit the Tishreen Military Hospital in Damascus. I was told by the hospital director, that at the turn of the 20th century it had been a civilian hospital. It now treats both military and civilians. The hospital has been the target of numerous US coalition funded extremist attacks, led by Jaish al Islam and Nusra Front terrorists since the dirty war on Syria was ignited in 2011.
During the conflict, being fomented inside Syria by a collection of US allied, interventionist nations, with Israel as primary beneficiary, the majority of soldiers treated in this hospital have come in from Southern Syria, Homs, Daraa and most recently from Ghouta, especially from the battles for Mayda’ani.
Tishreen had also received soldiers who had been targeted by the US coalition airstrikes in Deir Ezzor on September 17th 2016, when US, UK, Danish and Australian airforces had bombed and strafed SAA soliders defending the beleaguered city against ISIS attacks. The attack went on for an estimated one hour and permitted ISIS to advance and take strategic Syrian army positions. John Kerry issued a statement in January during which he announced, in an offhand way, that the US coalition had “accidentally bombed 70 Syrian troops”.
The soldiers I met, had recently been wounded in fighting in East Ghouta, particularly in the hotly contested Mayda’ani. In this area, Nusra Front and Jaish al Islam...
A Bottlenose Dolphin and a Green Sea Turtle were among 12 animals killed by newly installed shark nets along the north coast in the first month of their operation.
Of the 43 animals caught in the nets, just one white shark and a bull shark were caught, with the bull shark among 12 animals that died.
The net at Lennox Head killed a Australian Cownose Ray, a Longtail Tuna, two Hammerhead Sharks and a Bottlenose Dolphin.
No deaths were recorded at Sharpes and Shelley beaches in Ballina, although Lighthouse Beach accounted for two dead Hammerhead sharks, an Australian Cownose Ray and a Bull Shark.
At Evans Head the net killed two Australian Cownose Rays and a Green Turtle.
The North Coast Shark Net Trial report covers the period 8 December 2016 to 7 January 2017.
Greens MLC Justin Field said the north coast trial had ‘failed to capture many target sharks and is having a disproportionate impact on harmless marine animals just like the wider NSW plan is having’.
‘People would be shocked to know that one of the dolphins or turtle they have enjoyed watching playing in the waves or cruising the local beach over the Christmas break has ended up dead in one of the shark nets,’ Mr Field said.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) put a different spin on...
Jan 17, 2017:Â Malcolm TurnbullÂ confirmedÂ he would push for a vote in Parliament to ratify the TPP after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the weekend - despite the fact that the TPP text makes it clear that the agreement canâ€™t go ahead without support from the US.
President-elect Donald Trump has made numerous statements both before and after the US election that he will not support the TPP and is expected to announce the USâ€™ formal withdrawal soon after his inauguration on Friday. He has also appointedÂ trade advisorsÂ who are opposed to the TPP.
Labor,Â The GreensÂ and theÂ Nick Xenophon TeamÂ have all responded, declaring they wonâ€™t support the dead agreement. Together, they have a majority in the Senate and would be able to block the ratification of the agreement if they vote against the implementing legislation. They also have a majority on the Senate committee inquiring into the TPP which is due to report on February 7. This report is expected to recommend against proceeding with legislation that will not proceed.
AFTINET and the ACTU both released statements condemning the TPP for human rights, labour rights and environmental reasons. This criticism is not against trade itself but against unfair trade deals, and these values are theÂ oppositeÂ of those expressed by Trump and other far right groups.
Labor leader Bill ShortenÂ...
A ride which was stopped for over an hour on Monday at the Movie World theme park, stranding dozens of passengers, is expected to run as normal today.
A spokesman for the park confirmed the Wild West Falls Adventure Ride stopped at 3pm on Monday as part of “regular operating procedures”.
It was stopped for about 90 minutes while passengers were taken off and the mechanics checked, before it was restarted and resumed normal operations.
There had been no risk to guests, the spokesman said in a statement, as the rides were “operating as they were designed to”.
It’s the second time in less than a week that a ride at the park was stopped, after emergency crews had to rescue 20 passengers from the Arkham Asylum rollercoaster last Wednesday when a mechanical issue with the chain stopped the ride.
In November the park’s Green Lantern rollercoaster stopped for half an hour due to a computer problem while people were on board.
The same ride malfunctioned in March 2015 when a wheel component became loose and stranded 13 people, some for as long as three-and-a-half hours.
It closed for nine months and reopened in December 2015.
The show will go on for Shannon Noll despite the singer being arrested over an alleged assault outside an Adelaide strip club at the weekend.
The 41-year-old was reportedly removed from the Crazy Horse Revue by security guards in the early hours of Sunday morning and later charged with two counts of assault.
But his upcoming tour dates will go ahead, including a slot at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and 14 other shows around the country as part of the Red Hot Summer tour.
“All of Shannon’s tour dates are going ahead as planned,” his manager David Woodward said.
Mr Woodward said there would be no comment in relation to the singer’s arrest or the incident in Adelaide for legal reasons.
A witness said Noll was pleading with security guards to let him back in to the club before the commotion erupted.
“He was yelling and screaming and being really aggressive,” Alastair Longmuir, 19, said.
“He was saying, ‘I’m Shannon Noll. Let me back into the Crazy Horse’.”
He said revellers started singing Noll’s hit What About Me when the singer was knocked to the ground and detained by security guards.
Runner-up in the first season of Australian Idol in 2003, Noll has been enjoying a career resurgence of late.
An online campaign in 2016 to send Noll to the Eurovision to represent his homeland went viral and led to him earning a place on the Australian jury.
He is scheduled to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on February 24, the day before performing at a concert on Queensland’s Bribie Island.
The Northern Territory government has said it would be willing to look into a formal apology after Michael Chamberlain’s death.
Acting NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles acknowledged the pain Mr Chamberlain and then-wife Lindy went through, accused of the murder of daughter Azaria.
“It was an absolute tragedy what that family went through,” she said.
“In terms of a formal apology, if that’s what the family would like then that’s something the government can look into.” Mr Chamberlain died last week following complications from acute leukaemia at the age of 72.
A day before he died, he told friends and family he wanted an apology from the NT government, close friend and defence lawyer Stuart Tipple told reporters outside Mr Chamberlain’s memorial service on Monday.
“He did want an apology from the Northern Territory and it still hasn’t been received,” Mr Tipple said.
Stephen Hatton, the NT’s chief minister at the time of the Chamberlains’ pardon in 1987, has defended the territory government, saying it had “acted fairly all the way through”.
“The NT police force and judicial system shouldn’t be continually facing this level of ongoing national and international acrimony,” he told AAP.
“We need to remember the Northern Territory government initiated the inquiry that eventually freed them.
“We didn’t do it under pressure, we did it because it was a fair thing to do.”
Mr Chamberlain was also still fighting “bureaucratic challenges” to have a memorial plaque for Azaria placed at Uluru, Mr Tipple said on Monday.
Azaria’s disappearance from a tent during the Chamberlains’ family holiday at Uluru sparked one of the most polarising and lengthy legal sagas in Australian history.
Michael and Lindy Chamberlain were ultimately convicted and then exonerated over their daughter’s death, but vindication didn’t come until the fourth inquest in 2012 when a coroner ruled Azaria had been killed by a dingo.
Azaria’s death began a challenging chapter in the Chamberlain family’s lives,...
Australia’s two richest people, Gina Rinehart and Harry Triguboff, own more than the poorest 20 per cent of the country’s population, research shows.
Worth an estimated combined $US16.1 billion ($A21.5 billion), the nation’s richest woman and the Meriton property boss are among the wealthiest one per cent of Australians, who together own more than the bottom 70 per cent, an Oxfam report says.
The statistics, published in a global report titled An Economy for the 99 per cent, come as the world’s political and business leaders gather for the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Oxfam Australia chief executive Dr Helen Szoke says the margin between the nation’s rich and poor mirrors a worldwide trend.
“The scale of the global wealth inequality crisis is much, much greater than we had feared,” Dr Szoke said on Monday.
Globally, the richest eight people – including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population, or about 3.6 billion people.
“Collectively, the world’s richest eight men have a net wealth of $US426 billion ($A568 billion),” Dr Szoke said.
“Such an extreme divide between the rich and the rest risks plunging future generations into political instability, undermining our democratic institutions and creating economic upheaval.
“ Despite the world’s wealthiest often being the most generous, Dr Szoke said having so much wealth in the hands of just eight peopl...
Contributed by Joe Montero The greatest threat facing world today is confrontation between the United States and China. Donald Trump has signaled that the is...
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So since Hoaxtead Research is so convinced that large scale human trafficking isn’t happening- they will probably claim this CBS news story is “fake news”. But then- ANYTHING that doesn’t serve their agenda is discredited- ESP. since this story has NOTHING to do with Angela Power-Disney and all of their OTHER shills…
The following is a press release issued by Andrew Wilkie on 16 January 2016 The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will reveal the shocking...
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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is back in Australia following their sensational 16 week season in New York. The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon which we know and loved as LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre.
Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion , part concert and part biography, reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century with a story and 31 songs including “Imagine,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother,” “Jealous Guy,” and more.
“It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon: Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere” said producer Harley Medcalf. “We were overwhelmed, blessed really, to have the support of Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate. As Charles Waterstreet (Fairfax) said, “We should get out the streamers and confetti to shower D’Arrietta and Waters in an open limousine to the steps of our town halls””. The show will return to the US following the Australian tour in April/May.
John Waters added “To be embraced by New Yorkers as we were from October to January, this was a great reward for all of us who worked so hard to get our show there, at the Union Theatre. It truly felt as though Glass Onion had in fact given the city what it needed, to reconcile their own sense of loss of a much loved ‘son’, as John Lennon came to be. Night after night, our audiences stood to acknowledge us, and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
“A deeply felt reflection of the man, savour every minute” – New York Times
“Lennon’s spirit shines through” New York Post
“Brilliant” – The Spectator
16 Oct 2016 – John Waters appeared on Channel 9’s Today Extra show to launch the 2017 Lennon Through A Glass Onion tour dates. Click here to watch the interview.
WHEN: January 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE:Byron Theatre – 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
COST: Full $55 [Parental Guidance Recommended]
For tickets and further information visit www.byroncentre.com.au
History's spookiest spook. On the afternoon of April 22, 1954, reporters massed at a press conference in Bonn, Germany. They'd been invited to meet one Nikolai Evgenievich Khokhlov, a captain in the Soviet Union's newly minted security force, the KGB. Well, a former captain. Khokhlov had arrived in Germany tasked with assassinating the leader of an anticommunist organization. Instead he defected, tipping off the target and surrendering himself to U.S. agents. He was now no longer at the center of a murder plot, but a media event. The 32-year-old Khokhlov was a "slight, scholarly-appearing blond young man. He was neatly dressed in a dark blue suit. He wore glasses," reported,The New York Times. The Times reporter observed that the defector was self-possessed and calm, "adroitly" fielding questions in Russian. Though Khokhlov's press conference came just weeks after another high-profile defection of a KGB official in Australia, his actions were thrilling enough to grab headlines. Even better, he had brought with him the exotic murder weapons constructed for the plot: two seemingly normal cigarette cases. "But they are ideal weapons for an assassin," wrote the Associated Press at the time, "because of their innocent appearance, lightness and efficiency." Flip the lid of the case back, and it revealed what appeared to be rows of run-of-the mill smokes. But press a concealed button, and a tiny four-inch-long pistol hidden inside would fire hollow-nosed bullets spiked with potassium cyanide. Upon being fired, the "resulting noise is no louder than the snap of the fingers and might pass unnoticed in the moderate conversation in a normal office," wrote the AP.
Just this week, I just quit my job here in Australia to begin a dream position overseas. I worked hard to get to where I am today, picking up as many casual hours as possible while I was at university. I supplemented my income with youth allowance, as I come from a family that struggled to make ends meet on a farm and worked multiple jobs to get me through school.
I have an accrued HECS debt of over $30,000, but you know what? It’s all worth it, I thought to myself as I pressed the ‘Book’ link on my computer screen and purchased my flight to move abroad for the next chapter of my life.
I was flushed with a rush of excitement at the thought of my dreams coming true. To celebrate, I left my computer to sit in a park and truly soak in and appreciate how far I’ve come.
It was then that I received a text message.
“Hi, please call 1300 781 401 immediately to discuss an important matter. Quote **** when you call. Thank you, Dun & Bradstreet.”
Important matter? I wondered. I contacted the number, and the woman on the phone asked for my personal details. As I started giving them to her, I stopped.
“Wait – what’s this in regards to?”
“Your $5200 debt owed to The Department of Human Services.”
That very moment felt like an entire house had fallen on me. My chest and throat closed, my heart sank and my eyes welled up. I began explaining that it was obviously some kind of mistake. I was then told to contact Centrelink.
I am one of the more than 230,000 Australian citizens who is having to deal with a sudden and uncontrollable amount of anxiety and stress due to being accused of owing Centrelink thousands of dollars.
As a part of new campaign, government policy requires anyone who has received welfare in the last six years to have their payments cross-checked with ATO records. Seems fair enough, right? Wrong, because the algorithms have been proven to cause errors and be based on false calculations, which, according to the Labor Government, is grounds for the entire program to be suspended,
“At least 30,000 Australians have received letters from Ce...
from The Guardian
Across Australia a secretive network of activists are laying the groundwork for what they expect will be the biggest environmental protest movement in the country’s history.
Of course this won’t materialise if Adani and the rest of the miners proposing to open up one of the world’s biggest coalfields walk away from Queensland’s Galilee basin first.
But standing idly by on the assumption that the economics of the massive coal projects won’t stack up – at a time the world is trying to reduce carbon emissions to limit global warming to under 2C – is not a choice these activists are willing to make.
And so the campaign to take the fight against Australia’s largest proposed coalmine, Adani’s Carmichael project, to another level, beyond the courts and into the realm of civil disobedience, is under way.
Behind the Galilee Blockade campaign is a core group of activists well versed in the “security culture” required of those intending to jam a serious monkey wrench into a major industrial project.
This describes the kind of precautions people take when there’s a ver...
This video says about itself:
Australia should “cut the tag” with American foreign policy after Trump win says Keating
10 November 2016
Paul Keating, Labor Party treasurer from 1983 to 1992, and prime minister of Australia from 1992–1996, has denounced the incoming Trump administration for threatening to “involve Australia in war with China.” While not advocating a break with the US-Australia military alliance, his intervention reflects the fears within Australian ruling circles of a catastrophic conflict: here.
Just days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has provoked an angry reaction from China by again suggesting that his administration’s recognition of the One China policy would be contingent on Chinese concessions on economic issues: here.
Will Trump shred the Iran nuclear deal? Here....
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Just posted in the Inner Sydney Morning Herald, as story about refugee arrivals:
It’s (relatively) late and I am tired so I won’t go into why:
local governments need to be properly equipped to meet their settlement and social cohesion responsibilities.
Is there some sort of multi-lingual garbage collection service require? Perhaps some sort of social cohesion responsibilities in local planning decision?
The thing that got me was the chart:
I am not familiar with the suburbs outside of Sydney, but the Sydney ones are not inner city ones where the greens live. Glebe, Ultimo, Newtown and Marrickville are way away from Fairfield and Liverpool. I suspect not too many green voters are dealing with “social cohesion” or congestion associated with large numbers of humanitarian arrivals.
And the lone representatives from SA (Subsidised Australia) are Salisbury and Playford. Is this where Sarah Hanson-Young lives? I somehow doubt it. What about Tasmania?
Not too much skin in the game for the strongest advocates.
A global-fusion of cultures and rhythms, independent Sydney 8-piece Masha’s Legacy create music that celebrates both unity and identity in modern day Australia.
With the beginnings of the group culminating over 6-years ago, this collective has evolved into a captivating live act with both live dancers and talented musicians. It’s a show that brings to life exhuberant and gorgeous compositions, drawing on Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese and Eastern European musical traditions as well as Jazz.
On the verge of releasing their debut album, Safe Haven, band leader and composer Stuart Vandegraaff joined me on The New Thing ahead of their album launch at Venue 505 in Surry Hills, to chat about his passion for Middle Eastern music, the five year process for creating this album, and the importance of music in creating discourse around political and social issues.
Listen to Parts 1 and 2 here:
While Bluesfest and its touring arm have already offered up a heap of sideshows for this year’s festival, three more acts have just announced that they’ll be taking their shows on the road when they arrive in the country in April.
Party-starting and genre-spanning fusion band Slightly Stoopid will be heading out for two dates, as will bluesman Mud Morganfield, son of the legendary Muddy Waters. Backdoor Slam frontman and festival mainstay Davy Knowles, meanwhile, will be sticking to a single show in Sydney – his first even in the country.
They join a host of other Bluesfest acts playing their own sideshows, from established legends like Zac Brown Band and Mary J Blige, to exciting newcomers like Gallant. Dates for the new shows can be found below.
On the Bluesfest front, the festival recently announced the addition of tropical hitmaker and ‘Mayor of Margaritaville’ Jimmy Buffett and his band The Coral Reefers, the latest big international addition to the bill.
Check out the full list of sideshows at Bluesfest Touring, or catch them all out at once by grabbing a ticket to the big show itself when it all kicks off from April 13-17.
Sunday, 16th April – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Thursday, 13th April – Manning Bar, Sydney
Friday, 14th April – The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Saturday, 8th April – The Basement, Sydney
Monday, 10th April – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
I have a dream. And it isn’t a 9-to-5.
To be honest, I don’t even know what it is. I know it’s to make money, but not at the sacrifice of my humanity. It’s to contribute to society, but not in the same way my parents do it. It’s to work hard, but not to exhaustion. It’s to not be stuck in the same place for 10 or 20 or 30 years. It’s to have more good days than bad days. To have more happiness and excitement than anxiety and stress. It’s to live a life with meaning, without being defined by what I do.
At the risk of sounding like every other post-teen with a cause, the predetermined life plan that society has mapped out for me is one that I won’t follow. The idea of spending life in an office whilst the sun sets on my aging body is an unnatural and repulsive one. No, I simply won’t have it. I’d sooner sail to the Indian Ocean and beg the Sentinelese to let me join their tribe.
I’ll admit that I don’t know much. I’m young, and probably don’t have a grasp on how the world really runs. I don’t know what it’s like to have to support a family, or have a mortgage to pay off. But I can tell you what I see.
I see a cluster of burnt out 9-to-5ers whose lust for life has been depleted. People whose time at work ruins their free time, because in their minds, both worlds are the same.
It’s a bitter concept, and I don’t think having no motivation to join these people is lazy or ugly. Having the emotional endurance to want more from life is beautiful. There has to be more out there than what we’ve been exposed to or presented with. And our generation is blessed in the sense that we have the freedom to find it.
By no means am I writing to downplay the aspirations and accomplishments of the generations before me. I truly appreciate all that they’ve done, and I’m not implying that we millennials are smarter or better or deserve more than them. I’d be proud to achieve half of what my parents have over their lifetime. But the entire notion of “work” has changed.
We are living in this liminal stage where it isn’t yet socially acceptable for an adult to not have a full-time job, but with job scarcity on the rise, full-time work might not be attainable, even if we want it. The paradigm of work has been modernised, and we’re the living test puppets. Most contracts won’t last more than a year when they used to last 10, and that’s if you’re lucky. And once you’re a contractor, no longer do you have access to superannuation or a retirement fund. But we’re s...
Meal planning is a sanity saver.
It’s also a really great way to stick to a budget, calm those afternoon what am I going to cook nerves and significantly lessen your food waste.
So why is it that so many of us find it so difficult to write a plan and stick to it?
It’s because we’re busy, yes. But it’s also because we lack motivation, we’ve got fussy eaters, we’re dealing with multiple food intolerances and at the end of the day, we’ve lost any passion we may have had for making the family meal.
Cue: Stacey Clare. She’s a healthy mum who’s pretty passionate about cooking good, simple, nourishing food for her family of four. She’s also incredibly good at facetime live – she shares tips and tricks for finding organic produce at cheap prices, the best way to use leftovers and sneaky yet successful methods for adding vegies to breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I really like Stace and her no frills, no fuss approach to food. Today she’s launching her second Family Meal Plan Guide – a month of recipes and shopping lists so you don’t have to plan! She holds your hand for the entire time – tells you exactly what to buy, how to cook it, how to use leftovers and how to sneak extra veg into meals.
Shaoquett Chaher Moselmane thrives in the common good as an Australian politician, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2009. His stretch as a politician has been defined by deeds and not words alone. He has intertwined his political calling with humanitarian deeds, one after another. I have known Shaoquett since 2012 […]
The election of Trump presents very challenging times ahead for those of us who care about the planet, human rights, equality and peace. He represents the raw face of corporate power over people and the environment, the veneer of civil democracy has been torn away and in its place we are seeing an [...]
The US promised Australia that they would take a bunch of Middle Eastern refugees-migrants that are trying to enter Australia if Australia would take Central American refugee-migrants! This was in Reuters news. It is found under World News videos and … Continue reading
Media release, January 16, 2017: "The Prime Minister is backing a dead horse in his attempt to push the TPP implementing legislation through the Parliament despite the fact that Donald Trump has said the US will withdraw from the agreement,â€ Dr Patricia RanaldÂ said today.The Â Australian Senate inquiry into the TPP will Â report on February 7. The ALP and Greens have a majority on this committee, and both have declared today that they will not support a dead agreement.We will continue to urge the majority in the Senate to block the TPP implementing legislation." See full release here.
‘Rehearsing for Heaven’, the world renowned A Cappella Singing workshop with global choral leader Tony Backhouse, returns to Mullumbimby on Saturday January 21st.
Open to all levels of singers, the spontaneous choir session will raise the roof, exploring traditional gospel music and related styles, in one wild afternoon.
Kiwi Tony Backhouse founded Australia’s longest running gospel, The Cafe at the Gate of Salvation, over 30 years ago, plus other small and large gospel groups all over the world. He’s taught at major musical institutions, collaborated with gospel choir leaders in American churches, Italian churches, Samoan churches, and tours singers through these authentic cultural revelations for over a decade.
But Tony is most beloved because of his absolute gift of getting folks singing in harmony, instantly, seemingly effortlessly, and always joyously!
Don’t miss this annual chance to let your voice and spirit rise, with the master, and a whole bunch of other enthusiasts!
Tickets: Cash at the door only, $35 or $30 for choir leaders and
Summersong Music Camp grads
Arrive: 12:45 Workshop Time: 1 – 4pm
Venue: Byron Region Community College in Mullumbimby, 1 block behind Post Office. It’s got air con! Bring drinking water!
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A man who stripped naked and drove around the grounds of a Byron Bay resort in a golf buggy on Friday evening may count himself unlucky but guests at the resort are probably relieved he was arrested.
At about 6.00pm on Friday police were called to the resort on Butler Street following reports a drunk man was causing trouble.
Police allege the 30-year-old man from Coffs Harbour was trespassing on the grounds and that when staff tried to get him to leave, he jumped into a golf buggy and began driving it around the grounds ‘in an erratic manner’.
They say he knocked over a number of rubbish bins before crashing the cart into a gutter.
When staff again tried to speak to him, he stripped naked, ‘exposing himself to other members of the public in the area’.
When police arrived they say the man was ‘yelling and swearing, and had to be handcuffed’.
He was placed under arrest, and taken back to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with trespass, using the club cart without consent, wilful and obscene exposure, offensive language and behaving in offensive manner.
He was released on conditional bail, and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on February 2.
By Steven & Evan Strong
With Hunwi Howarth, Jinki & Aunty Lois Cook
Not long ago I received a phone call from a lady I had never met, whose name, Hunwi, is as unique as is the set of circumstances that led to her seeking us out. She is, along with some other like-minded women, in the process of purchasing some small acreage that is, not coincidentally, less than two kilometres from the Standing Stones site.
What Hunwi witnessed was a passing parade of rocks which she felt would be of interest to us, some of which she believed originally stood on the main sacred Standing Stones mound. On an earlier visit to their prospective property, Hunwi saw a cluster of twelve Standing Stones positioned on the left-hand side of an internal road that continued on to the main quarry site. Soon after she returned with Original Elder Lois Cook and other interested parties to inspect these standing stones. Her return visit was a mixed blessing, in that the stones seen earlier had been removed, but directly above where they momentarily stood, the top soil had been removed and heavy machinery had been in motion. Hunwi spoke of massive slabs of rocks weighing tonnes, and more importantly shared with me the reasons why she was so convinced these are the same rocks that stood on the principle mound at the Standing Stones complex.
That claim was always the missing piece in the Standing Stones puzzle. More than once the elderly farmer, who when fifteen was directed by his father to destroy the site, spoke of the âŹSlarger stonesâŹ being stored in the dairy. Lacking in specifics of timing or perpetrator, he recalled that at some time soon after the war they mysteriously vanished, he suspected they were âŹSstolen,âŹ perhaps at night, and to this day knows not where they lay. As to who, when or why his responses were vague and sometimes in conflict with earlier accounts, I put this down to being over ninety years old and thus clouding the edges of days long gone. Nevertheless, he was consistent in one important respect, these rocks were large and heavy and required specialised machinery. Until very recently, beginning in the 1940âŹ"s, this family had a monopoly in the a...
Contributed by Glen August this year marks the centenary of the NSW General Strike, a strike occurring at the height of the Great Trade War....
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by Mary W Maxwell Editor’s note: This was prompted by the long thread of Comments under the Trump article of January 14, 2017. Was there ever a genuine hostility between the US and the USSR? I don’t think so. Why would Churchill give the kitchen sink away at Yalta, seconded by FDR, if Russia were […]
Is 2017 better than 2016? So far, maybe. This time last year we were already mourning the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, whereas now, we’re celebrating “Pharma Bro”, Martin Shrkeli, being pegged with dog shit, and the titillating revelation that D Trump probably likes it when Russian hookers slash on him. But more on that later.
Here’s the first instalment of Things Worth Your Attention for 2017: A New Hope.*
Yes, your government hates you if you’re Australian and not rich, and it’s safe to assume that most of you fit this profile. The Coalition has employed, and refuse to repeal, a “sling shit at a wall and see what sticks” method of recouping welfare debts. As if it was bad enough that some of society’s worst-off receive news just before Christmas that they are in debt, many of them actually weren’t — the government just couldn’t be bothered working out who owed them what, so they sent debt collection letters en masse knowing that some who received them would owe money, and for those who didn’t, they could dispute the claim, or call the included phone number for a suicide help call centre, as if tacitly admitting that this policy would fuck lives.
Meanwhile, those very same pricks who were actively trying to ruin poor people’s already-terrible financial situations have been caught using taxpayer bucks to fund lavish lifestyles. They’re all mad for it, with a bunch of the bastards being sprung using public cheddar to attend Malcolm Turnbull’s doubtlessly boring NYE party (what a deadset waste of cash), Julie Bishop used our hard-grafted kev to go to a goddamn polo match, while Susan Ley flew numerous times to the Gold Coast glitter strip to buy an apartment, eventually resigning from her position as health minister because she done gone fucked up. Meanwhile, barely-animated fossil and helicopter hustler Bronwyn Bishop came to Suzie’s defence by bizarrely blam...
Image Courtesy of Tori Forsyth Rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth released her amazing EP Black Bird in 2016 and recently released her new single and video “New Wall”. The video was shot in the Helensburgh Railway Tunnels south of Sydney and is meant to explore the meaning at the heart of the song. “Everyone has […]
GetUp! ReachTEL (undecided redistributed) Coalition 37.1 ALP
35 Green 9.8 PHON 10.6
Published 2PP 54-46 to Labor
2PP by 2016 preferences 52.1 to Labor
Verdict: Go back to sleep
My little eyes lit up when I saw in my Twitter stream that I had somehow missed the release of a national ReachTEL at about midnight last night. There has not been a national ReachTEL since before the July election. Given the relative paucity of polling data since then, and the Centrelink and ministerial "entitlements" issues currently affecting the Turnbull Government, new data concerning where the government was standing could be quite interesting.
Unfortunately it turned out that this was not a new Seven or Fairfax ReachTEL, but rather one commissioned by the lobby group GetUp! Moreover, the level of immediate publication of the poll's details has been abysmal. Rather than it being promptly released with full details either on GetUp!'s website or the ReachTEL site, what seems to have happened is that it has been sent (in part or full, who knows) to a range of media agencies who have then presented us with a partially digested dog's breakfast of the findings.
Thus for instance from the SMH we learn that:
"While primary support for the Liberal party and Labor was deadlocked at 32 per cent, the opposition captured the majority of the "undecided" support 33.3 per cent to 19.4, with 58.5 per cent of those still making up their mind answering they would preference Labor higher."
For the Turnbull Government to be behind the Labor Opposition on the primary vote (after redistributing the undecided) would be startling news indeed, given that the Government has held a primary vote lead - albeit generally a feeble one - in all polls since the election but for one Newspoll and five Essentials that showed ties. However, from the figures published by Poll Bludger it becomes clear that the Government is ahead on primaries in this poll too, because the figures published by the SMH are, as stated, a reference to the Liberal Party only, and ignore their Coalition partner the Nationals.
Poll Bludger publishes the primaries as 37.1 Coalition, 35.0 Labor, 9.8 Green, 10.6 One Nation. GhostWhoVotes on Twitter additionally gives Other as 7.5, which doesn't quite sum to 100 but the loss of a few tenths here and there in rounding will make little difference to the picture. The published 2PP is 54-46 to Labor. However, by last-election preferences, this poll comes to only 52.1% to Labor. So, unless One Nation voters have...
For someone dealing with the grief, shame and anger after a sexual assault, it can be especially hard when one’s peers and relatives are the ones choosing not to believe them. I know this because I write from the point-of-view of a woman who has not been believed about being raped, and also as someone who chose not to believe another.
Though there is presently enough food on the planet to feed 10 billion people, 795 million people still go to bed hungry every night. It’s for this reason that a number of innovative citizens have dedicated their talents to developing effective ways one might grow food in both urban and harsh environments. Philipp Saumweber, CEO of Sundrop Farms, is but one individual who has discovered how to do just that.
The Sundrop Farm presently cultivates 18,000 tomato plants in an Australian desert using nothing more than sunlight and seawater. Crops are grown in a hydroponic greenhouse lined with water-drenched cardboard, which means there is no need for soil, fossil fuels, groundwater, or pesticides.
Located near Port Augusta in Australia, the 20-hectare farm opened its doors in October of 2016. Though it cost $200 million to build, Saumweber is confident the facility will pay itself off in the future. After all, there will be no need to purchase fossil fuels, though hooking up to ‘the grid’ during winter might be necessary at times.
Australia is one of the worst performing countries in terms of protecting its ecoregions. Koalas are a litmus test for conservation of a habitat in crisisIn 2016 koalas were sighted for the first time in decades at Mount Kembla, Wollongong, and in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. Although these sightings are a source of hope, it's important that we don't get lulled into a false sense of security about the extent to which nature, including koalas, is threatened in Australia. We have serious [...]
This is the question that fellow Australians most frequently ask me, and indeed that I frustratedly keep asking myself, about why I keep writing about Malaysian politics. And it gets more difficult every week to come up with a convincing reply. Back when I started in 2006, however, my motives seemed as simply and plausibly […]
He was an ABC foreign correspondent with more than 50 years’ experience as a reporter, producer, director and host of a range of ground-breaking TV shows. Now a Tumbulgum resident, he’s been named the shire’s 2017 Australia Day ambassador.
Iain Finlay is an award-winning journalist, author, story-teller and humanitarian, who has travelled and worked on every continent with a particular interest in South East Asia.
More recently, Mr Finlay and his wife Trish Clark have been central to humanitarian and education initiatives in Asia including building a primary school in a rural village in Laos with funds partly raised in the Tweed.
‘Anyone who has travelled in Asia, Africa and South America and has seen poverty and the lack of opportunity there realises we have so much going for us in this country, and Australia Day is a chance to reflect on that,’ Mr Finlay said.
‘Donald Horne’s description of Australia as ‘the lucky country’ could not be more apt; for the most part we are truly amongst the most fortunate people in the world. However, for those Australians at the bottom of the barrel, in particular many in our own indigenous communities, the phrase still rings very hollow.
‘Those of us who have a roof over our heads, a job and a bit of affluence and security, have an obligation to at least think about and perhaps do something for those people in our own country, and elsewhere, who are not as lucky as we are.
Mr Finlay will deliver the Australia Day address on January 26 at the Tweed Shire event to be held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads.
The Tweed will welcome 50 new citizens from 16 different countries, Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will also be presented including Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Australia Day events will also be held at Tyalgum, Crabbes Creek, Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Cabarita, and Pottsville.
Official proceedings at Twin Towns start at 11:00am (AEDT/NSW time) for further information please visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/australiaday
At last, some good news for any Sydney entertainment venue that doesn’t happen to be a multi-billion dollar casino with governmental stakeholders.
From today, live entertainment venues in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD can apply for an exemption to the draconian lock-out laws which have already caused so much financial stress to the local entertainment sector.
Venues can apply for a later lock out time of 2.00am and last drinks of 3.30am on nights they provide live entertainment after midnight.
“Live entertainment” is classified as:
If you wish to apply for an exemption you can download the form here, a fact sheet here, or email Liquor and Gaming NSW for any other queries.It’ll set you back $250 to apply, which I’m sure you’ll recoup in the first ten minutes.
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Image: Pianist Jann Rutherford performing in Sydney in the
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Over the past decade the face of jazz in Australia has been changing, slowly but surely. While we are used to seeing women singers fronting bands, there have been few women playing the instruments we associate with jazz-trumpets, saxophones, pianos, basses. There have been even fewer women leading jazz ensembles. That is now changing. This new series focuses on young women who have been making their names as jazz instrumentalists in the past few years. All of them have participated in projects aimed explicitly at encouraging more young women to study jazz and make it a musical career. Most have been recipients of the prestigious Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. They are all changing the face of jazz.
One musician will be featured each week. Wewill hear them talk about how and why they started playing music, how they got into jazz, who and what has been important to them in deciding to make music a career, and what advice they would give to a young woman thinking about taking that path. And, of course, we will hear their music.
The series starts with the most recent recipient of the Jann Rutherford Award, pianist Emma Stephenson, and the music of her Hieronymus Trio. In the following weeks we will hear from drummer Jodie Michael, trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, trombone player Alex Silver, saxophonist Loretta Palmeiro, and two bassists, Jess Dunn and Hannah James.
This series of twenty minute profiles, produced by Mick Paddon, is being broadcast each week from January 16th 2017 as part of the long-standing, hour-long show, Jazz Made in Australia which airs at 3.00 pm on Mondays, and which Mick is presenting until the end of March. Every profile will be uploaded as a podcast
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Image Courtesy of The Morrisons It may have felt like a long wait but it looks like we’re finally going to be getting the debut album from Sydney’s favourite bluegrassers The Morrisons. The Morrisons spent the latter half of 2016 posting lots of photos to social media of their time in the studio which definitely […]
Now that Hillary Clinton will not be US President, the Clinton Foundation has lost its main driver of revenue...the pay-per-play business model that the Clinton's perfected and hid under the guise of a charity. The Clinton Foundation has announced that it is laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative. The round of layoffs is said to keep in line with earlier plans to deal with the negative effects placed on the foundation, due to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The Clinton Foundation, in a filing with the New York Department of Labor on Thursday, said that the layoffs will take effect April 15, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative. The real reason for the layoffs is simple. The Clinton Foundation has no more services to offer "donors" now that it has been locked out of government. Since Hillary's election loss to Trump, various state actors have cut back or completely stopped their donations towards the foundation. Australia has cut its donations to $0. Norway cut its donations by 87%.
Mayor Simon Richardson has broken his silence over the deluge of complaints from residents about the bad behaviour of visitors to Byron Bay during New Year, saying that locals were also to blame for some of the bad behaviour.
In the early days of 2017, Echonetdaily published a range of letters from long-time residents, accusing tourists of trashing nature reserves, dumping rubbish on suburban streets and leaving a trail of excrement in the sand dunes.
At the time, Echonetdaily emailed Cr Richardson for a response but received only an automated reply saying he was on leave.
Returning to work on Friday, he acknowledged that ‘being a shire of coastal holiday towns, as usual, the summer peak holidays in Byron Shire bring positives and negatives as we celebrate the end of the year.’
‘This is… a positive for our economy and provides many jobs for us. Jobs that we need.
‘However, yes, some of these visitors need to learn more respect,’ Cr Richardson said.
But he added that locals, as well as tourists, were responsible for some of the offensive behaviour.
‘Littering, illegal street camping, public urination and partying in environmentally sensitive areas cannot be tolerated and we all share a deep frustration. This type of behaviour is unacceptable.
‘And yes, unfortunately some of the locals need to learn it too.’
Mayor Richardson said that ‘the days of the quiet surfing town of Byron Bay’ were over.
He urged the community to ‘collectively embrace the challenges we are facing’ adding that ‘we need to keep striving to find a balance between amenity, protecting our environment and a vibrant place.’
‘This requires a whole of community effort,’ Cr Richardson said.
He added that some of the council initiatives that appeared to have had positive results included...
A temporary site for Tweed Heads Library users will operate from today (Monday) at the Tweed Shire Council administration building as the library in Brett Street undergoes a major expansion.
The library is being expanded, and almost doubling in size, with improved design to create a bigger, more user-friendly community facility.
A council spokesperson said the project will increase the library’s floor space from 619 square metres to 1,054 square metres, with the improved layout allowing for greater flexibility in how the building is used.
‘The improvements will help ensure Tweed Heads Library continues to meet the needs of a growing community and to become even more of a community hub as a valuable public resource and a social space,’ the spokesperson said.
Last Monday, the Richmond-Tweed Regional Mobile Library made its first fortnightly stop in Tweed Heads, one of many such visits while the construction, which will see the library almost double in size, continues.
The spokesperson said the mobile library proved popular, with around 450 people popping into its air-conditioned interior to borrow from the library collection, return items, use the internet or print, scan or copy material.
The Mobile Library service has been extended so it is available in Wharf Street, beside the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre, every second Monday from 10am to 3.30pm. The next visit to Tweed Heads will be Monday, 23 January.
From today (16 January), a temporary library site will be available at the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre, next to the auditorium, for pick-ups of reservations, returns and to browse part of the Tweed Heads Library collection.
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Now more than ever. Your country needs you Sam.
After five weeks of patrolling the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd says it located the Japanese whale poachers’ factory whaling vessel in the Australian Whale Sanctuary with a dead minke whale on its flensing deck.
The Nisshin Maru was spotted by the helicopter of Sea Shepherd’s MY Steve Irwin.
‘When the helicopter approached, the Nisshin Maru crew scrambled to hide the slaughtered whale with a tarp, while the fleet’s harpoon ships Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru #2 quickly covered their harpoons,’ said Captain Adam Meyerson of the Ocean Warrior, Sea Shepherd’s newest Southern Ocean patrol ship.
‘The whale killers from the Nisshin Maru were caught red-handed slaughtering whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary.
‘These are the first photographs documenting the Japanese whaling fleet’s killing of whales since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled their whaling program illegal in 2014 and the Australian Federal Court found the Japanese whaling industry in contempt for killing protected whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary.
‘Sea Shepherd’s discovery of the factory ship and the slaughtered whale comes just a day after Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe was in Australia on an official state visit.’
Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia, said, ‘The lack of action by the Turnbull government while whales are being killed in Australian waters just a day after Japan’s prime minister was on a state visit shows that the government has no spine.’
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The Turnbull government’s popularity has taken a hit in the wake of problems with the Centrelink debt recovery system and MPs entitlements.
A ReachTEL survey, released on Monday and commissioned by activist group GetUp, shows the coalition trailing Labor 54 per cent to 46 per cent, two-party preferred.
The polling of more than 2,000 Australians was taken last Thursday, ahead of health minister Sussan Ley’s resignation.
Nearly half (46.2 per cent) of those surveyed support the government stopping an automated system to send letters about alleged Centrelink debts, while 31.8 per cent oppose the suggestion.
More than 78 per cent of respondents believe the burden of proof should be on Centrelink to verify their debt claims, instead of individuals.
GetUp campaigns director Mark Connelly believes the coalition shouldn’t be surprised by the results.
‘This is what happens when government ministers book chartered flights and go to polo matches with public money, while sending tens of thousands of false debt-threat letters to everyday Australians,’ he said.
‘Treating Australians like crap is going to get you crap poll results.’
An accused drug dealer remains behind bars after 20 people, including a teenager, overdosed on a suspected bad batch of ecstasy along a popular Melbourne party strip.
The 30-year-old CBD man faced an out of sessions court hearing on Sunday afternoon and was remanded to reappear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Police arrested the man at 4am on Sunday and he was charged with trafficking MDMA and possessing the proceeds of crime.
He was allegedly pointed out to staff at a club after a woman overdosed.
‘A lady overdosed at a nightclub and one of her friends identified the male and he was subsequently arrested by police,’ Detective Senior Sergeant David Newman told reporters outside St Kilda police station on Sunday.
‘With the nature of drug dealing I would say there would be others involved.’
Police believe the same batch of MDMA may have caused 20 overdoses around the Chapel Street entertainment precinct since Friday and they fear more cases could be identified over the coming days and weeks.
‘A batch of drugs like this will take a long time to dissipate, or disappear from the scene,’ Det Sen Sgt Newman said.
A 17-year-old boy remains in a serious condition in the Alfred Hospital and police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old Elwood man who died of an overdose on Friday night.
It’s too early to say if the cases are linked and police say they are waiting on drug testing and toxicology reports to see if the same drug is responsible.
Land values across the north coast have risen in the past year, according to the latest government figures.
The land values, which reflect the property market at 1 July 2016, were issued on Friday by the NSW Valuer General, Simon Gilkes.
Mr Gilkes says land across the North Coast region has been independently valued on behalf of the Valuer General, and the valuations quality assured through a range of system checks and audits.
He said Western Sydney University has independently checked the quality and accuracy of the land values for residential, rural, industrial and commercial property against industry recognised valuation standards.
Mr Gilkes said when determining land values, property sales are the most important factor considered.
‘Land values do not include the value of the home or improvements to the land,’ he said.
‘Land values are one factor used by councils to calculate rates.
‘Changes in land value don’t always mean a change in council rates.
‘Each council develops a revenue policy which is used to determine rates charged to fund community services. Councils make their draft revenue policy available for public comment.’
From 1 July 2017 land values will also be a factor used to calculate the Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) which will replace the current levy on property insurance. The levy will help fund fire and emergency services across NSW.
Landholders will receive a Notice of Valuation showing their land value before it is used by council for rating. This gives landholders time to consider their land value.
Landholders can find more information about their Notice of Valuation at www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1800 110 038.
Landholders who are concerned about the land value recorded on their Notice of Valuation have 60 days to lodge an objection. The last date to object is printed on the Notice of Valuation.... ...
|Total land values for the North Coast region Land use type||1 July 2015||1 July 2016||% change|
|Residential||$35.64 billion||$39.10 billion||9.7%|
On Friday this week Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Here's an extract from the Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's editorial tallying the Obama disaster. As a political leader, Obama has been a disaster for his party. Since his inauguration in 2009, roughly...
The Japanese Whaling Processing ship (Nisshin Maru) has just been located in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd reported this morning that they had filmed the vessel from their helicopter, and that a whale was part-processed on the main deck.
It raises some interesting questions. The Japanese did lose their court battle with Australia and New Zealand in the International Court of Justice in 2014. After the loss, in which Japan was told it’s program lacked Scientific merit and was deemed illegal, they came back with a new “so-called” Research program with 333 Whales per year instead of the previous 1,000. Which is a farce really. It was soundly rejected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2015 as still not meeting Scientific Standards, however Japan is, if nothing else, persistent.
Interestingly, the Japanese Prime Minister is in Australia for talks with the Australian Government today, so I’d hope that the Australian Prime Minister (I lose track who it is these days with their revolving door) will put his counterpart in a choke hold until he agrees to stop whaling. Not that I’ll be holding my breath.
A challenge with the renewed program is Japan needs little time to get their whales. In 2010 while I was prisoner aboard the Shonan Maru #2, their First Officer claimed they average about 10 whales per day. Which meant they needed around 3 months to get their quota of 1,000. Today however, with a quota of 333, they really need little more than a month whaling to achieve this. By my calculations, they’d already be around 250 whales caught, having arrived in the whale sanctuary around Xmas day.
It remains to be seen as well what will happen if Sea Shepherd ships do in fact find the Nisshin Maru. Two years ago, Sea Shepherd was forced to pay the Japanese Whalers $2.5m compensation, and instructed to not disrupt the whaling program. In my mind this was most unfair. Japan had lost in court and their whaling program was declared illegal by the highest court in the world. No one else was in Antarctica to try and stop the whaling.
Nevertheless, aggressive action in the coming weeks by Sea Shepherd would likely be judged a further breach of the court injunction, which may see more funds going to subsidize Japan’s whaling. No one else is in Antarctica though. New Zealand and Australia may wor...
This is Mad Dog's confirmation hearing. For more than a year now I've been writing about Jim Mattis and President-elect Trump. It's critical that Australia understands the dynamic between these two men. We have Buckley's of that happening under Turnbull, Payne and Party Girl. As I wrote in January last...
Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased outNinety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired power stations should be phased out, according to a new study.A poll of 2,000 people conducted by the Climate Institute found that 82% of respondents in rural and regional Australia and 81% of those in capital [...]
It isn't an opinion heard frequently in the famously liberal Hollywood, but sci-fi queen Zoe Saldana has spoken out against the acting community for bullying abrasive Donald Trump. The Star Trek, Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy star -- who is not a supporter of the Republican president-elect -- believes insults flung at him during the race for the White House turned off much of middle America. "We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies," the 38-year-old actress said of Trump, who has been frequently berated himself for bullying tactics, including seemingly mocking a reporter with disabilities. "We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong... and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises." Saldana's analysis echoes comments made by Hawaiian-born Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show this week it was time Americans got behind Trump, who takes office on January 20. "I just say he's now elected and we as a country need to support whoever's the president because that's what the country's based on. However that happened, he's there, and let's go," Kidman said.
Fulgurites and Smithsonian butterflies
Summer thunderstorms and Rom-coms set Tim wondering; can lighting really produce glass? Turns out the answer is YES and that glass is called a Fulgurite….
And Chantelle shared her last Panama adventure, with an interview conducted in the steamy Butterfly Research Laboratory of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute http://www.si.edu/ResearchCente…/Tropical-Research-Institute
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Sydney: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday where the pair agreed to deepen defence ties and stressed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Abe’s visit comes amid heightened regional tension in the South China Sea and fears US president-elect Donald Trump will push ahead with his pledge to kill the trade agreement once he takes office on January 20.
“We have confirmed our commitment to the rule of law, free trade and open markets in our region,” Turnbull told reporters at a joint press conference.
Abe said the increasingly uncertain geopolitical landscape made the relationship between Japan and Australia more important than ever.
“It is important to guard and increase the robustness of the free, open and rules-based international order,” Abe said.
Both leaders spoke of their desire to see the TPP ratified, despite opposition from Trump.
The 12-member pact aims to cut barriers in some of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, but it does not include China.
Without US approval the agreement cannot come to fruition.
Following bilateral talks, the two leaders announced the signing of an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which will increase cooperation in combined military exercises, training and peace-keeping operations. The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.
The announcement comes nearly nine months after Australia chose a French bid over a Japanese design for a new fleet of submarines.
The loss of the $40 billion contract was a major blow for Abe’s ambitions to develop Japan’s defence export capabilities as part of a more muscular security agenda.
Japan, as well as Australia, is looking to protect its strategic and trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region, especially as China becomes increasingly assertive in...
Another year, more great music released. Here are 10 songs I loved for various reasons:
Spindles – Revolution
I had a long wait between first hearing this song and it finally being recorded. But at one point shortly after its release, I reckon I listened to this song at least once a day for about three weeks. I craved it. I thought about writing an essay based on the lyrics.
Spindles had other great songs (no official release yet beyond a few internet uploads) and played some fantastic shows – from the little library at Jura Books to the wide open desert at Roxby Downs. But if I have to pick one song it’s still this one.
Dispossessed – Thronebreaker
2016 was a huge year for Dispossessed. At the start of the year I was hearing favourable murmurs about this new band out of Sydney. In March when I saw them I agreed they were great but was surprised at how young they were. Since then the band has lost members, had all their gear stolen, had one of their members be the subject of a public shaming campaign by the Daily Mail. They’ve also toured, gained loads of mainstream press attention, and released a fantastic album. Vice called them “the most important band in Australia.” I think it’s just great to see a proudly multi-racial and political band from western Sydney smashing it.
Camp Cope – Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams
I first saw songwriter Georgia Maq play a few years ago. I don’t know how old she was at the time, but she looked like she could have needed parental supervision to go to her own gigs. Camp Cope bassist Kelly I have similarly seen around the place since she was very young – I think her first musical effort was with all-femme scremo outfit Palmar Grasp.
So what a pleasure then to discover Camp Cope’s debut album – showcasing some great songwriting from Georgia MAq aided by wonderful melodic bass playing from Kelly. If I’m being totally honest, a few of the songs are still a l...
There’s a fair chance that you’ve driven through some failing Aussie towns at some point in your life. It’s a sad, unescapable reality that many of these once-thriving towns have been going through a slow decline over the years due to economic uncertainty, failing industry, and disappearing jobs. But, it looks as though some towns might find their saviour in an unlikely place.
According to an article by the BBC’s world news section, it looks as though music festivals could be what many of these towns need to bring their bank accounts back into the black.
The article specifically uses as an example the town of Parkes, a small community 350km west of Sydney which annually holds the Parkes Elvis Festival, which celebrates the life and music of Elvis Presley.
Having started in 1993, 16 years after Presley’s death, the festival has since grown from its original attendance of almost 200 fans, to a number that now temporarily doubles Parkes’ population of 15,000. In addition to increased tourism, the festival also manages to bring in more than $13 million for the community, all thanks to the enduring legacy of The King.
While Australian fans are already voracious for Elvis, with the festival attracting impersonators, tribute concerts, memorabilia displays, and much more, Australia’s fascination with ABBA could almost rival Elvis’ appeal. Trundle, in New South Wales, sees an annual pilgrimage for their annual ABBA festival, while elsewhere in New South Wales, fans flock for an annual Bob Marley festival held in Kandos.
While big name music festivals have long been a city thing, and regional festivals and concerts becoming more apparent, it seems as though niche music festivals and celebrations may be just what the doctor ordered for many Australian country towns.
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