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Justine Damond and Mohammed Noor. (Photo: Clarion Project)
Justine Damond was shot and killed by a police officer in Minneapolis after she called the cops to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Police did not have their body cameras on, in breach of police protocol. The Minneapolis police department isnot giving Justines fianc, whom she was due to marry in less than a month, full information.
So far this follows the pattern of other police shootings in America. Police brutality, where it occurs, is a serious issue, but it is not Clarion Projects focus. We have no position on the specifics of this or any other case.
What we do have a position on is the way this case is being treated, which is very differently, for example, from the case of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot and killed by Hispanic police officer Jeronimo Yanez in 2016 in the very same city. That case sparked a national conversation about policing practices and race.
What is different in this case is that a Somali-American policeman Mohammed Noor shot and killed a blond, middle-class, white woman.
In a sane world, the ethnicity and religion of an officer would make no difference to the publics response to a police shooting. If indeed there is a police brutality problem in America, then you would expect people to be taking to the streets over this latest incident.
Yet while there have been vigils for Damond, they are nowhere near the same scale as other incidents of alleged police brutality.
Instead, some of the same institutions which have previously gone to bat for campaigns against police brutality are now more concerned about a potential backlash against the Somali/Muslim community than they are about truth and justice.
There is no reason the ethnicity of the police officer should change the narrative, if the narrative is that the police have a brutality problem.
Yet, The Guardian, a British ou...
Joanne Garnggulkpuy lives on Galiwinku, Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. She is a Hope For Health Committee Member, a Wangurri elder, experienced researcher and teacher. Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post In our songs and dances, there are some parts that talk about how to get food from the bushland, the open land, from the sand dunes, the beaches and ...
Holidays are a privilege that many who are fortunate to take them look forward to. They are an opportunity to indulge, relax and recharge and what could be better than being able to do so while doing good?
But the costs of production of the tourist experience are often glossed over. And modern slavery practices are especially evident in the tourism supply chain in developing countries.
Modern slavery is described as the conduct of practices similar to slavery, including debt bondage and forced labour. The use of force, deception and the deprivation of freedom are common.
The links between modern slavery and the fashion and textiles industry, mining, agriculture and domestic work are well known. Its common in developing countries where people are desperate and vulnerable to exploitation.
This is not to say that developed countries are immune. In Australia, a federal parliamentary committee is inquiring* into establishing a Modern Slavery Act. This follows the passing of the United Kingdoms Modern Slavery Act in 2015. Such moves are linked to growing calls for action against modern slavery in domestic and global supply chains.
In most developed countries, much less attention is given to modern slavery than elsewhere. This is particularly so in the case of developing countries where labour is cheap and exploitation underlies the production of goods and services consumed in developed countries.
According to the Global Slavery Index, in 2016 about 45.8 million people....
If youre as smug as I am, you might see the United States as a destination for tourists as opposed to travellers, man. Even before Chipolata Fingers tweet-stormed his way into the White House, the States was an end point for the unimaginative, for those drank the Kool-Aid proffered up by Hollywood and saw Disneyland and Hollywood Boulevard and riding in a yellow taxi as being the heights of intrepidity.
As Global Hobos you guys are all like, Yeah, sure, right, and are probably busy planning a winter working as a glassy in a Bhutanese bistro, milking yaks in the morning and jacking off wayward reincarnates of an evening. But look, give the yanks a chance; heaven knows theyre having a hard run and heck knows that the US of A can be a certifiable whale of a time.
Visit Before the Empire Falls
because its irrefutably heading back towards dust under the tutelage of Barrons dad and his inept horde of utter horrors. Dont you wish you were in Carthage before the Romans got the jump, chatting Alps with elephants and strolling the shores of the ancient Med? Or had a chance to bask in the glory of Pax Britannica and take high tea in Kensington as the spoils of the savages were brought back and paraded amongst the dowagers. Well dont wait until its too late! Come and witness the dying throes of empire, and witness the bombastic blusters of a nation and people unaware of their impending irrelevance.
Despite Dodgy Voting Habits, Theyre Fucken Nice People
Theres no denying that your average American possesses a dumb positivity that is hardly matched anywhere else on Earth. Of all the worlds peoples they have to be the among easiest when it comes to being receptive to having the wool pulled over, so you can basically say anything to them and pique their interest. They are also so ignorant of the world that the minutiae of your day-to-day reads like a Homeric epic to them; they might not know their Zealand from New Zealand (idiots!), but youll have them wrapped around your masterfully woven tale about boiling water in an electric jug.
Crap Capitalism Equals Exceptional Service
In America, the system works like this businesses dont pay their employees enough, so you make up the difference with tips, and because of this, staff are actually nice to you. The system is completely rekt, but it also results in incredible service, so maybe it aint so bad after all. For those of us who are trs...
From: "Dastyari, Sam (Senator)" Date: 19 July 2017 at 5:47:05 pm AEST To: Subject: Invitation to Sam Dastyari's Official Book Launch Reply-To: "Arthur, Sharnelle (Sen S. Dastyari)" Comrade, Attached is an invitation to my official book launch thatll be held as a fringe event at NSW ALP Conference...
The animal protection think-tank Voiceless has just released a report that highlights the cruelty that is prevalent in egg farming across all production systems in Australia.
The organisation has called for a ban on the use of battery and enriched cages. It says current government regulations are a failure.
There are poor labelling standards in the egg industry, Voiceless says, and there is widespread consumer confusion.
In its research for the report, entitled Unscrambled: The hidden truth of hen welfare in the Australian egg industry, Voiceless examined the use of battery cages and the barn-laid and free-range systems.
It presents information about international standards and analyses Australias position.
Australia has fallen behind other nations when it comes to layer hen welfare, so the time has come for us to evolve to a better standard, said the reports author, Elise Burgess.
This report comes at a time when there is real opportunity for signifi...
by Phil Hingston So whats going on in the upper echelons of power around the world? It seems that a pattern appears to be emerging where a good many of our hitherto pillars of society are being outed as dirty rotten scoundrels (and thats being kind). Sir Ted Heath, was recently exposed as a pedophile, 
This video says about itself:
2 May 2017
3.5 billion year old fossils hint life evolved in pond, not sea
Its the age-old question: where do we come from? New fossil evidence suggests the first spark of life may have occurred in a hot spring on land rather than a hydrothermal vent in the deep sea.
Charles Darwin proposed in 1871 that life originated in a warm little pond. But the dominant theory nowadays is that primitive microorganisms first assembled in hot, chemical-rich water at hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean.
One reason for favouring this marine model is that fossil evidence of early land-based microbial life has been lacking. Until recently, the oldest evidence of life on land was only 2.8 billion years old, whereas the oldest evidence from the sea was 3.7 billion years old.
Now, a team led by Tara Djokic at the University of New South Wales in Australia has discovered fossils of land-based microorganisms. They were found in 3.5-billion-year-old rocks in an extinct volcano in the Dresser Formation in the hot, dry, remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The fossils include stromatolites layered rock structures created by microorganisms and circular holes left in the rock by gas bubbles that look like they were once trapped by sticky microbial substances. Both types of structures are preserved in geyserite, a type of rock that is only found in and around freshwater hot springs in volcanic areas on land.
Land-based launch pad?
The findings suggest that microbes were present on land and in the ocean around the same time, says Djokic. The question is which came first?
There are now a number of converging lines of evidence that point to terrestrial hot springs over hydrothermal vents for the origin of life, says Djokic.
Small bodies of water like hot springs may have been more conducive to the formation of life because they can evaporate and concentrate the building blocks of life, says Djokic. In hot springs, youve also got a nutritious concoction of elements because hot fluids circulate through the underlying rocks and bring up differ...
The Governments proposed Home Affairs mega ministry will probably make us less safe from terrorism and other violence, writes Ian McAuley.
Be careful when entering the water. In 2015, 25 Australians drowned in swimming pools and nine drowned in bathtubs. In addition two people lost their lives in shark attacks (official data does not reveal where these attacks took place. Presumably they were in the open ocean, not the hazardous environment of swimming pools or bathtubs).
On a related point, in a survey of female students in a Californian university, researchers asked separate groups of women to estimate their risks of being victims of:
(2) sexual assault;
(3) sexual assault by another student.
Basic logic tells us that the more specific the scenario the less likely it is to happen. There are many forms of assault other than sexual assault, and fellow-students arent the only sexual predators. Yet the students ranked (3) as more likely than (2), and (2) as more likely than (1). That ordering defies logic but makes psychological sense.
At play in these examples of sharks and assaults is the vividness bias. The more elements there are of a coherent story, the more realistic and imminent that scenario becomes in our brain, particularly if there has been recent publicity of one or more high-profile events. And the more gory the situation the deeper impression it can make: compare the mental images of someone drowning in a bathtub and of someone else being eaten by a shark.
Terrorists know all about the vividness bias. Their high point was the attack on the World Trade Centre towers. But to these deranged religious fanatics its not the number of deaths that counts; its the inculcation of fear in the community, and spectacle is one of their main weapons.
As Greg Austin of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security points out, we have become fearful. Most of us are concerned that Australia will be a target for terrorism at home and believe that the government should introduce greater preventive measures to combat it, even though over the last 20 years terrorist attacks in Australia have claimed the lives of only three or four victims. Roughly the same number as sharks but less than bathtubs.
That is not to downplay the risk of terrorist attacks, and the low number is a credit to the competence of our police forces and intelligence agencies, state and federal. Our being an island girt b...
Just one week after news came to light that The Voice judge Delta Goodrem had lost her license for speeding offences, news has come to light that Goodrems recent ad for Apple Music has been removed from broadcast for setting a bad example for young drivers.
As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Goodrems ad, which features the singer in the passenger seat of a convertible car, singing and dancing to music she has selected from Apple Music, received a barrage of complaints in regards to the singers actions. In the ad, Goodrem is seen singing and dancing to her perfect playlist, all while not wearing a visible seatbelt.
In the Advertising Standards Bureaus report in regards to they ad, they state that a number of viewers took issues with Goodrems actions. This ad does not promote safe driving, one complaint began. At one point a part of Deltas body is outside the vehicle while it is moving. The driver is distracted by singing and dancing type body movements. And it appears that at least Delta is not wearing a seatbelt. While another complaint read: As a role model for young people this is setting a terrible example to young drivers and passengers at a time when statistics show us how at risk this age group is on the road.
Apple responded to the complaint, stating that Apple takes community standards seriously in preparing and publishing all of its advertising materials and other communications in Australia, and that they are confident the ad does not breach any advertising guidelines. They did also state that The individuals in the vehicle were both wearing lap seat belts at all times while the vehicle was being driven, and the advertisement does not contain any images suggesting otherwise.
After a review, the ASB ruled that broadcasters were to stop airing the ad until it had been edited by Apple. Apple responded by stating that they were disappointed with the ruling, as they take health and safety very seriously. However, they have said they will comply with making edits so as to show that it is made abundantly clear that the driver and passenger are both wearing seatbelts.
Fluoride in drinking water important for healthy teeth,
says expert 18 July 2017
Residents of the Kentish area are calling for their Council to give them a say on whether the regions water supply contains fluoride or not. Off the back of a conversation with Kentish Mayor Don Thwaites yesterday, Brian Carlton speaks to an expert about the benefits associated with fluoridated drinking water. Dr Michael Foley, Vice Chairman of the Australian Dental Associations Oral Health Committee, clears up some common misconceptions on the issue.
Dr Foley didn't come over very good when he debated fluoridation with Paul Connett .
He now hates all of us.
It's sugar and all the sweets causing the problem to not just teeth but the whole body. Diabetes, obesity leading to all manner of illnesses.
ABC Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald are two of the most left-wing, God-hating and Holy Bible-hating media organisations in Australia.
It does not surprise me that ABC News Australia journalists started their attack on the evangelical Christian church with the above sweeping unfounded statement.
In Australia, domestic violence occurs in all levels, all demographies, all ethnic groups and all sexual orientations.
Some of the worst domestic abuse is in the gay and lesbian community.
No sector of society is exempt from domestic violence. And its not just men abusing women. There are plenty of men verbally abused and even murdered by their female partners in Australia each year. Its just that these murders dont get the same press as women murdered by their husbands or male partners.
Conservative Anglicans like New South Wales Anglicans and maybe conservative Baptists and Christian cults like the Exclusive Brethren teach the doctrine about wives submitting to their husbands very strongly.
In Australia, Pentecostal denominations, Methodists, Presbyterians and the Uniting Church treat married couples as equals.
I was brought up in a Presbyterian ministers (pastors) household. My parents talked about the partnership between a man and a woman and that men and women are equal before God, and that there should be respect both ways. There was no talk of mum submitting to dad, in the draconian way outlined in the article below.
One of my children is married to a very devout Australian Roman Catholic and her parents are similar persuaded. I dont see or hear anything of this husband over wife submission thing in their circles.
It pains me to see ABC Australia attacking Christianity unfairly in this way. Why dont these two ABC Australia journalists, Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson, do their research properly, and refrain from making sweeping, illogical and ill-founded statements.
The article below is a really scurrilous and inaccurate God-hating, Bible-hating, church-hating and Christ-hating article.
ABC News Australia should be ashamed for publishing it.
If youve ever been looking for a music festival that the whole family can enjoy, then you need not look any further than Dashville Skyline. Featuring a diverse mix of artists, Dashville Skyline is all about celebrating Americana music, bringing forth one of the best weekends of blues, roots, and folk music that you could ever for. Now, just in case you were wondering about heading to this years event, the festival has just announced another round of awesome acts to join the bill.
With Dashville Skyline 2017 announcing their first round of acts last month, including Mark Olsen (of the Jayhawks fame) & Ingunn Ringvold, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Immigrant Union, and Emma Russack, you could be forgiven for thinking the festival couldnt get any bigger.
Now, with their second announcement, brilliant artists such as Tennessees own Valerie June, Australias Oh Mercy, and Irelands Declan ORourke have been added to the bill; a truly international affair. Other acts to be announced include Sydneys Fallon Crush, Brisbanes Paddy McHugh, and Melbournes Georgia State Line.
If youre keen on a day of good times, good vibes, and most importantly, good music, then make sure you find yourself heading along to Dashville Skyline 2017 in the Hunter Valley at the end of September for a weekend to remember.
Check out the full lineup below, and check out Shakedown, from Valerie June, who leads this second announcement.
Valerie June (US)
Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
The Teskey Brothers
Declan ORourke (Ire)
Mark Olson (US) & Ingunn Ringvold (No)
Tim Easton (US)
The Roamin Jasmine (US)
Claire Anne Taylor
Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes
Mel Parsons (NZ)
Songs from Dan (NL)
Lyle Dennis Express
Georgia State Line
Dashville Progress Society
Dashville Skyline 2017
September 29th, to October 1st
Belford, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tickets and more information: Dashville Skyline Website
Phil Pringle of C3 Global Church. False Prophet. Part 22. How Phil Pringle has deprived Kong Hees son Dayan of his father for 3.5 or maybe eight years now Kong Hee is in jail "IndyWatch Feed National"
I find it very disturbing that Doctor Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Global Church based in Sydney, Australia encouraged, empowered and mentored Kong Hee for two decades including being deeply involved in the errant Cross-over project which has led to Kong Hees demise.
If you read various articles on Dr Phil and Kong Hee on this site youll get the full picture or for a brief summary of Kong Hees life and demise please google Kong Hee Wikipedia.
Kong Hees son
Kong Hee started doing time in Changi Prison Hell-Hole almost three months ago. This is bad enough, and Phil Pringle is responsible for this, but what about Kong Hees little son Dayan wholl be deprived of a father for 3.5 or maybe eight years.
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