Senator HANSON: It was quite interesting to listen to Senator McKims comments today, because the Greens are hell-bent on weakening Australias immigration system.
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Fannin Road Baptist Church sits across from an abandoned cow pasture on the west side of Montgomery, Alabama, in a poor neighborhood of sparse, dilapidated single-story homes near Maxwell Air Force Base. Pastor Jim Lester began what he calls a missionary church here in 1998, while he was still on active duty in the Air Force.
At 63, Lester has a military bearing and sports a closely cropped gray mustache, a bald head, and a distinct North Carolina drawl. Like most pastors of independent fundamentalist Baptist churches in Alabama, Lester doesnt mince words about what he believesor why he supports Roy Moore.
Lester was one of the 53 Alabama pastors who signed a letter endorsing the Republican Alabama Senate candidate back in August. A month ago, Moores wife, Kayla Moore, re-posted the letter on Facebook in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband. Since then, Lester says hes been contacted by close to a hundred reporters but hasnt spoken out, until now.
Roy Moore was a man who was willing to stand on his principles, even though it cost him his job as chief justice, cost him his livelihood, Lester says, referring to Moores removal from the Alabama Supreme Court, first in 2003 and again in 2016. Thats extreme. But Lester is quick to clarify that his support for Moore goes beyond his belief that Moore is a man of principle.
We take the Bible literally as Gods word, he says. And the problem with abortion is that we believe that its the taking of a human life, at any point. Lester is referring to Democratic candidate Doug Jones and his support for abortion, which is all Lester needs to know about him. He quotes Proverbs chapter 6, which lists seven things that God hates. You ever heard this? he asks me. You know what they are? Do you know what one of them is? He quickly answers his own question: The shedding of innocent blood. That is something God hates.
Lester doesnt believe the allegations against Moore are true. But he says that even if Moore were proven guilty of the worst of the accusations leveled against himthat he groped a 14-year-old when he was in his early thirtiesabortion, or the taking of a human life, would still be a worse sin in the eyes of God. Its not about what Jim Lester thinks, its about what God thinks, he says. That directs my voting.
This is more or less the view of a large swath of Moore supporters in Alabama, and especially the pastors of mostly small, independent churches who have publicly e...
If you are seeing the name above for the first time, so are we. It has come to our attention through this profile below. The questions raised are important. The answers, to the degree there are any, are fascinating. Thanks to longform journalism, which we need now more than ever, we have profiles like this:
The institute, an internal research division of the Simons Foundation, is a community of scientists who are working to use modern computational tools to advance our understanding of science, both through the analysis of large, rich datasets and through the simulations of physical process.
Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good....
Are we living inside a computer simulation? Bolingbrooks newest business, The Neo Center for the Study of Reality Coding, intends to find out.
At a private grand opening ceremony, attended by Mayor Roger Claar and all the village trustees, CEO Daniel C. Lovecraft explained the company purpose:
Many billionaires, like Elon Musk, believe that the reality we live in is a computer simulation. Some have privately told us they want to escape the simulation or tweak it. We want to help these folks, and with their funding, we might find the answer, eventually.
Lovecraft cited a Bank of America study that says the odds that we live in a simulation are between twenty and fifty percent. He added that since the odds are in favor of our reality being a computer simulation, it is a worthy investment to crack realitys source code.
Imagine making little changes, like giving every human unlimited access to food and water Or even eliminating the need to eat or drink. Everything is possible, including changes to our past.
Like changing the results of unjust elections? asked Trustee Maria Zarate.
Or eliminating the need for elections, entirely, replied Lovecraft.
I like that idea, said Trustee Deresa Hoogland.
Claar praised the companys decision to relocate to Bolingbrook. This is a top company with good-paying jobs thats come here. Just the other day, I praised McDonalds for rebuilding a store in Bolingbrook. Now you guys are here. That proves to me that Bolingbrook is not only good for business, its also good for business research.
Trustee Robert Jaskiewicz was not impressed: Didnt someone do a study that disproved your theory?
Thats fake news, replied Lovecraft. Besides, were just asking questions. Theres no harm in that.
Yes, but did Roger give you a tax credit for locating your office here?
Bob, Claar interrupted, If you had attended the 3 AM meeting of the Bolingbrook Quantum Computing Commission, you would know the answer to that question.
Ive never heard of that commission.
If you had asked the Village Attorney, he would have told you about it.
How would I know to ask the Village Attorney? Its not listed on the villa...
vJust after 4.15pm, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway just south of Maclean after reports of a head-on collision between two cars.
A 78-year-old man and his 72-year-old female passenger in a northbound hatchback died at the scene.
The 56-year-old female driver of a southbound station wagon was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
The passengers, a 40-year-old woman and two men, suffered serious injuries and were taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Lismore Base Hospital.
The highway has been closed for some hours while police examine the scene, but is expected to reopen soon.
For the latest traffic information, visit the Live Traffic website.
Investigations into the circumstances of the crash are continuing and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
In this era of fake news, clarity matters. When propagandists working for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist-aligned groups are intentionally trying to blur the meanings of words and misrepresent facts, it is vital to be clear about what you want, what your red lines are and what you are willing to compromise on. This will enable you to argue better and have more productive conversations both on and offline about this issue.
Elliot Friedland thinks too much and it annoys his wife. Send in your answers to these questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best answers may be printed.
The Australian government and intelligence whistleblowers and potentially even journalists may face up to 20 years in jail for disclosing classified information under the most sweeping changes to the countrys secrecy laws since they were introduced.Read More
Second Lt Kaitlin Daddona drills with her boxing training partner on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Illustrative photo: US Air Force/Senior Airman Michael Reeves.)
Police in New South Wales, Australia, warned nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centers and sports grounds they need to train staff to confront possible terrorists. Specifically front of house staff such a bartenders, cleaners and waiters need to know what to do if a terrorist strikes.
The advisory came ahead of planned celebrations for New Years Eve and in light of the arrest of Somali-Australian Ali Khalif Shire on suspicion of planning an ISIS-inspired attack. He is charged with attempting to obtain a semi-automatic rifle with intent to shoot innocent partygoers in Melbournes Federation Square.
Frontline staff need to understand the plans (for a possible attack), Senior Sergeant Rob Fleischer said, according to The Daily Mail. A lot of times, its not going to be us (police) who are going to be dealing with the first five minutes. The first five minutes is front of house staff.
Those staff need to be trained in how to react and how to help patrons escape, police said.
Those receiving training should include ushers, people who take money at checkouts, cleaners, security theres a whole range, Inspector Peter Aitken clarified.
It has not been reported if the police intend to provide such training or if i...
Yes, but not by doing any of the things we know Trump to have done.
Dec. 10, 2017 3:46 p.m. ET
Speculation about Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation has turned toward obstruction of justicespecifically, whether President Trump can be criminally prosecuted for firing James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or for earlier asking Mr. Comey to go easy on onetime national security adviser Mike Flynn. The answer is no. The Constitution forbids Congress to criminalize such conduct by a president, and applying existing statutes in such a manner would violate the separation of powers.
Editorial: Yes, the president can obstruct justice, said Senate GOP
A reader made this comment on this, my personal blog-site a few days ago.
I know nothing of Murray Averill, his father Lloyd or Nexus Church.
If you can enlighten me and my readers further, please could you provide feedback in the comments box at the bottom of any article on this site
Readers comment of today:
Heres a scoop for you Don. Pastor Murray Averill (Nexus Church,
Everton Park, Brisbane -formerly Northside Christian Church) has
been sacked by the church. Last Sunday was his final service. He
was sacked for being a bully, autocratic, and he appears to have
upset the wrong people for too long. The church recently offered
Murray the role of pastor with no administrative powers, but he
refused. He wants the power. He was a bully and tyrant both as the
principal of the school (Northside Christian College) and the
church. He is best buddies with Brian Houston (best men at each
others weddings), so naturally Brian stepped in to try to help save
the job, to no avail. Murray is the son of the equally power hungry
and corrupt Lloyd Averill.
I would prefer my name etc be kept from this, these people are dangerous, I have experienced their corrupt nasty tactics in the past, and have no energy to deal with their campaign to crush the little people. But thanks to sites like yours we have a voice.
Gideon Levy is one of Israels most outspoken journalists. Hes been writing for decades in Israeli newspaper Haaretz about the devastating effects of the never-ending Israeli occupation of Palestine.
I first met Gideon in Tel Aviv in 2005 when I was researching my first book, My Israel Question.
Since then, hes become an inspiration for daring to reveal the dark side of Israeli society and what its supporting in the West Bank and Gaza.
He recently toured Australia, and received extensive media coverage, and I was privileged to speak alongside him at Sydney University. It was one of the biggest Sydney Ideas events of the year, with nearly 500 people present.
My comments begin at 50:07 and then a Q&A with Gideon.
Heres the audio:
And the video:
Psychology is an amazing subject and it is perhaps the only true concrete answers we have to the massively confusing minds we possess. Its the key to understanding not only the conscious mind but the subconscious too.
Psychology is such an intriguing topic because it gives us answers to the not so concrete feelings we experience when we are all wrapped up in our minds! In all honesty, everyone should know these amazing fifteen facts about psychology!
The placebo effect has actually shown to be more effective and offers more relief than actual medicine. It happens when the consciousness truly believes theyre getting better because of treatment, but the treatment actually has no external effect on it whatsoever.
Deja vu is a consciousness phenomenon in which one believes they are living in a moment for the second time. They truly feel as if they have experienced the present moment before. Interestingly, almost every person who experiences this does so about a conversation or a dream.
Calorie charts placed at the beginning of a restaurant buffet actually make people choose less healthy foods, according to a study.
Most identical twins are actually not identical. Our brains just perceive them that way.
People who play video games regularly are much more likely to lucid dream than people who dont. They are also better at changing and morphing their dream realities. This is thought to be because of a gamers ability to get lost in other worlds.
The word you can actually stimulate a persons brain to feel...
Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of weapons.
I dont often talk about my past but Ive dusted off an old post since taken offline and re-edited it completely in response to #Hack4DV. As Christmas approaches it is worth remembering that family time means different things to people from abusive families and there will be a lot of people across the country hurting this festive season as the alcohol and toxic relationships create a dangerous if not deadly mix. Some people will lose their lives this Christmas season.
Domestic violence is something that affected my life a long time ago and a lot of other issues which I feel have had a bigger impact on my life chances have happened since. Perhaps this trivialisation of what seemed normal for me (but definitely isnt) is precisely because I was born into a dangerous household and cant imagine a normal family and how I would be different. The truly sad thing is that this story doesnt even make me cry, its just my life.
When I meet people for the first time they tend to demand to know how I make a living. I never get asked what Ive survived or what challenges Ive faced. I find this gives people a very inaccurate view of my character and accomplishments. On the other hand, I dont want to feel like Im wearing the injustices Ive suffered like a victim badge. I have much fresher wounds to pick over so Im not usually thinking about the distant past. I am however, still dealing with the cumulative impact of many bad situations on my life-chances.
Long story short, I was born into a dangerous situation. By the time I was born my mother and siblings were already victims of my father who had developed paranoid schizophrenia and alcoholism on top of his abusive attitudes toward women. My earliest memory (I was about 2) is of my father shooting the family dog in front of us. The dog was a doberman that used to chase the school bus up the road like a mad thing. He was also my brothers pet.
After that, my father shot the cat, my sisters pet. It used to pee on his foot whenever he was around, something my mother always laughed about (behind his back). That day my father got his own back on the family pets as we watched them burn on the incinerator.
I remember my mother being threatened and I remember her need to learn how to bend to my fathers will in order to keep us all alive. In the early 70s information on mental illness was not available like it is now. My mother who had never even heard of such conditions struggled to understand what was going on. Her doctor gave her Valium and tried to get her to sprinkle medication on his cereal.
My father lost his job because he threatened his boss with a rifle so my mother had to go back to teaching and leave...
On 20 November 2017 Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney falsely framed my university research as anti-vaccination instead of describing it as the risks of a medical intervention. This is a crime for human health because it is a medical intervention that is given to healthy people and all of the risks and benefits of vaccination must be scrutinised before it is mandated in healthy populations.
My PhD thesis describing the adverse events to vaccines has been accepted and published by the University of Wollongong because it provides the scientific evidence and arguments for the risks of this procedure. Yet Australian journalists and public servants are falsely stating it is not evidence-based.
Public servants, journalists, politicians and doctors who label this university research as anti-vaccination are breaching their duty of care to the public. Tanya Plibersek, Labors Health Minister in 2012 has also breached her duty of care to the public by designing public health policy in 2012/13 through a petition on a lobby group website Mamamia website.
The Mamamia website and Murdoch News Ltd papers are a mouth piece for the industry pro-vaccine lobby groups (listed below) and they allow industry activists and journalists, without qualifications in immunology or vaccination science, to promote vaccines to the public using false information.
Clover Moore and the City of Sydney Council, stated that my university research should not be presented in public forums in Australia. This is an example of the suppression of scientific debate that is occurring in Australia today and the loss of freedom of speech.
The Australian governments vaccination policies have been influenced by the pharmaceutical companies through the funding of medical journals and donations...
Karun Cowper speaks with Johnny Windus, national advocacy coordinator of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union which is starting to get moving in Perth.
Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack | 10 Dec 2017 | Police warnings to move, leave or stay would be broadcast at more than 90 city sites in the event of a terrorist or Bourke St-style attack. Already, 65 sets of loudspeakers are in place at sites including Federation Square, Flinders St station and the Bourke St Mall. A test message and "wailing" standard emergency warning signal -- alerting people that an emergency announcement is pending -- will be transmitted over speakers installed at the State Library on December 28. It comes as police warn there is an increased risk of terrorism over the festive season.
Karun Cowper speaks with Nick Everettt, co-convenor of Friends of Palestine WA on Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital, in reversal of decades of US policy and drawing international condemnation.
What are you working towards in life? What goals are most urgent for you to achieve before you die? Perhaps youre terrified of never achieving them, and you wouldnt be alone we all are! But maybe this study will be enough to inspire you to get out there and achieve what you desire.
We all have regrets and we definitely all make mistakes, and theres nothing wrong with that. When it comes down to it, life is an assimilation of feelings, memories, failures, and achievements. We dont really consider the times we were bored out of our minds or doing our daily routine as part of our real lives. Life is composed of different individual experiences, memories, and emotions some good and some bad. If you tend to stress about achieving your goals or reaching your highest potential, youre not alone! Pretty much everyone worries about the exact same thing, and maybe this study will be enough to inspire you to get out there and do it!
Australian Nurse and counselor, Bronnie Ware, has been taking care of terminally ill patients for some time now; some of which have only 12 weeks or less to live. Wares only job wasnt to provide these terminally ill patients with healthcare, hygiene, and food. She was also responsible for relieving them of mental stress and proving them with relief of any anguish about their upcoming end of days. Because most of her patients were elderly and only has about twelve weeks to live, she heard a lot about the regrets people has in their life. The things they never did that they wished they had. It actually turns out to be amazing advice. Ware composed the five most common regrets people who are near death complain about. We have the opportunity to do what they wished they had
Karun Cowper speaks with urbanist, activist and Audacities initiator Sharon Ede on cosmo-localisation in the New Economy in Australia and beyond.
Published December 11, 2017
STANFORD UNIVERSITY On Thursday, Dec. 7, President Russell Begaye spoke before the Stanford Graduate School of Business addressing the issues that the Navajo Nation faces in economic development.
Beyond the tenacity of our people, we are also creative and have the ability to make things happen, President Begaye said. We are changing the way we think about and approach infrastructure and economic development.
The president said that many issues that the Nation faces stem from the concept of sovereignty and how the Nation asserts itself in establishing a nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government. The Treaty of 1868 signed between the federal government and the Navajo Nation commits the government to the doctrine of trust responsibility.
When treaties were signed with Navajo, the government committed to providing things like health care, education and infrastructure, he said. These treaties are the equivalent of signing treaties with nations like Australia, Europe or China. Yet, we have to remind the government of this. When they issue usfunds, its not because we are a minority, its their contractual obligation.
Conversely, President Begaye said reliance on federal funding can cause tribal nations to become dependent on the federal government. As sovereign nations, its critical that tribes take more control over policies that guide areas like economic development.
How do we change dependency on outside resources? the president asked. Our people have suffered years of living with a lack of infrastructure that has fostered dependency on federal assistance. We need to become more self-sufficient in every area.
The Nation has looked closely at regulations that affect economic development to find language that provides for tax breaks or benefits on tribal land. We are monitoring tax bills to implement any tax breaks that are applicable to our...
Health-adjusted life expectancy reflects the average length of
time an individual can expect to live without disease or
This report shows that: health-adjusted life expectancy increased comparably to life expectancy; and that people in Remote and very remote areas and people in the lowest socioeconomic group expected both shorter lives and fewer years in full health compared with their counterparts in Major cities and the highest socioeconomic group.
Download report: Health-adjusted life expectancy in Australia: expected years lived in full health 2011.
I was unable to attend your WEC in Orlando but purchased it to view remotely. Ive read the vertical market report and look forward to watching the video of the even when its ready. My only question is with regard to currency. With my currency in AUD I realise the place to be is in the DOW however with youre previous reports of Australia being one of the few countries with Super Annuation and the fact longer term you have predicted the AUD to surpass the USD will investing in the DOW be detrimental on a purely currency basis or will the USD rally against all currencies before many years ahead seeing the AUD rally against it? Is the Aussie Dollar included when you say all other currencies etc or is it unique like youve mentioned before in a 2010 down under report?
Thanks for all the effort you go to helping us all navigate through these interesting times.
ANSWER: The US$ has been moving higher against the A$ since 2011. It has NOT reached the Yearly Bullish Reversal which stands at 14252 on the cash. The technical resistance stands at the 160 and 170 levels. There is no indication that the US$ will make all-time record highs against the A$ just yet. Exceeding that 14250 area will ring the alarm bell for the A$.
Here are the technicals for the Dow in A$. Here we have elected four Yearly Bullish Reversals whereas, in the currency, we have not elected any s...
QUESTION: You have said that coins were still fiat and not tangible hard money. Nobody else has said that. Can you support that statement?
ANSWER: Of course. During the American Colonial period, there was a shortage of silver in particular in Britain. The British imposed restrictions on what coins could be used to pay Americans for anything. That restriction was imposed on silver and gold. Therefore, payment to Americans from Britain was always in copper coins. If Americans wanted to buy something from Britain, it was typically demanded in silver or gold. This was one of the reasons for the American Revolution.
Because of these restrictions, the monetary value of copper coins was twice its actual metal content. All governments produced coins ONLY at a profit, which is called the seignorage. Here is a table of the weight and metal content of a U.S. penny. Not only has it declined in weight, in 1982 it ceased being a copper-based coin. The penny today is zinc copper plated to maintain the appearance. The price of copper became worth more tha...
Most people do not understand that there is the Eurogroup, which is an informal body of finance ministers from the Eurozone member states that are intended to discuss matters relating to their countries common responsibilities related to the Euro. They do not keep any minutes so nothing emerges with respect to policy. There is now a clash building between this Eurogroup and that of the European Commission. The Eurogroup will most likely oppose the EU Commissions plans for an EU finance minister. This, of course, is one more step toward federalizing Europe. The view in Brussels is that their dream project is collapsing. The answer is not more freedom, but to centralize power to prevent the collapse of the Euro.
The Commission wants to impose its own finance minister over the Eurogroup and in turn, the Eurogroup will insist on having its own presidency. There is a rising belief within the Eurogroup that it should delineate the role of the Eurogroup from the role of the Commission. They see the Commission as attempting to grab more power unto itself.
Its main task is to ensure close coordination of economic policies among the Eurozone member states and promote conditions for stronger economic growth. This was seen as a critical element to maintain stability in the Eurozone as a whole.
However, as I have made clear before, the failure of the euro has been due to the refusal to consolidate the debts. Then you would have had a clean federal European government and each member state would then have its own budget that would not be dependent upon the federal government. Now because of this refusal to consolidate the debts from the outset, we have the idea of creating an EU Finance Minister who will then have dictatorial powers over Eurozone members.
This is going far beyond the United States of Europe, but a single government eliminating the sovereignty of individual member states. The USA has a federal government with its debt and 50 states which are all on their own. The Feds are not impacted by the budget of an individual state whereas the structure of the Euro is dependent upon each state. This is also why the EU opposes all separatist movements. The design is seriously flawed.
The Eurogroup exists without any real power...
This report presents information on admitted patient
hospitalisations that were completely or partially funded by
private health insurance in Australia's public and private
hospitals over the past 10 years. It compares private health
insurance-funded hospitalisations with hospitalisations for public
patients and patients funded by other sources. Private health
insurance is funding a growing proportion of public hospital
admissions-rising from about 1 in 12 in 2006-07, to 1 in 7 in
Media release: National report presents information on private health insurance use in public and private hospitals.
Download report: Private health insurance use in Australian hospitals, 2006-07 to 2015-16<<a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/hospitals/private-health-insurance-patients-hospitals/contents/table-of-contents">Download report: Private health insurance use in Australian hospitals, 2006-07 to 2015-16.
The maternal mortality rate in Australia in 2012-2014 was 6.8
deaths per 100,000 women giving birth, which is among the lowest
rates in the world. The most common causes of maternal death were
bleeding in the brain and in the abdomen (non-obstetric
haemorrhage). Women over the age of 35 and under 20 were more
likely to die in association with childbirth.
Download report: Maternal deaths in Australia 2012-2014.
I had been in Albania for four days. My friend and I were staying on the coast where endless days melted into sticky nights and our pink skin slowly cooked under the Mediterranean sun. We took day trips to the deep clear pools of the Blue Lagoon, and spent long nights in a shared dorm room, one fan slowly pushing the hot, heavy air between our beds.
On the fifth day, we rose early, strapped on our backpacks and made our way to the local bus stop. Most people were still sleeping, unaware that the asphalt was already humming with the promise of a hot day.
On arrival, we found broken air-conditioning and a full bus. Squeezing on, we sat wedged between local children, one of whom casually threw up in a bag, successfully circulating the smell of sick through the trapped humid air.
Six hours later, we arrived at our guesthouse in Berat, by which point the edges of my vision had become blurry and my skin had become hotter than a shirtless Channing Tatum. In a shitty turn of events (literally), my friend was curled up on our guesthouse floor, unable to move far from the safety of a toilet and unlikely to fetch me water and hydrolytes.
Certain I was on the brink of death, I rose from my bed and slowly shuffled in what I hoped was the direction of the hostel common room. I had become nauseous and shaky and was mentally writing my will in my mind: I bequeath my panda hat and diaries to Laura because no-one except her should have that weird shit.
Instead of the common room, I accidentally stumbled into the front room of the older couple who ran the hostel. I had disturbed an afternoon television session and two surprised faces looked at me as I attempted to ask for water. Neither of them spoke English and neither understood my broken Albanian. The last of my energy used up on this language attempt, I collapsed. My sun-soaked limbs had finally given in to the heatstroke that had been building for the last four days.
Immediately, the old woman in the room sprung into action. She spoke to her husband rapidly and he quickly left the room, shutting the door behind him. She turned off the TV and gently guided me to the couch. Her husband returned with bottles of cold water, a sheet and strips of cloth. The woman helped me take small sips of water before gently peeling off my sweaty clothes.
She lay me down on the couch and covered my body in the cool white sheet. Soaking the strips of cloth in cold water, she placed them under my arms, along my groin an...
So big is Melbourne's infrastructure boom that Treasurer Tim Pallas fears Victoria will run low on the specialist skills and resources such as gravel needed to make it happen.
"We've known for a while that the technical and the specialist skills required for transport projects, particularly rail projects, have been hard to get," he told The Age. "The more projects you start the harder it gets. We've only a handful of rail signallers in the entire state to manage not only the existing network but also the upgrades planned and under way.
"That's just one illustration. We are also hearing of shortages in project management, finishing trades, commercial advisory skills, industry analysis, systems engineering and tunnelling. For high-end skills, it's obvious, but its also a problem for entry-level skills."
"Only on Friday I was meeting with the extractive industries representative body, and everybody around that table was saying there is so much demand for raw materials, quarry materials, cement and sand and so on that suppliers are choosing which jobs they bid on.
"You've got to expect pressure on price."
Mr Pallas said that at $9.6 billion per year, Victoria's infrastructure spending program was unprecedented. As a proportion of the state budget it was the biggest since that of the Bolte Liberal government in the 1960s and 1970s that began construction of the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop.
Victoria's $9.6 billion per year program was in competition for resources with the NSW $12.1 billion per year program, also the biggest on record. Other big projects in Queensland and New Zealand meant that the market for skills along the east coast was tightening, as it had in Western Australia during the mining construction boom.
"We are having to get people from further away and pay them more than we thought," Mr Pallas said. "Ultimately we have to pay what the market is prepared to offer."
"Look at what happened with Sydney's Westconnex. The entire industry in NSW put in one single consolidated bid that put the state government at a disadvantage. Here, we are facing the same sort of thing with the North East Link. You can only bring so many people in from interstate. You get to a point where you hit bedrock in terms of imported skills."
Mr Pallas said it wasn't yet clear t...
Catholic and independent private schools are set to get more than 100 per cent of their needs from governments under the Turnbull government's new 'Gonski 2.0' plan, official documents released under freedom of information show.
Obtained by the Australian Education Union and processed by the convenor of the Save Our Schools campaign, Trevor Cobbold, the Education Department documents spell out the the amount of government funding expected for each school sector in each state in 2018.
In the ACT, Gonski 2.0 will see ACT public schools funded at 117 per cent of the so-called schools resourcing standard from governments, the highest rate in Australia and making the territory one of only two jurisdictions receiving more than 100 per cent.
Independent schools will receive 113 per cent of the standard, while Catholic schools will receive 102 per cent.
Currently nine private schools in the ACT receive more than 100 per cent of the standard from the Commonwealth and territory governments, dropping to 14 schools in 2018.
By 2027 when the Gonski arrangements are fully implemented the total will be 15 schools.
In NSW 110 private schools are expected to receive more than 100 per cent of the so-called schools resourcing standard from governments, up from 65 schools in 2017. By 2027 when the Gonski arrangements are fully implements, 212 private schools will receive more than their total needs from governments.
In Victoria, 38 private schools will receive more than the resourcing standard from governments, up from 33 in 2017. When Gonski 2.0 is fully implemented 74 will receive more than all their needs from governments.
The Gonski 2.0 package will eventually give each private school 80 per cent of the resourcing standard in Commonwealth grants. It will give public schools 20 per cent of the standard.
Since the creation of the freedom of information documents, South Australia has promised to boost funding for the entire Catholic and independent school sectors from 19.7 per cent to 22 per cent of the resourcing standard.
The Gonski 2.0 formula will result in a loss of income for some very well funded private schools, but will increase the number of overfunded private schools.
In most states public schools are funded at less than 80 per cent of the resources standard by the governments that operate them, meaning that Gonski 2.0 lifts Commonwealth funding to 20 per cent they will continue to get less than 100 per cent of the standard. NSW public schools would get 91 of the standard, Victorian schools would get 86 per cent.
The private sector would get 107 per cent of the standard in NSW and about 100 per cent in Victoria, according to Mr Cobbold's calculations.
Volunteers wanted to house small modular nuclear reactors in Australia,Online Opinion, Noel Wauchope , 11 Dec 17,
We knew that the Australian government was looking for volunteers in outback South Australia, to take the radioactive trash from Lucas Heights and some other sites, (and not having an easy time of it). But oh dear we had no idea that the search for hosting new (untested) nuclear reactors was on too!
Well, The Australian newspaper has just revealed this extraordinary news, in its article Want a nuclear reactor in your backyard? Step this way (28/11/17). Yes, it turns out that a Sydney-based company, SMR Nuclear Technology, plans to secure volunteers and a definite site within three years. If all goes well, Australias Small Modular Reactors will be in operation by 2030.
Only, there are obstacles. Even this enthusiastic article does acknowledge one or two of them. One is the need to get public acceptance of these so far non-existent new nuclear reactors. SMR director Robert Pritchard is quoted as saying that interest in these reactors is widespread. He gives no evidence for this.
The other is that the constructio...
It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity. Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth), a cold war relic used by the Australian government to conceal the nature of Canberras association with the joint US-Australian signals facility.
The prosecution of Margaret Pestorius, Paul Christie, Jim Dowling, Franz Dowling, Andy Paine and Tim Webb centred on their entering of the clandestine base in September 2016 had been obstinate and typical.
The grounds advanced by Michael McHugh SC for the government made weak reference to the history of peaceful protest that had marked the practice of Australian democracy. He even drew a curious precedent from the archives of history about how the Suffragettes had, in their day, shown the way on civil disobedience. They, it should be noted, were deemed to have acted illegally, though ultimately successfully, in their cause.
The Crown certainly got what it wanted in terms of verdicts, but Justice John Reeves was not proving totally cooperative to the holy shrine of US power in Australia. The judge had initially given an inkling that the charade around Pine Gap and its secrecy might continue. For one, he found little to accept the defence made under the Commonwealth Criminal Code that the conduct of the six in trespassing had been in response to a sudden or extraordinary emergency.
The nature of that emergency was drawn from the targeting information for drone strikes supplied by the facility, disruption of which would purportedly save lives. The ruling effectively took a good deal of the carpet from under the protestors, given that the jury was disallowed from considering that evidence in reaching their verdict.
On December 4, the court refused to impose prison sentences, despite the guilty jury verdict. I do not accept the Crowns submission, said the judge dismissively, that your offences potentially struck at the heart of national security. All six were fined for unlawful entry to the tune of $1,250 to $5,000, and Paine was found guilty of the additional charge of carrying a photographic defence on the base.
The judge felt that the actions of the younger Pilgrims did not warrant custodial sentences. Jim Dowling was a considered a more complex matter, him of the serial non-violent direct action type with a mischief making record dating back to 1986.
by Dee McLachlan
The American president has ordered the USs embassy staff in Canberra to relocate immediately to the new capital of Australia. Melbourne.
A Historical Perspective A Two State Solution
It is feared that Trumps support in transferring the US Embassy to Melbourne might ignite old long running conflicts between the Melbournites and the Sydneyites. To prevent further unrest, all sporting facilities have ordered body scanners, and there will be increased security at all AFL and NFL stadiums.
In the 1890s, the rivalry between the Melbournites and Sydneyites had been at a fever pitch so after Federation in 1901, a site for the capital was sought and Ca...
Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Greens seem a confident and coherent political alternative. This is certainly the message that the party leadership is sending. Speaking at the recent national conference, leader Senator Richard di Natale outlined an ambitious plan to capture twenty-five House of Representatives seats over the next twenty-five years, transforming the party into the third-force of Australian politics.
.@cpyne: The best thing @samdastyari can do is resign from the @AustralianLabor caucus and get on with his life in a different career. MORE: https://t.co/haVQVYb0zp #SkyLiveNow pic.twitter.com/niqnTvsITu Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) December 11, 2017
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Wiser men than us distilled the essence of their generation into 3 words. Lest We Forget. Lest we future generations forget what they did and why they did it. I wonder what they'd make of this letter from the Prime Minister. Most Fridays Turnbull emails his extensive list of contacts...
Linda Burney is perfect for the role of Chief Sympathy Officer in the Dastyari Project. Black. Woman. Muslim-friendly. The Dastyari Project Team is hard at work crafting Sam's post parliamentary career. Sam's done the hard yards for Labor - now Labor will do the hard yards for Sam. For life....
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11 December, 2017: As the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting begins in Buenos Aires, the Our World is Not for Sale network of over 250 civil society organisations has condemned the banning of selected activists and called for fairer trade rules for developing countries.
Over 60 activists have been banned by the Argentinian government from participating in civil society activities at the meeting, despite the fact that they were accredited by the WTO and have participated in previous meetings. Several have already been stopped at the border.
Today, OWINFS Co-ordinator Deborah James criticised the Argentine governments decision, saying the banning of accredited participants to an international meeting of a multilateral organization de-legitimizes that meeting.
In terms of the overall state of play at the WTO MC11, OWINFS says that there is an urgent need for fairer WTO rules, including those which would allow the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be realised. The Doha Work Programme on development should be dealt with, rather than ignored in favour of a big business agenda. The core business of the MC11 should be fixing the unfair rules that restrict positive action on food security, sustainable development, affordable healthcare and global financial stability.
WTO rules must prioritise food sovereignty and security for all. This means reducing unfair agricultural export subsidies in industrialised countries, and ending the double standard that allows rich countries to subsidise agriculture when poorer countries cannot. Developing countries want to retain the right to public food stockpiles in emergencies, which would ensure food security and promote rural development. Rules on fishing subsidies should not favour industrialised countries, and should not prevent developing countries from managing their fishing resources.
There is a dangerous new agenda this year being pushed by some WTO members, under the rubric of e-commerce. This is about making it easier for big corporations to consolidate their monopoly power, and use data without restriction or responsibility (OWINFS). Earlier this year, AFTINET sig...
The editors of the documentary, The Bentley Effect, which tells the story of the regions fight against coal seam gas mining, have won a prestigious editing award.
Brendan Shoebridge and Harriet Clutterback received the Ellie for Best Editor of a feature documentary at the 2017 annual Australian Screen Editors awards in Sydney recently.
They were judged winners by their peers against entries from all over Australia.
As one of the ASE committee said, the competition was very stiff.
Mr Shoebridge, who also shot, produced and directed the film, said, because [it] follows a social movement spanning nearly five years, trying to sq...
The Turnbull governments attack on GetUp is still going on. The first stage was to accuse the online campaign group to be an associated entity of the Labor Party and the Greens. The next is to push through perverted law that claims to be against foreign political donations, but is really a vehicle to restrict and silence the not for profit sector in Australia.
Many of these organisations are dependent on donations, both domestic and from overseas, to do their work. One that is the particularly vulnerable is the Save the Children Fund. The organisations that are under threat cover a whole range, including advocating for the poorest, providing a range of community services and advocacy, striving to protect the environment and giving a voice to those without one.
If the intent was really to stop foreign political donations, something would be done to target donations coming in from foreign corporate sources and their Australian subsidiaries, that flow into political parties. They would do something to restrict the massive lobbying industry that is known to be a massive source of political corruption. A law would be introduced to do something about companies that donate to that Australian government, receive lucrative contracts and are provided with the opportunity to carry out large scale tax evasion. Many of them are foreign based.
If the government gets its plan through, it will used as a tool to trey and silence critics of the government and attack those who involve ordinary Australians in activities that make a difference. It is also certain that if this gets through, it will not stop here.
The good news is that people are not just lying down and taking it. Thousands are rallying to support GetUp. Other not nor profit organisations, have been forced by the circumstances to raise their own voices.
A backlash against the governments plan is building and it will continue to press on at its own peril.
People can contribute to GetUps civil defence fund. This will help to bring in the resources needed to fight the law in the courts, which will help to build the challenge outside the courts.
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A swimmer had to be winched to safety at Tallow Beach late Sunday afternoon (December 10) after almost drowning near the mouth of Tallow Creek.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service doctor and paramedic treated the man on the beach before he was winched up and transported to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.
Echonetdaily understands that the man, whose age and condition are unknown, got into trouble in the water and was dragged to safety by other beachgoers at the scene.
Earlier this morning the chopper was called upon to transport a 17-year-old girl from Lismore Base Hospital to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The girl had suffered head injuries after falling from a bicycle in Lismore.
The rider was treated at the scene by local road ambulance paramedics and transported to Lismore Base Hospital where assessment showed she needed additional treatment.
The Lismore City Council is being asked to formally back a fundraising effort to keep the $1 million Hannah Cabinet at the Lismore Regional Gallery on permanent display.
The cabinet, created by world-class master craftsman Geoff Hannah over six years, will be on display for 22 months, after which the Gallery will have the opportunity to purchase it as a piece of artwork for $1 million.
But to do so, the Gallery needs the council to support it using the Art Gallery Gift Account, which is registered as a tax deductible gift recipient with the Australian Taxation Office.
The Hannah Cabinet is the largest and most complex of Mr Hannahs work.
He also has major works located in such places as the Governor Generals residence in Canberra, the Queens Coach in London, and at the headquarters of a major international trading company in Antwerp, Beligium.
A valuation has been carried out by Meredith Hinchliffe, an approved valuer on the Department of Communications and the Arts Cultural Gifts Program list.
The valuation of the cabinet is $1 million.
If the funds can be raised during the time the cabinet is on display, the Regional Art Gallery will be able to purchase the cabinet and be part of the permanent collection.
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My name is Sue Coleman-Haseldine. I was born into poverty on the margins of Australian society on the Aboriginal mission of Koonibba in 1951. At this time my people were not allowed to vote and we had very few means to be understood, let alone be heard.
I was born into one of the oldest living cultures known on Earth and into a place that I love a dusty, arid paradise on the edge of a rugged coastline. Our land and waters are central to our outlook and religion and provide the basis for my peoples health and happiness.
And I was born just before the desert lands to our north were bombed by the deadliest weapons on Earth in an extensive, secretive and devastating manner by the Australian and British governments.
In the 1950s, areas known as Emu Fields and Maralinga were used to test nine full-scale atomic bombs and for 600 other nuclear tests, leaving the land highly radioactive. We werent on ground zero, but the dust didnt stay in one place. The winds brought the poison to us and many others.
Aboriginal people, indeed many people at that time, knew nothing about the effects of radiation. We didnt know the invisible killer was falling amongst us. Six decades on, my small town of Ceduna is being called the Cancer Capital of Australia. There are so many deaths in our region of various cancers. My grand-daughter and I have had our thyroids removed, and there are many others in our area with thyroid problems. Fertility issues appear common.
But there has been no long-term assessment of the health impacts in the region and even those involved in the botched clean-ups of the test sites have no recourse because they cannot prove their illness is linked with exposure to nuclear weapons testing.
The impact of the Maralinga and Emu Fields testing has had far-reaching consequences that are still being felt today. Ask a young person from my area, What do you think you will die from? The answer is, Cancer, everyone else is.
I have lived my life learning about the bomb tests and also learning that the voice of my people and others wont always be understood or heard. But I learnt from old people now gone that speaking up is important and by joining with others from many different places and backgrounds that our voices can be amplified.
The leader of the group that won this years Nobel Peace Prize has urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent the end of us.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded this years Nobel Peace Prize by a Nobel committee that cited the spread of nuclear weapons and the growing risk of an atomic war.
ICAN, which began in Melbourne, is a coalition of 468 grassroots non-governmental groups that campaigned for a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by 122 nations in July.
The treaty is not signed by and would not apply to any of the states that already have nuclear arms.
Beatrice Fihn, ICANs executive director, urged them to sign the agreement.
It provides a choice. A choice between the two endings: the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us, she said in her speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Sunday.
The United States, choose freedom over fear. Russia, choose disarmament over destruction. Britain, choose the rule of law over oppression, she added, before urging France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel to do the same.
Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear weapons, although it neither confirms nor denies it.
A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment or bruised ego, could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities, she added.
A calculated military escalation could lead to the indiscriminate mass murder of civilians.
Fihn delivered the Nobel lecture together with Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and now an ICAN campaigner.
Thurlow recalled on stage on Sunday some of her memories of the attack on August 6, 1945.
She was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building about 1.8 kilometres from Ground Zero, she said.
Most of her classmates, who were in the same room, were burned alive.
Processions of ghostly figures shuffled by. Grotesquely wounded people, they were bleeding, burnt, blackened and swollen, she said.
Parts of their bodies were missing. Flesh and skin hung from their bones. Some with their eyeballs hanging in their hands. Some with their bellies burst open, their intestines hanging out. The foul stench of burnt human flesh filled the air.
The US, Britain and France sent second-rank diplomats to the Nobel ceremony, which Fihn earlier told Reuters was some kind of protest.
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Digital technology is already changing childhood and could be a game-changer for the worlds poorest children but experts are warning it could also just draw new dividing lines.
A new report from UNICEF, released on Monday, looks at how online and digital opportunities can be harnessed to benefit disadvantaged children and protect the most vulnerable.I
t says digital technologies bring many opportunities, particularly for children in remote or isolated areas through education and giving access to information that can help their communities, and allows kids to participate on equal footing, such as those with disabilities.
But globally there are many access gaps: between the rich and poor, along gender lines, and language barriers where not much content is available in someones native tongue.
Children who can only use mobiles to access the internet often end up with a second-best experience.
And UNICEF warns that digital technology can make children more susceptible to harm, both on and offline.
In Australia, the vast majority of teenagers are online, with nearly one in four children first using the internet before they were eight.
The average time spent online each week for teenagers (18 hours) is nearly double that for all Australians aged over 15.
One in five teens experience cyberbullying and are exposed to inappropriate content.
About one in 12 younger children report the same bad sides to being online.
The internet was designed for adults, but it is increasingly used by children and young people and digital technology increasingly affects their lives and futures, UNICEF Australia director Tony Stuart said.
But while the internet has the ability to significantly benefit children, we need to realise it also has the capacity to enable harm to them.
UNICEF has made 29 recommendations in six broad areas on how parents, governments and business can protect children while making sure as many as possible can access online opportunities.
These include investing in free public hotspots, promoting the creating of content relevant to children, offering maximum privacy settings by default for children, teaching digital literacy from the early years of school, and ensuring parents are good role models in sensible use of technology.
For some weeks now, supporters of wharfies involved in industrial action at Webb Dock, have been maintaining a round the clock presence. They are doing this, because under the existing industrial relations regime, the Supreme Court has prevented the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) from doing it. Other unions are also prevented from being directly involved.
The writers of this article are proud to have joined the ranks of community volunteers and we are taking our own turns at the pickets, located on both road entries to the dock. Together with the others, we are making sure that nothing is going in or coming out.
This dispute is over victimisation and an understanding that behind the employers action, is a plan to get rid of wharfies standing up for themselves and their workmates. Behind the actions of this employer, is a determination to push down pay and conditions and to eventually de-unionise the workforce.
Those of us who are giving some of our time to help, know that the Turnbull government is looking for a diversion, to take attention away from the scandals that it is facing. It has already signaled that industrial relations reform and an offensive against the unions is going to be the way to do this.
A range of recent disputes and some that are now taking place, show a common theme. This is that they are about the same extension of casualisation, massive cuts to wages and conditions and the aim of eventually removing union representation from the workplace. These disputes show that this is not the making of just one or two employers, but the execution of a strategy combining many of the largest corporations operating in Australia and the Turnbull government.
There is a push for new industrial legislation, the imposition of more restrictions on the capacity of unions to represent their membership, more policing of unions and bigger fines for non-compliance.
The recent and obviously politically inspired raid on the offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and the involvement of the ministers office, is an eye opener that should shed all doubt that an offensive is gathering pace.
The present battle at Webb dock is part of this bigger picture. It may even evolve into an epic battle on the scale of famous Patricks battle that began on the same dock in 1998. At that time, the employers and the Howard government closed ranks to take on the MUA and the union movement. The scale of public antipathy over what the...
Australia is not on track to meet its target of ending new HIV infections by 2020 but federal Labor says its got a plan to make the disease history.
Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King will announce on Monday a $53 million pledge under a Shorten government to step up funding to the nations peak HIV organisations.
It includes $10 million a year for organisations to target at-risk populations and $3 million a year to target hidden populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, whose rate of new infections is now above other Australians for the first time.
Labor has also promised almost $4 million a year to allow states and territories to offer another 17,500 Australians Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a preventive HIV medication.
PrEP is only available to those who can afford the drug themselves or can access it through state and territory trials, Ms King said in a statement.
Labor will fund states and territories to expand those trials to reach the people who are missing out under Malcolm Turnbull.
We have the knowledge to make HIV history now we need the resources.
Despite evidence showing the drug is up to 98 per cent effective when taken consistently, its not yet on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Ms King will address the media in Melbourne on Monday morning with peak HIV organisations.
Police have seized cannabis plants they say are worth almost a million dollars from a home in a remote part of the Tweed. But so far no one has been arrested.
At about 5.45pm on Saturday (December 9), officers raided a home in Commissioners Creek.
They found a sophisticated hydroponic set-up, including 420 cannabis plants as well as a significant amount of fertiliser and hydroponic equipment.
Investigators estimate the crop has a street value of about $990,000.
No arrests have been made in relation to the warrant and inquiries continue.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Guest essay by Eric Worrall South Australians, the worlds renewable crash test dummies, have just overwhelmingly rated affordability and reliability of supply as more important than tackling climate change in an online survey but they still want their green energy revolution. Your Say survey finds South Australians rank power bills, supply over tackling climate
A 19-year-old male has been arrested after he allegedly threw punches at police when they tried to break up a fight in Byron Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning (December 9).
About 2.15am police driving along Jonson Street noticed a fight between taking place two males.
They detained the male who appeared to be the aggressor but while they were walking him towards the police vehicle the other male approached them in an aggressive manner.
He allegedly threw a number of punches towards the upper body and head of one of the officers.
The officer pinned him against the police vehicle and other police assisted in restraining him.
He was taken to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with assaulting police, resisting police and hindering police and will appear in Byron Bay Local Court on January 11.
1823 Richmond Bridge (Tas) was opened, it is the oldest bridge in Australia still in use.
On Friday (December 8), police in Tweed Heads turned their attention to potential criminal cyclists and made two arrests.
At about 12.10pm, police patrolling along Kennedy Drive Tweed Heads West stopped a female riding a pushbike without a helmet.
A number of features on the bicycle caused police to suspect it to be stolen.
On searching the woman police discovered a crystal substance, which they allege is methyl-amphetamine. They seized substance and the bicycle.
The 24-year-old Tweed Heads woman will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on January 8 next year charged with having goods in her possession suspected of being stolen and possession of a prohibited drug.
About 3.20pm the same day police patrolling the same stretch of street noticed a male who they have dealt with previously riding his pushbike.
He was stopped and the say appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On searching man male police located a mobile telephone
After questioning the man police ascertained the phone had been stolen a number of days earlier in Queensland. The 40-year-old Tweed Heads West man was issued a Court Attendance Notice for the offence of receiving property stolen outside NSW and will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on January 8.
Thew new Rugby League World Cup 2017 standings were announced few days ago and Lebanon was one of the major movers whereas our Cedars team gained 9 spots and now ranks 9th out of 48 countries, which is great news!
Lebanon lost to Tonga in the last Rugby League World Cup but delivered an incredible performance throughout the tournament and almost made it to the semis if it wasnt for a controversial call.
Australia is still ranked #1, followed by New Zealand en England.
Mens World Rankings
2- New Zealand
So, Theresa May's best week, I guess, since she became Prime Minister, getting that first Brexit agreement. But this leaves open the biggest question of all - what kind of relationship are we going to have with the EU? What kind of country are we going to be? At last, the Cabinet are going to settle down to discuss it. About time, because, as with Labour, right now, it's clear as mud. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, and Sir Keir Starmer, his Labour opposite number, are both here, mud-free, promising straight answers to straight questions. I'll also be talking to Ian Blackford, the SNP's Leader at Westminster, about his call this morning for Labour to join his party in a pledge to stay inside the Single Market. And I've been talking to the Hollywood screenwriter and West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, on his first film as a director, Molly's Game, with its star Jessica Chastain. Plus reviewing the news, Gina Miller, the anti-Brexit campaigner, the broadcaster Iain Dale - he's pro-Brexit - and observing them both, Anushka Asthana, political editor of the Guardian.
Photo by Zal Kanga-Parabia
Classically-trained percussionists Elise Reitze and Rosie Taylor have dived head first into contemporary composition, making waves with lush sound worlds and introspective beats as Feels.
Concocting moody synth-soaked soundscapes, the talented Perth duo craft luminous seabeds of soft beats, dazzling percussion and rhythmic lines speckled with house influences. Their latest track Moon Holiday sees an energy shift from the mania of previous tracks, exuding fluidity through minimalist polyrhythms and soulful vocals. Produced in collaboration with 20 year old Melbourne vocalist Wilhelmina McRae (better known as as Zellow), its a dazzling gem on their debut EP Emerald.
Its been a big year for Reitze and Taylor. On top of making new sounds and hitting stages at Big Sound and Listen Out earlier this year, Feels also run Women of Music Production Perth (WOMPP) an important platform for female, transgender and non-binary artists to share and discuss music production.
Off the back of their hometown EP launch over the weekend, our fingers are tightly crossed for news of a Sydney show soon!
(Sputnik) Seen to be flexing his power after being elevated to the highest position in the land, the newly-appointed Saudi crown prince may have bitten off more than he could chew, after a two-week detention of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri in Riyadh coupled with what is now known to have been a forced surprise resignation of the latter resulted in a fast-moving international outcry that saw Hariri hastily released and reinstated.
After answering an invitation from the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince to visit Riyadh, Hariri stunned the Middle East last month by announcing his resignation while still in Saudi Arabia, where he remained under virtual house arrest as diplomats throughout the region frantically debated what was considered to be an unnecessarily brash move by bin Salman to shift some of the balance of power away from rival Iran.
The maneuver was not a success, and Hariris Future Movement political party retains a controlling interest in the Lebanese government as the stature of Hezbollah long alleged by Riyadh to be a terrorist group has emerged with renewed strength and a clearer mandate, according to the New York Times.
Bin Salman has actively sought to limit the regional influence of Tehran, according to many, particularly after the Hariri coalition government chose to include Hezbollah; a group formerly espousing violent resistance that has now rebranded itself as a force for peace by aligning with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end almost seven years of civil war in the country.
Seeking to smooth over the incident, Hariri stated on Tuesday that his government was committed to its noninvolvement in any dispute and conflicts or wars, in the region, and added that Beirut, in seeking to avoid instability or additional violence, would not interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab states, in order to preserve the relationship between Lebanon and its Arab brethren, cited by Nytimes.com.
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This video from the USA says about itself:
Trump Speaks at Anti-LGBT Event
13 October 2017
On Friday, Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to address the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of evangelical conservatives organized by the Family Research Council, a prominent anti-LGBT group. Trump, who called himself a friend to the LGBT community during his presidential campaign, said at the event that he was honored and thrilled to speak there. During the event in Washington DC, guests who attended were reportedly handed flyers promoting a new book entitled The Health Hazards Of Homosexuality.
LGBT and black reporters left off White House Christmas party guest list for first time in years
5th December 2017, 7:15 PM
Chris Johnson, the chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, one of the worlds oldest LGBT publications, is among those uninvited....
Exclusive: Renewable energy and proper climate policy are key to dropping emissions, carbon consultancy chief saysAustralia's emissions over the past year were the highest on record, when relatively unreliable emissions from land use are excluded, according to estimates by the carbon consultancy NDEVR Environmental.Greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise in recent quarters, with the most recent the second highest for any quarter since 2011, despite electricity emissions being driven [...]
... or is he forcing the long-overdue issue of Palestinian statehood front and center? Promises, promises. Nearly all U.S. presidents of the last thirty years have made campaign promises to move the American embassy in Israel to the contested city of Jerusalem in order to secure the Israel lobby's support. But once in office, none have ever followed through. That is, until now. Last week Trump dropped a matzo ball-encrusted bombshell on Palestinians, the Middle East and much of the whole world when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and said that he intends, in fact, to follow through on his promise to move the embassy ... in one or two years. Was Trump merely making good on a deal he made for campaign funds, and not seeing how it could harm a 'dead in the water' peace process? Or was this decision part of a larger plan to team up with Saudi Arabia and Israel in a plan to topple Iran? On the other hand, Trump might be playing Netanyahu in order to get greater concessions for Palestinians during peace talks later. And how does Trump's Israeli settlement profiting son-in-law Jared Kushner fit into all of this? Whatever the answers, the Middle East is now, more than ever, riled up with indignation and sees Trump's decision as symbolic of a U.S. choice to effectively end Palestinian aspirations for sovereignty. Join us this week on Behind the Headlines as we follow this story, Brexit, the ongoing Russiagate Mueller investigation and more. Tune in at 6-8pm CET (4-6pm UTC / 12-2pm EST). *Shlemiel: A jewish or Yiddish term meaning "unlucky bungler" or "chump." It is a common archetype in Jewish humor, and so-called "shlemiel jokes" depict the shlemiel falling into unfortunate situations. Running Time: 01:53:28 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!
My aim is not to resolve the conflict. My aim is to secure a Jewish democratic Israel . . . the Zionist vision that came true 70 years ago, Gilead Sher tells Gilad Halpern and Dahlia Scheindlin at the Tel Aviv Review. If you ever wonder, why is there no peace with the Palestinians, you need look no further than this.
Gilead Sher is an attorney who served as Israels chief negotiator with the Palestinians under Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001) for the Sharm el Sheik Agreement, the Camp David Accord, and the Taba Agreement. Today Sher heads the Center for Applied Negotiations at Tel Aviv Universitys Institute for National Security Studies. The program discussed Shers co-edited book Negotiating in Times of Conflict, which offers a panorama of perspectives on how to overcome obstacles in peace negotiations, looking at examples from around the world. The Institute does good and valuable work and Sher has helpful insights to offer.
But when it comes to Israel, Shers focus appears to be all tactics and manipulating advantage. Based on this interview, justice is not the focus.
Gilad Halpern states the obvious:
Halpern: The end goal is to see the conflict resolved.
That seems correct, and should go without saying. But Sher is not at ease with his answer, and he quickly doubles back to revise.
Halpern: Going back to the settlers . . . . they live in many ways much better with the conflict going than with the end result of resolution (of the conflict), which would most probably mean their evacuation from the land.
Sher: Well, there is a few points that I have to address about your question. First, my aim is not to resolve the conflict. My aim is to secure a Jewish democratic Israel based on the fundamental principles that are encompassed within our Declaration of Independence of 1948. The basics of the Zionist vision that came true 70 years ago. So in order to do that we have to possibly disengage with the Palestinians and hopefully through a negotiated agreement.
Second, when you look at the settlers, 80% already live adjacent to the Green Line in major blocks, and they will become part and parcel of Israel in any agreemen...
A trio of youtube nazis, oh pardon, white nationalists, have decided to stop pretending they arent nazis. Ooops, white nationalists. My keyboard just keeps slipping. These three chuckleheads are not helping me out of a current case of Benderitis (kill all humans).
Faith Goldy, a former Rebel Media reporter who has grown ever closer to the alt-right, joined Red Ice host Lana Lokteff and 4chan YouTube muse Lauren Rose in a video uploaded yesterday to deliver full-throated endorsements of ethno-nationalism, a movement that seeks to promote white supremacy in Western nations.
Civic nationalism perpetuates that its OK to bring foreign people into your country as long as theyre a bunch of tolerant egalitarians. Thats how I see it personally. It doesnt take anything else into consideration like religion, race, ethnic group. As long as youre tolerant and have egalitarian values, that seems to be OK, Rose said, going on to say that she, Goldy and Hargraves have recognized that when you replace the founding stock of a nation, you replace the entire nation.
Golly, what a group of geniuses we have here. A little further on, they talk about knowing history well. As you can see, their actual knowledge of history is quite impoverished. Okay, lets pretend all the immigrants to Turtle Island are cattle. Or dogs, whatever. If you start with a specific stock, and breed from that stock, and continue breeding, you arent replacing the initial bloodline (stock). Now, if you let your stock die out, or kill them, and get something completely different, then yeah. Exactly how youre applying this to Amerika, Im not sure. There was one wave of immigrants after another, which resulted in a massive tangle of people from all over the place. Many of the people who emigrated here could not be described as tolerant egalitarians, and all manner of immigrants were treated like they were lower than shit on a shoe. It was a sort of bigotry free for all.
Later in the interview, Goldy claimed that civic nationalism was invented as an answer to ethno-nationalism and that she didnt care what anyone thinks about ethno-nationalism because detractors of the white supremacist movement have not properly studied history and dont realize that ethno-nationalism was the gre...
Canada's biggest school system has some problems. Math scores are flat or in decline. Too many kids aren't doing well in school, and too many of them are visible minorities. Something must be done. What is it? The answer is to make social justice and "equity" the main focus of education in Ontario. Every school board, school and classroom will be re-engineered to root out racism and discrimination. School boards will collect data on race and ethnicity to ensure that equity is reflected in everything from staff hires to student suspensions. Teaching materials will be revised to be less Eurocentric. Children will be taught the history of colonialism, residential schools and oppression. Kids in the "applied" stream will be placed in the academic stream, because streaming is discriminatory.
A Russian hypnotist claims to have helped users recover lost Bitcoin wallet passwords.
In a grand display of how not to be like former laureates President Obama or the EU, campaigners celebrated the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Nobel prize with gatherings in a dozen towns and cities across Britain led by a London protest. ICAN, founded in Australia in 2007, is a coalition of
[Published December 7, 2017.] >>> Around the world, and around this country, there is increasing support for far-right politics, fascism and neo-Nazism. At Milo Yiannopoulos talk on Monday night a group of around 40 far-right people, including some known neo-Nazis, Continue reading
(Gateway Pundit) FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Thursday morning. He defended the FBI against Trumps scorched earth tweets attacking the institutions corrupt leadership and refused to answer many key questions.Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) asked the FBI Director if the Hillary-funded garbage dossier was used to spy on Trumps camp and Wray refused to answer.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
8:16 pm, December 09, 2017
The Defense Ministry requested on Friday additional funds in the fiscal 2018 budget for introducing long-range cruise missiles that would be loaded onto Self-Defense Forces aircraft.
If another country occupied a remote Japanese island or launched a similar invasion, the ministry would aim to attack from outside the weapons range of the enemy forces by extending the range of the SDFs missiles. The cruise missiles would be used to enable the SDF to retake territory.
The ministry requested the additional funds for two purposes. The first for 2.16 billion is to purchase joint strike missiles (JSMs), which have a range of about 500 kilometers.
The second is for research on modifying F-15 fighters and other aircraft so they can be equipped with Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missiles and Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), both of which have a range of about 900 kilometers. This request amounts to 30 million.
JSMs loaded onto F-35 fighters would be used to attack targets on the ground or warships.
The ministry would aim to begin deploying the missiles in fiscal 2021.
JASSM-ER missiles are for attacking targets on the ground. LRASMs are for attacking both ground targets and warships.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said at a press conference Friday that the missiles would make it possible to respond to enemy fleets or landing forces invading our countrys territories without approaching them closely.......
During the afternoon on Friday 8 December, a
nasty line of storms rolled through the South-East corner of the
state and affected several inbound and outbound flights at Brisbane
Airport. Several inbound flights from various parts -
including Central Queensland - were forced to divert to alternative
Airports including four interstate flights which diverted to both
Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Rockhampton Airports.
At Hervey Bay Airport, a pair of Virgin Australia services landed during the afternoon - VOZ1105 from Newcastle (Williamtown) operated by B737-800 VH-VOK and VOZ465 from Perth operated by B737-800 VH-VON. While at Rockhampton Airport, Virgin Australia flight VOZ1217 from Canberra operated by B737-800 VH-YFE and Qantas Airways flight QFA528 from Sydney operated by B737-800 VH-VXJ both landed.
By Gilad Atzmon
I'm Not Racist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43gm3CJePn0
The above video is rappers Joyner Lucas' "I'm Not Racist." It's uncomfortable for some of us to watch, but within a few days it was viewed by 12 million people.
The video opens with a big white man in a "Make America Great Again" hat speaking his mind, by expressing what many white Americans believe about blacks. In the second verse, the song takes a surprising turn -- a young black man in dreadlocks tells his story and counters each of the white mans identitarian generalizations.
Why has Im Not Racist attracted millions of viewers? Because unlike Western academia, media, politicians and progressives who try to suppress the way people think and express themselves, the artist here attempts to reshape the universe, offering a prospect of unity.
While oligarchs and their identitarian lapdogs push us into race wars, religious conflicts, immoral interventionist disasters and identity battles, beauty focuses on the universal. Art shows us how to escape from the dystopia inflicted by the Soroses and their cultural and political mercenaries.
In Im Not Racists final scene we see forgiveness. The white and the black men reconcile. The big Trump supporter and the young black man embrace. Human bonds prevail. Let us try extend this exercise a bit. Can we imagine an Israeli and a Palestinian telling each other what they really think about each other? I think we can. Can we think of a Jihadi Muslim playing a similar role with a global war enthusiast? I think we can.
But what about a Goy and a Jew? Can we envisage a video of a Goy shouting angrily at a Jew what many Goyim think about Israel, choseness, the Fed, Goldman Sachs, Soros, Hollywood, the Holocaust industry, the Holodomor, Palestine, AIPAC, CFI, the Lobby, Weinstein, Epstein, Lord Janner? Would a video with such content survive for one day on youtube? Can we also imagine an angry Jew standing in front of a camera sharing the Jewish side of the story? Will he proffer the Jewish view of the world and in particular, the Goyim? Will he tell us the meanings of Goyishe Kopf, shiksa and Shvartze ? I suspect that we all know the answer to this. It is not going to...
Violent migrant youths could be kicked out of Australia on their 16th birthday under a hardline proposal to stop African Apex gangs from terrorising neighbourhoods.Read More
Squaring circles: EU and Britain plot next Brexit chapter Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed makes everything precarious The most difficult challenge is still ahead "IndyWatch Feed National"
AFP/File / by Cdric SIMON | Several questions remain over the future relationship between Britain and the EU
The EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned there is still work to be done to consolidate the progress made to date.
The preamble to the 15-page divorce deal published after British Prime Minister Theresa Mays morning dash for talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker illustrates the still precarious nature of the deal.
Under the caveat that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, the joint commitments set out below in this joint report shall be reflected in the Withdrawal Agreement in full detail, says the introduction to the text.
The conclusion notes that the deal is conditional on an overall agreement under Article 50 on the UKs withdrawal, taking into account the framework for the future relationship, including an agreement as early as possible in 2018 on transitional arrangements.
Even Fridays deal itself leaves elements open to question surrounding the thorny issue of the Irish border post-Brexit, along with the size of Britains divorce bill and the protection of expats rights.
The deal is clear on guaranteeing the post-Brexit rights of Britons already living in the bloc and of their EU counterparts based in Britain with family members able to claim residence.
But there is no mention, for example, of future spouses.
We demand before we can give green light to the withdrawal agreement, that the future free movement and residence of UK citizens will also be guaranteed and this in all 27 Member States, said Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberals group in the European Parliament.
It is not yet clear if British expats will be able to r...
I have been released from jail (9/12/17) for breaching a dodgy suppression order by naming 2 TV stars in the Tim Worner / Amber Harrison sex, drug and fraud scandal at Seven West Media. Obviously I would have preferred not to go to jail but I have no regrets as I took a stand after 
How on earth could same-sex marriage deliver 10 years' worth of economic benefits? And why on earth do 18 of Australia's leading economists expect it to?
The experts were surveyed this week by the Economic Society of Australia. Thirty answered this question: "Will changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry generate net economic benefits for the nation as a whole over the next 10 years?"
Eighteen thought it would. Only seven thought it would not.
Almost always whenever someone claims something will benefit the economy they are wrong. Look at a graph of GDP either side of the Sydney Olympics and you won't see anything other than a drop in GDP during the Games. Tourism flatlined then fell after the Games. It didn't start growing strongly again until 2004. Even the Olympic Stadium, which we were told would be a lasting legacy, is, according to the premier, so clapped out it ought to be torn down.
KPMG, which wanted work associated with the Games, produced a much-hyped study for the NSW government saying the Olympics would boost economy growth by $7 billion. A decade later, an examination of what actually happened found it had clipped economic growth. Like countless expressways, stadiums and mega projects before and after it, it had cost more to create than it could ever produce in benefits.
One of the reasons the spruikers almost always get it wrong is that they add up the costs of the project (that's the easy bit) and then subtract them from the project's benefits. For sports events, those benefits include extra spending as people pour into Olympic Park or into Melbourne Park for the tennis. What the spruikers forget, often, is that the people who spend at big events would have spent something anyway, perhaps in their own suburb or at another sporting event or at the theatre. They forget to subtract the spending that won't be done in order that the spending at the big event can be done.
It's a trap for people expecting benefits from same-sex weddings. Professor Kevin Davis from Monash University put it this way in response to the Economic Society survey: "There may be more expenditure on weddings etc, but there is no obvious reason this would not be at the expense of other expenditures."
There can be a localised benefit in a country town. A really big wedding or special event can draw people into the town who never would have spent there. But the gain to that town will be a loss to the region or town from which those people have come.
So why are the experts so sure there will be benefits from permitting same-sex marriage?
Partly, because it's cheap. Passing a law costs nothing compared to building a stadium....
Back in June of 2015, this light bulb hit one million hours of use, and it is still going strong. I am awestruck!
This light bulb is set up working inside a small firehouse in Livermore, California. It is still burning however not quite as bright as it used to. This bulb has been dubbed the Centennial Bulb and it is known as the longest lasting light bulb thus far.
According to the Centennialbulb.org,
this bulb was first
installed at firehouse back in 1901 and was moved around through different areas of said firehouse up until 1976 when the firehouse itself was moved to a new location and it was finally put where it will remain until it goes out. It is currently running at about 4 watts but was at 60 watts when initially plugged back in. Proof of this bulbs longevity was found through local newspaper records and things of the sort. GE actually researched into it and found that it was donated to the Fire Department by a Dennis Bernal who owned the Livermore Power and Light Co.
This bulb was made by the Shelby Electric Company and is a handblown bulb with carbon filament. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of Work Records as the oldest working light bulb. You can actually visit this bulb depending on the availability of the firemen on hand. The website for this bulb says you should merely go to the rear of the station and ring the bell. If someone is there they will answer the door, otherwise, you will only be able to see it through the window (top and to the left).
Now, if you cannot visit the bulb you can view it on the website by clicking here. It is being recorded and updated every 30 seconds. To be completely honest it seems as if the bulb is in a perfect location.
It is not unusual for bulbs of the era it was made to burn for a long time. This bulb was made long before the life-span of our bulbs were set by those hungry for profit. There just really is no such thing as a bulb built to last anymore. We have seen this time and time again throughout many companies and with tons of different products. I mean, even Apple products are hard to repair and do tend to become outdated quickly. Everything has a life-span and for most things that life-span is quite short.
While drastic changes need to be made in regards to that kind of thing I highly doubt they ever will be. That being said this Centennial Bulb is quite interesting and I cannot wait to see how long it does end up lasting. What do you think about this kind of thing? Do you think we need to...
Till very recently, the Indian government used to bail out banks as and when they had huge losses. Under the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017, the Centre now seeks to bail-in depositors money as well in a difficult situation. The public response to this has been very negative. But what is the alternative?
As per the proposed legislation, as and when a financial institution needs to be liquidated, proceeds from the sale of assets will be distributed in the following priority order: insure...
I live on a farm near Coffs Harbour, Northern New South Wales.
My wife Michelle, two small boys and I attend a Pentecostal Church
in Coffs Harbour, a coastal city 40 minutes drive from our farm.
Some ex-members of a cult called Christian Assemblies International
(CAI) attend our church. Ive spoken to them about their experiences
in CAI. They told me how the cult leader Scott Williams, now
deceased, was very off-the-rails and involved in homosexuality and
pedophilia amongst many other dysfunctions. CAI is still going with
new leadership, but still a dangerous cult to be shunned and
avoided at all costs. Here is a link to an ABC Australia program on
the CAI cult. https://youtu.be/DffLXPdbdMA
I live on a farm near Coffs Harbour, Northern New South Wales. My wife Michelle, two small boys and I attend a Pentecostal Church in Coffs Harbour, a coastal city 40 minutes drive from our farm. Some ex-members of a cult called Christian Assemblies International (CAI) attend our church. Ive spoken to them about their experiences in CAI. They told me how the cult leader Scott Williams, now deceased, was very off-the-rails and involved in homosexuality and pedophilia amongst many other dysfunctions. CAI is still going with new leadership, but still a dangerous cult to be shunned and avoided at all costs.Below is an article in Coffs Harbour local newspaper from 28 July 2014. Here is a link to an ABC Australia program on the CAI cult. http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/cult-of-horror-program/5630358 The video has expired but the transcript of the program is still there. The transcript of the investigation program on the CAI cult is below. Here is a link to a video copy of the ABC Four Corners program someone has copied and published: https://youtu.be/DffLXPdbdMA
Transcript of ABC Australia investigative program on the CAI cult based in Coffs Harbour New South Wales, Australia
Monday 28th July 2014
He is a self-styled evangelist who told his followers he was The Anointed One, chosen by God to convert the world to his beliefs.
Anyone who didnt follow his word was told they would burn in hell, that he held the key to their salvation on judgement day.
In reality, Scott Williams was a cult leader who used his own brand of religion to warp biblical scripture in the pursuit of sex, money and power.
Scott Williams left Australia 38 years ago, converting hundreds of young people throughout Europe. On the outside, life appeared happy. But now, former cult members reveal to Four Corners a lifetime of secretive abuse, misplaced worship and horrifying punishments carried out under the guise of obedience to The Overseer, Scott Williams. Their stories are so shocking, their brainwashing so profound, it is almost unbelievable. As one former member explained:
Its not simple to walk out. No. I wish I could. I tried. I tried a few times. Its a curious web and it was like hes the spider and hes got you there and you cant get out of the bloody spider web.
This week, reporter Caro M...
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, criminal charges by Singapore Authorities and current jail-time.
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 eight 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 even eight years.
The rise and proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is
becoming an increasingly prominent threat, not just here in the
states but across the world.
In light of this, the search for a means by which to fight these resistant bacteria without the use of antibiotic agents has become of utmost importance.
Currently, about 700,000 people succumb to antibiotic-resistant infections annually, but that number is predicted to skyrocket to about 10 million by the year 2050 if we dont change our ways.
Fortunately, one 25-year-old student may have discovered at least one method of fighting off such organisms with ease. Ph.D. student Shu Lam and her peers from the University of Melbourne recently pioneered what they believe is a way to circumvent the use of antibiotics.
Recipe by Pete Evans
When it comes to classic appetizers, nothing beats deviled eggs theyre well-loved [CO1] by many because of their simplicity yet versatility. You can incorporate various ingredients cheese, vegetables, herbs and spices, and even meats into the filling. Plus, you can serve them anytime. Whether its for a fancy holiday dinner or just a Super Bowl snack to share with friends, this delicious dish is one that will surely impress your guests.
Weve shared with you a couple of delicious deviled eggs recipes before: guacamole-and-turmeric deviled eggs and another that features wild salmon, both of which are perfect for those who want to follow a ketogenic diet. Heres another variation, courtesy of renowned Australian chef Pete Evans, that you can add to your repertoire. This simple avocado deviled eggs recipe is a fantastic way to incorporate healthy fats into your meals. Plus, the texture of the avocado blends well with the egg yolk, for a creamy, flavor-filled filling.
6 free-range organic eggs
1 avocado, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus extra roughly chopped, to serve
Sea salt and fre...
A BELLAMBI woman who helps keep her suburb spotless and Coledale Public School are among the 2017 winners of Wollongong City Councils Rise & Shine Awards.
The winners of the 32nd Rise & Shine Awards are:
Bill shock or the fear of it shut wallets across the country in the three months to September as alarm about rising energy prices drove people away from shops, healthcare, hotels and cafes.
Spending on almost every discretionary purchase was down in the September quarter, as spending on almost every unavoidable expense increased, led by electricity and rent. The outcome was a net increase in household final consumption of just 0.1 per cent, the weakest result since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Household saving climbed for the first time in five quarters.
"This isn't surprising given the cost of living pressures on essentials," Treasurer Scott Morrison told a Canberra press conference.
"Concerns around electricity prices were at the front of mind in the September quarter and remain there. We saw large price increases from July 1 and the Turnbull government responded."
An apparent rebound in retail spending in October gave the Treasurer grounds for cautious optimism about the December quarter.
Offsetting extraordinarily weak consumer spending in the September quarter was a 2 per cent bounce in private spending on buildings and other capital equipment and a 7 per cent surge in government capital investment. The economy grew by a weaker than expected 0.6 per cent in the quarter and 2.8 per cent through the year. GDP per capita, a measure that adjusts for population growth, climbed just 0.2 per cent.
"The news on business investment is good; the mining investment decline has nearly finished and non-mining investment is improving," said AMP chief economist Shane Oliver. "But consumer spending is being dragged down by low wages growth, slowing wealth accumulation, poor sentiment, high debt levels and rising energy costs."
"Until now consumers have dipped into savings to increase consumption. Solid gains in wealth from strong home price growth in Sydney and Melbourne have given them confidence, but it's doubtful they will want to keep running down savings as those price gains fade."
BIS Oxford chief economist Sarah Hunter said extremely weak consumer spending was a sign that many households were struggling with anemic wage growth and rising prices for essentials.
But it wasn't all bad news. Rapidly growing employment had pushed up the wage bill 1.2 per cent in the quarter, even though wage rates climbed by nowhere near as much.
Labor treasury spokesman Chris Bowen said businesses were feeling good, but households weren't.
"The lowest household consumption growth since the global financial crisis suggests that cost of living pressures and record household debt are weighing on spending habits,"....
About 4.5 billion people more than half of us on our crowded planet do not have safe sanitation. By this we mean a toilet, at home, one which separates us from our excreta, after which the excreta are treated or buried and do not contaminate the environment. One of the United Nations recently-adopted Sustainable Development Goals is for everyone to have safe sanitation by 2030, which is expected to improve physical and psychosocial well-being worldwide. But how do we achieve this? The answer is not as simple as building more toilets.
For people to invest in sanitation, they need to access the kinds of toilets and services...
by Mary W Maxwell
In New Hampshire this week there was a book signing by Hillary, regarding her new book entitled What Happened? I decided Id shell out some money in order to be able to approach Mrs Clinton. I wanted to suggest that she watch Wendy Hoffmans Youtube lecture. I am sure that Hillary and Bill are both mind controlled slaves. It is beyond doubt that the two Bush presidents were tortured in childhood.
As I popped off the bus on Concords Main St, the driver said Watch for the man with a boot on his head. It turns out that boot-mans name is Vermin Supreme, and he was staging an anti-Hillary protest. This involved two ponies.
Vermins first request for a sidewalk permit was denied. According to the Concord Monitor, he took the city to court on First Amendment grounds. New Hampshire is Bill-of-Ri...
Sydney has become Australia's economic powerhouse, accounting for almost half of Australia's economic growth.
The extraordinary figure of 41.2 per cent is the highest since Victoria led the nation into recession in the early 1990s.
New calculations show that Sydney and Melbourne combined accounted for more than two-thirds of Australia's economic growth during 2016-17, a concentration rare on a global scale.
The capital city GDP estimates prepared by Terry Rawnsley of SGS Economics and Planning show Sydney's economy grew 3.3 per cent during 2016-17, easily surpassing Melbourne's 2.8 per cent.
The economy of regional NSW grew 1.5 per cent; the economy of regional Victoria grew 5.8 per cent.
A rough measure of living standards, GDP per capita grew 1 per cent in Sydney while slipping 0.1 per cent in Melbourne.
GDP per capita shrank 0.6 per cent in Brisbane and 4.7 per cent in Perth.
Mr Rawnsley said economic activity was gravitating to Sydney and Melbourne, even though Melbourne's living standards were slipping.
"It's getting economic refugees from Perth and Brisbane, whose living standards are slipping faster," he said. "Melbourne is more affordable than Sydney. If you want a big city with a vibrant economy but you don't want to pay Sydney prices, you go to Melbourne."
Sydney is Australia's hottest capital city economy. SGS suggests that to rein in Sydney's economy the Reserve Bank would have to push up its cash rate from 1.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent. To rein in Melbourne's it would have to push it 2.25 per cent. In Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, the cash rate would have to be pushed down to 0.25 per cent.
When my daughters found out I was meeting New Zealand Prime Minister @jacindaardern, all they wanted was for me to get a selfie for them. I thought I would do one better... pic.twitter.com/BT89tZS3Po Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) December 9, 2017 Great choice hey? Shorten, Turnbull, Bishop - all selfie airheads.
(GVO) The Australian state of Victoria is the first in the country to have passed voluntary assisted dying [VAD] legislation. This historic decision by the Victorian parliament has been very controversial, with people divided over the question of euthanasia on ethical and/or religious grounds.
This is just part of the reason it has been a slow journey getting to this point. As far back as 1995, the countrys Northern Territory had adopted euthanasia laws, but a year later the federal parliament, which has responsibility for Australian territories, overturned the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act. Recently, the Upper House of the New South Wales parliament rejected a similar bill by the narrowest of margins 20 votes to 19.
A common feature of these parliamentary debates has been that the political parties have given their representatives a free or conscience vote on the bills before parliament.
At the start of the parliamentary debate back in October 2017, Benjamin Silvester summarised the background to the Victorian bill and the key people involved in a piece he wrote for The Citizen, an online publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne:
The laws would allow terminally ill Victorians to access lethal medication within 10 days of asking to die, following a process which includes three voluntary requests and two independent medical assessments. They must be over the age of 18, of sound mind, expected to die within 12 months and suffering in a way that cannot be relieved in a manner the person deems tolerable. The patient must administer the lethal dose themselves, but a doctor could deliver it in cases where someone was physically unable to do it.
The timeframe was eventually amended, with access being reduced from 12 to six months life expectancy (with some exemptions). The Upper House Legislative Council sat for 28 consecutive hours before passing the bill, with amendments that included the altered timeframe. The vote was 22 to 18. One gove...
When we think of slavery we think of the African American struggle in the United States. We think of ancient civilisations that disenfranchised people and exploited them for their labour and treated them harshly and inappropriately. We imagine a world where a caste system such as exists in India is manipulated to treat human beings 
The section 44 juggernaut just keeps rolling. The next question likely to come before the court as a consequence of Jacqui Lambies disqualification on dual citizenship grounds is whether her likely replacement, Devonport mayor, Steve Martin, is himself disqualified, for holding an office of profit under the Crown, with respect to his office in local government. Martin maintains that he is on solid ground, citing advice given by the then Clerk of the Senate ahead of the 2016 election.
Indeed, history suggests he has a strong case.
At least thirty percent of those elected at the first Federal elections in 1901 had experience in local government. Interestingly, one of the first disputed returns in the Federal Parliament, arising from the second election for the Commonwealth Parliament in 1903, involved an MP simultaneously holding elected office in local government, Sir Malcolm McEacharn.
McEacharn, who had been elected for the seat of Melbourne in the first Parliament, was also a councillor on Melbourne City Council, and at the time of the 1903 election, was serving as Lord Mayor. After a bitterly fought and narrowly won contest, McEacharns election was challenged by the losing candidate, William Maloney.
In a petition which threw everything but the kitchen sink, Maloney cited numerous irregularities in the conduct of the election, as well as the first known s.44 challenge not on the grounds of McEarcharns municipal office, but that as an Honorary Consul for Japan, he held an allegiance to a foreign power.
Voiding McEacharns election due to polling irregularities, the High Court never addressed the s.44 question. However, given the range and breadth of the electoral petition, one assumes that if there was a possibility of a local government office being considered an office of profit at the time, with McEacharns highly visible status as Lord Mayor of a capital city indeed, the site of Parliament it too would have been submitted as grounds for disqualification.
In her study of the background of Members of Parliament in the Parliament from 1901-1980, Joan Rydon established that at least 20 MPs had served simultaneously in Parliament and local government during that time. Among those she named were:
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Although too much cholesterol is bad for your health, some cholesterol is essential. Most of the cholesterol that the human body needs is manufactured in its own cells in a synthesis process consisting of more than 20 steps. New research from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on Dec. 8, explains how an enzyme responsible for one of these steps acts as a kind of thermostat that responds to and adjusts levels of cholesterol in the cell. This insight could lead to new strategies for combating high cholesterol.
Towards the middle of the assembly line of cholesterol production, an enzyme called squalene monooxygenase (SM) carries out a slow chemical reaction that sets the pace of cholesterol production. In 2011, Andrew Brown's laboratory at UNSW discovered that when cholesterol in the cell was high, SM was destroyed and less cholesterol was produced. The new research explains how this sensing and destruction happens.
SM is embedded in the membrane of the cell's endoplasmic reticulum (ER), which is composed of fatty molecules including cholesterol. As cholesterol in the cell increases, more and more of it is incorporated into the ER membrane.
Like all proteins, SM is composed of amino acids, and different sequences of amino acids have different properties. A particular series of twelve amino acids is a "destruction code" that tells the cell's garbage disposal machinery to degrade the SM protein.
Brown's team showed that under typical conditions, the destruction code is hidden by being tucked away inside the endoplasmic reticulum membrane as part of a spring-shaped structure. Using experiments in cell cultures and with isolated proteins and membranes, they also showed that this spring structure could only embed in membranes that contained a low percentage of cholesterol. When the amount of cholesterol making up the membrane increased, the spring popped out, exposing the destruction code.
"When cholesterol levels are low, this destruction code is hidden in the membrane like a spring-loaded trap," said Ngee Kiat Chua, the graduate student who led the new study. "However, too much cholesterol [in the membrane] springs the trap, unmasking the destruction code." When this occurs, the cell proceeds to destroy the SM.
Ngee Kiat Chua, Vicky Howe, Nidhi Jatana, Lipi Thukral, Andrew J. Brown. A Conserved Degron Containing an Amphipathic Helix Regulates the Cholesterol-Mediated Turnover of Human Squalene Monooxygenase, a Rate-Limiting Enzyme in Cholesterol Sy...
"Airport economist" Tim Harcourt, 52, teaches at the University of NSW alongside his dad, leading economic theorist Geoff Harcourt, 86, whose influence accounts for his politics if not their shared profession.
GEOFF: Tim was an extraordinarily happy baby, until he was one and a half. He got measles on the boat back from the United Kingdom. I had been at Cambridge for 18 months on leave from the University of Adelaide, lecturing and refining the ideas of John Maynard Keynes. When we came back he was miserable, pining for his old home. In the UK, we'd had this little Ford Prefect. In Adelaide, whenever a Ford Prefect drove by his face just lit up. He thought he was back in Cambridge.
When he was four we all went to Japan for four months. On our return he suddenly realised he was home in Adelaide. He couldn't keep the grin off his face for a week. He is the most proudly Australian of our four children, even though he's the only one born overseas. But that insecurity has probably never gone away. He seems to be Mr Cool, Crocodile Dundee, but beneath that he is anxious.
Working at Austrade and for the trade union movement has been part of that patriotism. He has toyed with running as a Labor candidate, which isn't surprising given the meetings and rallies we have taken him to. His mother Joan, still alive, was an abortion law reformer and a Labor candidate. He featured in her campaign poster, aged three. But I don't think he should go into politics. If he wanted to I have no doubt they would take him up. He is one of the best people I know at explaining economics.
But he hates Canberra. Bill Kelty sent him there for six months in the 1990s while he was ACTU chief economist and he was miserable. He loves Sydney and his family is important to him. He has an American wife and two adopted children, one from China and the other from Taiwan.
Tim found out my father had changed the family surname from Harkowitz to Harcourt. I knew we were Jewish, but I didn't know that. My father's parents emigrated from Transylvania and Poland in the early 1900s. My mother wanted to fit in. Only when she died did my father talk about the name to Tim. Tim took Jewishness on board, but not in a religious way. He celebrates Jewish and Christian and Buddhist festivals in keeping with his mixed family.
I don't think he wants to change the....
1790 - John McEntire was a convict gamekeeper to Governor Arthur Phillip, feared and hated by the Eora people he was speared by Pemulwuy and died soon after of his injuries, sparking a retaliatory expedition around Botany Bay.
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*Call For Senate Inquiry Into SAs Nuclear Dump Sites After Minister Squibs on Senate Documents Order
NXT Senator Rex Patrick and SA-Best Leader Nick Xenophon say the only way to get answers for the communities of Kimba and Hawker on the reasons their townships were selected as a potential radioactive waste dump sites is through a Senate inquiry into the consultation and selection process.
Both Senator Patrick and his SA-Best colleague, Nick Xenophon, are gobsmacked at the totally inadequate response by Senator Matt Canavan, the Minister for ...
The Courier Mail reported that Graeme Langlands was unable to attend court because of ill health. His former profession is not relevant to the charges against him.
His guilt or innocence will be determined by the court, but how the charges against him are described is important. This commentary is solely about the description used in the headline, not the specifics of this case.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children can lead to a cycle of horror where the effects of the crimes committed against them makes victims unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Sexual abuse is an act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.
That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and...
**Annual Teleconference: Please join members of the Fluoride Action Network team this Saturday, December 9, at 5pm (eastern time) for a year-in-review of the fluoride issue, a fluoride Q&A session for supporters, and an opportunity to interact with the amazing people that make up this movement.
Last year, we asked this question of our FAN network of staff, volunteers, and supporters:
Would you all be kind enough to write a short piece on why you spend so many hours on this issue (fighting fluoridation) and in some cases so much of your own money what is the reward for so much hard work? And why do you do this when you often become a lightning rod for abuse by the media, pro-fluoridation zealots and government spokespersons. Just what is it that keeps you going? I think singly and in total your answers will make splendid reading and a wonderful bulletin(s) for us.
Below are some of the powerful statements from the FAN management team. But first a quick update on our annual fundraiser.
Our current totals for the 2017 FAN Fundraiser are $23,438 from 79 donors.
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Dear Mr Cornwell;2017 has been the year of Bernard Cornwall and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all your Last Kingdom series, watching the Sharpe series on DVD, and I'm presently reading Excalibur.My question is - Are you aware of the historical research of both Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett? Their research based on the Welsh historical records reveal King Arthur II was a real historical figure, son of King Mergic, son of King Tewrig. I believe you made the same mistake as Geoffrey of Monmouth by grouping the two King Arthur's into one.Would you please take only 10 minutes to check out a blog I've written on the subject.Many thanks, and I look forward to reading as many of your books in 2018 as I've read in 2017.Yours sincerely,Matt Taylor
Singulato and Toyota CEOs cancel their trips amid Trumps Jerusalem decision
Ruti Levy Dec 09, 2017 5:02 PM
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The Trump effect: No longer just rockets from Gaza, but now also a hit to the local economy, as high-tech delegations from Japan and China canceled Thursday their trips to Israel following U.S. President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.
The Chinese delegation cited a travel warning by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, forbidding large groups from traveling to Israel. Japan is concerned about the security situation following Trumps announcement, and expects the conflict to impact its investment programs in Israel.
On Saturday morning, a number of Israeli startups were notified that Shen Haiyin, CEO and founder of the Chinese company Singulato currently developing a miniature electric car, had cancelled his visit just six hours before his flight. Shen was supposed to arrive for a series of meetings with Israeli high-tech companies.
The situation is expected to worsen, as cancellations are not limited only to China. TheMarker was also notified that the Japanese company Toyotas investment fund also canceled its trip to Israel, which had been scheduled for Sunday.
According to estimates, 10-20% of capital for Israels high-tech sector comes from China.
Chinas increased interest in Israel is primarily based Chinas desire to shift its economic structure and transition from pollutant-heavy industry to a modern tech-driven economy. Severe air and food pollution in China, and the strength of social networking sites in the country, have sparked interest in mobile, internet, water, agricultural and advanced manufacturing technologies. Israel, which is popularly recognized as an innovative and technologically advanced country including in water and agricultural technology, answers these needs.
Clashes erupted for the third day running Saturday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers following Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Trump delivered a landmark speech in Washington Wednesday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As expected, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the announcement, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared that the U.S. c...
Ehud Barak has broken the silence. He has published an article in The New York Times attacking our prime minister in the most abrasive terms. In other words, he has done exactly the same as the group of ex-soldiers who call themselves Breaking the Silence, who are accused of washing our dirty linen abroad. They expose war crimes to which they have been witnesses, or even participants.
But apart from the attack on Binyamin Netanyahu, Barak has used the article to publish his Peace Plan. A former chief-of-staff of the Israeli army and a former prime minister, Barak is obviously planning a comeback, and his peace plan is part of the effort. There seems to be, anyhow, open season for Peace Plans in our region.
I respect the intelligence of Barak. Many years ago, when he was still the deputy chief-of-staff, he unexpectedly invited me for a talk. We discussed the military history of the 17th century (military history is an old hobby of mine) and I soon realized that he was a real expert. I enjoyed it very much.
On a spring evening In May 1999, I was part of a huge jubilant crowd in Tel-Avivs Rabin Square after Barak had won the Knesset elections and become prime minister. He promised us the dawn of a new day. In particular, he promised to make peace with the Palestinians.
Intellectually, Barak is superior to all other politicians on the Israeli scene. Soon enough it appeared that this may be a handicap.
Intelligent people tend to be arrogant. They despise people of lesser mental powers. Knowing that he had all the answers, Barak demanded that President Clinton call a meeting with Yasser Arafat.
On the morrow I spoke with Arafat and found him deeply worried. Nothing has been prepared, no prior exchange of views, nothing. He did not want to go to the meeting which he thought was bound to fail, but could not refuse an invitation from the president of the US.
The result was catastrophe. Barak, sure of himself as usual, presented his peace plan. It was more accommodating than any prior Israeli plan, but still fell far short of the Palestinians minimum. The meeting broke up.
What does a diplomat do in such circumstances? He announces that we had a fruitful exchange of views. We have not yet reached total agreement, but the negotiations will go on, and there will be more meetings, until we reach agreement.
Barak did not say that. Neither did he say: Sorry, I am totally ignorant of the Palestinian point of view, and I shall now study it seriously.
Instead, Barak came home and announced that Israel had proposed the most generous terms ever, that the Palestinians had rejected everything, that the Palestinians want to throw us into the sea, that we have no partner for peace.
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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote meets Blossom the incredibly CUTE Brushtail Possum!
The Common Brushtail Possum is one of Australias most adorable and widespread marsupials. Blossom is a rescued ambassador for her species that lives at the Billabong Sanctuary in Queensland Australia and she quickly became one of the crews favorite animals encountered on their recent visit down under! Get ready to meet the worlds cutest possum!
HUGE THANKS to the Billabong Sanctuary and their staff for hosting the crew at this location and for all the work they do to preserve Australias magnificent wildlife. To meet Blossom for yourself consider making a visit!
Breaking Trail leaves the map behind and follows adventurer and animal expert Coyote Peterson and his crew as they encounter a variety of wildlife in the most amazing environments on the planet!
A winter storm shrouded the Deep South in snow and threatened more overnight as it advanced eastward.
With temperatures expected to sink below freezing across much of the region, forecasters warned that black ice could make roads treacherous. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for northern Georgia, including metro Atlanta, until Saturday morning and forecast up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) of additional snow.
Snowfall and icy roads in North Carolina closed government offices and schools, sent cars sliding off the road and altered the governors travel plans.
Forecasters said heavy snow was falling in the mountainous western part of the state with up to 6 inches likely in areas including Asheville. A winter storm warning was in effect through Saturday morning for western counties.
Accumulations of 6 inches (15 centimeters) were reported in Mississippi and northern Georgia, while at least 5 inches (13 centimeters) fell in Alabama. Rare snow flurries were spotted in New Orleans. Motorists were urged to stay off the road in Louisiana for fear of ice.
The weather band also brought a rare snowfall to parts of South Texas.
Highway department officials were monitoring the elevated roadways and bridges that stretch across much of south Louisiana, warning that motorists to stay home if.....
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The move is aimed at imposing restrictions on digital currencies, particularly Bitcoin, due to their continuous growth and adoption in the mainstream financial sector.
December 9, 1946; 11 am. This date and time marks the start of a monumental social transformation of India. It was on this day that the Constituent Assembly embarked on its journey of making the Indian constitution. From the first session that day till the passing of the constitution on November 26, 1949, the assembly went through a profound churn of debate, turmoil and angst. These crucial three years coincided with a period when the nation itself was born through a process of intense upheaval and torment.
What can we learn from the constitution and the process by which it was made? The answer is: many things; in particular, we can learn about the ways in which we can shape ourselves and our society.
We can learn to hope that even when the chips are down, we have to focus on what is possible. The three years that the Constituent Assembly was working on the document were suffused with grief. Freedom had come but with it came the Partition. The Partition had a direct impact on the size of the assembly, which shrank from 389 to 299 members. The rest had moved to Pakistan.
The assembly could have been devastated by the loss of a fourth of its members, many of whom were close friends and colleagues. But it focused on the strength of the me...
Precious Metals Experience a Sharp Decline in Demand as Bitcoin Continues to Steal The Show by Nathan McDonald Sprott Money The Perth Mint, one of the largest sellers of bullion in the world, posted its results and demand is...
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The trajectory of the gay rights movement can sometimes resemble the jagged line on a heart monitor. Gains and setbacks can land with equal force and frequency. This weeks events included a legislative win and oral arguments before the US Supreme Court in a momentous case.
On Tuesday, the court heard long-awaited arguments in a case filed by Colorado baker Jack Phillips the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple because he felt doing so clashed with his Christian faith. Conflating the business transaction and, to some, artistic expression with endorsement of homosexuality, Phillips contends that his right to practice religion is as sacred as the couples right to equal treatment.
To the extent that the two concepts are mutually exclusive, the justices will have to determine whether protecting First Amendment rights takes precedence over Colorados anti-discrimination laws. The far-reaching implications of such a decision is not lost on the courts liberal justices.
If freedom of expression can be used to justify Phillipss case, Justice Elena Kagan asked, would a chef or makeup stylist be permitted to selectively provide services too?
We want some kind of distinction that will not undermine every civil-rights law, from the year one, Justice Stephen Breyer said, including everybody who has been discriminated against in very basic things of life, food, design of furniture, homes, and buildings.
When the session ended, the court appeared sharply divided along party lines. The pivotal decision scheduled for next June probably rests again with Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the landmark 2015 ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.
From his remarks during the hearing, Kennedy seems somehow as sympathetic to devout, discriminating business owners as he is to disenfranchised customers.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the earth, Australia became the 25th country to recognize same-sex marriage on Thursday, when parliamentarians passed a cross-party bill in a near-unanimous vote. The historic decision follows the result of last months $122 million national postal survey, a plebiscite that showed unprecedented popular support for gay marriage.
Even conservative parliamentarians who personally opposed the b...
There are too many unanswered questions about the risks to water resources from expanding the Wambo underground coal mine, Hunter residents and community groups will tell a public meeting in Singleton tomorrow.
The NSW Planning Assessment Commission is holding a public meeting on December 7, 2017 in Singleton to assess the application by Peabody Energy to extend the life of Wambo underground by seven years, through the addition of 9 longwall panels extending the length of the mine by over 2km.
However, community groups will question why the project has been referred to the PAC for a final decision, when there are so many unanswered questions about the risks of the project to groundwater and creeks.
Several government agencies including the EPA, the Department of Primary Industries, and the Independent Expert Scientific Committee have raised concerns about the risks of this project to water resources, and told the Planning Department that more scientific assessment needs to be done before a decision can be made, said Steve Phillips, Hunter regional coordinator for the Lock The Gate Alliance.
But the Planning Department has ignored all that and written a draft approval for the project, and forwarded it onto the PAC for sign-off.
In my address to the PAC, I will call on them to send this project back to the Planning Department and insist that a proper environmental assessment is done before a decision is made, said Phillips.
Local farmers Ron and Janet Fenwick will be among the other speakers against the project at tomorrows public meeting.
This mining company cannot be trusted, said Mrs Fenwick.
Their underground mine has already had severe impacts on waterways and farmland, and no further damage ought to be permitted, she said.
They have treated Ron and myself with absolute contempt, to the point where we have been forced to take them to court to achieve the most basic of outcomes, such as accessing our own property.
The Supreme Court rebuked Peabody for the way they have run the Wambo mine, but the Planning Department is happy to place more trust in this company than in other government agencies, said Mrs Fenwick. It̵...
Bahrain Watchs latest investigation in the IISS Files, examines the British politicians who the government of Bahrain funds to attend the Manama Dialogue, the annual security summit run by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Since 2013, the Bahrains Ministry of Foreign Affairs has spent over 65,000 paying for twelve different MPs to attend the Manama Dialogue, some multiple times. This includes MPs with commercial interests in the region in oil and defence, MPs who sit on committees which scrutinise British government departments relevant to Bahrain and one MP who following the trip, hosted a an event in Parliament for the Bahraini Ambassador to the UK.
Last year Bahrain Watch revealed that the IISS has been secretly funded by the Bahraini government. Leaked documents demonstrated that IISS has received 30 million since 2010, amounting to at least 30% of the think tanks income. A subsequent report by the Middle East Eye suggested that these numbers could be much higher, accounting for not far off half the total income for IISS in 2015. Following our findings, transparency monitor Transparify was compelled to introduce a new category Deceptive in their think-tank rating system, to account for IISS concealment of key don...
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In this piece for FiveThirtyEight, Christie Aschwanden explains how various industries have used the language of the open science reform movement, which advocates for more transparency in scientific research methods, to advance policy supporting corporate interests.
Calls to base public policy on sound science seem unassailable if you dont know the terms history. The phrase was adopted by the tobacco industry in the 1990s to counteract mounting evidence linking secondhand smoke to cancer. A 1992 Environmental Protection Agency report identified secondhand smoke as a human carcinogen, and Philip Morris responded by launching an initiative to promote what it called sound science. In an internal memo, Philip Morris vice president of corporate affairs Ellen Merlo wrote that the program was designed to discredit the EPA report, prevent states and cities, as well as businesses from passing smoking bans and proactively pass legislation to help their cause.
The sound science tactic exploits a fundamental feature of the scientific process: Science does not produce absolute certainty. Contrary to how its sometimes represented to the public, science is not a magic wand that turns everything it touches to truth. Instead, its a process of uncertainty reduction, much like a game of 20 Questions. Any given study can rarely answer more than one question at a time, and each study usually raises a bunch of new questions in the process of answering old ones. Science is a process rather than an answer, said psychologist Alison Ledgerwood of the University of California, Davis. Every answer is provisional and subject to change in the face of new evidence. Its not entirely correct to say that this study proves this fact, Ledgerwood said. We should be talking instead about how science increases or decreases our confidence in something.'
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