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The make-believe that Beijing would eventually embrace Western values is over
Updated Dec. 12, 2017 5:40 a.m. ET
SHANGHAIFor decades, the relationship between China and the West rested on illusion and pretense.
Western politicians fooled themselves into thinking that the Chinese system, centrally directed and authoritarian, would in time resemble their own, open and democratic.
For its part, China camouflaged its global ambitions. Obeying Deng Xiaopings maxim to hide our capabilities and bide our time, it built itself into a manufacturing colossus and the worlds largest trader, amassed hard military power and projected soft influence, sometimes covert and bought with cash.
This game of make-believe is winding down.
Last weeks trip to China by Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister whose father engineered his countrys opening to the Peoples Republic, will likely go down as one of the last in a series of largely futile Western efforts to shape Chinas rise by encouraging its adoption of liberal Western ideas. He arrived with plans to open talks on a progressive free-trade agreement that stresses gender equality, labor protections and environmental rights. He was politely shown the door.
At the same time, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was underscoring a new era of realism. With China in mind, he introduced legislation to limit foreign interference in the countrys political life. The impact has been swift: On Tuesday, Labor party senator Sam Dastyari pledged to resign amid an uproar over his links to a real-estate billionaire affiliated with the Communist Party.
Australia exemplifies both the advantages and potential hazards of a more hard-nosed approach to China.
Some predict a new Cold War. Thats possible, if Western disillusion gives rise to such strong anti-China sentiment that it derails ties.......
How many people do you know who have died mysteriously or of a bizarre suicide, or have been beaten to death or murdered in a hail of bullets, how about someone who committed suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head? For most of us the answer is none, but if you are Bill and Hillary Clinton, the answer to that question is at least 56 - and possibly more. The Clinton dead pool list has grown extensively over the years and we have a new 'suicide' to add to the list.
Philippine Star December 12, 2017
A member of Philippine Navy loads bullets for a machine gun
during a bilateral maritime exercise in June 2014. AP/Noel Celis,
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines Security against cross-border kidnapping and piracy in waters shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will be boosted when more joint patrols, which could include Australia and the US, are launched next year.
Around $5 trillion in commercial cargo passes through the waters, which needs to be better secured against abductions and hijacking by groups affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf group.
R.Adm. Rene Medina, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the trilateral patrols with Malaysia and Indonesia in border waters have drawn more attention from the Australian and US navies, which have indicated interest in participating.
Medina said the Philippine Navy held joint patrols with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Indonesian Navy late November. He said that arrangement will continue under the Trilateral Cooperative Agreement among the three countries.
The Philippine Navy also held drills with the Royal Australian Navy along the southern border in late November. Medina said he and his Australian counterpart have discussed holding joint patrols aside from maritime exercises.
The US Navy was also talking with us on how they can come up or join in the area with regards to bilateral patrol, Medina said. Roel Pareo
The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australias copyright safe harbours - very slightly.
Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability for copyright-infringing content posted or shared by their users. For example, if you post the latest Thor movie to YouTube, YouTube wont be responsible for copyright infringement if it takes down that video. In Australia, we only extend this protection to internet services providers, not general purpose websites.
This matters because technology firms rely on limits to liability to manage their risks. Companies like Facebook or YouTube, which host millions of pieces of user content, would face serious difficulty starting in Australia because our laws on copyright infringement are so strict.
This article is by Kylie Pappalardo, from Queensland University of Technology and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Derivative Licence (CC-BY-ND). See the original article.
The new legislation is a step in the right direction, but it doesnt go far enough to create an environment that fosters Australian innovation.
Excluding platforms from safe harbours doesnt make much difference to tech giants like YouTube and Facebook, since they already operate within the United States safe harbours. But it does discourage Australian tech start-ups from the chance to experiment in a reduced-risk environment.
It is not just the US with broader copyright safe harbours than Australia - jurisdictions around the world extend safe harbours to internet intermediaries beyond ISPs.
The European Union, fo...
12 December 2017
More than 16,000 Australians are being diagnosed with cancer each year because of risky behaviour and habits, and at a greater rate than any other country, new research has found.
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institutes Professor David Whiteman said while many cancers were inevitable, his study found 40 per cent of cancer deaths were preventable.
A lot of those cancers that are occurring at high rates in Australia are ones that are directly due to the lifestyle that many of us choose to lead, Professor Whiteman said.
So what are Australians doing that is killing us?
The eight lifestyle factors to avoid are:
Thousands of supporters of the Opposition Alliance filled the streets of Honduras this morning as part of a national movement to protest the irregularities surrounding the presidential elections.Presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla
Citizens erected roadblocks around the capitals main highways, preventing traffic from continuing, while others marched the streets, demanding an end to the crisis. The demonstration continued until military police appeared on the scene and forced the protesters to disperse.
Social and political groups called for a national movement Sunday to denounce corruption and fraud in the U.S. and the Organization of American States (OAS).
A delegation of popular social organizations also took advantage of the movement to protest the hundreds of human rights violations in the country. There have been 16 killings, more than 620 people injured as well as dozens of arrests since the protests began, Human Rights Defender, Tomas Andino said.
Similar peaceful demonstrations have erupted across the nation drawing thousands to the streets with protesters declaring they will not rest until the true results of the presidential elections are released and the public has true electoral transparency.
People collectively know that negotiations here take place in the United States Embassy. Thats why people are very upset, because wh...
Ex-detainees request to take a stand during end
of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten
people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by the
Australian government while mainstream Australia celebrates this
festive season. Statement by RISE eX-detainee
Originally published by Rise.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Read all our reports about refugees on Manus; here.
AFP | The deal values Australias Westfield at US$24.7 billion
Tuesdays announcement comes as mall operators embark on a consolidation drive as they face increasingly tough competition from online shopping sites such as Amazon, which this month launched in Australia.
Westfields share price is down about 10 percent in 2018.
The acquisition of Westfield is a natural extension of Unibail-Rodamco?s strategy of concentration, differentiation and innovation, Christophe Cuvillier, chief executive officer of Unibail-Rodamco, said.
It adds a number of new attractive retail markets in London and the wealthiest catchment areas in the United States.
We believe that this transaction represents a compelling opportunity for both companies to realise benefits not available to each company on a standalone basis, and creates a strong and attractive platform for future growth.
The statement said the proposal had been unanimously recommended by Westfields board of directors and Unibail-Rodamcos supervisory board.
Unibail-Rodamco is Europes largest commercial landlord and the purchase comes as it offloads smaller assets in Europe to focus on bigger shopping centres, which are likely to be better suited to fending off the march of e-commerce giants.
Bloomberg News contributed to this story
Shopping-Mall Operator Westfield Agrees to Takeover Bid Valuing It at $15.7 Billion
Deal would offer Westfield shareholders a combination of cash and shares
Sydney: Prominent Australian opposition senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese aligned interests in Australia.
Relations between Australia and China have become strained since Canberra announced last week it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics. In announcing the ban, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull specifically singled out China, citing disturbing reports about Chinese influence.
China hit back, with the ruling Communist Partys official Peoples Daily describi...
This is the paper that I presented at the Related Histories: Studying the Family conference, held at the National Library of Australia on 29 November 2017. If youre interested in knowing more, Caitlin Adams from Macquarie University has written a review of the Related Histories conference. Abstract Since the 1990s, the field of Chinese Australian history has been
From the days of the dinosaurs, birds have been an integral part of our world.
People have always watched and listened to them and members of a wise culture would also be learning from them. But are we?
Its been 55 years since US biologist Rachel Carson released Silent Spring, describing a season in the near future when birds stopped singing.
It alerted millions of people to bio-accumulation: how levels of toxins build in the bodies of birds and other wildlife.
Citizens supported government regulation of chemicals and pollutants, launching the modern environment movement.
Thirty-odd years later another seminal work, Our Stolen Future, explained that the latest kinds of pesticides and industrial chemicals might not kill off birds directly but might actually be worse.
Author Theo Colborn identified endocrine disruptors: chemicals changing the hormones of birds and other wildlife. The chemicals cause sex changes and infertility in not only the current generation, but in the unborn, and the not yet conceived.
They make it hard for youngsters to mature properly. They shorten lifespans and make day-to-day life difficult.
Colborn explained that the same chemicals are also affecting people. She pointed to increasing rates of thyroid diseases, metabolism problems and various cancers.
For all our bird watching and admiration, how serious are we at learning our lessons?
Right now at supermarkets we can buy our favourite endocrine disruptor: glyphosate, a herbicide that is now banned in EU.
We can even bring it home in a single-use plastic bag.
We also use another class of these disruptors called perfluorinated chemicals in fire-fighting foam, water resistant fabrics and solar panels.
By night, the nearby ICOLLs are creatures inhabiting my dreams. Intermittently Closed and Open Lake or Lagoon (ICOLL) is the proper name for the Richmond and the Brunswick, the Belongil and the Tallow waterways. In the dark tumult as well as in the shining heat of day, knowledge of a true name necessitates respect.
ICOLLs are characteristic of the New South Wales coast. These natural wonders are a dynamic composite of sea, land and freshwater.
As an inshore marine current endlessly heads north, it drags along sand that dreams of reaching Kgari, Paradise, the great island once called Fraser. Along the way, affected by geography, large amounts of sand drop out of the current and form great sand bars. These block freshwater that moves across the land down to the shore.
In this phase our ICOLLs appear as settled lakes or lagoons. They also include wetlands that swamp and swell with the rain, underground springs and our towns storm-water. They reach kilometres inland, lined with marshes, mangroves or forests. With the right combination of rain and tide, this phase changes. In phase two, the ICOLL sandbar shifts and re-connects with the sea. To varying degrees, the waterplaces drain.
Of our four ICOLLs, the Richmond and the Brunswick, with their rock walls and spurs jutting out to sea, are considered trained. They seem like well-behaved rivers, always open to the sea.
But the inshore marine current continues to drop that endless sand. The result? The shape-shifting shoals and bars create at the mouth those well-known navigation hazards for ships and steamers.
Only the Tallow and the Belongil ICOLLs are still free agents. Neither has rock walls. When it comes to opening to the sea, both have their own timings. Since the late 1800s, the mouth of Belongil was blocked off by residents from what is currently Don Street. Since 2005, the new mouth of the B...
Though I am on my way to somewhere else, I pause at the mangroves. They are a steadfast shelter as the fierce winds shift. Their roots steady the muddy bank under my feet. Among the quiet leaves, their white flowers are starting to blossom. The bees already have the message. Now Im on the lookout for the other changes of the season.
Right now, anyone can see the effect of this seasons strong winds and rainfall. Before the recent rain, the plants underfoot were so dry they crunched. Now, they are revived. The long range weather forecast to December was 50/50 to be dry or wet. Such uncertainty about water is a big part of Australian climate. It requires changes to Australian life.
The dry has already made residents size up potable water supplies. Regional supply from the Rocky Creek Dam, courtesy Rous Water, is 88 per cent full, though it was falling 12 per cent per week. Altogether, the regions residential use totals 76 per cent of the overall supply; more than half of the remaining use is by tourist accommodation.
Living in the subtropics even as a visitor means becoming weather wise. Of course theres a fire ban. No open fires, especially on the beach. No tossing of cigarettes either.
Becoming water wise is important too. How much less water can you use at your residence or business? Make a habit of three minute showers. Retro sponge baths for washing the car. Use recycled water around your house or business.
No purple pipe of recycled water handy to your place? Talk with your councillors and get a pipe installed.
Seasons of the sea
Meanwhile, the season also changes at sea. The animals of the great winter marine migration to the north turn and now travel south. Leopard sharks, manta rays and more sea turtles return to our region. They join our residen...
This is urgent!
The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish our Native Title rights.
Adani is trying to push through an illegitimate land use agreement and extinguish our native title. We have a Federal Court case to challenge it it March, and have filed for an injunction to prevent them moving to have our rights extinguished before then.
We asked the Government to promise that they wouldnt act to extinguish our native title until the Federal Court heard our case. And they just refused.
That means they could move to extinguish our native title rights at any time.
And with Minister Anthony Lynham back in his seat, we expect him and Adani to act before our hearing, and slam native title extinguishment through!
Our native title rights are hanging in the balance. This is a race against time.
PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION WITH US.
Write to or call Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dep...
QUESTION: Do you believe in life after death?
ANSWER: This is an area of personal belief which varies from one person to the next and there is no right or wrong. Believe it or not, there has been a serious study of the subject. There was one man who had died and was brought back. He astonishingly was able to detail what was taking place in the room as if he had watched it from an out of body experience.
The study documented that conscious awareness appears to continue for at least up to three minutes into the period when the heart stops beating. Clinically, the brain will shut down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man in question was able to describe everything that had happened in the room. What he described what happened to him had actually happened as if he was observing standing in the room looking at everyone and himself on the table.
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Nickolas Teslas work agrees with your analysis. He said: If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Has he been an influence in what you do?
ANSWER: No. I have not looked at Teslas work only because it is fundamental to everything. If you find the right frequency, you can shatter a glass. Therefore, I did not find it necessary to investigate Teslas work. Of course, it was critical but that statement was not earth-changing.
Nonetheless, the far more interesting statement of Tesla is not the obvious one that everything has a frequency. It was his statement that when science explores the non-physical phenomenon, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
In this respect, I agree with Tesla. You have to dig deeper than traditional science explores. Once you begin to see the entire universe is governed by the 8.6 frequency, the doors to a hidden order spring wide open.
The legendary Modfather behind The Jam and The Style Council returns to Australia for only three performances, exclusive to Sydney Opera House
The one and only Modfather behind The Jam, The Style Council and a staggering 13 solo albums makes his Opera House debut for only three shows in Australia performing rare sets of raucous rock n roll and blue-eyed soul this summer.
The quintessential soundtrack to English life, Paul Wellers timeless songwriting has never been more critically acclaimed with the release of his latest album, A Kind Revolution. Smooth, suave and a biting commentator on the British ruling class, Wellers restless spirit saw him break up The Jam at the height of success, blur genre boundaries with the Style Council, and go on to become the de facto blueprint for the 90s Britpop invasion.
Now 59 years old and in match fit form, Paul Weller will finally return to Australian shores after eight long years for three special Sydney performances. See Weller like never before in the intimate surrounds of the Concert Hall.
Who: Paul Weller
Where: Concert Hall Sydney Opera House
When: Monday 29 January 2018
To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here
Our new ACFCGN secretary Joel Orchard popped in to visit one of the nicest community gardens in the Northern Rivers Yamba Community Garden. His report...
Roy Issac is a Guitarist and music educator. He has been a tutor with the Open Academy since 2010.
At what age did you start to be interested in the Guitar and what drew you to Jazz and Blues?
I began playing the guitar at the age of 10. Growing up through the late 80s and 90s, the guitar was featured in most music that was played on radio and television. The music I was listening and learning was mostly rock and pop, but it was through my first teacher at the age of 12, I discovered Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Hendrix etc. It wasnt until many years later that I heard Robben Fords beautiful guitar playing (Bluesy, but with a little more sophistication) that inspired me to find out more about Jazz. I contacted Steve Brien for lessons and spent the first two years studying one of my heros, Charlie Parker.
How much practice does one need to put in just to become proficient on their instrument?
Its really hard to answer this question, but I believe its very important to work efficiently with many short-term goals, never thinking long term! Consecutive back to back practice days was the only way I could ever have a new task I was working on really sit under my fingers and become part of my playing. I would say at least 2-3 hours of structured practice with some live playing as well over a few years would go a long way.
Youve studied under some great Jazz musicians from Australia and the US. What wisdoms did they impart on you that have kept you focused?
Through these amazing people, I have learnt to be humble, appreciative, hard-working and patient (in progress). This enables me to remain focused. One of the best bits of advice I was ever given was from the amazing Dale Barlow while I was a student in my second year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He mentioned the sooner you realise this is something you are going to work on for the rest of your life, the more you will enjoy it. I have never forgotten this!
What are the key skills youll cover in the jazz harmony course?
Jazz Harmony focuses on the study of chords and their relationship with each...
It seems a simple thing for councils to do. Handing over an area of public land for people to turn into a community garden. Like many things so seemingly simple, it turns out to be more complicated. This is because councils are responsible for public land and they need to be confident that the land 
The ongoing rivalry plaguing Sydney and Melbournes always rocky relationship is founded upon which city is home to the superior music scene.
In a partnership with Songkick, the good people over at Expedia, have tracked down a definitive list of the worlds best cities for live music. Sydneysiders, if youre keen to see your luscious harbour and over-crowded beaches pop up on the list, you may be a little disappointed. Melbourne has come in strong at as the worlds 15th best location for live music (pretty huge considering our relatively tiny population) with a massive 3,127 gigs a year.
Unsurprisingly, London came in at number 1 with a staggering 11,923 gigs and the US as a nation is championing live music like no other 179,585
You check out the entire infographic on the Expedia website here better luck next year, Sydney.
A 40-year-old man has been killed following a machete attack overnight in Braybrook, located in Melbournes western suburbs.Read More
Zionist Wars for a Greater
Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the room and shunned as one of those haters. Unfortunately, President Trump has succumbed to this fallacious political correctness. In order to correctly understand the framework of the detrimental circumstances that propagate the decline of the American Empire, the clear-headed observer must confront why the United States remains a vassal to the Zionist myth that Israel is a valuable ally to our country.
Essentially the question boils down to a sober outlook. Does one place the interests of the foreign agents that swear allegiance to Israel above that of America, or are you content to bow to the dictates of Zionism, especially when they directly conflict with the betterment of our own people?
A genuine America First mindset rejects both attitudes and rests upon a basic non-interventionism whenever possible. In the case of Israel, there is no germane special interest that places their objectives above ours. Yet, the facts of the matter are that the practical reality in domestic politics has a virtual Jewish veto factor that makes wimps out of even the most courageous warriors. At the end of the cultural and governmental administration process; the influence of the pro-Zionist media, legal and court system, the Wall Street cabals of Banksters, socially progressive academia, culturally correct government schools, Big Corporatist Business and Christian-Zionist apostates all promote and perpetuate that Israel is a friend.
Ask yourself, exactly what did America gain by our involvement from decades of Middle East conflicts or from the trillions of dollars spent on bribes or military campaigns and deployments? The honest answer is nothing. We have been under the yoke of intimidation from the primary victimhood industry post World War II; namely the impact from false guilt to compensate for the hyperbolic holocaust claims that doom any objective discussion on the Khazar exodus to Palestine.
The final solution for these proclaimed Jews is to establish a Zionist political region within the expanses of the Middle East.
As Millicent Weber pointed out a little while back in Overland, literary festivals are complex beasts. Particularly in recent years, they appear to have become more politicised, more contested spaces exemplary of the tension that results when a cultural project, with presumed egalitarian aims, has a light shone on it by the market model it operates on, which doesnt favour all people equally.
As a member of Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement, I have had countless conversations with other writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about the responsibility we feel to our communities, and of the demands and restrictions that places on our work. When we critique narrow but socially dominant mimesis we are seen as bitter and demanding.
Dark details and important lessons emerged on day one of the coronial inquest at Byron Bay Court into the death of 20-year-old Brendan Vickery.
He died on February 23, 2014, at the astonishingly beautiful, but dangerous Island Quarry, opposite the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.
The main feature at the quarry is a large waterhole. Brendans body was found under that water by police.
On Monday (December 11) the first witness was Luke Johnston.
He said that he was friends with Brendan, Rex, Drew and Elliott, some of whom had driven up from Sydney the day before.
We went to bed around 9.30 or 10pm on the Saturday, Mr Johnston said.
After a cruisy Sunday morning, starting at 8.30am, the friends arrived at the quarry in the early afternoon.
At its centre is a waterhole, a quarter of which is covered in lotus blossoms and lily pads. One side has a high cliff and the other a grassy flatland just above water-level.
Mr Johnston said there were no signs against trespassing at the entrance of the quarry. Just a sign saying, You Are Here At Your Own Risk.
Mr Johnston told the hearing Id heard that people had broken their back there previously, but it didnt worry me. Drew may have told me. The only thing that might have worried me was the height [of the cliff].
Mr Johnston also explained there were no notices providing people with a list of the many serious injuries that had taken place there.
In 2012, Swedish backpacker Emma Weisglas, then aged 20, smashed her vertebrae when she hit the water at speed.
In the previous year, 15-year-old Jack Pollock and a 21-year-old American backpacker were so severely injured they were almost paralysed while tombstoning at the same location.
Dr Robert Davies, network director for emergency departments at four hospital sites across the Northern Rivers told the inquest there had been many cases over several years with spinal fractures and near drownings.
He explained there had been ten notified hospital injuries with six being fractures of the spine. A majority havin...
A reduction of 33 police officers in the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has prompted Labor to ask Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) to explain why his government had overseen the reduction.
Labor say that NSW Police data indicates that since February 2012, the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has suffered a reduction in police numbers by 33 police officers.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and sent a joint press release on Monday claiming that in 2012, Tweed-Byron LAC police numbers were 198, but under the Berejiklian government, those number have dropped to 165.
They say the drop in police numbers has occurred despite the official opening of the new Tweed Police Station and promises by Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest to increase police numbers.
Mrs Elliot called on Nationals Mr Provest to stand up to his Sydneycentric Liberal-National government, which is spending $2.5 billion on Sydney stadiums instead of police officers in the Tweed.
Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest is chair of the committee on law and safety.
He told Echonetdaily that Labor were quoting old figures.
We announced Friday that Tweed will get five new probationary officers and that 400 new police are expected to join the force soon. Im hopeful that some of those will be stationed in Tweed.
Additionally Mr Provest says four new water police will soon be stationed in Tweed Shire, and they wi...
Die Anpassung an die Grabende Lebensweise in der Geschichte der Solenomyiden und Nuculaceen
By Steven Strong
A meeting was held with Elders and concerned residents who were invited to discuss the ways the Standing Stones Complex could be protected, rebuilt and resurrected to its former glory. Claimed by the resident expert of the time to be the oldest temple in the world recording the First Language ever spoken, there is depth of wisdom and spiritual insight attached to this Complex that is without equal. Twenty six people of Original and non-Original descent came to a consensus with a plan of action. After consulting with or contacting every official Governmental department and politician nothing happened, no-one could help or passed it on to an office where a recorded message answers the phone. Past the many protracted and unsuccessful attempts to scale a wall of apathy, the next step was to call a public meeting at the closest town to the actual complex, which was done and booked in at Mullumbimby Civic Hall for December 12.
Unfortunately due to a chain of events with one unexpected twist, we are forced to cancel a community event that had so much potential to both heal and prepare.
From the time in our second last meeting when one person was given the role of co...
Tying in with major retailer Woolworths the NSW Return and Earn container deposit scheme being rolled out by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has installed a reverse vending machine kiosk in Lismore at Humbly Oval on Brewster Street.
If you want to return an eligible drink containers you can then redeem the refund for cash from Woolworths supermarkets or use a credit voucher towards shopping at Woolworths across NSW (except Metro branded Woolworths stores). If you are more charitably inclined you can donate your 10-cent per container refund directly to selected charities or transfer it to their designated account.
Chair and CEO of the EPA Barry Buffier said the Return and Earn will make a major contribution to helping us achieve the Premiers Priority of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.
It will also provide people with a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle, to significantly reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.
Drink containers eligible for the 10-cent refund include most containers between 150ml and three litres. Containers should not be crushed or broken and should have the original label attached to be eligible for the refund.
In the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring' in 2011, which saw the overthrow of the Egyptian government, followed by a counter-coup in 2013, president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sharply pivoted Egypt's international outlook away from America and towards Russia. Since then, Russian-Egyptian relations have reached a level not seen since the 1970s. Throughout, pro-government Egyptian media regularly accused Barack Hussein Obama of siding with deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group. And all the while, Egypt has also seen a huge spike in terror attacks, with 'ISIS' promising more to come. One naturally wonders, is there a correlation between 'the political' and 'the terror'? The answer is, of course there is. The nexus is writ large everywhere once you see it. Earlier this year, newly sworn-in Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte was literally in Moscow meeting Putin to discuss refitting his country's military with Russian hardware when 'ISIS' sprang out of nowhere to take a major city in Mindanao hostage. Around the same time, the British establishment's preferred choice was facing defeat in the polls until 'ISIS' rode in to save the day for Her Majesty's Secret Services.
Five road bridges in Byron Shire are about to be replaced with surplus stock from the Australian Army at a cost of $2.5 million.
The latest Fixing Country Roads funding round will rebuild Scarrabelottis, James, Booyong, OMearas and Parkers bridges.
The project will see the existing timber bridges dismantled and replaced with five surplus Australian Defence Force steel bridges.
It will increase the load limit on all of the bridges to 44 tonnes. Currently several of them have load limits of just five tonnes or even less.
OMearas Bridge on Binna Burra Road has undergone some remediation works following floods in June last year but still remains partially closed.
Ben Franklin, parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW, told Echonetdaily, Byron Shire Council hopes to award the contracts in February and construction is planned to commence in March for a completion deadline within 12 months for all five bridges.
He could not say in what order they would be completed, but added that they would be replaced as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Each bridge will take three to four months to be completed, he said.
Council will arrange for alternate routes during this time.
All but Scarrabelottis Bridge have alternate routes.
Mr Franklin said the upgrade would reduce travel time by an average of 10 minutes for heavy vehicles, which have previously had to take longer routes.
The projects will include road resurfacing on the approaches to these bridges, he said.
The funding will also provide much needed maintenance work to be completed on landscaping the sites including the clearing of vegetation, slope stabilization and the relocation of power infrastructure.
Sure, you can usually tell when someone is smart but the truth is those who are highly intelligent sometimes get lost in the cracks. Intelligence lies in some of the most unexpected places and can be found in some of the most unexpected people.
People who are considered to be smart are often put under a lot of pressure to do their best and never make mistakes but even the most intelligent people can make mistakes. We are all still flawed regardless of how brainy we seem. Being smart doesnt make you immune to being human. Below you will find a list of flaws I have found to be most common in those who are without a doubt above average.
Because the smart person is smart they are labeled as such. They have a lot of pressure on them to not make mistakes and so forth. This can even prevent people from asking important questions. One study actually found that students who were praised for being smart were more likely to cheat in order to not look stupid.
Intelligent people tend to analyze things so much that is causes them to worry more than others. They for whatever reason just cannot shut it off.
These people may feel like no one truly understands them and most are probably right. Smart people are put into their own category and tend to have to prove themselves more. They are often quite insecure. That being said, they tend to do better with fewer friends.
Research has shown that people with higher cognitive abilities do not need to rely on emotional skills as much to solve problems. Many smart people feel like they dont really feel as much as they should. Sure, they understand the emotions but they dont feel them on the same level as normal people do.
This is something that tends to push people away from the intelligent person. He or she will even in casual conversation feel the need to correct those he or she is conversing with. This can be embarrassing or offending to those you are speaking to.
Now, this can be both a good and a bad thing. You are more open to exp...
In addition to Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories, the three days of rage that began on Friday, over the plan to relocate the US embassy to this city, reverberated in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Italy, Greece and the United States.
In the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli military fired at protesters with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and some live ammunition. Aircraft carried out bombing raids. Three Palestinian were killed and 200 wounded. Hamas has called for a new Intifada, that is, uprising against Israeli rule. There have even been protests in Israel.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the United states and the Arab League is discussing how it is going to react and this brings up the possibility of imposing sanctions
by Dee McLachlan
What does the word victory or liberation mean these days?
There is now celebration that ISIS has been crushed. And Mosul, a city that once nourished about 1.4 million people, is now just rubble. It is incomprehensible that a city larger that Adelaide has been almost completely destroyed ending thousands of years of habitation. It has to be just another sign of human madness.
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Lismore locals delivered a Christmas card and cake to their local MPs office yesterday to let Kevin Hogan know that all we want for Christmas is to Stop Adani. More than 30 locals showed their support for the Stop Adani message waving colourful flags, banners and posters and also delivered 400 surveys about the giant Adani coal mine.
The survey results showed overwhelming opposition to the Adani coal mine and strong support for a shift to renewable energy. Residents also agreed that Kevin Hogan should publicly oppose Adani and that our local region should be an Adani Free Zone.
Tom Driftwood of the local group Stop Adani Lismore said that the survey results showed overwhelming opposition to the Adani coal mine and strong support for a shift to renewable energy. From past and current surveys of local residents as well as the vote against CSG where 87 per cent voted No it is clear residents of Page oppose fossil fuels in all their forms and support a shift to renewable energy.
It is long past time for Kevin Hogan to do his job and represent the views of his electorate by opposing fossil fuels an all their forms and acting to Stop Adani instead of working for the interests of giant foreign corporations.
Residents also agreed that Kevin Hogan should publicly oppose Adani and that our local region should be an Adani Free Zone.
We are putting Kevin Hogan on notice that we will not stop until Adani is dead and buried and we are shifting rapidly to a clean, jobs rich renewable energy economy, concluded Mr Driftwood.
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December 12, 2017: Fairfax Media has reported that there is growing doubt that the Indonesia Australia free trade agreement (Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Agreement or IA CEPA) will be finalised by the end of the year, as intended. Australian and Indonesian trade ministers will meet again in Argentina this week, after failing to conclude negotiations last month in Jakarta.
Fairfax Media says, Both sides are tight lipped about the roadblocks but market access and legislative constraints to Australia opening university campuses in Indonesia are understood to be among them. Matthew Busch from The Lowy Institutewrites that there are reportedly unresolved differences on goods, services and investment.
In February Prime Minister Turnbull reiterated Australias committed to finalising the FTA by the end of this year. This commitment was reiterated by negotiators throughout the year. In August 2016 Trade Minister Ciobo said concluding the IA CEPA was his most significant priority.
While free trade negotiations between Australia and Indonesia continued throughout the year, Indonesia filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over the Australian governments decision to impose dumping duties on A4 paper from Indonesia, and signalled its concern over Australias investigation into the alleged dumping of steel rods exported from Indonesia.
Snag Island CG are selling raffle tickets to try and help raise funds to be able to purchase garden beds, water tanks, sheds, soils, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, garden tools etc and they need all the help that they can get... tickets drawn at 8pm, 22 December 2018...
Channel 9 News reported a 55 year old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of an eight year old girl. But they forgot to mention him in the headline.
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
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In advance of French President Macrons climate and finance summit, we call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.
We the undersigned, call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.
We are issuing this call to action in the lead up to the climate summit hosted by President Macron in Paris this December. President Macron and other world leaders, have already spoken out about the need for an increase in finance for climate solutions, but they have remained largely silent about the other, dirtier side of the equation: the ongoing finance of new coal, oil and gas production and infrastructure.
Ongoing global climate change and environmental destructions are happening at an unprecedented scale, and it will take unprecedented actions to limit the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas.
Equally as critical as drastically curbing the carbon intensity of our economic systems is the need for immediate and ambitious actions to stop exploration and expansion of fossil fuel projects and manage the decline of existing production in line with what is necessary to achieve the Paris climate goals.
Research shows that the carbon embedded in existing fossil fuel production will take us far beyond safe climate limits. Thus, not only are new exploration and new production incompatible with limiting global warming to well below 2C (and as close to 1.5C as possible), but many existing projects will need to be phased-out faster than their natural decline. Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment.
It is time for the community of global economic actors to fully embrace, safe, and renewable energies and phase out fossil fuels. This letter affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of public and private investors and development institutions to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development.
A global transition to a low carbon future is already well under way and we recognise that a full transition away from fossil fuels is an opportunity for a new economic paradigm of prosperity and equity. Continued expansion of...
The stories of the stolen generation that Hunter Mains and Kiahn Ladkin heard from their elders have inspired their own dance, Spirit Sister, in honour of those who were forcibly removed from their families.
The girls have been dancing together for many years, said Kiahns mother Melissa Ladkin.
They have been working with Rekindling this year on Bundjalung country which is the youth program from Bangarra dance company. Kiahn has also worked with Rekindling in Sydney for four weeks performing at State Dance Festival and NSW Arts School Spectacular.
Kiahn, who is Awabakal, and Hunter, who is Wiradjuri, were asked by the artistic director of their dance school, Kate Histon at Byron Dance Dynamics, to open their shows for them.
The girls then asked Delta Kay, from the Arakwal people, for permission and guidance to choreograph their own piece dancing on Arakwal land.
They have always done welcome to country since they were at school, said Melissa.
Delta gifted them some ochre and painted them up before their shows. Delta was our special person of honour on the night and Delta was very moved by their dance and proud of their beautiful opening with acknowledgement to country.
The Liberal partys primary vote has collapsed in Bennelong where the Turnbull government is fighting a crucial by-election.
But deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop remains hopeful, despite conceding by-elections are very difficult for incumbent governments.
John Alexander is a very popular local member, hes working very hard and he is a very strong advocate for the people of Bennelong, she told Sky News on Tuesday.
Im hoping that we will get a very positive result in Bennelong but of course there are a whole range of issues that affect by-elections.
Mr Alexander, who was forced to resign as the Sydney seats MP because he was a dual citizen, has lost his nine per cent plus margin and is now neck-and-neck with Labors Kristina Keneally.
According to the Newspoll published in The Australian, they are 50-50 on the two-party preferred vote and 39-39 on the primary vote.
The Liberals vote appears to have gone to defector Cory Bernardis new party, Australian Conservatives which is running for the first time in the seat and has attracted nine per cent of the primary vote.
If Ms Keneally, a former Labor NSW premier, does pull off an upset this Saturday, it would rob the Turnbull government of its majority.
Obviously wed be down to 75 votes-all in the House of Representatives. It would be very precarious, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told News Corp journalist Miranda Devine on her web-based show on Monday.
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The High Court will examine on Tuesday whether a federal assistant minister is qualified to sit in parliament.
Nationals MP David Gillespie owns a small shopping centre in Port Macquarie, on the NSW mid north coast. One of the shops is an outlet of Australia Post, a government-owned corporation. Under section 44 of the constitution anyone who may have a direct or indirect financial interest in the commonwealth is disqualified from sitting in parliament.
Failed Labor candidate in the seat of Lyne, Peter Alley, is challenging Dr Gillespies eligibility to sit in parliament.
If Dr Gillespie is disqualified, it would trigger a by-election in his seat and threaten the governments one-seat majority.
Dr Gillespie has received advice from a Sydney
barrister Guy Reynolds SC that he does not have a problem under
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A string of government policies and practices has created a culture in which charities in Australia are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a major report.
Civil Voices, an initiative by Pro Bono Australia in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, has found Australian not-for-profit organisations are treading carefully in their advocacy work. This trend threatens to silence a sector that has much to contribute to Australian public debate and policy making.
The research, carried out by academics at the University of Melbourne, set out to examine how public debate and advocacy had evolved over a decade and whether the perceptions of non-government organisations of their capacity to participate in public debate had changed.
A total of 1,462 people responded to the survey (30 per cent of whom were not-for-profit CEOs).
Sarah Maddison, report co-author and University of Melbourne associate professor, said the main finding was fairly insidious.
Weve moved away from the really overtly hostile period of governance of the civil society sector. Instead what we are seeing is that the sector itself has taken on board some of those concerns into a mode of operation that were calling self-silencing, Maddison said.
Our once vocal, sometimes strident, advocacy sector, bringing the voice and the experience of Australias most marginalised communities to the fore and helping government make better policy has been effectively silenced both by governments and now by itself.
In 2004 The Australia Institute produced the report Silencing Dissent: Non-government organisations and Australian democracy. This report detailed the growing fears across the NGO sector concerning civil societys right to advocate in the public policy domains of most concern to them, and more broadly about their changing role in the democratic process. Civil Voices built on this report and found the threat to advocacy remains a serious concern.
Civil Voices found, 13 years on, that debate was being stifled in Australia on a number of fronts, and when combined together these presented a powerful picture of a sector that is losing its voice.
If we think about the lack of media resources, in a crowded and noisy media environment, in which one in five organisations are still actively silenced by funding agreements, and 12 per cent by pressure from a board or management, we get a sense of the complex environment in which the sector is operating and their perceived need to carefully manage the risks associated with advocacy work, Maddison said.
The data clearly suggest that public debate is further limited through self-censorship because of implied repercussions (from wit...
Goonellabah-based filmmaker Karenza Ebejer is one step closer to realising her dream of being a professional documentary filmmaker, following her recent selection as one of two participants in Screenworks Director Pathways program.
She will be joined by Simon Portus from Sawtell on the program, which gives two emerging directors from regional NSW $3,500 each to put toward a professional development program of their making, together with career support and industry introductions from Screenworks and the Australian Directors Guild.
Karenza has a background working as a producer and director of corporate videos and has been transitioning into short form documentary making.
In the last couple of years she has created two short films as part of Screenworks Createability program which have aired on ABC. She also works with Lismores Red Inc and various councils mentoring youth, disability clients and Indigenous communities in filmmaking.
I really want to build my skills so I can work towards director feature length documentaries with a social impact, said Karenza.
I am interested in the theme of birth as a rite of passage. I would like to run a wider educational campaign alongside a film, rolling out an educational package that could go into birth and womens health centres.
Through Screenworks Director Pathways Program I am able to increase my directing skills by attending a series of documentary directing master classes as well as camera and lighting courses at the Australian, Film Television and Radio School.
I would also like to get an attachment position, working alongside a professional director that I can learn from.
For a long time I have been wanting to attend the annual Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne to build up some industry connections, she said.
Screenworks Director Pathways Program is a professional development program, delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) with the support of Create NSW.
The Turnbull governments proposed law against foreign donations and interference in Australian political affairs is being soundly and widely condemned as nothing more than an attempt to silence voices.
But people are speaking out against the promotion of xenophobia and playing anti-Chinese race card, which is being used to divert public attention away from the real major political donors, the pressure to conduct a real inquiry into the banks that will do something, the pressure to curb massive corporate tax evasion and several other issues that are weighing the government down.
It is the sort of thing that a government that has lost any semblance of principle and moral compass might do. At the same time, it is an admittance of its weakness, its fear of the population and a rising desperation to cling on at all costs.
The foreign donations law is only one of the new measures being brought in. Another is the attack on the unions, through a fake financial services inquiry. It is a fake, because, instead of an inquiry onto the banks as promised, there is an inquiry to reward the banks, by allowing them to take the industry super funds.
The unions are already being set up, accused of causing industry super funds to be misused. Turnbull and key ministers have already said that they intend to remove union representation from the super fund boards, which will be turned over to competition. Hand pisked Experts will be brought in business and finace will be brought onto the boards. Many of the them will come from the banks. The inquiry will suggest that this these are the things that must be done. It is one of those cases where the result has been announced, before the investigation has begun.
Less well known is that there is also an move to change Australias secrecy laws, so that those disclosing secret information will face up to 20 years jail. This covers government and intelligence services whistleblowers. It potentially covers journalists as well and has implications for online sites like WikiLeaks.
Grafted onto it is a list of aggravating offences that target anyone who publishes leaked material.
Disclosure of and publishing of secrets is already covered under a single offence under the Crimes Act. A new law is not necessary, unless it has a different purpose. It is not hard to see what this other is here. The target is not only government employees. Everyo...
A man has had to be winched from the deck of the cruise ship Carnival Spirit, off the North Coast, in a serious medical condition.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter reported around 4pm yesterday that it had hac successfully winch-recovered the 32y-year-old male passenger from the cruise liner Carnival Spirit 50 nautical miles off the coast of Wooli.
The helicopter flew the patient through to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.
According to the helicopter service the passenger had suffered a serious medical condition that required immediate medical evacuation.
The current condition of the patient is unknown
Its no secret that comedy is producing some of the best journalism in the world at the moment think John Olivers Last Week Tonight program (well it was, prior to breaking up for the year, but itll be back in 2018). Some of the best political analysis is also coming from comedians from Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert to Trevor Noah to Samantha Bee, nothing happens in America these days without it being lampooned and explained by comedians. Its a brave new world.
One of the heavy hitters who gets much less attention, but definitely shouldnt, is Lee Camp.
Born on an Army base in Maryland, Camp is the host of the weekly program Redacted Tonight (you can follow it here). It only has about 150,000 subscribers to its official Youtube channel a far cry from Noah (2.7 million), Meyers (1.7 million) Bee (787,000) and Oliver (with a whopping 5.7 million subscribers) but its definitely not through lack of quality, and more likely to do with the fact its produced by RT America, the old Russia Tonight program which is a Washington-based channel part-funded courtesy of Vladimir Putins boys.
Americas Reds under the Bed obsession has been enjoying a revival of late, with breathless media reporting of Russias alleged involvement in the Trump election which undoubtedly impacts on the numbers watching RT America. But whatever the truth, Camps monologues are genuinely brilliant, and explain class politics in simple terms. Hes a lot more sweary than his compatriots, but also more passionate, and often more funny.
Camps latest episode is a case in point it starts out at a furious pace and maintains it throughout.
Highly recommended Christmas viewing for New Matilda readers, and watch Redacted Tonight closely in 2018. With the growing anger towards American rule, its likely to pick up a lot more followers in the not-too-distant future.
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1787 - Eleanor Higgins was a Convict and early settler of the Epping area. She was tried at the Old Bailey, London on 12 December 1787 for stealing four linen sheets and was sentenced to transportation for 7 years. She married David Kilpack who received a grant of 80 acres in Ryde which was known as the 'Field of Mars'. When David died she sold part of the land but continued to farm in her own right.
1787 - Rachel Moore was convicted of 'feloniously stealing' a range of clothing items including a muslin apron, silk border and velvet hood at the Old Bailey on 12 December 1787, she was transported to Sydney for seven years. In Sydney she formed a relationship with First Fleet surgeon John White with whom she had a son, and she later married Thomas Moore.
1815 Captain James Kelly set out on circumnavigation of Tasmania, during which important observations were made on the resources of the west coast.
Breaking the silence and speaking truth to power is the job of the film-maker, writes John Pilger, something thats perhaps needed more today than ever before.
I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny.
In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.
It must be a Vietcong chicken a communist chicken, said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: enemy sighted.
The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war so I included it in the film.
That may have been unwise.
The regulator of commercial television in Britain then the Independent Television Authority or ITA had demanded to see my script.
What was my source for the political affiliation of the chicken, I was asked. Was it really a communist chicken, or could it have been a pro-American chicken?
Of course, this nonsense had a serious purpose; when The Quiet Mutiny was broadcast by ITV in 1970, the US ambassador to Britain, Walter Annenberg, a personal friend of President Richard Nixon, complained to the ITA.
He complained not about the chicken but about the whole film. I intend to inform the White House, the ambassador wrote. Gosh.
The Quiet Mutiny had revealed that the US army in Vietnam was tearing itself apart. There was open rebellion: drafted men were refusing orders and shooting their officers in the back or fragging them with grenades as they slept.Journalist John Pilger, reporting from Vietnam during the war.
None of this had been news. What it meant was that the war was lost; and the messenger was not appreciated.
The Director-General of the ITA was Sir Robert Fraser. He summoned Denis Foreman, then Director of Programmes at Granada TV, and went into a state of apoplexy. Spraying expletives, Sir Robert described me as a dangerous subversive.
What concerned the regulator and the ambassador was the power of a single documentary film: the power of its facts and witnesses, especially young soldiers speaking the truth and treated sympathetically by the film-maker.
I was a newspaper journalist. I had never made a film before and I was indebted to Charles Denton, a renegade producer from the BBC, who taught me that facts and evidence told straight to the camera and to the audience could indeed be subversive.
News.com.au reported on Max Cliffords death by reminding everyone about how he was a celebrity publicist and PR Guru.
Hes not disgraced like he got caught with his hand in a cookie jar. Hes a convicted criminal. His crimes were among the most serious any person can commit. According to the Guardian, Clifford was told that had some of offences been tried under todays law, they would be considered as rape or assault by penetration with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Clifford was in jail after being convicted on eight counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. He was given a longer than expected sentence because the judge found his behaviour in court contemptible and a further indication that he had no remorse for the crimes he had committed against children.
His former career is not the most important thing to know about about a man who sexually abused children and laughed about it in court afterwards.
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Two years on from Russia's historic intervention in the Middle East to answer an international distress call from Syria, Russian president Vladimir Putin today made a surprise visit to Khmeimim airbase in northwest Syria to address Russian troops stationed there, and to tell them in person that they were going home after accomplishing their mission of saving the Arab republic from the scourge of ISIS. Russia's successful military intervention stands in stark contrast to American intervention in the region. 14 years ago, US president George W Bush declared 'mission accomplished' aboard a US aircraft carrier just two months into the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Far from marking any accomplishment - for either Iraqis or Americans - it merely foreshadowed a long and brutal period of Iraqi history that culminated in so-called 'Islamic State', the most dangerous terrorist group the world had ever seen. How's that for 'Freedom and Democracy'. In Putin's first-ever trip to Syria, he was met at the airbase by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, where he addressed Russian troops, congratulated them on a job well done and held meetings with President Assad and the Russian general staff. Putin also announced that Russia would keep its Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartus "on a permanent basis". Addressing Russian servicemen on the airbase runway, Putin praised their courage and professionalism, and announced that most of them would begin returning home:
One of the biggest stories in the world right now is US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many Australians may not understand the significance of this, so Michael Brull explains the context.
In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly proposed to partition Palestine. Israels supporters constantly cite this resolution now as legitimising the creation of Israel, though they generally ignore the hundreds of UNGA Resolutions since condemning Israeli actions, including many which recognise East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory.
The partition resolution didnt allocate Jerusalem to Israel, or to the Palestinians, but suggested it become a corpus separatum under an international regime administered by the United Nations.
When war broke out in 1948, Israel conquered some 78 percent of historic Palestine rather than the approximately 55 percent allocated under the partition resolution. Egypt conquered Gaza, and Jordan conquered the West Bank. Israel and Jordan divided Jerusalem among themselves, with Israel taking West Jerusalem and Jordan taking East Jerusalem.Israels security wall, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda).
No other country recognised either state as having a legitimate claim to Jerusalem, let alone a sole claim to all of Jerusalem.
In June 1967, Israel successfully conquered the rest of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. Almost immediately, Israel acted to annexe East Jerusalem. As Israeli-Oxford historian Avi Raz observed, On 11 June, less than 24 hours after the final ceasefire had taken effect, the cabinet agreed to annexe the Arab part of Jerusalem. The decision was carried out on 27 June by swift passage in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) of three laws which deliberately did not mention Jerusalem or use the term annexation. But this was annexation in all but name.
Israeli government officials recognised that their actions contravened international law. The Justice Minister Yaacov Shimshon Shapira, who stated in the Knesset that the eastern part of Jerusalem had been liberated from foreign rule by the Israeli armed forces, said in the cabinet: We set about Jerusalem with our e...
We live in difficult times, but theres a light on the horizon if we care to look, and read, writes Dr Richard Hil.
Enter most book shops these days and youll see shelves groaning with post-mortems on Brexit, Trump etc. Its a feast of agonised commentary laced with suggestions as to how we might resist the latest political calamity.
Yet events in London, Washington DC and elsewhere are evolving so rapidly and unpredictably that many of these books are soon out of date. Thats the problem with a lot of what we might call reactive-media-cycle commentary: its rapidly neutralized in the face of emerging events.
On the other hand, many other perhaps more considered books have appeared on the scene. Focussed on what is a rapidly changing ideological landscape these accounts have dared to peer into the future. You might think this is just another publishing fad, yet another round of intellectualising, or more likely, I would argue, its the sign of an imminent, swirling zeitgeist.
Lets trot out the titles and authors of some of these tomes: No is not enough by global activist Naomi Klein; Post Capitalism by English journalist Paul Mason; The End of protest by US activist, Micah White; Utopia for realists by Dutch Ted Talk star, Rutgers Bregman; Optimism not despair by stratospheric intellectual, Noam Chomsky; Reclaiming the State by Bill Mitchell and Thomas Fazi; Talking to my daughter about the economy by former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis; Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist by Kate Raworth; and Out of the wreckage by the irrepressible George Monbiot.
Each author applies her/his own unique interpretation of the current state of play, although they also share a lot in common, most notably a conviction (based on the available evidence) that the neoliberal project has run its course. Actually, their conclusions are more pronounced than this: the latest phase of laissez faire capitalism, they argue, is wreaking economic and spiritual havoc on populations across the globe (notwithstanding all the Pollyanna claims); and is taking us to the very brink of environmental destruction.Climate change activist Naomi Klein. (IMAGE: Sandra Gonzalez, Flickr)
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There are many different things that can play into the overall quality of life. Many of which are a direct effect of our visual perception of life do you see life negatively or positively? It makes a huge difference
We all want to live a long and happy life, I mean who wouldnt? However, it seems like more people are struggling to do so than ever. People are more depressed, lost, and discontented with life than they ever have been. Why do you think this is? Perhaps its a side effect of a generation engulfed in internet trends and social media, or maybe its the anything but natural lifestyles we live. Whatever it may be, were certainly struggling abundantly. If youre looking for relief of negativity and a refreshed outlook on life, look no further! All you have to do is be positive. I know what youre thinking, its not that easy. But what if it was that easy?
There are certainly a plethora of benefits that come along with being positive. Reduced stress, happier thoughts, improved skills, and an overall boosted quality of life. But sometimes it can be hard to see the stressful aspects of life positively. The answer to your stress, struggles, and discontentedness isnt just being positive its being open-minded. You...
Russia could consider using cryptocurrencies to trade oil.
Extreme weather hit the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland this past weekend. The Australian Daily Examiner described the scene in Grafton, New South Wales, where there were: more than 50 calls for help after a large hail storm caused widespread damage on Saturday afternoon. A large thunderstorm hit Grafton around 1.20pm, with hail the size of tennis balls battering some parts of the region. SES Clarence Nambucca region controller Michael Harper said SES resources from neighbouring towns were called in to respond to the large numbers of requests for help. "We had about 50 or more call outs on Saturday afternoon, and they were virtually all for broken windows, smashed skylights and roof damage," Mr Harper said. "It was a busy afternoon for them, we had about 10 crews out cleaning up and helping people, with most jobs completed by 10pm that same day, with only one or two left over the finish the next day." Mr Harper said Saturday's hail storm was the first major storm to hit Grafton since the start of the storm season. "There were hail stones up to seven to eight centimetres in size which is quite large," he said. "The storm went for about 15 or 20 minutes, and in that time it did cause some damage.
Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good, legendary reporter Carl Bernstein told CNNs Brian Stelter over the weekend. Pretty good? If theres a major news story over the past 70 years that American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, Id love to hear about it.
This week alone, four big scoops were run by major news organizations written by top reporters and presumably churned through layers of scrupulous editing that turned out to be completely wrong: Reuters, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and others reported that the special counsels office had subpoenaed Donald Trumps records from Deutsche Bank. They werent. ABC reported that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. He didnt (as far as we know). The New York Times ran a story that showed K.T. McFarland had acknowledged collusion. She didnt. Then CNN topped off the week by falsely reporting that the Trump campaign had been offered access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails before they were published.
Forget your routine bias, these were four bombshells disseminated to millions of Americans by breathless anchors, pundits, and analysts, all of them feeding frenzied expectations about collusion that have now been internalized as indisputable truths by many. All four pieces, incidentally, are useless without their central faulty claims. Yet there they sit. And these are only four of dozens of other stories that have fizzled over the year.
If we are to accept the special pleadings of journalists we have to believe these were all honest mistakes. They may be. But a person might then ask, why is it that every one of the dozens of honest mistakes are prejudiced in the very same way? Why hasnt there been a single major honest mistake that diminishes the Trump-Russia collusion story? Why is there never an honest mistake that indicts Democrats?
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Most of the time when I travel, I get pretty sick. By the time I come home, Im a total mess, and have about a month-long hangover to cure. Apart from the odd bout of food poisoning, Ive never contracted any rare tropical viruses or severe STDs instead, I suffer from an autoimmune disorder called coeliac disease, which means my body cannot process gluten and basically attacks my digestive system if I consume even the smallest amount of it.
Short term, I feel like I have been hit by a truck. I might vomit. I might get diarrhoea, super bad stomach cramps or a migraine (not to mention I get so bloated that more than once, I have had to explain to friends that no, its not possible Im pregnant).
At home, its pretty easy to manage. I can cook my own food; I have access to contamination-free cooking utensils and an organic gluten-free grocery store right on my doorstep. However, when youre living in a remote Mexican village, its kind of difficult to ask the local taco-stand guy about his ingredients and cooking methods, not to mention pass up doughnuts when youre five tequila shots deep. There are also times when avoiding possibly contaminated food can appear more awkward than waking up after a one night stand. When a nun throws a dinner party in your honour, its rude to decline.
If I cared as much about my health a fraction of how much I care about my cat, I would be better at laying off the gluten; but in reality, my borderline-unhealthy obsession with food sometimes gets in the way. I often (always) plan my day around what Im going to eat, and Im not ashamed to admit that a couple of times, I have lead boys to believe that I was going home with them purely so I could get snacks. To those males I am sorry that the only thing that went into my mouth those nights was a burger.
In general, people I have come across are usually pretty considerate about me being coeliac, and only a few have resorted to the nickname glutard. I do get kind of pissed off when waiters dont know what coeliac is, and even more pissed off when they pass it off with, Our breads organic sure you dont want to try it? But the one thing that makes me really angryeven moreso than a Jetstar flightis being automatically lumped into the ever-growing class of part-time diet freaks. This demographic is mainly comprised of 16-to-25-year-old Instagram-loving white females who will fork out an extra $1-4 for gluten-free toast at brunch with the girls, despite having inhaled a pizza the night before.
The fact that such a demographic exists has made me do some deep, hard thinking...
Climate change could reduce the amount of wind available for power production in both the UK and the US, new research suggests.
The arrival of weaker winds in the northern hemisphere as a result of global warming could cause average windfarm output to fall by around 10% in the UK and 14% in the US by 2100, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
Meanwhile, climate change could strengthen winds in parts of the southern hemisphere by the end of the century, the research finds, including in Australia, Brazil and South Africa.
However, the studys conclusions rely on models that have relatively low spatial resolution, other scientists tell Carbon Brief, which could affect the accuracy of the results.
Investment in wind power is part of many countries strategies for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, which strives to limit warming to well below 2C.
But some parts of the world have more favourable conditions for wind power production than others. This is due in part to prevailing weather patterns, such as the jet stream, as well as recurring atmospheric processes, including El Nio and La Nia.
The map below shows the average total wind resource in different parts of the world between 1980 and 2005, with high wind power potential shown in yellow and low potential shown in blue. Boxes highlight areas that were chosen for analysis in the new study.
The map indicates that many parts of the northern hemispher...
We all face great challenges in life. All of us.
The discovery of five 12,000-year-old fish-hooks has exploded the assumption that during the Pleistocene era fishing was men's work. In a paper published in the journal Antiquity, a team led by Sue O'Connor from the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific, reports finding fish-hooks fashioned from sea snail shells in a rock shelter on the island of Alor in Indonesia. The hooks had been deployed as grave goods - items left on or next to a corpse. In this case, they had been placed carefully under the chin and around the jaws of a deceased adult female. Items used in burial or other funeral practices provide strong clues to the cultural values of the people involved, because they are inevitably either items associated with the person during life or things thought to be required for success in the afterlife.
Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, is a psychologist and one of the nations leading farmer behavioral health experts. He often answers phone calls from those in crisis. And for 40 years, he has worked to understand why farmers take their lives at such alarming rates currently, higher rates than any other occupation in the United States. Once upon a time, I was a vegetable farmer in Arizona. And I, too, called Rosmann. I was depressed, unhappily married, a new mom, overwhelmed by the kind of large debt typical for a farm operation. We were growing food, but couldnt afford to buy it. We worked 80 hours a week, but we couldnt afford to see a dentist, let alone a therapist. I remember panic when a late freeze threatened our crop, the constant fights about money, the way light swept across the walls on the days I could not force myself to get out of bed. Farming has always been a stressful occupation because many of the factors that affect agricultural production are largely beyond the control of the producers, wrote Rosmann in the journal Behavioral Healthcare. The emotional well-being of family farmers and ranchers is intimately intertwined with these changes.
2017 has had its fair share of bizarre, headline-grabbing medical cases which tend to leave people scratching their heads. Fox News has compiled ten of these cases. Braces are a pain - literally An Australian woman went to the doctor complaining of stomach pains. The doctor found her heart beat was elevated and her gut wall was inflamed. The docs were stumped, though, as when lab tests and liver scans of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts all showed up as normal. It was only when they did a CT scan that they found an almost 3-inch long dental brace wire lodged in her intestines. "The wire penetrated through the small bowel and the small bowel mesentery and to another loop of the mid-small bowel," read the BMJ article reporting on the case. The woman told the doctors she hadn't had braces in over ten years and that she never remembered swallowing any.
He read an article in the NY Times that praised Ben Shapiro as a conservative intellectual and the cool kids philosopher, dissecting arguments with a lawyers skill and references to Aristotle., so what did he feel compelled to do? He read a whole lot of Shapiros writings. Ive read a few bits and pieces of Shapiros spew, and then had to turn away to cope with the gagging and retching, so Ive never taken the trouble to read it at length and figure out what rotting carcass of conservative thought hes pawing over now he was invited to speak on our campus by our College Republicans last year, which isnt a good sign. They like to invite provocative idiots, so I skipped it entirely.
But now Robinson has clearly immersed himself in the Shapiro oeuvre, and produced a thorough shaming of the mans shallowness and inhumanity. Youll discover how Shapiro deals with the race issuedishonestly.
What dispirited me about Shapiros approach is that hes clearly not actually very interested in Facts at all. The role that race plays in American life is a serious sociological question, one that isnt answered easily. But Shapiro plucks only the statistics that suggest race doesnt matter, and pretends the statistics that suggest it does matter dont exist. Nobody can trust him, because if he comes across a finding showing that incarceration rates more closely follow crime rates than racial demographics, you can bet it will appear in his next speech. But if someone shows that a white man with a criminal record is far more likely to receive a job callback than a black man without a criminal record, youll never hear it mentioned.
And then theres Shapiros racism. Hes got to be aware of it, because every talk of his Ive heard includes a pre-emptive salvo in which he claims that being called a racist is the worst slur in America, because it shuts down rational conversation (hes very big on rational conversation, while not bothering with any himself), so pointing out that what he says is racist is inherently irrational.
My initial impressions were also soured by Shapiros casual bigotry. That may not be the wisest observation to lead with: Im sure Shapiro would be very pleased with himself to hear me call him a racist. (Though Shapiro always looks somewhat pleased with himself.) Nothing could better prove his point: the left has no arguments, so they resort to calling people they dislike racists. And since he explicitly says that he isnt a racist, what am I doing if not using the classic left-wing bullying tactic of dismissing your opponent as a nasty, bigoted individual?
But, well, I dont know what else to call a statement like this: Israelis like to.........
Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There's often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to die excruciating deaths. But an excruciating death is extremely rare. The evidence about palliative care is that pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death. More than 85% of palliative care patients have no severe symptoms by the time they die.
America is in a race. It is not a race that we want to be in. America is heading headlong towards civil war. The elite 1% controls 40% of the countrys wealth. This wealth bifurcation inevitably leads to civil war with the right trigger event.
America is also in a race towards World War III. The central banks of the West are in the for the fight of their lives.
The primary quetion left to answer is: Will America start World War III first to save the Petrodollar from extinction, or, will America go to war with itself in a civil war in a desperate attempt to reallocate the nations resources in a typical Marxian kind of revolution?
I have chosen four stories which are typical of the econmic fate that most Americans find themselves in as America is still waging war on the middle class.
From Global Research and its ode to Capitalism and the general feelings of despair shared by tens of millions living inside of America:
Simply stand in the isle of a corporate, Big Box chain store or in the parking lot of a strip mall that squats, hideous, on some soul-defying, U.S. Interstate highway and allow yourself to feel the emptiness and desperation extant. The tormented landscape, besieged by an ad hoc assemblage of late capitalist structures, emporiums of usurped longing, reflects the desperate, rapacious nature of late capitalist imperium.
The collective feelings of hopelessness and despair caused by our economic system are accurately expressed by Sputnik News:
A new federal study observes that over half a million people...
Sydney (ABN Newswire) Bauxite producer, Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) is reporting progress on the ALCORE project in accordance with the schedule announced to the ASX on 13th November 2017.
Engineering firm appointed to design and cost the Engineering Validation Plant (EV Plant)
Trade financing proposals suggests the 50,000tpa production plant can be largely financed
Discussions with governments and agencies are still progressing
Unexpected strong interest in co-products Corethane and silica fume.
The ALCORE project is the development of bauxite beneficiation and refining technology to produce from bauxite Aluminium Fluoride which is used in aluminium production and in lithium ion batteries. ALCORE will also produce Corethane which is a hydrocarbon that can subsititute for natural gas and will provide energy for the proposed ALCORE production plant.
The current ABx group available cash is A$2.05 million. ABx has unused lines of credit for working capital if required and has no current plans for capital raisings.
1. Engineering Validation Plant (EV Plant)
ABx has commissioned an engineering, design and costing study by Turnkey Innovative Engineering Pty Ltd for the Engineering Validation Plant (EV Plant) which is the first stage of the ALCORE project, designed to generate large tonnage bulk samples of the products that will be tested and validated by ALCOREs prospective customers, especially for high density Aluminium Fluoride, Corethane and Silica Fume.
Turnkey (TKIE) is a sophisticated, leading-edge chemical engineering firm that is well regarded because of its recent successful work on new technology for the manufacture of lithium carbonate from a brine project in Argentina.
TKIE has agreed to provide in Q1 2018, the engineering report, design and a lump-sum quotation for the construction and commissioning of the EV Plant which is to be constructed in mid 2018.
The chemical process, which was patented on 5th June 2017, has been established in Turnkeys chemical engineering systems and technical officers are now reviewing the plant equipment schedules and the experience of the technologists who developed the ALCORE process.
2. Financing Plans
Financing plans are scheduled to be finalised and announced in March 2018 once the EV Plant engineering report has been received and assessed.
ABx has been approached by three parties involved in the Aluminium Fluoride industry to discuss future sales. All three...
This video from London, England says about itself:
19 June 2017
AJ Tracey and his brother Mickey, who live close to Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, London, say they have witnessed no help from central or local government in response to the disaster. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, they tell Iman Amrani the community has pulled together and acted as a family for the victims.
By Felicity Collier in Britain:
Survivors still let down 6 months on
Monday 11th December 2017
Labour demands action from government to address its failings.
LABOUR is demanding answers and action from the government, six months on from the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The Adani groups chances of getting a $900 million (AUD) concessional government loan ...
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....
Googles high-end Home Max speaker is now available from Best Buy and Verizon, two months after the product was announced. Like the existing Google Home and Home Mini, the Max uses Google Assistant voice commands to launch music, answer questions, and control smart-home devices. But instead of dinky speakers, the Home Max has dual subwoofers
Googles high-end Home Max speaker is now available from Best Buy and Verizon, two months after the product was announced. Like the existing Google Home and Home Mini, the Max uses Google Assistant voice commands to launch music, answer questions, and control smart-home devices. But instead of dinky speakers, the Home Max has dual subwoofers and custom tweeters. It also automatically makes equalization adjustments to fit the room, using its microphones to measure the acoustics.
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...
The Pacific Highway has reopened after a horror crash in which two people have died and another three people were injured one critically yesterday afternoon (Monday December 11).
Just 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 was closed for some hours while police examine the scene, but has since reopened.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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