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Water levels are a very serious concern at Maules Creek as Elfin Crossing has stopped running.
Over the last 5 or 6 months bore levels have been dropping with corresponding falls in flow rates.
Local farmers have been cleaning out their water bores and searching for new sources of groundwater supplies for stock and domestic. Some have had success but water levels are still on the decline.
Most of us dont think this is normal and its worthwhile putting the current situation in context with the last time water stopped running over Elfin Crossing.
A decade earlier in 2007, there really were exceptional circumstances.
In fact, 2007 rainfall records shown below from the BOMs Mt Kaputar weather station...
The future King of Australia and the direct descendant of the family who oversaw the dispossession and slaughter of a continent of First Peoples received a spiritual blessing by a world didgeridoo master and a traditional headdress during a visit to the Buku Larrgay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala.
Media reported Prince Charles responded: I feel better already.
It wasnt to last.
Shortly after, Prince Charles was met by a delegation of Yolu clan leaders (convened by Dennis Wanambi and Waka Mununggurr) and lead by the Member for Nhulunbuy in the NT Parliament, Yingiya Mark Guyula, and things got real.Yingiya Mark Guyula, the new independent Member for Nhulunbuy in the NT Parliament.
His Royal Highness was presented with a Letter Stick, and it had none of the warm welcome attached to it that Charles had earlier enjoyed.
It read: This here is Yolngu Land, we are sovereign people and we live by Yolngu law.
We have many difficulties with the Australian Governments because they do not recognise our sovereignty. We need to correct this situation, for the sake of our children and their children, for our cultural survival, for our ancestors. We are the oldest living culture in the world.
I request, on behalf of the people standing before you, and the Yolngu nations that you intervene on our behalf and take a strong position to acknowledge our sovereignty and promote a pathway to Treaty....
Nearly 60,000 Australian children have been removed by child protection authorities into out-of-home-care, with over 17,000 of the removed children comprised of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children. Australias child removal rates are among the worlds highest. From a racialised lens, Australias Aboriginal children are removed at the worlds highest rate. Australias worsening child removal 
Karun Cowper talks to independent journalist and filmmaker Cathy Vogan about the latest developments in the Cambridge Analytica debacle.
For more information, see Cathy Vogans Sydney talk last year, on how the use of behavioural micro-targeting, big data and psychometrics by Cambridge Analytica got Donald Trump elected, and led to a vote for Brexit.
West Australians for Racial Equalitys Suresh Rajan responds to the weekends march for South African farmers in Perth which attracted approximately 2000 people.
In the end- all that has been kept in the darkness will be dragged out into the light. They are fighting whistle blowers but who they are fighting is God.
They are attacking even a geologist who simply reports on earthquakes. Like that is going to stop earthquakes from happening
All around the world, honeybee populations are declining. This is bad news for all species, as the bumbling insects work is vital to the ecosystem. Fortunately, Michael Candy of Brisbane, Australia, has developed a potential solution.
To help increase the dwindling bee population, Candy developed the Synthetic Pollenizer. As DeZeen reports, the conceptual project is a system of robotic flowers that are designed to be safer for bees to pollinate than real flowers.
Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem, I feel that everyone needs to take the time and get to know these hard workers that keep our plants and crops pollinated, said Candy. It is common knowledge that bee population is suffering worldwide due to pesticides, climate change and Varroa mites for these problems we can find solutions.
The synthetic flowers are designed to be installed alongside real plants. Each is equipped with pollen, nectar, a synthetic stamen, and 3D-printed petals based on the rapeseed species. The idea is to trick bees into thinking theyre pollinating real plants.
It has taken several years to successfully coax bees into landing on the synthetic pollenisers. The colour and form of the unit are important for attraction as bees have a variety of ways to identify flowers.
You will have noticed that I have been posting more frequently than my usual once a week schedule. The reason for this is that I was hit with an unseasonal dose of the flu, and have been off work for a while. But now I am on the road to recovery. However, this work "downtime" has not been wasted, as I have been able to spend more time researching the work of US researcher Kit Green.
THE Treasurer and others might well look to behavioural psychology and behavioural economics when framing the Budget, but we would be better off if they ignored them. It took several decades for mainstream economists to accept that the economists view of the world was essentially flawed.
For a long time, classical economists worked on the theory that humans act rationally in their self-interest to maximise utility, so people should be given as much choice as possible and markets will sort everything out for the benefit of all.
Then along came the behavioural psychologists who proved this was wrong. They showed that people were not rational and often did not act in their own best interests. In particular, people were averse to loss.
Given a choice between a certain gift of $500 or a toss of a coin with tails yielding zero and heads yielding $1100, nearly everyone takes the certain $500. This is despite the fact that the 50 per cent chance of more than double the $500 is clearly worth more than $500.
However, given a choice between a certain loss of $500 or a toss of a coin to avoid that risk with tails being no loss and heads being a loss of $1100, nearly everyone chooses to take the risk of a toss of the coin. This is despite the fact that the 50 per cent chance of more than doubling in the loss is clearly worth less than taking the $500 loss up front.
The Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman (pictured) did thousands of questionnaires during decades of research showing how easily people are diverted from rational assessments and decision-making.
The fact he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 was recognition by mainstream economics that the assumptions upon which it based its theories, predictions and conclusions were utterly flawed.
However, it has not stopped many economists still glorifying market solutions and more importantly, calling for smaller government because people will make rational choices.
Of course, if they did, there would be no poker machines, among other things.
Sometimes the context or the way something is phrased can make it look like a loss rather than a gain. If a trader is expecting a $1 million bonus and gets $500,000 bonus, it is a gain, but the trader sees it as a loss. If the trader gets $1 million, it looks like a gain. But if all the other traders get $2 million bonuses, it is seen as a loss.
So, it is not the absolute value or utility that drives the answer but the context.
With the Budget, it...
6 months gaol (he'll only do two) and the magistrate Mr Daly said: ..........the sentence needed to deter attacks on politicians of all political stripes. Politicians must be free to undertake their work without fear of being assaulted, he said. When I was a policeman at Collingwood in the late...
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter transported two patients to hospital on Monday afternoon (April 9): one was a horse-rider who was injured by her horse at Lennox Head, the other a bushwalker who suffered an injury at Minyon Falls.
Late in the afternoon the chopper was called to Minyon Falls, southwest of Mullumbimby, to locate a bushwalker reported to have suffered an injury whilst walking the track at the base of the falls.
The helicopter critical care medical team were winched into an area approximately 100 metres from the base of the falls.
The medical team located a 37-year-old female walker approximately 2.5kms from the carpark and treated her for lower leg injuries.
The patient and medical team were recovered by winch from the remote area.
The walker was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital where her condition was reported as stable.
Earlier in the afternoon the helicopter was called to Lennox Head following reports that a 47-year-old female horse rider had been injured by her horse.
A local road 4WD Ambulance vehicle subsequently accessed the beach and treated the rider for her injuries.
The helicopter landed on a nearby football oval and transported the patient to Gold Coast University Hospital, where she is reported to be in a stable condition.
North Byron Parklands will host a series of community workshops on Saturday and Sunday April 21-22 as part of its review process for permanent approval as a cultural event site.
According to Parklands workshop facilitators, Community Advocate Claire Atkins, and Community Manger Neil Johnson, the practical sessions will give residents and business owners in the shires north, further opportunity to articulate the inherent values that characterise their unique locality.
The workshop also encourages participants to discuss potential or actual social impacts (negative and positive) that they have experienced or expect to experience from the continued operation of events at Parklands, NBP said in a media release.
Parklands is sensitive to the way our community is impacted by its events. Social impacts are experienced differently by individuals in a community, and can involve changes to our way of life, our sense of community, or access to infrastructure.
The feedback from these sessions will form part of Parklands response to submissions being prepared for the Department of Planning and Environment, and enables Parklands and the events to better understand the range of impacts experienced in each village and the ways we can manage them, Ms Atkins said.
While more than 7,000 submissions were received by the Department in response to Parklands State Significant Development, with 98.2 per cent of respondents supporting its application for permanent approval, it is still incredibly important to listen and respond to issues raised by members of the community who do not support this proposal, the NBP spokesperson said.
Workshop times and locations
Ocean Shores & New Brighton residents at Ocean Shores Community Centre , Saturday 21 April 9am -11am
South Golden Beach & North Ocean Shores residents at South Golden Beach Community Hall, Saturday 21 April 12pm-2pm
Brunswick Heads residents at Brunswick Valley Community Centre, Saturday 21 April 3pm-5pm
Crabbes Creek, Billinudgel and Yelg...
This year we welcome social animator, author, youth educator and internationally toured spoken word artist, Erfan Daliri to the Radicle stage at Renew Fest. Daliri is a freelance, free-roaming agent of renewal with a post-graduate diploma in communication for social change, with the stage presence of a seasoned performing artist. He is also the director of Tasmanias groundbreaking NewKind Festival, a capacity building event designed to empower participants to become more effective activists and agents of change.
Renew Fest director Ella Rose Goninan recently attended Newkind Festival 2.0, as a recipient of their Social Change Agent Scholarship Program.
I witnessed first hand, the breadth and width of this mans heart and vision for humanity and country through Newkinds unique festival context, says Ella, and Im so excited about what his presence at Renew Fest will bring. His ability to inspire many to rise and roar in the name of climate justice is deeply moving.
Renew Fest might be seen as a sister festival to NewKind, with a shared intention of galvanising social change and inspiring climate action.
Both Renew and NewKind, says Erfan, recognise that the festival platform is a really powerful agent for offering a visceral, embodied learning experience of change. We are both aiming to use the festival platform to bring about real tangible change that lives within us as individuals first, which we then take out into the world to make the world a better place. I am coming to Renew Fest to collaborate further on catalysing and strengthening the national and global uprising of this unstoppable social change movement.
RENEW FEST: MAY 18-20
Further information & tickets via the website renewfest.org.au.
BRISBANE, AAP A failed Queensland energy company caused serious environmental harm by polluting the Darling Downs with hazardous contaminants despite warnings from scientists.
Linc Energy had been on trial for weeks at Brisbane District Court, with the jury hearing toxic gas leaked from its operations between 2007 and 2013.
That resulted in the company facing five counts of wilfully and unlawfully causing environmental harm.
During the trial, the court heard Linc operated four underground coal gasification (UCG) sites in Chinchilla where it burnt coal underground at very high temperatures to create gas.
They left water polluted to the point it was unfit for stock to consume.
Scientists and workers warned about gases bubbling from the ground but the company kept operating.
Crown prosecutor Ralph Devlin QC said Linc CEO Peter Bond was aware of guidelines to safely manage UCG operations but had never directed staff to follow mandated practices.
Bond prioritised Lincs commercial interests over the requirements of operating its mining activity in an environmentally safe manner, Mr Devlin said.
Linc did nothing to stop, mitigate or rehabilitate the state of affairs that Linc itself had caused.
The damage was done, in part, by Linc injecting air into the ground as part of the UCG process.
That created and enlarged fractures.
Linc tried to concrete surface cracks and use wells to control pressure but they didnt sufficiently reduce risks or damage, the court was told.
Scientists who visited the site gave evidence during the trial and on Monday Linc was convicted of all five charges.
Sentencing has been listed for May 11.
Gaza has been under siege for 11 years, during which time its borders with Israel and Egypt have been almost hermetically sealed. Every few years Israel bombs Gaza, and then refuses to allow the provision of the construction materials that would enable rebuilding to occur. Unemployment rates are astronomical, and there is little access to sufficient electricity, clean water, food, or proper sewage systems. Hospitals are unable to provide proper care, and many are highly dependent on foreign aid in order to subsist.
[Article by Sally Pepper.] The Communications Ombudsman, Judi Jones, said today that nearly one in two Australians have problems with their phone or internet service and that one in four issues were not resolved after four months. For small business, the situation is even worse. I can relate to this, and I bet you can too.
The other day I was talking on the phone with a friend and as usual we were in the middle of changing the world, when suddenly, in mid sentence the phone dropped out. I then spent the next two minutes trying to relocate him in a series of false starts as we were each either engaged trying to contact one another or each sitting patiently waiting for the other to ring. I know what the reader is thinking: "Why did they not use their mobile phones?" Well believe it or not, one of us does not have one and mine was nowhere near where I had been on the land line engaged n conversation.
Of course we are now entangled in a web of communication with our mobile phones such that we rarely make firm arrangements. They are always in a state of adjustment according to traffic, weather and other contingencies. "Nearly there. Just parking the car" ... "I'll get the tickets" ... "I'm in front of the cafe with an apricot beach towel," etc. So there is huge quantity of telephonic communications happening all the time all over the place, but somehow I don't think the quality and reliability is keeping pace.
Problem 1. I have both a land line and a mobile phone and I use the Internet. I used to see the land line as an alternative communication which is independent from the mobile and the Internet. However, a change was made to my land line a couple of years ago which means that it operates via the Internet modem. I am not the first person to make this observation but it means that if the electricity were cut off my land line would also be cut off. No electricity = no phone. When a technician was making the change, I asked him about this, to which he answered that in the case of electricity failure I could use my mobile phone. That is true as long as my mobile phone is charged, I know where it is, or it is day time and I can look for it.
You may ask, "Why do you need to be on the phone just because the electricity has gone...
The Newcastle Herald reported that Archbishop Philip Wilsons attempts to have charges against him dismissed have failed. He will stand trial for allegedly concealing sexual abuse of children by Hunter Valley priest Jim Fletcher.
The charges against Wilson will be heard by the court, this commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are described in this headline.
Its also worth saying that the Newcastle Herald has done some outstanding journalism on sexual abuse of children in the region and played a significant role in making the abuse public and bringing perpetrators to justice. Their laudable work in holding child molesters and the people who protected them to account should not be dismissed because of one headline.
It is, however, still important to remember how much words matter, both to victims and to public understanding of the nate, cause and effect of sexually abusing children.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evi...
The Northern Rivers is leading the state in the number of drug offences committed, according to Lismore Cr Eddie Lloyd.
And she says its time for the Lismore community to take its head out of the sand on the issue.
According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the NSW state average for drug offences is 754.5 per 100,000 people, but the Lismore local government areas average is over three times that at 2,183.70 per 100,000 people.
And the statistics for drug and alcohol-related crime in almost every other category is well above the state average, Cr Lloyd said.
She added that lackling the twin problems of substance abuse in the Northern Rivers will require a YIMBY, or yes in my backyard approach.
The statistics dont lie, Cr Lloyd said.
We cant continue to ignore the reality of this situation. Sticking our heads in the sand isnt working, we need to recognise that substance abuse is prevalent in our community, and we need to open our minds to potential solutions.
That means looking at the issue through a health prism and saying yes to things like more residential rehabilitation centres where the waiting lists are currently between three and five months or yes to proven successful initiatives such as a Drug Court and a Koori Court.
Cr Lloyd will tomorrow night present a motion to Lismore Council to establish a Social Justice and Crime Prevention Committee, made up of a panel of local experts from across agencies of health, social and justice.
The committee would be tasked with examining the causes of high levels of drug-related crime in the Lismore area, and working with all levels of government find potential solutions.
Cr Lloyd said these could include a drug court, additional residential drug rehabilitation facilities, a youth and adult Koori court and so-called Justice Reinvestment Initiatives.
In my professional life as a defence lawyer I see the human, social and financial impact of substance abuse on our community every day, Cr Lloyd said.
The cost to the government and tax-payer of drug-related crime does not just come as a huge economic cost to the government and taxpayer but also comes at a social cos...
Star Weekly reported that police are searching for two men who attempted to sexually assault a woman in Wyndham Vale last week. Despite this being the point of the article, the men themselves were erased from the headline.
Star Weekly was not the only one. Bay 93.9 also erased the men police are hunting.
Its worth noting that a number of other publications reported on the attempted sexual assault. The Herald Sun used this headline: Two men wanted over alleged attempted sexual assault in Wyndham Vale. The Newcastle Herald used this: Men wanted over assault of Melbourne woman. Both publications demonstrated that it is possible to report on sexual violence without erasing the men who do it or blaming the victims of it.
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.
Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.
Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.
The things we don...
According to Terry Carney, who happens to be Emeritus professor of law at the University of Sydney, the governments robo-debt system is illegal.
Carney was on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 40 years and was its longest serving member, until he retired last September. One would suspect he would know something about the letter of the law in circumstances like this.
The reason why it is suggested that the system goes against the law. There is a breach of the obligation to get enough information to raise a debt when its first contact with a recipient. Rather than go through the process of obtaining this information, the computerised robo debt process, automatically issuers out debts in insufficient information about the case.
He has also said that Centrelink uses the method of calculating averages, in place of what specific evidence might suggest.
The assumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty has gone. A person who receives one of these debts, must prove that they are innocent. Centrelink does not need to prove anything. If the individual cannot prove that the debt is not real, the debt still stands.
However, following the government line, the Department of Human Services dismisses Professor Carney and any other criticism, and suggests that the government has changed the law to allow it to operate in this way.
It doesnt all go one in one direction. There is the Commonwealth Ombudsmans report and a Senate inquiry. Sweeping changes have been recommended, and this will add further, to the the disrepute of the system.
Legality is one thing. But it is just as real that the system is morally reprehensible. It places an undeserved burden on some of the most vulnerable people in the Australian community. And this cannot be justified on the grounds of cost saving.
And this galls more, when a parade of politicians and former politicians have been caught out making false claims, or wrongly using public money, and they are not asked to pay it back.
It is a case of double standards, mired in the class view of the government and top functionaries. People depending on Centrelink payments are regarded as being somewhat less than equal, undeserving riff-raff, that must be put in their place, and have not resources that can be used for other purposes, wasted on them.
It is the attitude that has led to a deterioration of working conditions at Centrelink itself. Staff number have been reduced in a big way, and those who remain are overworked in a high stress environment.
Most Centrelink employees know that the treatment of those seeking help is abysmal and getting worse. For this reason, the ability to make decisions have been...
April 9, 2018: On Sunday April 8, the Kingdom of Tongas Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, threw more doubt over Tongas signature on the PACER-Plus free trade agreement when answering a direct question in a long media conference about the powers of the Cabinet.
The online news outlet Matangi Tonga asked the Prime Minister what happened to the PACER-Plus agreement, claiming his signature had been discredited by the Privy Council, and that the Attorney General had told him that he had no right to sign it for Tonga last year. The Prime Minister replied that consultation was still going on.
The Prime Minister related that when he was driving to the meeting to sign the PACER-Plus agreement with other Pacific leaders in Nuku'alofa, he had received a text on his cell phone from "a clerk" telling him not to sign the agreement.
He said he was confused because he was already on his way to the ceremony, so in the end he decided he would sign it and then face being told-off by the Privy Council.
The Prime Minister had been reported by The Diplomat on March 30, 2018, to declare that PACER-Plus was no longer appropriate for Tonga and it was no longer a signatory. The agreement was signed by eight Pacific Island countries and Australia and New Zealand at a ceremony in Tongas capital, Nukualofa, on June 14, 2017, and Vanuatu signed later, making nine. Without Tonga, it would be eight, out of a total of 14.
On April 5, the Auckland-based Kaniva Tonga reported emphatically that the Prime Minister had never made such a statement, and that Tonga was fully supportive of PACER-Plus.
Australia began the process of ratifying PACER-Plus by tabling the treaty in parliament last year and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has conducted hearings and is due to report on June 19. Tongas possible withdrawal from the ratification process further undermines the credibility of the agreement.
Fiji and Papua New Guinea, which form over 80% of the combined GDP of the Pacific island nations, never signed PACER-Plus, noting it would damage their developing industries by making Australian and New Zealand imports tariff-free. The northern island states in free association with the United States of America the...
Yahoo7 News published a Reuters report that Baylor University in Texas paid more than $15.1 million to its former head football coach Art Briles after firing him in 2016 for failing to address students allegations that football players had committed rape and sexual assault. This, according to the headline, is a sex scandal.
Rape is not sex. Sex occurs when there is consent from all parties involved. Rape is the opposite it can only happen when someone involved does not consent. Sex and rape are not words that can be used interchangeably.
Multiple allegations of gang rape and toxic culture protecting the perpetrators of sexual violence is not a scandal. It is a litany of serious criminal allegations that require thorough investigation.
Mislabelling multiple allegations of gang rape and men in positions of power ignoring them as a sex scandal is not just abhorrent behaviour, its bad journalism.
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Billinudgel is inviting everyone to celebrate a year on from Cyclone Debbie this Friday at a community flood anniversary gathering. The town is coming together to reconnect and reflect on the last year from 5 till 8pm at the Billinudgel Pub.
It is a community event for families, locals, neighbouring communities and anyone who would like to come and support the town said Rebecca Brewin from Billis Auto who has been a key organiser of both the flood recovery and strategies for flood response in the future.
There will be a jumping castle and face painting, live music, prizes and free food and it is about celebrating the strength and resilience of our community, she continued.
Funding has been provided from NSW government and Byron Shire Council to help get Billinudgel back in business. The funding will be used to beautify the town, provide workshops and signage as well as a day of celebration in Se[ptember to highlight what the town has to offer.
This Friday is a key step towards bringing the town together and have some down time together, to relax and have a good time, emphasised Rebecca.
With no current shire wide flood warning system in place Rebecca has helped develop a webpage that brings together a range of flood information and updates for people called the Billinudgel Flood Group.
People were having to manage so many different web pages to bring all the information they needed together, said Rebecca.
As a flood comes through Ill manage it amending it as warnings come. It is just to try and give everyone the ability to find out the information in one place, have a chat online or post information. It gives the community a little more ability to be updated.
Rebecca is also working with Duncan Dey and James Flockton to apply for funding for a shire wide flood warning system.
We hope the flood warning system will be in place by 2019, concluded Rebecca.
On Saturday, April 7, a crowd gathered outside the doors of Mullumbimby Woolworths. This time it was not to protest, as it was all those years ago, but to celebrate.
Earlier in the week, Woolworths announced that Mullumbimby was one of just 12 trial sites in the town that had ceased offering free, single-use plastic bags.
But Mullum Cares spokesperson Sasha Mainsbridge said the big corporate had gone further than expected, installing box bins, a reusable bag repository and a packing area for customers.
And the prominent display of thick plastic bags for sale visible in so many stores was conspicuous by its absence.
Byron Mayor Simon Richardson officiated at the event, which took place outside the store, surrounded by families enraptured by special guests dirtgirl and Plastic Free Boy.
Ms Mainsbridge told Echonetdaily the event participants filled the stores new reusable bag repository with spare bags they brought along.
She described it as a simple idea that celebrates community self-reliance in addressing the pressing need to reduce waste.
The celebration in Mullumbimby was primarily to celebrate the towns exemplary appetite for sustainable change, she said.
Is there any other town with a plastic-bag free IGA and Woolies?/
Ms Mainsbridge said Mullum Cares had organised the #choose2reuse celebration to highlight the elements that make Mullumbimby Woolworths stand out as a business determined to facilitate the true intention of the change to stem supply of plastic bags.
The 15c thicker plastic bag option that most supermarkets provide within arms reach of the registers as the fall-back for customers who forget to BYO isnt something the Mullumbimby community wanted to see.
To support this, the Mullumbimby Woolworths management team set about installing box bins (so customers could reuse the boxes that deliver produce to the store) and a packing table (like Aldi provide) and the new Community Bag Share asset is a simple...
Oh, pardon madame pardon monsieur, I repeated as I bumped through the crowd of people contemplating the camembert selection.
I was anticipating accusatory glares. Adrenalin was pumping through my body. The threat of a sudden need for negotiation in a language I didnt fully have a grasp on loomed over my heart, and my shopping list.
As an Anglophone in France, you come to realise pretty quickly that every day, with every conversation you attempt in French, with every sip of red wine, with every slice of cheese, with every baguette ordered, you are perpetually at risk of committing the dreaded faux pas.
Translated literally, faux pas means a false step. A stumble. Losing your footing. And you know what can happen when you lose your footing? You might accidentally land on the toes of a disgruntled French person. And this, in France, you do not want to do.
The faux pas is elusive. There is no logical way of telling whether what youre about to do will reveal you as the resident foreigner or piss off the French people around you. While French teenagers can dry hump each other and pash on a bus for 15 minutes straight without even copping a sideways glance from the other patrons, quietly snacking on some salted cashews on the same bus is likely to elicit an amused Bon apptit! from the middle-aged man walking up the aisle, or an Arrtez de manger! (Stop eating) from the elderly woman next to you.
The French do not snack. They do, however, fall in love passionately.
So, naturally, after having shuffled my way through a crowded cheese aisle in a French supermarket, I was on edge when I found myself alone at the bakery counter. I was thinking the same thing as you are. Alone? In a bakery? In France!? Impossible. But it happened. I smiled at the employee behind the counter.
Hello, may I please have a sliced nut loaf? I asked in my clearest French.
She raised her eyebrows at me. I looked around, afraid I had pushed in front of somebody. There was nobody else around.
I tried again.
A sliced nut loaf, sil vous plat?
She raised her eyebrows again.
Have you taken a ticket? she asked, unimpressed and knowing ver...
By Adeela Naureen
Davidsson has concluded that Indian states investigation of the attacks was a big eye wash to bamboozle the state narrative and cheat Indian and international audiences, just to blame Pakistan. The author blames Indian establishment and their US partners a...
[Editors Note: Viktor Yushchenko was the third President of Ukraine from January 23, 2005 to February 25, 2010; Viktor Yanukovych was the fourth President of Ukraine (7/2/2010), and Petro Poroshenko is the fifth and current President of Ukraine (since 2014). And Arseniy Yatsenyuk served as the 15th Prime Minister of Ukraine from 27/2/2014 to 14/4/2016.]
The political battles between Yushchenko and Ya...
CANBERRA, AAP Liberal MPs are playing down the significance of Malcolm Turnbulls 30th Newspoll loss as his deputy backs him to lead the party to the election.
The prime minister equalled the milestone he set when deposing Tony Abbott by suffering his 30th consecutive survey loss on Monday.
But deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop is standing by Mr Turnbull, expressing confidence he will lead the party to the next election.
The public are expressing an opinion, but it will come to a point where they will have to make a decision about who they trust with economic management and national security and Im confident that that will be Malcolm Turnbull, she told the Nine Network.
Asked whether she would run against Mr Turnbull if her colleagues asked her, Ms Bishop said, I dont envisage those circumstances at all.
Trotting out Howard-era poll results, Christopher Pyne said John Howard managed a seven point turnaround from a 48-52 poll result after calling the 2004 election.
Im actually surprised that the polls are as good as they are, he said.
The government isnt in massive trouble. The polls are about 50/50 thats not a bad position to be in.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the prime minister had the support of the party room.
Its not unusual for incumbent governments in between elections being behind in the polls, I mean were not actually that far behind, truth be told, he told ABC radio.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said it is possible to turn the polls around, citing the recent South Australian election.
If you believed the polls, Nick Xenophon was going to be premier a few months ago, he told ABC TV.
You can turn these things around through discipline, through hard work, through focusing on the key messages.
His colleague Angus Taylor, who is joining Tony Abbott on his annual Pollie Pedal through Victoria on Monday, called for party unity.
Mr Taylor said the scoreboard that matters isnt Newspoll, its jobs growth, and the voters want to see the government is delivering
What they dont want i...
I constantly take sleeping tablets because being awake is too hard, says Narges. I understand that as a 27-year-old woman, the Australian Border Force considers me an independent. However, this is not the case in our culture and therefore life without my mother is meaningless for me.
Narges and her brother, Daryoush, currently languishing on Nauru, have not seen their mother and sister since 2014, despite multiple officials strongly and repeatedly recommending they be reunited.
The family of four are Hazara refugees from Afghanistan. They arrived in Australia in 2013 after travelling through Pakistan and Indonesia, and were sent to the offshore processing centre in Nauru. All have refugee status from the Nauruan government.
But in August 2014 their mother was transferred to Darwin for urgent medical care, and only one of the three siblings was allowed to join her two weeks later.
The family has been separated ever since. The mother and sister cannot apply for US settlement unless they return to Nauru, but the mothers health wont allow her to.
Narges and her brother have both suffered mentally and physically after the separation. Narges has self-harmed and attempted suicide. Both have been diagnosed with illnesses including severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Narges has had an ear infection for two years, which she says has not been properly treated and is now affecting her hearing. Daryoush was supposed to go to Papua New Guinea for medical treatment but refused to leave his sister.
Narges and her brother Daryoush live in the mouldy tent accommodation inside what used to be the Nauru detention centre.
Both have been repeatedly recommended for family reunification by the numerous service providers that are paid by the Australian government to take care of them.
Guardian Australia has seen multiple reports from the health contractor, International Health and Medical Services(IHMS), which include regular and repeated recommendations for the urgent reunification of the family on the basis of severe mental...
A woman has been arrested after allegedly biting a police officer at Byron Bays Cheeky Monkeys bar over the weekend, while a man has been arrested for gouging another man in the eye in the towns main street.
Police were called to Cheeky Monkeys on Friday after a drunken 28-year-old woman allegedly smashed an eftpos machine.
The woman then allegedly bit the police officer on the forearm.
She was charged with assault, resisting police and failing to quit a licenced premises.
Police are looking for a man that allegedly gouged the eye of another man who told him to pick up his rubbish in Byron Bay.
The victim allegedly saw the man littering in a park and told him to pick up his rubbish.
In the early hours of Saturday morning the two men saw each other on Jonson Street with the man accused of littering allegedly punching the other man in the head and gouging an eye with his fingers.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a faded maroon shirt.
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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
From today, the Tasmanian Parliament will provide a way for people convicted under unjust laws against homosexual acts to have these charges removed from their criminal records.
Lee Carnie, a lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre said the acknowledgement of the injustice of Tasmanias old laws, together with the new scheme, would have a practical impact on the lives of many people.
Sex between consenting adults should never have been criminalised. This scheme will help repair the harm caused by these unjust laws and send a clear message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people that they are valued members of the community.
Tasmania was the last Australian state to carry out the death penalty for sodomy in 1867. In the subsequent hundred years Tasmania had the highest rate of imprisonment for private consenting male sex anywhere in the world.
Until 1997, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were charged and convicted of offences ranging from sodomy and gross indecency to cross dressing.
We shouldn't underestimate the human toll of these laws. Convictions for homosexual offences have restricted employment, volunteering and travel opportunities for decades. More fundamentally, these convictions have been a source of ongoing grief and deep personal shame for the individuals affected. The opportunity to have their criminal records cleared will be welcome, said Lee Carnie.
The Human Rights Law Centre provides legal assistance to those who have been unfairly burdened by criminal records imposed when the law criminalised homosexual sexual relations and has successfully advocated for similar schemes and apologies in a number of Australian jurisdictions.
You can't undo the actions of the past, but for those convicted, this scheme in Tasmania may be a step towards healing old wounds, said Lee Carnie.
Click here for the Expungement of Historical Offences page.
For further comments or information please contact:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
1770 - Jimmy Cook was out for a post-lunch Sunday sail in 1770
(as you do to help with the digestion of the Sunday roast ..and to
avoid the mother-in-law) when he happened upon a nice little bay
that pleased him down to his cotton socks; so he named it Botany
1816 - Governor Macquarie ordered the military to apprehend all Aborigines in the southern districts because of their hostility in the previous two years and their recent attacks on settlers. The orders made no distinction between groups of friendly and aggressive Aborigines.
Macquarie noted that he had ordered three Separate Military Detachments to march into the Interior and remote parts of the Colony, for the purpose of Punishing the Hostile Natives, by clearing the Country of them entirely
He further recorded that he had directed as many Natives as possible be made Prisoners and that any resisters were to be killed and their bodies hung from trees in order to strike the greatest terror in the Survivors.
Charles Throsby of Glenfield was concerned that fear and ignorance on behalf of the Europeans would result in indiscriminate killings. He wrote to the Sydney Gazette in defence of a local Aboriginal man thought to be involved in an attack, stating that any violence perpetrated was in retaliation for the barbarity practised by our own countrymen.
1819 - Timothy Buckley was hanged for the murder of William Cosgrove while David Brown and Timothy Ford were hanged at Sydney for aiding and abetting the murder of William Cosgrove.
1839 - The Sisters of Charity were the first religious women seen in Australia. The religious profession of Sister Xavier Williams at Parramatta on this day was a first and made a great sensation among Catholics and others. Other young women asked to join the Sisters.
1865 - As mentioned in yesterdays post Mad Dog Morgan was sent to his maker today during a shoot out with police at Peechelba Station near Wangaratta.
1871 - The lump of rusting iron breakwater off Half Moon Bay, Victoria, formerly known as HMVS Cerberus entered Pt Phillip Bay for the first time.
1883 - First public land sales in Caloundra took place. Some of the purchasers at that sale were Edmund Lander, James Campbell, G. Campbell, John D. Campbell, A. McCallum, Captain J. Swain, Robert Cribb and others. Very few of these blocks were built on by these original owners. James C. Moffat, a chemist from Brisbane established a cottage on the headland which now bears his name Moffat Headland.
1885 - Opening of First Section of South Coast Railway Line (QLD) to Loganlea.
1896 - Today saw the beginnings of the Aussie love affair with a sponge cake dunked in melted chocolate and rolled madly in coconut....yes, Lord Lamington himself became Governor of Queensland today after whom the cake...
Police are seeking two men who disappeared from a car during a police pursuit through northern NSW which crossed the border into Queensland on Friday (April 6).
About 1.30pm, officers attached to the Tweed/Byron Target Action Group noticed that a silver Mazda 6 sedan parked outside a house in Dorothy Street, Murwillumbah, had stolen number plates.
As they were watching, four males ran from the home and entered the vehicle.
A short time later the officers initiated a pursuit after the Mazda driver failed to stop.
The car travelled through Murwillumbah, then west on Numinbah Road and continued to the border where the NSWP officers terminated the pursuit.
With the assistance of officers from Queensland Police Service the vehicle was monitored as it travelled through the Gold Coast hinterland.
Two of the occupants were arrested near Springbrook and taken to Nerang Police Station....
Police are appealing for public assistance after a woman was indecently assaulted in her car on the Northern Rivers on Thursday (April 5).
About 1.30pm, while the 21-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Stanley and Short Streets, Maclean, an unknown man has opened the front passenger side door and demanded the woman let him drive.
The woman refused and ordered the man out of the car.
He then allegedly indecently assaulted the woman before falling out of the car.
The man was last seen walking along McLachlan Street, Maclean, towards the bowling club.
Police would like to speak with a man described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a thin moustache, approximately 173cm tall, of thin build and between 25 to 30 years old.
He was last seen wearing a dark grey hoodie, dark coloured pants, light grey baseball cap and black sunglasses.
Anyone with dash cam vision or information about the incident to contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Unions are planning a series of big marches around Australia, and they are expected to be the largest turnout since those that occurred during the Your Rights at Work campaign, directed at John Howards WorkChoices law.
People around the country are ready to take action to change the rules and win more secure jobs and fair pay rises, ACTU secretary Sally McManus said
They know big business has too much power, and they know that when working people join together we are mighty and unbreakable, she added.
The marches will be held in 18 cities and towns across Australia in April and May, starting in Melbourne on April 17, with a delegates 10 a.m. mass meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Action is necessary, if the goal is to secure a better and fairer society. We are living at a time of a declining position for working Australians, plagued with a falling wage share of national income, insecurity of work, a jump in the cost of housing and cuts to the funding of government services.
Campaigners believe that it is only by making a stand, winning overwhelming community support, and through this, mounting enough pressure on the government, that a change can be brought about.
Malcolm Turnbull and his government face the prospect of an election next year and they are already vulnerable. In the face of a campaign on the scale of the Your Rights at Work, will face of the major public campaign led by unions, the prospect of defeat will be more certain.
Bringing this about will not only involve big marches. During the Your Rights at Work campaign, they were underpinned by ongoing and multifaceted activity, working to build a solid union/community alliance. Local groups came came into existence, which worked at the local level, involving local communities, at the same time as they coordinated as part of a united movement.
It involved providing backup support for disputes occurring in specific workplaces, where a law seen to be unjust played a big part. The method of the community assembly was used, and it proved to be extremely successful.
Local activity and drawing community support around specific disputes played a big part in building confidence and a sense of strength. For the unions, it provided a conduit to reach a much bigger audience. It helped to generate a sense that something big is going on.
A lot of activity is building once again. The union advertising campaign is certainly helping to bring this about. How far it goes though, depends on how involved the ranks are going to be. This in turn, depends on each concerned person playing a role, to ensure that the existing industrial laws are no more.
The epidemic of allergy in children was launched in the period between the late 1980s and early 1990s. ER admission records, back-to-back United Kingdom (UK) cohort studies and eyewitness accounts of teachers confronted by the flood of severely allergic children confirm this period of change. This allergy epidemic occurred in specific countries (UK, Australia, Canada, US primarily), involving just children and at the same time. What has the power to do that? In my book, I traced some of the history of allergy and anaphylaxis-words coined to describe an outcome of having for the first time paired a vaccine with the needle. Thus, doctors became keenly aware of the danger of contaminant proteins in any injected product. There is ample evidence in the medical literature on the role of vaccination, the toxicity of vaccines and alum adjuvants in creating atopy that one does not need to speculate. Allergists already know.
Fox News pointed out in polite terms that US President Donald J. Trump is telling wall-to-wall lies in his personal attack on the founder of Amazon (an American electronic commerce and cloud computing corporation) and owner of The Washingtom Post, multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos.
It also linked this attack to newspaper's reporting of the the DOJ-FBI investigation into alleged links between the the Trump presidential campaign and Russia's interferrence in the 2016 US national elections.
Final Warning to all Groups/Beings
fighting/control behind the Global Currency Reset
Source: Messiah Note
Human throughout the history already show their lazy, stupid, ignorance characters. Many of you may say only the sleepy public, but to me from the top to the bottom, from the private to the public, from the good guys to the bad guys, all are the same level of stupid !
The Bible Revelation 12 already said Catastrophe is coming soon, human only have 1260 days after 23-09-2017 to prepare everything, but the so called good guys(some say they are theAlliance) who are behind the Global Currency Reset doesnt care, they prefer to trust the low level Galactic Federation Aliens than using the common sense & trust in the awakening Earth people like the Messiah instead !
I already asked setup a stage, I will reveal the secret of immortal life to humanity publicly, how human body functions and everything but the Elders, Alliance ignored that offer. Because that is the fastest way to save planet Earth from destruction totally, for even if you tell the truth do you think all humanity will willing and ready to give all their stupid habit ?
All the Aliens ever revealed & communicated to humanity no matter either on the surface Earth or via Secret Space Programs are mostly low-level races. They may show you this or that technology but all are bullshit, the level of advance civilizations determined by the super ability like fly, teleport, manifest, etc. So Earth planet today is no different than Earth 1000 years ago for sure !!!
If you want to spot cabal labs & facilities both in underground & overground, why dont you just the Earth people with super abilities like Baba Vanga or some special kids many secret Governments are working with, known? They can easily ask Earth planet and happy to give the answer like somewhere in Canada, Australia or even in California USA?
Back to the Global Currency Reset events, the simply question is what are you waiting for? Are you all waiting for all the bad guys corruptions in all Nations out first before release the GCR, or want something normal in public eyes? The public do not care the reasons, even after the GCR do you think there wont be...
BP hat eine innovative Begrndung gefunden, wieso man sie in der unberhrten Natur vor Australiens Ksten nach l bohren lassen sollte:
Coastal towns would benefit from an oil spill in the pristine Great Australian Bight because the clean up would boost their economies, energy giant BP has claimed as part of its controversial bid to drill in the sensitive marine zone.Ja gut, aber, h, h Moment mal!
BP, which has since withdrawn the drilling plan, also told a federal government agency that a diesel spill would be considered socially acceptable.Und deshalb brauchen die Briten die EU und ihre Umweltschutzstandards.
Update: Toller Werbespot dazu :-)
Bestselling Australian author, Natasha Lester, weaves sweeping stories of strong women succeeding in a male dominated world at key historical moments. Her latest book, The Paris Seamstress, shows just how much a young Parisian seamstress, Estella Bissette, will sacrifice to make her mark in New Yorks fashion scene of the 1940s. Then, seventy- five years later, as her granddaughter, Fabienne Bissette, learns more about her grandmothers past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets and the sacrifices made for love. Crossing generations, societys boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstressis the fascinating, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.
Author, Natasha Lester, is my guest today.
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester, is published by Hachette Australia.
The Brandenburg Quartet brings together the four principals of the multi ARIA Award-winning Orchestras string section: violinists, Shaun Lee-Chen and Ben Dollman; violist Monique ODea; and cellist, Jamie Hey. Performing exclusively on gut strings, the group seeks to explore and shed light on little-known works and composers, in addition to well-loved quartets of the classical repertoire. The Brandenburg Quartet are bringing the unique sound world of the Brandenburg in their debut performance at the Independent Theatre with a program of exquisite classical quartets played on period instruments.
Violist, Monique ODea, is my guest today.
Brandenburg Quartet | Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7pm
The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
DURANTE Concerto for Strings in G Minor | ROMBERG String Quartet in F Major, Op.1/3
HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op.76/2.
More Info: www.brandenburg.com.au
I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm
A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)
A new app being developed will turn a smartphone into an intelligence-gathering device during a terror attack or other emergency situation, The Weekend Australian reported.
The app will allow citizens to collect information through audio or video recordings and send it to a centralized cloud platform so that police, first responders and the like can get accurate information during an attack.
The idea for the app came after the attack at the Lindt Caf in downtown Sydney in 2014 where a terrorist held 18 people hostage. During the 16-hour siege that ensued, first responders did not have access to real-time information from the hostages themselves, greatly hampering their ability to act.
The citizen-centric app, which is being developed by The Citadel Group in Australia, can also be used to crowdsource information in the event of car-jackings, kidnappings and the like.
Now emergency services can see what people are seeing, hear what people are hearing and understand whether its a single incident or coordinated attack, said Citadel CEO Daren Stanley.
Instead of three separate incidents being called in separately and treated individually, the in-built analytics of this platform determines that there are three incidents reported within two kilometers of each other which are atypical and may be a coordinated attack. Traditionally that sort of insight may take hours to develop this app makes it seamless.
The fact that the information is stored on a cloud platform means that you can do it at a pace and at a cost that you could never do using traditional platforms, Stanley added.
Citadel also plans to use the app as a prototype to develop similar apps in the fields of wel...
The Gold Coast Stolenwealth Games protest marches along the Surfers Paradise foreshore. Photograph: Supplied The Gold Coast Stolenwealth Games protest marches along the Surfers Paradise foreshore. Photograph: Supplied Share this Post The top Commonwealth Games official met with Aboriginal protestors at the site of their base camp north of Surfers Paradise for around two hours yesterday to hear a range ...
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Belgium make great chocolate, so when I saw these biscuits
heavily reduced at the supermarket I bought a couple of
News Corporation is struggling to mount a legal defence to its allegations against actor Geoffrey Rush. And then theres the chilling effect on the #metoo campaign. Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers breaks it down.
Things are looking grim for the Daily Telegraph in its defence of Geoffrey Rushs defamation case. The story of the litigation has taken a very distinct turn in Rushs favour. That story is a courtroom drama and the protagonists are the barristers, lawyers and the judge.
Behind the story of the litigation is another story. One that we wont hear. Thats the story of what actually happened during the production of King Lear. Thats the one with Geoffrey Rush and Eryn Jean Norvill in it. Not the STC, not their co-stars, not the Tele. No-one else really, truly knows what happened. Only them.
By commencing this defamation action, Rush seeks vindication; proof that he did not commit the acts of which he was publicly accused. The legal system tries its very best to provide actual vindication and find actual truth. But often it cant. Cases like the Rush case make this painfully clear.
The judge will make his decision based on the pleadings, which document the parties claims and defences, and the evidence presented by Rush and the Tele. Thats the way our legal system works.
Rushs claim says that the Tele articles broadly carried two kinds of defamatory imputations; non-sexual imputations that he behaved inappropriately, and then sexual imputations, that he was a sexual predator, sexually harassed an actress, and even engaged in sexual assault.
The Teles defence says that none of those imputations arose from its articles. It also claimed it could prove the truth of the non-sexual imputations. Notably, the Tele did not claim it could prove the truth of the sexual imputations. Then it argued another defence called qualified privilege over all of the imputations. That can apply even if the Tele cant prove truth.
In a pre-trial hearing recently, the judge struck out all of the Teles truth defence and part of the qualified privilege defence. That doesnt mean that the case is over. The Tele can still argue about whether the imputations arose and whether the qualified privilege defence will apply. And apparently the Tele intends to appeal the decision and try to re-plead its defence, so things could change again....
The views of Australian Jews are more diverse than you might think, according to the latest results from a large community survey. Michael Brull delves into the results, with some surprising findings.
A new study of the Jewish community in Australia has revealed a dramatically lower rate of support for Israel and Zionism.
Support for Zionism has declined by about 10 per cent since the previous survey in 2009. Significant parts of the community also think Israel discriminates against non-Jews, and support negotiations with Hamas. There is also a sizable minority that doesnt think Israeli control of the West Bank is vital for Israels security.
The study of the Jewish community in Australia, Gen17, was conducted under the auspices of Jewish Communal Appeal, and Monash Universitys Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. The lead authors were academics Andrew Markus and David Graham. The survey statistically weighted the responses of an impressive 8,621 national respondents, making the study by far the best and most reliable information we will have about the Jewish community for some time.
The last major study, Gen08, also had Markus as a lead author, and was published in 2009. It is worth noting that it trumpeted in the third point of its executive summary what it thought was a pro-Israel consensus in the community: Support for Israel unifies the Jewish community. There is evidence of division of opinion in response to many issues, but much of the difference disappears when Israel is considered; close to 80% of respondents indicated that they regarded themselves as Zionist, while only 13% did not.The Knesset, Israels parliament. (IMAGE: Zeev Barkan, Flickr)
This sentiment has been picked up and exaggerated in polemics by supporters of the Israeli government. For example, in 2014, Alex Ryvchin, a leading representative of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, claimed that Jews critical of the Israeli government are miniscule in number, and represent virtually no-one. Phillip Mendes, a self-proclaimed leftist supporter of Israel, similarly claimed in 2013 that less than 1% hold anti-Zionist views. Though their claims werent supported by the s...
I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.
The 'Ata' anomaly
Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018.
A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.'
However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.
The 'Starchild' skull
A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...
Happy Birthday Tom Lehrer
Years ago, American humorist Tom Lehrer was said to quip: Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This is most probably apocryphal. But as contemporary American politics (and our own, to a lesser degree) increasingly resembles a political satire, Lehrers back catalogue is welcome light relief.
Lehrer is ninety years of age this week. It is sixty years since the release of An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer, the first of his three live albums. This one-time mathematician at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, was, for a few short years, a concert performer. In his own words: Im sure youll all agree without hesitation that Tom Lehrer is the most brilliant creative genius that America has produced in almost 20 years (and this was forty years ago). But for two years in the United States Army, he was a teacher of mathematics, and indeed until the 21st Century, taught at UC Santa Cruz. Here is an excellent summation of his career: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03922-x
For sixty years, Tom Lehrer has had an enduring influence. There were other musical comedians of similar sardonic and satirical mien, Victor Borge and Alan Sherman, for example, but none had Tom Lehrers infectious, eternally youthful appeal.
The late fifties and early sixties. They were the best of times, they were the worst of times.
The United States was a culture on the cusp of change. The country still enjoyed postwar economic prosperity. The Cold War, with all its fears and uncertainties, with its sanction of mutually assured destruction , with its chosen enemies and innate hypocrisies, where any dictator opposed to the Soviets was a friend of the free west (now theres a phrase we havent heard for years!), had been simmering for over fifteen years with no conclusion in sight. Americans (or more specifically, the Marines and the CIA) were the cops of the world. Kennedy had been assassinated, sending shock waves through the American psyche. Thanks to that same JFK, the United States was wading well into the morass that would become Vietnam. Knee deep in the big muddy as Pete Seeger was to put it. Rock n Roll and Popular Music were elbowing out the crooners. No protest, no rebellion, no drugs (well, not that sort), no race riots (a bit of trouble in Alabama, but), no positive discrimination, no ride-by-shootings, no premarital sex (as far as decent people were concerned, and besides, good girls didnt), no AIDS, no faxes, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet. And America was relaxed and comfortable....
Australia now has a bureaucracy specifically engineered to deliver indifference and inflict suffering, writes Professor Stuart Rees.
Sociologist Max Weber warned that if bureaucracies like Australias Department of Home Affairs for example were left unchallenged, they would threaten individual freedom. Conformity would be demanded, punishment dished out for non-compliance and people would end up in an iron cage.
The Czech novelist Franz Kafka described nightmares resulting from cruel bureaucracies because avenues of appeal, let alone efforts to gain an audience with bureaucratic chiefs, would be blocked. He described unaccountable procedures, inaccessible documents and encounters with faceless, humourless officials.
Running government departments by fear may seem as preposterous as the notion that an Australian cricket team would plan to cheat in a Test match. But fear engendered by cruelties has become central to the operations of an allegedly rational, efficient Australian government. Its not that unusual.
Each day, huge numbers of families bargain at the interface between themselves and a bureaucracy, perhaps a Traffic Department, Centrelink, a Housing Department, Home Affairs, Health Insurance Companies or the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Regarding the latter, 55 year-old Hamish, who is blind, has explained, Over the last nine months, I have phoned NDIS every other week and left my requests. They never responded to my calls. Eventually I called my MP. When she intervened, NDIS replied.
Thousands of individuals on bridging visas or temporary protection visas wandering around major Australian cities will have no influential MP who might intervene on their behalf. Applicants for citizenship may also feel powerless. They are all up against the Turnbull/Dutton engineered Home Affairs Department which is fulfilling Weber and Kafkas predictions. An iron cage has been crafted, endless nightmares guaranteed.
Being frightened to complain enables government by bureaucracies to proceed unhindered. In office buildings in Canberra, demoralized public servants pore over papers, fail to clear their in-trays and play with peoples lives. Minister Peter Dutton and the public servant chief of Home Affairs seem proud of their reputation for being bullies. The bureaucracies they preside over are...
Amy McQuire: Aboriginal people have a right to protest the
StolenWealth | IndigenousX | IndigenousX: Suddenly, Australia
is proud of the 100,000 years of human habitation that colonialism
sought to wipe out, and which Australia devalues. Suddenly, it is
ours, and one for which we all hold a shared pride.
As Patrick Wolfe wrote: In Australia, the erasure of Indigeneity conflicts with the assertion of settler-nationalism. On the one hand, settler society required the practical elimination of natives in order to establish itself on their territory. On the symbolic level, however, settler society subsequently sought to recuperate Indigeneity in order to express its difference and, accordingly, its independence from the mother country.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
I was in college in the 1960s. My mother was in college in the 1930s. Something was going on in my world, that I took to be part of the landscape, which had not been part of Moms understanding of the world when she was young. Namely, terrorism.
The main examples of it in th...
1658 - Abraham Leeman van Santwits was the first officer and
navigator of Waeckend Boey and he and 13 sailors were marooned on
an island off the coast while trying to find survivors of the Gilt
Dragon. They ate seabirds and seals to survive and dug a small well
from which surprisingly they obtained reasonably fresh water to
drink. Leeman urged his men to make repairs to the boat including a
make shift sail of seal skins. Today in 1658 they began their
voyage home to Batavia.
1800 - Today saw the first recorded public performance of a Shakespearean play in Australia.
The popular historical drama Henry IV Part 1 was performed at the Theatre Sydney according to a playbill advertising the event which is held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
Margaret and David gave it 4 stars.
1802 - Matthew Flinders - that well-trained servant of the famous cat Trim - was pottering about the coast when he happened upon a French explorer chappie by the name of Nicholas Baudin today; being the polite, well-mannered souls that they were they sat and shared a coupla scones, a pot of tea, and various charts, maps and where-you-can-find-fresh-water knowledge as those explorer peeps are wont to do.
Matthew must have enjoyed the conversation greatly for he dubbed the spot Encounter Bay.
1814 - William Shelley scribed some fan-mail, dated Parramatta, 8 April 1814, to Governor Macquarie, about the civilisation of the natives, their relations with European women and a plan for an institution segregating boys and girls and educating them.
1816 - Wave your little wooden leg with gay abandon!
The patients were transferred from the old hospital to the new General Hospital in Sydney on this day.
1817 - Mary Reibey had a spare sitting room gathering dust in her house at Macquarie Place so a gaggle of Sydney merchants, with a nod and a wink from Gov Macquarie himself, started the Bank of NSW from her parlour. It changed its moniker to Westpac in 1982.
1822 - Charles Throsby wrote to Alexander Berry re the Shoalhaven cedar venture, the bearer of the letter being a native named Broughton who had been born at Shoalhaven.
1826 - Tired of reading tram timetables by torchlight, the first street lamp in Oz sprung to life in Macquarie Place, Sydney.
1829 - Charles White was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Murphy at Luskintyre.
1840 - THE HATEFUL LASH
The Colonial Times, published at Hobart Town, has put forth a lengthy and sensible article under this head, which the talented editor has followed up by two others on the same subject. It is a production worthy the consideration of the public, and an honor alike to the head and heart of its author. The humane feelings of a true Englishman recoils at the inhuman practice of bin...
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) had a short-lived
victory in relation to the NSW Government's land clearing
regulations last month when the Land and Environment Court found
that they were invalid because they had been made unlawfully.
CVCC post on the NCC's media release about the court
The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), which ran the case for the NCC, explained that the Minister for Primary Industries made a legal error in the making of the code. He failed to obtain the concurrence of the Environment Minister, as he was legally required to do, before making the Code.
Commenting on the court decision, the EDO's Chief Executive Officer David Morris said,"In conceding that they failed to follow due process, the Government gives the strong impression of making laws on the run. This is not simply a matter of incorrect paperwork. Ecologically sustainable development is not just another box to tick - the Environment Minister has a legal responsibility to protect biodiversity in this state."
Following the court decision - and using the correct procedure this time - the Government reinstituted the code without amendment.
Although the reinstatement was not unexpected, it was disappointing for the EDO and the NCC as it was done without addressing any of the serious concerns which were raised in the court challenge.
The second ground for the court challenge was that the Ministers for Primary Industry and the Environment did not take into account the legal principles of ecologically sustainable development as they are legally required to do.
This matter was not addressed by the court because, as the Government conceded the first ground, it did not have to answer the second ground for the court challenge.
Whether there is any possibility of a further challenge remains to be seen.
BP, the company behind the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, the biggest in history, has claimed an oil spill off the South Australian coast would be a good thing, as the clean up would boost local economies. BP made the outlandish claim as part of its bid to drill for oil in the pristine Great Australian Blight. "In most instances, the increased activity associated with cleanup operations will be a welcome boost to local economies," it said, in its second rejected environmental safety plan, submitted to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in March 2016. The strange argument was uncovered thanks to a two-year-old freedom of information request made by Climate Home News. Government documents reveal Australia's doubts about the oil giant's proposal. In a letter to BP, NOPSEMA pointed to a number of statements that BP should remove from its proposal. These included the "welcome boost" claim and the giant firm's allegation that a spill would not have a social impact, which it said meant, "BP interprets this event to be socially acceptable."
Another fantastic show. Great to see everyone getting involved and thanks to our wonderful sponsors for their continuous support.
It was a great ride around the outskirts of Perth, the pack stayed together well for everyone to enjoy.
Well done to the all the trophy winners and thanks to the band for the great music.[See image gallery at www.veteransmcwa.com]
ABC TV airs Mongrel bunch of bastards, the Four Corners/Fairfax investigation into the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on Monday 8 April 2018 at 8.30pm.
At least one ATO employee appears to have talked with some of the journalists involved in the investigation. His home was recently raided by the Australian Federal Police accompanied by an ATO investigator.
The ATO is not happy and issued this warning to all staff.....
By James ONeill New Eastern Outlook 05.04.2018 Both the prime minister and the Foreign Minister are trained lawyers. As part of the training they would have been imbued with some of the most profound and enduring concepts of the common law. These include such fundamental points as the presumption of innocence; the onus 
Are you brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes a time?
It would seem that a lot of Australians arent. That is according to a new report that also tells us gum disease affects one in five adults, one in six have more than ten teeth missing, more than one third of children between 5 and 6 have tooth decay in their baby teeth and 50% of adults and 25% of children havent been to the dentist for a check up for over a year.
This matters because the more unhealthy our mouth is the more unhealthy our entire body will be and in the end that means a greater strain on the health care system. How did it get to this and what, if anything, can be done?
Presenter: Geraldine Doogue
* Listen to program at http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/04/sea_20180407_0745.mp3
*Original article online at http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/oral-health-in-australia/9622912
Justice Lucy McCallum has been aiding and abetting Capilano Honey for the last 2 years, via their malicious lawsuits against journalists, in dumping their imported Chinese honey on Australian consumers which is putting Australian beekeepers out of business. Justice McCallum is well-known for taking bribes especially off Kerry Stokes and his company Seven West Media. 
This photo shows a golden pheasant.
I show it here because, when my blog will re-start in about 3-4 days time, some of the post will be on the spot reports from the natural environment of these beautiful birds and other wildlife.
See you all again!
The construction industry is very important to the Queensland economy, and it employs nearly 10 percent of all workers (see Queensland Treasurys Employment by Industry brief). One part of the broader industry, residential construction, has grown strongly in recent years, owing in part to the huge amount of apartment construction activity in Brisbane. But activity in residential construction has always been expected to fall back as projects were completed, and indeed it has been doing so. Private dwelling construction in Queensland in December quarter 2017 was 5.8% lower than in December quarter 2016. In contrast, non-residential construction activity is recovering nicely from its post-mining-investment-boom slump, with private non-residential construction increasing 11.6% over the same period. Growth in non-residential construction has therefore offset the adverse impact of the recent slowdown in dwelling construction on the state economy.
But what does the future hold? To gain some insight, we can examine building approvals data, the latest batch of which (updated with February data) were released last Wednesday by the ABS. Broadly speaking, as discussed below, the outlook is positive, based on recent approvals data and expected public sector capital works (e.g. Cross River Rail) and resources sector developments, possibly including the Adani mega mine (see this recent AFR article), although many observers remain doubtful it will ever proceed.
Non-residential building approvals have been at higher levels over the last couple of years after recovering from the trough in 2014-15 (chart below). This gives us reason to be confident about non-residential construction activity, although Queensland has not experienced the massive surge in non-residential approvals seen in NSW and Victoria.
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