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Falsies! Justin's knocked the Trump hair for six in the strangeness stakes. What sort of bloke wears false eyebrows?
And it's HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's real birthday - 97 and he looks like there's a few more in him too. Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very Happy 97th Birthday! pic.twitter.com/YkwkmvOic3 The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 10, 2018 The Australian military, presided over by...
Sorry but after seeing what went on in London today this makes me mad and no doubt confuses the public. Its time we took the uniform seriously in my opinion pic.twitter.com/QZLyjXTkHy HMP Cop (@HMPCop) June 9, 2018
Echo NetDaily, 6 June 2018:
And how the Turnbull Government couches these definitions in relation to national security and classified information may decide if a whistleblower or journalist ends up spending two years in an Australian gaol.
Remembrance Ride Oz
Born Rob Eade
Cessnock NSW 1945
Served in the defence force for 21 years 1965-1986
1st intake national service 1965/67 served two years and took discharge and completed 1 year in Royal Australian Emergency Reserve (RAER), re engaged full-time service 19/07/1968, served Vietnam 17/12/1969 to 12/12/1970 my posting in Vietnam 101 Battery 1st Field Regiment and continued with 107 Battery 4th Field Regiment both being Artillery units, my trade was that of a ( Cuisine Technician) Cook, continued my full time service until retirement 18/7/1986.
New venture 2016 Im intending to ride my trike (motorised) towing a small trailer around Australia and place a small hand held Australian flag with the detail of service personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice from the Vietnam war through to the current war/conflict/s in their birth/enlistment town memorial. I estimate a possible three year journey to accomplish this endeavour . 18-06-2016 My first town will be Collie south east of Perth continue on southward thence up to Kalgoorlie cross the Nullarbor and continue through SA , Vic, Tas, NSW, Qld NT and finish back in Perth with the finale (of flag presentation) at King Park War Memorial and the ride officially finishes at the TPD Baldivis whence I started. It has been one hoop of a ride and very heart rendering in that the people I have met and the knowing the finish date has come 12 months earlier than first anticipated the completion date is now the 17-06-2018.
Lisa was at home with our next PM Bill and his 1st Lady Chloe! Bill wants to be PM "a great deal". But he doesn't want the job just for himself. Bill only wants to be PM to help billions (he said it) of our fellow Australians have a better...
This morning Barnaby Joyce recorded a couple of videos of a paparazzi photographer who'd been staking him out. Guy Finlay from Matrix Picture Agency accused Barnaby of "sizing him up" outside church - he seems to think Barnaby was going to thump him. This afternoon The Australian reported that Finlay's...
The Strides with Declan Kelly & The 420 Sound
Friday 29 June, 9pm
The Northern, Byron Bay
Ticket price $25
Fresh from rocking Bluesfest this year, 9-piece reggae dancehall sensation THE STRIDES return to Byron for one big party at The Northern on June 29 with local friends Declan Kelly and The 420 Sound.
The Strides are a force for Reggae music in Australia and worldwide. Fronted by roots man Ras Roni from Barbados via London, Fijian MC LTL GZeus and Sierra Leonian ragga powerhouse Blaka C, The Strides deliver a musical experience that is as explosive as it is authentic.
With three acclaimed albums under their belt and
one set for release in early 2019, a European label signing,
festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage
with the likes of Third World, Julian Marley, Tony Allen and
Groundation, The Strides music faithfully builds on the foundations
of classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, forging a sound that
brings together modern dance hall, dub beats and reggae-pop.
After 10 years of touring, this world class 9-piece have become a reggae institution, melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.
While The Strides are Sydney based they are no strangers to the shire their very first gigs were in Byron Bay and their first self-titled EP was recorded in 2008 by the late, great Russel Dunlop at Nashua Rd Studios in Nashua. Their third full length album The Youth, The Rich & The Fake was tracked five years later in Ocean Shores.
We cant wait to get to Byron to re-connect with our fans Byron always has the best audiences who are up for dan...
Towards 2000 people rallied on the morning of June 9, 2018 at 11.00 a.m to protest against live animal exports. The rally, organised by The Animal Justice Party and Animals Australia, attracted a very united crowd of men women and children horrified by the inevitable and intense pain and suffering inflicted on the hapless cargo of these ships no matter where they are headed.
My feeling was that this industry represents a standard of treatment of other creatures that is so low that even though they are not physically hurt by it themselves , people will just not put up with it.
If it were not for the "whistle blowers" recording the awful
suffering of sheep and cattle on the ships and at their destination
we would be unaware. They have brought it into our living rooms
where it cannot be ignored or denied.
Another person who attended this protest summed it up as "Live Export is like mass immigration - it is another thing that Australians do not want, but which is foisted upon us by our governments."
Another sign that we are not really a democracy.
Police claims to have seized more than 1.4 kilos of cannabis during a raid on a Lindendale property last week have drawn criticism from readers of the Forces own Facebook page.
In a media release last week, police said they had seized 1.4 kilograms of cannabis, two large cannabis plants and a .22 calibre revolver cylinder and arrested two people during a raid on a property in Lindendale on Thursday (June 7).
But the photograph of one of the plants posted on the NSW Police Facebook page (pictured right) drew derision from commenters, one of whom called it one very sad looking plant. Looks almost like a stick.
Another commenter wrote: 1.4 Kilos !?!? Thats the whole plant, roots with dirt and all, not dried. The usable content ( the buds/heads ) might be 1 or 2oz when dried.
According to the police report, officers from Richmond Police District Target Action Group executed a search warrant at a residence on Lindendale Road, Lindendale at around 1.30pm on Thursday.
Two people at the property, a 51-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man, were arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.
They were charged with deemed supply cannabis, take part in the cultivation of cannabis and possess cannabis. The man was also charged with possession of a firearm part.
Both were granted bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 9 July 2018.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to an accident between two female cyclists on the Pacific Motorway, west of Lennox Head, on Saturday (June 9).
According to reports, the two cyclists collided into each other just north of Ross Lane.
The helicopter landed on the motorway to attend to the two patients.
One female rider was treated for head and spinal injuries and transported by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital.
The second female rider was transferred to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance.
The post Two-cycle accident on Pacific Motorway near Lennox Head appeared first on Echonetdaily.
Update: A German backpacker, who went missing from a Byron Bay language school on Monday (June 4) was found safe and well on Saturday (June 9).
Police issued a media alert around 9pm to indicate that 20-year-old Jacqueline Kupke had been located and thanked the community for their assistance.
Original report: Police hold serious concerns as they continue to investigate the whereabouts of a German backpacker who was last seen in Byron Bay a week ago.
Jacqueline Kupke, 20, was last seen on Friday 1 June 2018, at a school on Carlyle Street, Byron Bay.
She was reported missing to officers from Tweed/Byron Police District on Thursday (7 June 2018), after failing to show up for work on Monday (4 June 2018).
Police and her family in Germany have serious concerns for her welfare as her disappearance is considered out of character.
Jacqueline is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, with a thin build, olive complexion, brown eyes and long brown hair.
Anyone who sees Jacqueline, or knows her whereabouts, is urged to contact police immediately.
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/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
I use mulch everywhere in the garden. In the vegetable garden, the orchard, the cutting garden and ornamental areas.
What is mulch- It is anything that covers the soil and excludes light. It is usually some form of organic matter, but it can also be inorganic, such as stones or pebbles. Stones are only suitable for permanent easy-care gardens, for annual plantings such as in the vegetable garden I like to use an organic matter that will break down quickly.
Why do I use mulch?
It adds organic matter which keeps the soil full of life and nice and healthy. All organic matter will break down to release nutrients into the soil and increase the humus content of a soil.
It retains moisture by creating a barrier to evaporation. You must make sure the area is moist before putting it down so water well or apply after good soaking rain.
It acts as insulation blanket keeping soil cooler in summer and warmer in winter- though in a cool climate it can prevent soil warming up in spring which can delay spring planting. But this is easily overcome by scaping it back for a few weeks at the end of winter exposing the soil to a few weeks of warm weather and then planting up and replacing the mulch.
But my main reason for using mulch is to prevent weed germination. Both weed seed in the ground or stray weeds that either fly in or are dropped by birds and animals. Mulching will not prevent the growth of persistent weeds like oxalis and onion weed or runner grasses like couch and Kikuyu
Weeding any type of garden can be soul destroying activity and can consume a lot of time that is better utilised planting, harvesting and eating your produce.
Weeds are designed to germinate, grow quickly and stabilise any bare ground- it is natures way of preventing soil erosion. So, if you have exposed soil it will soon be overrun with weeds.
The secret to weed control is to never leave soil bare
Always cover it with mulch or groundcover plants.
In any type of planting there will always be some gaps, as all plants need room to grow and mature. By applying a layer of mulch to the area around all plants you will be coving up any bare ground which wi...
Share this Post Read part one here Read part two here After, Len and Faith left I just laid there in tears. Tears because I had just told my beautiful Len that it was over, and I wanted him to find someone better, and tears of anger and frustration because I knew that this nursing home was going to be ...
Liverpool plains farmer Megan Kuhn says cows are being slaughtered because there is no way of feeding them after years of extreme weatherIn the south-west corner of NSW's Liverpool plains, in an area called Bundella, farmer Megan Kuhn runs beef cattle and merino sheep with her husband, Martin.They have 400 breeding cows that will calve in six weeks. Shortly, 89 of those cows will leave the property, sold to an abattoir because the cost of feeding the animals during drought has become too [...]
1770 - Jimmy Cook was bobbing about in his boat when the
Endeavour found the Great Barrier Reef the hard way.
1770 - Jim Cook waxed lyrical about the inlet he knighted as Trinity Bay...
"The shore between Cape Grafton and Cape Tribulation forms a large but not very deep bay which I named Trinity Bay after the day Trinity Sunday on which it was discovered."
Cook hauled his tub, the HM Bark Endeavour into Mission Bay, at the southern end of Trinity inlet, and went ashore for a short time with Sir Joseph Banks near the present site of the Yarrabah Aboriginal community.
1812 - The ship Campbell Macquarie had a nasty mischief on Macquarie Island and fell to bits.
1817 - Lachlan, of the Gov Macquarie flavour, was aghast at the shocking state of the Sydney-Parramatta road after a deluge or 3 washed it into a series of pot holes so he sashayed over to the Strong Work Gangs, selected 3 of the same and set them forth to whip the roads into a decent shape.
1824 - Governor Brisbane requested of the Colonial Secretary, Bathurst, that a troop of colonial cavalry be raised not only with a view of keeping the Aborigines in check against whom Infantry have no chance of success, but also for the general Police of the Country. The strength of the troop was to be 29 men and three officers.55 This was the foundation of the Mounted Police.
1834 - In April 1834 Aboriginal resistance leader, Calyute, also known as Kalyute, Galyute or Wongir, had led a raid on a flour mill near Perth; the raiders were captured by troopers during which Calyute was bayoneted and the others wounded by gunfire. They were taken to Perth where, despite their injuries, they were flogged in the main street, Calyute receiving sixty lashes. As the raiders' ringleader, he was confined at Fremantle prison until this day.
1835 Australia's first political party, the Australian Patriotic Party, was founded.
1838 - A group of white settlers murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children near Myall Creek Station in northern New South Wales, near Bingara. Seven of the killers were tried and hanged.
1854 - Bushranger Mad Dan Morgan, although not yet known by this moniker as he was waltzing about the shop as jockey "John Smith:, was sentenced to twelve years hard labour for highway robbery at Castlemaine.
1860 - Congregational minister and journalist George Wight flung open the substantial Wharf Street Chapel in Brisvegas.
1867 - All the 'Rat gossip on hand, Gents!
Today saw the Very First Ever issue of the celebrated fish wrapper the Ballarat Courier.
1867 - Poet Adam Lindsay Gordon's first volume of poetry, Ashtaroth, was first published for the great unwashed masses who apparently didn't appreciate it.
Well I'll be damned, it's about time. According to a new report by the Sydney Morning Herald, officials from Australia's High Commission have just been spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, accompanied by Julian Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Robinson confirmed that a meeting had taken place, but declined to say what it was about "given the delicate diplomatic situation." So, forgive me if I squee a bit. I am aware how subservient Australia has historically been to US interests, I am aware that those US interests entail the arrest of Assange and the destruction of WikiLeaks, and I am aware that things don't often work out against the interests of the US-centralized empire. But there is a glimmer of hope now, coming from a direction we've never seen before. A certain southerly direction.
(CJ Opinion) Well Ill be damned, its about time. According to a new report by the Sydney Morning Herald, officials from Australias High Commission have just been spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, accompanied by Julian Assanges lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Robinson confirmed that a meeting had taken place, but declined to say what it was about given the 
The following has been adapted from Global protests to demand freedom for Julian Assange (2/6/18) | Class Consciousness.
In the coming weeks, including on 19 June, rallies have be organised for Julian Assange have been organised across Australia and across the world.
Demand that the Australian government act to abide by its duty of care to any Australian citizen and send to London a contingent of Federal Police to escort Julian Assange back to Australia.
Sunday, June 17th 1-3 PM, Socialist Equality Party Rally, Sydney Town Hall Square : Speakers include John Pilger and James Cogan SEP National Secretary. Endorsed by Julian Burnside QC and Terry Hicks (Father of David Hicks), Chris Hedges (Pullitzer Prizing winner Journalist), Professor Stuart Rees Facebook event and website
Tuesday June 19th 9AM 1PM British Consulate Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney
Vigil outside British Consulate, Tuesday 19th .: Vigil will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and other young member of Julian's family will be in attendance. Julian is totally isolated from his friends and family whilst trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy.
Speakers include :
Shirley Shackleton:whose journalist husband Greg was murdered by Indonesian force in Balibo on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. Shirley fought for decades for the East Timorese and against the Australian government's cover up of her (and four other journalists).
James Cogan: National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP):The Socialist Equality are playing a leading role in the campaign to defend Julian Assange and fight internet censorship. They have also called protests in Sydney, Tamil N...
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA Colombias formal partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) marks the first time that a Latin American country has joined the European group, and signals a new shift toward the Global South by the Cold War-era alliance.
Colombias entry into NATO as a global partner signals that the U.S. military top brass are likely to call the shots for the South American country both in terms of its security policies and its geopolitical orientation, which becomes all the more crucial as the North Atlantic alliance increasingly strives to become a power in the South Pacific amid rising friction between the U.S. and China.
NATO began its partnership agreement with the South American nation in May 2017, immediately following the peace deal between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), yet the country still continues to be plagued by right-wing paramilitary activity, security forces who act with impunity, and the dire inequality that originally birthed groups such as FARC-EP.
So-called global partners of NATO are largely those countries that lie firmly in the Anglo-American imperialist sphere of influence or were directly occupied by the U.S., including Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.
The 29-nation alliance was formed in 1949 at the dawn of the Cold War for the purpose of consolidating a strategic bulwark against the spread of communism and Soviet hegemony in the Euro-Atlantic region.
Speaking in a televised address, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addressed his countrys membership in the military alliance:
Colombia benefits a lot from being an active part of the international community, many of the problems we face are increasingly global and need the support and collaboration of other countries for their solution.
According to NATO, the new partnership will focus on cybersecurity, maritime security, and anti-terror and organized crime operations. The partnership will also include programs relating to the standardization of military practices, joint training and military exercises, and the modernization of the Colombian Armed Forces along NATO lines.
While the news came as...
The Kerry Stokes controlled Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee have lost their suppression order protections and their second court decision in 2 weeks against journalists / bloggers trying to hide from the public the quality of the honey they sell which includes their imported honey from China, Brazil and Argentina etc. The latest 
by Tony Kevin, from a talk given to ANU Business Students, 7 June Two and a half years ago, in Jan-Feb 2016, I visited Russia for a month. The result was this published book, a literary travel memoir, Return to Moscow. I returned in January-February this year, 2018. I gave a public lecture in the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Russian History. In the two years since I wrote my book, relations between Russia and the West have become worse. On the other hand, Russian relations with China, and with the whole vast Eurasian region bounded by China, Korea, Japan, the ASEAN countries, India and Pakistan, and westwards through Central Asia as far as Iran, Syria and Turkey, even with Israel, have correspondingly warmed and deepened. For a country with a GNP allegedly similar in size to Australias, Russia is punching way above its economic weight in the world. I attribute this to the Russian peoples high intelligence, their national unity of purpose, and their efficient priority-setting in allocating their limited national wealth to what they see
Small number of companies had deals that gave them access to data after others were cut off
Updated June 8, 2018 7:28 p.m. ET
Facebook Inc. struck customized data-sharing deals that gave select companies special access to user records well after the point in 2015 that the social network has said it walled off that information, according to court documents, company officials and people familiar with the matter.
Some of those and other agreements, collectively known internally as whitelists, also allowed certain companies to access additional information about a users Facebook friends, the people familiar with the matter said. That included information
Over the past two days the National Committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) met for our annual mid-year retreat, an important gathering where we come together to review progress and renew commitments to our work as active optimists in the local and global food sovereignty movement. We are farmers and allies from across Australia, all committed to working collectively to democratically determine our own food and agriculture systems, and for everyones right to nourishing and culturally-appropriate food produced in ethical and ecologically-sound ways.
We reviewed our strategies to continue working with state governments to reform the planning schemes to better enable small-scale agroecological farming. We celebrated our victories in Victoria, where we are nearing agreement on much-improved land use guidelines that acknowledge the lower risk of small-scale pastured livestock farming compared with our industrial intensive counterparts. We also celebrated the Victorian Governments recognition of AFSA as the voice for small-scale farmers, and their public commitment to working with us, as well as to the new Artisanal Agriculture and Produce program launched by Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford at Cloud 9 Winery recently, which will provide $2 million in funding to support small-scale farms.
We also look forward to working more closely with the NSW State Government as they work through their planning reforms, and by participating in the upcoming hearings for the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fresh Food Pricing.
Internationally, we have been very busy with our comrades in the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) at the General Assembly in South Africa in March, renewing our solidarity and global strategies to radically transform the food system. We were delighted to have the Director General of the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) request a copy of the 2015 book Fair Food, which has contributions...
by Dee McLachlan
The Age today was filled with several double spreads of the allegations against the SASR soldier that allegedly kicked a detainee Ali Jan, a shepherd off a cliff in Afghanistan, and then ordered his execution. Quoting from an article in The Age this morning. It begins:
The Australian Special Forces soldier led his prisoner towards a ridge above a dry creek bed near the...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
Real wages growth has been non-existent or low in many advanced nations in recent years. However, if workers succeed in gaining real wages increases then this will squeeze the share of profits in national income.
The answer is False.
The question requires you to understand what determines the real wage and what the relationship between earnings and labour productivity growth is. When economists do not specify the unit you should always assume they are talking in nominal terms. So the reference to the rate of growth of earnings is in terms of the monetary unit which is the common understanding that people would have of the term.
In terms of the logic of the question, that would also be the only sensible interpretation.
The real wage is defined as the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).
We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that. But in a sense, this macroeconomic price level doesnt exist but represents some abstract measure of the general movement in all prices in the economy.
Macroeconomics is hard to learn because it involves these abstract variables that are never observed like the price level, like the interest rate etc. They are just stylisations of the general tendency of all the different prices and interest rates.
Now the nominal wage (W) that is paid by employers to workers is determined in the labour market by the contract of employment between the worker and the employer. The price level (P) is determined in the goods market by the interaction of total supply of output and aggregate demand for that output although there are complex models of firm price setting that use cost-plus mark-up formulas with demand just determining volume sold. We shouldnt get into those debates here.
The inflation rate is just the continuous growth in the price level (P). A once-off adjustment in the price level is not considered by economists to constitute inflation.
Last year, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 5 feet of rain on the Houston area in just a few days making it the heaviest rainstorm the U.S. has ever recorded. Now, a new study shows that multiple factors, each of the climate change-related, are raising the risk of similar, meandering hurricanes in the U.S. and other parts of the globe.
Hurricanes are natures most powerful and destructive storms, inflicting billions in damage each year. In the U.S., inland flooding, not coastal storm surge, is now their deadliest threat, and new data suggests this problem is going to get worse as the climate continues to warm.
A new study published Wednesday in Nature finds that hurricanes and typhoons move more slowly than they used to. This, combined with the increase in rainfall already expected to occur from such storms as the seas and air temperatures warm, paints a troubling picture of future storms.
Hurricane researcher Jim Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration examined storm track data from around the world during the period from 1949 to 2016 and found a statistically significant decrease in storm forward speed, particularly in the western North Pacific Ocean and the North Atlantic.
Over land areas affected by hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean Basin, Kossin found that hurricanes have shown a decrease in forwarding speed of about 20% during the period.
-In the western North Pacific Ocean, where some of the worlds most intense and damaging storms strike, that slowdown over land areas has been closer to 30%.
-Storms have also slowed down over Australia, by about 19%.
-Slower storms have more time to dump greater amounts of rainfall, and this, combined with the capacity of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture, means we should expect tropical cyclones to pose more water dangers than ever before.
Tropical cyclones may be gigantic storms, but they are steered by mid-level winds, and in some ways are at the mercy of atmospheric circulation patterns beyond their control. Because climate change is altering circulation in ways were only beginning to understand, its logical that these storms beha...
A MAN is before the courts after allegedly stabbing another man during a fight last month at Bellambi.
About 2.30am on Saturday May 26 two men were at a service station on Rothery Street, Bellambi, when they began to argue.
During the argument, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the chest by the other man, who then left the area. He attended Wollongong Hospital before being transferred to St George Hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Later that day, about 7.30pm, a 22-year-old man presented himself to Wollongong Police Station. He was arrested and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
INVESTIGATIONS are underway into the cause of a fire which damaged a Balgownie home last Sunday.
Fire fighters attended and extinguished the blaze, however; the house was totally destroyed.
No occupants were home at the time and no injuries have been reported.
Officers from Wollongong Police District established a crime scene, which will be forensically examined once deemed safe.
The cause of the fire is still to be determined.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
A VITAL link on the Grand Pacific Walk, joining Stanwell Park and Coalcliff, has come a step closer with Council confirming that Murrawal Road will link the newly constructed boardwalk on Lawrence Hargrave Drive into Stanwell Park.
Late last year concerns by a few residents over the inclusion of Murrawal Road in the project prompted a review of the route. Council called for independent feedback on five options to link Coalcliff and the Stanwell Park shops.
The review considered gradients, constructability, impact on private property, safety, traffic impacts, heritage, flooding and cost. We also provided details of the five options to the community and asked for their feedback on the routes.
Based on the criteria set ou...
Paul Daley But change is
The commemoration of the Myall Creek massacre is emblematic of a broader push for recognition
@ppdaley 8 Jun 2018
This weekend it is 180 years since white stockmen murdered
28 unarmed Aboriginal men, women and children at Myall Creek
in northern New South Wales.
The Myall Creek massacre was part of a pattern of violence against Indigenous people;
hundreds of such massacres happened across the continent from 1788
as British soldiers, settlers and pioneering explorers clashed with Indigenous people
resisting pastoral expansion.
By some credible accounts at least 60,000 Indigenous people
roughly the same number as Australians killed in the first world war died.
Myall Creek was, however, remarkable for another reason.
It was the only time on the colonial frontier that non-Indigenous men
were successfully prosecuted for murdering Aboriginal people.
Seven perpetrators were eventually hanged.
Meanwhile, the NSW Labor opposition has pledged $3m towards
the construction of a Myall Creek Education and Cultural Centre
that would be dedicated to public education of the massacre and frontier war.
But as yet there is no official Commonwealth memorial to the dead
of the frontier wars in Canberra, the capital, whose monuments and....
Many of the worlds conservation reserves, intended to safeguard species at risk of survival, are increasingly unable to provide effective refuge.
At least one third of all the forests, grasslands, wetlands and mangroves notionally protected by laws to safeguard the wild things that evolved with them are under intense human pressure, according to the first detailed study for 25 years.
Major road systems criss-cross African wildlife reserves, cities have grown up in national park areas, and farmland and buildings blight landscapes supposedly reserved for endemic species at hazard from extinction. Altogether 6 million square kilometres (2.3m square miles) of protected land, researchers say, are under intense human pressure.
Since the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was agreed in 1992, the area of the world declared as protected has doubled in size, and more than 202,000 patches of conservation area and national park cover 14.7% of the Earths land surface.
Some of these areas are strictly for conservation of biodiversity; some permit limited human exploitation but are still intended mainly to provide habitat for the wild creatures.
Australian and Canadian scientists report in the journal Science that they examined what they call human footprint maps of the globe to make their assessment. The human footprint metric incorporates built environments, intensive agriculture, pasture lands, human population density, night-time lights, roads, railways and navigable waterways.
The scientists found that only 42% of these lands were free of measurable human pressure. But 32.8%, an area of more than 6m sq km almost twice the size of India counted as under intense pressure.
What worried the scientists most was what happened to some landscapes that were intact and in a natural state when declared as protected: since 1993, around 280,000 square kilometres of such wilderness had shifted from low disturbance to intense human pressure: this is an area almost as large as Italy.
Complete Human Dependence
Almost three fourths of the worlds nations that is, 137 countries have 50% of their protected land under intense human pressure. If one assumes that protected land under intense human pressure does not contribute towards conservation targets, the scientists write, we show that 74 of 111 nations that have reached a level of 17% protected coverage would drop out of that list.
Almost all human resources including food and drink, fabrics and medicines are derived from the planets biod...
1803 HMS Investigator arrived in Port Jackson after circumnavigating Australia. On the voyage Matthew Flinders charted the coast and Robert Brown made an extensive collection of the flora of Australia.
1824 - Matthew Brady did a bunk from Macquarie Harbour and a bushranging he did go. My crystal ball tells me it will all end in tears!
1837 - John Cooper was hanged at Sydney for attempted murder on Dominic Gannon at Port Macquarie.
1837 - William Taylor was hanged at Sydney for aggravated highway robbery of Mr Thomas Hyacinth Macquoid on the road between Berrima and Mittagong.
1838 - The horrendous Myall Creek Massacre took place which resulted in the murders of 28 unarmed Aboriginal men, women and children.
1845 - A young shepherd named William Streair walked into a solicitor's office in Adelaide where Henry Ayers, who was also Secretary of the South Australian Mining Association, worked, and showed them specimens of rich copper ore.
Thus, was the Burra Copper Mine born.
1858 - The `Welcome Nugget' was found in a trench on Bakery Hill, Ballarat, by Richard Jeffrey and party of the Red Hill Co. It was the second largest gold nugget ever found and weighed 2217 oz (62.85 kg).
1866 - The Brisbane FC conducted its first scratch match.
1879 - Thomas Hogan was hanged at Beechworth for fratricide at Bundalong, near Yarrawonga.
1883 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Dubbo to Nyngan.
1884 - The section of the Gwabegar Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Kandos to Rylstone.
1890 - Melbourne Town Hall was the scene of a meeting of protest against the 'sweating' of labour in the work shops.
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
1891 - The Tarrawingee Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Sulphide Street - Tarrawingee and from Broken Hill Racecourse Junction - Broken Hill Racecourse.
1902 - The Federation Drought had the populace on its knees literally praying for rain and, so it came to pass that their calls were finally answered on this day.
1908 - It was reported good old Tommy Bent (Bent by name, etc) was up in Parliament getting money together to cover the cost of the proposed tramway from Gembrook to Beenak (Vic).
1915 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Galong Temporary Junction - Rocky Ponds Temporary Junction.
1919 - The Ballarat Avenue of Honour, the first avenue of its kind in Australia, was completed with the final planting of trees.
Local farmers helped by delivering wagon loads of tree guards to the site, while fathers and uncles were enlisted to help dig holes for the new trees.
Most of the cost for the...
EAST Hope Island, about 35km south-east of Cooktown, is one of the prettiest small tropical islands in the world. It is ringed with coral and a white-sand beach with rich bird and fish life. You can walk around it in 15 minutes, which I did on World Environment Day this week.
But something stood out on that pristine beach: a plastic soft-drink bottle.
Humans put eight million tonnes of plastic into the ocean each year. It never fully breaks down, except to small indestructible beads. Birds, fish, turtles and dolphins eat the plastic, but cannot digest it. It fills their stomachs so there is no room for food and they starve to death.
Eventually, plastic will kill so much of the fish resources of the ocean that people who depend on it will also starve to death.
We are fouling our own nest and we can neither build nor move to a new one.
Carbon in the atmosphere and plastic in the ocean must be the two most important issues facing humans. Yet our political leaders still put jobs and growth first.
I put the plastic bottle in the dinghy and recalled a job I had at the end of Year 12 at a then family-owned soft-drink factory in Beechworth. Used empty glass bottles came in by the truckload and I had to sort them: by size and type.
You never saw empty glass soft-drink bottles littlering the environment in the 1960s. They carried a 10-cent deposit, so kids collected them up and cashed them in.
For the soft-drink industry it was cheaper to wash and reuse rather than make new bottles.
Then single-use plastic bottles became cheaper than glass. The economic incentive for container return disappeared, and so did deposits. South Australia reintroduced a container deposit scheme in the 1970s. It remains at 10 cents.
Forty years later, NSW began a scheme. The ACT and Queensland schemes will start next month and Western Australia next year.
All of the schemes are pitifully inadequate and marred by silly conditions about cans being uncrushed and bottles having the original label.
According to the Reserve Banks inflation calculator, 10 cents in 1968 would now be worth $1.22. That is where we need to be at least $1 or $1.50 deposit per plastic bottle.
That plastic bottle would not have been left on the beach at East Hope Island with such a deposit. (It had not been washed...
! Hello friends! As many of you will undoubtedly know by now, Russia is, among other things, the centre of evil in the world. Their insidious hacking knows no limits, their masterful geopolitical strategies have led them to the brink of completely conquering the West once and for all. With their ubiquitous and omnipotent propaganda playing us all continuously like salivating dogs at a Pavlovian bistro, the question for all of us - especially for the dozens of highly-paid patriots in our security agencies - is: how are we to effectively defend ourselves against a scheme that would make Machiavelli blush? Oh, to be sure, there are those out there who would question this "enemy" status, propounding that such realities are the paranoid delusions of schizophrenic madmen, attempting to cajole us into thinking that Russia only desires friendly, mutually beneficial relations, but as I'm sure you're aware, the facts of the matter are plain for all to see.
Soldiers from Australia's elite Special Air Service (SAS) allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan, according to a leaked military inquiry. The document notes "violence" and a "disregard for human life" by servicemen. The leaked report, seen by Fairfax Media, includes details of a confidential defense inquiry which was commissioned in 2016 by then-Special Operations Commander Major General Jeff Sengelman and conducted by a defense department consultant. It cites special forces insiders who stated that soldiers had practiced the "unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations" which extend to a "disregard for human life and dignity." Citing witnesses, the report said there is a "pattern of...cover-ups - real or imagined, and misdemeanors or more serious offenses in the field, as well as a culture of drug and alcohol abuse." It continues to say that at the very least, "there is no doubt that there are major issues of morale or performance..." In addition to alleged drug and alcohol issues and violence among operations, the report mentions "the perception of a complete lack of accountability at all times."
The American seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity, which spent three months searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, has ended its mission in the southern Indian Ocean.
Seabed Constructor the vessel Ocean Infinity leased for the search is now heading for the port of Dampier in northwestern Australia.
The companys No Cure No Fee contract with the Malaysian government ended on May 29, but Ocean Infinity continued to scour the ocean depths with its state-of-the-art Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and only brought its search to an end early yesterday morning (Friday), local time.
The weather in the southern Indian Ocean will be too rough up until about November for any further underwater searches to be carried out.
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board when en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing....
A report says Australias special forces have been accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan and having a disregard for human life in the war-torn country.
The secret file leaked on Friday reported some Australian troops had engaged in the unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations with a disregard for human dignity.
Even more concerning were allusions to behavior and practices involving abuse of drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations and the perception of a complete lack of accountability at times, the report said.
The file, which investigated war crimes committed by Australias special forces in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2016, was reported by Fairfax Media, quoting unnamed special forces as its source.
The report, which was compiled by defense department consultant Samantha Crompvoets, concerned operations by Australian Special Air Service troops and other elite commandos deployed alongside US and allied forces following the invasion of Afghanistan.
The inquiry, which was commissioned in 2016 by then Special Operations Commander Major General Jeff Sengelman, and was backed by incoming defense force chief Angus Campbell, described a dysfunctional military organization rife with distrust of senior leaders and competition between different elite units.
The report concluded that there had been a complete lack of accountability on behalf of the commanders.
The Defense Force declined to answer specific questions about the leaked report, but told Fairfax it was taking all allegations about Australian Forces seriously and would be making recommendations based on the findings of the inquiry.
Our soldiers, particularly our special forces, work in difficult and complex environments, shadow minister for defense Richard Marles said in a statement.
Its important that we know, as a country, that theyre doing it in a professional and legal way.
The opposition Labor party on Friday described the revelations as deeply concerning and said subject to national security concerns the report should be made public.
Government parliamentarian and former SAS member Andrew Hastie said the allegations should be taken seriously.
US to intensify military ops in Afghanistan
The top US general in Afghanistan, meanwhile, said on Friday that American forces will be expanding their operations in the eastern Afghanistan province of Nangarhar during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant organization.
The announcement by the US general came after Afghan President Ashraf Gha...
This 2016 video says about itself:
GoPro Awards: Ocean Ramsey and a Whale Shark
17 July 2016
Captured and submitted by GoPro Awards recipients Ocean Ramsey and Juan Oliphant.
Join shark biologist and freediver Ocean Ramsey as she films with whale sharks in the Philippines to document migrating populations. Whale shark populations are at an all-time low due to finning, fishing by catch, entanglement, speedboat prop collisions, and death by ingestion of floating debris.
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From the University of York in England:
Secret to whale shark hotspots
June 8, 2018
A study has uncovered the secret to why endangered whale sharks gather on mass at just a handful of locations around the world.
The new insights into the habits of the worlds largest fish will help inform conservation efforts for this mysterious species, say the researchers.
Large groups of whale sharks congregate at only around 20 locations off the coasts of countries including Australia, Belize, the Maldives and Mexico. Why the sharks, which can reach more than 60 feet in length, choose these specific locations has long perplexed researchers and conservationists.
The new study, by researchers at the University of York in collaboration with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP), has found that the shark aggregation sites show many common characteristics they are all in areas of warm, shallow water in close proximity to a sharp sea-floor drop off into deep water.
A Melbourne woman who told how she felt like an "animal" and a "slave" while practising Islam says she hopes she'll inspire other female Muslims to "free themselves" from the religion. Nadia (last name with held) and her eldest daughter Allawea are now in hiding, after their family turned against them when the pair denounced Islam. "It is in an honour for them to kill somebody whose turned away from Islam, and their own mother has turned away from Islam so I mean nothing to them," the 40-year-old told A Current Affair. Things escalated in October last year, when Nadia's two eldest sons turned up at her former home in Melbourne's western suburbs, brutally bashing her new husband. The young men fled when police arrived, with officers later allegedly finding several rifles in their possession. Weapons charges were laid but the boys' whereabouts are unknown.
Australian government officials have paid a mysterious visit to Julian Assange in his Ecuadorian embassy refuge in London, in a sign there may be a breakthrough in the stalemate that has lasted almost six years. Two officials from Australia's High Commission were spotted leaving the embassy in Knightsbridge in west London on Thursday. It is the first time Australian consular officials have visited Assange at the embassy. They were accompanied by Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson.
Reported by Gilad Atzmon
Yesterday, the Philippine police arrested 8 Israeli citizens for online fraud. The Israeli suspects are said to have managed an online investment fraud apparatus of 500 that scammed clients around the globe.
The JPost reports that the suspects are said to have lured their victims into investing in foreign stocks in a London-based company [presumably fictional], and then taking their money through an app after obtaining their bank account and credit card details.
The Israelis were arrested while in the act of managing, operating and manning the swindling adventure. The Filipinos were charged with communicating and doing the online transactions with foreign clients from Europe, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Russia, etc.(Perhaps not with the United States that now holds similar Israeli fraudsters under Federal indictment.)
None of that should take us by surprise. Israel and Israelis role have been a driving force in phone and internet fraud as has been well documented by criminal experts (including the FBI) in general and the Jewish press in particular.
On 21 December 2017 The Jewish Telegraphic Agency news service published an article titled Bitcoin fraud could be the next big thing for swindlers in Israel. It revealed that that Israel is shaping up to be a hub for cryptocurrency swindling. It has happened before, the article continued, explaining how over the previous decade more than 100 binary options companies set up shop in Israel, forming the core of a global industry which swindled online investors out of billions. The binary options scam was eventually made illegal in Israelthat is, for a time Israeli law forbade the selling of the scam to Jews inside Israel, however it was legal to sell to unsuspecting clients, presumably goyim, around the globe. To be clear, not all trading in binary options is necessarily fraudulent, it w...
Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.
The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.
Diesen, a Norwegian who studied in Holland and teaches in Australia, is the author of a must-read book, Russias Geoeconomic Strategy for a Greater Eurasia, in which he analyzes in excruciating detail how Moscow is planning to manage the continent from the heartland by enhancing collective autonomy and influence, and thus evict US hegemony directed from the periphery.
In parallel, as Diesen argues, Moscow aims to ensure the sustainability of an integrated Eurasia by establishing a balance of power or balance of dependence to prevent the continent from being dominated by one power, with China being the most plausible candidate.
In a nutshell; this New Great Game installment revolves around Russias strategy to enhance its bargaining power with the West by pivoting to the East.
Concerning Astana, Diesen told me that the AIIBs Liqun took the hardest stance in defense of diversifying financial instruments, while Belyaninov was very critical of anti-Russian sanctions.
Diesen argues that: The emergence of economic mega-blocks actually improves economic relations by creating more symmetry. For example, Chinas CIPS (Cross-Border Interbank Payment System) undermined the ability of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) to be used for economic coercion, while CIPS and SWIFT still cooperate. Similarly, the EAEU [Eurasia Economic Union] gets its strength from the ability to integrate with other regions as opposed to isolating itself.
And heres the clincher: Chinas cooperation with the EAEU mitigates Russian concerns about asymmetries, and enables greater EAEU-BRI [Belt and Road Initiative] integration under the stewardship of the SCO. Also, unlike the EU, the EAEU provides great benefit to non-members (non-zero sum) by creating an effective transportation corridor with harmonized tariffs, standards, etc.
Diesen remarked how Liqun, a key character in the whole game, is very positive about....
A few months ago I was diagnosed with type II bipolar, and while some of you who know me might feel that was obvious, it was not obvious to me. I want to talk about what the diagnosis means, what its like to have Bipolar II, and the effect my medications are having.
I think its a common belief that people with bipolar have two mood poles that they swing between. Theyre either up or down. Theyre either manic or depressed. And youd be forgiven for thinking that, because its absolutely what I thought up until the point of my diagnosis. However I can tell you from first-hand experience that this is not the case.
Having bipolar means having has two axes. Theres the manic axis, and the depression axis, and its possible to be on both of them at the same time.
As someone with bipolar, being depressed is the big thing which most feels like a mental illness. My depressive moods would come on very suddenly; it would feel like Id have a normal response to sadness,but then thered be a cliff that I would just tumble off and into despair. Id actually describe these periods as being in a pit of despair, and I really did feel like I was in some sort of pit. Everything would be hard, nothing seemed to be worth it, and not only could I not feel joy, I couldnt even imagine feeling joy in the future. My pits would often come with psychomotor retardation, where I would lay still and my thoughts would slow to a crawl. Oddly enough, that was the only thing I liked about my pits. Everything felt awful, but if I got far enough down I didnt have to experience the full weight of consciousness. It was oddly comforting in a way.
Sometimes my brain would be sad for no reason. Id feel awful, everything would seem grey, but thered be no reason for this. Sometimes I would think something was making me feel bad, like the current state of information security, or how were screwing up with climate change, but honestly my brain was just not being kind to me. These would be the days when Id struggle to get out of bed. Oddly enough, these were also some of the days when I did my best writing, but that writing was never about joyous things.
My manic episodes, on the other hand, didnt feel like part of an illness. Bipolar II means my manic episodes are hypomanic, theyre not full-blown mania. I dont lose touch with reality or purchase cryptocurrencies, but I do become very outgoing and very productive. A lot of you have probably met me or interacted with me in my hypomanic states. Im filled with ideas, conversation comes to me easily,...
I was on Youth Allowance for a brief period whilst I completed
my last year at University.
During the time I was working part-time and Centrelink are now claiming that I did not declare correctly and that I owe $3,547.00.
Two other people in my work place are having the EXACT same issue.
I have been on the phone countless times, uploaded my bank statements and pay slips, and now currently going through my first appeal.
This has caused a massive amount of stress, particularly how not o...
Last year (2017) I received a phone call to verify my earnings
from the period of 2013-2015!
Are you kidding me? In those years I was studying, in 2015 all year, so would have been on Austudy and was working here and there over those years too.
At the beginning of 2015 I received a letter staying that I owed around $150, which I paid naively through MyGov. I am shocked to discover that I apparently owe $6048.13 now!
The debt letter says that all of my jobs that I had been working (there were...
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