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Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more
Although an undisclosed source suggested he's more your spirit on Prospero's island type.
Fires have ravaged Greece, and are still burning California. Gippsland has had a large bushfire in the dead of winter, and NSW has had its earliest ever total fire ban day. Were bracing for another serious fire season.
If you have the nerve, a bit context on this contentious issue can be found in California burning, a long and provocative article in the New York Review of Books. The article can be found here. Familiar themes abound in the international story: poor forest management, climate change, arson, flammable weeds, unwise urban development at the forest interface, poor understanding of fire ecology. Heres a sample:
In the United States, exurban and rural property development in the wildland-urban interface has been, perhaps, the final strawor at least another lighted match tossed on the pile. Most wildfires that threaten or damage communities are caused by humans. Campfires, barbecues, sparks from chainsaws, lawnmowers, power lines, cars, motorcycles, cigarettesthe modes of inadvertent ignition in a bone-dry landscape are effectively limitless. Lets say nothing of arson. Houses and other structures become wildfire fuel, and vulnerable communities hugely complicate forest management and disaster planning. In his panoramic 2017 book Megafire, the journalist (and former firefighter) Michael Kodas observes pithily that during the century in which the nation attempted to exclude fire from forests, [those forests] filled with homes.
Interestingly, the article suggests that old growth forest is more resilient to fire than the even aged stands resulting from clear felling, and notes that the current US administrations policy is to respond to fire with more logging, which may well result in less resilient forests and, of all things, more fire.
For years now, I have been saying that the 20th Century was built one brick at a time, as and when it was needed, using ever growing amounts of surplus energy that were both very cheap and easily accessible.. and as Limits to Growth rears its ugly head more and more often, all the signs that we are no longer able to do this is becoming obvious; because we have now reached the stage when all those old bricks (and steel and concrete and.) start needing to be replaced while at the same time the new infrastructure required by the growth monster has to also be built.
Enter the Genoa bridge that collapsed last week.. photos of it crumbling weeks before the tragic event that seems to have killed 43 people were posted on social media. Im no structural engineer, but it looks pretty bad to me. Dangling cables and the middle buckling under its own weight are not good signs Falling apart comes to mind. Anyone in their right mind would have closed it down and more than likely condemned it, but no, lets not get a few lives get in the way of profits. At fifty years old, it wasnt particularly ancient, but shoddy workmanship and even mafia involvement in supplying dodgy concrete are issues making their way to the Italian media.
With Italy on the cusp of bankruptcy, h...
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The strength of State of the Union lies in its multifaceted representation of the labour movement with consideration to gender, immigration and globalisation. In the current post-Brexit post-Trump climate, where these issues are often polarised against the white working class, this exhibition highlights instances where theyve aligned.
Eight is enough were the exact words we muttered as we clambered down the hill with a carry cage laden with hens. Eight being the exact number of hens to fill the carry cage and the exact number of hens who needed our assistance. Through a tragic chain of circumstances, these girls and their human carer found themselves in urgent need of assistance. Providing just that, the girls were ferried from their predicament and to our sanctuary where their necessary vet work was carried out, nourishing food delivered along with the tastiest of treats. Now bouncing back to good health the girls have all happily found new coops to call home sweet home.
An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout.
The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.
This week, a group of 55 people gathered at the gates Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in the 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants used for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.
I've seen their ABC commit some low acts in their push to "legitimise" refugees and show that "refugees" come from all walks of life. Their bullshit about RAN sailors torturing illegal boat people springs to mind, along with countless stories promoting the purported suffering of Manus Island and Nauru detainees....
Its a big week for Aussie stocks.
Im not much of a horse racing fan, but were basically coming around the bend and into the last straight for the earnings reporting season.
Things have gone smoothly until now. 48% of the companies that have reported earnings so far have beaten their estimates. Whats more, profits and dividends look strong.
One stock that caught my eye was Goodman Group [ASX:GMG]. The Age reported over the weekend that it plans to extend its warehouse to cater for booming logistics demand from e-commerce.
However, land values and rents are high in the areas they need to build. The solution? Go higher by building on top of the existing warehouse.
Ive reported previously on the same thing happening in New York. Its another example of how property values can keep rising where this type of development happens.
If you can draw more income from the same amount of land, that can only capitalise into the selling price.
In order to capitalise into the selling price, you need to be able to get financing for a development.
Thats not a problem for Goodman Group, but is proving somewhat harder for Crown Resorts Ltd [ASX:CWN].
It has plans in place to develop a luxury hotel and apartment complex in Melbourne. This is a major project it would be the tallest tower in Melbourne if built.
However, Crown says that it is struggling to find a development partner around the residential component of the project. Thats presumably because of the fear of apartment oversupply in the city.
Crown is supposed to have the project underway by February. If the project gets pulled, we can assume the property and credit cycle is finally weakening. Conversely, if it goes ahead, perhaps we can all keep dancing a little while longer.
Or maybe the finance team at Crown could give financial services company ING a call. The Australian reports ING has raised $1 billion via an Aussie dollar covered bond issue. The suggestion is that theyre going after the market share of the Big Four Aussie banks while they remain under pressure.
Thats a familiar theme if youve been reading The Daily Reckoning Australia for a while. But the suggestion of an Aussie property credit crunch, however much discussed, has yet to come to pass.
Much of what happens from here will of course depend on China. The Financial Times says Beijing continues to order its state-run banks to lend to infrastructure projects and exporters.
Well have to see how this shows up in the numbers. But theyre already looking good. New loans were up 75% in July from the same time last yea...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Some men are shy. Some men are weak. Some men are strong. Some men are fearless.
Meet South Australian Andrew McIntyre fearless.
As we will see, Andrew, who is now 64, has tried exhaustively to tell anyone who would listen that he knows who killed the Beaumont children, and why. The jig is now up. His story can be denied no more.
By the greatest of luck thank you, Parliament; thank you, Letters Patent from the Queen Australia has had four-years worth of hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. That commission was a priceless exercise. Its main result is that THE HABIT OF LYING IS EXPOSED.
I hereby declare it is no longer possible to use platitudes, spin, gobbledygook and other means of hiding fact...
MELBOURNE, AAP Victorians who swap their old hot water system for a solar one can get a $1,000 rebate under a $60 million program.
The 10-year program starts immediately, premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday at solar hot water manufacturer Rinnai at Braeside.
It follows on from his Sunday announcement that a re-elected Labor government would pay for 650,000 homes to get solar panels under a $1.24 billion plan where owner-occupiers would repay half the cost through their bill savings.
Were putting solar panels and hot water systems on Victorian homes to help families save hundreds of dollars a year on their electricity bills, Mr Andrews said in a statement.
The government predicts the systems will save households between $160 to $400 a year in electricity bills.
The rebate is available to households with a combined income of up to $180,000 who live in their own home valued up to $3 million.
Houses can take part in the half price solar panels program or the $1,000 hot water rebate, but not both.
The rebate has been created so houses who cannot get solar panels because of roof design or shade can still get a reduction in energy bills, the government says.
What makes an ethical food future? What kind of agriculture can our planet sustain? How can we reduce demand on global resources? How can you be a change-maker in the unstoppable food movement?
Industrial food systems are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Farmer and author of Call of the Reed Warbler Charles Massy, US crop scientist and director of the Poison Papers, and farmer, meatsmith, and president of AFSA Tammi Jonas discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australias ecologies and economies around, revitalizing rural communities while nourishing land, animals, and people.
Join us in Daylesford on Thursday 30 August for an inspiring and activating evening, or if you cant make it to the central highlands of Victoria, catch Jonathan and Charlie elsewhere on The Food Equation tour of Australia.
The governments debacle over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been described in some quarters as an example of the prime ministers inept leadership. If only it was so simple.
Malcolm Turnbulls headache exists because the factions most intent on absolute market liberalisation and big brother style politics, not only continue to have a stranglehold on the Liberal and National parties. They are tightening it.
As their captive and the resulting internal battle, the government is once again caught in a paralysis, where policy transforms into inaction. The most reactionary elements within the parties and fitting.
Although he is part of it, this is not just a Tony Abbott thing.
Speculation about the continuing survival of the prime minister as leader has risen again. His enemies are showing that they might be prepared to cross the floor and vote down the NEG. Through their opposition to the latest modest change, shifting the control over the emissions target from the policy to the minister, they have hung out Malcolm Turnbulls essential weakness for all to see. He is plating into their hands. The reactionaries are also announcing a determination to keep on being the champions of the fossil fuel industry.
At the very least, the way he has handled the affair, has ensured that Malcolm Turnbull has made his own contribution to the governments instability. He is a dead man walking.
There is no room for sentimentality in this vision. Government provision of welfare and other services that even out opportunities to an extent, have no place in this, and must be done away with as far as possible.
They see their rivals in the Liberal and National parties as a barrier against achieving this, and standing for unwarranted government interference in what should be a free cho...
Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over.
Australia is a nation-state founded on white nationalism. The white supremacist roots of Australia are undeniable. In 1901, Australias brand new parliament passed the notorious Immigration Restriction Act in its first sitting, inaugurating the legal basis for the White Australia policy.
The White Australia policy was formally abolished in 1973, and the Whitlam government went further by enshrining racial equality in law with the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. The Fraser government also notably freed up migration settings, showing genuine leadership in settling south-east Asisan migrants in the late 1970s. For many, this was the beginning of a more pluralistic and liberal nation, embracing a multi-hued democracy of genuine tolerance and diversity.
Both major parties have since celebrated their role in the creation of a modern multicultural Australia. At least, so the story goes.
But the progressive view of Australian politics cant paper over the fact that racism remains a potent force in our democracy. Despite genuine progress and reform in the 1970s and 80s under Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke, a residual strain of white nativist politics has always lingered, never quite extinguished.
Looking at Australian politics this past few weeks, the question needs to be asked: how far have we come?
Not very, if last weeks first speech by Katter Australia Senator, Fraser Anning is anything to go by. Annings speech made worldwide news because of his calculated use of the phrase final solution to describe his plan for a plebiscite on Australian immigration policy.
Both Labor and Liberal rushed to condemn Anning, and his views received widespread approbation in the media. But few have bothered to listen through to Annings speech, or read it in full. Thats a shame, because a close reading provides us with many clues to the development of right-wing thinking in this country.
In many ways Annings inaugural speech is quite a traditional address....
Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Harbourside Mansion Sydney Harbour 9 December 2009 While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few...
I first published this piece in May 2016. I think it's important today as the Liberal Party looks to the future. The punters guide to Malcolm Turnbull's form in leading the nation Sunday, 01 May 2016 A few days ago I was chatting with a good mate who talks a...
Victoria Labor government proposes rebates and zero interest loans to encourage another 650,000 homes to install another 2.6GW of rooftop solar. The post Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.
With talk this morning of a possible leadership challenge to the Prime Minister by Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, Ben Eltham reviews what landed the coalition in trouble in the first place.
Covering federal politics is never the most uplifting of tasks, but the past month has been something else again.
The dog days of winter have revealed a splintering Australian polity and an alarming resurgence of overt racism, a Liberal government that has all but exhausted any claim to the moniker of liberal, policy stasis bordering on dereliction of national duty, and a rightwards drift of conservative thought that should concern all thinking Australians, especially those who identify as conservatives.
I could talk about the racism about the neo-Nazi on national television, or the Senator flourishing a reference to the Final Solution in a maiden speech and in an accompanying article, I will.
But in this article, I want to talk about policy, because there seems to be less and less media coverage of the substance of policy these days. Thats a problem, obviously, because policy is important. Policy is the sum of the things that the government is doing, in many cases to ordinary citizens.
Despite all outward indications, the Turnbull government is still actually making policy.
My Health Debacle
Explaining the My Health Record disaster in detail would require a Senate Inquiry, which were now getting. But the broad outline is telling, in and of itself. The government is digitising all of Australi...
Chris Tzaros and I are running our Spring 2018 bird photography workshops in Newstead on 24th November.
A selection of Chriss images from further afield are shown below.
(Natural News) Chewing mints may not be the solution to your bad breath. It can actually make it worse. This claim was made by Australian-based dentist James Buchan...
This video from the USA says about itself:
1000+ Reports Of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Priests In PA | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC
15 August 2018
A bombshell Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania reveals a shocking level of abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests. Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi are joined by Shaun Dougherty, a Catholic sexual abuse survivor, and Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing six victims from this Pennsylvania case to discuss this two-year long investigation and the churchs efforts to cover up the crimes.
The cardinal said this in an interview with the president of the Christian organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The conversation took place after it became known that thousands of children in the USA had been abused for years by some three hundred priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
According to him, the church is not to blame for the abuse, but it is acts that are...
It takes exquisitely well developed ineptitude to be losing to this.
This country is stuffed. .@senbmckenzie on the Paris Agreement: We made an international commitment and its one that wont affect our economy or jobs. It was a sound decision at the time and I havent reversed my perspective on that. MORE: https://t.co/MwDHdlRgwV #SpeersonSunday pic.twitter.com/jlve7NLY7N Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August...
This is Michelle Goldberg - MSNBC put her on the television to tell us Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world and President Trump would probably like to round people up and have them killed. One of her recent NY Time columns was headed: The Pragmatic Left Is...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died. The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as "asteres planetai", meaning "wandering stars", due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word "planet". But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians.
R E S P I C T pic.twitter.com/d7ivNJD1xB Barstool News Network (@BarstoolNewsN) August 19, 2018
Lets consider Paraguay, a country that has traditionally been dominated by two parties, the Colorados and the Liberals. Ill make up a hypothetical set of facts, and you tell me the most plausible way to interpret this imaginary scenario:
1. Manuel Suarez of the Colorado Party is elected president.
2. Almost all Liberals view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
3. The leading Colorado intellectuals and pundits view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
4. Roughly 80% of former leaders of the Colorado party (who are now retired from politics) view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
5. Roughly 10% of current Colorado politicians criticize Suarez as if he were a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
6. In private, most Colorado politicians view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue, even while supporting him publicly in order to please their constituents.
7. Most Colorado voters do not view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue. These voters support Suarez on virtually all issues, regardless of whether his views represent traditional Colorado positions.
Suppose you were a French, Australian or Egyptian political scientist, examining the political situation in Paraguay. You have no emotional tie to either the Colorados or the Liberals. You are examining the situation as dispassionately as one might study an ant farm. Which hypothesis would you regard as most plausible:
A. Suarez is a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
B. Suarez is not a dishonest, vindictive demagogue. Rather hes very much misunderstood by the elites in Asuncion, of both parties, who follow him most closely. Only his cult-like following among ordinary voters of one political party see him for what he is.
PS. AP had a good piece on how GOP politicians view the Trump cult. I almost broke out laughing when I read the concluding paragraph:
The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows, the former Ohio GOP chairman said. When it does end, its the job of a lot of us to make sure that the party is still populated by goo...
Sonographs often used to determine sex of baby so the girls can be killed
It is a moment burned into the memory of a veteran sonographer.
A number of years ago, the sonographer was asked by a couple at their scan around 12 weeks to tell them the gender of their developing baby.
They said something along the lines of We need to know the sex, because if its a girl we are going to terminate it, they said.
You have to deal with things like terminal cancer and miscarriages when youre working as a sonographer. But this occasion, it still sickens me to this day.
Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender
New Australian research, revealed this month, has indicted that a group of parents could be aborting female babies because of a preference for sons. Its led to questions over whether it is necessary to provide parents with early information about the sex of their fetuses.
Already, many obstetricians and sonographers dont routinely provide gender information at the 12-week scan when people can still readily access abortion, largely because its not always accurate and there is rarely any medical purpose. Yet there is an unwillingness to follow in the path of China and India, where abortion of female foetuses is a well-identified problem, and there are bans on early gender reveals.
Advances in science and technology mean Australians are now able to find out the sex of their baby from as early as 10 weeks, via a blood test that also screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. Others may find out their babys sex during an ultrasound around the 12-week mark.
While ultrasound providers have different protocols on whether they reveal the gender of the baby at the first scan, its the stance of the Australasian Sonographers Association that they should play no part in the debate around gender selection.
The associations chief executive, Jodie Long, said if the sonographer was confident in being able to identify the gender, then they would provide that information if asked.
What the parents do with information is not for the sonographer to determine, she said
We havent had a huge season for rain. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Statewide rainfall was 33% below the long-term July mean of 70 mm, the driest July since 2002, and large areas in the north and east of Victoria, and to the north of Melbourne had rainfall totals in the driest 10 per cent on record for July. This follows a dry autumn, with rainfall almost 40% below the long term average.
But weve had plenty of dampish days: very good for moss, which has given much of our bushland its intense green winter tinge. Get down and enjoy it!
The picture shows a patch of Tayloria octoblepharum, a characterful plant with cigar shaped spore heads. It favours rotting matter. A gruesome detail: the moss was first described for modern science from a sample collected from the decaying remains of a Tasmanian bushranger! You can find this and other edifying details from FOBIFs Mosses of dry forests of south eastern Australia. The second edition of this book is almost exhausted, and a third printing is planned for the coming months.
This is Chloe and she has bravely shared her story in the hope that someone may recognise the offender who raped and assaulted her. We urge you to watch this and please share to bring Chloe justice. pic.twitter.com/nWSNkhRwSQ Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 18, 2018
Occasional violent gusts of cold wind didnt change the basic picture: Sunday was a bright winter day, perfect for a brisk stroll over to the Welsh Village from Chinamans Point via the Garfield Wheel and Sailors Gully, with a return along Forest Creek. Wattles are getting into their stride, and Dusty Miller was flowering abundantly along Sailors Gully.
The village is at its atmospheric best in winter, and a strong group on FOBIFs September walk enjoyed that atmosphere to the full: the forest setting, the abandoned buildings and mine works, and the dramatic nearby slate quarry walls made for an exhilarating experience.
Our thanks to Barb Guerin and Lionel Jenkin for guiding the group through the labyrinth of tracks around the village. Next months walk is in the Fryers Rangessure to be abundant with wildflowers. Check the program for details.
Today on #WorldHumanitarianDay we recognise those on the front line of humanitarian efforts. This years theme is #NotATarget - Australia condemns those who target civilians and humanitarian workers in conflict pic.twitter.com/ki3Wm4D1CE Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) August 19, 2018
Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.
Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due to its lack of diplomatic status.
As China extends its influence across the Pacific, Palau is one of Taipeis 18 remaining allies worldwide and is under pressure to switch allegiances, officials and business people there say.
There is an ongoing discussion about China weaponizing tourism, said Jeffrey Barabe, owner of Palau Central Hotel and Palau Carolines Resort in Koror. Some believe that the dollars were allowed to flow in and now they are pulling it back to try and get Palau to establish ties diplomatically.
In the commercial center of Koror, the Chinese pullback is obvious. Hotel blocks and restaurants stand empty, travel agencies are boarded and boats which take tourists to Palaus green, mushroom shaped Rock Islands are docked at the piers.
Prior to the ban, Chinese tourists accounted for about half the visitors to Palau. Of the 122,000 visitors in 2017, 55,000 were from China and 9,000 from Taiwan, official data showed.
Chinese investors had also gone on a buying frenzy, building hotels, opening businesses and securing large swathes of prime coastal real estate.
The decline since the ban was announced has been so sharp, charter airline Palau Pacific Airways announced in July it would terminate flights to China, four hours away, from the end of this month.
The Chinese government was putting an effort to slow or stop tourists going to Palau, said the Taiwanese-controlled airline, which has experienced a 50 percent fall in bookings since the China restrictions began.
China has previously used its tourism clout as a diplomatic tool, last year halting tours to South Korea after Seoul installed a controversial U.S. missile defense system.
Asked if designating Palau an illegal destination was a way....
Australias environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent. It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace. When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of political opportunism. Few typify this more than Labors environment minister Senator Graham Richardsons efforts regarding the Tasmanian forests. To win over the conservation-minded voter in marginal, city-based seats, it was good to go green at least for a bit.
The Great Barrier Reef has not been exempt from the political tussles of a troubled environmental conscience. Its monumental size, and its status as an ecological wonder meant little in the late 1960s, when the appetite for development mattered most. In 1967, it seemed to be facing imminent destruction, another casualty of a predatory mining industry keen for new conquests. The state of Queensland had elected a National Party government hungry to exploit the environments wares.
As local tour operator Alistair Pike explained to the ABC, We had a fairly full-on development oriented government and mate, if they couldnt drill it, mine it, chop it down or whatever, they really didnt want to know about it. It took characters such as that feted rat bag of an activist, rogue of action and Mission Beach artist John Bsst to bring angered but focused attention on threats to bulldoze Ellison Reef. An impeccably connected person, he had the ear of Australian prime minister and fellow diver Harold Holt. A cast of characters were duly mobilised: the CSIRO forester Len Webb, and president of the Queensland Wildlife Society Judith Wright became enthusiastic and un-phased recruits.
In the Australian environmental conscience, this gorgeously freakish wonder of ecology has been seen in isolation, its problems a local provenance and interest rather than a global phenomenon of ailing. As the earth continues is warming push, earthbound, and very terrestrially unimaginative politicians have been attempting to treat the Reefs woes as separately resolvable from the broader challenges of climate change.
Little wonder, then, that a problem viewed in such limited terms could be duly remedied by donations without tender, lump sum payments without review. Narrowly viewed problems tend to lead to narrowly devised solutions. Such was the nature of the Turnbull governments $...
With apologies to Joe Hildebrand who hit the gibberer's nail on the head - more gibberish from the gibberer-in-chief - the lying, dissembling, disingenuous, conceited, unctuous, verbose bumpick who's temporarily Prime Minister. Blah di Blah di Blah - he's keeping more gas in Australia or something.
I have two SASR mates called Kevin - this is from one of them! You know who you are and thank you for your service men. "They are the best in the world" Well said Roger Hayden, US Seal Team Legend. Proud to have been trained, served and worked with...
I want to be clear up front. The Indonesian military command has apologised for this. But it happened and no one stopped it. The children had prepared for Merdeka - Indonesia's Independence Day, 18 August 2018. The 'uniforms' and props were already stored in the kindergarten. This is East Java,...
Newstead photographer, Patrick Kavanagh, has generously contributed many of his terrific nature photos to our FOBIF exhibitions. Here are five of Patricks most recent offerings.
From Senator Fraser Anning today: ABC News and ABC Brisbane did recent polls with 65,000 and 38,400 people voting respectively. The overwhelming majority of people (60% and 75%) agreed that I have nothing to apologise for in my recent speech which called for an immigration plebiscite. I think the Canberra...
MEDIA RELEASE 18 August 2018 Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani ~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab ~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title ~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title ~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent ~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the native title system, and fails to address their right as Indigenous people to free, prior and informed consent, which is at the heart of their action. Mr Adrian Burragubba, one of five applicants in the case, and W&J cultural leader says: We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws. The Queensland Government has a clear choice here, and yesterdays ruling in no way forces them to proceed to extinguish our native title. Dont be fooled, it is up to the Government what happens next. Adani cant be trusted; how can they say they respect the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the traditional owners? We are Traditional Owners, we are the people from that land, and they have never respected our decisions, or our right to free prior informed consent, or our aspirations to care for our ancestral country. They split our people for their own ends and then try to claim they care. They should walk away in shame for all the damage they have done. Ms Linda Bobongie, another applicant and chairperson of the Traditional Owners Council, says: While we respect the decisions of the courts, we arent satisfied by this judgement and will work with our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court. We know the Queensland Government has no obligation to act on extinguishment for Adani. They should wait until all our appeals are exhausted. We held out hope for this legal avenue, but anticipated a conservative judgement within the Native Title system, and were prepared for the decision. Our Council has vowed to continue to defend our lands and waters from Adanis destruction. We call on Adani to immediately withdraw from this damaging project on our land. No administrative decisions that block our rights will stop us standing our ground to defend and protect Wangan a...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Being a crime reporter is not my job, but in the last month three separate people in South Australia came to me asking me to tell their stories. I am now going to act as reporter for one of them, Rachel McIntyre.
I also wish to announce that the avalanche is now happening. The silly little cabal overplayed its hand bigtime and the world of its members is crashing down on them. They believed it was suffici...
BBC World took the hes such a good guy narrative to the next level yesterday by describing Chris Watts as an amazing hubby in the headline of a story about him being charged with murdering his pregnant wife Shannen and two daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three.
The headline was changed after an instant twitter backlash, but nothing is ever gone from the internet. Changing a headline because your readers react with disgust is a step in the right direction, but you still have to wonder about the process that led to someone writing the headline, subbing it, editing it and posting it on twitter when no one in that process either noticed or mentioned that maybe this was not an accurate description of a man charged with murdering his wife and two children.
The amazing hubby quote came from Shanenn Watts social media posts about her husband. Maybe if you wanted to put the best possible interpretation on the original headline, you might wonder if the BBC was attempting to show that men who appear to be loving husbands and good guys can still wind up on a murder charge. But the Good Guy narrative is far too common, its almost embedded into media reporting on men who kill their families although, of course, it never almost applies to men of colour or to men who kill women they dont know.
In 2012, then Australian Press Council Chair David Weisbrot spoke about the Good Guy reporting on men who kill their partners and children:
Its pretty irrelevant to the story, and you would never include information like that in a story about an alleged armed robber, or an alleged terrorist. Yet there is that tradition in a lot of family violence coverage.
It will be up to the court to determine Watts guilt or innocence but in the meantime journalists should be past the point where they need to create a sympathetic portrait of him on the day he was charged with murder.
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Winter is the season in which tales from the woodpile abound who in their right mind would be rummaging through a woodpile in summer! This time the woodpile is not mine but Kens from Whanregarwen. The Huntsman-looking spider is a Ground or Flat Spider (Hemicloea sp.). They live in leaf litter (or woodpiles) and 
Courtship feeding in Eastern Yellow Robin happens during nest-building, incubation and nestling feeding stages.
It is always a fleeting event, with the male drawn to the begging female, either on the nest or a favourite perch nearby, carrying a tasty morsel, In this instance a colour-banded male arrived at the nest where the female was sitting on two eggs. I was fortunate to capture the female in focus but the male was just too fast.
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Australian anti-war journalist Caitlin Johnstone was suspended from Twitter for several hours after a tweet blasting Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) as a warmonger and suggested that his death would make the world a better place. Johnstone, a self-described "bogan socialist" and critic of imperialism, had over 33,000 followers on Twitter when she got banned - apparently over a post criticizing McCain earlier this week. Being both vocally anti-Russian and a critic of President Donald Trump, McCain is a figure popular with both the NeverTrump conservatives and #Resistance liberals. The hawkish Republican has battled brain cancer for over a year. Johnstone's tweet said that McCain "devoted his entire political career to slaughtering as many human beings as possible at every opportunity." She then added that "the world will be improved when he finally dies." Comment: McCain is a warmongering psychopath and certainly won't be missed when he departs this planet for good.
I will be sentenced on Wednesday the 22nd of August and possibly jailed for contempt of court for saying something in court that was critical of a Supreme Court of NSW judge and Registrar Christopher Bradford. I cannot say what I said as there is a suppression order and bail conditions stopping me from doing 
The treasonous Liberal party-room has endorsed the Labor-lite NEG. There must now be a grassroots revolt like 2009. pic.twitter.com/3QeRMIcCUi StopTurnbullcom (@Stop_Turnbull) August 14, 2018
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Nation Governments Must Start Offering Feeling Products, Passport Citizenship
What is feeling products?
Nice number, Fast track service likes ID, Passport, Car plates number, fast completion service like 24 hour Passport, ID card, 1 year fast track to citizenship.
There is already that type of products/services on the market but mostly on black market/corruption & appear on very small nations.
The World heading from National to Global Earth, but you still must keep traditional practice, you must separate the bad & the good things.
You must separate the original people & the immigrant people. But by what?
From the Passport, National Identity Card!
There are two types of Nation on Earth now:
- The original where white, black, yellow like the Asia, Europe, Africa, South America.
- And the second one is the immigrant regions like: North America, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, you can count some nation as semi-immigrant like the Brazil, Argentina, United Kingdom.
The first type especially in Europe are being take advantage of by the stupid group like what happening in the UK, France, Sweden, Germany, etc.
The future is global one but at least in next 30-40 years you must separate the original people versus the immigrant people by add new line in the Passport: From: Original/Immigrant.
You can check that by just the skin color, language, family lineage.
What about Immigrant Nation?
They must start allowing dual citizenships, but they must raise the standard to become citizenship like: must own a house/flat. It is so stupid to see...
Ian Higgins, well known local landcarer and co-founder of Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare, will be our speaker at the upcoming FOBIF AGM on August 27.
In an article about Ian after winning the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award in 2017, the Victorian Landcare Magazine wrote:
Higgins early interest in native plants has continued through his life. He developed a remarkable knowledge of indigenous flora species, their propagation and revegetation, leading to a 30-year professional career during which he has contributed significantly to revegetation and environmental planning in Victoria, in both professional and voluntary capacities.
You can find out about Ians history of involvement in environmental projects here.
Topics he will cover in his FOBIF speech will include:
The meeting will start at 7.30 in the Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine (next to Mostyn Street IGA supermarket). Information on how to nominate for the FOBIF Committee can be found here. All welcome and supper will be served.
Australian-based Demand Film has released a new virtual currency to reward users who promote and watch movie trailers. Demand Film is officially releasing the cryptocurrency, known as Screencreds, before the company launches in Germany next Tuesday. The new digital coin is the latest example of how digital currencies and blockchain technology are making waves in Continued
The post Australian Cinema-on-Demand Distributor Launching Cryptocurrency To Reward Film Enthusiasts appeared first on CCN
Dear Mr Shorten, I applaud you on your personal effort in commemorating Australia's veterans who fought for our country and in particular those who were killed by the enemy in the Vietnam War. However, could I please make one simple request? Would you please consider reworking your commemorative artwork to...
An Australian parliamentarian, Senator Hansen, has called for a plebiscite on immigration levels to this country. "In the decade to 2016 the Australian population increased by 3.5 million, 60% of which was from overseas migration. Given the impact a continuing population growth of this same order will have on already over-stretched infrastructure particularly, in our major cities, a national plebiscite should be held at the time of the next general election to allow the people of Australia to express their opinion. The plebiscite will ask Australian their views on continuing with the current high rate of migration. The Plebiscite (Future Migration Level)Bill 2018 (the Bill) would establish the legislative framework for a compulsory, in-person vote in a national plebiscite that would ask Australians, in view of the level of population increase from migration in the ten years to 2016: Do you think the current rate of immigration to Australia is too high?"
Plebiscite (Future Migration Level) Bill 2018
by authority of Senator Hanson)
According to witnesses who were present at the meeting a private conversation with Australian news publishers and broadcasters, Facebooks head of news partnerships told the group that if they do not work with Facebook that their businesses would die.
The comment is totally at odds with the effect that Facebook claims to have on journalism. At the meeting, the Facebook executive in question had been speaking about revitalizing journalism, and later stated that our goal at Facebook what the team works on every day with publishers and reporters around the world is to help journalism succeed and thrive, both on our platform and off.
A senior Facebook executive has privately admitted Mark Zuckerberg doesnt care about publishers and warned that if they did not work with the social media giant, 'Ill be holding your hands with your dying business like in a hospice' https://t.co/DBVW7aFPhb
The Australian (@australian) August 12, 2018
Although Facebook has demonstrated a pattern of removing or blocking content from its website, the news last week that Alex Jones InfoWars media outlet had been removed from a number of social media platforms (including Facebook) has caused renewed interest in the topic of internet censorship. It has also highlighted the market dominance of Facebook, Google and YouTube, which collectively with the mainstream media, now control a dangerous proportion of the information consumers are accessing.
It is noteworthy that Australias competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is currently investigating whether Facebook and Google have disrupted the news media market to the detriment o...
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Although the Roman Catholic Church has its own legal system, it is unsuitable to prosecute suspects of sexual violence, says Peter Saunders. He was one of the two victims of abuse who took part in the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, set up by Pope Francis.
Last year he and the other victim resigned, partly because they got obstruction from the Vatican. Ecclesiastical courts do not take the victims into account, and if they come to a conviction, then they impose far too light penalties, eg, a life of repentance, says Saunders. A prison term is not an option.
In Pennsylvania, for the first time in history, from outside the church the seriousness and extent of ecclesiastical abuse has been established in a United States American state. It is only one of the fifty states, but it is a beginning.
18 August 2018
Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani
~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab
~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title
~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title
~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent
~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform
In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the na...
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
Only one of the following propositions is possible (with all balances expressed as a per cent of GDP):
- A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is saving overall.
- A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is dissaving overall.
- A nation can run an external deficit and a larger government surplus while the private domestic sector is saving overall.
- None of the above are possible as they all defy the sectoral balances accounting identity.
The best answer is the second option A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is dis-saving overall.
This is a question about the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance that have to always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts.
To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Throughout the world heat waves, flooding and uncontrollable wildfires have caused widespread havoc, lives have been lost, homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined.
Unprecedented levels of heat have been recorded in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. According to The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) record cold May temperatures were registered in northeastern Canada and the northern Atlantic Ocean, off the southern coast of Greenland. Global temperatures for the first five months of the year were the highest on record for a La Nia year; higher temperatures, lead to more frequent and long-lasting heat waves causing adverse environmental impacts.
These extreme weather patterns are the ferocious signs and sights of climate change in 2018, and, because so little is being done to tackle the causes, year on year they become more and more intense. Planet Earth is becoming a world in which the extreme becomes the expected, the disastrous the everyday.
How bad must it get?
The year began with the coldest first week of January on record for numerous cities in eastern America; freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall swept across Europe in March as the Beast From the East hit. Britain was severely affected, with up to three feet of snow in some areas and temperatures down to minus 10C.
Floods have affected East Africa killing dozens of people, tropical cyclones hit Somalia, Djibouti, Yemen and Oman, dust storms killed hundreds in India, and Pakistan had an intense heat wave with temperatures exceeding 40C. Heavy rains and 70 mph winds in Bangladesh caused landslides, deaths and injuries. California had the largest wild fires ever recorded, and down under, Australia is becoming the Land of Drought according to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
A heat wave of unprecedented temperatures scorched Europe and Japan, where 40C (104F) temperatures were recorded, 30 people died and thousands needed medical treatment for heat related conditions. A month earlier Japan had some of the worst floods in its history, more than 200 people lost their lives and almost 2 million people were evacuated; the Caribbean is bracing itself for this years hurricane season, while still recovering from last years devastation, which, the UNFCC say, was the costliest on record.
The list of extreme weather events across the word is endless; extremes that are increasingly normal as the impact of man-made climate change become more and more apparent, and yet little is being done to address the primary causes. How bad does it have to become before substantive action is taken to reverse the terrible damage we are doing t...
A police officer on a motorcycle had a lucky escape yesterday after a motorist allegedly deliberately swerved into his path at Harlaxton before driving away at high speed. https://t.co/JMw5LIQoSA pic.twitter.com/QhLdqooX02 Queensland Police (@QldPolice) August 18, 2018
ABC News, The Conversation By Owen Price 17 Aug 18
CWP Renewables wins planning approval to add 200MW solar plus battery storage to existing 270MW wind farm at Sapphire in northern NSW. The post Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come appeared first on RenewEconomy.
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