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Woolworths are running a huge scam selling fake organic food under their Macro brand. I have previously written about Woolworths involvement in selling fake organic honey but the current investigation shows it goes way past that, including, but not limited to, fake organic food such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Virgin Coconut Oil, Tri Colour Quinoa (high protein edible seeds) and 
Roger Nolan & Mitch Clarke, Brunch to
Saturday 9am noon
Its part of Radio Mansfields mission to nurture young talent, and one of our new additions to our program does just that. Experienced broadcaster and trainer Roger Nolan has teamed up with young talent Mitch Clarke to present a great new two hour show on Saturday mornings called Brunch to Lunch.
Mitch is a student at Mansfield Secondary College and was originally encouraged to get involved by Dallas Daniels MSC drama teacher with her own radio show on Wednesday morning. To start with Roger was training Mitch for his own show, but Mitch has a lot going on with school, orchestra, Air Cadets and Junior SES, so when the Saturday timeslot came up they decided to combine training and broadcasting, with a double hander (to use a radio term!).
Mitch and Roger have worked together before; in MMuDS productions Lyfe of Bryan and Jekyll & Hyde. Mitch also plays trumpet in the MAD orchestra. According to Roger, Mitchs talents and interests make him a natural fit for radio.
The show presents a mix of young and old and across rock, pop, reggae, jazz, swing blues, ballads and a touch of country. Everything from Beethoven to Bruno Mars. Hits from the dance floor cover all decades.
The show is inclusive and just having fun in the High Country.
Radio Mansfield volunteers joined family and friends at the funeral of Chris Deutscher on 30 May in Mansfield.
Chris was one of the fo...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
It is well worth 33 minutes of your time to listen to the entire video by Ronald Bernard. We have heard him before, speaking Dutch, but he is fluent in English.
This is a great presentation. He made it at the Westminster sitting, whatever that means, of the new group called International Tribunal for Natural Justice (not to be confused with a similar one founded by Kevin Annett in Canada) .
In a nutshell, Ronald Bernard had a cruel upbringing and it should have knocked the mickey out of him altogether. But later he was able to break out of it and find love, and give love. His story is somewhat like Wendy Hoffmans biography, Enslaved Queen. She thinks she would have been without the human trait of love except that when she was 4 years old a kind boy named Daniel looked after her.
For me the main importance of this video is that the speaker tells us how he came to put his conscience in the freezer and have no qualms about his assignment to wreck economies and businesses. He says that if he and colleagues read that a man had killed himself, due to business failure, leaving a wife and kids to suffer, they would all have a good laugh.
I have been told by reliable people that George W Bush could enjoy something like that. I recall Wayne Madsen reporting as soon as the Abu Ghraib story became known, that the Oval Office had a direct link to the prison to watch the torture.
I have often said that both the Bush presidents were tortured as children, and we should feel sorry for them. Of course that does not mean we should let them be in charge of a nation.
Ronald says such people still have human in them but its locked in a bunker. And they are afraid of the adults. They need a bridge to come over. A bridge of forgiveness. There is a whole army of people who want to take care of them. They also need affection, e.g., through animals. This is at 14.50 minutes on the tape.
Thanks to the new tribunal for bringing this talk to us. Its getting about a thousand hits per day.
At 16.48 Bernard says Its not about the perpetrators. Its about the billions of people who are doing nothing. Thats us. Please give it a go.
Update: I have now watched 3 more of the videos and they are fabulous:
Anthony Stansfeld, an elected Police Commissioner for the Thames Valley, outs Lloyds and KPMG (its embarrassing, really to learn of the extent of their frauds);
Justin Walker digs into the Deep State by reference to the BIS Bank of International Settlements in Basle founded b...
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
A rising household saving ratio combined with a rising external deficit that drains aggregate spending, doesnt necessarily mean that the government deficit has to rise to maintain current output growth.
The answer is True.
This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.
In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).
To refresh your memory the sectoral 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:
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 taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).
Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):
The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death. Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Churchs great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power. The State shall have no say where the priests confidence is concerned, for all may go to him to seek amends. The sacramental seal, goes the relevant code of canon law, is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for the confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.
Those points certainly have merits, even if these seem a touch faded after the sex abuse imbroglio the Church has found itself in. Confession, which functions as a barometric reading of Catholic guilt, has developed its own succour and relish, an ecosystem of ritual and understanding resistant to the prying of the criminal law. Not merely does its ironclad protection provide a dispensation from the laws of the land in certain troubling cases; the confession, in effect, serves as an economy of ordered guilt, reassurance for the next binge of sin. To remove it, or at the very least heavily qualify it, would be an unsettling challenge to a distinct Weltanschauung.
The process effectively permits all including erring priests to engage the process from either side of the grille. Historically, the process also imperilled children. Pope Pius X, in decreeing in 1910 that confession should commence at the tender age of seven, permitted an army of celibates access to vulnerable, and in certain instances titillating flesh.
Legislators troubled by the enduring force and fascination with the seal of the confessional have gotten busy, most notably in Australia. This was prompted, in no small part, by the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We are satisfied, went the Australian report, that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt.
One recommendation specifies that institutions which have a religious confession for children should implement a policy that requires the rite only to be conducted in an open space within the clear line of sight of another adult. But the members of the Royal Commission went beyond the spatial logistics of the confessional. Institutional jolting was required.
Each state and territory government, argued Commission members, should pass legislation creating a criminal offence of failure to report targeted at child se...
Apparently Ms Bishop now understands that while the Rohingyas are a cause clbre for her UN mates, Australians understand that there are two sides to the story. We give nothing to the Burmese Buddhists attacked by the Muslim Rohingya. And now the UN's party-girl-in-chief Ms Bishop has taken to disguising...
This article by Global Freedom Movement.
The energy psychology revolution is upon us, turning the standard Western healing model on its head, putting the patient back in the drivers seat, and moving beyond the band-aid solutions that pervade mainstream psychiatry and psychology. This is the revolution that Big Pharma and institutional psychiatry hope you never hear about.
The article The Self-Healing Revolution Energy Psychology Explained appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.
Hosted by Bring Home to Bilo (Biloela community), Tamil Refugee Council and RAC When: 3-4pm Sunday 24 June Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Priya, Nades and their children Kopica and Tharunicaa have received a removal notice that could see them deported to danger in Sri Lanka. RAC, Home(...)
The post July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners appeared first on It's Going Down.
Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.
Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreemanan Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligansthe International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.
This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisonersthe comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trialbecause they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!
Until All Are Free!
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Global List of Antifascist Prisoners
Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who are currently imprisoned. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the...
1810 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie had wont to send an email...but lacking the necessary pigeons to hold the horse hairs together to make contact with the interwebs, Macquarie instead opened the first Aussie post office, at Circular Quay.
1830 - Harry Cade was hanged for highway robbery near Parramatta. Cade was transported at the age of fourteen and executed after he turned sixteen.
1830 - Jack Field was hanged at Sydney for stealing from a settler named Pike.
1830 - Henry O'Neil was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.
1839 - Thomas Sumner , George Cooke , Ryder Gorman and Dennis Dacey were hanged at Sydney for robbery with violence at the house of William Woods and rape of Ann Amlin at King's Plains (Blayney)
1862 - Cobb & Co began writing themselves into Aussie history with their coach service galloping about NSW from their headquarters in Bathurst.
1862 - Not that we're calling them size queens but....The western boundary of Queensland changed from Longitude 141 degrees to 138 degrees.
1865 - Vic Parliament created its own debate reporting department. J. J. Casey in his speech to Parliament noted 'in the opinion of this house, provision should be made to secure an accurate report of the debates in Parliament in the form of Hansard'. Parliamentary reporting had previously been undertaken by journalists from The Argus newspaper.
1866 - Today was the date in the diary for the drilling of the first oil well in the Fair Isle of OZ; it was located at Alfred Flat, Coorong, in South OZ, due to an algal scum "coorongite" being mistaken for bitumen.
1867 - The Nepean River, NSW, flooded to an estimated height of about 13.4 metres in the river, and 27.47 metres on land. It had a devastating effect on the riverside communities; six died.
1869 - Prince Alfred Wesleyan College opened in Adelaide, SA.
Many people would have heard of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, because of their black-gloved clenched fist salute protesting racism captured in the iconic photograph below. Carlos had left his pair of black gloves back at the Olympic village, which is why he and Smith each wore a single glove on different hands.
The third man in the photo is Australian Peter Norman, who was white and a staunch anti-racism advocate. He won the silver medal and also joined in the protest but differently, wearing a button that said Olympic Project for Human Rights. For his action, Norman was vilified by the people in his home country, ostracized by the Australian authorities, and deliberately overlooked for the 1972 Olympics, despite being the highest finisher for an Australian sprinter in Olympic history and a contender for the gold medal. When the 2000 Olympics were held in Sydney he was not invited by the Australians to be part of the ceremonies. It was American athletes and the US Olympics Committee that invited Norman to be part of their delegation and stay with them at the village. It was just recently that the Australian Olympic Committee tried to make amends for their past awful behavior and awarded Norman a posthumous Order of Merit.
A couple of years ago, I wrote about the deep and lasting friendship that developed between these three men, including how Smith and Carlos went to Australia to deliver eulogies and be pall bearers at Normans funeral in 2006 following his death from a heart attack at the early age of 64. In the June/July 2018 issue of The Progressive (not online yet), Dave Zirin adds some stories of the bonds between them that I was not aware of.
John Carlos has told me, in conversations over the years, I always felt like Peter Norman, after those Olympics, had it tougher than Tommie or me because in the United States they took turns kicking our asses. In Australia, Peter was on his own.
When San Jose State University erected a massive statue in tribute to alumni Smith and Carlos in 2005, they decided to leave the silver medal stand empty. After Carlos received word that Norman would not be represented, he marched into the office of the schools president and said he wouldnt have anything to do with a statue of....
This video says about itself:
Science Bulletins: Seeking SpidersBiodiversity on a Different Scale
4 October 2012
Recognizing the tiny species of any ecosystem is hugely important for defining its overall diversity. But miniscule forms of life are often invisible to conservation efforts because they have yet to be described in detail. Dr. Norman Platnick of the American Museum of Natural History is leading an important initiative to discover biodiversity on a smaller scale. Having devoted decades to the study of spiders, Dr. Platnick now leads a team of 45 investigators from 10 countries in the largest-ever research project on spiders, identifying members of the goblin spider family. This group of spiders is widely distributed but largely unknown, primarily due to their small sizeat 1.2-3mm, they measure one-half to one-third the length of the average spider. This video follows Dr. Platnicks team into the Ecuadorian jungle as they collect and identify scores of unrecognized goblin spiders, showing how little we know about the full breadth of global biodiversity.
Six new species of goblin spiders named after famous goblins and brownies
June 21, 2018
Summary: A remarkably high diversity of goblin spiders is reported from the Sri Lankan forests. Nine new species are described in a recent paper, where six are named after goblins and brownies from Enid Blytons childrens books. There are now 45 goblin spider species belonging to 13 genera known to inhabit the island country.
Fictional characters originally described by famous English childrens writer Enid Blyton have given their names to six new species of minute goblin spiders discovered in the diminishing forests of Sri Lanka.
The goblins Bom, Snooky and Tumpy and the b...
Vietnam and America, once enemies, and now comprehensive partners, have developed a significant bilateral relationship since the two countries have moved away from the wars painful past and embraced a new future with greater vision.
This weeks trade mission to Washington led by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue comes at a sensitive time when the Trump Administration is embroiled in trade disputes with China, the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.
Last year Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucs meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald helped reboot a US-Vietnam dialogue. Hues mission during this visit will be to lobby for Hanois market economy status so that Washington will lift tariffs on their fish exports, namely catfish and shrimp among other products.
On the surface, US-Vietnam evolving economic relations moves the trade needle closer to increased normalization, but more work is needed according to sources in both Washington and Vietnam. The US- Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) signed in 2001 was the signature key element in Vietnams short march from the battlefields into the labyrinth of legal reform, trade liberalization, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership.
The BTA sent a positive signal to investors and producers, especially with regards to labor-intensive manufacturers. Nevertheless, in what global investors deem a socialist market-driven economy, Washington still designates Vietnam as a non-market economy. Under the terms of its WTO accession agreement with the U.S., Vietnam is to remain a non-market economy under U.S. law for up to 12 years after its accession or until it meets the U.S. criteria for a market economy designation.
Some policy experts remain optimistic about Vietnams progressive steps towards becoming a true market economy.
America and Vietnam widely acknowledge that globalization reflects a central facet in foreign investment in manufacturing plants like Nike in Vietnam, which employs over 400,000 young women. The tide of foreign direct investment pouring into the country has yielded many dividends, including a dramatic fall in Vietnams poverty rates, growing living standards, and increased life expectancy.
Vietnams cautious and sequenced adoption of market institutions has brought more than two decades of impressive economic performance, all while leaving the countrys underlying political economy largely intact claims Matthew Busch, a research fellow at Australias Lowy Institute.
Pushing for Market Economy Status
Vietnamese leaders are eager to see the United States change the status to a market economy since Hanoi is currently penalized with onerous antidumping and countervailing duties in excess of...
A POWERFUL 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit Vanuatu, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at a depth of 21 kilometres some 30 kilometres west of the capital Port Vila, the US Geological Survey said. USGS said there was low likelihood of casualties and damage although it added that recent earthquakes in the area had caused secondary hazards such as landslides. "Definitely shaking would have been felt in the area, but we have received no reports yet of any damage," Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Hugh Glanville told AFP.
By Amanda Froelich,
South Korea is one step closer to outlawing the consumption of canines. In a landmark decision, a South Korean court ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.
On Thursday, the city court in Bucheon reviewed a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator. Activists accused the man of killing animals without proper reasons and for violating building and hygiene regulations. The man was convicted and fined 3m won (2,050). Most noteworthy is that the court said meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs.
Said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care: It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself. She added that the precedent is paving the way for a total ban in South Korea.
Dog meat has been a part of South Korean cuisine since first century AD. Every year, approximately 1 million dogs are eaten in the country. But in recent years, the tradition has been challenged by animal rights activists and younger generations in the country. To crack down on dog farms, as well as appease the public, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations and some animal protection laws. There is still no specific ban against the consumption of canines, though.
According to a survey conducted last year, approximately 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dog mean. Yet surprisingly, only 40 pe...
Federal Government pays for schoolkids from country SA to go on a nuclear fact-finding tour https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/federal-government-pays-for-schoolkids-from-country-sa-to-go-on-a-nuclear-factfinding-tour/news-story/4820fe94618442858b517fada6b3f5a8, Erin Jones, Regional Reporter, The Advertiser, 21 June 18
AUSTRALIAN taxpayers are forking out nearly $20,000 to send Kimba school students on an all-expenses paid, five-night excursion to Sydney to learn about radioactive waste.
Take the pledge here I will only give my first preference vote to a party that: (1) supports bringing the refugees detained on Manus and Nauru to Australia, and offering them permanent protection, (2) ensures people seeking asylum have access to education, employment and income support, allowing them to live with dignity, (3) ends the(...)
James Cogans speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange
In January 1931, as the newly elected United Australia Party government of Joseph Lyons was contemplating the establishment of a national broadcasting service, the prime minister received a deputation of prominent Melburnians, including a barrister and member of the Victorian parliament, Robert Gordon Menzies.
They urged that the new broadcasting service be organised on an independent basis and that cultural potentialities of the Broadcast Service be considered a matter of primary importance. The broadcast service came to be named the Australian Broadcasting Commission and went to air for the first time on July 1 1932.
It is a measure of how far todays Liberal Party has drifted away from the values and ideals of its founder, Menzies, that last Saturday its federal council should have resoundingly adopted a motion that the ABC should be privatised.
One of the proponents of the motion was Mitchell Collier, the federal vice-president of the Young Liberals. He said there was no economic case to keep the broadcaster in public hands.
No economic case. Where the ABC is concerned, that is a false premise on which to proceed. The ABC was explicitly not established for economic purposes or in pursuit of an economic ideology. It was established for social, educational and cultural purposes.
It was also established on an explicitly non-commercial basis: it takes no advertising. Why? Because it was believed advertising would weaken its independence. The policymakers of the 1930s had seen only too clearly how beholden the newspaper proprietors of the day had become to commercial imperatives: the demands of advertisers and the pressure to increase circulation, even at the cost of editorial quality and integrity.
The newspapers of the day had also become mouthpieces for sectional interests. In Melbourne,...
A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide. The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and(...)
With the situation that has been underway in America until todays executive order children being taken from their parents at the border as part of the Trump Administrations new immigration strategy were hearing the phrase, They should have just come here legally! getting thrown around a lot.
While the people making this statement make it sound easy enough for those seeking asylum or a better chance at life in the USA to obtain a proper visa, they fail to recognise the perplexity of the US Immigration system and demonstrate a lack of knowledge about the demanding process that is coming here legally.
Now, you cant blame someone for not having insight into this process. I wouldnt either if I hadnt gone through it myself with my now-husband. Our situation started as hopeful, as he is from England, a predominantly white, Christian nation, which is one of the USAs greatest allies. Things were looking up even more because I have a relative who is an immigration lawyer and was able to provide more insight into the extremely complicated process that is migrating to the United States.
We extensively researched ways he could live and work here legally without us getting married, but quickly came to the realisation this wasnt going to happen for us. While there are many different types of visas, they are not achievable unless you meet very specific requirements.
The work visa offered by the US requires you to be sponsored by an employer in a specialty field. The employer has to show you have a degree and two years or more of experience in this field. The US Government only issues 65,000 of this type of visa a year.
Having a relative or spouse who is a US citizen makes you eligible for a US visa, as does being a religious worker or student. Outside of those options, you can kiss your dreams of obtaining a visa to live and work here legally goodbye.
The US does offer tourist visas, allowing you to stay in the country for up to 90 days (no working please!). People traveling from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are visa exempt, meaning they dont require a travel visa to enter our country. If youre coming from anywhere else, you will have to apply for the visa and, wouldnt you have guessed it, people from Central American, Middle Eastern and African countries have a 40 50 per cent visa refusal rate. And young adults, who are single and/or unemployed almost never receive visas.
In our case, we made the decision to move to Australia to see how our relationship...
Introduction by Dee McLachlan
From time to time I receive submissions from G5. Having met him several times, I have come to trust his work at least to the extent that it is possible for me to judge it. Generally I get the feeling G5 is sincere and has Insider knowledge. Of course I invite anyone to say, in the comments, or in a separate article, that they have disagreements with his facts.
On this occasion, G5 has taken on the Biggie the subject of Paedophilia in High Places. I am glad he has in particular highlighted the amount of fear that is going on today in relation to this.
You will be surprised to hear that Julian Assange was not the only person to seek protection in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Andrea Davison also sought protection there to save her life from the British. What a world we live in!
So here we go. The rest is G5s but all bolding is mine:
Influence and Fear
The power and influence of the paedophile network in the UK is such that even Prime Ministers fear to expose it. The abused children were terrified by the power their abusers had over the police and the judiciary.
The risk of persecution and assas...
The slimy little firing squad target in this clip is Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman. The Reverend has just been sentenced to death for inciting others to commit terror acts. "The defendant has either met his followers face to face or distributed his write-ups widely on the internet, MP3 clips as...
This article was sparked by the jacket that Melania Trump wore as she travelled to a detention camp for migrant children, but my intent isnt to argue that she or her staff chose that jacket in order to send a coded message to the presidents far-right followers. It is, rather, to highlight some of the historical echoes of that phrase I dont care.
By Dr. Mercola
If you were alive in the 1970s and 80s, you undoubtedly remember the "chia pet" craze. Cultivating one of these characters was easily accomplished by applying moistened chia seeds to a grooved terra cotta figurine and watering them daily until they sprouted. Because chia seeds become gel-like when wet, they adhered to the pottery in such a way as to create tuffs of green sprouts that mimicked fur, hair and beards.
While the market for those terra cotta creations has waned, the interest in chia seeds and chia sprouts has experienced explosive growth. Part of the reason is chia's nutritional profile. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fats and other beneficial nutrients. If you've never considered growing chia, perhaps you may reconsider after learning more about this superb superfood.
Chia seeds are harvested from the plant Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant that is a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. Chia is native to central and southern Mexico and parts of Central America. Due to its popularity, it is now grown commercially in several countries around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia and the U.S.1
Chia's tiny oval seeds boast a shiny, mottled seed coat that can be black, brown, gray or white. The plant itself is an annual herb characterized by dark-green leaves that are wrinkled and deeply lobed. When mature, numerous purple and white, somewhat self-pollinating flowers, emerge from a central spike.
According to Britannica.com, chia was:2
Chia's production as a food crop dropped off until the late 20th century. Its use, some assert, was somewhat revived due to the popularity of the chia pet in the late 1970s and '80s. At that time, chia began to make a comeback as an alternative crop and health food. Today, chia is well-regarded for its nutritiona...
A former MasterChef contestant and her family are homeless after hackers stole $250,000 from the proceeds of their home sale while it was being settled on Australias new online property transfer system, owned by the big banks and state governments.
Contra dance queest-ce-que cest? For those of us whove never dipped a heel or toe into this aspect of the folk or social dance scene, a quick spot of online research explains contra dancing as social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A hot stepping cousin of square dancing or bush dancing, contra dancing is done in pairs with couples moving up and down a line or in sets in response to a caller. It originates from North America and is steadily gaining an enthusiastic following of new, young dancers here in Australia. It is also a fantastic way to link social dancing with community music making.
Melbourne based musician, Judy Oleinikov is a big fan of the inclusive nature of contra dance and for the past three years or so has been doing her bit to bring a wider awareness of it to musicians and dancers alike: Contra dances can be more vivacious and also a little bit more informal than some of the other dances we have here unlike something more structured such as Scottish Dancing, it isnt intimidating to beginners.
It may be a relief to hear that a sleek technique isnt required and you dont need to point your toes to take part. Contra dancing is open to anyone of any age and people seem to find it highly addictive due to its inherent element of fun. That and the amount of spinning involved.
For Judy, Contra dance kicks come from her involvement as a fiddle player for the dance:
What I love about social dance is seeing a roomful of people in sync, the dancers and the musicians. Theres just nothing better, that buzz of live music and everyone responding to it.
In addition to the fact its fun, Judy considers the resurgence in contra dancing important in helping to sustain a complex skill and a vital element of musicality which she believes is at risk of becoming lost: the ability to play for dancers.
A lot of Celtic musicians learn the music completely separate from the dance and so they havent quite got the feel they can be brilliant players but to a dancer it just wouldnt be right. Weve grown used to hearing recordings or playing tunes in pubs and so what I really like about bringing a dance back is doing it while people are learning the music to go with it.
Contra dance music is lively, and drives and energizes the dancers. Like all forms of music, it has originated from a blend of traditions, noticeably Irish, Scottish, Breton, Qubecois, Cape Breton, New England, and Appalachian, and is constantly evolving, as living traditions do. As an avid player of Celtic music herself, Judy explains that the origin of this form of music was in playing tunes for people to dance along to as entertainment...
To: Ms Anna Cody
Kingsford Legal centre
University of New South Wales,
Kensington NSW 2052
Dear Ms. Cody,
Re: The role of the KLC in Australias worst cases of systemic fraud and serial murder.
A month ago, Magistrate Robert Stone told...
That's the discoverer of the fountain of youth Derryn in the middle surrounded by tireless campaigners for Dugong and Turtle Colin Riddell and Bob Irwin. A couple of days ago Senator Hinch introduced a bill to ban live exports of animals. Colin saw his chance and quite pointedly asked the...
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.2 hit Vanuatu at 21:13 UTC on June 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 36 km (22.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 21.8 km (13.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth...... Read more
Looks like you'll get your chance to serve old mate! Maybe in the laundry or cleaning the dunnies. This report is from News Limited SALIM Mehajers stroke of good luck in avoiding lengthy jail sentences has run out after he was today sentenced to at least 11 months behind bars...
US first lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that read "I really don't care. Do U?" while boarding her plane to tour an immigrant children's shelter https://t.co/mhAqNeAgDR pic.twitter.com/mdYenZwBqT CNN International (@cnni) June 21, 2018 I REALLY DONT CARE, DO U? written on the back of Melanias jacket, refers to...
Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Communitys kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, Please Sir, can I have some more? look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.
Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parkers ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.
While surgery seemed no longer an option by Parkers attending veterinarians, this dear boy now receives regular shockwave therapy to break down scar tissue that threatens to block his urinary tract and keep any complications at bay. As always, Parker is an absolute gentleman and the most obliging of patients, as long as one of his people proffer chin scratches and nose kisses, he stands obligingly whilst the procedure is performed.
We are ever grateful for the technologies that allow residents like Parker to overcome adversity and live full and happy lives as are we grateful for our Five Dollar Friday community who make this arm of our work possible.
If you too want to send waves of kindness Parkers way, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today www.fivedollarfriday.com.au
Public schools rely on the unpaid overtime labour and emotional blackmail of teachers. Ive lost count of the amount of times Ive challenged why we are expected to complete an arbitrary task in our own time only to be told we dont get into teaching for the money and we go that step further because its what is best for the children.
Every now and then we experience those moments of realisation that things, events and experiences have brought life around full circle. Often, these realisations come at a much later date, during times of reflection rather than at the actual moment they occur for those moments are often too painful, too demanding of our energies or too all-consuming to ever contemplate the bigger picture.
One such moment we experienced recently here at the sanctuary was the passing of our beloved Vincent van Goatee. Even the typing of his name brings tears to the eyes, still so real is the pain of losing him.
I have no doubt that each one of us has a desire to be remembered for something when our days on this earth come to an end. Were we brave and courageous, kind to a tee, intelligent, accomplished, rich and famous, did we achieve great things, right a wrong or all of the above? The list goes on. And if there is one defining quality that comes to mind when we reflect on the life of dear Vincent it was most certainly this: friendship.
The memory of that cool Wednesday morning we pulled up at the rural pound and first laid our eyes on Vincent is still as clear as the day it happened. A stately Anglo Nubian cross, who looked more camel-like than caprine and an older, handsome Toggenburg with the most impressive beard gazed back at us from the paddock beyond. At first, we couldnt help but giggle as we wondered how on earth two of the biggest goats we had ever seen were going to fit into our van, which now seemed tiny in comparison. But we were soon sobered when we realised the smaller of the two, the boy we were to christen Vincent van Goatee visibly trembled at the mere sight of us. This simultaneously broke our hearts and made the task ahead seem near impossible. How on earth were we to catch this terrified goat and convince him to step foot into our vehi...
Thats the title of
my latest piece in the Guardian.
Privatisation has been the last fiscal resort of desperate governments for decades. By now, just about everyone in the community understands that the supposed windfall achieved by selling income generating assets is spurious. Voters have routinely tossed out governments that have advocated or implemented privatisation, sometimes by stunning margins.
The only people who havent got the memo are the politicians who make budget policy and the journalists who write about it. The politicians reluctance to abandon privatisation is understandable if discreditable: when electors throw them out, they are virtually guaranteed a lucrative post-political career in the financial sector.
The failure of political journalists to understand what they write and talk about for a living is more surprising. Yet the coverage of the Queensland and NSW elections suggests that there has been no improvement in understanding of the basic issues.
Unions are mostly known for their involvement in in matters concerning wages and wqorking conditions. While these are their bread and butter, unions and their members are often concerned with matters out there in the wider community. Here is an example where young members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), are active in helping homeless people sleeping out in the streets. They are supporting Night Angles, to provide clothes, backpacks and other items to help make a rough life a little more comfortable.
MUA Newcastle Branch Youth members make a donation to the Newcastle Night Angels
Posted by Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle Branch on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News of BitHumb hack continues to dominate the crypto market. While the consequent hasn"t been that adverse, there are differing opinions on the matter. Charlie Lee of Litecoin on an interview thinks that there shouldn"t be a correlation between any 
The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and IOTA appeared first on The Global Mail.
1788 - "Slight shock of earthquake in the newly formed
settlement of Sydney Cove. It did not last more than two or three
seconds. It was felt by most people in camp, and by the Governor
himself, who heard at the same time a noise to the south, and which
he took at first to be the report of guns fired at a great
distance. The earth teemed with sulphurous odour for some
The robins are back in town. In our district several species of Robins (genus Petroica) are seasonal migrants seeking relief in the alpine areas from the heat in summer only to return to lower and warmer climes in winter. Well they are back for the winter in large flocks. Flame Robins (Petroica phoenicea) (pictured left) 
According to reports a Chinese economics textbook thats used in some of Chinas leading universities states that the notorious Dr. Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. The university textbook authored by Frederic Mishkin calls Wright an Australian geek who invented the cryptocurrency bitcoin almost ten years ago.
Dr. Craig Wright is an interesting man, and he is well known for publicly identifying himself as the creator of Bitcoin not long ago. Multiple news publications and key members of the Bitcoin community such as Gavin Andresen and Jon Matonis say that Wright has signed messages using Satoshi Nakamotos keys. Although during that time, and even now, that topic has been a contentious issue amongst the cryptocurrency community, and since then Wright has stopped discussing the claim....
Murdoch flagship the Australian has been waging a long running campaign against the construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), and especially its Victorian leader John Setka.
The years of character assassination have been to try and destroy a union, which is seen as the leading edge of the movement, and in the way of the Murdoch empires dream of the de-unionisation of Australia.
Murdochs vendetta against the union and its leaders is part of a much wider agenda, to impose on a particularly vicious brand of politics on Australia, based on race hate, the denial of basic rights and concentration of power. With its collection of like minded writers, the media empire has been molded as the propaganda arm of this political ambition. Given the resources at its disposal, this is a dangerous organisation.
A month ago, the newspaper took the vendetta a step further, by publishing stories about Setkas prior convictions, and used the by lines, the only thing bigger than his biceps is his police rap sheet, and that he had been convicted or fined over 40 of those convictions, including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.
They are grossly misleading claims, which do not mention their connection with an ongoing political battle with Murdoch and the government, widely regarded to be political in nature, rather than about criminal behaviour. The Australian has never been reputed to be hugely accurate with its news.
Another article referred to claims by the prominent Turnbull minister Michaela Cash, about Setka not being fit to exert political influence, because of his excessive criminal history. It did not mention that the government is partisan, and has shown its desire to remove the union leader from office.
Warnings from the Office of Public Prosecutions over publishing material in these stories had been ignored.
In a pivotal case, Setka and the unions president Shaun Reardon had been charged in December 2015, with blackmail over alleged threats made to executives of concrete company Boral two years earlier. The case collapsed in May this year.
Following this, the Director of Public Prosecutions launched proceedings against the Australians owners and Nick Cater, who is a former editor of the weekend edition of the newspaper and executive director of the Liberal Party associated Menzies Research Centre.
Cater was accused of having a tendency to prejudice or interfere with the due administration of justice in the prosecution of John Setka. In a story, published just a month before the collapse of the Setka Reardon trial, Cator wrote a story with the heading Shortens just a puppet wholl do what he is told, in which he claimed...
On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both.
What? You didnt hear about this anywhere? And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous. Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.
If, until now, you hadnt read about Mattiss decision anywhere, Im not surprised since the media gave it virtually no attention less certainly than would have been accorded the least significant tweet Donald Trump ever dispatched. What coverage it did receive treated the name change as no more than a passing symbolic gesture, a Pentagon ploy to encourage India to join Japan, Australia, and other U.S. allies in Americas Pacific alliance system. In Symbolic Nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name was the headline of a Reuters story on the subject and, to the extent that any attention was paid, it was typical.
That the medias military analysts failed to notice anything more than symbolism in the deep-sixing of PACOM shouldnt be surprising, given all the attention being paid to other major international developments the pyrotechnics of the Korean summit in Singapore, the insults traded at and after the G7 meeting in Canada, or the ominous gathering storm over Iran. Add to this the poor grasp so many journalists have of the nature of the U.S. militarys strategic thinking. Still, Mattis himself has not been shy about the geopolitical significance of linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans in such planning. In fact, it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. military thinking with potentially far-reaching consequences
An unexplained bright light was seen travelling across the sky above Toowoomba earlier this morning. There may be an innocent explanation for it but it brings forward the age old question - are we alone in the universe? It is something that divides people all across the world and when unexplained flashes of light or objects are snapped in the sky, the question is again brought to the forefront of people's minds. Most of the time they can be explained, but sometimes they can't. This morning Nathan Murphy shared a photo he snapped of the puzzling light moving across the sky at 6.30am.
@TwitterAU Please remove the prisoner and convicted multiple murderer Craig Minogue's Twitter feed, it's highly offensive to his victims. https://t.co/Sw0ZxLdrAc Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) June 21, 2018 Tommy Robinson, Milo Yiannopoulos and for a short time President Donald Trump have all been banned from Twitter - Tommy and Milo...
Another poor day for the major Chinese markets, yet a continued recovery for Japan. Again, we see Shanghai and the Hang Seng under perform the periphery, as concerns surrounding the US/China trade talks play on investor minds. Both core China markets closed down 1.3% and are lower in late US trading following the continued weak sentiment. It was currency that helped Japan (+0.6%) and Australia (+1%) as both these closed higher on the day. Unfortunately, currencies lost similar amounts but it looks good as a headline outlier. Not a great day in India as both the stock market and currency declined. The SENSEX opened well, but after playing both sides on unchanged, eventually closed at the days low. The INR again traded heavy as it approaches the mid 68 range. We are against important numbers here so could well be time for a correct into next week. This may help for the short-term but the trend is firmly in place.
The price action in Europe was similar to the Asian play. Having opened in positive territory it was not long before sellers appeared. It looked as though the BOE meeting and headline concerns surrounding OPEC were the catalyst. The BOE announced an unchanged Base but the vote split surprised the market. Expecting a 7-2 and seeing a 6-3 was a shock. The change came from Andy Haldane (Chief Economist) who joined Ian McCaffrey and Michael Saunders in voting for an increase. The market took this to expect August to be a done deal and so GBP rallied +0.5% while the FTSE deduced that being negative and declined near 1%. Core Europe saw the DAX decline 1.5% as autos led the way lower with the CAC falling 1% as energy fell. Fears of Euro scepticism is again hindering the FTSE MIB as well as the Italian government bond market. The index lost over 2% today with 10yr BTPs out 18bp.
A down day across the board and never really looking like it had a chance to turn. DOW Industrials still leading the way, with large autos start to lower numbers. We are seeing the eighth straight decline for the DOW and the US Dollar turned today also. Small caps had been the best performing sector but today has taken a bit of a hit. The broader S+P was the index that has been holding its ground best, but with all other indices off...
From the University of Texas at Austin in the USA:
T. Rex couldnt stick out its tongue
June 20, 2018
Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research reveals a major problem with this classic image: Dinosaurs couldnt stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators.
Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences made the discovery by comparing the hyoid bones the bones that support and ground the tongue of modern birds and crocodiles with those of their extinct dinosaur relatives. In addition to challenging depictions of dino tongues, the research proposes a connection on the origin of flight and an increase in tongue diversity and mobility.
The research was published June 20 in the journal PLOS ONE.
Tongues are often overlooked. But, they offer key insights into the lifestyles of extinct animals, said lead author Zhiheng Li, an associate professor at the Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.He conducted the work while earning his Ph.D. at the UT Jackson School of Geosciences.
The researchers made their discovery by comparing the hyoid bones of...
June 22nd, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra 
Australia is getting ready for Plastic-Free July the countdown started today with a major supermarket chain stopping its handing out free single-use plastic bags.
In The Sustainable Hour on 20 June 2018, we talk with Linda Grant, an education officer based in Hamilton for the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group, who has also started a zero waste group in South West Victoria called War on Waste Southern Grampians and Katie Traill and Meg Odgers from Towards Zero Waste Geelong.
Before they enter 16 minutes in Colin
Mocketts global outlook takes us from Scandinavia over
India to a festive event at Rokewood Hotel, where Pat
Simons from Yes2Renewables gave a
speech as the local community celebrated World Wind Day on 15
Every journey st...
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