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Schiphol the international airfield Serving the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam is starting an Automated teller machine which will allow travellers to exchange their euros for bitcoin or ethereum. The airport explained in a statement on Wednesday that the car has been an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country based an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country itll offer travellers ability to convert their remaining euros to the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country. The new Automated teller machine service facilitated by a partnership with a Dutch software company ByeleX we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by onset we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by find out if theres sufficient demand from travellers, the release indicates.
Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol, commented: . With the bitcoin Automated teller machine, them to readily exchanges local euro for the global cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum permitting potential to spend euros in their home country. That may be beneficial if, for example, it isnt possible to spend euros in their house country. The effort comes as other international airfields are starting to embrace the idea of cryptocurrency as a potentially useful added service for their clients. Earlier this year, Australias Brisbane airport also announced a plan to roll out a crypto payment choice for consumers shopping at retail outlets across the terminal. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
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.
Consider the backdrop to the name change: in recent months, the U.S. has stepped up its naval patrols in waters adjacent to Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea (as has China), raising the prospect of future clashes between the warships of the two countries. Such moves have been accompanied by ever more threatening language from t...
The House Ethics Committee has informed all US Congress members that they must disclose any investment worth more than $1,000 as of June, 18. All lawmakers on Capitol Hill make an annual financial disclosure but a new memo has informed them that any cryptocurrency purchase or sale that exceeds $1,000 must be reported within 45 days.
Cryptocurrency, and its most well known token Bitcoin, came to be as a means to disrupt the global banking system. Many of those who initially embraced it were distrustful of the government and saw using the fiat alternative as a way to keep control of their own finances without federal interference. As its popularity rose and then exploded in late 2017 people from all walks of life were pulled into the investment craze.
This new memo from the Ethics Committee means that the public will know if their member of Congress is trading in digital assets, even as regulatory rulings over their status are still being debated. Some see the decision as a way to protect against future conflicts of interest, as when voting occurs on any bill that may affect the way cryptocurrency is officially seen by federal regulatory bodies.
Representatives elected to Congress, and their staff have been required to disclose personal assets for decades, including real estate and investments. In 2012 that was tightened further to include a full disclosure of any holdings in stocks, bonds or derivatives by members of Congress or their family members. Now as investments in digital assets such as Bitcoin become more popular questions of how they should be reported have arisen since, in many cases, they remain unregulated and undefined by the federal government.
The recent memo from the House Ethics committee also included guidelines on crypto related side jobs. Members of Congress are limited to earning $28,050 from employment apart from their work in the house. The memo has informed them that this cap includes crypto mining.
This memo from the US House of Congress follows a similar demand for disclosure in the Australian Parliament. The register of...
Two recent books offer a helpful guide to Southeast Asias most complex maritime dispute.Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansionby Humphrey HawksleyOverlook Press, 2018, 304 pp., $29.95
Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Great Game in the South China Sea
edited by Anders Corr
Naval Institute Press, 2018, 336 pp., $34.95
Asian Waters, the new book by veteran Asia journalist Humphrey Hawksley, recently became my ideal travel companion on a long flight to Australia, en route to the South China Sea. For any other reader hoping to navigate those troubled waters, or seeking a broad overview of the geopolitical fault lines in Asia, Hawksleys book provides an excellent guide.
The books journey can admittedly be a digressive one, at times wading way beyond Asian waters and far onto shore. Hawksleys book touches on North Koreas illicit nuclear program and much else besides. One chapter describes Indias stunted development, recounting in gruesome detail the slavery-like conditions in its brick kilns. Another chapter on Vietnam finds Hawksley meandering into an argument as to why, in the late 1970s, Vietnam was unnecessarily constrained by Cold War logic from taming the bloody Khmer Rouge in neighboring Cambodia. Such stories are certainly intriguing, flowing from Hawksleys decades of first-hand reporting from the region.
Hawksley notes how the announcement of the U.S. pivot to Asia led to a rapid expansion of Chinese activity in the South China Sea, from the deft takeover of Scarborough Shoal close to the Philippines to the rapid move of a Chinese state-controlled oil rig into disputed areas with Vietnam. In t...
What a creepy thing to say. People are more than their genitals. But Jenna's interest in other peoples bits is more than academic. It was this bit that I thought was scary. Ask someone out at work and you're off to jail ! pic.twitter.com/m31KvGzA5Z jill (@1Swinging_Voter) June 21, 2018
No-one should pretend such behaviour was anything other than vile. At the same time, its important to recognise just how much of the conceptual apparatus we now possess to understand sexual abuse owes to the liberation struggles that Devine, Power and co so loathe. Most obviously, the modern notion of consent emerged from a womens movement that fought bitterly against male entitlement to female sexuality.
I wrote to the very helpful Clerk of the Senate Richard Pye this morning. I must thank Mr Pye for his speedy and quite helpful response. The details are here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Senators_Interests/Guidelines_and_Resolutions Liabilities which may act to create a conflict of interest should be declared. I'd have thought that a court-ordered...
Australian governments should end the routine strip searching of women in prison the Human Rights Law Centre has told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.
The statement responds to a major report on the situation in Australia, delivered by the UN expert on violence against women. Her report raises a number of concerns about womens imprisonment, including "excessive incarceration, prison overcrowding, strip-searching, solitary confinement [and] lack of alternatives to custodial sentences".
The report finds that "imprisoned women have commonly experienced domestic violence and sexual assault" and concludes that "the continued practice of strip-searching women within prisons exacerbates this trauma".
Australian governments are imprisoning women, and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, at record rates. Vickie Roach, an Indigenous advocate and former prisoner, said that governments need to respect womens dignity, not take it away
"We should be helping women to heal, not harming them further. What earthly purpose do strip searches serve other than to degrade and humiliate and assert control over our bodies, our naked bodies?" said Ms Roach.
Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that routine strip searches are an archaic and humiliating, yet everyday practice for thousands of women behind bars in Australia.
"Being forced to remove every last item of clothing in front of two prison guards again and again, strips women of dignity and hope. Australian Governments can and should end this degrading practice today."
Across Australia, strip searches are conducted on a regular and routine basis, including upon entry to the prison, when family or friends visit, when leaving the prison to see a doctor, or to attend court.
"When a mother wants to hug her visiting child; when a pregnant woman has a check-up with her doctor; when a woman has to attend court she is subjected to a damaging strip search. There are far less intrusive scanning technologies that governments could choose to use right now to spare women this harm," said Ms Barson.
The UK and the ACT have both changed their prison policies and adopted less invasive methods, such as pat-downs, scanners and x-rays.
This is the Australian Governments second session as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council. The Government was elected to the Council last year on a promise to uphold womens and Indigenous peoples rights.
In its incoming pledge to the Council, the Australian Government promise...
COMMENT: I found it very interesting when my bank would not allow using a credit card to buy cryptocurrencies. A friend of mine in Singapore said the government there has also instructed banks not to honor cryptocurrencies. It appears that government is starting to retaliate against the cryptocurrency world and I must question its viability long-term.
Downunder, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned crypto traders/investors that their profits from trading in the years 2017 to 2018 will not go unnoticed and they have come straight out and warned on their website: Anyone involved in acquiring or selling cryptocurrency must keep records of their cryptocurrency transactions. Virtually every government classifies cryptocurrencies as assets. Therefore, any gain relative to the hard c...
by Dee McLachlan
Just as the promised inquiry into the ABC is about to start, the Australian Liberal Partys peak council has voted (almost 2:1) to privatise the organisation. The inquiry is about whether the ABC and SBS are operating on a level playing field with their commercial competitors, and its presence in the digital space.
It seems obvious that the commercial players, such as Rupert Murdoch, want to diminish the ABCs dominion and its considerable market share.
The Infatuation with Privatisation
What's the corollary - if taxes are raised we all win? Let's jack them up to 100% and give it a go. You have to read it to believe it. 21 June 2018 ACOSS warns, if tax cuts are passed for short term gain, people will lose access to essential...
The Daily Mail has secured court documents that it says show Senator Lucy Gichuhi was taken to court 7 times for failing to pay just on $10K in council rates and water bills. Notwithstanding her $203,000 salary and working husband, she has yet to satisfy the judgements. Judgement was entered...
I took one of the courses that dAbrera singles out Imperialism, 18152000 and by the time this goes to print I will have sat the final exam, so Id like to take this opportunity to counter the ways dAbrera dismisses the unit.
Telegram from King William if you're lucky Ron. Justice Geoffrey Bellew on the sentencing of Ron Medich: The total sentence is one of 39 years imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole on the 26 February 2048. BACKGROUND: https://t.co/c7E93AAeBq pic.twitter.com/GgPsDLxEmk Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 21, 2018 Au Cases...
A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.
The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).
EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.
In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:
This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.
This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...
June 21, 2018: Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) has warned in a Techdirt article that the TPP-11 chapter on e-commerce may damage or destroy the free software licensing sector. OSIA is worried about Article 14.17 of the TPP-11 agreement, which provides that No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.
In its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, OSIA wrote:
Article 14.17 of CPTPP [TPP-11] prohibits requirements for transfer or access to the source code of computer software. Whilst it does contain some exceptions, those are very narrow and appear rather carelessly worded in places. The exception that has OSIA up in arms covers "the inclusion of terms and conditions related to the provision of source code in commercially negotiated contracts". If Australia ratifies CPTPP, much will turn on whether the Courts interpret the term "commercially negotiated contracts" as including FOSS licences all the time, some of the time or none of the time.
If the Australian courts rule that open source licenses are not "commercially negotiated contracts", those licences will no longer be enforceable in Australia, and free software as we know it will probably no longer exist there. Even if the courts rule that free software licenses are indeed "commercially negotiated contracts", there is another problem, OSIA said:
The wording of Art. 14.17 makes it unclear whether authors could still seek injunctions to enforce compliance with licence terms requiring transfer of source code in cases where their copyright has been infringed.
Without the ability to enforce compliance through the use of injunctions, open source licenses would once again be pointless. Although OSIA is concerned about free software in Australia, the same logic would apply to any TPP-11 country. It would also impact other nations if they joined the TPP-11 later. In other words, the impact of this section on open source globally could be significant.
I have been so very slack in checking in and reading others'
blogs I feel I owe you an apology.
So let's talk about poo.
Not my poo, or your poo (although we can discuss your poo if you really feel you need to share) but my furbabies poo.
My life is boring.
It consists of rolling out of bed (and I do literally roll off my lonely and virtuous chaise lounge IF my back allows it) to do.....sweet Fanny Adams.
The first job of the day is to throw enough medication down my gullet to drown out the anxiety, chronic back pain et el, then do Pooper Scooper duty.
Or, as I call it, "Landmine Duty".
Collect the furbabies contributions to the environment.
Someone, somewhere must have told Treacle that it was a game of hide & seek, to which she promised,
She deposits her little treats in 3 blobs; 2 together and 1 apart so I have to carefully bend down (pyjama-ed arse in the air, such a vision of loveliness for the neighbours!) and scan in a radius for the lone poo, hoping like hell I'm not standing on it.
Pip, on the other hand, produces a lovely art installation all in one pile.
Leo aka Fluff Bum the cat is another matter.
He insists that the bathroom is his bedroom and Goddess forbid that any damn human has a shower when he wishes to do the dirty.
Cos he hates an audience.
I never thought I could describe a cat "angrily" pooping but yesterday, while I so thoughtlessly had a shower, he was nagging at me to hurry up (shades of Bill Steamshovel from Mr Squiggle for us oldies) before he began shooting poo pellets like bullets with a 100 mile Care Bear Stare of Doom on his face.
You think Grumpy Cat looks grumpy?
Nup, Leo could give Julie Bishop a run for her money AND make her cry.
And then, after all this jocularity, I park my arse on the couch in front of the idiot box and crochet for remote Indigenous communities.
There are only so much rubbish TV and crochet projects that can keep me from being besieged by ennui.
I need to get out of my own head and start giving back.
So, I have started a Sharing Table in my driveway, along the lines of the Food Is Free project.
Currently we are missing the actual table (small detail, hubby's working on one we saved from Hard Rubbish) but there are baskets filled with our home grown mandarins, tangelos and limes out the front with signs for peeps to help themselves, even supplied with those horrid single use shopping bags for them to put the fruit in.
I was going to include a Street Library but once the table is up I'll probably pop all my excess books in a box and tell 'em to help themselves.
Hubby had been hoping to start a community garden...
19 Jun 2018 | Farm OnlineRising demand for leased farmland has convinced agricultural asset manager Growth Farms Australia to launch a 10-year investment fund which will buy mid-sized farming properties and lease them to primary producers.
This was Obama's time. Video footage surfaces from 2014 showing that under Obama, family separations and holding centers were EXACTLY the same. The media said absolutely nothing then, but are ramping up the propganda now because the midterms are fast approaching. Credit: @RealVinceJames pic.twitter.com/RFoEnbxi0x Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee)...
Good to see a healthy rebound in todays Asian markets with strong performances across the board. It still appears however, that the market is not that confident that the US and China have settled for the moment as the Shanghai bounced just +0.3% and Hang Seng +0.75%. It was a different storey for countries with floating exchange rates, as we watched both Australia and Japan rebound over 1%. Obviously, currencies continued to suffer with the A$ and Yen both off 0.5% over the past couple of days. They tried desperately to halt the INRs decline, only ti close mid range at 68.10 today. Having seen 68.185 at its weakest, many comment that trading with a 68 handle is already a cause for concern. On a brighter note however, core Asian indices all closed at or near their highs, providing confidence ahead of the OPEC uncertainty.
The same could not be said for Europe, as many indices closed near the days lows. Having run-up on the back of a strong Asian session, many had expected Europe to continue especially as DOW futures had triple digit gains. However, as the Euro and GBP traded weaker confidence started to wane especially when US data released less than impressive. Sterling found a little interest late in the day after UK PM Theresa May won a parliamentary decision which should strengthen her hand in BREXIT negotiations. However, the rally only took it up to test 1.32 handle but was rejected by the close.
In the US it was the Russell and NASDAQ again that took the honours. Both core indices closed up around +0.75% on the day and setting a new record for the NASDAQ. The large caps DOW found it difficult to get into its stride today, playing between positive and negative it finally closed a touch lower in the indecision. The NASDAQ and S+P both hits their days high mid afternoon, but could hold-on into the close. Still lots to play for this week, but next will be interesting as we close the week, month, quarter and half year next Friday.
Japan +0.04%, US 2s closed 2.56% (+1bp), 10s closed 2.94%
(+5bp), 30s 3.07% (+4bp), Bund 0.37% (u/c), France 0.71% (+1bp),
Italy 2.54% (-1bp), Greece 4.30% (-1bp), Portugal 1.73% (+1bp),
Spain 1.23% (u/c), Turkey 16.18% (+5bp) and Gilts 1.29% (+1bp).
The Treasury ma...
Uh-oh. Telstra's getting transformed again. It's improving customer service by firing 8,000 of its 32,000 staff. Once the 8,000 trouble-makers are gone, Telstra will lead category innovation in next generation connected experiences. Here's a transformation they prepared earlier. And who could forget the Sol Trujillo transformation - Australia 2.0? One...
1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.
1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.
1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.
1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.
1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.
1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.
1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.
1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.
1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.
1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.
1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.
1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.
1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.
1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.
1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.
1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.
1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.
1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.
1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.
1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by the station master who could hear the roaring engine and frantic whistling....
The whole thing is a major con, designed to create the illusion that the government was handing out money to the average Australian, but really using this as a smokescreen to take much more.
By having initially joined the opposition to these cuts, the Centre Alliance showed that it knows this. The said so. Especially when they are given to the those enjoying being in the top 20 percent of incomes. This is why they objected to the Third Stage, which hands them a windfall. But after backroom talks they come out agreeing to stifle debate and not pursue their own objections. This sets up the Alliance to being accused of being corrupted.
Pauline Hanson has achieved an even more spectacular back flip, from vocal opposition to an enthusiastic supporter.
Turnbull and his ministers have rehashed the old trickle down argument, by arguing that this will lead to a rise in income for all.
Unions disagree. They are saying that the evidence of advanced economies over 10 years, shows tax cuts have not generally led to growth in wages. A paper released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), reveals that OECD data spanning 2003 to 2016, reveals a disconnection at best and an opposite relationship at worst, between tax cuts and wages growth.
Research by the Australia Institute shows that the top 20 percent of incomes will get 95 percent of the benefit in money terms. In addition, almost wiping out what is left of the progressive nature of the Australian income tax system, will send even more of the benefit upwards. A progressive tax system, is one where those on higher incomes pay a higher proportion, and through this, a portion of national income is redistributed downwards.
Greater inequality is inevitable. Not only because the less well off have a smaller share, but also, because falling tax revenues must translate into further cuts in government services that benefit the less well off.
Worse still, is that getting the package through, will set the stage to cut company tax and Turnbull has promised to bring this in at the earliest opportunity.
Saving the corporate world from having to pay is not the primary objective. This government knows that those with the biggest obligations under the current rate pay very little in reality, if they pay anything at all. Lowering the company tax rate will not change this and will not lead to less being paid.
What it is int...
COMMENT: I live in Alberta, Canada and for years as a sign maker I had to order materials from the United States. I can assure you that the problems you mention are no different than the problems we encounter when buying American products: tariffs; customs duties etc. and as well paying in $US which really hikes our prices. We also sold promotional items, many which we ordered from the States. What a nightmare! I am now retired and I could go to the States to buy shoes, but why would I? We have shoes here, as a matter of fact, a lot of our friends are now only buying Canadian products, especially since President Trump has made so many negative remarks about us. I actually thought he was doing great things for the USA, but these digs against Canada are not helping anything.
REPLY: Trumps comment about scuffing up shoe is really ridiculous. The currency exchange defeats and benefit. This whole thing about blurring the distinction between tariffs and customs duties is a global problem. I was flying from Australia to Tokyo and I had to stop in Hawaii. I argued with the customs officer that I was going to Tokyo and then to New York so I should pay the customs duty one time on final entry. He was nasty and said either I paid there or they confiscated my bags. With no choice, I paid. Of course, when I landed in New York and told them I paid the duty in Hawaii, he could care less. They then made me pay it a second time.
This entire issue of trade is a total mess. Trump, in my opinion, does not understand trade and what really is going on. It is becoming outright extortion. If you eliminate the tariffs, they will still demand customs fees. We really need a complete reset. He should simply state that tariffs should end across the board except on defense and food.
JAKARTA Puan, the worlds oldest living Sumatran orangutan, has died at an Australian zoo after a lifetime spent in service to the conservation of the critically endangered species. Officials at Perth Zoo, where Puan had lived for the past 50 years, euthanized her on June 18, citing age-related health complications. She was 62 years old. Her death left an incredible legacy of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in Australia, Europe, the United States and in the jungles of Sumatra, accounting for nearly a tenth of the global zoo population of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), according to a statement from Perth Zoo. Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the heavily threatened species. Of the nine existing wild populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven each with an estimated 250 or more individuals have prospects of long-term viability, according to WWF. Only three of those population groups have more than 1,000 orangutans each. Some 29 of Puans descendants are still alive, including daughters Puteri and Pulang; grandchildren Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great-grandson Sungai, all of whom are also at Perth Zoo. At 62, Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species. In the wild, female orangutans would rarely live past the age of 50, assuming they succumb earlier to a number of threats such as poaching. Puan is the total exception to the rule, Holly Thompson, a primate superviser at Perth Zoo, said in a
On Tuesday, June 19, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) now meeting in Geneva. The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ditching the Paris Climate Accords, and shredding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Who gives a damn what the world thinks of us? We are good! As Hillary Clinton said at the last Democratic National Convention, America is great because its good. What could better evidence that than our 1000 or so military bases, our unparalleled arsenal, and however many wars were fighting, depending on how you count? Even BAR readers would probably have to stop and decide how to count before they could settle on a number. How dare anyone deny that America is good?
George W. Bush boycotted the UNHRC for three years, but Obama returned to the fold, and Hillary announced that we were back to set a new agenda, based on three principles, the second of which was: The Council must apply a single standard to all countriesIt cannot continue to single out and devote disproportionate attention to any one country, meaning Israel.
At the close of its first session, on June 30, 2006, the UNHRC voted to establish a standing Agenda Item 7: Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories to be debated every time it convenesthree times a year. Its since passed over 70 resolutions censuring Israel, including 5 passed at its March meeting earlier this year. Nikki Haley then scolded the Council for being foolish and unworthy of its name.
Agenda Item 7 hasnt been debated in the current session yet, but more censure of Israel is no doubt in the works, given Israels latest massacres in Gaza. In 2016, the US and other Western states walked out during the Agenda Item 7 debate, and the delirious Jerusalem Post then screeched that 35 countries attacked Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Imagine that! Attacking Israeli human rights abuses. Israel is great because its good! It even has nuclear weapons and everybody knows it, especially Iran.
This week Israeli Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman called for Israel to withdraw from the UNHRC even though its not a member. He seems to think that the US and Israeli states are one. America and Israel are good!
Most folks have never even heard of the UNHRC, so, just for context:
The UNHRC is composed of 47 members elected to three year terms within five geographic groups: Africa, Central America and Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Western European and Other States including the US and Australia. The seats are rarely contested; nations from t...
Lizzie Wilson and Natalie Joyce are great Australian women. I was privileged to work with Lizzie for a short time at 4BC which is where I first met Nat. Natalie spoke with Lizzie for a story you can find in the Australian Women's Weekly - for the full interview you'll...
David Eastmans re-trial started this week for allegedly killing former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989. Eastman has already spent 19 years in jail for the murder from 1995 until 2014 when he was released as it was found he had not received a fair trial. The new trail is expected to 
Australian media in damage control to explain Melbourne coldest start in 36 years to winter, record snow and frosts to withing 1500 miles south of the equator toward Cains. Bobby the moderator at OZ Politic has a full thread of 350 pages outside MSM control which shows massive ice gains in sea ice around Antarctica, all the while the MSM screams that we have to act now before the worlds coast lines are washed away by a melting Antarctica. Power grids were stretched to the limits in Australia during the Superfreeze event, but downplaying is the new narrative, and if it doesn't fit, just make a new set of rules. Perhaps we need to look to the Sabians of Harran to understand the cycles. Sources
The non-American Obama (which I will detail at a later time), was trained at the CIA East West Centre, Honolulu. It was also where his mother third generation CIA Op Ann Dunham had met his alleged father, Obama. He applied as a foreign born (Indonesian) student, and had a free ride through Columbia University.
The Truman Show Fiction
The White House plot (WH) was hatched in Chicago, where he was gifted an Illinois State Senate Seat, after a payback and a blackmail made it available. The game was to fit the token and script reading actor (Obama Jnr.,...
The racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew (TBC) are holding another flagwit parade in the Melbourne CBD this Sunday. There theyll be joined by a range of other right-wing cranks, including Soldiers of Odin, neo-Nazi Lads, Timmeh! and The Continue reading
Australian based peer to peer energy trading platform Power Ledger will collaborate with Silicon Valley Power to track the renewable energy use of electric vehicles.
Perth startup Power Ledger has been pioneering blockchain based peer to peer renewable energy projects in countries around the world. Now the company has announced its first carbon credit project as it partners with Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara, California and the Clean Energy Block Chain Network to create a digital record of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) transactions. With its aim being to reduce both the processing time and cost of LCFS credits.
The project has two main goals, using Power Ledgers cutting edge blockchain technology which tracks energy production, storage, and use in a transparent, auditable record. To be used in order to manage the consumption of low-carbon energy from Santa Clara solar and batteries at one of Californias largest public electric vehicle charging facilities. While also cutting the time and cost of processing LCFS credits by digitizing the management system that tracks low-carbon electricity as a fuel path.
The platform aims to cut out the need for additional software, hardware or engineers to connect the city-owned PV and SVP electric power grid by utilizing API data from pre-existing meters.
Power Ledger Managing Director and Co-Founder David Martin was quoted about the project,
Silicon Valley Power is a leader when it comes to implementing innovative customer programs with cost-saving technology and digital accountability, Adding later that, Were excited to demonstrate how the platform can assist with cutting both costs and carbon in a simple manner with a secure and clean energy source.
The project is one of a host of Power Ledger energy tracking trials taking place in the US and around the world but it is the startups first foray into dealing with carbon credits. Silicon Valley Power Chief Electric Utility Officer John Roukema spoke about the collaboration saying,
Were looking forward to using the Power Ledger platform to ena...
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The Facebook Purge is On Its official: the Facebook censorship rampage against truth and alternative perspectives is in full swing! Our Global Freedom Movement (GFM) fan page is just one of the latest casualties in the infowar. Heres what happened: In the early hours of Tuesday morning (AEST) while we slept, Facebook evidently decided it was 
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The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has cast a wide net to investigate crypto investors after classifying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as assets liable for capital gains taxes. Earlier this year, the ATO published its guidance on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies. Highlighting bitcoin as an example, the authority said it viewed cryptocurrencies as neither money nor
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A new Coalition senator will call for major industrial relations reform on Wednesday, arguing minimum wages and penalty rates are driving down employment for the most needy. Queensland Liberal-National Amanda Stoker will give her maiden speech to the Senate and call on the conservative side of politics to make the...
Once, crossing the railway at Bayswater was difficult, with vehicles forced to travel some distance away, and school children having to dash across the track in a dangerous manner. So the local council decided the best course of action was to go underneath it.
The first plan for a subway at Bayswater was as early as 1903 when the council asked for one to link King William Street to Coode Street. Nothing happened as a result, so they asked again in 1908. By now the problems associated with draining such a subway had been raised, and the council offered its engineer to sort these out.
Despite having promised a subway, the Government now claimed it was short of money but said they would do what they could. Some people, though, questioned if it could be done at all. After all, to get the road low enough it would have to be underneath the water table, and so drainage was impossible, and it would become a small lake with any amount of rain.
These misgivings were ignored though, and on 14 February 1910 the Chairman of the Board, Mr I. C. Granville, drove his horse and sulky through a ribbon held up by two young women and on into the new Bayswater Subway. It doesnt seem to have flooded, at least not to any noticeable extent. However, the open drains from the subway flowing down King William Street did keep making that road subside.
Terrifyingly, in 1942 a group of Perths Nazi...
The remarks of the sentencing judge contain no reference to the plaintiff's state of mind concerning the identity of the police constable who was killed. That is understandable, given that the offence committed was indiscriminate in its possible effect with respect to victims. Whilst it was possible that police officers...
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As we said at the time, "When politicians say, "What the world wishes...." you know you've won. Trump's outnegotiated fatboy". All the rest was window dressing. For students of negotiating theory, Trump's BATNA was bigger and better than Kim's, and Trump showed he wasn't afraid of it. President Trump's letter...
The Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network invites you to take our annual survey of community gardens. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and captures important information about how community gardens operate and benefit their communites.
Good on President Trump and Nikki Halley for pulling the US out of the UN Human So-Called Rights Council. RT @USUN: With members like China, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Venezuela the Human Rights Council is not worth its name. pic.twitter.com/eEETxFvw19 Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) June 19, 2018...
Last Thursday The Australian newspaper published this report. It included this text: Former veterans affairs minister Stuart Robert, who has taken up the campaign by the families of the Korean War MIAs for answers, said the wheels were already turning for Australia to join the US and get boots on...
Harsha Prabhu on the rape culture that dominates our society.
This woman who was loved so much Rilke
Rape is our civilisational sub-text, the hidden hand that rocks our cradle.
Rape culture is endemic everywhere.
Indeed, ours is a civilisation based on rape and pillage. Thats been the operating model in the past. Its also the operating manual for the military industrial complex that runs our world today. And for modern, predatory capitalism.
Rape is also what we do to the earth. No wonder it affects all of us on the micro level.
Further, the so-called march of history itself can be viewed as a parade of victors, with the spoils of war preceded by slaves, children, women and men, who had either been raped or would be raped.
Thats what Walter Benjamin, possibly the greatest writer of the troubled Weimar years that saw the rise of German fascism, meant when he said: Theres no document of civilisation thats not at the same time a document of barbarism. He was referring to this victory procession.
Rape culture breeds and sustains our endless warmongering.
War is rape by other means; and rape is tantamount to a war on individual women (and men, as men get raped too).
Whats behind this culture of rape?
Its called the patriarchy and its at least as old as Zeus (if not older), who was a serial rapist himself. The patriarchy preferences the male perspective which sees women as goods and services subservient to mens needs and organises society based on this principle, with a warrior king at the top and everyone else beneath, women being at the very bottom.
Was it always like this?
No. There is ample archaeological evidence to suggest the cultures of the ancient world were organised in a radically different way. In her path-breaking book The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler suggests these cultures worshipped the goddess and celebrated women as the equal of men. This perspective could be symbolised by the chalice and this culture was, in time, overrun by warlike tribes who were organised on very different principles might is right symbolised by the blade.
Why did this happen?
No-one knows for sure. The best guess, which Eisler advances, suggests a combination of unsustainable economic practices and early climate change, forcing tribes to move out of their traditional areas and fall upon others, like the wolf on the fold.
However, this poetic analogy from nature is itself fanciful. The key insight from Eislers study is this: the so-called war of the sexes is not a biological given but a historical and cultural construct.
Eisler suggests all cultures inhabit a zone somewhere on the pendulum between what she calls the partnership model (the chalice) and the dominator model (the blade).
Where are we today on this civilisational pendulum?
It's horrible to watch the prisoner Derrick Belan so effortlessly blame his niece Danielle and others for his own crimes. Now that he's sentenced to 4 years for fraud, let's revisit his day out at the TURC. Packed house at the TURC for National Union of Workers Greek Tragedy Tuesday,...
The Australian Financial Review seems these days only to speak for the corporate land speculators and financiers. Bugger small or medium business which must pay the cost of mass immigration in high rents and reduced profit margins, making its products globally uncompetitive and underpinning the very high rate of business failure in Australia. Predictably, in its support of corporate business interests, the AFR is again trotting out the 'mass immigration keeps us young line' again. (See Jacob Greber,"Immigration supports ageing population, RBA says." June 19, 2018.) If we were to apply logic, however, immigration keeps us older. It's not just because, when immigrants arrive, they are always older than Australians who are born here, aged zero - although that is true. The fact is that Australia never had a big problem with an aging population and what problem anyone has with 'aging populations' is self-solving, through death - as long as we do not keep artificially adding new people. Even in Europe, the baby-boomer bump will pass away around 2050, giving Europe a more natural demographic. If you want to see real aging population problems before they happen in Australia, consider the 'developing world' as its swollen youth cohort ages.
When you have a lot of young people, then you have a huge increased fertility. If those young people also live long lives, then both the population total and the population inertia are huge. You start to get problems of scale, scarcity and resource inflation (not to mention loss of natural spaces and increases in regulation and surveillance). You then get policy conflict between those who benefit from the resource inflation and those who have to pay for it. This is what we have now in Australia.
The 2nd world war baby boom followed mass access to cheap petroleum, which permitted the rise of the car and many marriages that would not have been possible without access to the new suburbia that cars serviced. This was a once-only event.
Although the conditions of availa...
Coming out rarely occurs so smoothly. Mine certainly didnt met more with intrusive fascination than genuine support and the assumption that the safety of coming out is all but assured in modern society is wishful thinking, especially where moral panic surrounding teen queerness (remember Safe Schools?) still abounds.
by Cheryl Dean
Probably you have seen what is taking place at the US-Mexico border in the past few weeks. A zero tolerance policy was issued in mid-April 2018 by Jeff Sessions the Attorney General of the US at President Trumps insistence. This means that anyone crossing the border illegally will be prosecuted and their children will be taken from them.
And the US Attorney General has quoted the Bible in support of the plan. He said:
I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government, because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.
What! This is unheard of. The parents will go to immigration jail and their children will go to detainment camps or facilities. The US government says it doesnt like to see this bu...
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The Trump administration has announced that it will quit the UN Human Rights Council, effective immediately.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva for the current session of the Human Rights Council. Mr Webb said the move was widely expected by advocates and diplomats and is the latest step in the United States retreat from human rights and multilateralism.
"Its no secret that Trump hates human rights just ask the kids he is ripping away from their parents at the US border. Human rights are fundamentally about compassion and respect. Trump is not. So its no surprise to see him lash out at the worlds highest human rights body," said Mr Webb.
"We have massive cultural complacency around human rights in Australia. Thats why governments think its ok to imprison innocent children and families on remote islands for five years. But what Trump has exposed is that the very concept of universal human rights the very notion that people are equal and deserve compassion and respect can no longer be taken for granted."
The widely expected announcement comes one day after the UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, condemned the Trump administrations "unconscionable" practice of ripping apart migrant families and detaining children at the US border. It also comes two days into a three week session of the Council Australias second as a member.
"At this pivotal moment in the history of human rights, the crucial question for our government is whether they will continue to be part of the problem undermining the very foundation of human rights with hollow words and unprincipled actions, or will they actually own some principles, step up and become part of the solution?"
Mr Webb acknowledged that the UN Human Rights Council was not perfect but said it continued to play a crucial role in supporting victims of cruelty and injustice all over the world and in holding despots and dictators to account.
"This is the system that is helping expose the genocide and ethnic cleansing happening in Myanmar right now. This is the system condemning the use of chemical weapons and the killing of children in Syria, and calling for the release of journalists imprisoned around the world for speaking truth to power," said Mr Webb.
"If we want a world where people are treated fairly and humanely where victims of cruelty and injustice arent just abandoned to suffer at the hands of dictators and military regimes then now more than ever we need governments like ours to stand up for human rights and play a principled and constructive role on the UN Human Rights Council."
Daniel Webb will be available for comment from the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
For interviews or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port
1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....
1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.
1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.
1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.
1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.
1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.
1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.
1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.
1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.
1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.
1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.
1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.
1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.
1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.
1931 - Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.
1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.
1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.
1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.
1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.
1965 - The rail passenger service from Heathcote Jct to Heathcote (on the North East...
LOS ANGELES, AAP Cate Blanchetts latest performance is as an ugly and endangered Australian Mary River turtle that sports a bright green mohawk hairdo and breathes through its genitals.
Her co-star is another Aussie A-Lister, Joel Edgerton, who plays an equally ugly ghost shark that is an animal kingdom oddity because its penis is on its forehead.
Hollywood actress Rosario Dawson, dressed in a costume that looks like it has been created by a bunch of kindergarten kids, is the star of the low budget production despite portraying an ugly singing, dancing, phytoplankton-sipping Australian ethmia clytodoxa moth.
We put our egos aside, Dawson told AAP.
We are really willing to do anything to get that attention because we need it.
The impressive cast, which also includes Teresa Palmer as a southern right whale, Samara Weaving as a ghost bat and Dan Wyllie as giant Gippsland earthworm, is part of new campaign by The Wilderness Society.
They star in a four-minute musical comedy video featuring puppet creatures, whacky and naughty lyrics and use of dollops of whale poo.
Dubbed Save Ugly, the campaign is aimed at raising awareness of all the aesthetically-challenged creatures in Australias ecosystems that help make life possible, warts and all.
Cute, furry animals often get the most help and support.
The Wilderness Society hopes the music video will shine a light on the endangered Mary River turtle and other creatures that need help to survive.
The video was shot in just one day in Los Angeles.
We need these different creatures, Dawson said.
It is important to know the phytoplankton feeds off the excrement of whales.
These tiny little things that we cant see with the naked eye capture more carbon than trees do.
Dawson joked Blanchett, a seven-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, might even score another nod for voicing the turtle.
I will be rooting for Cate Blanchetts turtle to accept on all of our behalf, Dawson said.
The video can be v...
What could be described as a Superfreeze event engulfed Australia over the weekend, send all but one capital in Darwin below 10C and record snow and cold to other parts with 3/4 of the continent in freeze and frost conditions. Amazingly frost extended to within 1500 miles of the equator. No that is not a misprint, frost just 1500 miles from the equator during this event. Power draw was at all time high and some manufacturers were charged 100x the normal rate and paying up to $14,000 per megawatt. This shows that 100% green energy for a continent is not achievable or sustainable. Sources
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