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From Medical Xpress: A key ingredient in common antidepressants such as Prozac could be causing antibiotic resistance, according to new University of Queensland research.
A study led by Dr Jianhua Guo from UQs Advanced Water Management Centre focused on fluoxetine, a prescription drug used to help people recover from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or eating disorders.
Dr Guo said while overuse and misuse of antibiotics is generally considered the major factor contributing to the creation of superbugs, researchers were often unaware that non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals could also cause antibiotic resistance.
It has previously been an invisible factor in the spread of antibiotic resistance, but we should consider this a warning.
Antimicrobial resistance has become a major threat to public health globally with approximately 700,000 people a year dying from antimicrobial-resistant infections.
This is predicted to reach 10 million people by 2050 unless global action is taken now.
No criticism of Islam. Complete adherence to the UN line. I've spent time near the region. The Islamists atrocities are appalling. No wonder the Burmese Buddhists react. But according to Australia's school ma'am foreign minister, it's all one way traffic.
Sabotaging our strawberries is sabotaging our farmers. The Liberal-National Government will pass tough new laws to send a clear message to the cowards who commit these crimes. Read more here: https://t.co/t3gLE2wc2F pic.twitter.com/Y4vP0A9oMN Liberal Party (@LiberalAus) September 19, 2018
here is Prime Minister Scott Morrison's explanation for the "I Stopped These" trophy that @cochl snapped in his office today https://t.co/v4zmalxCas angus livingston (@anguslivingston) September 19, 2018 AAP is circulating this photo taken in the Prime Minister's office today. Thousands of men and women in uniform, public servants, diplomats...
Grandshores Technology Group, a Hong Kong-based public blockchain investment company, is planning to raise $12.7 million through a digital token fund in an effort to finance a yen-backed cryptocurrency project.
Grandshores Technology was initially a contracting company that pivoted to the blockchain industry after being acquired by SHIS, a corporation owned by Singapore-based investor, Yongjie Yao, who is also in charge of the Xiongan Global Blockchain Innovation Fund.
Yao made his name in the technology industry through being a founding partner of the 10 billion-yuan Hangzhou Grandshores Fund, backed by both the Hangzhou government and famed Bitcoin investor, Li Xiaolai.
In order to gain funding, the company will be tapping qualified investors located outside of China to raise funds denominated in Tether, which is backed by USD. The funds will be used to help launch a Japanese yen-backed stable coin, which will operate similarly to Tether.
While speaking about Grandshores new investment, Yao explained that the blockchain industry is on track to disrupt the current financial system, and that there is a significant amount of potential for many small and undervalued projects.
Yao said that:
Blockchain will become the mainstream technology in the next three to five years. We are entering the next stage of blockchain evolution, a stage which is akin to when computer operating system was transiting from MS-DOS [disk operating system] to MS-Windows.
Yao also said that the fund is currently working with a mid-tier Japanese bank in order to provide the means for a yen-backed stable coin. He also expressed immense confidence in the demand for a yen-backed stable coin, mentioning that the fund wants to also launch stable coins denominated in the Hong Kong dollar and the Australian dollar.
Stable coins have been......
As our reader J says: A delegation from Saudi Arabia on a junket to Canberra. I wonder if Tanya and Penny called out real misogyny when this happened today. Or did they wave back? Meanwhile in The Senate: SENATE WONG Whether its on the basis of race, sexuality, religion,...
The inner workings of Toby Paramor, founder of Stoke Travel and a dear friend to all at Global Hobo, is a mystery to many. Does he really live on the couch of his office? What is the legal status of his presence in Spain? Is the logo of his company, featuring two people fucking in a tent, some sort of metacommentary on patriarchal notions of promiscuity?
Among the corporate hustle, Toby generously found the time to submit answers to what he described as a set of prying and, dare I say, kind of unexpectedly obtuse interview questions, which is fairly rich criticism seeing as he wrote them himself.
In his own words and in what may end up an extract from his soon-to-be-ghostwritten memoirs here is some fascinating insight into a rather unconventional CEO.
Whilst all advice deters me from the potential manipulation of the powerful travel press gang well, fuck it. I hope you treat my generously candid responses kindly come publication.
It has been reported that not all of your staff are legally working in the EU, and in addition, suffer from a lack of decent legal protections and rights afforded. Is this a commonly rife practice in the travel industry, or are you renegade abusers?
Wow. Straight to the juggernaut. I have always said to my team that a collection of talented individuals without personal discipline will ultimately and inevitably fail. Character triumphs over talent. Performance equals character plus behaviour. In other words, if integrity is a central leadership tool and everyone in a team does exactly what they say they will do, well then, clarity, certainty, productivity and momentum are the results.
You have been historically accused of selling sex to sell your tours
*Interrupting* Well hang on a minute there. Firstly can I just say that my ex-wifes sister works tirelessly in Vietnam with the United Nations in the sex trafficking wing. (Do they call it that? A wing?) So I do have some knowledge of the industry and I can tell you that we dont traffic much, and if we do it isnt young girls and boys who were seemingly not otherwise dedicated to achieving higher grades at school. Where they should be.
The #metoo movement has exploded in recent months in your industry. What has been your strategy to navigate its turbid waters?
If I were given...
By Dr. Mercola
Infertility has become increasingly pervasive in recent decades. In Sperm Count Zero,1 GQ Magazine discusses this troubling fact, noting the situation has become so dire that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely.
The article highlights research2,3 published last year, which found total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013. (South American, Asian and African men had no noticeable decline, although this discrepancy could be due to the smaller sample sizes obtained from those countries.)
The paper in question was a meta-analysis of 185 studies and the largest of its kind. In a nutshell, men in many areas of the world are producing less semen overall, and the semen they do produce contains fewer sperm. Whats worse, the researchers found no evidence to suggest this downward trend is leveling off. As noted by GQ:
Sperm counts went from 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 to 47 million per milliliter in 2011, and the decline has been accelerating. Would 40 more years or fewer bring us all the way to zero?
Aside from the implications this has on the human species as a whole, reduction in sperm production is also a warning sign that mens health is in serious jeopardy, as poor semen quality has been linked to a number of other health issues, including a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and early death. Researchers also warn that men are becoming increasingly less male overall.
By Dr. Mercola
Today, many are so used to the idea an antibiotic can cure almost any infection, few consider the possibility this remedy may soon no longer be an option. Antibiotics have increased human life span by nearly a decade and certain conditions could simply not be treated without them.1
In many ways, modern medicine is built on a foundation of antibiotics. It is now severely threatened, however, by the emergence and phenomenal growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Prior to the development of antibiotics, half of the world's population died from infections.
The reality is antibiotic-resistant microbes have now become a major threat to public health worldwide. According to the British Office of National Statistics, for the first time life expectancy in the U.K. has dropped as the result of antibiotic resistance.2 This is a man-made epidemic triggered by the widespread misuse of antibiotics.3
In the U.S., resistant pathogens are conservatively estimated to cause at least 2 million infections annually and lead to 23,000 deaths each year. An estimated 25 to 60 percent of Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) blood infections are now resistant to several strains of antibiotics.
The rise in resistance to multiple drugs has increased the use of carbapenems, a class of last-line antibiotics. Research from Australia now demonstrates multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis), found on the skin of all humans, may be responsible for an alarming number of antibiotic-resistant sepsis infections.4
Sepsis is a massive immunological response to a bacterial infection in the blood. It often leads to organ failure or injury and is a medical emergency responsible for killing over 250,000 Americans each year.5 During the infection, the body releases chemicals to fight bacteria, which also trigger widespread inflammation.6
In severe cases, one or m...
The best that can be said about the Ramsay Centres proposal to sponsor an elite course in Western civilisation is that it has revived a flagging discussion about the intellectual and political considerations that shape the humanities curricula of Australian universities.
Apparently, a shift in perspective is all it takes to make one
of the planet's most recognizable species look like something else
Recently, Calypso Star Charters, an Australian underwater tour guide company, shared this striking image on Instagram. At first glance, it appears to be some sort of smiling face likened to that of a jester or joker. Commenters on the post are having a field day:
"Honestly thought you were playing with filters," one wrote. "Very cool."
The truth behind the shot is actually quite simple to explain: It's a photo of the underbelly of a perfectly normal great white shark which has been flipped upside down.
Here's that same image with the orientation corrected:
The original photograph is awesome, to say the least showing the sheer power and beauty of these aquatic marvels. But when it comes to sharks, the importance of a proper perspective is crucial in another sense.
Unfortunately, sensationalized depictions in popular culture have given rise to negative stereotypes that sharks are creatures to be feared and demonized, when, in fact, the opposite is true: They are well-worth saving.
As the World Wildlife Fund points out, sharks play an essential role in keeping ocean ecosystems in balance, and are far less dangerous to humans than most people even realize.
(Oh, and sometimes they can actually be quite cute.)
In reality, sharks have much more to fear from humans than the other way around. In 2013, it was reported that an estimated 100 million sharks were killed each year a grim statistic which, just last year, led to the creation of an international pact aimed at protecting them from threats.
Indeed, a change of perspective can go a long way....
ICAC finds former NGO principal officer corrupt Wednesday 19 September 2018 The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that Eman Sharobeem, the former principal officer of two non-government organisations (NGOs) established to assist immigrant womens health and non-English speaking womens housing needs, engaged in serious corrupt conduct by...
A couple of days ago the prime minister was on Paul Murray Live - you can watch the full interview by clicking here MURRAY: Agree. There was one topic above all that people want you to respond to and its the direct question of will you pull out of the...
The Australian Government should immediately end its engagement with Myanmars military and impose sanctions on abusive military generals, the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian Council for International Development said in a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council overnight.
The statement comes as a major, 400-page report by an expert Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar was presented to the Council. The Fact Finding Mission, which includes Australias former human rights commissioner Chris Sidoti, documented systematic rape, torture and murder by Myanmar security forces against the Rohingya population, and recommends that Myanmars top military generals be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The HRLC and ACFID statement, which was delivered by HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy Daniel Webb, said:
Our Government must immediately sever its ties with Myanmars military and impose targeted sanctions on abusive military generals. Because if genocide is not cause for decisive and principled action, then what on earth is?
In response to the expert report the Australian Government told the Council it condemns in the strongest terms the atrocities committed in Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states and indicated it will support a European Union led resolution to establish a dedicated body to consolidate evidence with a view to facilitating criminal proceedings.
While the HRLC and ACFID welcomed the Australian Governments support for a new accountability mechanism they called on the Government to follow all of the Fact Finding Missions recommendations, not just some.
Video: Daniel Webb giving his statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
The Fact Finding Mission recommends ending operational support for the Myanmar military, which it describes as having contempt for human life. But while the US, the UK, and the EU have all taken steps to sever ties with the Myanmar military, the Australian Government last year spent close to $400,000 on defence cooperation in the country, Mr Webb told the Council.
The Fact Finding Mission also calls for targeted sanctions against those responsible. But again, while the US, Canada, and the EU have all imposed financial sanctions and travel restrictions on Myanmar military commanders, the Australian Government has refused to do so.
And while the Fact Finding Mission says that the victims of these atrocities deserve a future free of danger and insecurity, the Australian Government continues to imprison them indefinitely in remote, offshore, refugee detenti...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Think about this. When the bad guys realize that someone has witnessed their crimes or possesses incriminating evidence of their crimes, they kill that person. You know, like they knock off whistle blowers left, right, and center.
Why do they do that? Its because THEY FEAR THE LAW.
I even recall Pres George W Bush going to Congress to seek new legislation that would make one of his crimes be no longer criminal. Talk about obvious fear of the law!
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
This article reprints Cases 27 and 28 from A Review of the Influence of Bacterial Infectionon Malignant Tumors in Man, by Helen Coley Nauts, George A A Fowler, and Frances Begatko. Abridged and with bolding added.
Case 27: F.H.F male, age 46, structural iron worker of Somerville, Massachusetts.
Case 27: F.H.F male, age 46, structural iron worker of Somerville, Massachusetts. Onset, without known cause: a pigmented mole in the scapular region began to swell early in June 1911. Five weeks later, or on July 14, 1911, Homans excised the growth with a two inch margin of normal skin. The patient was seen every two weeks thereafter and no recurrence was noted until October 22, when a small lump was seen on the outer aspect of the scar. Three days later the patient was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, and Cobb excised the recurrence. The patient was first seen by Dr Torr W. Harmer two weeks after this operation, at which time he had ano...
Overnight the UN Human Rights Council heard about the unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who is in Geneva to address the Council, said that after five long years in offshore detention the 102 children being held on Nauru have now lost all hope.
As the Australian Government sits here on this Council, professing its commitment to human rights, it is indefinitely imprisoning 102 children in its offshore refugee camp on Nauru, Mr Webb told the Council.
These children and their families have now been detained for over five years imprisoned for fleeing the same atrocities our Government comes here and condemns.
And after five years of detention, these children have now lost hope. Some have stopped speaking. Some have stopped eating. A 10-year-old boy recently tried to kill himself, said Mr Webb.
The statement comes as increasing reports emerge of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders, including a rare illness known as Resignation Syndrome.
Even the Governments own medical advisors are now speaking out, warning that the situation on Nauru is untenable and that children will die, said Mr Webb.
Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.
After five long years, these children and their families deserve a future. And the Australian Government deserves to be held accountable by this Council for its cruelty, said Mr Webb.
Video: Daniel Webb giving his statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
The criticism comes after the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, last week used her maiden speech to the Council to slam the Australian Governments offshore detention regime as an affront to the protection of human rights, and follows the UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention reporting the Australian Government to the Council for its illegal and indefinite detention of refugees.
The Australian Government comes here to the Human Rights Council and masquerades as standing for hum...
Karen Wyld is an author and freelance writer of Martu descent, living on Kaurna country in South Australia Recently I viewed the Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Launched on 27 September 2016, to mark the 60th anniversary of nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga in South Australia, the exhibition has already covered a lot of ...
Media Release - September 18, 2018
We are deeply disappointed that the Labor majority report of the Senate Standing Committee on the TPP-11 has strongly criticized many aspects of the deal and recommended changes by a future government, but has nevertheless endorsed its implementation, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.
This was not unexpected, given the decision of the ALP caucus majority last week to support the TPP-11, despite its inconsistency with ALP policy. In practice it would be difficult for a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the deal in opposition, to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments in the TPP-11 after implementation.
We welcome Centre Alliance committee member Senator Rex Patricks more consistent recommendation that, given its flaws, the TPP-11 should not be implemented until after such changes are negotiated, and note that the Greens and other crossbenchers also oppose its implementation.
Dr Ranald noted that the report identifies the following serious flaws in the TPP-11:
She added that the report also recommends a series of reforms advocated by AFTINET to the trade agreement process including release of draft negotiating texts, release o...
Australian police say sewing needles have been found hidden in an apple and a banana, amid a nationwide scare that has tormented the strawberry industry. Read More
Im sitting at the splendid building of the Singapore National Library, in a semi-dark room, microfilm inserted into a high-tech machine. Im watching and then filming and photographing several old Malaysian newspapers dating back from October 1965.
These reports were published right after the horrible 1965 military coup in Indonesia, which basically overthrew the progressive President Sukarno and liquidated then the third largest Communist party on Earth, PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Between one and three million Indonesian people lost their lives in some of the most horrifying massacres of the 20th century. From a socialist (and soon to be Communist) country, Indonesia descended into the present pits of turbo-capitalist, as well as religious and extreme right-wing gaga.
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Holland and several other Western nations, directly sponsored the coup, while directing both the pro-Western treasonous factions in the military, as well as the religious leaders who stood, from the start, at the forefront of the genocide.
All this information is, of course, widely available in the de-classified archives of both the CIA and U.S. State Department. It can be accessed, analyzed and reproduced. I personally made a film about the events, and so have several other directors.
But it isnt part of the memory of humanity. In Southeast Asia, it is known only to a handful of intellectuals.
In Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, the Indonesian post-1965 fascism is a taboo topic. It is simply not discussed. Progressive intellectuals here are, like in all other client states of the West, paid to be preoccupied with their sex orientation, with gender issues and personal freedoms, but definitely not with the essential matters (Western imperialism, neo-colonialism, the savage and grotesque forms of capitalism, the plunder of local natural resources and environment, as well as disinformation, plus the forcefully injected ignorance that is accompanied by mass amnesia) that have been shaping so extremely and so negatively this part of the world.
In Indonesia itself, the Communist Party is banned and the general public sees it as a culprit, not as a victim.
The West is laughing behind the back of its brainwashed victims. It is laughing all the way to the bank.
Lies are obviously paying off.
No other part....
Grandshores Technology Group, a Hong Konglisted investment
holding company, is seeking to raise around $12.7 million through a
digital token fund, according to
reports from the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
Grandshores Technology plans to use the funding to launch a
Chinese investor Yongjie Yao, who currently chairs Grandshores Technology, is also a founding partner at Hangzhou Grandshores Fund, which is backed by the local government of the city of Hangzhou and Chinese crypto billionaire Xiaolai Li.
Yao stated that the company plans to attract investment from qualified investors from outside China to raise funds via Tether, according to the SCMP report. The company will also invest in disruptive startups and other cryptocurrency projects across the globe that are challenging the status quo.
We are entering the next stage of blockchain evolution, a stage which is akin to when computer operating systems were transiting from MS-DOS [disk operating system] to MS-Windows.
The founding partners of Hangzhou Grandshores Fund are currently working with an unnamed, mid-tier Japanese bank to develop the yen-based stablecoin. Grandshores has plans to launch stablecoins pegged to the Hong Kong dollar and the Australian dollar in the future.
Yao remains confident regarding the demand for the coin when it launches. He believes the token could be ready by the end of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019.
We believe cryptocurrency traders and exchanges will be potential takers of this stablecoin, he added.
Stablecoins help tackle one of cryptos chief dilemmas volatility without compromising its core values. On a smaller scale, they also help investors trade seamlessly while transferring money between crypto exchanges.
Earlier this year, Binance Labs, OKEx and other notable investors funded a stablecoin project out of South Korea called Terra. Liechtensteins Union Bank AG also...
In a recent interview, prime minister Scott Morrison flagged his intention to push ahead with new laws that would allow Christians to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community.
This is being presented as the free speech. Critics suggest that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary, a measure to silence those who are on the receiving end.
As important as this is, it is not only about the LGBTIQ community. The attack on it, fits in well with a broader attack, to deny the voice to all but the very small spectrum of opinion espoused by those demanding the change.
The call for religious protection is the spearhead for a number of extreme groups, to enter the Christian community. It is the lever that has been used to penetrate the Liberal Party and bully the much larger number of Christians who do not agree with them. Scott Morrison is contributing to this push.
He has also made it clear that he supports the integration of the state and religion, since his 2008 maiden speech in parliament. This is despite section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which clearly makes the separation.
Freedom of religion is not the objective. The push is to ensure the domination of Christianity is, and this means the restriction of other faiths.
The danger of this outlook is that it is based on the view that some should be more equal than others. It goes further. The real motive behind the push, is not primarily religious but political. It is to impose a particular viewpoint, using a myth of Christian civilisation, to promote extreme capitalism, backed up by a form of police state to deal with those who do not agree.
Evidence of this lies in the actions of many of the activists in this movement, who espouse suppression of what they call the control and destruction of the Christian way of life by a leftist elite said top be in control. This is reminiscent of the rise of the fascist movement in the 1920s. This way of thinking has entered the Liberal Party and government.
Thus, the purpose of the new laws is to undermine existing anti-discrimination law and protect the right to discriminate.
And this is within the context that the Sex Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act all co...
ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor's voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeplyMore voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those positions.A ReachTel poll of 690 residents across the federal electorate of Hume, which reaches from Boorowa in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to Camden on Sydney's southern fringe, was [...]
HPV vaccine safety: Cochrane launches urgent investigation into review after criticisms apparently materialized due to the dogged determination of independent vaccine information/data researchers who knew the factual science, not consensus science which now, unfortunately, is considered real science, but kept demanding review and retraction.
Ever since the formerly prestigiously regarded Cochrane Library or Cochrane Collaborative published what has become a highly controversial review of the HPV vaccine in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), there have been constant demands for recalling that review due to apparent obvious conflicts of interest and other apparent ethical concerns.
That HPV article saga is long-winded, plus rather long-lived, so I will direct readers to this article About the Cochrane HPV Controversy, which can explain it so I dont have to belabor readers with a long-winded version.
Another resource for that evidence-based medicine controversys history is The HPV Vaccine: A Critique of a Critique of a Meta-Analysis.
However, one intrepid independent vaccine data researcher, Elizabeth M. Hart of Adelaide, South Australia, kept insisting the BMJ retract or withdraw the article published, and periodically submitted reams of documentation as to why.
Apparently, the Cochrane Library started a second review:
Share this Post Today is the fifth anniversary of the election of the Abbott government. Its a good government, getting better! Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 7, 2018 Someone should tell Tony that hes no longer Prime Minister. Someone should also remind him that his 727 days in the countrys highest office were some of its most bizarre, chaotic and ...
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers in the run-up to Brexit.
Champagne and wheat beers produced in France and Germany will be replaced. Sparkling wines from the UK and Australia will be substituted for champagne, while more UK wheat beers will be sold.
The switch will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from 9 July.
Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:
Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).
Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.
Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.
It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.
These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.
Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.
Which reminds me of our favourite ambo-chasers - because too many times is never enough.
Central Queensland Grazier Mick Alexander asks the question. Why do our governments consistently give preferential access to our land and water resources to companies like Adani and not support the industry that we will always need to feed us?
The post Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food appeared first on The Pen.
Australian police are continuing their manhunt for the country's infamous strawberry saboteur as needle-contamination fears spread across the country, bringing the fruit industry to its knees. Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state. Previously, almost a dozen incidents were reported in six brands of strawberries across six states and territories. The crisis has spiraled since a man was hospitalized after swallowing a needle that was hidden inside a strawberry in Queensland over a week ago. Fears of a copycat fruit saboteur emerged on Monday after police reported that a woman was caught inserting a needle into a banana in a Queensland supermarket. However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations. It comes as New Zealand food distributors removed Australian strawberries from their shelves as a precaution, further adding to the devastation caused by the unidentified culprit.
We've been nominated in the inaugural Free Speech Coalition's free speech awards! The Australian Free Speech Coalition's mission is to defend and promote free speech in Australia. A vital part of a vibrantly healthy democracy is a free and independent media. The AFSC is delighted to offer this award acknowledging...
The recently published Cochrane HPV vaccine review is severely compromised and cannot be trusted due to the conflicts of interest of authors on the original protocol and the final review document.
This September 2017 video from the USA is called New Tax-Funded Cancer Drug Costs $475k Thanks To Big Pharma.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer: these largest pharmaceutical companies in the world report significant profits in countries with favorable tax policies, including the Netherlands. This is evident from new research by Oxfam Novib.
Due to profit shifting, many countries miss out on tax revenues, which are often needed to improve access to health care. On the basis of available figures, Oxfam estimates that the four major pill corporations are dodging an estimated 3.8 billion dollars in taxes in countries such as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, the USA, Thailand, India and Ecuador.
Esm Berkhout, Oxfam Novibs tax expert, is clear: Drug corporations seem to be deceiving governments by...
With thanks to @GrayConnolly
Can't say he had no sense of humour! Can't say it was all that good - at least he was trying!
An Indian police commando stands guard in front of the Taj Mahal palace hotel in Mumbai on November 25, 2010 ahead of the second anniversary of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. A total of 166 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured when 10 heavily-armed Islamist militants stormed the city, attacking a number of sites, including the citys main railway station, two luxury hotels, a popular tourist restaurant and a Jewish center. (Photo: Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty)
Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the film Hotel Mumbai exposes the ideology behind terror attacks. Producer Anthony Maras, an American-Australian filmmaker, attended the premiere screening that I was also fortunate to attend. The film is based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the events that unfolded leading to the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
The reviews for Hotel Mumbai, which is scheduled to be released publicly in 2019, are very positive. Reviewers speak of the human element and rightly so. Hotel Mumbai is very subtlety directed and produced, focusing on the victims and survivors of the horrendous terrorist attack referred to as the 9/11 of Mumbai. Nowhere in the film is there any mention of the country that th...
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden assailed President Trumps supporters during a speech Saturday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, lamenting that virulent people and the dregs of society still had a friend in the White House. Mr. Biden told an enthusiastic crowd of LGBTQ rights advocates...
There is a way forward to confront the legacy of a colonising nation. Burying our heads in the sand isnt it, writes Caitlin Prince.
Last week, a nine-year-old refused to stand for the national anthem to protest its lack of recognition of First Nations, and the country erupted in anger. High profile, fully grown adults publicly called her a brat and threatened to kick her up the backside.
In the same week, Mark Knights cartoon of Serena Williams was criticised internationally as racist, and Australian media doubled down to defend it. Welcome to PC world the Herald Sun published on its front page, while Knight accused the world of going crazy and suspended his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, two Aboriginal teenagers died in Perth running away from police, and communities pushed again for government action on the high rates of Aboriginal deaths in custody. Yeah how dare people suggest Australia is racist!
I cant imagine how it felt to be Aboriginal during this (not atypical) week. Although I dont have to imagine Celeste Liddle (@Utopiana), the Aboriginal writer and activist, tweeted:
Were constantly stuck trying to remind white people of the humanity of Aboriginal people particularly Aboriginal women and children. Its tiring, devastating and as we continually end up back in the same place, clearly not working. Sort your shit out, Australia.
Celeste Liddle (@Utopiana) September 17, 2018
Emotions run high when it comes to the topic of racism and First Nations people. The fact that a nine-year-old can elicit such a venomous rebuke from senators and media personalities is testament to that. In my experience though, it isnt only alt-right conservatives who have strong emotions about this topic. In the past eight years that Ive worked in remote Aboriginal communities, every non-Aboriginal person Ive worked with has experienced a strong reaction to the interface of Australias race relations.
Defensive anger is a common reaction to having your worldview challenged. Researcher Megan Boler believes its an attempt to protect not only ones beliefs but ones precarious sense of identity; a defence of ones investment in the values of the dominant culture.
The problem with growing up within the dominant culture is that its easy to be oblivious to anything outside of it. As Tim Soutphommasane, the outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner, recently pointed out in...
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The governments would not want the masses to know about approaching Nibiru (planet X) if it was the cause of devastating earth changes on Earth. There are plenty of videos on youtube about a very large orb in the sky which has been visible and photographed for months but it is getting larger and apparently it is expected to cause massive devastation this month. Attempts have been made to conceal it but it is getting too difficult now. I know we'd all like to think that we are not all going to be wiped out as these predictions say, but I feel people should at least be able to view the evidence. Apparently the US Army family have made preparations and NASA no longer denies Nibiru's presence. Maybe that's what the emergency message was about?
A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock things you have to do.
Kangaroos are invading the Capital of Australia as the drought has created a food shortage. The roos have been invading the cities and they like to feed precisely during Rush Hour. Here is one that decided to visit the sports match when the game was in motion.
It is quite a big threat down there thanks to a severe drought.
Australian researchers have said taking a daily dose of Aspirin does not significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks or stroke. These were part of the findings of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study titled; Aspirin In Reducing Events In The Elderly (ASPREE), taking Aspirin daily 
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I was stopped by immigration officials and asked questions like: why had I travelled to India in the past? Why had I stayed so long on my previous trip? What were the full names and professions of the friends Id be staying with? What was my job? How many books had I written? After about an hour of this, and despite having a valid visa and an onward ticket to Bangladesh, I was refused entry to India and ordered to book the first flight back to my port of origin.
Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.
The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.
The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Andrew Stephenson gave the Waves the premiership.
For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.
Key defender Alex Trezise was crowned the inaugural Ocean Grove Football Club womens football best and fairest winner at the club presentation night on Friday 14 September.
Trezise was a runaway winner with 99 votes to finish ahead of Ariane Lefevre (56 votes) and Candace Harrison-Smith (53) who rounded out the top three.
Trezise played all 16 games with the Grubbers in 2018.
Its an absolute honour to be the inaugural winner, Trezise told the Voice.
Im very fortunate to have been a part of the first ever womens team and Im incredibly thankful to the club, the coaching staff, and my teammates for giving me that opportunity.
Trezise is the partner of Ocean Grove senior backman Justin Carey, who finished third in the club mens best and fairest award.
IN other developments, Candace Harrison-Smith won the clubs most consistent player award, while the best clubperson award went to Bri Doolan.
Midfielder Luke Cartelli and star defender Kelsey Ollis took out the football and netball best and fairests.
The Sunraysia Daily reported that a man jailed for raping a then 13 year old girl has had his sentence (but not parole period) cut on appeal.
Not that you could tell from the headline.
Invisible perpetrators and the inaccurate and dangerous phrase child sex are both common themes in FixedIt, but this is one of the most blatant combinations of those two things Ive seen for a while.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.
That word choice is the key. Sex i...
The bitcoin security specialists Wizsec has recently explained to the public that the wallet that held more than 111,000 BTC did not derive from the Silk Road marketplace, and its also not one of the Mt Gox wallets. Further Wizsec detailed today that a recent article had quoted the organization by cherry-picking quotes which in turn created an editorial that has bolstered unneeded fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).
Over the last few weeks, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a large amount of BTC that has moved from an old wallet onto a few popular trading platforms. Many people including the person who ...
EXCLUSIVE: The convicted celebrity paedophile, Jeremy Kewley, is attempting to resume his acting career just months after his release from prison, with the highly dangerous sex offender even travelling from town-to-town in regional Victoria to perform to unsuspecting audiences at festivals featuring youth theatre groups. Horrifyingly, it can now be revealed that one of Kewley's performances was delivered at a school and is said to have been a "chilling and sickening" monologue about the rape of a teenage girl. [READ MORE]
17 Sep 2018 | Gulf TimesQatar's Hassad Foods continues the strategic repositioning of its Australian agricultural investments, securing an agreement to transfer its agricultural portfolio to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
17 Sep 2018 | AFRUnder a proposal from Australia's federal government the 15 per cent concessional rate of withholding tax for foreign investors in agricultural land will be lifted to 30 per cent by July 1 next year.
I watch my mums mouth drop open in disgust. Oh my god.
Were dining at a fancy restaurant and Im dolled up to the nines, hair and makeup immaculate, black stilettos clicking underneath the table. Waiting for our meals, I raise my arms in a lazy stretch when I catch my mothers eye.
Her look is a combination of mortification and utter revulsion.
Surprise, Mum: I have pit hair.
As many would see it, wedged in the small space between my arm and my torso, is a disgusting, uncivilised display of animalistic vulgarity, complete disregard for personal hygiene and a brazen confession of lesbianism.
Unfavourable assumptions are common when it comes to women with underarm hair. These reactions both intrigue and confuse me. I mean, I get it. Armpit hair on women is not something were used to seeing, and were often scared of the unfamiliar. In fact, it took me several years to overcome my internalised shame to get the point of even trialling a bit of pit fur.
A couple of friends in high school who braved the hirsute lifestyle originally planted the seed in my mind, at which point my position was one of, Good for you, not for me. I guess I didnt think it looked very good. I found it distracting, disconcerting, and felt mildly uncomfortable when I saw it. Of course, this was completely irrational. Why dont I have the same reaction to a mans sweaty, smelly and thicker pit hair? Why the double standard? If men can do it why cant women?
We can thank Gilette for popularizing the hairless underarm ideal in 1915 when they released the first women-specific razor, the ad for which contained a not-so-subtle directive for women of the day: The fastidious woman to-day must have immaculate underarms if she is to be unembarrassed. This type of advertising cultivated, and proceeded to profit from, the calculated confluence of female body hair and shame.
As a feminist and sociology student, I am hyper-aware of myself as a product of these market-driven social norms. I wanted to unlearn the conditioning Id been exposed to my entire life; reclaim a sense of control over my bodily choices. I figured that once I got used to it, then I could make a truly autonomous decision about whether I liked it or not.
So: I let it grow. Inspired by the increasing number of hairy-pitted women...
PMID: Front Pharmacol. 2016 ;7:357. Epub 2016 Oct 17. PMID: 27799911 Abstract Title: Huperzine A Provides Robust and Sustained Protection against Induced Seizures inMutant Mice. Abstract: loss-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC)(encoding Na1.1) are the main cause of Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic early-life encephalopathy associated with prolonged and recurrent early-life febrile seizures (FSs), refractory afebrile epilepsy, cognitive and behavioral deficits, and a 15-20% mortality rate.mutations also lead to genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+), which is an inherited disorder characterized by early-life FSs and the development of a range of adult epilepsy subtypes. Current antiepileptic drugs often fail to protect against the severe seizures and behavioral and cognitive deficits found in patients withmutations. To address the need for more efficacious treatments for-derived epilepsies, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Huperzine A, a naturally occurring reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. In CF1 mice, Hup A (0.56 or 1 mg/kg) was found to confer protection against 6 Hz-, pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-, and maximal electroshock (MES)-induced seizures. Robust protection against 6 Hz-, MES-, and hyperthermia-induced seizures was also achieved following Hup A administration in mouse models of DS () and GEFS+ (). Furthermore, Hup A-mediated seizure protection was sustained during 3 weeks of daily injections inmutants. Finally, we determined that muscarinic and GABAreceptors play a role in Hup A-mediated seizure protection. These findings indicate that Hup A might provide a novel therapeutic strategy for increasing seizure resistance in DS and GEFS+, and more broadly, in other forms of refractory epilepsy.
Norm Wallace passed away yesterday (17 September 2018). He was a well known and respected union figure, shaped by the 92 years of his life. His was a life lived well.
Norm lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. Events that shaped the way he saw the world and drove him to act against injustice and the exploitation of working men and women. His was a generation at learned from the school of hard knocks.
I first got to know the man, when I became a young official of the Builders Labourers Federation in Melbourne. This was a place where the demands of work were immense, and as a greenhorn trying to find his way, he was the one I could turn to for help. Norm was always there for you with his characteristic smile.
Norm Wallace was the kind of leader wo won people over through his capacity to see the good side of someone and show them friendship and trust. He was easy to get along with, and it won them over to him.
Norm the fighter was the other side. On seeing an injustice, he couldnt help but to take a stand against it.
These two sides of him, a compassion for people and a hatred of injustice, are what drove him and the reason why he became a union official.
Under the wing of the legendary Paddy Malone, he and Norm Gallagher had been recruited into the unions Committee of Management in the early 1950s. Before long, both became organisers. These early days were the time when the organisation was taken out of the control of gangsters and put back into the hands of its members. They did it in Victoria, while Joe Owens and Jack Mundy did it in Sydney.
Although the teams in each state were destined to fall out, they had much more in common than their differences.
Norm Wallace became the Assistant Secretary of the union. Through it all, he always remained true to his convictions.
The deregistration of the union and the subsequent lack of funds forced Norm into an early retirement. This did not stop him from being involved in the cause.
His greatest legacy is all those he mentored, and continue to put their shoulder to the wheel, not only in the union movement, but also out there in the broader community. He lives on through all of us.
Norm Wallace was one of those who passionately held that unions and their leaders should be concerned about more than the bread and butter issues of wages and working conditions and be concerned about the just causes of all sections of society. The wider political arena is also union business.
He may have left the room. But I for one am one of those who consider themselves lucky to have been inspired and influenced by him. He will be missed. Especially by his family. But also a...
Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught in a vise, the silver-haired Australian wrote to the Russian Consulate in London. "I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my passport, in order to get a visa," said the letter, which was obtained exclusively by The Associated Press. The Nov. 30, 2010 missive is part of a much larger trove of WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, secretly recorded footage and other documents leaked to The Associated Press. The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange's budding relationship with Moscow.
The belief that George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, and Paul Manafort would turn over evidence of collusion with Russia got ahead of reality. The anonymous government official who revealed a "resistance" inside the White House has heightened the sense of doom hanging over Donald Trump's presidency. A stream of disparaging claims from other White House insiders, the multiple criminal cases enveloping Trump's inner circle, and the ongoing special-counsel investigation into possible collusion with the Russian government have all also added to anticipation of Trump's imminent downfall. But the widespread perception that "the walls are closing in"; on a " "teetering" Trump presidency is getting ahead of reality. While figures eyed as central to the suspected Trump-Russia conspiracy-campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos, longtime fixer Michael Cohen, and campaign manager Paul Manafort - have been convicted of criminal activity, their cases have not bolstered the case for collusion as many liberals had hoped. Last week, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with a Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud. According to Papadopoulos, Mifsud claimed to have connections to Russia and information that the Kremlin had obtained Hillary Clinton's stolen e-mails. In May 2016, Papadopoulos relayed vague details about his conversation with Mifsud to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. According to press accounts, a tip from Downer about his encounter with Papadopoulos sparked the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into alleged Trump-Russia ties.
Exclusive: Research finds claims emissions targets make electricity more expensive are misguidedEmissions reduction targets, even relatively ambitious ones, will not drive up power prices for Australian consumers, according to new research from the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.While the Morrison government has abandoned the national energy guarantee because conservatives complain that emissions reduction policies drive up power prices, the [...]
The targeting tactics this group uses to go after victims and their advocates are vast and know no boundaries. Their goal is to discredit anyone who stands against their child trafficking enterprise, to prevent anyone from listening to them, and hopefully to silence the whistleblowers permanently- esp by death.
Years ago I did a video with Pat Goodwin where we spoke about the targeting of authors on Amazon who spoke about this mess and detailed the methods that were used to discredit and silence people.
Their most used attack is something that is very common- lies and gossip. Their method even has a name- the Woo Woo tactic. Basically it works like this:
1. Start by making defamatory comments- always as an anonymous person, against the person you are attacking.
2. Always argue with a circular argument and never acknowledge anything that is stated about you personally but keep the focus on your target. Repeat your lies relentlessly and with as much venomous conviction that you can muster.
3. When your target starts to get angry or show any emotion, vigorously point it out- and use their emotion to show how unstable and mentally unbalanced they are.
4. At the same time, use their arguments against your lies to make yourself out to be the rational one and, in the process- how you are really the one being victimized by your target.
5. Do this on as many venues as you can and encourage your target to believe they are isolated, helpless to fight back, and totally alone in their defence.
6. Most importantly, convince your target that the only way out of these relentless attacks is self destruction. Suggest to them that silence- or suicide- are the only true methods of escape- but do this as covertly as possible- only hinting at it and never blatantly stating it except in cases where it can completely stay undetected.
These methods are commonly used online but are just as effective in the real world as well.
They seek out your friends, co-workers, and family to spread gossip and lies to them in order to turn them against you, saying whatever they can think of to achieve their objective. They realize the fundamental reality that gossip- the more salacious the better- generally spreads much faster than truth.
Their objective is to turn as many away from the victim as they can while encouraging the victim to feel as isolated and alone as they can.
In some cases- they enlist the very family members that were part of the victims abuse. This is not only true for Fiona Barnett and her uncle- but myself as well, as they (and they refers to Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his follo...
The northern part of the Australian state, Queensland, is bustling with cryptocurrency energy. The region is extremely passionate towards one specific decentralized peer-to-peer electronic currency bitcoin cash (BCH).
Over the last few months, a few bitcoin cash proponents have been spreading a lot of BCH adoption in the North Queensland region in Australia. North Queensland is a very large area with its own distinctive regional character within the massive state of Queensland. Anyone who frequents the Reddit forum r/btc, have probably noticed many posts showing BCH adoption taking place in the region.
North Queensland has its own Bitcoin Cash meetup, its home to the countrys first BCH-only automated teller machine, and right now the area has a lot of BCH accepting merchants. This week, using the mobile application...
There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles. The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.
The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years. A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets. Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers. There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds. This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.
The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion. It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator. Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter. This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.
Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found. Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected. Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.
Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers. Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M5.7 hit near Frankland River, Western Australia at 04:56 UTC on September 16, 2018 (12:56 local time). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was initially...... Read more
As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques obsessed with cutting prices.
Morrisons ascension to power was yet another, existentially imposed headache in the aftermath of US President Donald J. Trumps announcement that the United States would be making a dash from any obligations and aspirations associated with the Paris Climate Agreement. Pacific Island states were starting to write up their wills.
When the decision by Trump was made in the middle of last year, such states as Samoa and Fiji felt a shudder. His decision, came the press release from an assortment of Pacific Island Civil Society Organisations, is a clear sign of his continued support of the fossil fuel industry which directly threatens the lives of communities living in the Pacific Islands.
The Australian response, ever mindful of the wishes of its obese cousin and all powerful defender, has reflected a certain bipolar conditioning on matters ecological and climactic. Canberra takes the position, when convenient to its neighbours, that climate change is genuine, dangerous and in need of serious consideration. When necessary, amnesia takes hold.
In the aftermath of Morrisons replacement of sitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama sent a salutary reminder to the new Australian leader couched in a disarming note of congratulation. I look forward to working with you across a broad front, including the global campaign for action on climate change, the greatest threat facing Australia and all of your neighbours in the Pacific.
This, to a man who had coarsely brandished a lump of coal in the Australian parliament in February last year, supplied by the good offices of the Minerals Council of Australia. This is coal, he guffawed to his opponents, caressing the inert item in his hand with a fetishists resolve. Dont be afraid; dont be scared.
Morrison ought to be suffering jitters from such figures as Samoas Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele, who has made it clear how climate change laggards should be treated. We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, he...
US State Department revokes PLO ambassador family visas:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) 16 Sept by Yara Bayoumy The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership. Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020. The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLOs executive committee, criticized the Trump administration for being vindictive. As if the announcement that the US would close our office in Washington, DC was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful, Ashrawi said in a statement. The US has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level. Zomlot said in an interview that two of his embassy employees met last week with State Department staff, who had requested the meeting. The State Department informed our colleagues, as part of the discussion on the closure, that the visas of my wife and children are dependent on the PLO delegation and as such will not be valid after the closure of the office and that if they wanted to stay they would have to change their immigration status, Zomlot said. He added: This goes against diplomatic norms. Children, spouses and family have nothing to do with political rows..
Oktoberfest in the West Bank: Brewers turn beer making into
resistance against occupation
ABC News (Australia) by Middle East Correspondent Eric Tlozek There are no Bavarian costumes or oompah bands at the Oktoberfest in Taybeh, in the West Bank. Instead, dancers in traditional Arab outfits clap and sway to the music of the oud, while Palestinians and foreigners taste the products of the village brewery. Because Taybeh is a Christian village, the beer is alcoholic and mood just as festive as the more famous German event. Some beer varieties....
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Here at GumshoeNews there has been much coverage of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. And lately there has been coverage of Fiona Barnetts and Rachel Vaughans testimony to the ITNJ the International Tribunal for Natural Justice an ad hoc group of people who couldnt stand it anymore.
Both women told of their direct experience of extreme abuse as children and their witnessing of murders. Both told of their shocking inability to get help from the authorities. I have been developing the theme that such behaviour by persons in government office is plainly criminal.
I have also proposed, mainly with regard to the Martin Bryant case (he is in his 23rd year of imprisonment and is not allowed to speak) that a trial can be handled outrageously by a DPP a Director of Public Prosecutions. In Bryants case the DPP of Tasmania was Damien Bugg who was subsequent...
I must admit that even I, as a child psychologist, have found some of it very difficult to listen to in particular the anal cutting for sex at 30months of one of the Australian female witnesses Rachel Vaughn, the caged children who had never seen the light of day noted in hers or Fiona Barnetts testimony and the concept of foetuses being shocked in the womb from Jay Parker or Ronald Bernards testimony were all really gutting. How do we get around the problem of people just not wanting to hear this stuff?
Videos below. Your strength today is a gift to all
children in the morrow.
As China consolidates its hold in South China Sea and wields its military, economic and diplomatic leverage, smaller countries see no credible option but to work with Beijing, even if that means furthering Chinese objectives. Manila, for example, seems willing to accede to Beijings demand for joint development of hydrocarbon resources in the Philippines own exclusive economic zone.
The plain fact is that U.S. inaction under successive administrations has allowed China to gain effective control over a strategic sea that is more than twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico and 50 percent bigger than the Mediterranean Sea. Australias Kevin Rudd, who is still fending off accusations that he was a slavish pro-China prime minister, has acknowledged that Chinese policy has not yet been challenged in the South China Sea by the United States to any significant extent.
The U.S., even at the risk of fostering Philippine helplessness against Chinese expansionism, has refused to clarify whether its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Manila would apply to an attack on Philippine troops or vessels in the South China Sea. This refusal stands in contrast to Washingtons commitment to the defense of the Japanese-administered but Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. U.S. President Donald Trump, in his joint statement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, said that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands.
In the South China Sea, China has astounded the world with the speed and scale of its creation of artificial islands and military infrastructure. The first Chinese dredger arrived in the region in December 2013. Less than five years later, China has largely completed building most of its forward military bases. It is now ramping up its military assets in the South China Sea.
Yet China has incurred no international costs for pushing its borders far out into international waters. In fact, China stepped up the expansion of its frontiers after an international arbitration tribunal invalidated its expansive claims in the South China Sea through a 2016 ruling in a case instituted by the Philippines.
China says it has sovereignty over all the South China Sea north of its nine dash line. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid. But China and the Philipp...
Medieval legends claim that Pope Joan was the first and only female pope. And now, an analysis of ancient silver coins suggests that the ordained woman may have actually lived. According to legends from the Middle Ages, a pope named John, or Johannes Anglicus, who reigned during the middle of the ninth century, was actually a woman, Pope Joan. For instance, a story from the 13th century written by a Dominican monk from Poland named Martin claimed that Pope Joan became pregnant and gave birth during a church procession. However, there is much debate over whether a pope named Johannes Anglicus existed, much less whether this pope was a man or woman. The doubt stems in part from the great deal of confusion over the identities of popes during the middle of the ninth century. For example, in the oldest surviving copy of the Liber Pontificalis, the official book of biographies of popes during the early Middle Ages, "Pope Benedict III is missing entirely," study author Michael Habicht, an archaeologist at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, told Live Science. Discovering whether Pope Joan existed may not only solve a religious and historical mystery, but also factor in to modern arguments over the role of women in the church. "The debate on female ordination in the church is still ongoing," Habicht said. Now, Habicht has suggested that symbols on medieval coins show that Pope Johannes Anglicus may have existed, and so, Pope Joan may have been real as well. "The coins really turned the tables in favor of a covered-up but true story," Habicht said.
Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.
One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.
The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head. She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.
I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.
So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.
Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.
Oh what a fool I was.
Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).
The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.
With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.
As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.
When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...
Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.
The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.
The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Tom Andrews gave the Waves the premiership.
For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.
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