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Over the last three decades the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by a series of intense cyclones, bleaching, crown of thorn starfish outbreaks and flood events that have caused well-documented, but reparable damage.
Scientists have hoped that an extended period of benign conditions would allow the natural processes of reef restoration to flourish, and many of the hardest-hit regions to return to a healthier, more colourful and biodiverse state.
But a new study of coral-recovery rates based on 18 years of data and published in Science Advances today, found the ability of many corals to bounce back after disturbance has significantly slowed down.
Although recovery rates were variable between different reef patches and coral types, the researchers found the overall recovery rate of corals across the Great Barrier Reef declined by an average of 84 per cent between 1992 and 2010.
Following acute disturbance events like cyclones, coral recovery was hindered by poor water quality and high temperature, according to lead author Juan-Carlos Ortiz from the University of Queensland.
We noticed thatwater quality played a significant role in that reduction in recovery rate, Dr Ortiz said.
The study, supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Nature Conservancy, looked at data from more than 90 primarily mid-shelf and offshore reefs, comparing the rate of recovery following disturbance events.
We noticed for the first time a very large decline in the ability of the reef to recover from disturbances over those 18 years, he said.
The research team classified corals into six groups based on their growth forms. Although all groups showed an overall decline in recovery rate, two groups the Montipora and branching Acropora both went into negative.
What that means is they continued to decline even after the disturbance had ceased.
While increased disturbance events are expected as the impacts of climate change ramp up, the slowed recovery time is a concerning compounding factor.
It is exacerbating the problem. The assumption that we were working on was that naturally reefs recover fast, Dr Ortiz said.
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Wednesday Lugano, Switzerland trade.io, a leading cryptocurrency exchange and innovator of the industrys leading liquidity pool, today announced that David Hannigan has joined the company as its Chief Dealer. David brings almost 30 years of trading and risk management experience, most notably his position as Senior VP at National Australia Bank, to his new role.
David will lead trade.ios risk management department, and will be responsible for building out its OTC Desk, allowing for both retail and institutional fiat-to-crypto exchange functionality. Up to 50% of all OTC Desk revenues will be allocated to the forthcoming liquidity pool, which can only be accessed by using trade.ios utility token, TIO.
trade.ios CEO Jim Preissler said, Were very lucky to have someone with Davids experience lead the risk management team and spearhead our OTC Desk. David has an impeccable track record in trading and risk management, which is invaluable when dealing with the size of deals in the crypto space. Its not uncommon to have a $10m deal come through the desk multiple times per day.
David Hannigan also commented, I see a lot of similarities in how trade.io runs its business to many of the large banks Ive worked for in the past. With my prior experience in the banking sector, I am cognizant on how profitable an OTC Desk can be. I am thrilled to hit the ground running to provide this service to the trade.io community.
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Most people wont recognise the name Leo Hielscher unless they regularly cross the eponymous* bridge (better known by its original name, the Gateway). But he is a figure of great consequence in Queensland, responsible for the downfall of two governments. Hielscher ran the states finances for decades, and was the architect of the Bjelke-Petersen strategy of an extractive economy based low taxes, low services and low skill. His proudest boast was the states AAA credit rating
The low point of his career was probably the leadup to the 2009 election when Anna Bligh announced that, rather than cut infrastructure spending or sell assets in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, she would allow the states credit rating to be reduced to AA+. Bligh was re-elected, and promptly announced a massive program of asset sales. This was one of the rare instances where I was directly involved in the policy process, providing advice to the Queensland Council of Unions, and in this capacity I got to observe Hielscher in action. He was very effective in pushing the (economically spurious) case for asset sales and the need to regain the AAA rating.
Bligh, and her Treasurer, Andrew Fraser pushed through the asset sales and pushed the Labor government off a cliff, being reduced to seven members at the 2012 election. Of course, Bligh landed on her feet, ending up as CEO of the Australian Bankers Association. I didnt get such a ringside view of the process that led Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls to adopt their catastrophic Strong Choices asset sales campaign, but I have no doubt that Hielscher played a significant role in the background. Both Campbell and Nicholls have duly been consigned to well-deserved political oblivion.
Now the rightwing Australian Institute of Progress has staged a reunion.
After denouncing the public debt levels sustained by the Palaszczuk Labor government, Hielscher
received a standing ovation from the high-powered audience that included former LNP premier Campbell Newman, former state Liberal leader and treasurer Joan Sheldon as well as former Labor treasurers Keith de Lacy and Andrew Fraser.
Anna Bligh was obviously too busy defending the massive corruption of the banking sector to make it to Brisbane, and Tim Nicholls is still keeping a low profile. Apart from that, though, the whole team was there. De Lacy left politics before the events Ive described, but hes the archetypal careerist who du...
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An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Australian prime minister: convicted archbishop must be fired
Australian Prime Minister Turnbull has urged Pope Francis to dismiss Australian archbishop Wilson. Wilson has been sentenced to a years imprisonment because he has concealed sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
The 67-year-old Archbishop of Adelaide is the highest ranking church official convicted of an abuse scandal in Australi...
Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson after court rulingBrian Houston of Hillsong- Tick Tick Tock TockBrian Houston of Hillsong is in line at the NSW Attorney Generals Office and NSW Police to face pedophile protection charges. "IndyWatch Feed National"
During his trial, the Archbishop (Philip Wilson) said no-one had ever come forward to tell him of allegations of child sex abuse during his 40 years as a clergyman.
However, Magistrate Robert Stone cast that claim aside in a ruling that could have ramifications in courts around the country.
ABC News Australia article below.
Brian Houston of Hillsong is one of those affected by this ruling. In time, Brian Houston will be charged with pedophile protection crimes, for sheltering his old pedophile father Frank from NSW Police and Authorities from 1999 to November 2004, when Frank died.
Well meant, but not a solution as far as I can see. Australia has massive problems with introduced species and also culls huge numbers of kangaroos to protect grazing. This is not an answer to poaching in Africa and Asia. It mentions white rhino (the least endangered of the species) but not black of the incredibly vulnerable Asian species for introduction and the latter would need forest not savanna envcironments. At the end says it is tongue-in-cheek, so is this all some sort of satire? KS
Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition after all, weve had...
A brand new stage production will bring the spirit of the global Womens March protest to a new play at Brisbanes La Boite Theatre Company. Award-winning Queensland writer Claire Christian will makes her mainstage debut as playwright next month with Lysa and The Freeborn Dames. In her play, nineteen-year-old Lysa King has come home to ...
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People in this country have demonstrated the level of trust they have in government by crashing websites and call systems with 20 000 people opting out of #MyHealthRecord in the first day.
We are providing a round up for you to enable an informed decision. As we support and train advocates and activists we have become more aware of the huge issue of digital privacy and how little the average person seems aware of, let alone the activist community. We want to help improve literacy in this area, and encourage more discussion regarding the extensive surveillance and data harvesting undertaken by government and corporates.
You can check out the huge compilation of concerns we covered during the #CensusFail situation. Regarding MyHealthRecord, you can assume all of the privacy concerns apply but also throw in sexual activity and orientation, gender, stigmatised diseases, prescriptions which could identify your condition, life threatening and chronic health conditions, fertility and more to get a full picture of concerns.
Oh, and sections of this data is reportedly going to be accessible by NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE. At the minimum all doctors (more than 70,000) and pharmacies (of which there are nearly 30,000) will have access to significant aspects.
TL, DR ~ huge privacy concerns have been raised you can opt out until 15th October 2018.
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Nominations have now opened for the Cairns Tropical Prides Community Hero Awards, recognising the regions LGBTIQ volunteers of the year. Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queenslands largest LGBTIQ festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year, and this years festival will take place from October 12 to 14. Each year, the ...
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Longman is a federal electorate in Brisbanes north held since the 2016 election by Susan Lamb for Labor. Lamb was born in Mackay, Queensland of a British father and Queensland born mother. Her own legal advice confirmed that she obtained British citizenship by descent at birth. So, she applied to renounce her British citizenship before
Everyone lives like shit in a socialist shithole. Thanks to https://twitter.com/RobertSacco18 for the tip!
The once-obscure bush capital, and its number plates, have been keen to adopt new hipster clothing; to present as something like that cool inland city that your best mate lives in. Yet like every trend that drapes itself in ironic sentiment, theres more than a kernel of serious intent here, as there is to the apparently outlandish claim that Canberra yes, Canberra is now the cultural capital of Australia.
Rio Tinto has employed the first fully autonomous train, which many are calling the worlds largest robot. Rio Tintos project has eliminated humans and that saves on pensions and salaries. This is the way of the future because of exponentially rising human costs. The train completed its first delivery of iron ore between the companys Australian Mount Tom Price mine and the port of Cape Lambert on the Western coast.
Rio Tinto spent $940 million to develop this project. The train consists of three locomotives and carries around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore making a journey of 280km with no human driver. The trip was monitored remotely by operators at Rios Operations Centre in Perth more than 1,500km away. Effectively, this is not so dissimilar from the drone used in the military that is also being monitored from a far away location.
The high cost of socialism is driving the field of robotics. The higher the costs of pensions and their lack of feasibility when central banks play with interest rates pretending to be managing the economy has driven the technology into the hands of automation. Governments are in a state of denial and they will continue to raise taxes to try to cover their costs. They fail to look at this crisis straight in the eyes. There is no hope of maintaining socialism and more than there was communism.
Published July 19, 2018
Known as the second biggest and most populated city in Australia, Melbourne is a must-visit travel destination in the whole world. With its enthralling arts scene, every visitor will surely be in awe. There are tons of awesome spots to check out here, especially for the art and culture lovers.
Melbourne is also called as the Cultural Capital of Australia. With its numerous museums and galleries, one can say that it deserves the title. So, here are a few of the top art buildings you can visit to understand deeper and explore more about Melbournes magic:
National Gallery of Victoria
Pay a visit to the oldest public art gallery in the Land Down Under. It is home to over 70,000 pieces of art in two locations. The Australian collection can be found at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, which features the history of Australian art. One of its highlights is The Pioneer, a huge triptych format by Frederick McCubbin. On the other hand, the international collection is in St. Kilda Road building. This building is known for The Great Hall where you can lie on the floor and see its colorful stained glass ceiling.
Come by Scienceworks to enjoy first-hand science experiences. This interactive science and technology museum offers changing exhibits, demonstrations, and guided tours daily to all visitors. You can check out the Sportsworks exhibit and Planetarium for a more exciting activity. Not to mention, this museum is autism-friendly one with social maps and scripts showing high and low sensory spaces. It is going to be a fun-filled learning day at Scienceworks, for sure!
National Sports Museum
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. This is why sports stadiums are one of the citys main tourist attractions. Take a trip down memory lane at the National Sports Museum and learn about the sporting history of the city. Once here, you can also see a lot of memorabilia that will make you remember the significant sporting moments that happened in Melbourne.
Head over Immigration Museum to see engaging and special exhibits of the people who call Melbourne their home. Situated in the Old Customs House, this museum tells the real stories of those wh...
The Victorian government is so determined to press ahead with the cashless welfare card, that it hired a private company to carry out a review outside its own Department of Social Services. This is the sort of thing governments like to do, when they have already determined the result they want to have.
Consultancy firm Orina was awarded a lucrative 12-month contract to do the job.
The findings of the evaluation have been contradicted by the auditor generals report published on Tuesday. The main charge is the omitting of relevant data. The report found that the approach to monitoring has been inadequate, and that as a consequence, it is difficult to conclude whether there had been a reduction in social harm and whether the card was a lower cost welfare quarantining approach.
In other words, the finding that the card has resulted in the reduction of anti-social behaviour and reduced the cost of welfare at the trial at Ceduna in the Kimberly region in south Australia, as claimed by the commissioned firm, is not based on fact.
The cashless welfare card, otherwise known as the Indue card, takes control of 80 percent of the welfare payment of the individual, and restricts what it can be used for and where. A major criticism has been that the inability to make choices has forced recipients into having to spend more on needs, because one cannot shop around for the best prices. . But the most heated opposition, has been over the denial of a basic human right that we all expect for ourselves, and the classification of a whole community as undeserving.
Unperturbed, the government is planning further trials in the Western Australian gold fields, and there is a fear that this could eventually become the national norm for recipients of Centrelink payments.
The Card has been introduced in the context of a general assault on welfare payment in Australia, which extends from the unemployed to the disabled. Every day produces new stories of individuals falling victim to a harsh system and merciless punishment. Payments have been kept so low, that many Australians are finding it extremely difficult to survive.
Government welfare policies govern a process of ongoing and step by step removal of the welfare system, and turning those in need towards private charity. In the view of the government, it should have the most minimal role, if any, because to do so distorts the operation of the market. This is based on a claim that if allowed to operate freely, the market will provide a place for all.
Im sure you will join me in saying neoliberalisms time is done. It is time for the failure to end and if it doesnt end itself we will end it - @NadineFloodCPSU chairing a panel on neoliberalism and trickledown economics at #ACTUCongress18 #ChangeTheRules pic.twitter.com/p3FrhRLIF0 CPSU (@CPSUnion) July 18, 2018...
Cher has announced a second Brisbane show on her upcoming Australian tour. This September and October, the singer will be bringing her Here We Go Again Tour to arenas in several cities around the country. And with her Brisbane show on September 28 now sold out, a second and final show has been added at ...
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It happened immediately after I posted that email exchange.
So until I get control back on that account- there will be no videos and dont trust anything that may come from that account. They want to silence me any way they can
Who made the President buckle, and change his view?
The Cold War is OVER, so why the attack on Russia, when China most likely spies with greater intensity on the US?
Tucker Carlsons broadcast of the Pres-hostage crisis, here. To quote Carlson:
EXCLUSIVE: The convicted paedophile actor Jeremy Kewley is free to roam amongst the public once again after being quietly released from prison following a stint of less than two years for the indecent assault of more than a dozen boys stretching back decades. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]
Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious are holding a fundraising screening of musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again to raise money for their upcoming swim meet. Aqualicious is Brisbanes Masters swim team open to friends and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. The team welcomes new members of all age and ...
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The good thing is that there is rising concern, especially in Melbourne, over the claim by certain politicians and sections of the media, that African gangs have made this city unsafe. It has been said that that it is so bad, that people are too afraid to go out for a meal at night.
As someone who lives in Melbourne, gets about and knows a lot of people here, this is not our experience.
There have been some violent incidents. What city with a population of four and a half million doesnt have them? The trouble is, when it comes from the hand of an African, it is reported as African crime. When it comes form the hand of a non-African, it is just crime. No one has presented evidence that the rate of incidence between the two is any different. Why is this happening?
One problem for the Africans is that having a different colour skin makes them stand out from the crowd. And this can tap into latent discrimination. For instance, the It did not stop this from being used to portray an image of African violence.
There have been other armed robberies in Melbourne committed by people from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. They do not fit into the narrative and are therefore not treated in the same way.
When an Anglo Australian commits the crime, it is never presented as proof for the need to impose law and order on the Anglo Australian community. The same applies when there is a brawl at a pub, or when a gang of young white skinned teenagers pounce on someone.
Despite the emotive and fraudulent and unethical nature of the reporting by Channel 7 and the usual News Corp cabal, and repeated by Channel 10, politicians lo...
Brisbane athlete Tim Roberts will be one of four Australians to compete in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships in London later this month. Roberts (pictured), an art historian, said he accidentally discovered the sport of powerlifting in 2014 and has been training since then at a gym in Fortitude Valley. Id been training there for ...
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Here's The Independent's report: Judges are considering an attempt by English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson to be freed from prison. The far-right leader, who is appearing under his real name of Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, was jailed in May after he broke blanket reporting restrictions on an ongoing set...
Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) is serving two separate terms of imprisonment for two separate contempts of UK courts. He was subject to a 3 month term of imprisonment, suspended for 18 months for filming defendants in a serious criminal trial with the Judge who sentenced him saying: There...
Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Doctor Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed National"
CRIME CULTURE: Is hate, fear and ignorance the new Australian way? Or, are present-day fears around asylum seekers and refugees an undying ember of an even darker past? True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston takes a look at the new documentary film, Border Politics. [READ MORE]
On February 24th of this year, a conference was held in Sydney, Australia which featured a number of prestigious local and overseas speakers as well as former psychiatric patients. Titled Mental Health in Crisis, it was intended to provide a forum for well-researched alternative views on the state of modern psychiatry. The next week, most of the speakers went to New Zealand for further seminars in five cities. During that week, a newspaper published an article quoting Prof. Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, whose research showed that antidepressants are a dangerous and relatively ineffective class of drugs, and who recommended they should be severely restricted. In his view, general practitioners should not be authorised to initiate them, and they should not be given to children or adolescents. On March 9th, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a press statement strongly criticising the article. In particular, it stated:
The prescription of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits (emphasis added).
As described on MIA, I lodged a lengthy complaint with the RANZCP, alleging that, as the responsible officials, the president and board had breached their own code of ethics at a number of points; in particular, the claim about prescribing habits was patently false. This has gone back and forth and, predictably, my complaints have been dismissed. On June 29th, the incoming president of the college wrote to me:
The (original press) statement also acknowledges the careful consideration given when prescribing medications.
That is, he essentially repeats the false claim that drugs are only ever prescribed after a friendly discussion between the caring doc and the grateful patient. Some months ago, I published the results of a pilot study on my 176 active files, which showed that psychiatrists hardly ever give information to patients regarding the risks of their drugs (I would have thought that any psychiatrist who was still breathing would know this: patients are routinely thrown to the ground and jabbed despite their furious objections or tearful pleading. Part of his defence was that psychiatrists have good intentions).
This reminds me of another rather fractious interchange I h...
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by Jon Rappoport July 16, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) For 30 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) broke the law regarding vaccine safety, and no one noticed or cared. Then two men came along and discovered the scandal: Robert F
One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.
The Oberon Council on the states central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the towns supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.
It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
Oberon resident, Jenn Capel, said she was thrilled with the decision.
I think its an excellent result, Ms Capel said.
Its the people in the community who dont have that [oral] care, who dont have the dedication to teeth, theyre the ones who are going to suffer and the long-term effects are overwhelming.
The Oberon Council last discussed fluoridation in 2014 and resolved not to proceed.
Its taken a long time, Oberon resident Tina Slattery said.
The last time it went up the community didnt really appreciate what was going on, and so it could have been taken over by a very persuasive, small group.
The debate at Tuesdays council meeting sparked anger among those who opposed fluoridation, with several speakers claiming it would be a form of mass medication and could jeopardise peoples health.
Im mortified, I think theyve gone against the wishes of Oberon, mother-of-five Tracey Watson said.
My concern is that the pro people didnt really show any documented evidence, whereas the people against always did.
Sarah Raphael from the Australian Dental Association New South Wales made a presentation at the council meeting and quoted the 2007 Child Dental Survey.
It clearly showed more than double the amount of dental decay in the children of Oberon compared with Orange and Dubbo which have water fluoridation and have done for quite some time, Dr Raphael said.
The overwhelming evidence backs that water fluoridation is the most safe and equitable way to protect against dental decay in the community.
Anti-fluoride campaigner Veronika Cvitanovic has lived in Oberon for eight years.
She said she surveyed 684 people and 70 per cent were against fluoridation.
To me its clear that the council is not representing the communitys wishes, Ms Cvitanovic said...
In April this year, the NSW Government established an Upper House inquiry to examine the price of fresh food in New South Wales, compared to trends in the domestic and international markets. The inquiry aimed to consider the financial relationships between producers, retailers and consumers, as well as state-based issues of food insecurity, market competition and environmental impacts of industry pricing. The committee for this inquiry asked interested stakeholders and community members to make submissions, after which public hearings were held.
AFSA's key recommendations from our submission (HERE) have a focus on people's right to food, increased research about and support of CSA models and the building of resilience within agricultural communities by reducing inputs, increasing on-farm diversity, protecting valuable farm land and mitigating vulnerability to climate change by targeting funding and support for more resilient systems such as regenerative agriculture.
Summary of Key Recommendations:
The performance of the president of the United States in Europe over the past week left Europeans dumbfounded, shaken and at least on trade, rightfully anxious about the future. Donald Trump has once again threatened Europeans with tariffs in the one sector that hurts (Germans especially) the most the automotive industry. Since his election, Americas new protectionism certainly makes Europeans feel isolated on issues of trade and the defense of liberal values.
Yet what Europeans often forget is that this is not the case. Europe is not the last man standing. Japan, Australia, India and Canada are all still very much part of our community of shared values.
By Harry Nedelcu
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker looks on after the signing of a Japan-EU trade deal in Tokyo on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI
How we strengthen this community, will depend on the way Europeans will capitalize on the visit of Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk to Tokyo this week. This visit can take two different paths. One is the path of diplomatic niceties, signing agreements, and smiling and posing for pictures. Following the storm caused by Trump in Brussels and London, that was a welcome respite, to be sure. The other path goes far beyond and can turn our relationship into something much more enduring and ambitious.
This means not just finalizing the trade agreement and strategic partnership, but seizing the moment and using it as a springboard for setting together global standards on a number of issues such as trade, climate change, security policy, rule-of-law, cyber and data flows as well as data protection.
At the same time, many Europeans, who seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that destiny shall be set by China, need to ask the question why not also by cooperation with like-minded countries like Japan?
Many in Europe look at Beijings Belt and Road initiative (BRI) both as an opportunity but also as a Trojan horse. Europeans are not sure how to handle it. On one hand they welcome Chinese investments. On the other, they realize that with these investments, China is pursuing a meticulous strategic goal, acquiring key infrastructure and technological know-how. Chinas investments in Europe has increased exponentially 10 times from 2008 to 2015 and another 70 percent the year after.
Over the past year, many have awoken to the dangers that Chinese foreign direct investment carri...
Bare breasts are in my face, the strippers top hanging loosely from the bar stool next to me.
I feel like Ive descended into hell.
The room is bathed in a red glow, like fire is enveloping the place, while disco balls spin delicately from above, illuminating men who watch the main stage with fervent eyes. The bartenders are idle in comparison, wiping down clean glasses to waste away the night, or ducking in and out of the shadows, serving drinks. I run a finger along our table sticky. I clear my throat and gear up for my first question.
Candy picks up her glass of wine with her well-manicured fingers.
Money, she says.
No other reasons for why youre here? I ask her.
I then hear the hypocrisy in my own question. Why am I here?
I clutch the cross around my neck and wonder if I can hold my university tutor accountable for when God looks at me disapprovingly in heaven.
I inadvertently stare at Candys breasts again. Thirty minutes ago, I was in a prayer meeting, worshipping Jesus. Now, Im surrounded by nude women and drunk men. Is this really worth it for a single university assignment?
Im also here because this job is fun. Entertaining is a big part of the game when youre not teasing your client, Candy says. She looks me in the eyes before asking me her next question: But why are you here?
I ignore her accusatory tone and tell her Im writing a story on a program that seeks to transition strippers out of their industry and into safe and secure employment.
What I leave out is my meeting with my tutor from the day before, who read over the first draft of my feature article. With a look that implied Im inexperienced and committing a deadly journalistic sin, she said, Your story isnt objective. You need to go to a strip club if you want this story to pass.
Her words took me by surprise. Me? In a strip club? I wanted to shake my cross in her face and call her ill-informed. Doesnt she know Im a woman of faith?
I pictured a number of scenarios playing out in real life mistakenly walking into a brothel and not a strip club, fai...
One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without
fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking
The Oberon Council on the state's central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the town's supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.
It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard..........
Today, Thursday 19 July marks five years of limbo and suffering for over 1650 men, women and children indefinitely imprisoned in the Turnbull Governments refugee camps on Manus Island and Nauru.
The group includes 124 children, 40 of whom have spent their entire lives warehoused in offshore detention.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre who has visited Manus Island three times, said that after five years of misery, suffering and death, it was well and truly time for the Turnbull Government to move every single person out of these offshore camps.
Tomorrow marks 5 years of offshore detention for 1650 people.Daniel Webb (@DanielHRLC) July 18, 2018
125 of them are children.
40 have never experienced a single day of freedom in their lives.
Whatever the question, wrecking the lives of these kids is not the answer. #5YearsTooManyhttps://t.co/TV84Y8TMQI pic.twitter.com/2pnK69K7gZ
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. Children as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.
Whatever the question, continuing to wreck the lives of these 124 children is not the answer.
On 19 July 2013, the Rudd Government announced that anyone arriving by boat would be deported to indefinite offshore detention. Five years on, the Turnbull Government continues to detain over 870 men, women and children on Nauru and over 780 men are still languishing on Manus Island.
Its been five long, painful years. Women have been sexually assaulted. Children have been so traumatised that they have needed urgent psychiatric care. Twelve people have died. Such deliberate and sustained cruelty to innocent human beings is fundamentally wrong, said Mr Webb.
In November 2016 the Government announced its US resettlement deal with the Obama Administration agreeing to resettle a maximum of 1250 people detained on Manus and Nauru. However, almost two years after the agreement was announced only around 300 people have been resettled and Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the deal.
Mr Webb said that even if the US deal is eventually fully implemented there will still be around 800 people left behind on Manus and Nauru with no end or solution in sight.
On Friday, Canadian alt-right YouTuber and activist Lauren Southern will host the Melbourne leg of her national speaking tour, alongside fellow alt-right YouTuber and compatriot Stefan Molyneux. Southerns video announcing her tour really tries to bring the drama: You guys are at a crossroads. Do you want to retain your culture your borders, family, identity? Or will the boats keep coming, the no-go zones keep growing and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?
On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set to sign a new security agreement with other PIF members, with the agreement factoring in Chinas increasing influence in the region.
However, statements, made by ministers of foreign affairs of Australia and New Zealand, concerning this issue were expressed using fairly general and cautious language towards China and did not contain any concrete information about the future document.
It is worth reminding the readers that the Forum (given with its current name in 2000) was established in 1971 thanks to the efforts by two of its key members, Australia and New Zealand. At present, aside from the previously mentioned nations, it includes16 independent island nations of the Pacific Ocean.
Other than establishing cooperation means in the economic sphere, PIFs key function includes agreeing on joint security measures, whose core document was the so called Biketawa Declaration (named after one of the Kiribati islands), approved during a scheduled Pacific Islands Forum in 2000.
According to this Declaration, Australia and New Zealand, as guarantors of security of PIF members, have the right to base their military forces in any of the PI territories with the aim of ensuring internal political stability there.
PIF continues to bear the hallmarks of an organization established at times of the Cold War, when it was part of ANZUS (Australia+New Zealand+United States), one of the key military political alliances created by the USA in order to contain the spread of communism in the Indo-Pacific.
In 2000s the reasons for retaining the security aspects within PIFs functions were updated and included the need to combat the emerging issue of terrorism.
Notably, at that time Chinas transformation into the second super-power and key US geopolitical rival was in its infancy stages. There was still hope to incorporate China into the US-centered world order, which is why naming Beijing as the key reason for retaining the long-established military political structures in the Indo-Pacific....
A gay porn star has opened up about the toll that his career has taken on his dating life in a moving video. Blake Mitchell has starred in a number of gay porn films and took to his own YouTube channel to reveal the loneliness he feels in his personal life due to his unique ...
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There are interesting parallels between the Congressional Hearings of DC Swamp Dwellers from 2016 to the present, and those of Mafia characters following the Valachi Hearings of 1963 from bribing, blackmailing and owning the alleged Authority and the alleged upholders of Law and Order.
The Old Wild West were safer eras. At least at that time you could dispense with the enemy (individually or by civil uprising) before what evolved as The State protecting The Enemy of The People under the guise of Protecting...
TERRIBLE SHORTEN Bill Shorten wants you to think Labor won't destroy Aussie jobs But as Workplace Minister in the Gillard Government Shorten gave away more than 68,000 Australian jobs to foreigners It's time Bill Shorten's LIES were exposed#auspol #LongmanVotes #Longman pic.twitter.com/6SvfXiDqHr Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) July 17, 2018
Collaborations are difficult beasts to navigate at the best of times. When collaborators are coming from very different worlds, from very different ways of experiencing and understanding and making, the dynamic becomes all that more complicated, and all that more compelling.
This bloke is shameless. Anyone care to help remind Bill of some of his more spectacular AWU efforts on the rates-of-pay / contractors front? Its an early start for the workers at Suez Waste Management - a business which pays labour hire workers the same rates as those directly employed....
Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I think I might push a peanut with my nose from Bourke Street to the Sydney Opera House if this gets up. Here's The Australian with Sam Hutchinson's optimistic take on the Ashton sophistry. Victoria Labor could face criminal investigation over Red Shirt rorts Victorian Chief Police...
The first trailer for Boy Erased, the emotional drama telling the story of a US gay conversion therapy survivor, has been released. Troye Sivan stars alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton. It tells the story of Jared (played by Manchester ...
The publishers of Australian wedding magazine Same Same Weddings are holding their next same-sex wedding expo next month, and they have a pop-up wedding to give away to one lucky local couple. The team from Paddington Publications held Brisbanes first same-sex wedding expo in April, and it was such a success theyre planning another for ...
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The Pretty Things Farewell Tour 2018
Supported by Golden Age Of Ballooning
After 55 years of live performing, The Pretty Things- the iconic, 1st wave R&B / psychedelic cult heroes,formed by Ex-Rolling StoneDick Taylor and singer Phil May- will retire from electric performances at the end of this year when they play one final show in London on December 18 with special friends including Van Morrison and Pink Floyds Dave Gilmour.
Unbelievably, Australia has lucked out and will be witness to some of the bands final performances. And it may have taken them half a century, but The Pretty Things will be performing for the first time ever toBrisbane, Adelaide, Geelong and Perth audiences. Of course, Sydney gets a show (supported by Pretty Things fans Tumbleweed), and theres three Melbourne shows including a one-off performance of their landmark Abbey Rd. psych classic, S. F. Sorrow
. It cannot be overstated the enormity of the impact The Pretty Things had on the UK music scene when they burst upon it with the dirty garage 1, 2 punch of Rosalyn and Dont Bring Me Down
. Prettier than the Stones and grittier than The Who, the band racked up a huge history of musical and cultural firsts the
longest hair in the world, first ever rock and roll drugs bust, most arrests of any band, first ever rock-opera, arrested for discharging a sawn-off shotgun, first U.K. band to win Rolling Stone Record of the Year The Pretty Things are an indelible part of the fabric of popular music and the social influence that it has created.
With such outstanding classics as L.S.D., Midnight to Six Manand one of the wildest psychedelic singles ever released in Defecting Grey, The Pretty Things proved a huge influence on artists as diverse as David Bowie (who as a teen followed the band around religiously and later covered two of the bands singles), The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Radio Birdman, Aerosmith, The Wh...
Blockchain and investment company Decentralised Capital has announced the launch of Australias first ever cold storage vault for digital assets. The vault was created in partnership with Custodian Vaults, a subsidiary of precious metals firm Pallion Group. According to Stephen Moss, founder and director of Decentralised Capital, the new crypto vault is expected to take
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Brisbanes King Street in Bowen Hills will transform into a giant garden street party on September 8 when Brisbane Festival hosts the weddings of eight same-sex couples. Radiating rainbows in the electorate that polled the highest yes vote in Queensland in last years marriage equality survey, the Qweens on King wedding event will see the ...
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The two NRL players whose reunion kiss went viral after the inaugural womens State of Origin match last month have opened up about the emotional moment. The viral photo of players Karina Brown, who played for the Queensland side, and Vanessa Foliaki, who played for New South Wales, was posted to the NRLs social media ...
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The Robina Roos AFLW team is getting ready to host Queenslands first ever Pride Cup match this month to help fight homophobia in sport. The initiative sees footy teams don rainbow colours to celebrate inclusion and diversity in sport and send a message to LGBTIQ players and fans that theyre welcome and accepted. The inaugural ...
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Brisbane Festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best showcases of music in Australia this year, with the likes of Sarah Blasko, Eskimo Joe, Polish Club and loads more gracing various stages around the city.
Eskimo Joe in particular are stretching out, performing a special set with Camerata Queenslands Chamber Orchestra. Under the guidance of noted conductor Vanessa Scammell, the three-piece and Camerata will sail through a set made up of their numerous hit singles, as well as a few fan favourites all completely reimagined and rearranged to take full advantage of the immersive experience of such hefty orchestration.
We caught up with Stu MacLeod from Eskimo Joe to discuss the bands storied career, how they approach the monumental task of reinventing their catalogue, and whats next for the band.
Theres subtle differences around Australia; its not like playing in South Korea or something, but I do find that people in Brisbane genuinely are music people, they do love to participate when theyre watching a band. Some places youll go to where its more about being there, rather than being invested in the music, which is one thing I love about Brisbane audiences.
Weve done a couple of little things over the past few years. We were writing for a mini-series which never ended up happening, and then weve just started reissuing previous albums with a few outtakes and rarities. But in terms of new material, were all kind of in a different phase of our lives if you will. Joels living in Melbourne, doing producing, Im managing a radio station, and Kavs doing solo things so I think were just going to let that breathe for a little bit before we jump back into the studio.
It was pretty amazing actually. Being the more tech-savvy person in the band, I was tasked with the daunting task of grabbing all the old hard drives and computers and backing them all up in a central location, and going through and seeing what we had their that we could use. So as much as that was a huge task, it was pretty amazing too, to go back and listen to all the old demos and just where the songs had had their first inspiration, and what that turned into. It was a really cool process. Weve tried to include as much of that as we can on these reissues, too....
Brad Norington in The Australian today: Senator Kitching loses more than half of followers after Twitter purge Labor senator Kimberley Kitching has lost more than half of her Twitter followers. Picture: AAP The Australian 12:00AM July 18, 2018 ASSOCIATE EDITOR @BradNorington Victorian Labor senator and close Bill Shorten ally Kimberley...
Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? Its important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed.
Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? Its important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed.
Posted by Class in Session on Monday, July 2, 2018
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BRISBANE, AAP Adani is close to locking in the finance for a rail line to service its $16.5 billion proposed Queensland coal mine, the son of the companys owner says.
Karan Adani, who is the CEO of the Indian groups ports business, made the revelation during a video interview with The Economic Times of India.
We have completed the financing of the mine, the port is already operational. Now we are just closing on the financing on the rail part, he said on Tuesday.
So once that is done we will start.
Mr Adani stressed the company had all of the necessary government and environmental approvals related to the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.
The rail financing for the project was almost $US1 billion, he said.
The rail line is needed to move coal from the mine to Abbot Point port, which is being expanded.
There had been questions over the rail financing after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year vetoed a $1 billion federal government loan to Adani for the project.
Previously, Australias big four banks refused to put up money for the mine, forcing the company to look for funding overseas.
The state Labor government has imposed more than 240 conditions on the Carmichael coal mine project, 132 of which relate to water conditions.
A month ago, the government also insisted Adani find the source of local groundwater before it signs off on the water management plan for the mine.
A full-length trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been unveiled. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, is playing the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens in November. The film takes place over the course of 15 years, from the bands formation ...
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I haven't yet read the indictments that Mueller filed against those 12 Russian military intelligence officers, but I was surprised at just how much detail is revealed by the filings.
An advanced investigation of an advanced hacking operation requires significantly more than just access to servers. Investigators want access to the attack infrastructure-the equivalent to a chain of getaway cars of a team of burglars. And the latest indictments are rich with details that likely come from intercepting command-and-control boxes (in effect, bugging those getaway cars) and have nothing to do with physical access to the DNC"s servers.
The FBI and Robert Mueller"s investigators discovered when and how specific Russian military officers logged into a control panel on a leased machine in Arizona. They found that the GRU officers secretly surveiled an empoyee of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee all day in real time, including spying on her individual banking information and other personal topics. They showed that Guccifer 2.0, the supposed lone hacker behind the DNC hack, was in fact managed by a specific GRU unit, and even reconstructed the internet searches made within that unit while a GRU officer with shoddy English skills was drafting the first post as Guccifer 2.0. None of this information could have possibly come from any DNC server.
With help from the broader intelligence community, the FBI was able to piece all these details together into the bigger picture of the GRU"s vast hacking effort. The complexity of high-tempo, high-volume hacking campaigns means that attackers can make myriad mistakes; Mueller"s latest indictments reveal just how successful American investigators have been at exploiting those repeated errors and uncovering more and more information about what Russia did.
It also puts into perspective the real tragedy of what happened at the Trump-Putin Summit. The US intelligence commuity handed Trump a loaded gun to point at the Putin. And instead the tangerine traitor stuck it into his own mouth and pulled the trigger.
About 5 minutes or so in. "Full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies". "I accept our intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian meddling in the 2016 election took place - there could be other people also". "There was no collusion at all". "I've reviewed the transcript of one answer that...
Baltimore, Maryland U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced former Maryland State Senator Nathaniel Thomas Oaks, age 71, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 42 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for one count of wire fraud and one count of honest services wire fraud. Judge...
Although terrorism has become a term our media, state officials, and politicians have grown accustomed to throw around an expression, more often than not, of their respective world views, the word has yet to be defined objectively, and more to the point under terms the international community as a whole could get behind.
Terrorism, because of its intrinsec subjective nature sits today a euphemism for political coercion the covert expression of political thoughts, powers seek to impose through violence and bloodshed while arguing impunity. A political label used to single out those deemed unfit, unworthy, or altogether unwelcomed, the word terrorism has been often grossly misused to reflect opinions as opposed to facts.
Just as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, terrorism is tied up to ones subjectivity and political interests.
Admitting to such impartiality in judging what constitutes terrorism, or rather, what makes a group a terrorist entity, does not take away from its nature. Terrorism exists outside moral and ethic. It stands in a space of rationalised violence and crimes to serve hegemonic ambitions. Whomever wields it, stands indeed guilty particularly those hands which, from behind convenient curtains play patrons to Terror.
The real issue lies not so much in the existence of terrorism like war, it is a reality the world has had to contend with for as long as memory stretches, but in our inability to recognise Terror for what it is at its core today: a global political tool of oppression, a mean to distort truths, and a weapon used to malign designated enemies by rallying public opinion against them.
Professor Jonathan Matusitz from the Nicholson School of Communication in the United States defines terrorism as follow:
There are man...
A new study makes a significant contribution to the growing body of research showing that recognizing the land rights of and partnering with indigenous peoples can greatly benefit conservation efforts. The dearth of reliable data on Indigenous Peoples lands in many parts of the world has implications not only for securing their rights but also for the conservation and management of a significant proportion of terrestrial global biodiversity, the authors of the study, led by Professor Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University in Australia, write in the journal Nature Sustainability. Garnett and team sought to address this knowledge gap by producing a map of the terrestrial lands managed or owned by indigenous peoples across the globe, which in turn allowed them to assess the extent to which Indigenous Peoples stewardship and global conservation values intersect and provide a first estimation of the overlap between Indigenous Peoples terrestrial lands and protected areas. While recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional lands and waters is increasingly coming to be seen as an ethical obligation, the authors of the study say their results provide evidence that it is also essential to meeting local and global conservation goals and that more collaborative partnerships between indigenous peoples and governments would yield substantial benefits for efforts to conserve high-priority landscapes, ecosystems, and biodiversity. An indigenous woman and baobabs in a dry forest near Morondava, Madagascar. Photo by Joan de la Malla. About 370 million people around the world define themselves as Indigenous, are descended
A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australias remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake thats new to science. The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa. Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship, Fry said in a statement. Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry. Frys team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area. On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually
I had to check to make sure I had the name of the medal I proudly wear correct - it's the "Australian Defence Medal", but as you see above, it says "FOR SERVICE" on the back. Trevor Ruthenberg's parliamentary bio said he had the "Australian Service Medal". He should have...
The Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meeting in Helsinki attracted a hell of a lot of publicity for the wrong thing. All attention was on how Trump dealt with the alleged Russian interference in the American election. There were other and more important issues that deserved attention.
Before going on, it may be useful to explain something of the context of the interference issue. It is probable that the Russians did have a hand in the help along the result of the election that saw Trump into the White House. There is nothing strange or new in this.
The United states has interfered in Russia for many decades. Congress has been financing opposition political groups. The CIA run endowment for Democracy and other agencies have been sending their people in to train Russian politicians and direct political strategy. All this is documented, and it is not denied.
In comes Hilary Clinton. She has a history of being particularly hostile to Russia. The number one contributor to her election campaign was George Soros, and his core political activity is what is now generally termed as carrying out regime change in Russia. Backing Clinton was highly likely to involve an understanding that as President, she would give a helping hand.
Form this point of view, the Russians had a clear incentive to not want Clinton in the White House and to prefer Trump.
But at the end of the day, Trump got up, not because of the Russians, but because of the economic and political conditions, plus the fact that Hilary Clinton was not a good candidate. Voters preferred those who they thought were anti-establishment. Most opponents of Trump went for Bernie Sanders. The way the Democrat leadership treated him turned many away from Clinton.
The over exaggeration of Russian interference serves to bury these truths under the carpet and evade the important issues.
At Helsinki, talks involved important topics like nuclear arms control, Syria, Crimea and the Ukraine, global trade and China. All these issues are immeasurably more important than the alleged Russian interference, and the world sorely needs significant progress on all fronts.
At their joint press conference, the two leaders said very little about the results of their talk, and most of the mainstream media could not care less and failed to report on this.
The absence of a concrete agreement shows that the gulf between the two sides remains too big. The Russians have an interest in not being left in the cold and the removal of trade restrictions in place against them. From Trumps point of view, there is an interest in driving a wedge between Russia and China. Trump also seeks to break down barriers to American penetration into Europe, and this added an extra dime...
How the hell could they miss that? Much media debunking of Trump DNC server comments. Politifact says 'False'; Politico says 'unmoored from reality.' But DNC did not, in fact, turn over server(s), no? Maybe that's unimportant; yes, there's other evidence. But did DNC hand over servers or not? From Comey...
Former President Obama: I believe in Nelson Mandelas vision. I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King and Abraham Lincoln. I believe in a vision... built on the premise that all people are created equal and theyre endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights." pic.twitter.com/m8lnutnkCH CNN...
REPORTER: Are you afraid to go out to restaurants in Melbourne? PYNE: No, why? Should I be? REPORTER: Well the PM says colleagues have told him PYNE: Oh, because of the gangs, the violence pic.twitter.com/W41YggbM7N Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) July 17, 2018
Last Sunday night, Oregon resident Lauren Taylor entered her
living room and was met with quite the unusual surprise.
A pair of yellow-brown eyes was staring up at her from behind the couch.
It was a mountain lion.
Credit: Facebook/Lauren TaylorApparently, someone had left the back door open, and the curious cat had wandered right in after drinking from a fountain in the yard. Taylors housemate noticed the animal first and shrieked, causing the lion to retreat behind the couch.
Credit: Facebook/Lauren Taylor[Originally] the lion was frightened, agitated and determined to exit through a closed window, Taylor wrote on Facebook. Once the energy shifted, she calmed down.
This music video from Europe says about itself:
Animal body coverings song
9 January 2016
Simple video used to teach students who are ELLs [Euroleague for Life Sciences] about different animal body coverings: feathers, skin, scales, or fur.
Music taken from Dommo107/Universal Music Corporation.
From the University of Virginia in the USA:
July 17, 2018
When sea creatures first began crawling and slithering onto land about 385 million years ago, they carried with them their body armor: scales. Fossil evidence shows that the earliest land animals retained scales as a protective feature as they evolved to flourish on terra firma.
But as time passed, and species diversified, animals began to shed the heavy scales from their ocean heritage and replace them with fur, hair and feathers.
Today the molecular mechanisms of scale development in fish remain remarkably similar to the mechanisms that also produce feathers on birds, fur on dogs and hair on humans suggesting a common evolutionary origin for countless vastly different skin appendages.
Weve found that the molecular pathways that underlie development of scales, hair...
Richard Keeble is one of Britains leading journalism academics and hes taught at the University of Lincoln for many years. Author of seminal books on reporting, his latest, just released work is co-edited with John Mair and its called, Investigative Journalism Today: Speaking Truth to Power. It features a range of writers exploring the importance of investigative work from the English and non-English speaking world:
Rumours of the death of investigative journalism have been greatly exaggerated. This book is proof enough of that. Examples from the corporate and alternative media across the globe highlight the many imaginative and courageous ways that reporters are still kicking at the right targets.
Im honoured that Keebles chapter positively interrogates my work, especially around disaster capitalism, and hes allowed me to post it here: keebleloewensteinchapter
From the introduction:
Antony Loewenstein is an Australian investigative reporter, freelance author, photographer, blogger and campaigner. He has written for a wide range of publications both mainstream and alternative such as the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Green Left Weekly, New Matilda and Counterpunch. His books include My Israel Question (2006) and The Blogging Revolution (2008 and 2011). His 2010 ABC Radio National feature documentary, A Different Kind of Jew, was a finalist in the UN Media Peace Awards. And his book, Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism Swallowing the World (2013) has been followed up with a documentary film, Disaster Capitalism, about aid, development and politics in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea.
Profits of Doom also serves as a useful case study to examine Loewensteins investigative strategy in more detail. As this chapter will argue, Loewenstein draws creatively from a wide range of genres peace journalism, investigative reporting, literary, long-form journalism, counter journalism and activist reporting making his reportage both important and original. In particular, the study will focus on his investigative techniques, his ideological/political attitude and his distinctive investigative writing style.
Today NGO Digital Rights Watch launched an important campaign that I was asked to support. Very happy to:
Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era.
In July 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference to announce that the government was drafting legislation that would compel device manufacturers to assist law enforcement in accessing encrypted information. In May of this year, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor restated the governments priority to introduce legislation and traveled to the United States to speak with companies based there.
Todays letter (download here) signed by 76 organisations, companies, and individuals, asks leaders in the government not to pursue legislation that would undermine tools, policies, and technologies critical to protecting individual rights, safeguarding the economy, and providing security both in Australia and around the world.
This is a really important issue for anyone who uses the internet to shop, bank or communicate so basically everyone. Strong encryption is essential to the modern Australian economy, and it would be a mistake to deliberately weaken it, said Tim Singleton Norton, chair of Digital Rights Watch.
A director at big four accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Australia has quit the firm to join crypto exchange bitcoin.com.au as its newest CEO. Ben Ingram left PwC Australia back in March, where he was responsible for digital strategy, accounting and consulting, as its director before taking over the exchange as its chief executive, Business Continued
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Bill Browder has described himself as Putins No 1 enemy. Now the Russian president had added weight to that claim by singling out the British investor at his controversial summit with Donald Trump on Monday.
The UK-based financier appeared to be part of what the US president called an incredible offer by Vladimir Putin to assist American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.
He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people, Mr Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with
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ABC News (Australia)
The man who helped blow the whistle on rampant corruption in Moscow and has been described as Vladimir Putins number one enemy has blasted Donald Trumps meeting with the Russian President, saying Mr Putin should be severely contained, not engaged.
Bill Browder who is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management once ran Russias most successful investment fund, but in 2005 he was declared an enemy of the state for his part in exposing massive corruption to the tune of more than $300 million.
Now Mr Browder who is a lobbyist for the Magnitsky Act, a law that punishes Russian human rights violators has found himself at the centre of negotiations between Mr Trump and Vladimir Putin...
In March, there was extensive media coverage (e.g. in the Guardian Australia) of shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leighs company tax research which found companies paying lower effective company tax rates (i.e. actual tax paid/profits) did not create more jobs than those paying higher effective tax rates, and may actually create fewer jobs. The research paper was published in Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), the online journal of the Economic Society of Australia (QLD) of which Im Vice President, although this is a personal comment on my part, and I am not on the editorial committee of EAP.
I am very pleased that RMITs Sinclair Davidson has converted his critique of Andrew Leighs paper, originally published at Catallaxy Files, into a submission to EAP. Davidsons paper has been published along with a reply by Andrew Leigh, which in my view doesnt effectively counter the major criticism Davidson makes, that Leigh has used a mis-specified econometric model. The abstract of Sinclair Davidsons comment is:
The paper presents a critique of the recent paper published in this Journal by Dr Andrew Leigh (Do firms that pay less company tax create more jobs? Volume 59, September 2018, Pages 2528). Besides the model misspecification, omitted results and data availability bias of the regression used to inform the overall results, there are no controls for confounding factors that influence the effective marginal tax rate. These omissions are detrimental to the validity of the paper. This paper seeks to illuminate the sources of those errors and argues that the paper is sufficiently flawed that no weight should be given to its analysis when considering the potential consequences of a company tax rate cut.
I agree with Davidsons conclusion. Indeed, as Judith Sloan pointed out in the Australian, it does not make sense to relate jobs created to the effective tax rate paid by companies in the way Andrew Leigh did, because the effective tax rate can differ from the statutory rate (i.e. 30% for large companies) for a variety of reasons, some of which would affect employment growth. So it would not be possible to say there was a one-way causal relationship going from the effective tax rate to jobs growth. A firm could have a low effective tax rate and low or negative employment growth for the same underlying reason (e.g. a previously poor financial posi...
Brisbane Festival have unveiled a mammoth lineup for their 2018 run and its their heaviest one yet. The lineup is full of acts like Violent Soho, Waax and Eskimo Joe that will be shredding solos and delivering face melting choruses, watch a video here:
The festival kicks off with a massive opening night concert on September 8th where youll get sets from Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Ruby Fields, and Tia Gostelow. Canadian band Destroyer are making their way to the festival as part of their first ever Australian tour. Expect it to get loud when they take to the Spiegeltent on the 23rd of September.
Other highlights include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jen Cloher, Polish Club, and Eskimo Joe. The huge closing party will feature Violent Soho, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel, and WAAX on the 29th of September.
Tickets are available now Brisbane Festivals official website.
Check out the entire lineup below.
Watch: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Cant Keep Checking My Phone
Saturday, September 8th
Opening Night Concert@ Riverstage
Ball Park Music
Sunday, September 9th
Gratitude & Grief Katie Noonans Elixir, Michael Leunig and Camerata @ QPAC
Wednesday September 12th
Pub Choir @ The Tivoli
Saturday, September 15th
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The Tivoli
Saturday, September 15th
Tkay Maidza @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent
Sunday, September 16th
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project @ The Tivoli
Saturday, September 22nd
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Brisbanes LGBTIQ community are all invited to pay their respects to community members who are no longer with us at the planting of the annual Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden was first launched in 2012, and each year has been a free event allowing the community to come together in remembrance. We will be planting ...
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In 2017 I spent some time working with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). While I developed a number of software tools in that role, what made me truly effective was the fact that I could develop everything open source. The amount of advice, pull requests, and feedback that I enthusiastically received from public experts was tremendous, and Im sure that this was helped in no small part by the fact that I was working for a high-profile humanitarian organisation.
Ever since then, Ive been thinking. What if I could do humanitarian open source outreach as a job?
Theres tremendous appeal to me for a paid outreach position; not only am I able to deliver more value than I could on my own, but theres also opportunities for me to learn, to teach, to further the careers of others, and to build communities. While Ive been privately offered positions as a developer evangelist at a number of companies, working in the humanitarian space is much more in line with my values.
Ive a lot that would qualify me for this role. Ive been writing and speaking about open source for decades. Ive launched and managed numerous successful open source projects in the past, the largest of whichthe Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Networkhas hundreds of contributors and hundreds of thousands of users. I thoroughly enjoy knowledge exchange of all sorts. And finally Im also a prominent public speaker, especially able to draw a large audience when it comes to technical and social matters. Alongside many technical talks, Ive also given presentations on open source and humanitarian efforts, mental health, and whether technology is making the world a better place.
Of course such a role would not be without its challenges. Structuring a project to maximise contributions and community growth often involves using different tools and methodologies than would be used for an internal project. My schedule tends to be choppy, as I travel a lot for conferences, but this also means Im able to do more outreach as I go. Im based in Australia, which can present its own time coordination challenges.
My ideal role would be be half to three-quarter time, based in Melbourne or remotely, and would have me developingand most importantly helping others developopen source tools in the humanitarian sector. Id be particularly happy with a system that involves scalable programmable voice, as Ive been working with that a lot recently, but Im well su...
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