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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...
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 ...
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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.
With the Singapore Armed Force's Military Exercise Wallaby 2018
expected to officially kick off later this week, on Tuesday 18 September, four Republic of Singapore Air Force
(RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters were photographed arriving
into Rockhampton Airport, flying direct from their new base at
Crakes are abundant and obvious at the moment.One Hobby.
As reported on EBird by Stephen Murray on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo also reported by Stephen Murray on EBird on Sunday.
Ad female seen feeding in mangroves on the edge of Theodolite Creek near boat ramp at 0830
Single female, is the first sighting of this species (at this location by this observer) since 1994
Was feeding around shoreline of water.
During Sunday 16 September, the six Australian
Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that ventured North to
Townsville for an exercise during August, were spotted passing back
South through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports while heading home
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.
This text is adapted from Crimethincs text Seven Myths About the Police.
1. The police are ordinary workers just like us; they should be our allies.
Unfortunately, theres a big gap between should be and are. The role of the police is to serve the interests of the ruling class; anyone who has not had a bad experience with them is likely privileged, submissive, or both. Todays police officers know exactly what theyre getting into when they join the forcepeople in uniform dont just get cats out of trees. Yes, most take the job because of economic pressure, but needing a paycheck is no excuse for evicting families, harassing young people of color, or pepper-spraying demonstrators. Those whose consciences can be bought are everyones potential enemies, not allies.
This fairy tale is more persuasive when it is couched in strategic terms: for example, Every revolution succeeds at the moment the armed forces refuse to make war on their fellows; therefore we should focus on seducing the police to our side. But the police are not just any workers; theyre the ones who chose to base their livelihoods upon defending the prevailing order, thus the least likely to be sympathetic to those who wish to change it. In this context, it makes more sense to oppose the police as such than to seek solidarity with them. As long as they serve their masters, they cannot be our allies; by denouncing the institution of police and demoralising individual officers, we encourage them to seek other livelihoods so we can one day find common cause with them.
2. Maybe there are some bad apples, but some police officers are good people. Perhaps some police officers have good intentions, but once again, insofar as they obey orders rather than their consciences, they cannot be trusted.
Theres something to be said for understanding the systematic nature of institutions, rather than attributing every injustice to the shortcomings of individuals. Remember the story of the man who, tormented by fleas, managed to catch one between his fingers? He scrutinised it for a long time before placing it back at the spot on his neck where had he caught it. His...
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.
What police misconduct have we uncovered BCND?
A man was hospitalised after being shot in the shoulder by Perth.
According to Western Australia police, a police car drove up behind a stolen vehicle in the driveway in Seville Grove, in Perths eastern suburbs.
Police say the car reversed into the police vehicle multiple times, causing damage, in an attempt to get past.
[The officer] withdrew his firearm into the vehicle of interest, the round entered the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder, Inspector Geoff Desanges said at a press conference.
NITV News understands the wounded mans two teenage children were home at the time and witnessed their father being shot by police.
First Nations Deaths in Custody Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Eades, told local media police withdrawing their guns should be a last resort.
The trauma thats gonna be impacted on the children is gonna be massive, he said.
We dont condone stealing cars, we dont condone committing crimes. But we will not condone the police using excessive force upon our people.
Police say the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
A media statement by WA Police says officers on the scene administered first aid, and ambulance attended the scene transporting the man to Royal Perth Hospital.
An internal investigation is currently being carried out by the WA Police, with the officer who fired the gun remaining on active duty.
A Georgia police chief says an officer was justified in using a Taser to stun an 87-year-old woman after she didnt obey commands to drop a knife in her hand.
Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun.
An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge told the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton.
There was no anger, there was no malice in this, Etheridge say. In my o...
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.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said preventative regulation and legislation is required to protect freedom of religion in Australia from future threats. In an interview on Sky News, Morrison said he was concerned about the trajectory of free speech and religious freedom in the last decade and new legislation was needed to protect from threats ...
The post Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom appeared first on QNews Magazine.
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!
The weather is warming and you are ready to come out of hibernation. People are starting to smile again and you are ready for a good time. But where should you go? Beach? Markets? NO! Poetry Slam!
We all know that after winter you have a lot of pent up energy and if you try yelling or heckling at the markets youll just get escorted out. Let us escort you to a stage instead.
What is a poetry slam?
Open sign up with you, a mic, and a room of rowdy strangers. Poem/story/song lyrics/shopping list/ as long as its original, youre welcome to do it.
Audience judges the winner of the night.
PLUS a killer feature set from Ella Fence
Award winning Gold Coast songwriter/performer Ella Fence is a
prolific artist in live music venues, in the
studio and on the stage. Ella has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, France, England (including Great
Escape Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well nationally across Australia. 2018
sees Ella releasing new music, touring new destinations and performing at Commonwealth Games Festival
2018 supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and Regurgitator.
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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Disclosure | By Aussie Truthseeker
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?
Digital Mountain Album Launch
Brisbane six piece psych-garage outfit Nice Biscuit announce a headline east coast tour this September in support of their debut album Digital Mountain.
Recorded in the rural setting of Boonah in South East Queensland with Alistar Richardson (Zeferelli, Clea and The Cairos), this debut record is a solid DIY endeavour from the Brisbane band.
Nice Biscuit have gained a reputation for a live show that you would not typically expect from a psych band. The twin femme fronted group contrasts heavy psychedelic instrumentals with double barrelled harmonies and disco inspired handmade costumes.
Nice Biscuit will bring their garage-glitz to The Zoo on Friday
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has stolen the show at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Gadsby is still riding the wave of the worldwide success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette, which covers Gadsbys experiences as a queer woman, homophobia, trauma, sexual violence, mental illness and more. And she took to the stage to present the Emmy ...
The post Hannah Gadsby Killed It At The Emmys Now People Want Her To Host appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Get ready to rattle them bones with Brisbane legends, The Skeletones as they shake the stage at The Zoo on Saturday, October 6th. Joining The Skeletones Shake Them Bones will be an all star cast of (__FAT__), Goldstool and The Glycereens.
Doors 6.00pm (Woodfire Pizza meal deal available till 8pm)
Appprox SET TIMES:
8:20 PM 8:50 PM : The Glycereens
9:10 PM 9:40 PM : Goldstool
10:00 PM 10:40 PM : FAT
11:00 PM 12:00 AM : The Skeletones
A writer on childrens television favourite Sesame Street has cleared up years of speculation by claiming that the shows iconic duo Bert and Ernie were written as a gay couple. Mark Saltzman, who joined the show in 1984, told Queerty the two iconic characters reflected his own relationship with his partner at the time, film ...
The post Sesame Street Writer Shares The Truth About Bert And Ernies Relationship appeared first on QNews Magazine.
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 
The post Daily aspirin usage may raise risk of serious bleeding appeared first on Newtelegraph.
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.
NIC THE POET TOUR 2018
Guitarist and founding member of British India, Nic Wilson has announced he will retire from music at the end of this year, finishing up with one final tour the Nic The Poet farewell tour spanning 24 dates thatll see the iconic Melbourne rockers kick off at The Basement in Canberra on November 2, before swinging through Albury, Perth, Margaret River, Freo, Bunbury, Townsville, Cairns, Bendigo, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Southport, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Shoalhaven and finishing up at Port Macquarie to play Westport Park on January 27, 2019.
Formed at St Bedes college in Melbournes eastern suburbs, British India burst onto the scene in 2007. A love of music and a driving determination was the key ingredient that turned four budding musicians into a fierce garage band, who quickly gained a reputation for explosive live shows and the ability to write great pop songs.
A chance meeting with legendary producer Harry Vanda and future manager Glenn Goldsmith resulted in their debut album Guillotine being released independently in July 2007. Supported by triple J radio and relentless touring the album would go onto sell 20,000 copies and the band won the AIR award for best new Group in 2007.
Within 12 months British India released their 2nd album Thieves to great fanfare. The album debuted at No 5 and was nominate for 3 ARIA awards. By the end 2008 British India had become one of the biggest young rock bands in the country. They continued to assent, releasing Avalanche in 2010, yet another Top 10 debut.
The band turned a new corner in their career in 2012 signing with Liberation Records and Mushroom Music.
At Liberation, British India would release their most successful albums to date, Controller & Nothing Touches Me. They also scored their first Gold Record with the hit I Can Make You Love Me. In 2017 they released their 6th studio album Forgetting the Future again...
Drag juggernaut RuPauls Drag Race has won Best Reality Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards, its first win in the category. Thank you so much! RuPaul emoted, picking up tonights Emmy for best in genre. This is so lovely. To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show and ...
The post RuPauls Drag Race Just Made Herstory At This Years Emmys appeared first on QNews Magazine.
LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. Theyre also contentious recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into Gay Pride. Indeed, celebrating who we are ...
The post OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever appeared first on QNews Magazine.
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.
The young people from Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service are hosting an art exhibition to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane. The organisations Odyssey Art Exhibition and Fundraiser will be held at Bettys Espresso and Bar in South Brisbane on Thursday (September 20) to raise money for Open Doors PRIDE Art Therapy Program. The PRIDE ...
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I've had Vegan Lunch Box languishing on my shelf for a
while. Written by someone who wanted to pack interesting vegan
lunches for her school-age child, there are a lot of fun little
combinations in here. Though they are designed for little people on
a school day, so feeding this big person on a long work day often
means I need to add or adjust things! The menus themselves aren't
individually named, but are split up into several chapters. This
menu comes from the Quick and Easy section of the book.
Components of this menu include
When it comes to TV horticulturalist, interior designer and eco-conscious warrior Jamie Duries latest foray into furniture, the phrase grass roots has multiple applications. Collaborating with established high-quality brand Natuzzi Italia, Jamie has designed the stunning Amber collection to reflect his values as an homage not only to his Australian heritage, but to the landscape ...
The post Jamie Duries Amber Collection Blends Australian Nature with High-Quality Furniture appeared first on QNews Magazine.
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...
St. Jeromes Laneway Festival has just dropped its massive 2019 lineup. This year will see the festival celebrate its 15th birthday, hitting up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February 2019.
Spearheaded by Australian legends Gang Of Youths and Courtney Barnett, the lineup will also see a bunch of awesome, international acts like Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County and Mitski. Full lineup and ticket information below.
Laneway has also released this awesome graph that breaks down their diverse lineup.
Gang of Youths
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Charlie Collins (East Coast Exclusive)
Crooked Colours (East Coast Exclusive)
Denzel Curry (East Coast Exclusive)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
Jorja Smith (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Mitski (East Coast Exclusive)
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)
Visa pre-sale begins 9am Thursday, 20th September
Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September
Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website
Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website
Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
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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...
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...
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
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.
Music fans are currently descending on the Queensland capital for the stunning Brisbane Festival, and theyre undoubtedly seeing some pretty amazing shows.
With numerous acts performing at a number of different venues, its iconic venue The Tivoli that is definitely the place to be.
With the likes of Polish Club, Sarah Blasko, and Gareth Liddiard performing intimate shows as part of The Tivoli In The Round, music fans are set to get an experience like no other at famed venue later this month.
Tuesday, September 25th
Polish Club @ Tivoli In The Round
Wednesday September 26th
Sarah Blasko @ Tivoli In The Round
Thursday, September 27th
Gareth Liddiard @ Tivoli In The Round
I am delighted to publish this guest post from my good friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton. Views expressed in this guest post are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me as well. GT
Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis
Last week an Australian Senate committee released its report on Senator David Leyonhjelms private members bill to allow any State or Territory Government to legalise and regulate cannabis. The committee, chaired by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald and including Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt, was told that cannabis use is less harmful than alcohol use and tobacco use, and that otherwise law-abiding recreational cannabis users were cast as criminals, which increases pressure on the criminal justice system and supports organised and violent crime.
Although I did not make a submission to the inquiry, in 2016 I undertook a preliminary examination of the likely economic and social benefits of legalising recreational cannabis use in Queensland [see here], prompted by its legalisation in a number of US states, which as of January this year includes California, one of the worlds biggest economies. My report found similar benefits to that identified by Senator Leyonhjelm in terms of economic and social benefits to government and consumers, specifically:
Costly cannabis arrests in Queensland (offset to some extent by fines) are the highest in Australia and have been since 2001-02. Queensland police in 2015-16 arrested 25,307 persons of the nearly 80,000 arrests in Australia and nearly as many as NSW and Victoria in total despite having around one-third of their combined population....
On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed
by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach
at Rockhampton Airport.
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.
It is a shame that this fallout occurs, when it is so important to build unity, not only for an end the Coalition government, but to present the Australian people with a clear cut alternative, to the corporate welfare state and misery for everyone else.
It is up to the supporters of the deal to prove that the TPP has something going for it. Theres been a stunning silence on this front. Perhaps, its because it is indefensible.
Some are talking of betrayal, after the caucus voted to agree to pass the enabling legislation. Within its own base, Labors leadership is losing some credibility, in in terms of its sincerity.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Paul Bastian said the TPP would be a disaster for Australian workersIt beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TPP given its against the partys own policy.
The Electrical Trades Union warned Labor it faced a real threat of losing the support of Australian workers ahead of the next election if it failed to reverse its support for the TPP.
In addition to making it easier to turn jobs over to lower paid foreign workers, the TPP will establish a system that will enable for private foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for any action it takes that has a negative impact on their capacity to trade, including funding and providing cheaper services through the public system. There is also concern that it would seriously limit capacity to protect the environment.
Labor has announced a policy to improve h...
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...
Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had
any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However,
not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become
very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds
with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been
visiting my yard - I think it is a male.
At some point in the last year or two a couple of discs at the
base of my spine began to fuse together. It happens. I wanted to
keep up my jujitsu training and, even more importantly, I didn't
want to stop doing exercise altogether. There were days when that
felt like a real possibility. As the discs grew together, they
trapped a couple of nerves between them causing some exciting side
effects that felt at times as though one side of my body was on
Anyway this is a long, roundabout way of fessing up that I really stacked on the weight. It was only partly down to physical incapacity. I did a lot of comfort eating after my dad passed away, too. I think I probably wrote about this at end of last year, when the ladies were about to take off for a couple of weeks overseas and I had plans to get to the gym every day.
I managed that. And I lost about 4 kilos. Huzzah for me. But the disc issue never really went away, and I had a couple of months off the mat and out of the gym with illness and more injury at the start of the year.
The weight came crashing back.
It's currently sitting at just over 94 kg. And that is down 2 kg from my peak.
I feel like I'm getting it back under control, however. It's the same old secret formula, exercise more/eat less; especially baked goods and red wine.
The big difference however is my back. I've been using sort of torture rack that I bought online to stretch it out at least four or five times every day, and that's made a big difference. I also got some massage done directly over the affected discs a short while ago and that was amazing. It gave me about two weeks without any pain at all. So I'll definitely be doing that again.
Unfortunately I got the massage on the beach up at Noosa and I can't be driving back and forth to use those guys again.
But there is a spinal massage specialist in my local
neighbourhood, so I'm gonna give them a try.
One of the odd problems I've had is that the back stretcher is so effective that after a couple of days of using it I feel fine... and I forget to use it.
You can see where that's going.
So now, I've made the back-stretching sessions part of my work day. When I finish a pomordoro sesh (I'm routinely working 50 minute intervals now), I do a three minute spinal reset.
It seems to work.
I'd happily recommended this thing below for anyone with the same problem as me-fusing of the lower discs. But I don't think it's much good for problems further up the column. It's called a True Back.
In a competitive, capitalist culture, the descriptor brilliant tends to refer to somebody who makes connections others have not, or perhaps to have made them faster, or first. It is to burn the brightest, to out-do, to dazzle to the point of disbelief. Brilliance, in this sense, is the fake currency of the elite humanities academy the fissile defence that protects against wrongdoing; the light that shines so brightly it cannot touch, nor recognise, shadow.
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A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread ...
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Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018
Brisbanes own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EPs before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The Gurge solidified themselves as Australias premier alternative rock band.
A slew of ARIAs, a new drummer (Front End Loaders Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis...
By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...
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Report shows raising Newstart & Youth Allowance will boost jobs, state taxes
South Australias total disposable income would increase by $288 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week. This is according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, released today by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with support from SACOSS and the state and and territory councils of social service.
After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.
VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.
Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.
If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!
Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs
October 3 Northcote Social
w/ Alex Lahey
I've been pulling out a lot of my older, under used cookbooks
this year to start working my way through. One of them was The Voluptuous Vegan by Myra
Kornfeld. This book has three parts - soups and stews, a
chapter of menus, and then desserts. I have only made a couple of
things from it before. The menus themselves don't have names,
this is the menu that is found on page 171.
Orange-Ginger Tofu Triangles: I pressed my tofu and marinated it for 24 hours to get the maximum flavour! I found the marinade itself quite oily, it has a quarter cup of canola oil in it, which I think was too much? Once marinated, the recipe says to tip off some of the marinade to leave the tofu half covered, as it is meant to absorb what remains. But even after 50 minutes at 200 degrees C (instead of 180), only a little bit had been absorbed. Still, it had a nice orange flavour that I enjoyed.
Australian Bianca Talevska recently volunteered at a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. She met many people with uncertain futures. One of them in particular stood out.
Mohammed Sharife sits down to talk with me. The intense look in his eyes slowly fades to that of innocence and desperation. He is eager to tell his story, in the hope those reading can get even the slightest glimpse into his short life.
From the Parwan Provence of Afghanistan, Mohammed, aged 16, could be like any teenager. Yet, his place and time of birth set him considerably apart from boys his age in the west. The discrepancy in his age (he tells me he is 16, but has no birth certificate to prove it) means he has spent the last three months sleeping on an exercise mat on the floor of a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos.
They call this section: new arrivals. It is meant to be a temporary area of stay (one night) for those arriving via boat that day, but the sheltered area is filled beyond capacity with people like Mohammed who have spent up to three months calling it their home.
Due to Mohammeds unproven age, there is not enough space in section B, otherwise known as unaccompanied minors, so his only option is to sleep on the overcrowded floor of the new arrivals area. Barricaded with barbed wire and checkpoints at most gates, the camp looks more like a prison.
When I go out [of the gates]I get attacked. I dont feel safe, he says. Within days of arriving at camp, Mohammed had his only source of communication with his family, his mobile phone, stolen.
The situation in here is not suitable for me. He has not made contact with his Mother, who remains in Afghanistan, since arriving. My mother is very sick. We do not have the family or the money to take her to the hospital.
That family he refers to is his father. Five years ago, Mohammeds dad, a government employee, was killed by the Taliban. Just months earlier his 32-year old cousin was also brutally murdered by the extreme fundamentalist group. The reality of mortality has become far too common for children in Afghanistan. If the loss of his father and other family members wasnt traumatic enough, at the age of 14, Mohammed was taken hostage.
They [Taliban] come and find me. They know that my father worked for the police so they capture me. For three days they take me and keep me in a dark room and torture me. I escaped them. When I escaped I fell off a wall and hurt my stomach on a fence.
To this day, Mohammed visibly wears the scars of his upbringing.
They [doctors in Greece]tell me I need surgery, but they tell me I can only stay in the hospital for two days, then I must come back and sleep on the floor again. How can that be? I am in so much pain....
Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.
NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.
A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.
Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.
The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.
Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.
That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.
Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.
Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.
I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.
Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.
In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.
The Australian Government should not be allowed to pick and choose what detention facilities can be scrutinised under the UN anti-torture treaty, the Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission to the Human Rights Commission.
Ruth Barson, a director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the independent oversight body not the Government should decide what places of detention should be the subject of inspections.
It would be very cynical of the government to commit to the anti-torture treaty, yet at the same time undermine it by keeping its deepest darkest places of misery hidden from scrutiny. Half-baked implementation of the treaty risks undermining the whole purpose of it, said Ms Barson.
The Australian Government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) a mechanism to prevent cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in places of detention in December last year. At the time, the Australian Government denied its obligations extended to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is tasked with holding consultations and advising the Government on implementation. The HRLCs submission addresses how OPCAT should be fully and properly implemented and recommends the following basic principles be applied:
Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru should be included and subject to independent inspections;
The decision of whether or not a facility constitutes a place of detention should be left to the independent inspector to determine;
There should be stand-alone legislation safeguarding the inspectors independence and containing whistle-blower protections; and
There should be a commitment to establish stakeholder working groups to consult with the government on proper implementation of OPCAT.
Ruth Barson said that the Australian Government should keep its promise and fully implement the anti-torture treaty and the principles that underpin it.
"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if the Government can just deliberately shield politically inconvenient places of detention from public scrutiny, said Ms Barson.
The Human Rights Law Centre's submission can be found here.
For interviews call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500.
Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.
Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.
Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service.
Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.
A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.
A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.
Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....
Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.
Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...
And now it's getting underway...
Exciting times for Brissie.
And not a winking kangaroo in sight.
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has hit near the West Australian town of Walpole, about 430 kilometres south-east of Perth, with tremors felt as far away as Perth and Albany. The earthquake happened about 1:00pm (WST). Walls were cracked at two homesteads in the Lake Muir region, but there were no other initial reports of damage. The Bureau of Meteorology WA said there was no tsunami risk to Australia. It said the quake was centred near Lake Muir and forecasters working in its West Perth headquarters felt the building sway. Senior Geoscience Australia seismologist Phil Cummins said it was the second earthquake to hit the region in a week. "It occurred roughly between Walpole and Kojonup on the south coast, it was felt all the way from Albany up to Perth," he said. "It is quite a large earthquake, it is large enough to cause damage but it's unlikely to have done so because it occurred in a relatively remote area."
By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, Indias highest court affirmed that whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which ...
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Here at NewsBTC we believe that education and knowledge is fundamental to the wider adoption of cryptocurrencies and growth of the blockchain industry. We will be expanding our education section by delving deeper into some of the machinations and technology behind the blocks. Our weekly articles aim to provide a greater understanding of how things work in the crypto ecosystem.
Following a number of attempts at a digital currency, the most successful being B-money, the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto began working on his whitepaper in 2008. In October of the same year it was published, titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.
The nine page paper outlined the design and justification for a digital currency with the intention of doing what no other attempt could do before: create an anonymous, trustless, decentralized currency.
What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party. Transactions that are computationally impractical to reverse would protect sellers from fraud, and routine escrow mechanisms could easily be implemented to protect buyers.
The proof-of-work protocol was developed from Dai Weis B-money in order to enforce a one CPU one vote policy as outlined by Nakamoto in his now famous paper. Unlike traditional money, Bitcoin was also designed to be a deflationary currency, meaning that there will only be a limited amount of them that will ever exist, specifically 21 million. The reward miners get for finding each new block decreases over time and is halved every 210,000 blocks, approximately every four years. It started off at 50 BTC and is currently 12.5 BTC.
Satoshi was not fond of the modern banking system, particularly fractional-reserve banking whereby a bank accepts deposits, makes loans or investments, but is required to hold reserves equal to only a fraction of its deposit liabilities.
According to Wikipedia, Nakamoto claimed to be a man living in Japan, born on 5 April 1975. The true identity remains a mystery however there has been se...
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