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A university in Australia thats made headlines before over allegations of research misconduct has found itself in the news once again. Last week, the University of Queensland (UQ) announced some of its authors were retracting a paper after discovering data were missing. Just days later, the university made headlines over an investigation into three papers Continue reading Research problems at Australian university hit the news
Music is a powerful force for unity. Its an international language that crosses borders. And its hard to be enemies with people who make you sing and dance. Music can undermine political regimes, which is why they sometimes prevent you hearing the stuff that might make you think theres a better way to live.
In early 1985, the Komsomol, the youth wing of the Soviet Communist Party, drew up a list of Western musical acts not to be played on the radio, or in clubs and discos. They were ideologically harmful although in most cases the list didnt specify how or why.
Scroll down for the Spotify of acts banned for sex, punk, neofascism and more
The list cites many reasons these 38 acts were not to be played, including violence, eroticism, punk, mysticism and religious obscurantism. Its probably lost something in the translation, and picked up some spelling errors along the way. But it reveals a deeper knowledge of Western music than might have been expected in the 1985 Soviet Union.
The blacklist had a catchy title the approximate list of foreign musical groups and artists whose repertoires contain ideologically harmful compositions. Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads and Julio Iglesias are on it, with Madness, B-52s, Alice Cooper, The Village People, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, AC/DC and a Swiss band that sounds just like them called Krokus.
Its sinister and hilarious all at once, a reminder of just how hot the Cold War became in the mid 80s, and how daggy political folks can seem when they have to deal with the youth.
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Queensland Times reported that a man who impregnated his then 18 year old daughter murdered his duaghter, their baby and her adoptive father before killing himself. Not only does the man who committed all these murders not even get a mention in the headline, the murders themselves arent even there.
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.
Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.
Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.
The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.
Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.
FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...
1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it
wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then
greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.
1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).
1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.
1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.
1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.
1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.
1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.
1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.
1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.
1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.
From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...
More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.
The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.
Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.
Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.
Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.
Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.
The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.
Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.
The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.
The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.
A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.
This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.
The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.
The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.
Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.
The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...
I have been continuing my examination of the electronic files of former US researcher Dr. Michael Swords, who kindly provided me with a copy of these extensive files. There are numerous Australian cases amongst this material, which I have slowly been going through.
This post examines an apparent abduction experience, one of the reported earliest for this country. For a comprehensive catalogue of Australian abduction accounts, take a look here.
The source for this particular early Australian abduction account comes from Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, who included it in a piece he wrote for Australian "Penthouse" magazine of November 1989, page 37.
The event took place near Hughenden in Queensland, see the Google map below.
Queenslands widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a review of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games.
If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state?
Already speeds have been reduced on many roads, despite vehicles becoming safer.
The reason for the review of the M1 110km/h speed limit is that the number of accidents on the road dropped while the speed was reduced.
However, it should be noted that many took public transport instead of the highway, heeding the media scare campaign about traffic jams during the Games. The result was that the Gold Coast was a virtual ghost town.
It should also be noted that police presence on the road was increased during the Games, resulting in more motorists observing the speed limit.
Perhaps rather than permanently reducing the speed limit, police should continue to patrol the road, booking motorists for blocking the right lane and trucks for not using the two left lanes.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey says all of the M1 initiatives would be reviewed and it is hoped they retain the rule about restricting trucks to the two left lanes.
However, he has also previously not ruled out a permanent reduction of speed limits on the M1, if a review found they made the motorway safer.
As a motorcyclist, I try to avoid the M1 and any other major highways because they are boring and motorcycles dangerously disappear among the heavy traffic.
Id rather ride the back roads, anyway.
However, riders should be concerned about any government speed reviews as they only ever seem to result in reductions! Take, for example, the Oxley Highway!
2 native-hens; flock of 15 plum-heads; 10 shovelers
Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook
lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies
(oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!
1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.
1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.
1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.
1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.
1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.
1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.
1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.
1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.
1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.
1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
Now it's not every day that I talk to a DoCS worker and on this occassion I could not resist the temptation to press record on my phone. We spoke about his position at Cairns North Department of Community Services (DoCS), about how many children he removes from their homes a week, what the main problems were with parenting up in the North of Australia where he conducts his line of profession.... Removing children. I also had to touch onto the subject of Jo Riley who I know to be a corrupt DoCS manager down at Cairns North.
I have dealt with Jo Riley, now a manager at DoCS Cairs North, and I found her to be the worst DoCS worker I have ever dealt with. She was rude, condescending, impudent and she had a look of evil permanently etched into her face. I begged her to give my son back. A visit supervisor went straight back to her after supervising one of my visits and demanded that my child be returned to me, it was obvious I was a great father and the love that my son and I shared was immeasurable.
I begged her and the then manager of DoCS Cairns North Pat Anderson to get him out of that house where he was in obvious danger and where he would come to his demise. A house with a 74 year old carer who already had five foster children in her care. It was obvious to everyone I rang desperately trying to get him out of that house that this was not a good situation but it all came down to corrupt team leader Jo Riley, and she would rather my son be dead than with his loving father.
The video can be viewed at the link below....
Or you can listen to the mp3 which is attached to this blog.
Above is the recording of the conversation between myself and t...
On Saturday 14 April, Cessna 510 Citation
Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from
Bankstown. It was heard to be using the radio callsign of
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Late on Saturday 14 April, a pair of Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport
aircraft were noted completing airwork at Central Queensland
Appearing to fly down from Townsville, A97-449 as "Ausy 545" completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before continuing to South and overflying Gladstone before it completed a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.
UPDATE 1: Land Grab in Victoria Being Legislated!
Politicians are now ducking for cover! Since revealing in a recent Cairns News article what the proposed Local Government Act 20181 bill and the 10-year old Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme)2 potentially have in store for Victorians, a few interesting events have occurred.
* A response from the Minister for Local Government (Ms. Marlene Kairouz MP) was received that did nothing to address the issues raised with her.
* Similarly, a response from the Shadow Minister for Local Government (Mr. Robert Morris MP) was received that only gave an assurance that the Liberal and National parties will not support any legislation that extends the power of local councils beyond the limits of the current Local Government Act. He ignores the fact that the letter cast serious doubt about the lawfulness of the 1989 Local Government Act to which he refers, so his assurances are worth nothing.
Some interesting statistics have emerged in relation to this campaign:
* The previous article in Cairns News produced over 10,000 hits. Although it is impossible to tell how many of these hits were from people located in Victoria, it does indicate there is some serious interest in this matter.
* The Change.org petition recently produced 1,544 signatures. This number will not worry anyone at Parliament House, Melbourne, as there are other petitions addressed to the Premier such as banning plastic bags (183,000) that he would prefer to spend more time addressing.
* The second phase of the campaign requested that Victorians email the Minister and the Shadow Minister for Local Government to require them to answer questions about the proposed legislation. The appeal produced only 6 participants out of several thousand people emailed.
Does this statistic indicate that Victorians are apathetic, or could it be because most people cannot find the time needed to read each document before making a decision?...
Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL) is currently closed due to its annual wet season closure and entry is prohibited. During this closure period, a feral animal control program involving aerial shooting will be implemented from 24 April to 27 April 2018 (dates inclusive). Affected parks: Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park (CYPAL).
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