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The cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia's resident
population has been reshaped over many years by migration. In 2015,
28.2% of the resident population was born overseas (6.7 million
persons). As would be expected from a major member of the British
Commonwealth of nations, the greatest proportion of these migrants
came from the United Kingdom (5%) and New Zealand (3%). And
increasingly, migrants are arriving from China (2.0%), India (2%),
the Philippines (1%) and Vietnam (1%). The fastest rate of increase
over this period was for people born in Nepal, Pakistan, Brazil,
India and Bangladesh.
As a result of this diversity, Pauline Hanson's party, One Nation, has arisen as a strongly nationalist, right-wing and populist party in Australia. One Nation was founded in 1997, by then-member of the Conservative Party in Federal parliament, Pauline Hanson. Dis-endorsement came before the 1996 federal election because of comments she made about Indigenous Australians, Muslims, Asians & immigration. Hanson also criticised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
Condemning multiculturalism, One Nation has rallied against government immigration and multicultural policies. Along with Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, she once drew a link between African migrants and crime, HIV, TB and leprosy. Hanson said "You can't bring people into the country who are incompatible with our way of life and culture. They get around in gangs and there is escalating crime that is happening."
A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.
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Ahead of his set at A Weekend In The Gardens at tomorrow (Nov 18) Illy offers his Top 5 festival tips.
Unless its peak summer, or youre in Darwin, youll probably be thankful for it when the sun goes down.
No point getting too wasted to last the distance. No one wants to spend all day babysitting, or worse, leaving early because youve gone too hard. Which leads to number three.
Obvious, but yeah, who cares if youve wanted to see the headline act for ages. Friends come first. Always!
There are often police dogs, plain-clothed officers, very young people, parents, and all sorts of other people who wont be cool with some types of good times. Act accordingly.
Theres nothing better than seeing people who dont know the words mouthing jibberish back at you from the crowd. Which is sick if theyre having a good time, great! But festival wrap up videos have long memories
Illy, Thundamentals, Spit Syndicate, Birdz and hosted by Jesswar
Concert runs from 4.00pm 11.00pm
For full event details, go to www.aweekend.com.au
What is it that makes attending a festival truly memorable beyond simply a great lineup? According to Glen Goose McGrath of one of Australias best new boutique festivals The Pleasure Garden, its all about creating an inclusive, community-focused environment that focuses on an immersive experience and encourages festivalgoers to come together and connect, rather than simply be passive consumers.
McGrath and business partner Geordie Baker will bring the vibrant festival back to Catani Gardens in St. Kilda this December, following a successful debut event last year. It boasts an enticing, diverse lineup including the likes of Fat Freddys Drop, Montaigne, Remi and Crooked Colours to name a few, as well as art installations, roving theatrical performances, and boutique gastronomical delights.
Between them, the pair have decades of event and festival experience, having worked locally and overseas for names like Burning Man, Big Day Out, Glastonbury and the London Olympics, and its that expertise they now bring to the Australian festival circuit.
Unless theres an actual community environment that inspires people to connect with the people around them, then the concept of a festival is really lacking
Ive been personally working on events since I was 14 years old, and worked on Big Day Out when I was 18, says McGrath. Its been a long path of seeing and exploring different events around the world everything from Burning Man in Nevada to the Olympics. Meanwhile, Geordie has done eight years working overseas on some pretty amazing events like Glastonbury and Secret Garden party.
Working on those events in the UK, Europe and the States, McGrath says what they saw was a much more comprehensive, cohesive environment than those back home, providing an environment that was fully experiential and holistic.
Its bound together in something thats greater than the sum of its parts that isnt simply the consumerist model walk in, eat food, buy booze, watch bands, leave. Unless theres anything there to tie those things together, an actual community environment that inspires people to connect with the people around them, then the concept of a festival is really lacking.
If you missed out on experiencing The Pleasure Garden last year, heres an idea of what youll find.
Community-building is a vital ingredient to providing a great...
Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jacksons Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017
Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long hell be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout in all senses of the word.
On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangarattas jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).
Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.
Readers of Martin Jacksons MJC newsletter will have seen Adrians account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:
It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situa...
By Becky BatagolCelebrants should not be free to discriminate against couples who ask them to perform a marriage ceremony.
The process of legislating for marriage equality is underway. Marriage celebrants are looking forward to Australias busiest-ever wedding season. However, with the proposed laws now on the table, not all marriages will be equal.
The private members bill sponsored by Liberal Dean Smith is being debated today in the Senate. Attorney-General George Brandis has said he wants to amend the bill to extend religious protections to civil celebrants.
If it goes through, the amendment would permit civil celebrants to refuse to conduct a marriage ceremony because of their conscientious or religious beliefs (as another marriage amendment bill did earlier this year).
Permitting non-religious, civil marriage celebrants to discriminate is a bad idea. This goes far beyond protecting religious freedom.
My research into Australias marriage laws and civil marriage celebrants leads me to believe that Brandis proposed changes will undermine Australias flourishing civil marriage system by sanctioning discrimination against LGTBIQ clients. They will weaken marriage equality and will permit humiliating, unnecessary discrimination.
Providing the right to refuse to solemnise marriages to civil marriage celebrants undermines the aims and nature of Australias world-leading civil marriage celebrant program. It also compromises Australias long-established pluralistic system of marriage, as inherited from England.
To understand the marriage equality law, it is helpful to know a little about the history of marriage in Australia.
Until 1973, when Australias world-first civil celebrant program was created, most civil wedding ceremonies were dry, brief and formal procedures conducted by state officials in registry offices.
The civil celebrancy program was initially set up by the Whitlam-era attorney-general, Lionel Murphy. It went under the publicity radar, unlike the...
"I was just thinking back to how weird it was when Rush
was President of the United States of America. So odd that a prog
band beloved by guitar nerds was ever president, but then again his
father George H W Rush had a go so maybe it's fair
Sean looked at the terrible idea and wondered where it came from. Hack Comedy Hell? Some horror realm where weak wordplay and references to total bullshit dance a nightmare waltz? His own arsehole?
The keyboard stared back at him, giving nothing away.
This might be a bit much for lots of people - approach it with a bit of caution particularly if you're carrying a few memories.
A night out in Melbourne just got a whole lot more colourful with the opening of Cork & Chroma in Collingwood. The paint and sip studio is already a hit in Brisbane and Sydney, and now people of Melbourne can be apart of the fun. Having opened only a few weeks ago, the new 
Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.
Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that, step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck. It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised, its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.
Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.
Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.
A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons, which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces. Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.
This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.
Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.
She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...
The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victorias abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.
The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABCs 7.30 saying they were satisfied with the companys handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.
In support of small-scale, regenerative farmers in Victoria, the following organisations have submitted responses to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions.
The post Collective action in support of small-scale, regenerative farmers appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.
The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.
Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.
(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.
Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.
We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.
He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.
We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.
Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.
Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.
He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.
However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.
The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.
The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.
Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.
He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.
Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.
They become known as Mungo Man.
In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.
But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.
The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.
The Dead End Film Festival will showcase experimental films from local and international directors. As part of the festival, 8a8ysteps has commissioned local artists to build alternative seating installations for those who do not drive to the festival. The film program will be followed by live music from Sweet Whirl and Truly Holy and a slow dance in the diner with Joe from Astral Glamour (RRR).
A Global Atheist Convention was supposed to be held next February in Melbourne, Australia, but its been cancelled due to lack of interest. In a commentary for The Sydney Morning Herald, November 8, 2017, Dr. Michael Jensen, rector of St Marks Anglican Continue reading
Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss.
There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.
Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.
I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.
The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.
The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.
The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.
The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.
The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.
How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?
The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.
The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?
What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?
More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed....
Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.
Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.
And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.
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The roses are blooming in our garden at the
moment and the cool change that came through yesterday greatly
relieved the rose bushes after the few very hot days that we have
had. Although a few blooms were scorched, the cool weather and rain
revived the plants and the flowers are coming back. Here are some
of the ones that are looking good at the moment.
This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.
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Hanging rock is in Macedon near Woodend and its near Woodend station. There are no buses from Hanging rock to the station. You have to either get an Uber or get someone to pick you up from there. It costs $10 to park there or enter and you pay at the ticket dispensing machines at the ground....
Thursday 16th November, 2017
Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do
The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledge that the people of Australia have spoken on the issue of marriage equality. Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered a resounding 61.6% for the yes vote.
ECCV welcomes and accepts views on both sides of the debate and encourages respectful dialogue among all communities including the multi-faith and multilingual communities in Victoria. On this mornings radio program, Mornings with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ECCV Chair Eddie Micallef explained (the results of the vote) shows us that there are differing views within the community overall but within the multicultural community there is a sizeable component of conservative views in relation to issues like same-sex marriageother moral issues.
The ECCV accepts that same-sex relationships are a part of Australias diverse society. The view of the ECCV Board of Directors is that all Victorian and Australian citizens should have equal civic rights and the freedom to practice and express faith.
Major groups like FECCA and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs launched The YES Alliance on the steps of Victorias Parliament House on September 20th, 2017. The YES Alliance is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that supported a yes vote. Voters were then encouraged to consider diversity in the context of human rights.
The marriage equality plebiscite has been a divisive time in Australian history and as a result it placed a spotlight on a challenging intersection of civic freedoms and religious beliefs. ECCV understands that some ethnic communities have strong religious ties and accept Australians differing views.
For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0422 480 319
So it's looking like I'll be having an active wear summer. Kmart
active wear. 100% polyester, made in a Bangladesh sweatshop, normal
father on a budget, active wear. I'm talking shorts with a special
pocket just for my phone, mesh inserts, T-shirts and singlets that
are extremely breathable, very practical fucking average person
The shit is fucking comfortable.
My uniform is jeans and black T-shirt, but a cotton T-shirt does not have the breathability I crave. Regular exercise has done this to me. Now I get it, I know why people who always wear active wear, always wear active wear.
There are no active wear pants for men that are suitable for just being though. No. And men who wear those tights, without shorts to protect human eyeballs from contact with your package, you need to take a hard look at yourself, because we certainly are, you filthy stinkboy.
I will be having an active wear summer, but I will not be a filthy stinkboy.
I got this bottle of Apple Cider vinegar from Coles and did not have to pay for it thanks to Coles.
Apple cider vinegar has been around for a while and its said that they cure a lot of diseases. It is also useful for cleaning but I never tried it like that.
It is supposed to cure weight loss and curb sugar cravings. It has that sourness and bitter tang to it. I didnt lose much weight but I lost some of that bloating associated with PMS.
You take one teaspoon of the cider and dilute it with water. If you dont dilute it with water it will have this burning sensation in your throat. Here it worked really well and I was addicted to this stuff. It is like the Aloe vera in which it cleanses your digestive system....
The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.
Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.
Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.
Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.
Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.
European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.
The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.
The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.
An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...
Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind. Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from 
Premiering on FBi Radio, Melbournes HTMLFlowers (aka Grant Gronewold) is finally ready to unleash his new album Chrome Halo.
A collection of eleven strong and stirring tracks created in and out of hospital beds, the album dissects sacrifice, frustration, love and living with a disability. Ahead of its release this Friday, HTMLFlowers takes us through the record track by track, featuring the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Sui Zhen and more.
I never really rapped much before this album, this is the first fight song. Its about feeling born a thousand times. Wanting to die but being so strong you cant. The world is just a dream to you. Disableds live a life in stealth, whether or not we want to. No one sees you and thats your power, I remind people of death, they treat me like death and so I learnt all of Deaths tricks.
A disabled never dies cause a disabled is never allowed to live, we just shed bodies like the cicada.
I very strongly felt the album should start with the phrase Shut the fuck up, lemme finish cause I always talk too much.
Inspired by the HABITS lyrics toxic angels, we wake up wheezing, Mo and Maia made me think about being an enemy of god, a wrong angel, powerful and hated. Whether its being queer or disabled or non- normative in any way, you are seen as a wrong angel beautiful to some, but never allowed to be accepted in the eyes of God, tradition, society or whatever. Gods approval is cancelled.
This song is revenge.
The disabled are haunted by religious organisations who want to save our souls so that they can feel better about us existing at all. I reject your god, I hunt your god, I eat your god. I sampled horror movies for the beat. In horror films, 9 times out of 10 the threat in the film is illness or death and the villain is disabled or deformed. Thats mine now. Disableds own horror motifs, sorry, not sorry....
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The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.
I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:
During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.
Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.
In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.
Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.
In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.
As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was....
My flatmate says: Dont do a triathlon, you dont know how to swim or bike!
Me: Happy to learn both!
Actually I found out that my gym offers swimming lessons to people that dont know how to swim! My gym has a pool and if I can start there great.
My spin cycle sessions are going just fine. I biked about 20km in just under an hour. If I can keep this up then great. And then I also found out that there are bike lessons some of which are covered by Bicycle Network....
Republished from SRS Rocco Report. for those of you who dont know it exists!
As the Mainstream media reports about the next phase of the glorious U.S. Shale Oil Revolution, the financial carnage continues to gut the industry deep down inside the entrails of its horizontal laterals. The stench of fracking fluid must be driving shale oil advocates utterly insane as they are no longer able to see financial wreckage taking place in these companies quarterly reports.
This weekend, one of my readers sent me the following Bloomberg 45 minute TV special titled, The Next Shale Revolution. If you are in need of a good laugh, I highly recommend watching part of the video. At the beginning of the video, it starts off with President Trump stating that the U.S. has become an energy exporter for the first time ever. Trump goes on to say, that powered by new innovation and technology, we are now on the cusp of a new energy revolution. While I have to applaud Trumps efforts for putting out some positive and reassuring news, I wonder who is providing him with terribly inaccurate energy information.
I would kindly like to remind the reader; the United States is still a NET IMPORTER of oil. We still import nearly six million barrels of oil per day, but we export some finished products and a percentage of our shale oil production. Thus, we still import a net of approximately three million barrels per day of oil.
A few minutes into the Bloomberg video, both Pioneer Resources Chairman, Scott Sheffield, and Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm, explain how advanced technology will revolutionize the shale oil industry and bring down costs. I find that statement quite hilarious as Continental Resources and Pioneer continue to spend more money drilling for oil and gas then they make from their operations. As I stated in a previous article, Continental Resources long-term debt ballooned from $165 million in 2007 to $6.5 billion currently. So, how did advanced technology lower costs when Continental now has accumulated debt up to its eyeballs?
Of course it didnt. Debt increased on Continental Resources balance sheet because shale oil production wasnt profitable even at $100 a barrel. So, now the investor who purchased Continental bonds and debt are the Bag Holders.
Regardless, while U.S. oil production continues to increase at a moderate pace, there are some troubling signs in...
Co-presented with the Melbourne Drone
Orchestra in conjunction with Songlines, MPavilion and Melbourne
Melbournes loudest collective return for a unique collaboration with one of the worlds earliest instruments. Modern experimentation comes full circle and meets ancient tradition, with an ensemble of 18 guitars blending drones with the inimitable and haunting sound of the yidaki (didgeridoo). The Melbourne Drone Orchestra will perform as the setting sun turns day into the nights dreaming at the newly built MPavilion.
This state-of-the-art amphitheatre will allow audience members to be immersed within a corona of sound ablaze with frequencies, where feedback, overtones and distortion combine for a unique sensory and cross-cultural experience.
This event is free and is part of MMWs Self-Made series, which showcases and supports original, innovative music events by Melbournes emerging producers.
The MDO acknowledge sthe traditional owners and custodians of the land on which this free concert will take place, the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.
As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.
If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.
BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.
Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.
The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.
BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.
The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.
This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.
There is currently a six-pronged a...
Just a reminder about Saturday's planned Clothes Swap!
We'll be meeting at 3.00 in Cox Reserve, corner of Elizabeth and Claremont Sts.
Bring anything you'd like to swap, take as much as you like. $5.00 per family. All proceeds going to a local in need.
We don't have a backup plan in case of the rain, we haven't been rained out yet, I'll post on this blog if it's not going ahead.
Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.
As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.
As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.
We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.
Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?
In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.
But I think this is central.
Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....
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