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The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.
Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.
All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.
Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.
Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.
However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.
A Byron Bay man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a credit card from a backpacker and going on a spending spree.
The card was stolen at a Byron Bay Beach on December 8 and police allege over the next few days the credit card was used at numerous supermarkets to purchase food, drinks and cigarettes valued at $493.33.
Following an investigation, a 35-year-old man from Byron Bay was arrested on January 8.
He has been charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception and bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court January 18.
Punch-up after drinks stolen from supermarket
About 3.20pm on Tuesday, January 9, it is alleged a 30-year-old female from Woy Woy entered a Byron bay supermarket where it is alleged she was seen to steal drink items to the value of $10.00.
Three different staff members were outside and it is alleged she punched two of them, causing no physical injury, and spat in the face of another before walking off with the stolen property.
About 4pm the next day (January 10) police located the female in a park in Byron Bay. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and assault.
She was bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court February 1.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended a motorbike accident on the Tweed Valley Way, near Murwillumbah, on Sunday afternoon (January 14).
Reports from the scene state that the male motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and suffered leg fractures.
The helicopters critical care medical team along with local NSW Ambulance paramedics treated and stabilised the male rider who was subsequently transported to the Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.
Two men have been charged over altercations with police in separate parts of the Tweed over the weekend.
About 2.00am on Saturday the (January 13) police were called to Murwillumbah unit complex after complaints of a male causing trouble.
On arrival police sighted a 36-year-old man from Murwillumbah, who began screaming at them.
The man allegedly threatened to stab officers and police say he approached them in such an aggressive manner they were forced to use OC spray to avoid being assaulted.
He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where it is alleged the man spat all over the dock walls. The man was charged with intimidating police officers, behaving in an offensive manner and causing malicious damage.
He was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on January 15.
About 3.45am on Friday (January 12) police were called to a park in Tweed Heads after complaints that noisy people in the area were keeping residents awake.
When they approached a parked car, the occupants immediately became aggressive towards police.
A 29-year-old male Terranora began thrashing his arms around and allegedly pulled a plastic resealable bag from his pants and threw it onto the ground. The man was eventually detained and he and the car searched.
Police allegedly found over 30 grams of cannabis and 15 grams of MDMA.
The Terranora man was charged with assaulting officer in execution of duty, possessing a prohibited drug and supplying a prohibited drug.
While police were struggling with the Terranora man it is alleged a 29-year male from Tweed Heads West intervened and pulled police away from the other man.
He has been charged with resiting an officer in execution of duty and assaulting police in execution of duty.
Both men were bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court February 5.
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1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop
in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their
welcome of late...
1809 - Bennelongs brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.
1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.
1822 - One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allans Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.
VILLAGERS are going public on an astonishing range of historic finds, discovered during a massive archaeological exploration. Volunteers have found more than 2,500 artefacts - many going back thousands of years to the last Ice Age - which give tempting glimpses into the history of the tiny community of Thornton-le-Street. The village between Northallerton and Thirsk is at the centre of a 98,000 heritage Lottery Fund project exploring Roads into the Past. On Saturday, February 10 organisers will hold an open day, when there will be displays and talks on some of the artefacts uncovered so far, with experts on hand to answer questions.
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Mark Coles: And there were plenty more says Sandra Pinckney, who shared a flat with Oprah Winfrey for a while.
Sandra Pinckney: Oh my God, her dates! I mean, this one night she was going out. It was a Friday night. She said, "Sandra, when he comes don't say one word to me!", and I said, "What are you talking about?". So the doorbell rings and I'm waiting for her to answer the door. She's nowhere to be found. I answered the door and [laughing] here's this guy. I mean, with all respect to short people, I mean, he was short and he was very funny-looking. And [laughing] so I said, "Oh! Well, come in and let me just get Oprah. She's ready. She's somewhere. Just hold on". I looked into my room, the closet, her room, the bathroom. And then I heard something in her closet. I opened the closet door [laughing] and there she is sitting in the dirty clothes hamper, hysterical, tears running down her eyes cos she knew what this guy looked like, and she knew what I was thinking.
This is great. Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs does a weekly podcast/Facebook posting called How I Heard It. His Off the Wall segments are always enlightening, because, Rowe dishes out some of his characteristic common sense by answering a question or comment from a fan, or in some cases, someone who isnt a fan at
Following the released transcript of Fusion-GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Dianne Feinstein, several media outlets have begun questioning the relationship between the FBI investigators, Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele. What we have discovered highlights the answer to those relationship questions; and also answers a host of other questions, including: Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? Yes, but now how media has stated. Was the FBI connected to the creation of the Steele Dossier? Yes, but again, not the way the media is currently outlining. The motive within the FBI/DOJ surveillance of the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump is simple. However, to understand how they did it - the story becomes more complex. Some key background understanding is necessary.
Browsing the Internet, one can find a deluge of entries on social justice and peace activists, but very little about their own introspections on how they see and feel themselves as activists.
Seeking to fill at least partially that void I aim to explore in this article what it is like to be an activist in America for social justice and peace. I will do this in four ways.
First, since this journal is read by activists with varying levels and types of activity I will ask them about their activism. How would you answer the following questions?
Your Activist Self Checklist
a) Type and Degree of Feelings
Minor (e.g., anguish, ashamed of America, disgust, guilt for not doing more)?
Moderate (e.g., despair, determination, hopelessness, resignation)?
Intense (e.g., alienation, anger, burnout, paranoia, suicidal)?
Unusual (e.g., pride in fighting the corpocracy)?
Armchair Activist? Street Activist? Activist Elsewhere? Professional Activist?
Percentage Yearly Time Spent on Activism:
Minimal (25% or less)?
Moderate (More than 25%)?
Extensive (50% or more)?
c) Experiences and Degree of Hardship:
Minor (e.g., inconvenience)?
Moderate (e.g., inclement weather, harassment)?
Extensive (e.g., physical confrontation, injury, detainment, trial, prison)?
Anyone higher on the scale for all three categories could be considered in my opinion a supreme patriot who is suffering a lot for that patriotism in its purest sense (i.e. not my country right or wrong, but, my country, please do no wrong). I should think such a patriot would feel a sense of pride mixed with other feelings.
Second, I will tell you about myself as I see myself. My score for the last few decades would waver between minor and moderate. Except for once participating several years ago in a protest at the local office of a U.S. Representative, all my activism has been from afar, sitting unharmed and comfortable at my computer desk (my family calls it the cave where I disappear to grumble and write). That one time was so pathetic it was disgusting. I had responded to an e-mail from the NGO, Move On.org Political Action Team requesting that I join with others in my community to protest outside the local office of said politician who was on recess. A few of us showed up holding signs (I had made my own). He never came out to hear us or talk to us because he was either not there or hiding....
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Philippines: Easier, more beneficial for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to change the entire form of government Many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"
The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates. Philstar.com/File Photo
MANILA, Philippines It would be easier for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to rewrite major sections in the Charter that may require extending the term of officials so the country may shift to a federal system, senators said yesterday.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Francis Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, made the remarks as the panel prepared to conduct a hearing on Wednesday on various Charter change (Cha-cha) bills.
The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates.
Sotto said relaxing the restrictive economic provisions to attract foreign investments was easy using a formula whereby the phrase unless otherwise provided by law is simply included in the provisions.
The phrase, Sotto said, does not pave the way for a rewrite of the Constitution, but allows Congress to make amendments to give the country some flexibility or take advantage of economic opportunities whenever they arise.
Prudence dictates that federalism will require a long debate because many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, Sotto told radio station dzBB.
He said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarezs timetable of holding a plebiscite for the proposed amended Constitution to coincide with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this May can be doable if only the economic provisions will be touched.
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QUESTION: Reviewing the private blog, at the end of 2016 on December 31 you wrote When it comes to the Euro, the Major Yearly Bearish Reversal lies at 10365 and the intraday low for 2016 was 10352 closing the year at 10513. This too warns that we may not be ready to meltdown just yet. You called for the Euro rally into the German elections but it did not reach the 125 and stopped at 120. Then for the close of 2017 you wrote on the private blog: On our Yearly Models, we have had THREE Directional Change targets all back-to-back from 2017 to 2019. From a technical perspective, we achieved an outside reversals to the upside in the Euro making 2017 the low but closing above the 2016 high. We never quite reached our target in the 125 level, so it appears we still have time to do this here in the coming New Year. You also wrote: The year-end signals we achieve in the Euro for the closing of 2017 will be significant for the overall tone of what is to come reflecting how fast things will develop. Our models are reflecting a sharp rise in volatility in 2018 as well.
My question is this. With three yearly directional changes from 17 to 19, I assume this means choppiness. Your volatility models show a sharp rise in 2018 as well. Do you think we can really reach the 128 or 135-140 level by March?
ANSWER: In order to create the greatest amount of chaos, you always have to swing to extremes. If we are going to really create total havoc that will bring down the monetary system as we head into 2021 and force some sort of a new Bretton Woods, the only way to do that is a dollar rally. A dollar decline means sovereign debts issued by other nations in dollars will be devalued encouraging them to issue more. The way to break the system is only a dollar rally which forced Roosevelt to devalue the dollar back in 1934 and it forced the Plaza Accord in 1985 that gave birth to the G5. The US always wants a lower dollar to reduce the trade deficit. This is Trumps policy as well. The market will NOT be that forgiving.
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Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset) (Photo: Video screenshot)
The horrific tragedy of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan, has the attention of the whole world. Its heartbreaking and gut-wrenching to read the news and see her parents sorrow.
Recently, 10 other girls have been sexually assaulted in a similar way in Kasur, while law enforcement have been impotent. These are only the reported cases because many go unreported for fear.
True, there are riots and protests all over Pakistan about Zainabs brutal attack. Two have died and others wounded, but there are some key questions that have yet to be answered.
Why is it that law enforcement have not taken any action until now when there have been previous cases of sexual assault? The reason these cases were hushed up is because rich and powerful feudal landlords may have been involved, so the assaults were pushed under the table. In some cases, money was given to the family, or they were threatened to stay silent.
No one has been caught and convicted, because if that happens, it will start a chain reaction in which the so-called gentry will be stripped naked and dishonored. The lives and honor of the young victims are no match for the powerful and political.
Zainabs murder is symptomatic of a much larger problem that is not being addressed. Children in Pakistan are vulnerable to religious schools and extremist organizations. Madrassas are mushrooming all over the country with little or no accountability about who is running them and what is being taught. There are no statistics about child molestation, rape, sodomy and battering all of which are rampant.
There is no secular education, let alone sex education, which the religious clergy are deadly against. All mullahs have issued fatwas that sex education is vulgar. In a patriarchal and misogynist society, young...
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You have been calling for the dollar to decline against the Euro and it should test the 125 level. Do you see the dollar continuing to decline which then breaks the back of Europe with deflation and then everything flips?
ANSWER: Last year was an outside reversal to the upside meaning it made a new low since 2008 reaching 10341 and then closed above the 2016 high. That confirmed we should see a lower dollar in 2018 and our target in the 125 level has been slow in coming. There is no reversal of fortune without a closing above 140. Our minimum target was 12570 with the next forming at 12890. Thereafter, we reach the major resistance in the 135-140 zone. The technical resistance begins just shy of 124.
The Euro is rallying because the ECB is seen to be abandoning its QE program which has failed. The rush to the Euro is the assumption that with higher rates, at last money will come home. We still have a minefield of political issues. Creditors are dissatisfied with the lack of austerity in Greece as well as Italy. Our critical turning point remains March 2018.
The crisis yet to unfold is will there be buyers of European debt to take up what the ECB has been buying? This is part of our forecast with rising rates and the more they rise the worse the budget will get. There is just no way out of this crisis without serious reform. So people rushing into the Euro thinking this is a turn-around long-term for the dollar will be shown that the old saying fools rush in where...
Jesus Appears to the Disciples After the Resurrection by Imre Morocz
Introduction GA: In the following book review Jay Knott suggests that Being in Time scores a very high mark on many fronts, however, the text fails to attack Muslims and Islam. In the last two decades I have been accused of many things but this is the first time I am criticised for 'not being an Islamophobe.' I have met Knott before and I think that regardless of the peculiar premise of this text, it deserves attention.
Book Review by Jay Knott
A review of Being In Time a post-political manifesto, Gilad Atzmon, Skyscraper Publications, 2017
There is just one point where I have encountered a difficulty Russell to Frege, 1902.
I introduced a talk by Gilad Atzmon, and organised a reading group to discuss his first book, The Wandering Who?, about Jewish identity politics. We had many criticisms of it.
The new book is much broader, and better. I have only one major criticism. This article is about that criticism, but though as a result its mostly negative, I actually think this book is a major contribution to understanding the times we live in. It explains Donald Trump, Brexit, the left, identity politics, political correctness, and especially, US support for Jewish supremacy in the Middle East. It is undogmatic, finding inputs from a wide range of sources. Atzmon even manages to get something useful out of the book The Bell Curve while rejecting its central premise, IQ. I mostly agreed with much of Being in Time.
But chapter four, United Against Unity, woke me up with a jolt.
But what about Hammed, a metal worker from Birmingham? Hammed identifies as a Muslim can he join a Left demonstration against the War in Syria? Its a good question and the answer is not immediately obvious because its no secret that many of those who subscribe to progressive and liberal ideologies and especially activists...
WASHINGTON (AP) With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies.
The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely. Critics argue it would do the opposite.
The proposal is spelled out in a policy document, known officially as a nuclear posture review, that puts the U.S. in a generally more aggressive nuclear stance. It is the first review of its kind since 2010 and is among several studies of security strategy undertaken since Trump took office.
In many ways it reaffirms the nuclear policy of President Barack Obama, including his commitment to replace all key elements of the nuclear arsenal with new, more modern weapons over the coming two decades.
It says the U.S. will adhere to existing arms control agreements, while expressing doubt about prospects for any new such pacts. The Trump nuclear doctrine is expected to be published in early February, followed by a related policy on the role and development of U.S. defenses against ballistic missiles.
Where the Trump doctrine splits from Obamas approach is in ending his push to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. defense policy. Like Obama, Trump would consider using nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances, while maintaining a degree of ambiguity about what that means. But Trump sees a fuller deterrent role for these weapons, as reflected in the plan to develop new capabilities to counter Russia in Europe.
The Huffington Post published online a draft of the nuclear policy report Thursday, and The Associated Press independently obtained a copy Friday. Asked for commen...
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What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?
In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.
Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.
Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".
It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.
"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".
It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.
The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, y...
Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.
One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.
When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.
On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.
When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.
Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.
When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.
But he was speaking about the past.
Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.
It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.
The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.
The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.
In NSW, the state with the best odds, there were only 2.2 job seekers for each vacant job, one of the lowest ratios ever recorded. A year earlier there were 2.7.
While Victoria has recorded the biggest improvement, the odds remain nowhere near as good as in NSW. There were 3.1 unemployed Victorians trying to get each vacant job in November, down from 4.2 a year earlier.
In Queensland the odds improved from 4.5 per vacant job to 3.9, in South Australia from 6.1 to 5.7, in Western Australia from 4.7 to 4.3 and in Tasmania from 7.9 to 5.7.
In the Northern Territory the odds remained little changed at about two unemployed per vacancy, and in the Australian Capital Territory they slid from 1.6 to just 1.3. But the ACT figures are unrealistic because they are biased downwards by the number of ACT workers living outside of the territory and the number who come from interstate for jobs.
The better odds in every state reflect both a surge in the number of vacancies, from 69,000 to 81,500 in NSW, and from 45,400 to 57,500 in Victoria, and also a drop in the number of Australians identifying as unemployed.
A near-record 383,300 more Australians have found work in the past 12 months, almost all of them full-time.
Construction vacancies have ju...
Malcolm Turnbull knew or ought to have known that the claims he made about Labor's housing policy during the election were likely to be wrong.
The Treasury pointed it out in the lead-up to the campaign.
Ramping up his rhetoric in order to win the election, Turnbull said Labor's plan would "devalue every home, every property, in Australia".
It would "smash up home values", "pull the rug out from under the property sector".
It was "a big sledgehammer" aimed at the property prices.
Except that the Treasury didn't think so, and had spelled out its reasoning in a memo delivered to treasurer Scott Morrison as Turnbull was sharpening his lines.
Far from disowning the memo, the Treasury has spent much of the past two years arguing that its contents reflected its genuinely-held opinion.
Fighting to prevent its release to the ABC under the Freedom of Information Act, it told the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner that publication would harm its "ability to provide candid and confidential advice to ministers in the future".
Here is that candid and confidential advice. Labor wanted to limit negative gearing to newly-built homes. Losses from investments in other homes and shares could still be deducted from income, but only from investment income. Existing investments would be unaffected. And the capital gains from those investments would be taxed more heavily, at three-quarters rather than half the income tax rate.
Treasury said the changes would have a "relatively modest" effect on prices.
Returns for investors would fall. But owner-occupiers, unaffected by the changes, would be "likely to limit the extent to which is an impact on prices".
"Overall, price changes are likely to be small, though the composition of ownership may shift away from domestic investors," the candid assessment concluded.
Labor's policy, or cut-down versions of it, has been supported by the Property Council, the Business Council, the head of the Abbott government's Commission of Audit, the head of its review of the financial system, the Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe, the Institute of Company Directors, and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.
Treasury, but not Turnbull, thou...
In the face of the white supremacist attacks by Donald Trump on immigrants from Haiti, Africa, El Salvador and elsewhere, this clip from a talk by Bob Avakian answers the question "Why do people come here from all over the world?"
President Trump held a joint Press Conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. This was the first opportunity for the press to query the President about the size of his nuclear button, or the recent reality show he put on at the White House with Congressional leaders over DACA, meant to demonstrate his stable genius, and also answer questions about a rumored Robert Mueller interrogation.
I was wondering just what her excellency must have thought, when the press pretty much ignored her while President Trump repeated a multitude of denials with regard to any collusion with Russia.
In Norway, the prime minister and cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the monarch, to the Storting (parliament of Norway), to their political party and ultimately the electorate. In practice, since it is nearly impossible for a government to stay in office against the will of the Storting, the prime minister is primarily answerable to the Storting. If the prime minister loses the confidence of the Storting, he or she must resign.
While I was pondering her Excellencys musings, I received an email from a representative of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), an estimable member of the American Storting. Waters is a ranking member of the Congressional committee monitoring the Department of Justice and Treasurys long-term investigation of Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering, known as mirror trades.
Rep. Waters had apparently read the WhoWhatWhy article I wrote on Deutsche Bank and wanted to inform me that her office had written to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and requested that he recuse himself from any oversight of that investigation, and anything else relative to President Donald J. Trump and his businesses. Waters also wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, demanding to know the current status of the mirror trades investigation.
While she was at it, she wrote to the current CEO of Deutsche Bank demanding all documents related to Trump and the Trump Organizations interactions with Deutsche Bank. And she asked whether Deutsche Bank had laundered any money for Trump as Steve Bannon, one of Trumps erstwhile advisers, reportedly told Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has been exploring the ties betwee...
The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.
The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.
Tuning Into Your Own
by Fiona Reilly; Wake Up World
Source: Rise Earth
There is such liberation and joy in finding ones own vibration and unleashing it fully in the world. Can you think of a time when you were in touch with and living true to you? A time when you were in your strength and power. What does it feel like? Strong, free, vibrant, playful, joyful, liberating, empowering these are some of the words that come to mind. Yet for many of us, remaining in touch with our own vibe is a challenge. The world is full of distraction and its easy to be pulled out into something other than our own truth and beingness.
In our current world there are so many influences that try to make us like everyone else. Ingrained social conditioning places much emphasis on doing and success is often based on things such as material gain and power. From an early age we are given roles that may not necessarily be in our best interest. We are encouraged to behave well, study hard, find a good job and make lots of money and so forth Society doesnt place much value on being, expressing or creativity just for the sake of it. Our own unique expression and vibration is not widely respected.
However, the full expression of our selves is so inspiring, fulfilling and worthwhile. We dont need others to tell us how to be or what to do, inside we have all our own answers. When we surrender and let go of any external demands, we can find true love and joy. Sometimes there is the temptation to look to the outer world to provide us with solutions and to be a source of our peace and happiness.
We may find being true to our own vibe difficult because of insecurities or lack of self....
No one can deny cryptocurrency is about much more than just Bitcoin. That is a positive development, as Bitcoin is not perfect. Nor does it have all of the answers to our problems either. It is a good currency at times, but right now, its not in the best of shapes. As a result, mainstream companies are slowly showing an interest in other currencies. KPN, for example, has decided to host a dedicated NEO consensus node in their data center. An interesting decision by the Dutch telco.
There is an interesting future ahead for all currencies that are not Bitcoin. Especially those which offer something entirely different from established currencies. NEO is similar to Ethereum in some ways, yet completely different in other aspects. So far, this altcoin has seen great success throughout 2017. It seems that powerful trend will continue into early 2018. Especially when they have some big announcements to make in the coming months.
One of those announcements has to do with KPN. Most people know this company because its one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies to date. Surprisingly, KPN decided to hop on the NEO bandwagon. More specifically, the company will host an NEO consensus node within their data center. That in itself is a rather surprising development. Then again, the giant has shown an interest in NEO and the smart economy before. It seems they are only now putting their plans into action, which can have some interesting consequences.
"KPN joins the smart economy by hosting a $NEO consensus node, exclusively within our data center here in the Netherlands"
KPN is a telecommunications company based in the Netherlands with a market capitalization of $12 billion https://t.co/XQYYHQZzW2
NEO Ecosystem (@stateofneo) January 13, 2018
One could argue this news has no major impact. At the same time, the telco giant purposefully chose this altcoin over all other cryptocurrencies on the market. They are seemingly not interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or XR. Instead, they want to support NEO and become a part of the smart economy. It is an interesting development which will have major consequences. What those consequences might be, is anybodys guess right now. It is a ma...
(Journalists Resource) Theres abundant speculation that our smartphones make us less happy. Twitter: saps your attention. Facebook: fills you with FOMO. Email: your boss is barking directives again.
A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds science behind the speculation. The researchers, from the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia, conduct two experiments that show smartphone distractions reduce how much we enjoy one thing repeatedly shown to make humans happy: face-to-face social interactions.
In the first, 304 participants each had dinner with a small group of friends or family. Half were told to keep their smartphone handy for a questionnaire, which would arrive by text, about the meal. Half were asked to turn their phones to silent and stash them away, instructed that they would receive questions later by paper. After the meal, all participants answered questions about how much they enjoyed their social interactions, how connected they felt, how distracted or bored. Lastly, participants reported how much they used their mobile phones; this response was compared with video footage of the meal (participants consented to being recorded, but didnt know why they were being videotaped). This part of the study found that:
In the second experiment, the researchers surveyed 123 American public-university students by text message five times a day at random for a week, asking them how they were feeling and what they had been doing for the last 15 minutes. Over 41 percent of responses occurred while participants were interacting with someone face-to-face. While using their smartphones, these people reported feeling:
1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...
1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!
1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.
1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.
1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.
1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.
1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".
1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.
1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.
1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.
1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.
1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.
1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.
1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.
1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.
As everyone knows, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped a heavily-armed Israeli soldier occupying her property in Nabi Saleh on December 15, and was arrested a few days later. She has now spent over three weeks in prison.
What many people do not know is that the young womans confrontation followed within hours the shooting by an Israeli soldier of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, during a demonstration. A rubber bullet entered his head under his nose and got lodged in his skull; a family member told Al Jazeera blood poured from his head like a fountain.
Last week Haaretz posted a moving video, below, of an interview with Mohammed in which he states that he was going to a protest of Trumps Jerusalem announcement on his villages lands when he was shot by a soldier he did not see; that he underwent a six-hour operation and spent a week in a (medically-induced) coma; and that he cannot go out of the house for the next few months because he now lacks bone in part of his skull.
The liberal Zionist group J Street has now posted two anguished blogposts about Ahed Tamimi slapping the soldier. Neither mentions the injuries to Mohammed Tamimi.
The head of J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, did a post on Ahed Tamimi in late December that related mixed feelings about the episode, but expressed greater sympathy for the Israeli soldiers than for the young Palestinian:
On the one hand, we truly honor and r...
The NSW Supreme Court, with CJ Bathursts finger prints all over it, denied me a fee waiver when I tried to file a Notice of Motion on Friday (12-1-18) on the basis that the Registrar said it was scandalous and had little chance of success which is a blatant denial of natural justice. The order 
By Camila Russo
One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.
Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based companys website.
We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade, according to a status update on Krakens website posted seven hours ago. This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.
In previous updates, Kraken mentioned its working on unexpected and delicate issues and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, were not proud of it.....
Art: The Charge to Peter by James Tissot
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Iran says will retaliate against US sanctions on chief judge Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"
DUBAI (Reuters) Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to fix a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the terrible flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Irans judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.
Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani
The Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic, Irans Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.
On Friday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trumps decision undermined the multilateral agreement.
Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
The net worth of the non-government sector rises immediately as a result of the government issuing bonds to exactly match ($-for-$) the increase in net public spending.
The answer is False.
The question requires you to be careful. It is asking whether the bond sales cause a rise in the net worth of the non-government sector, not whether the net worth of the non-government sector rises.
The only difference between the Treasury borrowing from the central bank and issuing debt to the private sector is that the central bank has to use different operations to pursue its policy interest rate target. If it debt is not issued to match the deficit then it has to either pay interest on excess reserves (which most central banks are doing now anyway) or let the target rate fall to zero (the Japan solution).
There is no difference to the impact of the deficits on net worth in the non-government sector.
So in terms of the specific question, you need to consider the reserve operations that accompany deficit spending. Like all government spending, the Treasury would credit the reserve accounts held by the commercial bank at the central bank. The commercial bank in question would be where the target of the spending had an account. So the commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a deposit would be made.
The transactions are clear: The commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a new deposit has been made. Further, the target of the fiscal initiative enjoys increased assets (bank deposit) and net worth (a liability/equity entry on their balance sheet). Taxation does the opposite and so a deficit (spending greater than taxation) means that reserves increase and private net worth increases.
This means that there are likely to be excess reserves in the cash system which then raises issues for the central bank about its liquidity management as explained above. But at this stage, M1 (deposits in the non-government sector) rise as a result of the deficit without a corresponding increase in liabilities. In other words, fiscal deficits increase net financial assets in the non-government sector.
What would happen if....
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That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:
Or consider Nigerian-Americans, Nigeria being the most populous nation in Africa. Their education levels are among the very highest in the U.S., above those of Asians, with 17 percent of Nigerian migrants having a masters degree.
Economist Edward Lazear suggests a simple experiment. Consider immigrants to the U.S. from Algeria, Israel and Japan, and rank them in order of most educated to least educated. The correct answer is Algeria, Israel then Japan. Although thats counterintuitive at first glance, its easy enough to see how it works. If you are Algerian and educated, or aspire to be educated, your prospects in Algeria are relatively poor and you may seek to leave. A talented, educated person in Japan or Israel can do just fine by staying at home. These kinds of considerations explain about 73 percent of the variation in the educational outcomes of migrants.
Do read the whole thing.
Teacher Deyshia Hargrave was questioning the school board how they can vote to give the superintendent a raise when school employees have not gotten a raise in years. A policeman from the parish Marshals Office told her to leave the room. He shut down her freedom of speech to even ask a question in a respectful manner. He ordered her to step outside, pushed her to the ground, and then arrested her dragging her out in handcuffs.
The question this presents is why are police officer lacking any training about human and constitutional rights. Far too many seem they believe they are supreme in their authority and need not answer to anyone. This evolves because judges are not defending the constitution as a whole. There are no checks and balances anymore. What happened to We the People in this modern day?
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By Anna Von Reitz
Last night I tuned into a little ole down home teleconference sponsored by the Texas Republic. They are extremely well-organized compared to most of the rest of the state republics and have their history firmly intact. Many of their counties are up and operational and they hold their regular meetings at various places throughout the state to meet and greet and educate as they go. After all the gritty hand-to-hand in places like Illinois the past few weeks, it was like balm to my soul.
They have developed yet another ingenious and effective answer to the IRS fraud, which is simple and deadly to implement. The essence of it is to politely inquire about the jurisdiction of two courts. When the district level court replies that they don't have jurisdiction over the municipal corporation dba "IRS" and the "US TAX COURT" admits that it doesn't have jurisdiction over the territorial corporation dba "Internal Revenue Service" it puts the vermin in a real bind. If they take JOHN QUINCY DOE to US District Court, he can say, "But look here, the US District Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the IRS." If they take John Quincy Doe to the US TAX COURT, he can say, "But look here, the US TAX COURT says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service." [They can't complain because "John Quincy Adams" does sound exactly like "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS" only now you get to use that fact against them the same way they used it all these years against us. ] And both statements are absolutely correct, counter-claiming, and self-cancelling.
This is because unknown to most Americans, we've been dealing with two separate governments (Territorial and Municipal) and two separate agencies (Internal Revenue Service and IRS) and two separate court systems (US District and US TAX COURT)---neither of which have anything much to do with us, except that they are supposed to be providing "essential government services" in Good Faith and aren't. Now if you do what these Texans recommend, you can put these courts in a good old-fashioned Texas Twist-Em double-bind. Either way they go, they are stuck having to explain to their own employees and to the public the fraud scheme they've been working, and rather than do that, they are going to let go of you faster than an average rattlesnake.
As I have explained many times these vermin have created public trusts named after you. They stole your identity and took title to your Given Trade Name, then spl...
The following is a call out for contributions on a new publication called Conflictual Wisdom. A second attempt was made last year for contributions, but the project was delayed. You can read the original call out here. The email has been changed to conflictualwisdom (at) protonmail (dot) com. Both new and original articles on the subject of overcoming hopelessness, trauma, or disappointment as anarchists for the long term are welcome. The deadline is mid-February. If you plan to write an article specifically for this, they ask that you notify them in advance.
It has been over a year since my last attempt at this. I find
myself writing this rough draft call out from the same historic
hill I wrote from a little over a year ago. Originally I wrote a
cathartic piece regarding my own existential issues as a
I typically have always wrote purely propaganda, but with time, feelings of disappointment or defeat are inevitable, affecting my ability to be so classically hyperbolic in what I say.
With this, I found the need to write a public piece last year regarding my issues with helplessness and my struggle to continue onward in permanent conflict with this society, as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary anarchist. I wrote a piece a little over a year ago titled To My Comrades. I wanted to turn it into a larger project that compiled different responses to the piece, hopefully creating a forum or publication of mixed voices in struggle on the issue of keeping strong, or generally just helping each other to get out of bed in the morning as anarchists in a horribly overwhelming era. To put it simply, I was humbly searching for advice and inspiration from other anarchists, and wanted to share whatever I discovered on this journey for help.
I believe that there are multiple benefits to creating a safe space for dialogue such as this: steering folks away from the counter-revolutionary directions of passive nihiism and post-modernism, or sharing with younger folks the obstacles that typically come with time as a revolutionary, and how some have chosen to overcome them.
I thought that by exposing some humility and existential contemplation, maybe I could start to encourage a dialogue that helps answer questions that tend to push folks away from the movement over time, or lead people to consider betrayal in the form of snitching or ghosting as an option in th...
The post White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder appeared first on It's Going Down.
KALKASKA, MI Broderick Brock Ward, 42, called his brother Sammy Ward, 38 telling him about how a resident of Kalkaska had questioned what is a n***er like you was doing here? You never heard of Kalkaska? There are three Ks in Kalkaska for a reason, the man told Brock, alluding to the Ku Klux Klan. Explaining that he felt extremely uncomfortable the friend he had traveled up north with had told him to hide in a backroom should his Racist friends come over.
Brock told his brother that he had asked a mutual friend to come get him. He told Sammy to give the friend gas money if needed, because he was completely broke.
That was Nov. 17, the last time the brothers spoke. Brock stopped answering his phone, this was unlike him. Three days later on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sammy and two other family members traveled the four hours north to look for Brock. They eventually found him 20 minutes south, in a rental trailer In Fife Lake dead, alone and covered in blood. He had been shot to death.
Samuel Ward said that police have told his family that a black man, Terrance Jordan, confessed to the murder and stated that it had to do with drugs. Ward said he is not buying it, The house had no drugs. I dont know what these people had when they caught up with them, but what does that have to do with my brother? Seems shit isnt adding up, Sammy continued, I dont know if this is a smokescreen. Theyre lying so much about everything and not telling us anything. Theyre saying a black guy confessed saying it was a drug deal gone bad. I think they want us to put it out there to ease up the race thing. It will take the light off them.
Wednesday, Nov. 15, Sammy says his brother stopped by their mother Bettys house and brought a friend, Jason Morgan of Kingsley. They said they were heading up north to go fishing. After they left, Sammy called his brother. Brock youre going way up north, you need to let me know where youre going, he told him, asking him to text him his address when he got there. He did.
Friday Brock called saying he felt uncomfortable because he was told by his friend, that it is racist up here, its very racist.
So at that point, I guess my brother was getting nervous. He called for a ride. He was telling me, Im on my way back down. Make sure Mike come get me. If they need gas money give them some g...
The environment and the people will ultimately win the battle to stop the Galilee Basin being opened to coal mining, predicts Ben Pennings.
Adani is on the ropes, desperately trying to rescue the $1.5bn they gambled on the economically marginal and environmentally disastrous Carmichael coal mine. Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer or Aurizon might follow Adani into the Galilee basin but the environment movement has the numbers this time. Mass social movements like #StopAdani will triumph over profit, either through the ballot box or in front of bulldozers.
People ask me why I quit my job at The Queensland Greens, why I put myself at physical and legal risk to initiate citizen resistance against Adanis plans. The answer is always the same. To buy time. There is enough coal in the Galilee Basin to not only cook the Reef, but to supercharge extreme weather and destroy farmland worldwide. The resulting death and destruction is seemingly unspeakable.
Any time gained through stopping fossil fuel projects must be used to enact meaningful cultural and systemic change. The 50 years of the modern environment movement have been the most ecologically destructive in human history, when hyper-consumerism has become our dominant religion and carbon emissions have soared.
Our dominant culture of over-consumption, expensive thrills and massive waste must be challenged and changed. Civilised humans have turned their only home into a garbage dump, created an ecological debt that cannot just be written off. Solar-powered ecocide is still ecocide.
Living beyond our means hasnt made us any happier. If needless consumer products gave us the happiness promised in their ads we wouldnt need to buy any more of them. Few people are immune to the constant lies of advertisers and politicians advocating for faceless corporations.US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)
Every kid that gets cancer, every cyclone, and every useless nick knack contributes to economic growth. Progress must be measured differently through wellbeing, social equality and harmony. Despite advertising being embedded in our culture, people value health, relationships, and recreation more than extra possessions.
The environment movement can only challenge consumerist culture by taking up the fight for economic justice. People by nature compare themselves to others. The outlandish and celebrated...
In spite of what many people believe, pharmaceutical drugs are not useful to achieve or maintain a healthy state, neither physical nor mental.
Both physical and mental health are closer to everyone than people imagine. Yet, so many people continue to believe that synthetic drugs are the solution to their problems.
Meds provided to the sick by a physician only perpetuate their unhealthy physical state, and those recommended by psychiatrists only aggravate the chemical imbalances in the brain.
The questions are then where do people go when they want to prevent and cure disease or when they want to stay healthy?
The answer is simple. Herbs and spices.
Herbs and spices are in most cases the inspiration for pharmaceutical companies to produce synthetic drugs that they allege treat and cure disease.
Those drugs unsuccessfully attempt to mimic what natural spices and herbs do all by themselves, without the help of artificial chemicals.
Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals, writes Dr. Mercola.
Just as any other food item people ingest, herbs and spices have an effect on their health, but different from most processed foods, they provide an upgrade to your nutritional habits.
When eating in low, normal doses such as ones most people use in preparing their meals, and for long periods of time, herbs and spices have the ability to prevent inflammation, which is the root cause of most diseases.
There are many lists that include spices which have shown signs of being beneficial to human health, especially when trying to prevent disease, but there are four of them that make every single one of those lists.
Clove, Ginger, Rosemary, and Turmeric have shown, in laboratory and human studies, to signif...
Environmentalists are concerned motorists are hitting and killing flocks of highly endangered parrots feeding around a New South Wales road. Ecologist Saan Ecker estimated more than 100 superb parrots had been found dead on a road off Barton Highway, near the town of Murrumbateman, in recent days. Yesterday she saw dozens of the dead birds surrounded by live ones, and said several motorists had alerted Wildcare of similar sightings in the area. "For every dead body was one or two live birds sitting between each and [they] are getting hit [by cars] as well."
1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.
1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.
1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.
1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.
1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.
1853 - Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.
1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.
1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.
1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.
1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.
1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.
1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...
Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.
When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.
How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.
South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....
The ink is barely dry on President Trumps tax legislation, and a new bill has surfaced in Arizona that kicks things up another notch. The bill proposes using bitcoin to pay state income taxes, and it was submitted by Senators Warren Petersen and David Farnsworth as well as Reps. Travis Grantham and Jeff Weninger, all Continued
A Kentucky man learned the hard way this week that speaking your mind to those in a position of power can and will get you assaulted by police. A Martin County resident wanted to know why he was paying for water and not getting it, so a police officer grabbed him by the throat to keep him in his place. The residents of Martin County held a public meeting this week to address the fact that they are paying for water and it's not going into their homes. Although tempers were high, no one got violent and people only seemed to want answers as to when the Martin County Water District would turn the water back on. According to LEX18, the water company explained what they were doing to attempt to remedy the outages which started during cold temperatures last week. They were faced with two options, they said. The first would be cutting off water to the entire county while they attempted to fill the tank reservoir. The other would be to strategically cut water to different areas of the county. Unfortunately, even after doing the latter, the company admitted that they were still having difficulty.
Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals.
Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the major driver for Palestinian youth today is democracy and equal rights, not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another corrupt inefficient authoritarian state, so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state.
Klutznick dismissed the idea:
You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinan democracy. Because I dont believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.
Shikaki said that he agrees, but this is not an answer for young Palestinians:
I actually share your view on this. However, what would you say to those 18- to 22- year olds who basically say, You will fail to produce a two state solution. Why do you want to prevent me from dreaming about a one state solution, in which we all live in peace with equal rights. We know that it will be a tough battle. We know that it will not be easy and that Israeli Jews will not want to give up on their own state, but if we cant get a sovereign independent democratic state, we have no alternative but to take this approach.
What you just said and what I also believe in, is that only if we can provide them with a viable process that can lead to a two state solution. If we cant deliver on that, then our ability to convince the youth of our argument is very very weak.
Klutznick said the only hope is to reengage the U.S., though not under Donald Trump:
I agree with what you said. I think the answer lies in the fact that the United States has temporarily as we hope here lost its status as an honest broker. And I think the hope for both...
It is becoming increasingly clear that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is failing to live up to its alleged preventative benefits. Weve already seen small outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and now mumps appears to be making a comeback. And even though homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment for mumps, mainstream medicine doesnt really want you to know about it.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Cam Edwards joins Ben Domenech in studio to answer questions on gun laws, gun training, and his role in conservative media.
I really think we need to have some of these bigger, broader conversations about mental health in this country, as opposed to just mental health and gun ownership, Edwards said.
Cam Edwards is currently the host of the Cam & Company show on NRA TV, where they discuss second amendment issues. He lives on a 40-acre farm with his family in Farmville, Virginia.
In a move that is set to infuriate news organizations that are not deemed trustworthy, Facebook is set to introduce sweeping changes to its newsfeed as early as next week, prioritizing trustworthy sites and removing clickbait and low quality news publishers, while promoting posts from friends and family, the WSJ reports.
Under its new approach, Facebook would evaluate parameters such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers. Such variables would inform its algorithm that determines which publishers posts are pushed higher in the feed, one of the people said.
It is not known how Facebook will decide which publications are deemed trustworthy.
The move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site, in other words censoring content it deems inappropriate while promoting news outlets that are ideologically aligned with the organization.
While the WSJ writes that Facebook hasnt decided whether to proceed with the shift, and it may choose not to do so, the FT disagrees and reports that the worlds largest social network will unveil the change imminently, according to people briefed on the plans, hoping to differentiate between salacious content and quality news. Zuckerberg has finally realized that not all news is equal, said one publisher clearly on the promoted sight of equal briefed on the plans.
While Facebook will try to make the newsfeed a place for personal sharing and in-depth discussions similar to Snapchat and move other content from pages and publishers to a separate space within the app, the move is widely expected to infuriate news organizations which are not deemed trustworthy or high quality by the site.
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