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I was the first in my family to attend University and I remember my father being less than impressed at my decision to study rather than do real work. Places like that werent meant for people like us, he stated.
1804 - James Bevan (known as 'Warminster') was hanged at Sydney for the rape of eight-year-old Elizabeth Douglas.
1814 - The Van Diemen's Land Gazette on this day listed John Pascoe Fawkner as aiding and abetting the escape of seven prisoners. Fawkner and Santos, who was apparently the convicts' leader, were tried before three magistrates in August and each sentenced to 500 lashes and three years labour.
1836 - The Stirling Castle, under Captain James Fraser, bound from Sydney to Singapore was wrecked on Swain Reefs off the Queensland coast. In August news reached Moreton Bay that the captain's wife, Eliza Ann, and others of the ship's company were being held captive by Aboriginals. A rescue party that included John Graham, an escaped convict who had lived for six years with the Aborigines, brought her back to Brisbane in August.
1840 - Captain Hobson was feeling his oats on this day when he claimed British sovereignty over the whole of The Land Of The Long White Cloud (NZ for those uneducated yokels) even though the haggling, bartering and compromises weren't yet done with.
1842 - Henry (Harry) Power, bushranger, also known as Johnson, was transported for seven years for stealing a pair of shoes, and arrived at Hobart Town in the Isabella.
1851 - William Collins' application for publican's license for the Racehorse Inn at Maitland was refused by the Bench after Major Crummer examined the premises and found them too small.
1853 - William Blandowski ( leaving no stone unturned in his career as expeditionist, geologist, goldminer, inventor, natural history collector, naturalist, public servant, and zoologist ) asked Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe for an 'allowance' to enable him to complete his 'Illustrated Natural History of the Colony of Victoria'. Impressed by further correspondence La Trobe wrote to the colonial secretary that immediate steps should be taken to open a museum and stating that Blandowski was the 'most suitable person to employ'.
1856 - The world's first 8 hour working day was carved in stone by the marches and vocal noise of the stonemasons of Victoria.
1861 - William Landsborough was chosen by the Victorian and Queensland governments to lead a search for Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills from the Gulf of Carpentaria southwards; when they reached Williams's station on this day they learned that Burke and Wills had perished. With bulging tucker bags Landsborough continued his journey south and in October delivered the horses and gear to the authorities in Melbourne. He was fted as the first explorer to cross the continent from north to south.
1863 - Nathaniel Pepper, Aboriginal evangelist and teacher, at Ebenezer mission, near the Wimmera River married Rachel Warndekan, an 18-year-old, Christian Aboriginal girl...
CANBERRA, AAP Prominent economist Saul Eslake believes ditching the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland wont hurt Australias credit rating.
Mr Eslakes new report commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation found no evidence that stopping the project on environmental grounds would hurt Australias ability to attract foreign investment.
There is absolutely no reason to think that Australias sovereign credit rating would be in any way affected if a future Australian government were to prevent the Adani Carmichael coal mine from going ahead on environmental grounds, Mr Eslake writes.
Labor opposes the mine, but federal leader Bill Shorten has vowed not to tear up approvals if he won the next election to avoid reducing foreign investment in Australia.
The government claims Mr Shortens opposition to the project will hurt jobs and investment.
ACF chief executive Kelly OShanassy said the report removed the only remaining objection to the government stopping the construction of the mine.
Attempts to justify Adanis dirty Carmichael mine are falling like dominoes and the threats are crystal clear, Ms OShanassy said in a statement.
Melbourne, Australia is now the city that contains the worlds largest known 3D printer. Melbourne based manufacturer Titomic recently displayed their accomplishment by printing a large metal rendering of their corporate logo.
Among the objects listed as capable of being printed by the Australian 3D printer, the CEO of Titomic Jeff Lang reports that it can print a submarine, or wings for an aircraft: soon.
At the Titomic factory in Waverly, Australia in the outer regions of Melbourne, this 9 metre long, 3 metre wide and 1.5 metre tall 3D printer now surpasses the next largest, owned by notorious General Electric. GEs printer is about 5 times less large.
The printer owned by General Electric is capable of printing solid metal objects up to a cubic metre in size, while this Titomic bed can put out parts up to 40 cubic metres in size.
Heres where this story gets realistic: you know their ability to develop this technology came with strings attached.
A government agency in Australia gave out a significant portion of funds to create this 3D printer. It was CSIRO who supplied the funds, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Remember, Australia is still fully a Commonwealth nation, under the control of Britain in more respects than one may care to admit....
In 2007 Clarence Valley communities saw off an Australian prime minister (John Howard) and his water minister (Malcolm Turnbull) - telling them "Not A Drop".
The issue of inter-basin water transfer became an election issue that year and the National Party lost the seat of Page and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government lost the federal election.
Having learnt nothing from the commitment of local people in the Clarence Valley, including traditional owners, once again the water raiders have raised their heads above the parapet.
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Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/SQWQg5ZsOq The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018
A resolution of the council prescribing a probe into the latest deadly clashes between Israel and Palestinian protestors along the Gaza border has been adopted after six weeks of violent demonstrations, led by Hamas. 29 members of the UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday for a proposal to set up an "independent, international commission of inquiry" to investigate the ongoing conflict in Gaza, while 14 countries abstained and Australia and the US opposed the move. The Australian representative stated that Israel had the right to "protect its population," adding that the draft resolution appeared to be one-sided.
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A man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after he allegedly sideswiped two cyclists while driving almost five times over the limit near Casino on Saturday (May 19).
About 11.30am , the mans white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about six kilometres east of Drake when he collided with two cyclists, travelling in the same direction.
The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, who were part of a group, both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both have to undergo surgery.
The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.
He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.243, almost five times the limit.
During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.
The mans licence was suspended and he was charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; negligent driving; driving with a high-range PCA; and possessing prohibited drug
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (May 20).
A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officers Glock 22 pistol, police allege.
About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.
Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.
He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.
During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officers gun from its holster.
He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.
The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).
One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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By Dr. Mercola (see
In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year. FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.
Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.
In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...
Its normal for people to sometimes feel sad, disappointed or disheartened, especially when they experience low points in their life. However, these blues usually go away when any happy circumstances occur.
But in some people, this low mood becomes persistent and lasts a long time for weeks, months or even years. And if it comes with other hallmark symptoms, such as lack of interest in enjoyable activities, a feeling of hopelessness or thoughts about self-harm or even suicide, then watch out: You may be suffering from depression.
The Mayo Clinic defines depression, also called clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), as "a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. This debilitating condition affects you entirely how you behave, think and feel and paves the way for emotional and physical problems to arise. Depressed individuals usually struggle with completing their day-to-day tasks, feeling as if theres no more point in living.1
According to the Australian nonprofit organization Beyond Blue, there are different subtypes of depression depending on the symptoms, the intensity and their triggers. Some of the most common ones include manic depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the winter blues and antepartum and postpartum depression (occurs specifically in pregnant women and new mothers).2
Depression is a widespread global problem, with over 300 million people dealing with this severe mood disorder today.3 Even in developed, industrialized countries, depression is rampant. In fact, in the United States, between 2013 and 2016, 8.1 percent of Americans who were 20 years old and older suffered from depression in a given two-week period.4
By Dr. Mercola
In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year. FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.
Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.
In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.
"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.
In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.
"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.
We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t.........
His subjects are rich, unique and evoke optimism. Regularly seen in an embrace, their hands open and welcoming like beaming flowers calling us in. Colour comes naturally to Zion, his palette a beautiful array of nave combinations. Beck Marshall, Paradiso Magazine
A familiar figure in his paint-spattered clothes, local artist Zion Levy Stewarts next solo exhibition Picasso Would Be Jealous, opens at the Project Space, Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby on Friday 25th May at 6.00pm.
Now 39, Zion has been drawing and painting for almost 20 years. This prolific painter creates art every day and loves working with clay, painting and drawing. His distinctive style captures the people, objects, memories and magic that surround him in his colourful world. Zions acrylic paintings illuminate local scenes; his quirky portraits overlaid with sketches often depict his characters gender details under their clothes. His ceramics are glazed earthenware, decorated with animals, birds and fish with brilliant underglaze colours.
Last week 27 people were killed and about 50 wounded in 5 ISIS linked terrorist bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. The bombers came from 3 families and included children as young as 9. The attacks started last Sunday when 3 Christian Churches were hit in suicide attacks. Yesterday...
Boeing sells the Apache AH 64E for about $48M AUD. This week Indonesia took delivery of 8 of them - not far shy of $400M in one order. It's a bit galling to know that Australia will send Indonesia about $320M in foreign aid this year - the US gives...
International diplomacy is all about carefully selected words. Words that are supposed to convey a nations feelings without, necessarily, upsetting too deeply another nations feelings.
Unless that other nation is not your ally in which case, its open slather.
Heres what Julie Bishop had to say last week as the death toll in Gaza of unarmed protestors sniped by Israeli soldiers from across the border topped 100 (in total, more than 130 Gazans were killed in six weeks of protests, and thousands more injured).
We recognise that Israel has legitimate security concerns and needs to protect its population, and we call on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. Australia urges Palestinian protesters to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory during the March of Return.
Presumably, that legitimate security concern included gunning down an unarmed protestor running away from the Israeli border with a tire.
For the record, the violence directed by Gazans resulted in zero injuries to Israelis.
Now heres Bishops remarkably similar statement in 2014, during Israels assault on Gaza, called, without a hint of irony, Operation Protective Edge.
The retaliatory acts from both sides that have led to civilian deaths and injuries are deeply regrettable, and I call on all parties to exercise restraint and do everything necessary to avoid a further escalation of violence.
For the record, Israel lost 67 soldiers, and six civilians in that outbreak of violence. By contrast, 2,300 Gazans we killed, more than 500 of them children, and over 10,000 injured, with about 100,000 homes destroyed.
Now heres Julie Bishops response when Russia was accused earlier this year (without any real evidence, save for claims from countries which brought you the 2004 invasion of Iraq based on their weapons of mass destruction intel) of a chemical attack on two former Russian citizens in Britain.
Together with many nations, including our closest allies, Australia stands with the United Kingdom as we condemn the outrageous use of a banned Russian nerve agent on British soil, in the first chemical weapons attack in Europe since World War II. The Russian Government must explain how a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia was used in the UK, endangering the lives of hundreds of people.
So an attack on two British citizens which claimed zero lives, and was allegedly perpetrated by a nation not allied with Australia, requires condemnation. But a series of attacks by a nation that is allied with Australia, which resulte...
1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary
Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and
robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was
commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from
Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained
until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for
1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.
1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.
1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".
1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?
1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....
1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts) with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.
1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."
It is impossible to feel the pain Australian musician Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick feel after the loss of their twin son Arthur in a tragic accident in England in a few years ago.
I have five sons, aged 34, 27, 13, 4 and 3. If anything happened to any of my sons it would be a catastrophe. One of my sons came near to dying in 2010, and that was really traumatic for me.
So we can empathise with Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick, as they continue their life journey without one if their twins Arthur.
Daily Mail Australia
He was trapped and needed to do something: Nick Cave felt paralysed after his son Arthurs death and needed to make upcoming film to move forward, director reveals
By Nic White and Jenny Awford For Daily Mail Australia
PUBLISHED: 12 August 2016
His son plunged to his death from an 18...
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) just issued a stunning rebuke to Israel, voting through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry... to investigate all alleged violations and abuses... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018," while the UN human rights chief slammed Israel's "wholly disproportionate response." The UN's top human rights body passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions. The two HRC members in opposition were the United States and Australia (the UK abstained), with Israel condemning the vote, which was proposed by a group of countries including Pakistan. Both the US and Israel criticized the resolution's language for failing to mention Hamas - the militant group ruling over Gaza - which Israel blames for the scores of civilians killed during the 'Great March of Return' protests.
On the ABC, the gender gap, climate change and wage growth, the Liberals pretend to care while making sure nothing changesSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayIt probably should be no surprise that last night's royal wedding became part of the political debate this week. But the criticism by government members highlighted yet again the Liberal party's policy of pretending to care about something while simultaneously doing everything to work against it.Peter [...]
In a shocking admission on Wednesday The New York Times reported the FBI opened an investigation dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane" into Trump's campaign 100 days before the Presidential election. The FBI was spying on the opposition party's campaign 100 days before the election. The spying was based on a phony Russian dossier that was paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton and by the hearsay of a low-level Trump campaign official who was coached by FBI operatives on Russian rumors. Five agents, including Peter Strzok traveled to London in the summer of 2016 to interview with a diplomat after Papadopoulos drunkenly claimed to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer he knew who had Hillary's emails.
Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock have made headlines recently by revealing their secret to maintaining young and healthy looking skin. The duo have nicknamed the procedure the Penis Facial due to the fact that the serum used in the process is derived from the foreskin of Korean babies.
Known officially as the Hollywood EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) Facial, so-called penis facials have earned the nickname not just because the process smells like sperm, but because it requires a serum derived from the cells of the foreskin of newborn babies.
Whats more is that not only are they publicly admitting to the use of mutilated baby penis parts to look younger, but they are celebrating it. On Thursday, Bullock went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to explain why shes so happy about this treatment and to explain the reason it has been called the Penis Facial.
As if to imply babies across an ocean dont matter as much as babies here, the serum, Bullock tells DeGeneres, is an extraction from a piece of skin that came from a young person far, far away.
However, Ellen bluntly pointed out, that it is indeed derived from the foreskin from a Korean baby.
In an interview in Vogue magazine last month, Blanchett raved about the Penis Facial too, as she callously admitted that she doesnt even know what it is.
Sandra Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial, Blanchett told Vogue Australia. Its something I dont know what it is, or whether its just cause it smells a bit like sperm theres some enzyme in it so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial.
In an interview with People Magazine, the inventor of the treatment, Georgia Louise explains, EGF is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin which helps to generate collagen and elastin.
Bullock jokingly explained that she loves the treatment and pointed out the obvious.
Its not like Im lying there with little pieces all over my face, she laughs. I cal...
High sexual energy is nearly universal in new relationships but tends to decline after a few years. You know what happens life gets busy, a couple of kids come along, careers become more demanding, family members need more of your time and attention and suddenly your sexual energy is gone. You can probably remember it, but very often you just cant feel it.
Fortunately, maintaining your sexual energy or getting it back isnt usually hard. And it can be a lot of fun. But it does require some of your time and attention, just like maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy requires some time and attention.
So if the sexual energy in your relationship is drooping or totally missing in action dont despair. Here are 9 ways to boost your sexual energy.
Talking about our emotions helps us feel bonded, so were more likely to want to have sex, says Isiah McKimmie, a certified Somatic sex therapist who specializes in Tantra, somatic sexology, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Many women who come to see me say theyve lost interest in sex, but in fact, theyve lost the feeling of connection to their partner. Make time to sit down and talk things through. Address issues and make a point of telling your partner often how great he is: this helps him open up, too.
Flower essences rebalance the emotional side of your spirit, which may be damping down your sexual drive. Leonie Sinclair, a certified flower remedy practitioner from Triple Tranquillity Therapy Centre, suggests Bach Olive flower essence (to boost sexual energy and extinguish exhaustion and fatigue), Australian Bush Flowers She-Oak (to balance hormones), and Wedding Bush (to strengthen your relationship).
A study published in Biological Psychology found that men and women who had recently had intercourse responded better to stress than those who abstained. An intense sensation of euphoria, calm and relaxation follows orgasm, due to the release of the hormones oxytocin, which helps us bond and creates the urge to nurture, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation, but also an important role in the regulation of the immune system.
The United Nations hightest human rights group voted Friday in Geneva to investigate Israel for human rights violations in the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018 in the Gaza Strip, after convening a special session.
The the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor and 14 abstentions. The U.S. and Australia alone voted against it.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley criticized the council after the meeting, defending Israel for engaging in legitimate defense of its own border against terrorist attacks.
It is another shameful day for human rights, Haley said.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Aviva Raz Shechter lambasted the decision, stating while Israel deeply regrets any civilian loss of life, the responsibility for the death of demonstrators who were shot by Israeli forces can only be attributed to Hamass cynical exploitation of its own population, in a violent campaign against Israel.
Israel unilaterally disengage from Gaza in summer 2005. There is no occupation in Gaza. It is a myth, she said, referring to the protest on Monday as a riot.
Shechter mocked the notion that Palestinians were hosting a peaceful protests.
By supporting the convening of this session they unwisely embolden the Hamas terror organization. There is nothing peaceful in Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and meat-cleavers, Shechter said, adding criticism for the Ramallah based Palestinian Authority. In 2007 the Palestinian Authority and Hamas divided their governments between the West Bank and Gaza, although there has been numerous failed attempts at reconciliation in recent years.
Shechter accused the Palestinian Authority of willingly taking part in the implementation of Hamass strategy, which was outlined as to Blame Israel. Complain to the UN.
Traditionally UNHRC considers independent inquires into human rights violations only after a member nation has exhausted a domestic investigation.
This unnecessary resolution should have been avoided, because of the credibility of Israels robust investigative mechanisms, and its steadfast respect of IHL [International Humanitarian Law], Shechter said.
After the vote, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said over social media, the Human Rights Council again proved that it is a hypocritical and biased body that aims to harm Israel and to back up terror.
On Thursday Israels Defense Minister.........
People need to know why Malcolm's on the side of the cheating banks.ETUVIC (@ETUVIC) May 13, 2018
Here are the ads we're running on TV. It's not good enough that Turnbull spends all his time defending and supporting the big end of town and treats working people like trash. #auspol #banksrc pic.twitter.com/lHDatAo27Y
A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.
In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.
The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical miles southeast of Singapore.
Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.
A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger.
According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years.
This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014.
The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.
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It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by 
The resolution, which was debated Friday during the Council's 28th special session to discuss international law violations during protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The resolution, which sort to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry, was supported by 29 members. Only the United States and Australia voted against the resolution, 14 nations abstained. The Great March of Return began on March 30, Palestinian Land Day. Since then, Palestinian have protested every Friday to demand their right to return to the towns and villages they were expelled from during and after the creation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
by Mary W Maxwell
Some say Australia needs a Bill of Rights. Gumshoe hereby invites any reader to propose a right. Our journalistic staff (if you could call it that) seems to be in a jocular mood at the moment (no reason given), so we dont forbid you to send a jocular offering. Still, serious ones would be especially appreciated.
For historical purposes, I am going to list, below, the United States rights never mind the apparent lull in their enforcement nowadays. These ten rights went into the US Con as amendments thereto. For an amendment to get in, three-fourths of the states must ratif...
77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion
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From an Article by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, May 17, 2018
PHOTO: The Aral Sea, seen in a NASA satellite image, in year 2000 on the left versus 2017 on the right. (Modis/Terra/NASA)
With a first-of-its-kind satellite study, NASA scientists have identified more than 30 parts of the globe where the depletion of freshwater has been most dramatic, largely due to human activity and the climate crisis.
Parts of India, the Middle East, Australia, the Arctic, Antarctica, and California were among the places pointed out in the new study, published in Nature on Wednesday, as areas where an overuse of groundwater resources from irrigation, agricultural, and industry projects, as well as the loss of glaciers and ice sheets, have led to water shortages.
NASA has identified more than 30 hotspots where freshwater is in particular danger.
The findings showed a clear human fingerprint on the drying out of the earth, the authors of the report told the Guardian.
Aside from the warming planets effect on rapidly melting polar ice, the extraction of water from rivers like those that feed into the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for the purposes of farming and industrial use, have resulted in dramatic losses of freshwater.
Over-extraction has been especially problematic in parts of India and China, according to the study, causing a rapid decline in the availability of water despite normal rainfall levels.
The fact that extractions already exceed recharge during normal precipitation does not bode well for the availability of groundwater during future droughts, wrote the studys authors.
This report is a warning and an insight into a future threat, Jonathan Farr of the charity WaterAid told The Guardian. We need to ensure that investment in water keeps pace with industrialization and farming. Governments need to get to grips with this.
The worst-affected regions were uninhabited parts of the globe like Antarctica where 10 percent of the icy continents glaciers are now in retreat, according to a study published last month.
18 May Since the day of his arrest, May 1st until May 16th 2018, our comrade Brian Valentino who were beaten and tortured have been denied of his rights for legal advocate or lawyer. Ever since he was arrested its already 15 days of interogation without the company of a lawyer or advocate.The police or the legal aid havent gave us a clear reason about this, therefore we are not sure that whether the police or the legal advocate who refuse to help him.
To be clear, we received information from Brian Valentinos dad who have just visited him after a week and he make sure that Brian was the only arrestees who havent given any legal aid for 15 days since arrest.
Therefore we urge to the comrades national and international to strengthen solidarity with Brian Valentino, our dear anarchist friend, who have been refused of his rights for legal aid. We are not limiting the solidarity, it can be legal or whatever. But for donation to the family and defendants:
Donation: BRI 5175-01-001-257-503 (Ilona)
Or communicate this to the local Indonesian embassy. By any means necessary
Anarchist Black Cross/Anti-Authoritarian Solidarity Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Julie Bishop doesn't like President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear "deal". Neither does Hizb ut-Tahrir. Strange company ole Jules keeps. http://www.hizb-australia.org/2018/05/qa-trumps-withdrawal-from-the-nuclear-deal/ Q&A: Trumps Withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal Below is a Question that was sent through to the Ameer of Hizb ut-Tahrir, our eminent scholar Ata Bin Khalil Abu...
New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson joins the #MAYhem, to explain why she writes for Australias most stubborn independent media outlet.
If the parlous state of Western media was ever on full display, it has been lately. From sanitising massacres of Palestinian protesters to bolstering the silencing of Julian Assange, the media has some serious charges to answer.
In the UK, faced with gaping holes in their narratives during recent weeks, major media outlets went into melt-down over journalists, academics and others departing from the official scripts on Syria and the Salisbury poisoning. The desperate, dogged defence by media institutions of their own fragile groupthink has been remarkable to behold.
During a BBC interview on the alleged Douma attacks, for instance, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, advocated seeking accurate information before taking military action, whether in Syria or elsewhere. Despite the obvious prudence of his suggestion, the BBC presenter interviewing Lord West took umbrage at his stance. She found it inadvisable to say such things so publically.
West had gently pointed out that terrorist-embedded sources, such as those supplying intelligence on Douma, are not the most reliable. He added that when he was Chief of Defence Intelligence himself, he had been put under huge pressure politically to lie about the UKs bombing campaign in Bosnia, alluding to the dangers of politicised intelligence.Casualties at Douma last month, from the ongoing Syrian civil war.
With US president Donald Trump citing discredited Israeli intelligence as a basis for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear de...
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
In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:
(a) higher the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.
(b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.
(c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.
The answer is Option (c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.
Option (b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down might have attracted your attention given that it correctly associates higher demand for bonds will lower yields.
You then may have been led by your understanding of the fundamental principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) that include the fact that government spending provides the net financial assets (bank reserves) and fiscal deficits put downward pressure on interest rates (with no accompanying central bank operations), which is contrary to the myths that appear in macroeconomic textbooks about crowding out.
But of-course, the central bank sets the short-term interest rate based on its policy aspirations and conducts the necessary liquidity management operations to ensure the actual short-term market interest rate is consistent with the desired policy rate. That doesnt mean the central bank has a free rein.
It has to either offer a return on reserves equivalent to the policy rate or sell government bonds if it is to maintain a positive target rate. The penalty for not borrowing is that the interest rate will fall to the bottom of the corridor prevailing in the country which may be zero if the central bank does not offer a return on reserves.
This situation arises because the central bank essentially lacks control over the quantity of reserves in the system.
So the correct answer is that movements in p...
President Donald Trump moved to fill a key gap in his foreign policy team by picking Admiral Harry Harris to be his nominee for ambassador to South Korea, just weeks before a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
While the White House had earlier this year signaled that Harris the head of U.S. Pacific Command would be the American envoy to Australia, that changed after Mike Pompeo was chosen to became secretary of state.
Pompeo has led U.S. outreach to North Korea, traveling twice to Pyongyang in recent weeks, but South Korea has played a key role in bringing the two sides together and the lack of an ambassador in Seoul with close ties to the Trump administration was cited as a vulnerability for the U.S.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.
In a statement Friday, the White House cited Harris for being a proven naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership, and geopolitical expertise in the Indo-Pacific region. The 40-year military veteran was born in Japan and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1978, according to his official biography.
In an interview on Fox News in November, Harris described North Korea as the most immediate threat to the U.S. Citing comments that continue to be used by White House officials, Harris said the ultimate American goal in dealing with Kim Jong Uns regime is one seeking complete, verifiable, and permanent denuclearization of the peninsula. I believe that diplomacy has to be the main battery, but that is diplomacy backed by a credible military power.
But referring to fears that tensions between the U.S. and North Korea could lead to a catastrophic conflict, Harris told participants at a Chamber of Commerce event in Hawaii earlier this year that it was his job to imagine the unimaginable, according to a repor...
QUESTION: Do you think Bitcoin can survive? Or has it been a passing fad?
ANSWER: Bitcoin rose because 70% of the miners were in China. It was NOT simply because energy was cheap. Bitcoin became the LEADING means of money laundering and movement of cash out of China, circumventing their rule of law and currency controls. So do not think for one minute that Bitcoin rose because it was really a wonderful idea?
BitCoin was a means to get money out of China when you could not wire money out under currency controls. In Australia, they have adopted the slogan that CASH IS FOR CRIMINALS. They will do the same to cryptocurrencies. All they need to do is declare a law that it is illegal for a business to accept cryptocurrency under the excuse that it is money laundering. You just killed the entire industry.
The government has the army, tanks, and the guns and soon robot soldiers. Until the army is willing to turn against the hand that feeds them, which is why they are developing robot soldiers, you cannot stand with cryptocurrency and claim some magical right to suppress government and central banks. You need the power grid!
Video streaming today is because of the online porn industry (I wont post a picture of that). They needed to sell their product and they invented video streaming under the mother of all evolution Necessity. Video streaming has since expanded to everything. Blockchain can be used in many other contexts just a video streaming was not restricted to just porn. The technology can be used for documents and other things besides just cryptocurrencies.
I have been skeptical about the claims that cryptocurrencies will replace all money and central banks and end banking creating money out of thin air. That would be recreating the Dark Age. For that to take place there can be no lending. The mortgage market would...
The ABC does not have enough money to cover Australian news in Gosford, Geelong, Parramatta etal ... but does have enough money to splurge on tabloid wedding coverage that every other network also provides. The lack of self-awareness is simply staggering.https://t.co/upvsIXJGjG G C (@GrayConnolly) May 17, 2018
Why isnt disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe being investigated for the $700,000 Crooked Hillary Democrats in Virginia, led by Clinton best friend Terry M (under FBI investigation that they killed) gave to McCabes wife in her run for office? Then dropped case on Clinton! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May...
In Stunning Rebuke, UN Votes To
Investigate Israel For Gaza Mass Shootings
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:00
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) just issued a stunning rebuke to Israel, voting through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry... to investigate all alleged violations and abuses... in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018," while the UN human rights chief slammed Israel's "wholly disproportionate response."
The UN's top human rights body passed the resolution with 29 votes in favor, two opposed and 14 abstentions.
The two HRC members in opposition were the United States and Australia (the UK abstained), with Israel condemning the vote, which was proposed by a group of countries including Pakistan. Both the US and Israel criticized the resolution's language for failing to mention Hamas the militant group ruling over Gaza which Israel blames for the scores of civilians killed during the 'Great March of Return' protests.
Image via Business Recorder
On Monday 60 Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli live fire as protesters approached the border fence area. The following day U.N. leadership issued a scathing critique of Israel's actions, with the U.N.'s human rights commissioner identifying women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders as among the dead. "We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday," said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Though the U.N. commissioner acknowledged the Palestinians' attempt to break down and damage the fence that separates Gaza and Israel, he added that this did "not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunit...
25 May 2018 5pm 9pm
7/13 Lawson Street Byron Bay
Come and celebrate the opening of the newest, biggest & tiniest Art Gallery in Byron Bay!
Representing renowned local artists Craig Parnaby, Mike Chavez, Andrew Hmelnitsky and from Sydney town, the beautiful Samantha Robinson.
Drinks kick off at 5pm. Sponsored by the brewing champions of the area, Pickled Pig Brewery.
Bring your friends, spread the word, see you there.
Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/luot-cwg051718.php New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018
Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?
In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.
Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...
Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.
How an Australian town found itself at the vanguard of a global solar revolution.
If you want to be beautiful by todays beauty industry standards, youd better be prepared to part with some cash, writes Helen Barcham.
Every work morning, as I wait to board my bus from Parramatta station to the Western Sydney University campus, I find myself meditating on the in-your-face advertisement plastered on the window of the beauty clinic across the street.
The advertisement is not remarkable in the context of todays advertising culture, but it is nevertheless alluring. It features several attractive, happy and confident-seeming women (and one man) alongside the text, Whats your You Ness?
This image exemplifies beautifully the paradox of todays beauty industry.
The clinic promises to respect and amplify womens youness which they define as what makes you, well you. And yet, this promise is sold to women through a smorgasbord of products and services that, paradoxically, orient womens bodies and psyches towards embodying the cultural beauty ideal.
According to its website, the clinic promises to hit reverse on sagging skin through skin tightening treatments; leave others to guess about ones age through cosmetic injectables; and promises women theyll be ready at a moments notice through laser hair removal. Ultimately, the promotion of these beauty regimes tells us that youthful or youth-like, thin and hairless bodies are the cultural ideal to which women should aspire. Youness, then, is a false economy, re-routed to sameness.
In order to acquire the happiness and confidence of the models in the advertisements, women are, ironically, first required to endure pain and suffering in the form of endless laser treatments, surgical needles, chemical peels, injections, and take-home creams, among other body work.
Pain and suffering, we are told in todays therapeutic society, is a necessary requirement of actively looking after oneself. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain.
This suffering is no mere coincidence or by-product, but a politically organised normalising apparatus, strategically pressed u...
This group that is all over talking dirt on me- using minute clips of longer videos of mine in order to distort what I am saying- who all are anonymous and trollish in their attacks- will do whatever they can to prevent people from listening to me- so let me break down what I have said for the past 16 years
1). My parents where involved with child abductions and trafficking- which was part of a much bigger group in Omaha commonly referred to as the Franklin Scandal.
2). Despite my myriad of efforts these past 16 years- publishing a book, maintaining a blog, and doing countless interviews and videos- including a documentary- my parents have never been looked at- despite going to the police, filing reports with the FBI, contacting every media outlet I could think of, as well as our Dept of Justice.
3). Throughout all of this- I have been constantly hounded by Satanist Doug Meaner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves- with 100 of 1000s of comments on Amazon on books such as Sybil Exposed and 22 Faces- not to mention my own- Rabbit Hole: A Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivors Story, as well as a myriad of articles, YouTube videos, and a UK website- all of whom are done by aliases or anonymous posters.
4). In the 80s, allegations of ritual abuse and child rape came out in the US, the UK, and Australia simultaneously at the time their was no Internet. Doug Mesner has spent his entire career discrediting this despite the UK getting busted for covering up theirs. Their allegations however were never investigated due to their public officials claiming the allegations were historic and not valid to spend any time and money investigating although tons of money, time, and effort was spent discrediting them at the time.
5). My dad told his Methodist Hospital hospice Dr.s and nurses about his activities trying to come clean.
6). My oldest sister Cindy Hester was murdered by her husband and oldest daughter three weeks after our dad died. She told HER Dr.s and nurses about her fears- prompting adult protective services to go into their house right beforehand but her murder was never investigated since her husband Ralph Hester was City Manager of Lynn Haven, Florida- where they lived.
7). My sister Cindys children are openly working with Doug Mesner making claims against since I have been trying to get them investigated- along with my half sister Christina Marie Shurter/ Blumpkin- working hard to keep anyone from looking into what I have been trying to get investigated . Anyone who looks into Ralph Hesters career will find he changed jobs A LOT from Milaca MN to all over Florida due to his behavior and that of his familys.
8). My older brother Stephen Westley Shurter was the second photographer of child porn with regards to Franklin Credit th...
1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England
accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month
voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.
1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."
1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.
1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.
1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Shipping intelligence galore!
1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.
1837 - Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.
1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.
1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street. His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.
1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.
1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.
1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.
1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.
1915 - Lance Corporal Albert Jacka won the first VC awarded to an Aussie for the action at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli.
1915 - John Simpson (Kirkpatrick), better known as The Man With The Donkey, was killed.After risking his life so many times to bring wounded to safety with the help of his do...
2018 Byron Writers Festival announcements are just around the corner. Be sure to save these dates and jump online to score your tickets to regional Australias most popular literary festival.
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After Gaza, its not enough to simply denounce politicians moral bankruptcy, writes Nick Riemer.
Israels killing of at least 60 Palestinians at the Gaza boundary fence on Monday defied the 24-hour news cycle and stayed firmly in the headlines most of the week. For good reason: on its own, Mondays death toll constituted over half of the one hundred and eleven people gunned down since the March of Return protests began on March 30.
Altogether, a staggering 12,733 people have been injured in the protests, including 3,569 victims of live gunfire. In striking evidence of the levels of falsification which Israels public relations attain, an Israeli diplomat claimed that every single protester killed on Monday was a terrorist. Far from all being terrorists, these protesters werent even all protesting: one was an eight month-old baby, others were children. In any case, as this footage shows, the IDF can shoot Palestinians just for standing around, or for running away from the border fence, not for approaching it.
The numbers we hear about Gaza are stunning, but they can also risk anaesthetising us to the horror of the pathological, calculated blood-bath we have been witnessing.
Pathological, too, has been official reaction in this country. Until Mond...
Three tourists are the first global cases of a new strain of 'super-gonorrhoea' which is resistant to antibiotics, a new report has warned. Two Australians and the British man picked up the sexually-transmitted disease (STD) while having unprotected sex in south-east Asia. The Brit's case came to light earlier this year, when Public Health England confirmed he had been infected, before later revealing he had been successfully treated. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report, published this month, confirmed that two more tourists, both from Australia, picked up the infection.
How stupid are people watching the filthy rich live out their self-serving lives? Christos Aristidou
Australia should become a Republic as soon as possible, so we can forget about the British Monarchy and their pompous, entitled, inbred members once and for all.
19 May 208
It feels like the whole world has Royal fever as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for a lavish (and televised) wedding.
Yet theres a sizeable group of you who just want to scream, Oh my God, who the hell CARES!?
Consumers Down Under will have access to more information about alternative medicines.
A bill was recently approved in Australia that loosens some of the regulations governing advertising claims made by producers of alternative and complementary products. The Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 creates a list of permitted indications which can be used in advertising without having to jump through the bureaucratic hoops previously required. Crucially, the list includes indications supported by traditional evidence. Australian lawmakers also rejected amendments to the bill that would have slapped natural products with a disclaimersimilar to what the FTC now requires for homeopathic products in the USthat would have read: This traditional indication is not in accordance with modern medical knowledge and there is no scientific evidence that this product is effective.
Were glad Australians have fought back efforts to restrict the information available to consumers about natural medicine. Take action to protect free speech in the US by supporting two Citizens Petitions for health claims about cranberries helping with urinary tract infections and vitamin Ds role in preventing preterm births.
Because of differences in reporting periods between my employer and Centrelink, they decided I had a debt of $66.
This would have been cheaper and easier to just pay out, but I couldn't leave it be, so I fought their claims and was vindicated.
The stress of having to do this, especially where the level of potential debt wasn't stated initially, was significant.
The trivial amount that the system determine I *might* have owed should have been sufficient to decide that this case was not worth pursuing, but they still tried.
After significant difficulties w...
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