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The Free Julian Assange protest outside the British Consulate at 90 Collins Street Melbourne started on time and was well attended. Julian Assange's father was there and thanked people for coming. We have to give credit to the organisers - the Socialist Equity Party (SEP). It seems that no-one else in Melbourne has been able to draw people together to protest about Julian Assange's persecution, although it is obvious that many people do care. A problem may be that people believe they need permission to hold meetings and rallies, but this is rarely the case. There were several speakers and we did not film all of them. The films uploaded here were filmed on a hand-held digital camcorder, more for the record than for art. We also filmed the surroundings and participants to give viewers an idea of the scene in Australia. Another protest was to be held tonight (19 June 2018) at the State Library, where the film, Collateral Murder, would be shown. We have embedded a copy of this chilling record of a night of murder for fun by US armed forces in Iraq, which is a document that Julian Assange published, and for which he has been pursued with murderous resentment by the United States ever since.
The Collateral Murder video (April 2010) (embedded below) was shown at a Free Assange Vigil from 6-8pm at Melbourne State Library on 19 June 2018.
The video below records James Coburn, National Secretary of the Social Equality Party's speech about Assange's predicament and the record so far of Australian prime ministers, among other things.
The universes brightest signals are extraterrestrial in origin, Australian scientists have confirmed. Their report, published in Monthly Notices at the Royal Astronomical Society, was able to detect three specific radio emissions which definitely came from space.
Fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first recorded a decade ago. These are pulses of light that are the brightest scientists have ever seen. However, their origin has always been a mystery. FRBs have been linked to everything from alien communication to errors in measurement to interference from Earth. In fact, these signals were thought to be little more than anomalies after a famous 2015 controversy showed scientists supposedly receiving alien messages only to find out these were just interference from their own microwave. However, this new report puts an end to all the controversy: These bizarre signals are not coming from our planet.
This was confirmed after data were gathered from a giant telescope located 40 km outside of Canberra. Three such FRBs were recorded using the Molonglo radio telescope. This specific telescope features an enormous focal length, having a collecting area of 193,750 square feet (18,000 sqm) and a field of view of around eight degrees of the sky. The telescope is able to produce 1000 TB of data every day.
Conventional single dish radio telescopes have difficulty establishing that transmissions originate beyond the Earths atmosphere, said Dr. Chris Flynn of the Swinburne University of Technology. The Molonglo telescope was re-engineered to be able to gather more data.
Professor Anne Green of the University of Sydney added, it is very excit...
If you are an employee, sub-contractor, consultant or member of a stakeholder group or Community Consultative Committee (CCC), there are things that you can do if you feel that you are being bullied when dealing with a company.
Everyone at the workplace has a Work Health and Safety duty. Under WHS laws, while at work, workers must take reasonable care that their behaviour does not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.
It is important that the bullied person take action early to document the bullying and seek support. There should be company policies and procedures that explain the courses of action available in addition to the legislated protections.
The Safe Work Website says that the negative impacts of workplace bullying on the victims or witnesses is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.
Examples of potential unreasonable behaviour include:
This could have the following effects on the bullied person
Community agriculture in a southern NSW town Take the right road, follow the right turns, and tucked away in the backblocks of Nowra you will find the SPN Community Garden. The garden occupies land on the edge of a large block owned by a religious organisation, There, on the edge of the bush, are garden 
For the first time in 15 years, women attending the Surry Hill's reproductive health clinic did so today without being harassed, intimidated or filmed.
Safe access zones have become a reality around clinics that provide abortions in New South Wales, after the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Act 2018 entered into force.
Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic in Surry Hills, said that he was relieved that women could now enter his clinic safely and privately.
"Today, for the first time that I can remember, the streets were quiet outside our clinic. Patients entered without strangers intimidating or questioning their private medical decisions. Staff were able to focus on providing the very best healthcare possible to our patients without fearing harassment. We are just really grateful that the NSW Parliament passed the laws, said Mr Nattrass.
The laws create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it is now unlawful to harass, intimidate, obstruct or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner reasonably likely to cause anxiety or distress.
Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the law is an important recognition and validation of women's rights and experiences.
Women fear harassment and intimidation in so many areas of life, but no longer do women in New South Wales need to fear this when accessing reproductive healthcare. No longer do women have to forgo their rights to safety, dignity and privacy just to see their doctor," said Ms Walters.
New South Wales joins Tasmania, Victoria, ACT and Northern Territory in creating safe access zones around abortion clinics.
The new laws do not however, decriminalise abortion. Abortion in NSW is still regulated by 100 year old criminal laws that cause confusion and place decision-making power in the hands of third parties at the expense of womens autonomy.
Ms Walters said the NSW Government must now end the criminalisation of womens bodies and respect women as capable decision-makers over their own lives.
"It is simply unacceptable that in 2018, women are still being told that they cant be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies and still run the risk of prosecution for seeking a safe medical procedure. NSW must take the next step and bring its abortion laws into line with community values, modern medical practice and womens basic rights," said Ms Walters.
For interviews with Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
This is the fifth year that RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees, the first self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees continues to call for a boycott of Refugee week. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"
This is the fifth year that RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees, the first self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees continues to call for a boycott of Refugee week. Meanwhile almost every agency across the world that states they help or advocate for Refugees calls us to celebrate Refugee week and World Refugee Day.
There are now over 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world, the highest number since World War II. Furthermore between just 2016 and 2017, despite the global increase of refugees, the number of refugee resettlement places dropped by 54%. How many refugees are Indefinitely and forcibly detained in immigration detention centres, Blocked from seeking protection, Tortured abused and murdered, Deprived of water and food supplies, Living below the poverty line within refugee camps or Deported to danger?
How are you going to address this systemic oppression and calculated discrimination during Refugee week? Sitting in a dark corner or event hall listening to happy and sad refugee stories and running panel discussions will not address the root of refugee global displacement. It is a cheap, weak and self centred approach that has satisfied personal or organisational goals which has not helped to effectively mitigate the escalating crisis of hyper militarization and abuse our communities face across the globe. To quote an eX-detainee RISE member, Sharing refugee stories is a saviour complex strategy that bandages white structural discrimination against refugees in Australia. Discrimination, torture and abuse of refugees will not end by sharing happy and sad stories unless the system of abuse is dismantled.
In RISEs 2017 callout for a boycott of Refugee week, we mentioned the fact that the architects of one of the most brutal, xenophobic, white supremacist refugeepolicies in the world, Australias department of home affairs, are one of the participants in Refugee week celebrations and yes, they continue to do so in 2018 (https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/alumni/alumni-news-articles/article/?id=help-us-and-the-department-of-home-affairs-celebrate-refugee-week, https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Refugeeandhumanitarian/Documents/refugee-week-2018-a3.pdf). How could those partnering with the Australi...
MELBOURNE: The 'random' rape and murder of young comedian Eurydice Dixon has shocked an entire nation. But can such gruesome and heinous crimes be prevented from happening again? Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]
The initial sections of this Overview provide information about the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population, and various measures of population health status. Most of the subsequent sections about specific health conditions comprise an introduction about the condition and evidence of the current burden of the condition among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information is provided for state and territories and for demographics such as sex and age when it is available and appropriate.
While it provides a comprehensive review of key indicators across a range of health topics, it is beyond the scope of this Overview to provide detailed information on other aspects, such as the availability and use of services (including barriers to their use) and strategies and policies related to specific health topics.
Accompanying the Overview is a set of PowerPoint slides designed to help lecturers and others provide up-to-date information.
The Ballarat Courier reported on a 19 year old man who pleaded guilty to multiple offences related to sexual abuse and rape of children.
One of his victims was only 13 years old, another was 14. These girls are children. They cannot legally give consent so anything that happened between them and an adult man is not sex it is sexual abuse or rape.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.
That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by...
Just Reinvest NSW described funding provided through the NSW Governments Community Safety Fund earlier this month as an important first step but expressed disappointment by the Governments failure to provide further commitment to justice reinvestment in todays Budget.
In their Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19, Just Reinvest NSW called on the NSW Government to provide funding for the establishment of an independent body and community-led trials, as recommended by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in their report Pathways to JusticeInquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. However, no funding has been allocated in this years Budget.
A grant of almost $250,000 was provided earlier this month to Just Reinvest NSW to commence work with additional communities under the Department of Justice Community Safety Fund.
Just Reinvest NSW is an independent, non-profit organisation that partnered with the Bourke community to develop the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, the most advanced place-based justice reinvestment initiative in Australia.
Just Reinvest NSW Chair Sarah Hopkins said: Justice reinvestment is a fiscally sound model for addressing the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Justice reinvestment projects make sense: they are community-led, place-based and data-driven. Whats needed now is start-up funding for additional community-led projects and an independent body to support those communities.
The answer to the problem of too many people in contact with the justice system wont be found inside the justice system. We solve this by getting in front of the problem, focusing on the local solutions that strengthen communities and keep people from offending in the first place.
In line with the recommendations of the ALRC Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to
Allocate $5 million over 5 years to establish an independent justice reinvestment body (to commence in January 2019) to coordinate and support community-led justice reinvestment.
Invest $3.75 million over 5 years to support three new community-led justice reinvestment trials across NSW in partnership with philanthropic, corporate and not-for-profit partners.
Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda said: Justice reinvestment represents a shift away from governments and policy makers coming in and telling communities what is best for them. Through a justice reinvestment approach, the solutions come from and are implemented by the community.
With Australias most advanced justice reinvestment project being in Bourke, the NSW government has the opportunity to take the le...
The final trading day of last week turned out to be more interesting than originally thought.
Of course, it all unfolded while Australians were sleeping.
As expected, the Federal Reserve Bank raised the rate to 2% on Wednesday, 13 June and told the markets to expect another two rate hikes later this year.
That same day, The Economic Times in India were placing bets that the gold bullion price was about to rally.
Come Friday, 15 June, the price of gold fell US$25 per ounce.
No one saw it coming
Thirty-six hours after the Fed raised rates, the price of gold plunged in morning trade in the US.
Take a look
24-hour spot gold 15 June, 2018
Since then, analysts have been scrambling to figure out what happened.
Quite frankly, the series of events leading to golds fall is odd, but there is an answer.
Shortly after the Fed announcement on Wednesday evening, gold rallied 0.6% during the London trading session. Gold showed no signs of wobbling during Thursday US trade.
The blue line on the chart above shows that gold did very little during the London Thursday night session, which was between midnight and 8am New York time.
As Americas sipped their giant lattes, around 8am Friday, 15 June, the gold price plunged US$10 in the first hourand proceeded to trade all the way down to US$1,275 by 2pm.
Erasing all of 2018s price gains in a few hours.
What was the trigger?
That same day, Trump announced he will be whacking a 25% tariff on some US$50 billion worth of Chinese imports, under the guise of intellectual property theft. China retaliated with a 25% tariff on 659 US products worth the same amount.
Some have said that this tariff one-upmanship drove gold lower.
But Trumps unofficial trade war play came after the price of gold had fallen. And geopolitical tensions generally support the gold price.
Not only that, the gold price plunge came almost two days after the Fed confirmed it would allow inflation in the US to run a little higher, for longer. On Wednesday evening, it told the markets it would tolerate inflation above the target rate at least through to 2020....
The outpouring of anger, fear and collective grief from women has been steady and predictable. So too has the steady and predictable stream of advice for women to keep safe, be vigilant and take responsibility for their safety. It is not the first time that police, and politicians, have offered this kind of advice. In 2015, after the killing of Melbourne teenager Masa Vukotic, Homicide squad chief Detective Inspector Mick Hughes said on national radio that particularly females  shouldn't be alone in parks.
Winter crops in bloom After a quiet weekend away in the hills of the Lamington National Park, I took the opportunity to call in and see the team from the Beechmont Community Garden. Met the lovely Laura who was busy on the BBQ and got a little insight into what they are up to. New 
There is absolutely no doubt now, the Liberal Party is in crisis. It may not have reached the point where it is about to disappear from the political landscape, but its troubles are nevertheless serious.
The latest episode is the brawl at a party branch meeting at a Canberra caf. The violence has grabbed attention. More important is behind it is a battle for control of the branch, and this is just one small part of what is happening nationwide within the party.
We saw serious division at the parts National Conference, where resolutions were put forward and passed, like the ones concerning the privatisation of the ABC and moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, seriously embarrassed the Turnbull government and propelled it into damage control.
In Victoria, the radicals have taken over the administration, on the heels of capturing the leadership of the Young Liberals. This has angered and forced the traditional conservatives into counter action. This shift it taking various forms in other states.
The government itself has long been riddled with division. The radicals, which includes deposed leader Tony Abbott, have long been circling like sharks, aiming to topple the conservatives.
In every aspect of the partys existence the fight is on and making its way even into preselections for parliamentary representatives.
There are several reasons why this division has festered and become more guarantee that Australia is a good place to do business, if you are big business, and they were supposed to ensure political stability.
Instead, we have an emerging economic crisis, where most people are left worse off and look towards being left even worse off in the future. The poor are getting poorer and the middle finds its social position and security under threat.
Even the big end of town is not happy and demanding...
MELBOURNE, AAP Thousands gathered to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon on the Melbourne field where she was found after being raped and murdered, with hundreds of others across the nation joining them in solidarity.
A huge crowd, reportedly including up to 10,000 people, gathered at Princes Park on Monday night to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.
They spent a sombre 20 minutes in silence with the lights on the field switched off, illuminating candles that many had brought.
People could be heard sobbing during the quiet reflection, which was broken by a choir singing around a makeshift memorial, where flowers and other tributes have been building since Ms Dixons body was found at the site.
Expressing grief, celebrating Ms Dixons life and stressing the right women have to be safe anywhere and at any time was the focus of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil, one of its organisers Pia Cerveri said as the night began.
But Ms Cerveri said there will later be a greater push for changes to prevent such tragedies.
The time will come when we will regroup to work together to make positive change in our society and we ask that you join that movement later, she said.
Right now is not that time, for political demands.
At least 200 people gathered for a vigil in Sydneys Hyde Park, where the names of dozens of recent victims of gendered violence were read out, while more than 100 met in the rain on the lawns of Hobarts parliament house.
The vigils came five days after Ms Dixon was killed on her way home from a comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the CBD on Tuesday night.
Last week, Broadmeadows 19-year-old Jaymes Todd appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with her rape and murder.
Earlier on Monday, the makeshift memorial at Princes Park was graffitied with offensive markings, with Victoria Police investigating the vandalism.
1801 - Governor King sent a party in HMS Lady Nelson, commanded
by Lieutenant James Grant, to establish a convict settlement at the
mouth of the Hunter River, 160 kilometres north of Sydney (now
Newcastle). With us likewise, Grant noted, went one of the Natives,
named Bangaree [Bungaree].
1803 - Assistant Surgeon at Norfolk Island, William Redfern, was kicking up his heels in glee as he was granted a free pardon.
1810 - James Davis was hanged at Portland Head (Hawkesbury) for burglary from the house of John Cox.
1812 - The United States of America declared war on Britain, which dragged the Australian colonies also into conflict with America.
1820 - Joseph Banks, English natural historian, dropped off the budgie perch.
1843 - Gettin' all high falutin' those Cockroaches were bewitched by their f irst Italian opera - The Barber of Seville - performed in Sydney.
1851 - Gold was discovered on the Turon River, NSW.
1874 - The first Hospital above Doctors Gully, Darwin was completed. Built largely by public subscription it was extended further in 1876.
1894 - The Yaapeet Railway Branch Line (Vic) was opened from Dimboola to Jeparit.
1908 - The dead were dancing at the extension of the Rookwood Cemetery Railway Line (NSW) when Them In Power opened No 3 Mortuary Station to No 4 Mortuary Station.
1921 - At 75,604, the Aboriginal population of Australia reached its lowest point ever, being reduced by 77 percent since colonisation began.
1933 - Imperial Airways began flitting between England and Australia.
1942 - Arrival of chemical weapons stocks on ship Glenhartney.
1946 Hon. John Dedman introduced legislation to establish the Australian National University.
1956 - A gift that just keeps on giving Britain exploded another nuclear bomb over the Monto Bello Islands, WA, creating a radioactive cloud that drifted over the mainland.
1958 - Entrepreneurs Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin sought a trademark for a plastic cylinder based on a similar toy in Australia. Wham-O began selling the Hula Hoop following a demonstration of a rattan hoop imported from Australia. After one year teenagers in the US purchased some 100 million hoops at a suggested retail price of $1.98.
1967 - Darwin Maru arrived on its maiden voyage to load the first shipment of iron ore from the new iron ore handling wharf at Fort Hill, Darwin.
1969 Equal pay for women was granted by the Arbitration Commission.
1975 - Manning Clark and Dame Joan Sutherland were amomg the first fancy-pants recipients of the newly established Order of Australia announced in the Queen's Birthday honours...
The brutal rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon has drawn thousands in Melbourne to a vigil at the murder scene. Others attended memorials in other places.
It has moved the whole of Australia.
The young and up and coming comedian was walking home from a gig at the Highland Bart in the CBD, when she was attacked, and her body left in a soccer pitch, at Princes Park in North Carlton, and later found by passers by. Nineteen-year old Jaymes Todd has been charged with the crime.
Along with the sadness, there has been an outpouring of anger. It has direction too. The determination to do something to foster respect for women has gripped the community. This has been building for some time, and the killing of Eurydice Dixon, has lifted it a bit higher.
As a lot of people have been saying, attacks like this are the worst and most graphic expression of the disregard for the equality of women deeply embedded in society. Too often this leads to the imposition of control through violence. Some progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.
It is also about more than this. We live in a society where the concept of self is t distorted to the point, where we live in a jungle where each is too often over concerned with narrow self-interest. There is not enough space for caring about each other.
This is a jungle, where those who prey on others wear the trappings of success. The sense of community has been downgraded and positive human interactions are not valued highly enough. Respect for others has suffered and mental health issues are one of the outcomes.
To rebuild respect for others, and this includes between the sexes, we need to recapture a sense of community. There is a need to come to understand that we depend on each other to meet our own interests. We must to learn to appreciate that by looking out for others, we help ourselves.
By building empathy and shifting away from extreme individualism, the world is made safer for us all. In this context, we are not two sexes with different status, but equal human beings.
When thousands of people come together, take part in something bigger than themselves, and collectively stand to make a difference, we are on the road towards change. That this rises in the face of a tragedy is a good thing. We must also find ways to bring this into everyday life, at work, at home and in the streets.
Legendary Australian writer and film-maker, John Pilger, has returned to Australia to seek urgent help, both government and public, for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Pilgers speech at Sydney Town Hall yesterday was informative and painfully moving. He asks quite simply of the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to bring Julian home. Mr Turnbull, he says, has been sympathetic in the past to Assanges situation, and certainly has the power to negotiate his return to Australia. Its really a matter of choice.
Assange, Pilger says, has not only been a victim of persecution from the US and other states, from which he was granted political asylum or, a place to remain arbitrarily holed-up for 6 years, according to two UN rulings What troubles Pilger more is the Vichy journalism, of which he gives numerous examples, that has served to aggregate lies and smear that would demolish public support for Wikileaks, and deflect us from reading the content of their publications. If we would only read them now, we might be skeptical about journalists describing a war hawk as the icon of our generation
Even more disturbingly, Pilger reminds us that it was two Guardian journalists, David Leigh and Luke Harding, who recklessly published the password to the trove of USG cables while Wikileaks was in the process of redacting them. That instantly gave criminals and intelligence agencies around the world, including those of repressive states, the information they needed to pursue whistleblowers and dissidents. Like Madelene Albright, they may have said: It was worth it, to place Wikileaks in such a terrible situation.
Pilger read statements from Assanges family, concerning his deteriorating state of health, and from Women Against Rape, who are appalled at being manipulated by bogus claims that undermined the credibility of Assange and Wikileaks.
We have been quick to forget that Julian Assange received many international awards for outstanding contribution to journalism; including here in Australia, where he won a Walkley and the Sydney Peace Foundation medal. Whats...
Also on Monday 18 June, Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet
A37-003, which was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from
Canberra on Sunday 17 June, departed to Darwin
again as "Consort 10".
This amazing piece of information just came across my newsfeed, and it encapsulates everything I believe in and want to practice on the Fanny Farm. There are great embedded videos in this, and it will take you some time to get through it, but its really worth the effort the Roots of Nature site is fantastic, and I will go through it once the building phase here is over.
We cant and shouldnt try to calculate the value of living systems by only using reductionist science that is centuries behind explaining the true wonder of mother nature and her balanced systems.
POSTED BY CAROLINE GRINDROD ON JUN 16, 2018
In his last article and in the other regenerative agriculture and holistic management hate mail currently spewing from George Monbiot is an unrelenting desire to reduce our food production systems down to simple numbers. Numbers which conveniently support his idea of a vegan utopia.
This sort of mechanistic analysis only makes sense for de-natured food systems where all-natural processes have been knocked out and whats left is a lifeless medium in which a plant can put down roots. In our modern Frankenstein agriculture N + P + K = a food plant, which will survive if you exterminate all pests (also known as wildlife) with pesticides, all fungi (one of the most important organisms for carbon sequestration) with fungicides, and all weeds (also known as wildflowers) with herbicides.
This efficient yet highly vulnerable chemical agriculture system is what mostly produces the plant foods that George insists is all we should eat. A lot of the plants are also fed to our Frankenstein livestock fattened in sheds in horrible and unethical conditions. Im with George 100% that this practice is completely unacceptable and totally inefficient, but the WHOLE of this chain of production is utterly anti-nature, regardless if its animals or humans eating the product.
Lets not overlook that in any food production system especially those run by large profit-driven corporations like the companies who will be making those yummy fake meat...
PLUMMETING temperatures have caused freezing conditions and snow across the country - and more severe weather is coming. A FREEZING cold snap has blanketed parts of the country in fluffy white snow. Australians have packed on the layers as icy chills continue to blow across southeast Australia thanks to the cold front that's been pushing through the Great Australian Bight since Wednesday. Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of New South Wales today as strong gusty winds with cold temperatures and showers are forecast. The Bureau of Meteorology said a complex low over the Tasman Sea was directing a "vigorous westerly airstream" over NSW ahead of a south to south-westerly change which would move along the coast today. Damaging winds averaging 60 to 65km/h are predicted with peak gusts of more than 90km/h. A south to south-westerly wind change is forecast to move along the coast, reaching the Hunter coast by late morning. Showers may bring damaging wind gusts along the coastal fringe in areas including Gosford, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.
One of the most used strategies I've learned from the Disquiet Junto was Brian Crabtree's 'layered sameness' exercise
It involves layering over a dozen takes without using a metronome, then combining the results into a shimmering cloud.
Recently I took the idea a step further and recorded a piece with MIDI, which was then used to trigger VST instruments.
At the top is the guitar version, while below is eight synthesisers.
I've offered this piece to a friend for their installation at Burning Seed this year.
About 3 or 4 were heard then sighted amongst the tall Eucalypts at the end of Williamson Rd parking area.
John Pilger reminds us of the 'journalists' who let down Julian Assange whilst profiting from the information he released. He reminds us how far down journalism has sunk. He uses the term 'Vichy-journalism' to good effect.
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JOHN PILGER: Thank you for coming for Julian. And thank you to
the SEP for organising this important rally. The persecution of
Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy
The Australian government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Julian does not seek special treatment. The Australian Government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect its citizens abroad from gross injustice.In Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that awaits him, should he walk out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what you in can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful. The United Nations has called it torture.
I know Julian well. I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I've watched the tsunami of lies and smear engulf him endlessly, predictably, perfidiously, and I know why they smear him.
In 2008 a plan to destroyed both WikiLeaks and Julian was laid out in a secret document dated 8th of March 2008. The authors were the cyber counterintelligence assessment branch of the US Defense Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy - and I quote - "the feeling of trust that WikiLeaks that is WikiLeaks center-of-gravity." This would be achieved, they wrote, "with threats of exposure and criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on reputation."
The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human be...
Some friends on Facebook have asked where are the men
discussing Eurydice Dixon
I dont think Im alone in struggling to articulate the injustice.
It occurs to me one reason Im struggling to articulate a response is that Eurydice cant explain the circumstances that led to her death.
If she had lived, she wouldve had to make the decision to report her assault.
It is widely recognised that few victims of sexual assault report the crime.
About a decade ago I got an insight into why so few undertake that process.
While living in a regional city I learned victims might have to drive two hours to a larger hospital to find a doctor willing to collect forensic evidence.
Does this suggest its easier to believe Eurydices corpse than it is to find a doctor in the country?
Reporting crime is one step in making sense of violence but its not an easy step.
My female Facebook friends have responded to Eurydices death by sharing experiences of male violence.
As a male I know male violence too and I think thats why I feel powerless to discuss Eurydice.
Maybe if I was a corpse itd be easier to believe I fear violence.
When I was assaulted I asked police to make a report and they asked why bother.
I called a friend who worked a newspaper and asked him to write a story.
The journalist said it happens all the time, thats not newsworthy.
I understand my story seems insignificant.
its commonplace but I still struggle to understand it.
Violence is senseless but as a society not much effort seems to be put into understanding it.
This is what I say for Eurydice Dixon: We need to change a culture that belittles violence.
I wonder if once we acknowledge our shared experiences of violence, we can look at how our culture normalises it.
Are we so blas about violence that a corpse is required for it to be recognised?
These speeches moved to a different address on you tube. We have
located them again, for the moment. See article above this one for
the transcript of John
Pilger's excellent speech.
RALLIES ON TUESDAY 19 JUNE IN AUSTRALIA: Melbourne - outside the British Consulate 12-2PM (British Consulate General Melbourne, 17th Floor, 90 Collins St Melbourne). Will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and another young member of Julian's family and Shirley Shackleton. Brisbane - Vigil 4-6PM at the Ann Street Shrine of Remembrance opposite Central Station; Perth - 12PM-2PM at Forrest Chase.
The Socialist Equity Party should be applauded for having organised and recorded the June 17th protest speeches. We should not however forget that Julian Assange's work goes wider than worker protest. It goes to preventing globalist media, corporations and governments from taking away our rights as citizens of nations. The issues go to the nation itself and to the need for solidarity and communication between citizens, always, plus the recognition that Julian is one of us. This cause should be embraced by other forces as well as the Socialist Equity Party. Anyone who supports free speech, human and civil rights, and opposes war, should attend these protests and get others to attend with leaflets, posts to social media, and calls to talk-back radio etc.
Come along to a celebration of living in West Hobart. Meet
old and new friends and neighbours! See who's doing what, and
Over 120 people from 20 union, church, aid and environment organisations rallied outside the Sydney public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties concerning the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). Speakers focused on the impact the TPP-11 would have on workers, temporary migrant workers and women, the cost of medicines, and the extra rights it would give investing corporations to sue the Australian government. The JSCOT and a Senate Inquiry will report back to parliament in September on whether or not the parliament should vote in favour of the legislation to implement the TPP-11. The protest movement is urging MPs to vote against the implementing legislation. See photos here.
MELBOURNE, AAP A makeshift memorial for murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised with offensive graffiti ahead of Mondays planned vigil.
Police say paint markings were found at the site of the memorial in Princes Park in Carlton during routine patrols about 3.50am on Monday.
A number of items were seized from the scene and the dog squad has been through the area, with the investigation ongoing.
Fire crews used high-pressure hoses to remove the offensive graffiti, painted next to the formal tributes in the park.
Vigil organiser, Megan Bridger-Darling was at a loss for words.
There is a level of anger in this city already. And for this to happen, on the day of her memorial, is absolutely galling, and insulting and deeply, deeply offensive, she told Nine Network.
Victorian senator Derryn Hinch said the vandalism was obscene on so many different levels.
Whoever did it, I hope they are found, identified, caught, charged and sent to jail. I really feel that, he told Seven Network.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said whoever did it is an idiot.
So much so, they will be bragging to their mates about it. Only morons behave like this. Responsibility needs to be taken and needs to be called out, she told the Seven Network.
It comes as thousands of men and women are due to hold vigils across the country in tribute to Ms Dixon, five days after the 22-year-olds body was discovered on Princes Park soccer field at Carlton North, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger about violence against women.
We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe, the organisers of Monday nights Reclaim Princes Park vigil posted on Facebook.
Our bodies are not there for taking. It is not up to us to keep ourselves safe when we know its up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us.
Vigils are expected in Melbour...
1808 - Alexander Wilson (alias Charles Boyle) was hanged at
Sydney for burglary from the house of William Moad.
1808 - John MacNeal was hanged at Sydney for burglary and robbery upon his master, having stolen two half casks and two quarter casks of gunpowder from the house of Robert Campbell.
1808 - Mary Grady was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Charles Stuart at Parramatta.
1814 - In a General Order, Governor Macquarie said he regreted the unhappy Conflicts between the natives of the Mountains and settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin, caused by the Aborigines helping themselves to the maize. He promised to punish anyone involved in hostilities on either side.
1827 James Stirling established a settlement at Raffles Bay.
1829 Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.
1839 - Explorer Edward John Eyre shot through from Adelaide to explore the northern regions of SA.
1868 - An earthquake shook NSW. The quake was centred around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland. Minor damage to buildings only.
1868 - The first rowing race was held between Scotch College (originally known as the Melbourne Academy) and Church of England Grammar School on Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic
1872 - George Robert Nichols (The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.
1872 - Alfred Lester (alias Froude)(The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.
1883 - Wangabiddi was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Charles Redfern at Minni-Minni on the Gascoyne River.
1883 - Guerilla was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Anthony Cornish at Fitzroy River.
1881 The Art Gallery of South Australia was opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.
1901 - Victorian Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at the Exhibition Buildings following the Commonwealth Parliaments use of Parliament House, Melbourne. State Parliament remained there until 1927.
1906 - Counting the Commonwealth
GH Knibbs was appointed head of the new Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Some 4.5 million people were counted in the first census on 3 April 1911. Indigenous people were first included officially in the federal census in 1971 when the population was 12.8 million.
1915 - The first lock on the Murray River opened...or closed, depending on your view, at Blanchetown, Vic.
1923 - The Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) was flung open from Griffith to Hillston.
1926 - T...
Geoff Russell brings you the final story in a three-part series on the global renewable energy revolution. In Part I he looked at the animal and environment issues associated with the flooded river valleys and burning biomass that dominate renewable energy. Part II looked at wind, sunshine, storage and zoomed in to consider Australia.
Globally, nuclear power, in case you were wondering, generates just over 2,000 terawatt-hours of electricity annually, about 8 times more than solar and more than double wind power.
Now lets run some basic numbers and compare the ecological impact of renewables with that of nuclear power.
First lets deal with the inevitable cry from people who are anti-nuclear without ever having thought much about it: Nuclear isnt clean, think about the mining and the waste!!!.
Mines? Nuclear power is miserly on mines. The amount of mining required for hydro, solar or wind is many times greater. The recent ACOLA report made this point, let me repeat the relevant graph from a previous article.
As you can see, nuclear requires minimal mining.
So why do so many people seem to think mining is some kind of nuclear achilles heel? Thats an interesting question. Ill try to answer it later. But the graph massively underestimates the mining required for renewables on two fronts; it ignores mining for batteries and it ignores mining for all the extra transmission lines needed by wind and solar. Ive dealt with the relative ease of nuclear waste handling many times in the past most recently here.
But mining is a minor issue compared to the massive habitat destruction associated with renewables.
Hydro-electricity, as weve seen produces roughly 4,000 terawatt hours per year globally from reservoirs covering 343,000 square kilometres, so, using global averages,...
A new story, a new beginning, one of peace. Two men, two leaders, one destiny. A story in a special moment in time. When a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated, what will he choose? High-tech-sci-fi labs, fast trains and a slam-dunking basketballer flit across the screen as a bizarre, four minute US mobile-propaganda-video, set to a dramatic musical score, fires our national and international imagination this week
Wilkie tables Refugee Protection Bill The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will introduce a Private Members Bill this morning that would provide for a fairer, more sustainable and more humane approach to asylum seekers and refugees
Are you on Australias top 100 rich list? Why not? Well unless you are willing to exploit something or someone on a grand scale then it is unlikely you ever will be. So lets take a closer look and see whos making a killing out of our countrys natural resources
Never mind the headlines about the Trump-Kim meeting. They reveal very little of what is really going on. Nor is the issue the photo shoots, which all too often are used to divert from what is important.
This is a deadly serious matter. Part of the trouble, is that after years of demonising North Korea on the one hand and presenting its leaders as buffoons on the other, the caricature gets in the way of the reality.
North Korea has been presented as being a threat to the world. They arent an economic threat. The North Korean military does not exist outs its borders. Just how this so-called threat manifests itself, has never really been spelt out. Whether one approves of the internal politics or not is something else, and this should not distract from the need to secure the peace.
True, the North have some nuclear missiles that can be fired. It would be better if they didnt exist. But this too should be seen within its context.
As a colony, Koreans suffered a long period of brutality. The Korean War in the 1950s was horrendous. More bombs were dropped in the North than during the whole Second World War. Just about every family lost people. This is going to leave scars.
What has made it even worse in the long-run, is that the war was not conclusive and the stalemate has lasted up till now. This is for over half a century. A continuous war footing has been in place. The South has been heavily bankrolled by the United States and able ride the storm more easily than the North, which has paid a heavy price in terms of its economic and political development.
The United States has maintained a huge military presence south of the border. This has been met on the other side. Both have aimed nuclear weapons at each other. It is not hard to see that to lower the tension, the years of militarisation must come to an end. This goal that has not been possible till now. Changing this, needs both sides to stand down. Given the history, this is not going to happen, unless both sides do it together.
North Korea has been calling for this for and joint denuclearisation for years. It has been the United states side that has till now refused to back away. This is a little fact that has been ignored by much of the West and its media, which has opted for maintaining the pressure fr one side to stand down. North Korea happens to border China and Russia, and has therefore seen as strategically important.
Continuation of hostility over many years has fed the toxic atmosphere that has created the worlds most dangerous hot spot.
Recent developments have pulled the other way. Chief among them, is a greater willingness of both parts of Korea to move further along the road towards reconciliation. The resu...
Please see the previous article on this site for my comparison of Richard Huckle to Frank Houston founding father of Hillsong Global Church, based in Sydney, Australia with churches in major cities throughout the world, including London.
Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) team has been found to have committed a string of atrocities while on mission in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago; and the "Nazi flag" incident appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. In one instance back in 2009, reported by Sydney-based Fairfax Media, which conducted a six-month investigation into alleged Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, soldiers killed an Afghan amputee as they were raiding Urozgan province and took his artificial limb to their base to use it as a drinking vessel. Comment: The prosthetic leg was then taken as a souvenir and brought back to Perth to be used as a novelty beer drinking vessel. In another no less horrendous case, two senior soldiers first plotted and then forced a "rookie" troop to kill an unarmed elderly detainee, a Taliban suspect, thereby marking the young soldier's combat debut. According to Special Forces sources, cited by Fairfax, the victim posed no threat after being brutally knocked out. The soldiers involved in the atrocities committed on Afghan soil have not been named by the media. The hair-raising details came to light around the time when Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, blasted personnel of the same high-profile squadron who were caught on camera waving a swastika flag from their patrol vehicle.
Curious, I ask this question: Did the $250,000 for the Devonport Chaplaincy Inc grant, which helped to boost the Tasmanian economy, come through the Office of the Assistant to the Minister for Cities where Whiteley has an advisory role as mentioned; see the Advocate item above ?
Of course, the following is just a rough guide, and many of you will find your situation varies from the above listing due to microclimates created in your garden, location in relation to your nearest major city, extremes of weather and garden type. But the one thing that remains the same for all zones and regions is this: improve your soil by adding organic matter, mulch and no matter the season, we can all garden more sustainably all year round.
Why not head out to the shed, and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but its really rewarding, and will save you cash in the long run. Practicing tool hygiene will prevent the spread of disease.
Mulch your beds
Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. If in the southern states try to avoid Sugar Cane as it would have a high carbon footprint due to transport.
Green manure crops are good to go now improve that dormant veggie patch. In cooler to temperate areas you can use crops like like faba beans or field peas and for warmer areas try mung beans. Remember to chop and drop them before they flower.
Pruning & Weeding
Pruning and weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Deciduous fruit trees love a big old haircut now, except your apricot!
Low temperatures for extended periods of time (all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of NSW, the ACT and a tiny southern bit of SA)
Its bare root season! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Deciduous exotic trees can also be planted now.
Theres still a bit happening in the veggie patch, especially if you love your brassicas, you could try spinach, carrots, sweet peas, broad beans, coriander and peas.
The intervention on Norfolk Island over the last three years by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (DIRDC) is described in a new report (*) as calamitous
The Rosny Hill Friends Network is challenging the Premier and Minister for Parks Will Hodgman to make a public statement about his governments role in a proposed tourism development on Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area
This is a copy of a message from Steve (LTG) and Robert (BMPA)
this email just went out to a couple of thousand LTG
supporters, mostly in the Lower Hunter.
Were doing a big doorknock in Singleton on Saturday 23rd June. If
youre keen to get amongst it, please send me an email, or register on
the website . Also theres a Facebook event , if you want to give
it a boost.
If you cant make it to the survey blitz, dont let that stop you from
joining us afterwards for a barbecue at
Robert & AnneMaree
McLaughlins 46 The Inlet Rd Bulga, at about 2:30.
This is the start of a new push on our doorknocking effort. We want to
get our survey results up to 1000 responses. Were currently on 722. Let
me know if youre keen to get involved.
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