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Paul Kelly was a member of the panel advising Prime Minister Abbott on how best to commemorate the centenary of Australia's engagements on The Western Front during WW1. He's written a great piece on the opening of The Sir John Monash Centre next week - "one of Tony Abbott's finest...
Complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman in the last six months of 2017 soared almost 30 per cent compared to the same period the previous year, the ombudsmans report reveals.
Australian residential consumers and small businesses made 84,914 complaints to the ombudsman between July 1 to December 31, 2017.
Ccomplaints about landline, mobile and internet services, increased by 28.7 per cent compared to the same six month period in 2016.
Publishing the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsmans Six Monthly Update today (Ombudsman Judi Jones said The telecommunications industry in Australia continues to experience significant change. An increasing range of products and services are being offered to consumers, expectations for the quality of phone and internet services are high, and the rollout of the National Broadband Network is changing the way we use telecommunications services.
However, consumers still seem to be facing the same problems, particularly with their bills and the customer service they receive. Confidence in services being updated or transferred reliably, faulty equipment, and poor service quality were also recorded as key issues. Additionally, the wider issues relating to phone or internet problems such as debt management are concerning.
Jones added, Complaints about services delivered over the National Broadband Network continued to increase compared to the same six month period in 2016. This indicates the consumer experience is still not meeting expectations for all. Recent changes to regulation and an increase in our powers to resolve complaints are positive steps that will help improve the consumer experience.
Between 1 July and 31 December 2017 complaints from small businesses increased 15.6 per cent to 9,947 compared to the same period in 2016.
1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.
1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.
1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.
1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.
1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.
1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.
1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.
1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.
1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.
1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
Now it's not every day that I talk to a DoCS worker and on this occassion I could not resist the temptation to press record on my phone. We spoke about his position at Cairns North Department of Community Services (DoCS), about how many children he removes from their homes a week, what the main problems were with parenting up in the North of Australia where he conducts his line of profession.... Removing children. I also had to touch onto the subject of Jo Riley who I know to be a corrupt DoCS manager down at Cairns North.
I have dealt with Jo Riley, now a manager at DoCS Cairs North, and I found her to be the worst DoCS worker I have ever dealt with. She was rude, condescending, impudent and she had a look of evil permanently etched into her face. I begged her to give my son back. A visit supervisor went straight back to her after supervising one of my visits and demanded that my child be returned to me, it was obvious I was a great father and the love that my son and I shared was immeasurable.
I begged her and the then manager of DoCS Cairns North Pat Anderson to get him out of that house where he was in obvious danger and where he would come to his demise. A house with a 74 year old carer who already had five foster children in her care. It was obvious to everyone I rang desperately trying to get him out of that house that this was not a good situation but it all came down to corrupt team leader Jo Riley, and she would rather my son be dead than with his loving father.
The video can be viewed at the link below....
Or you can listen to the mp3 which is attached to this blog.
Above is the recording of the conversation between myself and t...
Three weeks after Verge asked the cryptocurrency community for $3 million in donations to fund a mystery partnership, the cryptocurrency has come through on its promise. An announcement by Pornhub the worlds biggest porn site revealed that it will now accept 
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While blockchain technology has been around for close to a decade now and has piqued the interest of several large corporations and governments across the world, it is not without its problems. While it does bring the benefits of security 
As we move on from another Easter lets cast our minds back to this time in 1971, when five members of Save Our Sons, were jailed for 14 days during the Easter.
Their heinous offence was sitting in the offices of the then Federal Department of Labour and National Service, handing out leaflets opposing conscription for the unjust,
undeclared war in Vietnam.
Just to recall who they were; Save Our Sons was formed back in 1965 to oppose the conscription of young men to fight and die in war. Throughout the next few years they were active and prominent in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns.
When arrested they were charged under the Summary Offences Act; legislation put in place by the Bolte state Government (Victoria). Their court case was finally heard late in the afternoon of Holy Thursday.
The presiding magistrate jailed them for 14 days, with no option of paying a fine. Thus Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo Maclaine-Cross, were locked away.
As we know, the Easter long week end is a quiet time, people go away, services close down, it can be very isolating. Nonetheless, support for them was quick and strong.
They became known as the Fairlea Five. Large demonstrations were arranged outside the Womens prison, and around 800 people attended the ongoing vigil outside.
Maritime workers stopped work in support of the Fairlea Five. After 11 days of organised support for them, they were released, to reacquaint with their families.
Their fight was part of the broader peoples struggle against the unjust, undeclared war in Vietnam.
Australian TV host Peta Credlin gave a short monologue yesterday against a proposal to let people at whim call themselves or their newborns male, female, intersex, unspecified, or indeterminate on their birth certificates. She notes this ideas proponents say its the next step after government affirmation of same-sex relationships, although at the time that was not publicly sold as an entrance point for transsexual politics.
Trust us, they said, didnt they? Love is love,' she recalls.
Children are born a boy or a girl, [for] the vast bulk of humanity, Credlin says, because stating the obvious is now not only necessary, it even requires courage. That is a biological fact, and laws must reflect reality.
Credlin noted an exception is logical for the approximately 1.5 percent of humans who are discovered, usually at puberty, to have both male and female reproductive organs due to chromosomal abnormalities. But then and only then is the time right to alter a birth certificate, armed with medical fact, but not in a birthing suite due to the whim of a parent who wants to record [her] child as nonbinary, Credlin continued.
This is nothing more than a dangerous push by the Left into records we have kept as civilizations since almost as long as we have had the written word. Assuming change from the outset is designed to disrupt social norms and it must be resisted.
Changing the birth certificate process is political correctness gone mad.
Children are born a boy or a girl for the vast bulk of humanity, that is a biological fact and laws must reflect reality.
Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 16, 2018
The Australian News Weekly notes the Victorian Upper House voted down transgendering Victorian birth certificates in 2016. When Victorian opposition parliamentarians asked, if a person can change their sex, can they also change their age or change their race? Labor members had no answer.
The proposal would require no physical alterations to a persons body before retconning his or her birth certificate. Transgender activists claim that would discriminate against trans people or those who identify as something other than transgender, male, or female (such as visual trigger warning ...
Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?
Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.
This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.
One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.Ella Crofts/BBC
No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.
The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.
These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.
A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...
I realise a defence lawyers duty is to place his client, no matter how good or bad they are, in the best possible light. However, in child sex abuse cases, there should be the greatest respect for the victims.
This is clearly not the case in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, no 2 equal Roman Catholic in the world.
I think George Pell will go down, and go to jail.
Cardinal George Pell may have become the target of false sexual offence allegations to punish him for not having prevented the sexual abuse of children, his defence barrister has told a court.
Robert Richter QC has described complaints made against Cardinal Pell as impossible and the complainants behind them as unreliable as he tried to persuade a magistrate not to commit Australias most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial.
Instead, Mr Richter told the hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court that all the charges faced by the 76-year-old should be thrown out.
Whether the allegations are the product of fantasy, the product of some mental problems or just pure invention in order to punish the representative of the Catholic Church in this country for not stopping abuse by others of children, he said.
Mr Richter said some of the complainants had been sexually abused by other priests who had since died, therefore offering them no recourse.
Cardinal Pell representing the face of the Catholic Church had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true, but are designed to punish him for not having prevented sexual...
Sure, garlic is said to be one of the healthiest foods there is, but is it really? I guess that depends on where your garlic is coming from.
Most of our garlic here in the US comes from China. Sure, some of our garlic is grown here in the US, but at least 60-80 percent of it comes elsewhere and elsewhere is China. Even organic garlic tends to come from China for the most part. Chinese garlic is heavily sprayed with methyl bromide to kill off bugs and this chemical is highly toxic. According to the UN, it is at least 60 times more damaging than chlorine.
In China, chemicals banned in Australia are still being used to grow garlic. Australia imports 95% of our garlic from China Chinese garlic is gamma irradiated to prevent sprouting and is also sprayed with Maleic Hydrazide to extend shelf life. All imported garlic is fumigated with Methyl Bromide by AQIS on arrival in Australia.
When it comes to food, in general, we already know Chinas track record kind of sucks. From plastic rice to chemical drenched produce- they really havent given us much to work with. Chinas weak enforcement of food safety standards and heavy use of agricultural chemicals is more than enough reason to stay away from their products and yet we still get most things from there.
Famous chef Marcus Guiliano has been urging people to ensure that they are avoiding Chinese garlic for quite some time and has made many videos going over the things he has learned through his time researching the topic itself. He says that more restaurants use this tainted garlic than you would think and that it is not as easy to spot as most assume.
Now on the human feces side of things, it is important to note that nearly 200 million farmers in China, India, Vietnam and a few other countries harvest their vegetables from fields that use untreated human waste as fertilizer. Basically, some of them are using raw sewage to irrigate and fertilize their croplands. Sounds a bit disgusting now doesnt it?
Consumers who eat these products run the risk of absorbing disease-causing bacteria. There is a lot more going on in the world of food than you could ever imagine. Be aware of where the things you ingest are coming from.
From our technical interactive charts, Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies under our focus might be bottoming up. We can"t be sure of resurgence unless there is a strong follow through in the course of the week. thats just the nature of 
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Birds of a feather....
(L) Monsanto triggered massive crop losses illegal herbicide spraying to introduce new GMO crop. (R) Flower strips along crop fields attract pollinators. A honey bee approaches a lacy phacelia in bloom (photo credits freedomproject.com & phys.org)
Hardly any food products are as believed. Apart from, for example: Monsanto-Bayer destroying most of the worlds frog and bee populations for the delivery of fictitious foods. This is part of the manic American fixation to control the worlds food and fresh water.
China and some other Eastern Bloc players also chimed in but interestingly, NOT RUSSIA.
Meat products, even steaks (chemically treated and glued), and chicken breasts are not as believed with the a...
Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) April 17, 2018 3:46pm
MANILA, Philippines Critics of the government slammed the detention of two foreigners who were nabbed by immigration officials, saying it raises questions about what the government is trying to conceal.
The Liberal Party stressed that the incidents involving rights and land reform advocate Patricia Sister Pat Fox and Party of European Socialists official Giacomo Filibeck debunk the claim of the current government that it has nothing to hide.
The emerging trend on crackdown against foreign activists in the country is alarming as exhibited by the harassment and casual arrests of the two human right advocates who were not even in protest activities or rallies when taken into custody, LP, the erstwhile ruling party said.
Karapatan also stressed that the illegal arrest of Fox and other cases of threats and harassment against delegates of fact-finding missions in the Philippines are clear signs that President Rodrigo Duterte is guilty as hell of rights violations.
If indeed Duterte is as innocent as his sycophants say, there would be no reason for blocking any form of independent inquiries into the cases of extrajudicial killings and other rights violations against peasants and other poor sectors in the Philippines, Karapatan said.
Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.
Groups condemned her arrest and detention, saying it lacks due process and respect for her rights as a church person.
The arrest of the 71-year old Australian lay missionary came only a day after BI deported Filibeck....
By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin
The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.
The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.
Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.
Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.
However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.
Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.
Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its pr...
Tornado, massive hail storm and flooding in Algeria, gigantic waves Lake Superior USA freezes the shoreline, Arctic temperatures recover to the 1958-2002 baseline, Antarctic sea ice recovers and Australia flips from record heat to cold.
Seven million Australians live in rural and remote Australia. There are also 1,000 remote communities, the majority with few or no services. Australians living rural and remote have shorter lives, with more than half of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in the remote not living past a half century of years. Remote living Australians have 
The late Dr. James E McDonald visited the former USAF's Project Blue Book on a number of occasions and gathered together a collection of sightings, which interested him. I published a blog back in February 2017, about this aspect of his UAP work. As one of my 2018 projects, I am revisiting my earlier work on these selected Blue Book files.
This blog post concerns one of the cases McDonald saw some value in, namely an observation by a weather observer, at a place called Pueblo, Colorado in the USA, which is near Colorado Springs.
Why bother re-examining these old cases? Well, they generally provide me with data based observations, as opposed to sightings mentioned on Face Book pages, which provide hardly any data points. Secondly, it is always good to revisit/reanalyse cases, to see if a potential mundane explanation has been missed.
At 10:46am Mountain Standard Time (1746UTC), on 14 June 1958, a Pueblo, Colorado [latitude 38.28 deg N; longitude 104.6 deg W], airport weather observer, Orville R. Foster, aged 51 years, was observing a pilot balloon through a theodolite. He noticed an object enter the field of view at elevation 24.2 degrees,and azimuth 67 degrees (ENE.) He tracked the object across the northern sky (maximum elevation estimated as 50 degrees) on into the SW sky. Here he lost it in atmospheric haze at elevation 8.1 degrees, azimuth 237.2 degrees. The duration of the event was between 4-6 minutes.
|The path of the object across the sky|
Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly more common and also more severe" in the region. It was unclear why the ulcer, typically found in tropical areas, had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria, he said.
There have been millions of casualties as a result of the catastrophes in Syria, with a half million dead, with millions of refugees, with collective human consciousness diminished and reduced to the aberrant. It is said that no lie lives forever but some do while the majority of lies outlive generations. The ability to discover 
In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.
EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings late Monday (April 16) challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.
EDO NSW CEO David Morris said, The decision-maker in this case was required by law to consider the public interest in approving the project. In 2018, we say that requires them to turn their mind to the impacts decisions of today will have on future generations, and also to consider what we dont yet know by applying the precautionary principle.
Our client will argue that the PAC, when considering the Wallarah 2 project, considered neither and in doing so acted unlawfully, rendering the approval of this large coal project invalid, he said.
Wallarah 2 will make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions 264+ million tonnes of CO2 over the 28-year life of the mine. The PAC chose not to take into account emissions from the burning of coal mined at Wallarah 2. Our client will argue that the law, correctly applied, mandates a consideration of those impacts.
This type of legal action is at the very heart of our democracy, Mr Morris stated, aiming to ensure that our elected officials and their delegates follow the law.
Were arguing that the law in this case wasnt followed with respect to climate change impacts and the ESD principle of intergenerational equity. This case is by its very nature climate change litigation and were seeing more and more of that in Australia.
The science is unequivocal: continuing to approve coal mines in NSW absent some other major change threatens the goal of avoiding dangerous climate change under the Paris Agreement, he said.
The Wallarah 2 case
There is something sinister about Vernicas assertion that the film is based on reality. It seems it was inspired by events that occurred in Madrid in 1991 its major claim to truth is that it uses an actual police report from the incident, in which an officer reports something to the effect that inexplicable phenomena occurred at the house where events occurred. Apparently, residents of the house were equally convinced of the supernatural.
April 17, 2018: In a communication to other WTO members on April 12, the US government has outlined its seven areas for a possible WTO work program on e-commerce.
Despite the recent scandals with Facebooks mass cross-border data theft and numerous fake accounts, the US position insists on the free free exchange of cross-border data, prevents data localization and prohibits web blocking. This deregulatory push flies in the face of calls for effective regulation.
Mark Zuckerberg himself agreed in Congressional hearings to greater regulation and genuine penalties for failing to protect user data and for fake news, one example being an Honest Ads Bill.
The US also wants future rules on e-commerce to address several areas highlighted in its recently concluded Section 301 investigation into Chinese trade practices. To protect proprietary information, the US says new rules should protect source code, bar forced technology transfers and prohibit discriminatory technology requirements. These provisions enhance monopoly and slow digital technology development.
On the issue of customs duties on e-commerce, WTO Members have agreed to renew a moratorium on e-commerce duties at every WTO ministerial since 1998.
The US and 76 other WTO members committed at the Buenos Aires ministerial last December to initiate exploratory work together toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce. There is no consensus among WTO members on launching e-commerce negotiations, but Australia has chaired the first informal meeting of this coalition of the willing to consider the US and other proposals.
There are many, many very good people in DoCS who do a job that is soul destroying, so I hate to tar the entire department with the same brush. The following story is revealed by a DoCS worker disgusted with the corrupt senior management, a victim of bullying from DoCS senior Banshees such as Paula Giles.
Commendable DoCS workers who speak out deserve a medal, but instead are dismissed leaving the way clear for unethical staff prepared to sacrifice families for their immoral thirst for power or personal biases and prejudices over innocent families misfortunate enough to experience the terrifying presence of these merciless government mercenaries encroaching upon their family home which was once a sanctuary.
DoCS managers who bully their staff deserve to be prosecuted. Instead they hide behind their powerful positions, telling lies to hide the disgusting truth.
People like Paula Giles will never step aside to let decent minded managers take over as it will reveal the abominations they have easily enacted upon the families they terrorise, keeping the truth about their victims hidden... up until now, with her position of unquestionable power.
Paula Giles answers to no one, she has no accountablity, and exudes arrogance, with the knowledge she is one of the untouchable banshees running DoCS.
She also worked at the Caboolture DOCS office, and in the far north qld docs office, Mackay docs office, currently working her evil from qld DoCS. This woman is a senior DoCS manager, and hates men.
This woman removed a 13 yo child who had been with the same foster parents sin...
MELBOURNE, AAP Cardinal George Pells legal team and the prosecution are due to appear before a Melbourne court for legal arguments about whether Australias most senior Catholic will stand trial on historical sex offence charges.
Pell, 76, has been excused from attending Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when the defence and prosecution return for legal arguments following a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March.
During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, with high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC accusing police of having tunnel vision and running a get Pell operation.
The investigation, code named Operation Tethering, began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.
Pell was charged some four years later with historical sex offences involving multiple complainants, who gave evidence before a closed court at the committal hearing, as required by law in sex offence cases.
Pell denies all the charges.
Its unclear when magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether Pell will stand trial.
The defence and prosecution have already made written submissions about the case ahead of Tuesdays hearing.
1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.
1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.
1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.
1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.
1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.
1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...
After the U.S. launched limited airstrikes on Friday against Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that the U.S. will maintain its illegal presence in Syria until U.S. goals in the area are fulfilled, opening the door for the U.S. occupation to continue indefinitely.
While the U.S. military presence in Syria has been ongoing since 2015 justified as a means of countering Daesh (ISIS) U.S. troops have since turned into an occupying force with their failure to pull out following Daeshs defeat in north-eastern Syria. Currently, the U.S. occupies nearly a third of Syrian territory around 30 percent including much of the area east of the Euphrates River, encompassing large swaths of the Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah and Raqqa regions.
Though the U.S. currently has between 2,000 to 4,000 troops stationed in Syria, it announced the training of a 30,000-person-strong border force composed of U.S.-allied Kurds and Arabs in the area, which would be used to prevent north-eastern Syria from coming under the control of Syrias legitimate government. Though it backtracked somewhat after backlash from Turkey, the U.S. has continued to train local forces in the area. Russian military sources have asserted that former members of Daesh who were allowed to leave cities attacked by the U.S. and their proxies, as was the case in battle for Raqqa are to be included among the forces ranks.
This, along with the U.S. governments insistence on maintaining the occupation until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power, shows that the U.S. government has no intention of permitting the reunification of Syria and will continue to occupy the region over the long term.
In this era of data manipulation and concerns over the accuracy of information, a flawless verification mechanism is invaluable and this is where Factom comes in. What is Factom? Factom is a platform built on top of blockchain networks such as 
There is no denying that in the past couple of years bitcoin, and the cryptocurrency market in general, has attained critical mass. Consequently, communities dedicated to digital currency-related discussion on social media multiplied several times, as is the case with 
This morning, warmongers awoke to some great news: Raytheon stock shares surged to an all-time high following Friday nights tomahawk missile strikes on Syria.
This shouldnt come as a shock. As the U.S. leads the world in military spending - $727 billion or 67% of our federal budget - with rich countries like Australia, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain following suit, the world has opted-in to $1.68 trillion to be spent on war annually. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation this year. And despite international efforts towards a nuclear treaty ban, the Great Powers are continuing their research and development of nuclear weapons, and coupled with hasty threats of nuclear war, we are seeing the ever-increasing likelihood of global catastrophe.
And whats worse? Our tax dollars pay for militarism. That's why, in partnership with NWTRCC, we produce the Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, a political education resource we use to break down the bloated military budget. It's part of our commitment to antimilitarism and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GDAMS), an international campaign of peace and justice organizations committed to demilitarization and disarmament across the world.
This year, GDAMS has a rather small ask: a reduction in global military spending by just 10%....
On 14 August 1995 - the same day Nick Styant Browne interviewed GILLARD, her last day working as a lawyer for the firm - this search was made of the firm's LOCUS file management system. It shows 3 files related to Ralph Blewitt's property purchase. When BLEWITT's lawyers requested his...
A second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown on Monday just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area. Jason Longrass was bitten by a shark just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, a father of two from Margaret River, was attacked by a great white at Cobblestones surf break. Channel 9 reporter Michael Stamp told 6PR a the 41-year-old Denmark man was mauled at Lefthanders break about 2.40pm, just two kilometres south of the first attack. Mr Longrass said he had not realised the beach was closed, and said he saw a four-metre white pointer coming towards him. Paramedics were treating him at the beach for reported minor leg injuries.
Even a small cult can be incredibly profitable. Theres this freaky alternative medicine quack in Australia who runs a scam called Universal Medicine his specialties are esoteric breast massage, esoteric ovary massage, and connective tissue therapy. My first objection has to be that he doesnt understand what esoteric means.
The esoteric principle is that we are love innately and, unchangeably. The principles of the esoteric way of life date back to the oldest forms of knowledge and wisdom. Whilst ancient in their heritage, the principles of the esoteric life in human form have not out-dated themselves in relation to what is required of mankind to live in harmony and thus arrest any wayward conduct that does not build brotherhood within and amongst our communities everywhere.
The esoteric means that which comes from our inner-most. It is the livingness of love that we all carry equally deep within and it is this livingness that restores each and every individual back into the rhythms of their inner-harmony and thus from there, the love is lived with all others.
You want to know more? Heres a short documentary on Serge Benhayon, the guy who founded it. Hes a bankrupted ex-tennis coach with no medical degree, not even the slightest training, and he came up with the idea for his therapy while sitting on the toilet. But hes also the reincarnated spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, so you can trust him. Right.
Hes raking in $2 million a year, and he has 700 followers. Ive got more followers than that! You slackers have not been sending me a sufficient fraction of your income. All you have to do is go to my donation page and type in the amount of $3000 and click send, and if 700 of you do that, Ill have made somewhat more than Serge Benhayon. Even better, unlike Serge, I promise not to fondle your breasts and groin or stick you with acupuncture needles.
Ick. That sounds like a threat. Even if you dont send me any money, I promise not to do that. I think I just realized why Im not getting rich. Im not extortionate enough.
Anyway, one of his many laughable comments in that video is this one:
I cant be brainwashing intelligent people and educated people.
Ha. Intelligent and educated people are just as easy to fool as anyone else. You just need the right hook, and you can sucker em right in. (Damn, again just realized another reason...
Australian federal authorities have pinned multiple charges on a 32-year-old Brisbane woman for purchasing illicit drugs from the United Kingdom, using bitcoin. People shouldnt assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies warned Australian Border Force (ABF) Queensland regional commander Terry Price while announcing details of a joint-investigation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP)
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By James ONeill*
The 4 of April 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The media coverage in Australia followed the same pattern that has been observed in the previous anniversaries. Tribute was paid t...
Below is an article in ABC Australia on-line about Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015.
It is anticipated that Brian Houston of Hillsong Church will be ready for Hillsong Church to come out in March next years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and will lead the Hillsong float.
Darlene Zschech may sing for gay Sydney as she sang so gloriously for Pope Francis the head of the greatest gay church on the planet the Roman Catholic Church, which is also the greatest pedophilia church on the planet.
Ive embellished the gayness of the ABC Australian article and its gay pictures by adding a series of Hillsong gay pictures in the later part of this article.
In the ABC Australia article my comments are made after each photograph and the photographs comments by the ABC journalist.
A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.
A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.
The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the citys southern suburbs.
Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as highly suspicious.
How dare anyone if they are deliberately involved in lighting fires endanger our firefighters and also [put] all these communities in harms way, said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
The bushfire forced some locals to evacuate their homes on the weekend, while others were told it was too dangerous to leave.
Recent weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot, with strong winds fanning bushfires.Image copyrightEPAImage caption
Authorities said wind speeds were not as severe on Monday, making it easier to battle the blaze.
Mr Fitzsimmons said flames travelled right up to the back fences of houses, but no properties had been lost.
While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant, he said.
There is a lot of work still to be done today and maybe into tonight before we can call the fire contained.
During the periods of 2015-2016 I was in a domestic violent
relationship with my then partner who controlled all my finances
and put me in a lot of debt over the 18 months I was with him.
I contacted centrelink in 2016 about the DVO I had placed against him as well as them providing me with a crisis payment.
Today, in 2018 I have received a letter claiming I owe them 10k
during that period.
They are fully aware of my circumstances and when I tried to bring this up with the compliance officer he said he wasn't trained to "handle this type of circumstance and to call a social worker when I recieved the debt letter"
US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law By James ONeill, On 13 April 2018 the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out military strikes against Syrian government positions. This was claimed by the United States Government and its allies, including Australia, to be in response to the use of chemical weapons by 
By Dr. Mercola
If you should visit the markets across the African continent, youd find an interesting looking fruit harvested from the baobab tree (pronounced bay-oh-bahb, emphasizing the first syllable) has earned not just popularity in its native regions but superfood status worldwide. A member of the silk-cotton family (Adansonia digitata), the baobab tree typically reaches as high as 90 feet and 60 feet wide, with a broad trunk.
Merriam-Webster dictionary1 notes that its native to Africa and bears an edible, acidic, hanging fruit resembling a gourd and weighing about 3 pounds. Madagascar, the Middle East and Australia have trees related to the baobab, and theyre all incredibly resilient and long-lived, surviving up to 500 years. The bark has been (and still is) used to make cloth, rope, clothing and paper, but every part of the baobab tree has been utilized. The fruit has also been used as a natural preservative, according to Medical News Today.2
This is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch after baking in the sun for six months. Then, the large, brittle, teardrop-shaped baobab fruits (or shells) are wild-harvested in a process that involves splitting them open with a hammer or large knife to reveal a dry, cream-colored pulp surrounded by (but separated from) the seeds, which sound like a rattle when theyre ready for harvest. Pounding the pulp into a fine powder using pestles and mortars is the final step of a rather labor-intensive process.
According to The Guardian, baobab fruit contains high levels ofantioxidants, potassium and phosphorus, along with high levels of vitamin C, calcium and fiber.3 Besides commodity marketing in areas of gin and beauty products, baobab fruit, described as having a sherbet-like taste, has been diversified to make baobab yogurt, salads, smoothies, cereals, granola bars and butter, the latter being used for things like pan-frying wild-caught Alaskan salmon and flavoring baobab popcorn.
However, for manufacturing purposes, the powdered pulp is often packaged and transported to grocery stores and outlets all over the world. Some are sterilized and otherwise processed, but you may be able to find the raw, natural powder in some supermarkets.
As the source of traditional medicine, the leaves an...
BRISBANE, AAP Putting non-Indigenous Australians under the microscope could be key to closing the gap and cutting out racial discrimination, a Queensland researcher says.
As part of her PhD James Cook Universitys Dr Lorraine Muller interviewed non-Indigenous Australians to understand how their values and beliefs differ from Indigenous Australians.
Theyve never had to explain their culture. We have to explain our culture, but no one ever bothers explaining non-Indigenous culture, Dr Muller told AAP.
Dr Muller interviewed senior health professionals, public servants and academics on their understanding of respect, gender roles, spirituality and time, and gave examples of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people perceive these ideas.
On respect, she found non-Indigenous people view it as something that is earnt and commodified whereas Indigenous Australians see it as something everyone should receive.
Respect is often linked to money, power and social strata and Indigenous people are the lowest on the social scale, Dr Muller said.
She said these differences in beliefs can underpin behaviour including accidental racial stereotyping, particularly in healthcare.
She cited a doctor dismissing an Indigenous Australians health problems as alcohol-related despite the patient not drinking.
In that particular case, if the patient had taken offence and walked out of the doctors surgery, the consequences could have been fatal, health-wise, Dr Muller said.
She said the doctor was shocked by how instant his reaction had been to the wrong conclusion.
He knew immediately that his comment was triggered by deeply embedded cultural differences. And he didnt like it. Im sure he never did it again.
She hopes her work will help non-Indigenous people better understand themselves and their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Theres an ulcer that hasnt been healed in Australian culture, Dr Muller said.
People have a f...
This has had the same effect on me as everyone else.
I was originally told I owe over $10,000 before they reduced that to the current total of $3592.87, which I still can't believe to be correct.
I am still studying now and living on a paltry salary.
This is seriously going to affect the rest of my year in a negative manner and could potentially cause problems with my Master's degree.
Not to mention... I am not the type of person to run from
I have always paid back credit cards, I have...
I have read of cases from overseas where individuals have claimed to have used a gun to fire at UAP. However, until today, I had never come across such a reported occurrence here in Australia.
I was browsing through a global collection of data, compiled by US researcher Michael Swords and located an Australian sighting, sent to the USA, by the Australian Centre for UFO Studies.
|Part of the report form|
|Part of the investigation report|
If Russia and China do not take steps to defeat the US before Washington forces nuclear war on the world, we are all doomed. The American people are denied information, are uninformed, and helpless. The same is true for Europe and Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan. Even if the peoples knew, they are impotent.
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The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) led Change the Rule campaign is necessary, if the decline in the reward for and quality of work is going to be arrested and turned around.
While it concerns work, the right to belong to a trade union and exercise the right to pursue collective interests, it is also about how we want Australia to operate as a society.
The campaign should be supported for both reasons.
And it captures the mood of the times. Anger over the cumulative restrictions that are leaving most people worse off and with fewer rights is growing.
This could prove to be an historical opportunity. Organising by the ACTU, the advertising campaign, delegates mass meetings and plans for big marches around Australia, lay a very good foundation to build a movement for change. What is going to take place over the next few weeks is part of an ongoing effort.
Victory can be won. The Turnbull government is already looking terminal and it can be pushed over. This is the immediate focus, and rightly so. For this reason, the ACTU and unions are sighting the election due next year. It is an obvious strategy.
This government does not have the legitimacy to speak for most of us. It exists to serve privilege and the interests of big business only. In doing so, it has been screwing the rest of us and selling our future down the drain. It must go.
But if experience should have taught us just one lesson, it is that we should not leave it at this. What happens after the election is just as important.
The biggest mistake of the WorkChoices campaign during John Howards time was that the organisational structure built to win it, was undone after Howard as thrown from office, and it allowed the creep back of a significant part of WorkChoices. The strength was an organised union/community alliance that brought a huge number of Australians into united and ongoing action. Its absence meant that the grass roots movement was disempowered, and the barrier towards returning to WorkChoices removed.
A movement like this is needed again, and it is up to all of us to make it a reality.
A rotten law must go. But replacing this with another one is not enough.Improvement needs action. Building a movement through the Change the Rules campaign, must be a vehicle to make Australia a more democratic place.
There is considerable support for raising the demand for the right to strike to be legislated. While this would also be a considerable advance that deserves support, it will still only be as good as it is able to be implemented. The right to strike has never existed in Australia. Although this makes industrial action more difficult, it does not illuminate it, when the dete...
SYDNEY, AAP Exhausted firefighters are facing another challenging and difficult day battling a bushfire, believed to have been deliberately lit, that is still burning out of control south of Sydney.
The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.
More than 500 firefighters faced walls of fire, fanned by 70 km/h wind gusts on the citys southern fringe on Sunday and through the night.
It is still an active fire ground but we are not seeing the sort of weather extremes, particularly with the wind that we saw yesterday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney on Monday.
Heathcote Road remains closed on Monday in both directions from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy.
About 250 firefighters are still working to halt the fire while a fleet of 15 aircraft will water-bomb the dynamic firefront, Mr Fitzsimmons said.
Fire chiefs have ordered crews to backburn in an effort to contain the blaze while simultaneously stopping the fire from advancing toward properties.
Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.
Its certainly not the reprieve were looking for, Mr Fitzsimmons said.
Its still going to be challenging, its still going to be difficult.
A strike force has been established to investigate the blaze which is believed to have started in Wattle Grove.
So far no homes have been lost though there has been some property damage, Mr Fitzsimmons said.
He said it was extraordinary that the only reported losses had been fences, cubby houses and garden sheds.
I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is thats the loss we are talking about rather than peoples homes being badly damaged or destroyed, he said.
Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:
Das mit dem BZ ist ein claim den man innerhalb von Minuten als haltlos wegsortieren kann. Kurz ein paar Fakten, vielleicht magst Du die publizieren, dann kann sich jeder selbst ein Urteil bilden.
BZ ist in der Tat ein militrischer Kampfstoff, wurde in den 50ern im Edgewood Arsenal des US Militrs entwickelt und dort auch in den Vorluferprogrammen zu MK Ultra an Rekruten und Strafgefangenen getestet. Das klingt fies, war fies, hat aber den Vorteil das wir darber heute eine ganze Menge wissen. "Moment, MK Ultra sagt der gebildete Leser jetzt, da haben die doch nicht Nervengifte getestet sondern LSD und so'n Zeug" und zwar vollkommen zu Recht.
BZ ist kein Nervengift, sondern ein Psychokampfstoff. Sinn und Zweck war nicht das Ableben der Zielpersonen, sondern die kurzfristige Aussergefechtsetzung. Das kann BZ auch recht gut, zumal das Dosisfenster breit ist, eine lethale berdosis tritt erst ab der ca 40fachen berdosierung ein (geschtzt bzw aus Tierversuchen extrapoliert, was auf dasselbe rauskommt). Die postulierte Todesart wre wohl Versagen der Thermoregulation (hyperthermia), man war auch in Edgewood nie abartig genug das herauszufinden.
Und wenn man sich jetzt ein paar Dokumente ber BZ anguckt merkt man das da was nicht stimmen kann. In der Tat ist die bentigte Dosierung sehr gering, Schwellendosis die man gerade so merkt betrgt 0,5g pro Kilogramm. Aber der "peak", also die strkste Phase der Intoxikation nach Aufnahme tritt bereits nach 8h ein. Es wirkt lange fr einen Psychokampfstoff, aber trotzdem ist man selbst bei einer satten Dosis nach 48-72h nach der Aufnahme wieder auf dem Weg in die Normalitt, und nach 5-7 Tagen wieder ganz der Alte. Die Wirkungen gehen im normalen Dosisbereich eher in den psychischen Bereich (optische und akustische Halluzinationen, Verwirrung, "mad as a hatter") und erst im hheren Dosisspektrum wirkt die Substanz deliris. Physiologisch spielt das Zeug primr am kardiovaskulren Regelkreis (Blutdruck, Puls) und spter wie gesagt an der Thermoregulation.
Die Skripals wren also entweder wegen absoluter berdosierung sptestens am Folgetag nach der Aufnahme verstorben oder nach etwa einer Woche oder 10 Tagen wieder fit gewesen. Die beiden (und der britische Cop) wurden am 4. Mrz aufgefunden und zwei der Opfer befinden sich jetzt immer noch in Behandlung. Das passt nicht zusammen.
Ich bin weder NATO-Fanboy noch RT/Sputnik-Jnger, fr mich ist der Angriff auf Syrien durch USA/UK/FR eine Farce, zumindest von Seiten der USA und des UK vielmehr ein Ablenkungsversuch von heimischen Skandalen und eine gefhrliche Eskalation des Konflikts.
Aber das was die Russen da verbreiten ist einfach ganz billiges FUD, und das widerliche ist das die sich nicht mal ETWAS Mhe gegeben haben. Law...
The hype over the bombing of Syria has one major flaw. It was not a response to the Syrian governments use of chemical weapons. The allegation was worked in as a faint, to cover up that the real purpose. The missile strikes are a continuation of the ongoing support for the continuation of a war that has already cost half a million lives so far and created five million refugees.
No one should use chemical weapons under any circumstances, and if they do, they should be held to account. But this is something entirely different from carrying out raids based on an allegation, which has not been properly investigated and the real facts revealed. It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. This is no exception. Almost all western media has gone along and censored anything that suggests other than the official line handed down.
Moves to set up an international inspection team have been thwarted. Syrian government facilities can be checked out. The offer has already been made. Western backed anti-government groups should be investigated as well, give that some of them have in the past been implicated in using this type of weapon. Leaders of the countries that dropped the bombs have made it clear that they do not want an investigation. Why is this?
After failing to get support from the United Nations, the three countries violated international law and took matters into their own hands. It is likely they even violated their own law as well. This is not the first time. American president George W Bush and British prime minister did this to start the Iraq war. So did Australias John Howard.
Arguably, without supporting certain groups, and the key ones with fire power on the ground have been associated with Islamic State and al Qaeda, there would not have been the terrible toll. But saving peoples lives seem to be far less important than the strategic goals of the western powers.
That the bombing raids were carried out by the United Kingdom and France is no accident. Both are former colonial powers with interests in the region, seeking to retain an influence. They have been involved in Syria for a long time. The participation of the United states is no surprise either. Washington has had a major hand in the war since day one.
even if by any chance the bombing had really been motivated by the use of chemical weapons, attacking a facility in or near a heavily populated place is a crimi9nasl act in itself. There is no way of ensuring that the poison will not escape to kill and injure civilians within range.
And provoking of a confrontation with Russia is extremely dangerous, and risks plunging the world into conflict, especially when there are those who seem to be angling for a new global cold war.
Its dark outside, and Ive found myself bent over a toilet seat with a hand on my bum and a foot in my face. Grunting softly, my companion pushes harder on my exposed posterior the Band-Aid just wont stay put. Meanwhile, our other accomplice is gingerly bandaging up her ankle, inspecting for any signs of ink peeping out from the sides.
Our mission? Cover six tattoos using just four Band-Aids (impossible, just in case you were wondering).
Our purpose? To bathe in a traditional Japanese onsen.
Onsen are public bathhouses that source their water from natural hot springs, and are said to improve cardiac health and clear the skin; however, many people simply visit for some good old R&R. Public bathhouses that use heated tap water are called sento, and although generally not as luxurious, they are pretty much indistinguishable from onsen to the untrained Western eye. Whether you plan on visiting an onsen or a sento, you will likely run into the same problem if you have tattoos.
Tattoos in Japan are taboo due to their association with the Yakuza, Japans notorious organised crime gang. To paint a picture of how tough these guys are, many members are missing a pinky finger thanks to an initiation process somewhat akin to an extreme college hazing ritual. Naturally, many Japanese citizens are wary of the Yakuza and try to have as little to do with them as possible.
The Yakuzas association with tattoos came about in the days when tattooing in Japan was used as a form of punishment by law, both for the physical pain it inflicted and the shame it symbolised.
However, middle fingers held firmly to the law, the branded criminals began to reclaim their tattoos by transforming them into individual pieces with their own designs. This was the genesis of irezumi, or the full-back tattoo that many Yakuza members still sport today.
It is because of this tie between tattoos and Japans underworld that my friends and I found ourselves in hot water. Because interestingly, although the Yakuza is almost exclusively a mens only club, the nation-wide prejudice against tattoos also extends to women with ink. Despite wanting to experience bathing in a natural hot spring at the base of Mount Fuji in the nude, we didnt want to be those baka gaijin (stupid foreigners) disrespecting local customs by strutting in with our inked-up skin. So we continued to tear Band-Aids in half with our teeth and even contemplated drawing blood with the onsen restaurants complime...
Ive never been very good at following traditions. I dont have any annual family meetups, Saturdays are almost never for the boys and I cant even dedicate myself solely to one coffee shop. So when I travel and I see all these people buying a pin in every country they go to, or religiously tracking the stamps in their passports or even just knowing the exact number of countries theyve stepped foot in, I find it really hard to relate.
There is, however, one thing I do every time I visit a new country, but it has nothing to do with tokenising my travels and everything to do with my dead grandmother.
See, Im not religious. I was raised a Catholic, but pretty much as soon as said grandmother died, the whole family stopped pretending like it was something that mattered to us. We dont even do the religious holidays anymore, which Im not that sad about, because Easter is no fun when youre lactose intolerant and Christmas is just downright hell when you work in retail. But every time I travel, some part of me (the Holy Spirit perhaps?) drives me into a church for the one tradition I have yet to forgo.
My grandmother died when I was four, and even though I remember very little about her, she and I were apparently very close. She was a tough lady who loved her family, her cockatoo and her scotch with cheese and bikkies while Wheel of Fortune was on. She was a scripture teacher and a devout Catholic. As Ive grown up, members of the family have told me various things about her, including that she would definitely not be down with me being gay (but she loved me then, so she would love me now, in my opinion), that I inherited my aptitude for cake decorating from her and that she wouldve loved to have travelled.
Now, the 70s and 80s were a different time: leisurely travel was nowhere near as common and even if it was, they did their best with the money they had. Gran wouldve been content with a trip to Queensland, but sadly travel just wasnt an option for her as it is for us now, and I always remind myself how lucky I am to be able to travel and to see the world when so many still cant.
So maybe it is this, or perhaps my ever-present guilt that I dont remember her, or maybe just the tiny piece of Catholic left in me that drives me into a church in every new country I visit to light a candle for Gran. In my mind, every time I do so, she is there with me and its another country ticked off her bucket list, as it is mine.
When I started travelling with friends, I had not prepared for having to explain why I, an atheist, wanted to vi...
1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak
about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known
Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.
1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.
1819 - Thomas Ray , John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.
1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.
1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.
1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.
1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.
1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.
1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.
1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.
1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy Feet...as this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and there...here being Alice Springs and there being Perth.
1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876? Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...
A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.
Called the Sarco, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.
The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die, said Nitschke, who has been dubbed Dr Death for his work to legalise euthanasia.
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Dozens of academics at the University of Sydney have declared their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported The Australian. According to the paper, the move comes as a response to the lethal crackdown by Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. The Australian notes that signatories to the BDS pledge say they "will not attend conferences sponsored by Israeli universities, participate in academic exchange schemes, or otherwise collaborate professionally with Israeli universities until the stated goals have been fulfilled." The BDS campaign, describes the paper, is an international movement "inspired by the success of boycotts in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa". Nick Riemer, a senior lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney and a member of its BDS group, "said the response from fellow academics was encouraging" and expressed his hope that the pledge would spread to other Australian universities. "People are already talking at Melbourne about the possibility of something like this," he said. According to the Sydney BDS website, some 40 academics have currently endorsed the pledge.
Australia has taken the lead when it comes to cryptocurrency regulation, and has done so with many positive and balanced intentions #ANALYSIS
Shes young, pretty and bored.
She fake tans and applies makeup. Cleans her room and makes her bed. She changes out of her brothers old T-shirt she wears as pyjamas and into a new dress, clicking away at the iPhone screen.
She slides back into the daggy tee, swipes through 284 photos, marks her favourites and begins the editing process. A handful of filters make her teeth whiter and others her skin darker. Once the images have endured multiple different editing apps, shell decide which makes the cut.
Hours have passed. When her 7:30pm primetime alarm goes off, she jumps on Pinterest in search of an inspirational quote, but it gets too hard, so she decides on Day with the girls as her caption.
Validation in the form of likes begins to roll in, each comment boosting her self-esteem like nothing else in her life can.
Reality is, the majority of society will visit that waterfall, buy that eyeshadow pallet or order that smoothie bowl because theyve seen it glorified across Instagram by someone whos probably paid to do it.
On many occasions, Ive found myself forgetting to enjoy whatever I am taking a photo of.
Im out to breakfast with my friend. The food is served, but not eaten for 10 minutes. Within that time, the sugar bowl and small flower vase have been aesthetically positioned with our aai and Buddha bowls. Standing on our stools for high angle shots has caused a few unfriendly stares, but the mouth-watering snap story and cute Insta Boomerang was totally worth it.
Instagram has exploded in popularity within the past few years because its a way of social networking that connects peoples solely through visual elements. The app provides a powerful means by which to capture and sustain our attention.
Considering cafes, bars, stores and resorts will pay thousands for an influencer to po...
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