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Na DAS ist ja mal ein Schulterschluss: Seehofer demonstriert Einigkeit mit den Auslnder-Raus-Innenministern von sterreich und Italien. Italiens Innenminister Salvini, wir erinnern uns, lie sogar die eigene Kstenwache nicht in den Hafen einlaufen, weil sie aus Seenot gerettete Flchtlinge an Bord hatten. Und mit solchen Leuten stellt sich Seehofer hin und die bringen dann Sprche wie
"Wir werden aus dieser Kooperation der Willigen auch eine Kooperation der Ttigen machen."und
Und auch Seehofer wollte da nicht zurckstehen: "Das eint uns total. In Europa ist in der Migrationspolitik in den letzten Wochen einiges in Bewegung gekommen." Das habe mit den drei Lndern sterreich, Italien und Deutschland zu tun, erklrte er.Ja super!
Aber hey, vielleicht muss man das positiv sehen. Seehofer hat endlich jemanden gefunden, neben dem nicht er wie der schlimmste Nazi im Raum aussieht!
An Australian foreign exchange has revised its own contract terms to prohibit borrowers from using loans like mortgages to buy cryptocurrency. According a report by Australia Finance Review on Thursday, Bank of Queensland, that will be publicly traded on Australias stock market and one of the nations oldest retail banks, has supported the shift of the loan arrangements, which now state any loan purpose which involves the acquisition of usage of cryptocurrency is unacceptable. The move is the consequence of concerns over latest price volatility of the cryptocurrency marketplace, in addition to Australian authorities increasing scrutiny within the nascent distance, the report stated.
As previously mentioned by CoinDesk, Austrac, the nations financial intelligence agency, announced a brand new rule mandating know your client steps across crypto exchanges in Apr of this year. The Australia Taxation Office has also been seeking public opinions on how exactly should best tax gains made from cryptocurrency trading. Bank of Queenslands decision comes as many other creditors in Australia are discouraging borrowers from using real estate mortgages to create high risk investments. Citing an anonymous broker in the market, the report stated lenders within the country are monitoring borrowers accounts for signals funds are being used to trade or buy cryptocurrencies.
Theyre concerned since the Australian Tax Office, the Treasury, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Austrac are running all over it, the agent was quoted as stating. More broadly, major banks internationally like JP Morgan Chase, Citi and Bank of America have lately moved to prohibit users from using credit lines to buy cryptocurrency over worries that a volatile marketplace could depart borrowers struggling to repay their debts. Contract signing picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards, using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee. (Link to cideo clip attached.) Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and(...)
The Australian retail bank has revised its loan agreements to prohibit borrowers from using mortgages to purchase cryptocurrency.
In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine
By Brendan D Murphy
A self-healing revolution is upon us and it turns the standard Western healing model on its head, putting the patient back in the drivers seat, not only making them an active participant in their own healing, but moving beyond the band-aid solutions that pervade mainstream psychiatry and psychology.
The current paradigm shift presupposes that, with the right approach, just about anything can be healed or reversed, and that a pain- or drug-addled existence of managing symptoms and eking by is no longer the best option, nor a fait accompli.
This is the revolution that Big Pharma and institutional psychiatry hope you never hear about.
The emergence of energy psychology (EP), including methods such as EFT (emotional freedom techniques), TFT (thought field therapy), Psych-K, and Matrix Reimprinting (to name a few) means that, for millions of people suffering from phobias, self-limiting beliefs, or even major emotional and/or physical traumas, expensive and often ineffective traditional therapies can be eschewed (bypassed) in favour of more affordable (or free) and very often spectacularly successful new methodsthat can achieve better results in a fraction of the time.
Energy psychology describes a collection of novel psychological interventions that balance, restore, and enhance human functioning by stimulating the human subtle energy system, which includes the acupuncture meridian system, chakras, and nadis. These techniqueshave been observed to catalyze rapid, dramatic, and lasting changes in feelings, beliefs, mental states, and behaviors, as well as physiology and biochemistry. Thus, EP techniques involve stimulating energy, whether by tapping, touching, or intention.
EP therefore traces its roots not just to Chinese medicine and...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
About a month ago Gumshoe received an email from a person who signs his name Johan (Hans) Overbeeke, which I assume came from the real Hans Overbeeke. He wished that people like Mary would stop rambling on.
I didnt know I had rambled on about him. After a search, I found references to the name Overbeeke in four articles. All by the said Mary. In each case I was relying on Stewart Beatties deduction that Mr Overbeeke, father of two sons Benjamin and Warren, was at PA (Port Arthur) that day April 18, 1996 as part of ASIO, or some such.
I Apologize to the Overbeekes
I am glad to have been given the stimulus to communicate wit...
MANILA, Philippines The Philippines should encourage freedom of navigation and overflight operations in the South China Sea as these could strengthen the enforcement of the historic arbitral ruling, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Thursday.
Carpio explained that the operations enforced the core legal effect of the 2016 ruling of the United Nations-backed tribunal.
In effect, these operations enforce the core legal ramifications arising from the Award- that there are high seas in the South China Sea, and aroud these high seas are the exclusive economic zones belonging to the adjacent coastal states, including the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea, Carpio said in a forum organized by the Stratbase ADR Institute in Makati City.
The acting chief justice said that China would not be able to transform the South China Sea into its mare nostrum with these operations.
Carpio said that immediately after the release of the ruling naval powers such as the US, the UK, Australia, France, Canada, India and Japan conducted their naval and aerial operations in the region.
The tribunal in the Hague invalidated in 2016 Chinas expansive claim to the South China Sea, which was based on its so-called nine-dash line.
Former consulting giant exec has become the CEO of exchange bitcoin.com.au, plans to bring crypto investment products into areas like company pension plans
Though Bitcoins market price has been anything but inspiring of late, as it lingers at 70% below its all-time high, one wealthy Australian Bull still believes enough to put it up against Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway.
One of the land down unders leading Bookmakers, Tom Waterhouse, tweeted That a well-known crypto expert ( who is choosing to remain anonymous) has requested a bet that by 2023 one Bitcoin will exceed the price of one share in Berkshire Hathaway. This well-known expert is showing a very bullish disposition as the amount of the requested wager is $AU8.5 million, which if it pans out will pay off at $AU 1.2 billion.
Big Bet: Well known Crypto expert has just requested a bet of $8.5m AUD to win $1.2bn that a Bitcoin will exceed the price of a Berkshire Hathaway share (c.$280k) by 2023. Have put him in touch with large syndicate hope he can get set! pic.twitter.com/C20AHzH2k9
Tom Waterhouse (@tomwaterhouse) July 11, 2018
At the moment Bitcoin has a lot of catching up to do as Berkshire Hathaway currently trades at $288,481, over 45 times the amount of BTC. Waterhouse who recently moved on from his position as chief executive of CrownBet-owned William Hill Australia reportedly put the prospective gambler in touch with a large syndicate.
The outlandish wager may be emblematic of Australias enthusiasm for all things blockchain related, marked just last week by Huobi Global opening their Australian operation. Which took the occasion to launch ten fiat to crypto trading pairs in celebration.
The gambit could also be a potentially costly provocation of the famous Omaha based holding companys leaders. Both Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger have been openly vocal about their distrust and even disgust of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, even as they have confessed their combined ignorance about the technology that powers them.
Whatever reasons the secretive crypto expert has for...
Shanghai Stock Exchange, among the worlds biggest securities trading places by market capitalization, is eyeing the usage of dispersed ledger technology in the securities market. The SSE published a research paper on Tuesday, which examined the usage of DLT in a variety of phases of a security transaction, like the pre trading client registration, securities issuance and trading, and post trading settlement. It moved on to outline some key advantages of adopting DLT in Chinas fiscal infrastructure, like increasing the payoff efficiency by replacing the current T+1 model, under which a transaction can only be settled one business day after an order is executed.
As the worlds fourth biggest stock exchange with a market cap of $5.12 trillion as of December 2017, the SSE is a nonprofit organization directly administrated by the China Securities Regulatory Commission. With reference to existing work concentrated on the subject completed by its counterparts in other financial markets like Hong Kong and Australia, the SSE identified two possible areas in the report where DLT can be beneficial in China, saying: The overall worldwide consensus is that DLT will be a brand new revolution to the financial industry. The very first application use cases will be on the counter securities issuance and trading, as well as order book post trading settlement. .
That said, the research paper indicated that a possible deployment of DLT in the Chinese stock market may still face a string of regulatory hurdles, as its in conflict with the current centralized registration and settlement system. For example, the SSE currently uses a 3rd party middleman as a custodian and for settling post trading transactions, yet the usage of DLT could basically eliminate that system. To do this, the market needs a new legal framework issued by regulators and central government agencies. The author of the paper concludes: The regulation should adapt to evolving technology. We suggest regulators handle the subject of DLT as a vital study area moving ahead.
To be able to develop a strong regulatory framework for adopting the fiscal innovation. . Shanghai Stock Exchange picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
See how Chairman Mal holds the phone. The view from Chairman Mal's window. Chairman Mal's facial reactions. Invaluable insight into Chairman Mal's role in the rescue.
On 23/3/2018 I published a tweet concerning @drjoesDIYhealth, a speaker at this year's @GFNicotine. It was retweeted by @ProfGlantz, @BathTR and @andrea_ppm. I retract my comments and apologise to Dr Kosterich for the harm they caused. pic.twitter.com/WuhtBQQrYg Simon Chapman AO (@SimonChapman6) July 11, 2018
My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.
New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar:
The years roll by but the news from Afghanistan scarcely changes. From the dry hills in landlocked Asia we glimpse mad mullahs shooting their rifles into the air. We see Humvees straining up a mountain pass and wait for the ambush. Underneath the banner news rolls through: a suicide truck has blown up a dozen pedestrians in Kabul.
Few of the many disasters that our information screens send our way are as wearying as the scenes from this war, the one that 30 years ago was dubbed the forgotten war because sometimes, back then, it wasnt getting much air time. These days were all too likely to hear the inevitable soothing words that follow from the President, but whoever he is this time, no-one is listening.
On comes an American general. Just a few more troops, he assures us, and all will be well. Just a few more years and well deliver you a shiny new democracy. Be patient. Rome wasnt built in a day.But despite the assurances of the nation builders, peace in Afghanistan hasnt been built in centuries. The waste, the futility of it all has a cartoonish quality: the US Army as Homer Simpson; the jihadi as Jihadi. Boring. We flick the channel to the newest cooking show.
Its the lack of any of this tedium that makes Antony Loewensteins analysis so welcome. By steering clear from clich were allowed to see Afghanistan as the sort of place an open plain, not some dizzying crag that is not all that different from some parts of Loewensteins native Australia, perhaps, or America. He gets driven just an hour from the capital and talks to some quite normal locals. They were promised decent jobs and social development from a mine. It becomes clear that the foreign corporation never intended to make good on the deal, and that the Governments undertaking to hold the company to account was similarly fraudulent.
Back in Kabul Loewenstein seeks answers from the bureaucrats who oversee the mining industry, No, Mr X is unavailable; Mr Y is busy. Mr Z? No, it is not possible. Leave the building. In other words, standard obstruction, standard corruption....
This report finds a "substantial change" in the number of days Barnaby Joyce spent in Canberra during non-sitting days BMC (Before Ms Campion) compared to AMC (Anno Ms Campion). Mr Joyce spent 58 nights in Canberra in 2017 when Parliament wasn't sitting - compared to 12 nights in 2015 and...
Foreigners have been banned from working as interns for Australian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Senate said on Thursday, in a reform apparently aimed at blocking Chinese prying into Australian affairs.
The program placing young people in a much-prized position working for a federal legislator for a three-month stint had been open to all nationalities, as long as the applicant did not have a criminal record.
Internships at Parliament House are restricted to Australian citizens, said a spokesman for Senator Scott Ryan, president of the Senate, which oversaw the change.
The spokesman declined to comment on what prompted the alteration or if it was made to block Chinese interference.
Late last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused China of meddling in domestic affairs. China denied the accusation which led to a strain in ties between the important trading partners.
The Financial Times newspaper reported in September that a New Zealand citizen who had previously interned at an Australian parliamentary committee had links to a Chinese military spy school.
That report prompted a review of the intern system, which concluded standards should be bought in line with the rest of the government.
Chinese students had often applied to the program and many worked as interns over the years.
A spokeswoman for the Australian National University (ANU), which provides many of the interns, said it had been informed of the change in the eligibility rule late last year.
The change was only publicly disclosed some months later when the ANU amended the rules it posted on its website.
Last month, Australia passed legislation designed to prevent interference by foreign governments, a reform Turnbull said was needed to combat Chinese meddling.
Under the law, lobbyists for foreign countries will be required to register and they will be liable to criminal prosecution if they are deemed to be interfering in domestic affairs.
Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel
China ambassador urges Australia against bias and bigotry
A year ago, I wouldve said house prices were too high. And Id lament that I couldnt find an affordable place to buy.
But my outlook has changed.
Lately, property prices have fallen just enough to make a modest unit affordable.
I check out new properties frequently.
But I rarely get past the garage.
Before I even set foot inside a property, I measure the height of the car parking space. Unless it cracks that 2.4-metre mark, I turn and walk away.
Ive left dozens of puzzled real estate agents in my wake.
Look, my giant 4WD probably doesnt need its own house at night. But street parking for big cars is hard to come by. If I buy a unit with a shared driveway, its going to create problems for me and the neighbours.
Finding a new place has been a 12-month mission of mine.
The good news is that things are different a year on.
Around this time last year, one or two properties a month fell into my price range.
Nowadays, I can go to one inspection a week.
Its not because there are more properties on the market. In fact, the number of new homes for sale in Australia is down 28% in the past year.
But the properties I inspected last year that were out of my price range are now well within it.
While that may be good news for me, its a rather ominous confirmation that cracks are beginning to show in the Aussie housing market.
Four signs of a rickety housing sector
In Tuesday Daily Reckoning Australia, I reasoned that theres a mortgage debt reset coming our way as $400 billion worth of home loans move from interest-only to principal-and-interest repayments.
Turns out, thats just the start of the debt reset story.
Real estate website Domain claims that one-third of the 1834-year-olds cant refinance their homes due to falling property valuations.
Domain puts the blame for this squarely at the feet of property valuers, suggesting that they dont know how to how value properties during a market downturn.
Domain calls it the experience gap a younger generation of valuers being too conservative because property prices have dropped a few percentage points.
I disagree. In my view, assessments lowering the value of properties remove the hype that was partly responsible for driving up prices in the first place.
But there are other reasons to explain why Australias property market is rickety.....
Wood manages to turn a review of Kent MacCarters recently released collection California Sweet, published by Five Islands Press, into a jeremiad bemoaning an apparent crisis of opportunity instigated by his own experience of rejection from a nationally prominent, poetry-specific publishing house. Inauspicious, but it gets worse.
Even 18 months into his presidency, the world is still having trouble coming to grips with Donald Trump, the most unconventional president ever. Still, hes not a bad dream from which America will soon wake up, or a fool to be ridiculed. For someone the legion of critics say is...
Midday was drawing near as the air conditioning unit began to choke in the corner of the underground restaurant Id taken refuge from the heat in. The temperature outside in the city of Shiraz in Irans south-east was 45 degrees, and set to get even hotter.
The broken air conditioning was no problem for the 20 or so other diners whom, despite it being the holy month of Ramadan, were feasting on lamb, bread and dates while sipping away on orange juice and water. I paid my bill and passed a group of women, seated separately from the men, who had slightly lowered their hijabs in a casual manner. Flickers of their thick Persian hair was on show an unthinkable act in public.
Walking up the stairs and out of the restaurant, I thanked the manager who was vigilantly keeping watch on the street, protecting his patrons from the prying eyes of the secret police who enforce religious traditions of which he, and all his patrons were breaking as well as political dissent with a resolute iron fist. Unwilling to fight the scorching heat in my black jeans (hobos beware: shorts are not an option in Iran), I contacted a driver who I met the day before to take me out to Persepolis, a collection of 2500-year-old ruins.
The Australian Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and its surprisingly honest and informative.
The Australien Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and it's surprisingly honest and informative. Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT: https://dontfracktheterritory.lockthegate.org.au/frack_free_nt_petition Ways you can support us to keep making videos: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/TheJuiceMedia Tip us on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/thejuicemedia Shout-outs to our Patreon Producers: Neville Fryar, Brian J Saville, Dirk Kelly, IDontHaveTimeToWork, Amel Tresnjic, Waeress, Nicholas-B, Richelle-R, Anna Hathis, Rumpole c cat, Tom Mettam, Anon-H. Produced by Patrons of the Juice Media.
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CANBERRA, AAP A livestock export company linked to the disastrous Awassi Express voyage has had its licence suspended, leaving tens of thousands of sheep in limbo.
The federal Agriculture Department suspended Emanuel Exports licence last month after revelations of thousands of animal deaths in sweltering conditions.
Now its sister entity, EMS Rural Exports, is believed to have been denied a permit to ship sheep to the Middle East.
In a statement, the department said the company remains responsible for the sheep, which are in a feedlot, and that veterinarians have determined they are in good health and well-cared for.
EMS wanted to take about 45,000 sheep from Fremantle to Kuwait on the Al Shuwaikh, but will now face a full review following the suspension.
A separate smaller sheep shipment to the Middle East was expected to follow.
Animals Australia say theyre relieved by the decision after earlier threatening to stop the export with Federal Court action.
The possibility of these sheep being exported by an affiliate of suspended exporter Emanuel Exports, has had both the public and politicians shaking their heads in dismay and disbelief, Animals Australias Lyn White said.
Footage from the Emanuel Exports-chartered Awassi Express sparked outrage in April, after it showed thousands of sheep dead, dying and suffering in their own filth and extreme heat on their way to the Middle East.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud cited legal advice showing he had no powers to interfere in regulatory decisions other than closing down the entire live export industry.
Last time this happened was 2011, when Labor did so. The resulting lawsuit continues to this day and many farming families still struggle with the personal and mental cost of that decision, he said.
I will not make Labors mistake again.
Animal welfare activists and farmers clashed outside Emanuels office on Wednesday over sheep exports.
Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook said up to 66,000 sheep stranded in a feedlot had to go somewhere.
Your lackey IEatBabies claims spells dont work. But we both know otherwise. Thanks for training me with your secret knowledge- which is the definition of occult. What they think, feel, or believe is inconsequential. In the end we will all see for ourselves.
Melbournes popular not for profit restaurant Lentil As Anything has operated for years, based on using excess food that would otherwise be wasted, and charging customers only a voluntary donation, based on what they think the meal they have eaten is worth.
Lentil As Anything has now come up with another initiative, and that is, the opening last Sunday of a not for profit supermarket in Thornbury, an inner Melbourne suburb. It goes by the name of the Inconvenience Store.
Like the restaurant, it bases itself on the recycling of excess produce that would otherwise have gone to the tip as landfill. The stock is donated. Here too, customers only pay a donation, based on what they think the produce is worth.
This might be a small initiative, in the face of the 20 billion dollar problem in Australia, according to waste expert Karli Verghese, from RMIT University.
Its importance lies in that it is setting an example, to show that by people getting together and taking action, they can contribute to solving the problem. If they can do it, so can others.
This is especially important at a time when food security is a growing problem for many Australians. Food insecurity is when one is in a position where three meals a day can no longer be guaranteed.
The idea was to make a difference in the food waste crisis, project coordinator Astrid Ryan said.
We wanted to provide people access to nutritious fruit and vegetables.
When people are in financial crisis or difficult situations, its probably the thing they have least access to.
The food is free, at the Inconvenience Store.
Customers can stock their bags with food, ranging from fruit and vegetables to bread and some packaged items. People are just asked to make a donation to keep the store going and to consider volunteering some of their time to help.
Earthworker is establishing a network of worker-owned cooperatives committed to sustainable enterprise throughout Australia. They believe social and environmental exploitation are intertwined, and that the problems of climate change, job insecurity and growing inequality must be tackled simultaneously, through greater grassroots economic ownership.
They have already established Redgum, a worker owned cleaners co-operative in Melbourne, and are in the final stages of establishing the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative (formerly Eurekas Future).
We had a yarn with Katherine Cunningham from Earthworker. Find out more about Earthworker at earthworkercooperative.com.au/
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JAKARTA Oil palm plantations that adhere to the worlds leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found. The study carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions. To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPOs principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice. Not very well, as it turned out. No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated, the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies. [O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPOs] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability, the researchers concluded. Global demand for products like
Australia needs reliable, cheap energy. We've got coal, mines and railways to ship it - so what are we waiting for? What we don't need is feel-good, expensive, UN-friendly, trendy schemes to appease the climate-gods. Turnbull has as much chance of changing the global climate as he does changing global...
As tame as your Live Laugh Love tattoo may be at home, in the Land of the Rising Sun, skin ink has traditionally been associated with the Japanese gangsters known as the Yakuza. But obviously not everyone with tatts is into organised crime, and the government is starting to chill out about it too in the interests of social progress and tourism.
However, you will still find many sento (public bathhouses) and onsen (natural hot springs) that wont let you bathe in their fiery warmths if youre tattooed. Though you can cover up with band-aids and try to make a pass, its best for everyone involved if you just check out these tattoo-friendly joints instead (and less gross for the other bathers, who probably dont want to share bathwater with someone who looks like theyre covered in open wounds).
Entry for all sits at around 460 yen thanks to the Tokyo Sento Association (yes, such a thing exists), with a bit extra for a towel and shampoo if you forget yours.
Get There: 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku.
Majestic, colourful Senso-ji is swarming with tourists every day of the week. In fact, its main temple, Kannon-do, is the most visited spiritual site in the world, but for good reason: its incredible. According to legend, in 628AD, two brothers fishing in the Sumida River found a golden statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon. Whenever they tried to get rid of it, it would come back, so eventually, someone built a temple to house it.
Once you walk through Sensojis Kaminarimon entrance gate, youll encounter a centuries-old shopping street called Nakamise, which groans with wares like masks, yukata, fans and tasty local snacks. After passing Denpoin (another temple), youll enter a second gate swathed in wafts of incense. This is the sign that youve reached Kannon-do.
Climb the stairs and, once inside, admire the beautiful interior and look upwards, as much of the ceiling is adorned with art. Its also a great chance to find out what the future has in store for you. Along the walls are stacks of wooden drawers marked with Japanese characters. Post 100 yen in the slot, then shake the small box of sticks whilst making a wish. Once you pull a stick out, match its number with a drawer, and inside will be a paper fortune written in both Japanese and English. If your future is good, well fabulous; if its bad, simply tie the piece of paper to what looks like a small clothesline next to you, and leave it there, successfully evading any bad luck that may have otherwise followed you home.
Or have you been forced to click Accept on some updated T&Cs just to keep accessing services or apps you have been using for years?
Frustrating as hell for the customer, as well as being hypocritical, spamming us about privacy. Blame the GDPR!
Or, actually. not so much the GDPR, as misinformation about the GDPR.
There seems to have been a widespread misunderstanding that the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe required companies to send everyone on their mailing lists a request to re-consent to stay on their mailing lists. What a marketing nightmare! Just imagine how many companies have decimated their contact lists in recent months, having now deleted anyone who didnt actively opt back in. (Well, I assume they are actually deleting the records of anyone who didnt opt back in, otherwise the whole exercise would be even more pointless and customer-trust-destroying than I first thought.)
In other words, the twin common reactions to GDPR were:
OMG we need to get consent from everyone on our mailing list before 25 May or we wont be able to do anything ever again, and
Hey lets get consent by making people tick this box before they can even log back in.
Both of these statements are wrong.
If you have read the GDPR, you will know it doesnt say anything of the sort.
(But BTW if you havent read the GDPR, I dont blame you. Its no John Grisham page-turner, let me tell you. Its dense and unstructured. Europeans could learn a lot about legislative drafting from we Aussies.)
The GDPR does not require consent for every marketing message, or for every other instance of using personal data. Just like Australian privacy laws, there are plenty of grounds on which an organisation can collect, use or disclose personal data, without needing to seek the individuals prior consent.
But if you do need to rely on consent well, unfortunately the GDPR does not allow you to obtain consent via mandatory T&Cs.
So where do we start sorting out this mess?
First, there are privacy principles (the APPs in Australia, and Article 6 of the GDPR...
The following factbox details five times a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made an impact at the World Cup. France 2-1 Australia June 16, 2018 Group C Frances first game against Australia was the first time VAR was used to award a penalty at the World Cup. Antoine Griezmann was through on goal and inside the 
In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast. The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.
My latest book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe, remains continually relevant especially in the Trump era (just a few examples in the news recently include Blackwater founder Erik Prince still obsessed with privatising the Afghan war and a CIA-linked military contractor making money from housing refugees in the US).
UK publisher Taylor and Francis, working with Routledge, recently launched a collection of essays around the issue of disaster capitalism across the world. My essay is adapted from the introduction to my book and updated to include the ongoing threats to making money from misery in the age of Trump.
I was recently asked to endorse the new book by Palestinian writer Dr Olfat Mahmoud whose work is called Tears for Tarshiha. Published by Wild Dingo Press, heres the books blurb:
Olfat Mahmoud, a stateless refugee, is a descendant of the forgotten Palestinians, forced from their homes by the Israeli military in 1948. A former nurse, NGO director and academic, Mahmouds confronting autobiography asks when the world will deliver on its promise and allow her people to return home.
Heres my endorsement:
For too long, Palestinians have remained largely invisible in our media and demonised as terrorists. Its therefore wonderfully refreshing to read the history, reflections and passions of Olfat Mahmoud and understand what exile still means for millions of Palestinians around the world, refused access to their former homeland. I commend this book for its humanity and quest for justice. The Middle East will not see peace until these issues are resolved.
Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, film-maker, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe and My Israel Question
Get There: 3 Chome-13-1 Yanaka, Tait. Nippori is the closest JR station, but you can also get there easily from Sendagi station.
Central Tokyo is great, but once you get sick of all the anxiety-inducing neon and crowds of people filming Shibuya Crossing, head to Yanaka Ginza for a slice of old-time quaintness that you may not have expected to find in the big smoke. Yanaka was largely missed by the Allied bombings of WWII, meaning so many of its buildings (among them, dozens of beautiful Buddhist temples) are original and traditionally styled.
Yanaka Ginza its central shopping street or shtengai is riddled with clothing, trinket and snack stores: think rice crackers, crab c...
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1. Myuran SUKUMARAN, Self-Portrait, Time is
Ticking, 25 April 2015. Oil on canvas. 100 x 80 cm. Myuran
Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42
View Street Bendigo (VIC), 7 July 16 September 2018 bendigoartgallery.com.au
2. Diane ARBUS, United States of America,
1923 1971, Lady bartender at home with a souvenir dog, 1964,
New Orleans, United States (printed after 1971 by Neil Selkirk, New
York), gelatinsilver photograph, 35.7 x 36.0 cm (image); Roy and
Marjory Edwards Bequest Fund 2005, Art Gallery of South Australia,
Adelaide. Diane Arbus: American Portraits, Art Gallery of
South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide (SA), 14 July 30 September
3. Goggomobil Objet Dart, Goggomobil Dart 1960s classic Australian sports car with drawing and paintings by Robert Clinch, in a collaboration with car...
Its an unfortunate reality that most animal interactions you dreamed of as a child from swimming with dolphins to posing for selfies with a tiger are actually downright cruel, and the same is true of Tokyo (and greater Japans) animal cafes. So although you might rack up a hundred likes on the gram for cuddling up to a cute hedgehog, that hedgehog is actually a nocturnal creature whose natural habitat is not the bright lights of a caf, and she does not reciprocate your affection (nor that of the hundred others who squeeze, hold and drop her each day).
Dog cafs select pure breeds only and often dress them in nappies; owl cafs are an obvious no, and you can argue that cats enjoy being cuddled, but the felines on display are all picked for temperament and cuteness. Theres actually an (outdoor) park in Ikebukuro you can check out thats kind of an unofficial hub for friendly stray felines, so if you really need to get your fix, head there its northwest of Sunshine City.
Back to Tokyo
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Get There: Train to Ikuabata, Sawai or Mitake Station
At the peak of summer, being in Tokyo is much akin to being inside a giant, sweaty armpit. Due to social conventions, its largely inappropriate for adults to frolic in public fountains, and relief only comes when you duck into the airconditioning of a konbini to buy your fifth ice-cream of the day.
Enter the Ome River, which is actually the Tama River, but the Ome section of it. For just 1000(ish) yen, you can jump on a couple of trains for two hours and end up in the other-worldly rural paradise that is Ome and its surrounds. Here, mountains coated in pine forests hug a crystalline blue river perfect for swimming in or picnicking at, or for the more extreme, bouldering alongside, fishing in and canoeing down.
Our favourite section is wedged Ikusabata and Mitake Station, with the main swim spot in front of the restaurants near Sawai Station. The river walk is also gorgeous, and a stroll will take you past beautiful gardens and farmlands peppered with honesty boxes for homemade jams, veggies and bags of tea l...
As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom... And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there (see here and here). Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution. In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...
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Carats from Cartier
by Inga Walton
Cartier: The Exhibition has been dazzling patrons at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (until 22 July, 2018). It is by far the most impressive display of the jewellers art to be exhibited in Australia, eclipsing even Italian Jewels: Bvlgari Style at the National Gallery of Victoria (2016-17). Based on the earlier exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century (2014-15) at the Denver Art Museum, the new iteration features over 280 pieces produced between 1900 and 1976. Curated by Margaret Young-Snchez, and Simeran Maxwell (NGA Curator of International Art), the exhibition has also secured significant loans from private lenders, and includes new content tailored to the national audience.
Louis-Franois Cartier (1819-1904) was employed in the Paris workshop of jeweller Adolph Picard when, in 1847, Picard moved premises and left the capable Cartier to run the business. By 1853, Cartier had set himself up in a new store as a jeweller and gem-setter, but also selling direct to the public. It was an exciting time in the trade, Emperor Napoleon III (1808-73) had just married the Spanish aristocrat Doa Eugnie de Montijo (1826-1920), and several firms were engaged to rework jewellery for the new Empress. Cartiers first important female client was Comtesse Thcla (1810-84), wife of Alfred milien, Comte de Nieuwerkerke (1811-92), a sculptor and Surintendant des Beaux-Arts. The Comte was intimate with Princess Mathilde Bonaparte (1820-1904), the Emperors cousin, who was estranged from her Russian husband Prince Anatoly Demidov (1813-70). Through the Nieuwerkerke connection, Cartier started to receive commissions from Princess Mathilde, his entr into Court circles. In 1859, possibly at the Princess instigation, the Empress Eugnie ordered a silver tea-service from Cartier.
Flushed with his social success, Cartier moved his business to the more fashionable Boulevard des Italiens, and brought his son (Louis-Franois) Alfred Cartier (1841-1925) into the firm. In 1870 France was defeated by Prussian forces, and the subsequent fall of Napoleon III led Alfred to seek refuge in England (1871-73), where he established a temporary boutique and began to supply jewels to the Court of St. James. Alfred returned to Paris and took over the business in 1874, but the connections he established during his period of exile would prove beneficial in future decades. During the economic upheaval of the 1870s, characterised by power struggles between royalists and republicans, Cartier continued to supply wares to both royalty, the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie. Alfreds sons all joined Cartier: Louis-Joseph (1875-1942), an innovator whose vision was to play a crucial role in shaping the firms design philosophy and public image; Pierre-Camille (1878-1965), a connois...
Access and sustainability go hand in hand. The harder it gets to sustain a career in the arts, the more we will only see work made by the young and privileged, and a narrow band of established artists who slot easily into funded or commercial success.
Yesterday, About 600 bus drivers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong, disrupting regular services on more than 70 routes.
CDC Victoria workers and members of the Transport Workers Union, walked off the job at midnight. Pickett lines were set up at depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat, where the drivers were joined by their families, members of other unions and other supporters.
They are after a 4 percent Wage rise and management is offering only 2.5 percent. According to the union, this stoppage is part of an ongoing campaign, which if need be will involve further stoppages this Friday and \at the beginning of next week.
TWU national vice president John Berger said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of the strike action, which was the first such action by bus drivers for 20 years.
The reason behind the campaign for a wage increase is that these drivers are the lowest paid in the industry, getting just $26 to $28 an hour. The claim is a benchmark that will be taken over to other companies.
The union has publicly apologised to commuters for the disruption that the industrial action has caused and may cause in the days ahead. Inconvenience has not stopped public sympathy from coming in.
A message from the union stated:
The buses stopped today because CDC TWU members decided to fight for a fair and reasonable wage rise a fair share of the fare.
While the rest of Victoria was sleeping, these staunch members gathered in the freezing cold on picket lines from 4:40am at CDC depots in Wyndham, Oakleigh, Geelong and Ballarat. Many are still out there right now.
They would rather be working in the comfort of a heated bus or home with their family than out in the elements and inconveniencing some commuters.
But there comes a time when you have to look after yourself and these TWU members have drawn a line in the sand.
The fact they have gathered in great numbers to picket today tells you how serious this issue is, how insulted they were by the companys latest sub-standard wage offer and how determined they are to dig in. So get behind their fight for the Victorian Bus Industry Agreement, and We must stand together and will show CDC and the rest of the Victorian Bus Industry that you are worth more than the current sub-standard CDC offer.
And never forget that this is not just a fight between CDC members and the rich multinational, but a fight for the 2018 Bus Industry Agreement.
Many ordinary people are unhappy about the condition of wages in Australia and dont think it is fair that the worker is receiving a shrinking share of the income,...
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This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.
The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.
This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature
~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson
~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson
with special guests
~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.
~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)
~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor
Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.
Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.
Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...
We none of us have understood what dreams meant, none of us have had childhood, none of us have understood what life is, none of us have had wishes, because we have all been struggling to find some place to breathe, to stay alive, to fill our empty stomachs.
Chelsea Haywood. Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia
My name is Chelsea Haywood and I purchased my house in Hawker 13 years ago. I lived in Waubra Victoria when the windfarm was in its proposal stage and was actively involved in the process of community education. I have 2 young children t1 that attends the school here, and the other just started pre entry at Kindy. Both my husband and myself work and devote a lot of our time to the community.
I am secretary of the Hawker Community Development Board, Chair of the Flindersfest Committee, Active on the Swimming Pool Committee while supporting my husband who is a volunteer ambo, on the EWG and BCC (both consulting committees for the project) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:
the definition of broad community support [she puts this in red]
broad community support should be kept to those that will be affected should this proposal move forward. By this I mean that there is no need to involve the entire state as it will not impact on them either way should the project go ahead or not. Those in the local area Hawker can already see the benefits such a facility can ha...
July 11, 2018: As the next round of negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership gets underway in Bangkok, the main dynamic is resistance by India to tariff reduction demands by Australia and New Zealand, and to medicine monopoly demands by Japan and South Korea. The RCEP involves the 10 ASEAN countries, plus China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
The Center for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society in India has published a Country Briefer that spells out the challenges for India, which, they argue, so far has come out second from free trade agreements with ASEAN, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
In the RCEP India made differential offers of tariff cutes to the ASEAN countries, and then to South Korea and Japan, and the smallest to China, Australia and New Zealand countries with which it has no existing FTA.
After 22 rounds of negotiations, India has doubled its tariff cut offer to China, Australia, New Zealand, but Australia and New Zealand are demanding more.
India has made greater access by its Information Technology professionals into the service sectors of RCEP countries a priority, but has made no apparent progress.
The author argues that the RCEP talks are shrouded in secrecy, no documents have been published, and leaks provide the only insights. India has made no public consultations with civil society, and the government faces widespread opposition and protests from trade unions, farmers, manufacturers and the generic medicine sector.
It concludes that India would be prudent to focus on domestic economic reforms, invest in trade infrastructure and to address the problems with its existing FTAs. In the RCEP negotiations, India should stand firm protect its domestic industries and sectors, and the rights and welfare of the Indian people.
Causing us to do a double take recently was the arrival of two orphan kid goats. Whilst their circumstance of rescue (found poorly directing traffic on a busy country freeway) caused our hearts to skip a beat, it was their similarity to our funky little kid goat duo, Cheech and Chong, that caused us to believe that everyone really does have a real-life double.
This photo means so much to me for so many reasons. Let me explain. It was a day I had planned to be a quiet day (that in itself a rare thing indeed), spent inside catching up on tasks, reading a bit and maybe, just maybe, watching a movie. Alas, I hadnt read the tea leaves very well for it was anything but. Due to some unexpected circumstances, the warmth of my bed and Jessica Kitten cuddles were replaced by the chills, biting wind and rain that are typical to a midwinters day here in Lancefield. Wrapped up in my woes, my day just kept heading south. Along with the temperature, I must add. None of this was helped when I misjudged the protection my gumboot could offer versus the depth of a puddle by a millimetre as cold, muddy water soon enveloped my sock and inched its murky way between my frozen toes. Adding yet another degree of delight to my day was my runny nose that saw me devoid of a tissue, although it probably would not have mattered that much as my tingling hands were frozen into the most useless of positions. Chocolate, I need chocolate, my soul cried, as I limped my way back to the house to oblige, granting myself the smallest of mercies. And then there was Ray Ray. And it all just melted away.
Ray Ray, with her head pushed through the bars of the hay feeder, holding her ground against the other lambs and two cheeky little kid goats suddenly reminded me of all that was good in this world. Ray Ray, a blind lamb who a kind soul, putting her own comfort aside, drove halfway across the country to save, was eating sweet hay from a hay feeder, both made possible by the selfless donations of people who so wholeheartedly believe in our work. Ray Ray and her buddies, warmly clad in bright and cozy jackets, kindly sent to us with loving messages that often relayed the quirky nature of the previous wearer who was sadly no longer with...
On this episode of the podcast we discuss the increasing use of drones by wildlife lovers, researchers, and businesses, how that might be stressing animals out, and how drone hobbyists can make a meaningful contribution to science while avoiding wildlife harassment. Listen here: Our guest is Alicia Amerson, a marine biologist, drone user, and science communicator. She tells us why its critical to have best practices for drones in place not only to guide hobbyists making videos of whales or birds, but especially before companies like Amazon.com deploy fleets of drones in our skies. After getting a Masters degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, Amerson spent two seasons on a research project flying drones over mother whales and their calves in Australia. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are a hot topic in conservation research these days. Theyre used to monitor coral reefs and wildlife for instance, and can actually be used to produce wildlife population counts much more quickly and accurately than traditional methods allow. But when Amerson returned home to California from Australia, she noticed the use of drones on the coastline was becoming much more common, especially among drone hobbyists and wildlife lovers. She was alarmed: wildlife like seabirds, seals, and sea lions on the California coast are often disturbed by humans, and the drones were just adding another level of disturbance. Thats when Amerson convened a group of experts to develop
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
McMurray has blown academia open. Here are some of the names: Antony Kidman, Leonas Petrauskas, Martin Orne, Paul Ekman, Phil Sutcliffe, and Martin Seligman. This article can only skim the main points, but you can see Steves excellent interview with Jan Irvin on Youtube.
The Dreaded Martin Orne of Harvard
One day in 2010, Blanche Chavoustie and Rita (not her real name) were staying in my home in Massachusetts. Blanche asked Rita if she knew Harvard psychiatrist Martin Orne. She said no. I hadnt heard of him either, so I opened my laptop to Google him. Rita, sitting on the sofa next to me, saw Ornes photo. You should have seen the look on her face. It will be with me forever. It seems Orne was her trainer and she had never even known his real name.
We now know tha...
Australia is in serious trouble. Wages have not only stagnated. They provide for less than they used to. Most find that it is getting harder to make ends meet, and many can only maintain their standard of living, by getting into ever growing debt.
Pensioners of all kinds, and especially the unemployed are finding survival even tougher. Indigenous Australians are the worst off.
Despite this harsh reality, there are still grounds for optimism. Concern about poverty and the economy have now become a priority for the Australian community. There is a stirring among those who do not want to accept it, and who, as individuals or members of groups, work to make a difference. It brings great potential to draw others into building a powerful movement for change.
Activity founded on compassion and fighting for the right of everyone to have a decent life is having an impact. The truth is being uncovered. More people are speaking out. There is a higher level of anger, coupled with a growing realisation that the political system is failing and not providing answer to problems crying out for attention. Politicians are no longer trusted by most people, and this must inevitably lead to a search for alternative answers.
This ferment has been enough to pressure the media, to as least some recognition to the problems. Telling us that things are getting better, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, or we just have to wait for the trickle down effect doesnt wash. No one believes these things anymore.
On 3 July, an episode of Insight on SBS television exposed, just how tough life is for a considerable number of Australian, and that one out of five kids go without meals because of poverty. Mission Australia, the salvation Army and other welfare organisations have reported, that a rising number of older people are ending up homeless. Further reports show that young Australians are doing it hard and that women are particularly vulnerable.
Then there is the list of ongoing sagas involving Centrelink, the rolling out of the Indue welfare card, and the terrible treatment of Indigenous Australians.
The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is battling against the odds, campaigning for a...
CHIANG RAI, AAP Hooyah was the rallying cry of a nation as the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave system in northern Thailand came to a joyous end.
The Thai navy SEALs chant rang around the media centre opposite the site when news filtered through around 6.30pm local time on Tuesday that coach Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was the last to be extracted from the cave after more than two weeks.
The chant also greeted the head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn as he entered a press conference three hours later to the glow of local and international media spotlights.
We did something no-one else thought was possible, he said as he thanked the Thai and international rescue team.
He was momentarily interrupted with cries of Hooyah! Hooyah! by jubilant support staff.
We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave, Thai Navy SEALs posted on Facebook, referring to the football team name. Everyone is safe.
Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.
The astonishing rescue story has gripped Thailand and the world since the group was discovered alive by two British cave divers on July 2, nine days after disappearing while exploring the cave system.
It was a miracle they had survived and an even greater one that the rescue team, including international caving experts, were able to hatch a plan to get them out alive.
Australia played a vital role in the rescue, sending 19 personnel including six military divers and Adelaide doctor and diver Richard Harris who on Saturday assessed the boys health and cleared the way for the daring operation to go ahead.
CANBERRA, AAP The energy watchdog wants power companies to cut up to $40 a year from bills, as Labor argues they must also show why an energy royal commission isnt necessary.
Coalition backbench MPs and the Greens are pressuring the government for a major inquiry into the energy industry, which has seen prices skyrocket for households and businesses.
Labor is yet to formally consider whether it wants to hold a royal commission.
Its up to the companies and the government to show a royal commission isnt necessary, Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers told Sky News on Monday.
The Australian Energy Regulator on Tuesday released its draft guidelines for the rate of return companies can expect from their energy investments.
If the rate of return is too high, over-investment could follow and customers pay more than necessary. If it is too low insufficient investment may result, risking reliability, AER chair Paula Conboy said on Tuesday.
Companies have 50 days to respond to the new draft guidelines.
If implemented, this draft guideline could result in household customers bills decreasing by around $30 to $40 per year, Ms Conboy said.
Cutting prices is the aim of the coalitions national energy guarantee policy, which is causing tension within the Liberal and National party rooms.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls for an energy royal commission, promising an illuminating Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report will be released this week.
Assistant minister Zed Seselja said he would wait and see if a another inquiry was necessary after the ACCCs findings.
The type of inquiry is not something Id get hung up on. What I want to see is maximum pressure put on (retailers), Senator Seselja told Sky News.
Hes confident Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will get enough internal support to get the governments energy plan through the partyroom.
The Electrical Trades Union said report after report showed the Australian energy market was failing customers.
All of these reports continue to show us the laws that created this fabricated electricity market are a complete failure, national secretary Allen Hicks said.
Its unnecessarily complicated but deliberately so, so corporate interests can hide their profiteering.
The Western powers present the battle of Deraa as a symbol of the failure of the combat they were supporting. This is absolutely exact, but not in the way they mean. Let's return to the events which triggered the hostilities. From 4 February 2011, a mysterious Facebook account called Syrian Revolution 2011 (in English in the original text) called for a demonstration every Friday against the Syrian Arab Republic. Using exclusively Sunni symbols, while pretending to speak in the name of all Syrians, it set the rhythm for events for several years. According to Al-Jazeera, on 16 February, 15 adolescents (and then 8 of their friends) were arrested in Deraa for having tagged slogans hostile to President el-Assad. They were allegedly tortured, and the local representative for state Security allegedly insulted their parents. To this day, although it has been confirmed that the minors were held in custody for several hours by the police, the torture and the insults have never been proved. The videos and the interviews broadcast by the Anglo-Saxon Press are terrible, but they correspond neither to the original Qatari reports nor to what was verified on site. John McCain is an elected US Senator, and is also president of one of the branches of the National Endowment for Democracy, one of the secret services of the Five Eyes (USA-UK-Australia-Canada-New Zealand) . On 22 February, he was in Lebanon, where he tasked the transport of weapons in Syria to the Haririst deputy Okab Sakr. He also journeyed to Ersal in order to establish a future rear base for the jihadists.
A U.S. senator who traveled to Russia with a Republican congressional delegation last week said President Vladimir Putin could not be trusted and likened dealing with Moscow to "dealing with the mafia." Senator John Kennedy (Republican-Louisiana) also told reporters on July 9 that he warned the Russian government to "stop screwing with American elections." Comment: Alpha-male fail: when you puff up your chest and warn your opponent to stop doing something they were never doing in the first place or else something bad will happen to them. Made famous by Australian Tony "I'm gonna shirtfront Putin!" Abbott. Kennedy said the senators warned the Russians that if they interfere in U.S. midterm elections in November, lawmakers "will hit you with sanctions even harder than what we have right now." Comment: He said he told the Russians to "get out of eastern Ukraine and let them self-determine" and "to get out of Crimea and let Crimea self-determine." Comment: Self-determination - we do not think that word means what Senator Kennedy thinks it means. Kennedy added he also warned Moscow to "stop screwing around in Syria and help us settle the mess [and] do not allow Iran to get a foothold in southern Syria." Comment: Kennedy just might be the stupidest man in the U.S. senate... "Because if you do that, there's going to be another war," he added, speaking on Capitol Hill.
As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom
And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).
March 4, 2018
Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.
In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so
Parents there have formed their own community, whic...
Senator Pauline Hanson will push to ban the burqa when parliament returnsThe garment, warn by Muslim women, covers the entire body and face European countries including Denmark and France have outlawed the veil Several Liberal and National MP's would reportedly privately support the move Australian MP's are pushing to ban the burqa in Australia again after Denmark became the latest European country to outlaw it. Senator Pauline Hanson recently announced she will be pushing forward with legislation to have the Federal Parliament prohibit the face-covering veil. The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria and Bulgaria are among the countries that have banned the burqa.
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