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It is true that when Kappy came forward at first I didnt trust him. However- at Fiona Barnetts insistence I reached out to him and realized I was probably wrong about him.
It seems to me that he may just be a guy trying to do the right thing.
However- a few days ago someone made a video entitled Isaac Kappy is Dead . And two days later his Twitter and Facebook were taken down- along with all of his Periscope videos.
This is concerning because I have seen this before. They convinced Lori King to take everything down and then they murdered her- and less than a year later her husband was ALSO dead.
They have been blasting me with their directed energy weapons crap trying to take me down. I just went to court over my dogs- where 3 members of the city council came forward and repeatedly lied- offering only anonymous complaints as their proof against my dogs.
The recording is public so anyone can get ahold of the Shelby County IA District Court to get a copy of the tape.
I figure if they can get my dogs away from me- and Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his group has already gone on record that it was THEM that made the anonymous complaints- they will come take me out and claim I committed suicide as a result.
Let me say now- I will NEVER commit suicide. My faith is strong- Moreno now than ever- and I would NEVER do such a thing EVER.
I knew what I was getting into before I ever got into this mess but I did so BECAUSE of my faith. My dad TRIED to come clean before he died and because of that whole thing about the sins of the father falling upon the sons shoulders being written- I figured it was the right thing to do. So as hard as this has all been- I have no regrets.
However- tons of people lately have tried to assure me this child trafficking mess is about to be taken care of- but the ONLY thing I see happening is that survivors and their advocates are being taken down.
So what are we supposed to wait for?
Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesAustralia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne. Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in those two cities. "The growth has been driven largely by migration," says the BBC, and has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030.
Poll shows that Beijings record on human rights affects opinions about Chinese leadership, with Asians in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia having a dimmer view of the country
South China Morning Post
When it comes to global leadership, Asia prefers the United States over China by a wide margin, according to data compiled by th...
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TALKS are under way to determine if the hard hit South Burnett region should be declared a disaster zone, with entire crops lost at harvest time, and roofs off homes. The storms packing tornado-driven hail cut a swathe of devastation right across southern Queensland. About 1000 Queenslanders have made insurance claims today, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. That figures is expected to skyrocket over the weekend, however, as residents begin to count the cost of the damage. Kingaroy mum Fiona Simpson was dubbed Queensland's bravest mother, after shielding her baby from vicious hail during a freak supercell storm which hit the South Burnett region on Thursday. She had been travelling home from Nanago to Kingaroy with her grandmother and daughter Clara when the storm struck, delivering blow after blow of massive hailstorms.
Melbourne Renewable Energy Project partners and Pacific Hydro are celebrating after taking home one of the Premiers 2018 Sustainability Awards. The post Nation-first renewable energy project recognised appeared first on RenewEconomy.
[Video inside] An internationally acclaimed film of Paga Hill communitys fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in downtown Port Moresby has been banned from screening today at the PNG Human Rights Festival. It is known as 'The Opposition Film'. See trailer and details of showings here. There is a lot of Australian involvement in this disgraceful powerplay, including NSW court system and Australian developers. However, what is happening in PNG is also happening to Australians, who mostly fail to realise that they are also being treated and exploited like a 'developing country'.
The ban highlights the lingering limits on free speech in our country and the continued attempts to censor our story of resistance against gross human rights violations , claimed Paga Hill leader Joe Moses, the main character in The Opposition film who had to seek exile in the United Kingdom after fighting for his communitys rights.,
This censorship comes as a deep disappointment for my community who have suffered greatly over the past 6 years.
The Opposition film tells the David-and-Goliath battles of a community evicted, displaced, abandoned their homes completely demolished at the hands of two Australian-run companies, Curtain Brothers and Paga Hill Development Company, and the PNG state. What was once home to 3000 people of up to four generations, Paga Hill is now part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit AELM Precinct which will take place this November.,
Mr. Moses continued, We appreciate the PNG Human Rights Film Festival for choosing to screen The Opposition film at their Madang and Port Moresby screenings.
It is shameful that our government continues to limit free speech and put such pressure on our countrys only annual arts and human rights event. How does this make us look to the world leaders who will be coming here for the APEC meeting in November?
Under the theme Tokautnau long senisim tumora" (Speak up today to change tomorrow) the mission of the PNG Human Rights Film Festival includes We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights and that the international and local human rights films promote increased respec...
by Dee McLachlan
Remember Alex Jones? Daisy Luther wrote a report yesterday (12 October) on Investmentwatchblog entitled: Why the Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should TERRIFY Everyone: Soon Those Who Hate Freedom Will Have Unquestioned Access to the Minds of 2 Billion People.
Popular pages like The AntiMedia (2.1 million fans), The Free Thought Project (3.1 mi...
The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering China's "foreign activities" since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijing's alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings - an accusation that Beijing denies. "Consultations with our allies, with like-minded partners, on how to respond to China's assertive international strategy have been frequent and are gathering momentum," a US official told Reuters. The unnamed source added that informal discussions on the matter have quickly turned into "detailed consultations on best practices and further opportunities for cooperation."
Liam McLoughlin reports from East Sydney Private Hospital, where Alex Turnbull is reported to be suffering one of the worst recorded cases of cognitive dissonance in medical history.
There are serious concerns for the mental health of Alex Turnbull this morning after finding out that the man who said if anyone had a vested interest in showing you that you could do really smart, clean things with coal, its us is his father.
Alex opened an email from a concerned citizen at 6:30am this morning to find this list of heinous environmental actions carried out by the former Prime Minister.
A former WA corporate affairs chief has provided sworn evidence for the criminal prosecution of Julia Gillard over her allegedly misleading and deceptive evidence to the Trade Union Royal Commission. The prosecution relates to the use of an apparently forged letter during Ms Gillard's evidence to the Royal Commission. The...
Australia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne.
by Celine Nahory
[Editors Note: During the Cold War, the UNSC seemed to be neutered by the fact that both superpowers held a veto. Celine Nahory argues that even after 1989 the power of the P5, the Permanent Five (US, UK, France, Russia, China) still rules the roost by other means. Although there are ten other members with 2-year terms on the UNSC, sometimes including Australia, these cannot overcome the powerful. Celine Nahory wrote this article in 2004 for Global Policy Forum under the title The Hidden Veto.]
The Hidden Veto
The veto has always loomed over the work of the UN Securi...
Tropical forests Between 2012 and 2017, scientists discovered 21 new species of plants and animals in Mexico (Mexico News Daily). Research finds that schemes to avoid soy-related deforestation dont always work (CIFOR Forests News). Different datasets paint diverging pictures of deforestation around the world (Yale e360). Mining and illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon are putting communities in jeopardy (DW). Ghanaian officials consider the use of deadly force against illegal loggers (Joy Online). Myanmar has a new species of gecko (Myanmar Times). The head of Royal Dutch Shell calls for a massive reforestation campaign to fight climate change (The Guardian). A new trade agreement between Peru and the U.S. could help fight illegal deforestation (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development). Other news Australias efforts to rehabilitate abandoned mines could inform similar efforts around the world (Ensia). Repair costs from severe storms are mounting for the U.S.s disaster relief agency (The New York Times). A climate science report warns of the challenges for humanity in the coming decades (The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone). REDD+ programming begins in Pakistan (Urdu Point). Seafood month is designed to draw focus on sustainability, NOAA says (NOAA Fisheries). Chinese logging demand extends to Russia and Zambia (The Epoch Times). This years Nobel Prize in Economics goes to researchers investigating the impact of climate on economic growth (BBC News). Oil giant ExxonMobil backs a carbon tax-and-dividend plan (The Washington Post). Asian demand for sea cucumbers from
A couple of days ago, I heard a remarkable racket of small bird song emanating from a Long-leafed Box tree Eucalyptus goniocalyx in our back yard. It took me a while to see what the object of the fury of at least 10 different species of small birds was. Tucked between two branches, crouched and looking very disconsolate was a Southern Boobook. Buff-rumped, Striated, Brown and Yellow Thornbills, Scarlet Robins, Grey Fantails, Silvereyes, Striated Pardalotes, Yellow-faced and Brown-headed Honeyeaters were all going hell-for leather at it.
A rather grumpy looking Boobook owl
I got quite concerned that the mobbers might exhaust themselves in this process and overlook the nests they were protecting as the owl was going nowhere in the daylight. But after about twenty minutes, in unison, they took a break for a couple of hours, only to return a couple of times in the day for a few more goes at the hapless owl who just wanted some kip.
I couldnt manage any photos of the birds as they were mobbing, but they all dropped in for a drink at the bird bath and I managed a few pics then.
Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides
I dont know if it was the presence of the owl or just that its the height of breeding at the moment, but the level of aggression between species as well as within was unusually high in this bird bath melee. A pair of Grey Fantails seemed to be the most obstreperous of all.
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
PMID: J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Sep 27. Epub 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30265356 Abstract Title: Role of Selenium Intake for Risk and Development of Hyperthyroidism. Abstract: Purpose: To investigate the importance of dietary Se supply for hyperthyroidism.Methods: We performed a more in-depth analysis of a large cross-sectional study of 6152 participants from two counties within the Shaanxi Province, China, which are characterized by different habitual Se intakes, and investigated the effects of different dietary Se supply (0.02, 0.18, 0.6 or 2.0 ppm Se) on disease development in a mouse model of GD.Results: The cross-sectional study revealed a comparable prevalence of hyperthyroidism irrespective of Se intake in both counties. However, an unexpected sex-specific difference was noted, and Se deficiency may constitute risk factor for hyperthyroidism particularly in males. In the mouse model, pathological thyroid morphology was affected, and higher Se intakes exerted some protecting effects on the pathological distortion. Circulating thyroid hormone levels, malondialdehyde concentrations, total antioxidant capacity or the titer of GD-causing TSH receptor autoantibodies (TRAb) were not affected by Se. Expression analysis of transcripts in spleen indicated regulatory effects on genes implicated in the immune response, erythropoiesis and oxygen status. However, the humoral immune response including the ratio of CD4/CD8 or Th1/Th2 cells, and the concentration of Treg cells were similar between the experimental groups, despite their varying Se intakes.Conclusions: Our data highlight a novel sexual dimorphism for the interaction of Se and thyroid disease risk in humans, and indicate local protective effects of Se on thyroid gland integrity which appear not to be reflected in the circulating biomarkers tested.
And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.
Sydney Morning Herald article below
In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.
I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.
Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.
Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.
When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.
Paul Keatings gayness
I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.
Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....
This video says about itself:
Lizards have REM sleep too
28 April 2016
From the CNRS in France:
Do lizards dream like us?
October 11, 2018
Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University / Universit Jean Monnet), together with a colleague from the MECADEV research laboratory (CNRS / Musum National dHistoire Naturelle) (1) have confirmed that lizards exhibit two sleep states, just like humans, other mammals, and birds. They corroborated the conclusions of a 2016 study on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and conducted the same sleep investigation on another lizard, the Argentine tegu (Salvator merianae). Their findings, published in PLOS Biology (October 11, 2018), nevertheless point out differences between species, which raises new questions about the origin of sleep states.
During sleep, the body carries out many vital activities: consolidation of knowledge acquired during the day, elimination of metabolic waste from the brain, hormone production, temperature regulation, and replenishment of energy stores. It would appear that this physiological phenomenon is shared by all members of the animal kingdom and has been preserved throughout evolution. But scientists long thought that only land mammals and birds experienced two separate sleep states: slow-wave sleep and REM, or paradoxical, sleep. The latter, associated with dreaming, is a complex phase during which the body exhibits behaviors in limbo between those of sleeping and waking hours.
A study whose findings were published by Science in 2016 focused on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and demonstrated that this lizard also entered two distinct sleep states. It further hypothesized that such sleep states originated in a common ancestor of mammals and reptiles, 350 million years ago.
The team of researchers from the CNRS and Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University began by replicating the 2016 bearded dragon experiment. They then conducted a new investigation using anot...
At the very beginning of September, Russias president Vladimir Putin paid a visit to New Delhi to hold talks with Indias prime minister Narendra Modi. The outcome of this meeting looks extremely remarkable both for the bilateral relations for Russia and India and for the political puzzle that is evolving in the region of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
First of all, one should poi note that along with a number of other landmark events of recent months, this trip demonstrates that Russia accelerates its movement past a fence with a sign that reads the West, while an ever increasing number of curse words can be heard from behind it.
Its is heading directly into the region to where the center of the post-Cold War world gravitates,which looks like a perfectly logical step. In turn, India is becoming one of the major players in this center, and its position on a wide range of topics will be directly determined by the nature of developments taking place at the geopolitical gaming table.
This notion is being illustrated by the fact that within month the pendulum of Indian foreign policy has made two sharp deviations of the exact opposite orientation from its usual equilibrium. For instance, in a matter of years India and China came from announcing that the process of accumulation of negative sentiments in the bilateral relations of the two Asian giants was to be stopped and reversed, to finding themselves on the verge of a direct military conflict.
Then, this pendulum swung would swung in the opposite direction one more time and New Delhi would hold talks in the 2+2 format with Washingtons representatives.
In this regard, the main outcome of the visit of the Russian president to India, apparently, will be an attempt to downplay the consequences of the excessive swings of the Indian foreign policy. This step is an important contribution to the much-needed process of maintenance of strategic stability in the regional game, that is being played by the United States, China, Russia, India, and Japan.
Only when stability of this whole system is achieved can other regional players find themselves a convenient niche to occupy, among which one can names such countries as Australia, Korea (quite possibly, united in the future), Pakistan, and Iran. As for Moscow, it needs the same stable regi...
A quick reminder about Sunday morning with the birds. Theres lots on everywhere, and not just for the birds, now we are well into Spring. Take some time out at the garden though, with the birds. Plus Geoff Park to help us hear and see them. And find out how we can attract more of Continue reading Dont forget the birds
Jeremy Lent is author of The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanitys Search for Meaning, which investigates how different cultures have made sense of the universe and how their underlying values have changed the course of history. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a sustainable worldview. For more information visit jeremylent.com.
In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of green growth are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an ecological civilization: one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term wealth production.
Weve now been warned by the worlds leading climate scientists that we have just twelve years to limit climate catastrophe. The UNs International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put the world on notice that going from a 1.5 to 2.0 C rise in temperature above preindustrial levels would have disastrous consequences across the board, with unprecedented flooding, drought, ocean devastation, a...
Heres my attempt to explain the preferencing imbroglio in Wentworth and how to vote strategically to defeat the Lib. Preferences are causing trouble in Wentworth, and if were not careful the left will elect the Liberal a terrible blow for climate change, Nauru refugees, gay rights and lots more. Heres how they work. Say 
Margo Kingston is an Australian journalist, author, and commentator. She is best known for her work at The Sydney Morning Herald and her weblog, Webdiary. Since 2012, Kingston has been a citizen journalist, reporting and commenting on Australian politics via Twitter and No Fibs.
Universities have become bastions of sessional torment, feeding grounds for despair. The term sessional is merely a euphemised way of describing an academic employee who has no ongoing employment other than what is offered, a person ever at the mercy of the subject or course coordinator of a department. They are the toiling poor, the barrel scrapers, the trudged upon and demanded.
The problem here is loathsomely international. In 2014, CBC News noted the increasing use of contracted sessionals in the university curriculum in Canada. The case of Kimberley Ellis Hale was cited, an instructor in sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, who had essentially slaved for sixteen years on a precarious contract. Despite those years of service, she has no job security. She still needs to apply to teach her courses every semester. She gets none of the perks a full time professor gets.
As with Canada, the United Kingdoms tertiary education system sees approximately half of all academic staff employed on low-paid temporary contracts. In the United States, half-time work characterises half of faculty staff while the majority do not fall within a tenure track category. The doors to employment security are, for the most part, barred.
In Australia, as a consequence largely of shifts that took place in university education in the early 1990s, teaching and research institutions became servers of market goals and ideologies, overseen by a none-too-benevolent master in the form of the Commonwealth. Casual academic staff are the proletariat of the academic profession, something akin to a tribe abandoned and lost. It seems, reflect Jane Kenway and Diana Langmead rather ruefully, that the triumph of economics over university education is now complete.
Central to this is fragmentation and increased expectation: the former, focused on splitting management from workers and ongoing workers from casual employees; the latter, on converting the academic into a consultant, entrepreneur and wearer of all hats of incongruous size and meaning, all the while inflating workloads on diminishing returns.
Casual academic staff are, according to research done by Robyn Day, David Peetz and Glenda Strachan, not integrated with the permanent academic labour market and that discipline is a key determinant of the level of frustration of casual academic staff.
This article by Global Freedom Movement.
Facebook Censorship: The Page Purges Continue It has just emerged that Mark Zuckerburgs Facebook has just completed yet another route of dozens of alternative news and dissident pages. Evidently, Facebooks stance on thinking outside the box is as staunchly repressive and Orwellian as ever. USA Today reported that the broader cleanout occurred on Thursday, as the 
Saves more than nine! No celebration of Vet nurse Day would be complete without a stop to check in on our own Vet Nurse Stitch, another of our beloved animal residents who can always be found taking time out to cuddle up and provide comfort to those recuperating in our hospital ward. Having been rescued herself at only days old after a mammoth search and recovery effort in an industrial warehouse, Vet Nurse Stitch as she is affectionately known, has well and truly taken to her self-appointed role as chief comforter and carer of all those in need. (Second in command of course to Vet Nurse Ruby!)
Born into the world with eyelid agenisis, likely caused by their stray mother Ohana suffering a vitamin deficiency, Stitch and her siblings have undergone numerous procedures to ensure their condition does not plague them into the future. Stitch recently underwent a follow up examination with the experts at Animal Eye Care, Malvern to address a recent change in her condition, resulting in a slight alteration to her daily care regimin but otherwise coming away with a clean bill of health.
Perhaps it is the fact that dear Stitch too is no stranger to the experience of veterinary waiting rooms and examinations that has seen her unique compassion come to the fore whenever another animal in need enters our care. Or perhaps it is the mere fact that animals do not experience those same barriers we so often do when presented with opportunities to express empathy. Whatever the cause, Stitch has certainly found her place in the world and in so many hearts here at Edgars Mission.
We take off our hat to relucant radicals world wide. There are so many people we have had the pleasure of working with, who, prior to doing what they do. had never quite thought they would be that person leading a march, occupying an MPs office, travelling 100s of kilometres to stand in front of a coal mine.
But they do. And we get to work with them. And its a pleasure and an honour. Were speaking at an event this evening the Australian premiere of the Reluctant Radical, hosted by the wonderful Environmental Film Festival a story about an average guy taking extraordinary action to get in the way of climate change and the fossil fuel industry.
It follows Ken Wards challenges and the emotional resilience required to stand in the way of such a massive industry. And the costs. For many they are large people who one day were living a peaceful life in Broome, and then thrown head first into a campaign that subsumed years of their lives and eventually stopped a massive gas refinery. Or farmers living in NSW or VIC who had never had a parking ticket before, yet find themselves pole vaulting out of their comfort zone, to lock themselves to gates to protect water and fertile land for food.
Yet as we see the IPCC report released this week that calls for an end to coal worldwide by 2050 if we are to even have a hope of staying under 1.5 degrees warming and therefore allow our Pacific neighbours to not lose their homelands, how is it that people like Ken Ward, or these farmers, or the folk who locked to Adanis coal port, are considered to be the unreasonable ones?
They are taking action commensurate with the emergency and risk. Action that matches the urgency. We believe this is necessary and its why we do what we do support communities to take safe and effective and *strategic* action to defend the environment.
But, as mentioned the film talks about the costs, and the grief that comes with climate change that so many people are experiencing now. Whilst we find that action is the antidote to despair we also need to acknowledge and live through that despair, to find hope, or at least a sense of purpose within it all.
We are speaking on a panel with Audrey, a dynamo grandma from Stop Adani Melbourne who locked herself to a fence. You can read more about this chill activist grandma and we encourage you to get involved with Stop Adani, Tipping Point or ...
Asias main stock markets traded lower Friday, but losses were relatively muted as investors took a breather after a global rout sparked by fears over higher US interest rates.
Equities in Japan and China were marginally in the red but other smaller markets rebounded into positive territory as the fightback began from a broad-based capitulation over the past two days.
In Tokyo, the main Nikkei-225 index began the day more than one percent lower but bounced back to flirt with positive territory after its mid-session break, down only 0.07 percent.
Chinese stocks, which have seen a ferocious sell-off in recent days, also opened with marginal losses, the benchmark Shanghai Composite shedding 0.36 percent.
But the index also pared its losses and was only just in negative territory after a couple of hours of trade.
Official data released earlier Friday showed that Chinas trade surplus with the US hit a new record in September, despite Washingtons tariffs likely adding fuel to a spiralling trade war between the worlds top two economies.
However, the Kospi index in South Korea was trading one percent in the green. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong and markets in Australia and New Zealand also climbed.
The past two days have seen something approaching panic in global equity markets, as investors took fright in the face of a perfect storm of rising US interest rates and an intensifying trade war between the US and China.
The global sell-off was also in part due to US President Donald Trump describing the policies of the Federal Reserve as loco and crazy, sparking concerns over the independence of the worlds top central bank.
Theres a semblance of sanity returning to the markets, but we are no nearer a significant recovery, Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia Pacific at Oanda, said in a commentary.
Markets are exhausted after the most significant sell-off in global equities since February, added Innes.
After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones ended 2.1 percent down, taking its losses for the week to more than five percent and closing at the lowest levels in months.
Frankfurt, Paris and London all lost at least 1.5 percent as renewed worries over the eurozone came to the fore amid a budgetary scrap between the European Union and Italy.
Some experts warned that the correction, which came after many indices had hit multi-year highs, would be more than a flash....
Transgender Victorians from today will be able to stay married to the person they love when they change their birth certificate to reflect who they are.
The Andrews Government eliminated an anomaly in Victorias birth certificate laws that requires anyone wishing to change their gender to be unmarried. The change came into effect today.
Transgender Victoria's Chair Brenda Appleton said, "We welcome this important reform that will mean that trans and gender diverse Victorians will no longer have to make an impossible choice between staying married to the person they love and being legally recognised as their true gender."
From today, trans Victorians who are married (like my wife Penny!) wont need to get divorced in order to affirm their gender on their birth certificate.Janet Rice (@janet_rice) October 11, 2018
This is great news! Congratulations to everyone who fought for this change to Victorian law. pic.twitter.com/IQtxtPVNUE
This move followed the passage of marriage equality late last year, and in line with a broader trend of governments moving to ensure transgender people can access identification that reflects who they are.
"This is great news. From today trans and gender diverse people will now be free to live as their true selves, while remaining committed to the person they fell in love with," said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.
"It wasnt fair that some trans and gender diverse people were still waiting for full marriage equality. The community has shown their support for marriage equality, now all governments must reform our outdated birth certificate laws so trans and gender diverse people can live with dignity."
This change in Victoria comes after similar reforms were introduced in Queensland earlier this year, and follows South Australia and the ACT, which reformed their birth certificate laws before marriage equality was passed.
Victorian Senator Janet Rice is married to Penny, who was prevented from changing her birth certificate to reflect her female gender. Victorian Senator Janet Rice said, "Im so pleased that the Victorian government has passed this legislation. Forcing trans people to divorce their partner before they can change their birth certificates was discriminatory."
"I urge other states to remove this discrimination so that we can have full marriage equality."
"For my wife Penny and me, this means Penny will be able to affirm her gender on her birth certificate and we can stay married for many years t...
In Victorian times, the pauper funeral signalled abject poverty and low morality and in order to avoid this stigma, many working-class people made great sacrifices to pay regular and relatively significant amounts to burial clubs. What lingers today is the common misconception that overspending on funerals has a direct correlation to dignity.
An independent audit of the key temperature dataset that is being used by climate models has exposed more than 70 problems with the data which render it unfit for global studies. Problems include zero degree temperatures in the Caribbean, 82 degree C temperatures in Colombia and ship-based recordings taken 100km inland. The audit has concluded that the studies are deliberately exaggerating temperatures to support a theory of global warming utilizing global averages that are far less certain than what is being forecast.
The audit has revealed that climate models have been tuned to match incorrect data, which would render incorrect their predictions of future temperatures and estimates of the human influence of temperatures. Furthermore, the Paris Climate Agreement adopted 1850-1899 averages as indicative of pre-industrial temperatures is fatally flawed. The entire Paris Climate Agreement has an agenda to eliminate effectively the advancement of society and attempt to reset the clock to the pre-Industrial Revolution. This entire theory that before the Industrial Revolution, our planets atmosphere was somehow pristine and uncontaminated by human-made pollutants has been also proven to be completely bogus.
Bubbles trapped in Greenlands ice has revealed that we began emitting greenhouse gases at least...
The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering Chinas foreign activities since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijings alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings an accusation that Beijing denies.
You might have noticed the level of bad language rising in this blog. sorry if youre offended, I put it down to rising levels of frustration and utter stupidity. But if we ever needed a laugh, even if its inspired by four letter words, then it must surely be now.. This post was stolen from FB, hat tip to my mate Trev.. I categorised this post as Philosophy, I hope you agree..
John Birmingham reckons were doomed too, and his reasons are more amusing than mine; remember, JB, not me.
The passcode of our doom is 00000
Because I am writing this column, we are fucked. And I am writing this column because we are are fucked.
As I write, Kanye West is trending on Twitter.
Hes also trending across the old media, surfing the front pages of The Sydney Morning Herald (Kanye West Drops F-Bomb with President Trump), Fox News (Candace Owens on the Smearing of Kanye), and the tech media.
Kanye Wests iPhone passcode is 00000 The Verge.
The artist formerly known as Taylor Swifts arch-nemesis isnt trending everywhere because he dropped an F-Bomb with President Trump. Hes trending because we of the media, and you, our enabling audience, have been so intellectually handicapped by the endumbening of politics and discourse into a Skinner Box feedback loop of dopamine addiction and lab rat lever-pushing that were too fucking stupid to live.
The International Panel on Climate Change this week released a funeral plan for the human race, detailing the minimum necessary precautions needed to avoid almost inevitable catastrophealmost none of which we will take because were all too busy riffing on Kanye Wests bizarre visit to the White House.
Its not actual news.
It was a curiosity, a freak show, or at the very least a surfing dog story, the sort of weird, WTF item that once-upon-a-time would have run in the thirty second slot at the end of the six oclock bulletin.
In actual news this week, the Saudi regime despatched to Turkey a 15 man wetwork team, including the head of the forensic medicine department of the Kingdoms interior ministry. Why? Because somebody had to use the bone saw they brought with them to dismember the body of Washington Post contributor Jamal Kashoggi, whom they had just murdered in the Saudi consulate at Istanbul, for the high crime of irritating a crown prince.
Why did these medieval beard strokers think they could get away with such brazen fuckery?
Because brazen fuckery has been standard procedure for Riyadh since they let the cheeto-dusted chimpenfuhrer play with their magic orb and he let them go to war in Yemen.
Once upon a time a ster...
This is a guest post from my Scottish friend Jacqueline Fletcher who has taught in universities all over Europe, and even sent me a wwoofer from Finland some years ago.. shes a permie and environmental activist beyond the call of duty.
Yesterday evening I attended a meeting with a couple of researchers involved with IPCC reports. Dr Katarzyna Tokarska from the GeoSciences Institute at Edinburgh University and psychologist (and Scottish government advisor on mental health) Dr Nadine Andrews from Lancaster University. Tokarska explained the science, how much CO2 the atmosphere can take if we are to stay within the 1.5 degrees warming (X), how much is already in the atmosphere Y, and therefore X minus Y will tell us how much we can still emit before we lock ourselves ino the 1.5 degrees warming point (Z) and upwards towards 2 degrees.
The bad news is that in a BAU scenario, given the amount of CO2 emitted annually, globally, we will emit that amount (Z) in just three years.
We have to do something NOW. So what is on offer by way of suggestions about what to do?
A digression: In 2015 I was living in Paris and a member of the social movement and degrowth group ATTAC. Because ATTAC was also one of the 130 or so groups that constituted CoalitionClimate21, I joined up with that too, to organise protests around the COP21 but also to c...
Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng ng ngi Vit phi lm sao? (Vietnamese asylum seekers arrived by boat is being threatened of deportation, what can the Vietnamese community do?) 12/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"
By RISE Vietnamese Member who seeks asylum in Australia. (Scroll down for English version)
Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng ng ngi Vit phi lm sao?
Cc thuyn nhn Vit Nam va n c hm 27/08/2018 b cc ngi dn a phng giao cho cnh st v b giam trong Trung Tm Giam Gi Di Tru ao Chrismas Island. B Trng B Ni V Peter Dutton ln ting e do trc xut tt c cc thuyn nhn va n v nc, ni m h s b Chnh Ph Vit Nam tra tn, b t v hm hi, thm ch l b git cht.
y khng phai la ln u tin Chinh phu Uc co hanh ng tan nhn vi cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan noi chung va cac thuyn nhn ti nan Vit Nam noi ring. Nm 1992, Chinh Phu ang Lao ng cua Thu Tng Paul Keating a quyt inh m ra trung tm giam gi di tru u tin trn th gii va sau nay c nhiu quc gia trn th gii lam theo. Luc by gi, muc ich cua cac trung tm giam gi di tru nay la nhm vao cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan Vit Nam va ti pham hoa vic xin ti nan xin c bao v khoi vic bi an ap, bc hai, thin tai, nan oi va nan dit chung. Cac nan nhn sng sot cua nhng trung tm giam gi khc nghit, tan bao, v nhn tinh va m mau nay a va ang ln ting v nhng anh hng tiu cc cua vic giam cm v thi han n tinh thn, sc khoe va cuc sng cua ho.
a co it nht 50 ngi a mt mang trong cac trung tm giam gi di tru cua Uc trong t lin va ngoai khi t khi trung tm giam gi u tin c m ca, trong o co it nht 3 ngi Vit Nam.Hu ht nhng ngi nay la nhng ngi xin ti nan va tt ca u la ngi da mau. Nhng ngi nay a bi mt mang vi nhng ly do co th c ngn chn kip thi nu chinh phu Uc ra tay can thip nh nh t t, s s sut y t va bi am sat. Ngoai nhng cai cht oan ung ra con co v s trng hp a va ang xay ra hng ngay trong cac trung tm giam gi i vi cac giam nhn (bt k gii tinh va la tui) nh ham hip, quy ri tinh duc, bao hanh, tra tn, e doa v.v. Hn na, hu ht tt ca cac cu giam nhn cho du a hn nhiu nm sau khi c tha ra, vn bi tan tt va mang trong ngi nhng cn bnh hu t nhng ln bi ngc ai, tra tn, hm doa, ham hip, quy ri tinh duc, va khi cuc sng cua ho bi Chinh phu Uc lam cho hn loan khng co li thoat trong nhiu nm. Ngoai ra con co hang ngan ngi ti nan bi B Di tru truc xut hay an ap ho cho n khi ho t truc xut ban...
Today the Sydney Morning Herald released the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review headed by Phillip Ruddock, leaving LGBTI advocates and human rights experts concerned about future discrimination for LGBTI people.
Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:
Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not more discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.
The report recommends continuing to allow religious schools to discriminate against students based on sexual orientation, gender or relationship status under the federal Sex Discrimination Act.
Australians want kids in schools to be protected. The debate this week shows that our views have changed since these religious exemptions were enshrined in law. The idea that taxpayer funded religious schools should be able to expel a student who comes out is completely out of step with modern community expectations. Its discriminatory and its just wrong, said Ms Brown.
However, the report does recommend narrowing this exemption for religious schools under federal law, by requiring schools to prove the discrimination is founded on religious precepts, ensuring any discriminatory policy is made publicly available and the schools must take into account the best interests of the child as the primary consideration.
While we believe these religious exemptions should be removed, its positive to see the report recommending the publishing of policies in schools to actually explain why discrimination is required. If we are to face discrimination, at the very least we should be able to make an informed choice about whether to send our child to a particular school, apply for a job or access basic social services provided by faith based organisations, said Ms Brown.
The report also recommends a religious discrimination act to protect people of faith from discrimination. Currently, people of faith are protected from discrimination in employment under the Fair Work Act and most states and territories, but arent covered by federal anti-discrimination laws. However, the LGBTI community remains deeply concerned about the risks of any future legislation.
The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, said Ms Brown.
"We need strong discrimination laws to ensure equal treatment. People of fai...
We were honoured to be included in a panel as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival last month alongside a number of champions of the animal activist community. Moderated by none other than Osher Gnsberg, Pam Ahern, Laurie Levy, Debra Tranter and Ward Young openly and honestly discussed the emotional cost of lives spent saving animals with the take away message ringing true, Keep rescuing animals. You may lose your mind, but you will surely find your soul.
A huge thank you to Melbourne Writers Festival and all involved for the opportunity to be a part of such an important event on behalf of our animal friends.
It was no laughing matter for a young goat who discovered his days of wandering at large in an inner Melbourne industrial area were numbered. With a developer having purchased the land on which the now-named Brooklyn had called home, they were surprised to hear the words, You bought the land, the goat is yours, down the phone line.
And whilst moments like this could well cause our spirits to sink and have us shaking our fist at humankind as a whole, so often these are the very same moments in which we witness the full capacity of the human heart. With the land no longer suitable for Brooklyn to call home (in fact his featherweight condition, proximity to major roads and lack of any companions suggest this was never a suitable life for a goat) the developers options were severely limited and the advice was to have the timid and flighty Brooklyn, who nobody could get within metres of, shot.And the land developers easily could have done so and given not a second thought as they carried on with their large scale project. Except for the gnawing feeling in their hearts telling them perhaps there was a better way. And so, it was not a call to end Brooklyns life the developers made but one to save him and with the help of Manfred of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue, Brooklyn was safely sedated with a tranquilliser dart and transported to our sanctuary.
Now slowly learning the language of kindness, in time Brooklyn will join one of our goat herds where we trust he will form bonds and have the chance to live life as a goat should. And to the land developers who insisted there must be a better, kinder option for Brooklyn, despite the inconvenience it no doubt caused, hearts like yours truly give us hope that a better, kinder future is possible.
A second person has come forward with details of another defamation threat levelled by Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham against current and former party members, in a growing battle that threatens to derail the Greens campaigning in the lead-up to the 2019 state election.
Yesterday, New Matilda reported Mr Buckingham is suing Greens candidate for the seat of Summer Hill, Tom Raue for defamation and demanding $75,000 after he commented about public accusations that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer, Ella Buckland.
Late yesterday, a second person former Greens member and freelance journalist Albert Santos came forward, posting on his social media that Mr Buckingham is also suing him over the same matter, and seeking $45,000.
New Matilda understands at least another two former or current party members are being sued by Mr Buckingham, in addition to legal threats issued against two media outlets.Former NSW Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, who alleges she was sexually assault by Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham in 2011. (IMAGE: Supplied)
Allegations against Mr Buckingham a member of the Legislative Council and known state-wide for his strong opposition to coal seam gas were levelled in a report on ABCs 7:30 program on August 2, which focussed on failures within the Greens to deal with four alleged incidents reported against several party members in NSW and the ACT.
While the ABC suppressed details of the actual alleged assault on Ms Buckland, it reported that Mr Buckingham grabbed her inappropriately and kissed her on the neck, after drinks at his inner-city home in 2011. The following morning, Mr Buckingham phoned Ms Buckland and allegedly threatened her employment. Video footage of the night, shot by Ms Buckland on her mobile phone, shows Mr Buckingham was heavily intoxicated. Mr Buckingham strongly denies the allegations.
Yesterday, shortly after details of the threats against Mr Raue were published, Albert Santos took to his Facebook page and Twitter account, to disclose details of the legal threats he also received from Mr Buckingham.
A statement on a thing that happened before I fl...
Those who know and love roosters will know them to be almost poetic in their existence with their passion for life, exuberant vocalisations and ability for grace and eloquence in movement.
However, sadly it is not a love story that is written for so many roosters who find themselves unwanted and abandoned simply for having been born male. It is more than an unfortunate consequence of the rise in popularity of the backyard hen that around 50% of birds hatched out will be male. With the poetic vocalisation of roosters not welcomed in suburban areas by some, sadly this leaves so many with nowhere to call home and sanctuaries such as ours can only safely accommodate so many. As unsuspecting chicken carers buy sexed day old chicks, we receive calls time and again for guaranteed female chicks who grow up to crow and have nowhere to turn.
Having made his way to an outer suburbs pound we can only imagine the circumstances that had brought the handsome Captain Luxmore to us. With an adoptive home already secured, we were fortunately able to say yes when the, Can you take this rooster? call was received. Unfortunately, this was just one of six calls received on that day alone.
Perhaps only when we refuse to see chickens as mere egg laying machines or educational apparatus to teach children about life cycles will we begin to appreciate them for the poetry and masters of the Now they truly are. Perhaps then we may offer them a kinder existence than our society currently affords them.
Perhaps only then, O Captain! My Captain! The ship will be anchord safe and sound, its voyage closed and done.
His almost-smiling fuzzy face may well be enough to touch even the toughest of hearts but little Lexie lamb almost never was. Whilst it is incredibly tempting to stay in this moment forever, drinking in the mesmerising features of our darling new arrival, Lexies story begins some months ago in a far darker place, in a place where kindness is not the order of the day, a place from which sheep rarely return
She runs for her life, the smell of fear palpable in the air around her and as her eyes adjust to the dimmed light, it would probably be far kinder for her if this place stayed forever in muted darkness. For the things she sees now will surely be impossible to ever unsee. She has no name but in time, she will be known as Dexie, a young crossbred ewe whose time on this earth is up. Dexies life journey has brought her to an abattoir where her story is meant to end. But Dexie has other ideas
And she runs! Oh she runs! She jumps the bars meant to constrain and destine her to her end and Dexie runs for her life. For her life and for the freedom she holds so dear.
Dont be fooled by the delicate-sounding name, our latest arrival Dandelion is as brave as they come. Having found herself in the wrong place at the right time this dear girl has suffered a terrible injury to her wing at the hands (or, more accurately, the mouth) of a too-curious canine. Luckily for Dandelion, a kind heart intervened in the nick of time and she arrived at our sanctuary, where she was quickly stabilised in our hospital. Dandelion has since undergone further veterinary assessment and is showing positive signs that a full recovery of her injured wing is possible.
In bringing animals like dear Dandelion into our care, we are reminded of their unique personalities and determination to survive despite the odds stacked against them. Already Dandelions true nature is beginning to shine through as she in no uncertain terms tells us what does and doesnt please her in life. Yet at the same time we are also made acutely aware of the vulnerability of her kind and how they are at the mercy of the choices and decisions we each make in our lives. It goes without saying that we are incredibly grateful to the kind heart who saw Dandelion as someone worthy of saving and who made the decision to step in and save a life instead of merely walking on by. It is this kindness we truly believe is inherent in all of us and it is only a matter of time before it blossoms into life.
11 Oct 2018 | IDIANZ Banking Group violated its own policies and international human rights standards by providing 40 million $ loan to a Cambodian sugar company that seized land from local farmers, according to a statement released by Australian government body that monitors corporate behavior overs.
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An hour about Sustainable House Day Geelong, the Sun Bear Festival in Anglesea, and more
Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 10 October 2018 are two house owners who open their homes on Sunday 14 October: Kerri Erler from Teesdale, Stephen Williams from Manifold Heights, and energy assessment expert Dan Cowdell from Geelong Sustainability, who you can meet at Property #5 in Manifold Heights between 10am and 2pm on Geelongs Sustainable House Day.
From 36:00 to 42:00 we talk with Katja Nedoluha, founder and festival director of the family wildlife Sun Bear Childrens Festival, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.
It all starts with learning how to read, to write, to count and to think in the national language. That doesnt mean there isnt an important role for culture in remote schools but nevertheless people need a decent education in the national language.
Officially, there are 195 countries in the world today. I just visited the 196th.
When bringing up my holiday to Transnistria, I usually get a blank look, followed by the same old bemused line of questioning; so lets start with the basics.
Q: Did you see Draculas castle?
A: Thats Transylvania.
Q: What the fuck is a Transnistria?
A: One of four unrecognised states comprising the remains of the USSR, a crew of comrades nobody remembers inviting to the communist house party, still doing rachiu shots on the balcony after everyone else has left. They refer to themselves as the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations, but everyone else calls them the far less glamorous Commonwealth of Unrecognised States (savage).
After the dissolution of Red Russia, tensions in the region culminated in a 1992 quick-and-dirty conflict ending in ceasefire and the birth of a nation. Well, kind of. The ceasefire remains honoured, but the political status is still a very much Its complicated. If you want to get technical, its an unrecognised but de facto independent semi-presidential republic.
Q: Why dont you just go on holidays to Bali like
A: I played too much Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego as a kid, and now I always travel on hard mode.
Youd be forgiven for not being able to point to Transnistria on a map, and Google Maps wont throw you any clues here (it doesnt even get the privilege of a dotted line around it, like the disputed state of Kosovo does); but youll find it on the east edge of Moldova (well, in Moldova, if you ask the UN) bordering Ukraine.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
The editor of Gumshoe Dee McLachlan and myself had little acquaintance with the problem of child-snatching by government, until this year. Then we needed to learn about it quickly, as we were approached by mums-in-trouble.
Today I have some good news namely, that the law itself is not written in as Snatcher-friendly way as I had suggested. The black-lett...
Every now and then you come across a spoof video that is so seamless in its creation, it forces you to seriously question whether it really is fake news.
So is the story of Trumps shockingly honest UN speech, a video uploaded to Youtube recently by US journalist Max Blumenthal.
Blumenthal is the editor of the Grayzone Project, and is a prominent US writer on a host of issues, in particular Palestine.
Blumenthal re-edits a video of a recent speech delivered by US president Donald Trump to the United Nations the one that sparked titters of laughter from the General Assembly after Trump crowed about his amazing achievements as the Commander in Chief and gives the address a more, shall we say, accurate summation of what Trump really stands for.
The video has only received 6,000 views on Youtube, so you didnt quite see it here first, but it definitely deserves a great deal more. Here it is, for your Friday viewing pleasure.
The post VIDEO: We Threaten Peace Loving People Everywhere The Cleverest Fake News Yet appeared first on New Matilda.
Melbournes trains: you might not expect a seat in peak hour, but on Sunday mornings? Most lines are very infrequent and theyre packed.
Services on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Upfield, Mernda, Hurstbridge and Sandringham lines on Sundays run only every 40 minutes until about 10am, resulting in crowding, while spare trains sit idle in stabling yards.
It hasnt changed in decades. Sunday 10am to 7pm frequencies were increased in 1999 to 20 minutes, but the morning 40 minute gaps have existed since the 1970s.
This is not good enough for a growing city of 5 million people. To get Melbourne moving, its time for frequent train services every 10 minutes on all Metro lines, every day of the week.
Its lots of fun photographing migratory waders in flight.
This flock of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, with a single Curlew Sandpiper put on a great display last weekend. How they manage to wheel and turn, without colliding and in perfect harmony, is a mystery to me!
Speculation about the future of Australias housing market is gathering a head steam. Financial analysts and commentators are arguing about whether it is going to go down with a whimper or crash. The truth of the matter is that the outcome is not entirely predictable.
This does not mean there are no grounds for serious concern. A host of indicators point to a real possibility of serious trouble. Some of the commentaries ignore this, because there are vested interests, preferring to talk things up, rather than deal with reality, as a means of continuing business as usual. Stuff like this must be put aside.
Evidence must be looked at. Some key indicators are not painting a rosy picture. The main one is the level of debt. Private household debt now sits at one-and a half times household income. This means that income is insufficient to pay off the debt plus interest. It does not take a genius to work out that this cant continue indefinitely.
This level of debt is creating instability in the financial system. The extent to which this instability grows in the coming period is going to be a big factor in what happens. We do know that as it is, the risk is considerable.
An excessive dependence on debt is evidence that some thing is going wrong, and that it is systemic. Alternatives are insufficient to bring the returns the major investors demand.
Tied to the explosion of debt, has been the explosion in property prices. Driving this are few factors. The scale of corporate buy ups created an artificial shortage for a time. Making it worse, have been the generous negative gearing provisions. Holders of large portfolios of property get a big government refund for rent foregone. This means that keeping properties unoccupied both attracts the government money and cuts the cost of maintenance and agent fees. Most importantly, this has been used to create a price bubble, so that the holders of the portfolios can make a gain out of speculating on prices.
Emerging now, is a trend for the corporate property portfolio holder to reduce their stock. Should this speed up into a run, prices will come crushing down. Whatever is going to happen depend is going to depend on the health of the financial market, the strength of alternative avenues for investment and how the government handles the situation.
A big factor in the financial market, is the demand for the Australian dollar. In the recent past, a high demand from US based investors had kept its exchange rate at a high level. This was because the weak American dollar, and the fact that the Australian financial market is one of the most deregulated in the world. These investors exchanged American dollars for Australian ones, by buying up bonds. Lately, they have been selling these off, in order...
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A woman, particularly a genuine Christian woman, should consider the effects of an Interim ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) and its effects on her husband.
A wife may have taken out an ADVO against her husband, by going to the Australian police for genuine reasons. Or she may have had advice from family lawyers that an ADVO would give her a significant advantage in a divorce property settlement and exaggerated incident(s) or made things up. There are many reasons women do these things.
When a husband is served an Interim ADVO by police, he is immediately isolated from his wife, children and immediate family. Most men dont react well. Many suicide. The rate of suicide amongst husbands in Australia who have lost their wives and families in this way is staggering and very sad.
Many ADVOS are taken out for fallacious (unfounded or made up) reasons. All a wife has to do is to go to police and exaggerate or even make up incidents or show bruises got from another source (not her husband,) but attribute them to her husband, and the police will issue an ADVO on the husband, without even hearing his side of the story. In this way, basic tenets of Western civilisation and law are ignored, like the presumption of innocence until a person is proven guilty. ADVOs in Australia are very flawed. ADVOS in Australia are greatly misused by women and family lawyers. Magistrates believe that 80 to 90 per cent of ADVOS are obtained on spurious(questionable) grounds, and are obtained for marital advantage in a divorce situation.
After an ADVO is issued, a husband is immediately placed in a position of isolation by his wife. He has lost his wife, his children and his family, in one hit. Wives should seriously consider the consequences on their husband, the man they love or once loved and the father of their little ones, before they go to police. lie and get out an ADVO for marital advantage.
An ADVO conviction gives the husband a criminal record, no matter how minor the charges.
The husband may have gone all his life with no criminal convictions and no criminal record, and in an instant the wife ruins his life, and he has a criminal record. Ethical, honourable and decent men find this extremely hard. And very demeaning.
If a woman, particularly a Christian woman has gone down this path over an incident(s) which are relatively minor, she should consider the consequences on her husband, particularly if she wishes to reconcile, and do everything in her power to soften and lessen the effects of the Interim ADVO at court so it can be dismissed.
There is a cooling off period between the issue of an Interim ADVO by police and the court hearing for the ADVO some months later. This is an opportunity for both parties to reconcile.
If the husband and wife re...
Coniston Massacre anniversary sparks push to create day of
remembrance and formal apology - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting
Corporation): The massacres began in August 1928 after a dingo
trapper, Fred Brookes, was killed by a local Indigenous man.
Police Constable George Murray led a party and personally admitted to killing at least 17 people.
NT Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw will attend the commemoration, and some descendants of those who were killed are hoping he will offer a formal apology.
Gay students and teachers may be rejected from religious schools across Australia if a government backed review into the free practice of religion gets its way, according to local reports. The religious freedom review panel, announced by then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2017, kept its final considerations a secret despite giving its recommendations to government in May this year. The expert review panel, chaired by former attorney general Philip Ruddock, took submissions from the public days after Australia's parliament legalized same sex marriage.
ABC, an Australian public broadcast service, released a short documentary titled The Monsanto Papers, which investigates the secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product, the weed killer, Roundup. From ABC.net.au: Whats in the Monsanto Papers? The Monsanto Papers are millions of internal documents released as 
The post WATCH: Monsanto Papers Doc Breaks Down Monsantos Dirty Tricks appeared first on STOPGETREES.ORG.
World stock markets sank Thursday, extending losses from Wall Street, as investors worried that higher interest rates will dent company earnings and a trade war will crimp global business.
European shares sank after Asia closed sharply lower, auguring another drop in the U.S., which saw its major indexes tumble on Wednesday.
Investors will be looking ahead to U.S. inflation data later in the day. A high reading could fuel expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep raising its interest rates at a steady pace, reining in the easy money policy that had fueled stock markets in recent years.
Equity markets were pulverized today, with investors in full out retreat, analyst Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary. The latest sneeze from Wall Street could morph into a global markets pandemic, he added.
Frances CAC 40 dropped 1.8 percent to 5,111 and the DAX in Germany lost 1.6 percent to 11,526. Britains FTSE 100 tumbled 1.9 percent to 7,011.
In Asia, Tokyos Nikkei 225 gave up 3.9 percent to 22,590.86 and the Shanghai Composite index lost 5.2 percent to 2,583.46, a four-year low.
Hong Kongs Hang Seng index shed 3.5 percent to 25,266.37. The Kospi in South Korea fell 4.4 percent to 2,129.67. Australias S&P/ASX 200 slipped 2.7 percent to 5,883.80. Stocks plunged in Taiwan and fell across Southeast Asia.
Yesterday, Oct. 10, was World Mental Health Day. The UN Secretary General issued a message, a portion of which said: We must leave no one behind Healthy societies require greater integration of mental health into broader health and social care systems, under the umbrella of universal health coverage.
Timely for me to have interviewed Geoffrey Lilburne, the author of Joy Interrupted: A Memoir of Depression and Prayer (Coventry Press, 2018), a slim volume packed full of insights derived from firsthand experience.
Lilburne is a theologian and poet, with qualifications in counseling and professional supervision, a retired lecturer in theology (with graduate studies at the Yale School of Divinity in the United States). He is a Uniting Church minister in active ministry with a rural congregation in Western Australia.
Lilburne was in the country recently with his wife, Sophie Lizares, my friend of more than 30 years and at one time a colleague in social action and journalism. Sophie is now an ordained minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and is chaplain at UnitingCare West.
Lilburne begins with a startling revelation of how it began: I awoke one morning wishing I had died during the night I was 13 years of age. What was a boy in the cusp of adolescence to make of what was going on inside him, a boy whose family background was relatively normal, who had no traumas to hark back to?
The book details Lilburnes lifetime battle with depression (and manic episodes), how it was in different stages of his life, his seeking professional assistance from general practitioners, psychiatrists, counselors, pastoral carers, ministers and spiritual directors. But alongside these is Lilburnes journey as an academic and, later, in various church ministries.
What was it like and what did he do to cope with it, deal with it, be healed of it, live with it? Lilburnes early struggles meant pharmacological interventions or prescribed antidepressants, with names that were hard to spell and even harder to pronounce.
Minister says plan to coordinate climate response in absence of government policy interferes with democracyBig business has entered discussions about a self-regulated suite of measures to help Australia meet its Paris commitments, weeks after the Morrison government abandoned the national energy guarantee. The resources minister, Matt Canavan, accused Australia's biggest energy companies of interfering in the democratic process, as climate experts and environmental groups lashed the [...]
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