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It is a credit to the venality of Australias refugee policy that much time is spent on letting others do what that particular country ought to be doing. For a state so obsessed with the idea of a rule-based order, breaking those rules comes naturally all in the national interest, of course.
Canberras policy makers, since the 1990s, have been earning their morally tainted fare evading international law with an insistence bordering on the pathological. The reasons for doing so have been cruel and vapid: target the market of people smuggling by moving it to other regions; harden the Australian electorate against dissolute queue jumpers who dont know their place in the international refugee system; and speak to the idea of saving people who would otherwise drown.
In a tradition reminiscent of secret treaties, clandestine compacts underhand arrangements, Australia has done well for itself. The Turnbull government, spear-tipped by the one-dimensional former policeman Peter Dutton of the Home Affairs Department, has shown itself to be obsessed with the clandestine when it comes to dealing with asylum seekers and refugees. Its invidious sea operation, termed Operation Sovereign Borders, continues to deter refugee-carrying boats approaching Australia. Last month, it took the revelations of a Taiwanese official to The Guardian to show that Australia had forged a deal with Taiwan on treating some of the most dire medical conditions afflicting refugees on Nauru.
The memorandum of understanding was made with Taipei in September last year. Since then, some five refugees have been flown to the state some 5,500 kilometres to receive treatment. The government has been clear, came the cold, unchanging line from a spokeswoman for the Department of Home Affairs, that people subject to regional processing arrangements will not be settled in Australia.
The punitive dimension here has been stressed. Medical transfer would not be used as a pathway to settlement in Australia. Besides, Taiwans medical system was more than adequate, being consistently ranked as having some of the best hospitals and medical technology in the world.
There is an element of the police state grotesque about this, a whiff of the tyrant in search of satisfying a sadistic whim. Those who have found their way to treatment in Taiwan have been in particularly acute medical distress. There have been questions about incomplete understanding on the part of patients, and problems with informed consent. But such vulnerability is not one to prompt Australias officials...
Complete and slightly edited interview footage with Richard Manning in 2005 (which explains why he keeps talking about world population of 6 billion), in preparation for the feature-length documentary What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, from Timothy S. Bennett and Sally Erickson.
Nearly an hour long, so make sure you get a cup of your favourite poison before starting.
These are past suggestions from MR readers, pulled from the comments, endorsed by me only on a stochastic basis:
Michela Wrong, Eritrea
Rwanda: something Prunier, probably Rwanda Crisis though it stops in 1996
Uganda: Season of Thomas Tebo, though its fiction (is that disqualifying?)
Eastern Congo: Jason Stearns Dancing with Monsters (like China, the country is too big for one book)
The Government of Ethiopia Margery Perhams Ethiopian answer to Ruth Benedicts Japanese The Sword and the Chrysanthemum.
Ethiopia: Wax and Gold by Donald Levine Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia (edited by E. Ficquet & G. Prunier
Pre-colonial Africa: The Scramble for Africa
For DRCongo, I recommend The Congo: From Leopold to Kabila by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja. It does a great job of distinguishing between the dizzying array of political factions in Congolese history. Its shortcomings are in culture and economics. Not a lot to choose from with DRC unfortunately!
From Genocide to Continental War, by Grard Prunier
In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz was excellent, as was King Leopolds ghost on the DRC.
Zimbabwe The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe by David Coltart
Great Lakes region: this was actually good https://www.amazon.com/Great-Lakes-Africa-Thousand-History/dp/1890951358/
On Australia: Robert Hughes The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australias Founding
On Hong Kong: Gordon Mathews Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong
Tyler mentioned Joshua Jelly-Schapiros book on the Caribbean for the region, so how about Paul Therouxs book about the South Pacific, The Happy Isles of Oceania?
And if Boston were a country: J. Anthony Lukas Common Ground J. Anthony Lukas
What about outer space? Best book on Mars? The moon?
The post Final installment of stochastically best books to read on each country appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION....
[Editors note: G5s content about Tara Andrea Davison had information about paedophilia and WMDs intermixed. I presented the paedophilia problem solo at Gumshoe on June 22, 2018, and now publish the corresponding content regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).]
Both Assange and Snowden are CIA assets in the American Intel Wars. (In 2012 I adv...
The Bulletin reported that Zaine Steven McNeish was found guilty of 21 offences of sexual abuse of children, including rape, and procuring a child to commit an indecent act.
McNeish was charged with 30 sexual offences concerning three sisters, all aged under 12 at the time of the alleged offending. The jury has yet to reach a verdict on the remaining nine charges.
Despite the fact that he was found guilty of more than 20 offences McNeish was erased from the headline and his crimes were described as child sex.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the viol...
Mr Dodson's wife died after a long illness. Like they said - if you're feeling down, just hit play. What a terrific bunch of people! Beautifully well done kids!
Next generation Julia Gillard explains why socialism is the go. University of Sydney SRCs Education Officer Lily Campbell on reports millennials are looking to socialism: People are angry at the way the world is run and people want an alternative to capitalism. MORE: https://t.co/ykweMevBOK #Outsiders pic.twitter.com/8klIWuj55F Sky News Australia...
Islamist activists copped a long overdue caning last week. Like most Leftist organisations in the democratic West, the US Southern Poverty Law Centre had taken on the Islamist cause with a passion. Part of the Islamist strategy is to viciously attack anyone who criticises Islam and the SPLC was right...
Colonisers of Australia were often out of their depth. Sometimes they needed rescuing from themselves, or during natural disasters. And First Peoples were often their rescuers. These heroic stories rarely feature in the dominant narratives, but they should.
Vaccines today, like most pharmaceutical products, are no longer being produced or regulated in the countries in which they are used. There is an extensive international network of production and most Australian vaccines are made in other countries and licensed in the USA where vaccine manufacturers are free from liability for any harm that vaccines cause in humans.
Many vaccines today are being made in China and India and the Australian government does not provide information on its Immunise Australia Program (IAP) website describing where Australias vaccines are made.
The only vaccines that are made in Australia are some influenza vaccines and Q Fever vaccine that are made by Seqiris a CSL company. All other Australian vaccines are made in other countries and licensed in the US before being approved for the Australian market under a different name without further testing.
China and India became major manufacturers of vaccines in 2014 and they are selling vaccines on the international market. The Council for Foreign Affairs stated in 2012 that this market had expanded rapidly and regulators were over-whelmed or non-existent in these countries (Garrett CFR 2012).
Whilst Vincent Iannelli, MD, claims that all vaccines that are used in the US are not made in China there is no transparent evidence that vaccines that we use in Australia are not being made in China or India.
Research on the safety and efficacy of vaccines is not subjected to the same approval process as that for other pharmaceutical drugs. This is because vaccines are classified as biologics and not pharmaceutical drugs but this does not explain why they are tested in a different way to other drugs.
Vaccines are not tested for safety using an inert placebo nor are they tested for effectiveness by demonstrating that the vaccines can prevent the disease in unvaccinated people (Medical Products Agency Sweden 2007). Researchers use the surrogate of antibody titer to make this claim but this is a small part of a very complex immune response to pathogens.......
Julie Bishop is in lockstep with the Islamist-influenced UN in supporting one side of the dispute in Burma's Rakhine district. The Rohingyas or Bengalis (as the Buddhist locals call them). How do you think the people in these videos feel about our money going to the Islamists who committed these...
The Western world never ceases to speak of its democratic values. In Western political theory, the way democracy works is by free speech and a free press. By speaking out, citizens and media keep the government accountable.
This liberal tradition means that there are no words or terms that cannot be used because some designated victim group can claim to feel offended. The inroads into free speech made by political correctness, now institutionalized in universities and the public school system, in the presstitute media, in American corporations such as Google, and in the enculturated habits of Americans, demonstrate a decline in the status of free speech. Governments have also made inroads, with the war on terror becoming a justification for warrantless spying, mass surveillance, and a clampdown on dissent.
The free press has declined even more dramatically than free speech. The NY Times of the Pentagon Papers disappeared during George W. Bushs first term when the newspaper sat on the story that the Bush regime was spying without warrants. The NY Times sat on the story for a year, allowing Bush to be reelected without controversy and allowing the government time to legalize the spying on an ex post facto basis.
Today the media are a propaganda ministry engaged in the demonization of Russia and Trump and justifying the war crimes of Washington and its vassal states.
This is why there is no media uproar over the 6-year incarceration of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Wikileaks is a news organization and has not done anything that a free press has not always done. Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and Ecuador. He is not an American and thus cannot be guilty of treason. Yet Washington is believed to have used a grand jury to concoct such a case against him.
The new president of Ecuador is not the strong and good man than his predecessor was. Under Washingtons pressure Lenn Moreno is making life in the Ecuadorian embassy as unbearable as possible for Assange in an effort to force him out into British hands. Responding to Washingtons pressure, the British government will not honor his asylum, which prevents Assange from being able to leave the embassy.
There is no presence of democratic values in this affair. It is a repeat of the Soviet Unions treatment of Cardinal Mindszenty, only it is Washington,...
When you hear Ziriguidum, youre required to put both hands on your knees and bend down like youre addressing an imaginary, ground-borne squirrel. Once youre in that position knees bent 45 north, waist 45 south you extend your right arm to full, then the fingers on your right hand totally, as if hand-gesturing to someone 25 metres behind the squirrel-figment to HALT!
Once youve made the stop sign, you spin your hand counter-clockwise in the same motion youd employ to reverse-park a forklift on the left-hand side of the road, and gyrate your arse in the opposite or same direction. Ideally, you should have a bigger arse than average, because round these parts, bigger arses are concurrently the norm, and the best. You keep this up for the duration of the song, your gyrations getting deeper and deeper and your pout getting filthier and filthier.
I didnt mention the pout earlier, as it makes me feel dirty, but its the kind of pout youd pull to yourself at the very moment it became apparent that you were about to do wonderful, disgusting things to a beautiful strangers undercarriage. Like the Macarena before it, Ziriguidum comes with a preset set of dance moves that everyone does. Unlike the Macarena, there are no elaborate steps for memorising (palm up, palm up, palm down, palm down, hips, cross, something else, fuck me).
Ziriguidum is the best song of a six-track playlist that loops throughout the duration of Salvadors Carnival. Id arrived in Salvador via Rio de Janeiro, where I spent a couple of weeks bouncing between pure-cocaine-fuelled, film clip-esque beach parties and bed-bug-ridden, squat-house squalor the Spartan nature of the latter freeing up the capital required for the former.
In Rio, I told my white-linen wearing Carioca pals of my intentions to head up to Salvador for Carnival and was informed that I would be raped and murdered, but they were unsure in which order it would take place. Salvador is, ysee, way up in the wild north of Brazil, a part of the country that is yet to be pacified by the police.
Pacification in Brazil is the process by which violently trained paramilitary police enter the favelas, where the poor people live, and flush out the drug-dealing gangs. This process usually results in zero arrests and few reported fatalities, but seems to work a treat. Rio was pacified in preparation for the World Cup of football (soccer) and the Olympic Games of sport (equestrian and shit). In Rio, a corpulent gringo like myself can now safely walk the streets of a night due to the pacification, but in other cities of Brazil...
Ive never really been one to take to guts and gore. I fainted dissecting cane toads at school, cried for three hours when our van in Khao Lak hit a chicken and made a former boyfriend refund an African Safari video game called Big Buck Hunter. But it wasnt really my fault I just never had the chance to acclimatise to blood. Hell, my wannabe-Quaker mum was so anti-violence that I wasnt even allowed water pistols as a child. Instead, she gave us squirting plastic carrots, eggplants and zucchinis; a move I blame for the untreatable phallic fixation I developed later in life.
Im the same with dead animals, and can only ever really touch meat when its well done (okay, deep fried), drowned in sauce and plopped on a crisp white dinner plate. So to me, the Amazonian markets in Iquitos, Peru, were like something out of a massacre. Tables groaned with dismembered monkeys, the concrete floor was stacked with skinned tortoises and minced capybara hung from hooks. I walked through the market stalls in a daze, my mouth hanging open in a permanent gag (an expression I later regretted when a fly that had been buzzing around a carcass landed on my tonsils). I dry retched and closed my eyes, willing my sense of pride to overcome my sense of smell. I stumbled awkwardly through the remaining goods on offer, walking like Rick Ross and trying to pretend the blood pooled on the ground was just spilled cab merlot.
Somehow, I emerged at the end of death row fully conscious, and found myself in a meat-free section that I could only guess was themed entertainment. 1980s childrens videotapes sat in baskets alongside bleached Disney pyjamas and the occasional chess piece. Nestled in the middle of all the fun and games was a toucan on a rope. It didnt exactly look like the friendly little creature on packets of Fruit Loops, as its colours were all wrong, but Id read What Bird Is That? it was definitely the same creature.
I was delighted. Not only did this mean I had just won a long-standing argument with my friend Clare about whether or not toucans are extinct, but more importantly, this was my Ranger Stacey moment: my time to shine. I would release this poor toucan from its captor and save it from a life of being holed up in a cage in some ex-pat brats house, or worse, serve...
1805 - Things were a bit crook in Hobart when Lt Collins sent an
urgent missive to Gov King about the EXTREME food shortage they
That's how it was written in my history book - "EXTREME food shortage".
I mean, they could have underlined it for good effect,, perhaps thrown in a few !!!!!, but oh no, they had to grab the reader's attention with the shock and awe CAPITALS.
1852 - The town of Gundagai, NSW, was washed away by floodwaters of the Murrumbidgee River. 89 lives were lost out of a population of 250. The heroic actions of a number of Wiradjuri men saved many lives. Yarri and Jacky in particular, spent the wild night ferrying men, women and children to safety, from the rooftops and branches of giant river red gums.
1854 - Land sales began in Toowoomba, Qld.
1854 - There they were; the Ararat and Maryborough goldfields, lazing about in the sun, minding their own business when some desperado came along and started scratching about in their navals just to proclaim to all and sundry they had GOLD!!!!! (see? I can do shock and awe, too).
1856 - Norfolk Island thought better of it's engagement to Tassie and decided it wanted it's independence , so it waltzed off into the sunset with NSW administrating from afar.
1858 - An earthquake was felt at Echuca, Pyramid Hill and Swan Hill.
1862 - Charles Flanders was hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of ten-year-old Mary Ann Riley at Bagdad.
1864 - Bushranger Daniel (Mad Dog) Morgan killed Sgt McGinnerty on the Tumbarumba Road, NSW.
1870 - Master horseman and marvellous poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon took himself down to Brighton Beach in Victoria and did himself a nasty mischief with a loaded gun.
1875 - The Royal Commission into the lighting and ventilation of the Vic Legislative Assembly chamber and the accommodation required for Honourable Members presented its second and final report to Parliament.
Farts and snores and burps, oh, my !
1879 - Queensland stretched its borders to include the Torres Strait islands beyond the existing 60-mile limit.
1880 - Sugar cane was grown successfully in Queensland by smarty-pants T.H. Fitzgerald.
1889 - Eleven men were buried alive when a coal mine near Newcastle, NSW, caved in.
1897 - Thomas Moore was hanged at Dubbo for the murder of Edward (or Edwin) Smith at Brennan's Bend on the Darling River below Bourke.
1913 - 6th Prime Minister
Sworn in after a close election result, Prime Minister Joseph Cook held a majority of only one in the House of Representatives.
1926 - A BLUE crow was eyeballed for a second time at Betley (Vic).
Don't ask me what they were smokin' !
My stay in Rajasthans Royal City of Udaipur was intended to be a Lonely Planet special: accommodation, eating and sightseeing all planned out by an expert travel writer. But, as is relatively common knowledge, Lonely Planet mostly tends to be a collection of drab instructions written by someone whose idea of a shoestring budget is staying in a three-star hotel.
It will, however, at times, have its rewards.
I was travelling with my German friend Sophie. Wed spent the last two weeks winging it around Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, as Sophies trusty Lonely Planet didnt cover those regions. Udaipur was kind of a last minute decision we were just stopping over for the night on our way further south, so figured wed put the good books advice to use. Off we popped to its eating-out recommendation and, surprise surprise, it was shit.
Back at home, I consider myself quite an Indian cuisine connoisseur, and by this I mean instead of ordering a chicken korma and a butter chicken, I would order a chicken korma and a palak paneer. I suggested to Sophie that we order the latter of the two, but what was supposed to be a delicious blend of spinach, spices and posh cheese ended up looking and tasting like a blended soggy cardboard box and a bit of newborn baby poo (the green kind).
As the food took approximately seven years to reach our plates, we had already downed a few Kingfisher beers, and my tongue was ready and revved to slip. I slurred some sentences at the owner that went something like, If you have so proudly placed a Lonely Planet recommended sticker on your front door, your service and, more importantly, the taste and appearance of your food should be better than this!
Phwoar he was well pissed. We had a blockbuster yelling match that ended in us fleeing the restaurant. For safety, we decided to slide into what happened to be a small local art gallery.
Inside, Sophie and I gazed at the paintings. They were actually pretty rad. We chit-chatted about their radness, and in our Kingfisher beer states of mind, had a serious discussion about lashing out and paying to have one shipped home (a hobo can always dream).
The artist, Mr. A, noticed our enthusiasm and wandered over. He was a handsome man, about mid-thirties, who was donning a classic Indian mo. We got talking, and he eventually asked us to come upstairs.
Behind the gallery was a narrow hallway that led to an out-of-this-world blinging staircase Bold an...
I recently read Robert Goddards current thriller Panic Room* (Bantam Press, 2018). The purpose was enjoyment and relaxation (rather than work) and I have read and enjoyed most of Goddards novels. As usual the Panic Room was full of twists and centred on what was in this room hidden in a mansion in Cornwall. It turns out that the room is central to a diabolical plot to kill a large section of the earths population and thus give time to handle the impending disaster of climate change.
The plot is foiled but Goddards heroine is left wondering: A thought keeps bobbing up in my head though, I cant seem to stop it. Twenty percent of all species on Earth extinct by 2050And floods and storms and droughts and famines like weve never seen before. If we dont get our act together. Which, as I stand here and seriously ask myself the question, I dont see us doing. Whos really insane she asks, the villains Or the rest of us?
I have come across references and mentions to climate change and global warming many times in light fiction, but much of it was frivolous, ill-informed or wrong. A brief search online informed me that there was a group of climate change fiction books labelled Cli-Fi and included serious and well researched work by such well known authors as Margaret Attwood. An article in the Conversation on this noted If we define cli-fi as fictional treatments of climate change caused by human activity in terms of setting, theme or plot and accept there will be grey areas in the extent of this treatment a conservative estimate would put the all-time number of cli-fi novels at 150 and growing.
This reminded me of book I read more than 20 years ago by Australian science fiction writer George Turner. The Sea and the Summer (Cassell, 1987) is about sea level rise in a future Melbourne. Wikipedia noted: Turners science fiction narratives containearnest approach to moral and social issues. In such novels as The Sea and the Summerhe displayed a gloomy vision of global warmings future ramificationsThe Sea and the Summer is [a] work of science fiction realism, it concerned a future historian, writing a historical novel about a near future Melbourne, beset by the problems of climate change, unemployment cau...
Wikileaks is a news organization and has not done anything that a free press has not always done. Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and Ecuador. He is not an American and thus cannot be guilty of treason. Yet Washington is believed to have used a grand jury to concoct such a case against him.
Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenny Beinfelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult she belongs to.
Blog article 1 December 2014
It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.
Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.
As the school year draws to an end, it is time to consider how Calgary has been treating its children lately. In one respect, the answer is not well at all.
Calgary city council decided in 2011 to cease adjusting the fluoride levels in Calgary water. Three of us are dental specialists, and can attest to the devastating consequences.
Consider, for example, Sammys case. On a Saturday, his mother called a dental office reporting that the eight-year-old boy was irritable, feverish and crying constantly. The mother wanted an appointment for Monday morning, but we opened the office to see him. He was not well. An infection in his tooth had crept upward to his eye, such that his lower eyelid was closing.
This is a medical emergency. Once in the eye, a dental infection can travel rapidly to the brain and, if untreated, cause death. One of us went with his mother to Rockyview Hospital. Sammy was immediately given intravenous antibiotics and admitted. The next day, he was transferred to the Childrens Hospital for continued care.
Such systemic infections caused by dental infections are not unusual these days. In fact, we have had to change how we practice dentistry. When we had fluoridation, we would watch a small soft spot or cavity; we would wait to see whether it grew before drilling and filling. Now, we must pounce on the problem because, in the six months until the next appointment, that small, soft spot will likely become a huge hole in the tooth.
Consider another scenario. We now routinely see children whose primary and permanent molars are already decayed and require fillings as soon as the teeth erupt through the gums. When the dental decay is too severe, the infected teeth must be extracted. In very young children, such work must often be done under general anesthetic, which bears its own risks for kids and can be a horrible experience for the children and their parents.
Consequently, the child might need orthodontic care over a seven- to nine-year period to recreate a bite and to maximize the effectiveness of the remaining teeth. Prior to fluoridation cessation, we saw children in this state almost always from communities surrounding Calgary that did not have water fluoridation. Sadly, now Calgary children are losing teeth they will need throughout their adult lives.
Calgary children are not the only ones suffering. Adults need fluoridation too, especially seniors.
Fluoride is a mineral and occurs naturally in Calgary drinking water at 0.1 to 0.4 parts per million. It strengthens tooth structure, prevents decay and even reverses some decay. To be therapeutic, the fluoride level needs to be at 0.7 parts per million. At this level, fluoride remains safe and effective.......
It was a Friday afternoon in Florida; I had a couple of beers in me and a vague idea of a good deal and an adventure. This is the kind of challenge Ive been looking for, was how I reassured myself as I handed over the first cash instalment. I didnt even know how to sail.
I naively listened while the crack fiend of a salesman peppered me with strange sailing jargon and seemingly superfluous information. He seemed like a decent guy: a bit of a redneck with a gaggle of vices and a firm handshake. He was desperate for money and was missing his upper front teeth, but most of me trusted him. He told me hed fix the head gasket and promised to take me sailing when the weather was good. His name was Johnny.
I paid him two instalments of $400 and another two of $300. The total price of the boat was $1500, so I still owed him a further $100. I planned to leave the last hundred bucks hanging it was a weak attempt of ensuring his promises.
He called me the next Friday night asking if I had the hundred bucks on me. I told him I would need to withdraw cash from an ATM, butI didnt have a car. He offered to pick me up and drive me to one, but I told him that my bank card was on my uncles boat and that it would have to wait until tomorrow. He sounded drunk and pretty desperate. He told me hed had a fight with his old lady.
I offered to let him sleep on the boat he had sold me, but he declined, because apparently his old lady knew where the boat was. I imagined the two of them having some kind of violent domestic dispute on my new boat. It was an unappealing image. Then he asked me if I had 20 or 30 bucks to give him. This was unsettling. He told me that hed like to go sailing the next day to get away from it all and to call him in the morning.
Three days passed with no word from Johnny. He didnt answer my calls or take me sailing. I didnt really care at the time I was far more concerned about making money while the work was there, then pissing most of it away. The important logistics of my boat were completely distant from my hedonistic present.
A few days later, Johnny called while I was at work. He claimed that his grandpa had died and that hed flown out to Arizona for the funeral. His point was that his old lady really needed that hundred bucks. He left four or five messages to the same tune. That afternoon, I dropped the cash to his wife, who was surprisingly attractive and exuberant. I suspected that she was high on uppers or excited to buy drugs with the cash I had just given her. It reaffirmed to me that this w...
Woolworths are running a huge scam selling fake organic food under their Macro brand. I have previously written about Woolworths involvement in selling fake organic honey but the current investigation shows it goes way past that, including, but not limited to, fake organic food such as Apple Cider Vinegar, Virgin Coconut Oil, Tri Colour Quinoa (high protein edible seeds) and 
The backcountry festival is the product of a lot of volunteer effort and good will. Falls Creek Resort Management Board, Falls Creek Cross Country, and a range of businesses and individuals have offered help and support in various forms. Bogong Equipment has provided some funds.
We hope to be able to give back to some worthy causes while we hold the festival.
First, we want to have a low impact event. If you have a reusable cup, please bring it for use in the caf at Windy Corner. Think about catching the bus or car pooling.
Our mascot (totem animal?) for the festival is the Mountain Pygmypossum, Burramys parvus, Australias only hibernating marsupial. The mountain pygmy possum has been declared by the IUCN Redlist as Critically endangered. In 2000, the population estimates totalled less than 2,000 individuals from the three combined isolated populations that exist across the Australian Alps.
Funds received through the film night will be shared between Mountain Critter Cause and the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.
Mountain Critter Cause supports a breeding program for the possum that is run by the University of NSW. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the possum.
Check for details on our fund raising efforts for the possum.
Thanks to the generosity of Peter Hull from local brewery Sweetwater, we will also be raising funds for Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) through the outdoor bar we will be running on Saturday afternoon. The organisation has assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually and has a strong presence at Falls Creek. You can find details here.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
It is well worth 33 minutes of your time to listen to the entire video by Ronald Bernard. We have heard him before, speaking Dutch, but he is fluent in English.
This is a great presentation. He made it at the Westminster sitting, whatever that means, of the new group called International Tribunal for Natural Justice (not to be confused with a similar one founded by Kevin Annett in Canada) .
In a nutshell, Ronald Bernard had a cruel upbringing and it should have knocked the mickey out of him altogether. But later he was able to break out of it and find love, and give love. His story is somewhat like Wendy Hoffmans biography, Enslaved Queen. She thinks she would have been without the human trait of love except that when she was 4 years old a kind boy named Daniel looked after her.
For me the main importance of this video is that the speaker tells us how he came to put his conscience in the freezer and have no qualms about his assignment to wreck economies and businesses. He says that if he and colleagues read that a man had killed himself, due to business failure, leaving a wife and kids to suffer, they would all have a good laugh.
I have been told by reliable people that George W Bush could enjoy something like that. I recall Wayne Madsen reporting as soon as the Abu Ghraib story became known, that the Oval Office had a direct link to the prison to watch the torture.
I have often said that both the Bush presidents were tortured as children, and we should feel sorry for them. Of course that does not mean we should let them be in charge of a nation.
Ronald says such people still have human in them but its locked in a bunker. And they are afraid of the adults. They need a bridge to come over. A bridge of forgiveness. There is a whole army of people who want to take care of them. They also need affection, e.g., through animals. This is at 14.50 minutes on the tape.
Thanks to the new tribunal for bringing this talk to us. Its getting about a thousand hits per day.
At 16.48 Bernard says Its not about the perpetrators. Its about the billions of people who are doing nothing. Thats us. Please give it a go.
Update: I have now watched 3 more of the videos and they are fabulous:
Anthony Stansfeld, an elected Police Commissioner for the Thames Valley, outs Lloyds and KPMG (its embarrassing, really to learn of the extent of their frauds);
Justin Walker digs into the Deep State by reference to the BIS Bank of International Settlements in Basle founded b...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
A rising household saving ratio combined with a rising external deficit that drains aggregate spending, doesnt necessarily mean that the government deficit has to rise to maintain current output growth.
The answer is True.
This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.
In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).
To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
GDP = C + I + G + (X M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).
Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):
The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death. Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Churchs great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power. The State shall have no say where the priests confidence is concerned, for all may go to him to seek amends. The sacramental seal, goes the relevant code of canon law, is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for the confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.
Those points certainly have merits, even if these seem a touch faded after the sex abuse imbroglio the Church has found itself in. Confession, which functions as a barometric reading of Catholic guilt, has developed its own succour and relish, an ecosystem of ritual and understanding resistant to the prying of the criminal law. Not merely does its ironclad protection provide a dispensation from the laws of the land in certain troubling cases; the confession, in effect, serves as an economy of ordered guilt, reassurance for the next binge of sin. To remove it, or at the very least heavily qualify it, would be an unsettling challenge to a distinct Weltanschauung.
The process effectively permits all including erring priests to engage the process from either side of the grille. Historically, the process also imperilled children. Pope Pius X, in decreeing in 1910 that confession should commence at the tender age of seven, permitted an army of celibates access to vulnerable, and in certain instances titillating flesh.
Legislators troubled by the enduring force and fascination with the seal of the confessional have gotten busy, most notably in Australia. This was prompted, in no small part, by the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We are satisfied, went the Australian report, that confession is a forum where Catholic children have disclosed their sexual abuse and where clergy have disclosed their abusive behaviour in order to deal with their own guilt.
One recommendation specifies that institutions which have a religious confession for children should implement a policy that requires the rite only to be conducted in an open space within the clear line of sight of another adult. But the members of the Royal Commission went beyond the spatial logistics of the confessional. Institutional jolting was required.
Each state and territory government, argued Commission members, should pass legislation creating a criminal offence of failure to report targeted at child se...
Apparently Ms Bishop now understands that while the Rohingyas are a cause clbre for her UN mates, Australians understand that there are two sides to the story. We give nothing to the Burmese Buddhists attacked by the Muslim Rohingya. And now the UN's party-girl-in-chief Ms Bishop has taken to disguising...
This article by Global Freedom Movement.
The energy psychology revolution is upon us, turning the standard Western healing model on its head, putting the patient back in the drivers seat, and moving beyond the band-aid solutions that pervade mainstream psychiatry and psychology. This is the revolution that Big Pharma and institutional psychiatry hope you never hear about.
The article The Self-Healing Revolution Energy Psychology Explained appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.
Hosted by Bring Home to Bilo (Biloela community), Tamil Refugee Council and RAC When: 3-4pm Sunday 24 June Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Priya, Nades and their children Kopica and Tharunicaa have received a removal notice that could see them deported to danger in Sri Lanka. RAC, Home(...)
The post July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners appeared first on It's Going Down.
Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.
Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreemanan Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligansthe International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.
This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisonersthe comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trialbecause they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!
Until All Are Free!
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Global List of Antifascist Prisoners
Below is a list of global antifascist prisoners who are currently imprisoned. Hundreds more have been arrested but have not been convicted; we encourage local groups to support the antifascists of their choosing who are in legal trouble. If you are not donating to a specific person, a good option is to support the...
1810 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie had wont to send an email...but lacking the necessary pigeons to hold the horse hairs together to make contact with the interwebs, Macquarie instead opened the first Aussie post office, at Circular Quay.
1830 - Harry Cade was hanged for highway robbery near Parramatta. Cade was transported at the age of fourteen and executed after he turned sixteen.
1830 - Jack Field was hanged at Sydney for stealing from a settler named Pike.
1830 - Henry O'Neil was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.
1839 - Thomas Sumner , George Cooke , Ryder Gorman and Dennis Dacey were hanged at Sydney for robbery with violence at the house of William Woods and rape of Ann Amlin at King's Plains (Blayney)
1862 - Cobb & Co began writing themselves into Aussie history with their coach service galloping about NSW from their headquarters in Bathurst.
1862 - Not that we're calling them size queens but....The western boundary of Queensland changed from Longitude 141 degrees to 138 degrees.
1865 - Vic Parliament created its own debate reporting department. J. J. Casey in his speech to Parliament noted 'in the opinion of this house, provision should be made to secure an accurate report of the debates in Parliament in the form of Hansard'. Parliamentary reporting had previously been undertaken by journalists from The Argus newspaper.
1866 - Today was the date in the diary for the drilling of the first oil well in the Fair Isle of OZ; it was located at Alfred Flat, Coorong, in South OZ, due to an algal scum "coorongite" being mistaken for bitumen.
1867 - The Nepean River, NSW, flooded to an estimated height of about 13.4 metres in the river, and 27.47 metres on land. It had a devastating effect on the riverside communities; six died.
1869 - Prince Alfred Wesleyan College opened in Adelaide, SA.
Many people would have heard of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals in the 200 meters event at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, because of their black-gloved clenched fist salute protesting racism captured in the iconic photograph below. Carlos had left his pair of black gloves back at the Olympic village, which is why he and Smith each wore a single glove on different hands.
The third man in the photo is Australian Peter Norman, who was white and a staunch anti-racism advocate. He won the silver medal and also joined in the protest but differently, wearing a button that said Olympic Project for Human Rights. For his action, Norman was vilified by the people in his home country, ostracized by the Australian authorities, and deliberately overlooked for the 1972 Olympics, despite being the highest finisher for an Australian sprinter in Olympic history and a contender for the gold medal. When the 2000 Olympics were held in Sydney he was not invited by the Australians to be part of the ceremonies. It was American athletes and the US Olympics Committee that invited Norman to be part of their delegation and stay with them at the village. It was just recently that the Australian Olympic Committee tried to make amends for their past awful behavior and awarded Norman a posthumous Order of Merit.
A couple of years ago, I wrote about the deep and lasting friendship that developed between these three men, including how Smith and Carlos went to Australia to deliver eulogies and be pall bearers at Normans funeral in 2006 following his death from a heart attack at the early age of 64. In the June/July 2018 issue of The Progressive (not online yet), Dave Zirin adds some stories of the bonds between them that I was not aware of.
John Carlos has told me, in conversations over the years, I always felt like Peter Norman, after those Olympics, had it tougher than Tommie or me because in the United States they took turns kicking our asses. In Australia, Peter was on his own.
When San Jose State University erected a massive statue in tribute to alumni Smith and Carlos in 2005, they decided to leave the silver medal stand empty. After Carlos received word that Norman would not be represented, he marched into the office of the schools president and said he wouldnt have anything to do with a statue of....
This video says about itself:
Science Bulletins: Seeking SpidersBiodiversity on a Different Scale
4 October 2012
Recognizing the tiny species of any ecosystem is hugely important for defining its overall diversity. But miniscule forms of life are often invisible to conservation efforts because they have yet to be described in detail. Dr. Norman Platnick of the American Museum of Natural History is leading an important initiative to discover biodiversity on a smaller scale. Having devoted decades to the study of spiders, Dr. Platnick now leads a team of 45 investigators from 10 countries in the largest-ever research project on spiders, identifying members of the goblin spider family. This group of spiders is widely distributed but largely unknown, primarily due to their small sizeat 1.2-3mm, they measure one-half to one-third the length of the average spider. This video follows Dr. Platnicks team into the Ecuadorian jungle as they collect and identify scores of unrecognized goblin spiders, showing how little we know about the full breadth of global biodiversity.
Six new species of goblin spiders named after famous goblins and brownies
June 21, 2018
Summary: A remarkably high diversity of goblin spiders is reported from the Sri Lankan forests. Nine new species are described in a recent paper, where six are named after goblins and brownies from Enid Blytons childrens books. There are now 45 goblin spider species belonging to 13 genera known to inhabit the island country.
Fictional characters originally described by famous English childrens writer Enid Blyton have given their names to six new species of minute goblin spiders discovered in the diminishing forests of Sri Lanka.
The goblins Bom, Snooky and Tumpy and the b...
Vietnam and America, once enemies, and now comprehensive partners, have developed a significant bilateral relationship since the two countries have moved away from the wars painful past and embraced a new future with greater vision.
This weeks trade mission to Washington led by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue comes at a sensitive time when the Trump Administration is embroiled in trade disputes with China, the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.
Last year Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phucs meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald helped reboot a US-Vietnam dialogue. Hues mission during this visit will be to lobby for Hanois market economy status so that Washington will lift tariffs on their fish exports, namely catfish and shrimp among other products.
On the surface, US-Vietnam evolving economic relations moves the trade needle closer to increased normalization, but more work is needed according to sources in both Washington and Vietnam. The US- Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) signed in 2001 was the signature key element in Vietnams short march from the battlefields into the labyrinth of legal reform, trade liberalization, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership.
The BTA sent a positive signal to investors and producers, especially with regards to labor-intensive manufacturers. Nevertheless, in what global investors deem a socialist market-driven economy, Washington still designates Vietnam as a non-market economy. Under the terms of its WTO accession agreement with the U.S., Vietnam is to remain a non-market economy under U.S. law for up to 12 years after its accession or until it meets the U.S. criteria for a market economy designation.
Some policy experts remain optimistic about Vietnams progressive steps towards becoming a true market economy.
America and Vietnam widely acknowledge that globalization reflects a central facet in foreign investment in manufacturing plants like Nike in Vietnam, which employs over 400,000 young women. The tide of foreign direct investment pouring into the country has yielded many dividends, including a dramatic fall in Vietnams poverty rates, growing living standards, and increased life expectancy.
Vietnams cautious and sequenced adoption of market institutions has brought more than two decades of impressive economic performance, all while leaving the countrys underlying political economy largely intact claims Matthew Busch, a research fellow at Australias Lowy Institute.
Pushing for Market Economy Status
Vietnamese leaders are eager to see the United States change the status to a market economy since Hanoi is currently penalized with onerous antidumping and countervailing duties in excess of...
By Amanda Froelich,
South Korea is one step closer to outlawing the consumption of canines. In a landmark decision, a South Korean court ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal.
On Thursday, the city court in Bucheon reviewed a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator. Activists accused the man of killing animals without proper reasons and for violating building and hygiene regulations. The man was convicted and fined 3m won (2,050). Most noteworthy is that the court said meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs.
Said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care: It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself. She added that the precedent is paving the way for a total ban in South Korea.
Dog meat has been a part of South Korean cuisine since first century AD. Every year, approximately 1 million dogs are eaten in the country. But in recent years, the tradition has been challenged by animal rights activists and younger generations in the country. To crack down on dog farms, as well as appease the public, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations and some animal protection laws. There is still no specific ban against the consumption of canines, though.
According to a survey conducted last year, approximately 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dog mean. Yet surprisingly, only 40 pe...
Its time for our own festival! This set of short films comes from a number of different producers and features some lovely stories and stunning scenes from some of our grandest skiing and riding terrain.
The evening will be introduced by film maker Stephen Curtain, who made the great Australian telemark film Winter Dreaming. Aside from revealing a few of the behind the scenes and back stories to the film, Stephen explores the connection of the Australian Alps to Antarctica where he has worked as a polar videographer. Supporting alpine and polar science and research, Stephen discusses the role we can all play to protect our winters.
Matt OKeeffe, head of Falls Creek ski patrol, will talk about backcountry safety.
A former MasterChef contestant and her family are homeless after hackers stole $250,000 from the proceeds of their home sale while it was being settled on Australias new online property transfer system, owned by the big banks and state governments.
AFTER a successful 2017 event, the Phillip Island Pro will be
returning to the Bass Coast in 2018 for its second running and will
bring more than 120 professional surfers to the wave-rich
The QS1000 ranked World Surf League event saw 120 competitors compete last year in incredible conditions that showcased the variety of surf on Phillip Island.
The event will be held from November 2 to 6 at the primary location of Cape Woolamai with the option of moving to other areas of Phillip Island if necessary.
The event will include an Indigenous Invitational along with a Junior Challenge that will run throughout the waiting period.
The inaugural Phillip Island Pro was a massive success, Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said.
To have more than 120 competitors involved with 80 per cent of them coming from interstate was a massive boost to the local economy.
We had an incredible day of waves at Cape Woolamai followed up by two days of great waves at the Penguin Parade. It really showcased how diverse and consistent the surf is in the area.
We are stoked to have the support of the Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water to make sure this event happens every year.
The event will continue its commitment to gender equality with equal prize money pool for both Men and Women, $10,000 for each division.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that this commitment to equal prize money is integral to the councils commitment towards gender equality in sport.
I am immensely proud that this event is returning to our beautiful Island where we will showcase not only our fantastic surfing beaches, but importantly our pledge towards gender equality in sport, Cr Rothfield said.
There is no better way to set the standard and provide a positive and encouraging pathway for our young female surfers, than by providing equal opportunities and encouraging equal participation.
I sincerely hope that more tournaments will follow our lead to even the playing field.
The Phillip Island Pro will be held from November 2 to 6.
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