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A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday's temperatures...... Read more
The Australian and Deutsche Banks Business Leaders Forum in Perth 9/3/2017
US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte held a bilateral meeting in Manila last November at the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings. STAR/Krizjohn Rosales, File
MANILA, Philippines US President Donald Trumps National Security Strategy, despite being consistent with his America First policy, offers opportunities to enhance US-Philippines alliance, an analyst said.
Last December, Trump unveiled a new NSS, which is organized into four pillars protect the homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength and advance American influence.
Under the third pillar, the US seeks to rebuild its military strength to protect their diplomatic, information, military and economic interests.
We will ensure the balance of power remains in Americas favor in key regions of the world: the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, the White House fact sheet read.
In a commentary published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, National Defense College of the Philippines senior defense research officer Christian Vicedo said that Washintons security interest and priorities in the Indo-Pacific would have an impact on the US-Philippines alliance.
Chinas artificial islands in the South China Sea, North Koreas nuclear threat and the rise of terrorism and radical extremism are the three regional security issues mentioned in the NSS.
Vicedo noted that addressing the three regional concerns would entail US security commitment to allies and partners in the region.
As a result, while Trumps NSS reiterates transactional principles of economic reciprocity and burden-sharing in confronting common threats, the possibility of a diminishing US security commitment to the Philippines seems unlikely, Vicedo said.
The new security strategy promotes increased cooperation among the...
Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography The Falls Festival is an annual institution for many, with people waiting with baited breath to see if they land a coveted ticket. Most of what we see is all about the Main Stage acts and tight scheduling to see all your favourites, or to toss up who the best 
A 12-year-old girl, who had gone to answer nature's call outside her house, was killed when a bunch of dogs attacked her in a village under Markachcho police station area of Jharkhand's Koderma district on Sunday morning. Koderma is one of the five open defecation free (ODF) districts in Jharkhand. According to the police, they got information about the girl, identified as Madhu Kumari, daughter of Umesh Singh, a resident of Bhagwatidih village in Markachcho (South) panchayat, was killed by the dogs on Sunday morning. "The information we got was that the girl had gone to answer nature's call and was surrounded and attacked by a bunch of dogs. There were attempts by some children to shoo the dogs away, but it was too late. They raised an alarm and alerted their family members. They also shooed away the dogs. But, by then, it was too late. No official complaint has been registered. We are treating this case as an accident," said Officer-in-charge (Markachcho), Arun Kumar.
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Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australias policy of shuttering of dispatchable power sources in favour of unreliables finally appears to be biting into the stability of the Australian electricity grid. One of the coal plants which saved the day is scheduled to be closed in 2022. New South Wales dodges widespread blackouts during heatwave By
Essay by S. Tom Bond, Resident Farmer & Retired Chemistry Professor, Jane Lew, Lewis County, WV
The U. S. has experienced four hurricane disasters just this past year: Harvey in Texas and Louisiana in August; Irma, a particularly intense hurricane with winds of 185 miles an hour in the Caribbean reached south Florida in early September. Jose hit the East Coast of the U. S in late September. Maria, the most damaging on record in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands occurred in late September. Combined they cost $200B. The Atlantic had 17 named storms in 2017. See storm tracks here.
What is a hurricane? It is a violent storm the size of a tropical cyclone having sustained winds of over 74 miles per hour. There are five categories, defined by wind speed. When they move over land devastation is proportional to wind speed.
What causes a hurricane? The best answer requires a little bit of science. Water vapor is formed when water evaporates. It takes heat to overcome the attraction between water molecules that causes them to stick together to be a liquid. When enough energy is supplied, they can separate and each molecule goes its own way, up into the air. That moist air is lighter and tends to rise. As the reader knows, higher in the atmosphere the temperature goes down. When a mass of humid air reaches an altitude where it is cold enough, the heat is transferred to the air. The warmed air continues to rise, and the water condenses and falls out as rain. This is the source of rain and snow.
A tremendous amount of heat is needed to evaporate water, over five times as much as is needed to warm the water from the freezing point to the boiling point. This is released when it condenses back to water (rain). If a smaller mass of air hits a really cold layer, a thunderstorm results. If a moist area goes up to a cool, but not very cold air mass, rain occurs.
When very humid air over the ocean in a wide area rises to a cold level, it continues to rise as it drops rain. This rising draws up more humid air from below. The warm air spreads out in the upper atmosphere, forming a whirling cloud cover. More and more heat is drawn from the oceans top layer as the system spreads out. Winds rising in the interior of the s...
In particular, they assert that their livestock is being stolen, blaming Turks in neighboring towns.
A member of Georgias parliament, Enzel Mkoyan, visited the village the day after the protest to hear out their grievances. A large majority of area residents is ethnic Armenian.Georgia Turkey border crossing.
Residents told him that cameras on the Turkish side showed that the stolen animals had indeed been taken over the border. They also maintained that local authorities have been of little help.
We live on the border and are very worried, one of the villagers, Tsolak Martirosyan said at the meeting, according to an account by local news website JNews.ge. Why is the Turkish side equipped with video cameras, and our side isnt? What century do we live in?
The problem is not new, residents complained. A village nearby, Kartsakhi, staged a similar protest in 2015, threatening to obstruct the construction of a new international railway through the area unless the authorities took action to find stolen property.
Mkoyan promised help. I called all ministries the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Foreign Ministry, and also the border police, he...
Clinton's capacity to lawfully act for a US charity will be an issue in the investigation of the corrupt donations made to the Clinton Foundation - funded by Australian taxpayers. A person who is disbarred as a lawyer for offences of dishonesty is incapable of acting as a trustee or...
You will be aware that criminal investigations involving the Clinton Foundation are now underway in the United States. I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers. I am now preparing complaints/referrals to the...
Trump's Hurricane On The Swamp! Storm
January 7, 2018 at 7:00pm
Source: Project Nsearch | By Glenn Canady
Swamp Drain- Mega Update from Truth Warriors on Vimeo.
The above video does a great job of going through some of the updates from the Q sources.
The Lord answered all our prayers when he stopped Hillary's steal of the election and we elected Donald J. Trump! And just as he promised, the swamp draining has begun. Tom Heneghan reports he cannot get full confirmation that the Bushes were taken to GTMO but nobody has seen them! Last known locations of the Bushes were in their roach nest at Kennebunkport Maine. Some people have said they are in GTMO but Tom like myself wants full confirmation on this before we get excited. We've seen how slippery these demons are so don't get excited until we know 100% that the Bushes are going to be put on trial for their treason. Obama, the Bushes and the Clintons must be fully exposed as the criminals they are for America to become free again! The fake news must be 100% destroyed for their support of these monsters.
Tom Heneghan does say there is no doubt Hillary has the military boot on her leg and has been classified as a threat to national security. She's not going anywhere without everybody knowing about it.
Stew Webb was told by super spy Otis Johnson this past year that the wheels of justice were going to...
When I was 14, after spending 10 years growing up in three vastly different countries, I moved back to the place I was born: Australia. I was making this move from Germany, where racism was taboo due to its traumatic history, yet its people were still a proud nation with high nationalistic ideals. Even teenagers could make you feel unwelcome on the basis of where you were from.
After spending years feeling out of place, I was so excited to be returning home. Australia was where my parents were from, my official nationality. That had to mean something.
Starting my first day of school jetlagged, adjusting to the 10-hour time difference, I wasnt prepared for what was in store. My family had gifted me DVD box sets of iconic Australian TV series, and I had been an avid reader of Total Girl magazine for years. I assumed I would be stepping into an episode of The Sleepover Club or Bluewater High. I thought I knew exactly how to fit in.
But there was still so much I didnt know; so much to make me feel different. Judgement is natural in a high school environment, yet it felt like everything I said and did (albeit being completely normal to me) was watched and criticised. Kids werent used to seeing people be different, and I understood that. But was there anywhere I wouldnt feel like an outsider?
Another thing that baffled me was the questions. What kind of music do they listen to where youre from? I was asked. I had moved from a progressive, western country, and pop music was quite universally liked. Did people really think I only listened to German folk music and Oompah-Pah? My classmates were surprised when my interests were the same as theirs, yet judgmental when mine were different.
Moving around a lot also gifts you with an accent as confusing as your sense of identity. Although I thought I sounded exactly the same as everyone else, everyone was constantly mimicking me and pointing out the way I said certain words. Your accent is just so crazy and different!
The stories you can tell become limited as well. People can go on and on about their family holidays to Paris and ski trips to the Alps, but if I was to bring up attending kindergarten in communist Ukraine, suddenly Id be the one bragging. Perhaps it was the inherent social anxiety associated with moving from a cohort of 30 kids to 300 kids, but I found it easier to just keep quiet.
American sociologist Ruth Hill Useem uses the term...
Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing China's desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to:
...help China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.Considering Google's services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.
You may know that Yahoo Finance has for a long time provided near real-time global stock quotes via its website and via a web API service, which many have used as a convenient source for Excel data. There have been lots of VBA implementations and even a direct spreadsheet formula implementation (no VBA).
Unfortunately, the service was abused to the extent that some even purported to sell trading applications based around it (go figure). That resulted in a huge load on Yahoos service leading to it being discontinued last November. Yahoo has also now included some simple obfuscation in its chart data download service (which has since been reverse-engineered, and may as a result be further protected).
It is implemented via a user-defined function called StockQuote(), which takes the Yahoo ticker code (STOCKCODE.exchangecode). It helps if you know some VBA, but that isnt essential. This thing is for private use only, and of course comes with no warranty whatsoever, expressed or implied. It needs Excel 2010+:
The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules; it is a philosophy and a very correct one. History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less-developed civilisation, no matter how well-intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous.
Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek).
On a small island in Vanuatu, local men march back and forth with the letters USA painted on their bare backs. They carry red-tipped bamboo poles across their shoulders like guns, and although they dont wear shoes and their pants are odd colours and frayed, they look serious beneath old flags of the Marine Corps and the state of Georgia.
It is February 15th, the most important day of the year for Tanna: the day that the mythological American G.I. soldier John Frum is prophesised to return, bringing with him refrigerators, chewing gum and other Western products for the devoted. Many of the crowd surrounding the ceremony arent looking at the men, who are normally farmers or small business owners, pretending to be soldiers. Rather, they are transfixed beyond the sparse grass huts and thick green forest to the active volcano, Yasur, which rises above 1000 feet, and is said to contain John Frums spirit.
Vanuatu was once an isolated island chain in the Pacific which had little contact with the outside world. The locals made axe heads from flints and seashells, and drums from the bark of breadfruit trees. They hunted hawks, cockatoos and pigeons with bows and arrows and spears, and were sheltered from the ebbs of flows of inequality that pervasive agriculture, and the resultant social stratification, had brought to other countries. The country was home to many tribes, each with their own rituals, customs, and languages, which had prospered since early migrations, thousands of years ago.
In the early 1900s, after sporadic visits to the island, the British and French landed in great numbers seeking to convert the population of uneducated savages to Christianity. Missionaries flooded the lands by boat, almost immediately creating a provisional government and court system, which illegalised many traditional customs, including dancing, swearing, adultery and polygamy. They banned activities on Sundays and penalised any who fought to keep their indigenous culture alive. A distinct hierarchy was set along race lines: whites ruled and blacks were subjugated, an unjust ranking that was impossible to overcome. The locals were dominated in their own land and thousands were forced into indentured serv...
Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions Once again Adelaides favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This years tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart 
Bei dem Meltdown-Bug ist mir gerade was aufgefallen, das ich mal mit euch teilen will.
Und zwar hat Intel seit Jahren in ihrem Prozessoren "Hyperthreading", deren Markennamen fr eine Technik namens Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT). Bei Intel bringt das so 20% Mehrleistung, wenn man einen zweiten Thread startet und der auf dem virtuellen Core luft. Kommt natrlich immer auf den Code an, klar.
AMD hat seit Ryzen auch SMT, aber bei denen bringt das 40%. Ich habe mich die ganze Zeit gefragt, wieso. Jetzt glaube ich, die Erklrung zu haben.
Und zwar hat Intel ja, wie wir jetzt wissen, bei ihrer spekulativen Ausfhrung von Instruktionen beschissen, und hat den Load vor den Zugriffscheck vorgezogen. Der Load wird schon gemacht, wenn die CPU sich noch nicht sicher ist, ob der Load erlaubt sein wird (die Prfung davon kostet auch Zeit). Wenn Intel dann feststellt, dass der Load nicht erlaubt war, ist es nicht schlimm, wenn die Daten in den Cache geladen wurden, denkt sich Intel. Und das lief auch jahrelang prima, bis jemandem auffiel, dass das ein Sicherheitsproblem ist.
So, nehmen wir mal an, Intel htte nicht auf diese Art fr Benchmarks beschissen. Was wre der Effekt gewesen? Die Latenz fr die Load-Instruktionen wre hoch gegangen. Und was macht die CPU, wenn gerade irgendwas hngt (weil die Latenz zu hoch ist)? Sie fhrt per SMT einen anderen Thread aus. Das ist die Idee von SMT.
Was, so frage ich mich gerade, wenn die 20% mehr SMT-Performance bei AMD genau die 20% sind, die Intel hier durch Senken der Sicherheit rausgeschummelt hat? AMD hat einfach ehrlich gestallt in den Fllen. Und das geht jetzt dank SMT nicht mehr verloren.
Ich fhlte mich spontan an Dieselgate erinnert. :-)
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a near drowning at Bulli on Saturday to come forward and contact them.
About 11.10am, a 48-year-old man was found face down in the water about 150m from the Sandon Point Surf Club.
The man was returned to the beach by unknown bystanders who commenced CPR until lifeguards and paramedics arrived to take over CPR.
The man was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he remains in a
Wollongong police arrived and commenced investigations into the incident. They would like to speak with the unknown bystanders who assisted the man from the water.
Anyone who witnessed the incident and who has not yet spoke to police should contact Wollongong Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Mystic beings are a lot like crystal children but do have some differences. These people may not be as spiritually guided as those who are of the crystal variety but they are still quite important.
These are the people who are in-between, the ones who are meant to support those crystal children and really build the foundation for their own paths rather than going down one already laid out for them. People of this variety have a specific kind of temperament. They can be a bit confusing but are all the while pretty fantastic. Below you will find a list of signs that point to whether or not you are a natural mystic being.
You are able to look at things from the perspectives of others. This makes you the best person to go to for advice. Sure, you may favor your own opinion but that doesnt mean you cant see things from the point of view of someone else.
You break rules that need to be broken. When something is set in place just to waste your time or do you harm you will not stand for it. But hey, some rules were meant to be broken now werent they?
You know that there is a power inside of you and you will not let anyone take it away. You see the light shining inside everyone you come across and it is magical. The power within is much more than you think, it can work wonders for us all.
Those who are true mystic beings know that growing is something we never stop doing. They know that we grow in many ways and that we all grow at our own paces. This is something we should all learn to accept whether we are mystic or not.
You know that we all have something special inside of us. Sure, some people are a bit sour and you cannot see their good side right away but it is there. You believe everyone has good somewhere inside of them.
Your intuition is something you value big time. No one can sway you to ignore it. You know that when your insides are telling you something you should be listening.
You are not one to accept answers that lack meaning. A mere yeah or nah is not going to do it for you. When you ask for an explanation you are going to get one.
Wonderful news! This 2 year funding extension of the National Education Initiative gives us the opportunity to build the most mentally healthy generation of young people we have ever seen. Thank you @GregHuntMP for your support JG https://t.co/gzwqD2qRF5 Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) January 8, 2018 Wonderful news? All BS,...
Stephen K. Bannon, executive chair of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist, issued the following statement on Sunday: Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country...
Image Courtesy of Sahara Beck It may be the height of Summer but its time to start planning your Winter escapades with the first round of artists announced for the Peak Festival in New South Wales. So far nine artists have been revealed including Hot Potato Band, Sahara Beck (above), Electrik Lemonade, His Merry Men, 
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A self-proclaimed paedophile hunter is facing criminal charges after performing citizens arrests on two men he claims responded to sting operations where he pretended to be a child online. The operations were reminiscent to those performed on the US television show To Catch a Predator. The incidents 42-year-old Adelaide
Good on the Australian War Memorial for staging this exhibition: Their activities are secret. Their missions are classified. Their identities are protected. They operate in secrecy to protect Australias people and national interests, and to support its allies. Australias Special Operations Forces are highly trained, motivated and experienced. With little...
Assessing personalized medicines in Australia: a national framework for reviewing codependent technologies
Cardiovascular medicines are key elements in preventing and
treating cardiovascular disease. This bulletin uses data on supply,
general practitioner (GP) prescriptions, use and expenditure to
highlight that cardiovascular medicines are most commonly used to
help control levels of blood pressure and blood lipids, such as
Over 100 million Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme/Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions for cardiovascular medicines were dispensed to the Australian community in 2015. These comprised one-third (34%) of the total prescription medicines dispensed.
Blood pressure lowering medicines (such as perindopril and irbesartan) and blood cholesterol lowering medicines (such as atorvastatin and rosuvastatin) were the most commonly dispensed prescription medicines in Australia in 2015.
Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of all medications prescribed by GPs in 2015-16 were for the cardiovascular system, at a rate of 9.4 per 100 problems managed. Many of these prescriptions included orders for repeats.
Almost three-quarters (72%) of the estimated 4.1 million Australians who reported having a cardiovascular condition in 2014-15 had used a cardiovascular system medicine in the previous fortnight.
Medicines for cardiovascular disease <<a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/heart-stroke-vascular-diseases/medicines-for-cardiovascular-disease/contents/table-of-contents">https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/heart-stroke-vascular-diseases/medicines-for-cardiovascular-disease/contents/table-of-contents>
On today's episode of The Higherside Chats, old friend Crrow777
joins Greg Carlwood to talk censorship, solar lies, &
everything wrong with the Big Construct.
We live in a time where people are questions all aspects of reality, from the narratives we see on the nightly news to the sun, moon, stars and the Earthly environment itself. How can we not when we know the school system we're forced into was crafted with deception rather than a true attempt to cultivate the best and brightest.
We know think tanks and backdoor cabals have steered our culture to their liking for years, we've heard thousands of accounts of strange objects in the skies but have been stonewalled when it comes to answers, and we don't even know how to feed or take care of ourselves on the most basic of levels.
It seems all we can do is observe the holes in the official story while the world around us drinks the proverbial Kool-aid of our consensus reality cult, because it's clear nearly every aspect of time and space has been twisted for control.
But lucky for us we have a light in the darkness with his cameras aimed at the sky, a man working to peel the onion of lies down to it's very core. He's been here plenty of times before making the shortlist of gusts who's appearances exceed what I can count on one hand, the Pappa Bear of the Lunar Wave. My friend and yours. Breaking in the new year, Crrow welcome back to the Higherside.
00:1:40 Crrow details the censorship issues he's been having, expecially on YouTube. Crrow then expands on the unfortunate direction online censorship tends to be trending, in an era of what he refers to as 'a modern day book burning.
00:14:31 The conversation turns to the skywatching Crrow has done in the past year, how his thoughts about our construct have evolved since his last time on THC, and what last year's major solar eclipse seemed to reveal.
00:42:02 Greg brings up Crrows comment from last year that it's too early to form a better map of our construct, and asks if any progress has been made in that area since their last conversation.
Become a Plus Member at www.TheHighersideChatsPlus.com/subscribe to hear a second hour of all THC episodes. This weeks included:
-Is the stage being set for a mock alien invasion?
-If all the things Crrow has filmed in the sky could be chaulked up to human technology, what about the tens of thousands of entity experiencers? Is there some non-human element to our environment?
-Spielberg, demons, and alines
-the vast manipulation of time
Victoria Police have confirmed theyre investigating allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour by Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan.
Three cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that McLachlan, 52, inappropriately touched them or exposed himself to them.
McLachlan has described the allegations by Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi as baseless.
They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.
These allegations are ALL made up.
But Victoria Police has confirmed its investigating.Detectives from Melbourne SOCIT (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team) are investigating allegations of sexual offences dating back to 2014, it said in a statement on Monday.
As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.
The actor is currently starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.
He is also set to star in the return of the popular Doctor Blake Mysteries on Channel Seven later this year, and the network has been contacted for comment.
McLachlan is the latest high-profile man in the entertainment and media industry to be accused following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US.
Whelan Browne also appeared in the Channel Ten program The Wrong Girl alongside McLachlan in 2016 and 2017.
She told the ABC she was dismayed when she learned he had been cast but felt she had to continue to have a civil relationship with him for the sake of her career.
She said his behaviour towards her on that program was appropriate.
But she said during Rocky Horror that McLachlan, who played the transvestite Frank N Furter to her Janet, said he indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.
Scundi said McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.
She said when she confronted him about the unwanted kiss, he abused and threatened her.
I said, Dont you kiss me. Dont you do that ever again and he turned. I havent fe...
In a profession as serious as law, its sometimes easy to forget to have a sense of humour. So weve collated ten lawyer jokes to kick off the working year. Disclaimer: The content in this article does not constitute legal advice. Joke 1: A lawyer dies and goes to Heaven. There must be some mistake,
January 2008 - 10 years since our team at 4BC made this 3 minute clip of my first year on the radio - seems like a lifetime! I loved my time on the radio in Brisbane - 2007/08/09 and 2010. These are such wonderful memories - thank you to all...
Image Courtesy of Fallon Cush Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush have just released their latest single and video Achilles Heel. The track is taken from their 2017 album Morning and the video is shot and directed by local stalwarts MCMI Music Imaging featuring Fallon Cush frontman Steve Smith. Check out Achilles Heel below:Filed 
Tyler Durdan from ZeroHedge has published this excellent summary - there's plenty more at his ZeroHedge website. Upcoming OIG Report Likely To Trigger Second Special Counsel; Comey, Lynch And Clinton In Crosshairs by Tyler Durden Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:22 276 SHARES TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint While most of the MSM fixated last week...
Australias peak medical body has accused Australian politicians of looking after lobby groups rather than their citizens after the Coalition and Labor said they wouldnt support a tax on sugary drinks.
The Australian Medical Association wants the government to tackle the nations obesity crisis with a tax and advertising bans.
The proposed sugary beverage tax and ban on advertising junk food to children especially during sporting events are among the AMAs recommendations in its statement on nutrition in 2018.
The AMA says the government needs to put a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages as a priority and deterrence, to force behaviour change and stop people thinking its normal to eat unhealthy, sugar-processed food daily.
AMA president Dr Michael Gannon says the group believes as many as one in five Australians die from conditions related to poor diet, such as cancer, coronary artery disease and stroke.
It was appalling to sometimes see babies drinking from 600ml bottles of soft drink containing 15 to 20 teaspoons of sugar, he said.
Obesity is close to overtaking tobacco as the biggest preventable cause of ill health in the community, it is no exaggeration to say sugar is a killer, he told reporters, saying that fact should outweigh any opposition to the tax.
Governments do need to get tough, they need to realise that theyre there to protect the citizens not there to respond to calls of lobby groups.
We expect resistance from the industry, we will fight the industry on this and it is inevitable over time that the benefits of a taxation on unhealthy foods will become obvious to government.
The Australian Beverages Council, the industrys lobby group, has been fighting criticism of sugary drinks and says there is no evidence a tax will do anything to reduce obesity.
The Coalition insists its taking the required action to tackle the challenge of obesity and wont sweeten to making a deal that taxes sugary beverages.
We do not support a new tax on sugar to address this issue, a spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt told AAP on Sunday.
He noted the government had taken action by backing labelling laws for ingredients and nutritional information and supported voluntary measures to restrict food marketing to children.
Federal deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said the federal government should help tackle the obesity epidemic in the country but stopped short of supporting the tax.
Instead, Ms Plibersek suggested prevention strategies to make sure Australians have healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices.
We dont want the next generation of Australians to be a generation where...
The Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million package to fight anxiety and depression among young people.
News Corp Australia publications report that the package, to be announced on Monday, will include a $46 million boost for beyondblues education drive.
Teachers will be given advice to identify mental health issues in the classroom.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said mental health was an important issue which touched Australians of all ages.
Keeping children and young people healthy and happy is good for them, their families and for the broader community, he told Melbournes Herald Sun.
These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges.
Other organisations to benefit from funding increases include Emerging Minds, headspace, ReachOut, Kids Helpline and Orygen.
Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).
by Dee McLachlan
The first time I learned about electro-sensitivity was when a South African friend moved into a new house on the edge of a parkland in Johannesburg in the 1980s. Two massive high voltage pylons ran close to house, and their young daughter soon became ill becoming allergic to almost everything. The doctors advice: move house.
In the 90s, I went for a meeting at a television station in Johannesburg. The building had a massive dish on the roof. I believe it was transmitting the TV signal. In discussion with employees...
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On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote meets Wanda the Wombat!
So in this special animal encounter Coyote gets to meet one sleepy Wombat who is just about to wake up from her daytime slumber. Some might say you DONT WAKE the WOMBAT, but Coyote feels that with a few carrots and some leafy greens as a breakfast offering, hes got the inside track to being the Wombats best friend! Get ready to meet Wanda!
Today is the Lesser Festival of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus,
God of revelry and wine.
Guess what some of you will get up to today!
1789 - The first European baby pupped on Norfolk Island, son of Superintendent Philip Gidley King and convict woman Ann Inett, was named (drumroll for those unimaginative parents) Norfolk.
You think that's bad, she had another son to King, back in Sydney that was named....Sydney.
1799 - Saw Bass and Flinders bobbing about in the Tom Thumb in and around Tassie and assorted islands, proving that the umbilical cord that once connected Tassie to the mainland was long gone; today they made a return visit to the Furneaux Islands for a cuppa tea on their journey back to Port Jackson.
1803 - Capt. Anthony Fenn Kemp and Lieuts Thomas Hobby and Nicholas Bayly arrested for being involved in "scurrilous attacks" on Gov King.
1804 - The first recorded cricket match took place in the New South Wales colony.
1810 The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer, Australia's second newspaper and the first in Van Diemens Land, began publication.
1814 - George Evans advocated building a road over the Blue Mountains, to follow in the tracks of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth.
1818 - Gov Macquarie was a tad miffed at the Flogging Parson Samuel Marsden, accusing him of conspiracy (!!!) so he told him not to darken the doorstep of Govt House again!
1846 - Ursula Frayne, the leader of the first group of The Sisters Of Mercy, landed at Fremantle WA on this day.
1847 - George Barney and party leave Sydney in the barque Lord Auckland to found the Gladstonecolony in northern Australia centred on Port Curtis.
1849 - The Plymouth, the first of a number of ships carrying people to the California goldfields, left Port Jackson for San Francisco.
1867 - The Mining Corner buildings were removed in Ballarat.
1868 - The Earl of Belmore became the Governor of NSW. Of course he was second choice after Pearl the Pole Dancer of Digger's Ditch...
1872 - The Lydiard St, Ballarat, Wesleyan Sunday School opened.
1878 - Today was known as "Black Wednesday", when Victorian Premier Graham Berry wouldn't just take his bat and ball and go home but instead dismissed more than 200 public servants, starting with police and judges, in response to the upper house blocking his Appropriations Bill. Berry argued that without an Appropriations Bill they could not be paid. A fine time was had by all who weren't observing any laws...
1878 - The Melbourne to Portland railway line opened.
1881 - A cyclone, which killed 16 people, decimated the pearling fleet on the Ashburton River, WA.
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolffs entertaining new book, is a mix of wishful falsehoods, compelling fictions, and a lot of stuff we already suspected about the White House. Even honest antagonists of Donald Trump can concede as much.
But treating it too seriously not only diminishes the president who does solid work on this front all by himself it diminishes journalism and incentivizes reporters to sensationalize their coverage, which is already a growing problem.
Even before I got my hands on Fire and Fury, the kind of fun book Ive been reading with high levels of skepticism for 20 years, Id run across a contention that I knew to be patently false. According to the author, the late Roger Ailes once suggested that the president-elect make former House speaker John Boehner his chief of staff. Trump, claims Wolff, answered, Whos that?
OMG! Donald Trump doesnt didnt know who John Boehner was in 2016! went the Twitter cry. But I had interviewed Trump in 2013 regarding the tax ceiling fight, long before ever contemplating his presidency, and it was obvious he knew Boehner rather well even if he knew virtually nothing about the debt ceiling.
Since then, reporters (many of them, it should be noted, are critical of Wolff) and others have uncovered plenty of evidence debunking the Boehner story, and numerous other assertions in the book. Not that this discouraged his antagonists. The president is suffering from dementia, they now argue an attack that comports neatly with the new push to overturn the 2016 election on grounds of the presidents mental fitness.
Perhaps he does have dementia. Or perhaps Trump misheard. Or perhaps Trump didnt recognize the pronunciation of the name. Or perhaps the president was mocking the choice of Boehner in the Trumpian style. Or perhaps the story never happened.
Thats the problem with a book of rumor-mongering. You can never know whats true, though people always tend to believe the tidbits that reinforce their worldview. Not that these sorts of tomes are new. Every president has his Kitty Kelley. What is new, though, is the wall-to-wall coverage of the book. Wolff has given outlets a convenient excuse to repeat unverified stories about the Trump administration that they couldnt talk about otherwise. In doing so, some are left to defend books abstract truths....
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999. In that seventeen year period, over 200,000 Americans have died from opioid-related prescription overdoses. Every day, more than 1,000 patients are treated in emergency rooms and emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
One of the main reasons that the prescription drug crisis has gotten so bad is overprescription. One source notes, Painkiller abuse is particularly on the rise in adolescents who mislead prescribing physicians. The problem also exists with elderly patients and other legitimate prescription drug users, who sometimes use their access to opioids to supplement their incomes. The sad truth is that Medicaid patients can receive medications with a street value of up to $20,000 for a total out-of-pocket price less than $5 monthly. With easy access and the ability to make a sizeable profit, its no wonder that prescription drug use is out of control.
Unfortunately, existing methods dont do a good job of dealing with over-prescription. The CDC estimates that the U.S.s total spend on prescription drug abuse is $78.5 billion a year. This includes healthcare costs, productivity losses, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. But regulatory bodies have been unable to prevent overprescribing from happening.
One reason for this is the inadequacy of prescription tracking methods. The current system relies on trustbetween the patient and his or her prescriber, between the prescriber and the pharmacy, and between the pharmacy and the patient. Handwritten, paper-based prescriptions can be easily forged, falsely signed, and altered. Doctors are often unaware that patients have seen multiple physicians in order to receive opioid treatment for the same problem. The entire system is in dire need of an overhaul.
Thankfully, one blockchain startup, BlockMedX, is in process of developing a proprietary platform that could stop the prescription drug crisis dead in its tracks. The platform gets rid of outdated handwritten prescriptions and provides a way for all parties to record an unchangeable history of prescriptions.
BlockMedX and the Advantages of a Blockchain Powered Prescription System
The BlockMedX platform runs on the Ethereum blockchain, which provided a cryptographically secure way to transmit prescriptions. The platform provide...
Billions of Sydneysiders have returned to work today feeling refreshed hatred for their jobs after experiencing two weeks of life outside the office.
One man said hed always known going to work was balls, but that after enjoying such luxuries as seeing his wife and kids and eating lunch away from his keyboard over the Christmas break, hed realised just how bad his working life was.
The holidays showed me that life could actually be rather good if you removed the work bit, he said. My hatred for what I do and the people I do it with has been fully reinvigorated over the break.
One woman said shed spent the last fortnight of her two-week break in a constant panic attack, fearing her return to the office.
The only thing getting me through is that there are only 50 weeks to go until next Christmas, she said.
As tensions grow, many believe the worst is to come. The CDC really has scheduled a briefing for later on this month to outline just how the public can prepare for any possible nuclear wars to come.
Most people do not know what they need to do in order to prepare for a nuclear war and being prepared is everything. If you are not prepared you will not last long. Most people dont know what they should or shouldnt do and in regards to fallout lets face it we are never going to be prepared enough.
While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people dont realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.
This briefing will be presented by people who specialize in radiation studies and if you have been paying attention to President Trumps tweets is something we should have had long ago. In an interview with PBS NewsHours Judy Woodruff, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he agrees with Admiral Mike Mullens statement that the US has literally NEVER been closer to a nuclear exchange with North Korea.
He believes Nuclear War is almost inevitable and that it will be happening sooner rather than later. He claims there is no easy answer as to how to deal with the issues between the US and North Korea and definitely no easy way to relieve tensions.
When we engage in activities like lets compare the button, they all for different reasons and different motivations lose confidence in us.
They wonder what the hell were doing. Im worried they then decide theyre going to try separate ways to figure out how to do this.
This cant be done in a way that doesnt have all the players in the game on the same page and the other thing is you draw these lines and you dont respond, you diminish your credibility and its just dangerous....
An archaeologist from The Australian National University (ANU) is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn't live much past 40 prior to modern medicine. Christine Cave, a PhD Scholar with the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, has developed a new method for determining the age-of-death for skeletal remains based on how worn the teeth are. Using her method, which she developed by analysing the wear on teeth and comparing with living populations of comparable cultures, she examined the skeletal remains of three Anglo-Saxon English cemeteries for people buried between the years 475 and 625. Her research determined that it was not uncommon for people to live to old age. "People sometimes think that in those days if you lived to 40 that was about as good as it got. But that's not true. "For people living traditional lives without modern medicine or markets the most common age of death is about 70, and that is remarkably similar across all different cultures." Ms Cave said the myth has been built up due to deficiencies in the way older people are categorised in archaeological studies.
Extreme cold wave conditions prevailed in most parts of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Lack of night shelters and amenities have already led to the death of over 70 homeless and poor people. Phone calls to senior officials, including Director Information Anuj Jha have remained unanswered. Twenty-two deaths have been reported from Poorvanchal; three each in Brij and Bareilly divisions; 11 in Allahabad division and 28 in Bundelkhand region. Two persons - Ram Kishore Rawat, 40, and Mahesh, 35, have died in Barabanki district due to the severe cold. One person died in Harchandpur in Faizabad, an infant in Ambedkarnagar, one in Rae Bareli's Makhdoompur and one in Unchahaar. A government official said that adequate arrangements have been made for bonfires and night shelters, though the ground realities were in stark contrast to these claims.
Ive been contacted by a high up Hillsong insider who believes that Hillsong has gone off the rails and wants to tell their story.
This article is the 36th in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.
Hillsong insider speaks:
1 November 2015
It was a revelation to me at lunch today when I was told by a Hillsong friend in the know that Pastors Joel and Julia Abell own a luxurious three story town house on the beach in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs with everything you can possibly need in it.
Ive previously been told by Joel ABell about this house, but was not told of how flash it was until now
John Seed is the founder of the Rainforest Information Centre and has dedicated his life to the protection of rainforests and their biodiversity since 1979. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) by the Australian Government for services to conservation and the environment. He also practices permaculture and is interested in the huge role that unsustainable ...
Everyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear knows that Hillary Clinton should already be in prison. Hillary was able to keep stealing and dealing for as long as she did because of the three corrupt people, namely. former President Obama, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired FBI director, James Comey and whole host of subordinates. However, none of these three are a in a position where they protect the beneficiary of the most corrupt criminal enterprise on the planet, The Clinton Foundation. Then why isnt Hillary Clinton locked up as current President Donald Trump has stated on multiple occasions? The answer to the question is that there is a fourth person who is just as corrupt and willing to commit malfeasance of office in order to keep Hillary Clinton a free woman and that person would be the obstructionist Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The case of the Russian collusion case being levied against President Trump has collapsed. In multiple MSM outlets, it has been convincingly demonstrated that the Clinton Foundation and the DNC paid $12 million for the fake Russian Dossier to be created and then used as a fraud against the President and the American people. The dossier was then used to falsely try and implicate President Trump for conspiracy to collaborate with the Russians designed to defraud the 2016 general election campaign.
Clintons actions even led to the use of a British spy who fabricated evidence against the President. In the process, elections laws were broken and the President was falsely smeared. This dossier became the reason for the special counsel, Congressional hearings and wall-to-wall news media false allegations against President Trump. This dossier was even used for FISA warrants for eavesdropping on the President and his staff...
We also take about police brutality with our regular Bad Cop No Donut segment, and then 12 things you can do instead of calling the police.http://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/download/95543/105008/116584/?url=http://email@example.com/1972-1-02012018_4ZZZ_Subversion.mp3
A man surfing off South Point in Gracetown suffered bite wounds to his foot when he was injured by a suspected wobbegong shark on Friday. The surfer, known only as Justin, was pulled from the water and initially treated on shore by an off-duty nurse before he was transported to Margaret River Hospital about 6pm. Andy Gradisen was surfing alongside the man when the unknown species of shark struck and said the attack took "a small chunk" out of his mate's foot. "We were out the back of South Point and I heard Justin flapping about in the water," Mr Gradisen said. "He put his foot up and he was bleeding quite badly.
By Eva Bartlett Global Research, January 06, 2018 In Gaza On December 18, 2017, The Guardian issued a shoddily-penned hatchet piece against British journalist Vanessa Beeley, Patrick Henningsen and his independent website 21st Century Wire, Australian professor and author Tim Anderson, and myself. Many insightful writers have since deconstructed the lies and omissions of the article, which I will link to at the 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential ingredient to holding global primacy in the near future.
What resembles a sort of arms race has emerged between prominent nations around the globe. Perhaps in an effort to provide the US with an edge, or perhaps in an effort to mitigate the impact of such an arms race, Google has opened an AI center in China.
CNN in its article, Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China, would announce:
Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.
The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing Chinas desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to:
help China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.
Considering Googles services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.
This question may have been at least partially answered in a recent AI summit which included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet Inc.
Poaching Foreign Talent
The Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security (CNAS), as part of its...
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Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 23rd June 2017
Radio Birdman was one of the first Australian independent bands to carry the punk label. The name comes from a misheard The Stooges lyric from the song 1970 (the actual lyric is radio burnin).
They formed in Sydney, 1974 with Deniz Tek and Rob Younger wanted to create a band that challenged the commercial mainstream whilst being completely uncompromising. With the addition of Pip Hoyle on keys, Ron Keeley playing drums and bassist Carl Rorke, Radio Birdman started playing DIY shows in rented garages and community spaces after being rejected from multiple venues....
It's way past time for the ABC to be put back in its box. It does what it wants when it wants to. It's forgotten who it works for. It's like a 30 year old metrosexual living at home and bludging off its working parents for everything. At some point...
Sharyl Attkinson explains fake news and opinion-as-fact brilliantly. About the Book New York Times Bestseller Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those...
(Article by Sally Pepper.) On New Year's Day, January 1st 2018, as I surfaced around 10.00 a.m, I heard on the news that power prices and tolls on roads around Melbourne will both increase and, that this year many Victorians will experience additional economic hardship. My immediate defensive thought was, "Well I don't use tollroads and I guess I can be more frugal with my use of gas and electricity."
But on reflection, this is, in a way, beside the point. Such thinking does not ward off forever the effects of these increases. Many people rely on toll roads to get to work each day. The fact that I don't use them only puts me at a slight advantage to those who need to use them. It is not in any way to my benefit though that other people are being disadvantaged in their daily struggle to feed their families and pay the mortgage. It is also beside the point as these increases are,unfortunately, only part of a progression. Tolls will go on increasing, as will power prices. Beside this, there will be more toll roads until I won't be able to avoid them. I also will be caught in their web. I can delay the impact but I can't avoid it.
Where are we headed? Not only I will be caught but so will many others who hitherto have felt untouched by the imposed hardships on those less fortunate. There will be a cascade of those affected. The tentacles of the owners of toll roads and power companies will eventually have most of us in their grip. After all, this is all about maintaining that ratio of the 1% as opposed to the 99% . Remember the "Occupy Movement"?
Many people I know count themselves lucky, comparing themselves with those who are not as well off. They do not see themselves as affected by the rising inequality in Australia. This "glass half full" attitude is so much more socially approved of than mine, which compares my lot with both what it used to be and also what it could have been were it not for the 1%. To me "glass half full" attitude is a sort of misplaced Pollianna-ism and given what I believe from the trend I observe it is really a sort of "precipice complacency."
It seems that all will be taken from those who don't own the means to extract from the majority. Those about to lose are those who now feel secure, even somewhat wealthy: those with superannu...
QUESTION: Hi Martin.
In your recent blog posts, you talk about the possible timing of the break up of Britain but you talk about that in terms of the regionalisation or break up of England only. Have you not said before that Scotland is likely to become independent sometime in the next few years? Perhaps you could explain how that possibility fits in this process?
ANSWER: There are two expansions on the island of Britain. The more commonly known is the formation of the United Kington which took place in 1707 under Queen Ann. That saw Scotland under English Rule and the birth of the United Kingdom. However, before the reign of Eadgar (959-975 AD), England was divided into Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was Eadgar who instituted a uniform coinage throughout the land and a single government. While Eadgar set the pattern for the reformed coinage of the later Anglo-Saxon and Norman period and standardized the use of the kings portrait as in old Roman tradition, it was all about creating BRITAIN as a nation-state.
Tonight We have an open discussion on whats been happening, and what coming down the road in 2018! We will also be answering some interesting FearLess Family questions about E.T.s, Ayahuasca/DMT BreakThroughs, contact with beings, the machine, people who are not actually people and so much more ..! Set Your Intentions & Tune in Live!
A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States on Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6, 2018, pushing temperatures above 40 C (104 F) and forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories....... Read more
Turnbull knew he'd be in the commentary box. Everyone knows what sort of patter to expect. So Chairman Mal polished up this - ahem - yarn. Another chapter from the pages of The Life Of A Prime Minister Without A Point. I had the English team down at Kirribilli the...
2018 is going to be a fun fun year. And to better prepare yourself for all the merrymaking here is a calendar of some of the more delightful things to look forward to.
February 16: The United States bans entry to the country of all people except white Christian and Jewish citizens of Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Israel.
February 18: Congress passes a law that requires all new citizens to submit an essay in excellent English about how brilliant Donald J. Trump is, how devoted they are to him, what a huge success hes been, how hes going to make America great again, and how modest a man he is.
March 1: The Mueller Investigation announces the discovery of a citizen of Vladivostok, Russia who on July 16, 2016 wrote an email to his cousin in Baltimore expressing his dismay at all the violence that had been unleashed in the Middle East following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, which, he wrote, was instigated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Such interference in an American election will not be tolerated, declared Muellers office.
March 6: The government of El Salvador is overthrown in a coup. The United States blames Russia.
March 15: Members of Ukraines neo-Nazi parties, which hold several high positions in the US-supported government, goose-step through the center of Kiev in full German Storm Trooper uniforms, carrying giant swastika flags, shouting Heil Hitler, and singing the Horst Wessel song. When left-wingers attempt to block them police intervene to arrest the left-wingers. Not a word of this appears in any American mainstream media. President Trump tweets there are lots of bad people on both sides.
March 26: The government of Paraguay is overthrown in a coup. The United States blames Russia.
April 1: Trump declares that the United States has never invaded another country nor has ever overthrown a foreign government. He adds that this is not an April Fools Day joke.
April 15: The government of Egypt is overthrown in a coup. The United States blames Russia.
April 28: A new Harvard study concludes that .00001 percent of the American population now possesses 99.999 percent of all financial assets.
May 10: Texas executes a 16-year-old girl for having an abortion.
May 12: The Republican Party calls for giving fetuses the vote.
June 3: US demands that Iran destroy all planes and bombs in their country, all pistols and rifles, all knives over 2 inches, and all baseball bats.
July 1: Vice...
It would appear some details regarding Venezuelas own cryptocurrency have come to light. We already know it goes by the name of Petro. Moreover, this is an oil-backed currency. It is also a response to the worsening financial crisis in Venezuela today. It seems President Maduro has ordered the issuance of 100 million Petros moving forward. An interesting decision, considering the whitepaper has yet to be revealed.
Everyone knows Venezuela is not a fun place to live right now. Growing inflation and no viable solutions create a very uneasy ecosystem. Issuing a national cryptocurrency seems to be the only option left worth exploring. President Nicolas Maduro has confirmed the Petro will come to market in the next few months. So far, no one knows the exact specifics of this currency, at least on the technical side. The value of this currency is backed by the countrys vast oil reserves.
It would appear the first batch of Petro coins will be issued soon. A supply of 100 million Petros will be brought into circulation. This number is not chosen randomly either Instead, it is based on national wealth. Every Petro has the same value as a barrel of Venezuelan oil. An interesting prospect, as it should ultimately inject a lot of money into this new currency. The big question is whether or not there will be any interest by foreigners to obtain this new currency.
It is also expected the think tank behind the Petro currency will convene next week. It will also be the first national meeting of this new currencys miners. For now, we still have no idea how this currency will be mined exactly. After all, since it is backed by oil reserves, there seems no reason to mine anything. A better option is to create batches of this currency like Tether does. For now, we have to speculate as to how things will play out for Venezuelas new currency.
When the whitepaper is unveiled, things will become a lot clearer. For now, no one in Venezuela knows what to expect from the Petro exactly. There are still a lot of questions which need to be answered, to say the least. It would also be good to know which blockchain will be used to issue this new currency. A private ledger seems to be the most obvious choice in this regard. How all of this will play out, has yet to be determined. Its certainly an interesting development to keep an eye on.
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1788 - Tassie sighted the First Fleet...but Tassie didn't find
anything about them to write home about.
1799 - Bass and Flinders completed their circumnavigation waltz of Van Diemens Land with a dosey-do and a bow to your partner.
1810 - The speech given by Gov Macquarie upon being sworn in was published on this day in the Sydney Gazette included a special mention of Indigenous persons;" I need not, I hope, express my wish that the Natives of this Country, when they come in the Way
in a peaceable Manner, may not be molested in their Persons or Property by anyone; but that,
on the contrary, they may always be treated with Kindness and Attention, so as to conciliate them
as much as possible to our Government and Manners."
1814 - Australia's first boxing match took place in Sydney. John Parton defeated Charles Sefton over 56 rounds without Anthony Mundine in sight.
1830 - Explorer Charles Sturt had some spare time on his hands so he went for a jaunt by whaleboat down the Murrumbidgee River and entered "a broad and noble river" which he named the Murray River (14th January). By February he had eyeballed Lake Alexandria and began the return journey along the Murray River against the current. Each Aboriginal community along the river had its own name: to those of the lower river it was Murrundi, for those upstream near Echuca in Victoria it was Millewa, and near its source it was Indi.
Lake Alexandrina was variously called Parnka, Kayinga or Mungkulli.
1832 - George Augustus Robinson arrived in Hobart with Aborigines from Oyster Bay and Big River tribes - the so-called " last of the Aborigines" from settled districts - to be resettled in the Bass Strait islands.
The Hobart Courier reported on this day;
"It is with no small pleasure we announce the gratifying news that the whole of the Oyster bay and Big river tribes, the most sanguinary in the island, have surrendered themselves to Mr. Robinson, by whose conciliatory intervention the desirable event has been mainly brought about. They consist of 16 men, 9 women and 3 children, and may be expected in town to day to join the Aboriginal Establishment at Great island,by the Charlotte now in the harbour."
1835 - The Noongar People of West Australia were evicted from their campsite at Lake Monger as they were considered a threat to William Leeder and his farm which had been established when he took up land grants in 1832.
1838 - The first attempt to create a Native Police Corps in Victoria came unstuck on this day a bare 10 weeks after it was begun; the Superintendent , Christaan de Villiers, had spat the dummy and resigned due to the missionary George Langhorne sticking his nose in and making malicious complaints.
When Langhorne was made Police Superintendent the police refused to wo...
A police officer who shot and killed an innocent 68-year-old mentally ill veteran who accidentally hit the medical emergency button in his home, will face no consequences after acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim determined that there was insufficient evidence to press charges. The victim, Kenneth Chamberlain, accidentally triggered a medical alert through "Life Aid," which prompted police to visit his home. When the officers arrived unexpectedly, Chamberlain told the responding officers that he was OK and did not need any help. He refused to answer his door, and instead called Life Aid and told them that he did not need the police at his home. "I have the White Plains Police Department banging on my door, and I did not call them and I am not sick," Chamberlain told the dispatcher on the phone. However, the officers refused to leave and initiated a standoff with Chamberlain, allegedly taunting him with racial slurs, according to his family.
In the United States, in 2017, according to the government data, eight events took place on American soil that were classified as acts of terrorism. The combined death toll from all eight terroristic acts in 2017 is 12. Twelve people were killed on American soil by other people attempting to make a political statement through an act of violence and yet we are told the threat of terror inside the United States is at an all-time high. Nothing could be further from the truth.
However, there is another number that is particularly worrisome and it has to do with how many people American police have killed this year. As of the publishing of this article, the number of people whove been killed by police in 2017 is 1,184. This is nearly 100 times the number of people killed by terrorists inside the United States this year and yet the government and the media at large remain entirely silent on this violent epidemic.
While the shootings in Nevada and Texas were horrific and some of the deadliest to take place on American soil, they are not technically classified as terrorism as they were not carried out in the name of a political ideology. Even if we include the deaths from these mass shootings, police have still killed far more people than all the mass shooters in 2017 combined.
Our televisions and politicians constantly remind us of this essentially nonexistent terror threat while ignoring the very real threat from law enforcement. The victims of law enforcement are written off by society because their guilt is assumed and therefore they are dehumanized easily dismissed.
When the ostensible protectors of our even more ostensible freedoms are nearly 100 times more deadly than the people we are told hate our freedoms, something is definitely wrong.
Why is it that cops in America kill more people than any other civilized country? Do we have a higher crime rate?
The short answer is no. If we look at our neighbors across the pond in the United Kingdom, their total crimes per 1,000 citizens is 109.9...
Why does it seem easier to imagine the end of the world than to see the end of capitalism? Part of the answer turns on a rift between radical economic and ecological thought.
As Kenya moves steadily towards its industrialisation dream (Vision 2030), the question of how to generate reliable power to meet the growing demand from households and industries continues to induce headaches, as local manufacturers cry foul over power tariffs that are higher than those in neighbouring countries.
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As we look back on the past year, one issue that abruptly came into focus was nuclear weapons. On the one hand, North Korea aggressively tested new weapons and both Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump threatened catastrophe; on the other, we have a new United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and a Nobel peace prize to the Australian-founded organisation the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons.
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Emergency services in southeast Australia are warning people to stay indoors as a dangerous heatwave batters the country, with temperatures so high that the asphalt on some roads has been melting. The "catastrophic" hot weather caused a 10km stretch of the Hume Highway, near the Victoria state capital Melbourne, to become soft and sticky, causing havoc for motorists trying to enter the city. Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania have now declared a total fire ban after blazes on the outskirts of Melbourne raged out of control, destroying buildings and threatening lives. It took a team of 300 firefighters, 50 trucks and three helicopters to tackle one fire in Victoria's Carrum Downs on Saturday, which threatened dozens of homes.
The Indian government has been cracking down on cryptocurrency-related tax evasion. While the tax authority has notified crypto exchanges and wealthy traders that they must pay taxes, no clear guidelines have been provided. Indians are confused about how cryptocurrencies are taxed and seven bitcoin exchanges are asking the regulators for clarification.
The Indian National Tax Service has recently inspected top cryptocurrency exchanges as well as sent out notices to wealthy crypto traders informing them to pay taxes. However, the government has not issued guidelines on how cryptocurrencies are taxed, leaving crypto users and exchanges confused.
Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past century. Weve created technology that has transformed our society; scientific advances have helped us answer fundamental questions about who we are and the world that we inhabit. And, yet, mysteries persist.
Why are we compelled to sleep every night? Why are we still not able to see dark matter? And where the heck are all the aliens?
People have debated questions like these for decades sometimes centuries. Fortunately, our unfaltering will to uncover the worlds mysteries has brought us closer to some answers than ever before. Here are six mysteries that still keep scientists up at night, and how close they are to solving them.
Why do we need sleep? This may seem like a straightforward question, but the answer is far more complex than you might think. There have been countless attempts to find a definitive reason as to why humans need to sleep every night, but scientists are still unable to offer a single, definitive answer.
Findings in sleep science have shed some light on the intricacies of sleep stages and brain activity, but ultimately, they have merely offered pieces to an ever-growing, incomplete puzzle. It doesnt help that we dont have much to compare ourselves to as sleeping patterns and brain activity in other animals often deviate significantly from those of humans, further mysti...
Colonel Tim Collins was the CO of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment. He is a fighting soldier. He led men under fire in the 1st Gulf War, the Colombia Drugs War, the Zaire Army Rebellion 1991, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Iraq War and on several tours of Northern Ireland....
Senator Kimberley Kitching, wife of Andrew Landeryou, and former Senator Nick Xenophon
"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa
"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato
"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
Guest essay by Eric Worrall Do climate scientists require Federal Government funding? The answer surprisingly appears to be no; President Obamas former Federal Climate Advisory Committee have secured other sources of funding, to enable them to continue work previously funded by the Obama administration. Climate scientists exiled by Donald Trump to reconvene at Columbia University
This video from Help for Homeless UK in Britain says about itself:
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5 January 2018
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From daily News Line in Britain:
Saturday, 6 January 2018
War on homeless must be answered with a revolution against the ruling class
A WAR on homeless people has begun, with moves to make begging illegal, effectively criminalising poverty, while using the police to drive homeless people out of royal Windsor, and then presumably out of all towns and cities.
Tory Councillor Simon Dudley, of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has vowed to drive every single homeless person out of the borough in time for the royal wedding in May, so that the sight of homeless people does not lower the tone of the royal wedding.
Dudley has now demanded that the police take immediate action to drive homeless people and desperately poor people begging for money out of the borough. In a letter written to the Berkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), he wrote: The whole situation presents a beautiful town in a sadly unfavourable light. The level of tourist interest is set to multiply with the royal wedding in May 2018, and there are increased concerns from our residents about their safety.
His attitude stinks of the arrogance and clas...
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Chicago, March 25, 1966.
It is the year 2018, and yet not a day goes by when a patient is unable to receive good care or a doctor questions their career choice. How have we arrived at this tragic state of affairs? The answer is that our for-profit health care system is the principal cause, not only of poor patient care, but also of physician burnout. Only with a single-payer system, anchored not in the mores of capitalist plunder, but with the understanding that quality government-funded health care is an inalienable right, can both doctors and patients extricate themselves from this suffering.
Even amongst patients that are insured, restrictive health care plans force millions of Americans to work with doctors that they do not wish to work with. No less disconcerting is the fact that Americans are often compelled to stop working with doctors that they have known for years and do not wish to leave. In conjunction with a complicated health condition I have seen dozens of different doctors over the past two years. Should my insurance suddenly change, this painstakingly constructed system of specialists could come crashing to the ground. Moreover, being forced to leave a doctor that you have known for years is a shame, not only because no one will know your medical problems quite like they do, but because once a good doctor-patient relationship is lost it is gone forever.
This revolving door is also very harmful for physicians, because if a doctor has a practice with patients incessantly coming and going, this will invariably foment alienation which can be a driving force behind physician burnout.
The argument that a single-payer system would be impossible to implement in practice, is contradicted by the fact that the overwhelming majority of countries in the West from Vancouver to Vladivostok, have nationalized health care systems that guarantee universal coverage for all of their citizens. The GDP of Cuba is mere pennies compared to that of the United States, and yet all of their citizens enjoy excellent free health care, with an infant mortality rate lower than that of the United States. (They also enjoy superior literacy rates). How can we call ourselves a civilized nation when millions of Americans with serious illnesses are more fearful of bankruptcy and losing their insurance, than they are of death from widespread disease?
A single-payer system recognizes that it is deeply immoral and inhumane to give superior care to the upper middle class and affluent, while denying good care to vast segments of the population. In the absence of a nationalized health care system,....
A "mysterious void" has been discovered next to train tracks on the Cumbrian coast. The sinkhole is around 4ft deep and 2ft wide and was found in the village of Harrington. Engineers said the ground around the hole appeared to be "shifting". Services between Whitehaven and Workington were disrupted. Network Rail, which manages Britain's railway infrastructure, said in a statement: "Engineers are working to repair and make safe the section of line after the mysterious void appeared yesterday in the wake of Storm Eleanor." Phil James, head of operations for Network Rail's London North Western route, said: "Sinkholes are very unusual on the railway.
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Don't think I will rush out to buy one.
Tej Katpitia Jan 5 2018,
Oral health is a reflection of a healthy body. It is important to consume the right food and use safe products to ensure good oral health. The use of silver diamine fluoride has been frequently questioned for its side-effects. Although it is a naturally occurring mineral used in toothpastes to resolve dental problems, is it really worth it?
The XB-1 will be the first independently-developed supersonic jet, and the fastest civil airplane ever made. Oh, and tickets are $6,600.
Now US scientists are developing a similar Artificial Intelligence system which may accompany all soldiers on the battlefield within just 10 years. Like the fictional JARVIS - which stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System - the technology will allow soldiers to converse with their omniscient companion to interpret threats in the field and analyse data with lightning speed. At the heart of the project is the need to offer troops a simple-to-use sidekick, to whom they can ask open-ended questions and receive considered answers quickly.
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