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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The week after Donald Trumps inauguration in January last year, George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four became Amazons number one selling book. Penguin Books had to order a reprint of 75,000 copies to keep up with the increase in demand. It seemed people wanted to remind themselves about what might be in
What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?
In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.
Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.
Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".
It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.
"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".
It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.
The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, yout...
In late 1930s Australia, dozens of cannabis-based medicines were widely available, either by prescription or over-the-counter. One of the most popular was Dr J Collis Brownes Chlorodyne, which was a preparation made from Nepalese cannabis resin. When a Victorian MP suggested that over-the-counter sales of Chlorodyne be stopped, country parliamentarians flew into a rage. The
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1. The Ettalong Water slide
Most people know about the water slide opposite Ettalong War Memorial Club in the late 80's but do you know where it is now?
A pilot programme using a robotic police officer in San Francisco has ended as quickly as it began after the machine waged a war on the homeless. The idea seemed sound enough: The San Francisco animal rescue group SPCA, (a non-profit organisation) employed the services of a $6 per-hour rented Robo Cop to monitor the
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Last Christmas, our lovely friend Diana gave us a beeswax wrap to experiment with. It proved to a handy replacement for plastic bags and cling film, and an ideal way to wrap loaves of sourdough As its our goal to try and live greener in 2018, and given that commercial beeswax wraps are prohibitively expensive, 
We sneak in a final cheeky lunch at La Gavotte, crepes and Breton style galettes by the water in Baie des Citrons. A light lunch in theory at least, after a week of meat and cream. La Gavotte has a menu of just about every French style filling you can think of, savoury, extremely smelly or fruity and sweet. Specialising in the Breton buckwheat galettes or the lighter fluffier crepes
1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.
1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.
1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.
1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.
1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.
1853 - Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.
1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.
1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.
1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.
1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.
1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.
1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...
Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.
When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.
How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.
South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....
AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP | Australian officials described the seizure as a big setback for drug traffickers
The crew prepared extensively for a task like this and we were able to employ our helicopter and boarding crews to locate and board three suspect vessels, the ships commanding officer Dugald Clelland said.
A thorough search by the boarding parties uncovered a large quantity of hashish and heroin intended for distribution around the world.
The drugs will be disposed of at sea.
Major General John Frewen, head of Australian Forces in the Middle East, described the seizure as a big setback for drug traffickers.
This operation will impact on the flow of narcotics around the world and the use of drug money to fund extremist organisations, he said.
The officials did not say which countrys shoreline the seized drugs were closest to.
The HMAS Warramunga is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) naval partnership in which 30 nations patrol 2.5 million square miles of international waters.
The warship enforces maritime security with a focus on terrorist activity in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions as part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, which operates under the CMF.
Tanya Levin is Hillsong public enemy no 1.
Tanya wrote a book criticising Hillsong and has gotten up their nose for a long-time now.
Tanya went to the big annual Hillsong Conference in Homebush, Sydney a couple of years ago and did some interviews of people attending, outside the venue.
Hillsong had paid for NSW Police to be there and to sort out any issues or dissenters. I doubt they had much to do except target Tanya and try to help Hillsong to get rid of her once and for all.
Below is an article from 7 May this year about how NSW Police, on behalf of Hillsong, pursued Tanya for two years. That is, Hillsong used NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione a close friend of Brian Houstons police force to try to sort out Tanya.
Its a stretch to say, like the article below implies, that Andrew Scipione was directly involved with the Tanya Levin matter, which is highly unlikely. The reality is that once you off-side NSW Police and get charged, its hard to get rid of the charges unless you have an good able barrister.
1788 - Governor Phillip ordered; seize and carry off some of the
Two (2) of Supplys dinghies rowed across to Manly where;courteous [kidnappers]enticedentered into conversationwith a group of Aborigines digging pippie for lunch.
At a proper opportunityour people rushed in among them and seized two  men: the rest fled but the cries of the captives soon brought them back, with many others, to their rescue; and so desperate their struggles.
Only one  of them was secured, the other effected his escapestones. spears, firebrands[thrown]nor did they retreatuntil many musquets were fired over them.
The kidnapped warrior, aged about thirty (30), was wrestled into a dinghy; fastened by ropes to the thwarts of the boat and taken to Sydney.
Watkin Tench stood on shore reporting as the boat came to rest;his agitation was excessive, and the clamourous crowds who flocked around him did not contribute to lessen it.
Many unsuccessful attempts were made to learn his name; the governor therefore called him Manly, from the cove in which he was captured; this cove has received its name from the manly undaunted behaviour of a party of natives seen there, on our taking possession of the country.
Captain Arthur Phillip secured the capture of an Aboriginal person named Arabanoo to train as an interpreter.
1811 - The ship Speedwell arrived at Sydney with the first cargo of cedar from the Shoalhaven.
1821 - The NSW Government first permitted private distillation of grapes, sugar & grain...yippie, home brewed grog for New Years Eve!
1824 - A meeting between Wiradjuri resistance warrior Windradyne and Governor Brisbane took place at Parramatta; a great feast was held with 8 tribes comprising of approx. 400 Aboriginal People from far and wide (some travelling up to 200 miles) with Windradyne seeking an end to hostilities between settlers and Aboriginal people.
The Sydney Gazette reported in 1824 that...
"A SPORTING CENTENARIAN. - Margaret Evans died at the age 105. This extraordinary female was the greatest hunter, shooter, and fisher, of her time ; fiddled excellently, rowed stoutly, was a good joiner, was a blacksmith, shoemaker, boat builder, and maker of harps, and at 70 was the best wrestler in the country."
1828 - The Cascades female convict factory opens at Hobart.
1828 Whatshisname Stirling was told to spot his bot, park his arse and generally make himself at home by lounging about the Swan River to occupy it for the Brits.
Oh, and they pipped him up to Lt for the privilege.
1834 - Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld published An Australian Grammar of the Language Spoken by the Aborigines of the Hunter River. Threlkeldhad lived among with Abori...
The previous article on this site is my lead article about Pastor Pat Mesiti, a pastor of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church. Both of these mega-churches are based in Sydney, Australia.
This previous article on Pat Mesiti is not a comic article or made up. It is true in every dot and tittle. This is the very sad thing about Pat Mesiti, and its reflective of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church, which have enormous global reach.
Most people, and even Christians outside Australia, probably wont have heard of C3 Global Church based in Oxford Falls, Sydney. It has over 1000 churches in its network.
Most Christians in the West would have heard of Hillsong an End-Time Apostate Church and money-cult.
Brian Houston, global head pastor of Hillsong, and Phil Pringle, global head pastor of C3 Church, both Prosperity Gospel pastors and both very wealthy men, are New Zealanders by origin like me. Frank Houston, Brians father and the founder of Hillsong, was born in the same city as me Wanganui, in the lower North Island.
I know both of these men having been at Hillsong from near its inception in 1977 in Sydney, Australia. I knew Brian Houston before his father Frank made him a pastor in 1982.
And I spent some years in the six-year period from 1996 to 2002 attending and helping out at C3 Global Church. I was on Phil Pringles Build...
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