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  • Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

    10/07/2015 4:31:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | MIRANDA DEVINE
    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.He found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly.He fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.It...
  • Japan offers advanced science to build new subs (Australia)

    10/07/2015 1:55:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Japan has offered to build Aus­tralia a larger version of its ultra- stealthy 4000-tonne Soryu, or Blue Dragon, submarine to ­dramatically increase its range. The “enhanced” Soryu diesel-electric submarine, which could be built in Australia, would be powered by a new and safer generation of highly efficient lithium ion ­batteries developed by Japanese engineers. The 88m long Soryu would be extended with the ­addition of a new hull section 6-8m long, which would be placed behind the submarine’s fin, The Australian was told in a briefing yesterday. Japan, which is one of three contenders bidding to build Australia’s submarines, has...
  • Willie Geist: More Laws Won't Stop Bad Guys from Getting Guns

    10/06/2015 4:57:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A week ago, we noted that—negating Nicolle Wallace's notion that the woman who aided the New York prison break shouldn't do any time herself—Willie Geist observed "you can't help convicted murderers escape from jail." An NB reader remarked: "I get the sense that Willie Geist is a good guy trapped inside the leftwing matrix." Far be it from us to cause workplace problems for Willie by praising him too much, but Geist was at it again on today's Morning Joe, this time making some common sense remarks on gun control. After Eugene Robinson praised Australia's "very serious" gun control laws,...
  • Could (deposed Australian conservative Prime Minister) Tony Abbott make a comeback?

    10/05/2015 1:02:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia) ^ | 4th October 2015 | Rowan Dead
    COULD Tony Abbott make a comeback? The Abbott-haters and the feral army of Twitter addicts who are so delighting in his downfall will pour their usual bile-laden scorn on such a suggestion, but they clearly don’t know their history. Political precedent tells us that Abbott returning to the leadership of the Liberal Party is not only possible, but worth punting a few bob on. Forget Abbott’s current unpopularity, because the public soon will. John Howard was publicly derided after he lost the 1987 election to the charismatic Bob Hawke, so much so that the Bulletin magazine, the trendy political rag...
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again

    10/05/2015 5:59:21 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 7 replies
    The Zero Hedge ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called "Trojan horse" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said. For the U.S., the TPP (reportedly) opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, tightens intellectual property rules to benefit drug and technology companies, and establishes a tightknit economic bloc to challenge China’s influence in the region (likely forcing their hand into separate...
  • Honoring Jesus through His love in us honoring and loving others [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 11:47:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 28 replies
    bible, Holy Spirit, ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    My Spirit Honors those that Honor Me(Jesus) , And this is when you witness My Majesty, Bounding and moving through a crowd, Miracles of healing, Signs and "Wonders" is how My Spirit speaks out loud, Acknowledging My Spoken WORD, Rather written or declared and heard, But truly it is when He sees, The Unified Love of The Father you then feel His breeze, The Face, The Form and Breathe of JEHOVAH GOD , The Wonders of His Staff and Rod, For ALL Authority "Rests" in Me(Jesus)! So LET "MY LOVE" Be The Fruit of Your Tree ! Philippians 1:9The Voice...
  • Obama Goes Beyond Mere Gun Control, Hints at Confiscation

    10/03/2015 6:58:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 144 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/03/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    When President Obama spoke in reaction to the heinous October 1 attack on Umpqua Community College, he went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested instead that America consider following the path blazed by Australia and Great Britain. In the mid-1990s Australia and Great Britain both instituted what were virtually complete bans on firearm possession.Obama referenced the bans thus: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.  Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.  So we know...
  • Theater of the Absurd - MUSLIM TEEN Responsible for Shooting after Obama speech

    10/03/2015 5:23:07 PM PDT · by 100American · 12 replies
    Well Obama, what do you have to say now? It was on Church Street at Parramatta just after 4pm yesterday. Exclusive footage obtained by 7 News shows 15-year-old Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammed walking along, dressed in black, waving a gun and shouting at police. The video shows the final moments of this radicalised teenagers. As it all unfolds, just metres away behind a wall, young children play at the Good Start day care centre. Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammed must have known it was a suicide missions, but what he was doing was worth dying for, was worth killing Curtis Cheng...
  • Dressed in all black, brandishing a gun and chanting 'Allah, Allah'....

    10/03/2015 3:23:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 4th October 2015 | Jenny Awford
    Chilling footage has emerged showing the final moments of a 'radicalised' 15-year-old after he stormed a police headquarters and shot an accountant at point-blank range in an 'act of terrorism'. Schoolboy Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad can been seen running down the street brandishing his gun in the air just seconds after killing father-of-two Curtis Cheng, 58. Dressed in a black robe, the lone gunman can be heard screaming at officers before having a shoot-out with three special constables guarding the station in Parramatta, Sydney. Multiple shots can be heard and the Channel Seven video then shows the Iranian-born youth, who...
  • Gunman who shot dead NSW police employee was radicalised youth

    10/03/2015 1:06:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    The actions of the 15-year-old gunman who shot dead a New South Wales police civilian employee were an act of terrorism, police say. The radicalised youth of Middle Eastern background has been named as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad. He killed the police employee, Curtis Cheng, as he was leaving police headquarters at Parramatta in Sydney's west around 4:30pm yesterday. The offender then fired several more shots at officers as they emerged from the building to respond to the incident. He was killed when the officers, who are special constables, returned fire.
  • Shooting In Gun-Free Australia Leaves ‘At Least Two Dead’

    10/03/2015 12:21:04 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 2–just one day after Obama suggested an Australian-like gun ban might be the way forward for America–a gunman opened fire outside a daycare by State Crime Command in Sydney, Australia. Fox News reports “at least two are dead.” Details are scant, but The Sydney Morning Herald reports that “the gunman, who one witnessed said was dressed in a black gown, opened fire on a police IT worker outside the State Crime Command, which houses some of the state’s top detectives, in Parramatta at 4.35pm on Friday.” Parramatta real estate agent Edwin Almeida heard shots and looked out the...
  • Australia’s 1996 Gun Confiscation Didn’t Work – And it Wouldn’t Work in America

    10/03/2015 11:46:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/03/2015 | by MARK ANTONIO WRIGHT
    Within hours of the gunfire falling silent on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, President Obama stepped up to a podium and declared that America should follow the path of our Anglosphere cousins to reduce gun violence. “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings,” the president said. “Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.” “Australia” is Obama’s preferred euphemism for that most cherished of gun-control ideals:...
  • Gunman... 15yo radicalised youth who visited a mosque... police confirm ... act of terrorism'

    10/02/2015 7:05:15 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 3rd October 2015 | Leith Huffadine and Daniel Piotrowski
    The shooter at the centre of the Parramatta police HQ terror attack was a 15-year-old boy from Iran. The 'radicalised' youth gunned down police finance department employee and father-of-two Curtis Cheng at close range before being killed by a police officer. In a press conference with New South Wales premiere Mike Baird, Police commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed the teens actions were 'politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism'. En route to the killing the youth, originally from Iran, had visited Parramatta Mosque, The Daily Telegraph reported. Witnesses of the attack on Friday afternoon said after the killing, the teen paraded...
  • American anti-abortion activist Troy Newman detained at Melbourne Airport

    10/02/2015 8:39:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Controversial anti-abortion activist Troy Newman has been detained at Melbourne Airport after he travelled to Australia despite his visa being cancelled. Mr Newman, who has questioned why doctors who perform abortions were not sentenced to death, had previously been stopped in Denver in the US en route to Australia. He had his visa cancelled by the Department of Immigration on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton confirmed to Daily Mail Australia Mr Newman had been detained on Thursday morning. 'Despite having no visa to enter Australia Mr Newman-Mariotti boarded a flight and arrived in Melbourne,' she...
  • Two people shot dead and multiple casualties outside police headquarters in Sydney

    10/02/2015 12:43:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 2nd October 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    Two men have reportedly been shot dead outside a police headquarters in a Sydney suburb. Multiple shots were fired just 700m from the main station in Parramatta after two armed men allegedly stormed the headquarters, according to reports. Witnesses have reported seeing two bodies lying on the ground covered in white sheets. A NSW police spokeswoman said a major operation was underway and 'something's definitely going on out there'.
  • Australian State Anti-Discrimination Minister Denounces Catholic Publication Affirming Marriage

    09/29/2015 10:16:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A prominent politician in the Australian state of Tasmania has lodged a formal complaint against a pamphlet on marriage produced by the Catholic Church, saying that it causes “immeasurable harm” by arguing against acceptance of same-sex unions. Martine Delaney, the anti-discrimination commissioner of Tasmania’s state government, called for an investigation of the Australian bishops’ conference which issued Don’t Mess with Marriage. The pamphlet was distributed to 12,000 families with children in the state’s Catholic schools. Delaney charged that the publication denigrated the rights of homosexuals.
  • Awesome footage of rare white whale off the coast of Australia

    09/24/2015 1:53:45 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Aug 10, 2015 | Mashable
    A rare white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Queensland on Monday, and whale watchers are hoping it is Australia's famous whale Migaloo.
  • Giant killer lizard fossil shines new light on early Australians

    09/23/2015 12:42:47 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | Gilbert J. Price, et al
    As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, a new study has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards. Researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they unearthed the first evidence that Australia's early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped
  • Neo-Nazi, radical feminist and violent jihadist - all at once

    09/21/2015 6:24:15 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/21/15 | Mike Wendling
    To some he was an Islamist extremist, to others a radical feminist, to others a neo-Nazi. These are all online identities that seem to have belonged to Joshua Goldberg - but in reality he was none of these things. They were simply online aliases used to whip up ideological hatred, with seemingly dangerous and even violent real-world consequences. In reality he lives in Florida, spent huge amounts of time online - and has now been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). SNIP It seems Goldberg wasn't just posing as a racist neo-Nazi. Earlier this year an Australian journalist,...
  • ‘MacGyver’ Star Not Proud of USA When It Comes to Guns

    09/20/2015 12:34:57 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 97 replies
    On September 17, the Bisbane Times published a video interview with Richard Dean Anderson—star of the hit 1980’s show MacGyver—in which Anderson talked about how he is not proud of the USA when it comes to the country’s gun culture. He also criticized the “despicable attitudes” he sees in the NRA. Anderson told the Bisbane Times, “[There is] too much injury and death happening, especially in the states, I’m not so proud of that aspect of my country.” Ironically, the day before this video interview was posted, Breitbart News reported that Panama plans to loosen gun restrictions because of the...
  • Burned at the stake for taking a stand (Australia's deposed conservative Prime Minister)

    09/18/2015 4:50:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th September 2015 | Simon Benson
    OF the five prime ministers we have had since the 2007 election, Australians have elected only two in their own right — Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. They have voted out but one — Kevin Rudd, in favour of Tony Abbott. ..... But it is my view that, just like Kim Beazley was perhaps the best prime minister we never had, Tony Abbott was potentially the best prime minister we had but never knew it. ..... He espouses a set of values, principles and personal ethics that speak to community values that many of us could probably only aspire to....
  • Phonics, faith and coding for primary school kids (Australia's new 'conservative' school curriculum)

    09/18/2015 4:21:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 19th September 2015 | Natasha Bita
    Australia’s “Christian heritage’’ will be taught in schools in a slimmed-down national curriculum that focuses on phonics to ­improve children’s reading. ..... Indigenous issues have been cut from parts of the curriculum, and students will no longer be taught about Harmony Week, ­National Reconciliation Week, or NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week. Students will continue to learn about Australia Day, Anzac Day and National Sorry Day. The Year 6 study of the contribution of “individua­ls and groups” to Australian society will no longer ­include a reference to indigenous people or migrants, and will be confined to the...
  • Abbott’s last plea: Don’t destroy the party I love (Australia's former conservative Prime Minister)

    09/18/2015 3:59:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th September 2015 | Piers Akerman
    FROM the loneliness of political exile, Tony Abbott is urging conservative members of the Liberal Party not to walk away from the party he led into government two years ago. Aware of the tsunami of anger created by his ousting among party stalwarts, the former prime minister is telling friends that the Liberal Party will always be a better organisation with good people working within it than against it from the outside. ..... It is noteworthy that it took Malcolm Turnbull and his accomplice Julie Bishop two years to achieve what Labor could not do — remove Tony Abbott from...
  • Coup de (dis)grâce (on the overthrow of Australia's conservative Prime Minister)

    09/17/2015 1:52:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Spectator (Australia) ^ | 19th September 2015
    The knifing of Tony Abbott will go down as one of the most destructive and arrogant acts of political bastardry this nation has yet seen. In many ways, it surpasses Labor’s two similarly bloody coups, so forensically explored in Sarah Ferguson’s superb Killing Season documentary, for the simple reason that Mr Turnbull’s treachery was done despite the knowledge that the electorate genuinely deplore such brutality. If there was, indeed, one clear lesson to come from the Rudd/Gillard danse macabre, it is that the voters prefer to do the knifings in the sanctity of the ballot box, and have little time...
  • New Prime Minister of Australia - Inadvertent Propagandist of Islam

    09/15/2015 8:10:37 AM PDT · by se99tp · 50 replies
    "I mean Islam is an ancient religion of great scholarship" - said Mr. Malcolm Turnbull. He argued on the eyes of millions television viewers that " It is important for us that we promote and encourage Islam" (...) Mr. Turnbull statements seem to be misinformed and confusing which promote and communicate, at best, incomplete view of complex political reality. Because Islam has never been perceived by its proponents in Eastern world, as Christianity is being seen in Western civilization.
  • How it all went wrong for Australian PM Tony Abbott

    09/14/2015 11:22:16 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies ^ | 14 September 2015 | Wendy Frew
    It is being described as "front stabbing" - a brutal attack on his leader by Malcolm Turnbull, who has long coveted the job of prime minister of Australia.
  • New Prime Minister of Australia (Malcolm Turnbull) being sworn in now.

    09/14/2015 8:31:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    APAC | 15th September 2015
    Watching the ceremony now.
  • Malcolm Turnbull stole the prime ministership he could not have won (Australia)

    09/14/2015 3:09:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | 15th September 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull has replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister because the Liberals let his bull weaken their nerve and bury their judgment. Here’s Turnbull’s challenge in a nutshell: he stole the prime ministership he could not have won in an election. He stole it by boasting of superior communication skills he does not have. He will now campaign on successes by Abbott he could not have achieved himself. And he will now be the leader of a party he cannot unite. What have the Liberals done? Many of their members will be distraught and disgusted. Whether Turnbull wins the next...
  • Tony Abbott has been replaced as Australian Prime Minister by Malcolm Turnbull - live

    09/14/2015 4:48:06 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 85 replies
    14th September 2015
    Just announced live on Australian TV.
  • Jonah Goldberg and the Anti-Trumpians – Part 2 (another great Nolte article!)

    09/13/2015 6:24:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 99 replies ^ | 9/12/15 | John Nolte
    On the digital pages of National Review, Jonah Goldberg responded at length to the many criticism/rebuttals he received in response to a G-File published last week where he sank his teeth into Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and his supporters. Like everything Jonah writes, you should read the whole thing. This is a good debate; healthy for the Party and the movement. Unlike many who share his point of view, Goldberg is engaging in a spirited, not mean-spirited, discussion. One party Goldberg responds to is yours truly. Goldberg takes “particular exception” to what I wrote here… To his credit, Goldberg doesn’t...
  • Daily Kos Founder’s Breitbart Attack Backfires Big Time

    09/13/2015 1:47:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    youngcons ^ | september 12, 2015 | Andrew Mark Miller
    Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the terrible ultra liberal “news” sites Daily Kos and Vox, took to Twitter on Saturday morning to criticize Breitbart for employing Joshua Ryne Goldberg who was arrested for allegedly plotting to commit a terrorist attack on Friday’s anniversary of 9/11. -snip Only one problem Goldberg didn’t actually write for Breitbart.  Not only that, he was a contributor for many left wing sites including the Daily Kos, Moulitsas’ own site.
  • Florida Muslim involved in Garland jihad attack arrested for 9/11 plot

    09/10/2015 6:46:29 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9-10-2015 | Robert Spencer
    It is safe to say that “Joshua Ryne Goldberg” is a convert to Islam. How did he get the idea that his new religion called for mass murder of those who don’t believe in it? Why are the peaceful aspects of Islam that are so obvious to John Kerry and David Cameron and the U.S. Catholic bishops so hard for people like Joshua Ryne Goldberg to find, while the violent passages that Kerry and Cameron and the bishops are sure do not exist call out so insistently to young men like Goldberg?
  • Man who claimed to be Australian-based jihadist exposed as online troll

    09/12/2015 9:37:01 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 Sept 2015 | REBEKAH CAVANAGH
    A MAN who claimed to be an Australian-based jihadist terrorist and encouraged attacks on local Jews has been exposed as an online troll who is in fact a young Jewish-American. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force swooped on Joshua Ryne Goldberg’s Florida home, where the 20-year-old lived with his parents, early Thursday, US time, after a joint investigation with the Australian Federal Police into his online activities supporting Islamic State. Mr Goldberg, under the persona “Australi Witness”, had ... boasted about inspiring the May 3 attacks on the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas, where two mujahideen were...
  • Florida Jew Arrested for Posing as Online Jihadist, Encouraging Terrorism

    09/13/2015 5:03:29 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 11, 2015 | TOI Staff
    Florida Jew arrested for posing as online jihadist, encouraging terrorism Joshua Ryne Goldberg faces 20 years in jail; same man reported to have posted foul, hoax blog on Times of Israel in April The FBI arrested a 20-year-old American Jewish man for posing as an Islamic State extremist, calling for terrorist attacks, claiming to be planning attacks in Australia and the United States, and providing information on bomb construction to a second party. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the same man, who it named as Florida resident Joshua Ryne Goldberg, also posed as a respected Australian lawyer in April...
  • Unhappy Australia Joins Study of Tiger Attack Helicopter Upgrade

    09/11/2015 6:09:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | September 10, 2015 | Peter Ricketts and Chris Pocock
    Australia has joined France, Germany and Spain in planning a mid-life upgrade (MLU) for the Tiger ARH (attack and reconnaissance helicopter) made by Airbus Helicopters. The MLU could save the Tiger helicopter in Australia, where the defense department has not been happy with its serviceability and support. It has said that the army’s 22 Tigers could be replaced if their performance does not meet requirements by the time of its Combat Assurance Program in 2019. The MLU is planned to be available from that year, with the modified helicopters designated the Tiger Mk3. Europe’s Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (French...
  • Three $150k robots replaced 60 welders: how Cox Industries keeps making mowers in Queensland

    09/09/2015 11:37:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 49 replies
    BRW ^ | 09 September 2015 | Michael Bailey
    Ride-on lawn mower manufacturer Cox Industries might only employ 60 people today from 160 a decade ago, and has suffered three break-even years because it hasn’t rained enough, but co-owner Ken McColl says the Australian economy still can’t afford businesses like his to disappear. “We have 400 separate suppliers, almost all of them local small businesses,” McColl tells BRW from Cox’s 20,000 sqm factory headquarters at Acacia Ridge, Queensland. “From the makers of a specialist washer, to the electricians and plumbers and maintenance people here at the factory. I’m not even counting our bank, insurer or sandwich shop around the...
  • Migrant crisis: Australia ups refugee intake and plans Syria strikes

    09/09/2015 5:37:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/09/15
    Australia will also expand its role fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) to include its Syrian strongholds. Australia will also expand its role fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) to include its Syrian strongholds.
  • Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for airing 'false news', Egyptian court ruling says

    09/07/2015 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/6/2015
    An Egyptian court released a detailed ruling on Sunday on why it sentenced three journalists working for al-Jazeera English to three years in prison for airing what it described as “false news” and biased coverage. The case has long been criticised by press freedom campaigners and others. The ruling, published by the state news agency Mena, said Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian national, Peter Greste, an Australian journalist, and BaherMohamed, an Egyptian producer, were by default members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, which Egyptian authorities consider a terrorist organisation. “It has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the al-Jazeera media...
  • India keen to test-drive Australia’s Bushmaster PMVs

    09/04/2015 1:49:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 | Amanda Hodge
    Australia will send technical details to India as early as next week on the indigenous Bushmaster armoured protection vehicle — or protected mobility vehicle — after the country’s most senior defence officials expressed interest in using them to police India’s restive borders. A defence procurement contract for the Australian-made armoured vehicle, which has an unblemished record of no casualties in a decade of use in the ­Afghan battle theatre, would be a significant export for Australia as it builds its trade and defence relationship with India. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, at the end of a three-day visit to India, said...
  • Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

    09/03/2015 8:30:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 | Laura Wagner
    Among the kangaroos and kookaburras, another creature trundled through the Australian bush. Hooves barely visible, eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator, the color of dirty snow. A concerned hiker spotted the furry specimen days ago and raised the alarm. It was a matter of life and death — and this sheep needed a haircut. News reports say the merino sheep had likely wandered from his flock five or six years ago and had been on the lam(b) in the wild ever since. While merinos are typically sheared every spring, rescuers think the sheep, named Chris,...
  • The terrifying shark video that left Karl Stefanovic speechless [Australia 'Today' show host]

    09/03/2015 7:38:31 AM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    9NEWS ^ | August 31, 2015
    It’s not often Karl Stefanovic is left speechless, but video of a monster 4.5m [nearly 15ft] shark leaping out of the water was enough for him to take a moment of silent awe on-air before saying he would "never go back in the water". Stefanovic introduced the segment looking at new technology that has allowed cameramen for the Discovery Channel to get closer than ever while filming great whites. Their new underwater vessels include a mobile cage called the W.A.S.P (Water Armour Shark Protection) that enables divers to walk along the ocean floor while filming sharks, although being that close...
  • Terror in the skies: The midair hijacking drama of TAA Flight 408 (historical - 1960)

    09/01/2015 4:29:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 ^ | 1st September 2015
    ALEX Hildebrandt looked like any other passenger when he walked calmly onto the Trans-Australia Airlines passenger jet bound for Brisbane. It was the last flight out of Sydney and the Russian immigrant, along with his 42 fellow passengers, had just passed through airport security that is nothing like we know today. Which could go some way to explaining why Hildebrandt, then 22, had managed to pack a sawn-off shotgun in his carry-on luggage, as well as all the tools needed to make a bomb. By the time the plane touched down in Brisbane that night, July 19, 1960, Australia —...
  • Snow falls on Western Australia's Bluff Knoll for second time in weeks

    09/01/2015 3:40:46 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1 Sept 2015 | By Gian De Poloni
    Snow has fallen in Western Australia's Stirling Ranges, including Bluff Knoll, for the second time in a matter of weeks, after a chilly night in the Great Southern. ... Last month, enough snow fell on Bluff Knoll for hikers to build mini-snowmen. ....
  • Australia's Nanny State: A Case of Arrested Development?

    08/27/2015 1:04:20 PM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jon Donnison
    For me, the laid-back, easy-come, easy-go, throw-another-shrimp-on-the-barbie stereotype of Australia is encapsulated in the vibe of its unofficial anthem, Waltzing Matilda, where a swagman pinches a local sheep for his supper. In reality, these days our jolly swagman would probably be pulled up for pitching his tent without a proper permit, lighting an illegal fire or sparking up a ciggie in a public place. Populated by convicts in the early days of British settlement, Australia still loves to lay down the law And now an Australian senator has set up a parliamentary inquiry into the extent to which the country...
  • Education Minister... steps in to stop ALL schools in NSW showing gay parenting documentary...

    08/26/2015 2:44:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    All public schools across New South Wales have now been banned from viewing a gay parenting documentary following the controversy over a girls high school's decision for every student to watch the film. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli personally stepped in to stop Burwood Girls High School's special screening of Gayby Baby for all 1200 students during third and fourth periods this Friday after some parents are believed to have been upset by the decision to show the movie. Going one significant step further on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Piccoli enforced a state-wide ban preventing all public schools being able to...
  • Pro-Abortion Web Site Runs Hit Piece Attacking Holly O’Donnell, Posting Private Personal Information

    08/22/2015 8:24:54 PM PDT · by American Faith Today · 13 replies ^ | August 21, 2015 | by Matthew BalanAmerican Faith Today
    Radical feminist website RH Reality Check published a hit piece on Thursday against Holly O’Donnell, a whistleblower featured in several of the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of unborn babies’ organs and tissue. Sharona Coutts – a former reporter at ProPublica and the site’s vice president for “investigations and research” – revealed O’Donnell’s alleged sexual preferences, after finding her profile on the OKCupid dating website, as well as posts on other sites. Coutts’s hatchet job actually sparked a backlash among many liberals on Twitter and other online outlets, who accused the author of “slut shaming” the former StemExpress employee....
  • The Age’s front-page smear of a soldier and a Liberal (note, Australia "Liberal" = conservative)

    08/21/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 22nd August 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    I don’t know how much lower The Age can go. This morning’s front-page hatchet job on the Liberals’ candidate in the Canning by-election is a disgrace. We know The Age is desperate to destroy the Abbott Government, and we know it now sees Canning as its big chance. If the Liberals lose, Abbott falls. Hence this attack on the Liberals’ candidate, once an officer in our elite SAS, risking his life to defend the likes of even Age journalists, safe at home to snipe: The former SAS soldier standing as the Liberal Party’s prize recruit in a key federal by-election...
  • How US Sugar Policies Just Helped America Lose 600 Jobs

    08/20/2015 7:21:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/15 | Bryan Riley
    The manufacturer of Oreo cookies recently announced plans to move production of Oreos from Chicago to Mexico, resulting in a loss of 600 U.S. jobs.This should be a wake-up call to defenders of the U.S. sugar program and other job-destroying trade barriers.The leading ingredient in Oreos is sugar, and U.S. trade barriers currently require Americans to pay twice the average world prices for sugar.Sugar-using industries now have a big incentive to relocate from the United States to countries where access to their primary ingredient is not restricted.If the government wants people making Oreo cookies and similar products to keep their...
  • Same-sex marriage movement knocking on Australia's door, archbishop warns faithful

    08/18/2015 6:22:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/18/15 | Jonah Hicap
    After its success in Ireland and then the United States, the movement to legalise same-sex marriage is now knocking on Australia's doors to the dismay of devoted Christians in the Land Down Under.Australian Archbishop Anthony Fisher revealed recently that "there are voices in our culture that no longer think marriage need be for life, or be open to children, or be exclusive, or be between man and wife."Addressing the faithful during the Annual Marriage Mass with Renewal of Vows at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Sydney last July 12, Fisher said those behind this movement "write off as benighted and bigoted...
  • MH370: New debris found in Maldives

    08/16/2015 1:54:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The Star ^ | Sunday August 16, 2015 | desiree tresa gasper
    Two pieces of new debris have been found in the Maldives and experts will determine if they are linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix). He said one was a "honeycomb material" while the other had a flat surface. "It is very small, about the size of your hand," he said when asked to explain on the new finding on Sunday. "The first thing we have to do is to determine if it is actually of plane material," Liow said adding that the discovery was made two days ago. "Our team...