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  • Partner Killed Designer Stuart Rattle but Pretended he Was Still Alive: Documents

    09/01/2014 11:46:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 | Rachel Baxendale
    THE partner of celebrated Melbourne interior designer Stuart Rattle hit him over the head with a saucepan before strangling him to death with a nylon dog lead, court documents reveal. Michael O’Neill then went to elaborate lengths over the following days to pretend his companion of 16 years was still alive. O’Neill, 48, today pleaded guilty to murder and arson, admitting to killing Mr Rattle, 53, before setting fire to their South Yarra apartment five days later in an attempt to conceal the crime. A case summary and record of interview released by the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court show O’Neill maintained...
  • Australia: ‘Extreme Force’ Justified Against ISIS

    09/01/2014 11:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants as he played down reports that an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq came under fire. Australia will "in coming days" join ally the United States in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting IS extremists in northern Iraq. It has also been conducting humanitarian air drops to the besieged town of Amerli.
  • Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq

    08/31/2014 1:07:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments. "While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us," Abbott told reporters. "None of...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • Playboy model Brandi Brandt jailed for drug role

    08/29/2014 5:14:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | august 29, 2014
    Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was sentenced to up to six years in prison Friday for being part of a drug smuggling ring that brought cocaine to Australia. Brandt, who was once married to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, pleaded guilty in April to a charge of conspiring to import drugs. Prosecutors said she was part of a drug syndicate that hid packages of cocaine on Qantas and United Airlines passenger planes that flew from California to Sydney in 2007. Employees of an airline catering company allegedly collected the packages after the planes landed. The California-born Brandt, 45, was accused...
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • New $15bn coal mine in Australia to hire over 5,000 workers

    08/27/2014 5:14:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Mining.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    The developer of Australia’s US$15bn Carmichael coal mine, one of the world’s largest fossil fuel projects, said it will start hiring the over 5,000 people it needs for the construction phase beginning next year. With the announcement, Adani Group —an Indian conglomerate with interests spanning mining, energy and logistics— has doubled the estimates made when the coal mine and rail project got its final approval. Designed to eventually produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal a year, the project consists of six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines, to supply coal-hungry Indian power plants with enough of the...
  • The heat is on. Bureau of Meteorology ‘altering climate figures’ — The Australian

    08/24/2014 3:09:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 23rd, 2014 | Joanne
    Congratulations to The Australian again for taking the hard road and reporting controversial, hot, documented problems, that few in the Australian media dare to investigate. How accurate are our national climate datasets when some adjustments turn entire long stable records from cooling trends to warming ones (or visa versa)? Do the headlines of “hottest ever record” (reported to a tenth of a degree) mean much if thermometer data sometimes needs to be dramatically changed 60 years after being recorded?One of the most extreme examples is a thermometer station in Amberley, Queensland where a cooling trend in minima of 1C per...
  • RAAF may join US air strikes on Islamic State

    08/24/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT · by Dundee · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 25, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is ­actively considering an extended military role for Australia in Iraq, and is encouraging the US to ­increase its military involvement there and possibly in Syria. Reports yesterday indicate the US is considering air strikes in Syria against Islamic State, and The Australian understands ­Australia could join the US in air strikes. ...these remarks make it clear that the government is ­encouraging the US to become more active militarily in Iraq and reassuring the Americans that we will be there beside them. The three main military ­options for Australian involvement are renewed humanitarian air drops, deployment of...
  • Australia’s Worrisome Fiscal Drift

    08/24/2014 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m in Australia for Consilium, an annual conference which is hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies.I spoke on fiscal policy and pontificated on the need for nations to restrain government spending.That’s an important message (at least in my humble option), but I thought it was more interesting to learn more about the tax and spending policies of Australia’s current government, which is led by the supposedly right-of-Center Liberal Party (Aussies still use “liberal” in the European sense of classical liberalism).Unfortunately, I learned that the Australian Liberals (like British Tories) need some remedial work on fiscal policy.Prime Minister Abbott and his...
  • A Blot On The Jewish People

    08/19/2014 2:00:40 AM PDT · by idov · 147 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    There are lots of famous Jewish atheists from Sigmund Freud to Ayn Rand to Isaac Asimov to Woody Allen. How do you think the Jewish community would have reacted if what follows had happened? A Jewish couple, atheists, artists, puts on an exhibit in which they critique five major religions with artworks and commentary. At the end of the first day the gallery owner comes up to them and says, you are attacking Islam and that means you favor the Jews in "Palestine." This is "racism." They try to explain that they are critiquing five major religions equally, did not...
  • Australian base jumper dies after jump from Brevent peak in French Alps

    08/18/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | 18 Aug 2014
    Two base jumpers, including an Australian, were killed in separate accidents in the French Alps on Sunday (local time) after parachuting off mountains in their wingsuits. Their deaths bring to four the number of people killed taking part in the extreme sport in France this month. ... On August 6, two base jumpers, one from Switzerland, the other from France, died in similar accidents in the Alps and French Pyrenees. ... Unlike skydiving, which involves leaping from an aircraft, base jumpers take off with a parachute from a fixed point, usually a cliff or a bridge. The sport carries high...
  • Last drinks in Lakemba: Tim Blair takes a look inside Sydney’s Muslim Land

    08/17/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th August 2014 | Tim Blair
    THE Lakemba Hotel is one of the last Anglo holdouts in Sydney’s otherwise Middle-Eastern south-western suburb. Frankly, the old joint — it opened in 1928 — isn’t putting up much resistance. Most nights the bar is closed by 8.30pm or so, because by then what few customers it attracts are insufficient to cover running costs. ..... Lakemba may be only 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, yet it is remarkably distinct from the rest of the city. You can walk the length of crowded Haldon St and not hear a single phrase in English. On this main shopping strip...
  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • Australian Hospital Accidentally Declares 200 Patients Dead (Future of ACA?)

    08/14/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 14, 2014
    An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
  • Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery

    08/12/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 09 Aug 2014 | Aaron Langmaid
    This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went missing. Picture: Supplied INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries. Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.It is claimed...
  • Fifty million dollars down the toilet: Australia drug bust

    08/12/2014 5:46:36 AM PDT · by mgist · 10 replies
    Police arrest 33-year-old man after $50 million drug bust 50 kilograms of ice was hidden in a container full of imported toilets The container was shipped to Melbourne from China $130 million worth of ice was also seized in Melbourne on Tuesday Customs officials have seized 50 kilograms of ice, smuggled into Melbourne in a container full of toilets. The haul, worth around $50 million at street value, was discovered amongst 70 boxes of porcelain toilets. Police have arrested a 33-year-old man from Kings Park, who potentially faces life in prison. The shipment from China led police to the man's...
  • Douglas-Westwood: 'Australian LNG - A Lost Cause?'

    08/12/2014 5:19:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 12, 2014 | Douglas-Westwood
    Douglas-Westwood, a UK-headquartered provider of energy business strategy, research and commercial due-diligence services, commented on "Australian LNG - A Lost Cause?" in its latest edition of DW Monday. DW MONDAY: "AUSTRALIAN LNG - A LOST CAUSE?" Recent news headlines on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector in Australia seem to be centered around its unsustainable rising costs. Woodside Petroleum had to ditch plans last year for its Browse LNG plant, which had gone way over budget at an estimated cost of $80 billion. In the interest of continuing the development, Woodside and its partners have now turned to floating LNG...
  • Kangaroo Court In Australia

    08/11/2014 4:20:15 AM PDT · by idov · 4 replies
    I'm not sure if this is permitted, but if not the monitor can remove my post. I'm informing you about my book free on Kindle today, Aug. 11, because I believe it is in the public interest. The book is called: Injustice Hits Rock Bottom Down Under: The Vakras Case. Vakras and his girl-friend are non-Jews but they called out an anti-Semite on their Internet site referring to him as a left-wing Nazi. He sued and a brain-dead judge gave him $450,000 even though everything they said about him was true and their comments were virtually unknown among the public....
  • Australian jihadi’s son, age 7, holds severed head

    08/10/2014 8:00:06 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Photo: Australian jihadi’s son, age 7, holds severed head Robert Spencer Aug 10, 2014 at 5:28pm Teaching children savagery and hatred. Meanwhile, in the West the intelligentsia teach children that war can always be prevented by negotiation and accommodation, that it is always wrong to fight, and so on. How will the children of the West who have been taught that it is wrong to defend their homes and families stand up to people like Khaled Sharrouf’s son? “The photo that will shock the world: jihadist Khaled Sharrouf’s son, 7, holds severed head,” by Kelmeny Fraser, The Daily Telegraph,...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • West US cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    07/27/2014 1:48:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 24, 2014 | unattributed
    For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave. Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming is 85 feet (25 meters) deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals—including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs—shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide (4 meters) opening until they were plunging to their deaths. Now, the U.S. Bureau...
  • Wyoming cave dig unearths bones of ancient horses, cheetahs and bison

    08/09/2014 2:33:26 AM PDT · by blueplum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 8, 2014 5:23pm EDT | LAURA ZUCKERMAN
    (Reuters) - Scientists excavating an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones of such prehistoric animals as American cheetahs, a paleontologist said on Friday. The two-week dig by an international team of researchers led by Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen marked the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming since its initial discovery in the 1970s. Meachen said the extensive excavation that began late last month uncovered roughly 200 large bones of animals like horses that roamed North America...
  • Prehistoric animal remains discovered in U.S.

    08/09/2014 12:18:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    abc 25 wpbf ^ | 8-9-2014 | By Jareen Imam
    The cave is cool and damp -- prefect for preserving prehistoric remains, Meachen says. "It's like a refrigerator in there, and probably has been for 20,000 years," she said. "Some of the bones we're finding there have collagen in them. That is where you could get the ancient DNA." The scientists saw bones falling out of a part of the cave, and decided to start digging there. "That was the fossil layer," she said. "There is so much to dig. We have two more years for funding that we can be out there, so we are going to try to...
  • Peter Sculthorpe: Prolific Australian composer dies aged 85

    08/08/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Internationally renowned Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, whose work was shaped by his love of the Australian landscape, has died aged 85. The Launceston-born composer passed away at Wolper Jewish Hospital in Sydney after a long illness. Sculthorpe's best-known achievement was his capacity to bring to Australians a sense of their land and history in the music of one of their own. His many remarkable compositions were strongly influenced by Asian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, and centred around his deep love for Australia and its landscape.
  • Brutus the giant crocodile attacks shark in Australia

    08/06/2014 1:26:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | August 6, 2014
    Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head -- a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws. ... Brutus, who is thought to be about 80 years old and is missing a front leg and most of his teeth, is well known in the area, and the Northern Territory News described the battle as "Jaws v Claws". Speculation is that the prospect of a fish dinner was tasty revenge for a croc that was thought to have lost his limb to one of the sharks who inhabit nearby waters. "But...
  • Australia: Anti-Semites Attack School Bus, Shout 'Kill the Jews'

    08/06/2014 7:45:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 8/6/14 | Ari Soffer
    A group of drunken anti-Semites terrorized a school bus filled with Jewish students in Australia, shouting Nazi slogans and threatening to murder everyone on board on Wednesday. Speaking to Australia's Daily Telegraph, mother Jackie Blackburn said her 12, 10 and eight-year-old daughters, who were on their way home from Mount Sinai, Mariah and Emanuel kindergarten in Bondi, were left "traumatized" by the attack. She said she was alerted to the incident after her daughter called her hysterical with fear. "She said: ‘Hey Mummy, please help us, there are eight strange men who have been let on to a school bus...
  • Thai surrogate mother refused to abort Down Syndrome baby

    08/04/2014 5:43:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    ucanews ^ | Juarawee Kittsilpa
    A Thai surrogate mother left with one twin by his Australian biological parents after the child was born with Down Syndrome said on Sunday she was not informed of his condition until late in her pregnancy. Pattaramon Janbua said her doctors, the surrogacy agency and the baby's parents knew he was disabled at four months but did not inform her until the seventh month when the agency asked her - at the parents' request - to abort the disabled fetus. Pattaramon, 21, told Reuters Television she refused the abortion on religious grounds and carried both him and his twin sister...
  • A lesson from Down Under (Australia shows how to handle illegal aliens)

    08/03/2014 7:57:48 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/2/2014 | Roger Kimball
    ...Hordes of indigents from Sri Lanka, India, and elsewhere had been crowding on to something that floats and making their way to Christmas Island, if not the Australian mainland itself, and, once ashore, seeking out the nearest welfare agency for their first check. It was not dissimilar to what’s been happening on the Southern border of the United States, except, alas, there is no great body of water to impede those eager welfare seekers slipping into the U.S. The Aussies, under the enlightened leadership of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, seem to be well on the...
  • PM of Australia Reganesque politician?

    07/29/2014 4:04:30 AM PDT · by se99tp
    CCD Report ^ | July 27, 2014 | B.G.
    Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot said words, which convey truth that was until that day rejected in West and censored in East. Like Reagan over thirty years ago, Prime Minister Abbott reminded about the boundary between the good and evil in a public life:...
  • CHRIST JESUS The Roar of Salvation

    07/28/2014 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-28-14 | Jedediah
    I shall rend the heavens soon in a new way for all the Earth is about to witness and taste of My glory as I (( ( Roar ) )) out salvation over the children of My creation and Now in this Valley of Decisions I shall rise up the mountains that choose Me and have chosen Me . So watch and see for The Latter Rain is about to flourish My Lilies of The Valley I AM about to dress in My Glory Isaiah 64:1-4 64 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains...
  • Shark Chokes on Sea Lion

    07/19/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Local15 ^ | Friday, July 18 2014
    Viral video shows a shark beaching itself on an Australian beach, and now we're finding out why. Scientists say the shark swallowed an adult sea lion and it got stuck in the shark's throat. Viral video making the rounds on the Internet shows the shark swimming close to the shoreline of a western Australian beach. The video was captured July 12. An updated post two days later said the shark's carcass had washed up on the beach. In the video the great white shark can be seen very close to the shore. Scientists say it then swam about 50 meters...
  • Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of 'last chance' to help recover bodies

    07/19/2014 12:31:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | July 19, 2014
    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia's president has "one last chance" to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board. Mr Rutte's comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site. Minutes after what he described as a "very intense" conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: "He has one last chance to show he...
  • Australia Still has Carbon Taxation

    07/19/2014 6:12:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    As some conservatives celebrate the repeal of Australia's carbon tax, a dose of caution is warranted: Australia still has carbon taxation on its agenda. This repealed legislation is apparently going to be replaced by the multi-billion dollar "Direct Action" climate change policy that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long been promoting. Thus, one form of carbon pricing gets replaced by another form of carbon pricing, neither of which is acceptable. Many critical thinkers about climate science got excited over Abbott's public statement that the "science behind climate change was 'crap'"? A little -- more accurately, a lot -- premature that...
  • 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh[India]

    07/17/2014 3:56:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 71 replies
    Times of India ^ | 15 July 2014 | Rashmi Drolia
    Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region. According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and Bollywood flicks. Located about 130km from Raipur, the caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola. "The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently...
  • Three Young Siblings, Grandfather Among Malaysia Airlines’ Deceased

    07/18/2014 4:06:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 07/18/2014 | staff
    Among the many tragic stories from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is the deaths of 68-year-old Nick Norris and his three young grandchildren. Norris was on the flight with 12-year-old Mo, 10-year-old Evie, and 8-year-old Otis Maslin, accompanying them back to their home in West Australia after a family vacation in Amsterdam. The siblings’ parents, Rin Norris and Anthony Maslin, planned to stay in Amsterdam for a few days, while the children had to return to school.
  • Bill Clinton ‘Sickened’ by Death of AIDS Researchers in MH17 Crash

    07/18/2014 12:26:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Friday, we learned that among those killed on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane that was shot down over Ukraine was top AIDS researcher Dr. Joep Lange. The doctor was en route to the International AIDS Conference, scheduled to begin this weekend in Melbourne, Australia, along with more than 100 other AIDS researchers and activists on the flight. Also scheduled to attend the conference is President Bill Clinton, who had met Dr. Lange and praised him in an interview with CNN from Hanoi, Vietnam Friday morning. “It’s awful,” he said. “I mean, those people are, they’re really, in a...
  • MH17 Crash: Australian PM Points Finger at Russia

    07/17/2014 10:12:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday July 18, 2014 | -
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on Friday over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. Abbott appeared to go further than other Western leaders in apportioning blame over the crash, demanding that Moscow answer questions about the "Russian-backed rebels" that he said were behind the disaster. He also said the Russian ambassador to Australia has been officially summoned to discuss the issue.
  • Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

    07/17/2014 6:07:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 July 2014
    Australia's Senate has voted to repeal the carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition beat Labor in an election last year, had made the repeal a central aim of his government. Politicians have been locked in a fierce row about the tax for years. Labor says it helps to combat climate change, but the Liberals claim it penalises legitimate businesses. The Australian Senate voted by 39 to 32 votes to repeal the tax. Introduced in July 2012, it charges the 348 highest polluters A$23 (Ł13; $22.60)...
  • Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

    07/17/2014 2:02:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    The Daily Times ^ | 07/17/2014
    Noah Rothman wrote up Quinnipiac’s gubernatorial poll yesterday, prompting me to wonder over at Townhall whether the polling outfit was holding back its Senate numbers for separate release. We now have our answer. A virtual deadlock, and advantage Gardner: The closely-watched U.S. Senate race is tied with 44 percent for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger, and 42 percent for Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 10 percent are undecided. This compares to the results of an April 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University showing Sen. Udall at...
  • Australia repeals controversial carbon tax

    07/17/2014 5:26:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2014 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.60) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by the center-left Labor government in July 2012. Conservative lawmakers burst into applause as the final tally was announced. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative coalition government rose to power last year on the promise of getting rid of the tax, assuring...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
  • Next battle in “marriage equality” debate: Incest

    07/11/2014 10:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Northern Colorado Gazette ^ | July 11, 2014 | Jack Minor
    A judge has suggested that now that same-sex marriages and homosexuality have become more accepted the next logical step could be to legitimize incestuous relationships. “A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” Judge Garry Neilson from Australia said. Neilson compared incest to homosexuality, saying that such relationships were once illegal. “If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spotty Sunrise over Brisbane

    07/10/2014 9:26:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | July 11, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In this composite cityscape, dawn's first colors backdrop the lights along Brisbane's skyline at the southeastern corner of Queensland, Australia, planet Earth. Using a solar filter, additional exposures made every 3.5 minutes follow the winter sunrise on July 8 as planet-sized sunspots cross the visible solar disk. The sunspots mark solar active regions with convoluted magnetic fields. Even as the maximum in the solar activity cycle begins to fade, the active regions produce intense solar flares and eruptions launching coronal mass ejections (CMEs), enormous clouds of energetic particles, into our fair solar system.
  • Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing Al-Jazeera correspondents

    06/23/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 23 2014 | Harriet Sherwood
    Journalists and media organisations have warned that the jailing of three correspondents for Al-Jazeera English by the Cairo regime was intended to intimidate others from reporting freely on events in Egypt. The jail terms of between seven and ten years for Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were met with outrage from veteran correspondents who have reported on the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, said the verdicts and sentencing were a blow to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. "This is also at least partly designed to intimidate other journalists, and...
  • Egyptian correspondent sentenced to five years in prison for inciting strife (Christian convert)

    06/23/2014 10:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 23/06/2014 - 12:37 | (Al Masry Al Youm)
    Minya Misdemeanor Court sentenced an Egyptian correspondent who works for a US TV channel to five years and ordered him pay LE500 bail over charges of inciting sedition by broadcasting false news. […] Senior sources disclosed that the defendant was called Mohamed al-Sayyed Hegazy before converting to Christianity. …
  • John Kerry snubbed by Egypt's heavy jail sentences for al-Jazeera journalists

    06/23/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/223/2014 | Simon Tisdall
    Egypt's military-dominated government has delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to John Kerry, the US secretary of state, by sentencing three al-Jazeera journalists to long prison terms only hours after Kerry personally expressed his deep concern about the case in high-level meetings in Cairo. The snub represents a disastrous beginning to Kerry's already fraught Middle East tour, which took him to Baghdad on Monday for crisis talks about the Islamist extremist uprising. The verdict, by a court responsive to government wishes, will also be seen as a deliberate, crude signal to President Barack Obama, who criticised Egypt's deteriorating...
  • ISIS Chief Confirms Indians Could Be Part of Insurgent Group

    07/02/2014 9:58:14 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | July 3, 2014 04:44 GMT | Sanjib Kr Baruah
    In a revelation that is sure to raise worries in India's security establishment, the first-ever audio message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS, has confirmed suspicions that Indians could well be part of his organisation's ranks. While enumerating the nationalities of fighters who constitute ISIS, Al-Baghdadi's 20-second-long audio titled 'A message to the Mujahideen and the Muslim Ummah in the month of Ramadan' that was released on Tuesday mentions that Indians, among a host of other nationalities including Chinese, American, French, German, Australian, etc. figure in the ISIS squad. According to intelligence sources, on January 22, a...
  • Australian Girl was Married Off at 13 in Syria

    07/02/2014 8:10:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is a tragic story, but child marriage is routine in the Muslim world. Islamic immigration means that little girls in Australia, America and through the West will be subject to Islamic norms.No amount of laws criminalizing child marriage can change that. Only immigration laws can. An Australian girl who was kidnapped, beaten and married off to her older cousin by her fatherÂ’s family in Syria at the age of 13 has spoken out about her horrific five-year ordeal for the first time.Ms Farrah, who grew up living in SydneyÂ’s southwest and is the daughter of a Syrian Muslim and...
  • Australia's '60 Minutes': Forced Marriage (child brides)

    06/30/2014 2:52:01 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    Australia's 60 Minutes on Channel Nine ^ | June 29, 2014 | Steven Burling, Steve Jackson, Liz Hayes
    Forced Marriage: An extraordinary story of kidnap, survival, escape and hiding [aka Islamic cultural pedophilia]"60 Minutes", the most extraordinary story of kidnap, survival, escape and hiding. An Australian program called “60 Minutes” on the Channel Nine Network (similar to US 60 minutes) aired a report on child brides (aka pedophilia) titled “Forced Marriage” (note the tempered semantic conceals the pedophile nature of child brides)Forced MarriageThis Sunday the most extraordinary story of kidnap, survival, escape and hiding. 13-year-old Rania Farrah was supposed to be on the trip of a lifetime, a tour of historic Egypt with her older brother. Instead, the...