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  • Ford's 'Too Afraid to Fly to DC' But She Plotted Move to NZ After 2016 Election & Attended U Of Haw

    09/22/2018 6:05:11 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 76 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | 09-22-2018 | Chris Menahan
    In a bid which further delayed a vote on Judge Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford's associates claimed earlier this week that Ford's too afraid to fly to Washington DC from California and instead needs to drive. As ABC News reported on Friday: [L]awyers for Ford are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a hearing for her to be heard on Thursday, allowing time for Ford to make the drive from California to Washington D.C. Ford's friend, Kate Devarney, told CNN this week that Ford's fear of flying is directly related to her allegation of assault, and that an airplane is...
  • MH370 team searching ON THE GROUND with exact jungle location where ‘plane came down’

    09/15/2018 12:04:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 74 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 14th September 2018 | David Rivers
    Tech expert Ian Wilson is to be airlifted to an area three miles from where he claims he has pinpointed the Malaysian Airlines flight using Google Maps. He will then need a guide to lead him through the two-day jungle mission through the mountainous terrain west of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. It comes after Andre Milne – who previously declared Wilson's spot "significant" – called an earlier helicopter mission to find the missing MH370 flight "useless" because it wasn't on foot. Milne – a private investigator and founder of Unicorn Aerospace – exclusively told Daily Star Online: "Flying over in a...
  • Former Minneapolis cop's behavior before shooting death of Australian woman raised concerns

    09/13/2018 9:56:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 6th, 2018 | Greg Norman
    Former Minneapolis cop's behavior before shooting death of Australian woman raised concerns, court filings say. (Full title). ... The former Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond once put a gun to a driver’s head during a traffic stop and sometimes ignored calls, according to court filings indicating that psychiatrists and training officers voiced concerns about his fitness for duty. The revelations surfaced after defense attorneys filed a motion Wednesday seeking to dismiss murder and manslaughter charges against Mohamed Noor, who is accused of shooting Damond in July 2017 after she dialed 911 to report...
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison vows to protect religious freedom (Australia)

    09/07/2018 7:15:33 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 8th September 2018 | Paula Ahillon
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison will introduce laws to guarantee religious freedom. The devout Christian is making the push in response to a government inquiry to protect religious freedom by former attorney-general Philip Ruddock, which came after the same-sex marriage vote last year in November. 'So I'll be taking a proactive approach when it comes to ensuring that peoples' religious freedoms are protected,' Mr Morrison told Fairfax Media on Saturday. The Prime Minister is known to have more of a conservative agenda over his moderate predecessors and said the laws were necessary to protect personal freedom. 'At the end of the...
  • In India, the Trump administration just scored a 'big win' for US grand strategy.....

    09/06/2018 1:20:57 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9/062018 | Tom Rogan
    On Thursday, the Trump administration scored an important win for U.S. grand strategy when they granted India access to advanced U.S. military technologies. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (both were in New Dehli to sign the agreement) recognize that this order faces a profound challenge from China and, to a lesser degree, from Russia. The agreement follows the Trump administration's decision in August to grant India the highest strategic trade authorization level, putting New Delhi on a military technology access par with Australia, South Korea, and Japan. ...it will also improve India's defense capabilities...
  • Nulka decoy: Australia’s missile ‘spoof’ being fitted to US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers

    09/02/2018 10:18:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 3rd September 2018 | Jamie Seidel
    THE scenario is chilling: An enormous US aircraft carrier — despite being at the centre of its protective fleet — being relentlessly pounded by missile after missile. It’s an economy of scale. The newest US Navy supercarrier — the USS Ford — costs $18 billion to build. A missile costs maybe more than a million a piece. So throwing a few hundred of them at an aircraft carrier — or any other warship, for that matter — is an economically viable option. And in a world where missiles are getting ever faster and smarter, that threat is very real. But...
  • Australia: ‘Irate’ mob of 80 men stops paramedics giving lifesaving treatment

    09/02/2018 6:54:04 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 09/03/18 | Ben Graham
    A 25-YEAR-OLD man has died after a mob of “angry males” swarmed paramedics and stopped them from treating him in Sydney’s south. According to the Australian Paramedics Association (APA), emergency services were called to Iris Avenue in Riverwood yesterday morning where the male was suspected of having suffered a drug overdose. However, family members of the dying man became “irate” and tried to intervene, the APA alleges. Up to 80 “angry males” quickly gathered at the unit and allegedly threatened the health workers and charged at a female paramedic, injuring her shoulder. The four others were “shaken up” by the...
  • Details of secret Syrian-American security meeting in Damascus

    08/31/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 23 replies
    Syriana Analysis ^ | August 28, 2018 | Kevork Almasian
    On one of the nights of the last week of last June, the Syrian security forces imposed strict measures inside and around Damascus International Airport. Just before midnight, a private UAE plane landed on one of the runways. About forty minutes passed before a huge procession of black Four-Wheel vehicles took off carrying the passengers to the Mezzeh area, in the center of Damascus, where the new office of Major General Ali Mamlouk, director of Syria’s National Security Bureau is located. There, a senior US officer led a delegation that included officers from several US intelligence and security agencies. Ali...
  • How Australia's national security now depends on a single clock:

    08/30/2018 5:22:33 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 31st August 2018 | Kelsey Wilkie
    A super-clock with an error margin of less than one second every 40 million years and a synthetic sapphire at its heart will now be used to secure Australia's borders. The Sapphire Clock, developed by a team at the University of Adelaide, will be used to help bolster a radar network designed to detect threats to national security. Australia's current system uses radar signals to detect the distance of potential enemy planes and asylum seeker boats. But experts say Sapphire, considered the world's most accurate clock, will 'allow the network to generate signals that are 1000 times purer than its...
  • Australia to block Chelsea Manning visit: event organizer

    08/30/2018 6:55:05 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/30/18 | Megan Keller
    Australia will not allow Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified information, to enter the country on her speaking tour, Manning’s event organizer told the Associated Press Thursday. Think Inc. told AP that the Australian government on Wednesday notified the company that Manning would not be allowed into the country. According to the report, Manning can appeal the decision, but past precedent suggests that the decision will not be overturned. Think Inc. told AP that it gave the government more than ten letters of support for Manning’s entry and is attempting to get other Manning supporters to lobby Immigration...
  • Fine. Now mock a Muslim like you mocked a Christian.

    08/29/2018 4:39:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    new.com.au ^ | 30th August 2018 | Andrew Bolt
    Fine, let the ABC mock a man for his faith. But when did the ABC mock Islam or even the global warming faith?: Less than a week into the top job, the new Liberal PM was weathering all-out mockery for his religion on the ABC’s doomed comedy show Tonightly along with Twitter barbs from Gruen transfer panellist and Labor campaign ad consultant Dee Madigan... ..... This is the same show that called an Australian Conservative candidate a "c..t". Yet the ABC keeps lying that it is not biased.
  • Who is Scott Morrison? Evangelical churchgoer behind Australia's tough line on immigration

    08/25/2018 7:02:53 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24th August 2018 | Anne Davies
    Three days ago, Australia’s treasurer, Scott Morrison, was denying there was a leadership challenge under way. Now he’s won the prime ministership, 45 votes to 40 in the Liberal party, after he merged as the consensus candidate best able to gather votes from across the ideological divide that has convulsed the conservative side of politics in Australia for months. He will become Australia’s 30th prime minister. In a more orderly contest, Morrison would have been relying on the conservatives wing as his core support. A Christian and regular attendee at the Horizon Pentecostal megachurch in Sydney’s south, he’s a social...
  • Scott Morrison: Australia's conservative pragmatist (Australia's new Prime Minister)

    08/25/2018 6:59:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 24th August 2018
    Scott Morrison has emerged as Australia's new prime minister after a chaotic week of political infighting and surprise twists. A social conservative, Mr Morrison also appeals to the moderate elements of the Liberal Party and is widely recognised as a shrewd and pragmatic political engineer. Although he did not initiate the leadership challenge against former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, he defeated the man who did, Peter Dutton, at the final pass. He then went on to be thanked for his loyalty in Mr Turnbull's final speech as the country's leader. Yet Mr Morrison - known as " ScoMo" around Parliament...
  • US President Donald Trump's private chat with Australia's 30th PM Scott Morrison is revealed

    08/25/2018 6:38:26 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 25th August 2018
    US President Donald Trump has phoned to congratulate new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Morrison tweeted on Saturday that he had shared the story of ANZAC hero Leslie 'Bull' Allen when the president called, as a symbol of 100 years of mateship with the US. 'Had a great discussion with @realDonaldTrump this morning,' Morrison said. 'We affirmed the strength of the relationship between the US and Australia.' A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said Morrison used the call to invite Trump to visit Australia. 'Both underlined the strength and depth of our alliance and the unbreakable friendship between Australia and...
  • Scott Morrison: Australia's New PM an Evangelical Who Voted Against Gay Marriage Despite opposition

    08/25/2018 11:14:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/25/2018 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Scott Morrison, the Australian treasurer who on Friday became his country's newest prime minister, is reported to be an evangelical Christian who voted against gay marriage. Morrison won an internal ballot, 45-40, in the Liberal party, forcing moderate Malcolm Turnbull out amid political turmoil in the country. He attends Horizon Church, a Pentecostal megachurch in Sutherland, and lists "church" as one of his interests. Nick Bryant, a journalist and expert on Australian politics, told CNN that Morrison met his future wife, Jenny, at church when he was 12 years old. Their current church is said to have close ties to...
  • The Spiller Spilled

    08/25/2018 8:40:05 AM PDT · by Twotone
    Steyn On-line ^ | August 25, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    If you saw me on stage for our live show from the Manning Conference in Ottawa last year, you'll know I was doing a lot of Canadian sesquicentennial gags that day: "It's a hundred and fifty years since the Tory leadership race began..." and so forth. That was a very slight exaggeration, but it is a fact that the post-Harper Conservative Party decided to have a multi-year campaign to succeed him. In Australia, by contrast, a leadership race in the (supposedly) right-of-center Liberal Party lasts 150 seconds, if you're lucky. They're called "spills", which is not a reference to the...
  • Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull out of office over foisting expensive 'green' power

    08/24/2018 8:48:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/24/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Devotion to the global warming fraud has driven from office the head of government of a major democracy. Facing a no confidence vote from the Liberal Party (which is actually what passes for a conservative party in Australia – the Labor Party is the leftist party Down Under), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull resigned. Turnbull had lost 40 to 45 what the Aussies call a "spill motion" to short-circuit a leadership ballot in the party.  The party then chose Scott Morrison as new party leader and therefore prime minister in their coalition with the National Party, which holds 16 seats and represents rural areas.  ...
  • Malcolm Turnbull is gone. The next Prime Minister of Australia will be Scott Morrison

    08/23/2018 7:50:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies
    From watching Sky News Australia - live | 24th August 2018
    Mr Turnbull still needs to formally resign (he has told the party room he will) and the Governor General needs to swear in the new Prime Minister. That will likely happen this afternoon.
  • Peter Dutton win would give the conservatives a stranglehold on the Liberal Party's throat

    08/23/2018 4:42:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 24th August 2018 | Michelle Grattan
    The Liberals stand at a crossroads. As Malcolm Turnbull flagged on Thursday, this battle is about an attempt to drag the party to the right. Analysis: Turnbull under seige This is classic, back-to-the-wall Malcolm Turnbull. Looking for legal loopholes, looking for delaying tactics, and never giving in, writes Annabel Crabb. Let's be frank: Mr Turnbull has made a hash of his prime ministership. In a business where expectations are crucial, he's failed to meet those he raised. Maybe they were too high, but when you knife your leader, people have a right to be demanding. Mr Turnbull has small-l liberal...
  • NYT's Cave: Science-Denying, Fact-Hating 'Far-Right' Dooms Australia to Climate Peril

    08/23/2018 7:08:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 8/22/2018 | Clay Waters
    Reporting from Sydney, New York Times Australia bureau chief Damien Cave provided a conservative-mocking “news analysis,” “Coal Lobby Turns Up Heat, and Australia Wilts Under Climate Change.” The text box reproached the country: “A progressive nation remains in thrall to the energy industry.” The online headline: “Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act?” Mile after mile of the Great Barrier Reef is dying amid rising ocean temperatures. Hundreds of bush fires are blazing across Australia’s center, in winter, partly because of a record-breaking drought. The global scientific consensus is clear: Australia is especially vulnerable to climate change....