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  • Unexplained Stone Structures Found Off Australia’s Coast

    09/14/2016 7:49:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    mysteriousuniverse.org ^ | 09/10/2016 | Brett Tingley
    Archeologists with the University of Western Australia have discovered a mysterious set of stone structures not far from the Dampier Archipelago in northwestern Australia. If current theories about the structures are confirmed, they could potentially rewrite much of Western Australia’s early history, not to mention human history. ... The structures are a set of rooms cut into stone, some of which display evidence of early agricultural practices such as grinding seeds and storing shells. This find could change current thinking about civilizations of the time, which were previously believed to have been hunter-gatherer groups. ... The Dampier Archipelago formed around...
  • New Zealand vows to kill every weasel, rat and feral cat on its soil

    07/25/2016 11:45:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    W post ^ | 25 July 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    New Zealand is a nation that takes its birds seriously, and it’s got very special ones. The country’s currency is adorned with images of winged species found nowhere else, including the yellow-eyed penguin and the black-masked kokako. The logo of the national air force is stamped with the famed kiwi — a chicken-sized puff of feathers that cannot fly.... “For the first time, technology is starting to make feasible what previously seemed like an unattainable dream,” ... In 2013, environmental activist Gareth Morgan suggested hunting down and killing every feral cat in New Zealand (a proposal that, Morgan told The...
  • Australian Ad Pulled After Bureaucracy Claims It Vilifies Women

    02/24/2016 11:50:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 23, 2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has bullied a car service company into discontinuing its advertisement because the “sexist” portrayal of women allegedly results in the “vilification of women.” ABC Australia reports Ultra Tune’s “Unexpected Situation” advertisement has been pulled after the ASB determined the ad violates a “code of ethics” pertaining to “discrimination against women.” The 15-second advertisement in question features two women caught on train tracks and then panicking as a train approaches them. In order to “avoid unexpected situations” like getting caught on train tracks, the ad suggests people should “get your car serviced at Ultra Tune.” Although the advertisement ends...
  • [Australian] Army Chaplains to Remove 'Conquer' from 102-Yr-Old Motto; It's Offensive to Muslims

    11/23/2015 6:57:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 11/20/15 | Matthew Benns
    The Australian Army is removing the motto "In this sign conquer" from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims. The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June. Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913. A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. "The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains...
  • 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...
  • New Zealand's First Booze-Free Bar Flops ... "No One Showed Up"

    08/10/2015 9:53:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 10th August, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    New Zealand's First Booze-Free Bar Flops The first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand has been forced to permanently close after just five weeks of trading after “no one showed up”. Situated in Auckland, Tap Bar – which stands for The After Party – charged NZ$15 for entry and non-alcoholic drinks started from NZ$5. The venue opened at midnight in the hope it would be a hot spot for customers rolling out of local nightclubs at 4am, but those revellers who did frequent the bar drank only water. “We gave it a shot and Auckland drinking culture just didn’t tie in...
  • Coroner issues warning over dangers of ingesting poppies after death of Danish tourist...

    08/06/2015 10:13:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.abc.net.au ^ | 08-05-2015 | Staff
    The death of a Danish backpacker who drank a brew of tea made from poppies has prompted a warning from a Tasmanian coroner about the dangers. Jonas Havskov Pedersen died on his 26th birthday in February 2014 as a result of morphine intoxication after drinking poppy tea. He was on a working holiday at the time he climbed a poppy field fence somewhere between Jericho and Oatlands and took some poppy heads. Mr Pedersen began to vomit several hours after drinking the tea and his travelling companion said he looked "scared" and did not "look right". Both men eventually went...
  • Where did the green 'alien eggs' come from? Scientists baffled by UFOs

    09/22/2014 9:54:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 11:40 EST, 21 September 2014 | By May Slater
    Full Title: Where did the green 'alien eggs' come from? Scientists baffled by UFOs (unidentified floating objects) that washed up on a Sydney beach Visitors from outer space or a natural phenomena? Surfers and early morning walkers were stunned to find thousands of 'alien eggs' on a Sydney beach this weekend. Locals in Dee Why, on the city's North Shore, reported seeing a large number of the strange objects which had washed ashore overnight. But rather than the green spheres being something from another planet, scientists explained they were a type of sponge-like seaweed that forms egg shapes possibly to...
  • With ISIS arrests, Australians wishing they had guns

    09/21/2014 8:39:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Nick Adams
    Never before have I felt so naked. Now more than ever, I wish I was armed. And I’m not alone. Any and all home-grown Islamic terrorism should be able, if need be, to be met by a well-armed civilian militia. The United Kingdom has had two beheadings of members of the public in the last two years, with neither police nor civilians able to prevent it. It has prohibitive gun laws. With news of the ISIS plot to randomly abduct members of the Australian public and behead them, Australian sentiment on guns is dramatically shifting. It appears Australians are finally...
  • 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...
  • Obama: Iraq will need additional US assistance (considering drones, no boots)

    06/12/2014 6:26:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | June 12, 2012 | Julie Pace- ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and threatens to press toward Bagdad. Obama did not specify what type of assistance the U.S. would be willing to provide but said he had not ruled out any options. "We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter," Obama said during an Oval Office meeting with Australian Prime Minister...
  • Even seasoned Scully is awed by Australia (Vin Scully) (with video clip)

    03/23/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    MLB.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Doug Miller
    SYDNEY -- Baseball fans and Dodgers fans have been listening to the musical, knowing voice of Vin Scully for 65 years. If anyone's an authority on the game, it's him. So hearing Scully rave about the entire experience of the Opening Series is a good clue that the first regular-season Major League Baseball action Down Under, and the week-long celebration of Australian culture that surrounded it, amounted to one smashing success. "Everybody talks about the long trip from Los Angeles to Sydney -- 14, 15 hours, whatever it is, and another 14 to 15 back -- but I will tell...
  • Cameron to Shoot 3 'Avatar' Sequels in New Zealand

    12/15/2013 5:49:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ABC ^ | December 16, 2013
    Cameron says he plans to complete principal shooting on the three movies at one time, perhaps over a period of about nine months.
  • Why inbreeding is bad

    12/13/2013 6:52:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 30 replies
    The Unz Review ^ | 13 Dec 2013 | Razib Khan
    A shocking case of a family of ~40 in rural Australia, the “Colts” (it’s a pseudonym), which has engaged in several generations of first degree incest has surfaced. You can read the summary in the press. But the Australian government has released a report on the case. I haven’t read most of it because the snippets I have stumbled upon are very disturbing. But, I was curious as to the characterization of the 12 children who were removed by social services. In particular, only one, Cindy, had parents who were unrelated. Note how different she is: Cindy Colt (5), Rhonda...
  • It’s official. If Australia gets same-sex "marriage", polygamy is next.

    12/13/2013 6:20:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12-13-13 | Michael Cook
    In fact, Australian law now recognises polygamous unions contracted in other jurisdictions for many purposes. “The social institution of marriage differs from country to country. It is not now possible (if it ever was) to confine attention to jurisdictions whose law of marriage provides only for unions between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. Marriage law is and must be recognised now to be more complex. Some jurisdictions outside Australia permit polygamy. Some jurisdictions outside Australia, in a variety of constitutional settings, now permit marriage between same sex couples. “These...
  • Melbourne Priest Greg Reynolds Defrocked And Excommunicated By The Vatican (Gaystuff, Priestesses)

    09/23/2013 2:25:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 38 replies
    Internrtional BUsiness Times (AU) ^ | September 23, 2013 | Anne Lu
    Melbourne priest Greg Reynolds has not only been defrocked, but also excommunicated by the Catholic Church over his support for women priests and homosexuals. The order came directly from Vatican under the authority of Pope Francis, who just recently said that the Church focuses too much on gays and abortion. Fr. Greg Reynolds, inclusive congregation, and dog Mr Reynolds resigned as a parish priest in 2011, and has founded Inclusive Catholics in 2012. He said that although he was expecting to be laicised or defrocked for his views on ordination of women and homosexuality, he didn't know he was to...
  • Forty Days for Life: verbotten in Adelaide Archdiocese!

    09/18/2013 7:02:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Adelaide Archdiocese under Archbishop Philip Wilson, former President of the Australian Bishops Conference, is a strange, ultra-liberal place. A place, apparently, where parishes are not even allowed to publicise pro-life activities such as the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign, lest anyone be offended at being told that abortion is murder. Death of a diocese Adelaide is one of those dioceses where Catholicism looks like being snuffed out sooner rather than later. The number of priests continues to fall catastrophically (in 1990 there were nominally a hundred diocesan priests; in 2000, 91; by 2012 it was down to 74),...
  • Murdoch dines with anti-EU leader, critics cry foul

    03/09/2013 6:24:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, March 8, 2013 | Andrew Osborn (Editing by Angus MacSwan)
    Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has held a dinner meeting with Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European Union UK Independence Party, prompting critics to accuse him of using his clout to interfere in Britain's debate about the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron promised to try to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU and to hold a referendum on staying in or leaving by the end of 2017, a pledge which fuelled public debate between supporters and opponents. A spokesman for UKIP, which favours Britain leaving the EU, said the dinner took place at Murdoch's London flat on Tuesday. He declined...
  • Home invader fled with serious injuries after breaking into home of 83-year-old black belt

    10/27/2012 10:22:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 27 October, 2012 | Rose Brennan
    POLICE are trying to find a home invader who was badly hurt when he tried to force his way past an 83-year-old black belt home owner last night. The home invader, a muscular man in his thirties who may be linked to other burglaries, broke into the high-set home in Gilruth Rd, Kenmore at about 8.30pm. Inside were Edwin Dowdy, 83, and his wife Jutta, 76, who have in the property in the quiet Kenmore street since 1966. When the couple - who both have black belts in the Japanese art of Aikido - realised there was an intruder in...
  • John Lott Dissects HuffPo Gun-Crime Article

    08/18/2012 8:06:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    gunauction.com ^ | 14 August, 2012 | John Lott
    (GunAuction) -- John Lott, writing on this personal blog johnrlott.blogspot.com, commented that there has been a lot of discussion about Australia's gun control laws. He cites a piece at the Huffington Post. A decade-long examination of the program in the journal "Injury Prevention" concluded that "chances of gun death in Australia dropped twice as steeply" after the program was implemented. A study by Harvard University in the Spring of 2011 suggested that the program helped reduce, either causally or directly, firearm deaths, gun-related suicides and accidental shootings. The Washington Post, summarizing many of the studies, concluded that there was "strong...
  • Husband and wife ban hits the Marks(downunder)

    07/17/2012 4:20:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | 16 July, 2012 | NA
    Australia shooter Russell Mark arrived in Britain an angry man after being told he won't be allowed to sleep with his wife during the London Olympics. Mark and his wife Lauryn, a fellow competitor who is also on the Australian shooting team, have been told to room separately during the Games. The 48-year-old Mark, competing at his sixth Olympics, said Australian officials had enforced the ban as a result of Lauryn's contentious appearance in 'lads magazine' Zoo, where she has been photographed holding a shotgun over her back dressed only in a green and gold bikini. Mark said he and...
  • Albino possum causes log truck roll-over at Narooma

    06/12/2012 9:20:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    naroomanewsonline.com.au ^ | 8 June 2012 | Stan Gorton
    IN a bizarre set of circumstances, a rare but dead albino possum is believed to have caused a log truck roll-over on the Princes Highway just south of Narooma. The accident occurred just after 1pm when witnesses said a local from Wallaga Lake stopped to look at the road-kill possum that had been lying on the roadside at the entrance to the Island View Beach Resort. A series of cars backed up behind the stopped vehicle in the southbound lane. Another Narooma local who was last in the line of stopped cars looked in his rear-vision mirror only to see...
  • Gun Control. Police State. Connect the Dots

    01/13/2012 7:54:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12 January, 2012 | Robert Farago
    One of the nice things about debating about the cons and cons of gun control: the real world is full of real-world examples of why gun grabbing is beyond foolish. I’ve already connected the dots between gun control and the destruction of press freedom, drawing on the lessons provided by Mexico. Today’s case-in-point hails from the land down under. smh.com.au reports . . . THE police have launched an audacious effort to get thousands of illegal guns off Sydney’s streets, urging people to be more courageous and simply pick up the phone to tell them where weapons are in order...
  • Shot from antique pistol killed man, court told (Australia)

    11/24/2011 6:05:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    couriermail.com.au ^ | 24 November, 2011 | Mark Oberhardt
    A MAN was killed and another wounded by a single shot from a 100-year-old pistol during a fight in a Gold Coast McDonald's restaurant car park. The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Samuel Mark Friedman went to the car park at Burleigh Heads to meet Ben Matthews early in the morning of August 15, 2009. However, Friedman, who was a passenger in a car, was "surprised" when Matthews was joined by a second man, Richard Doherty, and they began punching him through the window. The court heard a gun was discharged and the bullet passed through Matthews's left arm tricep...
  • Obama Snaps Up Crocodile Insurance Down Under ... (and Michelle gets Ł30,000 if he's eaten)

    11/20/2011 1:29:04 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2011 | Emily Allen
    Obama snaps up crocodile insurance Down Under... (and Michelle gets Ł30,000 if he's eaten) By Emily Allen U.S. President Barack Obama snapped up an unusual gift on a visit to Australia this week - Ł30,000 worth of crocodile insurance. The official gift, worth about A$10 or just over Ł6, was given to mark his stopover in Australia's tropical north, home to some of the world's biggest and deadliest crocodiles. If he had been attacked and eaten during the visit his wife Michelle would have received a Ł30,000 pay-out. Mr Obama told about 2,000 U.S. Marines and Australian troops at the...
  • Happy 72nd Birthday to George Lazenby

    09/05/2011 1:28:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    www.klast.net ^ | Sept. 5, 2011
    George Robert Lazenby was born on September 5, 1939 in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Local fanatics plotting terror strikes as anniversary of September 11 attacks nearsAustr

    09/02/2011 6:02:52 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | Sept 2, 2011 | Keith Moor
    HOME-grown extremists are actively considering launching terrorist attacks in Australia. The latest intelligence also suggests sporting venues, transport hubs and other places of mass gatherings have become the favoured targets of terrorist planners, the Herald Sun reported. "Clearly there are extremists now on our shores," Australian Federal Police counter-terrorism chief Steve Lancaster said. "There are people out there who genuinely think about doing bad things, or support terrorist acts overseas." In an interview with the Herald Sun to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Assistant Commissioner Lancaster also revealed: POLICE have secretly foiled several potential terrorist threats...
  • Man, 29, charged with manslaughter after intruder shot, leaves blood trail on street before dying in

    07/13/2011 5:43:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    couriermail.com.au ^ | 12 July, 2011 | NA
    The man, 34, was shot in the leg with a vintage Luger pistol after a struggle with the homeowner at Silvereye Circuit in Gilston in the Gold Coast Hinterland in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Sources say the 29-year-old homeowner told police he arrived home about 1.40am to be confronted by four masked men inside the house. He told police he wrestled with one of the intruders and the gun discharged, the bullet hitting the man's femoral artery. Bleeding profusely, he staggered outside and into the street where he dropped dead, leaving a 50m blood trail in his wake....
  • Defiant New Zealand newspaper shoots back at Gun Rights Examiner

    01/08/2011 7:39:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 Janurary, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Americans take pot shots at us,’ a Tarnaki Daily News editorial headline claims. In Rachel Stewart's Riding Shotgun column on December 29 she told of losing count of the number of times she had eaten a meal in a Texas diner "in the immediate company of a man, or men, with shooters on their hips in plain view"…Spurred on by an email posting by David Codrea, the emailers shot high – but usually low – at the integrity of Ms Stewart, questioned this newspaper's political standing and demanded apologies. Here’s what they expect us to believe she meant: Her time...
  • Lessons from Down Under (How Australia avoided a recession and what we can learn from them)

    10/12/2010 10:37:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/12/2010 | Richard Rahn
    <p>Unlike most of the world, Australia did not have a recession during the last two years. In fact, it has not had a recession in the last 19 years. Its economic growth rate is higher than in the United States, and the unemployment rate there is only 5.1 percent. From the middle 1800s until the early 1900s, Australia enjoyed a higher per-capita income than the United States. It then fell behind, but in the last couple of decades, it has gone through an economic revival. There are positive and negative lessons for the U.S. and the rest of the world from Australia.</p>
  • Oprah asked to strip and have her body painted

    09/22/2010 9:51:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 53 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 23rd September 2010
    AN Australian artist will ask American TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey to strip off and have her body painted for charity when she comes Down Under in December. Sydney body painter and make-up artist Eva Rinaldi has started an international campaign to get the huge star to agree to being tastefully painted with Australian icons, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, while wearing only a bikini, the Mosman Daily reports. The stunt would not only be for a kick but to also raise money for a worthy cause of Winfreys choice, Rinaldi said. Winfrey will film...
  • Men at Work to Pay for Borrowed Flute Riff

    07/08/2010 12:36:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | July 6, 2010
    The pop band Men at Work has been ordered to pay a music publishing company 5 percent of the royalties it earned in Australia for its song "Down Under." A judge said Tuesday the group must pay Larrikin Publishing because it borrowed without permission a flute riff from the popular Australian nursery rhyme "Kookaburra," penned by the late Marion Sinclair in 1932, CNN said. Sinclair died in 1988. Larrikin holds the copyright to the "Kookaburra" but did not became aware of the similarities between it and 1981's "Down Under" until they were compared on a game show in 2007, the...
  • Australia's Economy Expands

    06/06/2010 11:48:06 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies · 15+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 2, 2010 | James Glynn
    SYDNEY—The Australian economy grew at a much slower pace in the first quarter than at the end of last year as the withdrawal of economic stimulus, surprise weakness in business investment and sluggish growth in export volumes took some of the steam out of activity. The average measure of GDP rose 0.5% in the first quarter of 2010 from fourth-quarter 2009 and rose 2.7% from the year-earlier period, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday. Economists expected that GDP rose 0.4% on a quarterly basis and rose 2.4% from a year earlier. Significantly, the bureau revised fourth-quarter GDP growth to...
  • Australia fighting its way back to recovery

    02/20/2010 8:15:05 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies · 228+ views
    TopNews ^ | Sun, 02/21/2010 | TopNews
    Australia has probably been one of the economies who held its foot tightly in the tough times of Recession. Glenn Stevens, the governor of Reserve Bank of Australia mentioned that the challenge for Asia and Australia to manage the expansion, which is not going to be less but huge. He believed that the financial crisis is over except for what he calls a ''North Atlantic crisis''. When grilled by federal MPs, the Reserve Bank governor talked about confidence heading back into a resources boom for Australia. He mentioned that the economy will take time to develop but there are brighter...
  • Excitement as Australia welcomes first saint [Nun, was briefly excommunicated]

    02/20/2010 6:02:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 276+ views
    Google News / Agence France-Presse ^ | February 19, 2010 | Madeleine Coorey
    Australian Catholics were celebrating the country's first saint Saturday after Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that a Melbourne-born nun was to be canonised. Mary MacKillop, who founded her own order of nuns and devoted her life to building schools and helping the poor, has been a revered figure in Australia since shortly after her death in 1909. "We are delighted that the goodness, the holiness of the life of Australian Mary MacKillop has been recognised by the Catholic Church throughout the world," said Anne Derwin, head of MacKillop's Sisters of St Joseph. The Vatican had earlier recognised two miracles by MacKillop...
  • G’day Mate: Australian Defence Force Deploys Integrated RF Communication System

    02/08/2010 6:43:49 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies · 163+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 07-Feb-2010 15:01 AEST | Defense Industry Daily
    To provide Australian armed forces with an integrated communications system, the Australian Defence Force contracted with Boeing Defence Australia, a subsidiary of US-based Boeing, to deploy an integrated HF communications system throughout the country, replacing the separate HF communications systems operated by each service. The A$628 million (US$547 million) system – called the Modernized High Frequency Communications System (MHFCS) – provides the ADF with a nation-wide secure command and control network for all of the armed forces. The project is divided into two phases [pdf] – the MHFCS core system and the final system. The core system was delivered in...
  • A moment to reflect how far we have come

    01/25/2010 7:40:09 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 135+ views
    The Australian ^ | 26 January, 2009 | The Australian
    AUSTRALIA Day marks the real start of the year in this country: once tomorrow's holiday is out of the way, the nation gets down to the serious business of work and school after the summer break. This year, the celebratory mood is likely to linger longer thanks to the upswing in the economy and a growing confidence in the future after a year of living anxiously in the shadow of a global downturn. The year begins with real hope that economic stability and strength will nurture the social coherence and health that must be the core goal of any modern...
  • 8-yr-old boys save drowning man at Aussie beach

    01/19/2010 2:13:41 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11 Jan 2010 | Washington Post
    ADELAIDE, Australia -- Two 8-year-old boys in a young lifeguards training program rescued a man who was struggling in the ocean off Australia's east coast. Jake Satherley told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that he and friend Spencer Jeams saw a middle-aged man having trouble Sunday off Northcliffe beach, in Queensland state. "We saw him put his hand up and saying, 'help, help,' so we went over to him and pulled him on our board," Satherley said Monday. The boys are part of the under-14 lifeguard training program at Northcliffe Life Saving Club. Club president David Shields said he'd never seen...
  • Australia's left-wing socialist-feminist Governor General actually impresses a Freeper

    11/13/2009 6:32:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 970+ views
    14th November 2009 | vanity
    I can't find an online news story on this or I would post it. Back in January, Australia awarded its first Victoria Cross - Australia and the Commonwealth of Nation's as a whole, highest award for valour in the face of the enemy - to Trooper Mark Donaldson of the Special Air Service. He was decorated by Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, Governor General of Australia, appointed by the Queen on the advice of Australia's Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and the first woman to hold the role as Australia's de facto Head of State as the Queen's representative. She...
  • Claims Men At Work hit Down Under is a rip-off of Kookaburra song

    06/24/2009 10:08:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies · 1,718+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 25th June 2009 | Lisa Davies
    ONE'S a pub classic, belted out at top volume by tipsy patrons around closing time. The other is a more dignified affair, a favourite of youth choirs and choral groups. Now, as unlikely as it seems, the classic children's ditty Kookaburra and the Men At Work hit Down Under are set to go head-to-head in court amid accusations part of the rock anthem is a rip-off, The Daily Telegraph reports. Music publishing company Larrikin owns the Kookaburra song and claims the melody that accompanies the line "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree" is reproduced in Down Under. The case...
  • The castaway dog who swam SIX miles through shark-infested waters, then survived FOUR months ...

    04/06/2009 6:28:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 1,114+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 06th April 2009 | Richard Shears
    The castaway dog who swam SIX miles through shark-infested waters, then survived FOUR months on a desert island By Richard Shears Last updated at 5:27 PM on 06th April 2009 When Jan Griffith's beloved dog, Sophie Tucker fell overboard from her family's yacht she feared her pet had drowned. But Sophie Tucker, a grey and black cattle dog, wasn't going to give up that easily. The determined pet swam six miles through ferocious shark-infested seas to an island, where she survived for more than four months by hunting wild goats for food. The extraordinary story of the castaway hound emerged...
  • Horse goes nuts, then takes a bite [Cringe alert!]

    03/13/2009 7:44:02 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 52 replies · 1,561+ views
    AN Indonesian villager had to be rushed to hospital after a horse bit off one of his testicles during a freak attack.
  • Debt Land - Australia

    01/25/2009 9:11:41 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 683+ views
    You Tube ^ | January 2009?
    Partial video ... gives good picture of how the same thing with housing is also happening in Australia.
  • Voting in New Zealand (Vanity)

    10/30/2008 1:24:21 AM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 12 replies · 357+ views
    CommandCentral(R) for DieHard the Hunter | 30 October 2008 | DieHard the Hunter
    Yesterday I voted early in New Zealand at our Public Library, as the Advance Polling Booth was open and it was going to be very difficult for me to get to the polling booth on our Election Day, November 8 2008. (I am Patrolling the night before and I did not want to be too tired to vote with a clear mind.) Folks, I do not need to tell you how important it is to Vote: it is a Sacred Trust and a debt of gratitude to all those who have taken up arms in Liberty's cause throughout the ages....
  • The 'how-to' plan to criminalize Christianity

    10/19/2008 7:09:46 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 1,177+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 18 October 2008
    The 'how-to' plan to criminalize Christianity 'Homosexuals know they must silence the church and that's what's behind this' A growing movement that experts believe could end up in the criminalization of Christianity in the United States is being exposed in a new documentary being prepared for airing on October 26, officials at Coral Ridge Ministries have announced. "Hate Crime Laws" is a half-hour exposé that shows how Christians in America, Canada, Australia, and Sweden have been arrested and prosecuted for expressing opinions that are rooted in the Bible regarding homosexual conduct, Islam or other topics about which Scriptures express clear...
  • Private investors take public profits at Machang Bridge

    09/19/2008 8:00:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 295+ views
    The Hankyoreh ^ | September 19, 2008 | The Hankyoreh
    There is rising criticism that the Machang Bridge, which opened in July at the cost of millions of won, is only enriching speculative capitalists with tax money. They say that throughout the country, roads built through private investment are becoming white elephants where investors eat tax money via rough traffic predictions and contracts with excessive profit guarantees. The province of South Gyeongsang spent 380 billion won (US$337 million) in budget outlays and 190 million won in private capital to build the Machang Bridge linking Changwon and Masan. For the next 30 years, the earnings from the bridge tolls will be...
  • Australian Mayor Appeals For 'Ugly' Women To Move To Town

    08/18/2008 6:23:55 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies · 12,662+ views
    All Headline News ^ | August 18, 2008 | Preciosa Dumlao
    Queensland, Australia (AHN) - The mayor of a small Australian mining town received negative feedback when he said that unattractive women could find a partner in his locality because men outnumbered women, five-to-one, in the country's northwest mining center. Mount Isa's Mayor John Molony said, "five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa." He also said, "not so attractive women appeared happy with the five-to-one gender imbalance." Women were angered by Molony's 'not-so-beautiful' comment and since then he has received complaints from both genders. But the mayor refused to apologize, even if...
  • Pope says young inheriting scarred, squandered earth (FRom Down Under - Sydney, Australia)

    07/17/2008 12:08:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 101+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/08 | Philip Pullella
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Thursday told a huge gathering of young people that they were inheriting a planet whose resources had been scarred and squandered to fuel insatiable consumption. His latest appeal to save the planet for future generations came in a address to some 150,000 youths in Sydney after he rode through the city's harbor standing on the outdoor deck of a white ferry as dozens of boats blew their horns. "Reluctantly we come to acknowledge that there are also scars which mark the surface of our earth, erosion, deforestation, the squandering of the world's mineral and...
  • Aussies More Likely to Target Muslims When in a Good Mood

    07/16/2008 3:48:38 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 19 replies · 138+ views
    ThiaIndian News ^ | 07.16.2008 | ANI
    Sydney, July 16 (ANI): A University of New South Wales study has opined that Aussies are more likely to shoot at Muslims, especially if they”re in a good mood. The researchers say that Australians perceive Muslim-style headgear as a threat. The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, involved 66 students playing a computer game in which different male and female figures appeared on a balcony. Some figures were wearing Muslim-style turbans or hijabs while others were bare headed. Participants were asked to shoot at the targets carrying guns and spare those who were unarmed. Researchers found that...
  • "FITNA" -- IT'S NOT LIKE MUSLIMS EVER OFFENDED ANYONE

    04/09/2008 1:45:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 199+ views
    GrasstopsUSA.com ^ | April 7, 2008 | Don Feder
    It's important for Muslims to keep reminding us that there is absolutely, positively no relationship between Islam and violence. Otherwise it's easy to forget. The latest excuse for Islamic bonhomie is the documentary "Fitna" by Geert Wilders. In the 15-minute film, showing on YouTube and other Internet sites, the Dutch MP says that far from getting Islam wrong, terrorists understand their religion only too well. "Fitna" (Arabic for "upheaval" or "ordeal") has verses from the Koran -- which Wilders calls a "fascist book" -- artfully interspersed with scenes of carnage from 9/11 and the March, 2004 Madrid train bombing, as...