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  • "What ISIS Really Wants"

    02/16/2015 10:22:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2015 | Graeme Wood
    "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as...
  • 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...
  • Tourist distracted by Facebook falls off pier (Melbourne, Australia)

    12/17/2013 11:42:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2013 1:45 AM EST
    A tourist in Australia had to be rescued by police after plunging off a pier while browsing Facebook on her phone, officials said Wednesday. The woman was walking along a bay in Melbourne on Monday night when she became distracted by her Facebook feed and plummeted off the pier into the chilly water, Victoria state police said. …
  • Australian March for Babies turns violent: U.S. pro-life activists, MPs assaulted by pro-abort mob

    10/12/2013 8:06:20 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10-12-13 | John Jalsevac
    American pro-life activist Bryan Kemper says he is bruised and sore, but recovering, after a mob of pro-abortion counter-protesters attacked him and his team of pro-life activists during the March for the Babies in Melbourne, Australia. Kemper, the founder of Prolife Stand True Ministries, told LifeSiteNews.com today that he was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked. Several other members of his team were also roughed up. Pro-life Victoria Member of Parliament Bernie Finn also told the press that he was “belted in the head” and pelted with eggs, and that fellow pro-life MP Andrew Elsbury was thrown to the...
  • Man Who Dobbed In Suspects Accused Of Murdering Melbourne Baseball Player Chris Lane

    08/21/2013 4:30:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    Herald Sun News ^ | August 21, 2013 | Carmel Melouney
    THE teenagers accused of murdering Melbourne baseball player Chris Lane were dobbed in by a local who claims his son was the trio's next target. Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15 have been charged with first-degree murder over the fatal shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact.
  • RIP Milt Campbell

    11/03/2012 8:58:50 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 3, 2012 | AP
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Milt Campbell, who became the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956 and went on to play professional football and become a motivational speaker, has died after a battle with prostate cancer, his family said Saturday. He was 78.
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies
    TRUTHUSA.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • Obama in Melbourne Florida, AAR from the FReep

    09/09/2012 9:55:17 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 24 replies
    09 Sep, 2012 | NonValueAdded
    _Resident Obama gave a speech today at the Clemente Center on the campus of the Florida Institute of Technology. Early reports are that the speech went very well and this from a very conservative source inside the venue. There was a very good turnout with FReepers Kristinn, Shove-it, Ravenstar, and yours truly. Others in the crowd who I missed, please shout out. THe Melbourne Tea Party had a good turnout and the SE corner had lots of Israeli flags and at least one sign that said Bibi (OK, they spelled it out but I don't have to). was for Romney....
  • velociraptor in melbourne /

    08/15/2012 10:06:42 AM PDT · by fella · 27 replies
    Look! Over There!
  • Space Coast Progressive Alliance To Host Stand Your Ground Forum (FL)(barf alert)

    07/08/2012 4:07:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    government.brevardtimes.com ^ | 8 July, 2012 | NA
    MELBOURNE, Florida -- The Space Coast Progressive Alliance will host a Trayvon Martin and Stand Your Ground Forum, Thursday August 2nd, 6:30pm at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL. The topic of the forum will be: "Does the Trayvon Martin case prove Florida needs to repeal the Stand Your Ground law?" The controversial Stand Your Ground law was authored by members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The SCPA says that conservative corporate support organization also helped pass similar laws in 23 states by funneling support from corporate interests to state legislatures. Read more: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed...
  • New clamp on Muslim haters

    12/05/2011 9:24:09 AM PST · by bayouranger · 14 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 12-03-11 | John Masanauskas
    MUSLIMS are being urged to report hate crimes under a special disaster plan to deal with the fallout from terrorist attacks. Under the Muslim Emergency Management Plan, backed by the state and federal governments, Victorians will be given advice on how to react to anti-Muslim incidents, even if they are considered minor. Muslim victims of abuse are encouraged to save evidence, take photos and report any incident to police and their local mosque or Islamic organisation. And in another initiative, Victoria Police is introducing new strategy to deal with violence and threats motivated by prejudice. It comes amid growing concern...
  • Melbourne Israeli Dancing Group Dropped from Festival

    11/22/2011 12:02:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    J-Wire ^ | 11/22/11 | admin
    A Melbourne Israeli Dancing group was dropped from participating in a Victorian dance festival after refusing organisers’ moves to drop all references to Israel. The Machol Israeli Dancing Club was scheduled to appear at Multicultural Folk Dance Festival of High Country in the Victorian country town of Mansfield earlier this month. The festival was organised under the auspices of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and a grant had been awarded to Marta Balan who according to a submission to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission approved the performance of the Machol Group. When the participants’ names were released, Esther...
  • "Occupy Melbourne" Protesters Gave Drugs to Kids, Salvation Army Claims (12-Year-Olds)

    11/16/2011 11:45:12 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 10 replies
    Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia ^ | 17 November 2011 | Angus Thompson
    UPDATE 11.25am: OCCUPY Melbourne protesters have supplied drugs to homeless children and wards of the state as young as 12, a charity group says. The Salvation Army's Major Brendan Nottle said two 16-year-old girls were also invited to the home of activists in their late 20s and early 30s, while another 16-year-old was given marijuana to smoke. "We've had young people actually coming to our workers, as young as 12 and 13, and saying that they’ve been down at Occupy Melbourne," said on 3AW this morning. "They’ve been making statements to our workers around them being allowed to sniff glue...
  • Radical Muslim cleric Abdul Benbrika escapes trial over bomb plot ( Australia )

    09/20/2011 9:05:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    News Limited ^ | September 20, 2011
    RADICAL Muslim cleric Abdul Benbrika has escaped trial over his plot to bomb Australia and he could walk free from jail in only six years. One of his co-accused Melbourne terrorists already has been released and the other two are eligible to be freed in November... The decision to abandon the case was made despite terror cell members associated with Benbrika ordering or buying all the chemicals and equipment needed to make a "Mother of Satan" bomb capable of killing hundreds. Police planted many listening devices in the homes of various cell members and secretly recorded 16,418 hours of Benbrika...
  • Melbourne Best City in the World to Live In (Latest Economist Global Livability Survey)

    09/01/2011 6:39:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Melbourne is now rated the best city in the world to live in, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Survey. Melbourne has edged ahead of the Canadian city, Vancouver, which has topped the ranking for almost a decade. Melbourne came top in the bi-annual ranking of 140 cities globally, with a score of 97.5% - enhancing its bragging rights over Sydney, Economist Intelligence Unit survey editor Jon Copestake said from London. Sydney was ranked the sixth best city in the world, up from seventh place in the survey six months ago, while Perth and Adelaide remain unchanged...
  • Jimmy Carter: Abuse of Women? Blame the Catholics and Southern Baptists

    12/12/2009 1:43:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 110 replies · 2,872+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/11/09 | John-Henry Westen
    MELBOURNE, December 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an address to a gathering sponsored by the World Parliament of Religions (PWR) last Friday, former US President Jimmy Carter has once again blamed traditional religion, particularly Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics, for "creating an environment where violations against women are justified."It is a theme that Carter has successfully used to garner media attention for several years.  Although in a July column in The Observer Carter admits to "not having training in religion or theology," in his address to the PWR Carter appeals to his authority as someone who has "taught Bible lessons...
  • Three men found guilty over terror attack plan, two acquitted

    12/22/2010 3:57:17 PM PST · by Dundee · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 23, 2010
    A VICTORIAN court has found three men guilty of planning a terrorist attack on an Australian army base in Sydney. Another two men who also stood trial over the alleged planned attack have been found not guilty. The Victorian Supreme Court trial, which has been running for three months, was told the five Victorian men planned a shootout at the Australian army barracks at Holsworthy in Sydney in the belief Islam was under attack from the west. The jury heard the men took steps to obtain a religious decree to endorse the attack at the barracks and shoot as many...
  • Sheikh Mohammed Receives Tom Cruise

    11/03/2010 2:25:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, November 03, 2010
    Shows the Hollywood star how to handle a falcon during the meeting where Sheikh Hamdan was also present His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Hollywood star Tom Cruise who is in Dubai to shoot 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol'. The 48-year-old Hollywood actor, whose death-defying stunts atop the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, grabbed global headlines only a day ago, also met Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai during the occasion. Sheikh Mohammed showed Cruise how to handle a...
  • WWII-era car ploughs into Anzac Day marchers

    04/24/2010 10:32:26 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 662+ views
    An old military truck has ploughed into a group of marchers at Melbourne's Anzac Day parade after a suspected mechanical fault. Three Sri Lankan ex-servicemen aged in their 70s and 80s have been injured in the crash. The crash happened around 12:30pm along the route the parade through the city. Witnesses say a World War II era truck taking part in the parade surged forward suddenly. The truck crashed into a group of veterans that were marching in front. The three injured men are part of the Ceylon ex-serviceman's association. Witness say the scene was horrific, with four or five...
  • 'Frustrated youths' gain support after racing riot

    03/20/2010 3:01:47 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 404+ views
    Australia's drag racing association says the Victorian Government must bear some responsibility for fuelling the frustrating of motor sports fans, following a riot in Melbourne's south-east. Last night, about 2,000 people took to the streets of Oakleigh to protest against the cancellation of the Easternats car racing event. They were targeting Bob Jane, the tyre company that sponsored the event. Easternats organisers say Bob Jane cancelled the event after failing to finalise contract negotiations. Police say the peaceful gathering turned ugly after some people in the group started smashing the windows of a tyre dealership and setting off flares. Police...
  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • SCIENTIST VANISHES WITHOUT TRACE [Chalk River Nuclear Facility, Canada]

    02/21/2010 3:14:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 58 replies · 2,396+ views
    NOTE: Photo included. SNIPPET: "On Jan. 18, Lachlan Cranswick left the Chalk River nuclear facility, where he worked, and took a bus to Deep River, the small town on the Ottawa River where he lived. The 41-year-old physicist, whose job entailed running experiments for the National Research Council, had just finished some work for a researcher overseas and left his findings on his desk, to be mailed later. Sometime that night or the next morning, he took his garbage bins outside for pickup. Then, he vanished without a trace. When he didn't show up for work for several days and...
  • Prayer Request: 3 teen girls just killed down the street from my house

    02/20/2010 9:59:37 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 85 replies · 3,167+ views
    Myself
    Horrid night in Melbourne, Florida tonight. 3 teenage girls were killed on the train tracks in downtown Melbourne tonight on the Crane Creek bridge. For some STUPID reason they were playing dare with the train and 1 teenage boy who was unharmed. This community is rocked by this tonight and prayers to the parents who lost their daughters tonight in this senseless tragedy. You could hear the train lock up its brakes...there was literally no time for him to do anything with them doing this.
  • Cat killer gets youth detention

    02/01/2010 8:52:07 PM PST · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 325+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 2, 2010
    A Melbourne teenager who senselessly killed a beloved family cat has been sentenced to youth detention. The boy was one of two 15-year-olds who tied a rope around the cat's neck and hung it from a bridge in Melbourne's outer north in April 2008. A children's court magistrate said on Tuesday he was outraged, mortified and sickened by the attack. He said the killing was one of the most shocking things he had experienced in his 20 years on the bench. A sentencing report had recommended the boy not be detained, but the magistrate said the community was concerned and...
  • Sam the Koala goes on display at Melbourne Museum

    01/13/2010 9:44:47 PM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 2,317+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | January 13, 2010 | Antonia Magee and Amelia Harris
    UPDATE 2.31pm: SAM the Koala today became a permanent part of Victoria's history after going on display at the Melbourne Museum. The Herald Sun this morning revealed the first images of the stuffed koala, who became a symbol of hope amid the devastation of Black Saturday. Victorians took Sam to their hearts when a remarkable photo of the singed koala drinking water from CFA firefighter David Tree's drink bottle was flashed around the world.
  • Burning of Indian man not racially motivated: police

    01/08/2010 11:52:32 PM PST · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 620+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 9, 2009 | Steve Lillebuen
    CRIME squad investigators say the circumstances leading up to a 29-year-old Indian man being set on fire in an alleged attack are "unusual" - but not racially motivated. The man is recovering in hospital in serious condition with burns to his hands, face and legs after parking his car in Melbourne's northwest. It's alleged that the man was randomly approached by four men who burned his car and set him on fire. "I believe there's no reason at this stage to consider this in any way racially motivated,'' Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Neil Smyth told reporters today.
  • Baby OK after train hits stroller in Australia

    10/16/2009 10:55:25 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 883+ views
    MELBOURNE, Australia — A 6-month-old baby has miraculously survived a train hitting his stroller, which rolled onto the tracks when his mother let go for an instant. The escape was captured on security camera footage that shows the red, three-wheeled stroller plunging off a station platform just as the commuter train pulls in, and the mother's panicked lunge to grab it. The train pushed the stroller about 130 feet (40 meters) along the tracks before it stopped, but it did not go under the train. The baby, who was strapped into the stroller, received only a bump on the head....
  • Melbourne attack reignites Indians' fears

    09/16/2009 1:14:54 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 590+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | September 16, 2009 | Simon Lauder
    The issue of violence against Indians in Australia is back on centre stage in India, where media reports say three Indian men were set upon by a 70-strong mob in Melbourne at the weekend. But Victoria Police dispute the numbers and say around 15 people were seen outside the Epping pub where the bashing occurred. The attack comes as Victoria's Premier John Brumby prepares to go on a mission to India to help repair Australia's reputation. The attack barely rated a mention in Australia, but it is headline news for some Indian media outlets. The brother-in-law of two of the...
  • Cabbies threat to military security

    09/13/2009 4:35:21 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 530+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 11, 2009 | Steve Lewis and Ian McPhedran
    MILITARY bases and navy ships will be turned into virtual fortresses under plans to beef-up security in the wake of a major terrorist plot. Taxi drivers and other members of the public will be banned from entering military bases without getting high-level clearance after an urgent review found Australia's frontline defence facilities were among the least protected in the world. The top-secret review also found Australia's top defence brass would be vulnerable to a terrorist strike and recommended their leafy military showpiece, at Duntroon in Canberra, be turned into a secure compound. Among sweeping reforms, the review calls for bases...
  • 400 Australian police arrest Islamic extremists planning to 'kill as many soldiers as possible'

    08/04/2009 3:35:51 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 1,273+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 4, 2009 | Richard Shears
    Hundreds of police swooped on suspected terrorists in Melbourne early today amid fears suicide attacks were about to be launched on army bases in Australia. Police from around the country were quietly moved to Melbourne before launching their raids on homes in at least seven suburbs. Several men of Somali and Lebanese backgrounds were arrested and were expected to appear in court later on terrorism-related charges. Plot uncovered: A hooded terror suspect is driven to Melbourne police headquarters this morning Police sources said it would be claimed the men were planning to attack a barracks in western Sydney and other...
  • Melbourne, FL Tea Party After-Report

    04/19/2009 2:38:08 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 12 replies · 882+ views
    myself | 4-19-2009 | my favorite headache
    Just got back from the Melbourne Tea Party at Wickham Park. We had local radio covering the event and local Florida (Garbage) Today Newspaper and Hometown News. ZERO BROADCAST TELEVISION OUTLETS THERE! Security gave secure estimate of 2,000 at peak with 300 more trickling in after 2 hours. People began arriving around 11 am and stood along side Wickham Rd with various signs, a band played, local politicians were there giving speeches...Congressman Bill Posey ROCKED the house. His recent bout with cancer has not dampened him at all. He had some incredible backroom stories about the TARP and Bailout bills...
  • Melbourne,Florida - Wickham Park Tea Party Rally (3,000 Expected)

    04/18/2009 11:04:50 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 1,868+ views
    The Brevard Tea Party will take place Sunday, April 19th from 1-4pm at the main event pavilion at Wickham Park next to Brevard Community College. We have confirmed US Congressman Bill Posey, “watchdog” Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis, political pundit Chris Ingram and local entertainer Mark Vance as guest speakers. One of the goals of the event is to harness the energy and get folks “plugged in” to organizations that will help to make a difference now and when the 2010 mid terms roll around. To this end we are offering tables for local clubs and organizations are available at...
  • Bomb reported in Melbourne, Australia

    03/31/2009 4:44:32 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 31 replies · 1,348+ views
    Ten Television News | 31st March 2009
    I can't find any web information yet, but there are reports a bomb has been found in a piece of Melbourne's electricity infrastructure. This is one day after Sydney suffered a major power failure. No definite link, but I'm wondering.
  • Stabbed attendant 'kept tackling'

    05/29/2003 6:49:02 AM PDT · by BallandPowder · 21 replies · 300+ views
    A PASSENGER told tonight how a Qantas flight attendant ignored serious stab wounds to his head to repeatedly tackle a 'would-be hijacker' until he could be subdued. Derek Findlay described today's dramatic hijack bid by a man in a suit and armed with wooden stakes, who attacked two flight attendants and tried to crash a Melbourne to Launceston domestic flight. Mr Findlay, 30, was among passengers who wrestled the attacker to the cabin floor after he ran towards the cockpit, lunging at the male purser and female flight attendant. As well as sticks, the man was also brandishing an aerosol...
  • 7000 evacuated after office blast (elec. substation explosion, Melbourne AU, at least 100 trapped)

    12/05/2007 11:30:45 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies · 434+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 6th December 2007
    A LARGE number of workers are trapped in lifts and 7000 others have been evacuated after an explosion rocked an office block in Melbourne's CBD this afternoon. About 7000 workers have been evacuated from two buidlings at 570 Bourke St and 600 Bourke St following the explosion at an electricity substation behind the 35-storey office tower at 570 Bourke St. Five workers are believed to be trapped in lifts at 570 Bourke with a yet-to-be determined number trapped at 600 Bourke. The fire brigade is in contact with the trapped workers via mobile phone and they are reported to be...
  • Australian Archdiocese Directs 328 Catholic Schools to Withdraw Support from Amnesty International

    09/29/2007 11:49:10 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 14 replies · 451+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 25, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    Australian Archdiocese Directs 328 Catholic Schools to Withdraw Support from Amnesty International By Meg Jalsevac MELBOURNE, September 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Amnesty International is facing yet another national backlash after its recent policy decision to promote the decriminalization of abortion world-wide.  All 328 Catholic schools in the Australia archdiocese of Melbourne have been counseled to withdraw all aid to Amnesty and close their school sponsored Amnesty support groups. Mr. Stephen Elders, director of the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne, sent a letter to all the schools encouraging them to "convey their disappointment" to Amnesty regarding the new pro-abortion policy.  Elders...
  • Aussie al-Qaida suspect slips net

    06/13/2003 10:07:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 278+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 14 2003 | Mark Dunn, Ian McPhedran and Michael McKenna
    ASIO was powerless to stop a Melbourne man who allegedly trained with al-Qaida from boarding an international flight out of Australia. The 23-year-old terror suspect, known as Abu Jihad, is now in custody in Cairo. The Federal Government, through ASIO, was forced to issue an international alert to find Jihad after he disappeared from Australia last October. Jihad was named as an al-Qaida terrorist by captured American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh in December 2001. But ASIO was not able to verify Lindh's claims until after Jihad had boarded the aircraft in Melbourne almost 10 months later. Jihad, a house...
  • US firefighters arrive in Melbourne

    01/21/2007 9:32:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 503+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 22 January 2007
    A TEAM of more than 100 US firefighters has started arriving in Melbourne to help battle Victoria's bushfires. About 20 personnel arrived in Melbourne at 9.30am (AEDT), the first in a contingent of 104 US frontline firefighters and three liaison staff. The rest are due to arrive throughout the day and tomorrow morning to bolster Victoria's response to fires raging in the state's northeast and Gippsland for more than 50 days. Spokesman for the US contingent Merrill Saleen said the crew was here to return the favour to Australian firefighters who have been sent to the US four times since...
  • Nuclear plant target for stolen rocket launchers, police allege (5 in the hands of terrorist group)

    01/05/2007 7:42:51 AM PST · by dead · 27 replies · 770+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 6, 2007 | Les Kennedy and Craig Skehan
    STOLEN Australian Army rocket launchers are in the hands of a home-grown terrorist group which planned to use them to attack Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, police allege. The Federal Police Commissioner, Mick Keelty, said a man arrested in Leumeah yesterday and charged with possessing stolen weapons was linked to a group that had planned to attack buildings in Sydney, including the reactor. Mr Keelty would not publicly link the man, Taha Abdul-Rahman, directly to a plan to target the reactor, referring only to "evidence of a proposed target", and saying: "Clearly, there was a plan for the use of...
  • Eagles flying high (Aussie football Grand Final)

    09/30/2006 1:58:11 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 159+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 30 September 2006
    West Coast beat Sydney by one point in a classic AFL grand final today at the MCG. The teams produced a grand final even more nail-biting than their thriller last year, with the Eagles reversing the result to hold on this time to win 12.13 (85) to 12.12 (84). It was West Coast's third premiership, following its flags in 1992 and '94. The Swans, who won last year's decider by four points, reduced the margin to one point three times during the last quarter but only led at the very start of the game when they opened the scoring with...
  • Melbourne the terror target: expert

    09/07/2006 5:50:01 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 391+ views
    The Australian ^ | 8 September 2006 | Natalie O'Brien
    MELBOURNE is Australia's most likely al-Qa'ida terror target as the APEC heads of government meeting and a looming federal election increase the chances of an attack on Australian soil over the next 12 months. Terrorism expert Robert Pape told The Australian yesterday the al-Qa'ida blueprint for launching attacks on the back of major events or in the lead-up to national elections was likely to make Australia a target. He predicted that the APEC summit in Sydney next September and the federal election would increase the risk of Australia being attacked. The political scientist at the University of Chicago, who has...
  • Happy pose with an AK-47

    08/14/2006 5:25:55 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 26 replies · 1,609+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Aus.) ^ | August 15 | Katie Lapthorne
    The photographs show the 21-year-old on the shoulders of an unidentified friend and the pair arm-in-arm. Melbourne Magistrates Court heard the photos formed part of a package sent anonymously to Australian Federal Police in March last year. It is believed they were taken during an overseas trip made by Joud to Lebanon in 2002.
  • Birthday wishes for walking PM

    07/25/2006 4:45:57 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 251+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 26 July 2006 | Jamie Duncan
    PRIME Minister John Howard was greeted with a kiss and best wishes on his 67th birthday as he set off on his regular morning walk in Melbourne today. Mr Howard, in Melbourne as part of a week-long tour of Victoria and Western Australia, kicked off his 67th birthday today with a brisk walk by the Yarra River, dressed in a green Australian Rugby League tracksuit. Southbank resident Curtis Sinatra was walking her labradoodle dog, named Noodle, when she happened on the the press pack waiting for the PM outside his hotel. “Good morning, Prime Minister, happy birthday,” she said as...
  • Terrorism accused 'committed' to jihad

    07/23/2006 9:35:26 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 301+ views
    A committal hearing in Melbourne has heard 13 men charged with terrorist offences were committed to violent jihad. The men, who were arrested in late 2005 and early 2006, are facing charges of intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation. The prosecutor, Mark Dean FC, has told the court in his opening statement the men believed the world was under attack from non-Islamic forces. Mr Dean said one of the defendants, 46-year-old Abdul Benbrika, was their spiritual leader. He said Benbrika had told other members of the group if they wanted to die for jihad they had to do...
  • Pill promises to stop Alzheimer's

    07/23/2006 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 80 replies · 1,928+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 23 July 2006
    MELBOURNE scientists believe they may have found a cure for Alzheimer's disease if tests on mice prove successful in humans. In a world first, a Melbourne research team has developed a once-a-day pill that could stop the debilitating disease in its tracks. Human trials of the drug PBT2 will begin next month. Professor George Fink, director of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, which developed the drug in partnership with Prana Biotechnology, said it was a major breakthrough. "I'm getting great excitement out of it, it's certainly another Eureka," he said on Channel 10. "If we can replicate in...
  • We (Melbourne) thrash Sydney in poll

    07/23/2006 4:10:17 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 12 replies · 347+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 23 July 2006 | CHRIS TINKLER
    FORGET the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and King's Cross – Melbourne is streets ahead as Australia's favourite city. Melbourne routed Sydney in an independent survey of style and romance, shopping, international sporting and cultural events, theatre, food and restaurants and nightlife. More than half of all Australians said Melbourne had the best shopping in the country. About the same number gave the southern capital top marks for sport and culture. The June poll of 1300 people was conducted across all states. Sydney was considered best only for nearby regional experiences. Victoria also outperformed other states in the questionnaire -- No.1...
  • Fed Square erupts in joy

    06/12/2006 6:07:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 13 June 2006 | Sam Edmund
    MORE than 6000 fanatics in a sea of green and gold flooded Federation Square (in Melbourne) last night as Australia made a thrilling return to the world game's showcase. The crowd erupted in ecstasy as the Socceroos scored three goals in nine minutes to snatch victory against Japan. Strangers hugged each other and flares blazed as the crowd headed up Swanston St in a victory march. Police blocked off the CBD to traffic as soccer balls flew into the air. Many fans had arrived more than four hours before kick-off to secure prime real estate in front of Federation Square's...
  • Stink bomb released on plane

    05/18/2006 4:40:29 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 243+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 May 2006
    POLICE are hoping to interview passengers from a Virgin flight to Melbourne from Hobart after a stink bomb smelling of rotten eggs was set off in the cabin. The "innocuous substance" was released as the jet was approaching Melbourne Airport, a spokeswoman for the airport said today. "The airline alerted authorities and they responded," she said. "There were no evacuations required." Detectives believe the odour came from a broken glass vial containing a clear clear liquid giving off a 'rotten egg' smell, Victoria Police spokeswoman Stacey Mair said. She said the plane landed about 8pm (AEST) and police were alerted...
  • Arrests foil plot: Nixon

    04/01/2006 5:48:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 415+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 2nd April 2006 | Carly Crawford
    COUNTER-terrorism police have indicated more arrests could follow the dramatic raids that foiled a potential terror attack on home soil. Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said yesterday the arrests of three Melbourne men on Friday night had overcome a genuine threat. "We believe (these) arrests have significantly disrupted the activities of a group alleged to be making arrangements to carry out a terrorist act in Australia," she said. The Australian Federal Police's counter-terrorism manager, Assistant Commissioner Frank Prendergast, said Operation Pendennis, which led to the raids, was complex. He declined to say whether more arrests were imminent, but said: "We don't...
  • Grand Prix v footy

    03/29/2006 6:43:42 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 333+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 30 March 2006 | Sam Edmund
    IT is looming as the sports fan's ultimate dilemma: the Grand Prix revving up or the footy kicking off? For the first time, two of Victoria's glamour events will collide this weekend in a major sporting feast. Melbourne will live up to its status as the nation's sporting capital when the two major events go head to head. The AFL season begins tonight when West Coast hosts St Kilda at Subiaco Oval, while the first day of high octane action rings around Albert Park. Tomorrow night Richmond clashes with the Western Bulldogs at Telstra Dome, hours after the world's fastest...