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Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...... Read more
This 17 April 2018 video says about itself:
According to an undercover report from journalist James Bloodworth, some Amazon warehouse employees fear going to the restroom, as the 10-minute walk could get them written-up or even fired.
By Nick Barrickman in the USA:
I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt
Amazon worker wrongfully fired for theft reveals companys dead-end appeal system
18 December 2018
A former employee at Amazons BWI-5 facility in Baltimore, Maryland contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to describe what can only be called a nightmare of corporate red tape.
Hired in 2016, the 25-year old workerDwas a permanent warehouse employee, meaning he had surpassed the standards of the internet giant and had survived the corporations onerous and indefinite probationary period without an infraction, allowing them to receive minor benefits granted to permanent workers.
Unfortunately, job protection and the right to a fair hearing were not among the benefits that were listed. In August 2017, D was terminated from his position as a warehouse associate for allegedly stealing an item of food from the in-house food vending systema Twix ice cream bar. I had been in a conversation with friends before my shift started and forgot to pay for it at the Canteen [vending company] kiosk, he said.
As I began my shift, I was approached by one of the managers and was told that I had been called to the Human Resources office. Waiting in HR, D struggled hard to figure out why the manager had requested his presence. I finally realized that I had forgotten to pay [for the ice cream]. The worker noted that he had a tendency to be forgetful but had never stolen anything in his life or had any previous infractions at the company.
D was about to enter a...
Originally posted on Waking Times Phillip J. Watt, Contributor Long story short; French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French 
Originally published by Paul Gregoire at Sydney Criminal Lawyers on July 5th 2018 but given the recent uprising in France its about time I shared this. Its as though our so-called leaders got wind of what was in the works in France with the yellow vest movement as it was started back in may! This 
Madagascars election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the islands environment and wildlife and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector says a prominent conservation scientist. In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar elects former president Andry Rajoelina, the countrys dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault. Under Rajoelinas previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascars forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged. Rajoelina himself was linked to trafficking in rosewood timber: Upon his removal, a stash of rosewood logs was found in the presidential palace, writes Laurance. A critically endangered indri lemur (Indri indri), the largest lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The environmental devastation under Rajoelina continued through his successors Hery Rajaonarimampianinas rule, with a surge in deforestation and an auctioning off of community-managed fishing areas to foreign industrial fleets. With 95 percent of Madagascars lemurs classified as as either endangered or critically endangered, there is a real risk that a Rajoelina presidency could diminish some of the islands biggest attractions for nature tourists. We can see Rajoelinas predatory attitude to the environment as demonstrated by his track record, writes Laurance. One must only look to the appalling state of the Malagasy rainforests to witness his rapaciousness. Appallingly, one of Rajoelinas first acts was to legalize the felling of precious hardwoods by executive decree, he continues. The illicit trade flourished: after a year of
1. 0116/18 Sportsbet TV Free-to-air A man is seen naked from the waist up and appears to be manscaping. Upheld Number of complaints: 793 Issues of concern: 2.1 Discrimination or vilification, 2.2 Exploitative or degrading, 2.3 Violence and 2.4 Sex/sexuality/nudity 2. 0113/18 ...
The Andrews Labor Government has announced $1.1 million worth of grants to support renewable energy projects in local communities across Victoria. The post Boosting renewables and cutting energy costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.
By Jeremy Salt Source Australia and Israel are white settler states, established violently over the heads of the indigenous people, without the benefit of any treaty arrangement. A land without people for a people without land was the Zionist lie. Terra nullius was the Australian white settler equivalent. Australian aboriginal ownership was collective and traditional. 
Support and wellbeing of survivors is, and always should be, at the heart of this issue, said Anna Brown, incoming CEO of Equality Australia and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.
It is imperative that there are stronger laws and support for survivors, and also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities.
Its fantastic that the ALP has listened to survivors and researchers. Changing their policy to reflect that gay conversion is broader than therapeutic practices and acknowledging that the ideology behind gay conversion is also harmful, is an important step toward protecting the community, said Mr Csabs.
The changes in the ALP platform reflect a key recommendation of the Human Rights Law Centre and La Trobe University Report ...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Dear Dr Mindy Hull, Massachusetts Medical Examiner
I mailed you a letter (copy enclosed) back in August of this year, 2018, in which I requested an Inquest into the April 19, 2013 death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I am writing to you now to demand an inquest into the death of another person whom we will have to call John Doe.
At famous shootout took place on Laurel St, Watertown, in the wee hours of April 19, 2013, allegedly in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred four days earlier.
Officer Ric Donohue was injured in that sho...
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has raided the NSW Labor Party headquarters in Sydney on Tuesday morning. The Herald understands investigators arrived at the Sussex Street offices, looking for records as part of an ongoing investigation. Senior union and Labor Party officials are in Adelaide for the ALP National Conference...
In August 2012 Mr and Mrs Ralph and Ruby Blewitt had a difficult conversation. Ralph explained to his wife that he'd been involved in union corruption in Australia during the 1990s. And he said he was going to go back to Australia to fess up. Ruby comes from a lovely...
Via: Ars Technica: Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute. By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars, Joshua 
You say you love your children above all else, yet you are stealing their futures right before their very eyes. This 15-year-old activist just called out world leaders for their global inaction on climate change.
Video from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
The post Video: 15-year-old climate activist calls out world leaders for inaction appeared first on The Pen.
Fresh off the plane, a trail across the world left on the maps, I walk through the picturesque German town I have chosen as the location for my future stories. Ill walk these streets past bright coloured houses with wooden shutters as I fight to earn that expensive piece of paper in endless hours of studies.
I enter the administration office, one of the many cornerstones of bureaucratic Germany. A thick line on the floor warns me to not take another step. Good citizen that I am, I halt right in front and maintain discretion as requested. The room smells like a stuffy office that has never heard laughter. Three clerks sit behind their narrow desks and stare at flickering screens from the early 2000s.
One of them raises her voice to explain a line of incomprehensible instructions in the type of administrative German even natives have trouble understanding. Her client stares back in confusion. I sigh and stare at the shiny literature given out by the government to make sense of the many hoops and never-ending forms that frame German life. This is the third time Im here, waiting for another form to fill out for my landlord amidst snarky comments from the staff regarding my incomplete pile of documents.
As her last client passes me by, a document smelling of fresh ink in hand, a clerk waves me over. I sit down as her fingers dig into the keyboard. She doesnt look up.
What can I help you with? she says in a monotone voice.
Id like to register my residence, I reply.
Do you have the certificate of tenement provision filled out?
Yup, I say. Now were talking.
Your identification papers?
I hand her my folder of documents and wait in silence as she examines them.
Please be patient for a moment, Miss, she says and starts punching the keys again, asking questions occasionally.
As I endure the procedure, I observe the clerk at work, wondering what she might do in her free time.
Before I know what is happening, she draws a long ruler out of nowhere, places it over the name of my birthplace on my passport and crosses it out with a fat marker. I lose my breath. What did she just do?!
There is no chance to ask whats going...
Contributed by Ben Wilson and Joe Montero
The COP24 summit in Poland has finally come out with an agreement. The Unites States and Australia celebrated coal. Brazils new Jair Bolsonaro regime showed its climate warming skepticism. Oil producing countries Russia, Saudi and Kuwait, argued to slow things down. Despite this, some progress was made.
Measures were supposed to be adopted to step up the implementation of 2015 Paris Agreement. But a compromise was made to delay this till 2020, when the next summit takes place in Chile. The agreement says that commitments already entered into must have been met by then.
Time is running short, however. The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned just two months ago, that the global temperature rising above 1.5 Celsius will have grave consequences, and that there is little more than a decade to turn the situation around, by halving all carbon emissions.
The current path could result in the temperature rising by up to 3-4 degrees Celsius, according to the science. This suggests that the global political establishment is not yet aligning with the science.
Discussion in Poland concentrated on standardising reporting and improving transparency. Both of these are needed. But this should not delay stepping up action.
It is understandable that countries want to minimise the negative impacts of making a transition. This is best achieved through cooperation between nations and mutual assistance. The longer it takes to do enough, the higher the cost will be.
Failure to act on a sufficient scale will destroy many species,
and upset the life cycle, on which human beings are also
Changing weather patterns will mean that not enough food will be available to feed the human population. Rising sea levels will mean small countries disappearing and many cities being inundated. Economic collapse, the failure of political institutions and social turmoil will be inevitable.
What is clear, is that reliance on the political elite is not enough. Only when there is sufficient pressure coming up from below, is movement on the political stage possible. The little progress that has been made has come about this way. It is only the beginning, and much more is needed to lift the game.
There must be a turning away from unrestricted capitalism that always puts the private bot...
"Protester Daniel Heggie said the reindeer were being exploited". By sick children and their families at the Brisbane Children's Hospital. Charming people. Animals rights protesters fronted a group of sick children and their families who were meeting a pair of Santa's reindeer on Monday afternoon. Police were called to remove...
Both the Hang Seng and the Shanghai indices recovered from last weeks poor data and the DOWs late Fridays decline. Volumes continue thin and that appears to be spreading to many markets. It is not uncommon to see markets drier ahead of the holiday season, but this year it seems to gets more attention probably because prices are in decline. Once the bounce back to unchanged was over, both played in a narrow range to close fairly neutral. Japan on the other hand, traded well following the open and managed a +0.65% gain on the day. We are seeing renewed weakness in the Yen, in Asian trading, but looks to have found the safe-haven bid again for the moment anyway. A ray of hope was also displayed in Australia and India, as both markets finished around 1% higher. Overall a fairly quiet session awaiting China, the FED and Germanys IFO report.
Europe attempted to hold just slightly lower levels Monday, but once the US markets opened that proved just too much of an ask! Growing fears of a global slowdown continue to spread and recent data tend to support that sentiment. China numbers Friday, followed by further BREXIT and European uncertainty are all in the mix ahead of the Federal Reserve and a devastatingly slow retail sector. Talk this evening is that Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Leader) apparently intended to propose a no-confidence motion in Theresa May, but then decided he didnt need to after Theresa May tabled a date for the Parliamentary vote ( Week of January 14th, 2019). If this vote were to happen, it is in her and not the government. BREXIT and all its shenanigans will continue for at least another three months, so buckle in it could get wild! GBP however, has traded higher against the USD as speculation that the FED holds after this weeks move. Most core European bourses closed around 1% lower.
US markets have been heavy all day and are looking to close at their lowest levels for the year. Having retreated from close to 15% from their highs, markets are trading nervous as we await the FED and data starts to slow again. Housing numbers today were their slowest in three years, but there was a pick-up in business activity. Although volumes are better than their 20day average, the 20day average is still way down...
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Secret head of world finance, Cardinal Pell, fired and big changes coming
By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
Last week Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing children by an Australian court and was subsequently fired by Pope Francis because he was elderly.
This is huge news in the secret world of finance, because Pell was the person in charge of financial matters at the Vatican and thus was a secret controller of most world government leaders, P2 Freemason and CIA sources say. This is because when most world rulers take power, they get a visit from an official of the Vatican Bank who hands them a bank book with an astronomical number written in it (a billion dollars or more for big countries; less for smaller countries). They are then told, Welcome to the world of the rich, and are gently reminded that if they refuse to accept the money they will be removed.
This is the choice of silver or lead that has allowed the Vatican P2 Freemason Lodge, run by descendants of the Caesars, to secretly rule most world governments. The 200 leaders who last week affirmed the fraudulent carbon causes global warming agreement are all slaves of this system, P2 Freemason and CIA sources agree.
On December 15 the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as a capital of Israel, adding that Canberra "acknowledges the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem," thus abiding by the so-called two-state solution. Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli minister for regional cooperation, noted that Israel is not satisfied with the Australian decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in conjunction with the acceptance of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, according to the Guardian. "Australia is a deep and intimate friend of many years of Israel. We were happy to hear that it has an interest to clarify its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But to our regret, within this positive news they made a mistake. There is no division between the east of the city and the west of the city. Jerusalem is one whole, united. Israel's control over it is eternal," said...
By Kent Heckenlively, JD After having my talk at the Commonwealth Club of California cancelled because of protests, being thrown out of Age of Autism for daring to pen a few articles for BolenReport, and being BANNED from speaking in Australia for three years, I have a new honor. Ive been Snoped! If you dont Continue reading Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here)
Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei meetings that took place months before Canadas arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.
Sources say Mr. Trudeau met the spy directors at a Five Eyes meeting in mid-July in Nova Scotia and at secret intelligence talks on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit in London in April, where Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government dominated discussion.
By ROBERT FIFE AND STEVEN CHASE
The Globe and Mail
The Five Eyes network is made up of Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, which co-operate to combat espionage, terrorism and global crime.
During the discussions in Halifax and London, sources said the spy chiefs stressed that their countries cannot become dependent upon Huaweis 5G technology because they view the Shenzen-based company as beholden to the Chinese state. Under Chinese law, the countrys companies must work with Chinas intelligence agencies if requested.
Senior federal officials, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, would not discuss the Five Eyes deliberations on Huawei.
CSIS will not comment on the nature or substance of meetings held with its Five Eyes partners. Canadas relationship with these partners remains strong and is focused on keeping Canada safe from a variety of threats, CSIS chief information officer Tahera Mufti said in a statement.
Mr. Trudeau is facing a difficult decision on whether to join the majority of his Five Eyes allies and bar Huawei equipment from being used in next-generation 5G mobile networks.
December 16, 2018 The foreign minister of Bahrain has defended Australias formal recognition of the so-called West Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital, saying the move would not affect a future Palestinian state with East Al-Quds as its capital. Australias government announced the decision on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but said it would 
A New York Times report on Stones allegations against Rush parses the difficulties of coming forward in the #MeToo eraespecially in Australia.
As many strides as the #MeToo and Times Up movements have made in a short time, they still have a long way to go. Exhibit A is the latest allegations against a well-known actor.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's stubborn endorsement of the UN Global Migration Pact has brought his government to its knees and caused massive demonstrations against the Pact in Belgium. Charles Michel now governs with a minority, because the center-right Flemish N-VA has walked out over the PM's move to have Belgium support a UN migration pact. The Prime Minister is now trying to govern with assorted and reshuffled Liberals and Christian Democrats. The upcoming Migration Pact has divided international alliances: Austria, Hungary, the US, Israel, Australia and several other states rejecting the accord. Belgium's migration minister, Theo Francken, commented on Thursday, "It's way too pro-migration. It doesn't have the nuance that it needs to have to also comfort European citizens." He said that, although it was not legally binding, it was also not without legal risks. He said that wide interpretation of human rights laws in EU courts were "tying the hands of migration policy-makers." 
The Belgian government has split apart after Prime Minister Charles Michel ignored the objections of his ruling coalitions biggest party and insisted he would sign the UN migration pact.
The Flemish nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party quit the government following crisis talks over the weekend, prompting Michel to announce he would travel to Marrakesh to sign the controversial compact representing a minority government.
Stepping down as interior minister on Sunday, the N-VAs Jan Jambon told local media I think that, formally speaking, we are stepping down. We said that if the coalition goes to Marrakesh, it will be without us.
The patriotic party had previously produced a list of 30 objections to signing the so-called Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration including a lack of differentiation between illegal and legal flows, and questions over whether the agreement, which declares mass immigration to be inevitable, desirable and necessary, could have a chilling effect on objective journalism.
Vice Prime Minister Alexander De Croo rebuffed the N-VA for branding the parties set to sign Belgium up to the UN document as a Marrakesh coalition, asserting that ministers will continue to have firm but humane migration policies because no one in this government want....
The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris
On November 10th, 1793, there was an activation of Goddess of Reason and Liberty in the Notre Dame church in Paris:
That church was the location of the temple of Isis in Roman times:
Where initiates into the Goddess mysteries still meet today:
Exactly 225 years after the activation of Goddess of Reason, certain Goddess priestesses of the Resistance Movement came to the surface in Paris and did a special planetary kundalini activation.
The activation was taking place from November 8th to November 11th, 2018, during the meeting of the world leaders in Paris. The second basement DOES exist, although the waitress denied it.
This activation served as a trigger for planetary kundalini awakening where people will finally rise up against the oppression of the Dark forces.
This comes courtesy of the Daily Mail - the photos from Christmas Island came to us from Shaz of CI and were first published here on this website. I can think of at least one Australian war veteran who lives overseas but has to return for medical treatment who will...
TURC hearing into CFMEU officials and their apparent destruction of evidence subject to TURC's Notices to Produce Monday, 21 September 2015 AT 2PM the Commission commenced its hearing, former National President of the CFMEU Dave Hanna in the witness box. Ms McNaughton opened by having Mr Hanna confirm the names...
Thanks to Team Tommy on Twitter for the image!
Unbelievable. Covered up the video cameras. Destroyed tonnes of documents as they were being called by the Royal Commission. Fought the charges, didn't cooperate, plea of not guilty. And walks free on a bond. An ex-union boss has avoided jail after being found guilty of dumping and burning tonnes of...
Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.
By Bari Weiss
Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.
Yael Stone is scared.
We are in New York City, at a ramen place near her apartment in Astoria, Queens, and Ms. Stone, who stars in Orange Is the New Black, has barely touched her soup. She tells me she hasnt been sleeping for the better part of a year.
Its not just her 6-month-old baby whos keeping her up, but her decision to come forward for the first time and speak to me about her experiences with Geoffrey Rush, one of the most powerful actors in her native Australia.
Most women who go public with #MeToo stories are fearful for obvious reasons. There is the pain of reliving traumatic experiences. There is the rage of not being believed. And there is sometimes the discomfort of admitting, as Ms. Stone readily does, that she didnt say no and at times even encouraged some of his behavior. She did so, she says, out of fear of offending a mentor and friend.
But Ms. Stone isnt just afraid of the emotional consequences of talking about her allegations against Mr. Rush, her onetime hero, including that he danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while she was 25 years old and starring opposite Mr. Rush, then 59, on stage in The Diary of a Madman in 2010 and 2011.
I was recently interviewed by Polands biggest media organisation about my work around disaster capitalism (both the book and film). The conversation covered Afghanistan, Haiti, aid, US foreign policy, Trump and what journalism should be (hint: challenging those in power).
It was great to engage with an audience that in the West is increasingly viewed as conservative and intolerant. The Polish journalist told me that this view is inaccurate and public opinion is far more diverse on matters of immigration and refugees.
Heres the story (readers will have to use Google Translate): polishinterviewdisastercapitalism
Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]
Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.
Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...
The news would have its readers believe that were in the end times that climate change has reached the point of no return and the world is on the brink of nuclear wear. Unfortunately the hopeful and inspiring stories tend to pass by far too quickly, but if you look for them, theyre always there. Some are the result of years worth of work, research and investments, while others come about simply by accident.
Take the Great Barrier Reef, for instance. Coral reefs account for a measly 1% of the entire ocean on planet Earth. Despite the miniscule amount of surface area they cover, coral reefs provide food and shelter to one quarter of all marine life. Reefs also support marine life that ends up in the human food chain, feeding a whopping one billion of us.
Thanks to a little thing called bleaching, about two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has been killed off due to a rise in temperature, thought to have been brought on by global warming. The statistics are alarming.
Thankfully, and completely by accident, Dr. David Vaughan from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, may have found a way to reverse that devastating loss.
Coral ordinarily takes 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity, meaning it can take up to six years to plant 600 coral. This fact alone is one reason the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is so alarming. But thanks to Dr. Vaughan, we may be able to help coral grow forty times faster!
The Good News Network describes Dr. Vaughans accidental discovery:
He had been trying to remove a coral from the bottom of a tank when it broke into a dozen pieces. To his shock, all of the pieces regrew to the same size in just three short weeks, as opposed to the three years it had taken to grow the original coral.
The process of fragmenting coral to encourage regrowth is nothing new. In fact, the pro...
About 20 people gathered at Walmer last Monday for the FOBIF end of the year BBQ. It was perfect weather for a relaxed and enjoyable end of the year celebration.
The FOBIF committee wishes all friends of our forests a happy Christmas and a great new year. Our 2018 walks program will soon be available. Well see you in the bush in the new year!
This month the ACCC released a long-overdue report into the way Facebook and Google have changed the media in Australia and the world. Here are a few quotes: ...the impact of digital platforms (ie Facebook and Google) on the supply of news and journalism is particularly significant. News and journalism...
This weekend (22-23 December) is the last one for the Nature Photography in the Goldfields exhibition by Patrick Kavanagh, Geoff Park and Bronwyn Silver at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub. The Hub will be open from 10am 4pm.
A new paper with many authors most prominently Joseph Henrich tries to measure the cultural gaps between different countries. I am reproducing a few of their results (see pp.36-37 for more), noting that higher numbers represent higher gaps:
Distance from the U.S.
Georgia [the country]: 0.15
Hong Kong: 0.09
Egypt is the most distant, then Yemen, with Canada as the closest.
As for cultural distance from China, we have:
Great Britain: 0.20
Hong Kong: 0.09
Russia: 0.09 (not *so* far away)
Overall the numbers show much greater cultural distance of other nations from China than from the United States, a significant and under-discussed problem for China. For instance, the United States is about as culturally close to Hong Kong as China is.
In hindsight, there were probably smarter places I could have travelled to escape my addictive personality than Eastern Europe. Especially when a recovering junkie can get given a script no questions asked for morphine.
I could see the sun beginning to rise on the horizon of the abandoned Templehof Airport in Berlin from the window of our Airbnb. It was a nice change from the dirty backpackers I had been staying in for weeks, which reeked of desperation and Lynx Africa.
I had just polished off my second bottle of cheap Merlot, and was having a shower with a male acquaintance I had picked up at my hostel two nights prior. The bathroom was thick with steam hovering above the polished tiles.
As we soon discovered, shower sex is not as comfortable or convenient as it appears in porn; we were both struggling to find a position without a plug or a tap poking into one of our backs.
I had the great idea to pop a leg out of the shower to give myself more wriggle room, only to glide along the wet floor and smack my foot into the glass screen. Feeling a shrapnel-like pain ricocheting through my leg, I looked down to realise that while two toes remained in place, three were dislocated and hanging sideways like limp biscuits.
In a state of shock and thankfully numbness from the amount of red wine I had consumed I let out a loud, Fuuuuuuuuck! and decided to Skype my mother for some free medical advice.
Youre going to have to crack them back in, and then go to the hospital, she said with panic in her voice.
My friends, both supportive and utterly disgusted, rolled me a joint for the pain and tried to convince me to go to the doctor for a proper examination. However, being a naive 18-year-old with pre-existing addiction problems, I figured shell be right and instead took a Valium and went to sleep.
Boarding a train to Prague the following morning, the weight of my 65L pack and relapse hanging heavy on my shoulders, I tried to disregard the internal throb that filled me when the crevices of plastic baggies had been licked clean.
After climbing 287 steps to the top of the Prague Castle, the external pain from the night prior had begun to sink in. This was quickly eradicated by a trip to the Absinthe Bar, where we sampled some Green Fairy, and the bud they sold us from behind the counter.
Three caps, two...
As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowiceto negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.
For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the worlds top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop and that is an optimistic estimate.
Theres an urgency in my heart being...
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a U.S. Military hero, Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews Donald J....
Published on Dec 16, 2018
European auto resignations plunge, this is not a good sign, we are seeing auto sales in the US and Europe decline. Home prices in Australia, Canada and Europe are declining, the housing prices in the US are also dropping, bubble is deflating. Q posted how the Fed is going to be taken down by gold, Trump confirms this by his past comments on gold. The timing will be everything but the build up to contradict and bring the Fed down is in the works.
Published on Dec 16, 2018
Texas Judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional. Robert Mueller gives the 302's to the Judge. Clinton answers questions under oath and can't remember 20 of them. The MSM is preparing for video and other news by telling everyone do not believe what you see or hear. Anons explains whats coming up.
Contributed by Jim Hayes
As Australia goes to the dogs under the Morrison government, the Australian Labor Party had its national conference in Adelaide this last weekend.
Many were looking forward to this marking, not only a decisive break from the policies of the Coalition, but the bipartisanship of the past that has brought to Australia neoliberal economics and crueler government.
Some welcome policies were announced. Among them promises to
take on more refugees, impose greater penalties on employers who
steal super from their employees, talk with first Nation
Australians about constitutional recognition and build 250,000 new
affordable homes over ten years and something was said about
reducing negative gearing. The conference adopted a policy that
will stop selling arms to Israel.
But on many big ticket items, little or nothing was said. This conference had the air of a stage managed affair, with unity built on saying as little as possible. It held onto a strategy of keeping low and allowing Scott Morrison to hang himself.
Critics have pointed out that this strategy risks failing to inspire people. The risk is real. Although the polls suggest Labor will rock in next year, they also show that Labor leader Bill Shorten is not particularly trusted.
Australia shares the worldwide phenomenon of a growing part of the population not trusting politicians of the major parties. It has its own particular causes here. The Coalition is suffering the most, and it also is affecting Labor. Unless it can show that it is sufficiently different, Labor stands to suffer extensively when it government. We have seen this happen to social democratic governments in Europe. It will happen here too.
We are no longer in times where business as usual is good enough. There must be an acknowledgement that most are becoming worse off, our rights are going, the First Nations are moving towards Treaty as the road to equality and self-determination. Public opinion has shifted is calling calling for decisive action on tackling carbon emissions and an end to offshore detention. Australia wants greed of the banks taken on in earnest, corruption seriously tackled.
This is what is being called for. We saw groups make a noise
about certain issues that we important to them at the Conference.
They are not alone.
These are the issues where a clear stance is needed, to mobilise
popular enthusiasm and ensure a solid base of support for changing
Australias direction. Getting people on side depends on building
trust and not merely slanging off at the other side.
No commitment was given to basic matters such as, raising reversing the fall in the wages share of national income, the minimum wage, putting into place a new an...
When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)
17 December 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranald writes in the Guardian on the risk that Adani could sue our government for millions through Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), should their mining licence be cancelled by a future government.
Yet another example of why Labor should implement its policy against ISDS in all trade agreements, and remove it from current deals like the TPP.
We asked Overland contributors, volunteers, staff and editors to share their highs and lows of 2018.
A coalition of environment, unions and faith groups protested outside the Labor Partys national conference in Adelaide on Sunday, calling for the party to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.
On the plus side, EDO NSW has endorsed the partys commitment to create a national Environment Protection Authority.
Protesters demanded a stop to oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight, preventing Adani and other coal mines in Queenslands Galilee Basin and an end to fracking and gas exploration, in the Northern Territory, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and the Pilliga Forest in NSW.
The Wilderness Societys South Australia director, Peter Owen, said it was, insane Australia is opening up new oil, gas and coal frontiers when we know we need to stop burning fossil fuels.
Height of irresponsibility
Expanding the fossil fuel industry is the height of irresponsibility and not an option if we are to have any chance of providing our children with a liveable climate
Its also concerning that many of these fossil fuel frontiers are in pristine areas such as the Great Australian Bight, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and NSWs biggest inland forest, the Pilliga. The Great Australian Bight whale nursery is a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards catastrophic climate change.
We now know we must act immediately to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change. Allowing the fossil fuel industry to expand would negate Labors good work in promoting renewable energy. Its time for the Labor Party to show national leadership and commit to stopping the expansion of the fossil fuel industry when it sets its election platform at this national conference.
Philippa Rowland, president of Multifaith SA, said, people of faith in Australia feel the urgent need for an ethical response to threats posed to vulnerable communities from escalating climate impacts across our region all climate policies must include a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.
Youth fired up
Australian Youth Climate Coalition Campaign...
Contributed by Joe Montero
Yellow vests protest continued throughout France for the fifth week over the weekend. This is despite some concessions made by President Macron. This has not been enough. They want him to resign.
This movement has evolved into much more than a protest against a tax on fuel, to become a force calling for a major change. Perhaps this is best summed up in that there is a call for an end to government for the rich, to government for the majority. Ordinary people are seeing their living standards declining and dont want this to continue
French President Emmanuel Macron announces a series of financial measures including a rise in minimum wage to appease the Yellow Vest protesters after four weeks of nationwide demonstrations.
Video from TRT World
A new feature is that the Yellow shirts have inspired similar movements through Europe Belgium and as far away as Canada and Israel.
Video from the BBC News
Back in France, police have continued try to break up
demonstrations with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and
flash bombs. Side street approaches, Metro rail stations and
freeways leading into Paris were blocked, in order to prevent
protesters from joining the main group.
The following shows protesters
kneeling with hands over their heads last week, being suddenly
attacked by police. This adds credence to the allegations that the
riots have been sparked off by the police.
Video from the
China Morning Post
Every Moment of Every Day, Mobile Phone Apps Collect Detailed Location Data. (Totally out of control, The New York Times)
Bitcoin is a Decentralized Organism (Mycelium)(This is one of the most enjoyable and informative articles I've read all year, by Brandon Quittem)
Joe Rogan Experience #1035 - Paul Stamets (If you liked the above article, you'll love this, YouTube)
A very personal message from Charles before today's show. My ex-wife resolutely said frequently: "The Show MUST Go On", whatever the adversity. Yesterday, she succumbed to rampaging cancers, losing a battle begun in June 2012. The title of this presentation certainly does not refer to her. But I will share...
It appears this latest burst of summer rain may have spurred on a surge of breeding before the hot weather kicks again.
This Black-fronted Dotterel found a typically risky location to lay its eggs on the edge of a driveway near Pound Lane. The two beautifully camouflaged eggs blend seamlessly into the surrounding gravel. While the location may appear unusual it enables the adults to leave the eggs safely exposed at the slightest hint of danger.
Palestinian and Israeli officials were oddly united in expressing bitter disappointment in Australia's 'half-way' decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, and the move also faced criticism at home. Canberra is to open a defense and trade office in Jerusalem after it formally recognized West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday. Relocating the country's embassy, however, will only take place after a two-state solution is reached. Until then, Australia will hold off on its decision to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. The Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister immediately rejected and condemned the decision, accusing Morrison of a "total bias" towards Israel and seeking to "appease the Zionist lobby" in Australia. "The recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel's capital must be accompanied by recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine," Riad al-Maliki said. The same...
A new study published in Nature has found evidence for 467 ways in which climate hazards due to global warming are making life on the planet harder for humans. It confirms that we are witnessing a shift in the functioning of the Earth system as a whole, a shift to a new state that is unsympathetic to the continued flourishing of human life.
A changing climate is only one feature of a warming globe. Human activity has bounced the Earth into a state that has no equivalent in its 4.5 billion year history.
The Earths new trajectory as it spins into the future has led scientists to tell us we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. We have crossed a threshold and the geological clock cannot be turned back. The disruption we have caused is increasingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it has no endpoint.
There are, therefore, two questions humankind must face. What must we do to prevent serial disasters becoming existential catastrophe? And how can we make our social and economic systems flexible enough to cope with the new dispensation?
There are several reasons an international agreement has proven so hard. The leading one is sabotage by climate science deniers. Ca...
Several Notches Above Ransomware An extortion scheme which sought to terrorize people into paying over BTC made global headlines over the course of the week. The threats happened worldwide, at a minimum being reported in the US, New Zealand, and Australia. The bomb threats demanded $20,000 in BTC in exchange for the terrorists to give
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck 203 kilometres north-west of Carnarvon in the state's north-west on Sunday night, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres and struck at 10.26pm local time.
The pieces were already put in place during the Wentworth federal by-election, a hopeless, needless gambit that reduced the Coalition governments majority whilst giving the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a crack at some vengeance. His successor, Scott Morrison,
The post Having It All Ways: Australias Prime Minister Scott Morrisons Jerusalem Compromise appeared first on Global Research.
Germany's cyber security authority says claims that Huawei is spying on customers are not backed up by evidence and has urged caution before boycotting the Chinese telecommunications giant. "For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof," head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) Arne Schoenbohm told Spiegel. Comment: Actually, you don't. Just ask America... or the UK. Proof is an out-of-date concept for these people. All you need is allegation. Huawei is accused of having ties to Chinese intelligence, and countries like the US, Australia and New Zealand have recently blocked it from being part of building their 5G internet networks. According to Der Spiegel, the US is pressuring other countries like Germany to do the same. In March, Schoenbohm told telecommunications company Telekom there were "currently no reliable findings" to back up US security agencies' warnings about Huawei. Germany's main mobile network operators, Vodafone, Telekom and...
In Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, animals can choose themselves whether they want to stay inside or go outside on wintry days.
This 16 December 2018 video shows four animal species going outside: Hudson Bay wolves from Arctic Canada; Eurasian cranes; Bennetts wallabies from Australia; and scimitar oryxes, originally from North Africa.
China is set to introduce maximum residue limits (MRLs) of 200 parts per billion (ppb) or lower for glyphosate in all imported final food products and raw materials including grains, soybeans and other legumes before the end of 2019, according to Sustainable Pulse sources. The Chinese introduction of low MRLs, which are officially based on health concerns following the classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has been expected by both U.S. and Australian farming organizations for some time. China's action would likely decrease the global use of glyphosate as a desiccant. The practice, known as desiccating, pre-harvest spraying or crop topping, is favored by many 'conventional' farmers as a way to hasten the even ripening of grains, such as wheat, oats and barley, as well as legumes and other crops such as sunflowers and potatoes, even though it is not a recommended use of the increasingly controversial...
For parents enduring daily fights with their sons about video games, the chilling video of Western Sydney man Luke Munday allegedly hitting his partner as she begged him to stop playing Fortnite was a manifestation of their worst fears this week.
Violent and aggressive reactions in children as young as eight when they are asked to stop playing are not uncommon, said Game Quitters founder Cam Adair.
Its unfortunately not uncommon, violence and aggression are quite frequent reactions of people who are made to stop, he said from the Chang Mai outpost of Sydney addiction centre The Cabin.
We speak to a lot of parents who are at their wits ends, they dont know how to make their sons stop.
Mr Adair estimates that there are 10 to 50 million gaming addicts across the globe, with that number set to rise.
The volume of people seeking help is double or triple what it was a year ago, and I think itll keep going up. Australia is a really significant market for gaming companies, and thus fertile ground for a video game addiction. Lots of people are suffering.
Beginning in childhood, an addiction to video games can have devastating consequences.
Last month, Sydney man Daniel Chapman, 22, was convicted of fatally stabbing his father Steven Chapman with a 14cm blade when the pair began arguing about Daniels refusal to stop playing computer games and come to the dinner table in October 2016.
A harrowing video of Luke Munday, 26,.........
This video from Australia says about itself:
Endangered northern bettong crucial to the survival of Queenslands tropical ecosystem
6/12/2018 The five-year WWF-Australia-funded project which tracked the northern bettong found there had been a 70 per cent decline in the marsupials population in the past 30 years.
Read more here.
By Laurel Hamers, 1:21pm, December 14, 2018:
Endangered northern bettongs arent picky truffle eaters
The marsupials varied diet could help safeguard some of Australias fungi and forests
A small endangered marsupial with a taste for truffles may be a linchpin in one kind of Australian forest and the evidence is in the animals poop.
Northern bettongs feast on truffles, the meaty, spore-producing parts of certain fungi. Plenty of animals eat a selection of these subterranean orbs from time to time. But analyses of the scat from northern bettongs (Bettongia tropica) reveal that the marsupials eat truffles from a wider diversity of fungi species than other critters, including some that no other animals appear to favor, researchers report November 22 in Molecular Ecology.
Thats an important role because these truffle-producing fungi form beneficial relationships with tree roots, helping trees pull nutrients and moisture from soil. Theres been a whole raft of published studies showing that those fungi give plants an edge, says Andrew Claridge, an ecologist for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Queanbeyan who wasnt part of the study.
Australias eucalyptus forests host hundreds, or possibly even thousands, of truffle fungi species, says study coauthor Susan Nuske, an ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Ume. Different species seem to be specialized to associate with particular trees or perform certain roles, so maintaining that diversity is key. By spreading truffles spores via scat, bettongs help keep the fungal community diverse and, by extension, the forest healthy, say Nuske and her colleagues.
By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory
Science may confirm that the Earth is, in fact, a sphere and not flat, but there are still hundreds of thousands of people who believe otherwise. For this exact reason, Australian YouTuber Wolfie6020 started his channel.
Though Wolfie6020 has created many videos explaining why the flat Earth movement is nonsensical, there are some Flat-Earthers who believe they can convince him otherwise. Recently, fellow YouTuber Flat Out Hero presented Wolfie6020 with a $100,000 challenge. Because he had nothing to lose, Wolfie6020 accepted it.
As can be viewed in the video below, Flat Out Hero explains that the challenge is to fly from point A to point B to point C, and then back to point A, with the distance between each point being the same. A 90-degree turn must also be taken at every point. The bet was worth $100,000. Boasted Flat Out Hero, Its impossible, but dont tell the globetards that! This is the final nail in the ball Earth coffin, and I am happy to be the one to hammer it in!!!
As IFLScience reports, the described shape is impossible on a flat plane because an equilateral triangle would not have angles bigger (or smaller) than 60 degrees. But on the surface of a sphere, it is perfectly feasible.
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Wolfie6020 shared his flight plan in a...
Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa) is a prickly bush, indigenous to our area, with sprays of white flowers in early summer. Weve had a few specimens on our place and have been lucky to augment them with plants grown by Frances Cincotta from seeds in our own lane in Strangways. The ones we planted in our front yard, free from grazing pressure, have a profusion of small, delicate flowers at present.
The plant takes its name from the purse-shaped seed pods. As the plants have been flowering over some time, there are seed pods forming alongside new flowers.
Sweet Bursaria seed pod.
Slender Bee Flies (Geron sp.) are frequent visitors to the flowers at present and make great subjects as they dont seem bothered by the proximity of the camera.
Slender Bee Fly
I love the way these flies so often seem to have pollen grains on their eyes. Their long probosces are great for going deep into flowers. I am also fascinated by the intricate details of all fly species, especially around their thoraces where the wings join on.
Slender Bee Fly up even closer
Red and Blue Beetles (Dicranolaius sp) have also been enjoying the bounty.
Red and Blue Beetle
On one plant, I thought this Rhytidoponera ant was doing some pollinating, as ants are very important...
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