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  • India keen to test-drive Australia’s Bushmaster PMVs

    09/04/2015 1:49:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 | Amanda Hodge
    Australia will send technical details to India as early as next week on the indigenous Bushmaster armoured protection vehicle — or protected mobility vehicle — after the country’s most senior defence officials expressed interest in using them to police India’s restive borders. A defence procurement contract for the Australian-made armoured vehicle, which has an unblemished record of no casualties in a decade of use in the ­Afghan battle theatre, would be a significant export for Australia as it builds its trade and defence relationship with India. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, at the end of a three-day visit to India, said...
  • Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

    09/03/2015 8:30:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 | Laura Wagner
    Among the kangaroos and kookaburras, another creature trundled through the Australian bush. Hooves barely visible, eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator, the color of dirty snow. A concerned hiker spotted the furry specimen days ago and raised the alarm. It was a matter of life and death — and this sheep needed a haircut. News reports say the merino sheep had likely wandered from his flock five or six years ago and had been on the lam(b) in the wild ever since. While merinos are typically sheared every spring, rescuers think the sheep, named Chris,...
  • The terrifying shark video that left Karl Stefanovic speechless [Australia 'Today' show host]

    09/03/2015 7:38:31 AM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    9NEWS ^ | August 31, 2015
    It’s not often Karl Stefanovic is left speechless, but video of a monster 4.5m [nearly 15ft] shark leaping out of the water was enough for him to take a moment of silent awe on-air before saying he would "never go back in the water". Stefanovic introduced the segment looking at new technology that has allowed cameramen for the Discovery Channel to get closer than ever while filming great whites. Their new underwater vessels include a mobile cage called the W.A.S.P (Water Armour Shark Protection) that enables divers to walk along the ocean floor while filming sharks, although being that close...
  • Terror in the skies: The midair hijacking drama of TAA Flight 408 (historical - 1960)

    09/01/2015 4:29:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975
    news.com.au ^ | 1st September 2015
    ALEX Hildebrandt looked like any other passenger when he walked calmly onto the Trans-Australia Airlines passenger jet bound for Brisbane. It was the last flight out of Sydney and the Russian immigrant, along with his 42 fellow passengers, had just passed through airport security that is nothing like we know today. Which could go some way to explaining why Hildebrandt, then 22, had managed to pack a sawn-off shotgun in his carry-on luggage, as well as all the tools needed to make a bomb. By the time the plane touched down in Brisbane that night, July 19, 1960, Australia —...
  • Snow falls on Western Australia's Bluff Knoll for second time in weeks

    09/01/2015 3:40:46 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1 Sept 2015 | By Gian De Poloni
    Snow has fallen in Western Australia's Stirling Ranges, including Bluff Knoll, for the second time in a matter of weeks, after a chilly night in the Great Southern. ... Last month, enough snow fell on Bluff Knoll for hikers to build mini-snowmen. ....
  • Australia's Nanny State: A Case of Arrested Development?

    08/27/2015 1:04:20 PM PDT · by OddLane · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jon Donnison
    For me, the laid-back, easy-come, easy-go, throw-another-shrimp-on-the-barbie stereotype of Australia is encapsulated in the vibe of its unofficial anthem, Waltzing Matilda, where a swagman pinches a local sheep for his supper. In reality, these days our jolly swagman would probably be pulled up for pitching his tent without a proper permit, lighting an illegal fire or sparking up a ciggie in a public place. Populated by convicts in the early days of British settlement, Australia still loves to lay down the law And now an Australian senator has set up a parliamentary inquiry into the extent to which the country...
  • Education Minister... steps in to stop ALL schools in NSW showing gay parenting documentary...

    08/26/2015 2:44:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    All public schools across New South Wales have now been banned from viewing a gay parenting documentary following the controversy over a girls high school's decision for every student to watch the film. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli personally stepped in to stop Burwood Girls High School's special screening of Gayby Baby for all 1200 students during third and fourth periods this Friday after some parents are believed to have been upset by the decision to show the movie. Going one significant step further on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Piccoli enforced a state-wide ban preventing all public schools being able to...
  • Pro-Abortion Web Site Runs Hit Piece Attacking Holly O’Donnell, Posting Private Personal Information

    08/22/2015 8:24:54 PM PDT · by American Faith Today · 13 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | by Matthew BalanAmerican Faith Today
    Radical feminist website RH Reality Check published a hit piece on Thursday against Holly O’Donnell, a whistleblower featured in several of the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of unborn babies’ organs and tissue. Sharona Coutts – a former reporter at ProPublica and the site’s vice president for “investigations and research” – revealed O’Donnell’s alleged sexual preferences, after finding her profile on the OKCupid dating website, as well as posts on other sites. Coutts’s hatchet job actually sparked a backlash among many liberals on Twitter and other online outlets, who accused the author of “slut shaming” the former StemExpress employee....
  • The Age’s front-page smear of a soldier and a Liberal (note, Australia "Liberal" = conservative)

    08/21/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22nd August 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    I don’t know how much lower The Age can go. This morning’s front-page hatchet job on the Liberals’ candidate in the Canning by-election is a disgrace. We know The Age is desperate to destroy the Abbott Government, and we know it now sees Canning as its big chance. If the Liberals lose, Abbott falls. Hence this attack on the Liberals’ candidate, once an officer in our elite SAS, risking his life to defend the likes of even Age journalists, safe at home to snipe: The former SAS soldier standing as the Liberal Party’s prize recruit in a key federal by-election...
  • How US Sugar Policies Just Helped America Lose 600 Jobs

    08/20/2015 7:21:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/15 | Bryan Riley
    The manufacturer of Oreo cookies recently announced plans to move production of Oreos from Chicago to Mexico, resulting in a loss of 600 U.S. jobs.This should be a wake-up call to defenders of the U.S. sugar program and other job-destroying trade barriers.The leading ingredient in Oreos is sugar, and U.S. trade barriers currently require Americans to pay twice the average world prices for sugar.Sugar-using industries now have a big incentive to relocate from the United States to countries where access to their primary ingredient is not restricted.If the government wants people making Oreo cookies and similar products to keep their...
  • 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...
  • MH370: New debris found in Maldives

    08/16/2015 1:54:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The Star ^ | Sunday August 16, 2015 | desiree tresa gasper
    Two pieces of new debris have been found in the Maldives and experts will determine if they are linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix). He said one was a "honeycomb material" while the other had a flat surface. "It is very small, about the size of your hand," he said when asked to explain on the new finding on Sunday. "The first thing we have to do is to determine if it is actually of plane material," Liow said adding that the discovery was made two days ago. "Our team...
  • Denton, Howard to speak at gun control event

    08/12/2015 9:51:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    skynews.com.au ^ | 8/12/2015 | unknown
    The non-profit's chairperson Samantha Lee labelled Mr Howard 'an icon' for gun control. 'Mr Howard is an icon of the growing numbers of people who want gun controls to be tightened across Australia, despite the pressure from pro-shooting parties,' she said. She said any disruption to the September 8 event by pro-gun lobbyists 'would not be tolerated'.
  • Not on my watch:... Tony Abbott says... 'marriage is between a man and a woman'(Australia)

    08/11/2015 2:00:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 12th August 2015 | Lucy Mae Beers
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed coalition MPs will not have a free vote on same-sex marriage, destroying any chance of the law being passed under this Parliament. He said roughly 60 MPs supported the existing position, while 30 called for a conscience vote after a marathon six-hour party room meeting. 'There was strong support for the existing position... that marriage is between a man and a woman,' Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday night. Following the party room meeting, Mr Abbott conducted a press conference and said that of the 30 who said there should be a...
  • Lone Pine battle marked at Gallipoli

    08/06/2015 2:37:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 7th August 2015
    THE Battle of Lone Pine was more a "vicious armed brawl" than an example of modern war, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove has told a centenary service to mark the bloody conflict. HUNDREDS of people endured sweltering heat on the Gallipoli Peninsula on Thursday to attend the service on a battleground where some 800 Australians died, 1500 were wounded and seven Victoria Crosses were won. In recognition of such gallantry VC winners Mark Donaldson, Daniel Keighran and Keith Payne took part in the service along with Doug Baird, the father of VC winner Corporal Cameron Baird who was killed in Afghanistan in...
  • THE OVERCOMER'S SHIELD [ Charismatic Caucus]

    08/06/2015 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    the Joshua Chronicles ^ | bible , Jedediah
    Deuteronomy passages are about to come True, My WORD spoken over you , My blessings to the righteous and pure in Heart, It is the first place I look and where I always start! For your Heart IS your Wellspring so it can not lie to Me, It always reveals the truth of who you are and will be, So let your Yes be Yes and your No remain No. Stand on My WORD and I will never let you go! But waiver in your belief That I AM the One and Only True God?! And you will live in...
  • 70 Rotting Crocodile Heads Found Dumped in Remote Australian Town

    08/05/2015 10:54:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Up to 70 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumped at a remote Australian town, police said yesterday, with the culprits facing large fines and jail time if convicted of the killings. Several teenagers made the grisly find behind a row of shops at Humpty Doo, 40 kilometers outside Darwin on Sunday and contacted authorities. Police said at least 50 saltwater crocodile heads, and as many as 70, were stuffed inside. “(We saw) a deep freezer in a sad state of affairs,” senior wildlife ranger Tommy Nichols
  • 'Shocking' 40 per cent surge in gun ownership and registration in NSW

    08/05/2015 10:11:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | 8/3/2015 | Mandie Sami
    MARK COLVIN: Figures obtained by the New South Wales Greens show a 40 per cent surge in gun registration in the State over the last 14 years. There are now more than 850,000 firearms in private hands in Australia's most populous state. And Greens MP David Shoebridge says he's so alarmed by the increase that he will introduce legislation to limit the number of firearms that people can register. But that has angered gun enthusiasts, as Mandie Sami reports. MANDIE SAMI: For Kym McEwen there's no surprise that people from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations own firearms. KYM...
  • Australia says initial MH370 debris drift models gave wrong clues

    08/04/2015 8:32:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 4, 2015 9:59pm EDT
    Initial models of where potential debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet might first wash up had incorrectly identified Indonesia as the most likely location, the Australian body leading the search said on Wednesday. Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board and search efforts have focused on a broad expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia. A piece of aircraft debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion last week roughly 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from the expected crash zone was consistent with where the plane...
  • Australia to build new naval fleet in US$65 billion package

    08/04/2015 6:01:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Tuesday, 04 August, 2015
    Australia on Tuesday announced a A$89 billion (US$65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines made “in coming months”. The “continuous shipbuilding” proposal, which involves the replacement of frigates, patrol boats and submarines over two decades, is expected by the government to keep up to 2,500 jobs in the sector in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was “a very historic announcement”. “Previous Australian governments have announced that individual ships or classes of ships will be built here in Australia,” Abbott said at a press conference....
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Goes Full Dictator in Shotgun Grab

    08/03/2015 3:16:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 August, 2015 | Dennis DeMartins
    Australia’s descent into full blown fascism just accelerated again. The Adler lever-action ban in Australia just got serious as Prime Minister Tony Abbott has now decided to personally intervene and ban the firearms completely pending completion of a review of the NFA. Australian Customs and Border Protection have been ordered to detain all shipments of the Adler until the review is complete. Amidst the backlash from firearms owners and running out of concocted reasons and emotive rhetoric based arguments as to why law-abiding firearms owners are responsible for the actions of criminals, and that 128-year-old technology has now suddenly become...
  • Australians Taking Advantage of Lessons Learned with New Growler

    07/30/2015 5:50:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | 7/29/2015 | Allyson Versprille
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy presented the first EA-18G Growler tactical jamming and electronic protection aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force at a rollout ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, July 29. In June 2014, the RAAF awarded Boeing the contract for 12 Growlers to be purchased under a foreign military sales agreement. The ceremony marked the presentation of the first Growler to Australia, the only foreign country to acquire the aircraft so far. The Growler is a derivative of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The Australian Growler has some features not on the U.S. version. It has an advanced targeting...
  • Is the Amazon rainforest MAN-MADE? At least 8 MILLION humans may have lived and farmed the basin

    07/24/2015 10:16:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 July 2015 | RICHARD GRAY
    It is often held aloft by environmental campaign groups as an example of one of the last remaining regions of unspoiled habitat left in the world. But instead of being a pristine rainforest untouched by human hands, the Amazon appears to have been profoundly shaped by mankind. An international team of researchers have published evidence that suggests the Amazon was once home to millions of people who lived and farmed in the area now covered by trees.
  • Is the Amazon rainforest MAN-MADE? At least 8 MILLION humans may have lived and farmed the [tr]

    07/24/2015 6:22:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2015 | Richard Gray
    It is often held aloft by environmental campaign groups as an example of one of the last remaining regions of unspoiled habitat left in the world. But instead of being a pristine rainforest untouched by human hands, the Amazon appears to have been profoundly shaped by mankind. An international team of researchers have published evidence that suggests the Amazon was once home to millions of people who lived and farmed in the area now covered by trees.
  • A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australians

    07/24/2015 6:56:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.smithsonianmag.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Helen Thompson
    The new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the Americas =========================================================================================================== Brazil's Surui people, like the man pictured above, share ancestry with indigenous Australians, new evidence suggests. (PAULO WHITAKER/Reuters/Corbis) ==================================================================================================================== More than 15,000 years ago, humans began crossing a land bridge called Beringia that connected their native home in Eurasia to modern-day Alaska. Who knows what the journey entailed or what motivated them to leave, but once they arrived, they spread southward across the Americas. The prevailing theory is that the first Americans arrived in a single wave, and all Native American populations...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | L’Osservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • THE Overcomer's Crown [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/23/2015 12:01:23 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible. The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-23-15 | Jedediah
    I am alabaster in beauty ; the pearl in your crown , The voice of wisdom ; my words never fall to the ground , My majesty surrounds you for my heart you obey , My kingdom goes before you each and every day , There is no other that you serve , Your feet remain steady ; they never swerve , My heart is the path you joyfully anticipate , I AM your inheritance you pant for yet never need to wait , I AM your Shepherd ; your gateway , the pool of mercy you know , My...
  • Exclusive - Japan eyes British help to sink German bid for Australian submarine: sources

    07/23/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | TIM KELLY, NOBUHIRO KUBO AND MATT SIEGEL
    A Japanese government team is in talks with at least two top British firms to help a Japanese consortium land one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, sources in Tokyo said, a $50 billion (£32 billion) project to build submarines for Australia. Germany's ThyssenKrupp (TKMS), a rival bidder, is wooing anxious members of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ruling Liberal Party with the economic and political benefits of its proposal. Two Japanese government officials and a company source in Tokyo said Babcock International Group and BAE Systems had approached the consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries with...
  • Scientists Trace an Ancient Connection Between Amazonians and Australasians

    07/22/2015 3:07:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 21, 2015 | James Gorman
    Some people in the Brazilian Amazon are very distant relations of indigenous Australians, New Guineans and other Australasians, two groups of scientists who conducted detailed genetic analyses reported Tuesday. But the researchers disagree on the source of that ancestry. The connection is ancient, all agree, and attributable to Eurasian migrants to the Americas who had some Australasian ancestry, the scientists said. But one group said the evidence is clear that two different populations came from Siberia to settle the Americas 15,000 or more years ago. The other scientific team says there was only one founding population from which all indigenous...
  • Feline Massacre: Australia Unveils Plan to Kill Two Million Feral Cats

    07/21/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 68 replies
    VICE News ^ | 07/16/2015 | VICE News
    The Australian government intends to eliminate two million feral cats by the end of the decade, Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced on Thursday, waging a war on hordes of felines that are said to be the single biggest threat to many of the country's native species. "By 2020, I want to see two million feral cats culled, five new islands and 10 new mainland areas as safe havens, free of feral cats, and control measures applied across 10 million hectares," Hunt declared. Millions of feral cats roam around the continent, and scientists say that they are a primary factor behind...
  • Rare snow in Australia as Antarctic chill sweeps eastern states

    07/18/2015 8:37:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Temperatures have plummeted to more than 10 degrees below average in places, while Sydney has had its coldest July weather in 44 years now has fallen in parts of Australia where such falls are so rare the weather bureau does not have the tools to measure it as temperatures plunged to more than 10 degrees below average. Antarctic air pushed up through central New South Wales and on to Queensland – known as the Sunshine State – over the past week bringing on a winter cold front not seen in some parts since the mid-1980s. In Queensland, snow fell in...
  • Commodities crash could turn Australia into a new Greece

    07/19/2015 2:51:40 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 July 2015 | Andrew Critchlow
    Last month Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman and matriarch of Perth’s Hancock mining dynasty delivered an unwelcome shock to her workers in Western Australia: accept a possible 10pc pay cut or face the risk of future redundancies. Ms Rinehart, whose family have accumulated vast wealth from iron ore mining, has seen her fortune dwindle since commodity prices began their inexorable slide last year. The Australian mining mogul has seen her estimated wealth collapse to around $11bn (£7bn) from a fortune that was thought to be worth around $30bn just three years ago. This colossal collapse in wealth is symptomatic of...
  • The ‘Other Country’ Fallacy

    07/19/2015 8:03:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    welikeshooting.com ^ | 7/17/2015 | Savage One
    Whenever an argument comes up for gun control, the United Kingdom and Australia are brought forth as examples where gun control ‘worked’. “Australia and the UK banned a lot of guns and instituted strict gun control and their gun crime went down, so if other countries besides the US can ‘make gun control work’ we should follow their example here”. There are a number of fallacies and biases that this line of reasoning adheres to; correlation = causation, , single cause fallacy, the ‘bandwagon’ fallacy or ‘appeal to popularity, and confirmation bias through functional fixation, otherwise known as technological determinism...
  • Reclaim Australia rally: Anti-racism and anti-Islam groups clash in Spring St

    07/18/2015 3:09:28 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    heraldsun.com ^ | July 18, 2015 | ANDREW JEFFERSON AND CHAD VAN ESTROP
    SPRING St was turned into a war zone as anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters fought running battles with police, shutting down one of Melbourne’s busiest streets. More than 450 police officers were needed to keep the peace in an major operation expected to cost Victorian taxpayers up to $250,000.
  • BE Encouraged " Rise UP " you ARE Forgiven ! [ Charismatic Caucus]

    07/17/2015 10:23:53 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible ^ | Jedediah
    You have been subjected to much scorn and many have bludgeoned you with words of iniquity in hatred spite but I AM here to wipe away the tears and touch your heart with ~ ~ The Winds of Forgiveness ~ ~ you find in ME "THE WORD" ! So come Now and be healed in the washing of My waters for I AM your "T"otal and Complete "YES" of your Redemption and in your surrendering all to Me I shall fill you to Overflowing even Now with My Love, Joy and Forgiveness. . . "NOW COME" Rise UP ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZVjKrmvYYQ&list=RDNZVjKrmvY...
  • Snow causes traffic chaos amid best falls in a decade [Australia]

    07/17/2015 1:53:20 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 19 replies
    SBS news ^ | 17 July 2015 | anon
    Major roads have been closed and highway traffic is banked up as Australia's eastern states experience the best snowfall in a decade. ....
  • Never-before-seen footage reveals Russian-backed rebels arriving at..wreckage of MH17 [Video@Link]

    07/16/2015 4:40:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 101 replies
    News.com.au [VIDEO AT LINK] ^ | 17.07.2015 | News.com.au
    RUSSIAN-backed rebels in Ukraine’s east believed they had shot down a Ukraine Airforce fighter jet as disturbing new footage shows them ransacking the luggage of passengers and crew from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. A year ago today, 298 passengers and crew including 38 Australian citizens and residents died aboard the Kuala Lumpur bound commercial flight after it was shot down over east Ukraine, 40km from the Russian border. Much footage exists particularly on the internet of the aftermath of the downed airliner, smouldering over three main wreckage sites about the rebel stronghold of the embattled Dontesk region. But, after a...
  • Living in the danger zone as ANZUS is re-evaluated (Australia-New Zealand-United States treaty)

    07/15/2015 3:59:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th July 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Australians have been delivered a timely warning they may be entering an era of significant strategic shifts and they should not take for granted three crucial relationships. One is with our closest military ally, the US, which we presume will always be there to help defend us. Another is with the world’s most populous Muslim nation, ­Indonesia, which is growing and changing fast on our doorstep. The third leg of what has been in recent history a sturdy triumvirate of friendships is China, but a new report suggests the possibility of an uncertain future with the unthinkable catastrophe of a...
  • French firm DCNS release design of submarine it wants Australia to buy

    07/15/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 15, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The French company, DCNS, has released details of its plans for the new submarine it wants to build for Australia. It’s a 4000 tonne, conventionally powered design based on of its Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarine. DCNS will call the Australia version the Shortfin Barracuda after the local species PPP of the ferocious fish. DCNS says it’s “pre-concept design” is for the world’s most advanced conventional submarines. France, Germany and Japan are competing for the contract to build up to 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy worth more than $20 billion. DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello said the new...
  • Eerie pictures of a German warship and HMAS Sydney which sunk off Australia in 1941

    07/13/2015 2:35:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 14th July 2015 | Aneeta Bhole
    The first images of two warships which sunk after a deadly battle during World War II have emerged. The wrecks lie 20 kilometres apart from each another about 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in Western Australia, north-west of Perth, and sunk in November 1941. The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year. Researchers from Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum captured 700,000 high resolution images of the two ships with the help of two remotely operated underwater vehicles...
  • Trump: ‘Corrupt’ Mexican officials let ‘El Chapo’ go

    07/12/2015 5:17:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/12/15 | Anna Brand
    <p>Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that the escape of a Mexican drug lord by “corrupt Mexican officials” just raised fears in America. But he was quickly shot down by Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media baron whose blessings could make or break a GOP hopeful.</p>
  • Rupert Murdoch Criticizes Donald Trump Over Mexican Immigrant Comments

    07/12/2015 4:41:40 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 73 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 12 2015 | THR Staff
    Rupert Murdoch apparently won't be supporting Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Australian-born media mogul, who became a U.S. citizen in 1985, on Sunday became the latest to decry the Republican candidate's comments about Mexican immigrants in a message posted to Twitter.
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Cancels All Government Wind Farm Subsidies

    07/12/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | Simon Kent
    Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his “war on wind power”. In doing so Mr Abbott has sent a clear message to the mendicant green renewable energy sector that there will be no more cheap state-supplied financing for its projects.
  • Desalination plants key to Perth water security

    07/10/2015 5:56:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    al Jazeera ^ | July 9, 2015 | Royce Kurmelovs
    Perth, Australia - Up to a third of Perth's drinking water starts life in the Indian Ocean where it is drawn into an intake pump about 400 metres inland. It is pumped another kilometre into the sprawling, open-plan complex at the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant in Binningup, Western Australia (WA). Here, the seawater goes through a complex five-step filtering process that includes 32,872 reverse osmosis membranes and 18,080 ultra-filtration membranes. About 45 percent of the seawater entering the system gets turned into fresh drinking water that can then be piped out north towards Perth, or even as far as Kalgoorlie...
  • Skull Study Suggests at Least Two Groups Colonized America

    12/15/2005 3:48:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 864+ views
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | December 15, 2005
    The 7,500- to 11,000-year-old remains suggest the oldest settlers of the Americas came from different genetic stock than more recent Native Americans. Modern Native Americans share traits with Mongoloid peoples of Mongolia, China, and Siberia, the researchers said. But they found dozens of skulls from Brazil appear much more similar to modern Australians, Melanesians, and Sub-Saharan Africans. A Brazilian study involving a large collection of South American skulls suggests at least two distinct groups of early humans colonized the Americas. Anthropologists Walter Neves and Mark Hubbe of the University of Sao Paulo studied 81 skulls of early humans and found...
  • GRACE [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/09/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    I was torn to lament over situations recently so I asked The Lord to explain His Grace to me and I share it for your consideration . . . Grace is sufficient is more than a statement it is an enactment for many in My Creation ask "Why"? When I have given them the gift to (( ( "DECLARE" ) )) ((( "GRACE" ))) ! And so it is with this enlightenment they "IN FACT" carry the KEY to their own Blessings and Grace ! For I AM GRACE ETERNAL and it is in this manner you must speak and...
  • Australia ready to sign EF88 Austeyr rifle contract (Hardcore Bullpup)

    07/09/2015 6:57:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Jane's ^ | July 6, 2015 | Julian Kerr
    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will begin taking delivery in 2016 of about 30,000 new EF88 Austeyr 5.56 mm rifles under an AUD100 million (USD75 million) contract to be signed later this month, a Department of Defence (DoD) spokesman confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 July. The contract, to be signed with Thales Australia, follows second pass approval announced on 6 July by Defence Minister Kevin Andrews for expenditure of AUD467 million under Project Land 125 Phase 5C.
  • Chinese chaos worse than Greece

    07/07/2015 11:18:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    News.com.au ^ | July 7, 3015 | FRANK CHUNG and AFP
    WHILE the world worries about Greece, there’s an even bigger problem closer to home: China. A stock market crash there has seen $3.2 trillion wiped from the value of Chinese shares in just three weeks, triggering an emergency response from the government and warnings of “monstrous” public disorder. • LATEST: CHINESE INVESTORS FLEE FOR SAFETY And the effects for Australia could be serious, affecting our key commodity exports and sparking the beginning of a period of recession-like conditions. “State-owned newspapers have used their strongest language yet, telling people ‘not to lose their minds’ and ‘not to bury themselves in horror...
  • PM's floating fighter jet plan quietly sunk by Defence (Australia)

    07/07/2015 9:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Financial Review, Australia ^ | Jul 7 2015 | John Kerin
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Navy's two 27,000-tonne troop transport assault ships has been quietly dropped ahead of the government's defence white paper after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly. Mr Abbott asked defence planners in May last year to examine the possibility of putting up to 12 of the short-take-off and vertical-landing F-35 Bs on to the two ships – the largest in the Navy – which carry helicopters and are likely to be primarily used to transport troops and equipment to war...
  • 70-year-old Aussie pro-lifer suffers fractured jaw after assault outside abortion facility

    07/03/2015 6:26:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    lifesitenews.org ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Andrew Smith, Australian correspondent
    ALBURY, Australia, July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A retired farmer and Vietnam war veteran has been felled by an unidentified young man outside the Fertility Control Clinic in Albury, New South Wales. The victim, Greg, who is in his seventies was taken by ambulance to Albury Base Hospital where scans revealed a fractured jaw. He also suffered an injury to his back. In video obtained by LifeSiteNews, the younger man is seen approaching the member of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants and assaults him. Greg raises his own arm as a natural act of self-defence and steps back. While...