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  • New laws will give ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) license to kill!(vids)

    09/21/2014 5:30:11 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 13 replies
    It might seem like I'm picking on Australia but I'm not. Some of the new laws sound fine, like self defence or saving others. Laws I assumed every country already had. My problem is how some of the laws could be abused.
  • Rupert Murdoch: Scottish Vote Is Just a Symptom of Global ‘Anti-establishment Groundswell’

    09/18/2014 4:17:16 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 18 Sep 14 | Brendan Bordelon
    On the eve of the vote for Scottish independence, Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch explained that the election is merely a symptom of an ”anti-establishment groundswell” sweeping through the Western world. On Friday Murdoch spoke about the impending vote with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto. “I think there’s meaning in this, and I think it goes beyond Scotland,” he said via phone. “There’s a great anti-establishment groundswell which is seen in this vote in Scotland. You’re seeing it here in Britain in the anti-European party, whose one single issue is to get out of Europe. And I think you’re seeing it...
  • Do-It-Yourself Jihadism

    09/19/2014 3:42:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9/18/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australia’s attorney general said that the massive raid, the largest counterterrorism operation in the nation’s history, involving more than 800 police officers and raids of at least twelve properties, was necessary because, “If the . . . police had not acted today, there is a likelihood that this would have happened.” Australian prime minister Tony Abbott confirmed that the raids were prompted by intercepted phone calls, from an Australian of...
  • Australia anti-terrorism raid underway with more than 800 police

    09/18/2014 11:33:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/18/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Australian police are conducting what they called the largest counter-terrorism operation in the nation's history, with more than 800 police officers participating. Officials announced early Thursday that 15 people had been detained and one person charged "with serious terrorism-related offenses" allegedly related to plans for at least one beheading. The action comes less than a week after the Australian government raised its National Terrorism Public Alert level to "high" from "medium." Officials did not immediately offer details about what prompted Thursday's mass operation in the northwest suburbs of Sydney and in Brisbane. The suspects were planning to grab a random...
  • Australia Raids Foil Reported ISIS Beheading Plots(Viedeo)

    09/18/2014 7:16:05 AM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | /september 18, 2014 | Staff
    Video at the Site Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach. About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation -- the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. A sword was removed as part of evidence at one of the homes.
  • Australian cops thwart ISIS beheading plot

    09/18/2014 4:56:20 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    SYDNEY — Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday. The raids involving 800 federal and state police officers — the largest in the country’s history — came in response to intelligence that an Islamic State group leader in the Middle East was calling on Australian supporters to kill, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
  • Naked anti-war demos sweep world (blast from the past)

    09/15/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/2003 | CNN
    SYDNEY, Australia -- Hundreds of Australian women have stripped off in a naked show of defiance against the possibility of a U.S.-led war on Iraq. Around 300 women bared all in Sunday's protest, lying down on a Sydney sports field to spell out the words "No War". "I would like to say to all the world leaders who think they not as tyrannical as Saddam Hussein, you're lying, you do want war, you have not exhausted all the diplomatic pathways," one protester said. The cheeky demonstration was the latest in a series of naked anti-war protests around the world.
  • Kanye West tries to shame man in wheelchair into standing during Sydney concert

    09/14/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/13/14
    Kanye West shocked fans in Australia when he halted a concert after two fans failed to stand up for him, even though one was in a wheelchair and the other had a prosthetic limb reports The Independent. The often controversial rapper stopped a show in Sydney, demanding that every member of the audience get up and dance. “I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t,” he shouted. The majority of people stood up but when West spotted two people still seated he called them out and...
  • [Australian] Police apologise for leaving plastic explosive in suitcase at Sydney airport

    09/11/2014 10:50:16 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 Sept 2014 | Paul Farrell
    A suitcase containing plastic explosive was accidentally left at Sydney airport for three weeks by the Australian federal police in a serious training blunder. The AFP released a statement on Thursday apologising for mistakenly leaving a training device at the airport – containing 230g of plastic explosive ....
  • Australia raises terror alert level to 'high'

    09/11/2014 9:13:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 4:56 AM EDT, Fri September 12, 2014
  • Swedes launch desperate bid for Oz submarine project

    09/11/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 9/11/2014 | John Kerin
    Sweden has emerged from a bitter submarine technology row with Germany to mount a last-ditch effort to outbid Japan and Germany for the contract to build AustraliaÂ’s new submarines. The chief executive of Swedish defence giant Saab, Hakan Bushke, weighed into a heated Australian political row after Prime Minister Tony Abbott all but broke an election promise to assemble AustraliaÂ’s new submarines in Adelaide. Mr AbbottÂ’s insistence the decision will be based on value for money and regional policy rather than jobs in Adelaide suggests 10 submarines will be built in Japan for about $20 billion, though the government has...
  • ASIO set to raise terror warning to its highest level yet (Australia)

    09/09/2014 1:50:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 10 2014
    AUSTRALIA’s terrorism threat level is poised to rise from ­medium to high for the first time, after ASIO warned the government it had become increasingly concerned about the chances of an attack on home soil. The Australian has been told the Abbott government is privately bracing for formal advice from ASIO director-general David Irvine that the threat alert level be raised to the second highest level. Mr Irvine told the ABC last night the terror threat had been building in Australia over the past year and he had an “elevated level of concern’’. He revealed he was aware of people...
  • Simon Burke on Devil's Playground: 'We couldn't avoid tackling sexual abuse'

    09/09/2014 3:15:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    Unsettling new Foxtel drama makes for tough watching as it unflinchingly faces child sex abuse within the Catholic church. You’ve read reports about how the Catholic church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. You’ve followed the hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, established by Julia Gillard in 2012 following the shocking allegations of a cover-up in NSW. But nothing can prepare you for watching the grooming and abuse of an innocent 12-year-old boy by a respected school chaplain as it plays out dramatically in front of you.
  • Home-built submarines deemed too expensive, too risky (Australia)

    09/08/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 09, 2014 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON AND RICK WALLACE
    BUILDING a new fleet of submarines in Australia would be too risky and too expensive, the Abbott government has concluded. Instead, the government is considering buying “off-the-shelf” options from Japan and Germany, with Japan’s Soryu- class boat the frontrunner. As well as the risk and cost of building the submarines on home soil, such a project would require big infrastructure spending, whereas Japan has an established production line. Defence sources have told The Australian it would cost between $50 billion and $80bn to design and build the submarines in Australia. This compares with previous estimates that the submarines were likely...
  • Australia Nears Deal to Buy Up to 10 Japanese Submarines

    09/08/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2014 | ROB TAYLOR
    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia is close to buying up to 10 submarines from Japan for as much as 20 billion Australian dollars (US$18.7 billion) in a move that would turn the north Asian country into a weapons exporter for the first time since World War II. The deal, which senior defense officials said they expect to be signed this year, risks stoking regional tensions since it positions Tokyo as a major guarantor of Australia's security at a time when relations between China and some of its neighbors, including Japan, are strained. A purchase of Japanese submarines also sits uncomfortably next to the...
  • School bans ‘unsupervised cartwheels’ on playground

    09/04/2014 4:53:57 PM PDT · by mykroar · 18 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 9/4/2014 | Victor Skinner
    QUEENSLAND, Australia – Students and parents at Peregian Springs State School are flipping out after officials banned unsupervised playground cartwheels and handstands to prevent injuries. Two children at the school have been injured recently – one broke a wrist, the other was kicked in the head – while performing “cheerleader type stunts,” prompting principal Gwen Sands to issue a ban on Monday in the school’s newsletter, SunshineCoastDaily.au reports. “All students have been advised that under no circumstances are they allowed to perform cart wheels, handstands or any other type of gymnastic move at school unless they are properly supervised by...
  • Australian charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with Thai surrogate

    09/02/2014 11:37:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    ABC.NET.AU ^ | Samantha Hawley
    An Australian who fathered surrogate twins with a Thai woman has been charged with sexually abusing the children. The man, who cannot be identified, has been charged with indecent dealings of a sexual nature with the children while they were under 10. Court documents reveal he has also been charged with possessing child abuse material which was found after a raid on his home. The man involved denies the allegations, which will come before court later this year. The Thai surrogate mother, Siriwan Nitichad, also known as Aon, lives in the Petchabun province 400 kilometres north of Bangkok.
  • Partner Killed Designer Stuart Rattle but Pretended he Was Still Alive: Documents

    09/01/2014 11:46:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 | Rachel Baxendale
    THE partner of celebrated Melbourne interior designer Stuart Rattle hit him over the head with a saucepan before strangling him to death with a nylon dog lead, court documents reveal. Michael O’Neill then went to elaborate lengths over the following days to pretend his companion of 16 years was still alive. O’Neill, 48, today pleaded guilty to murder and arson, admitting to killing Mr Rattle, 53, before setting fire to their South Yarra apartment five days later in an attempt to conceal the crime. A case summary and record of interview released by the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court show O’Neill maintained...
  • Australia: ‘Extreme Force’ Justified Against ISIS

    09/01/2014 11:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants as he played down reports that an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq came under fire. Australia will "in coming days" join ally the United States in an international effort to transport weapons to Kurdish forces fighting IS extremists in northern Iraq. It has also been conducting humanitarian air drops to the besieged town of Amerli.
  • Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq

    08/31/2014 1:07:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments. "While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us," Abbott told reporters. "None of...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • Playboy model Brandi Brandt jailed for drug role

    08/29/2014 5:14:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | august 29, 2014
    Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was sentenced to up to six years in prison Friday for being part of a drug smuggling ring that brought cocaine to Australia. Brandt, who was once married to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, pleaded guilty in April to a charge of conspiring to import drugs. Prosecutors said she was part of a drug syndicate that hid packages of cocaine on Qantas and United Airlines passenger planes that flew from California to Sydney in 2007. Employees of an airline catering company allegedly collected the packages after the planes landed. The California-born Brandt, 45, was accused...
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • New $15bn coal mine in Australia to hire over 5,000 workers

    08/27/2014 5:14:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Mining.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    The developer of Australia’s US$15bn Carmichael coal mine, one of the world’s largest fossil fuel projects, said it will start hiring the over 5,000 people it needs for the construction phase beginning next year. With the announcement, Adani Group —an Indian conglomerate with interests spanning mining, energy and logistics— has doubled the estimates made when the coal mine and rail project got its final approval. Designed to eventually produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal a year, the project consists of six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines, to supply coal-hungry Indian power plants with enough of the...
  • The heat is on. Bureau of Meteorology ‘altering climate figures’ — The Australian

    08/24/2014 3:09:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | August 23rd, 2014 | Joanne
    Congratulations to The Australian again for taking the hard road and reporting controversial, hot, documented problems, that few in the Australian media dare to investigate. How accurate are our national climate datasets when some adjustments turn entire long stable records from cooling trends to warming ones (or visa versa)? Do the headlines of “hottest ever record” (reported to a tenth of a degree) mean much if thermometer data sometimes needs to be dramatically changed 60 years after being recorded?One of the most extreme examples is a thermometer station in Amberley, Queensland where a cooling trend in minima of 1C per...
  • RAAF may join US air strikes on Islamic State

    08/24/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT · by Dundee · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 25, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is ­actively considering an extended military role for Australia in Iraq, and is encouraging the US to ­increase its military involvement there and possibly in Syria. Reports yesterday indicate the US is considering air strikes in Syria against Islamic State, and The Australian understands ­Australia could join the US in air strikes. ...these remarks make it clear that the government is ­encouraging the US to become more active militarily in Iraq and reassuring the Americans that we will be there beside them. The three main military ­options for Australian involvement are renewed humanitarian air drops, deployment of...
  • Australia’s Worrisome Fiscal Drift

    08/24/2014 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m in Australia for Consilium, an annual conference which is hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies.I spoke on fiscal policy and pontificated on the need for nations to restrain government spending.That’s an important message (at least in my humble option), but I thought it was more interesting to learn more about the tax and spending policies of Australia’s current government, which is led by the supposedly right-of-Center Liberal Party (Aussies still use “liberal” in the European sense of classical liberalism).Unfortunately, I learned that the Australian Liberals (like British Tories) need some remedial work on fiscal policy.Prime Minister Abbott and his...
  • A Blot On The Jewish People

    08/19/2014 2:00:40 AM PDT · by idov · 147 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    There are lots of famous Jewish atheists from Sigmund Freud to Ayn Rand to Isaac Asimov to Woody Allen. How do you think the Jewish community would have reacted if what follows had happened? A Jewish couple, atheists, artists, puts on an exhibit in which they critique five major religions with artworks and commentary. At the end of the first day the gallery owner comes up to them and says, you are attacking Islam and that means you favor the Jews in "Palestine." This is "racism." They try to explain that they are critiquing five major religions equally, did not...
  • Australian base jumper dies after jump from Brevent peak in French Alps

    08/18/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | 18 Aug 2014
    Two base jumpers, including an Australian, were killed in separate accidents in the French Alps on Sunday (local time) after parachuting off mountains in their wingsuits. Their deaths bring to four the number of people killed taking part in the extreme sport in France this month. ... On August 6, two base jumpers, one from Switzerland, the other from France, died in similar accidents in the Alps and French Pyrenees. ... Unlike skydiving, which involves leaping from an aircraft, base jumpers take off with a parachute from a fixed point, usually a cliff or a bridge. The sport carries high...
  • Last drinks in Lakemba: Tim Blair takes a look inside Sydney’s Muslim Land

    08/17/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th August 2014 | Tim Blair
    THE Lakemba Hotel is one of the last Anglo holdouts in Sydney’s otherwise Middle-Eastern south-western suburb. Frankly, the old joint — it opened in 1928 — isn’t putting up much resistance. Most nights the bar is closed by 8.30pm or so, because by then what few customers it attracts are insufficient to cover running costs. ..... Lakemba may be only 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, yet it is remarkably distinct from the rest of the city. You can walk the length of crowded Haldon St and not hear a single phrase in English. On this main shopping strip...
  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • Australian Hospital Accidentally Declares 200 Patients Dead (Future of ACA?)

    08/14/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 14, 2014
    An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
  • Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery

    08/12/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 09 Aug 2014 | Aaron Langmaid
    This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went missing. Picture: Supplied INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries. Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.It is claimed...
  • Fifty million dollars down the toilet: Australia drug bust

    08/12/2014 5:46:36 AM PDT · by mgist · 10 replies
    Police arrest 33-year-old man after $50 million drug bust 50 kilograms of ice was hidden in a container full of imported toilets The container was shipped to Melbourne from China $130 million worth of ice was also seized in Melbourne on Tuesday Customs officials have seized 50 kilograms of ice, smuggled into Melbourne in a container full of toilets. The haul, worth around $50 million at street value, was discovered amongst 70 boxes of porcelain toilets. Police have arrested a 33-year-old man from Kings Park, who potentially faces life in prison. The shipment from China led police to the man's...
  • Douglas-Westwood: 'Australian LNG - A Lost Cause?'

    08/12/2014 5:19:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 12, 2014 | Douglas-Westwood
    Douglas-Westwood, a UK-headquartered provider of energy business strategy, research and commercial due-diligence services, commented on "Australian LNG - A Lost Cause?" in its latest edition of DW Monday. DW MONDAY: "AUSTRALIAN LNG - A LOST CAUSE?" Recent news headlines on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector in Australia seem to be centered around its unsustainable rising costs. Woodside Petroleum had to ditch plans last year for its Browse LNG plant, which had gone way over budget at an estimated cost of $80 billion. In the interest of continuing the development, Woodside and its partners have now turned to floating LNG...
  • Kangaroo Court In Australia

    08/11/2014 4:20:15 AM PDT · by idov · 4 replies
    I'm not sure if this is permitted, but if not the monitor can remove my post. I'm informing you about my book free on Kindle today, Aug. 11, because I believe it is in the public interest. The book is called: Injustice Hits Rock Bottom Down Under: The Vakras Case. Vakras and his girl-friend are non-Jews but they called out an anti-Semite on their Internet site referring to him as a left-wing Nazi. He sued and a brain-dead judge gave him $450,000 even though everything they said about him was true and their comments were virtually unknown among the public....
  • Australian jihadi’s son, age 7, holds severed head

    08/10/2014 8:00:06 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Aug 10, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Photo: Australian jihadi’s son, age 7, holds severed head Robert Spencer Aug 10, 2014 at 5:28pm Teaching children savagery and hatred. Meanwhile, in the West the intelligentsia teach children that war can always be prevented by negotiation and accommodation, that it is always wrong to fight, and so on. How will the children of the West who have been taught that it is wrong to defend their homes and families stand up to people like Khaled Sharrouf’s son? “The photo that will shock the world: jihadist Khaled Sharrouf’s son, 7, holds severed head,” by Kelmeny Fraser, The Daily Telegraph,...
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions [From failure to failure]

    08/09/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 8/9/14 | Matthew Lee
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict....
  • West US cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    07/27/2014 1:48:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 24, 2014 | unattributed
    For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave. Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming is 85 feet (25 meters) deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals—including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs—shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide (4 meters) opening until they were plunging to their deaths. Now, the U.S. Bureau...
  • Wyoming cave dig unearths bones of ancient horses, cheetahs and bison

    08/09/2014 2:33:26 AM PDT · by blueplum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 8, 2014 5:23pm EDT | LAURA ZUCKERMAN
    (Reuters) - Scientists excavating an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones of such prehistoric animals as American cheetahs, a paleontologist said on Friday. The two-week dig by an international team of researchers led by Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen marked the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming since its initial discovery in the 1970s. Meachen said the extensive excavation that began late last month uncovered roughly 200 large bones of animals like horses that roamed North America...
  • Prehistoric animal remains discovered in U.S.

    08/09/2014 12:18:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    abc 25 wpbf ^ | 8-9-2014 | By Jareen Imam
    The cave is cool and damp -- prefect for preserving prehistoric remains, Meachen says. "It's like a refrigerator in there, and probably has been for 20,000 years," she said. "Some of the bones we're finding there have collagen in them. That is where you could get the ancient DNA." The scientists saw bones falling out of a part of the cave, and decided to start digging there. "That was the fossil layer," she said. "There is so much to dig. We have two more years for funding that we can be out there, so we are going to try to...
  • Peter Sculthorpe: Prolific Australian composer dies aged 85

    08/08/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Internationally renowned Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, whose work was shaped by his love of the Australian landscape, has died aged 85. The Launceston-born composer passed away at Wolper Jewish Hospital in Sydney after a long illness. Sculthorpe's best-known achievement was his capacity to bring to Australians a sense of their land and history in the music of one of their own. His many remarkable compositions were strongly influenced by Asian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, and centred around his deep love for Australia and its landscape.
  • Brutus the giant crocodile attacks shark in Australia

    08/06/2014 1:26:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | August 6, 2014
    Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head -- a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws. ... Brutus, who is thought to be about 80 years old and is missing a front leg and most of his teeth, is well known in the area, and the Northern Territory News described the battle as "Jaws v Claws". Speculation is that the prospect of a fish dinner was tasty revenge for a croc that was thought to have lost his limb to one of the sharks who inhabit nearby waters. "But...
  • Australia: Anti-Semites Attack School Bus, Shout 'Kill the Jews'

    08/06/2014 7:45:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 8/6/14 | Ari Soffer
    A group of drunken anti-Semites terrorized a school bus filled with Jewish students in Australia, shouting Nazi slogans and threatening to murder everyone on board on Wednesday. Speaking to Australia's Daily Telegraph, mother Jackie Blackburn said her 12, 10 and eight-year-old daughters, who were on their way home from Mount Sinai, Mariah and Emanuel kindergarten in Bondi, were left "traumatized" by the attack. She said she was alerted to the incident after her daughter called her hysterical with fear. "She said: ‘Hey Mummy, please help us, there are eight strange men who have been let on to a school bus...
  • Thai surrogate mother refused to abort Down Syndrome baby

    08/04/2014 5:43:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    ucanews ^ | Juarawee Kittsilpa
    A Thai surrogate mother left with one twin by his Australian biological parents after the child was born with Down Syndrome said on Sunday she was not informed of his condition until late in her pregnancy. Pattaramon Janbua said her doctors, the surrogacy agency and the baby's parents knew he was disabled at four months but did not inform her until the seventh month when the agency asked her - at the parents' request - to abort the disabled fetus. Pattaramon, 21, told Reuters Television she refused the abortion on religious grounds and carried both him and his twin sister...
  • A lesson from Down Under (Australia shows how to handle illegal aliens)

    08/03/2014 7:57:48 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/2/2014 | Roger Kimball
    ...Hordes of indigents from Sri Lanka, India, and elsewhere had been crowding on to something that floats and making their way to Christmas Island, if not the Australian mainland itself, and, once ashore, seeking out the nearest welfare agency for their first check. It was not dissimilar to what’s been happening on the Southern border of the United States, except, alas, there is no great body of water to impede those eager welfare seekers slipping into the U.S. The Aussies, under the enlightened leadership of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, seem to be well on the...
  • PM of Australia Reganesque politician?

    07/29/2014 4:04:30 AM PDT · by se99tp
    CCD Report ^ | July 27, 2014 | B.G.
    Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot said words, which convey truth that was until that day rejected in West and censored in East. Like Reagan over thirty years ago, Prime Minister Abbott reminded about the boundary between the good and evil in a public life:...
  • 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...
  • Shark Chokes on Sea Lion

    07/19/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Local15 ^ | Friday, July 18 2014
    Viral video shows a shark beaching itself on an Australian beach, and now we're finding out why. Scientists say the shark swallowed an adult sea lion and it got stuck in the shark's throat. Viral video making the rounds on the Internet shows the shark swimming close to the shoreline of a western Australian beach. The video was captured July 12. An updated post two days later said the shark's carcass had washed up on the beach. In the video the great white shark can be seen very close to the shore. Scientists say it then swam about 50 meters...
  • Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of 'last chance' to help recover bodies

    07/19/2014 12:31:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | July 19, 2014
    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia's president has "one last chance" to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board. Mr Rutte's comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site. Minutes after what he described as a "very intense" conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: "He has one last chance to show he...