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  • Rare white koala born at Australia Zoo seeks perfect name from Facebook fans

    08/22/2017 5:09:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | ABC Brisbane
    A rare white koala joey has been born at a Queensland zoo, and the search is now on for the right name. Australia Zoo, north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, welcomed its first white koala joey this breeding season. The female is not albino — its extremely pale colouration is caused by a recessive gene and thought to be inherited from mother Tia, which has had other pale coloured joeys in the past. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital director Dr Rosie Booth said it was more unusual to see a koala with fur this light — and with eyes and...
  • Kim turns on Britain! Furious North Korea calls UK soldiers "mercenaries" for joining...

    08/22/2017 9:00:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Mirror ^ | 22 AUG 2017 | STEPHEN JONESPATRICK LION
    Kim turns on Britain! Furious North Korea calls UK soldiers "mercenaries" for joining huge American-led military drill Forces from the UK and Australia are helping 70,000 American and South Korean troops prepare for a nuclear strike - but they have been labelled "war maniacs" North Korea despot Kim Jong-un has labelled British Army soldiers nothing more than "mercenaries" after they took part in US-led military drills. Dramatic images yesterday showed armed forces playing out a mock terror drill in South Korea - brandishing guns and wearing biohazard suits. It's since emerged that soldiers from the UK and Australia are helping...
  • North Korea Warns Australia: U.S. Military Alliance a ‘Suicidal Act’

    08/21/2017 8:04:35 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Aug 2017 | SIMON KENT
    Australia’s decision to support the U.S. in any possible future military conflict with North Korea has been called a “suicidal act” by Pyongyang. The official North Korea news agency KCNA noted that the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, had vowed his country’s military would fight alongside the U.S. if the latter was attacked by North Korea. As Breitbart News reported, Mr. Turnbull made his call earlier this month after North Korea threatened a nuclear attack against the strategic American territory of Guam in the Pacific. He told an Australian radio network, “America stands by its allies, including Australia of course,...
  • Australia Gun Culture Part 14: Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

    08/20/2017 4:25:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Extremely restrictive firearms laws were imposed on the Australian population in 1996, after the Port Arthur Massacre.The Australian gun culture is fighting to restore some sanity to firearm law down under. One of the clampdowns put in place in 1996, was to make ownership of .22 rimfire semi-auto rifles so restricted as to be an effective ban. The combined firearms council of Victoria is calling for the return of their bunny guns. From firearmscouncil.org.au: The state’s peak political body for Victoria’s shooting organisations is calling on the state government to allow shooters to use 22 self-loading rifles after a 20...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 13: Maxim Memorial, Ben Hall Wall

    08/19/2017 1:19:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Driving south from Quirindi in the Gunnedah Shire in New South Wales, Australia, there is a war memorial.It started as a war memorial for the Great War of 1914 to 1918, World War II and Vietnam were added later. The names of the dead and those who served are reverently listed. On top is a Maxim machine gun. A few parts are missing. I could not determine if it was a captured gun or one used on the side of the British and Australians.It struck me as being remarkably complete, though there were layers of thick paint and I...
  • Aussie Agency Says it Knows Where MH370 Crashed

    08/18/2017 1:23:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Australia's main scientific agency said yesterday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea north-east of an area scoured in a fruitless, nearly three-year underwater search. Its assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board a flight to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), saying it was not specific enough. The Boeing 777 is thought to have been diverted thousands of kilometres off...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 12: Amnesty of 2017 Halfway Through

    08/14/2017 1:08:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Australia is undergoing a gun “amnesty”, the first general one since 1996, when some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world were imposed on Australia. The federal guidelines were fast tracked by the hoplophobic Prime Minister, John Howard, with substantial aid by the anti-gun Australian media, during the emotional effect of the Port Arthur massacre.From sbs.com.au: Since being declared a month ago, 1700 rifles, 460 shotguns and nearly 200 handguns have been surrendered and thousands more firearms submitted for registration.Surrendered items include four SKS assault rifles, a 9mm homemade sub-machine gun, a Colt AR-15 rifle, M1 carbine,...
  • Australia’s Tiger attack helicopters ‘unsafe’

    08/13/2017 9:07:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 13, 2017 | RORY CALLINAN
    The maker of Australia’s problematic Tiger attack helicopters has issued a safety warning describing all versions of the aircraft as being in an “unsafe condition”. The Airbus bulletin about the choppers which have cost Australia $1.5 billion to buy, was issued after a German operated variant crashed in Africa last month. Blades falling of the German helicopter mid flight have since been blamed as the possible cause of the crash that saw the aircraft plunge into the desert from a height of about 500m killing the two crew. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) which operates 22 of the Tigers last...
  • Australian Gun Culture Part 11: Technological Response to Gun Legislation

    08/12/2017 12:49:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- When the Australian government passed its restrictive gun law scheme in 1996, it did not anticipate the technological innovations that would be promoted.Some, like the straight pull FN/Browning Maral, above, are not much different from previous rifles. The British Lee-Enfield had 10 round detachable magazines a hundred and twenty years ago. The Canadian Ross and Swiss K31 rifles both used straight pull bolt actions with five shot magazines. The Maral has small improvements over all three previous rifles.From browning.eu: With all its undeniable experience in making hunting rifles, BROWNING has innovated yet again in the field of straight-pull...
  • The Latest: Australia says it would come to US aid in attack

    08/10/2017 4:51:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | August 10, 2017 | The Associated Press
    ...Australia's prime minister says his country would come to the aid of the United States if North Korea attacks Guam. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW: "We would come to the aid of the United States. How that manifests itself will obviously depend on the circumstances and consultations with our allies." Turnbull added: "If North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously terrible consequences will follow." The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight.....
  • Australia Gun Culture (Part 10): How to Shoot Kangaroos in Australia

    08/09/2017 12:59:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In Australia, there are few limitations on the hunting of non-native species.Rabbits, cats, feral dogs, feral horses, feral donkeys, feral pigs, feral goats, foxes, camels, wild cattle, and water buffalo can be taken with few regulatory limitations.Deer have some limitations on the calibers that may be used. Game can be shot with spotlights and from vehicles.The shooting of Kangaroos, on the other hand, is highly regulated, and requires numerous different types of permits and licenses.Kangaroos maintain high populations and are agricultural pests in large areas of Australia. In New South Wales, near Quirindi, road killed Eastern Grey Kangaroos are...
  • Sydney suburb bans construction of synagogue over fears it could be a terrorist target

    08/08/2017 11:59:58 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 7 replies
    thestar.com ^ | August 6, 2017 | Amanda Erickson
    A Sydney suburb has banned the construction of a synagogue because it could be a terrorist target, a decision that has infuriated religious leaders. The temple was to be built in Bondi, a short walk from Australia’s famous Bondi Beach. But locals worried that the space would pose a security risk to nearby residents, motorists and pedestrians. As evidence of that threat, the council pointed to the synagogue’s own design, which included setback buildings and blast walls. ***In its decision, the court explained that western countries are under threat from Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and that the...
  • Family IDs 1 of 3 Marines Missing in Crash Off Australia as Ruben Velasco of SoCal

    08/07/2017 6:08:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    KTLA ^ | August 7, 2017 | Anthony Kurzweil and Simone Boyce
    Family members have identified one of the Marines missing following a U.S. military aircraft crash off the coast of Australia as Ruben Velasco of Southern California. Velasco’s parents said uniformed officers came to their home over the weekend to inform them the search for their son was being called off and was now considered a recovery. ... Velasco had celebrated his 19th birthday only a few days before the crash, according to the post. The wreckage of the MV-22 aircraft, which crashed off Australia’s east coast on Saturday, was located Monday, CNN reported. “The aircraft involved in the mishap had...
  • Australian Gun Culture (Part 9): Quirindi Sporting Clay Target Club

    08/07/2017 1:27:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On Sunday morning, July 23, 2017, Roy Eykamp, Jr. invited me to the Quirindi Sporting Clay Target club. The club is located 20 some kilometers out of town on a few acres of a former sheep farm, in New South Wales, Australia. A small creek meanders through the property.  A combination of flat land for a club house and parking, with surrounding hills and mixed elevation gives an ideal location to configure challenging sporting clays competitions.I fell in love with the atmosphere and the club from the start. The club house is a former shearing shed.  The exterior is...
  • Surprise! Australian temperature readings drop after ministry orders 'fix'

    08/07/2017 10:25:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2017 | Rick Moran
    Australia's Bureau of Meteorology announced that the equipment at several cold-weather temperature stations was being replaced to make it "fit for purpose."  What the bureau didn't mention is that once the equipment was in place, temperatures from those stations dropped. Climate Depot: A record of the Thredbo Top station for 3am on Wednesday shows a temperature reading of -10.6C. This compares with the BoM's monthly highlights for June and July, both showing a low of -9.6C. The BoM said it had taken immed­iate action to replace the Thredbo station after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making...
  • TEMPERATURE READINGS PLUNGE AFTER AUSTRALIA’S BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY ORDERS END TO ‘TAMPERING’

    08/06/2017 10:13:31 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 19 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | August 4, 2017 9:19 PM | Marc Morano
    Recorded temperatures at the Bureau­ of Meteorology’s Thredbo Top automatic weather station have dropped below -10C in the past week, after action was taken to make the facility “fit for ­purpose”. A record of the Thredbo Top station for 3am on Wednesday shows a temperature reading of -10.6C. This compares with the BoM’s monthly highlights for June and July, both showing a low of -9.6C. The BoM said it had taken immed­iate action to replace the Thredbo station after concerns were raised that very low temperatures were not making it onto the official record. Controversy has dogged the bureau’s automatic...
  • Maxine Waters: Thank goodness for all of these anti-Trump leaks

    08/05/2017 3:20:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 4, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Yesterday’s WaPo transcripts of Trump’s calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia may be the best filter yet for separating garden-variety Trump critics from hardcore anti-Trump fanatics. Who thinks it’s a welcome development that the president can’t have a candid phone conversation with a fellow head of state anymore without having to worry that a minute-by-minute account will find its way into the newspapers? Not Democrat Ben Cardin: “I don’t think the transcripts should have been leaked,” Sen. Ben Cardin told CNN’s John Berman Friday on “New Day.” “We’ve had reports on both … the Australian call was well...
  • ‘Terrorists have won!’ Outrage after Sydney synagogue banned over ‘extremist threat’

    08/04/2017 3:40:02 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 8.4.17
    Australian authorities have banned the construction of a synagogue in the Sydney suburbs, citing a potential terrorist attack threat. The step has been labelled “anti-Semitic” and some said it means terrorists “have already won.”
  • Australia Gun Culture Part 8: Brucellosis Risk for Pig Hunters and Dogs

    08/04/2017 1:28:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Feral pigs in Australia are a serious pest. They destroy habitat and native species, and inflict large amounts of damage on crops. They are a favorite target of local hunters who shoot them as often as they can.Few people in the area near Quirindi (200 miles NW of Sydney), eat the wild pigs that are shot. I was puzzled by this, as meat prices are high, and the wild pork that I have eaten in California and Texas was excellent. One of the reasons for a lack of consumption is the feral pig population is a reservoir of brucellosis...
  • Australia Details ‘Sophisticated’ Plot by ISIS to Take Down Plane

    08/04/2017 9:04:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Aug 2017 | JACQUELINE WILLIAMS
    The Australian police described on Friday an elaborate terrorist plot in which two men from Sydney tried to place an explosive supplied by the Islamic State on a flight last month, an operation that officials said was among “the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil.” The two men, who have been charged with planning a terrorist act, were scheduled to appear in court via video link on Friday, and they were refused bail. The Australian Federal Police said the charges covered an aborted attempt last month to place an explosive on an Etihad Airways flight...