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  • Three-month-old boy becomes Melbourne rampage killer's fifth victim...

    01/21/2017 9:48:13 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 22nd January 2017 | Riley Morgan and Freya Noble
    The tragic fallout from the horror rampage in Melbourne continued on Saturday with a three-month-old boy succumbing to his injuries, becoming the fifth person to die in the attack. Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, has been identified as the man who drove an allegedly stolen maroon Holden Commodore along Bourke Street on Friday afternoon, ploughing through people on the packed sidewalk as they desperately ducked for cover. Four people died at the scene, and police said on Saturday 37 were rushed to hospital. At least ten of them are still in a serious condition, and there are fears the the death toll...
  • Australia: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” plows car into pedestrians

    01/20/2017 4:28:25 AM PST · by milford421 · 33 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | 1/20/17 | Pamela Geller
    Breaking news out of Melbourne, Australia that at least three people have died after a vehicle plowed into a group of pedestrians near a shopping mall. According to one witness, the driver was screaming, “Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar!”… Witnesses describe the scene: “There was a man hanging out of the window screaming” – teen describes driver as thin, dark hair, appeared Middle Eastern. @theheraldsun — Andrea Hamblin (@AndieHamblin) January 20, 2017 This witness claims the driver was screaming, “Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar!”
  • Police pursuit through Melbourne CBD (car running down a number of people - ongoing)

    01/19/2017 6:57:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 106 replies ^ | 20th January 2017
    POLICE are chasing a rogue car which has driven erratically through the Melbourne CBD. Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics had reports multiple people had been hit by a car. A number of unmarked Police cars and a police helicopter have been deployed in the chase. Paramedics are still unsure how many pedestrians had been hit. Emergency services were flooded with calls about 1.30pm.
  • 'I Believe in Democracy’: Nicole Kidman Clarifies Her Comments About Donald Trump

    01/14/2017 5:43:29 PM PST · by drewh · 12 replies ^ | JANUARY 14, 2017 AT 12:56PM EST | Dave Quinn
    Nicole Kidman is clarifying the comments she made about Donald Trump‘s presidency. The 49-year-old actress came under fire after she addressed the 2016 presidential election results in an interview with BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire. “I just say, [Trump‘s] now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president because that’s what the country’s based on,” the Hawaiian-born actress, who was raised in Australia and has dual citizenship, said. The call for unity fell on some deaf ears, with many on social media lashing out at the actress. But in a new interview with Access Hollywood, Kidman clarified...
  • Exclusive: Video of terrifying moment axe-carrying woman attacks two customers in suburban 7-Eleven

    01/08/2017 7:28:07 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies ^ | 2017-01-09 | Candace Sutton
    EXCLUSIVE TERRIFYING video has emerged of the moment a young woman strolls into a suburban 7-Eleven with an axe and then hacks into two customers waiting to be served. CCTV footage shows the bloody rampage second by second as it takes place inside the 7-Eleven at Enmore, in Sydney’s inner west, in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is 2.19am and a blonde 24-year-old strolls casually into the store carrying an axe. She is wearing black shorts, a dark singlet top, black sandshoes and, in her right hand, a long-handled black and red axe. The 7-Eleven, which sits at...
  • Michael Chamberlain dies after battle with leukaemia, aged 72 (father of Azaria taken by a dingo)

    01/09/2017 1:32:33 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies ^ | 9th January 2017
    MICHAEL Chamberlain, the man who fought one of Australia’s longest battles for justice — the fight to clear his family’s name after their baby daughter Azaria was snatched by a dingo in 1980 — has died aged 72, according to reports.
  • Australian health minister stands down over expense claims

    01/08/2017 6:18:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 8, 2017 8:16 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s heath minister temporarily stepped down Monday while her travel expense claims are investigated. The scandal surrounding Minister Sussan Ley’s expense claims could trigger the first reshuffle of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet since his government was re-elected six months ago. Ley has been under scrutiny since last week over allegations that she made taxpayers pay for personal travel in recent years, including to the tourist city of Gold Coast where she bought a luxury apartment in 2015. Turnbull said Ley had agreed to stand aside without ministerial pay while the prime minister’s department investigated whether her expense claims met...
  • Australia Has a Serious Cat Problem

    01/08/2017 2:50:49 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 80 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 6, 2017 | Kate Samuelson
    Australia has a serious cat problem, with feral cats covering 99.8% of the country according to new research published in the journal Biological Conservation. The exact number of cats fluctuates from roughly 1.4 million after continent-wide droughts cramp food sources to about 5.6 million after extensive wet periods, which result in plenty of available prey. An additional 700,000 feral cats are estimated to live in other environments, including Australia’s urban areas, rubbish dumps and intensive farms. Despite this, researchers say that the cats’ impact on Australia’s fauna is still severe, and that reducing this impact is of critical importance. The...
  • NZ plane hijacker threatens repeat action

    01/07/2017 11:15:07 AM PST · by csvset · 20 replies
    Radionz ^ | 4 january 2017 | Tim Graham
    NZ plane hijacker threatens repeat action The country's only convicted plane hijacker has almost completed her prison sentence and is threatening to hijack another aircraft if she gets the chance. Asha Abdille was sentenced in the High Court in Christchurch to nine years jail in 2010. Photo: David Hallett / The Press / Fairfax NZ Asha Abdille stabbed both pilots on an Air New Zealand flight from Blenheim to Christchurch in February 2008. One passenger was injured in the incident. The Somali refugee took knives onto the 19-seater plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing. Abdille was sentenced...
  • New SA (South Australia) Policy for Transgender Students

    01/05/2017 1:36:13 PM PST · by blackbetty59 · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 5, 2017 | AAP
    Transgender school students will be able to use their preferred names, wear the uniform and use the toilets of their choice under a new Education Department policy. They will also be able to sleep alongside students of the gender they identify with on school camps. - See more at:
  • Indonesia backs down on its threat to suspend military ties with Australia

    01/05/2017 1:35:01 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 5th January 2017
    INDONESIA has backed down on its threat to suspend all military ties with Australia, according to reports. Cabinet minister Wiranto issued a statement this evening explaining that the suspension will only apply to language classes at Special Forces facilities, the ABC reported. It’s a stunning reversal from comments made only 24 hours earlier that Indoensia would suspend all military activity and co-operation with Australia after one of its special forces officers was offended by a poster and training materials at a Perth army base which were insensitive to Indonesia’s position on West Papua — a nation which has long-sought independence.
  • Why making fun of Pancasila is no joke to Indonesians (Australian/Indonesian military dispute)

    01/04/2017 5:59:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies ^ | 5th January 2017 | Charis Chang
    “PANCASILA”, a word that embodies the Indonesian national philosophy, is at the centre of a high-profile spat between Australia and its close neighbour. Many Australians may be scratching their heads at the Indonesia’s reaction to an apparent play on words making fun of their national ideology, but one expert has explained why it’s so offensive. According to Indonesia’s Kompas newspaper, the country suspended relations with Australia in early December after an Indonesian special forces trainer who was teaching at an Australian military facility in Perth discovered writing that insulted Pancasila, the national philosophy. Associate Professor Greg Fealy of the Australian...
  • Indonesia suspends military co-operation with Australia

    01/03/2017 8:03:03 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    9 News Australia ^ | 4th January 2017
    Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia, the ABC reports. The move was reportedly made over 'offensive' training materials on display at an Australian SAS base in Perth. Major General Wuryanto has not confirmed the reason for the suspension, saying it was for technical matters, and that there were "ups and downs in every cooperation between two national forces". According to Indonesian newspaper, Kompas, an Indonesian Special Forces instructor took offence to some “laminated material” at the Perth base.
  • The mystery surrounding the A(ustralian) C(hristian) L(obby) headquarters car bombing

    12/31/2016 4:25:19 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 1st January 2017 | Miranda Devine
    THE mystery of the car bombing of the Australian Christian Lobby headquarters in Canberra is not going away. ACT Policing’s attempt to downplay it as a “car fire” and then to claim, a mere 15 hours later, that it was not “politically, religiously or ideologically motivated” does not satisfy ACL managing director Lyle Shelton. And nor should it. What we know is that on the Thursday night before Christmas, at about 9.30pm, a van packed with six gas cylinders was exploded in Shelton’s marked car parking space outside the ACL office in a business park in Deacon, just three kilometres...
  • Australian PM condemns ‘one-sided’ UN settlement resolution

    12/30/2016 6:32:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 30, 2016, 1:32 pm | Times of Israel Staff
    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull broke with much of the international community on Friday, attacking last week’s United Nations Security Council Resolution as “one-sided” and “deeply unsettling.” Turnbull, speaking at a menorah-lighting ceremony at Sydney’s Central Synagogue, said that “Australia stands with Israel. We support Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” The Australian Jewish News reported. Turnbull’s comments come after his foreign minister said Thursday Australia would likely have voted against United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. …
  • Too many unanswered questions in ACL explosion (ACL = Australian Christian Lobby)

    12/29/2016 4:39:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Out In Perth ^ | 30th December 2016
    Newspaper columnist and broadcaster Miranda Devine has said there are too many unanswered questions in relation to the explosion at the Australian Christian Lobby’s headquarters in Canberra. Describing the incident as a “car bombing” Devine said ACT police should be doing more to reassure the public that the incident was not terror related, and that there were too many unanswered questions. ..... Joining Devine and Daily Telegraph writer Tim Blair on the show, Lyle Shelton, the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, said police had not given him any additional information about the incident, but he was surprised that...
  • Sydney's Coogee beach devastated by garbage after 'backpacker' Christmas party

    12/29/2016 1:09:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 27, 2016
    A Sydney council has enforced a summer-long alcohol ban on one of the city’s most popular beaches as a result of “the poor and inappropriate behaviour of a few” on Christmas Day. Coogee beach – a popular destination for backpackers, including many from the UK, on Christmas Day – was left strewn with a reported 15 tonnes of garbage by an estimated 10,000 revellers.
  • Alec Baldwin Offers To Sing AC/DC Song at Donald Trump's Inauguration

    12/24/2016 3:59:26 AM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    Australia Channel 9 ^ | 1:12pm December 24, 2016 | By 9NEWS
    Actor Alec Baldwin has cheekily offered to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January as the president-elect reportedly struggles to secure artists for the ceremony. Baldwin, who parodies Mr Trump on Saturday Night Live, tweeted to Mr Trump yesterday with an offer to sing AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”. The pair have frequently clashed on Twitter over Baldwin’s impersonation of Mr Trump. The president-elect has dismissed the long-running comedy program as “sad” and “totally one-sided” on Twitter. The crew at Saturday Night Live took another dig at Donald Trump, this time having a shirtless Vladimir Putin surprise the President-elect for Christmas....
  • Statement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia concerning foiled Christmas terror attack

    12/23/2016 1:12:48 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    Prime Minister of Australia - release | 23rd December 2016
    Statement by The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia. I am here with the Minister for Justice, the minister assisting me on counter-terrorism, Michael Keenan, and the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Andrew Colvin, and the Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Tony Sheehan. As you know, overnight our police and security agencies have disrupted a very substantial terrorist plot. Overnight the Victorian Police working with the Australian Federal Police and ASIO have arrested seven persons, five of whom are still in custody, searched five premises and are continuing to search them. What they have uncovered is...
  • Melbourne Christmas Day mass terror attack foiled (Australia)

    12/22/2016 11:40:04 PM PST · by Dundee · 21 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 23, 2016
    Victoria Police say they have foiled an ISIS inspired terror attack on Christmas Day in the heart of Melbourne. Terror plotters allegedly planned to attack Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, Federation Square and St Paul’s Cathedral. Heavily armed police raided homes across Melbourne’s north on Friday morning and made seven arrests. Five men aged between 21 and 26 were arrested... Four of them were born in Australia and are of Lebanese background, while a fifth is an Egyptian-born Australian citizen. One of the men arrested is Zak Dabboussi... His Facebook page is prolific with religious material including quotes from the Koran....
  • Police raids in Melbourne’s northern suburbs foil alleged Christmas Day terror attack

    12/22/2016 2:23:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies ^ | 23rd December 2016
    TERRORISTS planned a Christmas Day bomb attack targeting Melbourne landmarks including Federation Square and Flinder Street Station, police claim. A major multi-agency operation between Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO foiled the alleged plot, with five people in custody. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said in a press conference this morning: “We believe that there was an intention to conduct what we call a multimode attack, possibly on Christmas Day, the possible locations that we have been working on have been Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 'Car bomb' won't silence Christian Lobby

    12/21/2016 3:20:24 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 22nd December 2016 | Belinda Merhab
    The Australian Christian Lobby insists it won't be silenced by a suspected car bomb at its Canberra office it believes was a deliberate attack on free speech. Windows are blown out and furnishings destroyed at the office in Deakin after it was rammed by a van believed to have been carrying gas bottles about 10.45pm on Wednesday. The group's director, Lyle Shelton, says the apparent bomb follows a year of death threats over its opposition to gay marriage and the Safe Schools program that aims to reduce bullying of gay students. One of those threats was tracked to a person...
  • Australian Christian Lobby headquarters rammed by van filled with gas bottles in 'targeted attack'

    12/21/2016 2:56:35 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    A van filled with gas bottles has exploded after it rammed into the headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in what the managing director has called an "attack on free speech". ACL managing director Lyle Shelton tweeted the incident last night, saying a vehicle had rammed its office in Canberra just after 9:30pm. Mr Shelton added that staff were safe, and photos he shared showed a burnt-out van in the car park near the building's entrance. It remains unclear whether the incident was an accident or a targeted attack, but ACT police have confirmed they are investigating. Police also...
  • Canberra 'car bomb': Van carrying gas bottles rams into Australian Christian Lobby office (tr)

    12/21/2016 8:57:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 26 replies
    Mirror ^ | 21 DEC 2016 | ANTHONY BONDPATRICK LION
    A van carrying gas bottles has rammed into the Australian Christian Lobby office headquarters and "detonated", according to the organisation. The van was driven into the office building in Canberra late Wednesday night local time, leading to a major police response. The offices are located about 3km from Australian Parliament House in the nation's capital. ACL managing director Lyle Shelton tweeted photos of the aftermath and said that no staff were injured.
  • Australia: Muslim migrant mob beat beachworkers “senseless”

    12/18/2016 9:47:14 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 50 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2016 | CHRISTINE WILLIAMS
    It isn’t enough that Muslim migrants are sexually assaulting children, seniors and scores of women throughout Europe, now in Australia, “a rampaging mob of 30 African migrants beat two men senseless during an unprovoked and horrifying attack on a beach.” In recent years, gangs of mostly Sudanese men have terrorised Melbourne suburbs with a spate of burglaries, rape, assault, and carjackings. Police have said the gangs seem to be motivated by pleasure, warning: “Drugs or money aren’t the driver. It’s purely for the fun. They’re getting off on humiliating their victims.” Apparently nothing else is expected of these “wild animals”...
  • Dear America, Why Did You Let Us Down?

    12/18/2016 7:33:03 AM PST · by madprof98 · 156 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 12/16/16 | Lisa Pryor
    In Australia, and around the world, we have been living this presidential transition with you. We watched the debates on our lunch breaks, we scrolled through news on our phones as the voting results were announced, in the warm light of a spring day. Since the election I have cried many times, in the shower, in the car, as the conventions that define liberal Western democracy are stripped away by Donald J. Trump, with every distressful appointment, each impulsive outburst. I have embarrassment of grief for a government that is not mine and for a country that does not belong...
  • War On Cash Escalates: Australia Proposes Ban on $100 Bill; No Cash Within 10 Years?

    12/16/2016 1:38:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 13 December 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    AU News reports Government Floats $100 Note Removal. “SAY goodbye to the $100 note. Australia looks set to follow in the footsteps of Venezuela and India by abolishing the country’s highest-denomination banknote in a bid to crack down on the “black economy”. Speaking to ABC radio on Wednesday, Revenue and Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer flagged a review of the $100 note and cash payments over certain limits as the government looks to recoup billions in unpaid tax. “The whole point of this crackdown on the black economy is to make sure we close down any potential loopholes,” she said....
  • Activist teachers encourage year 3 students....launch petition against child refugees in detention

    12/15/2016 4:50:25 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th December 2016 | Peter Devlin
    The education department is investigating teachers at a Sydney school after Year three students were made to launch a petition against child refugees in detention. The NSW Department of Education is investigating a petition from Year 3 students at Helensburgh Public School, south of Sydney. In the petition sent to politicians students as young as nine-years-old said they were heartbroken after being told of 'trapped' children living in 'detention like-like conditions,' The Daily Telegraph reported. The letter from class 3L signed 'Friends of Children in Detention' reads: 'There are more than one hundred children on Nauru, who are living in...
  • Australia’s 12 new Shortfin Barracuda Submarines described as ‘most lethal weapon’ the nation has

    12/14/2016 10:56:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Gold Coast Bulletin, Australia ^ | December 15, 2016 | Victoria Craw
    AUSTRALIA’S 12 new submarines will be the most “potent weapon” the nation has ever known featuring lethal technology designed to assert the nation’s space in the world. That’s according to Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne who said the addition of 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines to Australia’s arsenal will reassure President-elect Donald Trump the country is not shirking its military duties by being “strategic bludgers”. Mr Pyne’s visit to the sprawling military-style factory was a chance for the Minister to see for himself the kind of facilities that will be built in Adelaide where the submarines will be created over the...
  • Australia’s 12 new Shortfin Barracuda Submarines described as ‘most lethal weapon’ the nation has

    12/14/2016 2:35:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies ^ | 15th December 2016
    AUSTRALIA’S 12 new submarines will be the most “potent weapon” the nation has ever known featuring lethal technology designed to assert the nation’s space in the world. That’s according to Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne who said the addition of 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines to Australia’s arsenal will reassure President-elect Donald Trump the country is not shirking its military duties by being “strategic bludgers”. ..... The 4500 tonne vessel will be 97 metres long and fit 60 crew. It will be conventionally powered unlike its nuclear-powered French equivalent, and has been chosen for its stealth capability, size and jet-propulsion technology....
  • Japanese ‘comfort women’s’ memorial in 18C complaint (absolute PC madness in Australia)

    12/14/2016 12:47:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th December 2016 | Rhian Deutrom
    A Sydney monument commemorating the suffering of women forced into sexual slavery during World War II is the subject of a complaint by a Japanese advocacy group under section 18C of Radical Discrimination Act. The statue — unveiled at the Ashfield Uniting Church in ­August — remembers more than 200,000 women and girls who were forced by the Imperial Japanese Army into prostitution. The decision to erect the “comfort women” monument raised tension between Japanese and Korean communities, and this week the Australia-Japan Community Network lodged an 18C complaint against the church with the Australian Human Rights Commission. AJCN claims...
  • Australia 'slaughtered' without Beijing links under Trump, Huang Xiangmo warns

    12/13/2016 6:04:25 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 33 replies
    Chinese-Australian businessman Huang​ Xiangmo​, who has strong links to the Chinese embassy... has warned Australia will be "slaughtered" like a sheep if it does not build relations with Beijing in a post-Trump world. The comments come as Donald Trump suggested his future US government would consider walking away from the "One China policy" or using it as bargaining chip over their currency and trade – a move likely to antagonise Beijing. The comments published in an opinion piece on a Mandarin-language website said Mr Trump's controversial call with Taiwan's President Tsai​ Ing-wen signalled the US President-elect may continue to "intensify...
  • The New York Times has slammed Australia’s offshore detention policy

    12/11/2016 7:42:13 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies ^ | 12th December 2016
    THE NEW York Times has launched a blistering attack on Australia’s controversial asylum seeker policy, slamming Immigration Minister Peter Dutton as our “own little Trump”. The weekend feature, called ‘Broken Men in Paradise’, sees Times op-ed columnist Roger Cohen speaking to various detainees on Manus Island and Nauru, and human rights lawyers. His article deems Australia’s policy of offshore detention a “growing embarrassment” to the country, concluding that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is Australia’s version of President-election Donald Trump. “The government says it has prevented deaths like those in the Mediterranean, where more than 4,000 migrants have drowned this year,”...
  • Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig planned in Australia

    12/09/2016 1:19:53 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    AU news ^ | 9 Dec 2016 | AU news
    Sydney (AFP) - Islamic leaders in Australia say they are backing a Muslim alternative to Peppa Pig but not because they think the popular cartoon series corrupts children, as reports have suggested. Sydney production company One4Kids is campaigning to fund a show loosely based on the British children's series, telling the story of the Abdullah family and their life in a small town with a predominantly Muslim population and an imam as the key role model. The head of the Australian National Imams Council, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, backed the "Barakah Hills" project in a Facebook video message, saying it...
  • Kiwi tourist detained as Kazakhstan officials say New Zealand is not a country

    12/08/2016 4:28:22 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 45 replies ^ | 12/05/2016 | Lauren McMah
    A KIWI tourist says she was detained in Kazakhstan after immigration officials refused to believe New Zealand was a country, insisting it was actually a state of Australia. Chloe Phillips-Harris, 28, arrived at Kazakhstan’s Almaty Airport in May after being assured by the New Zealand embassy she would be able to enter the Central Asian country on her Kiwi passport. But officials at the airport told her she wouldn’t be able to enter the country without an Australian passport, the New Zealand Herald reported. “I landed in Kazakhstan on the last flight of the night, and I got to an...
  • 'Bomb' found at Penrith electrical substation (Sydney, New South Wales)

    12/07/2016 6:49:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 8th December 2016 | Yoni Bashan
    THE Bomb Squad and Hazmat were deployed to an electricity substation in Penrith following the discovery of a device with what looked like a detonator attached to it this morning. Workers at the Kingswood electricity substation on Smith Street found what’s understood to be a petrol bomb with a detonator shortly before 9am. THE Bomb Squad and Hazmat were deployed to an electricity substation in Penrith following the discovery of a device with what looked like a detonator attached to it this morning. Workers at the Kingswood electricity substation on Smith Street found what’s understood to be a petrol bomb...
  • The platypus - Still more questions than answers for evolutionists

    12/07/2016 8:15:11 AM PST · by fishtank · 121 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 12-7-16 | Paula Weston
    The platypus - Still more questions than answers for evolutionists by Paula Weston Imagine, if you will, the excited glances exchanged if paleontologists were to uncover a fossil that looked like a mammal, yet also had bird and reptilian features. The immediate reaction would probably be to declare that here was, clearly, a transitional creature that provided an evolutionary link between mammals and their non-mammalian ancestors. That might well be the conclusion drawn if a platypus fossil were found today, without living examples around to indicate otherwise.
  • Sea Shepherd Embarks on Latest Whale Defense Campaign Against Japanese Whalers

    12/06/2016 6:09:55 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 5, 2016 | Mike Schuler
    The controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has kicked off its 11th Antarctic whale defense campaign with two Sea Shepherd vessels now on their way to the Southern Ocean to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet. The two vessels, the Steve Irwin and the new Ocean Warrior, departed over the weekend from Melbourne and Hobart, respectively. The vessels are headed for the Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet, which departed last month.
  • U.S. Set to Take Refugees Rejected by Australia

    12/05/2016 8:25:29 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 12/2/2016 | Staff
    Republicans in the House and Senate sent a letter to Obama administration officials this week, demanding more details about nearly 2,500 refugees the U.S. is taking from Australian. The refugees, who originate from some of the world’s most dangerous countries, have apparently been rejected by the Australian government. Now, lawmakers want to know why these refugees – too dangerous for Papua New Guinea and Nauru – are perfectly welcome inside the United States. From Fox News: In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, key lawmakers Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and...
  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns

    12/04/2016 4:31:59 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 5th December 2016
    John Key has announced that he will resign as prime minister of New Zealand, after eight years in the job. Mr Key called it "the hardest decision I've ever made," adding "I don't know what I'll do next."
  • Man punches kangaroo to save dog in the Australian outback

    12/04/2016 1:35:16 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 23 replies
    The buck roo sees the odds stacking against him and tries to get the dog with its claws one last time,” the narrator says. “Its powerful arms anchor the dog by the breastplate as Max doubles his efforts to escape. “Finally the roo switches his attention to ‘Donks’ and sizes up the human to be his next victim. “Donks gives the kangaroo his face but the cranky buck comes forward ready to attack. “To save himself he launches a right hand to the kangaroo’s snout.” And what a right hand it was. The kangaroo did not appear to be hurt...
  • Australian missile defence system repelled Houthis

    12/02/2016 4:21:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 2, 2016 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    The 380 crew of a US warship ­attacked by rebels off the coast of Yemen may have been saved from death or injury by a world-beating missile defence system developed in Australia. The guided missile destroyer USS Mason was operating in the Red Sea about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Yemen on October 9, when it was fired on by Houthi rebels believed to have used two land-based anti-ship cruise ­missiles. A week earlier, a similar attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis badly damaged a fast, twin-hulled vessel leased by the United Arab Emirates to transport troops and help...
  • Obama Administration Stiff-Arms Lawmakers Questioning Secret Refugee Deal

    12/01/2016 6:15:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 1, 2016 | Melissa Jacobs
    Obama Administration Stiff-Arms Lawmakers Questioning Secret Refugee Deal By Melissa Jacobs Published December 01, 2016. Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are. In an unprecedented move, the U.S. State Department has classified details on refugees to be resettled in America via a secret deal made with Australia. The bi-lateral agreement, which Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called a “one-off,” involves 2,465 people currently being held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru who will now be transferred...
  • Energy Efficiency Award 2016 Goes to Austria and German Companies

    12/01/2016 9:42:09 AM PST · by ndbest
    Oil and Gas Republic ^ | 12/01/2016 | ndubest
    The Energy Efficiency Award 2016 is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as the result of a decision by the German Federal Parliament. It is presented with the support of dena’s premium partners Danfoss GmbH and DZ BANK AG. The winners of the 10th Energy Efficiency Award have now been confirmed. The Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – has awarded the international Energy Efficiency Award to three German companies and one Austrian firm at its annual Congress in Berlin. The first prize went to snowboard manufacturer CAPiTA MFG for the networked heating...
  • What Commander in Chief Trump means for Australia-US military ties

    11/30/2016 7:44:22 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies
    SBS Australia ^ | 10th November 2016 | Myles Morgan
    Defence experts have weighed in on what a Trump presidency will mean for the Australian Defence Force. For 100 years, the Australian military has fought alongside or followed the United States into major conflict zones around the world. Australian and American servicemen and women have fought and died together in the two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. Former US President George Bush famously called Australia America’s sheriff in south-east Asia. But Donald Trump has put US military allies on notice, particularly if they’re not dedicating near enough to 2 per cent of their GDP on defence...
  • Obama Classified Number of Illegal Alien Muslim Migrants

    11/27/2016 10:27:33 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is big on making up his own laws and rules. He rules by executive order and he's gotten into the truly illegal habit of unilaterally signing treaties with foreign governments. This is a very basic problem. And in the context of his deal to take in Muslim migrants rejected by Australia, he is being warned once again that his actions are grossly illegal and unconstitutional. ... We’re not even being told the total numbers who will shortly be making their way to our shores, but the Journal notes that two of the camps located on Naru and Manus Islands...
  • No More Pay to Play? Australia Halts All Clinton Foundation Funds

    11/23/2016 4:08:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 11/24/16
    Following Hillary Clinton’s US presidential election defeat, it has been announced that Australia has cut all official ties with the Clinton Foundation.On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced to the joint party room that agreements with the Foundation previously set up by the Rudd-Gillard government had not been renewed. “[Former Prime Minister Julia] Gillard also donated $300 million of our money to the Clinton-affiliated Global Partnership for Education,” Australian newspaper the Herald Sun wrote in an October article titled, “Why have we donated to Clinton’s foundation?” The Foundation, set up by the former first family of the United States, has received large amounts in donations from foreign governments, leading many to question whether...
  • Top Trump adviser defends Australia dealings (Flynn)

    11/20/2016 12:45:21 PM PST · by Dundee · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | November 21, 2016 | PETER MITCHELL
    US president-elect Donald Trump's recently-appointed national security adviser was investigated for inappropriately sharing highly-classified intelligence with Australian forces. Retired US three-star lieutenant general Michael Flynn, a maverick who spent more than 33 years in US Army intelligence, worked alongside Australian forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. An outspoken believer in assisting allies on the battleground despite red tape preventing the flow of information, Lt Gen Flynn said the sharing of intelligence with Australian and British forces that left him in hot water was done "with the right permissions". "I'm proud of that one," Lt Gen Flynn told The Washington Post. "Accuse...
  • At least 27 injured after man sets fire to Melbourne bank

    11/18/2016 4:14:12 AM PST · by Candor7 · 35 replies
    RT Question More ^ | 18 Nov, 2016 02:12 | Staff
    At least 27 people have been injured after a man set fire to a branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale, according to local media reports. Police say the man has been hospitalized in serious condition. Several people who were inside the bank at the time of the incident are being treated for serious burns. Twenty-one people, including three children, are being treated for smoke inhalation, The Age reported.
  • Springvale bank fire: people suffer burns in fire incident *possible* terror attack, Australia)

    11/17/2016 10:16:27 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 18th November 2016
    SIX people are in a critical condition and 27 people were injured after a fire at a Commonwealth Bank branch in Springvale in Melbourne’s southeast. Police said a man set himself alight after walking into the bank with a flammable accelerant, about 11.30am. Two men in their 20s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 20s and another man were taken to the Alfred suffering serious burns. Ambulance Victoria said 21 other people — including a toddler and a person in their 80s — were treated for breathing problems and taken to hospital....