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  • What the dead can teach us about cowardice and weakness

    05/31/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 2 replies
    Australian Christian Lobby ^ | June 1, 2016 | Lyle Shelton (Australian Christian Lobby)
    "Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed...The cowardice and weakness of Australia's 'gatekeepers' is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s." Mr Shelton began the post by declaring he loved to read obituaries in The Economist, specifically one published last week on the late German-born historian Fritz Stern. According to the obituary, Stern argued the rise of Adolf Hitler owed less to the Fuhrer's personality cult and more to the failure of Germany's 'gatekeepers' to...
  • Anti-Islam protest descends into violence in Australia

    05/30/2016 7:57:58 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 29, 2016
    Police in Australia have used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne, the country's second biggest city. Seven men were arrested in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne on Saturday after anti-Islam protesters, some of whom were draped in the Australian flag, began fighting with their rivals.
  • 'Eating our bacon reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent'

    05/24/2016 4:08:58 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/23/2016 | By SINEAD MACLAUGHLIN and LOUISE CHEER
    A butcher's sign that said eating his bacon reduced the chance of someone being a suicide bomber has raised a few eyebrows. A photo posted on social media showed a sign up in the window of Jeff Rapley's butchery, Rapley's Midtown Quality Meats, in Narooma on the NSW South Coast. 'Eating two strips of Rapley's award-winning bacon for breakfast reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent,' the sign read.
  • Canada once again backs Israel at the UN

    05/29/2016 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2016, 5:59 AM | Dalit Halevy
    Canada once again backed Israel at the UN this week when it voted against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution singling out only Israel for “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuse. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government joined the Israel, the United States, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as the only countries to vote against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation. …
  • The sound of silence — why Germany lost its subs bid (Australia)

    05/29/2016 10:33:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    It was the smallest of sounds, too soft for human ears but deemed loud enough to potentially doom an Australian submarine. Two weeks ago, behind closed doors in a shipyard in the German port of Kiel, the secrets behind Australia’s $150 billion submarine decision were finally revealed. It was a moment that left the Germans stunned. They were told for the first time that they had lost the bid because their proposed Aust­ralian submarine had an “un­acceptable’’ level of “radiated noise’’. In the world of submarines, noise equals potential detection and death, but when the Germans pressed the Australian officials...
  • Guardian admits reporter fabricated stories

    05/27/2016 8:30:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | 27th May 2016 | Darren Davidson
    The Guardian has been hit by a journalism ethics scandal after the newspaper admitted a reporter fabricated interviews and made up quotes in articles. Lee Glendinning, editor of Guardian US and a former Fairfax Media journalist, said reporter Joseph Mayton also falsely claimed to have been present at events he wrote about. The former deputy editor of Guardian Australia apologised to readers and to the “people whose words were misrepresented or falsified”. The newspaper, which was instrumental in campaigning for a British inquiry into press standards, has now removed 13 of contributor Mr Mayton’s articles from its website. Other articles...
  • Marxist Safe Schools revolutionary quits under fire

    05/27/2016 7:49:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th May 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    When will the Socialist Left government of Victoria realise that the Safe Schools program to coach children into being more ”gender fluid” is part of the Marxist Ward’s work, too?: Safe Schools Coalition co-ordin­ator Roz Ward was forced yesterday to quit her advisory role with the Victorian government and faces a university ­investigation over a Facebook post where she ­labelled the Australian flag “racist” and called for it to be replaced with a socialist red ­ensign. .....Ms Ward posted a photo of the rainbow flag on top of Parliament House on Facebook with the comment: “Now we just need to...
  • Coaching Year 12 into believing Hitler was a conservative

    05/27/2016 7:44:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th May 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority recommends teachers take Year 12 students to a play by a communist apologist mocking Hitler that has now been reworked into an attack on “the current waves of conservative politics spreading across the western world”: The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht Theatre Company Phillip Rouse and Co, presented by Theatre Works… The Resistable [sic] Rise of Arturo Ui is Brecht’s satirical allegory about the rise of Hitler in the lead up to WWII. Written while in exile from Nazi persecution, this play contains all the hallmark aspects of Brecht’s epic theatre....
  • Christianity Must Exorcise Itself of Homophobia

    05/25/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 105 replies
    ABC.net ^ | 5/23/2016 | Benjamin Jones
    When Australia's most successful Olympian, Ian Thorpe, came out as gay in an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson in July 2014, he was inundated with messages of support. At the time, some posed the question: does this even count as news? Is homosexuality today not a simple biographical detail rather than a sensational scandal? And yet, it is significant that on the same night that Thorpe came out, Australian Rules Football commentator Brian Taylor used a homophobic slur on air, referring to Geelong player Harry Taylor as a "big poofter." The two events accentuated perfectly why it remains the case,...
  • Fear of Islam drives proposal to change Samoa's constitution

    05/24/2016 4:13:07 AM PDT · by BiggerTigger · 8 replies
    Radio New Zealand ^ | May 17, 2016 | RNZ Staff
    Samoa's council of churches has welcomed the prime minister's call to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi recently said the country's supreme law may be changed to recognise Christian principles and teachings, not just in the preamble. However the Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, said he would go a step further and ban the religion of Islam. He said even though most Samoans are Christian, Islam poses a future threat to the country. "We are not going too far, no," Reverend Motu said. "We are still wanting our own...
  • Alice Springs surrounds rocked by magnitude 6.1 earthquake

    05/21/2016 1:32:29 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1, unusually powerful for Australia, has struck outside of Alice Springs. The quake hit at 4:14am, 125 kilometres west of Uluru, at a depth of about 10 kilometres, according to Geoscience Australia. Two aftershocks measuring 3.8 and 3.4 were recorded in the hour afterwards, and senior seismologist Johnathan Bathgate said more were expected. He said there had been activity near the site before, with a 5.6 recorded slightly further west in 1999. Geoscience Australia said the main tremor could have been felt as far as 507 kilometres from its epicentre, although any damage would...
  • Our dangerous war on Christianity (Australia)

    05/18/2016 2:35:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 19th May 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    IT’S not the haters who will kill Christianity. It’s the ignorant, who have no clue how we non-Christians will suffer. But, wow, that hatred sure is feral. The latest examples? One: the Greens this week say they want to strip churches of their “right to discriminate” — actually their freedom to insist their employees live the faith. Two: Sydney University’s Student Union threatened to deregister the university’s Evangelical Union unless it stopped insisting members declare their faith in Jesus Christ. Three: Christian lobby group Family Voice Australia this week accused Facebook of deleting one of its pages arguing against same-sex...
  • New Zealand housing crisis forces hundreds to live in tents and garages

    05/17/2016 6:00:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 16 May 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    <p>Property prices in Auckland have increased by nearly 80% in five years, leaving some families unable to buy or rent ___ Hundreds of families in Auckland are living in cars, garages and even a shipping container as a housing crisis fuelled by rising property prices forces low-income workers out of private rental accommodation.</p>
  • Australia: Muslim avoids jail for sex assault: he has PTSD

    05/16/2016 12:13:20 AM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 15, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    And the lawyer for the defendant told the victim that she could have avoided the sex assault if she had just adjusted her own behavior. The West is swiftly internalizing the idea that whenever Muslims commit acts of violence, it’s the non-Muslim victim’s fault.
  • ‘They’re not a nation, they’re part of Australia’... Norfolk Island’s unique status comes to an end

    05/15/2016 7:49:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th May 2016 | Bendedict Brook
    FAMILIES relying on food parcels to survive; pregnant women being whisked away to give birth because the hospital can’t help them, pot holes that just keep getting bigger and a community that can’t afford to look after itself. It sounds like a damned corner of a faraway land. But it’s actually a forgotten fragment of Australia whose handful of residents were given unprecedented power to look after their own affairs. According to some, the experiment in self-rule has failed so miserably it’s end can’t come quickly enough. In just over a month Gai Brodtmann, the Labor member for Canberra, will...
  • MH17 Victims: Parents Whose 3 Children Died In Crash Welcome Baby Girl

    05/15/2016 5:41:26 AM PDT · by xp38 · 9 replies
    An Australian couple who lost three kids when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in 2014 has some happy news: they have welcomed a baby girl. Perth parents Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris’ kids – Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8 – were flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when their plane was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. The three kids were killed, along with their maternal grandfather Nick Norris.
  • Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet

    05/13/2016 8:05:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 13, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Australia Is Getting The Baddest Diesel Electric Submarines On The Planet And the US should buy them too. Here's why. was one of the biggest international defense contracts in recent memory. Australia’s Collins class submarine replacement program, also known as SEA1000, looked to procure 12 highly advanced diesel-electric multi-role submarines, each equipped with the latest in air independent propulsion (AIP) and quiet running technologies. These new foreign-designed submarines, which would be outfitted with American combat systems, would be fielded in the next decade and would serve into the latter half of the century. The program’s total cost is estimated just...
  • Australian guard, 34, killed... sniper opens fire at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad

    05/12/2016 7:06:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 13th May 2016 | Freya Noble
    One person has been killed and another injured during a shooting near the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday night. The government confirmed the man who died was a 34-year-old Australian who was working as a private security contractor for Unity Resources Group at the embassy. 'The Government extends its condolences to the family of the Australian man over this tragic incident,' the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said in a statement on Friday. ..... The man killed was a former Australian special forces soldier, according to Fairfax Media reported
  • Q&A star Duncan Storrar exposed as thug as public raise $60,000 (left wing 'hero' a criminal)

    05/12/2016 2:11:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 13th May 2016 | Anthony Galloway
    DUNCAN Storrar, the Geelong man the ABC presented as a “new national hero”, has an extensive criminal record over two decades, including threats to kill and unlawful assault. The Herald Sun can reveal Storrar has gone to prison at least three times over the past 25 years for a string of offences. The revelations will likely place pressure on the organisers of a Go Fund Me web page to reconsider whether to give Storrar the more than $60,000 raised in his name. Storrar, 45, captured the nation’s attention when he appeared on the ABC’s Q&A Budget election special, saying he...
  • Ancient bubbles in Australian rocks show early Earth's air weighed less (trunc)

    05/11/2016 12:34:28 AM PDT · by blueplum · 39 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 10 May 2016 04:37am | Chiara Palazzo, Sydney
    Full title: Ancient bubbles in Australian rocks show early Earth's air weighed less than half today's atmosphere Air bubbles trapped in 2.7 billion-year-old Australian rock suggest the Earth's atmosphere weighed less than half of today and was much thinner than previously thought. Researchers analysed the size of air bubbles that formed at the top and bottom of lava flows along the Beasley River in Western Australia's Pilbara region almost three billion years ago and used the data to calculate the atmospheric pressure at the time. The results suggest that the air at the time exerted at most half the pressure...
  • Australian Election officially announced for 2nd July 2016. Double Dissolution election.

    05/07/2016 9:29:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 29 replies
    Via Sky News Australia | 8th May 2016
    Australian Prime Minister has just officially announced Australia will go to the polls on 2nd July 2016 in a double dissolution election. This has been known for a while, but now it's official - he's visited Governor General and asked for Parliament to be dissolved and the writs will be issued. A Double Dissolution election is an unusual one.
  • Talking Point: Gun control laws the biggest con job in our nation’s history

    05/07/2016 8:13:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    themercury.com.au ^ | 5/5/2016 | CARLO DI FALCO
    The proposition you can vicariously control criminal or psychopathic behaviour by confiscating private property and burying law-abiding citizens under a mountain of regulation is simply absurd. Former Australian prime minister John Howard has claimed success because there had not been another mass shooting. The reality is last year we had our first mass shooting (four or more victims in a single incident) when a man shot his wife and three children before taking his own life at Lockhart, NSW. Mental health issues were a factor and firearms had been confiscated from this house previously.
  • 'Take my brother first' (For years, Australia’s bravest boy was overlooked...)

    05/05/2016 8:08:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 6th May 2016 | John Tyson
    "TAKE my brother first." These were the final words spoken by a shy 13-year-old boy: my son, Jordan, while trapped in the 2011 Queensland floods. When help arrived, Jordan's first thought was not of himself. It was of his younger brother Blake, then just 10. They must've been terrified. Jordan couldn't swim; gushing water and chaos surrounded him. He could've panicked but instead he helped rescuers Warren and Chris, civilians like you and I, reach the car. Jordan was closest and time was almost up, so they grabbed for him to take him to safety. Instead he pushed them away...
  • Reports Claim Satoshi Nakamoto Might Be 44-Year Old Australian

    12/09/2015 3:37:55 AM PST · by Another Post-American · 34 replies
    CoinDesk ^ | 12/9/15 | Stan Higgins
    New reports by Wired and Gizmodo may have identified the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, as Australian entrepreneur Craig S Wright. WIRED cites "an anonymous source close to Wright" who provided a cache of emails, transcripts and other documents that point to Wright's role in the creation of bitcoin. Gizmodo cited a cache of documents sourced from someone claiming to have hacked Wright’s business email account, as well as efforts to interview individuals close to him. The news outlets further claimed that Dave Kleiman, a computer forensics expert who died in April 2013, played a significant role in the...
  • Silk Road 2.0 'Hack' Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen

    02/13/2014 7:20:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 13, 2014 | Andy Greenberg
    The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road. On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site’s administrators posted a long announcement to the Silk Road 2.0 forums admitting that the site had been hacked by one of its sellers, and its reserve of Bitcoins belonging to both the users and the site itself stolen. The admin, who goes by the name “Defcon,” blamed the same “transaction malleability” bug in the Bitcoin protocol that led to several of the cryptocurrency’s exchanges halting withdrawals in the...
  • Man called Bitcoin's father denies ties, leads LA car chase

    03/06/2014 7:29:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 42 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 3/6/2014 | Aron Ranen and Brandon Lowrey
    (Reuters) - A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press. Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles.
  • CPRC ON THE LARRY ELDER SHOW TO DISCUSS AUSTRALIA’S GUN BUYBACK

    05/03/2016 9:19:26 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 3, 2016 | Larry Elder
    CPRC’s John Lott talked to Larry Elder on his national radio show about Australia’s gun buyback and discussed his testimony before the Australia Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. They also talked about Hillary Clinton’s comparison of the gun buyback to Obama’s Cash for Clunkers program. (8:40 to 8:55 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016)
  • Coordinated attack feared after massive cathedral blaze

    05/03/2016 7:26:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2016 | Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez
    The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along with church fires in Australia and Russia — were set in retaliation for the religion’s role in blocking the canonization of Croatian Nazi supporter Cardinal Aloysius...
  • Orthodox churches burn on holiest day

    05/02/2016 9:55:02 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    SBS News ^ | 2 May 2016 | Staff
    Within 24 hours of the Orthodox Church celebrating Easter, three of its buildings around the world have gone up in flames. Orthodox churches in Sydney, Melbourne and New York all caught fire, although there appears to be no link between the blazes. In Sydney, the Macedonian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection was gutted following a fire that broke out about 10pm on Sunday. Less than 12 hours after the end of the Easter service, the Rockdale church, parts of which have been standing since the 1890s, was destroyed. ...
  • How Craig Wright Privately ‘Proved’ He’s the Father of Bitcoin

    05/02/2016 12:18:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Wired ^ | 05.02.16 | ANDY GREENBERG
    WHEN RUMORS SURFACED early last month that Australian cryptographer Craig Wright would attempt to prove that he created Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen remained skeptical. As the chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, his opinion counts: Andresen is among the earliest programmers for the cryptocurrency, and likely the one who has corresponded more than anyone with Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s pseudonymous, long-lost inventor. Today, Andresen fully believes that Wright is Nakamoto. Now he’ll have to convince the rest of the world, because he’s among the only people to have seen what he claims is the best evidence in Wright’s favor. In an interview...
  • S. Kidman & Co cattle empire sale to Chinese blocked (1.3% of the Australian continent)

    04/28/2016 11:46:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 29th April 2016 | Jared Owens
    Treasurer Scott Morrison has made a “preliminary decision” to block the proposed $371m sale of Australia’s largest single landholding, the S. Kidman & Co cattle empire, to a Chinese-led consortium citing national interest concerns. This is the second time Mr Morrison has blocked the sale of Kidman, rejecting a Chinese-led offer in November amid concerns about the sheer scale of the landholding — 10 cattle stations encompassing 101,000sqkm — and the proximity of Kidman’s Anna Creek station to the Woomera weapons testing range in South Australia. The investors have been given a “natural justice period” of until next Tuesday to...
  • The Liberals won't ever vote me back in: Abbott (former Australian Prime Minister)

    04/28/2016 2:58:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Nine News Australia ^ | 28th April 2016
    Former prime minister Tony Abbott doesn't expect the Liberal Party to ever reverse its decision to vote him out of the top job. However, he believes what he achieved during his two-year prime ministership will stand the test of time. "I accept that the party made a decision," he told Sky News. "I don't expect the party to ever go back on that decision." The former prime minister says he stuck by his chief of staff and dumped treasurer despite warnings from colleagues because he doesn't "throw people overboard" to save himself. Mr Abbott refused to sack Peta Credlin or...
  • More guns and bigger arsenals than ever: Australia’s not out of range yet

    04/27/2016 11:00:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th April 2016 | Emma Reynolds
    AS Australia marks 20 years since the Port Arthur massacre, guns still pose a massive threat to our nation. There are more firearms in the country than ever before, more are imported, and owners are amassing larger arsenals in their homes. Gun policy expert Philip Alpers, Adjunct Associate Professor at Sydney School of Public Health, warned this morning that boasts Australia has “solved the gun problem” are premature. When John Howard introduced the National Firearms Act in 1996 after Martin Bryant’s devastating mass shooting, he swore we wouldn’t “go the American way”, and many believe he has been vindicated. “People...
  • French Barracuda submarine: the most complex artefact in Australia

    04/26/2016 10:01:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | APRIL 27, 2016 | Brendan Nicholson
    By the end of last year the French were convinced they had made a breakthrough in the race to win Australia’s $50 billion submarine contract. Over a series of meetings in Paris, L’Orient, Cherbourg and Adelaide, engineers from the French naval shipbuilder DCNS shared with Australian naval officers secret data on their submarine’s acoustic signature. The French Barracuda submarine, with its pump jet propulsion system, matches other conventional submarines’ noise emissions at very low cruising speeds under 5 knots. But the data showed that when the Barracuda accelerated, as any submarine must do when pursuing an enemy or evading an...
  • Australia seeks DOD's newest air-to-air missile, the AIM-120D

    04/25/2016 9:47:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 25 APRIL, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    Australia could become the first foreign nation to buy the radar-guided Raytheon AIM-120D air-to-air missile under a $1.1 billion foreign military sales package approved by the US government this week. AIM-120D is the latest variant of Raytheon’s popular AMRAAM series, developed for the US Air Force and Navy. The networked, beyond-visual-range missile introduces satellite-aided navigation, a two-way datalink and new guidance software that “improves kinematic performance and weapon effectiveness”. It has greater range than the legacy variants and is optimised for high-angle off-boresight shots. Canberra has requested 450 missiles – as well as instrumented test vehicles and spare guidance sections...
  • France wins $40 billion Australian submarine contract - sources

    04/25/2016 6:59:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | Colin Packham, Nobuhiro Kubo and Tim Kelly
    Australia has awarded the A$50 billion ($40 billion) contract to build the country's new fleet of submarines to French naval contractor DCNS, sources said on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to Japan's nascent defence export industry. Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will officially announce on Tuesday the winner of the contract to build the country's 12 new submarines, but two sources familiar with the process told Reuters that France has secured the contract ahead of Japanese and German bidders. Another source at the French naval contractor said he was "quietly confident" of success ahead of the announcement by Turnbull. Australia...
  • Anzac Day threat: 16-year-old boy charged with planning terror attack

    04/24/2016 3:41:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 25th April 2016 | Andrew Koubaridis
    A 16-year-old boy will appear in a Sydney court later today charged with planning a terrorist attack at a Sydney Anzac Day event. Counter terrorism police arrested the teenager in his home in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, yesterday afternoon. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the age of the suspect was concerning. “Now, the age of the individual is of significant concern. Sixteen years of age. A boy,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters this morning. Mr Scipione said the boy had been charged with one count of acts in preparation or planning a terrorist act. The offence carries...
  • Australian ranch the size of Ireland sold to Chinese investors

    04/20/2016 1:19:32 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    cnn.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ivana Kottasova
    ...To inspect the full sweep of properties on the block by air would take about a week.
  • Australian Leader Al-Wahwah...Lead 'the Armies of Jihad That Will Conquer Europe and America'

    04/19/2016 4:11:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6/3/16 | Ismail AlWahwah
    Imagine the grief this man endured in Kindergarten with such a last name.
  • How Brilliant Computer Scientists Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery

    08/06/2010 10:38:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 85 replies
    salem-news ^ | 6 Aug 2010 | Terrence Aym
    According to two research scientists the mystery of vanished ships and airplanes in the region dubbed "The Bermuda Triangle" has been solved. Step aside outer space aliens, time anomalies, submerged giant Atlantean pyramids and bizarre meteorological phenomena ... the "Triangle" simply suffers from an acute case of gas. Natural gas—the kind that heats ovens and boils water—specifically methane, is the culprit behind the mysterious disappearances and loss of water and air craft. The evidence for this astounding new insight into a mystery that's bedeviled the world is laid out in a research paper published in the American Journal of Physics....
  • Australians killed in Vietnam War to be brought home

    04/17/2016 8:04:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The West Australian ^ | 17th April 2016
    Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War and buried in Malaysia and Singapore will be brought home in June with a full military ceremony, it was announced Sunday. Thirty-five soldiers who died in the conflict lie in Malaysia's Terendak Cemetery, which sits inside a large, operational military base, and one other in Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. In May last year, then prime minister Tony Abbott offered repatriation to the families and more than 30 of them have accepted the offer. "The homecoming of their family member will be a very moving and emotional time, and their right to privacy,...
  • Johnny Depp, Amber Heard on Gold Coast for quarantine case (10 year prison sentence possible)

    04/17/2016 4:36:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 53 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th April 2016 | Jeremy Pierce
    AMBER Heard and her Hollywood superstar husband Johnny Depp have jetted in to the Gold Coast ahead of their date with destiny with a Southport judge. The most glamorous court case to hit the Gold Coast in years is set to get under way today as Heard stands trial for allegedly smuggling the couple’s dogs in to the country a year ago, while Depp was shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast. ..... Heard was charged with of two counts of illegal importation and one count of producing a false document, her incoming...
  • Cannabis: scientists call for action amid mental health concerns

    04/15/2016 9:55:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 15 April 2016 | Ian Sample Science editor
    The call for action from scientists in the UK, US, Europe and Australia reflects a growing consensus among experts that frequent cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis...In the UK, cannabis is the most popular illegal drug, and according to Public Health England data, more young people enter treatment centres for help with cannabis than any other drug, alcohol included.
  • Year 8 kids to study sex ads under ‘domestic violence’ curriculum

    04/13/2016 7:06:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 14th April 2016 | Natasha Bita
    Students as young as 12 will study sexualised personal ads and write their own advertisements seeking the "perfect partner" as part of a new school curriculum supposed to combat family violence. The classroom material includes an example ad from a "lustful, sexually generous" person seeking "sexy freak out with similarly intentioned woman". Another ad — to be analysed by Year 8 students aged 12 and 13 — is from a "30-year-old blonde bombshell, wild and sexy, living in the fast lane". "Can you keep up?" it asks. Children are instructed to “write your own personal ad for the perfect partner’’....
  • Aussie digger critical after savage attack by ISIS supporter inside NSW prison cell

    04/09/2016 8:06:41 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies
    7 News ^ | 10th April 2016
    A former soldier, who served in East Timor, is fighting for his life after a brutal attack by an ISIS supporter who was locked in the same prison cell of a New South Wales jail. The pair were placed together at Kempsey prison’s maximum security section, on the state’s Mid North Coast on Thursday morning, just a few hours before the unprovoked attack. It is believed the 18-year-old attacker choked the 40-year-old and carved ‘e4e’ into the front and back of the victim's head with a sharp object during the attack, to signify the group’s ‘eye for an eye’ torture...
  • Obama Criticizes Difficulty of Voting in U.S.: ‘Australia Has Got Mandatory Voting’

    04/08/2016 4:20:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/8/16 | staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School yesterday, President Barack Obama criticized what he described as the difficulty of voting in the United States of America. “We really are the only advanced democracy on Earth that systematically and purposely makes it really hard for people to vote,” he said. “Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested, restore integrity to the system, would be just make sure everybody is voting,” said Obama. “Australia has got mandatory voting. You start getting...
  • Australian Dad Charged With Murder for Self-Defense: ‘Rapist Found Near Daughter’s Room’

    04/09/2016 5:03:14 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 4/8/2016 | Mac Slavo
    It’s every family’s worst nightmare, and it’s the reason to have self-defense tools and preparations in your home. But many governments around the world don’t hold the same basic protections for home defense that the United States does in most states (and clearly, there are forces at work to undermine that as well). This father was charged with murder in Australia for fighting and killing a rapist who was entering their home in attempted robbery… and found close to his daughter’s room. Ask yourself, would you do any differently? Via the International Business Times: “A young dad in Australia has...
  • The submarine problem - deeper than meets the eye (Australia)

    04/07/2016 11:39:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    It’s been said so often but never actually examined in great detail – the Future Submarine Program is strategic for Japan and Australia. In speaking to the submarine community, past and present, what comes through is that cooperation with Japan results in a Future Submarine that can approach the performances of Collins but only with a completely new design and one that will definitely not be regionally superior post 2030. This is alarming and requires pause for thought. The root-cause of this problem is that Japan does not have any technology that is, well, regionally superior. Indeed it is the...
  • Ten steps Malcolm Turnbull can take to turn this mess around (Australian PM)

    04/06/2016 7:45:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 7th April 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    CAN Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull be saved from humiliating defeat? Should I even want it? After all, someone so Left-wing shouldn’t lead the Liberals, because that just leaves us conservatives without a strong voice in Canberra. Then again, a minister I respect rang me to put the best case for his boss. “Labor would be worse — a disaster,” he pleaded. But is there really any substantial difference between Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten? Still, just in case, I offer Turnbull what I perhaps shouldn’t: 10 steps to save himself. 1. ATTACK LABOR Remind voters that whatever doubts we...
  • Saviour Malcolm Turnbull has turned out to be a dud – and is headed for electoral defeat

    04/04/2016 4:19:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th April 2016 | Terry McCrann
    BLUNTLY, and to put it quite simply, Malcolm Turnbull is a dud. ..... You would think that after the last six months — and most particularly, last week — this would be an unexceptional statement. That the expectations, indeed the dreams — fantasies — of last September, would by now have completely evaporated. Turnbull was supposed to lead the nation out of the policy wilderness and in the process save the Coalition government from the political perdition to which Peta (Credlin) via Tony (Abbott) had supposedly condemned it. Instead he has revealed himself as not simply a political dud but...