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  • Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs

    02/09/2016 5:39:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Scientific Amerian ^ | February 8, 2016 | By Gayathri Vaidyanathan
    SUBTITLE: Because the science is settled there is no need for more basic research, the government says. With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited. As many as 110 out of 140 positions at the atmosphere and oceans division will be cut, Larry Marshall, the agency's chief executive, told staff Friday. "The situation is very bad here," the scientist said. "Eighty percent of our climate capability will be gone; it is clear that climate modeling will be cut...
  • Charges dropped against soldier who ran through Brisbane suburb with gun-shaped object

    02/08/2016 9:14:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 9th February 2016 | Josh Bavas
    Police prosecutors have dropped a charge against a soldier who caused panic after jogging through suburban Brisbane with a gun-shaped object last year. A full-scale police response was launched after 26-year-old Nicholas Paul Latham was spotted running through Rochedale South wearing camouflage clothing and carrying the object in December last year. Several schools were shut down and Mr Latham was eventually tackled by police. He told police it was all a misunderstanding as he was training with a metal object shaped like a gun, but was charged with public nuisance. His matter went before the Holland Park Magistrates Court on...
  • Australia's biggest Islamic School could close after losing $20 MILLION in government funding...

    02/08/2016 3:12:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 9th February 2016 | Cindy Tran
    Australia's biggest Islamic School has been stripped of $20 million in government funding following allegations the money was not being used only on education. Malek Fahd Islamic School in Greenacre, south-west of Sydney, which has more than 2,400 students, could be forced to close its gate after the Federal Government said it would stop funding. On Monday, the Department of Education issued a notice to the Islamic institution - revoking its Commonwealth funding - and leaving hundreds of teaching jobs on the line. Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the funding will be axed as of April 8 after the school...
  • Op-Ed: Don't worry, Israel, if Australian MP's are mates with Palestine

    02/07/2016 12:01:33 PM PST · by Lera · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/16
    Holding hands and singing Kumbaya in Gaza. Sure. Maybe you're right to keep the rest of us away from Israel, might confuse us. Dear Mr Fooley (or may I call you Luke?*) Just got back from my Labor Parliamentary Excursion, dividing my time equally between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as you requested. What a trip! My feet hardly touched the ground! Monday: Arrived at Lod Airport, after circling around to avoid being blasted out of the sky by IS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and a bunch of other peace-loving friends of the Palestinian Arab People's Struggle to Wipe The Perfidious Jew...
  • British accuse Australia of banning them from WWI Battle of Fromelles centenary commemoration

    02/05/2016 2:40:36 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 5th February 2016 | Sophie Aubrey
    THE relatives of slain British soldiers have accused the Department of Veterans' Affairs of banning them from attending centenary commemorations for a catastrophic WWI battle that killed thousands of Australian soldiers. The Battle of Fromelles is among Australia's bloodiest military encounters and the brutal loss has long been blamed on a disastrous incompetence of British military strategy. A special service to mark the battle's 100th anniversary is to take place on July 19 this year at the Pheasant Wood military cemetery in Fromelles, northern France. The slaughter is viewed by historians as the darkest 24 hours in the Australia's history...
  • Would the last person in Sydney please turn the lights out? (Nanny state - Australia)

    02/03/2016 5:26:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 72 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 4th February 2016 | Matt Barrie
    IN 1999, Sydney was at its peak. The Olympic Games were imminent and there was unbridled optimism that Sydney was about to emerge as an international city as the millennium approached. Internationally, Sydney was renowned as an incredibly fun place to live; the entertainment was world class, with great restaurants and venues to visit at any time of night. Something pernicious has happened in the 17 years since, and Sydney has not just regressed into a ghost town, but there is an undercurrent of something much more sinister in the way the city is being run. As I write this...
  • Australian asylum ruling paves way for deportation of infants

    02/03/2016 1:25:38 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Colin Packham, Matt Siegel
    Australia's High Court threw out a challenge to offshore immigration detention camps on Wednesday, clearing the way for the deportation of dozens of infants born in Australia to detained asylum seekers. The court rejected a legal test case brought by an unidentified Bangladeshi woman that challenged Australia's right to deport detained asylum seekers to the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru. The detention centre on Nauru houses about 500 people and has been widely criticised by the United Nations and human rights agencies for harsh conditions and reports of systemic child abuse. The Bangladeshi woman was on a boat...
  • Australia Should Buy F-22s, Not F-35s, Says Retired RAAF Wing Commander

    02/03/2016 1:49:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    GIZMODO Australia ^ | 02/02/2016 | CAMPBELL SIMPSON
    A submission to a Senate inquiry into the feasibility of Government’s planned purchase of at least 72 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets says that the multirole planes will be instantly outmatched in air superiority by the airborne wings of competing countries in the region like China and Indonesia, and will fare even worse against future threats. It suggests — hypothetically — that Australia instead push for the F-22 Raptor, a jet that the United States has never sold to even its closest military allies. In the submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Joint Strike...
  • Victorian schools forced... evacuations, lockdowns amid string of threatening calls across Australia

    02/01/2016 9:11:37 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd February 2016
    NEARLY 20 schools have been evacuated or placed in lockdown after another wave of suspicious phone calls threatening shootings and bombings. The scare comes after hundreds of students were on Friday evacuated from schools across Victoria and New South Wales, and a kindergarten, in a chilling bomb hoax. Several schools in Queensland have received similar threats today.
  • Australian ISIS fan planned 'Kangaroo bomb'

    01/28/2016 9:28:21 AM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/28/2016 | Ari Yashar
    19-year-old on trial for plot to 'pack' kangaroo with explosives and set it loose on police officers on veteran's day. Islamic State (ISIS) inspired jihadists have come up with creative terror attack plans in the past, but one 19-year-old in Australia who appeared in court Thursday topped them all by planning to launch a "kangaroo bomb." According to court documents Sevdet Ramadan Besim of Hallam, to the southeast of Melbourne, planned to "pack" a kangaroo with explosives, paint an ISIS symbol on it and then unleash it on police officers in Melbourne for Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealand's veteran's...
  • 'Australia's deadliest soldier': Len Opie won a Distinguished Conduct Medal for...

    01/31/2016 2:15:15 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 31st January 2016 | John Carney
    A new book tells the fascinating story of one of Australia's most lethal military men and how his exploits are now part of army folklore. ..... Opie won a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) in Korea for almost single-handedly capturing an enemy position. Many thought he should have got a Victoria Cross (VC) - amazingly no Australian got a VC in the Korean War. Leading a team of only six men he captured a hill known as 'Hill 614' that had held up the whole brigade of 3,000 men. The Chinese were well dug in and it was a very steep...
  • Prime minister says Australian vote to decide gay marriage

    01/28/2016 6:12:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2016 7:56 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia's prime minister gave a personal assurance on Friday that his government would legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote. The center-right government has promised to hold a plebiscite on the gay marriage question if the government is re-elected in a vote due this year. But a number of the government's most conservative lawmakers have recently announced that they might vote down gay marriage against the wishes of a majority of Australians. ...
  • Aussie Who Led Weapons Tests Knocks F-35

    01/26/2016 11:10:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 26, 2016 | Joseph Trevithick
    Australia’s former top weapons tester has warned of serious problems with the country’s $24 billion share of the F-35 stealth fighter program. The ex-official, Keith Joiner, issued the warnings in a Jan. 4 letter to the Australian Senate’s formal inquiry into the Joint Strike Fighter project. Joiner’s biggest criticisms involve the F-35’s repeated delays, lack of Australian input in the project and the fighter’s powerful computer brain. The retired official wrote that Canberra must either speak out about the stealth warplane’s problems or pull out of the project. He also favors delaying Australia’s commitment until developer Lockheed Martin and the...
  • Australian government pressured to cut ties with Britain

    01/25/2016 9:41:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2016 8:30 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    The Australian government came under mounting pressure on Australia's national day on Tuesday to appoint an Australian head of state to replace the British monarch. Every Australia Day, an eminent Australian citizen is made Australian of the Year in recognition of his or her contribution to Australian society. The 2016 Australian of the Year, former Chief of Army David Morrison, said in his acceptance speech on Monday night that he intended to use his new public profile to campaign for Australia severing its constitutional ties to Britain. ...
  • Donald Trump op-ed: My vision for a Culture of Life

    01/23/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by ironman · 275 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Donald Trump
    Let me be clear - I am pro-life. I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk. I did not always hold this position, but I had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me. My story is well documented, so I will not retell it here. However, what I will do with the remaining space is express my feelings about life, and the culture of life, as we just marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I build things. There is...
  • Large metal chunk investigated after washing onto Thai beach (MH-370?)

    01/24/2016 5:21:56 AM PST · by don-o · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 1/24/16 | GRANT PECK
    BANGKOK (AP) - A large chunk of metal that could be from an aircraft washed ashore in southern Thailand, but Malaysian authorities on Sunday cautioned against speculation of a link to a Malaysia Airlines flight missing almost two years.
  • Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids

    01/22/2016 9:24:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 22, 2016
    TOKYO/ SYDNEY--The competition for the contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) loses ground over technical concerns, multiple sources said. Australia is expected to decide the winner of the Australian $50 billion ($34.55 billion) project, one of the world's most lucrative defense contracts, within the next six months, ahead of a national election in which the deal and the jobs it will create is expected to be a key issue for the conservative government. TKMS is proposing to scale up its 2,000-ton...
  • Oldest Hominid Skull In Australia Found Near Bega (7 Million Years Old)

    01/13/2006 4:46:20 PM PST · by blam · 75 replies · 1,286+ views
    Oldest hominid skull in Australia found near Bega Friday, 13 January 2006 THE endocast of a primitive hominid-like skull was recovered from among the rubble of a volcanic plug in the Bega district in May 2005 The find could suggest that a race of ancestral hominids had evolved in Australia from tree-dwelling primate ancestors by seven million years ago. This is well before our primate ancestors supposedly left the trees for a terrestrial existence in Africa around six million years ago! The fossil was discovered by noted prehistory researcher Rex Gilroy of Katoomba NSW, where he operates the 'Australian-Pacific Archaeological...
  • Are 'extinct' animals making a comeback?

    01/16/2016 6:24:13 PM PST · by presidio9 · 89 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 16, 2016 | Michael D. Regan
    A breed of sea snake thought to be extinct for years was recently discovered off the west coast of Australia, another in a string of similar findings among species scientists believed were lost forever. It was the first time the species of snakes was seen in more than 15 years since disappearing from the Timor Sea, according to researchers at Australia's James Cook University who identified the snakes. The discovery of the Short Nose sea snake was confirmed after an Australia Parks and Wildlife officer sent a photo to researchers for identification, the university said. The study's lead author, Blanche...
  • Sydney Opera House evacuated and Manly ferry cancelled due to police operation

    01/13/2016 7:32:37 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Guardian (Australia) ^ | 14th January 2016
    A police operation cleared people from the area around the Sydney Opera House on Thursday afternoon and caused the cancellation of the Manly ferry service. Police confirmed the operation but no further information was immediately available. It is understood the operation was not related to terrorism. The 1.20pm ferry from Manly to Circular Quay had been cancelled due to the operation, according to a Department of Transport spokeswoman.
  • Australia's prime minister to visit the White House

    01/09/2016 10:34:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2016 4:46 PM EST
    The White House says Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will meet with President Barack Obama on Jan. 19 as he makes his first trip to Washington since being sworn in last September. The White House says the two leaders will highlight the wide scope of the U.S.-Australia alliance. They'll talk about a wide range of issues that include the conflicts with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Australia has provided air power to the coalition efforts. ...
  • Muslim RAN Captain Mona Shindy broadsided after terror tweet row

    01/04/2016 6:36:33 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 5th January 2016
    A SENIOR female Muslim navy officer has had her twitter account shut down after it posted tweets on Islamic terrorism that appear at odds with government policy. Captain Mona Shindy, the Chief of Navy’s strategic adviser on Islamic affairs, was believed to run the account @navyislamic which retweeted a counter-terrorism expert mocking Tony Abbott after the leadership coup. The social media account had also backed Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed’s controversial response to the Paris terrorist attacks, tweeting the hashtag #IStandWithTheMufti.
  • Bowraville murders: Review of double jeopardy laws to go unchanged

    01/04/2016 1:13:18 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/18/2015 | Michelle Brown
    The Government said it would not change double jeopardy laws to open the way for a retrial of a prime suspect in the murders of 16-year-olds Colleen Walker-Craig and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, and four-year-old Evelyn Greenup. The children went missing from a road in Bowraville over a five month period in 1990 and 1991. In early 1991, the bodies of Evelyn and Clinton were found in bushland along the Congarinni Road on the outskirts of the town. Clothing belonging to Colleen Walker-Craig was found in the Nambucca River nearby, but her body has never been found. A man identified as the...
  • African Rioting Tears through Melbourne

    12/31/2015 3:18:24 PM PST · by BBell · 48 replies
    “Hundreds” of African invaders engaged in a widespread orgy of violence over the Christmas weekend in Melbourne, the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria. According to local media reports—all of which deliberately failed to report on the race of the rioters—the incidents took place outside a train station in Melbourne’s southeast and outside a Carlton nightclub on Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.In addition, a further brawl took place later at a police station when groups of the arrested Africans went on a rampage, attacking each other and wounding two policemen in the process. The violence outside...
  • Explosion in Footscray after trucks collide (large explosion, Melbourne, Australia)

    12/28/2015 8:12:09 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 29th December 2015
    A MAN is dead and several people have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash and explosion in Footscray. Police say a truck and several cars collided before an explosion went off at the corner of Barkly and Gordon streets in Footscray. Two sets of powerlines are down and windows were blown out in nearby homes. The explosion spread debris over an area of about 100 metres along Barkly St east of Gordon St. Much of the debris is believed to have come from the truck. Some of the items include gas bottles and a sink Local residents say the impact...
  • Australian church: Jesus wasn't Palestinian

    12/28/2015 9:57:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2015, 7:06 PM | Gil Ronen
    Jesus was not Palestinian, the Uniting Church of Australia said after an umbrella Jewish group objected to a news story that called Palestinians "the living descendants of Christ." The saga began when two Palestinian Arab members of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, which has links with the Uniting Church of Australia, wrote a story that appeared last Tuesday in the leftist political publication New Matilda.The article, which was penned by Samah Sabawi and Bassam Dally, stated: "An official delegation representing our country in Israel has added fuel to the flames of extremism abroad by applauding proven human rights violators and...
  • Christmas Day blaze guts Australia homes

    12/26/2015 12:52:42 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    bbc.com ^ | Dec 26, 2015 | bbc
    ..."They (residents) were all prepared, putting their barbecues on, they were cooking away, and all of a sudden they could see the smoke coming over the hill," local resident Patrick Carey said. "They thought it was still four hours away according to what they'd heard. And then all of a sudden it was an hour away, and all of a sudden it was half-an-hour away. So, they just dropped everything, stopped cooking and hopped in their car."
  • Eight trees planted for children slain in house of horror

    12/19/2015 7:20:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    DPA international ^ | December 20, 2015
    Sydney (dpa) - Relatives of eight children slain in their beds one year ago gathered Sunday to plant eight blossoming frangipani trees in their memory. The stabbings of three sisters, ages 2, 11 and 12, their four brothers, ages 5, 6, 8 and 9, and their 14-year-old cousin still shocks the community of Manoora, a suburb of Cairns in tropical far north Australia. The mother of the children, Raina Thaiday, 38, was found by her 20-year-old son in the garden of 34 Murray Street that the morning covered in blood and suffering self-inflicted wounds. Within days she was charged with...
  • 'It would be shame if a plane fell from the sky and it happened to be Australian': China...

    12/16/2015 12:20:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 17th December 2015 | Nelson Groom
    A Chinese state-owned newspaper has sent a thinly veiled threat to Australia after an RAAF plane was detected patrolling above the South China Sea. The ominous Global Times editorial appeared to warn Australia its planes could be shot down if they continue their surveillance flights of the region, reports ABC. The article comes after the pilot of an RAAF P-3 Orion aircraft patrolling above the area was detected telling the Chinese navy via radio communications they were 'exercising international freedom of navigation rights.'
  • Chinese company Landbridge to operate Darwin port under $506m 99-year lease deal (Australia)

    12/16/2015 2:14:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    A Chinese company has won the bid to operate the Port of Darwin under a 99-year lease deal worth $506 million, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced. Mr. Giles announced the Port of Darwin will have a new operator under an agreement signed today with the Landbridge Group worth $506 million, in a deal he described as "a fantastic outcome for the Territory". ...
  • Outrage after (Mayor of Sydney) Clover Moore rejects Lindt siege as terrorist act

    12/15/2015 12:35:55 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th December 2015 | Gina Rushton
    Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has drawn outrage for claiming the Lindt cafe siege was not an act of terrorism, on the anniversary of Islamist-inspired gunman Man Haron Monis's 17-hour standoff in which two hostages died. "It wasn't a terrorist event," Ms Moore said yesterday. "This was a one-off, isolated event by a mentally ill man with a violent background who shouldn’t have been out on bail." NSW Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant told The Australian that Ms Moore's comments were "a shame". "I am offended on behalf of all police and emergency personnel who placed their lives...
  • ...Australian military plane has overflown disputed South China Sea Island...

    12/15/2015 12:00:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 16th December 2015 | Nelson Groo
    The Australian Military has bolstered its military surveillance over the South China Sea amid mounting tensions surrounding ownership of the region. An RAAF P-3 Orion aircraft was detected patrolling the area by the BBC, who picked up an Australian official telling the Chinese navy via radio communications that the plane was 'exercising international freedom of navigation rights.' 'China navy China navy we are an Australian aircraft exercising international freedom of navigation rights, in international airspace in accordance with the international civil aviation convention, and the united nations convention of the law of the sea - over,' the message said. The...
  • City In Tizzy Over Soldier With Crude Fake Gun

    12/15/2015 6:20:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    How the mighty have fallen. A soldier, in uniform, with a pack and a clearly fake gun causes an entire section of Australian civilization to go into the "vapors".Throughout most of the rest of the world, there would hardly be a comment. Seeing soldiers on exercises is common and only slightly noteworthy.Notice that this soldier did nothing that was even remotely threatening, except exist. He did not fire blanks. He never pointed the crude, welded metal sections, vaguely resembling a rifle, at anyone. We (in the United States) would be in the same place if it were not for...
  • City in Tizzy over Soldier with Crude Fake Gun

    12/14/2015 6:36:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    How the mighty have fallen. A soldier, in uniform, with a pack and a clearly fake gun causes an entire section of Australian civilization to go into the "vapors".Throughout most of the rest of the world, there would hardly be a comment. Seeing soldiers on exercises is common and only slightly noteworthy.Notice that this soldier did nothing that was even remotely threatening, except exist. He did not fire blanks. He never pointed the crude, welded metal sections, vaguely resembling a rifle, at anyone. We (in the United States) would be in the same place if it were not for...
  • Man dubbed a hero after killing neighbour’s intruder

    12/13/2015 11:55:51 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th December 2015
    A MAN who killed his neighbour’s intruder has been dubbed a hero and people have taken to social media to call for a bravery award. The 42-year-old rushed to help his neighbour who was being chased around her home by the intruder on Friday afternoon. Police believe the intruder previously lived in the house in Frankston Heights, Victoria. Witness Hilary Lennon told the Sunday Herald Sun the woman was screaming and was chased out of the house to her backyard, with the intruder following close behind. “The woman was very afraid and was screaming very loudly, she was frantic. Something...
  • 'The characteristic is secrecy': Behind the scenes on Japan's state-of-the-art submarine

    12/13/2015 2:52:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/13/2015 | Matthew Carney
    Until now, the Soryu submarine and its unique technology have been a closely guarded state secret. But the Japanese navy, or the Maritime Self Defence Forces as they are known, gave North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney an exclusive look at the Soryu at the Yokosuka Naval base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Many believe the Soryu is best conventional submarine in the world and should be the leading contender to replace the Collins class submarines. The Japanese are now in a race with the Germans and the French to win Australia's biggest ever defence contract worth nearly $50 billion. I...
  • Australia's Property Boom Leads to Empty Homes

    12/10/2015 5:32:08 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | 09 December 2015
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  • Anti-vaccination school hit by chickenpox epidemic

    12/10/2015 12:40:08 PM PST · by NRx · 95 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-10-2015 | Adam Boult
    A epidemic of chickenpox has swept through a school that endorses 'tolerance' for parents who prefer not to have their children immunised. At least a quarter of all pupils as Brunswick North West Primary in Melbourne, Australia, have been hit by the disease in the past two weeks. A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "There are no firm figures on the number of students who have contracted the illness since [November 26], but we've been advised that over the period there has been an absentee rate of about 25 per cent on any given day." In the past...
  • Islam Needs No Reformation: Grand Mufti Slaps Down Ex-Aussie PM Abbott

    12/10/2015 8:52:59 AM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 10, 2015 | Simon Kent
    “Islam is not in any need of reformation since with normative principles and practices of the religion allow [sic] Muslims to harmoniously coexist within pluralist societies that are based on the universal values of compassion and justice,” Dr Mohammed said in a press release posted to his Facebook page in response to former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
  • USA beats New Zealand in monumental rugby sevens upset

    12/04/2015 5:25:39 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 5th December 2015
    AMERICA has produced one of the biggest upsets in rugby sevens to beat New Zealand in the group stages of the Dubai Sevens. In a fairytale finish to the biggest moment in American rugby, goalkicker Madison Hughes had to slot a sideline conversion after the siren to give the USA its first ever win over the New Zealand Rugby Sevens team. After beating Portugal 45-14 but losing to France 26-21, the Americans looked destined for the consolation round when they trailed New Zealand 12-7 as the buzzer sounded. But Perry Baker then scored his second try of the match, breaking...
  • America’s bizarre reaction to mass shootings (Aussie Perspective)

    12/04/2015 9:07:15 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    News.Com.au ^ | 12/04/2015 | Liz Burke
    IN the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, which until yesterday was considered the worst mass shooting of the decade in the US, Americans did a few things. The shooting left the nation on edge, and it now finds itself in the same position following the slaughter of 14 people when married couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik entered a Christmas party armed with legally purchased guns and sprayed the room with legally obtained bullets. A separate shooting at a Planned Parenthood building in Colorado last week prompted President Barack Obama to share hope the crime would spur more...
  • Lieutenant James Collier Buchanan (great story of heroism from Vietnam, 45 years ago today)

    12/03/2015 6:54:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Lieutenant James Collier Buchanan joined the RAN in October 1962 as an aircrew officer. He began his flight training in March 1963 and after qualifying as a pilot he was posted to HT 725 Squadron in February 1964. Following several postings at sea and ashore Buchanan was posted to the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam, arriving in the Republic of Vietnam in October 1970. There, he became the commander of the Second Lift Platoon, flying daily combat assault missions at the controls of a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter in which he routinely came under heavy enemy fire. On 4...
  • ...soldier with a fake machine gun goes on a 'training exercise' in suburban streets...

    12/02/2015 12:03:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 2nd December 2015 | Nicole Low
    A camouflage-clad man carrying a replica machine gun sparked a major security scare and the lockdown of two schools and a childcare centre when he went on a 'training' mission in Brisbane's southside. The drama began when a Rochedale resident called police on Wednesday morning, fearing a lone gunman could be at large. Officers in bullet-proof vests launched a manhunt before finding and arresting the man within an hour just after midday. More than 15 police cars were involved in the operation,The Courier Mail reported. Police said the shocked 26-year-old was seemingly oblivious to the widespread drama he had caused....
  • Vietnam heroes recognised after 44 years

    12/02/2015 11:39:38 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1st December 2015 | Ian McPhedran
    DIVING blind, hand over hand down a ship's anchor chain in the murky waters of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in 1968, using only those hands to search for explosives or other weapons, was not a job for the faint hearted. Forty four years after they participated in a highly dangerous operation code-named SEALORDS, six former Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers have been honoured with a United States Presidential Unit Citation signed by the late US President Richard Nixon. SEALORDS was an acronym for Southeast Asia Lake, Ocean, River, and Delta Strategy and was aimed at disrupting enemy supply lines...
  • China blamed for ‘massive’ cyber attack on Bureau of Meteorology supercomputer (Australia)

    12/01/2015 7:07:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd December 2015
    THE Bureau of Meteorology has had its sensitive systems compromised by a major cyber attack being blamed on China. The ABC reports the breach is "massive", with the bureau owning one of the country's largest supercomputers. Its systems have a link to the Department of Defence at Russell Offices in Canberra, the report says. The cost of fixing the breach has not been determined, and the time needed to repair it is also unclear. The weather bureau's services are vital in warning of weather conditions associated with bushfires, thunderstorms, tropical cyclones, flooding, rain, and dangerous winds. They are also essential...
  • Two Australian surfers missing after driving through Mexican drug cartel territory

    11/30/2015 1:23:25 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2015 | Joshua Fechter
    The families of two Australian surfers missing in Mexico "hold deep fears" after two bodies were found in a burned van in a region dominated by a prominent drug cartel. The van — identical to one belonging to Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, the two surfers — was found in Navolato on Nov. 21, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Mexican authorities were unable to identify the bodies immediately because they were too badly burnt.
  • Nutella Refuses to Make Personalized Jar for Girl Named "Isis"

    11/30/2015 8:39:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    In Australia, one is able to purchase a personalized label for a jar of Nutella, the popular chocolate and hazelnut spread. Unless, apparently, someone is trying to purchase a label for a person named Isis. A woman in Australia found this out the hard way, when she was told that she would not be allowed to purchase a personalized jar for her five-year-old niece, Isis Taylor. Her niece was named after the Egyptian goddess, and was born years before the creation of the Islamic State. Despite pleas to Ferrero Australia to please reconsider and print the label, the company stood...
  • How Offering Tomahawks for Foreign Military Sales Will Strengthen Allies and Deter Adversaries

    11/30/2015 8:38:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 30, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) has long been a mainstay of the U.S. strike weapon inventory. Launching from ranges out to 1,000 miles and armed with a 1,000-pound warhead, it is the Navy’s “Kick Down the Door” weapon, attacking well-defended high-value land targets. The BLK IV missile is the latest variant in a steady progression of capability, incorporating mission planning, navigation and guidance, and command and control upgrades designed to improve responsiveness and target flexibility. Combat-proven and operationally reliable, Tomahawk remains a weapon of choice for planners and commanders alike. The FY 2016 budget maintains production and inventory levels,...
  • Islam must change: War hero MP Andrew Hastie leads radical push

    11/29/2015 12:47:41 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | 30th November 2015 | Ellen Whinnett
    WAR hero turned MP Andrew Hastie is leading a call for an "honest debate" on the links between Islamic teaching and terrorism. Mr Hastie, a former SAS commander who did three tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been joined by several Coalition colleagues in calling for a reform or modernisation of Islam. "Modern Islam needs to cohere with the Australian way of life, our values and institutions. In so far as it doesn't, it needs reform," Mr Hastie told the Herald Sun. Victorian MP Michael Sukkar identified a lack of a reformation within Islam — similar to the one undergone...
  • Screaming man 'tries to strangle' Orthodox rabbi in shocking attack outside synagogue

    11/27/2015 5:06:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 11/27/15 | Kara O'Neill
    The 39-year-old can be seen yelling 'go back to Israel' to his Jewish victim - but he is quickly taken to the groundThis shocking video has captures the moment a man appears to strangle a Rabbi before yelling at him 'go back to Israel'. The dramatic clip shows the 39-year-old shouting at a group of Orthodox Jews outside the Adass Israel Synagogue in Ripponlea, near Melbourne in Australia on November 26 at 7.30pm. The man, who was accused of being drunk in the footage, shouts about Allah before screaming at this victim.