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  • 4-Year-Old Boy Gets Lost And Ends Up Scoring At A Rugby Match

    08/27/2015 9:53:05 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies ^ | August 21st 2015 | Archit Tripathi
    'Rugby, known mostly in America as the precursor to American football, is a beloved sport in many countries of the world, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. For many children in these countries, playing professional rugby alongside your sports heroes is a dream that most will sadly never realize. One 4-year-old, however, recently got the pro rugby memory of a lifetime. It happened at a charity game featuring all-star ex-players from New South Wales and Queensland in a match known as "Legends of League." Somehow, this bold kid managed to find his way on to the field (or pitch, as...
  • Education Minister... steps in to stop ALL schools in NSW showing gay parenting documentary...

    08/26/2015 2:44:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    All public schools across New South Wales have now been banned from viewing a gay parenting documentary following the controversy over a girls high school's decision for every student to watch the film. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli personally stepped in to stop Burwood Girls High School's special screening of Gayby Baby for all 1200 students during third and fourth periods this Friday after some parents are believed to have been upset by the decision to show the movie. Going one significant step further on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Piccoli enforced a state-wide ban preventing all public schools being able to...
  • Violent maximum security prisoner refuses... protocol... Muslim... allowed to get away with it

    08/26/2015 2:29:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    Prison officers are refusing to deal with a Supermax prisoner after he was allowed to bend the strict rule of kneeling before any officers enter their cell. Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadzai was told he could sit instead of kneel like all other maximum security prisoners which has incensed the officers who have since been instructed by the union not to move al-Ahmadzai unless he kneels,The Daily Telegraph reported. Meanwhile, commissioned officers have been brought into Goulburn prison to deal with the Muslim prisoner who is insisting on special treatment on the grounds of his religious beliefs. Corrective Services NSW told...
  • A true story of the Great Escape: How an Aussie surfboard maker built the tunnel...

    08/25/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th August 2015 | Frank Coletta
    Theirs is the previously untold Australian side of the 'The Great Escape' - best mates who surfed together, flew RAF missions together and finally tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III prison camp together in the most daring breakout of the Second World War. The brief flight to freedom by 76 prisoners of war, in which Australians John Williams and Rusty Kierath played a pivotal part, was immortalised by Hollywood - although the film largely glossed over a key part played in the daring ploy by Australian captives. Now there's a book that reveals details of their role and events that...
  • Parents outraged.. every student... MUST skip classes to watch a documentary about gay parenting

    08/25/2015 2:13:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 26th August 2015 | Leesa Smith
    The compulsory attendance for every student at a girl's high school to watch a gay parenting documentary instead of their scheduled classes has made the parents see red. As part of Wear it Purple day, all 1200 students at Burwood Girls High School, in Sydney's inner west, are required to watch a special screening of Gayby Baby during third and fourth periods this Friday, The Daily Telegraph reported. After the movie, the girls are encouraged to show off their purple outfits at a fashion parade under a rainbow flag, with the opportunity to win a prize for the most purple...
  • Good Families are Unfair?

    08/25/2015 1:18:32 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Christian Headlines Today ^ | August 21, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    Good Families are Unfair? John Stonestreet | BreakPoint | Friday, August 21, 2015 Equality” is one of the watchwords of our time. It's invoked in nearly every political, ethical, and increasingly, social discussion. And lately, it's gone completely off the rails. Once upon a time, “equality” was the rallying cry of patriots and abolitionists—the good and true belief that “all men are created equal” in the sight of God, are equal in dignity and deserve equal rights before the law. But today, “equality” means something very different: It means sameness. And two philosophers recently profiled by Australia's ABC network have...
  • Leftist media traitors trash our hero, Captain Andrew Hastie

    08/23/2015 1:55:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 24th August 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    ATTACKING Captain Andrew Hastie is the last straw. How low will Labor’s media mates go to destroy the Abbott Government? Let me tell you about Hastie, the man the Melbourne Age smeared all over its front page on Saturday. Hastie served in the SAS, our elite force that has done so much heroic fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Two years ago, he led a platoon fighting Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan — one of his three tours there. He was in a helicopter, and some of his men were in a firefight on the ground. They won; the Talibani lost. But...
  • Aussies to help US fire fight

    08/22/2015 5:43:22 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 22nd August 2015
    FIREFIGHTERS from Australia and New Zealand are off to help counterparts battle more than 100 wildfires burning across the United States. THE 71-strong contingent will head to Idaho from Sydney Airport on Sunday.
  • The Age’s front-page smear of a soldier and a Liberal (note, Australia "Liberal" = conservative)

    08/21/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 22nd August 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    I don’t know how much lower The Age can go. This morning’s front-page hatchet job on the Liberals’ candidate in the Canning by-election is a disgrace. We know The Age is desperate to destroy the Abbott Government, and we know it now sees Canning as its big chance. If the Liberals lose, Abbott falls. Hence this attack on the Liberals’ candidate, once an officer in our elite SAS, risking his life to defend the likes of even Age journalists, safe at home to snipe: The former SAS soldier standing as the Liberal Party’s prize recruit in a key federal by-election...
  • US invites Aust to join strikes on Syria

    08/21/2015 8:40:17 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 22nd August 2015
    THE United States has formally asked Australia to extend its air combat operations to hit Islamic State targets in Syria, but the government won't be rushing to make a decision. PRIME Minister Tony Abbott said it was a serious request and a response would be made in the next couple of weeks. He warned consolidation of a terrorist state in Eastern Syria and northern Iraq would be a catastrophe for the world. "It would be a disaster for Australia because what we have been seeing on an almost daily basis is the continued lure that this terrorist group, that this...
  • Australia considers US request to bomb IS targets in Syria

    08/21/2015 8:34:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 21st August 2015
    AUSTRALIA is considering a US request to launch air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political division at home.
  • Same-sex marriage movement knocking on Australia's door, archbishop warns faithful

    08/18/2015 6:22:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/18/15 | Jonah Hicap
    After its success in Ireland and then the United States, the movement to legalise same-sex marriage is now knocking on Australia's doors to the dismay of devoted Christians in the Land Down Under.Australian Archbishop Anthony Fisher revealed recently that "there are voices in our culture that no longer think marriage need be for life, or be open to children, or be exclusive, or be between man and wife."Addressing the faithful during the Annual Marriage Mass with Renewal of Vows at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Sydney last July 12, Fisher said those behind this movement "write off as benighted and bigoted...
  • Cannabis house: Drug-dealing tenants trash investment property; owner fears bankruptcy

    08/18/2015 2:26:00 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 14 replies
    ABC ^ | 18/08/2015 | By Mark Doman
    Trent Lister, 29, bought his investment property in Norlane, Geelong with his partner and his mother, but what started as a long-term life plan has descended into a nightmare. Earlier this month, during a routine inspection of the property, Mr Lister arrived to find his property had been turned into a cannabis crop house by new tenants who had only been in the property for a few months. The home was left trashed, the electricity had been rewired, holes cut in floors and the roof, and cupboards removed. The bath was being used to send water to different parts of...
  • Jehovah's Witnesses face child sexual-abuse investigation in Australia

    08/14/2015 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | A. Odysseus Patrick
    SYDNEY -- The abuse was meticulously catalogued. From 1950 to 2014, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society amassed some 5,000 files detailing sexual abuse of Australian children by 1,006 of its members, who believe only they -- the Jehovah's Witnesses -- proclaim the truth about God. Young girls were assaulted by neighbors. Teenagers were raped by their fathers. Victims were forced to pray with their abusers. When the children reached out for help, the church's obsession with secrecy and hostility to outsiders kicked in. Victims, ordered to keep quiet, were forced to confront their abusers in person. All complaints --...
  • Denton, Howard to speak at gun control event

    08/12/2015 9:51:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 8/12/2015 | unknown
    The non-profit's chairperson Samantha Lee labelled Mr Howard 'an icon' for gun control. 'Mr Howard is an icon of the growing numbers of people who want gun controls to be tightened across Australia, despite the pressure from pro-shooting parties,' she said. She said any disruption to the September 8 event by pro-gun lobbyists 'would not be tolerated'.
  • Cross the floor and you will be sacked: PM (No same-sex marriage in Australia)

    08/11/2015 6:33:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies ^ | 12th August 2015
    COALITION frontbenchers who defy the agreed position to oppose gay marriage will be sacked, Tony Abbott says. The Prime Minister this morning said if maverick MP Warren Entsch’s cross-party bill to legalise same-sex marriage did come to a vote in the parliament, ministers and parliamentary secretaries who voted for it would be demoted. “It is nevertheless the standard position of our party that if a frontbencher cannot support the party’s policy, that person has to leave the frontbench,” Mr Abbott told ABC radio. Mr Entsch, who has pushed for marriage equality, says he believes several of his colleagues will cross...
  • RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) must get closer to defence companies to thrive, says chief

    08/11/2015 2:27:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 ^ | 11th August 2015
    NEW air force boss Air Marshal Gavin “Leo” Davies wants to revolutionise the relationship between the RAAF, defence companies and universities, with staff exchanges across the organisations. In his first major speech as the chief Air Marshal, Davies said that he was alarmed that Australia’s “adversaries” were not constrained (like we are) as they exploited both government and private sector technologies. Speaking at a Williams Foundation seminar, he said he wanted to see the RAAF’s “best and brightest” seconded to industry and academic organisations. “Our airmen and women can learn so much from our business partners who support our capability....
  • Not on my watch:... Tony Abbott says... 'marriage is between a man and a woman'(Australia)

    08/11/2015 2:00:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 12th August 2015 | Lucy Mae Beers
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed coalition MPs will not have a free vote on same-sex marriage, destroying any chance of the law being passed under this Parliament. He said roughly 60 MPs supported the existing position, while 30 called for a conscience vote after a marathon six-hour party room meeting. 'There was strong support for the existing position... that marriage is between a man and a woman,' Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday night. Following the party room meeting, Mr Abbott conducted a press conference and said that of the 30 who said there should be a...
  • The final shortlist of designs for New Zealand's new national flag is revealed...

    08/10/2015 2:15:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 11th August 2015 | Lucy Thackray
    The almost-identical national flags of Australia and New Zealand are often mistaken for each other – distinguishable from each other only by the different colours of the stars. However, that could soon change after the New Zealand government released a list of the 40 favourite flag designs on Monday - and only one has incorporated the Union Jack. The public whittled down 10,292 options to pick their favourite 40, as Prime Minister John Key throws his support behind the campaign. Mr Key would like the flag to be changed to a more unique design, but some New Zealanders have reservations...
  • Far North hunter hikes for two days carrying dog attacked by crocodile

    08/06/2015 4:09:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    Cairns Post (Queensland, Australia) ^ | 7th August 2015 | Daniel Bateman
    A PIG hunter hiked through the bush for two days, carrying his wounded dog in his arms, after it was attacked by a crocodile along a remote Cape York river. Wayne Best, a bushie, had been out hunting with his bull arab/greyhound cross Choco along the banks of the Mitchell River, about 300km northwest of Cairns, last Friday morning. The 3½-year-old dog had chased a feral pig close to the river, and cornered it against the bank, when a large saltwater crocodile lunged out of the waterway and grabbed the solid canine by its rear. “It went for the dog...
  • Lone Pine battle marked at Gallipoli

    08/06/2015 2:37:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 7th August 2015
    THE Battle of Lone Pine was more a "vicious armed brawl" than an example of modern war, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove has told a centenary service to mark the bloody conflict. HUNDREDS of people endured sweltering heat on the Gallipoli Peninsula on Thursday to attend the service on a battleground where some 800 Australians died, 1500 were wounded and seven Victoria Crosses were won. In recognition of such gallantry VC winners Mark Donaldson, Daniel Keighran and Keith Payne took part in the service along with Doug Baird, the father of VC winner Corporal Cameron Baird who was killed in Afghanistan in...
  • 'Shocking' 40 per cent surge in gun ownership and registration in NSW

    08/05/2015 10:11:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 8/3/2015 | Mandie Sami
    MARK COLVIN: Figures obtained by the New South Wales Greens show a 40 per cent surge in gun registration in the State over the last 14 years. There are now more than 850,000 firearms in private hands in Australia's most populous state. And Greens MP David Shoebridge says he's so alarmed by the increase that he will introduce legislation to limit the number of firearms that people can register. But that has angered gun enthusiasts, as Mandie Sami reports. MANDIE SAMI: For Kym McEwen there's no surprise that people from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations own firearms. KYM...
  • B-52 bombers demonstrate their long reach in mock bombing run from US to Australia

    08/04/2015 1:33:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies ^ | 4th August 2015
    TWO B-52 bombers flew 44 hours non-stop from Louisiana to the Northern Territory on a simulated bombing run last month — all to deliver a message to China. The lumbering, 1950s vintage dinosaurs lifted off from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, United States, on July 1. Their mission: to be BAAD. That’s military speak for yet more military speak: “bomber assurance and deterrence”. Translated, it means sending a message to Australia and the nations of South East Asia that the United States is willing and capable of assisting its allies. It was also a demonstration — to China...
  • New Zealander who was last WWII 'Dambuster' pilot dies at 96

    08/04/2015 11:45:25 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/4/15 | Nick Perry
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealander who was the last surviving pilot from the specialized World War II "Dambuster" mission targeting German infrastructure died Tuesday. Les Munro was 96...
  • Australia to build new naval fleet in US$65 billion package

    08/04/2015 6:01:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Tuesday, 04 August, 2015
    Australia on Tuesday announced a A$89 billion (US$65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines made “in coming months”. The “continuous shipbuilding” proposal, which involves the replacement of frigates, patrol boats and submarines over two decades, is expected by the government to keep up to 2,500 jobs in the sector in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was “a very historic announcement”. “Previous Australian governments have announced that individual ships or classes of ships will be built here in Australia,” Abbott said at a press conference....
  • New South Wales to create Ministry of Truth

    08/03/2015 7:32:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/4/15 | Simon Sharwood
    Whole-of-government data analytics centre will fight crime and expanding waistlines The Australian State of New South Wales has created a whole-of-government data analytics centre.Innovation and better regulation minister Victor Dominello announced the centre yesterday, proclaiming that “Data is one of the greatest assets held by government, but when it’s buried away in bureaucracy it is of little value.” “Whether it’s tackling crime, combatting obesity or addressing housing affordability, we cannot hope to develop solutions to the long-term challenges that our state faces without an effective whole-of-government data sharing platform,” he added.A “specialist government steering committee” is figuring out just what...
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Goes Full Dictator in Shotgun Grab

    08/03/2015 3:16:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 August, 2015 | Dennis DeMartins
    Australia’s descent into full blown fascism just accelerated again. The Adler lever-action ban in Australia just got serious as Prime Minister Tony Abbott has now decided to personally intervene and ban the firearms completely pending completion of a review of the NFA. Australian Customs and Border Protection have been ordered to detain all shipments of the Adler until the review is complete. Amidst the backlash from firearms owners and running out of concocted reasons and emotive rhetoric based arguments as to why law-abiding firearms owners are responsible for the actions of criminals, and that 128-year-old technology has now suddenly become...
  • Reports of a second earthquake or tremor in southeast Queensland (5.2 / 5.6)

    08/01/2015 5:58:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Courier and Mail (AU) ^ | 8/2/15 | Daryl Passmore, Josh Dutton
    QUEENSLAND dodged a potential disaster as the most severe earthquake in nearly a century struck yesterday.The magnitude 5.7 earthquake recorded 110km east of Fraser Island at 1.38pm was the second time the state had been rattled in three days.Yesterday’s quake was equal in force to the December 1989 Newcastle earthquake which killed 13 people, levelled much of the city centre and damaged 50,000 buildings.But Queenslanders were spared any injuries or serious damage by the off-shore location of yesterday’s quake, about 10km north-west from where Thursday’s occurred.“If this had hit Noosa, there would have been deaths and damaged buildings,’’ Geoscience Australia...
  • Luggage has washed up on island where possible debris from missing Flight MH370 was found

    07/30/2015 8:59:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/30/2015 | Pamela Engel
    In yet another sign we're getting closer to figuring out what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, battered luggage has washed up on an island near where plane debris was found this week. Malaysian and Australian officials have said that it's "almost certain" the plane debris came from a Boeing 777. Flight MH370 is currently the only missing Boeing 777 in the world. It's unclear whether the suitcase that was found on Reunion Island near Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is from the missing plane, but it's a possibility considering where the suitcase washed up.
  • Australians Taking Advantage of Lessons Learned with New Growler

    07/30/2015 5:50:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | 7/29/2015 | Allyson Versprille
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy presented the first EA-18G Growler tactical jamming and electronic protection aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force at a rollout ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, July 29. In June 2014, the RAAF awarded Boeing the contract for 12 Growlers to be purchased under a foreign military sales agreement. The ceremony marked the presentation of the first Growler to Australia, the only foreign country to acquire the aircraft so far. The Growler is a derivative of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The Australian Growler has some features not on the U.S. version. It has an advanced targeting...
  • Exclusive - Japan eyes British help to sink German bid for Australian submarine: sources

    07/23/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | TIM KELLY, NOBUHIRO KUBO AND MATT SIEGEL
    A Japanese government team is in talks with at least two top British firms to help a Japanese consortium land one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, sources in Tokyo said, a $50 billion (£32 billion) project to build submarines for Australia. Germany's ThyssenKrupp (TKMS), a rival bidder, is wooing anxious members of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ruling Liberal Party with the economic and political benefits of its proposal. Two Japanese government officials and a company source in Tokyo said Babcock International Group and BAE Systems had approached the consortium of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries with...
  • Bill Shorten to pledge to adopt boat turnback policy (Australian left accept border protection)

    07/22/2015 2:16:37 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 23rd July 2015 | Ellen Whinnett
    LABOR will go to the next election promising to turn back asylum-seeker boats in a dramatic policy switch which will test Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s leadership. The Herald Sun can reveal Mr Shorten and Immigration spokesman Richard Marles will endorse a new policy which will see Labor go to the election vowing to turn back asylum seeker boats intercepted on the way to Australia. The decision will set up a massive brawl with the party’s Left, which opposes turnbacks, and could be undermined almost immediately by a vote at the party’s national conference on Saturday. Writing for the Herald Sun,...
  • Feline Massacre: Australia Unveils Plan to Kill Two Million Feral Cats

    07/21/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 68 replies
    VICE News ^ | 07/16/2015 | VICE News
    The Australian government intends to eliminate two million feral cats by the end of the decade, Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced on Thursday, waging a war on hordes of felines that are said to be the single biggest threat to many of the country's native species. "By 2020, I want to see two million feral cats culled, five new islands and 10 new mainland areas as safe havens, free of feral cats, and control measures applied across 10 million hectares," Hunt declared. Millions of feral cats roam around the continent, and scientists say that they are a primary factor behind...
  • Court rejects climate change hearing [Global Warming Refugee Status Denied]

    07/21/2015 2:36:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Ioane Teitiota has been battling deportation to Kiribati since 2011, when he overstayed his visa. He argues he faces indirect persecution from global warming in his home country. In its decision, the Supreme Court said while Kiribati undoubtedly faces challenges, Mr Teitiota did not face serious harm if he was returned there. The court said there was no evidence the government of Kiribati was failing to take steps to protect its citizens from the effects of environmental degradation. Kiribati's president, Anote Tong, recently described climate change as the biggest humanitarian challenge of our time. He said Kiribati and other low-lying...
  • Rare snow in Australia as Antarctic chill sweeps eastern states

    07/18/2015 8:37:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 23 replies
    Temperatures have plummeted to more than 10 degrees below average in places, while Sydney has had its coldest July weather in 44 years now has fallen in parts of Australia where such falls are so rare the weather bureau does not have the tools to measure it as temperatures plunged to more than 10 degrees below average. Antarctic air pushed up through central New South Wales and on to Queensland – known as the Sunshine State – over the past week bringing on a winter cold front not seen in some parts since the mid-1980s. In Queensland, snow fell in...
  • Commodities crash could turn Australia into a new Greece

    07/19/2015 2:51:40 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 July 2015 | Andrew Critchlow
    Last month Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman and matriarch of Perth’s Hancock mining dynasty delivered an unwelcome shock to her workers in Western Australia: accept a possible 10pc pay cut or face the risk of future redundancies. Ms Rinehart, whose family have accumulated vast wealth from iron ore mining, has seen her fortune dwindle since commodity prices began their inexorable slide last year. The Australian mining mogul has seen her estimated wealth collapse to around $11bn (£7bn) from a fortune that was thought to be worth around $30bn just three years ago. This colossal collapse in wealth is symptomatic of...
  • The ‘Other Country’ Fallacy

    07/19/2015 8:03:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 7/17/2015 | Savage One
    Whenever an argument comes up for gun control, the United Kingdom and Australia are brought forth as examples where gun control ‘worked’. “Australia and the UK banned a lot of guns and instituted strict gun control and their gun crime went down, so if other countries besides the US can ‘make gun control work’ we should follow their example here”. There are a number of fallacies and biases that this line of reasoning adheres to; correlation = causation, , single cause fallacy, the ‘bandwagon’ fallacy or ‘appeal to popularity, and confirmation bias through functional fixation, otherwise known as technological determinism...
  • Anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare in Australia

    07/19/2015 3:41:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/19/15
    SYDNEY — Rival anti-Islam and anti-racism rallies saw hundreds protest across Australia at the weekend with violent clashes in Melbourne, as police officers mounted a strong presence in cities Sunday to keep the two sides apart. About 100 anti-Islam protesters from the Reclaim Australia and United Patriots Front groups waved the national flag and yelled chants at a rally in Sydney Sunday, with signs declaring “Say no to Sharia” and “Immigration is the elephant in the room”.They were met by around 250 counter-demonstrators who carried banners including “No racism, no Islamophobia.”Police — including riot squad officers and mounted units —...
  • Reclaim Australia rally: Anti-racism and anti-Islam groups clash in Spring St

    07/18/2015 3:09:28 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | ANDREW JEFFERSON AND CHAD VAN ESTROP
    SPRING St was turned into a war zone as anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters fought running battles with police, shutting down one of Melbourne’s busiest streets. More than 450 police officers were needed to keep the peace in an major operation expected to cost Victorian taxpayers up to $250,000.
  • Australia actually declares ‘war’ on cats, plans to kill 2 million by 2020

    07/17/2015 1:41:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 117 replies ^ | July 16 2015 | Ishaan Tharoor
    The Australian government announced plans to cull up to 2 million feral cats by 2020 in a bid to preserve dozens of native species that authorities claim face extinction because of the cats' predatory behavior. Speaking to a national radio station, Gregory Andrews, the country's first threatened-species Commissioner, said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt "is declaring war on feral cats, and he's asked me to take charge of that program."
  • Snow causes traffic chaos amid best falls in a decade [Australia]

    07/17/2015 1:53:20 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 19 replies
    SBS news ^ | 17 July 2015 | anon
    Major roads have been closed and highway traffic is banked up as Australia's eastern states experience the best snowfall in a decade. ....
  • Columbus gives Redflex contract the red light ( Ohio )

    07/16/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 16, 2015 | Andy Long
    Mayor Michael Coleman announced Wednesday the termination of the city’s contract with Redflex, effective immediately. Redflex is the company that handled Columbus’ red light camera program before a state law forced the city to cease issuing citations. The announcement comes after a Redflex executive pleaded guilty to charges relating to bribing public officials. “Based upon the City’s contract authority, we will be terminating the contract with Redflex immediately,” said Mayor Coleman. “I support a photo red light camera program because it saves lives, however the actions of the Redflex executives have raised questions about the integrity of their program.”
  • Barack Obama’s appalling blunder gives us a nuclear Iran

    07/15/2015 4:13:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | 16th July 2015 | Greg Sheridan
    Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a wretched capitulation by a weak President whose word means nothing. So many American red lines are given up in this deal it makes your head spin. They suffered the same fate as Obama’s red lines with Syria. You use chemical weapons and we’ll react, Obama told the Syrians. But he was only joking. Since then America’s adversaries in the Middle East, and all over the world, have become significantly bolder. The Iranians completely outmanoeuvred and out-negotiated Obama. But this was not hard because as time went on it became increasingly obvious Obama...
  • Living in the danger zone as ANZUS is re-evaluated (Australia-New Zealand-United States treaty)

    07/15/2015 3:59:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 15th July 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    Australians have been delivered a timely warning they may be entering an era of significant strategic shifts and they should not take for granted three crucial relationships. One is with our closest military ally, the US, which we presume will always be there to help defend us. Another is with the world’s most populous Muslim nation, ­Indonesia, which is growing and changing fast on our doorstep. The third leg of what has been in recent history a sturdy triumvirate of friendships is China, but a new report suggests the possibility of an uncertain future with the unthinkable catastrophe of a...
  • French firm DCNS release design of submarine it wants Australia to buy

    07/15/2015 5:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | JULY 15, 2015 | Brendan Nicholson
    The French company, DCNS, has released details of its plans for the new submarine it wants to build for Australia. It’s a 4000 tonne, conventionally powered design based on of its Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarine. DCNS will call the Australia version the Shortfin Barracuda after the local species PPP of the ferocious fish. DCNS says it’s “pre-concept design” is for the world’s most advanced conventional submarines. France, Germany and Japan are competing for the contract to build up to 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy worth more than $20 billion. DCNS Australia CEO Sean Costello said the new...
  • Jewish groups condemn 49ers running back for his tweets

    07/14/2015 10:25:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 48 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 07/13/2015 | Kevin Lynch
    A tweet by 49ers returner and running back Jarryd Hayne drew the attention of the Anti-Defamation League. Hayne, an Australian attempting to make a conversion from rugby to the NFL, tweeted that Jews killed Jesus. ADL, in a press release, noted that the tweet appeared July 1st and has since been rescinded. “Jesus wanted to help people but was killed by his own people,” the ADL quoted Hayne writing. When challenged by a fan on twitter, Hayne then wrote, “The Jews were the people who took him to the Romans n forced them to give the order because they couldn’t.”
  • Generation unprepared: The school and university leavers with ‘no skills to work at all’

    07/14/2015 8:20:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 7/14/2015 | Unknown
    OVER the past 18 months, Queensland mining employer Jack Trenamen has developed a formula that helps him predict the performance of his new apprentices. The country kids who have worked on mum and dad’s farm from a young age will work hard and appreciate every dollar they get. “You can’t fault ‘em on work ethic,” he says, adding that it shows in their performance. But the ones who come from more affluent areas, whether that be from the big cities where their parents are a bit more well off and happy to give them pocket money, or mining regions where...
  • Eerie pictures of a German warship and HMAS Sydney which sunk off Australia in 1941

    07/13/2015 2:35:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 14th July 2015 | Aneeta Bhole
    The first images of two warships which sunk after a deadly battle during World War II have emerged. The wrecks lie 20 kilometres apart from each another about 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in Western Australia, north-west of Perth, and sunk in November 1941. The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year. Researchers from Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum captured 700,000 high resolution images of the two ships with the help of two remotely operated underwater vehicles...
  • Trump: ‘Corrupt’ Mexican officials let ‘El Chapo’ go

    07/12/2015 5:17:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 7/12/15 | Anna Brand
    <p>Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that the escape of a Mexican drug lord by “corrupt Mexican officials” just raised fears in America. But he was quickly shot down by Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media baron whose blessings could make or break a GOP hopeful.</p>
  • Rupert Murdoch Criticizes Donald Trump Over Mexican Immigrant Comments

    07/12/2015 4:41:40 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 73 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 12 2015 | THR Staff
    Rupert Murdoch apparently won't be supporting Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Australian-born media mogul, who became a U.S. citizen in 1985, on Sunday became the latest to decry the Republican candidate's comments about Mexican immigrants in a message posted to Twitter.