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  • China blamed for ‘massive’ cyber attack on Bureau of Meteorology supercomputer (Australia)

    12/01/2015 7:07:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 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.
  • Japan’s crack submarine fleet

    11/27/2015 5:03:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    SENTAKU MAGAZINE ^ | NOV 26, 2015
    China has lately been resorting to defiant and audacious acts like claiming its territorial rights over waters around artificial island it has built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and unilaterally designating an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. While these acts are visible to all, the real front battle line lies deep in the sea where submarines are principal players. This article attempts to provide in-depth descriptions of the real picture of submarines of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and their roles, as little has so far been made known about them. During the...
  • David Leyonhjelm uses Paris attacks to further a dangerous pro-gun agenda

    11/26/2015 8:33:09 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 11/25/2015 | Hugh McDermott
    People like Senator David Leyonhjelm are using the tragedy of the Paris attacks to further their pro-gun agenda, twisting facts to create a narrative that is misleading and dangerous. On Tuesday, in response to a tweet that read: “Aust’s tough gun laws have better insulated us against a Paris-style terror attack, Keenan said ...” Leyonhjelm tweeted: — David Leyonhjelm (@DavidLeyonhjelm) November 24, 2015 Sure helped a lot in Paris. And let's not mention the Lindt Cafe and Parramatta. https://t.co/8yfuKG6Gbx In fact, Leyonhjelm has appointed himself Australian “spokesman” of the NRA, the US pro-gun lobby, which has political influence disproportionate to...
  • Keith Michell, actor - obituary (Henry VIII)

    11/24/2015 9:32:51 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 21, 2015
    Keith Michell, the Australian-born actor and director who has died aged 89 88, was celebrated for his many imposing stage and screen performances as Henry VIII. Michell came to monopolise one of British history's favourite subjects for dramatisation. Such was the charm of this burly, sturdy, square-set, square-jawed, mellifluous upstart from the Antipodes that when he revived Shakespeare's King Henry VIII at the Chichester Festival in 1991 he could with justice claim to have made the part of the much-married monarch his own for a quarter of a century.
  • Extremism needs to be wiped out of Islam

    11/23/2015 3:44:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 38 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 24th November 2015 | Peter Costello
    ..... After each atrocity complacent political leaders trot out the same platitudes. They tell us: "This has nothing to do with Islam, etc." It is wearing thin with the public. All these attacks are coming from people who subscribe to one religion, which is not Catholic or Protestant or Jewish or Buddhist or Yazidi. Plainly it has something to do with Islam. And the people who are doing it think it has everything to do with Islam. That is why they shout Allahu Akbar while firing their guns and detonating their explosives. ..... One great illusion that Western liberals use...
  • An Imam’s Rise Down Under

    11/23/2015 2:02:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/23/15 | Hal G.P. Colebatch
    A new page in Christian civilization’s prolonged moral suicide note to the world is under consideration in Australia. It is a small symbolic matter, with much weightier matters behind it.The Australian Army is removing the 102-year-old motto “In this sign conquer” from the hat badges of army chaplains, apparently because it is offensive to Muslims.The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the… Religious Advisory Committee to the Australian armed forces in June.Oddly enough, none of the other ethnic groups such as Vietnamese (many of whom are Buddhist) serving in the forces have...
  • Seven-year-old Australian sings brilliant national anthem with hiccups

    11/22/2015 2:14:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22nd November 2015
    SOMETIMES your body plays tricks on you when you least expect. A simple untimely case of the hiccups has turned a seven-year-old Adelaide local into an online sensation after his rendition of Advance Australia Fair was hijacked by his uncontrollable breathing spurts. A video posted on YouTube by ABLtv.com shows the young child identified by the stadium’s ground announcer as Ethan Hall singing a memorable version of the Australian national anthem before the Australian Baseball League match between the Adelaide Bite and Brisbane Bandits at Cooper’s Stadium in the City of Churches on Friday night. Unfortunately, right at the start...
  • Skulls Found In Mexico Suggest Early Americans Would Have Said 'G'Day Mate'

    09/03/2003 4:42:49 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 1,657+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-4-2003 | Steve Conner
    Skulls found in Mexico suggest the early Americans would have said 'G'day mate' By Steve Connor, Science Editor 04 September 2003 The accepted theory of how prehistoric humans first migrated to America has been challenged by a study of an ancient set of bones unearthed in Mexico. An analysis of 33 skulls found on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California suggests that the first Americans were not north Asians who crossed to the American continent about 12,000 years ago. The skulls more closely resemble the present-day natives of Australia and the South Pacific, suggesting that there might have been an...
  • Army chaplains to remove ‘conquer’ from... motto because it is offensive to Muslims (Australia)

    11/20/2015 3:12:59 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | 21st November 2015 | Matthew Benns
    THE Australian Army is removing the motto "In this sign conquer" from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims. The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the ­Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June. Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913. ..... The Defence spokeswoman said: "There are 102 ADF permanent members who self-identify as Muslim. In addition there are 40 Active Reservists who have declared as Muslim."
  • (Tony) Abbott’s strategy as voice of conservatism begins to emerge (ex-Australian PM)

    11/20/2015 2:46:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 21st November 2015 | Paul Kelly
    The Paris attacks have seen two competing Australian voices in response - Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. The crisis has revealed Abbott's long-run strategy - positioning himself on the global and domestic stage as a champion of the conservative forces in the current international security crisis. Abbott believes the threat from Islamist violence is the defining issue of the age. It occupied much of his prime ministership and he intends to become a rallying point in the war of ideas and ideology at its heart. Abbott as a politician can only exist and operate with a mission. It has always...

    11/20/2015 2:37:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | November 19, 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    When I was in Washington recently, I had a very funny conversation with Matthew Harries over dinner. It seems there is a proposal for Australia to seek nuclear-weapons state status under the NPT on rather weak claim that the UK had conducted nuclear tests down under in the 1950s. I was delighted when Matt and Hassan Elbahtimy offered to write up a fine riposte to this strange idea. Also, I left you a little easter egg at the bottom. Australia, like many other countries during and after the Cold War, considered developing nuclear weapons but never fully pursued its own...
  • The shot that sealed HMAS Sydney’s fate (detailed analysis of World War II sea battle)

    11/19/2015 12:58:20 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2015 | Jamie Seidel
    SEVENTY-four years ago today, Australia's greatest naval tragedy unfolded off the coast of WA. HSK Kormoran was a disguised German warship. Her job was to scour the seas for vulnerable cargo ships carrying the lifeblood of trade to the UK. HMAS Sydney II was a light cruiser. Her job was to escort vulnerable ships, as well as to search the seas for hostile ships - like Kormoran. The initial account of the battle that unfolded on the evening of November 19, 1941, was incomplete and confused. It was built up from interviews of German survivors - individuals who had only...
  • Terrorists recently abandoned plans for attack on Parliament House (Canberra, Australia)

    11/18/2015 12:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 19th November 2015 | Lucy Mae Beers
    Intercepted phone calls have revealed terrorist plotters have abandoned a plan to target Parliament House due to heightened security measures leaving them unable to 'even make it up the hill.' Australian Defence Force officers armed with machine guns have stationed themselves throughout the building after counter terrorism officers picked up on terrorist 'chatter' four months ago,The Daily Telegraph reported. Parliament House has been discussed as a potential target for an attack since last year when a security lockdown was initiated following a distinct threat - but plotters said it is now impossible to penetrate the building's perimeter. Last year, the...
  • What Australia Can Teach other Countries about Illegal Immigration

    11/17/2015 6:58:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2015 | John Howard
    Recently, Singapore celebrated 50 years of nationhood. The success of this remarkable country is a vivid exemplar of the proposition that we still live in a world of nation-states. Singapore's birth in August 1965 was traumatic. It was a tiny country with no natural resources, a land area of less than 1,000 square kilometers, and a population of only 1.9 million. Effectively, it had been ejected from the Federation of Malaysia because the pro-Malay policies of the Federation discriminated against the ethnic Chinese who constituted the bulk of Singapore's population. Under the energetic and visionary leadership of Lee Kuan Yew,...
  • Man charged over Parramatta shooting (Islamist terror attack in Australia)

    11/13/2015 2:08:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th November 2015
    POLICE have arrested and charged another man in relation to the murder of police accountant Curtis Cheng in Parramatta last month.
  • Australia Sees Spike in Gun Crime Despite Outright Ban

    11/11/2015 7:06:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/11/15 | Stephen Gutowski
    Australia has seen a rise in gun crime over the past decade despite imposing an outright ban on many firearms in the late 1990s.Charges for crimes involving firearms have increased dramatically across the island nation’s localities in the past decade according to an analysis of government statistics conducted by The New Daily. It found that gun crimes have spiked dramatically in the Australian states of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania. In Victoria, pistol-related offenses doubled over the last decade. In New South Wales, they tripled. The other states saw smaller but still significant increases.Experts said that the country’s 1996...
  • David Kang rushed Prince Charles in 1994 ... now he’s a barrister

    11/11/2015 1:05:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 10th November 2015
    PRINCE Charles will touch down in Sydney today, where the man who rushed a stage firing a starter’s pistol during his 1994 royal tour is now on the right side of the law as a barrister. David Kang, 45, was yesterday working at Burwood Local Court and helping his mother with shopping on the eve of the future king’s visit. At his family home in Hunters Hill, Kang’s mother Kum said her son, who works at chambers in the city, was “young at the time but he’s grown up now. He has a wife and two children”. “He’s a good...
  • Bidders in Australian submarine project hit by hackers

    11/09/2015 8:54:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    KYODO ^ | November 09, 2015
    SYDNEY – All three bidders competing for a 50 billion Australian dollars ($35.3 billion) submarine contract have been targeted by Chinese and Russian cyberattacks, according to local media reports. The submarine builders in France, Germany and Japan have all been provided with the highly confidential technical requirements for the Royal Australian Navy’s new submarines, which will form the basis for each country’s proposal. Manfred Klein, campaign manager of German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, told The Australian newspaper, “We have about 30 to 40 (hacking) attempts per night, that’s what our IT people say.” The bidders declined to publicly say which...
  • 'Riot' at Christmas Island migrant camp as detainee dies

    11/08/2015 4:22:27 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 8, 2015
    Australian immigration officials say a "disturbance" is taking place at a detention centre for immigrants on Christmas Island. Australia sends asylum seekers to Christmas Island, a remote outpost 2,650km (1,650 miles) north-west of Perth and 380km south of Java in Indonesia.
  • Hausfeld Announces Early Victory in Virginia Hot Lanes Class Action

    11/03/2015 9:11:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Globe Newswire ^ | November 2, 2015 | Hausfeld
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hausfeld, a global plaintiffs’ law firm, announced today that the judge overseeing Brown, et al. v. Transurban USA, Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-494 (E.D. Va.), the Honorable James C. Cacheris, has largely denied the Defendants’ motions to dismiss the pending class action case. The plaintiffs in the case alleges that the I-495 and I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes operator (Transurban) and its debt-collection agents (Faneuil, Inc. and Law Enforcement Systems, LLC (“LES”)) violated state and federal law by assessing and seeking to collect crippling administrative fees and penalties for allegedly missed tolls. Drivers who use...
  • Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull drops knights and dames from honours system

    11/01/2015 6:01:39 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 1, 2015 | Sum Gai
    Knights and dames will be dropped from the Australian honours system, the Order of Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced. In a statement he said that the Queen had agreed to the recommendation, and added that knights and dames were "not appropriate" in today's Australia.
  • New Zealand beat Australia 34-17 to retain Rugby World Cup

    10/31/2015 11:54:24 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 48 replies
    BBC Sport ^ | 31st October 2015 | Tom Fordyce
    'Defending champions New Zealand became the first team to successfully defend their title after they held off a fierce Australian comeback to win a thrilling World Cup final. Wonderful tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma'a Nonu had given the All Blacks a 21-3 lead early in the second half before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani struck back. With 15 minutes to go there were just four points in it, but a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty from Dan Carter snatched back control. And when replacement Beauden Barrett sprinted away onto Ben Smith's clearing kick at the death history was made,...
  • Uncharted waters...Meet the Royal Australian Navy’s trailblazing Muslim Captain Mona Shindy

    10/30/2015 5:42:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 29th October 2015 | Jennifer Sexton
    WHEN Captain Mona Shindy climbed aboard HMAS Canberra to test missiles in the Pacific, a locker had to be converted into a sleeping quarters to accommodate her. Never before had an active Australian warship carried women. But aged 23 and launching what would become a 26-year career with the Navy, this was just the first hurdle of a trailblazer. Already she had a University degree in the blokey domain of engineering. Weapons engineer. And if this were not unusual enough, Captain Shindy happens to be Muslim, and for most of her career in the navy, has been a mother.
  • RAAF tanker pushes the envelope to rescue crippled US Hornet over Iraq

    10/29/2015 4:45:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th October 2015
    AN Australian air force tanker jet has come to the rescue of a US F/A-18 Hornet experiencing difficulties over northern Iraq. The RAAF KC-30A tanker was diverted to refuel the United States Marine Corps fighter after it experienced engine troubles during a combat mission against the Islamic State. Australia has deployed six of its own Hornets along with the tanker and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft to Iraq and Syria as part of an international coalition against the Islamic State. Mechanical failure forced the US F/A-18 Hornet pilot to shut down one of its two engines.....
  • Australia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to Test ChinaAustralia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to

    10/28/2015 8:34:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2015 | Rob Taylor
    Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to Chinas artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijings territorial claims. Australia has been looking at options, said one official in Australias military familiar with operational planning. The official spoke after the American guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed early Tuesday within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of seven sand and rock outcrops in the Spratly chain on which China has built artificial islands. The U.S. considers the area international waters,...
  • Did drunken settlers give birth to the Aussie accent?

    10/29/2015 1:04:44 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2015 | Sum Gai
    In an opinion piece in The Age newspaper, public speaking expert Dean Frenkel claims the "Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol." "Our forefathers regularly got drunk together and through their frequent interactions unknowingly added an alcoholic slur to our national speech patterns," he wrote. "For the past two centuries, from generation to generation, drunken Aussie-speak continues to be taught by sober parents to their children."
  • Tony Abbott, Ousted Australian Leader, Urges Europe to Take Hard Line on Migrants

    10/28/2015 8:12:33 AM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/28/2015 | Austin Ramzy
    Tony Abbott, the former prime minister of Australia, used his first major speech since his ouster last month to denounce Europes migration policies, warning in London that the continent risked fundamentally weakening itself through misguided altruism as large numbers of asylum seekers arrive. All countries that say anyone who gets here can stay here are now in peril, given the scale of the population movements that are starting to be seen, Mr. Abbott, a conservative, said on Tuesday during a lecture honoring the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
  • Muslim children walk out when national anthem is sung (Australia)

    10/26/2015 2:03:43 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 32 replies
    A VICTORIAN primary school has been criticised for allowing Muslim children to walk out of assembly while the national anthem was sung. Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School says a religious month of mourning is the reason Islamic children are able to opt out of singing or listening to the anthem. Lorraine McCurdy, who has two grandchildren at the school, told 3AW she was furious when school officials invited students to leave during Advance Australia Fair. Two children got up and said `welcome to our assembly with that a teacher came forward and said all those who feel its against their culture...
  • Future Submarines: First look inside Soryu sub as Japan ups ante in contract bid

    10/23/2015 5:42:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    A Japanese Soryu Class submarine pictured at sea. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied JAPAN summoned a submarine back from sea trials to give The Advertiser an exclusive look inside as they dramatically boost their efforts to win the Future Submarines contract. Of the three contenders for the project, Japan has been the most secretive, fuelling speculation they would be difficult to work with and reluctant to share sensitive defence technology. However, they recently confirmed they would share all their technology and this week opened the hatch to a range of South Australians. Visitors were welcomed with Australian flags, officials sporting kangaroo...
  • Police officer Andrew Clarke fined for driving without licence for 25 years

    10/22/2015 5:18:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Sydney Morning Herald | 10/22/15 | Louise Hall
    Cannot be posted to FR per copyright compalint. Link to article is here. The upshot of the article is that a Australian cop blew a .17 for a random breathalyser test. The drivers license he had was not in his name. He obtained a real license in 1990 but hadn't bothered to renew it (rather than it being pulled for driving offenses).
  • Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria

    10/20/2015 3:09:13 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 83 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 20, 2015 | N/A
    Canadas prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau has told US President Barack Obama that Canadian fighter jets would withdraw from fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, but gave no timeline. About an hour ago I spoke with President Obama, Trudeau told a press conference. While Canada remains a strong member of the coalition against ISIL, Trudeau said he made clear to the US leader the commitments I have made around ending the combat mission.
  • Parliament House in lockdown after Canberra security scare (Australian Parliament)

    10/18/2015 8:18:42 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th October 2015
    SECURITY services and the Australian Federal Police have locked down the main entry to Canberras Parliament House after a suspicious package was found.
  • Hillarys gun confiscation proposal is going to backfire in a big way

    10/17/2015 11:09:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 17, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Allahpundit wrote yesterday about Hillary Clinton’s startling lurch to the left on guns. The story dealt largely with her fascinating suggestion that the United States should look at a “buyback program” similar to Australia’s draconian laws which they instituted in 1996 following a mass shooting in Tasmania. (Barack Obama made the same reference last year, by the way, though it never went anywhere.) As AP noted, this wasn’t a gun buy back program such as many states and municipalities have offered. It was mandatory confiscation with a modest cash reimbursement to soften the blow. Before moving on to the latest...
  • Hillary Clinton: Australia Gun Ban "Worth Looking At" In U.S.

    10/16/2015 2:43:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 16, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    During an October 16 town hall meeting at Keene State College, Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said Australias confiscation of firearms via a national buyback provides a good example for how other countries responded to mass shootings and she said it is worth looking at when considering gun policy in the U.S.
  • P- 40 Kittyhawk: Guns Armed

    10/16/2015 9:39:46 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 54 replies
    Warbird News ^ | 10-13-2015
    PRESS RELEASE -Visitors to the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow next Easter will be treated to a display which has never been performed at any other airshow in the world.Auckland-based pilot Liz Needham will be at the controls of a P-40 Kittyhawk aircraft as she strafes the airfield with six x .50 caliber machine guns.The display was first performed at Warbirds Over Wanaka by Garth Hogan in 2008 followed by Frank Parker. Liz Needham, who is married to Frank, then performed the display in 2012.The P-40 aircraft was restored some years earlier by Garth Hogan and Charles Darby and the...
  • India, U.S., Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China

    10/15/2015 4:05:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:24am EDT | Sanjeev Miglani
    India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said on Monday, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China.
  • Hunter survives 6 days without water in Australian Outback

    10/13/2015 7:47:21 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    news10.com ^ | 10-13-15 | Ali Stewart
    A 62-year-old recreational hunter lost in a hot and arid region of the Australian Outback survived without water for six days by eating ants, police said Tuesday. Reg Foggerdy left a car driven by his brother late Wednesday in pursuit of a camel in the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia state, Police Superintendent Andy Greatwood said. After his brother alerted authorities, police trackers found the former miner sitting under a tree on Tuesday morning 15 kilometers (9 miles) from where he became lost. He just spent the last two days under a tree eating black ants and that sustained...
  • Crisis meeting: Grand Mufti has deserted Muslims (schisms among Australian Muslims)

    10/12/2015 8:14:33 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia) ^ | 13th October 2015 | Alicia Wood
    THE Grand Mufti has been accused of being out-of-touch with the Muslim community and abandoning them in the aftermath of the Parramatta shooting. Parramatta mosque leader Neil El-Kadomi last night attacked the faiths spiritual head Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed over his lack of support during the crisis. He did nothing when myself and my family were under siege for 14 days ... there were threats to my family, everything and he never came out to ask, how are you?, Mr El-Kadomi said. I had the Anglican Church support me, the Uniting Church support me, one of the Jewish Board of...
  • Australia's Islamic leader REFUSES to call the Parramatta shooting a terrorist attack

    10/08/2015 7:05:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 9th October 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    An Islamic religious leader has called for the extremists behind the Parramatta shooting to 'stop messing with Australia' in remarks where he said there was not yet enough evidence to describe it as an act of terror. Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed joined community leaders on Friday morning in coming together to 'refuse and reject' all terrorist acts and extend their condolences to the families of the dead. 'We say to those who supported that, stop messing with Australia and its society,' Dr Mohamed said via an interpreter, when he was asked what his message was for...
  • Rupert Murdoch implies Obama is not 'real black president' in tweet praising Ben Carson

    10/08/2015 1:42:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | October 7, 2025 | Ben jacobs
    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has suggested that Barack Obama was not a real black president in a tweet praising Republican candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday night. Murdoch, who has repeatedly praised Carson in recent months, tweeted: Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide? And much else. He then directed followers to an article in New York magazine that he said showed minority community disappointment with the presidents record. However, his earlier tweet directly implied that Obama, whose mother was a white American and whose father was a Kenyan studying...
  • Focus on Arthur Phillip High School as police hunt radicalised schoolboys

    10/07/2015 1:19:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 8th October 2015
    IN the past week Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta has seen one of its students become a terrorist gunman. Attention has fallen on others too some are suspected of inciting violence against police in hate-fuelled online posts while other students and former students are believed to be sympathetic to the Islamic State. Several had relatives caught up in the wave of terror raids throughout western Sydney yesterday morning. Some in the school community were stunned and worried by the sudden attention, while others said the relationship between boys at the school and the police had been getting worse...
  • Perth electrical engineers discovery will change climate change debate

    10/07/2015 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    NT News ^ | 04 October 2015 | Miranda Devine
    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Governments Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science. He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly. He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climates sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much...
  • Muslim brothers denied protection visas after claiming to be Christians (Australia)

    10/07/2015 10:05:20 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    The Courier Mail ^ | 10/07/2015 | Janet Fife-Yeomans
    TWO Muslim brothers who claimed to be Christians to avoid going back to their homeland of Egypt have been denied protection visas. They joined the Hillsong Church, did the Discovering Christianity course together and were baptised together as Christians but a tribunal has ruled neither brother is a genuine follower of the faith. They claimed to fear persecution if they returned to Egypt based on their conversion to Christianity but the former Refugee Review Tribunal found they had contrived their embrace of the new religion based on the timing of their applications for protection visas.
  • DCNS Unveils its FREMM Fitted with CEA Radar for SEA5000 Frigate Program

    10/07/2015 6:18:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 07 October 2015
    At PACIFIC 2015, the international maritime exposition currently held in Sydney Australia, DCNS shared with Navy Recognition some computer generated images (CGI) showing a FREMM multi-mission frigate fitted with CEA's CEAFAR2 radar. The conceptual images are representative of DCNS proposal for the SEA5000 program which calls for the replacement of 9 Anzac class frigates. CEA says CEAFAR 2 will be a tri-band (S, X, L) radar with plannar arrays on an integrated mast. It will be developped (as part of SEA1448 Ph4B) by agnostic to the ship design chosen for SEA5000. FREMM fitted with a CEAFAR2 by CEA DCNS representative...
  • Perth electrical engineers discovery will change climate change debate

    10/07/2015 4:31:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    news.com.au ^ | October 5, 2015 | MIRANDA DEVINE
    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.He found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly.He fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.It...