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  • Australian missile defence system repelled Houthis

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

    12/01/2016 6:15:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 1, 2016 | Melissa Jacobs
    Obama Administration Stiff-Arms Lawmakers Questioning Secret Refugee Deal By Melissa Jacobs Published December 01, 2016. Nearly 2,500 refugees from terrorism hotspots around the world are bound for the U.S. after being rejected by Australia, but not even top lawmakers can get answers about who they are. In an unprecedented move, the U.S. State Department has classified details on refugees to be resettled in America via a secret deal made with Australia. The bi-lateral agreement, which Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called a “one-off,” involves 2,465 people currently being held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru who will now be transferred...
  • Energy Efficiency Award 2016 Goes to Austria and German Companies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11/15/2016 11:38:09 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 15th November 2016
    Australian, Canadian and US warships are heading to the New Zealand town of Kaikoura to help with evacuations after a series of powerful earthquakes. Two people were killed when two simultaneous quakes hit near Christchurch on Monday morning, followed by thousands of aftershocks. Thousands were cut off in Kaikoura after roads and infrastructure were badly damaged. Many were tourists visiting the popular whale-watching destination. .... More than 400 people have already been evacuated by air or sea, and the defence force aims to get all people who want to leave out by the end of Wednesday, the New Zealand Herald...
  • Australia, US Agree Refugee Resettlement Deal For People Held At Manus, Nauru

    11/13/2016 5:17:53 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 6 replies ^ | Nov 13th, 2016
    The U.S. has agreed to resettle refugees held by Australia in two offshore detention centers, although the number of people to be offered resettlement was not revealed. Under Australia's strict border protection laws, any person who attempts to reach the country by boat is sent to the centers on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and the small South Pacific island nation of Nauru, while their claims for asylum are processed. Those that did not accept an offer of U.S. resettlement would be offered a 20-year visa to stay on Nauru but no financial support, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on...
  • Families flee New Zealand coast as tsunami waves sparked by earthquake hit Christchurch

    11/13/2016 1:19:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Mirro (UK) ^ | 13 November 2016
    An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 has struck near Christchurch, New Zealand, triggering a tsunami with 2.5m high waves. People living along the coast have been warned to 'move to higher ground' - with the first waves already hitting the north east coast of South Island. One-metre high waves are now hitting Christchurch in a barrage predicted to last hours. The quake, which lasted for two minutes, struck in darkness in the early hours of Monday morning in Christchurch which was reduced to rubble by an earthquake just five years ago.
  • Quake strikes New Zealand, thousands flee homes as tsunami hits (7.8?

    11/13/2016 9:07:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies ^ | Nov 14 | By Charlotte Greenfield
    Seismologist says tidal surge of up to one metre has been recorded in North Canterbury region of the New Zealand's South Island * USGS says quake magnitude revised to 7.8* Authorities issue tsunami alert, say waves could be 5 metres* Thousands flee homes to seek higher ground* Reports emerging of injuries, so far no reports of deaths* In 2011, a 6.3 quake killed 185 people in Christchurch (Adds authorities warning first tsunami waves may not be biggest)By Charlotte GreenfieldWELLINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central New Zealand just after midnight, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing...
  • 7.8 Earthquake New Zealand - South Island

  • Why is America taking in Australia’s illegal immigrants?

    11/13/2016 7:26:04 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 11/13/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a rather shocking deal which was apparently cooked up between Washington and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. You may recall that Turnbull has taken a strong and definitive stand when it comes to migrants or refugees from predominantly Islamic nations looking to make their way into his nation. He’s having none of it and Australia has set up some detention camps on islands off the coast of that continent where these uninvited guests are being housed after they are captured. The aforementioned deal is that at least some of them are being shipped...
  • Australia to resettle refugees in US under 'one-off' deal

    11/13/2016 5:50:12 AM PST · by ColdOne · 67 replies ^ | 11/13/16 | James Griffiths and Jennifer Deaton
    (CNN)Australia will transfer hundreds of refugees currently held in offshore detention centers to the United States in a landmark deal announced Sunday. The plan is a "one-off agreement. It will not be repeated," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at a press conference. Turnbull added that the deal would only be available "to those currently in the regional processing centers" and will prioritize "women, children and families." Around 1,300 people are currently being held in offshore detention on the Pacific Island nation of Nauru, and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. The majority of the detainees come from the Middle East and...
  • Powerful quake strikes New Zealand 7.4

    11/13/2016 3:32:15 AM PST · by waus · 103 replies
    BBC ^ | 11-13-16 | waus
    Earthquake of magnitude 7.4 strikes near Christchurch in New Zealand, hit by deadly tremor in 2011, US experts say.
  • Australia Announces Landmark Pre-Trump Deal To Send Refugees To America

    11/12/2016 4:25:44 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    Speaking on Sunday morning with immigration minister Peter Dutton, Turnbull confirmed reports refugees on Nauru and Manus Island would be offered a one-off deal to live in the US. “The agreement is with the United States,” Turnbull said. “It is a one-off agreement. It will not be repeated. It is only available to those currently in the regional processing centres. It will not be available to any persons who seek to reach Australia in the future.” The agreement will prioritise resettling women, children and families on Nauru. There are currently 1,313 people in offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island.
  • VDOT awards I-66 procurement bid: Project to be funded entirely by private sector

    11/11/2016 8:22:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | November 11, 2016 | Angela Woolsey
    The Commonwealth of Virginia awarded procurement of its Transform66 Outside the Beltway project to I-66 Express Mobility Partners, a consortium of private companies, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Nov. 3. I-66 Express Mobility Partners, which consists of transportation infrastructure company Cintra, public infrastructure investment firm Meridiam, and the contractors Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers VA, Inc., will be responsible for financing, designing, building, maintaining and operating the interstate expansion. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Transform66 Outside the Beltway project will add two express lanes in each direction between I-495 and Gainesville along with three general purpose lanes...
  • The Muslim Americans Who Welcome A Trump Presidency

    11/09/2016 3:53:26 PM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    RN Broadcast ^ | November 9, 2016 | Fran Kelly
    In the wake of Donald Trump's electoral victory, Muslim and Arab-Americans have taken to social media to speculate on what the future may hold for them. Some have said they were crying, others said they were scared. Their fear stems from the fact that during his campaign, president-elect Trump pledged to ban Muslims from entering the country and suggested they were not all loyal citizens. But not all Muslim Americans are fearful—Shireen Qudosiis an American Muslim political analyst and a prominent Donald Trump supporter in California.
  • Battle of Long Tan soldiers 'finally' awarded bravery medals 50 years on

    11/09/2016 4:02:49 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    Ten Australian soldiers have been recognised for their bravery more than 50 years after they fought in the Vietnam War's Battle of Long Tan. On 18 August, 1966, members of D Company, who were outnumbered 20 to one, fought against the odds to defeat the Viet Cong. About 245 Viet Cong were killed in the rubber plantation and 18 Australians were killed and more were wounded. But for half a century many of the men received no official recognition of their courage, despite sustained campaigning for recognition. Long Tan soldiers recognised with bravery awards: Now 10 of those soldiers have...
  • Donald Trump US election win a revolt against Left’s arrogance

    11/09/2016 12:21:18 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 9th November 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    DONALD Trump’s win is the biggest “f--- you” to all his enemies — the media, the politicians and Wall Street. The whole world now — and our own political class — has been given a shock and a warning. Stop bullying and patronising the silent majority or they will rise in terrible revolt. The British vote to leave Europe showed the public would no longer be chained. Trump’s victory confirms it. Even I could not see Trump winning. I could not believe so many voters were so cowed by the violence and the abuse of the Left that the polls,...
  • Wattle Grove home invasion: Homeowner shoot intruder in buttock with bow and arrow

    11/06/2016 1:29:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies ^ | 7th November 2016 | Christopher Hariis
    A BURGLAR got more than he bargained for when he broke into a couple’s home in Sydney’s southwest on Sunday. The intruder was shot with a compound bow and arrow. The thief was shot in the buttocks with a bow and arrow during a botched break and enter at the home on Glanara Street in Wattle Grove at about 5.20pm. The man stole cash and property from a bedroom in the house, before he took the keys to the couple’s Nissan X-Trail, which was parked in the garage. He then reversed out of the garage only to be confronted by...
  • Infrastructure investors go big

    11/06/2016 8:16:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Pensions & Investments ^ | October 31, 2016 | Arleen Jacobius
    Pension funds and other asset owners increasingly are investing in U.S. infrastructure, often buying the assets from infrastructure money managers. This could be a win-win. Investor interest comes at a time when the first crop of infrastructure funds raised in the U.S. in 2004 and 2005 are coming to the end of their 10-year life span. Managers are expected to bring more transactions to market to take advantage of growing interest by direct investors. Industry insiders expect more infrastructure core projects to change to institutional investor ownership. Investors prize the core projects, even though returns generally are lower than investments...
  • US Election: Donald Trump’s Surge Spooks World Markets (mega hurl alert!)

    Australian and global markets have been jolted by fears of an upset victory by Donald Trump in next week’s US presidential election, amid warnings that the financial fallout of a Trump win could be bigger than Brexit. More than $18 billion was wiped off the value of Australian stocks yesterday and the dollar tumbled after investors were ­rattled by a key US poll that put the Republican candidate one point ahead of his Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, for the first time. Other polls still have Mrs Clinton slightly ahead but the sharply narrowing contest has forced investors around the world...
  • Fraction of Suicides with Firearms Compared to per Capita Firearms in U.S.A.

    11/01/2016 5:42:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    ammoland ^ | 24 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The number of firearms in private hands has been rising for at least 70 years.  During the last 20, the numbers of murders, murders with guns, and violent crime with guns has been dropping sharply.  It has become very hard to say that more guns equal more crime with a straight face.  Fatal gun accidents are at an unprecedented low.  The rate of fatal gun accidents has dropped 94% in 85 years.The response of those who wish to disarm the public has been to focus on suicides.  They lump in suicides with murders and accidents and call the whole...
  • Australian news crew causes incident at GOP office

    WOOSTER, Ohio: The Wayne County GOP headquarters in Wooster was victim to a reported "Australian internet news crew" that apparently attempted to smear the local party. (Subscription req'd) The rest here:
  • Australia plans to ban asylum seekers from ever visiting

    10/29/2016 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 29, 2016 8:48 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia on Sunday announced plans to ratchet up its tough policy against refugees by banning any asylum seeker who attempts to reach its shores by boat from ever visiting the country. A previous government introduced a policy on July 19, 2013, banning refugees who arrive by boat from Indonesian ports after that date from ever being resettled in Australia. Under legislation to be introduced to Parliament next week, thousands of asylum seekers who have returned to their homelands in the Middle East, Africa and Asia would be banned for life from ever traveling to Australia as tourists, to do business...
  • Australia agrees to first national gun amnesty in 20 years

    10/22/2016 9:47:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 10/21/2016 | unknown
    Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty next year as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons, a federal minister said Friday. Australia's police and justice ministers agreed at a meeting to start a nationwide gun amnesty from the middle of 2017, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said. "Australia is world-renowned for the strength of our firearm laws, but illegal firearms do remain a deadly weapon of choice for organized criminals," Keenan told reporters. It will be the first Australia-wide amnesty since a gun buy-back program in 1996 that followed a lone gunman killing 35...
  • The town living in terror of CHILDREN: Aboriginal kids as young as eight going on violent crime...

    10/19/2016 5:01:11 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 20th October 2016 | Belinda Cleary
    Children as young as eight are terrorising a town in retaliation after an Aboriginal man was shot by police. Residents in Cowra, in central west New South Wales, are so terrified they are sleeping with weapons next to their beds. Dennis John 'DJ' Doolan was shot by police on September 28, prompting angry members of the Aboriginal community to chant 'black lives matter' until elders had to stop them rioting. The 32-year-old accused thief is still in hospital recovering following the shooting. Now the town is being terrorised by a mob of mostly Aboriginal children, believed to be as young...
  • Great Barrier Reef Obituary Goes Viral, To The Horror Of Scientists

    10/15/2016 10:51:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 14, 2016 | Chris D'Angelo
    Dead and dying are two very different things. If a person is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their loved ones don't rush to write an obituary and plan a funeral. Likewise, species aren't declared extinct until they actually are. In a viral article entitled "Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016)," however, writer Rowan Jacobsen proclaimed ― inaccurately and, we can only hope, hyperbolically ― that Earth's largest living structure is dead and gone.
  • Australian Song For Islamic Immigration

    10/13/2016 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Finnwolf · 5 replies
    Chuck's Blog ^ | October 6, 2016 | Chuck's Blog A good commonsense tune.
  • Australian state lawmakers condemn Trump as 'revolting slug'

    10/13/2016 2:22:37 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 62 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/13/2016 | AP
    SYDNEY (AP) — A state Parliament in Australia on Thursday unanimously passed a motion that described U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump as "a revolting slug unfit for public office." Jeremy Buckingham, a lawmaker from the minor Greens party, introduced the motion to the New South Wales Legislative Council, the Parliament's upper house. "This house ... agrees with those who have described Mr. Trump as a 'revolting slug' unfit for public office," the motion said.
  • Counter-terrorism police arrest schoolboys in Sydney

    10/12/2016 12:47:38 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies ^ | 13th October 2016
    ONE of two schoolboys ­arrested yesterday as they were allegedly preparing to behead someone in Sydney’s southwest is the son of a convicted terrorist. Police swooped on the 16-year-olds in a laneway behind a Bankstown mosque about midday, hours after the pair allegedly bought two bayonets at a gun shop. The threat of an attack was considered imminent and police wearing protective vests descended on the prayer hall after officers received information about the alleged purchase of the knives. The pair allegedly also had pieces of paper with religious statements written on them that were to be read out while...
  • Australia Same-Sex Marriage Vote Blocked by Opposition

    10/11/2016 11:44:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/11
    Australian opposition MPs have said they will block the prime minister's plan to hold a national vote on legalising same-sex marriage. Malcolm Turnbull has promised to put the issue to a non-binding ballot, or plebiscite, next year. But critics, including many supporters of same-sex marriage, say parliament should make the decision itself. They say the plebiscite will be expensive and runs the risk of unleashing homophobic rhetoric. Parliament will still vote on whether to hold the plebiscite, but without opposition and crossbench support it is unlikely to pass the senate.
  • (Australian) Greens want (Australian) Senate to condemn Trump

    10/09/2016 9:04:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 10th October 2016
    The Senate will formally condemn US presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments bragging about sexual assault if the Australian Greens get their way. Greens leader Richard Di Natale labelled Mr Trump "a sexist and racist pig who is completely unfit for office" and asked the Senate and government to condemn the Republican and hate speech in all forms.
  • US military bases in Australia: Protecting us or putting us at risk?

    10/02/2016 2:03:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies ^ | 2nd October 2016
    THE US is strengthening a network of secretive military bases across Australia that could be used for waging wars against our interests, it was claimed at a weekend summit. Instead of fostering crucial relationships, we are allowing the US to create enemies for us with its growing strategic presence on our soil, say the academics, politicians and campaigners who gathered for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) conference attended by in Alice Springs this weekend. Under a burning hot sun in the red centre, experts and citizens shared their fears over what is happening in the most remote...
  • Lance Franklin says Anthony Mundine’s call to boycott national anthem at Grand Final is stupid

    09/30/2016 2:47:00 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies ^ | 30th September 2016
    SYDNEY Swans star Lance Franklin says Anthony Mundine’s call for players to boycott the national anthem at this weekend’s AFL and NRL grand finals is “stupid”. On Thursday, champion boxer and former NRL player Mundine suggested that players should boycott the anthem to raise awareness of the treatment of indigenous Australians. It follows the actions of many American athletes including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who have knelt during the US anthem to protest against racial inequality and injustice. During the AFL grand final parade on Friday, Franklin said there would be “no chance” he would be following Mundine’s...
  • Australia: State-wide power loss raises 'serious questions' (Climate Changers Get their Due)

    09/29/2016 5:17:47 AM PDT · by IncPen · 22 replies
    ABCNews Australia ^ | 9/29/16 | Matthew Doran and Alexandra Beech
    -- snip --Mr Frydenberg said more than 40 per cent of South Australia's energy supply comes from renewable energy, but emphasised that was not the cause for the blackout. "That does raise questions for the stability of the system — not just for supply, because when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, electricity is not being generated — but also for the stability of the system because of the frequency that is generated as opposed to base-load power which has historically been more coal and more gas," Mr Frydenberg said. "So questions are raised by...
  • What Happened When New Zealand Got Rid of Government Subsidies for Farmers

    09/28/2016 9:02:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    In 2006, Chris Hausman, a fourth-generation Midwestern farmer long accustomed to depending on government support for survival, traveled across the world to witness a revolution in agriculture. It had been more than 20 years since a left-leaning government in New Zealand chose to eliminate government subsidies for farmers, and Hausman was surprised at what had transpired since. “I will tell you it was a shock to their agricultural system,” says Hausman, 58, who farms corn and soybeans on a 1,500-acre plot 150 miles south of Chicago. “You had a system dictated by government programs that was thrown out the window...
  • Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants free movement between UK,Canada,NZ and Australia

    09/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 26 replies ^ | 26th September 2016
    <p>WHILE much of the world is throwing up new borders to clamp down on unwanted migrants, one organisation is pushing for free movement between Australia and a select group of countries.</p> <p>The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants to see unrestricted movement for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK between nations.</p>
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize “Islamophobia” as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Australian shot dead by robbers in US praised as hero by wife (Savannah, Georgia)

    09/24/2016 1:27:25 AM PDT · by seacapn · 45 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Saturday 24 September 2016 04.35 BST | Australian Associated Press
    Australian art gallery owner Kevin Reid has been praised as a hero by his wife after he moved her out of danger moments before masked robbers fatally shot him dead on a US street. Kari Graham-Reid told how she was on an after-dinner stroll with her “wonderful” husband near their home in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday night when three men suddenly appeared from the shadows... Local police described one of the suspects as a black male wearing a light coloured bandanna over his face. The other two suspects were described as black males. “There hasn’t been an arrest in the...
  • Pine Gap ‘spy base’ makes Australia a target, researcher claims

    09/21/2016 8:01:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 22nd September 2016
    IT’S the top secret military facility in Central Australia that plays a key role in US intelligence and military operations around the world. But rather than protecting us from a potential enemy attack, Pine Gap’s very existence makes us an ideal target. That’s the view of Richard Tanter, a professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne, who told the level of data collected from Pine Gap was beyond staggering. Prof Tanter has conducted years of research into the facility with ANU colleague and leading authority on Pine Gap, Desmond Ball, and will...
  • (Australian Prime Minister) Turnbull says no to Muslim refugees. Kind of

    09/21/2016 5:38:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies ^ | 22nd September 2016 | Andrew Bolt
    MALCOLM Turnbull has good news for Hanson voters about the refugees he’ll bring in: more Catholics, fewer Muslims. But the Prime Minister didn’t put it like that on Wednesday, of course. He doesn’t want to be called racist. So he said this: “We will also participate in the US-led program to resettle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica.” How convenient. They are Catholics there, aren’t they? They sure aren’t Muslim. Not Muslims like the ones Pauline Hanson and her other three senators now want banned from coming in. They’re certainly not Muslim like the immigrants...
  • French hitchhiker 'goes berserk' in New Zealand after four days stuck without a lift

    09/21/2016 7:59:31 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 September 2016 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    A Frenchman has gone on a frustrated rampage in a tiny New Zealand fishing village after he spent four days waiting for a hitchhiking ride. The 27-year-old Frenchman arrived in the west coast settlement of Punakaiki late last week. the man spent four days attempting to hitchhike south. On the fourth day after no one had picked him up he went “berserk”, allegedly attacking the Welcome to Punakaiki sign with a rock, abusing motorists and throwing other road signs into the local river. “Oh he threw an absolute hissy fit; he was lying prone on the road screaming that New...
  • The rise of the far right in Australia

    09/19/2016 10:51:06 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Ange McCormack, Sarah McVeigh
    In early April last year, 23-year-old Thomas Sewell headed along to a Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne. It was one of 16 rallies attended by thousands of people across the country. Thomas wasn’t draped in an Australian flag or covering his mouth with a mask; he wasn’t wielding placards; he didn’t look like the guys who were splashed across newspapers the next day. “I was just curious as to what was going on,” Thomas told Hack. “I rocked up with nice clothes, not looking for a punch-on. To hear people speak. All I wanted to do was hear people speak....
  • Aust warships to be inferior to US vessels

    09/14/2016 4:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AAP ^ | September 14, 2016
    Delays with new air warfare destroyers, the navy's most complex and expensive warships, mean they will go to sea inferior to comparable US vessels. A new study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says that's because US warships are being equipped with the latest version of the Aegis combat system, which features greatly enhanced capabilities including ballistic missile defence. ASPI analyst James Mugg said defence was aware of this shortcoming and had scheduled an upgrade for the three vessels between 2017 and 2028, at an an eye watering estimated price of $4-5 billion. That's around half the cost of building...
  • Australian parliament gets bill to set up gay marriage vote

    09/13/2016 8:46:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 13, 2016 11:34 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister introduced legislation to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow a public but non-binding vote on gay marriage early next year. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a marriage equality advocate who is the only serving prime minister to attend the Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, introduced the bill on the first anniversary of his ascension to the top government job. […] Although such a vote appears to be a move toward changing the law, most gay rights activists are against a plebiscite, saying it should be decided in Parliament without the potential divisive public debate. They fear that...
  • Suspected debris from missing MH370 points to fire on plane

    09/12/2016 6:42:33 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 13 | Staff
    Charred debris, possibly belonging to the missing MH370 plane, has been handed to investigators - raising the prospect of a flash fire on board the ill-fated jet. An American amateur investigator handed over several pieces of blackened debris to Australia's Transport Safety Bureau on Monday in what may prove to be a breakthrough in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Blaine Gibson said the material, which had washed up in Madagascar, included what appeared to be an internal panel.