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

    05/03/2016 7:26:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2016 | Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez
    The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along with church fires in Australia and Russia — were set in retaliation for the religion’s role in blocking the canonization of Croatian Nazi supporter Cardinal Aloysius...
  • Orthodox churches burn on holiest day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    04/04/2016 4:21:36 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Nine News Australia ^ | 4th April 2016
    Sydney Islamic school Malek Fahd has lost an appeal to overturn a federal government decision to pull $20 million in funding. The federal government withdrew millions of dollars in funding for Australia’s largest Islamic School – which hosts more than 2400 students – back in February over concerns the money wasn’t being spent on education. Malek Fahd Islamic School in Greenacre, in Sydney’s south-west, is set to lose the funding by Friday this week, but says it has enough funding to continue operations until the end of the year. The school’s lawyer, Rick Mitry, has advised that in the meantime,...
  • Australian writer Bob Ellis dies in Sydney of cancer aged 73

    04/03/2016 6:35:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 9:03 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australian author, journalist and speech writer for the center-left Labor Party Bob Ellis died at his Sydney home of liver cancer on Sunday, his son said. He was 73 years old. […] Ellis’s accomplishments include the screenplay for the acclaimed 1978 Australian movie “Newsfront” and the autobiographical 1992 movie “The Nostradamus Kid.” He wrote 19 books including best-selling “Goodbye Jerusalem” that was pulped in 1998 after then conservative government ministers Tony Abbott — who later became prime minister — and Peter Costello sued for defamation. …
  • Australia beats competition hands down, top choice for wealthy migrants

    04/03/2016 11:25:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Australia seems to be the most preferred destination for the global rich, with Sydney leading the pack with the biggest net inflow of millionaires, as some 4,000 of them shifted base to the city in 2015, says a report. Overall, the figure for the entire continent stood at 8,000 as Melbourne and Perth attracted 3,000 and 1,000 high net worth individuals (HNIs) and secured second and eighth positions, respectively, according to a report by New World Wealth. "Sydney, Melbourne and Perth all benefited from millionaire inflows from China, Europe, the UK, the US and South Africa. Other Australian areas such...
  • France: Exodus of 10,000 millionaires amid rising Muslim tensions

    04/01/2016 5:50:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 63 replies
    IB Times ^ | March 31, 2016 | Ananya Roy
    Rising tensions in France, especially in Paris following a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in 2015, have spurred an exodus of its super-wealthy citizens, a new report on migration trends of millionaires and high-net worth individuals across the world reveals. The report warns that other European countries, including the UK, Belgium, Germany and Sweden "where religious tensions are starting to emerge", will also see similar trends. Regarding a Brexit, the report suggests millionaires would want to stay in Britain even if it leaves the single currency bloc. The report was compiled by New World Wealth, an agency that gives information...
  • PC gone mad on campus: The places where ‘sportsmanlike’ is a dirty word (Australia)

    03/30/2016 7:42:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 31st March 2016 | Clarissa Bye
    POLITICAL correctness is stifling free speech on Australian university campuses, a policy think tank has warned. And student’s hurt feelings are being prioritised over academic debate, says the Institute of Public Affairs. Sarcasm and ridicule have been banned at several campuses — including Western Sydney University, while terms like “sportsmanlike” or “the disabled” are deemed inappropriate at Newcastle University. Students are being persecuted over their political views, while growing policy guidelines on “acceptable” speech are curtailing academic freedoms, research fellow Matthew Lesh says. The institute is conducting an inquiry into the issue, and has released a number of cases to...
  • Diamonds Tell Story Of Earth's Beginning

    08/22/2007 6:48:58 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 724+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-22-2007 | Roger Highfield
    Diamonds tell story of Earth's beginning By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 12:01am BST 22/08/2007 Diamonds really are forever, according to a study that has found tiny examples of the gems that date from near the birth of the Earth. Tiny diamonds discovered inside crystals of zircon Over four billion years old, the diamonds are the oldest identified fragments of the Earth’s crust and were discovered in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia, suggesting they were created only 300 million years after the planet itself was born from the dust and debris encircling our Sun some 4.5 billion...
  • The People Have Spoken: No New Flag For New Zealand

    03/24/2016 7:58:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    npr | 03/24/2016
    More than 2 million New Zealanders voted to keep the Union Jack on their national flag, ending a 10-month process and squashing a move Prime Minister John Key said would make it easier to distinguish from Australia's flag and bolster national pride. A photo from December shows the current New Zealand flag (left) and the alternative design currently up for a vote. The current flag has been the national symbol for 114 years, according to The Associated Press. The rejected design, which featured a silver fern, was selected from more than 10,000 submissions from the public. Some people called a...
  • France pitches nuclear submarine option (for Australia)

    03/23/2016 10:19:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    AAP ^ | 24 March 2016
    Australia's new submarines will need the range and endurance to patrol far out into the Pacific or Indian Oceans or up into the South China Sea. For that, a nuclear boat would be ideal. Nuclear subs - nukes - can travel fast and stay submerged almost indefinitely, without the need to come to periscope depth every few days to run a diesel engine to charge batteries. Submariners refer to this periodic need to come to the surface as the 'indiscretion rate'. It's when a submarine is most vulnerable to detection. Successive Australian governments have ruled out the nuclear option for...
  • Fighter jet a 'jackass of all trades' (F-35 for Australia)

    03/22/2016 2:42:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The company building Australia's next-generation fighter planes says it would be naive to pretend there aren't problems with the fleet. But air force chiefs are confident the controversial F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters are the best the Department of Defence can get. Australia is spending $17.1 billion to acquire 72 of the Lockheed Martin planes by 2023. But they've been dismissed as an expensive flop with the jets facing difficulties including pilot visibility issues, stealth coatings peeling off, an inability to fly during lightning storms due to the risk of exploding, and software problems. A report by the Pentagon's top...
  • Why can’t three get married?

    03/21/2016 8:23:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 3/21/16 | Michael Cook
    You might think that this is grotesque. I certainly think it is grotesque. But should we be so judgemental about the unorthodox connubial arrangements of Anna and Lucy Decinque, 31-year-old identical twins who are sharing a bed with their 32-year-old electrical mechanic boyfriend Ben Byrne? The trio have lived together for the last four years in Perth, Western Australia, with the girls’ mother. The girls are inseparable, so much so that they have spent A$240,000 on various cosmetic improvements to look even more alike. They imitate each other and share everything. Even their boyfriend. When Anna and Lucy appeared on...
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intends to call election if legislation is not passed (Australia)

    03/20/2016 8:24:50 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 21st March 2016
    PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is playing a “high risk poker game” in threatening senators with a double dissolution election. Professor John Wanna told news.com.au that the tactic could backfire if the senators actually passed two pieces of legislation that Mr Turnbull plans to use as a double dissolution trigger — rather than rejecting them. Mr Turnbull announced this morning that politicians would be recalled to parliament on April 18 to reconsider the two bills aimed at addressing union corruption in the building and construction industry. If they did not pass, Mr Turnbull said he would call an election for July...
  • Australian minister says Trump phenomenon 'terrifying'

    03/19/2016 5:50:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2016 | Matt Siegel
    A senior Australian government minister on Thursday called Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency "terrifying" and warned it risked casting the Republican Party into the wilderness if he wins nomination. Australian government ministers rarely make critical comments about elections in other countries, especially stalwart allies like the United States, which Australia relies on heavily for military backing in the Asia-Pacific. Australian Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a cabinet member of the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition, criticized the violence at recent Trump rallies and said that his rise was casting a pall over American democracy. "Now, democracy should be robust but...
  • Navy frigates in a $30bn race to the future (Australia)

    03/18/2016 2:42:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | MARCH 17, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    Per Hesselberg leans forward in his chair, a portrait of his queen ­behind him, and explains why Denmark should design our new fleet of warships. “We are the country of Lego,’” the Danish navy captain says with a smile. “And our frigates are like Lego frigates … they are built from blocks and are flexible, multi-role ships, so that you can pluck and play with and create exactly the warship you want.” Outside Hesselberg’s office, winter rain sweeps across the ­Korsor Naval Base in a remote pocket of ­Denmark, almost obliterating the giant grey frigate moored in the distance. If...
  • LIVE THREAD:Trump rally 3/9/2016 in Fayetteville, NC @ 7pm EST @ Crown Center Coliseum

    03/09/2016 1:47:56 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 1,864 replies
    Wednesday, March 9, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Fayetteville, NC at the Crown Center Coliseum. The event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM EST. Crown Center Coliseum (At an Elton John Concert) Downtown Fayetteville, NC Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland County, and is best known as the home of Fort Bragg, a major U.S. Army installation northwest of the city. Fayetteville has received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League three times. As of the 2010 census...
  • Australian leader dismisses concerns about Chinese company (PLA front leasing Port of Darwin)

    03/08/2016 7:54:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 8, 2016 10:31 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday dismissed public concerns revealed by a U.S. opinion poll about a Chinese company leasing a strategically important port. The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday that the U.S. State Department had polled Australians via test message about their opinions about Chinese company Landbridge securing a 99-year lease over the Port of Darwin. Almost half those surveyed said allowing a Chinese company to manage the port posed “a lot of risk” to national security and nine in 10 said it posed at least some risk, according to U.S. government research obtained by the newspaper. …
  • Australia cancels passport of Queensland teen stuck in Syria

    02/29/2016 6:21:50 AM PST · by bgill · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | Ariel Bogle
    An Australian teenager who travelled to Syria has had his passport cancelled by the government, according to his lawyer. Oliver Bridgeman, from Toowoomba in Queensland, was reported missing by his parents in March 2015 after they thought he was spending time in Bali. Instead, the teenager journeyed on to war-torn Syria where his lawyer said he had been engaged in humanitarian work... Immigration Minister Peter Dutton defended the government's decision, telling ABC News those who travel to Syria put Australia's military staff and personnel at risk... The government has the power to cancel an Australian passport when a person "might...
  • Australia to Ditch Its Tiger Gunships, Which Have Never Seen Combat

    02/28/2016 9:15:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 28, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    Australia bought its Tiger ARH attack helicopters only eight years ago, and now it wants to scrap all 22 of them. Even more embarrassing, the Tiger has still not yet achieved “final operational capability” — meaning the helicopter never fully became ready for combat. The decision to ditch the Tiger — to occur in the 2020s — landed with a thud with the release of Australia’s 2016 defense white paper, which laid out the country’s military strategy over the coming decades. The plan includes U.S. $21.5 billion in new spending, which would pay for new submarines, frigates, patrol vessels, aircraft...
  • Australia to spend $30b more on defence

    02/25/2016 10:49:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | 02/26/2016 | Jonathan Pearlman
    Australia will boost defence spending by almost A$30 billion (S$30.2 billion) over the next 10 years as it warns of growing regional tensions and the risk of increasing rivalry between the United States and China. An ambitious 20-year Defence White Paper released yesterday laid out A$195 billion of spending over the next decade, including plans to start buying a A$50 billion fleet of 12 submarines, as well as new frigates, combat jets and maritime surveillance aircraft. In a relatively frank assessment of Australia's defence challenges, the White Paper labelled the delicate ties between the US and China as one of...
  • Jobs wanted in Australia, but not if they clash with golf, involve chickens

    02/24/2016 12:00:12 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 02/24/16
    The Australian government is tired of having unemployed people say they cannot take a job because it might interfere with their golf plans or dreams of becoming an actor. The government said it plans to tighten the rules on who qualifies for unemployment benefits to encourage a growing number of jobless - including some with creative excuses to stay off the job - to go to work. "Australia's income support system is there as a safety net for people who genuinely cannot find a job - not as an option for those who simply refuse to work," Australian Minister for...
  • Turnbull to keep Abbott's defence promise (Australian defence budget)

    02/23/2016 4:12:48 PM PST · by naturalman1975
    Sky News Australia ^ | 24th February 2016
    Malcolm Turnbull will reportedly keep former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's promise to increase defence spending to two per cent of GDP within 10 years of the Coaliton's election victory. An extra 5000 defence personnel will also be recruited to run a force of new warships, aircraft and army equipment to be commissioned in the Defence White Paper. News Limited reports the Royal Australian Navy's submarine fleet will be increased from six to 12.
  • Pop sensation Sia announces Israel performance date

    02/23/2016 2:49:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/16
    In yet another blow to the BDS movement seeking to stir up an international boycott of the Jewish state, the international singer-songwriter phenomenon Sia announced on Tuesday she will be performing in Israel this August. The Australian pop star announced on Facebook she will be playing at Rishon Lezion's Live Park on August 11. The tickets went on sale starting today on her tour site, and start at 299 shekels going up to 799 shekels. Sia's announcement further caps a string of top pop stars performing in Israel this summer, as Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez are both to perform at...
  • 'I sat in my room and cried': Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas apologizes..

    02/22/2016 1:01:12 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    National Post ^ | 2/22/16 | Sadaf Ahsan
    ...for making racist joke during Australian concert Former Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas was under fire this weekend for a racially insensitive joke he made during a concert in Australia. Thomas said, while on stage, "I drink till I think I'm Australian… And then keep drinking till I’m a black Australian." The audience quickly booed the singer, with fans all over the internet later condemning him for his poorly worded joke. I drink till I think I'm Australian… And then keep drinking till I’m a black Australian "I would like to take an opportunity to further explain the comments I...
  • Singapore Airshow: Bell positioning AH-1Z for Australia

    02/19/2016 12:40:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 17th February 2016 | Gordon Arthur
    BAE Systems Australia and Bell Helicopter signed an agreement at the Singapore Airshow on 16 February to chase military helicopter opportunities in Australia. Under the teaming agreement, BAE Systems would help maintain and sustain AH-1Z Viper helicopters, as well as support training for the platform, should the Australian Army pursue such an acquisition from Bell Helicopter. This relationship stems from well-publicised problems with the Airbus Helicopters Tiger, of which the Australian Army procured 22 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) examples. Despite some positive comments from army aviation personnel, Shephard has long been aware of dissatisfaction over the Tiger, which has had...
  • Christopher Pyne: Double dissolution election ‘a live option’ (Australia)

    02/18/2016 6:35:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th February 2016
    OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten says the government is threatening an early election to cover up for a lack of an economic plan. Coalition strategists are weighing up whether to use the blocking of workplace laws in the Senate as a July double-dissolution election trigger. Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne on Friday morning said a double dissolution election remained a “live option” with $30 billion of savings being blocked by the Senate. Mr Pyne said the Federal Government’s efforts to address bracket creep and curb Australia’s ballooning debt were being hampered by Labor and the crossbench, along with attempts to clean up...
  • My Husband Went to the Store and Never Came Home, Deserting His Two Kids

    02/16/2016 3:28:15 PM PST · by Mariner · 243 replies
    Yahoo Parenting ^ | February 16th, 2016 | Eden Strong
    I saw my ex-husband in court last week. It was the first time I had seen him in longer than I could remember; the exact date lost in an 8-inch-thick legal file of court proceedings that is currently lying on my desk. In fact, I could count on one hand the number of times I have seen him since I started that file four years ago. Up until just a few days ago, I literally could not find my ex-husband. But before he disappeared four years ago, I was a married, stay-at-home mom of a 3-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son....
  • Military superpowers are staking their claims on Australia’s doorstep

    02/16/2016 1:31:47 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th February 2016
    ARE future superpowers already fighting over our doorstep? China is moving to secure its control over the narrow waterways of South-East Asia - and now India is following suit. The United States and India have begun holding talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a US defence official told Reuters could include the disputed South China Sea. It's all part of a race to take up positions of power over arterial shipping lanes to Australia's northwest. China is seeking to secure its interests, while the West - and India - aim at reinforcing their waning dominance. Struggling sole-world superpower Washington...