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  • 95-year-old woman Tasered by police in Australia dies

    05/25/2023 5:49:17 AM PDT · by xxqqzz · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | May 24, 2023 | Antonette Radford
    A 95-year-old woman who was Tasered by police at an Australian care home, sparking a public outcry, has died. Clare Nowland was critically injured after police responded to reports she was wandering around the home with a steak knife at about 04:00 last Wednesday. New South Wales Police (NSW) said she died "surrounded by family and loved ones".
  • US Navy to commission new warship in Australia

    05/24/2023 4:36:50 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    AAP ^ | 24th May 2023 | Dominic Giannini
    The new USS Canberra will be the first American navy warship to be commissioned in an allied country, with the combat vessel set to join the US fleet. Australian navy chief Vice Admiral Mark Hammond said July's historic event would show the deep ties between the United States and Australia, and provide an opportunity to reflect on their shared history. "This is a unique demonstration of respect by the US for the officers and sailors of the Royal Australian Navy," the vice admiral said. Members of the US Navy and USS Canberra crew will be hosted in Sydney to mark...
  • NSW Police suspend officer who tasered grandmother, 95 (Australia)

    05/22/2023 7:30:53 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    1News New Zealand ^ | 5/23/2023 | Andrew Macfarlane
    New South Wales Police have suspended the office who tasered a 95-year-old grandmother, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head. Clare Nowland is now in end-of-life care after being tasered. Police were called to the rest home where she lives as she wouldn't drop a steak knife. She lives with dementia...
  • Is China out to spy on us through drones and other tech? Perhaps that's not the question we should be asking

    05/21/2023 9:32:47 AM PDT · by devane617 · 4 replies
    techxplore ^ | 05/21/2023
    Australian government agencies' use of Chinese-made technology has been making headlines again. This time, the potential threat comes from DJI drones produced by China-headquartered company Da Jiang Innovations. A cessation order signed earlier this month will see the Australian Defence Force (ADF) suspend its use of DJI products, pending a six-month security audit of the force's supply chain. DJI drones were being used for training and military exercises. DJI joins a growing list of Chinese technology producers spurring anxiety in Australia and among allies. But the disproportionate focus on Chinese-made technologies might not be doing Australia's national security much good....
  • Another Joe Biden Lie: Claims He Formed ‘Quad’ Alliance with India, Japan, Australia (Trump Did in 2017)

    05/21/2023 7:37:22 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/21/2023 | Simon Kent
    President Joe Biden lied Sunday when he said he was responsible for establishing the Quad alliance: a diplomatic association that links the United States, Australia, India, and Japan in common political cause across the Indo-Pacific and South China Sea. He told the lie at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan. Biden said: “I doubt many people…would’ve said that two years after being elected, I’d be able to convince India, Australia, Japan, and the United States to form an organization called the Quad.”
  • Officer's job under review, homicide squad called in, as police pledge robust review into elderly taser incident

    05/18/2023 8:55:48 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | 5/19/2023 | Sean Tarek Goodwin, Maryanne Taouk
    The police officer involved in a critical incident where a 95-year-old woman was tasered is still on the job, despite having his duties under review. Great-grandmother Clare Nowland is in a critical condition at Cooma Base Hospital after the incident at the Yallambee Lodge, where she fell and hit her head after being tasered by police. The senior constable with 12 years of experience was with his partner when they were called to the aged care home in Cooma after reports of a patient with a knife. NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Cotter said the elderly woman was armed with...
  • 95yo great-grandmother in hospital after being tasered by police at Cooma aged care home

    05/18/2023 10:48:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/17
    A great-grandmother with dementia is fighting for life in hospital after being tasered by police at her nursing home in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Clare Nowland, 95, was home in Yallambee Lodge in Cooma when staff called NSW Police to the facility on Wednesday. Ms Nowland, who has lived at the aged care facility for more than five years, was believed to have been carrying a knife when officers tasered her. She was taken to Cooma Base Hospital where she remains in a critical condition. Ms Nowland is well-known in the local community, and on her 80th birthday she celebrated...
  • Aussie driver exposes huge problem with electric vehicles as he is forced to order a tow truck for his $128k Mercedes after breakdown

    05/10/2023 12:32:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 93 replies
    Eddy May's electric Mercedes-Benz suffered flat tyre. Vehicle did not come with spare. Many have questioned why EVs do not have spare tyres . ... An Australian driver has revealed one of the struggles of owning an electric car - the fact they don't come with spare tyres. Eddy May and his wife, from Adelaide, were driving their electric Mercedes-Benz EQC-400, worth around $128,000, along a freeway on Sunday morning when something sliced open one of the wheels. ... The majority of EVs do not come with spares due to extra weight they add to the vehicle and amount of...
  • Missing woman survives on wine and lollipops for 5 days

    05/07/2023 8:22:06 AM PDT · by CFW · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/7/23 | staff
    A woman has been found after she went missing for five days in the Victorian, Australia bushland with nothing but “a couple of snacks” and her “common sense”. Lillian, 48, set off on what was meant to be a short day trip on Sunday, traveling through the dense bushland at Bright in Victoria’s High Country. Incredible footage has revealed the moment she was found by emergency services on Friday during a search of the hilly terrain, after her car was spotted at the end of a dirt road in the Mitta Mitta bushland. Lillian had been driving towards Dartmouth Dam...
  • Class-Action Lawsuit Launched Against Australian Government Over COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries

    05/06/2023 9:24:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | May 3 2023 | Daniel Y. Teng
    As reports of vaccine injuries gain traction globally, an Australian doctor is leading a new class-action lawsuit against the federal government and key medical figures. Queensland Dr. Melissa McCann has filed the lawsuit in the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of 500 complainants. The action targets the federal government, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Murphy, and John Skerritt, the public face of the Therapeutic Goods Administration—the country’s drug regulatory body. “The action will argue that the Therapeutic Goods Administration [TGA] did not fulfil their duty to properly regulate the COVID-19 vaccines, resulting in considerable harm and damage to Australians,”...
  • Restrictions on Ivermectin Dropped in Australia

    05/03/2023 7:47:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | May 3 2023 | Jessie Zhang
    Australian medical practitioners can now prescribe ivermectin for COVID-19 among other diseases under new rules confirmed by the nation’s therapeutic goods authority. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed on May 3 that the prescribing of oral ivermectin will no longer be limited to specialists such as dermatologists, gastroenterologists, and infectious diseases specialists. The move— which takes effect from June 1, 2023—comes amid high rates of vaccination and hybrid immunity against COVID-19 in Australia and thus the use of ivermectin by individuals is unlikely to now compromise public health, the TGA said in a statement. Despite ivermectin being regularly administered in...
  • Same DNA technique that reeled in Golden State Killer solved Leslie Arnold mystery

    05/01/2023 5:08:34 AM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 15 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | May 1, 2023 | Henry Cordes
    Deputy U.S. Marshal Matt Westover two years ago submitted a DNA profile to a public registry, the same one that many people use in their family genealogical research. But the Omaha law enforcement officer wasn’t looking for some long-lost relative — at least not his own. The DNA profile he submitted in 2020 came from the brother of William Leslie Arnold, the fugitive who killed his parents in Omaha in 1958, buried them in the backyard, nine years later escaped from the Nebraska Penitentiary and vanished without a trace.
  • 500 Australians Join World’s First COVID Vaccine Injury Class Action Lawsuit

    04/30/2023 3:39:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Defender ^ | 04/27/23 | Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.
    Dr. Melissa McCann raised more than $110,000 to crowdfund the case, which accuses the Australian government of negligence related to the approval and monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines. .. At least 500 Australians have already joined a “landmark” COVID-19 vaccine injury class action lawsuit filed this week against the Australian government and the medicines regulator seeks redress for those allegedly injured or left bereaved by the COVID-19 vaccines. The suit accuses the Australian government, the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Department of Health and Aged Care, and a number of senior public servants of negligence related to the approval and...
  • Leslie Arnold mystery solved: Man who died in Australia was enigmatic Nebraska fugitive

    When asked about his origin story, John Damon always told his family he was an orphan from Chicago. Which was true, in a way. In 1958, the 16-year-old Omaha boy indeed became an orphan — when he shot his parents to death. And nine years later, after he sawed through prison bars and escaped the Nebraska State Penitentiary, the fugitive did flee to Chicago to launch his new life. But back in those days, Damon was known by a different name: William Leslie Arnold.
  • Former New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern is heading to Harvard

    04/26/2023 8:04:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed April 26, 2023 | Jessie Yeung
    After stepping down as leader of New Zealand earlier this year, Jacinda Ardern has revealed that she is swapping the rough and tumble of politics for a stint of quiet reflection within academia overseas, heading to Harvard University this fall under two fellowships. She was appointed to dual fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School, the university’s school of public policy and government, according to a news release by Harvard. She will serve as the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow, a program aimed at high-profile leaders transitioning from public service roles, and the Hauser Leader in the School’s Center for Public...
  • Jacinda Ardern to Join Harvard University as Dual Fellow

    04/26/2023 7:46:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/27 | Nadine Yousif
    Former New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she will join Harvard University as a fellow later this year.The prestigious Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said in a news release that Ms Ardern had been appointed to dual fellowships. Ms Ardern served as prime minister of New Zealand for more than five years. She announced she was resigning from public office in January, saying she did not have "enough in the tank".
  • Man who hunted teenage girl ‘like an animal’ with bow and arrow through supermarket is sentenced

    04/26/2023 12:10:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 26, 2023 | Aisling Brennan
    A man who tried to kill a teenage girl who he hunted her “like an animal” with a compound bow and arrow in an Aldi supermarket will spend the next 10 years and six months in jail. Benjamin Jeremy Bourke, 28, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court of Australia on Wednesday to the attempted murder of the teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons at an Aldi shopping center in Booval, west of Brisbane, in September 2020. Crown Prosecutor Matt Le Grand told the court Bourke had armed himself with the compound bow, two knives and three small...
  • Australia plans major overhaul of defenses as China rises

    04/25/2023 12:16:50 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 04/23/2023 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia needs to spend more money on defense, make its own munitions and develop the ability to strike longer-range targets as China's military buildup challenges regional security, according to a government-commissioned report released Monday. The Defense Strategic Review supports the so-called AUKUS partnership among Australia, the United States and Britain, which in March announced an agreement to create an Australian fleet of eight submarines powered by U.S. nuclear technology.
  • Drudge Siren: TUCKER OUT AT FOX

    04/24/2023 8:33:38 AM PDT · by cdnerds · 398 replies ^ | 4/24/23 | Drudge Report
    Siren... Tucker out at fox.
  • Australian stage and screen icon Barry Humphries has died aged 89 ("Dame Edna Everage")

    04/23/2023 12:04:38 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    Renowned Australian actor and satirist Barry Humphries has died at the age of 89. He was best known for his comic alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, but also appeared in more than 20 films and authored numerous books and stage plays. A statement from Humphries's family said he passed away peacefully in Sydney while surrounded by family. "With over seventy years on the stage, he was an entertainer to his core, touring up until the last year of his life and planning more shows that will sadly never be. "His audiences were precious to him, and...