Posted By: Bear @ Yesterday at 02:47 pm in Computer & Technical Things
Facebook Jails Aussie Student For WHAT!!
Heard of “Facebook Jail” ? I know my readers/listeners have, if the jail was real half of my facebook friends would be ex – cons. Well, things took a turn for the worst the other day when a conservative Australian campaign was banned and the owner was sent straight to the naughty corner…
Maybe I would expect this sort of situation if I was in communist China, where internet censorship would see things like Winnie the pooh images taken down (actually happened). But to see an Australian man be BANNED FROM FACEBOOK because of an alternative opinion to same – sex marriage, that’s beyond ridiculous.
Posted By: Bear @ Yesterday at 09:35 am in Other Political News
WikiLeaks Reveals Two – Faced Shorten!
Two – faced is an understatement. Bill Shorten, poster boy for the socialist movement we are seeing here in Australia. He has been a quiet contender for the last decade, staying out of the lime light, slowly plotting his climb to the top of the ladder, but do we truly know everything about Shorten? I don’t think we do. After a bit of research into the opposition leader a few things came up that will send shockwaves through a number of people, who knew Bill could be this prudent?
What you are about to read will confirm what most of us already knew…Bill Shorten is one of the most two – faced politicians we have ever known. From his days as a union ... [more]
TB pledges $2.5 trillion from pension savings pool
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 24 2018, 09:31 PM in North America
Trump Public-Works Plan Gets Nudge From $2 Trillion Pension Pool.
President Donald Trump’s pledge to fix America’s ailing roads, bridges and airports may get an unlikely boost from retirement savers some 10,000 miles away in Australia.
In face-to-face talks at the White House this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will propose using a chunk of Australia’s A$2.53 trillion ($1.99 trillion) pension savings pool to help unlock funding for Trump’s infrastructure push. He’s being joined on the trip by local money managers who help control the world’s fourth-largest pot of retirement savings.
“There’s a very bold ambition to drive U.S. infrastructure and Australia sho ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 24 2018, 08:56 AM in Social Issues
Steven Pinker talks Donald Trump, the media, and how the world is better off today than ever before
Photo: Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now is Bill Gates's new favourite book. (Facebook: Steven Pinker)
"By many measures of human flourishing the state of humanity has been improving," renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker says, a view often in contrast to the highlights of the 24-hour news cycle and the recent "counter-enlightenment" movement of Donald Trump.
"Fewer of us are dying of disease, fewer of us are dying of hunger, more of us are living in democracies, were more affluent, better educated … these are trends that you can't easily appreciate from the news because they never happen ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 22 2018, 08:23 PM in Health & Medicine
Gary Fettke not renewing LGH contract.
Dr Gary Fettke believes his position at the Launceston General Hospital has become untenable, and says that at this point in time, he will not be renewing his contract to continue working at the LGH. Dr Fettke’s current contract will expire in a few weeks, and he says that the Tasmanian Health System has been unwilling to negotiate with him. According to to Dr Fettke, this includes an unwillingness to take responsibility for bullying and harassment in the workplace, particularly in relation to Dr Fettke’s diet advice to his patients. Dr Fettke joins Brian Carlton in the studio to discuss his future at the LGH.
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 22 2018, 03:33 PM in Breaking News
Chinese agents are undermining Australia's sovereignty, Clive Hamilton's controversial new book claims
By Dylan Welch
Photo: Huang Xiangmo ® donated $1.8m to build a research institute headed by Bob Carr.
Thousands of agents of the Chinese state have integrated themselves into Australian public life — from the high spheres of politics, academia and business all the way down to suburban churches and local writers' groups — according to a controversial book to be published on Monday.
The book, Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, is written by Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University. more]
Mining giant blasted by community isolated for months by earthquake-like crack in road
ABC Capricornia By Rachel McGhee
Photo: The series of cracks in Gibihi Road was caused by a routine blast at the Dawson Mine in November 2017. (Supplied: Anglo American)
A central Queensland community has lashed-out at resources giant Anglo American over its slow response in repairing a huge earthquake-like crack in a vital access road to the small town of Moura last year.
The crack in Gibihi Road was caused by a routine blast at its mine in early November, closing the road to the community south-west of Rockhampton.
The road was part of a busy school route, a direct link for gr ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 20 2018, 08:18 AM in North America
Teens rally for gun control at White House
AAP Tuesday, 20 February 2018 2:40AM
Dozens of teenage students have held a "lie-in" on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida.
The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters held their arms crossed at their chests. Two activists were covered by an American flag, another was holding a sign asking, "Am I next?"
Ella Fesler, a 16-year-old high school student in Alexandria ... [more]
Cyclone Kelvin blue alert issued as apocalyptic clouds bring heavy rainfall to Broome
By Erin Parke, Emily Smith and Rebecca Dollery
Photo: A low-slung storm front approaches Cable Beach in Broome on Thursday. (ABC News: Erin Parke)
A stranded family of tourists have been rescued from floodwaters as Broome has the first taste of the storm system expected to develop into the strongest cyclone of the season.
The system is forecast to develop into Tropical Cyclone Kelvin, bringing wind gusts of up to 165 kilometres per hour and isolated rainfall of up to 500 millimetres to Western Australia's northern coast.
A blue alert applies to people between Cape Leveque and De ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Feb 15 2018, 01:38 PM in North America
TRUMP SAYS U.S. SPENT $7 TRILLION IN MIDDLE EAST ‘MISTAKE,’ NOW IRAQ MAY COST $88 BILLION MORE TO REBUILD.
President Donald Trump has criticized U.S. spending of more than $7 trillion on conflicts and reconstruction efforts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, shortly after officials said the U.S. would not pledge money to a major conference geared toward helping Iraq rebuild after more than 15 years of conflict.
Trump’s remarks, which coincided with the release of his 2019 budget proposal, hit out at the choices of past administrations, especially over foreign policy in the Middle East and Central Asia, since the 2001 invasion of ... [more]
Queensland weather: Mt Isa road worker says Brisbane can't complain about the heat
Photo: Mt Isa traffic controller Chris Petersen said he wasn't even sweating at 42C.
South-east Queenslanders might be cranking up the air-conditioners for one of the hottest February weeks on record, but Mount Isa road worker Christopher Petersen reckons those people are a "pack of sooks".
Mr Petersen, a traffic controller in the state's north-west, said he felt pretty comfortable this week, despite the severe to extreme heatwave.
It hit 42 degrees Celsius in Mt Isa yesterday and is forecast to hit that mark again today.
"It's great here ... I'm not even sweating, I think you're a pack of sooks if you're ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Feb 13 2018, 09:28 AM in Education
School backs down over Tim Winton booklist row after backlash
ABC South West WA By Jacqueline Lynch
Photo: Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey says schools should "produce students who are capable of navigating an adult world".
A WA school principal upset by "abhorrent" reading material on the curriculum containing "vulgar language" and "explicit sexual innuendo" has backed away from banning novels by authors such as Tim Winton, Nam Lee and Craig Silvey after a community backlash.
In a letter to parents on Friday, Ted Kosicki, the head of Busselton's Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, slammed reading matter offered to students as & ... [more]
Resurrecting the country show in a struggling town
By Kit Mochan
Photo: A small gold coin donation was all it cost for people to visit the Darkan Sheepfest. (ABC News: Kit Mocham)
Amid complaints over overpriced tickets, food and rip-off rides, Australia's agricultural shows are declining in popularity in cities but the tiny town of Darkan, around 200km south of Perth, has held its first one in over 60 years.
With gold coin donation entry at the door, free kids activities and no sideshow alley in sight, the inaugural 'Sheepfest' is a back-to-basics show with agriculture front and centre.
"That was one of our biggest things, we didn't want to have a big cost for families… they don't have to wo ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Feb 12 2018, 07:50 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed
The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victoria's largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.
An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.
Fairfax estimated the church's Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.
The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the aver ... [more]