Posted By: Charles @ Today at 06:29 pm in Other Political News
Food fight over 'traitorous, manipulated mung beans' in meat fridge
By political reporter Anna Henderson
A Government politician representing beef industry heartland has taken issue with the labelling and placement of a vegetarian product, describing it as a "traitorous protein" that should not be stocked on supermarket meat aisle shelves.
Michelle Landry, who paints herself as a "committed carnivore", holds the marginal Queensland seat of Capricornia.
The electorate includes Rockhampton — which celebrates its links with the cattle industry through six giant bull statues, and hosts the national beef expo.
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 20 2018, 11:27 AM in Australian Football League
We're into the last of the bye rounds and it's worth noting that sides coming off the bye continue to have a poor record. Just 1 of the 6 sides that have had the bye have gone on to lose their next match. The losers have included Finals aspirants Port Adelaide and West Coast. It has been much the same in previous years.
I'll also put on official record that Lee has tipped West Coast for the first game of the round.
Onto the games:
Thursday June 21:
West Coast v Essendon: The last time these two sides met, the Bombers won by over 10 goals. However, this is a different Eagles side and the Bombers are coming off the bye. WEST COAST
Friday June 22:
Port Adelaide v Melbourne: The Demons are one of the better performi ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 19 2018, 05:04 PM in Australian Rugby League
The NRL web site lists Origin II as part of Round 15. Round 16 commences on Thursday June 28. As Bill points out, there are some other entertaining Rugby League games over the weekend but I haven't included these for tipping purposes.
Posted By: Flin @ Jun 19 2018, 08:53 AM in Asia / Pacific
Strong earthquake near Osaka in Japan kills 3, injures hundreds
A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300.
A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in their 80s.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 307 people were treated for injuries at hospitals. Most of the injured were in Osaka – Japan’s No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three o ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 17 2018, 10:06 AM in "Burning Questions"
This week I have a logic puzzle for you. It's a little harder than the last one. Two points for a completely correct answer, one for a partially correct (over 50%) solution.
The local country town just held its annual "Potato Launch" contest, wherein different teams (Mad Mashers, Spud Chuckers, Super Tubers and Yesterdays Boys) build home-made contraptions (air cannon, catapult, slingshot and vacuum cannon) and each tries to shoot colored potatoes (black, orange, white and yellow) as far as they can. Using only the clues below, determine each team's best distance (45, 50, 55 and 60 metres)) and match up the type of device each used and the color of the potato they launched.
Posted By: Flin @ Jun 16 2018, 06:13 PM in Other Political News
Liberal Party council votes to sell off the ABC and move Australian embassy to Jerusalem
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The Liberal Party’s peak council has voted almost 2:1 to privatise the ABC in a call that was swiftly rejected by cabinet ministers amid warnings it would be “total madness” to act on the call.
The overwhelming vote at the party’s annual council in Sydney gained vocal support from conservative think-tank Institute of Public Affairs, which said the company could be sold or given to Australians who already own it.
The vote came in a debate on Saturday where about 110 council delegates, representing Liberal branches from across the country, also voted for an efficiency review into SBS.
A mother and daughter "filled with hate and toxic ideology" have been jailed for planning terrorist attacks in London, including a likely knife rampage.
Rizlaine Boular, 22, and her mother Mina Dich, 44, had earlier admitted preparing terrorist acts after having been tracked by police as they drove around carrying out reconnaissance of potential targets in central London in April last year.
The following day, the pair went to a supermarket in Wandsworth, southwest London, where they bought a pack of three kitchen knives, police said.
After their arrest, detectives recovered electronic devices from both Rizlaine's and Mina' ... [more]
MS Aquarius: why did Spain accept the disputed migrant ship?
Carlo Herman/AFP/Getty Images.
Spain has accepted a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants which had been turned away by the new Italian government, avoiding a humanitarian crisis and diffusing a political stand-off between two EU countries.
In a statement the country’s new prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, said he had given permission for the MS Aquarius to dock in Valencia, adding his country would welcome all those on board.
Sanchez went on say that “It is our duty to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe harbour to these people in accordance with international law.”
The decision by the new socialist Spanish government provi ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 13 2018, 10:35 AM in Australian Football League
Just six games this weekend because of the byes. Also a return of Thursday night football.
Thursday June 14th:
Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: The Power are always tough at home (as the Tigers found out last week). I can't see the Doggies getting close. PORT ADELAIDE WIN
Friday June 15th:
Sydney v West Coast: Two bitter rivals renew hostilities. The Eagles haven't beaten the Swans on the SCG this century and teams coming off a bye haven't always got a great record. It hurts me to say SYDNEY WIN
Saturday June 16th:
Carlton v Fremantle: Can the Blues win their second game of the year? The Dockers don't alw ... [more]
Posted By: Bear @ Jun 12 2018, 07:58 PM in Other Political News
Turnbull wants ANU to tell him why it pulled out of western civilisation degree.
PM to speak to Australian National University vice-chancellor over end to Ramsay Centre deal talks.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says it’s ‘very hard to understand’ why ANU walked away from a controversial western civilisation degree. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/AAP.
Malcolm Turnbull says he will contact the vice-chancellor of the Australian National University after it pulled out of negotiations with the John Howard-backed Ramsay Centre to establish a controversial western civilisation degree.
Campaigning in the Queensland byelection seat of Longman on Thursday, the prim ... [more]
Posted By: scepo @ Jun 11 2018, 09:36 AM in FAKE NEWS
TIME TO END THE WORLD’S MEDIA MONOPOLY
Howell Woltz is an American author living in Warsaw, Poland, whose work focuses on America's system of justice and the negative effects of Progressivism on free nations and their people.
In 1983, I read the first edition of The Media Monopoly by famous Washington Post journalist Ben Bagdikan. In it, he warned of the dire consequences of having just 50 media corporations controlling the content of public information and news in America.
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 9 2018, 06:41 PM in "Burning Questions"
I'm going to be very busy tomorrow so I'm posting this BQ a day early. I'll still wait until tomorrow to reveal the answer to last week's so you have a bit more time if you haven't worked it out already.
This week's question involves two pictures. I want to know what they are. One is relatively easy, the other a tough one.
Secret ex-Muslim network in Australia fear disownm
Posted By: scepo @ Jun 9 2018, 11:24 AM in Australian National News
This is a rather long article which frankly I am surprised ABC has posted on its news website. It however does confirm some of what I have been saying for a long time. I hope there can be some sensible discussion on this topic.
Secret ex-Muslim network in Australia fear disownment and abuse
By Specialist Reporting Team's Jennine Khalik
The young men and women blowing clouds of grape and mint-flavoured smoke at a Middle Eastern shisha cafe in Sydney could pass for any group of friends.
They are a cluster of ordinary professionals and students, passing hookah pipes to each other, as they sip coffee, banter and glance at their smartphones. more]
Rare black kookaburra spotted in Western Australia believed to be first sighting in state for decades
ABC South West WA By Stan Shaw
Photo: The rare black kookaburra was seen in a backyard in Manjimup, WA. (Supplied: Mike)
Australia's bird experts have had to trawl through the record books after the sighting of a rare black kookaburra in a Western Australian backyard.
Amateur photographer Mike (surname withheld) said he could not believe it when he looked out the kitchen window of his Manjimup property, about 300 kilometres south of Perth, and spotted the rare bird.
"I saw this black bird on the garden shed and I said to my wife 'Crikey, that looks like a kookaburra', and I knew it was by the ... [more]
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 8 2018, 09:55 AM in Australian Football League
A couple of "expert" tipsters on the AFL web site reckon this round could make or break the tipping results for the season. Only 7 fixtures but they could only agree on 3 games.
Friday June 8:
Port Adelaide v Richmond: The Power will be desperate to cement a spot in the finals while the Tigers are comfortable in second spot. The reigning Premiers will be without Dustin Martin and Port are at home. Possibly PORT ADELAIDE. WIN
Saturday June 9:
Geelong v North Melbourne: The 'Roos are this season's surprise packet but the Cats are at home. The game should be a cracker. GEELONG (just). WIN
Posted By: Charles @ Jun 7 2018, 10:27 AM in Australian National News
Sydney teenager encouraged to join IS by Australian charity boss, Lebanese military tribunal told
By ABC Investigations' Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Suzanne Dredge with Middle East correspondent Matt Brown and Cherine Yazbeck
Photo: Isaak el Matari, 19, was arrested by Lebanese security forces in August last year. (Facebook)
An Australian teenager jailed in Lebanon on accusations he was trying to join Islamic State (IS) has allegedly confessed he was encouraged to become a foreign fighter by the head of a Sydney-based charity which has been under a cloud of suspicion by Lebanese and Australian authorities.
The explosive allegation is contained in a Lebanese court dossie ... [more]
Clive Palmer company 'approves' reopening of nicke
Posted By: Flin @ Jun 6 2018, 11:22 AM in Australian Business & Financial News
Clive Palmer company 'approves' reopening of nickel refinery
Businessman Clive Palmer says he'll reopen his mothballed Townsville nickel refinery and he's got plenty of cash to do it - despite a court freezing his assets.
Mr Palmer's surprise announcement comes just a fortnight after liquidators of his collapsed Queensland Nickel business won a court order to freeze his assets while they try to recover money owed to creditors.
Late last month, Supreme Court Justice John Bond granted an application by Queensland Nickel's liquidators to freeze the assets of Mr Palmer and several of his companies.
Justice Bond said Mr Palmer's previous conduct raised concerns that there was a "real risk&qu ... [more]
Posted By: lee @ Jun 5 2018, 03:24 PM in Australian National News
The federal government will lean on the states to help communities suffering from prolonged drought but Malcolm Turnbull says farmers will ultimately have to adapt to the consequences of climate change.
With drought threatening much of the east coast grain crop as well as large swaths of Western Australia, Mr Turnbull said the rural sector needed to become more "resilient" to adapt to what was "clearly a drier, hotter and more variable climate".
"That's what we've got to plan for, resilience is the key," the Prime ... [more]
The German automaker Volkswagen is promising that it will no longer support the use of animals in testing the effects of diesel exhaust, as the company tries to move past an emissions-cheating scandal in which it was found to have helped finance experiments on monkeys.
The pledge was made in a letter to the German branch of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It is part of a push by Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest car manufacturer, to cope with the toll of a scheme that has resulted in tens of billions of dollars in settlements and fines, the dismissal of successive chief executives and the arrest and imprisonment of top company offi ... [more]
Turnbull government uses millions of super account
Posted By: Flin @ Jun 1 2018, 09:40 AM in Australian - Latest Political Stories
Turnbull government uses millions of super accounts to boost budge
The Turnbull government has hoovered up more than $2 billion in inactive superannuation accounts and claimed the revenue as its own, saying it does not trust the superannuation industry to reunite the accounts of millions of Australian workers.
New Tax Office figures show more than 4.1 million "lost" super accounts with balances of up to $6000 have already been taken by the Australian Tax Office but the ATO will not have the power to automatically redistribute them to the account holders unless measures are passed from the May budget.
The May budget papers show the government has also added another $1.1 billion taken from inactive accounts to the underly ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ Jun 1 2018, 08:02 AM in Science & Technology
Virgin Galactic's spaceplane hits new heights in second powered flight
Virgin Galactic has shown the first firing of its spaceplane's chemical rocket engine was no fluke, following last month's effort with another successful outing in California. The latest test flight took the tourist-carrying space vehicle a little closer to space, literally and figuratively, with engineers now poring over data with an eye to the next round of testing.
Where some private space companies, such as Blue Origin, imagine firing tourists into space with conventional launch vehicles that blast off from the ground, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity wor ... [more]
A dissident Russian journalist reported murdered in Kiev has dramatically reappeared alive in the middle of a briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service.
Ukrainian authorities had said on Tuesday that Arkady Babchenko, a 41-year-old critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russian policy in Ukraine and Syria, had been shot dead at his flat and that his wife had found him in a pool of blood.
His reported murder touched off a war of words between Ukraine and Russia, a flurry of condemnations from European capitals and Washington, and shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries.
But on Wednesday, an emotional Babchenko appeared before reporters saying he had been part of a special Ukrainian op ... [more]
Esperance youth triumph at WA Young Achiever Awards
From left to right: Deputy shire president Natalie Bowman, shire president Victoria Brown, Diamond Club Online Achievement Award and People's Choice Award winner Jaimen Hudson, WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award finalist Asher Goddard and WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award winner Tom Curnow.
Finalists from left to right: Tom Curnow, Jaimen Hudson and Asher Goddard.
Posted By: Charles @ May 26 2018, 10:55 AM in Asia / Pacific
Meet the 'hero rats' clearing Cambodia's landmines
By freelance correspondent Zoe Osborne
Photo: Thoeun Theap with his favourite rat, Mr Magawa. (ABC News: Zoe Osborne)
The sun is barely up when Thoeun Theap pulls into a clearing in the thick Cambodian bush with a giant African rat on the seat beside him.
In a few minutes the two will be out there beyond the treeline, scouring the earth for the remnants of a war Mr Theap fled almost 40 years ago.
He spends most mornings out here in no man's land with his team of pouched rat handlers from APOPO and de-miners from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC). A step in the wrong direction could see them lose ... [more]
Donald Trump pardons late black boxing champion Ja
Posted By: scepo @ May 25 2018, 11:55 AM in Good News Stories
Donald Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack Johnson
Photo: Jack Johnson was the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. (AP)
US President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.
"I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honour a truly legendary boxing champion," Mr Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony.
He was joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, retired ... [more]
Posted By: Flin @ May 24 2018, 02:38 PM in Australian Business & Financial News
Review finds airports charge you too much
Australians are being gouged by under-regulated monopolistic airports abusing their market power, according to former competition watchdog boss Graeme Samuel.
Airlines are demanding the Government regulate airports to bring down costs, and commissioned the former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman to investigate the sector.
"[That is] whether it's the exorbitant landing and service fees paid by airlines on the passenger's behalf, their car parking fees, taxi surcharge or the bottle of water they buy in the terminal," Professor Samuel said.
Consumers have no choice, and neither do airlines, following the Government's privatisation of the nation's biggest airports.