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I had posted in r/personalfinance about the cost of living in Cairns. Although I haven't made anything official yet, I've been in discussion with some advisers here in Canada about doing a year abroad, at JCU. I'm trying to put together a rough cost of what'll cost me once I'm here (Eg: What I should expect to pay).
I have the basics covered. Health Insurance (AU$514.00), Flights (~$2,000CAD) and Tuition (~$3,500CAD - [paid to my University, rather than JCU]). I've looked at on-campus accommodations in Cairns, which range from AU$185 - $290 / week.. However, I'm not against renting a single bedroom apartment or getting a larger apartment and having roommates/flatmates/housemates.
What I'm looking for in terms of Average Pricing (per month):
(I'll have to have an Australian show me how to eat Vegemite...)
Anything else that I may not know about in the Australian culture, financially? Thank you guys! (I have many more meetings with the Program Adviser before I can start the paperwork.)
Former Chairman of the ABC Board, Justin Milne fell on his sword after sacking the Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, recently. The discussion around this will continue for quite a while, especially if the ex-MD follows through on her threat to sue for wrongful dismissal. Where that particular saga ends up is anyones guess and hopefully,
|Image: The Sydney Morning Herald 2017|
Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was International Freedom of Speech Day, with International having the operative meaning of Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne and Freedom of Speech whining about Facebook and Continue reading
1201 Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and founder of the Sorbonne, was born (d. 1274).
1238 James I of Aragon conquered Valencia and founded the Kingdom of Valencia.
1264 The Kingdom of Castile conquered the city of Jerez that was under Muslim occupation since 711.
1446 The hangul alphabet was published in Korea.
1514 Marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.
1604 Supernova 1604, the most recent supernova to be observed in the Milky Way.
1635 Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams was banished from theMassachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land.
1701 The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) was chartered in Old Saybrook.
1771 The Dutch merchant ship Vrouw Maria sank near the coast of Finland.
1776 Father Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, California.
1799 Sinking of HMS Lutine, with the loss of 240 men and a cargo worth 1,200,000.
1804 Hobart, capital of Tasmania, was founded.
Jeremy Brett was marvellous actor for this role
If the United States so flagrantly violates the BWC, can it be trusted with other international arms-control treaties? Russia appears to be trying to draw public attention to this issue.
Any sort of attack on North Korea would be a gamble with the lives of thousands if not millions of South Korean and Japanese lives. As such, a diplomatic solution is far more preferable to a war than might end poorly.
On Monday 8 October, Queensland
Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139
helicopter VH-ESH was noted passing through Rockhampton Airport
which on a ferry flight North to Cairns from Archerfield.
|VH-ESH at Rockhampton Airport earlier this year (File photo)|
The promise of an afterlife to meet departed family and friends appeals to many; but especially for younger Australians. Why do they dismiss the evidence of physics? Against all odds, it seems the concept of going to heaven holds far greater significance for the young than for those who are closer numerically
The two visiting Cessna Citation bizjets that have been parked
at Hamilton Island Airport finally departed and went their separate
ways on Monday 8 October.
Revesco Aviation (of Western Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo VH-ZLT was noted making an early morning departure to Brisbane, Ceduna (South Australia) and Perth. It had arrived at Hamo last Thursday 4 October from Ayers Rock.
|VH-ZLT at Adelaide Airport last year (File photo)|
Annoyed that the Saudis refuse to increase oil production, President Trump on Oct. 2 threatened Saudi Arabia that US military protection could be withdrawn and that the Saudi regime wouldn't last without it. Is the US military a mercenary force? And what's really behind spiking oil prices?
Noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Cairns on Monday 8 October to presumably take up operations in the
area is the Fugro LADS Corporation / Surveillance Australia / Royal
Australian Navy (RAN) LADS Hydrography Institute Dash-8-200
|VH-LCL at Mackay Airport in April (File photo)|
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Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.
The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects
Prepare for a tsunami of alarmism from the IPCC, actually it has started already. This is a summary of Donna Laframboises devastating analysis of the governance of the IPCC.
Donna Laframboise comes with a first-rate track record in human rights, non-conformism and feminism (she supports fathers rights). The book contains 36 short chapters plus extensive documentation to ensure that her claims can be checked.
Chapter 1 is A closer look at the worlds leading climate body. It is essential to realise that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a political body, created by that most political organization, the United Nations to do the work of two of their subsidiary bodies, one concerned with weather and the other with the environment.
And so on, chapter by chapter. Essential reading to understand how so much bias can occur in a supposedly scientific organization.
How many times have we been told that all the thousands of legitimate climate scientists have reached a consensus and the only dissenters are unqualified outsiders, ideologues, cranks, or doing it for money from Big Oil?
So what do we find when we examine the processes which convert data and the raw material of science into IPCC papers? Who are the key people who control the process? What the the checks on the quality of the input to the reports? How are the thousands of legitimate climate scientists used in this process, especially if they have concerns about the quality of the data or the processes involved in writing and reviewing the papers?
And what do we find about the background and qualifications of the insiders who turn out to have far more influence on the final reports than the most eminent and experienced scientists in the relevant fields if they are not key figures on the report-writing teams?
Western media lies about Saudi Arabia have not just been shattered. Those lies make them complicit in the latest Saudi crime, as they also have been complicit in so many others before.
Japanese prime minister talks Trump, trade and North Korea in FT interview
By Lionel Barber and Robin Harding in Tokyo
Japan would welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with open arms, said prime minister Shinzo Abe, as he urged compromise to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times at his official residence in Tokyo, Mr Abe said the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, but would still be a country equipped with global strength.
His remarks will encourage Brexit supporters in the UK who see new opportunities for free trade outside the EU while turning up the pressure on Brussels and London to strike a timely exit deal. The TPP is a wide-ranging trade agreement between 11 Pacific countries, including Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
It originally included the US, but one of Donald Trumps first acts as president was to withdraw from the pact. Joining would be a way for Britain to strike new free-trade deals with a large and fast-growing chunk of the world economy. However, it would only be possible if the UK were to leave the EUs customs union, and gains the power to set its own tariffs.
I hope that both sides can contribute their wisdom and at least avoid a so-called disorderly Brexit, said Mr Abe, arguing that a transition period was essential for Japanese business.
Manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan helped to revive the UK economy in the 1980s by using the country as their base in Europe. But they have grown frustrated by the lack of clarity on Brexit.
Several banks are shifting operations to the EU while Panasonic has cited Brexit as a reason for moving its European headquarters from the UK to the Netherlands. I truly hope that the negative impact of Brexit to the global economy, including Japanese businesses, will be minimised, said Mr Abe.
RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP
Mr Abe also hailed a very fruitful summit with Mr Trump 12 days ago where the two men agreed to negotiate a new trade agreement on goods.
He said the US had promised not to increase car tariffs while the talks were in progress, nor ask for greater agricultural access than Japan had given in other trade deals. But in a sign of Japans vulnerability, Mr Abe conceded he was not asking the US for reciprocal tariff reductions....
My phone rang as I walked into a book shop.
The caller was a friend who had seen me as she drove past and wondered if I had time for a cup-of and catch-up.
I did and enjoyed it.
In conversation I said that her noticing me was a reminder that in a small town it always pays to be aware that someone you know or who knows someone you know might well see you.
Some people prefer the way you can go about your business unnoticed in bigger centres. But I think the benefits of chance encounters when youre somewhere where people know you are fair compensation for lack of anonymity and Im grateful for that.
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Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.
A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.
Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.
The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.
Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.
Originally published by Robert Graham.
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Has Americas perception of Socialism changed since the McCarthy era? The answer may surprise you: Published: October 6, 2018 Source: fast company The last time the polling company Gallup asked Americans about their understanding of the word socialism was in 1949. At that point, around one-third couldnt define it, another one-third associated it with 
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Nauruan police have arrested a 36 year-old Iranian refugees after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm (Nauru time). Although the man was in obvious distress, and struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police arrived and placed him under(...)
If Kiev continues its anti-Russian and pro-NATO/USA/EUs political-military course, the joint republic of Luhansk and Donetsk regions (or more) will be declared as an independent state with a real possibility to join the Russian Federation as Crimea already did it in 2014.
The post What Is The Best Solution To The Ukrainian Crisis? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.
If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to email@example.com Video about how 4 women managed to move a fridge up 3 flights of stairs. At about 3.30 in the video, it shows a skinny man carrying a similar fridge and riding a bike. The post So, you really want to compete with men? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Based on John Mortimers novel which was predominantly set in Tuscany
The head of US Marines in Australias tropical north has been stood down due to a loss of trust and confidence after being charged with drink-driving, the military confirmed Monday.
Colonel James Schnelle was relieved of his command after telling his superiors he was pulled over by the Northern Territory Police for suspected driving under the influence in the city of Darwin last month, a US Marine Corps spokesman told AFP.
Darwin Local Court was told Monday that Schnelle failed a random breath test in the early hours of September 30.
AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP/File | Some 1,587 US Marines are currently serving a six-month deployment in Darwin in an annual arrangement between long-time defence allies Washington and Canberra
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Schnelle was driving home from a restaurant and bar in Darwin at the time.
This is a man of very high character, he has no convictions anywhere in the world and has contributed immensely to society, the national broadcaster quoted Schnelles lawyer as telling the court.
The US Marines are going to deal with him very harshly, he said.
The decorated officer was fined Aus$500 (US$353) for medium-range drink-driving and had his driving licence suspended for six months, a court official told AFP.
No conviction was recorded, she said.
Some 1,587 Marines are currently serving a six-month deployment in Darwin in an annual arrangement between long-time defence allies Washington and Canberra.
The deployments, part of Washingtons strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, come as Beijing flexes its economic and military muscles in the region.
The Marine Corp spokesman said an investigation into Schnelles case was initiated, and Lieutenant Colonel Jeramy Brady was appointed the new officer-in-charge for the duration of the current rotation.
Last week, I spoke at a forum on Adani and indigenous rights organized by the UQ Human Rights Consortium. It was an excellent line-up, with
Murrawah Johnson Youth Spokesperson Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Activist of the Year (Ngara Institute) and on the 50 Grist list acknowledging her place amongst the worlds best and brightest fighting for the planet.
Dr Michelle Maloney Co-founder and National Convenor, Australian Earth Laws Alliance
David Ritter Chief Executive Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and author of The Coal Truth: The Fight to Stop Adani, Defeat the Big Polluters and Reclaim Our Democracy which is well worth buying and reading.
Having contributed to The Coal Truth I was very interested to meet David Ritter. I was particularly impressed that he took the time to respond personally to this long-ago post, attacking Greenpeace for the sabotage of a CSIRO experiment on GM crops. David assured me that Greenpeace had repudiated this action and re-established a good relationship with CSIRO. Theres plenty of room for legitimate dispute about the issue of GM crops (Im dubious, thought not opposed outright) but none about the kind of tactics used in that case.
Self-care is more than just taking care of your body. Simple activities you can do to nourish your mind and soul according to your zodiac sign.
The post How to Take Care of Your Mind and Soul According to Your Zodiac appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.
Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing
Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.
Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.
For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999.
You say want a revolution? Rappoport has a plan! by Jon Rappoport October 3, 2018 Every significant breakthrough in human history has been enabled through imagination. Its the leap. Its the vision unfettered by imposed restrictions. Its the future as yet unrealized, glimpsed in the mind. Given that this is the case, one wonders why 
The Nauru government has ended the role of Mdecins Sans Frontires /Doctors Without Borders on the island. MSF emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them that all MSF services fininsh today email pasted below. According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has only operated on the island since late(...)
Whatever it takes: ScoMo prepared to go nuclear if it cuts power prices https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/whatever-it-takes-scomo-prepared-to-go-nuclear-if-it-cuts-power-prices/news-story/1193fd298fb3ff1d57b4e48accea3ee1 GREG BROWN, OCTOBER 8, 2018 Scott Morrison says he would overturn the ban on building nuclear reactors in Australia if he believed it would put downward pressure on power prices.
The Prime Minister said he would do whatever it takes to make electricity cheaper, and he would have no issues allowing nuclear reactors to be built if it would make lower household bills.
But warned the investment case to build a nuclear reactor did not stack up.
Youve got to make the investment stack up, Mr Morrison told 2GB radio.
Last month, former PM...
Even at the current level of warming of about 1C above pre-industrial, we may have already crossed a tipping point for one of the feedback processes (Arctic summer sea ice), and we see instabilities in others permafrost melting, Amazon forest dieback, boreal forest dieback and weakening of land and ocean physiological carbon sinks.
And we emphasise that these processes are not linear and often have built-in feedback processes that generate tipping point behaviour. For example, for melting permafrost, the chemical process that decomposes the peat generates heat itself, which leads to further melting and so on.
Stop Selling Australia party.
We mainly focus on the prevention of our assets and essential services being sold off to foreign countries, we also care about the long term future of Australia.
This includes the dumping of nuclear waste in Australia which is not in the interest of our kids.
Plans for a huge wind solar hybrid project in the Pilbara region in north-western Australia have jumped from 9GW to 11GW, with Macquarie Group jumping on board to provide development capital. The post Pilbara wind and solar plans jump to 11GW as Macquarie provides capital appeared first on RenewEconomy.
WASHINGTON Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.
The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.
In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earths weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the worlds leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C). Among other things:
Half as many people would suffer from lack of water.
There would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases.
Seas would rise nearly 4 inches (0.1 meters) less.
Half as many animals with back bones and plants would lose the majority of their habitats.
There would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts.
The West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting.
And it just may be enough to save most of the worlds coral reefs from dying.
For some people this is a life-or-death situation without a doubt, said Cornell University climate scientist Natalie Mahowald, a lead author on the report.
Limiting warming to 0.9 degrees from now means the world can keep a semblance of the ecosystems we have. Adding another 0.9 degrees on top of that the looser global goal essentially means a different and more challenging Earth for people and species, said another of the reports lead authors, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia.
But meeting the more ambitious goal of slightly less warming would require immediate, draconian cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and dramatic changes in the energy field. While the U.N. panel says technically thats possible, it saw little chance of the needed adjustments happening.
In 2010, international negotiators adopted a goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) since pre-industrial times. Its called the 2-degree goal. In 2015, when the nations of the world agreed to the historic Paris climate agreement, they set dual goals: 2 degrees C and a more demanding target of 1.5 degrees C from pre-industrial times. The 1.5 was at the urging of vulnerable countries that called 2 degrees a death sentence.
The world has already warmed 1 degree C since pre-industrial times, so....
State govt approves 30MW solar farm near Shepparton, releases draft guidelines to help councils, developers and communities negotiate the states boom in large-scale solar proposals. The post Victoria approves 30MW Shepparton project, smooths way for big solar rush appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Ten wind farms will open their gates to the public when the Clean Energy Council celebrates Wind Farm Open Day with the Australian Wind Alliance on Sunday 21 October. The post Get up close and personal with renewable energy at Wind Farm Open Day appeared first on RenewEconomy.
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Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll
The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.
Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.
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The Morrison Government is unperturbed that Medecins Sans Frontieres has been ordered to cease treating Australias refugees on Nauru. read now...
CAN SMALL DOSES OF RADIATION HARM YOU? THE EPA ISNT CONVINCED. A new rule might open the door for regulation rollbacks on radiation and harmful chemicals. Pacific Standard, EMMA SARAPPO, OCT 3, 2018
A couple of weeks ago someone or other, David
possibly, was singing the praises of the ABC's Mike Carlton who
had some snide remarks to make about an es ABC employee Geoffry
Here's a typical example of the less than mediocre tripe put out by the pommy accent affecting Ocker cringer and big noting name dropper, Mike Carlton
These fellows just make stuff up. What a dickhead.
"Kerry seemed to have a direct line to the Australia dressing room at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia was in the field.
Every so often he would pick up the phone and snap an order: Put (fast-bowler Craig) McDermott on ... Give Waugh a few overs.A few minutes later the bowlers would obediently change.
The promise of an afterlife to meet departed family and friends appeals to many, but especially younger Australians. Are private religious schools playing a part? And why do they dismiss the evidence of physics, asks Brian Morris.
Against all odds, it seems the concept of going to heaven holds far greater significance for the young than for those who are closer numerically to death! We need to confront the D word itself, but lets first get a handle on why the idea of paradise has gripped contemporary youth more so than pensioners.
A national Essential poll shows 40% of all Australians believe in heaven. But the crucial figure is that a staggering 51% of those aged 18-34 hold such a belief! This compares to just 29% of the public who are over 55 years old. The young are almost twice as fixated with an afterlife than those closer to pension age! Why is that?
Is it insecurity or religiosity? One suggestion points to the fact that 40% of secondary students now attend private religious schools a rate far higher than all other Western nations. There has been an exponential growth in government funding for private Catholic and Anglican schools since the 1960s from a base of almost zero.
Others suggest that a similar rise in Special Religious Instruction (SRI) and chaplains in public schools has led to the Christianisation of education across the nation. These government-funded programs are run by evangelical Christian organisations in each state with Catholic and Anglican private schools proselytising their own religions. And do millennials then stay at home too long, with a childhood faith, instead of getting out into the real world?(IMAGE: Ben Salter, Flickr).
Since colonisation, Christianity instilled belief in an afterlife. Its reflected on a daily basis in mainstream media, in film and on television and in our obsession with sport. No game passes without players pointing skyward when scoring a goal, or honouring a deceased team or family member with hands reaching towards heaven.
But the biggest problem is that we dont talk about death!
Society needs to get over...
A new IPCC assessment warns that urgent action is needed to limit global warming to 1.5C, and this would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. Global Warming of 1.5C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission 
Given the number of shipments of nuclear waste traveling around the country, Pregnant women and the fetus and the womb should not be exposed to any ionizing radioactivity if it can be avoided. This is going to happen. Given these kinds of shipment numbers many thousands theres going to be exposures to pregnant women in this country, says Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear.
Nuclear waste is shipped past Americans all the time without many of us knowing it. Even waste passing by on a train is emitting radioactive particulates, and some of those can have negative consequences over time.
Its like an X-ray...
Australia trails the world in the adoption of electric vehicles. Just 2284 were sold last year 0.2 per cent of total vehicle sales. This is largely attributed to a lack of vehicle choice, fears about limited driving range and higher upfront costs than traditional cars.
In contrast, electric vehicles make up about 20 per cent of new sales in Norway, and are expected to reach 30 per cent of sales in China by 2030.
The Senate inquiry, chaired by independent South Australian senator Tim Storer, is investigating the benefits and opportunities of electric vehicles in Australia.
It is broadly acknowledged that electric vehicles improve air quality, help address climate change, boost public health and are cheaper to run than conventional vehicles.
The Morrison government said these two outcomes making electricity more reliable and affordable would be its unrelenting focus following the demise of the National Energy Guarantee. However the government provided only limited support for electric-vehicle adoption.
Tesla told the inquiry that thousands of Australians had placed deposits for its model 3 sedan and research showed 50 per cent of Australians would consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase.
But it said governments must help ensure Australians could access charging infrastructure and a wide range of vehicle models, and reduce fin...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
One did not expect that anything new could come from FBIs records of cell phone calls in the Tsarnaev trial. One did not even know there was any reason to go searching. But Heather Frizzell, who has been doing a layperson-investigation for years, had a niggling feeling about it. I think it niggled her into an important find in the case. Actually, two important finds.
Heathers blog is bold...
The ongoing trade war between China and the United States can boost the prospects of Pakistani exports to the American market and encourage Chinese producers to relocate to Pakistan to avoid punitive tariffs on their US shipments and take advantage of cheaper labour.
On top of that, business leaders say it may afford Islamabad an opportunity to renegotiate the terms of Chinas future investments in and trade with Pakistan.
Abdul Razzak Dawood, adviser to the prime minister on trade, industry and investment, was quoted last week to have told a gathering of textile manufacturers in Karachi that the trade war between the worlds two largest economies could be beneficial for Pakistan.
The trade war between China and the United States is getting bigger and bigger by the day and the demand for goods is not declining (in the US market). Pakistan needs to explore ways so that it can benefit from this war.
Chinese manufacturers can ward off punitive tariffs on their exports to the United States by relocating their labour-intensive industries to Pakistan, according to PBC CEO Ehsan Malik
Pakistan is already seeking the same market access for its exports that Beijing has given to the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), New Zealand and Australia under the 2006 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is responsible for heavily tilting the trade balance in favour of China.
Islamabad has also asked China to share complete information of its exports, both under and outside the FTA, with Islamabad in order to help it eliminate under-invoicing by Pakistani importers.
Moreover, efforts are on to convince Beijing to encourage its manufacturers to relocate their industry to Pakistan.
The adviser had also told a Senate panel on industries and production that China-US tensions over trade tariffs was a good sign for Pakistan as it would place the country in a better negotiating position (with China).
The China-US trade war has put Pakistan in an advantageous position and we have become more competitive than China in some areas like textiles. It offers an opportunity for Pakistan to boost its exports to the United States as well as revive the closed manufacturing capacity (mostly in Punjab), Pakistan Business Council CEO Ehsan Malik told this correspondent.
He says Chinese manufacturers can also ward off punitive tariffs on their exports to the United States by...
China is marrying Big Brother to Big Data. Every citizen will be watched and their behaviour scored in the most ambitious and sophisticated system of social control in history. Matthew Carney reports.
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Today in Rock History: Born today in 1945, Ray Royer guitarist with Procol Harum and Freedom, he recorded A Whiter Shade Of Pale with Procol Harum before being kicked out along with Bobby Harrison with who he formed Freedom. Born today in 1948, Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) songwriter and guitarist with The Ramones. Born today in  The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Radio Atlantic looks at how media is fulfilling the role of the Fourth Estate in these times. Very interesting, US centric, but there are lessons for NZ here.
After a news week thats felt more like a news month, Matt Thompson sits down with two experienced editors to ask how people manage to make and consume news in todays environment. Adrienne LaFrance is the editor of TheAtlantic.com. Franklin Foer is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of World Without Mind.
The Death of the Public Square (Franklin Foer, July 6, 2018)
The Most Powerful Publishers in the World Dont Give a Damn (Adrienne LaFrance, August 8, 2018)
Mark Zuckerberg Doesnt Understand Journalism (Adrienne LaFrance, May 1, 2018)
The Era of Fake Video Begins (Franklin Foer, May 2018 Issue)
When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism (Franklin Foer, September 2017 Issue)
Its Time to Regulate the Internet (Franklin Foer, March 21, 2018)
Social Media in 1857 (Adrienne LaFrance, November 1, 2017)
Today the IPCC released a
devastating report showing that we have only a decade or less
to deal with climate change, and that we need to cut emissions to
zero by 2050 if we want to avoid catastrophe. Meanwhile, at the
PM's post-cabinet press conference this afternoon, the focus was
firmly on... petrol prices. Apparently they're too high, so our
political establishment wants to lower them. Labour wants to take
it out of the petrol companies' end,
by cutting their margins. National meanwhile wants to take it
out on us, by
cutting fuel taxes (which means less money to pay for roads and
crash victims. So National wants us either to not have those
things, or they believe there is a magic money tree they can use to
pay for them). But by focusing on cutting prices, both are
effectively saying they want to increase the use of petrol,
increase emissions, and increase global temperatures. Or to put it
another way: both parties want to destroy the world.
From a climate change perspective, high petrol prices are good, insofar as they discourage inefficient transport use, push people to alternatives, and reduce emissions (and past evidence is that they do). So rather than trying to lower petrol prices, a government which actually cared about climate change would be welcome this - and be planning to make them higher. Obviously, this has social impacts, so they'd need policies to deal with that: cheaper and more efficient public transport, low-cost loans to get people into more efficient cars, subsidies for certain users utterly reliant on vehicles. Obviously, it would be better if they had planned to put those policies in place beforehand, rather than being hit by a sudden market shift. But in general, they should treat high prices as what they are: a market signal to burn less petrol, and stop destroying the world.
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Just ahead of a new report from the IPCC, dubbed SR#15 about to be released today, we have this bombshell- a detailed audit shows the surface temperature data is unfit for purpose. The first ever audit of the worlds most important temperature data set (HadCRUT4) has found it to be so riddled with errors and freakishly improbable data that it is effectively useless.
From the IPCC:
Global Warming of 1.5 C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
This is what consensus science brings you groupthink with no quality control.
HadCRUT4 is the primary global temperature dataset used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to make its dramatic claims about man-made global warming. Its also the dataset at the center of ClimateGate from 2009, managed by the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University.
The audit finds more than 70 areas of concern about data quality and accuracy.
But according to an analysis by Australian researcher John McLean its far too sloppy to be taken seriously even by climate scientists, let alone a body as influential as the IPCC or by the governments of the world.
Editors Note: This guest commentary was originally published on October 10, 2016 on Native News Online.
Columbus discovered America like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs.
There is no shortage of opinions regarding Columbus Day. It has been the cause of lengthy and heated debate for decades. Opponents of Columbus Day believe that the celebration of Columbus discovery memorializes a reprehensible history of entitlement, conquest and genocide. Proponents claim that the day is not set aside to honor the specific actions of one man, but to celebrate the triumph of discovery itself. If this is true, perhaps it would be beneficial for us to take a serious look at the principles of discovery that Columbus was operating under when he arrived in the new world.
The principles of discovery come out of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1452, Pope Nicholas V declared war on all non-Christians. He provided King Alfonso of Portugal a papal bull known as Romanus Pontifex. In this papal bull, Nicholas directed King Alfonso to capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and all other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take all their possessions and property. Pope Nicholas claimed that those who were not Christian did not have the right to be viewed as human beings. To emphasize this point, Pope Nicholas also issued the papal bull Dum Diversas, which legalized slavery as an act of a just war. Under the authority of these two papal bulls, King Alfonso traveled up and down the western coast of Africa claiming all the lands that he discovered, and enslaving the people. This gave rise to a monumental expansion in the African slave trade, which followed Columbus to this country.
Forty years after King Alfonso pillaged the West African coastline, Columbus set off to find Asia. By that time, a well-known tradition of Christian discovery had been established in Europe. This gave Columbus the express authority to take possession of any lands that he discovered that were not already under Christian rule. Following his accidental discovery of the Americas, Columbus returned to Europe where Pope Alexander VI ratified Spains claim to the lands that he had discovered, by issuing the papal bull Inter Cetera. Inter...
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and right on cue in today's Australian Teachers hold the key to keeping minds in top shape By JULIA GILLARD 11:00PM OCTOBER 7, 2018 105 COMMENTS Which career would I have chosen if not the law, followed by politics? Ive been asked that many times over the years, and the...
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In a number of articles penned by yours truly for New Eastern Outlook there was a handful of points related to a possible war between the US and Russia.
However, as tensions between the two states continue flaring up due to the mindless anti-Russian stance of the Trump administration, this topic remains just as relevant, despite the apparent absurdity of the notion that either of the two major nuclear powers can hope to win anything in what can be easily described as a nuclear Armageddon. In spite of the first few modest steps towards deescalation made by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit, theres no clear way of defusing the situation due to ongoing Russophobic hysteria among Western elites, notes Counter Punch. Washington is in desperate need of an enemy to cry wolf over, as this approach has proven to be extremely profitable for American arms manufacturers.
8 October 2018: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a remodelling of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has serious implications for data privacy and usage for consumers in those countries and around the world according to Michael Geist in a Washington Post article.
Free trade agreements aim to increase the flow of trade and investment across borders and often restrict governments ability to regulate for social and environmental good. We are now seeing these agreements encourage free-flow of consumer data across borders as well, restricting governments ability to regulate to protect privacy.
The digital trade chapter of USMCA imposes rules that constrain privacy safeguards and impede the creation of much needed regulation in the digital world of Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining companies. It goes further than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), which has weak privacy protections.
Many countries have data localisation regulations, like those recently brought in by the European Union or the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia. These require companies who obtain valuable personalised data about people online such as health records, to store that data securely within that jurisdiction to ensure there is adequate legal protection. USMCA provisions prohibits such laws about localisation regulation, and also prohibits governments limiting data flow between countries.
Geist argues that the USMCA digital provisions have potential to seriously erode current privacy standards and inhibit much-needed improvement in data security. There are implications for users in US, Mexico and Canada but also globally, as it will likely be used as a blueprint for future data provisions in trade agreements, including multilateral agreements through the World Trade Organization (involving almost every country worldwide).
Geist argues that before future agreements adopt these e-commerce and digital trade chapters of the TPP-11 and USMCA, there needs to be a drastic reworking to ensure governments can legislate for democratic, consumer-centred, safe and fair trade....
Free speech no longer emerges, in the words of Jacques Rancire, in a time and in a place youre not supposed to speak, exercised by those who arent allowed to speak. Free speech is now a weapon in the rights arsenal: by invoking free speech, they simultaneously bludgeon an intolerant left who dare disagree with them.
Found on powerlines in thick fog.
Bird ID'd as race lucidus due to green crown and whitish-face. Lower mandible base grey. Feeding on small insects in emergent jacaranda flowers.
Cameron Bagrie, an economist,tries to sort out why NZ petrol is now so expensivehttps://podcast.radionz.co.nz/aft/aft-20181008-1313-what_dictates_what_you_pay_at_the_pump-128.mp3
Narrated AbuSaid al-Khudri: The people asked the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): Can we perform ablution out of the well of Budaah, which is a well into which menstrual clothes, dead dogs and stinking things were thrown? He replied: Water is pure and is not defiled by anything. Sunan Abu Dawud 1:66, See Also Sunan  The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Milkwood Permaculture was founded 10 years ago, in Mudgee NSW. In the podcast Kirsten talks in depth about her new book Milkwood: Real Skills For Down to Earth Living. She covers the chapter on tomatoes and her passion for this fruit! Kirsten shares some great tips for growing tomatoes as well as preserving them for year-round eating.
We also learn about her familys journey to David Holmgrens Melliodora property and their life there. Kirsten also shares the motivations behind this journey, and her mission to inspire others to live a better life.
She also shares the process of creating the book, and future plans for a whole series.
We hope you enjoy!
To read more from Kirsten on tomatoes check out Issue 12 of Pip Magazine, due out mid-October.
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TVNZ reports: quote: A homeless man who died alone on the streets of Auckland is understood to have been kicked out of Australia just months before his death. The Australian Border Force will not confirm his deportation for privacy reasons and New Zealand immigration authorities said they did not hold any information. But those who  The post Homeless man dies on Auckland street appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Stephen Mills and Brigitte Morten talk politics with Kathryn Ryan. Billed as focusing on Bridges and potential MMP changes. Why no look at the omnishambles thats the government
Immediate divestment from fossil fuels is needed to help save the Great Barrier Reef, warns the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report by the worlds top climate scientists.
Coral reef expert and AMCS advisor Dr Scott Heron said: The worlds top climate scientists have spoken and confirmed we are on a trajectory to lose the Great Barrier Reef unless we do better.
The report shows at 2C warming, we would lose virtually all the worlds coral reefs from 2050 onwards. The loss of the Great Barrier Reef and marine life, not to mention the more than 60,000 jobs it supports, is unfathomable.
The stark reality is that most of the worlds coral reefs, from which over half a billion people benefit, will be lost in the next 30 years even if we limit global warming to 1.5C under the Paris Agreement. But in a 1.5C world, we wont lose them all.
The latest information tells us that to protect half of the worlds coral reefs, we need to limit global temperature rise to 1.2C. This is worth fighting for.
AMCS Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said: We know our own Great Barrier Reef the worlds largest and most spectacular Reef has suffered a lot lately and will suffer more. But we cannot and we will not give up.
We all share a moral obligation to leave a legacy for future generations, but our current political leaders are blinded by an addiction to fossil fuels.
We must all remind our politicians that their job is to serve us and protect the Great Barrier Reef. Inaction on climate change is stealing from future generations.
Our politicians must rule out new coal mines, rapidly phase out coal and other dirty fossil fuels and fully transition to clean renewable energy. This is the pathway to avoid a world without the Great Barrier Reef.
Media contact Imogen Zethoven 0431 565 495
You can download UNESCOs full report here
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As you know by now, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again in September, its eighth increase since the rate hike cycle began in 2015.
In his post-announcement press conference, Jerome Powell cited a strong economy, low unemployment, solid growth, etc. He said that Its a particularly bright moment for the economy.
Barring significant developments, the Fed may raise rates again in December and perhaps three times next year.
Meanwhile, the Commerce Department announced last week that second quarter US GDP expanded at a 4.2% annualised rate, confirming the earlier estimate.
On the surface it might look everything is great, that it is a particularly bright moment for the economy. But if you take a hard look behind the numbers, a different picture emerges.
A lot of the cheerleaders say Trumps programs of tax cuts and deregulation will produce persistent trend growth of 34% or higher.
Such growth would break decisively with the weak growth of the Obama years.
It would also make the US debt burden, currently at 105% of GDP, more sustainable if GDP were to grow faster than the national debt.
Theres one problem with the happy talk about 34% growth. Weve seen it all before.
One step forward, two steps back
In 2009, almost every economic forecaster and commentator was talking about green shoots. In 2010, then-Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner forecast the recovery summer.
In 2017, the global monetary elites were praising the arrival (at last) of synchronised global growth.
None of this wishful thinking panned out. The green shoots turned brown, the recovery summer never came and the synchronised global growth was over almost as soon as it began.
Any signs of trend growth have been strictly temporary (basically moving growth from one quarter to another through inventory and accounting quirks) and are quickly followed by weaker growth.
In the first quarter of 2015, growth was 3.2%, but by the fourth quarter that year growth had fallen to a near-recession level of 0.5%.
In the third quarter of 2016 growth was 2.8%, but it fell quickly to 1.2% by the first quarter of 2017.
In the third quarter of 2017 growth was 3.2% but then returned to 2.0% by the first quarter of 2018, about the average for the past nine years.
This pattern of temporarily strong growth followed by weak growth has been characteristic of the entire recovery that began in June 2009 and entered its 10th year a few months ago.
In fact, weve seen even more extreme reversals in the recent past.
It seems the cultural vandals of the left have picked up where Hitler left off with his attack on Western civilization. When the tide of war turned he launched his bombers at the great cities of England with their heritage of architecture, especially cathedrals.
We shall go out and bomb every building in Britain marked with three stars in the Baedeker guide.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has
released its special report on limiting warming to 1.5 degrees,
and argued strongly that the current two degree target is too
At 1.5C the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50% lower than at 2C, it notes. Food scarcity would be less of a problem and hundreds of millions fewer people, particularly in poor countries, would be at risk of climate-related poverty.
At 2C extremely hot days, such as those experienced in the northern hemisphere this summer, would become more severe and common, increasing heat-related deaths and causing more forest fires.
But the greatest difference would be to nature. Insects, which are vital for pollination of crops, and plants are almost twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2C compared with 1.5C. Corals would be 99% lost at the higher of the two temperatures, but more than 10% have a chance of surviving if the lower target is reached.
Sea-level rise would affect 10 million more people by 2100 if the half-degree extra warming brought a forecast 10cm additional pressure on coastlines. The number affected would increase substantially in the following centuries due to locked-in ice melt.
Oceans are already suffering from elevated acidity and lower levels of oxygen as a result of climate change. One model shows marine fisheries would lose 3m tonnes at 2C, twice the decline at 1.5C.
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It is a terrible shame that many politicians will not sign up to good policies because they dislike the people championing them. The latest example of this is one that our prime minister should be deeply ashamed of, but ideology always trumps policy (pun absolutely intended) with this shambles of a government. Stuff has published  The post The hypocrisy of Jacinda Ardern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The clearance by the U.S. Senate of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge has further shown up angry divisions in American society. read now...
This article comments on the Australian war propaganda
that was used in a recent episode, involving Jaqui Lambi, of "Go
back to where you came from" on SBS. It responds to a recent
here) by Vanessa Beeley about very recent massacres conducted
by IS, close to a US Army base, which has allowed IS convoys to
pass through open desert, unhindered. On 2 October 2018, Mrs
Thoraya Um Ammaar was executed on video by IS over two months after
she and about 25 other women and children were kidnapped from the
Sweida countryside, south of Damascus on July 25th 2018. US
Coalition forces remain camped in Al Tanf, 330km to the East. It is
simply intolerable that IS can occupy that part of Syrian territory
while aggressively threatening anyone who comes near it.
Report by Vanessa Beeley
What makes me particularly angry about this, and the killing of the hostage on October 2nd, is that this week in Australia there has been a huge fuss about a live TV program called Go Back to Where you Came From where numbers of celebrities have gone to some of the most dangerous places in the world to see what it feels like for refugees (those ones who try to escape to Australia) https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/jacqui-lambie-and-sbs-crew-caught-in-isis-attack-in-syria-20181002-p5079s.html
So where in Syria do you think that two women, one a former anti-Muslim immigration independent Senator, would be taken? Raqqa. And in an event which I begin to think was staged, two days before the program started, an IS sleeper cell started shooting in the area near to where the TV crew was, so they had to be evacuated to Kobane - in Syria!(just under the Turkish border).
This sleeper cell purportedly raised the IS flag from a building not far from the centre of Raqqa, in mid afternoon. How likely is that, or even possible? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret
At no point in the introduction where we saw the identities being rushed under cover, was....
Over the weekend, conservatives in America appointed a judge accused of sexual assault to the Supreme Court. Chief on their hit-list is overturning legal precedents like Roe vs Wade, which enshrines the right of women to have access to safe abortions. Meanwhile, in Australia, our anti-abortionists are trying their own legal manoeuvres launching a High Court bid to overturn laws which restrict their ability to abuse and harass women seeking the procedure.
The High Court will tomorrow hear three days of arguments over Victorias safe access zone laws, which were introduced following a Supreme Court challenge by the East Melbourne-based Fertility Control Clinic (FCC) to end decades of harassment by anti-abortionists outside the Melbourne clinic.
That harassment included the murder of security guard Steven Rogers in 2001 by Peter James Knight, who arrived with a high powered rifle to the clinic, intending to massacre the 15 staff and 26 patients. Knight a Christian extremist who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison was disarmed by two bystanders after shooting Rogers in the chest.
The anti-abortionist behind the High Court challenge Melbourne resident and mum of 13, Kathleen Clubb was convicted in 2016 for communicating about abortion to a couple in a manner reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety outside the Fertility Control Clinic. She was fined $5000. The full bench of the High Court will also consider the case of John Graham Preston, who breached similar laws in Tasmania.
Clubb and Prestons convictions followed the introduction of laws which made it an offence to harass, film or intimidate patients or staff within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. The High Court has been asked to determine whether one part of the laws, which prohibits communications reasonably likely to cause distress or anxiety, is constitutional.
The Fertility Control Clinic, represented pro bono by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Human Rights Law Centre, have both intervened in the case to defend laws that ensure women and staff can access reproductive health services free from abuse. Currently, NSW, the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania and Victoria have safe access zone laws. A Bill is currently before the Queensland Parliament to achieve the same laws.
Dr Susie Allanson, who worked as a clinical psychologist at the clinic for 26 years, said the laws had ended decades of harmful abuse and intimidation directed at women and staff outside the clinic.
Before safe access zones, our patients and staff would have to run a gauntlet of anti-abortionists to enter the clinic. Women would turn up scared and noticeably shaken. In some cases, they were too intimidated to attend their follow-up appointments, which had dangerous implications for their health, Dr Allanso...
This is good news for The Australian. Here's the way The Australian saw it today. Paul Whittaker appointed CEO of Australian News Channel Paul Whittaker has been appointed chief executive officer of Australian News Channel. Picture: John Feder. DARREN DAVIDSON MEDIA EDITOR AN HOUR AGO OCTOBER 8, 2018 NO COMMENTS...
On Friday, the police announced they were charging the secretary
of the People's Party with
failing to declare donations on time. Great! Parliament has
made it clear that they regard this as a crime, and its good to see
the police finally enforcing electoral law for once. At the same
time, you have to ask: why only the People's Party?
In case anyone has forgotten, the secretary of ACT, Garry Mallett, committed exactly the same offence in 2014, and was duly referred to the police over it. Who then did... nothing. Its as if they have one standard for cimes by people who are in power, and one for people who aren't.
(In case anyone was wondering, its too late to prosecute Mallett now, because politicians wrote themselves a self-serving little time-limit. if the normal rules applied, then it would be a category 2 offence with a 5 year limit for filing charges. its almost as if politicians don't want to be subject to the law like the rest of us dirty peasants...)
This year the theme is Let's Work Together and the centre is inviting members of the Orange community to participate in a joint activity showcasing how they work together with their communities to build good mental wellbeing.
RAMHP program manager Tessa Caton said that one of the key aims of the launch is to demonstrate collaboration and lift the community spirit during tough times.
"Community members will have the chance to share their ideas on a large banner about how they work together with their community to build good mental wellbeing," she said. "Following on from the launch, the banner will be displayed in the Orange City Library during Mental Health Month as a reminder to the community about the good things people are doing to support each other and how they intend to support each other in the future."
This year's Guide provides practical information and education including online therapies and information on mental well-being tools and apps, as well as tips and strategies on how to stay mentally healthy. Readers can also find relevant stories and information on topics relating to youth, workplaces and communities.Personal stories throughout the Guide touch on what it feels like to struggle with a mental illness and why seeking help is so important.
In the 2018 Herald Mood of the Boardroom survey, business leaders have had their chance to rate the new government, and in spite of some in the media trying to put a positive spin on it, the results are not spectacular at all. A newspaper reports: quote: The Coalition has worked to expectations according to  The post Governments honeymoon just about over appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Australia is currently detaining hundreds of refugees in a
concentration camp on Nauru. Being detained indefinitely without
hope pretty obviously causes mental health issues, and self-harm
and attempts at suicide are
regular occurances. To some extent, this problem is mitigated
by NGO Mdecins Sans Frontires, which provides counselling to
Australia's gulag victims. But now, the Nauruan regime has
ordered them to leave:
Naurus government has ordered Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) to stop work there immediately, despite a physical and mental health crisis in the country.
The medical NGO has been providing psychological and psychiatric services to residents, asylum seekers and refugees on the island since late 2017.
MSF staff wrote to its clients on Saturday to tell them it could no longer offer them treatment because of an order from Naurus health minister, who said the its services were no longer required on the island.
MSF said in its letter that the order meant its mental health activities in Nauru must stop, effective today, Saturday, 6th of October.
Over the next week the report being finalised at a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), meeting in Korea, will see an outpouring of alarmist material. Doom-laden factoids and forecasts will be released, all designed to head off an impending collapse in the consensus that reached its apogee in the Obama era.
Culminating in the 2015 Paris Agreement, an EU-US axis led policy development on regulatory measures to bear down on the use of coal and other fossil fuels to the electricity supply industry and replacing these sources with wind and solar.
Theres not the slightest evidence any of the claimed adverse outcomes will occur anywhere but in their advocates imaginations. Indeed, over the past 40 years, during which time greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have increased 30%, we have seen the planet greening by 11%, with all this implies for agricultural productivity, Meanwhile, hurricane activity has actually fallen, contrary to what the climate careerists would have us believe.
There has been no increase in drought or warming-induced fires. Slogans about permanently lower rainfall were promoted by the icons of the left. You know the shtick: the dams will never again fill, the Murray Darling will never again flow as it once did ad nauseam. Professor Ross Garnaut even said the Murray Basin would not support irrigated agriculture 50 years on. All of these are shown, as events unfold, to be just so much hype, but the warmista warriors barely pause for breath before alighting upon the latest weather anomaly, whatever it might be, as being the precursor of a deadly new trend.
If Australia fully abandons the Paris Agreement and the subsidies and regulatory restraints that it encompasses, this would staunch the flow of Australian investment to the US and encourage investment from other countries to these shores. Perhaps of more importance as an electoral play, abandoning all subsidies to all renewables will allow Australia to reclaim the position of the worlds cheapest household electricity supply a position we held 15 years ago before the renewable energy poison pushed us into becoming the worlds dearest.
Such a strategy is quite possibly the main chance of the Morrison government getting itself re-elected.
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Now that the dust is starting to settle I had expected to see
some commentary predicting what the Democrats' next move might be
in the lead up to the mid term election is less than a month.
To my surprise, there has been precious little such commentary. It's as though both sides for the time being have gone home for a rest. For what it's worth, I doubt the Democrats will learn much from this major defeat at the hand of their nemesis President. While some are muttering dark words about the grubby lawyer who brought in the late claims of gang rape it seems that the Democrats will continue with more of the same.
An indication of this is this morning's lunatic article at Real Clear Politics in which the author blames the Kavanaugh confirmation AND the 2016 election result on Russian interference.
When I saw the headline, I thought it was satire.
"Russians Helped GOP Steal 2016 Election & the Supreme Court"
Turns out it is not satire but the dopey author ran out of steam before he had completed even half a page.
The next two weeks of opinion polls should be interesting.
Our work offices recently moved to a new building, and we now have unisex toilets. Separate cubicles that are shared by men and women. Can you guess where this is going? It wasnt long before the complaints started about the sharing of said facilities. Skid marks in the bowl, wet toilet seats, and puddles on  The post A sign will fix it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
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Climate Change Minister James Shaw says that he will be happy if the rest of us are equally unhappy with the final state of the Zero Carbon Bill. That is so comforting to know. Newshub reports: Quote. More than 15,000 submissions were made on the proposed Bill. More than 90 percent [mostly from Greenpeace] said  The post Shaw will be happy when we are all miserable appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
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