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October 2013


31-October 2013

NSA, 'Five Eyes' use Australian embassies to gather intel on Asia

US intelligence agencies are using Australian embassies throughout Asia to intercept data and gather information across the continent, according to the latest report based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. [ Read More... ]

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31-October 2013

FEMA Camp has begun: Homeless First!

As unemployment rises, the unfortunate predicament of homelessness swells in effect. And what's even more shocking is how it's being handled (or being pushed aside as someone else's problem); shockingly similar to the segregation of the Holocaust in the 40's, South Carolina's city has created plans to collect its homeless and detain them in an area separate from the public. [ Read More... ]

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31-October 2013

Cannabis Plants Pop up All Over Germany as Form of Protest

In the small, university town of Gottingen, Germany, a handful of autonomously acting 'Flower Children' have decided to rogue-plant cannabis seed in the hundreds of thousands as an act of defiance against the 'demonization' of a plant that has been proven to treat multiple ailments. To put it in simper terms, citizens are planting cannabis plants randomly throughout the town to really show officials what the people want. [ Read More... ]

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31-October 2013

Voting Machine Manufacturer Diebold Charged Over Bribery, Fraud, And Worldwide Pattern Of Criminal Conduct

One of the world's largest ATM manufacturers and, formerly, one of the largest manufacturers of electronic voting systems, has been indicted by federal prosecutors for bribery and falsification of documents.

The charges represent only the latest in a long series of criminal and/or unethical misconduct by Diebold, Inc. and their executives over the past decade. [ Read More... ]

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31-October 2013

Australia Set to Deploy the World's Largest Wave Energy Device

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has recently announced that it has launched the world's first one megawatt wave-energy-to-electricity unit, although the wave energy convertor is not yet in the water. [ Read More... ]

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30-October 2013

MEXICO BANS GM CORN IN LATEST WIN AGAINST MONSANTO AND BIG AG

Effective immediately, a ban on genetically-modified corn in Mexico has gone into action only days after thousands took to the streets in cities worldwide to protest against Monsanto and the GMO industry.

Companies such as Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their genetically modified corn within the country's borders, a Mexican judge ruled last week. [ Read More... ]

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30-October 2013

THE BLACK PANTHER PAST REBORN

Near the end of a three-day reunion and celebration of the Black Panther Party in October, a sixty-something African American woman took me aside and whispered in my ear. I'd been taking copious notes furiously all day everyday and Barbara, the perky woman with the big earrings, seemed to want me to know something really important.

The best stories can't be told, she explained. Even after all these years, the truth is too dangerous to be shared. [ Read More... ]

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30-October 2013

The end of the New World Order

The upheavals of the early 21st century have changed our world. Now, in the aftermath of failed wars and economic disasters, pressure for a social alternative can only grow

Culture shock ... the collapse of Lehman Brothers ushered in the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian In the late summer of 2008, two events in quick succession signalled the end of the New World Order. In August, the US client state of Georgia was crushed in a brief but bloody war after it attacked Russian troops in the contested territory of South Ossetia. [ Read More... ]

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29-October 2013

A VERTICAL FOREST IS GROWING IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF EUROPE'S DIRTIEST CITIES

Denizens of Milan, Italy will have a brand new 2.5 acre forest smack in the middle of their city by the end of 2013. You might think that's a city with its priorities straight. But this particular forest didn't require the sacrifice of precious commercial real estate because it's of the vertical variety. [ Read More... ]

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29-October 2013

Adelaide joins Paris and Zurich on Lonely Planet top 10 cities to visit list

Publisher says city of churches 'is effortlessly chic and, like a perfectly cellared red, it's ready to be uncorked and sampled'

A hit with tourists: Pennigton Gardens in Adelaide, featuring a statue of Sir Donald Bradman.

Publisher says city of churches 'is effortlessly chic and, like a perfectly cellared red, it's ready to be uncorked and sampled' [ Read More... ]

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29-October 2013

Tony Abbott visits Afghanistan to declare Australia's war over

PM says war is ending 'not with victory, not with defeat' at recognition ceremony also attended by Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott lay wreaths as a mark of respect to the fallen during the recognition ceremony.

Tony Abbott has declared a "bitter-sweet end" to Australia's war in Afghanistan, saying a high price had been paid but Australian involvement had made the country a better place. [ Read More... ]

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29-October 2013

Don't call me an ugly bug!

Photographer uses extreme close-ups to capture the unique faces of less conventionally attractive creatures

  • Colin Hutton took stunning photos of the world's most overlooked animals including spiders, flies and wasps
  • He said he often spends up to three hours trying to photograph just one restless bug to capture the perfect photo
  • Colin, from North Carolina, scours local parks to find the insects but will travel over 600 miles to his parent's house in Florida to capture more unusual bugs

A photographer has captured the astonishing details on small creatures' faces - by spending hours hovering over them and taking extreme close-up photographs.

Colin Hutton, 29, has created stunning portraits of the world's most overlooked animals including spiders, wasps, bees, common flies, and beetles.

He only pictures the animals alive and can spend up to three hours painstakingly trying to keep the insects still while he zooms in on his camera. [ Read More... ]

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29-October 2013

Turning 400-year-old maps into 3D VIDEO GAMES:

Students use British Library archive to create 17th century virtual worlds

The game (pictured) was based on a historic map showing the layout of London in the 17th century, allowing the students to make the geography of their game as accurate as possible

  • Pudding Lane Productions from De Montfort University won the Off the Map challenge with their game set in 17th century London
  • The video game allows people to fly through London and features amazing attention to detail as well as a layout inspired by real maps of the time
  • Other teams based their games on maps of Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza from the British Library's archives

Students have transformed historic maps into a 3D video game environments. [ Read More... ]

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29-October 2013

Could we all soon be sleeping with the fishes?

Designer creates incredible futuristic city where people live beneath the waves

  • London-based Phil Pauley designed the Sub-Biosphere 2, which could become home for up to 100 people
  • People living in the structure would not have to rely on the outside world for air, food and other essentials
  • Designer hopes to see the futuristic home built in his lifetime, and has written a book about an underwater world

Fancy living in a city under the sea? A designer who is passionate about the concept of living underwater has created his own dream community, and hopes that his big idea will one day become a reality. [ Read More... ]

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28-October 2013

FRANCE SAYS FRACK OFF:

ABANDONS SHALE GAS DRILLING

There will be no fracking on French soil. The ban is final, absolute, says the government. France's highest court has spoken.

The ruling handed down Oct. 11 is a major victory for the global anti-fracking movement pitting local communities, from California to Poland, against multinational oil and gas companies.

Schuepbach Energy, based in Dallas, had challenged the 2011 French ban on four counts. All were dismissed in the recent decision. The court's ruling said the law conforms to the constitution. [ Read More... ]

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28-October 2013

Uruguay Sets Price of Legalised Cannabis @ $1.00 per Gram

Uruguay is set to become the first country in the world where the sale of cannabis will not only become legal and government-controlled, but at around $1 a gram probably also the one with the most affordable marijuana anywhere. [ Read More... ]

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28-October 2013

Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems

Craig Federighi announces pricing on OS X Mavericks earlier today.

The desktop operating system is dead as a major profit center, and Apple just delivered the obituary.

Amid a slew of incremental improvements to its iPad tablets and MacBook laptops, Apple today announced some landmark news about its oldest surviving operating system: It will not charge for the latest big upgrade, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, breaking from a tradition that goes back 16 years and shining a light on a long-unfolding reversal in how tech profits are made. Eighteen years ago, the tech industry's dominant company made nearly half its revenue selling OS licenses. Now, as Apple just confirmed, the prices of OS licenses are headed towards zilch. [ Read More... ]

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28-October 2013

Are these the most terrifying trousers ever?

The 17th century NECROPANTS made from corpse legs - and are supposed to be lucky

Many people will be planning scary costumes for Halloween, but nothing is likely to compare to this pair of macabre trousers.

In 17th century Iceland, sorcerers wore 'trousers' made of a dead friend's skin that were said to bring them wealth. According to legend, a morbid deal was struck between two friends to arrange who became the trousers or 'necropants,' which were used for purposes of traditional magic at the time. [ Read More... ]

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28-October 2013

Adelson's Call For A Nuclear Strike On Iran Shows Need To Remove All Zionists From Positions Of Power

Sheldon Adelson

During a panel at the Jewish based Yeshiva University, Sheldon Adelson the Zionist billionaire casino mogul stated that the United States should drop an atomic bomb on Iran. The rhetoric towards Iran from Zionist Jews like Adelson is becoming so incredibly insane it is hard to believe that these people have any credibility left. The Zionists have claimed for years that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon and that this alone provides justification for attacking them militarily. This is despite the fact that there is no proof that Iran's nuclear program is for anything but peaceful purposes. This type of comment from Adelson and others of his ilk has more to do with Iran's increasing role in the world as a regional power. The last thing the Zionists want to see is a strong Islamic country like Iran that can counter balance Zionist power in the Middle East. Another factor is the American people's increased awareness of a misguided foreign policy that has been largely influenced by Zionist war mongers. [ Read More... ]

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26-October 2013

WHO KILLED MICHAEL HASTINGS?

Early in the morning on June 18, a brand new Mercedes C250 coupe was driving through the Melrose intersection on Highland Avenue in Hollywood when suddenly, out of nowhere, it sped up. According to an eye-witness, the car accelerated rapidly, bounced several times then fishtailed out of control before it slammed into a palm tree and burst into flames, ejecting its engine some 200 feet away. [ Read More... ]

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26-October 2013

If content is king then distribution is King Kong

The film and TV landscape has changed forever.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star in House of Cards, commissioned by the streaming service Netflix.

From Thomas Edison's short films, distributed via the tiny Kinetoscope, through picture palaces, IMAX screens, 3D TV and into the era of YouTube, it's fascinating to find that once again we are peeping at images on small screens. While the movie-going business remains strong, with annual global revenues at $34.7 billion, the splintering of screens develops apace with ever-smaller computer screens, tablets and smart phones. In Screen Distribution and the New King Kongs of the Online World, Stuart Cunningham and Jon Silver describe this new landscape, laying out the emerging patterns of screen ownership, distribution and consumption. [ Read More... ]

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25-October 2013

Rugby League World Cup 2013:

The Kangaroos are hot favourites, inspired by the five survivors from the crushing defeat by New Zealand five years ago

New Zealand celebrate beating Australia and winning the Rugby League World Cup in Brisbane in 2008.

Australia begin the rugby league World Cup in a familiar position as hot favourites, yet for the first time since the 1977 tournament they will not be defending their title. If anything should eliminate complacency among the star-studded Australian squad, it is the vacant space on their trophy cabinet where the World Cup used to be. [ Read More... ]

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25-October 2013

The former judge who flouts the law:

It's my business how I end my life

Kep Enderby, 87, says euthanasia is a civil liberties issue. They keep it hidden, but close by. Two jars of Nembutal. One for him and one for her. When, and if, the time comes, they say they'll swallow what some call the peaceful pill, drift off to sleep and die within an hour. Possession of the lethal drug is illegal; an ironic twist given that one of them is the former attorney general of Australia. [ Read More... ]

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25-October 2013

The Ashes 2013-14:

Aussies give warm welcome to Alastair Cook's 'Urinators'

England celebrate their emphatic series win over Australia after drawing the fifth Test The Oval in August

The Aussies have already started the Ashes mind games ahead of next month's series opener in Brisbane, and England haven't even arrived in the country yet.

Famed Pom-basher-in-chief Malcolm Conn, who writes for Rupert Murdoch's News Limited titles, decided to get an early blow in ahead of the arrival of Alastair Cook's touring party in Perth later today. [ Read More... ]

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24-October 2013

Money really DOES grow on trees:

Scientists in Australia find traces of gold in eucalyptus leaves


  • Gold was highest in trees growing directly over gold deposits in ground
  • The metal is taken up by the trees' roots while scouring for water
  • It is then taken through to the leaves where concentrations are higher
  • 500 eucalyptus trees growing over a gold deposit, however, would only have enough gold in there to make a wedding ring

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24-October 2013

2014 Tour de France Route Revealed

Chris Froome's fears realised as race hits the cobbles

The 2014 Tour de France will be spiced up with five mountain-top finishes and a significant trip on to the cobbles of northern France, plus a series of tough stages in the Vosges mountains at the end of the first week. It is a blend that was greeted with mixed feelings by defending champion Chris Froome, who will find stage finishes at Pla d'Adet and Hautacam in the Pyrenees to his liking, not to mention the race's return to the site of his first stage win, La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges mountains. He has, however, expressed his fears of racing on the cobbles, which always bring a strong element of the unexpected to the race. [ Read More

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24-October 2013

Iranian who survived execution will be spared second hanging, says minister

Illegal drugs are burned publicly in Tehran during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency.

Justice minister claims Alireza, found alive in morgue and now on life support, survived penalty so will not be 're-executed' [ Read More... ]

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24-October 2013

Greenpeace activists have piracy charges dropped by Russia

Greenpeace's ship, Arctic Sunrise, being towed into the Russian port of Murmansk.

Protesters who were aboard Arctic Sunrise and have been held over a month now face far lesser charges of hooliganism [ Read More... ]

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23-October 2013

Say hello to iPad Air:

Toast the iPad mini with retina display

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad Air (Picture: AP)

It was the moment we've all been waiting for as Apple CEO Tim Cook, confidently, revealed everything up his sleeves in a keynote speech spattered with all the old Adjectives, remarkable, faster, thinner, amazing, fantastic, and incredible. But this time they may be on to something. [ Read More... ]

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23-October 2013

The Solution to the Human Dilemma

As our planetary crisis deepens, radical new visions of the future are bubbling up like never before. All the norms, rules, traditions and taboos that we've taken for granted for centuries are suddenly up for grabs. As Einstein famously pointed out, we cannot solve a problem by using the same type of thinking that created the problem in the first place.

So what are some of the scenarios that could change the direction of our civilization? [ Read More... ]

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23-October 2013

3D printed horseshoe to improve racing performance

CSIRO scientists have custom made and 3D printed a set of titanium shoes for one Melbourne race horse in a first for the sport.

The horse, dubbed by researchers as 'Titanium Prints', had its hooves scanned with a handheld 3D scanner this week.

Using 3D modelling software, the scan was used to design the perfect fitting, lightweight racing shoe and four customised shoes were printed within only a few hours. [ Read More... ]

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23-October 2013

Fructose: the poison index

A ruling on fructose boosts the powerful sugar industry, either by incompetence or collusion, but is based on pseudoscience

Fizzy drinks can have a 'serum fructose concentration of six micromolar, enough to do major arterial and pancreatic damage'.

The battle over the compound fructose now reaches new levels of obfuscation. The food industry is a strong and loud, and rich proponent, hard to ignore. The European Food and Safety Agency has just weighed in, in favour of the substitution of sucrose (table sugar: a disaccharide composed of the monosaccharides glucose and fructose) with fructose alone, the sweeter of the two, even to the point of allowing health claims for fructose on the packaging of processed foods. [ Read More... ]

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22-October 2013

Police claim Snowden leaks threaten ability to use new technologies

Police agencies have a plethora of new tools that have only recently become available due to modern technological marvels. According to some officers, though, an increasingly suspicious public is putting all of that at risk. [ Read More... ]

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22-October 2013

Turnbull clams up on NBN 'jobs for the boys'

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday actively avoided taking questions from the media about whether it was unethical to appoint several ex-Telstra executives with personal connections to the Liberal MP but little experience with network infrastructure rollouts to help NBN Co undertake the Strategic Review into its future broadband model. [ Read More... ]

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22-October 2013

Free Trade Agreements and their questionable benefits

Opposition Trade spokesperson Richard Marles, discussing the TPP and a free trade agreement with China on ABC Lateline recently, dropped the following claim:

"I tell you, there are hundreds of thousands of future Australian jobs at stake."

Do you ever wonder where such claims come from and on what basis they are made? [ Read More... ]

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22-October 2013

Drug test the judiciary

That our judiciary may arbitrarily declare violence perpetrated against sex workers is a lesser crime is a humanitarian injustice, writes Susan Bennett.

Twenty years ago, the full bench of the Victorian Supreme Court upheld the ruling that it is a lesser crime to rape a prostitute, as a prostitute is unlikely to feel the same sense of shame or degradation as a chaste woman.

Two decades later, Tracy Connelly, a sex-worker, was murdered in the van that was her home, across the road from the safe haven offered by her friends at the St. Kilda Gatehouse. [ Read More... ]

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21-October 2013

Is Google about to launch a smartwatch?

Rumours abound that watch codenamed 'Gem' will be announced within a month

Google fansite 9to5Google has created a mock-up of what Google's Gem watch could look like with a circular or square design, pictured.The watch is expected to run the Google-owned operating system, Android and will show notifications on its solid screen

Google is putting the finishing touches to a smartwatch that could be unveiled 'within weeks', according to industry insiders. [ Read More... ]

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21-October 2013

The end of Paypal? Square Cash lets users send money instantly to friends by EMAIL

Square Cash works with any email provider and any email address. To send money, users enter the recipient's address in the 'To' field. The amount is typed into the 'Subject' line and a dedicated Square Cash address is entered into the 'Cc' field. Once an account is set up, payments are then made automatically

PayPal may have revolutionised online payments but a new money transfer service is set to make the process even easier - simply by sending an email. [ Read More... ]

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21-October 2013

First Fully Bionic Man Walks, Talks and Breathes

The Bionic Man is the world's first robot human made entirely of prosthetic parts.

He walks, he talks and he has a beating heart, but he's not human, he's the world's first fully bionic man. [ Read More... ]

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20-October 2013

Ron Paul confirms U.S. empire will suddenly collapse like Soviet Union did

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul doesn't seen a rosy future ahead for the United States. In fact, he sees a repeat of recent history - though not U.S. history - on the horizon. [ Read More... ]

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20-October 2013

Never suffer a warm beer again!

Gadget chills drinks cans and bottles in just 30 seconds by spinning them

Two beer lovers have invented a gadget to ensure a warm beer never has to be endured again.

Trevor Abbott and Ty Parker came up with the idea for the Spin Chill while they were waiting for two warm beers to cool in ice. [ Read More... ]

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20-October 2013

Obamacare sites pirated copyrighted web scripts

The list of complaints waged at the White House over its Healthcare.gov site continues to grow, but the latest incident involving the online home of the Affordable Care Act is one that could end with legal action being taken. [ Read More... ]

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18-October 2013

Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days

Scientists from University of Washington have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of an enzyme that exhibits behavior similar to that of an enzyme key in the development of AIDS from an HIV infection, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme's structure in ten days. [ Read More... ]

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16-October 2013

Have mechanical clocks' time passed?

In an age of multifunctional phones, wristwatches are evolving to do more than tell the time, they now come equipped with a music player or even a personal locator beacon. [ Read More... ]

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16-October 2013

by Richard Hollingham

What would happen if all satellites stopped working?

We don't always realise how much we depend on satellites orbiting our planet. Our space correspondent imagines the impact on the planet if we completely lost transmission.

Unless space debris is actively tackled, some satellite orbits will become extremely hazardous over the next 200 years, a new study suggests.

We may not always realise it, but we depend on space technology orbiting the Earth. So what would happen if it all stopped working? At a recent international conference on 'space hazards', I listened to a series of speakers outline doomsday scenarios. These included a massive solar storm disrupting satellite communications, a cyber attack partially disabling the GPS system, and debris knocking out Earth-monitoring satellites. [ Read More... ]

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16-October 2013

Backdoor found in D-Link home routers

The backdoor could let attackers spy on net traffic

An easy-to-exploit backdoor has been found in seven different models of domestic routers made by D-Link and Planex. [ Read More... ]

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15-October 2013

Mark Bosnich wants Sir Alex Ferguson to knock the Australian side into shape

Mark Bosnich says Australia need to target a top-class manager

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has called for Sir Alex Ferguson to take charge of the Australian national team. [Read More... ]

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14-October 2013

The Governor-General should resign

The Governor-General, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, has offered to resign now that her son-in-law, Bill Shorten, is the opposition leader.

This was the right thing for the Governor-General to do.

The Governor-General holds the highest public office in Australia. It is a position of enormous discretionary power, although it has only been exercised rarely in our nation's history.

The constitutional crisis of 1975 was a period of high political drama and great tension. Sir John Kerr faced a political pressure-cooker and fierce personal attack in making his decision to dismiss the Whitlam government. This probably would have been unbearable if he had close family connections with the opposition leader, regardless of the legitimacy of his decision. [ Read More... ]

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14-October 2013

by Jon David Miller

Being Fearless

Doubt and Fear

Who knows what's next? Who knows for sure what is going to happen tomorrow? This afternoon? Two minutes from now?

We have all experienced unexpected events, shocks and disappointments. From the experience of unfulfilled desire or a change of expectation, a sense of doubt may develop.

Partly because of the uncertainty of what will happen in the future, we harbor a doubt that it will turn out how we would like it to be. You would like a situation or condition to be a certain way, but doubt that it can be that way. [ Read More... ]

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14-October 2013

Victorian Police: Redefining success

Police arrested this man HA Sergeant At Arms

Victoria Police conducted a series of raids on the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and netted almost nothing. Considers what sort of message this sends.

Victorian police conducted a series of raids of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, along with club friends and associates.

Mainstream media reports that more than 700 officers were involved in the raids, which led to the arrest of 13 (thirteen) people for various weapon and drug offences. Senior police officers claimed that the raids were meant to 'send a message' to the bikie community and send a message they did.

But what exactly was that message? [ Read More... ]

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14-October 2013

by Damon Lavrinc

Formula 1's Leading Team Has a Big Secret:

And Mark Webber doesn't know about it!

Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel is quick. Too quick. The three-time Formula 1 champion dominated the Singapore Grand Prix, leaving his closest competitor 32.6 seconds behind as he took his eighth win of the season. And again last night in the Japanese grand Prix.

In F1, where teams battle it out for tenths of a second, that's a massive margin. And the secret to his speed is turning into one of the greatest conspiracy theories in modern racing. [ Read More... ]

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13-October 2013

Heartfelt Calvin & Hobbes Documentary Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

What's your favorite Calvin & Hobbes comic? You have one. Everyone has one: the Snow Goons, or the Transmogrifier, or Spaceman Spiff, or careening through the woods on that little red wagon. People love Calvin & Hobbes with unique ferocity. So it's no surprise that the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, available in select theaters and video-on-demand on November 15, is above all a love letter to Bill Watterson's beloved cartoon about a boy and his tiger. [ Read More... ]

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13-October 2013

'No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world's cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states.

Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few of the 500 cities worldwide involved in the rallies, with each one drawing hundreds. [ Read More... ]

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13-October 2013

BY INDEPENDENT WORKERS AND PEASANTS URBAN AND POPULAR MOVEMENT IN MEXICO

MESSAGE FROM MEXICO TO OCCUPY WALL STREET:

STOP THE TPP!


Although here in Australia interest in the Occupy movement seems to have waned, in other Countries the movement is alive. In this letter the urban and peasant people of Mexico appeal to the Occupy movement to stop the TPP.


To our sisters and brothers of Occupy Wall Street in New York:

On behalf of all the families and individuals who are members of the Independent Workers and Peasants Urban and Popular Movement from the North East Mountains of Puebla State in Mexico, we want to say our Occupy Wall Street comrades in NY how deeply grateful we are with your support and fight to stop the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that is just satisfying the interests of a small group of multi-millionaires who think of themselves as the chosen ones. [ Read More... ]

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12-October 2013

By James Cogan

Sydney's Week-long Military Extravaganza Foreshadows New Wars

In November 2011, the former Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood beside US President Barack Obama to align Australia with Washington's military and diplomatic 'pivot' to Asia. American and Australian strategic documents have been explicit about the purpose of this 'pivot', to position air and naval forces that will be used to wage war against China, and prevent the Asian power from attempting to supplant US imperialism in the Asia-Pacific region. [ Read More... ]

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12-October 2013

by Luke MacGregor

Red Cross launches first emergency food aid for UK since WWII

Austerity measures and the economic downturn in the UK have prompted the British branch of the Red Cross to begin formulating an emergency food aid plan for Britain, the first the charity has set up for the country since WWII.

The Geneva-based charity is to start gathering and distributing food with the help of fellow charities and a supermarket chain, allocating donations to Britain's needy. [ Read More... ]

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12-October 2013

Over 865,200 Gallons of Fracked Oil Spill in ND

Public In Dark For Days Due to Government Shutdown

Over 20,600 barrels of oil fracked from the Bakken Shale has spilled from a Tesoro Logistics pipeline in Tioga, North Dakota in one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history.

Though the spill occurred on September 29, the U.S. National Response Center - tasked with responding to chemical and oil spills - did not make the report available until October 8 due to the ongoing government shutdown. [ read More... ]

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12-October 2013

by Tyler Durden

IMF To Use Gold Sale Proceeds To Fund Low-Income Countries

Gold may not be money, but the proceeds from selling it sure is, at least to the IMF, which moments ago announced that it has received government approval to "transfer the profits from gold sales low-income countries." Reuters reports that "The International Monetary Fund has received approval from its member nations to transfer the profits from gold sales conducted a few years ago to a fund to help low-income nations, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Thursday. [ Read More... ]

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10-October 2013

Taking the pain out of sending postcards:

App lets you send a personalised message without stepping near a letterbox

Wish you were here: A new app called Ps Postcards has been invented that will send postcards for lazy holidaymakers who struggle to find the time themselves

  • The Ps Postcards app allows a user to upload their own scenic photo for the front of the card and type a message that will be printed onto the back
  • A real paper postcard will be sent posted to the desired recipient from the company's mail room in Britain
  • The app could encourage more people to send postcards - currently just 16 per cent of the population send them from holiday destinations

From striking the right balance between being informative and smug, to tracking down stamps and locating a postbox, sending a postcard can seem like a chore to holiday makers wanting to get away from it all. [Read More... ]

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10-October 2013

Violin that was played to calm passengers as Titanic sank undergoes CT scan to prove authenticity before going to auction

Wallace Hartley's violin in its case (pictured) was found strapped to his body after the sinking of the Titanic. After years of authentication, they are finally being auctioned for an estimated $800,000

  • The violin is unplayable with two long cracks in its body caused up by moisture damage, but instrument is said to be in reasonable condition
  • It is expected to fetch around $800,000 at auction and has been forensically examined and has undergone a CT scan to prove its authenticity
  • Violinist Wallace Hartley's valise bag and seven water-stained sheets of music, found with his body after the disaster, will also be sold at auction
  • Miss Robinson had given the violin to Mr Hartley in 1910. An engraving on a silver plate on the instrument explains it was to mark their engagement

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the ship was sinking is finally being auctioned for an estimated $800,000. [ Read More... ]

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10-October 2013

Would YOU want to know when you'll die?

Now there's a watch that can predict your death to the nearest SECOND

  • The Tikker watch asks a set of questions about a wearer's medical history
  • Their age is subtracted from the results to get the estimated death date
  • Countdown then begins shown in years, days, hours, minutes and seconds
  • Creator claims it will help people make the most of the time they have left

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09-October 2013

by Alex Newman

Congress to Probe Govt. Attacks on Homeowners, Businesses During Shutdown

As outrage and defiance against the Obama administration's shutdown antics continue to escalate, lawmakers in Congress plan to investigate growing numbers of reports on the eviction of homeowners and the shuttering of businesses that sit on public lands. The uproar comes in the wake of media accounts and comments from public servants suggesting that the executive branch is trying to make the bogus shutdown most of the federal government is still up and running feel as painful as possible in an effort to extort taxpayer money to fund ObamaCare. [ Read More... ]

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09-October 2013

Exonerated Black Panther dies hours after serving 41 years in jail

Herman Wallace

Herman Wallace's 41 years in solitary confinement came to an end last week when a federal judge overturned a decades-old murder conviction on Tuesday. Wallace, 71, died hours later on Friday morning after losing a fight with liver cancer.

Wallace was already serving time for armed robbery when he and two other prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison, were accused of murdering a guard in 1972.

The 'Angola 3', Albert Woodfox, Robert King and Wallace maintained their innocence for the last several decades. Woodfox and Wallace have insisted that they were implicated solely for their involvement in a prison chapter of the Black Panthers. King's conviction was overturned and he was released in 2001, and Woodfox's case is currently pending before the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals. [ Read More... ]

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09-October 2013

by Robbie Fordyce

Sorry NSA, but the Tor network is secure, and it's here to stay

There are still places to hide online. nataliej/Flickr

You may have seen reports over the weekend about yet another instalment of the US National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance system, this time a set of slides focused on cracking the Tor network, a popular method of staying anonymous online.

Developed at different stages with financing from the US military's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Tor is a network of mutual anonymity. [ Read More... ]

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09-October 2013

by Jordi McKenzie

Music sales are waning but don't blame the pirates

Music sales have been falling for some time, but this should not attributed to piracy alone.

Fact: worldwide sales of recorded music have declined significantly over the last decade. Fact: there has also been an increase in the use of P2P file-sharing technologies over the last decade. [ Read More... ]

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09-October 2013

Wedding claims just reinforce public cynicism about politicians

Tony Abbott is facing difficult questions over entitlement expenses. AAP/Adam Gartrell It was a freezing winter day in Wangaratta. Some guests stayed in their overcoats throughout the church service. Sophie Panopoulos, who was becoming Mrs Mirabella, was resplendent in gold satin. Greg Mirabella, who served in the army reserve, had obtained whatever special permission one needs to wear military dress for the occasion. [ Read More... ]

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08-October 2013

Abbott set to sign highly secretive TPP agreement this month

Initial nations involved in the TPP; it may include more later.

The Abbott Coalition looks set to sign off on the highly secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership later this month, but what will it mean for ordinary Australians? Dr Matthew Mitchell reports.

What sort of Trade Agreement manages to both criminalise internet use and force coal seam fracking onto communities? [ Read More... ]

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08-October 2013

Amazing Hair Photos From a National Beard Brawl

The House of Blues in New Orleans became the House of Beards recently when it hosted the 2013 National Beard and Moustache Championships. Photographer Greg Anderson was there to document some of the most audacious facial fabrications descending on Nawallins to compete. [ Read More... ]

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07 October 2013

Switzerland to Launch 'Janitor' Satellite

To Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth's Orbit

Satellite will throw debris into Earth's atmosphere to burn up on re-entry It will launch in 2018 using a three-stage process involving a A300 jetliner There are as many as 370,000 pieces of space junk floating in Earth's orbit

Swiss scientists will launch a 'janitor' satellite with flexible tentacles that could sweep up space junk within five years.

CleanSpace One will be sent to remove thousands of bits of jettisoned rocket and satellite components orbiting our planet at speeds of more than 28,000 km/h.

The satellite will get hold of orbiting debris and throw it back into Earth's atmosphere, where they will burn up on re-entry. [ Read More... ]

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05 October 2013

By Tim Fernholz

Silk Road collected 9.5 million bitcoin—and only 11.75 million exist

Silk Road, the illicit online marketplace that first brought bitcoin to notoriety in 2011, was shut down and its alleged founder was arrested. The criminal complaint revealed that the site had collected revenues of some 9.5 million bitcoin since 2011, the equivalent today of $1.2 billion in sales and $80 million in commissions for Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly ran the site under the moniker Dread Pirate Roberts. [ Read More... ]

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05 October 2013

by Michael Hanlon

World's first GM babies born

The world's first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed last night.

The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics.

So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'. [ Read More... ]

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04 October 2013

By Sarah Griffiths

The time-lapse video of a world that DOESN'T exist:

Ultra-realistic footage is captured entirely from Grand Theft Auto V

  • Short video takes viewers on tour of fictional San Andreas state
  • Created by people behind YouTube's 'THE DESPICABLE CHANNEL'
  • Allows viewers to spot details built into the game, including different cars stopping at traffic lights, changing reflections in windows and clouds

While many gamers will be busily completing missions in Grand Theft Auto V as quickly as possible, one small group of fans has made an time-lapse video to showcase the lifelike graphics of the new game. In this image the leaves of trees and cables move to denote a breezy landscape

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04 October 2013

By Victoria Woollaston

Is this the best work rota ever?

Calendar made of LEGO syncs with a smartphone to give employees up-to-date information

  • London design studio has created a wall calendar made entirely of Lego
  • Each row represents a month and the staff are assigned mini figures
  • Colours of the Lego bricks fixed to the calendar represent different tasks
  • Each brick represents a set amount of time and bricks can be doubled up
  • Software scans a photo of the calendar and syncs it with an online version

Each row on the Lego calendar, pictured, represents a month and every column is a day of the week. Staff members each have their own mini figures. A work project is given its own colour, and a paper colour index is created for each staff. Each Lego brick then represents a half day spent on a particular project

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03 October 2013

by Chevel Johnson

Herman Wallace Freed After 41 Years Of Solitary

NEW ORLEANS: A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was released late Tuesday from prison, his attorneys said. [ Read More... ]

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03 October 2013

by Robert McMillan

Bitcoin Values Plummet $500M, Then Recover, After Silk Road Bust

Bitcoin, world's most popular digital currency, had a roller coaster ride today after the federal government shut down the Silk Road, an online marketplace where millions of bitcoins were swapped for drugs and black market products over the past two years. [ Read More... ]

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03 October 2013

The love bugs: Adorable damselflies HOLD HANDS as they rest on a flower

These vividly coloured damselflies show they are best buddies, looking like they're holding hands as they cuddle up on a flower. Photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, 38, spotted the insects in the dew as he walked across a flood plain early one morning

It is easy to imagine that these vividly-coloured damselflies are on a romantic insect date as they look as if they are holding hands.

The adorable images were taken by a photographer as he walked across a flood plain early one morning. Photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, 38 from Palma, Italy, took the photos of the big-eyed insects near the River Po in the Po Valley. [ Read More... ]

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03 October 2013

By Sarah Griffiths

The cave so huge it has its own weather system:

Explorers discover a lost world with thick cloud and fogs trapped inside

  • The cave system was discovered in the Chongquing province of China by a team of cavers and photographers
  • Caver Robbie Shone, from Manchester, said a few of the caves had previously been used by nitrate miners but had not been properly explored
  • The network, which includes 'cloud Ladder Hall' measuring around 51,000 metres squared, has water sources and vegetation of the floor

The view from a small window in the wall of the vast Niubizi Tian Keng in the Er Wang Dong cave system, where clouds form inside the huge spaces. Three tiny explorers can be seen negotiating the heavily vegetated floor

Adventurers have stumbled across a cave so enormous that it has its own weather system, complete with wispy clouds and lingering fog inside vast caverns. [ Read More ]

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02 October 2013

By L.J. Lane

Of Mice and Mud

The allure of the quick solution

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02 October 2013

Holy reveal: Vatican bank publishes annual report for the first time

For the first time in its 125-year history, the Vatican bank has disclosed its annual financial report to the public. The bank seeks to be more transparent amid the investigation into an alleged money-laundering scandal. [ Read More... ]

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02 October 2013

A Decade of Fear

A clever little video of only 2 mins that says a lot....[ Click image to watch... ]

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02 October 2013

The Story of Stuff:- Solutions

The latest short released by The Story of Stuff mob. Always good to watch, even if they're simplistic and don't change your mind. [ Click image to watch... ]

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01 October 2013

by Thomas R. Eddlem

UN SeeksFirst Responder Status and Governance in Syria Resolution

The UN sees itself as the World's police force

When the United Nations Security Council agreed to enforce a chemical arms ban in Syria, it was a significant step toward establishing the UN as a global police force. Tonight, the international community has delivered, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after the September 27 agreement was concluded. I welcome the commitment to safeguard and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. [ Read More... ]

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01 October 2013

by Thomas R. Eddlem

They're Lying to You: Appropriations and Shutdown Lies

As Democrats and Republicans squabble over federal funding and a partial shutdown of the federal government looms, many in the press are mindlessly parroting the Democratic Party's talking points about the shutdown. But what's the reality? Following are three false claims regarding the looming shutdown, and why they are lies. [ Read More... ]

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01-October-2013

By Sarah Griffiths

The app that really does let you walk with dinosaurs: Prehistoric monsters can roam your home using augmented reality

They have been seen stomping down the street, crashing round in kitchens and sneaking around at school.

Thanks to a new app, dinosaur fans have been able to pose with the prehistoric creatures using augmented reality technology.

The 'Walking with Dinosaurs Photo Adventure' app uses the camera function of a mobile or tablet device to allow users to pose with dinosaurs in modern surroundings. [ Read More... ]

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