News & Current Affairs
By Matt Taibbi
Looting the Pension Funds
The Full story
All across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers, and it will happen in Australia
In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs, the state of Rhode Island took bold action to avert what it called its own looming pension crisis. Led by its newly elected treasurer, Gina Raimondo, an ostentatiously ambitious 42-year-old Rhodes scholar and former venture capitalist, the state declared war on public pensions, ramming through an ingenious new law slashing benefits of state employees with a speed and ferocity seldom before seen by any local government. [ Read More... ]
Downer by name, disaster by nature
Former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has waded into his old patch in a characteristically obnoxious and hamfisted way. We take a look at the Downer 'resume'.
As if Australia's foreign policy isn't precarious enough already. Tony Abbott is Prime Minister, Julie Bishop is Foreign Minister, Andrew Robb is Minister for Trade and all seem well out of their depth. [ Read More... ]
Iran-backed hackers infiltrated Navy computers - US officials
US officials have accused Iran of recently hacking unclassified Navy computers. If the allegations prove true, the incident would be one of the most serious cyberintrusions of American computer systems by the Islamic Republic. [ Read More... ]
Michael Tellinger's presentation at BEM 2012
A brilliant presentation on free energy from Ancient Times
Iranian lawmakers pass bill allowing men to marry adopted daughters
Human rights activists say approved bill, making girls vulnerable to the ruling from age 13, 'legalises paedophilia'
Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, approved by parliament on Sunday, opens the door for the caretaker of a family to marry his or her adopted child if a court rules it is in the interests of the individual child. [ Read More... ]
Heston Blumenthal served up another Michelin star for Dinner
Heston Blumenthal at Dinner, which the Michelin guide decided to award another star because of its 'glorious celebration of Britain's culinary heritage'. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
Heston Blumenthal, mingler of lab and kitchen, purveyor of gastropod porridge and architect of out-sized exercises in edible nostalgia, has added a sixth Michelin star to his growing empire. [ Read More... ]
School Of Rock
Brilliant young students perform 46 and 2 by Tool
Two years after the Occupy Movement kicked off, a new peaceful protest movement has arisen in its place.
This week marks two years since the Occupy movement kicked off at Zuccotti Park. However, in its place, there is a new peaceful protest movement emerging in America and it is perhaps the most powerful and threatening yet to rapacious industrial capitalism and the elites it serves. [ Read More... ]
Abbott Government denies Malaysian lawyer visa
In denying Malaysian lawyer and political activist Haris Ibrahim a visa to Australia signifies a major and disturbing change in Australian foreign policy, says Murray Hunter.
The Malaysian political activist and lawyer Haris Ibrahim was refused a visa to enter Australia by the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur indicates a possible new attitude on the part of the Abbott Government towards human rights and freedom of expression in South-East Asia. [ Read More... ]
by Marl Prigg
Will this be the world's fastest car? Inventor claims it has a top speed 340 mph...but it will set you back $1,500,000
Plans for a supercar capable of reaching 340mph have been revealed by a Manchester firm. Called the Keating Bolt, it will cost $1,500,000 and go from 0-60mph in just two seconds
Plans for a supercar capable of reaching 340mph have been revealed by a Manchester firm. Called the Keating Bolt, it will cost $1,500,000 and go from 0-60mph in just two seconds. The company, which is run by Dr Anthony Keating, has produced three previous models - the SKR, the TKR and the ZKR. [ Read More... ]
Gold shipment disappears from Air France flight to Zurich
Some 44 kilograms of gold bars from an overall cargo of 300 kg of precious metal have mysteriously disappeared from a flight bound to Zurich. An insider operation could be to blame for a $3.5 million heist at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport. [ Read More... ]
by Jacob Chamberlain
'Flush the TPP!': Protesters Scale Trade Building in Protest of Secretive Deal
Ongoing protests seek to drag 'destructive' trade deals into the light
Protesters scaled the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday and dropped banners calling for greater transparency and an end to "corporatocracy" over the ongoing and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement currently in the works between the United States and several Pacific nations. [ Read More... ]
by David Glance
Android Customisation About To Go Mainstream
Many consider manufacturers versions of Android to be bloatware when compared with what's available on Googles own Nexus 4. Janitors via Flickr
The practice of installing modified versions of the Google Android operating system on other smartphones is about to become mainstream. CyanogenMod, the people behind one of the custom ROMs (as these versions of the phone firmware are called), have just announced that they have received $7 million in funding to establish a new company Cyanogen Inc. With the substantial cash injection, they plan to make their software available to a wider audience beyond their current tech-savvy users. [ Read More... ]
Brazilian President Rousseff Launches Tirade Against US Over NSA Surveillance
Dilma Rousseff's scathing speech to UN general assembly the most serious diplomatic fallout over revelations of US spying
Part Transcript of Dilma Rousseff's Speach to the UN
24th September 2013
Mr. President,I would like to bring to the consideration of delegations a matter of great importance and gravity.
Recent revelations concerning the activities of a global network of electronic espionage have caused indignation and repudiation in public opinion around the world. [Read More... ]
Parent Dares Challenge Common Core, Hauled Away in Handcuffs
It seems 'Common Core' is the U.S equivalent of Australia's Gonski and NAPLAN. It seeks to stifle creativity, and natural IQ in favour of the school receiving more funding. Our Government is following the worst of the US implicitly, and nowadays almost in 'real-time.
When a concerned parent dared attend a school board meeting last week to express his concerns about Common Core, he was carried away in handcuffs. [ Read More... ]
Amazing jetpack takes to the skies
Vehicle inspired by TV shows could be used in daring rescue attempts
Flying high: The P12 machine can reach a height of up to 8,000ft and travel at 45mph. It has been designed to be more maneuverable than its predecessor due and could be used as a first response vehicle
An amazing jetpack 30 years in the making that will let customers soar though the skies like a super hero is a step closer to being released to the public. [ Read More... ]
David Wilcock - Sychronicity Key Part 1 [50mins]
David Wilcock's latest video released September 2013
And So This Is 40!
14 Beautiful Women at 40
By Susan Berfield
The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History
Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first overseas assignments at ALW Food Group, a family-owned food-trading company based in Hamburg. Von Buddenbrock had joined ALW the initials stand for its founder, Alfred L. Wolff four years earlier after earning a degree in marketing and international business, and he was expert in the buying and selling of gum arabic, a key ingredient in candy and soft drinks. Giesselbach had started at ALW as a 19-year-old apprentice. She worked hard, learned quickly, spoke five languages, and within three years had become the company's first female product manager. Her specialty was honey. When the two colleagues began their new jobs in a small fourth-floor office a few blocks from Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, ALW's business was growing, and all they saw was opportunity. [ Read More... ]
Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving on Bitcoins
Paul Harrison, Chris Kantola, and Jesse Angle, scrounging for bitcoins outside a public library in Pensacola, Florida.
Jesse Angle is homeless, living on the streets of Pensacola, Florida. Sometimes he spends the night at a local church. Other nights, he sleeps behind a building in the heart of the city, underneath a carport that protects him from the rain.
Each morning, he wakes up, grabs some food, and makes his way to Martin Luther King Plaza, a downtown park built where the trolley tracks used to run. He likes this park because his friends hang out there too, and it's a good place to pick up some spending money. But he doesn't panhandle. He uses the internet. [ Read More... ]
3 Ingenious Designs That Will Fool Your Eyes
Even in a white-walled gallery in New York City's gallery district, Paul Cocksedge's work is unapologetically nerdy. It doesn't first appear that way. In fact, his work looks very designer-y, in the sense that it's meticulously crafted into aesthetic perfection. But the London-based designer, who recently opened his first solo exhibition at the Friedman Benda gallery, has always been attracted to the principles of science and the natural world. [ Read More... ]
Australian troops being readied for possible deployment into Syria and Iran
Australia's new Defence Minister, David Johnston, says he wants to keep the military battle-ready for further possible conflicts in the unstable Middle East and South Asia. [ Read More... ]
Cher - Woman's World HD Official Video
Cape York development plan threatens world heritage bid
Cape York's pristine coastline and Indigenous cultural significance is under threat from development, conservationists say. Photograph: Queensland Tourism/AAP Image
A Queensland government plan to open up Cape York to development is "insane" and risks destroying landscapes that are currently being considered for world heritage listing, environmentalists claim. [ Read More... ]
Godfrey Bloom, British Politician To Room Of Female Activists: 'This Place Is Full Of Sluts'
But that's exactly what Godfrey Bloom, a British member of the European Parliament, did during a "women in politics" event this week. After two women at the conference said that they had never cleaned behind their fridges, Bloom responded, "This place is full of sluts." [ Read More... ]
NYC Man Convicted In Terror Training Case, Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison
An American citizen was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday for lying to the FBI about his attempts to wage violent jihad against U.S. forces by joining the Taliban or al-Qaida. [ Read More... ]
The incredible cargo vessel with a hull so huge it acts as a SAIL
Innovative design could reduce fuel needed by half
A Norwegian firm has unveiled plans for a radical new cargo ship with a hull so large it acts as a sail. The Vindskip, designed by Lade AS, uses a hull designed to act as a giant airfoil.
It is a return to the days of wind-powered cargo ships - but with a very modern twist. [ Read More... ]
Here Are All The Countries Where Children Are Sentenced To Die In Prison
There are about 2,500 youth offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole in prisons worldwide. We've come up with a map showing all of the countries where they are incarcerated. [ Read More... ]
'Sexual jihad': Tunisian women go to Syria to 'relieve' holy warriors, return pregnant
A number of Tunisian girls who had travelled to Syria for "sexual jihad" have returned home pregnant, the government says. (Photo from www.febrayer.com)
Tunisian women have traveled to Syria to wage 'sexual jihad', performing intercourse with dozens of Islamist fighters and returning home pregnant, Tunisia's Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou told MPs. [ Read More... ]
The Hubble Telescope's Most Important Images
An absolutely awesome series of images taken by Hubble. Don't watch this whilst on any 'green' stuff, your mind will not let you sleep. Incredibly profound and scary at the same time, but makes one wonder about what we are part of.
Science is the base element for all things...
Science is the base element for all things; Medicine; Industry; Agriculture; even War.
Whether scientists use it ethically or not is the debating point. [ Read More... ]
by: Ian Sample
Sarin: the deadly history of the nerve agent used in Syria
An amateur photograph showing a UN weapons inspector collecting samples at Ain Terma, near Damascus. Photograph: Local Commitee of Arbeen/EPA
The UN has confirmed that the chemical used in Damascus last month was sarin, a lethal poison with no taste, no smell and no colour. Which makes it one of the most murderous weapons in modern warfare [ Read More... ]
Does the FFA deserve its $43m back from Fifa?
The FFA wants compensation from Fifa, but there are good reasons Australia's World Cup bid failed
Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman Frank Lowy, who chaired Australia's failed 2022 World Cup bid, says Fifa should pay compensation to his federation and other losing candidates if the tournament in Qatar is switched to the northern hemisphere winter. [ Read More... ]
by: Oliver Milman
NSW Labor moves to end the anti-fluoride 'circus'
Party's health spokesman tables legislation which would force local authoritites to add fluoride to all water supplies[ Read More... ]
Liz Hurley ditches Shane Warne engagement ring after heartbreaking tweet
Model Liz was seen out without the sapphire ring just hours after 'all but confirming' her split from Shane
Liz Hurley all but confirmed her split from cricket legend Shane Warne in a heartbreaking tweet today. [ Read More... ]
by Daniel G. J.
REPORTS REVEAL NSA DIRECTOR IS 'DERANGED COWBOY'
The Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) is completely deranged, according to recent media reports. When he was in charge of the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Security Command, General Keith Alexander reportedly hired a Hollywood set designer to remodel part of the organization's office to look like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek: the Next Generation. [ Read More... ]
by Anthony Gucciardi
SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH:
STOP FEEDING THIRD WORLD NATIONS TO REDUCE POPULATION
Top globalist Sir David Attenborough, who last year described humans as a 'plague on Earth', has now gone on record in calling for nations of the world to stop sending food aid to starving nations in order to reduce the population of the world. [ Read More... ]
YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE STARTUPS THE CIA HAS INVESTED IN
The venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, a division of the CIA, invests for the purpose of keeping the CIA and other Government Agencies ahead of the technology curve. Some of their choices are fascinating. Here are the ten of the most interesting investments they've made. [ Read More... ]
by M Caulfield
Seasteading And Sovereignety
What do Hong Kong, Singapore, and Lichtenstein all have in common? They are home to 3 of the most free and most prosperous economies in the world. They are some of the highest ranked in terms of income and standard of living. With unemployment rates at 3.3%, 1.9%, and 1.5%, they seem to have delivered a knockout blow to poverty by simply allowing almost maximum freedom in the realm of economic behavior of their citizens. [Read More... ]
25 Best Ways to Detox From Heavy Metals, Pesticides, Environmental Pollutants, and Metabolic Waste
If you are endlessly tired, irritable, have trouble losing weight, or feel depressed, you might be suffering from the environmental onslaught of toxins being poured into our air, water and soil by greedy corporate monopolies. If you aren't sure whether you are suffering from toxic overload, you can at least be certain you are not immune to the toxic effects of environmental pollution like oil spills, fracking, chemtrails, nuclear energy (think Fukushima), or even the domestic production of war materials. Even every day items like shampoo and rug cleaners also contain thousands of chemicals that are deadly toxic in higher dosages. [ Read More... ]
Frog-like Baby Was Born In Nepal
Frog-Like Baby In Nepal
A frog-like baby was born in Charikot, Nepal but died half an hour after his birth. The baby was neck-less with its head sunk in the upper part of the body and its big eyeballs popped out in his eye socket which totally made the baby to look like a frog. [ Read More... ]
By Victoria Woollaston
Meet Fanny, the world's largest robot who's a fire-breathing walking DRAGON
The 11-tonne mechanical creature called Fanny, pictured, was created by German firm Zollner Elektronik AG. Also known as Tradinno, the robot is 51ft long, 40ft wide, can walk on its four legs and is powered by a remote control. It was built as a character in the German folk play Drachenstich
Looking like a creature straight out of the Game of Thrones TV series, Fanny is a 30-foot high, fire-breathing mechanical dragon that can flap its 40-foot wings and walk on all fours. Designed by German electronic firm, Zollner Elektronik AG, the creature is powered by four remote controls, a two-litre turbo diesel engine and a series of hydraulic valves. [ Read More... ]
Pentagon too broke to buy a new fax machine
The United States went ahead with major spending cuts earlier this year, slicing around $85 billion off the federal budget. But while most government offices remain afloat, a fax machine on the fritz may be too costly for the Pentagon to fix. [ Read More... ]
By Juha Saarinen
Kim Dotcom's Mega-Lawsuit Could Make Him a Multi-Millionaire Again
Kim Dotcom. Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images
File-sharing tycoon Kim Dotcom has a plan to become a multi-millionaire again: He's filed a seven-figure lawsuit against the New Zealand government over the spectacular 2012 assault on his mansion, and the electronic spying that preceded it. [ Read More... ]
Time travel IS possible
But only if you want to go to the future and not come back
Professor Brian Cox, pictured left, explained to an audience at the British Science Festival that time travel is possible, based on Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. In theory, if technology was developed that could transport large objects close to the speed of light, humans could travel like Doctor Who in his tardis, right
Travelling through time may not be the far-fetched science fiction theory it was once thought to be, according to Professor Brian Cox. [ Read More... ]
Give me Libertarianism or give me Life
THE ELECTION RESULT has been endlessly dissected in both political terms and in terms of policy implications for issues like climate change and the NBN. But it also needs to be discussed in a much broader setting of recent political trends all over the world. [ Read More... ]
The Australian vs Craig Thomson
With the Craig Thomson case in court again this week, Peter Wicks reports on the magistrate lashing News Ltd's coverage and gives his own view on Thomson's guilt or innocence.
I AM ALWAYS asked my opinion on what has happened with the HSU and in particular my thoughts on Craig Thomson's guilt or innocence.
Given Thomson's matter was once again in court last week, with reports on what happened varying despite it amounting to nothing in the end, I thought it may be an appropriate time seeing as I have not given my opinion thus far. [ Read More... ]
The shell beads that reveal early modern humans arrived in the Middle East some 42,000 years ago
Beads from the site of Ksar Akil, Lebanon, found closely associated with the skeleton of an early modern girl dating to between 39,000 to 41,000 years ago. The beads (pictured) are made of shells of small marine snails as well as a Glycymeris shell in the centre, preserved with bright red pigmentation
Scientists have found new evidence that suggests the earliest fully modern humans arrived in the Near East (now known as the Middle East) around 42,000-years-ago. [ Read More... ]
Why you don't need to buy a new iPhone
Among the reaction and criticism of Apple's latest iPhone event, one feature that many experts agree on is that its upcoming iOS 7 software is a game changer - in the way it looks and the way its new features will 'revitalise' older models. [ Read More... ]
UN team finds no proof on chemical weapons
Snooze time: A Free Syrian Army fighter rests as a fellow fighter aims his weapon behind sandbags in the eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus.
United Nations investigators have listed a wide range of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Syria, but provided no conclusion on the issue of chemical weapons use. [ Read More... ]
Lean, green, speedy machines: Porsche and BMW unveil hybrid supercars that are built for racing - but are MORE efficient than a Toyota Prius
Porche 918 Spyder
Supercars are not usually known for their fuel efficiency, but both Porsche and BMW have debuted hybrid vehicles that are less thirsty at a petrol pump than a Toyota Prius.
Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor show, the Porsche 918 Spyder can reach 60mph in less than 2.8 seconds, while BMW's futuristic i8 takes less than 4.4 seconds to reach the same speed. [ Read More... ]
And now it's global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year Almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012
A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year, an increase of 60 per cent.
The rebound from 2012's record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013. [ Read More... ]
Apple casts its net wide to take on Android: Tech giant unveils its plastic $99 iPhone 5C and top-of-the-range $399 iPhone 5S that DOES come with an in-built fingerprint scanner
In what's been classed as a 'make or break' event for Apple, the tech firm has unveiled a cut-price handset called the iPhone 5C as well as a high-end model called iPhone 5S.
The release of the iPhone 5C marks a step away from Apple's luxe image.
Many believe the move is a desperate bid to poach Samsung buyers, as the Korean company and its plastic, cheaper handsets go from strength to strength. [ Read More... ]
By Steven Strong
Australian Court Found Altering Official Court Transcripts After Magistrate Slanders Leading Indigenous Rights Activist?
To begin with, the following story was meant to represent a symbolic statement of support for the sovereignty of the indigenous Githubal people, and a chance to air the details of a grievous insult to their sacred men's site. But an outrageous public slandering made by a court Magistrate, several omissions and revisions made to the court's 'official' transcript of proceedings, and the obvious obstruction coming from the highest levels of Australia's legal institutions who are sworn to uphold the truth were never meant to be part of this story either. [ Read More... ]
The gadget that makes sure your phone is ALWAYS charged: Light-powered screen could mean mobiles never run out of battery
There is already technology that will can save your phone's location if its battery dies or can send text messages after the power has gone, but what if you could buy a phone that never lost power again because it was permanently on charge? [ Read More ]
Julian Assange: May Come Home To Serve If Elected
If Victorians vote Julian Assange into the Senate tomorrow, thanks to proposed changes in the UK's extradition laws, we may actually see him take his place in the Australian Upper House next year. [ Read More... ]
The end of extinction? Scientists are close to 'cloning' an Australian frog that no longer exists - and there are plans to resurrect more dead species
An effort is underway in Australia to resurrect the southern gastric-brooding frog (pictured), which swallowed fertilised eggs and gave birth orally, before the last known female died in captivity in 1983. Scientists had been fascinated by the creatures but before they could study them in detail, the frogs died out[ Read More... ]
Galaxy Gear is GO! Samsung unveils its 'fashion statement' smartwatch that is voice activated, answers calls with a flick of the wrist and comes in SIX colours
Following months of mounting tension and fierce speculation, Samsung has finally unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch and revealed a 'slimmer, lighter, faster' Galaxy Note 3 phablet. [ Read More... ]
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Written in July 1968 mainly by John Lennon, and released in August 1968. Revolution was one of John Lennon's first indications of his peace initiatives that were to follow. He had an acute awareness of World affairs.
Israel claims joint US missile launch in Mediterranean for 'target practice'
A spokesperson for the Israeli army confirmed that a launch of a missile had been carried out 9:15am local time (06:15 GMT), adding that US forces in the Mediterranean had been given prior warning of the drill. [ Read More... ]
World's slimmest keyboard is PAPER-THIN and turns ANY area into a touchscreen
Scientists at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) have invented a flexible computer keyboard that is paper-thin at just 0.5 millimeters thick and can turn any area into a touch-sensitive surface. They claim it is the world's thinnest[ Read More... ]
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The world's largest SOLAR boat powered by 809 panels: Eco-friendly vessel breaks world record after crossing Atlantic in just 22 days - and it's completely silent
The world's largest solar boat is making London its final port of call on an epic voyage of scientific discovery along the Gulf stream. [ Read More... ]
Is this the answer to every camper's prayers? Pocket-size portable washing machine cleans clothes in just 30 SECONDS
The $50 wash bag, dubbed the Scrubba, can easily wash T-shirts, socks, underwear, and even jeans while a user is away from home using just three litres of water and liquid soap
A new wash bag could transform the lives of campers, travellers, and festival goers - because it can wash clothes in just five minutes. [ Read More... ]
by: Craig Murray
The Troodos Conundrum
The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the UK contributes to UK/US intelligence cooperation. The communications intercept agencies, GCHQ in the UK and NSA in the US, share all their intelligence reports (as do the CIA and MI6). Troodos is valued enormously by the NSA. It monitors all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East, ranging from Egypt and Eastern Libya right through to the Caucasus. Even almost all landline telephone communication in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage, picked up on Troodos. [ Read More... ]
13 quotes from George Orwell's 1984 that resonate more than ever
One of the most influential dystopian novels ever written, 1984 has had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication in 1949 many of its concepts have entered modern day parlance. Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak and Room 101 are all part of Orwell's world. What's more, as a result of the book, Orwellian is now a term to describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state.
Orwell hoped that by writing 1984 he'd help stop such a state ever coming to pass. Read these thirteen quotes to decide for yourself. [ Read More... ]