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Is Tasmania really heading for a mini Ice Age?

Ted Mead*
13.04.18 6:05 am

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… Dave Taylor, a Queensland-based veteran weather expert, claims Australia is set for a series of prolonged freezing winters that begin in 2018 and continue through to 2025. Taylor, 47, has been studying the weather since he was 10 years old. He now runs two weather pages on social media, and has accurately predicted extreme weather conditions over the past decade, including floods in Far North Queensland. The weather expert bases his predictions on sunspots and cyclic patterns …

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‘Tasmanian regional forest agreement delivers $1.3bn losses in ‘giant fraud’ on taxpayer

John Lawrence, Guardian. Pic: Matt Newton
13.04.18 6:04 am

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Forestry Tasmania’s total cash losses were $454m over 20 years, with a write-down of $751m in value of forest estate …

Greens: Time for Transparency and Change in Forestry

John Lawrence on Tasfintalk here: Forestry Tasmania and the RFA

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How my book - A Wink from the Universe - got its title ...

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13.04.18 6:03 am

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… The Mad Russian had actually been a medical student in Russia but, having no English, the only work he could get in Melbourne was as a labourer on the wharves. His Polish wife, who had survived a Nazi forced labour camp, was short, dynamic and, according to her granddaughter Carmen, “something of a stunner”. She took in boarders, including some pretty rough types. But one, Reg Cook, was a cut above the rest. He worked as a clerk at Olympic tyres. He dressed up on Sundays even though he didn’t go to church. And he barracked for the Dogs, went every week, took the Mad Russian’s son, then eight years old. His name is Alexander Petropulo …

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‘Deficiencies in Integrity Commission’s Report of Serious Concern’

Ivan Dean MLC Independent Member for Windermere Media Release
13.04.18 6:01 am

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The Independent Member for Windermere in Tasmania’s Legislative Council is seeking legal opinion over an Integrity Commission Report which fails to settle serious allegations concerning Tasmania’s Fox Eradication Program …

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Martyn Turner ... Syria ...

Cartoon: Martyn Turner* used with permission
13.04.18 6:00 am

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More Companies Teach Workers What Colleges Don’t

Leonard Colquhoun* Pic: Thinkpublic, Flickr
12.04.18 6:20 am

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Think of all the politico-administrative stupidities in the past four decades, and it’d be hard to ignore these three idiotic developments in schooling and job preparation: (1) the destruction across most (if not all) States of the secondary technical high school;  (2) the one-direction-fits-all of everyone going to university, and (3)  the diversity-destroying 1980s ‘unified National System’ imposed on tertiary education & training …

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‘The Great Election Stick-up!’

Kim Peart* Independent for Prosser Media Release. Pic*
12.04.18 6:15 am

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Will the Liberals become known as the Party that ate Prosser …?

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‘Maintain The Rage ... Flash Ban Live Export Rally’

Suzanne Cass, Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty Media Release
12.04.18 6:10 am

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In the wake of the hideous cruelty we saw on 60 Minutes last night (Sunday), Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty is holding a Flash Rally this Saturday, April 14 at 10am. at Parliament Lawns …

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NATION: Tony Abbott’s great big backward slow bicycle race to nowhere

David Tyler* (AKA Urban Wronski*). Satire: DonkeyHotey, Flickr
10.04.18 6:20 am

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… A self-professed liar, now he’s into epic re-invention. He convenes a Coalition “ginger-group”, as their Field Marshall Peta Credlin calls her fatuous former boss and his vacuous band of Turnbull-haters, namely Deputy PM, Barnababy Joyce, Kevin Andrews, Eric Abetz, Craig Kelly plus 20-30 dodgy ring-ins who sign a piece of paper with a pic of John Monash on it - a veritable toolkit of short-attention spanners - who are out to wreak havoc. Credlin has the perfect metaphor for the Turnbull government, etymologically. To ginger up comes from an old practice of inserting ginger into the anus of a broken-down nag to make it look lively, a horse dealer’s trick recorded from the late 18th Century. Bugger the ginger. If the broken down Turnbull government were a horse, you’d take it out the back and shoot it …

… Great grandson, Mark Durre, takes to ABC Radio, on behalf of seven descendants, to decry the appropriation of the Monash name for what he generously calls the “anti-science and anti-intellectual” approach of the so-called Monash Forum, and their promotion of technologies from the “horse and buggy era”. Arguing convincingly his great grandpa would have been all for solar and wind today, Durre upbraids Abbott … “More than that, we disassociate ourselves specifically from the forum’s use of the Monash name to give their anti-science and anti-intellectual argument an air of authority and we ask that they withdraw the name.” Abbott has made it known that the name will stay and so, too, will his greater insult to the Australian nation, the proposal that the government fund a coal-fired power station, a proposal so antithetical to the party of free enterprise and so ignorant of market, let alone environmental realities, that even Scott Morrison, the clown who brought a lump of coal into parliament, a prop, granted, more eloquent than he could ever be, slaps Abbott down …

news.com.au: Why everyone’s talking about a #LibSpill after nightmare Newspoll result AFTER the PM lost his 30th Newspoll in a row, predictions for a Liberal Party leadership spill are ramping up. But will there be one? …

Malcolm Farr, news.com.au: Malcolm Turnbull loses 30th consecutive Newspoll

Download The Most Honest Three Minutes in Television History ...

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‘Ex-Commando calls on PM to establish an independent investigation into Police Raid’

Rob Messenger Media Release. Pic: of Marise Payne from Lib's website
10.04.18 6:00 am

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… Defence Minister Marise Payne personally promised me in Canberra in late 2016 - that my matter would be investigated in a timely manner - and close to 18 months have passed since our meeting and no resolution is in sight. This extraordinary delay means I’ve lost confidence in the Minister to properly do her job …

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Estimating the extinction date of the thylacine ...

Conservation Biology. Pic: Flickr
10.04.18 5:40 am

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Download and read ...

Carlson_et_al-2018-Conservation_Biology.pdf

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Today’s Prize-Fight for Real-Time Reporting at TasWater ... VICTORY ...

Tim Slade* Pic: TasWater's letter to Tim Slade
10.04.18 5:30 am

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 In today’s early morning prize-fight, the Board of TasWater shaped-up to the proposed policy for real-time reporting of all drinking water data in Tasmania …

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Welcome to Tasmania Professor Rufus Black ...

Mal Graham. Pic: Encyclopedia Britannica
10.04.18 5:20 am

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Welcome to Tasmania Professor Rufus Black ( http://www.utas.edu.au/vc ), you are now at the helm of the good ship UTas bobbing around in a vast ocean of taxpayers’ money …

Examiner: Rathjen’s travel bill ‘fine’

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‘Live animal export outrage: Minister called to shut down trade immediately’

Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie Media Release
09.04.18 6:31 am

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… “The industry treats us like mugs when it says this isn’t representative of the live export industry as a whole. We’ve seen exposé after exposé of horrific animal welfare breaches and there can be no doubt that this is a cruel trade. A one-off investigation into this incident won’t cut it.” …

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Mind what you eat. Bon appetit ... !

Scott MacInnes* Pic*
09.04.18 6:20 am

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London is full of chickens on electric spits,
Cooking in windows where the public pass.
This, say the chickens, is their Auschwitz,
And all poultry eaters are psychopaths.

_ Peter Porter

Animal Liberation Tasmania: Animal Rights groups issue one last plea for mercy ...

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Open letter to David Walsh ...

THURSDAY, June 15 ...

ABC: Dark Mofo: Janet Holmes a Court questions method in Hobart sacrificial bull show

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‘Housing Crisis, or Political Vacuum?’

Kim Peart Media Release, Twitter ~ https://twitter.com/PeartForProsser
09.04.18 6:00 am

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Do we actually have a housing crisis in Tasmania, or is this crisis simply a total vacuum in political imagination? …

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You’ll need to be quick ... tickets to give away ...

Paula Xiberras
08.04.18 6:00 am

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Tasmanian Times has tickets to give away ... but you’ll have to be quick. The ticks - two double passes to each show - are to Reece Mastin’s concerts on Fri April 13 | Saloon bar, Launceston | 18+ | tickets through oztix. Sat April 14 | Waratah Hotel, Hobart | 18+ | tickets through oztix. All you have to do is write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) , giving your snail-mail address. As always, first in best dressed ...

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Edmund Burke and the ‘World Turned Upside Down’ ...

Michael Powell* Pic: of Edmund Burke
07.04.18 7:00 am

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Happy and Gay the Laxette way: Dealing with value inversion ... … Burke observed the American Revolution with sympathy and the French Revolution with horror. He loved Liberty as much as Authority but he saw in the spirit of the colonists, legitimate aspiration. His view was pragmatic. Enforced compliance ultimately fails. It’s obvious. What he saw though, in British leadership, was a dogged determination to persist in the face of obvious calamity. A sort of Brexit pre-visited …

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Leading human rights barrister Julian Burnside examines asylum seeker policies worldwide

Georgia Rowles. Pic: James Dryburgh
07.04.18 6:49 am

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WORLD PREMIERE OF BORDER POLITICS The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will screen the world premiere of Border Politics on 15 May in Melbourne. Border Politics follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he crosses the globe to examine the treatment of refugees …

Facebook: Latest violence on Manus

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Architectural Visualisation - Adrian Bold* style

Andrew James
07.04.18 6:41 am

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The “unreleased” cable car proposal ...

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Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne ... and ‘swatting’ ...

Rob Messenger*
06.04.18 3:50 am

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@MarisePayne Australia’s Defence Min made a promise to ex-commando Mick Bainbridge 2 years ago - that she would deliver justice after the Army’s vile & disgraceful treatment of him and his family. Aust Story will reveal the truth and the Minister’s shame #auspol #politas #9News

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Australian Story: When the war is over ...

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Is this the Quantam Leap in Renewable Power Storage ... ?

Ted Mead* Pic*
06.04.18 3:40 am

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Over the past several years Lithium has been the buzz-word for renewable energy storage. However a new innovation using carbon capacitor storage has broken beyond the barriers of that technology …

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Reviewed! Ducks for Dark Times ...

Ted Mead*
06.04.18 3:30 am

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The Artful Leunig Flair, expression and conveyance, these are the powerful stokes of an artists pen or brush, and no one does it with as much passion and humour than the prodigiously gifted Michael Leunig …

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‘Busted: Government in damage control over latest animal outrage’

Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie Media Release
05.04.18 5:45 am

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The Federal Government is treating us like mugs to claim it was already concerned about the deaths of more than two thousand sheep on a ship bound for the Middle East last August …

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A Simple Target: Zero Homeless

Kim Peart* Pic*
04.04.18 6:00 am

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If the Tasmanian Government decided to end homelessness, what could be done? Finland faced this simple choice, and decided to provide homes. The Finns also found that it was less expensive to provide homes for the homeless, when all long-term costs were taken into account. Should we follow the lead of the Finns? …

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‘Rainforest logging and Aboriginal heritage damage revealed’

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04.04.18 5:45 am

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Artists capture threats to Tasmanian wilderness Bob Brown Foundation’s annual environmental arts project, Tarkine in Motion, has revealed fresh logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforests and illegal off-road vehicle damage to the National Heritage listed Aboriginal cultural landscape …

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NATION: It’s just not cricket ...

Urban Wronski* (AKA David Tyler) .Toon: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission
03.04.18 7:00 am

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… Yet not everyone enjoys the show. The scandal is more than the product of poor political role models and bad political leadership, Mike Carlton contends in The Saturday Paper. It is part of a larger national sickness. There is something rotten in the Commonwealth of Australia. A culture of greed, selfishness, envy, cruelty and often criminal corruption is gnawing at the nation’s heart. The notion of the “fair go”, once prized as the very essence of Australianism, has become an empty slogan mouthed by the sharp-elbowed spivs and chancers hell-bent on trampling the rest of us into the blood and sawdust as they claw their way to the top …

Ross Gittins, Economics Editor SMH: Cheating cricketers symptomatic of our declining standards

www.johnmenadue.com: MUNGO MacCALLUM. Sledging on and off the field

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All for a few boards of Musk ...

John Hawkins* Pic*
02.04.18 5:00 am

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I have spent over fifty years looking at and researching English and Australian furniture, and one of the first things I learned was the distinction between the separate trades of a carpenter, joiner, and cabinet maker …

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Guardian: ‘Tasmanian regional forest agreement delivers $1.3bn losses in ‘giant fraud’ on taxpayer’

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Can’t we return to a simpler, more sustainable way of life ... ?

William Briggs*
02.04.18 4:45 am

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Cities are getting bigger and rural communities are shrinking. It is a global trend that has been going on for decades. Alarm bells ring and there are calls for a return to an often-imagined romantic, idyllic vision of country life …

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Arctic Heat Wave – An Ominous Sign!

Ted Mead* Pic*
02.04.18 4:30 am

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The Arctic has just been subjected to a huge winter heat wave, so what does this mean? How many more seasonal changes and extremes in the earth’s weather patterns will it take before we adopt a unanimous belief that climate change is not only occurring but that there is an urgent need to redress this global life-threatening issue … ?

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