Irony: ABC Brisbane run hatchet job on Toowong Peace Temple under the headline "Temple of Lies" in which John Taylor picks up and runs with the attack started by a Murdoch hack in Brisbane's 'Sunday Mail' in August 2001

There is nothing "mysterious" about Toowong's Temple of Peace - unless you're a fascist, war mongering historical revisionist.

The heritage listed Temple of Peace, was erected in 1924 by Richard Ramo as a memorial to his four sons, three of whom had died in World War One. The heritage register states:

"The temple was more than just a personal memorial, it was an expression of revulsion of war, containing many pacifist and anti-war inscriptions. The dedication ceremony on 6 December 1924 was attended by several thousand people, including many socialists and pacifists. The band played 'The Red Flag' as the coffin was placed in the memorial."

From 'Monumental Queensland: Signposts On A Cultural Landscape' by Lisanne Gibson and Joanna Besley [2004 UQP]:

... Sometimes the form belies the message. Consider Richard Ramo's unique "Temple of Peace" in Brisbane's Toowong Cemetery. It looks like a splendid mausoleum but the inscriptions on it are an enraged litany against war. A socialist and a rationalist, Ramo was devastated by the loss of three sons in World War One and the suicide of an adopted son. Appealing to the mothers and workers of the world as the hope for humanity in the face of a war wrought by capitalism, the inscriptions also express the grief of a father unable to draw comfort from conventional christian faith. Like an ordinary war memorial, the Temple of Peace served as the site of ritual for many others with similar feelings as demonstrated by the several thousand people who gathered at its dedication.

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The Peace Temple's interior contains more inscriptions and a memorial to "pup".

The Temple of Peace at Toowong Cemetery was boarded up in 2007 after being vandalised.

It was restored in 2009.

According to a Media Release from the Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology [4/9/09], the Temple of Peace at Toowong Cemetery was repaired, along with the "A Battery Memorial":

"Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten said repairs to the 'Temple of Peace Monument' and the 'A Battery Memorial' at Toowong Cemetery were supported by the Queensland Government's Community Memorials Restoration Program.

"The Bligh Government was pleased to contribute $18,500 towards the $37,000 restoration of these two memorials, with Brisbane City Council matching our contribution," Mr Schwarten said. "

Time again for Brisbane to call for an end to war and an end to media lies: 11 AM Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - Temple of Peace - Toowong Cemetery.

United States continue bombing Iraq

Reuters [8/11/14]:

U.S. air strikes destroyed an Islamic State convoy near the Iraqi city of Mosul but U.S. officials said on Saturday it was unclear whether the group's top commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been in any of the 10 targeted vehicles.

Colonel Patrick Ryder, a Central Command spokesman, said the U.S. military had reason to believe that the convoy was carrying leaders of Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which controls large chunks of Iraq and Syria.

The convoy consisted of 10 Islamic State armed trucks.

"I can confirm that coalition aircraft did conduct a series of air strikes yesterday evening in Iraq against what was assessed to be a gathering of ISIL leaders near Mosul," said Ryder, using another name for Islamic State.

"We cannot confirm if ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among those present."

Islamic State had been changing its strategy since the air strikes began, switching to lower profile vehicles to avoid being targeted, according to residents of towns the group holds.

A Mosul morgue official said 50 bodies of Islamic State militants were brought to the facility after the air strike.

Mosul, northern Iraq's biggest city, was overrun on June 10 in an offensive that saw vast parts of Iraq's Sunni regions fall to the Islamic State and allied groups.

A month later a video posted online purported to show the reclusive Baghdadi preaching at Mosul's grand mosque.

Earlier on Saturday, Al-Hadath television channel said U.S.-led air strikes targeted a gathering of Islamic State leaders in a town near the Syrian border, possibly including Baghdadi.

Iraqi security officials were not immediately available for comment on the report from the station, part of Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television, but two witnesses told Reuters an air strike targeted a house where senior Islamic State officers were meeting, near the western Iraqi border town of al-Qaim.

Al-Hadath said dozens of people were killed and wounded in the strike in al-Qaim, and that Baghdadi's fate was unclear.

Mahmoud Khalaf, a member of Anbar's Provincial Council, also said there were air strikes in al-Qaim. He gave no details.

The U.S.-led coalition carried out air strikes near al-Qaim overnight, destroying an Islamic State armored vehicle and two checkpoints run by the group, Ryder said.

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Two cars have exploded in seperate attacks in southwestern Baghdad's Shia al-Ameen neighbourhood, killing seven people and injuring 21 others, a police source has said, as hospital officials confirmed the casualties. ... [Al Jazeera - 8/11/14]

ISIL militants shell refugee camp in Kobani

Press TV [8/11/14]:

The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has shelled a camp sheltering people displaced from the volatile Syrian town of Kobani, killing two civilians.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that ISIL shelling left two civilians dead and injured four others, including a child, at a camp for the people forced by violence from Kobani to the west of the strategic town.

Syrian Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have been fighting to drive the ISIL terrorists out of the border town, most of whose residents have escaped.

Around 150 Peshmerga forces, armed with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft machine guns and mobile rocket launchers, entered Kobani in over a dozen trucks and jeeps last Friday from Turkey to join the anti-ISIL fight.

They received a heroes’ welcome by Turkish Kurds and Syrian Kurdish refugees.

“Of course the presence of the Peshmerga has been helpful because they’re shelling ISIS (ISIL) positions, destroying their fighters and weapons,” said Idris Nassan, a local official in Kobani.

“Because of the Peshmerga shelling, we’ve stopped ISIS (ISIL) advances in the western rural areas as well as the east and southeastern frontline of the city,” he added.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages and killing hundreds of people. More than 200,000 people have also fled across the border into Turkey.

Syria has been grappling with a foreign-backed war for more than three years. According to the UN, more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since its outset in March 2011.

Ukrainian Artillery Opens Fire at Donetsk, Militias Fighting Back

RIA Novosti [8/11/14]:

The Ukrainian artillery has opened fire at the eastern city of Donetsk, with mortar rounds landing in residential areas, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the scene.

“In the second half of the day, Ukrainian artillery resumed the shelling of militia’s positions in the Kievsky, Kuibyshevsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk, and it is residential areas that are suffering most of all,” our correspondent said late on Saturday.

“Militias have been forced to return the fire to suppress the gunposts in the city of Avdiivka, as well as in the villages of Pisky, Tonenke and Opytne,” a source at the defense forces’ military headquarters told RIA Novosti.

A fierce battle has sparked off on the western outskirts of Donetsk, close to Pisky, where pro-Kiev armed forces have set up a camp.

According to Donetsk armed forces, the troops loyal to the government in Kiev also attacked the city of Kirovske east of Donetsk, and the villages of Krymske, Smile (pronounced as Smee-le) and Frunze in the west of the adjacent Luhansk region. There have been reports of civilian casualties, our correspondent says.

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Installation piece resisting privatization heads to Ramlet al-Baida

Al Akhbar [8/11/14]:

On November 5, Syrian architect and music producer Ahmad Khouja set up a wooden arch on Ramlet al-Baida beach in Beirut. The structure Khouja designed with the help of Abdel Rahman Hamoud is made up of a wooden boxes setup inspired by arch-building techniques.

Some boxes have lights illuminating the arch and the space around it. Other boxes have loudspeakers. All you have to do is go to Ramlet al-Baida with a phone and connect it to the art installation via bluetooth and you will be able to play the music you want as your contribution to the Beirut “Open Channel” project.

Khouja presented the project, produced with support from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Assabil, Nahnoo and Green Line, for the first time in Horsh Beirut, a pine forest park that is only accessible with a permit. The installation, therefore, was on display in an area that is not accessible to everyone. That is why Khouja wanted to transfer it from Horsh Beirut to a public space that everyone can access. This month, the “Open Channel” installation will be at Ramlet al-Baida beach.

“We will try to transfer the installation to all public spaces in Lebanon, especially those under threat of becoming private property. We will also try to showcase the project outside Beirut in other Lebanese cities that also suffer from a lack of public spaces,” Khouja told Al-Akhbar.

The project is meant to bring people out to public spaces in Lebanon; to make these spaces more vibrant, especially the neglected ones, to draw attention to them and to provoke the public’s interaction with them. Ramlet al-Baida beach, which up till now, is still open to the public is actually private property. We do not know when we will wake up to find it fenced in, which is what happened with the area of al-Daliyeh.

The fact is, few of Beirut’s residents go to Ramlet al-Baida beach for many reasons, from the contamination of the water to fear of being mugged or assaulted. This is the result of the Lebanese state and the municipalities’ failure to provide secure and clean public spaces that entice people to visit them.

This might seem like a simple act of entertainment but in fact it is an act of resistance against the privatization sweeping the city and the country.

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Gorbachev warns of new cold war threat as Berlin marks fall of wall

Guardian [9/11/14]:

... Speaking at a symposium near the Brandenburg Gate yesterday morning, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the world was “on the brink of a new cold war” and strongly criticised the west for having sown the seeds of the current crisis by mishandling the fallout from the collapse of the iron curtain.

“Instead of building new mechanisms and institutions of European security and pursuing a major demilitarisation of European politics the west, and particularly the United States, declared victory in the cold war,” said the man behind the Soviet Union’s glasnost and perestroika reforms.

“Euphoria and triumphalism went to the heads of western leaders. Taking advantage of Russia’s weakening and the lack of a counterweight, they claimed monopoly leadership and domination in the world.”

The enlargement of NATO, Kosovo, missile defence plans and wars in the Middle East had led to a “collapse of trust”, said Gorbachev, now 83.

“To put it metaphorically, a blister has now turned into a bloody, festering wound.”

Previously an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev backed the current Russian president’s stance over Ukraine, urging western leaders to “consider carefully” Putin’s recent remarks at the Valdai forum: “Despite the harshness of his criticism of the west, and of the United States in particular, I see in his speech a desire to find a way to lower tensions and ultimately to build a new basis for partnership.”

Such strong words of criticism, voiced by the man still affectionately known as “Gorbi” to many in Germany, came at the end of a week which has seen the value of the rouble tumbling dramatically as a result of western sanctions.

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian with Israeli citizenship resisting cousin's arrest

Al Akhbar [8/11/14]:

Police shot dead a young Palestinian with Israeli citizenship during an attempted arrest Saturday, threatening to inflame Palestinian anger as the top EU diplomat pushed for progress on the political front.

The dawn killing in Kfar Kana in northern Occupied Palestine comes against a backdrop of soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions in annexed East Jerusalem where there have been near-daily clashes.

The 22-year-old intervened in the arrest of one of his relatives, threatening the officers with a knife, the Israeli police statement claimed.

The police shot him and he died on the way to hospital, it said.

Dozens of angry youths later erected barricades and set fire to tires on the outskirts of the village as police deployed reinforcements. According to Ma’an news agency, locals in the village announced a general strike in protest against the killing.

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Bahrain orders investigation into death in custody

 

Naharnet [8/11/14]:

Bahraini authorities ordered Saturday an investigation into the "beating and death" of an inmate in custody, the interior ministry said.

The ministry did not reveal the name of the prisoner but activists of the Shiite majority named him online as Hassan al-Sheikh, saying that he died of torture at Jaw Prison.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa has ordered an "internal review after the public prosecution's investigation into the beating and death of an inmate," said a statement.

The review will include all policies and procedures followed in prisons, it said.

"The death of the man, thought to have been at the hands of three ministry personnel, was irresponsible, unjustified and unacceptable," a statement cited the minister as saying, insisting that it was an "individual and isolated act."

Hundreds of Shiites have been arrested and faced trial after a month-long uprising was quelled in March 2011. Jaw Prison is known to host scores of them.

Shiite protesters continue to frequently clash with security forces in villages outside the capital Manama.

The Sunni-ruled monarchy is a strategic archipelago just across the Gulf from Iran and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Philippines remembers thousands killed a year after typhoon Haiyan

Reuters [8/11/14]:

Candles lit up the streets of the central Philippine city worst-hit by the strongest storm to make landfall as thousands remembered more than 6,300 people who died a year ago when typhoon Haiyan smashed into the country.

Before dawn on Saturday, more than 5,000 people holding white balloons and candles mournfully walked around the regional capital Tacloban City, passing through areas flattened by Haiyan's 250 kph (155 mph) winds and seven-metre high storm surge.

Church bells peeled and sirens wailed at the start of a Roman Catholic mass at the city's almost half-hectare mass grave site where nearly 3,000 people storm victims are buried. Hundreds are still unaccounted.

"It’s important that we make it meaningful, so for the next generations people will remember this," the city's mayor, Alfred Romualdez, told Reuters.

Typhoon Haiyan wiped out or damaged practically everything in its path as it swept ashore on Nov. 8, 2013, destroying around 90 percent of the city of Tacloban in Leyte province.

More than 14.5 million people were affected by the storm in six regions and 44 provinces. More than four million people still remain homeless.

Hundreds of people, most of them fishermen, staged protests in the city on Saturday, demanding the government provide new homes and jobs, and accusing officials of diverting aid and reconstruction funds.

"We have felt a year's worth of the government's vicious abandonment, corruption, deceit, and repression, and have seen a year’s worth of news and studies that confirm this situation," Efleda Bautista, a leader of People Surge, a group of typhoon survivors, said.

The protesters, some covered with mud to dramatize their plight, say they will burn a nine-foot effigy of the president later on Saturday in protest.

The government estimates it needs almost 170 billion pesos ($3.8 billion) to rebuild the affected communities, including the construction of a four-meter high dike along the 27-km coastline to prevent a repeat of the disaster.

President Benigno Aquino, in a visit to nearby Samar island on Friday, unveiled a plan to relocate Tacloban airport away from the coastline and the building of more than 205,000 permanent homes to resettle displaced families.

"This is not politics," Aquino told reporters, defending his government against criticism it was slow to respond to the disaster, citing reports showing reconstruction work was moving at a faster pace than the 2004 tsunami in Aceh.

"I would hope we can move even faster and I will push everybody to move even faster, but the sad reality is the scope of work you need to do can really not be done overnight."

Typhoon Haiyan Anniversary: Three generations under one roof in tent city [UN Media Release - 7/11/14]

Brisbane: Police rough up and arrest man for taking photo

QPS Media [8/11/14]:

The Queensland Police Service has excluded a man following an incident at South Brisbane last night.

Around 11.35pm a man was observed without accreditation and taking photographs on the steps of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre which falls the within the restricted area.

Police approached the man who refused to provide his details when directed. He was further directed to provide his details a number of times and failed to comply. He was subsequently arrested.

Police will also allege that the man then began to argue and struggle with officers.

A 57-year-old man was charged with disobeying a direction to provide particulars under the G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013 and obstructing police and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on November 28.

The man was also issued with an exclusion notice for failing to comply with requirement to disclose personal details under the G20 (Safety and Security) Act 2013.

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Meanwhile, some people have no trouble taking photos:

Bar at @BCEC_Brisbane thriving despite big fences along Grey St.

Image: @SpencerHowson - ABC personality - [7/11/14]

The relationships between the QPS and protest groups is well established and there are no indications that protests will be violent "tweeted" by @QPSmedia [7/11/14]

Brisbane Times [9/11/14]:

Protest groups have been warned sonic cannons could be used against them should their G20 demonstrations get out of hand.

But while it acknowledged it had such devices in its arsenal, the Queensland Police Service has insisted the "long range acoustic hailing devices" would not be used as a crowd control measure.

Police terrorise suburb following arrest of man

QPS Media [9/11/14]:

Police have charged a 32-year-old Rochedale South man with numerous offences including manufacturing explosives without authority, failure to correctly store explosives and two counts of unlawfully possessing weapons after Logan detectives issued a search warrant yesterday.

The man has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates court on Monday November 10.

Officers from the Explosive Ordnance Response Team (EORT) are continuing to render the scene safe with controlled detonations continuing throughout the day. People in the immediate area are likely to hear explosive noises and are advised to remain indoors.

The emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act is still in place after explosive devices were located at the Kallista Road residence.

There is no suggestion that this incident is terrorism related, and there are also no links to G20 related activities.

Attempted armed robbery charge, Brisbane City [QPS Media - 9/11/14]

WSWS [5/11/14]:

... Entire areas of the inner city will be cordoned off, including some residential neighbourhoods, as well as the South Bank precinct, which incorporates the state library and art galleries. The police will have far-reaching powers that overturn basic legal and democratic rights.

Backed by the opposition Labor Party, the state’s Liberal National Party government last year pushed the G20 (Safety and Security) Act through parliament. It declares special security areas, gives police wide strip-search and detention powers, allows police to ban “prohibited persons,” and creates offences such as interfering with G20 events and refusing to comply with police directions.

The laws are clearly directed against anticipated demonstrations. The “prohibited items” within “declared areas” include banners, placards, loud hailers and other “communication devices.” Assemblies can be banned if they could “disrupt” a G20 event, even by making noise that could be heard during a summit activity.

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During the 2007 APEC meeting, the last big gathering of government leaders in Australia, air force FA-18 jets flew overhead, naval ships patrolled the harbour, army units searched premises, transport tunnels and vehicles, and heavily-armed SAS troops were placed on standby.

This display had nothing to do with stopping terrorists, as was exposed when satirists from “The Chaser” television program staged a fake motorcade through several police checkpoints before giving themselves up near US President George Bush’s hotel.

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Brisbane man charged with attempted murder after allegedly hitting woman with bat

ABC [8/11/14]:

Police have charged a 52-year-old man from Albany Creek in Brisbane with attempted murder following an incident this morning.

It will be alleged the man struck a 48-year-old woman with a bat at a residence in Gold Creek Court around 3:30am (AEST).

The woman was transported to hospital with serious head injuries.

The man was due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Man shot dead by police in Carlisle

WA Today [8/11/14]:

A man was shot dead by police in Carlisle after dragging a woman from a deli into the street and threatening to kill her with a knife.

The fatal shooting took place outside the Lunch Club delicatessan on Oats Street around 7.40am on Saturday.

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan told reporters the 38-year-old man was not known to his 37-year-old victim.

She was also shot when police opened fire and is in hospital in a serious condition.

The Commissioner said police had been called to an incident in the area and when an officer arrived and saw the man holding the woman he called for back-up.

More officers were quickly on the scene and tried to get the man to let the woman go and put down the knife.

Maseray Kamara, who lives around the corner from the deli, saw the whole incident.

She said "the woman was crying and screaming for him to let her go. The police were shouting 'let her go, we can talk about this , just let her go'.

"The man was still shouting he was going to kill her and then he made a move with the knife at her throat and the police fired - I think maybe five or six shots."

The Commissioner said "the officers would have thought that the woman's life was in danger. Several officers opened fire.

"The police officers had to make a split second decision. They can use their firearms when someone's life is in danger. They reacted as they are trained to do."

Detectives from the Major Crime Squad are investigating the circumstances which led to the woman being attacked, while officers from Internal Affairs are investigating the conduct of the officers who opened fire.

Woman struck by police car in Broome

ABC [8/11/14]:

Charges have been laid after violence erupted at a Broome beach on Friday, in which a woman was struck by a police car.

Police were called to Town Beach about 4:20pm yesterday after reports of fighting.

Police said there were about 100 to 150 people on the grassed area, and one man was behaving in a "disorderly manner".

"As an officer attempted to arrest the man, he was surrounded by a large group of people who then began physically grabbing him," WA police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall said in a statement.

"He also had a full water bottle thrown at his face. Another officer attempted to assist, and was punched to his head."

The windows and panels on two police vehicles were damaged in the melee.

An officer was struck with a rock and another assaulted, Ms Weatherall said.

One police car drove onto a grassed area and struck a woman.

"At this time, it is believed that a woman was hit by the police vehicle. Officers stopped to assist the woman," Ms Weatherall said.

The 20-year-old woman was taken to Broome Regional Hospital for treatment. She is understood to have suffered broken bones but not life-threatening injuries, and is expected to be flown to Perth for further treatment.

Four men are facing a range of charges including criminal damage, assault public officer and disorderly conduct.

An internal investigation has been launched into the incident by the Kimberley District Office, Ms Weatherall said.

ABC [9/11/14]:

Broome locals opposed to a fracking program planned in the Canning Basin are gearing up for a wet season camp-out to try to stop Buru Energy's work in the area.

In recent weeks, the company has cleared more than 100 hectares of land to lay a grid of seismic testing lines in the area 70 kilometres from Broome.

The mining company is also due to start a series of so-called 'mini-fracks', where high-pressure guns are used to test rock strength, at two wells in coming weeks.

Buru spokesman Jon Ford said the tests will help establish which areas are suitable for hydraulic fracturing next year.

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Whale carcass washes up on Gold Coast beach

Brisbane Times [9/11/14]:

Council workers are in the process of removing a whale carcass that washed up on a Gold Coast beach overnight.

The whale's remains were spotted on The Spit early on Sunday morning, near Philip Park.

Lifeguard Anthony Lunney said the dead whale appeared to be a juvenile humpback, which measured about 20 metres in length.

"Unfortunately this one has floated up on to the beach, probably with last night's high tide," he said.

Mr Lunney said it appeared a number of sharks had feasted on the carcass before it washed ashore.

"There are a few good chunks out of it," he said.

A crowd of curious onlookers gathered on the beach, but the stench of the whale's rotting flesh was too overwhelming for some.

"The smell is keeping the crowds at bay, that's for sure," Mr Lunney said.

There were reports a four-metre bronze whaler shark was spotted about 40 metres offshore early Sunday morning.

Mr Lunney said the carcass would undoubtedly attract more sharks to The Spit if it was not removed.

Gold Coast City Council officers arrived at the beach with earth moving equipment about 10.30am on Sunday to remove the whale.

It is understood the animal's remains will be taken to landfill.

Elderly woman killed by her own car, Sydney

Queensland Country Life [9/11/14]:

A woman in her 70s has died after being run over by her own car in Sydney's west on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to Boake Close, Glenmore Park just after 7am to find a woman trapped underneath a vehicle with serious injuries.

Police said the woman reversed her car out of the driveway before stopping her car for an unknown reason.

She then walked behind the vehicle, which somehow rolled over her and crushed her body.

Neighbours called emergency services immediately, but when paramedics arrived the elderly woman was pronounced dead.

Police have established a crime scene and are continuing their investigations.

Fatal traffic crash, Lotus Creek

QPS Media [9/11/14]:

An 18-year-old man has died in a single-vehicle traffic crash that occurred at Lotus Creek last night.

Preliminary investigations indicate about 11.45pm last night a passenger died after a vehicle rolled on a dirt road.

The driver was uninjured and two other passengers were taken to hospital.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Fatal traffic crash, Natural Bridge

QPS Media [8/11/14]:

A man has died following a single vehicle traffic crash at Natural Bridge (vicinity of Numinbah Forest Reserve) today.

Around 2.45pm a motorcycle travelling north along Nerang-Murwillumbah Road has left the roadway.

The 47-year-old Newmarket rider was located deceased at the scene.

The forensic crash unit are investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Anti halal bigots target Australian businesses Dick Smith Foods, Byron Bay Cookies, Maleny Dairies and now Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company

Instead doing some journalism and finding out who's behind these attacks, the media continue using the anti halal campaign to promote their bigotry and attack social media.

ABC [9/11/14]:

An aggressive social media campaign pushing for a boycott on Halal products has forced a South Australian company to drop the accreditation and ditch a deal that was worth $50,000 a year.

The Fleurieu Milk and Yoghurt Company came under fire last week on its social media page with people suggesting the fee it paid to become Halal-certified was being used to fund terrorism.

Sales and marketing manager Nick Hutchinson said because of the campaign and a wish to avoid negative publicity the company decided to end its yoghurt supply deal with Emirates on Friday.

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Capalaba business flooded with local support after boycotting Murdoch

My cat wouldn't even sh*t on the 'Wynnum Herald'

"Whisky Business - macarons made to order" [9/11/14]:

We are Booked out this morning from 9 until 11 am, we will be happy to extend breakfast today into lunch so no one misses out.

November 5 · After the photos were taken....."Don't take offence, but you aren't the look we are going for, unless you can go and pop some make up on and a bit of lippy, otherwise we'd prefer to use the young lady who you have over there in your photos"....

DON"T TAKE OFFENCE?

These were the words spoken to me this morning by Judith Maisy of the The Wynnum Herald when she came to MY shop, to do a story on My macarons.

Well, I did take offence, and I did tell her to leave and not to show her face to me again.

I started this business from my home kitchen two years ago.

At the time my kids were aged 3 & 2.

My Husband worked night shift, we were very tight on money and I missed working.

I put my heart and soul into Whisky, I believed from the start that it was what I was meant to do.

I'm a driven person, and I've sacrificed a lot to get this Business to where it is, as has my Husband, who has had to go without a wife, and my kids who have missed having their mum full time.

I work 18 hours a day, seven days a week.

I start in this kitchen at 2:30 every morning, I finish at 2:30 in the afternoon and pick my daughter up from school, my son from day care.

Of an evening I deal with Invoicing, inquiries and of course, my children.

I don't sleep more than 5 hours a night, and it's usually with the two kids in bed with me.

I stress constantly about the Business making enough money every week to pay my bills and staff.

I am always trying to achieve the best quality of service and products as well.

So, I'm sorry Judith Maisy, I don't have time in my day to give two shits, let alone one about whether I have lipstick on, or about your newspaper that lines cat litter trays, mulches gardens or gets put straight into the bin by those of us who are too busy to read.

I'm a real person, and this is what Real people look like!

We will be scrubbing off the lipstick you left behind on your coffee cup for the next week by the way.

Mind the media pimps

Real sexual relationships are not hard to find. There are plenty of adults of both sexes who are willing to have sex if someone treats them well, and asks. But there lies the problem. Some people do not want an equal, sharing relationship. They do not want to be nice. They do not want to ask. They like the power involved in buying a human being who can be made to do almost anything.

How Prostitution Works:

... Media pimps perform another "bait and switch" function, in cooperation with business level pimps. They attract young people hoping for fame and fortune in the legitimate entertainment business, and manipulate them into the lower levels of the sex industry.

They degrade ordinary people living ordinary lives, by showing only idealized characters with perfect bodies, high powered jobs, and plenty of money. The characters' problems are always solved in an hour or two, with a liberal application of sex and violence.

Real people, whose lives cannot hope to measure up to these "ideals", are made to feel inferior and worthless. The media pimps work to divert people from the ups and downs of real life, into dependence on the fantasy worlds that they sell.

The sex industry, above all, sells fantasy regardless of who gets hurt.

The media pimps have a lot of money. They own magazines and newspapers, and produce movies and television programs. They can afford to hire law firms and advertising agencies to further their interests.

Their money can buy access to political officials, and special treatment for their businesses. In return they offer favorable media exposure, and large campaign contributions.

Their money often goes to support various front organizations which work to direct public discussion toward "free speech rights," and away from the damaging effects of the sex industry on the women and children used in it.

Business level pimps extract profits from the sex industry in ways that minimize the risk of public exposure or criminal prosecution.

They own the bars and strip clubs which attract concentrations of potential johns. They offer jobs as dancers and hostesses to vulnerable young people who are potential candidates for more direct use in the sex trade.

They own the adult book stores, massage parlors, motels, and legal brothels. They posture as legitimate businessmen, conceal their ownership behind corporations and front men, and deny knowing that their property is being used in the sex industry. They charge sex businesses far higher rents and fees than they could get from legitimate tenants, which indicates that they know what the businesses are doing.

Through contacts in the business community, they arrange for sexual services for visiting businessmen, politicians, celebrities, and sports teams. By keeping these arrangements secret, business pimps insure a degree of protection for their other activities from their customers in high places.

Business level pimps separate themselves from the "dirty workers" of the sex trade by treating them as independent contractors rather than employees. This enables them toavoid having to pay taxes, overtime pay, health insurance, and workmen's comp.

If one of the workers is arrested, the businessman is protected from any legal involvement. They subcontract any violence needed to the street level pimps. With support from elements of the "legitimate" entertainment industry, as well as street level pimps, they produce and distribute commercial pornography.

They support and have the support of "civil liberties" advocates, who oppose censorship regardless of the harm done to the people used in making the pornography. ...

Call prostitution what it is — sexual abuse [iPolitics - 5/6/14]

Myths and Facts about Trafficking for Legal and Illegal Prostitution (March 2009)

The researchers who produced the Australian Study of Health and Relationships must be very pleased at the media's conflation of female sexual liberation with prostitution in a story purportedly about double standards.

Canberra Times [9/11/14]:

... Missina works as a sex therapist, sex worker and is a self-described "porn star". She does not include clients in her tally of partners.

She has noticed that people are less judgmental about her sex life than they were in her early 20s, but she did not know whether that was the product of a more accepting society or her greater maturity.

"I've been called a slut so many times in my life because I'm open about everything, and I always say, 'Well thank you for noticing my empowerment'," she said.

"Being a woman in your 30s, most people are not going to comment on your life choices, but in your 20s your market value can go down because you're trying to get married off to the best person you can."

Ms Missina is in an open relationship with bar owner Dardan Shervashidze, 33, who also has another girlfriend.

He said the stigma surrounding sexually promiscuous women was virtually non-existent in the hospitality industry, though there was less acceptance of his choice to live polyamorously.

He used the word "slut" playfully.

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The beauty of democracy is that people are allowed to have their own positions on matters such as these.

Statement from Clive Palmer [7/11/14]:

My position has remained consistent in relation to opposing the government’s stance on reducing pay entitlements to the Australian Defence Forces.

Consistently, I will oppose any reductions in pay to people who serve our country.

In relation to Senator Lambie and her comments, she is very passionate about this issue as she did wear a uniform and served this country for more than 10 years.

The beauty of democracy is that people are allowed to have their own positions on matters such as these.

Though I want to make it clear that I will not make a political stance or statement on Remembrance Day or ANZAC Day to dispute pay rates, I believe there is a political process when it comes to matters such as these and I will be respecting that process.

Lazarus will honour and respect Australia’s military [Palmer United Media Release - 7/11/14]

Income support crackdown not the answer for alcohol related harm

Greens Media Release [7/11/14]:

The Australian Greens said today that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and alcohol related harm need to be addressed through community driven, holistic approaches, that include addressing their underlying causes, rather than a further crackdown on income support.

"FASD, alcohol and drug related harm are health and social issues and need to be addressed as part of a broader commitment to reduce the underlying causes of alcohol abuse. They cannot be used to try and prosecute the case for hard-line changes to income support, such as income management or the denial of support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

"The lack of adequate information about FASD is a clear sign that much more needs to be done to address it, but this cannot be used as a gateway into tough and unjustified measures targeting social security, which could easily compound the factors that are contributing to alcohol abuse.

"Australian governments should be working with communities, health and service providers to reduce alcohol and drug related harm. This includes re-thinking budget cuts that could take funding away from vital services. They also need to stand up to the alcohol industry and seriously consider measures such as alcohol supply measures for example floor pricing, takeaway free days and licencing restrictions.

"Toughening welfare regimes is not the responses to serious social problems and at-risk people, but unfortunately that is the direction policy may be heading, given the ongoing leaks about the recommendation of the McClure Review.

"Reports suggesting that income management should target at-risk people are very concerning, as it seems that once again, the most vulnerable will be targeted with unproven measures that even the panel members themselves appear to have concerns about.

"The Government don't seem to realise that they can take an investment-focused approach, that provides assistance to people up front, without linking this support to punitive measures like income management," Senator Siewert concluded.

... "The depth of voter disillusionment," said Tex Perkins, "presents a frightening possibility: I might win." [Candidate Tex: saving the Palais one poll at a time - The Age - 9/11/14]

Japan is on a US stock buying spree

CNN [7/11/14]:

... Japan has one of the largest pension funds in the world -- a massive $1.1 trillion -- and it's starting to deploy more of that money in markets outside its homeland, including the United States.

Tim Anderson, managing director of TJM Investments in New York, said this is already making an impact on Wall Street.

He believes the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan was gobbling up U.S. stocks on Wednesday and Thursday, helping drive the Dow up 170 points over the two days.

"The largest pension plan on the planet said they were going to do an equity expansion," said Anderson.

"This equals about $50 billion for the U.S. market."

Big blue chip stocks are the most likely to benefit, Anderson predicts, especially those with high dividends.

Japan has been transparent about its intentions to diversify its investments. On October 31, the pension fund announced it would more than double the international stock portion of its portfolio to 25% from 12%.

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9 November 2014

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