Thursday, October 31, 2019

Climate change: Sea level rise to affect 'three times more people'

Millions more people will be at risk of coastal flooding from climate-driven sea-level rise later this century.
That's the conclusion of new research conducted by Climate Central, a US-based non-profit news organisation.
It finds that 190 million people will be living in areas that are projected to be below high-tide lines come 2100.

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

Southern Australia, and in particular the southwest, has seen a rapid decline in winter rainfall and runoff that has been linked to climate change. In the southeast there has also been a substantial decline in winter rainfall and total runoff in recent decades. Although the reductions are consistent with climate change projections, the trend so far is harder to distinguish from the year-to-year variability.
There is some evidence to suggest that widespread and prolonged droughts, like the Millennium Drought, are worse than other droughts in past centuries, and may have been exacerbated by climate change.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Thoughts for The Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns.

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen.
Ironically, the Australia media are screaming for human rights, they want the Right to Free Speech, not for everyone of course just protection for journalists. They want exemptions to laws that keep government secrets, they want protection from the laws of defamation and discrimination. When myself and many others have been prosecuted and persecuted for speaking out about the laws of discrimination, (suffered an 8 year court case) and I suffered a 4 year case for having in my possession the recipe for manufacturing Black Powder (which is in every good encyclopaedia it has been available for 700 years) the media never came once to our defence. They manufactured stories that made me and others comparable with serial killers.

I'm not saying that they are wrong in demanding the Freedom of Speech, it is a Right of Free people.Even the High Court Australian ‘Capital Television Pty Ltd v Commonwealth”case found that the “Political Broadcasts and Political Disclosures Act 1991,[2]” which regulated political advertising during election campaigns, invalid. The High Court found the laws to be invalid, since they contravened an implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution. Chief Justice Mason expressed the view that the Australian Constitution originally drew its authority from the British Imperial Parliament and although it was not mentioned in the Courts final decision the Bill of Rights of 1689 which is one of the documents that establishes the Rights of the people and the Rights of the British Imperial Parliament was referred to and discussed in the full transcript. Ironical, that the same Bill of Rights that give the Freedom of Speech, the Freedom to Petition the Freedom of Parliamenty Representation that won the case for the Australian media in the Capital Television case is the same Bill of Rights of 1689 that give us all the Right to have ‘Arms suitable for our defence’. (Protestants and Catholics) The Australian Politicians will fly immediately to the Bill of Rights to defend the Rights of Free Speech in Parliament, the Journalists will fly to the section on the Right to Petition, (as without the Right to report its impossible for the public to know a Petition is required, or what it is about, but when law abiding Firearm Owners claim the Right to have ‘Arms suitable for our Defence’, well both Politicians and Media laugh at us and state that the Bill of Rights has no meaning in Australia or anywhere else. Law Abiding Firearm Owners have been swung on the gibbet, hung, drawn, and quartered by the media zombies. Now is the time that the should all be reminded of their hypocrisy.
“Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason?For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.”
Sir John Harington (1560–1612)
What does it mean, When we have a society that betrays its country so prosperously, so epidemically that our Chinese funded politicians can not be criticised by our Chinese funded universities nor will the finger be pointed at the Chinese funded media.. They have all been bought and paid for all are ‘Traitors’.

The New Chinese Empire Why would Julia Bishop contribute.
Why would Julie Bishop’s when Minister for Foreign Affairs DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) donated taxpayer funds to support China’s Belt and Road initiative.
If she is not being paid by them, is she a secret communist?
We can see why Communists would seek to infiltrate our University’s. Their god like Messiah Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, otherwise known as ‘Lenin’ said,
“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” Taking the minds of the next generation of teachers, politicians and journalist takes every country into his Communist International, but we do not have a paradise to look forward to.
Lenin’s further quotes explain the forward planning.
“We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and concealing truth…”
“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.”
(Just see the re-action of hate when we expose the “Climate Change” fraud.)
“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”
“The best revolutionary is youth devoid of morals.””A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
“There are no morals in politics there is only expedience.” “A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.” “Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.”
“It matters not if 90% of the Russian people perish so long as 10% bring about a world revolution.”
Like Lenin, Stalin and Mao, and despite his more positive reputation among Leftists, Lenin also wished to exterminate the peasant class, even orchestrating famines to do so, in order to force his will on pure Communism. This also proves that Communism, despite the PR, never cared at all for the poor people.
In November 1917, at a meeting of delegates of the committees of poor peasants, Lenin announced a new policy to eliminate Soviet peasants, known as “kulaks”land owning peasants: “If the kulaks remain untouched, if we don’t defeat the freeloaders, the czar and the capitalist will inevitably return.” In July 1918, “Committees of the Poor” were created to represent poor peasants, which played an important role in the struggle against the kulaks, and led the process of redistribution of confiscated lands and inventory, food surpluses from the kulaks.
All kulaks were assigned to one of three categories:
1.Those to be shot or imprisoned as decided by the local secret political police
2.Those to be sent to Siberia, the North, the Urals or Kazakhstan, after confiscation of their property
3.Those to be evicted from their houses and used in labour colonies within their own districts
An OGPU secret-police functionary, Yefim Yevdokimov (1891–1939), played a major role in organizing and supervising the round-up of peasants and the mass executions.
This was so successful for them that they expanded the goal posts and eliminated any area of society that they felt were against the Communist ideals, Clergy, Cossacks, Intellectuals and professionals, Jews, Business people, including doctors and engineers.
There were numerous reports that Cheka interrogators used torture. At Odessa the Cheka tied White officers to planks and slowly fed them into furnaces or tanks of boiling water; in Kharkiv, scalpings and hand-flayings were commonplace: the skin was peeled off victims’ hands to produce “gloves”; the Voronezh Cheka rolled naked people around in barrels studded internally with nails; victims were crucified or stoned to death at Dnipropetrovsk; the Cheka at Kremenchuk impaled members of the clergy and buried alive rebelling peasants; in Oryol, water was poured on naked prisoners bound in the winter streets until they became living ice statues; in Kiev, Chinese Cheka detachments placed rats in iron tubes sealed at one end with wire netting and the other placed against the body of a prisoner, with the tubes being heated until the rats gnawed through the victim’s body in an effort to escape.
Executions took place in prison cellars or courtyards, or occasionally on the outskirts of town, during the Red Terror and Russian Civil War. After the condemned were stripped of their clothing and other belongings, which were shared among the Cheka executioners, they were either machine-gunned in batches or dispatched individually with a revolver. Those killed in prison were usually shot in the back of the neck as they entered the execution cellar, which became littered with corpses and soaked with blood. Victims killed outside the town were moved by truck, bound and gagged, to their place of execution, where they sometimes were made to dig their own graves.
According to Edvard Radzinsky, “it became a common practice to take a husband hostage and wait for his wife to come and purchase his life with her body”. During de-Cossackization, there were massacres, according to historian Robert Gellately, “on an unheard of scale”. The Pyatigorsk Cheka organized a “day of Red Terror” to execute 300 people in one day, and took quotas from each part of town. According to the Chekist Karl Lander [ru], the Cheka in Kislovodsk, “for lack of a better idea”, killed all the patients in the hospital. In October 1920 alone more than 6,000 people were executed. Gellately adds that Communist leaders “sought to justify their ethnic-based massacres by incorporating them into the rubric of the ‘class struggle'”.
“For every idealistic ‘peace-maker,’ willing to renounce his right of self-defense in order to bring-about a ‘weapons-free world,’ there is at least one malignant war-maker, more than anxious to exploit his naivety” Margaret Thatcher
Members of the clergy were subjected to particularly brutal abuse. According to documents cited by the late Alexander Yakovlev, then head of the Presidential Committee for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression, priests, monks and nuns were crucified, thrown into cauldrons of boiling tar, scalped, strangled, given Communion with melted lead and drowned in holes in the ice. Many scholars have estimated these civilian deaths at 20 million conservatively and approaching 100 million. In his foreword to the book, Martin Malia noted “a grand total of victims variously estimated by contributors to the volume at between 85 million and 100 million dead people.
So why would Australian Universities corporate with Communist China.
UNSW Professor of Artificial Intelligence Toby Walsh said Australian universities were walking down a dangerous road and should consider carefully who they collaborate with.
“We’ve seen such rapid advances in the last few years, that we do now have to wake up and consider seriously the implications and how the technology that we work on can be misused,” he said. Australian universities have also collaborated with Chinese defence universities.
Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have worked on dozens of such studies, including a 2019 study on covert communications with the China’s National University of Defense Technology, which was blacklisted by the US four years ago. The study authors said it could have military applications, including “for a stealth fighter … to be able to hide itself from enemies while communicating with its military bases.”
Is it because Chinese students seem to account for more than 50% of all international students? In 2017, they relied on Chinese student course fees for anywhere from 13% (Adelaide and ANU) to 22-23% (UNSW and Sydney) of their total revenues. Even these figures likely understate their true China exposure, since they generate substantial non-course revenue from Chinese students as well.
Senior Australian security officials have reported that the joint activities between UNSW and Chinese Defence companies are evidence that Beijing is running a global espionage operation through technology companies.Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) analyst Dr Samantha Hoffman has spent months uncovering GTCOM’s global and Australian connections. She said the company’s intent was to support the Chinese Communist Party’s security interests.“Whether it contributes to a state security product or propaganda or military intelligence, all of the data they’re collecting can then be turned into information that supports those objectives,” said Dr Hoffman. “So immediately that raises red flags.”
Professor John Fitzgerald, who served as a chair on DFAT’s (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Australia-China Council, said Chinese companies were capitalising on Australia’s science and technology expertise.
“Australia’s science and technology priorities are being set by the Chinese Government because we enter into collaborations that have really been designed to support China’s goals, not ours,” he said.“Many universities are very happy to proceed with whatever it is … because of the money and prestige involved.” “There’s a possibility that some of this research will go towards uses which could place Australia at risk.”
In January, Chinese media reported on Haiyun Data’s announcement of a new joint artificial intelligence laboratory with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
UTS associate dean and director of its Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Professor Jie Lu, was pictured holding a signed agreement with Haiyun.
Professor Lu was last month awarded a $3.2 million fellowship from the Australian Research Council for a project to enable artificial intelligence to learn autonomously from data.
The university has confirmed it has a research project with Haiyun Data to develop technology for handwriting recognition.
Former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre at the Australian Signals Directorate Alastair MacGibbon said universities needed to understand the implications of their international research deals.
Mao Zedong Competed with Stalin For the World Biggest Killer.

Who was the individual in charge of the largest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. But more than likely Hitler, Lenin and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong as one would have to split up the USSR mass murder between Lenin and Stalin. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people, just within four years. Easily making it the biggest one off episode of mass murder ever recorded.
Historian Frank Dikötter, author of the important book “Mao’s Great Famine” stated,
“Mao thought that he could catapult his country past its competitors by herding villagers across the country into giant people’s communes. In pursuit of a utopian paradise, everything was collectivised. People had their work, homes, land, belongings and livelihoods taken from them. In collective canteens, food, distributed by the spoonful according to merit, became a weapon used to force people to follow the party’s every dictate. As incentives to work were removed, coercion and violence were used instead to compel famished farmers to perform labour on poorly planned irrigation projects while fields were neglected.”
It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but these record the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction. “When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, local boss Xiong Dechang forced his father to bury him alive. The father died of grief a few days later. The case of Wang Ziyou was reported to the central leadership: one of his ears was chopped off, his legs were tied with iron wire, a ten kilogram stone was dropped on his back and then he was branded with a sizzling tool – punishment for digging up a potato.”
Elderly villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.
Followed by Millions of Deaths in the Cultural Revolution.
The basic facts of the Great Leap Forward have long been known to scholars. Dikötter’s work is noteworthy for demonstrating that the number of victims may have been even greater than previously thought, and that the mass murder was more clearly intentional on Mao’s part, and included large numbers of victims who were executed or tortured, as opposed to “merely” starved to death. The Great Leap Forward was followed by the Cultural Revolution which was also organised by Chairman Mao again millions died
While the horrors of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution are well known to experts on communism and Chinese history, they are rarely remembered by ordinary people even within China. When Westerners think of the great evils of world history, they rarely think of this one. An even bigger factor in our relative neglect of the Great Leap Forward is that it is part of the general tendency to downplay crimes committed by communist regimes, as opposed to right-wing authoritarians. Our bought and paid for mainstream media are very reluctant to fully accept that a great evil is within Communist/Socialist movement. The horrendous history of China, the USSR, and their imitators, should have permanently discredited Communist socialism as completely as Fascism socialism as both were socialism all have the same disregard for human life and freedom.
But it has not.
In contrast to the numerous books, movies, museums, and remembrance days dedicated to the Holocaust, we make little effort to recall the Great Leap Forward, or the Cultural Revolution, or Lenin’ and Stalin purges. When we vow “never again,” we don’t often recall that it should apply to this type of political atrocity, as well as those motivated by anti-Semitism.
I have no wish to diminish the significance of anyone’s loss due to Hitler the impact is on the individual and their families, if these dictators kill more or less millions that the others is not the point of this information, this is to remind us all of what Chinese Communist atrocities are capable of and we have to consider that if they will do this to their own people how generous, or compassionate would they be when Australians are at their disposal?
War not just likely but inevitable.
In 12 of 16 past instances in history in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been War and bloodshed. Yet 100 years after World War I we hear it said that “War is inconceivable”, this again offers a sobering reminder of man’s capacity for folly.
In 1914, few could imagine slaughter on a scale that demanded a new category: world war. When war ended four years later, Europe lay in ruins: the Kaiser gone, the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved, the Russian Tsar overthrown by the Bolsheviks, France bled for a generation, and England shorn of its youth and treasure. A millennium in which Europe had been the political centre of the world had come to a crashing halt.
Thucydides’s Trap
In the ancient text “History of the Peloponnesian War”, Thucydides wrote, “What made war inevitable was the growth of Athenian power and the fear which this caused in Sparta.”
The defining question about global order for this generation is whether China and the United States can escape Thucydides’s Trap.”when one great power threatens to displace another, war is almost always the result”. The Greek historian’s metaphor reminds us of the attendant dangers when a rising power rivals a ruling power, as Athens challenged Sparta in ancient Greece, or as Germany did Britain a 100 years ago. Most such contests have ended badly, often for both nations.
When King Edward VII died in 1910 Attendees at his funeral included two “chief mourners”, Edward’s successor, George V, and his cousin Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, along with Theodore Roosevelt representing the United States. At one point, Roosevelt (an avid student of naval power and leading champion of the buildup of the U.S. Navy) asked Wilhelm whether he would consider a moratorium in the German-British naval arms race. The Kaiser replied that Germany was unalterably committed to having a powerful navy. But as he went on to explain, war between Germany and Britain was “simply unthinkable, because “I was brought up in England, very largely; I feel myself partly an Englishman. Next to Germany I care more for England than for any other country.” And then with emphasis: “I ADORE ENGLAND!”
The World has Woken Up to A New Balance.
However unimaginable conflict seems, however catastrophic the potential consequences for all actors, however deep the cultural empathy among leaders, even blood relatives, and however economically interdependent states may be, none of those factors is sufficient to prevent war, in 1914 or today in 2020.
The preeminent geo-strategic challenge of this era is not violent Islamic extremists or a resurgent Russia. It is the impact that China’s ascendance will have on the U.S.A. led international order, which has provided unprecedented great-power peace and prosperity for the past 70 years. As Singapore’s late leader, Lee Kuan Yew, observed, “the size of China’s displacement of the world balance is such that the world must find a new balance. It is not possible to pretend that this is just another big player. This is the biggest player in the history of the world.” Everyone knows about the rise of China. Few of us realize its magnitude. Never before in history has a nation risen so far, so fast, on so many dimensions of power. To paraphrase former Czech President Vaclav Havel, “all this has happened so rapidly that we have not yet had time to be astonished.”

DF 41 Dong Feng  East Wind would blow no one any good .
We have seen the USA pull out of Syria and leaving its Allies the Kurds at the mercy of the Turkish Army. The Kurds have lost 10,000 soldiers fighting IS (supported by Turkey) and the USA have not taken that into account. We saw the US government pull out of South Vietnam which allowd the North to take the South and settle the scores with 3 million South Vietnam ese. How can Australia expect the USA to place its mainland cities in jeopardy to protect Australia.
Useful Fools.
Idiots in the Peace and Green movement funded by George Soros and the Chinese government have this notion, that if we do not have a Nuclear deterrent, Nuclear missiles, Nuclear Bombs, Nuclear Submarines, Aircraft that can deliver Nuclear warheads, Artillery that can deliver Nuclear warheads, that no other Nuclear endowed government would ever attack us with Nuclear weapons. Worse than that, even more “head in the sand”, most of the brain dead zombies that parade about with flowers in their dirty ‘Dreadlocks’ believe that if we have no Anti Missile Defence, no missiles to stop Nuclear armed Missiles attacking Australia then that’s another reason why an enemy like North Korea or China or any of the other Nuclear armed governments would not attack Australia. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, otherwise known as ‘Lenin’, called the British Peace Movement, “Useful Fools” well ours are well paid fools and are useful to the enemies of our Country. The largest majority do not even know or think that Australia will ever be attacked by anyone. Where else in history has this innocence been rewarded.
No Force Can Stop Us.
On the first of October 2019 in Beijing where Chang’an Avenue, meets Tiananmen Square
Chinese President Xi Jinping looked on as roughly 15,000 troops, 160 aircraft, and 580 pieces of military equipment were paraded for the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding
Mr Xi, who wore the distinctive “Mao suit”, delivered a speech invoking the “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation, his grand vision of restoring the country to his perceived past glory.
“No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead.”
“There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi said
“Unity is iron and steel; unity is a source of strength,” Xi said, according to an English-language transcript from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The military parade showcased what’s claimed to be the world’s longest range intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-41 DF stands for Dongfeng which means in English ‘East Wind’ which should be significant to the United States as that the direction that they would come from. The missile has a reputed range of up to 15,000 kilometres putting both Australia and the United States within striking distance. Analysts say it each missile will be able to carry as many as 10 warheads capable of hitting separate targets. So one missile to Australia and ten major cities get a nuclear warhead worth a few kiloton of devastation.
The DF-26 ballistic missile which are fired from land bases, is made to have the accuracy to strike at the key element of US power projection, the US Navy’s aircraft carriers in the Pacific.
HSU-001 underwater drones were on show for the first time the HSU-001 appears to be similar in size to Boeing’s Echo Seeker design and could be equipped with explosive deapth charges.
The vehicle-mounted DF-17 (Dongfeng) missile was displayed and will be capable of delivering both nuclear and conventional payloads,”the DF-17 missile successfully completed its ballistic flights and reentered the Earth’s atmosphere, using the hypersonic glide vehicle system. It leaves the earths atmosphere strapped to a DF-16 ballistic missile and then breaks away and glides down to its target at 5 times the speed of sound. Currently there is no defence for this missile. China’s military showed off these new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the US and its allies. These longer-range aircraft and missiles seem designed with the U.S. military in mind, analysts say
The parade also included two new supersonic drone, suspected to be the DR-8, which military commentators say could fly at maximum speeds of around 4,100 kilometres per hour. The
DR-8 unmanned aerial vehicle and the Sharp Sword stealth attack drone which can reach as far into the western Pacific as the American territory of Guam. More concerning for the USA is the Sharp Sword, is an attack drone that is not just a UAV but a UCAV: an unmanned combat air vehicle. The aircraft can carry missiles or laser-guided bombs. It is expected to enter service before the end of the year.
The PLA Rocket Force has placed particular emphasis on developing dangerous long-range anti-ship missiles that can keep the U.S. Navy at a safe distance,” the Defence Talk industry publication reported, “so the Sharp Sword’s ability to further extend that range only places enemy ships in all the more peril.”
Pairs or small numbers of J-20s have appeared in previous parades, but the fact the Air Force is ready to fly seven of them is significant and suggests they are ready for combat, according to analysts”A considerable number of units are probably ready to fly the J-20,” Wang Ya’nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times.
“If seven J-20s are sent simultaneously into battle, they would have a significant striking capability with their air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons,” Wang told the paper. They would be able to strike enemy targets deep in hostile territory, he said. Designed for enhanced stealth and manoeuverability, the J-20 has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project China’s air power.
The H-6N, a new version of China’s long-range strategic bomber, also appeared during parade rehearsals.Other observers noted the bomber had an aerial refueling receptacle. That will enable the aircraft, which was modeled on the Soviet Tu-16 jet bomber, to carry out in-flight refueling.
China’s 70th anniversary parade interestingly included 12 JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) carried on trucks. Though these have reportedly been in active service on board the People’s Liberation Army, Navy’s nuclear-powered Type 094 Jin class ballistic missile submarines, the Chinese government had not displayed any examples publicly before.

The parade featured China’s new lightweight Type 15 tanks with the fully stabilized 105mm rifled gun and an effective firing range of two miles. The tank weighs between 33 and 36 tons, making it more mobile than a standard battle tank, which usually weight about 50 tons.
What is already clear is that China’s military modernization is continuing at a brisk pace and the country is pushing ahead more and more toward closing capability gaps with its largest competitors, namely the United States and in some areas have more firepower.
It certainly appears that unless America has a technological break through its military dominance in the world is on the back foot.
Apathy, on the Greatest Scale Imaginable.
The Ten Year Rule was a British government guideline, first adopted in August 1919, that limited its armed forces to draft their estimates “on the assumption that the British Empire would not be engaged in any great war during the next ten years”.(sometimes called the Pernicious Law.) It was a secret rule introduced into Parliament that stated Britain could count on ten years notice for any major conflict. Accordingly, she need not spend significant funds in the near term on her military. The rule was renewed each year until it found itself in such a weakened state in the mid 1930s against Germany’s re armament. Australia must be running on a Thirty year rule and not expecting to need a defence until at lease 2050 when its 12 useless French submarines will finally be ready. The Chinese parade has shown us the way, we need a large factory producing those HSU-001 underwater drones submarines and
the DR-8 unmanned aerial vehicle and the Sharp Sword stealth attack drones. We need hundreds of them all large ships and slow moving planes are all just targets we cannot afford to lose. The Chinses have looked to oppose the large US aircraft carrier and our opponents will be large Chinese aircraft carriers without those large ships China cannot impose its will o Australia. We have to have a counter threat to their ships and missiles.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

National Shooting Council's report card: The first 6 months

But still no representation for muzzle-loader users from the National Shooting Council!!! Firearms owners are divided & we shall fall!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Environment department illegally withholds thousands of FOI pages More than 10,000 pages of documents have not been made public, including records on Adani and the Angus Taylor grasslands saga

Freedom of information documents withheld by the environment department include pages on Angus Taylor’s interactions with an investigation into land-clearing by a company he and his family part-owned. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian.
More Australian government corruption. Environment department illegally withholds thousands of FOI pages More than 10,000 pages of documents have not been made public, including records on Adani and the Angus Taylor grasslands saga.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Deadly Ebola outbreaks ‘will become more common due to global warming’ A new study by British scientists has shown the number of cases is set to soar - under any climate change scenario

Deadly Ebola outbreaks will become more common because of global warming, warn British scientists.
The virus is incurable with no known vaccine or treatment. There is a 90 per cent fatality rate.
Now a study has shown the number of cases is set to soar – under any climate change scenario.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ghost Forest: Dying trees show climate change's advance

How The NSW Government Has Turned Objects Into Time Bombs - The Loose Cannon

The dangers of producing legislation on whim, without adequate stakeholder scrutiny are clear to us all, but not apparently to the NSW Government. You see, we have a problem in NSW, where, every time the Telegraph writes about something, the Premier’s knee twitches, and another piece of ill-considered legislation that has been passed without due consideration and scrutiny is born.

I am acting for a shooter who had a grenade casing found during a safety inspection.  He was initially charged with an Explosives offence- and clearly this does not apply, as there was no explosive, or explosive precursor in the case.
He has now been charged with a Weapons Prohibition Act offence the relevant section being:
(1) Any bomb, grenade, rocket, missile or mine or other similar device (such as a tear-gas canister) that is in the nature of, or that expels or contains, an explosive, incendiary, irritant, gas or smoke, and whether or not it is live, has been deactivated or is spent. 

For the purposes of this subclause, 
"bomb" includes a device known as an Improvised Explosive Device (or IED). 
(2) Any device intended for use by a military or defence force and that is designed to propel or launch a weapon referred to in subclause (1). 
(3) A flame thrower that is of military design or any other device that is capable of projecting ignited incendiary fuel. 
(1) Any object that substantially duplicates in appearance a weapon referred to in clause 1A (1), but not including an object that is produced and identified as a children's toy.
Let’s consider the case in point:
Police attended to seize firearms for unrelated reasons and ‘discovered’ a grenade shell casing. Grenade casings were until relatively recent times often sold at disposal shops in Australia.
When I was a boy, de-activated grenades were everywhere, and I used to play soldiers, throwing deactivated mill’s bombs and German stick grenades. 
It was good clean, safe exercise, we knew not to throw them at one another because they could do serious injury if one hit you with force, and if one dropped one on a toe whilst wearing thongs, bad bruising or bone breakage could result.
That was the sum total of the risk associated by their possession.
More recently, I have practiced law in Jerrabomberra, which is something of a Defence Service Homes ghetto near Canberra.  Soldiers in a pre-deployment phase are instructed to prepare wills, and often when visiting homes, I have seen similar grenade casings functioning as paper weights, or mounted as memorabilia of service on a stand with plaque.
Also caught, as the definition includes ‘expels’ or contains explosive’ would be a shell casing parked by grandpa’s front door and used by him as an umbrella stand, or the hapless relative who inherited it and has retained it to remember him by.
You can also add to those ‘guilty’ of offences under this artless expression of political ignorance the many thousands of good, harmless people who collect Trench Art made of deactivated weapons.
Also caught are those who have purchased one of the deactivated .50 Cal Browning casing (or look alike) bottle openers.  
What the government has done, is to criminalise being normal. 
But then they have a history of that don’t they? Remember gun laws that created a situation where we are now treated as criminals in waiting.
It is probably good that the net of politically correct persecution has broadened, because the more people who realise what this type of legislation does to the lives of good people who are charged with offences, the more politicians shall be forced to answer for the consequences at the ballot box.
What the Government has done is perform an act of legislative alchemy, by transforming a piece of old metal into a time bomb for its owner; politicians need to know that bombs have an interesting consequence, and it is often called collateral damage.
Simon Munslow
National Firearms Lawyer
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Simon Munslow is a lawyer who has a lifelong interest in shooting, having acquired his first firearm at the age of nine, and has had an active interest in firearms law since writing a thesis on the topic over thirty years ago at University.
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He is a regular contributor to the Australian Sporting Shooter magazine’s website on Firearms law matters, has published articles on firearms reviews and firearms law, and occasionally is asked to comment in the broader media on firearms matters.
This article is written for general information only and does not constitute advice. 
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