Tag Archive: Australia


Eight Children Stabbed To Death In Cairns

 

 

 

 

 

” A candlelit vigil has been held after eight children were found stabbed to death at a house in Cairns, Australia.

  The children are reportedly aged between 18 months and 15 years old. Police were called to a property in the suburb of Manoora following reports of a woman with serious injuries.”

 

 

Murray Street Manoora Cairns

 

 

” During the search of the house the bodies of the children were discovered. The 34-year-old woman is reportedly the mother of seven of the children. The eighth child is thought to be a family member.

  The mother is said to be in a stable condition at a hospital where she is being questioned by police. “

 

Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Hostage Situation Ends After 16 Hours At Australia Lindt Chocolat Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The standoff ended when a loud bang was heard from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe and five people ran out. Then police swooped into the building, and there was a flurry of loud bangs.

  The gunman was identified by local media as Man Haron Monis, who is facing charges including sexual assault and accessory to murder in separate cases. A police official said “you wouldn’t be wrong” in identifying the 50-year-old Monis as the gunman. Under department rules, officials do not identify themselves unless speaking at a formal news conference.

  Monis has long been on officials’ radar. Last year, he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for writing offensive letters to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. He was later charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. Earlier this year, he was charged with the sexual assault of a woman in 2002. He has been out on bail on the charges.

” This is a one-off random individual. It’s not a concerted terrorism event or act. It’s a damaged goods individual who’s done something outrageous,” his former lawyer, Manny Conditsis, told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

” His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness,” Conditsis said. “

 

 

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Two killed as Australian police storm siege cafe

Sydney siege live: Loud explosions heard as police storm

Sydney siege: Police storm Lindt cafe where hostages were being held

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Siege: What We Know, What We Don’t

 

 

 

 

 

” Australia has been rocked by a possible terrorist attack, with staff and customers taken hostage in a cafe in Sydney’s centre.

As rumour and speculation swirls around the incident, here’s a breakdown of what we know and what we don’t.

WHAT WE KNOW

● An unknown number of hostages are being held by an armed man in the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place

● Police were alerted to the incident about 9.45am when a woman saw a man outside the cafe with a blue sports bag that appeared to contain a gun

● Five hostages have escaped the cafe, three of whom appeared to be Lindt employees. One male hostage has been treated at St Vincent’s Hospital. A spokesman would not comment on his condition but said “he is fine”

● NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said tonight officers were focused only on Martin Place: “We’re not concerned at this stage with any other (location)”

● The hostages held a flag up to the window known as The Black Standard, which has been used as a symbol by Islamic extremists

● At least one gunman is involved, a bearded man wearing a headband

● The police have made direct contact with the hostage-taker. Police have asked news.com.au not to reveal details of the phone calls they have had with him

● Police said workers outside of the exclusion zone bordered by Hunter, Pitt, King and Elizabeth streets in the Sydney CBD were OK to travel home via public transport as usual. Martin Place railway station remains closed

● Nobody is believed to have been harmed

● Police have erected a large black shield to cover the corner of the Lindt store from view; at least 100 police and tactical units are stationed in Martin Place

● Airspace in Sydney is open but some flights are being diverted around the CBD, according to Qantas

● Police handcuffed a man 200m from the cafe siege but a police statement has since clarified the arrest was not related to the siege. “

 

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Brutal Police Beating Of Model Shocks Australia (VIDEO)

 

 

 

 

 

” A video showing three Sydney police officers brutally beating a young woman has gone viral, with over 750,000 views on Facebook. During the clip, the victim is repeatedly hit with a police baton and appears to be kicked in the head by a male officer.

  Police brutality has been hitting the headlines in the US, but now it seems the unfortunate trend has made its way to Australia. The woman in question, Claire Helen, who works as a model and actress and was on the receiving end of recurring blows from a police officer, said: “It was the most frightening and humiliating experience of my life.”

  Law enforcement officers allege that Helen punched a policewoman in the mouth, as well as resisting arrest – an action that the model stringently denies. “They pushed me down. They hit me and kicked me. They pulled my dress over my head,” she said, speaking to Channel Nine. Onlookers could be heard shouting, “Let her go,” and, “She’s not resisting arrest.” 

Helen, who is 1 meter, 60 centimeters tall and weighs 55 kilograms, insists she was just enjoying a quiet night out when she was accosted by law enforcement officers, who were much bigger than her.

” We weren’t drunk. We’d been with people playing soccer and went out to have a few drinks. I’m not the sort of person who goes out getting pissed on a Wednesday night. I’m trying to make it as a model and actress. I can’t go out every night getting wasted. I definitely don’t ever get in circumstances like this,” she told Channel Nine news.

  The incident happened in the Kings Cross area of Sydney, which is home to a number of bars and nightclubs, after Helen and a group of friends haggled over a taxi fare, according to police. The law enforcement agency also added that a male member of the group punched the taxi driver in the stomach.

  However, Helen alleges that the taxi driver had charged the group the wrong amount, which led to the trouble starting. “

 

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Australian Lawyer Breaks World Record For Christmas Light Display

 

 

 

 

 

” They say everything’s bigger in America. Bigger, maybe, but not biggest — at least when it comes to Christmas lights. That superlative belongs to Australian lawyer David Richards, who recently assembled a holiday light display featuring more than 1.2 million bulbs at a shopping mall in Canberra.

  Richards didn’t hang the entire installation himself; he had plenty of volunteers. The massive Christmas light display was assembled as a way to raise money for SIDS and Kids ACT (Australian Capital Territory), a local charity offering sudden infant death syndrome counseling and support services.

  Though visitors to the display will be welcomed free of charge through the New Year, donations will be encouraged. The lights will be powered using electricity donated from a local energy company.

  Richards is no stranger to outdoing the competition when it comes to holiday decorations. Last year, he set the Guinness World Record for largest residential Christmas light display, outfitting his house and yard with more than half a million bulbs.

  This year, Richards took his talents to a commercial space. “I couldn’t do it again to my neighbours or my family,” he told The Guardian. “

 

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Sinkhole Swallows Australian Woman Hanging Up Washing

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An Australian woman has been rescued by firefighters after falling into a ten-foot sinkhole in a Melbourne garden.

  The woman, in her early 50s, was hanging out washing in the Springvale garden when she fell into the two-foot wide hole, a Country Fire Authority spokesman said.

  It took approximately 20 minutes for neighbours to hear her cries for help and call emergency services.

  Paramedic Stephanie Palamberis told the ABC in Australia that at one point the woman’s head was under water.

” The woman told us she was hanging washing out in the backyard at about 11.30am when the ground gave way,” she said.

” She fell with the dirt and mud, dropping about three metres and landing in waist deep water.”

 

Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Boy Found Alive At Bottom Of Drain

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A newborn baby has been found 2.5 metres down a drain in Sydney after cyclists passing by heard crying.

  After pulling away the concrete drain cover they found the baby, thought to be two or three days old, lying at the bottom wrapped in a hospital blanket.

  The child’s mother, aged 30, has now been identified following hospital record checks and house-to-house enquiries in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill.

 Police say she is assisting them with their investigation.

  The alarm was raised by a group of cyclists riding along the bike track beside the M7 highway. They heard cries from the drain at around 7.30am on Sunday.

”  It was disturbing (to see) how the child was placed in the drain,” Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.

”  We all thought the worst but the baby was still alive.” “

 

The baby’s mother has been charged with attempted murder . Read more at Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt Martha Woman Snapped Sunbaking In G-String By Real Estate Drone

 

 

 

” A BOARD showing a G-string-clad woman has been removed after she became the accidental attraction in a real estate advertising campaign for a house sale in Mt Martha.

  An ambitious agent enlisted a drone to take an aerial photograph of the property, which includes a sweeping image of the beach.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” But the picture also captured small business owner Mandy Lingard, a mother of three and grandmother of one, sunbaking topless in the privacy of her back yard.

  The image, which includes Ms Lingard lying face down wearing just a G-string, was on the display advertising board outside her neighbour’s house before being removed today.

“I heard a noise and then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid’s toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time,” Ms Lingard said.”

 

 

Read more at Perth Now

Lame Duck Swims To Asia

 

 

 

” If President Barack Obama expects to escape the spate of brutal post-election news by traveling 6,000 miles and 12 time zones to Asia, he’s in for a surprise.

  Regional players are taking stock of whether the U.S. president once seen as a global rock star will now have diminished heft on the world stage, and some are delivering their verdict well ahead of his arrival Monday for an eight-day trip to China, Burma and Australia.

  Global Times, an English-language newspaper published by China’s state-run People’s Daily, has carried two withering editorials in recent days.

“ The lame-duck president will be further crippled” in the wake of a GOP victory, the newspaper warned in one before the voting was complete. “He has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters. US society has grown tired of his banality.”

“ This will be the most recent manifestation of America’s weakness and they will figure that into their deliberation,” said Jon Hunstman, a Republican who served as U.S. Ambassador to China under Obama and pointed to Chinese adeptness at sizing up power. “They will see it through that prism and consider whether this president still has the swat to actually get anything done.” “

 

Politico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cream Puff Corps: Australia, Belgium, Britain And France – Not Just The Netherlands

 

 

 

” If trains and buss are no longer safe places for soldiers on their way to work, surely they are no longer safe for ordinary citizens either.

” The best thing you can do is to make an effort to kill any infidel, French, American, or any of their allies… Smash his head with a rock, slaughter him with a knife, run him over with a car throw him from a high place, choke him or poison him.” — Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIS spokesman, September 2014.

  Instead of telling their soldiers to hide themselves, Western governments should tell their soldiers to show themselves to make clear to the jihadists, and to frightened citizens, that we in the West are not afraid of terrorists. On the contrary, we will root them out and come down on them with all our military might.

  Earlier this week, Timon Dias wrote on these pages that the Dutch authorities have ordered Dutch soldiers not to wear their uniforms when they are using public transport on their way to the barracks. But the Dutch are not the only cowards in the West. Unfortunately, the Netherlands is not the only country that, for fear of attacks by Muslim extremists, has advised its military to no longer wear their uniforms in public. Apparently, Australia, Belgium, Britain and France have done the same. “

 

 

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Terror Raids: AFP, ASIO Move On Suspected Terrorists In Biggest Counterterrorism Raid In Australia’s History

 

 

 

Where the raids happened.

 

 

 

” Police backed up by armoured cars arrested at least 15 people of people in 12 separate pre-dawn operations in NSW, plus three more in Brisbane.

  The combined effort amounted to the largest anti-terrorism operation in Australian history — and senior officers revealed the attack by a suspected terrorist cell was imminent.

  It is believed police intercepted a phone call outlining a plan to kidnap a random member of the public and murder them by beheading, while filming the act to post on social media.

It is also understood the group had planned to target a tourist, possibly in Martin Place in the CBD.”

 

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Australian Planes To Deliver Weapons For Kurds Fighting Islamic State

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Australia will help deliver weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq in an attempt to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants, while participating in further humanitarian air drops.

Tony Abbott said the US government had requested that Australia help to transport stores of military equipment, including arms and munitions, as part of a multinational effort.

“Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join aircraft from other nations including Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States to conduct this important task,” the prime minister said in a statement on Sunday.

“Australia’s contribution will continue to be coordinated with the government of Iraq and regional countries.”

The Labor opposition signaled its support for the decision, saying the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were the only effective barrier to Isis slaughtering civilian populations while advancing through northern Iraq.”

 

The Guardian 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare White Whale Returns to Australia, Delighting His Local Fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This week, an extremely rare albino whale was spotted off the coast of Australia. The whale’s name is Migaloo, the Aboriginal word for “white fellow.” This is the third year in a row Migaloo has been spotted on his annual migration, lovingly referred to as a whale parade. Now Australian Migaloo watchers are tracking his every movement — on Thursday he was spotted making his way past the Sydney coast.

  Migaloo is one of only a few documented all-white humpback whales in the world. Another all-white whale was spotted in Norway, and a mostly white whale has been seen off the coast of Argentina.

  He was first seen in 1991 as a juvenile. It is unclear how old Migaloo is, but scientists estimate he is in his twenties, so he might be a millennial whale. Like any good millennial, he has an active Twitter account, @Migaloo1. “

The Wire

Huge Shark Eaten By Mystery Sea Monster, According To Scientists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A huge 2.7-metre-long great white shark was eaten by an even bigger “mystery sea monster”, according to scientists.

  Researchers had tagged the healthy shark to track its movements as part of a study, but were shocked when the tracking device washed up on a beach in Australia four months later, just four kilometres away.

  Data captured on the device showed there was a rapid temperature rise along with a sudden, sharp 580-metres plunge.

  The researchers believe the data proves it was eaten by something much bigger, saying the temperatures recorded indicate it went inside another animal’s digestive system.

  The only theory they have so far was that it was gobbled up by a “colossal cannibal great white shark”.

  The case is detailed in an upcoming documentary by the Smithsonian Institute, called the Hunt for the Super Predator, which draws from an earlier ABC documentary The Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator.”

 

News.Au.com

Sploid.Gizmodo offers this answer to the mystifying question of what ate a three meter Great White .

 

Mystery solved: This is the monster that ate that great white shark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(NSFW) Kate Middleton Naked Butt Photographed In Australia

 

Kate's slippery appearance: clothes ban for the Duchess?

 

 

” (NSFW) It seems Kate Middleton may indeed be in a spot of bother once again after a photographer managed to photograph Kate Middleton’s naked butt. The photo is believed to have come about as a sudden gust of wind blew allowing one photographer the yummy gravy of Kate’s derriere (ass) whilst the royal was on tour with Prince William in Australia and New Zealand last month.

  Despite the furore the posting of previous images of Kate Middleton topless and naked has in the past, Germany’s Bild magazine blew caution to the wind as it paid top dollar for the rights to publish the images.

  Whilst Kate Middleton can initially be seen wearing a blue and white Diane Von Furstenberg dress whilst during a royal outing, it’s what happens next when a sudden gust of wind caught the Duchess of Cambridge unaware.”

 

More here and original Bild article here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia’s Global Warming Budget Is About To Get Slashed By 90 Percent

 

 

 

 

” Australia’s conservative coalition is set to cut more than 90 percent of the funding related to global warming from their budget, from $5.75 billion this year to $500 million, over the next four years.

  Environmentalists and leftist politicians in the country protested the move by conservative Liberal Party Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s governing coalition to slash funding for climate programs, arguing such funding for green energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions were necessary to stop global warming.

  But Abbott’s government shot back, saying that the country needed to reduce the size of government and improve the economy.

” The coalition government acknowledges the role of renewable energy in Australia’s energy mix,” said Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane. “There is over $1 billion in funding for existing renewable projects to be completed over the coming years.” “

 

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‘Baby With Two Faces’ Survives Against Odds

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The girls, named Hope and Faith, were born last week and while they share the same body and internal organs, they have separate brains in the one skull.

  Simon Howie and partner Renee Young learned the babies would be born conjoined early in the pregnancy but decided they wanted to go through with the birth despite advice from some doctors.

  They were born six weeks prematurely by emergency caesarean at Blacktown hospital.

  Speaking on the Australian TV programme “A Current Affair” Ms Young said: “If I only get two days with the baby I only get two days. I’ll at least have some time with her.”

  The babies have a condition called craniofacial duplication or diprosopus, just dozens of cases of which have been recorded.”

 

 

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Dolphin ‘Sharkbombs’ Kelly Slater Video

 

 

 

Slater & Shark

 

 

” The surfing world has been abuzz this week after video emerged of Kelly Slater seemingly having a close encounter with a shark while surfing in Western Australia.

  A mysterious shadow can clearly be seen next to Slater as a surfs a wave in the Margaret River region, with fans speculating that the 11-time world champion may have survived a hairy moment with a shark.

  But Steve Robertson from Association of Surfing Professionals has poured a big bucket cold, salty water on that theory.”

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Sydney Skinny: Hundreds Of People Bare All In A Bid To Break World Record For The Largest Nude Ocean Swim

 

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” Winter’s clinging on here in the UK, but it’s still summer Down Under – making the weather perfect for a spot of skinny dipping. 

  Hundreds of people stripped off on Sunday to take part in the second annual Sydney Skinny in an attempt to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim.

Over 700 people took part in last year’s inaugural swim, which aims to promote a positive body image.

  Held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, in Sydney Harbour National Park, the event sees participants swimming 900m amid the waters of Middle Head.”

 

    According to the Independent the crowd numbered around seven hundred while the News.com alleges 1000 participants none of the photos accompanying either article conveys anywhere near the lesser number let alone  thousand . This video is all we could find documenting Sunday’s Sidney Skinny and it is really only a slide show of the pictures from the above referenced news articles .

 

 

   Compare and contrast that visual evidence with the video documentation of last year’s Kiwi attempt :

 

 

 

   The difference is important as you may remember from earlier that we reported on the fact that the New Zealanders set a new world record that was very well documented whereas this attempt by the people of Sidney seems quite laid back in comparison . We’ve heard no definitive headcount so we cannot say whether the Aussies succeeded or not .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GBR 2013

 

” Watch wiremen Justin Petrilli & Erik Lorentzen take on the Black Marlin of the Great Barrier Reef, including three over 1,000 pounds, on Tradition with Capt. Tim Richardson.”

     As winter rages all through the northeast , those of us who aren’t known as fans of the winter sports … skiing , snowmobiling and such , find ourselves longing for the moment we can splash our boats and head out for a day of or I should say , many days of , fishing . Until that time comes we’ll just have to live vicariously through the catches of others and this crew has some catches . Enjoy .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Comedy 12.31.13

The Best Of The Paul Hogan Show

 

 

 

Published on Sep 28, 2013

” The Best Of The Paul Hogan Show. Collection of clips from the popular Aussie show from the 1970’s & 1980’s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paul… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drivable Lego Car Built Piece By Piece — All 500,000

 

 

 

 

” The first drivable Lego car is made of 500,000 pieces and runs on air.

  The inventors of the Lego car are Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian Raul Oaida, a self-taught technology guru.

  The car — known as the Super Awesome Micro Project — can reach a top speed of 18 mph. It was built in Romania and delivered to a location in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, where the car was test-driven, according to the inventors’ website.

  Even the engine is made of Legos, which has “four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons,” according to the site. Only the tires and some load-bearing elements are not made of the plastic block toys.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Trying To Steal Fuel, Sets Himself On Fire When Lighting A Cigarette

 

Smoking Gas Thief

 

 

” Apparently he tried to get the fuel out by punching a hole in the bottom of the tank, but accidentally set his pants on fire when he lit a cigarette.

  CCTV captured ‘Captain Hotpants’ taking his pants off, and quickly exiting the car yard. He was last seen walking down the road with no pants. 

  Police found a 26 yr-old man not far from the car yard (minus pants and burns to his legs) and arrested him. The car year estimates damage of around $100K.”

 

HT/Libertarian Republic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McDonald’s Restaurant Turns To Opera To Drive Out Loitering Teenagers

 

 

”  A McDonald’s outlet in Australia has begun playing classical musical and opera late at night to deter young people from loitering around the restaurant.

  Fed up with their outlet’s nocturnal transformation into an unofficial youth club, the store adopted the tactic a few weeks ago and says it has significantly reduced the number of loiterers, particularly around the car park. The strategy has reportedly been tried before by a local council at a car park in Australia, though previous efforts involved blaring songs by Barry Manilow.”

 

McDonald’s as a cultural mecca ? Who would have thought ? Only in Australia … LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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