Five Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan | The Courier-Mail

THE rogue Afghan soldier who shot three Australian soldiers dead and wounded two others has been identified.

A man in Afghan National Army uniform shot dead three soldiers and wounded another two from the Australian Mentoring Task Force Five at a patrol base in the Baluchi Valley, north of the main base at Tarin Kowt.

International Security Assistance Force spokesman Major Adam Wojack told ABC Radio this morning the gunman was a lieutenant by the name of Hek Matola, a guard at the Australian patrol base.

The hunt is on to locate the gunman, he said.

“We do know that he acted alone, he was a single shooter … he did kill those Australian soldiers then jumped over a fence and fled on foot,” he said.

via Five Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan | The Courier-Mail.

Scientists say eureka on HIV and chemical warfare

An immunity booster to take on HIV and a lab-on-a-chip device to identify chemical warfare agents have featured in this year’s Eureka awards, which celebrate innovators in Australian science.This year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prize, the 23rd, awarded $180,000 in prize money to scientists and researchers tackling some of the world’s most challenging and controversial issues.

via Scientists say eureka on HIV and chemical warfare.

Ethical dining. How hard is it? Mamamia

I make an announcement, “Let’s have stir-fry pork for dinner!” It makes sense, there is an abundance of fresh veggies in my boyfriend’s fridge. Plus ginger. Ginger goes well with pork I think.I graciously offer to pick up the meat on my way home, “No, no, it’s no trouble.” Curiously, I choose to go out of my way to the Coles a few blocks from work instead of the Woolies I actually trip over five minutes walk from home.As I peruse the shelves in the fresh meat section, my plan to dash home with conveniently sliced pork is stalled by thoughts of pigs in cages. Those poor animals with the intelligence of a three year old, restricted to a life in a cage not much bigger than their fattened bodies.

via Ethical dining. How hard is it? Mamamia.

Rescuers save six, fears for scores more as latest asylum tragedy unfolds

A cargo ship has plucked six asylum seekers from the ocean south-west of the Indonesian island of Java this morning as the captain prepared to abandon the search for their stricken boat.

But there are fears scores more, including children, have died, with the crew of the refugees’ vessel reporting 150 people were on board when the vessel sank.

We find six survivors. At the last moment when I was thinking to abort, I heard some noises, and we spotted them in the water.

Screams and whistles alerted the crew of bulk carrier APL Bahrain as it searched the notorious Sunda Strait early today after a distress signal was issued yesterday.

via Rescuers save six, fears for scores more as latest asylum tragedy unfolds.

Poor in India Starve as Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion of Food – Bloomberg

Ram Kishen, 52, half-blind and half- starved, holds in his gnarled hands the reason for his hunger: a tattered card entitling him to subsidized rations that now serves as a symbol of India’s biggest food heist.Enlarge image Day laborers move sacks of rice at the Uttar Pradesh state warehouse in Mishrikh in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image A caretaker exits the closed fair price store of Satnapur Village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image A day laborer walks past piles of covered grains outside the Uttar Pradesh state warehouse in Mishrikh in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image Sangathin activist Surbala Vaish in Satnapur Village, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image Locally elected politician Anoop Gupta in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergKishen has had nothing from the village shop for 15 months. Yet 20 minutes’ drive from Satnapur, past bone-dry fields and tiny hamlets where children with distended bellies play, a government storage facility five football fields long bulges with wheat and rice. By law, those 57,000 tons of food are meant for Kishen and the 105 other households in Satnapur with ration books. They’re meant for some of the 350 million families living below India’s poverty line of 50 cents a day.Instead, as much as $14.5 billion in food was looted by corrupt politicians and their criminal syndicates over the past decade in Kishen’s home state of Uttar Pradesh alone, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

via Poor in India Starve as Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion of Food – Bloomberg.

Obama would romp home here

It would be much easier for Barack Obama to be re-elected in Australia than in the United States.

An overwhelming majority of Australians would vote for Obama if they had the chance. Given a hypothetical vote in a UMR online survey 72 per cent favour Obama and a mere 5 per cent Romney*.

We could not find a single Labor voter who would vote for Romney – they went 89 per cent to 0 per cent – but even amongst Coalition voters, 64 per cent go for Obama and 10 per cent Romney.

Slight edge: US president Barack Obama.

Slight edge: US president Barack Obama. Photo: AFP

Australians like Obama a lot more too. He has a handsome 79 per cent ”favourable” versus 14 per cent ”unfavourable” rating from Australians. Fewer have an opinion on Romney but it is breaking decidedly negative at 15 per cent favourable versus 44 per cent unfavourable.

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Australians expect Obama to prevail as well: 65 per cent expect an Obama victory and 9 per cent a Romney victory.

via Obama would romp home here.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Delivers Detailed View Of Mount Sharp With Telephoto Lens | TPM Idea Lab

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has one specific feature on the Red Planet in its sights: Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile high Martian mountain located near the rover’s landing site. Both are found inside Gale Crater, itself a 96-mile-wide shallow depression over which liquid water may have once flowed in the ancient history of Mars.

On Monday, NASA released a new batch of images snapped by the unmanned rover, including several new highly detailed shots of Mount Sharp, presently located about 15 miles south of the rover.

via NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Delivers Detailed View Of Mount Sharp With Telephoto Lens | TPM Idea Lab.

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent Ever Measured, Reports National Snow and Ice Data Center | ThinkProgress

The blanket of sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted to its lowest extent ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979, according to the University of Colorado Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center.

On Aug. 26, the Arctic sea ice extent fell to 1.58 million square miles, or 4.10 million square kilometers. The number is 27,000 square miles, or 70,000 square kilometers below the record low daily sea ice extent set Sept. 18, 2007. Since the summer Arctic sea ice minimum normally does not occur until the melt season ends in mid- to late September, the CU-Boulder research team expects the sea ice extent to continue to dwindle for the next two or three weeks, said Walt Meier, an NSID scientist.

“It’s a little surprising to see the 2012 Arctic sea ice extent in August dip below the record low 2007 sea ice extent in September,” he said. “It’s likely we are going to surpass the record decline by a fair amount this year by the time all is said and done.”

via Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent Ever Measured, Reports National Snow and Ice Data Center | ThinkProgress.

Ærchies Archive - Digital Detritus

Dear Tony and Greg,
Like you I find it hard to sit down and read documents.

So it has taken me a while to get around to reading the wonderful document which was released by your friend Peta’s husband.  The one entitled “The Coalitions Direct Action Plan Policy”. It is very long and has few pictures.

Still, I sat down and waded through it and I have some questions for you.

Questions you need to answer and questions I shall actually put!

So, on Page  2, the one after the colourful front page with the big letters and the pretty leaves, you state that, “Direct action on soil carbons will be the major plank of our strategy, supported by other direct actionmeasures that will reduce CO2 emissions by 5 per cent by 2020 based on 1990 levels.

Now that is exactly the same as the…

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