Archive | October 30, 2015

Research Shows Aboriginal Memories Stretch Back over 7,000 Years*

Research Shows Aboriginal Memories Stretch Back over 7,000 Years*

Aboriginal society has preserved memories of Australia’s coastline dating back more than 7,000 years. That’s the conclusion that University of the Sunshine Coast Professor of Geography Patrick Nunn reached in a paper published in Australian Geographer.

The study looks at Aboriginal stories from 21 places around Australia’s coastline, each describing a time when sea levels were significantly lower than today. Professor Nunn said present sea levels in Australia were reached 7,000 years ago and as such any stories about the coastline stretching much further out to sea had to pre-date that time.

Stories describe changes

These stories talk about a time when the sea started to come in and cover the land, and the changes this brought about to the way people lived – the changes in landscape, the ecosystem and the disruption this caused to their society,” he said.

It’s important to note that it’s not just one story that describes this process. There are many stories, all consistent in their narrative, across 21 diverse sites around Australia’s coastline.”

Professor Nunn said his interest in how stories met science was piqued during his extensive tenure at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. He said the time span of the memories in the Australian Aboriginal stories he studied, however, appeared unmatched by any other culture.

Anything that goes back thousands of years – nearly 10,000 years in some cases – has to be quite exceptional,” he said.

It’s a remarkable time period when we consider our own memories and what we can remember even with the aid of books and other information.

“I believe these stories endured that long partly due to the harshness of Australia’s natural environment, which meant that each generation had to pass on knowledge to the next in a systematic way to ensure its survival.

The paper, entitled ‘Aboriginal memories of inundation of the Australian coast dating from more than 7,000 years ago’, is available to view online for a limited time only.

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The People of the Dreamtime

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Australia Discontinues Services to the People Whose Land It Took*

As far as Honour Goes U.S. has None: Tries to Bait Russia with Lifting of Sanctions for Russian Withdrawal from Syria*

As far as Honour Goes U.S. has None: Tries to Bait Russia with Lifting of Sanctions for Russian Withdrawal from Syria*

By M. al-Frieh, H. Said

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia refuses to link between halting its military aid to Syria in the fight against terrorism and a possible lifting of economic sanctions imposed on it by the West.

“We ruled out any kind of swaps in this matter. An approach like this is absolutely out of place,” Peskov was quoted as saying by the Russian Sputnik news agency.

“Russia has been aiding the Syrian authorities in their fight against terrorism and extremism in its own interest,” he told the journalists.

“But by pursuing its goals,” Peskov added,

“Russia has been simultaneously helping Europeans to deal with the root cause of their refugee problem, because this problem stems from the same chaos that gave rise to extremism and terrorism and allowed them to dominate Syria, Iraq and neighbouring states.”

He clarified that Moscow is actively continuing to establish contacts with part of the “moderate” Syrian opposition, adding that he isn’t aware of any progress that can be said, “but work is continuing, there is steady and active work going on.”

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Putin’s Address to the U.N. in 10 Quotes*

Brzezinski to Putin: Stop hitting OUR al-Qaeda or it’s World War III*

Putin Blows the Whistle on the Who and the Why of ISIS*

U.N. Scam: Rotten Food, Expired Drugs for Syrian Refugees*

Saudi Invasion of Syria Blocked by Putin*

Russia, U.S. Sign Memorandum on Military Flights over Syria*

Whoever Controls Eurasia Controls the World*

Fast Tech, Slow Citizens*

Fast Tech, Slow Citizens*

This is an article for those societies not being bombed or attacked in some other form by the West; and the only way to let people know what your government is up to is the Net. However, what it has to say is still valid…

By Matthew Linares

As we hurtle through an age of immense digital development, there are too many possibilities to lose a grip on our privacy, self-determination and democratic dignity.

Picture yourself in a bustling arena, rows of furniture and fittings painted royal blue. All of your friends and a smattering of strangers chatter around. You enjoy intimate discourse, political debate and frivolous musings. The room is multiply microphoned, a group of professionals taking copious notes, analysing almost everything you say, and certainly more than you’re aware of.

A projectionist guides your attention to gaudy visuals and announcements which serve some unclear purpose. Towards the periphery sits a gaggle of shady spectators, overseeing what’s taking place and deciding where it fits on a spectrum from proper to threatening. You cannot be sure who hears what nor why.

Networks expand, rights unbalance

We are hurtling through an age of immense digital development and concomitant social redefinition. Online networks and other data-hungry zones strongly regulate the human experience. As these services let us share more of our lives, with increasing resolution, as network nodes proliferate and the internet of things brings sensors and inputs everywhere, the attack surface grows. There are more possibilities to lose a grip on our privacy, self-determination and democratic dignity. The public realm is being remade by companies through profitable design motives.

A massive weight of work is done by lobbyists-cum-legislators to hash out ever further reaching intellectual property and control regimes to extend the online rights of commercial actors. By comparison, the topography of online activity for the individual citizen expands without an effort to confer similarly detailed protections.

A recent E.U. ruling suggests U.S. entities are not to be trusted with European citizen data due to the nation’s over-reaching surveillance. The intervention is all too rare and comes much too late.

Users play out life on the social web, every word and click captured, giving gratuitously intimate insight into their thoughts, habits and histories. Even folk who don’t log on can be profiled as others upload photos and reference them.

For those aware of the surveillance systems in place, the chilling effects are immense. Legitimate political commentators, knowing that their words are being watched, curb their communications, stymying critical debates. People rightly worry that their words, now digitised and mined, will be held in store and one day used against them.

We all run through toilsome Terms of Service without really knowing what it is we agree to. At that moment, we abrogate important rights and pledge to permit invasions of privacy that we can’t even imagine, technically elaborate as they are. The burden of understanding complex services and their implications is thrust upon the user, a responsibility we can’t live up to.

In this particular case, it would better respect the web user if they could require, in advance, what general usage terms they agree with (for example, ‘I’ll only use services which do not sell my writing’) perhaps saved as browser settings. Websites would be forced to check against those requirements when users sign up. Reversing the legal onus in this way would be a step to relieve the mounting burden of the digital citizen.

Guiding lost citizens

It’s almost a cliche to note that with ‘free’ online services, ‘you, the user, are the product’. Your data is collected, catalogued and sold to make you a more susceptible consumer. Yet I assume the majority of Facebook’s 1.5 billion users are not perfectly aware of this thinking and what it entails.

There’s a critical job here to educate people at all stages of life about the realities of the digital environment which subsumes ever more of our lives. We absorb the required skills thanks mainly to commercial expansion, learning products with company guides designed according to the profit imperative.

Whilst governments ought to lead in providing resources to navigate this terrain, they have shown themselves more interested in harvesting data stealthily, recasting the state-subject relationship, introducing risk and complexity, and compounding the abuse that we need to resolve.

The perennial temptation of authorities to craft citizen control and monitoring systems is rarely countered from within government. There seem to be scant boundaries governments are prepared to uphold whilst new depths of intrusion are regularly debuted with ample assistance from industry. In spite of this, we need those arms of the state that retain a public interest mission to elevate digital rights competencies and enable citizens.

 

Aside from traditional education, there is a need for retreats where people can immerse themselves in privacy-conscious experiences, learn new skills and habits, and reforge their own technical reality.

Credit: Matthew Linares

Picture yourself in a forest, amongst friends and a smattering of strangers, at a healthy remove from the metro-digital barrage. You have time, and a break from routine, to think through the meaning of digital life, fumbling with your online identity and asserting your boundaries.

New forms of peer-to-peer, collective learning are vital. Visit your local Hackspace if you want to see the energetic possibilities of people socialising together to further their own technical capacities.

Events like this month’s Free Culture Forum and others like it, in Hackspaces and people’s groups globally, show the power of gatherings where people come together to build knowledge and networks of their own.

“We created the Free Culture Forum as a response to the criminalisation of free culture and the need to normalise it, the increasing use of the Internet as a tool for social transformation to build a true democracy.” Free Culture Forum

Networks for the people

Mass web publishing platforms, like Facebook and a few others, which enjoy network effects, have immense power to shape the passage of information, opinion and emotion. It’s a worrying trend which, like challenges to net neutrality, threatens the free flow of ideas and the web’s virtue of letting the best thinking rise, regardless of its source.

The opaque code which runs most of these services, their success in corralling global populations and their near-monopoly positions in distributing and presenting information creates a point of weakness for democracy.

There is an appetite for the public arteries of information and exchange to be publicly-owned or publicly motivated (regulated). We should take this seriously, even though the business case is hard to make.

Possibilities emerge if we recognise the successes of open-source communities, which have core values of community, equality and transparency built in. Linux, the operating system which runs most of the world, and social network diaspora* showcase the effectiveness of this approach. They offer ongoing hope that immense productivity and innovation can operate on behalf of citizen-users first and foremost.

Yet we are falling behind in our capacity to legislate and make informed, consensual relations with our networked communication apparatus.

The aim must be to force politicians and industry to take seriously the responsibility to citizens, to education and to collective thinking around emerging concepts which shape us. Technically up-skilling people is not merely a matter of future-proofing the economy. It is a condition of informed, consensual democracy.

We must also innovate around our own methods of learning and creating, as citizens, informationally saturated yet intent on retaining a semblance of personal control.

Precedents for positive action exist but the hurdles are sprawling and viral. Democracy requires citizens and political actors who understand and control the tools that underpin their lives. That world presently eludes us, and slips further away with every line of code.

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U.S. Senate Passes CISA Bill without Amendments*

The U.S. Expanding its Domain to Space and Cyberspace*

European Parliament Votes against Net Neutrality*

Senior Russian Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Windows 10 in State Agencies*

Smartphone + Google Account = Your Every Move Tracked for a Month*

Breaking: Google gives new meaning to “Orwellian”

Wi-Fi from Space – Don’t get Excited Google and Co Just Dumbing You Down*

Google, the NSA & DHS are Creating a Global DNA Database*

U.N. Scam: Rotten Food, Expired Drugs for Syrian Refugees*

U.N. Scam: Rotten Food, Expired Drugs for Syrian Refugees*

Syrian National Defence Forces disclosed that the food supplies sent by the United Nations to the besieged towns of Kafraya and Fuaa in the Northern Syrian province of Idlib are either rancid or stolen by the militant groups.

“Most of the food and medical aid that the U.N. sends to Fuaa and Kafraya either has met its expiry date or is stolen,” a member of the mobilized popular forces defending the besieged Shiite towns of Fuaa, Adnan al-Ray told FNA on Tuesday.

He reiterated that the food supplies send by the UN are not only useless, but also dangerous to the lives of the residents of the two towns that have been under the siege of the Takfiri terrorists for years and were allowed to receive food and medical aid under a deal with the Damascus government which allowed similar conditions for besieged rebels in Zabadani region.

Al-Ray said that the dispatched medical aids are also useless; “for instance, the serum packs sent are not accompanied by any syringe”.

“There are boxes of biscuits with expired dates in the packages sent by the U.N. to Kafraya and Fuaa which are life threatening,” he added.

In early September, the army and Hezbollah forces intended to rescue the residents of Kafraya and Fuaa through a swap plan with the Takfiri militants, but after the Ahrar al-Sham militant group aborted the ceasefire talks, the Syrian army-Hezbollah joint forces advanced in Zabadani and tried to spread their full control over the city.

Now their military objective is breaking the siege of Kafraya and Fuaa, and approaching the two towns from Al-Wa’ar town seems to be an option.

On October 12, the Takfiri terrorists withdrew from their positions in Fuaa and Kafraya and fled towards Sahl al-Qab region.

A source close to Ahrar al-Sham terrorists in Idlib was quoted by Arab media as saying that different terrorist groups have asked their commanders to retreat from their positions in different parts of Idlib.

Idlib is the scene of heavy fighting between the Syrian and Hezbollah troops who are backed up by the Russian air force and the terrorists who have been occupying part of the province for the some long time now.

ISIL terrorists are on the run to save their lives after sustaining heavy casualties in the Russian airstrikes in the province of Idlib, Northwestern Syria.

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U.S. Plan to Spread Cholera across Syria and Turkey May be Failing*

Death by Vaccine: 34 Syrian Children Die*

Russia Constructs first Foreign Camp in Syria for Internally Displaced*

Saudi Invasion of Syria Blocked by Putin*

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 22 Iraqi Troops in Ramadi*

Syrian Army Liberates 50 Villages in Aleppo Province*

Washington Preventing Iraq from Turning to Moscow*

 

The WHO’s Private Vaccine Laboratory*

Scientists seek over 100,000 Seed samples from Gates’ Doomsday Vault*

Saudi Invasion of Syria Blocked by Putin*

Saudi Invasion of Syria Blocked by Putin*

The Saudi regime with the help of Jeish al-Islam terrorist group had prepared a plan to attack Damascus from the Southern provinces after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the Syria-Yemen swap proposal by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, media reports said.

The Saudi deputy crown prince gave his proposal to President Putin in a meeting in Moscow on June 19, the Arabic-language Al-Akhbar newspaper wrote.

It was revealed two weeks ago that Saudi Arabia and Jordan had planned to conduct a blitz on the capital Damascus through the Southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra after coordinating with the Saudi-backed terrorist Leader Zahran Aloush who is in Eastern Ghouta, the newspaper added.

The Russians who had been informed of Saudi Arabia’s plan and after checking with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement’s field information, the Russian fighter jets changed their direction from the North to Southern Syria and pounded the terrorists’ positions in Jobar and Eastern Ghouta of the Damascus countryside, specially the towns of Marj al-Sultan and Deir al-Asafir, it said.

Al-Akhbar wrote that the Russian airstrikes resulted in the destruction of terrorists’ command centres and foiling the terrorists’ attempt to capture Damascus.

On Tuesday, the Russian air force hit rebel positions in Southern Syria, near the Golan Heights, for the first time since it began its air campaign against the Takfiri terrorists last month. The Russian airstrikes targeted positions of the ISIL and al-Nusra Front in the Golan Heights in Quneitra province near the border with Israel.

Russia’s airstrikes were the closest to the occupied Palestinian territories since it started its airstrikes in late September.

Also on Monday, the Russian air force also struck terrorists’ positions in Daraa province for the first time in the past month. Russia’s fighter jets hit the Takfiri terrorists’ positions in the strategic hilltops of Tal al-Harra and Tal Antar near Deir al-Adas in the Northern countryside of Daraa late Monday.

The Syrian army also carried out attacks on the strategic hilltop of Tal al-Alaqiya in Daraa countryside and managed to fully destroy the terrorists’ positions in the region. The Tal al-Alaqiya hilltop is surrounded by three other strategic areas of Deir al-Adas, Kafar Nasej and Kafar Shams in Northern Daraa.

Political observers believe that the Russian fighter jets’ attacks have an important message for Israel while Tel Aviv is trying to pretend that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on Syria’s Southern skies. Also on Monday, Russian fighter jets razed to the ground a number of the positions of the terrorist groups in the Syrian Province of Aleppo.

The Russian airstrikes hit positions of al-Nusra Front and ISIL terrorist groups in the vicinity of Khanasser-Ithriyah road in the Southern parts of the city of Aleppo. Reports also said the clashes continue between the Syrian troops and ISIL terrorists on the Khanasser-Ithriyah road.

The Russian air raids also hit positions of terrorists from The Levant Front or Jabhat al-Shamiyya in al-Sheikh Saeed neighborhood in Southern Aleppo and al-Sheikh Issa in the Southern countryside of Aleppo.

Russian warplanes also pounded Takfiri militants’ positions in the vicinity of the Air Force Academy in Kuweires airport in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo.

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Plunging Oil Prices, ISIS and the Secret U.S – Saudi Deal*

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The CIA, Saudia and Bin Laden Were Behind the Chechen Wars*

Saudis and Israeli’s Stage Hajj Stampede*

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 22 Iraqi Troops in Ramadi*

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 22 Iraqi Troops in Ramadi*

Iraqi security sources disclosed that the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes have once again killed 22 army and volunteer forces on Tuesday.

The U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

“The coalition warplanes pounded the Iraqi forces after they advanced near the city of Ramadi after al-Jama bridge and al-Davajen bridge,” a security source said.

He noted that at least 22 Iraqi forces, including volunteer forces, known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi, were killed in the U.S.-led airstrikes in Ramadi.

The U.S. has repeatedly struck the popular forces’ positions in different parts of Iraq.

In June, fighter jets of the U.S.-led coalition struck the Iraqi forces’ positions in Anbar province, Western Iraq.

The U.S.-led coalition warplanes hit the bases of Iraqi army’s Hezbollah battalions in Fallujah in Anbar province, killing 6 soldiers and injuring 8 others.

In early May, the anti-ISIL coalition forces struck the position of Iraq’s popular forces near Baghdad, killing a number of volunteer forces.

The U.S.-led coalition warplanes hit an arms production workshop of the popular forces near the Iraqi capital, destroying the workshop and its ammunition completely.

Two members of Iraq’s popular forces were killed in the attack.

On March 29, the U.S. fighter jets struck the positions of Iraq’s popular forces during their fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists near Tikrit, injuring a number of fighters.

The U.S. and coalition forces conducted eight airstrikes near Tikrit, but they hit the popular forces’ positions instead of ISIL.

In February, an Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that the US airplanes still continue to airdrop weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists.

“The U.S. planes have dropped weapons for the ISIL terrorists in the areas under ISIL control and even in those areas that have been recently liberated from the ISIL control to encourage the terrorists to return to those places,” Coordinator of Iraqi popular forces Jafar al-Jaberi told FNA.

He noted that eyewitnesses in Al-Havijeh of Kirkuk province had witnessed the U.S. airplanes dropping several suspicious parcels for ISIL terrorists in the province.

“Two coalition planes were also seen above the town of Al-Khas in Diyala and they carried the Takfiri terrorists to the region that has recently been liberated from the ISIL control,” Al-Jaberi said.

Meantime, Head of Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee Hakem al-Zameli also disclosed that the anti-ISIL coalition’s planes have dropped weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL in Salahuddin, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces.

In January, al-Zameli underlined that the coalition is the main cause of ISIL’s survival in Iraq.

“There are proofs and evidence for the U.S.-led coalition’s military aid to ISIL terrorists through air(dropped cargoes),” he told FNA at the time.

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A Boy given 48 Hours to Live is Cured by Cannabis Oil*

A Boy given 48 Hours to Live is Cured by Cannabis Oil*

By John Vibes

A young boy named Landon Riddle was diagnosed with Leukaemia, and was told by his doctors that he only had an 8-10% chance of living for more than a day or two.

His whole chest was full of leukemia tumours, which is why he couldn’t breathe. They started him on chemo, but told us that he probably wasn’t going to make it,” his mother, Sierra Riddle said.

After two months of Chemotherapy, Landon became sick and would refuse to eat. According to his mother, he would vomit up to 50 times a day, and the doctors eventually lost hope, seeing no other solution than Chemotherapy.

Then one day, Landon’s grandmother suggested that they look into cannabis oil treatment.

“We discussed all of our concerns with his medical team in Utah and watched Landon continue to suffer and wither away as the piled on drug after drug. Then my mother came across cannabis oil online,” Riddle told RYOT.

The family then fled the state of Utah for Colorado, where cannabis oil treatment was legal.

In just days, Landon began vomiting less and less each day and finally began to eat.

“Our hearts were filled with joy that cannabis brought back the smile to Landon’s face. Landon started getting better and better! It was as if a miracle had happened! He was smiling again and started to eat again!” Sierra wrote on her blog during his treatment.

“It is atrocious that anyone on the planet would be charged for choosing cannabis over pharmaceuticals. My heart goes out to Adam Koessler and Rumor Rose, along with uncountable other families that are affected by cannabis prohibition. Get ready for the fight of your life. Having a sick child is a battle in itself, but making this choice is a whole new world. You’re going to need thick skin, intuition, and a solid team. Don’t waste time making sure every other pharmaceutical does more harm than good. If it feels wrong in your gut, it’s probably wrong,she added.

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