Posted: September 28th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: CRIME!, Get Out of the House | Tags: Anti-Terrorism Laws, ASIO, Australian Federal Police, Australian Police and Law Enforcement, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Bugging, Civil Liberties, Email, FBI, Intelligence, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, Law Reform, Metadata, MI5, NSW Crime Commission, Phone Tap, Police Force, SMS, Telecommunications Data, Terrorist Cell, Terrorist Organisation, Text Message, The Telecommunications Interception and Access Act - | Comments Off
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – ASIO - Australia’s national spy agency has backed controversial legislation which would force telcos to retain customer communication – phone, internet – data for at least two years.
ASIO says basic communications – meta – data from phones and emails, such as when a call was made or whom an email was sent to, is crucial to the gathering of evidence. The spy agency has given an unclassified submission to a parliamentary committee, saying telecommunications companies have traditionally kept the data to bill customers but new technology means there is less need to do so.
It says the legislation will not give it access to the content of calls or emails, just the time they were sent or who they were sent to. Currently no warrant is required to peruse an individuals data records, unlike phone tapping.
ASIO says this type of data retention leads to tip-offs about terrorist cells and can confirm intelligence reports. The agency says it would support new penalties to stop the misuse of the powers. However, Australia’s second largest telco, Optus, says the proposed data retention will be expensive. It’s understood that Telstra – Australia’s largest telco -currently keeps data records for 5 years. The Australian Government hasn’t made a final decision on the laws :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Get Out of the House, Hard Pill to Swallow, That Human Condition | Tags: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, BMI, Chronic Inactivity, Chronic Obesity, Couch Potato, David Dunstan, Dr Lennert Veerman, Eating Well, Fashion of Fat, Food Politics, Foreign Correspondent, Globesity, OBESITY, PloS Medicine, School of Population Health, Television, The Lancet, the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group, The Nutrition Transition Program, TV, University of Queensland, World Public Health Nutrition Association | Comments Off
I’ve been wondering for a while just how long it would take for Obesity to move from being a medical issue to a social one, it seems we are right now on that cusp. Obesity has had so much bad publicity - deservingly so – over the past 5 years that the obese are striking back, no longer satisfied with the social stigma, and often unable to lose the weight, the obese are becoming a large majority.
Fat activist Jackie Wykes recently posted a volatile question via theconversation.edu.au, asking How Anti Obesity Campaigns Re-inforce Stigma. Ms Wykes says “By focusing on weight as the problem and weight loss as the solution, social and economic inequalities are made invisible.” I’d reckon that in this country at least – and the world generally – supermarkets would disagree entirely, never have groceries – fresh included – ever been so inexpensive, there is literally NO excuse today for BAD EATING HABITS!
According to Ms Wykes, health disparities between groups are blamed on individuals for not making healthy choices, ignoring the ways that the choices available to comfortably middle-class white Australians are often very different to those available to people on low incomes, to recent immigrants, or to Indigenous Australians.
This rhetoric clearly scirts the issue – yes obese people have rights, more rights than drug addicts, less than breast cancer patients, and about the same as rights as smokers – in my mind the formula is pretty simple, EAT LESS! If you wish to make the argument complicated - it’s still diet based for the majority of obesity – then EAT CAREFULLY! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 2nd, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House | Tags: Code, Crack, GCHQ, Government Communications Headquarters, MI5, MI6, Spy, UK Spy Agency | Comments Off
The UK’s Government Communications Headquarters - GCHQ- intelligence agency launched an online code-breaking game in an attempt to attract the country’s top graduates via the internet.
The code was solved within hours of going online.
The agency, which works with MI5 and MI6, has invited applicants to demonstrate their code-breaking capacity by deciphering a series of letters and numbers. The initiative is part of a drive to help shore up the country against potential cyber attacks in the future. Successful code-breakers will not only win the internet game, but they could also land a job. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 20th, 2011 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Bailout, Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Diana Detaux, Diana Detox, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Love and Other Drugs, News, News Update, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: bailout, Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, diana detaux, diana detox, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Jail, LA Court, LiLo, Lindsay Lohan, Love and Other Drugs, News, News Update, Probation, socially engineered, Standout, That Human Condition | Comments Off
With Lindsay Lohan the news just seems to go round and round and round. Lindsay Lohan appeared in court today - looking her usual mess -and had her probation revoked, it’s now likely she will go back to jail.
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, today and revoked Lindsay Lohan’s probation, saying the actress has blown off her court-ordered community service and even questioning the starlet’s commitments to her acting career.
CONTINUED: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 17th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., M.Aaron.Silverman, News, News Update, Revolute, Social Media, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition, They Said What | Tags: Bailout!, Bank Customers Arrested, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity News, Citibank, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Global Financial Crisis, Highpants News, ikram Pandit, Kiss My . . ., New York, New York City, News, News Update, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Wall Street Protest, Out and About, OWS, Protest, Revolute, Social Media, socially engineered, Standout, That Human Condition, They Said What, Wall Street, WFG, World Financial Crisis, Zuccotti Par | Comments Off
Police arrested 24 protesters for trespassing at a Citibank branch, a New York Police Department spokesman said.
Citibank has always been a bit of a fumbling behemoth, barely - with bailout assistance from U.S. tax payers - scraping through the global financial crisis in tact, it now face an entirely new wave of trouble. Days after Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit talked about his sympathies with Occupy Wall Street and his willingness to engage with protesters. A Citibank branch in New York has locked the doors of their branch and arrested a group of Citibank account holders who wished to to close their accounts. It’s clear that Citibank are terrified that a few accounts closing will escalate to a run on the bank. “It would only take a small percentage of account holders to prove that Citibank is an economic hologram and like much of the financial sector, is desperately hiding how weak it is. The 99% are waking up and realise they’ve been duped, fleeced,conned and bullied for far too long” said Jeremy Bloom. ”NOT even in the dark dark days of the 1930s great depression – when there was actual panic – did we see anything this stupid” Here’s how it went down at the Citibank branch at 555 La Guardia Place in New York. The demonstrators - all Citibank customers - were asked to leave, and when they tried to comply Citibank’s security locked them in and wouldn’t let them leave! 24 were arrested. Clearly nothing is ever this simple!? Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 5th, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Socially Engineered, Verity Penfold | Tags: Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland, Blip, Channel Blipvert Socially Engineered, Favorite New Thought, Finnish Lapland, Flatlight Films, Midnight Sun, Sámi, That Human Condition, Travel, Tune, Vegan Loving Carnivores, Verity Penfold, video, Vimeo, Visit Finland, www.highpants.com | Comments Off
It’s got to be half way through the week, doesn’t it? Fag it, it’s time for a chill, a little midweek meditation. Check this STUNNING time-lapse from those fantastic Finns at Flatlight. It was shot earlier this year in several locations throughout Finnish Lapland. Just to set the mood, temperatures can plunge as low as -50°C in the winter and the sun is not seen for days on end during the polar night (kaamos). By contrast, summer brings out the Midnight Sun and temperatures can occasionally rise to 30°C, although summer temperatures in the 10-20°C are mostly the norm. July is the warmest month. Flatlight Films has created this beautiful time-lapse montage of the aurora borealis, the time-lapse is a commercial for Visit Finland. Lapland is the Wild North of Finland and the last refuge of Finland’s Sámi people, who subsist on reindeer herding. There isn’t too much history to see, the end of the Second World War, retreating German troops implemented a scorched earth policy to punish their Finnish allies for agreeing to peace with the Soviet Union, razed everything in their path. By the time they were done, 100,000 people had fled, 675 bridges blown up, all major roads mined and the capital Rovaniemi had only 13 houses left standing. But then, people don’t come to Lapland for the architecture, they come here for the nature. While there are no craggy mountains or fjords here, the endless pine forests and the treeless rounded fells (tunturi) poking out between them can also be breathtakingly beautiful. Throw us a pair of mittens and a sensible hat and away we go!
Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.
For more beautiful aurora time-lapses, see:
- The Aurora Seen From The International Space Station
- Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of an Aurora Borealis in Norway
- Time Lapse of Aurora Borealis Over Tromsø, Norway