Author: Geoff Ebbs

Reef bleaching and #climatechange link explained – The Conversation EDO

Great Barrier Reef bleaching would be almost impossible without climate change Andrew King, University of Melbourne; David Karoly, University of Melbourne; Mitchell Black, University of Melbourne; Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, The University of Queensland, and Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, UNSW Australia The worst bleaching event on record has affected corals across the Great Barrier Reef in the last few months. As of the end of March, a whopping 93% of the reef has experienced bleaching. This event has led scientists and high-profile figures such as Sir David Attenborough to call for urgent action to protect the reef from annihilation. There is indisputable evidence...

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Rapid Response Wrecks Fire Festival for Visitors

The battle lines between West End’s spontaneous grass roots and our “no art, no heart, no-fun, no way” establishment were clearly drawn at the West End Fire Festival at Orleigh Park last night. Two Rapid Response Group vehicles with at least eight officers descended on the area, writing out $89 parking tickets for those tourists parked higgledy piggledy under trees and on nature strips in an effort to enjoy the packed event. Hundreds of locals and visitors have come thirteen times a year since 2006 to the south west corner of 4101 to enjoy the fire-twirling and drum circle...

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A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Noted US commentator and author Ellen Brown looks at the story behind the US intervention in Libya, and the overthrow of Muammar el-Qaddafi. Critics have long questioned why violent intervention was necessary in Libya. Hillary Clinton’s recently published emails confirm that it was less about protecting the people from a dictator than about money, banking, and preventing African economic sovereignty. The brief visit of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Libya in October 2011 was referred to by the media as a “victory lap.” “We came, we saw, he died!” she crowed in a CBS video interview on hearing...

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For lovers of everything French

The Westender’s newest contributor, Minou Yuille, pays a visit to the Alliance-Francaise French Film Festival. Here’s what she saw. The Alliance-Francaise French Film Festival is here again, for its twenty-seventh year running, and with it a whole new host of the best French cinema had to offer in 2015. As a part of this, I recently attended an advance screening of writer-director-actor Clovis Corniliac’s Blind Date, a romantic comedy. I am possibly biased, given that I rarely see a French film I hate, but I enjoyed this charming, light comedy a lot. The plot concerns two neighbours with very...

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Are we blindly following the US to war?

The news that Australia and the US are engaged in talks about stationing B1 and B52 bombers in northern Australia has angered the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). Annette Brownlie, spokesperson for IPAN said: “IPAN has consistently promoted an independent and peaceful Australia. But what we are seeing is a succession of events through which Australia is losing its independence and becoming more closely entwined within the US military machine. “Allowing the US to station long range bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons on our territory reinforces the Deputy Sherriff status to our neighbouring countries.” Australia has also...

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