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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews Unmasked: The Man The Monster

By Geoff Shaw There is no doubt that Geoff Shaw regards the Premier of Australia’s second most populist state as a monster. But before we get into the excerpts, let’s skip straight to the end of the horror story. Alex… Continue Reading →

The Koala – when it’s Smart to be Slow

Danielle Clode: Flinders University. The koala was clinging to an old tree stag while stranded in the Murray River, on the border between New South Wales and Victoria. A team of students from La Trobe University noticed its predicament as… Continue Reading →

The Daughter of Siberian Shamans

Yakutsk is the coldest place on Earth. Winter temperatures plunge below minus 50 degrees Centigrade. The town of Oymyakom, in the East Siberian Depression, has recorded temperatures well below of minus 60. The indigenous tribes of this most hostile of… Continue Reading →

Don’t Mention the War Powers: Behind the Australian Government’s Silence

Zacharias Szumer: Michael West Media Traditionally in Australia only the Prime Minister has the power to take the country to war. It has led to Australia’s involvement in some highly unpopular wars, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott taking the… Continue Reading →

The Desert Stars: The World’s Most Remote Rock Band.

The Photography of Dean Sewell/Oculi The Spinifex People, as they are now known, are the immediate descendants of the last nomadic hunter gatherers to experience contact with the modern world. They live on the southern flank of the Great Victorian… Continue Reading →

Life, Death, Intimacy and Privilege: Four Works of COVID Fiction

Deborah Lupton, University of NSW, Sydney. Pandemics force us to face our mortality, prompting profound questions about life’s meaning. It is not surprising, therefore, that since the days of medieval plague outbreaks, infectious diseases have attracted the imagination of novelists…. Continue Reading →

The Stars of Australia’s Blossoming Independent Media: Morgan Jonas and The MCJ Report

A profound lunacy has overtaken Australia; and the entirely bought mainstream media, hostage to their government funding, has ignored what is happening right in front of all our eyes. But as the saying goes, it’s an ill wind that blows… Continue Reading →

The Australian Economy: Whither To From Here?

By Alan Austin: Independent Australia. The latest official data on Australia’s economy reveals serious structural problems making all workers poorer, as Alan Austin reports. A RECENT EMAIL from the office of Dr Jim Chalmers mysteriously lost the first letter of his title, thus describing… Continue Reading →

Australian Government and Opposition in Bed On National Security

By Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The twilights years of the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison government were marked by the realisation that the framework of national security and terrorism laws passed over the last decades had become so broad that the much-warned-of… Continue Reading →

The Long Read: Covert Concessions and Sweetheart Deals. Extract from Unfolding Catastrophe: Australia

By John Stapleton The brutal and very ugly face of the Covid response in Australia, former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is now mired in scandal, flayed daily in the public square. The discovery that he appointed himself to five different… Continue Reading →

A Giant ‘Bullseye’ on Australia’s vast Nullarbor Plains was created by Ancient Sea Life

Milo Barham, Curtin University and Matej Lipar, ZRC SAZU Environments across the planet are changing dramatically in response to human population growth and climate change. Some scientists even say human activity has pushed Earth into a new geological epoch: the… Continue Reading →

Our Entire Civilization Is Fake And Stupid

By Caitlin Johnstone You’re not jaded; everything really is just as phony and vapid as it looks. I say this because if you are reading this it’s likely the result of a personal quest for truth which has led to… Continue Reading →

The Evidence is Out There: There Is No Excuse for Ignorance. The Grand Jury Of The Court of Public Opinion.

“After months of deaths and vaccine injuries, no one can plead ignorance.” Now even one of the great censors and distorters of our time, the Google owned YouTube, is running at least some of the episodes of this forensic picking… Continue Reading →

Russell Shakespeare and Hermann Hesse: On Solitude, the Value of Hardship and the Courage to Be Yourself

Russell Shakespeare, a multi-award winning Australian photographer, differs from his contemporaries in his intellectuality and poetic tendencies. Widely published in Australian newspapers and magazines, he is rarely without his beloved cameras, taking photographs of the many different aspects of life…. Continue Reading →

Lufthansa paid back its debt, Australia’s National Airline Qantas bought its own shares

By Michael West of Michael West Media As the Spirit of Stuff-Ups continues, nothing puts the Qantas conundrum in starker relief than rival airline, Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa, which paid back its Covid debt to the German people last November…. Continue Reading →

The Nightmare Story of the 21st Century: The Latest from the Brownstone Institute.

The Brownstone Institute has emerged as the world’s leading academic centre for covering the Covid story. Just when you think the story of corruption, coercion, death, injury and malfeasance couldn’t get any worse, it does. Brownstone says they intend to… Continue Reading →

Infiltrated: How Unelected World Bodies Are Transforming Australia

By Ethan Nash: TOTT NEWS. A social and economic wasteland has been left after two years of lockdowns and restrictions, and now, unelected international bodies seek to use this climate of uncertainty as the catalyst to re-shape the world into… Continue Reading →

How Dark is Dark Advertising?

Nicholas Carah, The University of Queensland and others. Once upon a time, most advertisements were public. If we wanted to see what advertisers were doing, we could easily find it – on TV, in newspapers and magazines, and on billboards… Continue Reading →

Prison Island: Extract from the Upcoming book Australia Breaks Apart

By John Stapleton. The Long Read. Chapter One. PRISON ISLAND This massive edifice of evil was too complex, and, really, too elegant, to assign to just human awfulness and human inventiveness. It suggested a spiritual dimension of evil. This evil… Continue Reading →

The Webb Telescope Released Very First Exoplanet Image

Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland Did you ever want to see an alien world? A planet orbiting a distant star, light years from the Sun? Well, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has just returned its first-ever picture of… Continue Reading →

It’s All in the Charts

Paul Collits It is all in the charts, as the renowned American economist and Covid hero Thomas Woods would say.  Woods has liked to confound his Covid fascist opponents and the non-thinkers all round with data.  It is his metier. … Continue Reading →

Inside Bangkok’s Legal Cannabis Café

Paul Gregoire: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Bangkok’s backpacker mecca Khao San Road has gone through a lot of changes over recent decades. The slick neon-lit bars lining much of the street are a far cry from the more down-home establishments… Continue Reading →

Do AI systems really have their own Secret Language?

Aaron J. Snoswell, Queensland University of Technology A new generation of artificial intelligence (AI) models can produce “creative” images on-demand based on a text prompt. The likes of Imagen, MidJourney, and DALL-E 2 are beginning to change the way creative… Continue Reading →

The Pfizer Papers: How the Company Covered Up the Deaths of Trial Participants

By T.J. Coles: TOTT NEWS. Newly-released Pfizer-US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents suggest that after several trial participants died — following injection with the experimental product — Pfizer covered up their deaths by attributing them to natural causes, existing… Continue Reading →

How It All Ends: Extract from Australia Breaks Apart

By John Stapleton. The Long Read. This is Chapter Two, How It All Ends, of the upcoming book Australia Breaks Apart, the sequel to Unfolding Catastrophe Australia. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety… Continue Reading →

Ancient Megalodon Super-predators could swallow a Great White Shark whole

Stephen Wroe, University of New England. In a new 3D modelling study published this week in Science Advances, we show that the giant extinct shark, Otodus megalodon, was a true globetrotting super-predator. It was capable of covering vast distances in… Continue Reading →

What Covid Containment Has Done to Our Children

By Paul Frijters, Gigi Foster and Michael Baker: Brownstone Institute. For the past two years, what Western governments have done to the next generation — all in the name of keeping them safe, of course — has been calamitous. Instead… Continue Reading →

Winged again: Alan Joyce’s Ruinous Reign over Australia’s National Carrier Qantas

By Michael Sainsbury: Michael West Media. The national airline’s losses under Alan Joyce are approaching an eye-watering $3 billion amid self-administered engineering and pilot crises. But win or lose, the chief executive is always flying high. Qantas has posted a loss… Continue Reading →

Australian Medical Professionals’ Society: A Message to Colleagues, Politicians and the Public

From Professor Christopher Neil, Incoming President This Open Letter is addressed to The Australian Colleges and Associations of Medicine, Health, and Science, and All Australian Federal, State, and Territory Senators and Members of Parliament. ​Dear Colleagues, It is with great… Continue Reading →

Is Freedom even Worth the Effort?

Paul Collits: Politicom. THE anti-mandate Convoy that descended on Canberra earlier this year could be the catalyst that delivers Australia from the brink of becoming an authoritarian State.  It could also come to absolutely nothing – handing power-hungry politicians a green light… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Lockdown and Vaccine Narrative Has Fallen Apart

By Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University. Australia’s former Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison has created a political firestorm for having himself sworn in with five additional ministerial portfolios, mostly without the knowledge of the cabinet collectively or the… Continue Reading →

Breakthrough shows Humans were already standing on their own Two Feet 7 million years ago

By Jean-Renaud Boisserie et al. The study of present-day species has delivered a clear verdict on humanity’s place in the living world: right alongside chimpanzees and bonobos. However, this does not tell us much about our earliest human representatives, their biology… Continue Reading →

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