post Mulesing Controversy in the Spotlight

April 15th, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature,Your Stories — newseditor @ 5:25 pm

This article was submitted by Di.

Aussie wool? Hugo Boss doesn’t want it
April 15, 2008 – 2:13PM

US animal rights activists are claiming another victory over the Australian wool industry after one of the world’s largest fashion houses, Hugo Boss, announced it will phase out the use of wool from farms where sheep are mulesed.


post Radioactive Exposure Tour to Visit Nepabunna

April 15th, 2008

Filed under: Earth,Your Stories — newseditor @ 5:12 pm

This article was submitted by Di.

Source: BlackGreen Solidarity
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2008 May 9 – 18

Join Friends of the Earth for a journey to remote northern South Australia where we will visit the Olympic Dam (Roxby Downs) uranium mine at Roxby Downs, the Beverley uranium mine in the Gammon Ranges, the beautiful Lake Eyre and Mound Springs and meet with Indigenous peoples and local communities campaigning against the nuclear industry. The tour offers a unique opportunity to go out on to country and witness the impacts of the nuclear industry on people and the environment. Indigenous people across the world suffer most directly from the impacts of the nuclear industry and this ‘radioactive racism’ is a major focus of the tour.

Cost: $600 per person or $450 concession. Total cost of the tour will include travel, accommodation and organic vegetarian food plus paying the rent to aboriginal communities. Sponsorship request letters are available should you wish to apply for donation from an organisation that you are involved with. (more…)

post Humane Alternatives to 1080, by Nigel

April 10th, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature,Your Stories — newseditor @ 2:35 pm


I have been reviewing the substance, the history, the use, the effects, efficacy, and NGO and government policy, guidelines and literature with respect the current sanctioned use of 1080 poison in widespread applications in National Parks, Forestry, Food and Animal agriculture most generally described as ‘pest control’ or ‘vermin’ or ‘feral’ animal control agent.

I have raised questions with the RSPCA in respect of their policy, advocacy and campaigns in regard what is widely accepted as a horribly cruel and inhumane practice. I have been appreciative of their feedback though not endorsing of their policy they have put forward positive research to demonstrate both the cruelty and the ineffectiveness of current strategies, as have representatives from Animals Australia (see the House of Reps, standing committee on agriculture, fisheries and forestry, Impact on agriculture of pest animals. 16 March 2005.)

The above transcripts and the Sodium Fluoroacetate/Final Review Report and Regulatory Decision, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority – Jan 2008, I regard as evidence of the problem we face today and the futility of current funding which is having devastating effects on the quality of life of native and domestic animals. And here in is the fundamental importance of the statements by the RSPCA irrespective of their lack of policies to activate and change public awareness, which is required urgently to have these products banned.

The RSPCA say there are no quick panaceas and this is a complicated issue but is it really or need it be so? Here is a quick list of problems and solutions arising from a brief study of the history: (more…)

post 2008 Reconciliation Gymkhana

April 9th, 2008

Filed under: Events — newseditor @ 1:40 pm

A reminder that the 2008 Reconciliation Gymkhana is being held at Angepena Racecourse on April 12th, 9.00 am. All gallopers to be classified by 9.30 am. No alcohol on the premises, riders ride at own risk, helmets must be worn and all riders under 10 years of age must be led.

Entry fees: Adults $7, Pensioners $5, Children under 12 yrs free.

BBQ and soft drinks will be available at the racecourse.

The program has been revised. Download the latest program here.

Giddy up!

post The Big Picture

April 9th, 2008

Filed under: Cosmos — newseditor @ 6:18 am


One peek into a small part of the sky, one giant leap back in time. The Hubble telescope has provided mankind’s deepest, most detailed visible view of the universe.


post Bug Mugshot

April 8th, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 3:02 pm


Does anyone know anything about this local critter?

This photo is actual size!

post Zinc Shunting in Copley

April 6th, 2008

Filed under: Earth,Health — newseditor @ 4:06 pm

Perilya representatives offered a shunting information session in Copley today on the first day of shunting zinc at the railway station to be collected by the NRG Flinders coal train. A group of peaceful protesters gathered with concerns about the following:

– The possibility to shunting of other toxic minerals in the future

– Spillage contingency plans

– Zinc toxicity

– Railway safety

– Lack of community consultation on shunting

– Reasons for not shunting at Parachilna

– A call for a Beltana railway loop

Perilya representatives and community members are invited to respond to these and raise other issues in this open discussion. See also the post on zinc.

post Reality Flux

April 6th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces,Spirit — newseditor @ 11:08 am

“The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.”
Robert Anton Wilson


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post Zinc

April 6th, 2008

Filed under: Health — newseditor @ 10:44 am


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

August 2005

What is this substance?
What happens to it when it enters the environment?
How might I be exposed to it?
How can it enter and leave my body?
How can it affect my health?
How can it affect children?
How can families reduce the risk of exposure?
Is there a medical test to determine whether I have been exposed to it?


post Recipe: Hearty Pea & Ham Soup with Cornmeal Muffins by Rose

April 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — newseditor @ 9:51 pm

Hearty Pea & Ham Soup

500 grams of yellow split peas
250 grams of bacon pieces
6 bacon stock cubes (can use chicken stock cubes as bacon ones are hard to get)
5 cups of water
2 large carrots, grated
1 large onion, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons of sugar
1 pinch of black pepper
1 bayleaf

Wash peas in a strainer under cold running water to remove excess starch. Place all ingredients in a large pot, bring to the boil, turn down heat & simmer until peas are tender, around 1&1/2 – 2 hours. Remove bay leaf & use either a stab blender or egg beater to puree to a smooth consistency. Serve with a crusty roll or home made bread for a filling winter meal. Or place all ingredients into a crockpot & cook on low for 8-10 hours.
You can also add bacon bones to this as well. Remove them before pureeing.


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