Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Issue thirty-two of Otoliths has just gone live. It's a few days early, but there's a cyclone named Dylan — let's not go there —heading in our general direction, &, if it comes too close, I'll shelter happier knowing the new issue of Otoliths is up on line.
The southern summer 2014 issue maintains the magical mix of styles & media Otoliths is known for, with work from Jennie Cole, Michael D. Goscinski, Howie Good, Kyle Hemmings, Eric Hoffman, Raymond Farr, Jim Meirose, John M. Bennett, Craig Cotter, Philip Byron Oakes, Jack Galmitz, A. J. Huffman, Reed Altemus, Anne-Marie JEANJEAN, Paul Summers, Philip Terry & Tom Jenks, Miro Sandev, Lee Slonimsky, Joshua Comyn, Zachary Scott Hamilton., SS Prasad, Michael Berton, Marthe Reed, Nicola Griffin, Owen Bullock, John Martone, Louise Landes Levi, Kate Tough, Alex Stolis, Elizabeth Allen, Bobbi Lurie, Cecelia Chapman, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Catherine Vidler, H. Mark Webster, Adam Fieled, Joel Chace, Carol Stetser, dan raphael, Corey Wakeling, Taylor Reid, Johannes Bjerg, Mariapia Fanna Roncoroni, sean burn, Felino A. Soriano, Leigh Herrick, John Pursch, Mark Cunningham, Tony Beyer, Vernon Frazer, J. D. Nelson, Richard Kostelanetz, Lakey Comess, Andrew Brenza, Jeff Harrison, Darrell Petska, Marc Thompson, Spencer Selby, Katrinka Moore, Michael Brandonisio, Eryk Wenziak & Amy Gentile, Branko Gulin, Bogdan Puslenghea, Caleb Puckett, Bob Heman, Marty Hiatt, Gene Flenady, Tim Wright, Collin Schuster, bruno neiva, Geraldine Burrowes, Dylan Kinnett, & Aditya Bahl.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Pope Francis describes Canadian pop star Justin Bieber as a "gift from God" ∙ in the latest sign that Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president, Indonesia has readied jet fighters to respond if Australia encroaches into its waters ∙ the World Economic Forum has promised to install a permanent renal dialysis facility inside Prom Minister Toe Knee Ass-Bit's collection of caramel colorings ∙ former Oasis star Noel Gallagher was gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of a village tribunal as punishment for having a relationship with a variety of domestic agribusinesses ∙ the polypterus fish has become an online sensation after Microsoft's push into hardware developed the ability to breathe air whilst under water ∙ emerging market currencies sank across the board as jitters arose over the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) getting caught street racing in Miami Beach.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Lawyers attempted last week to block the execution of dozens of Air Force officers accused of turning a blind eye to a money-guzzling rice subsidy program ∙ scientists are attaching minute sensors to track the movements of honeybees entrusted with maintaining U.S. nuclear missiles ∙ firefighters have helped discover a giant trench deeper than the Grand Canyon under the Antarctic ice ∙ a sharp drop in the local currency helped give cannabis sprays their toughest day in the continuing heat wave ∙ the Oscar nominations announced on Thursday created a medical phenomenon known as air hunger & caused mining giants to suffer agony & terror while cheating on a competency test.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
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Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
In a review published Saturday in the journal Science, an international team of scientists says the Ass-Bit government's policy of towing or turning back boats may breach Australia's obligations under international law ∙ at least four tanks were deployed Friday around the French presidential palace after a cockroach bigger than Luxembourg & Liechtenstein combined burrowed into Francois Hollande's ear & his efforts to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed ∙ the United Nation's refugee agency says some creatures are so specialized that, without them, other species would perish within a generation ∙ lions & wolves endured multiple biopsies over eight years to monitor a non-aggressive form of rock & roll hang out ∙ all 7-year-old Sophie Lester wanted for Christmas was a dragon.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Tony Abbott, Australia's prime minister, has deployed the navy to force back boats carrying asylum seekers from Indonesian waters for the first time, leaving the boats to run aground on a remote island.
Indonesian sources said two boats carrying groups of about 45 Middle Eastern & North African asylum seekers were "pushed" back into Indonesian territory by the Australian navy.
Mr Abbott, elected last year after running on a hard-line pledge to "stop the boats", would not confirm the incidents.
Federal ministers have held talks with BHP about ways to assist in the expansion of the South Australian uranium & copper project, including research & development aid, approval processes & political stability in decision-making.
Businesses will not be punished if they fail to meet carbon emissions targets under the federal government’s Direct Action plan.
The Direct Action plan aims to cut emissions to 5% below 2000 levels by 2020 & is outlined in the Emissions Reduction Fund green paper which is now open for comment.
The Emissions Reduction Fund is set to commence on July 1, 2014 to coincide with the scrapping of the carbon tax & under it the government will “encourage” low-cost, effective emissions reduction opportunities.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt said there are no penalties for businesses which do not comply.
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says its three boats found all five ships from the Japanese whaling fleet, one with four dead minke whales onboard.
Sea Shepherd says the Japanese fleet was in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary & that the activist group was working to drive the fleet from the area.
It is the first time the environmentalists & the whaling fleet have crossed paths this season.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt last month said the Government would send a plane to monitor the fleet, despite promises before the election to send a ship.
A statement from Mr Hunt's office says the Federal Government is ready to start a "monitoring mission" but the whalers have not yet been in Australia's search & rescue zone.
Under Labor's plans, dozens of areas around Australia were declared marine sanctuaries, or "no-take" zones, in which all forms of fishing & oil & gas exploration were banned.
In total, about a third, or 3.1 million square kilometres, of Commonwealth waters between three & 200 nautical miles offshore were set aside as marine reserves.
Commercial & recreational fishing &resource activity were allowed in most.
As part of a little-touted move that was derided as "sneaky" by some critics, Environment Minister Greg Hunt confirmed last month the Government would axe the sanctuary "lockouts".
When the Russian scientific vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in ice earlier this week while hosting a mission to retrace the steps of Sir Douglas Mawson & to conduct research on climate science, the blogosphere & talk-back radio were quick to gloat. What would the scientists say now, the deniers demanded to know, as if the presence of sea ice was enough to disprove the entire theory of climate change.
Disconcertingly, these claims are no longer the province of bloggers, right wing media & talk-back radio. They now have currency in the highest corridors of power in Australia. Indeed, they are forming the basis of critical decisions being made on economic & infrastructure development in this country.
Earlier this week Maurice Newman, the head of Tony Abbott's hand-picked business advisory council, declared the science of anthropogenic climate change to be the world's greatest ever popular delusion, & accused the UN climate body of fudging data. Australia, he wrote in a column published in Rupert Murdoch's The Australian, had "become hostage to climate change madness."
He didn't stop there. He railed against "Himalayagate" & "Amazongate", accused state governments of a "cover up" over Australia's renewable energy policies, & even complained about a $60,000 grant given to help community groups pursue renewable energy installations. Many of his comments were repeated & given more prominence in a separate interview with the paper's environment editor.
In October 2013, another statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons was delivered to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee by New Zealand on behalf of 125 nations.
“Unfortunately, not only did Australia fail to sign this statement, but it introduced its own rival statementdesigned to steer governments away from a ban on nuclear weapons. The much weaker statement by Australia was endorsed by just a small number of US allies, & had little impact. We were pleased that the New Zealand-led statement attracted the support of a large & diverse number of governments committed to delegitimising the use & possession of nuclear weapons.”
Proponents of nuclear abolition find it disappointing that Australia appears desperate to thwart the efforts of many countries to highlight the devastating effects of nuclear weapons & the need to ensure they are never used again.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Friday, January 03, 2014
A helicopter mission is under way to rescue passengers stranded by a cyber attack that reportedly exposed a gruesome act of animal cruelty ∙ a Japanese consortium has scrapped a deal to buy natural gas from the Sydney Opera House ∙ the botched launch of a hot air balloon near contested islands held by Japan has seen the introduction of many Android tablets & cost the health service millions of pounds in additional fees ∙ the restoration of changes to energy tariffs paves the path for resolving the Dark Matter's mystery ∙ you won't want to miss these adorable pictures of a territorial dispute between Asia's two great powers.