"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Reverse Alchemy ... STT turns forest gold into more chips and debt

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Ted Mead* Pic*
18.08.18 7:00 am

Even after the 2017 fire sale of the state’s hardwood plantations, it is without doubt that STT will incur a net debt again over the past financial year. Regardless of what the balance sheet reveals in October, native forest logging in Tasmanian will continue to be a retrograde step both economically and ecologically. So what is the future for this out-dated industry ... ?

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Reviewed! Eroding the Edges of Nature

Geoff Holloway*
18.08.18 6:45 am

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Book review by Geoff Holloway: Eroding the Edges of Nature by Kevin Kiernan. Fullers Publishing, Hobart.  ISBN 978-0-6482180-2-9

“… But tourism can be a double-edged sword. The quest for money that might be earned from tourism has the same potential to result in excess and over-reach as can occur in any other form of commercial enterprise. Its environmental consequences can be severe. An old axiom cautions that tourism is like fire, because while it can cook your food and keep you warm if managed properly, if poorly attended it can also burn down your house. The key determinants of whether good or bad is delivered by tourism are the degree to which the natural, cultural and social values present are recognised” – an observation that we can only hope all levels of government might heed …


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Did you know ... ?

Rob Walls* Satire. Satire: Hag
18.08.18 6:30 am

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How many people know that in mid-summer the very first light of each new day that touches the continental land mass of Australia, does so on the pinnacle of Mount Wellington? The deeply spiritual significance of this is without compare. Do we want that light to illuminate a place that should be sacred to all Australians, or would we rather it lit up a crass commercial project, devised primarily to loot the wallets of visiting tourists … ?

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‘Norfolk Bay Salmon Farm Shock Galvanises Locals’

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17.08.18 6:07 am

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Huon Aquaculture’s installation of salmon pens in Norfolk Bay, without public consultation or independent assessment of social and marine impacts, has angered and frustrated Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula residents …

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Government a joke after gag attempt ...

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17.08.18 6:00 am

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Willy Hodgman’s government in Tasmania is crawling with Christians and now we know that one of its God-fearing number dobbed in Angela Williamson to her employer, Cricket Tasmania, for the sin of terminating her pregnancy …

Michael Ferguson: Cricket Australia matter I welcome the finding by Tasmania Police yesterday in relation to the complaint from the Labor Party. As I have said all along, I absolutely refute any claims that I passed on private medical records or any information that was not in the public domain. I simply cannot have done so as I do not have access to Ms Williamson’s private medical information …

Will Hodgman: No Code of Conduct breach

Labor: Michael Ferguson’s explanation just not plausible

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Pope Francisyphus

Satire*: Martyn Turner* used with permission
17.08.18 5:45 am

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Satire*: Martyn Turner* used with permission

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The sad story of St James, Montagu Bay ...

Peter Fleming* Pic: St James, Montague Bay
16.08.18 5:30 am

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… This put St James in a very healthy financial position, also one of the long-term church members had passed away and left a generous bequest to the church. All up, using the reserve bank’s calculation tables, in today`s values the money was in the area of $100,000. Unfortunately for St James the financial position at St Aidans was rather bad and without the consent of any of the committee or indeed the treasurer, somehow the money was removed from the control of St James and has effectively disappeared. Since then St James has been the poor cousin of St Aidans with the entire collection going to St Aidans and very little being returned despite parishioner numbers steadily increasing …

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Jobs for the boyzzzzzzzzzz ... ?

The Hag* Pic: of Matthew Groom from his then website ...
16.08.18 5:20 am

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The Hag has some news to report ... it seems former Minister for Energy Matthew Groom - who quit the government before the election and oversaw the disastrous and very costly Basslink failure which led to the importation of some 40 diesel generators - has a five-year sojourn on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ...

Download the ABC report ...

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Anna Reynolds, Independent for Mayor ... not Green ... ?

The Hag*. Pic: of Anna, right, at her launch ...
16.08.18 5:15 am

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So, why is Anna Reynolds running as Independent for Mayor ... rather than a Green?

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Letter to Eric Abetz on UTAS properties ...

Scott Heares* Pic: of Rufus Black
16.08.18 5:09 am

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Hi Mr Abetz* ... I’m sure you will have plenty to say about this, how dare Ms Willsmore ignore a request by your esteemed colleague the Attorney-General Ms Archer. I also have some more bad news for you concerning Mr Bingham* the Integrity Commissioner, he told me he didn’t have the power to investigate the extraordinary prices, involving $15 million, paid by UTas for CBD properties …

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Is NZ No Longer a Trout Fisher’s Paradise?

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16.08.18 5:00 am

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New Zealand’s world famous trout fishery is at the crossroads. The warning comes from a noted American fly fisherman Howard West, just turned 71, who has made regular visits to New Zealand to fish its crystal clear streams and catch big trout. But now he says the Kiwi trout fishery is at a dangerously critical stage …

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Reflections on a Queensland senator’s recent remarks …

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15.08.18 1:02 pm

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I find Fraser Anning’s comments re banning Muslims from Australia, and the implied intolerance driving them, most distasteful.  But even more so, I find his ignorance frightening …

Senator Whish-Wilson calls on Bob Katter to expel Anning from his party

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The sounds of the Silent Majority ...

Rex Beamish*
15.08.18 5:45 am

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The Silent Majority. I have always found these silent sounds quite elusive; from the deafening sounds of foreign policy to the environmental chants, the social policy swing and now the planning polka …

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Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition ...

John Hawkins*
15.08.18 5:30 am

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Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown, why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1,850 ... ?

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The cable car ...

Andrew James*
14.08.18 12:45 pm

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Satire by Andrew James

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The Cable Car (2)

The Hag*
14.08.18 12:30 pm

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The Hag doesn’t like the cable car. It would immensely spoil what remains of the ambience of Hobbit, she says ...

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Reefgate or reefport?

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14.08.18 6:15 am

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Reefgate should be Malcolm Turnbull’s Watergate, but probably won’t be …

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‘Get glyphosate off our globe’

Bob Phelps, Gene Ethics News Media Release
14.08.18 6:00 am

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A California jury has awarded school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial that his exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused Mr Johnson’s cancer. The Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too,” says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps …

Anthony Amis: Friends of the Earth reaction to Glysophate court case Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnson’s regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict …

CropLife: Current reporting and commentary on glysophate

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‘Woodchip fan-girl gets real’

The Hag*
14.08.18 5:53 am

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As a special guest of dishonour, the Hag attended the Private Forestry Tasmania forum last week at the ‘main bar’ at the Hobart Showgrounds. With the vibe of half Gothic hipster mock-but-real 1980s hostelry, half abandoned low-rent truck-stop, 40 or so grizzled, hard-bitten and wary foresters gathered to discuss one thing: How the fuck to make cash out of trees these days …

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Gingivitis – Boiling the Gum in Tasmania

John Hawkins* Pic*
14.08.18 5:45 am

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I have started to notice on my property here at Bentley in northern Tasmania a large number of dead trees having the sap running out of the trunks like blood from a wound and then turning the bark ginger in colour …

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Women call for review to sex discrimination laws

Bronwyn Williams*
14.08.18 5:15 am

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Women Speak Tasmania is calling for uniform changes to federal and state anti-discrimination laws …

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