“It’s Too Late” – 7 Signs Australia Can’t Avoid Economic Apocalypse

By Joe Hilderbrand and John Adam AUSTRALIA has missed its chance to avoid a potential “economic apocalypse”, according to a former government guru who says that despite his warnings there are seven new signs we are too late to act. The former economics and policy adviser has identified seven ominous indicators that a possible global crash is approaching — including a surge in crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin — and the window for government action is now closed. John Adams, a former economics and policy adviser to Senator Arthur Sinodinos and management consultant to a big four accounting firm, told news.com.au in February he had identified seven signs of economic Armageddon. He had then urged the Reserve Bank to take pre-emptive action by raising interest rates to prevent Australia’s expanding household debt bubble from exploding and called on the government to rein in welfare payments and tax breaks such as […] Read More

Aboriginal Australians Co-Existed with the Megafauna for at Least 17,000 Years

Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the problem, answering the key question of how they became extinct has remained elusive. Indeed, the same questions as those asked in the 19th century by scientists, such as the British comparative anatomist Sir Richard Owen and the Prussian scientist and explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, remain: were people responsible for their demise or was it climate change? Our new research, published in the latest Quaternary Science Reviews journal, shows that early humans to Australian lived alongside some of the megafauna for many thousands of years before the animals became extinct. The First Australians Many researchers have previously argued that the megafauna became extinct soon after the arrival of the First […] Read More

New Zealand’s Lost Cave World of Wonders

 Brent Swancer Our magnificent planet holds numerous wonders of the natural world, and there seem to be just as many of these below ground as there are above it. Deep down under the earth there stretch vast, dark subterranean worlds which have existed in the black quiet beneath our feet for millions of years separately from the light filled planet which we know. Here in the bowels of our planet are somewhat haunting domains that seem to be as bizarre and often as unexplored as another planet, and which can enchant us and capture our imaginations as much as anywhere upon our world or beyond. One such place exists beneath New Zealand. It is an awe inspiring cave world unlike any other, which was long known by the native Māori people, yet became known to the outside world in the late 19th century. It is a subterranean world of wonders, […] Read More

“We just like Refugees in our own Country.” WA communities waiting to hear about their future.

Abby Dinham www.sbs.com.au 18 Mar 2015 WA communities waiting to hear about their future A remote WA community. (SBS) Consultation will begin with remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia mid-year with up to 150 facing closure. The closures were flagged by the state government seven months ago, but Indigenous communities say they still have no idea of what the future holds for them. As many face the prospect of being removed from their homelands, the former residents of Oombulgurri continue to mourn for their community which was shut down four years ago. Former resident Delia Clarke says it’s painful to remember what they have lost. “It broke my heart, it always does to talk about Oombi, it breaks my heart,” she said. Oombulgurri in the eastern Kimberly was shut down after it was deemed to be in a state of crisis after a spate of suicides. It’s population of […] Read More

The Mysterious Black Mountain of Queensland

  Rising up from the wilderness of Queensland, Australia, is an eerie sight that stands in stark contrast to the brush and eucalyptus trees around it. Looming over the surrounding green sea of trees is a colossal, blackened jumble of enormous boulders that looks less like a natural formation than something that was intentionally dumped here by giant hands. This is the place known as the Black Mountain. Long heavily associated with bizarre unexplained phenomena and intertwined with dark folklore, it is a strange place long shunned and feared by the indigenous people, and the region is made no less ominous by sightings of strange creatures, unexplained lights, and the numerous people who have come here never to return. Black Mountain is located in the Black Mountain National Park in Queensland, Australia, which is located around 25km (16 miles) south of Cooktown. The nature of the bizarre mound certainly makes […] Read More