ABC – Save the Children has urged the Federal Government to abandon its plans to censor the internet, saying it will not be effective in protecting kids from online dangers.
The child protection group is one of several organisations including Civil Liberties Australia, and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre who have today released a joint statement opposing the proposed mandatory internet service provider (ISP) filter.
The statement says the filter will neither work to shield children from explicit material nor stop child pornography from being distributed on the internet. Read article
“Car exhaust gases consist of harmless gases (CO2, nitrogen, H2O vapour), pollutants (carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and PM-10 (very small particulate matter). A cars catalytic converter converts some 95% of these pollutants into H2O and CO2. Smog consists of ozone (formed from the photochemical reaction of nitrogen oxides with hydrocarbons), sulphur dioxide and PM-10. Smog can kill people, plants and animals”
- Profession Ian Plimer, “Heaven & Earth – Global Warming: The Missing Science”
Reuters Health – In the United States, celiac disease is four times more common now than it was in the 1950′s, according to a study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
The Mayo Clinic study also found that people who didn’t know they had celiac disease were nearly four times more likely than people without celiac disease to have died during the 45 years of follow-up.
“Some studies have suggested that for every person who has been diagnosed with celiac disease, there are likely 30 more who have it but are not diagnosed,” senior author Dr. Joseph Murray noted in a statement from the Mayo Clinic. Read article
VOA – South Korean computer security experts are bracing for more damage from a three-day old hacker attack that has been spreading like a virus and targeting government Web sites.
South Korean officials warned Friday tens of thousands of personal computers around the country may be on the verge of wiping out their own data. Read article
Reuters – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Friday genocide was being committed in China’s northwest province of Xinjiang and called on Chinese authorities to intervene to prevent more deaths.
“The incidents in China are, simply put, a genocide. There’s no point in interpreting this otherwise,” Erdogan said.
Rioting between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in Xinjiang has killed 156 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the worst ethnic violence in China in decades. Both Uighurs and the Han have claimed a higher death toll from the strife. Read article
CNN – Bailed-out insurer AIG again found itself in the crosshairs of bonus rage on Friday over its plans to pay $2.4 million in executive bonuses next week.
But the larger issue is how AIG will deal with its obligation to pay roughly $235 million still owed to employees of its crippled financial products division. Read article
Guardian – Anyone infected with swine flu could stay off work for 14 days without a doctor’s note, under government plans to deal with the pandemic.
Employees can currently be off for seven days, including weekends and bank holidays, without needing a sick note from their GP.
A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “The government is rightly considering possible measures to minimise the risk of further spread of swine-flu and protect public health. Read article
Polemic – particularly intriguing is the quote “The advice is not to visit your GP if you get swine flu.”
Guardian – ‘Beyond Petroleum’ boast in doubt as clean energy boss quits and renewables budget will be reduced by up to Â£550m this year.
BP has shut down its alternative energy headquarters in London, accepted the resignation of its clean energy boss and imposed budget cuts in moves likely to be seen by environmental critics as further signs of the oil group moving “back to petroleum”. Read article
News Limited – A DRUG company is offering doctors who prescribe its medicines a 10-day Mediterranean cruise in a move that could breach a code of conduct.
And taxpayers will help subsidise the cruise – described as “the perfect mix of education and relaxation” – because doctors are being told they can claim it as a professional development program.
The cruise raises questions about drug company ethics and the Australian Medical Association and the peak pharmaceutical industry group have warned the offer could lead to the perception of a conflict of interest for doctors who take it up. Read article