Independent Nhulunbuy MP Mark Guyula says he won’t represent electorate

INDEPENDENT Nhulunbuy MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula rejected the Labor Government’s bail amendments, saying he’s not in Parliament as a representative of his electorate but rather a “member from the Yolngu Nations Assembly”.

“While I understand the perspective of other members who will support this bill, I do not support it, because, once again, I fear that we are making laws to suit non-indigenous society,” he said during debate in Parliament.

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Parliament exists to represent all — not just the people who vote for one candidate. “I am there to represent my community and I would encourage others to represent everybody, whether they voted for them or not,” she said.

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First Aboriginal owned and operated mine in Australian history opens in Arnhem land

The colour of the dirt might have been different, but according to the Gumatj clan, the moment was no less significant.

At Gulkula in Northeast Arnhem Land, Gumatj leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu poured a handful of bauxite into the hands of Rio Tinto workers Jim Singer and Ken Kahler, just as Gough Whitlam had done with Vincent Lingiari at Wave Hill 51 years ago.

‘I feel proud. I feel more proud than ever before,’ Dr Yunupingu said.

The moment marked the opening of the Gulkula Mine, the first Aboriginal owned and operated mine in Australian history.

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Russia’s humiliating ban from the Winter Olympics is the right move to protect integrity in sport

Jack Anderson, University of Melbourne

As the result of a state-sponsored doping regime in the lead-up to and during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned Russia from participating at next year’s games.

Bans from the Olympics are not unprecedented. In the aftermath of the two world wars, certain countries – like Germany and Japan – were not permitted to compete.

Also, the IOC banned South Africa for three decades from the 1960s because of its apartheid regime. Afghanistan was suspended from the Olympics in 1999, partly because of the Taliban’s ban on the participation of women athletes. It did not send athletes to the 2000 Olympics.

The ban on Russia from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea is, however, unique: it is directly linked to the country’s lack of sporting integrity.

How might Russia react?

The ban is a humiliating blow to Russian sport generally but also to the country’s president, Vladimir Putin. His interest in winter sports was evidenced by Russia spending a record US$51 billion on hosting the Olympics in 2014, which surpassed the previous record Beijing set in 2008.

But just one Olympic cycle later, the integrity of that event – at which Russia topped the medal table – has been undermined, and the Russian flag will not fly at the 2018 Games. Russian state TV has already said it will not broadcast from South Korea, where the country’s athletes were expected to be medal contenders in one-third of its 102 events.

Aside from Putin’s reaction, there are several further points of interest arising from the ban.

First, it is likely that Russia will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Russia appealed its ban from the 2016 Rio Paralympics – it remains banned from the Winter Paralympics – to CAS. This time, expect the appeal to be founded on the due process argument that the reports upon which the IOC’s decision is based – the McLaren reports of 2016 and the IOC’s Schmid Commission – were investigatory only. While the evidence, at first instance, appears compelling, Russia has yet to test or answer it in an adversarial setting.

Second, the IOC’s ban is not a blanket prohibition, and the IOC has said that it will allow athletes from Russia to compete under a neutral flag and as “Olympic Athletes from Russia”.

Similar to what occurred in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics in 2016 – where a ban on Russia competing was contemplated – the IOC has laid down strict testing criteria which such neutral athletes must satisfy before being declared eligible. Expect multiple CAS appeals to emanate from the IOC’s interpretation of criteria.

Echoes and lessons of history

CAS appeals may be rendered moot if Russia, as has been hinted, decides that such is the disproportionate, biased nature of the IOC’s actions that it will fully boycott the event and prohibit its athletes from competing even as “Olympic Athletes from Russia”.

Boycotts have historical connotations. The last time Russia hosted an Olympics (in Moscow in 1980) it boycotted the subsequent (1984) Games for political reasons relating to the Cold War.

One of the consequences for sport in the Cold War era was the use of sporting success as a propaganda tool. The Soviets and many of its satellite states – notably East Germany – used sophisticated state-sponsored doping regimes to fuel this success.

Echoes of that regime, particularly the East German system, resonate today. Its system was not so much state-sponsored but state-mandated.

Evidence from the surviving athletes themselves and from the Stasi files of the era reveal that young East German athletes rarely had a choice when it came to ingesting almost industrial levels of steroids, which had a devastating impact on their long-term health.

Team versus individual doping

The issue of informed, collective consent and fault in sports doping has been discussed at CAS – notably in the Essendon drugs case in Australian rules football. And the nature of doping infractions in a team setting is often much more nuanced than might first appear.

Athletes generally have a real-time appreciation of their bodies: their focus is on the next game or event; they often, rightly or wrongly, assign their long-term health to others in their entourage or support staff.

While doping ultimately reveals itself in the testing of athletes’ samples, as a matter of causation or responsibility, fault may lie elsewhere.

In Russia’s case, it is of note that the IOC has also banned its current deputy prime minister and former sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, from all future Olympic Games. But while Mutko will not be able to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics, he will continue to be the chief organiser for the 2018 football World Cup, which Russia will host.

FIFA, world football’s governing body, does not believe this is an impediment to Russia hosting the World Cup. But expect its attitude to come under intense scrutiny in coming months, as well as the wider issue of the prevalence of doping in football.

Finally, banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics was a straightforward decision for the IOC. The trickier issue will come with regard to the 2020 Summer Olympics. Will Russia have reformed its anti-doping policy and procedure to the standards expected by entities such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)?

The criteria used by WADA and others to judge Russia will be highly technical in nature. Perhaps the most important way to gauge Russia’s good faith on this matter would be to see how it treated three key whistleblowers who have been central to this whole affair: Vitaly Stepanov and his wife Yuliya, and Grigory Rodchenkov.

The ConversationThus far, Russia has traduced them. They no longer live in Russia, but in fear. If Russia continues to discredit them, it should remain discredited in the eyes of the sporting world.

Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

This article was originally published on The Conversation.


NT Space Wars Heat up as Indigenous Jobs Claims Rubbished

THE Aboriginal Corporation whose land will be used for Australia’s first space base has rubbished claims the project will deliver no jobs for indigenous people.

“If someone came down and had a chat to us we’d tell them, we’ve already got that mapped out how many people will be employed,” he said.

Mr Helms’ comments came in response to claims made by independent Nhulunbuy MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula at NT Estimates last week. Mr Guyula accused the NT Government of pushing the project “for its own good”, and said it would bring no benefits to the local Yolngu people.

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Push to makes sports language gender-neutral to reduce violence against women

AN AFL ruckman should be known as a “ruckperson” and cricket batsmen referred to as “batspeople” under a Victorian-led push to reduce violence against women.

A university-led conference has called for gender-neutral language to be used across all sporting codes at every level.

Swinburne and Latrobe University researchers have begun work on studies linking sports to reducing violence against women.

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Office staff terrified after dyslexic co-worker organises Secret Satan

A group of office workers have succumbed to the nameless dread of the damned today after their dyslexic co-worker inadvertently organised a Secret Satan event for Christmas.

The annual event, which, is intended to be ‘a bit of a laugh’ and help staff bond over a few cheap mystery gifts with the possible opportunity for harmless flirting, has instead resulted in a river of blood and nightmarish visions out of the corner of the eye.

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Sounds of Silence IV

by Majik

The sound of music can have a beneficial effect as discussed previously in Sound of Silence II. It is suggested by Joachim Ernst-Berendt and others that modern tuning methods ‘twelve-tone equal temperament’  adopted by western cultures from about the 16th century mistunes all consonant intervals except the octave. This it is suggested leads to emotional effects such as fear, suppressed emotions, resulting in dis-ease.

Nikola Tesla, the great genius and father of electromagnetic engineering, had once said, “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would hold a key to the universe”. The 3, 6, and 9 are the fundamental root vibrations of the Solfeggio frequencies.

Albert Einstein stated: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” All matter beings vibrate at specific rates and everything has its own melody. The musical nature of nuclear matter from atoms to galaxies is now finally being recognized by science.

It is said that Solfeggio music, an ancient tuning method, overcomes these discordances and promotes a dialogue with the body and soul restructuring emotional discordance promoting better health, more peaceful approaches to the problems of life and quality rest and sleep time. The ancient six-tone scale is thought to have been used in sacred music including over 150 Gregorian Chants.

The main six Solfeggio frequencies are:

396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear

417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change

528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)

639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships

741 Hz – Expression/Solutions

852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order

It is said that the original tones originated with a hymn to John the Baptist but this is doubtful, others say that it was developed by Guido d’Arezzo (c. 991 AD – c. 1050 AD), a Benedictine monk. This avenue too has its own controversies. In the mid-1970s a Dr Joseph Puleo, a physician and leading herbalist is said to have re-discovered the secret tones using the Pythagorean method of numeral reduction. We know from previous discourses that each tone has it’s own unique potential and so we have Ut, Re, Mi Fa, Sol, La, which were taken from the first stanza of the Hymn to John the Baptist.

Ut queant laxis Resonare fibris

Mira gestorum Famuli tuorum

Solve polluti Labii reatum

Sancte Iohanne

Literal translation from Latin: “In order that the slaves might resonate (resound) the miracles (wonders) of your creations with loosened (expanded) vocal chords. Wash the guilt from (our) polluted lip. Saint John.”

In other words, so people could live together in peace and communicate in harmony about the miracle in their lives, and how God blessed them to produce this “magic”, people’s true unpolluted spiritual natures required revelation. The above text seems to suggest that Solfeggio notes open up a channel of communication with the Divine.

UT – 396 Hz – turning grief into joy, liberating guilt & fear

RE – 417 Hz – undoing situations & facilitating change

MI – 528 Hz – transformation & miracles, repairing DNA

FA – 639 Hz – relationship, connecting with spiritual family

SOL – 741 Hz – expression/solutions, cleaning & solving

LA – 852 Hz – returning to spiritual order


The information given above is hotly contested especially as to the origin of the music and to its antiquity. In fact, some claims made on blog sites are easily debunked and rely on the views of others like urban myths. My own opinion is that it is not as old as many suggest but is more likely to be a product of the 20th century. A recommended dissertation is from Youtube

Now that we have some understanding of the tones and uses of Solfeggio we should know how to use them. Basically this is the easy part, Listen!. There are many sources on the web for this music including youtube. Being a natural sceptic I sometime ago acquired some and began to play it during my normal sleep cycle. I found a deeper sleep that was trouble free and restorative. Listen at least three times a week as an experiment. I will be interested in the results so use the comment section.

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Sounds of Silence III

by Majik

Today we are having a brief look at sounds, some of their affects and possibly how they can be used for our betterment. For me, an easy way to understand the importance of sound to human beings is to start with the first months of gestation. The idle and inner ear are practically of adult size by the 5th month and is the first sensory organ to evolve suggesting that sounds affect the rest of the developmental stages. Of course, this has been researched by a number of studies one of which used the Brahms Lullaby, the stringed version, on premature infants. The results were faster weight gain, fewer complications and earlier release from hospital.

As some are unconscious to the discord of sound we experience as sound can produce both beauty and inspiration, health and wellbeing, or it can be destructive as the story of the seven trumpets destroying a city in the bible relates. Through sound then it is possible to change our brainwaves, heartbeat, DNA and respiration rhythm by using sound to reintroduce sympathetic resonance that can heal.

Music then as we have seen above has an important role to play in the health both formative and ongoing of human beings. In fact, it pertains to every life form on this planet. Plants grow better to some types of music. Whales and Dolphins sing it along with other animals in the way of the natural communications they make. It makes sense then that sound has been employed throughout history as a therapy. Who has not changed the type of music they are listening to because it does not suit their mood? It also connects all cultures on earth. The Greek god Apollo was the god of both music and medicine. Music has been used then by all cultures as a healing therapy, the Indians of the Americas with song and dance, Ancient Egypt in the temples, in the Bible to vanquish evil spirits, the Greeks, Aesculapius who cured mental illness with song, Plato, Aristotle, claimed it affected the soul and emotions, and Hippocrates who played music also for his patients.

We know now that everything almost to our perceptions are how we interpret waves of energy. Sound then reaches our ears and is converted to electrical signals that call on our bodies to make a response and in doing so alters our emotions, releases hormones and other chemicals that affect our bodies, moods and trigger other responses such as memory and a smile, even anger.

Healing then with sound is like I mentioned with the previous article a matter of entrainment. Healing a particular body part then is a matter of playing the sounds in the frequencies that relate to it. Epigenetics simply means the study of the control mechanisms of DNA. It is what determines how hereditary traits such as athleticism, intellectual capacity and human resilience can be radically altered in just three generations instead of the hundreds that the drooling Darwinists would have the human race believe it takes to adapt DNA sequences.

By combining epigenetics with the manipulation of resonance fields the potential is there to breed a very select master race whose whims are catered to by a vast slave race of idiots.

Since the 1970s this has involved the binaural beat. This is said to combine the two hemispheres of the brain creating a third internal tone.

A quick search of the web will result in many differing methods of healing with music, from binaural beats, Bonny Method, Dalcroze Eurythmics and of course Mantra and guided meditation

I prefer meditation. Using my voice as an instrument as it seems to be a quality of my own vibration, it can lower blood pressure, improve sleep, calms the mind and reduces tensions and stress. There a lot of different ways of using your voice whether it be in affirmation, prayer chant, or mantra to name a few. I this regard though I am attracted by an ancient Egyptian legend stating that knowledge of our true tone is powerful and should never be shared.

Healing by sound is a topic that has many inputs and is only in its infancy and requires much more research. This direction as we know is not promoted by mainstream scientific research mainly from lack of funding, not interest. Whether you are looking at an alternative method of healing or simply trying to maintain good health it is well worth the effort to look further and find something that suits you.

Next time we are going on a brief journey into a different tone, Solfeggio, a music for the soul…

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Schuman Resonance

Sounds of Silence II

by Majik

The sounds we don’t hear, in the common context, that may affect us and life on this planet have a large and varied audience and promote a large following of new age websites and youtube videos. One of these is the Schuman Resonance,, which it is touted has the capacity to entrain with certain mind vibrations and effect conscious states such as meditation and sleep patterns.

It is generated by lightning strikes that create a standing field between the earth and the ionosphere. It is important to note when one discusses Schumann at 7.83 Hz, one must be cognizant that Schumann Resonance encompasses an entire range of frequencies from .01 to well over 100 Hz. When awake, the human brain usually resonates at anywhere between 6-20 hertz per second; Theta brainwaves resonate between 4-7Hz and are little understood by mainstream science, Alpha between 8-12Hz occur during relaxation and Beta, above 12Hz, occur during problem-solving.  It is the higher amplitude in the frequency scale below 15 Hz that keep our brain-waves entrained to low stress-free states where adequately sound sleep during the night is possible.

Tampering with resonance fields can be either extremely harmful or extremely beneficial to the human race. Electrophysicist Professor Konstantin Meyl in collaboration with the Cancer Research Centre at the University of Heidelberg has already used resonant electrodynamic fields to alter the malignancy of cancer cells.

As soon as a higher amplitude frequency is introduced, the biological organism will attempt to entrain (tune) itself to this ‘louder’ signal. It is called FFR or the Brain’s Frequency Following Response and this is an important concept to keep in mind when reviewing the information below.

Traditionally Schumann Resonance was known to include peaks at 7.83, 14.1, 20.3 and higher.

In a now famous experiment, a professor R Wever of the Max Planck Institute placed some students underground and deprived them of all magnetic fields. This was maintained for a period of four weeks during which the student’s circadian rhythms diverged and that the suffered emotional stress and migraine headaches. These symptoms disappeared when the subjects were briefly exposed to 7.8Hz. Astronauts to complained of these symptoms begging the question has NASA installed generators to compensate for the lack of the Schumann Resonance in spacecraft? At the moment there is no firm evidence either way.

It is also interesting that the Ancient Chinese teachings tell us of two environmental signals that we need, one from above, Yang, and one from below, Yin. These might well be the Schumann Wave and the weaker waves emitting from the earth, perfect health comes from balancing these.

The dance of balance is then the Art like Tai Chi in the Chinese Tradition, however, each culture does have its own methods. The modern world then is by the amount of different frequencies generated interfering with the balance of all living creatures making it more difficult to entrain with our natural environmental frequencies.

Scientific research has recently determined how the human body receives and uses the important information from the Earth’s field. Apparently, we have 7 billion crystalline magnetite’s in the human brain. Additionally, the DNA and the pineal gland are meant to receive guiding information from the band of electromagnetic frequencies that extends from the Earth’s crust to the ionosphere (Schumann Resonances). In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies cutting out and replacing single genes. Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. It is this subset of DNA that is of interest to western researchers and is being examined and categorized. The other 90% are considered “junk DNA.”

Remembering that we evolved as did all life on this planet vibrating with the same pulse of life that generated from the planet and the solar system and that we generate a similar function, an entrainment with the place in the cosmos we call home. Modern technology, in frequency generation, appears to be threatening this relationship in many ways as far as our health is concerned. Many researchers are now saying that an increase in violence, certain mental illness including a greater number of psychopathically inclined people as well as the increases in general illnesses are a product of our environment which is no longer is in tune with the resonances of life.

These articles on sound, I hope, have opened a new understanding of healing and broadened the meaning of medicine, as well as pollution and damage to our environment. In the next, I plan to introduce healing from sound and mention some ways that it is being used to our detriment as a society.

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Blocks are still the best present you can buy children for Christmas

Kym Simoncini, University of Canberra and Kevin Larkin, Griffith University

With Christmas looming, many people will be considering what present to buy for their children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and friends. Soon, if not already, we will be reading lists of the top trending presents for 2017. These lists will no doubt include, and may even be totally dominated by all the latest gadgets and devices.

The purpose of these lists is to attempt to persuade parents of young children if they want to give their child the best start in life, and all the advantages for doing well later at school, they need to purchase the latest technology.

Read more: ‘Digital play’ is here to stay … but don’t let go of real Lego yet

Missing from these Christmas lists, but what should actually be at the very top in terms of learning, are blocks. Blocks have been part of children’s play for a long time. But there’s still no other toy that compares in promoting all areas of children’s development. Any early childhood teacher can easily identify all the areas block play develops including fine motor, social, language and cognitive skills.

Blocks develop spatial reasoning skills

As children experiment by stacking, balancing, or building with blocks, they need to share, respect other children’s constructions, ask for desired blocks and describe what they are creating. Perhaps more importantly, children develop problem solving skills, creativity and imagination in creating their masterpieces. Finally, let’s not forget persistence where children try again and again to build the tallest tower or most elaborate castle.

Kids learn to play and work together when using blocks.

Less well known is that blocks also foster spatial reasoning. Spatial reasoning is the ability to mentally manipulate objects or to think in a way that relates to space and the position, area, and size of things within it. We use spatial reasoning skills in everyday life when we read maps, pack the car for holidays, assemble flat pack furniture or cut cake into equal slices.

Spatial reasoning skills are linked to mathematics skills. Children who have good spatial skills tend to have better maths skills. Many people are unaware of the research, but early mathematics skills are a better predictor of later school success than either early reading or social-emotional skills. Block play helps children understand many mathematical concepts in number, measurement and geometry. During block play children count, measure, estimate, pattern, transform, and learn about symmetry.

Perhaps most surprising to readers will be the research that shows spatial reasoning skills are the best predictor of whether children will end up in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related career. Spatial skills are especially important in STEM related jobs where people are required, for example, to create or read X-ray and ultrasound imaging, engineering and architectural designs, or cross sections of heating and plumbing systems.

Blocks also help develop spatial language

Block play also fosters spatial language. When children play with blocks they hear and produce more words related to spatial reasoning including things such as beneath, above, next to, behind, and so on.

One study showed block play elicited more spatial language than any other type of play. The other types of play included playing with puppets, playing house, shops, school, zoos, chefs and throwing a ball.

Other research that looked at spatial language showed the more spatial words children heard, the more spatial words they produced and the better they performed on spatial tasks. In this study, researchers looked at language relating to the spatial features and properties of objects such as the dimensions of objects (such as how big small, wide, tall), the forms of shapes (for example rectangle, circle, square) and other spatial properties (like bent, pointy, curved).

Different blocks for different ages and stages

The best way to get your kids playing with blocks is to play along with them.

There are a wide variety of choices for blocks for children including MegaBloks for really young children, Duplo, wooden blocks or waffle blocks for preschoolers, and Eco bricks and Lego for older children.

These age guidelines are suggestions only. My ten and fourteen year old daughters will still play with the wooden blocks. Much of the reason blocks are such enduring toys is due to the fact they’re “loose parts”. That is, they can be moved, arranged, combined, taken apart, and put together in any number of ways. Frobel, the father of kindergarten, created ten gifts for children of which six were blocks.

The best way to engage children in block play is to play alongside them and show your interest and enthusiasm in block building. My friend has a ritual of playing half an hour every afternoon with Duplo with her three young boys aged five, three and one. She says it’s her favourite time of day.

Read more: Can toys really be ‘educational’? Well that depends on the parents

The ConversationSo, when those lists appear in your inbox or on social media, just remember the best toy of all is likely to be missing.

Kym Simoncini, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood and Primary Education, University of Canberra and Kevin Larkin, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Griffith University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.