Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trump ends Korean war games

United States president Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un have signed a joint statement pledging to build closer diplomatic ties and work toward denuclearisation. They met at a historic summit in Singapore, committing both nations to returning the remains of captured soldiers from the Korean War, but fell short of more ambitious measures such as steps to officially end the war or securing assurances of North Korea dismantling its nuclear arsenal. Speaking to the media after the summit, Trump said international sanctions against the North Korean regime “will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor”. Significantly, Trump promised the US would stop staging war games with South Korea, a major source of aggravation for Pyongyang.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against food delivery company Foodora over allegations of underpayment and sham contracting. In documents filed with the federal court on Tuesday, the ombudsman claimed Foodora’s classification of its delivery riders and drivers as “independent contractors” misrepresented the nature of their working relationship. In a case that could have ramifications throughout the economy, the ombudsman has asserted delivery riders and drivers should be classed as employees under the Fair Work Act, and be entitled to wages and conditions.

A committee established by the federal government to measure the health effects of wind turbine noise held one face-to-face meeting in two years, has not provided any advice to government and has been unable to figure out how to measure the sounds it was established to monitor. The Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines’ 2017 annual report, tabled in parliament on May 24, runs to just 10 pages. The committee admitted it was “still deliberating to what extent it is necessary to measure low frequency sound and infrasound”, and did not meet face-to-face in 2017. Environment minister Greg Hunt appointed the committee in October 2015 to “provide advice on the science and monitoring of potential impacts of wind turbine sound on health and the environment”.

And wildlife authorities in Victoria have confirmed the deaths of 136 wedge-tailed eagles in what may be the largest illegal bird cull in the state’s history. State Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning representative Iain Bruce told the ABC “we have never seen anything like this”, saying the DELWP was conducting “a significant statewide investigation involving more than 30 staff” to find those responsible. Hundreds of poisoned birds were found on a property in east Gippsland last week, while the latest findings were dispersed across about 2000 hectares. Wedge-tailed eagles are often targeted by farmers aiming to protect livestock, and are protected under the Wildlife Act.

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The ‘god damn’ tree that nearly brought America and North Korea to war

“Meters from where the leaders of North and South Korea recently planted a pine tree to memorialize their blossoming bid for peace, North Korean soldiers once crushed the skulls of two US soldiers with the blunt end of their axe heads. The attack came after the Americans tried to trim a poplar tree. The men’s disfigured bodies were left beside the tree.” the atlantic


“The greatest goalkeeper of them all, Lev Yashin revolutionised his position and became a hero of the Soviet Union. This summer, the image of him flying high will be seen by millions of people because it is Yashin who is on the 2018 Fifa World Cup poster. He was an international star and an iconic figure, famous for his black outfit and flat cap. But he had his childhood torn away in a country ravaged by war and died aged 60 after a retirement plagued by ill health that led to him losing a leg.”bbc

Why is it so hard to stop biting your nails?

“Researchers insist that onychophagia, the medical name for nail biting, is a very prevalent problem wrongfully camouflaged as a bad habit. Dr Kieron O’Connor, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal, says onychophagia is not an anxiety disorder. Instead, it’s one of many body-focused repetitive behaviors that include nail biting, hair pulling, and skin picking. O’Connor also says that while nail biting is more common in stressful situations, there’s not much evidence that people who do it are more neurotic in general.” racked



Upset about North Korea’s human rights violations?

“In meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the president comes face to face with an autocrat who has perhaps the world’s most egregious human rights record, with tens of thousands of political prisoners, systemic torture and assassinations. Yet Trump refused to commit ahead of the summit to raising the issue.”  the san diego union-tribune


Try not to take your mind off it by watching the World Cup.

“Russia is by no means the first country to be faced with threats of boycotts or being stripped of its hosting rights. But it is something of a standout case, because of the spectrum of its egregious behaviour since being awarded the World Cup and the 2014 Winter Olympics. What’s remarkable is that Russia has stains on its record both in and outside the sporting world.”  the conversation


and finally:

I was anti-vaccine until my doctor got hot and suggested them again

“To any parents who are still afraid of vaccinating their kid, I get it – for a long time, I was in the same boat. Back when my doctor was unattractive, he told me all about how safe and carefully regulated vaccines are, but coming from his doughy, acne-ridden face, it sounded like an ugly big pharma stooge covering up the true danger of vaccines. What I really needed was a little time to step back, think, and let my doctor get a more flattering haircut and drop 15 pounds so that I could get lost in his dreamy, sky-blue eyes the next time he debunked anti-vaxxer rhetoric.” clickhole