Greens seek Federal help to stop Brighton bypass
The Australian Greens want Federal intervention in to the controversial Brighton bypass.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal community held a public rally in Hobart yesterday calling for the Jordan River Levee site to be protected.
The Department of Infrastructure is pushing ahead with its planned $12 million bridge over the area.
Greens Senator Christine Milne says the State Government has left those against the proposal with no choice but to go over its head to the Federal Government.
Have this generation's crop of hippy-dippy indie artists found a new drug to match their music? Devendra Banhart, the Bees and Klaxons have in recent weeks namechecked ayahuasca, a so-called "plant medicine" taken in the Peruvian rainforest over intense 10-day periods. Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds even went so far as to cite the experience as a key factor in helping his band finally follow up their debut album. But before you rush out to guzzle down this herbal brew, it's perhaps best to know what you're letting yourself in forAnd they came from Central Asia
Thereís a new paper in AJHG out, Whole-Genome Genetic Diversity in a Sample of Australians with Deep Aboriginal Ancestry, which Iíll hit later. It doesnít have anything too surprising, but in the supplements they have a figure which shows frappe and Structure plots for the HGDP populations as well as their Australian Aboriginal sample. These methods take an individualís genome and assign elements to one of K ancestral populations. For African Americans this is highly illuminating, as K = 2 simply breaks down along European/African ancestral lines. The mean turns out to be ~20% for the minority quantum, exactly what had previously been ascertained through genealogy, classical autosomal markers (e.g., Duffy), and the average of uniparental lineages for European ancestry (African Americans tend to be enriched for European Y chromosomal markers, and have less than the expected European mtDNA markers. Again, totally intelligible in light of the history of relations in the old South).Indigenous leaders call for constitutional change
Several Aboriginal leaders will meet Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin today to ask her to consider changing the Australian constitution.
Ms Macklin is due to arrive at the Garma Festival in eastern Arnhem Land this morning.
Prominent Indigenous people like Noel Pearson, Marcia Langton and Galarrwuy Yunupingu say it is time Indigenous people were recognised in the nation's supreme law.
Deep inside Turkey Creek Ranch there is a small dome hut made of willow branches and covered with heavy blankets and tarps. The Lakotas call it an Inipi, a sweat lodge.
Here, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, their families and supporters come to pray in a traditional Native American purification ceremony. Inside the Inipi, they leave their inner "pollution" in the hot stones, said Michael Hackwith, a Lakota Sundance spiritual leader and retired U.S. Marine who runs the lodge at Turkey Creek Ranch, about 10 miles south of Fort Carson on State Highway 115.