Australia

Serious concerns over Brett Kavanaugh, and Aussie fire fighters shot at in US

In this episode of Shooting Breezes: Brad and Jacqui discuss Australian firefighters shot at in America, and the unusual circumstances of an assassination in Mexico City.

Jacqui got things going this week with the first hypothetical: would Brad rather be famous for having a super power and be a sham, or instead actually have a super power but have no one believe him?

Brad’s hypothetical to Jacqui is: would you rather permanently go 50 years into the past or 50 years into the future?

Onto the news stories of the week. Brad’s news comes from wild fire country in America, at which Australian firefighters were shot at by hunters who were hunting bears. Jacqui questions the veracity of the story, but Brad breaks down what happened and thinks this could be a malicious attack.

Jacqui has a small news story from Mexico City, which involved an assassination by hitmen disguised as a Mariachi band. Jacqui then takes Brad through some of the most unusual successful assassination attempts, using the most unlikely weapons.

Like a lot of people this week, Brad has been kept up by President Trump’s nomination for the next Supreme Court Justice, Judge Kavanaugh. Brad discusses what Kavanaugh could influence from the bench, including a potential role back of landmark abortion decision Roe v Wade. Brad tackles potential implications, and Jacqui calls for greater interest in Australia on judicial nominations.

Jacqui’s own nomination for comeback is the humble home office, and all its ergonomic glory. Listen as Jacqui tries, and fails spectacularly, to convince Brad that having a dedicated space for computers in the home and classroom may be a good thing, despite increasing the inconvenience.

Hit us up at @shootinbreezes on twitter with your thoughts on everything discussed in this episode.

News stories below:

Mexico Assassinations

Australian Fire fighters targeted in USA

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News.com.au forced to remove the word ‘news’ from website

In a landmark decision, a federal court judge has ruled that prominent website news.com.au can no longer use the word ‘news’ in its website domain.

Press conference

The decision ends a lengthy legal battle between news.com.au and the Australian Press Council, which spanned 22 months and brought ethical journalism back into the national spotlight.

The central argument put forward by the Australian Press Council was that news.com.au repeatedly failed to portray any substantial news items on its website, instead opting to run poorly researched stories often on yesterday’s top reddit threads.

The Australian Press Council has labelled the decision a long overdue win for the journalism industry, which has been on a slow decline since 2007. The decline has been too much for some news outlets, resulting in many resorting to attention seeking, click bait articles offering zero substance.

Judge Melinda Carter made the following statement after handing down her decision:

“It is the prerogative of the organisation to determine what stories it publishes, however, when that organisation tries to portray unvalidated, tabloid gossip as news, it becomes a problem for the Australian people.”

News.com.au was given just 10 days to move its website onto a new domain. There is currently no indication what that may be.

NBN Chief blames online gamers for recent speeding ticket

NBN Co Chief, Bill Morrow, has continued to throw blame towards the online gaming community, this time criticising their gaming for a recent speeding ticket. Morrow attempted to talk his way out of the ticket late on Wednesday night by arguing that the gamers had hacked his vehicle, which resulted in him travelling 73km/h in a 60 zone.

The police officer, and online gaming enthusiast, attempted to explain to Morrow that hacking didn’t work that way, but Morrow wasn’t having a bar of it.

“It’s the gamers, they hacked my car. They’re ruining our lives…they even bloody stole my letter box.”

 

Despite Morrow’s hacking claims, the officer presented him with the $250 fine and 60 days to pay it.

When asked for comment, a police spokesperson said that they did not yet have any leads on the stolen letter box, but had not ruled out the online gaming community.