Your body is no longer yours: Australia has become the first country to microchip its citizens

You may not have noticed, but there are two kinds of countries in the world these days: Dictatorships led by authoritarians and democracies that are slowly being taken over by authoritarians. Put Australia into the latter.Organic Healthy reports that the land Down Under has become the first nation to begin microchipping its citizens, though NBC News predicted some years ago that, by 2017, Americans would all be microchipped.Australia’s drive to implant citizens with what many believe is the Biblical “mark of the beast” is “a clever propaganda campaign that equates RFID microchipping with becoming superhuman, and people are begging for it,” News.com.au noted.It’s all about ‘convenience’One Australian woman, Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the center of a controversy after having implants…

Major fuel shortage at Melbourne Airport could force flight delays, diversions A major fuel shortage at Melbourne Airport could cause flight delays and force some international flights to divert to make expensive fuel stops elsewhere. There are reportedly less than 2 million litres of aviation fuel available in Melbourne after a recent shipment of fuel failed quality control tests. Fuel is being rationed at Melbourne Airport. Photo: James Davies International airlines were advised on Thursday night that the fuel supply status at Melbourne Airport had been changed to "black", meaning fuel would be rationed. Has your flight been delayed? Email scoop@theage.com.au or tweet @theage The shortage could cause international flights to make expensive 'tech stops'. Photo: Louie Douvis The situation is understood to be far more severe than the two fuel shortages which occurred in January and ...

Who are the debutants for the Australian Test cricket team?  They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn And in the hour of greatest slaughter the great avenger is being born But who then could have seen the shape of things to come? Paul Kelly, Bradman. New faces: Peter Handscomb, left, Matthew Wade, centre, and Nic Maddinson share a laugh at the SCG on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images Paul Kelly, sage of our time, understands many things, cricket among them. He wrote of the moment Bradman emerged in another time but this indeed is the darkest of cricketing hours in Australia. The query is whether this is the moment the great avenger is being born. Australia has rifled through the drawer for who that might be. Seldom before have they overturned a team thus. Nick...

Nagano unveils music program for Montreal North kids It’s an idea that he had been floating around for years, but it has finally come to fruition. Montreal Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director Kent Nagano, with partners from the Pointe-de-l’Île school board and l’Université de Montréal, officially unveiled on Wednesday La musique aux enfants, an ambitious and intensive music program for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children at École St-Rémi in Montreal North. Nagano has long held the view that a solid music background would go a long way toward the overall development of children, regardless of whether they wanted to pursue careers in that field. While all 161 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children at the school are to be given music lessons every week, a core group of 16 will be receiving three hours...

The teenage hoon in a stolen car who got away? It's not that simple A 15-year-old boy, hooning in a stolen BMW, being watched live by tens of thousands of people online, vanishes into air almost as thin as that between his ears. You could be forgiven for thinking he was a budding Daniel Ricciardo​, the beneficiary of a bumbling police force, or maybe a bit of both. The stolen car speeding toward Bendigo.  Photo: Seven News But it's hardly that simple. The police decision to end Friday's pursuit of the boy as he approached Bendigo was taken with only one thing in mind: risk. No doubt some of those watching were waiting for road spikes to be deployed, a wailing police car to fly from left of screen and T-bone the stolen car, or - as we have bizarrely ...

Gut Bacteria May Lead to Parkinson’s Disease: Study Parkinson’s disease may be linked to certain gut bacteria, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Cell, researchers at the California Institute of Technology say: “Changes in the composition of gut bacterial populations—or possibly gut bacteria themselves—are actively contributing to and may even cause the deterioration of motor skills that is the hallmark of this disease.” Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease that affects some 10 million people around the world and one million Americans. Symptoms include tremors and difficulty walking. It has no known cure. Researchers say 75 percent of Parkinson’s sufferers have gastrointestinal (GI) “abnormalities,” usually constipation. The new findings about the connection of gut bacteria to the disease could lead to new treatments that could, for example, help good bacteria develop or kill ...

Man with gunshot wounds takes himself to Chinchilla hospital Police are investigating after a man with gunshot wounds presented himself to hospital in the Darling Downs region on Thursday evening. A man, 21, entered Chinchilla hospital about 7pm with gunshot wounds to his chest and arm. Police have set up two crime scenes at Chinchilla. Photo: Glenn Hunt Police spoke to the man and searched nearby bushland area before he was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital overnight in a critical but stable condition. Police have set up two crime scenes, one at Slessar Street, outside the hospital and another at Auburn Road, about two kilometres west of the hospital.  Investigations were continuing. Stay informed. Like Brisbane Times on Facebook

New dawns at the draft, as Essendon and Gold Coast reboot Something strange happens to the No.1 draft pick between the last slow, painful rounds of the season and draft night. Avoided, resisted and the last thing anyone wants, it becomes something to celebrate and sell. Like hope, and optimism. It signifies a new start. Essendon have begun again a few times in the past few years. And it feels like yesterday that the Suns were getting going for the first time. Only time will tell which club made the best investment in the 2016 draft, but every year it seems to be a bit more important to one, two or three teams than the others, and the Bombers and Suns were two obvious storylines. Line-up: Top picks of the 2016 AFL draft. Photo: Christopher Pearce Essendon had never ...