Three more major companies are being referred to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner over their use of facial recognition technology in stores. Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group has raised serious concerns about major retailers using facial recognition technology to record customer faceprints. This is the latest revelation for the industry. CHOICE is referring Kmart, Bunnings and The Good Guys to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to investigate potential breaches of the Privacy Act over their use of the technology.… Read the rest
The Guardian reported: Suicide-related ambulance presentations in Australia increased by more than 50% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests. Analysis of ambulance data between March 2020 and March 2021 found a significant and sustained increase in attendances for suicide attempts, suicidal ideation and self-harm compared to before the pandemic. The study, published as a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, drew on data from the National Ambulance Surveillance System.… Read the rest
Uniquely Antibacterial Honey From New Zealand May Hold The Key To Antibiotic Resistance For those of us from the northern hemisphere, often New Zealand is a forgotten cousin of Australia. Many of us have only glimpsed the 200,000 square kilometer nation of nearly 5 million people through Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, or perhaps the comedy show Flight of the Conchords.… Read the rest
Cure For Cancer In The Outback: How A Rare Australian Plant May Hold The Key For anyone interested in biology and evolution, Australia is truly a land of unending wonders. A recent story about the possible sighting of a species that was long thought to be extinct, the marsupial predator known as a thylacine is a case in point. It is amazing to think about how much unique flora and fauna still exist there–and it is tragic to think about how much humans casually wiped out in their haste to conquer the continent.… Read the rest
Teen Smoking Declines Precipitously In Australia, Changing Teen Attitudes, High Taxes Cited As Cause Smoking continues to be a scourge of preventable disease and premature death. And the big dirty secret the tobacco companies don’t want you to know is that their entire business model is based on hooking kids when they are young. The developing adolescent brain is especially susceptible to chemical addiction.… Read the rest
All across the world we can witness party leaders rigging the game in their favor If there’s one thing history has taught us it is that those in power are always loath to relinquish that power. The politically powerful behave the same the world over–from Julius Caesar right up to any sitting Senator or Congressperson, one thing is clear: the intoxicant of power is addictive.… Read the rest
There is, of course, a seriously important piece of information missing here: Vaccinated people shed viruses. They infect both the vaccinated (because vaccines don’t really provide protection (check out the CDC websites on the various vaccines and the package inserts for confirmation of that) and the unvaccinated. Parents who do not vaccinate their kids or themselves are actually promoting health.