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2 Malaysian Airlines planes attacked because of Mahathir's earlier comments regarding 911
And there I was thinking the Aboriginal flag was a meaningful symbol (aka alternative national flag) representing indigenous persons in the same manner as our official national flag represents all Australians...but no, you can use it if you pay the copy right fee. Sadly, it appears that it's not a true symbol under which Aboriginal people can gather as one, but a commercial product on a pay to use basis as such non national / cultural flags under law can be trade marked / copy righted. (apparently the LBGTQABC to Z flag) is copy righted by the owner but permits unfettered use of the design at this time).
'Free the flag': Aboriginal businesses told not to use Aboriginal flag over copyright
June 11, 2019 — 3.46pm
The Aboriginal owners of two clothing businesses are shocked after receiving legal letters demanding they stop using the Aboriginal flag on their merchandise because it "violates Australian copyright laws".
The NRL, Cricket Australia and the AFL may also have been issued notices by Queensland-based WAM Clothing over the use of the Aboriginal flag on clothing, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald understand.
Gunditjmara Woman Laura Thompson, the managing director of Spark Health Australia and Clothing The Gap. Credit:Luis Ascui
Clothing the Gap is a small "profit for purpose" business based in Preston, in Melbourne's north, which produces clothing and accessories that feature the Aboriginal flag, including contemporary T-shirts and towels.
Co-owner, managing director and Gunditjmara woman Laura Thompson says she was shocked to receive the legal letter.
"I love the flag so much, it’s heartbreaking. This flag has united everybody, all over Australia, from all the Aboriginal nations," Ms Thompson said.
"The flag represented a struggle and a resistance movement, and now it just feels like a struggle to use it."
The flag represented a struggle and a resistance movement, and now it just feels like a struggle to use it.
The "cease and desist" letter from WAM Clothing says it holds the exclusive worldwide licence for the use of the Aboriginal flag on clothing.
The flag was designed by Luritja artist and land rights activist Uncle Harold Thomas in 1971.
He still holds copyright on the design, and permission for its use must go through him.
He allows non-commercial operations that give health, educational, legal and other assistance to Aboriginal people to use images of the flag for free.
But the Luritja artist has licensing agreements with three companies; one to reproduce flags, and the others to reproduce the image on objects and clothing.
WAM Clothing secured the exclusive clothing licence last year. On its website the business states that Mr Thomas is paid royalties for every piece of clothing sold.
Michael Connelly, the owner of Queensland-based Dreamtime Kullilla Art, has also received a legal letter from WAM Clothing.
Mr Connelly, a Kullilli and Murruwari man, said his family business started selling boomerangs 25 years ago and has grown into a commercial business that works with Aboriginal artists to sell fabric products all over the world.
"I just don’t know what to believe - I thought as Aboriginal people we have the right to our flag," Mr Connelly said.
"We’re all bewildered at the moment, trying to find out why Aboriginal people should be challenged to not use the Aboriginal flag in their businesses."
Ms Thompson said 17,000 people had joined an online petition calling for a change in the licensing agreement for the Aboriginal flag.
"We’ve been operating in a black market and we didn’t know it," she says with a wry chuckle. "Now we just want to free the flag."
Ms Thompson wrote to Mr Thomas in August last year to ask for permission to enter a licensing agreement to use the Aboriginal flag on Clothing the Gap merchandise, but had no response.
The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have contacted WAM clothing, and is waiting for a response.
The Koori Mail first reported that WAM Clothing was pursuing small businesses over copyright infringement.
WAM Clothing was founded in 2018 by Ben Wooster and Semele Moore, business records show.
Mr Wooster was also the director of Birubi Art Pty Ltd, which went into voluntary liquidation following Federal Court action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
In October the Federal Court found Birubi had made false or misleading representations that products it sold were made in Australia and hand painted by Australian Aboriginal people.
In a two-year period Birubi sold more than 18,000 boomerangs, bullroarers, didgeridoos and message stones to retail outlets around Australia. But these products, despite featuring designs associated with Australian Aboriginal art and words such as ‘Aboriginal Art’, ‘genuine’, and ‘Australia’, were made in Indonesia, the court found.
Clothing the Gap is part of Spark Health Australia, an Aboriginal-owned business that runs health and wellbeing programs for the Indigenous community in Victoria. The 18-month-old business is currently in the process of being registered as a social enterprise.
All of the profits from the Clothing the Gap clothing sales go to providing health and wellbeing programs to Aboriginal people at no cost.
WAM Clothing told the ABC it was "in discussions with the NRL, AFL and other organisations regarding the use of the Aboriginal flag on clothing".
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Miki Perkins is a senior journalist and Social Affairs Editor at The Age.
the back door in law, Hong Kong does not have extradition treaty
so when one of its resident went to Taiwan and murdered a woman and fly back to Hong Kong
There is no way for Taiwan to get him
YET, the people who demonstrated against this proposal of law rioted
may be they agreed to : 50,000 of their residents go over to Taiwan again and murder 50,000 more people and fly back to Hong Kong to enjoy life as usual, nothing happen here
its all in the plan, those people prefer it like this ???
Trump considering sanctions against Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to ‘protect Germany from Russia’
You could make it up because it is happening. Just what we've all been calling for a Platform to post & discuss stuff without the too big to jail Platforms who block content at a whim, costing many people their livelihoods because they don't agree with FarCIABook, GGLE, Twitts, BOOBTube. First THEY came for Alex Jones, and we said nothing, then THEY came for Zero Hedge (but, they picked off more than THEY could chew). How long before THEY come for Silver Doctors?
THEY tried to Censor Zero Hedge & ban them over the Christchurch thingy (can I say that?), but the outcry was so loud that the ban didn't stick.
We need this new Platform to retain FREE SPEECH.
Hey John, do you realise the answer will possibly come from decentralization? Kind of like Crypto, but different/same?
looks like You-tube is auto un-subscribe people
its a you no tube
Anything but what we have. We can argue about Cryptos later after we have sorted the evil ones out.
Let us hope this new Platform gives us a choice. TPTB will fight against this hard.
We need to check it all out before we go full bore onto the Platform (it could be a trap).
I think SGTReport, Alex Jones, WAM (World Alternate Media), & other big alternate websites will be a good lead as to what individual people should do. If CNBC, CCN, & the usual suspects go one way, we go the other, (with a Caviat)
Extending on this.....
Facebook labels users as ‘hate agents’ based on ‘signals’ & off-platform interactions – report
Facebook labels users as ‘hate agents’ based on ‘signals’ & off-platform interactions – report
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Facebook tracks users’ behavior on- and off-platform, hunting for “signals” that they could be a “hate agent,” and even talking to a “designated hate entity” can get a user banned, according to a policy document seen by Breitbart.
Users who appear at events alongside or even interview “designated hate entities” risk being marked as a “hate agent” themselves, Breitbart reports citing an internal document. Associating with or praising one of these bogeymen – the “Hate Agent Policy Review” cites British anti-migrant activist Tommy Robinson as an example – can also get a user marked with the scarlet letter, as can identifying with or speaking up for a “designated hateful ideology.”
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Other “signals” are more vague, such as possessing “hate paraphernalia” or having “tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.” The document doesn’t give examples of what these might be, but with the media falling for increasingly ridiculous 4chan psy-ops to have everything from the “OK” hand sign to milk assigned secret racist meanings, today’s innocuous possession could be tomorrow’s hate paraphernalia.
“Hate speech,” of course, figures prominently in the policy, though Facebook’s definition is quite a bit broader than the term is commonly understood. A “tier 2” hate speech comment could include calling a person “stupid,” “ugly,” or even “fraud,” if it was determined that the comment had been made on the basis of a “protected characteristic” like race, religion, or sexual orientation. Meanwhile “tier 3” consists of “calls to exclude or segregate a person” based on their presumed stupidity, ugliness, fraudulence, and so on.
Making three or more “hate speech” remarks in a single statement or appearance constitutes a “signal,” as does making five in the space of a month. Facebook’s hate-hunters are allowed to go back two years in their quest for incriminating material, which can include “public statements, or statements made in private and later made public.”
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The company even keeps a list of so-called “hate agents,” because the McCarthyism comparisons weren’t on-the-nose enough already. YouTube political commentator turned real-life UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin (aka Sargon of Akkad) found himself on the list earlier this year, prior to the European parliament elections; a leaked Facebook document revealed he had been labeled a “hate actor” for the unthinkable crime of “neutral representation” of a member of the Proud Boys, along with reposting a homophobic comment directed at himself and making fun of a white nationalism supporter. His fellow UK politician Anne-Marie Waters and YouTube commentator Candace Owens are also on the blacklist, according to Breitbart.
Facebook appears to incentivize its employees to hunt down evidence that users are behaving badly both on- and off-platform, and the latter is scarily easy for Facebook to do. The platform tracks users’ online activities across every site that includes its ubiquitous “like” and “share” buttons, and its tracking is not limited to the primary device they use Facebook on. A massive data breach last year proved Facebook has access to all users’ photos - even the ones they don’t post to Facebook - and the app scours users’ address books to look for potential “friends,” meaning there’s no way to hide one’s “hateful” associates from prying eyes.
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Nor are hate “signals” the only factors that warrant inclusion on Facebook’s blacklist - like YouTube, the company is increasingly obsessed with so-called “borderline” content that does not violate its rules but doesn’t sufficiently conform to its favored narratives. It’s up to Facebook whether the weight of all the evidence warrants deplatforming, of course, meaning the banhammer is wielded selectively – but always waiting in the wings for users who step out of line, ideologically.
From what I understand a few of them are turning to bitchute.
Also, Black Pigeon was deleted today.
This can't be good.
Hundreds of illegal aliens from ebola-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo were dumped in the streets of San Antonio, Texas this week.
The aliens didn’t speak English and according to a local reporter, San Antonio is in desperate need for French speaking volunteers.
“City confirms hundreds of migrants from the Congo have arrived in SA. The city is in desperate need for French speaking volunteers,” reported Jaleesa Irizarry of Kens 5 San Antonio.
Large groups of illegal aliens from Angola, Cameroon and Ebola-stricken Congo were caught wading across the Rio Grande into the United States earlier this week.
The officials said they didn’t know for sure whether the mines were Iranian. The U.S. concluded that Iran was responsible for the attacks based on intelligence sources and the absence of any better explanation, the officials said. They declined to elaborate on the intelligence sources.
its the first time we see a mine that can hover a meter above water surface
Japanese tanker owner claims crew saw ‘flying objects’ before attack, denies ship struck mine
Iran Urges US, Allies to Stop False Flag Ops in Mideast After Gulf of Oman Tanker Sabotage
How the heck did the get from Africa to Americas?
I better read the article as i suspect this is a joke post.
Welcome to the "People's Democratic Republic of New Zealand"
Official New Zealand government website wipes Israel off the map
Immigration New Zealand map shows entire area of Israel as Palestine ,with East Jerusalem as ‘the designated capital of the State of Palestine’
By henry Benjamin Today, 4:20 am
A screenshot from the Immigration New Zealand website uses Palestine instead of Israel on a map. (Immigration New Zealand via JTA)
SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — Immigration New Zealand, an official government website, published a fact sheet with a map of the Middle East that showed a “Palestine,” but not Israel.
Following a barrage of complaints on social media, the web page was removed, though screenshots remain.
The Israel Institute of New Zealand called for a retraction of the map.
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“The most immediately obvious of the errors was a map labeling the whole of modern-day Israel as ‘Palestine,’” said the institute’s director, Ashley Church. “This is incredibly offensive and the equivalent of New Zealand Immigration displaying a map of the UK which removed Scotland and Wales and referred to the entirety of the British Isles as England.”
The fact sheet, which offered information about Palestinian immigrants to New Zealand, also identified East Jerusalem as “the designated capital of the State of Palestine.” There also was no mention of Palestinian terrorism, but information on the page said that Israel caused “massive repression of Palestinians” during the second intifada.
The web page also mentioned Israel’s “economic sanctions and a blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza” with no further explanation. Israel and Egypt impose a blockade on Gaza to prevent Hamas, which is sworn to destroy Israel, from bringing in weapons, rockets and material to build fortifications and tunnels.
“Our Immigration Minister needs to immediately apologize for the offending image and confirm that it does not reflect Government policy; Immigration New Zealand needs to issue a statement confirming that the website does not represent the views of the Ministry; and an investigation needs to be undertaken to find out who was responsible and to put in place measures to ensure that this does not happen again,” Church said.
Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report
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