Mildura Weekly : Friday May 16 2014 Vol 8 No 28
www.milduraweekly.com.au 10 Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind The soapbox 10 Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 Mildura Weekly Mildura Weekly Weather control Sir, The search for the mastery of the elements that began with Nikola Tesla in the late 1800s involving the transmission of electrical en- ergy through space became a real- ity. The consequences are monu- mental. Weather can be used as a blessing, or as a weapon. All the necessary elements are in place. In 1969 the US Pat- ent Office granted a patent for a method of increasing the likeli- hood of precipitation of the ar- tificial introduction of seawater vapour into the atmosphere. In 1971 a patent was issued to the National Science Founda- tion for a weather modification method. In 1978 the USA launched an experiment which created a downpour of rain over six coun- ties of Northern Wisconsin. The storm generated winds of 175mph (280kph) and caused $50m damage. In 1995 the US Patent Of- fice issued a patent for a satellite weather modification system. Russia, meanwhile, has de- veloped an ‘elf’ system – 30 huge transmitters that form high pres- sure blocking systems that can change weather systems around the world. Elf waves started in early 1980, and strange weather pat- terns began to occur, with unusu- al droughts, flooding and storms. Weather is the most pow- erful force we know. Whoever controls the weather can disupt world economies with perpetual rainstorms, wipe out crops in a drought and unleash destruction on enemy battlefields. The danger of a devastating confrontation between two of the world’s ‘super-powers’ became so great that in 1977 the UN Treaty against weather modification for hostile purposes was signed by the USA and Russia. In spite of signing the UN treaty, the United States is in the process of building a huge experi- mental weather complex – called HARP – in a remote part of Alas- ka. Neal Williams, Mildura Easter appeal thanks to all Sir, Once again the manager and staff want to thank the people of Wen- tworth and surrounding district who make our Easter appeal so beneficial to the people who are admitted and live at our facility. Thanks to your generosity we have raised the grand total of $3246.65. Every year the Scouts door- knock, take collections from the bridge, and stand outside Fishers in Dareton collecting for our hos- pital. Every year there are so many people to thank. Without you all we would never be able to buy the wonderful modern equipment to meet the needs of our patients. Without the generosity of our volunteer fund-raiser’s who orga- nise the Easter Appeal, and our Ladies Auxiliary, we would be lost. Karen Behsmann Health Service Manager Wentworth District Hospital Bankers must pay as well! Sir, A THOUSAND A WEEK! That is the number added to the Disabil- ity Pension each week. Obviously, there is something wrong with the selection process to allow so many to get on this gravy train. It is better than the dole as one need not meet any fortnightly obligation. PM Tony is promising that the under 35s will be re-assessed for their continued eligibility for the DSP. We would hope that the un-worthies will have their pen- sions cut off. However, they will need to find jobs, and where are the jobs? With backpackers in their tens of thousands swarming through the land taking jobs from the half million unemployed Aussies; where are the jobs to come from? There are 457 visa holders here in unknown numbers. Will Tony address these two pressing issues? Is he too afraid to drasti- cally cut down the numbers of these two groups as it might of- fend minority lobbyist and the BIG corporations? PM Tony should bite the bul- let and tell the money lenders that we won’t pay the interest on the debt, but only the principal. If the public has to bear the burden of austerity measures then the bank- ers should contribute their fair share as well by forgoing the inter- est on the horrendous loans. Wouldn’t this be fair? Jay Nauss Glen Aplin Same old promises? Sir, Jeff Kennett privatised the public transport system with the promise that it would be running at a profit by 2013. He also privatised the power industry promising that it would result in lower charges. And he merged city and regional councils stating that it would lead to re- duced local rates. Not much incentive to be- lieve Mr. Napthine’s latest list of promises especially considering their failure to deliver on the rail services to Doncaster, Rowville, Avalon airport and the Bendigo to Geelong line. No progress on any of these even though they formed the basis of the state Coalition’s transport policy before winning the last election. The Bendigo to Geelong upgrade was scrapped shortly after the Coalition came to power as being to expensive, it was to cost in the vicinity of $240 million. Sounds surprisingly like a promise recently made concern- ing rail that is a lot closer to home. Steve Tittensor Mildura. Chocolate for a good cause IF chocolate, and contributing to a good cause, are high on your priority list than this could well be the event for you. The Australian Inland Botanic Gardens’ fund-raising committee is in the final stages of planning its debut ‘Death by Chocolate’ event to be staged at the Buronga gardens on Satur- day, June 1, from 2pm to 4pm. “We are promising quite a few indulgent treats,” committee member Marg Thomson revealed. The event will take the form of an after- noon tea and tickets are $25 and available from The Botanic Gardens, telephone 5021 0361; Tea Break, at 42 Langtree Avenue, Mil- dura, or the Wentworth Visitor Information Centre in Darling Street, telephone 5027 5080. Having a Ball... FOLLOWING the success of the inaugural Sun- raysia Rotary Charity Ball in 2013, eight Rotary Clubs in Sunraysia have again joined forces to organise a similar event in 2014, to be held on Saturday, June 14, at the Club Da Vinci. More than 300 people attended last year’s ball, which raised around $30,000 for the Sun- raysia Autism Spectrum Support Group. This year proceeds will go to Wings for Kids Inc. Sunraysia Mallee to help buy specialised medical equipment, aids and support for special needs children and their families. Tickets are available from Lorraine’s Ladies Wear in Langtree Mall, Centro Beauty at Mil- dura Central or Char-Flair Hair and Beauty in Wentworth. The $100 a head tickets includes a three-course meal, wine/beer/soft drinks (with other drinks offered at bar prices), music by lo- cal dance band ‘Grab Ya Cat,’ auctions, raffles and spot prizes. 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CAIRNS & THE GULF COUNTRY 17 days 11th July $7195 Highlights: Green Island, Cairns, Barrier Reef, Daintree River Cruise, Kuranda Train and Sky Rail, Breakfast with the Birds, Port Douglas, Undara Lava Tubes, Gulflander Train Ride, Gulf of Carpentaria Sunset Cruise, Burketown, Mt Isa, Birdsville, Flinders Ranges, Burra, Renmark. NORTHWESTER & SOUTH WEST COAST 47 days 4th August $16,990 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. DARWIN VIA CENTRAL AUSTRALIA 15 days 4th August $6450 Highlights: Central Australia, Coober Pedy, Ayres Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, West McDonnell Ranges, Tennant Creek, Katherine Gorge Cruise, Kakadu, Yellow Water Cruise, Darwin, Mindil Market, Litchfield National Park. COOBER PEDY, AYERS ROCK, ALICE SPRINGS 9 days 4th August $3995 Highlights: Adelaide, Port Augusta, Central Australia, Coober Pedy, Umoona Opal Mine, Ayres Rock, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, West McDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Desert Park, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Alice Springs Telegraph Station. WEST COAST, KIMBERLEY & SOUTH WEST COAST 35 days 16th August $12,990 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. WEST COAST & THE KIMBERLEY 23 days 16th August $9540 Highlights: Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra, Ord River Cruise, El Questro Station, Zebedee Springs, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Wyndham, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Boab Prison Tree, Broome, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach, Port Hedland, To m Price, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri, Perth. DARWIN TO BROOME & THE KIMBERLEY 12 days 16th August $5760 Highlights: Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra, Ord River Cruise, El Questro Station, Zebedee Springs, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Wyndham, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Boab Prison Tree, Broome, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach. BROOME TO PERTH INCLUDING TOM PRICE & NINGALOO REEF 14 days 25th August $6285 Highlights: Broome 3 nights, Cable Beach, Eighty Mile Beach, Port Hedland, Mt Tom Price Mine Tour, Karijini National Park, Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Monkey Mia Dolphins, Kalbarri Wildflowers, Perth 3 nights. PERTH & SOUTH WEST COAST 15 days 5th September $5990 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. CANBERRA “FLORIADE” 6 days 29th September $2095 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. YARRA VALLEY, HEALESVILLE & MELBOURNE 6 days 6th October $2050 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. TASMANIA 10 days 15th October (Pen) $4085 (Adult) $4175 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. NEW ZEALAND DISCOVERY 19 days 30th October $5880 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. SAPPHIRE COAST 9 days 21st November $3095 Request the itinerary for the many tour highlights. • Tour costs include: Luxury Coach Travel, Motel Accommodation twin share, Admissions, Meals and Air Fares as per itineraries. • For bookings or to request a full itinerary that details the many tour highlights, please contact Brendan’s Australian Tours, Ararat.
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