Jeff Pulver talks to Tony Serve – Bright Future for VoIP – Telstra Australia among the leaders

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Jeff Pulver on VoIP’s future  – 22 minutes

Morse code to VoIP, what’s next.

Listen in as Jeff Pulver heralds the HD sounds of tomorrow’s internet telephony.

Jeff paved the way for us to use VoIP by convincing US authorities that VoIP was not a telephone, and he’s gone on to build momentum for cheap global communications to be high quality as well as low or no cost.

Click here for Jeff’s site where there’s news of how to be involved in big upcoming events ;

140 CHARACTERS CONFERENCE
The 140 Characters Conference (#140conf) will be taking place in NYC on June 10-11, 2009.

SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT
The next Social Communications Summit (SocComm II) will be taking place in NYC on June 23-24, 2009.


Interview via Skype Perth to New York recorded with Call Recorder

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ANOTHER Uranium mine planned for Western Australia

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Greens WA Senator Scott Ludlum on another Uranium Mine planned for WA

Nuclear proponents are playing down the vast environmental impacts and health risks of allowing uranium mine in WA, the Australian Greens say.

“The latest proposal by BHP Billiton for a mine at Yeelirie, 550 kilometres east of Geraldton, would employ at most 700 people for a period of two years, after which the proponents say it would employ less half that number, all of whom will be fly-in, fly-out,” Greens Nuclear Spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“This is a relatively small number of new jobs, especially compared to renewable energies such as solar, which has created lasting employment for 250,000 people in Germany.

“In its referral document to the Federal Department of Environment, BHP revealed that through an on-site leaching process, the proposed mine would produce 110 million tonnes of radioactive waste.

“It proposes that this huge amount of rock and sludge would be stored at the mine site in an open pit or tailings dam, where it would remain dangerously radioactive for tens of thousands of years.

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“This means that once the mine opens, mine workers and anyone else in the area would be at risk on windy days of breathing in dust or radon gas blown off the tailings. These radioactive materials greatly increase the risk of cancer if ingested.

“BHP says 10,000 hectares of mostly well vegetated land would be disturbed by the mine and this area is home to six threatened animal species, 11 migratory birds and a number of rare and priority-listed plant species. The site experiences intense rain at times, causing water to flow in sheets off the proposed mine site towards nearby lakes.

“Bearing in mind that the Federal Government recently admitted that 100,000 litres of contaminated groundwater is seeping from tailings at Ranger uranium mine into Kakadu each day, the potential impact of large-scale dewatering of the mine site at Yeelirie combined with heavy downpours is alarming.

“The mine’s yellowcake product is proposed to be taken inside sealed drums on existing roads from Yeelirie to a “secure” rail facility near Kalgoorlie and then by train to Adelaide and then Darwin before going overseas.

“If we count this with the vast amount of embedded energy that goes into building a nuclear reactor, it is hard to see how anyone can possibly describe this industry as a low-carbon solution to greenhouse gas emissions,” Senator Ludlam said.

“However, this large amount of overland travel within Australia raises another concern. According to the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport, there are more than 2,000 serious truck accidents on WA roads each year, while the Australian Transport Safety Bureau reports there are on average more than 35 serious train derailments and collisions annually in WA.

“Yellowcake powder, or uranium oxide concentrate, is the consistency of talcum powder – so should a serious road or rail collision occur, people using the same transport routes or living nearby would be at risk of breathing in the dust. This could be disastrous for their health.

“The direct risks to health from this proposed mine are serious enough to rule it out.

“In the 10 years since multinational, Pangea, was in Australia lobbying hard for the establishment of an international nuclear waste here, the global nuclear industry has still not developed a solution to its waste problem.

“If a uranium mine opens in WA, WA can once again expect international pressure to take global nuclear waste.”

For more information or media enquiries please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763

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Western Australia’s planned Uranium mines under scrutiny

Rockingham media pick up on the debate that Colin Barnettt doesn’t want.

So many questions on Uranium Colin Barnett has to answer
So many questions on Uranium Colin Barnett has to answer

Thanks to Mark Winter  (frostyfae.wordpress.com ) for the heads-up nd his ongoing activism. Also see nouranium.wordpress.com for more info,  YouTube video and ways to have your say about the mine that will start at Wiluna next year

Please visit WA’s peak anti-uranium group  http://www.anawa.org.au/ and get involved 🙂

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Australian Government Fails to protect ancient cultural heritage on the Burrup

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Garrett must take seriously allegations of damage on the Burrup: Greens

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Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert has urged the Minister for Heritage, Peter Garrett to take seriously potential damage to a national heritage-listed site on Western Australia‘s Burrup Peninsular.

“We hear that the Heritage Minister’s Department has gone to the trouble of seeking expert archaeological and legal advice about whether multinational Cemex has damaged artefacts of national heritage significance on the Burrup,” Senator Siewert said.

“We now need to know the outcome of this advice and what Minister Garrett plans to do about it.

“The public has reason to be concerned about whether a serious breach of national heritage has occurred.

“Cemex, a  cement company, has admitted to operating within the boundary of the Burrup national heritage site but denies doing any harm to rock art.

“On the other hand, the location is known to be densely covered in rock art estimated to be thousands of years old.

“The WA Government is taking this issue seriously and is reportedly prosecuting Cemex for breaching the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act.

“Maximum fines under the WA Act for a corporation committing a first-time offence of damage to an Indigenous heritage site are $50,000 or $100,000 for a second offence.

“This compares to fines of up to $5 million for a corporation and up to seven years’ jail for individuals who damage national heritage listed sites.”

“The Minister must have information about this damage to the Burrup’s national heritage, but appears to have failed to act.  Now he has a chance to rectify this Ministerial oversight by prosecuting this act of destruction, and taking steps to ensure no more irreplaceable rock art is lost for no good cause,” concluded Senator Siewert.

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Uranium Mining in Western Australia, 2010 start

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The Liberal Premier of Western Australia is a decent bloke, but here he reveals some hard realities about his poorly informed decision to overturn a 30year ban on mining uranium.

Ground will be broken next year at Toro Energy’s peggings at Wiluna, and serious questions about safety, water and indigenous issues have yet to be addressed.

Watch this space for news of how you can help stop a mistake that could haunt us…

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