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Friday, 17 November

02:38

Are the Powerful Likely To Collapse? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In a recent article I reported a very positive development at least it seems positive, and its definitely not negative regarding my new-found ability to get a foot in the door at Boston federal court. (That is, for the appeals case of the Marathon non-bomber, as an amicus curiae.)

In my heart of hearts, I feel that nothing can transpire that would free Jahar Tsarnaev, or even allow me to talk to him, as that would bring down the throne and we cant have that.

But now Im thinking Why stay in that mental trap? Why not look around and see what the prospects are?

In opining that talking t...

02:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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Thursday, 16 November

23:29

U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...

23:06

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...

22:30

This is what a movement for change looks like "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the fourth day of our member drive. Monday I shared with you our passion for this message and the huge demand there is for it. Tuesday I explained the problem we're trying to solve; the need to change our cultural conversation around growth and development. Yesterday, I talked about how we're taking that on, how our focus on growing a movement of people is the only approach that measures up to the challenge we face.

I am going to ask you today, once again, to join us. Become one of the first 2,000 members of Strong Towns, one of the #2000Strong. But first, let me show you what our change movement looks like.

Join the Strong Towns Movement

Here are the 1,750 members we have as of yesterday. This is where they live. These are the communities they care about. This map blows me away.

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Every U.S. state. Across Canada, Europe, Australia, in Mexico and even a member in Southeast Asia (you are awesome, by the way). This is not our readership. This is not our podcast listeners. These are the people that have said: The Strong Towns message is so important, I want more people to hear it and so I'm going to become a member. These people are the reason I get up every day excited about what we do.

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Here's a map of just our North American members. Put that image through your left/right, urban/rural, coastal/flyover preconception of the country.

It just doesn't compute with the way we think about America today. Especially when we think about people agreeing on complex and deeply personal issues.

These are our members and, each day that goes by,...

21:28

RepowerHour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Newlands Community #RepowerHour

Come and connect with other locals and support a fast and fair transition to clean energy from the sun and wind!
Newlands Community House (20 Murray Rd North Coburg) 4pm Sunday 26th November for a chat and a shared BBQ. Kids very welcome. Bring a plate or something to BBQ and a gold coin donation for the use of the venue :)

This will be a short and snappy discussion of strategies - we want to shine a bright positive light on renewables in the lead up to summer and get ready to counter any scaremongering that comes from the big polluting companies and those politicians who support them. 

This event is being hosted by the Newlands Climate Action Group with support from Environment Victoria. If youd like more information please contact Nina (...

21:22

Soundvision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Enjoy $10 community tickets for Soundvision at La Trobe Uni this Saturday. 

Just enter 'community' in the promotional code.  Kids under 18 free.



21:21

Little Place Family Daycare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Little Place Family Day Care is seeking one new friend to play with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to gender and age if current little friends, we are hoping for a girl between 12-18 months.

Please email me at hameeddina@gmail.com or call on 0400 483 178.

A bit more about us can be found here:



21:12

Australia Celebrates the YES Vote But I Feel Conned "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of The Age 16/11/2017

By Dee McLachlan

I voted Yes in Australias Same-Sex Marriage survey. I probably wont be using the proposed legislation, but I am very happy for friends, who feel they have been liberated given a gift, and a ticket to happiness. And I am also sad for others who feel their world is eroding before them. I just have a wish that all live happy lives.

I did not watch the live announcement, but when I listened to the news, and read the papers this morning, I was stunned by the impact the outcome had on the population. The MSM focused on Penny Wong, the first openly gay politician, as she broke down in tears, and there were ma...

21:04

An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

copyright Des Pensable 2017

Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

20:28

Have you seen this bird in Newstead? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im conscious that Im skating on thin ice with this post.

Natural Newstead has a strict 15km rule which means that natural history events that fall outside this range, no matter how fascinating, are essentially out of bounds. The interpretation of the rule is of course at the discretion of the editor!

This spring has seen an influx of Scarlet Honeyeaters into parts of Victoria where this beautiful bird is rarely seen, even prompting a recent article in the Melbourne Age. Locally, at least to my knowledge, they have been reported in Maldon, Campbells Creek, Fryerstown and Castlemaine. Last weekend I heard one singing magnificently in the centre of Castlemaine outside the IGA!

The bird pictured below was photographed late this afternoon in a wonderful native garden in Castlemaine. Frustratingly, and somewhat surprisingly, they dont seem to have made it to Newstead yet Id love to hear if anyone has seen one inside the circle.

Male Scarlet Honeyeater, Cas...

20:27

Mark Latham sued for defamation by journalist Osman Faruqi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham Sued for Defamation

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We know how the left in Australia hates free speech.They cant win arguments on the merits so they use political correctness, censorship and the outrage industry.
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20:23

Social Cohesion: My Faith, My Business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cultural competence and understanding the other are key issues in building strong, effective workplaces with diversity among the workforce. Much understanding and trust are needed for all to accomplish their goals giving of goods and services, return on investment of time, talents and resources, and satisfaction with the goals of the work enterprise. In ... Read more...

20:16

Delta Govt Frees 26 Awaiting Trial Inmates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has released 26 inmates awaiting trial in at Agbor Prison.
Justice Umukoro secured the release of the inmates during the ongoing prisons visit, which commenced on Wednesday.
Most of the inmates whose ages range from 19 to 30 years old were released on the grounds of ill health, want of diligent prosecution, inordinate long detention in prison custody and on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution that some of them have no case to answer.
The Chief Judge who granted the release of the 26 inmates out of the 397 cases reviewed stated that the exercise was not meant to throw the gates of prisons open to accused persons awaiting trial for various criminal offences but to ascertain the validity of their detention, ability to withstand trial and whether their cases were going on progressively.
While commending some members of the lower Bench (Magistrates) for their hardwork, diligence and dexterity in handling matters brought before them, Justice Umukoro however decried obvious lack of seriousness exhibited by some, saying that since they were the ones to inherit the institution of justice at the higher Bench they needed to be more serious and prove their mettle.
The Assistant Controller of Agbor Prison, Mr Emmanuel Ozili, commended the State Chief Judge for religiou...

20:10

Mark Latham accuses Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied of anti-white racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham of TheRebel.media on the rise of anti-white racism and terrorist plots in Australia, plus interviews with two lions of the Labor Left: Peter Baldwin and Peter Crawford.
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20:06

Citizenship and Values "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How do changes to government policy impact new arrivals communities and the celebration of people becoming citizens? This presentation by Chris Hazelman will explore the processes to become an Australian citizen, the complexity of citizenship laws in the context of individual experiences of new arrivals and the governments proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Test. ... Read more...

19:59

Sport as a Social Connection Tool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sport lends itself to community building and resilient communities. Sport gives individuals a sense of worth, belonging, participation and achievement. In this session, Sam Atukorala AFL Diversity Program delegate, and Community Ambassador for Cricket Australia gives an overview of how Cricket and Football build strong individuals, strong communities.   Recently, the Victorian Government pivoted ... Read more...

19:49

How Accurate Was The Same-Sex Marriage Polling? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The abrogation of responsibility and waste of resources that was the Marriage Law Postal Survey has now concluded with a Yes vote of 61.6%, based on a very high turnout of 79.5%.  Every Australian poll on same-sex marriage in the last ten years has shown more voters supporting same-sex marriage than opposed, with the exception of a single fledgling ReachTEL in 2011, so this has been seen initially as another good result for Australian polls.  In contrast, non-polling "big-data" approaches based on social media analytics failed completely, with the EqualityPulse site mostly favouring the No vote until after the polls had closed and a Griffith University study bombing embarrassingly.  (Be wary of anyone who claims their methods predicted Trump would win - most who predicted him to win did so because they wrongly expected him to win the popular vote.)

This is being taken as another strong result for Australian polling, but the reality is not so snazzy, and more consistent with experience elsewhere.  Below are all the final poll results by each pollster that I could find.  (Some pollsters conducted several polls, typically finding little variation through the survey period.) The polls vary in methods - some asked about results based on those who had voted, some asked about the votes of those who intended to vote and some just asked a basic question about support or opposition to same-sex marriage.  One (Ipsos) appears to have asked about voting intention among those certain to vote only.  In many cases, inadequate public documentation means that it is not entirely clear what the pollster did.



The polls that allowed responses other than Yes and No allowed a range of non-responses.  Morgan seems to have included panelists who didn't respond to the survey invitation at all in this category.  Essential allowed respondents to say they preferred not to say how they had voted.

I've included two different ReachTELs that were reported at around the same time.  I've excluded Coalition for Marriage internal polling because no evidence has been provided concerning the pollster involved or the methods used (other than sample size) and hence I cannot even say for sure that their results were based on polls at all.

Here's the table:

19:49

Not-A-Poll: Best Prime Minister Of The Last 45 Years: Round 3 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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"The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Sir Billy Snedden, has broken his promise: the promise he made to me before the election. He promised not to tell any lies about me, if I didn't tell the truth about him."*




A month ago I started a multi-round Not-A-Poll to determine this site's visitors' choice for the title of Best Prime Minister of the Last 45 Years.  The idea is that each month the Prime Minister in last place is eliminated and the rest continue until someone gets over 50% and wins.  There are rules permitting multiple exclusions in certain cases, to speed up the process a bit.  Each round runs for a month, so you can vote for different candidates from round to round if you want to. Multiple voting is in theory banned and adjustments may be made if I detect it, but there will probably be a lot of low-level multiple voting I can't detect or prevent. Comments about the merits of the contestants are welcome.



The winner of each round gets their photo and a quote at the top of the article, except in the final round when photos of both candidates will go on top.

Round 2 Results 
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19:44

Future Voices: creating resilience in African settlement. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Future Voices Incorporated is a not for profit charity established in 2016, working with the diverse communities in Shepparton, Victoria to meet an identified need voiced by the newly arrived African refugee community. Research tells us that most extensive types of volunteer work conducted by refugees and humanitarian entrants involve helping with the settlement of ... Read more...

19:42

Marriage Equality results response "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Thursday 16th November, 2017

Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledge that the people of Australia have spoken on the issue of marriage equality. Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered a resounding 61.6% for the yes vote.

ECCV welcomes and accepts views on both sides of the debate and encourages respectful dialogue among all communities including the multi-faith and multilingual communities in Victoria. On this mornings radio program, Mornings with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ECCV Chair Eddie Micallef explained (the results of the vote) shows us that there are differing views within the community overall but within the multicultural community there is a sizeable component of conservative views in relation to issues like same-sex marriageother moral issues.  

The ECCV accepts that same-sex relationships are a part of Australias diverse society. The view of the ECCV Board of Directors is that all Victorian and Australian citizens should have equal civic rights and the freedom to practice and express faith.   

Major groups like FECCA and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs launched The YES Alliance on the steps of Victorias Parliament House on September 20th, 2017. The YES Alliance is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that supported a yes vote. Voters were then encouraged to consider diversity in the context of human rights.   

The marriage equality plebiscite has been a divisive time in Australian history and as a result it placed a spotlight on a challenging intersection of civic freedoms and religious beliefs. ECCV understands that some ethnic communities have strong religious ties and accept Australians differing views.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

References:

19:38

Activewear Summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So it's looking like I'll be having an active wear summer. Kmart active wear. 100% polyester, made in a Bangladesh sweatshop, normal father on a budget, active wear. I'm talking shorts with a special pocket just for my phone, mesh inserts, T-shirts and singlets that are extremely breathable, very practical fucking average person active wear.

The shit is fucking comfortable.

My uniform is jeans and black T-shirt, but a cotton T-shirt does not have the breathability I crave. Regular exercise has done this to me. Now I get it, I know why people who always wear active wear, always wear active wear.

There are no active wear pants for men that are suitable for just being though. No. And men who wear those tights, without shorts to protect human eyeballs from contact with your package, you need to take a hard look at yourself, because we certainly are, you filthy stinkboy.

I will be having an active wear summer, but I will not be a filthy stinkboy.    

19:35

2017 Social Cohesion Conference Welcome "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On September 27, 2017 La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presented Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 Conference and to consider the issues facing us today going forward as a ... Read more...

19:24

Conference Welcome Mayor of City of Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cr. Dinny Adem, Mayor of Greater Shepparton opened the 2017 Conference Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward. We bring you his opening remarks.   We, Greater Shepparton City Council, acknowledge the traditional owners of the land which now comprises Greater Shepparton. We pay respect to their tribal elders, we celebrate their ... Read more...

19:17

Inclusion, Diversity, Globalisation and Talent: a new perspective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the key issues of this conference were the emerging challenges due to factors that have largely remained unaddressed (eg employment, gender issues, religious, ideological or cultural beliefs and values which underpin some of the tensions), and to their likely impact on a socially cohesive Goulburn Valley in the future. Employment was the front ... Read more...

18:45

West Papua taking on the world "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papua taking on the world
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Preliminary meeting to confirm date of meeting .Standing are Job Dalesa and Paula Makabory and Andy Ayamiseba (at right sitting)
By Len Garae

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17:46

Commonwealth Bank commits to exiting coal "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australian finance giant Commonwealth Bank has indicated it will bring its coal funding down to zero, in line with the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

17:44

McMillan says yes, but Russell Broadbent wont support same sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Russell Broadbent has said he will not support a motion for marriage equality despite a majority of voters in his electorate wanting him to.

17:39

This is how we do "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Lucky 13

Another pretty good result for the Aussie economy, with total employment notching a 13th consecutive gain, the best stretch in 23 years. 

Headline employment growth was pretty modest, but there was another significant swing towards full-time employment - with the economy adding +236,000 full time jobs since the beginning of the calendar year - and the previous month's result was also revised up keeping the strong trend intact.


In fact, total employment was a massive +355,700 higher over the year to October 2017 for an increase of +3 per cent, way ahead of the growth in the working age population. 


The trend in hours worked recorded a similarly solid +3.1 per cent growth, the best result in 7 years.


And the unemployment rate continues to fall, down to a 57-month low of 5.4 per cent.

17:00

In which the pond will have its savvy Savva, no matter the hour of the day ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Dammit, just because the Oreo is handy for everything, including scientific observations of the universe, the pond almost gave up doing its savvy Savva Thursday ...

The Oreo's almost as pervasive as the aquatic weeds in Ballarat's Lake Wendouree ...so the pond decided it would send in the chopper so it could enjoy some quality time with the Savva, herself beset by saucy fears and doubts this day ...



Note the subtle way that the lizard sub altered the google text of Malware being bolstered by the 'yes' vote for the battles ahead to a simple fear-mongering PM faces perils ahead ...

Perhaps the Savva had a moan because in later copy the sub pulled a ninja trick ...


Kung fu eastern suburbs harbourside ma...

16:40

Hijackd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Betul Tuna participated in the afternoon Panel Discussion: Employment enterprises whats successful? The following is a photo narrative which captures the spontaneity, vivacity and fun that Betul Tuna shared in her presentation on Hijackd, a local small-business which builds on social cohesion with younger people in the community. The motto: Hijackd, Nourish the Conversation. ... Read more...

16:36

Warragul CFAs 2017 open day will be HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Warragul Fire Brigade's open day is set to be huge, with demos, free food and coffee, a new tanker, and more!

16:32

Commercial Lien How well did it go for you? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe some Corinthian once said something along the lines of ;

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should",
where with regards to many people, breeding comes to mind first and foremost.

Some people have read about an apparent silver bullet called a Commercial Lien, which they may think is justifiable especially when the authorities have hindered a "free-man".

So, quoting some 'Common Law' let's look at a fella's success with regards to his "Commercial Lien" as seen from within paragraph 58 as shown in illustration below;



It's really really refreshing to know that law gurus communicate with mere mortals on the interwebs, where they share their out of mind experience, as shown in example below:


How well did this fella go with his "Commercial Lien"?

Which court approved it ??? !!! ???

Note to self:
Always a good idea, in the "remedy" section, to put in a few e.g. 10,000 troy ounces (over a quarter of a tonne) of not just pure silver but 'betterer' to use gold.

16:28

Overview of Social Cohesion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The United Nations defines a socially cohesive society where all groups have a sense of belonging, participation, inclusion, recognition and legitimacy. The most significant piece of work in Australia on social cohesion is conducted by the Scanlon Foundation. On September 27, 2017, La Trobe University partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic ... Read more...

16:23

Fabric from The Black Seeds is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (16 Nov-22 Nov) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The NZ reggae outfits sixth studio album, Fabric, is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. One of the finest modern reggae bands in the live format, the 8 piece from Wellington bring us twelve new tracks spanning dub, soul, funk and electronica. Heres one of the albums singles Back To You:

And Lightning Strikes is one of the new records more electronic cuts:

You can purchase the album from various retailers at the Black Seeds website, connect with the band on Facebook here, and stream the album on Spotify here.

Well be bringing you selections from Fabric all this week on Eastside Radio.

The post Fabric from The Black Seeds is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (16 Nov-22 Nov) appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

16:01

The Most Befuddling Investment Decision is Currency FIRST! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for a spectacular WEC. I was amazed at how many pension funds were there. They were some of the biggest and we hear that they are listening to you and had shifted into equities. Some were talking at the cocktail party how you have really helped them even selling the strategy to their boards. The ones who were there were from Europe, Japan, and Canada. Do any American pension funds listen to you?

Cant wait for next year!

Thank you for opening my eyes.

LW

ANSWER: I am not at liberty to discuss who are clients and who are not. It is true, that our biggest clients in pensions are ALL outside the USA. They see the world from an international perspective more so than American firms who still do not understand currency. We have been the currency specialists since the 1970s. Consequently, non-Americans have been a major component of our global business. American funds tended not to understand or even consider currency risk. To this day, schools do not teach hedging currency risk. It is not even discussed.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.95 AUD
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15:50

2017 Social Cohesion Conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2007, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in conjunction with Latrobe University and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District conducted a seminal conference with the title, Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony The Goulburn Valley Experience at Eastbank Centre, Shepparton. On September 27, 2017 ten years to the day of the 2007 Conference, La ... Read more...

15:06

Stop the Forced Sterilisation of Females with Disabilities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 17. The Australian campaign for a position on the leading human rights body consisted of five pillars. These included a pledge to promote gender equality, as well as addressing human rights violations and abuses. On the following day, the UNHRC win, the

The post Stop the Forced Sterilisation of Females with Disabilities appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

15:01

These Two Gay Elders Are Planning To Finally Marry After Yes Vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Sydney octogenerian couple have spoken of their plans to finally marry after Wednesdays yes result. John Challis and Arthur Cheeseman, aged 89 and 85, have been together for five decades and said theyre planning a low-key ceremony for the new year. Without any fuss, just very quietly, he told ABC Radio. Well probably go ...

The post These Two Gay Elders Are Planning To Finally Marry After Yes Vote appeared first on QNEWS.

15:01

The Friendliest Cities in the World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.

In a list released by holiday website Travelbird, Australia has been poorly represented with only Sydney and Melbourne recognised in the top 100.

Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.

Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.

Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.

Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.

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European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.

The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.

The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.

An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...

14:30

Adanis Australia Story: A Crucial Ideological Battle Over the Politics of Coal and Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

While support for the controversial mine exists in rural areas where the narrative of jobs finds resonance it is opposed in metropolitan centres where a more definitive acceptance of the threats from climate change defines attitudes.

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14:25

Smart Arts 16 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Festival director Wesley Enoch joins Richard to chat about the 2018 Sydney Festival program; Artist Liza McCosh pops by to talk about the abstract work Liminal at 45 Downstairs, and performer Faustina Agolley talks about their debut in MTCs The Father.

14:22

IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report comes from the Burgerville Workers Union, who has launched a campaign in the Portland area for higher wages and job place improvements. Less than a week ago, the corporation hired anti-union thugs to attack and harass picketing workers. Solidarity is needed, and people are being asked to call in and demand that this harassment and intimidation end and the corporation negotiate with the union. 

On the night of Friday, November 10th, a private security firm hired by Burgerville physically assaulted workers and their supporters standing up for their rights during a peaceful union picket at the Convention Center location. This security firm not only created an intimidating atmosphere through acts and threats of violence but actively and recklessly endangered the lives of everyone who stood up that night for the rights of workers.

Apparently Burgerville thinks its okay for people they hire to assault their workers, says Burgerville worker Mark Medina. The guards, he says, dont care about our rights, dont care about our civil rights, dont care about us as human beings.

The picket itself was part of a long unionization campaign at Burgerville, which has met with intense union busting from corporate. Workers are fighting for living wages, affordable health care, reasonable scheduling, and basic dignity. These demands, however, were answered by Burgerville with violence.

As documented in the video interview above, filmed immediately after the events of November 10th, Burgervilles private security guards used force to stop a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville, Chris Merkel, from entering his own place of work.

One of these big burly men, says Chris, ran back behind me and bumped me really hard, and I stumbled forward.

Chriss manager and a security guard also accused him of trespassing, despite Convention Center being his workplace and despite him being in the store not a half hour before the action.

That didnt make any sen...

14:20

Emotions Run High As Gay Senators Speak About Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Senators Dean Smith and Penny Wong have delivered emotional speeches as debate gets underway on his same-sex marriage bill. Smiths widely-supported private members bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday with the help of a cross-party group of Senators, just hours after it was announced 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted yes in ...

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14:19

Book for a festive flavour treat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue Mountain Indian restaurant is now taking bookings for Christmas and New Year.
Whether you are having a holiday office party, or a family celebration, the team are there to meet your needs.
Take an extra 15 per cent off when you book before 1 December.
Upstairs at the police station end of The Terrace, Blue Mountain specialises in tantalising Indian food and also includes halal dining options.
Host John Yonzon has years of experience as a chef and will make sure each meal is cooked to perfection. John has been in the industry for almost 25 years.
When asked what brought him to Ocean Grove, John simply pointed out the window of the restaurant to the amazing view of Bass Strait and the beach.
Blue Mountain serves all the usual delicious Indian fare including beef, chicken, seafood and lamb.
Order dinner online from 4.30pm seven days a week and the restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week for dining in. Its also open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday.
The banquets are among the most popular items on the menu and includes a kids banquet which is customised especially for hungry little ones.
Oh, and dont forget the yummy desserts and vegetarian options.
Blue Mountain is at Shop 9/62 The Terrace Ocean Grove, open seven days for dinner including home delivery, Wednesday to Sunday for lunch.
Orders can be placed at www.bluemountainoceangrove.com.au

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14:14

I Believe Magda Szubanski Should Be Australian Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beloved comedian and one of the most high-profile yes campaigners, Magda Szubanski, has spoken of her joy at the overwhelming result in favour of marriage equality on Wednesday. We know Im the crybaby of the campaign, she joked to Channel Tens The Project on Wednesday evening. Its been joyous, and really just a moment of ...

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14:13

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind. Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from []

14:11

All set for tinsel town "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

The Terrace will again be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the third annual Christmas in the Grove event.
The popular shopping extravaganza and street festival, run by Ocean Grove Business Association, will be held on 6 December.
The festival, which encourages locals to shop local in the lead up to Christmas, was a huge success last year and OGBA president Ty Simons said he was hoping for similar numbers.
We had around 1500 people last year, he said.
It was a great family night. Were hoping everyone opens up and that it will remind people to spend their money locally. If we get a few or the same numbers as last year, well be happy.
Traders will spill their wares out onto The Terrace from 5pm to 8pm and the street will be closed to vehicles, allowing festival goers to wander the usually busy street.
Madeley Street traders will also be in on the action with a special place set aside on The Terrace for them.
The street festival will feature a jumping castle, kids actiivities, food and drink and Santa Claus, who will make an appearance on a specially built chair from Ocean Grove Mens Shed.
Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club will again be doing their popular sausage sizzle and selling Christmas cakes and puddings.

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13:52

ITS A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANNA ROCK N ROLL) AC DC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias premier rock band in Adelaide, South Australia, in the 70s at their best.

 


13:47

Community Billboard 15th November 22nd November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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13:47

Exclusive: First listen of HTMLFlowers debut album Chrome Halo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiering on FBi Radio, Melbournes HTMLFlowers (aka Grant Gronewold) is finally ready to unleash his new album Chrome Halo.

A collection of eleven strong and stirring tracks created in and out of hospital beds, the album dissects sacrifice, frustration, love and living with a disability. Ahead of its release this Friday, HTMLFlowers takes us through the record track by track, featuring the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Sui Zhen and more.

 

CICADA

I never really rapped much before this album, this is the first fight song. Its about feeling born a thousand times. Wanting to die but being so strong you cant. The world is just a dream to you. Disableds live a life in stealth, whether or not we want to. No one sees you and thats your power, I remind people of death, they treat me like death and so I learnt all of Deaths tricks.

A disabled never dies cause a disabled is never allowed to live, we just shed bodies like the cicada.

I very strongly felt the album should start with the phrase Shut the fuck up, lemme finish cause I always talk too much.

 

GOD ON MY HITLIST

Inspired by the HABITS lyrics toxic angels, we wake up wheezing, Mo and Maia made me think about being an enemy of god, a wrong angel, powerful and hated. Whether its being queer or disabled or non- normative in any way, you are seen as a wrong angel beautiful to some, but never allowed to be accepted in the eyes of God, tradition, society or whatever. Gods approval is cancelled.

This song is revenge.

The disabled are haunted by religious organisations who want to save our souls so that they can feel better about us existing at all. I reject your god, I hunt your god, I eat your god. I sampled horror movies for the beat. In horror films, 9 times out of 10 the threat in the film is illness or death and the villain is disabled or deformed. Thats mine now. Disableds own horror motifs, sorry, not sorry.

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13:40

Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

13:36

Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was....

13:27

Imagining a sporting/tourist boycott of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 25 years of increasingly extreme Australian policies against asylum seekers both onshore and offshore, perhaps its time to think about more active measures to change course.

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

The author and journalist Antony Loewenstein is attempting to open up another front in the campaign against offshore detention. He has argued for some time that an international boycott of Australia over Manus is a key way to pressure the government. He wants to see a sporting and tourism boycott, and a boycott of companies profiting from onshore and offshore detention.

Protest is vital but the old methods have failed to change decades of bipartisan support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers and other human rights violations, Loewenstein told the Guardian.

13:18

Is it time to boycott Australia over its refugee policies? "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

Australias war on asylum seekers at Manus Island, Nauru and other privatised detention facilities on the Australian mainland is seemingly unstoppable by traditional means. While condemned by every human rights organisation in the world, Canberra is unmoved. The demonisation of (mostly) brown and Muslim individuals is an effective tool for politicians as well as many in the Murdoch and tabloid press to whip up fear and aggression against outsiders. And its been working for 25 years with Australia now inspiring hardline European policies.

When politics and international law fail to intervene if abuses occur, alternative tactics are required. Supporting a tourist and sporting boycott is one way to draw local and international attention to Australias mistreatment of refugees. It would inevitably lead to a hardening of views among some Australians, and vicious opposition by many in the media who would label it unrealistic or extreme but thats exactly the point. Business-as-usual ideas have failed for more than two decades. Its time to try something new.

Back in 2014, I wrote in The Guardian that the United Nations should impose sanctions on Australia over its asylum seeker policies. Then and now it was a highly contentious view, and the UN is a deeply flawed and corrupt body itself, but my aim was to make Australians realise that turning a blind eye to what was happening on Manus Island and elsewhere should come with a tangible, economic price. In other words, lets turn capitalism against a rich, capitalist country.

In 2015, I wrote in The Guardian again about boycotting companies, and divesting from them through shareholder activism, that financially benefited from Australias refugee policies. This included Serco, G4S and International Health and Medical Services. Earlier this year, when I raised the idea...

13:11

Bushfire north west of Noojee; crews responding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Emergency services have advised there is a bushfire seven kilometres north west of Noojee.

13:04

Vanessa Berrys Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In this book we are shown perspectives of lesser-known places on Sydneys suburban fringes such as Hornsby, Warragamba and Turramurra; sleepy shopping arcades in Penrith; an abandoned theme park in Lansvale and a 1970s floating restaurant slowly disintegrating in Snails Bay. What emerges in these deftly observed urban essays is far more than a simple description of urban space and reminiscence.

13:00

In which the pond learns to like an Oreo a day, while a bonus bromancer never goes astray ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


There was no way that the pond could walk around it, though the thought of an Oreo on a Thursday, in company of the bromancer, was vaguely sick-inducing ...

An Oreo a day? Where would it end?


Say what?


Damn you Oreo, damn you to hell ... let the real Oreo stand up ...


Back, and as barking mad as usual ...

Who else but the Oreo could scribble "The freedom of the political right is distinctive. It is not anarchy. It is the form of freedom that provides the spiritual, social, economic and political foundations for the flourishing of Western civilisation ..."

Or perhaps the flourishing....

13:00

Fair effort gets good results "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Peters Anglican Church held its annual fair with a huge turn out.
Several thousand fair goers enjoyed the stalls, kids activities, food and drink with the weather being very kind on the day.
Children were allowed unlimited time on the free jumping castle and joined in on the free painting and colouring activities. There was the usual assortment of lucky dips, toy stall and balloons.
Adults browsed the plant stalls and snapped up everything from flowers, cakes, preserves and jams, bric-a-brac, jewellery, jigsaws and books.

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12:46

Rethink your rubbish trail, Captains orders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Captain Trash hits the streets of Ocean Grove on Remembrance Day weekend to help spread the message of plastic pollution.
Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake. Neil has over three decades in environmental management and was the feature in the award-winning documentary Baykeepers.
Through his persona as Captain Trash, Neil uses music and humour to teach the five ARRRGHS: Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Remove and is passionate about spreading the message to leave only footprints on the sand.
Ocean Grove Coastcare hosted a breakfast with Captain Trash at Driftwood Cafe and then he roamed The Terrace meeting with local shoppers.

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12:41

No Campaigner Lyle Shelton Vows To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality For Decades "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prominent no campaigner and head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton has said he accepts Australias yes vote but has vowed to keep fighting against marriage equality for years or decades. He told Fairfax Media that he accepted the decision but in a democracy no question is ever completely closed. He said the no ...

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12:34

Weed Company Mocks Big Pharma Ads In Genius Parody Video [Watch] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Amanda Froehlich, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times Media

Its 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth and is proven to deliver numerous benefits

12:33

Australia labour market weaker with participation falling "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for October 2017 shows that total employment growth was weak although there was relatively good full-time employment growth. Unemployment (and the rate) fell, but only because the participation rate fell. If not, then the unemployment rate would have risen marginally. So no signs of a sustained growth path is emerging. Broad labour underutilisation (underemployment and unemployment) was at 13.3 per cent summing to 1,724 thousand persons, which tells you that there is still considerable slack in the labour market. The teenage labour market deteriorated in October although this cohort shared in the full-time employment growth, which is a good outcome. Overall, my assessment is that there is no discernible trend in the Australian labour market. It shows signs of strength one month, and then backs away from that the next. We are not in a position to say that there is a sustained growth path ahead.

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for October 2017 are:

  • Employment increased 3,700 (0.03 per cent) full-time employment increased 24,300 and part-time employment decreased 20,700.
  • Unemployment decreased 8,100 to 701,500.
  • The official unemployment rate decreased 0.1 points to 5.4 per cent.
  • The participation rate decreased 0.1 points to 65.1 per cent. It still remains below its December 2010 peak (recent) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 4.6 million hours (0.3 per cent).
  • The monthly labour underutilisation data shows that underemployment was estimated to be 8.2 per cent of the labour force (steady); the total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 13.3 per cent (down from 13.6 per cent); there were 1,057.9 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,724 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth barely a whimper

Employment increased by a minuscule 3,700 (0.03 per cent) full-time employment increased 24,300 and part-time employment decreased 20,700.

While the growth in full-time employment is a good outcome, the overall employment growth was very weak and follows a fairly weak result the previous month.

A slowdown is looming.

We observed a zig-zag pattern in total employment growth up until the end of 2016. The oscillating pattern has continued into 2017 but the level has risen above the zero line. There is still a switching pattern around the zero line for full-time and part-time that is evident although over the last two mon...

12:32

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing

FRUITFUL OPPORTUNITIES From left, local grower, Rocky Varapodio and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem are pleased that a protocol signed between China and Australia will open export opportunities for local stone fruit growers. Photo: Supplied.

THE signing of a protocol between China and Australia last week opened the export opportunity for Australian plums, peaches and apricots into China, and is welcomed news for Australian stone fruit growers.

The protocol will enable exporters to present a full range of stone fruit to the growing Chinese retail sector.

The announcement follows on from previous access gained allowing Australian nectarines into China, as well as building on the momentum generated through the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This announcement is especially satisfying as council, along with State and Federal Governments, have been working diligently in advocating to both the Australian and Chinese authorities to prioritise stone fruit export protocols as a matter of urgency.

Whilst we were encouraged that these conversations were positive, this announcement has come ahead of our expectations and has the ability to initiate a major boom for the Goulburn Valley fruit industry and our entire regional economy.

Within the Goulburn Valley we produce 70 percent of the national peach crop, 49 percent of the national plum crop and 43 percent of the national apricot crop. This announcement will no doubt deliver enormous benefits to our stone fruit growers, and with the stone fruit season fast approaching it is perfect timing for the region, Cr Adem said.

Local grower, Rocky Varapodio said, This is great news because it gives us access to one of the biggest markets in the world.

Its going to be fantastic for this region because we have a lot of apricot, plum and peach growers in this area who will benefit from this.

If we can get it right and service this market properly, there is enormous opportunity for growers to grow their business and plant products specifically for that market.

12:31

Top 11 Countries In Which Bitcoin is Banned "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Countries around the world have a wide ranging view of the digital currency bitcoin or a virtual currency. Western superpowers like the United States and United Kingdom have shown a positive attitude towards the new technology. Some countries like Canada and Australia are still deliberating on what to do about Bitcoin, legally. Bitcoin Digits Coming []

12:30

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture

CULTURE, TRADITION AND FAMILY FUN From left, Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake, president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera and committee members, Dilrukshi Peiris, Panchani Jayatilake, Dileepa Liyanage and Dalston De Rozairo are inviting the community to enjoy the culture, traditions, dance, music and food of the Sri Lankan culture at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night. Photo: David Lee.

THE local community will have the chance to get a taste of the excitingly exotic Sri Lankan culture, traditions, dance, music and food at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night.

Organised by the Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. and running on Saturday, November 18, the evening will showcase a family friendly environment and display the best of Sri Lankan culture, followed by a traditional Sri Lankan dinner.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake said, This event is all about promoting Sri Lankan culture to the Goulburn Valley community.

There will be many family friendly activities running throughout the evening and we encourage everybody to come and enjoy themselves.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera said, We are inviting the whole community to come along. This is all about promoting harmony in the community.

The event will run from 3:30pm onwards at the Sir Ian McLennan Sports Centre in Mooroopna with the all inclusive tickets coming to a cost of $20 for adults with children under 15 free. Reservations for the event can be made through slnight.eventbrite.com.au

For further information, phone 0423 257 736 or 0470 506 356.

12:29

Giving Indigenous and recreational fishers more say "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEGISLATION improving the capacity for recreational and Indigenous fishers to have greater input on the management of commonwealth fisheries passed parliament recently.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston said the government is dedicated to the long-term sustainable use and development of Australias fisheries resources for all users whether they are commercial, recreational and Indigenous.

The Turnbull Government has strengthened Indigenous and recreational fishers interests in the management of Commonwealth fisheries, Minister Ruston said.

Changes to the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 are taking into account the changing realities of use and access of commonwealth fisheries, including greater access by recreational fishers.

These changes will allow the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to tap into the expertise of indigenous and recreational fishing groups.

It will improve the transparency of arrangements for AFMA, taking into account the interests of indigenous and recreational fishers in its decision-making processes.

12:29

Rail heat-related speeds revised "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH the summer heat approaching generally comes the cancellation of rail services or at the very least a reduction in speed on certain lines. This year, V/Line has eased the speed restrictions imposed on the freight network during times of extreme heat allowing for more freight trains to run more often this summer.

Local lines that will be affected include the Echuca-Deniliquin line where at 33C and above the speed will be reduced to 30km/h, whereas last summer temperatures reaching 36C and above saw rail services cancelled. This year, along the Shepparton-Tocumwal line, 33C and above will see speeds reduced to 40km/h, compared with last summer which had restrictions in place that saw rail services cancelled at 36C and above. The Toolamba-Echuca line will this year have no services run between 12pm and 8pm on days where the temperature reaches 33C and above, whereas last year rail services were cancelled between 10am and 10pm on days where the temperature reached 33C and above.

V/Line CEO, James Pinder said, Our track team has been hard at work completing maintenance and upgrades on the freight network ahead of the warmer months, and weve been able to make the changes to the allowable train speed in some sections of the network.

Weve communicated the changes to freight train operators, so they can manage their operations and well continue to be in constant contact throughout the summer, Mr Pinder said.

We put the restrictions in place last summer as a safety precaution because safety is our number one consideration.

We havent had a heat-related derailment on the freight network for almost two years and this is something we want to continue.

12:28

The birth of a miracle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The birth of a miracle

REMARKABLE STORY OF MIRACLE TWINS The incredible story of the birth of twins, Leo and Olivia Condello is one of the most remarkable moments in time experienced by former local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) and husband, Mark. Photo: David Lee.

Former local falls pregnant while already pregnant

FORMER local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) has already featured in local media for many remarkable reasons through her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but this story is by far the most incredible yet; Adriana fell pregnant while already pregnant and now has two beautiful miracle children.

This miracle wasnt without its troubled times though. Following her wedding to now husband, Mark in 2014, the two made the decision to try for a family. The risks involved Adriana having to stop her MS medication while trying and while pregnant, but as Adriana said, it was worth the risk.

A year after beginning to try to conceive, Adriana fell pregnant and both her and her husband were thrilled. Tragically though, she suffered a miscarriage, with more heartache following when the two lost another three babies. In 2016, they made the decision to try IVF to help speed the process along as Adriana was in danger of relapse, but disappointment struck when their first attempt failed. Last October, with just one embryo remaining, Adriana and Mark were encouraged to continue trying naturally in the event the last IVF treatment didnt work and six weeks later her scans showed she was pregnant. At eight weeks the pair attended another ultrasound, where they discovered that they were having twins.

Adriana said, When I was diagnosed with MS the first question I asked the doctors was could I have a baby. They told me that MS shouldnt cause any issues with fertility and that it can actually help with symptoms.

It was quite emotionally challenging and physically and mentally draining.

I tried to remain positive and keep on top of my health throughout it all. As bad as I got I still tried to stay as healthy as I could.

We were so happy to find out we were pregnant with twins. When we went in at eight weeks, I thought there may have been something wrong, but it turned out we were having not one, but two little miracle babies.

We were told that the embryo didnt split, so one baby was conceived through IVF and o...

12:27

I led an active life   now thats all changed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I led an active life   now thats all changed

SHARING HIS STORY Local resident, Chris Williams will be sharing his story about an accident that has changed his life forever at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program. Photo: David Lee.

AN ACCIDENT that took place on May 10 last year changed the life of local resident, Chris Williams forever, and he will be sharing his story at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program.

On the day of the accident, Chris was driving an elevated work platform truck as part of his role with Greater Shepparton City Council and was following behind his co-workers in a wood chipping truck. The weather hadnt been favourable and as the trucks rounded a bend in the road, the wood chipper put its brakes on. Chris applied his brakes but due to the wet conditions, the wheels locked up and he collided with the rear of the wood chipper truck.

Chris said, Before the accident, I led an active life outside of work. I enjoyed camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, and now thats all changed.

When I was injured it all happened in seconds.

I spent four months in hospital and a further six months recovering at home. I have now been back at work for nine months on light duties.

My surgeon says that I will not go back to my hands-on tools due to my injuries.

It will now take me years to be somewhat close to what I was, but I will never be the same.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced or in-experienced driver, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can change your life and the lives of your partner, family and all those in your life. It affects everyone.

Even if you dont think it will happen to you, or you think that you have it under control, I challenge you to come see what might happen at the CoolHeads program.

Greater Shepparton Police Service Area crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, We want people to stop and think for a moment and realise that they are not bulletproof. This could happen to you and thats what the CoolHeads Young Driver Program helps to show.

Every time you get behind the wheel, you need to think about what you can do to reduce any distractions.

The CoolHeads Young Driver Program will run on Wednesday, November 22 at the GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, Fryers Street, S...

12:26

Give space and slow down for cyclists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A NEW Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign is calling on Victorian drivers to ensure the safety of cyclists on the road by slowing down and allowing enough space when passing.

The campaign urges drivers to give the space to ride safe, recommending at least a 1m safety zone when passing cyclists in speed zones up to 60km/h, and at least 1.5m at higher speeds.

Central to the campaign is a new television ad that depicts three scenarios where cyclists are being passed by vehicles in different road environments.

The ad provides visual cues to show a safe passing distance, with each rider spreading their arms between the end of their bikes handlebars and the passing vehicles side mirror.

According to the latest TAC figures, cyclists are 34 times more likely to be seriously injured than vehicle occupants, and 4.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash.

Last year, eight cyclists died in crashes on Victorian roads while 421 riders were hospitalised with injuries.

TAC road safety lead director, Samantha Cockfield said, This public education campaign is designed to help drivers of cars and heavy vehicles to understand the minimum space to leave when passing a person riding a push bike.

The vast majority of drivers do willingly give space when they pass a cyclist, but people can be unsure of the guidelines on just how much distance they should leave between their vehicle and a rider.

It is also important that motorists slow down when passing someone on a bike, while its equally important that riders ensure they are highly visible, predictable and wearing good protective gear, Ms Cockfield said.

12:25

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility

A DELICIOUS DONATION Kruz Patel of Shepparton Pizzas with Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett. The Pizza with a Purpose promotion raised money for Shepparton Villages new $34M, 120 bed facility as part of the Giving Tree promotion. Photo: Supplied.

WHEN Kruz Patel took over the old Eagle Boys Pizza franchise in Shepparton, he saw the opportunity to donate some of his profits to local charities.

For the month of October, Shepparton Pizzas ran a promotion for Shepparton Villages where every specially printed voucher redeemed at Shepparton Pizzas ensure a percentage of the sale went back to Shepparton Villages.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said, We are very grateful to Kruz and the team at Shepparton Pizzas. Every single cent we receive from the smallest of donation through to the more significant helps us to provide amazing infrastructure and care for Sheppartons aged.

Kruz said the promotional takings for October were around $1,500 and he was on hand to donate 10 percent of that back to Shepparton Villages this week.

12:21

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPCOMING

 

THE TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET will run on Saturday, November 25 from 9am to 1pm and will feature special guest star, Anthony Lucas who will perform in the centre of town at St Marys Hall in Hogan Street.

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS Fest will run on Saturday, December 2 at the Mooroopna Anglican Church, (The Canteen), Young Street Mooroopna from 10am to 6pm. Come and enjoy the display of Christmas trees decorated by community groups, live music, kids Christmas crafts, nativity photo booth, story time, face painting and Christmas crafts display. Invite a friend and have a coffee and Christmas cake together in our Christmas caf. Entry is free and caf and kids crafts are available for a gold coin donation. For further information, contact Ingrid on 5825 4001.

 

SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP will be holding its Christmas meeting 2017 on Monday, December 11 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the multi-purpose room, Community Health @ GV Health, 121-135 Corio Street, Shepparton. A light lunch will be provided. Instead of Kris Kringle please bring a gift (child or adult) or a grocery item to be donated to the Familycare Christmas Appeal. RSVP by Monday, November 27 to Rhonda White, GV Health Rural Allied Health Team on 1800 222 582.

 

GIRGARRE RSL with funding from the Australian Government under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program will be unveiling information panels recording the Closer and World War I Soldier Settlers in Stanhope North and Girgarre and are seeking descendants and members of the public to attend on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1:30pm. Enquiries to John Crilly on 0437 438 077 or to girgarrersl@gmail.com

 

 

ONGOING

GV CHRONIC PAIN Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 2:30pm at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Come along and share in support. For more information, email gvcpsg@gmail.com or phone 0458 510 416 between 10am and 4pm.

 

FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.

 

SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.

 

GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday m...

12:20

Mental and physical health is closely connected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mental and physical health is closely connected

EXERCISE IMPROVING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Queensland Fernwood Fitness centre, 2017, 12 Week Challenge winner Louise Brett lost 22kgs. Photo: Supplied.

RECOGNISED world wide as affective in fighting depression, exercise has been a huge help for Fernwood Fitness gym member Louise Brett.  Louise was the winner of the 2017, 12 Week Challenge, losing a total of 22kg at her local Fernwood Fitness centre in Queensland.

Louise said, Prior to starting the challenge I had severe depression, high anxiety and I was in a very dark and lonely place. Physically I was an overweight wreck and I had a lot of spinal issues, really poor mobility and a nearly debilitating level of poor physical fitness.

Mid December I had a light bulb moment where I thought to myself, If I can get through everything that life has thrown at me and I am still here, then I am stronger than I think. So I went back to the gym.

Fernwood Fitness Shepparton franchise partner,Danni Whitaker said, We want to help other women in the community suffering from mental illness through exercise and by providing a place within the community to work with others. We understand exercise is an important part of womens mental health and our team are here to help women get started, feel better and embrace life.

Louise said, A lot of people see the external transformation, but for me the biggest change is what people dont see. I lost my mother and a close friend to depression and I know first hand how debilitating it is. Depression doesnt want you to exercise, to eat healthy or to socialise, it robs you of your confidence and your self-worth. Fast forward 12 weeks and I am loving life, I have so much more confidence, I am happy and I am doing and saying yes to things that I would never have even contemplated before and smashing goals!

Drop into Fernwood Fitness Shepparton at 290 High Street, Shepparton or phone 5821 2405 to discuss how we can help you.

12:18

Teachers to get 'back to basics' and more headlines. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

All new teachers in Queensland will undergo basic testing themselves before they are allowed to hit the classroom. (Sourced Pixabay)

As part of the LNPs election plan, teachers in waiting would undergo literacy and numeracy testing before being given a class of their own.

The plan also includes adding 1,000 new teacher mentors and 80 new paid internships to get more into the high-demand areas like special education, maths, and science.

LNP vows to tackle 'young thugs' with new detention centers

Two new youth detention centers would be built in Queensland under an LNP government.

The "medium security" centers would hold 17 to 25-year-olds at a cost of $40 million.

12:13

Immaculately Manicured Woman has no Time to Exercise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fatto

A Sydney woman known for her elaborate hair styles, make-up, nail art and clothing has defended her obese status, explaining that she simply has no time for exercise.

I put a lot of time and money into my appearance, but you cant do everything and exercise is hard, she said. Im not saying all the self-maintenance I do is easy, but at least I can do most of it sitting down.

The woman admitted to spending an average of four hours and $1,000 a day maintaining her looks, ignoring advice from doctors who have suggested she could achieve a 2,000 per cent increase in attractiveness by simply eating some vegetables and going for short daily walks.

Doctors are unhealthily fat-shaming people, the woman said. Men are so dazzled by my beautiful hair, nails, clothes and make-up they dont notice that I have six chins and my belly rolls have belly rolls.


12:12

City of Adelaide is 10th council to support raising Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Will the LGA follow suit and vote 'Yes' this Thursday?

Anti-Poverty Network SA and SACOSS (SA Council of Social Service) congratulate the City of Adelaide which last night voted to support an increase to Newstart Allowance, the Centrelink payment for job-seekers.

Over the past three months, 10 SA Councils representing 580,000 South Australians have added their voices to the chorus of business, union, and welfare groups calling for Newstart to be raised.

Adelaide has joined the following 9 Councils that have advocated for a raise to Newstart: Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Kangaroo Island, Mount Gambier, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, and Streaky Bay. 

12:00

Stingers out in the surf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beachgoers have been urged to be on the lookout for bluebottles.
Reports of bluebottles on Surf Coast beaches last week and several sightings near Ocean Grove mean beachgoers should be on the lookout.
Bluebottles are frequently seen along the east coast of Australia during summer months although are not usually as common in southern and western Victoria
The sudden appearance of large numbers of bluebottles are a consequence of prevailing winds and currents over previous days and weeks pushing these animals through the water, some of which wash up on beaches.
Bluebottles can deliver a painful sting even when washed up dead on the beach.
Bluebottle tentacles will cause a sharp, painful sting if they are touched, which is aggravated by rubbing the area.
If stinging occurs, leave the water immediately. Wash off any adherent tentacles with salt water.

The post Stingers out in the surf appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

11:55

Bad fairy at the wedding: @burgewords on the curse of #MarriageEquality activism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ID like to briefly hold your attention in this short period before marriage equality is legislated in Australia, because nobody will ever give a second thought to the years of struggle that led to this weeks resounding public vote for same-sex dignity. The concept of marriage equality first hit me like a bullet in 2004, in the moment I realised Id been completely and utterly duped by this lucky country. My partner Jono had died suddenly just weeks before, and I was struggling with acute, identity-killing grief. I had no idea that this profound amputation would come to be treated as though it was a paper cut. Unbeknownst to me, []

Author information

Michael Burge

Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

11:51

Trumps Last-Ditch Attempt to Avert War with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

President Trump wrapped up his historic visit to Asia this week.

Trumps journey was the longest overseas trip of his presidency and the longest Asian visit of any president in 25 years.

After a stopover in Hawaii, Trump proceeded to Japan, where he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe, and then to South Korea where he met with President Moon Jae-in.

The capstone of the trip was Trumps arrival on 8 November in Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Much of the reporting on this trip has involved international trade, but its a mistake to focus on that.

This trip was a pre-war gathering of allies (Japan and South Korea) and potential allies (China) in a last-ditch struggle to head off a hot war with North Korea, led by the reckless Kim Jong Un.

At this point, there are only four possible outcomes of the US-North Korea confrontation over nuclear weapons:

  1. Kim Jung Un stands down and gives up his nuclear weapons program.
  1. The US and China combine forces to decapitate the Kim dynasty and force regime change in North Korea.
  1. Preventive attack on North Korea by the US before 20 March 2018.
  1. The US accepts a nuclear-armed North Korea and relies on containment and deterrence to constrain its actions.

Based on public statements of US officials, my recent meetings in Washington with the director of the CIA and the national security adviser and other sources, I estimate the degree distribution of those possible outcomes as follows:

  • Kim stands down: 10%
  • Regime change: 20%
  • War: 70%
  • US lives with nuclear North Korea: 0%.

Trumps visits to Japan and South Korea were about leaving the door open to negotiations in the hope that Kim would stand down while also preparing for war.
Trumps visit to China was about asking for assistance in regime change.
Xi is unlikely to agree to help the US in this regard.

This means war.

Instead, Trump and Xi no doubt discussed Chinas red lines in North Korea so that a war between the US and North Korea does not escalate into a war with China.

Almost none of this is fully priced in public markets, although markets seemed to be getting the message last week.

A war between the US and North Korea will cause a global flight to quality assets and currencies at the expen...

11:27

Senator Dean Smith initiates same-sex debate in Parliament and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith has delivered an emotional second-reading speech in parliament this morning. Image source: Wikipedia Commons/JJ Harrison

Senator Smiths address is the first to accompany his bill to the floor of Parliament that seeks to legislate yesterdays Yes vote on the marriage equality postal survey.

Debate continues as Labor Senator Penny Wong and Greens Senator Janet Rice also speak to the Senate in favour of the bill.

Man finds enormous gold nugget in North Queensland

A lucky Townsville man has found a huge nugget of gold buried in the Queensland bush.

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11:24

Two more women come forward about Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As is often the case with sexual abuse, once the floodgates open, more and more people come forward with stories about the perpetrators that they had long suppressed thinking that they were alone or that no one would believe them. That is what is happening with Roy Moore as two more women come forward with stories that Moore is a creepy guy.

Tina Johnson recalled how in 1991 when she was 28, she went with her mother to Roy Moores law office to get some custodial papers for her son signed. She said that Moore flirted with her the whole time making her uncomfortable and then as she was leaving the office, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She told her sister about it years later and her sister recalls the conversation.

In 1982, 17-year old Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess in a Red Lobstr restaurant when she encountered Moore who as a county assistant district attorney in his thirties.

Thorp said Moore asked her if shed go out with him sometime.

I just kind of said, Do you know how old I am?' she recalled.

And he said, Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.

Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.

Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.

Thorp knows one of Moores accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfmans story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.

Although Thorps story does not involve sexual assault, it adds to the evidence that Moore was constantly on the prowl for teenagers.

Moore seems to be still holding up in the polls. One of his most ardent defenders, Sean Hannity of Fox News, had an interview with Moore that was supposed to allow Moore to rebut all the charges but his answers were so equivocal that even Hannity yesterday said that he would give Moore 24 hours to clear up all the inconsistencies or he should get out of the race. As you might expect, Moores supporters have gone ballistic at what they perceive as Hannity going over to the dark side. (See the comments to that post.)

Donald Trump has maintained an uncharacteristic silence on Moore. After he made a misstep in endorsing Moores rival Luther...

11:18

Brownes dairy sold to Chinese firm Shanghai Ground Food Tech "IndyWatch Feed National"

14 Nov 2017 | ABCOne of Western Australia's most recognised household dairy names the 130-year-old Brownes Dairy has been sold to a Chinese firm.

11:16

The Road To Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Long, And The Fights Not Over Yet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong Yesterdays same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that homosexuality in Australia was considered a crime, a sickness and a threat to the nation itself. The final Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality was Tasmania, as recently as 1997. Plenty ...

The post The Road To Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Long, And The Fights Not Over Yet appeared first on QNEWS.

10:51

Pacific Highway boss rejects animal carnage claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RMS Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins. Photo Andrew Jennings

RMS Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins. Photo Andrew Jennings

Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins has said the strict conditions governing the highway upgrade ensure that environmental impacts are being kept to a minimum.

Were under scrutiny by a number of government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Authority, and the federal and state approval bodies, he said.

They make suggestions. We take that on board. Generally we are complying with requirements.

If we find sick animals we have a rescue plan in place and we work very closely with Friends of the Koala on how that animal should be treated.

There is no suggestion that were trying to hide dead animals.

Theres no doubt there are a number of people who dont want the highway built and were trying to work with people to let them know in advance what we are doing.

Mr Higgins defended the route chosen saying we believe this is the best one.

If you look at the route quite a lot of it goes through cleared farmland. Yes there are pockets of vegetation but we looked at the route east of the highway and the issues were soft soil and how you get through Wardell we came to the conclusion that this route was the best for the highway, he said.

There are very tight controls for this section. Much more than many other projects along the highway.

As part of those approvals were being watched very closely by the EPA and we have to produce various reports.

Condemnation

Despite those assurances, Shadow Environment Minister Penny Sharpe has today presented a motion to the NSW Parliament condemning the failure of the Berejiklian Government to implement proper protections for the koala population impacted by the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade project.

Ms Sharpe used the motion to outline serious concerns for koalas following a recent severe and extensive wildfire in the area in September, shortly after koala exclusion fencing was installed in July.

Reports indicate that the fire burned 320 hectares of native vegetation over two days on 4 and 5 September 2017, including up to the south-eastern edge of the fencing, resulting in extensive loss of koala habitat while the fencing may have trappe...

10:46

Australian Constitution gives us the right to bear arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Constitution, a 116 year old law, that has made its way into the hands of the herd population and literally immortalised itself in pop culture ever since the dual citizenship saga hit the mainstream media.

Ever since then any serf may reckon they're a "Constitutional Lawyer" where the worst part about it is that they have a voice on social media that can lead other members of the herd population off a cliff, as depicted below.


A 'luser' (pronounced loser, with reference to a loser user) by the name of Lyn Bennetts stated;

"Australia's Constution also gives us the right to bear arms, it doesn't matter if you like it or not it is our right"

WHILE referring to ... wait for it .... the
"2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America"

as shown in the screen capture below:

Now, for the record, we ain't no "Constitutional Lawyer" (LOL, PMSL, etc, etc),
but can someone PLEASE tell us where does it say that the serfs have to right to firearms in the
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 ??? !!! ???

The document is available for your perusal below:



Note to self:
The Constitution is a document that people in government must follow,
therefore there is no reference (and never was any) as to the serfs bearing arms.

10:40

Closing Pine Gap: Activists on trial in Alice Springs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Andy Paine from Brisbane, supporter Peri Coleman, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns. Photo supplied.

Andy Paine from Brisbane, supporter Peri Coleman, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns. Photo supplied.

A strong contingent of people from the northern rivers joined hundreds of other Australians near Alice Springs last year, to mark 50 years since the establishment of the Pine Gap Joint Military Facility in the Norther Territory.

Those peaceful activists are now following the trials of six people who were arrested after entering the forbidden territory around the US/Australian signals intelligence spy base at Pine Gap.

Pine Gap is an integral part of the global US war machine and makes Australia a nuclear target. Information gathered at Pine Gap is sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, USA, is used to direct drones to bomb civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Six peace activists chose to trespass on the secret spy base Prohibited Area as a way to witness, pray, and play music to lament the tragedy of war, and highlight Pine Gaps role in the never ending war.

This week the activists, charged with entering a prohibited property under the Defence Special Undertakings Act, are in court in Alice Springs facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of fines, or seven years in jail.

Paul Christie of Cairns was convicted  Guilty by the jury on Wednesday 15 November for entering the base alone following a two day trial. He is yet to be sentenced.

The remaining five activists, Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns, and Jim Dowling, Andy Paine, Franz Dowling and Tim Webb from Brisbane go to court on Thursday 16 November. They entered the base together to play viola, guitar, to lament war and pray for peace.  Once this joint trial is concluded all 6 Pine Gap activists will be sentenced.

The court has refused entry to Jim Dowling because he doesnt wear shoes.

Quite how they expe...

10:25

Homeland Security to Release Chemicals into the Air to Simulate a Biological Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A planned simulation of a chemical and biological attack has people questioning the impact of the drill on human and environmental health.

Newkirk, OK The Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.  Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.

   SEE: Australia Thunderstorm Asthma Symptoms Persist: Looks Like Biowarfar...

10:17

Communities and their libraries being short-changed throughout the state "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Death by a thousand cuts may be an old saying but it is particularly relevant to todays NSW libraries as they fight to retain funding from the NSW state government.

The NSW public library association (NSWPLA) is the peak body for the  for support and advocacy of the states 368 libraries and their Councils and is holding its annual WITCH Conference commences on Wednesday 22 November 201. It is using the conference to both challenge traditional thinking in the library sector but to also highlight the contingency funding cuts the library system is facing.

The NSW state government provides the lowest per capita funding for libraries of all states and territories in Australia, said NSWPLA President, Councillor Dallas Tout.

State funding represented just 7.5 per cent of the total operating costs of NSW libraries In 2015/16, a significant reduction compared to the 23.6 per cent state contribution in 1980.

The ongoing decrease in state funding is now resulting in the attrition of staffing, opening hours, services and programs in the NSW public library network as local government struggles to meet the funding shortfall.

NSWPLA is extremely concerned about the state governments lacklustre attitude to the NSW public library network, which continues to experience growth for the broad range of physical and virtual services that our libraries offer at no charge to residents across the state.

It is ironic that NSW the state that provides the lowest per capita contribution of all  established a Library Act in 1939 to ensure the prosperity of its libraries and to encourage local councils to provide them to their communities Cr Tout commented.

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10:09

Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This article by Christopher Knaus (The Guardian 15 November 2017) is a damning piece about how older Australian are being treated by the Australian government. The number finding themselves sleeping in the street is growing.

Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people

Henry Wilson, 73, slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months. Homelessness is growing among older Australians, experts warn.

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands.

He was sleeping rough at Sydneys Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket.

Wilson didnt drink. He didnt gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydneys stratospheric property prices.

Wilson spent several months on the streets. He remembers the passersby that turned their noses up. He could hear them mutter under their breath.

It was hard, but I just sort of took it, and moved on, he said.

Wilson remembers going to sleep in a state of hypervigilance, always ready for an unpredictable threat or opportunistic theft. One night, he let his guard down. He was assaulted and robbed of his meagre possessions.

You were fighting to go to sleep because you didnt know what was going to happen. It was scary, he said.

As soon as I sensed someone was near, I used to wake up. But then one night I didnt, and my things got taken.

Henry Wilson at his new accommodation in Sydney. Wilson slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months.

Wilson is one of the many older Australians facing homelessness. Its a problem that will only get worse. Two distinct social trends an ageing population and rising property prices  are combining to drive concerns that more older Australians will find themselves homeless.

Mission Australia this week released a report on the issue, collating data on ageing and homelessness to paint a worrying national picture. The number of older Australians is set to double between 2010 and 2050.

The most recent census figures available on homelessness, from 2011, show....

10:02

Crocs putting the bite on nippers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

November 16, 2017 The number of life savers available to patrol Port Douglas beaches will continue to fall because parents are no longer enrolling their children in Nipper programs for fear they will become victims of a crocodile attack.

 State KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Michael Bolt, vice president of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club were united in their call for immediate action on the growing crocodile menace.

This is the tip of the iceberg of the unforeseen repercussions due to the expanding territories crocs are claiming which are impacting on North Queensland communities, Robbie said.

 

The runaway crocodile population in the Far North has chased lifesavers and tourists from the water. The exploding saltie population has see...

09:57

Quantum Methods & CERN Is A Quantum Computer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Anthony Patch joins me on KBS as we get even deeper into quantum computing, CERN & more. We often cite D-Wave and their various quantum machines, which utilizes quantum annealing or quantum tunneling to go to mind boggling numbers of parallel dimensions in search of answers. However, there are other techniques/methods when it comes to

09:55

AC/DC Let There Be Rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias greatest rock band AC-DC

 

 


09:54

AND the shale oil rout continues unabated. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Republished from SRS Rocco Report.  for those of you who dont know it exists!

U.S. SHALE OIL PRODUCTION UPDATE: Financial Carnage Continues To Gut Industry

As the Mainstream media reports about the next phase of the glorious U.S. Shale Oil Revolution, the financial carnage continues to gut the industry deep down inside the entrails of its horizontal laterals.  The stench of fracking fluid must be driving shale oil advocates utterly insane as they are no longer able to see financial wreckage taking place in these companies quarterly reports.

This weekend, one of my readers sent me the following Bloomberg 45 minute TV special titled, The Next Shale Revolution.  If you are in need of a good laugh, I highly recommend watching part of the video.  At the beginning of the video, it starts off with President Trump stating that the U.S. has become an energy exporter for the first time ever.  Trump goes on to say, that powered by new innovation and technology, we are now on the cusp of a new energy revolution.  While I have to applaud Trumps efforts for putting out some positive and reassuring news, I wonder who is providing him with terribly inaccurate energy information.

I would kindly like to remind the reader; the United States is still a NET IMPORTER of oil.  We still import nearly six million barrels of oil per day, but we export some finished products and a percentage of our shale oil production.  Thus, we still import a net of approximately three million barrels per day of oil.

A few minutes into the Bloomberg video, both Pioneer Resources Chairman, Scott Sheffield, and Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm, explain how advanced technology will revolutionize the shale oil industry and bring down costs.  I find that statement quite hilarious as Continental Resources and Pioneer continue to spend more money drilling for oil and gas then they make from their operations.  As I stated in a previous article, Continental Resources long-term debt ballooned from $165 million in 2007 to $6.5 billion currently.  So, how did advanced technology lower costs when Continental now has accumulated debt up to its eyeballs?

Of course it didnt.  Debt increased on Continental Resources balance sheet because shale oil production wasnt profitable even at $100 a barrel.  So, now the investor who purchased Continental bonds and debt are the Bag Holders.

Regardless, while U.S. oil production continues to increase at a moderate pace, there are some troubling signs in....

09:52

Lismore is celebrating National Recycling Week with free event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inviting people to join them for a free community event on 24 November are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin 'Julla' Livingston and Matt Daymond. Photo supplied.

Inviting people to join them for a free community event on 24 November are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin Julla Livingston and Matt Daymond. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council is inviting families to a free twilight community event with activities, food, art and fun for all ages on Friday, 24 November to celebrate National Recycling Week.

The free event will run from 5pm to 7.30pm at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, which will come alive with twilight activities for the whole family. These include:

  • Waste to Art showcase of works from community workshops
  • Waste Wise Schools Sculpture and Peoples Choice competition
  • Twilight walks through the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens
  • Invisible water art and live graffiti demonstrations
  • Unveiling of the Real Artworks Overtopping installation
  • Beeswax wrap workshops with North East Waste make one to take home!
  • Bag pocket art with the local Boomerang Bags group
  • Garbage truck bin lifting for kids
  • Bike refurb activities
  • Live music
  • Giant organics/recycling board games
  • Seedlings for the kids to pot and take home
  • Gold coin donation BBQ by Lismore City Rotary

Families from near and far are encouraged to come along, get creative, see some inspiring artworks and learn more about waste and recycli...

09:31

Eligibility doubts about two Nationals MPs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

Two more Turnbull government MPs could be tripped up by the High Court after it ruled a Liberal candidate was ineligible to take the Senate seat of former cabinet minister Fiona Nash.

Ms Nash was disqualified by the High Court on October 27 because she held dual citizenship, in breach of section 44 of the constitution.

Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the NSW coalition Senate ticket at the 2016 election behind the then-Nationals deputy, and was due to take Ms Nashs seat following a court-ordered special count.

However, the court on Wednesday ruled Ms Hughes could not take up the seat because she was also disqualified.

Ms Hughes was appointed a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on July 1 this year, which the government admitted to the court was an office of profit under the Crown.

The ruling has heightened concerns inside the government that assistant minister David Russell who is facing his own High Court battle and Nationals colleague Barry OSullivan might be disqualified for similar reasons.

Attorney-General George Brandis wouldnt be drawn into speculation about the pairs future until the courts reasoning in the Hughes case is made public.

Let us see, let us see what the High Court says, he told Sky News on Thursday.

In the Hughes case, the government argued Ms Hughes did not hold the AAT position at any time between her nomination for election and the declaration of the election result in 2016.

However the court heard the fact she held the AAT position between September 4-5, when the Senate resolved to refer the Nash case to the court, and October 27, should render her ineligible.

The NSW Liberal Party is awaiting further direction from the court, but commended Ms Hughes for seeking clarification of her status.

It is expected if there is another special count the seat could go to Liberal candidate, Major General Jim Molan, a key ally of Tony Abbott.

Labor senator Penny Wong said it was a humiliating defeat for the government and showed it could not be trusted.

The post E...

09:27

Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Supporters of assisted dying will take their message to the steps of NSW Parliament House ahead of the opening debate. Dying with Dignity NSW and its supporters will gather at 9am on Thursday to show their support for the Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

We are joining together in anticipation of an historic victory for compassion and recognition of the rights of the terminally ill to choose how and when they end their lives, says vice president Shayne Higson.

The bill will be debated in the states Upper House from Thursday with scores of terminally ill anxious to learn whether theyll be granted control of their own destiny.

We are pleased to see our parliamentarians engaging with this important issue, given the high levels of community support for legalisation of voluntary assisted dying, Ms Higson said in a statement on Thursday.

For many, the debate is purely political but not for Scott Riddle.

The father of three with stage four bowel cancer says the prospect of choosing how to die is calming in what is otherwise a scary scenario.

The private members bill, if passed, will provide patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

Two doctors and a psychiatrist or psychologist would also need to determine whether theyre fit to do so.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who introduced the bill to parliament, says most supporters of voluntary assisted dying have seen a bad death first hand.

My father died a particularly long and difficult death over some three and a half years and theres no doubt that thats an influence, he told AAP.

While the bill has support from Liberal, National, Labor and Green MPs, the opposition is similarly diverse.

Neither Premier Gladys Berejiklian nor Opposition leader Luke Foley will support the bill if it makes it to the lower house.

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09:19

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: Why lobbyists are pushing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond

Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University; Belinda Townsend, Australian National University; Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney; Pat Ranald, University of Sydney, and Peter Robertson, University of Western Australia

The latest incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is said to have fewer bad bits. But as our experts point out below, theres still a great deal wrong with, or missing from, the regional free trade agreement.

The new TPP is informally known as the TPP11, after the United States pulled out of the original 12-country bloc earlier this year.

While the agreement has not yet been finalised, the 11 trade ministers have released a statement saying that the core elements have been agreed.

Twenty provisions from the original TPP have been s...

09:15

Lismore man to stand trial over alleged sexual assault of his 10 year-old daughter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore man has been ordered to stand trial in the District Court over the alleged sexual assault of his 10 year-old daughter and another seven year-old victim.

The 36 year-old appeared in Lismore Local Court this week facing four charges following his arrest in August.

The mans name has been withheld for legal reasons and to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

Following complaints from the victims, the man was arrested by detectives from the Ballina Child Abuse Squad on August 10 and interviewed.

He was charged with four offences which allegedly occurred between 2016 and 2017 at Tabulam and refused bail.

Police alleged between February and August last year, the man had sexual intercourse with his daughter, who was then aged 10.

He was also charged with assaulting the girl by bouncing her up and down on his lap when he was naked and licking various parts of her body.

Then, between July 11 and 13 this year, the man is accused of committing an act of indecency on a seven year-old.

Just 28 days after the most recent alleged incident the man was arrested and has remained in custody, on remand, since.

The man is yet to enter a plea to the charges.

This week, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the man to stand trial in the District Court on charges of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14, one count of aggravated indecent assault and one count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age.

A second count of aggravated indecent assault was placed on a  section 166 certificate, to be considered by the judge at sentencing.

Mr Heilpern ordered the man to be arraigned in the Lismore District Court on December 13.

The man remains in custody on remand until that date.

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09:09

Lismore father pleads not guilty to alleged stabbing murder of son, 29 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore father will stand trial in the Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to the brutal stabbing murder of his son last November.

Christopher John Gibson was arraigned in the Supreme Court in Sydney earlier this months and pleaded not guilty to the murder of his son Shawn on the night of November 18.

The court previously heard emergency services were called to Barrow Lane, North Lismore, about 10.45 pm following reports of a stabbing.

When they arrived, police and paramedics found 29 year-old Shawn laying on the ground deceased, suffering multiple stab wounds to his chest, shoulder and neck.

Mr Gibson snr was arrested at the scene and after questioning he was charged the following morning.

At a Lismore Local Court appearance in July, Mr Gibsons solicitor Jim Fuggle told the court his client had asserted he was acting in self defence during a fight between the pair.

To help prove Mr Gibson snrs claim, Mr Fuggle said he would be calling two of the victims brothers to give evidence.

The accused has raised self defence in answer to the charge and has participated in an ERISP (electronic interview) with police shortly after the charged incident wherein he asserts fears of the deceased based on prior physical assaults on him by the deceased including one witnessed by (the brothers), Mr Fuggles submission said.

In a committal hearing at Lismore Local Court in September, the court heard Shawn suffered multiple stab wounds, with one penetrating the lining of his chest and severing a critical artery.

Another stab wound to the victims upper shoulder penetrated 23 mm, the court heard.

The court heard the relationship between the men was tense and the victims friends had seen previous fights between the pair.

When he was arraigned in the Supreme Court in Sydney he pleaded not guilty.

His trial, which is estimated to take four weeks, was set down to commence on July 16, 2018, before the Supreme Court in Lismore.

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09:08

Council issues $6000 fine on Goonellabah subdivision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Illegal work carried out by Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd who are responsible for the work. Photo supplied.

Illegal work carried out by Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd who are responsible for the work. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council has fined a local development company $6000 for undertaking unlawful works relating to a subdivision approved by the Land & Environment Court in 2011.

The 75-lot Ubrihien Estate subdivision at 554 Ballina Road, Goonellabah, was the subject of an appeal to the Land & Environment Court, and a number of amendments were made to the original development application to address numerous planning issues before the Court granted consent.

Construction on the subdivision commenced in early 2017, and a community complaint was received by Council in June alleging that Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd were undertaking unlawful activities on site.

Council conducted an investigation to determine the level of compliance with the Court approval, and identified that a significant amount of unlawful works had been undertaken outside the area approved by the Court, which included the following unapproved activities:

  • construction of haulage roads;
  • clearing of vegetation;
  • removal and stockpiling of rocks;
  • construction of drainage lines;
  • construction of a large sediment pond; and
  • earthworks conducted over a Council sewer trunk main.

The unlawful works covered an area of more than two hectares outside the approved areas for subdivision work. Additional concerns were identified about the lack of adequate sediment and erosion controls within the approved work area.

Lismore City Council Compliance Coordinator Matt Kelly said the investigation results were assessed under Councils Enforcement Policy, which concluded that a number of offences had been committed against the provisions of the Environmental Planning and A...

09:01

Get set for a big weekend of music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullum Music Festival parade rehearsal. Photo supplied.

Mullum Music Festival parade rehearsal. Photo supplied.

A decade! Thats how long the Mullum Music Festival has been holding street parades, mentoring young musicians and filling the towns venues and streets with vibrant music and happy punters.

The festival will again take place November 16 till 19. 

When we started, I booked the festival I wanted to go to, Glenn Wright told The Echo. 

Ten years on and its still very enjoyable, he says. Im very grateful a large part of my life is programming and dealing with musicians and the arts its been a great journey. Ten years ago, it seemed there was more generic entertainment locally; it was aimed more at a transient audience there seems much more diversity and depth now, and I believe that the festival has contributed to that.

Just a few of Glenns picks for the festival include John Cleary (US), Lindi Ortega (Can), Z-Star Delta (UK) and Gabriel Garzn-Montano (US). Newcomers to the area, Harry Angus (Cat Empire etc) and Emily Lubitz (Tinpan Orange) are also a big part of the festival. 

Locals also feature prominently Jo Jo Smith will celebrate 50 years in the business, while highly regarded local perf...

08:52

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters. Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions. The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce more carbon emissions than a small country. In this special five-part New Matilda series, researchers from the University of Queensland, along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, its impact on Traditional Owners, the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion. This first introductory piece the first in our series is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons, Morgan Brigg and John Quiggin.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Theres been much said about the controversial and politically divisive Adani Carmichael mine the environmental costs of this ticking carbon bomb, Adanis international track record of human rights abuses and environmental harm, lies about employment figures, the failed economics of the project, and the revolving door between Adani and government staffers and lobbyists.

Kicked off in a big way by the Newman Government, its a major headache for the Palaszczuk government whos determined backing of the project has surprised and angered many of its supporters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)

Labors decisive announcement, at the end of week one of the election campaign, to veto Adanis requested $1 billion loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), demonstrates the volatility of this mi...

08:35

Dream on! Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, but never did "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria or any other country because it is absolutely impossible under international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, commenting on the issue. "The UN cannot do such things," he told the Russian media. He went on to say that "Syria is a sovereign independent state," adding that "only the Syrian government can invite armed forces of the third countries onto its territory" while "the UN has no such right," as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. The diplomat also said that "the fight against terrorism does not give any states or coalitions a free hand to establish their presence on Syrian territory." International law indeed envisages no way for the UN or any other international body to sanction an invasion of one state's armed forces on the territory of another state. In fact, such actions are regarded as aggression under international law and are strictly prohibited. UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 on the definition of aggression explicitly states that an "invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State" as well as "any military occupation, however temporary" or "bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State" is what particularly constitutes aggression. However, all these facts did not prevent Mattis from claiming that it was the UN that sanctified the presence of the US troops on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. "You know, the UN said that ... basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out," the US defense secretary said, referring to the US actions in Syria as he answered a journalist's question on Monday.

08:32

The Warrior Within "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have always been a firm believer in being kind to everyone you meet, because everyone has a story. Things happen in our lives that help shape us: mould us gently, or sometimes not-so gently, into the person we are today.

I have a story. It has affected me in ways big and small every single day since it happened eight years ago, and I will probably think about it for the rest of my life. It has taken me a long time to speak up and share it. I have been scared of judgement, embarrassment, vulnerability and pity, but those things no longer worry me. I am strong, I am brave and if I can help even one woman, then it has been worth it.

Three days after my 13th birthday, I stood in front of the fire at my family home, gasping for air as the man who had been married to my mum for 10 years relentlessly beat me with a piece of wood. He beat me until I was in so much shock that I physically could not scream and could not move. He moved on to beating the other side of my body before the adrenaline kicked in and I realised I needed to run away.

I bolted to the kitchen, a dead end. My eight-year-old brother and four-year-old sister watched on as their father stood with his hands clasped around the neck of their eldest sibling, with no sign of letting go. I screamed, genuinely scared for what might come next, and they screamed too, in utter disbelief and terror, when all of a sudden he let me go. He threw me to the ground, got in his car and drove away.

What came next was a blur of interviews with police, forensics in white suits taking photographic evidence of my legs that were black from my hip to my knees on both sides, tears and fear. The boys at my school asked why my body was covered in bruises and I would lie, telling them that I fell down the stairs, covering up the abuse I had been subject to only days earlier by a man I had trusted. I was urged to press charges, to make him pay for what he had done, but I was too scared of the repercussions.

Instead of dealing with what had happened to me in a healthy and productive way, I let it eat away at me like an angry cancer. I hated him, I hated myself, I hated what he had done to me and I hated how I felt. I convinced myself it was my fault. If I didnt have an attitude, perhaps it wouldnt have happened. If I hadnt provoked him, it wouldnt have happened.

I started to believe that I was to blame and that I was unworthy of being treated with kindness and respect. My self-esteem crumbled and every relationship I had with men suffered.

...

08:25

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KUMIHIMO BRAIDING "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Kumihimo Braiding



Your name:  Helen Jackson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Kumihimo Braiding (no facebook/website)
The suburb/town you live in now:  Wandal,  Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Kumihimo braided necklaces with and without beads.  Polymer Clay Applique Pendants and other jewellery.



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08:23

Practice Manager "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Court of Australia

08:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

08:19

08:07

Marriage equality is supported by the Australian community "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Editorial comment

The release of the of the massive yes vote for marriage equality, by David Kalisch, the chief statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was the signal for the outbreak of spontaneous celebrations around the country.

Nearly 13 million Australians took part in the Marriage Law Survey and 61 percent declared their support for equality for same sex couples. It is beyond question now. The Australian community wants change and expect that the parliament will deliver. There can no longer be any excuse for the dithering that has been characteristic up to now.

Australia wants to move forward to build a more tolerant and accepting society and the politicians now have an obligation to respect this and move quickly to make it a reality.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had promised that in the event of the yes vote, the Coalition will facilitate a private members Bill to make same-sex marriage legal before the end of the year. The time for promises has gone and it is now time deliver and it needs t happen during the parliamentary debate will begin on 27 November.

It will not be plain sailing. As it stands, two different bills Were to be presented and there is a danger that the debate will be seriously limited.

One of them is from Western Australian Liberal Senator James Paterson, which contains provision that exempts ministers of religion and celebrants on the grounds of conscientious,  guarantees  freedom of speech on paper and allows parents to opt their children out of school classes that conflict with their values. In the wake of the strength of the Yes vote Paterson withdrew his bill and and has joined those who wish to make sure the alternative comes as close to it as possible.

Two things are wrong with the Paterson bill and is it worthwhile commenting on it.

Any conscientious objection provision needs to be restrictive enough not to become and under the counter means to legitimise discrimination. The same applies to the vague notion of guaranteeing free speech. The right to peddle hate that brings harm to others because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences has nothing to do with free speech. Everyone should have the right to express their opinion, so long as it is within the context of honouring their repo9nsibity to not use this to harm others. Those at the recieving end have a right to protection.

It is now becoming clearer that some of the forces behind the No vote, are seizing the opportunity to to destroy the Equal Opportunity Act, by piggy backing into the Marriage Act a legal right to discriminate. Expect some vigorous campaigning on this score.

Pinning  education into a change in the Marriage Act is wrong. It has nothing to do with it and lends...

08:04

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Barrister
Dilworth Old Boy

 

I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...

08:00

Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth

07:59

PERTH Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA .

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Two of the men, aged 23 and 27, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday and had their cases adjourned until next week. Another 27-year-old

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07:36

Those Magical, Fantastical Russians vs. U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Glen Ford in Black Agenda Report: This induced state of emergency is designed to prepare the American public, politically and psychologically, to maintain the momentum of the U.S. imperial offensive in the world. The only people that can make Russiagate fade away are the ones that invented it in the first place: the spooks, Wall Street Democrats and institutional servants of capital that gathered in Hillary Clintons overstuffed campaign tent, last year, to plot the next moves of a beleaguered U.S. empire. Although a Bernie Sanders upset in 2016 had always been a statistical impossibility, Donald Trumps capture of the Republican Party machinery had destabilized the duopoly political system at a time of great stress for U.S. imperialism. The previous year, the Russian military had set up shop in Syria, blocking U.S.-backed jihadists from ousting the secular, Arab nationalist government of Bashar al Assad. It was Vladimir Putins answer to the global military offensive launched by Barack Obama in 2011, with NATOs overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, followed immediately by the jihadist push into

07:05

Power strengthen coaching ranks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Power Football Club held its first meet the coaches night on Friday using the meeting to officially announce the signing of former St Kilda player Arryn Siposs as a playing assistant coach.
Siposs joins the Power with 28 games of AFL experience as well as spending the past two seasons playing for Williamstown in the VFL.
Also joining the Powers coaching staff is former Port Melbourne Development League coach Lee Rowe.
Rowe joins on as the director of coaching for season 2018, bringing a wealth of coaching experience at high levels of football.
Wonthaggi also welcome back former players Steven Scott from DWWWW and Aloysio Netto Ferreira from the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.
More signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks with the AGM to be held Sunday, November 19 at 3pm at the rooms.

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07:01

Cannon Hill cafe offers free mental health services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Most cafes just serve food; this caf has provided a dedicated office space to assist Brisbane locals seeking mental health support.  The Carport Caf in Brisbane is a local business stepping up to support new charity The Sunlight Centre through offering them dedicated space to start seeing clients experiencing suicide and self-harm distress. Operating in []

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07:00

Wauchope launches first Moto Fest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The first Motorcycle Friendly Town in NSW opens up to riders this weekend with the first Wauchope Moto Fest this Saturday (November 18, 2017).

It will include a motokhana, show and shine, swap meet, tattoo competition, trade and market stalls, live music and more.

A tattoo celebrity is coming from Queensland to guest judge the tattoo show and most categories are already full.

Of course, another motorcycling attraction is the nearby riding paradise of the Oxley Highway plus many regional adventure trails.

Oxley Highway hillclimb speed reductions RMS safety standard limits moto festOxley Highway

Moto Fest runs from 8am to 4pm in the towns centre.

Moto Fest to attract thousands

Wauchope Motorcycle Friendly Town Co-ordinator Jenny Pursehouse and committee members Nadia Stocks say accommodation is filling up fast.

Wauchope Motorcycle Friendly Town moto festWauchope has declared itself a Motorcycle Friendly Town

We have had great feedback from many motorcycle groups some coming from Western Australia and Queensland, Jenny says.

We have also been very pleased by the response from local businesses in Wauchope.

Were looking forward to welcoming riders...

07:00

Etsy Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Shop local at a pop up Etsy market in Melbourne this Christmas!



07:00

America's economic problems demand a radical solution. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our cities are failing. People are hurting... If we dont attack this problem in a radically different way, its going to overwhelm us.
Charles Marohn

In this podcast episode, Chuck breaks down Strong Towns' core insight about the American growth model what's wrong with it and why it's bankrupting our country then talks about how this movement responds to that problem in a thoughtful, non-partisan manner. There are no simple answers.

Success for our country will not come from the federal government or the corporate sector and trickle down to our communities. Rather, when we focus on the struggles of real people and make small, incremental investments over a period of time to improve them, that's when we'll see broad prosperity in our nation. That's when we'll be building Strong Towns.

Listen to the episode

Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been. Join the movement that's changing the world.

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06:54

Clothes Swap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi All.

Just a reminder about Saturday's planned Clothes Swap!

We'll be meeting at 3.00 in Cox Reserve, corner of Elizabeth and Claremont Sts.

Bring anything you'd like to swap, take as much as you like. $5.00 per family. All proceeds going to a local in need.

We don't have a backup plan in case of the rain, we haven't been rained out yet, I'll post on this blog if it's not going ahead.

Cheers, Mel.

06:52

Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in humans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. In a first of its kind international collaboration, researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five per cent per decade after the age of 40. Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans has been inconsistent.

06:45

Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Friends, Newlanders and fellow lovers of Theatre,


It's my pleasure to invite you to Awoken which I am putting on as part of the La Mama Explorations Season - 3 days only next week. Id be grateful if you can spread the word to others who might enjoy being part of the audience.

If you plan on coming please do book soon (especially the Friday and Saturday nights) as it helps me manage the numbers, either large or small.

Cheers, Danny Diesendorf
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Awoken

Nicks self-contained melancholy existence is cracked open when he is asked to read stories to his niece. He finds himself encountering a malingering sultan, a swashbuckling prince and an ominous siren of the deep. The character of Nick himself suddenly seems far less fixed.  
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06:45

Rally at Byrons Main Beach to end single use plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Byron Mermaids calling for an end to plastic bags in the shire in July 2016. How many more rallies before our politicians listen? (supplied)

The Byron Mermaids calling for an end to plastic bags in the shire in July 2016. How many more rallies before our politicians listen? (supplied)

On Saturday November 18 from 9am, a gathering is planned on Byrons Main Beach to spell Ban The Bag NSW in the sand.

Co-organiser Kate Nelson from www.IQuitPlastics.com says, NSW is the only state that has not banned single- use plastic bags. 

Whales have been washing up on beaches with bellies full of plastic. Its past time to join the rest of the nation on this policy.

We need to be big in numbers, so our premier gets the message loud and clear!

Take 3 Non-Profit is hosting a rally the same day down south in Bateau Bay from 10am, while Manly will host one on Ocean Care Day later this month.

Wear Blue. Help create change. Community activism works look at the cash for containers campaign! Dont let the dolphins, whales, turtles swallow any more plastic bags coming from our beautiful coastline.

The post Rally at Byrons Main Beach to end single use plastic bags appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:35

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at
http://tabloidjubi.com/artikel-11549-dewan-pers-diminta-usut-media-yang-memberitakan-penyanderaan-di-papua.html

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua
Rabu, 15 November 2017 19:58
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,


Ilustrasi - Dok. Jubi


Jayapura, Jubi - Around 80 civil society organizations and individuals actively engaged in labor movements, farmers, students, students, intellectuals, youth, religious groups, journalists, freedom of expression activists, public lawyers, literacy activists and art community urged the Press Council to investigate alleged violations of ethics by a number of mass media and journalists in the news about the recent conflicts in Papua.

Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist tagar.id on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.

"We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

He continued, the hostage phrase used by some of the media against the above events is excessive and can lead to new conflicts. The....

06:30

STARLESS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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For those willing to cross thresholds.

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06:30

Why are politicians are so cheap to buy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

That politicians can be bought by rich people, businesses, and lobbyists is no secret. What is surprising is how cheap they are. Sometimes it seems like all you need to do is give them a vacation or even just an expensive meal with plenty of alcohol to get them to do your bidding. The latest example of this are the charges brought against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara who seem to be not only cheap to buy but extremely brazen about the fact that they are for sale.

The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife.

But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of the two men to say the drinks had run out, it was the signal for Packer and Milchan to renew the supplies of champagne, courtesy of their own wallets and a private driver, according to alleged testimony in an investigation into sleaze claims against Benjamin Netanyahu.

The claims, widely reported in the Israeli media on Tuesday, are the latest leaks from a police investigation into the Netanyahus. If true, they would illustrate how brazen the couple were in demanding favours.

According to the reports, first carried by Israels Channel 2 and Channel 10 on Monday night, Hadas Klein, an assistant to both Packer and Milchan, has given evidence describing how the Netanyahus would routinely call demanding cigars, champagne and even that the bill be paid for a building inspector.

While the Israeli prime minister has repeatedly denied the items represented anything more than goodwill between friends, the leak suggests that the Netanyahus always initiated the favours.

The article goes on to list other items demanded by the Netanyahus.

The Netanyahus have already been criticized for living the high life and charging it to the taxpayers. They are true grifters. What keeps their abuses from getting too much coverage in the US and the UK is the Israel lobby that works behind the scenes in both countries to keep the coverage of that country positive. Jonathan Cook says that the recent resignation of a UK Minister Priti Patel over secret meetings with Israeli officials including Netanyahu has shone some light on the workings of the lobby and the power it wields over the Conservative party.

The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative....

06:23

1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Brimob Officer Shot Dead in Papua; Police Pursuit Shooter
3) British Ambassador Moazzam Malik to Visit West Papua

4) Police Adopt 'Delicate' Approach to Avoid Casualties in Papua: Spokesman
5) Papua police face difficulty seeking release of 1,300 villager hostages
6) Gunmen Kill Elite Police Officer in Papua
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06:16

The problem of dual citizenship for Australian federal politicians is not a new one so why has this current batch made such a hash of the solution? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australian Electoral Commission nomination form advice re Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution

This is former Liberal MP Alex Somlyay - elected 1990 and retired 2013 - as reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily on 19 July 2017:

Alex Somlyay, who represented Fairfax for 23 years from 1990 to 2013, is the son of Hungarian refugees who arrived in Australia after World War Two as stateless persons.
Mr Somlyay says Ms Waters' predicament in an unintended consequence that needed to be fixed..
Mr Somlyay is particularly attuned to Mr Waters' forced resignation because of events that played out which could have threatened his own parliamentary career.
His parents became Australian citizens and Mr Somlyay was born in Australia.
But the fall of the Iron Curtin saw Hungary again become an independent country which immediately gave citizenship to the diaspora that fled as refugees and their children.
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06:16

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism
by Bill Bonner

"On Monday, Caracas rolled out the red carpet - literally. In one of the funniest shows in modern capitalism, bondholders were invited to a special meeting in the Venezuelan capital. A few turned up. They wanted to know what to expect. The country is going broke - fast. Oil output is at a 28-year lowcash is disappearingchaos is spreading. When would Venezuela default on its bonds? The meeting lasted 30 minutes. No questions were allowed. And then, less than 24 hours later, investors got their answer: today!

Rendezvous with glory: Hold on Were back in good ol Baltimore. Theres nothing quite like it. Thank God. Every place has its own character, its own style, and its own life...

06:10

Of borrowers & buffers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Panel beater

I've been busy at the 1,600-strong UBS European Conference 2017, held at the Landmark London in Marylebone, and have learned a tremendous amount from a range of experts, while the Rt Hon David Davis MP also aimed to reassure the City about the forthcoming Brexit. 


I was thrilled to partake in a panel presentation on consumer indebtedness in Anglo-Saxon countries.

On the panel with me were the Chief US Economist of UBS, and the legendary one-time Sydneysider James Aitken, who's been over in the Smoke for some 18 years now. 

Completing the panel was Mathias Drehmann from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, which was a tremendous privilege for me. 

The BIS and Drehmann have produced some terrific research papers over the past decade and more, some of which continue to be discussed regularly in Australian financial circles today. Drehmann's extensive work has shown how the impacts of new mortgage borrowing are often felt 4 to 5 years after the loans are initially taken out.


Exceptionally different here...

It was especially enlightening for me to spend some time later chatting with the personable Drehmann, who originally hails from Stuttgart, a city where I studied in the Oberstufe back in the 1990s. 
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06:09

Yawny Tawny ignores Aussie mozzie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deep in the heart of Mozzieland sits the Tawny Frogmouth. Unmoving, as usual.

But wait. Things are stirring. Pesky Brown-backed Honeyeaters want the Tawny gone.

Which brings what counts as frenzy from Tawny. Sleepy eye opens. Head turns. Nothing to see here. Back to snooze.

Mozzies? Let them join crowd and cloud around photographer.

05:52

GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...

05:22

CIAs Wikileaks Narrative Dominates Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

Watch Panettas CNN interview:

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered:

Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN....

05:15

Jail Time and Debt Recovery using the powers vested in Senator Ryan, then Special Minister of State "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It appears from the statements issued by a Senator Scott Ryan, then Special Minister of State, and Antony Green, the ABC guru on election matters, and Senator George Brandis, the Attorney-General, that they all consider those who fail the dual nationality test are liable to repay their salary and entitlements. This is hardly surprising since that is the law ! ABC: Citizenship saga: Why disqualified MPs and senators wont have to repay their salaries But how is it fair when taxpayers are forced to repay welfare debts all the time? That is a fair point. With eight MPs ensnared in the crisis, and possibly more to come, the government could in theory claim back millions of dollars in salaries

05:00

Germany reveals the total amount of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The German government has revealed that the total value of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017 has quintupled in comparison to the same period last year. The news provoked a wave of outrage from the opposition. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a long-running bombing campaign in war-torn Yemen, Riyadh and Cairo appear to be among the top clients of the German arms industry. The money spent is also on the rise. The numbers have been disclosed in the Economy Ministry's answer to an information request filed by Left Party MP Stefan Liebich. According to the data, Egypt has taken first place with some 300 million ($352.5 million), skyrocketing from 45 million in the same period last year. Riyadh is also showing quite an appetite for German arms, importing 148 million ($173.9 million) worth of military equipment, going up from 41 million.

05:00

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes Yes for Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians61.6% of its voting populationsupport same-sex marriage and its legalization.

The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality. But due to politics, putting public opinion into law has been a slow process thats years behind other English-speaking countries. In 2004, the then-prime minister John Howard altered the Marriage Act that clarified the definition as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

After more than a decade of activism, the issue came to vote as part of a national postal survey. Although voluntary, 79.5% of voters made their voices heard. Now, the parliament will have to debate how to turn this into the law of the land.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the survey: They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done.

The result of the inquiry and its massive support is something to celebrateand many Australians did just that. See how some of them reacted (including the Sydney Opera House) in the photos below.

On Wednesday, November 15, Australia had a postal survey that voted on the issue of marriage equality.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...

04:27

JFK files reveal CIA blocked access to Jim Angleton's files, obscuring CIA crimes and possible assassination info "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The CIA delayed responding to requests for information about its longtime counter-espionage chief, James Angleton, as it tried to minimize the disclosure of his activities related to Soviet defectors and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly released documents show. "Don't answer his initial request any sooner than necessary," said a May 31, 1979, internal CIA memo about a Freedom of Information Act request from author David Martin, who is now a CBS News correspondent. "When we do, deny release of any of the information, maintaining it is still classified and involves protection of sources and methods." Martin was seeking information about the agency's handling of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1964. Angleton and some of his colleagues in the CIA and FBI considered Nosenko a possible double agent. The CIA memo was one of dozens about Angleton included in the 13,213 files released last week by the National Archives. They show the concerns and frustrations about the work Angleton did during his CIA tenure and the difficulty investigators had in getting access to his files at the agency. Angleton was the agency's main conduit of information to the Warren Commission, the seven-member panel appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. Angleton did not tell the commission about the CIA's involvement in attempts to overthrow or kill Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, which factored into later conspiracy theories.

03:47

Unicorn Riot to Premier Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

for Earth First! Newswire

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot premieres its first full-length documentary Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017.

November 14th, 2017: Unicorn Riot will hold a theatrical premiere of the non-commercial creative commons documentary film Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017 at The Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Doors will open 6:30 PM and the film will start at 7:30 PM. The premiere will be followed by a question and answer session with members of Unicorn Riot.

An after-party at The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN begins at 11:00 PM and lasts until bar close. Performances by various artists, include Minneapolis Punk Folk Ungrateful Little String Band, followed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Alas, and DJ MTHERRSA.

On November 18, 2017, Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL Story will be made available online, for free, at https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events
that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting.
The importance of the water protectors story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise...

03:27

Mysterious Murder in Mali "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friendly Reminder That Jeff Bezos is Trying to Take Over the Universe (Jimmy)

Caitlin Johnstone writes on Medium, The richest man in the world did not purchase the Washington Post because he believed newspapers were about to enjoy a lucrative resurgence, and he certainly didnt purchase it to ensure the production of high quality journalism. He bought it so that hed have a trusted mouthpiece through which to lie to you about what is happening in the world in a way that will benefit his empire.

Hannity to Moore: Clear Up Allegations, Or Get Out (Dan)

Arguably TVs most culturally conservative voice has lost patience with Roy Moore. Will the controversial Senate candidate dropout after even more women have come forward claiming sexual advances at a young age?

Australias Citizen Crisis (Reader Steve)

Australias immigration policies are mirroring Trumps in the US. In some ways, theyre worse. Australias constitution prevents foreign nationals, as well as those with dual citizenship, from holding elected office  unless they renounce their former citizenship. The provision was largely ignored until recently, with an uptick of diverse backgrounds in Australias elected leaders.

The J20 Investigation (Dan)

Trumps inauguration day featured many skirmishes between the DC police and anti-fascist protestors organized under the J20 banner. The investigation has been growing some time, including with the DOJs now-infamous move of requesting IP addresses that visited the J20 website. Now theres another strike against the protesters: the group investigating police actions has a history of siding with the police.

Freelance Journalist Arrested During Riot Still Facing Serious Charges (Chris)

The trial of Alexei Wood begins today in DC. The defendant, a photojournalist who took pictures of anti-inaugural demonstrations in January, is accused of several felonies, incl...

03:26

Mystery Alabama Boom Rattles Twitter Theorists, NASA Unsure of Origin "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

mystery boom

Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious boom that rocked their counties on Tuesday evening. NASA said the origin of the blast remains unclear as social media went awash with conspiracy theories and even devoted a song to the unexplained event.

The sound blast could have been generated by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion but wasnt caused by a Leonid meteor, NASA said, as cited by meteorologist James Spann from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The unknown event was reported by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, as well as St. Clair and Blount Counties.

Alabama residents flocked to Twitter, with many saying the event even shook their homes. The boom was detected on a seismograph in Cleburne County, according to meteorologists from the local TV stations.

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03:05

Roy Moore caught up in Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Roy Moore is the first DC fish to be caught in the shrieking net of Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria. It didn't take long to get the answer to the question-what's with the Hollywood Weinstein hysteria all of a sudden? Why are the Powers That Be throwing scrubby ol' Harvey and other Hollywood icons under the bus after all these years? Many of Harvey's string of accusers were compensated with a lot more than a coke- dusted hundred dolla bill. They enjoyed starring roles and a lucrative career. Some were tragically abused and derailed. Either way, their stories ironically provide the toolkit to commit political rape. For the Globalists there's a lot more at stake than some pop culture propaganda and box office ticket sales. Their pimped out entertainment icons are expendable. The epic money and power grab of a One World Government is all that matters now. Roy Moore is in the throes of the outrage-boomerang.

02:40

Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Phil Mansour passed along this video with the note, Brisbane musicians rework Nick Caves classic ballad The Ship Song calling on him to cancel his upcoming shows in #Apartheid #Israel and respect the Palestinian picket line. #BDS

02:16

There Probably Isnt A Special Counsel Coming For Hillary, Comey Or Uranium One "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Monday, indicating that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice would review controversies arising from the Clinton Foundation and former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The letter prompted speculation that DOJ was assembling a predicate for a criminal investigation and the appointment of a special counsel. President Donald Trump himself has publicly encouraged the attorney general to pursue a criminal probe of matters relating to the Clinton Foundation, amplifying speculation that his longtime ally would acquiesce to the pressure in a bid to revive his strained relationship with the president.

The text of the letter doesnt quite bear that reading.

As a preliminary matter, the letter was sent to House Judiciary one day before Sessions was scheduled to testify before the panel. Committee Republicans have twice sent letters to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein urging an investigation of a barrage of Clinton shenanigans as well as Comeys alleged politicization of Bureau investigations relating to the Clintons. Those letters, dated July 27 and Sept. 26, both appear to have gone unanswered. Therefore, it is not unusual that the Justice Department would send its response to the Committee the day before Sessions was slated to appear, as DOJs silence on the request would otherwise have been a point of conflict.

The letter itself reveals little. It reiterates the Departments commitment to provide timely and accurate informationin a non-political matter, before informing Committee Republicans that Sessions had referred their concerns to senior career prosecutors, who would consider the matter and then make a recommendation to DOJ leadership as to how they should proceed.

Consistent with DOJ policy, the letter does not confirm the existence of an investigation, nor does it promise an investigation is forthcoming. Rather, it is simply a courteous disposition of a request...

02:01

Australia is Banning Software Patents and Shelston IP is Complaining as Usual "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Because Shelston IP does not care what actual software developers want

Happy Birthday Sydney Harbour Bridge

Summary: The Australian Productivity Commission, which defies copyright and patent bullies, is finally having policies put in place that better serve the interests of Australians, but the legal industry is unhappy (as expected)

THE decision to more officially ban software patents in Australia is not news. We wrote quite a few articles about that earlier in the year. As Kluwer Patent Blog put it this morning: The purpose of the Bill is to implement the Governments response to the Productivity Commissions recommendations on Australias IP Arrangements.

The article neglects to say that Australia is cracking down on software patents (software is not being mentioned at all by the author) and instead says that Australias Government introduces draft legislation to abolish innovation patents (which sounds rather misleading, as can often be expected from sites such as Kluwer Patent Blog). To quote:

The Productivity Commission recommended that Australia abolish the innovation patents regime, the principal reasons being that such patents have a lower inventive step than that of a standard patent and inhibited rather than assisted innovation from small business enterprises. The Government has agreed with this conclusion, noting that neither small business enterprises nor the Australian community at large benefited from it.

Part 4 of the draft Bill contains amendments to commence the abolition of the innovation patent system by preventing the filing of new applications, subject to certain exceptions. For example, existing rights before the commencement of the abolishing Act will remain unaffected, including the right to file divisional applications and convert standard patent applications to innovation patent applications where the patent date and priority date for each claim are before the abolishing Acts commencement date.

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01:27

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Amidst numerous unanswered question, the Las Vegas mass-shooting has curiously faded from the headlines. Is this a deliberate silence?

01:00

CIA Narrative on WikiLeaks Dominates Media Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(SP The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also a...

00:28

Lawmakers urge EU probe in Malta after journalist killed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Reuters

STRASBOURG (Reuters) European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling on the EU executive to investigate Maltas adherence to the rule of law and European values following the murder of a campaigning journalist.

The non-binding resolution, backed by most parties and adopted during a plenary session in Strasbourg, also voiced the legislatures serious concerns about the police independence and over international money-laundering on the island.

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MEPs barrage of criticism against Malta met with caution by European Commission

Malta compared to cocaine-and-guns bonanza Narcos by one MEP

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Updated 7pm

A barrage of criticism about Malta was met with some cautionary words by European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans today, who urged MEPs to not play judge and jury when assessing the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Daphne Caruana Galizia

Speaking at the end of a European Parliament debate about the rule of law in Malta, Mr Timmermans acknowledged concerns raised by MEPs but felt some were jumping the gun.

Let the investigation run its full course, he said, telling MEPs that their questions would be answered. What is not on is to start with a conclusion and look for facts to support that conclusion.

He also twice called on the Maltese government to join a planned European Public Prosecutors Office, saying doing so would be a strong signal of intent............

00:22

Fix Host IP is blocked because of many connection errors on MySQL/MariaDB "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am trying to login to my mysql/mysqld server using the following Unix command: $ mysql -u foo -h 172.16.5.100 -p dbnmame But greeted with the following error on screen: ERROR 1129 (HY000): Host '172.16.5.100' is blocked because of many connection errors; unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts' How do I fix this problem on a Linux or Unix-like system?

00:00

#StopAdani from above: Seeing is conserving "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly

Aerial landscape photographers and traditional land owners join forces to #StopAdani

As new coal mines are opened up in Queensland, a collaboration of one of the best landscape photographers in this part of the world with a traditional land owner is using their gifts and abilities for conservation of the endangered landscapes in Australia.

Here is the interview Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly gave today in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse about the crowdfunding campaign they have started, Pit to Point Project:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/qld-aerial-project7min032.mp3

Ken Peters-Dodd is a traditional owner whose country the project is on.
Paul Nimbahly is director of the Permarescue Research Academy Ltd, www.permarescue.org
Paul Hoelen is an award winning photographer...

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23:35

Biden: Hero Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Was Wrong To Have A Gun "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During a question and answer session on NBCs Today show, former vice president and rumored presidential 2020 contender Joe Biden said the hero who stopped the Texas church shooter earlier this month should not have been allowed to carry an AR-15.

With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun? a young woman in the audience asked Biden.

Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldnt be carrying, Biden said. I wrote the last serious gun control law . . and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.

Assault weapon is a nonsense term not usable in legislation, since it could apply to any object used to attack another person. An assault rifle generally means a select-fire or automatic rifle with an intermediate cartridge designed for military use. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, most clearly because it is semiautomatic. Civilians are already banned from owning automatic weapons.

The Texas man who stopped the shooter from killing more people used an AR-15 to confront the alleged murderer, who wore a ballistic vest and was armed with tactical gear and a rifle of equal firepower.

If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile, Stephen Willeford told CRTV in an interview last week. I ran out with an AR-15 and thats what he was shooting the place up with.

Biden apparently doesnt think guns are useful for self-defense and protecting others, even though police and soldiers cant stop bad guys without guns, and neither can private citizens. Public records are replete with instances of private citizens enjoying protection against evil when armed.

Its just rational to say certain people shouldnt have guns, Biden insisted, however. The fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they...

23:31

Poll Roundup: Citizenship Chaos Sends Government To New Term Low "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2PP Aggregate: 54.2 to Labor (+1 point in a week) - highest reading of term
Labor would win election "held now" with a large margin
Government has lost majority (for now) with two MPs recontesting their seats in by-elections

This week we've seen a highly unusual event in Australian political history: a federal government has lost its majority partway through a term.  This last happened in 1931.  The one-term Scullin government began its term with a robust 46 seats out of 75, but a by-election loss and defections to the opposition UAP and the Lang Labor split saw it whittled down to 35, following which it collapsed before the year was out.  What has happened to the Turnbull government, so far, is much less dramatic - two of its seats are vacant pending by-elections, and the government will recover majority status if Barnaby Joyce is returned, although it would then lose it again if John Alexander is defeated.

However, as the Section 44 eligibility issues continue to unfold (with the tabling of required evidence by December 1 expected to be the next step), we could well see more by-elections early next year in some much more difficult government seats.  The prospect of the government slipping into permanent minority, or perhaps even losing enough seats that it can no longer govern, is a real one.  There may also be by-elections in Labor and crossbench seats, but no incumbent government has gained a seat from an opposition in a federal by-election since 1920 so there would not be too much optimism regarding chances of gaining seats there.  My legally unqualified view, incidentally, is that the "hesitators" (those who filed to renounce UK citizenship too late for the process to complete by the close of nominations) are in trouble.  The references in previous cases to the taking of all reasonable steps as sufficient refer to a context in which a member cannot reasonably renounce an overseas citizenship, not one in which a candidate was needlessly slow about it.

For the time being, the government faces two very unpleasant sitting weeks in which, by vice of it holding the Speakership, it has a floor minority (73-74) compared to the combined forces of Labor and the crossbench.  That is, assuming Bob Katter shows up!  The non-Coalition forces won't be able to suspend standing orders, but they will have extensive control over other operations of the House and should be able to use that to inflict pain.  As noted in my New England preview, it's not likely Barnaby Joyce will spring back into parliament on the Monday after the by-election, and the 17-candidate circus announced for his seat won't help expedite matters there.

I may have a Bennelong preview later, but that sea...

23:30

Pembroke By-Election: Live And/Or Post-Count "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CALLED: Reliable scrutineering reports on Sunday that Siejka (ALP) will win easily with Walker narrowly beating Chipman for 2nd.

Sunday

Analysis: Still awaiting margins for the two scenarios. As Brad Stansfield has said on Twitter, it's a bit much to be saying first that the Liberals' attack on Chipman wouldn't work at all, then after the result that it worked too well. But if working means getting near winning, it was only a pyrrhic success. It seems that far from generate a sympathy vote for Chipman, the tactic actually worked in driving votes away from him and to Walker, but at the cost of driving Chipman preferences (in droves as predicted by Pete Lawler on Twitter last night) and possibly primaries to Siejka. The Liberals needed to make the final two to have any on-paper chance, but did they cause enough voters to switch their preference from Chipman ahead of Siejka to the other way around to the extent that they caused Siejka rather than Chipman to win ? 


The result has major impacts as the left (4 ALP and four left-leaning indies) will gain an outright majority.  A White Labor government will start with a workable upper chamber while a returned Hodgman government will have great difficulty doing much.




Reports from scrutineering - Chipman prefs did not break to Walker and Siejka is going to win! TEC figures have Chipman missing second by just 200 votes - the remaining votes to be added will change little there.  However, Chipman was too far back to win from 2nd and would have fallen about 1000 short.  Having Chipman out first will pad Siejka's margin, it is going to be a solid win.


I have managed to get online with much difficulty.  Currently Willink, Di Falco and James have been provisionally excluded.  Chipman got a massive boost off James and can still catch Walker if his share of Harvey prefs is 27 points higher. That seems unlikely, but if he could get very close there are also nearly 400 outstanding votes.  

Walker's share required hasn't changed much - he still needs 58% off Harvey and Chipman assuming he stays second and ignoring exhaust.

...

23:27

New England By-Election: Prospects And Polls "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Seat: New England (Nat vs Ind 8.5%, Nat vs ALP 16.5%)

By-Election 2 Dec 2017
Incumbent: Barnaby Joyce (Nat)
Main opponents likely to include Rob Taber (IND) and ALP candidate
Former incumbent and 2016 opponent Tony Windsor (IND) not contesting
Outlook: High chance of comfortable Nat retain

With the date of the New England by-election set it's time for a general prospects and polls post that I will update through the campaign as opportunities arise.  I may be pretty slack about this as Queensland will be a higher priority and I have a lot of other stuff on at the moment.  I won't be doing live coverage on the night because of previously booked air travel, but there will be a postcount thread if it is needed.

Circumstances and history

The New England by-election follows the disqualification from office of incumbent Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Barnaby Joyce, who was found to be in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution because he was a dual citizen of New Zealand by descent, despite having been born in the electorate of New England.


New England has had a mostly conservative history.  It was last won by Labor (then spelled Labour, see comments) in 1910 and Labor has not been competitive in it since the 1980s.  Beyond that, in the last 104 years the rule of conservative parties was interrupted only by the 2001-2013 tenure of independent Tony Windsor, and also briefly by the 1922 expulsion of the sitting member from the Country Party.  Windsor himself was considered fairly conservative until he backed Labor to form government in 2010.  

In the 2013 election, Barnaby Joyce contested New England to shift from the Senate to the House of Representatives and Windsor did not stand. Windsor contested in 2016 and a close contest was generally expected but a mutually vicious campaign did not go well for him and in the end Joyce won convincingly.

The contest is of special interest because the government will lose its majority if it loses the seat.  (It has not, contra to what you may read in many papers and hear ad nauseum from Labor, lost it yet.)

Typical swings in government by-elections

...

23:26

Section 44 Strikes, But The Government Hasn't Lost Its Majority Yet "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many news sites have now claimed that, in light of today's dramatic Section 44 disqualification of Barnaby Joyce from Parliament by the High Court, the beleagured Turnbull government has now lost its majority.

This is an exciting claim, but it isn't actually correct.

Pending the holding of a by-election for the seat of New England, the government will, when the House of Representatives next sits, hold 75/149 seats, with one vacant.  74 seats will be held by other MPs.  75 is larger than 74.  75 is larger than half of 149.  75 divided by 149 is 0.5033557... .  It is more than 0.500000.

The government's new and very temporary position is no different mathematically to that of the Cook Liberal government in 1913, which won 38/75 seats.  The Cook government is widely referred to as having had a one-seat majority.



Its previous position (76/150) is no different to that of the Menzies government in 1961, which held 61/120 seats with voting rights.  The Menzies government is widely referred to as having had a two-seat majority.

Certain Australian state governments have held one-seat majorities in parliaments with odd numbers of members.  In my own state, an example is the Nielsen/Lowe government from 1976-1979, which held 18 seats out of 35.  Such governments are invariably considered to have been majority governments.  The Goss government in Queensland lost a majority of one when one of its members was disqualified, and failed to regain it (and as a result lost office) at the subsequent by-election. The  Beattie government in Queensland and current Weatherill government in South Australia both gained a majority of one at by-elections.

Should New England be lost at the by-election, the government will hold 75/150 seats, which is exactly half the parliament, and is not a majority.  At that point the government will have lost its majority.

Various conventions are used for calculating the majority.  One, which I think is the better one, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus the number of other MPs.  On this convention, the Turnbull government has had a two-seat majority until now.  The Abbott government had a 30-seat majority.

The other, which seems to have taken over in Australia since the last election, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus half the parliament.

75/149 is a majority whichever way it is sliced.  On the latter reading, it is a half-seat majority, which is one of the reasons why the latter reading is a silly.

What the vacating of New England does is takes away the government's "floor majority", on the assumption that the Speaker will vote to maintain the status quo.  However, it is only a convention that the Speaker votes that way, and...

22:45

Volvox design studio "IndyWatch Feed National"

atelier volvox logo

Volvox is a popular name. Add to the list of non-Chlorophyte uses Atelier Volvox (Volvox Workshop), a design studio in Switzerland. They seem to sell mainly accents and small furniture, such as Brderchen:

Brderchen

Brderchen by Sophie Liechti. The function of a Mute Servant is to accept clothes and keep them ready for the next use. But who wants a servant in the bedroom? With a little brother you invite a friend, a little deer, who brings in a room the clarity of design and the magic of a fairy tale. Bruderchen is made by hand from solid walnut or ash. Two end pieces made of brass serve as a place to hang hangers.

Please forgive my Google translation. 640 Swiss Francs (about the same in dollars) seems a bit steep to me, but what do I know; Im still sitting in my Pong. Not everything is that expensivethe Kerzenstnder is only 39 Francs:

Kerzenstnder

Kerzenstnder by Lea Gerber, Sophie Liechti.

Okay, I thought that was for the set. Its just the smallest one. The whole set would run you 137 Francs. So Atelier Volvox is not for plebs like me. Nice stuff, though. They do need a better picture of Volvox for their logo; maybe Ill offer them one.

So for the record, heres the list to date:

22:39

Snail's pace "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australian crawl

Ah, mate.

Wages grew by just +0.48 per cent in the September 2017 quarter, to be +2.01 per cent higher over the year.

Superficially this looks like a bit of an improvement, and at least it can be said that wages are growing a bit ahead of the rate of inflation. Just. 


And including bonuses the annual increase was a slightly more upbeat +0.7 per cent for the quarter, and +2.2 per cent for the year. 

However, the result this quarter was pumped up by the minimum wage increase, and you can see in the chart below that a number of industries (such as accommodation & food) how this inflated the quarterly numbers. 

Over the year the industries with the most robust wage price growth included healthcare & social assistance (+2.7 per cent), arts & recreation services (+2.7 per cent), and education & training (+2.4 per cent).

On the other hand wages growth in the mining sector (+1.2 per cent) remains very low, as it does in professional, scientific, & tech services (+1.5 per cent). 


Annual wage price growth in the private sector remains super-low at just +1.86 per cent, with wage price growth in the public sector some way higher at +2.37 per cent. 

The public se...

22:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of Australias greatest rock bands who are completing a world tour with their second concert in Sydney this Friday Midnight Oil

 

 


22:13

BON SCOTT LIVE LET THERE BE ROCK "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia where I live our greatest rock band ACDC otherwise known as Acca Dacca

 


22:07

No birds today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

but there was 10 mm of beautiful, drenching rain!

You could hear the bush sighing with relief.

A brief visit to Demo Track found Red-anther Wallaby-grass Rytidosperma pallidum in great shape. Also known as Silver-top Wallaby-grass and revised from Chionochloa pallida and Joycea pallida this local native species is great habitat for Painted Button-quail.

Red-anther Wallaby-grass, Demo Track, 15th November 2017

22:01

Living samples of planet's oldest life forms found in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Living specimens of stromatolites - the oldest evidence of life on Earth - have been found deep within a remote, protected World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Australia. Stromatolites date back some 3.7 billion years and are regarded as a crucial piece of the puzzle that make up Earth's geological history - thanks to their layers of cyanobacteria, which comprise biofilm. These trap sediment and minerals from the water and cement them in place. The stromatolite layers then painstakingly build up overtime to form rock structures.

22:00

This Is How To Respond To A Question You Dont Know The Answer To "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sometimes, I dont know or Let me get back to you just doesnt cut it.

No matter what your job or level, your work life is always throwing questions at you. Some of them are easy to answer with a confident yes, no, or a well-reasoned explanation. Others arent. Most of the time its no big deal when you dont have a solid answer right away. But sometimes a question can really stump you, and defaulting to I dont know or Ill get back to you, can risk diminishing your credibilityespecially if those are your go-to responses every single time youre put on the spot at work.

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21:22

The Honest Ads Act: "Fundamental Rights," Real and Imagined "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There's a right to speak. There's a right to listen or not listen to what someone says. There's a right to ask who's saying it, and to condition one's belief or non-belief on the answer. But that answer may be "none of your business," and there's no right to forcibly dictate otherwise.

21:15

India Keeps Options Open at US-led "Quad" Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

21:07

Anyone happen to know the hourly rate at Cairns City Tattoo? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Want to get a tattoo while I'm in Cairns but want to make sure it's not going to be too expensive. I tried sending them a Facebook message but they didn't respond and I'd rather not book an appointment without knowing. Thanks in advance!

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21:02

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

20:54

Love Our Streets West Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Great news - from November 2017 to April 2018 the City of Hobart is working with the community in West Hobart, designing creative activities to enhance walkability and bring the streetscape to life with colour and fun.  All community members are invited to join in to design and implement this project.

The project is designed to show people driving through our suburb to realise that - hey!  there are people living here!

We can share our ideas online about what we and our friends could do to activate the street, or look for other people to join in a project, or suggest something that the Council could coordinate.  Just go to  the Council's Your Say Hobart webpage.   Log in (or register if you haven't been in there before) and then go to the LoveOurStreetsWestHobart page.


Community-based activity is important to increase walking in local areas. When residents feel socially connected to their neighbours and part of a strong community they are more likely to walk and spend time in their street.
With the community activating West Hobart, through events, activity and art, the traffic travelling along the streets should slow down.
Even the everyday way that front yards are used can contribute to street activation. Simple ideas could include planting a vegetable plot in your front yard, or having dinner on your front verandah (and perhaps inviting the neighbours!).

Rossmoyne Street in Thornbury (Victoria) is a great example. The community hosted a scarecrow competition in their street which helped to slow down traffic - and the residents got to know each better!

The first idea to hit the streets is a Sea of Sunflowers.  Packets of sunflower seeds are being distributed to residents - just sow them in your front yard!  Soon we will see splashes of colour all along our streets.

The first community gathering is a Fence Weaving party.  On 30 November, at West Hobart's Train Park between 3:30-5.30pm, be there and join in the fun!

20:52

Soviet Union of America - Rt debate on growing media suppression in US "IndyWatch Feed National"

We live in increasingly 'interesting' times. US Journalists and government employees are afraid to criticise their government's outrageously authoritarian move against one media outlet, because they are afraid of being harassed themselves. According to the US Department of Justice, RT is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the United States Department Of Justice refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws RT may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression. The UK is following suit, with parliamentarians attacking journalists who write against its illegal foreign wars, because they are afraid of being pursued one day for war crimes. Julian Assange has rightly described Australia as being governed by Washington, so we Australians had better look out and stand up and defend RT and anyone who writes a different point of view.

CrossTalking with Lee Stranahan, Rocky Anderson and Marcus Papadopoulos.

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20:47

Humanity In Crisis, Part 8: Missing Shoals, and the Blob "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huge Herring catches are unloaded from a fishing boat in Rockland. New England, 2015. Conservation groups are worried that huge catches change the entire food chain in those areas

By Dee McLachlan

My late Dad was a keen fisherman and, as a nine-year old, Id be dragged out of bed at 4.00 am, to then walk in the dark to some distant rocky point. Then, at dawn, lines would be cast out. Within an hour, enough fish had been caught for almost the entire holiday. You couldnt catch too much, as you had to carry it all back.

It only took about a decade for all that to change. In my twenties and thirties, when holidaying at the same place on that southern coast in S...

20:10

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/37880210/indonesian-policeman-shot-dead-near-us-owned-mine/

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

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Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) - An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.




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19:59

PERTH Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Major drug bust: More than 30 kilos of ice found in Perth raids .

November 15, 2017 at 04:56PM .

Both men were refused bail and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. They are due to face court again next week. A 27-year-old man

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19:59

PERTH Perth prison escapee faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth prison escapee faces court .

November 15, 2017 at 03:03PM .

Sedman appeared via video link in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and insisted on having his five charges read out to him. He had his case

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PERTH Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prison escapee: Perth man, three other charged over Fremantle van escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:01AM .

who facing charges of forcibly rescuing offenders, assaulting a public officer and making threats to kill has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/perth/prison-escapee-perth-man-three-other-charge-over-fremantle-van-escape-ng-b88660474z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHzWn2p7FfRAi-SpPPlxx5WtrmIfA

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PERTH Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fremantle: police charge four people over alleged violent prisoner escape .

November 15, 2017 at 11:08AM .

The four charged people will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today. The 33-year-old prisoner faces charges of forcibly rescuing a sentence offender,

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19:47

GARAGE SALES FOR DAYS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Garage sale signs are soooo 2016

The post GARAGE SALES FOR DAYS appeared first on The Westsider.

18:48

MACKAY Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Bike wedged under car, on fire: Sarina womans wrong turn

November 15, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Jane Margaret Perry (Langdon), 51, from Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention

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18:40

Federal radioactive waste in South Australia : three sites, two years, one message "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  This week marks two years since the federal government announced its six shortlisted sites across Australia for the development of a National nuclear waste dump. Three of those sites were in South Australia and today both the Flinders Ranges and the Kimba agricultural region remain under threat.

The planned National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) project has been met with contest and concern from community members and state and national environment groups.

The waste issue is also set to be highlighted in the March state election with all SA politicians and hopefuls facing calls to explicitly back existing state legislation that makes any such dump illegal. Conservation SA was pleased to see an article in yesterdays Australian newspaper disclosing Premier Jay Weatherills support for the Flinders Ranges community in their campaign against a radioactive waste dump in a letter to Prime Minister Turnbull urging him to respect Aboriginal opposition to the planned dump.

Regina McKenzie, Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner who lives next door to the Barndioota site and is a member of the Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG) said The Liberal governments plan is impacting the mental health and well being of the people in the Flinders Ranges and Kimba communities. We are happy that Premier Weatherill has opened his ears to us and is urging Malcolm Turnbull to do the same. For two years we have said no and we continue to say no.

Kimba farmer Peter Woolford, chair of No Radioactive Waste on Agricultur...

18:40

Calls for Great Forest National Park refreshed as poll shows forest protection a vote decider "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than 30 environment, recreation and scientific groups have renewed their call for the creation of the Great Forest National Park, as Labors favoured issues of renters rights and cost of housing prove less popular with voters in the upcoming Northcote by-election.

Read coverage in The Guardian here.

18:34

Strong protest at Bonn Climate Summit against push for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Special Report: Revolt at Trumps Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit NOVEMBER 14, 2017, Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this years conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this years U.N. climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trumps decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.

Transcript    This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!democracynow.orgThe War and Peace Report. Were broadcasting live from the U.N. climate summit here in Bonn, Germany. Close to 200 countries are gathered. The U.S. says that it is pulling out of the climate accord. Well, on Monday night, activists and Democratic lawmakers staged a full-fledged revolt as the Trump administration made its official debut at this years COP at a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. It included speakers from coal company Peabody Energy, the nuclear engineering firm NuScale Power and a gas exporter. The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this years U.N. climate summit.

Well, Democracy Now! was there Monday night as the U.S. delegation made its official debut. It didnt go too well. At least, it didnt begin well, with a White House consultant telling Democracy Now! we could not film him.....

18:31

Pacific Islanders call on Australia and other nations, as climate change submerges islands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pacific Island nations urge world leaders to act as islands expected to sink


AUSTRALIAS tropical island neighbours may exist today, but their leaders have urged us to help them from sinking.    news.com.au, Matt Young@MattYoung  14 Nov 17 
A LARGE swath of Pacific Island nations are slowly being eaten away until residents will be forced to evacuate and the islands eventually sink into the sea and its coming sooner than we think.

This modern-day Atlantis is thanks to sea levels across small island nations that have seen a dramatic rise over the past few decades, a rate of up to 3-4 times larger than the global average. Tuvalu, in the western Pacific Ocean, will reportedly be uninhabitable by 2050, while its island neighbour Kiribati, is expected to be fully submerged by 2100.

The Maldives, which has the lowest elevation in the world and a population of 427,000, may also have sunk by the end of the century.

It has led experts including Professor Tim Flannery, climate change expert and Professor at La Trobe University to believe we are on a trajectory that will see those nations compromised.

Five reef islands in the Solomon Islands have already been lost forever while a further six have been completely eroded. Last year, the island of Nuatambu had already lost half o...

18:24

To understand growth of nuclear weapons industry FOLLOW THE MONEY "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Whos Really Driving Nuclear-Weapons Production? Follow the money. The Nation  By William D. Hartung [This piece has been updated and adapted from William D. Hartungs Nuclear Politics inSleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and just published by the New Press.] 14 Nov 17

..The techniques that the arms lobby and its allies in government used more than half a century ago to promote sky-high nuclear weapons spending continue to be wielded to this day. The twenty-first-century arms complex employs tools of influence that Kennedy and his compatriots would have found familiar indeedincluding millions of dollars in campaign contributions that flow to members of Congress and the continual employmentof 700 to 1,000 lobbyists to influence them. At certain moments, in other words, there have been nearly two...

18:13

NSW, Australia: Shopping Centre Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Received on 15.11.17:

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


18:05

Australian Aboriginal concerns will now be addressed in Scotland discussions on destination of reprocessed nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Herald 13th Nov 2017, ABORIGINES challenging proposals to dump nuclear waste from northern Scotland to a sacred Australian site have won a breakthrough meeting with
government officials about their concerns.

Wallerberdina, 280 miles north of Adelaide, has been identified as a potential location for Australias
first nuclear waste dump as part of a deal that returns spent fuel processed at the nuclear facility currently being decommissioned in Dounreay, Caithness, to its country of origin.

This is despite claims that it is a priceless heritage site rich in archaeological treasures including
burial mounds, fossilised bones and stone tools. Some have claimed the
impact would be similar to building a waste dump at the heart of the
Vatican.

Campaigners who have appealed to the Scottish Government to halt
the plans to ship nuclear waste processed at Dounreay in Caithness to
Australia, have now been told that their concerns should be addressed
before any final decision is taken.

The Dounreay Waste Substitution Policy, agreed in 2012, sees waste from Australia, Belgium, Germany and Italy processed at the Scottish facility to make it safe for storage after being
returned to its country of origin. Campaigners have complained that the
intended South Australian destination forms part of an Aboriginal heritage
site rich in burial mounds, fossilised bones and stone tools.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15655056.Breakthrough_in_Australian_aboriginal_challenge_to_nuclear_waste_transfers_from...

18:03

Gay marriage bill introduced to parliament "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attorney-general George Brandis. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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Same-sex marriage is on track to be legalised before Christmas after draft laws were introduced to the Senate.

Liberal Dean Smiths private senators bill hit parliament on Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced a 61.6 per cent yes vote in support of changing the Marriage Act.Attorney-General George Brandis expects the Senate to deal with the bill by the end of the next sitting week on November 30, with debate to get under way on Thursday.

Senator Brandis said he will move amendments to extend exemption for religious ministers to civil celebrants and ensure people can legally have any view on same-sex marriage.

There should be strong protections for religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience, Senator Brandis told parliament.

Liberal senator James Paterson foreshadowed his own private bill earlier in the week which sought to extend religious protections to allow businesses that provide services to weddings the right to refuse service to gay couples.

But on Wednesday, Senator Paterson conceded the Smith bill had majority support.

He released a statement vowing to work with parliament on amendments to ensure the strongest possible protections of freedom would be in the final legislation.At last, same sex couples will be able to get married, as I have long advocated, Senator Paterson said.

Senator Smiths bill, which had cross-party support, will allow religious ministers to refuse to marry a couple.

This bill gives effect to the view that all Australians should have equal access to Australias marriage laws, Senator Smith said.

Extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen and not diminish marriage in Australia.

Labor senate leader Penny Wong, who was overcome with emotion when the survey results were announced, it was time for parliament to act.

I believe the Australian people voted to remove discrimination and I trust the bill will reflect that, Senator Wong said.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale warned opponents against amendments which would have discriminatory impacts.

Think very, very carefully about entrenching dis...

17:54

Crate Digging with Archie Hamilton & Mantra Collective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Direct from Fuse London, producer & DJ Archie Hamilton has quickly been dubbed one of the scenes most sought-after young artists.

An avid music maker and curator, Hamilton has garnered support from the highest echelons of house and techno as a DJ, producer and label boss. Heading up his own imprints Moscow Records, Moss Co. and Arkityp, hes been responsible for pushing a recent slew of alternative sounds onto dancefloors across the globe. Since the driving rhythms of his own tracks Mind Blank and Troublemaker propelled him into the limelight, Hamilton has found himself making the cut for Resident Advisors Top 100 DJs list.

Taking advantage of Hamiltons ear for interesting sounds, we asked the London-baed tastemaker to take us through his top five vinyl faves ahead of his extended three hour set this Saturday. Get acquainted with his mixed bag, below.

 

Casey Tucker Whatever Comes to Mind [For Those That Knoe 2017]

Paddy, arpy bliss with a catchy bassline and distorted perc. Eurghhhhhh

Circulation Green (Mix1) [Circulation 1998]

Simple, effective melodies and pads and that phasing shaker! Ive got everything Circulation have done. Even if they arent all tracks Id play, I just love the production.

 

Disk Energy [Whiteloops 2016]

Nice clubby edit of Estelle Montenegro Energy. Positive, rolling and groovy. I could listen to the loop on repeat and not get bored!

 

Terry Francis Loving you [Pagan, 2001]

King Terry! Amazing groove, with layers of percussion and stabs that build and build without getting busy. Lush pads and out of nowhere that amazing vocal!

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17:48

WATCH: Penny Wongs Reaction To The Yes Vote Will Make You Cry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Senator Penny Wongs tears of joy following the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result has gone viral. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday 61.6% of Australians had voted to allow same-sex couples to wed. TV cameras were watching a group of senators in a committee room at Parliament House in Canberra ...

The post WATCH: Penny Wongs Reaction To The Yes Vote Will Make You Cry appeared first on QNEWS.

17:47

New film Atomic Homefront reveals dangerous radioactive waste problem at St Louis, USA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Atomic Homefront: St. Louis Residents Fire Back at EPA Over Local Nuclear Waste  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/atomic-homefront-clip-nuclear-waste-st-louis-doc-watch-video-1058118 The film, which premieres at the Doc NYC festival, follows a group of moms-turned-activists as they confront government agencies and corporations over the illegal dumping of radioactive waste in their neighborhood.

A group of concerned St. Louis residents confront representatives from the Army Corps and EPA over the safety of their neighborhood, in light of nuclear waste being dumped in a nearby landfill, in an exclusive clip from the HBO documentary Atomic Homefront.

The film, which is set to premiere at the Doc NYC festival on Wednesday (Nov. 15) before opening in New York on Friday (Nov. 17) and airing on HBO early next year, follows a group of moms-turned-activists in the St. Louis area as they take on the government and corporations over the illegal dumping of nuclear waste in their community in a desperate bid to protect their families from the toxic effects of radioactive waste.

In the clip, the residents of Bridgeton, Missouri, gather at a meeting with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA and the residents, many of whom are moms, grow frustrated at the officials inability to explain the risk facing their community and suggestion that their neighborhood is a safe living area. The residents are afraid that radioactive particles could become airborne once an uncontrolled, subsurface fire reaches the nuclear waste.


17:44

Australian World Heritage sites at special climate change risk- International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 14 Nov 17, From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled to 62 in the past three years.

Those at high risk include iconic places from the Galapagos Islands to the central Amazon and less well known but equally vibrant and unique sites such as the karst caves of Hungary and Slovakia and the...

17:39

Western Australia: SUPREME COURT JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL for YEELIRRIE URANIUM MINE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

DATE                     Thursday 16th November

TIME                      9.30am

LOCATION           Supreme Court of WA

David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack StreetPERTH WA 6000

 The Supreme Court of WA will commence proceedings to review the environmental approval for the Yeelirrie Uranium mine proposal, brought by the Conservation Council of Western Australia and Traditional Owners.

 


17:39

Love Wins; Hate And Dutton And Shelton And Abbott And Bernardi Et Al Lose "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The marriage survey result showed that Australia is better than our politicians give us credit for, writes Ben Eltham.

The crowd gathered at the rally outside Melbournes State Library was predominantly young, but not completely. There were many families and clearly many straight people wanting to show their support. Inevitably, there was a babadook.

On the train in to the city this morning, I stood next to a middle-aged mother and her two daughters wearing rainbow ribbons. It was clear that this was a moment of great emotional importance to them as a family.

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The mood was nervous but expectant. On Swanston Street, I watched two young lesbians embrace excitedly, arm in arm, as they ran into the throng. I ran into respected arts journalist Richard Watts. Watts has a long commitment to queer campaigning. I didnt expect to be this nervous, he told me. The shame is that even if we win, it wont mean anything legally, unlike in Ireland.

Marriage is a very old custom, but in many ways a modern construction. As many have pointed out, the current law dates back only to 2004, when a cynical John Howard amended the Marriage Act to mandate heterosexuality, and to outlaw same sex marriages overseas. It was an act of political opportunism that has set the tone for the way both major parties have treated the issue ever since.

At the Melbourne rally, a glitchy link made statistician David Kalischs comments largely unintelligible. When the decision came through there was an initial pause, then a tremendous rush of emotion as people cheered and clapped.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

There were tears, too: lots of them, particularly from some of the older people present, some who perhaps remembered a different Australia, one where open displays of same-sex affection were greeted with violence rather than celebration.

And, of course, there were selfies. So love wins, deadpanned one young man to his boyfriend, as they took a selfie together. It was a remark that seemed to sum up the bittersweet nature of the moment.

The marriage equality campaign has been....

17:37

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century, Vox,  A new book offers a dark picture of humanitys future.    by  Nov 14, 2017, My belief is that we will see a renaissance of violent conflict in the 21st century, and that many of these conflicts will spring from climate change.

Thats what Harald Welzer, author of Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century, told me in a recent interview. A professor at the University of Flensburg in Germany, Welzer studies the cultural and political implications of climate change. His book, first published in 2012, was rereleased in paperback in October.

After a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation warning that climate change is likely to cause the largest refugee crisis in human history, I reached out to Welzer to discuss his book, which is a foreboding look at humanitys future in a world shaped, increasingly, by climate change.

Twentieth-century wars were fought over land, religion, and economics. But Welzer argues that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over something quite different: climate change, and the shortages of water and food that will come from it.

Ideology will always be a surface-level justification for conflict, he told me. But if you look deeply at the source of future conflicts, I think youll see a basic resource conflict at the bottom of it all.

Our full conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows.https://www.vox.com/world/2017/11/14/16589878/global-climate-change-conflict-environment


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17:34

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq Battered by shifting resources, desperate farmers were driven into terror recruiters clutches. Can it happen again?,  National Geographic, It was a few weeks after the rains failed in the winter of 2009 that residents of Shirqat first noticed the strange bearded men.

Circling like vultures among the stalls of the towns fertilizer market in Iraqs northern Salahaddin governorate, theyd arrow in on the most shabbily dressed farmers, and tempt them with promises of easy riches. Join us, and youll never have to worry about feeding your family, Saleh Mohammed Al-Jabouri, a local tribal sheikh, remembers one recruiter saying.

With every flood or bout of extreme heat or cold, the jihadists would reappear, often supplementing their sales pitches with gifts. When a particularly vicious drought struck in 2010, the fifth in seven years, they doled out food baskets. When fierce winds eviscerated hundreds of eggplant fields near Kirkuk in the spring of 2012, they distributed cash. As farming communities limped from one debilitating crisis to another, the recruitersall members of what soon became the Islamic Statebegan to see a return on their investment.

Two agricultural laborers in Azwai, a blink-and-youll-miss-it farming community just south of Shirqat, ran off to join the jihadists in December 2013. Seven more from outlying villages followed a month later. By the time the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) seized this swath of Iraqalong with most of the countrys west and northin a brutal summer-long blitzkrieg in 2014, few locals were surprised to see dozens of former fertilizer market regulars among its ranks.

We said just wait until the next harvest, life will get better, life will become easier, Jabouri said. But things just werent...

17:31

USA Senate considers danger of unstable President having ability to launch nuclear strike "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The president is so unstable: Senator questions Trumps capability to launch nuclear strike  http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/15/president-so-unstable-senator-questions-trumps-capability-launch-nuclear-strike  For the first time since 1976, US Congress is questioning the US presidents authority to launch a nuclear strike. By Riley Morgan, 15 Nov 17 

Senator Chris Murphy made a damning assessment of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as Congress discussed if the countrys leader should have the authority to launch a nuclear attack.

Mr Trump has recently been taunting North Korea and vowed to unleash fire and fury like the world has never seen on the rogue nation if its nuclear armament program was not pulled back.

While the hearing was not about Mr Trump specifically, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy appeared to refer to the 45th president as unstable and volatile when discussing concerns over his ability to launch a missile attack.

We are concerned that the president is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear...

17:28

Australia business leaders Michael Myer and Geoff Manchester oppose Adanis coal mine project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/australia-business-leaders-michael-myer-and-geoff-manchester-oppose-adanis-coal-mine-project/news-story/f60abb21915d09eb398f2570b856a9bd

THEY know how to make a million and these two successful Australian businessman say claims about Adanis coal mine are delusional. 14 Nov 17

OPPOSITION to Adanis coal mine continues to build as two prominent Australian business leaders come out against the project.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Myer of the prominent Myer retailing family, and Intrepid Travel founder and chief executive officer Geoff Manchester, have both decided to speak out against the $16.5 billion project in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The two men share similar concerns but were not aware of the others views before going public.

The mine itself is an outrage, Mr Myer told news.com.au.

Its a stranded asset and the proponent (Gautam) Adani is basically doing a very good job at conning our politicians at all levels of government.

But he said the fact that governments were subsidising the project was also concerning. Federal, state and local governments have all agreed to, or are considering, providing the project with financial assistance.

Mr Myer said the economics of the project did not stack up and the leading supporters of the project were politicians, not those in the business world.

The whole line that this is good for Queensland jobs is farcical and delusional, Mr Myer said.

It doesnt stack up economically and as time goes on the economics get even worse.

While the governments have continued to spruik the 10,000 jobs that will be created, Adanis own expert has admitted the figure will be closer to 1400 once jobs lost in other areas are taken into consideration.

Mr Myer believes the 10,000 number is mythical and the real number will likely be even less than 1400 as many operations can now be automated.

These jobs could also come at the expense of others.

At risk is Australias lucrative tourism industry with many concerned about the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism operators are very concerned about this because weve already seen some negative impact on the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching in the last couple of years, Intrepid CEO Geoff Manchester said.

Weve already had seen some local tourism operators i...

17:25

Tribal Community Deserves Real Answers as to Why Officer was Trigger Happy in Death of Bad River Teen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Commentary

Published November 15, 2017

Shortly before noon, one week ago, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, was shot and killed by Brock Mrdjenovich, an Ashland County sheriffs deputy, who has been an officer for about a year.

The incident became one more tragedy for an American Indian family. The incident became one more time an officer killed an American Indian.

The number of American Indians killed by police has more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Sadly, the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports on a per capita basis, American Indians are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States.

In the immediate days after the killing Peros family demanded answers from law enforcement about the death of their son and grandson.

Levi Rickert

On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Jusitce provided an updated the day the family was hosting ceremonies to bury their dead teen. Not surprsing, the report provided a very one-sided account about what happened on last Wednesday morning.

A portion of the report reads:

Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon. On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the deputy was attempting to retreat. Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice. Life-saving measures were initiated however, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. DCI has determined Jason Pero was the same person that called 911 reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description. Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Peros bedroom supports that information. 

Some eyewitnesses are reportedly disputing Pero had a knife. So...

17:24

Last Green Drinks for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Green Drinks Friday 24th November 5.00 til 6.30 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

Join us for the last Green Drinks of 2017! Networking and socialising for our environment Bringing together a lively mix of people in the environment/conservation/sustainability realm of FNQ from local conservation groups to NGOs, academia, government and business.

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17:22

Your Silence On Manus And Nauru Is Your Complicity "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull.

If you dont exercise your democracy, youll lose it. Its as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public who dont hold them to account, and of the normalisation of cruelty.

We have known about the realities of mandatory detention for decades. We have seen how mandatory detention unfairly punishes people, causes deterioration in peoples mental and physical health and in some cases, results in death.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)We knew so intensely that offshore processing was brutal that for a brief period a decade ago, these centres were actually closed.

But we have normalised cruelty. We have normalised it to a point where it has become a given that both of our major political parties and most of the minor ones would not even think to stand up and demand policy change. They ignore hundreds of investigations, inquiries, testimonies, photos and videos which clearly show that Australia has contributed to the illness and death of thousands of people since the 1990s.

Despite knowing all of this, Australians continue to vote for politicians who uphold these systems. And after they are voted in, Australians click their tongues over articles about what happens on Manus or Nauru, maybe share one on Facebook or Twitter, and then go about their day.

The Nauru files a cache of 2,000 documents containing accounts of horrific conditions should have brought masses of people to the streets. Every single death in offshore detention should have brought masses of people to the streets....

17:19

Financial peril for Adanis Carmichael mine company "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Profits of Adanis Carmichael mine company tumble, leaving it in financial peril

Owner of Carmichael project cant walk away from mine without descending further into distress, says energy expert, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 14 Nov 17, Profits of Adani Enterprises the company in Adani Groups complex structure that owns the proposed Carmichael coalmine  have collapsed almost 50% year-on-year, according to a half-yearly report released this week which does not mention the mine.

The results further show the company is in financial distress, according to Tim Buckley from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, who says they also reveal the company cant walk away from the unviable Carmichael project without descending further into financial distress.

The Carmichael coalmine, which would be the largest ever built in Australia, has struggled to find financing for either the mine itself or the associated infrastructure such as the rail line that would transport coal to an export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef.

Every major Australian bank has said it will not be involved in the project, and the company has been seeking subsidised government finance from the Australian government and possibly also from China.

If they tried to exit the project now, they would either have to write it off or find someone willing to buy it, said Buckley.

If the project was written off or sold for significantly less than its current book value...

17:14

15 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • WA wind, solar industry in turmoil as green fund cements govt monopoly
    Synergys new green fund will cement its near monopoly powers, and put up to $1bn of wind and solar developments at risk, industry warns.

17:14

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Statement from Husk Collective, active since August 2017.

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Originally published by squat.net.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Moonee Ponds (Melbourne): Husk Collective

We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.

We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.

We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.

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17:12

Australian Government oppressing the people with regards to technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems that the administration of the colony called Australia really hate their (tax) slave population where the sheeple are not allowed new technology that is available elsewhere.

Why would there be such an oppressive policy against the convict population?

It's not as if they are going to build a computer controlled rocket and blow up parliament house in the nation's capital, as it already has a fence (with other high tech surveillance) around it to keep the herd out.

Apparently a policy exists, where the serfs have no access to it(?), with regards to restricting new technology being imported into Australia.

We're not talking about the latest and greatest Android slab (phone) which is a great self sponsored government / corporate surveillance tool, as they're all for that, it's about the 'other' technology that is available to other inhabitants of even less fortunate nations than the people of Australia.

See article from 11 Nov 2017 by news.com.au of the headline:

How Australians are beating tech restrictions, importing the best gadgets not available Down Under



Liam, 20 months old, tries an Amazon Echo device with his parents. The device is one of many Australians cannot buy locally. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

PLANES cross the Pacific Ocean every single day, and the world has never seemed smaller or easier to access. 

Despite this, some of the best technological creations still dont reach as far as Australia, and many dont arrive in stores for months after their worldwide release.

These failures to launch affect everything from smartphones to computers, cameras to virtual reality gaming equipment, with notable holdouts including Google Glass, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and the much-hyped Essential smartphone that can still only be ordered in the United States and Canada.

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16:51

Unmasking The Reality Behind The Racism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Racism is not really a thing, at least not in the sense that its an actual thing. It is a problem though. Douglas Ross explains.

You terrorist. You little monkey.

Surely if Sam Dastyari were six foot five and had spent the past six months in an aggressive workout routine, arming himself to the bone for a new role in what could be a potential new Wolverine series, those dickheads last week might have refrained from using the word little.

Common sense would have prevailed in that case.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250But he hasnt been working out as much as Hugh Jackman. Hes a mild mannered and average heighted politician. The blokes dressed up in their everyday-Australian Toll uniform took advantage of that and implied a threat of physical violence in their bigoted catcalls.

There is no excuse for the actions of the men who accosted Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Their attitudes are depressing and if they lose their jobs over the incident I doubt few would rush to their defence. We all can feel that sick feeling Sam must have felt in the bottom of his stomach the first moment he realised an antagonistic voice was directed at him.

It is an awful feeling that nobody should have the displeasure of ever experiencing.

However, there is a reason for that misdirected, ignorant, angry, inexcusable and just face-palm inducing confrontational behaviour. In fact, there are several lives worth of reasons that culminated in an alcohol-fuelled series of racist taunts by a group of men to an Iranian-born Australian.

To state a philosophical argument that is going to make many groan and rustle up a host of perfectly valid arguments against me: racism isnt, by reasoning, real. It cant be. It doesnt exist. Dont quote that on its own; youre not allowed. To continue my point: it is not to say that the realities that stem from the irreality of prejudice arent real. The results of a bigoted mind are as real as each new day but the place from which they stem is a misnomer. It cannot be real.

Racism is a cover for something else, or usually a host of something elses. It has to be. An overdue electricity bill. A hungry family. A job lost because you were late to work once. An addiction to gambling. An over-reliance on alcohol. A mother who left when...

16:47

Kristina Keneally's naive apologia for Islam should be in every Bennelong letterbox "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kristina Kenneally is a pleasant woman. She was great fronting Basketball Australia and often good on Sky News. She's a polished spokesperson who dresses well and has a reliable repertoire of social-justice-warrior lines. But she's also easily led and given to helping dangerous people like Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi, Ian...

16:39

MAINfm is looking for a Station Manager (paid) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STATION MANAGER for MAINfm.

MainFm is a community Radio Station based in Castlemaine. We were recently awarded Australias most outstanding small station by the CBAA.

The position is a paid part time role (3 days per week) 6 Month Contract.

The station is seeking to recruit a person with experience in voluntary based community organisations.  Knowledge and experience in radio or the media is desirable but not essential.

Employment beyond the initial six months is subject to further funding.

Copies of the Position Description and the Information Pack are available from the secretary via email: alantaylorcastlemaine@gmail.com

Applications must be lodged with the secretary by the COB Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

Click here for a Position Description.  Station Mgr PD v2 Nov 2017

16:18

THREE CONVERSATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Tune in this Arts Thursday 16th November for three great conversations with Maisy Stapleton, showcasing the diversity of the arts in Sydney.

First up is a chat with artist Tom Carment, whose exhibition New Paintings. Old Habits at the King Street Gallery on William takes a new look at still life, along with the plein air landscapes for which he is well known.

Tom is a wonderful story-teller! Find out how a typewriter became a still life study and other stories around Toms works.

womerah street...

16:06

Middle East Who is Who? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I am confused. On the one hand, you said the Saudis could be sued for 911 and that they have been funding ISIS with the USA. Then Iran is supposed to be a terrorist state. Who is who?

Thanks

KW

ANSWER: It is confusing. Bin Laden was Suni, not a Shia, and he considered Shia Muslims were in the same class as heretics, America, and Israel. He believed these were the true enemies of Islam. So there have been terrorists on both sides of the religious issue. They are not one group compared to another. I was merely explaining the major religious battle. Each side has its extremes just as do the Jews and Christians. Bin Laden subscribed to the Athari school of Islamic theology which believes in the STRICT interpretation of the Quran. That would be the same as the Born-Again Christians and the Hasidic Jews who also subscribe to the strict interpretation of the Bible be it New or Old Testament respectfully.

The USA was funding ISIS because they wanted to support Qatar trying to get a pipeline through Syria to compete with Russia. That is why Russia went into Syria. It was the Obama Administration that was giving the blessing to terrorism to overthrow Syria.

16:03

The thin end of the wedge on anti-discrimination law? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The latest attempt to derail equal marriage was a proposal by a group of conservatives to remove anti-discrimination provision to allow a wide range of discrimination against same-sex married couples. The leading proponent of the proposal was James Paterson who, like so many Liberal MPs, is a former staffer at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Press coverage duly noted that Paterson had answered Yes in the postal survey and described him as a supporter of individual liberty, but didnt as far as I can tell ask the obvious question: is Patersons position on discrimination specific to this issue, or does he support a general right to discriminate on racial, religious and other grounds?

The public record isnt very clear on this. Insofar as hes said anything about anti-discrimination law, Paterson has been opposed. This is consistent with the orthodox propertarian position that employers, business and landlords should be free from any interference from government. However, so far, he has only made this point explicit in relation to equal marriage and racist speech (Section 18C). So, it would be good to have a clear statement as to whether the current bill is intended as the thin end of the wedge, or whether he sees equal marriage as a special case.

15:54

7 Horrifying Visions From Near Death Experiences In Hell "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Throughout all of mankind and humanity, people have searched for an answer for why we are here, what was supposed to be doing, and what happens after we die. While this mystery has yet to be solved, some people have some interesting stories as to what they experienced in near death.

Ah, death; its been the scariest thing to think of since we are children. We all wonder what happens when we die. It really might come down to what religion you practice or believe in when it comes to where you think youre going after death. Science has even studied this on multiple different occasions, and while researchers believe they have proved consciousness moves on after death, people are still far from being comforted especially after thee stories. While I typically write about the more comforting aspects of spirituality, in the spirit of Halloween, youll surely enjoy these visions of hell after death.

When it comes down to it, everyone probably envisions the same basis. After death, you are greeted by either a man with a red face and some eerily tall gates entering the land of despair, or youre met with a wise man dressed in a white robe with a long white beard in front of a pretty ornamented gate made of pure gold.Which one you go through is determined by the character you displayed in your life good or bad?

People these days are having a much harder time believing in the karmic justice of being a bad person following you into the afterlife. However, many people have experienced near-death phenomenon in which they actually went to hell and made it back to the physical world. Even well-known atheists were met with powerful realms of darkness, repentance, and eternal torment unless they were to preach the name of God. What do you think? Check out the stories below.

1. Matthew Botsford, Gun Shot Victim

everything changed on one March night in 1992. Matthew and two sales associates were in Atlanta on business. They had just left a restaurant and had gone outside to catch a taxi, when suddenly Matthew and the others never saw it coming. Behind them, several men were arguing when three of them pulled out guns and started shooting. One of Matthews friends took a bullet to the head and died instantly. The other was unharmed. Matthew was also shot in the head, and he too died.

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15:51

L'Agora ~ French - Baie des Citrons, Noumea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our 2017 Noumea feeding frenzy starts at L'Agora in Baie des Citrons.   We've been to Noumea so many times our stomachs start rumbling when we see waves breaking on the outer reef as our plane descends. We've prepared by not eating on the plane, it's always best to land hungry. We planned to hit Amadeus for our first feed of the trip, but dang it had closed down, a real shame

15:38

Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

15:38

November verse 7 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As one of my neighbours said, The mean-spirited b***d didnt get his moral victory.

But its November so Ive got to rhyme. Sorry, its not an Onegin stanza today, but once I had my first two lines I was committed (though I expect Im not the only one to have them).

November verse 7: Yes, Today
To the tune of Lennon & McCartneys Yesterday
Yes, today.
Three-fifths of us voted yes today.
Soon LGBTQIA
can marry cos of yes, today.

Certainly
things are less grim than they used to be.
Rainbow flags are flying fresh and free.
Oh yes today came certainly.

Such a nasty fight
such a blight
such hell to pay.
Then this massive vote.
I wont gloat,
but its OK.

Yes, today.
Same-sex marriage is now on the way.
People arent as bad as pundits say.
Oh tears of joy for yes, today.


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15:11

Marlon Williams Announces New Album and May Tour with The Weather Station "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams New Zealand born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is set to take on the world again with a huge international tour planned for 2018. The tour is set to coincide with Williams just-announced new album Make Way For Love, due for release on 16th February. The album was recorded with []

15:11

Not Every Tragedy Has a Political Solution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(FEE)  It only took a few hours after the news of the Texas massacre for the New York Times to start its gun-control incantations again. Republicans leaders in Congress do nothing, the paper writes. Or, really, so far theyve done the same thing they have always done: offered thoughts and prayers.

But here is a truth. Not every tragedy has a political solution.

The shooter in Texas was possessed by an evil longing to cause mass death, and his weapon of choice was a gun. It appears that his desire to kill even more was thwarted by a gun in the hands of Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff, both heroes who risked their lives to stop the bloodshed.

More gun control would very likely have done nothing to stop the killer but might have prevented law-abiding citizens from coming to their neighbors aid. No one who pushes gun control can credibly promise otherwise.

One indisputable result will be the monopolization of weaponry in the hands of the police unions and public-sector security officials. But recent events such as the Las Vegas shooting should give no one confidence that this would be a step toward safety. What we saw, in this case, was typical: the people charged with preventing violence and protecting the public were hamstrung by their own caution, guidelines, and chains of command.

Those who advocate gun control are reluctant to admit what they are really pushing: gun monopolization by the state.

Its Not Guns

These tragedies are made worse by the inevitable politicization that starts the instant that the news hits. Everyone wants to know: what was the race of victims? The religion of the victims? Was this a hate crime, as if killings on this scale could ever happen in absence of hate? Most of all: what is the race and religion of the killer?

People wait with bated breath to hear the answers. A white man killing black people, a Muslim killing Christians, a Nazi slaughtering Jews? The reverse in each case?

As we saw in the case of the New York killer (who used a weapon that no one can control), the answers to these question truly do matter. Its all about which party, which tribe, which narrative, will be...

15:05

Cottage gets support by the carload "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club has supported The Cottage By The Sea in Queenscliff during Anti Poverty Week.
Members were asked to donate foodstuff and clothing from a list of essentials provided by the management.
As usual the response from members was outstanding. Chris Waite, Marian Coppins and Jill Gillett were able to deliver a large carload of items.
The women were then taken on a tour of The Cottage By The Sea and were able to give a short presentation at the VIEW dinner meeting the following week.
The support given to children of struggling families is a reminder of Ocean Grove Evening VIEWs commitment to the community.

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14:59

Teagans on track for state team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wallington Primary School student Teagan Zurawel has been selected for the School Sport Victoria track and field team.
Teagan was selected after a process that began in May. The team comprises students from all over the state.
Teagan will compete in the annual School Sports Australia Track and Field Championships, which will help make up the Pacific School Games.
The event will be held in Adelaide from 1 to 7 December.

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14:55

Flappers poppy tour of duty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Groves very own celebrity chook Flapper paid her respects to our fallen Diggers in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Flapper wandered around a garden bed full of poppies as the nation stopped at 11am on 11 November to mark the occasion.

The post Flappers poppy tour of duty appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

14:55

Sharks and sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

On 4 September, workers in Dili were busy erecting a series of congratulatory billboards one featured a stock photo of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to celebrate the conclusion of maritime boundary negotiations with Australia in The Hague. Later that day, feted leader Xanana Gusmo was paraded through the streets as he returned home from his role as head negotiator.

14:49

Milo Yiannopoulos And How The Media Boosts Fascists And Bags Its Opponents "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, people who oppose fascism are considered extreme by mainstream media. But the people who promote it theyre funny and quirky and bankable. Michael Brull explains.

How does the media deal with supporters and opponents of fascism? You would expect and hope that people who support fascists and neo-Nazis would be stigmatised and marginalised by the biggest and most prominent outlets of the corporate media.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)Contrarily, one might think that opponents of fascists would be given a balanced reception. As some of them engage in violent confrontations with fascists, their tactics might be subjected to critical scrutiny, but their opposition to fascists would be regarded with something approximating sympathy.

At times when fascists were resurgent, one might expect these trends to be particularly strengthened. That is, if fascists were gaining strength, responsible media might highlight opposition to fascists, whilst generally denying a larger platform to fascists. If they were allowed to present their views to the public, it would be balanced with harsh questioning, and voices to expose their hateful agendas.

This is what one would hope for. But Australia is a different type of country.

 

Media on the pro-fascist: Milo

So let us consider this question through the prism of Milo Yiannopoulos, the former writer at Breitbart.

Milo is known for being casually outrageous in the nasty things he says about women, Muslims, black people, trans people and other minority groups. At college lectures he has singled out trans people for ridicule, and encouraged the audience to Purge the Illegals (that is, report them to the government so that they can be deported).

He says feminism is cancer, birth control makes women ugly, and theyd be happier in the kitchen.

In a speech about why he hates Islam, he said, If you give them an inch, theyll take a mile, and rape everything inside it. He went on to quote Andrew Bolts criticisms of the Australian Grand Mufti.

In October, Buzzfeed published an important expos on Milo and Breitbart. It showed that Milo used as passwords references to Nazi landmarks, such as Kristallnacht, the Knight of Long Knives, and also the year 1290, when Jews were expell...

14:40

Brisbane Landmarks To Light Up As The Yes Parties Continue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow on Wednesday night as the city celebrates the successful marriage equality result. Brisbane City councillor Vicki Howard announced on Facebook that the Story Bridge and City Hall would both be illuminated in rainbow lights. On Wednesday morning, a crowd of hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane, one ...

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14:40

Last Bee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The last working bee for spring (ahem..) will be on this Sunday from 10am for a couple of hours or so. If you havent been able to attend any bees yet, heres your last chance. And the last chance of frost seems to be over too, so its a great time to plant Come Continue reading Last Bee

14:30

Lang survives to claim the Mullum Show smash-up derby "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo www.lmgphotography.com.au

Nathan was behind of wheel of the Toyota number 69 (in yellow) that went on to be the last survivor and winner of the 2017 smash-up derby. Photo www.lmgphotography.com.au

Nathan Lang from Chincogan Mechanical has won this years Mullumbimby Show smash-up derby in a turn-of-the-century Toyota Camry.

It is the third year that Nathan has had a go at winning the event, and he was up against at least nine other cars on Sunday afternoon at the Mullumbimby Showground arena.

Nathan put his success down to being hungrier than his opponents on the day,
he said.

I just wanted to win, I wanted the $600 prizemoney, he said.

Nathan was driving a Toyota Camry that was at least 17 years old. He had it delivered from the wreckers and to make it compliant took out all the glass and other bits and pieces from inside the cabin.

The fuel tank also had to be moved to inside the cabin.

The other major rule is that cars must travel in reverse for the derby.

Otherwise anyone with a car licence can enter, he said.

Winning wasnt about having a strategy to dodge or attack, but just adapting to what was in front of you.

I did a bit of everything, whatever I had to get through, he said.

He came out of the event with the blue ribbon, but no bumps and bruises.

It was exciting, awesome, and he will definitely be back next year to defend his title, he said.

Have a go if you are up for it. .Just do it. It is  a lot of fun, he said.

 

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14:05

Origami books continued "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are having some technical issues with the sign in for Kerrie, so I will pop up the photos from our November meeting and an update in the meantime and when we have resolved the glitch Kerrie can add her own inimitable, effervescent style!

Firstly Kerrie tutored us in another of her wonderful mini books, we should all be able to have our own mini bookshelves after the past few months.

Origami Bookmaking...

14:00

Big yes vote in Corangamite "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Corangamite voters returned a 71.6 per cent yes vote to the same-sex marriage survey.
That figure was well above the national average of 61.6 per cent.
Federal Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson welcomed the result.
This is a decisive result, she said in a statement.
I look forward to supporting a Private Members Bill to change the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, which I expect will be introduced into the House of Representatives in the next sitting week.
It is imperative that the Bill includes strong protections for religious institutions. As the definition of civil marriage changes, religious freedom is paramount. Religious institutions must be able to continue to adhere to their beliefs.
That said, the Bill must not allow discrimination against same-sex couples including in relation to the provision of commercial services.

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13:54

beautiful + simple gifts for kids "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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A smaller, more manageable quantity of toys invites deeper play and engagement. An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelm.

Simplicity Parenting

Ten years of motherhood has taught me a lot about toys, mostly that less is more and quality is absolutely essential.

I think the most inspiring message regarding toys and play comes from the book Simplicity Parenting. Author Kim John Payne explains that the key to successful play is no clutter. Ultimately, when you decrease the amount of toys your child has you increase their attention and capacity for deep play.

Time and time again, after clearing out and re-organising, Ive seen this very thing happen before my eyes. Its incredibly affirming and reinforces one of my very favourite quotes: If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.

Im not going to say that Ive created an idyllic, simple play space for my children. Theres been many regretful purchases and countless frustrated moments where Ive cursed at the miscellaneous blocks and cards and puzzle pieces that have wound up under the couch without a home. However, I have figured out through trial and error the very best way to buy toys that will last and be enjoyed by multiple siblings.

Create small collections of themed toys.

Vehicles, Nature Play, Home Play, Dress-Ups and Outdoor Play. The beauty of this system is that everything has a place (important!), it makes cleaning up easier (very important!) and when family and friends as for gift suggestions, you can eas...

13:49

Heres How Queenslanders Voted For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As Queenslands LGBTI community celebrates todays resounding Yes vote for marriage equality, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on federal parliament to immediately enshrine the publics wishes in law. Nationally, 61.6% voted Yes to the question: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? while 38.4% voted No. In Queensland, 1,487,060 (60.7%) voted ...

The post Heres How Queenslanders Voted For Marriage Equality appeared first on QNEWS.

13:43

Best way to see some wildlife near Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi again Cairns!

I'll be traveling in mid Feb to Cairns and would love to see some wildlife in their natural setting if possible. I'm guessing this may be a day trip drive to a bit more rural area or something like that. It would be fun to see animals unique to your area like kangaroos, koalas, etc.

Can you recommend a place we'd be likely to run into some animals hanging out and enjoying their day?

Thanks!

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13:18

Grizzly Bear Announced Headline Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear Weve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane []

13:14

Premiere: CLYPSO frees herself on new single Save Me "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fusing tribal drums with introspective lyrics, Save Me is the latest from Sydney producer and vocalist CLYPSO. Exploring internal worlds and saving yourself from yourself, hear it first on FBi Radio.

Departing slightly from the hyperactivity of tracks like Higher and YOLO, Save Me harnesses CLYPSOs signature afrobeat sound and looks inward, delving into the former Indie Artist of the Weeks innermost workings. Written after coming out of a pretty emotionally rough patch, CLYPSO found herself escaping a self-imposed mental funk through music.
 

Letting us in on how the track came about, CLYPSO got started on Save Me in a pretty unlikely setting warming up before she was to take to the stage at a wedding.

 

I found myself alone in this beautiful hall with a grand piano. I really liked the timbre of the low notes of the piano and how it echoed so I started playing a bass line and chords and just enjoyed how it sounded in the space.

 

Although I started writing the song on the piano, I really wanted to have a very oceanic feel to it: the sensation of tumbling in the waves, the ebb and flow, the ying and yang, the light and the dark. So I took that recording from my phone back to my little bedroom studio, incorporated tribal drum beats, strings and the kalimba to communicate the vastness and the movement.

 

Premiered on Arvos with Alex Pye, Save Me by CLYPSO is out now. Dive in below.

 

 

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13:12

Herbs and Spices with Ian Herbie Hemphill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Arts Wednesday 15 November 2017, Sylvias guest was herb and spice guru, Ian Hemphill, aka Herbie. Listen to the 3 parts of the conversation below:

Here is Part 1, where they look at the historical passage of spices into Europe:

Here is Part 2 where they talk about peppercorns and coriander:

And now for Part 3 where the subject is cardamon and turmeric. The conversation concludes with a buyer beware note of caution:

spices

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13:07

How we win things and stuff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The results are in and over 4 million Australians can now walk into the sea until the water is over their heads, you know, like concepts. They are complaining about feeling brutalised. Boohoo. Call the underwater waaaahmbulance.

It's important to consider people's feelings before you dismiss them, it's much more enjoyable that way. When people feel sad about imaginary oppression you are handed a rare chance to switch off your empathy and indulge in some intense laughter. God it's great.

Turns out a majority of Australians don't feel crushed by the idea of gay marriage. But there's nothing inevitable about winning struggles like this. It comes down to volunteers working their arses off for years.

Governments don't make these changes, businesses, institutions and obviously churches don't, people do. Unelected leaders, out there working for your freedom. Not mine obviously, I'm male white and hetero, I would struggle to find a use for more freedom.

Please, no more freedom for me, take a day to enjoy and reflect and then find a way to free First Nations people and refugees, because this is a light in the darkness, but it's still very dark.  And this post has turned out very dark. Jesus.  

  

12:41

The Cactus Channel Stay A While "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week"s feature album comes from Melbourne band The Cactus Channel with Stay A While. 

This is the bands third album, and a departure from their signature soul-funk instrumental roots. Stepping up to the mic is the bands own Lewis Coleman, adding a new dimension of silvery vocals. Marking a decisive turning point, their music has evolved into something wilder, a little darker and heavier. The inclusion of vocal melodies and dreamy soundtracks are embellished with electrifying wig-outs and woozy meditations.

This new sound has been cooking for a while now, with their boundary-splintering EP alongside Ball Park Music singer Sam Cromack release earlier this year, following a 7 single collaboration with Nick Murphy (known as Chet Faker).

To support Stay A While the band has release a music video for Storefront and is embarking on a national tour beginning 24th November at the Foundry in Brisbane.
Catch them in Sydney on December 1st at the Factory Floor! Tickets from thecactuschannel.com/tour.

Highlight Tracks: Storefront, Leech, And Then They Rubbed Their Tired Eyes.
Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.

12:40

Top 5 Countries Where Australians Get into Trouble with the Law "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australians like to travel nearly 9 million of us take overseas trips every year whether for business, family or pleasure. For most of us, the trip goes as planned and we arrive back home safely on Australian soil. But for others, it can be a very different story. Each year, the Department of Foreign

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12:31

Australian real wages growth flat the ripoff of workers continues "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Today (November 15, 2017), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the Wage Price Index, Australia for the September-quarter 2017. Private sector wages growth was marginally higher in the September-quarter at 1.86 per cent (annualised) after six consecutive quarters of record low growth. However, with the annual inflation rate running at 1.83 per cent, real wages barely moved. This follows two-quarters of real wage cuts. With real wages growth lagging badly behind productivity growth, the wage share in national income is now around record low levels. This represents a major rip-off for workers. The flat wages trend is also intensifying the pre-crisis dynamics, which saw private sector credit rather than real wages drive growth in consumption spending. Further, the forward estimates for fiscal outcomes provided by the Australian government are now not achievable, given the flat wages growth. There is no way the tax receipts will rise in line with the projections, which assumed much stronger wages and employment growth than will occur under current austerity-type fiscal settings.

Nominal wage and price inflation and real wage trends in Australia

The ABS Media Release (November 15, 2017) said:

The seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 0.5 per cent in the September quarter 2017 and 2.0 per cent over the year

The WPI, seasonally adjusted, has recorded quarterly wages growth in the range of 0.4 to 0.6 per cent for the last 13 quarters (from the June quarter 2014).

Seasonally adjusted, private sector wages rose 1.9 per cent

This result continues a sequence of quarters where wages growth has been just on or slightly below the annual inflation, meaning real wages have been static at best.

The wage series used in this blog is the quarterly ABS Wage Price Index published by the ABS. The Non-farm labour productivity per hour series is derived from the quarterly National Accounts.

Productivity data available via the RBA Table H2 Labour Costs and Productivity.

Please read my blog Inflation benign in Australia with plenty of scope for fiscal expansion for more discussion on the various measures of inflation that the RBA uses CPI, weighted median and the trimmed mean The latter two aim to strip volatility out of the raw CPI series and give a better measure of underlying inflation.

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12:12

20 Nov 2017 Rubbish clean-up in roadside vegetation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three or so times a year, the club has committed to cleaning up the rubbish that has accumulated in a high quality native woodland.  This is located along a ~2km signposted section of the Pyrenees Hwy roadside reserve to the west of Castlemaine (i.e., on the road to Newstead; near the golf course).  The next Clean-up will be on Monday 20th November, and again we are seeking members and other interested volunteers to join the effort.  You might even get to hear or see a Scarlet Honeyeater!

If you are interested in helping out, meet at the corner of Pyrenees Hwy and Willy Milly Road (next to Tait Decorative Iron) at 9am on Monday 20 Nov.  Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves. Garbage bags and reflective vests will be provided.  It is usually all finished by 11am.

Please Note: Rules prohibit anyone under 16 years from working on the roadside.
Thanks to Geoff and Geraldine Harris for coordinating this regular activity.

11:46

Music gets back to real rock roots "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The John Butler Trio, one of Australias most recognised and accomplished roots rock bands, will be bringing their incredible live show to the beautiful surrounds of Leura Park Estate in what promises to be the ultimate afternoon of tunes and chill among the vines.
They will be joined by NSWs Kim Churchill and divine duo Mama Kin Spender.
The John Butler Trio has sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide. John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the number one most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.
Those familiar with Kim Churchills radio smash Window to The Sky, which reached number 42 in Triple Js Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. New single Second Hand Car is immediately identifiable as Kim Churchills with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.
I just want to write music to entertain and to move people and to be the soundtrack to their lives, he says. I want to become a figure in the world that helps people see that its all OK, and the world is what it is the best and worst parts of it.
Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: ARIA-nominated Mama Kin and producer Tommy Spender. Its a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers).
Mama Kin Spenders songs rattle, roll and tremble, from block party to heart-rending ballad.
With a sound that is as raw as it is joyful, Mama Kin Spender will challenge you to raise your voice in defiance of the status quo.
The events will be held on Sunday 18 March next year, at Leura Park Estate, Curlewis.
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.au and more information at zaccariaconcerts.com

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11:44

BEST OF THE WEB: Questioning gender fluidity has become the new blasphemy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The capitulation of the establishment to the politics of transgenderism has been astonishing. I'm struggling to remember any other time when a new and contested ideology has been so uncritically embraced by the powers-that-be. We have a Tory government pushing a Gender Recognition Act that would allow anyone to change his or her gender without so much as popping a hormone pill. An established Church which yesterday issued guidelines to its schools encouraging them to let kids 'explore gender identity'. Police forces exchanging helmets for caps because 'gender-based headgear' is disrespectful to trans people. And of course a university system - the nurturer of future leaders - in which women's colleges are throwing themselves open to people who were born male, students are told to use gender-neutral pronouns, and anyone who says 'Men cannot become women' can expect to be hounded off campus. From the stuffy Tories to the armed wing of the state to the actual Church of England, one by one the core institutions of the nation have accepted an idea that we really should have more debate about, no? Namely that gender is fluid. And that children should be allowed to decide if they're male or female. And that men who transition into women are actual women - full-on, legally recognisable, going-into-women's-changing-rooms women - rather than transwomen, as they were respectfully referred to for many years. Anyone who claims that trans politics is edgy is kidding themselves: it is one of the most established, protected ways of thinking of our time.

11:33

Ocean Grove silent in remembrance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grovers paid their respects to our fallen Diggers on 11 November.
A Remembrance Day service was held at Ocean Grove Park.
Pastor Phillip Christian spoke and the service was represented by Ocean Grove Scout Group.
Volunteers helped sell poppies in the lead up to the day.
A committed group of volunteers manned three stations in Ocean Grove and one in Barwon Heads for the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-branch.
Sub-branch president Graham Fisher acknowledged the phenomenal commitment shown by the members and volunteers who time and time again, make the Poppy Appeal such a success.
Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day. I would like to thank the local community from the very outset who support our sub-branch and wear their poppy with pride, he said.

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11:31

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun | guns | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests

Whenever I write about firearms, there are lots of technical questions. And because Im no expert, I often turn to you, the readers, to help answer them. A member of our community volunteered to write a series to help folks who are choosing their first handgun. There are a lot of things to think about when making that decision, so for the next month, Monday will be Gun-Day here at The Organic Prepper blog.

Please offer a warm thank you to Steve Candidus for the first post in this excellent guest series. ~ Daisy

Some Things to Think About When Choosing Your First Handgun

by Steve Candidus

This article is specifically for anyone that might be considering acquiring their first handgun but is unfamiliar with the myriad types and offerings. This should be a good basic guide to get you started. You can always further your knowledge over time and in future articles posted here on The Organic Prepper.

First of all, a handgun is very much a personal weapon. What is best for one person might not be best for another. Although you might choose the same handgun that someone else has you should do so for the same reasons that they did rather than just because they did.

A quick handgun glossary

Some of the things that you will need to consider when choosing a firearm are:

  • Intended Use: The first thing you need to consider is the purpose that you intend the handgun. Do you want one for day-to-day or occasional concealed carry or do you intend it strictly for home defense?
  • Revolvers Versus Semi-Automatics: Do you want a revolver or a semi-automatic? A revolver, sometimes called a wheel gun, has a cylinder typically holding five or six rounds. They are not called bullets, that is what comes out of the end of the bar...

11:29

Exams, emails and the social season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The weather has become warm, with some beautiful clear days. Ive been busy helping my daughter, who is undertaking her Year 12 exams, so I havent been out and about very much.
Fortunately Ive received some great emails from Voice readers to compensate for the many things I have missed.
Ive had a bad tawny fortnight. Ive been watching a familiar family of tawny frogmouths, and photographed the two beautiful fluffy chicks that hatched about a month ago.
The weekend before the Melbourne Cup the family left the nest, and I couldnt find them anywhere.
On Melbourne Cup Day I had a good search of the area and was dismayed to find the mangled body of a deceased chick (boo hoo).
I few days later I saw the family of three, so one of the chicks was still going strong. Speaking of tawnies I received two lovely emails from Voice readers Suze and Susan, with a photos of the tawny frogmouth families that they have seen around the Bellarine. Thanks so much for the emails.
I also had a goshawk day last weekend. I managed to have a close encounter with a brown goshawk, which I have long dreamed about.
Then when I drove home, and lo and behold there was a collared sparrowhawk (CSH) in the gum tree outside my next door neighbours house. The CSH allowed me to get quite close, which was amazing.
I recognised this bird from a few months ago, when it was on the next door neigbours TV aerial, as it has several white patches of feathers on its back. I thanked it very much for allowing me to take a half decent photo, and Im sure it wont be hurrying back.
The brown goshawk and CSH look very similar, but as you can see from the photos the CSH has a smaller head, round eyes rather than squinted eyes, a very long middle talon, and a square shaped tail compared to the goshawks rounded tail feathers.
Its funny but I also recognised another CSH that I saw in Wallington last week, as it the same bird that I spotted day before, when I saw it fly over the Bellarine Highway.
This bird was missing about four of the primary flight feathers on the left wing and also some tail feathers on the left side. This bird looks like its gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson, but its still flying well despite the shabby feathers.
Speaking of Wallington the gorgeous scarlet honeyeaters are still hanging around near the school and Tom even saw a pair of scarlet honeyeaters at the Oakdene Estate, proving that scarlet honeyeaters have very fine location tastes.
I received a lovely email from Voice readers Alan and Astrid, who noticed a pair of hooded plovers on the beach at 6W, and were worried that the hoodies might be attacked by the many dogs in that area.
Its timely to remind people that it is hooded plover breeding season, so please take note of the signs on the beach that ask that dogs be kept on leads in areas where the hoodies breed.
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11:29

The Byrds Legacy: Friday at 9pm on Retropopic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Friday, 17th November on RETROPOPIC 9pm 10pm: 

The Byrds Legacy; Tune into the final program featuring author Johnny Rogan as Retropopics central guest. This time the focus is on the characters of his new book Requiem For The Timeless Volume 2 which is already highly acclaimed as another masterpiece. To wet your appetite before reading the book, the focus tonight is on the question as to whether The Byrds will ever fly again under their captain Roger McGuinn, as well as vignettes on Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley, Skip Battin, Clarence White, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke.

Book your slot by tuning in to 88.5FM on Friday at 2100 Sydney time or if youre not local stream into the program via 2rrr.org.au.https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-21-the-legacy-of-the-byrds/

READ MORE ABOUT RETROPOPIC HERE

 

11:28

AWU seeks documents showing collusion between government and supposedly independent agency "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from New South Wales

The recent Federal Police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), is regarded by opponents of the Turnbull government, to be a politically driven assault on the union and activist group GetUp, which also experienced a raid on its offices.

The raid took place to find evidence that the union donated to GetUp in the past.  The idea is that if a donation by an affiliate of the Labor Party is found, it is evidence that there is a connection between GetUp and the Labor Party, which must be disclosed under law. If established, this means that GetUp has unlawfully failed sign up with and inform the  Registered Organisation Commission.

Critics point out that this is stretching too far and would apply to any organisation that is dependent on public donations.

It is no secret that GetUp has been a thorn in the governments side, through its connection with community campaigns that run counter to its policies. Many of these campaigns have been successful.

From the governments side, there is a clear incentive to silence the group and there is an increasing tendency to use policing methods, as a means of clamping down on alternative opinion and hold back community action that is not approved of.

That the raids were set up as as media stunt. Reporters were there before the police and it was immediately clear that there was a connection with the office of the Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash. A senior media advisor resigned after admitting he had contacted the media.

The union has subsequently applied to the Federal Court for the release of all correspondence, between the Registered Organisation Commission and the ministers office , suggesting that  there is an improper relationship with the body set up at the start of this year.

AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton said there are deep Liberal Party connections. And we know the ROC was established by the Turnbull Government specifically as an attack dog on unions and Labor politicians who had served in unions, He suggests.

Adding to the case of political collusion is the seconding to the Registered Organisation Commission, by the Fair Work Ombudsmans office, a former staffer of Liberal Party Senator Nick Minchin.

 

 

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11:19

Lismores orgasmic reaction to the Yes vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

... and the answer is YES. Kate Willock, in the suit, and Chris Minkov celebrate, and have set the date for their wedding next year..(photo Paul Connelly)

and the answer is YES. Kate Willock, in the suit, and Chris Minkov celebrate, and have set the date for their wedding next year..(photo Paul Connelly)

By Darren Coyne, with AAP

It started low and built up to a crescendo Yes, Yes, Yes YES!!!.

Sounds like an orgasm, former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell quipped to the 300-strong crowd gathered in the quadrangle of the new Lismore Regional Gallery for the official announcement of the marriage equality vote.

And when the offical number came through 61.6 per cent the crowd erupted with satisfaction, relief, and cheers.

This is a start, Ms Dowell said. We have a strong yes vote now it is up to our parliament to do what they said they would do which is honour this survey result.

They have the power to bring in marriage equality before Christmas. We will hold them to it because there are people in this community who have been waiting years and years.

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Wont Lismore go wild when we have our first same sex marriage?.

Yes, roared the crowd.

Across the nation, a majority yes vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates.

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result. NSW had the lowest result at 57.8 per cent.

In the Page electorate, 59.7 per cent voted yes, while 40.3 per cent voted no.

In the Richmond electorate, 67.9 per cent voted yes and 32.1 per cent voted no.

Both electorates voted above the state average of 57.8 per ce...

11:10

A non profit system for mountain huts? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of my key addictions in life is to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Wonderful mountains, fantastic snow, endless terrain, cool towns. And one of the best backcountry hut networks on the planet.

10th Mountain Huts is a non profit that owns and rents out backcountry cabins to skiers, hikers and mountain bikers (they also rent out a number of privately owned cabins). Most are fairly similar: they are based on a log construction and built on two levels, and they have everything you need for multiday trips: a kitchen with gas burners and all the gear you need to cook, a wood fired stove with large basin for melting snow, a small solar PV system for basic lighting, and even a small library (and mattresses sheer luxury!). It means you can do multi day trips without the need for tents, stoves and fuel, and cooking gear. Many of the huts are above 11,000 feet asl, in mind blowingly gorgeous locations. And because you need to book them, youre guaranteed of getting a bed.

Which, of course, gets me thinking about our hut system here in Australia. Im not suggesting we set up a similar network. But as a non profit, 10th Mountain fills an interesting gap in the network of backcountry huts that tend to exist in mountain environments.

The European Alps have a huge number of public and private lodges and refuges. Climbers and hikers who have visited New Zealand/ Aotearoa will know that country has an extensive network of huts run through the Department of Conservation. Here in Australia we have a mix of huts in the mountains:

  • Historical ones, associated with cattle grazing families, the hydroelectric schemes, hunters/ trappers, etc. These are often still maintained by the original families or groups who established them
  • Refuges, put in exposed or dangerous spots, often after people have died in blizzard conditions and sometimes managed by community organisations
  • There are also a scattering of private huts often owned by groups, such as the Rovers lodge on the Bogong High Plains, some of which are open to the public

In recent years, we have seen the first developments of private huts in backcountry/ wild areas by for profit companies (the private system of huts that are dotted along the Overland Track in Tasmania being a prominent example). The Victorian government is currently considering allowing a similar network on the route between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

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11:09

Have a say about dogs on beaches "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barwon Coast, in partnership with other organisations including Victoria Police and City of Greater Geelong, are launching a new campaign called ShareOurShores.
The campaign aims to bring the community together with all organisations involved in dogs on beaches.
ShareOurShores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users and dogs.
ShareOurShores will be launched in Ocean Grove at two identical campaign launch events, the first on Saturday 18 November and the second on Monday 20 November.
A panel of experts will discuss the pros and cons involved in dogs on beaches and provide information on the current dog controls that are in place.
Barwon Coast is very concerned about risks to human and wildlife safety created by dogs on beaches. We are also worried about the impact dogs can have on the general amenity of our coastal reserves, Barwon Coast general manager Gary McPike said.
Some locals have admitted to us that they are frightened to visit the beach with small children for fear of a dog attack.
Many locals and visitors have expressed concerns about dogs on beaches directly to Barwon Coast and we are aware that it is a very prominent topic on local social media forums, he said.
Sergeant Shane Connolly of Victoria Police said: Unlawful behaviour by dog owners is of concern to the Bellarine police members as it poses a threat to public safety. We welcome our involvement in the ShareOurShores Campaign launch as it will enable us to speak with the community about antisocial behaviour and dog owners not adhering to dog control laws.
Barwon Coast is charged with the management of 13km of coastal crown land from the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of Thirteenth Beach.
Barwon Coast sets dog control orders that dictate the where, when and how people walking dogs may use the coastal reserves.
Dog Control Orders are enforced by officers from the City of Greater Geelong.
Everyone, dog owner or not, who has an interest in dogs on beaches is encouraged to attend the launch. Tickets are free and can be booked online at www.barwoncoast.com.au/shareourshores or call 5254 1118.

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11:08

Australia says YES to same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

61.6 % per cent of participants in the same-sex marriage postal vote have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry (image:wiki).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the results at 9am local time with the final count being 7.8 million supporting the move and 4.9 million against the move.

Statistician David Kalisch says it shows how important this issue is to many Australians.

18 and 19 year old voters had the strongest participation with around 78 per cent participation in the postal survey.

Brisbane brain researcher awarded Strmgren Medal

11:04

Food Glorious Food and What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For many years I have been studying nutrition and playing around with food to see what works and what doesnt. There is so much conflicting research on what is healthy []

11:04

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Announce Bluesfest Sideshow Dates with Deer Tick "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The kings of contemporary Americana music, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, have already been announced as one of the most highly anticipated acts on next years Bluesfest lineup and now theyve announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne while theyre in the country. Jason Isbell and []

11:02

Entries open for swim fest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Back again after last years successful inaugural event, registrations for the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club Swim Festival are now open.
Not only a huge fund-raiser for Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, this event has a swim for everyone, whether youre just starting out or an open water superstar.
With a quality souvenir towel available to all registrants (while stocks last) there is no reason why you wouldnt want to add this swim to your open water calendar.
The swim is on 28 January next year at the Ocean Grove Surf Beach. Events are 400m Novice, 1.2km Classic and 2.5km Enduro.
To register your spot in the event and to receive further information, go to https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=27938

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11:00

Australia: Yes' Vote to Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Expand Marchers hold signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia on October 21, 2017. 2017 Reuters (Sydney, November 15, 2017) The Australian government should introduce marriage equality legislation without delay, following results of the national postal survey in favor of marriage equality, Human [...]

10:44

Russia, China and others boycott U.S. meeting at U.N. on Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Russia, China, Egypt and Bolivia have boycotted a United States instigated United Nations Security Council meeting, to discuss the political situation in Venezuela.

The representatives of these nations told reporters that the Security Council does not have the right to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said: The issue is about meddling with the internal domestic affairs of Venezuela.

The boycott has signalled that any proposal for intervention is not going to get past the Security Council and if the United States wishes to continue it will have to do so without a United Nations mandate.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley countered by telling those who did attend the meeting:  The fact that the (Venezuelan) government would go so far as to try and get people not to show up to a meeting is guilt. And thats unfortunate. No evidence was provided to back up the claim that this had occurred.

Not everyone who attended agreed with the United States position. For example, Uruguays Deputy U.N. Ambassador Luis Bermudez said his country did not believe the situation in Venezuela was a threat to international peace and security.

Venezuelas U.N. Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez told reporters that the meeting is a hostile and clearly interfering act of the United States that undermines the principle of sovereignty of a member state of the U.N.We condemn this act of political manipulation.

The Latin American country is suffering from a harsh economic crisis, which its government claims has been severely aggravated by a combination of economic pressure form the United States, systematic sabotage committed by its allies in Venezuela and the sharp fall in the price of oil, a commodity that the country has been over dependent on for a long time.

Opponents are accusing he Maduro Venezuelan government of using systemic violence to clamp down on opposition an...

10:38

How the NSW North Coast voted in the national same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Across Australia 12,691,234 registered voters responded to the Australian Marriage Law Postal  Survey with 61.6% of respondents answering YES and 38.4% answering NO to the question Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

In NSW, 81.3% (2,147,973) of eligible females and 77.5% (1,947,546) of eligible males responded to the survey.

By NSW North Coast federal electorate:

Richmond 67.9% of survey respondents answered YES and 32.1% answered NO
Page -  59.7% of survey respondents answered YES and 40.3% answered NO
Cowper 60% of survey respondents answered YES and 40% answered NO

For a full breakdown of survey results go to https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/results/

10:28

Australians say Yes to marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians have overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love. 61.6% of people who voted in the marriage equality postal survey voted Yes. 133 out of 150 electorates voted Yes.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said it was incredible to see such strong support for marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians right across the nation.

The nation has put its heart into winning this survey. LGBTI Australians, their friends and families will be celebrating. All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. This result confirms that the majority of Australians absolutely agree, said Ms Brown.

12.7 million Australians returned their surveys in the optional postal survey, representing 79.5 per cent of voters.

Lee Carnie, lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was incredible to see such a high level of turnout right across the nation.

Australians have responded to the postal survey in numbers that are overwhelming and with efforts that are both touching and beautiful. This result shows how important this issue is to Australians and the urgency with which we expect Parliament to pass a fair bill to ensure all Australians are treated equally.

The journey to marriage equality will not end with todays announcement of the survey result; legislation will still need to be passed by Parliament.

The country and the world will be watching our Parliament closely. Todays strong Yes result should put an end to politicians in Canberra playing games with the lives and dignity of same-sex couples across Australia. It is an opportunity to pass marriage equality to bring great happiness to so many Australians and it takes from no one, said Lee Carnie.

Australians have done their job, now it's time for the politicians to do theirs and vote through a fair bill that delivers marriage equality this week. This is about everyday Australians our families, friends, neighbours, colleagues and teammates who should very soon enjoy the same status and dignity as every other Australian. Achieving marriage equality will be a unifying moment for the nation. Lets get on with it, said Anna Brown.

For media inquiries and interviews:

Michelle Bennett, HRLCs Director of Communications: 0419 100 519

10:18

Queensland Celebrates As Australians Vote For Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

YES! Thats the resounding response from Australians in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the results of which were announced on Wednesday morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queens Park to hear that 61.6% of the country had ...

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10:10

Yes! By Over 60 Per Cent! There Goes $122 Million And Three Months Of Our Lives, But At Least Its Done "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The people have spoken. Marriage equality in Australia is long overdue. Chris Graham reports.

The marriage equality postal vote has delivered a stunning victory for same-sex attracted couples around the nation, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics announcing the results a short time ago.

Marriage-equality-graphicYes votes 61.6% (7,817,247); No votes  38.4% (4,873,987).

Every vote and territory in Australia voted in favour of marriage equality, and the participation rate nationally was 79.5% a high result for a non-compulsory vote. All age groups had high participation rate turnouts.

The ACT delivered by far the highest Yes vote, with 74%. NSW delivered the lowest, with 57.8%.

Thus, attempts by ultra-conservative and religious groups in Australia led by political pundits such as Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, Eric Abetz and the Australian Christian Lobbys Lyle Shelton to divert debate to issues like gender education and political correctness did not confuse the Australian public.

The result has weakened further an already flailing Turnbull Government, which has been down in the polls for the majority of the year.

The marriage equality postal vote was conceived by Liberal minister Peter Dutton, in an attempt to delay or weaken the push for same-sex marriage.

It has failed, and spectacularly so.

It was a high-stakes, $122 million gamble for Dutton. If Australians voted no, or even if the result was close, Dutton would have been a hero of the extreme right, and strengthened his run for the Prime Ministers job in the process.

Instead, Australians have delivered a stunning rebuke to Dutton, and Malcolm Turnbulls government.

What Dutton has also done has polarized even further a nation of voters with deep antipathy towards a government which, since July 2, 2016, has lurched from disaster to disaster, and everything in between.

ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.

Duttons play helped add an additional 90,000 voters to the electoral roll, all of whom joined prior to the plebiscite, presumably to vote on marriage equality.

Based on the result, the majority, obviously, wanted it.

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10:05

Marriage equality survey result announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.

Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.

Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).

No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).

Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).

Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.

All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.

The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.

Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.

A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.

Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.

There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.

Ballina MP welcomes result

Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the result of the survey.

This is a fantastic result for civil rights in our country I hope the Federal Government acts quickly to now enable same sex couples to get legally married and give them the same rights as other married couples, said Ms Smith.

Saying yes to change and to equality for same sex couples is something Australians can be proud of and is a reflection on the long campaign for civil rights by the LGBTIQ community.

My thanks go to all those in the Ballina electorate who worked to achieve this historic result, said Ms Smith.

More to come

 

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09:50

Salvos sell land well below market value "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aslan Shand

The Australian Salvation Army has defended its decision to sell a 50- acre property in the Mullumbimby hinterland well below market price.

The land was donated to the Salvation Army around five years ago and was sold in October without being put on the open market.

The purchase price of around $280,000 reflects known issues such as access rights. Yet according to the valuer-generals valuation, the propertys market value is $360,000.

A neighbouring lot of 100 acres, which has its access rights resolved, was recently sold for approximately $650,000.

Public interest

Other properties that are currently on the market in the vicinity are two approximately five-acre properties, with houses, listed between $900,000 and $1.7 million.

I think theres a public interest element, in particular related to how charities manage their funds, said Mr von der Heyde, who contacted The Echo regarding the sale.

They didnt advertise it or, it seems, even try to figure out what the market value was.

This appears to be extraordinarily poor financial management. Part of the reason it sticks in my throat is that Ive given the Salvos regular donations for 20 years, imagining that they would manage donations well.

Having contacted the Salvation Army prior to the conclusion of the sale, Mr von der Heyde says he was assured by general consul of the Salvation Army Malcolm Roberts that, I have been charged with looking into this matter and will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Mr von der Heyde then heard nothing more from the Salvation Army on the matter, despite further enquires, and the sale was concluded in October.

Mr Roberts told The Echo: We have properties all over Australia. We are not property developers. This piece of land would not have been suitable for us to use.

We dont believe that it has been sold for under its value. We believe that its been sold for fair value.

Though Mr Roberts assured The Echo that more than one valuation was done on the property, he was not prepared to supply copies of the valuations for verification.

Mr Roberts said that owing...

09:50

The Libertines, The Avalanches and more announce Sydney City Limits sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney City Limits is set to touch down next February, with the brains behind Splendour and Falls delivering a lineup that boasts some of the worlds most sought-after live acts.

The Libertines are set to round off their first ever tour of Australia with both Pete and Carl (yep, we cant believe it took that long either) with headline shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Sampling visionaries and damn Aussie icons, The Avalanches and Seattles emo-indie luminaries Car Seat Headrest will also extend their Aussie stay for headline shows.

Newbies, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid will also bring their chops to Aussie audiences.

Check out all the dates and ticket details below:

 

PRE-SALES: 9am Fri 17 Nov 8am local time Mon 20 Nov (local time)

GENERAL SALES: 9am Mon 20 Nov (local time)

 

The Libertines:

Wed 28 Feb Forum, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane

 

The Avalanches:

Wed 07 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane

 

Car Seat Headrest:

Sun 25 Feb Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Wed 28 Feb Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Thu 01 Mar Triffid, Brisbane

 

Sigrid:

Fri 23 Feb The Triffid, Brisbane

Wed 28 Feb Corner Hotel, Melbourne

 

The Head and the Heart:

Thu 01 Mar Corner Hotel, Melbourne

09:48

The Myth of Americas Decline Just Died "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Take a bow Josef Joffe.

In 2013 he wrote a book called The Myth of Americas Decline.

He called BS on the view prevalent then and now that the USA was too bloated, indebted and about to be overrun by China.

Joffe pointed out that pundits wrote off the USA every decade since the Second World War.

First there was the Soviet Unionthen Europethen Japanthen China.

None of them ever hit the top, despite the fretting.

Every week since, Joffes call looked smarter as the US economy recovered out of 2008.

This week took it up another notch altogether

USA to become undisputed leader here

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has now come out and said US oil output in the next 10 years will be the strongest ever seen in the history of the energy market.

This is wildly bullish for the USA and will shower the place in money and influence for decades. Its now on track to become the worlds biggest energy exporter

Thats a good place to be when global energy demand is set to expand by 30% in the next 23 years, according to the IEA. Thats the equivalent of throwing another China and India into the current mix.

The goodies dont stop there for the USA. Not only does it get the money, it gets the power as well.

Consider that China is the worlds largest oil importer. Its dependent on foreign supply.

Right now they call Saudi Arabia the oil markets swing producer. That means it can ramp production up and down to try and manipulate the price to its advantage.

This baton is going to get handed to Washington, in time.

So Chinas economy may be dependent on the USA as its major export market, plus its domestic economy might be held hostage by US energy policy too.

They wont like that idea in Beijing.

China is already trying to diversify its energy supply lines by doing deals with Russia. They might go for a few more for extra insurance after reading the IEA report.

But theres more to this story than geopolitics

A billion in sales every hour on 11 November

Theres great potential for a repeat of the China boom we saw last decade thanks to India and other southeast Asian countries growing their middle class populations.

This is good news for Australia. The LNG export market might be soft at the moment, but theres plenty of demand brewing, right on the front doorstep for us.

The energy projections are one aspect of this. But the expanding middle class in China and India a...

09:48

CIA Narrative On WikiLeaks Dominates Coverage Of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN and stated, WikiLeaks was basically a cutout. That is, everything that was exfiltrated from the DNC to the Clinton campaign was apparently passed on to WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks put it out. So this...

09:48

Trump Appointee Resigns After ProPublica Report "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.

The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development in the Interior Departments Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was appointed in June and his position did not require Senate confirmation.

At the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Clarkson supervised a program that provides loan guarantees to Indian businesses. As ProPublica reported, in his previous role as a businessman and academic, he had arranged financing and a $20 million guarantee, under the same program, for a loan that helped an Indian tribe buy a Wall Street brokerage.

The loan did not appear to meet the departments guidelines for a guarantee but one was approved anyway. The brokerage ultimately went bankrupt and the loan was defaulted on. The department is still fighting that liability in court. (Even though the loan went sour, Clarkson and his company were paid $327,500, according to a filing in a related lawsuit.)

The transaction was criticized by the Interior Departments internal watchdog in two separate reports this year. In a report this March, the inspector general found that the loan guarantee Clarkson arranged departed from guidelines and raised several red flags that made it particularly risky. The IG didnt find any criminal violations, and a related grand jury investigation did not return any indictments.

In a second report, which was released yesterday, the IG said the loan program lacked adequate controls.

Clarkson faced pressure to resign because he hadnt disclosed his role in the scandal, according to a department official.

A department spokeswoman declined to comment, and Clarkson didnt answer requests for comment.

09:44

Naked people terrorize Missouri town, synthetic drug flakka suspected "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Several people went on a rampage in a small Missouri town that included barking like dogs, yelling, breaking into buildings and showering naked in soda water. The incident is being blamed on a synthetic drug that often causes extreme behavior.

Police believe the man-made drug Flakka was the cause of the behavior, which left the town of Sullivan in eastern Missouri reeling and searching for answers, the Kansas City Star reported.

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Two people were arrested in relation to the incident, while several were treated at the hospital. The drugs recovered have not yet been tested, but police think the users mixed methamphetamine with flakka.

We had multiple incidents this past weekend of people on some kind of substance acting out of their minds, Police Lieutenant Patrick Johnson said, according to the Sullivan Independent NewsBarking like dogs, running up and down the street entering peoples homes, breaking into a business, yelling outside of local businesses.

One business owner described a theft that took place during the incident.

My dad came in Saturday morning ready to open the place (up) and noticed that the doors by the machine area were opened up and came in and noticed one of our cash registers was knocked over on the floor, Alec Ockrassa, the general manager of Sullivan Bowl, told...

09:30

Celebrities Share The Love As Australia Votes Yes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local and international celebrities have congratulated Australia for todays announcement of a yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. On Wednesday morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the yes vote had prevailed in the survey with more than 61% of the vote. National treasure Magda Szubanski, who campaigned tirelessly for the yes vote, ...

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09:29

Same-sex marriage postal survey results to be announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yes vote, is on track to win the same-sex marriage vote today(Image:wiki).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expects the yes vote to triumph when the results are announced this morning.

The announcement will be made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra at 10 am Australian Eastern standard time and 9 am Brisbane time.

Electronic Database to Reveal Political Donations

Details of donations to political parties will be revealed to voters via a new real-time electronic disclosure system.

09:24

Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Clare Fleming & Reconnect Yoga invite you to a chanting spring-clean!

Our 3-week course will cover the Ganapati-Prarthana chant.
 
Ganapati (Ganesha) is honored as the remover of obstacles, the destroyer of fatigue, and he is thought to be an embodiment of wisdom and the leader of an army of demigods.
The Ganapati-prrthan is a chant seeking benefaction from Ganapati (Ganesha), the elephant God.  The chant is usually used at the start of a new project or any endeavor, to seek unhindered accomplishment. It comes from the Taittirirya-samhit (2.3.14.53)
In these sessions, we will focus on some variations in approach to this chant.
The sessions will be a combination of Sat and Sunday afternoon.
Week 1, Sat 18th Nov - 4-5pm (1hour)
Week 2, Sun 26th Nov - 2-3:30pm (1.5hrs)
Week 3, Sat 2nd Dec - 4-5:30 pm (1.5hours)
Cost:$115
Presenter: Clare Fleming

09:17

What are the Penalties for Steroids in NSW? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Before 2014, the possession of drugs classified as anabolic steroids was primarily regulated by the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966, which dealt with the substances in much the same way as other prescription drugs. However in 2014, the NSW government reclassified the drugs as narcotics which brought the penalties in line with drugs like

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09:15

Dog Is So Obsessed With Her New Rescue Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Minnow the dogs first feathery love was Chickpea, a tiny rescue chicken whom Abbie Hubbard brought home earlier this year.

He would sleep in Minnows tail, Abbie Hubbard, deputy director at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, told The Dodo. They were really cute together.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Hubbard initially believed that Chickpea was a female. But as Chickpea started to crow, Hubbard discovered that she was a he.

Hubbard lives in a townhouse in suburban Virginia, and the local county doesnt allow residents to keep roosters. So Hubbard made the difficult decision to rehome Chickpea at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, which has a small sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Giving Chickpea up was such a hard thing it felt like ripping my heart out, Hubbard said. On the other hand, hes so happy there. I visit him every week, and I get pictures from the caretakers on a daily basis. Hes living the best life ever, but I was totally missing him.

Hubbard wasnt the only one to miss Chickpea Minnow did as well. So when Hubbard got a call from a fellow rescuer, asking if shed be interested in fostering a turkey named Blossom, Hubbard answered with an enthusiastic yes.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Blossom had been rescued from a factory farm in West Virginia. When she was about 5 weeks old, farm workers went to move Blossom and other turkeys to a grow house, a facility that holds the turkeys while they fatten up in preparation fo...

09:15

ALP, Greens, NXT respond to latest TPP-11 news "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

November 15, 2017: TPP-11 talks have been salvaged for now. The unpopular trade agreement has been rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It still contains special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS), and controversial clauses have been suspended rather than deleted. The deal would restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services, and result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers.

Below is a summary of responses from the ALP the Greens and NXT.

Labors Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, said the delay in finalising a deal is an opportunity for the Turnbull government to fix flaws in the TPP. He called for investor dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) to be renegotiated), and reiterated Labors recent calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct independent economic modelling of the deal.

On the issue of vulnerable temporary workers and  labour market testing, he said: In the TPP Turnbull waived labour market testing for six countries - Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam Turnbull should put Australian workers first and reinstate labour market testing in the CPTPP for those countries.

Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Australians have been let down by the Turnbull government as it attempts to resurrect the fraught TPP.

"While Canada and New Zealand's Prime Ministers have stood up for their local communities and economies Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to trade away our democratic rights, letting multinational corporations power to sue our governments and taxpayers. The insidious ISDS clauses are threat to community action and progressive government and policy reform.  These anti-people, anti-environment clauses will allow big corporations to weaken our environmental, labour and cultural rules and protections. The Turnbull Government must stop trading away our democratic and cultural assets and instead get on with reforming the treaty negotiation process, so Australians can have confidence these deals are being done in their interests.

NXT spokesperson, Nick Xenophon, said:

09:12

Vaccination papers, please: Cops harass mom at bus stop and grill her on son's immunization status "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A particularly disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week showing the Orwellian implications of state-mandated vaccination laws. Porsha Rasheed was simply walking her six-year-old son to the bus stop last week when she was approached by a Claremont police officer and a representative of the school district and harassed in an attempt to find out the vaccination status of her child. Rasheed, who appears to be well-informed of her rights, did the right thing and filmed the interaction and also refused to answer their questions. However, it does not take away from the sheer ominous nature of this type of activity. On June 30, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 effectively stripping the personal and religious belief exemptions for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. The law went into effect in 2016 and required that all children entering daycare, kindergarten, or 7th grade to be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. Now, it appears that the enforcers of this recently enacted law are going to extreme lengths to do their job of forcing compliance-up to and including staking out parents as they drop their kids off at the bus stop. In true Stasi-esque fashion, the officer and the school official approached Rasheed and demanded she show them her papers.

09:11

The peoples paid parking resistance movement gathers in solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Russian mens choir Dustyesky lifted spirits on a damp Saturday for the No Paid Parking Rally. Photo Jeff Dawson

Russian mens choir Dustyesky lifted spirits on a damp Saturday for the No Paid Parking Rally. Photo Jeff Dawson

Despite the cold and rainy weather, round 300 Brunswick Heads residents and business owners rallied on Saturday to send a message to councillors they dont want paid parking. 

It follows a 4,500-signature petition against paid parking, which was handed to Council on October 20.

Led by both the towns chamber of commerce and progress association, protesters instead propose a combination of reducing time restrictions and stepping up enforcement, are the recommendations of Councils commissioned traffic report.

Resident Vivienne Pearson said, It was a sea of red, including caps that were handed out bearing slogans like Hands off Bruns and No to Paid Parking. Even visitors, who didnt know about the rally, eagerly donned the caps and lent their ears and voices in support.

There were 11 speakers, including comedian Mandy Nolan and councillor Alan Hunter, along with local residents and business owners.

Cr Hunter said, The community in Brunswick is so much dependent on small businesses. There are no superstores here and we want it to stay that way. So Im with you guys.

Ms Pearson said, I have worked in marketing-related fields and I have worked in research. The telephone and online surveys are a key part of the councils consultation and should belong firmly in the research camp. Sadly they arent. The survey more closely resembles a marketing exercise than true consultation.

Its a sentiment shared by Kim Rosen from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre and Chamber of Commerce. The consultation process has been a farce, she says. The survey showed significant bias, a concern which was confirmed by a statistician.

Dismissive mayor

She added, Every element of the consultation has r...

09:00

Marriage survey results liveblog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

10:34am The result was reasonably consistent across the country. The AEC classifies seats into four regional types. The vote was best in the inner metro, and worst in outer metro.

State Yes vote Turnout
Inner Metropolitan 65.68 81.17
Outer Metropolitan 58.46 79.32
Provincial 62.84 79.60
Rural 59.89 77.97

10:34am And heres the same info as a table:

State Yes vote Turnout
ACT 74.04 82.44
NSW 57.75 79.46
NT 60.57 58.37
QLD 60.74 77.92
SA 62.45....

09:00

Detectives in Kansas City Release Man who Answered Interrogation Questions by Passing Gas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Kansas City man facing potential federal drug and weapons charges flexed his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during a police interrogation by passing passing gas instead of answering questions.

A detective interrogating 24-year-old Sean A. Sykes Jr. decided to cut him loose after holding him for possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession of marijuana and two handguns.

One of the stolen guns was a .357 Magnum found inside Sykes vehicle.

During the interrogation, Sykes denied knowing anything about the guns or drugs he was accused of possessing.

The detective questioning Sykes noted in his report that when he asked for his address Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and release a loud fart before answering.

A federal detectives questioning Sean Sykes Jr. on gun and drugs charges ended his interrogation after Sykes continued to break wind violently instead of incriminating himself by answering his questions.

According to the Kansas City Star, Sykes continued to be flatulent and the detective ended the interview prematurely.

Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview, the detective noted in his report.

Sykes was in a car that police searched on September 1 where they found a backpack containing the drugs.

After being taken into custody, Sykes farts managed to bring the interrogation, and charges against him, to a halt.

Charges related to the September 1 drugs and weapons charges were never filed.

However, Sykes luck apparently ran out when he was pulled over by police on November 5.

Kansas City police officers searched Sykes vehicle again and reportedly found crack cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun.

After being caught for the second time, Sykes is now being held in custody on possession charges.

The detectives report surfaced when Mr. Sykes made an initial court appearance on Monday, November 6.

He remains in custody pending a future hearing where his bond amount will be determined.

Hes currently charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

According to the...

08:53

TPP 11 critical analysis from experts and Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

15 November, 2017: The Conversation features critical analysis from Pat Ranald, Deborah Gleeson,  Belinda Townsend  and others  about what has and hasnt changed in the TPP11 after the ministerial meetings last week. See also Peter Martin's article in Fairfax media.

 

 

08:39

Aust to help lead aid efforts for Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed National"

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh, following military atrocities that the United Nations has dubbed a text book case of ethnic cleansing.

Myanmars army has released a report denying all allegations of mass rape and killings by security forces.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held private talks with Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Manila.

Later during an address to assembled leaders he expressed concerns for the welfare of victims of the violence.

Its understood he told leaders he welcomed Ms Suu Kyis efforts to resolve the crisis and heaped praise on Indonesias diplomacy efforts.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ms Suu Kyi has come under fire from the international community over her handling of the crisis.Myanmar is predominately Buddhist and Rohingya people do not have citizenship and the government considers them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The country is making a rocky transition to a civilian government after 49 years of military rule.

The Turnbull government last week announced a four week fundraising campaign for aid agencies responding to the humanitarian crisis.

The government will match public donation of up to $5 million to the Australian Red Cross and the United Nations refugee arm.

The government has pledged $30 million in emergency funds since September.Australias military is continuing defence cooperation with Myanmar despite the United Kingdom and United States issuing a ban.

Military assistance is worth almost $400,000 and involves training in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, peace keeping and English classes.

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08:36

NZ to give $NZ3m to Manus, Nauru refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

New Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two days with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Canberras handling of the issue.

Meetings have also been held by officials from both sides and the Kiwis will begin work to expedite processing if and when the offer is taken up.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ms Ardern said.

But its still expected to take around five months to process and resettle any refugees sent to New Zealand and there remains a need to care for those on the islands in the interim, she said.

We intend to work with Papua New Guinea and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that they may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island, she announced in Manila late on Tuesday night (local time).

Australia is aware of that spend and Ms Ardern said she imagined they would be pleased rather than embarrassed to see New Zealand stepping in to assist with a resolution.

Meanwhile New Zealands offer has strong support from within the parliament.

The Senate passed a motion on Tuesday afternoon calling on Mr Turnbull to accept New Zealands offer.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also urged Mr Turnbull to reconsider.

Ms Ardern has spoken to Mr Shorten about the offer, most recently in passing several weeks ago.

Ive seen public statements from him so Ive seen his position on it but obviously were working with the Australian government on the issue, she said.

The offer was first made to Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who rejected it.

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08:33

Keating warns of China-US relationship "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Paul Keating. AAP Image/POOL/Mick Tsikas

Paul Keating warns Australias greatest challenge will be determined by how the relationship between China and the United States plays out over the next 20 years.

For Australia, there is no bigger threat than a breakdown of co-operation between the US and China, the former prime minister told the annual Committee for Economic Development of Australia dinner in Sydney on Tuesday.

We must do all we can to resist such an impasse, he said referring to escalation in tension between the two superpowers.

America is still and will remain our security alliance partner, the worlds predominant military power and a great democracy.

He told diners Australia had an overwhelming interest in making sure the two powerful states co-exist harmoniously.

Mr Keating said he believed the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to have been encouraging.

During this meeting Mr Trump referred to President Xi Jinping as a great friend and said the Chinese people should be proud to have him as their leader.

Despite the appearance of a growing bromance, Mr Keating said there was no real evidence of progress on the key issues of the USs massive trade imbalance or North Koreas nuclear program.

He said Australia had no interest in publicly or privately encouraging the US or China down the path of crude economic nationalism.

Mr Keating said in government he had been committed to market reforms but always alongside the economic and social imperatives of inclusion and justice.

However the US lacked this balance.

We can see in America today what the loss of these balances means, watching the extremes of income and wealth rip at the fabric of American society.

As time has passed we can see how superior Australias model under Labor has been.

However Mr Keating added despite Australias prosperity he had a growing concern for income distribution is becoming more unequal and our wealth distribution much more so.

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08:29

Vaccine could give hope to cancer patients "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.

The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.

Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.

Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.

The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.

The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.

But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.

About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.

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08:13

Mulching program could kill Brunswick Heads cypress pines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of the historic coastal cypress pines surviving in the Terrace reserve.

Some of the historic coastal cypress pines surviving in the Terrace reserve.

The Trust managing the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park in Brunswick Heads have again been accused of attempting to kill off protected trees to increase their commercial camping activities.

On November 8, resident Patricia Warren told The Echo that mulch had been dumped around the vulnerable trees, which is at odds with the advice of Byron Shire Councils ecology report and that of a local native nursery.

In reply, the CEO of the government-owned NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT), Steve Edmonds, told The Echo that since gaining advice from their arborist on the mulching, they have since ceased works.

Mark Dunphy of Firewheel Rainforest Nursery told The Echo, These cypress trees grow in sand and are not used to being mulched. Its definitely not a good thing and could well kill them.

Additionally, a spokesperson from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) confirmed with The Echo OEH received the notification on the matter from Byron Shire Council and is investigating.

The Echo asked NSWCHPT if there is a report that supports mulching and whether seedlings have been planted as compensation for the removal of two Coastal Cypress Pines.

NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds replied, The Terrace Reserves vegetation management plan recommends that to maximise the lifespan of existing trees, mulch should be applied to the critical root zone of the Coastal Cypress Pines as this would decrease competition from grasses and maintain soil moisture and fertility.

This vegetation management plan was prepared by environmental consultants in 2011 and was referred to in the parks plan of management, which was adopted in 2014.

This vegetation management plan is the document which has been adopted to provide guidance in managing the Coastal Cypress Pines at Terrace Reserve amongst other vegetation within...

08:10

Market Talk- November 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

All core markets finished lower in Asia today, with the possible exception of the Nikkei that closed almost unchanged. The Hang Seng closed small down but was Shanghai that lost -0.5% which after the data was actually not that bad! Today we saw Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Investment Spending and it was the talk for the day as it appears the government crack-down on debt is well underway. Industrial Production fell 0.1% short of expectations at 6.2%, Retail Sales at 10% and Investment from 9.2% down to just 5.6 in October. However, even given todays data releases China will comfortably meet the governments 6.5% projections. The Resources decline hindered the Australian ASX with a near 1% fall on the day. The SENSEX did open better but was pulled lower by all other markets. Eventually, after a brief attempt to rally mid-afternoon, the index closed on its days low -0.3%.

Early talk was of the declining price of cable, trading around 1.3050 (-0.5%) at one stage after UK inflation data was released. A 3% print is not matching the scare that the BOE warned may print, but I guess it saves on the price of a postage stamp! Sterling did recover towards the end of the day after rumours that BREXIT offers may require approval but also US tax delays could hinder dollar strength. The Euro traded well all day after German GDP rose 0.8% , well above the 0.6% forecast. This figure however did not help Europes core equity indices however, as both DAX and CAC saw declines of around -0.4%. FTSE finished almost unchanged whilst Spains IBEX closed the weaker of the bunch down -0.6%.

GE was again the headline conversation for US markets with an 8% decline yet again today. The days lows were hit early and the remainder a result prices actually recovered. It did look scary at one stage mid morning but the worst was over. There is still uncertainty surrounding tax proposals and its this lack of clarity that markets fear. The Producer Prices were a welcome sign and again this encourages more curve flattening.

2s closed 1.69% (+1bp), 10s 2.38% (-3bp), 30s 2.83% (-4bp), Bunds 0.39% (-2bp), France 0.75% (-3bp), Italy 1.81% (-1bp), Greece 5% (+2bp), Turkey 11.98% (u/c), Portugal 1.95% (-1bp)...

08:00

SWIM INTO SUMMER WITH THE YARRA ROUGHIES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Like swimming? Why not check out the Masters Program with local swimming legends, the Yarra Roughies.

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08:00

JUMPING JUNIPER, ITS GIN CLUB "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mill House has set up Gin Club and believe me, this is a club you want to neb part of.

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07:50

Supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hearfelt house in Wollongbar, Lismore. Photo supplied.

Supporting a survivor of childhood sexual abuse as a partner, friend, non-offending parent, sibling, work colleague, family member or adult child of a survivor can often leave people feeling helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them, said Heidi Tornow, program development coordinator for Heartfelt House near Lismore.

Eyes Wide Open is a seminar aimed at helping the people in a relationship with an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, from a partner or work colleague to family members, to both understand and help the person they love and care for.

Children feel deeply betrayed when a trusted adult sexually abuses them. Their sense of safety is shattered and they often feel intense shame and guilt and that it was their fault that the abuse took place, said Heidi.

This can and often does continue into adulthood, affecting their capacity to have fulfilling relationships and friendships. Many decide to rather live in isolation than admitting to someone they care about, what has happened to them.

People who are in the immediate environment of a survivor truly care about their partner/ friend/ sibling/ adult daughter or son but feel often helpless in knowing what is going on and how to support them.

The seminar aims to creating understanding of the myths around child sexual abuse, grooming, coping strategies and potential ways  to support survivors in empowering ways.

Seminars are run twice a year and there are four places left for the upcoming seminar this Saturday, November 18. Bookings are essential and can be made on 6628 8940.

Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are invited to contact Heartfelt House to apply for participation in its 18-week group program Taking the First Steps. For more information you can look them up online ...

07:48

Man charged over Pacific Motorway double fatality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The driver of a vehicle that crashed, killing two passengers, in the Tweed earlier this year has now been charged.

About 4.20pm on Sunday, August 13, police were called to the Pacific Motorway, Cudgera Creek, following reports a silver Toyota Camry had left the roadway and collided with a cement bridge and landed in a culvert.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics attended; however, two women, aged 64 and 46, both died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were treated at the scene and airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Police from the Richmond Crash Investigation Unit commenced an investigation resulting in a 47-year-old man attending Tweed Heads Police Station yesterday (Tuesday, November 14).

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail and put before Tweed Heads Local Court where he was granted bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 17.

 

 

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07:45

Byron Council seeks to resolve Broken Head parking issue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services' access to an injured man on Sunday (September 24). Photo Ian Cohen

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services access to an injured man on Sunday, September 24. Photo Ian Cohen

The issue between residents along Seven Mile Beach Road, Broken Head, who want limited to no parking, and those wanting access to the beaches was tabled at Councils November 2 meeting.

Director infrastructure services Phil Holloway told councillors that they have been working with residents for some time on the issue and the current signs were replaced after the signs were vandalised.

It happens nearly on a weekly basis, he said. We had meetings with RMS, police and residents and have developed an action plan. Putting rocks along the road deters parking, he said, which is needed in case of an emergency.

While he said the signage replacement was originally a direction from the local traffic committee (LTC), Mr Holloway did admit that We werent using the LTC as a sounding board for every range of issue that could occur on that road.

Meanwhile, mayor Simon Richardson told the chamber he congratulates staff for coming to an outcome. 

Its one of the most biodiverse regions in the state, he said. The dust on the road has serious impacts residents have asked for it to be a closed road. The risk of bushfire is high. Staff are in a bind.

Yet the mayor did acknowledge that, We havent communicated before acting.

This [issue] hasnt gone out in the public its been a response to the residents. They are a persistent group.

Cr Sarah Ndiayes motion was eventually supported, which asks staff to provide a report on the current issues facing the Seven Mile Beach community and the Broken Head nature reserve and indicative costings and consi...

07:39

Local preschools receive infrastructure grants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay Preschool. Photo Byron4Kids

Byron Bay, Lismore and Goonellabah preschools will benefit from recent NSW government infrastructure grants.

Parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said the Start Strong grants will go towards constructing a new building at Byron Bay Preschool, a new room at Goonellabah Preschool and a purpose built flood resilient structure at Lismore Preschool.

He said, The north coasts future doctors, teachers and lawyers are being shaped in our preschools as we speak, so it really is an investment in the future of our community. 

The government press release claims that the grants build on their recent announcement that preschool fees in NSW have reduced by an average of 25 per cent, following an historic investment of $330 million to ensure more children have access to 600 hours of quality, affordable early childhood education. 

But local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens) told The Echo, The Start Strong funding is purely for infrastructure, so there is no evidence it will reduce fees.

NSW spends the lowest amount per child as a percentage of state expenditure; NSW has the lowest proportion of spending in the country at 0.4 per cent.

Parents in NSW have to pay more than any other state to access preschool services, so its no wonder we also have the lowest participation rate and lowest attendance rate in preschool for children in the year before starting school.

The government is aiming for 15 hours per week at preschool in the year before school, when most children are aged four, but many other countries have free, full-time early childhood education for two years before school so NSW is a mile behind.

We have a lot of ground to make up, and providing infrastructure grants alone will not address the extent to which our children need to catch up to their peers in other states and other countries.

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07:35

Twitter colludes with Dems, leaks Trump Jr./Wikileaks DMs - Trump Jr. responds by releasing the whole exchange, proving there's nothing to it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twitter continues to show its liberal left teeth, undermining its own terms and privacy in an effort to derail Trump's presidency. The Atlantic published private messages between Wikileaks and Trump Jr. under the headline and excerpt... "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks" The transparency organization asked the president's son for his cooperation - in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia's ambassador to the United States. The Atlantic notes that, "The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators."

07:32

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another False Flag Shooting In California-The Official Narrative Is Already Changing

Question:  Psst, How do you know the Californial school shooting is a false flag?
  Answer: Because the story keeps changing and now we know there is only one shooter when it was clearly reported it was two shooters.

My heart goes out to the people of Corning, California, the victims and their families for yet another horrific event involving mass murder.

After the Vegas Massacre, I predicted we were going to see false flag events involving (1) malls, (2) churces and (3) schools. Since that prediction just over a week a go, we have had mass murder events perpetrated at two of the three venues.

After the false flag in Sutherland Springs, TX., Paul Preston of Agenda 21 Radio accurately predicted that the next event would be at a California school. Unfortunately, Paul was correct.

The Common Sense Show is calling on authorities across the nation to recognize that our nation is at war with domestic terrorists. Every school, mall and church needs to be guarded by people who are armed. 

We know that the Vegas Massacre was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the Texas church shooting was carried out by more than one shooter. We know that the recent California school shooting was carried out by 2 men. However, in each case the federal authorities are attempting to control the narrative and falsely report that the presence of one shooter for each of the evvents. Why? Because two or more shooters implies a conspiracy. A conspiracy would be tied to a motive and the true motives behind these events must remain hidden for the events to have their desired effect. What effect would that be? These events are being inspired and executed by forces formed by George Soros. The purpose is to create so much chaos, that the UN, as Fox News reported, would be allowed to police America in this time of national chaos.

If we ever allow this to happen, this would be the death blow to this country and its citizes.

Please note below from this first report from the scene of this afternoons shooting that 2 men were involved.

The Changing News Accounts...

07:18

November 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Ricos aging power grid and 54 days since Maria took the rest, leaving nearly all 3.4 million residents without electricity. Experts say the island is in desperate need of []

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07:13

US Senate Hearing on Restricting US Presidents Ability to Launch a Nuclear First Strike (Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Like Markey, an Irish-American US Senator from Massachusetts, but who then became US President: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Massachusetts Senator Markey Welcomes Senate Hearing on Presidential Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons Thursday, November 9, 2017. Has introduced legislation to limit U.S. presidents ability to conduct a nuclear first strike without prior authorization from []

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07:12

The Gary Null Show 11.14.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Today is November 14th and like always The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. On this episode Gary has elizabeth on the phone to answer all of your health questions you have been emailing in to prnstudio@gmail.com. Gary also has a commentary from ...

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07:07

Nuclear Cattle: Film on Fukushima farmers hits cinema screens "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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A documentary film on the struggles of cattle farmers in the wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 has been released across the country.
Nuclear Cattle, directed by Tamotsu Matsubara, 58, focuses on the farmers response after the government ordered them to slaughter livestock exposed to radiation due to the disaster.
Matsubara spent about five years making the film, repeatedly returning to affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture from June 2011 onward, capturing the thoughts of the cattle farmers.
People whose voices arent normally heard often ring the truest, Matsubara says, referring to the people he met.
As a consequence of the disaster, the farmers have been unable to sell cattle exposed to radiation, and are also losing money on food for the animals. Yet in some cases, they continue to keep the cows.
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07:05

US Atomic Veterans Who Helped Out During Fukushima Lawsuit Against TEPCO For Radiation Exposure (USS Ronald Reagan) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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On the afternoon of March 12, the day following the earthquake, Plaintiffs arrived off the coasts of Fukushima Prefecture aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and other vessels to provide humanitarian aid. Plaintiffs allege that TEPCO promulgated false information regarding the extent of the damage to the FNPP, misleading the public, Japanese officials, and the U.S. military. They allege that TEPCOs management publicly announced that there was no danger to those participating in Operation Tomodachi, despite knowing that there was a risk of radiation exposure. Plaintiffs claim that they and U.S. military officials were unaware of the extent of the radiation leak and that they would not have been deployed as close to the FNPP had TEPCO been forthcoming about the damage. They further allege that the U.S. military would not ordinarily discover such radiation absent sufficient warning. On March 14, two days after their

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07:05

Sun shines on cycle challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

First across the line in what was a challenging training ride for these experienced riders were, from left, Dwaine Weston of Traralgon, Jason Strickland Traralgon, Clem Fries Phillip Island, Ben Challis ex-Leongatha now Narre Warren, David Gafa Traralgon and Matt Vanint Melbourne. m734617

There was plenty to do at the 7th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge in Inverloch last Sunday with a number of running distances also offered for adults and children. m724617

Among the drivers in the billy cart racing at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge were Emma, Simon and Erin. m844617

There was time to take in the coastal scenery for these two riders participating in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge. m744617

07:04

EU to stop radiation check on Fukushima rice etc. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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The European Commission shows that once more it does not give a damn about the health of the European, this time by lifting the restrictions and controls on the Fukushima products, rice, some fishes and seafood!!!

 

The problem is it might not even be clearly labelled  from Fukushima, and most of people in Europe are still quite ignorant of internal radiation thru contaminated produce.
The EU allows Chernobyl area berries and mushrooms to be labeled as organic. Fukushima rice should fit right in .
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The European Union has decided to lift import control on some agricultural produce and seafood from Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Currently, food products from 13 Japanese prefectures remain under control even after gradual easing by the EU. These products cannot enter EU nations without a radiation safety certificate to prove the

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07:04

Golf tournament a golden vein for local charity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

Anthony Magarry from Lismore City Council, a member of the Local Government Charity Golf Day organising committee, and Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista with the new AccuVein AV400, which helps medical professionals find veins easier and administer needles to children more efficiently. Photo supplied.

For thirty-five years the annual Local Government Charity Golf Day has been raising money for charity and this year they exceeded their target by $2,000 and raised a whopping $11,000. The money has been donated to Our Kids, enabling the charity to purchase three pieces of life-saving equipment for the emergency and paediatric departments at Lismore Base Hospital.

The golf day was attended by more than 145 golfers and this years target was to raise $9000 to purchase an AccuVein AV400 that digitally displays a map of the vasculature on the surface of the skin in real time, making administering needles to children more efficient and reduces discomfort.

This piece of equipment will help the medical team diagnose and treat our children and babies much better, Our Kids fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

This is will have such a big impact to our families in the region.

Rebekka explained that the extra $2000 would go toward purchasing other important items for mums and bubs in the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

Two feeding armchairs are much needed in the new Special Care Nursery feeding room, Rebekka said.

This is where mums take the bub out of the humidicrib or cot and spend time with their little ones in privacy to give skin-to- skin treatment and breastfeed. At present there is no such chair, only an office chair, which has been uncomfortable for our mums who have just given birth.

An...

06:58

A Climate Friendly Gippsland Business Black Rainbow Printing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Charley Daniel, proprietor of Black Rainbow Printing, has been an environmental activist for most of his life. A natural part of his activism leading by example was the establishment of his printing business in 1987. Originally located in Gelantipy the business is now located just north of Bairnsdale at Mount Lookout. It is little known that in 2008 Black Rainbow was acknowledged as one of the top environmentally responsible printers in the worldwide Heidelberg International Eco Printing Awards.

The business is climate friendly for a number of reasons starting with the impressive array of solar panels which powers all of Black Rainbows operations. Associated with this is the use of 100% recycled paper in all the operations as part of the protection of native forests. Charley was amongst those small group of heroes tirelessly advocating for the preservation of native forests long before climate change was even recognised. He is well aware of the value of these forests as a carbon store and through his management and protection of 100 acres of native forest in East Gippsland. As a carbon sink the business is carbon negative that is it sequests more carbon than it produces.

A selection from the long list of other climate friendly credentials on his website includes: Australias first green printers, still setting international benchmarks for environmentally responsible printing; specialising in the use of recycled, alternative fibre and reclaimed papers and environmentally responsible stocks; Thoroughly research(ing) the origin of paper and the authenticity of manufacturers environmental claims; Fully recycle 100% of all paper waste in our paper recovery program; Reduce, re-use, recycle in all aspects of our business operations and lobbying paper manufacturers (1980s) to supply responsible stocks resulting in first Australian availability.

Of his recent extra activities Charley is the retiring secretary of the Gippsland Environment Group. On a personal note he has done a number of small printing jobs for me pamphlets, posters, How to Vote and Business Cards for my political candidacy (mostly as a climate independent) in various elections over the last few years. In this he has been competitive and generous in his time and labour.

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06:56

Time is Running Out #StopAdani #Qldvotes #COP23 jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate scientists warn time is running out to prevent global environmental collapse By Michael Edwards Time is running out to prevent a global environmental collapse thats the stark warning 15,364 of the worlds leading climate scientists have sent out. Key points: 15,364 scientists from 180 countries out their names to the BioScience journal []

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06:56

Mass Shooters are Disproportionately US Veterans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Editorial Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because its hard to answer.

Its important to answer because its important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say) would not somehow eliminate the roles played by gender, guns, mental illness, domestic violence, a violent culture, the mass media, economic inequality, or anything else.

Looking at this list of mass shootings in the United States, one notices the following:

  • ninety-eight percent of the shootings were done by male shooters;
  • the vast majority had mental health problems;
  • the racial breakdown looks roughly equivalent to that in the population as a whole;
  • the creators of the list have not bothered to create a thorough record of which shooters had been in the military.

Beginning to sort out an answer, one quickly discovers that many mass-killings by veterans have been excluded from this list. World War II veteran Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people in 1949 in New Jersey, but that was too early to make it onto this list. Persian Gulf veteran Timothy McVeigh killed 168 in Oklahoma City in 1995 but didnt use guns. Persian Gulf veteran Robert Flores shot his three nursing professors in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002, but only killings of four or more have been included. The same restriction keeps out U.S. Marine Corps veteran Radcliffe Haughtons killing of three women in Wisconsin in 2012. Even the D.C. sniper, Persian Gulf veteran John Allen Muhammad, who killed 17 in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002, with a partner, and using guns, is not included perhaps because he didnt kill all of his victims at once.

Proceeding with this list nonetheless, we should be able to determine what percentage of the shooters on the list are veterans, and then compare that to the general population. But how exactly do we do that? It would be crazy to look at figures for the general population as opposed to those for men only, because the percentages of men and of women who are veterans are very different. And even looking at men only, the percentage who are veterans in the U.S. population varies dramatically by age group. Almost all of the shooters are men, and almost all of them are between ages 18 and 59. Above age 59, the percentage of men in the general population who are veterans leaps up dramatically. Between 18 and 59 by averaging the percentages for each age year about 1...

06:55

Study Shows: One Natural Practice Prevents SIDS in Over 60% of Cases. Yet No Country is Following These Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome is a devastating tragedy in the family: a perfectly healthy baby dying unexpectedly; and no scientist has so far being able to find a reason why. There are many theories that are being discussed, immunizations being one of them, but no conclusive answer has been discovered so far.

While the scientific community is looking for answers, SIDs continues to be the leading cause of deaths of children below the age of one; and every year, about 2,000 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS. In most cases, SIDS happens between the ages of two and four months.

What if many of these cases can be easily prevented?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at over 2,200 SIDs cases and found out that it can be prevented in over half of the cases by doing what nature intended us to do breastfeeding.

Study: Reduce the Risk of SIDs by 64%

Scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, examined 2,267 SIDs cases, along with 6,837 healthy babies, and found that SIDs can be prevented by breastfeeding alone.

By breastfeeding the baby for just two to four months, you may cut the risk of SIDs by 40%; for four to six months by 60%; and longer than 6 months by 64%.

The study also found that the amount of breastfeeding is irrelevant. Breast feeding can be supplemented by formula when needed, but researchers do encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months if possible.

Unfortunately, the United States has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, while New Zealand, the home of this study, has one of the highest.

But whether high or low rates, there is another guideline that not a single country in the world is following.

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Not a Single Country in The World Follows The WHO Guideline

The WHO confirms how important it is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and with food supplementation for at least two years, and calls it a natural vac...

06:44

Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.
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MACKAY Drunken pie run lands man in court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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06:30

1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one
3) THE SHOOTING OCCURRED AGAIN IN TEMBAGAPURA, A WOUNDED FREEPORT EMPLOYEE
4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua

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1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff

12:04 pm on 14 November 2017 
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua.

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06:26

Australias same-sex marriage postal survey: 61.6% YES, 38.4% no live "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Read here Andrew Wilkie: Community says YES to same-sex marriage While the LGBTI community should never have been subjected to this costly and divisive postal vote in the first place, Im delighted that a yes vote has been returned, Mr Wilkie said. This is a win for those whove worked tirelessly to end the discrimination in the Marriage Act. Its also a win for the thousands of same-sex couples who just want to have the same rights as everyone else. But the fight isnt over. Malcolm Turnbull must reject the disgusting bill being circulated by some conservative members of the Liberal Party, which would entrench new forms of discrimination and bigotry in Australian law Rodney Croome: Love wins the day as Tasmanians and Australians vote for equality

06:26

Do they do the "perp walk" in Israel? "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife. But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of...

06:25

A piece of Byron history set for renewal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Business partners Phil Taylor and Parkway Drives Ben Gordon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Ben Gordons latest project outside touring and recording with metalcore band Parkway Drive will soon be unveiled along Bangalow Rd.

Hes in the process of renovating Macs Milk Bar and hopes to be open by the beginning of December.

Ben says, When I initially saw that the building was for sale, my first thought was that it would be a real shame if a foreign investor or Sydney developer type ended up buying it and ripping it down or turning it into something the community didnt want.

Its an old iconic building that has been there for a long time so I felt compelled to try to protect it. I remember walking there after school and buying two-cent lollies in the early 90s.

History

We looked into the history of the building and found out that it has been a general store since 1947. It was built by Andy and June Blair for their son, who returned home from World War II.

Its had several different names in that time, such as Walls Store, Greys Store and it wasnt until the mid- 80s that it was named Macs Milk Bar. 

Weve tried to honour the building as much as possible by bringing it back to its original form using recycled materials from that same era, as well as putting a lot of thought and effort into small details.

Its been even more rewarding having my dad there to add his old-school touch, as he has been building and renovating houses in Byron for the last 50 years.

Main goals

Our main goals are to support locals, both customers and suppliers/producers, and to also be as environmentally conscious as possible. Everything from using recycled materials for the fit-out, to being solar powered, to having as little plastic as possible and also offering customer incentives for making an effort too.

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06:15

The Quest for Security: Is it rational? has it actually made us safer? At what cost? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Download address to the Royal Society of Tasmania, by Saul Eslake, Independent Economist, and Vice-Chancellors Fellow, University of Tasmania, Government House, Hobart, 14th November 2017  

06:07

Major Projects Legislation will fast-track the cable car, skyscrapers and resorts in reserves "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust puts the Liberal and Labor parties on notice about the dangers of the State Governments Draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2017(Major Projects Legislation), which will soon be tabled in the state parliament. The Major Projects Legislation is unacceptable and, if the state government insists on introducing it, the Legislative Council should refuse it, said TCT Director Peter McGlone

06:06

Antisemitism bill hearing reflects disagreement in Jewish community over dual loyalty "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Departments definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Departments definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing cannon fodder for antisemites.

It is noteworthy that, in many ways, the exchange between Cooper and Trachtenberg mirrored the first time an American Jewish organization broached the topic of dual-loyalty after the establishment of Israel. The year 1949 marked United Jewish Appeals ingathering of the exiles campaign. This Zionist philanthropic effort aimed at supplying the new state of Israel with American Jewish immigrants. In response to these calls from American Zionists and Israeli leaders, the American Council for Judaism, a group of anti-Zionist German-American Reform Jews, stated that these calls could bring up the question of dual-loyalty among antisemites. In response, virtually every major American Jewish organization, acting through an umbrella organization called the National Community Relations Advisory Committee, accused the ACJ of fueling antisemitism. Virtually every major English and Yiddish language periodical in the American Jewish press ran the NCRAC condemnation of the ACJ. By 1950, the ACJ found itself blacklisted.

Why, after six years of relative tolerance of similar ACJ members statements, did American Jewish organizations react in such a way? I argue that during the height of the McCarthy era of American politics, the dual-loyalty charge took on added sensitivity for American Jews. Beyond the accusati...

06:00

Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australias only real source of genuine critical comment about journalistic practice and its poorer practices. Over the years, it has exposed fictions, unearthed myths and lampooned incompetence.

Not, however, on this occasion. The November 13 program seemed to swallow the gruel on Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 with an un-ironic, unflinching insistence. Political figures from Congress and testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee.  And, most of all, the US voter was made to look the fool.

Paul Barry, the host, explained that Russians were spreading dirt on Hillary Clinton, using stolen Democratic Party emails, which Russian intelligence offered to the Trump campaign in 2016.  Nothing is mentioned about any internal Democratic grievance, or dimension, that would have also fed this, not to mention the compromising accuracy of those emails.

What this program persistently emphasises is dirt more appropriately gold dust, be it to elector or Trump supporter that placed Clinton in a poor light.  Barry runs segments featuring a concerned Representative Adam Schiff, who claims to now know as a result of the guilty plea by Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians approached the Trump campaign as early as April of 2016, to inform them that they were in possession of dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

It soon becomes clear that Barry, and, in fact, the individuals he cites, consider the means of obtaining such material more significant than what it discloses.  Why, after all, bother about the awe inspiring deficiencies of the Democratic campaign, with its tarnished leader?

It then follows that what was also used in the US election was a grand binge of misinformation, which the US voter, scented ignoramus, is supposedly incapable of discerning.  In the two months up to polling day, Barry advances, Russian Twitter accounts put out 1.4 million tweets that were viewed 288 million times.  What influence, albeit unmeasured and ungauged!

Facebook, claims the grave Barry, also featured, with the company admitting to the Senate that between 2015 and 2017 one single Russian troll factory put out 80,000 Facebook posts that reached 126 million Americans.

Barry does, at the very least, note the minute portion of Russian sponsored ads on Facebook some 0.004 percent, though he goes on to claim, without any verifiable basis, that this was enough to stitch the election, given that Trump won the presidency by a handful of votes......

05:00

Why support Strong Towns? 6 members give their answers. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There are so many ways to apply Strong Towns principles and we see our members putting them into action across the country every day. Our members sit on city councils, they make planning decisions for their towns, they step up on behalf of their neighborhoods... In short, our members are involved in building strong towns at every level.

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Planners and engineers say they value Strong Towns' commitment to questioning the status quo and inspiring leaders in the field.

"I work as a planner, and I believe planners should always be in the habit of observing, questioning, and finding truth, in an arena often dominated by politics and ideology. Strong Towns keeps me observing and questioning."  ~ Chuen Ng, Lancaster, CA

"In my professional work, making cities more walkable, Strong Towns is a consistently excellent resource.  From the Black Friday parking lot photos, to No New Roads, the Growth Ponzi Scheme and the Curbside Chat.  It is helpful to have access to the resources, helpful to point other people to those resources, helpful to see what is happening across the country, and helpful to have such consistently excellent thought leadership." ~ Heyden Walker, Austin, TX


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04:24

Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australias Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV)  A fully blown humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Papua New Guinea at the recently decommissioned Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, the much-criticised detention facility where for years Australia sent asylum seekers who had arrived to its shores by boat.

The centre was officially shut down at the end of October; in April 2016 the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court had ordered its closure after finding that the detention of asylum seekers there was illegal.

However, 600 asylum seekers have refused to be relocated to other facilities, citing fear of violence and distrust of authorities, and the same court has rejected an application to restore services such as electricity, health, food and water.

There are growing concerns for their safety:

There have been many incidents of violence against detainees including shots being fired into the camp, allegedly by members of the Papua New Guinea military.

The refugees have no reason to trust the Australian government

As explained in earlier Global Voices posts about the issue, Australias controversial policy deals with asylum seekers who arrive by boat by:

[] housing them in offshore detention centres on either Nauru or Papua New Guineas Manus Island, and turning those headed to Australia back. Those who are detained and their asylum claims accepted...

04:24

Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...

03:48

Brian Houston of Hillsong will come out if Australia votes yes for gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

GAY LORD POPE BRAIN HOUSTON OF HELL$ONG: Please note. Its sad how people IMITATE ME and other well known pastors to RIP OFF very good people. BEWARETODAY IS A NEW DAY PRAISE THE LORDAND AMEN AND AMENIF THE POPULACE OF THE GREAT NATION OF TERRA AUSTRALIS VOTES YES FOR GAY MARRIAGE THEN THIS IS THE GAY AND HAPPY DAY ILL FINALLY COME OUT

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03:48

The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

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The Revolutionary University: Remembering Communiqu from an Absent Future AB

Recently, Antifas presence on campusmilitantly battling fascistic speakers and influenceshas given rise to key questions. How can we continue to radicalize the university? How can we turn it into an engine for revolutionary experimentation and coordination on a mass scale?

To answer these questions, one of the most important things we can do is to retrieve from...

03:24

This seems like a big deal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The folks at Big Science are again putting humanity on blast. Twenty-five years ago, they issued a dire warning, one that hasnt resulted in sustained, meaningful results:

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 World Scientists Warning to Humanity (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse.

Is it too much to ask our beloved leaders to respond to this in a meaningful way? Lets say the media actually does this. In this dream scenario, they could really hold their feet to the fire be tenacious, refuse to accept non-answers, point out conflicts of interest, refute illogic, etc. It seems pretty important:

To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the worlds leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.

None of this should be news to readers of this site. But the paper appears to be exceptionally noteworthy:

We have been overwhelmed with the support for our article and thank the more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth (see supplemental file S2 for list of signatories). As far as we know, this is the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.

Worth pondering is what to do when legal means of halting our death march continue to fail. Sure there are small victories here and there for example, the article notes the decline in the manufacturing pf ozone depleting substances. B...

03:08

Open Letter to the Director of United States Department of State "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure

To: Director of United States Department of State Seattle Passport Agency 2nd letter November 8, 2017 first letter dated October 21, 2017 and attached.

RE: 532552066 COPIES WILL BE SENT TO SEVERAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE OFFICES.

Notice to the agent is notice to the Principal and so forth. I do lawful not legal and this is my best effort.

A reply to a communiqu from your department dated 10/31/2017 a trick or treat response that does not provide due process.

Take heed. It is on the record in Federal District Court Portland, Oregon that I am an American State National an Oregonian. A non US citizen. Un-rebutted on the record stands as fact.

Thank you for the return of my birth certificate. I was born on Nevada, currently an Oregonian, being denied a non US citizens passport. I deny there is any evidence to justify withholding my passport... Whoever issues passports; assumes the obligation to abide by governing law, not quote a Nationality act dated 14 years after my birth on Nevada. Your word art is expos facto. I was a US citizen during my hitch in the U.S. Navy. 3 years, 11 months and 28 days. I loved it. That was a temporary situation. I also applied for and obtained a US citizen type passport and used it for many years. In Europe and all over the Americas, it has expired. I even answered up in court to RONALD CHARLES VROOMAN are you a citizen of the US?.. Yes your Honor.

What about my right to expatriate?

I discovered the fraud and I am taking all the bastards to court. The Portland court cannot provide an Article III court. I moved my cases to district court DC. A minion or robot of yours sent to me an unsigned letter addressed to me and I received it. I have rebutted it. One cannot un-ring the bell.
The U.S. citizens [citizens of the District of Columbia] residing in one of the states of the union, are classified as property of franchises of the federal government as an individual entity Wheeling Steel Corp. v Fox, 298 U.S.193, 80 L. ED 1143 , 56 S.CT. 773

You will comply with your Constitutional oath and provide me with a passport as an Oregonian, a born national state man with bloodlines from the Revolution, as a direct descendant from a Father and Son they fought for New York. Bloodline landed on America 1664; from the several states.
You may also state your evidence of due cause to deny me due process. I deny you have any such evidence.

You have 21 days from the date of this letter to respond with a passport. With full faith and credit. This is an enumerated responsibility.

Should you choose to ignore my lawful demand? I will obtain your name and make you a defendant in....

03:04

Duterte berates Canadas Trudeau at end of Philippines summit "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MANILA (Reuters) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canadas Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

At the traditional news conference by the host nation at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Duterte was asked how he had responded to the Canadian prime minister raising the issue of human rights and extra-judicial killings in his anti-drugs drive.

I said I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult, the Philippines president said in the course of a rambling answer, although he did not refer to Trudeau by name.

I only answer to the Filipino. I will not answer to any other bullshit, especially foreigners. Lay off.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau told a news conference that during his meeting with Duterte the president was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange.

Human rights activists had been hoping that leaders at the summit, including Trump, would raise the issue of the thousands of users and small-time pushers killed in the campaign that was launched by Duterte after he took office in mid-2016.

His government says the police act in self-defense during drug-busts, but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

There was no pressure from Trump on the drugs war when he met Duterte on Monday and the U.S. president later said the two had a great relationship.

A joint statement after the meeting only said the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.

Duterte cursed Trumps predecessor, Barack Obama, last year for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking ties with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two. The relationship appears to have got back on track after the bonhomie between him and Trump.

Trudeau also said that he raised the issue of the exodus of Rohingya during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, another sensitive topic bypassed by most other leaders, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world, he said.

ETHNIC CLEANSING

The government in mostly-Buddhist Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize the term.

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02:45

LAVROV says    RUSSIA NEVER PROMISED U.S.A and  ISRAEL THAT IRANIAN FORCES would  WITHDRAW FROM SYRIA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

So what is Saudi Arabia on about???

Why she they withdraw.they beat ISIS out of there fair and squareso whats the problem?????

Russia has never promised the US and Israel a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on November 14. He added that the presence of Iranian forces in the country is legitimate.

Thus, the Israeli media reports about some Russian-Israeli-US deal on the issue appeared to be fake news as it had been expected.

Lavrov directly denied reports that the once again announced US-Russian ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed forces would be withdrawn from Syria.

The minister stated that the Iranian presence in Syria is legitimate and added that the United States posed the biggest threat in Syria.

If you look at who is the greatest danger, its just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports, Lavrov said.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli side has informed the Russians and the Americans that Israeli forces will continue to take action in Syria according to its interests despite any ceasefire. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also promised to destroy the alleged Iranian military base, which is under construction in Syria. However, its clear that Tel Aviv will not get a Russian support in its efforts to limit the Shia influence in the country.

The video below was originally released on March 28, 2017. However, it still provides a comprehensive answer why the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance remains strong.

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02:41

Novice Surfer Masters a pro Move: Punching a Shark to Escape "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A novice surfer mastered a pros move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.

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01:34

How a Failed Drug War Will Defeat Trumps Afghanistan Adventure "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trumps White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and so they insist win. The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might, said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obamas planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

In October, as that new mini-escalation was ramping up, the CIA leaked to the New York Times news of a complementary covert surge with lethal drone strikes and highly experienced Agency paramilitary teams being dispatched to hunt and kill Taliban guerrillas, both ordinary fighters and top officials. This is unforgiving, relentless, intoned CIA Director Mike Pompeo, promising a wave of extrajudicial killings reminiscent of the Agencys notorious Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. CIA paramilitary officers, reported the Times, will lead Special Forces operatives, both Afghan and American, in expanded counterterrorism operations that, in the past, have been accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians. In short, its game on in Afghanistan.

After 16 years of continuous war in that country, the obvious question is: Does this new campaign have any realistic chance of success, no less victory? To answer that, another question must be asked: How has the Taliban managed to expand in recent years despite intensive U.S. operations and a massive air campaign, as well as the endless and endlessly expensive training of Afghan security forces? After all, the Afghan War is not only the longest in U.S. history, but also one of the largest, peaking at 101,000 American troops in country during President Obamas surge of 2010-2011.

 

Thinking About the Taliban

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01:16

Indonesian Instagrammer Faces Prison Time for Meme "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  Dyann Kemala Arrizzqis Instagram feed is filled with her travel photos, demonstrations of her prowess at traditional Balinese dance poses, and wry memes. But now the content of her Instagram feed may get her sent to an Indonesian prison.

Thats because police in Jakarta arrested her last week for posting an Instagram meme in September that purportedly violates the defamation article of Indonesias Internet Law and the Criminal Code, which allows for prosecution under criteria including ruining ones good name. The meme in question was a photoshopped picture of Setya Novanto, the speaker of Indonesias House of Representatives and chairman of the powerful Golkar party, showing him in a hospital bed hooked up to a respirator and heart monitor.

The Novanto meme is one of several that have circulated on social media in Indonesia that publicly ridicule the speakers reaction to corruption allegations leveled against him involving a massive graft case concerning US$175 million of lost state revenues. Suggesting that Novanto was unfit to be the target of the corruption probe, Golkar circulated a photo of him in a hospital bed suffering from apparent heart and kidney problems. That initial image has now sparked a host of copycat memes mocking the speaker.

Although a Jakarta court dismissed the corruption charges against Novanto last month, he has continued to respond to these memes by reporting a total of 68 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account holders for criminal defamation, including Arrizzqi. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Police have yet to file charges against other individuals who Novanto has reported.

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00:31

Longest sauropod dinosaur trackway discovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

3 September 2012

Huge sauropods footprints from the late Jurassic plus tridactyls trackways Plagne, French Jura150 millions years ago!

From CNRS in France:

Worlds longest sauropod dinosaur trackway brought to light

November 13, 2017

In 2009, the worlds largest dinosaur tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne, in the Jura Mountains. Since then, a series of excavations at the site has uncovered other tracks, sprawling over more than 150 meters. They form the longest sauropod trackway ever to be found. Having compiled and analyzed the collected data, which is published in Geobios, scientists from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon (CNRS / ENS de Lyon / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University), the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (CNRS / Universit Clermont Auvergne / Universit Jean Monnet / IRD), and the Pterosaur Beach Museum conclude these tracks were left 150 million years ago by a dinosaur at least 35 m long and weighing no less than 35 t.

In 2009, when sauropod tracks were discovered in the French village of Plagne near Lyon the news went round the world. After two members of the Oyonnax Naturalists Society spotted them, scientists from the Paloenvironnements et Palobiosphre research unit (CNRS / Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University) confirmed these tracks were the longest in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, researchers from the Laboratoire de Gologie de Lyon supervised digs at the site, a meadow covering three hectares. Their work unearthed many more dinosaur footprints and trackways. It turns out the prints found in 2009 are part of a 110-step trackway that extends over 155 m a world record for sauropods, which were the largest of t...

00:30

Srimonti Sarkar, an Evolutionary Cell Biologist Fascinated With a Peculiar Microorganism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life.

Srimonti Sarkar

Srimonti Sarkar.

Animals such as mice, monkeys and humans are commonly termed by scientists as higher organisms, owing to their apparent complexity when compared to the lower micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This is one of Srimonti Sarkars biggest pet peeves. I dont like the term higher; we use it only because those are the systems we are more familiar with, said the evolutionary cell biologist at Bose Institute in Kolkata. Her annoyance is unsurprising.

Giardia  fears and fascination

The small size of microbes makes them anything but inferior. The fact that they are are able to do so many life processes with so little frames, answers the questions behind most of the worlds cell biology research. For example, why does Giardia lamblia, Sarkars organisms of choice, have two nuclei?

Giardia infection is one of the leading causes of protozoa-caused diarrhoea in the world, even more than an amoeba. At any given time, 200 million individuals on Earth are infected, said Sarkar. But cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of the toolkit it uses to go through life. This protozoan is made of just one cell (humans have trillions) and it lacks c...

00:29

Anyone else in Cairns having problems with Optus NBN internet? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey fellow Cairns dwellers, I currently live in Westcourt and Im just wondering if anyone else is having problems with Optus NBN as well like I am. Currently, I keep getting network dropouts that happen at least 5 times a day and last for at least 2 hours. This has been going on for a good couple of months and I had similar problems when I had NBN first installed just last year. My network is also Fiber To The Premisise so there shouldnt be any node or copper problems causing it. Im so tempted to just cancel my contract but thats going to cost me $500 dollars. So anyway, anyone else having problems with Optus NBN in cairns?

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On 15 November 2017 the far-right of both Coalition parties are going to attempt to scuttle genuine marriage equality in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Liberal senator James Patersons private members bill to protect religious freedoms would enshrine exceptionalism discriminating against gays. Gays would be allowed to marry, but anyone and everyone who wanted to deny them service would be legally allowed to do so. We dont tolerate such discrimination based on race or ethnicity. [Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia, Peter van Onselen writing in The Australian, 13 November 2017]


It comes as no surprise that this bill is being sponsored by that chinless wonder, former Institute of Public Affairs member and Liberal Senator for Victoria James William Paterson (pictured left).


The Australian, 13 November 2017:

A conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill enshrining wide-reaching shield laws for celebrants, businesses, educators, charities and parents opposed to gay marriage will be taken to the Coalition partyroom in a looming showdown over freedom of speech and religious protections....

00:15

International Criminal Court: cause and effect? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


As detailed in previous reporting, the Office has found that the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes under articles 7 and 8 of the Statute have been committed in the situation in Afghanistan, including crimes against humanity of murder under article 7(1)(a), and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty under article 7(1)(e); murder under article 8(2)(c)(i); cruel treatment under article 8(2)(c)(i); outrages upon personal dignity under article 8(2)(c)(ii); the passing of sentences and carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court under article 8(2)(c)(iv); intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or against individual civilians under article 8(2)(e)(i); intentionally directing attacks against personnel, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance under article 8(2)(e)(iii); intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education, cultural objects, places of worship and similar institutions under article 8(2)(e)(iv); and treacherously killing or wounding a combatant adversary under article 8(2)(e)(ix). [International Criminal Court (ICC), The Office of the Prosecutor, Report on Preliminary Examination Activities (2015), p27]

It is hard not to suspect a link between the International Criminal Court and Austraiian Defence Force investigations, given that the preliminary ICC investigation would have begun sometime between 2013 to 2015 and the Australian Government would have been aware that it might become one of the nations under formal criminal investigation.

CAUSE?

On 30 October 2017 the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (IC...

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Tuesday, 14 November

23:30

Anatomy of a CIA Assassination: The Chase "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who killed President John F. Kennedys mistress, and why?

In searching for the answers to this mystery, author Peter Janney came upon what seem to be the jagged fragments of an even bigger picture.

Previously, we posted excerpts from Janneys remarkable book on the murder of Kennedys mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer Marys Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). The excerpts were from Chapter 2, which we broke up into three parts, here, here, and here.

We now present the first of two more excerpts, taken from Chapter 12 (but with added subheading).

In this installment, Janney describes the amazing things he hears during his search for the killer, and his frustrating attempts to substantiate these stories. They are fascinating though unproven.

But the essential parts of the story are proven fact.

And, by the way, the assassination of Kennedy the crime of the century seems connected to Meyers murder.

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With New England blanketed by a winter blizzard in early 2004, I found myself stranded in Santa Monica, California, when my return flight to Boston was canceled. Rescheduling at a local travel agency, I ran into Hollywood actor Peter Graves.

Graves, readers may recall, was one of the stars of the 1966 television series Mission Impossible. The show was a fictionalized chronicle of an ultra secret team of American government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. Peter Graves played the part of Jim Phelps, the team leader who began each episode selecting a cadre of skilled contract agents to accomplish the assigned clandestine mission.

Each week a new episode followed the exploits of the elite Impossible Missions Force as it employed the latest technological gadgets and state-of-the-art disguises in an effort to sabotage unfriendly governments, dictators, crime syndicates any enemy of American hegemony. The organization that master...

23:20

How The Free Market Promotes Tolerance, Diversity, And Inclusion Far Better Than Socialism Does "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It may be said with confidence that ones personal values guide his political opinions. We all carry within ourselves a certain code of ethics that reinforces how we interpret the issues of the day. Indeed, studies have shown that liberals and conservatives weigh the importance of moral concerns differently, and that this manifests in their policy preferences.

When one thinks left-wing moral priorities, things like compassion and equality are probably the more enduring values. Yet tolerance, diversity, and inclusion seem to be the values du jour for modern liberalism today.

Coinciding with the ascension of these values has been the rise of socialism within the Democratic Party. It is no coincidence that the tolerance, diversity, and inclusion crowd, colloquially known as Social Justice Warriors, hailed the socialist Bernie Sanders as a political messiah. Arguably, if it hadnt been for Democratic National Committee bias, Sanders might have earned the partys 2016 presidential nomination. The social justice value system, and the socialism that goes with it, are the face of todays Democratic Party.

Much has been written about the utter hypocrisy of tolerant liberals refusing to allow conservative voices to be heard, and of how the Left promotes a diversity of superficial features over a diversity of thought and ideas. However, less has been written about the hypocrisy of socialism being promoted as the economic manifestation of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. When looked at honestly, it becomes clear that the free market better promotes these three values.

How Markets Promote Tolerance

Lets first start with tolerance. Tolerance may be the most cherished value of the modern liberal. By this framework, everything is relative and therefore equal in worth and validity (unless its at all conservative or Christian). This postmodern outlook has yielded absurd claims of cultural and moral relativism. The connection between tolerance and postmodernism has been recognized for some timeas G.K. Chesteron said, Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Despite such criticism, a level of tolerance is good in society, especially when there are countless types of people. So which economic model better promotes tolerance, socialism or the free market?

To answer this question, the most sensible approach may be to look at how capitalist societies treat their socialist minority, and how socialist societies treat their capitalist minority. After all, what is tolerance if not the treatment of those outside the status quo?

To start with, lets look at how a capitalist society treats a socialist minority. The best case study for this is likely Israel. Israel has a capitalist, free-marke...

22:17

Deutsche Nazi's in Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Das ukrainische Regiment Asow wirbt mit Flyern auf Neonazi-Veranstaltungen um neue Mitglieder - offenbar erfolgreich: Immer mehr Sldner schlieen sich an, um "Europa vor dem Aussterben" zu bewahren.
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21:15

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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SYDNEY (Reuters) The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealands offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water.

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An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via REUTERS

The asylum seekers have been holed up inside the center for the past two weeks defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility, saying they fear for their safety if moved to transit centers.

With many detainees complaining of illness bought about by the unsanitary conditions in the camp, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Australia to allow 150 of them to resettle in New Zealand.

We urge Australia to reconsider this and take up the offer, Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative at the UNHCR told Reuters.

Most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria.

Australias sovereign borders immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.

Australia says allowing asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores would only encourage people smugglers in Asia and see more people risk their lives trying to sail to Australia.

Two motions introduced in Australias parliament by the Labor and Green parties, and passed in the upper house on Tuesday, call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to approve the New Zealand proposal.

This is a foul and bloody stain on Australias national conscience, Greens senator Nick McKim t...

16:47

Mullum Festival Cup Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ever felt dismayed by the large number of disposable cups used at festivals?

Stone & Wood and Mullum Music Festival will be eliminating single-use cups from the festival with the launch of their Cup Exchange.

Sarah Blomkamp from the local brewery said that they had devoted a crazy amount of time to finding a viable alternative. Were just stoked to be able to trial it at the festival and hopefully be able to integrate this solution at more events in the future, she said.

The cups should never end up in landfill. Drinkers will be able to purchase their cup with their first drink. The cup can then be taken home to be used again and again or returned for a refund. For those drinkers wishing to have another beer they can exchange it for a fresh cup for no extra cost. All cups will be removed offsite and commercially washed to Australian Food Safety standards. The cups will then be returned to Stone & Wood to be used for future events.

Stone & Wood hope that the Mullum Festival trial will be successful, leading to every Stone & Wood event nationally eventually using these cups.

The cups do not need to be recycled in commercial recycling centres because they are all 100 per cent recycled back at cup manufacturer and supplier Globelet.

Globelet cups are made of polypropylene #5, which is BPA free, tough and durable and made to withstand high heats ensuring the cups will last 100s of washes or years of events.

And for those who want to be assured that every detail has been considered, the waste water produced by the Globelet washing procedure is non-polluting as it uses a washing solution that is environmentally friendly and created by ECOSTORE.

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To add nail-biting drama the cups arrived just two days before the Festival here is Stone & Wood Green Coast in the 420ml schooner cups.

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14:58

Meet our everyday heroes giving hope to wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WIRES has a phenomenal success rate in rescuing native animals in need in New South Wales.


There are so many people who contribute to this success, from concerned members of the public, to our amazing volunteer rescuers and carers, to our staff, donors and supporters. To us, these people are everyday heroes.

The spring and summer months are some of the busiest times of year for the WIRES rescue office and our branch volunteers. During August WIRES received more than 9,000 calls and during September this rose to nearly 15,000.

One of these calls resulted in an amazing reunion between a Brushtail possum and her young offspring at an apartment in Sydney.

Rebecca and her childrenWhen Rebecca from Dee Why moved her barbeque cover and it seemed much heavier than normal, she instinctively knew that an animal had taken up residence inside. When a large possum darted out underneath and leapt to the safety of a nearby tree, Rebecca could see that it had panicked and left its young one trapped in the cover.

As Rebecca was located on the first floor and did not have direct access to the trees opposite her balcony, she did not know how she could reunite the young one with its mother.

I called WIRES, and two rescuers came out. One of them reached in and gently removed the baby possum, explained Rebecca.

She went downstairs to the people below us, and they let her put a ladder against a tree which allowed her to put the baby fairly high up in the tree.
What happened next surprised everyone.

The baby climbed up the tree in the direction of the mother possum, she said.

The mum kept jumping away but then she realised it was her baby and came back.

The baby jumped onto a twig that nearly broke and the mum caught her just in time, said Rebecca, whose daughters were watching the whole scene with fascination.

It was really gorgeous. When they were reunited, the mother grabbed the baby and cuddled it and then put it on her back, she said.

NatalieWIRES volunteer rescuer and carer Natalie attended the call. Natalie and her mother, also a WIRES volunteer, have rescued scores o...

09:42

The Cracks in Chinas Great Wall of Debt "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Leland Miller, a good friend of mine, is the founder and proprietor of an economic research service called the China Beige Book.

The name beige book was borrowed from the surveys conducted by regional Federal Reserve banks of economic conditions in their regions. (In the days before the internet, the Fed issued hard-copy booklets with different-coloured covers based on subject matter. The economic conditions booklet had a beige-coloured cover. Hence the name.)

Lee does in China what the Fed does in its regions, except he covers the entire country.

He has a diverse network of over 3,000 companies and entrepreneurs in all business sectors. He gets his information straight from the source and bypasses government channels. Its like a private intelligence service.

In fact, Lees network is better than the CIAs when it comes to economic data. The CIA actually turns to Lee for advice.

The detailed research service costs about $100,000 per year for one subscription.

But Lee publishes summaries on a quarterly basis, and they are freely available.

His latest summary doesnt paint a pretty picture

The cracks are starting to appear in Chinas Great Wall of Debt

The China Beige Book (CBB) says that China had been covering up and smoothing over problems related to weak growth and excessive debt.

Why would they do this?

To provide a calm face to the world in advance of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China. This took place last month on Wednesday 18 October. In fact, it was the first key skirmish in a looming global financial war.

CBB also makes it clear that the much-touted rebalancing of the Chinese economy away from investment and manufacturing toward consumption and spending has not occurred.

Instead China has doubled down on excess capacity in coal, steel and manufacturing and has continued its policy of wasteful investment fuelled with unpayable debt.

Its become obvious that the first cracks are starting to appear in Chinas Great Wall of Debt.

The Chinese debt binge of the past 10 years is a well-known story.

Chinese corporations have incurred dollar-denominated debts in the hundreds of billions of dollars, most of which are unpayable without subsidies from Beijing.

Chinas debt-to-equity ratio is over 300%, far worse than Americas (which is also dangerously high) and comparable to that of Japan and other all-star debtors.

Chin...

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Monday, 13 November

09:35

The Worldwide Rise of the Superbug "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Currently, the Agora Financial Australia office is completely empty. The team is bunkering down in Baltimore, US, for an exclusive conference.

Were connecting with colleagues and experts from all over the world to get a closer look at the trends driving the investment markets.

Well share everything of interest that we find out over the coming weeks.

For today, Im going to share with you a major trend I wrote about in a recent issue of Small Cap Alpha.

This one goes way beyond whats happening in your portfolio.

It could be the most important thing I bring to your attention in the entire year.

Read on to find out why

The worldwide rise of the superbug

If you ever decide to visit India, do yourself a favour and dont order the chicken dish. An unwelcome garnish might be a superbug in your system resistant to antibiotics.

Last year, Bloomberg reported that Indian intensive poultry farms were rampantly using medicines that the World Health Organisation classified as critically important.

One consequence is that bacteria with heightened virulence, and the ability to infect humans, are showing up.

Consumption of chicken in India has skyrocketed over the last 20 years, and is on track to keep going. Meat consumption continues to grow in both India and China, as both countries get richer.

Also on the rise are large-scale farms, which are heavy users of antibiotics. In July this year, another study found the same thing. Indian poultry farms are breeding superbugs.

This is the outcome we get when we combine poor animal husbandry, little regulation, and a booming demand for chicken meat.

Its not unique to India

The resistance develops because exposure to antimicrobial drugs wipes out the target organisms except those with the gene mutations that allow them to survive.

These could quite easily get exported around the world. And its not as if this problem is unique to the subcontinent.

Human societies across the globe are overdosing on antibiotics.

First there are doctors who (over)prescribe it for human patients.

Then theres the people unwittingly developing resistance through food

The drug overdose you dont hear about

70% of essential antibiotics in the US are sold to the livestock industry.

Theres...

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Sunday, 12 November

11:12

BRINGING MUSIC AND MEMOIR TOGETHER "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stories loaded with music and meaning

The post BRINGING MUSIC AND MEMOIR TOGETHER appeared first on The Westsider.

11:12

HOW GREEN IS YOUR MONEY? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are your financial investments ethically invested?

The post HOW GREEN IS YOUR MONEY? appeared first on The Westsider.

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Friday, 10 November

07:51

How the reign of King Dollar will come to an end "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

PUBLISHERS NOTE: Earlier this week, I caught up with Jim Rickards, live and in person, to discuss the single greatest threat to Australian investors today. It all stems from what Jim calls the great reset. That is, the end of the US dollars reign as the global reserve currency. This has massive implications for Australia. Not least because our biggest trading partner China is Americas greatest foe in this looming financial war. Below, Jim sets the scene for what is a fascinating discussion. Two hundred years ago, Napoleon warned: When China wakes, it will shake the world. Well, China has awakened. And its about to shake the world to its foundations. It starts with the death of the dollarbut it certainly doesnt end there.

My bestselling 2014 book, The Death of Money, is about the demise of the dollar.

By extension, it is also about the potential collapse of the international monetary system because, if confidence in the dollar is lost, no other currency stands ready to take its place as the worlds reserve currency.

The dollar is the linchpin. If it fails, the entire system fails with it, since the dollar and the system are one and the same.

As fearsome a prospect as this dual collapse may be, it looks increasingly inevitable for all the reasons one will find in the pages to come.

A journey to the past is in order first.

Few people in our time recall that the dollar nearly ceased to function as the worlds reserve currency in 1978.

That year, the Federal Reserve dollar index declined to a distressingly low level, and the US Treasury was forced to issue government bonds denominated in Swiss francs.

Foreign creditors no longer trusted the US dollar as a store of value.

The dollar was losing purchasing power, dropping by half from 1977 to 1981; US inflation was over 50% during those five years.

Starting in 1979, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had little choice but to mobilise its resources to issue world money (special drawing rights, or SDRs).

It flooded the market with 12.1 billion SDRs to provide liquidity as global confidence in the dollar declined.

We would do well to recall those dark days

The darks days are set to return

The price of gold rose 500% from 1977 to 1980.

What began as a managed dollar devaluation in 1971, with President Richard Nixons abandonment of gold convertibility, became a full-scale rout by the decades end.

The dollar debacle even seeped into popular culture.

The 1981 film Rollover, starring Jane Fonda, involv...

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Thursday, 09 November

07:47

Bill Gross: The Market as Dangerous as 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

John Maynard Keynes once wrote, Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

Truer words were never spoken, although if you updated Keynes today, the quote would begin with practical women to take account of Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

The defunct economist in question would be William Phillips, inventor of the Phillips curve, who died in 1975.

It was put forward in an academic paper in 1958 and was considered a useful guide to policy in the 1960s and early 1970s.

In its simplest form, the Phillips curve describes an inverse relationship between inflation and unemployment.

As unemployment declines, inflation goes up, and vice versa.

By the mid-1970s the Phillips curve broke down. The U.S. had high unemployment and high inflation at the same time, something called stagflation.

Economists began to tweak the original equation to add factors some of which were not empirical at all but model-based.

It became a mess of models based on models, none of which bore any particular relationship to reality. By the early 1980s, the Phillips curve was no longer taken seriously even by academics and seemed buried once and for all. RIP.

But like a zombie from The Walking Dead, the Phillips curve came baaaack!

Heres why US monetary policy doesnt work 

And the person who has done the most to revive it was none other than Janet Yellen.

Janet Yellen is out at the Fed. Her term ends on Feb. 1. Then Trumps appointee, Jerome Powell, takes over. The Senate must confirm this first, but I suspect hell make it through with no problem.

I recently said Powells main qualification seems to be that hes just like Yellen except hes a Republican.

As a Fed governor, Powell has never voted against Janet Yellen on any interest rate policy decision. You shouldnt expect any immediate changes in monetary policy.

The question is this: will Powell eventually abandon the same flawed models like the Phillips curve and embrace more realistic models that mirror the real world?

Fed governors such as Lael Brainard are showing less faith in traditional models.

For example, in September, she delivered one of the most significant Fed speeches ever. She more or less admitted the Fed has no idea how inflation works.

The Feds favourite measure of inflation plunged from 1.9% to 1.3% between January and August 2017 even as job creation continued and the unemployment rate fell. Septembers numbers, which came out last week, came in at 1.6% still below th...

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Wednesday, 08 November

21:06

Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Download track for FREE here - http://get.siloarts.net/track/lovefool-the-cardigans-cover A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (soundcloud.com/thedreamecho) rainbowchan.com.au rainbowchan.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

01:37

Profit Opportunity as Market Misjudges Feds Next Move "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Im writing from Australia. Im meeting with over 30 of the largest institutional investors and hedge funds in the country.

Im giving presentations to these investors about Fed policy and the potential for war in North Korea. I was able to learn quite a bit about their views on both developed and emerging markets.

Some of those view will be discussed in a very special Daily Reckoning Australia interview I recorded this week with my Aussie publisher. It will be released later this week stay tuned.

But traveling to foreign countries and taking the local pulse gives you insights that you cant get from the papers or TV. You can learn so much from private conversations over drinks or dinner. I then pass along these insights to you.

Meanwhile, even when Im over 9,500 miles from Washington, D.C., its hard to escape the news that broke late last week

What to expect from the new Fed Chairman

That news which affects investors even here in Australia is President Trumps appointment of Jerome Jay Powell as new chairman of the Federal Reserve. Powell will replace Janet Yellen, beginning next February.

I worked with Jay Powell when he was at the U.S. Treasury. I was general counsel of a major primary dealer in government securities at the time. In effect, Jay was my firms biggest customer.

My impression was that he was highly professional and always acted in the best interests of the Treasury and the taxpayers.

Hes smart, has integrity and has a distinguished career both in public service and in a private capacity at investment funds and think tanks.

Jay Powell is someone who is well liked and well regarded by Republicans and Democrats equally. Thats a rare attribute in todays deeply partisan political scene.

The most important fact about Jay Powells appointment is that there will be no change in monetary policy. As a Fed governor, Powell has never voted against Janet Yellen on any interest rate policy decision.

His speeches indicate strong support for Yellens approach. In short, Powell will be more Yellen when it comes to Fed interest rate policy. The Fed chair is changing, but interest rate policy is not.

Beginning in December 2015, Janet Yellen put the Fed on a path to raise interest rates 0.25% every March, June, September and December, a tempo of 1% per year through 2019, until the Fed normalizes interest rates around 3%.

The only exception to this 1%-per-year tempo is when the Fed takes a pause in hiking rates because one part of its dual mandate of job creation and price stability is not being met.

Lately job creation has been strong (despite a small hurr...

Tuesday, 07 November

01:34

Distant Problems, Local Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

As you know, today is a public holiday here in Victoria.

But that doesnt mean were resting on our laurels. In fact, were working harder than ever.

Perhaps it was because we had a special visitor yesterday

Left to right: James Woodburn, Jim Rickards and Callum Newman

Thats right. Jim Rickards is in town. We caught up to discuss the major themes playing out today that you as an investor need to know.

Our chat went on for more than an hour. We covered a vast number of topicsfrom Chinas President Xis power playto Trump and the US Fedto blockchain, gold and the threat posed by North Korea.

Youll have access to that discussion as soon as our production guys have done their job.

For now, heres a taste of what its like to receive Jims high level intelligence as a subscriber to his private advisory Strategic Intelligence.

Heres how Nick Hubble, Jims Australian editor, introduced it to readers

Finance history is full of stories how distant problems caused local consequences.

The 2008 financial crisis harmed some of Australias local governments.

Lehman Brothers alone sold more than a billion dollars of CDOs to them, for example.

Lehmman went broke.

The failure of hedge fund Long Term Capital Management in 1998, which Jim experienced from the inside, occurred when bonds from the other side of the world began to struggle. It almost blew up the entire American financial system.

The small, local issue of subprime mortgages in America triggered a house price crash in Ireland and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis in Europe.

Im reading a history of the Bank of England, which gradually took on its role of rescuing the financial system one panic at a time. These tended to break out in obscure places unrelated to the Banks business.

Strange how things are linked, isnt it?

But it shouldnt be. You should expect these sorts of unexpected links and consequences. Especially as an Australian, and in the modern financial world. The ability to diversify risk has ended up making us all linked together in surprising ways.

Australias economy, financial sy...

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