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22:55

It's showtime "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.

The original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...



And now it's getting underway...



Exciting times for Brissie, and not a winking Kangaroo in sight.

21:57

A note on the International Brigades /// Simone Weil in Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Back in April, it was announced that The Wire creator David Simon plans series based on Spanish civil war, one which will follow the adventures of the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington battalions and their contributions to the International Brigades. Continue reading

21:45

Rebecca Campbell: ET UFO Disclosure Soon? Why Seven Solar Observatories Closed? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Worth a full read.  Photos leaked. Disclosure inevitable?

6 More Solar Observatories Closed and This Could Be The Reason

It has become known that 6 more Solar Observatories (Australia, Chile, Spain, Hawaii (2), and Pennsylvania) have been shutdown: We note that all these solar/space cams down at the same time as the Solar Observatory in New Mexico.

21:37

too much education fogs the mind up too much "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three Australian women in 1961 ponder the question, Is education a waste of time for married women?

I like how even the woman arguing for the utility of education explains how modern women can get all their household chores done in the morning, leaving them free for the afternoon, until the children get home. She still has a few shackles to break, I think.

21:30

Coleys Dramatic Cancer Cures, Part 3: Obituary of Helen Coley Nauts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Helen Coley Nauts tries unsuccessfully to sell her wares to Dr Lloyd Old of Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

So far this series presented two dramatic cures by the use of Coleys toxins. One was in 1893 and the other in 1901. Many more will be presented, and one unsuccessful attempt by Coley..

Let me say where this series is headed. In one sense, its not headed anywhere the case histories have value on their own and they may open the possibility to a revival of that particular treatment.

In keeping with many of my themes at GumshoeNews, however, this series is also headed toward a claim that Coleys cure was suppressed, in order that more people would die of cancer. Indeed I think millions have died needlessly of cancer.

In my review of 18 cures for cancer, in Consider the Lilies (2013), I named two successful curers who I think knowingly participated in the suppression of their excellent work. One was Dr Thomas Glover whose cure was a serum; the other was Dr William Coley (1862-1936) whose cure came from bacterias production of toxins.

Coley and Glover may have been sent on a mission to find their cures by yet an earlier scientist whose name we do not know. That is to say, I do not necessarily accept the legend as to how Coley happened upon his cure. It may be true or apocryphal....

21:26

After Watching Dutchsinses New Video- Who was Obviously Threatened- I Feel Compelled to Comment "IndyWatch Feed National"

I used to call Dutchsinse the earthquake guy as he does a remarkable job of reporting earthquakes- but listening to what he had to say in his new video, it is a pretty good guess that he has been threatened.

This is the comment I left for him

In the End Times- which we are in now- it is said that Christians- those who serve our Father- will be martyred. Give to Caesar what is Caesars only refers to taxes. Those of us who fight to save our lives will lose them- those of us who follow- even in the face of death- will find life eternal. Trust me Dutch- it ISNT easy- we were never promised it would be- just that it would be worth it. I cant tell you what to do- but they are doing their best to kill me for simply trying to get my parents investigated for child trafficking. You just have to hold onto your faith and put aside your fear. Many of those of us with faith are going to die early because we are not meant to live through the days that are coming. Do what you are being lead to do until the end. Follow your heart. And know that we are all in our Fathers hand- no matter what the consequences are. Trust your faith- trust what God is calling you to do- and keep doing what you are- living the Word. That is all I can say.

Satanists, and more apt: Luciferians- have this mantra Do as thou whilst because they believe God either doesnt care or is powerless to do anything about it, so you can do whatever you want with no consequences if you are rich enough or powerful enough to thwart retribution,

However, God will NOT negate our free will- as it was his gift to us- although this gift is a double edged sword- as it is through inacting our free will that we open ourselves to judgement- despite the fact that society has been deluded into believing we are somehow above being judged.

I have often said that this life doesnt make a difference and yet it makes all the difference in the world as we ARE in a matrix- but it is a spiritual matrix and NOT a computer generated one.

Luciferians are under this misconception that this life is the only thing that matters, which is why they are so obsessed with living forever. Yet despite their obsession, not one of them has found the key for eternal life.

But they, as are the rest of us, are allowed to do what we want- using our free will however we wish. The reason for this is because we can only be judged by what we DO and NOT simply by what we think or feel.

Luciferians lie- just as their Master who they follow does. And their objective is to lead as many as they can into the same aybss that they themselves are headed for.

They believe they are gods- thus they...

20:49

Dog Found "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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FOUND LARGE BROWN AND BLACK DOG. 

Has anyone lost or know someone who has lost a large dog? We found him wandering around the Coburg basketball court. 

He has no collar. If you recognize him or have any info please call me on 0451 865 236. 

William.


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20:25

Shannon Noll is facing drug possession charges in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shannon Noll is set to appear before the courts next month after being charged with drug possession last week.

As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, officers from the Sutherland Shire were conducting a search at the Caringbah Hotel on Thursday night when they allegedly found a bag of white powder on Shannon Noll.

About 8.15pm yesterday (Thursday 13 September 2018), officers from the Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, along with Public Transport & Public Safety Command and the Dog Unit, were conducting a drug operation at a licensed premises on Port Hacking Road at Caringbah, explained a spokesperson for NSW Police on Friday.

A 42-year-old man was arrested by police after allegedly being detected with white powder, believed to be cocaine.

At this stage, Shannon Noll is set to appear at the Sutherland Local Court on October 11th, where hell face charges of drug possession.

Of course, this isnt the first time that Shannon Noll has made headlines for a bit of rowdy behaviour.

Most notably, the Australian Idol runner-up had charges of assault dropped last year after he hit a member of security while trying to gain entrance to the Crazy Horse, a strip club in Adelaide, in January.

More recently, the singer ended up receiving widespread criticism for an onstage rant In July that was deemed foul-mouthed and misogynistic by many of his critics.

The incident in question occurred at the Duck Creek Races in New South Wales in July, and was spurned by a member of the crowd throwing a can at Nolls head while performing on stage.

Soon, the singer appealed for the audience member to come up onstage, calling them that fucker in a tie, and a fucking maggot.

Hey, who thinks he should come up, Noll asked the crowd at the time. Shame that prick, shame that motherfucker right there. Fucking private school stupid fuckhead motherfucker. Have some balls and get up here and...

19:25

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With Bitstamp "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With Bitstamp

In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Australias financial regulators have expressed skepticism regarding Coinjars purported trade volume, Paysend has partnered with Bitstamp to facilitate cryptocurrency purchases through its Global Account, and Seed Cx has announced a $15 million USD Series B funding round.

Also Read: A Decade After Lehman Brothers Died: Mises, Satoshi, Bitcoin, and Wall Street Worship 

Australian Regulators Skeptical of Purported Coinjar Volume

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Regulators Doubt Coinjar Volume, Paysend Partners With BitstampIn a recent interview with Business Insider, Jordan Michaelides, Coinjar...

19:11

A Fair Trial Catch-22: The Problem With The Teachers Pet Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the worlds hottest podcasts right now has helped shed light on the disappearance of a Sydney woman. But at what price of a fair trial, asks Hannah Marshall.

The best way to dispose of a body, if you live in the bush, is to put it in the bush, and thats what I think he did on the Friday night.

There is a problem with The Teachers Pet. The podcast and the slew of surrounding media could be so sensational and prejudicial that if he is prosecuted, Chris Dawson cant get a fair trial.

The podcast is a true crime story about a woman, Lyn Dawson, who disappeared from Sydneys northern beaches in 1982. Her body has never been found. The investigating journalist accuses her husband, former Newtown Jets player Chris Dawson, of murdering her. He denies it.  Two coronial inquests have recommended prosecution but none has ensued.

The picture painted of Chris Dawson is not good. Theres his affair with a schoolgirl, allegations of physical abuse, allegations of an attempt to hire a hitman, inconsistent statements, and two small daughters left without their mother.

The Teachers Pet is compelling and sad and reveals some great injustices; to the two daughters, the schoolgirl, and Lyns family as well as to Lyn Dawson herself.

But in its eagerness to seek justice for her probable murder it risks doing exactly the opposite. It could result in Chris Dawson avoiding facing a jury, or even avoiding a murder trial altogether, regardless of the strength of any evidence against him.

The obvious upside to this kind of investigative journalism is the chance that new, meaningful evidence could be found that will help get a conviction. But that has to be balanced very carefully against the risk involved in broadcasting information that is prejudicial and unlikely to be admissible as evidence in court.

To be fair, a lot of the information presented in The Teachers Pet is unproblematic. Written statements and evidence from the coronial inquests for example. But a lot of other parts of the podcast are prejudicial and prejudge Dawsons guilt. Here are just a couple of examples.

A new witness alleges that she saw Chris Dawson assault his wife twice, well before Lyn disappeared. The inference is that he is a violent person and therefore more likely to have killed his wife. Courts call this tendency evidence and treat it with extreme caution. It is only admitted in very particular circumstances. Whether this new testimony would be admitted into evidence is highly uncertain. But the podcast doesnt tell you that.

Then theres the treatment of a claim that Chris Dawson said he tried to hire a hitman to kill Lyn, but didnt go through with it. The allegation comes from Dawsons schoolgirl lover, and later...

18:37

Clivias "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Flowers that have been reproducing in mum's garden



18:03

One For The Ladies: UNSWs Helpful Guide On How Not To Get Raped "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heres some tips on how to stay safe, along with other stupid things men say to women after someone is sexually assaulted. Note to readers: this story contains a confession by writer Chris Graham, and another epiphany.

Remember Eurydice Dixon. How could anyone forget, right? And remember the backlash when, following Eurydices brutal rape and murder, Victorian Police issued a timely reminder to women in Melbourne to take greater care with their personal security? How could anyone forget that either, right?

Well, it seems the folks over at the University of NSW did, because on Friday afternoon, following reports of a sexual assault near the campus, an executive from UNSW sent all staff and students an email headed Safety and vigilance on campus. The message sought to provide women, well over to UNSW

Safety and Vigilance on Campus-1

Lets see if we can break down what UNSW is really communicating here.

Someone got raped last night, but it wasnt on our campus. That said, it was near our campus, and we really should say something, because if we dont and the next rape actually occurs on our campus, we can point to the email we sent to all our staff and students and say Its very sad but we did kinda warn you. That lessens our moral culpability, but most importantly it will also help us seriously mitigate any reputational damage the rapist and his victim might cause us. Thus, what were going to say is this: While we do what we can to make you safe, your personal safety is still your personal responsibility. Follow these helpful tips so you dont go and get yourself raped.

Or words to that affect. Because while that might not be how the email is intended to be read, its certainly open to interpretation to be read that way. And at this juncture, I should offer a confession. My spin on the UNSW email is obviously quite provocative, but its not what I thought yesterday.

On Friday afternoon, I was sitting in a caf with two female colleagues (plotting the downfall of a government), when one of them received the email, from a distressed UNSW staff member.

A discussion of mutual exasperation ensued, whereupon I entered it by saying words to the effect of, OK, I understand the frustration and anger of women at this, and Im not suggesting UNSW cant do more to make women feel safe, but is it really that unreasonable for UNSW to remind people about their safety? Where is the actual harm in the email?

Well heres the harm (and thanks to my colleagues for gently explaining it to me).

The problem with telling grown w...

17:14

Australia: Drug Overdoses Prompt Shut Down of Sydney Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Defqon. 1 festival, the police said. Two of the 13 hospitalised people remain in critical condition, while about 700 sought help on site.

The police has charged 10 people with drug supply offences, including two teenagers who allegedly carried 120 capsules to the festival, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Im absolutely aghast at what has occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said.

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Def...

16:53

Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 4:53pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week, I have been mostly reading comics:

16:15

16:01

One More Reason To Eliminate As Much Plastic As You Can From Your Daily Routines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A green sea turtle off the eastern coast of Australia. Researchers estimate that more than half of all sea turtles have ingested plastic debris. Credit Kathy Townsend

Thanks to Karen Weintraub for this stark reminder, one of countless examples, of why so many places, and some big companies and many individuals are doing their best to get plastic out of daily routines:

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15:29

Failing upwards "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Ive been busy finishing the manuscript of my book, and dealing with policy issues as they came up, so I havent paid a lot of attention to the Liberal leadership saga. One thing that strikes me is that Josh Frydenberg has had exceptionally favorable coverage, apparently on the basis that hes likable and popular. Thats fine, but if youre going to appoint someone as Treasurer, shouldnt a successful track record be a necessary (though not sufficient) condition? Morrison, for example, had a political success in stopping the boats (whatever the morality of the policy) and was generally seen as a successful Social Services minister (unlike his successor, who messed up the robodebt program). He didnt impress as Treasurer, but at least his previous career justified giving him a go. And while he looks underqualified as PM, the alternatives were even worse[1].

Frydenberg has essentially had one ministerial job, covering environment and energy (though with various titles and temporary add-ons like Northern Australia). In this capacity, his big contribution was the National Energy Guarantee. It was a terrible policy, made necessary by the failure of Turnbull and Frydenberg to face down the denialists in the government. Designed to be all things to all people, it ended up being nothing to nobody. Frydenbergs failure to secure agreement on the NEG was the proximate cause of Turnbulls downfall as PM, and the policy was promptly abandoned the moment Morrison took over. In what possible world is this a basis for promotion?

 

fn1. Bishop was ruled out on tribal grounds. Her weakness as Treasury spokesman years ago was also held against her, even though she wasnt obviously worse (in retrospect) than Morrison, and much better than Hockey. About Dutton, the less said the better. After that, its daylight.

15:06

Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Refugee advocates have called for urgent medical attention for a 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who has been hospitalised in Port Moresby after swallowing razor blades.

The refugee has swallowed a total of eight blades six last Friday morning, 14 September, and then two more after he was admitted to hospital.

On Saturday morning, 15 September, still in the hospital, he swallowed a pair of nail clippers.

He has had one scan to locate the blades and nail clippers, but there has been no more treatment. He is now passing blood.

Since being on Manus, the man has been sent to Port Moresby three times for treatment. This time, he has been in Port Moresby for 17 months, waiting for treatment for an intractable stomach ailment.

His case has highlighted the lack of medical or mental health care available for refugees in Manus or Port Moresby.

There are numerous cases of refugees waiting for months in the Granville Motel for treatment that they never get, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, who recently visited the Granville Motel and Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

While the recent attention has been on Nauru, where legal action in Australia has forced the government to bring refugees to Australia for medical treatment, there are just as many cases in PNG. One man I saw has a letter indicating that IHMS has referred his case to Border Force in July 2017, and he is still waiting for urgently needed surgery that cannot be done in Port Moresby.

The Iraqi refugee decided to try and end his life to put an end to his suffering. The government has a duty of care to those they have illegally dumped on Manus Island. They cannot provide medical care; there is no third country to resettle them; they need to evacuate Manus and Port Moresby and bring them here.

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

15:04

Two dead following suspected overdoses at Sydney dance festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two people are confirmed to have died, with others being treated for drug-related issues, following the Sydney dance festival Defqon.1 yesterday.

Saturday afternoon saw the 2018 edition of the dance music festival Defqon.1 take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

Sadly, as the ABC reports, two festivalgoers have passed away following suspected overdoses at the festival, with three others in critical condition at a local hospital.

While police have reported that a further thirteen attendees are currently receiving treatment for treatment for drug-related issues, over 700 punters reportedly sought help from medical personnel at Defqon.1.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has condemned the event, vowing to ban Defqon.1, and firmly stating that pill-testing is not the answer to the issue of drug use at festivals.

I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again we will do everything we can to shut this down, she explained.

I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event, she continued. Clearly it wasnt when so many people have succumbed.

Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs. There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.

As the ABC notes, police charged ten people at the festival for drug offences, including two 17-year-old girls, and a 22-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of 20 packets of GHB.

Organisers of the Defqon.1 festival released a statement earlier today, noting that they were deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of the festival patrons, and expressed their condolences at all those affected.

We are disappointed at the number of reported drug related incidents, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to drug use at the festival, they explained.

Festival organisers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is currently underway.

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15:00

Dark Choco-Dipped Cherry Bites Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Recipe by Pete Evans

Many people just cant end a meal without dessert. After all, a satisfying dessert refreshes your palate and gives your lunch or dinner a sweet ending.

Most people, however, would reach for a bowl of ice cream or a slice of cake to satiate their sweet tooth but why do so when there are healthier dessert options to choose from? Case in point: these delicious cherry bites from Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans, with whom I co-wrote The Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook.

This easy dessert recipe combines the freshness and tartness of cherries with the bitter taste of raw cacao chocolate and the mild sweetness of coconut flakes, giving you a deep burst of flavor in every bite.

 

Prep time: 15 minutes (plus 30 minutes chilling time)

Cook time: 15 minutes

&nbs...

14:04

2016-18 Big Chill NASA Confirms Global Cooling? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What I find really distasteful is how the media is so corrupt that all they want to do these days is to manipulate us into mindless drones. All we hear is Global Warming and they seem to be paid to push this just as they have done in Canada to tax each house $1,000+ to solve Global Warming? It should come as no surprise that the very same news source they have used for their Global Warming pitch has reported the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred. Their data from February 2016 to February 2018 showed that the global average temperatures declined 0.56C. The last two-year decline was 1982-1984 with a drop of 0.47C, which took place during their favorite stint to justify global warming era. (see NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (dataset accessed 2018-04-11 at https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/).

Then we have the Global Warming crowd trying to dismiss the Big Chill claiming it is really Global Warming causing an increase in volatility of temperatures. Here we go again with FAKE NEWS data. The global temperatures are by no means becoming more volatile and if you run the data through a standard measurement we use in markets to gauge volatility, you are immediately confronted with the monthly global average temperatures since 2000 is only about 65% of what it was from 1880 to 1999. They simply refuse to just accept that there are cycles to EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile, in South Australia has seen temperatures plunge 10 degrees making this t...

12:30

Grassy Plains conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A conference for the community, professionals and all who share an interest in conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains.

The conference will explore the three themes of Respect, Protect and Reconnect Melbournes Grassy Plains.

Friday 12th October (9am 5pm) and
Sat 13th October, 2018 (1pm-5pm, lunch 12pm-1pm)
At Wyndham Council Chambers,
45 Princes Highway, Werribee.

This is a free event thanks to our sponsors. 

Book your place.

Presented by the Grassy Plains Network: an alliance of community-based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains and ecosystems.  The Grassy Plains Network is working in partnership with Naturewest Inc

For further information email: grassyplainsnetwork@gmail.com or check the website.

 

12:23

The ECOSS Spring Fest Extravaganza! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ECOSS is about providing opportunities for people to express their sustainable ideas and creative skills through various programs and projects. It is located in the Upper Yarra catchment at Wesburn, near Warburton.

Each year it holds a Spring Fest as a fundraiser. This year it will happen on Saturday September 22, from 10am til 4pm.

Wake up and Bloom for Spring.  This years abundant festivities include The Great Ecological Race- wheelbarrow race between Middle years kids and their parents, MCd by the Fabulous and Fantastic Will Tait.

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin- (Wandoon), local Wurundjeri Elder.

Multicultural performances from Chin Community Dancers, Aztec Dance, Sarita McHarg- Sitar Player and Singer,  Zaar Belly Dance, Tomi Muramatsu, Gustavos Drummers, Tuvaluan Dancers, MOOP Officers: Will Tait and Brendan Jones, Black Bug City,  Stage MCd by the charismatic and talented Simon Oats.

Tiny House talks and tours, Bio-dynamic Farm tour, Yarra Valley Bee Group Talks, ECOSS projects tour, and GRAND OPENING OF RELAB- (rehab for old items- up cycling and boutique craft centre!).

Eco Market with delicious local, healthy food and drinks!

Meet- Yarra Valley Bee Group, Kids Clay play in the Community Pottery Studio, LGBTQI+ rainbow flag painting, apple peeling and loads more activities underway.

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW- email: ecotopiastalls@ecoss.org.au

To enter the Great Ecological Race, email: eartheducation@ecoss.org.au

The Spring Fest is ECOSSs largest fundraising event in the year.  This is how we keep ECOSSs activites low cost and accessible for the whole community. ECOSS supports many Not for Profit groups throughout the year, and here is your chance to support ECOSS.  Please come along with generous limbs and help to make this the most successful fundraising event it can be!

 

For further information about ECOSS, its vision and its programs, check here.

12:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 14th September "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Breathe Harp Samuels iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Folk by the Sea Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September Kiama, NSW Gigs Next Week Alannah Russack w/ Josh Shipton, Hobo Juju Friday 21st September []

10:13

Australian Government to let in new wave of criminals "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The government has already let in a significant number of people into the country who have zero intentions of leading law abiding life, which would also including an old age principle of doing no harm to your fellow man/woman.

It seems that the people in the machine called the Australian Government will be letting a new breed of criminal into Australia, to terrorise the good people of this country.

Don't forget this has huge benefits under the government motto of "good for the economy".

Each new imported slave (criminal or law abiding) has a price on their head with regards to the 'economy', where they generate tax revenue for the people in government, also including being a debt slave to the banks once the individual becomes domicile with a mortgage.

If they're a criminal then the economics are easier as this creates more jobs in the lucrative private prison system where lots of land can be devoted to prison farms.

Governments around the world may state that collection of 'big data' is necessary with regards to criminal activity, but the true scope of the task may not be apparent to many of those within the general population.

With regards to road crimes of travelling faster than what a sign may indicate, the authorities claim that with the costly resources allocated to the task if it saves one life then it's worth all that effort.

Unfortunately the authorities let in many people into the country that have cost good Australian's their lives, where the same sentiment of duty of care does not apply.

The Australian Government cannot even  handle a 'simple' extradition of  killer 'Puneet Puneet' from India so that the family can see 'justice'.

Whether letting in criminals into the country is a failure of government or an assault on the general population is another debate altogether.

Which person in government is responsible for letting in a criminal that effected your life?

See article from 16 Sep....

10:07

Next stop Woy Woy - Heads on a Train "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Travelling to Newcastle from Central yesterday after a ruckus where 2 idiots fought over a seat and managed to fall over onto a pair of old ladies

09:23

Top 10: Feed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

Skunkhour were everything I was looking for in a band when they came to my attention in 93.

They played the funk music thatd started shaking Sydney with hiphop influences and a distinctively Australian delivery.

I think the Larkin brothers, Aya and Del, are criminally overlooked as lyricists, and Del also did beaut illustrations for releases by other bands in their cohort, such as Swoop and Juice.

The self-titled Skunkhour debut showed they were able to sing about admiring arses (Bootyfull) and also to consider gender roles (A Cow and a Pig), as well discuss the heroin epidemic of the early 90s (Horse).

Then the follow-up album Feed in 1995 expanded their focus musically and lyrically.

McSkunk was released as a single well in advance of the album and runs through a critique of capitalism exploiting natural resources. (Its a theme they would later explore as the ballad Tomorrows Too Soon and thats one of those songs that I love for making my eyes water.)

The track State then slipped out on an EP and, as a first-year Philosophy student, I appreciated the parallels with Platos writing for comparing divisions in the soul with those in society.

Id begun writing for Canberras BMA Magazine and spoke with guitarist Warwick Scott for a couple of interviews, as well as having opportunities to quiz the band after their shows.

Ahead of the release of the album Feed I got a promotional three-song cassette, which included Treacherous Head and Strange Equation.

The former addresses our human impulses and their potential to undermine our best intentions, while the latter rhymed the song title with race assimiliation to discuss the hollow words that all men are created equal in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Ive picked Feed as my favourite Skunkhour album as it showed the band hitting their stride and broadening their sound, literally with the addition of keyboardist Paul Searles.

Green Light is a phenomenal track to hear live as the Sutherland brothers lock in their bass and drum parts.

Sunstone speaks of driving Australias back roads with wry observations that feel like an aural equivale...

08:59

THE OCEANS AND CLIMATE CHANGE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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08:41

Wages growth is coming (to VIC & NSW) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Left slack-jawed

There's an old tradition when it comes to job numbers that goes something like this: if the numbers are crap we're doomed; and if the numbers are good then they must be wrong.

The technical term for this is confirmation bias.

As ever this month's booming jobs numbers were treated with anything from scepticism to outright derision.

And yet the solid results have kept on coming, especially in the two most populous states. 

There's another bias that tends to impact people: when things have been bad, they expect bad things to continue.

And quite understandably we're seeing a lot of this in relation to weak private sector wages growth.

After all, soft nominal wage price growth has been around since 2015, so it's becoming quite hard to imagine that pay packets could soon begin to swell again. 

But take note, because in some states this may be about to change...

Private sector wages to lift

Although it never seems to get reported anywhere, I've shown several times before that while the underutilisation rate is high, in volume measures terms things have been very steadily improving for the past few years. 

That is to say, lots of people still want more hours of work, but the numbers of extra hours wanted has been declining over the past four years.
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08:06

Lets live a day at a time for the Lord "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I met a man last night aged 61, my age, from New Zealand originally like me, who is has four cancers and has been given 2-6 years life-expectancy.

We were watching the All Blacks play South Africa in rugby union at my local pub In Bellingen in Mid-Coast, New South Wales, Australia.

We shared how wed both had friends die in their 50s. Ive lost three friends aged in their 50s. One in 2004 aged 53 and the other two last year. One was Trevor Tree a Bellingen local who I was friends with for almost thirty years. He was a Christian, and fit, so his death was unexpected.

The man I met last night seemed quite reconciled to the situation. Hed just retired and was doing a motorbike trip with some male friends. He shared he is married.

So lets live a day at a time for the Lord. We dont know which day in our future will be our last, no matter how old we are.

08:00

Further notes on an offensive cartoon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Further notes on an offensive cartoonThere is something stupefying, depressing and yet familiar about Mark Knights Serena Williams cartoon in the Melbourne edition of the Murdoch gutter press a few days ago. read now...

07:58

Sea anemones plentiful in Sunshine Coast rockpools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEFT: decorated anemone, RIGHT: green anemone.

Last Wednesday I went searching for sea anemones on a rocky shoreline south of Coolum Beach, and found five different species in the rock pools there.

My first sighting was of a decorated anemone (Oulactis muscosa) in a sandy, wave-exposed pool, which is a typical microhabitat for this species.

This animal has greyish-white tentacles and a dark red section inside its oral disc, and gets its name from the way it decorates its margins with sand and pebbles in order to better camouflage itself.

This species can often appear almost entirely buried by sand, but I found one specimen in a calmer rock pool that allowed for the good view shown above.

Next up was a green anemone (Aulactinia veratra), and this proved to be a common and variable species at this location.

It was most frequently found deep inside crevices, including some narrow and shallow ones that barely held any water at low tide.

The colour of this creature was not always the vivid green shown in the photo here, and it was quite often a muddy brown hue instead.

Encountering the decorated and green anemones at the start of my search made my eyes grow accustomed to typical anemone shapes and hiding spots, so much so that seeing the next wildly atypical species came as quite a surprise: I suddenly realised that stretching out over the rocks and pools before me lay a vast colony of tiny anemones that I had read about in the Queensland Museums...

07:46

Congratulations to the people of PNG on their 43rd anniversary of Independence from Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Congratulations to the people of PNG on their  43rd anniversary of Independence from Australia.


PNG achieved its Independence on the 16 September in 1975.

The PNG people are also great friends of West Papua given thousands of West Papuans fleeing Indonesian oppression,  ...

07:37

1) Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Authorities Arrest 8, Seize Hundreds of Ammunition in Papua
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1) Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua
Published 2 days ago on 14 September 2018 By admin

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06:29

Syria or Southeast Asia the West Lied, Lies, and Always Will "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Im sitting at the splendid building of the Singapore National Library, in a semi-dark room, microfilm inserted into a high-tech machine. Im watching and then filming and photographing several old Malaysian newspapers dating back from October 1965.

These reports were published right after the horrible 1965 military coup in Indonesia, which basically overthrew the progressive President Sukarno and liquidated then the third largest Communist party on Earth, PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Between one and three million Indonesian people lost their lives in some of the most horrifying massacres of the 20th century. From a socialist (and soon to be Communist) country, Indonesia descended into the present pits of turbo-capitalist, as well as religious and extreme right-wing gaga.

The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Holland and several other Western nations, directly sponsored the coup, while directing both the pro-Western treasonous factions in the military, as well as the religious leaders who stood, from the start, at the forefront of the genocide.

All this information is, of course, widely available in the de-classified archives of both the CIA and U.S. State Department. It can be accessed, analyzed and reproduced. I personally made a film about the events, and so have several other directors.

But it isnt part of the memory of humanity. In Southeast Asia, it is known only to a handful of intellectuals.

In Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, the Indonesian post-1965 fascism is a taboo topic. It is simply not discussed. Progressive intellectuals here are, like in all other client states of the West, paid to be preoccupied with their sex orientation, with gender issues and personal freedoms, but definitely not with the essential matters (Western imperialism, neo-colonialism, the savage and grotesque forms of capitalism, the plunder of local natural resources and environment, as well as disinformation, plus the forcefully injected ignorance that is accompanied by mass amnesia) that have been shaping so extremely and so negatively this part of the world.

In Indonesia itself, the Communist Party is banned and the general public sees it as a culprit, not as a victim.

The West is laughing behind the back of its brainwashed vic...

06:00

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,' Longreach farmer says This drought has really hit our family hard, says Longreach farmer Jody Brown. Climate change is making the droughts more severe.Those two sentences are the opening lines to a new advertisement challenging the federal government's stance on climate change and the drought in Australia's eastern states. Related: Scott Morrison needs a [...]

04:48

Full interview with UK writer Johann Hari on his vital messages around depression "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Back in May, I interviewed UK journalist Johann Hari at the Sydney Writers Festival about his new book, Lost Connections, on fresh ways to see depression and anxiety. It was a sold-out event and the full audio is now available:

04:45

Wangan & Jagalingou People | Traditional Owners disturbed by illegal action by Adani "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wangan & Jagalingou People | Traditional Owners disturbed by illegal action by Adani:



MEDIA RELEASE
13 September 2018
Traditional Owners disturbed by allegations of illegal works by Adani

Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation

Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.

We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.

We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and will hold both the company and the Government to account.

Adani have been camped on our country hoping to one day build their mine. Starting work illegally only adds insult to the injury that they are there without our consent. We will continue to pursue them through the courts, and with our demands on the Government.

We have seen the report from the lawyers at the Environmental Defenders Office, and it appears that coal seam dewatering bores and other extensive groundwork is being done in breach of Adanis environmental license, and that Adani may have lied to the Queensland Government about it.

We have known all along that Adani cant be trusted with our country, to respect our rights, or be custodians of the environment. The Government can restore some faith by interrogating Adanis conduct and taking whatever action needed to safeguard our country and culture, he concluded.

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Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owners Council advisor 0418 152 743

04:42

Interview on US radio station Loud and Clear about real life effects of failed disaster relief "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was interviewed yesterday by US radio station Loud and Clear, the hosts are Brian Becker and former CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, on Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the ways in which disaster capitalism affects both the relief effort and long-term trends:

Listen to As Hurricane Florence makes landfall, will some corporations ultimately profit? on Spreaker.

04:40

PERTH Arrest after car stolen with sleeping child inside, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest after car stolen with sleeping child inside, WA .

September 15, 2018 at 04:45PM .

Steal Motor Vehicle; and. Provide False Details. He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, 16 September 2018.

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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03:55

Here comes Queen's Wharf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

$3bn Queen's Wharf

Big news for Brisbane's economy as the long-awaited $3 billion Queen's Wharf project gets underway.

And big news too for the future of Brisbane as a capital city and major player.

Significant housing market implications in addition, of course, as the inner city suburbs fill up.

Read the attached report from News (click link or image to read).


The mixed-use Howard Smith Wharves project is already well into its construction phase.

And it too will also be a terrific boost for adjacent suburbs including New Farm, Teneriffe, and Fortitude Valley.


Brisbane, truly, the jewel of Australia!

01:25

There Is Soft Kill, Hard Kill and Then There Is Spermageddon-Why There Is a War On Heterosexuality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly desire. Ninety percent depopulation of the population is the goal. There are hard kill methods eg war) and there are soft kill methods (eg Chromium 6 in the water) and there is spermageddon!!!

 

Sperm counts are way down. This is a striking finding that has profound implications for humanity.

For this reason and many other reasons, some questioning if this is the last generation of humans that will inhabit the planet.

What the Data Tells Us

Research on men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand found that there respective sperm counts are plunging, according to several recent studies.

Among the subjects from these recent studies there has been a collective average of over a 50% decline in sperm concentration and a 60% decline in total sperm count over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2015.

One study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction, found that the trend was peaking. This is very startling and suggests that we have not seen anything close to the apex.

Extraneous Factors

The globalists have tried to censor the Carlson study which was a meta-analysis of 61 studies that found the same emerging trend as far back as 1992. The most striking variable about the sperm studies is that even the quality, not just the quantity of the sperm is being impacted.

The attack on human reproductivity is not confined to the quality and quantity of sperm counts. Humanity is also attack from a social and cultural perspective as well. Kindergartens in Sweden are not allowed to use the pronouns of he and she. Boys can and will marry boys. The same is true for girls. Boys are often taught to wear dresses. And it is not just Sweden. In Canada if one addresses another, even innocently, by a gender pronoun not preferred by the person being spoken to, the offender can be sent to jail. In America, gay marriage (ie one that does not produce offspring) is legal. There are emerging arguments to wrong-headed academia types are embracing the concepts of 97 genders. These same people engage in scathing rebukes of anything resembling masculinity. Homosexuality is glorified in th...

01:21

A sign of increasing desperation on Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton's part? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


After threatening to bring into the House of Representatives files he kept on members of parliament when he Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton made sure two particular files were very visible on 11 September 2018.



Images found on Twitter

After he quoted from these files the Opposition requested that they be tabled. A request Dutton refused.


01:19

The Scott Morrison Social Media Experience in 2018: expletives deleted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


"QT was on fire today Good work, team. https://t.co/M6UWcQO0HU"

Three hours after he posted this tweet on 13 September 2018, Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison deleted it;

Some hours later he apologised for the profanity included in the Fat Man Scoop "Be Faithful" hip hop song, part of which he had embedded in video of that afternoon's HoR Question Time - pleading ignorance.


Remove that dodgy tweet from his Twitter account he may have, but the twitterverse being faster than Morrison's digits meant there was still an echo left on that social media platform:
The reason why the government benches were conspicuous for so many arms upstretched in unison in the video is because, in true tent revival-style, Morrison was asking his colleagues to raise their hands:

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01:15

Amazing Interview with Fiona Barnett and Issac Kappy "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have been ultra critical and suspicious of Issac Kappy but I agree with everything that was talked about in this interview.

Also- before people judge the vest the one of the interviewers is wearing- he just seems like he is a rocker and he is Australian so I personally dont believe his clothing choice means anything at all.

This is a great interview and SO worth listening too.

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23:05

US tracking foreign ships delivering fuel to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions.
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The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada Americas partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea.

FILE PHOTO: North Korean railway workers next to a train Kyodo

 

The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of US Navys 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel.
Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the Blue Ridge to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more bridge-to-bridge communications between allied ships and other vessels.

However, the move is not free of setbacks, WSJ notes. Japan and South Korea are reluctant to share intelligence with each other, while Seoul has its own disagreements with Washington. Also, the US Indo-Pacific Command, the body in charge of the coalition effort, has little experience in running multinational operations.

The story has emerged as the US tries to tighten its grip on North Korea despite both countries having sought to mend ties after the milestone Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last July. Earlier this week, Washington called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council in response to what it claims are efforts by some countries to undermine and obstruct sanctions imposed on North Korea.

Altho...

21:57

Papua Regional Police: Arrest of KNPB Activists Results of Development of Ammunition Findings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at

Papua Regional Police: Arrest of KNPB Activists Results of Development of Ammunition Findings



Papua Police Public Relations Head, Kombes Pol A.M. Kamal when showing a photo of the evidence that was mentioned was secured from the KNPB secretariat in the Mimika region - Photo: Public Relations of the Papua Regional Police.



Jayapura - Papua Regional Police (Polda) stated, the search for the secretariat and the arrest of several activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in the Mimika region by a joint police and military team on Saturday (9/15/2018) morning, was the result of the development of RW, youth 20 years, which was secured at Moses Kilang Mimika Airport some time ago because of carrying 153 rounds of ammunition.......

21:31

US sets up coalition to track foreign ships delivering fuel to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions. The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada - America's partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance - as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea. The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS 'Blue Ridge,' the command ship of US Navy's 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel. Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the 'Blue Ridge' to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more "bridge-to-bridge" communications between allied ships and other vessels.

20:48

The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at


The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested
KNPB, PRD 9/15/2018 11:41:00 am

The Indonesian National Army (TNI) when conducting a raid on the Free Papua office in Timika, Papua (15/09/2019). 



Timika, WANI Tabloid - The brutal actions of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian colonial army (TNI) in Indonesia took place again. Colonial Indonesia carried out the action against the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Timika West Papua, by ambushing the Free Papua office, on Saturday (15/09/2018) around 6:15 AM in the morning, on the old Freeport Road, betel garden dam. According to a report compiled by ...

17:26

Australia - Letter | Have your say, yes or no, on fluoride in the water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FIRSTLY, did you know that, on the night of July 17, 2018, when councillors made their votes known, five to three in favour of fluoridation, representatives from both NSW Health and the Australian Dental Association classified Oberon, our home town, as a low socio-economic town? Do you also know that children with mental impairments and other disabilities are automatically also classed as being from low socio-economic families? I dont know how you feel about this statement, but I am highly offended.
I believe the fluoride that NSW Health and the Australian Dental Association and our very own yes voting councillors are pushing onto us against our own free will is in truth not safe and effective.
I believe that fluoride inhibits antibody formation in the blood, depresses thyroid activity by depriving it of iodine (women affected more than men), causes premature ageing and causes bone damage.
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16:50

PERTH Woman arrest on numerous offences, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman arrest on numerous offences, WA .

September 15, 2018 at 11:30AM .

A 21-year-old woman will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today (15 September 2018), after she was apprehended by the Perth Bicycle

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16:00

The Weekend Quiz September 15-16, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

* This week (Tuesday, September 11, 1973) marked the 45th Anniversary of the day when right-wing forces aided by the US overthrew the democratically elected government Chile. It was a terrorist act we should continue to remember like other terrorist acts!

Question 1:

The IMF use their estimates of the Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment (NAIRU) to calibrate their structural deficit estimates. Accordingly, the structural deficits will typically be:

The answer is biased upwards.

This upwards bias indicates that at any point in the business cycle, that IMF will consider that the government fiscal stance is more expansionary than it actually is.

The question also has one qualifying aspect to it the use of the word typically which means that in conventional practice the answer is as given but there are circumstances where the statement would not apply.

We are seeing the use of the term structural deficit more often in the public debate as the weak recovery ensues and the talk has turned to credible exit plans for fiscal policy.

The mainstream position that fiscal outcomes should be balanced or in surplus (either over the cycle or always).

A structural deficit is the component of the actual fiscal outcome that reflects the chosen (discretionary) fiscal stance of the government independent of cyclical factors.

The cyclical factors refer to the automatic stabilisers which operate in a counter-cyclical fashion. When economic growth is strong, tax revenue improves given it is typically tied to income generation in some way. Further, most governments provide transfer payment relief to workers (unemployment benefits) and this decreases during growth.

In times of economic decline, the automatic stabilisers work in the opposite direction and push the fiscal balance towards deficit, into deficit, or into a larger deficit. These automatic movements in aggregate demand play an important counter-cyclical attenuating role.

So when GDP is declining due to falling aggregate demand, the automatic stabilisers work to add demand (falling taxes and rising welfare payments). When GDP growth is rising, the automatic stab...

15:56

Queensland may be used to expand the cashless welfare card "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

The Scott Morrison government may be fast tracking the expansion of the cashless welfare card in Queensland, now that independent Senator Tim Storer has flagged the end of his opposition to the move.

Millions of dollars will be spent, if it goes ahead, on its application in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. All told, the plan is to extend the trial to four sites.

This is despite evidence that trials so far have been destructive for individuals and communities.

Tim Storer has been brought on board with an amendment on how the effect is evaluated.

Labor has not yet committed to oppose it, remains sceptical.

No amount of amending is going to fix something that is fundamentally flawed, in the sense that it may help resolve social issues. Taking control and disempowering people is not the way to help them get on their feet. Besides, it is inherently unfair to profile a community. It creates third class citizens. And it has been shown to create more poverty and inequality.

Increased scrutiny is a good thing. But it wont change the fact that the cashless welfare card is wrong. If the intention is to overcome real problems within communities, surely the answer is to provide appropriate resources. When the card is being brought in at the same time as funding is being cut, it remains nothing more than a cost cutting exercise.

This is the reason why the early valuation of the trials has been flawed and did not show the true picture. It has cost almost $22 million, which would have been much better spent on something useful.

The trials have so far targeted indigenous communities, making them more dependent and less able to function, and this compromises their efforts to sovereignty over their affairs. It is a means of control.

Cashless welfare card trails are a means to test the waters, with a view to extending it to other communities and is an installment on the growth of big brother government.

Cutting services and corporatisation of resources are two of the pillars of neoliberalism and extending control over people is its political arm. In the end, this is what it is all about.

Rejection of the cashless welfare card is an important aspect of rejecting neoliberalism and the protection of our rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trial was intended to test whether social harm caused by such spending could be reduced by quarantining part of participants welfare payments on to a card that could not be used to buy alcohol or gambling products or to withdraw cash, as well as to develop lower cost welfare quaranti...

15:06

Creating Luck And Abundance "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Creating luck the secrets. Find five cents pick it up and for the rest of the day, you'll have good luck! Ever heard this saying?

The post Creating Luck And Abundance appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

14:42

Australian politician Dave Sharma in office unlawfully under Section 44? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is this the best the Australian people have apparently 're-presenting' them?


Section 44 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK) has been read so many times in parliament that the words may have been worn out.

Thankfully they have been digitised by Austlii.


COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 44

Disqualification


                   Any person who:

                      (i)  is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power; or

                     (ii)  is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer; or

                    (iii)  is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent; or

                    (iv)  holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth; or

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14:23

Snake Gets Special Little 'Braces' To Help Fix Her Overbite "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

There's no doubt that this green tree python named Toothless is a very beautiful snake but recently, a feeding mishap left her looking a bit less sleek than nature intended.

In short, she gave herself an overbite.

Credit: Facebook/HerpVet

According to a post from HerpVet, an animal hospital in Australia specializing in reptiles, Toothless was in the middle of enjoying a meal when something went terribly, terribly wrong.

"Somehow, during the swallowing process her left lower jawbone folded and got stuck on her throat," HerpVet wrote online.

It was obvious that Toothless needed help.

Credit: Facebook/HerpVet

Fortunately, Tootheless's owners understood she was having an emergency. They rushed her to the vet, where an X-ray revealed a small break in her jawbone.

Credit: Facebook/HerpVet

Rather than risk surgery to correct the problem, Toothless's vet got creative.

After realigning her jaw, they crafted special braces for the snake using a paperclip, affixing it to her scales with glue.
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14:16

Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In her maiden speech in federal parliament, Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi warned against the growing culture of online harassment, which she explained specifically targets people of colour and women. The senator is no stranger to this sort of behaviour. Over the five years she served as a member of the NSW Legislative Council, Dr

The post Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:00

$100,000 reward offered to find person putting needles in Australia strawberries "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for deliberately putting needles in strawberries in Queensland. Police are warning people to slice the fruit before eating it amid fears six brands of strawberries in Australia have been contaminated with needles and pins.

13:43

Charges Dropped Against Whistleblower Cop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Charges against a former Gold Coast police officer who reported on corruption in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) have been dropped, after an expert report found the evidence against him had been tampered. The incident has prompted an investigation by the state Ombudsman. Public encounter leads to prosecution Former

The post Charges Dropped Against Whistleblower Cop appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:40

PERTH Family devastated after Perth grandmother Julie Anne Coopers alleged killer faces court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Family devastated after Perth grandmother Julie Anne Coopers alleged killer faces court .

September 15, 2018 at 02:37AM .

Outside of the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, Naomi Chandler-Wilson said the family loved her sister dearly.Nobody has the right to take anybody

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13:34

FixedIt: she is not to blame for his choice to stalk, intimidate and threaten "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph reported that 61 year old George Geoffrey Hicks, who detained his partner in his car against her will, threatened to kill her, threatened her job, monitored her phone and bugged her car was convicted on a number of domestic violence offences.

The magistrate found his domestic violence was at the higher end of offending and told Hicks that The level of attempted controlling behaviour is one of the worst I have ever seen. You dont have the right to behave in this fashion.

Despite this, the Tele chose to make the victim the subject of the headline and the first paragraph of the story, implicitly excusing his choice to commit crimes by reporting her choice to be unfaithful. She is responsible for her choices but her behaviour was not criminal. Hicks is also responsible for his choices and his behaviour was criminal. The only fact about her relevant to a headline is that she was the victim of serious crimes and deserves sympathy and support.

Victims of crimes are never responsible for the crimes committed against them. There is only one thing that causes violence and that is the choice to be violent.

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12:42

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MEDIA RELEASE
15 September 2018

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal

Call on Qld Government to never extinguish their native title

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.

In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 201...

12:42

Virginia Trioli tells of her trauma and suffering because of the Barnaby Joyce finger twirl "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember this? I'll bet you thought the victim was Barnaby. Wrong. Virginia Trioli's recollection isn't about the defamation of Barnaby Joyce. She just recalls how traumatic it was for her. She remembers her "immense suffering". Why play the victim card? She also has the hide to say it's not a...

11:53

Another whistleblower cop exposes police corruption "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From 11 Sep 2018 by theguardian.com of the headline:

Evidence against former police officer intentionally tampered with, court told

Exclusive: Charge against Paul Carney, who left police after raising concerns about alleged corruption, dropped after ombudsman ordered investigation


Whistleblower Paul Carney claims Queensland police pursued charges against him as a reprisal. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

Evidence against a former Gold Coast police officer whistleblower was allegedly intentionally tampered with, a court was told, amid claims that Queensland police pursued a charge against him as a reprisal.

Paul Carney medically retired from the police service in 2010 after raising concerns about alleged corrupt practices. He subsequently started a website critical of particular police officers and launched a civil court case.

In 2015, Carney had a verbal altercation at a Brisbane pool with a former colleague, who he had criticised on the website. Carney says it was a chance encounter. Police charged him with stalking with violence.

Before Carneys trial, the commonwealth ombudsman ordered an investigation into potential tampering with CCTV video footage from the pool that was used as evidence against Carney.

Paul Carney: Ive been through absolute hell these past three years. Photograph: Paul Carney/Supplied

When Carney turned up to court in August, he was told the Queensland office of the director of public prosecutions had lodged a nolle prosequi notice, indicating they were abandoning the charge.

Ive been through absolute hell these past three years, Carney told Guardian Australia. There was never any evidence to back up this charge. I have been the victim of whistleblower reprisal and some extremely duplicitous conduct by Queensland police.

Carney, wh...

11:00

Australias Looming Subprime Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Its over.

The Aussie banks look toast. And the rest of Australia may be in for a financial crisis that could make 2008 look boring. House prices could plummet.

It sounds rather dramatic. But between the Royal Commission, finance consumer advocate Denise Brailey, and me, I believe we have a convincing case to put forward.

First, what would Australia stand to lose in such an event?

The big four banks make up a quarter of the ASX/200 stock market index today, having reached over 30% in 2015.

Both of those figures surpass the records other major economies set before their banking sectors collapsed. See for yourself.

Source: Australian Financial Review

The banks are massive. And for good reason. Average household debt has doubled since 2004, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Of Australias 200 wealthiest people, the number who list property as their sole source of wealth has doubled since 2011.

Australias wealth, whether its in the stock market or the property market, is by and large a giant punt on property prices.

But those property prices are falling.

Today, Ill show you why I believe thats the case. And why the lagging property market could spell economic doom for the entire country.

Australias sub-prime crisis is no longer a secret

In 2012 I began a PhD about Australias sub-prime crisis. It was quashed three months from the approved completion date after my fifth supervisor resigned.

My research back then exposed what the Royal Commission is confirming now. But the Royal Commission still hasnt quite cottoned on to what the implications are.

The ABC is reporting on a specific finding. The one that puts the whole economy at risk.

Westpacs robo-approvals process was exposed to the Commission.

Consumer advocate Denise Brailey has been saying for years that bank computers automatically approve loans, without questions asked.

That brings into question the quality of the information that mortgage brokers and applicants supply.

Now that borrowers and investors in mortgage backed securities have evidence that the banks approved loans without checking them, the banks could be open to lawsuits.

Thats not all.

According to Australian law, if you can prove your mortgage broker or banker manipulated your loan application...

10:54

A Little Town Shall Lead Them: Adelaide Exposes the Worldwide Child Protection Travesty "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cognoscenti attend Writers Week each year in the Pioneer Womens Garden, Adelaide

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB (Adel)

When Gumshoe was investigating the murders in Adelaide that have been associated with the late Alan Max McIntyre (1929-2017), I got a call from an Adelaidean, code-named Adella, in support of the work done by Rachel Vaughn to expose Murderlaide.

Adella told me things about the Child Protective Service that we had heard about before. I am personally willing to say that there is major criminality going on in departments that deal with children and I think it is geographically widespread.

To discuss the subject is apparently against the law, per the Family Law Act (1975). (Note: in Australia the six states relinquished...

10:48

Aboriginal Leaders Make Statements From The Heart. Liberal Leaders Make Statements From White Supremacy. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reading the words of Aboriginal and Liberal leaders side by side, its hard to deny that white supremacy has long been at the helm of Australian government.

In May 2017, over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders gathered at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention. They made the Uluru Statement from the heart which said,

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from time immemorial, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.

Former Australian prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

Tony Abbott said: As we look around this glorious city, as we see the extraordinary development, its hard to think that back in 1788 it was nothing but bush.

Scott Morrison said: James Cook was a man before his time. He embodied the true spirit of the Enlightenment age. Against a backdrop of brutality and ignorance, he displayed an amazing empathy and respect for his own crew and the people and lands he visited. He should be revered as one of the most significant figures in our national history.

Aboriginal leaders said: Sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or mother nature, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown. How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?

Tony Abbott...

10:29

Top 10: Master of Puppets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

As a bass-playing teenager I asked my peers about their bass-playing dreams and identified a trend in our lessons with Cliff Burton on the astral plane.

I remember a couple of dreams about Cliff and in one he was sitting on a high stool and showing me how to play arpeggios.

His parts on Master of Puppets are as superlative as Hammets guitar harmonies or Ulrichs dynamic playing that muted cymbal grabbed mid-riff in the title track, for example.

This was the heaviest album in the world for half of 1986 before Slayer released Reign In Blood, and I can still remember the way it challenged my ears when I heard it in '88 or '89.

These days I have difficulty reconciling that Metallica with the one that found wider fame singing about going to bed in Enter Sandman the following decade.

Much has been written about the precision of the playing on this album and the massive sound achieved through layering over a dozen guitar recordings, which is testament to Hetfields role as one of the greatest rhythm guitarists.



The anger in his lyrics is palpable and I think Im right in saying this was the last Metallica album to have a song inspired by HP Lovecraft.

A lot of the difference between Metallica in the 80s and the rock band that emerged in the 90s comes down to the death of Cliff Burton.

Burtons basslines are as distinct as Ulrichs famed drum parts, with their dynamic fills and propulsive rhythms.

Sadly, Master of Puppets is one of the last times bass playing would be a feature of the band.

When Jason Newstead replaced Burton Metallica ruined the sound of bass in heavy metal -- I argue it does as much as the dry cardboard box-like drum sound on the album Justice For All, particularly their first single One:
[After] Lars and James heard their initial mixes the first thing they said was, 'Take the bass down so you can just hear it, and then once you've done that take it down a further 3dBs.'

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09:40

Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTTs Lynda-June Coe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is the only settler colonial nation not to have entered into a treaty with First Nations peoples. While countries like New Zealand and Canada have treaties in place, successive federal governments here have refused to even consider such an agreement. Although, treaty processes have commenced at the state level in some jurisdictions. South Australia began

The post Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTTs Lynda-June Coe appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:00

Commissioned bracelet delivered today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bh commission B. B. 2018 one-off handmade solid gold Signature Bracelet for Jo; seven symbol links infinity / spiral / eye / cone / peacock / gate / gems on the table with bar and ring clasp, all as per sketch. Constructed in 18ct yellow and rose gold and incorporating multiple gems; pair rubies cushion cut 2=0.77ct Burma, 2x black diamonds 2=0.09ct, 11x small rubies and sapphires SriLanka, black spinel marquise cut 5.14ct Queensland, yellow sapphires cabochon cut 2=1.52ct Sri Lanka, pink sapphires faceted pear and oval 2=0.66ct Sri Lanka, Tanzanite pear cut 1.28ct Tanzania, Tsavorite Garnet round brilliant cut 26=0.55ct Kenya, topaz faceted oval 4=0.98ct Brazil. Variously textured surfaces contrast with precise minimal forms as per my signature style. 18ct yellow and rose gold. Finished length 210cm

08:43

Climate and nuclear news merge this week "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

News media seem rivetted on Hurricane Florence now affecting USAs Carolina states.  Meanwhile theres much less coverage of the much greater Typhoon Mangkhut afflicting the Marshall Islands, Guam, and soon the Philippines and Chinese coast.

Hurricane Florence, though now downgraded to Category 1, still threatens at least 9 nuclear waste sites and at least 12 operating nuclear reactors.

The Marshall Islands, already having radioactive leaks, are even more threatened, with the nuclear waste tomb located there.

Crisis of heat across the planet.   Scientists are now establishing the links between climate change and these extreme events.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE CHANGE is taking centre stage today, as, Trump-like,  our new Prime Minister Scott Morrison pronounces that we will meet our Paris commitments in a canter. Alas, thats a lie. In reality,...

08:36

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut will affect radioactive nuclear trash dumps "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Media reports are concerned about the safety of nuclear reactors in North and South Carolina, as the hurricane.  storm surges and torrential rain threaten them. If the nuclear power plants survive unscathed, the nuclear lobby will crow about this as a success.

But little mention is made of the 9 or more toxic radioactive waste sites, also in the path of Hurricane Florence.

And the huge danger posed by the much greater weather event  the typhoon that has already affected the Marshall Islands, with its dome covering nuclear weapons wastes.

08:29

Studying the climate change effect as a hurricane takes place "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Heres how climate change is fueling Hurricane Florence A novel forecast looks at the size and fury of the storm with and without human-caused warming, Science News, BY CAROLYN GRAMLING , SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 

Even as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains, one team of scientists has undertaken a different kind of forecast: Understanding the influence of human-caused climate change on a storm that hasnt made landfall yet.

Real-time storm forecasts continuously update as new data become available. But what would happen if, from a single starting point in this case, the state of the atmosphere on September 11 Florence roared ahead in two parallel worlds: one with and one without the influence of human-caused climate change?

In that hypothetical scenario, Florence was bigger than if it would be if it had occurred in a world with no human-caused warming, climate modeler Kevin Reed of Stony Brook University in New York and colleagues conclude in a study posted on the universitys website September 12. And thanks to warmer sea surface temperatures and more available moisture i...

08:24

Typhoon Mangkhut far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Super typhoon far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards millions https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/super-typhoon-far-more-powerful-than-florence-hurtling-towards-millions/news-story/48529ee24228b6257c73bcddd0c07802

A SUPER typhoon that has already dwarfed Hurricane Florence is set to break records as it tears towards its target with up to 43 million people in the firing line. Megan Palin@megan_palin,  SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

AN extremely dangerous super typhoon predicted to be the one of the strongest systems on record is howling towards Hong Kong and the Philippines with up to 43 million people in the firing line.

Typhoon Mangkhut is the equivalent of a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone, boasting maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gusts up to 285kph. Bureau of Meteorology Australia tropical climatologist Greg Browning told news.com.au that Mangkhut was significantly stronger than Hurricane Florence which is simultaneously hurtling towards the US as North Carolina locals evacuate the region to avoid the onslaught.

(Mangkhut is) relatively rare (because its) at the top of the severe scale, Mr Browning said. Its extremely dangerous as its a very large system with very strong winds and a potential storm surge over a large distance.

There will be very heavy rainfall associated with it which has potential to cause widespread damage.

Mr Browning said Mangkhut was the most powerful storm system to h...

08:20

Introduction To Storm Surge Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Emphasis added; original here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/surge_intro.pdf

via Introduction To Storm Surge Mining Awareness +

08:18

Hurricane Florence Landfall Radar With Location Of Nuclear Power Stations Weather Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For the very latest updates go to your preferred/local weather source. The orange icons are the nuclear power stations. Brunswick Nuclear Power Station is near the center of Hurricane Florence. Click to enlarge image. The time for this radar exported to Google maps is around the time of the two other radar images found below []

via Hurricane Florence Landfall Radar With Location Of Nuclear Power Stations Weather Mining Awareness +

08:16

September 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: A Million Climate Deniers Flee Hurricane Florence, Never Stop To Ask Why As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas and Virginia, a million climate deniers are rushing to escape the brunt of the storm without ever stopping to ask why they are in the path of one of the most powerful []

via September 14 Energy News geoharvey

08:16

New Documents Undermine Trumps Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/storm-they-call-the-wind-maria-powerful-hurricane-maria-has-maximum-sustained-winds-of-175-mph-280-kmh-and-a-very-low-minimum-pressure-909-mb/ New Documents Undermine Presidents Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Sep 13, 2018 Press Release Cummings Says Presidents Tweets Disputing Death Toll Are Appalling, Offensive, and Ignorant of the Misery and Death Suffered by Our Fellow American Citizens in Puerto Rico Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2018) Today, Rep. Elijah E. []

via New Documents Undermine Trumps Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Mining Awareness +

08:15

Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australias position as a green building world-leader looks set to continue with a raft of leading companies signing up to the World Green Building Councils (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment being announced in San Francisco this week. The post Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment RenewEconomy

08:08

Methane and climate: 10 things you should know "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The graph above shows methane concentrations in Earths atmosphere over the past 10,000+ years: 8000 BCE to 2018 CE.  The units are parts per billion (ppb).  The year 1800 is marked with a circle.

Note the ominous spike.  As a result of increasing human-caused emissions, atmospheric methane levels today are two-and-a-half times higher than in 1800.  After thousands of years of relatively stable concentrations, we have driven the trendline to near-vertical.

Here are 10 things you should know about methane and the climate:

1. Methane (CH4) is one of the three main greenhouse gases, along with carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O).

2. Methane is responsible for roughly 20% of warming, while carbon dioxide is responsible for roughly 70%, and nitrous oxide the remaining 10%.

3. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG).  Pound for pound, it is 28 times more effective at trapping heat than is carbon dioxide (when compared over a 100-year time horizon, and 84 times as effective at trapping heat when compared over 20 years).  Though humans emit more carbon dioxide than methane, each tonne of the latter traps more heat.

4. Fossil-fuel production is the largest single source.  Natural gas is largely made up of methane (about 90%).  When energy companies drill wells, frac wells, and pump natural gas through vast distribution networks some of that methane escapes.  (In the US alone, there are....

07:49

Seed Packing ready for the Autumn Plant Fair, September 8 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Click to enlarge: Our seeds available at the Autumn Plant Fair

Over twenty members turned up to pack seeds and share plants at our seed packing working bee.



We will be labelling the seed packets in a weeks time. Volunteers are required to staff our plant stall on September 8.

 As usual we shared a meal at the end of seed-packing although some members had to be persuaded to stop packing.















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07:30

Efficiency, the Jevons Paradox, and the limits to economic growth "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive discovered a new blog which very much aligns with this one. In his own about section, Darrin Qualman describes himself as a long-term thinker, a civilizational critic, a researcher and data analyst, and an avid observer of the big picture.

I recommend anyone following this blog to check him out, his blog is full of interesting graphs

Ive been thinking about efficiency.  Efficiency talk is everywhere.  Car buyers can purchase ever more fuel-efficient cars.  LED lightbulbs achieve unprecedented efficiencies in turning electricity into visible light.  Solar panels are more efficient each year.  Farmers are urged toward fertilizer-use efficiency.  And our Energy Star appliances are the most efficient ever, as are the furnaces and air conditioners in many homes.

The implication of all this talk and technology is that efficiency can play a large role in solving our environmental problems.  Citizens are encouraged to adopt a positive, uncritical, and unsophisticated view of efficiency: well just make things more efficient and that will enable us to reduce resource use, waste, and emissions, to solve our problems, and to pave the way for green growth and sustainable development.

But theres something wrong with this efficiency solution: its not working.  The current environmental multi-crisis (depletion, extinction, climate destabilization, ocean acidification, plastics pollution, etc.) is not occurring as a result of some failure to achieve large efficiency gains.  The opposite.  It is occurring after a century of stupendou...

07:13

Kryal Castle Ballarat: Australias only Medieval Castle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kryal Castleoh there some amazing memories from my childhood from this place. I think most Victorian kids and probably plenty of interstate kids will have memories from here. I remember my mum taking me when I was younger and Mark also remembers a visit to Kryal Castle Ballarat with his family.

I must admit though it has changed from what I do remember. The focus of Kryal Castle Ballarat is even more family-friendly now and I can tell you there is no longer the whipping of the wench! When we announced on our facebook page that we were visiting it was a memory that plenty of people had. I can guarantee you, you will not see that when you visit Kryal Castle now.

Kryal Castle Ballarat Australia

There are not many castles in Australia, actually, Kryal Castle is Australias only castle and the only medieval theme park as well. We have been to some of the biggest castles in the world but it was going to be a huge weekend when we finally got there. I wanted to give my girls the opportunity to have the same amazing childhood memories of Kryal Castle that I had and it did not disappoint. If you are going to visit Ballarat then Kryal Castle is one of the best Ballarat activities for families.

Where is the Kryal Castle Ballarat

You will find Kryal Castle just outside of Ballarat in Victoria Australia.

The address for Kryal Castle is 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek Victoria. 3352. (You can put this address into your navigation device and it will help you get there)

Kryal Castle Prices

There are plenty of ways that you can get Kryal castle tickets. You can purchase your Kryal castle tickets on the day at the castle ticket office or you can purchase them online through the Kryal Castle website.

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07:08

Pacific Beat -Vanuatu to lobby countries around the world for support on West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

http://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/west-papua-latest/10245964

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Vanuatu to lobby countries around the world for support on West Papua
By Catherine Graue on Pacific Beat
Vanuatu says it will continue to lobby countries around the world as it tries to find backers of its push on 
West Papuan self-determination.
It's been trying to get support from other Pacific countries on a proposed resolution it wants to take to next 
year's UN General Assembly - and started at last week's leaders meeting in Nauru.
But as anticipated, Vanuatu won't be getting the support of PNG, which along with Australia and Fiji, has had 
longstanding reservations on the issue.
That's irked at least one outspoken PNG politician, Gary Juffa, who, just days out from PNG'...

06:43

1) West Papua Catholics demand their bishop's removal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Enembe plans to review autonomy funds distribution
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1) West Papua Catholics demand their bishop's removal
Inaction by Bishop Hilarion Datus Lega allowed dispute between two priests become an ethnic feud, protesters say



05:42

Fraud kingpin ran multi-million dollar ops from inside Australian immigration detention center "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It started with the arrest of 36-year-old woman in Sydney on suspicion of laundering more than $480,000 gained by hacking multiple business emails; within a week, police had taken down a $3 million international crime syndicate. "We can't establish at this stage who it's gone to or what it's being used [for]," Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis told reporters in Sydney on Friday, adding that an international investigation to track the money down was already under way. After interrogating the woman for several hours, police launched multiple raids on several properties across the city, seizing a Land Rover, several computers, phones, SIM cards, stolen financial and personal identification documents as well as methamphetamine. Two additional suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of identity theft and money laundering among other charges. Members of Strike Force Woolana had managed to locate the crew behind the spate of identity theft, romance scams and phishing email schemes, but had yet to zero in on the ringleader. However, evidence gathered soon led investigators somewhere they may never have considered: a high-security immigration detention center.

05:33

Russia Is Being Blamed For the Directed Energy Weapons Used at the Cuban and Chinese Embassies "IndyWatch Feed National"

First these weapons were conspiracy theories. Then these attacks were blamed on what could only be considered magic. NOW they are real- but being blamed on Russia.

However- the United States owns every patent concerning these weapons- and they have been deploying them for some time.

In 2006- NBC reported that the US Air Force went in front of Congress and said these weapons existed and that they were going to use them on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe.

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03:43

How much plastic is too much plastic for sea turtles? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a video that went viral in 2015, researchers spent nearly 10 minutes pulling out a 10-centimeter (4-inch) plastic straw from the nostril of a male olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) off the coast of Costa Rica. For the entire duration of the extraction, the turtle writhed in pain. Plastic straws are just one among the trillions of pieces of plastic trash that have ended up in the ocean, many sinking right down to the deepest, darkest depths. Past research has found that about half of the worlds sea turtles may have ingested some form of plastic. Floating pieces of plastic and balloons can resemble jellyfish or squid foods that turtles eat out in the sea. Not all turtles that eat plastic die because of the plastic, though. Some die after getting entangled in fishing nets, while others are struck by ship propellers. Do all age groups of turtles consume plastic? And how much plastic is lethal for a sea turtle? A new study has some answers. Green turtle at North Stradbroke Island, off the Australian state of Queensland. Image by Kathy Townsend. Researchers in Australia examined the digestive tracts of 246 dead sea turtles collected from along the coast of the state of Queensland, and found that 58 individuals had plastic in their guts, with the number of pieces ranging from one right up to 329. Younger turtles, both post-hatchlings (or a baby turtle that has started feeding in the ocean) and juveniles, were found to have consumed considerably higher

03:25

How Worried Should China Be About its Consumption Downgrade? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Whether there is a consumption downgrade remains debatable, but real threats are growing in Chinas economy.

01:37

Earths 8th continent discovered off the coast of Australia, hiding in plain sight "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Editors Note: We were blown away by all the information in this article and just knew we had to share it with you. Theres still places on this lovely planet that can be explored and learned from! Dont forget to check out the video below, too!) A team of 11 geologists from New Zealand and []

The post Earths 8th continent discovered off the coast of Australia, hiding in plain sight appeared first on Health Nut News.

01:35

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

And here they are at Property Update - or you can click on the image below.

Note my piece on Brisbane's rising house prices, which is an interesting bucking of recent trends. 


You can subscribe for the free Property Update newsletter here

01:27

How to Photograph Bioluminescent Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are certain natural phenomena that most photographers would love to capture. Aurora, eclipses, meteors, rainbows, eruptions, lightning and tornados all present challenges to the photographer, not least of which is (with the exception of eclipses) having a camera pointed the right way when they happen. Bioluminescent algae is no different in this regard. Like all the most incredible natural spectacles it is hard to predict and tricky to capture.

Ive been lucky enough to witness bioluminescent algal blooms on several occasions and have had a camera to hand when it has occurred. Of all the photographs Ive taken they are easily the most popular and generate more interest (and copyright theft) than anything else Ive ever photographed. So I thought Id give everyone the low-down on this amazing natural occurrence, from a photography perspective, in order to answer everyones questions about it.

Where to find it

The main issue with photographing bioluminescent oceans is finding the algal blooms in the first place. Ive had emails from people in places like Japan and America who admired my images and then asked me where and when it occurs. They seemed to believe that this was a regular occurrence, like the tides, that could be easily predicted and viewed from specific locations. Unfortunately that is most definitely not the case and far and away your biggest problem will be finding the algae in the first place.

There are some locations worldwide where bioluminescent algal blooms have been known to appear and visiting one of these locations is definitely the best way of maximizing your chances of viewing it in the wild. It has been regularly seen in Puerto Rico, the Maldives, and America (particularly Florida) and also in several hot-spots around Australia. Here in Oz, the bioluminescence has been seen in Tasmania, Cairns, Port Lincoln, Port Phillip Bay, and the Gippsland Lakes but Im lucky enough to live a very short drive away from one of the most reliable hot-spots Jervis Bay.

The common link between these locations is that they are at the end of a tidal circulation area, in which flotsam and jetsom traditionally wash up. The dinoflagellates in the water accumulate and get deposited in these areas on an incoming tide. In the case of Jervis Bay, the natural circulation of the bay often leads to the depositing of ocean matter on the beaches on the southern side.

The primary source of flow-agitated bioluminescence is dino...

01:20

Australian Senator slams feminists as pathetic for not supporting burqa ban "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Senator Pauline Hanson slammed feminists as pathetic for not supporting a ban on the burqa. The burqa has been banned in various countries on security grounds, or because it is inconsistent with Western values; sometimes its banned for both reasons. These countries have banned the burqa: France, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria, China, Tajikistan, []

00:16

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Real power is I dont even want to use the word fear  [Then presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in a 31 March 2016 interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa at the Trump International Hotel, Washington DC]

00:15

Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



* Between 28 October 2014 and 20 August 2015, 2GB Radio and Alan Jones published 30 broadcasts. Twenty-seven of these broadcasts conveyed 76 defamatory imputations of and concerning the Wagner brothers according to the Court*



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23:46

International congress on birds "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 24 August 2018 video from British Columbia in Canada says about itself:

Killer Cats and Giant Eagles Curious facts from the Bird Conference in Vancouver

I spent the last days interviewing some amazing experts at the IOC 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, August 19-26, 2018 and have summarized it for you. Come and join me!

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, September 2018:

From Fairywrens to Hummingbird PoopAll the News from IOC

We attended the 27th International Ornithological Congress, and heres our roundup of the cool, intriguing, and hopeful stuff we learned. From guarded optimism for the worlds seabirds, to why its not just male birds that sport showy colors, to the worlds longest migration by a land bird, to the secrets hidden in, yes, hummingbird poop. Here are the highlights.

23:24

What Happened to Fan Bingbing, Chinas Most Famous Actress? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fan Bingbing is arguably the most famous actress in China, a prolific star who has made the leap to international fame with roles in the Iron Man and X-Men franchises. She appeared in Cannes in May to promote a coming spy blockbuster with Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penlope Cruz and Lupita Nyongo.

She has more than 62 million followers on Chinas equivalent of Twitter, Weibo, and appears in ads for products around the world from vitamins in Australia to lipstick by Guerlain, the watches of Montblanc and the diamonds of De Beers.

Now she is missing.

Ms. Fan, who turns 37 on Sunday, has dropped out of public view for more than three months the victim of a sudden and precipitous fall from grace.

Her disappearance has been greeted with concern among fans and fear among her counterparts in the industry. It has fueled a flurry of rumors of personal rivalries and political intrigue, even at the pinnacles of power in Beijing, though few concrete facts.

By  Steven Lee Myers
The New York Times

The Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has shot to fame and become one of Chinas most familiar faces. She has not been seen in months. Credit Franck Robichon/EPA, via Shutterstock

That so little is known about someone so famous in China even whether she is in detention, or in hiding says much about the murky intersection of politics and business, entertainment and celebrity.

Shes like collateral damage, Hung Huang, a critic and publisher, said.

Ms. Fans disappearance appears to be related to a government investigation into tax evasion in the film business, but she has not been charged with any crime, and no officials have confirmed that she is even under investigation. Few who know her, or the industry, believe it is simply a matter of paying taxes, though. And the damage to her reputation and perhaps her livelihood has already been done.

Her name was abruptly removed from the posters...

23:01

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22:37

Our dangerous addiction "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Excerpts:

Growing Pain: New Zealands dangerous addition to fertilizer

For many decades, much of the phosphate from Banaba and Nauru was shipped to New Zealand and Australia, well below the market rate, and spread on farms by planes piloted by war veterans. New Zealand enjoyed decades of cheap phosphate, which became lucrative meat and wool. Few things are as responsible for the countrys economic successes as the exploitation of its Pacific neighbors.

Although it made New Zealand wealthy, its imperialism in the Pacific, driven by a thirst for cheap phosphate, is an ugly chapter in the countrys history.

Banaba today is largely uninhabitable, with most of its former residents displace to Fiji. The island is littered with old machinery left by miners, and most of the islands land mass has been hollowed out. When Nauru became independent, it became briefly and notoriously rich on its remaining phosphate before the economy crashed.

After exhausting its sources of phosphate rock, New Zealand had to look elsewhere.

Because phosphate rock is a precious resource, and one that is widely used, those who have it are keen to use it for themselves. New Zealands usual trading partners, like the US and China, use much of their own phosphate internally.

The remaining options for New Zealand werent great. Nearly all of the worlds useable phosphate is in North Africa, in countries prone to instability.

It decided upon the mine in Western Sahara, run by Morocco. The relationship has since entered its third decade

Exploring the options

The answer to the fundamental question is there any viable alternative to buying phosphate rock from Western Sahara is yes. Sort of.

While many other countries have stopped buying Western Saharan phosphate, in part due to pressure on corporations to exercise social responsibility, New Zealand is in a bind.

New Zealand is rare among agricultural nations for its high rate of pastoral farming. Between 80 and 90 per cent of New Zealands agricultural land is dedicated to animals, which has been largely consistent for a century. Other major farming nations, like Canada, have more diverse land uses, such as large tracts of horticulture.

It means New Zealand needs to grow a lot of grass, which is eaten by animals, requiring more grass (as well as other crops used for animal feed). Pasture-based farming is lucrative for New Zealand. It resulted in $23b in export revenue last year, meaning its the countrys most valuable export by far. But is heavily reliant on fertiliser, particularly pho...

22:32

Nerdy Australian PM Pushes Blockchain Agenda to Take On Big Banks "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australias newly-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pushing his agenda of backing blockchain technology to disrupt and bring much tougher competition to the big banks and other sectors in the country. Speaking to reporters within weeks of being sworn in as Australias newest prime minister, Scott Morrison was asked [full clip below] about his position on

The post Nerdy Australian PM Pushes Blockchain Agenda to Take On Big Banks appeared first on CCN

21:24

Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82046 Departs Rockhampton Airport for Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After making a spectacular arrival the previous day and spending the night parked on the Rockhampton Airport parking apron, on Friday 14 September, the visiting Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82046 departed Rocky for Cairns as VDA3195. 






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19:58

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC Back at Emerald Airport Once Again - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It's almost becoming a weekly visitor!  The very familiar sight of Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was once again back in CQ, this time visiting Emerald Airport for the day Wednesday 5 September.

VH-MMC departs the Sunshine Coast for Emerald  (File photo)

VH-MMC arrived from and later departed back to its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 5 September, Australian Corporate Jet Centres Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-WFE was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for its Melbourne (Essendon) base.  It had arrived from the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport in northern New South Wales over the weekend.

On Tuesday 4 September, and for the second week in-a-row, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY was noted visiting the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  This time, it arrived from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon), Evans Head (New South Wales) and the Gold Coast.  It later departed back to Essendon and then Moorabbin.

Finally, on Monday 3 September, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" had a busy afternoon and evening visiting Mackay Airport twice as well as Rockhampton Airport.

Sincere thanks to the Sunshine Coast Plane Spotting Facebook page for allowing us to share their great photo of VH-MMC!

18:28

1) Kanaks urged by West Papuan body to vote for independence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Amnesty International Demands Jokowis Promise on Human Rights
3) Avoiding conflicts of interest on indigenous land mapping

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1) Kanaks urged by West Papuan body to vote for independence


The West Papua National Committee has urged New Caledonia's indigenous Melanesians to vote for independence during the upcoming referendum.


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17:44

Keating deboned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


5 years of supping on Australia's sewage, to keep us safe, draws lines in your face. Peter Dutton has just realised something tastes like shit



17:13

Serena cartoon fuels debate about racist Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is by most measures one of the worlds most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist.

Australia should be a poster-child for diversity: One-in-two Australians has a parent born abroad. The economy has been growing for 27 straight years. Crime is barely a worry. Melbourne and Sydney dominate rankings of the best places in the world to live.

Visit any medium-size human habitation on the mind-bendingly large continent and its obvious that Australia is the proverbial melting pot Kiwis, Chinese, Irish, Filipinos, Brits, Vietnamese, Italians, Indians, Greeks and Lebanese at every turn.

AFP | Photo illustration shows the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper, featuring a cartoon of US tennis player Serena Williams (lower R)

But this racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity contrasts sharply with a lingering image of Australia as an angry white country stuck in the past.

It was an impression underscored by foreign outrage about an Australian cartoonists depiction of a fat-lipped and masculine Serena Williams, and the collective shrug it prompted Down Under.

After the drawing was published, a CNN opinion piece described Australia as the nicest racist country you will ever see and the New York Times thundered that Australia has never fully confronted its own history of racism.

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Many Australians admit there is a problem.

The legacy of European settlers terrorising Aboriginal communities looms large, and inequality between the two groups remains staggering.

Racial epithets are still tossed around in a way that makes visitors jaws drop. A White Australia immigration policy, only fully dismantled in the 1970s, and more recently off-shore migrant detention centres have also done much to frame the modern image of Australia abroad.

But many Australians also believe the problem can be overstated.

There is an element in Australian society that is racist, said John Blaxland, a professor of International Security at the Australian National University. But every country has them. Name a country that doesnt.

He insists the reality of modern Australia is a vibrant, booming, multicultural society that integ...

16:34

Neuroplasticity and musical taste "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Neuroplasticity is a ten buck word for a simple idea; the brain is designed to keep learning things.

That seems pretty fucking unremarkable. A brain that won't learn new stuff is pretty useless. But it does fly in the face of our very human habit of refusing to learn anything that conflicts with whatever ignorant codswallop we stuffed into the old wrinkly grey head-pudding first.

I'm not specifically thinking about politics here, but rather music.

There's a wealth of anecdata about people giving up on new music from their late twenties. One study of Spotify users nailed the exact age as 33. That research, written up in NME, found that, while teens" music taste is heavily dominated by popular music, this influence drops steadily through their 20s, before their tastes "mature" (read: turn to stone) in their early 30s. "For the average listener, by their mid-30s, their tastes have matured, and they are who they"re going to be.

The study also shows that there"s a slight gender gap at play (Women show a slow and steady decline in pop music listening from 13-49, while men drop precipitously starting from their teens until their early 30s, at which point they encounter the "lock-in" effect), also stating that becoming a parent has an equivalent impact on your "music relevancy" as aging about 4 years.

I'm not gonna put myself out there as a counterpoint. They totally got my number. With tens of millions of songs on the Fruit Company's streaming service, I find myself defaulting again and again to stuff I've listened to before.

I do make an effort. Most weekends I'll flick through the new music playlist and save the tracks that really grab my attention, moing them to a separate playlist that I usually listen to as I drive around in the car.

It's a long list and it's got some great tracks on it now.

But I couldn't tell you the name of the songs or their artists who performed them if my fucking life depended on it.

Even more telling, if I really like a single I'll add the album to my library and give it solid flogging, just like I used to when I could only afford a couple of albums a year.

While I'm actively listening to this discovery, I'm all over it, thinking "Yeah! Look at this guy, listening to new music."

And two weeks later I've usually forgotten to play the new thing and it recedes into the fog of lost memories, only ever to be recalled by accident, usually on shuffle play.......

14:45

Helen Razer On Making Australia Racist-er Again #MARA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the furore over an Australian cartoon about American tennis player Serena Williams rages on, Helen Razer calls game, set and match on the low hanging fruit of racial outrage.

Is Australia Racist?

Great, and at last. A fresh question for our debate-o-tainment.

Is Australia Racist??

Let the contest of ideas begin.

Of course, the answer will be NO.  Few of us suspect a nation established in violent, racist theft might have some lingering issues with racism. (You touch up a brutal invasion with the frail colonial lie that they cannot possibly be human ONE TIME.)  But, to truly learn if Australia, whose immigration policies are openly championed by Europes hard-as-hate anti-immigration right-wing, is racist? What a thrill ride this will be. Are there one or two racist items left in Australias shed of crazed denial (shed next to figurines of much-adored concrete native, not shed still holding Aboriginal children in torture conditions) we must debate.

This important debate was provoked by a drawing. Claimed as a likeness of Serena Williams, the alleged drawing gave me no visual hint of that great athlete at all. For a time, I did not know what this object might be and then I recognised it as the work of a traumatised patient.

My particular guess: the artist was a teen newly rescued from a Gippsland supremacy-and-baking cult and the art was produced when Nurse asked him to draw his feelings about Grand White Guru Wizard Tim. New Matilda notes that reports have since emerged that a Murdoch pissdrip called Mark or Sharlene or similar shat the thing out after eating a full box of Faber-Castells in one of her many office attempts at self-harm. We may never know the truth.

What do we know? That THIS is a spanker of a question. Is Australia Racist? Or, better: can we Make Australia Racister Again? #MARA

Important White Australians consider such questions today, as they are legally obliged to do. They will soon Start the Conversation on breakfast television, they will next Raise Awareness on Q&A and in time will make the very prudent choice of Steve Honk if You Heart Ethno-nationalism Bannon for moderator in chief.

Sure. You may not agree with Steves efficient and colossal distribution of explicitly racist lies about the Blacks, the..........

12:49

The Sushi Predicament "IndyWatch Feed National"

The plates circulated like a runway at fashion week, except instead of haute couture, the models were dressed in shades of raw fish, and instead of leggy models, they were small balls of rice. I imagine I felt the same way at this Shinjuku sushi restaurant as I would have at a high-end fashion show, which is, to say, completely out of my depth.

After deciding to start with something relatively safe, I eyed off what looked like salmon nigiri and snatched it off the belt. I cracked the chopsticks, doused the salmon in soy sauce, popped the little sucker in my mouth ichi, ni, san. The salmon sashimi was not as thinly sliced as I expected. My teeth sank slowly through the jelly-like texture of the raw meat and at the same time, my heart sank as well. My mind flashed back to before I boarded the plane, to the countless conversations Id had with friends, family and colleagues, which usually went along the lines of:

Oh, Japan, hey? Where are you staying? theyd ask.

Ill be in Tokyo most of the time.

What are you looking forward to the most? they would often counter.

The food! I would reply enthusiastically.

Now, as I gingerly chewed my nigiri, I realised that maybe Id overestimated my status as a foodie. When it came time to swallow, I had to fight my gag reflex to get the mouthful of slimy salmon and rice down my esophagus. My problem, then, was the second piece of fish on the small plate in front of me.  

I looked around at the rest of my friends, who seemed to be enjoying their meal much more than I was. Not wanting to be the wimpy one, I steeled myself, picked up my chopsticks and unceremoniously shoved the second piece of nigiri into my mouth, chomping and swallowing as quickly as possible, fighting the urge to gag on the taste and texture of the meat.

I watched the plates revolve. In Australia, a sushi train-style restaurant catered to a Western palette, with crispy chicken and avocado, tuna and mayo, and teriyaki beef. Meanwhile, here in an actual Japanese sushi restaurant in Tokyo...

Thursday, 13 September

23:43

Join us to hear from Gabrielle Chan, author of Rusted Off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Voices for Indi is proudly hosting Gabrielle Chan, author of Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up.  Events are planned in Mansfield, Albury, Violet Town, Wangaratta and Shepparton. 

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