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Sunday, 19 November

20:08

Maybe we no longer want long lives "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

So you'd like to live forever.

I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.

Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.

The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that  just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.

No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.

Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.

Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.

The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.

Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than th...

19:41

Bruny Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its funny how the phrase the mainland can mean two quite different things in Tasmania. You would assume, on the surface, its a reference to the rest of Australia. But on ABC Radios Country Hour the other day, I heard someone from King Island refer to the mainland as the rest of Tasmania. And I []

19:40

Sydney firm launches major privacy class action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media Release A Sydney law firm is expected to launch one of Australias largest class actions in the new and expanding area of privacy breaches. Centennial Lawyers will tomorrow file the lawsuit against the NSW Ambulance Service in the Supreme Court of NSW. The plaintiff alleges that a contractor was allowed to access personal workers

The post Sydney firm launches major privacy class action appeared first on The AIM Network.

18:21

What's a little mud, grass, tidy, tickle between friends? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


White-browed Crake strolls across drying area at edge of Payets Tower pool in Townsville Common, ignoring intruder slopping alongside in mud-enclosed boots. But what's a little mud between friends?

Bit wetter underfoot for Comb-crested Jacana. Not quite in the clear either. But what's a little grass between friends?

Below the tower, Crimson Finch cleans up (as requested) after getting stuck into sticky grass seeds. But what's a little tidiness between friends?

17:18

Open Letter to President Trump Concerning Jahar "IndyWatch Feed National"

(photo PBS)

by Cesar Baruja, MD

August 18, 2017

President Donald Trump

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20500

Re: Reinvestigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Dear Mr. President,

Before my petition to you, I would like to introduce myself. I am Cesar Baruja, an MD Family Physician from Paraguay and an American citizen who has been working in the United States of America since 2005.

I am writing to ask you for a reinvestigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing that occurred on Boylston Street in Bo...

16:45

beeswax a story from hive to candle "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Most nights, once the children are in bed and the house is quiet, I light a beeswax candle. Its a little ritual Ive had for the past few years and one I look forward to every evening. It signals the end of the day a time to settle in and take rest.

I choose beeswax candles because the alternatives are brimming with chemicals that I dont want in my home. Even natural soy wax? Yes! Its actually chemically bleached, heavy metal hydrogenated (they use nickel) soybean oil a process that is environmentally disastrous. And because it has such an awful aroma, natural soy wax candles are always heavily fragranced. I choose not to wear perfume or burn artificial fragrance because the side effects are awful. This article explains it very succinctly.

But beeswaxbeeswax is a sweet, subtle honey-scented option that iodises the air as it burns. Thats right it purifies the air of dust, germs, particulate matter and viruses. Isnt nature clever!  If you live near a main road or any building works, the air is full of particulate matter burn a large beeswax candle you can actually see the dirt in the pool of wax dirt that could have ended up in your lungs.

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16:41

Same-Sex Marriage: What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unless youve been trapped on a deserted island somewhere, youll know Australias controversial, prolonged and expensive public survey has voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Across the nation, banners waved slogans such as Love Wins and Equality at Last. But not everyone was happy about the outcome, with 38.4% of those who returned their surveys

The post Same-Sex Marriage: What Happens Next? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:30

"There Is Nothing I Can tell You..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"There is nothing I can tell you that you do not already know.
There is no question that you can ask me that you yourself cannot answer.
You have just forgotten."
~ David Littlewood

16:14

Eat It - 19 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's a stormy weekend in Melbourne, and we started the show by acknowledging the awesome postal survey result this week... hooray for the "yes" vote, and bravo to progressive Melbourne!

Anyway back to food, and we spoke to Andrew Kavasalis about the recent law change allowing the production and sale of low-THC hemp for consumption in Australia. We're lagging the world in this, however hemp seed is a very nutritious food that is easy to grow, and vegan-friendly. It tastes a little like nuts, and much like almonds you can even make milk from it. Hopefully you'll see some on restaurant menus and store shelves very soon.

The man behind the CBD's Pastuso, Alejandro Saravia made the trip into Brunswick to talk about Peruvian food, and specifically Empanada. His Fitzroy eatery Che serves up many varieties, and we spoke about how to make them at home, as well as the many differing varieties of chillies available around the world.

We finished by chatting to Professor James Dale about the growing worldwide crisis for banana growers. There is a soil-borne fungus that is slowly infecting the worldwide crops of our favourite banana, the Cavendish. Affected plantations can take up to 40 years to recover from the disease, and Professor Dale is part of a team working on a GM solution to increase the natural resistance to this threat.

16:07

The Dow v S&P500 v NASDAQ Whats the Difference? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong

Why do you always use the Dow Jones Index? It seems to have the least logical construction of the major indices. Why not use the S&P500?

Many thanks for your informative and thought-provoking blog,

G

ANSWER: Each index offers a completely different perspective. The Dow Jones Industrials is the big money. You will notice that this index leads the way. It is the first out of a key low because it is typically the foreign capital that comes in based on currency. You will also notice it tend to top out first because the big money tends to start to pull out first also...

16:05

How to Define a Statesman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: You have said that all we have are politicians, not statesmen. What is your definition of a statesman?

GD

ANSWER: A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the wisdom to correct it before it does any more harm. This is the same quality required to be a successful hedge fund manager. If you cannot quickly realize when you are wrong and get out of a bad trade, you will lose your shirt, pants, wife, kids, and the dog.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.00 AUD
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15:42

Video: Angry Mob Of Hillary Clinton Supporters Attack Female Reporter, Attempt To Silence Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Recently released footage taken during a Hillary Clinton event in Austin, Texas shows a vicious group of women Clinton supporters attacking independent reporter Millie Weaver after she asked them a question they did not like.

Weaver, covering the event for Infowars.com, attempted to ask multiple different liberal women what their take was on Bill Clintons documented history of sexual violence against women.

For a group and party supposedly dedicated to womens rights, the response Weaver was given was startling to say the least.

From having her microphone pushed out of her hand to being flipped off directly in her face, the hoard of Clinton zombies showed their true colors, all because Weaver dared to ask them a question that they have purposefully chosen to ignore for years.

Weaver began her report by explaining the planned Clinton event and noting that she had chosen to wear a t-shirt that exposed Bill Clintons long history of sexual violence in the hopes that the female Hillary supporters would be interested in discussing these alleged crimes but perhaps knowing that they would most likely be triggered by the mere mention of them.

Weaver then encountered a security guard who claimed that he worked for the property owner but had actually been filmed doing security for the Clinton motorcade. In other words, a Clinton crony was sent to bother Weaver almost immediately.

Clinton fans then laughably claimed that the documented fact that Clinton helped sell off some of our uranium to the Russians is fake news.

The same women who claimed that a verified fact is fake news also refused to answer a question about how she feels about all the women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault by turning her answer into a question itself about disinformation she heard from the mainstream media regarding Alex Jones.

Another Clinton zombie was so triggered that she actually grabbed Weavers microphone in a clear attempt at squashing both free speech and the rights of the press.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the entire exchange between Weaver and the Clinton zombies came when employees of the book store where Clinton was signing her excuses filled book actually came up to Weaver and demanded that she leave under the threat of violence.

Im sorry I need for you to go because you are upsetting people, one of the liberal store employees laughably claimed. (Keep in mind they were on a public sidewalk)

After Weaver replied that she needed them to get o...

15:00

Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday looked so promising and Adele was very happy. The only dark spot was the fact that Jay hadnt answered her calls or called back, neither did he respond to her text messages. It wasnt the first time such would happen but she just wasnt feeling too cool about it anymore. By midday, she got really worried. Why wasnt he answering her calls? Could something be wrong? An icy hand grabbed her chest and her heart raced. Jay detested her getting family involved whenever he didnt return home. The last...

The post Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady appeared first on Newtelegraph.

14:57

Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man caught on camera painting over Sydneys George Michael mural has reportedly been slapped with a graffiti charge. The artwork, depicted the singer and gay icon as Saint George Michael, was painted by artist Scott Marsh on a building in Sydneys inner-west in the weeks after Michaels death on Christmas Day last year. Video ...

The post Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural appeared first on QNEWS.

13:42

In the 56th Parliament the main fiscal battle line will be between SEQ and Regional Qld Joe Branigan guest post "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am delighted to publish another guest post from Joe Branigan on the upcoming Queensland election. Views expressed are Joes, and are not necessarily shared by me. GT

In the 56th Parliament the main fiscal battle line will be between SEQ and Regional Qld

Guest post by Joe Branigan

The Peoples Forum. Who would be a politician? The ability to say five different things to three different groups of people in the same sentence using exactly the same words, facial expressions and body language without for a nanosecond questioning your own sanity. How are those skills even developed?

Which brings me to regional Queensland.

There are seemingly sharp differences between the wants and needs of SEQ residents vis--vis Regional Queenslanders. But perhaps those differences simply reflect different means to achieve the same ends a comfortable life with secure employment in the community where your family lives. Nothing wrong with that aspiration. The question is: what role should the Queensland Government play in supporting that aspiration, against technological, cultural and economic tides?

In my recent submission to the House of Representatives Regional Development and Decentralisation Inquiry The Contribution of Our Cities to our Enduring Prosperity ( Sub 154 SMART Infrastructure Facility), I presented the arguments in defence of Australias great capital cities. Compared to the regions, cities have lower unemployment rates, higher productivity, higher wages, deeper employment markets, and vastly more private and public goods and services. Public infrastructure services are cheaper to deliver per person. City dwellers have greater life expectancy in part because they are closer to emergency health services. Harvard economist Ed Glaeser has written that cities foster innovation, spur competition and entrepreneurship, and allow for social and economic mobility. In short, cities are a triumph of human civilization.

Theres a trade-off between investing public money in SEQ and Regional Queensland. Simply, within a budget constraint, a dollar invested in SEQ is a dollar not invested in Regional Queensland and vice versa. My friend and colleague Gene Tunny has written previously busting the myths around Regional Queenslanders not getting their fair share of taxpayer funds in relation to infrastructure investment (e.g. see GTs 16 July post). Regional Queensland also benefits from other policies, like the annual payment made to Energy Queensland to meet the Unifo...

13:37

Save the dates! 2018 workshops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heres the public workshops Plan to Win has planned for the first half of 2018.

In addition to public workshops, customised training is available for organisations, campaigns and alliances. We provide intensive training of trainers and can work with you to develop your own training programs and other capacity building projects. Plan to Win also provides facilitation services and one-to-one mentoring.

Contact us to express interest in any of these workshops further details and registration will be available closer to each dates. If you would like to book Plan to Win for gigs or projects in 2018 get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Were open to feedback on these dates so if theres clashes let us know!


Training Skills for Action Groups

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February

A thorough grounding in training skills in a social movement context with a particular focus on tools and activities to help volunteer action groups really power. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior.


Deep Democracy for Social Movements

9am-1pm, Wednesday 7 March

Strong movements require effective communication and decision making! In this workshop you will experience facilitation tools that increase buy-in and create great group dynamics through people feeling heard. Presented by Pru Gell, accredited Lewis Method Deep Democracy instructor.


Organising to Win

March to May 2018

Essential skills for organisers! An accessible program including two weekend workshops (24 & 25 March and 26 & 27 May), a mid-point review, practical exercises and group projects. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior with special guest presenters with organising expertise in a range of movements.


Activist Learning Circles

Plan to Win is piloting small groups for peer support and critical enquiry using the action learning set methodology. Groups will be able to meet online or in person. Get in touch to be part of this opportunity to reflect, learn and innovate with other change agents.


Womens Environmental Leadership in Action

April September 2018. National program with retreats held in Victoria.

WELA is a year long leadership program designed by and for women environmentalists. It includes three residential retreats, mentoring sessions and action learnin...

12:04

Quentin Not All Superheroes Wear Capes-Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

quentinQuentin Kenihan, is living proof that superheroes dont need capes, just the right attitude! Quentins warts and all memoir is a story to inspire others to try and live a happy and good life and to chase their dreams. Not All Superheroes Wear Capes reveals how Quentin has faced the many extraordinary daily challenges in his life. Born with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, Quentins bones broke all on their own.

When Quentin was seven and featured in a TV documentary, Australians fell in love with his wit, and never-say-die attitude. Over the years Quentin grew up before our eyes. But there was a dark side to his painful disability and life in the public eye. The true story was never told until now. A story of abandonment, drug addiction, dark days and thoughts of suicide. Battling through it all, Quentins life journey is inspirational. Quentin is determined to live life the best he can.

Quentin Kenihan is my guest today.

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes by Quentin Kenihan

Published by Hachette Australia

I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm

Margaux

 

The post Quentin Not All Superheroes Wear Capes-Arts Monday appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

12:01

Gross State Product. Victoria top, but NSW the real winner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria has Australia's top-performing state economy, but the real prizes have gone to NSW and South Australia.

The annual Bureau of Statistics measure of state domestic product puts Victoria's economic growth at 3.3 per cent throughout 2016-17. NSW recorded weaker growth of 2.9 per cent, South Australia 2.2 per cent, Queensland 1.8 per cent and Tasmania 1.1 per cent. Western Australia's economy shrank 2.7 per cent.

But the league table takes no account of population growth.

Victoria had by far the strongest population growth during 2016-17. NSW and Queensland were well behind, and the other states even further behind. When adjusted for population, gross state product per resident grew fastest in South Australia (1.6 per cent) and NSW (1.3 per cent). Victoria's gross state product per resident grew just 0.9 per cent.

 

The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory did better than the states on all measures. The ACT recorded economic growth of 4.6 per cent and growth per resident of 2.9 per cent and the Northern Territory recording growth of 4 per cent and 3.7 per cent.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas brushed aside the per capita measure to declare that the overall 3.3 per cent result was higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal National Party government.

"This data once again shows the strength of Victoria's economy, and reinforces the direction we've steered our economy across three successive budgets with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need," he said.

In both big states the growth was broadly based with the production of "professional, scientific and technical services" the biggest contributor.

"For the past five years professional, sc...

11:52

Micks Travels with The Rocket Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

mick m 1After six-times Olympic coach Mick Miller was declared free of throat and neck cancer, he embarked on a journey of recovery and discovery around Australia in his trusty Volkswagen Beetle, The Rocket.

Travelling Australia Micks Way follows his journey and captures Micks daily adventures in the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Australian landscape.  His story and photography is real, heartfelt and inspiring. His journey raised funds and awareness for post-cancer recovery and a portion from the sale of each book will be donated to The Tomorrow Trust, helping to support cancer patients and their families who are living with, through and beyond cancer.

For anyone who has ever wanted to explore the beaches, deserts and towns of Australia, Travelling Australia Micks Way is a wake-up call and a reminder that there is no time like the present to follow your dream.

Mick Miller is my guest today.

Travelling Australia Micks Way by Mick Miller and Robyn Ford

is published by Finch Publishing www.finch.com.au

More info: www.mickmiller.com.au

mick mI look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm

Margaux

The post Micks Travels with The Rocket Arts Monday appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

10:10

Good Prepper/Survival Forums. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have been a member on many survival forums, the American ones are fine for those living in America, but Australia is so different from America that I find it is really of no interest or help to me. Australian survival forums do not impress me at all, many members tend to be narrow minded & set in their ways & spend more time making disparaging comments than actually adding useful information to the topic.
In my search for a forum where I can actually enjoy sharing my knowledge & at the same time learn something new, I came across the "Preppers Forum" based in the UK. Now I fully realise that the UK is also different from Australia, but not as different as America is. The people don't always think in the same way as we do in Australia, but they are more like us than the Americans are when it comes to discussing survival topics.
Right now I am posting topics on this UK forum that is of some use to those in the UK, but if there were more Australian members then I would also post topics that are of interest to Australians. If like me you have found that you don't "fit in" on other forums, forums where Moderators & Managers fail to curb bad behavour by other members, then this could be the forum for you.
You can check out the forum here: https://www.preppersforum.uk/ (I am now site manager on this forum, so if you have any problems, please feel free to contact me).
Regards, Keith.

10:05

Blessed Are The Christian Rock Cakes: The Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Admittedly, they help keep us out of jail, so were a little biased. But thats not the only reason we love Marque Lawyers.

If you follow the Sydney law firms Twitter account, youll understand that not only do they do law differently, but that they have a somewhat acerbic wit. Nothing is sacred well almost nothing they posted a rather nice tweet recently about banning the climb at Uluru.

From celebrating Mark Latham falling off a chair and accusing The Australian of running ads by Satan, to blessed are the Christian rock cakes for they will be protected from hungry gay mouths , a Sunday morning scanning Marques tweets is a thing to behold.

So, for your sabbath entertainment, here are some of the Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers (you can follow them on Twitter here, by the way and we should also note, we also love our in-house pro bono lawyer Geoff Holland. But Geoff doesnt tweet. Wake up Geoff).

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09:47

Unsmashed Avo Tipped to be Sydneys Next Big Food Trend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A Bondi caf has been awarded five chefs hats and hailed as fucking genius for serving customers whole, unpeeled avocados on toast, a bold departure from smashed avo, which dominated global headlines throughout the year.

The chef said the new creation aligns beautifully with his philosophy of making whole foods whole again.

Smashed avo was really just part of that ridiculous deconstructed food trend, which is so 2017, he said. We wanted to ditch the fads and get back to basics for 2018. Our food is so wholesomely whole we dont even peel off the little sticker that comes naturally from the tree.

Sunday brunch fans have been lining up for the dish since 4am Wednesday morning, with many saying theyre willing to spend all the deposit their parents gave them for their first home on this culinary marvel.


09:43

When the right to be forgotten becomes possible on the Ethereum blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Storing diplomas or data on the blockchain will certainly infringe regulations on personal datas protection. Lexing Alain Bensoussans Legal Opinion analyses compliance of the BCDiploma solution with the GDPR.

The general regulation on personal data (GDPR) will be the new reference text on the protection of personal data, defined as all information related to a physical person. It will take effect on May 25th, 2018. As a new standard in terms of privacy protection, we especially find among its contributions the granting of new rights for individuals whose data are undergoing treatment:

    The right to erasure (i.e. the right to be forgotten).
    The right to portability;
    The right of rectification.

The GDPR has a worldwide scope and applies to all companies having or processing data of EU residents. The regulation gives to the regulator the power to inflict financial sanctions up to 4% of a companys global turnover. As a consequence, one can figure out that the conformity with this new regulation is a major stake for companies, CIOs and lawyers.

Blockchain and the GDPR: An inevitable conflict?

The GDPR also provides EU citizens with a right to erasure: to be able to require that businesses holding their data irrevocably erase the data upon request (also known as the right to be forgotten). (..) This may end up putting the GDPR on a collision course with blockchain technologies in unexpected ways. Luther Martin

New services based on blockchain technologies are created every day, in various domains: finance, insurance, logistic, healthcare, but also education, with diploma certification. However, due to the unalterable character of the blockchain, a data is impossible to erase once it has been written on it. At first glance, blockchain and right to be forgotten dont seem compatible. Inalterability and decentralization not only imply that the register is made of indelible data, but also imply that this register is shared with all user in the network In case of application of the right to be forgotten, we might expect to go against the very principle of inalterability, which lies at the core of the blockchain technology. In order to comply with the blockchain principles, it would be necessary to erase the data from each and every node of the network, and its records, which is technically impossible. For stakeholders and users of the blockchain technology, it becomes urgent to find answers to this issue in order to not slow down the adoption of this technology. All the more since the material and territorial application field of the GDPR is extremely broad.

CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURED ALGORITHM: THE LEXING ALAIN BENSOUSSAN LAW FIRM ENVISAGES COMPLIANCE WITH THE GDPR/

The cryptographic perspective s...

09:23

Massage services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I'm looking for a massage in Cairns following several weeks working on farms. I've noticed a lot of massage places in Cairns, but which are any good? Are there any to avoid? Especially those which offer a happy ending (gf getting massage too).

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09:01

Could you distinguish a dead person from a mannequin? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Caitlin Doughty writes about two recent cases where people came across the bodies of dead people but then dumped them, thinking that they were mannequins put out as pranks. She is the owner of a funeral home and she says that part of the problem is that too few people spend any time at all with their deceased loved ones, thinking that they must quickly shunt them off to funeral homes, and thus have little idea of what a dead person looks like.

How could this happen twice in the span of two years? The answer lies in our strained, often non-existent relationship to the dead body. In the Western world, Halloween mannequins are more of a reality than a real dead body. The misidentification of a corpse by civilians is not a surprising outcome, it is the only outcome.

I opened my latest book with the story of a daughter who wanted to keep her mother at home after she died. The hospice nurse, well intentioned though she may have been, erroneously told the daughter that to do this would be illegal, that the funeral home had to come take away the body immediately. The daughter feared that something she desperately wanted for her own healing was morbid and wrong.

Meeting our dead, in their natural state, is something Americans practiced for hundreds of years before the rise of the modern funeral industry (and the chemical preservation and makeup that came with it). Anyone who has cared for their own dead knows it is a simple transition back to that time past. Our dead have almost magic powersan outsized, powerful, and unexpectedly profound effect on the grieving individual. Even if we fear them, we must see them for what they aretreasure, not trash.

If you had asked me before whether I could tell the difference between a dead person and a mannequin, I would have said of course. But after reading this, I am not so sure. When I have been to open-casket funerals of people I have known, they do not look quite like what they did when alive. Given the increasing life-like appearance of mannequins these days, maybe I could get confused too.

08:46

Australia the chartered corporation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Some people may know that Australia's ex prime minister Tony Abbott stated that Australia was started off as a chartered corporation.

Thanking Allah ( or 'fortunately' - for the people in government) the majority of the serf population missed it, where even if they didn't they still would not comprehend what that means.

So let's get straight into the meat of the topic from information contained within UNESCO under the headline;

Deed of Settlement of the South Australia Company 1836


The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is a key document in South Australias history: it highlights the difference between the manner in which South Australia was established and populated and the foundation of other Australian colonies as penal settlements. It also records British economic expansionism at its peak and illustrates the interconnections between British business interests, the Colonial Office, and social and evangelical activists. In 1834, the British Parliament passed the South Australia Act, which empowered the government to establish and settle a province in South Australia. However, the Colonization Commissioners required 35,000-worth of land in South Australia to be sold before the new province could be established. Initially, only a limited amount of land was bought. The South Australian Company was formed in London on 9 October 1835, to encourage the further purchase of land. On 27 June 1836, the Deed of Settlement was signed by about 300 shareholders of the South Australian Company. The company played a pivotal role in the founding, early survival, and development of the colony, where the company built roads, bridges, ports, warehouses, and mills, and established agriculture, whaling, banking, and mining enterprises.2

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is significant as a document representing the history of both imperial Britain and colonial South Australia. In establishing the rights and property of the South Australian Company, it demonstrates the extent of British government, business and social-evangelical interests in Australia.

Inscription Number: #11

Year of Inscription: 2004

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08:27

The Parks Victoria Volunteer Track Ranger Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is a great program: Parks Victoria (PV) Track Rangers are volunteers who walk and camp along popular tracks during peak holidays in order to provide a presence in key visitation areas and providing hikers with up-to-date park information.

If you have good experience in remote area walking plus appropriate skills and the right personality, its a great opportunity to be out in some fantastic country and contribute in a positive way to the management of some of the states best parks.

It involves a 4 to 6 day commitment. Full details below.

According to PV:

Participating in the track ranger volunteer program is a great way to help Parks Victoria by providing a presence and friendly contact point at campsites and trails in the Victorias national parks, promoting minimal impact techniques to improve awareness of park environment and providing visitors with current park information.

Where?

The program runs in the Great Alpine National Park (Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, the Alpine Crossing between Falls Creek and Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo), Grampians National Park, Cathedral Range State Park and Wilsons Promontory National Park.

When?

The program usually for 4 to 6 days across the New Year period, over selected long weekends and Easter.

What key skills are needed?

You will need strong experience in remote area hiking and camping, high level of fitness, positive attitude, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a valid first aid certificate and must be willing to camp out for a minimum of 4 nights in remote areas.

Volunteers may apply as couples or singles, in which case you will be paired up with a second track ranger to ensure safety. Volunteers must be fully self-sufficient. Download the Volunteer Track Ranger Role Description.

A National Police Check will also be conducted on all successful applicants with the cost covered by Parks Victoria. This is now completed online to save processing times.

A Working with Children Check is also required and can be obtained by visiting www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. This check is free for all Volunteers.

For any questions please email volunteertrackrangers@parks.vic.gov.au.

How to join

To apply please...

08:00

My granddaughter will be 35 in 2050. I grieve that she will know silent and empty places | Christine Milne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's white lemuroid possum became my symbol for habitat loss and global warming that will send one-third of species to extinction by mid-centuryIt was 8 November, 2011 and I had just had one of the best days of my parliamentary career. We had made history when the Senate adopted legislation to implement an emissions trading scheme to address global warming. I was both exhausted and excited, having negotiated and shepherded the legislation through the senate for the Greens. It had [...]

07:42

Local Snakes and Climate Change by a Gippsland Naturalist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Highlands Copperhead (Shawn Scott)

(My blog a few weeks ago Tiger Snakes and a warming Gippsland attracted a lot of attention. Here is some feedback from a well-informed source who prefers to remain anonymous.)

Just a couple of points on your comments about snakes and climate change.

As for Tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus), they have always occurred at significant altitude in places like Benambra. But according to some researchers who have studied alpine/sub alpine moss beds, tiger snakes were never seen in these beds thirty years or so ago, but now are reasonably frequently seen. The Copperhead and the Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) have always been the snake of these areas, but the changing climate has given the Tiger a helping hand.

However, the best reptile indicator of climate change in the Gippsland Plains is the Eastern Brown Snake (Psuedonaja textilis). They have always occurred in significant numbers in the gorges and higher valleys where they are out of the cooling easterlies, and have significant rock outcrops to retain the heat they need to hatch their eggs. The Tiger, Copperhead and Black snake give live birth to their young (viviparous), so the gravid female can move to find warm niches, but the Brown snake cannot do this, as they lay eggs (oviparous) and the locality becomes more important.

In the 40 years I have been in this area, I have noticed a significant increase in sightings of Brown Snakes in the past 15 years on the Gippsland plains, compared to when I first arrived in this area, and was very active in the field. Also, during this same period, I have noticed the disappearance of the Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) from the Gippsland Plains pasture country, and they are now only found in and around wetlands.

An excellent website on snake varieties in Gippsland can be found here.

 

07:30

Swiss cheesed "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

200,000 more Oz millionaires

2017 saw another large increase in global wealth, increasing by 6.4 per cent or (USD) $16.7 trillion to $280 trillion, driven by equity prices and non-financial assets, including housing.  

Global wealth is projected by Credit Suisse to hit $341 trillion by 2022, driven largely by rapid growth in countries such as China and India. 

The US continued an unbroken run of gains since the financial crisis in 2017. 

The Eurozone saw the creation of 620,000 new US dollar millionaires as the currency picked up, and Australia once again punched above its weight in adding a further 202,000 millionaires, taking the total up from 958,000 to 1.16 million. 

Switzerland's wealth per adult has increased by by a thunderous 130 per cent since the turn of the century in US dollar terms to $537,600, albeit largely due to shifts in the exchange rate, according to the Credit Suisse 2017 Global Wealth Report. 

Among the countries in the world with available figures over the long term, Switzerland stands alone in seeing no decline in wealth inequality over the past century. 

Home to just 0.01 per cent of the global population, Switzerland alone accounts for some 1.7 per cent of the top 1 per cent of global wealth holders, with several thousand ultra-high net worth individuals with personal wealth in excess of $50 million. 

Lucky country

Switzerland is something of an exceptional case as a tax haven, but next in line comes Australia with a mean wealth per adult of $402,600, partly driven by "high property prices in the capital cities", somewhat perversely.

Australian household wealth gains have averaged 12 per cent per annum since the turn of the century, and the average debt to assets ratio is surprisingly low at only 20 per ce...

07:00

A distracting sandwich "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The sandwich was distracting me. I was supposed to be submitting things, sorting things, tidying things. All things related to the computer and to be honest, it wasnt holding my interest quite as it should have. The sandwich to my Continue reading

06:47

FixedIt: Invisible child rapists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Independent reporting of the trial of three men who kidnapped a 14 year old girl, drugged her, photographed her and advertised her on a escort website. Twenty men paid to rape her.

Jake Cairns, 21,  Brandon Sharples, 20, and Jack McInally, 21, have all been convicted of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child but theyre not identified in this article until the third paragraph.

If all you read was the headline, you wouldnt even know they had been on trial, let alone that they were convicted. And once again, the media confuses rape with sex. They are not the same thing. Sex only happens when there is consent. A 14 year old girl who has been kidnapped and drugged by adult men was not consenting to sex. She was being raped. The men who kidnapped her and took money from other men who paid to rape her should not be erased from the headlines, they should be the focus.

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06:38

Upcycling workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.

The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles.  These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.

Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into  thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.

 

 

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06:30

Aussie woman rides blindfolded to win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aussie rider Julia Maguire had to ride blindfolded to win selection to compete at the International BMW GS Trophy in Mongolia next year.

The blindfolded ride was one of many rigorous challenges she faced, along with Brisbane nurse Andrea Box and 21 other competitors from around the world, at the recent four-day qualifying event in South Africa.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedAndrea and Julia

Im so excited, very-very excited. Relieved! Julia said after being selected for one of two three-woman teams to compete at the Mongolia GS Trophy in June 2018.

Australia will also field its first national team consisting of amateur riders Shane Guttridge, Simon Turvey and Michael Haley.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedWinners are grinners (from left): Simon Turvey, Julia Maguire, Shane Guttridge, Andrea Box and Michael Haley

Blindfolded test

The world qualifying event in South Africa included a range of tough challenges including the blind riding test, where the women had to try to reach a target set at the far end of a field while blindfolded.

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06:28

1) High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Armed Criminals Set Freeport Truck on Fire
3) Expressing Anger, Armed Criminal Group Burns Haul Truck of PT Freeport
4) Freeport Evacuating Mine Worker Families after Shootings



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NOVEMBER 19 2017 - 12:15AM

1) High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine
Jewel Topsfield   Amilia Rosa

What happened to Martinus Beanal?
The truth i...

05:39

New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...

05:13

"Thucydides in the Underworld" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Thucydides in the Underworld"
by J. R. Nyquist
"Master, what gnaws at them so hideously their lamentation stuns the very air?" 
"They have no hope of death," he answered me..." 
- Dante Alighieri, "The Inferno"

"The shade of Thucydides, formerly an Athenian general and historian, languished in Hades for 24 centuries; and having intercourse with other spirits, was perturbed by an influx into the underworld of self-described historians professing to admire his History of the Peloponnesian War. They burdened him with their writings, priding themselves on the imitation of his method, tracing the various patterns of human nature in politics and war. He was, they said, the greatest historian; and his approval of their works held the promise that their purgatory was no prologue to oblivion.

As the centuries rolled on, the flow...

04:45

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, TRUMP & BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Speaking at a Sydney Politics in the Pub event last month, Cathy Vogan, founder of THING2THING.COM and author of The Wikileaks Tapes, offered a comprehensive view of how the use of behavioural micro-targeting, big data and psychometrics by Cambridge Analytica got Donald Trump elected, and led to a vote for Brexit.

Cathy Vogan on Cambridge Analytica, and how big data-assisted behavioural micro-targeting facilitated the Trump & Brexit victories

Vogan opened by addressing some of the claims made by Hillary Clinton in a recent ABC interview. It was to point to the content of the Podesta emails, as resumed by Julian Assange in an interview with John Pilger; and to somewhat ridicule Clintons suggestions that Wikileaks had been involved in the spread of fake news.

In light of subsequent revelations by The Atlantic; recriminations by Barrett Brown; and observations by The Intercept, regarding Assanges possible Nazi-Soviet Pact moment what can we say?

An organization with a sterling reputation for providing the public with accurate information about secret government and corporate activities was used to launder conspiracy theories that helped elect a racist, sexual predator pre...

04:15

Geoffrey Dyers supreme artistry ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

GEOFF DYER Recent paintings 15 November - 10 December 2017 Arguably Tasmanias most prominent landscape painter, Geoff Dyer became nationally known after winning the 2003 Archibald Prize with his powerful portrait of Tasmanian environmentalist, writer and friend, Richard Flanagan (who did the poignant launch speech)

04:14

Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  The Vicar in-Charge of the Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye Memorial Anglican Church, Ajao Estate, Lagos, Venerable Michael Odumuyiwa, has said that human being cannot but experience hardship in one way or the other. The Vicar, who was answering questions from our correspondent at the Adult Harvest celebration of the church, encouraged Nigerians to take their focus from the present hardship in the country and rather get connected to God in order to enjoy divine satisfaction with even the little God has blessed them with. He said: Today we are celebrating...

The post Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest appeared first on Newtelegraph.

03:59

FBI report on black extremists raises new monitoring fears "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) An FBI report on the rise of black extremists is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesnt target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says black identity extremists are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which extremists had acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents. It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

I have never met a black extremist. I dont know what the FBI is talking about, said Chris Phillips, a filmma...

03:46

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? | police | Special Interests Tyranny & Police State US News

In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address.

For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US.

So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings.

Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies.

So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

Whi...

03:44

The 1821 Macquarie Bicentenary ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This suggestion for a bicentenary event also includes the proposal for an Australian Convict Trail

03:10

Malcolm Young From AC/DC Is Dead at 64 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist from AC/DC is dead. According to NBC, the member of the Australian hard rock band was 64. The official AC/DC Facebook page announced his death on Saturday but offered no details. In 2014, Young was diagnosed with dementia. NBC reported that he died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. The []

The post Malcolm Young From AC/DC Is Dead at 64 appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

02:13

Dune Rats back fight to save local bowlo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join Brisbane rockers Dune Rats at the Coorparoo Bowls Club this Sunday, as they fight to save one of their favourite community venues. Following a proposed development to build over the club with 80 aged-care units, the Coorparoo Bowls Club (QLD) is throwing a fund-raising event on Sunday 19th November from 2PM. In spirit of keeping the local music []

The post Dune Rats back fight to save local bowlo appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

02:02

Washingtons War On Poor Grad Students "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Jill Richardson for Other Words - The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nations graduate students. Its a little bit wonky, so stay with me here. Ill explain how it affects me, since Im an actual graduate student. Going to grad school wouldve been entirely out of reach for me if I had to pay full tuition for my education. Getting a PhD takes at least five years and often more. I dont have a spouse, trust fund, or parents to cover my cost of living or my tuition. If I had to pay for my own education, it wouldve been simply out of the question. This is hardly uncommon. How many adults do you know can forego five or more years of income while simultaneously paying thousands of dollars in college tuition each year? Since the answer to that question is not many, universities employ graduate students as poorly paid labor in exchange for an education, health insurance, and a very low wage. In my case, Ive worked as a teaching assistant for the past three years while also attending classes at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other students worked as research assistants. A lucky few got funding that allowed them to pursue their own research. The rest of us had to work. Forbes mentions some magical places where graduate students are given stipends up to $50,000 per year. At Wisconsin, we werent so lucky.

02:02

A delicate exercise "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It must be tricky to critique flat Earth stories, which are risibly goofy and in defiance of the evidence, when you personally believe in young Earth stories, which are just as idiotic, but Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis tries. He attended a flat earth conference, and whats remarkable about his essay is how gingerly he treads. Make no mistake, Faulkner does not believe in this flat earth crap, he gives a few specific criticisms of some of their rationalizations, and it is not currently the policy of Answers in Genesis to support flat earth claims (they say the Bible does not claim the Earth is flat), but give them time if flat-earthers become numerous enough to be fleeced, expect even more niceness from AiG.

Its just the irony of it all. Faulkner was getting a little taste of how loony these fringe Bible kooks look to the rest of us, with their weird claims that flout all the evidence, but are fervently held solely because they connect them to their religious beliefs. No, the Bible doesnt flat out state that the Earth is flat, but it is a reasonably inferred part of the mythology, and there are all kinds of hints that the ancient authors modeled the world that way; it also doesnt come right out and say that the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it is also clear that the ancient authors had no concept of deep time, and so AiG has inferred and imposed a set of interpretations on the Bible that bolster their preferred preconceptions. There is no difference between flat-earthers and young-earthers in their methodology or their biases or their abuse of science.

Theres also the lack of perspective. Ive attended creationist events, and this is exactly what they sound like: disappointingly vague, reliant entirely on religious testimonies and that damnable Christian persecution complex.

I was a bit disappointed by the content of the conference. I had expected that I would hear and see information about flat-earth that I hadnt encountered already, but that wasnt the case. Many of the presentations largely were personal testimonies of how people had come to believe in flat earth. Hence, I didnt learn much about the flat-earth model that I didnt already know. However, I did learn much about the flat-earth movement itself. In conversations and in the presentations, I learned how people came to lose jobs, friends, and even family members once they, in their own words, came out of the closet about flat earth. Therefore, many of the people in attendance clearly viewed the meeting as a safe refuge where they could meet ostracized people like themselves. This clearly brought joy to many attendees, and I suppose the last thing these people would do would....

01:49

Prosperity Through Keystrokes: Understanding Federal Spending "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Steve Grumbine. It has long been known that our electoral system and methods of voting are corrupt, untrustworthy, and easily manipulated by less than savvy politicians, state actors, and hackers alike. The answers to many of these issues is the same answer that we would need to push for any progressive reforms to take place in the United States: namely, we need enlightened, fiery, peaceful, and committed activists to propel a movement and ensure that the people rise, face their oppressors, and unify to demand that their needs be met. What is not as well-known, however, is how a movement, the government, and taxes work together to bring about massive changes in programs, new spending, and the always scary National Debt .

01:48

Noro on the Veendam? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

HAL VeendamA passenger sailing on a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship near Greece contacted me today, stating that a number of guests are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms:

"I'm currently on MS Veendam. Left Fort Lauderdale on October 20th and due to return to Fort Lauderdale on December 8th. Currently docked in Souda, Greece. Leaving at 5:00 pm less than an hour from now. Souda port terminal has WiFi.

Noro started about four days ago. We did pick up passengers in Barcelona and some of them are sick now and seem to have gotten sick shortly after boarding from what I understand. One day there were 29 passengers and two crew sick . . .  Yesterday ...  only four new cases and no crew sick anymore. 

Ship is cleaning, isolating and taking precautions including not allowing passengers to handle food which is good."

It is currently unknown whether the gastrointestinal outbreak is in fact due to norovirus (or-coli or some other more exotic virus) because there will be no testing of the affected passenger's stools. 

In the last week, we have written about GI outbreaks which included the Crown Princess, which called on a U.S. port and had to report the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Anthem of the Seas was experienced a similar outbreak affected many dozens of guests (around 100 people). The Anthem did not meet the percentage of guests who reported their symptoms to the ship infirmary, and therefore there is no official CDC report.  The Celebrity Solstice was also reportedly hit with an aggressive GI outbreak while sailing around Australia, according to news accounts. 

Holland America Line experienced 18 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010. Only Princess Cruises suffered more norovirus/GI cases which were reported to the CDC during this time period. HAL suffered norovirus outbreaks on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and two outbreaks each on the Volendam and the Noordam this year.

Cruise ships on non-U.S. itineraries do not have to report GI outbreaks. 

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01:27

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ABC News Australia

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64

19 November 2017

 

A young Malcolm Young holds a guitar as he poses, sitting on an amp

Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years.

Young started AC/DC in 1973 with his brother, fellow guitarist Angus.

Their other brother George Young, a member of The Easybeats and a producer for AC/DC, died in October aged 70.

Malcolm Young died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement on AC/DCs Facebook page said.

As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special, Angus Young said.

He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Malcolm, job well done.

Young told band to keep making music after diagnosis

Youngs family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

In an interview with the ABCs 7.30, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson said Young had told the band to keep making music.

Without any of that sympathy stuff, you know, there was none of that stuff around.

And he just said to keep doing it. Thats the way he talked [he was a] straight shooter.

So we did, and it was great.

Angus You...

01:17

Alft in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over dinner, we talked a little of our memories of the lunch we enjoyed at the world-renowned Noma, when it operated briefly in Sydney. With only a limited run in Sydney, it was something we had planned several months for. And even now, eighteen months later, I still remember almost every detail of the experience. []

01:15

Roo scientists admit industry stimulates roo population growth whilst calling roos pests "IndyWatch Feed National"

This scientific submission on commercial kangaroo management was closely based on the literature from the industry, which proved to be a revelation in what it actually admitted about its manipulation of kangaroo population numbers. Basically, the very small number of scientists dominating the academic literature and the industry have stated (variously) that they artificially stimulate population growth rebound beyond normal numbers in targeted populations of kangaroos; that they then justify their industry and culls on the basis that the animals are too populous and a pest; that the Australian public would not allow the industry to continue if they did not swallow the line that kangaroos are a pest; that although the industry and population culls are justified in order to prevent damage to grasslands and erosion by overgrazing, this is in fact false, and the example is given of kangaroos even at 50 per km square making almost no impact on the land, whereas the sheep that the industry is purportedly saving the land for, devastate it. This is my second article on kangaroo science and I did not go into it expecting to find such blatant snake oil passing for research among a very small cognoscenti, but here it is. Im was surprised as you will be. Also, one final word, even if the industry is correct in saying that it artificially boosts kangaroo numbers in order to have enough kangaroos to harvest, as I say at the end, that does not apply to all populations and that does not mean that the strategy is not causing population crashes and demographic anomalies, for reasons that I raise in this article. If you think there are fewer kangaroos around, you may well be right and have a better idea than the industry itself. (This researched article by evolutionary sociologist Sheila Newman [1] was originally submitted to the South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018-2022 (kmp@sa.gov.au) on behalf of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council on 7 October 2017.)

Contents

IS THE COMMERCIAL KANGAROO INDUSTRY ACTUALLY FARMING KANGAROOS AND AT HIGHER DENSITY THAN NATURAL?
POPULATION THEORY
Demographic brakes
Demographic accelerators
More demographic Brakes: Sexual Segregation/Gender pathways
What are the consequences of loss of sex-specific territory?
How far do kangaroos migrate? 9
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE MITIGATION & ROO DENSITY: THEORY & EXPERIMENT
KANGAROO WELFARE PROPOSAL THAT WOULD ALSO REGULATE FERTILITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH CARRYING CAPACITY:...

01:00

AGM Vic Branch of Sustainable Population Australia Nov 25 Hawthorn Library "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Public Seminar with two speakers: Jack Roach, immediate past president of Boroondara Residents Action Group and Adrian Whitehead. Adrian Whitehead will speak on "Population Perspectives, from global to local." Public Welcome. Free Parking near venue. Financial members may nominate for any committee positions. See details inside re how to nominate.

Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian branch)
Annual General Meeting
Saturday November 25th 2017 at 2.00pm
Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Nominations for Committee Positions: Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee positions. Please email before 17thth November to victas@population.org.au or write to:

Returning Officer, Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch,
P.O.BOX 556 Hawthorn 3122

Following the formal proceedings, please stay for our public seminar
Population perspectives: from global to local
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Presenters: Adrian Whitehead, Environmental campaigner &
Jack Roach: Immediate Past President Boroondara Residents Action Group
Free parking is available near the venue.
You are invited to stay for afternoon tea following the seminar

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00:48

Art on Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The other evening as I was walking home to my apartment in Hobart, I happened upon an interesting public art project. The lane-way I thought was going to be a short-cut to home, turned out to be a delay, as I enjoyed Art On Victoria. I popped back today to snap a few daylight photographs. []

00:16

FACT CHECK: Size comparison - cargo vessel Island Trader and cruise ship Caledonian Sky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The debate concerning the Sydney-driven proposal to make the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination continues.

I have noticed there has been some comment on social media that the small cruise ships Yamba could expect to have visit would be same size or smaller than the Island Trader which used Yamba as its home port for around 17 years.

The phrase small cruise ship is being taken literally and the conclusion invited is that these cruise ships are so small there is nothing to be concerned about.

To assist with a more accurate size comparison I have laid out the dimensions of the cargo vessel MV Island Trader and the passenger ship MV Caledonian Sky below.

The comparison indicates that if the proposal goes ahead the average small cruise ship entering the Clarence River estuary is likely to be at least twice the size of the Island Trader.

# This is MV Island Trader

The Island Trader was built in 1981, has 485 gross tonnage, dead weight of 242t*, is 38.8m long, 9m wide and has a maximum draft of 2.8m.

00:15

Post Same-Sex Marriage "Yes" Victory: I want everyone to have the right to discriminate against the LGBTI community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Tony Abbott on Facebook, 15 November 2017:

I always said this was an issue where the Australian people wanted their say and todays result demonstrates that seeking their views was the right thing to do.
I congratulate the yes campaign on their achievement.

The people have spoken and, of course, the parliament should respect the result.
I also thank the 4.7 million Australians who supported marriage between a man and a woman.

Both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader have pledged their support for freedom of religion.

I look forward to a parliamentary process that improves on the Dean Smith bill to implement same sex marriage with freedom of conscience for all, not just the churches.

So far, this process has been a credit to us as a nation and now needs to be completed in a way that keeps us the best country in the world.
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23:48

Richard Wolstencroft & MUFF ~versus~ Those Degenerate Gays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local filmmaker, self-described transcendental fascist and, more recently, Trump fanboy and partisan of the AltRight,* Richard Wolstencroft, established the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2000 after the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) declined screening his 1999 film Pearls Before Continue reading

23:46

Queensland: A Hard Election To Model "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Primary vote aggregate Labor 34.7 LNP 32.8 Green 8.8 One Nation 17.3 Other 6.4
If Newspoll/Galaxy preference assumptions are correct Labor should just win majority on current numbers
If ReachTEL preferences are accurate LNP should just win a majority


Most of the difficulty comes from the preference problem.  A divergence of around four points in polling exists between the ReachTEL polls on the one hand and the Galaxy/Newspoll stable (and also Essential) on the other.  About three points of that, on the latest figures, is caused by preferencing differences.  ReachTEL is using purely respondent preferencing, while the others are using some combination of previous elections (Essential) or assumptions with an undisclosed and unclear basis in evidence (Galaxy/Newspoll).  The previous election had much less significant One Nation presence and also had optional preferencing, so there is really no credible baseline for "last-election" preferencing.

A further issue with Queensland has been the dearth of statewide polling.  In the last six weeks there has been only a Newspoll (17 Oct), a Galaxy (1-2 Nov) and three ReachTELs (two commissioned ones both on 13 Nov and an earlier one for which the 2PP was released but the primary votes were not.)  The Newspoll and Galaxy both had Labor ahead 52-48 and all the ReachTELs had Labor behind by the same margin.

Aggregating all polls that have released full primaries based on polling conducted entirely since September, but with a 25% downweighting for commissioned polls, and with greater weighting for November (3) than October (2) and September (1) I get a reading of:

Labor 34.7 LNP 32.8 Green 8.8 One Nation 17.3 Other 6.4

By Newspoll's preference assumptions this would result in a 51.8% 2PP for Labor, a 0.7% swing to the government.  But by ReachTEL's respondent preferences it would result in about a 51-49 result to the LNP.

A small number of seat Newspolls released today was reported favourably for Labor, because it showed them gaining Whitsun...

23:29

Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November).

The accident between two motorbikes happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same road where a refugees was killed on 2 November.

It is understood that doctors believe the man needs an urgent surgery to deal with a clot or bleeding on his brain. He was vomiting blood and had bleeding from his right ear beefore he lasped into unconsciousness.

Other refugees on the island do not believe that Nauru is equipped to perform the brain surgery need, but no arrangements have been made for the man to be medivacced for urgent treatment.

People on the island are also concerned that the current dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government that has seen the Nauru government expel 107 Canstruct workers from the island in the last 24 hours has paralysed administration on the island and is delaying the decision to provide the urgent treatment he needs. The injured refugee is a Canstruct worker.

The dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government is over rent (believed to be over $3.5 million a year) that Border Force has been paying for space in the Menen Hotel (owned by the Nauruan government) for various activities.

We have grave fears for the life of this refugee. He needs urgent surgery; any delay could be a matter of life and death, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Border Force cannot shrug off its responsibility for this mans welfare. We are calling on Peter Dutton to ensure that a money-squabble with Nauru is not going to cost this refugee his life.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

23:24

Whats This about Roy Moore and the Droit du Seigneur? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Journos wait on steps of State House in Montgomery, for a womens meeting re Roy Moore

by Mary W Maxwell

Yesterday I published an article at Rumor Mill News about the Roy Moore affair. I feel quite certain he is not guilty of the sexual harassment, or whatever you call it, that he is accused of, much less of being a pedophile. In that article I said so in an indirect manner.  Ill say it more directly in this article.

The line-up of who is accusing Moore is handy for separating the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff, etc, in Congress. Several Republican senators came forward promptly to dissociate themselves from Moore, or even to say he cant join the Senate.  What a joke. They have revealed their attachment to the machine by so saying.

Is Roy a Sleazy Type?

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22:45

Will AI scarecrows warn off elephants? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New Scientist

An African forest elephant in a woodland setting in Loango National Park, Gabon. Hes on your farm, eating your crops

Michael Nichols/National Geographic/Getty

When you think of agricultural pests, elephants are probably near the bottom of the list. But they do an enormous amount of damage to nut and banana plantations precisely because they are too big, tough and smart to scare off once they start eating. Now, Australian researchers have developed an AI scarecrow that can do the job. It has been so successful that they are looking to adapt it to other smart pests the long term goal is a scarecrow that understands the type of pest approaching and can tailor its scaring strategy.

Scarecrow technology has a long history of ignominious failure, and not just for elephants  animals quickly learn to tune out a deterrent if it becomes apparent that there is no threat. Many growers have described birds perching and even roosting on devices that were designed to scare them off. So researchers from CSIRO, Australias national research organization, decided the answer was artificial intelligence.

Their AI scarecrow bears little resemblance to what you may be picturing. It has three elements: sensors that detect what kind of pest is approaching, a processing brain to identify them and decide how best to respond, and deterrent devices that can respond intelligently with the right combination of sound or light. These can be scattered widely to encompass any area that needs protection, even if its the size of a plantation.

Then it is loaded with a library of predator sounds, animal alarm calls and irritating tones, as well as its own self-generated noises anything we would consider as scary or startling, says senior researcher Ashley Tews. What constitutes a scary sound is an ongoing area of species-dependent research. However, previous work indicates that leopard and tiger growls can make elephants depart the scene. Its als...

22:09

Drain the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Swamp thing

Since the hiring freeze was lifted, Canberra has seen by far and way the strongest household income growth, with gross income per capita in the ACT up from $101,600 to above $110,000 over the past two financial years.

Nice work if you can get it!

At the other end of the scale household income per capita declined in Western Australia in FY2017, back to below the level seen in the 2014 financial year in nominal terms. 


Disposable incomes followed a very similar pattern, with Canberra absolutely miles ahead of the rest, by a magnitude of almost 50 per cent. 

Surprisingly the Northern Territory has been the strongest performer over the past five years in per capita terms, with disposable incomes rising by +24 per cent. 


Queensland incomes have really struggled since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012, and income growth has been relatively modest elsewhere.

These numbers are derived from the state accounts, and as ever some household are faring better than others. 

22:09

Horrifying New Study Shows People Willing to Hurt Complete Strangers Just to Obey Authority "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TFTP| For the state to make war, it must convince the populace that killing other people is just and necessary. Many different rationalizations have cropped up over the millennia from controlling resources to exterminating races to fighting terrorism but murdering strangers requires a particular obedience to authority.

Fifty years ago, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the Milgram experiment, which measured the willingness of study participants to hurt others, even when it conflicts with their personal conscience, in the interest of obeying authority. The results, published in 1963, showed that a very high percentage of participants were willing to follow orders and cause serious injury to others.

The researchers recruited 80 participants (40 men and 40 women), with an age range from 18 to 69, for the study. Participants had up to 10 buttons to press, each a higher shock level. The results show that the level of participants obedience towards instructions is similarly high to that of the original Milgram studies.

They found that 90% of the people were willing to go to the highest level in the experiment.

Study co-author Tomasz Grzyb noted that the vast majority of people claimed they would never behave in such a man...

22:02

Does Mental Illness Exist? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this interview for ABC Australia, leading psychology professor Peter Kinderman discusses why we need alternative ways of understanding and supporting people in distress that take into account social and environmental factors, not just biology.

Mental health issues are hugely significant worldwide, but are we approaching them in the most effective and humane way? A leading professor of psychology says that everybodys crazy but nobodys illmeaning that seeing mental distress as an illness is the wrong approach. We need a model of care which supports people who are distressed because of their social and life circumstances.

21:48

Vegas 5 star million Dollar December Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Family travellers looking for a 5-star getaway or just a weekend away from the kids look no further than Las Vegas in December. A recent survey by a luxury travel magazine tells us that, only 24 percent of U.S travellers have stayed at a five-star property more than once within the last five years. The cost being put down as the reason for this low number.

For most of us who work normal jobs 9-5 with a spouse, 2 kids a mortgage and bills its simply out of the question 95% of the time. * Hotwire, a leading online travel site, is seeking to change those statsand just in time for the holidays.

Speaking of Holidays Las Vegas really turns it on in December leading up to Christmas day. The desert heat and the neon lights are perfect for Santa and visitors to get out and about. You will find an array of Christmas events in Vegas such as the ones I have listed below

  • Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan.
  • Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden.
  • Holiday Havoc at the Palms.
  • The Nutcracker.
  • LeAnn Rimess Today is Christmas at the Orleans.
  • Im Dreaming of a Wine Christmas at Downtown Container Park.
  • Bellagio Fountains.
  • Mystic Falls Park at Sams Town

Now back to the amazing prices you will be able to get in Vegas from the 8th of December through the 28th of December. What do you think would be an amazing price for a 5-star room in Las Vegas? Take into consideration the average retail rate for five-star hotels in Las Vegas in December comes in at $432. Today, Hotwire is kicking off an insane sale, a Million Dollar Sale. five-star hotels in Las Vegas for just $50, yes I did not leave out any numbers that $50. Since jumping onto the travel scene in 2000, Hotwire has partnered with thousands of hotels, airlines and car rental companies to help sell their remaining inventory. It is because Hotwire regularly offers deals on travel inventory that would otherwise remain unsold that they g...

21:08

Roundup Nov 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0.

Trumpwatch. Pressing on with deregulation. 105 rules down.

Climate. Brainwashing required to deal with global warming (Jerry Brown).Jo Nova on the madness of climate control the Climate Action Network rating the contribution of the nations of the world.

Since India is getting the Green Guernsey and the US is getting a wrist slap, we know for sure this chart is not based on actual CO2 emission trends, or perhaps even any numbers.

The US, after all, has reduced emissions more than anywhere else while India is doubling its coal mining. Is that what we should aim for?

Australia, meanwhile, can never do enough, despite reducing our per capita emissions by a phenomenal 28% from 1990-2013. We sacrificed our electrical grids, have implemented an Emissions Trading Scheme and say we are aiming for the same obscenely tough 28% reduction that is the fashion despite being a heavy industrial quarry, with the lowest population density, biggest distances, and highest electricity costs in the world. To make it harder on ourselves the chief commodity we are disadvantaging happens to be our second largest export industry. Despite all this, CAN ranks Australia Very low.

Dan Mitchell. The equality trap. With the very best of intentions of course.

When talking to such people, my first priority is getting them to understand that its possible for an economy to grow and for all income groups to benefit. I explain how even small differences in long-run growth make a big difference over just a few decades and that it is very misguided to impose policies that will discourage growth by penalizing the rich and discouraging the poor.
I som...

20:26

What's About to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 



"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
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19:22

Climate news, nuclear news, to 17 November -Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Today, the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, are wrapping up. The worlds diplomats discussed and developed national pledges, with USAs Michael Bloomberg pledging American action by cities and States, in defiance of President Trump. Scientists reported that the plans are not enough to meet the Paris climate goal of holding the global temperature increase to well below 2 C above pre-industrial levels. It is still worth acting to prevent extreme changes, but climate change impacts are already locked in.

To give an example of the kind of climate feedback mechanisms  that might be happening, China has this year increased its carbon emissions, largely because of less availability of hydropower.  Hydropower was in short supply because of drought, which, in itself, was probably exacerbated by climate change.

You would think it hardly possible that tensions could ratchet up any further around North Korea, but they have. China has sent a diplomat to North Korea, and has asked USA to stop the naval military drills around the Korean peninsula.

AUSTRALIA...

19:20

Western Australia: Mulga Rock Uranium Project threatens environmental impacts from Tailings waste: "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Briefer (Nov 2017) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner

Uranium mining has unique, inherent risks and long term impacts. The West Australian Parliament has passed a Motion (Legislative Council 23 May 2012) recommending:

The government adopt equivalent or better environmental management regulatory requirements for any future uranium mine in Western Australia as exists under Commonwealth and Northern Territory legislation for the operation of the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory with regard to the disposal of radioactive tailings, including the requirements that

(a) The tailings are physically isolated from the environment for at least 10,000 years: and

(b) Any contaminants arising from the tailings do not result in any detrimental environmental impacts for at least 10,000 years.

The Barnett era WA gov Approval for the Mulga Rock Uranium Project (Dec 2016) fails to comply with required Commonwealth & NT legislative standards or with the WA Parliament recommendation.

There are two types of intended Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF): an Above Ground TSF and multiple Mine Pit TSFs in 4 areas across 30 km. An authorised extent of physical and operational elements (Approval Schedule 1 Table 2) place some limits on...

19:16

The Earths twin threats nuclear and climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"


Climate News Network 16th Nov 2017 Climate change and nuclear threats are closely linked and must be tackled together, US experts say. The warning comes from a working group chaired by
the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan policy institute
of security and military experts (many of them high-ranking former members
of the armed forces), in a report which offers a framework for
understanding and addressing the distinct problems together.

The report is published as this years UN climate summit draws to a close in Bonn in
the aftermath of President Trumps tour of Asia, during which nuclear
weapons issues featured prominently.

Professor Christine Parthemore, a former adviser to the US defence department, co-chairs the working group.She told the Climate News Network: Simultaneous effects of climate
change, tough social or economic pressures, and security challenges could
increase the risk of conflict among nuclear weapon-possessing states, even
if that conflict stems from miscalculation or misperception.

India and Pakistan are major concerns. They are grappling with water stress,
deadly natural disasters, terrorism, and numerous other pressures. At the
same time, the types of nuclear weapons they are developing and policies on
command of those weapons are raising tensions between them.
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-nuclear-threats-twins/


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19:11

Australias Ben Heard and the failed pro nuclear push at Bonn Climate talks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Above: Ben Heard at Bonn, 16 November

Ben Heard and the pro nuclear lobby group Generation Atomic were not very successful at the Bonn climate talks. A member of the group marraskuu explains:

we ran around Bonn, trying to secure a permission for a side event that our group would like to organize on Monday, when the UNEP [ United Nations Environment Programme ] Sustainable innovations forum, from which the nuclear industry was kicked out from, starts. They eventually ended up denying us the permission.
The evening was spent in one of the weirdest way I have ever spent an evening: By sticking up stickers on Bananas

So the nuclear lobby at the climate talks was reduced to pushing one of their most dishonest and silliest propaganda spins the banana argument.  Because our bodies contain a small amount of (mildly) radioactive Potassium 40   and because theres potassium 40 in bananas then we are told not to worry about the nuclear fission produced highly radioactive ions like Cesium , Strontium, Iodine,

BUT IN REALITY :  When you eat a banana, your bodys level of Potassium-40 doesnt increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero.

 

 


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19:08

1) Fighting wont stop unless Jakarta closes Mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) TPN-PB was confirmed there was a fire contact before the evacuation of civilians
3) Security Forces Free 344 People Held Hostage by Gunmen in Papua
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1) Fighting wont stop unless Jakarta closes Mine
  • By Len Garae
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  • Nov 17, 2017


18:55

Why a pre-emptive ar with North Korea would be total hell "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ultimately, the larger problem is that President Trumps policy objectives are unattainable.

Denuclearization is a non-starter from North Koreas perspective because Kim believes not without reason that nuclear weapons are a matter of regime survival, having seen what happens to leaders in countries like Libya when they give up their nuclear programs.

As long as President Trump insists on complete, verifiable and total denuclearization, Washington is walking America down a path that leads to (likely nuclear) military conflict

A preventive war with North Korea would be total hell. Heres why http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/17/preventive-war-with-north-korea-would-be-total-hell-heres-why.html  By Harry J. Kazianis | As the Trump administration continues to rattle sabers at North Korea with rhetoric eerily similar to the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the possibility of a preventive U.S. war with North Korea may be more real than foreign and defense policy experts recognize....

18:50

Gautum Adani has Indias government under control, now Australias, too? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire, The Age 18 Nov 17 
Adanis push to build a mega coal mine in Queensland has polarised opinions nationwide. It should come as no surprise: the billionaire behind the project has long been a focus of controversy in his native India.
Tim Elliott
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the 55-year-old has a net worth of $US9.9 billion ($12.9 billion), placing him among the 10 richest people in India. As chairman of Adani Group, which he founded three decades ago, he presides over an empire with interests in mining, ports, power plants, real estate, renewable energy, food, and even defence
To Australians, however, he is best known for his proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, to be built in central Queenslands Galilee Basin. Construction was scheduled to start in October, but has been delayed due to political and financing issues. Should the mine proceed, it will be one of the largest in the world roughly five times the size of Sydney Harbour and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal per year for anywhere between 50 and 60 years, all of which will be exported, the bulk of it to India.
Adani has also been willing to operate at the very limits of Indias notoriously murky business world. His companies have been implicated in multiple instances of alleged corruption, including tax evasion, bribery, money laundering and large-scale illegal exports. In 2007, India&#821...

18:35

18 November More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Elon Musk finally unveils the Tesla Semi electric truck
    Elon Musk is unveiling his companys electric truck, the Tesla Semi, promising long range and big savings. Heres what we know

18:33

Despite the huge risk to humanity China now joins the space race "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Chinas nuclear spaceships will be mining asteroids and flying astronauts to the moon as it aims to overtake US in space race   State media publishes Chinese scientists ambitious plans to revolutionise space travel and exploration in coming decades, South China Morning Post, Stephen Chen: Friday, 17 November, 2017 China is on course to develop nuclear-powered space shuttles by 2040, and will have the ability to mine resources from asteroids and build solar power plants in space soon after, according to state media. The ambitious claims, made by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology the countrys leading rocket developer and manufacturer were published on the front page of Peoples Daily on Friday.

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18:27

Pope Francis speaks out for science rebukes climate change deniers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

PopePope Francis rebukes perverse climate change deniers over rejection of science behind global warming  Pontiff encourages policymakers to accelerate their efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions at Bonn summit Independent, Nicole Winfield, 17 Nov 17  Pope Francis has rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such perverse attitudes and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Francis issued a message to the Bonn meeting, which is working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping global emissions.

In it, Francis called climate change one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing. He urged negotiators to take action free of special interests and political or economic pressures, and to instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet. . In his message, the Argentine pope denounced that...

18:25

Chinese government pressure stops Japanese students speaking on disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Student nuclear disarmament speech canceled due to Chinese pressure: govt sources KYODO NEWS  Nov 16, 2017   A speech by a Japanese student peace ambassador at an international disarmament conference in Geneva in August was canceled due to pressure from the Chinese government, Japanese government sources said on Thursday.

The speech by a representative of high school student ambassadors calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons had been delivered...

18:25

Lockyer Valley November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Blue-winged Kookaburra
Among nice birds encountered during a foray into the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys were Blue-winged Kookaburra, Freckled Duck, White-winged Chough, Hoary-headed Grebe, loads of Rufous and Brown Songlarks, Red-necked Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit. I started out along Cove Road, Stanmore, where a pair of Cotton Pygmy-Geesewere on one of the farm dams. Moving on to Toogoolawah, an immature Nankeen Night-Heron was flushed from a roadside ditch. Plenty of Rufous Songlarks were in the grasslands east of the town; they proved to be unusually common throughout the region.


Nankeen Night-Heron

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18:18

18 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid
    Networks and consumer groups say taking rural customers off grid and providing them with solar and storage can save billions, and make electricity cleaner, safer and more reliable. Its a no brainer, but the regulator stands in the way.

18:08

An opportunity for a Bill of Rights "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

One of the striking outcomes of the equal marriage survey is that a lot of people who had always assumed themselves to be part of (in Spiro Agnews phrase) the silent majority have been presented with undeniable evidence that they are actually in the minority. Not only that, but the minority to which they belong on equal marriage would be even smaller if it werent boosted by lots of people theyve always thought of as undesirable minorities. Most notably, the note vote was swelled by Muslims and recent migrants from more traditional cultures.

Against that background, its not surprising to see people who have never had a good word to say about the United Nations, or about a Bill of Rights, embracing the idea of incorporating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights into Australian law (were already a signatory, but that has no legal effect).

It would be absurd to incorporate a document dealing with topics as diverse as the death penalty and war propaganda (both prohibited) into the Marriage Act. Nevertheless, now that the issue has been raised, its a great opportunity for Australia to get something like a Bill of Rights enshrined into law (though of course it wouldnt change the Constitution).

Its tempting to use the thumping majority recorded in the survey as a stick with which to beat those (variously described as dinosaurs or reactionaries) who campaigned against equal rights on this occasion. But all majorities are temporary. It would be far better to use this moment to make common cause in support of protections for minorities of all kinds.

A couple more points

As occasional commenter Fran B points out on Twitter, theres no risk of the ICCPR becoming a backdoor way of implementing Brandis right to be a bigot. Section 18(3) reads

Freedom to manifest ones religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

and this clearly includes the protections of our current anti-discrimination law, not to mention Article 26 of the ICCPR which prohibits all kinds of discrimination.

Another appealing feature of this approach is that it doesnt leave room for lots of quibbling about what rights to protect: we cant amend the ICCPR, so the appropriate approach is to legislate it as a binding set of principles, then use subsequent legislation to interpret.

So, lets get equal marriage done straight away, then turn to the broader question of protecting civil and political rights for everyone.

17:43

WHY DID SIR JOSEPH BANKS HATE BANANAS? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An alphabetical stroll through the first years of white settlement in Australia's history

The post WHY DID SIR JOSEPH BANKS HATE BANANAS? appeared first on The Westsider.

17:39

Junction St Shed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Marooned workshop in a carpark





 An old industrial workshop marooned in a carpark off Junction St in Forest Lodge near my new studio

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17:38

A book Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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By Kimura Aya Hirata (August 2016)
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Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 many concerned citizensparticularly motherswere unconvinced by the Japanese governments assurances that the countrys food supply was safe. They took matters into their own hands, collecting their own scientific data that revealed radiation-contaminated food. In Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists Aya Hirata Kimura shows how, instead of being praised for their concern about their communities health and safety, they faced stiff social sanctions, which dismissed their results by attributing them to the work of irrational and rumor-spreading women who lacked scientific knowledge. These citizen scientists were unsuccessful at gaining political traction, as they were constrained by neoliberal and traditional gender ideologies that dictated how private citizensespecially womenshould act. By highlighting the challenges these citizen scientists faced, Kimura provides insights into the complicated relationship between science, foodways, gender, and politics in post-Fukushima Japan and

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17:35

A BOOZE-SOAKED AUSSIE HORROR YARN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kenneth Cook's 'Wake in Fright' is best read sober

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17:27

THE BEST NIGHT IN FOOTSCRAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The best of Footscray all in one nigh

The post THE BEST NIGHT IN FOOTSCRAY appeared first on The Westsider.

17:11

Let us do the right by international students and not just benefit from their student fees "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent days the Twitterverse of the Premier Mark McGowan and his Education Minister Sue Ellery have been extolling the advantages that we stand to gain from the sales pitch that they have undertaken in China to attract foreign students to Western Australia. I applaud the efforts of the Minister and the Premier in recognising []

17:08

Part 5 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed. . (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed Newspoll: Labor tipped to win Brisbane Times reports, Labor may return to government in Queensland, taking marginal seats from the Opposition via One Nation preferences, the latest Newspoll suggests.: Labor to win in Queensland: Newspoll. Tim confirms deal LNP/PHON deal confirmed: Tim Nicholls has finally confirmed he would form a minority government with One Nation. #qldvotes pic.twitter.com/eYh4jQ6WcX David Marler (@Qldaah) November 18, 2017 Bad []

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17:06

A LITTLE RESPECT GOES A LONG, LONG WAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Belty has forgiven me. I managed to scrape together a grand, which was a bit of a stretch since he was expecting three. The coup-de-grace though was a crappy old sideboard I had five-fingered from a hard rubbish collection while enduring a rain of mouth from its former owner. She thought me a special kind []

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 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.

Question 1:

Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.

The answer is True.

It is clear that at any point in time, there are finite real resources available for production. New resources can be discovered, produced and the old stock spread better via education and productivity growth. The aim of production is to use these real resources to produce goods and services that people want either via private or public provision.

So by definition any sectoral claim (via spending) on the real resources reduces the availability for other users. There is always an opportunity cost involved in real terms when one component of spending increases relative to another.

Unless you subscribe to the extreme end of mainstream economics which espouses concepts such as 100 per cent crowding out via financial markets and/or Ricardian equivalence consumption effects, you will conclude that rising net public spending as percentage of GDP will add to aggregate demand and as long as the economy can produce more real goods and services in response, this increase in public demand will be met with increased public access to real goods and services.

You might also wonder whether it matters if the economy is already at full capacity. Under these conditions a rising public share of GDP must squeeze real usage by the non-government sector which might also drive inflation as the economy tries to siphon of the incompatible nominal demands on final real output.

You might say that the deficits might rise as a percentage of GDP as a result of a decline in private spending triggering the automatic stabilisers which would suggest many idle resources. That is clearly possible but doesnt alter the fact that the public claims on the total resources available have risen.

Under these circumstances the opportunity costs involved are very low because of the excess capacity.
The question really seeks to detect whether you have been able to distinguish between the financial crowding out myth that is found in all the mainstream macroeconomics textbooks and concepts of real crowding out.

The normal presentation of th...

16:53

Committee members of the VFSRS/VUFORS : 1959 - 1972 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Introduction

Between 1959 and 1972, there were over thirty individuals who served on the committee of the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society/ Victorian UFO Research Society. In this post I identify these individuals and the committee positions which they held, and provide information about a number of them which will be new to most blog readers. 

Some individuals such as Peter Norris; Paul Norman and Judith Magee, played a major role in the development of the society during these years. Others came and went. Sadly, I am aware of a number of such people as Judith Magee, William (Bill) Stapleton, and Paul Norman who are deceased.

Judith Mary Magee



Committee, Dec 1959 Nov 1962; Vice President  & Programs Officer, May 1964 Dec 1965; Secretary, Dec 1966 Dec 1967; Vice President, Oct 1968 Dec 1972.

Vice President: Mrs Judith Magee has been a member of the V.F.S.R.S. since 1958 and a committee member since 1959. She completed a secretarial course at Brighton Technical School and worked in a Melbourne radio station and bank prior to joining the Womens Royal Australian Naval Service in March 1944. After demobilisation in 1946 she joined Australian National Airways as an air hostess and in 1947 became the only woman finalist in the Sun flying scholarship. Since her marriage in 1948 she has worked as a diathermy operator, mannequin and saleswoman.

Mrs Magee believes that flying saucer research should take a middle-of-the-road attitude and be accurately presented to the public in a factual manner.

[Source: Australian...

16:51

The chance to edit Frank Moorhouse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spider Town, Frank Moorhouses first published short story, appeared in Overland #29, autumn 1964. Weve rescued it from the archives, because Frank is keen for it to find new audiences, and also because there is one change he wishes he could make. Weve given him the opportunity here, by republishing the story below, along with his marked-up correction. Were also giving readers the opportunity to edit the story to tweak, comment on, alter, transform, to even create new endings and back stories.

16:30

Man Pulls Out at $290 on the Pokies to Avoid Compulsory Nose Bag Shout "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SpringCarnival

A Sydney man enjoying a purple patch on the sentimental favourite pokie he grew up with, Spring Carnival, decided to call it quits and cash out at $290 so his spectating pals didnt enforce the compulsory rule of shouting everyone a nose bag if your winnings exceed $300.

The man said hitting collect was one of the hardest things hes ever had to do, as he was certain things were far from finished on the race track.

Winning more than $300 when your mates are watching is basically a loss, the man said. So instead of shouting a bag, I grabbed everyone a schooner of rum or two, then snuck off to look for the only sort of bags Im interested in the bookie bags belonging to W.Winbig.

The man ended up returning all his winnings, credit card cash advances, and a Nimble loan to Spring Carnival. He will be not be seen for the rest of the weekend and will be taking his lunch to work every day next week.


16:28

Mullumbimbys streets are alive with the sounds of music. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yes, its dancing in the streets. Its dancing in the halls, in the pubs, the clubs and even the school.

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Even if you arent in a venue, Mullumbimby is a town thats having too much fun.

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If you do have tickets you get to enjoy some of the worlds finest entertainers.

The post Mullumbim...

16:27

REVIEW: Superheros Unite In Blockbuster Justice League Part One "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been something of an arduous trek but the Justice League have finally made their way to the big screen. Long before Joss Whedon earned the tick of approval from comic enthusiasts the world over with his take on The Avengers, George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was planning on bringing the titular crew to cineplexes in an ambitious actioner where the ...

The post REVIEW: Superheros Unite In Blockbuster Justice League Part One appeared first on QNEWS.

16:18

The gains from cutting corporate tax rates "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Here is a recent paper by Stephen Bond and Jing Xing:

We present new empirical evidence that sector-level capitaloutput ratios are strongly influenced by corporate tax incentives, as summarised by the tax component of a standard user cost of capital measure. We use sectoral panel data for the USA, Japan, Australia and eleven EU countries over the period 19822007. Our panel combines internationally consistent data on capital stocks, value-added and relative prices from the EU KLEMS database with corporate tax measures from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. Our results for equipment investment are particularly robust, and strikingly consistent with the basic economic theory of corporate investment.

Via Henry Curr.  Here is a piece by Fuest, Piechl, and Siegloch, forthcoming in the American Economic Review:

This paper estimates the incidence of corporate taxes on wages using a 20-year panel of German municipalities. Administrative linked employer-employee data allows estimating heterogeneous worker and firrm effects. We set up a general theoretical framework showing that corporate taxes can have a negative effect on wages in various labor market models. Using an event study design, we test the predictions of the theory. Our results indicate that workers bear about 40% of the total tax burden. Empirically, we confirm the importance of both labor market institutions and profit shifting possibilities for the incidence of corporate taxes on wages.

Via Dina D. Pomeranz.  Ive been reading in this area on and off since the 1980s, and I really dont think these are phony results.

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16:06

Lithium the new White Gold "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lithium is known as white gold since electric cars require a lot of batteries. This has resulted in transforming the metal into a valuable and sought-after commodity. The demand keeps rising as there is a need for energy storage that can only be produced if lithium is available in sufficient quantities.

The price has soared from $1,550 to $9,100 a metric ton. This interesting metal was once used as a treatment for brain disorders. It was also the title of a song by Nirvana for its effect on the brain. Lithium is often found in salt flats when water repeatedly evaporates from a shallow lake, leaving behind a crusty layer of salt minerals. Consequently, Lithium is unique because it is the lightest known metal.

During the 1790s, it was a Brazilian naturalist who discovered the mineral called petalite on an island in Sweden. Then in 1817, a chemist in Sweden discovered that petalite contained a previously unknown element. He was able to isolate one of the salts, but he could not isolate the mineral itself. Nevertheless, he gave it its name lithium, which meant stone in Greek.

Finally, 1855 a British and a German chemist were able to separate the metal from the salts. Once this was accomplished, commercial production of the lithium metal began in Germany in 1923. Because it is so light, it is known for its wide use in batteries.

The latest story involved a pair of exploding headphones on a plane. That incident came after the Samsungs Galaxy Note 7 recall of their phones, which ended that line. You cant chalk it all up to incompetence, either. At the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a robot named...

16:05

Bird Art on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Pridham - past winner 2016
The Holmes Art Prize 2017

In its third year, the Holmes Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art showcases Australias best realistic bird art artists working in any two-dimensional medium and depicting a realistic Australian birdlife scene.

Up to forty finalists will be included in the exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, with a major prize of $15,000, four prizes of excellence and a Peoples Choice, each at $1,000. The winning artwork will be acquired into the collection of Dr Gary Holmes.

Wednesday 8 November to Sunday 3 December

16:03

"A Message From The Stone Age" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"These hands were painted on the walls of a cave in Rio Pinturas, Argentina. The hand forms were created by pressing all or part of the hand against the surface, after having applied paint or clay.
Despite its clear bodily form, this sign is a surprisingly rare sign, found at just under 7 per cent of the French sites studied. Its earliest know appearance is at Chauvet, from where it seems to have spread out in all directions. By 13,000 years ago it had fallen out of use. Hand symbols also feature at sites in Australia and Burma."

Across 30,000 years the message is clear: "I am Human. I am here..."

15:35

Another Two Recent Excursions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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14:12

Las Vegas Police Explosive Breach Of Adjoining Door In Stephen Paddocks Room Proves Involvement Of More Than One Gunman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

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13:30

As Australians Say Yes to Marriage Equality, Legal Fight Over Human Rights Takes Centre Stage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that parliament will legislate to permit same-sex marriage before it breaks in December.

People carry banners and signs as they participate in a marriage equality march in Melbourne, Australia, August 26, 2017. AAP/David Crosling/via Reuters

People carry banners and signs as they participate in a marriage equality march in Melbourne, Australia, August 26, 2017. AAP/David Crosling/via REUTERS

The results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey are in. Despite the voluntary nature of the survey, 12,727,920 (79.5%) eligible Australians voted.

By a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%, Australians have said yes to the proposition:

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that parliament will...

13:17

SPRING SURPRISES "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

enthusiastic weeds on the sheep manure pileOne of the things I love about gardening is the unexpected arrivals.  After being away for three weeks we had a predictable explosion of spring weeds sticky weed, nettles and grasses especially.   Many of them arrived with the sheep manure dug up from under the woolshed a few months ago.

Also expected were the running-wildly-to-flower brassicas broccoli, kale, and bok choy plants, as well as lettuces and leeks for a bit of variation (and wasteful non-eating).

...

12:51

Margaret Court Responds To Yes Vote With Another Boycott "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court is not happy with the resounding Yes vote that emerged from the same-sex marriage postal survey. Court, now a Perth-based pastor, caused controversy earlier this year when she said she would boycott Qantas because of CEO Alan Joyces support of same-sex marriage. And after the yes vote was announced on ...

The post Margaret Court Responds To Yes Vote With Another Boycott appeared first on QNEWS.

12:50

orphfund childrens villages- discussion from a volunteers perspective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

uniting church castlemaine 4pm sun 19th

mark anstey (recent visitor to africa as a volunteer for orphfund) and steve argent (orphfund founder) will be guests in a forum style discussion hosted by jim foley. mark will discuss the experiences and observations made visiting orphfunds african projects in uganda, kenya and sierra leone. steve will talk about orphfunds history, aims, achievements and directions. there will be a chance for questions. all welcome.

12:47

I Feel Violated: Flat Earth International Conference Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Repent Or Perish! Trust Jesus!

Naysayers Make Us Stronger!

FLAT EARTH: Its easier to fool people than to convince them. THEY HAVE BEEN FOOLED.

LIARS: Faking Space Since 1958 Research Flat Earth

The fanatical messages proudly plastered across parked cars and the anti-science t-shirts donned by the crowd gathering at the Emporium Suites hotel on the 6th of November were extreme, even by North Carolinian standards.

They did, however, confirm that after 30 hours and 15,000 kilometres of travel I had finally made it to the curious event Id been ruminating over for the last 6 months: The 2017 Flat Earth International Conference.

Led by morbid curiosity, Id come to meet the people behind the movement that Neil deGrasse Tyson dubbed a deep failure of our educational system.

The conference room could have been lifted straight out of a 1980s sales convention: Tacky orange and peach sponged walls lined with bawdy teal trim rose to meet oversized gold light fittings, and an aura of disconcertingly unbridled enthusiasm permeated the wide-eyed crowd.

Organiser Robbie Davidson wasnt lying about the event selling out: 500 flat-earthers had paid up to $249 each and travelled from as far as Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand to be amongst their people.

The opening speech, delivered by Darryle Marble (the conferences youngest and only black presenter) was initially every bit as hilarious as I had anticipated.

Now he stood, proudly proclaiming to a captive audience that the curvature of the earth is implanted memories, that the globe cant be moving because our senses dont tell us we are spinning, and that the surface of a half-drunk bottle of water is always flat therefore the earths oceans cant possibly curve around a globe (this, by the way, is by far the most popular proof parroted by members of the flat earth community).

Smiling smugly at the sheer ridiculousness of his claims, I looked across the dimly lit room in search of other amused faces.

There werent any.

After bragging about making international media, throwing in a few well-received jibes at the expense of old Joe bag of donuts globe head (this, along with globetard is a popular insult amongst flat-earthers) and making half a dozen allusions to other consp...

12:45

The Road to Huxleys Novel "Brave New World" has Been Paved "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: Deus Nexus | by David Nova

In Aldous Huxley's infamous dystopian novel, Brave New World, a fictional hallucinogenic drug, SOMA, is used to keep society peaceful and happy. In the dystopian novel and the film adaptation of The Giver, a carefully controlled society is pacified by mandatory, daily drugs.

And in Ira Levin's dystopian novel, This Perfect Day, people are continually drugged by means of monthly treatments (delivered via transdermal sprayor jet injector) so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative "Family members".

The key to a perfectly controlled, dystopian society, at least according to our celebrated literary minds, lies in the application of Psychoactivepharmaceuticals designed to pacify the masses, guaranteeing compliancy, particularly among the more rebellious or independent-minded members of society, those who dare to question authority. Of course, the question arises, how does such a society enforce the mandatory daily dosing for millions, or perhaps billions of people?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have just provided the answer. The FDA just approved a new pill with a digital sensor in it. It will "ensure" that patients who suffer from mental health issues take their medicine when they are told.

Our government, in coordination with the pharmaceutical industry, is also busy stretching the definition of mental illness, creating new disorders to justify newer, experimental prescription drugs.

Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it looks that way. The manual identifies a mental illness labelled as "oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD. It's defined as an "ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior." (...

12:26

Say Hello to $3 Trillion in Forgotten Debt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Via: Bloomberg: Companies have been on a borrowing binge, but you wouldnt always know the full scale of their liabilities by looking at the balance sheet. This makes it hard for investors to compare businesses that fund their activities in different ways. Happily though, thats about to change. How come? The answer is buried in []

12:05

Behrouz Boochani on the Manus Island standoff "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Whisson speaks with Kurdish journalist and detained refugee Behrouz Boochani on conditions inside the besieged Manus Island detention centre. *Featured image courtesy http://kikei.net/

11:49

Subscriberthon Weekend: Cultured and caffeinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve got prizes for oenophiles, emerging writers and artists, Canberrans, dog owners, coffee afficionados, gamers, New Zealanders, strapped poets and chocolate lovers. There are bikes, bee-keeping workshops, award-winning books, bundles of excellent magazines, music and a trip to Byron Bay!

11:39

Queenslands rare snubfin dolphins and dugongs drown in Great Barrier Reef fishing nets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed deep concern over the deaths of two snubfin dolphins drowned in legally set gillnets in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Snubfin dolphins are incredibly rare, exist only in Australia, and are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

With four dugongs also recently killed, conservationists are now call for netting bans in high value dugong, dolphin and turtle habitats.

Tooni Mahto, AMCS Senior Marine Campaigner said, Queenslanders will be shocked to learn that gillnetting in the Great Barrier Reef is drowning our rare snubfin dolphins and dugongs.

With the Queensland election just a week away, this is a stark reminder of the need for all parties to step up protection for our threatened marine life.

These recent dolphin and dugong drownings are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that gillnet fisheries have been killing Queenslands dolphins, dugongs and turtles for decades.

Gillnets are invisible walls of death for some of Queenslands precious marine wildlife. We should be moving away from these deadly fishing methods towards more sustainable fishing, particularly within the Reefs World Heritage waters.

AMCS is calling on all Queensland parties to commit to ending gillnetting in high conservation value areas.

As a priority, gillnets should be removed from the marine park waters north of Cooktown. This would protect Queenslands snubfin dolphins, dugongs and turtles, as well as enhance the World Heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.

Background:

  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed two snubfin dolphins were drowned in legally set gillnets in October. Four dugongs have also recently died, with one death confirmed as drowning in a gillnet.
  • The two snubfin dolphin deaths and confirmed dugong death were reported appropriately by the commercial fishers operating the gillnets.
  • Snubfin dolphins were identified as a new species in 2005.
  • Snubfin dolphins are Australias only endemic dolphins and live in small isolated groups along Australias northern coastline, from the Kimberley to Gladstone. They live in riverine, estuarine coastal waters.
  • Snubfin dolphins are listed as vulnerable to extinction in Queensland waters
  • One of the main threats to snubfin dolphins is incidental capture from netting, especially gill nets and ghost nets.
  • Sustainable fisheries management is listed as the first recovery action for snubfin dolphins by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. To access the plan visit......

11:21

Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam - Vietnamese ~ Haymarket "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam, the most famous seven delights of beef, is back in Haymarket inside the Mountbatten Hotel. I'll have a schooner of New with me pho, thanks. Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam was until a few months ago located on Level 3 of Market City food court. The closure of that space meant some stalls stayed and moved downstairs to Level 1, and other have moved on or simply closed. We had a

11:16

Death by a Thousand Cuts: When the Cures of Big Pharma are Worse than the Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The vaccine debate and prying into Planned Parenthoods Standard Operating Procedure are two arenas I have not gravitated toward. Genetically-engineered crops, industrial farming, confined feeding operations (CAFOs), dams killing wild salmon, these are my fortes.

The news daily is like death by a thousand cuts for me tied to new studies on collapsing ecosystems, indigenous people fighting against mines and other extractive industries, and more and more on climate change/global warming.

I never thought Id be embroiled in a fight for my livelihood because I questioned the rampant vaccination of girls (and now boys) with the Merck marketed HPV vaccine, Gardasil. To date, more than 270,000,000 doses have been distributed worldwide, this HPV vaccine (World Health Organizations Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) distributed by both GlaxoSmithKline and Merck versions. There are scientists who say the human papillomavirus is not the cancer threat posited by the drug manufacturers and their paid-off doctors;  that most immune systems can fight off the HPV; that the vaccine only hits two of the more than 40 different HPV phenotypes.

My story with HPV vaccine started when I was in a Planned Parenthood training last month, a mandatory course for social workers titled Fundamentals of Sex Ed. For a total of possibly 30 seconds out of a 16-hour two-day training (I was kicked out after day one, eight hours worth), I voiced my opinion about the potential risks associated with Gardasil.

The opinion was put down on a slip of paper, then, and thrown in with dozens of other comments from the 40 participants. This is in Seattle, one of the bigger Planned Parenthood locations, and the comments I made were specifically sold to us all as an anonymous forum. I went further with two more comments on the slips of paper about 60 words answering this first day evaluation question: What could Planned Parenthood have done differently today in the training?

I am really disappointed that Planned Parenthood in Seattle is so lock-step in line with Big Pharma. Especially in the case of Gardasil, which is a vaccine that has gotten tens of thousands complaints about it. Anyone, including my 16- to 21-year-old clients, could easily Google Gardasil Dangers and find a plethora of very disturbing and legi...

11:12

The British Empires Opium Trade Led to the War on Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In the mid-18th century, China was exporting large quantities of highly sought-after commodities to European countries, such as porcelain, silk, tea and spices. By contrast, the goods produced in Europe were of little interest to the Chinese. Under the Qing Dynasty, all incoming foreign trade took place in the

The post The British Empires Opium Trade Led to the War on Drugs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:05

NNTT Danggan Balun (Five Rivers) People "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/007 available here entered on the Register 14/9/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the native title claim group as Danggan Balun (Five Rivers)

Sarah Warri/Warru Clarke
George Daramlee Drumley
Jack Slab/Slabb Snr (husband of Lizzie Waggil Slabb & father of Charlotte, Frank, John/Jack Jnr, Olive & Victor)
Kitty Blow (wife of Joseph Blow & mother of Frank Blow & Hughie Blow)
Jackey Jackey aka Bilin Bilin aka Bilin aka John 'Johnny' Logan
Kipper Tommy Andrews (father of Lizzie Malay (nee Tommie)
Julia Sandy (wife of Arthur Ford);
Billy Terribah/Didiba Andrews (father of Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Boyd (nee Andrews);
Mary Ann Mitchell (mother of Mary Ann Drumley (nee Sandy), Ida Bell (nee Sandy), Norman Sandy Snr & Lindsay "Billy" Sandy);
Unnamed mother of Matilda 'Mittie' Fogarty (nee Sandy) and Lizzie (mother of William 'Billy' Brown);
Alice Edwards (nee Coolwell) (mother of Jack Jnr, Florence, Minnie, Eva, Eileen, Maud, Catherine, Evelyn & Julia);
Coolum (husband of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) & father of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Unnamed mother of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) (wife of Coolum & mother of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Yarry (father of Frederick 'Fred' Yarrie/Yarry);
Joseph Coolwell (husband of Polly Allen/Dalton & father of Alfred, Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Polly Allen/Dalton (wife of Joseph Coolwell & mother of Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Elizabeth Wheeler/Tomes;
Jim Edwards Snr (husband of Topsy (of Ipswich) & father of Jimmy Edwards Jnr).
William Williams (Snr.)

 

11:01

NNTT Yuggera Ugarapul People "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/005 available here entered on the Register 4/8/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the Yuggera Ugarapul People as Yuggera Ugarapul:

Janie/Janey Billie/Billy (mother of Harry Thompson and Daisy Moreton (nee Thompson);
Billy Turner (father of Amy Turner);
Jackey Harvey (father of Emily Harvey the social mother of Robert Anderson Snr);
Thomas Duggandan/Anderson (social father of Robert Anderson Snr);
Topsy of Ipswich (mother of Jimmy Edwards Jnr);
Ted Myer/Meyers/Myers (father of Elsie Richards);
Molly Myers (nee Crow) (mother of Elsie Richards).

10:03

Samis Sourdough Fruit Loaf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I know, I know. I bang on about this all the time. The very best part of sourdough baking (for me) is being able to share bread with others. And as my friends on the Bay Run found out recently, if you stand still long enough, Im likely to hand you a loaf. In turn, []

10:02

Help Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Help!

Our little community music school in Pascoe Vale needs to make a stage and costumes and also requires some assistance with sound for our upcoming outdoor Christmas concert on the 16 December. 

We would love any help in the form of: 

- donations of pallets or other platforms

- help to build a removable platform for our students 

- help making costumes and set design

- help with sound and audio/music before and on the day

- admin help
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09:56

Heads up "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Inward bound

As the economy and especially hiring have picked up, so too has immigration, with long term arrivals into Australia hitting a record high 777,440 over the year to September, for a year-on-year increase of +5.5 per cent. 


Lots of Aussies head overseas too, of course, though ABS research has found that long term departees commonly end up back in Australia pretty quickly. 

Short-term arrivals also hit a record high of 8.72 million over the year to September.

Although the pace of growth here appears to be slowing, the Aussie dollar is now declining again after a brief interlude, which should spur tourism faster, higher, and stronger in 2018.


Oh, and there's the Commonwealth Games boost to come next year too.

Uni corn

Drilling deeper into the figures, unsurprisingly education arrivals are at an all-time high.

The next big international student intake won't show up until the February 2018 figures, but 2017 has been a record year for enrolments, and no doubt a lucrative one.

If you've felt that the inner city centres have become busier in recent years, then you'd be right, with the international student phenomenon being largely an urban trend. 

09:55

The Lymphatic System Is How Cancer Spreads: 4 Ways to Keep It Healthy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following closely behind heart disease, can you name Americas second-most pressing public health concern? If you answered cancer, youre correct.[1] In January 2017, the American Cancer Society published their cancer statistic projections the numbers of new U.S. cancer cases and deaths that will occur in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.[2] According to... View Article

The post The Lymphatic System Is How Cancer Spreads: 4 Ways to Keep It Healthy appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

09:49

Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Two Timber Windows in reasonable to good condition. 

Measurements: 

Small white window:
1530 H
1410 W


Larger window:
1395 H
2330 W 


Pick up from Preston.
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09:42

Food Swap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Come and join us for the Transition Darebin Food Swap this Saturday in Reservoir.

When?  10-11 am

Where? In the pop-up park on the corner of Broadway  and Cheddar Rd. Reservoir.
Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability, and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. 

You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.
...

09:40

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hello Newlanders,

Does anyone have a child's bike for a 4-year old (less than size 16) that they want to get rid of or sell?

Thanks.

KT
prescott_kt@hotmail.com

09:35

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, radiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen.  
 Click image for larger size.
At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning an area equivalent to four full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged as Gum 56 for Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum, but seafood-loving astronomers might know this cosmic cloud as The Prawn Nebula.

09:33

"That Bleak And Ultimate Question..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yet now, as he roared across the night sky toward an unknown destiny, he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my life, he asked himself, that the world will be poorer if I leave it?
- Arthur C. Clarke, Glide Path

08:59

Australias southern most ski field "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mt Mawson ski field in the Mt Field National Park is the southern most ski area in Australia. Its a remarkable place, and while its of a low elevation, with very limited vertical terrain, and is subject to the notoriously fickle snow conditions to be found in Tasmania, it is a magical spot. It has several rope tows, and is a Club ski field composed of seven lodges, with no public accommodation. Its also a fairly solid 30 to 45 minute walk up the mountain to get to the ski field.

But like the surrounding ranges within the Mt Field national park, when its in condition its truly fantastic.

It is also a volunteer mountain that operates at the weekend. At the other Australian resorts, we get very used to having everything done for us. Mt Field is more like skiing was in Australia in the early days. It had a good winter this year, with tows running on weekends from mid August until early October.

According to the end of season report from the president of the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association (STSA) Peter Davis, there were various bits of excitement during the season, like the following:

The season started on 13th of August, but unfortunately there was a problem with the access road which prevented the majority of skiers from getting through. (It took) took 5 hours to clear the road, and then a landslip was identified which kept the road closed for a couple of hours longer. There was a queue of 100 cars waiting to get up the Dobson Road.

Then there were technical issues with the tows. At one point the rope on the University Tow broke. Fortunately STSA had two rolls of new rope on the mountain, and on Sunday the volunteers tackled the big job of joining a new rope, under the patient guidance of experienced Mt Mawson Ski Patroller Andrew Davey. Members of the public helped to move the 500 metres of heavy rope across to the Uni Tow, and then a team of skiers and boarders assisted with tensioning the rope down the hill in preparation for completion of the final splice.

Ironically later in the season we experienced some intermittent electrical problems with the University Tow, and so it was not used for the last 3 weeks of skiing.

Public facilities are pretty basic: there is a simple visitors hut up on Tarn Shelf, the Ski Patrol have an unheated shipping container as their base, and the public shelter in the village is also unheated. The good news is that a new shelter is currently under construction and will be ready by next winter.

When the snow is good, there is some fantastic touring out towards Mt Field West (although the access over the Rodway Range is mostly through boulderfields and can be hard and dangerous in certain conditions or sketchy snow cover). Th...

08:48

Guy Can't Stop Saving Orphaned Baby Lambs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs heart.

Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.

Credit: Ward Young

We decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.

Young and his fiance Georgie Purcell Kyneton bottle-fed Louis to help him grow big and strong and in the process, they both fell in love with Louis.  

Credit: Kelly Dinham

When you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.

Credit: Ward Young

As soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.

He is such a kind and loving boy, Young said. When he sees our car come down the driveway, he sprints up to the gate to meet us. Really, lambs absolutely love human interaction, but on massive farms they so rarely receive it. So we're just glad that we can give him the love he craves....

08:45

Frustrated Qld industry peak bodies (e.g. AgForce, QRC) want greater consultation post-election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last Sunday, five prominent Queensland industry peak bodiesAgForce, the Property Council, QRC, QTIC and Timber Queenslandissued a joint election platform Driving Queenslands Economic Growth. It was extraordinary that such a diverse collection of peak bodies were motivated enough and could find sufficient common ground to issue this joint platform. Partly, it was motivated by the frustration that senior staff in industry bodies have felt with the way the State Government has consulted industry to date. Industry groups have been disappointed they were inadequately consulted on a range of policy developments in recent times including, among others:

  • Reintroduction of third party objection rights to resources projects;
  • Chain of Responsibility Bill;
  • The calling in or cancellation of projects such as the Gold Coast integrated resort and casino;
  • Imposition of a 3% transfer duty surcharge for foreign buyers of residential property in Queensland; and
  • Creation of an additional public holiday.

I wouldnt go so far as to say that we would have automatically had better policy on each and every one of these issues if the industry groups views were accommodated, but policy development processes where industry groups are inadequately consulted will no doubt lead to poorer outcomes overall.

What I really like about the joint election platform from the five peak bodies is the strong commitment to evidence-based policy. The platform notes:

Investors are looking for predictable and enduring policies anchored in evidence based research. Industry is seeking a regulatory system which is globally attractive and internationally competitive and look to Government to:

  • Ensure our unicameral Parliament has an effective and transparent review mechanism.
  • Guarantee evidence-based planning decisions.
  • Commit to a genuine regulatory impact process for all major legislative changes.

Industry groups want rigorous cost-benefit analysis of policy proposals presented in Regulatory Impact Statements for consultation and scrutiny. It is fantastic that the peak bodies are pushing for evidence-based policy. As an economist who spent nearly a decade in the State and Federal public services, I have a deep commitment to evidence-based policy development, and I have seen that effective and genuine consultation with industry is a vital part of that process.

Finally, I should stress that instances of inadequate consultation and rushed legislation and regulation have occurred for many years in Queensland, and not just during the mo...

08:44

5 Superhuman abilities of Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Youve probably heard that Indigenous people have some of the oldest living cultures on earth This didnt happen by accident. Superhuman traits have seen them live successfully through ice ages, adapt to tropical, polar, coastal, arid, desert & even alpine regions.

Here are 5 superhuman abilities that many indigenous folk are still blessed with today.

 


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08:41

Possum magic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I dont do much night photography but its always fun. Last night, a brief visit to Rotunda Park produced a suite of opportunities to observe and photograph some of the resident Brush-tailed Possums.

The abundance of brushies, along with Ring-tailed Possums, Sugar Gliders and rabbits is a good reason for the Barking Owls to stay around over the summer.

Brush-tailed Possum, Rotunda Park Newstead, 17th November 2017

08:35

Cosmic Queries: Defending our Planet, with Bill Nye "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The universe is a hostile place. What would we do if a planet-destroying asteroid or comet strike were imminent? Do we have plans in place? Bill Nye and comic co-host Chuck Nice are back to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about defending the Earth. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Find out more here: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/cosmic-queries-defending-our-planet-with-bill-nye/

08:32

"At Least My Generation Will Have Our Revenge On The Millennials" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"At Least My Generation Will Have Our Revenge On The Millennials"
by Kurt Schlichter

"With all the awful things happening now the discord, the anger, the stupidity at least those of my generation can rest easy knowing that the Millennials are going to suffer after were gone. Sure, Im going to die a lot sooner than them unless someone invents some sort of expensive life extension potion that I can buy but they cant because they will still be paying off their degrees in Oppression Studies and Virtue Signaling Arts until the year 2083. But at least Ill know that we left them a suitably terrible world, since they are a terrible generation.

Millennials are the spawn we deserve annoying, posturing, and frequently pierced. They are utterly convinced of their own moral superiority, and yet they dont even believe in morals. Well, thats not quite true they just confuse morals with the increasingly bizarre patchwork of taboos and fetishes of the social justice weirdos they use as their moral compasses. When you ask people, Whats the worlds biggest problem, and they answer, The structural paradigm imposed by cisgender Western males, and you reply, How about, I dunno, ISIS? and they answer Well, who are we to judge their culture? its slappin time.

We warned them to stay off our figurative lawns, and now its time to figuratively tackle them like Kentucky libertarians.
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08:30

Sane Progressive on Censorship, Duopoly, False Flags, Truth to Power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Debbie addresses the items in the title and more. Despondency and silence are not the answers. She discusses the actual censorship ongoing and getting rapidly worse, and also shows how we inadvertently feed into "the system." I appreciate many a writer on various sites, but DL seems to cover facts and overal context like no one else.

08:19

The Stanford Prison Experiment Abuse and Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stanford Prison Experiment, 1971. Does this image look familiar? Abu Ghraib? (photo psych205.com)

By Dee McLachlan

I watched the movie a Stanford Prison Experiment this week (trailer below). The movie is based on a real experiment conducted at Stanford University between August 1420, 1971 by a research group led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo, using college students and paying them $15 a day.

The experiment, which seemed highly unethical, was an attempt to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, with the interaction between prisoners and prison officers. It was conducted in a small section of a basement of Jordan Hall, the psychology build...

07:30

My Week in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten years ago, or even five years ago, Im sure I could have been tempted to top off the evening with a nightcap at the nearby whiskey bar. But after a long day at work, several courses of food at Alft, and a fair few glasses of beer, wine, and an Aperol spritz, we were []

07:28

1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowis Development Approach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Note. Lots of media coverage around this so called hostage crisis .
The OPM has pointed out a number of times the people were not held hostage 
and in fact the local people remained in their villages because it was their home 
and also  of their fear of military sweeps. 
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1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowis Development Approach
2) Hundreds of residents escorted out of besieged Papuan villages
3) Indonesia says Papua villages in standoff with rebels secure
4) Civilian hostages being used as human shields: Human rights activist
5) Joint security team takes control of Kimbeli, Banti villages
6) Police, TNI Evacuate Hundreds of Papuans from Captivity

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1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowis Development Approach
By : Petrus K. Farneubun | on 2:45 PM November 17, 2017



07:19

Not more about lerps! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Psyllids are tiny winged insects that look like small cicadas. In fact both psyllids and cicadas are Hemipterans meaning that they are characterised by sucking mouthparts. Adult and nymph psyllids suck the sap of plants. The psyllid nymph extrudes a mix of wax and sugar-rich honeydew from which it constructs a shelter under which it []

07:13

Episode-2115- Expert Council Q&A for 11-17-17 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on permaculture, SEO, boosting energy, cryptocurrency, diet, tree propagation, nut harvesting, vehicles, cooking, the pharmaceutical industry and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The path to being an agent of change in permaculture Geoff Lawton The skinny on top level domains and SEO Nicole Sauce Boosting energy levels Doc Bones Will ethereum be able to scale to meet future demands Brandon Todd Is fermented dairy better than standard dairy products Garry Collins Starting butternut and walnuts from seed Nick Ferguson Processing black walnuts Ben Falk Why some vehicles have two batteries Steven Harris Cooking leg of pork Keith Snow Why millions of Americans now have high blood pressure Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 71 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Dot Com, Dot Net and Negative Greed The Nut Wizard Paint Mixer I Use for Projects Master Cracker Order Form Master Cracker on Amazon New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension Why your blood pressure readings may be higher than your actual blood pressure Why millions are misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, they dont like doctors! If I Could Be Anywhere Jackson Brown Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ev....

06:55

Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1) Sustainability problem: energy 2) Indian Railways are installing solar panels on 250 local trains to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions. The energy will among other things be used to power lights and fans on the trains. The technology will help advance Indias renewable energy program, especially because the trains mainly will run in []

via Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity


06:42

Scientists Have Sent A Message Into Space, And Hope to Get An Answer Back Within 25 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This project is known as Sonar Calling GJ273b and was led by the Sonar organization. With the help of METI, as well as the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, their goal was to get a message to a planet far away.

This group of scientists sent out batches of transmissions on October 16th, 17th, and 18th of this year using the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter Scientific Association) antenna in Norway. That being said, those transmissions were not announced until recently. These messages were sent to the exoplanet GJ 273b which for those who do not know is a super-Earth almost three times the size of our planet. This one orbits in the star known as Luytens Stars habitable zone.

These are the first ever messages sent by METI but come on the anniversary of the famous Arecibo Messages that were sent out 43 years ago. If there is Alien life out there, we could expect to get a reply in roughly 25 years. This star was selected specifically because it is visible from the northern hemisphere and is known for having a potentially habitable exoplanet in orbit.

President of METI Douglas Vakoch actually told IFLScience the following:

This project tests the Zoo Hypothesis, which says that perhaps extraterrestrial civilizations are much closer than wed imagined, perhaps even around the nearest stars, but theyre watching us like we watch animals in the zoo.

The messages sent included 33 musical pieces as well as mathematical and scientific tutorials created by METI that is supposed to help show our intelligence. The plan is to send out another message in April of 2018 with more information about our scientific understanding and at the end include a clock time that tells any life listening in when we would be expecting to hear back from them.

According to Newsweek when deciding what to say in the message or better yet what language to say it in the following conclusion was met:

Extraterrestrials wont speak English or Spanish or Swahili. So we need to look for a truly universal language. Our message is written in the language of math and science. Over the centuries, scientists and mathematicians have repeatedly taken a vote on the most essential concepts needed to explain the nature of the universe. Those are the ideas that are at the core of our message.

These group...

06:06

5000 Tasmanian households go without meals each year ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Energy costs are one of the most significant strains on a household budget Guy Barnett: Special Energy Bonus extended

06:00

EXTRACT: The ignoble end ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EXTRACT from An Activist Life, Christine Milne. Extract notes from Chapter 5 pages 321-22, UQP 2017 Clearly Premier Field had not told some of his front bench of the plan because when the No Confidence motion was successfully moved, they clearly thought the government had just fallen. The Minister for Forests David Llewellyn walked straight out of the parliament and into talks with the forest industry to get Resource Security back on track

05:40

Carbon dioxide and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Strap yourself down - a puzzle you never knew existed has finally been solved! Nov 16, 2017: Scientists Solve 22 Million-Year-Old Climate Puzzle -"Paleoclimate Events Can Predict Earth's Future" Solved yesterday, settled today! That's a rapid fire consensus... (they actually use the word "settled" in the title of the paper) Study Settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide and global warming Finally poor Miocene researchers can sigh with relief as the first study in years shows what they *knew* was the right answer and now they can issue press releases, rest their weary minds, and stop trying to think of excuses as to why their results didn't fit with The Climate Model Testaments. Who knew there were large discrepancies and carbon dioxide did not fit the temperature theory for a million years or so? Not the public. Where were the press releases? Research Shows A High Temperature World Had Nothing To Do With CO2 Study shows temperatures fell dramatically, CO2 stayed the same Study shows models have no freaking clue what controls the climate Exactly, never.

05:18

LVMPDs explosive breach of adjoining door in Paddocks room proves involvement of more than one gunman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB)  Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

In the video, a flash can clearly be seen (at the 6:52-second mark) coming from room 32-134.

You can best view the flash by enlarging the video to full screen.

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05:00

For The Fifth Time, Colliding Black Holes Have Been Reported "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Spacetime ripples from black holes colliding have been detected once again. For a fifth time, scientists have reported the detection of two colliding black holes via their gravitational waves, tiny vibrations that warp the fabric of spacetime.

Unlike previous gravitational wave detections, which were heralded with news conferences often featuring panels of scientists squinting at journalists under bright lights, this was a low-key announcement. According to Science News, the event, caught on June 8, 2017, by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, LIGO, was unceremoniously unveiled in a paper published online on November 15 at arXiv.org.

With masses 7 and 12 times that of the sun, the pair of black holes was the lightest LIGO has spotted so far. Scientists are now aiming to collect data from many black hole crashes. That data can be analyzed to answer questions about the population as a whole, such as how two black holes get paired up in the first place.

A computer simulation (above) shows the collision of two black holes, a tremendously powerful event. This simulation shows how the merger would appear to our eyes if we could somehow travel in a spaceship for a closer look. It was created by solving equations from Albert Einsteins general theory of relativity using the LIGO data.

The lack of fanfare over this detection signals a shift, said Science News. It almost seems as though its expected news, which could be great for astronomy overall.

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04:41

Pennsylvania Cops Terrorize Elderly Couple After Confusing Hibiscus Plants for Marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Armed with assault rifles, Pennsylvania cops forced a 66-year-old woman out of her home, handcuffing her in her underwear while ransacking her home, looking for marijuana.

They ended up finding only hibiscus plants.

Buffalo Township police also handcuffed her 69-year-old husband at  gunpoint after he arrived home and finding a dozen cops rummaging through their home, looking for the non-existing marijuana plants.

Edward and Audrey Cramer tried to explain to the cops that they were only hibiscus plants, but Buffalo Township Police Sergeant Scott Hess refused to believe them, informing them he had expertise in identifying marijuana plants.

Buffalo Township police officer Jeffrey Sneddon also claimed to have expertise in identifying marijuana when he obtained the search warrant last month, according to the Tribune-Review.

Now the couple is suing the police department along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., whose representative took photos of the hibiscus plants and sent them to police, informing them that they were marijuana plants.

It all started on October 5 when insurance agent Jonathan Yeamans entered the Cramer property to investigate a claim that a neighbors tree fell on their property in September.

While investigating the claim, Yeamans spotted the hibiscus plants and surreptitiously photographed them, sending the photos to police, claiming the Cramers were involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation.

Two days later, a dozen cops arrived at the home, banging on the door, pointing their assault rifles at Audrey Cramer who answered the door wearing only underwear, a bra and a t-shirt.

The cops claimed they had a search warrant, but refused to show it to her. They also refused to allow her to put on shoes or pants.

According to the Tribune-Review:

The suit claims Cramer asked if she could put on a pair of pants next to her, and was told in no uncertain terms that she could not.

 

She was placed under arrest and read her rights.

 

The complaint alleges that she was walked outside and made to stand handcuffed, in her underwear and without shoes for 10 minutes.

 

The suit claims that Hess refused her request to get sandals. Police walked her down the gravel driveway, barefoot, to a police car.

 

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03:58

The Chillie Group, Neutral Bay, Sydney How The Chillie Group treat their staff and clients with usury, deception and contempt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Paul Kelly Design designed interior installed by The Chillie Group wall fabric designed by the iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst long deceased since the 70s, but whose art and designs live on in her wallpaper and fabric designs.

Im a builder project manager with 45 years construction experience. Ive did a three month stint recently for The Chillie Group based in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.

Firstly, let me clarify, The Chillie Group comprises two men Graham Wem and Paul Milton. There is one part-time mother, Bec, who helps out with administrative duties. I was the only experienced full-time project manager and builder working there and since I left there is no full-time support staff.

Graham Wem is an interior designer by background a failed architect and Paul Milton is a trade carpenter. Despite their lack of building qualifications and management experience, these two Sydney men have combined to do well, on a very limited scale, in the Sydney pub and club industry.

Being a two-man band with two full-time carpenters, they have very limited reach, low level management and personnel skills and experience, and should only be trusted with small projects to say $1.5 to $2 million contract value. Th...

03:38

So much for "new kind of politics": Theresa May's husband linked to Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Theresa May's husband has been linked to the Paradise Papers after his company was accused of arranging investments in tax havens. Thousands of documents have exposed how Britain's mega rich invest their money abroad to legally avoid paying hefty tax bills. Although not illegal, they are depriving the Treasury of juicy tax revenues at a time when many Britons are having their welfare payments slashed, and the National Health Service (NHS) faces a yawning budget black hole. Philip May, the PM's husband, is a relationships manager for investment-management firm Capital Group. His is the latest big name to be associated with the papers. According to the documents, Capital Group allegedly used offshore-registered funds to make investments in a Bermuda-registered company. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party wants to 'flush Phil' to answer some questions.

03:37

Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kristina Compher worries that her three children are not the same people they were a year ago, before their father Christopher Murphy died after an auto accident and subsequent encounter

The post Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:20

Man dies after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

03:04

China's space odyssey: Beijing reveals ambitious goals for its space exploration program "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

China has revealed its long-term roadmap for the country's space exploration program, including some extraordinarily ambitious goals set between now and 2045. Some magnificent milestones appear on that trajectory. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China's answer to SpaceX, hopes to have fully developed its expendable, low-cost, 'Long March' rocket series by the end of the decade. It released the details in a statement on state news channels Thursday. Long March 5 and 7 are almost fully operational, but CASC hopes to have its #8 rockets carrying out full-scale commercial missions by 2020. The 8 will be the company's springboard towards competing in the commercial space sector, by providing launch services to trade partners.

02:54

Disregard for human life: Video released of staff laughing at WWII veteran as he dies, screams in pain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A World War II veteran confined to a nursing home died while his calls for help went unanswered- and the whole thing was caught on hidden camera. The incident took place at a Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014 , but the footage has only recently been made public by the family as part of a lawsuit. 89-year-old James Dempsey -who served his country during World War II- called for help six times, saying he couldn't breathe. When he finally became unresponsive, former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles approached the scene after being notified by another nurse.

02:35

European Royals Killing Naked Children for Fun at Human Hunting Parties? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Child Abuse Recovery) : European royals killing naked children for fun at human hunting parties : 

This is one in a series of articles taken from eyewitness testimony before the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels.

Five international judges are examining evidence of child rape, torture, murder and kidnapping allegedly done by global elite members of the Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult network.

Regular Ninth Circle child sacrifices were said to take place in the catacombs of Catholic Cathedrals, the Vatican, on private estates and groves and government military bases in Belgium, Holland, Spain, Australia, Ireland, France, England and the US.

At least 34 child mass grave sites were identified in Ireland, Spain and Canada and refused excavation by the respective governments, Crown of England and Catholic Church. Named as present in Ninth Circle activities were Pope Francis, former Pope Ratzinger;Anglican, United Church of Canada and Catholic Church officials including Cardinals; members of European royalty including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip; officials of the Canadian, Australian, UK and US military and governments including the USAs CIA, plus prominent government ministers, judges, politicians and businessmen from the US, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland and the UK.

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01:29

No Support for Climate Change Victims as Fiji Sides With Historical Polluters "IndyWatch Feed National"

By not giving decisive actions that prioritised vulnerable people a permanent place on the agenda, along with the expertise and the means to do so, the Fijian Presidency has failed in its mandate.

An installation of a life-sized polar bear in copper impaled six metres above ground on an oil pipeline shaped like a carbon dioxide graph, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

An installation of a life-sized polar bear in copper impaled six metres above ground on an oil pipeline shaped like a carbon dioxide graph, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

Aruna Chandrasekhar is a researcher and photojournalist working on issues of development, land alienation, indigenous rights and corporate accountability in India for the last six years. She tweets at @aruna_sekhar.

Bonn: In a huge blow, the Conference of Parties (COP) at the UN climate talks adopted a decision with no concrete support for victims on the frontlines of climate change in developing countries, after strong lobbying by developed countries.

The decision was adopted after the US, Australia, Canada and the European Union (EU) aggressively blocked financial support for impacts that the developing world cant yet cope with or adapt to. As of now, the extremely w...

01:07

Aussie Hockey Players Shoot Nude Calendar To Fight Homophobia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of Australias top hockey players have joined with Western Australias LGBTI-inclusive hockey team the Perth Pythons to shoot a nude calendar. The initiative is to fundraise for their efforts to combat homophobia in the sport, the team says. Growing up, I would hear a lot of homophobic slurs thrown around the hockey field, Perth ...

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00:54

Weekend reads - must read articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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00:15

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Not sure if this has been posted but Jesus, this is wrong on levels yet to be described by science.  [Jeremy Parkinson writing in Facebook on 9 November 2017 with regard to a US newspaper opinion piece describing New Zealand as being in the grip of the far right]


The number of MPs and senators suspected of failing to obey the Constitutions requirements on dual citizenship is now 28 to 30 by some counts, and only the High Court can rule on their status.
 [journalist Malcolm Farr in news.com.au, 10 November 2017]


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23:50

"I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The bald man in the BBC Question Time audience demanded answers from the Labour shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, but he wasn't remotely interested in what she had to say, because he'd already diligently rote learned his political opinions from the right-wing media.

When he said "I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" you might have imagined that he was interested in listening to the answer, but when Thornberry replied "most of central Europe" and when pressed to name specific countries she said "Germany" and "Sweden" he sneered derisively as if she was the delusional one.

Thornberry's response elicited cackling and sneering from the Tory tribailists in the BBC audience, but that just goes to show how these people have been led like sheep into believing that Jeremy Corbyn is some kind of terrifying left-wing extremist, rather than a centre-left democratic socialist who is proposing economic policies that are perfectly normal across Europe and the rest of the developed world.

Of course there is no country on Earth where a government has come to power and enacted absolutely everything in the Labour Party manifesto, but significant elements of Labour's economic policies are absolutely commonplace across the developed world.

One of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent headline policies is the abolition of  tuition fees (which should more accurately be described as Aspiration Taxes) and making university education free. University education is free (or very low cost) across most of Europe, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and let's not forget Scotland either. If Ger...

23:32

Are Red States Tax Takers And Blue States Tax Makers? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With every debate on taxing and spending in Washington comes inevitable references to which states send more in taxes to the federal treasury than they receive in benefits for their citizens. The figures thrown around are sourced differently and vary widely, but the point of it all is for Democrats to point at poor, Republican states and call them hypocrites for doing exactly what Democrats say they should: taking money from richer places.

But how much of it is true? An op-ed in The New York Times this week accuses Republicans of favoring red states over blues ones in their plans, while repeating the old lie that small states equal representation in the Senate favors Republicans (the ten smallest states are currently represented there by nine Republicans, nine Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats; the ten largest states are represented by nine Republicans and eleven Democrats).

What kind of spending are they talking about? And what is behind these claims, which pit one part of the population against the other?

Who Pays More Taxes?

Lets start with the taxes paid. In fiscal year 2016, the Internal Revenue Service collected a record $3.3 trillion in taxes nationwide. That money came from a total population of 312,471,695, according to the most recent census (for this article, the figures will only include the 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico). That gives us a national average of $10,622 in taxes for each American.

Even that figure is a little misleading, because the taxes collected include estate taxes, unemployment taxes, business taxes, and excises, which cannot be accurately attributed to one person. If we want to talk about individual income taxes only, the figure is a slightly lower $9,216 per person.

So do blue states pay more than red ones? Again, defining terms is important in answering the question. For this article, well call states that voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, 2012, and 2016 blue states. Those that voted Republican all three years are red, and those that shifted in different elections are purple.

The result: Democrats are correct on this fact. The blue states did pay more per capita in federal taxes than the red did. The $12,648 per capita taxation there is 118 percent of the national average. The purple states fell in between the two, slightly below the national average.

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23:31

Reports Of Small-Town Americas Death Are Greatly Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent article for Politico Magazine, Michael Kruse takes readers on a ghastly tour of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, past the neighborhoods marked X for demolition, to the house where a baby starved to death, and onward into the living room of a woman whose son overdosed last year. The place emerges as a gray hellscape soaked in fentanyl and the fumes of closed mines, where hollow-eyed retirees shuffle past shuttered diners in a trance of bitter grief.

The retort from Johnstowns city leaders is crisp, devastating, and will sadly never have the readership of Kruses original narrative. Simply put, they write, Johnstown was just the convenient backdrop Politico needed to validate its storyline.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

Kruses article is bad journalism, factually and spiritually, but it is simply the latest and sloppiest entry in a growing genre: the new American Gothic. The scene is buzzing with activity. Mark Zuckerberg has just returned from Trumps America and he cannot hide his tears. J.D. Vance is serenading the lecture circuit with his hillbilly elegy.

Charles Murray and Robert Putnam have delivered door-stoppers on the unravelling American fabric, and The Economist recently revisited its cheery 2012 meditation, The sadness of Scranton, with an essay on globalizations losers that begins, Even before the disaster, Scranton had been having a poor century.

Separately, these are all outstanding analyses by serious people, and there are many other fine writings in this vein. But taken in their totality, one could be forgiven for thinking that (1) most of America is hurtling towards sodden annihilation, with northeast Pennsylvania at the helm, or (2) that writing an unsparing (read: brutal) profile of an American town or city is a rite of passage for participation in the public sphere. At the very least, one would conclude that the news-reading public has an insatiable appetite for images of wet mobile homes and disused barns.

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

Singular as these times we live in may be, it is worth pausing to ask why these gloomy narratives are having such a moment in the sun. A thirst t...

23:31

The Philippines President Spurns The U.S. To Flirt With China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration needs to start asking an important question: What should it do with the Philippines? One of Americas oldest Asia-Pacific allies, as well as its former colony, the Philippines seems to be daily drifting toward China. This was abundantly clear this week as the ASEAN and APEC summits came to a close and President Trump headed home after his 12-day trip to Asia.

On Tuesday, the day Trump left town, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, raved about Chinas willingness to begin talks on establishing a code of conduct for the South China Sea, going so far as to call the Chinese gracious.

Gracious, indeed. China has already run roughshod over the half-dozen countries that have claims in the strategically significant waters of the South China Sea, where China has laid claim to an expanded maritime border along its notorious nine-dash line. In recent years, Beijing has been constructing man-made islands in the South China Sea and expanding islands that already exist, equipping them with strategic military bases that include radar sites, aircraft hangers, and runways. Not only would these islands allow China to control some of the worlds busiest international shipping lanes, it would also give Beijing a huge strategic advantage should the United States and China ever go to war.

Beijings South China Sea shenanigans are all part and parcel of Chinas goal of becoming a regional military powerhouse, ruling over a Chinese sphere of influence that stretches from Japan to Australia. Duterte, in paying homage to the new king in town, is hoping he can somehow appease his way into relative peace with Beijing.

Making Overtures to China

The Philippine leader has made it clear since first running for president that, if elected, he wouldnt challenge China like his predecessor did, despite a 2016 United Nations tribunal ruling in the Philippines favor in a dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. Now, this code of conduct agreement has emerged as a way for Duterte to get a little piece of the pie while letting China take pretty much everything it wantsthat is, if China even agrees to any such code, which is unlikely.

Trump offered his deal-making skills to help resolve the simmering conflict over the South China Sea, but it seems dubious whether China and the Philippines will take him up on that offer. America is being squeez...

23:30

Why Amazon Is Buying Up All Those Cryptocurrency URLs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People really want Amazon to get into cryptocurrency. Amazon-watchers have shivered with anticipation as the company bought web domains like amazonbitcoin.com, even though the site has never done more than redirect to Amazons main page. But a new wave of purchases has observers keyed up all over again. This time the acquired URLs are amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Whats going on?

The easy answer is brand protection. Anyone whos worked on a political campaign knows the virtue of over-hoarding web addresses that could be used in any conceivable way to tarnish, mock, or otherwise weaken the candidate and his or her public image. Amazon can certainly afford to collect as many potentially brand-diluting or revenue-reducing domains as seems reasonable. With cryptocurrency now penetrating the consciousness of ordinary people, now is a decent time as any to scoop up a few more destinations would-be customers might go.

The sexier answer is Amazon wants to be ready to jump with a moments notice into accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, you name it. Now that cryptocurrencies have made a pretty good claim to durabilityeven if their prices might fluctuate speculativelythe next big economic question is which institutions are going to muscle in first, if any.

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

Wall Street is too divided on the wisdom of crypto. Sovereign wealth hasnt shown enough interest. As far as we can tell, the financial powers that be are not going to transform the status and usefulness of Bitcoin and company anytime soon.

That leaves the playing field open for significant private entrants. Here you have your ideological benefactors, heavyweight speculators, bitcoin miners, and your international renegades, building up sudden, significant wealth they want to keep relatively free from global or national regulatory systems.

But there are limits to what cryptocurrency can do for the people poised to wield the most outsized control over it. Bitcoin, for instance, is a kludgy way to pay for most goods and services. Its much better and more conveniently used as a place to park wealth (assuming those exchange rates stay high). Its also a stupid way to try to participate in off the grid commerce. Thanks to the blockchain, you do not want to try paying for that suitcase full of heroin you bought on the dark web using Bitcoin.

So even though cryptocurrency is destined to remain an above-board commercial platform, its not a very good platform for commerce as currently structured. That means its not terribly attractive to a heavyweight company like Amazon that could freely wade into the status quo crypto space. So, again, whats going on?

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

23:12

Apple wont launch its HomePod speaker this year after all "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018. When it launches, the HomePod will cost $349, with a focus on streaming high-quality

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018.

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22:33

Backfire: plebiscite shows appetite for action "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

JUST as the postal plebiscite has blown up in the faces of the conservatives who promoted it, let us hope that any subsequent rearguard sabotage attempt under the guise of freedom of religion does the same thing.

For more than two decades (since Howard was elected Prime Minister) politicians have been utterly risk averse, fearfully imagining that some silent, conservative, Christian majority lurks out there ready to punish them at the slightest hint of social progress on human rights or fairness to the marginalised LGBTIQ, unemployed, refugees, homeless.

Wednesdays result should put paid to that.

But if we are going to turn over some rocks in a debate on religious freedom we might see a greater need for freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion.

For a start, religions get a free kick under the Marriage Act. If you are a minister of religion of a recognised denomination you are automatically entitled to be registered as a marriage celebrant.

Civil celebrants, on the other hand, have to meet other requirements, such as knowledge of marriage law, an ability to advise couples of relationship services, and be of good character and standing.

With respect to marriage, surely, we should have the same rules for everyone. Wasnt that demonstrated on Wednesday?

Perhaps we should start a campaign to take religion out of marriage laws altogether. At law, everyone should marry before a competent civil official. If religious people feel that that would not be a real marriage they can go off afterwards and do a religious ceremony.

Further, why does the parliamentary session at which these questions are debated begin with a Christian prayer? If parliamentarians mirror the community, about a quarter would be atheists and most of the rest would not be observant Christians.

Theres more. Why should religions get tax-free status for money raised and spent for proselytising their religion and for raising money through commercial enterprises even if there are grounds for tax breaks on charitable work?

And on the charitable, medical and educational side, why should religious institutions escape ordinary anti-discrimination employment laws, especially when they get very large amounts of public money for this and are significant employers?

And why have we wasted $300 million over the past half decade on the schools chaplaincy program under which educationally untrained religious operatives spout uneducational, unscientifi...

22:20

Gulf oil minister: Saudi Arabia's Aramco will go public in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saudi Aramco's plan to take a portion of its business public next year will go ahead as scheduled in 2018, Oman's oil minister told CNBC Monday. At an energy industry conference in Abu Dhabi, Oman's Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi was pressed for a definitive answer regarding his expectations over Saudi Aramco's potential IPO next year. He replied: "If CNBC says yes, then I say yes." The initial public offering (IPO) for the world's largest energy company is expected to take place in the second half of 2018. However, recent reports have suggested Saudi Aramco could move to delay its IPO into 2019 or even shelve the exercise altogether in favor of selling private shares to sovereign wealth funds.

22:02

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In this piece for Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood discusses the legacy of Julian Jaynes, a psychologist best known for theorizing that consciousness was a cultural development resulting from the existence of language.

Its a remarkable thesis that doesnt fit well with contemporary thought about how consciousness works. The idea that the ancient Greeks were not self-aware raises quite a few eyebrows. By giving consciousness a cultural origin, says Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Jaynes disavows consciousness as a biological phenomenon.'

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21:52

Qlds real gross state income surged in 2016-17 as coal prices recovered strongly "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

According to ABS State Accounts data released today, Queenslands real gross state income surged 7.5% in 2016-17, the highest growth rate among States and Territories, owing to the strong recovery in coal prices during that financial year (see chart below).* Growth in real gross state income incorporates improvements in the terms-of-trade, while real gross state product (GSP) growth does not, and the latter measure was a much less impressive 1.8 percent. Now much of the gains in the terms-of-trade accrue to mining companies that are majority foreign-owned, but the Queensland Government does capture some of the gains through higher royalties, particularly on coal. To illustrate, coal royalties in 2016-17 ended up being an estimated $3.4 billion compared with $1.7 billion in 2015-16.

Coal prices higher than those forecast by Queensland Treasury have continued into the new financial year, and this will provide a nice little windfall for the incoming Queensland Government after next Saturdays election. Former Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche commented on a LinkedIn post of mine earlier this week that he would guess there is a $1 billion coal royalty windfall in 2017-18 awaiting the next government, and I think thats a reasonable estimate based on recent coal prices compared with budget assumptions.

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21:26

Some questions for Amy MacMahon #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Amy MacMahon, candidate for The Greens. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I dont have the []

The post Some questions for Amy MacMahon #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

21:00

Explainer: Questions the Modi Government Needs to Answer on the Rafale Fighter Jet Purchase "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

New Delhi: Listen, all of you keep asking me so many questions and I happily answer them. I want to ask why dont you question the prime minister over the Rafale deal. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi...

20:50

Debt Rattle November 17 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Arthur Rothstein Night view, downtown section. Dallas, Texas 1942   Americas Racial Wealth Gap Is Staggering And Government-Created (BI) Australias Private Debt Juggernaut Rolls On (LFE) John Malone says Amazon is a Death Star (CNBC) Einhorn Says Issues That Caused the Crisis Are Not Solved (BBG) Corporate Zombies Are

The post Debt Rattle November 17 2017 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

20:26

RSL helping Australian troops in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOSTER Sub Branch RSL has taken up a project called Care Packs, to help our military service personnel posted overseas. Welfare officer Brian Mellor is leading the local effort, which []

The post RSL helping Australian troops in the Middle East appeared first on Foster Community Online.

20:23

Foster Pool Warmed By Energy Co-op Support "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Foster Swimming Pool Associations project to warm their pool with solar heating will be completed before this summer, with assistance from Energy Innovation Co-ops Southern CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) []

The post Foster Pool Warmed By Energy Co-op Support appeared first on Foster Community Online.

20:22

Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A Islanders VH-TRS & VH-URJ Ferry North & South via Rockhampton Airport This Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was interesting to note that on Friday 17 November, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS flew North from Archerfield and called into both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports.  It is due to continue to Cairns and Horn Island on Saturday 18 November.

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VH-TRS has been at Archerfield undergoing planned maintenance since arriving from Cairns via Emerald Airport in late October.

It was also interesting to note that on Wednesday 15 November, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-URJ was noted ferrying ferried South to Archerfield from Cairns via Rockhampton Airport.  It appears that it will now undergo planned maintenance also at Archerfield.

Finally, escaping our immediate attention but also calling into Rockhampton Airport in the wee small hours of Tuesday 14 November was the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which arrived from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane on a med-evac flight.

20:21

Alison Lester launches her new book THE VERY NOISY BABY In Fish Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE launch of much loved childrens author and illustrator, Alison Lesters new book, The Very Noisy Baby will take place at her Fish Creek Bookshop & Gallery this Sunday, November []

The post Alison Lester launches her new book THE VERY NOISY BABY In Fish Creek appeared first on Foster Community Online.

20:14

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.



2. For a nation running a current account deficit, national income adjustments will ensure government fiscal balance is in deficit if the private domestic sector seeks to increase its saving overall as a percentage of GDP.



3. If the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves then it no longer would have to conduct open market operations to ensure its policy rate is sustained (ignore any reserve requirements).


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20:01

Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

19:58

Israel May Demand Iran Leave Southern Syria, but Russia Sets the Rules of the Game "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For Moscow, the presence of Iranian troops is legitimate Assad himself invited them

Amos Harel Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM
Haaretz

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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad upon his arrival at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 21, 2015. AFP

A single brief statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday cleared up the strategic picture in southern Syria and the entire region. Three days after the signing of the agreement between Russia, the United States and Jordan about the cease-fire arrangements there, Lavrov disavowed the section of the accord that says foreign forces will be kept out of Syrian territory. Irans presence in Syria is legitimate, he said, and therefore Russia did not promise to compel the Iranians to withdraw their forces from the country.

This claim by Moscow, which also applies to the Russian forces there, rests on Iran and Russia having been invited into Syria by the Assad regime. This invitation by the Syrian sovereign ostensibly bestows legitimacy on the presence of these countries military forces in Syria, even with Russia conveniently ignoring the ongoing atrocities the Assad regime has been committing against its own citizens for the past six and a half years.

The only thing the Russians agreed to was a stipulation that the Iranians and the Shiite militias that answer to them would be kept five kilometers from the lines of contact with the rebels. For Israel, this means that the Iranians will be on the Golan Heights, just five to 10 kilometers from the border, depending on what areas are held by the rebels. This is the reason for Israels disappointment with the agreement, a feeling that has only intensified in the wake of Lavrovs statement.

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The Russian foreign ministers statement contained another hidden message: Moscow will be the one that decides what happens in Syria. The total lack of an American response to Lavrovs comments, so soon after State Department officials boasted at a press briefing about the section of the agreement regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces, proves yet again whos really running the show in Syria.

The reason for Russian support of Iran, despite Russias generally close and positive ties with Israel, is simple: The Iranians, and especially their Hezbollah proxies, are providing the Russians and the Assad regime with the ground forces upon which the regimes survival hinges. Keeping the current regime in power is mission number one for the Russians, because that way they can maintain all the advantages an image of....

19:47

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

The following article by Jay Syrmopoulos was originally published at The Free Thought Project

Las Vegas, NV With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been...

19:41

1) Some 346 civilian hostages in Papua released amid crossfire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



2) Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine
3) Some flee Papua villages in standoff with Indonesia forces
4) Papua police demand release of 1,300 civilian hostages
5) Renewed Papuan independence call amid alleged hostage standoff
6) PAPUA GOVERNOR: NEGOTIATE WITH INDONESIA STATE IN REGARD OF INDEPENDENCE
7) JAYAWIJAYA HAS YET TO PASS HEALTH MINIMUM SERVICE STANDARD

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Note comment from Press Council re reporting on so called hostage crises.

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua

Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist tagar.id on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.
"We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

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

19:38

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

But in the Senate, a similar measure received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.

The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Acts requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate under the Obama health care law would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for additional tax cuts.

U.S. President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, telling reporters on his way out, the tax is going very well. (Nov. 16)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that repeal of the mandate would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making it a political risk for some lawmakers.

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18:40

MACKAY Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer. Hes been charged with

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MACKAY Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Day, 21, faced Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to supplying drugs on May 22. Day had no prior

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18:40

MACKAY Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in

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Mitchell Francis Callaghan, 22, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of car theft, stealing and

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18:00

Rocky Road to Heavens Gate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

And its oh, what a beautiful,        
Oh, Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah!
Reverend Gary Davis

We all have a city or, if we are fortunate, cities of our heart. A place you see for the first time and say I am home.  It is intangible a feeling, a sense of you belonging to it, and it belonging to you. You might call it a spirit of place. And whenever you return to your city of the heart, you feel that youve never been gone, that the years that have passed since your last visit, and the changes time has wrought on it and on yourself mean nought.

I felt this spirit the first time entered London with a bunch of Birmingham school mates on a spree. When I first saw Paris. And when I first crossed the Jebal ash-Sharqi from Lebanon and descended to the oasis that was Damascus.

And so too when first I set eyes on the Old City of Jerusalem, and walked through the Damascus Gate. This ancient gate was the portal to a city that has forever danced on the edge of my consciousness (for that it what these cities do).

Back in the day, I would roll down from Ramallah or Mount Scopus to Jerusalem and stand before its faux mediaeval walls. I would walk through the Damascus Gate into the Old City, grab a felafel sandwich, some figs, or a plate of kanafah, depending on the time of day, and amble contentedly through the alleyways and souks down to the Via Dolarosa, and then up Daoud Street to Omar Ibn al Khatab Square and the Jaffa Gate beyond. Traveling back from West Jerusalem, I would retrace my steps, and always with the same sense of wonder and delight.

It was a journey of the senses the call of the muezzin and the peal of church bells, the cacophony of the hustle and bustle of the marketplace, the colours of the markets and shops, the aromas of spices, sweets, and cooking meats, the infinite variety of dress and custom of the many faiths, tribes and communities that dwelt therein or, like me, were passing through. If I had time on my hands, I would sit for a while in the gardens atop the Haram ash-Sharif, or wander into the Dome of the Rock or al Aqsa to sit and ponder awhile, or else progress through ecstatic clamour of the Escher edifice that is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The Occupation was relatively new then. I was not oblivious to it, but rather, very aware of its manifestations. I had crossed from Jordan, via the famous Allenby Bridge, and had watched my fellow bus passengers, Palestinians, endure the humiliating searches and questions  of the border police, whilst armed military patrols were commonplace. No...

16:05

Remaining EU Member will have to pay 15% More upon BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; All the news here in Britain is always how bad it will be if we leave the extortion ring in Brussels. You have mentioned that we are the biggest market for German cars. What will Brexit do to the EU?

Thanks

GD

ANSWER: Once the British exit from the EU extortion ring as you call it, the remaining nations will have to pay more than an additional 10 billion euros to keep Brussels floating in jobs and exorbitant pension. Besides the German auto-industry being clipped for political reasons as the EU punishes Britain to act as a deterrent to prevent others from leaving, Germanys proportion of making up the shortfall from BREXIT will be almost 4 billion. With BREXIT, everyone will have to contribute an additional 15% so they can do nothing but make it more miserable for Europeans.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani calls for a doubling of the budget of the European Union. We need twice as much money as today, so 280 billion euros instead of 140 billion euros per year, said Tajani the spark newspapers.  Since the EU cannot issue debt, that means the doubling of the EU budget should not be financed by additional transfers from the Member States, but by the introduction of taxes.

This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges, Tajani said. The President of the European Parliament justified his initiative with the costs of dealing with the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism, as well as the increased need for investment. Europeans must invest more in energy and digitalization of the economy in the future, the Italian said. Only in this way could the EU compete with the US, China, India or Russia in global competition.

The EU Parliament is currently negotiating with the finance ministers of the EU governments for the Community budget for the year 2018. The EU parliament demands funds of 146.7 billion euros for the coming year 2.3 billion euros more than the finance ministers want to make available.

Almost 80 percent of the EU budget is cov...

16:04

Is the Dollar Really a Petrodollar anymore? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you so much for shedding light on what can only be deranged forecasts on the dollar and gold and never change regardless of how much money they lose people year after year. I received this email with the headline How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? They claim that now adversarial nations like China, Russia and Iran are threatening the petrodollar hegemony by establishing their own trading and banking infrastructure that excludes dollars for trade. Suddenly Iran is now a world power and as you said at the conference, the dollar support is not trade or oil, but where big money parks.

My question is, just how can these people sleep at night putting out false information all the time? Isnt that what the investment banks pled guilty to putting out false forecasts to support their own positions during the Dotcom bubble?

ANSWER: Yes, you are correct. It is one thing to put out analysis that is unbiased and it is raw corruption to put out forecasts that support your own investments creating a conflict of interest. It would not be a criminal act as long as they disclose what their portfolio is. Only the government gets a free get out of jail card for fake forecasts.

The decline in commodities was was due to a number of factors, including an economic slowdown in China, a severe recession in Brazil, with falling prices for oil and other commodities, and exchange rate volatility that saw the dollar rise. Despite positive growth in trade volume terms, the current dollar value of world merchandise exports declined by 14% in 2015, to US$ 16.0 trillion, as export prices fell by 15%. Even the dollar value of world commercial services exports also fell 6% in 2015 to US$ 4.7 trillion, although the decline was less s...

13:31

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct 26. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PMID: 29115463 Abstract Title:  Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide inhibits prostate cancer cell migration via the protein arginine methyltransferase 6 signaling pathway. Abstract:  Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumor of men worldwide and the incidence and mortality rate is gradually increasing. At present, the molecular mechanisms of growth and migration in human prostate cancer have not been completely elucidated. Studies have demonstrated that Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) can inhibit cancer. Therefore the present study investigated the effect and molecular mechanism of GLP on cell growth and migration of LNCaP human prostate cancer cells. LNCaP cells were transfected with either a protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) overexpression plasmid or PRMT6 small interfering (si)RNA. The cell growth and migration, and the expression of PRMT6 signalingassociated proteins, were investigated following treatment with 5 and 20 g/ml GLP. The results demonstrated that GLP inhibited cell growth, induced cell cycle arrest, decreasedPRMT6, cyclindependent kinase 2 (CDK2), focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and steroid receptor coactivator, (SRC) expression, and increased p21 expression in LNCaP cells, as determined by using a Coulter counter, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptionquantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively. Furthermore, GLP significantly inhibited cell migration, as determined by Transwell migration and scratch assays, and altered CDK2, FAK, SRC and p21 expression in LNCaP cells transfected with the PRMT6 overexpression plasmid. By contrast, PRMT6 knockdown by siRNA reduced the effect of GLP on cell migration. These results indicate that GLP was effective in inhibiting cell growth, the cell cycle and cell migration, and the suppressive effect of GLP on cell migration may occur via the PRMT6 signaling pathway. Therefore, it is suggested that GLP may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. The results of the present study provide both the preliminary theoretical and experimental basis for the investigation of GLP as a therapeutic agent.

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13:13

Chilean prisons: Concerning the juridical situation of our comrade Marcelo Villaroelor how the revenge of the State is perpetuated in silence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last September, at the 4th Military Prosecutors Office in Santiago, the refusal of the petition to prescribe the sentences made by our comrade Marcelo, several months ago was notified.

Immediately, Marcelo appealed to this refusal, leaving the resolution of the appeal in the hands of the Martial Court, where it was reaffirmed in the first days of October.

These condemnations correspond to some causes originated by actions framed in his old militancy at the Mapu-lautaro, organization in which our comrade was an active fighter since a very young age and of which, while imprisoned, in 1995, he was expelled because of anarchist deviations.

Marcelo served his sentence without interruption for 11 years, two months and fifteen days from October 13, 1992 until December 28, 2003, remaining only his night prison until March 2005, when he granted the so-called probation, which obliges him to sign a document every week until completing 20 years of penitentiary control.

The first days of November 2007 for Marcelo are marked for him by his participation on the Bank Security robbery, along with other other comrades, action in which a cop died and that caused an answer from the State without precedents. Marcelo decides to assume clandestinity, and in February 2008, in his absence, he has his probation revoked.

In March 2008, he is detained in Argentina and in September 2014, he is sentenced to 14 years for 2 bank robberies.

In that same period, as penalties related to old causes emanated from the always sinister Military Justice were revised, the condemnation remained as it follows:

Illicit terrorist association: 10 years and 1 day.

Damage to a cop car with serious injuries to carabineers: 3 years + 541 days.

Co-author murder qualified as terrorist: 15 years and 1 day.

Theft with intimidation, Law 18.314: 10 years and 1 day.

Explosive attack against the embassy of spain: 8 years.

In total, these old convictions compute 46 years, establishing its end on February, 2056.

There are a number of irregularities in this math, and although the legal issue is not our focus it never was, we believe that it becomes urgent and necessary to face this situation that at all lights represents a clear revenge against a comrade who holds high subversive autonomous and libertarian convictions, a comrade who has never abandoned the direct confrontation for total liberation, nor has it ever reno...

11:43

Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.

lead Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson interviewing Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani on Manus Island in September 2017. 2017 Human Rights Watch SYDNEY Since October 31, hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in an abandoned complex on a naval base where security forces have previously shot at and attacked them. Exhausted, with no power and no running water in the tropical heat, they stockpiled food, dug water wells, and collected rainwater in trash cans to drink. Now, they are dehydrated, starving, and scared.

These men are not in a war zone, though many of them have fled war in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. They are refugees and asylum seekers trapped on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. They are there because of Australias harsh refugee policies.  

The UN has described the situation as an "unfolding humanitarian emergency." On October 31, the Australian and PNG governments closed the regional processing center where these men have lived for the last four years. Other less-secure facilities are available in a town a 30-minute drive from their current location. But these men, refugees and asylum seekers, refused to leave, terrified by escalating violence against them by some local residents in the town and frustrated by the lack of a long-term solution to their predicament.

Since July 2013, male asylum seekers traveling by boat to Australia have been sent to Manus Island, while men, women and children have been sent to the isolated Pacific island nation of Nauru. As Paul Tyson wrote for openDemocracy, in real terms, it is the boat people themselves the Australian government has criminalized, dehumanized and demonized, and it is against them that Australian politicians on both sides of party power...

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18:06

A MOMENT WITH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KAROLINA SZYMALA

Describe your experience of studying yoga
My yoga path started with Iyengar Yoga method which shortly after evolved into Vinyasa Yoga. I was vegan, teaching a little and very curious about other methods of yoga out there, so I signed up for the Yoga Journal Conference in New York City in May of 2009. During the conference I had a great opportunity to practice with some fantastic teachers and masters like Sri Dharma Mittra, Sarah Powers, Seane Corn just to name a few, but the real impact and a life changing moment of the conference was meeting Sharon Gannon and David Life, co-founders of Jivamukti Yoga. Everything that I was searching for at that time was so beautifully presented to me: the blend of mindful vinyasa sequencing, yoga philosophy, animal rights activism, social activism all mixed together with great and uplifting music. In that moment I already knew I had found my Teachers and theyve stayed my Teachers ever since. In 2010 I signed up for the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training at the Omega Institute in upstate NY which was one of the best decisions Ive made in my life.  Shortly after I started my apprenticeship program at the Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC under the guidance of Narayani (Nicole Nichols) and in 2013 I became an Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. Since then I do regular self-study as well as attend numerous workshops, Jivamukti Yoga immersions and retreats with teachers that inspire me to deepen my own personal practice and ignite my passion for yoga .

What does yoga mean to you right now, and has this changed over time?
The meaning of yoga naturally has changed for me over time. When I started practicing, yoga was all about the asana (physical postures) and mindful breathing, but now the meaning of yoga has completely shifted for me. Today to me yoga means: INTEGRITY. It means our ability to integrate the teachings into our everyday life, so that the yoga practice doesnt just start with the moment you enter the yoga room and finishes with Savasana, but instead your whole life becomes your yoga practice. Those two, life and practice are not separate. You yourself dont feel fragmented and separate, but whole within yourself and unified with others. Yoga is when your thoughts reflect your words, when your words reflect your actions. To me yoga means to be able to live every day with such integrity supported by compassion for ALL beings without exceptions. A beautiful expression of that is the mantra LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU which means May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

What facet of teaching yoga brings you the most joy?
The possibility of my teachings touching peoples hearts as...

05:18

Funding cuts to Scarlet Alliance: Michael Keenan gets it right ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

... Rosalie Woodruff gets it wrong I can only congratulate Justice Minister Michael Keenan for not allocating funding to the Scarlet Alliance in the 2017/18 round of funding to NGOs for combating sex trafficking and slavery in Australia

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20:25

JULIA BOTH ON StreetWORKS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brazilian-born artist Julia Both on creating

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Monday, 13 November

09:00

Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Submit your Jazz gigs to gigs@sydneyblues.org

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Paul Sun (Duo): Macchiato Pizza Bar & Grill, 338 Pitt St, SYDNEY City (7-10pm, 02-92629525)

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