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Thursday, 14 September

23:21

Greens Senator "I have never been more angry" over laughter at motion to honour climate scientists "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've never been more angry in the Senate than this. The govt openly laughed at my motion praising climate scientists. pic.twitter.com/dNQMwPSeBy Peter Whish-Wilson (@SenatorSurfer) September 14, 2017

22:41

Apple phones designed to only last one year "IndyWatch Feed National"


How 'dodgy' is the company Apple?

It manufactures its phones to only last a year so that the herd population can fork out another fist full of dollars ($AU1800).

No multi billion dollar class action lawsuit to teach the fraudsters at Apple a lesson ??? !!! ???

Please note: 
We do not recommend the purchase of Apple phones or other products.

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by thesun.co.uk of the headline:


DIE PHONE

The iPhone is only guaranteed to last for one YEAR, Apple admits in bombshell court documents

Do you remember the good old days were the appliances and gadgets you bought were meant to last a lifetime?


APPLE has revealed that its iPhones are only guaranteed to last for one year.

The tech giant said its warranty only covers iPhones for 12 months of use, meaning that anyone whose device fails outside this window will have to stump up repair costs unless they have paid for an extended warranty.



Smug Samsung, Motorola, HTC and OnePlus fans will be pleased to hear the news about Apple's short life expectancy

Apple prides itself on quality, design and value for money.

But it turns out the exact guaranteed life expectancy of an iPhone is a lot shorter than you'd hope - especially if you're planning on forking out 1,149 for its top range iPhone X.

Apple says that it is only responsible for ensuring the phones last just one year - the default warranty you get upon purchase.

The details were revealed thanks to a class action lawsuit that was launched after several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones began suffering from "touch disease".

Touchscreens on tens of thousands of the phones stopped working - and three law firms have taken Apple to court over it.

Publically, Apple h...

22:14

SSM: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard makes a good point in the Same Sex Marriage debate.

The point John Howard makes is that Australians dont know what theyre voting for, because the Australian government hasnt revealed details of what legislation would consist of, if there is a Yes vote.

If in doubt vote No.

All true Christians should vote No to gay marriage because gay marriage is against the teachings of the Holy Bible.

ABC NEWS Australia

Same Sex Marriage: John Howard criticises Malcolm Turnbull over handling of same-sex marriage postal survey

14 September 2017

 

Former prime minister John Howard has criticised the Turnbull Governments handling of the same-sex marriage survey, calling for the details of any bill to be released before the vote.

Key points:

  • PM has said Marriage Act will change before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote
  • Howard says Turnbull needs to spell out the details
  • Urges Government to protect parental rights and religious freedoms

In a statement, he said the Government was washing its hands of any responsibility to protect religious freedoms should the survey come back with a majority Yes vote.

Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly said the Parliament will change the Marriage Act before the end of the year if there is a Yes vote, but hasnt provided any more details.

Liberal senator Dean Smith and a number of backbenchers have prepared a private members bill, but it is not confirmed whether this is the bill that would be in...

22:13

Gay marriage vote removes your rights as a mother or father "IndyWatch Feed National"

If passed through, the rights of 'parents' i.e. a mother (woman) and father (man) WILL be removed, and your son or daughter which at law are an entity called a 'child' will no longer exist.

You will no longer be a mother or father, son or daughter but rather 'people'.

What would be 'interesting' is seeing the writ for the vote.

Anyone care to grab a copy ??? !!! ???

See 'Exposure Draft' for the new (unlawfully enacted) law to be;


and can be downloaded directly from the link:

Exposure Draft - Marriage Amendment

Source Supplied

21:56

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored, the House intelligence chairman said at the time. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing. Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had little or no apparent intelligence value.

Perhaps Nunes reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. Well see. But if CNNs reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

On the same day, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was interviewed by PBSs Judy Woodruff and asked to respond to Nunes accusation that she had unmasked those Trump officials in the waning days of the Obama administration. Here is the exchange:

Woodruff: Weve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition, after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals in that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

Rice: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

As we now know, Rice wasnt surprised. At all. Wednesday, CNN reported that Obamas former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late...

21:40

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ John Williamson "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is my favourite rendition of this song, although quite a few country musicians have had a go, even Joan Baez.

Eric Bogle composed it.

I think it sounds best sung by an Australian, given its an Aussie song about Gallipoli our most famous war battle, which we lost to the Turks.

The colonials of Australian, New Zealand and Canada were sent as canon fodder by the British commanders up hill against the Turks 250,000 casualties on either side. Allied forces 46,000 casualties. Turks 65,000 casualties.

In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.

A large number of men fighting in a relatively small area. Ive visited Gallipoli sombre and sad place.

 


21:37

Garden of Earthly Delights postcard "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The final A5 postcard with photos by Mel Leaudais (main picture) and Garth Brinsbury(Grace and me on the back), and I did the key sketch. This is full resolution so you can print yourself a copy(if you lighten the midtones you may get a slightly better result - my bad). Or get a signed copy from us, on nice stiff postcard stock. If you put $US10 or more on the donate link in the sidebar and send a postal address I'll mail it there, anywhere in the world.

Some day soon I'll set up a shop



 
A Card to hand out and sign at the Garden of Earthly Delights Launch on Saturday afternoon (19 August from 1.30pm at the Record Crate - event), with a key to all or most of the Rock stars in the painting. 

There are more pictures of the mural...

21:33

Flyon Helicopters at Mackay Airport Operating 3x A109 Helicopters Plus Bell 412 VH-KAC "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I recently spent a weekend at Mackay attending meetings but was able to spend a little bit of time at Mackay Airport and I was particularly interested in capturing some photos of Mackay Airports most recent arrivals in the form of locally-operated Flyon Helicopters.


Flyon Helicopters has predominately operates Marine Pilot transfer flights for the compulsory area of Hydrographers Passage, off Mackay, 24 hours per day 7 days a week.  they also offer additional helicopter charter services from their Mackay Airport base including corporate and private charter, aerial filming and photography, mining support, including crew and employee transfers.  All Flyon activities are carried out under the AOC of Jayrow Helicopters.


Flyon Helicopters currently operates three Agusta A109E Power helicopters VH-XUM, VH-RUA and VH-ZCF with the latter recently delivered following a period of time operating for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter Service, specifically operating out of Bundaberg Airport as Rescue 522.  Bell 206 VH-DPS is also currently at Mackay Airport operating in what looks to be a 'back-up' role.


21:26

Redgum I Was Only 19 (1983) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is one of Australias most famous anti-war songs 1983.

Written ten years after the end of Vietnam.

My age group of Australian and New Zealander males born after 1955 dodged a bullet.

 

 


21:20

Midnight Oil US Forces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aussie Rock 1985 songthe band disbanded while its lead singer Peter Garrett tried being a Federal politician (badly)Theyve reunited and are currently on a world tour.

 


21:17

Burning Seed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Only a bit over a week away now!

21:15

Solid Rock by Goanna "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

80s Aussie Rockplay loud

Song about Australia and its vast Outback as large as US mainland and hardly inhabited cos its too harshand the ancient people who lived in the vast Australian wilderness for 80,000 years undisturbed, living off the landuntil the white sails camewhite men..white lawwhite guns

There were genocides of Aboriginal all over Australia, in a similar fashion to America.

In Tasmanian they were wiped out and relocated to an island off Hobart where most died.

Goanna the bands name is after the monitor lizard called Goanna, an Aboriginal name. They grow to 1.8 metres and are found in Australia and parts of SE Asia.

 


21:07

How Much US Aid Pledged to Syrian Kids Didnt Arrive? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Schoolgirls just outside Damascus, SyriaSchoolgirls just outside Damascus, Syria (Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Millions of dollars of aid money bound for Syrian child refugees has vanished, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).

A large chunk of that is likely to be from American taxpayers and others in the West.

The money, pledged in 2016, was bound for schoolchildren living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, but much of it never arrived, came late or remains untraceable because of poor reporting practices.

What is not clear from HRWs 55-page report is whether the donor states paid out the money in full or whether some of the cash simply disappeared en route.

More than half-a-million children had no schooling last year in large part because there was insufficient money available to pay for their education.

The US Agency for International Development reported that it provided development aid of US$248 million for education in Jordan, but its own aid tracking database only accounted for US$82 million, and a Jordanian government database listed only US$13 million received for education from the US in 2016, the HRW report states.

And that is just one example.

Human Rights Watch suggests much of the money pledged is simply not paid but also points to the lack of cohesive accounting of the entire system, including governments, aid agencies and others.

Despite global concern about Syrian refugee children, it is still impossible to find answers to basic questions about whether their key educational needs are being met, said Simon Rau, Mercator, a fellow at HRW. Donors should fix the transparency deficit that is undercutting their own support for Syrian chil...

21:02

Unseasonal snowfall continues at alpine resorts in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Traditional springtime weather is yet to reach the snowfields, with snow still falling across alpine resorts. About 30 centimetres of snow was predicted across Thursday, Friday and into Saturday at Falls Creek. The resort received eight centimetres in 24 hours before Thursday, with average snow depths of 190cm. Mount Hotham received 15 cm in the 24 hours before Thursday morning with natural snow depths of 175 cm.

20:48

Four plot structures "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I. The Babadook
II. The Big Lebowski
III. Thelma and Louise
IV. Barton Fink

20:26

Governments hack your computer through Microsoft's vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"


Forget Russian children breaking out of kindergartens or hacking election results.

It's your 'friendly' federal governments that (unlawfully) hack into your PC, where they may even get a bit of help from the software manufacturers with the advent of back doors or even exploitable vulnerabilities.

It is only when they are 'busted' that a patch comes out in order to give the masses a sense of privacy, until the next vulnerability is detected (by those Russians?).

See article from 13 Sep 2017 by motherboard.com of the headline:

Researchers Catch Microsoft Zero-Day Used To Install Government Spyware


A cybersecurity firm has discovered yet another unknown vulnerability used to install government spyware. The vulnerability has now been patched.

Government hackers were using a previously-unknown vulnerability in Microsoft's .NET Framework, a development platform for building apps, to hack targets and infect them with spyware, according to security firm FireEye.

The firm revealed the espionage campaign on Tuesday, on the same day Microsoft patched the vulnerability. According to FireEye, the bug, which until today was a zero-day, was being used by a customer of FinFisher, a company that sells surveillance and hacking technologies to governments around the world.

Read more: For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely by Hacking Online Games

The hackers sent a malicious Word RTF document called ".doc" to a "Russian speaker," according to Ben Read, FireEye's manager of cyber espionage research. Read said FireEye doesn't know who t...

20:17

Toxicon drop a metal cover of Confidence Mans Boyfriend (Repeat) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last year, a mysterious supergroup known as Confidence Man burst onto the scene. Hailing from Brisbane, the group revealed very little about themselves, except for the fact that they make a unique brand of electro-pop, which was made abundantly clear when they dropped their single Boyfriend (Repeat).

Following the groups performance at Splendour In The Grass this year, triple j made the controversial claim that the band were the best up-and-coming live band in Australia. This of course drew much criticism from, well, just about everyone, including a number Facebook commenters such Taya Chani, who claimed they were so shocked I couldnt even type when they said that Confidence Man is hands down the worst shit I have ever heard in my life. I am completely dumbfounded, speachless.

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Confidence Man 'Boyfriend (Repeat)' live at Splendour

Best up-and-coming live band in Australia? We <3 Confidence Man.

Posted by triple j Unearthed on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Melbournes Toxicon uploaded their cover of Boyfriend (Repeat) to YouTube just a couple of days ago with the tongue-in-cheek caption of Australias best up and coming cover.

In a statement issued to Music Feeds, Toxicon explained their decision to cover the track. Recently there was quite the upset over triple js call on the Best up and coming live band with their song Boyfriend (Repeat), they said. Maybe it wasnt everyones cup of tea but but surely there must be s...

20:12

Jobs explosion shatters forecasts "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jobs explosion

Employment growth shattered expectations with an 11th consecutive monthly gain, tearing up by +54,200 in August, including another +40,100 surge in full-time employment. 

It's a case of choose your favourite statistic here: more than quarter a million jobs created in six months would have to be one of the most impressive, while annual full-time employment growth is now at a scorching +3.1 per cent. Golly!


Over the past year employment has lifted by +325,600 or +2.73 per cent, and if rising job advertisements prove to be a worthy indicator, then calendar 2017 could yet be Australia's greatest ever year for employment growth. 


Most of the jobs have been created in New South Wales (+71,600 over the year to August 2017) and Victoria (+95,500) until lately. But after a protracted lull, Queensland is now the surprise package (+95,400), albeit largely driven by part-time employment. 


The detailed figures will confirm in due course, but infrastructure has been a likely creator of jobs, along with the tourism and education boom, and healthcare.&...

20:12

Is it OK? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My friend Alex posted this chart on Facebook and asked if the RU OK? suicide prevention campaign might be ineffective.

The RU OK? day has been running since 2009 and the chart doesn't seem to make a conclusive link.

However there are plenty of studies that show copycat suicides are a phenomena.

Does talking about suicide contribute to it?

19:39

1) Apia confrontation highlights sensitivity over West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Special Autonomy provides for rights justice, says Papuan legislator
3) Churches unimpressed by Indonesias comments on West Papua
4) SOLOMON ISLANDS: PUSH FOR WEST PAPUA RIGHTS RECOGNITION SUCCESSFUL
5) THE DEFENDANT OF BURNED SCRIPTURE INCIDENTS ASKED TO BE RELEASED
6) POLICE DEMOTE OFFICERS WHO FIRED AT PAPUAN CROWD
7) Gama Plantation: Building on deforestation and conflict
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19:37

Philippine President Duterte Has a Problem With Women More women turn against Dutertes war on drugs Were running a nation on Viagra, police killings a dreams of a better Marcos "IndyWatch Feed National"

DAVAO, Philippines/MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has a problem with women, says the woman who has known him longer than perhaps any other: his sister Jocellyn.

Hes a chauvinist, she told Reuters in a recent interview. When he sees a woman who fights him, it really gets his ire.

Then Jocellyn ran through a list of Dutertes female critics that included his vice president, a prominent senator who is now in jail and the head of the Philippines Supreme Court.

All three have sparred with Duterte after denouncing his brutal war on drugs, which has killed thousands of people in the Asian nation since he took office in June 2016.

Duterte has joked about rape, insulted the Pope and baffled friends and foes with often contradictory public statements. Neither this, nor his profanity-laden reactions to women critics, seem to have dented his popularity among Filipinos.

The 72-year-old president is a self-confessed womanizer who once told a large gathering of local officials, I cant imagine life without Viagra.

On the campaign trail last year, he joked about the gang rape of an Australian missionary who was killed in a prison riot. Speaking to Philippine troops in May, he said he would take responsibility for any rape they might commit.

But womens rights advocates also praise him for handing out free contraceptives in his hometown, Davao City, where he was mayor for 22 years, and for championing a reproductive health bill opposed by the countrys influential Catholic Church.

In a recent statement, even Human Rights Watch a fervent critic of the drug war acknowledged Dutertes strong support for legislation aimed at protecting and promoting women.......

18:41

Channel 7 Is Threatening To Sue New Matilda Because We Called Today Tonight Trashy "IndyWatch Feed National"

NOTE TO READERS: Weve launched a fundraising appeal to take on Channel 7 (and then media who target Muslims if Channel 7 doesnt proceed). Details here.

If media outlets were magnets for defamation lawsuits, then New Matilda would be a super conductor.

In less than 12 months, weve had seven defamation threats, including one from a Rabbi who publicly argued that same-sex attracted people should consider killing themselves, rather than engage in sex. He objected to us describing him as homophobic.

You cant make this stuff up.

A few months ago, we had four law firms pursue us over a single story an investigation into a Kazakhstan company that paid a British intelligence firm to spy on anti-asbestos activists around the world, including in Australia. Three of those law firms were from the United Kingdom. One of them was from Australia. Were investigating an official complaint against the latter for bullying more on that later.

And now, Channel 7 is threatening to sue. Yes, Channel 7. You might remember them from such recent headlines as Were seeking legal costs against a woman we tried to gag who had sex with our CEO for a couple years, and snorted a whole pile of cocaine with him.

New Matildas alleged offence? Columnist Michael Brull wrote this article in March, in which he trashed Today Tonight (yes, remarkably, they remain on the air in South Australia and WA) and its reporting around Muslims who are trying to take over the world or at least our small corner of the world.

Long story short its time to draw a line in the sand. Its hard enough running a tiny independent publication, let alone dealing with legal threats from organisations who should know better. And Im not referring to Channel 7 there why would anyone think they would know better?

As is New Matildas stated policy, we publish threats of defamation for our readers to behold. With that in mind, below is the concerns notice sent to us by Channel 7s lawyers. Below that is my reply. Admittedly, I was a little emotional when I wrote it.

As always, well keep you posted.

In the interim, weve launched a...

18:36

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Donald Trump, top Democrats agree on deal to protect Dreamers, but no funding for wall

14 September 2017

 

 

US President Donald Trump has struck an immigration deal with opposition Democrats to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation but his much-vaunted border wall will not be part of the equation.

Key points:

  • New deal protects so-called Dreamers immigrants who were brought illegally into the US as children
  • Donald Trump bypassed Republicans to deal with Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
  • DREAM Act will provide eventual citizenship for young Dreamer immigrants

The agreement, brokered with top Senate Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, protects immigrants brought illegally into the US as children, the so-called Dreamers.

But it specifically does not include Mr Trumps long-sought border wall.

The deal would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by former president Barack Obama, which Mr Trump announced he was ending.

The agreement was announced in a joint statement from Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer following a dinner the pair had with Mr Trump at the White House.

It marks the second time in two weeks that Mr Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Ms Pelosi and Mr Schumer.

Mr Trump had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of Dreamers begin to expire.

We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a pac...

18:18

Hobart vacancies crash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Chronic rental shortage

Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any Aussie capital city on SQM Research's index.


Prices/rents/everything booming in the Tasmanian capital.

18:08

"Nothing Pains Some People..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

17:42

Canada - Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he'll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.
"Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays," Drapeau-McNally said.
Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.
Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn't seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.
"There's nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing," he said.
"There's a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the person's overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybody's problems."

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.
Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and she's seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.
"We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health," Drapeau-McNally said.
"I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water," she said.
Last year, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Society's board both came out in support of fluoridation.
"The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status," they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.
Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking fluoridated water.
Big cities including Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg fluoridate. Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver don't, along with Waterloo and Windsor in southern Ontario.
City council in Saint John, N.B., voted against fluoride....

17:30

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another take on this important artifact which also confirms my own speculations. What is described is a practical trig for builders in the form of useful ratios.

Recall that the lack of the zero made the use of ratios mandatory.  Thus such a trig table was inevitable.

 all good stuff.  At least it shows us a little of how it was all done.  I haveactually reconstructed much of all this but it is nioce to see confirmation.



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3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

The tablet is broken and probably had more rows, experts believe Credit: UNSW 

Sarah Knapton, Scie...

17:26

Evidence of volcanic eruptions under Antarctic Ice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In August, researchers at Edinburgh University announced that frigid West Antarctica is home to at least 138 volcanoes, all concealed within an ice sheet that's up to two kilometers thick in some places! The finding left Robert Bingham, one of the study's authors, with an urgent question. "The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible," he told The Guardian. "If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica's ice sheets. Anything that causes the melting of ice - which an eruption certainly would - is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea." Luckily, Bingham didn't need to wait long for an answer. A team of scientists from New Mexico Tech, Dartmouth College, and Vermont Technical College has uncovered evidence of volcanic eruptions in ice cores taken from the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS). A paper describing their findings has just been published in Scientific Reports.

17:13

Whats So Great About Traditional Marriage Anyway? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Monica Campo sits firmly in the Yes camp, but that hasnt stopped her wondering what all the fuss is about marriage in the first place.

The No campaign and most notably ex PM Tony Abbott argue that same sex marriage will change the basis of traditional marriage, which will in turn fundamentally alter the foundations of family and of our society.

Take a closer look at those foundations of marriage and family, however, and there is not much to celebrate.

Marriage (in the West) had nothing to do with love, but was historically a state-based contract to enable men to gain control and rights over women and children, to secure property, create strategic allegiances between powerful families, and to ensure reproduction of workers for the burgeoning capitalist economy. Indeed, early laws against sodomy in Europe were not based on morality or religion, but instead on the economics of reproduction. As Sophie Monk and Joni Pit argue compulsory heterosexuality is one of the techniques of bourgeois power deployed to ensure the proletariat reproduces itself.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

Second wave feminists were critical of marriage arguing that it was the cornerstone of patriarchy, rendered women reliant on men for their livelihood, and, as Carol Pateman argued, a form of sexual servitude. Until fairly recently, it was legally impossible for a husband to be convicted of raping his wife because marriage was seen as contract that obliged sex to ones spouse. In Australia, rape in marriage was legal until 1994 (in the Northern Territory, though other states criminalised it earlier).

With some notable exceptions, few contemporary feminists remain openly critical of marriage. Meagan Tyler argues that in the current climate of choice feminism, being critical of the institution of marriage is construed as an attack on womens rights to make individual choices. The context of these choices (patriarchal capitalism) is forgotten, ignored or decried as outdated and given over to a view that marriage c...

17:12

South-East Oz Pt 1: Stanthorpe to Round Hill Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Shy Heathwren

We left home on September 6 for a lengthy road trip through NSW and Victoria. First stop was Glen Alpin near Stanthorpe, staying by the Severn River at the Country Style Caravan Park. There were plenty of Dusky Woodswallows here. It's always nice to be in the Granite Belt but we could do without the weather down to -2 on our first morning.

Dusky Woodswallow
We moved on to Armidale the next day, calling in on the excellent birding area along Old Wallangarra Road, where a Yellow-footed Antechinus was of interest in the short time available. A couple of Little Eagles were seen on the way south for a 2-night stay in the Armidale Tourist Park. I spent a full morning in the ironbark woodlands of the Yarrowyck area west of Armidale, along Gwydir Park Road and Gwydir River Road.


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17:02

Trumps Five Biggest Moves Yet "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The next six months will be the biggest of Trumps presidency.

He will have to make five decisions that determine the economic future of the global currency system, let alone Americas economy.

Australias wealth is driven by exports priced in dollars and on American markets.

The price of iron ore, coal, agricultural commodities and much more depend as much on the fate of the US dollar as their own supply and demand. Not to mention the profitability of our exporting companies swing with currencies too.

But what are these decisions Trump will make?

Prolific author Jim Rickards, of our own Strategic Intelligence newsletter, explains the situation below.

In short, there is an enormous personnel change coming up at the worlds most powerful institution.

The majority of control is up for grabs.

And Trump decides who gets nominated to what post

Trump Owns the Fed

Jim Rickards

Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint a higher percentage of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at one time than any president since Woodrow Wilson.

President Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act during the creation of the Fed in 1913 when it had a vacant board. At that time, the law said the Secretary of the Treasury and the Comptroller of the Currency were automatically on the Feds Board of Governors.

But besides that, President Wilson selected all five of the other participating members.

Now Trump has the opportunity to fill more seats on the Feds Board of Governors than any president since then.

Thats pretty amazing when you think about it.

To review, the Federal Reserves Board of Governors is made up of seven appointees. That means they can make a majority decision with four votes. If youre reading about the Fed, you might also see reference to regional reserve bank presidents. These are roles within the Federal Reserve System, but the real power is found on the seven-member Board of Governors.

Heres the remarkable part:

As of last week, four of the seven Fed board seats are now vacant.

In fact, Im describing a 72-hour span last week as the most momentous three-day period in the...

16:53

Im fine, Tonys here "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Possibly the most misunderstood person in politics today: Hunter Valley Bushfire: Hunter Valley homes at risk, Tony Abbott joins fire fight.

Tony Abbott has been hailed as a hero after saving a house from ember attack while battling a bushfire burning near his Sydney northern beaches electorate of Warringah.

This afternoon embers from the Beacon Hill bushfire ignited local resident Barry Cafes fence.

Mr Cafe told local paper the Manly Daily that it wasnt every day that a former prime minister saves your home.

I told everybody, Im fine, Tonys here, he said.

Hes a top bloke We couldnt do without them (the Rural Fire Service).

16:38

Gillard's x partner Bruce Wilson linked to murder - .357 Magnum round left on car "keep your mouth shut or you'll get one of these" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Morton WILSON, Julia Gillard's lover and partner for at least 4 years - in action outside the Trade Union Royal Commission. Former union boss linked to murder The Australian 3:16PM September 14, 2017 WA Chief Reporter Perth @AndrewBurrell7 Julia Gillards ex-boyfriend, former union boss Bruce Wilson, has been sensationally...

16:35

STONE & WOOD ARE CRUISING THE COAST "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Were packing up the beer truck and cruising South.

This spring as the weather heats up, were taking Clyde (our trusty beer truck) on an East coast road trip from Byron to Sydney. Dropping in on coastal towns along the way, well be spreading good vibes and putting on a few Karma Kegs for the locals

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Clydes set to attend over 10 epic events from 20 September 27 October. Kicking off the tour in Yamba, hell be rolling into towns for tap takeovers, a few festivals, beer dinners, frothy catch-ups and one grand finale at this years Sydney Beer Week (more details to be announced).

Clyde Event Vibes

Come and escape the grind, gather a crew and join Clyde as he cruises the coast! With the promise of cruisey live tunes, delicious tucker, cold frothies and a few Karma Kegs to support local charities, join us as we welcome the warmer months

KEEN TO CRUISE WITH US? Check our website for TOUR DATES & DETAILS

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16:30

The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the Trump administration and Congress push to limit the Americans with Disabilities Act, others are pushing to expand the acts provisions to the entire web.

Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitationsthink of Braille on store signs, sound-enabled walk signals, on-ramps carved into sidewalks. But over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.

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16:29

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cuba Says Good Health in Bad Weather
Instructions for the National Health Service were clear: ensure the necessary conditions to continue providing medical services across the entire country, and protect material resources in hospitals and healthcare institutions

Lisandra Farias Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 13:09:19

Firefighters working to clear water from the basement area of the Ameijeiras Hospital. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Its just after 6pm on September 11, and theres an unusual sense of calm at the normally busy Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

There are currently no patients at the health center, located only a short distance from Havanas waterfront Malecon.

The Ameijeiras, hard hit by Irma, has been completely evacuated.

Its difficult to picture the reception area empty, except for one staff member at her work station graciously answering every phone call; explaining to the population why the hospital is closed, telling them to call back for updates.

I hope she knows that we have come to report on how one of the countrys principal health institutions is coping after Hurricane Irma. She stops answering calls for a moment to tells us that in the 19 years she has worked at the hospital, she has never experienced a situation like this before, and much less one that has caused the center to close. This is a first.

According to damage reports by the Ministry of Public Health, the basement of the building is flooded with one meter 20 centimeters of contaminated water, too much to pump out and affecting nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, clinical-laboratory, x-ray and out-patient surgery services.

The record level of sea water, caused by storm surges the principal cause of damage, even more than the wind to have penetrated the hospital since it was founded, was one meter 12 centimeters. But Irma surpassed all predictions. According to our most recent estimates, there is currently one meter 50 centimeters of water. The basement area is still completely flooded, and the polyclinics are practically inaccessible, stated Dr. Rigoberto Garca Gmez, deputy director of teaching and research at the Hermanos A...

16:28

Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney
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16:16

The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Headliners for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Co-chel South Australias premiere folk festival, the Fleurieu Folk Festival, has announced a bunch of really exciting headliners for its 2017 event. This years Fleurieu Folk Festival will feature Kristina Olsen (USA), Ken Nicol (UK), Greg Champion, Co-chel (above), The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross (UK). There obviously a []

15:39

Dog Spiritual Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Dog animal spirit. A deeper understanding of beloved dogs. Dog spiritual meaning is unique and gifted to us. by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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15:36

German Hyperinflation & What They Do Not Teach in School "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Dear Marty

Following your blog is a good way to counter the propaganda in our society.

Today you stated:

This was the fate of the hyperinflation in Germany. It was NOT the Quantity of Money theory, it was the fact that there was a 1918 Communist Revolution in Germany where they had even asked the Communist Russians to take over Germany. It was the collapse in CONFIDENCE that led to the hyperinflation.

Living in the UK, with German friends, I do not know any person who is aware of this and they would not believe that Germany nearly became communist if I told them. This is not taught at school anywhere.

Can you point me to some literature or other sources where we can find out more about what happened with the communists in Germany and elsewhere in Europe? I know they are making a resurgence at present (Think the EU!)

Thanks for all you do

SP

Wilheim II (1914) 20 mark

ANSWER: Curious. I know that in Germany they do not really teach the details of the rise of Hitler. But he was the ultimate reaction to the events of the 1920s. There is a good book on the subject, but it is in German ...

15:35

Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

15:31

The Bank that was Small Enough to Jail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Marty; there is another documentary on the Abacus Bank and how they were singled out and charged for the 2007-2009 crash. While they said this was a tiny banks for immigrants that was too  Small Enough to Jail, I found this offensive that they said it was the first bank to be indicted since 1991. Not even Matt Taibbi ever would report on your case and your film was blocked in the USA because it opened the door to political intervention into Russia by the banksters. I believe HSBC and Republic Bank were charged criminally in your case so there was another bank charged after 1991 but nobody will report it. Am I correct? Has Steve Jame or Matt Taibbi  ever contacted you?

ANSWER: As far as I am aware, neither Matt Taibbi  nor Steve Jame ever contacted me. You have to look at what and how the government prosecuted the bank in my case. The bank did not plead guilty, it was the holding company that owned the bank Republic New York Corporation. Then they steered the case to the only Federal Judge who was blind Richard Casey (who died shortl...

15:03

Brian Houston on Twitter: I will be voting Yes and No in the upcoming Australian postal vote on gay marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

BIG AUSTRALIAN GAY MAN: POPE BRAIN OF HELL$ONGWILL YOU BE VOTING YES OR NO IN THE UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN POSTAL BALLOT ON GAY MARRIAGE

14:42

Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:41am


The sale of publicly-owned plantations to pay down debt and fund the transition of the state logging agency amounts to a desperate and short-sighted fire sale of an important future resource of the industry, simply to prop up loss-making native forest logging, The Wilderness Society said today.

Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars was given to Forestry Tasmania to establish plantations, at great cost to the environment, and the Tasmanian Audit Office reports Forestry Tasmania acquitted its grants using a $3500/ha figure for establishment cost[i]. At this rate, the 29,000 ha plantation estate cost the taxpayer over $100 million to plant. 

"Flogging-off publicly-owned plantations, at a massive loss, to subsidise unviable native forest logging operations is a desperate last-ditch effort to hide the ongoing failures of Premier Hodgmans chaotic approach to forestry," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"Premier Hodgman has just privatised a publicly-owned asset in a fire sale, making a massive loss on taxpayer investment and divesting an important future resource for the timber industry to an unknown multi-national company.

"This is not only short-sighted, but it maintains the Hodgman Governments heavy subsidisation of Forestry Tasmania, coming on the back of a  $30 million equity transfer from TasNetworks in 2015 and recent government absorption of expensive Forestry Tasmania liabilities, like staff superannuation.

"According to the Tasmanian Auditor General, these plantations cost the taxpayer over $100 million to establish. They offer a future resource for the logging industry and yet, Premier Hodgman has offloaded them at a loss, simply to subsidise state-sanctioned native forest logging."


More information

For further comment, please contact Vica Bayley on 0400 644 939.

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14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.60 AUD
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14:23

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.
Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.
Jamie, if you answered "all of them," you're correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.
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14:08

Conference: Social cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presents Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 event Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony: the Goulburn Valley Experience.   Conference Theme The 2017 conference will ... Read more...

14:06

Chair "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:04

Chinny Charge sold out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

For the first time in 16 years the Chinny Charge is on again!

This Saturday September 16, 500 people will be running and walking up Mount Chincogan to win prizes or in many cases just to enjoy the view.

While places are now fully booked, those running are reminded that there are to be no dogs or smoking on the mountain.

The race will start at the Mullumbimby Memorial Petria Thomas Swimming Pool at 2pm. It will be started  by race winner Colin Creighton, who won the  second Chinny Charge in bare feet with four stitches in his big toe in 1967.

After doing the mountain dash, the keenest of runners will charge back into town and cross the finishing line at the Mullumbimby Post Office.

Dont forget you can confirm your place in the race from 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.

If you would like to win a $200 prize from Mullumbimby IGA you can try and guess the winning time. Fill out the form (on page 10) and make your best guess.

Pop your entry into the box at the IGA and the Mullumbimby Newsagents. The entry box will move to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on the day. You will be able to submit your guess up until the beginning of the race.

Special effort

Do you know anyone who is running the race who deserves recognition for special effort and encouragement of others? If you do, or if you are in or watching the race and notice anyone who does something that makes you think they should get recognition for their actions, then let the organisers know.

You can give them suggestions in writing at the table where the race begins or where the race ends.

Kevin Moran Memorial

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13:44

The Economist published my letter! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the letters section of this weeks Economist

You dont Say

The term Says Law, (Economics brief, August 12th) was invented by the American economist, Fred Taylor, and popularised in his introductory text, published in 1921. Moreover, the phrase supply creates its own demand is not classical in origin, but was first used in print by another American economist, Harlan McCracken, in a text that John Maynard Keynes is known to have read while he was writing the General Theory. Jean-Baptiste Say neither invented the concept nor was he its most staunch defender.

STEVEN KATES
Associate Professor
School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

13:37

Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday. Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon. Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect. "This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.

13:34

Hyla Roll Out New Record "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been three years in the making but Melbourne via Perth band Hyla are finally releasing their debut record Osaka.

Written entirely during a stint in Japan, frontman Alex Hayes released first taste of the album Fraction leaving us wanting more.

He joined Axel Carrington on Breakfast with Taylah for an unplugged tune and talks on the new record.

Play Hyla

13:33

Australian labour market a relatively stronger result for August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for August 2017 shows that total employment growth was relatively robust (up 54,200) with full-time employment growth accounting for much of that increase. Unlike recent months, where if full-time growth was positive, part-time growth was negative (and vice versa), both components of employment rose. Further, the participation rate rose by 0.2 points as job opportunities expanded. Labour underutilisation overall (underemployment and unemployment) was at 14.1 per cent summing to 1,842.8 thousand persons. The teenage labour market showed further improvement but remains in a poor state. Overall, my assessment of the Australian labour market is that it still to early to conclude that the uncertainty of the last few years is giving way to sustained growth.

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

  • Employment increased by 54,200 (0.5 per cent) full-time employment increased 40,100 and part-time employment increased 14,100.
  • Unemployment decreased 1,100 to 727,500.
  • The official unemployment rate remained steady at 5.6 per cent.
  • The participation rate increased by 0.2 pts to 65.3 per cent. It still remains below its December 2010 peak (recent) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 6.1 million hours (0.4 per cent).
  • Using the seasonally-unadjusted quarterly data, the total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 14.1 per cent (1,812.6 thousand workers). Underemployment was 8.5 per cent and there were 1,101.3 thousand persons underemployed.

Employment growth stronger in August

Employment increased by 54,200 (0.5 per cent) full-time employment increased 40,100 and part-time employment increased 14,100.

This is a relatively strong result.

We have observed a zig-zag pattern in total employment growth over the last 36 months or so where the employment estimates have been switching back and forth regularly between negative employment growth and positive growth with the occasional spikes.

This month, the pattern where full-time or part-time would alternative with negative and positive growth changed with both recording positive movements.

The following graph shows the month by month growth in full-time (blue columns), part-time (grey columns) and total employment (green line) for the 24 months to August 2017 using seasonally adjusted data.

It gives you a good impression of just how flat employment growth has...

13:31

Tim Wilson MP wrote to me this morning after I criticised his colouring-in book. Here's my response. "IndyWatch Feed National"

(digital reconstruction from original elements in Tim's book) Tim Wilson MP, Liberal MP for Goldstein wrote to me and some of our readers this morning. DM me your address and I'll send you a copy. I think you'll find they are quite good. pic.twitter.com/QFrIXGrt1A Tim Wilson MP (@timwilsoncomau) September...

13:30

Monsantos GMO Harm and Corruption is Abominable "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The decision to eat or not eat GMOs is only a small reason behind why I vehemently support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep contempt for the biotech industry as a whole.

Monsanto and the rest of the land rapers have desecrated the islands of Oahu and Molokai so far. I recently spoke with friends on the island of Kauai who have expressed grave concern.

People there are getting sick and many believe that their sickness is being caused by impacts of growing GMOs.

Yet, when asking Monsanto and the like to disclose what chemicals and in what quantities they are spraying, their answers are vague, if at all.


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12:46

The Dark Side of the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Is the same sex marriage plebiscite what its cracked up to be? Australia, if the plebiscite is supposedly about marriage equality for same sex marriage (gay marriage which most of us are fine with and couldnt care less about), why are they planning to LEGISLATE for ALL of the dozens of invented gender fluid []

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12:45

Listen to the New John Butler Trio Single Bully "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio The John Butler Trio recently released their latest, stand-alone single Bully. The track was recorded back in 2016 and was released as the John Butler Trio work on their new album. In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia USA and Australias []

12:36

earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our first earthcore in the park 2017 NSW crew stage takeover announcements are in!

boss bass

Introducing Boss Bass who will be hosting the Basscore 2017 in the NSW Courtyard! Best known for their 5 year strong monthly Chinese Laundry Friday night residency, Boss Bass have hosted some of the biggest and best names in the business.
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hypnotic events

Known for their large scale indoor events and previously unattainable lineups, Hypnotic Events follow on from Zac Slades highly successful brand Sydney Trance offering the Sydney club scene a taste of psychedelic music, lifestyle & culture.
read on

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12:34

Say Hello to the Collective Shaman (Hint: You Are Part of It) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The role of the Shaman in the original peoples is to resolve issues of the tribe that other members were unable to rectify themselves. They heal, they influence, they transform, otherwise known as the art of magic. Traditional and contemporary shamans do this by consciously venturing into the non-physical realm a practice called journeying to dance with the spirits of their ancestors and their land to find answers to their current affairs, and assist the energetic rivers to flow in more desired directions.

Entire cultures progressively lost their connection to themselves, each other and nature, as well as their personal exploration of esoterica. The war on metaphysics advanced. A philosophical disease called materialism took a toxic grip after industrialisation, consumerism and the technological explosion saturated peoples minds and hearts with predominately mundane and destructive conceptions of reality.

Communities were now highly fragmented and the majority of people were sucked into urbanised enslavement.

But then the internet was created. An unprecedented moment occurred in humanitys (known) history where information was being shared instantaneously to all areas of our planet, resulting with a significant amplification of cross-cultural ideas and behaviours.

A human culture, not an ethnic or regional one, was being birthed (or simply remembered).

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12:22

Pushing the audience: the Sydney Underground Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.

12:18

MACKAY Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 14, 2017 at 08:07AM ,

Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker

September 14, 2017 at 08:07AM ,

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12:18

MACKAY Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 05:41PM ,

Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material

September 13, 2017 at 05:41PM ,

The 40-year-old, who we cannot name to protect the identity of others involved, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. She appeared via

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12:13

JUNGLE LOVE LAUNCH PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

By now the Jungle Love have crew shown time and time again that they know how to throw a damn good party and they also love any excuse to do it. The main event of the year is Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival which is taking place for the fourth time ever from November 30 to December 2 at Borumba Deer Park. So to build the excitement our team is taking over The Zoo and Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley on October 14 for the Jungle Love Launch Party: The Zoo and Winn Lane Takeover.

The Jungle Love community has a knack for making every night together a night to remember. Last years launch party was held at The Triffid, featuring an outdoor electronic stage. Organisers were advised by venue staff that people wouldnt dance on as theyve never had any luck getting a dance floor happening outside before. But alas the venue staff were proved wrong. The Jungle Lovers proceeded to fill the entirety of the dance floor, making for one of those many delicious nights to remember.

This years launch will feature seven stellar live acts including one of Bigsounds most talked about artists, Clea , a special reformation of the much loved insane asylum LeSuits who split up two years ago, rising stars and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Fight Ibis and some of the finest craftsmen of indie pop, The Jensens . Two acts making their way up from Melbourne for the special occasion are the soulful Squidgenini and one of the most hilarious performers around, Stingray .

Winn Lane will be pumping all night with a selection of sounds curated by the fine tastemakers A Love Supreme who will be mixing up the soul, funk and much, much more. The Winn Lane stage will feature the likes of ALS Soundsystem , Deejay Bossman , Nathan Sellin & Jaeden Birch and El Discotheque .

Punters will be able move between the two spaces via the backstage access from the Zoo to Winn Lane. So punters who havent been backstage at the Zoo before will have the chance to see the plethora of stickers and layers of history left behind by iconic bands that have played at the venue over the past 20 years.

And not to forget that it wouldnt be a Jungle Love party without an array of live performance art and the odd surprise in store.

Full Lineup in alphabetical order:

ALS Soundsystem......

12:12

Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 Interview with Betty Grumble "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Performance Artist Betty Grumble joined Bibi & The Big Blue to talk about her recent tour of International Fringe Festivals around The Globe. They also discuss the wider Global Community in relation to Australia; our development as a modern society reflecting and practicing equality & a Fair Go for All Citizens Betty & Bibi touch on the contrasts in our local societywhere the old conservative ideas are currently reflecting a fear of change.

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12:12

Medicinal Cannabis for the Elderly: An Interview with Canna Nanna Karen Burge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Therapeutic Goods Administrations Special Access Scheme (SAS) is a formal arrangement that allows patients to import unapproved therapeutic goods into the country. There are two main pathways to access imported medicines via this scheme: category A and category B. Category A allows terminally ill patients fast access to imported products, as a doctor only

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11:42

Last chance to catch the SWELL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fifty sculptures line the beautiful stretch of beach at Currumbin on the Gold Coast until September 17. The SWELL sculpture festival is celebrating its fifteenth year as it transforms the golden sands of Currumbin Beach into a dazzling landscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages.

There are up to 50 Australian and international artists who are displaying thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.

Sculptures by local artists Alison Allcock, Jeanette Krohn, Gabriel Rosita and Lance Season form an important part of the exhibition.

Make sure you take the chance to head up the coast and feast your eyes on these fantastic works.

11:27

The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month. On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter []

11:19

EPA stops logging at Limpinwood for inspection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The koala, now named Paris, that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). A second koala is also being cared for ny FoK after being found on a property near Boormans Road. Photo supplied.

The koala, now named Paris, that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). A second koala is also being cared for by FoK after being found on a property near Boormans Road. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council has found unauthorised clearing in the Environmental Protection Zone in Limpinwood by landowner, Hewittville Holdings.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have confirmed with Echonetdaily that they have asked the landholder to cease logging operations on the property, said an EPA spokesperson.

The EPA has become aware of recent allegations about the harvesting operation, and will be conducting a joint site inspection with Tweed shire council as soon as it can be organised.

Locals had raised the alarm in early September and Tweed shire council then unanimously supported action to ask the EPA and state government to investigate the site on September 7.

Concerns were raised about logging in environmental protection zones, specifically in relation to koala habitat trees being felled, previous unauthorised works by the landholder creating significant environmental damage and noise and dust impact on neighbours from the logging trucks.

The EPA has stated that they have been monitoring the operation since it started and it has included three site visits since May 2017.

Site inspection

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) inspected the property on September 9 and documented logging and roading within the 7(d) Environmental Zone and roading and tree removal within the 7(l) Environmental Zone. Extensive operations had occurred within the 7(d) zone and they were still active, they said in a statement to...

11:18

The University of Queensland to Ban Smoking on Campus and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands largest university will become a smoke-free zone as of July 1, 2018 (Image source: Public Domain Pictures)

Announced yesterday, The University of Queensland sates their campuses will adopt the policy after consulting with the state government and health experts.

Director of occupational health and safety at UQ, Tim Carmichael, says the smoking ban reflects evolving societal norms.

 

 

Taco Bell heads to down under

Mexican-style american fast food giant Taco Bell is set to open its doors in Brisbane.

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11:08

Lismore flies the rainbow flag in support of equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

The Lismore City Council has this morning raised the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality while an unauthorised rainbow crossing has appeared in Nimbin.

The council decided at its 13 June meeting to raise a flag as part of a broader resolution on marriage equality that included lobbying Federal MPs and political parties.

The raising of the flag comes as Australians wait for their postal survey on the issue.

Councillor Darlene Cook, who moved the motion, said raising the rainbow flag was an important gesture.

As we head into the yes/no campaign for marriage equality and the postal survey, there is no better time for our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex)
community to know that Council supports their fight for equal rights in our society, Cr Cook said.

This is a clear statement that Council embraces our LGBTQI community and believes they should have the right to marry who they wish. This debate is a no-brainer. Love is love.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

The flag-raising resolution followed earlier attempts by Greens councillor Adam Guise to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed somewhere in the CBD.

But that motion failed as the state authorities claimed that such a crossing could be a traffic hazard.

Obviously that note was not passed on to the residents of Nimbin.

Sometime this week, someone has created a rainbow crossing in the main street of Nimbin, which proudly proclaims One Love.

 

The po...

11:01

The Adani Factor in the Queensland Elections: Changing to a More Sustainable Coal Export Model "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Denis Bright seeks discussion on the implications of the Adani Carmichael Coal Project on the forthcoming state elections. The electoral impact zone of the Adani project will be in the marginal regional state coastal electorates between Townsville and Rockhampton as well as some leafy suburbs of Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. The latter attracted

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10:59

Leafy laneways to criss-cross West Village project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbanes growing affection for city laneways and off-street surprises will soon receive a major boost with the creation of four new public laneways at West Ends West Village project. Developer Sekisui House will construct the new, landscaped walking and cycling spaces across the 2.6ha site. West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson said the integrated residential []

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10:57

This Is The Worlds Newest And Weirdest Milk "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you ever lose sleep thinking that your almond, soy or coconut milk is sourced from plants that are not given the rights and the freedom they deserve? Fortunately, you can now pick up macadamia nut milk from so-called free range trees shipped out from Australia. Milkadamia, a Chicago-based company, is rapidly expanding and expects []

10:54

Interview with Montreal Antifascist Organizer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Interview with Montreal Antifascist Organizer appeared first on It's Going Down.

MTL Counter-info sent some questions to some people involved in ongoing anti-fascist activities, in an effort to address common misconceptions about these struggles. This is what they had to say.

Can you tell me about antifascist organizing in Montreal and what its role is, especially now?

Antifascist activism has a long history in Montreal, going back to the 1980s. Prior to 2017, though, things had been relatively quiet for a number of years, most activity not occurring in the public eye.

Following the racist massacre in Quebec City on January 27, the far right has been emboldened. They have been taking to the streets and organizing in an unprecedented fashion. As a result of which, many of us have begun organizing along explicitly antifascist lines.

The role of antifascism is to expose and neutralize the threat posed by the far right. It is to support communities and individuals targeted by the far right. Ultimately, it is to join with and support those fighting against the root causes of the far right, which in the Canadian context are racism, patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism.

Why is it important to be fighting fascism now?

Since six people were murdered and nineteen seriously injured by a racist gunman in Quebec City earlier this year, the far right has stepped out of the shadows and is trying to gain legitimacy as a political force in Quebec society. This is part of a broader trend that reached a milestone when Donald Trump was elected, and that we see playing out throughout the historically racist countries in Europe and North America, as the economic crisis is provoking an avalanche of white racism.

The thing is, the answers the fascists provide scapegoating immigrants, Jews, people of color simply divert attention away from the real cause of the problems people are facing, namely an unfair economic system and increasing austerity.

History shows that if we dont fight effectively against the far right, people end up dying. The stakes are high, and we dont intend to sit idly by as things get worse.

What are common misconceptions of Antifa?

The politically ignorant believe we are the reason behind the rise of the far-Right. A quick look at what happened first should set the record straight on that one.

The far right believes we are secretly paid by George Soros or by the g...

10:50

10th Mullum Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten years ago the first Mullum Music Festival pioneered a very different type of music event. No gates. No big headlines. No VIP areas. Basically a No hassle festival. A festival where artists and performers mingled, where shows are held in halls, clubs and pubs rather than tents, and instead of driving hours to park in a field and trudge on site, patrons became enmeshed in the spirit of a vibrant village. It worked.

Its not just about one act, but rather all the performers says Festival Director Glenn Wright. Mullum Music Festival is about the experience. Everyone knows that. Its all about the people. All of the people. Everyday People!

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This year the Festival tips its hat to the line up ten years on by including many of the artists who were on the first bill. Its a Festival Homecoming with patrons Suzannah Espie, Mama Kin and Harry James Angus all returning to perform along with Tinpan Orange, Jojo Smith, Liz Stringer, Hussy Hicks, Oka and a swag of acts everyone has grown to love.

In the decade since its inception Mullum has a reputation for booking new acts. Many of these acts have gone on to play bigger stages all over the world. Like NZ artist Marlon Williams who has been selling out shows throughout the US, UK & Europe and returns for this years program with his beloved Yarra Benders.

With big headlines like Jon Cleary the funkiest of the funkiest (I mean hes from Funky town New Orleans) bringing his Absolute Gentlemen, a four-piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation rocking grooves.

Perhaps nothing typifies the unconventional joy of the program more than All Our Exes Live in Texas. A festival favourite, these four songwriters with four unique voices return to deliver their four-part indie slice of folk heaven.

Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford brings her smooth, opulent and electric voice to our 10th Mullum Music Festival, Mama Kin Spender feeds the soul when she delivers heart stopping ballads and percussive beats, this time around in collaboration with Melbourne musician Spender. From tender to brooding, the...

10:43

Union threatens boycott of Lismore Base Hospital ward openings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

A health union has threatened to boycott the opening of two wards at the Lismore Base Hospital unless staffing levels are increased.

The Health Services Union is demanding that an extra thirteen hospital positions are created, including security people, wards people and X-ray operators.

Greens MP Dawn Walker has raised the issue of staffing at the Lismore Base Hospital in state parliament following safety concerns raised by the union.

Its appalling that the NSW Government is failing to listen to concerns about excessive staff workloads at Lismore Base Hospital, which is risking patient care, stretching the capacity of hospital staff and jeopardizing the opening of new wards at the Hospital, Ms Walker, who is the health spokesperson for her party, said.

When I questioned the Government over staffing at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday, they failed to even answer the question. Yet we know that under-resourcing of hospital staff is an ongoing problem at Lismore Base Hospital.

Only last month mental health nursing staff were forced to consider closing beds due to major concerns over patient safety following planned cuts to clinical nursing staff levels.

The Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment should position the Hospital as a state-of-the art facility for the North Coast, but the Liberal-National Government seem determined not to resource it adequately.

The Government and Northern NSW Local Health District must consult with the Health Services Union, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and other bodies over staffing levels so patient care isnt compromised..

 

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10:42

'Nest-building flying saucers found in land down under.' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

At about 9:00 am. local time, on 19 January, 1966, banana grower, George Pedley, aged 28, was driving a tractor about one half mile from a farm house owned by Albert Pennisi. Pedley's attention was drawn by a 'hissing' sound, clearly heard over the noise from the tractor's engine. He looked about for the source of the noise, and saw an unusual object some 25 yards away. He described it as  about 30 feet in the air, rising vertically. Its shape was that of 'two saucers face to face.' It was light grey in color, being dull, non-reflective. Its size was estimated as 25 feet long by eight to nine feet deep. No structured features were visible. The loud 'hissing' noise seemed to diminish as the object rose. It rose to a height of 60 feet, then departed, climbing at about an angle of forty-five degrees, extremely fast, to the South-west. For the duration of his observation, which was only 5-6 seconds, it appeared to be always rotating.

After the object's departure, Pedley found a clearly defined, near circular area of water in the lagoon. He left the area, and returned at around noon that day. At this time, the cleared area of water had been replaced by a floating mass of reeds, at the point where the object had first been seen. This mass was about 32 feet long by 25 feet wide. The grass on the surface of the water, was flattened in a clockwise direction. (Sources: (1) RAAF file series J63, control symbol 5/40/Air Part 1. pp 167-178; 184-185. (2) RAAF file series A703, control symbol 580/1/1 part 5. pp 56-62; 164-169; 175-176; 182-183. (3) 'The Tully Report, saucer nests 1966 and 1969.' UFO Research Queensland, pp 1-31.)

Australian media attention

The local paper, the 'Tully Times,' carried an account.



This was quickly followed by articles in newspapers in the capi...

10:34

Under his Eye: income management and the surveillance state "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This article was originally published at Independent Australia with the title Cashless Debit Card: income management and the surveillance state under a Creative Commons Licence.

Philosophically speaking, debate for and against income management of welfare recipients typically balances the belief in the right to freedom of choice against the argument that freedom of choice and right to a private life can be limited when that freedom and privacy brings substantial harm to the self or others.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is the body in Australia with responsibility for evaluating new legislation against International Human Rights, reporting on whether any identified limitation of a human right is justifiable according to the limitation criteria(pii).

They do this with reference to the information provided in Explanatory Memorandum to Bills and find that where limiting the right to a private life, the existence of a legitimate objective must be identified clearly with supporting reasons and, generally, empirical data to demonstrate that [it is] important.

And that;

To be capable of justifying a proposed limitation of human rights, a legitimate objective must address a pressing or substantial concern and not simply seek an outcome regarded as desirable or convenient. Additionally, a limitation must be rationally connected to, and a proportionate way to achieve, its legitimate objective in order to be justifiable in international human rights law. (Twenty-Seventh Report of the 44th Parliament, 2016, p21)

Since the Committees report (based on the original Bill) was tabled, the Explanatory Memorandum to the Social Security Legislation (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2017 has been updated to speci...

10:14

Local asbestos program nominated for award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

The increase in DIY household renovations has highlights the importance of how to identify asbestos. It was the increasing quantity of asbestos that was unknowingly being taken to waste facilities in the northern rivers that lead to the development of the North East Wastes Household Asbestos Testing Program. Delivered to six local councils the program is now a finalist in this years Local Government NSW Excellence in Environment Awards.

Home owners undertaking their own renovations were turning up at the landfill unaware that the materials they had removed contained asbestos. This was not only a posing a health risk for the home owners but also the staff at the waste facility who sort the waste, said Tash Morton, the North East Waste project co-ordinator.

The asbestos testing program was an extension of the Household Asbestos Disposal Kit program that was initiated in 2015 to assist householders with disposing of small quantities of asbestos safely. Both programs are now run by Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Clarence Valley and Richmond Valley Councils.

Residents are provided with a mask and sample bags, instructions and a pre-paid satchel to post their samples to the asbestos testing company. The results of the test are then emailed to the resident with information.

The program is the first of its kind in Australia being run by Local Government Im incredibly proud of the work Tash has done and happy to be recognised for our initiative, says North East Waste coordinator, Jeanie Mckillop.

For further information on where to pick up the household asbestos testing or disposal kits contact your local Council or visit the council websites. You can also contact joanne@newaste.org.au

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10:11

Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.

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While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........

10:08

Miles the one who smiles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Miles arrived at Edgars Mission on this day in back in 2013. At such a young age he had already seen more hardship than one should endure; orphaned, weak and in desperate need of warm and helping hands.

Today Miles is a handsome and gentle fellow, who loves nothing more than the affection of his human carers. Among all the love and care sent his way, Miles is also being treated for Epilepsy we believe he is the only sheep treated for the condition in Australia.

Miles is part of our Best Friends monthly donor program, if youre able and would like to sponsor him, you can find him in the Sheep Shack here!

10:05

Turnbull Government's Australian Building and Construction Commissioner resigns ahead of court sentancing contravening the Fair Work Act "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It appears that the Abbott and Turnbull federal governments chosen anti-union attack dog has feet of clay.
This is what the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has to say about its agency head as late as 12 September 2017:
Nigel Hadgkiss, APM, became the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner on 2 December 2016 with the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).  Nigel has held a number of high-profile roles in both state and federal government agencies with a focus on both law enforcement and construction industry regulation, including:
Director Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC);
Director, Construction Code Compliance, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance;
Executive Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW;
Deputy Commissioner, ABCC;
Director, Building Industry Taskforce;
National Director of Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission; and
...

10:04

Alleged Lismore stalker was jailed for assaulting two females "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore man who was arrested last week for allegedly stalking three women who live in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square has been previously jailed for assaulting two women.

Shane Andrew Mitchell did not appear in Lismore Local Court this week via videolink from prison but was represented by solicitor Tom Trembath.
The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.
Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.
Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.
From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.
When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.
In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.
The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.
He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.
The risk to the community is too great, police wrote.
This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard Mr Mitchell was seeking a section 33 assessment under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990.
He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until September 19 when he is expected to appear in court via videolink.

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09:55

Casino father who allegedly groomed 15-year-old girl for sex remains on bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

Expert computer evidence will be given against a married Casino father who allegedly used social media to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex from his home.

Jacob Lee Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court this week and was represented by solicitor Peter Walsh.

The 30-year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sex.

Police allege between November 20, 2016, and the day before his arrest, June 14, Mr Benn sent various message via Facebook messenger to the 15-year-old girl with the intention of having sex with her.

During their communications, it is alleged Mr Benn told the girl not to reveal his identity.

After the girl complained to police an investigation was launched and Mr Benn was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Exploitation Unit on June 15.

He was granted strict conditional bail to reside at Casino and not to contact or approach the girl or go to her school.

Mr Benn must not use the social media websites Facebook, Snapchat, Facebook messenger or Instagram for any reason what so ever.

He was also ordered not to have direct contact with any person younger than 16 except for his immediate family.

This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard police were waiting for an electronic exhibit to be prepared and expert evidence to be given on the case.

Mr Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by October 23 and adjourned Mr Benns matters until November 13.

He was excused from appearing at court on the next occasion by Magistrate Heilpern if legally represented.

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09:47

Wardell woman nabbed by find my phone app "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Wardell woman was arrested for stealing after one of the victims used the find my phone app to track down their stolen iPhone.

Police will allege that the 21-year-old woman broken into two vehicles at the Wardell Caravan Park and stole property in the early hours of September 12.

A short time later the woman broke into a cabin which was occupied by a sleeping victim. It is alleged that the woman has stolen an iphone and other property.

Police said the victim had a find my phone app installed on the stolen phone, and was able to tell police where the phone was.

Ballina police then executed a search warrant at a Wardell address where they located the 21-year-old and the stolen property.

The 21 year old was charged with aggravated break, enter and steal, and two counts of steal from motor vehicle. Bail was refused.

Police said if the victim did not have a phone finder app installed on her phone police may not have been able to make the arrest and return the stolen property.

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09:31

States hesitant about sex abuse redress "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The federal government admits some states might not sign up to a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The states are concerned about what a royal commission estimates is $613m worth of funder-of-last-resort costs after institutions cease to exist.

Im fairly confident that it will be an overarching majority of states and territories, but were still in a slightly grinding process of negotiating that outcome, Social Services Minister Christian Porter told ABC radio on Thursday.

He said it was the single, most complicated legal issue hed ever dealt with, and a second draft of the proposed legislation would be distributed shortly.

Im very confident that we will have a lot of the states opting in, Mr Porter said.

The Commonwealth doesnt have the legal power to compel the states or affected institutions to take part in the scheme.

But it can compel the ACT and the Northern Territory.

NSW is refusing to commit to the scheme, opting to wait for details about costs and how the system will work. Queensland and Victoria want more information.

Mr Porter, who is meeting with institutions on Friday to discuss their concerns about compensation, said the scheme was being designed to benefit victims.

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09:30

Lionel Murphy: an innocent man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Remembering Lionel Keith Murphy 30.08.1922 21.10.1986   Lionel Keith Murphy, of William an Irish immigrant and Lily born Murphy, Sydney 1922.   Outstanding student, budding larrikin  early scholastic achievements encouraged his questioning, sharpened his tools for the liberation of the spirit.   An oddity? an early resister? a Jew-lover? Or simply a man destined

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09:27

Rebel expected to donate her $4.5m win "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has been awarded a record-breaking $4.5 million payout after proving the publishers of Womans Day ruined her reputation and branded her as a serial liar.

The Australian-born, US-based actor and star of megahit film Pitch Perfect has previously said the case was never about money it was about holding bully tabloid magazines to account.

Im looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages Ive received, the 37-year-old tweeted from London.

To me though, this case wasnt about the money, she said in a series of tweets.

The star said she was looking forward to getting back to her career and entertaining everyone.

Wilson proved to an all-female jury in June that Bauer Media, which also publishes Australian Womens Weekly, OK! and NW magazines, defamed her when it published eight articles claiming she lied about her real name, age and childhood.

On Wednesday in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice John Dixon said because of Bauers conduct, the usual cap of $389,500 in general damages for defamation did not apply.

He awarded the star $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages because of her lost opportunities to land movie roles after the defamatory articles were published.

Justice Dixon said Bauer failed to properly investigate allegations that Wilson was a liar, published them knowing the slurs to be false, and kept the offending allegations going for days.

Ms Wilsons reputation as an actress of integrity was wrongly damaged, he said.

Because of that, he said a substantial amount would be required to vindicate her.

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09:21

Third city council dumps Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day grossly insensitive.

But Moreland City Council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

The inner-north Melbourne council voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was grossly insensitive to indigenous people.

It would be like celebrating the Nazi holocaust, Ms Bolton said in the meeting on Wednesday.

Another councillor, John Kavanagh, did not support the move and said it was a decision for the federal government to make.

The federal government last month stripped Yarra and Darebin councils of their right to host citizenship ceremonies after successful votes to shift them to another day.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month described Yarra City Councils decision to change the way it commemorates the day as utterly out of step with Australian values.

On Australia Day, we recognise the greatness of our achievement as Australians, Mr Turnbull said in parliament.

To change the date would be to turn our back on Australian values.

Moreland in 2015 moved its annual citizen awards ceremony to October.

The Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code says local councils should hold ceremonies every two to three months and notes that Australia Day along with Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 are significant days in the calendar when local governments and community organisations can play an important role in raising awareness of citizenship.

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09:15

Media ownership reform set to pass Senate "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Nick Xenophon Team leader Senator Nick Xenophon in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 23, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Nick Xenophon Team leader Senator Nick Xenophon in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 23, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

The Turnbull governments long-awaited media ownership reform package is set to clear the Senate after a deal was struck with the Nick Xenophon Team.

The government secured an agreement with Senator Xenophon on Wednesday night, clinching his crucial block of three votes and paving the way for a bill to be rubber stamped on Thursday.

The packages centrepiece will allow a proprietor to control more than two out of three platforms TV, radio or newspaper in one licensed market.

It will also repeal the reach rule, which prevents a proprietor exercising control of commercial television broadcasting licences where the combined licence area exceeds 75 per cent of Australias population.

In exchange for Senator Xenophons support, the government has agreed to establish a $60.4 million fund for regional and small publishers and increased training for journalists.

This has been the most difficult, protracted and robust set of negotiations in 20 years of being in parliament state and federal, Senator Xenophon said.

Under the arrangement, there will be 30 scholarships a year to study journalism as well as 50 cadetships at regional and small media organisations with up to $40,000 of wages subsidised by the government.

Between 40 and 45 cadets will have to be employed at regional publications.

Treasurer Scott Morrison will ask the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to hold an inquiry into Facebook, Google and the impact other internet giants are having on the media industry.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield believes the overhaul of pre-internet age laws will boost the long-term viability of Australian media.

This is not 1988, the internet does exist. The media laws were crafted for an era which today is barely recognisable, he said.

Labor and the Greens are against the two out of three rule being scrapped, arguing it wi...

09:09

Tattoos pose potential risk: research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied image of tattooist at work. AAP Image/Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo, Dan Zeplin Media

Supplied image of tattooist at work. AAP Image/Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo, Dan Zeplin Media

Tattoos release microscopic pigment particles that lodge in the lymph nodes, posing a potential health risk, research shows.

Scientists used powerful X-rays to track the titanium dioxide nanoparticles down in skin and lymph tissue taken from dead tattooed individuals.

They found evidence that the smallest molecules accumulated in the lymph nodes, which are vital to the immune system.

Titanium dioxide, the most common ingredient in tattoo inks after carbon black, is a white pigment used in food additives, sun screens and paints.

In tattoos it is often mixed with other pigments to create different shades and has been associated with delayed healing, raised skin and itching.

Study author Dr Hiram Castillo, from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, said: When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles that havent been used previously.

No one checks the chemical composition of the colours, but our study shows that maybe they should.

The study did not find evidence of any health hazard linked to titanium dioxide in tattoos, but the scientists pointed out that nanoparticles have unpredictable properties.

Dr Bernhard Hesse, another member of the ESRF team, said: They may not have the same behaviour as the particles at a micro level. And that is the problem, we dont know how nanoparticles react.

The researchers, whose findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports, now plan to look at further tissue samples from people who have suffered adverse effects from tattoos.

The study technique uses intense X-rays generated at the synchrotron facility to dislodge electrons from molecules, resulting in tell-tale energy bursts characteristic of specific elements.

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09:04

UN deeply concerned by Rohingya crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rohingya refugee women queue for breakfast at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Rohingya refugee women queue for breakfast at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

The United Nations Security Council says its deeply concerned about violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, where about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.

In a statement on Wednesday, the 15-member council expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first time in nine years the council had agreed a statement on Myanmar.Earlier UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the humanitarian situation in Myanmar catastrophic and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid.

Pressure has been mounting on Myanmar to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home.

Asked if the situation could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres replied: Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?

The secretary-general also said he has spoken to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmars national leader, several times.

Suu Kyi cancelled a trip to the upcoming UN General Assembly to deal with the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.

The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, says its security forces are fighting Rohingya militants behind a surge of violence in Rakhine state that began on August 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians.

The government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting, the latest in the western state.

On Wednesday Myanmars presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said 176 villages...

08:45

Uniting Church calls for increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed from Western Australia

Showing a bit of leadership, the Uniting Church in Western Australia has called on the Federal Government to make an immediate commitment to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to allow thousands of vulnerable Australians to live in dignity above the poverty line.

The call came out of the latest Annual Synod of the Church, held over the last weekend and came as a contribution to Anti-Poverty week, which will occur next October.

Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, said the current rate for Newstart and Youth Allowance was significantly below the ACOSS poverty line and change was needed urgently to help people break free of the poverty cycle.

At Synod, we unanimously agreed to lobby the Federal Government to commit to an immediate process to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance payments to provide recipients with the resources to live above the poverty line, Steve said.

This increase is essential in order to safeguard the health and well being of individuals and families currently receiving these payments. Living in poverty is stressful and forces people to choose between essential items and services.

Governments can afford a welfare system that isnt below the poverty line when tax is paid by those who can afford it and we encourage efforts to ensure that all individuals and businesses pay their fair share of tax.

The proposal was jointly brought by the Uniting Church Western Australias Social Justice Commission and community services agency, UnitingCare West.

We acknowledge that there are growing pressures on WA households that are particularly challenging for people living below the poverty line, including the low minimum wage, rental affordability and rising electricity, water and public transport costs.  The Social Justice Commission and UnitingCare West will continue to advocate for vulnerable people in the WA community to have fair supports provided, Steve said.

A report released by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) in October 2016 showed there were 731,300 children or 17.4 percent of all children in Australia living in poverty at the time, an increase of 2 percent over the past 10 years, from 2004 to 2014. The report found that nearly three million people were living in poverty in Australia in 2014, or 13.3 percent of the general population.

According to the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS), in 2016, Figures indicate that 240,000 Western Australians live below the poverty line, with a further 150,000 at risk of financial hardship.  These figures are likely to be an underestimate, as they do not take into account higher living costs in Western Australia.

 

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08:43

Third Melbourne Council Abandons Australia Day Celebrations and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A third Melbourne council has voted to abandon official Australia day celebrations. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreland city council has now passed a motion stating that the council believes it is not an appropriate date for an inclusive national celebration, as January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Moreland city council has now joined neighbouring councils Yarra and Darebin in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.

Kevin Rudds Godson Physically Attacked Over Defending Marriage Equality Posters

08:00

Einstein A Go-Go - 10th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the studio this week Dr Shane is joined by EAGG colleagues Dr Jen & Chris KP.

The team kick things off with some science news; sharing updates on A.I developments on Facebook, news from Saturn and Pluto and the 40th anniversary of Voyager.

First Guest: Associate Professor Conor Hogan - Latrobe Institute of Molecular science.

Connor and the EAGG team discuss the exciting new world of Molecular measurement and other scientific development using mobile phones.

Second Guest: Dr Jeremy Silver & Associate Professor Ed Newbigin - Pollen count group at University of Melbourne.

What is the Pollen count group, what is new in the world of pollen and how exciting do they use their research?

Third Guests: Rosemary Millen - PHD Candidate at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & St Vincent's hospital.

Rosemary joins the team in the studio to discuss the immune system and more specifically it's effect on Cancer cells and vice versa.

Remember,.. Science is everywhere!

Program page: http://www.rrr.org.au/program/einstein-a-go-go/

Facebook page: Einstein A Go Go Twitter: https://twitter.com/einstein_agogo

07:58

John Keel's alien questionnaire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Comment: For background see Skinner's previous reports here: John Keel's Long Island File: Gin Rummy, an Alien Baby, and Passwords As it turns out, Apol was not replaced by Rubin, but remained in contact with Jaye Paro. (Nor was Rubin completely out of the picture; he does show up later.) In August, John started sending Apol/Paro questionnaires, which were duly returned, with answers scrawled in red pencil. John kept his correspondence with Apol in a separate file; I posted about it here. The first of these questionnaires now follows in the Long Island file; John noted Apol's answers on a carbon, since the originals are very faint. 1967 ufology is now often obscure, so here are some notes: John defined the 3rd Eye that Apol mentions as a group of "hostile or malevolent ultraterrestrials"; "Project B" was one of his pamphlets, reprinting an article from Flying Saucer Review. The list of possible contactees includes confessed contactees (Adamski, Schmidt, Childers, Menger, Renaud, Derenberger, Kiehl, Kittredge) as well as writers (Trevor James Constable, McGraw, Fuller, Michel, Davis) and a number of generals (Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur, Vandenburg). Otis T. Carr promoted free energy devices and tried to build a saucer, but didn't claim contact. "Long John" Nebel had a radio talk show that often featured contactees, but never claimed contact either. Donald Estrella was a friend of John's; he's mentioned in The Mothman Prophecies. Lee Childers lived in Detroit, and called himself Prince Neosom. Joao Freitas de Guimaraes had a UFO experience in Brazil in 1958; it was similar to Menger's stories. Aim Michel wrote a book called Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. Isabel Davis was a member of Civilian Saucer Intelligence. Gloria Lee was another contactee, who died after a long fast in 1962. The questionnaire is eight pages; the first four pages follow...

07:55

Australian government moves to cover coal as banks pull out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As people campaigning against the Adani Carmichael coal mine rallied again in Brisbane, Steve Ciobo, the minister for trade, complains that activists are stopping the banks from financing the project and are pushing them into pulling away from the coal industry altogether.

He therefore suggests that the government must step in to fill the market gap. In other words, government should subsidise the industry through taxpayers money.

The generosity is likely to include the Adani mine.

Ciobo openly admits that money from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), will be handed out and the lending criteria of the corporation will to be changed to enable this.

The minister said in parliament:

Im increasing the scope of Efics statement of expectation, so that Efic has got more ability to finance onshore resource projects.

Now what are some of the radical groups doing that is threatening this? The fact is that we are seeing a campaign. Weve seen, for example, the stepped-up campaign of activist groups which is discouraging our major retail banks from financing otherwise viable exporters in the coal sector.

But its not just about coal, its also about what we can do in other sectors within resources, he said.

Adani is already seeking a loan of up to $900m from Naif, to help build a rail line between the mine and the Abbot point coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef. Adani may nowapply for more and be given what he wants.

Although opponents are having have an impact, they are not decisive in causing the banks to pull away. Public opinion is and this has turned against an industry widely regarded as dirty, in terms of creating carbon emissions. So much that the industry has launched a major advertising campaign to win people back to coal.

The government refuses to acknowledge this, and in turn, this feeds the growing perception that its actions are being driven by...

07:51

Private Theogene Ngamije - thank you for your service digger! "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a beautifully written story from the Australian War Memorial. Congratulations digger and thank you for your service. 'He saved my life' 13 September 2017 by Claire Hunter Private Theogene Ngamije: "I pray that someday I get to change someone elses life." Theogene Ngamije was just a boy when...

07:51

Baby Great White Shark Washes Onto Shore And People Know Just What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the past, when sharks have washed onto the beach, it hasnt always ended well for the animals. Selfie-obsessed people have been known to drag them onto the sand to pose with them in front of cameras, which often kills the sharks. But when a juvenile great white shark washed onto a popular beach earlier this week in Sydney, Australia, beachgoers knew exactly the right thing to do.

After finding the male great white shark (estimated to be 2 or 3 years old) flopping around on the sand, people contacted Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, a conservation center that rescues and rehabilitates ocean animals. A rescue team quickly arrived to help the distressed shark.

Sharks cant breathe without swimming, so getting the shark back into water was of the utmost importance. At the same time, the team needed to make sure the shark wasnt injured or sick, so they didnt want to put him right back into the ocean. Instead, they moved him into a nearby ocean pool, which was filled with natural seawater.
 

Credit: Facebook/Sharnie Connell

Rob Townsend, the life sciences manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, started calling the shark Fluffy as a joke but soon everyone was doing it. That was me just chatting to some kids on the side of the pool and it just stuck, Townsend told The Dodo.

Credit: Facebook/Sharnie Connell

While Fluffy swam around the sea pool, Townsend made sure a diver was always there to babysit him.

White sharks prefer the open oceans and...

07:42

Businesses call on political leaders to act to protect Tasmanian communities and economy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At 1.30pm today an historic open letter is being delivered to Will Hodgman and Rebecca White by James Boyce Anglicare: Community Voice on Pokies Reform Greens: Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on Pokies Download the Open Letter ... Open_Letter.pdf Examiner: James Boyce delivers open letter calling for poker machine ban in pubs and clubs

07:35

Birthday cake for Invy parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Inverloch parkrun completed a milestone itself last Saturday when the event celebrated its third birthday in style, fluoro style.
On a cool September 13 day in 2014, Inverloch parkrun was launched after months of work by a core group who put in the planning to get the event up and running.
On that morning there were 94 runners with Mack Clarkson the first runner across the line and Fiona Crozier the first female in 11th place. Mack ran the event in an incredible 17:08.
In the past three years, Inverloch parkrun has had 2493 participants who have completed 14,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,990 km, including 2711 new personal bests.
Last Saturday, 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 12 recorded personal bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
And they enjoyed a piece of birthday cake afterwards.
Thanks go to volunteers Heather Sullivan, Kate Lew Ton, Heidi Peterson, Macy Peterson, Billie Peterson, Luisa Cester, Wayne Walker and Louise McCall. A massive thank you was delivered to everyone who has volunteered at Inverloch over the past three years.
This week there were visitors from Lismore, Traralgon, Churchill, Pakenham and Chelsea. The first over the line was Michael Tripodi from Traralgon in 18:11. The first female this week was Alycia Marotta, in 13th overall, running a new PB of 22:32 and beating her son Jake by 25 seconds. It was Alycias sixth parkrun and her first time as winner.
The theme for the birthday was fluoro and there were some great outfits to go with a delicious fluoro cake. Emma Sullivan and Brett Scorah were electric in their fluoro coordinated outfits and Leah Baud was as bright as ever while Julian Walker had some great fluoro hair and with special mentions to Shirley Dell and Ebony Knox.
There were a number of milestones this week with three running their 50th parkrun.
Michael Giles, Greg Dell and Joanne Parsons all reached the milestone. Kate Lew Ton reached her 25th volunteer and Nathan Castle ran his 150th parkrun, a fine effort by both.
There were 12 personal bests which is a pretty good effort given the cold air and wind. Noel Farmilo, Damien King (starting the push to sub 20), James Barry, Simon Harris, Layla OReilly, Lani Cropley, Nicki Liefting, Lyn Harris, Luke Ransom, Rhonda Castle, Shannon Hallam and Alycia Marotta all PBd. Well done!

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07:32

ACT Magistrates Court registers private prosecution of George Brandis and issues him a summons to face charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

I should point out at the start that this case against George Brandis QC won't be going anywhere. I don't support Rod Culleton in bringing this ill-founded brief to court - but I would fight to the death for us all to retain the right to do it.The law allows...

07:22

EU turning up the heat on Poland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The European Commission has taken a new step in its action against Poland over the rule of law in the country.

On Tuesday (12 September), the EU executive decided to send a so-called reasoned opinion to the Polish government.

This is the second step in an infringement procedure that the commission launched in July over a reform of the judiciary.

The commission said that the law, which was introduced in July, is discriminatory because it sets different retirement ages for men and women respectively 65 and 60. It said the measure was contrary to the EU treaty and a directive on gender equality in employment.

It also said it was concerned by a provision that gives the Polish justice minister the power to extend the mandate of judges who have reached retirement age, and to dismiss and appoint court presidents.

Polands government answered the commission at the end of August, but its reply hasnt been considered satisfactory.

If the Polish government fails to address the commissions renewed concerns within a month, the commission will have the right to bring the case to the EU Court of Justice.

The reform in question was part of a set of laws that put the Polish justice system under the control of the government.

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07:20

Riverview calls on Ottawa to study fluoride in drinking water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Riverview town council is following Dieppes lead, and calling on the federal government to do a comprehensive study on water fluoridation.

Both Riverview and Dieppe purchase their water from the City of Moncton, which removed fluoride five years ago.

Its been a controversial decision, and dentists in the area are now calling for a return to fluoridated water.

Moncton council is expected to vote Monday on whether to continue the moratorium on fluoride.

Riverview Mayor Ann Seamans said the decision rests with the City of Moncton, but her council is asking for a study by Ottawa to give municipalities some direction.

?It is a concern for some people, so we are asking for the study so that we would actually know the pros and cons of putting fluoride in the water, she told Information Morning Moncton.

Moncton sought study

In 2007, Health Canada assembled experts to investigate the health effects of fluoride in drinking water. The panel reported the next year that below a specific concentration, there was a suitable tradeoff between the dental health benefits of fewer cavities and the risk of dental fluorosis, a condition that appears as mottled enamel.

But the prevalence of mild and very mild fluorosis was not a concern from a health perspective, the panel said.

The panel didnt find evidence of a link between fluoride and other issues, such as cancer, intelligence, bone fracture immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, genotoxicity and neurotoxicity.

Three years later, when Moncton was about to phase out fluoride from the water supply, the city asked the provincial Health Department to complete a study of its own on water fluoridation.

At the time, the province refused and said, the benefits of fluoridation are well-documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socioeconomic status.

Whether to fluoridate water in Canada is left to municipalities.

Sees both sides

Seamans, the Riverview mayor, said she has heard from people on both sides of the fluoride debate, and their arguments sounded great.

You can have all the studies you want and you can look at both sides, but we do not have the expertise as a municipal government to make that decision, she said.

Seamans said Riverview will accept whatever decision Moncton council makes on Monday, but she urged other New Brunswick municipalities to join the call for a federal study that would look at both the positive and negative aspects o...

07:12

Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says hell vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.

Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays, Drapeau-McNally said.

Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.

Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasnt seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.

Theres nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing, he said.

Theres a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the persons overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybodys problems.

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.

Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and shes seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.

We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health, Drapeau-McNally said.

I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water, she said.

Last year, New Brunswicks chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Societys board both came out in support of fluoridation.

The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status, they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.

Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking flu...

07:01

Cosmic Disclosure with Corey Goode and David Wilcock -- New Financial System, Chinese Dragon Families and Ascension "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cosmic Disclosure: Viewer Questions 10: Ascension Concerns and End Times Madness

Season 8, Episode 6



I love your questions and answer episodes. I am confused about one thing, though. I have heard Corey on other programs state that the Chinese will be, for lack of a better word, in charge of a new currency for 100 years.

If we are to have this cosmic event between 2017 and 2023, which I thought was our Ascension, why are we worried about anything after that? Won't Mother Earth shed these negative beings as she ascends?

Corey: There are various groups that have different agendas and plans, and they're prosecuting those plans, you know, the way they would as if they were going to win.

If these energetic things occur, or some of these other things occur that I've been told recently about non-terrestrials making themselves known to people in small groups, then I don't see their agenda being able to come to fruition.

David: So the Chinese, the basis of their idea of wanting a 100-year financial system comes from what?

Corey: It comes from the negotiations that have occurred between the Alliance and the Cabal. They said the West had its 100 years. They want their 100 years to run the financial system.

David: So you're equating the Chinese with the Alliance in some way?

Corey: Yes. Well, the Chinese are a large part of the Alliance, and they're the ones that have been predetermined to take over that financial system, or lead it.

David: So let's just be clear on what is the Chinese plan? Are they wanting to do exactly what the Federal Reserve did? Are they wanting to enslave us?

Corey: It would be a different type of Babylonian slave system, money magic system, of course, as long as there is a financial system, but it's suppose to be a fairer system that is fairer globally, and is based on gross domestic product and other things, other than how much wealth one country has accumulated and using that wealth against other countries.

David: Do the Chinese feel that they have been unfairly pigeonholed into a more poor level? And is that part of what they want to do, is to even the playing field?

Corey: That's the entire reason that the Alliance formed. It was to fight against this Western Cabal that had basically taken over the financial system and most of the infrastructure of this planet.

David: So do you think that the Chinese would preferentially boost the economies of countries like Southeast Asia, Africa, places that have...

06:59

Australian Aborigines Carry DNA of Unknown Human Species "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian aborigines carry the DNA of an unknown human species

By Ivan

New research has revealed fascinating details about Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders, who according to experts, carry genetic material of an unknown human species.

The new research suggests people from Papua New Guinea and northeast Australia have traces of DNA belonging to an unidentified, extinct human species.

Apparently, there is still much that geneticists and scientists do not understand about this crucial moment in human history, and it seems that research on the subject is raising more questions than answers.

In 2016, researchers at Harvard Medical School published the findings of a comprehensive study of the human genome of all areas of the world and discovered something astounding about the Australian aboriginal population.

They appear to have genetic markers that indicate they are descendants of a yet unidentified human species.

Were missing a population, or were misunderstanding something about the relationships, Ryan Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas, told Tina Hesman Saey at Science News.

Bohlender and his colleagues have been researching the amount of extinct hominid DNA that modern humans still carry today. To the surprise of many, they say theyve found discrepancies in previous studies that suggest our mingling with Neanderthals and Denisovans isnt the entire evolutionary story.



Who this unknown group is we dont know.

Its believed that between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, our ancestors migrated out of Africa...

06:49

A Wise Heart For The Modern World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist Master, Geshe Tenzin Zopa presents a series of public talks and guided lessons at Langri Tangpa Buddhist centre, on September 15-17, October 20-22 and December 17 to teach on the topic of A Wise Heart for the Modern World. An extremely prolific teacher and writer, Geshe Zopa is fluent in English and has []

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06:38

Sean Hannity with a comprehensive look at Hillary Clinton, James Comey and calls to prosecute them "IndyWatch Feed National"

From about 2.30 in. ....and Mark Dice has a great way of talking about the Very Serious Clinton Things!

06:14

The Liberal National [Coalition] Power Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met again with the head of AGL (having met with the heads of all major energy companies). We are faced with a coal and gas promotional show lubricated with a study of an old idea, pumped hydro. Australia can only be saved from increasing power prices by - wait for it - the corporations using the fuels under the Coalitions preferred system that made the power expensive Guardian: Australias energy policy is a world-class failure and Abbott wears the gold medal of blame If youve watched the inglorious spectacle of the failure of Australian politics on climate and energy policy over the last 10 years, its a bit hard to look out on the wreckage without feeling sick to the stomach Fairfax: Stand-off between Turnbull government and AGL deepens over conflicting statements Guardian: For energy security, the failing Liddell coal plant is the last thing we need Crikey: Think Scott Morrison is a good treasurer? Here are 40 reasons you are wrong Suddenly everyone seems to have forgot to hate Scott Morrison, with his polling numbers surprisingly good. Here are 40 reasons his treasurership has been a shambles. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... The latest on coal ...

06:08

Plantation fire sale a short-sighted subsidy for Hodgmans native forest logging "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The sale of publicly-owned plantations to pay down debt and fund the transition of the state logging agency amounts to a desperate and short-sighted fire sale of an important future resource of the industry, simply to prop up loss-making native forest logging, the Wilderness Society said today Flogging-off publicly-owned plantations at a massive loss, to subsidise unviable native forest logging operations is a desperate last-ditch effort to hide the ongoing failures of Premier Hodgmans chaotic approach to forestry, said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society. Premier Hodgman has just privatised a publicly-owned asset in a fire sale, making a massive loss on taxpayer investment and divesting an important future resource for the timber industry to an unknown multi-national company. Guy Barnett: Plantation sale outcome a sign of confidence in the Tasmanian forest industry Labor: Government embarrassed by dud timber deal Greens: Liberals Rip Off Tasmanians Over Public Plantation Sale Health Minister Michael Ferguson: Plantation sale to benefit health Examiner: Liberals forestry asset transaction a fire sale: Labor, Greens

06:00

Disappointment at Governments delaying tactics "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TasWater Chairman Miles Hampton says he is extremely disappointed that the State Government appears to be delaying his Citizens Right of Reply to the Parliament over statements made in the House of Assembly by Treasurer Peter Gutwein THE LIBS have relented ... TasWater: Six new water treatment plants underway for the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands TasWater: Absolutely no justification or benefit in TasWater takeover

05:45

Revisiting the good, the bad ... and the ugly ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tonight (Thursday, September 7) represents the end of what has been a cathartic experience for Julian.  Anyone who takes on a task like this where the writer reflects on their life -  revisiting the good, the bad and the ugly encountered along the mortal path, has a kind of purgative experience.  I can presume it leaves some shattered, others calmer and wiser about themselves. Only Julian can tell you how it left him but I suspect somewhere between elated and exhausted!

05:42

Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Iraq (GPA)  The Iraqi parliament voted Tuesday to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid.

The referendum which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches but now it seems the Iraqi parliament has decided to answer these questions by preemptively rejecting any vote.

The resolution passed by a majority vote in parliament listed the Kurdish referendum as a threat to the civil peace and regional security. The parliamentary bill also stated that the referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional.

The resolution also allows the Iraqi Prime Minister to use any means necessary to uphold the official borders of Iraq and maintain order. Kurdish Members of Parliament left the session but whether they voted or not wouldnt have made a difference.

The vote is opposed by all of Iraqs neighbors who also deal with Kurdish separatists (Turkey, Iran, and Syria), but even western powers led by the US have urged the Iraqi Kurds to at least postpone the vote. The largest worry of every group is that, should the Kurds vote to secede, a new war could start between Baghdad and Erbil.

Kurdistan means the land of Kurds. Originally this designated a region of Western Iran. This map extends the concept to cover the greater region with any significant Kurdish population and encompases parts of the territories of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
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05:27

11 Questions on the 16th Anniversary of the 9-11 Tragedy; Plus a Bonus Question "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On he 16th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing, many unanswered questions remain. Here are 11 of them plus a Bonus Question.

05:15

Experts Now Believe That Depression Could Be a Physical Illness Caused By Inflammation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a 2011 data report, the CDC stated that 11% of the American population over the age of 12 were taking antidepressant medication, and over 60% of these patients had been taking their medication for 2 years or longer. While many medical professionals have accepted that antidepressants are the pharmaceutical answer to the disease, others are now pointing to evidence that there may be another explanation.

Traditionally medical professionals have accepted the theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. Specifically, a deficiency in the monoamine neurotransmitters in the body, which, in turn, leads to decreased levels of both norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. The antidepressants that are prescribed work to alleviate this imbalance.

Chris Kresser explains, stating, The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it.

Of course, Big Pharma has played a role in perpetuating this idea. Antidepressant drugs, which are based on the chemical imbalance theory, represent a $10 billion-dollar market in the U.S. alone, Kresser explains, they are the second-most prescribed medications (after cholesterol-lowering drugs). Doctors wrote a staggering 254 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2010.

Source: hrmasia.com

 

There is, however, a growing amount of evidence that points at the connection between depression and inflammation, revealing that inflammation may actually play a role in the development of depression. A 2016 study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry focused on better understanding the role that inflammation may play, examining the data of a total of 14,275 patients using the Patient Health Questionnaire to screen for depression alongside test results from blood samples they had drawn.

The study found that...

05:07

Bringing Tasmania Together "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is a call to arms. We are at war ... Tasmania is under attack from forces we dont even realise is attacking us

04:53

Market Talk- September 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Having seen the US markets close on a high note Asia saw a little nerves appear at the opening but at least we are back to focusing on markets rather than having to price-in geopolitical risks. It was the Nikkei again that returned the best of the core (+0.5%) and this time with the currency relatively well behaved. Last seen the yen was trading mid 110s almost little changed from Tuesday close as the DXY gained against all majors. The Australian ASX was little changed, which was a good performance when you consider the declines in copper and nickel, whilst the A$ lost 0.5% to take it back below the psychological 0.80 level. It is arguable that the Hang Seng (+0.2%) and Shanghai (-0.3%)cancelled each other out while the Yuan lost small ground again today. SENSEX was also little changed so lets move onto Europe

Europe also benefited from the firm US tone but we could probably describe the performance as mixed. Core indices closed DAX and CAC up +0.2%, IBEX +0.35% and FTSE down -0.3% while the Euro and GBP both lost -0.7%. The DXY has recovered a little this week (+0.9%) but has lost around 9% YTD. UK unemployment rate to a new low (4.3%) but saw average hourly weaker than expected. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission in his State of the EU address spoke of stronger more democratic union by 2025. Within the address was the appointment of an overarching European Minister of Economy and Finance to promote reforms and step-in should any member be hit by recession or crisis. He also claimed the UK would soon regret BREXIT talks resume next Monday 16th Sept. UK unemployment at 42year low.

US markets appeared to adopt a sideways, consolidation phase today holding onto recent gains. The currency has recovered even more making further gains against the Euro and GBP and even better headway against some second tier currency pairs. The volume still looks light as we await more tax details, but encouragingly banks and energy appear to be finding support. The recent safe-haven bid for gold appears to be evaporating as stocks plateau and the USD recovers. Earlier Producer Prices were a little below expectations but still plenty to see later in the week. Treasuries starting to rally...

04:17

CFMEU honcho Brian "Sparkles" Parker referred to the DPP for perjury again. "IndyWatch Feed National"

"It is, with respect, not possible to envisage worse union behaviour". Justice Flick, Federal Court, on the CFMEU Yesterday colourful trade union identity Brian Sparkles Parker was referred to the DPP again. Like Kimberley Kitching, Bruce Wilson and sundry other AWU Secretary(ies) you have to wonder how he gets away...

03:27

Silly College Kids, Voting Is Not For You! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ann Coulter, who is part of a trifecta of evil speakers, will be at Berkeley this month, but right now, Ms. Coulter thinks its fine to rant away about how college students should not be able to vote.

On yesterdays episode of the Howie Carr Show, Coulter vented about The Washington Posts debunk of claims that massive voter fraud is taking place in New Hampshire; the Post found that many of the alleged fraud cases were actually out-of-state college students from casting legal ballots in New Hampshire.

Coulter first explained to Carr that she didnt think students should be voting in states where they attend college if they dont establish permanent residency in that state, but then said that it would be  outrageous for a college student to change her residency to her college town.

Oh right, you cant manage to refute the WPs finding, and you cant manage any reasonable response, so the answer is college kids shouldnt be able to vote! they are too stupid brainwashed! So, Ms. Coulter, why do you think its worth your time speaking at colleges, if its not an attempt to radicalize young people into being mindless ragebigots? That is the point, right? After all, you and Bannon and Yiannopoulos arent going to Berkeley to whip up a nice froth of hate just to be followed by a hey, kidding! youre too young and dumb to matter, thanks for the money, bye.

On the social level, where humans in general lag way behind in forward movement, things tend to get better with each new generation. Each new generation tends to be more thoughtful, more mindful, more accepting, and more involved in whats happening in their various worlds. Me, I think thats a good thing. Us older folks, we have to be careful our brains dont rust shut while we werent listening. Its important to keep our brains and our viewpoints exercised, and I would never once consider stripping young adults of their right to vote, ffs, thats barbaric. And damn stupid. Not to say it cant be a challenge, listening to young people, but yknow, you need to remember that enthusiasm you had long ago before life pounded you into the ground a thousand times.

Coulter then...

03:22

Can You Really Decaffeinate Your Own Tea? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

I just bought a bulk box of green tea then promptly decided to quit caffeine. As the hurricane talk swirled, did the idea of being without caffeine bother you? Personally, the idea of being that dependent on a chemical annoys me, so I wanted out.

I know we and other health websites tout the benefits of coffee and tea, but if you think about it, its weird that we promote these things, but simultaneously dose ourselves with a drug called caffeine. A drug that is hard on the kidneys, changes our brain, deflates our immune system and dehydrates us! Additionally, caffeine affects blood pressure, central nervous system, REM and its dependency can cause mood swings.

Its not all bad! I just didnt like being grumpy until I got my hit.

Caffeine is incredibly difficult to nip. In fact, if you get a sense of impending doom and despair, you might want to ask yourself when you last had caffeine.

So, Can you Decaffeinate Your Own Tea?

Short answer: No, but, yes!

T...

02:59

Comedian Peter Helliars Shots At Hritier Lumumba Cowardly, Dishonest Says Fellow Comic "IndyWatch Feed National"

In spite of all the spin and smear, the racism storm surrounding the AFLs treatment of Hritier Lumumba refuses to go away, with one of the nations most loved brown comedians weighing in overnight with a scathing attack of one of the nations most loved white ones. Chris Graham reports.

At the start of the week, Peter Helliar a regular on Channel 10s popular show The Project probably had no Fear Of a Brown Planet. But by this morning, he might be reassessing after fellow comedian Aamer Rahman delivered a searing takedown on his official Facebook page in response to Helliar weighing in on the Hritier Lumumba racism scandal on Tuesday night.

Lumumba blew the whistle on endemic racism within the AFL in a documentary called Fair Game which began airing on SBSs On Demand three weeks ago. He revealed how during the course of his 12-year career he was subjected to regular racist abuse and jokes, and had been nicknamed Chimp by some players at Collingwood. After publicly objecting to club president Eddie McGuires 2013 suggestion Aboriginal star Adam Goodes should be used to promote the movie King Kong, Lumumbas relationship with his club nose-dived, and he requested a transfer at the end of the following season.

Lumumba was a guest on Tuesday nights The Project, and endured a lengthy grilling by host Waleed Aly about the racism allegations hes levelled against Collingwood, and the AFL more generally.

 

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Helliar himself a Collingwood supporter threw in his two cents worth at the end of the segment, lamenting Hritier hadnt provided more details including the names of players who called him Chimp, before suggesting it looked as though Lumumba had smeared an entire football club.

Rahman part of the now retired hit comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet and a personal friend of Lumumbas punched back last night, describing Helliars remarks as cowardly, desperate and dishonest.

Over to Rahman

Obviously Hritier Lumumbas story means a lot to me. Hes...

02:31

Scott Adams: When to trust the experts (climate and otherwise) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our duo of hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have elevated the perceived risks of climate change in a lot of people's minds. Are these disasters, and the record heat in many places, a sign of climate warming already out of control? The quick answer is maybe, but climate scientists will need a lot more data and probably a few more years to know whether we are seeing a blip or a trend. From a persuasion perspective, the fascinating thing to me is that the climate science "sides" have reversed because of the storms. And here I am only talking about non-scientists on social media. Last winter I saw climate skeptics (or deniers in some cases) proclaiming climate change a hoax because it was cold outside. The scientists and pro-climate-change folks mocked those poor souls for not understanding the difference between anecdotal evidence and science. You can't determine a long term trend by looking out the window, say all scientists. And if you think you can, you're being a big dope who doesn't know the first thing about science. If you don't understand that anecdotal data in isolation is generally useless to scientists, you don't understand anything about science. A year ago, that described a lot of climate skeptics who were looking out their windows, seeing snow, and declaring climate change a hoax. But that was last year. This week the sides reversed. Now I keep seeing climate alarmists on social media looking at the hurricanes and declaring them strong evidence of climate change. They might be right. But if they are, it is by coincidence and not by science. Scientists say it is too early to tell. So now we have a bizarre situation in which the pro-science side is disagreeing with the scientists on their own side. That's what confirmation bias gets you. Both sides see anecdotal evidence as real. Both sides think they respect and understand the basics of science. Both sides are wrong.

02:09

Pearls of wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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We discuss the pension timebomb, while Michael delivers another mindset lesson.

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02:00

Report that Sessions wants lie detector test for NSC workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been no mystery that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sick and tired of the leaks coming out of the National Security Council. He even went as far as, according to a report, threatening the idea of giving dozens lie detector tests. It is not clear if such an effort, which was reported by Axios, is even possible. It does, however, give us an idea of the level of frustration coming from Sessions. The outlet reported Sunday that Sessions has told associates he wants to put the council staff through a one-time polygraph test Interrogators would ask subjects what they know about leaked transcripts of President Trump's phone calls in January. During that month, the President had conversations with such leaders as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto.

01:33

The Meaning Of 911 Sixteen Years After "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 The Meaning Of 911 Sixteen Years After | 911-remembering | 911 Truth False Flags Sleuth Journal US News

None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.

Matthew Henry

What kind of an American are you? Will you mourn the dead or will you celebrate the government as protector of national security? For thoughtful and historically balanced realists the correct reaction is that the last remnants of the Republic collapsed with the twin towers and burned with the response from the Pentagon fire. Most docile and obedient subjects of the despotic regime that has morphed into outright tyranny still believe the official report from The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, provides the definitive details on the 911 investigation.

Sixteen years later, fewer and fewer people reflect on what actually occurred and the profound significance that transformed the country into a permanent belligerent in international affairs and a domestic police state. With the passage of The Patriot Act and The National Defense Authorization Act, the fundamental principles of our constitutional republic were betrayed to the very core of the bone marrow and essence of the nation.

Still, there is another reaction with the passage of the years. As the population becomes more detached to reality and people become immersed into a culture of trivia, self-absorption and detraction; the entire society moves even further into a fatal resignation that government is all powerful and cannot be challenged.

The simple question begs a different answer. Is America s...

01:27

A Free Speech Problem With Marriage Law Survey Safeguards "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Advance Summary

1. This article raises concerns about specific "hate speech" prohibitions in the Government's Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017.

2. This article argues that Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) place unreasonable constraints on free speech by making political opinions attributes that are protected from "vilification", contrary to the normal practice of anti-vilification laws.

3.The ability to express strong criticism of people who present offensive or unfactual opinions serves as an important deterrent against expressing such opinions in the first place.

4. Many aspects of the proposed Sections and the limited exemptions available are insufficiently clear to a lay reader and involve a novel area of Australian anti-discrimination law.

5. Sections 15(1)(a) and (b) should be amended so that they apply only to intimidation and threats and not to "vilification". 

6. If this does not occur, then the debate surrounding the postal survey is not an adequately and clearly free and fair environment for the frank exchange of opinions and criticism.

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Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about possible safeguards surrounding the conduct of the postal survey on same-sex marriage which is now starting.  I covered this in detail in a previous article Will "Hate Speech" Be Illegal In The "Plebiscite"?

The process of introducing these safeguards has come very late, partly because the pro-same-sex-marriage parties were unwilling to support legislation until the High Court challenges against the postal survey were completed.  As a result we have had weeks of unregulated campaigning, involving large quantities of often unauthorised and offensive material.

The good news is that, with a lot of the campaigning already over, the major parties have found belated common ground on a need to provide election-like protections (authorisation, misleading material surrounding the mechanics of "voting" etc) around the survey.  Moreover, they have managed to put tactical games aside and reach in-principle agreement on a need to go further than normal electoral law allows, and provide for some special short-term protections from intimidation, vilification and threats.  These protections are vaguely similar to those in anti-vilification laws in some states as discussed in the above-linked article.  The Bill to be introduced is here:...

01:12

Rich get richer "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

KISS

The ABS released its household incomes and wealth figures for the 2016 financial year.

I'm going to keep this post very simple today - you could spend hours torturing these numbers to fit a preconceived viewpoint, and, alas, I've got better things to do.

Instead, just three observations.

Firstly, mean gross household incomes, after surging very hard through the mining boom, pulled back a bit last year. 

This has become a bit of a familiar theme in recent Aussie data. 


Income inequality generally trended a little higher through the mining boom too, but also fell last financial year, as higher income earners took a hit. 


And thirdly, mean household net worth, having been obliterated by the share market crash, has surged to a record high of just over $929,000.

If people are feeling that inequality is rising, it is - for wealth - if only marginally since 2009-10.

Household net worth increased by $94,000 since the 2014 financial year, with property and financial assets up by $78,000 an...

00:55

Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
 
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...

Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
 
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...

00:46

Are banks and insurance companies misusing personal health information and medical files? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


After an insured has made a claim against their policy, the insurer obtains access to and reviews the insureds medical records. PIAC has seen instances of insurers obtaining an insureds complete medical history, including from doctors that treated the insured during childhood, before deciding a claim.

PIAC has found that insurers often rely on matters discovered during the review of the insureds medical records to allege that the insured has breached their duty of disclosure.

Often the conclusions drawn by the insurer from the insureds medical record about their experiences of mental health are inconsistent with the insureds medical record and the opinions of their treating medical practitioners.

PIAC has represented individuals who have had a policy avoided because the insurer has relied on medical records to impute a medical condition that either did not exist or that the insured did not know existed at the time of applying for insurance.

In PIACs experience, it appears that consumers are being disadvantaged by the reforms to the remedies available to insurers (as set out above), or at the very least, are not seeing any benefits flowing from the increased flexibility. [Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 18 November 2016]


On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into the life insurance industry to the Joint...

00:44

When the walls of your home come crumbling down "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In East Jerusalem, entire families have their homes demolished and are thrown into the street. Just a few miles away, Israelis live without having to worry about losing everything they have.

By Sahar Vardi

An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a home in Ras al-Amud, East Jerusalem, September 13, 2017. (B'Tselem)

An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a home in Ras al-Amud, East Jerusalem, September 13, 2017. (BTselem)

Two children in uniform came down from the second floor to say hello to us before our ride left. With broken Arabic I asked the older one, who was all smiles, what his name is and his age. He is four, his younger brother is three.

I tried to ask the younger one for his name, but he only stared at me. His mother tried to convince him to answer me, but all he could say was I just want my home. And thats it. Thats all the three year old had to say. He wants his home.

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Hours before, at 4:30 a.m., I woke up in my West Jerusalem home. At some point I found myself staring at the kitchen while trying to fight my desire to go back to bed and make up hours of lost sleep.

Suddenly I noticed how many objects make up my kitchen. Not only furniture, but hanging cups, magnets on the refrigerator, memories, smells, millions of colors and shapes that create the feeling I wait for every time I come home from a lon...

00:31

Washington State PROTECTS Pedophiles- Just Look at Seattles Mayor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington State PROTECTS Pedophiles- Just Look At Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

5 counts of pedophilia abuse- and the ONLY reason he is stepping down is NOT because of police but because NOW HE IS EMBARRASSED. No wonder the Emery brothers were able to hurt as many little girls as they did. ALSO in Seattle

http://us.cnn.com/2017/09/12/us/seattle-mayor-ed-murray-resigns/index.html

00:27

United States junked by Juncker as preferred EU trading partner, no mention of China or Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker failed to mention the United States in the list of countries Brussels wants to conclude trade agreements with in the coming years, during his speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday. "With the help of the European Parliament, we have just secured a trade agreement with Canada that will provisionally apply as of next week. We have a political agreement with Japan on a new economic partnership. By the end of the year, we have a good chance of doing the same with Mexico and South American countries. And today, we are proposing to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand," Juncker said. The European Commission's term of office runs until October 31, 2019. Before Donald Trump's election as the US President, Washington and Brussels were actively negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement. Trump canceled the TPP agreement with Asian countries as he dislikes multilateral trade agreements. Talks on TTIP have stalled, too.

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23:40

Kangaroos fighting, video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 13 September 2017 video, recorded in Australia, is called [Grey] Kangaroos Fight For A Mate Life Of Mammals BBC Earth.


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23:37

How to Teach Your Kids About Zoos "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We owe our children honest answers about the morality of animal captivity

23:23

History Shows That America Is on the Verge of Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The 20th Century was the bloodiest century in the history of mankind. Tens of milions of people died in world wars and tens of millions of people died by the hand of their government. This begs the question:  Which is more deadly to its people, death by government or death by war?  The answer may surprise  threat ofmany.

In order to answer this question, we must first define our terms. There are four terms that researchers must be concerned with when trying to assess the threat of lethality of government to its own people.

 Genocide: among other things, the killing of people by a government because of their indelible group membership (race, ethnicity, religion, language).

Politicide: the murder of any person or people by a government because of their politics or for political purposes.

Mass Murder: the indiscriminate killing of any person or people by a government.

Democide: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.

This article is primarily concerned with what we now call Democide or death by government.

20th Century Murders Carried Out by Government

Thomas Jefferson once said that the Second Amendment was necessary , not because we had to worry about invasion from the British or the French, but because the people had more to fear from its government than it did from invading armies. In fact, Jefferson not only said the biggest threat to the welfare and security of its citizens was its own government, but that the people better be armed because they would have to overthrow their government about every 20 years.

Political regimes and/or governments, have brutaly murdered nearly 170,000,000 of their own citizens in the 20th century. Th...

22:54

The Problem is not North Korea, Russia or China, the Problem is the US ~ John Pilger "IndyWatch Feed National"


North Koreas Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un. (Photo: Twitter) 

21st Century Wire says

Eminent author and filmaker, John Pilger speaks to RT about the ratcheting up of tensions between the US and North Korea, led, of course, by the US and its vassal states in the EU. In the last two days, the UN Security Council imposed the harshest-ever sanctions against North Korea. 

These sanctions restricted North Koreas oil imports and banned textile exports, all an attempt to severely inhibit the recalcitrant nations defensive nuclear and ballistic missile capability and to increase pressure to bring DPRK supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, to the negotiating table with the US.

Today, we are attempting to take the future of the North Korean nuclear program out of the hands of its outlaw regime, said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea, she added. And today the Security Council is saying if North Korea does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves.

Russias President Putin had previously made it clear that North Korea would not bow to such pressure:

They would rather eat grass but will not give up the [nuclear] program if they do not feel safe,

In an article written in April 2017, John Pilger, expressed fears regarding the escalation of military conflict by the Trump administration:

The United States is at a critical moment. Having exported its all-powerful manufacturing base, run down its industry and reduced millions of its once-hopeful people to poverty, principal American power today is brut...

22:45

Black Girls Code turned down money from Uber and got a bigger donation from GM "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Uber who? Black Girls Code made headlines a few months ago by boldly turning down a $125,000 donation from Uber, because they thought it was a PR stunt meant to distract people from Ubers dismal track record on diversity issues. While it may have been a publicity move, it was still a lot of money for a Continue reading Black Girls Code turned down money from Uber and got a bigger donation from GM

Uber who? Black Girls Code made headlines a few months ago by boldly turning down a $125,000 donation from Uber, because they thought it was a PR stunt meant to distract people from Ubers dismal track record on diversity issues. While it may have been a publicity move, it was still a lot of money for a bootstrapping nonprofit to turn down. Now, the organization can live by their moral code and teach girls to code, too. General Motors has stepped up with a $225,000 donation for the group, according to Blavity. They will also partner with General Motors to launch a branch in Detroit and hopefully inspire a few young girls to follow in GM CEO Mary Barras footsteps or, perhaps, start their own Uber rival.

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22:30

Sharia Australia: Three men fined $1,600 each for inciting serious contempt of Muslims with mock beheading video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Before the verdict, Cottrell told the court the matter set a dangerous precedent for the state, saying the video was a form of free speech. It was aimed at a tenet of a religion, not a whole class of people, Cottrell said. Indeed. If Blair Cottrell, Christopher Shortis and Neil Erikson had made a video []

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22:16

Diabolical hypocrisy & discrimination by the Commonwealth "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have written often about the discrimination accorded to people with disabilities and health conditions in our Migration system. In addition to the prohibition in the Act in relation to these applicants for residency visas, we also have a health waiver that is assessed by the Commonwealth Medical Officer (CMO). It is this process of []

22:10

CSIRO MEMBERSHIP OF MINERALS COUNCIL INAPPROPRIATE - THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a media release on September 6 the Australia Institute revealed that Australia's peak scientific body the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) was paying $10,000 a year for associate membership of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), a mining lobby group known for its campaigns against effective action on climate change.

The Minerals Council has been on the fringe of the climate and energy debate in Australia, opposing policies that would tackle emissions effectively, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist said.
 

It defies commons sense that the CSIRO, an organisation that researches climate change and develops renewable technology, gives money to a lobby group that campaigns against effective climate policy and against policies that would increase renewable energy.

One of MCAs main functions is to lobby to change government policy. In its 2013 annual report the MCA boasts it was at the forefront of the debates over the carbon and mining taxes; and their abolition (expected after July 2014) will be in no small part due to the councils determined advocacy on both issues.

The MCA lobbies against renewable energy policy, such as the Renewable Energy Target and more recently the Clean Energy Target as recommended by Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel.

The Minerals Council has also been involved in recent attempts to hobble the advo...

21:56

The Virginia Governors Race May Decide The 2020 Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ed Gillespie is the Republican nominee for Virginias 2018 governor race. Gillespie narrowly lost his race for senator in 2014 by 0.14 percent, and was tied with Democrat Ralph Northam in a recent Washington Post poll.

As the GOP currently has a record 34 governors in office, the outcome of Virginias raceapart from bragging rights for the winners partywould not upset the balance of power. The most important political development would be a major swing against the GOP in the concomitant congressional elections and the governors races in New Jersey and Virginia.

But history informs us that in mid-terms, the party that won the presidency nearly always has a substantial swing against it. It seems a result of the inevitably disappointed hopes of some voters, and perhaps a reluctance to give too much power to the party in office.

Its also been true in the past that such setbacks for a president may have no effect on their second-term prospects: President Obama suffered massive congressional setbacks, but achieved a comfortable second-term election win.

Taking all of that into consideration, how could Virginias race for the governors mansion to have a crucial effect on the 2020 presidential election?

The Bill To End Virginias Winner Take All System

The answer is in a bill that was put forward in the Virginia House of Representatives, one that would end Virginias winner take all electoral vote system:

A bill to end Virginias winner take all system of awarding Electoral College votes was approved by a House subcommittee.

The electoral votes should be divided among presidential candidates based on how many of Virginias 11 congressional districts they win, the subcommittee of the House Privileges and Elections Committee decided on a 5-2, party-line vote.

HB 1425, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, would give Virginias remaining two electoral votes to the winner of the states popular vote.

This system is used in Maine and Nebraska and is known as the congressional district system. Under the system, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would have received six of Virginias 13 Electoral College votes, even though Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the state last fall.

As this map from 270toWins Gaming The Electoral College article shows, such a change in Virginias Electoral College votes would, on 2016 voting, have produced a Dem 7 GOP 6 split.

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21:55

16 Years Later, Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I didnt plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure were at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. Its something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and about the War on Terror over the years. Unfortunately, I didnt think there was much new to say about it this year. But maybe thatthe lack of any real closure or any progress toward itis news in itself, and people are beginning to notice it.

So I was a bit surprised to see how many other people seemed compelled to write and talk about 9/11 on its 16th anniversary, and how unsettled everyone seems to feel about itmore so than I expected. Tom Nichols, for example, asks if we are defeating ourselves. Hint: if were still asking that question 16 years later, the answer is probably Yes.

Maybe this sense of increased unease is just subjective; I dont know any rigorous way of measuring it. But I suspect that part of the reason is because this is the first anniversary of September 11 to fall in the era of Donald Trump. No, I dont mean this as a reflexive dig at his competence as a leader. There is a much deeper meaning to it, which has two parts.

The first is what David Harsanyi has pointed out: after an astonishingly brief period of national unity and bipartisanship after September 11, were at each others throats more than ever. The political debate got vicious, bitter, and personal in the later Bush years, it got worse under Obama, and Trumps electionfrom the chest-thumping arrogance of his supporters to the hysterical resistance fantasies of his detractorshas somehow managed to make it much, much worse.

More deeply, however, I suspect people are beginning to sense that this is the first 9/11 anniversary where neither political party really cares all that much about its meaning and legacynot enough to do any serious thinking about the long-term answer to the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Obama tended to define his approach to the War on Terror by a desire to be the opposite of George W. Bush. He clearly wanted to wash his hands of everything Bush did, but in practice he mostly ended up halfheartedly ratifying Bush-era policies: we stayed in Afghanistan, we kept on using drones, the Guantanamo prison camp was never closed. I used to call his policy Bush without conviction. His only major depar............

21:55

Designated Survivor Argues Right-Wingers Are More Dangerous Than Islamists. Preposterous "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What Does ABCs Designated Survivor have in common with the Anti-Defamation Leagues recent report on right-wing terror groups? Answer: both go to extreme lengths to minimize the threat of Islamist violence and magnify what the ADL calls right-wing terrorism.

Last May, as DS wrapped up its first season, ADL issued a new report on right-wing terrorism. Entitled A Dark & Constant Rage, the report explores the danger these extremists have posed since 1993. The result makes a compelling case that extremist ideologues are a grave threat to the American public. In focusing attention on this danger, the ADL has performed a valuable public service.

Yet the report goes off the rails in its tendentious comparison of the danger posed by right-wingerscomprising adherents of several distinct ideologies, including white supremacist, anti-government, anti-abortion, and anti-Muslim extremiststo that posed by radical Islamic terror, and assertion that right-wing extremists pose an equally serious threat of terror compared to homegrown Islamist terror.

Watch Out for Those Limited-Government Types

DS offers a similar vision of how many people in America today view threats of political violence from right-wing and Islamist extremists. The shows main character, Tom Kirkman, succeeds from Housing and Urban Development secretary to the presidency after the U.S. government is decapitated by an attack on the capitol.

As Kirkman begins assembling a new government, the nations intelligence apparatus fingers an Arab terrorist group for the attack. Kirkman naturally feels pressure to retaliate, but resists until receiving proof in a taped admission by the groups leader. He fires the new chairman of the joint-chiefs-of-staff for insubordinately ordering a retaliatory strike before Kirkman had authorized it.

It gets worse for the military. Eventually, Kirkman learns the Arab terrorist had nothing to do with the attack besides being paid to take the fall. The real conspirators are right-wingers led by former military personnel. They will stop at nothing to put one of their own in the White House.

Michigans National Guard defies Kirkmans federalization order, insisting his presidency is illegitimate. The show repeatedly depicts the police negatively, whereas American Muslims are portrayed only as innocent victims. In Washington, police stop Kirkmans Muslim speechwriter on the street and question him, apparently for the crime of looking Muslim. In Michigan, the governor orders police to arbitrarily detain Muslims for questioning, without warrants, and a...

21:55

New Study Highlights Why At-Home Abortions Are Dangerous To Women "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The last year saw a new trend in abortion advocacy: Promoting DIY abortions. Several womens (and fashion!) magazines hyped illegal black-market chemical abortionsa dangerous fad, as I have detailed.

Regardless, abortion experts also took up the mantle, with one of the leaders in the field, Dr. Grossman, co-authoring an article in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology laying out a research agenda to move the sale of abortion pills (Mifeprex and misoprostol) over-the-counter. In an op-ed for The Guardian, Grossman explained his research explores Whether the drugs used in medication abortion meet the criteria of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter sale? His conclusion? The answer is a qualified yes, although more research is needed.

In promoting DIY abortions, both the fashionistas and the physicians stress the supposed safety of chemical abortions and the presumption that women are smart, sentient beings who can follow directions, take medication as prescribed, and seek care when needed. Of course, the first assumptionthat a chemical abortion is safeignores the life-destroying impact of the drugs on the baby in utero. But now a just-published study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology refutes, albeit inadvertently, the second proposition, establishing instead that nearly 20 percent of women undergoing a chemical abortion ignore the explicit directions their abortion provider gave.

I say inadvertently because that was neither the objective nor the intent of the research study. Rather, authors Ushama D. Upadhyay and Karen R. Meckstroth sought to examine the relationship between the distance traveled for an abortion and whether women who sought follow-up care returned to the original abortion provider or to an emergency room.

Many Women Dont Follow Doctors Orders

In this study, the team culled California Medicaid records and discovered that of the women who sought medical treatment following an abortion, those who traveled 100 miles or more for an abortion had higher odds of seeking follow-up care at an em...

21:19

Recommendation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Highly recommend Sam from Melbourne Domestic Appliances for any fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, stove or oven problems you may have. 


He came to fix our dishwasher same day we called. $85 call out fee would have been it if we didn't need a part. Including part was $160. Compared to others we contacted that was a very reasonable price and he was a really lovely man as well! I will certainly use him for any future appliance problems.

Other reviews for his business here

Cheers, Susie.

21:02

After Australian Energy Market Operators initiatives, South Australia defers energy security target "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

S.A. puts energy security target on back-burner after AEMO steps in http://reneweconomy.com.au/s-a-puts-energy-security-target-on-back-burner-after-aemo-steps-in-86049/ By Giles Parkinson on 11 September 2017 South Australia has abandoned plans to have its state-based energy security target in place this summer after conceding is could have little impact given the new initiatives by the Australian Energy Market Operator and the lack of competition in the local grid.

Officially, South Australia has decided to defer the start date of the EST until 2020, having already deferred it from a July 1 start to a January 1, 2018 start. But given the state poll in 2018, and the new initiatives taking place in the broader market, it seems unlikely to ever see the light of day.

The EST was a key component of the $550 million Energy Security Plan the S.A, government unveiled earlier this year following its dismay at the forced load shedding in February and other incidents.

But it seems likely that the only two components to have a lasting impact will be the Tesla big battery, which is due to come into service on December 1, and the 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage facility in Port Augusta, which will contract to supply the governments own electricity needs.

 The government has also committed to an emergency gas plant, and will install emergency generators this summer and next, but has kept its options open about the future. These may not be needed if demand management initiatives and other schemes take effect.

The EST was to be one of the centerpieces of the plan, aiming to ensure that 50 per cent of demand was met by S.A.-based dispatchable generation by 2025.

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20:48

What the Australian Energy Market Operator actually did advise the government "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

AEMO: Our advice was pretty straight forward, we need dispatchability http://reneweconomy.com.au/aemo-advice-pretty-straight-forward-need-dispatchability-13353/

We need flexible capacity that can be switched on and off, and we need to transition to a new generation of Australias principal energy market institutions, and the newly-formed Energy Security Board.

Our advice was fairly pragmatic, Zibelman said. We are concerned that on a 45C day if we lose a generator (which AEMO has said is quite likely) we want reserves in the system to be able to respond.

In our report we identified the fact that with amount of variability (from solar and wind energy and elect...

20:43

Plutonium and reprocessing a dud technology "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

the separation and use of plutonium as a fuel is not economically competitive with simply storing the spent fuel until its radioactive heat generation has declined and a deep underground repository has been constructed for its final disposal. In this once-through fuel cycle, the plutonium remains mixed with the radioactive fission products in the intact spent fuel and therefore is relatively inaccessible for use in weapons.
the volume of an underground repository for highly radioactive waste is determined not by the volume of the waste but by its heat output; the waste has to be spread out to limit the temperature increase of the surrounding buffer clay and rock . Reprocessing waste would contain all the heat-generating fission products in the original spent fuel, and the heat generated by the plutonium in one ton of spent MOX fuel would be about the same as the heat generated by the plutonium in the approximately seven tons of spent low-enriched uranium fuel from which the plutonium used to manufacture the fresh MOX fuel had been recovered.
Forty years later, Japans breeder program, the original justification for its reprocessing program, is virtually dead.
Forty years of impasse: The United States, Japan, and the plutonium problem http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2017.1364007 ...

20:42

Is the Brain Really Necessary? The Answer Seems to be a No-Brainer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

August 30, 2017 By 

CAT scan image (left side) of the water filled skull of a French civil servant. Despite the lack of brain matter, this man is able to function in life.

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20:23

EUs Juncker to seek powers to screen foreign takeovers Protectionism? "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on September 13, 2017

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he would seek powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europes strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China.

We are not naive free traders. Europe will defend its strategic interests with an EU framework for investment screening, Juncker said in his annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

If a foreign, state-owned company wants to buy a strategic port, or part of our energy infrastructure this must be done transparently, with scrutiny and debate, Juncker said.

It is our responsibility to know what is happening inside our countries so that we are in a position to ensure our collective security, he said.

The plan fulfils a request by French President Emmanuel Macron, backed by Germany and Italy, that Brussels draw up a strategy to counter a wave of takeovers by Chinese companies in Europe.

German concerns were sparked by recent acquisitions in the tech sector, most notably household goods maker Mideas takeover of industrial robotics firm Kuka last year.

German leaders were alarmed to see valuable knowhow being transferred abroad, especially as robots become increasingly critical in the countrys crucial manufacturing centre.

Macron has blamed Europe for forgetting EU citizens who are worried about the effects of globalisation, so helping stoke the populist sentiment that brought on Brexit.

Reports said that Junckers plan would however be non-binding, amid concern in smaller EU nations about losing Beijing investments in their economies.

Juncker however insisted that Europe remained open for business and would seek to complete trade deals with Australia and New Zealand by the end of his mandate.


20:01

Why I am voting Yes in the SSM postal survey (but wont be telling anyone else how to vote) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It probably wont surprise anyone who knows me well that Ill be voting Yes in the Same Sex Marriage postal survey. After all, Im a small-l liberal, non-religious legal academic with many friends in same-sex relationships. Im the stereotypical Yes voter. But I have become increasingly concerned that the Yes vote will not win, despite the fact that the majority of my friends on Facebook have rainbow profile pictures. It seems my instinct is correct, according to an article earlier this week in the Canberra Times:

Support for same-sex marriage has crashed ahead of the Turnbull governments postal survey, and only two-thirds of voters are inclined to take part, according to the latest polling from same-sex marriage advocates.

At the start of a two-month campaign, the confidential research provided to Fairfax Media shows support for a no vote has risen, as has the number of people who say they dont know how they will vote.

And alarmingly for yes campaigners, turnout could be very low, with just 65 per cent of voters rating themselves as very likely to participate  falling to 58 per cent among those aged 18 to 34.

On the other hand, my pessimism may be unwarranted, according to a later poll:

The yes side on same-sex marriage is headed for a resounding victory with seven out of 10 definite voters backing a change to the law, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll has found.

Some 65 per cent of respondents rated themselves certain to take part in the voluntary postal survey, and of those 70 per cent said they would vote yes.

If youre not Australian, you may be wondering why we have a postal survey on same-sex marriage at all: the short answer is that it was an election promise by the Coalition, and after they couldnt get a Bill for a compulsory plebiscite vote past the Senate, they opted for a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. I think its been, from start to finish, a derogation of Parliamentary authority the whole point of representative democracy is that our representatives vote for us. As my two older kids said, If we can vote on this issue, why cant we vote on other issues? Why do they need our opinion on this? Good question, kids.

In this post, Ill outline why I am voting Yes. However, I dont intend to tell others how they should vote thats a matter for them...

19:46

1) BETTER THAN NONE, HUMAN RIGHTS COURT IN PAPUA IS IMPORTANT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


 2) 28.75 PERCENT, PAPUA IS THE HIGHEST ON ILLITERACY

1) BETTER THAN NONE, HUMAN RIGHTS COURT IN PAPUA IS IMPORTANT
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19:35

World Nuclear Industry Status Report shows drop in new build projects "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Nuclear newbuild projects at decade low report http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/12/nuclear-newbuild-projects-at-decade-low-report, By REUTERS, 2/09/2017 By Geert De Clercq PARIS  The number of nuclear newbuild projects worldwide has dropped to a decade low in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster and due to the rising cost of atomic energy, an industry report showed.

From a high of 15 in 2010, the number of construction starts of nuclear reactors worldwide dropped to 10 in 2013, eight in 2015, three in 2016, and just one in the first half of 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR).

China, the most active builder of nuclear plants in the past decade, saw its newbuild activity slow from 10 in 2010 to six in 2015 and just two last year. This may be the end of the Chinese exception, lead author Mycle Schneider told reporters in Paris.

The 2010 construction peak marked the end of a brief nuclear renaissance when several countries started building reactors again after a nearly 20-year hiatus following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Schneider said he would not be surprised to see more nuclear projects under construction being dropped, following the abandonment of a high-profile one in the United States.

After the bankruptcy of reactor builder Westinghouse early this year, two South Carolina utilities in July abandoned the V.C. Summer project for two new Westinghouse reactors,...

19:33

13 September More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

RenewEconomy
  • Networks push back on more small-scale solar. But why?
    Culture wars: It may explain the continued efforts of some network operators to push back against the installation of more rooftop solar.

19:32

Pope Francis urges climate change sceptics to consult scientists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Pope Francis On Climate Change Denial: Man Is Stupid Huff Post, WASHINGTON, 12 Sept 17 Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.

 Man is stupid, he said, referencing a passage in the Old Testament, according to the The New York Times and The Associated Press. When you dont want to see, you dont see.

A correspondent for Crux Now had a slightly different translation of the pontiffs comments: Man is a stupid and hard-headed being who doesnt see.

The pope who has sparred with President Donald Trump on several issues, including climate change also urged the climate skeptics of the world to consult with a scientist.

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19:29

13 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

    RenewEconomy
AGL calls Coalition bluff on Liddell, focuses on solar, wind and storage

19:19

African conservation revenue ntourism alone is not the answer; Calvin Cottar on leasing land and NGO revenue "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Conservation Imperative

 

Thank you Calvin Harold Cottar for your insight. (cut and paste below)

Ah. Tourism is being proposed as the solution to Botswana neighbors to let elephants stay in those countries instead of squeezing into Botswana thereby causing human wildlife conflicts which presumably can only end inwhat ? ..killing people, eating crops, human wildlife conflict, political agitation, compromise etc etc.

The tricky thing with tourism is that (1) the tourism industry already has an existing set of beneficiaries (state tax, selling chain etc etc) who will not be keen to suddenly share their dividends /profits, and that (2) tourism always naturally uses only tiny proportion of any ecosystem / protected areas they invest in They have no interest in being far from the best big name areas, to have massive transport costs and head aches, or indeed getting involved in communities. They exist only to make profit for their shareholders.

Unless the tourism industry is willing to relocate to the harsher , drier, tsetse fly ridden hinterlands that elephants love but tourists dont ; then Mike is in my humble opinion barking up the wrong tree with this hope that tourism is the solution.

We have to think out of the box to secure elephant habitat in Bots let alone the other countries, and it can only come from the wildlife itself having value and for the landowners to be able to access this value for it to become their primary resource for improved livelihood incomes.

Without this happening, it is inevitable that Botswanas elephants will further compress, destroy their habitat and exact increasingly high costs on the poor rural people, and the government will eventually have no choice but remove elephant numbers. When this time of crisis arrives, the question will be : will the Botswana government be brave enough to admit they are going to have to remove elephants? or will they let this removal go covert and hidden so they dont have to lose face from their hard current position and risk losing goodwill and donor support from the non african urban populations of the western world who are increasingly intolerant of the facts of life (that the death of every animal is inevitable?)

Because there is another narrative with elephants you should know much of the poaching of elephant in the countries surrounding Bots as well as in east africa is by poor rural people taking matters into their own hands exactly because government policies dont meet their development needs (wildlife costs are just too high to sustain); local government officers almost have no choice but look away. And sometimes, they say screw it and get involved themselves to feed t...

18:32

Galaxy Poll finds overwhelming support for Dick Smith on population "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Dick Smith commissioned a Galaxy poll to assess both the impact of his $1 million TV ad campaign based on the Grim Reaper AIDS ad of the 1980s, and community attitudes towards Australias developed-world-leading immigration-fueled rapid population growth. The sample comprised 1,005 respondents, distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and non-capital city areas the report is attached. The main findings of the poll were:

The majority of Australians (83%) believe that population growth is of such significant consequence that every major political party should have a population plan.
There is an overwhelming belief that politicians should be doing something about population growth (82%).
Population growth is an issue of concern for the majority of supporters of both the Coalition (62%) and the Labor Party (62%).
Among those that have seen the TV ad 91% are convinced that every major political party should have a population plan.

Poll confirms that Smith understands what ordinary Australians want

Dicks Smith said This just confirms that what Ive found from the conversations Ive had with ordinary Australians: 8/10 are concerned that the major political parties have no population plan. Dick Smith said Aussie families can have up to 20 kids during their lifetime, but none do. This is because parents have a population plan for the number of children they can give a decent life to. Yet our politicians have no similar plan for our country. Its time for a population plan that involves stabilising Australias population below 30 million by reducing the net overseas migration program down from the current 200,000 back to the long-term average of 70,000 per annum.

Is Dick Smith the last good rich man in Australia?

Or will some other wealthy people come out in support of democracy too? It is admirable that Dick Smith really seems to be on a truth-seeking mission. He has refused to be put down by the ABC propaganda dogs at The Drum and Media Watch and he has financed a proper survey which has shown his support base is very high. His detractors have greatly underestimated him. Is Dick Smith the last good rich man in Australia, a country run by wealthy men and women politicians, CEOs, property developers, transnational corporations and media owners, entirely for their own enrichment, at great cost to the rest of us.

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18:22

Fabulously Frugal Hair Bands Made From Upcycled Clothing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I'm never going to buy zero waste hair bands when I can easily upcycle old clothing to make some. I know I keep saying it, but I really enjoy applying circular economy principles in my home!

18:20

Your Brain on Fear "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yoda, from the Star Wars movies Yoda, from the Star Wars movies (Photo: Ron Wurzer / Getty Images)

 

Islamophobia is an interesting word because it doesnt mean hatred of Muslims, it means fear of Muslims. Fear and hatred are of course closely interlinked, with Yoda himself succinctly explaining:

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

Fear of Muslims in general, rather than justified fear of political Islamism, can lead to discriminatory behavior. It also shuts down the ability to see nuanced answers to complex problems. This is why is it is so important to draw the distinction between criticism of political Islam and animus against Muslims in general.

But Islamophobia as a threat in itself has also been a bogeyman. The idea that non-Muslims hate Muslims and are out to get them is consistently pushed by Islamist-linked organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and their non-Muslim supporters like the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups and others like them encourage Muslims in the West to see all criticism of Islamist ideas, or attempts to meaningfully engage with issues of extremism, as tainted with bigotry and as a personal attack.

Fear shuts down the ability of different groups to talk practically about solutions to our problems.

So what is fear and how does it impact the debate on Islamism?

 

The Biological Response

When a person encounters something they regard as a threat the body responds physically by flooding the system with the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Psychologist Daniel Goleman termed this an amygdala hijack, referring to the part of the...

18:15

How Wealthsimple Got Oscar-Winning Director Errol Morris To Talk About Money Problems "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The brands new campaign, with Morris-directed ads, features everyday people talking money. But then they got the director to answer some questions.

Who wouldnt want money advice from Woody Harrelson? Or Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Bloom, Mario Batali, or Kevin Bacon? Okay, maybe not advice per se, but engaging and interesting conversations about dealing with money that actually makes the lives and decisions of these well-known people relatable to the rest of us. This is what Wealthsimples Money Diaries series has been doing for the last few years, using celebrity names to get people talking about money and money management in a different, more open, way.

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18:14

Paradigm shift not from the CORE Econ Project as mainstream as you will get "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Next Friday (September 22, 2017), I will be presenting at a panel on developments associated with the proposed MMT University and our new MMT Macroeconomics textbook, which will be published by Macmillan in April 2018. The panel will present during the First International MMT Conference, to be held in Kansas City. In part, my contribution will be to discuss the general pedagogical concerns that we (Randy Wray, Martin Watts and myself) had as we wrote the textbook over what turned out to be several years. We were confronted with the situation that we want our textbook to be used as widely as possible in the first and second years of a typical undergraduate program, but also didnt want to fall into the trap of compromising what we considered to be a unified body of theory based upon Modern Monetary Theory (MMMT) for what other colleagues (particularly, mainstream academics) would claim to be necessary material to prepare a student for the labour market. We now have what we believe is a very strong two-year sequence in macroeconomics, firmly founded on MMT principles, with a good balance between discursive narrative, historical context, empirical challenge, and formal (mathematical) reasoning. When one compares it to other post-GFC developments in the pedagogy of macroeconomics, some of which have received the headlines in the past week, I think the curriculum embodied in our text is progressive, consistent, and doesnt fall into the typical neoliberal default regarding governments and the monetary system.

A few years ago, I was invited to speak at a iNET (Institute for New Economic Thinking) in Toronto, Canada. iNET was a George Soros-funded initiative aimed at stimulating changes in the economic debate following the GFC, which left no reasonable person in doubt that the mainstream macroeconomic theory and practice was defunct (putting it mildly).

At the conference, one of the sessions focused on a new project designed to revise the introductory economics curriculum to incorporate new insights (allegedly) that were missing in the standard first-year programs at universities all around the world.

The Times article (September 12, 2017) The financial crisis demands a new type of economics writes that:

CORE promises to be the biggest shake-up since Paul Samuelsons Economics became the standard bearer for i...

18:13

Three arrested over sexual assaults at Banora Pt and Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have arrested three men in two separate sexual assault cases, one of which allegedly took place in Byron Bay in July and the other at Banora Point earlier this month.

Two men were today charged with sex offences at Tweed Heads Police station relating to the incident at a Banora Point address on September 1.

Tweed Heads Detectives have been investigating the matter since the 26-year-old female victim from Banora Point contacted police immediately after the incident.

A 27-year-old  Terranora man was charged with sexual assault without consent while a 27-year-old   Banora Point man was charged with sexual assault without consent and indecent assault.

Both have been given conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads court on September 25.

Bail conditions and Apprehended Violence Order have been issued to protect the victim.

A 27-year-old   Tweed Heads man was charged today with two counts of sexual
assault of a 26-year-old Manly woman at a tourist park in Byron Bay reported on July 7.

The man has also been granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on September 25.

 

 

The post Three arrested over sexual assaults at Banora Pt and Byron Bay appeared first on Echonetdaily.

18:12

National Geographic Uses Gaza Footage in Hell on Earth Syria Hoax "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

21st Century Wire says

Delusions, carefully implanted, are difficult to correct. Joost Merloo, The Rape of the Mind. Few nations have had such a depth and variety of propaganda constructs lined up against them, as Syria. As each lie is exposed, another one is brought forth by the deep state Machiavellis. The imprinting of public perception with each new lie is achieved by a series of fake narratives that are never retracted, but allowed to remain embedded in the individuals subconscious..to be exhumed by the next nonchalant falsehood. 

On April 5, 2017, National Geographic released a preview of its film, Hell on Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise of ISIS, by filmmaker Sebastian Junger and producing partner Nick Quested. WATCH: 

The following article was written by Paul Larudee for TruePublica: 

The film itself debuted on April 26, 2017, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and on the National Geographic channel on June 11.  Junger and Quested persuaded NG to release the preview early, following the suspected chemical attacks in Syria on April 4.

There are, unfortunately, several problems with the footage in both the preview and the film, as well as with the claims made by the filmmakers and National Geographic.  The most glaring of these is that the opening scene of the trailer is a total fraud.

The scene shows a missile destroying a residential building with a thunderous explosion.  Imposed over the footage are the words, ALEPPO, SYRIA.  The clear implication is that the missile is part of a Russian or Syrian Air Force attack in the battle for Aleppo.

But how would the videographer have known where to position the camera in preparation for such an attack?  Surprisingly, there is a logical answer to this question, because there are in fact circumstances where victims are told in advance the location and time of a missile strike

Such a location is Gaza, and the time is when Israeli soldiers call the...

18:00

Iran Prepares for U.S. To Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Geopolitical analyst James ONeill says Washington will kill the nuclear agreement with Iran as part of its hawkish policy of threat to the country that is a heavy weight actor at the center stage of political equations and developments in the Middle East.

Iran is uniquely placed to be a significant force for good in a volatile and rapidly changing region. It is this unique role that is a major reason why the US continues to make threats, uses proxy forces such as the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to destabilize Iran, and will undoubtedly resile from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONeill said in an exclusive interview with FNA.

The analyst further added that the US animosity towards Iran has pushed the latter towards stronger ties with other world powers. Irans growing links with China and Russia are its best defenses against US aggression, he said.

James ONeill is a geopolitical analyst and a former academic who since 1984 has practiced as a barrister, first in New Zealand and since 2002 in Australia. He has appeared on international media outlets such as RT and Press TV. He is also a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook, an online expert opinion journal.

FNA has conducted an interview with James ONeill to discuss Syria and its allies in the war on terrorist groups, the possible geopolitical implications for regional and trans-regional players and the geopolitical trends in the Middle-East.

Below you will find the full text of the interview.

Q: From time to time we have been hearing about the so-called US-led coalition and Israel coming to help the terrorist groups operating inside Syria, the financial support coming from the US and its allies and the ideological support from the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia. Why do you think with all that support, these days we keep hearing about their proxy forces failing and losing ground in Syria?

A: The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia will continue to support terrorist groups in Syria while pretending to be fighting terrorism.  This is because they are pursuing disparate goals, not....

17:57

North Coast TAFE student wins state award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Coast TAFE award winner Liam Muldoon on the job. Photo supplied

North Coast TAFE award winner Liam Muldoon on the job. Photo supplied

Liam Muldoon, from Cumbalum was named 2017 NSW Vocational Student of the Year at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held last week at Sydney Town Hall.

The award was in recognition of his studies in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis at TAFE NSW North Coast and on-the-job training with Gold Fields Australia in Western Australia.

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin  congratulated Liam on the taking out the major award.

Liam is currently working as a fly-in-fly-out technician at the Agnew Mine site some 1,000 kilometres north-east of Perth, said Mr Franklin.

Liams job is to constantly identify industry changes that require further training and his studies have given him a unique skill set thats highly sought after by employers, said Mr Franklin.

Liam said he was also passionate about training young apprentices.

The skills Ive gained from TAFE have set me on a very successful career path, Liam said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the vocational education and training (VET) offered in NSW was the critical first step to a stronger economic future for our regions, our state and the nation as a whole,.

VET is a great way for people of all ages to access skills and knowledge to open doors to vibrant, rewarding careers in a variety of industry sectors, Mr Barilaro said.

Liams success is typical of the fantastic outcomes that can be achieved through VET and I wish him all the best when he goes on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November, Mr Barilaro said.

For more information go to  www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards or https://vet.nsw.gov.au.

 

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17:51

Lending finance picks up "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Having a lend

Lending finance was shaping higher again by July, back up to $71.6 billion in trend terms, to be +6.7 per cent higher than a year ago, and getting pretty close to the highs of 2015.


Commercial lending to businesses picked up, which is generally seen to be a good sign, while housing lending to owner-occupiers hit a record high. 


Personal lending commitments are tracking back down at levels not seen since 2002.

This was mirrored by data elsewhere, with the Reserve Bank's statistical tables showing average credit card balances at their lowest level in nearly a decade. 


This does not fit the stretched household budgets theme.

Investor juggernaut slowed

Property investment loans are being successfully slowed by regulatory measures, and this is now filtering through into the rolling annual data at the state level. 

Interestingly the credit squeeze may be impacting the state...

17:14

Kenan Malik: Indigenous peoples face silence and romanticization in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The demand for recognition and a distinct Indigenous voice emerges from the historical denial of both in Australia, author Kenan Malik writes in The New York Times.

17:06

Reclassification Of Firearms In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



One of our legal minds has been looking at the appearance provisions of the Victorian Firearms Act 1996.
The offending provisions are found in sections 3A and 3B of the Act which give the Chief Commissioner broad powers to either temporarily or permanently recategorise Cat A or B firearms on the basis of appearance. 
In fact, if you read what he has to say carefully, youll see its worse than that. The Chief Commissioner can recategorise firearms for reasons which go beyond appearance or for no reason at all.
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17:06

The Customs and Prayers of Rosh HaShanah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The origins of Rosh HaShanah are found in the Bible.The Book of Leviticus (23:24-25) declares: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of rest, a memorial proclaimed with the blowing of the shofar, a holy convocation. Although this day eventually became Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New ... Read more...

17:05

Cable car up kunanyi/ Mt Wellington one step closer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Tasmanian government continues to help facilitate the development of a cable car up the side of kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, above Hobart.

There will be significant environmental impacts of this project and visual scarring of the mountain. Close to 1,500 people recently signed a petition against the proposal. A large majority of the 850 submissions made to a recent government process also opposed the plan. Yet the government continues to provide support for this damaging project: it has now tabled the legislation which will allow for the acquisition of public land for the cable car. The Govt has added the word kunanyi into the title and little else has changed despite all the feedback it received on the draft legislation.

Tasmanian people: please make sure that your voice is heard by contacting the Legislative Council members to urge them to vote against the Bill. They will have the final say.

For further information check the page for Respect the Mountain.


17:04

BBC WS acknowledges inaccurate claim in history show "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last month we noted that listeners to an edition of the BBC World Service programme The History Hour had been told by its presenter Max Pearson that:

Just the phrase tension in the Middle East has become shorthand for referencing the decades of mistrust between Jews and Arabs following the creation of the State of Israel, carved as it was out of land which had belonged to the Palestinians. Giving the Jewish people of the world a homeland was supposed to be the answer to one problem but it created another. [emphasis added]

Along with a member of the public, BBC Watch submitted a complaint regarding that inaccurate and materially misleading statement and has now received the following reply:

Thank you for getting in touch and your complaint about an edition of History in which you claim that the presenter m...

17:01

The International Queer Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Given the prominence of cinema in queer culture a successful LGBT film festival can become a major event for a city.

Examples like the Mardi Gras and Melbourne Queer Film Festivals attract national media attention and draw in thousands of attendees both locally and interstate. Despite these successes over East Perth has struggled to establish its own.

One man attempting to correct this is Mark Reid, the Artistic Director of the Perth International Queer Film Festival. The festival is returning for its second year, with the festival launching tonight. Mark Joined the ATQ crew in the studio to talk about the festival.

Play Mark Reid

16:56

The Final Three Nails in the Out-of-Africa Coffin "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Final Three Nails in the Out-of-Africa" Coffin

By Steven & Evan Strong

For some time we have been presenting genetic and archaeological evidence which contradicts fundamental assumptions that underpin the foundations of the Out-of-Africa theory and accompanying interpretations of human origin and evolution. What never ceases to amaze is that despite the sheer quantity and undeniably quality of the opposing science being published, the great majority of academics and appointed spokespeople refuse to listen or reconsider.

According to the prevailing bias everything begins in Africa. Whether it be the very first hominid, Homo habilis, Homo erectus or the still unfound common ancestor of both apes and hominins, everything is sourced in Africa. The rationale has been constant over the past fifty years, if the place of genesis for all monkeys, apes and hominins is African, so too does that apply to what is claimed to be the crowning glory of the hominid tree: Homo sapiens sapien. No matter how many papers on genes, Y Chromosomes, skull morphology or archaeology suggesting that Australia is the more likely birthplace of modern humans, mainstream science refuses to step down from the African pedestal. Their defense is predictable, as there is nothing else left, if the oldest hominin yet found is African, then this is where it all began.

The mantle of our most ancient African ancestor was originally awarded to Lucy" (Australopithecus Afarensis-3,200,000 years) who resided in Ethiopia, then recently marginally repositioned within that country in response to the discovery of another hominin called Ardi (Ardipithecus Ramidus-4,400,000 years), which has since been supplemented by rumours of dates touching six million years for a very crude hominin found in Kenya. The problem with drawing absolute definitive African lines in the sand is that at any moment the wind can blow in from an unexpected direction, and because of this the remaining African first has been delegated to a distant second place.  Together Bulgaria and Greece, not Africa, is now officially agreed to be the two locations where the oldest hominin yet found anywhere on the planet first walked.

A mandible from Greece and tooth from Bulgaria of a hominin named Graecopithecus was analysed using the latest advances in dating and returned dates of 7,175,000 and 7,240,000 years. Both remains were separated by some distance and are distinctly European, but most importantly, they show Sfeatures that point to a possible phylogenetic affinity with hominins.(1) Until now the entire cast of early hominins was assumed to be African, now there are at least two lineages in reproduction and the Eastern European hominin has the lead role of Adam."

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16:20

The End of the Plastic Bag "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced that WA will ban retailers from distributing single-use plastic bans, effective from July 1st, 2018.

WA will join South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT in introducing the  state wide bag bans.

The announcement has occurred after several local councils, and many businesses, have independently decided to stop or limit single-use bags.

Fremantle Council, which has been proactive for banning the bag since 2012, Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt joined Simon Beaton on The Mag to talk about this announcement.

Play Brad Pettitt

16:11

Trashing of 95 ha of Endangered Rainforest must be Prosecuted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North East Forest Alliance has requested the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, to ensure that action is taken against the Forestry Corporation for roading and logging 95 hectares of the Endangered Ecological Communities 'Lowland Rainforest' and 'Grey Box-Grey Gum Wet Sclerophyll Forest' in Cherry Tree State Forest*, given that 21 months after being told of the breaches the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has failed to take regulatory action.

16:08

MACKAY Finch Hatton cop leaps into fray solo, defuses drunken brawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Finch Hatton cop leaps into fray solo, defuses drunken brawl

September 13, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Bunns behaviour landed him in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to obstructing police, public nuisance, stealing and

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16:08

MACKAY Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 13, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers

September 13, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

Skye Louise Gerrey, 21, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to public nuisance following an abusive tirade at

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16:08

MACKAY Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 12, 2017 at 05:18PM ,

Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police

September 12, 2017 at 05:18PM ,

HIGH-profile Brisbane lawyer Sam Di Carlo arranged for people involved in a corruption watchdog investigation to feed him information via legal

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15:39

Global Warming & Storms "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While some of the news coverage was interjecting global warming as the cause of the storm, in fact it tends to work in the opposite direction. This has been a sharply declining period of temperature. I wrote about how this was the year without an Arctic Summer.  This has been the coldest summer in Europe and even in the States on the East Coast during August to early September. I went to visit family in August and had to buy a coat in New Jersey. In Australia there has been the coldest night on record in New South Wales. The warm water colliding with cooler air tends to make for bigger storms.

One of the major news stations was attributing Miami sinking into the water to Global Warming claiming this was PROOF of rising sea levels.  Pictured here is Wildwood New Jersey which was famous in the 60s with Bobby Rydells song. I use to go there as a kid. The piers were once upon a time actually in the water. You could go on a pier and fish.

The beach has risen so much in Wildwood it is well beyond the piers today. Is this PROOF that sea levels are falling? No! So the fact that Miami is sinking is by NO MEANS PROOF of Global Warming and rising seal levels. The sea coast rises and falls with every storm, which change the under water topography offshore. Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, there are parts of Long Beach Island that now flood in a rain storm because the underwater typography has changed.

It is NOT Global Warming that is to blame for Miami sinking. It is the simple fact that the beaches always change. I have lived on the beach for probably 30 years. It is like watching a movie out your window. It is constantly changing. The sand rises and fall...

15:37

Done By Law Trivia Extravaganza 2017! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's time once again for our sell out amazingly awesome trivia night extravaganza to raise funds for our mother station! Brush up on that general knowledge! AND do your daily core and stretching exercises becausethe hottest LIMBO is back in town! Book your tickets now.
Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: Doors open at 6PM, Dinner is served at 6.30PM, Trivia starts at 7.30PM on the dot! 
Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall. 

15:34

Compare and Contrast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adelaide Hospital:

  • construction announced June 2007.
  • officially opened September 2017.

Announcement to opening 10 plus years.

Sydney Light Rail CBD and South East Extention:

Mini Sky City Tower in China:

  • Construction of 21st floor commenced January 31  2015
  • Construction of 57th floor completed February 17 2015

Construction of 37 floors of skyscraper 3 weeks.

Sanyuan Bridge Overpass Replacement in Beijing China:

From removal of old overpass to opening of new overpass 43 hours!

Jobs and growth.  Jobs and growth.  Jobs and growth.

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15:32

The Coming One World Currency "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Dear Marty,

I sure would appreciate any thoughts you have on rumors making the rounds that the International Monetary Fund has tipped its hand, in part via its June 2017 Fintech and Financial Services: Initial Considerations IMF Discussion Note, and intends to replace the US Dollar as the global reserve currency as early as January 2018 (probably later) with its decades-old Special Drawing Rights by converting the foreign-exchange reserve assets into a global currency using Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) technology.

It is only a matter of time until US hegemony built upon its reserve currency status (as well as other factors) goes the way of T. Rex. And, I have long believed that, while DLT (Distributed Ledger technology) is not going away, that it will be the IMF/Central Banks/Sovereigns who will end up creating their own horse in this reserve currency race that will win based upon global legislation and regulation but 2018 is right around the corner.

GH

ANSWER: No. This is really rubbish. I cant believe how many people are writing in asking about this subject matter. What makes the dollar the reserve currency is the...

15:30

Google Apocalypse Looms Large "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Dr. Mercola

I've written about the dangers of monopolies within the drug and agricultural industries on numerous occasions, but Google is perhaps one of the greatest  monopolies that ever existed on the planet. The reason why I've decided to address Google here is because the technology giant is injecting itself ever deeper into our day-to-day lives, from childhood education to patented meat substitutes1,2 and health care, and with its internet monopoly and personal information tracking and sharing,

Google poses a very unique threat. Anyone concerned about their health and food and their ability to obtain truthful information about both needs to understand the role Google plays, and whose side Google is really on.

Starting with the issue of health care, the company recently partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is getting deeper into the drug promotion business with its launch of a depression self-assessment quiz.3,4 Just like WebMD before it, this test funnels you toward a drug solution. No matter how you answered WebMD's questions, you were diagnosed as being at risk for major depression and urged to discuss treatment with your doctor.

That test, it turns out, was sponsored by drugmaker Eli Lilly, maker of the antidepressant Cymbalta. Now, any time you use the search term "clinical depression" in the Google mobile search engine, you will find a link to a page to "check if you're clinically depressed." The quiz is part of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHG-9), "a clinically validated screening questionnaire" according to MedicalXpress.5

Beware of 'Patient's Rights Groups' Working on Behalf of Drug Makers

While it may se...

15:12

Listen to the New TinPan Orange Single Wanderers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange Melbourne indie-folk trio TinPan Orange have returned with their brand new single Wanderers. The track is their first single single 2016s See You In The Water and was co-written by TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire). As always with TinPan Orange, Wanderers soars with []

14:52

BenzoBookReview.com "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BenzoBookReview.com provides a list of books on benzodiazepine withdrawal, including both memoirs and guide books, along with reviews and summaries of each book. All of the books are available for purchase on the site. The site is intended for benzodiazepine sufferers and their families, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, drug counselors, and all professionals seeking answers to the epidemic of tranquilizer addiction.

14:30

Gatekeeper of DC society Sally Quinn comes out as occultist, used hex to kill people "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You and I, meaning Normal People, we look at our Thought Leaders, our Media and Cultural Overlords, our Ruling Class, and oftentimes wonder how they can be so venal and dishonest in pursuit of what they want - and what they want most of all is control over the lives of us Normal People, those of us who do not want to control anyone. We just want to be left alone. How many times have we asked, How do they live with themselves? All the lies they tell, the innocent people they destroy, the fake news they publish, the character assassination, the stoking of racial conflict, the hate campaigns, the advocating of violence, the unending cultural bigotry against those of us just minding our own business... How do they sleep at night? Maybe, thanks to the dribs and drabs that have bubbled up over the past year, we are starting to have that question answered. The latest revelation surrounds Sally Quinn, the surviving widow of Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post's powerful executive editor from 1968 to 1991, who then served as the paper's vice president until his death in 2014.

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.90 AUD
Converter

14:14

Your disco needs you "IndyWatch Feed National"

As we brace ourselves for the endurance test of what is set to be another shocking chapter for the LGBTQI community, we need people of influence to stand with us in solidarity, unflinchingly. We need the support, love and bravery of allies, not through tokenistic messages and throwaway hash tags (#lovers), but through heartfelt compassionate declarations and grandiose gestures.

14:10

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

In celebration of national Fair Food week, Shellharbour City Councils plant nursery is having a special open day and plant sale on Saturday the 11th of October from 8:30am 1:30pm.

14:10

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

In celebration of national Fair Food week, Shellharbour City Councils plant nursery is having a special open day and plant sale on Saturday the 11th of October from 8:30am 1:30pm.

13:40

Dashville Skyline Announces Additional Artists for Sunday Wind Down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Dashville Skyline If you thought the Dashville Skyline lineup was already huge then you aint seen nothin yet. The folks behind the Hunter Valley based cosmic country festival have just announced plans to finish up the event for the Sunday Wind Down party, complete with a bunch of new artists. Headlining the []

13:34

Neo and Todman, finding their way home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Only hours ago, I was making my way home as the rain poured down and the windscreen wipers struggled to do their job. A trailer-load of abattoir-bound pigs headed the other way, grabbing both my gaze and heartstrings, as the words, And theyre going to get wet rolled from my lips. The thought haunted me for the rest of the drive homethat in their final hours on this earth, those gentle pigs would not even be afforded the kindness of warmth as their lives were soon to be reduced to pork, ham and bacon. But it also reminded me of the serenity prayer: God* grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Every day I work on that prayer; in fact, it is what weaves the threadbare fabric of my world together. While it may come as a surprise to some, there are some days when Im holding it together better than on other days, and some days when my world threatens to fall apart. Today is one of the latter. Already struggling under the weight of last nights decision to end the life (and pain) of my beautiful buddy Neo, I arrived home to learn that little Todmans brain had said, No more.

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So, although on the outside it may well look like I am holding it together, over 40 years of animal rescue tells a different story that it never, ever, EVER gets any easier. For in rescue, successful or otherwise, each and every animal leaves both an indelible mark and more often than not a heart-wrenching scarjust where I feel it the most. And today that sent me headfirst into the soft purring fur that is Jessica Cats stomach. As Jessies fur began to get wet, I soon knew it was more than Rubys sympathetic licking (who too had heard my pain), as I sobbed and sobbed, something I so rarely do.

Thinking back on the lives of these two beautiful beings, one of whom I have known for some time and the other not so, I wondered just why those of us who rescue do what we do, for we know it is alw...

13:33

The Tormented Bull Trade Were In Now "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Bitcoin is showing some remarkable resilience right about now. Weve just come over the news that China is going to ban initial coin offerings.

Now comes the rumour that the head honchos in Beijing are going to ban crypto exchanges completely inside China.

In theory, this should be like a kick between the legs for the price. A lot of demand comes from here. Except bitcoin is holding up. Its still over US$4,000.

The news both good and bad just keeps flowing here. Major US bank chief Jamie Dimon, who heads up JP Morgan Chase, has come out and said bitcoin is a fraud and worse than tulips.

Then we have another report saying a Swiss town will accept bitcoin for tax payments.
Bitcoin is not for the unopinionated!

The developments in China might be overhyped.

As weve discussed before, China banned bitcoin in 2013 and the price tanked then. It came back. Some say the Chinese are merely giving themselves time to evaluate whats happening so they can put some rules down.

Can they even stop it? Im not sure.

Well see! But you have to agree the bitcoin story is not over yet by a long shot.

That reminds me

Crypto debate obscures trillion-dollar economy

Back in July, your Daily Reckoning service pointed out the hot market for Italian debt from private equity. We came to the conclusion: The EU is on the mend as we speak. Invest with this in mind.

The Financial Times reports that Italian banks are recovering. Italy is beginning to rev up.

Ive made the case that this was one of the biggest things holding back Europe. Thats because Italys previous problems has restricted the banks ability to extend credit to the private sector. The more this improves, the better!

Italy is a major economy. Its GDP is now growing at the fastest rate since 2011.

While bitcoin and cryptos hog the headlines, what happens to Italy matters more. Italys economy is over 10 times the size of the crypto market.

Thats another thing. Weve also been tracking how low energy prices, stemming from US shale, could benefit Europe.

We can add a little more to this, but closer to home. The Australian reported yesterday that ExxonMobil will cut the price of the LNG its selling to Indian energy company Petronet. This is gas that comes from the Gorgon project in Western Australia.

In 2009, Petronet signed a 20-year agreement to buy 1.4 million tonnes of the st...

13:01

His and Hers, wedding rings flying to Italy to bind two hearts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lovely hearts, lovely friends, lovely outcome . . .

HERS: Bh Commission L. P. Wedding ring Oval saddle style ring with oval 22x16mm aligned along finger and tapering slim band approx. 5mm wide. Oval top is flush set with x3 Rubies marquise cut, x11 Diamonds. Ring constructed in 18ct palladium white gold. Matt and burnished finish. Size S1/2.

HIS:  Bh Commission W. A. Wedding ring Cut Out Squares design low half-rounded profile band 8.5mm wide has 9 square cut out sections each 4.5mm. Ring constructed in 925 Silver has fitted inside sleeve of 18ct yellow gold. Recut Sapphire from family ring and rub over setting. Size Y. Matt and burnished finish.


12:49

ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland  Big Bad Luv "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

John Moreland has been one of those best-kept secrets for a while now, slowly emerging as a highly respected songwriter on the alt-country/Americana scene. Hes never had a breakout single or any landmark moment, rather hes slowly refined and improved his craft, garnering increasing critical acclaim and a growing fanbase. Big Bad Luv finds him Continue reading

12:44

Labor Abandon Globally Significant Aboriginal and Natural Values in Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Bob Brown Foundation says most Tasmanians will be bitterly disappointed by the Tasmanian Opposition Leaders statement this morning on Hobarts ABC radio that she will support the decision of the Federal Environment Minister if he allows the tracks on takayna / Tarkine coast to be accessed by off-road vehicles. This comes after Federal Labor Senators voted against protecting Aboriginal heritage on takayna / Tarkine coast in the Senate yesterday.

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12:40

ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers All You Need Is Music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The brothers are back with another album of bluegrass, folk and country music in their laconic, easy-going style. At times the songs themselves dip into bland and cliched lyrical territory but if you can get past that, take a long drive or kick back on a sunny afternoon and relish the exceptional musicianship on display. Continue reading

12:40

Pokemon Event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Community,

My 9 year old son came up with an idea to have a kids Pokmon card swap and battle event. It's being held at the Newlands Community House on Saturday 21 October from 2.30-4.30pm.

We wanted to be inclusive of kids from all schools in the area, so if you have a child who has some ideas on how to run this sort of event, we would love their input! 

If your child is interested, we would like to have a quick catch up in the park at Cox Reserve on Sunday 30 September, at 3pm. Please come along! Or give me a call.
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12:37

Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Preferably someone available pretty soon....

Thanks.

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12:36

Screening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Screening John Goldschmidt's account of the Wave Hill Walkoff, The Unlucky Australians, for the 50th anniversary of this critical protest.

Tuesday 19 September 6-8pm.

TLC 115 (Bundoora only).

It will be followed by a panel discussion with David Alenson, John Burgess, Felicity Collins and Alan Hardy.

The film screened in Britain and elsewhere in the 1970s but a combination of political and commercial pressure conspired to prevent its broadcast in Australia. After being programmed on the ABC at the time, it was cancelled, though Frank Hardy eventually took the film to Kalkarindji & Daguragu where it was screened for the community.

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12:31

Dutton Claims Lawyers Who Represent Asylum Seekers for Free Are Un-Australian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton announced on August 28 that 70 asylum seekers were being issued with new final departure visas. These people had their fortnightly welfare payments cut off, and were given three weeks to vacate their accommodation. The move could affect up to 370 former offshore detainees who

The post Dutton Claims Lawyers Who Represent Asylum Seekers for Free Are Un-Australian appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:21

For Dicks Sake, Lets Call Out The ABCs Right-Wing Bias "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Bias is in the eye of the beholder, unless the beholder is just trying to win a political argument. Kath Wilson pens an open letter.

Dear Dick Smith,

There are people who, with a straight face, accuse the ABC of left-wing bias. Not just the usual reactionary bigots, but good-hearted people like you, who have campaigned for social and environmental justice.

There are also people who gleefully ridicule your muddled politics, but I dont want to do that. I think youre a decent bloke whos fallen in with the wrong crowd.

Recently, you teamed up with shock-jock Alan Jones to protest left-wing bias at the ABC. On your website, you attributed the ABCs failure to cover your anti-population-growth campaign to its left-wing bias.

Kath WIlson

Your current campaign conflating immigration rates with the growth fetish at the root of our environmental problems is evidence-averse and plays into white supremacist agendas. Thats sickening, and its how the black arts of populism operate, but this isnt what Im writing to you about.

Politicians, you say, have told you they would lower immigration rates, but are too scared of the ABC to do so.

Mate, youve been played. All the evidence suggests that since the Howard era, poor Aunty has been more scared of politicians than the other way around, and data accrued in recent years debunks every claim of ABC bias.

Audits from varied sources Newspoll, Essential poll, ABC Committee Review Panels have found ABC coverage even-handed. According to a Gans and Leigh study: The only statistically significant slant was ABC2s bias towards Coalition-favoured intellectuals in their reporting. This suggests the ABC news has a right...

12:09

Governments should work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reverse growing imprisonment rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia should remove all barriers to fair and equal justice, the Human Rights Law Centre has told the Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Adrianne Walters, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that state and territory criminal justice systems are out of balance and that governments around Australia have a responsibility to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to stem the number of people being sent to prison.

Australia is cramming more and more people into dead-end prisons. Governments must act now to scrap unfair laws that discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We should be investing in community-run programs that ensure people to stop offending and that help create harmonious and healthier communities, said Ms Walters.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the criminal justice system. Womens imprisonment rates across Australia have soared in recent years and authorities are locking up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at 21 times the rate of non-Indigenous women. The majority are survivors of family and sexual violence and 80% are mothers.

Locking up women destroys communities and causes long term upheaval broken families, children moved into child protection, housing and employment loss. We should be helping not harming vulnerable women, said Ms Walters.

The tragic and preventable death of Ms Dhu is a devastating example of what happens when our governments permit unjust laws. Ms Dhu was put in police custody under laws that see Aboriginal women in WA unfairly locked up for fines they cannot pay. She was treated inhumanely by police and died in their care. At a time when she most needed help, the justice system punished her, said Ms Walters.

The HRLCs submission calls for a range of measures, including:

  • The introduction of a Human Rights Act to prevent injustices occurring in the first place;
  • Amending bail laws to reduce the number of people held on remand who have not yet been found guilty;
  • Ensuring sentencing is fairer by allowing courts to consider unique systemic and background factors when sentencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders;
  • Government accountability through the inclusion of justice targets as part of the Closing the Gap framework;
  • Developing tailored responses to the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison; and
  • Abolishing unjust laws such as...

12:03

Political activist Adam Kokesh bids his farewell to YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its been a good run

(INTELLIHUB) Political activist Adam Kokesh bid his farewell to YouTube on Monday when he told his subscribers that YouTube is not what it used to be.

The outspoken Californian said that it is sad to see what YouTube has turned into and said that its not the free spirited platform that it once was.

The AdamKokesh channel officially has over 65 million views and over 70 million unofficially, according to Kokesh, who said some of his videos were taken down or deleted.

It went from being the Internets answer to mainstream media that was an open platform that anybody could get on and could compete and youve ruined that, he said. But then Google bought YouTube.

Kokesh is best known his show Adam vs. the Man and for racking a shell into the chamber of a shotgun on a public street in the District of Columbia.

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12:00

Council Making Millions from Littering Fines in the Valley and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over two thirds of all Brisbane littering fines issued last year were from the Fortitude Valley nightclub district, according to the latest figures. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

In total, these fines have made $1.5 million for Brisbane City Council, but the fines certainly arent great for punters.

Simon Turner from the Fortitude Valley Safe Night Out Precinct said people are being fined as much as $250 for dropping cigarette butts on the footpath.

Mr Turner also said the council were hiring police officers to work with ticket inspectors who targeted customers lined up outside of clubs.

Volunteer Lifeguard Return to Shore

11:53

Energy Chaos in Australia: Closing the Liddell Power Station "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia is having an energy crisis. A country with such abundant resources is incapable it seems, of handling matters of reliable supply, either in terms of affordability, or in terms of delivery. The situation has been further muddied by the

11:42

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SVF Back at Rockhampton Airport on Passenger Charter Flight "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday 12 September, Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200 9V-SVF was back at Rockhampton Airport on what we are led believe is a 'one-off' passenger charter flight in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017.


Like its previous two visits just over a week ago as a part of the first 'wave' of heavy jet passenger charter flights, 9V-SVF touched down at Rocky directly from Singapore's Changi Airport as SIA8931.




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11:41

RACQ LifeFlight Aero Medical Bizjets Pop into Central Queensland Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the last couple of days, a pair of RACQ LifeFlight aero medical bizjets have been noted calling into various CQ Airports on different medical evacuation flights.

Late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Mackay Airport on a med-evac flight from and back to Townsville.

Also very late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-VPL "Ambulance 680" was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from the Gold Coast.

VH-VPL at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

In the wee small hours of Wednesday 6 September, VH-VPL then departed Rocky for Brisbane.

Then late on Thursday 7 September, VH-CXJ was back in CQ arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It then departed to Moranbah Airport before departing there to Brisbane, touching down very early on Friday 8 September.  It then returned to Townsville.

Of interest, fellow LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" is presently at Sydney (possibly) undertaking planned maintenance.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  

11:27

Less Plastic is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When in Vietnam recently we stayed in a fabulous little shack on the beach and every morning we would go for a walk. It was lovely except for the []

11:21

Pair who aided Ballina shark attack victim awarded for bravery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have received bravery awards for coming to the rescue of 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark at Ballina last year. (supplied)

Two men have received bravery awards for coming to the rescue of 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark at Ballina last year. (supplied)

Two north coast residents have been recognised in this years bravery awards for going to the rescue of shark-attack victim Tadashi Nakahara in the surf at Shelley Beach last year.

A further three received a group citation for coming to the rescue of two farmers caught in floods near Lismore.

Dr Hugh Giles, of East Ballina, received the Star of Courage for his efforts to help Mr Nakahara swim to the safety of nearby Speeds Reef, despite the presence of the shark.

Matthew Meadows, also of East Ballina, was awarded a Bravery Medal for his efforts to help save Mr Nakahara,

Mr Meadows also paddled out and took the injured man from Dr Giles and began to move Mr Nakahara towards the shore.

Other surfers then re-entered the water and helped to bring him ashore but Mr Nakahara subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

Group citation for flood rescue

Three members of the Lismore SES received a citation for rescuing two farmers caught in floodwaters in June last year.

Paul Barry, Snr Const John Stirling and Leading Snr Const Amanda Vidler boarded a flood boat, and began looking for the two men in the treacherous water.

On locating the men in the fading light they could see that both were close to exhaustion and the fast flowing water was now at chest height. The younger man was holding onto the older man, who was a non-swimmer, to prevent him from being swept away.

One of the members remained with the younger man while the older was loaded into the flood boat and taken to safety. By this time the water was lapping the faces of the SES member and the younger man.

The boat returned and the men were pulled aboard and transported to higher ground and safety.

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11:12

Union Heavyweight Sally McManus Backs Hritier Lumumba In His Stand Against AFL Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The nations most prominent union official has weighed into the racism scandal that has engulfed the AFL, warning Australias richest sporting code that its not immune from workplace health and safety laws.

Former Collingwood AFL star Hritier Lumumba who played 199 games for the Magpies under the name Harry OBrien was the subject of a recent documentary aired on SBS called Fair Game, in which he revealed that throughout his career, he was subjected to frequent racist taunts and jokes by players and officials.

Sally McManus, the head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) told New Matilda in a written statement that all workplaces, even major sporting codes, were not immune from workplace health and safety laws.

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The AFL has the same responsibilities to players as any other employer would to workers in their workplace. They have a responsibility to ensure that players are safe, preventing racial abuse from fans or anyone else is a part of that responsibility, McManus said.

The ACTU congress has made clear its opposition to all forms of racial abuse, wherever it occurs and all Australian unions stand with Hritier Lumumba and support him for speaking out.

The AFL is a powerful cultural institution, and clear leadership on this issue from them would make a real difference in workplaces across Australia.

This issue has dogged the AFL for weeks. The sporting body has been caught lying about how it dealt with the scandal, and accused of a campaign of smear, with CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan claiming the issue was not about racism, rather Lumumbas state of mind.

CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, in a screencap from a video of a recent appearance on Radio 3AW.CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan, in a screencap from a video of a recent appearance on Radio 3AW.

Lumumba told film-makers that during his time at Collingwood, he was nicknamed Chimp by some players, and subjected to consistent racial abuse and jokes through his time in the AFL.

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11:09

Cookies & Cream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Vincent & Jules presents the September installation of Cookies & Cream at the zoo. The series focuses on all the obscure concoctions and derivatives of Brisbanes underground pop, rock, and indie scene.

Treat yourself!

Set times:
Doors 7:30pm
8:00pm 8:40pm Lunchtime
9:00pm 9:40pm Beddy Rays
10:00pm 10:40pm Age Champion
11:00pm 11:50pm Dangerpenny (Happy Place Single Launch)

Dangerpenny
Rampant with blistering live energy the band vocalises free speech, rebellion, passion, rage and individuality through music. The quartet is quickly gaining a local reputation as an alternative powerhouse delivering quality music and quality live shows to fans whilst subconsciously provoking the human experience with deeper motives intertwined in their songs.

Age Champion
Hard rock/alt rock power trio. Just a few rambunctious younger gentlemen enquire within.

Beddy Rays
4 young apprentices living week to week on the slog.

Lunchtime
Lunchtime brings the musicality of grunge and the attitude of Punk together in an all-explosive fusion of genres.

Photo ID required for entry, 18+ only.

 

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10:59

Lismore council says no to $90m shopping square plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

The Lismore City Council has rejected a $90 million proposal to expand the Lismore Square Shopping Square in a move described by Page MP Kevin Hogan as woeful.

But already its understood that Cr Gianpiero Battista is preparing a recisission motion, meaning that the issue will come back before the council at the next meeting.

Mr Hogan said the massive investment would have been beneficial for the city as it recovers from the March flood.

We are still recovering and rebuilding from the flood and we had an investor who wanted to put $90 million in our city which would have created many jobs, Mr Hogan said.

If we want to maintain our status of a regional capital we need to have investments like this one. This would have attracted more shoppers to our town and the CBD.

This is not, an either or, we need a healthy CBD and shopping centre.

Many leave our region, and indeed drive through it to the Gold Coast for the shopping centre experience.

The $90 million expansion was going to better link the CBD to the Square.

This is going to cost us jobs and hold back Lismore.

A majority of Lismore councillors didnt see it that way, with Crs Gianpiero Battista, Neil Marks, Darlene Cook, Bill Moorhouse and Isaac Smith voting for the motion, while Crs Nancy Casson, Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd, Greg Bennett and Elly Bird voted against.

The major concerns raised were the loss of parklands as the proposal would require about 4 hectares of parkland earmarked for the Lismore Park proposal. Also, an expanded Shopping Square would place further pressure on the CBD, which is struggling to recover from the flood.

McGonaghys managing director, Gary McConaghy told the council that engineering issues meant it would not be feasible to expand the shopping centre upwards.

Leading the charge agains the proposal, Cr Eddie Lloyd said it would be heartless to expand the square at the expense of the CBD.

Cr....

10:19

Humanoid robot to help with therapy at GV Health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Humanoid robot to help with therapy at GV Health

THERAPEUTIC ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE From left, robot technician, Jonathan Kingsley and GV Health clinical psychologist, Catherine Kelly with NAO, a humanoid robot that will help with therapy treatments at GV Health. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

A FUTURISTIC therapy treatment is now available in Shepparton with GV Health recently purchasing a friendly form of artificial intelligence.

Dubbed NAO, the humanoid robot stands at just 58cm tall and came at a cost of $33,000 which includes specialised programming and training of staff. The funds have been raised through help from several local Freemason groups (GV St George Lodge, Rupertswood Numurkah Lodge, Mooroopna Lodge, United Freemasons and Goulburn Murray Masonic Club), Bendigo Banks Connected Communities initiative and through GV Healths Give Me 5 For Kids appeal.

NAO will be utilised across the whole hospital, but will primarily be used for those on the autism spectrum and in the paediatric ward.

NAO houses tactile sensors, microphones, speakers, cameras, sonar and hands, all that are used to interact in a human-like manner with patients.

GV Health clinical psychologist, Catherine Kelly said, We are hoping to use NAO across the whole hospital.

The robot is so engaging. For young people with problems in engagement, it will help to break down the barriers.

It has taken two years to raise the funds and we are looking forward to seeing what NAO can do.

NAO technician, Jonathan Kingsley said, NAO is designed and manufactured in Paris and can be designed for just about anything.

It is endearing and engaging, particularly for children because of its size.

Those on the spectrum, are highly sensitive to very minute changes in facial features and body language and the size and nature of the robot comes across as less threatening.

10:17

Students learn importance of dairy industry through art "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students learn importance of dairy industry through art

MOOOOVING MASTERPIECE Ardmona Primary School student, Jedd Ioffel with his masterpiece created through the Painting Daisy program, that aims to teach students about the importance of the dairy industry. Photo: Supplied.

STUDENTS from schools across the region were in good moooods after they finished painting their masterpieces recently as part of a creative, educational and fun filled program called Painting Daisy. which has helped them learn more about the importance of the dairy industry.

The program is being run during Term 3 at various schools including Tongala Primary School, Ardmona Primary School, Girgarre Primary School, St Brendans Primary School, Tatura Primary School and Kyabram P-12 College.

Students have worked in teams of two to paint or decorate a miniature cow, research a chosen topic on the dairy industry and write a good news story reflecting their learning.

Painting Daisy Program manager, John Hutchison said, In years gone by, children either lived on dairy farms themselves or they had family members that did.

Through progressive changes especially in technology, the number of dairy farms has decreased, yet the size of the farms has increased. Many students now have little or no knowledge of what happens on these dairy farms, the smorgasbord of careers available in the industry or the impact of local industry on their community.

The program is a great way to educate rural students about what happens in their community and the importance of an industry that operates right on their doorstep.

10:16

Bluegrass @ Yullis for September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Golden Whistler This month bluegrass and old time duo Golden Whistler return to Bluegrass @ Yullis stage, bringing their wonderful music to Sydneys most intimate performance space. Bluegrass @ Yullis will take place at Yullis in Sydney next Wednesday 20th September. As always the night kicks off at 6pm with an all-in []

10:15

High flu rates leads to increased risk of death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH an extremely high number of flu cases being reported this year, and the confirmation of eight deaths caused by an influenza outbreak at the St Johns Retirement Village in Wangaratta, the Department of Health and Human Services is urging the community to watch their health and hygiene to help prevent the spread.

So far in 2017, there have been more than 11,800 confirmed cases of influenza in Victoria with many more notifications still expected.

Flu outbreaks, particularly in aged care facilities, are at very high levels. There have been 222 respiratory outbreaks this year compared with 117 for the same period last year.

Victorias acting chief health officer, Dr Brett Sutton said the department is continuing to monitor the facility (at Wangaratta) and is providing support to manage the outbreak.

Dr Sutton said flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.

Good hand hygiene is strongly recommended to visitors to assist in controlling any spread of flu, Dr Sutton said.

This is a timely reminder to all visitors that washing their hands with soap or hand gel before visiting loved ones in aged care or hospital is extremely important.

And if you are sick you should avoid visiting loved ones in an aged care facility or hospital.

If you are unwell with a cough or a cold, remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put the tissue straight in the bin.

You should always wash your hands immediately after sneezing, coughing or going to the toilet with soap and running water and dry your hands thoroughly, Dr Sutton said.

10:15

Nominations close as second last group of nominees named "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nominations close as second last group of nominees named

NOMINATIONS for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have come to an end, and now, each of the nominees are looking forward to seeing who will win each category, and who will be crowned the winner of the illustrious Hall of Fame for 2017 at the Gala Dinner and Awards evening.

This week, for the second last week this year, nominees are Goulburn Valley Dental Group who received a nomination under the Business Award Professional Services category, Country Carpet Cleaning & Restoration who received a nomination under the Business Award Trade Services category, Brother Pablo who received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Cardamone Real Estate who received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, Calandro Engineering Pty Ltd managing director, Mario Calandro who received a nomination under the Entrepreneur of the Year category, Parklake Hotel apprentice chef, Atsadawut Tamkam who received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category, Notre Dame College faith and ministry training trainee, Daina Davies who received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and Choice Group @theplaylab received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.

All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.

10:13

Keeping family front of mind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Keeping family front of mind

EARLY INTERVENTION FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING FAMILY VIOLENCE Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Services Children and Mothers in Mind program senior practitioner, Liz Meloury is pleased that the Victorian Government is throwing funding behind a specialised program aimed at early intervention of family violence. The program will be one of 26 Children and Mothers in Mind pilot programs being launched across the state, with the Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Service running the program locally from next week. Photo: David Lee.

Innovative new program a game changer

SO FAR this year, 33 women have been killed in Australia as a result of family violence and while these figures are staggering, a newly government funded program to help curb the after effects of a family violence issue is set to see one of 26 statewide early intervention pilot programs launched in Shepparton from next week.

Funded by the Victorian Government and being run at the Caroline Chisholm Society Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Service, the Children and Mothers in Mind (CMiM) program will commence from September 20.

The program is a three-part, 20-week program, where participants work with trained professionals to respond to their trauma, then work to rebuild attachment through the program Mothers in Mind, and then finding ways to continue their new way of relating as a family.

Led by program senior practitioners, Liz Meloury and Jeanette Monteith, the program Children and Mothers in Mind is an Australian first for mothers and children (four years and under) who have experienced difficult family relationships, which may include family violence.

Liz said, The statistics surrounding family violence deaths are quite astonishing. The figures show that there is approximately one woman per week killed as a result of family violence.

An Australian woman is more likely to be killed in her own home by her male partner than by anyone else, anywhere else.

According to Vic Health, family violence is more damaging to the health of women aged 15-44 years than any other risk factor including obesity and smoking. In fact, they say it is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death for women in this age range.....

10:12

Approval given for amendments to fast-track new SAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Andrews Labor Government has given the green light for approvals for the amendment of the Shepparton Planning Scheme to fast-track the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

The museum is already one of Sheppartons leading attractions, and once the new building is complete, its expected to attract more visitors to the region from across the state and nation, boosting local visitor spending by more than $6M annually. Construction of the project will also create 72 direct and 109 indirect jobs, injecting $34.5M into the local economy.

Planning approvals follow a $10M investment by the Labor Government to help Shepparton showcase its strengths as a regional cultural hotspot. The project is also funded by the City of Greater Shepparton and the Commonwealth Government.

Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne said, This project ticks all the boxes. Its a big boost to jobs, tourism and the economy, and its a great chance for Shepparton to showcase its strengths as a cultural hotspot.

Greater Shepparton City Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said the decision was welcomed and will ensure the project can progress quickly to the build stage.

We are on track to have the former Shell Service Station and caf demolished before the end of the year ensuring the two year build can commence in 2018, Cr OKeeffe said.

This is a very exciting project for the municipality and an important one that positions Greater Shepparton as a progressive region not only in the arts world but as tourism destination.

Developments such as these instil confidence amongst business that Shepparton is growing and prepared for the future and will attract new investment to the area.

10:12

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPCOMING

 

COUNTRY MUSIC ROCK N ROLL and comedy featuring Wayne Horsburgh and Rodney Vincent will run on Thursday, September 14 at Kyabram Bocce Club. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6pm and show time starts at 7:30pm. Book tickets with Rae Mathews on 0400 980 968. Tickets booked and picked up on the night.

 

AN OLD TIME DOOKIE BALL will be held on September 23 from 7:30pm to 12:30am at Dookie Memorial Hall, Mary Street, Dookie. Entry is $10 (ladies please bring a plate) and the musician will be Ian Stewart. For further information, contact Lisa Comensoli on 0499 200 784.

 

SHEPPARTON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION from the 40s, 50s and 60s will run on Sunday, November 12 with lunch at 12pm at The Royal Mail Hotel, 47 McLennan Street, Mooroopna. Lunch is $20 per head. For further information or to RSVP, phone Joy Phillis (Smith) on 5825 1840 or email TBEPhillis@bigpond.com

 

EUROA SHOW & SHINE will run on Sunday, October 1 from 8am to 3:30pm at the parklands beside the Sevens Creek and in the streets of Euroa. Open to all veteran, vintage, classic, custom and modified special cars, bikes, trucks and tractors, with around 1,500 vehicles to be on display. Plenty to see and lots of entertainment. Entry is $5 per person and $10 per display vehicle including driver. For further information, visit australiannationalshowandshine.com.au or phone 0418 599 183.

 

NATHALIA AGRICULTURAL SHOW will run on Saturday, October 7 from 9am and is celebrating the Year of the Rooster. There will be horse events, bathtub races, poultry, cattle, stalls, produce/craft/cookery pavilion, show bags and entertainment. A day for the whole family! New competitors and stall holders welcome. Family pass $25. Schedules available now.

 

BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.

 

 

 

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10:10

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts | On Genocide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Criminal Injustice System: Beyond Platitudes and Bleeding Hearts | On Genocide: Recent decades have been an affront to our sovereignty and our progressive and socialist history. We were the first country with a 40 hour working week, the first to allow women to vote, the second to have a comprehensive public health system, and the first welfare state. It cuts against the grain, therefore, that in 30 years we have gone from a country with no poverty or unemployment and near the worst income inequality in the OECD (7th worst in 2014). With relatively low wages and one of the highest costs of living in the world, neoliberalism is ripping apart our social fabric. We have a housing crisis that is worse than those hitting the US, UK, Australia and Canada, but it is even more of a shock because 30 years ago the idea of homelessness and of people begging in the streets was simply alien to us.

Make no mistake, neoliberalism has fucked this country, and I do blame the US and the UK along with those traitor scum politicians who serve the empire and not their own people. But in one key respect, neoliberalism was pushing against an open door. Neoliberalism seeks to shrink the social support offered by the state but it also seeks to grow the coercive powers of the state the police and the prisons. The latter harmonises much more easily with traditional Aotearoan values. We are a punitive people. We are not ruled by fear of malefactors to the extent that the US seems to be, but we still have a strong attraction to law-and-order.

10:10

Enjoy the spring weather at the orchid spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Enjoy the spring weather at the orchid spectacular

ENJOY ALL ON OFFER Goulburn Valley Orchid Club president, Chris Ibbotson is inviting the community to come along to enjoy all to offer at this years Goulburn Valley Orchid Clubs Spring Orchid Spectacular. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SPRING has officially sprung, and what better way to enjoy the fantastic spring weather than to spend some time meandering around the Goulburn Valley Orchid Clubs Spring Orchid Spectacular.

Goulburn Valley Orchid Club president, Chris Ibbotson said, We had such a brilliant weekend last year, with around 500 visitors coming to the show. This time of the year is the perfect time to get out and about as the cymbidiums are out and there are so many genres of orchids to see. We will have on display many floral arrangements, photography displays, potting demonstrations by expert growers and there will be plenty of growers on-hand with expert advice.

We will also have an extensive range of orchids for sale from local and interstate commercial sellers, Sims Orchids from Adelaide, Castle Creek from Merrigum and New Bold Orchids from Stanhope. There will be a raffle, morning tea and late lunches available and while we have a wide and varied membership group, were always looking for new members to join us.

The annual Spring Orchid Spectacular has a $5 entry and will be held at Kialla Raceway on the Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla on Saturday, September 16 from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, September 17 from 10am to 4pm.

10:08

Creative and colourful entries called on for succulent show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Creative and colourful entries called on for succulent show

SUCCULENTS TO GO ON SHOW The Billabong Garden Complex Annual Succulent Show is on again, with the event kicking off in October. Entries for the show close this Friday, and the community is being called on to get their entries in now. Photo: Supplied.

WITH applications closing for the 2017 Billabong Garden Complex Annual Succulent Show, Potted Succulent competitionthis Friday, September 15, the community is being called on to get your creative and colourful entries in.

The Succulent Show is on again from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017, with attendees set to be inspired by the huge variety of succulents to admire and purchase, which will suit every garden style, pot and space, from a small rockery area to a large formal garden.

Nursery manager, Tracy Lamont said, We are excited to announce that this year we will have a special guest appearance from renowned succulent expert and author, Attila Kapitany on the Saturday of the show.Attila will display, and have for sale, a range of his rare and new breed succulents, provide you with information and advice and will be happy to sign copies of his new release book that will be available for purchase.

Our Annual Succulent Show is always a popular event and this year is no exception; the 2017 show is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet!

Tracy continued, Our potted succulent competition is back by popular demand and this year we will award a prize in two categories, Peoples Choice and Attilas Choice.

We cant wait to see the entries this year, some of our customers have told us they have been planning and preparing their entry since last years show!

Terms and conditions and the entry form can be collected from Billabong Garden Complex or downloaded from the website www.billabonggardencomplex.com.au

Entry forms are due no later than September 15 and entries arent to be delivered until the day before the show as per the entry form.

For more information, contact Billabong Garden Complex on 5821 8632 or follow them on Facebook.

10:08

Your new north end chemist now open "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your new north end chemist now open

COVERING SHEPPARTONS NORTH Chemist Warehouse Shepparton North pharmacy assistant, Phillipa Monshing, proprietors, Hatem Mikhail and Ehab Mikhail, pharmacy assistant, Jane Siaki and retail manager, Louise Hunter out the front of the newly opened store in Sheppartons north. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SHEPPARTONS north has a new chemist to cover all of the communitys needs, with Chemist Warehouse opening in a brand new, 800m2 premises on the corner of Numurkah and Pine Roads.

Chemist Warehouse proprietors, Hatem and Ehab Mikhail said, This new store will offer the same great specials as the other two Chemist Warehouses in a location that will service the rapidly growing north Shepparton community.

Its close to the hospital and aged care facilities, offers incredible prices and great customer service and is open seven days a week, so it is convenient to all.

Chemist Warehouse runs a catalogue fortnightly offering great specials and currently our Footy Finals catalogue is on offering half price vitamins and cosmetics and other great deals across the store.

The new Chemist Warehouse is open on Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Drop into the new Chemist Warehouse in north Shepparton at 127 Numurkah Road, Shepparton (entrance via Pine Road) or phone 5821 0296.

09:56

The human faces of Byrons housing crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kien Hannah and her family. Photo Jeff Dawson

Kien Hannah and her family. Photo Jeff Dawson

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For three weeks Kien Hannah and her family made a little cluster of mattresses and cuddly toys their home.

Unable to find a landlord or real estate agent willing to take them on as tenants, the 30-year-old, her partner, and their two little girls moved from place to place and tried to stay positive.

Ocea kept asking Do I have a bed, Mummy?, Ms Hannah says of her cherubic three-year-old.

I think she missed that security of having a place that was hers.

Finally, after months of trawling through real estate listings, they found a house to rent in Mullumbimby just a stones throw from where their old house had been.

I am just so relieved that finally weve got somewhere, you know? Ms Hannah says.

The local mum is just one of hundreds struggling to find a home in the Byron Shire as soaring rents and inadequate housing supply force thousands into hardship and, in some cases, homelessness.

But it doesnt have to be that way.

As locals try desperately to squeeze into the painfully tight rental market, thousands of bedrooms and whole houses across the shire that could be used as homes lie empty.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that there were 2,057 empty dwellings in the Byron Shire on census night.

Thats 15.3 per cent of the regions housing.

A further 2,300 dwellings are being underused, with one or two people living in a house that has two, three or four unoccupied bedrooms.

The statistics, from the 2016 Census, also show that the average number of people per household in Byron is 13 per cent smaller than the national average and that we have significantly more underused housing than most of the country....

09:36

Dangerous conditions spark NSW fire bans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Total fire bans are in place across large swathes of northern and eastern NSW as hot and windy conditions keep firefighters on alert.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has declared four regions as having a severe fire danger on Wednesday including Greater Sydney Region, Greater Hunter, North Coast and North Western regions.

Temperatures in the mid-30s combined with strong north-westerly winds mean conditions will be challenging, RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd told AAP.

Winds are forecast to reach 40-50km/h with gusts up to 70km/h.

More than 70 fires are burning across the state, with 20 of them uncontained, and we will be monitoring all of them, Insp Shepherd said.

More than 100 firefighters fought a fire in Sydneys northern suburb of Beacon Hill on Tuesday afternoon and hope to strengthen containment lines ahead of Wednesday.

The fire threatened dozens of properties but crews managed to keep it at bay with the help of water-bombing aircraft.

As the fire season kicks into gear, all NSW residents are being urged to clean up and maintain their properties and have a fire plan in place.

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09:32

Govt told back off, let power market work "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Liddell Power Station

Liddell Power Station

The best thing the Turnbull government could do to prevent energy shortages is to get out of markets way and let the regulator do its job.

Thats the view of Oliver Yates, who headed the governments green bank for more than four years until May.

The government has been contemplating how to make energy giant AGL keep open the ageing Liddell coal-fired power station beyond its planned 2022 closure.

But Mr Yates says its actually AGL who has given the market certainty by announcing two years ago its intentions to close the Hunter Valley plant.

Even under the Finkel review theyre only requiring that a coal-fired power station give three years notice; AGL gave about seven, he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

That meant the industry was working to replace the capacity based on a certain projected closure date.

Thats very difficult if a prime minister walks into the room and basically says, Well I know youve been investing on that basis but I think I might just decide to legislate in some way and keep these clunkers open, Mr Yates said.

That doesnt help the market at all, it puts us into a position of paralysis all over again.

Energy policy in Australia isnt broken but it is highly polarised and thats a problem, Mr Yates said.

The governments latest action was sparked by a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator which warned there would need to be an extra 1000 megawatts of dispatchable power which is able to be sent when its needed in the system before Liddell closed.

What they said is the same thing I say to my kid when they want to borrow the car: If you want to borrow the car and you dont fill it up with petrol, youll run out of petrol, Mr Yates said.

If the policy paralysis continued and AEMO didnt get the powers it needed to deal with preventing blackouts, as recommended in the Finkel review, then there likely would be shortages.

Mr Yates warned that any kind of coal-fired power station even the newest technology, so-called clean coal didn&#8217...

09:30

Refugee Camp Receives Football Pitch and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Syrian refugees in Jordans largest refugee camp now have a football pitch, which was built as part of efforts to normalise life for the displaced people living in the camp. (Image source: Pixabay)

Funded by FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations, the football pitch will become a place of relief for those who are currently living in caravans in Jordans al-Zaatari camp.

Syrias civil war is now in its seventh year, and infrastructure in improving in the camp in an effort to normalise the lives of the 8000 Syrians who have fled to al-Zaatari.

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09:29

Hillary Clinton just accused Trump  over collusion with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hillary Clinton has made little secret that she blames lots and lots of things not named Hillary Clinton for her 2016 loss. And amid a publicity tour for her just-released book in which she re-litigates many of them she just made her most serious claim to date.

USA Todays Susan Page, in an interview published late Monday night, asked Clinton whether she thought Trump associates colluded with Russia. And Clinton broke with many in her party by offering a pretty unvarnished answer in the affirmative.

There certainly was communication, and there certainly was an understanding of some sort, Clinton says at first, choosing her words carefully.

Page writes that she pressed further, asking directly about whether Trump associates colluded with Russia.

Im convinced of it, Clinton said.

Witch hunt, fake news, phony: Trumps defenses against the Russia probe
President Trump has repeatedly lashed out with insults to defend himself as the Russia investigation unfolds. Here are some of his go-to attacks. (Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

As is often the case with Clinton, she seemed to want to not-quite-say what she was actually saying. She talked about Trumps ties to Russian money and the fact that Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win. She talked about ho...

09:26

Printed Age, SMH to go within year: Hinch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Journalist-turned-senator Derryn Hinch believes a package of media ownership changes wont save the print editions of two of Australias oldest daily newspapers.

But that wont stop him backing the governments overhaul of pre-internet age laws that could clear parliament as early as Wednesday.

I think the print editions of the SMH and The Age could be gone by this time next year, Senator Hinch told ABC radio.

The senator argues the planned changes will increase media ownership diversity, not reduce it as some critics have claimed.

Under the changes a single proprietor would no longer be constrained by the so-called two-out-of-three rule that limits them owning radio, television and print assets in one licensed market.

When these laws were brought in, we didnt have the internet, we didnt have smartphones and people no longer go home to watch the six oclock news, Senator Hinch said.

News is 24/7, people are on their phones all the time and diversification is amazing.

Senator Hinch said the CBS buyout of Network Ten had made the need for ownership law changes more urgent because it had blocked Australian buyers from competing.

Im thrilled (independent) Nick Xenophon and the government have made a deal, Senator Hinch said.I hope we get it through today.

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09:25

China banks fear US North Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Chinas big banks have been quietly but surely weaning themselves off North Korean money.

This is not particularly about their troublesome neighbour. It is because of a fear of US repercussions.

Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC theyve been instructed not to open any new accounts for that countrys citizens and businesses.

This is not part of any United Nations sanctions regime.

It is an attempt to head off further US measures targeting Chinese banks which are accused of doing sanctions-busting business with North Korea.

Quite apart from the UN, the US Treasury has its own sanctions regime blacklisting companies and people who are said to have assisted Pyongyang in developing nuclear weapons.

Once a person or a company is placed on the American list of prohibited entities, US (and even foreign) companies can face strict penalties within the US for having dealings with them.

Conduit

Chinas financial institutions have been accused of laundering funds used to facilitate North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead development.

The government in Pyongyang is said to use front companies to move money around the world via Chinese banks.

For this reason, officials in Washington DC have been threatening to place major Chinese banks on the black list: international sanctions against these enormous institutions could cause global economic shockwaves.

So the US fired a warning shot.

In recent months, the relatively small Bank of Dandong was blacklisted.

Announcing that Americans would be barred from doing business with it, the US Treasury said: The Bank of Dandong acts as a conduit for North Korea to access the US and international financial systems, including by facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Koreas WMD and ballistic missile programs.

Central bank order

Chinas big banks could not afford to face similar moves.

Staff from at least seven branches from the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China have confirmed to the BBC that new North Korean bank accounts will not be opened.

They said this process had started months ago.

One ICBC bank worker said that this had followed an order from the countrys central bank, the Peoples Bank Of China.

Telephone and faxed requests for information on this to the PBOC went unanswered.

Bag of money

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09:21

Become a founding member of the Mountain Sports Collective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you ski or ride in the backcountry, youre probably already using the resources provided by Mountain Sports Collective (MSC). MSC was created by the amalgamation of the nations foremost alpine safety platforms Snowsafety.com.au and Snowsense.org. These sites offer an Alpine Travel Advisory, and issues information regarding alpine travel safety across all aspects of the prevailing conditions above snowline from 1 June 31st October each year. Snowsafety and Snowsense have joined forces to create MSC not only with the goal of delivering a more streamlined and concise picture of the conditions in the mountains, in one single easy view, but we are now also a legal entity, established as a not-for-profit association.

MSC aims to be the voice for the human powered backcountry community in Australia. While there are similar organisations overseas (for instance the Winter Wildlands Alliance in the USA) there is no single voice for all forms of human powered winter backcountry adventurers here in Australia. There are a range of walking clubs, Nordic ski climbs, climbing organisations and so on. We feel that, with an ever growing number of people heading into the winter backcountry, the time is right for a group that can help co-ordinate and focus the voice of this diverse community.

While initially we will continue to focus on providing detailed terrain and weather reports for the high alpine country on the Australian mainland we intend to also focus on advocacy and environmental issues. This might include looking into access of remote backcountry terrain, how to reduce the ecological impacts of greater use of alpine backcountry, and advocacy on land management issues.

We would welcome your involvement.

You can become a founding member here. We are seeking 200 foundation members at present.


09:14

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09:12

Limpinwood logging destroying koala habitat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The koala that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala. Photo supplied.

The koala that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala. Photo supplied.

Limpinwood residents have been raising concerns regarding the logging that has commenced on over 800 acres of highly significant native forest that is affecting koalas. The land is owned by Hewittville Holdings and is believed to be part of a private native forestry plan with the EPA.

Neighbours are worried for wildlife as koala distress calls have been heard since logging began, said Scott Sledge, spokesperson for the Northern Rivers Guardians.   

A koala has been found on an adjacent property that hasnt had koalas in the last 25 years. It is suspected the koala fled the tree felling operations and there are signs of possible injury.

Unanimous vote

Tweed Shire Council voted unanimously on the mayoral minute calling for the state government to do a compliance audit of the operation in regard to environmental and cultural heritage values, and give serious consideration to revoking this logging licence.

Some of the land has large stands of koala habitat and part of it is listed as an Environmental Protection Zone.

Dailan Pugh of the North East Forest Alliance said, the Tweed LEP 2000 shows a significant part of the property is Zoned 7 (d) Environmental Protection (Scenic/Escarpment) and 7(l) Environmental Protection (Habitat), logging of these areas is only allowed with consent of Council. 

In a letter to Liberal MP Gabrielle Upton, Tweed mayor Katie Milne highlighted that the landowner has previously undertaken extensive unauthorised works on two separate occasions, bulldozing vegetation on Crown Land to both the northern and southern accesses of the property without consent, and causing serious environmental damage on both occasions

We would like to request that the state government finds a way to end this inappropriate logging operation, such as by...

09:06

Byron Councillor wins court case against Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Councillor Alan Hunter. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Councillor Alan Hunter. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Councillor Alan Hunter has won a court case against the very council he was elected to, perhaps ending a protracted battle with his neighbours over his desire to operate a self-storage facility at the end of a short rural road in Myocum. 

The DA (development application) for three farm buildings and 12 self-storage units as self-storage premises was previously rejected by Council; the units were relocated from a road transport terminal, which was initially approved in the previous Council term.  

Council had refused the recent application owing to traffic and parking, effluent disposal, flooding, character and zone objectives, insufficient and inadequate information, precedent and public interest. 

After the National Party-aligned councillor failed to reach a conciliation with general manager Ken Gainger, he challenged the decision in the Land and Environment court. 

Hunter v Byron Shire Council [2017] NSWLEC 1495 was decided on September 8 by Commissioner Graham Brown.

Affected resident Rebecca Chaffer told The Echo that the lesson learned is that the whole process is pretty much geared to supporting developers. The next time I buy a home it will be in a residential area to ensure my amenity.

She added, Although we are happy that the approval is subject to conditions that will improve the safety of the road and ensure the business only operates during the week.

No basis to refuse

Expert reports were presented to the court in the areas of flooding, town planning and traffic, with the conclusion that there was no basis to refuse the application from their respective areas of expertise.

Yet Councils legal representative A Seton submitted to the court that notwithstanding the agreement of the experts, the court should refuse the application on the basis of the evidence of the residents who live alon...

09:05

FixedIt: This woman wasnt attacked by a broom she was attacked by a man "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another invisible perpetrator, this time on The West Australian.

Ronald Michael Martin hit his ex partner in the chest with his hand then hit in the face with a broom. The force was so strong that it ruptured her eyeball.

Martin had previously been jailed for assaulting the woman and there was a restraining order against him.

All these facts are reported in the article and almost none of them are even hinted at in the headline.

Men who commit violence against their partners and the facts of domestic violence should not be invisible.

Words matter and small changes to the headline make a big difference.

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09:03

If Ever There Were Deplorables . . . . "IndyWatch Feed National"

They those Clintonistas-Kissingeristas-Friedmanistas-Obamaistas-Romneyistas-Adelsonistas-Sorosistas-Trumpistas-Zbigniew Brzezinskistas are the deplorables. Really, for 60 years on this planet, in this precarious walkabout, I have trudged through the sooty rain of capitalism plaguing the land, as the rich and the generals call to duty the soldiers of pain, yearning to be enforcers, witnesses to the dystopia of their dreams. Money changers, bureaucrats, oh they are Eichmanns. Israeli Jews, many Little Eichmanns all encapsulated in post-pre-future chrysalis of genocide. The leeches and the lechers, USA-EU-Canada-Japan-Australia, fat-cats in bankers suits, their armor forced arbitration clauses, decapitating mortgages, foreclosures on both physical minds and the civic body. Is it a flash mob shock we have many connotations for the money changers in Houston, as they might like to see themselves, landlords, or the lords of penury? They have been calling in next months rent for the laid to waste humanity after Harvey. It doesnt matter if the child is on chemo or the grandmother is freshly buried, these debt bond holders extract each microgram of fungible fleck from the newborn or vegetative.

These masters of the bank-roll call in the chips, with SWAT teams at their beck and call. One week after Harveys Houston devastation, the plague of predatory capital comes in like syphilis ($99 for bottled water, arresting poor for breaking into stores for water and food, etc.) threatening to call in the debt police, chiding the homeless now with bad credit reputations. The money-mongers are calling in IOUs, rents and debts one week after the plague of rain-wind-petrochemicals, all natural, with the Anthropocene pushing headwinds heavily. All those 40,000 Homo Sapiens Sapiens annually coming to Baghdad on the Bayou, Houston, nomads with no home roots, looking for scratch and mortgages in the land of oil, plastic, hardened polymers, tints, paints, glues, resins the magic of better living through carcinogenic chemistry.

How many now in Portland or Boise or Santa Fe recriminate the misbegotten wanderers for settling into the black heart of evangelical Texas? Ive heard, Its their fault for living on a floodplain . . . their fault for living in hurricane alley . . . their fault for . . . . How many boast of their little and big cities/suburbs being oh so clean and green and planned and resilient (not-not-not-not!)? The lunacy of the controllers and money grabbers is we are now all the same, all living in unplanned, poorly planned, money interest planned Houstons/variations on a theme. We are all Haiti and plastic tarp habitation; we are all the mother of all dead zones Gulf of Mexico; we are glacierless, desiccating Peru; and we are all barrier reef bleaching Australia and burning Greenland.......

08:34

Paid parking mooted for Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Council has raised the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

Byron Shire Council has raised the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

With visitors to Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby on the increase, Byron Shire Council says it is considering ways of improving the turnover and efficiency of parking spaces.

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger says while paid parking in Mullumbimby is not being considered, Council does think there could be significant long-term benefits for the Brunswick Heads community if the scheme were introduced there.

He said, This is not an issue that is going to go away so Council has developed draft parking-management strategies for both towns.

Long parking limits near shops decrease the availability of parking and this is not to the advantage of local businesses, he said.

For example, in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, more than 60 per cent of parking in the town centres is all-day parking which doesnt leave that many parking options on a busy day, Mr Gainger said.

Possible $900k

Brunswick Heads is a popular tourist destination, particularly on the weekends, and Council also wants to get residents and business owners opinions on the possible introduction of pay parking in the town, he said.

Councils estimates show more than $900,000 a year could be raised through paid parking, says Gainger, which would be used specifically for projects in Brunswick Heads.

He added that locals permits for Byron Bay could be extended to Brunswick Heads should it go ahead.

The towns parking-management strategies will be placed on exhibition for public comment in mid-September.

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08:30

MELBOURNE GLUTEN FREE EXPO "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The biggest collection of Gluten Free food providers, gluten free food trucks, experts and celebrities will gather at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 7th and 8th Gluten Free Expo

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08:14

Rotunda Park #8 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been some time since Ive wandered across to Rotunda Park one of the best birding spots in the district.

A flock of White-browed Babblers allowed me to enjoy extremely close-up views, while the Common Bronzewings were taking advantage of some scattered seed.

White-browed babbler, Rotunda Park, 10th September 2017

07:59

Schoolies volunteer call out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl. Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl.
Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

An essential service that helps thousands of school leavers celebrate safely in Byron Bay is the Byron Schoolies Safety Response, headed by BUDDI youth worker Nicqui Yazdi.

With the yearly preparations underway for when schoolies arrive in a little more than two months, Yazdi is appealing for volunteers to step up and help make the event a safe and memorable one.

The HUB, located on Main Beach, will be open 24/7 for the duration of Schoolies from November 17 till December 4.

Yazdi says, The aim is to find 100 local volunteers who would like to give some of their time to the HUB.

As always, we aim to train new Schoolies HUB volunteers in first aid; however, this year the funding is extremely tight and as yet we have not received anywhere near enough funding to make training a reality.

In the absence of enough funding, Yazdi is inviting local businesses to get behind the efforts of these volunteers and donate cash to assist with this initiative.

Volunteers moving out of Byron Bay

Yazdi says its been a challenge to recruit new people in recent times owing to many of the regular volunteers moving out of Byron Bay.

The high rents and unaffordable housing have pushed many volunteers out of town, she says, and adds that she hopes volunteers car pool if they live outside the town.

Yazdi says, We are looking for volunteers of all ages, but would like to encourage more young people between 18 and 24 to join us this year. It is a wonderful way to gain volunteering experience and BUDDI are launching...

07:56

The ripple effect moves out from Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jacqui Boyett with Chris Klemens at Global Ripple op shop in the Byron Industrial Estate. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Jacqui Boyett with Chris Klemens at Global Ripple op shop in the Byron Industrial Estate. Photo Jeff Dawson.

It began when Jacqui Boyett was living on a remote Fijian Island in 2012 and realised that she could really help the people where she was living.

From our stay there I realised that they needed a lot of help. I set up a charity and started fundraising, said Jacqui.

My initial thought was to just fix their teeth to remove their current pain, it only cost $30 per person. But then I realised the problems were much deeper than tooth decay. Many of the villagers were sent away from the hospital and were not able to receive our help because they suffered from diabetes. Some people even had their legs cut off in serious cases. 

So we organised a health program and had it delivered to the village and the school to bring awareness of healthy eating and sugar consumption. Since then we have helped remove rotten teeth from people suffering from chronic tooth ache.

Global Ripple continue to support the village of Gunu in Fiji and have organised a ferry that will transport goods to the mainland for sale as well as people needing medical help.

The boat had its first trip to the village last week. It will enable the villagers to sell their goods to make money for  food and other supplies. It will also help the six neighbouring villages, in total approximately 1000 people will benefit from this boat.

Nepal earthquake

Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015 they raised $5,000 and were able to build temporary shelters fro 180 people in one of the worst hit villages. We jumped on a plane and walked for days to get to the remote village that was hit the worst.  Hundreds of families left sleeping under tarps as their homes had been destroyed.  We managed to buy the materials to construct temporary shelters to get them through t...

07:47

1) Rockefeller And The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Indonesian journalist Dandhy Dwi Laksono charged with online defamation for Facebook post

3) Indonesia police demote officers who fired at Papuan crowd
1) Rockefeller And The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi

07:35

Tigers miracle win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Rover

Jacob Blair was judged to be the best on the ground in the grand final.

MIRBOO North courageously captured its fifth Mid Gippsland premiership since 2006, when it defeated Yinnar by two points in a grand final cliffhanger at Morwell Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
From start to finish, the ferocity of this low scoring, bone-crunching encounter, where nothing more than 14 points separated the teams, was ceaseless.
Had the final siren sounded a millisecond or two later, Yinnar would have won its 14th senior premiership since 1939.
Instead, the Magpies had to settle for second best, when Max Renwick pounced on a loose ball and sent it sailing through the big white sticks, just after veteran field umpire Steven Buhagiar, blew his whistle and signalled full time.
For a fleeting moment, several Yinnar players near the goal square and many spectators who didnt hear the siren thought Yinnar had taken the lead.
Mirboo Norths classy half back flanker, Jacob Blair, was easily best afield, winning the Bill McConville Medal as well as the field umpires award, after baffling the Magpies with his trademark twists and turns out of trouble and expert hand and foot deliveries to teammates.
A couple of Blairs miraculous escapes from grasping Magpie claws defied belief and made Harry Houdini look like a man locked in solitary confinement.
The mighty Tigers nail-biting victory was a triumph for second-year playing coach Clancy Bennett, who previously captained Mirboo North to flags in 2006 and 2007, after participating in four junior club premierships.
Following demoralising successive losses to Yallourn Yallourn-North and Newborough in mid-July, Mirboo North was seventh on the ladder and two games plus percentage out of the five.
Bennett articulately and constructively challenged his players to improve their performance and affirmed their best was equal to any side in the competition.
After the round 15 defeat, the Tigers boldly invoked a commitment to grab the premiership by winning their three remaining home and away fixtures, plus four finals which they duly did.
Showers and patchy rain during the week and into game day softened the Morwell ovals pristine surface and a south westerly breeze pushed most of the play towards the outer side boundary line.
Kicking north, Mirboo North kept Yinnar goalless in...

07:25

School swags go to the homeless "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From left to right in front are Evie Boschma-Wagner, Jesse Bravington and Skye Waters. Behind them are Kim Shelly from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and class 4/5 teacher Sharon Buckley. Photo Jeff Swaggering Since 1986 Dawson

From left to right in front are Evie Boschma-Wagner, Jesse Bravington and Skye Waters. Behind them are Kim Shelly from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and class 4/5 teacher Sharon Buckley. Photo Jeff Swaggering Since 1986 Dawson

Children at Ocean Shores Public School have donated six swags to the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, which will go to homeless people in the area.

The idea came from year four and five students in 4/5B at the school after talking about homelessness in the local area. Teacher Sharon Buckley told The Echo, The children decided that we could have a pyjama day to raise money for them. I already knew about Street Swags, so I suggested to the children we could raise money to purchase swags. They loved the idea.

Two class representatives, Evie Boschma-Wagner and Jesse Bravington, presented the idea to the principal Martin Gill, who thought it was a great idea too the class then designed posters and talked at the assembly to promote the event.

The whole school became involved, including the teachers who wore pyjamas on the day as well, said Ms Buckley.

I am very proud of how hard the students in my class worked promoting the event and of how the school and community supported the initiative.

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07:15

Revisiting the Carbon Tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I have written a number of times on how the carbon dioxide producing industries are getting a free ride by not being charged for the CO2 they produce in particular for Gippsland the brown coal generators in the Valley and the loggers in the bush. For the latter with a nominal price of $30 per ton of CO2 emitted I have calculated that each hectare logged on average has at least a $50,000 subsidy (see The Burning Issue below).  Recently one commentator has suggested that a carbon price of $100 per ton of CO2 may be required to achieve the moderate goals of the Paris Agreement. There are a number of different proposals in the mix as to how to tax CO2 including the straight carbon tax, cap and trade and James Hansens Fee and Dividend.

We have already had a carbon tax of sorts under the Gillard Labor government. With hindsight this attempt failed for a number of reasons. It gave special treatment to certain industries, such as the brown coal generators, and the CO2 production of motor vehicles was in the too hard basket and not taxed at all. But probably the main reason it failed was the completely inept sale of the tax hardly mentioning climate change at all. The government would have done far better with a well-funded apolitical campaign educating the public on the greenhouse effect and the problems we all face with increasing CO2 rather than the justifications they used now completely forgotten. It enabled the Opposition leader to dominate the campaign against the tax with the strong support of the Murdoch media.

The Guardian noted of cap and trade that a cap on emissions is set and then permits are created up to the level of this cap. The companies or other entities covered by the scheme need to hold one permit for every tonne of pollution (CO2e) they emit. A form of this was first posed by the Rudd government in 2008 and supported by Turnbull as opposition leader, but was defeated when Turnbull was ousted from his position by Tony Abbott. Abbott with the support of reactionaries and climate science deniers in the Liberal Party rejected the emissions trading proposals and so Federal parliament sadly lost the opportunity for bipartisan act...

07:12

ABCC chief admits to lies and misrepresentation "IndyWatch Feed National"

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So the chief of the Australian Building and Construction Commission director Nigel Hadgkiss has come out and admitted, to have recklessly misrepresented union rights to employers for more than two years.

This should be enough to put the nail in the coffin of the governments vendetta against construction unions. But it wont, because it remains at the centre of its push to downgrade working conditions across the board. The offensive is not just directed against one group of unions in one industry. The ultimate target is all unions in all industries.

Hadkiss made the admission when the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) produced documents in the Federal Court, revealing his personal involvement in ensuring false information was not corrected despite staff concerns, from January 2014 to July 2016.

Uncovered internal emails show that staff knowingly maintained wrong and improper information on the Australian Building and Construction Commission website.

In a January 2014 internal email, ABCC executive director Jeff Radisch warned the agency was running something of a political and industrial risk by withholding info on the law as it currently stands.

The CFMEU accused the agency of misleading employers on key rights that stopped workers from being intimidated by being forced to hold discussions with a union representative in clear view of their employer.

CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan said Mr Hadgkiss position as a regulator is compromised and untenable, and he should resign immediately.

He has taken great care to bring multiple prosecutions against unions and workers over right of entry breaches, but has failed to conduct himself with reasonable care in relation to these same laws, and those parts of the laws which extend some benefit or protection to workers.

The Federal Court will hold a penalty hearing over Hadgkiss misrepresentation this Friday, with maximum fines for individual breaches at $12,600. If there is real justice, they will throw the book at him.

 

 

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07:06

Drone to Measure Radiation inside Fukushima Daiichi Reactor and Turbine Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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n-drone-a-20170910-870x558.jpgThis drone will be used to measure radiation inside the reactor and turbine buildings at the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Drone to measure radiation in tainted Fukushima No. 1 buildings

Tokyo Electric plans to measure radiation in heavily contaminated buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant as it prepares to decommission its damaged reactors, officials at the utility said.

The data from the drone is expected to help Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. create 3-D maps and identify areas of high radiation that workers should avoid.

The drone, 93 cm wide and 83 cm long, has four propellers and can fly for around 15 minutes. Tepco, as the struggling utility is known, expects to use it in the reactor buildings and the turbine buildings.

In February, Tepco tested a drone in the turbine building for the No. 3 reactor, one of three that experienced meltdowns after

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07:04

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country: The final question asked by Councillor Lacey was, Do the Jewish celebrate the Holocaust? To which he answered, No, they remember the sad part of it. This was published in the Courier Mail almost four weeks ago in an article titled: Australia Day date: Brisbane has no plans to change, says Graham Quirk.

Do you see what is happening here? This is yet another case of mainstream media trying to manipulate the national conversation. When an Indigenous person says what the Palm Island mayor said, the story stops dead in its tracks. The media only want to portray the Australia Day debate as coming solely from lefties and green groups etc.

The media also loves to find the odd blackfulla who loves Australia day as well. Im sure you would have heard about those stories right? Well if you want to throw a spanner in the works of mainstream media manipulation, you can help us out by sharing this story. Lets keep the true conversation going from the original source.

06:52

Liar loans "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Mortgage survey

Let me say out the outset that I have a great deal of respect for banking giant UBS.

In fact, I have to say that, as I'm speaking at their flagship European Conference in London in November, on the subject of household debt no less. 

UBS Global Research put out a report this week stating it had undertaken a survey of 907 Aussies that had taken out over the past 12 months. 

UBS has an underweight or sell rating on Australian banks, according to ABC.

Not all that surprisingly, about a third noted that their application was not totally factually accurate.

In reality, almost all loan applications are not totally factually accurate, often being based on approximate estimates of household expenditure, while it's undoubtedly true that households tend to have an inflated view of what their own assets are worth.

The most common inaccuracies were under-representation of living costs, with a median response of 9.9 per cent understatement.

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The most important thing, of course, is that brokers and lenders verify the key items, such as proof of income (2 or 3 payslips, PAYG summaries), cash in the bank, the asset being purchased, and so on.

Meanwhile lenders are now stress testing mortgages at a rate of 7.25 per cent, regardless of the mortgage rate actually being paid. 

Most mortgages are being written at very much lower levels than 7.25 per cent, and lenders also use benchmarks for household expenses to reduce risk. 
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06:48

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 14 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their b...

06:26

Gas Cartel pushes for fracking in the Northern Territory "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 
Contributed by Joe Montero

As opponents of coal seam gas (fracking) in the Northern Territory step up the fight against the possibility of resumption at the end of this year, the industry is claiming that it is necessary to do so, to counter the high price people are paying for the resource.

Eying the remote Beetaloo Basin, south of Mataranka, Gas companies have resurfaced the claim that the high price is determined by a shortage of supply. The two biggest players here are Santos and Origin Energy.

Bruce Robertson, an analyst from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, suggests the main reason why Northern Territorians pay more is that most of the gas is committed to being sold overseas under long term contracts.

The companies have a problem in that global prices have fallen because of over-supply in the market. Long term contracts, means that the companies are locked into lower returns and are seeking cheaper gas to increase their margins.

Gas companies are also being accused of acting as a cartel to increase prices so that Australians effectively subsidise the fall of returns from exports.

The industry has hit back by insisting that driving up the price is a supply shortage and that expanding the coal seam gas industry will fill the gap and lower the price.

Critics point out that the shortage has been deliberately created by diverting a large portion of the supply to the export market and there is no good reason to expect that an increased supply would not go the same way.

By forming a cartel, the companies have been able to extract more out of Australians, precisely by minimising supply. The problem is not market derived, but the result of monopoly power leading to monopoly prices.

To lower the price in these conditions, it is necessary for the government to step in and outlaw cartel behavior, impose a roof on monopoly prices and compel the redirection of existing gas production for the use of Australian consumers. Only when the needed domestic supply is secured, should consideration to exporting be given.

Bruce Robertson adds that the high cost of production in the territory, brought about by its isolation and the the high cost of transportation to bring the resource to the necessary East Coast market, makes production in the Territory uneconomical, unless Australians are made to subsidise it. There are simply not enough consumers in the Territory itself.

 

Producing high cost Northern Territory gas, which is very high cost gas, about $7.50 a gigajoule, is no way to bring down the cost of gas on the east coast of Australia, he said.

He adds that the pu...

06:23

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part 7. Hillsongs founder the pedophile Frank Houston Why Frank Houston was able so easily to sexually abuse hundreds of little boys in New Zealand in the 1940s to 1970s "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

In a previous article in this series, I mentioned that the first time I saw Frank Houston, the pedophile founder of Hillsong, was in 1976 at Don Cosbys Christian Life Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

And Ive outlined how, in the 1960s to 1970s, Frank Houston went on a secret pedophile spree in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, like Chile and Sri Lanka, where he travelled as a leading Assemblies of God (AOG) Christian pastor and evangelist doing evangelistic crossed and taking Christian meetings. From the 1960s, Frank Houston established himself as a lauded Assemblies of God evangelist with miracles of healing- faith, positivity, and talk of healings and miracles were Frank Houstons signatures.

Yet all this time from the 1960s to 1970s, and earlier from the 1930s, and later in Sydney Australia from 1977, the secret pedophile Frank Houston continued his secret homosexual and pedophile activities.

It is frightening to think of the number of little boys Frank Houston sexually abused in Australia, New Zealand, and in vulnerable Third World countries like Chile and Sri Lanka in the 1960s to 1970s.

From 1965 to 1977, Frank...

06:21

Match wildlife to a hollow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tree hollows are valued as habitat for many Australian birds, reptiles and animals.

Recently I've visited Riverina primary schools to raise awareness for the role of hollows.

It surprised me to learn that it can take 300 years to make a home for an owl.

06:17

Sow what? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

English can be tricky when similar sounding words mean different things.

So I was curious when I read this headline and wondered if agricultural fashion had become an area of academic research?

No, it's a a typo and illustrates the need for subeditors.

Sowing seeds is planting them and often used as a metaphor, like the quote from the article here shows.

05:54

Antarctic Caves Found to be Home to New World of Plants and Animals, Heated by Volcano "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Antarctic ice, cave systems exist underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus. Recently, it was discovered that the ice could be the breeding ground for an exciting new world, according to scientists from Australia National University.

They analyzed DNA obtained from the cave system, and found samples they couldnt fully identify. Apparently being unable to identify such a specimen is an anomaly, and it indicates that unidentified species are living in the unique environment. Moss, algae, and other life was found to thrive there.

The caves in close proximity to volcanic Mount Erebus are among the hottest locations on the continent of Antarctica, along with other geothermally heated areas. Heat from the volcano has created vents in the ice, causing volcanic steam to hollow out ice and form extensive and interconnected cave systems, according to Newsweek.

It can be really warm inside the cavesup to 25 degrees Celsius [77 degrees Fahrenheit] in some caves, the lead researcher on the effort Ceidwen Fraser said. You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

The study was published in a journal titled Polar Biology. In it, a team obtained soil samples from 3 volcanoes in Victoria Land, Antarctica, and from Mount Erebus subglacial caves.

The study found many different types of moss, arthropods, nematodes, and algae at every single site. The findings suggest that geothermal areas (heated by volcanic activity) can support life even when it is like an island, far detached from survivable conditions for miles outside the geothermal region.

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05:46

Civil Liberties March of 67 remembered 50 years on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On September 8, 1967, 4000 students marched from University of Queenslands St. Lucia campus to the centre of Brisbane, to protest for rights to free speech and public protesting. Upon being obstructed by police, the students staged a mass sit-down protest in Roma Street. By the end of the day, over 120 student protestors had been []

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05:45

Ancient history on Brisbanes doorstep "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A project led by the University of Adelaide has discovered a number of North Stradbroke Islands wetlands reach back as far as 200,000 years. Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) Principal Scientist Dr Jonathan Marshall said the investigation conducted on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) revealed that the local environment has remained moist for []

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05:39

Kommersant reports Putin to make November announcement of his participation in 2018 presidential race "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will announce his participation in the 2018 presidential race in November of this year, becoming a technically independent candidate in late December or early January, according to Kommersant. The influential business daily quoted two unnamed sources close to the Russian presidential administration and one inside source as saying that several special meetings dedicated to the upcoming presidential polls were held last week and it was decided that Vladimir Putin's nomination as presidential candidate will be spread over two stages. Starting in November the first stage will, according to the sources, involve Putin agreeing to run for a new term. The announcement will be made during a televised event similar to the annual one at which the president answers various questions from the public.

05:39

Brian Houston Instagram: I loved this opportunity on a Tuesday night to speak into the Heart and Soul of our church. This is one of 80 services in 30 locations in Australia. Those who are the heart and soul of our church are why the church is prospering and in good health as its soul prospers. 3 John 2. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors. Brian Houston on Instagram today: I loved this opportunity on a Tuesday night to speak into the Heart and Soul of our church. This is one of 80 services in 30 locations in Australia. Those who are the heart and soul of our church are why the church is prospering and in good health as its soul prospers. 3 John 2.

I loved this opportunity on a Tuesday night to speak into the Heart and Soul of our church. This is one of 80 services in 30 locations in Australia. Those who are the heart and soul of our church are why the church is prospering and in good health as it's soul prospers. 3 John 2.

05:30

I Dont Have the Pussy for Little Lanterns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a fantastic idiom in Spanish used to express exasperation, employed mainly by women: No tengo el coo para farolillos. In English: I dont have the pussy for little lanterns.

If someones nagging you, the boss hounding you for results  use it. Irritating customers got you down use it. Youve had it up to here with misguided misogynist behaviour  let it rip.

One afternoon in Essaouira, a vibrant fortress city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, my travel companion Amy didnt have nothin for little lanterns.

No sooner had we left the hostel did two young local guys, leaning nonchalantly on the laneway wall opposite, comment on Amys physique: Hey, I like your ass.

Clumsy, offensive flattery at best, sexual harassment at worst, in a second Amys fury, cumulated over some weeks in Morocco, propelled her to spit in the mans face. The next second, I grabbed her arm and hurried us toward town.

Amy was as shocked as I; I didnt expect to do that, I just lost my shit. But instead of going on about the danger it couldve caused those guys mightve flared up against her brash retaliation, plus they knew where we were staying  I began to think: when are woman excused for fiery behaviour?

Im not endorsing a face-spit; in any case, this only aggravated said males disrespect for the female he already sought to degrade. Even a firm Fuck off mightve been pushing it in a country where women need their husbands permission for divorce and there are no laws prohibiting domestic violence.

But the ass-comment guy had sexually harassed her, eroding her dignity and sense of security right at the hostel, where she should feel safest. What did he expect? In fact, what does any man of such behaviour expect?

Post-face-spit, I began to acknowledge that we women, on the whole, command ourselves with exceptional composure despite the deluge of harassment and frustration that plagues us every day, home and abroad.

Consider this: Amys response was a once off in my year-long trip, during which I observed disturbing interactions between local me...

05:20

Game of chicken "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Noticed the personalised number plate on this Steggles van at the lights.

05:18

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05:13

Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Baghdad (GPA The Iraqi parliament voted today to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid.

The referendum which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches but now it seems the Iraqi parliament has decided to answer these questions by preemptively rejecting any vote.

The resolution passed by a majority vote in parliament listed the Kurdish referendum as a threat to the civil peace and regional security. The parliamentary bill also stated that the referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional.

Iraqi Kurd border crossing
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The resolution also allows the Iraqi Prime Minister to use any means necessary to uphold the official borders of Iraq and maintain order. Kurdish Members of Parliament left the session but whether they voted or not wouldnt have made a difference.

The vote is opposed by all of Iraqs neighbors who also deal with Kurdish separatists (Turkey, Iran, and Syria), but even western powers led by the US have urged the Iraqi Kurds to at least postpone the vote. The largest worry of every group is that, should the Kurds vote to secede, a new war could start between Baghdad and Erbil.

Even some Kurds in the region oppose independence, worrying that the referendum is an attempted power grab by the current government in Kurdistan. These Kurds worry about a war imposed on them by the current leaders and also already face internal...

04:55

Irony: JP Morgans Jamie Dimon Calls Bitcoin A Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Surprised by the sudden air pocket below bitcoin? Curious if this was caused by some new, unconfirmed Chinese crackdown on bitcoin traders, exchanges, and other money laundered? No, the answer is Jamie Dimon, who in a angry outburst during the same conference in which he preannounced JPMs 20% trading revenue drop, lashed  out at the crypto currency, calling it a fraud, worse than tulip bulbs, says it wont end well and will eventually blow up, and that any trader trading bitcoin will be fired for being stupid.

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04:48

Australia Aboriginal activist Pryor calls PM disrespectful - BBC News "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Aboriginal activist Pryor calls PM disrespectful - BBC News: In a statement released on Twitter, the activist said: "Mr Turnbull refused to walk even a few steps outside of Parliament to meet in the Parliamentary Forecourt - despite Clinton having walked over 7 million steps to be here."

A spokesperson for Mr Pryor had attempted to read a list of demands about Aboriginal rights to the Australian leader.

"Both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs were disrespectful - speaking over the top of the Aboriginal Elders to defend unfair policies - rather than listening respectfully," the statement said.

Mr Pryor said he then turned his back and walked away from the prime minister.

04:32

Homeschool Mom Receives Visit from the State Over Field Trip "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 was met with a variety of responses by schools across the country. Some announced they would close for the day for fear that the children under their care would accidentally look at the sun and encounter eye damage. Others remained open out of fear that children would not be safe at home by themselves during the great event.

Either way, educators of all types saw the eclipse as a great learning opportunity, and many encouraged families to go out and view it together if the children were not in school.

One family from Kentucky did just that and got in trouble with the local school district for their action.

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04:19

Just go away already! Former president Obama keeps stirring the political pot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Obama rapid response team quickly swung into action against the latest Republican move on immigration last week. The new policy was "wrong." It was "self-defeating." It was "cruel." It wasn't "required legally," but was "a political decision." Only two things were unusual about this strong Democratic pushback: Barack Obama was no longer in office at the time - and yet all the above responses came from the former president himself. If the 2016 presidential election seems like a never-ending contest, with vanquished Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton constantly relitigating the campaign and criticizing the man who ultimately bested her, the tug-of-war between President Trump and his immediate predecessor has been just as intense. "He is like our president-in-exile," joked a Democratic operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the former president. "His profile makes sense, because while we Democrats and really the whole country owe President Obama a lot, he does have some things to answer for in terms of our current situation" with Republicans controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

03:28

Producer of Vaxxed film banned from Australia - and how the Australian press is lying about it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Polly Tommey, producer of the famous documentary, Vaxxed (trailer), has been banned from Australia. If that sounds quite insane-it is. Vaxxed has been screening across the world. It is an explosive revelation about egregious fraud at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The film focuses on the 2014 public confession of a long-time researcher at the CDC, William Thompson. Thompson admits that he and his colleagues committed a crime, by manipulating data to give the MMR vaccine a free pass, "proving" it had no connection to autism - when in fact, as Thompson states, the vaccine does raise the risk of autism in children. Here are a few statements from the The Sydney Morning Herald's report, headlined: "Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour." "The producer Polly Tommey behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years, she claims."

03:02

Big Ag nightmare: The many ways that factory farming contaminates our land and water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Water pollution is a growing problem, and nonorganic farming activities - both on land and in water - are significant contributors. In addition to farming chemicals such as nitrates, which pose a serious threat to water quality, there's the issue of drug-resistant bacteria. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity,1 water testing in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has revealed coliform bacteria "at levels too dangerous to drink." Drug-resistant bacteria are a direct result of antibiotic overuse, especially in livestock, and recent investigations reveal antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread across the globe via animal feed - especially feed made from fish meal. Turns out aquaculture, which has been touted as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, is just as environmentally devastating as land-based farms. The answer to these serious and interconnected dilemmas is to transition over to regenerative and biodynamic farming, both of which go above and beyond organic methods. We also need to come up with more sustainable solutions for fish, as fish farms are turning out to be no less of an environmental nightmare than land-based factory farms. The recent escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the Pacific is just the latest testament to the environmental harm aquafarms do.

02:33

Yes, Hillary, The Media Did Help Trump Win. So Did You "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Former Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is back doing what she does best: selling books. What Happened, her newest, doesnt feature a question mark. It has answers. Hillary blames the FBI. She blames sexism and fake news. She blames the godforsaken Electoral College and the deep currents of resentment running through society.

She also, ironically, blames Bernie Sanders for out-promising her at every turn. She probably blames clandestine Russian mind-control laser beams for persuading tens of millions of Americans that she was nothing more than a calculating, deceptive, and insipid career politician.

And she blames the media. Political journalists, writes Hillary, cant bear to face their own role in helping elect Trump. Now, hearing a Democrat argue that the institutional media wasnt accommodating enough in helping her win an election is, I admit, a bit jarring. Support from journalists is so embedded in the Democratic Partys strategy that any negative coverage even something as unavoidable as writing about an unprecedented FBI investigation into a leading presidential candidate must be quashed.

Yet Clintons claim happens to contain a morsel of truth, if not in the way she intended. When supporting Trump seemed advantageous, the media not only left-leaning outlets like CNN or the Washington Post, but ratings-chasers like Joe Scarborough did much help lift the fortunes of the soon-to-be president. This was obvious to anyone observing coverage of the primaries, but for those who need confirmation, The Kennedy Schools Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy conducted a study that found that during the year 2015, major news outlets covered Donald Trump in a way that was unusual given his low initial polling numbers a high volume of media coverage preceded Trumps rise in the polls.

A big chunk of this coverage, the report found, was positive in tone. Of course, as soon as Trump won, that tone would drastically change. It was curious happenstance, but somehow the preponderance of ugly stories regarding Trumps past only began pouring forth after he captured the nomination. The man hadnt changed at all. The coverage did.

While all this is true, the problem is that Hillary and her advisers were part of the same effort. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right, one Clinton campaign agenda item noted. ...

02:30

This Startup Adds Digital Citizenship To School Curriculums "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Now that every kid is on social media, maybe its time schools start teaching how to treat others on those services.

One day last year, about 30 fifth graders at Seldens Landing Elementary School in Virginia were issued tablets and asked to answer questions about cyber-bullying. They started with the statement: Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Next, the kids had to take a poll: Is that really true or false?

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02:09

A Primer on Spoiling Granddaughters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I've been known to spoil my grandchildren. To that I plea guilty as charged. I didn't spoil their mothers (I have four girls) as much as I spoil them, but I didn't have parents to hand my children off to once they'd been filled with sugar.

Saturday was my four year-old granddaughter, Savannah's day with grandpa. Savannah lives in Arizona, but was visiting with her mother/my daughter and her two sisters - one older and one younger.

By way of full disclosure, I have never been in this mall before. I usually avoid malls (temples of greed), but they can be entertaining to a four year old girl.

This is a riding toy that you can rent and the kids ride
around the mall on them. Savy really liked it.


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01:56

16th anniversary of 9/11 brings new development on WTC Building 7 collapse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dr. Leroy Hulsey, a distinguished engineering authority presented his team's preliminary report report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7. The report is preliminary in the sense that it awaits peer-review, that is, examination by other experts. The team's research is more extensive than the modeling provided by NIST and includes a thorough examination of NIST's approach. Dr. Hulsey's team concludes that Building 7 did not come down due to fire. Here is the link to his presentation: Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 - presentation by Leroy Hulsey (lecture starts at 3:40) Being a Georgia Tech graduate I can follow the gist of Dr. Hulsey's presentation. It is a difficult explanation to follow as engineering science is challenging to explain. Moreover, engineers are accustomed to talking to other engineers, not to the general public. At the Georgia Tech of my day, and perhaps still, the administration was determined to produce articulate engineers. Our English courses were writing courses. The English Department took the position that just as one engineering mistake could cause a bridge or building to fail, one spelling or grammatical mistake produced the grade of F on the assignment. (Yes, I know, with all of my typos how did I pass? The answer is that our papers were hand written.) We were also encouraged to join Toastmasters so that we would be capable of standing up before an audience and making a presentation. What I am saying is that Dr. Hulsey is in the difficult position of having to address an audience consisting of professionals and non-professionals, and he probably has limited experience in addressing non-professionals.

01:36

Australians advised to hunt and eat kangaroos as population outnumbers humans by two to one "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians have been told to hunt and eat kangaroos after the population of the marsupial reached double that of humans. New data shows the kangaroo population in Australia is close to hitting 50 million, while the human population stands at 24 million. Experts are now warning Australians to hunt, eat and cull the native animal or face being overrun by it. The kangaroo population has boomed in recent years, rising to 45 million last year from 27 million in 2010, news.com.au reported. The huge rise in kangaroo numbers is thought to be due to an abundance of food after high rainfall. David Paton, Associate Professor from the University of Adelaide, said communities needed to support kangaroo culling programmes and eat their meat to avoid wasting carcasses.

01:27

The hidden abilities of plants: They form memories "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monica Gagliano began to study plant behavior because she was tired of killing animals. Now an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Western Australia in Perth, when she was a student and postdoc, she had been offing her research subjects at the end of experiments, the standard protocol for many animals studies. If she was to work on plants, she could just sample a leaf or a piece of root. When she switched her professional allegiance to plants, though, she brought with her some ideas from the animal world and soon began exploring questions few plant specialists probe-the possibilities of plant behavior, learning, and memory. "You start a project, and as you open up the box there are lots of other questions inside it, so then you follow the trail," Gagliano says. "Sometimes if you track the trail, you end up in places like Pavlovian plants." In her first experiments with plant learning, Gagliano decided to test her new subjects the same way she would animals. She started with habituation, the simplest form of learning. If the plants encountered the same innocuous stimulus over and over again, would their response to it change?

01:22

The Dark Side to Positive Thinking, According to a Brazilian Shaman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Some of the greatest minds in personal growth and the world of self-help have built their empire on the power of positive thinking. In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie shares this well known and accepted concept. The idea is that you can change your life and influence your future simply by changing the way that you are thinking. Think positive, invite positive energies, focus on the negative and invite the negative into your life.

While the concept isnt entirely poorly aimed, as it does help those who practice this technique to stay positive and motivated, Ruda Iande, a naturopathic therapist and shaman points out that it isnt the all encompassing solution that many of these programs paint it to be. You can think nothing but positive thoughts for days on end, however, the universe will not somehow materialize a future that you are not actively working towards achieving. It is not a realistic approach.

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As Iande states, There are just two problems here: 1) its exhausting and 2) its ineffective.

The question is, does the problem really lie with the concept of positive thinking, or the way in which people choose to apply this technique to their lives. Iande believes that there are 3 important points to keep in mind when applying the power of positive thinking in your life:

 

  1. Dont Ignore Your True Feelings

While you may believe that positive thinking is the answer, it is important not to get caught up in a tunnel vision, forgetting about your true feelings in life. In order to maintain your emotional and mental health, you need to have a plan in place to handle the negative emotions that come up throughout your experience. Living in a world where you focus solely on positive feelings can actually be harmful.

Iande explained, Living inside this bubble might feel good in the short-term, but in time the bubble will burst. Thats because every time you force yourself to be positive, negativity grows within. You can deny or repress the negative thoughts and emotions, but they dont go way. ...

01:09

Jemele Hills Tweets Are Bad, But Her ESPN Show Is Even Worse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last night ESPNs 6 PM Sportscenter host Jemele Hill chose the 16thAnniversary of 9/11 to go off on the fitness of Donald Trumps white supremacy in a series of tweets responding to randos on the internet. Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. Trump is the most ignorant offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. The height of white privilege is to be able to ignore his white supremacy because its of no threat to you. Well, its a threat to me. Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldnt, because I care about more than just myself. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected. You can see the full roster of tweets here.  Apparently it was inspired by an argument about Kid Rock, connected to a protest of his performance at the Red Wings new arena. Surely that will stop him.

I asked Jemele to show her work and name the white supremacists Trumps surrounded himself with.  She didnt answer but her followers did, citing Steve Bannon, Seb Gorka, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Kris Kobach, and the Trump family themselves. So thats two guys who are gone, the top Jewish staffer working in the White House, a former Republican Senator, a former Republican Secretary of State in Kansas, and a family of wealthy lifelong New York Democrats. Thats your indication of deep-seated white supremacy at the White House? These are the guys in white hoods carrying torches? And how exactly are they a threat to you?

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00:46

Is the self-inflicted reputational loss suffered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics having a negative impact on the same-sex marriage voluntary postal survey? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


 An Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent by post to every eligible Australian. It will be sent to the address on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. [www.abs.gov.au, 8 September 2017]
A reader recently contacted North Coast Voices stating that:

Two weeks ago I rang the ABS to ask whether I could send my marked postal survey back to them in a plain envelope because as I said to them, I don't trust them. They told me that my survey form would not be counted. I also spoke to my Federal Parliamentarian about this.

I suspect that this question has been asked a number of times by concerned citizens.

Which raises a question - Is the self-inflicted reputational loss suffered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2016 having a negative impact on the same-sex marriage voluntary postal survey?

The Bureau declares that survey respondents will have their privacy protected and that no-one will be able to identify an individual with their response on the survey form.

However, these survey forms come with a barcode which apparently identifies Commonwealth Electoral Roll eligibility of the recipient and the electoral division in which an individual lives.

So a plain envelope return of the survey form will not hide the survey respondent's identity....

00:45

Study finds Trump, right-wing extremism and fake news won the media battle during the 2016 US presidential election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


In which Facebook Inc is identified as a major commercial player in the media landscape and a significant purveyor of fake news, as well as giving page space to highly partisan and clickbait news sites.

Excerpts from Harvard University, Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society, Rob Faris et al, Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, 16 August 2017:

Both winners and losers of the 2016 presidential election describe it as a political earthquake. Donald Trump was the most explicitly populist candidate in modern history. He ran an overtly anti-elite and anti-media campaign and embraced positions on trade, immigration, and international alliances, among many other topics, that were outside elite consensus. Trump expressed these positions in starkly aggressive terms. His detractors perceived Trumps views and the manner in which he communicated them as alarming, and his supporters perceived them as refreshing and candid. He was outraised and outspent by his opponents in both the primary and the general election, and yet he prevailedcontrary to the conventional wisdom of the past several elections that winning, or at least staying close, in the money race is a precondition to winning both the nomination and the election.

In this report we explore the dynamics of the election by analyzing over two million stories related to the election, published online by approximately 70,000 media sources between May 1, 2015, and Election Day in 2016. We measure how often sources were linked to by other online sources and how often they were shared on Facebook or Twitter. Through these sharing patterns and analysis of the content of the stories, we identify both what was highly salient according to these different measures and the relationships among different media, stories, and Twitter users.

Our clearest and most significant observation is that the American...

00:40

In Protest of Gentrification, Sydney Residents Turn Towers into Light Displays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photos of towers at the Waterloo Estate in Sydney, illuminated for the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker, all images courtesy #WeLiveHere2017)

Residents at a 1970s public housing estate in Sydney are fighting gentrification in a simple yet striking display that asserts the presence of their community to the entire city. Every night, hundreds of residents living in soaring towers at the Waterloo estate are turning on colorful lights in their windows to illuminate the buildings. The gesture is part of a major campaign to oppose a New South Wales government plan to raze and redevelop the 40-acre estate into a mixture of private and public housing a project that would relocate at least 3,600 people and create a high level of dwelling density thats unprecedented in the country.

A resident of the Waterloo Estate participating in the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker)

Launched last week, #WeLiveHere2017 represents two years of planning by Waterloo residents and local activists that began soon after the state government announced its redevelopment plans. The illuminated towers, known as Matavaia and Turanga, were chos...

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22:59

Today in OpenGov: Connecting government "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In today's overview of open government news, we look at the key role that open data will play as American communities work to rebuild following the devastation of hurricane's Irma and Harvey. We also share new research on fake news, global approaches to facts and information, and tech-powered civic engagement. 

Read on for all that, plus much more from Washington, DC, around the United States, and across the globe. 

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  • What types of state and local open data are most popular? "To start to answer these questions, we analyzed the text descriptions of open datasets from 141 cities and state governments across the country a total of 21,000 individual open datasets and scored them based on views and downloads to figure out which types of data are most popular." The top ten, according to this analysis by Sunlight Open Cities Fellow Nathan Zencey, include  crime reports, campaign and election data, construction and permitting information, and much more. (Sunlight Foundation)
  • Open data is key to robust disaster recovery efforts. "For public officials to effectively steer a recovery process and for citizens to trust in the effort, reliable, transparent information will be essential. Leaders and the public need a shared understanding of the scale and extent of the damage and which households, businesses and neighborhoods have been affected. This is not a one-time effort. Data must be collected and issued regularly over months and years to match the duration of the rebuilding effort." (Governing)
  • New tool using crowdsourced data to track pollution in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. "After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, a nonprofit organization that uses satellite imagery to monitor the environment ...

22:47

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #559 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #559 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #559 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 12th September 2017 to Monday 18th September 2017 63rd Tesselaar Tulip Festival Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. September 15th - September 17th - Turkish Weekend September 18th - September 21st - Over the Rainbow Week September 22nd - September 24th - Dutch Weekend September 25th - September 28th - Children's Week #1 September 29th - October 1st - Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend October 2nd - October 5th - Children's Week #2 October 6th - October 8th - Irish Weekend Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 Fringe Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 14 Sept 1 Oct | Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase, developing, championing and celebrating the independent arts. Fringe Festival | 400 events @ 160+ Venues Animaga Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } 16 Sep - 17 Sep 2017 | Cosplay Competition, Karaoke, Video Gaming, Card Gaming, Drawing Tuition, Mecha workshop, Maid Cafe, and more. Animaga Expo 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building 2017 Pirate Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne's annual Pirate Market returns for its 6th triumphant year, in joyful celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Saturday 16th September 2017 - Pirate Market @ 24 Moons (Northcote) Oktoberfest at Southgate .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 so dig out your lederhosen and dirndl & come down for the fun at Hophaus at Southgate. Saturday 16 September until Sunday 22 October 2017 Hoptoberfest | Hophaus | Book Online Dancing In The Street A Tribute to Motown .nobrtable br { display: none } This high-energy Motown tribute brings the hits of Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and all of Motowns superstars. Saturday 23rd September 2017 | Satellite Lounge (Wheelers Hill) Dancing In The Street | Buy Tickets Elvis ~ A Mega Star .nobrtable br { display: none } A live show starring Marcus Jackson, Australia's newest crowned Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist champion. Saturday 23 Sept | Elvis ~ A Mega Star | Club Italia (Sunshine) Call MTA Events for Bookings & Enquiries: 0417 729 167 | Hurry On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Israeli Film Festival, Australian Citizenship Day, Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival, Escape Week, Fetish Expo, Geelong v Sydney Swans, LEGO Friends at Harbour Town, Theatresports 2017, NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series View Event Details Markets This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Check Out these markets Wellbeing Market | Scoresby, Langwarrin Makers Market, Boutique Design Market - Preston, Cheeky Monkey Market | Caroline Springs, All for Kids Market | Preston, Bohemian Bul...

22:21

Marg Barry Award 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our most recent Eastside Radio Station Meeting was capped off with the presentation of the Marg Barry Award for Community Service. No discussion of the stations history should ever overlook the contribution made by one of our longest serving directors, Marg Barry, who died on 28th of February, 2001. She was an original board member of 2RES who served as treasurer from 1976 to 2001. She served as a mentor to successive managers who greatly appreciated her wisdom and experience. Officially she was the Coordinator of the Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development until 1999. Unofficially, she was a social provocateur, a community activist and organiser. At the time Barry was paid for only three days a week, but in fact worked all week and most weekends. She was on Boards, regional forums, Labour committees, had been on Sydney City Council and was a secretary of the Waterloo branch of the ALP.

Since her death in 2001, Eastside Radio has given the Marg Barry Community Service Award to a different presenter every year for volunteer community work at the station.

At 80+ years of age this years recipient has been a positive and progressive contributor to Eastside Radio. Her weekly program Playing Favourites enjoys loyal listener status with many repeat callers and is a unique style and genre of jazz that sits alone amongst our programming. Her insistence that the station reignite radio plays has seen her pet project garner no fewer than 3 funding grants as well as countless awards from our award winning playwrights and actors. Sonic Tales is also rebroadcast around the country via the community radio network and a favourite programming initiative of the Eastside Radio for the past 10 years. There is more to this volunteer too than simply programming and she always makes a point of encouraging others to get to know one another while inviting all our interns from overseas around to her home for a home cooked meal or an adventure into the city.

Shes a little late to the world of community broadcasting having only been a part of the place for 5 years but were very lucky that she walked in when she did. Congratulations Gill Falson!

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A further award was given on Wednesday at Midday to Bob Bertles for 20 years service to the station. The award coincided with t...

22:04

Foreign Developer accused of giving two-fingered salute after smashing down heritage facade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Singapore-based developer has been accused of giving Sydneysiders a two-fingered salute after builders on one of their sites smashed down a heritage facade with sledgehammers while working on a new tower block.

Instead of preserving the 1912 Edwardian facade as theyd pledged, they left only two spindly thin separate features of the frontage of the treasured Kings Cross building, propped up with metal girders.

Now the City of Sydney has launched an urgent investigation into the illicit removal of the facade of the historic apartment building Hensley Hall at the prominent corner site, and the heritage impact of the demolition.

What is left of the Hensley Hall heritage facade in Potts Point. Photo: Sue Williams

Its been gutted, with only skeletal remains left, said Potts Point and Kings Cross Heritage Society president Andrew Woodhouse, of the front of the building which is cited a contributory item within the Potts Point Conservation Area. With those two slivers left, its as though the developers are giving a two-fingered salute to the community.

If a faade is heritage and protected, then it should be protected and preserved. Every brick is crucial. Instead, its significance is being destroyed. This is not a satisfactory approach to heritage at all. You cant keep two small pieces of a facade and tear down the rest. Its...

22:03

Amazon reviews of Hillary Clintons book show American polarization in one handy chart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened looks back at the 2016 presidential election and tries to answer, er, what happened. In the bookwhich is already selling like crazy on AmazonClinton talks about the impact of Bernie Sanderss grassroots campaign, Donald Trumps creepy debate behavior, and what she considers to be her biggest mistake during the election. The Continue reading Amazon reviews of Hillary Clintons book show American polarization in one handy chart

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened looks back at the 2016 presidential election and tries to answer, er, what happened. In the bookwhich is already selling like crazy on AmazonClinton talks about the impact of Bernie Sanderss grassroots campaign, Donald Trumps creepy debate behavior, and what she considers to be her biggest mistake during the election.

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22:03

School Holiday Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Dear Newlands parents and caregivers.

We are hosting our second amazing performing arts camp for children 4 years and older. 

Sessions will be 8-12 and 1-5 and be fun filled, child-centred, musically educational and a fabulous experience for children of all ages

Activities include drumming workshops, guitar and ukulele, drama, piano/keyboard, vocals and circus!

Registrations are essential as places are limited melbourneinnernorthpaa@gmail.com
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21:58

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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For Sale:


Cot and Change Table $250

Timber Cot and Change Table in very good condition, already disassembled ready for collection in Preston. 

Happy to throw in cot mattress, mattress protector, set of flannelette sheets and set of cotton sheets. 

Laura: 0401 482 188


21:37

They Serve Gay Clients All The Time. So Why Wont They Cater A Same-Sex Wedding? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Wednesday, Colorado baker and businessman Jack Phillips spoke publicly in detail for the first time about his upcoming case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2012, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission fined Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Co. He had declined to design, bake, and sell a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. Five years later, on June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted his appeal of a lower court decision.

Phillips answered questions at a policy forum hosted by The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. The Commission ruled that I am required now to make cakes for same-sex weddings, he stated. In order to comply with that ruling and obey the law, we decided we wouldnt make wedding cakes at all. It was 40 percent of our business and we lost that. Before the two men came into our shop, I had ten employees. Now I have four.

Speech Compulsions Are As Unconstitutional As Speech Restrictions

Phillips legal battle centered on alleged discrimination, and free speech is expected to become a topic of national discussion when the Supreme Court hears his case later this year. The high courts ruling in the 2015 case Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriages across the United States.

On Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference, Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that 86 members of Congress have signed on to an amicus brief in support of Phillips rights to free expression.

The Cato Institute, a leading libertarian think tank which supports same-sex marriage, also filed an amicus brief in his support. Speech compulsions are just as unconstitutional as speech restrictions, states an excerpt from their brief.

Most surprising to those opposing him, the Trump administrations Justice Department also filed a brief supporting Phillips. I find this nothing short of shocking, said Louise Melling, deputy legal counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

At the policy forum, Phillips appeared alongside other Americans whose work has been threatened by lawsuits. The legal battles stemmed from the artists reticence to utilize their creative talents and services in affirming same-sex marriage....

21:36

Why You Should Stop Trying To Change Peoples Minds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recently I posted the following question on my Facebook page: Are you actually interested in opinions you disagree with? The answers began to pop up and, given the bipartisan nature of my Facebook page, they were from a mix of friends on the Left and the Right.

Every answer started with Yes, but almost all, from both sides, contained caveats. Some said the person they disagree with must accept facts and science, some said he must be open to new ideas, some said he must not offend.

After a few dozen of these responses, my friend Jess chimed in with a very important point. She noticed that what tied these Yes, but, answers together was a requirement that the person offering the opinion be persuadable. She suggested this is a poor standard upon which to limit ones discourse, and it seems to me she is exactly right.

An Old Debate

A major problem with valuing discourse on the basis of persuadability is that it makes all of our conversations and consumption of ideas transactional. We are only listening with the intent of finding flaws we can use to prove the truth of our own perspective. But this assumes discourse is a zero-sum game, that eventually one idea will win and one will lose. While sometimes this is truethe earth is round, for examplethe vast majority of the time it is not.

In a sense, this demand for efficacy and admission of error from my Facebook buddies stretches back to Plato. Socratic dialogue establishes a dialectic in which the great philosopher does indeed correct and change the minds of his interlocutors. But much more recently, in the late eighteenth century, G.W.F. Hegel discovered a fundamental flaw in Platos approach. In most discourse, he argued, one idea doesnt banish its opposite, but together they form a new idea.

Hegel described his new dialectic in terms of a thesis (original idea), antithesis (argument against that idea), and finally a synthesis (a new idea that emerges). Today on our televisions, radios, and social media Platos winner-take-all approach dominates. There is very little room for synthesis, a moment that requires intellectual clarity, rather than emotional bombast.

Just Listen

For discourse to achieve synthesis, we must listen to the arguments those we disagree with make, not with the intent to knock them down, but to understand them. Too often, the first arrow we pull from our rhetorical quiver targets the reasons the idea is wrong based on our own understanding. A better, though much more difficult, approach is to use our questions to determine if the argument is intellectually consistent, given the worldview of the person we are listening to.

A tremendous example of such a dialogue can be found in our nations early history. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson founded a country to...

21:36

How Online Marketers Use Facebook Quizzes To Exploit Your Narcissism For Easy Bucks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have a tip for you. Those Facebook intelligence quizzes that claim only 5% of the population will get all these answers right are not actual intelligence quizzes. I hope you already knew that. If not, youre welcome.

Those quizzes are either rigged, disingenuous (almost everyone can see the difference between these little colored squares) or are outright scams designed to get your personal information. Even at their best, quizzes shared on Facebook are marketing tools, either used for ad revenue, cookies, or brand engagement. They are, indeed, the ultimate clickbait.

Using Your Narcissism To Make Money

The one secret marketing companies dont want you to know? They prey on the narcissism inherent in social media use to get clicks. A University of Michigan study shows that social media reflects and amplifies our cultures growing levels of narcissism and attract individuals most in need of an ego boost. (The jury is out on whether social media is more about making a connection versus a venue for preening and self-promotion, but at least theres a quiz to help you figure it out).

A high score on an intelligence-measuring test, for example, is one way to signal to your friends what youve known along: that you are very, very smart. With some tests that truly go viral, it is a way to one-up others. Take, for example, a vocabulary quiz that in June 2016 was shared more than 78,000 times and liked over 51,000 times.

As always, the results of this quiz should be taken with a grain of salt, not in this case because it is rigged but because the questions start off relatively simple then throw in some very obscure words. Thus, almost anyone choosing to take such a test will likely do well...

21:34

No, A Classical Education Is Not Impossible To Revive In Americas Degenerate Society "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Several months ago, a colleague handed me David Hicks classic work of conservative pedagogy, Norms and Nobility. First published in 1981, Hicks book argues that the ancient Greeks embedded in their literature and history the goal of forming (through paideia, education) young men into an Ideal Type. From that premise, Hicks constructs a specific argument about the value of a Great Books-centered education and how that approach summons the student to develop his heart and soul into pursuing the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

I appreciated Hicks analysis, in part because he brought out some excellent observations about ancient literature. Yet I find flawed the presupposition that education should lead a student to fit into an Ideal Type. I also doubt that the Greeks, who for all their universal humane vision struggled with basic ethical categories, unveiled the Ideal Type of humanity.

This last school year, Hicks wrote an essay, Is Classical Education Still Possible? To my shock, he answered no. Hicks denied the possibility (not the practice, but the very possibility) of conducting truly classical education in twenty-first-century America. Here I respond to and propose a definition of classical education that provides hope in place of Hickss pedagogical despair.

Classical Ed Is Not Strong Enough Medicine for Our Disease

Hicks tone is one of dismay. Reflecting on his 50 years in education, he writes, Its hard to make this backward glance without cynicism or to look ahead without despair. Hicks sees educators divided into two groups: those who believe that in technology, brain-research, mega-data, or some research-based breakthrough we will discover new tools and approaches that will revolutionize the way we learn and teach, and those who believe that recovering the lost tools of learning will spark another Renaissance and turn those trend lines around. Hicks then distinguishes those who attempt to follow some sort of classical method within the second group.

Classical education lacks a clear definition, in Hicks view. The term classical education does not so much describe a specific and well understood approach to learning and teaching as something that feels good and appeals to this second group of reformers and to those, mostly parents, who no longer trust the first group and are looking around for alternatives to their failing local school systems. Rather than a diverse, contemporary educational movement like that described by Andrew Kern and Gene Veith in Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, Hicks posits classical education as a feel-good movement comprised of those dissatisfied with public education offerings.

He goes on to claim that classical education as practice...

21:33

Monuments To Robert E. Lee Should Stay Because They Mark Our Growth As A Nation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

To our collective horror, a vandal recently desecrated the Lincoln Memorial, and wed feel no better were someone to harm the Martin Luther King Jr. or Iwo Jima Memorials. The moral principle that monuments are out of boundsbecause all are sacred to someone, and we all have to get along like grown-upsis quite sound. It also brakes calls for the destruction of Confederate monuments.

The iconoclasts who wish to get around this have devised some superficial talking points: a good example is an attack on Robert E. Lee for having been a traitor unworthy of commemoration, and on his commemorators for having been racially motivated and thus undeserving to leave monuments behind them. Lee was a traitor if the Southern states had no right to secede in 1861, yet many Americans have admired Lee nonetheless, and even raised statues to him. How could this be?

To answer such a question, we tend to fall into the trap of asking ourselves why someone would raise such a statue today. Hard experience from the civil rights era up to the recent march in Charlottesville has prepared us to find racist intent. Then when we ask ourselves why people of a more distant past erected statues to Lee, we project racist intent onto them, as though our thought processes were interchangeable with theirs, their motives deducible from ours.

Despite Racism, Commemoration Had Other Motivations

Noting the presentist fallacy does not give the statue erectors a pass. There is much objective evidence for the astonishingly offensive opinions whites took for granted about blacks in the Civil War commemoration era. In the South, powerful whites from governors down to policemen in the street enforced black subordination. Vigilante action and lynchings illegally enforced the same. The fortress of Jim Crow stood strong until federal intervention bypassed locally entrenched systems of repression.

Yet the claim that statues of Lee were intended as buttresses of this repressive social order before the desegregation era is dubious. It lacks support beyond mere plausibility and the circumstantial argument that Jim Crow caused commemoration of Lee because it correlated with it in time. Why would whites, safe within the fortress of Jim Crow, have wasted money building bastions within its walls?

There is an alternative explanation with more convincing plausibility and circumstantial arguments: Whites competed against one another socially by supporting and paying for those statues, thus signaling their civic virtue. They put the statues to Lee where they performed socially, at civic center and in their up-and-coming neighborhoods like Monument Avenue. I am unaware of any monumental statue of Lee erected in what was a black neighborhood at the time, which is where I would look for at least some of them if they were social weapons aimed at blacks. A rece...

21:32

Democrats Keep Their Mouths Shut As Menendez Trial Gets Weirder "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 2008, Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter of support to the State Department to get two women from the Dominican Republic a U.S. visa, and one of these women happened to be the girlfriend of a wealthy eye doctor who prosecutors say bribed the Democratic senator with gifts and luxury vacations in exchange for favors. At least, thats what Menendezs former staffer, Mark Lopes, said while testifying against his old boss in court on Monday.

Today, Menendez and his wealthy friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, face 18 counts of bribery and fraud. Both say theyre innocent of wrongdoing. Melgen was convicted of Medicaid fraud earlier this year and was the single largest Medicaid recipient in 2012 snagging a cool $21 million that year. At the heart of the case against the eye doctor is a $8.9 million billing dispute, which is when prosecutors say Melgen asked Menendez to intervene with the government on his behalf.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, may chose another Republican to replace Menendez if his seat becomes vacant, which would affect the political makeup of the U.S. Senate. Yet Democrats are busy pretending like everything is fine.

Should a convicted felon be allowed to serve in the Senate? a Republican operative recently asked Sen. Kamala Harris, over and over again, in the video below. Her response? Silence.

Shes not the only Democrat whos being tight-lipped about the trial. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Menendez was issuing a spirited defense and refused to speculate about the potential outcomes of the trial or subsequent political consequences. Sen. Joe Manchin and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey also kept quiet when asked about Menendezs case.

21:19

Brisbane Walls Graffiti and Street Art "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Art of Graffiti Writing

This is the final draft of the forward I was invited to write for a new book by Brisbane photojournalist, Toks Ojo. Toks has photographed and collated a vast amount of current graffiti/street art in Brisbane into Brisbane Walls, Graffiti and Street Art. The book is due for release later this year. 

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2018 will mark 20 years since I began an alchemists experiment with graffiti. I invited graffiti writers into a conservative enclave to publicly demonstrate their art. It was a bold and maybe nave move but it was the beginning of Jugglers, at that time a bi-monthly celebration of fine art, music, graffiti, comedy, poetry reading and coffee in, of all things, a north Brisbane suburban church context.

I was the minister of a large protestant congregation and I had begun feeling deeply frustrated with its sterile and utilitarian approach to the arts. Not only that church but the whole religious paradigm and its dualistic approach to life, spirituality and subsequently, art had become stuck. I needed a push through the door that was opening.

Jugglers effectively became my wide open door out of the restrictions of that paradigm into a new life where graffiti would feature as the writing on the wall and the metaphor for a new l...

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Overloading Australia author, Mark O'Connor, complains Media Watch bias, attack on Dick Smith "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tonight (11 September 2017) the ABCs Media Watch program contained a section in which presenter (Paul Barry) attacked Dick Smiths views on population and specifically Dick Smiths complaints about the ABCs refusal to cover the issue of Australias rampant population growth. Yet for much of the time he did not defend the ABC. He did not answer points Dick Smith makes at https://www.dicksmithfairgo.com.au/abc-tv-news-current-affairs-bias-growth/or that William Lines and I have made at https://www.dicksmithfairgo.com.au/abc-bias-chapter-overloading-australia/ about ABC bias. Instead, Paul Barry seemed more interested in attacking Dick Smith. [Mark O'Connor is a well known Australian poet and co-author with Bill Lines of Overloading Australia.]

Abandoning the standards Barry and Media Watch normally hold other journalists to, Barry made no attempt to deal with the relevant issues. He did not, for instance, attempt to argue that the amount of space that ABC TV news programs devote to Australias extraordinary rate of population growth (we are growing at a rate that would be high even in the Third World) is in proportion with this issues importance. Much less did Barry offer evidence or statistics to show that the ABC gives fair or equal space to critics of these very high population growth rates or of the very high immigration rates that drive this growth.

He made no attempt to compare the space and time given to population with that given to other major drivers of contemporary historys problems, such as the economy, or climate change. Nor did he answer the points so powerfully made by Ross Gittins and others about the need to stop pretending that high immigration is any clear benefit to Australia. See for instance https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/09/bob-brown-laura-tingle-and-ross-gittins-back-dick-smith/

Instead Barry launched an ad hominem attack on Dick Smith, presenting him as an attention seeker. Perhaps Barry thought attack was the ABCs best method of defence.

He claimed Dick was unreasonably aggrieved at not having his....

18:59

Google is Now Watching your Every Political Move "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

Google has taken the unprecedented step of burying material, mostly from websites on the political right, that it has deemed to be inappropriate. The problem, however, is that the world's largest search engine is a left-leaning company with an ax to grind.

Let's face it, deep down in our heart of hearts we knew the honeymoon wouldn't last forever. Our willingness to place eternal faith in an earth-straddling company that oversees the largest collection of information ever assembled was doomed to end in a bitter divorce from the start. After all, each corporation, just like humans, has their own political proclivities, and Google is certainly no exception. But we aren't talking about your average car company here.

The first sign Google would eventually become more of a political liability than a public utility was revealed in 2005 when CEO Eric Schmidt (who is now executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc, Google's parent company) sat down with interviewer Charlie Rose, who asked Schmidt to explain "where the future of search is going."

Schmidt's response should have triggered alarm bells across the free world.

"Well, when you use Google, do you get more than one answer," Schmidt asked rhetorically, before answering deceptively. "Of course you do. Well, that's a bug. We have more bugs per second in the world. We should be able to give you the right answer just once and we should never be wrong."

Really?

Think about that for a moment. Schmidt believes, counter-intuitively, that getting multiple possible choices for any one Google query is not the desirable prospect it should be (aren't consumers always in search of more variety?), but rather a "bug" that should be duly squashed underfoot. Silly mortal, you should not expect more than one answer for every question because the almighty Google, our modern-day Oz, "should never be wrong!" This is the epitome of corporate hubris. And it doesn't require much imagination to see that such a master plan will only lead to a colossal whitewashing of the historic record.

For example, if a Google user performs a search request for oh, I don't know 'what caused the Iraq War 2003,' he or she would be given, according to Schmidt's algorithmic wet dream, exactly one canned answer. Any guesses on what that answer would be? I think it's safe to say the only acceptable answer would be the state-sanctioned conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussei...

17:10

Landcare passion wins Kathleen a state award "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A VENUS Bay woman is changing the way the Landcare story is being told.
Kathleen Brack, the regional Landcare program officer for the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority for just three years, has created new messages and found innovative ways of engaging with her community.
Her efforts resulting is Ms Brack receiving the Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award at the Victorian Landcare Awards recently.
Working in Landcare is really the perfect fit for me as it has a focus on healthy environments as well as healthy communities, Ms Brack said.
Keen to attract more young people to Landcare, Ms Brack ran an Intrepid Landcare Retreat at Wilsons Promontory for 20 people aged from 18 to 35.
Participants learnt about Landcare, talked, hiked and worked with the local friends group, and graduates have gone on to form the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Group.
Ms Brack has demonstrated how social media can benefit Landcare. In just a year as administrator of the Landcare in Victoria Facebook page, she has increased its fans by 35 percent.
A podcast she produces telling the stories of Landcare in West Gippsland was selected as a new and noteworthy podcast by iTunes Australia.
With the aim of explaining the social and community benefits of Landcare, Ms Brack recently conducted a social return on investment study on a Merriman Creek Landcare Group project.
This study found that for every dollar spent on a Landcare project, there is at least a $3.41 return in social value.
Ms Brack has also driven the implementation of a new iPad mapping system for the five Landcare networks in Gippsland, and has organised many workshops, a training course and field days.
In her previous position as a project officer for the South Gippsland Landcare Network,s Ms Brack was a driving force in the creation of the South Gippsland Equine Landcare Group.
She consulted with the community on the type of support horse owners needed and supported the people who came forward to form the group. The group has more than 500 followers on its Facebook page, and is an important contact point and information source for horse owners in Gippsland.
Her work in South Gippsland included developing the South Gippsland Landcare Network Koala Habitat Preservation Enhancement and Restoration Plan 20122015.
Ms Brack was involved in biolink planning and community engagement as part of the plan.
She developed a schools program about koalas in the Strzelecki Ranges and delivered it to primary schools in Poowong, Toora, Foster, Fish Creek and Tarwin Valley, as well as to two Leongatha kindergartens.
Ms Brack also designed a citizen science website, where people from across Gippsland could record their koala sightings. More than 150 sightings were logged over a four year period.
After growing up in rural New South Wales, she s...

16:24

You dont need a lawyer to sue Equifaxuse this chatbot instead "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The DoNotPay chatbot has been helping people settle their parking tickets for a while now, but now its moved on to bigger things: helping people sue Equifax for its epic security breach, reports the Verge. The bot will take you through a series of questions youll need to answer and then help you fill in Continue reading You dont need a lawyer to sue Equifaxuse this chatbot instead

The DoNotPay chatbot has been helping people settle their parking tickets for a while now, but now its moved on to bigger things: helping people sue Equifax for its epic security breach, reports the Verge. The bot will take you through a series of questions youll need to answer and then help you fill in a small claims court application to sue Equifax for negligence. Maximum damages depend on the state you live in, but they can be for up to $25,000. Keep in mind, however, the bot cant show up to court for you, so there are still things youll need to do on your own if you actually want to win in small claims court.

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16:08

Uncommon Sense - 12 September 2017 - David Vine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On this special Uncommon Sense podcast, David Vine, Associate Professor in Anthropology at American University, Washington D.C., spoke to host Amy Mullins about his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. He was in Melbourne for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network's National Conference.

13:39

MARK BENNETT NEW MAYOR HUNTERS HILL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Deputy Mayor of Hunters Hill is the new Independent Mayor of Hunters Hill. After Ross Williams preferences were distributed Mark Bennett secured 3995 votes to Liberal candidate Zac Miles with 3350. Membership of Hunters Hill Council is now North Ward Ross Williams, Ben Collins (Liberal) and Elizabeth Krassoi and South Ward Justine McLaughlin (Independent), Zac Miles []

05:40

Letters to my grandchildren (25) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Chilliwops, When I was a little boy my mother often said to me, children are to be seen and not heard.  Do you believe that?  Thinking back on it now I find that hard to believe as well

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