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Sunday, 26 November

00:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Monday, 13 November

21:46

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now t...

21:16

A Strategic View "IndyWatch Feed National"

My friend Aaron T. suggested this book to me.

Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.

Victor Davis Hansons new book is a strategic view of WWII [amazn] treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively I was wondering is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together? before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. When I read something critically, I am constantly weighing whether the author is pulling any tricks or putting his thumb on the scale and even with my skepticism sensitivity knob on 11 I dont catch anything in Hansons analysis that seems unfair. There are parts that make me uncomfortable, such as frank discussion of the value of the strategic bombing campaign and the question of how much it shortened the war (Hansons answer: it shortened it enough that it was probably a wash, trading dead Japanese and German civilians for dead Jews and Russian and other European civilians).

Im used to reading military history that focuses on a narrow area for example: the North Africa Campaign and the various events and trade-offs that theater commanders had to deal with. From that, I try to draw some conclusions, usually Wow, that was badly run or Rommel was overrated. Then, I check those conclusions against my memory and other things Ive read and see if they hold up. My experience reading this book is very different Hanson drops the conclusions and the facts from which they are drawn, and sometimes digs down to a necessary level of detail, but otherwise maintains his attention at the level of the big trade-offs: the axis did not coordinate its grand strategy effectively because Hitler was an impulsive gambler prone to sneak attacks. Reading an account of the Russia campaign, its pretty easy to see that Hitlers decision-making was bad, but Im not used to thinking about how Hitlers strategic blunders affected Mussolinis which, of course, they did.

When World War I broke out in 1939, Germany did not have a serious plan for defeating those enemies, present of future, that were positioned well beyond its own borders. Unlike its more distant adversaries, the Third Reich had neither an adequate blue water navy nor a strategic bombing fleet, anchored by escort fig...

20:10

Baw Baw councillors to choose mayor on Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Councillors will pick Baw Baw Shire's major and deputy mayor for the next year at a special meeting on Wednesday.

20:05

Warragul caf workers underpaid almost $9,000 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Six Warragul caf workers were underpaid over $8,000 between them after their employer incorrectly classified them.

19:51

Baw Baw encouraging drug addiction and support centre submissions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Baw Baw Shire is encouraging community input on plans to use the former Athlone Primary School site as a drug addiction education and support centre.

19:19

Series of thunderstorms create massive lightning display over Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Western Australia's south was treated to an evening show of light, sound and fury as a series of thunderstorms passed over the southern half of the state, producing hail, lightning and power blackouts. The most severe storm hit Meadow Springs in Mandurah, south of Perth, about 5:30pm on Sunday. Duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology James Ashley said a hot air mass combined with moisture in the atmosphere produced the stormy conditions. "Everything in the atmosphere lined up perfectly," he said. "We had a good upper-level disturbance move over the area and there was just enough moisture and lift to produce some really decent thunderstorms.

19:00

The Mayors of Bolingbrook: Nora Wipfler (1975) (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1975, Bolingbrook celebrated its 10th birthday. Now it was officially the second largest municipality in Will County, and some predicted that Bolingbrook would soon reach 100,000 residents by 1985. If you were young and starting a family, Bolingbrook was the happening Chicago suburb. Old Chicago would open later that year, along with the Fountaindale Library. The future seemed bright.

The Babblers future, at the time, seemed uncertain. Following the loss of paper of record status, publisher John Olson was forced to make cuts. The page count was cut in half, and the number of enhanced photos per issues was reduced. Many believers feared that Chicagolands voice of truth could be silenced.

Though the Babbler was down, it was certainly wasnt out, as our first interview with newly elected mayor Nora Wipfler clearly showed.

Mayor Wipfler speaks: Romeoville wont eat us!

After avoiding the Babbler during the campaign, new Village President Nora Wipfler finally agreed to an interview! While obviously the powers that be prevented her from telling the whole truth about her plans for Bolingbrook, we found her relative openness to be quite refreshing.

Reporter: Thank you for the interview, madam president.

Wipfler: You can call me mayor. Everyone else does.

Reporter: OK. Well Mayor Wipfler, thank you for this interview.

Wipfler: Oh dont thank me. I just want to be able to go to sleep and not worry about a three AM call from your reporters.

Reporter: Fair enough.

Wipfler: But dont think that means Ill put up with any sexist questions.

Reporter: (Tears several pages out of his notebook.) In that case, my first question is, how do you enjoy being the most important mayor in the galaxy?

Wipfler: Galaxy? Oh, thats right. It feels just like being the mayor of a large village in Illinois. I enjoy it.

Reporter: Tell us about your first meeting with a space alien.

Wipfler: Now come on. You know that would be classified. I could tell you, but then a man in purple would have to slap you.

Reporter: Not a man in blue?

Wipfler: I meant a man in blue. Now, how about some questions that I can answer.

Reporter: OK. Our sources tell us that Old Chicago is being built over the Indian burial ground of ancient astronauts. Are you concerned that Bolingbrook could come under attack from a curse, the aliens decedents, or both?

Wipfler: No.

Reporter: Do you care to elaborate?

Wipfler: Old Chicago isnt being built on an ancient nuclear waste disposal site. The de...

18:54

Tweed effluent discharge warning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed Shire Council is warning residents to avoid contact with parts of the Terranora Broadwater, Cobaki Broadwater and Terranora Creek following a discharge of raw sewage in the Terranora Inlet, following an incident at the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant last week.

The affected area is above Boyds Bay Bridge.

The council announced on Thursday (November 9) that a large volume of raw wastewater had bypassed from the inlet works of the plant to the final holding lagoon within the plant without treatment.

In the final holding lagoon it was diluted with treated wastewater, a portion of which was then discharged into the Terranora Inlet at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Road through the licenced discharge point for the plant.

Initial testing of water around the point of discharge showed higher than normal levels of e-coli.

The council announced on Monday (November 13) that while test results had returned to acceptable levels it was maintaining its recommendation to avoid contact with the water in those areas for the time being.

Testing of the effluent discharge at the weekend confirmed that the levels of thermotolerant (faecal) coliforms in the discharge again were within normal range but the alert will remain in place for at least another 24 hours.

Our staff have worked throughout the weekend to quickly contain this situation, said engineering director David Oxenham.

Currently we are bypassing the final effluent lagoon at the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant and it may take several days before the plant is back to normal operation.

Last week a large volume of raw wastewater bypassed from the inlet works of the plant and went direct to the lagoon without being treated. While it was diluted with the treated wastewater in the lagoon, a portion of this diluted wastewater was discharged into the Terranora Inlet at the licensed discharge point at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Road.

The risk to human and aquatic health within the estuary is very low but we are maintaining the alert for another 24 hours to allow further improvement, Mr Oxenham said.

The post Tweed effluent discharge warning appeared first on Echonetdaily.

18:44

Weirding Cinema @ MAC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In July Weirding Cinema began screening films at MAC.

The next session is this Thursday, November 16: Why did the K Foundation burn a million quid?

Doors at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Admission is free. Sheep are welcome. Ice cream van parking available. Mu be with you.

why

18:29

Are Conservation Organisations Complicit in Ethnic Discrimination? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Trishant Simlai, doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, is interested in the links between armed conflict, militarisation and conservation in India. Raza Kazmi, a Jharkhand-based conservationist, is interested in conservation militarisation, intersection of forest rights and conservation needs, and conservation in Indias conflict-ridden Red Corridor landscape.

Global wildlife conservation efforts have advocated the exclusion of local people from parks and areas considered to be of great value to biodiversity, often supporting coercive means to achieve this goal. Among the coercive measures often suggested, some dont shy away from even recommending violence towards offenders.

Governments, conservation agencies and aid donors have further legitimised this exclusion by frequently invoking the narrative of an expanding human population destroying pristine landscapes, often ignoring the role of over-consumption by urban actors or of states and corporate interests extracting resources. Such coercive conservation measures often base the...

16:59

Footprint floor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I'm painting the floor of the kitchen at the Junkyard Gallery with some footprints to cover up the raw cement

16:57

Woolloomooloo Viaduct "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I added a bit more light to the Woolloomooloo viaduct so now its pretty much finished.

There are earlier photos of this painting in this post [er - I'll have to find it later]

16:56

Is nuclear a solution to climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

PRESS-CONFERENCE OF THE COALITION DONT NUKE THE CLIMATE: IS NUCLEAR A SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE? http://www.dont-nuke-the-climate.org/2017/11/10/press-conference-of-the-coalition-dont-nuke-the-climate-is-nuclear-a-solution-to-climate-change/  Theatre/BULA zone 3 Press Conference Room 2

Press-conference of the coalition Dont nuke the climate:
Is nuclear a solution to climate change?

Speaking: Speaking:Kerstin Rudek, BI Luchow-Dannenberg and Dont Nuke The Climate campaign, Germany
Markus Atkinson, Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia
Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense, Russia

Nuclear industry and its supporters became very active inside the UN talks promoting outdated, expensive and dangerous nuclear energy as a climate friendly technology. Russia, USA and several other countries are organizing pro-nuclear side-events at COP-23 and trying to get developing world to believe in nuclear solution. The reality is that nuclear is not carbon free and far too expensive to be any kind of solution. Nuclear waste is another hot problem that doesnt have a solution. Activists from various countries talk on why nuclear is part of problem and not part of solution. Also announcing the demonstration against false solutions for climate change on November 11 in Bonn.

16:55

Boy George Hangs Up On Boring Australian Radio Host "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Boy George has hung up on an Australian radio host during an interview after becoming irritated with questioning about the impact of his gender bending on children in the 1980s. The Culture Club frontman was being interviewed by ABC Radios Fran Kelly on Monday about the bands upcoming tour. George talked of his love of ...

The post Boy George Hangs Up On Boring Australian Radio Host appeared first on QNEWS.

16:48

South Australian government: local Aboriginal community has final veto on nuclear waste suppositary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tim Bickmore shared ENuFF South Australiapost. No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 13 Nov 17 

Oct 24 letter from SA Premier J to the PM regarding proposed radioactive waste suppository in the Flinders Ranges.
.. the South Australian government committed to provide a local Aboriginal community with a final veto right over any future facility proposed on their lands.
I recommend the Commonwealth Government now consider adopting a similar policy position . https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/


16:46

Some whataboutery from Tim Nicholls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Among the tools used to defend the indefensible, the most widely used is whataboutery. When faced with a criticism you cant answer, you point to something allegedly comparable done by someone supposed to be on the same side as your critic, and ask the critic what about

A recent example (Hat Tip Bill Wallace). Presented on ABC TV with my observation that his election promises represent an arithmetic impossibility, Tim Nicholls resorted to whataboutery, suggesting that I had gone easy on Anna Palaszczuk in regards to the use of transfers of debt between the general government sector, GBEs and public service superannuation. Oddly enough, Ill be covering this exact point in an article Im now writing for The Guardian. The relevant para

Labor has been able to improve the accounting performance of the general government sector by requiring public enterprises to make bigger contributions to the budget and by making transfers from the funds hypothecated to pay for public service superannation. This doesnt change the financial position of the public sector as a whole, but makes the budget sector look better. The relevant criteria is public sector net worth and net financial worth, which are unaffected by such manoeuvres. Fortunately, public sector net worth has never been a problem: the Queensland government had net worth of over $170 billion when the Costello Commission reported, a figure that is projected to exceed $200 billion by 2020.

Some broader responses:

* Whataboutery is a very weak defence in a clear-cut case like this. Even if I were an ALP hack (readers of this blog can judge for themselves), it wouldnt invalidate the point Im making

* I dont think Palaszczuk is open to the specific criticism Im making of Nicholls. She hasnt promised to cut taxes or improve the budget balance, and her election spending promises look to be the kind of thing that can be managed within the normal budget process

* Ive already been critical of both sides in this election campaign. My only published opinion piece was a criticism of Palaszczuks pro-Adani policy, which she has subsequently reversed (not claiming cause and effect here, of course). If Nicholls cares to put up an election platform that adds up and protects crucial services from cuts, Ill be the first to congratulate him.

A few more points:

1. The implied assumption in whataboutery is that people shouldnt comment on any issue unless they have a published position on every issue that might be remotely comparable. This obviously isnt feasible for someone writing in spare team, without a team of staffers and researchers to do the....

16:45

Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

you cant advocate for nuclear reactors without indirectly advocating for nuclear weapons and radioactive waste.  Thats because nuclear reactors are producers of both weapons material and radioactive waste. Ike was a nuclear conman. Atoms for Peace have always been Atoms for War.

The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste   NOVEMBER 7, 2017 ..Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens

. some strange recent developments.

Nuclear utilities are in trouble, fighting for life against as Amory Lovins once predicted a massive overdose of market forces and the surging economics of renewables.

But wait. Whatever happened to the wisdom of the free market?  Around the country, as aging reactors reach the end of their operational and economic lives, some states like Wisconsin, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Nebraska are letting them die a dignified natural death. But other states, like New York and Illinois are putting their moribund reactors on life support at public expense.  Projections suggest that state-sponsored electric ratepayer handouts in the two states could total as much as $10 billion over 12 years.

Tim Judson, Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), warns that if other states follow New York and Illinois, ...

16:44

November Verse 6 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Verse 6: On leaving at interval
We pays our subs and takes our chances.
Support the arts, put bums on seats,
and if the plays a dud, well, cancers
worse and nothing really beats
the sense of risk when new creations
meet an audience: ovations
(standing)? or polite applause?
Will these two hours throw wide the doors
of hell and heaven? Last night neither.
We all worked hard: director, cast,
designer, writer, punters. Vast
good will drained away and by the
midpoint: Who cares how this ends?
we said, Lets go and eat with friends.

At least we waited until the interval, unlike the occasion in 2010 that prompted the following (heres a link to the original post):

This is just to say
We walked out of your play last night
from front row seats. Wed hung in there
for five whole scenes. The script was tight,
each actor sound, the set though spare
was spot on, and the vocal coach
had nailed the accents no reproach
on that score. All these things were fine
but almost from the opening line
I couldnt, couldnt feel a thing.
Id pay to watch two monkeys fart
if done with two boards and a heart.
Last night had timing, lines that sing
and sting. Its heart that wasnt there.
Sometimes a pause is just dead air.


Filed under: LoSoRhyMo ...

16:32

Australia sells weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia, that perpetrate human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its a nearly impossible task to discover exactly what Australia is selling and to whom because the federal government refuses to say, but nuggets of information make it clear that Canberra is aggressively selling weapons and defence equipment to countries involved in conflicts where human rights abuses are being perpetrated.

In his seminal 2011 book on the global arms trade The Shadow World, journalist Andrew Feinstein exposes the fallacies of a nations expanding defence sector. The arms industrys economic contribution is undermined by the frequency with which its main players around the world, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman are implicated in grand corruption, inefficiency and wastage of public resources, he wrote.

Feinstein concludes that the arms trade often makes us poorer, not richer, less not more safe, and governed not in our own interests but for the benefit of a small, self-serving elite, seemingly above the law, protected by the secrecy of national security and accountable to no one. 

Murky business: Australias defence industry is growing, but at what cost?  SMH, Antony Loewenstein , 4 Nov 17 

This years Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the...

16:31

Selenite Crystal Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Selenite crystal meaning esoteric metaphysical and spiritual. Selenite the angelic healing stone.as channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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16:30

Red Gums: good news vs bad news "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So, whats going on with our River Red Gums?

We noted last year how lots of them were looking pretty dire, and this year is, if anything, worse: whole roadsides and paddocks in this region and beyond are looking pretty desolate where the Red Gum is the dominant tree.

Damaged Red Gums east of Mount Alexander, November 2017: Psyllid attack is devastating the foliage.

The main culprit, it seems, is the Psyllid lerp, a leaf munching creature whose larvae suck out the nutrients from the tree leaf. The result is often the eventual death of the leaf, and the presently common spectacle of trees with sparse or dead looking foliage.

The good news is that these infestations come and go, and in the natural order of things, the trees come back. If you look closely at some of the apparently terminal trees around the place, you can see fresh leaf growth coming on. And weve had the experience of the Stringybark forests in the south of our region a few years ago being absolutely stripped by colourful but gluttonous cup moth larvae. They recovered.

Fightback: new growth emerges on damaged Red Gum, Campbells Creek, November 2017.

The potentially bad news is that distortions in natural conditions may make the trees less resistant to such attacks. Extended drought...

16:29

And on the subject of lerps, pardalotes and others "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While were on the subject of encouraging good bird habitat, readers may be interested in these two events:

First, you can do your bit for the pardalote! Earth to pardalote is a workshop on how to create win-win gardens for people and wildlife. Its being run by Cassia Read next Saturday from 10 to 12 at the Diggers Store, 61 Main Road Campbells Creek. Shell be talking about the essential elements you can add to your garden to build backyard biodiversity and garden food webs; and will then run a workshop to guide participants through how they can nudge their own garden in a wildlife friendly direction. The cost is $15, and bookings can be made via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-to-pardalote-tickets-39631849930

Second, Either side of the big wet is a free seminar being run next Monday at the Arthur Rylah Institute [123 Brown Street Heidelberg] from 11 am. Southern Australia is expected to experience long sequences of severe rainfall deficits under climate- change models based on IPCC emission scenarios. These droughts, such as occurred from 1997-2010  (the Big Dry), are projected to be punctuated by short periods of above-average rainfall (e.g. the Big Wet of 2010-12).

The seminar will present research on the prospects for Box Ironbark flora and fauna under this scenario. And if you cant make it to distant Heidelberg, theres a webinar: details can be found at https://www.ari.vic.gov.au/seminars

16:29

It costs a bit to be a beach basher "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seems theres a niche market for whom theres nothing quite so enticing as sitting in your $85,000 4WD on a remote beach somewhere, enjoying the sight of your own tyre marks and muttering ecstatically, How pristine is that?

Its this niche, apparently, that the editors of the Age Drive supplement had in mind last Saturday when they did a feature on four different brands of these vehicles. These were pictured nicely posed on a beach, and the text noted, among other things, how well they handled sand.

Come to think of it, the drivers may not be examining the formerly pristine sand, but each other. Certainly they wouldnt be thinking about the creatures they might have crushed on the way down.

We had a go at the RACV a few weeks ago for a similar piece of crassness. The RoyalAuto editors were pretty impressive in their response. Maybe it would be a good idea for readers of the Age to ask its editors what values they think theyre promoting in features like these.

 

16:12

Senator Bernardis Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill joins Tony Abbott in pro-nuke fervour "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  Bernardi seeks to lift ban on nukes, THE AUSTRALIAN,  MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide, 12 Nov 17 

Senatorr Cory Bernardi will introduce a bill in parliament today that seeks to lift a ban on nuclear power plants and enrichment and processing facilities.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has asked Malcolm Turnbull to give Aborigines the final right of veto over any site chosen by the federal government for the planned national radioactive waste dump.

Senator Bernardi, who plans to run candidates under his Australian Conservatives banner at the South Australian election in March, said he would introduce a bill today to remove bans on an Australian nuclear fuel cycle, particularly as they apply to nuclear power plants...

16:11

PNG to Begin Forceable Removal of Asylum Seekers From Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea immigration minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water.

Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.

We will be taking steps with relevant authorities to move the residents based on serious exposure to health risk for the food of everyone that is remaining, Thomas said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

The timetable stokes fears of a potential clash...

16:11

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

16:09

The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2017 Has Been Crowned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The winners of this years Miss Sportsman Hotel drag contest have been announced. On Saturday night, Queensland drag queen Chocolate Boxx took home the top honours at the contest, which this year had a distinctly Australian flavour with the theme Stars of the Southern Cross. After wowing the judges with a performance of Christine Anus ...

The post The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2017 Has Been Crowned appeared first on QNEWS.

16:04

Europes radiation cloud is dangerous for those who are near the unknown source. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Radiation Cloud Over Europe, Not Harmless to Those near Unknown Source, Nuclear Expert Says https://www.environews.tv/world-news/radiation-cloud-europe-not-harmless-near-unknown-source-nuclear-expert-says/, bureau EnviroNews World News ,by Emerson Urry , November 11, 2017    An airborne plume of radioactive ruthenium 106 from a nuclear accident was detected in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries, from late September through mid-October, according to Frances Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN) but the source is still unknown. As of November 10, 2017, the manmade element has been identified in at least 28 countries.

While many news agencies are calling the cloud harmless and reporting the good news that radiation levels are low and that no health consequences have been observed radiation exper...

16:03

The slow, painful, and hugely costly death of the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

16:01

On shedding the patronym "IndyWatch Feed National"

I think about the notable women who have chosen a mononym instead (Cher, Madonna, the French author Colette), but I decide unless I want to join the millennial poets of Instagram and Tumblr, the mononym isnt the right move for me as a writer. Even then, I learn that Colettes mononym was inspired by her fathers surname.

I start to wonder if I am reading too much into the whole thing, then decide that I am not seeking a name that is devoid of gender, just one that feels like mine.

15:59

How the peacefulAmerican nuclear industry subsidises the nuclear weapons industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste   NOVEMBER 7, 2017   .Chasing Nuclear Market ShareIn a recent piece in Foreign Affairs, entitled Will the West Let Russia Dominate the Nuclear Market? What the Westinghouse Bankruptcy Means for the Future, born-again new environmentalists and new nukes enthusiasts Nick Gallucci and Michael Shellenberger argue that US taxpayers should bail out the once-powerful, now bankrupt and Japanese-owned nuclear giant Westinghouse, or risk losing both global commercial and military nuclear primacy.

In the face of documented world-wide nuclear industry collapse, these guys want to revive what they call Eisenhowers humanitarian dream of Atoms for Peace (which spread deadly US nuclear technology around the world in the first place ) in order to, as Ike promised,...

15:55

Here is a trick "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Go into your pocket/wallet/purse and take out a bank note. Make sure it is an Aussie note.

Now look closely at it. What do you see? Do you see the 2 signatures in the corner of one of the sides. Do you know whose signatures they are? They arent the signatures of the Prime Minister or of the Governor General. Not the Queen or other representative of the Government or the people.

The signatures on Australian currency belong to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Treasury and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. The individuals may change, but signing Australian bank notes remains one of the privileges of the office. That with a large salary, generous superannuation scheme and the eventual Companion of the Order of Australia award for . services in doing the job you are already well remunerated for. Nice work if you can get it.

So basically, Australian currency is signed by 2 senior public servants. How very Australian.

Lets just segue for a moment.

The ever loved Australian banking systems shares an annual profit pool of over $40 billion and probably more. That $40 billion profit pool is highly dominated by the big 4 banks ANZ, CBA, NAB and WBC (in alpha order). Throw in Macquarie, SunCorp and Bendigo and you are probably accounting for over 95% of that profit pool.

The profitability of the big 4 Australian banks is the dream of other international banks yet for some reason, they seem impervious to competition. Could it be that the game is rigged?  Could they really be protected from competition by the imprimatur of Government? After all, $40 billion of profit generates $12 billion of company tax revenue.

But lets just have a look at the membership of the boards of the big 4. Lets just ignore for a moment the cross pollination of senior executives from one bank being on the board of a different bank.  Who are the standout directors on 4 of the big 5:

ANZ 

  • Jane Halton AO, PSM fomer Secretary of Commonwealth Department of Finance

CBA

  • Rob Whitfield former Secretary of NSW Treasury

NAB 

  • Ken Henry AC, Chairman and former Secretary of Commonweath Treasury

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15:54

Malcolm Turnbull urges Hong Kong to put pressure on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Malcolm Turnbull calls North Korea criminals, urges Hong Kong to help, SMH, Lindsay Murdoch, 12 Nov 17,  Hong Kong: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused North Korea of being one of the worlds most cunning, sophisticated criminals,  involved in many serious crimes, including drug trafficking, in his strongest condemnation yet of the dictator Kim Jong-un.

And Mr Turnbull told US president Donald Trump and Chinas president Xi Jinping during a leaders retreat in Vietnam that their relationship is one of the single most priorities for the world today, urging them work together to pressure North Korea over is nuclear weapons programhttp://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-calls-north-korea-criminals-urges-hong-kong-to-help-20171112-gzjp85.html


15:45

13 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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  • Know your NEM: Queensland poll what are the odds?
    Queensland energy politics has something for everyone including a new coal plant but bookmakers are backing the state Labor. Meanwhile, on the NEM

15:44

Pope Francis condemns the possession of nuclear weapons: nuclear deterrence is no longer acceptable "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Pope Francis: the possession of nuclear weapons should be firmly condemned http://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/11/11/pope-francis-the-possession-of-nuclear-weapons-should-be-firmly-condemned/    Pope Francis indicated that deterrence is no longer acceptable

The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.

The threat of their use as well as their very possession is to be firmly condemned, the pope told participants at a conference on nuclear disarmament hosted by the Vatican.

For years, popes and Catholic leaders had said the policy of nuclear deterrence could be morally acceptable as long as real work was underway on a complete ban of the weapons. In condemning possession of the weapons, Pope Francis seemed to indicate that deterrence is no longer acceptable.

Nuclear weapons exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race, he said.

The conference, sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, brought together 11 Nobel laureates, top officials from the United Nations and NATO, diplomats from around the world and experts in nuclear weapons and the disarmament process. They were joined by scholars, activists and representatives of bishops conferences, including Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. bishops Office of International Justice and Peace.

Several speakers, including Masako Wada, one of the last survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, were to discuss the suffering wrought by nuclear arms.

Pope Francis told the group that the essential witness of survivors of the bombings in Japan as well as those suffering the effects of nuclear weapons testing are prophetic voices that serve as a warning, above all for coming generations.

In his speech, the pope said that when it comes to the ideal of a nuclear-free world, a certain pessimism exists and brings with it considerable expense as nations modernize their nuclear arsenals.

As a result, the real priorities facing our human family, such as the fight against poverty, the promotion of peace, the undertaking of educational, ecological and health care projects, and the development of human rights, are relegated to second place, he said.

Pope Francis said the existence of weapons whose use would result in the destruction of humanity are senseless even from a tactical standpoint.

What is more, he said, there is the growing danger...

15:42

The Vatican calls for integral nuclear disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/12/the_vatican_calls_for_integral_nuclear_disarmament_/1348481 The Vatican is calling for integral nuclear disarmament. According to the preliminary conclusions of a just-ended high level symposium entitled Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament, integral disarmament is both an urgent immediate need and a long-term process.

The symposium, organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development got underway as tensions escalated between the US and North Korea.

It saw the participation of eleven Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, heads of  major foundations and of civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths. Pope Francis addressed the gathering on Friday.

Wrapping up the symposium on Saturday, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, read out the following preliminary conclusions:

The Dicastery brought together religious leaders and representatives of civil society, officials of States and international organizations, noted academics and Nobel Laureates and students, to illuminate the connections between integral disarmament and integral development, and to explore the links among development, disarmament and peace.  As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, repeatedly reminds us, everything is connected.


15:31

Why India Should Be Wary of the Quad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Like it or not, the term Indo Pacific seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday. Credit: PTI

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but it is close enough.

The first time around it collapsed when two of its members found it inconvenient to go ahead. And now, after a decade, in which China has militarily consolidated itself in the very region that the Quad had hoped to challenge, the chimera is once again being chased.

Mooted as an alliance of democracies, it seeks to upend everything we know about international relations, where the drivers are national interests, rather than values. Even that titanic struggle against evil in World War II, pitted a partial democracy (the US), an empire (the UK) and the communist Soviet...

15:30

False Memories, Part 2: I Dont Know Her from Anybody "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L)  Teddy Roosevelt, (C) Leigh Corfman, and (R) Judge Roy Moore

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This series of articles is mainly about the accusation that mind-control victims are making up the stories they tell of having been subjected to ritual abuse. (Ritual as in part of a rite, usually with human sacrifice on altars, persons in black robes, and so forth.)

Are they telling the truth? Yes, they are. Naturally the CIA could slip a few fakers into the mix just to cause trouble, but we now realize that rituals really do take place and they can terrify children for a lifetime. We should believe the children, as a rebuttable presumption.

That said (and I realize I have not properly defended my claim here), every story told by a child about abuse is not necessarily true. In a custody battle its fairly common for one parent to urge a child to tattle on the other parent. This could include allegations o...

15:23

Exhibition to showcase hopes for the future of Morwell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The communitys hopes and dreams for Morwell will be showcased at a photography exhibition at Switchback Gallery, Federation University, Gippsland Campus from 14-24 November. The exhibition, titled Our hopes for the future of Morwell, is a project developed by the Hazelwood Health Study, in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and []

15:07

Jane Fonda To Australia: Everyone Should Be Able To Marry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jane Fonda has thrown her support behind marriage equality in Australia. The actress told Yahoo ahead of the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey on Wednesday that she believes love is love. Everybody should be able to get married, she said. Many of my friends are gay women and men, married ...

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15:07

Moon Calendar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Would you be interested in getting a Thomas Zimmer 2018 Moon Planting Calendar at the reduced price of $6? 

We are a few locals who have been doing so over the past few years by ordering bulk (more than 10).

If you would like please email Mel on melmate@hotmail.com before Friday. We are going to finalise the order over the weekend and get them shipped to us next week. 

15:04

Correction - Community House Special Events "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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15:04

Snowflake stress levels at their ABC so bad the union will force entry to........do something....or something "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unions to force entry into ABC Ultimo headquarters over staff stress The ABC Head Office in Ultimo, Sydney, where 72 per cent of staff have reported dangerous workplace stress levels. The Australian 12:25PM November 13, 2017 STEPHEN BROOK Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABCs Ultimo headquarters...

14:57

Best way to see the reef? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi Cairns!

2 friends and I will be visiting for a few days in February. We want to spend a day on the water seeing life in the reef. I'm mostly seeing big tours packed with tourists heading to Fitzroy and Green Island.

We're interested in snorkeling, swimming and seeing life from the boat.

Any tips on how to book with a smaller group that steers clear of the tourist trap feel?

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

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14:48

Roundup November 13 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Breaking news! OMG Dan Mitchell has written a book! Support Connor Court. Buy Dans book!

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Cheap power in Tasmania today (2.30 pm). Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0. Don Aitkin on the Claytons energy policy. Delingpole on the Paris Accord.

Alternative ideas. From the Centre for Independent Studies. Citizenship, the history wars and the staircase of opportunity for Aborigines. Lets not have a Universal Basic Income. Mark Steyn on line. A roundup from Heterodox Academy, the organization started by Johathan Haidt of The Righteous Mind. Mission: To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement. Intellectual Takeout. Accuracy in Academia. The American Scholar Inside the house that Stalin built.

Dan Mitchell. The triumph of communism. 100 years, 100 million deaths. The Senate...

14:08

Christian Group Wants Dean Smiths Marriage Bill Passed By Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Brisbane priest who supports marriage equality has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smiths same-sex marriage legislation and warned a shameful new rival bill would legalise homophobia. Reverent Dr Peter Catt (pictured) is Dean of St Johns Cathedral in Brisbane and a member of lobby group Christians for Marriage Equality. Since the beginning of this survey, ...

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14:02

Carbon emissions are falling but more is needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

According to Professor Will Steffen of the Australian Climate Council, global greenhouse emissions have started to fall, because of the growth of renewable energy sources and therefore less reliance on the use of fossil fuels.

He says that emissions growth has flat lined and that this is a significant change for the better, compared to what the situation was a decade ago.

Driving this change has been that the number of solar and wind systems installed, which has doubled every five and a Half years, thanks to those who are taking action for change.  there is also the falling cost of alternatives that is now being eyed by some major corporations as a viable route to profit or savings in energy costs.

This does not mean that there is any room for complacency and that action to step up the turn away from fossil fuels is no longer urgent.

Although at the present rate, a carbon neutral goal can be reached by 2040, this is far from a done deal. It could go off course. There is also a need to go further and apply measures that will protect those parts of the environment that are already under serious threat.

Economies must be restructured, to operate sustainably in the future. This is a big task that requires working towards agreement within nations and across nations, involving a change in the way of thinking on how human beings relate not only to the environment, but within the economy, about decision making processes and how we share what we produce together.

Even in the shorter-term, here in Australia, it is critical to turn around the gridlock existing in the political system that is holding us back, and get some decisive action to get away from dependency on coal, oil and gas  and serving as an  incentive to encourage more use and not less.

The need to protect wilderness areas and farmland is important. Special effort is needed to stop the extinction of the Great Barrier Reef.

There is still a major battle to be fought and won.

 

 

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14:00

Time for Costly Medicine Monopolies to Go From TPP Trade Talks "IndyWatch Feed National"

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules.

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules. These include rules for biologic drugs, an expensive class of medicines often used to treat conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

The market monopoly

Biologic drugs are ...

13:56

ZAP/POOFness Report: "Blowin' In The Wind" -- November 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"The Office of Poofness"

"Blowin' In The Wind"


Bob Dylan


How many roads must a man walk down


Before you call him a man?

How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist

Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind

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13:55

Wanton vandalism as PNG police destroy refugees water wells "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Protests inside the detention centre on 11 November

After 13 days, over 420 refugees and asylum seekers are desperately defying Duttons siege of the Manus detention centre. See photos of the protests inside the detention centre on 11 November and the video clip of the protest on 12 November.

This morning, Monday 13 November, a large number of PNG police and Immigration officials entered the detention centre attempting to destroy the water wells that the refugees have been relying on for the last 13 days.

Destroyed water well

The officials also overturned more containers of collected rain water in a repeat of the bully-boy raids they made last Friday.

In more acts of wanton vandalism, police punctured water tanks to deprive the refugees of the last remaining amount after the pipes were cut last week. And more tents and property are being destroyed throughout the camp.

The reckless brutality being orchestrated by Peter Dutton has to end, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

13:54

Video: LA cops plant drugs in black suspects wallet "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This piece by TOM BOGGIONI  (Raw Story 10 November 2017), is a disturbing capture of an incident that looks very much another case of  racial profiling and setting up. The difference is that this time, the deed was accidentally recorded by the police themselves.

An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspects wallet while believing their cameras were off.

According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.

The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields front left pocket

But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspects wallet before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.

According Shields attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.

According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.

Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.

Video from GetThePoint

 

 

 

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13:46

The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...

13:40

The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...

13:29

What matters about the Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

A cursory glance at the Worlds leading tax havens illustrates the hypocrisy of politicians getting wound up about the revelations in the recently released Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers before them. Many of the havens are within the direct legislative jurisdiction of nations such as the US (which is itself a tax haven) and the UK, for example. And we should not forget that Luxembourg, Switzerland are key European homes of tax avoidance. Remember that the current President of the European Commission spent years in his previous role as Luxembourgs prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations (Source) ably supported by the Netherlands, another nation engaged in the practice. If the politicians were truly worried about this issue they could do something about it directly with the stroke of a legislative pen. Britain could, for example, eliminate Jersey, the Isle of Man, and its Overseas Territories from this corporate scam. The US could do similarly. The EU could bring in new rules to stop Luxembourg. But they dont stop it, which tells you everything. But, the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is not fiscal. Progressives get stuck on that point. It is largely irrelevant. The real issues are inequality, power and macroeconomic stability. That is what this blog is about.

I covered my view on many of these issues in these blogs (among others):

1. Progressives should move on from a reliance on Robin Hood taxes (September 4, 2017).

2. Modern Monetary Theory and Value Capture (November 11, 2015).

3. Governments do not need the savings of the rich, nor their taxes! (August 15, 2015).

4. Off-shore tax havens be sure we define the issues correctly (July 23, 2012).

5. Robin Hood was a thief not a saviour (April 1, 2010).

The information in the Paradise Papers is shocking no doubt. But what shocks me and what seems to shock the average progressive (if their voices indicate their impressions) are somewhat different.

The idea that the savings and tax receipts of the rich are in some way important in order for governments to be able to provide high quality services, public infrastructure and jobs to advance the well-being of society is a very dangerous and misguided narrative for prog...

13:28

The Staves Announce Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Staves UK trio The Staves have been flirting with an Australian tour for so long now. Originally due to make their debut on our shores back in 2014, The Staves had to pull out of the tour at the last minute. They returned in 2016 to support Bon Iver on his []

13:01

Northcote by-election campaign wrap up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As Northcote voters head to the polls this weekend, heres a wrap up of the Friends of the Earth campaign in the Northcote by-election and where the candidates stand on the issue of native forest logging and the creation of the Great Forest National Park.

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12:59

Ecstasy, Misery and Revolver Upstairs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When I was 22, three things happened that will forever mark the narrative of my life. I graduated from university, I broke up with someone who I loved, and I fell apart.

Adulthood had arrived with an unwelcome suddenness, and, terrified of being rejected by my dreams, I instead retreated into a shimmering expanse of meaningless good times. And by that, I mean I made Melbournes choice den of debauchery, Revolver Upstairs, my home base. I became a mess, and in a way, it was exactly what I had always wanted.

Since the end of my 21st year, I have been kicked out of a club on six different occasions. I would go out at least twice a week, and going out meant getting as fucked up as I possibly could; meant blasting a hole through my consciousness. I wanted to embarrass myself, to have a good story to tell the next morning, to be able to play at self-disgust but really loving every second. Up until this time in my life, I was always afraid that I wasnt brave or interesting enough to disintegrate completely. Well, I disintegrated.

I threw up in bars and on bars, into gutters and into bins; I threw up on the Sandringham Line train so frequently that my friends referred to that act as doing a Jane. I passed out in toilet cubicles and at parties; a friend woke up to me passed out in his backyard with my shirt off on one occasion. I threw glasses across the dance floor and out of car windows; I pissed on the dance floor several times rather than line up for the bathroom. My feet, for a long time, were blistered and rubbed raw and spotted with blood from dancing for hours on end.

I would drink all the time. There was a bottle of wine perpetually next to my bed and I would start drinking out of it as soon as I woke up. I drank at work, either out the back or out of a glass I kept under the counter that I would top up throughout the shift. I would go into work cooked I would go to Revs at 9 or so in the morning, take a pill or two, and start work at 12. It isnt a huge surprise that the store closed down, with employees like me. I got a new job, and spent my first shift struggling through a comedown. My previous job I had quit because my panic attacks had gotten too intense for work.

In my room, dirty clumps of ash sunk into the paint of the windowsill, smeared into a permanent, think black layer. Cigarette butts clogged every available surface. The room the house, in fact stunk of smoke, sweet and stale, but I was in it so much I didnt notice. Plastic wine glasses and ceramic mugs, rimmed with the deep red of old wine, sat for weeks beside piles of dir...

12:50

LGBTI Advocates Blast Liberal MPs New Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Conservative Liberal MP James Paterson has released a same-sex marriage bill that would weaken anti-discrimination protections against LGBTI people. Patersons draft bill would override state and territory anti-discrimination laws to allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by those holding a genuine religious or conscientious belief against same-sex marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers. The ...

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12:50

NSW Parks Service staff: a threatened species? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We need national parks. Primarily they exist to protect wild nature. But many of them provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor pursuits, recreation, relaxation and solitude.

But national parks need staff. To manage the land, control weeds and invasive species of animals, manage for fire, provide interpretation and education, look after visitors and park infrastructure like tracks and other facilities.

Sadly in NSW, the state government is carrying out a major restructure of the Parks Service which, according to the Public Service Association (the public sector union representing Parks employees) will cuts jobs and push hundreds and hundreds of years of experience out the door.

The following information comes from the PSA.

The NSW Government are marking the 50th anniversary of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with a massive restructure that will cuts jobs and push hundreds and hundreds of years of experience out the door.

The Berijiklian Government is overseeing the scrapping of 13 highly experienced Area Managers who have a critical role in bushfire management. In recent years NPWS has downsized from 66 areas across the state to what will be just 37 under this latest restructure.

Due to the current restructure, Pest Management Officers and Fire Management Officers have been slashed across the state with the new structure containing just eight PMOs.

These cuts to specialist roles mean fewer conservation programs, reduced maintenance of facilities and fire hazard reduction, less focus on dealing with pests and weeds, and the increasing problem of wild dogs and deer.

Admin support has been downgraded all across the state resulting in loss of crucial regional jobs and in many cases, massive wage reductions. With wage growth at all time lows, the impact of this restructure will be felt hardest in the regions.

These cuts are being made because of the massive reduction in funding from the Berejiklian Government, with 121 million dollars slashed from their budget.

To register your opposition to these cuts, you can contact your local member HERE.

You can keep up to date with the campaign via the facebook page. Or follow the union on twitter.

 


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12:40

New conservative Bill a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today Liberal Senator James Paterson released a conservative marriage equality Bill which seeks to introduce new and unprecedented forms of discrimination.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Paterson Bill was a bizarre attempt to entrench unprecedented forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No, said Ms Brown.

Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop. We call on Australian politicians to reject the Paterson Bill and pass marriage equality without allowing new forms of discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The Paterson Bill appears to propose the following new forms of discrimination:

  • All marriage celebrants could turn away same-sex couples and transgender and intersex people regardless of whether the discrimination is founded in religion or not.
  •  Individuals could refuse to provide goods and services to same-sex couples in relation to their marriage.
  • Immunity from legal claims including criminal offences for people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Bill extends protections to those who oppose marriage equality for both religious and moral reasons, enshrining the concept of conscientious objection, which was criticised in the cross-party senate inquiry report that Senator Paterson signed up to earlier this year.  

Allowing anyone to conscientiously object to someone else because of their sexuality, race or disability is unacceptable in modern Australian society it goes against the foundation of equal treatment enshrined in Australian law for decades. The entire purpose of anti-discrimination protections is to ensure that we are all treated fairly and equally in public regardless of who we are or who we love, said Ms Brown.

Exemption for all individuals and businesses in marriage related services

The Bill gives the green light to discriminate in the provision of goods, services and facilities related to marriage by any entity or individual, including commercial businesses.

This Bill will cause chaos and entrench deeply unacceptable discrimination that Australians rejected decades ago. A Muslim taxi driver could turn away a same-sex couple travelling to their wedding. A bank teller could refuse to authorise a personal loan for a same-sex couple for their wedding or possibly even their honeymoon. A hotel could refuse to take reservations of guests in town for their frien...

12:34

Can the EU regain its international climate policy leadership lost in Copenhagen? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is a guest post from Axel Michaelowa  from the University of Zurich. He is also the lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the second in the series from our Bonn panel on leadership in the climate regime. 

For over a decade, the EU was the undisputed leader of the international climate policy process. It had a grand vision for a universal international climate policy agreement modelled on the Kyoto Protocol. This was to be crowned during COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. So the shock was the greater when the EU was ignominously sidelined by an alliance of Barack Obama and the leaders of the large emerging economies. They did not like grand designs and instead embarked on a road towards a bottom up climate policy system.

Almost a decade later, the US has abandoned international climate policy leadership after it played a crucial role in helping France in the runup to the Paris Agreement. Can the EU now again lead? The answer unfortunately is No.

First, the EU is at the center of the global maelstrom of migration, terrorism and resurgence of populism, and even threatened by internal fragmentation as the case of Catalonia shows. This means that EU leaders are in perpetual crisis mode and cannot properly address long term issues auch as climate policy.
Second, the EU is lacking ambition. Several member states, including self-proclaimed climate policy leader Germany, are likely to miss 2020 emission targets by a wide margin. 2030 targets are generally not seen as very ambitious either.

Second, domestic mitigation policy instruments in the EU are suffering from serious flaws. The EUs climate policy flagship, the emission trading scheme has suffered from systemic overallocation ever since the economic and financial crisis struck in 2008. Thus, prices have remained low. The latest reform agreed just yesterday is a kind of band aid that does not resolve the broader challenge. In the context of renewable energy promotion, the widely successful feed in tariffs have now been replaced by auctions that may be able to reduce costs, but are equally likely to reduce the speed of renewable energy expansion. And many countries face the challenge that...

12:33

Hello world! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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12:30

Thanks for the senate slot Pauline - see ya! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia should think about getting a Receiver/Administrator in for a while. This bloke got 19 votes in his own right. From the weekend: 19 votes put Pauline Hansons man in https://t.co/1mNXYhCUPE The Australian (@australian) November 13, 2017 Pauline Hanson's ticket put him in the Senate. Now he's in the...

12:23

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "A Walk" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"A Walk"

"My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces."
...

12:18

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealands longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australias detention centres more than a week ago.

 

12:14

One Nation Under Fire For Atrocious Lie About Safe Schools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has defended false claims he made that primary school children are taught how to masturbate and use sex toys as part of the Safe Schools program. On Saturday, Mr Dickson pledged to abolish the program if his party gets elected, adding: We are having little kids in grade four ...

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12:13

Grow up dickhead. Embarrassing. Naff. You're the Prime Minister, Clown. We're paying you to be there. You make me sick. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Backing free trade, more investment and more opportunities with @luke_nguyen in Vietnam pic.twitter.com/lN3FCoxNgy The PMO (@thepmo) November 10, 2017 With @luke_nguyen this morning in Vietnam ahead of #APEC2017 pic.twitter.com/BtjKfcIW6L Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 10, 2017

12:01

Trad announces traffic management plan for Kurilpa #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At the recent Kurilpa Futures Planning for the People forum, local Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad announced if re-elected, the community would lead a local South Brisbane Transport Mobility Study to address transport and traffic issues in the inner south. Ms Trad said she has secured $600,000 for the transport study, which will []

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11:58

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hello.

Has anyone got any old Pavers they don't want anymore?

My number is 0431 998 175.

I need some for a community plot.

Many thanks,

KT.

11:56

Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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We are looking for a washing machine in Preston.

11:55

Finance and Administration Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Finance and Administration Coordinator supports EngageMedias Southeast Asia program activities and works closely with EngageMedias Accountant and Operations Manager to ensure the organisation financial and administrative needs are to the highest standard.

Position Aims

  • Provide high-quality financial and administrative support to programs
  • Ensure Southeast Asia administration and office function effectively
  • Ensure the financial integrity of the organisation

Roles and Responsibilities

Finance

  • Bookkeeping track, enter and record all expenses
  • Maintain Indonesian banking and assist with Australian banking
  • Complete monthly account reconciliations
  • Oversee the Administration Assistant to prepare payment requests and track cash advances/petty cash
  • Work with the Administration Assistant to process invoices and receipts, ensuring all  are properly documented and recorded
  • Lead the monthly payroll process
  • Working with Operations and Grants Manager to prepare budgets for grant applications, and with grant reporting
  • Track and maintain a variety of budgets
  • Contribute to and uphold financial policies and procedures

Administration

  • Be responsible for maintenance of the office including payment of utilities
  • Oversee flight tickets purchasing, accommodation booking and other travel needs
  • Assist with logistics for events and face to face meetings
  • File materials on the EngageMedia intranet
  • Participate in weekly staff and finance team meetings

Selection Criteria

  • Experience with online, cloud-based accounting systems such as https://xero.com
  • Excellent English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • At least 5 years experience in finance and administration
  • Extensive experience with office software
  • Advance bookkeeping
  • Experience in an organisation with large amounts of travel and international communications
  • Open minded with an ability to work across cultures
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills


Start Date and Remuneration

The position starts as soon as possible. An initial 12 month full time contract will be offered with extensions base...

11:49

Landmark Northern Territory Royal Commission findings to be handed down this Friday "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week Australia will be given a roadmap to ensure children are never again abused as they were in the notorious Don Dale youth prison. After twelve months of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is due to release its report and recommendations on Friday.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, said that the Northern Territory Government must implement each and every Royal Commission recommendation.

This is not the time to pick and choose. Childrens lives are at stake. The Northern Territory Government must commit to wholesale implementation and the Federal Government must help fund it. Anything less will be a sign that our governments are not serious about ending the abuse of children in youth jails, said Ms Musk

The Royal Commission was announced after the ABCs Four Corners program aired a shocking expose showing horrifying footage of children in the Northern Territorys youth detention facilities being abused, including being hooded, tear gassed, stripped naked, threatened with dogs and held in solitary confinement.

Children in the Northern Territory are still being detained in Don Dale - a decommissioned maximum-security adult prison, that Ms Musk says is inherently unfit for children.

The Royal Commission laid bare the devastating cost of removing children from their families and locking them away behind bars. Prisons fail children. Governments should invest in small, age-appropriate facilities located close to communities that foster connection to family. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe and be supported to reach their full potential. said Ms Musk.

Jewel Wheeler, a twenty-year old woman from Darwin who is an advocate for children in out-of-home care, was taken from her family when she was a baby and drawn into the criminal justice system when she was eleven years. Ms Wheeler said the cruelty of the system robbed her of a childhood.

I was so vulnerable. Instead of helping me, the system harmed me. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had actually been cared for if I hadnt been hauled before the courts and locked up in a concrete cell. I was labeled a criminal before I even knew what that word meant. Children this young should never be arrested and put behind bars. There are better ways to respond to kids who make mistakes and it involves love, care and support, said Ms Wheeler. 

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously represented children in Don Dale, said all states and territories currently have archaic la...

11:47

Male showgirl entrants a first for Mullumbimby Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

11:33

Hemp foods are now legal across Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Hemp-based foods are now legal across Australia and are expected to appear in supermarkets everywhere. A recent agreement between Australian and New Zealand food safety authorities means hemp-based food products are now legal to produce, sell and purchase, creating new markets for the versatile superfood. What is hemp? To make

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11:29

Kelvin Thomson on defending public land (Speech to PPLVic AGM 11 Nov 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The driving force behind the Protectors of Public Lands, Julianne Bell, passed away on Friday January 27 this year. Julianne was an indefatigable and tireless campaigner for the protection of Melbournes public open spaces. She was most well-known as the defender of Royal Park against any and all who would seek to diminish it for their own purposes, and she told me that she was most proud of her role in stopping the East-West Link, a Freeway which would carve up Royal Park in an outrageous act of environmental vandalism. She was the driving force behind this organisation and used it to defend public open spaces far and wide from all manner of threats the Carlton Gardens, the Catani Gardens, the Exhibition Gardens, the Rogers Memorial Reserve and many others too numerous to mention no public open space was too far away or too small to merit her attention.

Julianne worked closely with me on the problems caused by Rapid Population growth for the world in general and for Melbourne in particular. She understood that it is people, it is us, who are responsible for environmental damage, and was prepared to cut through the vanity that prevents many of us from acknowledging this. She had worked in the Immigration Department, and told me a number of times about the propensity for migration agents to tell fibs on applications, and the trouble an understaffed Department had in verifying claims and uncovering rorts.

Julianne was not always easy to work with, and she was very hard line. I did think when she was telling me about the evils of the Flower Show in the Exhibition Gardens that perhaps she could lighten up! But she grasped, better I think than anyone else I have ever met, that our public open spaces are constantly in danger from people or organisations or businesses who want to use them for a private benefit, at the cost of the value of the open space asset itself.

She understood and loved the heritage of Marvellous Melbourne, the legacy of beautiful parks and open spaces which Melbournes founders bequeathed us, and she was relentless in her defence of them. If Julianne had not been standing guard over them these past decades, they might well look rather different, and Melbourne might well have been on its way to becoming a soulless concrete jungle, like so many other cities around the world.

Over the years various Premiers and Lord Mayors have basked in reflected glory as Melbourne was declared the Worlds Most Liveable City. But this title owes, in my view, a fair bit more to Juliannes work than to theirs. If we are to keep that honour, we will need people to draw inspiration from Julianne, tak...

11:14

Snap protest held at the Department of Immigration and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People gathered at the Department of Immigration today calling on the government to act on the men stranded on Manus Island. Image credit: Grace Pashley

A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.

This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.

A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.

For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.

Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast

11:08

Identifying endangered frogs made easy with new app "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Photo Taronga Zoo taronga.org.au

The endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Photo Taronga Zoo taronga.org.au

Australias first national frog count is underway and, with the aid of a new app, everyone can now join the battle to save one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.

The Australian Museums FrogID is a citizen science project that uses mobile phone technology and audio DNA to discover where frogs are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.

The free FrogID app, developed in partnership with IBM, identifies frog species by the sounds they make from croaks and chirps, to whistles and barks.

Up to 1 million Australians are expected to download the app and head to parks, creeks, dams or wetlands to listen for frog calls.

Recording and uploading these calls will map frog species across Australia and reveal where they are at risk from habitat loss, disease, climate change and urbanisation. You might even discover a new frog species!

Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay AO, said FrogID is a national citizen science rescue mission that everyone can take part in.

The power to save Australias frogs is now in the palm of your hand, whether youre a family in your garden or on a bushwalk, at school or a grey nomad. Everyone can download the free FrogID app to help save these vulnerable species the canaries in the coal mine of climate change, Ms McKay said.

FrogID is a crowd-sourcing approach to conservation. The AM is proud in its 190th year to partner with IBM, the Australian Government and leading museums across the country on this ground-breaking union of citizen science and innovative technology.

David La Rose, Managing Director, IBM Australia, said: IBM has a long history in collaborating with organisations like the Australian Museum to develop technology that has a real impact on the everyday lives of Australians. This joint initiative to develop the FrogID app is an inspiring example of how technology and science can work together to tackle an important social issue, while empowering Australians to help us gain new insight into the state of our waterways and environment.

One of Australias leading frog experts, Dr Jodi Rowley, AM Curator of Amphibian & Rep...

11:02

10:57

Listen to the New Tesse (Tom Stephens) Single Ill Tell You In The Morning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Tesse Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens has just moved into the next step of his musical evolution, renaming himself Tesse to more accurately represent the collaboration with his supporting band (including Cam Whipp on bass, Mon Ellis on guitar, Chris Long on keys and drummer Rob Turner). Tesse will be releasing his []

10:55

Part 4 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. A cache of The Courier Mails front pages. (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another. . (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another []

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at: http://nofibs.com.au/meeting-david-marler-nofibs-twitter-activist-by-griffithelects

10:46

Machete and iron bars used in Casino club attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Casino club last night during which five men armed with a machete and iron bars attacked two club employees.

The incident happened at 9.10pm when the two club employees were attempted to leave after closing the club in West Street.

They were confronted by the five men and forced back into the club.

One of the employees was struck in a shoulder with the machete and both were forced to the ground were they were kicked a number of times.

The five armed men fled after noticing a security guard outside the club, and once it was safe, the police were called.

Police established a crime scene and searched the area.

The injured club employee were treated for a minor injury.

Police said no cash was stolen however the injured man had some personal items taken.

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10:42

Serco-Run Facilities: Fraud, Failures and Fatal Errors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Australian governments pay the Serco group tens of millions of dollars every year to manage sensitive public services such as correctional and detention centres, and a range of defence contracts. The UK-based company is even making a bid to run our public housing. However, Serco has come under fire in recent

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10:23

Saudis move on Lebanon with Israeli support "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Saudi Arabias war of words over Lebanon keeps on building and  Israel has jumped in supporting the Saudis. As each day passes, the war of words comes closer to being transformed into a war of weapons.

The tilt at Lebanon is largely as proxy for a growing hostility against Iran, which has arisen out of diverging positions in the politics of the Middle East. While Iran has taken a position that lays claim to the regions independence from big power politics, the Saudis have decisively shifted in the opposite direction.

Nothing marks this more clearly than being decisive backers of the Syrian opposition ISIS and al Qaeda terror bands with money, guns and diplomacy. Then there is the systematic and brutal continuous bombing of Yemen that is on the brink of creating the biggest famine experienced anywhere in decades.

Intertwined with the stand off is the divide between Islams Shia and Sunni. Within the Sunni camp, there has lately emerged a camp that has become increasingly material dependent on the west and especially the United States and this is led by the absolutist Saudi royal family that sees itself as heading the Sunni world, and utilises this to push its own ambitions to be a regional power. That branch within the faith that has given rise to ISIS and al Qaeda is Saudi grown and Saudi maintained.

But after a short period of gains in the battlefield, the movement is experiencing major defeats. The most spectacular is in Syria. There has also been major loss in Iraq, including within the northern Kurdish region and a strengthening of the Shia position.

The attack on Yemen has been directed against the Shia Houthi forces, who happen to control most of the country. Saudi air strikes are backed by backed by pro al Qaeda and ISIS forces on the ground and the invasion has the support of the United States government.

Ongoing resistance from the Houthis has denied a quick victory and this risks sinking the Saudis into a quagmire.

In short, Saudi ambitions have not been going so well. Hence the chosen strategy to shift to a new theatre, target Iran as the headquarters of the Shia faith and its links to in Lebanon through Hezbollah and the Palestinians. Iran is accused of supporting the Houthis in Yemen the Syrian government and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The idea is that a new conflict in Lebanon might just turn around the series of defeats.

A large part of the Lebanese population is Shia and mostly suppo...

10:07

Greens MPs call for greater koala protection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tree clearing and trucks are causing havoc on wildlife, opponents of the Pacific Highway upgrade, say. Meerschaum Vale tree clearing (Credit: Graeme Williams)

Tree clearing and trucks are causing havoc on wildlife, opponents of the Pacific Highway upgrade, say. Meerschaum Vale tree clearing (Credit: Graeme Williams)MPs

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith has called on the NSW Government to do more to protect koalas and other wildlife in the path of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

With tree clearing now underway at Meerschaum Vale, Ms Smith said she had been told by residents that dead or injured koalas and other wildlife were being found almost daily.

The residents have also been told that contractors are not allowed to touch any injured animals they see.

Ms Smith said there appeared to be no process for the RMS or its contractors to count the koalas and other wildlife that were killed or injured by tree clearing and an increase in truck movements.

Koala in a tree at Meerschaum Vale (credit: Heather Dunn)

Koala in a tree at Meerschaum Vale (credit: Heather Dunn)

I have visited Meerschaum Vale and met with residents multiple times in the past two years and I have seen the impact of the preparation for the highway upgrade on the wildlife and on the lives of the residents.  I have made many representations on the communitys behalf about the effects of this highway upgrade to the RMS and to the Minister for Roads.

I cannot state how strongly this upgrade is affecting the lives of residents with problems with dust, vibration, noise and traffic.

I call on the NSW government to get a proper process of wildlife monitoring in place and employ animal rescue staff to save injured koalas and oth...

09:59

Bulolo opposing new mining exploration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times| November 10, 2017

THE Bulolo district administration is strongly opposing a licence for exploration activities near the town because the land had been damaged by past explorations, Administrator Tae Gwambelek says.

The administration is supporting the move by the business community and PNG Forest Products  (PNGFP) after the Mineral Resource Authority  (MRA) issued EL2544 to the Wabu Alluvial Mining company  (WAM).

Administrator Tae Gwambelek said Australia had done enough damage to land in Bulolo leaving behind huge craters on which the township was built.

History will never be repeated again, Gwambelek said.

We have Hidden Valley and Wafi-Golpu mining including many small-scale activities. That is enough.

Gwambelek said the Bulolo district development authority also acquired an exploration licence from MRA to conduct explorations outside W...

09:59

The Orange-bellied Parrot will become extinct without federal funding "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical. 

Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.

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The Orange-bellied Parrot will become extinct without federal funding "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical. 

Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.

 

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09:58

LGBTIQ rally in Lismore ahead of survey result announcement "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ssm-survey-picThe long march of the marriage equality postal vote survey finally comes to an end this week, with the results to be announced on Wednesday, November 15.

The Australian Statistician, David W Kalisch, will release the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at a media conference at 10am on Wednesday.

The Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance has organised an event to coincide with the announcement that will take place at the Quad outside the new Lismore Regional Gallery to witness the results.

A Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance spokesperson said it is important to offer our community the support that will be needed at this historical moment and hopefully the opportunity for celebration as well.

The event will include speakers Jenny Dowell and Asren Pugh (Australians for Marriage Equality), music performance by Paige Phoenix and friends and a performance piece by Dee Chenille.

At midday there will be a drone photo shoot of a human made love heart to etch this moment into the history of the Northern Rivers.

Food will be provided by the Gallery cafe as well as Haps Health Bar.

Mental health help

It has been a long wait for members of the LGBTIQ communities since registrations to vote in the survey closed on August 24.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) began mailing out survey forms on September 12.

Voters had up until October 11 to request a replacement form if they didnt receive one and then until last Tuesday, November 7, to get their vote back to the ABS.

The time-consuming, divisive and sometimes traumatising debate has impacted many in the community.

Ahead of Wednesdays announcement, ACON has launched a new resource to assist members of the community to stay strong, and remind them that support and care is available, whatever the outcome of the public vote.

Produced by ACONs counselling team, the resource Stronger Together offers practical tips for people on staying strong and resilient in the lead up to, and following, the announcement on 15 November.

ACON says demand for its services has increased across the state in recent weeks, especially in the light of the divisive debate, and the group has responded accordingly to ensure people in LGBTIQ communities get the support they need.

ACON CEO N...

09:53

Eat The Rich: Tackling Class And Inequality Is Essential To Eradicating Racism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, while the poor get wild conspiracies about the other being responsible for their lot in life. Senator Lee Rhiannon explains.

Historically it has been the progressive side of politics that has confronted racism in all its forms. Whether it was the oppression of Indigenous communities, abuse of refugees or more recently the Islamophobia fanned by some conservative politicians, it has been unions and left parties including the Greens that have taken the lead in exposing and confronting this abuse.

A key driver of racial abuse is the growing economic divide in our society. This is not to say that racism is unique to disadvantaged populations we know too well that the elite do not hesitate to parade their bigotry. But when analysing and strategising on how to deal with racism we need measures to address economic inequality.

When people feel squeezed by things like low wages and the high cost of living, they understandably want to know who the villains are. Why cant I find a decent job? Who is undercutting my wages?

Conservative politicians and their masters in big business implement policies that cause these problems because it suits their interests. But they cant admit that because theyd be wiped out at the next election. Their solution? Scapegoat. Play on peoples apprehensions. Divide and distract.

This is part of the reason why some working people are turning to parties like One Nation. In the 2016 federal election there was a clear correlation between living in an area of high socio-economic disadvantage and voting for One Nation.

Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016. Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016.

The irony is that One Nations track record in parliament has been to support the anti-worker and anti-poor polices of the Coalition Government. Pauline Hansons party sided with the Liberal-National government 74 per cent of the time between August and December 2016. They have provided the critical votes for the Turnbull government to pass legislation that robs money from public schools, opens the door to greater media concentration and cuts funding to welfare recipients.

To take on the racism building in Australian society we need to ensure that dealing with economic disadvantage is centre stage.

...

09:50

NEW AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SP HANDCRAFTED BOOKS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for SP Handcrafted Books



Your name: Stephanie Pollard
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:      Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books.  /   Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SPHandcraftedBooks
FB: Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books
The suburb/town you live in now:  Riordanvale Rd
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  There are many different and assorted styles of journals made in my workshop using a variety of covers materials - From classy classics to crocodile & saddle leathers!! I make beautifully handcrafted journals, some using an ancient binding method called Coptic Binding, which main feature is, they lie flat for ease of writing fully on every page & other leather journals are bound with along-stitch method. All the journals being bound with imported wax linen threads from the USA. In most of the journals I have found beautiful papers for the internal pages that are 120gsm and specialise for the dry medium applications i.e. lead & ink writings & drawings, charcoals & chalks, glue stick for photos or scrapbooking and most other unimaginable uses as long as for this 120gsm it's form is dry based. I have thicker papers for those wishing to commission a journal specifically for oil paints artistry  or those mediums needing the thicker non-warping papers. ...

09:36

Advocates celebrate legalisation of hemp seed products "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An example of hemp food derivatives from hemp.com.

An example of hemp food derivatives from hemp.com.

The Nimbin Hemp Embassy will be offering free samples of hemp seed and hemp seed oil for the rest of the month now that hemp foods are legal for human consumption in Australia.

Australian Hemp Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas said as of yesterday it was legal to grow hemp seed in Australia.

Its a watershed moment on many fronts. Hemp seeds nutritional qualities are unparalleled so well have a truly healthy food finally available with new farming opportunities including access to an international market thats touching the $billion mark, Mr Kavasilas said.

He said jobs were also being created in production, processing, logistics, design and packaging, marketing, wholesale and retail sales.

Mr Kavasilas said hemp  seeds contain a significant ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9, tuned perfectly to the human body with plant-based essential fatty acids and a full compliment of vitamins and minerals. The taste and texture is similar to nuts with no known allergies.

Because of its superior nutritional profile and gluten-free status, hemp seed ingredients are incorporated in muesli bars, salad dressings, pasta, breads, smoothies, biscuits, non-whey high fibre protein, flour and many other products.

Hemp seed is also used to make a simple natural non-dairy milk substitute with a legendary rich and creamy flavour.

Weve pursued this relentlessly for almost 20 years. For the past 7 years or so, state police have raised issues around hemp seed foods interfering with random roadside saliva testing despite the fact the devices are not reliable enough to detect the difference between minute traces in low THC hemp seed food consumption or intoxication.

HEMP Party and HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said the legalising of hemp throws saliva testing up in the air.

State police forces, especially NSW police have forcefully argued and maintained that hemp seed food consumption will interfere with their saliva testing and people will provide positive results which will put further pressure on our courts and the judicial system, he said.

In light of the fact no other police around the world saliva test like in Australia, I think its time our police followed the experience of other countries who are able to tell the difference betwe...

09:29

Man Who Refused To Marry Until Gay People Could Pretty Worried Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ExcuseMaster

A Sydney man who told his girlfriend of seven years he wouldnt marry her until gay people enjoyed equal rights is desperately searching for a back-up plan after polls suggested the yes vote is likely to win.

It was the perfect excuse it was simple, it worked, and it made me look like I had morals or something, the man said. But it looks like my get-out-of-jail-free card will be torn up when the vote is announced on Wednesday. My girlfriends even dropping hints saying what a great day it would be for all couples to propose. Unfortunately, it might be time for me to hit the road.

The man is not alone, with one woman telling The Sydney Sentinel she had to vote no to protect her own freedom from marriage.

Yeah, I used the whole not until everyone can get married line as well, she said. Even though I do support gay marriage, I dont support having to get married myself, so its a no from me.


09:11

National Folk Festival Announces First Major Lineup for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Ten Strings and A Goat Skin After teasing us with six artists for 2018, The National Folk Festival has finally revealed its highly anticipated first major lineup announcement. Headlining the 2018 lineup are Scottish superstars Breabach, Nashville singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou, American favourite Steve Poltz, Celtic band Cara, acclaimed Canadian trio Ten Strings []

08:59

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SUNHAZE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for SunHaze


Your name: Lana Reid

Your business name and Facebook/website name and link SunHaze, www.facebook.com/sunhazeaustralia www.sunhaze.com.au

The suburb/town you live in now: Mountain Creek

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Swimwear and Beachwear, I design and make all swimwear and beachwear.


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08:58

Clive Hamilton and Sinophobia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A few years ago Clive Hamilton wrote a very strange article in The Guardian that lead to this editorial statement (emphasis added):

This article was amended soon after publication on 18 February 2014 to correct the headline, a misreported statistic and some loosely paraphrased anecdotes, the combined effect of which had been to overstate the evidence then available about the impact Chinese investment was having on Sydneys rising residential real estate prices.

The editors note said in part: the causes of fluctuations in housing prices are several and varied. Foreign buyers, and among them Chinese investors, may be a greater or lesser cause from time to time. Guardian Australia has concluded that, on the evidence presented, it was wrong to imply through the original headline that wealthy Chinese buyers are disproportionately a factor compared to any other national or ethnic group. The author stands by his opinion, as he is entitled to. Guardian Australia believes it must correct the evidence base underpinning that opinion and label it less emphatically in order to give readers assistance in weighing it and to avoid any inference of racism.

Then a few weeks ago there was this article in The Australian:

For several years the Chinese party-state has been pursuing a co-ordinated program to acquire from abroad advanced military and industrial technology, and to do so by fair means or foul. It now emerges that Australian universities inadvertently are helping to give China the technological leadership it craves.

The Australian Research Council is funnelling Australian taxpayer funds into research with applications to Chinas advanced weapons capacity through its linkage program. The program aims to encourage national and international research collaborations between university researchers and partners in industry or other research centres, in this case with Chinese military scientists.

A long conspiracy theory about how Australian government funding of ethnic Chinese Australian academics was promoting Chinese government interests. Nasty stuff.

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08:48

Man comes off second best in drag race with cops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The driver of a clearly marked police vehicle stopped at traffic lights in Tweed Heads on Saturday night got the nod from the driver of another car who then led police on a chase through town.

About 11.55pm on Saturday (November 11), the police car was stopped at the intersection of Wharf Road and Florence Street, Tweed Heads.

Police allege a 30-year-old male from Tweed Heads South, driving a red Mazda 323 pulled alongside the police car.

The Mazdas engine was revving loudly causing police to look at the car and driver. The driver began nodding at police and as soon as the traffic light turned green the Mazda took off at speed.

Police activated all warning lights and sirens and the Mazda failed to stop.

The car was pursued west along Wharf Road Tweed Heads reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 120km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone. The pursuit continued onto Minjungbal Drive reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 100 km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone.

The pursuit continued with the Mazda turning into Lloyd Street, Tweed Heads South, and then into Faulkner Drive.

At the intersection of Faulkner Dr and Cunningham Street the Mazda came to an abrupt stop where the 30-yea- old man verbally challenged police.

Police talked the man down and he was arrested. He was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative reading. The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with police pursuit, driving in a speed dangerous to the public, exceeding speed by more than 45 km/h and driving while his license was expired.

The man was bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court on the November 21.

 

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08:43

Fiji warns climate talks must stay united "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. (AAP)

Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. (AAP)

Fiji has warned countries at the UN climate talks it is overseeing that they must put aside their differences and work together if the world is to limit climate change.

We are encouraging all parties to provide the political will necessary to achieve an ambitious outcome at COP23, which includes of course the pre-2020 commitments and actions, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told reporters in Bonn on Sunday.

The diplomatically veiled caution comes after Iran, on behalf of a group of developing countries, accused developed nations of eroding trust and trying to censor their poorer counterparts.

Splits have developed at the COP23 talks during the past week over the inclusion on the formal agenda of discussions about lifting climate action ambitions before 2020, and over financing arrangements to help developing countries act on and adapt to climate change.

Irans representative told a mid-conference update on Saturday developing countries were seeing their trust and good faith being eroded and there seemed to be concerted efforts to only discuss proposals put forward from richer nations.

Ecuador, speaking for a group of 134 developing countries and China, said there seemed to be a lack of political will from developed countries.

The European Union rejected this notion while Australias environment ambassador Patrick Suckling, speaking for developed countries outside Europe, said persistent efforts to add extra items to the COP agenda were hampering the very progress we are seeking.

Nevertheless, Mr Bainimarama said on Sunday he thought the talks were entering their second week in good shape.

But he reminded parties the only way any one country could protect itself from climate change was by joining with all others and moving together.

That is the message Im conveying to all parties, and especially those who have particular issues that matter deeply to them, he said.

No one is immune to climate change and we must focus not on our differences but on the absolute imperative to move this process forward.

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08:40

Its Time To Give Fag Hags Their Badge Of Honour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Phoebe Hart, Queensland University of Technology The fag hag. Never were two more scornful words so spectacularly smashed together. Stereotypes around the fag hag, fruitfly, fish, handbag whatever youd care to call her abound. Search the Internet and youd believe shes a sad, overweight, trashy woman with too many cats unable to ...

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08:40

Another same-sex marriage bill proposed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Conservative Liberal senator James Paterson has released a draft of a same-sex marriage bill to preserve the freedoms of all Australians.

Senator Paterson, who voted yes in the marriage postal survey, said any ensuring law changes shouldnt have negative consequences for opponents of same-sex marriage.

If the parliament opts for a narrower bill with fewer protections, I fear we will see some Australians seek to impose their values on others, with court cases and other legal mechanisms, he said in a statement announcing the draft bill.

Ive never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians.

Senator Paterson believes state and federal anti-discrimination laws arent strong enough.

His bill expands the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, ensures exemptions for ministers of religion and celebrants with genuine belief and allows a limited form of conscientious objection.

It also seeks to protect freedom of speech and enacts a narrow anti-detriment clause, which would prevent governments and agencies taken adverse action against someone with a traditional view of marriage.

The bill would also guarantees the right of parents to opt their children out of classes that conflicted with their values.He is yet to canvass the draft legislation with his coalition colleagues.

If a Yes result is confirmed this week, this bill could be passed by the parliament as quickly as any other bill, Senator Paterson said.

I believe the parliament should do so before Christmas, with additional sitting weeks if necessary.

Fellow Liberal senator Dean Smith has also put forward a bill.

Senator Smiths bill allows same-sex couples to wed and includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.

Nearly eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

The survey result will announced on Wednesday.

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08:37

Aussie artists work for love not money "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian artists earn about a fifth less than most other workers and many have to take on other jobs to help make ends meet, a study shows.

The average total annual income for professional artists in Australia is 21 per cent lower than the average pay packet, the study by Macquarie University and the Australia Council found.

The income artists receive from their creative work has also fallen 19 per cent below what they were paid in 2009.

And almost eight in 10 artists are taking on other work, mostly out of necessity rather than choice.

Australia Council chief executive Tony Grybowski said the findings highlight the challenges artists face to maintain a viable professional career.

If we want Australian stories to keep being told and Australias diverse artistic talent to succeed locally and internationally we must consider the support structures, protections and remuneration of Australian artists, he said on Monday.

The study also found female artists earn a quarter less than men overall and are paid about 30 per cent less for their creative work.

The disparity for artists with a disability is even greater.

Those with a disability earn 42 per cent less overall than artists without disability.

The Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia was carried out by cultural economist David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya, who surveyed almost 1000 Australian professional artists.

Prof Throsby said too often artists were expected to work for love not money.

The digital world also presented both opportunities and challenges for artists, by offering new ways to distribute their work but also opening up the door to unauthorised exploitation of their ideas.

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08:34

Greens to support High Court referrals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

More federal MPs are likely to face the High Court over their citizenship status after the Greens committed to unilateral referrals from the major parties.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale confirmed the minor partys sole MP Adam Bandt would provide the government with the crucial vote it needs in the lower house.

If the government decides to refer someone, if the opposition decides someone should be referred, we think we should honour that, Senator Di Natale told the ABC on Monday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend vowed to refer any Labor MPs facing dual citizenship questions to the High Court, accusing the opposition of flouting the law.

Thats brought a declaration of war response from Labor.

Senator Di Natale said no-one was stepping up to resolve the issue.

Ultimately the way to resolve it is to have doubtful cases tested in the High Court and thats exactly what should happen and quickly, he said.

When that might happen is not yet clear.Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann would not say whether the government would act when the House of Representatives returns in a fortnight or wait until parliament establishes a disclosure system for MPs.

Individual members of parliament can make their own judgment, he said, citing the resignation of Liberal MP John Alexander over the weekend.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has threatened a November 27 vote to refer Labor MPs Justine Keay and Susan Lamb to the High Court.

There was clear evidence the two MPs indicated they were dual citizens when nominations closed for the 2016 election, he said.

Labor frontbencher Tony Burke doubts the government will go down that road.

What a desperate born to rule approach whether thats their view on Monday week I have no idea, and let me tell you I reckon they have no idea either, he said.

Labor insists its two MPs took reasonable steps to renounce their citizenship before the 2016 election.

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08:33

Gun toting would-be robber extradited from Qld "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been extradited from Queensland following investigations into an alleged attempted armed robbery west of Woodenbong in 2011.

On Thursday 27 October 2011, a man attempted to force entry to a general store on Mt Lindesay Road at Legume, near the New South Wales-Queensland border, armed with a gun.

The store attendant, a 57-year-old woman, attempted to stop the man from entering by leaning against the front door; however, he smashed a glass panel with the gun and managed to get inside.

Police have been told the woman grabbed the gun before struggling with the man, causing cuts to her hands.

He fled empty-handed and police were alerted.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command attended and commenced inquiries.

Following extensive investigations, detectives were granted a warrant for the arrest of a 27-year-old Queensland man.

The man was subsequently arrested today in Queensland, today (Friday 10 November 2017) and extradited to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence; assault while rob while armed with dangerous weapon; and aggravated assault with intent to rob and inflict actual bodily harm.

The man was bail refused and appeared at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (November 11).

Operation Unison

A further three Queensland residents were extradited to NSW on Thursday as part of Operation Unison.

A 52-year-old Elanora woman, wanted since June, was arrested for seven fraud warrants.

A 31-year-old Currumbin man, wanted since August, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for intimidation and assault.

And a 52-year-old Coolangatta man, wanted for the past two months, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for breach an ADVO and stalk/intimidate offences.

All three were refused bail and are due to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court today (November 13).

This joint operation is ongoing and police warn offenders that no matter where they live if you commit crime in either state expect police to be knocking on your door.

 

 

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08:28

Man had Nothing to Wear on Run this Morning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A Clovelly man is in danger of missing his daily run along the coastal path to Bondi this morning after realising he had nothing to wear, even though his closet was packed full of designer workout gear, joggers made by NASA and colour-coordinated drink bottles.

The man said he just wasnt feeling any of his outfits.

Nothing truly expressed my positively carefree yet dangerously focused running mood or went well with this mornings lighting conditions, the man said. Naturally, everyone would be watching me, so I couldnt just chuck any old thing on. One unflattering Aquabumps snap could set me back years of dedicated training.

The man said if his emergency order from The Iconic doesnt arrive, he will make up for todays lack of training by spending an extra hour in the solarium and taking twice as many photos at Icebergs this afternoon than usual.


08:27

Christopher Pyne Spruiks Aussie Arms To Saudi Arabia As UN Warns Of Impending Yemen Famine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has turned a blind eye to the Saudi-led warn on Yemen, while the nation plunges deeper into a humanitarian crisis. But at least were trying to profit from it. Michael Brull reports.

On 30 October, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced hed be visiting Saudi Arabia, France and the United Kingdom to promote Australias world-class defence materiel and strengthen bilateral defence industry relationships. In Saudi Arabia he would meet with senior government representatives to discuss the bilateral defence industry relationship.

Presumably, this was in the hope of further expanding Australian military exports to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia needs military imports in particular right now because of its devastating war on Yemen. The government ignored a motion passed in the Senate calling on it to disclose its military exports to Saudi Arabia since 2016. We know that Australia has approved four military exports to the Saudi government, but not the nature or value of that exports.

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In a speech in July, Pyne discussed his plans to expand Australian military exports. In relation to Yemen, Pyne said, The Australian designed Nulka decoy system that protects ships from missiles not so long ago saved the USS Mason from an attack by Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen.

There may be other military exports to the Saudi invading force. For example, Pyne also talked about Australian company Marand making tail pieces and specialised engine trailers for Joint Strike Fighters. Their order book will be for over $1 billion, not just for Australias Joint Strike Fighters thats exporting vital components made here in Australia overseas, to take their place on perhaps the most advanced combat aircraft the world has ever seen, that will be operated by the USA, the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel and many other countries.

On November 8, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General fo...

08:24

UK is fattest country in Western Europe with 63% of adults overweight & obese - OECD study "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has stated. Over 63 percent of adults in Britain are overweight OECD says. The 2017 Obesity Update report found that the UK is the sixth fattest nation out of 35 OECD member countries, with a 27 percent adult obesity rate. The US, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary and Australia fare worse than the UK, though. The countries with the lowest levels of obesity are Japan, Korea, Italy and Switzerland.

08:18

Acknowledgement to Country, Mud Gooloogong, and an Eviction Notice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After putting up his own Eviction Notice at the Lobby Restaurant, Wiradjuri man Mud Gooloogong remained there until he was arrested and removed peacefully by police. (photo ABC)

By Dee McLachlan

For those readers not living in Australia, let me first explain. If one attends any function, conference and event, the emcee or whoever is running the event starts off with an Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners. It is to pay respect to indigenous people.

This is how it goes.

Our conference is being held on the traditional country [or lands] of the Wada wurrung people [or relevant traditional owner], and I wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners. I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.

When I first arrived, it seemed to me a most respectful acknowledgement and a reminder of the lands history, but as the years have gone by it sometimes leaves me uneasy. In many of these functions, in Victoria, it feels a function of political correctness R...

08:13

Around the traps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While it was a quiet weekend with the camera I did manage to get out for a couple of brief jaunts.

Here is what I saw.

Barking Owl, Rotunda Park Newstead, 11th November 2017

08:00

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO THE NIGHT MARKETS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wednesday nights are hotting up with the start of the Night Markets at Queen Victoria Night Market this Wednesday.

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07:43

Criminal Lawyers Charged with Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Criminal defence lawyer Michael Bosscher and two employees of law firm Bosscher Lawyers in Brisbane, have been charged with fraud offences after a joint investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) into suspected criminal activity in the legal profession. 48-year old Mr Bosscher,

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06:59

Flycatcher flurry of feeding for lucky little Leaden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Little winner today, juvenile Leaden Flycatcher fresh from nest with devoted parents shuttling food in every few seconds.



No surprise having the young bird appear from 'nowhere'. Leadens build dainty camouflaged bowl nests which defy sighting from below the limbs and forks supporting them.

Little losers today, Brown-backed Honeyeaters with part-finished nest almost within touching distance outsi...

06:46

Lincoln Gap wind farm near Port Augusta to add battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lincoln Gap wind project to add unsubsidised battery storage the third wind farm to commit to storage in South Australia in recent months.

via Lincoln Gap wind farm near Port Augusta to add battery storage RenewEconomy


06:30

So theres an election. What happens now? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Will Hodgman thought his worst case scenario was losing the Pembroke by-election to Labor. He was wrong ABC: Royal Hobart Hospital horror stories linked to bed shortages, inquiry hears A suicide in the Royal Hobart Hospitals emergency department waiting room and a patient sexually touched are among incidents aired at an inquiry into Tasmanias acute health services. Doctors and nurses have blamed several terrible incidents on bed shortages which are being exacerbated by the hospitals redevelopment. Witnesses at an Upper House parliamentary inquiry into the states acute health services have revealed a damning list of critical incidents at the hospital Labor: Gas contract uncertainty grows as Minister does nothing TT Media here for the range of reactions

06:27

Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route
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The main supply route to the world's second-largest copper mine has been closed following a shooting in West Papua.
The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident, a spokesman said, amid escalating tensions between security forces and an armed rebel group in the area.
No one had been reported hurt after shots were fired at a vehicle, but the main supply route to the world's second-biggest copper mine had been temporarily closed while the security situation was assessed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said in text message.
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06:15

NATION: Have I missed something ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another freeloader, as I read it, is Senator Eric Abetz. He was in parliament for nearly 16 years before he produced a document relating to his renunciation of a citizenship other than Australian. He must have picked up millions since he was elected as a senator in 1994 Urban Wronski (aka David Tyler), who normally writes NATION, is having a couple of weeks off ...

06:00

Independent Artist Of The Week: Two Steps On The Water "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbournes Two Steps on the Water is a powerful musical project that sticks with you long after the music stops, built on raw emotions, off-kilter lyrics and haunting string arrangements.

The folk-punk quartet already have two LPs under their belt, God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye (2016) and their sophomore album Sword Songs which was released in September via their very own label, Emotion Punk Records. Run by lead-singer June Jones, the labels name is very much aligned with their sound.

Jones ability to articulate her emotional experience through lyricism is not only poetic, but hugely moving. Notions of identity are beautifully explored, and its not a simple kind of beauty either its complex, confronting and cathartic.

Two Steps on the Waters latest release Hold Me sees swirling strings drift above gentle percussion, with honest vocals once again leading the way. If only baring your deepest darkest fears was always this easy on the ears.

 

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

 

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05:46

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I am grateful for another guest post, this time from Dr Stephen Thornton of BG Economics. Views expressed are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government

by Dr Stephen Thornton

The apartment construction boom in Queensland in the last few years has been astonishing and unprecedented. The number of strata lots is now quickly approaching 500,000, mostly apartments and townhouses (465K, October 2017). By 2020 around one million people in the state will call them home.

A strata review is being finalised by the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre as part of a wider Queensland property law review commissioned by the former Newman government, with a number of recommendations recently made. Some of these recommendations go to procedural matters like the calling of AGMs, electronic communications and the like, while others are around by-laws and, importantly, scheme termination.

Given jobs and health budget savings are always high priorities, the incoming government should give serious consideration to one of the Centres recommendations around the keeping of pets. The recommendation would make it much less likely that pets would be banned in strata complexes, as it would limit the prohibition of pets to new buildings where the developer sets it as a by-law or if a body corporate adopts it by way of a resolution without dissent.

In my submission to the review (in which I argued that giving developers and bodies corporate the power to adopt no pet by-laws is contrary to Queenslands economic interests), I calculated that allowing pets in strata properties is likely to result in 1,000 new jobs in the longer term in Queenslands $1B $2B pet industry (currently estimated at 10,000+ jobs). Importantly, these new jobs would be in both high-skilled employment areas (e.g. vets, pathologists, radiologists) and lower skilled employment areas (e.g. retail stores, pet grooming, dog walking), and would be right across the state including high youth unemployment places like Townsville and Cairns.

In more recent work for the Mars Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign, I have estimated the recurrent public healthcare savings due to pets for the Queensland budget to be $172 million annually (total Qld/federal public saving of $435M; total all state/federal public saving of $2B). More pets in strata properties would increase these savings.

However, there are a number of major issues not cover...

05:31

Duterte meets Trump in Manila amid backdrop of anti-US protests "IndyWatch Feed National"

US President Donald Trump has met with his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, as hundreds of angry of people took to the streets of the capital to protest the US military presence in their country. Duterte greeted Trump, who was attending a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China, Russia, Japan, Canada, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. The two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries before posing for a group photo and sitting down for dinner. Trump and Duterte will hold more formal talks on Monday.

05:29

Reservoir West Fete "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Reservoir West Primary School Fete is next Saturday 18th November 1-7pm!

Hi, there lovely Newlanders,

Please come along to the 2017 RWPS twilight fete next weekend... there's  lots of fun to be had!! 

For more details:

05:27

According to a Renowned Doctor, Prescription Drugs Are Killing Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

While many modern doctors are not thought of in a positive light, there still are good ones out there that are fighting for what is right. Dr. Peter Gotzsche is one of those doctors.

Gotzsche, for those who do not know, is the co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration and he hopes to inform the world about the dangers associated with quite a few pharmaceutical grade drugs. According to his research, there are an estimated 100,000 people dying in the United States each year from the side-effects of correctly used prescription drugs. He actually had a paper published in the Lancet just this past year going over how our antidepressants are causing much more harm than good.

Gotzsche is more focused on two main areas, those being antidepressants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen or Tylenol). According to him, these deaths are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the issue of our failing process of drug regulation. In his paper, he notes that the antidepressants we are being prescribed now are just as addictive as the ones they were put in place to replace.

According to Gotzsche, these are things we should be avoiding:

  • Antidepressants for all, as they very likely dont even work for severe cases of depression

  • All brain-active drugs in children

  • Anti-psychotics and other brain-active drugs for the elderly.

  • Psychotropic drugs should be used as little as possible and mostly in very acute situations, as they are very harmful when used long-term Anti-dementia drugs, as they very likely dont work

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis, muscle pain, and headaches, including over-the-counter, low-dose ibuprofen. These drugs should be used as little as possible.

  • Mammography screening, as it doesnt prolong life whereas it makes many healthy women ill through overdiagnosis and leads to the premature death for some because radiotherapy and chemotherapy increase mortality when used for harmless cancers detected at screening.........

05:01

YouTube Is Finally Cracking Down On Dark Versions Of Childrens Shows on YouTube Kids "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While allowing young children on YouTube unsupervised is not a good idea, some parents just dont pay close enough attention to the things they are allowing their children to watch. In more recent times on YouTube, there have been many parody videos popping up of common children cartoons.

YouTube has now made announcements that they will be doing their best to clamp down on these disturbing childrens videos as they pop up out of nowhere in some cases and are it seems targeted towards corrupting children. This clampdown came only after many accusations have come up in regards to the site enabled infrastructural violence. A new policy will be in place that will show age restrictions on content that uses family entertainment characters in an inappropriate manner.

This will include videos like those of Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist and elsewhere. You see, while YouTube already demonetized these kinds of videos it was not yet doing anything to restrict them in regards to who sees them. While I am sure the inability to make money off of them has deterred some, creators there are plenty still going strong.

Age-restricted videos cannot be seen by those who are not logged into their accounts or those who are shown to be under the age of 18 on their profiles. This will also be a big help as age-restricted videos do not pop up on the YouTube Kids app. All of this being said, the content must be flagged before it can be marked as age-restricted. We can only hope what their definition of inappropriate it will be enough.

According to YouTube anything that features adult themes or graphic violence, in general, will be flagged. YouTubes director of policy, Juniper Downs told the Guardian that Earlier this year, we updated our policies to make content featuring the inappropriate use of family entertainment characters ineligible for monetization. Were in the process of implementing a new policy that age restricts this content in the YouTube main app when flagged. Age-restricted content is automatically not allowed in YouTube Kids. The YouTube team is made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting things right.

With this disturbing trend of turning childrens favorite television characters into violent sex-crazed maniacs, age restrictions are necessary. What do you think about all of this? Check out the video below to see one of....

04:44

A Recent Study Shows When A Person is More Likely to Cheat and Why "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

No matter what all relationships have rough patches. Some make it through these rough patches and others end up getting so damaged that moving forward together is not an option.

No, I am not saying that everyone cheats and I am not justifying it, but sometimes those rough patches to lead to cheating and there is nothing we can do about it. A research team from Israel actually looked into different reasons as to why people who were tempted to cheat managed to resist the urge and discovered something quite interesting. Their findings were published in the Journal of Sex Research and during their study, they were also able to come to a conclusion on about when the most likely point in a marriage men and women were most at risk of cheating altogether.

For this study, these researchers asked 423 participants to answer a simple questionnaire. In this questionnaire, they were to rate the importance of 29 different reasons to avoid or resist cheating in general and go over the likelihood of them cheating depending on whether or not the opportunity were to arise. Their findings showed that most people would resist being unfaithful because of the fear of being single as well as their moral compasses.

These results also showed that for women the window of time they were most likely to cheat was between the 6-10 year mark. Now, for men, they were most likely to cheat after 11 years. For those who do not know after the 7th year of marriage, most people begin feeling distant with their spouse on some level, so these findings actually make a lot of sense.

A survey that was done earlier this year actually gave some insight on why people cheat and to be honest it is for the reason you would think. Most women who cheat do so because they are not feeling as if they are getting enough attention from their partner. Men, on the other hand, reported cheating more because the other person was really hot. This survey was conducted by Superdrugs Online Doctor and included over 2,000 European and American participants.

You can see the top five reasons listed for each gender as reported by those who took this survey in the image below. You will most likely notice a huge difference between the mens reasons and the womans reasons. To be honest, these findings are a bit sad but the saddest part was that 71 percent of American men who cheated for the most terrible reasons said they wished they could take it back.

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03:32

Your power in a decaying world "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your power in a decaying world

by Jon Rappoport

November 12, 2017

These are notes I made prior to preparing my three Matrix collections:

Solutions to private problems and public problems require the ability to think things through, logically, and to reject what is unworkable or biasedbut above and beyond that, a person needs to be able to imagine solutions that havent been tried before.

Propaganda says: defect from your own power. Never find out what it is. Assume it isnt there. Propaganda says: all life is about the species, not about the individual.

When propagandists find a good thing, a message that works, they pound on it, they keep hammering away. Family, group, family, group, community. On and on. They never promote the message called The Individual with the same intensity. That would be counter-productive to what they are trying to accomplish: group identity; and amnesia about being an individual.

Civilization continues to erode and decay, as individual power is put on the back burner. But that doesnt give the individual a license to surrender. If others want to give up, thats their business. The individual, instead, finds new frontiers for his power, for his capacity to invent reality.

There is you, there is your own power. And what is that power? It comes in two forms or venues. First, there is the ability to apply logic to events and information; to think rationally from A to B to C; to analyze. And second, there is imagination, the capacity to conceive and then invent realities that would never otherwise exist in the world.

Individual power doesnt need to make rigid distinctions between what is done for self vs. what is done for others. Social engineers and propagandists make those separations. You exercise your creative power to fulfill what you deeply desire; and that process will, in fact, spill over and affect others in a positive way. It will lift them up. It will remind them that they, too, have power.

Logic and analysis keeps you from being sent down wrong roads, keeps you from buying official reality. Logic also reminds you that you have a mind. Logic is a road that can take you deeper and deeper into more basic fallacies that underpin organized society and its branches of knowledge. Logic tells you there are always more fundamental questions to ask and answer. There are levels of lies. The deeper you go, the more confident you become. The more powerful. Logic also lets you...

03:01

India, US, Japan, Australia Meet Together for First Time in Ten Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: After a gap of ten years, senior officials from India, Japan, Australia and United States met in Manila and agreed that a free and open Indo-Pacific was in their common interest.

The meeting happened less than a month after the Japanese foreign minister Taro Kano revealed the consultations had already begun for a top-level dialogue between the four countries.

The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum. That same year, all four countries, as well as Singapore, took part in the Malabar exercises in September. However, the initia...

01:53

Dancing with words: Trump believed Putin 'means it when he says no' to meddling claims but still sides with US intel agencies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This weekend, Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 US election, after which Trump said he believes Putin "means it." Hours later, however, Trump said he stands by the US Intelligence Community's position on the matter. Just one day after the APEC international summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, where US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to have a quick chat on the way to a group photo, the US president was asked to answer "definitively... yes or no" if he really believes that Russia, or Putin in particular, interfered in the 2016 US presidential election. "What I said. I'm surprised that there any conflict in this. What I said is that I believe he believes that, and it's very important for somebody to believe it," Trump replied, apparently failing to meet the reporter's expectations, at a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Sunday. Trump added that what the Russian leader believes "is what he [Putin] believes. What I believe is that we have to get to work." "As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership. I believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies, I've worked with them very strongly," he added.

01:11

Trump points to falsehoods in 'Russian hacking' claims but media ignores what he says "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Each day we get more "Russian influence" and "Russian hacking" claptrap. Like this from the once honorable Wired which headlines: Here's the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit: Russian interference in Brexit through targeted social media propaganda can be revealed for the first time. A cache of posts from 2016, seen by WIRED, shows how a coordinated network of Russian-based Twitter accounts spread racial hatred in an attempt to disrupt politics in the UK and Europe. Interesting, enthralling, complicate and sensational ... ... until you get down to paragraph 14(!): Surprisingly, all the posts around Brexit in this small snapshot were posted after the June vote. "Russian-based Twitter accounts" influenced the Brexit vote in the UK by tweeting affirmative AFTER the vote happened. "Russian agents" influenced the U.S. election by buying irrelevant Facebook ads - 25% of which were never seen by anyone and 56% of which were posted AFTER the election. During a flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donald Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.

01:09

Police Just Killed a 14yo Native American Boy Who Witnesses Say Was Holding a Phone "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

boyPolice are refusing release any details after killing a 14-year-old boy on the Bad River Indian Reservation -- his family wants answers.

00:32

We Have Built a Paradise for Offshore Billionaires "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Thomas Frank and cross-posted from The Guardian

Its not enough to say, in response to the Paradise Papers revelations, that we already knew that rich people parked their money in offshore tax havens, where their piles accumulate far from the scrutiny of our government. Nor is it enough to say that we were already aware that we live in a time of inequality.

What we have learned this week is the clinical definition of the word. What we have learned is how much the rich and the virtuous have been hiding away and where theyre hiding it. Yes, there are sinister-looking Russian capitalists involved. But theres also our favorite actors and singers. Our beloved alma mater, supposedly a charitable institution. Everyone with money seems to be in on it.

Were also learning that maybe weve had it backwards all along. Tax havens on some tropical island arent some sideshow to western capitalism; they are a central reality. Those hidden billions are like an unseen planet whose gravity is pulling our politics and our economy always in a certain direction. And this week we finally began to understand what that uncharted planet looks like; we started to grasp its mass and its power.

Think about it like this. For decades Americans have been erupting in anger at what they can see happening to their beloved middle-class world. We think we know what the culprit is; we can see it vaguely through a darkened glass. Its elitism. Its a rigged system. Its people who think theyre better than us. And for decades we have lashed out. At the immigrant next door. At Jews. At Muslims. At school teachers. At public workers who are still paid a decent wage. Our fury, unrelenting, grows and grows.

We revolt, but it turns out we have chosen the wrong political leader. We revolt again; this time, the leader is even worse.

This week we are coming face to face with a big part of the right answer: its that the celebrities and business leaders we have raised up above ourselves would like to have nothing to do with us. Yes, they are grateful for the protection of our laws. Yes, they like having the police and the marine corps on hand to defend their property.

 Yes, they eat our food and breathe our air and expect us to keep these pure and healthy; they demand that we get educated before we may come and work for them, and for that purpose they expect us to pay for a vast system of public schools. They also expect us to...

00:31

Its all happening "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im not usually given to quoting Bill Lawry around these parts, but the last week has been somewhatbusy. For good reason, though.

First, the Cato Institute published the entirety of my Authors Note from Kingdom of the Wicked, where in an attempt to avoid having my writing horribly misinterpreted I set out how Id gone about writing my second novel, and why. The piece represents a fairly considerable piece of craft, and Id like to pay tribute here to both Legal Eagle and Lorenzo, who read and edited multiple early revisions with a view to helping me hone it to the greatest extent possible. Catos introduction runs as follows:

Regular readers of Libertarianism.org may recognize Helen Dale as a recurring contributor to the sitebut long before she started writing here, she was an award-winning author of fiction.

Writing fiction that feels real can be a tricky thing. For a fictional world and the characters in it to seem true to life, they have to behave like the real world behaves and as real people do. Authors, for that reason, have to have a theory of how the real world works, about how real people behaveeven if that theory is implicitthat they can draw on to answer questions about how their fictional world works and how their fictional characters behave in it.

Humans famously disagree about how the world worksabout their theories of sociology and economics, for exampleand those disagreements are by nature political disagreements. This means that at least to some degree, fiction is political.

I dont mean to sound nave about the issue of authorial intent. Perhaps its better to say that a text has an implicit politics, rather than asserting that the texts author shares those politics. But in the piece that followsthe Authors Note from Helen Dales new book Kingdom of the Wickedwe have an author giving us a peek behind the curtain into her thinking. She tells us she deliberately constructed her storys world while relying on a set of beliefsabout history, the law, and economicsthat she describes as belonging to the classical liberal tradition. I feel c...

00:16

Pauline Hanson - bad taste personified "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


As part of One Nations 2017 Queensland state election campaign the tin-eared Pauline Hanson (who consistently supports Turnbull Government punitive social & economic policies in the Senate) has a so-called 'battler bus' on the road..

00:15

Is the NSW Berejiklian Government cruising for a bruising on the Clarence River? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It would appear that the Clarence Valley may be less than whole-heartedly enthusiastic about the NSW Berejiklian Coaltion Government's plans for the Port of Yamba.

Editor Bill North at The Daily Examiner, 25 October 2017, p.9:

Cruisin for a bruisin

ONCE again dollar-sign gazes are cast in the direction of the pristine Clarence River estuary.

The Future Transport 2056 strategy announced by the NSW Government yesterday is considering Coffs and Yamba as potential ports for international cruise ships.

But I think the suggestion of a cruise ship terminal at Yamba could turn into a shipwreck before the idea ever sets sail.

It harks back to the Eastgate Port proposal being pushed by developers which has ruffled feathers of residents, activist groups and politicians alike.

There are plenty of obstructions standing in the way of such a large scale development in the Clarence River.

Heavy dredging will be required to navigate the Yamba Bar, which happened to be the subject of a landmark native title claim for the Yaegl people in August.

Then where to build? The mind boggles when looking at aerial photographs of the Ya...

00:07

More Bad News About Smartphones When Will We Heed the Warnings? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the past few years, many of you have heard me and other professionals describe how smartphone use, and the technologically immersive culture in general, are associated with a multitude of negative outcomes. Whether it be sleep woes, increased anxiety, cyberbullying, rampant pornography exposure, or declining social skills, it is clear that the outcomes dont look anything like the sexy, sophisticated commercials that tech companies like to use.

Yet although many of us have focused our attention on concerns about youth development, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reminds us that threats cut across all ages, but begin with our minds. Ever since the first iPhone was released in 2007, researchers have been looking at how smartphones are affecting our intellect, which roughly stated involves our ability to pay attention, retain/recall information, and problem-solve/reason. Although advertisements profess that these remarkable technological innovations will only make us smarter and more efficient, the evidence indicates quite the opposite. In the words of the WSJ author, research suggests that as we grow more dependent on them, our intellect weakens.

Although the article reviewed many findings, the major themes were as follows:

  • The presence of smartphones, even when turned off or not answered, is associated with poorer attention, sloppier work, and increased symptoms of anxiety (e.g., blood pressure spikes, nervous thoughts).
  • The closer in proximity the devices are, the more brainpower is decreased. For example, individuals performed best when phones were out of the room and worst when phones were in front of them (and when in the pocket or out of sight, performance was in the middle). One recent study indicated that when schools banned smartphones altogether, test scores increased the most, especially for the poorest students.
  • Even in brief conversations (e.g., 10 minutes or less), the presence of smartphones inhibits development of a sense of intimacy, trust, and empathy, especially when meaningful topics are discussed.
  • Smartphones and other devices inhibit encoding and recall of information. Dubbed the Google effect, the idea that information can be searched on the internet seems to unconsciously reduce the likelihood that people will remember information given to them.
  • People are largely unaware of the way in which smartphones create distractions that create a brain drain; individuals often deny that devices are associated with poorer outcomes even when data reveals otherwise.

As with a number of other articles an...

00:05

Answering the Question That Won Me the Ig Nobel Prize: Are Cats Liquid? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At the centre of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container.

Under the right circumstances, cats bodies can behave like liquids. John Benson/Flickr, CC BY

Under the right circumstances, cats bodies can behave like liquids. Credit: John Benson/Flickr, CC BY

A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this definition.

Here a cat, whose body fits perfectly within a sink, behaves like a liquid. William McCamment, CC BY-SA

Here a cat, whose body fits perfectly within a sink, behaves like a liquid. William McCamment, CC BY-SA

This somewhat paradoxical observation emerged on the web a few years ago and joined the long list of internet memes involving our feline friends. When I first saw this question it made me laugh, and then think. I decided to reformulate it to illustrate some problems at the heart of rheology, the study of the deformations and flows of matter. My study on the rheology of cats won the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics.

The prizes are awarded every year by Improbable Research, an organisation devoted to science and humour. The goal is to highlight scientific studies that first make people laugh, then think. A ceremony is held every year at Harvard University.

What is a liquid?

At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container. The action must also have a characteristic duration. In rheology this is called the relaxation time. Determining if something is li...

00:00

Flowers, Remembrance and the Art of War "IndyWatch Feed National"

Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.

Artificial poppies left at the Waitati cenotaph in New Zealand (2009). The white poppy is used as a symbol of peace. Nankai/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Artificial poppies left at the Waitati cenotaph in New Zealand (2009). The white poppy is used as a symbol of peace. Credit: Nankai/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Before 1914, flowers in everyday life spelt beauty, femininity and innocence; they were seen as part of womens culture. But during the first world war, that changed. Men gathered posies of flowers on battlefields and dried them in honour of the dead, they turned to wild flowers as motifs for paintings and photographs, and they recognised in blue cornflowers and red poppies the fragility of life.

Historian Paul Fussell referred to the red poppy, Papaver rhoeas, as an indispensable part of the symbolism of WWI. When, on November 11, those who fought and died in WWI are commemorated, the sanguine colour of the red poppy, a flower that grew in profusion on Flanders Fields, is a vivid reminder to the living of the cost of sacrifice in war.

At the end of the conflict, artificial replicas of the Flanders poppy were sold in Allied countries to be worn in honour of the dead. Their resistance to decay became an embodiment of everlasting memory.

However, the red poppy was not always adopted without criticism. After 1933, in opposition to the symbolism of it, peace ceremonies appropriated the white poppy. Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.

As living forms, as art, and as symbols, the wildflowers that soldiers encountered in WWI Europe help us negotiate the unimaginable enormity of war and deepen the solemnity of remembrance.

We are the dead

Among the most affecting, but least talked about, Australian war paintings that officially commemorate and remember the fallen soldiers of the First World War is George Lamberts Gallipoli Wild Flowers (1919). Painted while Lambert served as Official War Artist, the work is unusual for the absence of soldiers bodies shown in action or in death. Yet it alludes to both by the inclusion of an....

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Security officer currently guarding Mandalay Bays 32nd-floor says he doesnt know, has never seen, Jesus Campos "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fellow Mandalay Bay security guard claims to never have seen Jesus Campos, doesnt know him

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A security officer responsible for guarding Mandalay Bay Resort and Casinos 32nd-floor stairwell entrance says he doesnt know Jesus Campos and has never seen him.

The officers shocking admission was captured on video by reporter Jason Goodman who was walking the hotel with Joe Napoli while live-streaming via YouTube late Sunday evening.

The two men entered the 32nd-floor after descending a stairwell from the 33rd-floor when the encountered the guard who was blocking entry to the 32nd-floor where Stephen Paddocks suite was located.

The security guard told Goodman that he has no idea if the floor was shot up or not and answered no when asked if he knew or had even seen Campos.

Campos was reportedly shot in the leg by Paddock while investigating a door alarm on the 32nd-floor just moments before Paddock opened fire onto concertgoers who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on that dreadful night.

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23:00

India in No Hurry to Dispatch Troops to Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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From October 23 to October 25 of this year, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked on a trip to a number of countries in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. His main task was to look for answers to the questions that arose after the speech of the President Donald Trump on policy of the new US administration on Afghanistan. The final and main point of the trip of the high American official was India.

The military operation of the USA in Afghanistan, which has dragged on for 16 years, has turned into one of the most costly and intractable adventures in the whole of American history. An attempt was made to get out of it during the administration of US President Barack Obama, who, during his term in office, managed to reduce the US military presence in this country by 10 times.

Declaring the previous administration guilty of everything during the election campaign, nevertheless, Donald Trump rather accurately expressed the intention to continue with Barack Obamas policy aimed at the full withdrawal of the American military from Afghanistan to its logical end.

Therefore, the expert community was surprised by the statement of Donald Trump (already as President) that the USA would not only continue its military presence in this country, but would also dispatch about five thousand more soldiers from private military companies to its territory.

The wording on the need to achieve victory without specification of over whom and how it would look, also sounded weird. For the many previous years, nothing similar to victory in Afghanistan was ever achieved; and we would like to repeat, during that time, the American military contingent (taking into account forces of the NATO member countries) much exceeded the group that is being deployed today, which is mainly engaged in the protection of its own area of deployment.

There is information appearing that the hawkish words mentioned above were included in Donald Trumps Afghan speech under pressure of his Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of State. Both of them, apparently, proceeded from considerations of the need to gain some time until the full military withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. We recall, that the latter is an indispensable condition that was put forward by the Taliba...

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Much loved and still works well but regulator knob for burner 2 needs replacing.

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To brick/pave a driveway and little patio.

Thanks for any tips!

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We have been cleaning the shed and found some stuff that might be useful for someone renovating. We also are giving away 2 plywood drawers and we found a bike trailer attachment that we dont need anymore. It is for a Croozer trailer. 

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20:56

Sing Nowell Concert in Foster 17 November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fr. Aju Varghese, the Parish Council and parishioners of St Josephs Catholic Parish, Foster, cordially invite local residents and visitors to attend the inaugural concert of Music for Advent & Christmas, []

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20:50

Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed lifelong secret pedophile. 

 

Note of 12 November 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

 

This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first published on this site on 9 September 2012 prior to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It has been updated since as more facts have come to light and more events have unfolded.

 

Note written on Friday 27 May 2016

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20:09

Trump Reverses, Backs U.S. Intelligence Agencies When Asked About Russian Meddling John Kelly: The tweets dont run my lifegood staff work runs it. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

But the president wouldnt say definitively whether he believes the report that Russia interfered in 2016 election

Updated Nov. 12, 2017 3:39 a.m. ET

HANOI, VietnamPresident Donald Trump said he had full confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies, indicating that he believed a report earlier this year that concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Still, asked to answer with an affirmative yes or no about whether he believed that report was true, Mr. Trump declined. Instead, he expressed confusion that there was any question about his confidence in the intelligence agencies and again cast doubt on the previous administration, which initially assembled the report.

I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted, Mr. Trump said on Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam. I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.

Standing outside the Presidential Palace in Hanoi with Vietnam President Trn i Quang, Mr. Trump begrudgingly acknowledged his acceptance of the intelligence report a day after casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community.

Flying from Da Nang, Vietnam on Saturday, Mr. Trump told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin was irritated by repeated questions about his countrys involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and called a trio of former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies political hacks.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump was asked to definitely assertyes or nowhether he believed that Mr. Putin and/or Russia interfered in the election, Mr. Trump did neither.

Instead, he said he was with our agencies, and added the caveat that he meant his cabinet. The report was assembled under the Obama administration, but Mr. Trumps top intelligence officials have all unequivocally said they believe the findings.

Im surprised theres any conflict on this, Mr. Trump said.

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20:06

1) Papuan villagers near Freeport mine conflict zone are 'safe' despite unrest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Indonesia delivers supplies to villages after Papua rebels' threat to Freeport

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19:52

StandUp Addressing Gender Violence Dec 8th "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

StandUp is an important resource for workplaces, sports clubs and community groups and members wanting to address gender violence.  Presented by Womens Health Loddon Mallee, this informative 90 mins workshop will provide tools to be an active bystander and an agent of change against gender violence.  It is free and a light lunch will be provided.  More details here.

19:34

Trump Says Putin Means It About Not Meddling Gets A Firestorm From U.S. Intelligence Community, John McCain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

DANANG, Vietnam President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscows meddling a politically motivated hit job that was hindering cooperation with Russia on life-or-death issues.

Speaking after meeting privately with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said that he had again asked whether Russia had meddled in the contest, but that the continued focus on the issue was insulting to Mr. Putin.

Mr. Trump said it was time to move past the issue so that the United States and Russia could cooperate on confronting the nuclear threat from North Korea, solving the Syrian civil war and working together on Ukraine.

He said he didnt meddle I asked him again, Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One as he flew to Hanoi for more meetings. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putins denials, but his account of the conversation indicated he was far more inclined to accept the Russian presidents assertions than those of his own intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Mr. Putin directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote. The C.I.A., the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence all determined that Russia medd...

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19:11

Labors Plan a Win for the Reef #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today welcomed Labors commitment to support large scale renewable energy generation and solar and energy efficiency measures in schools. Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said that the future survival of the Great Barrier Reef depends on a rapid switch from coal to clean renewable energy. Over []

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19:09

HANSONS BATTLER BUS MADE WHERE? #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) has revealed that Pauline Hansons One Nation is using a campaign bus built by a company that offshored its manufacturing to Malaysia. The so-called Battler Bus was made by Quality Bus & Coach, a company that offshored its manufacturing work to Malaysia in 2003. AMWU Queensland State Secretary and []

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18:06

PERTH Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged after serious crash in East Perth, WA .

November 12, 2017 at 10:00AM .

Major Crash investigators have charged a 48 year old Padbury man with Careless Driving Causing Grievous Bodily Harm as a result of their

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18:06

PERTH Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth truckie charged over cyclist crash .

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Police said on Sunday the truck driver had been charged with careless driving causing grievous bodily harm and will face Perth Magistrates Court on

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18:01

Who is that feasting on my threatened species? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here at Newstead Natives Nursery I am propagating Stiff Groundsel Senecio behrianus once thought to be extinct but identified by Bernie Robb from a Corop roadside circa 1992, creating much excitement. A few years ago Damien Cook brought me cuttings from various populations at Corop, Lake Boga and Ballaarat and they have grown easily and we are now trying to mix the genetics because each population does not have many different individuals.  When Damien came yesterday to get some plants for planting out we noticed this caterpillar on them which Damien knew was a Senecio Moth Nyctemera amicus. Senecio plants contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which make the caterpillar unpleasant to taste and poisonous to birds which would otherwise attack it.

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17:53

15 Scientifically Proven Signs You Are Smarter Than Average "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Have you always felt that your intelligence was superior to most people around you? Growing up our childhood is largely based on the concept of how smart we can demonstrate that we are, and how we stack up against our peers. This is enforced through test scores, school assignments and the quest to be accepted into our school of choice. We quickly learn to accept that our ability to memorize and recall information taught to us in classes is the true measure of how smart we are within our education system.

As we leave the world of academia and enter to the real world, we are introduced to the idea that the qualifications to be smart as were accepted in school no longer accommodate the true measure of intelligence. When aspects such as street smarts are added to the equation, one must look outside of the traditional testing process. We begin looking at a number of different factors such as curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. This broader definition of the word smart can be hard to define and identify, however, there are signs that we can watch for.

Source: Indy100

 

Check out these 15 scientifically proven signs that you are smarter than average:

You are a procrastinator.

Experts say that many of the greatest minds of our time were found to be procrastinators. This may be due to a complete focus on one specific task, putting all others aside for the time being, or it may be a technique to tap into their deeper, creative side. One great example often found to procrastinate while working towards his next big innovation was Steve Jobs.

You are open to the opinions of others.

Psychologists have found that people who remain open-minded when presented with the opinions and views of others, actively seeking out new ways to approach a situation, score higher on intelligence tests than their closed-minded peers.

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17:29

War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were there long before Sigmund Freud identified them.

In the Australian capital, there were many wreaths, so many uniformed, deodorised dignitaries distant from the cries of battle and the horror of engineered slaughter.  There were the expected, the usual, the normal: the most medalled of them all, the Governor General, the various Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

There was the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court making her appearance.  There was even the ceremonial didgeridoo player.  Various associations also featured: those dealing with the incapacitated; the matter of war widows, the issue of legacies.  It seemed like a vast whos who of the military complex, which is exactly what it was.

The Australian response here is, in some ways, more tragic than most.  Retained, generally white Ghurkhas for imperial causes (there were those of other races in the Australian armed forces at points), they flitted between theatres to be slaughtered at the behest of not-so-grand strategies that mangled the word freedom and confused it for politics. In battle, such a word has little meaning, about as significant, in fact, as a wreath.  What matters is survival.

Across media networks, the word freedom was uttered as an automatic response, a genetically programmed insistence that the deaths of the Great War had been somehow necessary and, importantly, productive.

That disposition was sown by such figures as King George V, who had issued a request to the people of the British Empire to suspend ordinary activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom.

In 1997, the Australian Governor-General, Sir William Deane, proclaimed that November 11 be deemed Remembrance Day, insisting that a minutes silence be observed at 11 am on November 11 each year, a pause to reflect, more broadly, sacrifices made by the Australian armed forces.

Modern representatives of this view abound, and they are, unsurprisingly, effusive in the veterans organisations.  There were the remarks, for instance, of Richard Embleton from the Geelong Returned and Services League, who reflected on the tens of thousands of wool poppies laid out before Melbournes Shrine of Remembrance.  You only have to look around Australia [to see] how free we are and how important it is.

To...

17:13

Putin Says Alleged Manafort Russian Link Fabricated by Trump Opponents "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Danang, Vietnam: President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last years US election, despite US intelligence agencies conclusion of Russian interference.

Trump made the comment after he and Putin met briefly at a summit in Vietnam on Saturday and agreed on a joint statement supporting a political solution for Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war.

It was the first encounter of the two leaders since July and came during a low in US-Russia relations and at a time when Trump is haunted by an in...

17:01

16:57

Andrew Blanch Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Promotional video for classical guitarist Andrew Blanch. Featured on Sydney Opera House Website.

16:14

The Tarkeeth Tapes Interviews on Bellingens Radio 2bbb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Residents of Bellingen Shire have been protesting for almost two years against the aggressive forestry harvesting practices employed by Forestry Corporation New South Wales in the Tarkeeth Sate Forest.  The following is an on-line record and archive of interviews, videos and media coverage.

  1. Adele Hemphill talks to Bunda of 2bbb about the fires that have shrouded Bellingen in toxic smoke. 10th  November 2017

2. Adele Hemphill talks to Bunda about her forest neighbour from hell. 17th March 2017

3. Bellingen barrister John Carty talked to 2bbbs Leo Bradney-George about the trials of the Tarkeeth Three, and particularly,  the acquittal of the Tarkeeth Two at Coffs Harbour courthouse on March 2nd 2017. 10th March 2017

4. Prior to the trial of the Tarkeeth Three on 17th January 2017, forest protector Sean Maigh talked to Leo Bradney-George about the Tarkeeth Forest and its defenders.

5. Paul Hemphill talks to Leo Bradney-George about an upcoming recital in the Tarkeeth Forest by acclaimed bandurist Victor Mishalow. 28th November 2016

The interviews are followed by a compendium, an archive, indeed,  of videos and media coverage of the Tarkeeth Forest protests.

See also on this blog:

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16:00

share the dignity this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the past week Ive spent a considerable amount of time preparing for Christmas; organising weekends around dance and drama rehearsals, making lists of things to buy and chatting to the Grandmothers about ham and turkey and rice salad and pavlova.

This time of year is busy and exhausting and expensive, but I remind myself that its an opportunity to celebrate community and connection its something I get to do, not something I have to do. And while we, as a family, choose to buy mindfully and minimally, we recognise that we are blessed with abundance. We are so privileged.

But in all honesty, how can I begin to dread the busyness and exhaustion of the festive season if there is a large segment of the community who dread Christmas because it highlights their challenges and loneliness?

Last year I was introduced to the life-changing work of Share the Dignity an Australian charity that supports homeless women and victims of domestic violence. The charity works on the ground to bring dignity to these women through the distribution of sanitary items.

At Christmas they run the #itsinthebag campaign and this year I encourage you to take part. Basically you fill a handbag with everyday luxuries  personal care products, magazines, lip balm, mints, a hairbrush and drop it to your local collection point. Each bag thats received is distributed to police stations (often the first port of call for women fleeing domestic violence situations), shelters and charity organisations.

Its not the bag or even the contents, its knowing that someone thinks I am worthy.

This year, like last, Im creating a bag for a teen girl after reading this on the Share the Dignity website: Having worked for a long time in the child protection and foster care space, it is sadly always, without fail, the older kids that miss out more than any other age group at Christmas. Despite there being a massive Christmas gift appeal for children in care every year, and some very generous donations, there are very few presents donated for teenagers. Lets face it, teenagers are generally harder to buy for, but no less amazing and worthy. I know so many young teenage girls in care who would just be so thrilled to receive an awesome its in the bag gift for Christmas this year. Its something fun, young and useful all in one and then when they open it..its full of cool stuff.

I picked up a brand new handbag at the second-hand markets this morning and this week Ill fill it with beautiful products for a teen girl in my community. I...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
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15:40

blue (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

shades of blue dreaming of Amalfi waking to rain  

14:23

MEDIA RELEASE: Labors Plan a Win for the Reef and Renewables "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today welcomed Labors commitment to support large scale renewable energy generation and solar and energy efficiency measures in schools.

Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said that the future survival of the Great Barrier Reef depends on a rapid switch from coal to clean renewable energy.

Over the past two summers, 49% of shallow water corals died on the Great Barrier Reef due by climate change, driven mainly by the burning of coal and gas.

Our Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. The biggest threat to its survival is climate change. The solution is solar and wind power.

Its not too late to save our Reef but time is fast running out. Thats why AMCS today welcomes the commitment today to push ahead with a clean energy future for Queensland.

Labors policy announcement is good for our Reef and good for regional jobs.

Labors policy stands in stark contrast to the LNPs support for a new coal fired power station in North Queensland.

The LNP should drop support for new coal fired power and embrace a plan for a rapid switch to renewable energy to protect Queenslands and Australias greatest natural asset.

A new coal fired power station will add to the danger facing our Reef. It shows a complete disregard for the 64,000 jobs that depend on a healthy Reef.

The vast majority of Queenslanders support solar not coal. Its time the LNP renounced its addiction to coal and embraced a future for our Reef and renewables, Ms Zethoven said.

 

13:20

Eat It - 12 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On a cracking Melbourne afternoon we spoke to Mitchell Horrocks about his time and work in Uganda. He first travelled to Africa in high school, and since then learned about their disease problems due to unclean drinking water. But every problem is a solution waiting to happen, so Mitchell has designed an apparatus that can sit on an existing cooking setup and purify water at the same time. Have a look at his crowd-sourcing page here.

Heston Blumenthal is one of the most influential chefs of our time, and his "right hand man" - and Dinner by Heston Executive Chef - Ashley Palmer-Watts joined us in the studio to talk about running restaurants in different continents. We spoke about his Fat Duck journey, the logistics of setting up Dinner in Melbourne, and the awesome gin they created based on a trip from Perth to Margaret River.

12:14

With a UN Seat, Australia Needs to Rectify Indigenous Injustice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 17. One of the five pillars of the Australian campaign for a position on the leading human rights body was a pledge to improve the rights of Indigenous peoples. This commitment applies at both the international and domestic level.

The post With a UN Seat, Australia Needs to Rectify Indigenous Injustice appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:08

Despite a victory on IP, the TPP's resurgence hasn't cured its ills "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Even so Canada's trade minister, Canada's trade minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed that the agreement is far from being finalised, recognising that more work was needed on some key issues. Meanwhile the TPP has been renamed as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the official Ministerial statement, including the schedule of suspended provisions, was released yesterday.

This article is by Jeremy Malcolm and Jyoti Panday, and was originally published on EFF's Deeplinks blog. It is republished here under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence and has been slightly edited for spelling and context. See the original article.

We now know that almost the entire Intellectual Property (IP) chapter that had been the source of some of the most controversial elements of the original agreement has been suspended. Back in August, EFF wrote to the TPP ministers explaining why it would make no sense to include copyright term extension in the agre...

11:50

Berwick 18-year-old charged following fatal hit-run, aggravated burglary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An 18-year-old Berwick man has been charged following an aggravated burglary and fatal hit-run collision on Wednesday.

11:49

Couples Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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W are looking for couples who are pregnant, have recently become parents or who are planning to start a family to be a part of our pilot workshop!

We are two mummas who are passionate about supporting couples to face the changes and challenges of new parenthood with less stress, and more ease and confidence.
 
We found that most antenatal education was focused solely on the birth, not inclusive of partners and did not take into account the emotional and relationship changes that can cause enormous stress. 

We want to change that. 

This is the stuff they don't teach you in antenatal classes!
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11:45

Sonorous Circle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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11:44

Zumba "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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ZUMBA CLASSES!


Looking for a fun way to work up a sweat? 

Bust a move to some cool Salsa, Brazilian Funk, Dancehall, Pop, Merengue, Reggaeton tracks.

Enjoyable and energetic routines, high intensity but freedom to go at your own pace. 

Friendly, welcoming environment - we'd love for you to join! 

When? Monday 7.30pm
            Saturday 10am

Where? Gym at corner of Gilbert Road and Henty Street (opposite 7 Eleven)

Cost? $6 per (or 10 pass for $50)

Feel free to contact Laura if you have any questions: 0401 482 188.



11:37

HARPER AND DECAMERON: CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Several years back--in the pre-Trump era--a friend attended a forum at the Brookings Institution on the subject of US-Russian relations. During the question and answer portion of the event, she asked a question about American and European meddling in Ukraine,...

11:33

Special Events "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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11:24

I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she []

11:22

A Gold Medal For Our Cider, A Brand New Beer And A Big Plug For Sarah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been a pretty big few months for Sparkke, Australias most political and socially progressive alcohol brand. And in case youve been living under a rock, New Matilda owner Chris Graham is a shareholder in Sparkke a socially progressive beverage company run, owned and conceived by a group of women from Adelaide. Hence the ongoing gratuitous free plugs.

Recently, Sparkke launched a new beer a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B? Obviously, climate change is the message.

Sparkke's latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called 'What's Planet B?'Sparkkes latest addition, a New England Pale Ale called Whats Planet B?

For beer lovers, heres the official guff on the new brew:

Our new juicy, hazy ale is zealously packed with 6 hop varieties mostly from the USA including 2 (!) dry hops for a generous fruity flavour and aroma. Tropical and tangy, expect notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine and a sherberty, smooth and rich mouthfeel. Volume: 330mL. Bitterness: 20 IBUs. Colour: 12 EBC. Malt: Ale, Flaked Wheat, Oats, Carapils, Munich. Late Addition Hops: Flaconers Flight, Mosaic, Equinox, Eldorado. All natural ingredients, no preservatives, no concentrate and no sulphur.

You can read more about (and order) Whats Planet B? here.

Its the sixth new beverage in Sparkkes line-up earlier this year we launched Change The Date (a pilsner); Nipples are Nipples (a hard lemonade); Boundless Plains To Share (a ginger beer); Say I Do (a white wine bubbles); and Consent Cant Come After You Do (an apple cider).

On the latter, Sparkkes apple cider is kind of a big deal now.

Consent cant come after you do won a Gold Medal at the Australian Cider Awards last month, against a record 250 entries (all vying for a single gold medal).

You might want to read a review of Consent here, published last week in the Financial Review.

Its Sparkkes first year not just producing the cider, but producing anything (Sparkke only hit the streets in early 2017).

Agi Gajic (pictured above) is the brains and the brewer behind Consent.

Speaking of brains, Sarah Lyons Sparkkes winemaker was recently named by The Weekend Australia as one of the t....

10:46

Not recommended: John Smelcer's KISKA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published by Leapfrog Press, John Smelcer's Kiska was released in November of 2017.  I'll start by saying I do not recommend Kiska. Back in September when I received an advanced reader copy of Smelcer's book, I tweeted as I read it. Last week, Melissa S. Green sent me an in-depth review of his book. Rather than repeat what she said in her excellent review, I'm going to focus on a couple of things: the seal story and the dramatic character of Smelcer's story. 

First, though some background.

My guess is that most people do not know that Native peoples of Alaska were removed from their villages during World War II. In fact, most people don't know much about the Indigenous people of Alaska.

As I began the background research to review Kiska, I wrote to colleagues and writers in Alaska to ask about the internment of the Aleut people. I learned that the preferred name for the people I was asking about is Unangam. One resource I was pointed to is The Alaska Native Reader (2009), edited by Maria Sha Tla Williams. Here's a paragraph (I highlighted the end of the last sentence (Kindle Locations 62-66):

The history of Alaska is often told from the perspective of outsiders and those who view the resources of Alaska as amazing treasures to exploit. There are stories of eighteenth-century Russian fur hunters, of the brave miners who came to Alaska in the late nineteenth century to discover gold, of the companies that developed salmon canneries, and, in the twentieth century, of the oil companies that worked together to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the engineering marvels of the twentieth century. These stories are often highlighted and even exalted, yet one must ask what was the impact on the indigenous people.
When I review a children's book, I consider impact. What will the content of a book do to Native children, particularly the children who are of the identity the characters are meant to be. Will it accurately reflect their people, past and present, and their experiences--good and bad? And, what will a book do to non-Native children? Will it give them reliable information about the people who are depicted in the book? The answers to those questions are why I do not recommend Kiska.


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Let's start with the description (from Amazon):
Kiskas home in the Aleutian Islands is a peaceful paradise until Japan invades in 1942. Soon after, a U.S. naval ship arrives to evacuate everyone in her village to an internment....

09:54

Qld Greens policies would increase State Govt spending by $8-9BN p.a. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is under threat of losing her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens candidate Amy MacMahon, who is benefiting politically from a range of utopian policies disconnected from economic reality (see Fridays Courier-Mail on the political situation in South Brisbane). I first heard about the Greens proposed $1 public transport fares policy while waiting in the green room of ABC Studios at the same time Ms MacMahon was on air discussing the policy with Steve Austin, who would interview me later that morning. Obviously this would be a very costly policy and one without economic merit, especially given the large subsidies already provided to public transport by the Queensland Government. But the $1 public transport fares policy would represent just a fraction of the total cost that Greens policies would impose on Queensland taxpayers.

Based on my interpretation of the policies currently presented, Greens policies could increase total annual Queensland Government expenditure by an incredible $8-9 billion or 13-14% (see chart below). Of course, this is unlikely to ever happen, given the Greens couldnt possibly win government in their own right, but it is interesting to consider what a Greens budget would look like.

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09:42

Whoops! Healthy Harold Didnt Warn Kids About Ice as he Didnt Think it Was That Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Healthy Harold has copped an unadulterated roasting today after admitting he didnt bother warning 1990s and 00s kids about ice because he never enjoyed it that much, so he thought it wouldnt catch on.

This isnt the first time Harolds underestimated a drug he was famously transformed into an enormous giraffe puppet after drinking bong water at a school fete yet with more than 92 per cent of Australians addicted to ice, its certainly his biggest goof.

Mate, to tell you the truth, I didnt think it was that strong a high, Harold said. The frisbee-sized pingers you could get on the rave scene at the time were where it was at. You needed to sit down and eat them with a knife and fork.

Harold said that if hes fired over the blunder, hes cooked up a few ideas about things he can do with the van.


09:31

Red-caps at Cairn Curran "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While Ive yet to encounter any migratory waders at Cairn Curran this season the locals are a highlight of most visits. Pairs of Black-fronted Dotterels and Red-capped Plovers are scattered around the shoreline, especially in the flatter areas where the receding water is creating ideal feeding habitat. Not all the adults are in full breeding glory yet the first male pictured below is slightly more resplendent than the second male.

Red-capped Plover (male), Cairn Curran, 10th November 2017

09:12

New Island Cafe ~ Tsim Sha Tsui - Hong Kong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you've ever got the airport bus or taxi into Kowloon you may have seen this lovely old sign for New Island Cafe on Canton Road, opposite all the new fandangle hotels and shopping centres. Well the groovy retro looking signage just made us want head upstairs. We find it's your typical Hong Kong cafe. We do our usual meal reconnaissance and glance around other tables to see what's

08:45

November Verse 5 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I phoned Peter Duttons ministerial office (02 6277 7860) to plead for a change of heart on the men currently in dire circumstances on Manus Island. The person I spoke to heard me out and thanked me for my input. I asked if hed written it down. Silence. I asked if any of my concerns would be passed on to the Minister. He said, I have listened to you and know what you said. I wont comment on the internal workings of this office. Democracy in action.

I do feel for the people who have to face the public on Peter Duttons behalf and hear repeatedly that their boss is committing crimes against humanity. I also feel for the members of the cabinet who are obliged to go out and spout cruel absurdities in support of their party line on this and other subjects, as in this clip from the Today Show in 10 November. Heres a little verse in response:

Verse 5: Christopher Pyne on the TV
Those men on Manus now are squatters,
he said, face straight as his can be.
Our government arent beastly rotters.
That squalid camp we now can see
has been closed down. The men have choices.
If they ignored the lefty voices
theyd pack their bags and quietly go
back home or to East Lorengau,
or to the US. Worlds their oyster.
Their fates no longer up to us,
so, bleeding hearts, please stop your fuss.
A saintly monk, safe in his cloister,
recites the creed, averts his eyes,
and shuts his heart, acts unco wise.


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08:33

Lessons From The Past, A Culture For The Future "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The answer to many of the worlds challenges lies in the past, writes Teila Watson.

I was asked to talk about our culture and the planet in the last two years. I wanted to take the opportunity to not only look at what the last two years have been like, but also how things got this way and where we go from here. Ive realised in the last two years, how quickly two years can pass. How much can happen in two years and how important the next two years are.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250So I will start at the beginning, beyond 60,000 years ago, because that is still how many of us locate ourselves.

When I say I am Kungalu, I am acknowledging that for tens and tens and tens of thousands of years, one parent of every child in my bloodline, has come from that country. By identifying myself in this way, I locate myself and my children through my family, from now, since 60,000 years ago and into the future.

I am also acknowledging the relationship that we have with our country, a relationship that has grown and been sustained through highly sophisticated and refined forms of substantive eco-science, and of course many generations of eco-scientists, or Murris in our own terms. Because in all that time, we didnt just survive on or off our land, but we thrived with it, through a complex balance of relationships which ensured that our existence was sustainable and abundant.

new matilda, uluru(IMAGE: Joanna Penn, Flickr).

Furthermore it is safe to say, that prior to colonialism, every inch of this continent was regularly maintained sustainably, by First Nations groups, through similar relationships.

But it wasnt just our relationship with land, that was sustainable in this way. Our relationships required and thrived off social sustainability as well. Our boarders never changed, at times they may have been adjusted, because of the ice ages and such but there was never open warfare. The idea of stealing land, simply just didnt exist.

A lot can be learned in 60,000 years. Yet First Nations people continue to suffer from genocide in this continent, in the last two years, two hundred years and the last two weeks.

Two of the most productive methods of colonialism are myth making and dehumanisation, when we make someone the other it becomes acceptable to give them less respect, like we have been seeing happen in the public debates around same sex marriage.

Saying a...

08:23

Green infrastructure to future-proof Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A team of UNSW research students are urging regulators to properly consider green infrastructure natural drainage, tree canopies and green walls when setting charges for new property developments. A review by Masters of Urban Policy students found that a new approach to green infrastructure that involves better funding and regulation is essential to []

The post Green infrastructure to future-proof Sydney appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

08:15

Nuclear Powers Existential Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nuclear power is dying a slow, painful and wildly expensive death, writes Jim Green.

This year has been catastrophic for nuclear power, and just when it seemed the situation couldnt get any worse for the industry, it did. There are clear signs of a nuclear slow-down in China, the only country with a large nuclear new-build program.

Shop-Sparkke-Consent-300-x-250Chinas nuclear slow-down is addressed in the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report and also in an August 2017 article by former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd.

Chinas nuclear program has continued to slow sharply, Kidd writes, with the most striking feature being the paucity of approvals for new reactors over the past 18 months. China Nuclear Engineering Corp, the countrys leading nuclear construction firm, noted earlier this year that the Chinese nuclear industry has stepped into a declining cycle because the State Council approved very few new-build projects in the past years.

Kidd continues: Other signs of trouble are the uncertainties about the type of reactor to be utilised in the future, the position of the power market in China, the structure of the industry with its large state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the degree of support from top state planners and public opposition to nuclear plans.

China's first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)Chinas first experimental fast breeder reactor under construction in Tuoli, pictured in 2004. (IMAGE: Wikipedia)

Over-supply has worsened in some regions and there are questions about how many reactors are needed to satisfy power demand. Kidd writes: [T]he slowing Chinese economy, the switch to less energy-intensive activities, and over-investment in power generation means that generation capacity outweighs grid capacity in some provinces and companies are fighting to export power from their plants.

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08:08

Some questions for Cameron Murray #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Cameron Murray of the Sustainable Australia party. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I have been []

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

08:06

Emission Omission: We Cant Eat The #BeInconvenient Elephant In Al Gores Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former US vice presidents latest assault on climate change is welcome, but the movie is missing one major theme which is crucial to the survival of the planet, writes Cassandra Taylor.

Al Gores new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, exposes the dire consequences of climate change and shows that, since his first film on the topic a decade ago, some of these problems have dramatically progressed.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(HL)The film ends by calling upon the citizens of the world to #beinconvenient by using their choice to switch to 100% renewable energy, their voice to urge others to pursue climate solutions, and their vote to demand that their leaders take action.

But the documentary fails to mention that the best, and arguably simplest, way to be truly inconvenient, and make a difference to global warming, is to stop eating meat and/or dairy.

There is a general perception that most vegans and vegetarians do so out of a love for animals, or even for health reasons. However, there are a growing number of people making the change in a last ditch attempt to save our planet.

According to the UN, livestock emissions account for 14.5 per cent of all human-induced emissions. However, some studies estimate emissions from livestock to be much higher. As a comparison, all emissions from transport are estimated to be around 13.5 per cent.

These figures do not take into account the fishing industry, which also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and causes damage to the environment in other ways by impacting fish populations, water pollution and habitat degradation.

(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)(IMAGE: Greg Goebel, Flickr)

Livestock agriculture contributes to global warming in a number of respects. At a basic level, it is logical that growing a crop and eating it produces fewer emissions than growing a crop, continuously feeding it to an animal so the animal can grow and then eating the grown animal.

On a more technical level, methane emitted from animals flatulence and manure accounts for 36% of all human-caused methane emissions. However, deforestation is the main contributor to livestock emissions, and raising livestock requires the clearing of larger amounts of land than producing vegetables and also requires more water. Cattle are by far the largest cause of livestock greenhouse emissions.

It is estimated that producing beef requires 28 times more land, 6 times more fertilizer and 11 times more water than pro...

08:00

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lack of Imperialist War Records Reflect the Covering Up of Military Failures
Doctors without Borders (MSF) hospital bombed by the
Pentagon in Afghanistan.
A veteran laments the deletion and disorganization of records from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By John Spencer
Washington Post
November 10 at 11:11 AM
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PANW Editor's Note: As this soldier laments in the Washington Post over the lack of record keeping in regard to the United States occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the real reasons behind this phenomenon is the concerted efforts by the Pentagon to conceal the monumental failures of these operations. Millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq have been killed, injured, impoverished and displaced as a direct outcome of these wars of regime-change. Since United States troops remain in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it is necessary for the Defense Department along with the complicity of the White House, Congress and the pro-war corporate media to repeatedly distract people's attention from the real reasons behind imperialist militarism. There were absolutely no sound explanations put forward about why it was absolutely necessary to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Both countries remain unstable after more than a decade of interventions. Thousands of U.S. troops have been killed and maimed for no honorable purpose. Until the people of the U.S. put a stop to these horrendous genocidal wars the world will know no genuine peace.
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I often wonder what people will say about the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan decades from now. What I will tell my children when they are able to understand the answers to questions about what happened over th...

07:57

Some questions for Karel Boele #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Karel Boele of People Decide. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I believe I am the []

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07:52

Candidate Profile Amy MacMahon for the Greens #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ive worked as a social researcher, teacher, carer, and community worker. Ive just finished my PhD looking at climate change adaptation in Bangladesh. Im a long-term renter living in Woolloongabba, and I went to school at Brisbane State High. Our political system is stacked in favour of big business, and Ive seen the effects that []

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07:07

Terrorism and Climate Change in Perspective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Temperature Anomalies Australia first week October 2015

The crimes and threats of terrorism often dominate the mainstream media in Australia. From the horrific beheadings by ISIS to the murder of journalists in Paris the publicity of these events engenders a certain amount of fear across the country. This fear is easily exploited by cynical politicians who use scare campaigns to maintain their hold on government. But these threats are illusory and the real threat the various disastrous ramifications of climate change is hidden on page 12 of the news or not even mentioned at all.

To put the issues in perspective the total fatalities from terrorist crimes in Australia over the last 100 years, depending on how you define terrorism and excluding actions of the criminally insane, is a handful. This hardly compares with the fact that between 2000 and 2016 there were 35 fatalities in Australia from snakebite. In 2015 alone there were 3000 suicides, 1209 road fatalities, 4 deaths from lightning strikes and 2 from german measles. Thus the chances of you being a victim of a terrorist attack in Australia are exceedingly small. You are far more likely to be struck by lightning or bitten by a snake.

On the other hand some of the effects of climate change, including floods, drought and heatwaves, are already causing substantial fatalities around the globe. The civil war in Syria, for instance, grew out of the worst drought in its history. This extreme weather event was almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. But in Australia it is almost certainly heatwaves (and their more visible and often associated bushfires) that are currently causing the most damage to life and property.

In his Atmosphere of Hope (Text, 2015) Tim Flannery wrote: it was only with the arrival of the twenty-first century that our shifting climate began to influence heatwaves strongly. Humanitys first intimation of just how great a threat to health heatwaves could become arrived in the summer of 2003. Europes summer in that year was the hottest since records began in 1540. In France he noted there were 15,000 heat-related deaths and that these heatwaves could become the norm by mid-century.

A Doctors for the Environment pam...

07:00

Documenting Life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Light catching your sons dinner. The steam absolutely mesmerizing as you know it will last fleetingly, just as that particular tilt of the afternoon sun will do. Friends stopping to chat. Really chat. Seed saving. Slowly wrinkling up, ready for Continue reading

06:59

Mikmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Elsipogtog Mikmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first peoples lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province.

The Aboriginal title claim has been made on behalf of the entire Mikmaq first nation, and asks that the court confirm they hold the rights to the large portion of the province.

The land claim comes at a time when indigenous people are repeatedly raising concerns about government decisions pertaining to lands and water in Mikmaq territory.

Three years ago, violent protests erupted in the community over shale gas development. First Nations communities opposed to fracking felt they were not properly consulted.

During the time that Elsipogtog and surrounding areas decided that they did not want shale gas in New Brunswick, its essentially a continuation of that, Chief Arren Stock said Wednesday.

Kenneth Francis, who represents Elsipogtog on resource development, is heading up the land claim initiative.

There have been no real effort by the governments to engage us in these things, you say, how do we get them to the table? Francis said.

Global News reached out to...

06:53

Helen Garner celebrates 50 years of writing with appearance in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Writers Festival is delighted to present a special evening with one of Australias greatest writers and long-time Festival favourite, Helen Garner, appearing in conversation with Matthew Condon at Byron Theatre on Wednesday 6 December.

In her first appearance in Byron Bay since 2004, this much-loved literary star will share an intimate retrospective of her writing life, spanning 50 years of work from her Australian classic Monkey Grip, to the brilliant literary true crime book This House of Grief.

Were delighted to welcome Helen Garner back to Byron for this incredibly special occasion. Not only will we be celebrating 50 years of writing achievements, but also the 75th birthday of a remarkable woman whose talent reminds us all too often of the power of literature, said Byron Writers Festival Director Edwina Johnson.

To coincide with the event, Garner will be marking her 75th birthday with the release of two stunning hardback editions of collected works, True Stories and Stories.

True Stories brings together the essays, stories and diary entries that mirror a life Helen Garners own, and of every one of us who has succeeded, failed, dreamed and loved. The result is a wise, funny and clear-eyed encyclopedia of human emotions.

Stories gathers the stories in Postcards from Surfers with previously uncollected pieces. Delving into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life, each story is told with Garners characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour. Together they showcase Garners sublime mastery of form.

Over the decades, many have attempted to pigeonhole Helen Garners workdoes she write faction, memoir or non-fiction? Is it journalism? One thing is certain; these collections unequivocally show above all else that the work of this astounding Australian writer is simply literature of the highest calibre.

About the author
Helen Garner is an award-winning author of novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her novel The Spare Room, published in 2008, won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premiers Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages. This House of Grief won the 2016 WA Premiers Prize and was named Best True Crime book in the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards. In 2016 Helen Garner was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction

Event details

50 Years of Writing with Helen Garner
Helen Garner in conversation with Matthew Condon. Presented by Byron Writers Festival......

06:37

Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Saudi purge may lift lid on mega arms deal

 

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Britains biggest-ever arms deal faces renewed scrutiny after Saudi Arabia placed it at the centre of an urgent criminal investigation as part of the kingdoms anti-corruption drive.

One of the hundreds of princes, ministers and businessmen held in the countrys unprecedented purge of senior figures is Prince Turki bin Nasser, the royal at the centre of the so-called al-Yamamah scandal, The Times has been told.

The Saudi decision to investigate the 43 billion pound ($AU74b) deal has created political pressure for Britain to re-open its investigation into al-Yamamah, which wa...

06:26

1) Police, Military Prioritize Negotiation with Papua Insurgent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



2) Speaker of the Papua House: do not sacrifice the people
3) Indonesia to storm Papua rebel villages
4) Concerning Residents Held Hostage in Papua, House Commission I Urges TNI to Act Immediately
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1) Police, Military Prioritize Negotiation with Papua Insurgent

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06:00

Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election. There is no...

05:31

Trump: I Really Believe Putin When he Told me 'I didn't Meddle in Elections' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trump: 'I really believe' Putin when he told me face-to-face 'I didn't meddle' in elections

Source: Fox News | By Joseph Weber


Russian President Vladimir Putin is steadfastly denying that his country meddled in the 2016 White House race, President Trump told reporters Saturday.

Trump and Putin briefly spoke several times while in Vietnam for a regional economic summit, as part of the U.S. president's 12-day trip to Asia.

"He said he didn't meddle, Trump afterward told reporters, aboard Air Force One. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did."

Putins words contradict U.S. intelligence community claims that Russia indeed tried to influence the election's outcome -- amid evidence that suggests Russian operatives hacked emails from Democratic Party leaders and tried to sway U.S. voters by purchasing ads of social media.

"Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that,' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, 'I didn't do that.' I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country," also said Trump, who deflected answering a direct question about whether he believed Putin's denial.

Congress and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are each conducting investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian in the 2016 campaign.

Trump and Putin were in together in Danang, Vietnam, for the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. They have no plans to hold a formal meeting during Trumps five-nation trip the concludes this weekend.

Trump told reporters on the flight from Danang to Hanoi that he and Putin largely discussed Syria in their "two or three very short conversations."

At about the same time, the Kremlin issued a joint statement...

05:01

The Fiasco of Saudi policies toward Lebanon: has MbS ever succeeded in a war or a policy? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hoping to recruit some kids to demonstrate in support of Saudi regime policies towards Lebanon, this has become a national joke.  This is going viral: those kids were brought in by Saudi regime tool, Gen. Ashraf Rifi, to Beirut to support Saudi Arabia and protest against Hizbullah, were met with Lebanese correspondents who asked them why they were there and they could not answer. 

04:50

Q-Red List, Blue List, Black List, You List: Are You on the Jade Helm Red List? Will You have Time to Run? Jade Helm 15: Martial Law, Walmart and You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Taken at face value, it sounds incredibly sinister: members of the four branches of the US military operating within our borders, infiltrating the populations of seven states, moving covertly, deploying vehicles and aircraft, practicing their techniques for capturing and eliminating threats. There are mysterious meetings, strange maps, reports of missile batteries being set up and even the closing of stores and confiscation of private property. And all of it happening under the guise of a mysterious, sinister sounding code name: Jade Helm 15.

While all of that seems rather horrifying, the truth of Jade Helm 15 happens to be much more pedestrian. Its a military exercise being carried out by US Special Operations forces, running from July through September 2017, designed to train elite soldiers to deal with new threats and ensure their readiness to survive, react and carry out deep cover missions in hostile enemy territory. In that respect, Jade Helm is no different than the dozens of other military exercises the US has carried out all over the world in decades past, rehearsing everything from the D-Day landings to taking out enemy leaders.

None of what Jade Helm will be doing is new in fact, its quite old. Prussian military forces used war games and live exercises as far back as the 1700s, and theyve continued all the way through modern times. Since the advent of combined arms tactics in World War I, where infantry, artillery and airpower all worked together to achieve a common goal, coordinated training exercises have been vital to ensuring every facet of the operation was on the same page. If the guns and the planes and the tanks dont all know exactly where the infantry is supposed to be at the exact time theyre supposed to be there, people get killed and battles are lost.

The entire operation was publicly announced by the U.S. Army Special Operations Commands (USASOC) website in March, 2017. Soon enough, like clockwork, the conspiracy panic began. According to numerous awakened individuals, Jade Helm was not a military exercise at all, but a hiding-in-plain-sight plan to seed government troopers around the south, institute martial law in the United States, round up or kill dissenters, consolidate Barack Obamas plan for a third term as president, or even propagate a genocide of Christians and patriots.

A popular YouTube video called Jade Helm PROOF OF A MASSIVE MILITARY BUILD UP IN AMERICA. Another video, this one from Alex Jones, declares Military Lied! Jade Helm Is Training To Kill Americans Who Resist! Websites are practically breathless with pictures of FEMA death domes, claims of Muslim Brotherhood control of the plot, stories of UN troops and prison camps, and, worst of all, the closure of Wal Mart stores in Jade Helm states.

To get to the bottom of whats going on here, and what isnt, Ive put tog...

04:42

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

04:29

PERTH Perth baby death: Baby dies from injuries, man charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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04:29

WATCH: Texas Deputies Detain PINAC Correspondent for Suspicion of Burglary while Video Recording Government Building from Sidewalk "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A YouTube video shows Texas deputies detaining PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner for suspicion of burglarizing vehicles, and possibly plotting to help an inmate escape from jail in late September.

Their reason: Turner was video recording the City of Midland Police and Communication Center and Information Systems Department from the sidewalk.

That, of course, gave deputies the impression that Turner was plotting to bust someone out of jail, then break into cars right in front of the police station where seven cameras are mounted on the front of one building.

Not to mention capturing the evidence on his own camera for safe measure.

The Midland Police and Communications Center and Information Systems Department is described as a highly specialized unit of personnel which provides centralized communications service support to the Midland County Sheriffs Office, Midland Fire Department and the Midland Police Department.

Part of the communications center is located underground and is the Public Safety Answering Point for Midland County, according to its website.

The video begins with Turner walking down the sidewalk taking photos of vehicles and the building with several cameras.

How many cameras do they need? asks Turner, who frequently hears the same question from officers as he tours the State of Texas conducting similar audits.

Eventually, two sheriff deputies pull up in an SUV with their emergency lights lit up and approach Turner.

Hows it going? Im deputy Cook with the sheriffs office. Its just curious; somebodys taping around the sheriffs office. Im just trying to figure out whats going on.

Turner explains hes just taking pictures of vehicles and that he was attempting to locate the main building of the complex.

Do you have an ID or anything? Deputy Cook asks. To show who Im talking to.

I dont have one on me, Turner replies.

Whats your name, deputy Cooks asks, reaching for his radio to run Turners name through dispatch.

Uh, Id rather not give it.

Mkay, Cook says. Alright, any reason . . . video taping . . . just curiosity? Or what?

Im just gathering matters of public interest. Just a journalist, Turner replies.

Co...

03:42

Why Were Vatican And RC Church Hierarchies NOT Unnerved About Infertility Ingredients In WHOs African Tetanus Vaccine Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Roman Catholic Church has strict rules and unyielding dogma regarding religious beliefs and congregants practices but, unfortunately, seems to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye and subscribes to going along to get along especially regarding the pseudosciences regarding GMO phood [1], and what the medical industry submits as gospel truth when it comes to pharmaceutical vaccines!

Regarding GMOs:

The same Congregation also decided that Eucharistic matter made with genetically modified organisms can be considered valid matter (cf. Letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 9 December 2013, Prot. N. 89/78 44897). [1]

Relating to vaccines, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), sent a request to investigate vaccines to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith in order to answer questions posed by Mrs. Debra L. Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, in Largo, Florida.

In June of 2005, Mrs. Vinnedge received a reply on the letterhead of the Pontificia Academia Pro Vito saying [5]:

On June 4, 2003, you wrote to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with a copy of this letter forwarded to me, asking to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith a clarification about the liceity [sic] of vaccinating children with vaccines prepared using cell lines derived fro...

01:52

Pacific Rim states agree on core elements of TPP trade deal, without US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries have reached an agreement on the core elements of the TPP trade pact, even with the US staying out of the deal. At the same time, Canada warned there was more work ahead.

Vietnam APEC meeting (picture-alliance/empics/The Canadian Press/M. Tsikas)

The representatives of the 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including  Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico, have agreed to push ahead toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The decision comes after days of tense negotiations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

In a joint statement early on Saturday, the trade ministers said they were pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the major trade deal, which aimed to slash tariffs across the Pacific region.

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The basic agreement would maintain the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants, they said.

APEC Conference gets underway in Vietnam

The statement marks an important breakthrough for the deal, which was on the brink of collapsing after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be leaving th.....

00:46

China Enlists Western Media to Spread Its Message "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tie-ups linked to propaganda arm aid mission to tell Chinese stories well

Women walk past a roadside poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October after the Communist Party granted him a new term and greater authority.Photo: GREG BAKER/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Nov. 11, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET

BEIJINGXi Jinping wants the media to tell Chinas stories better. These days, he is increasingly finding willing partners abroad.

The Chinese leader has exhorted state media to do more to enable the world to see a multidimensional and colorful China and present his nation as a builder of global peace and help strengthen Chinas influence abroad.

China has for years placed paid English-language state-media supplements in Western newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has placed similar advertorials with Australian, Indian and British media.

Under Mr. Xi, Beijing, which often calls Western depictions of its society unfair, has stepped up support for co-productions with foreign partners, including documentary tie-ups spotlighting the countrys culture, technological advancements and infrastructure projects.

One such feature is China: Time of Xi, a three-part documentary produced by Discovery channels Asia arm that was first broadcast in China in late October, shortly after Chinas Communist Party gave the leader a level of authority not seen here since Chairman Mao.

A Discovery Channels documentary, shown in this YouTube video, portrays the Chinese Communist Partys approach to development as a model for the world.

Interspersed in the production are admiring words for Mr. Xi and his policies from people such as Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a host for Chinas state broadcaster, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who says Xi Jinping is a leader who dreams very big dreams.

In one episode, economist Dambisa Moyo praises Mr. Xis signature Belt and Road initiative as one of these incredibly transformative ideas.

The documentary mentions some of Chinas challenges, such as pollution. But there is no mention of more controversial aspects of Mr. Xis tenure, such as his crackdowns on speech and dissidents or his moves toward one-man rule.

Its not our place to sort of comment on or provide the good and the bad. We dont look at it that way, said Discovery representative Karun Arya. Were....

00:31

MACKAY Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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00:18

The growing list of federal parliamentarians found to have been ineligible to stand due to breaches of Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



1. Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlum first elected 2007, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship 14.7.2017, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

2. Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Joy Waters first elected 2010, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship 18.7.17, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

3. Liberal MP for New England Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce first elected 2004, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.27

4. Liberal Senator for NSW Fiona Joy Nash first elected 2004, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.27

5. One Nation Senator Malcolm Ieuen Roberts first elected 2016, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

6. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Shane Parry first elected 2004, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship on or about 2.11.17

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00:16

Melbourne, Austrlia: Relatos sobre o Dia de Ao para xs Refugiadxs na Ilha de Manus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.

O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados, incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir qualquer
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.

O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes

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00:16

ACTU claims that Turnbull Government's changes to the superannuation industry will make it easier for employers to steal workers' superannuation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), media release, 1 November 2017:

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has warned that the governments changes to the superannuation industry will make it easier for employers to steal workers superannuation, in addition to giving the big banks access to workers super.

Independent research shows that $5.6 billion of super is unpaid every year, causing millions of Australians financial security to be placed in jeopardy. Jim Stanford - Director of  the Centre for Future Work, reported that wage suppression and unpaid super could result in workers being short-changed $100bn by the time they retire.

Unions are warning that this will increase with the governments changes, as it will make it harder for unions to ensure employers are paying workers' super.

Quotes attributable to ACTU President, Ged Kearney:

Ensuring workers super is paid to the default industry fund is a difficult job for workers and their unions. Too many employers are trying to get away with avoiding their obligations already. Opening this up to allow in the banks will make it harder to ensure workers are paid properly. 

The governments changes will mean that workers super payments will be accessible to the big banks, and that as a result, it will be harder to ensure employers are paying workers their super.

By removing single fund provisions from bargaining arrangements, the government is attacking peoples chance of a di...

00:15

Here is the man Trump and his supporters have been calling a low-ranking volunteer, a coffee boy - since Papadopoulos' plea deal was revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Salon, 1 November 2017:

The credibility of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been called into serious question after the Justice Department unsealed a plea deal taken by a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign.

The documents revealed that former adviser George Papadopoulos attended a "national security meeting in Washington D.C.," on March 31, 2016, along with Trump, Sessions and others. In that meeting, Papadopoulos "introduced himself," and explicitly stated "in sum and substance, that he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and [Russian] President Putin."

Trump tweeted a picture of the meeting the day it occurred, and he, as well as Sessions, sat at opposite heads of the table. Papadopoulos is pictured to the left of Sessions in the middle of the table.

00:08

2RDJ WINS AWARD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2RDJ-FM was  named the Most Outstanding Small Station in the CBAA 2017 national community radio awards at a ceremony on the Gold Coast on 11 November.

 

Program Co-ordinator Tina King-Garde accepted the award on behalf of the station paying tribute to the work of the Board who do so much with so little.

 

The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved with Radio 2RDJ on air and behind the scenes.

 

We thank our listeners for tuning in and all those who support us.

 

Community radio, by the community for the community.  2RDJ-FM the voice of Sydneys Inner-West

 

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Queensland State Election 2017: Week 2 review from Joe Branigan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am again very grateful for Joe Branigans review of the previous week in the Queensland election. The views expressed in the guest post are Joes, and they should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Winner must target the fiscal balance, buy global and avoid mega-projects Week 2 Queensland election highlights from Joe Branigan

There was Tim Nicholls hurtling down the Movie World rollercoaster at terminal velocity coincidentally a speed soon to be seen on the M1 thanks to the political battle being fought from Logan to the NSW border. And there was the One Nation candidate cornered by a junior Channel 7 reporter and his quest for a stunning scoop. But the image of the week was surely Pauline and the Battlers Bus broken down on the Bruce Highway barely out of Rocky.

Beneath the bluster and non-verbal communication stunts so vital to election campaigns in a place where life is long and concentration spans are short, there are a number of important policy issues that will affect whether or not the good times continue to roll on.

The first and most important is that we need to live within our means, and that means targeting the fiscal balance not the net operating balance. The difference between the two measures is that the fiscal balance includes net infrastructure investment but the net operating balance does not. It is a public finance accounting identity that if you have a fiscal deficit your debt is rising, even if you have a net operating surplus.

My colleague John Quiggin made this point last week*, although I think he overstated what that would mean for LNP spending policies, in part because he has assumed that the LNPs M1 duplication policy (and therefore its cost) is the same as Labors when it is not: LNPs $500 million 4-lane arterial versus Labors $2.5 billion 6-lane highway. Based on work Ive previously done for the Queensland Government (with my SMART Infrastructure Facility hat on), my Saturday night back of the envelope calculation for the LNPs M1 duplication (based on the SEQ Council of Mayors specifications) is [36.5 km * $14.7 million per km =] $536.6 million. However, the per km cost might be lower in the post mining boom economy, as the cost of engineering, design and construction services have fallen relative to the mining boom data set I used to produce a median cost of $14.7 million per km. Therefore, I dont think the $500 million LNP estimate is unreasonable.

In any case (back to Quiggins point), a man is innocent until proven guilty, so lets see what the LNP costings say (yes, released way too late).

Labor have convinced themselves that targeting a net operating surplus is ok and they have demonstrated that commitment by bequeathing to the LNP (if it wins government) what can only be described as a kale an...

20:00

How Facebooks Anti-Revenge Porn Project Really Works "IndyWatch Feed National"

The scope is limited to specific photographs, but the technology could empower people to keep intimate images off Facebook altogether.

In an announcement that raised plenty of eyebrows, Facebook said this week that it wants to help potential revenge porn victims keep intimate images of themselves off the social network by uploading the images via Facebook-owned Messenger. The effort, which is being rolled out in an initial test in Australia, is an extension of existing Facebook tools for identifying and removing revenge porn imagery. The goal of the new tool is to allow Facebook to create digital fingerprints of images that could be used to block photos subsequently posted for revenge porn purposes.

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Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.

13:22

Australian UAP from earlier years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Background

From time to time, I am contacted by individuals who tell me of UAP sightings from earlier years. Other people send me newspaper accounts of such events. These are all most welcome, as they add to our knowledge of previously unreported observations. This post describes two such recently submitted items.

Sighting from the destroyer 'Anzac'

A long time friend of mine, who lives in Tasmania, sent me a clipping from 'The Advocate' newspaper, Tasmania, dated 21 October 2017, and titled 'Possible Experience of UFO.'

This 'Letter to the Editor' read:

'Growing up I didn't believe in aliens, but that belief changed in a flash.

In the 1970's I was sitting out on deck of the destroyer Anzac just after sunrise, getting fresh air before duty. We were heading to a destination in the South Pacific, doing about 18 knots.

The sea was as smooth as glass and no-one else was on deck. A strange feeling suddenly came over me. I looked up and above the funnel was a shimmering mass the size of a medium car, making no sound. It looked like it was generating great power.

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10:16

Interfaith Meet: Catholic, Muslim Scholars Cite Hope "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Participants in the November 8, 2017, 4th Catholic-Muslim Forum noted with satisfaction significant convergences between their respective traditions, according to the statement released November 10, 2017, following the conference. Such convergences constitute a motive of hope not only for Christians and Muslims but for all, favouring a meaningful collaboration for the promotion of integral human ... Read more...

08:25

My, what big feet you have! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Getting a good look at the water birds which inhabit the vegetative fringe of dams is fraught with difficulty. Although they are often seen foraging in the pastures around a dam, the mere slight of a human will send them scurrying out of view into the reeds. This is particularly true of their chicks. This []

04:30

Community-owned Tourism Plan Required for Bruny Islanders "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Bruny Island Necks car park scars the very landscape people go there to see. It shows the Liberals indifference to local communities and to Tasmanias natural values

Thursday, 09 November

05:43

Letters to my grandchildren (26) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Chilliwops, Do you remember in my fourteenth letter I wrote the following?

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