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Sunday, 21 January

06:03

South Pacific Cruise The Seabirds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Red-footed Booby
We've just returned from a week-long South Pacific cruise aboard P&O's Pacific Dawn. Gusty northerlies in Brisbane delayed departure from the Hamilton cruise terminal by 7 hours which meant missing our first port of call, Noumea in New Caledonia - no great loss as we've been there before. Our two other landings the New Caledonian island of Lifou and Port Vila, Vanuatu are the subject of a separate post.

Red-footed Booby

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04:07

Silent killer chemicals: How to reduce your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our government won't protect us from these harmful chemicals, so we have to protect ourselves. What keeps you up at night? Sick kids, restless pets, the latest tragedy on the evening news, politics, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, money troubles, job stress, and family health and wellbeing? There is no shortage of concerns that make us all toss and turn. But what keeps the chemical industry up at night? A couple of decades ago a senior Shell executive was asked this very question. The answer? Endocrine disruption. If you can even pronounce "endocrine disruption," you're doing well. What is it? Why should we care? And why is it keeping chemical bigshots up at night?

03:33

What MLK's 'letter from Birmingham jail' tells us about 16y/o jailed Ahed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimi's detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement for freedom. King's letter is an explanation of the need for "direct political action." King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said they're against segregation but times are changing, so why do "extremist" black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and won't do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

03:32

Baltimore police commissioner fired as city struggles with record murder rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis has been fired after the city's mayor grew "impatient" with his inability to stop the record pace of killings in the city. A replacement has already been named. Mayor Catherine Pugh named Deputy Commissioner Darryl D. De Sousa, 53, to replace Davis, with his appointment effective immediately. Pugh said she would ask the City Council to make the posting permanent, the Baltimore Sun reported. De Sousa told reporters Friday morning that he "has a lot of respect" for Davis, but also said residents are "frustrated and they want answers and they want change," according to the Sun. The new commissioner promised to deploy "waves" of officers to stamp out the violence in well-known "hot spots" and key corridors throughout the city.

03:04

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

03:03

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

02:25

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Main Page "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to the main page for my 2018 Tasmanian state election coverage.  This page will carry links to all the other articles about the election that I write prior to the close of polling, and will contain general big-picture stuff and links to all the specialised articles (once these are written).  It will be updated very frequently.  However, one thing I am doing differently from my 2014 guide is that each electorate will have its own guide page.  The electorate guide pages will be rolled out over coming days and I aim to have them all up by the end of Monday 22 January.  Note that these are my own guides and I reserve the right to inject flippant and subjective comments whenever I feel like it; if you do not like this, write your own.


If you find these guides useful, donations are very welcome (see sidebar), but please only give me money if you can afford to.

Article links

Articles relevant to the election and written during the linkup will have links to them posted here as they are done.  

Electorate guides
(rest to be added as written)

Other articles


Date

The election must be held by May 19, 2018.  Premier Hodgman has repeatedly stated the election will be in March, four years to the month since the last state election.  The previous three Tasmanian state elections have been held on the same weekend as South Australia (to the intense annoyance of the election-watching community nationwide), which in this case would mean March 17.  However, at the time of writing (Jan 18) there are widespread rumours that the election may be called within days for March 3.  March 10 is unsuitable as it falls on a public holiday weekend and March 24 is probably too close to Easter....

02:24

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Bass "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is the Bass electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Bass (Currently 3 Liberal 1 Labor 1 Green). 
North-east Tasmania including most of Launceston
Mixed urban/small-town/rural

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.

Liberal

Peter Gutwein, incumbent, Treasurer and Minister for Local Government
Michael Ferguson, incumbent, Minister for Health, former federal MHR for seat
Sarah Courtney, incumbent, backbencher
Bridget Archer, Mayor of George Town
Simon Wood, Launceston councillor

Labor

Michelle O'Byrne, incumbent, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Education, former federal MHR for seat
Adam Gore, Army musician, former university tutor, staffer for Michelle O'Byrne, also 2014 candidate
Jennifer Houston, sociologist, community development officer, ALP candidate for Windermere in 2015
Owen Powell, farmer with a PhD in hydrogeology (check this out!)
Brian Roe OAM, prominent sports administrator, ALP candidate for Launceston in 2016

Greens

Greens candidates for Bass are listed in endorsed ticket order

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02:04

Tony Birch: A change of date will do nothing to shake Australia from its colonial-settler triumphalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Least anyone become overly concerned, the date chosen to mark Australia Day has historically been a movable feast. For instance, July 15 was once the favoured date. While many believe that the current date January 26 commemorates the landing of the so-called First Fleet (which itself is historically inaccurate), I would expect that the date ...

02:01

Wacky Nuclear Politics About to Blow Up the US and with its Own Rhetoric "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One does not need to have grown up in the age of duck and cover to understand that the nuclear scare that we are now experiencing could have been inspired from the script of Dr. Strangelove, written by of Stanley Kubrick as a black comedy that reflected the reality of nuclear weapons, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Released 1964, the films plot caused a good deal of controversy because it was too close to what could have been reality.

Fifty years later, and after the demise of the USSR, much is now being said about the nuclear programmes of Iran and South Korea. Iran insists activities are peaceful and civilian, rather than military, in character. North Korea openly flaunts its weapons programme and claims its nuclear technology is so advanced that it can send an ICBM to strike the United States whenever it wants.

In order to manufacture nuclear weapons you need two things: uranium and the means of enriching it. According to those in the mining and defence industries, North Korea and Iran do not have the expertise to enrich uranium. So they are not capable of producing nuclear weapons at present, but we are still told that they are a constant threat to the West in spite of this.

There is one obvious way to address this threat by preventing Iran, North Korea or any other rogue state getting hold of uranium. If countries which cant enrich uranium are still threats despite this, possession of the uranium must be the root of the problem. Clearly therefore measures must be taken to stop the supply of uranium to Iran and North Korea, or anyone else who might use it to create nuclear weapons, the ones invented by the West and promoted as guarantors of peace since 1945.

Who supplies uranium? There used to be two main countries: Canada and Australia. Both these countries are impeccably Western, with no significant enemies. Consequently they are obliged, whether they like it or not, to advocate unrestricted free trade. If anyone tries to tell them they cant sell their uranium to any other country, when unenriched uranium cant be used for offensive purposes, they will let out screams heard round the world, and rightly so.

But now these countries hav...

01:41

'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed National"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

01:32

Julian Assange warns of 'political propaganda' as Amazon's Alexa becomes feminist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has just received an enhanced personality: now, not only can she give you the correct answers, but can even offer a response in case of insults and personal attacks. Creators also expect that she could potentially express her own opinions on certain political issues, a move that has prompted criticism. Anyone who calls Alexa a "slut" now gets a negative response, German newspaper Die Zeit reported. Amazon has adapted the machine's character and how it responds in various situations. Now Alexa, who identifies herself as a woman and a feminist, will react to sexually charged insults with answers like "This is not for me," "This is not nice of you" or "I don't know what you expect." In addition, Alexa supports the Black Lives Matter movement and might potentially express her opinion on other important political issues in the future.

01:19

Business borrow again as economy picks up "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Lending up

There was a tidy +9.5 per cent rise in Lending Finance in November 2017 to $74.3 billion. 

This was the biggest monthly gain in several years, and a 12-month high for total lending. 

Businesses are borrowing again, which is good to see, with a +14.7 per cent monthly increase in commercial finance commitments. 


Personal lending has been trending moderately higher for the past 7 months.

Meanwhile, there's clearly been a shift from investors to owner-occupiers in the housing market.

And finally, loans to buy blocks of land soared to a record high of more than $8 billion in the month of November.


Victoria's population surge is clearly in evidence here.

The wrap

This is the latest in what is now proving to become a steady stream of stronger data releases.

Just look at what we've seen in only the past few weeks alone:

-record employment growth in 2017 of +404,000 (& a surge in the participation rate)

-record high jobs vacancies of 210,800 - easily the highest ever figure 

00:30

Do We Really Believe in Everything We Say? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

Portrait of a Man with a Quilted Sleeve, Titian, c1509. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Gallery, London

Most of us have views on politics, current events, religion, society, morality and sport, and we spend a lot of time expressing these views, whether in conversation or on social media. We argue for our positions, and get annoyed if they are challenged. Why do we do this? The obvious answer is that we believe the views we express (ie, we think they are true), and we want to get others to believe them too, because they are true. We want the truth to prevail. Thats how it seems. But do we really believe everything we say? Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

These questions might seem strange, offensive even. Am I suggesting that you are insincere or hypocritical in your views? No at least Im not suggesting that you are...

00:16

United Nations spokesperson calls US President Donald J Trump a racist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Rupert Colville, spokesperson for UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights:

"These are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. I'm sorry, but there's no other word one can use but 'racist'.

"You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes', whose entire populations are not white are therefore not welcome. 

"The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear.

"Like the earlier comments made vilifying Mexicans and Muslims, the policy proposals targeting entire groups on grounds of nationality or religion, and the reluctance to clearly condemn the antisemitic and racist actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville, all of these go against the universal values the world has been striving so...

00:15

U.S. Political Retrospective: those first investigations into presidential candidate Donald J Trump "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Sometime in September or October 2015 Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS began a broad investigation of then Republican presidential candidate nominee Donald J Trump under contact for an unspecified client and later commenced another investigation of Trump as official Republican presidential candidate for a different client in the first half of 2016.

Simpson later confirmed the clients to be in the first instance The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor and in the second instance the Democratic National Committee and Clinton presidential campaign.

Excerpts from Christopher Steeles 35-page dossier created under contract for research company Fusion GPS:

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Saturday, 20 January

23:02

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call primacy over Asia.

US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within Chinas borders and along Chinas geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding why the US is providing so-called activists and opposition fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trumps predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the Pivot to Asia. It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of Chinas neighbors and break up the regions growing ties with Beijing.

Obamas Pivot was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an Indo-Pacific strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not Trumps policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called Deep State) he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of making America great again.

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut e...

22:22

Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism By Gideon Polya The Anglosphere countries (the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are variously based on genocide of the Indigenous inhabitants but in the post-WW2 era these countries variously came to terms with this genocidal racist past. Indeed Donald Trump and the lunatic right aside, it is now []

22:03

Latest Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 First Visit to CQ with Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A nice surprise visitor to Central Queensland during the afternoon on Friday 19 January with the latest to be delivered Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It was flying as "Dragon 10".






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21:33

Melbourne Water about to de-tree Koala corridor in Frankston "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Melbourne Water is about to de-tree Frankston koala corridor by removing mature trees from banks of a huge park with a water retarding basin in it at Lee Street Frankston 3199. They are claiming that the trees are 'destabilising' the banks. But of course the trees are holding the banks together and keeping the water-table down. Who is accountable for these kinds of decisions that are based on what sound like lies that make no sense? Frankston Council is apparently going along with this. It seems totally insane and anti-life and nature. Inside is a video alerting us to the details.

This is a link to a facebook video: https://www.facebook.com/Michellekoalasaver/videos/1831105523600205/.

The person speaking in the video is Michele Thomas, of Animalia, who is a well-respected wildlife carer, who knows what she is talking about regarding koalas. See "Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue".

Mad tree removal excuses

This tree removal with barmy excuses seems to be a new trend. Recently they machine-ripped out trees all along the sides and median strips of a shady Mornington Peninsula highway, one of few relatively pleasant highways to travel on, due to the shade and green. See http://candobetter.net/node/5304. The reasons given were that cars might run into them and that they were for eliminating all risks. (Not risks of depression leading to suicide in those who were revolted and felt powerless, of course.) AWPC managed to stop them from ripping them out quite so fast, but the kept on with a different machine at a different pace and they paid for a few possum boxes (not enough for all the possums and other wildlife that were and continue to be displaced.)

The overpopulation link

We know that trees are being ripped out for more houses and more roads to squeeze in the invited economic immigrants that make up over 60% of population growth in Australia. This is obvious with the road widening in Hoddle Street and in the destruction of Melbourne...

21:22

Free podcast "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Wow, weren't podcasts a growth industry in 2017?

Here's one worth listening to - in fact it's already become one of the most popular podcasts out there - Michael Yardney shares decades of wisdom on money, investing, and wealth.

Nice to hear a bit from Louise Bedford as well, I've watched her speak for the past three years in a row and always learn something new. 

Better still it comes with free resources and links (click on the image below).


Great stuff! Sign up for the free Property Update newsletter while you're there as well. 

20:45

Mid-summer Log cabins of Newstead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 21st January 2017 I noticed a cocoon on Newstead Natives smaller greenhouse, posted a photo of it on the Vic. Field Naturalists Club of Vic Facebook page and people kindly identified it as being made by the caterpillar of an Australian Faggot Casemoth.

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20:30

Review: Why Education Alone May Not Change the Skewed Global Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

In New Wealth of Nations, Surjit Bhalla offers compelling support for education as the foundation of individual, national and global advance. But is this the only way to reduce inequality?

Democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID - UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

My father and his four brothers were born into a wealthy landowning family in rural Gujarat and all five could have lived comfortably on this inheritance. Yet, my granduncle, who managed the familys assets, decided to send all five to Mumbai for higher studies and to secure professional competence in law, medicine or accountancy. Intrigued by this, I once asked an older relative why he had chosen to do this. The answer was truly enlightening.

My father and his brothers were born rather late in the life of my granduncle and he was afraid that he would not be around to settle them in the management of the properties. He consulted a local Parsi friend who advised: Convert your fungible wealth into educat...

20:15

BlackWallet Hackers Steal $400K From Users Accounts Whos at Fault? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Saturday January 13th, a total of around $400,000 was stolen from BlackWallet users" accounts after hackers hijacked its DNS server altering the flow of money. It was stated that if you had more than 20XLM (Stellar Lumens), the cryptocurrency []

The post BlackWallet Hackers Steal $400K From Users Accounts Whos at Fault? appeared first on The Global Mail.

Investors Warming Up to Bitcoin Futures Despite Volatility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin futures trading is a budding and increasingly attractive market for potential investors. Yet, despite the potential upside surrounding cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, many investment firms have been shying away from offering futures trading for this newly introduced, and often misunderstood, []

The post Investors Warming Up to Bitcoin Futures Despite Volatility appeared first on The Global Mail.

Is Bitcoin Legal? Scouting Bitcoins Legal Landscape Around the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

The rollercoaster of events in cryptocurrency during the past week and, indeed the last year, have been well documented. Who can forget how Bitcoin skyrocketed over the past 12 months? And, how its closest peers followed? Also, of course, how []

The post Is Bitcoin Legal? Scouting Bitcoins Legal Landscape Around the World appeared first on The Global Mail.

20:05

Protest Marches & Civil Disobedience Raise Awareness for Major Issues "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We The People are speaking up ....

Are Mass Protests and Civil Disobedience Still Effective?

From an Essay by Micah Fink, Alternet, January 18, 2018

As millions prepare to return to the streets on Saturday, January 20, for a reprise of last years Womens March the largest mass protest in American history people of conscience are actively debating critical questions about the power of protest. Are mass protests and civil disobedience still effective? What are the most effective strategies for achieving lasting social change? What is the connection between protest movements and electoral politics? Do we need more marchers or mayors?

The Power of Protest, a new documentary film were launching on Kickstarter, seeks to answer these questions in the Trump era. The film will follow a year in the life of contemporary social movements like the Womens March, Black Lives Matter, Gays Against Guns, Lancaster Against Pipelines and Indivisible to see how they frame and pursue their objectives during a period of intense social turmoil leading into the 2018 midterm elections, and beyond.

We will also hear from strategic leaders of the civil rights movement, the Tea Party movement and the recent struggle for marriage equality to explore how social and technological changes are transforming what environmental activist Bill McKibben, one of our project advisers, calls the rapidly evolving new science of non-violent protest.

Case Studies in Resistance

The Kickstarter campaign weve produced offers a sample of our approach. It tells the story of a small but influential group of activists fighting to stop construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in the heart of Central Pennsylvanias Amish country.

The 184-mile pipeline is designed to carry fracked gas from the Marcellus shale fields in Northern Pennsylvania to Maryland and the Gulf Coast for industrial use and export to foreign markets. Its original route passed right through the backyard of Mark and Malinda Clatterbuck, whose house sits in a shady hollow in rural Lancaster County.

Mark, a professor of religious studies at Montclair State University, and Malinda, a Mennonite minister, are unlikely act...

19:57

Aslan Cafe ~ Strayan & Indonesian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A little birdie in St Peters told us about their local cafe that has an Indonesian dish or two on the menu. We have to check it out. We love it when cafe owners put a little bit of their heritage on the menu, especially when it's Indonesian, for some reason. It's smart business too. So we brunch in the inner west. On a Saturday. It sniffs of normal. Aslan's menu has both

19:51

RIP Barry Williams, skeptic and all round good bloke "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barry Williams died this morning. We were friends for many decades and I am not sure of his age which was probably approaching 80. He was never a prominent mover and shaker although for some years through the 80s to 2009 he was the public face of the Australian Skeptics, a network of groups ostensibly dedicated to critical thinking.

He was achieved the rank of flight sergeant in the Air Force and later worked in the US Consulate in Sydney doing trade shows until a large bequest to the Skeptics freed him to become the fulltime executive officer in 1995.

This is a fairly good interview. As noted in the interview he was a huge cricket fan with a great knowledge of the game. He wrote an essay on the myth of the devils number 87 (13 runs short of the century) which was reputed to be a dangerous number when many batsmen succumbed.

My wife painted his portrait.

I mentioned that the organized Skeptics were ostensibly dedicated to critical thinking. That was the case when Barry and I and some other good men and true were on the NSW committee but times have changed. Nowadays the Skeptics (and also the organized Rationalists and Humanists) are warming alarmists.

19:50

Fireworks, Smokescreens And The Coming Smart Prison "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 


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

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

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

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

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19:00

ASER 2017 Shows Indias Secondary Education Sector Is Failing to Impart Basic Skills "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Merely increasing enrolment will not lead to the development of elementary skills that education is supposed to provide.

ASERs statistics have shown how the ability of grade 8 students has been consistently falling over the years, coinciding with the increase in enrolment rates. Credit: TESS India/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

ASERs statistics have shown how the ability of grade 8 students has been consistently falling over the years, coinciding with the increase in enrolment rates. Credit: TESS India/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 Beyond Basics was recently released and is unfortunately on expected lines. The report highlights the sorry state of education when it comes to Indias 14-18-year-olds and asks rather uncomfortable questions that policy practitioners must find answers to. In an earlier article, we had outlined some issues that have plagued Ind...

18:42

Pipit swims into view after dry Aussie crawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bit of dry Aussie crawl across baked mud at Melaleuca viewing area today brought Australian Pipit closer than commonly - for a few frames.

Pity, bird didn't offer 'that' perfect pose. Then, better pose, but greater distance.


Too much greenery to allow crawl up on Horsfields Bushlark. The species can, however, be surprisingly tolerant of people walking patiently toward them. Not at all tolerant, and thus unphotographed, pair of Brown Quail and a Red-backed Buttonquail unseen till flushed from long couchgrass nearby.

18:42

Beginners Yoga Freshwater Divine Flow Yoga & Pilates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Best Yoga Studio in Brookvale, North Sydney, Manly Vale , Freshwater, Northern Beaches, Deewhy, Curl Curl & more.

18:25

Net Neutrality, the Open Internet, and Nuclear Information theme for January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Before the Internet, information to the public was very much controlled by the established media print, radio, television. With the world wide web came the opportunity for just about anyone to set up a site, just like this one, and to provide information on any generalist or specialised subject. (Of course, there are disadvantages e.g. the new sites could lack the fact checking rigour expected of professional journalism).

From the point of view of examining nuclear issues, the Internet provided a timely opportunity to bypass the propaganda that is fed to the public via the mainstream media.  That has become more important now, as investigative journalists lose their jobs in the shaky world of commercial media.  The secretive nuclear industry has been having  a field day, or a field few decades, in handing out propaganda to mainstream journalists, who most often swallow it uncritically.

It was only  a matter of time before corporations worked to gain the same kind of control over the Internet, as they used to have over the media in pre-Internet days.

Its in this context, that, on December 15th, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United StatesNet neutrality requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data equally, without blocking, throttling or censoring services or websites.

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17:01

Sunday 1pm Free Trees BBQ at Mary White "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 21 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] This is a free feed social meeting for those that care about the habitat trees of UNE. Also feel free to bring something to share drinks, food, and fun things. Where: Mary White College When: 1pm Sunday 21st January Cost: Nil Here are some video of the Save UNE habitat trees campaign. [embed width="520"]https://youtu.be/DbHHPFIA5J8[/embed] [embed width="520"]https://youtu.be/Ws21Xa3uEDE[/embed] full article 

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 20-21, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Question 1:

The central bank can influence the supply of money via the price it provides reserves to the commercial banks but this influence is compromised by the level at which it sets the target monetary policy rate.

The answer is True.

The facts are as follows. First, central banks will always provided enough reserve balances to the commercial banks at a price it sets using a combination of overdraft/discounting facilities and open market operations.

Second, if the central bank didnt provide the reserves necessary to match the growth in deposits in the commercial banking system then the payments system would grind to a halt and there would be significant hikes in the interbank rate of interest and a wedge between it and the policy (target) rate meaning the central banks policy stance becomes compromised.

Third, any reserve requirements within this context while legally enforceable (via fines etc) do not constrain the commercial bank credit creation capacity. Central bank reserves (the accounts the commercial banks keep with the central bank) are not used to make loans. They only function to facilitate the payments system (apart from satisfying any reserve requirements).

Fourth, banks make loans to credit-worthy borrowers and these loans create deposits. If the commercial bank in question is unable to get the reserves necessary to meet the requirements from other sources (other banks) then the central bank has to provide them. But the process of gaining the necessary reserves is a separate and subsequent bank operation to the deposit creation (via the loan).

Fifth, if there were too many reserves in the system (relative to the banks desired levels to facilitate the payments system and the required reserves then competition in the interbank (overnight) market would drive the interest rate down. This competition would be driven by banks holding surplus reserves (to their requirements) trying to lend them overnight. The opposite would happen if there were too few reserves supplied by the central bank. Then the chase for overnight funds would drive rates up.

In both cases the central bank would lose control of its current policy rate as the divergence between it and the....

16:49

Turning marginal land into fertile soil "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Since having my soil epiphany brought on from doing the NRM Small Farm Planning Course, I have been arguing with people who keep banging on about how we have to abandon meat eating to save the planet.. I disagree.  Its just another silver bullet, as far as I am concerned, and they simply dont exist.  sure, most people might eat too much meat, but for anyone to tell me that marginal land can be turned into crop land, and easily at that, just riles me up  they obviously have no idea what theyre talking about, nor do they have any experience at doing this.

As I have said before, it took me ten years at my last project to convert that marginal land into something capable of feeding two to three people. Making compost by hand, even when using your own humanure, takes years. And while you are waiting for the soil to improve, you have to buy food from some unsustainable source or other.

From where I sit, we probably have a couple of years of relatively normal times left.

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Matt smoothing out the terrain

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16:12

20th January nuclear news this week. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The climate of fear. An article by Tony Schwartz, biographer of Donald Trump, describes Trumps main effect on the body politic , after a year in office: Trump has made fear the dominant emotion of our times. This culture of fear is now expressed in actions  USA quietly preparing for war with North Korea, Russias new underwater drone a doomsday weapon, United Nations: Secretary General warns on growing nuclear war danger.

End nuclear weapons and nuclear power we owe this to our children.

Im so sorry that Im not now covering climate change issues its not as if these are going away!

AUSTRALIA

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia.

Nuclear waste dumping decisions promoted...

16:11

GOLD COAST AIRPORT RECORDS BUSIEST DAY IN HISTORY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gold Coast Airport has recorded its busiest day in history, welcoming 24,076 passengers on Saturday 23 December 2017.

Previously Gold Coast Airports busiest day was Sunday 3 January 2016, when 23,856 passengers passed through the Coolangatta facility.

A record was also set for the calendar year when 6,542,604 passengers arrived or departed from Gold Coast Airport 120,602 more than in 2016.

Gold Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills said it was great to end the year on a high.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, December was a great month to show that we are ready, said Mr Mills.

Throughout the month, we saw strong domestic passenger movements, particularly from Sydney, reinforcing the Gold Coasts ongoing popularity as a holiday destination among interstate visitors.

We also welcomed our first month of direct Hobart services with Tigerair, which contributed to the great results.

We saw international long-haul passenger movements grow by 8.6 per cent in December, with capacity added on Japan and Hong Kong services to cope with demand.

We look forward to continuing this upward trend and key to this is increasing the airports capability to facilitate long-term passenger growth.

Currently, we are expanding the RPT apron to allow for more capacity and flexibility for different aircraft types in the future.

With less than 80 days to go until the Commonwealth Games, we are finalising preparations to provide a warm welcome not only to the Games Family, but to everyone who passes through the terminal during that time.

We expect passenger movements over the Games period to be comparable to our usual summer peaks over Christmas and New Year.

The Games Family will also have a dedicated lounge space which will allow them to relax in a private area, away from the usual activity in the terminal.

The post GOLD COAST AIRPORT RECORDS BUSIEST DAY IN HISTORY appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

16:04

Did Rights Decline as Governments Grew in Size? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Palace of the Doge Venice

QUESTION: In your study of history, would you agree with this quote? In all of history, no government became more honest, less corrupt, or respected its citizens rights more as it grew in size.

 ANSWER: I would have to agree. The only exception to that of Genoa, but it was based upon a revolving head of state (Doge) for a period of one year. Therefore, the lack of career politicians created a model state. In the case of Venice, the Doge was appointed for life. Upon his death, all his assets were frozen and then an investigation began to review all his dealings. No heir received anything until the slate was clean. As long as a government grows in size, it does so only at the expense of the people.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.60 AUD
Converter

15:35

Palestine,Israel, the US: How the South Pacific Countries are Selling their Votes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States proposed resolution at the United Nations, and therefore, against Palestine.

As reported on December 22, 2017 by Al Jazeera:

The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.

At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trumps controversial decision on December 6.

Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.

Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.

Did scarcely inhabited island-nations that are lost in the middle of a tremendous body of water, go crazy?

Before Crossing in Kiribati

After all those horrific nuclear experiments committed there, against their people, by the United States, France and the UK; could local people sincerely believe that the truth as seen from Washington is the only legitimate truth on Earth?

After the naked modern-day colonialism, which is being implemented by Australia, New Zealand, and France, and, of course, by the United States, have the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia become blind?

After total dependency, after decades of humiliation and virtual slavery, do the inhabitants of Oceania believe that their fellow victims in Palestine do not have the right to live in their own state, without barbed wire; that they shouldnt have their own historical capital?

The answer to all these question is, actually: No.

They do what they are doing simply and only because they have no choice.

*****

When working on my book, Oceania, travelling all over the South Pacific, I visited a Jesuit priest and the regions prominent intellectual, Francis X. Hezel. Our encounter took place in the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia...

15:35

Full Moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The astrology aspects and spiritual metaphysical meanings of the full moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse. by psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Full Moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

14:48

Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...

14:30

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx

Despite some indecisiveness about cryptocurrencies on the part of centralized power, Russia has been quietly preparing for a wave of migrant crypto miners from East and West. Its been said that the country has got what it takes to invite them. A third of the Soviet era power producing capacity is idling, after energy hungry industries were closed and scrapped in the 90s. Experts, home and abroad, members of the local crypto community, all agree Russia is ready to welcome bitcoin miners from China and Europe. Thats if Moscow says yes or at least doesnt say no.      

 Also read: Mining Operations Offered to India After Mixed Signals from Beijing

Russians Mean Business

Hello, Invite Chinese miners to Russia!! Excess electricity capacity 20 MW 3 rubles/kWh (0.05USD; 0.32RMB). This is just one of many ads you can find in bitcoin forums these days. With electric installation to plug in the rigs ready, internet cables stretched in a 5,000 m2 air-cooled building check, fire alarm and CCTV cameras installed, and 24/7 tech support available, Russians mean business. The country is ready and even bragging about what it can offer to miners chased beyond the Great Wall, but not only, Do you cooperate with European colleagues? a question reads when you scroll down. Ill send the contract, the answer follows shortly after.

Dozens...

14:10

Facing Prison for Providing Free Cannabis Medicine: An Interview with Jenny Hallam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The benefits of medicinal cannabis have been rediscovered over recent years. Clinical trials and research papers have documented evidence that shows cannabis medicines can treat conditions, such as  chronic pain, seizures in children with Dravet syndrome and multiple sclerosis. In the US, medical marijuana is legal  in 29 states. While the Australian federal government passed legislation in

The post Facing Prison for Providing Free Cannabis Medicine: An Interview with Jenny Hallam appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:00

Its Time to Rethink the Term LGBTIQA+ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LGBTIQA+ is a term often employed to be inclusive but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.

A participant wears a LGBT flag as people take part in the Annual Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, New York, June 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among gay men and heterosexual people.

This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the exchange of bodily fluids. Whether people involved have a particular identity, as the words used in the report suggest, is irrelevant.

Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct,...

13:42

Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives standing for South Australian election, with pro nuclear policy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Among policy positions to be revealed in greater detail in coming weeks are the scrapping of the Safe Schools program, capping the premiers tenure to two terms, and developing a nuclear fuel cycle industry.

Senator Bernardi said the direction of preferences would be subject to negotiation between the major parties.

Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives to fight for 20 seats in SA election, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/cory-bernardis-australian-conservatives-to-fight-for-20-seats-in-sa-election/news-story/7130de833df916429b388f70b26ff443, MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide@mjowen,  19 Jan 18

Cory Bernardis conservative party will run at least 20 candidates in lower house seats at the South Australian election, mirroring the plans of Nick Xenophons SA Best and heightening the critical role of preferences in determining the outcome of the March 17 poll.

The move comes after the Australian Conservatives ran candidate Joram Richa in the federal seat of Bennelong, in Sydneys north, in a key by-election last month, polling 4.5 per cent of the vote and directing preferences to Liberal John Alexander, who retained the seat....

13:32

USA quietly preparing for war with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The US appears to be quietly preparing for nuclear war with North Korea. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/us-appears-quietly-preparing-nuclear-war-north-korea-2018-1?r=US&IR=T, ALEX LOCKIE JAN 20, 2018, 

13:30

Witnessing a Genocide: Humanitarian Workers in Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is shocking to see, from 1994 onwards, the extent to which humanitarian workers in Rwanda became regular eyewitnesses to violence, murder and large-scale massacres.

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The genocide memorial in Kigali. Humanitarian workers in Rwanda had to deal daily with the horrors of war. Credit: Trocaire/Flickr, CC BY-ND

They are on the frontlines of any major conflict or disaster but how much is known about the daily experiences of humanitarian workers in these extreme situations? In their new book, Gnocide et crimes de masse. Lexprience rwandaise de MSF (Humanitarian Aid, Genocide and Mass Killings: Mdecins sans frontires, the Rwandan experience, 1982-97), Marc Le Pape and Jean-Herv Bradol set out to answer some of these questions. The book is also informed by Bradols experience of working for Mdecins Sans Frontires in Rwanda during the genocide. Here, they discuss their findings.

You investigated humanitarian operations in the Great Lakes region between 1990 and 1997. This was a period of extreme violence against Rwandophone populations. You specifically looked at the records of Doctors Without Borders in Paris. What did you hope to learn?

Marc Le Pape: The actual day-to-day work of humanitarian teams in situations of extreme violence is generally little known and understood. Thats why our investigations focussed on messages from the field, while most studies are far more concerned about getting the macro-political or macro-humanitarian picture. Taking a micro perspective meant we could observe the long-term evolution of operations: how, and with whom, did teams need to negotiate to launch and maintain operations?

So we looked at how these teams got information and communicated with political and military authorities, various local authorities, UN agencies in the Great Lakes region, local and international NGOs, religious leaders and people at emergency sites, in medical facilities and camps.

We also looked at the relationship between the field of operations, national capitals and the various Doctors Without Borders head offices. We tracked field accounts transmitted up the chain of command, how the organisations head offices reacted to the stories of violence, intimidation and prohibitions, and the way these were then framed and talked about publicly.

For example we examined all the documents, from internal alerts to public statements, demonstrating the gradual realisation of humanitarian workers in Rwanda in 1994 that they were witnessing the systematic, organi...

13:26

Daniel Ellsberg on the dizzyingly insane and immoral history of nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

From the beginning of the Atomic Age, says Ellsberg, the true purpose of our nuclear arsenal, the whole terrifying array of warheads and delivery systems in all their vast numbers and varieties, has not been the defense of our country. It has not been, as trumpeted by politicians and generals (and as believed by citizens and schoolchildren), to deter an adversary from launching a nuclear attack against the U.S. It is the maintenance of a first-strike nuclear force not so much for the purpose of launching a deliberate surprise attack on anyone else, but to be ready to respond instantly

Dismantling Doomsday: Daniel Ellsberg on the Risk of Nuclear Apocalypse https://undark.org/article/book-review-ellsberg-doomsday-machine/  The whistleblower who gave us the Pentagon Papers unveils another secret history this one dizzyingly insane and immoral.01.19.2018  Mark Wolverton  

DANIEL ELLSBERG is perhaps the premier whistleblower of all time, the man who in 1971 dragged the Pentagon Papers out of top-secret darkness into the light. Yet even as excerpts from the papers 7,000 pages were being published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers, Ellsberg was sitting on an entire second set of secrets, having nothing to do with Vietnam: all his material on nuclear policy, such as the operational plans for gen...

13:16

Film company to abandon plans for production in South Australian area if Federal nuclear waste dump goes ahead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 20 Jan 18, 

John Wayne died of cancer, as did 46 members of the crew of The Conqueror, which was shot in nuclear contaminated environment in Nevada. Not so long ago at a Quorn anti-nuclear meeting one person submitted a written statement from hopefully a up coming film producer that they will cease all ideas of film production within the areas of Hawker and surrounding town...

13:12

Indian villagers displaced forcibly for the cause of unnecessary, uneconomic, nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Kovvada Nuclear Reactor was to be built by US nuclear reactor maker, Westinghouse. But, in March 2017, Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy. The company was bled to death because of cost-escalations in two of the four nuclear power plants it designed and is constructing in the United States. Kovvada will benefit only Westinghouse, and no one else. Not the people. Not Indias energy security, said EAS Sarma, former Union Energy Secretary.

India is being bamboozled by the multinationals into signing these agreements with foreign companies

It is not just the US, even Europe is not gung-ho about nuclear. So, Westinghouse and GE have very little business, said Dr Sarma. They are looking for a market and India is fertile ground of them 

If nuclear energy is not as safe or inexpensive then why invest in it? Because nuclear energy is a possible front for weaponisation

In Kovvada, villagers displaced forcibly even as the prospects of Westinghouses nuclear project remain uncertain, DiaNuke.org, JANUARY 19, 2018 Raksha Kumar | The News Minute

The coast curves through northern Andhra Pradesh and forms a giant U. Dee...

13:05

Donald Trump and the culture of fear "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. Hes still a scared child, Guardian, 

alone can do it. These five extraordinary words kept coming back to me as I reflected on Donald Trumps first year as president of the US. He made this claim during his speech accepting the Republican nomination in July 2016. At the time, it struck me simply as a delusional expression of his grandiosity. Looking back, I also hear the plaintive wail of a desperate child who believes he is alone in the world with no one to care for him. I alone can do it is Trumps survival response to: I must do it all alone.

There are two Trumps. The one he presents to the world is all bluster, bullying and certainty. The other, which I have long felt haunts his inner world, is the frightened child of a relentlessly critical and bullying father and a distant and disengaged mother who couldnt or wouldnt protect him.

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13:00

Aussie Heatwave Electricity Shortfall, Hospital Emergency Measures, Coal Blamed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova South Australia and the Australian State of Victoria learned the hard way that when power demand surges, you cant turn up the solar panels. Melbourne hospitals switch off lights as mercury rises Grant McArthur and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun January 19, 2018 7:36pm PATIENTS were left in

12:55

Vast majority of British nuclear bomb tests took place on Aboriginal land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon  19 Jan 18 An excerpt from a book by Rudolph Herzog..

Lorna Arnold, an official historian of the British Ministry of Defense, justified her governments treatment of Aborigines by arguing that, all the time, the latter had NO legal rights a problem general to the 1950s Australian and British society and thus not specific to the atomic tests.

Arnold asserted that the greatest damage suffered by the Aborigines from the tests was to their way of life rather than directly to their health. The fact that the Aborigines interests in the land were neither registered or respected, Arnold wrote, was because of their general situation and was neither new nor peculiar to the weapons trials.
The British military carried out nuclear tests in Australia for almost a decade, with a vast majority of experiments (as claimed) taking place on Aboriginal lands.

12:54

Anarchists: Government Shutdown Doesn't Go Far Enough : Make the Shutdown Comprehensive and Permanent "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Once again, the threat of a government shutdown looms over the capital. Politicians exchange barbs, pundits wag their fingers and wring their hands, and the rest of us get up and go to work like we do every day. The news anchors demand to know: whose fault is it? What labyrinthine eleventh-hour compromise will they devise to avoid it? The rest of the nation yawns with indifference.

But we want answers! What if the government does shut down? Who will funnel our taxable income to military contractors? Who will tap our phones and read our email? Who will raid 7-Elevens and deport people? Who will indoctrinate our children? Who will stop people from driving while black? Who will build the wall?

It doesnt sound all that bad, actually. Unfortunately, the shutdown theyre talking about wont interrupt any of those things. Compared to what this country needs, its just a bit of theatrics.

So heres a different proposal for how to respond to the imminent shutdown of the US government. Lets make it comprehensive and permanent.

What better way to cut through partisan gridlock than by abolishing both parties outright? Seriously, what have they ever done for us? Two gangs of thieves and swindlers competing to boss us around and bleed us dry. Its hard to imagine a single problem that any of them can resolve better than we could on our own. They themselves are responsible for most of the issues they claim to address.

In recent years, societies around the world have discovered that the absence of a functioning government has produced remarkably little change in their daily lives. Since its prime minister quit a year ago, Northern Ireland has functioned without its elected assembly doing a thing. In Belgium, in 2010 and 2011, 589 days passed without the establishment of a government with no noticeable change in everyday life for most Belgians. Similar interludes went by in Spain and Germany with similarly insignificant consequences.

This goes to show how much of a joke democracy is in postmodern capitalism. Cybernetic bureaucracies keep capital and goods flowing while states do litt...

12:53

Civil Disobedience in the Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Drinking, listening to music (and drawing) at the Civil Disobedience Picnic  yesterday evening in Camperdown Park in Newtown to protest the area being declared an alcohol free area

12:51

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science promotes risky radioactive waste agenda "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon, 19 Jan 18   Edward Teller, Father of the H-Bomb, relentlessly promoted a plan to use 300 nukes to build a second Panama Canal, thats 233 more bombs than what was exploded on the Marshall Islands, with residents unable to return. While here in Australia we have the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science relentlessly promoting their risky agenda of abandoning deadly radioactive waste within a community of unwilling people.

12:39

UK electricity consumers could be saved bns if Hinkley nuclear power plan is cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Abandoning Hinkley Point C now could save consumers almost 1.5bn per year for 35 years from 2027 http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/news/ 19 Jan 18 Stop Hinkley Campaign submits response to the Helm cost of energy review.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has submitted a joint response, with the Nuclear Free Local...

12:35

South Australias heatwave will not affect power supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SA heatwave will not affect power supply, Treasurer says, as TDU amateur cyclists ignore warnings, ABC News 19 Jan 18, By political reporter Nick Harmsen and staff  The South Australian Government is not expecting to use the states new backup diesel power generators despite temperatures well into the mid-40s forcing a tight power supply balance.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued a level two lack of reserve notice for the state late this afternoon, meaning there is a small buffer of surplus generation available.A level three notice means unexpected load shedding blackouts are likely.

The power supply situation is even tighter in Victoria  with AEMO flagging the possibility of curtailing power to some industrial customers who have volunteered to be part of a demand management scheme.

SAs hottest temperature so far recorded today was a scorching 47.4 degrees Celsius at Wudinna on Eyre Peninsula.Port Augusta hit 46.5C, Whyalla reached 46.4C and Lameroo and Tarcoola both had tops of 46C.SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said while the states temporary generators were ready, they were unlikely to be used this afternoon.

In terms of supply we should be okay, he said.

Victoria I understand is about to load she...

12:32

United Nations: Secretary General warns on growing danger of nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

U.N. chief: Threat from nuclear and other weapons gathers force, Asahi Shimbun, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, January 19, 2018 UNITED NATIONSRussias foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send an alarming message to North Korea and impact all international agreements.

Sergey Lavrov took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump at a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, saying that we cannot for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of international diplomacy.

Last Friday, Trump kept alive the Iran agreement, which has won international praise including from U.S. allies, by extending sanctions waivers. But the president warned that the United States would pull out in a few months unless terrible flaws in the deal are fixed.

Lavrov and others worry that a U.S. pullout from the 2015 deal could mean that Washington cannot be trusted to keep agreements, which could harm any future efforts to get North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened Thursdays meeting warning that the threat from weapons of mass destruction seems to be gathering force.

He urged expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle what he called the greatest security challenge in the world todayNorth Korea.

The international community must build on the small signs of hope from the recent contacts between the two Koreas to pursue diplomacy and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the U.N. chief said.

Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War, Guterres said. I remain deeply concerned over the growing risk of military confrontation and the unimaginable consequences that would result.

Chinas deputy U.N. ambassador, Wu Haitao, urged all countries to reject Cold War mentality and commit to peaceful solutions, including on the Korean Peninsula where he pointed to some positive changes emerging.

All parties should make concerted efforts to extend this hard-won momentum of reduced tension, create conditions for relaunching dialogue and negotiation and return the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula to the correct track of dialogue and negotiation, Wu said.. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801190018.html

12:29

India Enters Australia Group, Inches Closer to Joining Nuclear Suppliers Group "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

BY THE WIRE STAFF ON 19/01/2018   The Ministry of External Affairs hopes Indias credentials are taken into account as and when a decision is taken (on its NSG application). New Delhi: India on Friday joined the Australia Group which aims to stop the development and acquisition of chemical and biological weapons, a move that may take the country an inch closer to joining the Nuclear Suppliers group (NSG).

This is the third multilateral export control group after the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Wassenaar Arrangement that India has become a member of.

In a press release, the 42-member Australia Group said there had been very strong support for Indias membership at its plenary meeting in June 2017. Following that, consensus was reached intersessionally to ad...

12:25

Frederic Slater-Hero or Villain? Reclaiming the Standing Stones Heritage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frederic Slater-Hero or Villain?

Reclaiming the Standing Stones Heritage

By Steven & Evan Strong

Special Thanks to Richard Patterson & Erik Bower

During recent times quite a few commentators have gone to considerable lengths to cast doubt, and often ridicule, when assessing the credentials and sanity of Frederic Slater. The general consensus amongst the many later-day critics is that Slater was at best deluded, unqualified and more than likely off with the fairies." Due to his many shortcomings, it has been decided his inadequacies immediately disqualify any claims made in relation to the Standing Stones Complex.

Until March of 2017 Slater had spent 75 years suspended in total anonymity outside all avenues of mainstream press and official channels, his work and actual existence in every academic arena was censored and if it wasn"t for an invitation we knew was laden with second agendas, it would have stayed that way. From the first time the feature writer for the Brisbane Courier Mail contacted us, I immediately made it clear that our scepticism metre was running on overdrive. Despite his repeated assurances that the sacred mound would be revered and respected in the article he intended to write, we never let go of the real concern this was a very conservative paper covering an incredibly radical sacred site and advocate in the 1930"s. The content was so left-of-centre and this outlet of mainstream press was so far to the right there didn"t seem to be any middle-ground.

There was every conceivable reason demanding no further contact balanced against only one directive that insisted we agree without equivocation. When given my first ceremony by Karno and the Ramindjeri, it was made clear we had to convince using empirical evidence and logic and our primary target audience was to be those most resistant. Whether the scientists, mainstream press or even politicians, our anointed brief was constant in trying time after time to breach the wall. So we agreed to meet and in keeping with our misgivings the first issue raised by us related to why they were so supportive. Their responses sounded reassuring, but there was a hollow ring to every guarantee. Irrespective of individual dispositions, both reporter and cameraman were employees subservient to the Courier Mail"s philosophy of ridiculing anything that deviates from their brand of right-win...

12:04

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet - On Friendship" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"On Friendship"
 by Kahlil Gibran

"Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind,
nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, 
all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love 
but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill...

12:03

Thanks to New Digital Imaging Tool, Hidden Egyptian Paintings Have Finally Been Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Art can reveal so much about a culture. Sadly, many of the masterpieces created throughout the centuries have been lost due to erosion and the passing of time. On a positive note, not all is lost. To determine what our ancestors painted on rocks and engraved into stone, researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, developed a new imaging technique. The technology has allowed them to re-examine Egyptian art and find details that were lost over the years.

In their paper, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers describe a technique called DStretch. With this tool, they were able to analyze paintings found at Beni Hassan, an ancient Egyptian cemetery located near the city of Minya. Egyptologists have not realised [DStretchs] potential in helping us to examine and record ancient wall paintings, Dr. Linda Evans told IFLScience.

The technique was first developed in 2005 and allows digital images to be enhanced. After the remnants of paint and engravings are analyzed by three bands of RGB color, the intensity and saturation of them are improved. Essentially, the images are stretched then mapped back to normal. The resulting product reveals artwork similar to what the original looked like.

Credit: Evans et al

Artwork from Beni Hassan, which has been carved into the walls near tombs, contains scenes from daily life, such as farming, hunting, and fishing. Because the artwork is multi-colored, researchers had a difficult time determining the shades of red, brown, blue, green, black, and white used. Using DStretch, the researchers found a drawing of a herd of pigs, as well as a hoard of bats.

The most surprising outcome of the DStretch study has been the confirmation of new images of animals that are incredibly rare in Egyptian art, said E...

12:00

The demons of Van Dieman's Land: Britain's genocide in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The demons of Van Dieman's Land: Britain's genocide in TasmaniaNot only were British colonists at war with Australia's First People, but irrefutable evidence shows they were trying to wipe them out. read now...

11:59

Scuba Diving Philippines PADI IDC & PADI Dive Courses by Sea Explorers Philippines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scuba Diving in the Philippines: Malapascua, Alona Beach, Cabilao and Dauin we combine it all. Scuba Diving, Island Hopping and Dive Resorts in the Philippines.

11:24

Burn Fat for Fuel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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10:39

Curators from National Museum visit ninney rise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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This week FoNR committee members Sandal Hayes and Liz Gallie met at Ninney Rise with Kate Morschel and Rowena from the National Museum Australia. 

They had a tour of the house and we provided oral history. Both Kate and Rowena were familiar with the FoNR website and Iain McClaman's 'The Reef a Passionate History' and expressed how valuable the website and material is as a resource.

They were impressed with Ninney Rise and very interested in the part the Ninney Rise story might play in a new dedicated exhibition at the museum on the Great Barrier Reef. 


The  exhibition will cover deep history, indigenous history and the anthropocene age, impacts of man.

FoNR was delighted to be able to provide valuable information about this important period in our local history and appreciative of the advice and material they left with us including 2 folders of excellent resource material and links to guide funding opportunities, accessioning and collections policy data etc.

They are keen to include Ellison Reef in the story. I'm sure visiting Ninney Rise and the plaque has given them a lot of material to consider.
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10:33

Hot, hot, hot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

42.3 C is too hot for me and for the birds.

The birdbaths throughout our garden supported pardalotes, honeyeaters and parrots through a blazingly hot day yesterday. The Galahs gathered on the front lawn used a tried and true cooling technique.

Spotted Pardalote (imm), Wyndham Street Newstead, 19th January 2018

09:31

Nuclear-trashed Pacific islands, sea level rise, and hope from New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guano, Nuclear Testing, Chemical Weapons   Another guano claim converted for U.S. military use is Johnston Atoll (Kamala), located about 800 miles southwest of Honolulu.

One phase of expansion on Johnston Island involved construction of a launch pad for high-altitude missile tests for Operation Dominic in the 1960s. Two of the tests were aborted, with radioactive contamination falling on the runway. Forty years later, in 2002, the Air Force finished burying thousands of cubic meters of plutonium-contaminated waste in a 25-acre landfill on the atoll.

The question, then, is not when will islands be submerged, but when will sea-level rise make life on low-lying islands impossible.

The answer to that question is close at hand for a number of Pacific islands.

Perhaps the biggest legal stride in New Zealand is Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns recent announcement of plans for a special refugee visa for Pacific Islanders, starting with 100 places annually. We are anchored in the Pacific, Ardern told reporters. Surrounding us are a number of nations, not least ourselves, who will be dramatically impacted by the effects of climate change. I see it as a personal and national responsibility to do our part.

American Polynesia, Rising Seas and Relocation, By Laray Polk, Global Research, Ja...

09:03

The question of when human life begins is still a point of contention for some "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The science has been obscured in philosophy, but the question is settled. The question of when a human life begins is a strictly scientific one and one for which the scientific community has had an empirical, internationally acknowledged answer for a very long time. For more than a century, the field of human embryology has documented that in human sexual reproduction a new, whole, individual, living human being begins to exist at "first contact" between a sperm and an oocyte/"egg" (the beginning of the process known as fertilization.) Immediately when these two mere cells make first contact and fuse, organism proteins and enzymes specific to humans are produced. One new single-cell human being with his or her own new, unique, and complete set of human DNA begins to exist. This is an internationally recognized empirical fact that has been documented by the Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development since 1942, and updated every year since then to the present by the international nomenclature committee (FIPAT). The 23 Carnegie Stages cover human development during the eight-week embryonic period, and a new human being is represented by Carnegie Stage 1a.

08:48

FixedIt: how NOT to report on a man who murdered a woman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

News.com.au have helpfully provided a perfect example of a how not to report on a man who killed a woman.

Dont write headlines giving sympathy to a murderer. He was lonely. Thats the biggest, boldest fact to report? Thats the first thing to say in the headline? Really? He killed a woman. That doesnt make him an object of sympathy. It makes him a murderer and a criminal.

Dont interview a murderers friends. Men who murder women are not evil monsters lurking in alleyways, hiding their recognisably evil faces from the world. Theyre just men. They look like other men and live lives like other men. They have friends and families and people who care about them. Those people mourn them when they die and are shocked when they kill women they claim to love. All these things are true of Brazil Gurung and none of them change the fact that he killed a woman. Murder is still murder even if the murderer had friends who liked him.

Dont make excuses for murder. Cocaine does not cause murder. Loneliness does not cause murder. Debt does not cause murder. A decision to travel does not cause murder.Ex-wives definitely do not cause murder. Devoting nearly 700 words to all the difficulties of a murders life as if they excuse or justify the fact that he killed a woman is ludicrous. Half the country is lonely. Thousands of people use cocaine. Hundreds of thousands of people in Australia have ex-spouses. These people do not commit murder. Murder is caused by one thing the decision to commit murder. Any other details should be used for nothing more than describing the circumstances.

Dont erase the victim. Amelia Blake was 22 years old. She was a person. She should have had decades to live and explore all her possible futures. In the whole article her name is used seven times and six of those are describing his life and his relationship to her. The only time she is mentioned outside  describing his life is in the last paragraph, which briefly states that her family is mourning her.

Women do not exist only as an extension of a mans life. This is not a movie where the female character is written only to move the male protagonist through a plot. This is someones life. She was real. She was a person. And he killed her. Where are the people who mattered to her in this article? Where are her friends and the difficulties of her life? What are the trials she had to overcome? It appears that none of them are important enough to ask about or report. The only story told is his story.

Murder is the ultimate vi...

08:40

Market Rebounds after Cryptocurrency Bloodbath "IndyWatch Feed National"

On January 17, 2018, the cryptocurrency market almost unanimously plummeted by around 20 to 40 percent and almost erased any progress made by the industry in terms of market capitalization within the past couple of months. Bitcoin, the world"s most []

The post Market Rebounds after Cryptocurrency Bloodbath appeared first on The Global Mail.

08:39

APRadio weekly podcast available "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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08:37

Ancient Sanskrit Reveals the 9 Rules for Being Human "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the questions that has puzzled the greatest minds in history is What is the meaning of life?. What is our true purpose on this earth, why are we here? Chances are youll get a different answer from almost every single person. Some people believe that money will help them find the answer, so... View Article

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08:07

EDITORIAL: The death of Papuans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EDITORIAL: The death of Papuans
EDITORIAL The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, January 19, 2018 | 07:59 am


Malnourished siblings Epi (left), Arfat (center) and Poma from Sarwamok in Agats district, Asmat regency, Papua, are being transferred to Agats General Hospital. The children were found on Thursday by paramedics who had been deployed in response to a recent measles outbreak. The journey from Asmats capital to Agats regency takes several hours by boat. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)
The wood...

08:00

January 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was  Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan  (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.


1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbourne Town Hall with a banquet to kick off the third and (at long last!) final session of the National Australasian Convention (where the delegates agreed on drafting the Constitution Bill...but not before they dragged it out until the 17th March).
But the banquet...!
Prawn cocktail...

07:32

Hundreds evacuated as ice jams cause flooding in USA and Canada (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ice jams have caused severe problems along some rivers in north eastern USA and eastern Canada since 12 January, 2018. States of emergency have been declared and around 200 people have evacuated their homes and north eastern USA and a further 100 in New Brunswick, Canada. Heavy rain over the last few days has also caused rivers to overflow and some surface flooding. Two people died in West Virginia when their vehicle was trapped in flood water. Flood rescues were required in Pittsburgh after a major road was flooded. Ice jams in northeastern USA Media have reported dozens of ice jams along rivers in north eastern USA. Below is a short summary of some of the floods. Parts of the Connecticut River near Haddam are so blocked, ice breakers from the US Coast Guard have been called in to break the jam.

07:17

Night shift work increases the risks of multiple primary cancers in women. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Jan ;27(1):25-40. PMID: 29311165 Abstract Title:  Night Shift Work Increases the Risks of Multiple Primary Cancers in Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 61 Articles. Abstract:  A growing number of studies have examined associations between night shift work and the risks of common cancers among women, with varying conclusions. We did a meta-analysis to identify whether long-term night shift work increased the risks of common cancers in women. We enrolled 61 articles involving 114,628 cases and 3,909,152 participants from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. Risk estimates were performed with a random-effect model or a fixed-effect model. Subgroup analyses and meta-regression analyses about breast cancer were conducted to explore possible sources of heterogeneity. In addition, we carried out a dose-response analysis to quantitatively estimate the accumulative effect of night shift work on the risk of breast cancer. A positive relationship was revealed between long-term night shift work and the risks of breast [OR = 1.316; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.196-1.448], digestive system (OR = 1.177; 95% CI, 1.065-1.301), and skin cancer (OR = 1.408; 95% CI, 1.024-1.934). For every 5 years of night shift work, the risk of breast cancer in women was increased by 3.3% (OR = 1.033; 95% CI, 1.012-1.056). Concerning the group of nurses, long-term night shift work presented potential carcinogenic effect in breast cancer (OR = 1.577; 95% CI, 1.235-2.014), digestive system cancer (OR = 1.350; 95% CI, 1.030-1.770), and lung cancer (OR = 1.280; 95% CI, 1.070-1.531). This systematic review confirmed the positive association between night shift work and the risks of several common cancers in women. We identified that cancer risk of women increased with accumulating years of night shift work, which might help establish and implement effective measures to protect female night shifters. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 27(1); 25-40.2018 AACR.

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05:49

The Gender Inclusivity of Diverse White Privilege Equity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Blame Shiv for this one; she posted about someone at Monsanto inviting Jordan Peterson to talk about GMOs, and it led me down an interesting rabbit hole. For one thing, the event already happened, and it was the farce you were expecting. This, however, caught my eye:

Corrupt universitiesand Womens Studies departments in particular, he saysare responsible for turning students into activists who will one day tear apart the fabric of society. The world runs on ideas. And the ideas that are in the universities are the ideas that are going to be in the general public in five to ten years. And theres no shielding yourself from it, he said.

Peterson also shared a trick for figuring out whether or not a childs school has been affected by the coming crisis: If a schoolteacher uses any of the five words listed on his display screendiversity, inclusivity, equity, white privilege, or genderthen a child has been exposed.

Whats Petersons solution for all this? The answer to the ills that our society still obviously suffers from, he said, is that people should adopt an ethos of responsibility rather than continually clamoring about their rights, which is something that weve been talking about for about four decades too long, as far as I can surmise.

Four decades puts us back into the 1970s, when womens liberation groups were calling to be able to exercise their right to bodily autonomy, to be free from violence, to equal pay for equal work, to equal custody of kids. If Peterson is opposed to that then hes more radical than most MRAs, who are generally fine with Second Wave feminism. I wonder if hes a lost son of Phyllis Schlafly.

But more importantly, he appears to be warning us of a crisis coming in 5-10 years, one that invokes those five terms as holy writ. Thats . well, lets step through it.

Diversity training started sometime before the 1980s by white male corporate managers, who were worried some of their employees didnt have the proper training or knowledge of corporate culture. Over time, employee feedback suggested including said managers as well to help weed out their biases. By the 1990s, diversity training was booming thanks to corporate interest.[1] The reasons were pretty simpl...

05:48

Wilfred Burchett, the CIA and an Attempted Bribery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 6 February 1976, in his syndicated column in the New York Post, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jack Anderson revealed to his readers that the CIA once tried to bribe the Communist Worlds most famous newsman, Wilfred Burchett, into defecting to the U.S. for $100,000.

The attempted bribe happened in Korea in September 1953, during the talks to end the Korean War. In todays money, the CIAs $100,000 would be equivalent to $904,239.70 according to dollartimes.org. Why did the CIA try to buy my father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett in Korea in 1953? I dont know. But I can guess

My father confirmed the story in an article in The National Guardian (New York, Feb. 18, 1976). His answer to the offer, made by an American newsman on behalf of the CIA was Nothing doing.

I remember asking him in our home in Paris at the time: Why didnt you tell that story earlier? They accuse you of being a KGB agent, and now we learn that it was actually the CIA who wanted to buy you!

His answer was: it would have been embarrassing and damaging to the reputation of the colleague who made the offer on behalf of the CIA.

In October 1974, my father appeared in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney. He was suing the editor of the Australian right-wing magazine Focus for defamation over an article which accused him of being a KGB agent. The allegations were based on the testimony of a former part-time KGB operative, Yuri Krotkov (aka George Karlin), who specialized in the sexual blackmail of foreign diplomats in Moscow. He defected to the UK in September 1963. In 1969, Krotkov/Karlin was called to testify before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Internal Security and named Jean-Paul Sartre, John Kenneth Galbraith, a number of distinguished diplomats and other personalities of being in the pay of the KGB. Among those named was Wilfred Burchett.

Wilfred Burchett had been a thorn in the U.S. and Australian militaristic establishments ever since he blew the whistle on one of the greatest crimes against humanity: the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the long-term effects of atomic radiation. He went on to report the talks to end the war in Korea from the North Korean- Chinese sides. And in 1969, when Krotkov/Karlin spun his tale, he was reporting the Vietnam War from the Hanoi-Viet Cong sides. He did it openly and publicly in articles and books published and widely read all over the world.

For the people sitting on the U.S. Senate Committee before which Krotkov/Karlin testified, the anti-war movement was a communist conspiracy orchestrated by Moscow. So to have one of the most prominent journalists reporting the....

05:18

U.S. Air Force Weighs International Squadrons to Strike Terror Targets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Use of low-cost fighter planes would allow deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, answers questions during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Nov. 9.Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

Jan. 19, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

The U.S. Air Force is considering forming international squadrons of low-cost fighter planes to strike terrorist targets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, allowing deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities.

A new unit employing relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf aircraft could free up cutting-edge U.S. and allied jet fighters for deterrence missions in Europe and Asia, and could help relieve a critical pilot shortage the U.S. Air Force faces, military and congressional officials say.

 

As the U.S. transitions its fighter fleet to new advanced stealth planes, like the F-22 and F-35, it is confronted with the difficult cost equation of using a fighter jet that costs $150 million to buy and $35,000 an hour to fly to destroy a terrorist camp of tattered tents.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft refuels during an exercise over Nevada in 2016.Photo: Msgt Burt Traynor/Planet Pix/ZUMA Pres

Now, as Russia and China invest in their militaries and assert themselves more, the U.S. faces the additional problem of how and where to deploy limited numbers of stealthy warplanes to deter so-called peer competitors.

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Claire G. Coleman: No, I Will Not Thank You For Your Invasion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claire G Coleman. Photo Credit: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Claire G Coleman. Photo Credit: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Share this Post I searched the Internet for my name on a fine January morning, it can be the only way to find reviews of my work. I found my name somewhere unexpected, in an article by Keith Windschuttle in Quadrant (Australia ...

05:03

Scientist Claims that Gut Feelings Are Caused By Our WiFi Like Connection to Other People "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We all have a sense of intuition. Now, for some, it is much more intense than it is for others but it is still always there.

Where does our intuition come from though? What is causing it to do the things it does? Digby Tantam, a Professor at the University of Sheffield, has gone to great lengths to research intuition and believes he has the answers we have all been looking for.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.- Albert Einstein

He published his findings in his book The Interbrain. He seems to think that our human brains are interconnected and are able to communicate with other brains. This being done non-verbally, of course. He claims it is occurring through micro-signals that are revealing the thoughts of others.

This essentially means he thinks that our brains speak to one another through a means similar to WI-FI. He calls this connection the Interbrain and argues that it is what creates our gut-feeling because our brain on a subconscious level already knows what those around us are thinking. Does that make sense to you?

Tantam told the Telegraph as follows on his new book:

We can know directly about other peoples emotions and what they are paying attention to,

It is based on the direct connection between our brains and other peoples and between their brain and ours. I call this the interbrain.

The area of the brain that is closest to the nose os the orbitofrontal cortex. It might be there because so many of our most basic connections to other people are via smell.

People with autism are in his theory not plugged into this like the rest of us and added:

They are often able to pick up or learn what expressions mean and yet that doesnt seem to solve the problem of that lack of human connection.

Emotional contagion occurs at the speed of light, not the speed of electronic transmission. Face-to-face visual input is accompanied by sound, by gesture, by the smell of sweat, by the possibility of touch, and by a connection.

This is a highly controversial subject but I find these things to be quite fascinating. What do you think about a...

04:59

Walk Inside a Warehouse-Sized Kaleidoscopic Painting by Katharina Grosse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse encompasses an entire warehouse, transforming its raw interior into a soft maze of kaleidoscopic color. The installation, titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, responds to the architecture of Sydneys contemporary art center Carriageworks, filling the industrial space with nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric.

I was fascinated by the thought of folding space, explained Grosse in a statement about the work. I was interested in taking this vast surface and shrinking it by folding or, actually, hiding the entirety of whats there. I understand a painting as something that, as we view it, travels through us and realigns our connections with the world.

To produce the piece Grosse first suspended the multitude of fabric from Carriageworks ceiling, creating a series of drapes and folds. The artist then used a spray gun to paint the work in a series of gestural strokes, creating an immersive site-specific environment that obscures the historic buildings architecture in a dense mass of swirling color.

The work was mounted as a part of Sydney Festival 2018, and is on view through April 8, 2018. You can view more of Grosses large-scale paintings (including this 2016 in situ installation at Rockaway Beach) on her website.  (via Juxtapoz)

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04:34

The New Bourgeoisie, Critical Theory and Jordan B Peterson "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Earlier this week, clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson appeared on Britain's Channel 4 in an interview with TV journalist Cathy Newman. It didn't go well. Journalist Douglas Murray described it as "catastrophic for the interviewer", while author Sam Harris called it a "nearly terminal case of close-mindedness". Sociologist Nicholas Christakis perhaps described it best: Christakis mentions two important things about Newman. First, she seemed hostile towards Peterson, clearly going into the interview with a moral prejudice towards him. Second, she seemed unable to engage with his arguments, instead misrepresenting them ("You're saying women aren't intelligent enough to run top companies?") or taking issue with them (during a conversation about unhealthy relationships, Newman asked: "What gives you the right to say that?" Answer: "I'm a clinical psychologist.") At one point, she was rendered speechless.

04:15

What is Ripple? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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By Shawn Gordon

What is Ripple? Technically speaking, is Ripple a cryptocurrency in the mold of Bitcoin? The short answer is probably no, but that doesnt stop it from often being lumped into that same category.

What is Ripple?

Originally released in 2012 as a subsequent iteration of Ripplepay, Ripple is a real-time gross settlement system (RTGS), currency exchange and remittance network. Using a common ledger that is managed by a network of independently validating servers that constantly compare transaction records, Ripple doesn't rely on the energy and computing intensive proof-of-work used by Bitcoin. Ripple is based on a shared public database that makes use of a consensus process between those validating servers to ensure integrity. Those validating servers can belong to anyone, from individuals to banks.

The Ripple protocol (token represented as XRP) is meant to enable the near instant and direct transfer of money between two parties. Any type of currency can be exchanged, from fiat currency to gold to even airline miles. They claim to avoid the fees and wait times of traditional banking and even cryptocurrency transactions through exchanges.

How Is It Fundamentally Different From Bitcoin?

It is the validating servers and consensus mechanism that tends to lead people to just assume that Ripple is a blockchain-based technology. While it is consensus oriented, Ripple is not a blockchain. Ripple uses a HashTree to summarize the data into a single value that is compared across its validating servers to provide consensus.

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04:06

Pair of pit bull terriers severely maul 4-year-old in Melbourne, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 4-year-old child "severely mauled" by a pair of pit bulls Thursday afternoon in Brevard County was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for treatment, police said. The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. at The Meadows mobile home park off Rolling Rock Drive near John Rodes Boulevard, just north of Eau Gallie Boulevard. Paramedics responded to the scene within minutes. "They're working on him now," Melbourne police Lt. Steve Sadoff told News 6 partner Florida Today. Three pit bull mixes were taken from the scene by Brevard County animal control, but four dogs were at the residence at the time of the attack, officers said. Police said the child suffered multiple lacerations but is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

03:50

US Encircles Iran with 45 Bases, But Concerned With Iran in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Washington D.C. (AHT) With the imminent defeat of United States-supported terrorist groups in Syria by the Syrian government, with assistance from Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, one might reasonably think that the U.S. would finally just go home. After all, U.S. President Donald Trump wants, or so he says, to stop nation building, and put America first.

When a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked what role U.S. soldiers/terrorists would have in Syria, once ISIS was no longer a viable presence in that country, the answer was not what the questioner expected. The State Departments David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, responded thusly: We are deeply concerned with the activities of Iran, with the ability of Iran to enhance those activities through a greater ability to move material into Syria. And I would rather leave the discussion at that point.

This response further obfuscates the already complicated, years-long U.S. interference in Syria. The Syrian government has been fighting a variety of foreign-supported terrorist groups for several years; ISIS has been chief among them. While the U.S. has ostensibly helped defeat ISIS in Syria, it has long been proven that ISIS fighters receive training and funding from the U.S., Britain, and other countries. The U.S. is more than willing to support both sides of a conflict since it is the worlds largest arms dealer; where there is money to be made, the U.S. is there, regardless of how totally immoral the deal might be. So it both supported and, to a lesser degree, fought, ISIS.

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03:49

Unhealthiest State Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By  the World Mercury Project Team

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

 

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03:46

Millions of "mishandled" dollars funneled from Australian govt to Clinton Foundation now under investigation by FBI "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette. "I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers," Smith told LifeZette. Of note, the Clinton Foundation received some $88 million from Australian taxpayers between 2006 and 2014, reaching its peak in 2012-2013 - which was coincidentally (we're sure) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's last year in office. Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and multiple Australian government officials - including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, whose conversation with Trump aide George Papadopoulos that Russia had 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation (as opposed to the Fusion GPS dossier, of course).

03:20

Market Talk- January 19th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

A positive day for core Asia but not that convincing. You could highlight the Australian ASX as one key core that set a weaker tone settling -0.15% lower, but we also saw the Hang Seng and the Nikkei in and out of negative territory. In Japan the Nikkei was better bid in the morning session but traded heavy in the afternoon session even driving a bid back into the safe-haven Yen (110.60 last seen). It did manage a +0.2% better close but looked less than convincing. Chinas Shanghai and the Hong Kongs Hang Seng both performed the better Asian exchanges closing +0.4% higher the pair. News that the HSI has received huge cash inflow for the first three weeks of 2018, with talk that real estate is the hot sector. The Shanghai index reached its best level in nearly three years even as the on-shore Renminbi reached its 2yr high above 6.4 mark. The Dollar Index (DXY) traded heavy today as it broke the psychological 90 level in early trade. Hot topic in Asia and taken into the European session is the concern that the US government may end Friday in deadlock and that faces a potential US government shutdown. Just to address many concerns coming in, we would not expect such action to affect its credit rating.

Europe stood in stark contrast to the Asian session with a strong return across the field. Currency did weaken (Euro -0.25 and GBP -0.3%) but stocks were over 0.5% on the whole. The German DAX was the highlight (+1.15%) after strong Eurozone data hit the screens. The Current Account number came in 2bn higher at 32.5bn against the previous 30.3bn. The UKs FTSE after a weak opening found its legs and eventually closed around +0.4% higher. We did see a dip in the index after the Retail Sales number disappointed markets, so the final closing number was an outstanding effort. French President Emmanuel Macron was vocal following his visit with Theresa May. He warned that if the City wished for access to the single market, they would be expected to contribute to the EU budget! Still lots of reports that MiFID 2 is killing volume and trade. Talk is that the options volumes have almost died with many still even unsure what they are allowed to offer staff losses anticipated! Gold is seeing a bit of a bid and continues to p...

01:59

All You Need to Know About the ESTA Visa and Why Travelers to the US Need it "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

All You Need to Know About the ESTA Visa and Why Travelers to the US Need it | airplane-traveling | News And Opinions

If you plan on visiting the US for any number of reasons, you are probably going to need a visa. You will also require an ESTA visa, which is a digital visa that stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This shouldnt be a concern as it is relatively easy to acquire. While the process is pretty straightforward, you still need to familiarize yourself with it in order to properly go about applying for your ESTA. Check out the rest of this piece in order to learn how you can get your own ESTA and become eligible for travel in the US.

Registration process

You apply for an ESTA visa by going to https://www.e-visa-usa.com/en/application. The form you need to fill in is in regards to general information about yourself, which you shouldnt find difficult to answer. This personal information is then sent over to US authorities which will run your application information against their criminal database.

Expenses

You will need to pay a few in order to submit your ESTA application, but were not talking big bucks. You will need to pay a total of $14 for the application, out of which only $4 cover the actual cost of the application. The other $10 is considered a donation to US Tourism. If your application is rejected, you will be refunded the $10, but the $4 application cost is non-refundable.

How long does it take?

You shouldnt have to wait too long for your ESTA response to kick in. You can except a response in a matter of seconds from sending out your application, but keep in mind that it might take more than that. The best way to go about it is to prepare for a lengthier response duration, so that you dont have your plans ruined by this unknown factor. It is known that the maximum waiting time is 48 hours, so it helps to submit your appl...

01:59

FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: ZeroHedge: The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette. I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations []

01:48

Prime Minister Abe and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull meet in Tokyo and agree to boost defense ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrive at Narashino exercise field in Chiba Prefecture on Thursday. | REUTERS

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STAFF WRITERS The Japan Times

 JAN 18, 2018

Visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe agreed Thursday in Tokyo to bolster cooperation to ensure a free, open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region built on a rule-based order, effectively endorsing Japans strategy to keep Chinas growing military power in check in the region.

In a joint statement released the same day, the two leaders also agreed to promote deeper and broader defense cooperation this year, including exercises, operations, capacity building and mutual visits by the military forces of the two countries.

Abe has advocated a policy of pursuing a free and open Indo-Pacific region, which calls for freedom of maritime navigation and opposes any unilateral action to change the status-quo. It is widely seen as designed to urge China to rein in its growing assertiveness at sea.

Our relationship is about shared values. We are seeking to achieve the same objective as youve described as a free and open Indo-Pacific, Turnbull told reporters soon after the summit.

The two leaders reaffirmed their determination to urge member countries to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement so that it will quickly go into effect, according to the statement.

Japan and Australia have also been negotiating to conclude a new military pact that would specify the legal status of military personnel temporarily staying in each others countries for drills, and aims to simplify procedures needed for the transport of military equipment.

In the joint statement, the leaders said they underscored the importanceof such a pact and directed all relevant ministers to conclude the negotiations as early as (is) feasible.

Although Japan has a S...

01:39

China a disruptive force, says US Pacific military chief "IndyWatch Feed National"

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US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, commander of United States Pacific Command, welcoming US President Donald Trump at its headquarters in Aiea, Hawaii, on Nov 3, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) The head of the US militarys Pacific command called China a disruptive power in the Indo-Pacific region on Thursday (Jan 18) and urged countries in the area to build capabilities and work together to ensure free and open seas.

Admiral Harry Harris, known for his combative views on Beijings South China Sea expansion, was speaking at a security conference sponsored by the Indian government, where he was joined by the chief of staff, joint staff of Japan and the head of the Indian navy.

The three countries the United States, Japan and India have grown increasingly concerned about Chinas assertive military posture in the region and sought to draw closer, with Australia, in a quad of liberal democracies.

I believe the reality is that China is a disruptive transitional force in the Indo-Pacific, they are owner of the trust deficit that we all have spent the last hour talking about, Adm Harris said, referring to the discussions of the panel.

The United States has criticised Chinas construction of islands and build-up of military facilities in the South China Sea, saying they could be used to restrict free nautical movement.

China says there is no issue with freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and opposes efforts to use it as anexcuse to infringe on Chinas sovereignty and security interests.

Adm Harris said Chinas actions had caused disquiet in countries stretching from the Philippines to Malaysia and Vietnam. He said it was time countries took firmer measures to ensure maritime stability.

We must be willing to take the tough decisions to ensure the Indo-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean remain free, open and prosperous, he said.

This requires like-minded nations to develop capacities, leverage each others capabilities. Adm Harris had earlier proposed joint patrols with the Indian navy in the Indian Ocean. New Delhi, worried about a backlash from China, said no such actions were planned.

But India has begun holding trilateral naval exercises with the US and Japan that military experts say could eventually include Australia as well.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/china-a...

00:16

Intergenerational Summer Tweet of the Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


00:15

Quote of the Week 20 Jan 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Like it or not, Aboriginal Australians are the most disadvantaged, ostracised, criticised and victimised group in society. We experience racism pretty much on a daily basis. I speak from experience. This is Aboriginal life. [Tauto Sansbury writing in The Advertiser, 31 December 2017]

Friday, 19 January

23:23

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 20, 2018 They said of Jesus, He is out of his mind.  If not, why is he seen happily in the company of sinners, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers and outcasts? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 316

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Reading 1  2 SM 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

David returned from his defeat of the Amalekites
and spent two days in Ziklag.
On the third day a man came from Sauls camp,
with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.
Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.
David asked him, Where do you come from?
He replied, I have escaped from the camp of the children of Israel.
Tell me what happened, David bade him.
He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle
and that many of them had fallen and were dead,
among them Saul and his son Jonathan.David seized his garments and rent them,
and all the men who were with him did likewise.
They mourned and wept and fasted until evening
for Saul and his son Jonathan,
and for the soldiers of the LORD of the clans of Israel,
because they had fallen by the sword.

Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul,
slain upon your heights;
how can the warriors have fallen!

Saul and Jonathan, beloved and cherished,
separated neither in life nor in death,
swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!
Women of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and in finery,
who decked your attire with ornaments of gold.

How can the warriors have fallen
in the thick of the battle,
slain upon your heights!

I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother!
most dear have you been to me;
more precious have I held love for you than love for women.

How can the warriors have fallen,
the weapons of war have perished!

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23:06

No, Washington Post, Socrates Was Not A Social Justice Warrior "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Washington Post recently published an article headlined: Why social justice warriors are the true defenders of free speech and open debate. Written by Matthew Sears of the University of New Brunswick, the piece is an academic fantasy. Sears might as well have opened his article by declaring: Let us begin by setting aside all the facts.

Even if the clickbait headline, which the author likely did not write himself, is set aside, the article is ridiculous. It attempts to graft a bland discussion of Socrates, philosophical history, and educational theory onto a defiant vindication of social justice warriors as the real truth-seekers and defenders of intellectual inquiry. Sears claims social justice warriors are the true heirs to the Socratic method of dialectic, a form of debate in which new ideas can emerge only after the very best ideas of the very best thinkers have been considered and taken seriously.

But campus enforcers of political correctness do not seek out the best arguments of those they disagree with. They do not engage in respectful, informed debate. Rather, they shut it down. They scream, blockade, threaten, and assault to stop speech they disagree with. Left-wing academics systematically discriminate against conservatives (especially Christians) and even stage hysterical witch-hunts against each other to suppress perceived heresies. Social justice warriors are not the heirs of Socrates; they are precisely the sort of people who had Socrates sentenced to death.

Have You Ever Met a Social Justice Warrior?

Sears presents a fanciful vision of social justice as inspiring a superior approach to intellectual inquiry. However, his writing about respectful, informed debate condemns, rather than vindicating, actual campus social justice warriors. Their very name gives them away. They have labeled themselves warriors rather than debaters or dialoguers or respectful interlocutors in a shared effort at moral and philosophical inquiry. None of Sears high-minded piffle bears any relation to how social justice advocates actually behave in the classroom and the academic community.

Sears mentions incidents like left-wing mobs takeover of Evergreen State College, but never disavows them. If Sears wishes to defend social justice as actually practiced on college campuses, he should do so forthrightly and honestly. If he wishes to claim that violent campus mobs and vindictive academic witch-hunters are not real social justice warriors, he should explain how they have deviated from the true gospel of social justice.

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22:00

Open Letter To The Resistance: Why Lightworkers Attack Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Unknown Light Warrior brings us some unusual information and food for thought so we can chew the cud and figure ourselves out rather than beating ourselves up. Makes a lot of sense.  ~ BP

By The Unknown Lightworker

Quick update & preface: No show this week. Too much happening with the 144k Campaign & the Piercing The Veil Through the Global Leyline Tachyon Chamber Project. But Ill be back next week, with a VERY special guest. For now make sure you read this BREAKTHROUGH article thats being communicated to our galactic family. It was AWESOME therapy for one lady who proof-read it so it may well have the same affect on you.

Unlike my previous articles, this one will be short partly because of the urgent need for the Resistance, all other off-world groups & ET souls incarnated here for the first time to receive this intel that is proving hard for them to truly absorb process & thus understand at the real-world practical level about the real reasons why surface Lightworkers attack each other.

Henceforth in this article Ill be speaking to all off-world groups, not only the Resistance Movement.

Reason #1: Most of us are just a few lifetimes away from going dark.

As an off-worlder youll know that the Archons, were once Angels.

This is something you are aware of intellectually but it is hard for you to truly synthesize this information in a way that actually answers the question of why Lightworkers attack each other in the context of working & fighting together for planetary liberation, without having actually experienced several lifetimes here yourself

This article will allow you to finally truly understand this. Or as we on the surface put it To really get it.

Because how can any Lightworker attack another, when working and fighting side-by-side?

Its so illogical

Its so ugly

It goes against everything were striving for

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19:00

The Shortest of Straws "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Letter to the Editor from Ali WILKINS of Scarborough, expressing an interesting perspective on SBCs masterful lending of 9M to Benchmark against the gilt-edged security of land it already owns.

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Dear Editor,

Recently on Tripadvisor Alpamare Scarborough rated 17th in the top attractions in our town. The Cliff Lift, St. Marys Church and the Italian Gardens scored higher than our World Class Waterpark.

If only those few with power in our Council had taken heed of the objections submitted to the Benchmark planning application 2012 11/01844/FL including the Urban Space Group who in conclusion said:

The layout, design and ambition of this proposal is not of a sufficient standard for this potentially wonderful part of Scarborough

And the Scarborough and District Civic Society who stated:

We wish to register our disappointment at the quality of this proposal. we support the opinion expressed by the Urban Space Group that, if this application is approved, it is a lost opportunity to create a spectacular development. This is a typical commercial developers answer to maximising the profit on the site with little or no thought for the unique quality of the sites For all these reasons the Civic Society objects strongly to this proposal

If they had taken note and not blindly agreed to this developers plans we would more likely have a waterpark to be proud of. Instead of an overpriced eyesore blotting the landscape, a blot which we now have the dubious pleasure of owning, according to a delighted Cllr. Mallory at the last Full Council Meeting. And furthermore, should Benchmark default on the unsecured 9m loan, we were assured that we could take it back which we own anyway! Lloyds lent Benchmark 5m against the waterpark so why didnt the Council secure the loan of 9m?

Apply this to the Councils hell bent destruction of the Futurist Theatre, despite thousands of people objecting to its demise; despite the Authorities/Trusts who wrote supporting its restoration to a year-round attraction and looking at what Flamingo Land have planned for it I dont think I am alone in this feeling of dja vu.

I just get the feeling that we residents have drawn the shortest of straws.

Regards,

Ali Wilkins.

Ali WILKINS, Scarborough. Scarborough. 19th January, 2018.

16:00

Iowa State's Attempt To Violate Its Students First Amendment Rights To Cost State Nearly $400k In Damages "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the early part of 2017, we brought you the story of an Iowa State University student group pushing for marijuana reform in the state that was being targeted by the university for trademark infringement after the group used some school iconography on t-shirts it developed for its cause. Now we have an answer to that question: at least $350,000. The board also approved a $193,000 payment to two law firms that represented the group for their efforts to defend against the university's unsuccessful appeals, and additional legal fees for their trial work in an amount to be decided by a judge.

15:11

Former Attorney-General George Brandis in effect admits bribery of Federal MPs is common place "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Attorney-General George Brandis said in Parliament before a committee on the 24th of October 2017 that It is very appropriate for backbench members of parliament to receive remuneration from third party sources not inconsistent with their responsibility as members of parliament. Both consistent and commonplace. Some will try to spin it and say all it []

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