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00:54

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

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00:35

Heads up "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Inward bound

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


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

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

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


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

Uni corn

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

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

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

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Friday, 17 November

23:32

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

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

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

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

Who Pays More Taxes?

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

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

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

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

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23:31

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

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

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

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

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

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

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

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

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

23:31

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

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

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

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

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

Making Overtures to China

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

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

23:30

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

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

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

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

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

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

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

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

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

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

22:52

My Week in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten years ago, or even five years ago, Im sure I could have been tempted to top off the evening Continue Reading My Week in Hobart

22:33

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

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

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

Wednesdays result should put paid to that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:20

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

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

22:02

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

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

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

Article

21:52

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

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

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

Real_GSI

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21:26

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

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

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

21:00

Explainer: As Congress Rakes Up Rafale Fighter Jet Purchase, Modi Government Needs to Come Up With Answers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

New Delhi: Listen, all of you keep asking me so many questions and I happily answer them. I want to ask why dont you question the prime minister over the...

20:50

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

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

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

20:26

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

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

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

20:23

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

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

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

20:22

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/torresair/

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

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

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

20:21

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

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

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

20:14

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

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

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



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



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


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20:05

Julie Bishop is a dangerous, lying, neglectful crook who has put Australia at risk through her knowing support for Islamists "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've just been sent this clip from 7 news. You think I'm a bit angry? It's apparently now "news" that Australian aid went to terrorists. 18 months ago I wrote both personally to BISHOP and to her department. Home Archives Profile Subscribe Search Request for comment from DFAT on new...

20:04

PERTH Balga murder: Third man charged over Dejan Dimitrovski death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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20:01

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

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

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

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

19:58

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

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

Amos Harel Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM
Haaretz

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:47

Trauma must not become your injurious oppressor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our days on this earth are not many and what we do with our days matters, not only for us but for those around us and for those whom we leave behind. Trauma is a part of life, few are unscarred. However for far too many, trauma overwhelms them and subsumes their personality. Trauma becomes []

19:47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:41

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



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

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

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

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

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

19:38

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

The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

18:40

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

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

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

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

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

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

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18:40

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

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

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

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18:00

Rocky Road to Heavens Gate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:51

Sparty McSpartyface "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW Government has decided to name the newest member of its ferry fleet Ferry Mcferryface.  This is not a joke.  Apparently.

In homage to this wise and considered decision, for the coming week, your humble commentator will write under the nom de guerre of Sparty McSpartyface.  I suspect that 1 week will be about how long it will take for this decision to be reversed.

Catallaxy McCatallacyface comments are invited.

17:44

The Dao of Dylan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following a sellout debut tour earlier this year, Monique diMattina and Rebecca Barnard present the Dao of Dylan.

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Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, Bob Dylan is arguably the most important songwriter of our time.

In this historic collaboration, Monique and Rebecca combine their considerable blues/jazz/rock/roots forces drawing from Rebeccas royal jazz heritage and rock stardom as leader of Rebeccas Empire, and Moniques unlimited piano skills and songstress powers honed through years treading the boards in New York City to thrill fans of Dylan and the art of song.

Hear well known chapters from the Book of Bob soulfully re-interpreted, while these two celebrated songwriters tell tall and telling tales on the mystic resonance of Dylans work in their lives and music.

Hear Dont Think Twice boogie thrashed, The Man in the Long Black Coat re-worked to Twin Peaks eeriness and ALL the Dylan songs that start with the line Early in the Morning.. who stole from who (Dylan? The Beatles? The Stones? Joan Baez?) how to stay Forever Young and much much more!

Who: Monique diMattina & Rebecca Barnard

What: The Dao of Dylan

When: Thursday 23 November

Where: Django Bar

To Book Tickets Online Click Here

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16:05

Remaining EU Member will have to pay 15% More upon BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; All the news here in Britain is always how bad it will be if we leave the extortion ring in Brussels. You have mentioned that we are the biggest market for German cars. What will Brexit do to the EU?

Thanks

GD

ANSWER: Once the British exit from the EU extortion ring as you call it, the remaining nations will have to pay more than an additional 10 billion euros to keep Brussels floating in jobs and exorbitant pension. Besides the German auto-industry being clipped for political reasons as the EU punishes Britain to act as a deterrent to prevent others from leaving, Germanys proportion of making up the shortfall from BREXIT will be almost 4 billion. With BREXIT, everyone will have to contribute an additional 15% so they can do nothing but make more miserable in Europeans.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani calls for a doubling of the budget of the European Union. We need twice as much money as today, so 280 billion euros instead of 140 billion euros per year, said Tajani the spark newspapers. The doubled EU budget should not be financed by additional transfers from the Member States, but by the introduction of taxes.

This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges, Tajani said. The President of the European Parliament justified his initiative with the costs of dealing with the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism, as well as the increased need for investment. Europeans must invest more in energy and digitalization of the economy in the future, the Italian said. Only in this way could the EU compete with the US, China, India or Russia in global competition.

The EU Parliament is currently negotiating with the finance ministers of the EU governments for the Community budget for the year 2018. The EU parliament demands funds of 146.7 billion euros for the coming year 2.3 billion euros more than the finance ministers want to make available.

Almost 80 percent of the EU budget is covered by the contributions of the member countries, the r...

16:04

Is the Dollar Really a Petrodollar anymore? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you so much for shedding light on what can only be deranged forecasts on the dollar and gold and never change regardless of how much money they lose people year after year. I received this email with the headline How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? They claim that now adversarial nations like China, Russia and Iran are threatening the petrodollar hegemony by establishing their own trading and banking infrastructure that excludes dollars for trade. Suddenly Iran is now a world power and as you said at the conference, the dollar support is not trade or oil, but where big money parks.

My question is, just how can these people sleep at night putting out false information all the time? Isnt that what the investment banks pled guilty to putting out false forecasts to support their own positions during the Dotcom bubble?

ANSWER: Yes, you are correct. It is one thing to put out analysis that is unbiased and it is raw corruption to put out forecasts that support your own investments creating a conflict of interest. It would not be a criminal act as long as they disclose what their portfolio is. Only the government gets a free get out of jail card for fake forecasts.

The decline in commodities was was due to a number of factors, including an economic slowdown in China, a severe recession in Brazil, with falling prices for oil and other commodities, and exchange rate volatility that saw the dollar rise. Despite positive growth in trade volume terms, the current dollar value of world merchandise exports declined by 14% in 2015, to US$ 16.0 trillion, as export prices fell by 15%. Even the dollar value of world commercial services exports also fell 6% in 2015 to US$ 4.7 trillion, although the decline was less s...

16:00

Phil Pringle Head Pastor of C3 Church. False prophet of the Prosperity Gospel. Part one. Meeting Phil Pringle for the first time in 1982 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Dr Phil Pringle of C3 Church Eric Clapton hair cut or is it a topaz? And 70s glasses dont believe a word Doctor Phil Pringle says Like Brian Houston of Hillsong, its all spin and con

 

The first time I met Doctor Phil Pringle was in 1982.

I was a builder working at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia CLC Darlo for short. CLC Darlinghurst was the second location and second name for Hillsong Global Church.

The lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of  Hillsong Global Church was showing Phil Pringle my handiwork. This is before he acquired his doctorate from an unknown theological college overseas in the early 1990s and announced to his C3 staff and the world, Call me Dr Phil Pringle from now on.

I still remember the day very clearly when I first met Phil.

The party of pastors arrived with a young Phil Pringle boasting to his spiritual father, the lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Global Church, about his amazing vision for the lost of Sydney and how he was going to build a mighty church in Sydneys Northern Beaches with a massive Bible College etc etc.

I was watching and listening and thought this guy is full of himself.

 

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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15:46

BLUESFEST ENTERS NSW TOURISM HALL OF FAME WITH THIRD WIN IN A ROW! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its a win that will place them in the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame. For the third year in a row Bluesfest Byron Bay has won Best Major Festival & Event at the NSW Tourism Awards. The competition was particularly fierce in 2017 with Vivid Sydney, 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival and The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras all in contention for the title.

Bluesfest Executive Director Peter Noble comments on the win:

Pinch me Im dreaming, we just won Best Major Festival and Event at the NSW tourism awards for the third year in a row. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. I would like to thank everyone associated with presenting the event for their incredible dedication and professionalism.

Bluesfest is proud to be a major driver of tourism to the Northern Rivers region, bringing $107 million and 32,000 visitors in 2017.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd of April 2018) for the 29th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options. Artists announced for 2018 include Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, John Butler Trio, Youssou Ndour, Tash Sultana, Seal, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gomez, The New Power Generation, Jos Gonzalez, Jimmy Cliff, Chic featuring Nile Rodger, Canned Heat plus many more with further announcements to come.

Bluesfest asks media to stay tuned for another exciting award announcement early next week.

Further info + tickets at www.bluesfest.com.au

The post BLUESFEST ENTERS NSW TOURISM HALL OF FAME WITH THIRD WIN IN A ROW! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

15:22

Lucas Heights is the obvious place for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Gary See Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, November 15  

ANSTO at Lucas Heights are supposedly short of space to keep radioactive waste, but they are literally next door to a landfill site that is near to being closed. Anyone know if theyve ever considered building a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  there?
It would seem a logical place for it.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

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15:10

Thank Folk Its Friday 17th November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The National Folk Festival dropped a huge lineup in their first major announcement for 2018 including Breabach, Lindsay Lou, Steve Poltz, Cara, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, Gina Williams, Amistat, Bush Gothic, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris []

14:31

Section 44: Would a student loan from the Commonwealth prove grounds for disqualification? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Could the Commonwealth HELP loan scheme, that assists the vast majority of students to undertake tertiary or further education, give rise to yet another ground for disqualification under section 44 of the Constitution, which has seen 10 MPs and Senators depart the Parliament since the 2016 election, another candidate miss out on taking up a Senate seat, and a growing cloud over many more?

If it does, this might adversely affect the position of the newly elected Greens Senator for Western Australia, Jordon Steele-John, who, before taking up his seat this week, was undertaking a degree in politics by distance education at Macquarie University?

If this were found to be an issue, it would also affect the future nomination and election of students and recent graduates with student loans owing to the Commonwealth. While few students are in the box seat for winning an election, some run as minor party candidates, for the experience or to fly a partys banner in seats where their prospects are slim.

While it seems far fetched, and reminiscent of the concerns at the time of the 1975 referral of James Webster to the Court of Disputed Returns that ordinary, routine transactions with the Commonwealth, like getting the telephone installed, might see Members of Parliament breach s.44(v), the so-called brutal literalism of the current Court, the decision in Re Day No. 2 earlier this year, and the particular nature of the Commonwealth HELP schemes, do give rise to contemporary questions.

And given the fact that most MPs and Senators are of an age or circumstances where they have either not been beneficiaries of the HELP scheme, or have likely discharged any liabilities through previous employment before contesting an election, the issue has not likely been at the forefront of attention for the Parliament before now.

While the prospects of disqualification arising from the HELP loan arrangements are far from certain, it does add more uncertainty to the questions hanging over the newly elected Senator Andrew Bartlett, who faces an office of profit question over his university employment, and the prospective replacement for Jacqui Lambie, Steve Martin, who faces a question...

14:28

Heres what the OAIC had to say about *THAT* video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember that video, the one Twiggy Forrest commissioned via his charity, Minderoo to tout his policy of cashless welfare? Featuring CCTV footage taken from remote Indigenous communities in WA, the video was bandied about the media and taken to Canberra to guilt-trip MPs into ignoring the human rights implications (and rise in violent crime) that came out of the initial trials of blanket income quarantining.

In order to inform evidence in my submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill (which closed on Monday), I was curious to know if the evidence being touted by Twiggy Forrest (from the CCTV video) was from the period before or after introduction of the cashless welfare card as this would seem to bear on the effectiveness of the card to stop violence if, in fact, the incident occurred during the trial itself.

But how could I determine when the imagery was recorded? I needed to know who owned the CCTV camera which recorded it- which brought up a whole host of new questions about their right to share it with Andrew Forrest or any of his many minions in the first place?

I wondered if the camera was owned by the local council or private interests and I wondered what is permitted to be done with such footage and whether the use of it in lobbying and the media is permitted under the Privacy Act?

I shot off a quick email -included at the foot of this post- to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (which administers the Privacy Act).

After what the OAIC admits is an extended delay, I received a response this week. Interestingly, the OAIC does not address whether it is legal for Minderoo to have obtained the footage in the first place under the Privacy Act in order to create the video to feed to the media, but has limited their response to the power of the Privacy Act over media organisations- which is interesting enough in itself.

According to information filed by Minderoo with the ACNC, Minderoo is listed as a small charity with a revenue of $250k. Whether their turnover is above or below the $3million required for it to be...

14:23

Theres a Resounding Silence Over the Paradise Papers Revelations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The largest leak of financial information in history was made globally last week and the reaction has been lacklustre. The 13.4 million files that make up the Paradise Papers uncover the financial dealings of the ultra-rich and major corporations in offshore tax havens. Most of the documents were derived

The post Theres a Resounding Silence Over the Paradise Papers Revelations appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:07

Queensland Police Under Attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Police Union has called for an audit into security at police facilities across the state, after a spate of attacks on stations, officers and even their homes. The Courier Mail reported on November 7 that a series of Queensland police service reports suggest that members of the

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14:06

Trevor Evans Wants To Share A Special Christmas Present "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Few would argue with Trevor Evans notion that the resounding Yes vote for marriage equality is a national watershed moment. As with the entire LGBT community, Evans (pictured), Queenslands first openly gay Member of Parliament, wants a special Christmas present this year. This is national watershed moment, he told the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), applauding ...

The post Trevor Evans Wants To Share A Special Christmas Present appeared first on QNEWS.

14:05

First humans on Mars will have nuclear-powered electricity (and not much else) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

NASA reveals nuclear engine that could provide power to the first humans on Mars

  •  NASA plans to test the Kilopower engines on Earth this year
  • Will use a uranium rector the size of a toilet roll to create heat
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14:03

Marriage Equality: the victory and the aftermath "IndyWatch Feed National"

At my sisters twenty-first a few weeks ago, right in the middle of the postal survey, my cousin sat beside me and asked, Have you voted yet? He must have known where I stood on the question: Ive spent this year travelling to different university campuses around the country launching the yes campaign, running enrolment stalls, and building on-campus demonstrations.

13:59

How the nuclear industry controls what the public do and dont hear about nuclear radiation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon November 15    Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA

Denial aint just a river in Egypt (Mark Twain). The egregious runaway nuclear train fueled by 75 years of radioactive waste, reducing a green environment to a worthless parcel of real estate, with government bodies citing fabricated factoids of a industry we know to be plagued with a odious history of death to all life and the environment, and when they cant control such a industry they try to control the Media.

New York Academy of Science reported that the World Health Organization is not allowed to comment on issues of human health impacted by radioactive events unless granted permission from the NRC.

The Japanese government has re...

13:57

Clone of End Incarceration for Unpaid Fines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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13:51

Some questions for Frank Jordan #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Independent Candidate Frank Jordan. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I have spent most of my []

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

13:49

Among 56 countries studied Australia is close to worst on climate change action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ringing alarm bells: Australia near the bottom of the heap for climate action http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/ringing-alarm-bells-australia-near-the-bottom-of-the-heap-for-climate-action-20171115-gzm063.html Peter Hannam

Australia ranks as one of the worlds worst performing nations when it comes to climate action, with only South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia faring worse among 56 countries scrutinised by 300 international analysts.

The annual Climate Change Performance Index, led by Germanwatch and other groups, listed Australia as very low-performing for its greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and climate policy. It scored a low rating for renewable energy.

The results were released as talks in Bonn, Germany, aimed at shoring up support for the 2015 Paris climate accord enter their final few days.

As in the past three years, Australia has foundered near the bottom of the major tables, prompting the commentators to call on the Turnbull government to sufficiently implement credible policies to meet its Paris targets....

13:48

GET ADRIAN JACKSON TO SHOUT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

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Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jacksons Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017

Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long hell be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout in all senses of the word.

On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangarattas jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).

Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.

Readers of Martin Jacksons MJC newsletter will have seen Adrians account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:

It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situa...

13:45

New research shows that climate change impacts are already locked in, but worst can be avoided "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate Change Impacts Already Locked In But The Worst Can Still Be Avoided  http://www.enn.com/pollution/article/53180    From: University of Exeter 
November 16,  
Some impacts of global warming such as sea level rise and coastal flooding are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.

Global temperatures have already risen by around 1C, and a further 0.5C warming is expected. The full impacts of current warming have not yet been seen, since ice sheets and oceans take many decades to fully react to higher temperatures.

But more severe impacts can still be avoided if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

More than 50 scientists from 16 institutions in 13 countries have worked on the HELIX project (High-End Climate Impacts and Extremes), which has just finished after four years. The project examined the possible effects of warming of 1.5C, 2C, 4C and 6C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Read more at University of Exeter


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13:44

How Google Is Revolutionising Research "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Googles omnipresence in the lives of people has led to a wealth of information on what people think, want and desire. Such data is being used by researchers to understand human behaviours and psyche.

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Aneree Parekh is a research assistant at the department of psychology, Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai.

The Internet was started as a haven a place where people could connect across nations, where they could get answers at the click of a button. And in 2017, the Internet has become life itself and Google the preferred navigator for most people in the world. A little more than a decade ago, Google was created to organise the worlds data and its success is well documented, not in the least by the fact that google has now become a common verb in many languages. Looking for a place to eat nearby? Google it. Whats the weather going to be like today? Google it. Show timings for a new movie? Google it. Is that weird mole on your back cancerous? Oh my god, google it!

The ubiquitous use of Google to find answers to questions big and small has provided unique and unprecedented knowledge about human behaviour patterns and psyche. Like a trail of breadcrumbs, the trails of internet searches we leave behind reveal our deepest fears, desires and secrets, and researchers are beginning to follow them.

Most people in the developed world, and an increasing number of people in the developing world, turn to Google for information on consumer products like cars and mobile phones, health, politics, entertainment and even love. This creates a wealth of information about what people want. The availability of s...

13:42

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

By Kristen LyonsMorgan Brigg & John Quiggin , New Matilda, on November 16, 2017  newmatilda.com/2017/11/16/adani-carmichael-coal-mine-introduction-special-five-part-series/

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters.

Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead
with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions.

The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce  more carbon emissions than a small country.

In this special five-part New Matilda series,  researchers from the University of Queensland,
along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council,  and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights  look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine,
its impact on Traditional Owners,  the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion.

This first introductory piece the first in our series
is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons,...

13:35

Nations pledge climate action, but scientists fear that it is not enough "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations Pledges, Scientists Worry Its Not Enough https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564384950/as-climate-negotiators-debate-nations-pledges-scientists-worry-it-s-not-enough

Governments are wrapping up a meeting in Bonn, Germany, to figure out how to implement a global climate agreement.

The conference has focused on the pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which nations made two years ago in Paris. But even as negotiators debate the details, scientists are warning that carbon dioxide levels are again on the rise, and the efforts in Paris may not be enough.

President Trump has vowed that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris deal. The final withdrawal will take a few years, and the government sent a small delegation to Bonn. It made one presentation on the value of clean coal that was disrupted by protesters.

U.S. cities and states sent their own delegations as well. California Gov. Jerry Brown attended to talk about his states commitment to climate change.

In the United States, he explained, we have a federal system, and states have real power, as do cities. And when cities and states combine together and then join with powerful corporations, thats how stuff gets done.

At that point protesters shouted over him, telling him to keep fossil fuels in the ground. But Browns message that states and cities have agreed to meet the Paris targets for reducing emi...

13:33

Australian government helps business lobbies, while punishing charities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Business lobbies get free rein, while govt delivers charities a legal body-slam https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/11/15/business-lobbies-get-free-rein-while-govt-delivers-charities-a-legal-body-slam/  Michael West, 15 Nov 17 

The government is crunching charities for foreign donations and tax breaks. Why, then, are the Minerals Council and other corporate lobby groups allowed tax breaks on their foreign funding?

SLAPP: a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defence until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech. 

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Its all happening to charities: Australian Tax Office (ATO) audits, investigations by the charity regulator and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), and new laws slated for early next month to stymie tax deductibility, contain advocacy and ban or restrict foreign donations. Many in the not-for-profit sector are scared to speak out for fear of reprisal.

Left-wing activist group GetUp went before the Senate inquiry into political donations last week and pulled out a report detailing the vast amount of money that is spent buying influence in Australian politics.

I should declare an interest here: yours truly did the resea...

13:31

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct 26. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PMID: 29115463 Abstract Title:  Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide inhibits prostate cancer cell migration via the protein arginine methyltransferase 6 signaling pathway. Abstract:  Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumor of men worldwide and the incidence and mortality rate is gradually increasing. At present, the molecular mechanisms of growth and migration in human prostate cancer have not been completely elucidated. Studies have demonstrated that Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) can inhibit cancer. Therefore the present study investigated the effect and molecular mechanism of GLP on cell growth and migration of LNCaP human prostate cancer cells. LNCaP cells were transfected with either a protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) overexpression plasmid or PRMT6 small interfering (si)RNA. The cell growth and migration, and the expression of PRMT6 signalingassociated proteins, were investigated following treatment with 5 and 20 g/ml GLP. The results demonstrated that GLP inhibited cell growth, induced cell cycle arrest, decreasedPRMT6, cyclindependent kinase 2 (CDK2), focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and steroid receptor coactivator, (SRC) expression, and increased p21 expression in LNCaP cells, as determined by using a Coulter counter, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptionquantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively. Furthermore, GLP significantly inhibited cell migration, as determined by Transwell migration and scratch assays, and altered CDK2, FAK, SRC and p21 expression in LNCaP cells transfected with the PRMT6 overexpression plasmid. By contrast, PRMT6 knockdown by siRNA reduced the effect of GLP on cell migration. These results indicate that GLP was effective in inhibiting cell growth, the cell cycle and cell migration, and the suppressive effect of GLP on cell migration may occur via the PRMT6 signaling pathway. Therefore, it is suggested that GLP may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. The results of the present study provide both the preliminary theoretical and experimental basis for the investigation of GLP as a therapeutic agent.

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13:29

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

  • Australia fails again in climate rankings, but states get honourable mention
    Australias unambitious, uninspired climate policyagain puts it near bottom of global rankings. States get a mention for taking independent action.

13:28

At Bonn Climate Summit 19 nations pledge to phase out coal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Political watershed as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal
New alliance launched at Bonn climate talks hopes to signal the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that kills 800,000 people a year with air pollution,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 16 Nov 17  A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a political watershed, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity.

New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which...

13:22

Why there should be no room in the law for celebrants to discriminate on same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Becky Batagol

File 20171115 19806 1ywdqzy.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Celebrants should not be free to discriminate against couples who ask them to perform a marriage ceremony.
AAP/Alan Porritt

The process of legislating for marriage equality is underway. Marriage celebrants are looking forward to Australias busiest-ever wedding season. However, with the proposed laws now on the table, not all marriages will be equal.

The private members bill sponsored by Liberal Dean Smith is being debated today in the Senate. Attorney-General George Brandis has said he wants to amend the bill to extend religious protections to civil celebrants.

If it goes through, the amendment would permit civil celebrants to refuse to conduct a marriage ceremony because of their conscientious or religious beliefs (as another marriage amendment bill did earlier this year).

Permitting non-religious, civil marriage celebrants to discriminate is a bad idea. This goes far beyond protecting religious freedom.

My research into Australias marriage laws and civil marriage celebrants leads me to believe that Brandis proposed changes will undermine Australias flourishing civil marriage system by sanctioning discrimination against LGTBIQ clients. They will weaken marriage equality and will permit humiliating, unnecessary discrimination.

Providing the right to refuse to solemnise marriages to civil marriage celebrants undermines the aims and nature of Australias world-leading civil marriage celebrant program. It also compromises Australias long-established pluralistic system of marriage, as inherited from England.

Unique weddings and quirky celebrants: Australias contribution to the world

To understand the marriage equality law, it is helpful to know a little about the history of marriage in Australia.

Until 1973, when Australias world-first civil celebrant program was created, most civil wedding ceremonies were dry, brief and formal procedures conducted by state officials in registry offices.

The civil celebrancy program was initially set up by the Whitlam-era attorney-general, Lionel Murphy. It went under the publicity radar, unlike the...

13:21

Businesses Prepare For Predicted Same-Sex Wedding Boom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian small businesses are set to share in a multi-million dollar same-sex wedding boom, an economist says. ANZ senior economist Cherelle Murphy said the economic benefits of marriage equality related to weddings alone could be $650 million in the first 12 months. According to the 2016 Census, there were nearly 47,000 same-sex couples living together ...

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13:21

Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' - a short part two "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Background

In a previous post I discussed what we know of a tantilising story from the son and daughter of a high official in the former Australian Department of Supply, in relation to his knowledge of the 6 April 1966 Westall incident.

New material

Over my years of searching government archive material held by such agencies as the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) I have learnt that these organisations are constantly making new material available. I thought it would be worth my while, spending some time, doing yet another search for any further material on Mr 'X.' This search proved to be very fruitful.

I now have found new material which:

1. Provides his University results from the years 1930-1934, when he attended University in Sydney and completed both a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (1st class honours) and a Bachelor of Science degree (2nd class honours.)

2. Gives a photograph of him in 1935. I have used a number of web based reverse image sites to check if it is possible to determine the source of this image and thus reveal his identity. I was unable to find Mr X's real name from this image, and this is why I provide the photograph here. If you use "copy image address" you will only get "Capture_Photo_1935.JPG."



3. Advises that he was appointed as an Engineer in the Postmaster General's Department in 1937.

4. Shows that he moved to the Department of Civil Aviation in 1946, and became a Senior Airways Engineer.

All of this is consistent with the account of his career as conveyed in 2010 by his daughter.

5. I have also found some leads concerning positions within the general area of what became the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics area of the Department of Supply in 1967. In 1963 it appears to have been titled Aircraft and Guided Weapons Supply Branch, Department of Supply. Unfortunately, the archive material for this era, is currently not yet available. I have submitted a request to be advised when this material becomes publicly available. Hopefully, this will conf...

13:19

Huge opinion survey, over 13 countries, finds overwhelming support for solar power in UK "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Solar Power Portal 15th Nov 2017, The majority of UK respondents to the largest survey of attitudes towards green energy ever conducted would like to see more solar power used compared to other generation technologies. The rsted Green Energy Barometer, which surveyed more than 26,000 people across 13 countries, asked just over 2,000 people in the UK where they would like to see more of their energy come from.

The results showed that the most common answer wassolar, with over three quarters (77%) preferring the technology to its closest competitors, tidal power (71%) and offshore wind (70%). Natural gas
and nuclear, the two technologies being pursued most vigorously by the UK government, languished in bottom place with 34% and 31% respectively, while the survey did not even ask UK respondents for their views on coal, which is to be phased out by 2025.

UK (2,020 respondents) International average (26,401 respondents)
Solar power 77% 80%
Tidal power 71% 58%
Offshore wind 70% 67%
Onshore wind 61% 64%
Sustainably sourced biomass 53% 51%
Natural gas 34% 37%
Nuclear 31% 26%

https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/new_evidence_of_overwhelming_public_support_for_so...

13:13

Chilean prisons: Concerning the juridical situation of our comrade Marcelo Villaroelor how the revenge of the State is perpetuated in silence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last September, at the 4th Military Prosecutors Office in Santiago, the refusal of the petition to prescribe the sentences made by our comrade Marcelo, several months ago was notified.

Immediately, Marcelo appealed to this refusal, leaving the resolution of the appeal in the hands of the Martial Court, where it was reaffirmed in the first days of October.

These condemnations correspond to some causes originated by actions framed in his old militancy at the Mapu-lautaro, organization in which our comrade was an active fighter since a very young age and of which, while imprisoned, in 1995, he was expelled because of anarchist deviations.

Marcelo served his sentence without interruption for 11 years, two months and fifteen days from October 13, 1992 until December 28, 2003, remaining only his night prison until March 2005, when he granted the so-called probation, which obliges him to sign a document every week until completing 20 years of penitentiary control.

The first days of November 2007 for Marcelo are marked for him by his participation on the Bank Security robbery, along with other other comrades, action in which a cop died and that caused an answer from the State without precedents. Marcelo decides to assume clandestinity, and in February 2008, in his absence, he has his probation revoked.

In March 2008, he is detained in Argentina and in September 2014, he is sentenced to 14 years for 2 bank robberies.

In that same period, as penalties related to old causes emanated from the always sinister Military Justice were revised, the condemnation remained as it follows:

Illicit terrorist association: 10 years and 1 day.

Damage to a cop car with serious injuries to carabineers: 3 years + 541 days.

Co-author murder qualified as terrorist: 15 years and 1 day.

Theft with intimidation, Law 18.314: 10 years and 1 day.

Explosive attack against the embassy of spain: 8 years.

In total, these old convictions compute 46 years, establishing its end on February, 2056.

There are a number of irregularities in this math, and although the legal issue is not our focus it never was, we believe that it becomes urgent and necessary to face this situation that at all lights represents a clear revenge against a comrade who holds high subversive autonomous and libertarian convictions, a comrade who has never abandoned the direct confrontation for total liberation, nor has it ever reno...

13:11

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

More than 15,000 scientists have signed a chilling article titled World Scientists Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, urging global leaders to save the planet from environmental catastrophe.

via 15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Warn Humanity of Environmental Catastrophe GarryRogers Nature Conservation


13:00

MONA FOR MERMAID! A Hecke of a challenge for Shakin' Ray Stevens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MONA FOR MERMAID! A Hecke of a challenge for Shakin' Ray StevensShakin' Ray Stevens may be in trouble in Mermaid Beach, with a credible Independent candidate, Mona Hecke, challenging him at the 25 November Queensland State election. This is Mona's story. read now...

12:57

Compare Andrew Hastie MP's principled magnanimity with Turnbull's triumphalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Good on you Andrew Hastie. Yesterday Chairman Mal told us people who voted like him on changes to the Marriage Act apparently received different survey papers from those who voted no. The Chairman and friends had a paper which also included a vote for Fairness. It included a further vote...

12:39

Bruce of Newcastle: Shy Voters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided good breakdowns of the SSM data by electorate, so I asked myself a question: was the turnout correlated with the % Yes vote?

Ive used the NSW data only since it has been reported that of the 17 No voting electorates 12 of them are in western and southwestern Sydney.  Furthermore SBS reports this:

The nine seats that voted No by the biggest margins are all controlled by the Labor party, with the seven biggest all located in west and south-west Sydney.

Here is what I find:

Ive highlighted those seven highest No voting seats which SBS says are Labor held.

Fairly clearly from the data there is a correlation between turnout and the percentage of Yes votes.  Furthermore the seven Labor seats with the highest No votes also have some of the lowest turnouts.

This suggests a couple of things:

  • That shy or disillusioned voters failed to put in their forms
  • That certain ethnic groups had both a low response rate and a high propensity to vote No

The first point suggests that the real proportion of voters who favour Yes to same-sex marriage is lower than the headline number of 61.6%. A cohort of as many as 10% of voters in low turnout electorates, who probably would choose No, in the end did not vote.  Whether this was because of fear of backlash, concern about confidentiality or other reasons is not clear.  But it does seem clear that the total Yes vote has been biased upwards somewhat by these shy voters.

I will leave to readers to draw their own conclusion about the second point.

12:21

Pope: Thou shalt do less MSG, more MDG, and fat cats will happily pay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many complain about failing to think outside of the box, about the world of unmet needs, about inequities... When out-of-the-box solutions are offered, how many do something to implement the answers? What do you do? Do you believe the solutions offered here are too far out of the box?

12:12

NT Royal Commission: Fixing our broken youth justice systems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today governments across Australia were handed a comprehensive roadmap to fix our broken youth justice systems and stop the abuse of children in youth jails. 

After a year of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory delivered its historic report.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, welcomed the Royal Commissions recommendations and said now is the time for decisive action.

The Northern Territory Government must commit to implementing each and every one of these recommendations and the Federal Government needs to back them with funding. The children who suffered in Don Dale and all Australian children need a guarantee that our governments will do everything they possibly can to stop this happening again, said Ms Musk.

The Royal Commission made a range of recommendations to keep children safe and reshape youth justice in the Northern Territory. The full report can be downloaded here

Ms Musk said there are five key recommendations that will transform youth justice systems, which should be adopted by all states and territories:

1. Raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 12 years in keeping with international law

Its unacceptable that primary school-aged children are getting stuck in the quicksand of the criminal justice system. Currently in all Australian jurisdictions 10-year-olds can be charged, hauled before the courts and locked up. All states and territories should raise the age of criminal liability to at least 12 years, said Ms Musk

2. Close the Don Dale 'super max' prison and invest in small, home-like facilities close to community

Prisons dont work they fail our children and they fail our communities. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe. Evidence shows that secure facilities which reflect normal life as much as possible are more effective. Were talking about small, home-like facilities located close to the communities where kids come from, said Ms Musk.

3. Ban solitary confinement beyond 24 hours in all cases

Solitary confinement is cruel and harmful. Rather than denying children access to family, peers, teachers and doctors, we need to support and help them get their lives back on track, said Ms Musk.

4. Cut the number of childr...

12:01

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School, Auckland, New Zealand and barrister in Brisbane, Australia part two Jonathans estrangement from his mother and his father issues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jonathan R Wain as I knew him in the 1970s Jonathan pushed his mum too far about the reasons for her divorce from his father in the late 1979s, and his mother disinherited him.

 

Jonathan R Wain was raised by his mother in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs Wain was estranged from Jonathans father.

Mrs Wain was a pleasant laconic woman, who was always welcoming and friendly to me. Jonathan has a younger sister Lindsey, and an older sister whose name I cant recall. His older sister in 1974 when I met Jonathan, was estranged from her mother, primarily due to her involvement in a Christian cult it may have been the Children of God I cant recall. It wasnt the Moonies.

In 1976-77, Jonathan located and spent some time with his long-lost father. Armed with a dubious raft and bad stories about Mrs Wain from his father, and an assemblage of bitter allegations, Jonathan started to press his mother barrister-style for more information about why his parents had separated. Jonathan has always had an unnerving ability to ask people very personal questions often with hardly knowing them, and invading peoples personal space by standing too close to them invading their aura.

Mrs Wain had always blamed her former husband for the marital issues and Jonathan, being a bu...

11:55

COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A platform of climate protest signs on the grounds of the U.N. campus at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Justin Catanoso BONN, Germany An anxious uncertainty hung in the air at the start of the 23rd annual United Nations climate summit two weeks ago: what role would the small U.S. negotiating team play in the era of Donald Trump, a climate denier who has forced the United States to become the only country on earth to reject the Paris Agreement? As the gavel falls ending COP23 on Friday, 17 November, the answer to that question will be apparent for all to see: obstruction. Obstruction by the worlds richest nation and the planets second-worst greenhouse gas emitter. For two weeks, the U.S. delegation has, by all accounts, worked to deny developing nations vulnerable to, and victims of, global warming the financial pathway they need to adapt to climate change or recover from climate-related losses and damages. Other wealthy nations, so-called developed countries, struggling with their own economic worries, immigration crises, or controversial energy dilemmas, have apparently followed the U.S. lead and fallen in line. At stake is the wide gap between the billions raised by developing nations and the billions more needed for developing countries to endure and adapt to global warmings dire impacts roughly $10.3B billion in cash has been raised so far toward a pledge of $100 billion a year starting in 2020, along with a pledge for access to financing from global banks.

11:54

Gallery: Newtown Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunshine, hours of local tunes and plenty of pooches made for a pretty memorable Newtown Festival. Thousands converged on Camperdown Memorial Rest Park to raise funds for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.

With a musical lineup curated by Sarah Blasko, punters were treated to sets by Cody Munro Moore, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Food Court, Gauci, The Goods, I Know Leopard, Jack Colwell, Jep and Dep, Klue, Left., Mezko, Peabody, Sarah Belkner, Spit Syndicate, The Troubled Romantics and Voices of Lakemba.

All photos by Amy Hanrahan, 12 November 2017.
...

11:53

Use Your Fucking Words "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"I was just thinking back to how weird it was when Rush was President of the United States of America. So odd that a prog band beloved by guitar nerds was ever president, but then again his father George H W Rush had a go so maybe it's fair enough."

Sean looked at the terrible idea and wondered where it came from. Hack Comedy Hell? Some horror realm where weak wordplay and references to total bullshit dance a nightmare waltz? His own arsehole?

Anyway.

The keyboard stared back at him, giving nothing away.
...

11:51

Compilation of Victoria's TAC road safety commercials dating back to 1989 - quite confronting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This might be a bit much for lots of people - approach it with a bit of caution particularly if you're carrying a few memories.

11:50

Solar and pumped hydro to power the north "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The worlds first integrated solar and pumped hydro hybrid project in Kidston is one step closer to being built as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $5 million in funding to Genex Power Limited (Genex) to help bring the landmark project to financial close in 2018. This morning, Genex Power Limited []

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11:44

Cork & Chroma "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A night out in Melbourne just got a whole lot more colourful with the opening of Cork & Chroma in Collingwood. The paint and sip studio is already a hit in Brisbane and Sydney, and now people of Melbourne can be apart of the fun.   Having opened only a few weeks ago, the new []

The post Cork & Chroma appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

11:43

Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.

Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson interviewing Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani on Manus Island in September 2017. 2017 Human Rights Watch SYDNEY Since October 31, hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in an abandoned complex on a naval base where security forces have previously shot at and attacked them. Exhausted, with no power and no running water in the tropical heat, they stockpiled food, dug water wells, and collected rainwater in trash cans to drink. Now, they are dehydrated, starving, and scared.

These men are not in a war zone, though many of them have fled war in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. They are refugees and asylum seekers trapped on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. They are there because of Australias harsh refugee policies.  

The UN has described the situation as an "unfolding humanitarian emergency." On October 31, the Australian and PNG governments closed the regional processing center where these men have lived for the last four years. Other less-secure facilities are available in a town a 30-minute drive from their current location. But these men, refugees and asylum seekers, refused to leave, terrified by escalating violence against them by some local residents in the town and frustrated by the lack of a long-term solution to their predicament.

Since July 2013, male asylum seekers traveling by boat to Australia have been sent to Manus Island, while men, women and children have been sent to the isolated Pacific island nation of Nauru. As Paul Tyson wrote for openDemocracy, in real terms, it is the boat people themselves the Australian government has criminalized, dehumanized and demonized, and it is agains...

11:42

The unions are in the Turnbull governments sights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.

Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that,  step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck.  It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised,  its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.

Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.

Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.

A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons,  which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces.  Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.

This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.

Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.

She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...

11:37

Melbourne abattoir remains open despite evidence of abuse, and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Animal rights activists have released footage of Star Poultry Supply abattoir in Keysborough, Melbourne boiling chickens alive. Photo source: Flickr

The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victorias abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.

The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABCs 7.30 saying they were satisfied with the companys handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.

11:08

Bundjalung creation story inspired new dance-theatre show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

kirk-page_director_photo-kate-holmes_norpa_djurra

Djurra director Kirk Page talks to Mandy Nolan about the upcoming dance-theatre show at NORPA.

NORPAs 2018 season launch will be held tonight at 5.30pm at Lismore City Hall (Friday 17 November) where north coast culture lovers can get a taste for the next thrilling selection of physical theatre, dance, drama, music and cabaret works for the region.

All 2018 Season shows will go on sale tonight with an event including live performances, food and drink.

One of the biggest shows coming up is NORPAs newest work which has been years in the making and inspired by a Bundjalung Nation creation story.

Djurra is an emotive piece of dance theatre that tells the story through interwoven vignettes. Using powerful First Nation monologues and striking imagery, this new work will be an unforgettable experience. But its risky. Director Kirk Page has been brought in to get the work from development to the stage.

It started three years ago, says Page, and it was a co-artistic-led project between Rhoda Roberts and Julian Louis. Rhoda brought the story to the table and the company was interested in making a theatre work. Its taken time to work out how to do this. How do we translate this into a theatrical experience in the most respectful and creative way?

There have been a lot of elders come in and contribute, says Page, namely Roy Gordon, who is an elder and a local and an actor and language man.

The edgy aspect of this show is to tell a story of place and culture but at the same time to safeguard the cultural integrity of that story for Indigenous people for whom aspects are part of secret business.

Its about doing it in a way where you dont give away secrets, says Page, but tell stories. There are themes of family, themes of coming home. Themes of what life does to us. Those stories are universal and relatable.

The most challenging thread to the story is how do we talk about lore without sharing lore elements. This is secret mens business; there is a cultural collateral that is not open to share with everyone. How do we thread these elements for a theatrical experience so we can learn something, reflect on ourselves and create a great show, and hopefully not get our sights crossed and confuse people?

In the end, say...

11:04

Subscriberthon Day One: Early birds catch many prizes! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Subscriberthon 2017 is here! So many marvellous prizes to be won and a splendid magazine to support!

Anyone who subscribes, resubscribes or donates over the next week goes into the draw to win some spectacular prizes, including holidays, bikes, Nintendos, original artworks, locally roasted coffee, wine, workshops and piles of books and subscriptions.

11:04

Philip Pullmans Belle Sauvage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Philip Pullman, The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage (2017)

dust1.jpegThis is the first book in a promised trilogy, which is a prequel to Philip Pullmans masterly His Dark Materials trilogy. If you havent read the earlier work I wouldnt start with this one, there is something incomparably delicious in the way the world is revealed in Northern Lights (1995), and I remember how agonising the wait was for the third volume (The Amber Spyglass) after the cosmic cliffhanger ending of the second (The Subtle Knife).

La Belle Sauvage a big thick book, but a surprisingly quick read. Lyra, the main character of earlier/later trilogy, is a baby in grave danger. There are kind nuns and mean nuns, dangerous daemons and sweet daemons (Pullmans daemons are one of the great inventions of twentieth century childrens literature), a deeply scary villain, a massive natural upheaval, a magical boat (the eponymous Belle Sauvage), and wonderfully engaging lead characters.

The second half of the book lost some of its charm for me as it turned into a kind of Odyssey-lite. But it might be more accurate to say that in the episodic second half, I became aware that Im not part of the imagined audience. Given the amount of fruity language, and a sex scene that Malcolm, the young protagonist, see...

10:56

Commbank is ditching coal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Ugly

A year of campaigning and more than 100,000 people signing a petition, Commbank has finally decided to phase out investment in coal and this move the bank closer to turning away from fossil  fossil fuels altogether

Protests outside branches of the bank and bad publicity had an effect.

It came to a head at the banks annual general meeting in Sydney, where the Chair, Catherine Livingstone announced the new policy. No more coal projects will be funded.

The bank has made a commitment remove its existing $6 billion investment in this carbon emission producing industry.

This is a major change for the better.

Anti-coal campaigners know that it is not enough to leave it at this and that the pressure will have to be kept on Commbank to do what it says it is going to do.

At the same time, this success will be used as leverage to induce other banks into going down the same road.

The banks are aware of how unpopular they are, and their advertising campaigns are geared around each of them telling the public that they are different to the others. They know they are vulnerable to losing customers. This is the reason why Commbank recently dropped its ATM charges and was followed by the other banks in a very short time.

The unpopularity of the banks has provided campaigners with an unusual opportunity to be effective and win significant concessions. With these under the belt, greater pressure can be put on politicians to make them act decisively, to stop support for fossil fuels and promote renewable alternatives.

Australia needs this to move towards a modern, sustainable economy.

There is still along way to go to make this a reality and it wont be easy to get there. But every win takes us another step down this road.

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10:28

VIDEO: Malcolm Turnbulls Joint Party Room, If It Were A Pet Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Politics is a complex business at the best of times. But Liberal-National Party politics, after they just lost a national vote on marriage equality well thats a whole new clusterf*ck.

Internal ructions within the party are likely to erupt over the coming Christmas break. Or not. Who knows? They might implode. They might all sit in a circle, hold hands and sing Kumbaya.

But whatever happens, its helpful to understand how the LNP operates, what you can expect into the foreseeable future.

With that in mind, New Matilda has prepared a simple video which explains all you need to understand about the LNP, and in particular what happens when the Liberals and the Nationals come together for their regular joint party meetings.

In the following video, LNP Senators and MPs who are being expelled from parliament amid the section 44 crisis are represented by the animals falling off the table.

Malcolm Turnbull is obviously represented by the strange dude with the glasses. Hes also the cockatiel at the beginning, whose head ends up in the mouth of a monkey. Tony Abbott is the monkey. Abbott is also the puppy at 1:28, and Turnbull is the turtle. Eric Abetz (and LNP policy)  is represented by the inevitable outcome of filling a television studio with semi-wild animals ie. think an absence of butt plugs (which dont appear in the video, and thus represent Barnaby Joyce).

Happy Friday.

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10:26

12 Common Habits of People With Hidden Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

Depression is a very serious mental illness that often goes unnoticed for years. People with concealed depression are battling demons within themselves all on their own. They are not sharing their struggles and do not want to burden those around them.

You see, for most people wounds are not something we are open about. We tend to bottle things up and attempt to remedy them on our own. If you are reading this then you must know someone who you feel you need to better understand or you relate to this yourself. The following 15 habits are some of the most common I have noticed in people dealing with concealed depression.

1. The are often quite talented and very expressive.

A lot of famous people have suffered from mental illnesses, and this suffering gives them deeper emotions. If you really think about it, this is in some form a source to their greatness. While we cannot always see it, their struggles are often reflected in their works. These people are able to bring something beautiful out of the darkness that consumes them.

2. They tend to search for purpose.

We all need a purpose in this life. We want to be sure that we are in some form doing meaningful things. People suffering from hidden depression are not exempt from this. They too want to know the reason for their existence. They are much more susceptible to feeling things like inadequacy and anxiety which leaves them searching for something they can never seem to achieve in their own minds.

3. Sometimes they make muted cries for help.

Sometimes we all need help. When we are not expecting someone to feel weak or to be down in the dumps, we dont see their cries for help. However, if you notice their cries and can help them in any way, you are creating a very close and trust filled bond with them.

4. They interpret substances differently.

Someone who is dealing with depression usually knows what it is they can take to ease their pain in a sense. They know that caffeine and sugar will raise their mood and that some medicines can help them. They actually have to put a lot of effort into feeling better, unlike most people. It is not as simple as taking a Tylenol when you have a headache.

5. They often have a very involved perception of life and death.

People suffering from depression often face their own mor...

10:23

HR manager among those penalised almost $400,000 for "systematic" exploitation at restaurant "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An example of the effect of the liberalisation of labor laws combined with massive increase in economic immigration in Australia. See more about how this came about in Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $400,000 in penalties against a company and three individuals including an HR manager for systematically exploiting overseas workers at a Chinese restaurant in NSW and fabricating records to try to cover it up. The penalties have been imposed in the Federal Court after 85 employees at the New Shanghai Charlestown restaurant at Charlestown were underpaid a total of $583,688 over a 16-month period in 2013-2014. Justice Robert Bromwich has imposed a $54,672 penalty against the mastermind of the exploitation, restaurant owner Zhong Yuan John Chen, and penalised his company NSH North Pty Ltd a further $301,920. Justice Bromwich imposed a $18,496 penalty against restaurant manager Jin Xu for her involvement in the exploitation and in addition, imposed a $21,760 penalty against the restaurants HR manager Ting Sarah Zhu, dismissing her argument that her culpability was greatly reduced because she had been following her bosss orders.

The penalties are the result of an investigation and legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Fair Work inspectors found that many workers at the restaurant mostly visa holders from Asia were paid as little as $10 an hour.

Under the Restaurant Industry Award at the time, most were entitled to be paid more than $20 an hour for ordinary hours and between $24 and $45 an hour for weekend, public holiday and overtime work. One employee was underpaid more than $33,000.

When the Fair Work Ombudsman began its investigation, NSH North provided fabricated records to inspectors that purported to show staff had been paid correctly.

The company later provided the true employment records, only after the issue was raised with them by the Fair Work Inspector and a further Notice to Produce issued, showing the unlawfully low, flat rates the employees were actually paid.

Justice Bromwich found that the contraventions involved serious and premeditated conduct and encompassed a widespread, systematic and prolonged failure to accord employees their basic entitlements.

NSH North has rectified more than $450,000 of the underpayments and is attempting to locate the employees who....

10:22

Mullums youth make community proud "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Amid all the nations and worlds turmoil, we had the privilege (and extreme difficulty) of judging the Rural Youth Ambassador and Mullumbimby Showgirl Awards for the 110th Mullumbimby Show last weekend.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet 18 young people, tiny tots to young adults, who made us so proud to have them as members of our community.

Rest assured, we can have faith that our future generations are of high calibre and will serve our community very well.

Donna Jenner, Hayley Walker, Neil Farquhar, Mullumbimby

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10:16

Stars come out for carols night "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2017 Ocean Grove Carols in the Park promises to be bigger and better than ever.
More than 3000 locals and holiday makers attended last year, making Carols in the Park the largest annual concert gathering on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The cast includes Goanna Band and The Voice star Marcia Howard singing with another much-loved ensemble, the Geelong Symphony Orchestra.
Marcia will be joined at the Carols in the Park by the ever-popular Sarah Carroll, Perri Espinoza, Nicole Hickman, Diane Gardner, Marion Melrose, Dan Eastwood, Stewart Firth and the glorious Geelong Harmony Choir.
The Carols start at 7pm, on Sunday 10 December, with savvy families turning up early to get a good position.
Sausages, pancakes and drinks will be available.
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Surfside and Ocean Grove primary schools will be performing on stage and of course Santa will be summoned to make an appearance.
Bay FMs Mark Hyland will be Master of Ceremonies and for the little ones, there will be face painting and plenty of pre-show activities.
In a long-standing tradition, you are encouraged to place an unwrapped childrens gift under the Christmas tree on stage. The gifts go to needy Cottage by the Sea children.
Entry is by donation and the gate takings go towards the new disability special accommodation being built in Draper Street.

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10:10

Wanna be startin' somethin' "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Northern Powerhouse

We all know that employment growth since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012 has been all about Sydney and Melbourne.

Until now!

Queensland is suddenly off to the races, with trend employment growth blazing +4.62 per cent higher across the year to October, by far its strongest annual result since before the financial crisis. 


Of course, it's harder for the most populous states to record such a large percentage increase, but even so, this has suddenly become too big a move to ignore. 

Some questions we've not had to ponder too often in Queensland since 2007 include: where, why, & what are the new jobs? And will it continue?

Where? Pretty much all around the state, as I've looked at here previously (Queensland is the one mainland state where employment is not excessively capital city focused). 

Queensland is also coming from a relatively low base, after a rough trot, and much of the hiring has been part time in nature. 

The likely drivers of the upturn might range from a surge of Chinese visitors and the dollar-driven tourism industry, the commodity price rebound creating jobs upstate, a slew of public sector and NDIS hiring, and perhaps some late spillover or multiplier from the now-fading residential construction bonanza.

Agriculture exports have been strong, so that's another possible bright spot, plus some increased aggregate demand creating services jobs as interstate migration has picked up.

Just from driving around various parts of SEQ, there are evidently an awful lot of roads being built right now, while there are several significant infrastructure projects underway or about to commence in Brisbane.

SEEK...& ye may find

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10:01

French Court Finds that Sex with Child Wasnt Rape "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In NSW, it is a crime for a person to have sexual intercourse with another who is under the age of 16-years, or 18 if there is a relationship of special care. Similar age of consent laws apply in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. However, no such age of consent applies in

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09:59

The music capital of Australia isnt a city its a country town "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tamworth Country Music Festival isnt just about country music: its about spectacle. Across ten days over the January long weekend, every square inch of the northwest NSW town is taken over by buskers, stalls, punters and artists. Its the second-largest country music festival in the world after the iconic Nashville, with over 2,800 events, 800 artists and 120 venues, making room for everything from alt-country to yodelling.

In 2018, 50,000 punters will make their way to Tammy, placing it among the ranks of Australias other internationally-recognised regional festivals such as Byron Bays Bluesfest, Queenslands Woodford Folk Festival, and the stalwart Falls Festival. Unlike these festivals, however, TCMF is open access and family friendly with plenty of free shows, making it accessible to audiences who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel the distance to an established music festival.

Its the social aspect of it, Tamworth Country Music Festivals founding father Max Ellis recently told the Northern Daily Leader about what makes the festival so special. It seems to be improving [with] a lot more artists and a lot more fans.

The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time

Born-and-raised Tammy local and heavyweight TCMF fan, Caitlin McInerney, similarly speaks to this social aspect, noting that people come from all over Australia just to visit Tamworth for country music. All the gigs are up close and personal, and the bands and singers all have beers with the crowd after the shows.

The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time; its one of the best celebrations of country music Australia has to offer. Not to mention [there are] way too many hotties in jeans and boots a girl gets whiplash.

Theres no bigger or better celebration of music in Australia than the Tamworth Country Music Festival

The festivals DOB is often debated, but most point its inception back to January 1973, when local radio station 2TM launched the Australasian Country Music Awards, now known as The Country Music Golden Guitar Awards

While Sydneys music venues have been knocked around by the state governments lockout laws, as well as excessively expensive liquor licenses and the residential noise complaints that come with a rapidly gentrifying city, Tamworth Regional Counci...

09:58

Injured workers will lose compensation the day after Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Emma Reynolds (news.com.au 9 November 2017)writes about the impact that the change to workers compensation in New South Wales will have on injured workers, who face the prospect of of losing income support.

Its going to be a bleak Christmas for thousands of injured employees who are set to be thrown off workers compensation support on Boxing Day.

For Anthony McGarrell, 54, it is the final insult after a decade of agony. He has no idea how he will survive after that, and is set to lose his rented home, his car and his dignity again.

Mr McGarrell, from Sussex Inlet on the New South Wales south coast, used to work in the entertainment industry, until he suffered a double hernia while moving a piece of staging for Channel 9 in 2007.

He now endures chronic pain and cannot walk without a frame. He typically wakes every two hours at night, and even sitting down sends sharp pains through his pelvis and spine.

I have bladder and bowel damage, he told news.com.au. I have to be careful getting into bed.

I get severe pain attacks that literally cripple me to the ground.

Despite that, Mr McGarrell has tried many times to return to work in the entertainment industry, spending time after his injury in an office job organising studio rostering and satellite play-out services.

The 54-year-old lives with chronic pain and has had multiple surgeries.Source:Supplied

But steady work has proven out of reach for the former scriptwriter, with repeated surgery defeating his efforts. If you want to know how hard it is to return to work, get injured, he said. By the time Id had seven hernias, no one would touch me with a barge pole.

Im unemployable.

As a result of 2012 reforms in NSW, injured workers will lose their entitlement to compensation once they have received 260 weeks of payments, whether consecutive or not, if their injuries are assessed to be less than 21 per cent.

Many will also lose medical benefits. Under the old laws, they would have had support until the age of 65.

For Mr McGarrell, who has been assessed at wildly different levels by various doctors, this is simply a way for insurance companies to avoid paying up. Instead, he will have to turn to Centrelink, who are likely to refer him on to Disability Support Pension.

When his current payments are terminated, Mr McGarrell will lose up to 66 per cent of his income. Whats left will barely cover his rent or lifelong medical expenses. Right now, he doesnt know what future lies ahead after Christmas.

The unpredictability of it makes life....

09:58

Ballina playgrounds need more shade: Johnson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The children's playground located at the Ballina Heights sports field.

The childrens playground located at the Ballina Heights sports field.

A Ballina Shire councillor is lobbying to have shade structures installed at childrens playgrounds in the shire, warning that exposure to the sun during childhood is a major case of skin cancers.

Cr Jeff Johnson said the recently constructed playground at the Ballina Heights Sports Fields should be considered a priority.

The childrens playground located at the Ballina Heights sports field currently has no shade structure, Cr Johnson said. This playground, which is next to a large carpark, bakes in the summer sun causing the equipment to often be too hot to use.

Whats the point with installing playground equipment if its unable to be used because the equipment is simply too hot?

Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Cr Johnson said the playground was very popular with  families from the Ballina Heights area as well as families that brought their children to play sport on the weekends or to train during the week.

I have long been an advocate for additional shade structures to be installed and this popular park should be seen as a high priority, he said.

The Ballina Shire has one of the highest rates of skin cancer / melanomas in the world and studies have shown that exposure during childhood is a major cause of skin cancers that appear later in life, said Cr Jeff Johnson.

Paul Hickey, Ballina Councils General Manager has advised that the value of the works is estimated at $15,000.
This is a small price to pay to ensure that our childrens playground equipment is actually able to be used during the summer months and school holidays and that protection from the sun is provided.

 

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09:37

Young Mother In California Threatened With Arrest At A Bus Stop For Not Vaccinating Her Children "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Young Mother In California Threatened With Arrest At A Bus Stop For Not Vaccinating Her Children | Young-Mother-Threatened-With-Arrest-Facebook | Civil Rights Government Government Control Losing Rights Medical & Health Parental Rights Sleuth Journal Special Interests Vaccines

Could you imagine being threatened by law enforcement authorities over vaccine records as you are waiting with your children for the school bus?  This is something that literally just happened to one young mother down in California.  One morning she walked her kids to the bus stop and she was approached by an official from the Claremont school district and a police officer.  In very intimidating fashion, they began questioning her about whether or not her children had been vaccinated.  When she refused to answer and started recording the interaction they walked away, but that wasnt the end of it.  Later she called the police department and explained what was going on, and she was told that she could be arrested for refusing to vaccinate her children.

You can see the video for yourself on Facebook right here.  It has already been watched more than 159,000 times, and we need to get this out to as many people as we possibly can.  The following is the description that Porsha Rasheed posted along with the video

Please watch this Video and share I am. I am being set up by the Claremont school district to be arrested and they are trying to force me to give my child immunization shots! I woke up this morning and walked my kids to the bus stop like I always do. Guess who was waiting the Claremont police department along with another man asking me about my childs shots! I called the police department to make a complaint for harassment and was told by the sergeant, that me not giving my kids shots is a criminal act and that I will be arrested. This is why they were at the bus stop to try to in...

09:25

Four Steps Australia Must Take To Address Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias response to the genocide in Myanmar is untenable, particularly in light of our place on the Human Rights Council, write Catherine Renshaw, Ronan Lee and Joshua Roose.

In September 2017, the United Kingdom announced that it was suspending its program of defence cooperation with Myanmars military. The UKs decision was unsurprising. Myanmars military had just completed a clearance operation in northern Rakhine state, home to the countrys minority Muslim population, the Rohingya.

The operation included the torching of Rohingya villages, the murder of Rohingya men, women and children, and the rape and torture of Rohingya women. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh, or died trying to.

There were credible reports that Myanmars military was laying landmines on the Burmese side of the border to deter their return. UN Secretary-General Guterres called it ethnic cleansing and referred it to the Security Council. President Macron of France called the militarys actions genocide.

Australia, however, decided to maintain its defence cooperation program with Myanmars military. The program, which is low-level and small budget, primarily involves training and assistance around humanitarian relief and disaster management.

Australia also decided to maintain its current level of foreign aid to Myanmar, worth around $78 million per annum. Australias economic engagement in Myanmar, including the development of potentially lucrative gas projects, remains on foot.

The Australian government has been circumspect in its criticism of Myanmars government, referring simply to challenging security, human rights and humanitarian issues in Rakhine state and noting the complexity of the issues.

The Australian government appears to be following the advice of academic commentators and policy advisers who see engagement as potentially more productive than sanctions and criticism. After all, Myanmar was isolated and subject to sanctions for 20 long years of military dictatorship, with no observable effect.

Keeping the lines of communication open, so the argument goes, is more likely to produce positive change than censuring.

Aung San Suu Kyi delivers an address to British parliamentarians and guests in Westminster Hall in 2012. (IMAGE: UK Parliament, Flickr).Aung San Suu Kyi delivers an address to British parliamentarians and guests in Westminster Hall in 2012. (IMAGE: UK Parliament, Flickr).

Human rights organisations hold a different view. To most human rights organisations, speaking the truth about atrocities matters; condemnation has effect; severing ties with human...

09:24

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

"Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures.
Click image for larger size.
In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second images of the ground and de-rotated sky were digitally added to bring up the needed light and detail. In the foreground lies Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that tragically ran aground in 1878. The two rocks pictured are the remnants of a collapsed arch and are named Tom and Eva after the only two people who survived that Loch Ard ship wreck. A close inspection of the water just before the rocks will show reflections and shadows in light thrown by our Milky Way galaxy."

09:13

Casino man who allegedly groomed 15 year-old online for sex remains free on bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Casino father who allegedly set up a Facebook account to groom a 15 year-old girl for sex is required to enter a plea when he returns to court next month.

Jacob Lee Benn was charged in June after the girl complained to police and an investigation was launched by the State Crime Commands Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

The 30 year-old father of two, who allegedly communicated with the teenger from his marital home, was charged with soliciting child pronography, grooming a teenager online for sexual activity and sending indecent material online.

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

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

The sender did this with the intention of making it easier to procure the recipient to engage in sexual activity with the sender, court documents stated.

The accused continued to progress this offence over a prolonged period and he instigated the use of a false profile on the social media site to perpetrate this offence.

He also asked the victim to delete and cover the use of this profile.

The brief of evidence against Mr Benn has been completed by police but he is yet to enter a plea to the allegations.

This week, Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Benns matters until December 11, for a plea to be entered and he be committed for trial or sentence, depending on his plea.

Mr Benn remains free on conditional bail until his next court appearance.

Conditions of his bail include not to contact the victim by any means, not to go to the victims school, not to access any form of social media and not to contact any person under 16 unless they are immediate family.

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08:58

Driver fled after car crashed into school bus on Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 24-year-old was arrested after fleeing from the scene where hed crashed his car into a school bus in Tweed Heads yesterday afternoon.

Fifteen students were trapped in the bus for a short time before being released by emergency services, none seriously injured as a result of the crash at around 3.20pm in Wharf Street.

A 40-year-old female passenger in the car was trapped and later taken to Gold Coast Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the car and a male passenger reportedly fled the scene before police arrived.

A short time later, officers went to a nearby home and arrested the driver.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing and is currently being questioned by police.

 

 

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08:58

Bitcoin Uncensored about the global war on drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im currently working on a new, investigative book on the global war on drugs covering vast parts of the world consumed by the drug war (from Honduras to West Africa). Itll be published by Scribe in Australia, the UK and beyond in 2019.

This week I was interviewed by the US podcast, Bitcoin Uncensored, on this book, what my research has taught me so far, what legalisation/decriminalisation looks like etc. And yes, the words are out of sync (technical issues):

08:57

NSW assisted dying bill: fight goes on "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.

The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.

Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.

We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.

He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.

We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.

Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.

Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.

He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.

However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.

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08:54

Same-sex marriage debate takes a week off "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

Lismore shows its heart following the Yes vote. (supplied)

The same-sex marriage bill will be at the top of the Senates agenda when parliament next sits, with MPs set to work overtime to legislate before Christmas.

There was an emotional start to the debate of Liberal senator Dean Smiths private bill on Thursday.

Politicians on both sides of the argument expressed their good wishes to couples who would be able to marry when the law is changed.

Debate will resume on November 27 with the Senate to sit until legislation clears, paving the way for a late-night session to push it through the upper house.

The bill can then be sent to the House of Representatives for debate, likely to start in the first week of December.

Attorney-General George Brandis believes the bill will pass the lower house before December 7, the last scheduled sitting day for the year.

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has proposed amendments which will allow civil celebrants to refuse to wed same-sex couples.

Lets forge ahead and make the freedom to marry a reality but in a spirit of tolerance, understanding and personal liberty, Senator Leyonhjelm said.

He also wants to ensure government employees cannot refuse to solemnise marriages and give businesses the right to refuse to service weddings.

Prominent no campaigner and conservative crossbench senator Cory Bernardi has conceded the marriage law will be changed.

But he urged the parliament to consider concerns over freedom of speech and religion.

You guys have the numbers to do whatever you want with this bill to go forward. I would only ask that you consider some of our concerns, Senator Bernardi told parliament.

Matt Canavan said he was hopeful he will be able to vote for an amended bill, with added protections for religious freedoms.

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08:51

Mungo Man laid to rest after 42,000 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.

The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.

Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.

He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.

Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.

They become known as Mungo Man.

In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.

But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.

The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.

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08:47

Court overturns one Rolf Harris conviction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has had one of 12 indecent assault convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Three judges in London ruled that the conviction was unsafe.But they rejected applications by Harris, 87, to challenge 11 other indecent assault convictions.

The judges announced their decision on Thursday.

The artist and musician was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Londons Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens, and a catalogue of abuse against his daughters friend over 16 years.

Harris, a family favourite for decades, was jailed for five years and nine months after being convicted of assaults which took place between 1968 and 1986.

The Australian-born television presenter has since been released from that sentence.

He was not in court for the ruling by the appeal judges.

The prosecution did not seek a retrial on the one count and the judges agreed that a further trial would not be in the public interest.

The quashed conviction related to an allegation that Harris indecently assaulted an eight-year-old girl in 1969 when she attended an event at a leisure centre in Portsmouth.

But the judges refused Harris permission to appeal against the rest of the 2014 convictions.

They ruled that stepping back and looking at the totality of the evidence on those remaining counts we find nothing that causes us to doubt the safety of those convictions.

Stephen Vullo QC, for Harris, had presented four grounds of appeal at a recent hearing, which Harris attended.

One ground was that there was fresh evidence which supported Harriss case, and complaint was also made about a direction given to the jury by the trial judge relating to the credibility of complainants.

In May this year Harris was formally cleared of unconnected historical sex offences, which he had denied.

He was formally cleared of four counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 13 after a retrial ended with a hung jury.

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08:44

Aussie arts golden boy Zavros to launch his book in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Celebrity Australian artist Michael Zavros has chosen Tweed Regional Gallery to launch his debut book, bringing together 120 of his works. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Celebrity Australian artist Michael Zavros has chosen Tweed Regional Gallery to launch his debut book, bringing together 120 of his works. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Renowned Australian artist Michael Zavros has chosen the Tweed for the official launch next week of his debut book of his celebrated works .

As part of the launch on 23 November, Zavros will take part in a Q and A with the director of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Susi Muddiman, discussing the book, simply titled Michael Zavros.

Ms Muddiman said the artist and the gallery had enjoyed a close relationships over the years and it was tremendously exciting that he has chosen our gallery to officially unveil his spectacular book.

Michaels work appears in the collections of major museums and private collections around the world and he is one of the true celebrities of modern Australian art, Ms Muddiman said.

He is well known for his hyper-realistic paintings and, more recently, for photography, sculpture, film and performance.

Our conversation will discuss Michaels art practice and the evolution of his exciting monograph, and he will be available to sign copies of the book.

His stunning debut monograph features more than 120 beautifully reproduced works, as well as essays from some of the art worlds leading figures, Ms Muddiman said.

The event begins at 6pm and costs $25 or $20 for Friends of the Gallery members. Numbers are limited and bookings, along with pre-purchases of the book, can be made online before 20 November at www.trybooking.com/SKML

 

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08:43

Who Said Australia Doesnt Love Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The claim that Australians are conservative and opposed to change has been turned on its head by the Yes vote, writes Douglas Ross.

Both preceding and in light of Australias postal vote, there has been a repeated phrase from columnists such as David Marr and Sean Kelly that rings like the platitude youd hear on a TV drama set in the American south. Spitting a wet gunge of tobacco into a tin pan, some wise local states that, Yesmyou know those Australians, well theres one thang we always say about them, yes maam. They dont like change, much. No they dont, nossir.

Who held it to be a truth self-evident that Australians dont like change? The postal vote is a clear-as-day affirmation of our willingness to embrace the new and the different. There would have been even more evidence of this warmth had we not had to suffer through months of vitriolic messaging from the Australian Christian Lobby, who successfully managed to confuse a great number of people who would otherwise have been perfectly happy to tick yes to gay marriage.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

You cant start denigrating members of the public for being weather vanes and stating that theyre all recalcitrant bigots just because theyre simple enough to allow their minds to be changed by scaremongering. Scaremongering wouldnt be scaremongering if it didnt scare a few million people. Just give them a little nudge back towards us, well welcome them back.

Economist Ross Garnaut wrote a few years back in his Dog Days: Australia After the Boom that the increasing power that specialist groups have when lobbying against policy changes has been a festering thorn in the side of Australias ability to wrench itself out from an economic attitude that Garnaut labels as The Great Australian Complacency.

Ever fed your dog and then tried to take away its bowl mid-feed? Some dogs will let you, because you might have previously returned it with some steak off-cuts mixed into their usual meal. Others will growl that adorable but still menacing warning that if you touch their food they will be, well, disappointed. Other mutts will just take your hand off right then and there.

Well that more psychopathic dog took the form of the mining industry in 2010 when it lobbied harder than the NRA on a good day against any further tax hikes to its industry from the...

08:33

All-Time High: Bitcoin Shrugs Off the Competition Once Again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The price of a single Bitcoin exceeded its previous all-time high again today. Seemingly shrugging off doubt over its position as top-dog in the cryptocurrency world, the going rate of each unit of the digital currency reached an unprecedented 7,794 according to market price watch website, Coinmarketcap. This puts it ever-closer to the next major psychological milestone of $8,000.

Bitcoin has had a turbulent month thus far. Its previous run up in price was brought to a sudden end following the news that the planned hard fork to introduce larger blocks to the main chain would not go ahead. Many believed that the fear and uncertainty created during the confusion over the planned upgrade known as Segwit2x meant that wed seen this years all-time high for the currency last week and it would struggle to surpass this level again in 2017. However, as is often the case with Bitcoin, the doubt was short-lived. The price rebounded fast from its monthly low point on Sunday of around $5,580 back to record-breaking highs in just four days.

As youd expect, the all-time highs in price coincide with an all-time high in interest in the digital currency. Google Trends shows that online searches for the term Bitcoin follows the price chart rather closely with spikes in interest this year at the end of May, beginning and middle of August, mid-September, and of course, throughout October and into November. Meanwhile, a look at which regions are searching the most for the term Bitcoin probably invites more questions than it answers. The top five areas that searched for the term Bitcoin from highest downwa....

08:30

Weatherwatch: La Nia strikes out on its forceful voyage round the globe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Unusually cold patches of the Pacific ocean are again on the move, threatening to disrupt weather patterns worldwide A gigantic blob has surfaced in the Pacific, a monster of unusually cool water stretching out from South America across the equator. This is La Nia and it could send the world's weather haywire over the next few months. Its impact could even be felt in Britain. Seven years ago one of the most powerful La Nias on record led to catastrophic floods in Queensland, Colombia, [...]

08:26

British Film Festival pays homage to Eric Clapton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Amidst the spread of cinematic delights and contemporary favourites at this years British Film Festival comes the engaging documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars a deeply intimate film chronicling the life of Britains most renowned blues guitarist.  This year saw a diverse list of films fast-tracked from the British Isles to Australian cinemas, []

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08:18

Britt McHenry Talks Colin Kaepernick, Roger Goodell, And Sports Media "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Britt McHenry, sports journalist and Federalist contributor, joins Federalist Radio to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named GQ Magazine Citizen of The Year, as well as the NFL owners disputes with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

I dont think Kaepernick has done even to bridge the divide. I think hes continually deepened the divide, McHenry said.

Its seems like every sports talk show these days is based around hosts yelling at each other. How did this happen? Its archaic and stereotypical. An easy answer thoughits cheaper to produce, she said.

Listen here:

08:00

DEAD END FILM FESTIVAL BY 8A8YSTEPS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Dead End Film Festival will showcase experimental films from local and international directors. As part of the festival, 8a8ysteps has commissioned local artists to build alternative seating installations for those who do not drive to the festival. The film program will be followed by live music from Sweet Whirl and Truly Holy and a slow dance in the diner with Joe from Astral Glamour (RRR).

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07:47

TextaQueen turns nudes upside down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TextaQueen, Where we will go when the world implodes? (Taylor Mac) 2006, fibre-tipped markers on paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Purchased from National Works on Paper, 2008. Photo supplied.

TextaQueen, Where we will go when the world implodes? (Taylor Mac) 2006, fibre-tipped markers on paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Purchased from National Works on Paper, 2008. Photo supplied.

Armed with a felt-tipped pen, she playfully tackles complex issues of race, exoticism, gender, sexuality and identity.

TextaQueens engaging portraits are showcased in Between You and Me, the first survey exhibition of this contemporary artist, on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 8 December 2017 25 February 2018.

The survey exhibition brings together more than 30 works, highlighting TextaQueens compelling marker works on paper, as well as a new suite of photos created during a recent placement at Mornington Shires Police Point Artist in Residency Program. 

TextaQueen, Save Yourself (self-love self-portrait) 2013, from the series Unknown Artist, fibre-tipped markers, acrylic paint and coloured pencil on paper, Corrigan Collection. Photo supplied.

TextaQueen, Save Yourself (self-love self-portrait) 2013, from the series Unknown Artist, fibre-tipped markers, acrylic paint and coloured pencil on paper, Corrigan Collection. Photo supplied.

Tweed Regi...

07:27

Elvis dead? Never! Hell be in Lismore this January "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elvis will be taking to the stage in Lismore on January 19, 2018. Photo supplied.

Elvis will be taking to the stage in Lismore on January 19, 2018. Photo supplied.

Coming straight from his show in Las Vegas for two shows here in Australian Elvis tribute artists Jason Dale will be hitting the boards in Lismore for the show of a lifetime. He will perform one day of shows here in Lismore to raise funds for the local charity RED Inc, who work with people with disabilities in the region, to support their art program on January 19, 2018.

Jason Dale is one of Europes top Elvis Tribute Artists; we are absolutely thrilled that he has offered to come to little old Lismore to perform for us to help raise much needed funds for the REDinc. art school. He is an extraordinary performer and looks uncannily like the great man himself! said Elvis event coordinator, Josie Donnelly.

The funds from this event will go towards the famous REDinc. arts program that has transformed the lives of many local artists with a disability: with many going on to exhibit across Australia and becoming semi-professional artists in their own right. Funds raised from this show will ensure that this program will be ongoing with its usual vigor supporting local artists with a disability.

There will be two shows taking place at the Lismore workers club the first is an intimate 68 Comeback Specialfrom 2.30pm and the main show Viva Las Vegas takes off at 6.30pm.

To find out more about REDinc. Click here www.redinc.org.au or book tickets online here or call  www.lismoreworkers.com.au/entertainment-bookings 6621 7401.

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07:18

Corruption Trial Against Sen. Bob Menendez Ends In Mistrial "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After six days of jury deliberations the felony corruption trial against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has ended in a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon after the jury passed him a note saying that they could not reach a unanimous decision. One juror said the jury was deadlocked with 10 jurors who wanted to acquit the Democratic senator and two who thought he was guilty, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors say Menendez accepted bribes from his co-defendant, a wealthy eye-doctor and deep-pocketed benefactor who was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for over billing the U.S. government and taxpayers up to $105 million. Justice Department officials allege that Menendez lobbied the State Department to get visas for his married friends alleged mistresses and pushed top officials to drop the fraud investigation. In exchange, Menendez allegedly received luxury vacations, trips aboard a private plane, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from his co-defendant, Salamon Melgen.

On the first day of deliberations, a juror asked Walls: What is a Senator? The judge refused to answer. On Monday, a juror who was dismissed from the trial told media outlets that the jury was deadlocked, with a majority of the jurors leaning towards an acquittal. She also told reporters she thought it would result in a mistrial. As it turns out, her prediction was spot on.

The DOJ will likely refile charges against Menendez, putting him on trial again. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has called for an ethics investigation into the New Jersey senators actions that led to the indictment.

In a press conference following the news of the mistrial, Menendez said he would not forget those who he says tried to use the trial against him in order to gain his Sen...

07:16

Jewish identity politics gone crazy: "Anti-Semitism" bill could equate criticism of Israel with racism - Jewish community split over implications for dual-loyalty "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Department's definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups. During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Department's definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing "cannon fodder for antisemites".

07:11

Netanyahu Facing Indictment? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Netanyahu Facing Indictment? | benjamin-netanyahu | Special Interests World News

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An earlier article explained hes being investigated for alleged bribery, fraud, breach of trust and money laundering serious accusations.

He could be charged in so-called Cases 1,000 and 2,000 the first on suspicion of inappropriately or illegally receiving lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, amounting to possible bribery.

The second case involves him getting caught red-handed on tape, negotiating a quid pro quo with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes for more favorable broadsheet coverage in return for legislation prohibiting distribution of the free daily Israel Hayom, YAs main competitor, owned by Netanyahu supporter Sheldon Adelson.

Netanyahu reportedly agreed to a quid pro quo deal, enough under Israeli law to hold him accountable for bribery even if no follow-through occurred.

Last summer, police recommended indicting him. On Sunday, Israeli police said they have enough evidence to indict him for bribery.

According to Israels Channel 10 News, he accepted gifts worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from wealthy supporters. A dollar is worth about four shekels.

Prosecutors havent decided whether to charge him. Hes been questioned five times in the case, further interrogation coming.

It involves billionaire motion-picture producer Arnaud Milchan. Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer was questioned about Netanyahu asking him to expedite his US visa request.

Another issue is whether Netanyahu tried aiding Milchans interests in Israeli media, including the sale of Channel 10 to billionaire investor Len Blavatnik in 2015, named Britains richest man with an estimated 17 billion pound net worth.

Its believed Australian billionaire James Packer gave Netanyahu gifts worth thousands of dollars. Hes yet to be questioned by police.

Netanyahu lawyer/confidents David Shimron and Isaac Molho were questioned four times about alleged misconduct in connection with Israels purchase of nuclear submarines from Germany.

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07:05

New season at Nyora is off and racing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Dean Thompson, DMT Sports Media

Peter Logue from Morwell was the winner in the Wingless Sprints. Photo: Random Panda Photography.

TWO days of racing kicked off the Nyora Raceway season with important club aggregate events for the Wingless Sprintcars and features for the Standard Saloons and Sports Sedans.
These headlined a weekend that also included Open Sedans, National Junior Sedans and series rounds for the Mini Sprintcars.
Wingless Sprintcars were encouraged to come along to Nyora with a feature on both nights of racing whilst after the second nights final, a number of prizes were on offer for every driver that competed in the feature race.
On night one, Travis Millar who could almost be the King of Nyora when it comes to Wingless, picked up another feature win at the South Gippsland venue. He defeated Speedway legend Peter Logue from Morwell, Michael Skene, Todd Hobson and Scott Irons.
Night two was a night littered with Wingless machines flying through the air upside down. Marc Evans, Michael Skene and then finally Ben Grey all joined the upside down club resulting in substantial damage to their race cars. All drivers walked away from their accidents, none of them happy of course.
In night two racing Nyora racer Chris Skilton picked up a heat race victory in the first round, Logue and Millar made their intentions clear with wins before Logue also won in the second round.
Night ones Unlimited Sedan feature winner Warrick Taylor picked up a win in the qualifiers. A 30 lap feature race for the Wingless on night two began with Logue quickly assuming the lead passing one of his sons Wayne who got the better of the start.
There were a number of cautions including one with 11 laps to go for Ben Grey when his car caught the catch fence in turn three when it went flipping through the sky.
Peter Logue took the win from Wayne Logue with both racers hailing from the Morwell area. Millar was third then Hobson and Luke Schneider rounded out the top five.
Nyora Raceway also brought back the welcome return of teams racing with a two day feature for Standard Saloons.
A couple of strong combinations from Alexandra and a team from the Drouin club came to do battle with a number of Nyora combos.
Drivers had to compete over the weekend in alternative heats with drivers having three heats each if they made it right through to the end of the weekend for what would be 40 lap fea...

07:00

Local Brunswick student in state finals today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ruby Dokmanovic from Brunswick Heads Public School is speaking on multiculturalism in our society at tomorrow's state finals. Photo supplied.

Ruby Dokmanovic from Brunswick Heads Public School is speaking on multiculturalism in our society at tomorrows state finals. Photo supplied.

Competing agains t 1,000 other students local Brunswick Heads Public School student Ruby Dokmanovic has reached the finals for the the years five and six state final of the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition.

Ruby is currently in Sydney with her parents getting ready for the finals of the competition today that are being held at the ABC Studios in Ultimo, Sydney.

Ruby is an outstanding school captain, sportsperson, debater and general allrounder who is a role model for positive behaviour in her school and community, said Melanie Currie, relieving principal at Brunswick Heads Public School.

She is passionate about human rights, equity and inclusion and we are very proud that she is able to represent our school at a State level in the Multicultural Public Speaking Competition.

In its twenty-second year each of the 12 state finalists will be addressing the topic of what multiculturalism means in our society.

The competition was established with the aim of heightening awareness of multicultural issues among primary school students while developing their interest in public speaking, said a spokesperson for the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition.

Topics ranging from when a migrant becomes an Australian, online racism and the immigrant contribution to sport will be tackled.

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06:53

1) The warehouse at PT Freeport's shipping port is on fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Fire hits Freeport Indonesia port facility in Papua - company sources

3) Firm action to be last resort in dealing with hostage-taking in Papua

4) Another Papua police death 

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06:51

West Papua taking on the world "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papua taking on the world
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Preliminary meeting to confirm date of meeting .Standing are Job Dalesa and Paula Makabory and Andy Ayamiseba (at right sitting)
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06:50

London Grenfell disaster, many people want justice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video from London, England says about itself:

Lily Allen is incredibly moving on the horror of Grenfell Tower fire and the need to find answers

31 October 2017

In our most unfiltered episode so far, Lily Allen talks to James about the right-wing tabloids, phone hacking, womens sexuality, Grenfell, and the Harvey Weinstein allegations, as well as her life growing up and making it in the music business.

Full episode here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hundreds to participate in Grenfell fire inquiry

Thursday 16th November 2017

Unprecedented number of applications to probe catastrophic safety failings

NEARLY 400 individuals and organisations will be core participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry after an unprecedented number of applications, the inquiry announced yesterday.

This could allow them the right to provide opening statements, suggest lines of questioning, or highlight evidence relating to the fire on June 14 that tore through the residential council-owned block, which killed at least 80 people and left hundreds homeless.

A total of...

06:35

Luggage what to check what to carry-on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Travelling Heavy: What You Need to Know About the Items You Plan to Bring With You

Keeping up with all the different baggage rules is not easy, especially since they are constantly changing.  The sudden banning of laptops in luggage on flights from the middle east to the USA demonstrated just how quick this can happen. Apparently, its for our own safety, try telling that to parents of screaming kids who cant play Minecraft or roadblocks on a long haul flight. The same with the Samsung Note batteries after one exploded on a flight originating from Australia. The newest piece of personal equipment to come under the microscope is the e-cigarette battery. In America, its now illegal to carry the batteries in your checked luggage due to the risk of fire.

Complying with all these rules sometimes means extra baggage fees. There may be a conspiracy theory there, but thats beyond the scope of this blog. This resource is a very good one for keeping up with major airline baggage fees.

Must-Check Items

Here is a quick list of most items that are illegal to place in carry-on baggage and must therefore either be checked or left at home:

Sharp Objects: A sharp object is basically anything with a blade and at least one sharp-angle edge. The list includes the notorious boxcutter, along with knives, razor blades, and scissors with at least 4-inch blades; these items must also be wrapped in the checked luggage. Plastic or round butter knives are okay in carry-on bags.
Firearms: Anything that shoots any kind of projectile from a barrel is a firearm and must be in a checked bag. Most airlines have their own rules about ammunition, so do your research.
Self-Defense and Sporting Equipment: Mace, pepper spray, and stun guns must be checked, and pepper spray or mace containers must be safety-disabled. Baseball bats, hockey sticks, nightsticks, throwing stars, and all other such items must be checked as well.
Tools: Crowbars, wrenches, hammers, drills, screwdrivers, and all other tools must be checked if they are more than seven inches long.
Liquids: Non-flammable or non-disabling liquids are allowed in carry-on bags if they are in 3.4-ounce or smaller bottles that are inside...

06:34

Space Fence: Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Space Fence: Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas | Space-Fence | Chem-trails & Geo-Engineering Environment HAARP Military Military Weapons Nano-Technology New World Order Project BlueBeam Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Special Interests Surveillance Trans humans

The Space Fence is not just to track and catalog space debris. Its an overarching program that connects the geoengineering, surveillance and transhumanist and AI agendas.

The Space Fence is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA. Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris. Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia. The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose. This article exposes the grander implications of the Space Fence and how it connects to other technology that could be used to enslave you.

What is the Space Fence?

Although the USAF and Lockheed Martin tell us that the purpose of the Space Fence is to detect, track and catalog space debris, we must acknowledge that the MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) is at the helm of the New World Order and is routinely engaged in psychological operations against the rest of the population. The Space Fence is the answer to the prayers of a control-freak conspiratorial class. It will have the capacity to surveil everything on Earth. Like Skynet in the fictional Terminator films, it could become surveillance beyond comprehension. How? Th...

06:28

It is being suggested to Lower Clarence communities that inviting the cruise ship industry into the Clarence River estuary will bring financial gain to their towns - but will it? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


At this months ordinary monthly meeting Clarence Valley Council will be considering whether or not to give in principle support to the NSW Governments proposal to designate the Port of Yamba as a cruise ship destination and possibly build a cruise ship terminal in the Clarence River estuary.

The Berejiklian Government appears to be presenting this proposal as a way to increase the annual regional income of the Clarence Valley. But is it and will it?

Nowhere have I found any mention of the business model employed by the global cruise ship industry. An industry which seeks to create demand through the judicious use of political donations and paid lobbyists.

According to  Professor Ross Klein, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Standing up to a cruise line can sometimes be difficult, especially given the industrys generous contributions to political campaigns, their active lobbying efforts, and their degree of influence with mass media [Klein, R. (2013) The Cruise Industrys Business Model: Implications for Ports

As an example, between 1997-2007 Cruise Line International Association spent US$10 million on lobbying the U.S Congress

In the first instance the business model used by cruise ship operators seeks to have passeng...

05:30

The mess were now in: The leaked TASSAL document ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speech to the Senate on the salmon industry on November 14 So my question to the state government, who are spruiking a job-rich salmon industry as a basis for a social licence for the Okehampton Bay project, is: are you aware of a plan to cut jobs and use technology? Are you aware if it has been accepted by the Tassal board? Are the 40 jobs stated by the Tassal CEO in his public statements net of the 20 jobs to be lost as forecast in this document, or is it only likely to be 20 jobs at Okehampton Bay half the figure publicly stated by stakeholders? John Biggs in Comments: Not surprisingly perhaps this completely backs up Christine Milnes claims ( TT HERE ) that corporate donations and like with Gunns, corporate mates and to hell with the public interest. Christines claims that the Greens are the only party that put public interest first. That message is so obvious yet so deliberately avoided and distorted by the major parties and some minor ones, and the press. This so easily may be taken further to systemic levels: that is, that the Westminster system and its reliance on two party government and opposition is so easily open to corruption. A multi-party and power-sharing system is so much less open to corruption because the voting keeps shifting issue by issue. While we are unfortunately a long way from that, one easy step of major importance would be to ban corporate donations both local and foreign to political parties Geoffrey Swan in Comments: despite all our efforts (and yours at the 2015 Senate Inquiry) Huon Aquaculture continues to this day, now 10 plus years on, to discharge 26 million litres every day of the year of fish poo, fish sewage, fish effluent, fish shit ... into the once-pristine Russell River in Lonnavale. This company is showing no interest in protecting this river Jeremy Rockliff, Elise Archer: Tassal shift to oceanic farming welcomed Rosalie Woodruff: Tassals Off-Shore Spin Tassals so-called commitment to Tasmania in moving their operations apparently off-shore is simply a PR exercise. It seems to be designed to secure their share price and water down the intense public scrutiny of their activities, and the current court hearings. What they are proposing is just to move from several tiny and environmentally damaged sites in the DEntrecasteaux Channel and Huon Rivers, as they consolidate and intensify operations at Long Bay near Port Arthur. The Long Bay lease is 45m from the shore in a relatively shallow and unflushed bay. Despite an implicit apology in Tassals statement about the environmental harm they caused in Macquarie Harbour, the company might accept the lessons learned, but clearly havent learnt from them

04:31

Almost summer snow in Australia with giant hail, record cold for Boston and NYC "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Unusual almost summer snows in NSW Australia along with "gigantic hail" as it was described. This is expected in a grand solar minimum where extremes in heat and cold effect crop production, we saw this in the USA over the last week as well. Record cold in Boston and New York breaking records back to 1903. Interestingly the record cold in NYC article never listed the temperatures that were broken. Sources

04:05

Global Atheist Convention cancelled for lack of interest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Global Atheist Convention was supposed to be held next February in Melbourne, Australia, but its been cancelled due to lack of interest. In a commentary for The Sydney Morning Herald, November 8, 2017, Dr.  Michael Jensen, rector of St Marks Anglican Continue reading

03:22

This is how we do "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Lucky 13

Another pretty good result for the Aussie economy, with total employment notching a 13th consecutive gain, the best stretch in 23 years. 

Headline employment growth was pretty modest, but there was another significant swing towards full time positions - with the economy adding +236,000 full time jobs since the beginning of the calendar year - and the previous month's result was also revised up, keeping the strong trend intact.


In fact, total employment was a massive +355,700 higher over the year to October 2017 for an increase of +3 per cent, way ahead of the growth in the working age population. 


The annual trend in hours worked was a solid +3.1 per cent growth, the strongest in 7 years.


And the unemployment rate continues to fall, down to a 57-month low of 5.4 per cent.

03:03

McMillan votes yes, but Russell Broadbent says no to same sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Russell Broadbent has said he will not support a motion for marriage equality despite a majority of voters in his electorate wanting him to.

02:38

Are the Powerful Likely To Collapse? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

In a recent article I reported a very positive development at least it seems positive, and its definitely not negative regarding my new-found ability to get a foot in the door at Boston federal court. (That is, for the appeals case of the Marathon non-bomber, as an amicus curiae.)

In my heart of hearts, I feel that nothing can transpire that would free Jahar Tsarnaev, or even allow me to talk to him, as that would bring down the throne and we cant have that.

But now Im thinking Why stay in that mental trap? Why not look around and see what the prospects are?

In opining that talking t...

02:36

Bega Valley. COMMENT: Greed, stupidity and mismanagement destroying Sapphire Coasts gems "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views  do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss. 

There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.

Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.

I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.

The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.

The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.

The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.

The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.

The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.

How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?

The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.

The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?

What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?

More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed....

02:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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02:31

UN diplomat falls to his death from balcony after 'trust game' goes awry "IndyWatch Feed National"

A game of "trust" took a deadly turn for an Australian diplomat, who plunged to his death from his Manhattan balcony early Wednesday during a night of boozing with friends and his wife, police sources said. Julian Simpson, 30, fell from the seventh floor to a second-floor landing at the Clinton Street building where he lived on the Lower East Side around 1:35 a.m., the sources said. Simpson was playing a "trust game" with a male pal when he accidentally took the fatal fall, a source said. "I will prove it that you can trust me. Let's play the trust game," Simpson said to the 24-year-old man just moments before he slipped and fell, sources said.

02:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been changed at least three different times.

2. Paddock wired $100,000 to an account located in...

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01:56

In Falling Birthrates, Japan Faces an Existential Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Under the weight of an alarming decrease in its population, Japan has now shifted its focus toward developing a new generation robots that can substitute human beings for maintenance, management, and the renovation of infrastructure, and also act in the event of a disaster. Put simply, this phenomenon of a rapidly dwindling population is the most serious challenge that Shinzo Abe will face in his third-term as the prime minister of Japan.

Yet this phenomenon is certainly a direct outcome of the development model Japan has chosen for itself, one where a great majority of the countrys women have lost the urge to have a healthy sex life and rear children. By the end of the previous decade, Japans population had peaked at the whopping 128 million mark. But by 2015, the country had lost one million people, and in 2016, Japan recorded less than one million new births for the first time in its history.

This decline is no sudden development: the country now has 40 percent less newborn children than in 1949.

With an average life expectancy of 87 years, Japan is now the most senior citizen of the world. But it has been estimated that with its low birth rate, the population of the country could drop to as low as 80 million by 2060. This is sure to have a catastrophic bearing on the national economy and finance as social security has already been consuming one-third of budget spending and public debt has reached a level of more than double of Japans GDP.

But why is the population of Japan shrinking so rapidly? The simple answer is that a large number of Japanese males and females are not interested in sex at all, which is otherwise part and parcel of the life of a normal human being. This is a direct outcome of the high-speed capitalist development model that Japan has adopted since the end of WWII. Too much workload, fatigue, and very little social security have resulted in men and women losing the will to procreate.

As a corollary to this, the institution of family has come under threat. Various other social and psychological factors are also standing in the way of population increase. According to a survey report of Japans National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (NIPSSR) released last year, 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women in the 18-34 age group are not in any kind of romantic relationship. Moreover an earlier NIPSSR survey reveals that 90 percent of Japanese women want to stay single. The figure becomes more revealing when one takes into account that 70 percent of women leave their jobs after the birth of their first child. Not that the Japanese ladies do this gladly. But they have to accept such an eventuality because they get very little maternity security raising their child, from neither the state nor their employers. So they are gradually losing th...

01:44

New Alzheimers Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.

Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimers patients.

If a person has Alzheimers disease, its usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.

00:57

Hamas alleges Israeli spies used Bosnian passports for assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

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AFP | Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, attend a memorial for Tunisian engineer Mohamed Zouari in the Gaza Strip on January 31, 2017

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP)  Hamas on Thursday alleged Israeli spies used Bosnian passports to enter Tunisia and assassinate one of its drone experts as the Palestinian movement announced details of its probe into the December incident.

Tunisian engineer Mohamed Zaouari was shot dead in his car in December 2016 by unknown gunmen, with Hamas accusing Israel of responsibility at the time.

Senior Hamas figure Mohamed Nazzal made the allegations on Thursday in a statement and at a press conference in Beirut.

He said an investigation concluded a number of agents from Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had operated in Tunisia over several months, including pretending to be foreign journalists in order to get close to Zaouari.

The main two assassins who entered the country before the killing were using Bosnian passports, Nazzal said.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon declined comment. Israel also had not previously commented on the killing.

Israel has previously faced criticism after its agents reportedly used British, Irish, Australian and other passports to assassinate a Hamas leader in the United Arab Emirates in 2010.

That led to Britain, Ireland and Australia expelling some Israeli diplomats in protest.

Zaouari, 49, was murdered at the wheel of his car outside his house in Tunisias second city Sfax on December 15 last year.

The engineer and drone expert had worked for a decade with Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, the group said at the time.


00:52

How the BBC outsources its complaints system "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Towards the end of last month, one of our readers referred in the comments section to an article by Peter Hitchens concerning the BBCs complaints system:

I have many times battled my way through the futile outer defences of the Corporations complaints system. This was long ago outsourced to an outside contractor, Capita.

I get the strong impression that Capita is there solely to soak up the anger of viewers and listeners. I can get no straight answer from the BBC about whether complaints made to it are even passed directly to the programme-makers involved.

For those unfamiliar with the background, Capita plc is a London-based business process outsourcing and professional services company. In 2009 the BBC announced that Capita had been re-appointed as the service partner that will deliver the Corporations Audience Services....

00:30

Tamil Nadus MGNREGA Workers Left in the Lurch Due to Delayed Wages, Unused Funds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 2016-17, pending payments under the employment scheme in the state amounted to a whopping Rs 5,571 crore.

Representative image of MGNREGA workers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Representative image of MGNREGA workers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tiravur, Tamil Nadu: I could kill someone, said Janaki Chinarasu in early June at her home in Tiruvarur, protecting her forehead from the heat with her hands askew. Its like the sun god has conspired with the rain god to punish us.

Chinarasu is a frail, strong-witted woman with a five-year-old on her lap and a husband hovering around, looking for a washcloth to go out to work. She fantasised about her life as a farmers wife in the past before the unforgiving drought struck in the summer of 2016. How we used to accidentally drop rice and then just clean it up. Now we have to eat it from the floor even if a few grains drop, she said, feet gliding across the red oxide floor of her hut to turn off the gas stove.

Tiruvarur, among other drought-hit districts in Tamil Nadu, is uniquely miserable for holding the position of the district closest to the Cauvery delta. Here, the people are especially bitter owing to the Cauvery water crisis that reached a crescendo last year.

In August 2016, protests erupted in Tamil Nadu after Karnataka did not release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. In October, the Karnataka government, backed by a state asse...

00:15

Oh dear, is the Turnbull Government asking chickens to visit the digital fox's den? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Turnbull Government has welcomed the eSafety Commissioners announcement today about the delivery of the pilot for a new national portal for reporting instances of non-consensual sharing of intimate images (colloquially known as image-based abuse or revenge pornography).  [Senator Mitch Fifield, media release,15 October 2017]

Given the dubious reputation Facebook Inc has managed to garner in relation to business ethics, transparency, consumer privacy, e-safety, data mining and data breach history, one wonders what the Minister for Communications and Liberal Senator for Victoria Mitch Fifield was thinking.

Facebook Newsroom, 9 November 2017:

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By Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety

We dont want Facebook to be a...

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U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...

23:16

Gauci returned for third term as Baw Baw mayor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Joe Gauci has been chosen as Baw Baw Shire mayor for the third year running, but this time with Danny Goss as deputy.

23:15

Erica & District Fire Brigades new banner STOLEN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A banner asking people to support the Erica & District Fire Brigade was stolen less than a week after its debut.

23:06

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...

22:30

This is what a movement for change looks like. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the fourth day of our member drive. On Monday I shared our passion for this message and showed what a huge demand there is for our work . On Tuesday I explained the problem we're trying to solve; the need to change our cultural conversation around growth and development. Yesterday, I talked about how we're taking that on, how our focus on growing a movement of people is the only approach that measures up to the challenge we face.

I am going to ask you today, once again, to join us. Become one of the first 2,000 members of Strong Towns, one of the #2000Strong. But first, let me show you what our change movement looks like.

Join the Strong Towns Movement

Here are the 1,750 members we have as of yesterday. This is where they live. These are the communities they care about. This map blows me away.

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To be clear, this map shows that we have members in every U.S. state. We have members across Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and even one member in Southeast Asia (you are awesome, by the way). This is not our readership. This is not our podcast listeners. These are the people who have said: The Strong Towns message is so important, I want more people to hear it and so I'm going to become a member. These people are the reason I get up every day excited about what we do.

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21:28

RepowerHour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Newlands Community #RepowerHour

Come and connect with other locals and support a fast and fair transition to clean energy from the sun and wind!
Newlands Community House (20 Murray Rd North Coburg) 4pm Sunday 26th November for a chat and a shared BBQ. Kids very welcome. Bring a plate or something to BBQ and a gold coin donation for the use of the venue :)

This will be a short and snappy discussion of strategies - we want to shine a bright positive light on renewables in the lead up to summer and get ready to counter any scaremongering that comes from the big polluting companies and those politicians who support them. 

This event is being hosted by the Newlands Climate Action Group with support from Environment Victoria. If youd like more information please contact Nina (...

21:22

Soundvision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Enjoy $10 community tickets for Soundvision at La Trobe Uni this Saturday. 

Just enter 'community' in the promotional code.  Kids under 18 free.



21:21

Little Place Family Daycare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Little Place Family Day Care is seeking one new friend to play with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to gender and age if current little friends, we are hoping for a girl between 12-18 months.

Please email me at hameeddina@gmail.com or call on 0400 483 178.

A bit more about us can be found here:



21:12

Australia Celebrates the YES Vote But I Feel Conned "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of The Age 16/11/2017

By Dee McLachlan

I voted Yes in Australias Same-Sex Marriage survey. I probably wont be using the proposed legislation, but I am very happy for friends, who feel they have been liberated given a gift, and a ticket to happiness. And I am also sad for others who feel their world is eroding before them. I just have a wish that all live happy lives.

I did not watch the live announcement, but when I listened to the news, and read the papers this morning, I was stunned by the impact the outcome had on the population. The MSM focused on Penny Wong, the first openly gay politician, as she broke down in tears, and there were ma...

21:04

An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

copyright Des Pensable 2017

Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

20:28

Have you seen this bird in Newstead? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im conscious that Im skating on thin ice with this post.

Natural Newstead has a strict 15km rule which means that natural history events that fall outside this range, no matter how fascinating, are essentially out of bounds. The interpretation of the rule is of course at the discretion of the editor!

This spring has seen an influx of Scarlet Honeyeaters into parts of Victoria where this beautiful bird is rarely seen, even prompting a recent article in the Melbourne Age. Locally, at least to my knowledge, they have been reported in Maldon, Campbells Creek, Fryerstown and Castlemaine. Last weekend I heard one singing magnificently in the centre of Castlemaine outside the IGA!

The bird pictured below was photographed late this afternoon in a wonderful native garden in Castlemaine. Frustratingly, and somewhat surprisingly, they dont seem to have made it to Newstead yet Id love to hear if anyone has seen one inside the circle.

Male Scarlet Honeyeater, Cas...

20:27

Mark Latham sued for defamation by journalist Osman Faruqi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham Sued for Defamation

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We know how the left in Australia hates free speech.They cant win arguments on the merits so they use political correctness, censorship and the outrage industry.
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20:23

Social Cohesion: My Faith, My Business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cultural competence and understanding the other are key issues in building strong, effective workplaces with diversity among the workforce. Much understanding and trust are needed for all to accomplish their goals giving of goods and services, return on investment of time, talents and resources, and satisfaction with the goals of the work enterprise. In ... Read more...

20:16

Delta Govt Frees 26 Awaiting Trial Inmates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has released 26 inmates awaiting trial in at Agbor Prison.
Justice Umukoro secured the release of the inmates during the ongoing prisons visit, which commenced on Wednesday.
Most of the inmates whose ages range from 19 to 30 years old were released on the grounds of ill health, want of diligent prosecution, inordinate long detention in prison custody and on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution that some of them have no case to answer.
The Chief Judge who granted the release of the 26 inmates out of the 397 cases reviewed stated that the exercise was not meant to throw the gates of prisons open to accused persons awaiting trial for various criminal offences but to ascertain the validity of their detention, ability to withstand trial and whether their cases were going on progressively.
While commending some members of the lower Bench (Magistrates) for their hardwork, diligence and dexterity in handling matters brought before them, Justice Umukoro however decried obvious lack of seriousness exhibited by some, saying that since they were the ones to inherit the institution of justice at the higher Bench they needed to be more serious and prove their mettle.
The Assistant Controller of Agbor Prison, Mr Emmanuel Ozili, commended the State Chief Judge for religiou...

20:10

Mark Latham accuses Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied of anti-white racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mark Latham of TheRebel.media on the rise of anti-white racism and terrorist plots in Australia, plus interviews with two lions of the Labor Left: Peter Baldwin and Peter Crawford.
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20:06

Citizenship and Values "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How do changes to government policy impact new arrivals communities and the celebration of people becoming citizens? This presentation by Chris Hazelman will explore the processes to become an Australian citizen, the complexity of citizenship laws in the context of individual experiences of new arrivals and the governments proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Test. ... Read more...

19:59

Sport as a Social Connection Tool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sport lends itself to community building and resilient communities. Sport gives individuals a sense of worth, belonging, participation and achievement. In this session, Sam Atukorala AFL Diversity Program Ambassador, and Community Ambassador for Cricket Australia gives an overview of how Cricket and Football build strong individuals, strong communities.   Recently, the Victorian Government pivoted ... Read more...

19:49

Not-A-Poll: Best Prime Minister Of The Last 45 Years: Round 3 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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"The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Sir Billy Snedden, has broken his promise: the promise he made to me before the election. He promised not to tell any lies about me, if I didn't tell the truth about him."*




A month ago I started a multi-round Not-A-Poll to determine this site's visitors' choice for the title of Best Prime Minister of the Last 45 Years.  The idea is that each month the Prime Minister in last place is eliminated and the rest continue until someone gets over 50% and wins.  There are rules permitting multiple exclusions in certain cases, to speed up the process a bit.  Each round runs for a month, so you can vote for different candidates from round to round if you want to. Multiple voting is in theory banned and adjustments may be made if I detect it, but there will probably be a lot of low-level multiple voting I can't detect or prevent. Comments about the merits of the contestants are welcome.



The winner of each round gets their photo and a quote at the top of the article, except in the final round when photos of both candidates will go on top.

Round 2 Results 
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19:44

Future Voices: building young peoples skills, aspirations and connection to community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Future Voices Incorporated is a not for profit charity established in 2016, working with the diverse communities in Shepparton, Victoria to meet an identified need voiced by the newly arrived African refugee community. Research tells us that most extensive types of volunteer work conducted by refugees and humanitarian entrants involve helping with the settlement of ... Read more...

19:42

Marriage Equality results response "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Thursday 16th November, 2017

Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledge that the people of Australia have spoken on the issue of marriage equality. Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered a resounding 61.6% for the yes vote.

ECCV welcomes and accepts views on both sides of the debate and encourages respectful dialogue among all communities including the multi-faith and multilingual communities in Victoria. On this mornings radio program, Mornings with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ECCV Chair Eddie Micallef explained (the results of the vote) shows us that there are differing views within the community overall but within the multicultural community there is a sizeable component of conservative views in relation to issues like same-sex marriageother moral issues.  

The ECCV accepts that same-sex relationships are a part of Australias diverse society. The view of the ECCV Board of Directors is that all Victorian and Australian citizens should have equal civic rights and the freedom to practice and express faith.   

Major groups like FECCA and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs launched The YES Alliance on the steps of Victorias Parliament House on September 20th, 2017. The YES Alliance is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that supported a yes vote. Voters were then encouraged to consider diversity in the context of human rights.   

The marriage equality plebiscite has been a divisive time in Australian history and as a result it placed a spotlight on a challenging intersection of civic freedoms and religious beliefs. ECCV understands that some ethnic communities have strong religious ties and accept Australians differing views.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

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19:38

Activewear Summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So it's looking like I'll be having an active wear summer. Kmart active wear. 100% polyester, made in a Bangladesh sweatshop, normal father on a budget, active wear. I'm talking shorts with a special pocket just for my phone, mesh inserts, T-shirts and singlets that are extremely breathable, very practical fucking average person active wear.

The shit is fucking comfortable.

My uniform is jeans and black T-shirt, but a cotton T-shirt does not have the breathability I crave. Regular exercise has done this to me. Now I get it, I know why people who always wear active wear, always wear active wear.

There are no active wear pants for men that are suitable for just being though. No. And men who wear those tights, without shorts to protect human eyeballs from contact with your package, you need to take a hard look at yourself, because we certainly are, you filthy stinkboy.

I will be having an active wear summer, but I will not be a filthy stinkboy.    

19:35

2017 Social Cohesion Conference Welcome "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On September 27, 2017 La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presented Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 Conference and to consider the issues facing us today going forward as a ... Read more...

19:24

Conference Welcome Mayor of City of Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cr. Dinny Adem, Mayor of Greater Shepparton opened the 2017 Conference Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward. We bring you his opening remarks.   We, Greater Shepparton City Council, acknowledge the traditional owners of the land which now comprises Greater Shepparton. We pay respect to their tribal elders, we celebrate their ... Read more...

19:17

Inclusion, Diversity, Globalisation and Talent: a new perspective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the key issues of this conference were the emerging challenges due to factors that have largely remained unaddressed (eg employment, gender issues, religious, ideological or cultural beliefs and values which underpin some of the tensions), and to their likely impact on a socially cohesive Goulburn Valley in the future. Employment was the front ... Read more...

18:00

Hazeldenes: The Multicultural Workforce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hazeldenes is the biggest private employer in Bendigo with more than 900 employees and contractors, most of whom come from the area. This family business, which produces chickens for market from breeding to plate, has been operating for more than 60 years. It processes up to 680,000 chickens a week at Lockwood, with breeding and ... Read more...

17:46

Commonwealth Bank commits to exiting coal "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australian finance giant Commonwealth Bank has indicated it will bring its coal funding down to zero, in line with the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

17:44

McMillan says yes, but Russell Broadbent wont support same sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Russell Broadbent has said he will not support a motion for marriage equality despite a majority of voters in his electorate wanting him to.

17:41

YES vote wins in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A little birdy would like to tell the world that the Australian public has voted YES for marriage equality

17:00

In which the pond will have its savvy Savva, no matter the hour of the day ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Dammit, just because the Oreo is handy for everything, including scientific observations of the universe, the pond almost gave up doing its savvy Savva Thursday ...

The Oreo's almost as pervasive as the aquatic weeds in Ballarat's Lake Wendouree ...so the pond decided it would send in the chopper so it could enjoy some quality time with the Savva, herself beset by saucy fears and doubts this day ...



Note the subtle way that the lizard sub altered the google text of Malware being bolstered by the 'yes' vote for the battles ahead to a simple fear-mongering PM faces perils ahead ...

Perhaps the Savva had a moan because in later copy the sub pulled a ninja trick ...


Kung fu eastern suburbs harbourside ma...

16:40

Hijackd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Betul Tuna participated in the afternoon Panel Discussion: Employment enterprises whats successful? The following is a photo narrative which captures the spontaneity, vivacity and fun that Betul Tuna shared in her presentation on Hijackd, a local small-business which builds on social cohesion with younger people in the community. The motto: Hijackd, Nourish the Conversation. ... Read more...

16:36

Warragul CFAs 2017 open day will be HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Warragul Fire Brigade's open day is set to be huge, with demos, free food and coffee, a new tanker, and more!

16:32

Commercial Lien How well did it go for you? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe some Corinthian once said something along the lines of ;

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should",
where with regards to many people, breeding comes to mind first and foremost.

Some people have read about an apparent silver bullet called a Commercial Lien, which they may think is justifiable especially when the authorities have hindered a "free-man".

So, quoting some 'Common Law' let's look at a fella's success with regards to his "Commercial Lien" as seen from within paragraph 58 as shown in illustration below;



It's really really refreshing to know that law gurus communicate with mere mortals on the interwebs, where they share their out of mind experience, as shown in example below:


How well did this fella go with his "Commercial Lien"?

Which court approved it ??? !!! ???

Note to self:
Always a good idea, in the "remedy" section, to put in a few e.g. 10,000 troy ounces (over a quarter of a tonne) of not just pure silver but 'betterer' to use gold.

16:28

Overview of Social Cohesion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The United Nations defines a socially cohesive society where all groups have a sense of belonging, participation, inclusion, recognition and legitimacy. The most significant piece of work in Australia on social cohesion is conducted by the Scanlon Foundation. On September 27, 2017, La Trobe University partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic ... Read more...

16:23

Fabric from The Black Seeds is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (16 Nov-22 Nov) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The NZ reggae outfits sixth studio album, Fabric, is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. One of the finest modern reggae bands in the live format, the 8 piece from Wellington bring us twelve new tracks spanning dub, soul, funk and electronica. Heres one of the albums singles Back To You:

And Lightning Strikes is one of the new records more electronic cuts:

You can purchase the album from various retailers at the Black Seeds website, connect with the band on Facebook here, and stream the album on Spotify here.

Well be bringing you selections from Fabric all this week on Eastside Radio.

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16:01

The Most Befuddling Investment Decision is Currency FIRST! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for a spectacular WEC. I was amazed at how many pension funds were there. They were some of the biggest and we hear that they are listening to you and had shifted into equities. Some were talking at the cocktail party how you have really helped them even selling the strategy to their boards. The ones who were there were from Europe, Japan, and Canada. Do any American pension funds listen to you?

Cant wait for next year!

Thank you for opening my eyes.

LW

ANSWER: I am not at liberty to discuss who are clients and who are not. It is true, that our biggest clients in pensions are ALL outside the USA. They see the world from an international perspective more so than American firms who still do not understand currency. We have been the currency specialists since the 1970s. Consequently, non-Americans have been a major component of our global business. American funds tended not to understand or even consider currency risk. To this day, schools do not teach hedging currency risk. It is not even discussed.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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15:50

2017 Social Cohesion Conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2007, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in conjunction with Latrobe University and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District conducted a seminal conference with the title, Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony The Goulburn Valley Experience at Eastbank Centre, Shepparton. On September 27, 2017 ten years to the day of the 2007 Conference, La ... Read more...

15:06

Stop the Forced Sterilisation of Females with Disabilities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 17. The Australian campaign for a position on the leading human rights body consisted of five pillars. These included a pledge to promote gender equality, as well as addressing human rights violations and abuses. On the following day, the UNHRC win, the

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15:01

These Two Gay Elders Are Planning To Finally Marry After Yes Vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Sydney octogenerian couple have spoken of their plans to finally marry after Wednesdays yes result. John Challis and Arthur Cheeseman, aged 89 and 85, have been together for five decades and said theyre planning a low-key ceremony for the new year. Without any fuss, just very quietly, he told ABC Radio. Well probably go ...

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15:01

The Friendliest Cities in the World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.

In a list released by holiday website Travelbird, Australia has been poorly represented with only Sydney and Melbourne recognised in the top 100.

Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.

Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.

Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.

Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.

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European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.

The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.

The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.

An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...

14:30

Adanis Australia Story: A Crucial Ideological Battle Over the Politics of Coal and Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

While support for the controversial mine exists in rural areas where the narrative of jobs finds resonance it is opposed in metropolitan centres where a more definitive acceptance of the threats from climate change defines attitudes.

...

14:25

Smart Arts 16 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Festival director Wesley Enoch joins Richard to chat about the 2018 Sydney Festival program; Artist Liza McCosh pops by to talk about the abstract work Liminal at 45 Downstairs, and performer Faustina Agolley talks about their debut in MTCs The Father.

14:22

IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report comes from the Burgerville Workers Union, who has launched a campaign in the Portland area for higher wages and job place improvements. Less than a week ago, the corporation hired anti-union thugs to attack and harass picketing workers. Solidarity is needed, and people are being asked to call in and demand that this harassment and intimidation end and the corporation negotiate with the union. 

On the night of Friday, November 10th, a private security firm hired by Burgerville physically assaulted workers and their supporters standing up for their rights during a peaceful union picket at the Convention Center location. This security firm not only created an intimidating atmosphere through acts and threats of violence but actively and recklessly endangered the lives of everyone who stood up that night for the rights of workers.

Apparently Burgerville thinks its okay for people they hire to assault their workers, says Burgerville worker Mark Medina. The guards, he says, dont care about our rights, dont care about our civil rights, dont care about us as human beings.

The picket itself was part of a long unionization campaign at Burgerville, which has met with intense union busting from corporate. Workers are fighting for living wages, affordable health care, reasonable scheduling, and basic dignity. These demands, however, were answered by Burgerville with violence.

As documented in the video interview above, filmed immediately after the events of November 10th, Burgervilles private security guards used force to stop a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville, Chris Merkel, from entering his own place of work.

One of these big burly men, says Chris, ran back behind me and bumped me really hard, and I stumbled forward.

Chriss manager and a security guard also accused him of trespassing, despite Convention Center being his workplace and despite him being in the store not a half hour before the action.

That didnt make any sen...

14:19

Book for a festive flavour treat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue Mountain Indian restaurant is now taking bookings for Christmas and New Year.
Whether you are having a holiday office party, or a family celebration, the team are there to meet your needs.
Take an extra 15 per cent off when you book before 1 December.
Upstairs at the police station end of The Terrace, Blue Mountain specialises in tantalising Indian food and also includes halal dining options.
Host John Yonzon has years of experience as a chef and will make sure each meal is cooked to perfection. John has been in the industry for almost 25 years.
When asked what brought him to Ocean Grove, John simply pointed out the window of the restaurant to the amazing view of Bass Strait and the beach.
Blue Mountain serves all the usual delicious Indian fare including beef, chicken, seafood and lamb.
Order dinner online from 4.30pm seven days a week and the restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week for dining in. Its also open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday.
The banquets are among the most popular items on the menu and includes a kids banquet which is customised especially for hungry little ones.
Oh, and dont forget the yummy desserts and vegetarian options.
Blue Mountain is at Shop 9/62 The Terrace Ocean Grove, open seven days for dinner including home delivery, Wednesday to Sunday for lunch.
Orders can be placed at www.bluemountainoceangrove.com.au

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14:14

I Believe Magda Szubanski Should Be Australian Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beloved comedian and one of the most high-profile yes campaigners, Magda Szubanski, has spoken of her joy at the overwhelming result in favour of marriage equality on Wednesday. We know Im the crybaby of the campaign, she joked to Channel Tens The Project on Wednesday evening. Its been joyous, and really just a moment of ...

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14:13

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind. Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from []

14:11

All set for tinsel town "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

The Terrace will again be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the third annual Christmas in the Grove event.
The popular shopping extravaganza and street festival, run by Ocean Grove Business Association, will be held on 6 December.
The festival, which encourages locals to shop local in the lead up to Christmas, was a huge success last year and OGBA president Ty Simons said he was hoping for similar numbers.
We had around 1500 people last year, he said.
It was a great family night. Were hoping everyone opens up and that it will remind people to spend their money locally. If we get a few or the same numbers as last year, well be happy.
Traders will spill their wares out onto The Terrace from 5pm to 8pm and the street will be closed to vehicles, allowing festival goers to wander the usually busy street.
Madeley Street traders will also be in on the action with a special place set aside on The Terrace for them.
The street festival will feature a jumping castle, kids actiivities, food and drink and Santa Claus, who will make an appearance on a specially built chair from Ocean Grove Mens Shed.
Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club will again be doing their popular sausage sizzle and selling Christmas cakes and puddings.

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13:52

ITS A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANNA ROCK N ROLL) AC DC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias premier rock band in Adelaide, South Australia, in the 70s at their best.

 


13:47

Community Billboard 15th November 22nd November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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13:47

Exclusive: First listen of HTMLFlowers debut album Chrome Halo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiering on FBi Radio, Melbournes HTMLFlowers (aka Grant Gronewold) is finally ready to unleash his new album Chrome Halo.

A collection of eleven strong and stirring tracks created in and out of hospital beds, the album dissects sacrifice, frustration, love and living with a disability. Ahead of its release this Friday, HTMLFlowers takes us through the record track by track, featuring the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Sui Zhen and more.

 

CICADA

I never really rapped much before this album, this is the first fight song. Its about feeling born a thousand times. Wanting to die but being so strong you cant. The world is just a dream to you. Disableds live a life in stealth, whether or not we want to. No one sees you and thats your power, I remind people of death, they treat me like death and so I learnt all of Deaths tricks.

A disabled never dies cause a disabled is never allowed to live, we just shed bodies like the cicada.

I very strongly felt the album should start with the phrase Shut the fuck up, lemme finish cause I always talk too much.

 

GOD ON MY HITLIST

Inspired by the HABITS lyrics toxic angels, we wake up wheezing, Mo and Maia made me think about being an enemy of god, a wrong angel, powerful and hated. Whether its being queer or disabled or non- normative in any way, you are seen as a wrong angel beautiful to some, but never allowed to be accepted in the eyes of God, tradition, society or whatever. Gods approval is cancelled.

This song is revenge.

The disabled are haunted by religious organisations who want to save our souls so that they can feel better about us existing at all. I reject your god, I hunt your god, I eat your god. I sampled horror movies for the beat. In horror films, 9 times out of 10 the threat in the film is illness or death and the villain is disabled or deformed. Thats mine now. Disableds own horror motifs, sorry, not sorry.

...

13:40

Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

13:36

Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was....

13:28

HOLY HOLY SHOW # 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

HOLY HOLY ANNOUNCE

LOVE IS FOR AMATEURS TOUR

  • REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR AMATEURS 

 

One of the countrys best bands

ROLLING STONE

 

A flagstone for all forms of musical artistry

BEST BEFORE

 

A band that is at the top of their game.

THE MUSIC

 

One of Australias finest bands.

WEST AUSTRALIAN

 

With a huge sold-out national headline tour earlier this year performing their biggest venues to date, HOLY HOLY has today announced the Love Is For Amateurs Tour alongside a series of festival dates. Bringing big riffs, even bigger hooks and a few surprises, this will be the last chance to catch HOLY HOLY before they take a break from touring to return to the studio. To celebrate the announcement, HOLY HOLY has also revealed the visuals for new single Amateurs.

 

The video highlights the high energy and artful stylings of their live show. Filmed at Yours & Owls Festival last month, Amateurs is the final single from the critically acclaimed ARIA top 10 album Paint.  A daring and diverse album brimming with ideas, Paint is proof of a fearless approach from one of Australias most revered voices. To experience that voice first hand, you can tune into triple j Live At The Wireless, which airs this...

13:27

Imagining a sporting/tourist boycott of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 25 years of increasingly extreme Australian policies against asylum seekers both onshore and offshore, perhaps its time to think about more active measures to change course.

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

The author and journalist Antony Loewenstein is attempting to open up another front in the campaign against offshore detention. He has argued for some time that an international boycott of Australia over Manus is a key way to pressure the government. He wants to see a sporting and tourism boycott, and a boycott of companies profiting from onshore and offshore detention.

Protest is vital but the old methods have failed to change decades of bipartisan support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers and other human rights violations, Loewenstein told the Guardian.

13:18

Is it time to boycott Australia over its refugee policies? "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

Australias war on asylum seekers at Manus Island, Nauru and other privatised detention facilities on the Australian mainland is seemingly unstoppable by traditional means. While condemned by every human rights organisation in the world, Canberra is unmoved. The demonisation of (mostly) brown and Muslim individuals is an effective tool for politicians as well as many in the Murdoch and tabloid press to whip up fear and aggression against outsiders. And its been working for 25 years with Australia now inspiring hardline European policies.

When politics and international law fail to intervene if abuses occur, alternative tactics are required. Supporting a tourist and sporting boycott is one way to draw local and international attention to Australias mistreatment of refugees. It would inevitably lead to a hardening of views among some Australians, and vicious opposition by many in the media who would label it unrealistic or extreme but thats exactly the point. Business-as-usual ideas have failed for more than two decades. Its time to try something new.

Back in 2014, I wrote in The Guardian that the United Nations should impose sanctions on Australia over its asylum seeker policies. Then and now it was a highly contentious view, and the UN is a deeply flawed and corrupt body itself, but my aim was to make Australians realise that turning a blind eye to what was happening on Manus Island and elsewhere should come with a tangible, economic price. In other words, lets turn capitalism against a rich, capitalist country.

In 2015, I wrote in The Guardian again about boycotting companies, and divesting from them through shareholder activism, that financially benefited from Australias refugee policies. This included Serco, G4S and International Health and Medical Services. Earlier this year, when I raised the idea...

13:11

Bushfire north west of Noojee; crews responding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Emergency services have advised there is a bushfire seven kilometres north west of Noojee.

13:04

Vanessa Berrys Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In this book we are shown perspectives of lesser-known places on Sydneys suburban fringes such as Hornsby, Warragamba and Turramurra; sleepy shopping arcades in Penrith; an abandoned theme park in Lansvale and a 1970s floating restaurant slowly disintegrating in Snails Bay. What emerges in these deftly observed urban essays is far more than a simple description of urban space and reminiscence.

13:00

In which the pond learns to like an Oreo a day, while a bonus bromancer never goes astray ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


There was no way that the pond could walk around it, though the thought of an Oreo on a Thursday, in company of the bromancer, was vaguely sick-inducing ...

An Oreo a day? Where would it end?


Say what?


Damn you Oreo, damn you to hell ... let the real Oreo stand up ...


Back, and as barking mad as usual ...

Who else but the Oreo could scribble "The freedom of the political right is distinctive. It is not anarchy. It is the form of freedom that provides the spiritual, social, economic and political foundations for the flourishing of Western civilisation ..."

Or perhaps the flourishing....

13:00

Fair effort gets good results "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Peters Anglican Church held its annual fair with a huge turn out.
Several thousand fair goers enjoyed the stalls, kids activities, food and drink with the weather being very kind on the day.
Children were allowed unlimited time on the free jumping castle and joined in on the free painting and colouring activities. There was the usual assortment of lucky dips, toy stall and balloons.
Adults browsed the plant stalls and snapped up everything from flowers, cakes, preserves and jams, bric-a-brac, jewellery, jigsaws and books.

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12:46

Rethink your rubbish trail, Captains orders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Captain Trash hits the streets of Ocean Grove on Remembrance Day weekend to help spread the message of plastic pollution.
Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake. Neil has over three decades in environmental management and was the feature in the award-winning documentary Baykeepers.
Through his persona as Captain Trash, Neil uses music and humour to teach the five ARRRGHS: Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Remove and is passionate about spreading the message to leave only footprints on the sand.
Ocean Grove Coastcare hosted a breakfast with Captain Trash at Driftwood Cafe and then he roamed The Terrace meeting with local shoppers.

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12:41

No Campaigner Lyle Shelton Vows To Keep Fighting Marriage Equality For Decades "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prominent no campaigner and head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton has said he accepts Australias yes vote but has vowed to keep fighting against marriage equality for years or decades. He told Fairfax Media that he accepted the decision but in a democracy no question is ever completely closed. He said the no ...

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12:34

Weed Company Mocks Big Pharma Ads In Genius Parody Video [Watch] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Amanda Froehlich, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times Media

Its 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth and is proven to deliver numerous benefits

12:33

Australia labour market weaker with participation falling "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for October 2017 shows that total employment growth was weak although there was relatively good full-time employment growth. Unemployment (and the rate) fell, but only because the participation rate fell. If not, then the unemployment rate would have risen marginally. So no signs of a sustained growth path is emerging. Broad labour underutilisation (underemployment and unemployment) was at 13.3 per cent summing to 1,724 thousand persons, which tells you that there is still considerable slack in the labour market. The teenage labour market deteriorated in October although this cohort shared in the full-time employment growth, which is a good outcome. Overall, my assessment is that there is no discernible trend in the Australian labour market. It shows signs of strength one month, and then backs away from that the next. We are not in a position to say that there is a sustained growth path ahead.

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

  • Employment increased 3,700 (0.03 per cent) full-time employment increased 24,300 and part-time employment decreased 20,700.
  • Unemployment decreased 8,100 to 701,500.
  • The official unemployment rate decreased 0.1 points to 5.4 per cent.
  • The participation rate decreased 0.1 points to 65.1 per cent. It still remains below its December 2010 peak (recent) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 4.6 million hours (0.3 per cent).
  • The monthly labour underutilisation data shows that underemployment was estimated to be 8.2 per cent of the labour force (steady); the total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 13.3 per cent (down from 13.6 per cent); there were 1,057.9 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,724 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth barely a whimper

Employment increased by a minuscule 3,700 (0.03 per cent) full-time employment increased 24,300 and part-time employment decreased 20,700.

While the growth in full-time employment is a good outcome, the overall employment growth was very weak and follows a fairly weak result the previous month.

A slowdown is looming.

We observed a zig-zag pattern in total employment growth up until the end of 2016. The oscillating pattern has continued into 2017 but the level has risen above the zero line. There is still a switching pattern around the zero line for full-time and part-time that is evident although over the last two mon...

12:32

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing

FRUITFUL OPPORTUNITIES From left, local grower, Rocky Varapodio and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem are pleased that a protocol signed between China and Australia will open export opportunities for local stone fruit growers. Photo: Supplied.

THE signing of a protocol between China and Australia last week opened the export opportunity for Australian plums, peaches and apricots into China, and is welcomed news for Australian stone fruit growers.

The protocol will enable exporters to present a full range of stone fruit to the growing Chinese retail sector.

The announcement follows on from previous access gained allowing Australian nectarines into China, as well as building on the momentum generated through the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This announcement is especially satisfying as council, along with State and Federal Governments, have been working diligently in advocating to both the Australian and Chinese authorities to prioritise stone fruit export protocols as a matter of urgency.

Whilst we were encouraged that these conversations were positive, this announcement has come ahead of our expectations and has the ability to initiate a major boom for the Goulburn Valley fruit industry and our entire regional economy.

Within the Goulburn Valley we produce 70 percent of the national peach crop, 49 percent of the national plum crop and 43 percent of the national apricot crop. This announcement will no doubt deliver enormous benefits to our stone fruit growers, and with the stone fruit season fast approaching it is perfect timing for the region, Cr Adem said.

Local grower, Rocky Varapodio said, This is great news because it gives us access to one of the biggest markets in the world.

Its going to be fantastic for this region because we have a lot of apricot, plum and peach growers in this area who will benefit from this.

If we can get it right and service this market properly, there is enormous opportunity for growers to grow their business and plant products specifically for that market.

12:31

Top 11 Countries In Which Bitcoin is Banned "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Countries around the world have a wide ranging view of the digital currency bitcoin or a virtual currency. Western superpowers like the United States and United Kingdom have shown a positive attitude towards the new technology. Some countries like Canada and Australia are still deliberating on what to do about Bitcoin, legally. Bitcoin Digits Coming []

12:30

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture

CULTURE, TRADITION AND FAMILY FUN From left, Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake, president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera and committee members, Dilrukshi Peiris, Panchani Jayatilake, Dileepa Liyanage and Dalston De Rozairo are inviting the community to enjoy the culture, traditions, dance, music and food of the Sri Lankan culture at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night. Photo: David Lee.

THE local community will have the chance to get a taste of the excitingly exotic Sri Lankan culture, traditions, dance, music and food at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night.

Organised by the Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. and running on Saturday, November 18, the evening will showcase a family friendly environment and display the best of Sri Lankan culture, followed by a traditional Sri Lankan dinner.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake said, This event is all about promoting Sri Lankan culture to the Goulburn Valley community.

There will be many family friendly activities running throughout the evening and we encourage everybody to come and enjoy themselves.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera said, We are inviting the whole community to come along. This is all about promoting harmony in the community.

The event will run from 3:30pm onwards at the Sir Ian McLennan Sports Centre in Mooroopna with the all inclusive tickets coming to a cost of $20 for adults with children under 15 free. Reservations for the event can be made through slnight.eventbrite.com.au

For further information, phone 0423 257 736 or 0470 506 356.

12:29

Giving Indigenous and recreational fishers more say "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEGISLATION improving the capacity for recreational and Indigenous fishers to have greater input on the management of commonwealth fisheries passed parliament recently.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston said the government is dedicated to the long-term sustainable use and development of Australias fisheries resources for all users whether they are commercial, recreational and Indigenous.

The Turnbull Government has strengthened Indigenous and recreational fishers interests in the management of Commonwealth fisheries, Minister Ruston said.

Changes to the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 are taking into account the changing realities of use and access of commonwealth fisheries, including greater access by recreational fishers.

These changes will allow the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to tap into the expertise of indigenous and recreational fishing groups.

It will improve the transparency of arrangements for AFMA, taking into account the interests of indigenous and recreational fishers in its decision-making processes.

12:29

Rail heat-related speeds revised "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH the summer heat approaching generally comes the cancellation of rail services or at the very least a reduction in speed on certain lines. This year, V/Line has eased the speed restrictions imposed on the freight network during times of extreme heat allowing for more freight trains to run more often this summer.

Local lines that will be affected include the Echuca-Deniliquin line where at 33C and above the speed will be reduced to 30km/h, whereas last summer temperatures reaching 36C and above saw rail services cancelled. This year, along the Shepparton-Tocumwal line, 33C and above will see speeds reduced to 40km/h, compared with last summer which had restrictions in place that saw rail services cancelled at 36C and above. The Toolamba-Echuca line will this year have no services run between 12pm and 8pm on days where the temperature reaches 33C and above, whereas last year rail services were cancelled between 10am and 10pm on days where the temperature reached 33C and above.

V/Line CEO, James Pinder said, Our track team has been hard at work completing maintenance and upgrades on the freight network ahead of the warmer months, and weve been able to make the changes to the allowable train speed in some sections of the network.

Weve communicated the changes to freight train operators, so they can manage their operations and well continue to be in constant contact throughout the summer, Mr Pinder said.

We put the restrictions in place last summer as a safety precaution because safety is our number one consideration.

We havent had a heat-related derailment on the freight network for almost two years and this is something we want to continue.

12:28

The birth of a miracle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The birth of a miracle

REMARKABLE STORY OF MIRACLE TWINS The incredible story of the birth of twins, Leo and Olivia Condello is one of the most remarkable moments in time experienced by former local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) and husband, Mark. Photo: David Lee.

Former local falls pregnant while already pregnant

FORMER local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) has already featured in local media for many remarkable reasons through her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but this story is by far the most incredible yet; Adriana fell pregnant while already pregnant and now has two beautiful miracle children.

This miracle wasnt without its troubled times though. Following her wedding to now husband, Mark in 2014, the two made the decision to try for a family. The risks involved Adriana having to stop her MS medication while trying and while pregnant, but as Adriana said, it was worth the risk.

A year after beginning to try to conceive, Adriana fell pregnant and both her and her husband were thrilled. Tragically though, she suffered a miscarriage, with more heartache following when the two lost another three babies. In 2016, they made the decision to try IVF to help speed the process along as Adriana was in danger of relapse, but disappointment struck when their first attempt failed. Last October, with just one embryo remaining, Adriana and Mark were encouraged to continue trying naturally in the event the last IVF treatment didnt work and six weeks later her scans showed she was pregnant. At eight weeks the pair attended another ultrasound, where they discovered that they were having twins.

Adriana said, When I was diagnosed with MS the first question I asked the doctors was could I have a baby. They told me that MS shouldnt cause any issues with fertility and that it can actually help with symptoms.

It was quite emotionally challenging and physically and mentally draining.

I tried to remain positive and keep on top of my health throughout it all. As bad as I got I still tried to stay as healthy as I could.

We were so happy to find out we were pregnant with twins. When we went in at eight weeks, I thought there may have been something wrong, but it turned out we were having not one, but two little miracle babies.

We were told that the embryo didnt split, so one baby was conceived through IVF and o...

12:27

I led an active life   now thats all changed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I led an active life   now thats all changed

SHARING HIS STORY Local resident, Chris Williams will be sharing his story about an accident that has changed his life forever at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program. Photo: David Lee.

AN ACCIDENT that took place on May 10 last year changed the life of local resident, Chris Williams forever, and he will be sharing his story at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program.

On the day of the accident, Chris was driving an elevated work platform truck as part of his role with Greater Shepparton City Council and was following behind his co-workers in a wood chipping truck. The weather hadnt been favourable and as the trucks rounded a bend in the road, the wood chipper put its brakes on. Chris applied his brakes but due to the wet conditions, the wheels locked up and he collided with the rear of the wood chipper truck.

Chris said, Before the accident, I led an active life outside of work. I enjoyed camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, and now thats all changed.

When I was injured it all happened in seconds.

I spent four months in hospital and a further six months recovering at home. I have now been back at work for nine months on light duties.

My surgeon says that I will not go back to my hands-on tools due to my injuries.

It will now take me years to be somewhat close to what I was, but I will never be the same.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced or in-experienced driver, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can change your life and the lives of your partner, family and all those in your life. It affects everyone.

Even if you dont think it will happen to you, or you think that you have it under control, I challenge you to come see what might happen at the CoolHeads program.

Greater Shepparton Police Service Area crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, We want people to stop and think for a moment and realise that they are not bulletproof. This could happen to you and thats what the CoolHeads Young Driver Program helps to show.

Every time you get behind the wheel, you need to think about what you can do to reduce any distractions.

The CoolHeads Young Driver Program will run on Wednesday, November 22 at the GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, Fryers Street, S...

12:26

Give space and slow down for cyclists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A NEW Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign is calling on Victorian drivers to ensure the safety of cyclists on the road by slowing down and allowing enough space when passing.

The campaign urges drivers to give the space to ride safe, recommending at least a 1m safety zone when passing cyclists in speed zones up to 60km/h, and at least 1.5m at higher speeds.

Central to the campaign is a new television ad that depicts three scenarios where cyclists are being passed by vehicles in different road environments.

The ad provides visual cues to show a safe passing distance, with each rider spreading their arms between the end of their bikes handlebars and the passing vehicles side mirror.

According to the latest TAC figures, cyclists are 34 times more likely to be seriously injured than vehicle occupants, and 4.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash.

Last year, eight cyclists died in crashes on Victorian roads while 421 riders were hospitalised with injuries.

TAC road safety lead director, Samantha Cockfield said, This public education campaign is designed to help drivers of cars and heavy vehicles to understand the minimum space to leave when passing a person riding a push bike.

The vast majority of drivers do willingly give space when they pass a cyclist, but people can be unsure of the guidelines on just how much distance they should leave between their vehicle and a rider.

It is also important that motorists slow down when passing someone on a bike, while its equally important that riders ensure they are highly visible, predictable and wearing good protective gear, Ms Cockfield said.

12:25

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility

A DELICIOUS DONATION Kruz Patel of Shepparton Pizzas with Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett. The Pizza with a Purpose promotion raised money for Shepparton Villages new $34M, 120 bed facility as part of the Giving Tree promotion. Photo: Supplied.

WHEN Kruz Patel took over the old Eagle Boys Pizza franchise in Shepparton, he saw the opportunity to donate some of his profits to local charities.

For the month of October, Shepparton Pizzas ran a promotion for Shepparton Villages where every specially printed voucher redeemed at Shepparton Pizzas ensure a percentage of the sale went back to Shepparton Villages.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said, We are very grateful to Kruz and the team at Shepparton Pizzas. Every single cent we receive from the smallest of donation through to the more significant helps us to provide amazing infrastructure and care for Sheppartons aged.

Kruz said the promotional takings for October were around $1,500 and he was on hand to donate 10 percent of that back to Shepparton Villages this week.

12:21

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPCOMING

 

THE TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET will run on Saturday, November 25 from 9am to 1pm and will feature special guest star, Anthony Lucas who will perform in the centre of town at St Marys Hall in Hogan Street.

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS Fest will run on Saturday, December 2 at the Mooroopna Anglican Church, (The Canteen), Young Street Mooroopna from 10am to 6pm. Come and enjoy the display of Christmas trees decorated by community groups, live music, kids Christmas crafts, nativity photo booth, story time, face painting and Christmas crafts display. Invite a friend and have a coffee and Christmas cake together in our Christmas caf. Entry is free and caf and kids crafts are available for a gold coin donation. For further information, contact Ingrid on 5825 4001.

 

SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP will be holding its Christmas meeting 2017 on Monday, December 11 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the multi-purpose room, Community Health @ GV Health, 121-135 Corio Street, Shepparton. A light lunch will be provided. Instead of Kris Kringle please bring a gift (child or adult) or a grocery item to be donated to the Familycare Christmas Appeal. RSVP by Monday, November 27 to Rhonda White, GV Health Rural Allied Health Team on 1800 222 582.

 

GIRGARRE RSL with funding from the Australian Government under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program will be unveiling information panels recording the Closer and World War I Soldier Settlers in Stanhope North and Girgarre and are seeking descendants and members of the public to attend on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1:30pm. Enquiries to John Crilly on 0437 438 077 or to girgarrersl@gmail.com

 

 

ONGOING

GV CHRONIC PAIN Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 2:30pm at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Come along and share in support. For more information, email gvcpsg@gmail.com or phone 0458 510 416 between 10am and 4pm.

 

FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.

 

SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.

 

GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday m...

12:20

Mental and physical health is closely connected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mental and physical health is closely connected

EXERCISE IMPROVING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Queensland Fernwood Fitness centre, 2017, 12 Week Challenge winner Louise Brett lost 22kgs. Photo: Supplied.

RECOGNISED world wide as affective in fighting depression, exercise has been a huge help for Fernwood Fitness gym member Louise Brett.  Louise was the winner of the 2017, 12 Week Challenge, losing a total of 22kg at her local Fernwood Fitness centre in Queensland.

Louise said, Prior to starting the challenge I had severe depression, high anxiety and I was in a very dark and lonely place. Physically I was an overweight wreck and I had a lot of spinal issues, really poor mobility and a nearly debilitating level of poor physical fitness.

Mid December I had a light bulb moment where I thought to myself, If I can get through everything that life has thrown at me and I am still here, then I am stronger than I think. So I went back to the gym.

Fernwood Fitness Shepparton franchise partner,Danni Whitaker said, We want to help other women in the community suffering from mental illness through exercise and by providing a place within the community to work with others. We understand exercise is an important part of womens mental health and our team are here to help women get started, feel better and embrace life.

Louise said, A lot of people see the external transformation, but for me the biggest change is what people dont see. I lost my mother and a close friend to depression and I know first hand how debilitating it is. Depression doesnt want you to exercise, to eat healthy or to socialise, it robs you of your confidence and your self-worth. Fast forward 12 weeks and I am loving life, I have so much more confidence, I am happy and I am doing and saying yes to things that I would never have even contemplated before and smashing goals!

Drop into Fernwood Fitness Shepparton at 290 High Street, Shepparton or phone 5821 2405 to discuss how we can help you.

12:18

Teachers to get 'back to basics' and more headlines. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

All new teachers in Queensland will undergo basic testing themselves before they are allowed to hit the classroom. (Sourced Pixabay)

As part of the LNPs election plan, teachers in waiting would undergo literacy and numeracy testing before being given a class of their own.

The plan also includes adding 1,000 new teacher mentors and 80 new paid internships to get more into the high-demand areas like special education, maths, and science.

LNP vows to tackle 'young thugs' with new detention centers

Two new youth detention centers would be built in Queensland under an LNP government.

The "medium security" centers would hold 17 to 25-year-olds at a cost of $40 million.

12:13

Immaculately Manicured Woman has no Time to Exercise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fatto

A Sydney woman known for her elaborate hair styles, make-up, nail art and clothing has defended her obese status, explaining that she simply has no time for exercise.

I put a lot of time and money into my appearance, but you cant do everything and exercise is hard, she said. Im not saying all the self-maintenance I do is easy, but at least I can do most of it sitting down.

The woman admitted to spending an average of four hours and $1,000 a day maintaining her looks, ignoring advice from doctors who have suggested she could achieve a 2,000 per cent increase in attractiveness by simply eating some vegetables and going for short daily walks.

Doctors are unhealthily fat-shaming people, the woman said. Men are so dazzled by my beautiful hair, nails, clothes and make-up they dont notice that I have six chins and my belly rolls have belly rolls.


12:12

City of Adelaide is 10th council to support raising Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Will the LGA follow suit and vote 'Yes' this Thursday?

Anti-Poverty Network SA and SACOSS (SA Council of Social Service) congratulate the City of Adelaide which last night voted to support an increase to Newstart Allowance, the Centrelink payment for job-seekers.

Over the past three months, 10 SA Councils representing 580,000 South Australians have added their voices to the chorus of business, union, and welfare groups calling for Newstart to be raised.

Adelaide has joined the following 9 Councils that have advocated for a raise to Newstart: Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Kangaroo Island, Mount Gambier, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, and Streaky Bay. 

12:00

Stingers out in the surf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beachgoers have been urged to be on the lookout for bluebottles.
Reports of bluebottles on Surf Coast beaches last week and several sightings near Ocean Grove mean beachgoers should be on the lookout.
Bluebottles are frequently seen along the east coast of Australia during summer months although are not usually as common in southern and western Victoria
The sudden appearance of large numbers of bluebottles are a consequence of prevailing winds and currents over previous days and weeks pushing these animals through the water, some of which wash up on beaches.
Bluebottles can deliver a painful sting even when washed up dead on the beach.
Bluebottle tentacles will cause a sharp, painful sting if they are touched, which is aggravated by rubbing the area.
If stinging occurs, leave the water immediately. Wash off any adherent tentacles with salt water.

The post Stingers out in the surf appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

11:55

Bad fairy at the wedding: @burgewords on the curse of #MarriageEquality activism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ID like to briefly hold your attention in this short period before marriage equality is legislated in Australia, because nobody will ever give a second thought to the years of struggle that led to this weeks resounding public vote for same-sex dignity. The concept of marriage equality first hit me like a bullet in 2004, in the moment I realised Id been completely and utterly duped by this lucky country. My partner Jono had died suddenly just weeks before, and I was struggling with acute, identity-killing grief. I had no idea that this profound amputation would come to be treated as though it was a paper cut. Unbeknownst to me, []

Author information

Michael Burge

Michael Burge

Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

11:51

Trumps Last-Ditch Attempt to Avert War with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

President Trump wrapped up his historic visit to Asia this week.

Trumps journey was the longest overseas trip of his presidency and the longest Asian visit of any president in 25 years.

After a stopover in Hawaii, Trump proceeded to Japan, where he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinz Abe, and then to South Korea where he met with President Moon Jae-in.

The capstone of the trip was Trumps arrival on 8 November in Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Much of the reporting on this trip has involved international trade, but its a mistake to focus on that.

This trip was a pre-war gathering of allies (Japan and South Korea) and potential allies (China) in a last-ditch struggle to head off a hot war with North Korea, led by the reckless Kim Jong Un.

At this point, there are only four possible outcomes of the US-North Korea confrontation over nuclear weapons:

  1. Kim Jung Un stands down and gives up his nuclear weapons program.
  1. The US and China combine forces to decapitate the Kim dynasty and force regime change in North Korea.
  1. Preventive attack on North Korea by the US before 20 March 2018.
  1. The US accepts a nuclear-armed North Korea and relies on containment and deterrence to constrain its actions.

Based on public statements of US officials, my recent meetings in Washington with the director of the CIA and the national security adviser and other sources, I estimate the degree distribution of those possible outcomes as follows:

  • Kim stands down: 10%
  • Regime change: 20%
  • War: 70%
  • US lives with nuclear North Korea: 0%.

Trumps visits to Japan and South Korea were about leaving the door open to negotiations in the hope that Kim would stand down while also preparing for war.
Trumps visit to China was about asking for assistance in regime change.
Xi is unlikely to agree to help the US in this regard.

This means war.

Instead, Trump and Xi no doubt discussed Chinas red lines in North Korea so that a war between the US and North Korea does not escalate into a war with China.

Almost none of this is fully priced in public markets, although markets seemed to be getting the message last week.

A war between the US and North Korea will cause a global flight to quality assets and currencies at the expen...

11:27

Senator Dean Smith initiates same-sex debate in Parliament and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith has delivered an emotional second-reading speech in parliament this morning. Image source: Wikipedia Commons/JJ Harrison

Senator Smiths address is the first to accompany his bill to the floor of Parliament that seeks to legislate yesterdays Yes vote on the marriage equality postal survey.

Debate continues as Labor Senator Penny Wong and Greens Senator Janet Rice also speak to the Senate in favour of the bill.

Man finds enormous gold nugget in North Queensland

A lucky Townsville man has found a huge nugget of gold buried in the Queensland bush.

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11:24

Two more women come forward about Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As is often the case with sexual abuse, once the floodgates open, more and more people come forward with stories about the perpetrators that they had long suppressed thinking that they were alone or that no one would believe them. That is what is happening with Roy Moore as two more women come forward with stories that Moore is a creepy guy.

Tina Johnson recalled how in 1991 when she was 28, she went with her mother to Roy Moores law office to get some custodial papers for her son signed. She said that Moore flirted with her the whole time making her uncomfortable and then as she was leaving the office, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She told her sister about it years later and her sister recalls the conversation.

In 1982, 17-year old Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess in a Red Lobstr restaurant when she encountered Moore who as a county assistant district attorney in his thirties.

Thorp said Moore asked her if shed go out with him sometime.

I just kind of said, Do you know how old I am?' she recalled.

And he said, Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.

Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.

Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.

Thorp knows one of Moores accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfmans story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.

Although Thorps story does not involve sexual assault, it adds to the evidence that Moore was constantly on the prowl for teenagers.

Moore seems to be still holding up in the polls. One of his most ardent defenders, Sean Hannity of Fox News, had an interview with Moore that was supposed to allow Moore to rebut all the charges but his answers were so equivocal that even Hannity yesterday said that he would give Moore 24 hours to clear up all the inconsistencies or he should get out of the race. As you might expect, Moores supporters have gone ballistic at what they perceive as Hannity going over to the dark side. (See the comments to that post.)

Donald Trump has maintained an uncharacteristic silence on Moore. After he made a misstep in endorsing Moores rival Luther...

11:18

Brownes dairy sold to Chinese firm Shanghai Ground Food Tech "IndyWatch Feed National"

14 Nov 2017 | ABCOne of Western Australia's most recognised household dairy names the 130-year-old Brownes Dairy has been sold to a Chinese firm.

11:16

The Road To Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Long, And The Fights Not Over Yet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong Yesterdays same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that homosexuality in Australia was considered a crime, a sickness and a threat to the nation itself. The final Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality was Tasmania, as recently as 1997. Plenty ...

The post The Road To Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Long, And The Fights Not Over Yet appeared first on QNEWS.

10:51

Pacific Highway boss rejects animal carnage claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RMS Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins. Photo Andrew Jennings

RMS Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins. Photo Andrew Jennings

Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins has said the strict conditions governing the highway upgrade ensure that environmental impacts are being kept to a minimum.

Were under scrutiny by a number of government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Authority, and the federal and state approval bodies, he said.

They make suggestions. We take that on board. Generally we are complying with requirements.

If we find sick animals we have a rescue plan in place and we work very closely with Friends of the Koala on how that animal should be treated.

There is no suggestion that were trying to hide dead animals.

Theres no doubt there are a number of people who dont want the highway built and were trying to work with people to let them know in advance what we are doing.

Mr Higgins defended the route chosen saying we believe this is the best one.

If you look at the route quite a lot of it goes through cleared farmland. Yes there are pockets of vegetation but we looked at the route east of the highway and the issues were soft soil and how you get through Wardell we came to the conclusion that this route was the best for the highway, he said.

There are very tight controls for this section. Much more than many other projects along the highway.

As part of those approvals were being watched very closely by the EPA and we have to produce various reports.

Condemnation

Despite those assurances, Shadow Environment Minister Penny Sharpe has today presented a motion to the NSW Parliament condemning the failure of the Berejiklian Government to implement proper protections for the koala population impacted by the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade project.

Ms Sharpe used the motion to outline serious concerns for koalas following a recent severe and extensive wildfire in the area in September, shortly after koala exclusion fencing was installed in July.

Reports indicate that the fire burned 320 hectares of native vegetation over two days on 4 and 5 September 2017, including up to the south-eastern edge of the fencing, resulting in extensive loss of koala habitat while the fencing may have trappe...

10:46

Australian Constitution gives us the right to bear arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Constitution, a 116 year old law, that has made its way into the hands of the herd population and literally immortalised itself in pop culture ever since the dual citizenship saga hit the mainstream media.

Ever since then any serf may reckon they're a "Constitutional Lawyer" where the worst part about it is that they have a voice on social media that can lead other members of the herd population off a cliff, as depicted below.


A 'luser' (pronounced loser, with reference to a loser user) by the name of Lyn Bennetts stated;

"Australia's Constution also gives us the right to bear arms, it doesn't matter if you like it or not it is our right"

WHILE referring to ... wait for it .... the
"2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America"

as shown in the screen capture below:

Now, for the record, we ain't no "Constitutional Lawyer" (LOL, PMSL, etc, etc),
but can someone PLEASE tell us where does it say that the serfs have to right to firearms in the
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 ??? !!! ???

The document is available for your perusal below:



Note to self:
The Constitution is a document that people in government must follow,
therefore there is no reference (and never was any) as to the serfs bearing arms.

10:40

Closing Pine Gap: Activists on trial in Alice Springs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Andy Paine from Brisbane, supporter Peri Coleman, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns. Photo supplied.

Andy Paine from Brisbane, supporter Peri Coleman, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns. Photo supplied.

A strong contingent of people from the northern rivers joined hundreds of other Australians near Alice Springs last year, to mark 50 years since the establishment of the Pine Gap Joint Military Facility in the Norther Territory.

Those peaceful activists are now following the trials of six people who were arrested after entering the forbidden territory around the US/Australian signals intelligence spy base at Pine Gap.

Pine Gap is an integral part of the global US war machine and makes Australia a nuclear target. Information gathered at Pine Gap is sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, USA, is used to direct drones to bomb civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Six peace activists chose to trespass on the secret spy base Prohibited Area as a way to witness, pray, and play music to lament the tragedy of war, and highlight Pine Gaps role in the never ending war.

This week the activists, charged with entering a prohibited property under the Defence Special Undertakings Act, are in court in Alice Springs facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of fines, or seven years in jail.

Paul Christie of Cairns was convicted  Guilty by the jury on Wednesday 15 November for entering the base alone following a two day trial. He is yet to be sentenced.

The remaining five activists, Margaret Pestorius, from Cairns, and Jim Dowling, Andy Paine, Franz Dowling and Tim Webb from Brisbane go to court on Thursday 16 November. They entered the base together to play viola, guitar, to lament war and pray for peace.  Once this joint trial is concluded all 6 Pine Gap activists will be sentenced.

The court has refused entry to Jim Dowling because he doesnt wear shoes.

Quite how they expe...

10:25

Homeland Security to Release Chemicals into the Air to Simulate a Biological Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A planned simulation of a chemical and biological attack has people questioning the impact of the drill on human and environmental health.

Newkirk, OK The Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological testing near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma in January and February, and again in June and July, to determine how much protection people would receive from being inside a house or an apartment in the event of a biological terrorist attack, according to a statement on the Homeland Security website.

The DHS press release notes:

The study is part of the Departments ongoing commitment to preparedness and the shared responsibility of protecting the nations critical infrastructure. The purpose of this study is to gather data that enhances our predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.  Specifically, this work will help in predicting the extent to which an intentional release of a biological agent may penetrate single family and multi-family structures. These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions.

   SEE: Australia Thunderstorm Asthma Symptoms Persist: Looks Like Biowarfar...

10:17

Communities and their libraries being short-changed throughout the state "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Death by a thousand cuts may be an old saying but it is particularly relevant to todays NSW libraries as they fight to retain funding from the NSW state government.

The NSW public library association (NSWPLA) is the peak body for the  for support and advocacy of the states 368 libraries and their Councils and is holding its annual WITCH Conference commences on Wednesday 22 November 201. It is using the conference to both challenge traditional thinking in the library sector but to also highlight the contingency funding cuts the library system is facing.

The NSW state government provides the lowest per capita funding for libraries of all states and territories in Australia, said NSWPLA President, Councillor Dallas Tout.

State funding represented just 7.5 per cent of the total operating costs of NSW libraries In 2015/16, a significant reduction compared to the 23.6 per cent state contribution in 1980.

The ongoing decrease in state funding is now resulting in the attrition of staffing, opening hours, services and programs in the NSW public library network as local government struggles to meet the funding shortfall.

NSWPLA is extremely concerned about the state governments lacklustre attitude to the NSW public library network, which continues to experience growth for the broad range of physical and virtual services that our libraries offer at no charge to residents across the state.

It is ironic that NSW the state that provides the lowest per capita contribution of all  established a Library Act in 1939 to ensure the prosperity of its libraries and to encourage local councils to provide them to their communities Cr Tout commented.

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10:09

Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This article by Christopher Knaus (The Guardian 15 November 2017) is a damning piece about how older Australian are being treated by the Australian government. The number finding themselves sleeping in the street is growing.

Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people

Henry Wilson, 73, slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months. Homelessness is growing among older Australians, experts warn.

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands.

He was sleeping rough at Sydneys Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket.

Wilson didnt drink. He didnt gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydneys stratospheric property prices.

Wilson spent several months on the streets. He remembers the passersby that turned their noses up. He could hear them mutter under their breath.

It was hard, but I just sort of took it, and moved on, he said.

Wilson remembers going to sleep in a state of hypervigilance, always ready for an unpredictable threat or opportunistic theft. One night, he let his guard down. He was assaulted and robbed of his meagre possessions.

You were fighting to go to sleep because you didnt know what was going to happen. It was scary, he said.

As soon as I sensed someone was near, I used to wake up. But then one night I didnt, and my things got taken.

Henry Wilson at his new accommodation in Sydney. Wilson slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months.

Wilson is one of the many older Australians facing homelessness. Its a problem that will only get worse. Two distinct social trends an ageing population and rising property prices  are combining to drive concerns that more older Australians will find themselves homeless.

Mission Australia this week released a report on the issue, collating data on ageing and homelessness to paint a worrying national picture. The number of older Australians is set to double between 2010 and 2050.

The most recent census figures available on homelessness, from 2011, show....

10:02

Crocs putting the bite on nippers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

November 16, 2017 The number of life savers available to patrol Port Douglas beaches will continue to fall because parents are no longer enrolling their children in Nipper programs for fear they will become victims of a crocodile attack.

 State KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Michael Bolt, vice president of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club were united in their call for immediate action on the growing crocodile menace.

This is the tip of the iceberg of the unforeseen repercussions due to the expanding territories crocs are claiming which are impacting on North Queensland communities, Robbie said.

 

The runaway crocodile population in the Far North has chased lifesavers and tourists from the water. The exploding saltie population has see...

09:57

Quantum Methods & CERN Is A Quantum Computer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Anthony Patch joins me on KBS as we get even deeper into quantum computing, CERN & more. We often cite D-Wave and their various quantum machines, which utilizes quantum annealing or quantum tunneling to go to mind boggling numbers of parallel dimensions in search of answers. However, there are other techniques/methods when it comes to

09:55

AC/DC Let There Be Rock "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias greatest rock band AC-DC

 

 


09:54

AND the shale oil rout continues unabated. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Republished from SRS Rocco Report.  for those of you who dont know it exists!

U.S. SHALE OIL PRODUCTION UPDATE: Financial Carnage Continues To Gut Industry

As the Mainstream media reports about the next phase of the glorious U.S. Shale Oil Revolution, the financial carnage continues to gut the industry deep down inside the entrails of its horizontal laterals.  The stench of fracking fluid must be driving shale oil advocates utterly insane as they are no longer able to see financial wreckage taking place in these companies quarterly reports.

This weekend, one of my readers sent me the following Bloomberg 45 minute TV special titled, The Next Shale Revolution.  If you are in need of a good laugh, I highly recommend watching part of the video.  At the beginning of the video, it starts off with President Trump stating that the U.S. has become an energy exporter for the first time ever.  Trump goes on to say, that powered by new innovation and technology, we are now on the cusp of a new energy revolution.  While I have to applaud Trumps efforts for putting out some positive and reassuring news, I wonder who is providing him with terribly inaccurate energy information.

I would kindly like to remind the reader; the United States is still a NET IMPORTER of oil.  We still import nearly six million barrels of oil per day, but we export some finished products and a percentage of our shale oil production.  Thus, we still import a net of approximately three million barrels per day of oil.

A few minutes into the Bloomberg video, both Pioneer Resources Chairman, Scott Sheffield, and Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm, explain how advanced technology will revolutionize the shale oil industry and bring down costs.  I find that statement quite hilarious as Continental Resources and Pioneer continue to spend more money drilling for oil and gas then they make from their operations.  As I stated in a previous article, Continental Resources long-term debt ballooned from $165 million in 2007 to $6.5 billion currently.  So, how did advanced technology lower costs when Continental now has accumulated debt up to its eyeballs?

Of course it didnt.  Debt increased on Continental Resources balance sheet because shale oil production wasnt profitable even at $100 a barrel.  So, now the investor who purchased Continental bonds and debt are the Bag Holders.

Regardless, while U.S. oil production continues to increase at a moderate pace, there are some troubling signs in....

09:52

Lismore is celebrating National Recycling Week with free event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inviting people to join them for a free community event on 24 November are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin 'Julla' Livingston and Matt Daymond. Photo supplied.

Inviting people to join them for a free community event on 24 November are Real Artworks Project Manager Sunita Bala (left) with artists Joanna Kambourian, Justin Julla Livingston and Matt Daymond. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council is inviting families to a free twilight community event with activities, food, art and fun for all ages on Friday, 24 November to celebrate National Recycling Week.

The free event will run from 5pm to 7.30pm at the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre, which will come alive with twilight activities for the whole family. These include:

  • Waste to Art showcase of works from community workshops
  • Waste Wise Schools Sculpture and Peoples Choice competition
  • Twilight walks through the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens
  • Invisible water art and live graffiti demonstrations
  • Unveiling of the Real Artworks Overtopping installation
  • Beeswax wrap workshops with North East Waste make one to take home!
  • Bag pocket art with the local Boomerang Bags group
  • Garbage truck bin lifting for kids
  • Bike refurb activities
  • Live music
  • Giant organics/recycling board games
  • Seedlings for the kids to pot and take home
  • Gold coin donation BBQ by Lismore City Rotary

Families from near and far are encouraged to come along, get creative, see some inspiring artworks and learn more about waste and recycli...

09:31

Eligibility doubts about two Nationals MPs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

Two more Turnbull government MPs could be tripped up by the High Court after it ruled a Liberal candidate was ineligible to take the Senate seat of former cabinet minister Fiona Nash.

Ms Nash was disqualified by the High Court on October 27 because she held dual citizenship, in breach of section 44 of the constitution.

Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the NSW coalition Senate ticket at the 2016 election behind the then-Nationals deputy, and was due to take Ms Nashs seat following a court-ordered special count.

However, the court on Wednesday ruled Ms Hughes could not take up the seat because she was also disqualified.

Ms Hughes was appointed a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on July 1 this year, which the government admitted to the court was an office of profit under the Crown.

The ruling has heightened concerns inside the government that assistant minister David Russell who is facing his own High Court battle and Nationals colleague Barry OSullivan might be disqualified for similar reasons.

Attorney-General George Brandis wouldnt be drawn into speculation about the pairs future until the courts reasoning in the Hughes case is made public.

Let us see, let us see what the High Court says, he told Sky News on Thursday.

In the Hughes case, the government argued Ms Hughes did not hold the AAT position at any time between her nomination for election and the declaration of the election result in 2016.

However the court heard the fact she held the AAT position between September 4-5, when the Senate resolved to refer the Nash case to the court, and October 27, should render her ineligible.

The NSW Liberal Party is awaiting further direction from the court, but commended Ms Hughes for seeking clarification of her status.

It is expected if there is another special count the seat could go to Liberal candidate, Major General Jim Molan, a key ally of Tony Abbott.

Labor senator Penny Wong said it was a humiliating defeat for the government and showed it could not be trusted.

The post E...

09:27

Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Supporters of assisted dying will take their message to the steps of NSW Parliament House ahead of the opening debate. Dying with Dignity NSW and its supporters will gather at 9am on Thursday to show their support for the Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

We are joining together in anticipation of an historic victory for compassion and recognition of the rights of the terminally ill to choose how and when they end their lives, says vice president Shayne Higson.

The bill will be debated in the states Upper House from Thursday with scores of terminally ill anxious to learn whether theyll be granted control of their own destiny.

We are pleased to see our parliamentarians engaging with this important issue, given the high levels of community support for legalisation of voluntary assisted dying, Ms Higson said in a statement on Thursday.

For many, the debate is purely political but not for Scott Riddle.

The father of three with stage four bowel cancer says the prospect of choosing how to die is calming in what is otherwise a scary scenario.

The private members bill, if passed, will provide patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

Two doctors and a psychiatrist or psychologist would also need to determine whether theyre fit to do so.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who introduced the bill to parliament, says most supporters of voluntary assisted dying have seen a bad death first hand.

My father died a particularly long and difficult death over some three and a half years and theres no doubt that thats an influence, he told AAP.

While the bill has support from Liberal, National, Labor and Green MPs, the opposition is similarly diverse.

Neither Premier Gladys Berejiklian nor Opposition leader Luke Foley will support the bill if it makes it to the lower house.

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09:19

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: Why lobbyists are pushing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond

Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University; Belinda Townsend, Australian National University; Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney; Pat Ranald, University of Sydney, and Peter Robertson, University of Western Australia

The latest incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is said to have fewer bad bits. But as our experts point out below, theres still a great deal wrong with, or missing from, the regional free trade agreement.

The new TPP is informally known as the TPP11, after the United States pulled out of the original 12-country bloc earlier this year.

While the agreement has not yet been finalised, the 11 trade ministers have released a statement saying that the core elements have been agreed.

Twenty provisions from the original TPP have been s...

09:15

Lismore man to stand trial over alleged sexual assault of his 10 year-old daughter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore man has been ordered to stand trial in the District Court over the alleged sexual assault of his 10 year-old daughter and another seven year-old victim.

The 36 year-old appeared in Lismore Local Court this week facing four charges following his arrest in August.

The mans name has been withheld for legal reasons and to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

Following complaints from the victims, the man was arrested by detectives from the Ballina Child Abuse Squad on August 10 and interviewed.

He was charged with four offences which allegedly occurred between 2016 and 2017 at Tabulam and refused bail.

Police alleged between February and August last year, the man had sexual intercourse with his daughter, who was then aged 10.

He was also charged with assaulting the girl by bouncing her up and down on his lap when he was naked and licking various parts of her body.

Then, between July 11 and 13 this year, the man is accused of committing an act of indecency on a seven year-old.

Just 28 days after the most recent alleged incident the man was arrested and has remained in custody, on remand, since.

The man is yet to enter a plea to the charges.

This week, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the man to stand trial in the District Court on charges of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14, one count of aggravated indecent assault and one count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age.

A second count of aggravated indecent assault was placed on a  section 166 certificate, to be considered by the judge at sentencing.

Mr Heilpern ordered the man to be arraigned in the Lismore District Court on December 13.

The man remains in custody on remand until that date.

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09:09

Lismore father pleads not guilty to alleged stabbing murder of son, 29 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore father will stand trial in the Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to the brutal stabbing murder of his son last November.

Christopher John Gibson was arraigned in the Supreme Court in Sydney earlier this months and pleaded not guilty to the murder of his son Shawn on the night of November 18.

The court previously heard emergency services were called to Barrow Lane, North Lismore, about 10.45 pm following reports of a stabbing.

When they arrived, police and paramedics found 29 year-old Shawn laying on the ground deceased, suffering multiple stab wounds to his chest, shoulder and neck.

Mr Gibson snr was arrested at the scene and after questioning he was charged the following morning.

At a Lismore Local Court appearance in July, Mr Gibsons solicitor Jim Fuggle told the court his client had asserted he was acting in self defence during a fight between the pair.

To help prove Mr Gibson snrs claim, Mr Fuggle said he would be calling two of the victims brothers to give evidence.

The accused has raised self defence in answer to the charge and has participated in an ERISP (electronic interview) with police shortly after the charged incident wherein he asserts fears of the deceased based on prior physical assaults on him by the deceased including one witnessed by (the brothers), Mr Fuggles submission said.

In a committal hearing at Lismore Local Court in September, the court heard Shawn suffered multiple stab wounds, with one penetrating the lining of his chest and severing a critical artery.

Another stab wound to the victims upper shoulder penetrated 23 mm, the court heard.

The court heard the relationship between the men was tense and the victims friends had seen previous fights between the pair.

When he was arraigned in the Supreme Court in Sydney he pleaded not guilty.

His trial, which is estimated to take four weeks, was set down to commence on July 16, 2018, before the Supreme Court in Lismore.

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09:08

Council issues $6000 fine on Goonellabah subdivision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Illegal work carried out by Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd who are responsible for the work. Photo supplied.

Illegal work carried out by Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd who are responsible for the work. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council has fined a local development company $6000 for undertaking unlawful works relating to a subdivision approved by the Land & Environment Court in 2011.

The 75-lot Ubrihien Estate subdivision at 554 Ballina Road, Goonellabah, was the subject of an appeal to the Land & Environment Court, and a number of amendments were made to the original development application to address numerous planning issues before the Court granted consent.

Construction on the subdivision commenced in early 2017, and a community complaint was received by Council in June alleging that Riordans Consulting Surveyors Pty Ltd were undertaking unlawful activities on site.

Council conducted an investigation to determine the level of compliance with the Court approval, and identified that a significant amount of unlawful works had been undertaken outside the area approved by the Court, which included the following unapproved activities:

  • construction of haulage roads;
  • clearing of vegetation;
  • removal and stockpiling of rocks;
  • construction of drainage lines;
  • construction of a large sediment pond; and
  • earthworks conducted over a Council sewer trunk main.

The unlawful works covered an area of more than two hectares outside the approved areas for subdivision work. Additional concerns were identified about the lack of adequate sediment and erosion controls within the approved work area.

Lismore City Council Compliance Coordinator Matt Kelly said the investigation results were assessed under Councils Enforcement Policy, which concluded that a number of offences had been committed against the provisions of the Environmental Planning and A...

09:01

Get set for a big weekend of music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullum Music Festival parade rehearsal. Photo supplied.

Mullum Music Festival parade rehearsal. Photo supplied.

A decade! Thats how long the Mullum Music Festival has been holding street parades, mentoring young musicians and filling the towns venues and streets with vibrant music and happy punters.

The festival will again take place November 16 till 19. 

When we started, I booked the festival I wanted to go to, Glenn Wright told The Echo. 

Ten years on and its still very enjoyable, he says. Im very grateful a large part of my life is programming and dealing with musicians and the arts its been a great journey. Ten years ago, it seemed there was more generic entertainment locally; it was aimed more at a transient audience there seems much more diversity and depth now, and I believe that the festival has contributed to that.

Just a few of Glenns picks for the festival include John Cleary (US), Lindi Ortega (Can), Z-Star Delta (UK) and Gabriel Garzn-Montano (US). Newcomers to the area, Harry Angus (Cat Empire etc) and Emily Lubitz (Tinpan Orange) are also a big part of the festival. 

Locals also feature prominently Jo Jo Smith will celebrate 50 years in the business, while highly regarded local perf...

08:52

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters. Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions. The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce more carbon emissions than a small country. In this special five-part New Matilda series, researchers from the University of Queensland, along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, its impact on Traditional Owners, the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion. This first introductory piece the first in our series is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons, Morgan Brigg and John Quiggin.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Theres been much said about the controversial and politically divisive Adani Carmichael mine the environmental costs of this ticking carbon bomb, Adanis international track record of human rights abuses and environmental harm, lies about employment figures, the failed economics of the project, and the revolving door between Adani and government staffers and lobbyists.

Kicked off in a big way by the Newman Government, its a major headache for the Palaszczuk government whos determined backing of the project has surprised and angered many of its supporters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)

Labors decisive announcement, at the end of week one of the election campaign, to veto Adanis requested $1 billion loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), demonstrates the volatility of this mi...

08:35

Dream on! Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, but never did "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria or any other country because it is absolutely impossible under international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, commenting on the issue. "The UN cannot do such things," he told the Russian media. He went on to say that "Syria is a sovereign independent state," adding that "only the Syrian government can invite armed forces of the third countries onto its territory" while "the UN has no such right," as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. The diplomat also said that "the fight against terrorism does not give any states or coalitions a free hand to establish their presence on Syrian territory." International law indeed envisages no way for the UN or any other international body to sanction an invasion of one state's armed forces on the territory of another state. In fact, such actions are regarded as aggression under international law and are strictly prohibited. UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 on the definition of aggression explicitly states that an "invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State" as well as "any military occupation, however temporary" or "bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State" is what particularly constitutes aggression. However, all these facts did not prevent Mattis from claiming that it was the UN that sanctified the presence of the US troops on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. "You know, the UN said that ... basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out," the US defense secretary said, referring to the US actions in Syria as he answered a journalist's question on Monday.

08:32

The Warrior Within "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have always been a firm believer in being kind to everyone you meet, because everyone has a story. Things happen in our lives that help shape us: mould us gently, or sometimes not-so gently, into the person we are today.

I have a story. It has affected me in ways big and small every single day since it happened eight years ago, and I will probably think about it for the rest of my life. It has taken me a long time to speak up and share it. I have been scared of judgement, embarrassment, vulnerability and pity, but those things no longer worry me. I am strong, I am brave and if I can help even one woman, then it has been worth it.

Three days after my 13th birthday, I stood in front of the fire at my family home, gasping for air as the man who had been married to my mum for 10 years relentlessly beat me with a piece of wood. He beat me until I was in so much shock that I physically could not scream and could not move. He moved on to beating the other side of my body before the adrenaline kicked in and I realised I needed to run away.

I bolted to the kitchen, a dead end. My eight-year-old brother and four-year-old sister watched on as their father stood with his hands clasped around the neck of their eldest sibling, with no sign of letting go. I screamed, genuinely scared for what might come next, and they screamed too, in utter disbelief and terror, when all of a sudden he let me go. He threw me to the ground, got in his car and drove away.

What came next was a blur of interviews with police, forensics in white suits taking photographic evidence of my legs that were black from my hip to my knees on both sides, tears and fear. The boys at my school asked why my body was covered in bruises and I would lie, telling them that I fell down the stairs, covering up the abuse I had been subject to only days earlier by a man I had trusted. I was urged to press charges, to make him pay for what he had done, but I was too scared of the repercussions.

Instead of dealing with what had happened to me in a healthy and productive way, I let it eat away at me like an angry cancer. I hated him, I hated myself, I hated what he had done to me and I hated how I felt. I convinced myself it was my fault. If I didnt have an attitude, perhaps it wouldnt have happened. If I hadnt provoked him, it wouldnt have happened.

I started to believe that I was to blame and that I was unworthy of being treated with kindness and respect. My self-esteem crumbled and every relationship I had with men suffered.

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08:25

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KUMIHIMO BRAIDING "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Kumihimo Braiding



Your name:  Helen Jackson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Kumihimo Braiding (no facebook/website)
The suburb/town you live in now:  Wandal,  Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Kumihimo braided necklaces with and without beads.  Polymer Clay Applique Pendants and other jewellery.



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08:23

Practice Manager "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Court of Australia

08:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

08:19

08:07

Marriage equality is supported by the Australian community "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Editorial comment

The release of the of the massive yes vote for marriage equality, by David Kalisch, the chief statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was the signal for the outbreak of spontaneous celebrations around the country.

Nearly 13 million Australians took part in the Marriage Law Survey and 61 percent declared their support for equality for same sex couples. It is beyond question now. The Australian community wants change and expect that the parliament will deliver. There can no longer be any excuse for the dithering that has been characteristic up to now.

Australia wants to move forward to build a more tolerant and accepting society and the politicians now have an obligation to respect this and move quickly to make it a reality.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had promised that in the event of the yes vote, the Coalition will facilitate a private members Bill to make same-sex marriage legal before the end of the year. The time for promises has gone and it is now time deliver and it needs t happen during the parliamentary debate will begin on 27 November.

It will not be plain sailing. As it stands, two different bills Were to be presented and there is a danger that the debate will be seriously limited.

One of them is from Western Australian Liberal Senator James Paterson, which contains provision that exempts ministers of religion and celebrants on the grounds of conscientious,  guarantees  freedom of speech on paper and allows parents to opt their children out of school classes that conflict with their values. In the wake of the strength of the Yes vote Paterson withdrew his bill and and has joined those who wish to make sure the alternative comes as close to it as possible.

Two things are wrong with the Paterson bill and is it worthwhile commenting on it.

Any conscientious objection provision needs to be restrictive enough not to become and under the counter means to legitimise discrimination. The same applies to the vague notion of guaranteeing free speech. The right to peddle hate that brings harm to others because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences has nothing to do with free speech. Everyone should have the right to express their opinion, so long as it is within the context of honouring their repo9nsibity to not use this to harm others. Those at the recieving end have a right to protection.

It is now becoming clearer that some of the forces behind the No vote, are seizing the opportunity to to destroy the Equal Opportunity Act, by piggy backing into the Marriage Act a legal right to discriminate. Expect some vigorous campaigning on this score.

Pinning  education into a change in the Marriage Act is wrong. It has nothing to do with it and lends...

08:04

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Barrister
Dilworth Old Boy

 

I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...

08:00

Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth

07:59

PERTH Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Three charged over $33m drug bust in WA .

November 15, 2017 at 07:00PM .

Two of the men, aged 23 and 27, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday and had their cases adjourned until next week. Another 27-year-old

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07:36

Those Magical, Fantastical Russians vs. U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Glen Ford in Black Agenda Report: This induced state of emergency is designed to prepare the American public, politically and psychologically, to maintain the momentum of the U.S. imperial offensive in the world. The only people that can make Russiagate fade away are the ones that invented it in the first place: the spooks, Wall Street Democrats and institutional servants of capital that gathered in Hillary Clintons overstuffed campaign tent, last year, to plot the next moves of a beleaguered U.S. empire. Although a Bernie Sanders upset in 2016 had always been a statistical impossibility, Donald Trumps capture of the Republican Party machinery had destabilized the duopoly political system at a time of great stress for U.S. imperialism. The previous year, the Russian military had set up shop in Syria, blocking U.S.-backed jihadists from ousting the secular, Arab nationalist government of Bashar al Assad. It was Vladimir Putins answer to the global military offensive launched by Barack Obama in 2011, with NATOs overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, followed immediately by the jihadist push into

07:05

Power strengthen coaching ranks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Power Football Club held its first meet the coaches night on Friday using the meeting to officially announce the signing of former St Kilda player Arryn Siposs as a playing assistant coach.
Siposs joins the Power with 28 games of AFL experience as well as spending the past two seasons playing for Williamstown in the VFL.
Also joining the Powers coaching staff is former Port Melbourne Development League coach Lee Rowe.
Rowe joins on as the director of coaching for season 2018, bringing a wealth of coaching experience at high levels of football.
Wonthaggi also welcome back former players Steven Scott from DWWWW and Aloysio Netto Ferreira from the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.
More signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks with the AGM to be held Sunday, November 19 at 3pm at the rooms.

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07:01

Cannon Hill cafe offers free mental health services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Most cafes just serve food; this caf has provided a dedicated office space to assist Brisbane locals seeking mental health support.  The Carport Caf in Brisbane is a local business stepping up to support new charity The Sunlight Centre through offering them dedicated space to start seeing clients experiencing suicide and self-harm distress. Operating in []

The post Cannon Hill cafe offers free mental health services appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

07:00

Wauchope launches first Moto Fest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The first Motorcycle Friendly Town in NSW opens up to riders this weekend with the first Wauchope Moto Fest this Saturday (November 18, 2017).

It will include a motokhana, show and shine, swap meet, tattoo competition, trade and market stalls, live music and more.

A tattoo celebrity is coming from Queensland to guest judge the tattoo show and most categories are already full.

Of course, another motorcycling attraction is the nearby riding paradise of the Oxley Highway plus many regional adventure trails.

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Moto Fest runs from 8am to 4pm in the towns centre.

Moto Fest to attract thousands

Wauchope Motorcycle Friendly Town Co-ordinator Jenny Pursehouse and committee members Nadia Stocks say accommodation is filling up fast.

Wauchope Motorcycle Friendly Town moto festWauchope has declared itself a Motorcycle Friendly Town

We have had great feedback from many motorcycle groups some coming from Western Australia and Queensland, Jenny says.

We have also been very pleased by the response from local businesses in Wauchope.

Were looking forward to welcoming riders...

07:00

Etsy Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Shop local at a pop up Etsy market in Melbourne this Christmas!



07:00

America's economic problems demand a radical solution. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our cities are failing. People are hurting... If we dont attack this problem in a radically different way, its going to overwhelm us.
Charles Marohn

In this podcast episode, Chuck breaks down Strong Towns' core insight about the American growth model what's wrong with it and why it's bankrupting our country then talks about how this movement responds to that problem in a thoughtful, non-partisan manner. There are no simple answers.

Success for our country will not come from the federal government or the corporate sector and trickle down to our communities. Rather, when we focus on the struggles of real people and make small, incremental investments over a period of time to improve them, that's when we'll see broad prosperity in our nation. That's when we'll be building Strong Towns.

Listen to the episode

Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been. Join the movement that's changing the world.

Become a member of Strong Towns

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06:54

Clothes Swap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi All.

Just a reminder about Saturday's planned Clothes Swap!

We'll be meeting at 3.00 in Cox Reserve, corner of Elizabeth and Claremont Sts.

Bring anything you'd like to swap, take as much as you like. $5.00 per family. All proceeds going to a local in need.

We don't have a backup plan in case of the rain, we haven't been rained out yet, I'll post on this blog if it's not going ahead.

Cheers, Mel.

06:52

Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in humans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. In a first of its kind international collaboration, researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five per cent per decade after the age of 40. Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans has been inconsistent.

06:45

Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Friends, Newlanders and fellow lovers of Theatre,


It's my pleasure to invite you to Awoken which I am putting on as part of the La Mama Explorations Season - 3 days only next week. Id be grateful if you can spread the word to others who might enjoy being part of the audience.

If you plan on coming please do book soon (especially the Friday and Saturday nights) as it helps me manage the numbers, either large or small.

Cheers, Danny Diesendorf
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Awoken

Nicks self-contained melancholy existence is cracked open when he is asked to read stories to his niece. He finds himself encountering a malingering sultan, a swashbuckling prince and an ominous siren of the deep. The character of Nick himself suddenly seems far less fixed.  
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06:45

Rally at Byrons Main Beach to end single use plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Byron Mermaids calling for an end to plastic bags in the shire in July 2016. How many more rallies before our politicians listen? (supplied)

The Byron Mermaids calling for an end to plastic bags in the shire in July 2016. How many more rallies before our politicians listen? (supplied)

On Saturday November 18 from 9am, a gathering is planned on Byrons Main Beach to spell Ban The Bag NSW in the sand.

Co-organiser Kate Nelson from www.IQuitPlastics.com says, NSW is the only state that has not banned single- use plastic bags. 

Whales have been washing up on beaches with bellies full of plastic. Its past time to join the rest of the nation on this policy.

We need to be big in numbers, so our premier gets the message loud and clear!

Take 3 Non-Profit is hosting a rally the same day down south in Bateau Bay from 10am, while Manly will host one on Ocean Care Day later this month.

Wear Blue. Help create change. Community activism works look at the cash for containers campaign! Dont let the dolphins, whales, turtles swallow any more plastic bags coming from our beautiful coastline.

The post Rally at Byrons Main Beach to end single use plastic bags appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:35

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at
http://tabloidjubi.com/artikel-11549-dewan-pers-diminta-usut-media-yang-memberitakan-penyanderaan-di-papua.html

The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua
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Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,


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Jayapura, Jubi - Around 80 civil society organizations and individuals actively engaged in labor movements, farmers, students, students, intellectuals, youth, religious groups, journalists, freedom of expression activists, public lawyers, literacy activists and art community urged the Press Council to investigate alleged violations of ethics by a number of mass media and journalists in the news about the recent conflicts in Papua.

Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist tagar.id on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.

"We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

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

06:30

STARLESS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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For those willing to cross thresholds.

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06:30

Why are politicians are so cheap to buy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

That politicians can be bought by rich people, businesses, and lobbyists is no secret. What is surprising is how cheap they are. Sometimes it seems like all you need to do is give them a vacation or even just an expensive meal with plenty of alcohol to get them to do your bidding. The latest example of this are the charges brought against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara who seem to be not only cheap to buy but extremely brazen about the fact that they are for sale.

The Australian casino owner James Packer and the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan probably never imagined they would be running a free drinks delivery service for the Israeli prime minister and his wife.

But when Sara Netanyahu called an assistant of the two men to say the drinks had run out, it was the signal for Packer and Milchan to renew the supplies of champagne, courtesy of their own wallets and a private driver, according to alleged testimony in an investigation into sleaze claims against Benjamin Netanyahu.

The claims, widely reported in the Israeli media on Tuesday, are the latest leaks from a police investigation into the Netanyahus. If true, they would illustrate how brazen the couple were in demanding favours.

According to the reports, first carried by Israels Channel 2 and Channel 10 on Monday night, Hadas Klein, an assistant to both Packer and Milchan, has given evidence describing how the Netanyahus would routinely call demanding cigars, champagne and even that the bill be paid for a building inspector.

While the Israeli prime minister has repeatedly denied the items represented anything more than goodwill between friends, the leak suggests that the Netanyahus always initiated the favours.

The article goes on to list other items demanded by the Netanyahus.

The Netanyahus have already been criticized for living the high life and charging it to the taxpayers. They are true grifters. What keeps their abuses from getting too much coverage in the US and the UK is the Israel lobby that works behind the scenes in both countries to keep the coverage of that country positive. Jonathan Cook says that the recent resignation of a UK Minister Priti Patel over secret meetings with Israeli officials including Netanyahu has shone some light on the workings of the lobby and the power it wields over the Conservative party.

The honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, Lord Polak has recruited four-fifths of Conservative....

06:23

1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Brimob Officer Shot Dead in Papua; Police Pursuit Shooter
3) British Ambassador Moazzam Malik to Visit West Papua

4) Police Adopt 'Delicate' Approach to Avoid Casualties in Papua: Spokesman
5) Papua police face difficulty seeking release of 1,300 villager hostages
6) Gunmen Kill Elite Police Officer in Papua
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06:16

The problem of dual citizenship for Australian federal politicians is not a new one so why has this current batch made such a hash of the solution? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australian Electoral Commission nomination form advice re Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution

This is former Liberal MP Alex Somlyay - elected 1990 and retired 2013 - as reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily on 19 July 2017:

Alex Somlyay, who represented Fairfax for 23 years from 1990 to 2013, is the son of Hungarian refugees who arrived in Australia after World War Two as stateless persons.
Mr Somlyay says Ms Waters' predicament in an unintended consequence that needed to be fixed..
Mr Somlyay is particularly attuned to Mr Waters' forced resignation because of events that played out which could have threatened his own parliamentary career.
His parents became Australian citizens and Mr Somlyay was born in Australia.
But the fall of the Iron Curtin saw Hungary again become an independent country which immediately gave citizenship to the diaspora that fled as refugees and their children.
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06:16

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism
by Bill Bonner

"On Monday, Caracas rolled out the red carpet - literally. In one of the funniest shows in modern capitalism, bondholders were invited to a special meeting in the Venezuelan capital. A few turned up. They wanted to know what to expect. The country is going broke - fast. Oil output is at a 28-year lowcash is disappearingchaos is spreading. When would Venezuela default on its bonds? The meeting lasted 30 minutes. No questions were allowed. And then, less than 24 hours later, investors got their answer: today!

Rendezvous with glory: Hold on Were back in good ol Baltimore. Theres nothing quite like it. Thank God. Every place has its own character, its own style, and its own life...

06:10

Of borrowers & buffers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Panel beater

I've been busy at the 1,600-strong UBS European Conference 2017, held at the Landmark London in Marylebone, and have learned a tremendous amount from a range of experts, while the Rt Hon David Davis MP also aimed to reassure the City about the forthcoming Brexit. 


I was thrilled to partake in a panel presentation on consumer indebtedness in Anglo-Saxon countries.

On the panel with me were the Chief US Economist of UBS, and the legendary one-time Sydneysider James Aitken, who's been over in the Smoke for some 18 years now. 

Completing the panel was Mathias Drehmann from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, which was a tremendous privilege for me. 

The BIS and Drehmann have produced some terrific research papers over the past decade and more, some of which continue to be discussed regularly in Australian financial circles today. Drehmann's extensive work has shown how the impacts of new mortgage borrowing are often felt 4 to 5 years after the loans are initially taken out.


Exceptionally different here...

It was especially enlightening for me to spend some time later chatting with the personable Drehmann, who originally hails from Stuttgart, a city where I studied in the Oberstufe back in the 1990s. 
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06:09

Yawny Tawny ignores Aussie mozzie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deep in the heart of Mozzieland sits the Tawny Frogmouth. Unmoving, as usual.

But wait. Things are stirring. Pesky Brown-backed Honeyeaters want the Tawny gone.

Which brings what counts as frenzy from Tawny. Sleepy eye opens. Head turns. Nothing to see here. Back to snooze.

Mozzies? Let them join crowd and cloud around photographer.

05:52

GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...

05:22

CIAs Wikileaks Narrative Dominates Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

Watch Panettas CNN interview:

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered:

Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also appeared on CNN....

05:00

Germany reveals the total amount of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The German government has revealed that the total value of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017 has quintupled in comparison to the same period last year. The news provoked a wave of outrage from the opposition. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a long-running bombing campaign in war-torn Yemen, Riyadh and Cairo appear to be among the top clients of the German arms industry. The money spent is also on the rise. The numbers have been disclosed in the Economy Ministry's answer to an information request filed by Left Party MP Stefan Liebich. According to the data, Egypt has taken first place with some 300 million ($352.5 million), skyrocketing from 45 million in the same period last year. Riyadh is also showing quite an appetite for German arms, importing 148 million ($173.9 million) worth of military equipment, going up from 41 million.

05:00

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes Yes for Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians61.6% of its voting populationsupport same-sex marriage and its legalization.

The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality. But due to politics, putting public opinion into law has been a slow process thats years behind other English-speaking countries. In 2004, the then-prime minister John Howard altered the Marriage Act that clarified the definition as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

After more than a decade of activism, the issue came to vote as part of a national postal survey. Although voluntary, 79.5% of voters made their voices heard. Now, the parliament will have to debate how to turn this into the law of the land.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the survey: They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done.

The result of the inquiry and its massive support is something to celebrateand many Australians did just that. See how some of them reacted (including the Sydney Opera House) in the photos below.

On Wednesday, November 15, Australia had a postal survey that voted on the issue of marriage equality.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...

04:27

JFK files reveal CIA blocked access to Jim Angleton's files, obscuring CIA crimes and possible assassination info "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The CIA delayed responding to requests for information about its longtime counter-espionage chief, James Angleton, as it tried to minimize the disclosure of his activities related to Soviet defectors and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly released documents show. "Don't answer his initial request any sooner than necessary," said a May 31, 1979, internal CIA memo about a Freedom of Information Act request from author David Martin, who is now a CBS News correspondent. "When we do, deny release of any of the information, maintaining it is still classified and involves protection of sources and methods." Martin was seeking information about the agency's handling of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1964. Angleton and some of his colleagues in the CIA and FBI considered Nosenko a possible double agent. The CIA memo was one of dozens about Angleton included in the 13,213 files released last week by the National Archives. They show the concerns and frustrations about the work Angleton did during his CIA tenure and the difficulty investigators had in getting access to his files at the agency. Angleton was the agency's main conduit of information to the Warren Commission, the seven-member panel appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. Angleton did not tell the commission about the CIA's involvement in attempts to overthrow or kill Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, which factored into later conspiracy theories.

03:47

Unicorn Riot to Premier Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

for Earth First! Newswire

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot premieres its first full-length documentary Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017.

November 14th, 2017: Unicorn Riot will hold a theatrical premiere of the non-commercial creative commons documentary film Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017 at The Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Doors will open 6:30 PM and the film will start at 7:30 PM. The premiere will be followed by a question and answer session with members of Unicorn Riot.

An after-party at The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN begins at 11:00 PM and lasts until bar close. Performances by various artists, include Minneapolis Punk Folk Ungrateful Little String Band, followed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Alas, and DJ MTHERRSA.

On November 18, 2017, Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL Story will be made available online, for free, at https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events
that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting.
The importance of the water protectors story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise...

03:27

Mysterious Murder in Mali "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friendly Reminder That Jeff Bezos is Trying to Take Over the Universe (Jimmy)

Caitlin Johnstone writes on Medium, The richest man in the world did not purchase the Washington Post because he believed newspapers were about to enjoy a lucrative resurgence, and he certainly didnt purchase it to ensure the production of high quality journalism. He bought it so that hed have a trusted mouthpiece through which to lie to you about what is happening in the world in a way that will benefit his empire.

Hannity to Moore: Clear Up Allegations, Or Get Out (Dan)

Arguably TVs most culturally conservative voice has lost patience with Roy Moore. Will the controversial Senate candidate dropout after even more women have come forward claiming sexual advances at a young age?

Australias Citizen Crisis (Reader Steve)

Australias immigration policies are mirroring Trumps in the US. In some ways, theyre worse. Australias constitution prevents foreign nationals, as well as those with dual citizenship, from holding elected office  unless they renounce their former citizenship. The provision was largely ignored until recently, with an uptick of diverse backgrounds in Australias elected leaders.

The J20 Investigation (Dan)

Trumps inauguration day featured many skirmishes between the DC police and anti-fascist protestors organized under the J20 banner. The investigation has been growing some time, including with the DOJs now-infamous move of requesting IP addresses that visited the J20 website. Now theres another strike against the protesters: the group investigating police actions has a history of siding with the police.

Freelance Journalist Arrested During Riot Still Facing Serious Charges (Chris)

The trial of Alexei Wood begins today in DC. The defendant, a photojournalist who took pictures of anti-inaugural demonstrations in January, is accused of several felonies, incl...

03:26

Mystery Alabama Boom Rattles Twitter Theorists, NASA Unsure of Origin "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Witnesses across Alabama reported a mysterious boom that rocked their counties on Tuesday evening. NASA said the origin of the blast remains unclear as social media went awash with conspiracy theories and even devoted a song to the unexplained event.

The sound blast could have been generated by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion but wasnt caused by a Leonid meteor, NASA said, as cited by meteorologist James Spann from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The unknown event was reported by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, as well as St. Clair and Blount Counties.

Alabama residents flocked to Twitter, with many saying the event even shook their homes. The boom was detected on a seismograph in Cleburne County, according to meteorologists from the local TV stations.

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03:05

Roy Moore caught up in Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Roy Moore is the first DC fish to be caught in the shrieking net of Hollywood Weinstein Hysteria. It didn't take long to get the answer to the question-what's with the Hollywood Weinstein hysteria all of a sudden? Why are the Powers That Be throwing scrubby ol' Harvey and other Hollywood icons under the bus after all these years? Many of Harvey's string of accusers were compensated with a lot more than a coke- dusted hundred dolla bill. They enjoyed starring roles and a lucrative career. Some were tragically abused and derailed. Either way, their stories ironically provide the toolkit to commit political rape. For the Globalists there's a lot more at stake than some pop culture propaganda and box office ticket sales. Their pimped out entertainment icons are expendable. The epic money and power grab of a One World Government is all that matters now. Roy Moore is in the throes of the outrage-boomerang.

02:40

Video: Brisbane musicians rework Nick Cave classic to demand he cancel Israel show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Phil Mansour passed along this video with the note, Brisbane musicians rework Nick Caves classic ballad The Ship Song calling on him to cancel his upcoming shows in #Apartheid #Israel and respect the Palestinian picket line. #BDS

02:16

There Probably Isnt A Special Counsel Coming For Hillary, Comey Or Uranium One "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Monday, indicating that career prosecutors at the Department of Justice would review controversies arising from the Clinton Foundation and former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The letter prompted speculation that DOJ was assembling a predicate for a criminal investigation and the appointment of a special counsel. President Donald Trump himself has publicly encouraged the attorney general to pursue a criminal probe of matters relating to the Clinton Foundation, amplifying speculation that his longtime ally would acquiesce to the pressure in a bid to revive his strained relationship with the president.

The text of the letter doesnt quite bear that reading.

As a preliminary matter, the letter was sent to House Judiciary one day before Sessions was scheduled to testify before the panel. Committee Republicans have twice sent letters to Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein urging an investigation of a barrage of Clinton shenanigans as well as Comeys alleged politicization of Bureau investigations relating to the Clintons. Those letters, dated July 27 and Sept. 26, both appear to have gone unanswered. Therefore, it is not unusual that the Justice Department would send its response to the Committee the day before Sessions was slated to appear, as DOJs silence on the request would otherwise have been a point of conflict.

The letter itself reveals little. It reiterates the Departments commitment to provide timely and accurate informationin a non-political matter, before informing Committee Republicans that Sessions had referred their concerns to senior career prosecutors, who would consider the matter and then make a recommendation to DOJ leadership as to how they should proceed.

Consistent with DOJ policy, the letter does not confirm the existence of an investigation, nor does it promise an investigation is forthcoming. Rather, it is simply a courteous disposition of a request...

02:01

Australia is Banning Software Patents and Shelston IP is Complaining as Usual "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Because Shelston IP does not care what actual software developers want

Happy Birthday Sydney Harbour Bridge

Summary: The Australian Productivity Commission, which defies copyright and patent bullies, is finally having policies put in place that better serve the interests of Australians, but the legal industry is unhappy (as expected)

THE decision to more officially ban software patents in Australia is not news. We wrote quite a few articles about that earlier in the year. As Kluwer Patent Blog put it this morning: The purpose of the Bill is to implement the Governments response to the Productivity Commissions recommendations on Australias IP Arrangements.

The article neglects to say that Australia is cracking down on software patents (software is not being mentioned at all by the author) and instead says that Australias Government introduces draft legislation to abolish innovation patents (which sounds rather misleading, as can often be expected from sites such as Kluwer Patent Blog). To quote:

The Productivity Commission recommended that Australia abolish the innovation patents regime, the principal reasons being that such patents have a lower inventive step than that of a standard patent and inhibited rather than assisted innovation from small business enterprises. The Government has agreed with this conclusion, noting that neither small business enterprises nor the Australian community at large benefited from it.

Part 4 of the draft Bill contains amendments to commence the abolition of the innovation patent system by preventing the filing of new applications, subject to certain exceptions. For example, existing rights before the commencement of the abolishing Act will remain unaffected, including the right to file divisional applications and convert standard patent applications to innovation patent applications where the patent date and priority date for each claim are before the abolishing Acts commencement date.

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01:27

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

Amidst numerous unanswered question, the Las Vegas mass-shooting has curiously faded from the headlines. Is this a deliberate silence?

01:00

CIA Narrative on WikiLeaks Dominates Media Coverage of Trump Jr. Correspondence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(SP The CIA contends WikiLeaks is not a media organization but rather a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. Response by the U.S. press to a report from The Atlantic on correspondence between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. wholly adopted the CIAs narrative, even though the public still lacks proof of such cooperation.

Moreover, although The Atlantic report merely shows communications between a Trump campaign official and WikiLeaks, it was treated as significant confirmation of Russian collusion.

Former CIA director Leon Panetta appeared on CNN and said the correspondence was another additional piece of evidence related to the activities of either [Trump] family members or members of his campaign working with the Russians in one way or another. Panetta maintained there was no question WikiLeaks was a cutout for the Russian government.

The basic message that should have gone out to all campaign individuals is do not interact with the Russians, Panetta added, when asked what the Trump campaign should have done when contacted by WikiLeaks. Do not interact with a foreign adversary that could very well come in and try to influence this election.

This is yet another level interest by the campaign in foreign assistance and not just any foreign assistance but foreign assistance tied to the Kremlin, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN.

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Schiff to be precise on the relationship between the Kremlin and WikiLeaks, Schiff answered, Well, the Kremlin, well, was certainly using WikiLeaks to publish these documents. I think it gave them a certain level of deniability that the more direct cutouts like Guccifer 2.0 or DCLeaks that could be traced right back to the Kremlin would ultimately not provide them. But nonetheless, WikiLeaks is a sophisticated actor.

I fully believe that they knew exactly where they were getting this information about and were more than happy to coordinate with the Russians. I dont think that this is an issue so much of theyre being useful idiots as opposed to witting participants. There is a division of opinion, I think, among members about just how witting or useful they were. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter was this was clearly one of the outlets the Russians were using for publication.

Tony Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, also a...

00:28

Lawmakers urge EU probe in Malta after journalist killed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Reuters

STRASBOURG (Reuters) European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday calling on the EU executive to investigate Maltas adherence to the rule of law and European values following the murder of a campaigning journalist.

The non-binding resolution, backed by most parties and adopted during a plenary session in Strasbourg, also voiced the legislatures serious concerns about the police independence and over international money-laundering on the island.

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MEPs barrage of criticism against Malta met with caution by European Commission

Malta compared to cocaine-and-guns bonanza Narcos by one MEP

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Mr Timmermans knees at a candlelight vigil for Ms Caruana Galizia held in Brussels. Photo: Reuters

Updated 7pm

A barrage of criticism about Malta was met with some cautionary words by European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans today, who urged MEPs to not play judge and jury when assessing the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Image result for Daphne Caruana Galizia, photos

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Speaking at the end of a European Parliament debate about the rule of law in Malta, Mr Timmermans acknowledged concerns raised by MEPs but felt some were jumping the gun.

Let the investigation run its full course, he said, telling MEPs that their questions would be answered. What is not on is to start with a conclusion and look for facts to support that conclusion.

He also twice called on the Maltese government to join a planned European Public Prosecutors Office, saying doing so would be a strong signal of intent............

00:22

Fix Host IP is blocked because of many connection errors on MySQL/MariaDB "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am trying to login to my mysql/mysqld server using the following Unix command: $ mysql -u foo -h 172.16.5.100 -p dbnmame But greeted with the following error on screen: ERROR 1129 (HY000): Host '172.16.5.100' is blocked because of many connection errors; unblock with 'mysqladmin flush-hosts' How do I fix this problem on a Linux or Unix-like system?

00:00

#StopAdani from above: Seeing is conserving "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly

Aerial landscape photographers and traditional land owners join forces to #StopAdani

As new coal mines are opened up in Queensland, a collaboration of one of the best landscape photographers in this part of the world with a traditional land owner is using their gifts and abilities for conservation of the endangered landscapes in Australia. The photos will be a resource that everyone working to #StopAdani can use.

Listen to the interview Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly gave today in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse about the crowdfunding campaign they have started, Pit to Point Project:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/qld-aerial-project7min032.mp3

A couple of pensioners who are currently in the camp near Abbot Point have promised $2,000 in support to the project if it goes ahead. The group still needs help to raise another $6,000 to make this happen.

If youd like to support the project, you can transfer a do...

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23:35

Biden: Hero Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Was Wrong To Have A Gun "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During a question and answer session on NBCs Today show, former vice president and rumored presidential 2020 contender Joe Biden said the hero who stopped the Texas church shooter earlier this month should not have been allowed to carry an AR-15.

With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun? a young woman in the audience asked Biden.

Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldnt be carrying, Biden said. I wrote the last serious gun control law . . and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.

Assault weapon is a nonsense term not usable in legislation, since it could apply to any object used to attack another person. An assault rifle generally means a select-fire or automatic rifle with an intermediate cartridge designed for military use. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, most clearly because it is semiautomatic. Civilians are already banned from owning automatic weapons.

The Texas man who stopped the shooter from killing more people used an AR-15 to confront the alleged murderer, who wore a ballistic vest and was armed with tactical gear and a rifle of equal firepower.

If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile, Stephen Willeford told CRTV in an interview last week. I ran out with an AR-15 and thats what he was shooting the place up with.

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Its just rational to say certain people shouldnt have guns, Biden insisted, however. The fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they...

23:31

Poll Roundup: Citizenship Chaos Sends Government To New Term Low "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2PP Aggregate: 54.2 to Labor (+1 point in a week) - highest reading of term
Labor would win election "held now" with a large margin
Government has lost majority (for now) with two MPs recontesting their seats in by-elections

This week we've seen a highly unusual event in Australian political history: a federal government has lost its majority partway through a term.  This last happened in 1931.  The one-term Scullin government began its term with a robust 46 seats out of 75, but a by-election loss and defections to the opposition UAP and the Lang Labor split saw it whittled down to 35, following which it collapsed before the year was out.  What has happened to the Turnbull government, so far, is much less dramatic - two of its seats are vacant pending by-elections, and the government will recover majority status if Barnaby Joyce is returned, although it would then lose it again if John Alexander is defeated.

However, as the Section 44 eligibility issues continue to unfold (with the tabling of required evidence by December 1 expected to be the next step), we could well see more by-elections early next year in some much more difficult government seats.  The prospect of the government slipping into permanent minority, or perhaps even losing enough seats that it can no longer govern, is a real one.  There may also be by-elections in Labor and crossbench seats, but no incumbent government has gained a seat from an opposition in a federal by-election since 1920 so there would not be too much optimism regarding chances of gaining seats there.  My legally unqualified view, incidentally, is that the "hesitators" (those who filed to renounce UK citizenship too late for the process to complete by the close of nominations) are in trouble.  The references in previous cases to the taking of all reasonable steps as sufficient refer to a context in which a member cannot reasonably renounce an overseas citizenship, not one in which a candidate was needlessly slow about it.

For the time being, the government faces two very unpleasant sitting weeks in which, by vice of it holding the Speakership, it has a floor minority (73-74) compared to the combined forces of Labor and the crossbench.  That is, assuming Bob Katter shows up!  The non-Coalition forces won't be able to suspend standing orders, but they will have extensive control over other operations of the House and should be able to use that to inflict pain.  As noted in my New England preview, it's not likely Barnaby Joyce will spring back into parliament on the Monday after the by-election, and the 17-candidate circus announced for his seat won't help expedite matters there.

I may have a Bennelong preview later, but that sea...

23:30

Pembroke By-Election: Live And/Or Post-Count "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CALLED: Reliable scrutineering reports on Sunday that Siejka (ALP) will win easily with Walker narrowly beating Chipman for 2nd.

Sunday

Analysis: Still awaiting margins for the two scenarios. As Brad Stansfield has said on Twitter, it's a bit much to be saying first that the Liberals' attack on Chipman wouldn't work at all, then after the result that it worked too well. But if working means getting near winning, it was only a pyrrhic success. It seems that far from generate a sympathy vote for Chipman, the tactic actually worked in driving votes away from him and to Walker, but at the cost of driving Chipman preferences (in droves as predicted by Pete Lawler on Twitter last night) and possibly primaries to Siejka. The Liberals needed to make the final two to have any on-paper chance, but did they cause enough voters to switch their preference from Chipman ahead of Siejka to the other way around to the extent that they caused Siejka rather than Chipman to win ? 


The result has major impacts as the left (4 ALP and four left-leaning indies) will gain an outright majority.  A White Labor government will start with a workable upper chamber while a returned Hodgman government will have great difficulty doing much.




Reports from scrutineering - Chipman prefs did not break to Walker and Siejka is going to win! TEC figures have Chipman missing second by just 200 votes - the remaining votes to be added will change little there.  However, Chipman was too far back to win from 2nd and would have fallen about 1000 short.  Having Chipman out first will pad Siejka's margin, it is going to be a solid win.


I have managed to get online with much difficulty.  Currently Willink, Di Falco and James have been provisionally excluded.  Chipman got a massive boost off James and can still catch Walker if his share of Harvey prefs is 27 points higher. That seems unlikely, but if he could get very close there are also nearly 400 outstanding votes.  

Walker's share required hasn't changed much - he still needs 58% off Harvey and Chipman assuming he stays second and ignoring exhaust.

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23:27

New England By-Election: Prospects And Polls "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Seat: New England (Nat vs Ind 8.5%, Nat vs ALP 16.5%)

By-Election 2 Dec 2017
Incumbent: Barnaby Joyce (Nat)
Main opponents likely to include Rob Taber (IND) and ALP candidate
Former incumbent and 2016 opponent Tony Windsor (IND) not contesting
Outlook: High chance of comfortable Nat retain

With the date of the New England by-election set it's time for a general prospects and polls post that I will update through the campaign as opportunities arise.  I may be pretty slack about this as Queensland will be a higher priority and I have a lot of other stuff on at the moment.  I won't be doing live coverage on the night because of previously booked air travel, but there will be a postcount thread if it is needed.

Circumstances and history

The New England by-election follows the disqualification from office of incumbent Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Barnaby Joyce, who was found to be in breach of Section 44 of the Constitution because he was a dual citizen of New Zealand by descent, despite having been born in the electorate of New England.


New England has had a mostly conservative history.  It was last won by Labor (then spelled Labour, see comments) in 1910 and Labor has not been competitive in it since the 1980s.  Beyond that, in the last 104 years the rule of conservative parties was interrupted only by the 2001-2013 tenure of independent Tony Windsor, and also briefly by the 1922 expulsion of the sitting member from the Country Party.  Windsor himself was considered fairly conservative until he backed Labor to form government in 2010.  

In the 2013 election, Barnaby Joyce contested New England to shift from the Senate to the House of Representatives and Windsor did not stand. Windsor contested in 2016 and a close contest was generally expected but a mutually vicious campaign did not go well for him and in the end Joyce won convincingly.

The contest is of special interest because the government will lose its majority if it loses the seat.  (It has not, contra to what you may read in many papers and hear ad nauseum from Labor, lost it yet.)

Typical swings in government by-elections

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23:26

Section 44 Strikes, But The Government Hasn't Lost Its Majority Yet "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many news sites have now claimed that, in light of today's dramatic Section 44 disqualification of Barnaby Joyce from Parliament by the High Court, the beleagured Turnbull government has now lost its majority.

This is an exciting claim, but it isn't actually correct.

Pending the holding of a by-election for the seat of New England, the government will, when the House of Representatives next sits, hold 75/149 seats, with one vacant.  74 seats will be held by other MPs.  75 is larger than 74.  75 is larger than half of 149.  75 divided by 149 is 0.5033557... .  It is more than 0.500000.

The government's new and very temporary position is no different mathematically to that of the Cook Liberal government in 1913, which won 38/75 seats.  The Cook government is widely referred to as having had a one-seat majority.



Its previous position (76/150) is no different to that of the Menzies government in 1961, which held 61/120 seats with voting rights.  The Menzies government is widely referred to as having had a two-seat majority.

Certain Australian state governments have held one-seat majorities in parliaments with odd numbers of members.  In my own state, an example is the Nielsen/Lowe government from 1976-1979, which held 18 seats out of 35.  Such governments are invariably considered to have been majority governments.  The Goss government in Queensland lost a majority of one when one of its members was disqualified, and failed to regain it (and as a result lost office) at the subsequent by-election. The  Beattie government in Queensland and current Weatherill government in South Australia both gained a majority of one at by-elections.

Should New England be lost at the by-election, the government will hold 75/150 seats, which is exactly half the parliament, and is not a majority.  At that point the government will have lost its majority.

Various conventions are used for calculating the majority.  One, which I think is the better one, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus the number of other MPs.  On this convention, the Turnbull government has had a two-seat majority until now.  The Abbott government had a 30-seat majority.

The other, which seems to have taken over in Australia since the last election, calculates it as the number of government MPs minus half the parliament.

75/149 is a majority whichever way it is sliced.  On the latter reading, it is a half-seat majority, which is one of the reasons why the latter reading is a silly.

What the vacating of New England does is takes away the government's "floor majority", on the assumption that the Speaker will vote to maintain the status quo.  However, it is only a convention that the Speaker votes that way, and...

22:45

Volvox design studio "IndyWatch Feed National"

atelier volvox logo

Volvox is a popular name. Add to the list of non-Chlorophyte uses Atelier Volvox (Volvox Workshop), a design studio in Switzerland. They seem to sell mainly accents and small furniture, such as Brderchen:

Brderchen

Brderchen by Sophie Liechti. The function of a Mute Servant is to accept clothes and keep them ready for the next use. But who wants a servant in the bedroom? With a little brother you invite a friend, a little deer, who brings in a room the clarity of design and the magic of a fairy tale. Bruderchen is made by hand from solid walnut or ash. Two end pieces made of brass serve as a place to hang hangers.

Please forgive my Google translation. 640 Swiss Francs (about the same in dollars) seems a bit steep to me, but what do I know; Im still sitting in my Pong. Not everything is that expensivethe Kerzenstnder is only 39 Francs:

Kerzenstnder

Kerzenstnder by Lea Gerber, Sophie Liechti.

Okay, I thought that was for the set. Its just the smallest one. The whole set would run you 137 Francs. So Atelier Volvox is not for plebs like me. Nice stuff, though. They do need a better picture of Volvox for their logo; maybe Ill offer them one.

So for the record, heres the list to date:

22:01

Living samples of planet's oldest life forms found in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Living specimens of stromatolites - the oldest evidence of life on Earth - have been found deep within a remote, protected World Heritage Area in Tasmania, Australia. Stromatolites date back some 3.7 billion years and are regarded as a crucial piece of the puzzle that make up Earth's geological history - thanks to their layers of cyanobacteria, which comprise biofilm. These trap sediment and minerals from the water and cement them in place. The stromatolite layers then painstakingly build up overtime to form rock structures.

22:00

This Is How To Respond To A Question You Dont Know The Answer To "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sometimes, I dont know or Let me get back to you just doesnt cut it.

No matter what your job or level, your work life is always throwing questions at you. Some of them are easy to answer with a confident yes, no, or a well-reasoned explanation. Others arent. Most of the time its no big deal when you dont have a solid answer right away. But sometimes a question can really stump you, and defaulting to I dont know or Ill get back to you, can risk diminishing your credibilityespecially if those are your go-to responses every single time youre put on the spot at work.

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21:22

The Honest Ads Act: "Fundamental Rights," Real and Imagined "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There's a right to speak. There's a right to listen or not listen to what someone says. There's a right to ask who's saying it, and to condition one's belief or non-belief on the answer. But that answer may be "none of your business," and there's no right to forcibly dictate otherwise.

21:02

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

18:13

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

Received on 15.11.17:

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

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

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


09:48

The Myth of Americas Decline Just Died "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Take a bow Josef Joffe.

In 2013 he wrote a book called The Myth of Americas Decline.

He called BS on the view prevalent then and now that the USA was too bloated, indebted and about to be overrun by China.

Joffe pointed out that pundits wrote off the USA every decade since the Second World War.

First there was the Soviet Unionthen Europethen Japanthen China.

None of them ever hit the top, despite the fretting.

Every week since, Joffes call looked smarter as the US economy recovered out of 2008.

This week took it up another notch altogether

USA to become undisputed leader here

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has now come out and said US oil output in the next 10 years will be the strongest ever seen in the history of the energy market.

This is wildly bullish for the USA and will shower the place in money and influence for decades. Its now on track to become the worlds biggest energy exporter

Thats a good place to be when global energy demand is set to expand by 30% in the next 23 years, according to the IEA. Thats the equivalent of throwing another China and India into the current mix.

The goodies dont stop there for the USA. Not only does it get the money, it gets the power as well.

Consider that China is the worlds largest oil importer. Its dependent on foreign supply.

Right now they call Saudi Arabia the oil markets swing producer. That means it can ramp production up and down to try and manipulate the price to its advantage.

This baton is going to get handed to Washington, in time.

So Chinas economy may be dependent on the USA as its major export market, plus its domestic economy might be held hostage by US energy policy too.

They wont like that idea in Beijing.

China is already trying to diversify its energy supply lines by doing deals with Russia. They might go for a few more for extra insurance after reading the IEA report.

But theres more to this story than geopolitics

A billion in sales every hour on 11 November

Theres great potential for a repeat of the China boom we saw last decade thanks to India and other southeast Asian countries growing their middle class populations.

This is good news for Australia. The LNG export market might be soft at the moment, but theres plenty of demand brewing, right on the front doorstep for us.

The energy projections are one aspect of this. But the expanding middle class in China and India a...

06:55

Study Shows: One Natural Practice Prevents SIDS in Over 60% of Cases. Yet No Country is Following These Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome is a devastating tragedy in the family: a perfectly healthy baby dying unexpectedly; and no scientist has so far being able to find a reason why. There are many theories that are being discussed, immunizations being one of them, but no conclusive answer has been discovered so far.

While the scientific community is looking for answers, SIDs continues to be the leading cause of deaths of children below the age of one; and every year, about 2,000 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS. In most cases, SIDS happens between the ages of two and four months.

What if many of these cases can be easily prevented?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at over 2,200 SIDs cases and found out that it can be prevented in over half of the cases by doing what nature intended us to do breastfeeding.

Study: Reduce the Risk of SIDs by 64%

Scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, examined 2,267 SIDs cases, along with 6,837 healthy babies, and found that SIDs can be prevented by breastfeeding alone.

By breastfeeding the baby for just two to four months, you may cut the risk of SIDs by 40%; for four to six months by 60%; and longer than 6 months by 64%.

The study also found that the amount of breastfeeding is irrelevant. Breast feeding can be supplemented by formula when needed, but researchers do encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months if possible.

Unfortunately, the United States has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, while New Zealand, the home of this study, has one of the highest.

But whether high or low rates, there is another guideline that not a single country in the world is following.

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Not a Single Country in The World Follows The WHO Guideline

The WHO confirms how important it is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and with food supplementation for at least two years, and calls it a natural vac...

06:28

The latest on coal ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Tuesday, 14 November

09:42

The Cracks in Chinas Great Wall of Debt "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Leland Miller, a good friend of mine, is the founder and proprietor of an economic research service called the China Beige Book.

The name beige book was borrowed from the surveys conducted by regional Federal Reserve banks of economic conditions in their regions. (In the days before the internet, the Fed issued hard-copy booklets with different-coloured covers based on subject matter. The economic conditions booklet had a beige-coloured cover. Hence the name.)

Lee does in China what the Fed does in its regions, except he covers the entire country.

He has a diverse network of over 3,000 companies and entrepreneurs in all business sectors. He gets his information straight from the source and bypasses government channels. Its like a private intelligence service.

In fact, Lees network is better than the CIAs when it comes to economic data. The CIA actually turns to Lee for advice.

The detailed research service costs about $100,000 per year for one subscription.

But Lee publishes summaries on a quarterly basis, and they are freely available.

His latest summary doesnt paint a pretty picture

The cracks are starting to appear in Chinas Great Wall of Debt

The China Beige Book (CBB) says that China had been covering up and smoothing over problems related to weak growth and excessive debt.

Why would they do this?

To provide a calm face to the world in advance of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China. This took place last month on Wednesday 18 October. In fact, it was the first key skirmish in a looming global financial war.

CBB also makes it clear that the much-touted rebalancing of the Chinese economy away from investment and manufacturing toward consumption and spending has not occurred.

Instead China has doubled down on excess capacity in coal, steel and manufacturing and has continued its policy of wasteful investment fuelled with unpayable debt.

Its become obvious that the first cracks are starting to appear in Chinas Great Wall of Debt.

The Chinese debt binge of the past 10 years is a well-known story.

Chinese corporations have incurred dollar-denominated debts in the hundreds of billions of dollars, most of which are unpayable without subsidies from Beijing.

Chinas debt-to-equity ratio is over 300%, far worse than Americas (which is also dangerously high) and comparable to that of Japan and other all-star debtors.

Chin...

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Monday, 13 November

09:35

The Worldwide Rise of the Superbug "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Currently, the Agora Financial Australia office is completely empty. The team is bunkering down in Baltimore, US, for an exclusive conference.

Were connecting with colleagues and experts from all over the world to get a closer look at the trends driving the investment markets.

Well share everything of interest that we find out over the coming weeks.

For today, Im going to share with you a major trend I wrote about in a recent issue of Small Cap Alpha.

This one goes way beyond whats happening in your portfolio.

It could be the most important thing I bring to your attention in the entire year.

Read on to find out why

The worldwide rise of the superbug

If you ever decide to visit India, do yourself a favour and dont order the chicken dish. An unwelcome garnish might be a superbug in your system resistant to antibiotics.

Last year, Bloomberg reported that Indian intensive poultry farms were rampantly using medicines that the World Health Organisation classified as critically important.

One consequence is that bacteria with heightened virulence, and the ability to infect humans, are showing up.

Consumption of chicken in India has skyrocketed over the last 20 years, and is on track to keep going. Meat consumption continues to grow in both India and China, as both countries get richer.

Also on the rise are large-scale farms, which are heavy users of antibiotics. In July this year, another study found the same thing. Indian poultry farms are breeding superbugs.

This is the outcome we get when we combine poor animal husbandry, little regulation, and a booming demand for chicken meat.

Its not unique to India

The resistance develops because exposure to antimicrobial drugs wipes out the target organisms except those with the gene mutations that allow them to survive.

These could quite easily get exported around the world. And its not as if this problem is unique to the subcontinent.

Human societies across the globe are overdosing on antibiotics.

First there are doctors who (over)prescribe it for human patients.

Then theres the people unwittingly developing resistance through food

The drug overdose you dont hear about

70% of essential antibiotics in the US are sold to the livestock industry.

Theres...

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Friday, 10 November

07:51

How the reign of King Dollar will come to an end "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

PUBLISHERS NOTE: Earlier this week, I caught up with Jim Rickards, live and in person, to discuss the single greatest threat to Australian investors today. It all stems from what Jim calls the great reset. That is, the end of the US dollars reign as the global reserve currency. This has massive implications for Australia. Not least because our biggest trading partner China is Americas greatest foe in this looming financial war. Below, Jim sets the scene for what is a fascinating discussion. Two hundred years ago, Napoleon warned: When China wakes, it will shake the world. Well, China has awakened. And its about to shake the world to its foundations. It starts with the death of the dollarbut it certainly doesnt end there.

My bestselling 2014 book, The Death of Money, is about the demise of the dollar.

By extension, it is also about the potential collapse of the international monetary system because, if confidence in the dollar is lost, no other currency stands ready to take its place as the worlds reserve currency.

The dollar is the linchpin. If it fails, the entire system fails with it, since the dollar and the system are one and the same.

As fearsome a prospect as this dual collapse may be, it looks increasingly inevitable for all the reasons one will find in the pages to come.

A journey to the past is in order first.

Few people in our time recall that the dollar nearly ceased to function as the worlds reserve currency in 1978.

That year, the Federal Reserve dollar index declined to a distressingly low level, and the US Treasury was forced to issue government bonds denominated in Swiss francs.

Foreign creditors no longer trusted the US dollar as a store of value.

The dollar was losing purchasing power, dropping by half from 1977 to 1981; US inflation was over 50% during those five years.

Starting in 1979, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had little choice but to mobilise its resources to issue world money (special drawing rights, or SDRs).

It flooded the market with 12.1 billion SDRs to provide liquidity as global confidence in the dollar declined.

We would do well to recall those dark days

The darks days are set to return

The price of gold rose 500% from 1977 to 1980.

What began as a managed dollar devaluation in 1971, with President Richard Nixons abandonment of gold convertibility, became a full-scale rout by the decades end.

The dollar debacle even seeped into popular culture.

The 1981 film Rollover, starring Jane Fonda, involv...

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Thursday, 09 November

07:47

Bill Gross: The Market as Dangerous as 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

John Maynard Keynes once wrote, Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

Truer words were never spoken, although if you updated Keynes today, the quote would begin with practical women to take account of Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

The defunct economist in question would be William Phillips, inventor of the Phillips curve, who died in 1975.

It was put forward in an academic paper in 1958 and was considered a useful guide to policy in the 1960s and early 1970s.

In its simplest form, the Phillips curve describes an inverse relationship between inflation and unemployment.

As unemployment declines, inflation goes up, and vice versa.

By the mid-1970s the Phillips curve broke down. The U.S. had high unemployment and high inflation at the same time, something called stagflation.

Economists began to tweak the original equation to add factors some of which were not empirical at all but model-based.

It became a mess of models based on models, none of which bore any particular relationship to reality. By the early 1980s, the Phillips curve was no longer taken seriously even by academics and seemed buried once and for all. RIP.

But like a zombie from The Walking Dead, the Phillips curve came baaaack!

Heres why US monetary policy doesnt work 

And the person who has done the most to revive it was none other than Janet Yellen.

Janet Yellen is out at the Fed. Her term ends on Feb. 1. Then Trumps appointee, Jerome Powell, takes over. The Senate must confirm this first, but I suspect hell make it through with no problem.

I recently said Powells main qualification seems to be that hes just like Yellen except hes a Republican.

As a Fed governor, Powell has never voted against Janet Yellen on any interest rate policy decision. You shouldnt expect any immediate changes in monetary policy.

The question is this: will Powell eventually abandon the same flawed models like the Phillips curve and embrace more realistic models that mirror the real world?

Fed governors such as Lael Brainard are showing less faith in traditional models.

For example, in September, she delivered one of the most significant Fed speeches ever. She more or less admitted the Fed has no idea how inflation works.

The Feds favourite measure of inflation plunged from 1.9% to 1.3% between January and August 2017 even as job creation continued and the unemployment rate fell. Septembers numbers, which came out last week, came in at 1.6% still below th...

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Wednesday, 08 November

01:37

Profit Opportunity as Market Misjudges Feds Next Move "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Im writing from Australia. Im meeting with over 30 of the largest institutional investors and hedge funds in the country.

Im giving presentations to these investors about Fed policy and the potential for war in North Korea. I was able to learn quite a bit about their views on both developed and emerging markets.

Some of those view will be discussed in a very special Daily Reckoning Australia interview I recorded this week with my Aussie publisher. It will be released later this week stay tuned.

But traveling to foreign countries and taking the local pulse gives you insights that you cant get from the papers or TV. You can learn so much from private conversations over drinks or dinner. I then pass along these insights to you.

Meanwhile, even when Im over 9,500 miles from Washington, D.C., its hard to escape the news that broke late last week

What to expect from the new Fed Chairman

That news which affects investors even here in Australia is President Trumps appointment of Jerome Jay Powell as new chairman of the Federal Reserve. Powell will replace Janet Yellen, beginning next February.

I worked with Jay Powell when he was at the U.S. Treasury. I was general counsel of a major primary dealer in government securities at the time. In effect, Jay was my firms biggest customer.

My impression was that he was highly professional and always acted in the best interests of the Treasury and the taxpayers.

Hes smart, has integrity and has a distinguished career both in public service and in a private capacity at investment funds and think tanks.

Jay Powell is someone who is well liked and well regarded by Republicans and Democrats equally. Thats a rare attribute in todays deeply partisan political scene.

The most important fact about Jay Powells appointment is that there will be no change in monetary policy. As a Fed governor, Powell has never voted against Janet Yellen on any interest rate policy decision.

His speeches indicate strong support for Yellens approach. In short, Powell will be more Yellen when it comes to Fed interest rate policy. The Fed chair is changing, but interest rate policy is not.

Beginning in December 2015, Janet Yellen put the Fed on a path to raise interest rates 0.25% every March, June, September and December, a tempo of 1% per year through 2019, until the Fed normalizes interest rates around 3%.

The only exception to this 1%-per-year tempo is when the Fed takes a pause in hiking rates because one part of its dual mandate of job creation and price stability is not being met.

Lately job creation has been strong (despite a small hurr...

Tuesday, 07 November

01:34

Distant Problems, Local Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

As you know, today is a public holiday here in Victoria.

But that doesnt mean were resting on our laurels. In fact, were working harder than ever.

Perhaps it was because we had a special visitor yesterday

Left to right: James Woodburn, Jim Rickards and Callum Newman

Thats right. Jim Rickards is in town. We caught up to discuss the major themes playing out today that you as an investor need to know.

Our chat went on for more than an hour. We covered a vast number of topicsfrom Chinas President Xis power playto Trump and the US Fedto blockchain, gold and the threat posed by North Korea.

Youll have access to that discussion as soon as our production guys have done their job.

For now, heres a taste of what its like to receive Jims high level intelligence as a subscriber to his private advisory Strategic Intelligence.

Heres how Nick Hubble, Jims Australian editor, introduced it to readers

Finance history is full of stories how distant problems caused local consequences.

The 2008 financial crisis harmed some of Australias local governments.

Lehman Brothers alone sold more than a billion dollars of CDOs to them, for example.

Lehmman went broke.

The failure of hedge fund Long Term Capital Management in 1998, which Jim experienced from the inside, occurred when bonds from the other side of the world began to struggle. It almost blew up the entire American financial system.

The small, local issue of subprime mortgages in America triggered a house price crash in Ireland and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis in Europe.

Im reading a history of the Bank of England, which gradually took on its role of rescuing the financial system one panic at a time. These tended to break out in obscure places unrelated to the Banks business.

Strange how things are linked, isnt it?

But it shouldnt be. You should expect these sorts of unexpected links and consequences. Especially as an Australian, and in the modern financial world. The ability to diversify risk has ended up making us all linked together in surprising ways.

Australias economy, financial sy...

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