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Friday, 22 June

01:38

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and IOTA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

News of BitHumb hack continues to dominate the crypto market. While the consequent hasn"t been that adverse, there are differing opinions on the matter. Charlie Lee of Litecoin on an interview thinks that there shouldn"t be a correlation between any []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, EOS and IOTA appeared first on The Global Mail.

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Thursday, 21 June

23:24

Sydney unemployment rate falls to 4.2pc "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Manufacturing picks up

Construction employment declined a bit over the three months to May 2018.

As detailed in our free sample report for fund managers and investors, the looming and potentially sharp downturn in construction employment from century-highs as a share of employment is a key risk in Australia. 


However, there was an offsetting strong increase in manufacturing and public sector employment in the quarter. 

Manufacturing employment on the rise might be something of a surprise given auto industry closures, but manufacturing is quite a broad term, incorporating food manufacture for overseas consumers, for example. 

And this has helped to keep the annual average number of unemployed persons declining, albeit glacially, down to 723,900 from 768,400 at the September 2015 peak. 


Sydney's unemployment rate declined again to just 4.2 per cent in May, taking the annual average unemployment rate for the harbour city down to 4.49 per cent - that's the lowest rate since 2008, and hardly the dynamics typically associated with a protracted housing market downturn. 

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22:32

The Australian guilty of contempt over construction union leader "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Murdoch flagship the Australian has been waging a long running campaign against the construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), and especially its Victorian leader John Setka.

The years of character assassination have been to try and destroy a union, which is seen as the leading edge of the movement, and in the way of the Murdoch empires dream of the de-unionisation of Australia.

Murdochs vendetta against the union and its leaders is part of a much wider agenda, to impose on   a particularly vicious brand of politics on Australia, based on race hate, the denial of basic rights and concentration of power. With its collection of like minded writers, the media empire has been molded as the propaganda arm of this political ambition. Given the resources at its disposal, this is a dangerous organisation.

A month ago, the newspaper took the vendetta a step further, by publishing stories about Setkas prior convictions, and used the by lines, the only thing bigger than his biceps is his police rap sheet, and that he had been convicted or fined over 40 of those convictions, including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.

They are grossly misleading claims, which do not mention their connection with an ongoing political battle with Murdoch and the government, widely regarded to be political in nature, rather than about criminal behaviour. The Australian has never been reputed to be hugely accurate with its news.

Another article referred to claims by the prominent Turnbull minister Michaela Cash, about Setka not being fit to exert political influence, because of his excessive criminal history. It did not mention that the government is partisan, and has shown its desire to remove the union leader from office.

Warnings from the Office of Public Prosecutions over publishing material in these stories had been ignored.

In a pivotal case, Setka and the unions president Shaun Reardon had been charged in December 2015, with blackmail over alleged threats made to executives of concrete company Boral two years earlier. The case collapsed in May this year.

Following this, the Director of Public Prosecutions launched proceedings against the Australians owners and Nick Cater, who is a former editor of the weekend edition of the newspaper and executive director of the Liberal Party associated Menzies Research Centre.

Cater was accused of having a tendency to prejudice or interfere with the due administration of justice in the prosecution of John Setka.  In a story, published just a month before the collapse of the Setka Reardon trial, Cator wrote a story with the heading Shortens just a puppet wholl do what he is told, in which he claimed...

20:18

Is a War With China on the Horizon? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Michael T. Klare and cross-posted from truthdig

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both.

What? You didnt hear about this anywhere? And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous.  Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

If, until now, you hadnt read about Mattiss decision anywhere, Im not surprised since the media gave it virtually no attention less certainly than would have been accorded the least significant tweet Donald Trump ever dispatched.  What coverage it did receive treated the name change as no more than a passing symbolic gesture, a Pentagon ploy to encourage India to join Japan, Australia, and other U.S. allies in Americas Pacific alliance system. In Symbolic Nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name was the headline of a Reuters story on the subject and, to the extent that any attention was paid, it was typical.

That the medias military analysts failed to notice anything more than symbolism in the deep-sixing of PACOM shouldnt be surprising, given all the attention being paid to other major international developments the pyrotechnics of the Korean summit in Singapore, the insults traded at and after the G7 meeting in Canada, or the ominous gathering storm over Iran.  Add to this the poor grasp so many journalists have of the nature of the U.S. militarys strategic thinking.  Still, Mattis himself has not been shy about the geopolitical significance of linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans in such planning.  In fact, it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. military thinking with potentially far-reaching consequences

Continue reading the article

19:59

Daytime meteor fireball jets across Toowoomba, Queensland sky "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An unexplained bright light was seen travelling across the sky above Toowoomba earlier this morning. There may be an innocent explanation for it but it brings forward the age old question - are we alone in the universe? It is something that divides people all across the world and when unexplained flashes of light or objects are snapped in the sky, the question is again brought to the forefront of people's minds. Most of the time they can be explained, but sometimes they can't. This morning Nathan Murphy shared a photo he snapped of the puzzling light moving across the sky at 6.30am.

19:47

Twitter deactivated President Trump's service - it can ban the prisoner Craig Minogue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

@TwitterAU Please remove the prisoner and convicted multiple murderer Craig Minogue's Twitter feed, it's highly offensive to his victims. https://t.co/Sw0ZxLdrAc Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) June 21, 2018 Tommy Robinson, Milo Yiannopoulos and for a short time President Donald Trump have all been banned from Twitter - Tommy and Milo...

16:26

Dinosaur tongues, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 2017 video is called How to Sculpt a Dinosaur Part 2 Eyes, Teeth, Tongue & Skin Texture PREVIEW.

From the University of Texas at Austin in the USA:

T. Rex couldnt stick out its tongue

June 20, 2018

Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research reveals a major problem with this classic image: Dinosaurs couldnt stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators.

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences made the discovery by comparing the hyoid bones the bones that support and ground the tongue of modern birds and crocodiles with those of their extinct dinosaur relatives. In addition to challenging depictions of dino tongues, the research proposes a connection on the origin of flight and an increase in tongue diversity and mobility.

The research was published June 20 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Tongues are often overlooked. But, they offer key insights into the lifestyles of extinct animals, said lead author Zhiheng Li, an associate professor at the Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.He conducted the work while earning his Ph.D. at the UT Jackson School of Geosciences.

The researchers made their discovery by comparing the hyoid bones of...

16:16

Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


FIGHTING


Police said they were called to Naji's Charcoal Chicken & Kebabs eatery on Firth Street in Arncliffe just after seven o'clock on Monday night, following reports of a "brawl". The roast chook shop is owned by Michael Nagi, a Liberal councillor for Bayside Council.

The meeting is understood to have turned ugly after an attempt by the moderate faction, which includes Nagi, to allow into the Bayside branch a nearby area, Earlwood, which is controlled by the moderates and has never been a part of the Bayside branch.

This would have constituted what those on the right of the party would class as a "hostile takeover" of their factional control, but a resolution was never reached because the disagreement turned violent.

Police said a man believed to be aged in his forties was taken to St George Hospital and treated for minor injuries....

16:15

After watching this video the next two years of US domestic and international politics will hardly surprise "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



16:03

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Golden Rice But Is It Safe? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

June 22nd, 2018 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Contributing writer for Wake Up World Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra []

12:24

Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-005 "Wallaby 05" Returns to Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During the afternoon on Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-005 was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Wallaby 05".

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It is interesting to note that earlier in the day, A34-005 "Wallaby 05" was joined by fellow RAAF C-27J A34-009 as "Wallaby 09", along with Sytraders Pty Ltd Casa 212-400 turboprop VH-VHB as "Snowbird 4", which was completing parachute work for the Australian Army, operating low level down South-West of Warwick.

As we reported below, on Monday 18 June, a trio of Air Affairs Australia Learjets touched down at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from their Nowra base in New South Wales.  On Tuesday 19 June, they all took to the air and completed airwork in Shoalwater Bay before eventually returning to Hervey Bay.

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12:15

Amsterdams Airport Lets Travelers Swap Leftover Euros for Cryptos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Schiphol the international airfield Serving the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam is starting an Automated teller machine which will allow travellers to exchange their euros for bitcoin or ethereum. The airport explained in a statement on Wednesday that the car has been an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country based an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country itll offer travellers ability to convert their remaining euros to the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country. The new Automated teller machine service facilitated by a partnership with a Dutch software company ByeleX we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by onset we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by find out if theres sufficient demand from travellers, the release indicates.

Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol, commented: . With the bitcoin Automated teller machine, them to readily exchanges local euro for the global cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum permitting potential to spend euros in their home country. That may be beneficial if, for example, it isnt possible to spend euros in their house country. The effort comes as other international airfields are starting to embrace the idea of cryptocurrency as a potentially useful added service for their clients. Earlier this year, Australias Brisbane airport also announced a plan to roll out a crypto payment choice for consumers shopping at retail outlets across the terminal. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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12:05

Is a War With China on the Horizon? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both.

What? You didnt hear about this anywhere? And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous.  Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

If, until now, you hadnt read about Mattiss decision anywhere, Im not surprised since the media gave it virtually no attention less certainly than would have been accorded the least significant tweet Donald Trump ever dispatched.  What coverage it did receive treated the name change as no more than a passing symbolic gesture, a Pentagon ploy to encourage India to join Japan, Australia, and other U.S. allies in Americas Pacific alliance system. In Symbolic Nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name was the headline of a Reuters story on the subject and, to the extent that any attention was paid, it was typical.

That the medias military analysts failed to notice anything more than symbolism in the deep-sixing of PACOM shouldnt be surprising, given all the attention being paid to other major international developments the pyrotechnics of the Korean summit in Singapore, the insults traded at and after the G7 meeting in Canada, or the ominous gathering storm over Iran.  Add to this the poor grasp so many journalists have of the nature of the U.S. militarys strategic thinking.  Still, Mattis himself has not been shy about the geopolitical significance of linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans in such planning.  In fact, it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. military thinking with potentially far-reaching consequences.

Consider the backdrop to the name change: in recent months, the U.S. has stepped up its naval patrols in waters adjacent to Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea (as has China), raising the prospect of future clashes between the warships of the two countries. Such moves have been accompanied by ever more threatening language from t...

11:58

Ex Hamel 2018 - RAAF Search and Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" Lands at Rockhampton Base Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" was spotted landing on the Rockhampton Base Hospital heli-pad.


It appeared to come into Rocky from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) where it is presently based in support of the joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018.

It also comes a day after Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 completed a medical evacuation drill by also landing on the Rockhampton Hospital heli-pad on Monday 18 June.

https://www.facebook.com/AusArmyForcesCommand/

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 19 June, there were a couple of other helicopter visitors into Rockhampton Airport in support of Ex Hamel 2018.

An unidentified Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter popped in briefly during the morning as "Hustler 11", while during the afternoon, another called in as "Warhorse 31".  Later still, another MRH-90 believed to be A40-041 also visited Rockhampton Airport but as "Kraken 11".

Photo taken by Gordon Clark 

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Ex Hamel 2018 - Photos of Australian Army MRH-90 and ARH Tigers "Warhorse-Angry Combined" at Rockhampton Airport Late Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As we posted below, during the latter part of the afternoon on Monday 18 June, some nice helicopters of the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) popped into Rockhampton Airport in association with Exercise Hamel which is currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).


Local plane spotter 'IAD' was on hand to capture some great photos as a flight of one Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter - A40-034 - was accompanied by a pair of Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters - A38-007 and A38-020. 




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11:10

PERTH Arrest of Uber driver for sexual assault, WA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Arrest of Uber driver for sexual assault, WA .

June 21, 2018 at 01:00PM .

Sex Assault Squad detectives have charged a 31 year old man as a result of their investigation into an incident that occurred on Monday, 8 January

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/arrest-of-uber-driver-for-sexual-assault-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHppIH5ceUGXE4WN10zSvQSrITvug

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PERTH WA Uber driver charged over sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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WA Uber driver charged over sexual assault .

June 21, 2018 at 09:48AM .

An Uber driver has been charged with the sexual assault of a female passenger in Perth. Police say a woman in her 20s was indecently assaulted in

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/21/10/03/wa-uber-driver-charged-over-sexual-assault&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHbiCmJfLflB5jSJSeT4P9-hFfDFQ

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PERTH Uber driver charged with sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Uber driver charged with sexual assault .

June 21, 2018 at 09:48AM .

two counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual penetration without consent. Hes due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/uber-driver-charged-with-sexual-assault/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFR6MmZlIvwXOA59-Z6jhJ_XGu9Kw

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US Congressional Members Ordered to Disclose Crypto Holdings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The House Ethics Committee has informed all US Congress members that they must disclose any investment worth more than $1,000 as of June, 18. All lawmakers on Capitol Hill make an annual financial disclosure but a new memo has informed them that any cryptocurrency purchase or sale that exceeds $1,000 must be reported within 45 days.

Congress Must Disclose Digital Holdings

Cryptocurrency, and its most well known token Bitcoin, came to be as a means to disrupt the global banking system. Many of those who initially embraced it were distrustful of the government and saw using the fiat alternative as a way to keep control of their own finances without federal interference. As its popularity rose and then exploded in late 2017 people from all walks of life were pulled into the investment craze.

This new memo from the Ethics Committee means that the public will know if their member of Congress is trading in digital assets, even as regulatory rulings over their status are still being debated. Some see the decision as a way to protect against future conflicts of interest, as when voting occurs on any bill that may affect the way cryptocurrency is officially seen by federal regulatory bodies.

Representatives elected to Congress, and their staff have been required to disclose personal assets for decades, including real estate and investments. In 2012 that was tightened further to include a full disclosure of any holdings in stocks, bonds or derivatives by members of Congress or their family members. Now as investments in digital assets such as Bitcoin become more popular questions of how they should be reported have arisen since, in many cases, they remain unregulated and undefined by the federal government.

The recent memo from the House Ethics committee also included guidelines on crypto related side jobs. Members of Congress are limited to earning $28,050 from employment apart from their work in the house. The memo has informed them that this cap includes crypto mining.

Australia was First

This memo from the US House of Congress follows a similar demand for disclosure in the Australian Parliament. The register of....

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10:37

Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 13 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to everyone who commented on the first twelve chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.

Heres a draft of Chapter 13 on Redistribution

Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.

Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ilqwwru858rihrl/QuigginTwoLessonsDraftTOC.pdf?dl=0>Table of Contents
https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8x2dp5sbxi70er/QuigginTwoLessonsIntroductionRevised.pdf?dl=0>Introduction;.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao6s4jaejbrzap1/QuigginChapter1Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r1k8iqcpeboosbh/QuigginChapter2Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4umnbwj4kmihd6/QuigginChapter3Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2fkdwmbmje6fdo/QuigginChapter4Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmml30mkozzj9j5/QuigginChapter5Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/44bvl01adcv2fte/QuigginChapter6Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction
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10:14

MT Gargoyles "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Was it something Malcolm Turnbull ate on the sewer tour, sampling the drugs in the povo electorate's excretions? Engaging with the public is such a chore .

Faced with their heads turning to stone, the Turdball Canape Team exercise enormously, work around the clock pulling faces


The LNP's favourite Pissing Boy sculpture, Christopher Pyne

10:01

1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Letter on Indonesias New Counterterrorism Law


3) Prabowo accuses Jokowi govt of weakening TNI

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1) Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns
June 20, 2018 7:45PM EDT
(New York) The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (CT Law) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and other officials.

09:53

User experience "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As I mentioned a while ago, after years of having the blog managed for me by Jacques Chester (thanks again!) Im now out on my own. Im working through WordPress.com. A reader has mentioned that the process of commenting has become burdensome, something Ive noticed with the default WordPress setup. Ive tried to fix this by removing the requirement for an email address.

Id appreciate it if readers could comment on what happens when they try to post a comment. If you cant comment at all, please email me at j.quiggin@uq.edu.au

09:46

Socceroos Need More Indigenous Talent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its clear that the FFA is not serious about nourishing Aboriginal soccer talent. The other codes do it because, as much as anything else, it is good for business to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent on display week-in, week out.

09:42

South China Sea: Latest Books "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image may contain: sky, ocean, outdoor and water
By JONAS PARELLO-PLESNER
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Two recent books offer a helpful guide to Southeast Asias most complex maritime dispute.Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansionby Humphrey HawksleyOverlook Press, 2018, 304 pp., $29.95

Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Great Game in the South China Sea

edited by Anders Corr

Naval Institute Press, 2018, 336 pp., $34.95

Asian Waters, the new book by veteran Asia journalist Humphrey Hawksley, recently became my ideal travel companion on a long flight to Australia, en route to the South China Sea. For any other reader hoping to navigate those troubled waters, or seeking a broad overview of the geopolitical fault lines in Asia, Hawksleys book provides an excellent guide.

The books journey can admittedly be a digressive one, at times wading way beyond Asian waters and far onto shore. Hawksleys book touches on North Koreas illicit nuclear program and much else besides. One chapter describes Indias stunted development, recounting in gruesome detail the slavery-like conditions in its brick kilns. Another chapter on Vietnam finds Hawksley meandering into an argument as to why, in the late 1970s, Vietnam was unnecessarily constrained by Cold War logic from taming the bloody Khmer Rouge in neighboring Cambodia. Such stories are certainly intriguing, flowing from Hawksleys decades of first-hand reporting from the region.

Hawksley notes how the announcement of the U.S. pivot to Asia led to a rapid expansion of Chinese activity in the South China Sea, from the deft takeover of Scarborough Shoal close to the Philippines to the rapid move of a Chinese state-controlled oil rig into disputed areas with Vietnam. In t...

09:09

Is there a boss at the ABC? Can contributors just say what they want? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a creepy thing to say. People are more than their genitals. But Jenna's interest in other peoples bits is more than academic. It was this bit that I thought was scary. Ask someone out at work and you're off to jail ! pic.twitter.com/m31KvGzA5Z jill (@1Swinging_Voter) June 21, 2018

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TRC Media Release 21/6 | BILOELA REFUGEE FAMILY REMAINS AT RISK OF DEPORTATION AFTER LEGAL SETBACK "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Tamil Refugee Council today again criticised the federal governments immigration laws, following the failure of a Tamil familys Federal Circuit Court appeal to be granted the right to stay in Australia. Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters aged 1 and 3, born in Australia have now spent more than 100(...)

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No-one should pretend such behaviour was anything other than vile. At the same time, its important to recognise just how much of the conceptual apparatus we now possess to understand sexual abuse owes to the liberation struggles that Devine, Power and co so loathe. Most obviously, the modern notion of consent emerged from a womens movement that fought bitterly against male entitlement to female sexuality.

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Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Queensland AIDS Council are looking for a new executive director after the resignation of Michael Scott. QuAC said in a statement that Scott had informed the councils board that he would resigning from the role effective July 1 to pursue other opportunities. Scott has been with QuAC for eight years and has served in ...

The post Queensland AIDS Councils Executive Director Resigns appeared first on QNews Magazine.

07:29

MACKAY Update: Police officer injured, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Update: Police officer injured, Mackay

June 21, 2018 at 07:45AM ,

Mackay detectives investigating an incident in which a police officer was run over have arrested and charged a fourth person in relation to the incident.

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MACKAY Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man arrested after Slade Point manhunt charged

June 21, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on June 22. Three other people charged in relation to the Cremorne incident, Levi James Brown, 25,

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07:15

Are Senators required to record court-ordered debt default judgements on Register of Interests? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I wrote to the very helpful Clerk of the Senate Richard Pye this morning. I must thank Mr Pye for his speedy and quite helpful response. The details are here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Senators_Interests/Guidelines_and_Resolutions Liabilities which may act to create a conflict of interest should be declared. I'd have thought that a court-ordered...

06:26

End routine strip searching of women Australia told at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian governments should end the routine strip searching of women in prison the Human Rights Law Centre has told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.

The statement responds to a major report on the situation in Australia, delivered by the UN expert on violence against women. Her report raises a number of concerns about womens imprisonment, including "excessive incarceration, prison overcrowding, strip-searching, solitary confinement [and] lack of alternatives to custodial sentences".

The report finds that "imprisoned women have commonly experienced domestic violence and sexual assault" and concludes that "the continued practice of strip-searching women within prisons exacerbates this trauma".

Australian governments are imprisoning women, and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, at record rates. Vickie Roach, an Indigenous advocate and former prisoner, said that governments need to respect womens dignity, not take it away

"We should be helping women to heal, not harming them further. What earthly purpose do strip searches serve other than to degrade and humiliate and assert control over our bodies, our naked bodies?" said Ms Roach.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that routine strip searches are an archaic and humiliating, yet everyday practice for thousands of women behind bars in Australia.

"Being forced to remove every last item of clothing in front of two prison guards again and again, strips women of dignity and hope. Australian Governments can and should end this degrading practice today."

Across Australia, strip searches are conducted on a regular and routine basis, including upon entry to the prison, when family or friends visit, when leaving the prison to see a doctor, or to attend court.

"When a mother wants to hug her visiting child; when a pregnant woman has a check-up with her doctor; when a woman has to attend court she is subjected to a damaging strip search. There are far less intrusive scanning technologies that governments could choose to use right now to spare women this harm," said Ms Barson.

The UK and the ACT have both changed their prison policies and adopted less invasive methods, such as pat-downs, scanners and x-rays.

This is the Australian Governments second session as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council. The Government was elected to the Council last year on a promise to uphold womens and Indigenous peoples rights.

In its incoming pledge to the Council, the Australian Government promise...

06:20

Regulatory foot remains on lender throats "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Throttled

The regulatory throttling of mortgage lending maintained its firm stranglehold in the first quarter of 2018, with interest-only lending remaining at just 15.7 per cent of new residential term loans by value (a far cry from 45.6 per cent at the September 2015 peak). 

Both the stock and flow of interest-only loans has been significantly reduced by the introduced macroprudential measures. 


Tighter loan-to-value (LVR) ratios also continued to be applied in Q1, with just 6.8 per cent of new residential lending at LVRs of 90 per cent or greater in the March 2018 quarter. 


Loans approved outside serviceability were well down from the December 2017 quarter spike, but remained at an elevated level implying that tighter standards almost certainly continued to bite throughout the first half of 2018. 


Our detailed analysis of the latest mortgage lending trends, including findings from liaison with brokers, will be loaded into the monthly reports for subscribers.&nb...

06:07

Cryptocurrencies Down into July? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COMMENT: I found it very interesting when my bank would not allow using a credit card to buy cryptocurrencies. A friend of mine in Singapore said the government there has also instructed banks not to honor cryptocurrencies. It appears that government is starting to retaliate against the cryptocurrency world and I must question its viability long-term.

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Downunder, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned crypto traders/investors that their profits from trading in the years 2017 to 2018 will not go unnoticed and they have come straight out and warned on their website: Anyone involved in acquiring or selling cryptocurrency must keep records of their cryptocurrency transactions. Virtually every government classifies cryptocurrencies as assets. Therefore, any gain relative to the hard c...

06:04

Sell Australias ABC? No. Hand It to Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This photograph was recording a May 2014 Get Up campaign to Protect Our ABC. The cycle continues. (photo ABC)

by Dee McLachlan

Just as the promised inquiry into the ABC is about to start, the Australian Liberal Partys peak council has voted (almost 2:1) to privatise the organisation. The inquiry is about whether the ABC and SBS are operating on a level playing field with their commercial competitors, and its presence in the digital space.

It seems obvious that the commercial players, such as Rupert Murdoch, want to diminish the ABCs dominion and its considerable market share.

The Infatuation with Privatisation

The ...

06:00

Lefty Logic - ACOSS says if tax cuts are passed, we all lose! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What's the corollary - if taxes are raised we all win? Let's jack them up to 100% and give it a go. You have to read it to believe it. 21 June 2018 ACOSS warns, if tax cuts are passed for short term gain, people will lose access to essential...

05:46

Population growth quicker than previously estimated (slowing from higher-highs) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Population growth rate: slowing from higher-highs

A somewhat confusing set of figures from the ABS today, with a final rebasing of population estimates from the 2016 Census shaving nearly 20,000 off the estimated resident population of Australia, leaving the population clock now at just a tick over 24,950,000.

That means that the population clock is now projected to hit 25,000,000 in August, a bit later than scheduled.

Interestingly, through, the latest revised figures also showed that the growth in the estimated residential population was quicker during the first half of last year than previously reported, peaking at 408,179 over the year to June 2017, before easing back a bit to 387,969 (or 1.6 per cent). 


The revised numbers showed that net overseas migration into the three most populous states was pacier than previously reported in the early part of last year, with immigration into Sydney temporarily sending New South Wales off the top of the charts (literally so in this case).


Annual immigration into Western Australia has now increased for four consecutive quarters, with the three most populous states now easing, if you take these figures at face value. 

The auditor in me has a sneaking suspicion that there might be a cut-off issue with some of these numbers. However, it does seem that the pace of immigration could be slower this year than last, for a range of reasons as better explored by Signor Pascoe at the SMH and the New Daily. 
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05:42

Daily Mail - Lucy Gichuhi has 7 court orders against her over $10K debts, including April & Sept last year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Daily Mail has secured court documents that it says show Senator Lucy Gichuhi was taken to court 7 times for failing to pay just on $10K in council rates and water bills. Notwithstanding her $203,000 salary and working husband, she has yet to satisfy the judgements. Judgement was entered...

05:34

Okay, lets talk about the West: a students response to Bella dAbrera "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I took one of the courses that dAbrera singles out Imperialism, 18152000 and by the time this goes to print I will have sat the final exam, so Id like to take this opportunity to counter the ways dAbrera dismisses the unit.

05:29

Manager Government Code Compliance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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05:17

Winter Solstice Festival Raffle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Raffle       You can purchase tickets to this great raffle at the: Winter Solstice Festival Saturday the 23rd of June 10.30am- 10pm Pre-sale entry tickets are on sale now and are cheaper than door tickets. You can purchase entry tickets here: Winter Solstice Tickets Lemon Myrtle Prize: []

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04:48

Ron Medich 39 years in prison, out 2 months short of his 100th birthday - full sentencing remarks here "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Telegram from King William if you're lucky Ron. Justice Geoffrey Bellew on the sentencing of Ron Medich: The total sentence is one of 39 years imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole on the 26 February 2048. BACKGROUND: https://t.co/c7E93AAeBq pic.twitter.com/GgPsDLxEmk Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 21, 2018 Au Cases...

04:39

New earring makes for mid year studio sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barbara and Juan-Luis have an elegant way of producing these tab set antique French buttons. We treat the buttons as gems, set in bright 925 Silver with safety hooks handmade with LOve

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State budget slammed by Labor and the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NSW 2018-2019 state budget has bee criticised on a number of fronts by both Labor and the Greens with Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh slamming the Liberal-National governments budget as a con on our local community.

Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

They have had eight years to prioritise the North Coast and yet the gap between Sydney and the rest of New South Wales continues to widen. We are seeing flat wages growth, increasing cost of living, a crisis in housing affordability and, despite this cash splash, a lack of investment in critical services, said Mr Pugh.

Greens MLC Dawn Walker. Photo supplied

Before the last election this government promised that selling off our polls and wires would bring down electricity prices. Under this government electricity prices have increased 60 per cent since 2011.

Mr Franklin has been running around our community holding fist fulls of dollars, as if that will make us forget eight long years of neglect of our hospitals and schools. That it would make us forget the destruction of our TAFE system.

This government is terrified of losing the next election and is throwing a few sweeteners to try and buy our votes before the election. Our community isnt buying it.

We have the longest elective surgery waiting lists in NSW history and less that 15 per cent of road funding i...

04:00

The Australian Recession Coming to You "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lets kick off today with some facts.

The entire developed world is booming.

All major G7 countries are currently expanding

Even Japan is seeing some economic growth.

Never before in modern economics have all major developed economies and emerging markets expanded at the same time.

According to an article in The Economist, the only countries expected to shrink this year are Venezuela, Puerto Rico, North Korea and Equatorial Guinea.

Thats it. Only four countries arent going to see their gross domestic product grow

Quite frankly, its odd.

At any other time in history, some countries expand while other contract.

Check it out

Entire World Grows Together

Source: The Economist

This simultaneous growth comes a decade after the financial crisis.

Thats 10 years after we learnt the sinister truth. That Wall Street financial engineering created layers of debt. And this debt is now in charge and propping up the entire financial system.

Perhaps the synchronised growth is a payback for the financial cliff the US singlehandedly led us over.

The near decade-long economic expansion is unprecedented. It continues no matter how many countries threaten to cut off energy supplies or intimidate one another with their bombs. The unrelenting growth continues.

Things continue to be built, at the lowest possible cost, using the cheapest possible labour. Then its bought by someone on the other side of the world, with fiat dollars that are slowly being eroded, to be worth the least amount compared to the other fiat dollars.

Its a constant game of reverse one-upmanship.

Who can make it the cheapest, and then who can buy with a currency made the most worthless by governments?

This method, by the way, is behind the confounding, synchronised global growth trend.

It ends with a boom

The world economy is tipped to reach 2.7% for 2018. Thats lower than the 4% average in the pre-financial crisis years. Nonetheless, its still consistent expansion.

There are setups in place that will further encourag...

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03:39

You Am I at Byron Bay Brewery Sunday, July 8 at 7 PM 10 PM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You Am I are without doubt one of Australias all-time essential rock n roll bands.

More than two decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and most successful recording careers in Australia, but are also without doubt one of our most loved live bands.

Featuring guitarist and vocalist Tim Rogers along with band mates Russell Hopkinson on drums, Andy Kent on Bass, and (since 1999) Davey Lane on guitar, You Am I have released Ten studio albums to date. Their last studio album was the 2015 critically acclaimed Porridge & Hot Sauce release.

Three of their releases have debuted at number one on the ARIA charts in consecutive order 1995s Hi Fi Way, 1996s Hourly, Daily and 1998s #4 Record with the Albums also receiving multiple Platinum and Gold status for commercial sales.

The band have won a total of Ten ARIA Awards including Album of the year, Best Group, and Best Independent Release.

2013 saw You Am I reissue remastered versions of their first three albums, Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily, complete with extra tracks including never-before-released live material, Demos, alternate versions and Bsides.

In support of these releases You Am I presented live performances of Hourly Daily and Hi Fi Way back-to-back in a lush theatre-styled extravaganza. You Am I sold over 10,000 tickets in Sydney and Melbourne alone, and this sold out run of national shows proved to be one of the most successful tours in the bands long and illustrious career.

2017 was a busy year for Tim Rogers with a pile of You Am I touring, and the release of his first book Detours to critical acclaim.

The band also released a live album All Onboard in December 2017 which was recorded in venues across Australia over 10 shows on their co-headline tour with Hoodoo Gurus. The 16 tracks just happened to be recorded in deep regional areas like Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Traralgan and Canberra, and the album was available digitally and on vinyl.

Aside from musical exploits the band made their first-time foray into the beverage world in 2013 with the production of their own Brew Am I beer in conjunction with the Young Henry Brewery.

In addition to success in Australia, You Am I have released a number of albums internationally, and toured worldwide headlining shows across North America and Europe.

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

Bright spiral galaxy NGC 3169 appears to be unraveling in this cosmic scene, played out some 70 million light-years away just below bright star Regulus toward the faint constellation Sextans. Its beautiful spiral arms are distorted into sweeping tidal tails as NGC 3169 (left) and neighboring NGC 3166 interact gravitationally, a common fate even for bright galaxies in the local universe. In fact, drawn out stellar arcs and plumes, indications of gravitational interactions, seem rampant in the deep and colorful galaxy group photo.
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The picture spans 20 arc minutes, or about 400,000 light-years at the group's estimated distance, and includes smaller, dimmer NGC 3165 at the right. NGC 3169 is also known to shine across the spectrum from radio to X-rays, harboring an active galactic nucleus that is likely the site of a supermassive black hole.

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03:15

Court coal mine decision reveals failure on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stock images of coal in the Hunter Valley region, Tuesday, July. 15, 2014. AAP Image/Nikki Short.

A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.

The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).

EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.

In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:

This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.

This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...

03:06

New Rainbow Crossing For Sydneys Taylor Square "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new rainbow crossing will be installed in Sydney, five years after the citys first one was controversially removed. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new installation was a victory for the LGBTIQ community. The news that it will be reinstated is incredibly significant on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first ...

The post New Rainbow Crossing For Sydneys Taylor Square appeared first on QNews Magazine.

02:55

Australia's health 2018 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-overview/australias-health/overview Australia's health 2018  is the AIHW's 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.

 

Australia's health 2018: in brief  is a companion report to Australia's health 2018.

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2018/june/our-health-report-card-is-in-and-here-s-what-we-ca Media Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02:50

Byron firefighters needed, info night tonight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Rural Fire Service firefighter lights a blackburn to stop a blaze. (supplied)

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for community-minded men and women to consider joining the retained (on-call) firefighter ranks at Byron Bay Fire Station. 

Organisers say retained firefighters are on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies. There are currently four vacancies for retained firefighters at Byron Bay Fire Station.

Deputy captain Matt Crisp said, Your local fire station relies on people in the community to put their hands up to become firefighters without that support, regional fire stations cannot survive, he said.

Crisp said training includes advanced first aid, heavy vehicle driving and emergency training. Firefighters also educate the community on fire safety and prevention.

Applicants must live close enough to be able to attend the station within a reasonable time, and be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

An information evening shall be held at Byron Bay Fire Station on the evening of Thursday June 21 from 6pm. Those interested are invited to meet the Byron Bay team, talk about the role of a retained firefighter, have a look at the station and equipment, and ask questions. 

For more information, contact Matt on 0421 498 340 or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

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02:50

The Boys of Wexford memory and memoir "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are the boys of Wexford, who fought with heart and hand
To burst in twain the Saxon chain, and free our native land!
The Boys of Wexford, RD Royce 1898

It was on this day in 1798, during the Irish rebellion against British dominion, that the Battle of Vinegar Hill took place at Inis Crthaid, now the second-largest town in County Wexford.

The Irish Rebellion of 1798 (ir Amach) also known as the United Irishmen Rebellion, was an uprising against British rule in Ireland lasting from May to September 1798. The United Irishmen, a republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French revolutions, were the main organising force behind the rebellion. It was led by Presbyterians angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment whilst Catholics became increasingly involved. Plans called for significant French support, which never eventuated. The uprising was poorly organized, uncoordinated, and quickly suppressed by much more powerful British forces. Both sides indulged in bloody reprisals. Between 10,000 to 30,000 souls perished, most of them Irishmen and women of all denominations.

The rebellion raged Ireland-wide, but County Wexford was at its heart. Overlooking the town, Vinegar Hill was the site of the largest camp and the headquarters of the Irish rebels who controlled County Wexford for thirty days against vastly superior English forces, and it was there, after inflicting several defeats upon the insurgents that the English sought to finally destroy the rebel army. Battle raged on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of Enniscorthy with considerable loss of life among both rebels and civilians. It marked a turning point in the rising, being last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

The famous statue in the market square of Enniscorthy shows the doomed Father Murphy, a leader of the 98, pointing the way to Vinegar Hill for a young volunteer, The Croppy Boy.

02:47

"Life Is Like A Deck Chair..." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Maybe I can put it another way. Life, Charlie Brown, is like a deck chair."
"Like a what?"
"Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Passengers open up these canvas deck chairs so they can sit in the sun. Some people place their chairs facing the rear of the ship so they can see where they've been. Other people face their chairs forward. They want to see where they're going! On the cruise ship of life, Charlie Brown, which way is your deck chair facing?"
"I've never been able to get one unfolded..."
- Charles M. Schulz

02:38

TPP-11 could harm software licensing, says Open Source Industry Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

June 21, 2018: Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) has warned in a Techdirt article that the TPP-11 chapter on e-commerce may damage or destroy the free software licensing sector. OSIA is worried about Article 14.17 of the TPP-11 agreement, which provides that No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.

In its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, OSIA wrote:

Article 14.17 of CPTPP [TPP-11] prohibits requirements for transfer or access to the source code of computer software. Whilst it does contain some exceptions, those are very narrow and appear rather carelessly worded in places. The exception that has OSIA up in arms covers "the inclusion of terms and conditions related to the provision of source code in commercially negotiated contracts". If Australia ratifies CPTPP, much will turn on whether the Courts interpret the term "commercially negotiated contracts" as including FOSS licences all the time, some of the time or none of the time.

If the Australian courts rule that open source licenses are not "commercially negotiated contracts", those licences will no longer be enforceable in Australia, and free software as we know it will probably no longer exist there. Even if the courts rule that free software licenses are indeed "commercially negotiated contracts", there is another problem, OSIA said:

The wording of Art. 14.17 makes it unclear whether authors could still seek injunctions to enforce compliance with licence terms requiring transfer of source code in cases where their copyright has been infringed.

Without the ability to enforce compliance through the use of injunctions, open source licenses would once again be pointless. Although OSIA is concerned about free software in Australia, the same logic would apply to any TPP-11 country. It would also impact other nations if they joined the TPP-11 later. In other words, the impact of this section on open source globally could be significant.

OSIA says that the problematic clauses grew out of concerns that nations like ...

02:34

Byrons Video Connection to close "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rick Burns is saying goodbye to customers after 13 years as the last video shop in Byron Bay closes its doors for the last time this Sunday. Photo Aslan Shand.

Are you a movie buff? Would you like to add to your collection some rare DVDs or perhaps there are some series that you cant get on TV or streaming services that youd like to get your hands on? Well you have until June 24 to get into Video Connection in Byron Bay to lay your hands on them.

Having run the story for thirteen years Rick Burns ,who runs the last video store in Byron Bay is finally calling it a day.

Originally we had 260m2 floor space and kids would play hide and seek for hours while parents ran into friends and would end up having a catch up, said Rick as he reminisced about the hey day of the store.

The closure of the cinema in the Bay and parking at Woolies has had a big impact along with the slowly declining client base as people move to streaming services. However, Rick points out that there are still a lot of movies and shows that arent available on streaming services and that he has had a good and loyal customer base that has enjoyed his 18,000 strong collection.

This is something people have always had and it is tragic to lose it, said one customer who was in collecting their DVD.

While the Mullum Video store has reduced its floor space the Brunswick Heads Video store is about to be featured in the New York Times and say they are still going strong.

Weve been here for 23 years as a family business, said owner Rae Gentle. We have two shop fronts  and we have a lot of clientele who use us as well as holiday makers who all come in it is a bit of a novelty for them. Well hopefully be here for a few years yet.

So if you would like to add to your collection rather than just hire now is your chance to get down to Video Connection on Jonson Street in Byron before all the best titles are gone.

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02:32

Subversive in Suburbia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have been so very slack in checking in and reading others' blogs I feel I owe you an apology.
So let's talk about poo.
Not my poo, or your poo (although we can discuss your poo if you really feel you need to share) but my furbabies poo.
My life is boring.
It consists of rolling out of bed (and I do literally roll off my lonely and virtuous chaise lounge IF my back allows it) to do.....sweet Fanny Adams.
The first job of the day is to throw enough medication down my gullet to drown out the anxiety, chronic back pain et el, then do Pooper Scooper duty.
Or, as I call it, "Landmine Duty".
Collect the furbabies contributions to the environment.
Someone, somewhere must have told Treacle that it was a game of hide & seek, to which she promised,
"Challenge accepted."
She deposits her little treats in 3 blobs; 2 together and 1 apart so I have to carefully bend down (pyjama-ed arse in the air, such a vision of loveliness for the neighbours!) and scan in a radius for the lone poo, hoping like hell I'm not standing on it.
Pip, on the other hand, produces a lovely art installation all in one pile.
Leo aka Fluff Bum the cat is another matter.
He insists that the bathroom is his bedroom and Goddess forbid that any damn human has a shower when he wishes to do the dirty.
Cos he hates an audience.
Damn Diva.
I never thought I could describe a cat "angrily" pooping but yesterday, while I so thoughtlessly had a shower, he was nagging at me to hurry up (shades of Bill Steamshovel from Mr Squiggle for us oldies) before he began shooting poo pellets like bullets with a 100 mile Care Bear Stare of Doom on his face.
You think Grumpy Cat looks grumpy?
Nup, Leo could give Julie Bishop a run for her money AND make her cry.
And then, after all this jocularity, I park my arse on the couch in front of the idiot box and crochet for remote Indigenous communities.
There are only so much rubbish TV and crochet projects that can keep me from being besieged by ennui.
I need to get out of my own head and start giving back.
So, I have started a Sharing Table in my driveway, along the lines of the Food Is Free project.
Currently we are missing the actual table (small detail, hubby's working on one we saved from Hard Rubbish) but there are baskets filled with our home grown mandarins, tangelos and limes out the front with signs for peeps to help themselves, even supplied with those horrid single use shopping bags for them to put the fruit in.
I was going to include a Street Library but once the table is up I'll pro...

02:20

Google no substitute for libraries "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Environmental lawyer Sue Higginson is the Greens candidate for the state seat of Lismore in the 2019 election

The recent sate budget announcement that the NSW government will cut library funding by 18 per cent has caused an outcry not only from the NSW public libraries association but also Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson.

Our libraries are such an important community asset and resource. Everyone has a library story. When I had my first child and I lived quite remote I used to take my child to the Lismore Library to read stories, borrow books and really importantly, meet other parents. Now 26 years later my daughter takes my 9 month old grandson to story reading sessions, said Ms Higginson

She meets other parents, he interacts with other infants and only last week the fire brigade came to show the children what a fire truck and fire fighter looks like up close.

Research indicates that every dollar spent on public libraries delivers a community benefit of around $3.20 and that use of libraries is on the increase, particularly for less advantaged members of our community. Its unfair and bad business when the Lib/Nat coalition is announcing a $4 billion surplus that our public libraries are being run into the ground.

Dallas Tout, President of NSW Public Libraries Association (NSW PLA), representing a network of 368 public libraries across the State said that these new cuts constituted a major blow to library services that were highly valued by local communities.

NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits every year and these appalling funding cuts will result in shorter opening hours and cuts to programs that the community love, like the popular childrens story times.

Well see reductions in staffing, smaller collections and cuts to important outreach services like mobile libraries.

Unfortunately, many of our libraries will be forced to wind back services used by community members who are already marginalised, including young families, older people, refugees and migrant communities, and people without access to technology.

Ms Higginson highlighted her concern that the reduced resources would have on the community, particularly the disadvantaged.

The state governments contribution to libraries has decline...

02:13

Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Is Looking For A Club Manager "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lismore LGBTIQ social group Tropical Fruits is looking for a new club manager to lead their fruity team. The Tropical Fruits put on fun, safe and inclusive LGBTIQ events in the Northern Rivers region of northern New South Wales. We are a vibrant community not-for-profit delivering events and social activities for our members and guests, ...

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02:05

Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

These days, it seems that every time a nasty policy suggestion is announced in Canberra, its Peter Dutton standing at the podium. Indeed, the ultra-conservative Liberal minister doesnt seem to be at ease unless hes making some divisive statement. The Australian Border Force, ASIO and the Australian federal police all now lie under his tutelage

The post Its Time to Ditch Dutton, Before Its too Late appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

01:59

ENSLAVED & SLSTAFIR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

ENSLAVED

With very special guests SLSTAFIR

Australian Tour 2018

The Viking gods of progressive black metal return to herald the coming of Spring along Australias East Coast this August.

Fresh from delivering the outstandingly heavy powerhouse of an album E, ENSLAVED are bringing the brutal beauty of their doom-laden drums and sledgehammer guitars to deliver a glimpse of metal Valhalla in the blood pounding manner that only they can. Grutle Kjellson growls and rasps to a deceptively wide range while his bass stomps through the Concert Hall. The music is magnificent, with ten minute songs vanishing in what feels like a matter of seconds.

Hellbound Feb 2018 SLSTAFIR Join ENSLAVED as their very special guests for the tour. 20 years into their astonishing career and riding high on the five-star reviews for their Berdreyminn album, SLSTAFIR finally bring their blend of intense post-rock majesty and beautifully melodic,  atmospheric progressive metal to Australia.

Slstafir are on a mission to re-imagine the idiosyncratic grandeur of Icelandic landscapes in vivid sonic shades. Total immersion is compulsory.  The Guardian

The last time ENSLAVED toured Australia it felt like the closing of a chapter. Instead of winding down however, the band have found new inspiration, and this re-energised ENSLAVED is truly something to behold. New works Sacred Horse and Storm Son alongside epic songs from throughout the bands outstanding career (including such intense classics as Roots Of The mountain, Vetrarntt and Isa) will deliver fans a metal experience like no other.

I have seldom seen more ecstatic fans than...

01:57

Recognising the hidden homeless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L-R) Lynne Deans, customer service manager Tweed Heads Bowls Club, Freds Place co-manager Anthony Moerman, and Linda Williams, St Vincent de Paul Societys special works manager. Photo supplied.

Every wondered what it would be like to be homeless?

Launching the annual community sleep-out to support St Vincent de Paul Societys drop-in service at Freds Place in Tweed Heads on Tuesday 26 June there will be a display with a simulated camp that will be made up of typical kinds of shelter that homeless people use. Set up in the parkland at the rear of Seagulls Club, Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West there will be large cardboard boxes, small tents, tarps and sleeping bags, old couches, and the back of cars  typical shelters that the homeless use.

While many people are sleeping rough in parks, beach dunes and other public places, hidden homelessness is an even larger problem, said St Vincent de Pauls North Coast Executive Officer, Michael Timbrell.

August is fundraising month for Freds Place, which receives no government support and relies on funding from the Society and community donations, including pledges for volunteers who will be sleeping out on August 30.

In this area alone, hundreds of people are couch surfing, often in overcrowded households, sleeping in their cars or paying rents they can ill afford in caravan parks and boarding houses, said Mr Timbrell.

The levels of poverty and homelessness on the North Coast are the highest in NSW, and the challenges are particularly acute now that the colder weather is upon us. Were running the Vinnies Winter Appeal right across the North Coast, but the local focus of this special fundraising is Freds Place in Tweed Heads.

Freds Place is the only homeless drop-in service in the Tweed Shire, providing bathroom and laundry access, meals, and a range of other essential supports.

The August 30 sleep-out venue is being provided by Seagulls Club, one of the Tweed Clubs group that last year committed to ongoing sponsorship. Other local businesses and individuals are being approached fo...

01:56

Puan, the worlds oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies at 62 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JAKARTA Puan, the worlds oldest living Sumatran orangutan, has died at an Australian zoo after a lifetime spent in service to the conservation of the critically endangered species. Officials at Perth Zoo, where Puan had lived for the past 50 years, euthanized her on June 18, citing age-related health complications. She was 62 years old. Her death left an incredible legacy of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in Australia, Europe, the United States and in the jungles of Sumatra, accounting for nearly a tenth of the global zoo population of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), according to a statement from Perth Zoo. Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the heavily threatened species. Of the nine existing wild populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven each with an estimated 250 or more individuals have prospects of long-term viability, according to WWF. Only three of those population groups have more than 1,000 orangutans each. Some 29 of Puans descendants are still alive, including daughters Puteri and Pulang; grandchildren Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great-grandson Sungai, all of whom are also at Perth Zoo. At 62, Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species. In the wild, female orangutans would rarely live past the age of 50, assuming they succumb earlier to a number of threats such as poaching. Puan is the total exception to the rule, Holly Thompson, a primate superviser at Perth Zoo, said in a

01:43

Weapons of mass deception and mass construction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THIS weeks pledge by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to counter-balance Chinas power push in the Pacific with a greater Australian presence on the ground offers a slither of hope in an otherwise grim international outlook. There has been much wringing of foreign-policy hands recently over threats to the rules-based international order. The sources of that threat can be distilled to three. Russia is unabashedly using an arsenal of weapons of mass deception. China is expanding its program of weapons of mass construction. And, meanwhile, the United States has slowly and unilaterally disarmed itself of great portions of its diplomatic power.

These are the three unexpected trends stemming from the end of Soviet communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall. At the time, we thought the peace dividend would fall in to our lap and there would be a virtual end to nation-to-nation military rivalry and conflict. Democracy and market capitalism had won, or so it seemed. But 30 years later, democracy, market capitalism, the rules-based international order, and a collective and multi-lateral approach to world trouble spots and trade are under threats unimagined when Soviet communism was defeated.

Russia has no shame. Even when caught out meddling in elections in democracies, it just denies it and carries on. It is using technology not in the imagination of the military mind a decade ago.

China uses construction power to widen its sphere of power and influence. It has built islands from reefs in the South China Sea and made territorial claims based on them, flouting international law and the rulings of international courts. It has offered easy loans to small nations, particularly on its Belt and Road Initiative, to enable Chinese trains, trucks and ships to go from one friendly access point to another across the Eurasian landmass.

Failure to repay, however, threatens the sovereignty of the small nations who are then compelled to cede leases over and equity in the access points in lieu of debt repayment.

The US appears powerless to do much about either China or Russia, perhaps in the case of latter because Russia has a hold over the President. The USs heart might be in the right place to promote peace and stability but its responses to R...

01:39

Growth Farms lease fund offers investors low-risk stake in ag "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

19 Jun 2018 | Farm OnlineRising demand for leased farmland has convinced agricultural asset manager Growth Farms Australia to launch a 10-year investment fund which will buy mid-sized farming properties and lease them to primary producers.

01:31

Nothing's changed except The President - and media reaction! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This was Obama's time. Video footage surfaces from 2014 showing that under Obama, family separations and holding centers were EXACTLY the same. The media said absolutely nothing then, but are ramping up the propganda now because the midterms are fast approaching. Credit: @RealVinceJames pic.twitter.com/RFoEnbxi0x Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee)...

01:20

NSW budget and you "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

Lets explore the state governments 2018-19 budget report for the Ballina electorate!

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the Ballina electorate covers Byron and Ballina local government areas and your local representative in NSW parliament is Greens MP Tamara Smith.

The NSW Budget 2018-19 Electorate Report (Ballina) is a simple 13 page document that lists capital projects, transport projects, Restart NSW fund projects and regional grant funds across this electorate. While theres many projects that have been previously announced, theres a few new items.

Capital works for the area this financial year include $49.6 million for a new Ballina High School.

A social housing upgrade will receive $1,147,000 and comes without any details. Similarly a $500,000 coastal infrastructure program has no detail.

As for transport, a total of $14,497,000 is listed for capital projects, operating projects and maintenance. These projects are of course largely to do with road improvements and a few footpaths, but it also includes a Transport Access Program for the proposed Byron Bay interchange. 

...

01:19

NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Late last night, the parliament of NSW passed one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform packages in state history. The states attorney general Mark Speakman introduced the legislation designed to crackdown on child sexual predators into state parliament on June 6. The Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill

The post NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

01:09

'Peak fear' passes for banks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Believe, achieve

Bank share prices surged higher today as the media's apparently boundless energy for Royal Commission stories begins to ebb away.

Telstra saw its share price drop 4.87 per cent to $2.77 as the telco announced an 8,000 net reduction in employees and the monetisation of $2 billion of assets.

Showing another 8,000 staff the door will form part of a truly massive cost reduction for Telstra.

However, it must be said the company doesn't hasn't a great track record with revenue and earnings downgrades, and today proved to be no exception in disappointing the market.

There seems to be a fair chance that the FY2019 dividend gets its wings clipped too. 

Nevertheless the ASX 200 surged 70.5 points or 1.1 per cent higher to 6172.6 at the close.

The XJO hits its highest level in 10 years, while the accumulation index sits comfortably at a record high.

01:05

RABOBANK manger alternative to farmers debt is suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: A Current Affair

Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would commit suicide in her position CLICK PICTURE to view A Current Affair video

Central Queensland cattle farmer Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would take his own life if he were in her shoes, in the middle of one of the worst droughts in Australian history.

Ms Viney said she met Rabobank executive Peter Stevens at a farm show six years ago, where he told her he could give her a cheaper mortgage than the one she had.

She took him at his word and switched to Rabobank, a multinational bank that specialises in loans to farmers across the world.

Federal Queensland MP Bob Katter said Australia had the most unprofessional, unrestricted free banking.

He said mental health issues were a vital issue in rural Australia.

Theres a farmer committing suicide every four days in this country, he said.

01:03

Market Talk- June 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Good to see a healthy rebound in todays Asian markets with strong performances across the board. It still appears however, that the market is not that confident that the US and China have settled for the moment as the Shanghai bounced just +0.3% and Hang Seng +0.75%. It was a different storey for countries with floating exchange rates, as we watched both Australia and Japan rebound over 1%. Obviously, currencies continued to suffer with the A$ and Yen both off 0.5% over the past couple of days. They tried desperately to halt the INRs decline, only ti close mid range at 68.10 today. Having seen 68.185 at its weakest, many comment that trading with a 68 handle is already a cause for concern. On a brighter note however, core Asian indices all closed at or near their highs, providing confidence ahead of the OPEC uncertainty.

The same could not be said for Europe, as many indices closed near the days lows. Having run-up on the back of a strong Asian session, many had expected Europe to continue especially as DOW futures had triple digit gains. However, as the Euro and GBP traded weaker confidence started to wane especially when US data released less than impressive. Sterling found a little interest late in the day after UK PM Theresa May won a parliamentary decision which should strengthen her hand in BREXIT negotiations. However, the rally only took it up to test 1.32 handle but was rejected by the close.

In the US it was the Russell and NASDAQ again that took the honours. Both core indices closed up around +0.75% on the day and setting a new record for the NASDAQ. The large caps DOW found it difficult to get into its stride today, playing between positive and negative it finally closed a touch lower in the indecision. The NASDAQ and S+P both hits their days high mid afternoon, but could hold-on into the close. Still lots to play for this week, but next will be interesting as we close the week, month, quarter and half year next Friday.

Japan +0.04%, US 2s closed 2.56% (+1bp), 10s closed 2.94% (+5bp), 30s 3.07% (+4bp), Bund 0.37% (u/c), France 0.71% (+1bp), Italy 2.54% (-1bp), Greece 4.30% (-1bp), Portugal 1.73% (+1bp), Spain 1.23% (u/c), Turkey 16.18% (+5bp) and Gilts 1.29% (+1bp).
The Treasury ma...

01:00

My friend the goat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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A popular legend has it that an Ethiopian goat herder spied his goats nibbling on some bright berries; not long thereafter, the goats became much more energetic. Sensing there must be more to the simple berries than met his eye, the goat herder thought hed let his taste buds decide. Soon he too received the same euphoric high his goats did. Bundling up the berries, he headed off to a nearby monastery to share his new discovery. Here the monk was not pleased at all, so much so that he threw the berries into the fire. The alluring aroma that followed was enough to ensure the roasted beans were carefully picked from the embers.  Now, heres where story gets really interesting: the roasted beans were then dissolved in hot water, yielding the worlds first cup of coffee.

There can be no doubt that goats have long enriched our lives, since their domestication around 11,000 years ago. They have featured for time immemorial in our art, folklore and fantasies. And although we may have received coffee and many other benefits from our symbiotic relationship with these gregarious even-toed ungulatesthats just a fancy word for saying each of their cloven hooves are divided into two toesthe benefits have not been evenly shared.

Goats have an innate ability to survive harsh conditions with minimal food demands that would see other animals perish. They are naturally curious and will often seek out human company. They have an ability to bred at an early age, along with a natural docility if handled from young. All of these things have been both a curse and comfort for goats as we humans have exploited them for food, fun, fashion, fibre and even freightage. Yet their most deserving title, tragically, still eludes so many of them, and that is the title of friend.

But fortunate am I to have had the privilege of sharing my heart (although many have taken a piece of it), my hands (as I have gently massaged their favorite spots to their giddy delight) and my home (its actually called a sanctuaryEdgars Mission) with many a goat.

...

00:52

Telstra's getting a transformation again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Uh-oh. Telstra's getting transformed again. It's improving customer service by firing 8,000 of its 32,000 staff. Once the 8,000 trouble-makers are gone, Telstra will lead category innovation in next generation connected experiences. Here's a transformation they prepared earlier. And who could forget the Sol Trujillo transformation - Australia 2.0? One...

00:32

Inner Brisbane Cross River Rail CAPEX comparable to statewide education CAPEX "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just before I appeared on 612 ABC Brisbanes Breakfast program last week, one of the presenters Bec Levingston asked Deputy Premier Treasurer Jackie Trad what it would cost to air condition every classroom in Queensland, a question she obviously couldnt answer without notice. Having spent the bulk of my schooling in un-air-conditioned classrooms in tropical Townsville, it struck me as a peculiar question, and I though air conditioning every classroom in the state would be a massive extravagance. That said, it did prompt me to look at what the state government currently spends on education capital works and compare it to what it spends on other priorities.

In state budget paper 3, the Capital Statement, we are starting to see the huge cost of the number one extravagance in the state at the moment, Cross River Rail. Total spending on property, plant and equipment for Cross River Rail, which is part of the Treasury portfolio, is estimated to be $733 million in 2018-19. This $733 million spent in inner city Brisbane on Cross River Rail is greater than total property, plant and equipment purchases for the Education portfolio of $674 million across the whole of Queensland! To be fair, I should note that if you add in $99 million of capital grants to other entities (which I suspect includes private schools and universities), total estimated education capital spending comes to $773 million in 2018-19. Still, the fact Cross River Rails total capital spending is of the same scale as education capital spending across the whole state should raise eyebrows. Incidentally, the region benefiting the most from education CAPEX is inner city Brisbane (see chart below). Political commentators would observe the government is worried about a Greens takeover of inner city seats.

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00:25

Powered paragliders reach the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Polidano in flight. Photo supplied.

From the lowest point to the highest Ballina based paramotor pilot and instructor Andrew Polidano was among a group of paraglider pilots who travelled 1600km from the lowest point of the country at Lake Eyre (49ft below sea level) to the highest point of the snow-capped crest of Mt Kosciuszko (7310ft above sea level).

Each pilot was flying backpack motorised fan aircrafts known as powered paragliders. The experienced pilots were exposed to the harsh weather elements of both the South Australian outback and Australias highest peak.

Spending a total of 18 hours in the air, the pilots were equipped with a two-stroke engine on their back, flying a paraglider and a reserve parachute.

We flew over some indescribably beautiful and remote country, slept under the outback stars and accomplished something that hasnt been done before, said Andrew.

Starting our trip in Lake Eyre last month, we hit some challenges along the way, like unexpected strong winds and turbulence in the Flinders Ranges, that forced us out of the sky.

To achieve the flight up to Mt Kosciuszko, we required a strategic take-off and several attempts- due to the turbulence associated with the upper winds, which were exceeding 100km/hr. Only three of our pilots made it up there, but the view was awe-inspiring, a spectacular sight overlooking the snow-capped mountains.

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00:20

Real resource constraints and fiscal policy design "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is an interesting dilemma currently emerging in Australia, which provides an excellent case study on how governments can use fiscal policy effectively and the problems that are likely to arise in that application. At present, the Australian states are engaging in an infrastructure building boom with several large (mostly public sector) projects underway involving improvements to road, ports, water supply, railways, airports and more. I travel a lot and in each of the major cities you see major areas sectioned off as tunnels are being dug and buildings erected. Not all of the projects are desirable (for example, the West Connex freeway project in Sydney has trampled on peoples rights) and several prioritise the motor car over public transport. But many of the projects will deliver much better public transport options in the future. On a national accounts level, these projects have helped GDP growth continue as household consumption has moderated and private investment has been consistently weak to negative. But, and this is the point, there have been sporadic reports recounting how Australia is running out of cement, hard rock and concrete and other building materials, which is pushing up costs. This is the real resource constraint that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) emphasises as the limits to government spending, rather than any concocted financial constraints. If there are indeed shortages of real resources that are essential to infrastructure development then that places a limit on how fast governments can build these public goods. The other point is that as these shortages are emerging, there is still over 15 per cent of our available labour resources that are being unused in one way or another 714,600 are unemployed, 1,123.9 thousand are underemployed, and participation rates are down so hidden unemployment has risen. So that indicates there is a need for higher deficits while the infrastructure bottlenecks suggest spending constraints are emerging. That is the challenge. Come in policies like the Job Guarantee.

Infrastructure boom yet idle labour

Australia is currently enjoying a major infrastructure spending boom via several large-scale projects in the States and Territories, but also at the Federal level (for example, the National Broadband Network construction).

There is no doubt that one of the major reasons Australias GDP growth has been relatively robust in recent years is due to this large public spending commitment.

The first graph shows movements in State Final Demand indexes from the March-quarter 2008 to the March-quarter 2018 (most recent data). The March-quarter 2008 was the peak of the last cycle before the GFC slowdown.

The humps in WA and Northern Territory between 2012 and 2015 relate to the Mining boom (mostly private investment) which is now well and...

00:05

Tan Frances Mum Thought Queer Eye Was About Turning Straight People Gay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tan France has opened up about how his appearance on Netflix makeover show Queer Eye has improved his relationship with his family. The British-born fashion expert told his co-star Jonathan Van Ness Getting Curious podcast that he didnt feel like he couldve come out to his Pakistani father before his death when Tan was 13. ...

The post Tan Frances Mum Thought Queer Eye Was About Turning Straight People Gay appeared first on QNews Magazine.

00:00

June 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.

1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.

1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.

1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.

1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.

1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.

1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.

1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.

1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.

1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.

1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.

1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.

1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.

1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.

1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.

1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.

1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.

1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.

1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...

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Wednesday, 20 June

23:49

Turnbull tax cuts and the ressurection of neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Thanks mainly to the about face by formally Xenophon Senators, now known as the Centre Alliance, the governments intended $143 billion tax cut is set to get through.

The whole thing is a major con, designed to create the illusion that the government was handing out money to the average Australian, but really using this as a smokescreen to take much more.

By having initially joined the opposition to these cuts, the Centre Alliance showed that it knows this. The said so. Especially when they are given to the those enjoying being in the top 20 percent of incomes. This is why they objected to the Third Stage, which hands them  a windfall. But after backroom talks they come out agreeing to stifle debate and not pursue their own objections. This sets up the Alliance to being accused of being corrupted.

Pauline Hanson has achieved an even more spectacular back flip, from vocal opposition to an enthusiastic supporter.

Turnbull and his ministers have rehashed the old trickle down argument, by arguing that this will lead to a rise in income for all.

Unions disagree. They are saying that the evidence of advanced economies over 10 years, shows  tax cuts have not generally led to growth in wages. A paper released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), reveals that OECD data  spanning 2003 to 2016, reveals a disconnection at best and an opposite relationship at worst, between tax cuts and wages growth.

Research by the Australia Institute shows that the top 20 percent of incomes will get 95 percent of the benefit in money terms. In addition, almost wiping out what is left of the progressive nature of the Australian income tax system, will send even more of the benefit upwards. A progressive tax system, is one where those on higher incomes pay a higher proportion, and through this, a portion of national income is redistributed downwards.

Greater inequality is  inevitable. Not only because the less well off have a smaller share, but also, because falling tax revenues must translate into further cuts in government services that benefit the less well off.

Worse still, is that getting the package through, will set the stage to cut company tax and Turnbull has promised to bring this in at the earliest opportunity.

Saving the corporate world from having to pay is not the primary objective. This government knows that those with the biggest obligations under the current rate pay very l...

23:45

Definition of Free Trade = Govt is Free to Change the Definition to Freely Get Revenue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COMMENT: I live in Alberta, Canada and for years as a sign maker I had to order materials from the United States. I can assure you that the problems you mention are no different than the problems we encounter when buying American products: tariffs; customs duties etc. and as well paying in $US which really hikes our prices. We also sold promotional items, many which we ordered from the States. What a nightmare!  I am now retired and I could go to the States to buy shoes, but why would I? We have shoes here, as a matter of fact, a lot of our friends are now only buying  Canadian products, especially since President Trump has made so many negative remarks about us. I actually thought he was doing great things for the USA, but these digs against Canada are not helping anything.

DC

REPLY: Trumps comment about scuffing up shoe is really ridiculous. The currency exchange defeats any benefit. This whole thing about blurring the distinction between tariffs and customs duties is a global problem. I was flying from Australia to Tokyo and I had to stop in Hawaii. I argued with the customs officer that I was going to Tokyo and then to New York so I should pay the customs duty one time on final entry. He was nasty and said either I paid there or they confiscated my bags. With no choice, I paid. Of course, when I landed in New York and told them I paid the duty in Hawaii, he could care less. They then made me pay it a second time.

This entire issue of trade is a total mess. Trump, in my opinion, does not understand trade and what really is going on. It is becoming outright extortion. If you eliminate the tariffs, they will still demand customs fees. We really need a complete reset. He should simply state that tariffs should end across the board except on defense and food.

23:44

Court issues warrant for arrest of owner of menacing dog "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A file image of a typical American Staffordshire terrier. Photo Wikimedia.

The Magistrate at the Byron Bay Local Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of the owner of a menacing dog after she failed to appear in court last week.

It followed an incident in Byron Bay in January 2018 when the defendants dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, badly injured a toy poodle and bit the poodles owner and another person at a property in Jonson Street.

The poodles neck was ripped open during the attack and it was revealed the Staffordshire terrier was a declared menacing dog after biting a six year old boy in Sydney in 2016.

Staff from Byron Shire Councils Animal and Enforcement team investigated the incident and found the dog was not muzzled or under effective control at the time of the attack as was required under the Companion Animals Act.

Given the severity of the injuries to the poodle, and the seriousness of the matter, staff issued a Court Attendance Notice in lieu of an on-the-spot fine.

Council staff could not intervene concerning the control of the dog as the owner relocated to Queensland.

Councils Legal Counsel, Ralph James, said that when the defendant failed to appear in court her solicitor withdrew from proceedings and the matter was dealt with in her absence.

The defendant was convicted and a warrant issued for her arrest.  The court also ordered that she pay $7,600 in professional costs and witnesses expenses.

The Magistrate indicated that he was not prepared to impose a fine in the defendants absence because it did not indicate the seriousness of the matter, Mr James said.

The defendant was also disqualified for life from owning a dog or being in charge of a dog in a public place, he said.

When the defendant is ultimately brought before the court she is facing a maximum penalty of $22,000 or four years in prison, Mr James said.

The post Court issues warrant for arrest of o...

23:31

Tweed council staff try out Brisbane Valley Rail Trail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Tweed team takes a short break to listen to some design and construction advice from Councils Senior Design Engineer Warren Boyd. The President of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Users Association Paul Heyman is pictured at front right. Photo supplied.

What better way to work out good design than getting hands on or in this case, on bike when you are designing a bike path than cycling along a successful bike path? That is exactly what staff from Tweed Shire Council did last weekend when they rode 40km along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVBT). 

Council staff working on the design of the first stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail joined the president of the trails users association Paul Heymans to learn lessons from their experience with the ongoing construction of the 162-kilometre trail BVBT and its operation.

We spent several hours riding the trail with Paul and discussing all aspects of how they established the trail and how it has grown over the past decade, northern rivers rail trail project manager Iain Lonsdale said.

The research ride allowed the team of design engineers and environmental scientists the opportunity to inspect the different kinds of surfaces used along the Brisbane Valley trail, which will help Tweed decide the best design option for Stage 1 of the Northern Rivers trail from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek.

We also saw how Brisbane Valley used the existing rail infrastructure, incorporating bridges, tunnels, railway track, signage and station buildings into their design.

On the day of the ride, the Brisbane Valley trail was hosting a 160-kilometre endurance run with refresher stations and supporters at various points along the trail.

...

23:29

Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lismore police station. File photo

A man wanted on outstanding warrants has been arrested in the states north.

About 9.25am yesterday (Wednesday 20 June 2018), officers from Richmond Police District arrested a 28-year-old man at Lismore Police Station.

Police executed four outstanding warrants for domestic and parole offences.

He was refused bail and is due to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 21 June 2018).

The post Man arrested over outstanding warrants Lismore  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:10

1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


2) Indonesia Hopes to Flex Diplomatic Muscle With Security Council Seat
3) When Indonesia sits on the Security Council
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1) Indonesia Slams UN Human Rights Office Over Planned Papua Visit
By : Sheany | on 3:23 PM June 20, 2018
Jakarta. Indonesia has criticized the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.
"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access," Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent represen....

23:04

Stars winners over Warragul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

INVERLOCHS Senior Womens team faced off against Warragul at Warragul in unfavourable conditions after considerable rain.
The ground extremely muddy and even more rain fell throughout most of the game.
Despite this Inverloch had a strong start and kept the ball in their attacking half early on. The first goal came after a free kick awarded to Inverloch and was taken by Emily Smith. Smith kicked the ball straight to the keeper who fumbled but luckily Smith had followed her kick in and was there to send it straight into goal.
Warragul made several attempts to run for goal but Inverlochs solid defence line soon shut them down. Inverloch continued to dominate the game and a second goal came from Smith who sent the ball flying over the Warragul keepers head and into goal.
At half time Inverloch lead 2-0. Inverloch came out firing again with several early attempts at goal. A free kick was awarded to Inverloch after a handball and this resulted in another goal to Inverloch. Inverloch lead 3-0. Warragul continued to fight back but Inverloch were very strong in defence and Fiona Richardson in the midfield was never far from the action putting in a stellar performance. Smith and Kat Olive made a great run for goal and Smith put in Inverlochs fourth goal for the match, to lead 4-0. Warragul made a run and put their first score on the board late in the second half. Inverloch prevailed 4-1.

Senior Mens
The Stars knew theyd be in for a tough game in their first clash against Warragul, as they wouldnt be able to play their typical brand of flowing football due to the heavy conditions.
The Stars started strongly, with Jordan and Ethan Tomas linking up well down the left-hand side. A sharp interchange of passes by the two brothers put Jordan into some space, which he sprinted on to before pulling the ball to the edge of the box for Barry Farrell to smash in the first goal for the Stars.
More hard running from Jordan led to a cross that Ethan controlled with his chest before putting in to the back of the net.
Warragul started to string some passes together and managed a decent shot which was well saved by Bremner, playing in goal for the Stars.
Jordan Tomas was having a fantastic day; his strength on the ball and ability to make the right pass was putting the Stars in control.
A determined run by Jordan for what others may have seen as a lost cause resulted in a pin-point cross, which was volleyed in by Ethan for his second goal. Mitch Jackson popped up to slot in a fourth Stars goal and a well-deserved moment of glory, reflecting his hard work during the first half.
Warragul managed to pull one back with a well hit shot from outside the box, which the keeper got a finger to, but it wasnt enough to push it over the bar. It was 4-1 to the Stars at half time.
The second half saw the Warragul...

23:00

Extradition over serious crash, Tuncester, near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man appeared in court yesterday after being extradited from Cairns, Queensland after three passengers were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in Tuncester last year.

Shortly after 3.30am on Sunday 8 July 2017, the driver of a Ford Falcon with three passengers on board was allegedly travelling at high speed on Naughtons Gap Road. The vehicle hit an embankment causing it to roll several times, landing on its roof.

The occupants, a 25-year-old man, a 26-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman sustained life threatening injuries and were taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

Following the crash, the 34-year-old man allegedly fled the scene without rendering assistance to his passengers.

Officers from Richmond Police District were alerted and commenced investigations.

Following investigations, Queensland Police arrested the man on the outstanding warrant at Townsville on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Detectives from Casino on Tuesday 19 June 2018, travelled to Cairns and successfully applied for the mans extradition.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm x 3, failure to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm x 3, and negligent driving occasions grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and was refused bail again to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

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22:54

MACKAY Prison escapee case heard in court for first time "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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22:54

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22:00

A sunny day at Joyces Creek "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A reprise of Patricks nice post about Joyces Creek last week. The area immediately south of the bridge is terrific for close up views of a range of waterbirds at present.

Australian Pelican, Joyces Creek, 18th June 2018

22:00

SWP: using incentives to lift recruiter performance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) continues to grow. Figures for this financial year to the end of April 2018 show 6,573 SWP visas have been approved. This compares with 6,166 visas approved in total for the full 2016-17 financial year. Moreover, most workers do very well under the scheme. When the World Bank asked 400 Pacific workers how satisfied they were with the SWP, the average score was 8.6, on a scale of one to ten. Similar smaller surveys of Timorese workers found that 96% were satisfied, with 68% very satisfied. In Vanuatu, a survey of 100 returned workers showed that all of the women and 91% of men were satisfied.

That said, this is no time for complacency. It is not clear that arrangements that support a few thousand workers will support the much larger number that could enter Australia both under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the much larger Pacific Labour Scheme. Moreover, while some countries are doing very well under the SWP (Vanuatu, Tonga, Timor-Leste), others are missing out (PNG, Solomon Islands).

The SWP also continues to be subjected to both generalised and specific claims of exploitation in the media. There are also complaints about recruiters in sending countries scamming potential workers. These incidents undermine the development benefits of the scheme, as well as wider community acceptance of the value of the SWP in Australia and in sending countries.

In responding to these problems, so far the focus has been on compliance across the horticultural industry, which is appropriate given the higher number of backpackers working on farms, and their greater risk of exploitation. Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are all introducing labour hire licensing.

There are also SWP-specific responses. One recently-announced reform is the piloting of a 24/7 information line for seasonal workers. It success will depend on how well the information the hotline receives is processed and acted on.

These are all positive moves, but what more could be done? A recent book Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Professor Philip Martin reviews the global experience of the approximately ten million workers who cross international borders...

21:55

Corrupt Queensland police bribe bashing victim not to press charges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If Australia's police force gets caught out committing criminal offences, there are a few ways that the matter is dealt with by police.


In this case Queensland's Police Service whose chief is Ian Stewart (pictured above), offered cash or hush money in order for the victim not to pursue further action against police.

In the case of the 'whistle blower'  Rick Flori, he gets charged by the organisation he worked for, the organisation committing criminal offences.

SO to make it simple Sgt Rick Flori exposed criminal activity, where he gets charged for committing a criminal activity.

So in Australia it's a crime to expose criminal activity [of the 3rd tier of government, called the judiciary, which the police are part of]?

(Still need more proof you live in a police state?)


What is also concerning is that 18 months earlier Ian Stewart falsely stated that the victim Mr. Noa Begic did not want to pursue charges against police, when in fact he did.

Please note that he (Begic) was paid off in a secret and court sealed confidential settlement, where he then withdrew the complaint.

How can a court (or any person) trust the words of the chief of police Ian Stewart, when at law he is described as an 'unreliable witness'?

Interview from ABC Radio Brisbane by Steve Austin with QPS head Ian Stewart:


Downloadable at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cNDGj0e38PncTx-_rdDm7qU6rliDthXi

21:45

Nugan Hand Bank Australian connection files "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Cabinet files:

Part 1 (218p, 81.5MB) :



Part 2 (243p, 95.8MB):



Part 3 (229p, 66.5MB) :




Public Media News articles:

This is what the general population were allowed to know,
i.e. "FOR MEDIA" release (24 February 1983):



An article from the Wall Street Journal (24 Aug 1982):




Commonwealth of Australia House of Representatives
Official Hansard No. 139, Tuesday 2 October 1984:



20:09

Hawksbill Sea Turtle release "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Hawksbill Sea Turtle. (supplied)

On March 15 a gentleman at Brooms Head  rescued a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle that was floating in the shallows, he put it in his wheelbarrow and took it home to look after for the night under the instruction he covered it in damp towels to keep the turtle hydrated.

Named Amber, she weighed just over 7kgs when she arrived at the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She was covered in burrowing barnacles and had some major infections due to the wounds caused by the barnacles and had some pink ulcers on her skin. Over the next few weeks we carefully removed the barnacles and treated her deep wounds, said a spokesperson for the Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital.

She received numerous courses of antibiotics and vitamin injections and after four months of care, Amber has now put on weight and all of her wounds are completely healed.

Amber is being  released this morning, Thursday June 21 at 8.30am at the northern end of Lighthouse Beach Ballina near the surf club.

Volunteer Dan Twomey, who helped to rehabilitate her, will be releasing Amber at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.

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17:04

Nikki Haley: Damn the UN Human Rights Council and the Rest of You Too "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Tuesday, June 19, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) now meeting in Geneva. The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ditching the Paris Climate Accords, and shredding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Who gives a damn what the world thinks of us? We are good! As Hillary Clinton said at the last Democratic National Convention, America is great because its good. What could better evidence that than our 1000 or so military bases, our unparalleled arsenal, and however many wars were fighting, depending on how you count? Even BAR readers would probably have to stop and decide how to count before they could settle on a number. How dare anyone deny that America is good?

George W. Bush boycotted the UNHRC for three years, but Obama returned to the fold, and Hillary announced that we were back to set a new agenda, based on three principles, the second of which was: The Council must apply a single standard to all countriesIt cannot continue to single out and devote disproportionate attention to any one country, meaning Israel.

At the close of its first session, on June 30, 2006, the UNHRC voted to establish a standing Agenda Item 7: Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories to be debated every time it convenesthree times a year. Its since passed over 70 resolutions censuring Israel, including 5 passed at its March meeting earlier this year. Nikki Haley then scolded the Council for being foolish and unworthy of its name.

Agenda Item 7 hasnt been debated in the current session yet, but more censure of Israel is no doubt in the works, given Israels latest massacres in Gaza. In 2016, the US and other Western states walked out during the Agenda Item 7 debate, and the delirious Jerusalem Post then screeched that 35 countries attacked Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Imagine that! Attacking Israeli human rights abuses. Israel is great because its good! It even has nuclear weapons and everybody knows it, especially Iran.

This week Israeli Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman called for Israel to withdraw from the UNHRC even though its not a member. He seems to think that the US and Israeli states are one. America and Israel are good!

Most folks have never even heard of the UNHRC, so, just for context:

The UNHRC is composed of 47 members elected to three year terms within five geographic groups: Africa, Central America and Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Western European and Other States including the US and Australia. The seats are rarely contested; nations from t...

16:32

Lizzie Wilson, one of Australia's most outstanding journalists talks to Natalie Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lizzie Wilson and Natalie Joyce are great Australian women. I was privileged to work with Lizzie for a short time at 4BC which is where I first met Nat. Natalie spoke with Lizzie for a story you can find in the Australian Women's Weekly - for the full interview you'll...

16:16

At last! A way to gaol the entire Turnbull Government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"




The Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body) Bill 2017 (the Bill) will introduce new offences and a new injunction power to prohibit and prevent conduct amounting to false representation of a Commonwealth body.

It is essential that the public can trust in the legitimacy and accuracy of statements made by Commonwealth bodies. The amendments are critical to ensure the public has confidence in the legitimacy of communications emanating from Commonwealth bodies, thereby safeguarding the proper functioning of Government..

The Bill introduces a primary offence where the person is reckless as to whether their conduct will result in, or is reasonably capable of resulting in, a false representation. These amendments also create a new aggravated offence where a person engages in such conduct with the intent to obtain a gain, cause a loss, or influence the exercise of a public duty.
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16:15

Trump's Truth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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16:02

Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the ideal life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether its the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Our research shows that peoples sense of perfection is surprisingly modest, says psychological scientist Matthew J. Hornsey of the University of Queensland, first author on the research. People wanted to have positive qualities, such as health and happiness, but not to the exclusion of other darker experiencesthey wanted about 75% of a good thing.

Furthermore, people said, on average, that they ideally wanted to live until they were 90 years old, which is only slightly higher than the current . Even when imagined that they could take a magic pill guaranteeing , their ideal life expectancy increased by only a few decades, to a median of 120 years old. And when people were invited to choose their ideal IQ, the median score was about 130a score that would classify someone as smart, but not a genius.

15:46

July Forum: Settlement of refugees & AGM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] Settlement of refugees forum details will be released closer to the event. The AGM will be held before the forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. Settlement of refugees [...] full article 

15:46

Visions for Armidale Creeklands AGM "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Thursday, 21 Jun; 5:30 pm; ] Any interested in joining our not-for-profit association and all existing members are invited to come along to our 1st Annual General Meeting - to be held upstairs at the Armidale Bowling Club (Dumaresq St) - at 5.30 pm on Thursday June 21, 2018. Please put the date on your calendar and let any of your friends know about this important event [...] full article 

15:36

Prickly Problems Project launch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Saturday, 23 Jun; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] You're invited to the launch of the Prickly Problems Project and to celebrate 16 years of Armidale Urban Rivercare projects. Saturday June 23, 10-12pm at Creeklands Behind Phil Wheaton Oval, Erskine St Free brunch by Dumaresq Lions Club All Welcome full article 

15:16

VIDEO: Save Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wilderness Society have rebooted their look with the tag line Life. Support. and refreshed their campaigns with the latest being Save Ugly. Its a new angle on an ongoing problem of motivating people to value threatened environment and animals. The campaign video is styled on childrens tv with a music video that stars American actress and [...] full article 

14:51

Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Concertina Bookbinding Creations for Kids

Learn to make your own concertina book with local artist Fern Smith! School Holiday fun at Newlands Neighbourhood House for creative kids.

We had amazing feedback from Ferns puppet making workshops last holidays. Dont miss out on this chance for your child to learn the art of bookbinding.

Book through the Try Booking links below, or phone 8528 2332.

Date: Wednesday 4th July
Cost: $20 full / $15 Concession
Venue: Newlands Neighbourhood House, 20 Murray Rd, Coburg North

Ages 6-7: 10am 12pm
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14:23

Justice delayed is justice denied. Alleged cop killer David Eastman waits 23 years for a retrial "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

David Eastmans re-trial started this week for allegedly killing former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989. Eastman has already spent 19 years in jail for the murder from 1995 until 2014 when he was released as it was found he had not received a fair trial. The new trail is expected to []

14:00

Ol Hela papa graun i kukim ol LNG projek masin na ol container "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Updated 19 June 2018, 16:36 AEST

Ol polis long Papua New Guinea highlands i nau wok long investigetim ol attak long Hela provins we i lukim sampela lain ibin kukim sampela container na sampela masin blong PNG LNG projek.

13:59

Focus on Ability Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The students from Sydney Road Community School have made a short film for the Focus on Ability short film festival. The winners are decided by votes and being a very small school the students are looking for the community to behind them and vote.

If you have a few spare minutes, the film is called Johnny:

https://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/Johnny_1385.html

13:48

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Antarctica and Australia climate shift - New details emerging "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian media in damage control to explain Melbourne coldest start in 36 years to winter, record snow and frosts to withing 1500 miles south of the equator toward Cains. Bobby the moderator at OZ Politic has a full thread of 350 pages outside MSM control which shows massive ice gains in sea ice around Antarctica, all the while the MSM screams that we have to act now before the worlds coast lines are washed away by a melting Antarctica. Power grids were stretched to the limits in Australia during the Superfreeze event, but downplaying is the new narrative, and if it doesn't fit, just make a new set of rules. Perhaps we need to look to the Sabians of Harran to understand the cycles. Sources

13:24

The Usual Suspects Are Failing at World Totalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Image from THE TRUMAN SHOW film

by G5

The non-American Obama (which I will detail at a later time), was  trained at the CIA East West Centre, Honolulu. It was also where his mother third generation CIA Op Ann Dunham had met his alleged father, Obama. He applied as a foreign born (Indonesian) student, and had a free ride through Columbia University.

The Truman Show Fiction

The White House plot (WH) was hatched in Chicago, where he was gifted an Illinois State Senate Seat, after a payback and a blackmail made it available. The game was to fit the token and script reading actor (Obama Jnr.,...

13:08

As the US leaves the UN Human Rights Council, it may leave more damage in its wake "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nikki Haley, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has announced the US will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. AAP/EPA/Justin Lane

By Sarah Joseph

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have announced the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

In doing so, they claimed the council was a roadblock to genuine global human rights protection. This move by the Trump administration has been anticipated for some time. In a sense, the elephant has left the room. But in doing so, the elephant has belled the cat on a number of serious issues regarding the HRC.

Is the United States decision sound in terms of international human rights protection? Is it one that Australia, an HRC member from 2018-2020, should follow?

What is the Human Rights Council?

The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which ran from 1947 to 2006. By the time of its demise, the commission was criticised from all sides for being overly politicised.

The HRCs 47 seats are divided between the five official UN regions in the following way: Africa (13); Asia (13); Latin America and the Caribbean (8); Western Europe and Other (7); Eastern Europe (6). The US (and Australia) is in the Western Europe and Other Group, known as WEOG.

One-third of the council is elected each year by the UN General Assembly, and members serve three-year terms. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. A member can also be suspended from the council in a vote of two-thirds of the UN General Assembly: Libya was suspended in 2011 after Muammar Gaddafis crackdown on Arab Spring protesters and armed dissidents. No other member has been suspended.

The HRC meets three times a year for a total of around ten weeks. Its 38th session has just begun. It also meets for one-day special sessions at the initiative of one-third of its members. It has so far held 28 special sessions.

The HRCs functions include the d...

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Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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This is a handcrafted credenza that we had in our lounge room in Qld, that doesn't fit in our loungeroom/dining room here in Preston.

Height: 95 cms
Width: 140 cms
Depth: 40 cms.

There is some rust on the last curve of the leg (see photo).  It is a little bit wonky so needs a small wedge of cardboard slid under a leg to keep it stable.  
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12:32

Kurilpa Poets May Photo Review, Atmospheric "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PHOTO REVIEW ATMOSPHERIC, a breath of Fresh Air No doubt about it, the Kurilpa Poets May event, the Elemental-Air themed Atmospherics, definitely had, well..atmosphere. The day was ably Produced & Directed by talented Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner Fi Privitera, though Continue reading

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Some of Brisbanes finest musos have formed a brand new supergroup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If youre still coming to terms with the news that Dreams, a collaboration between Silverchairs Daniel Johns and Luke Steele of Empire Of The Sun and The Sleepy Jackson, are finally releasing tunes, then youre about to get another hefty dose of good news, with some of Brisbanes finest musos coming together to form a brand new rock supergroup.

Consisting of Luke Henery (Violent Soho), Simon Ridley (DZ Deathrays, Velociraptor), Branko Cosic (Tape/Off, Gold Stars), and Matthew Somers (I Heart Hiroshima), Total Pace is the newest supergroup on the block, serving up a mixture of tasty Aussie rock with some solid punk influences thrown in for good measure.

As Scenestr reports, the group formed after spending a number of years hanging out an talking about their favourite bands. Deciding to step away from their main acts briefly to write and compose some new tunes, the group have dropped their debut single, 73, to help celebrate the news.

A thirst for blitzing fun times brought the group together after having spent many nights hanging out, drinking each others band riders over the years talking about some of their favourite punk bands, the group explained in a statement.

After months of trying not to exclusively write songs about beer, and somehow avoiding a beer pun for a name, Total Pace are here to really just have a good time.

If you like what you hear, the band are set to make their live debut next month, performing at Brisbanes Black Bear Lodge, with Electric Zebra coming along for the ride. Theres still more supports to be announced, but if youre keen on seeing some of Brisbanes most talented musicians all under the same roof, then youd better head over to the Facebook event page for more info.

Check out Total Paces 73:

Total Paces Debut Show

With Electric Zebra

Thursday, July 19th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD (18+)
Tickets: Oztix

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antifa notes (june 20, 2018) : True Blue Crew 2018 Flagwit Parade +++ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew (TBC) are holding another flagwit parade in the Melbourne CBD this Sunday. There theyll be joined by a range of other right-wing cranks, including Soldiers of Odin, neo-Nazi Lads, Timmeh! and The Continue reading

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Blockchain Startup Power Ledger Brings Electricity Sharing to Silicon Valley "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian based peer to peer energy trading platform Power Ledger will collaborate with Silicon Valley Power to track the renewable energy use of electric vehicles.

First Carbon Credit Project

Perth startup Power Ledger has been pioneering blockchain based peer to peer renewable energy projects in countries around the world. Now the company has announced its first carbon credit project as it partners with Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara, California and the Clean Energy Block Chain Network to create a digital record of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) transactions. With its aim being to reduce both the processing time and cost of LCFS credits.

The project has two main goals, using Power Ledgers cutting edge blockchain technology which tracks energy production, storage, and use in a transparent, auditable record. To be used in order to manage the consumption of low-carbon energy from Santa Clara solar and batteries at one of Californias largest public electric vehicle charging facilities. While also cutting the time and cost of processing LCFS credits by digitizing the management system that tracks low-carbon electricity as a fuel path.

The platform aims to cut out the need for additional software, hardware or engineers to connect the city-owned PV and SVP electric power grid by utilizing API data from pre-existing meters.

Power Ledger Managing Director and Co-Founder David Martin was quoted about the project,

Silicon Valley Power is a leader when it comes to implementing innovative customer programs with cost-saving technology and digital accountability, Adding later that, Were excited to demonstrate how the platform can assist with cutting both costs and carbon in a simple manner with a secure and clean energy source.

Managing Projects World Wide

The project is one of a host of Power Ledger energy tracking trials taking place in the US and around the world but it is the startups first foray into dealing with carbon credits. Silicon Valley Power Chief Electric Utility Officer John Roukema spoke about the collaboration saying,

Were looking forward to using the Power Ledger platform to ena...

11:55

Facebook Censorship Rampage Killing Alternative Pages "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

The Facebook Purge is On Its official: the Facebook censorship rampage against truth and alternative perspectives is in full swing! Our Global Freedom Movement (GFM) fan page is just one of the latest casualties in the infowar. Heres what happened: In the early hours of Tuesday morning (AEST) while we slept, Facebook evidently decided it was []

The article Facebook Censorship Rampage Killing Alternative Pages appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

11:55

Surveys protect Yellow Bellied Glider habitat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A GECO citizen science survey conducted in the Kuark forest has resulted in a new protection zone for Yellow Bellied Gliders. The state environment department has written to GECO confirming the results of their investigation met the requirements for a new protection zone.  

Read the GECO survey report here. 

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Australias Tax Office is Using a 100-Point Check System to Chase Crypto Traders "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has cast a wide net to investigate crypto investors after classifying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as assets liable for capital gains taxes. Earlier this year, the ATO published its guidance on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies. Highlighting bitcoin as an example, the authority said it viewed cryptocurrencies as neither money nor

The post Australias Tax Office is Using a 100-Point Check System to Chase Crypto Traders appeared first on CCN

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A Quorn resident disgusted at the hypocritical nuclear waste dump site process by Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dave Fergusson Submission TO THE SENATE STANDIN COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS SENATE ENQUIRY SUBMISSION FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA (Submission No 106)

My name is Dave Fergusson. I grew up in Port Adelaide and from the moment I learnt to drive I have been coming up to Flinders Ranges for camping holidays and for work ever since until I decided to move to Quorn about sixteen years ago. I am absolutely disgusted at the way in which this push by the Department (DIIS) to find a site for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) has been conducted from day one. Please find below a few of my reasons.

1/ Land nomination of Wallerberdina Station. The first that I heard of a waste dump being ...

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1) Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Catholic Church leader at Sentani secure the Eid al-Fitr prayer
3) PNG admits there is still a lot of smuggling on the border of Wutung



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 1) Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua
No Follow-Up to Official Invitation to Troubled Region
What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua?


Phelim Kine 

Deputy Director, Asia Division
Thats the question raised by the governments ...

09:41

Welcome to the Federal Seat of Cooper "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The AEC has announced the Federal Seat of Batman will now be known as the Federal Seat of Cooper.

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Vic redistribution finalised the end of Batman "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Electoral Commission released the final decisions for the Victorian federal redistribution earlier today. Most of the changes were very minor, with no seats experiencing a large change in margin. The switch of Dunkley from Liberal to notional Labor has been maintained.

We have seen two changes in seat names. The seat of Cox has been restored to its previous name of Corangamite. While they noted the concern about the double-entendre in the name, the decision has supposedly been made due to the longstanding use of the name Corangamite.

The AEC is also renaming the seat of Batman in Melbournes inner north to Cooper. This name honours early 20th century Aboriginal leader William Cooper. The report specifically mentions his role in founding the Australian Aborigines League in the 1930s, and his protests against Nazi Germany in 1938. This is the culmination of a long campaign to abolish this seat name.

Overall we will see eight new seat names at the next federal election. Batman is not the only seat named after an early white settler to be renamed in part due to that mans genocidal history the seat of McMillan in eastern Victoria has been renamed Monash.

The announcement today just included descriptions of how the boundaries have been changed since the first draft. There are no maps and no data. So its possible there might be small errors in my margin calculations. I will put together the updated map over the weekend, although Ill double-check the boundaries when the official map is released on July 13.

I also expect well be getting the final boundaries for ACT and South Australia over the next week.

The table below the fold lists the margin in every Victorian seat, before the redistribution, on the draft boundaries and on the final boundaries. I discovered a small bug in my margin calculation code so there may be some small changes (around 0.1% in most cases) even where boundaries havent changed, but Ive included the previously-published margins for transparency.

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Seat Pre-redistribution Draft boundaries Final boundaries
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George Brandis's replacement Senator Amanda Stoker off to a solid start today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new Coalition senator will call for major industrial relations reform on Wednesday, arguing minimum wages and penalty rates are driving down employment for the most needy. Queensland Liberal-National Amanda Stoker will give her maiden speech to the Senate and call on the conservative side of politics to make the...

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Is government spending on tertiary education getting more progressive? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One long-made argument against tertiary education subsidies is that they are regressive. University students tend to come from more privileged backgrounds, and therefore receive a disproportionate share of government spending on higher education.

Based on gross household income, ABS data on the distribution of government benefits released today confirms that this is still true, as the chart below shows, although the ratio between the highest and lowest income quintiles is lower now than in the past.

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On an equivalised income basis, which takes into account household size, the distribution of spending is more even. This reflects the fact that although students tend to come from relatively affluent households, these also tend to be relatively large households containing a couple and their children. Making it disposable income makes it more even still, given progressive taxation. Even...

08:16

Survival Equipment for Beginners. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Survival Equipment for Beginners.
Advice based on experience.
1)      When packing a back pack for the trail, there must be a compromise between two principles; Minimum weight, & Maximum self reliance.
2)    Dont waste money on modern gadgets that are NOT sustainable. Most of these gadgets are designed & sold for one purpose only, to make money for the designer & the seller.
3)    When purchasing survival gear, think practically, what are the items you actually NEED.
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07:51

The Nazi plan to destroy Bayswater Subway "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

bayswater-subway

Once, crossing the railway at Bayswater was difficult, with vehicles forced to travel some distance away, and school children having to dash across the track in a dangerous manner. So the local council decided the best course of action was to go underneath it.

The first plan for a subway at Bayswater was as early as 1903 when the council asked for one to link King William Street to Coode Street. Nothing happened as a result, so they asked again in 1908. By now the problems associated with draining such a subway had been raised, and the council offered its engineer to sort these out.

Despite having promised a subway, the Government now claimed it was short of money but said they would do what they could. Some people, though, questioned if it could be done at all. After all, to get the road low enough it would have to be underneath the water table, and so drainage was impossible, and it would become a small lake with any amount of rain.

These misgivings were ignored though, and on 14 February 1910 the Chairman of the Board, Mr I. C. Granville, drove his horse and sulky through a ribbon held up by two young women and on into the new Bayswater Subway. It doesnt seem to have flooded, at least not to any noticeable extent. However, the open drains from the subway flowing down King William Street did keep making that road subside.

Terrifyingly, in 1942 a group of Perths Nazi...

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PERTH Four charged after dramatic Perth police pursuit which ended in freeway smash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Four charged after dramatic Perth police pursuit which ended in freeway smash .

June 20, 2018 at 09:03AM .

A 34-year-old man of no fixed address will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today charged with 13 offences, including possession of a firearm and

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/stirling-times/news/four-charged-dramatic-perth-police-pursuit-ended-freeway-smash&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFc_Ds9i1rCjejZK_OBoIzbSsniDg

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PERTH Female police officer suffers horror injuries in bite from teen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Female police officer suffers horror injuries in bite from teen .

June 19, 2018 at 05:07PM .

She was later charged with assaulting an officer and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 16. The teenager was remanded in custody and

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PERTH Young woman, 18, is granted bail after biting a female officer on the neck during a violent arrest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Young woman, 18, is granted bail after biting a female officer on the neck during a violent arrest .

June 20, 2018 at 01:05AM .

The teenager appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 16, and was remanded to reappear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on July 10.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5861265/Young-woman-granted-bail-biting-female-officer-neck.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFAyaxaEYhQJo6VGcT0K1BLApYPJA

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PERTH Man charged following high-speed crash and armed stand-off on Mitchell Freeway "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man charged following high-speed crash and armed stand-off on Mitchell Freeway .

June 20, 2018 at 11:18AM .

He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today charged with more than a dozen offences, including two counts of aggravated armed robbery,

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-20/police-charge-group-over-freeway-crash-car-jacking/9889266&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEClRm1FiPN430t-v5-_ved4-X0Cw

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PERTH Pictured: The gruesome injuries suffered by a female police officer who was bitten on the neck by a "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Pictured: The gruesome injuries suffered by a female police officer who was bitten on the neck by a .

June 19, 2018 at 10:02AM .

The teenager appeared in Perth Magistrates Court (pictured) and was charged with assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct in a police lock-up and

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PERTH Teen charged with biting Mandurah Police Officer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Teen charged with biting Mandurah Police Officer .

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She fronted Perth Magistrates Court last Saturday and will be remanded to reappear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court next month. The Constable

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High Court believes the bomb outside Russell St Police HQ wasn't placed to kill police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The remarks of the sentencing judge contain no reference to the plaintiff's state of mind concerning the identity of the police constable who was killed. That is understandable, given that the offence committed was indiscriminate in its possible effect with respect to victims. Whilst it was possible that police officers...

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Dumb as Bucks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Language is a organic thing.  Words evolve and words disappear, and they disappear from the lack of use.  So it is important for all of us, that when certain words that used to be often used start disappearing, that we all join together to keep them alive.  This is part of the reason for this post.

Yesterday, the NSW Government delivered its 2018-19 budget showing a $3.9 billion surplus.  For those who live outside NSW, a surplus (pronounced sur-pluhs, -pluhs) is when the Government plans to spend less money than it collects. A novel concept for most Australian, but as shown in NSW, it is more than a theoretical possibility.

Any Canberra residents out there reading this, please repeat after Spartacus:

  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs
  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs
  • sur-pluhs, -pluhs

Not surprisingly, the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has been out selling and promoting the budget.

Spartacus has not be following particularly closely where the Treasurer has been, but one imagines that he needs to speak to informed and ill-informed citizens.  And on the theme of the ill-informed, Treasurer Perrottet popped in for a chat with the geniuses, the Apostles of Emma-nomics at the ABC.

Interviewed this morning by the leading minds of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, came the following observation from Buck:

The Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is with us this morning. Of course he handed down the state budget yesterday. There was a lot of money being thrown around, although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief.

Yes.  You read that correctly.  The ABC journalist, whose salary is paid by the tax payers, observed that there was not a lot of money thrown into climate change relief as part of the NSW budget.  Buck then followed with the following quality question:

Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

Without transcribing Perrottets exact....

06:20

Dentists Santa Ana Califorina MacArthur Family Dental "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Expert dentists in Santa Ana California and surrounding areas including Orange County, Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, and Newport Beach, California. Dental services include teeth cleaning and exams, teeth whitening, dental implants, fillings, and many more. HealthDent Dentals are the trusted teeth whitening specialist and dentures specialist in Santa Ana.

06:18

New Art Award Dedicated To Queens Ball Founder Sybil Von Thorndyke "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new art award dedicated to the founder of the long-running Queens Birthday Ball event will be awarded next year. The award will be established with the proceeds of an upcoming book immortalising the history of Brisbanes Queens Birthday Ball, the worlds longest running LGBTIQ event. It will be known as the QBB Founders Award, ...

The post New Art Award Dedicated To Queens Ball Founder Sybil Von Thorndyke appeared first on QNews Magazine.

This is the moment President Trump won in the negotiations with Rocket Man "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As we said at the time, "When politicians say, "What the world wishes...." you know you've won. Trump's outnegotiated fatboy". All the rest was window dressing. For students of negotiating theory, Trump's BATNA was bigger and better than Kim's, and Trump showed he wasn't afraid of it. President Trump's letter...

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The Block: Social Renovation? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Places evolve. The cycle of fortune is etched everywhere. The buildings, the people, the artwork, all hold DNA from the past. St Kildas eco-system has morphed and yo-yoed over the years. For 40,000 years prior to colonisation, it was the aboriginal territory of Euroe Yroke, a rich swampland where various tribes roamed. European settlement drained these []

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Planning panel put on notice over West Byron developments "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tuesdays (June 19) meeting of the Joint Regional Planning Panel hearing submissions from the community into the proposed West Byron developments. Photo Aslan Stand

Chris Dobney

If any member of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) was in doubt that Byron residents are in total opposition to the plans of two groups of developers to carve up the West Byron wetlands into 667 housing lots, they would have been thoroughly disabused after four hours of passionate and informed speeches by opponents at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Tuesday evening (June 19).

Out of the 30-odd speakers there was not a single speech in favour of the proposal.

The meeting had been a long time in coming and was the first opportunity for residents to have their say in four years, following the much maligned 2014 community consultation that was described at the meeting as a farce.

The five-member panel that will ultimately decide the fate of the proposals consists of: chair Garry West, a former National Party government minister; former bureaucrats Stephen Gow and John Griffin; and neighbouring councillors Katie Milne (Tweed Greens mayor) and Vanessa Ekins (Lismore Greens councillor).

Cr Ekins sent her apologies but Mr West told Echonetdaily she would be provided with the recordings of the sessions and all of our notes.

Signs of protest outside Tuesdays (June 19) Joint Regional Planning Panel meeting. Photo Chris Dobney

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Ecologist Dailan Pugh and biologist Mary Gardner opened with speeches...

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Can Your Coffee Order Make A Difference? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Paris Newman Drink your milk if you want strong bones! Drink your milk to achieve a balanced diet! Drink your milk to maintain your health! Such expressions surrounding dairy milk are drilled into our consciousness within the early stages of childhood. Yet, could it really be possible that such widespread idioms are detrimental to []

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The Pledge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Adam Murie That day was so cold I wore tracky-daks under my jeans while promenading along the boardwalk of St Kilda beach in winter. Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing but this day was proving otherwise because I was appropriately dressed and it was still freezing. The foreshore was empty []

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Crazy book competition (free to enter) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Book pack up for grabs

We haven't had enough fun on this blog page recently - far too much seriousness afoot. 

But, here's a prize worth winning.

11 books valued at a total of...hang on....just a moment...$475!

You an enter for free here, or by clicking the image below which takes you to the landing page. 

Now, I'm supposed to say in the wording to this blog post that I've read all these books and therefore you should too.

But, the truth is, I haven't read all of them. 

Not yet anyway,

Ao I'll be entering myself! 

Best of luck (although hopefully I will win and not you).

Click here for your chance to win.

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Motorcycle tours for people with disabilities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A veteran Toowoomba rider is hoping to establish a motorcycle tour business for people with disabilities as well as tourists and anyone interested in a riding tour as a passenger.

Mick Jackson has also designed a special sidecar to accommodate people with disabilities and their carers.

I ran a trial motorcycle tour business in Toowoomba for about six months and received a lot of enquires from people with special needs, their carers and disability support organisations, he says.

Unfortunately, in many cases we were forced to turn people away because our vehicles and traditional tour ride protocols and procedures were not capable of providing our passengers with special needs a safe and professional ride experience.

Crowd funding

So he has now kicked off a crowd-funding campaign to start his business, Live To Ride Motorcycle Tours, to provide people with or without disabilities and special needs with the capacity, ability and opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a motorbike ride in comfort and safety.

Click here to donate.

He hopes to raise $100,000 over the next month with no funds drawn from the campaign to start the business unless it reaches its target.

Motorcycle tours for people with disabilitiesMick Jackson

These funds will also be used to attract matching government funding for the venture.

Safe tours 

Mick says he has more than 35 years of riding experience and has achieved relevant official standards for the provision of a safe motorcycle tour servi...

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Eco Centres Neil Blake OAM, Baykeeper of the Watch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Text & image by Neil Blake & Kerrie Pacholli pationpics.com In 1992 Robert Mate Mate, a dear friend and creative collaborator introduced me to Neil Blake as the Penguin Man. At that time Neil devoted a big chunk of energy studying and protecting the Port Phillip Penguins that come to roost every night at []

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Funny People Of Fitzroy St "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A whimsical, nostalgic look at the characters, identities and funny people of  1950s Fitzroy Street. by Robert Chuter Saturday, 12 February 1955 In Fitzroy Street, dilapidated terraces of houses, like shabby denial Victorian Dowagers have long rubbed shoulders with modern hotels and flats.  But cabarets, clubs and restaurants with menus as varied as the []

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Do not privatise the Australian Broadcasting Commission "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is Wednesday and my blog-light day. I am travelling a lot today and so have little time anyway for blog activities. Today, though, I reflect on the current demand by the conservatives in Australia to privatise our national broadcaster. This is a brazen attempt by mindless people, who are scared of knowing about the world beyond their own prejudices and sense of entitlement, to shut down a broadcaster they perceive to be an ideological threat. The amusing aspect is that this lot are too stupid to realise that the ABC is not left-leaning anyway. It increasingly runs news and economic commentary that is neoliberal to the core! But it remains that a public broadcaster has an essential role to play in a media landscape where profit rules content. The ABC has a long tradition of providing quality programs and analysis and while it has gone off the rails in recent years with its economic analysis (bowing to the neoliberal norm) it still provides excellent material to the public without advertisements that the commercial broadcasters have (and would never) provide. I also have some nice music offerings today.

Privatising our public broadcaster

While the Liberal Party (Australias conservative party) is not brawling in public places and having police called out to cafes to stop them fighting and injuring others (Source), they are plotting to get private hands on our national public broadcaster.

Last weekend, at their Federal Council meeting a motion was passed to privatise the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC).

The ABC History began in 1932 when a single radio service was created under an Act of Federal Parliament to ensure that audiences had reasonable access to a range and high standard of radio services.

It provides content free of advertisements and is funded by the Federal government, which periodically holds it to ransom, usually when the conservatives are in power.

This Parliamentary Library analysis (August 11, 2014) The ABC: an overview is an excellent information source.

In terms of funding it is one of the lowest funded public broadcasters in the world. This table (taken from the previous linked article) shows the reality:

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Best drone for kids DJI Tello "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You would best describe the dji Tello as a mini drone. I for one could not believe how small this drone was. I won a Tello in a contest and my initial thoughts were this will be an excellent kid-friendly drone. Will it be the best drone for kids? If its pedigree is anything to go by it certainly will with dji (the world leader in drones) standing behind it along with an Intel (computers) chip in it.

Straight out of the box the first thing you realise is, that there are no accessories or parts to put together which is great for kids (and for us adults truth be told).  There is no remote control, there is no attaching the propellers, there is no attaching the guards. There is just the drone, 1 set of replacement wings and 1 battery. If you want to talk a about mini-drone the dji Tello is it. The lack of accessories in the box is what makes this one of the best drones for kids straight away as there is nothing to lose parts wise.

The one thing kids will need to have is a phone or tablet to download the Tello app to fly this little machine. The Tello app is where the magic begins and the fun takes over allowing you to take off do tricks and land. I will say there is the option to buy a wireless remote control if downloading the app is not for you or you do prefer to have a control (like a PS4 controller which will allow you to fly the drone that way).

Let us look at some of the Tello dimensions:
  • 9.8cm  x 9.2cm x 4.1cm (3.8 inches x 3.6 inches x 1.6 inches) in size
  • Weighs 80g or 0.17 pounds (propellers and battery included)

This makes the Tello small enough to fit in a backpack or carry on suitcase and light enough that its not a burden for the kids to carry around. One thing you dont like as a parent is to be carrying around any more stuff for your kids. The weight and size make this a great drone for kids.

So, what can a top drone for kids do?

Auto Takeoff & Landing makes a good kid-friendly Drone

Open the app and simply hit the takeoff button to initiate the takeoff and the land button to initiate the landing. There are different landing modes: Tap to land and palm land. In Tap to Land the aircraft lands automatically. Put the Tello in Palm Land and place your palm under the aircraft.  Tap to confirm and the aircraft will land in your hand and stop its motors.

Tip: Make sure to have your palm flat, you dont want your fingers to get whacked by the blades. It wont do any damage to your finge...

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Hannah Mouncey Warns She May Take AFL To Human Rights Commission "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Trans footballer Hannah Mouncey has said she may take her case to the Human Rights Commission if the AFL dont put in place a policy for transgender players soon. Mouncey is currently playing in Victoria in the VFLW with Darebin but is still in limbo about her eligibility of playing AFLW next year. The AFL ...

The post Hannah Mouncey Warns She May Take AFL To Human Rights Commission appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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Byron Bay Pop-Up Science Centre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday at 10 AM  3 PM

Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay

Spin yourself until youre dizzy, compare your reflexes to a Formula 1 driver and see your fingertips under the microscope with the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

Cavanbah Centre will be overflowing with exciting hands-on science exhibits when the Science Circus and their colourful semi-trailer roll into town for an exhibition of their pop-up science centre.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 40 interactive science exhibits and watch spectacular science shows as Science Circus presenters hold fire in their hands, lie on a bed of nails and levitate beach balls.

Admission:
Adult $6, Students/Concession $5, Family $18, Children under 5 and Q Club Members FREE.

There will be a small shop. Children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

MORE INFORMATION

The post Byron Bay Pop-Up Science Centre appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

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Queensland Winners Celebrate At Inaugural Pride In Sport Awards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queenslands water polo community is celebrating wins at the inaugural Australian Pride in Sport Awards in Melbourne on Tuesday night. The awards recognise exceptional efforts in making Australian sport more inclusive of LGBTIQ people. Jeremy Archer (pictured, third from left), the Brisbane Tritons first president and now Water Polo Queensland Diversity officer, took home the ...

The post Queensland Winners Celebrate At Inaugural Pride In Sport Awards appeared first on QNews Magazine.

03:45

2018 ACFCGNs Community Gardens Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network invites you to take our annual survey of community gardens. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and captures important information about how community gardens operate and benefit their communites.

The post 2018 ACFCGNs Community Gardens Survey appeared first on ACFCGN.

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All-Energy Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia's most comprehensive clean and renewable energy event, All-Energy Australia will run from 3 - 4 October 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

03:28

How to Write a Character Reference for Court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For those who are pleading guilty to a criminal or traffic offence, it is a good idea to arrange for the preparation of up to three character reference letters for the court to consider during the sentencing process. References that are prepared by the right people and which contain relevant information will be considered by

The post How to Write a Character Reference for Court appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

03:28

US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council - just after Australia paid millions to get on it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Good on President Trump and Nikki Halley for pulling the US out of the UN Human So-Called Rights Council. RT @USUN: With members like China, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Venezuela the Human Rights Council is not worth its name. pic.twitter.com/eEETxFvw19 Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) June 19, 2018...

03:20

The Big Lift Coming to the ASX "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Todays Daily Reckoning Australia is taking you to the United States. But were not going to discuss the trade war rhetoric or international relations today. Were going to go house shopping.

After all, thats what plenty of Americans appear to be doing. I can say that because Harvard University just released its latest State of the Nations Housing report. Its been issued annually every year for three decades.

Good news for the economic outlook! The rate of people renting is in decline and home buying is rising. Thats no surprise.

America is due to see an additional 12 million households form over the next 10 years as millennials move into their peak earning years and the baby boomers live longer, plus net migration.

It should be affordable too. Median monthly payments on a modest home are actually lower in real terms than they were in 1988.

Thats despite some prodigious gains in some US housing markets since the bottom around 2011. Its all thanks to lower interest rates. The outlook for growth here is very good.

This might all seem a bit ho-hum to you sitting here in Australia, like me. But its vitally important. The mainstream news will always quote the US stock indices, but rarely anything about this.

Thats despite the fact that the average US consumer generally doesnt own stocks. But they do own houses.

Healthy real estate and job markets will drive US consumer spending. A US recession seems a distant prospect for now, while these other factors appear so strong.

We can say the same thing about Australia.

Theres plenty of people who love to scare us all with how high private debt levels are here. Not so fast on that. I saw some figures this week that suggest this is not as extreme as nominal figures appear.

If you net out the level of deposits against the gross debt, you get a debt figure of 100% of income and not 200%, as is often bandied about.

Thats not necessarily going to save some geezer whos geared to the hilt and bought at the peak of the mining boom in some regional town.

But Australia is probably less vulnerable to a systemic real estate collapse than most people assume. Repayment statistics are close to their long-term trends.

Theres also the intriguing development of the NSW government deciding to establish a Future Fund in its latest budget, with an initial $3 billion in the kitty.

Heres why this is worth keeping an eye on Should a real estate problem appear, or even general slowdown hit in NSW, it takes no imagination whatsoever to conceive the politicians pouring this money into the economy to jack things up again.

But on th...

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Searching DFAT's records for traces of Ms Bishop's numerous representations to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last Thursday The Australian newspaper published this report. It included this text: Former veterans affairs minister Stuart Robert, who has taken up the campaign by the families of the Korean War MIAs for answers, said the wheels were already turning for Australia to join the US and get boots on...

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Scientists confirm that mysterious radio signals from outer space are not made by humankind "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scientists confirm that mysterious radio signals from outer space are not made by humankind By Rhonda Johansson  News Target The universes brightest signals are extraterrestrial in origin, Australian scientists have confirmed. Their report, published in Monthly Notices at the Royal Astronomical...

The post Scientists confirm that mysterious radio signals from outer space are not made by humankind appeared first on The Daily Coin.

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Bob Tulloch dissects Australian govts nuclear waste dump community consultation and finds it dishonest. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is an easier proposition, supported by the legal framework, to work with small, isolated    and vulnerable communities that can be easily manipulated, than to conduct an open an transparent site selection process that engages the broader community. 

The constant vernacular of the whole siting process is deliberately ambiguous. For example the  use of the phrase 65% not opposed, is often perceived as 65% of the community support the  facility.

Is the Barndioota Consultative Committee just a rubber stamp for the Depts attempt         to manufacture community consent?  
There has been a constant flow of incentives handed out by the Dept, to the Indigenous and non  Indigenous communities.
Through out the site selection process our communities have had to endure the Governments  disregard of community dissent and resulting social division by an unjust, unbalanced process. 

Bob Tulloch to Senate Standing Committee on Economics  Submission for The selection process for a national radioactive waste  management facility in South Australia  (Submission No. 87)   

My name is Bob Tulloch and I have resided in the Flinders Ranges area for over 40 years. I am a  self employed business person and together with my partner Sue, operated the successful Bush  Bakery at Copley for 20 years which developed into an iconic tourist destination.  I acknowledge  the need for a national repository, but oppose and question the Governments rationale, to  establish a repository in one of Australias major tourist destinations, t...

02:59

President Trump's announcement of his Space Force "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I thought this was a gee-up when first I read of it. It's not. History may prove the President right. I may be wrong. But a Space Force is not my cup of tea.

02:59

Anti-Gay Countries Missing Out On Billions In Tourism And Investment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Countries with anti-LGBTIQ laws are sacrificing billions of dollars in potential tourism and investment, according to a new report. The Economic Cost of Homophobia report, published by advocacy group The Peter Tatchell Foundation, also argues that the countries are also sacrificing the economic power of their own LGBTIQ citizens. The global LGBTIQ travel market is ...

The post Anti-Gay Countries Missing Out On Billions In Tourism And Investment appeared first on QNews Magazine.

02:57

A Million Eurydices "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Harsha Prabhu on the rape culture that dominates our society.

This woman who was loved so much Rilke

Rape is our civilisational sub-text, the hidden hand that rocks our cradle.

Rape culture is endemic everywhere.

Indeed, ours is a civilisation based on rape and pillage. Thats been the operating model in the past. Its also the operating manual for the military industrial complex that runs our world today. And for modern, predatory capitalism.

Rape is also what we do to the earth. No wonder it affects all of us on the micro level.

Further, the so-called march of history itself can be viewed as a parade of victors, with the spoils of war preceded by slaves, children, women and men, who had either been raped or would be raped.

Thats what Walter Benjamin, possibly the greatest writer of the troubled Weimar years that saw the rise of German fascism, meant when he said: Theres no document of civilisation thats not at the same time a document of barbarism. He was referring to this victory procession.

Rape culture breeds and sustains our endless warmongering.

War is rape by other means; and rape is tantamount to a war on individual women (and men, as men get raped too).

Whats behind this culture of rape?

Its called the patriarchy and its at least as old as Zeus (if not older), who was a serial rapist himself. The patriarchy preferences the male perspective which sees women as goods and services subservient to mens needs and organises society based on this principle, with a warrior king at the top and everyone else beneath, women being at the very bottom.

Was it always like this?

No. There is ample archaeological evidence to suggest the cultures of the ancient world were organised in a radically different way. In her path-breaking book The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler suggests these cultures worshipped the goddess and celebrated women as the equal of men. This perspective could be symbolised by the chalice and this culture was, in time, overrun by warlike tribes who were organised on very different principles might is right symbolised by the blade.

Why did this happen?

No-one knows for sure. The best guess, which Eisler advances, suggests a combination of unsustainable economic practices and early climate change, forcing tribes to move out of their traditional areas and fall upon others, like the wolf on the fold.

However, this poetic analogy from nature is itself fanciful. The key insight from Eislers study is this: the so-called war of the sexes is not a biological given but a historical and cultural construct.

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Splendour in the Grass 2018 Arts Program "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

 

Sacrifices. Graveyards. Ritual burials. Just another day at The Barn with artist ANDY FORBES!  Influenced by the realms of religious cults, fetish and socio-political taboos, get ready for some graveyard boogie with spooky DJs in the barn window, audience interactive comedy, and sacrifices when Andy returns to present THE WITCH HUNT and PICKLES FAMILY FUNERALS.

Meet THE CLEANERS! Presented by SHOCK THERAPY PRODUCTIONS, the scene begins with a completely white living room that sits 7 metres above the ground. Two cleaners in white uniforms take great pains to maintain the rooms perfect whiteness. On the ground below sits a giant slingshot. Beside the slingshot, a large collection of mud-filled balloons. Let the games begin. Fights, meltdowns, existential crisis; who knows what will unfold.

With head spinning geometric patterns that are like mind-bending optical illusions,...

02:53

NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A New South Wales police officer has been spared prison time after filming a colleague without consent while they were having sex and sharing it online to boast to colleagues. 28-year old senior constable Timothy Patterson filmed a sexual encounter with a fellow off-duty officer at a city hotel

The post NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

02:52

Sydneys Archibald prize exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The annual prize fest of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes  at the Art Gallery of NSW, offers a rich diversity of Australian art practice. First awarded in 1921, the Archibald portrait prize reflects how portraiture has evolved since then and the subject matter is an insightful reflection of contemporary life. There is also a Young Archie competition which has mazing works by school children. The Wynne focusses landscape and figure sculpture and the Sulman for best genre or subject painting.

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Dumb Things! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Described as an ultimate bad feminist Amanda Jane Pritchard makes her international debut this August at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her comedy/cabaret show All The Dumb Things, but not before shows in St Kilda, Sydney and London (as part of Camden Fringe). Coming to you from a backyard somewhere in sunny St Kilda, Amanda Jane []

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Derrick Belan at the TURC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It's horrible to watch the prisoner Derrick Belan so effortlessly blame his niece Danielle and others for his own crimes. Now that he's sentenced to 4 years for fraud, let's revisit his day out at the TURC. Packed house at the TURC for National Union of Workers Greek Tragedy Tuesday,...

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Carte blanche for developers on old Byron sewage plant site? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Shire Councils sign at the entrance to the old South Byron STP site. Photo Patrick Campbell

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Questions are being raised around how the process for the remediation and future outcomes of the South Byron sewerage treatment plant (STP) are being delivered, with a key concern being the opportunity for community input. 

The site, at 1 Broken Head Road, was decommissioned in November 2005 and has since had around half the remediation work required done, according to councillor Paul Spooner. 

However, since its closure it has been adopted by wildlife and birds as well as becoming a clam and magic place for locals and visitors alike said local biologist Dr Mary Gardner. 

This Thursday, Council will most likely go into a confidential session to discuss the nine expressions of interest (EOI) that have been put in to council that will most likely determine the future of the site. 

The reason the site has been able to go straight to EOI without community consultation is because it is classified as operational land not community land, therefore it doesnt require a plan of management (PoM), according to Phil Holloway, director infrastructure services. 

Council understands there is a community desire for the property to be redeveloped into parklands and community open space but we do not have the money to do this and then maintain into the future, Mr Holloway said.

While he states that Council would like to maintain the land for  the provision of public open space for community and environmental benefit he also highlights that council could put...

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The grotesque consequences of 'puppy-farming' humans for profit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Financial Review seems these days only to speak for the corporate land speculators and financiers. Bugger small or medium business which must pay the cost of mass immigration in high rents and reduced profit margins, making its products globally uncompetitive and underpinning the very high rate of business failure in Australia. Predictably, in its support of corporate business interests, the AFR is again trotting out the 'mass immigration keeps us young line' again. (See Jacob Greber,"Immigration supports ageing population, RBA says." June 19, 2018.) If we were to apply logic, however, immigration keeps us older. It's not just because, when immigrants arrive, they are always older than Australians who are born here, aged zero - although that is true. The fact is that Australia never had a big problem with an aging population and what problem anyone has with 'aging populations' is self-solving, through death - as long as we do not keep artificially adding new people. Even in Europe, the baby-boomer bump will pass away around 2050, giving Europe a more natural demographic. If you want to see real aging population problems before they happen in Australia, consider the 'developing world' as its swollen youth cohort ages.

Artificial creation of large fertile cohorts creates huge problems

When you have a lot of young people, then you have a huge increased fertility. If those young people also live long lives, then both the population total and the population inertia are huge. You start to get problems of scale, scarcity and resource inflation (not to mention loss of natural spaces and increases in regulation and surveillance). You then get policy conflict between those who benefit from the resource inflation and those who have to pay for it. This is what we have now in Australia.

The 2nd world war baby boom followed mass access to cheap petroleum, which permitted the rise of the car and many marriages that would not have been possible without access to the new suburbia that cars serviced. This was a once-only event.

Trying to normalise the post war baby boom is demographically grotesque

Although the conditions of availa...

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Catallaxy Exclusive ABC and Sydney Uni to offer Emma-nomics Degree "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In exclusive and breaking news, it can be reported that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will establish a new foundation, the Ultimo Centre for Intellectual Vapidity (UCIV).  The ABC will seed the UCIV with an initial $20 million from savings from the axing of Peppa Pig programs.

UCIVs first investment will be to establish the School of Emma-nomics within the University of Sydney (USyd).  The School of Emma-nomics will be housed within the USyd Department of Italian Studies with the object to teach students about contemporary leftist economics and mathematics.  Courses such as calculating company income tax on revenue from an indigenous perspective will be offered, as will courses on how to win a debate by calling your opponent dog f**cker, Nazi and terrorist.

UCIV will fund academics and scholarships for this program.  However, to avoid using the gender loaded title of Bachelor ascribed to most undergraduate academic degrees, the award for graduates of this program will be know as the Special Paper Epi Walkley (SPEW).

The inaugural head of the USyd School of Emma-nomics will be Professor Emma Alberici who has been seconded from the ABC.  Professor Alberici said:

In 2001 I was a @walkleys finalist for a story on tax minimisation #justsaying.  I am thus well qualified to teach and speak on Emma-nomics.

Professor Peter Van Onselen will also be delivering courses on journalism and politics.

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01:42

Resources Minister Matt Canavan lying to South Australians on nuclear waste. Does he think that we are all fools? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barb Walker  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 June 18 

Ive just listened to another snow job on ABC 891 and then repeate...

01:39

Spring flings & ferris wheels: the politics of coming out in teen film "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Coming out rarely occurs so smoothly. Mine certainly didnt met more with intrusive fascination than genuine support and the assumption that the safety of coming out is all but assured in modern society is wishful thinking, especially where moral panic surrounding teen queerness (remember Safe Schools?) still abounds.

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Nuclear waste dumping would destroy Adnyamathanha traditional land and cultural heritage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Heather Mckenzie Stuart Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 June 18 

Just thinking, the proposed nuclear rubbish dump been forced upon us and the rest of the Adnyamathanha people is like imperialism. It is an economic, political dominance over us.
We as traditional owners have not heard of or seen any report of the so called cultural heritage assessment that was done upon our traditional lands, so I believe and see that as tokenism, because the wider community of Adnyamathanha people werent involved or werent consulted in a proper manner and it looks like we will never get to see the cultural heritage report.
So why is there so much secrecy on the cultural heritage report because at the end of the day, we are the Adnyamathanha people and its our traditional land and cultural heritage, our overall a big part of our cultural stytem our Muda that will be destroyed.......

01:36

ZERO Tolerance: Kids at the Border "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Protest in Los Angeles, (Reuters: Patrick Fallon)

by Cheryl Dean

Probably you have seen what is taking place at the US-Mexico border in the past few weeks. A zero tolerance policy was issued in mid-April 2018 by Jeff Sessions the Attorney General of the US at President Trumps insistence. This means that anyone crossing the border illegally will be prosecuted and their children will be taken from them.

And the US Attorney General has quoted the Bible in support of the plan.  He said:

I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government, because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.

What! This is unheard of. The parents will go to immigration jail and their children will go to detainment camps or facilities. The US government says it doesnt like to see this bu...

01:29

Australian uranium company Paladin leaves a mess behind it, in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa?Jim Green, 18 June 2018, The Ecologist   www.theecologist.org/2018/jun/18/who-cleans-mess-when-australian-uranium-mining-company-leaves-africa

Australian mining companies have a poor track record operating in Africa. Australian uranium company Paladin Energy has now put two of its mines into care-and-maintenance and bankruptcy looms. But who cleans up the companys mess in Namibia and Malawi, asks JIM GREEN

Many Australian mining projects in Africa are outposts of good governance this is what Julie Bishop, the countrys Foreign Minister, told the Africa Down Under mining conference in Western Australia in September 2017. The Australian government encourages the people of Africa to see us as an open-cut mine for lessons-learned, for skills, for innovation and, I would like to think, inspiration, the minister said.

But such claims sit uneasily with the highly critical findings arising from a detailed...

01:26

Byrons new shopping mall just months away from opening "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An artists impression of Mercatos facade. Image www.mercatoonbyron.com.au

Paul Bibby

A shiny, new creature is gradually emerging from the earth in downtown Byron Bay.

For the past 18 months, workers have swarmed over a large building site next to the Jonson Street Woolworths, creating a rolling soundtrack of construction noise that most locals are now used to.

The town is no stranger to development of course, but this project heralds something quite different Byrons first major shopping mall.

In approximately five months time, the doors will open on Mercato on Byron a multi-level centre complete with basement car parking, a cinema complex, and shiny shops catering to your every want and need.

Some see it as a welcome addition that will attract more visitors and create local jobs, while others bemoan a further Gold Coastification of the Shire.

So what are we actually going to get?

At 7,895m2 set over two levels, not including the carparks, the combined floorspace of the development is much smaller than a Westfield-style mega mall.

Its design is less sprawling than the older-style centres at Tweed and Ballina, thanks to a double-level, 321-vehicle underground carpark directly beneath the shopping and entertainment area.

Cinemas

Plans for a bowling alley went by the wayside somewhere during the planning process, so the malls main entertainment feature will be a nine-theatre cinema complex.

Much like its three-cinema predecessor, the new facility will be run by Palace Cinemas, with its international and independent offerings.

There was due to be an art gallery included in the complex. However, this now appears to have morphed into an open space for artisan market/gallery and performances. Exactly what this is remains to be seen.

That leaves the shops an as...

01:25

A story to raise suicide awareness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mullumbimby-based writer and filmmaker Jesse Blackadder.

Organisers of a suicide prevention and awareness project are calling upon those who have recovered from suicidality to join an eight week group starting in August, with two award-winning authors who will help them write and publish a book of their stories.

Story Circle project manager Heather Ellemor-Collins says the group will be a safe and encouraging forum where people who have been suicidal can explore their experiences and recovery through creative writing. No previous experience of writing is necessary.

Renowned authors

Ellemor-Collins says, We are delighted...

01:24

New York could be attacked with a terrorist nuclear bomb "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a nuclear attack in New y

York would look like This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like (picture of a somewhat rusting ordinary van) Ny Mag. 12 June 18

If America is attacked, the strike probably wont come from North Korea. And it will be even scarier than we imagine. .

There are currently at least 2,000 tons of weapons-grade nuclear material stored in some 40 countries enough to make more than 40,000 bombs approximately the size of the one that devastated Hiroshima. Stealing the material would be challenging but far from impossible. Russia stockpiles numerous bombs built before the use of electronic locks that disable the weapons in the event of tampering. Universities that handle uranium often have lax security. And insiders at military compounds sometimes steal radioactive material and sell it on the black market. Since 1993, there have been 762 known instances in which radioactive materials were lost or stolen, and more than 2,000 cases of trafficking and other criminal activities.

Once terrorists obtained the uranium, they would need only a small team of sympathetic engineers and physicists to build what is known as a gun-type nuclear bomb, like the one dropped on Hiroshima. A gun-type nuke uses traditional explosives to fire a slug of uranium through a tube directly into another chunk of uranium, fracturing...

01:22

Unacceptable levels of uranium in drinking water for several remote communities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our kids need proper water: Families plead for action over uranium in drinking water, ABC, 7.30  by Indigenous affairs reporters Isabella HigginsBridget Brennan and Emily Napangarti Butcher, 19 June 18, 

01:20

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie explains economic benefit of the ABC to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ABC contributes as much to the economy as it costs the taxpayer: Michelle Guthrie, https://theconversation.com/abc-contributes-as-much-to-the-economy-as-it-costs-the-taxpayer-michelle-guthrie-98553?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton    The Conversation,  Michelle GrattanProfessorial Fellow, University of Canberra  June 19, 2018 

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has hit back against critics with a Deloitte Access Economics assessment that the public broadcaster contributed more than A$1 billion to the Australian economy in the last financial year.

This was on a par with the public funding of the organisation, she told the Melbourne Press Club, in an address coming days after the Liberal Federal Council urged the ABC be privatised a call rejected by the government.

Far from being a drain on the public purse, the audience, community and economic value stemming from ABC activity is a real and tangible benefit, she said. The Deloitte study was commissioned by the ABC; Guthrie said its report was still being compiled and would be released next month.

Of the $1 billion, more than a third is economic support for the broader media ecosystem. Far from being Ultimo-centric, the ABC is boosting activity across the country, she said, giving as examples the filming of Mystery Road in the Kimberley and the production of Rosehaven outside Hobart.

Deloitte calculated the ABC was helping sustain more than 6000 full-time equivalent jobs across the economy. It means that for every three full-time equivalent jobs created by the ABC, there are another two supported in our supply chain local artists, writers, technicians, transport workers and many more.

In hard figures, the research shows that the ABC helps to sustain 2500 full-time equivalent jobs in addition to the 4000 women and men who are directly employed by the public broadcaster.

When broken down this equates to more than 500 additional jobs in production companies, over 400 jobs elsewhere in the broadcast sector, and close to 300 full-time equivalent jobs in the professional services.

Amidst the debate over the ABCs purpose and its funding we should all remember that there are 2500 jobs outside public broadcasting at risk in any move to curtail our remit and activities.

Addressing the critics argument that the ABCs about $1 billio...

01:19

Chronicling Julian Assanges 6 years of Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2,192 Days of Confinement: Assanges 6 Years in Ecuadorian Embassy in Numbers, https://sputniknews.com/europe/201806191065516777-assange-6-years-embassy-london/  

June 19 marks six years since the founder of WikiLeaks entered the building of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He hasnt stepped foot outside it since.

Julian Assange has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, where he sought refuge while facing sexual assault allegations in Sweden.

981 days have passed since the Metropolitan police removed dedicated 24/7 guards from outside the Ecuadorian Embassy on October 12, 2015.

Like all public services, MPS resources are finite. With so many different criminal, and other, threats to the city it protects, the current deployment of officers is no longer believed proportionate, a statement by the Met police said.

865 days since the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WG...

01:18

Leaky nuclear reactor in Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Zealand warns its Antarctic veterans about radiation risks from leaky US Navy reactor  https://www.stripes.com/news/new-zealand-warns-its-antarctic-veterans-about-radiation-risks-from-leaky-us-navy-reactor-1.533546  By SETH ROBSON | STARS AND STRIPES  June 19, 2018

The New Zealand government is warning personnel who worked in Antarctica in the 1960s and 70s about radiation from a leaky U.S. Navy reactor.

Alerts were posted online by the New Zealand Defence ForceAntarctica New Zealand and other government entities in January and reported by local media last month.

...

01:09

NASA: May Was 4th Hottest on Record robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

According to reports from NASA GISS, May of 2018 was the 4th hottest in the 138 year global temperature record. This new warmth came as the Equatorial Pacific began to retreat from a cooling La Nina state which, all things being equal, would have resulted in somewhat cooler than average global temperatures. (Analysis of []

via NASA: May Was 4th Hottest on Record robertscribbler

01:08

June 19 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: US Offshore Wind Upends Plans For Saving Coal & Nuclear Power Plants If the latest news out of the US DOE is any indication, the Trump Administrations newest stratagem for keeping old coal and nuclear power plants in operation make the taxpayers pay extra to keep uneconomical power plants running is []

via June 19 Energy News geoharvey

01:07

Coal to be kaput in Australia by 2050, as renewables, batteries take over RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias coal-fired generation capacity could be little more than a twinkle in Tony Abbotts eye by as early as 2050, when renewables are forecast to provide 92 per cent of the countrys electricity.

via Coal to be kaput in Australia by 2050, as renewables, batteries take over RenewEconomy

01:06

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.

via The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy

01:04

NEG: Irrelevant at best, harmful at worst RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NEG does nothing. It wont lower prices, it wont reduce the large gentailer influence, it wont bring about new investment. In short, its fraud as far as policy goes.

via NEG: Irrelevant at best, harmful at worst RenewEconomy

01:02

June 18 Energy News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Opinion:

Global warming cooks up a different world over 3 decades We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, Dr James Hansen told Congress that global warming was not approaching it had already arrived. Thirty years later, its clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. And the change has been sweeping. [The Denver Post]

James Hansen (Marshall Ritzel, The Associated Press)

Science and Technology:

In a world first, Siemens is opening a 1.5-million pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a form of energy storage. The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water, and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia can be stored and burned for electricity, sold as a fuel, or used for industrial purposes. [businessgreen.com]

Teslas cobalt usage will soon be a thing of the past if Elon Musk has his way. And

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01:00

And then there were fourmeet Tweanie. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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With a Facebook post alerting one of our supporters to the plight of the day-old little Dorper lamb we were to name Tweanie, our lamb clan of 2018 quickly rose to four! Feeding times now consist of four little dancing tails matched by the dexterity of our carers as they juggle four bottles and monitor intakes. When feeding orphan lambs, it is critical not to overfeed the hungry babies, tempting as their little bleats are for more. The resulting scours from overfeeding such immune-compromised babies can often prove fatal; hence our diligent recording of each feeding, all logged with love regardless of the hour of day (or night).

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01:00

Strong earthquake shakes Osaka: Officials in neighboring Fukui Prefecture say all 15 nuclear reactors are still functioning Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Strong earthquake shakes Osaka All but 1 or 2 of these are supposedly shut down since 3-11. Just before 8 am local time a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northern Osaka. Its categorized as a six-minus on a scale of zero to seven on Japans seismic intensity scale. No tsunami warning has been issued. Hyogo, Kyoto, []

via Strong earthquake shakes Osaka: Officials in neighboring Fukui Prefecture say all 15 nuclear reactors are still functioning Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

00:59

Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BNEF says EV sales in Australia have started slowly but will finish quick and will beat the global average by 2040, after passing tipping points on affordability in 2025. More intriguingly, the EV fleet will create a behind the motor storage market as big as Snowy 2.0.

via Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market RenewEconomy

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00:53

A Giant Dark Emu Roams "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We may not see wild emus in our bush around Newstead, but there is one vast dark one that now strides across our sky. The dark lanes and dust of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy become visible as galactic centre rises on winter evenings. Aboriginal astronomers did not limit their descriptions to bright stars as the Arabic and subsequent European astronomers did, but include the dark shapes of the night skies into their science.

The great dark emu rises above our place

The head, neck and body of the emu rise above our place at Strangways

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And with some labels

The most impressive is the great emu that stretches across the winter sky, with its head at the base of the Southern Cross (unromantically called the Coalsack by Europeans) and feet well north in the constellation Aquila (the Eagle). The mighty body of this bird, thousands of trillions of kilometres long, is found in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius.

Picnic point on Lake Cairn Curran provided a great setting for photographing the centre of the Milky Way. Saturn adds an extra bright object to the spectacle. The Sagittarius Star Cloud is also easily picked out with the naked eye, but is a real treat with binoculars. The Lagoon nebula is also discernible with the naked eye and is one of the many star-creating bright nebulae in this part of the galaxy. Messier objects 6 & 7 are open star clusters and are recently born clusters of stars that have blown their gaseous nebula into space.

And rumour has it that Newstead is the centre of the universe.

Picnic Point nightscape mosiac

Milky Way central rises above Cairn Curran. Somewhere in there is a black hole millions of times the mass of our sun.

Picnic Point nightscape mosiac labelled

and some la...

00:37

Video: Meet the migrant child detention centre whistleblower now speaking out against family separations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A youth care worker who quit his job at a United States Tucson detention centre for unaccompanied minors is speaking out about inadequate facilities, untrained staff and inhumane policies, after witnessing the devastation of family separations firsthand. Antar Davidson says he quit after he was forced to tell children who were separated from their mother not to hug one another. The facility is run by Southwest Key, a nonprofit that operates 27 facilities and has signed a lease to detain hundreds of separated children, including many who are a younger than 12 years old, in a baby jail in a former warehouse and homeless shelter in Houston.

Video from  Democracy Now!

 

The post Video: Meet the migrant child detention centre whistleblower now speaking out against family separations appeared first on The Pen.

00:34

Teven, Tintenbar residents say no bloody way to asphalt plant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Front row, from left: president of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association Josh Browne, Greens MP Tamara Smith, Joshs wife and son, Ballina councillor Keith Williams and NSW Labor candidate Asren Pugh. Photo Caroline Desmond

Ballina Shire Council mayor David Wright has refused to state his support or otherwise for a petrochemical plant that residents fear would be built near their rural Teven homes.

While multinational Fulton Hogan are yet to lodge a development application (DA) before Ballina Council, residents and politicians converged on Saturday at Tintenbar Hall to discuss the project.

The No Bloody Way campaign against any proposed asphalt factory is headed by the Teven Tintenbar Community Association.

Mayor Wright, who was at the meeting, told The Echo, We as councillors cannot make up our minds before seeing the DA there is nothing for Council to consider. The proponent will need to lodge not just a DA, but an environmental impact statement (EIS) and undertake community consultation.

Anyone can apply to develop anything, he said, even of its not allowable.

Yet the mayor conceded that the project could be built within the zoning.

When asked if Ballina Councils planning laws reflect community expectations in this regard, he replied that they did.

I dont know anywhere else apart from an industrial estate where you would put such a plant, he said.

The mayor also questioned where residents got their information from, such as the claim it will operate 24/7. No similar plant in the area operates 24/7.    

And while residents are urging councillors to stop the process now, Mayor Wright expressed his fear that Council could be taken to court if they reject any proposal for the site.

Meanwhile the cause is bringing locals together. Resident Jo Mainprize said of the Saturday gathering, I know a lot of locals, but...

00:12

How the Ballina electorate fares in the NSW budget "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Artists impression of the new Ballina High School. (Supplied)

Lets explore the state governments 2018-19 budget report for the Ballina electorate!

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the Ballina electorate covers Byron and Ballina local government areas and your local representative in NSW parliament is Greens MP Tamara Smith.

The NSW Budget 2018-19 Electorate Report (Ballina) is a simple 13 page document that lists capital projects, transport projects, Restart NSW fund projects and regional grant funds across this electorate. While theres many projects that have been previously announced, theres a few new items.

Capital works for the area this financial year include $49.6 million for a new Ballina High School.

A social housing upgrade will receive $1,147,000 and comes without any details. Similarly a $500,000 coastal infrastructure program has no detail.

As for transport, a total of $14,497,000 is listed for capital projects, operating projects and maintenance. These projects are of course largely to do with road improvements and a few footpaths, but it also includes a Transport Access Program for the proposed Byron Bay interchange.

$2,108,000 has been put aside for the planning and construction for the Byron bus interchange that includes improved ramps, toilets, seating, shelters, kiss and ride zones, bike racks, improved customer information and CCTV and lighting.

A Brunswick Heads boat ramp upgrade is pegged at $500,000, while $304,000 will go to the construction of a shared path along Balemo Drive in Ocean Shores

And do we get value for money from John Holland corporation who maintain the regions disused railways? Despite the state governments multi-electorate transport program, inspections and minor repairs for rail line in this electorate will cost the taxpayer $341,000 for this year.

An upgrade to the Ballina Byron Airport is pegged at $4,508,000 and falls under the Restart NSW Fund.

Bridge rebuilding around Bangalow will cost $2,589,000, while Brunswick Heads foreshore public reserve upgrades and improvements will cost $1,227,000.

Regional grants include the Byron Writers festival Story Board Road trip ($80,000), the establishment of Ignite Studios Lighting Sustainability upgrades and partnership development $158,000) and the Solar Art Ark, a solar powered mobile workshop/stage/stopre ($...

00:03

Trump administration quits UN Human Rights Council, exposing the dangers of complacency on human rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Trump administration has announced that it will quit the UN Human Rights Council, effective immediately.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva for the current session of the Human Rights Council. Mr Webb said the move was widely expected by advocates and diplomats and is the latest step in the United States retreat from human rights and multilateralism.

"Its no secret that Trump hates human rights just ask the kids he is ripping away from their parents at the US border. Human rights are fundamentally about compassion and respect. Trump is not. So its no surprise to see him lash out at the worlds highest human rights body," said Mr Webb.

"We have massive cultural complacency around human rights in Australia. Thats why governments think its ok to imprison innocent children and families on remote islands for five years. But what Trump has exposed is that the very concept of universal human rights the very notion that people are equal and deserve compassion and respect  can no longer be taken for granted."

The widely expected announcement comes one day after the UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, condemned the Trump administrations "unconscionable" practice of ripping apart migrant families and detaining children at the US border. It also comes two days into a three week session of the Council Australias second as a member. 

"At this pivotal moment in the history of human rights, the crucial question for our government is whether they will continue to be part of the problem  undermining the very foundation of human rights with hollow words and unprincipled actions, or will they actually own some principles, step up and become part of the solution?"

Mr Webb acknowledged that the UN Human Rights Council was not perfect but said it continued to play a crucial role in supporting victims of cruelty and injustice all over the world and in holding despots and dictators to account.

"This is the system that is helping expose the genocide and ethnic cleansing happening in Myanmar right now. This is the system condemning the use of chemical weapons and the killing of children in Syria, and calling for the release of journalists imprisoned around the world for speaking truth to power," said Mr Webb.

"If we want a world where people are treated fairly and humanely  where victims of cruelty and injustice arent just abandoned to suffer at the hands of dictators and military regimes then now more than ever we need governments like ours to stand up for human rights and play a principled and constructive role on the UN Human Rights Council."

Daniel Webb will be available for comment from the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

For interviews...

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June 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port Jackson.

1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....

1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.

1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.

1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.

1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.

1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.

1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.

1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.

1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.

1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.

1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.

1931 -  Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.

1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.

1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.

1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.

1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.

1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...

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23:58

Blanchett, Edgerton get ugly for campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rosario Dawson introduces audiences to some of Australias ugliest endangered critters in the Wilderness Societys latest promotion.

LOS ANGELES, AAP Cate Blanchetts latest performance is as an ugly and endangered Australian Mary River turtle that sports a bright green mohawk hairdo and breathes through its genitals.

Her co-star is another Aussie A-Lister, Joel Edgerton, who plays an equally ugly ghost shark that is an animal kingdom oddity because its penis is on its forehead.

Hollywood actress Rosario Dawson, dressed in a costume that looks like it has been created by a bunch of kindergarten kids, is the star of the low budget production despite portraying an ugly singing, dancing, phytoplankton-sipping Australian ethmia clytodoxa moth.

We put our egos aside, Dawson told AAP.

We are really willing to do anything to get that attention because we need it.

The impressive cast, which also includes Teresa Palmer as a southern right whale, Samara Weaving as a ghost bat and Dan Wyllie as giant Gippsland earthworm, is part of new campaign by The Wilderness Society.

They star in a four-minute musical comedy video featuring puppet creatures, whacky and naughty lyrics and use of dollops of whale poo.

Dubbed Save Ugly, the campaign is aimed at raising awareness of all the aesthetically-challenged creatures in Australias ecosystems that help make life possible, warts and all.

Cute, furry animals often get the most help and support.

The Wilderness Society hopes the music video will shine a light on the endangered Mary River turtle and other creatures that need help to survive.

The video was shot in just one day in Los Angeles.

We need these different creatures, Dawson said.

It is important to know the phytoplankton feeds off the excrement of whales.

These tiny little things that we cant see with the naked eye capture more carbon than trees do.

Dawson joked Blanchett, a seven-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, might even score another nod for voicing the turtle.

I will be rooting for Cate Blanchetts turtle to accept on all of our behalf, Dawson said.

The video can be v...

23:44

MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 20th of June, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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23:39

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australia land of sunshine freezes, frost 1500 miles south of the Equator "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What could be described as a Superfreeze event engulfed Australia over the weekend, send all but one capital in Darwin below 10C and record snow and cold to other parts with 3/4 of the continent in freeze and frost conditions. Amazingly frost extended to within 1500 miles of the equator. No that is not a misprint, frost just 1500 miles from the equator during this event. Power draw was at all time high and some manufacturers were charged 100x the normal rate and paying up to $14,000 per megawatt. This shows that 100% green energy for a continent is not achievable or sustainable. Sources

23:26

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23:25

Australian Broadcasting Corporation lauds hijab as sensuous, source of empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Broadcasting Corporations slant on this issue was predictable, but not for that any more excusable. The real women who need empowerment are not those who wear the hijab, who are praised and hailed in article after article like this one, and celebrated in World Hijab Day, but those women who have been brutalized []

23:04

Local bodybuildings golden girl "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WONTHAGGIS Lucy Dicker took home gold from the All Female Classic bodybuilding competition this month.
Lucy won the Sports Model section, was second in Fitness Model, third in Fitness Open and third in Novice. Thats a place in every section she entered.
Following months of training and sticking to a strict meal plan, including eating seven times a day, her determination has paid off.
And Lucy says she wouldnt have achieved those places in the natural competition, held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, without coach Luke Hynes.
With the right coach, you can succeed, Lucy said of Luke, a full-time Voyage Fitness coach.
Hes helped out so much, guiding me in the right direction. Lukes been bodybuilding for about 10 years.
His knowledge of bodybuilding is insane and hes so passionate about it.
Lucy spends countless hours in the gym each week with coach Luke, working up a sweat with cardio and weight sessions. Lucy works at her parents business, Wonthaggi Betta Home Living.
Luke used to work here and I remember when I was younger, Id see him in the lunch room with his egg whites.
Its all been lots of fun; the coaching, the competition, everything. Ill definitely be doing it again.
Each Sunday, Lucy sets aside three hours to prepare 21 meals for the following week.
Its important to listen to your body. I dont cut any food groups. Meal prepping makes it a lot easier to stick to a meal plan.
Lucys planning on entering the Rising Star and Rookie Show bodybuilding competition, held early next year.
Over the next few months, Lucy says shell continue to train, eat healthy, and build up more muscle.
Its a slow process, but I love it.

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22:43

Thermal Inertia and the Climate Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In my recent blog on the ocean warming and the large black marlin caught off the coast at Mallacoota I quoted at length from the Skeptical Science website on how thermal inertia works. Skeptical Science used the analogy of a boiling a pot of water on the stove. Even though there is an enormous amount of heat under the pot and a relatively small amount of water in it there is still a delay of some minutes before the water boils.

In the real world we have the opposite occurring. We have a human enhanced greenhouse effect warming the planet gradually in human time but almost instantaneous in geological time. And this increased temperature is acting on the vast oceans of the planet. Extra energy of the equivalent of four Hiroshima atom bombs per second is being added to our atmosphere and more than 90% of this heat is absorbed by the oceans. Even so the delay in the warming of the oceans is measured in decades and of which the 40 year delay is the mid-point of the scientific estimates of this extremely difficult calculation.

Factoring in the thermal inertia of the oceans has a number of consequences. One being that if we could somehow stop all greenhouse gas emissions instantly the warming would continue for 40 years and possibly a lot longer. But perhaps the big message is that mankind has already caused much more warming than we can possibly imagine. The warming of our oceans, the one degree temperature rise over the century, the Black Saturdays, the Millennial Drought, the heat waves, the record black marlin at Mallacoota and Bass Strait, are all just the start of bigger (and worse) things to come.

As I pointed out the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere in 1980 was 340 parts per million (ppm) whereas now it is over 410. If we assume the pre-industrial level was 280ppm then the additional 60ppm to 1980 has caused at least the one degree of temperature rise we are now experiencing and probably more. We note that in the last 40 years we have added a further 70ppm indicating that possibly a further degree of warming is already in the pipeline. Finally we can add the one or two ppm we are continuing to add to the atmosphere each year. Even these very rough lay...

22:35

Australia: Three KFC stores refuse to sell bacon on sandwiches, as they use only halal products "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The principle is always and everywhere the same: in Muslim countries, non-Muslims should change their behavior to conform to Muslim sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, non-Muslims should change their behavior to conform to Muslim sensibilities. If youre a non-Muslim in Punchbowl and want bacon on your KFC sandwich, youre out of luck. The Muslims eschew []

22:14

WestConnex sale looms as bidding duel narrows to Transurban, industry funds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The WestConnex project in Sydney has generated massive opposition form affected communities and led to the rise of community groups that are waging an ongoing campaign. This battle has contributed to the growth of a lack of confidence in government. This article by Michael West (18 June 2018) provides a rundown of the latest developments, which includes the moves to sell the projects resulting tollways to the private sector.

It is little wonder that trust in government is bruised by the day. The secrecy and dissembling over Australias largest infrastructure project, WestConnex, is a case in point.

To be fair, some sympathy might be conceded governments undertaking ambitious public works projects, especially when they entail tearing down peoples homes to build motorways and locking horns with angry residents groups. Even from the outset however, the $17 billion WestConnex project in Sydney has been handled more like an SAS mission than a public project requiring community consent and deliberation. As a suite of project deadlines looms, public confidence is running low.

The greatest flaw in this project has perhaps been the failure to consider, from the start,  whether rail might have been a better option than road. There was no Public Sector Comparator to contemplate a mass transit alternative which might be cheaper and more efficient. No public consultation or discussion. Just roads to be privatised, tolls to be had to juice up the sale price from privatisation.

Now, as the deadline for sale nears, the sale that is of a 51 per cent majority stake in Sydney Motorways Corporation (SMC) which houses the gargantuan WestConnex, questions over the project are hitting fever pitch. Does it stack up?

The latest concerns:

21:48

Another charge of cheating in cricket "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The second Test match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka that ended yesterday in a draw saw another charge of ball tampering. Readers may recall the outrage in March following the discovery that three Australian players, including the captain, had tried to secretly use sandpaper to roughen up one side of the ball, a clear violation of the rules. All three received various punishments (see here and here and here). The charge this time is against the Sri Lankan cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal who was accused of eating a sweet (which is what a piece of hard candy is called by us cricket playing former colonials) and then using the sticky saliva to rub on the ball and thus change its condition. He has denied the charge and there will now be an inquiry.

This short video explains why the issue in this case is not as clear-cut as with the use of sandpaper. If you cannot see the embedded video, go here.

As to the physics involved, what is incontrovertible is that changing the nature of the surface of the ball by roughing it up or shining it or some similar action will undoubtedly alter its motion in flight in some way. What is not clear is how much the flight will be changed, in what way, and whether it can be predicted and thus controlled, because the equations of fluid dynamics are enormously complicated to solve, especially for turbulent motion, and depend on many variables.

I do not buy the defense that the sweet is used to simply generate more natural saliva (an allowed substance under the current rules) and not to produce artificial sticky saliva (which is not allowed). It seems absurd to argue that the mouth of players becomes so dry that it cannot produce the tiny amount of saliva needed to rub on the ball. If that were the case, the player would be in danger of collapsing due to dehydration.

I would like the authorities to throw the book at Chandimal and, given the arbitrary nature of the distinction between natural and artificial saliva, also change the rules so that not even saliva of any kind can be used to polish the ball, thus removing a temptation for players to indulge in this type of gamesmanship. The only thing that should be allowed is to polish the ball on ones cl...

21:43

John Pilger: Bring Julian Assange home "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange's six years' confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected. We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful - a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture. I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him. In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the "feeling of trust" that is WikiLeaks' "centre of gravity". This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of "exposure [and] criminal prosecution" and a unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.

21:38

Scotsman's letter proves the slaughter of Aborigines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An extraordinary letter home to Scotland from a young man who had emigrated to Australia in the 1830s has been made available to people trying to reconcile with Aboriginal history. James Graham wrote home to his family in Fife in 1839, a year after he had emigrated to Australia, and his letter contains proof that Aborigines were massacred by white settlers - studies have shown that up to 60% of Australians still do not believe such atrocities happen. During National Reconciliation Week earlier this month - seven days of promoting Aboriginal culture - the so-called Overland Letter by Graham was promoted by the University of Melbourne in its online publication Pursuit. The letter from the university archives is extraordinary for several reasons, not least because it is a rare example of the "criss-cross" style of writing which Victorians used in order to save paper - the most famous user of that method was the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. According to Pursuit, Graham's cross-writing horizontally, vertically and diagonally filled two large leaves of heavy paper with words that would later add up to forty pages of typed transcription.

20:04

The Implications of Assanges Persecution for Journalism and Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LONDON  (Opinion) Today marks the sixth anniversary of Julian Assanges ascent to the position of the worlds most well-known political refugee after daring to be the public face of the ground-breaking transparency organization WikiLeaks. Arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than half a decade, Assanges precarious situation a product of the U.S. and U.K. governments efforts to destroy and silence him forever threatens to devolve into tragedy.

If Assanges asylum is suspended or he is extradited to the United States, however, it will be much more than a personal tragedy for Assange. It will also be a tragedy for the publics right to know and the free flow of information the first major loss to an empires battle to quash dissent and silence those who seek to use information to liberate rather than deceive.

Assanges case means much more than the severe mistreatment torture, as some have said of a single man whose commitment to bringing the dark deeds of government crimes to light has forced him to sacrifice seeing the outside world even his own children for the better part of a decade. Though his mistreatment has no place in any civilized democracy, the outcome of Assanges case if his extradition to the United States does come to pass will have a powerful impact for journalism as a whole. Indeed, if the U.S.-led campaign to extradite and silence Assange is successful, it will invariably become the blueprint used by powerful governments like the U.S. to silence independent journalists the world over, and bludgeon them into submission.

 

The journalistic path of least resistance

It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers Julian Assange

U.S. government efforts to destroy WikiLeaks and Assange in particular are well-documented, having been hatched long before Assange sought political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy. Though efforts to discredit the organization have largely been more covert, the campaign targeting Assange has been crafted to target the...

19:27

US Actions In Light Of The Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees: This Doesnt Look Good "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I wrote yesterday about US violations of the Convention Against Torture, but of course US lawlessness and evil doesnt end there.

Lets read about the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Dont be confused by the fact that the UNCSR is limited to regulating the treatment of European refugees who migrated before 1952. In 1967 the UN passed an amendment that simply stated that the convention protects all refugees in any time and any place removing those restrictions but keeping the nature of the treatys requirements the same. There have been additional measures put in place by the UN to add additional protections in certain geographic regions for certain times, but when those special agreements are not in place, the fundamental protections of the 1951 treaty still require a minimum standard of just treatment to be followed by any and every nation which is a signatory.

First, heres a little of what the High Commissioner on Refugees has to say about the document:

the 1951 Convention endorses a single definition of the term refugee in Article 1. The emphasis of this definition is on the protection of persons from politi- cal or other forms of persecution. A refugee, according to the Convention, is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

The Convention is both a status and rights-based instrument and is underpinned by a number of fundamental principles, most notably non-discrimination, non-penalization and non-refoulement.*1

While in practice there are probably discriminatory behaviors being undertaken by the US in how it handles the children of Europeans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis and a few others vs how it handles the children of Latin American citizens who cross at the southern border, where the Trump administration is really screwed is non-penalization. In short, youre not supposed to punish someone for claiming asylum (refugee status). When the Trump administration advertises that they know this sucks (conceding the horror so that they can shift the blame to the Democrats) in some fora, while in other fora they speak specifically about wanting to discourage Latin Americans from coming to the US to claim asylum, they are de facto admitting to breaking the UNCSR.

But does it get worse? Oh yes. It gets worse. It doesnt require a specialist in public international law (or even a lawyer) to realize that this practice is seriously contrary to the norms established by the UNCSR. The very first substantive provision reads as follows:

THE CONFEREN...

07:00

GMO Rice Approved "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Dr. Mercola

Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene.

The rice, which has been making headlines for nearly two decades, was widely touted as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, which affects 250 million preschool-aged children worldwide.1 As the leading cause of preventable blindness in children, it's estimated that up to 500,000 children become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, and half of them die within a year of losing their sight.2

A form of rice that could potentially alleviate this devastating micronutrient deficiency, especially in low-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia does, indeed, sound like a panacea. However, despite its recent FDA approval, there remain many doubts surrounding Golden Rice, including its usefulness, practicality and effectiveness for its intended purpose: relieving vitamin A deficiency.

FDA Says Golden Rice Is Safe, but Can't Make a Nutrient Claim

The FDA based their decision to approve Golden Rice on data supplied by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice, who they have also tasked with ensuring the products safety in the future: It is IRRIs continuing responsibility to ensure that foods marketed by the firm are safe, wholesome, and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements."3

While IRRI does not intend to grow or market Golden Rice in the U.S. at this time, it sought approval because it's expected that the product may be imported into the U.S., perhaps in other food products intended for animals or people.

While accepting IRRI's conclusion that Golden Rice is safe, they noted that its beta-carotene content is "too low to warrant a nutrient content claim." Health Canada similarly wrote that even if all rice and rice products in the country were replaced with Golden Rice, it would result in only a very small (0.8 percent to 8 percent) increase in beta-carotene intake daily.4

The FDAs approval could influence other countries consider...

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