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Thursday, 19 April

18:40

Bitcoin money laundering claims largely overblown says Quebec chief scientist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bitcoin has been touted as the go-to for criminals in their illegal activities, such as money laundering, but Quebec Chief Scientist Rmi Quirion says that claim is blown out of proportion. Earlier this year, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said []

The post Bitcoin money laundering claims largely overblown says Quebec chief scientist appeared first on The Global Mail.

15:55

China Warns Australia Against Being a Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

China throws its weight around even more casually than the US does, achieving the difficult task of making Trump look not so bad.

15:01

Australia: Muslim husband tells wife Im allowed to marry four women. You have to change your Western mentality. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia: Muslim husband tells wife Im allowed to marry four women. You have to change your Western mentality.
The words of an abusive Muslim husband, sanctioned by Islamic law to be ruler over his wife and to beat her if she is disobedient: Im allowed to marry four women, he told her. You have to change your Western mentality. Muslim women in Australia are stuck with violent husbands as they fight to get []

14:00

Research problems at Australian university hit the news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A university in Australia thats made headlines before over allegations of research misconduct has found itself in the news once again. Last week, the University of Queensland (UQ) announced some of its authors were retracting a paper after discovering data were missing. Just days later, the university made headlines over an investigation into three papers Continue reading Research problems at Australian university hit the news

13:18

Chief of Army bans "death symbology/iconography". What's a rifle for General? ICB? Crossed swords??? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is crazy. A soldier's job is to close with and kill the enemy. Death goes with the territory. Soldiers need to be very good at bringing death to the enemy. This badge is American but it'll give you the idea as to what the Chief of Army wants to...

11:51

2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

You can make a donation to the Bardi Bus at Bardi Bus needs some Loving

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10:30

Evie Wylds All the Birds, Singing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing (Vintage 2013)

wyld.jpgMy copy of All the Birds, Singing announces on the cover that it won the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. As I read the first chapter, which is set in a generic British countryside, I wondered about that prize, given the insistence in past years that the Miles Franklin winner had to be set in Australia. The first paragraph of the second chapter put my questioning to rest:

We are a week from the end of the job in Boodarie. Im in the shower at the side of the tractor shed watching the thumb-sized redback thats always sat at the top of the shower head. She hasnt moved at all except to raise a leg when I turn on the tap, like the waters too cold for her.

Then, as if Boodarie and the redback arent enough to signal that we are now in rural Australia, the next paragraph lays it on thick:

The day has been a long and hot one the tip of March, and under the crust of the galvo roof the air in the shearing shed has been thick like soup, flies bloating about in it. [] The first stars are bright needles, and in the old Moreton Bay fig that hangs over the tractor shed and drops nuts on the roof while I sleep, a currawong and a white galah are having it out; I can hear the blood-thick bleat of them. A flying fox goes overhead and just like that the smell of the place changes and night has settled in the air.

The novel continues in alternate chapters. On an unnamed British island, the protagonist has a small sheep farm, and someone or something is killing her sheep. In Australia, some years earlier, she is a lone woman shearer, with a dark secret in her past. On the island, she has to deal with a series of men who refuse to take her story of a sheepkiller seriously. In Australia, the telling moves back in time through a series of unfortunate incidents, mostly involving physical and sexual abuse by men.

Its a good read, but I have to tell you that if, like me, you prefer a book that sets up a mystery to arrive at a solution to that mystery, you will want, like me, to throw this one across the room when you reach the final pages.

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10:05

SEX, PUNK, NEOFASCISM AND JULIO IGLESIAS. THE 1980s WESTERN MUSICIANS BANNED IN THE USSR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Music is a powerful force for unity. Its an international language that crosses borders. And its hard to be enemies with people who make you sing and dance. Music can undermine political regimes, which is why they sometimes prevent you hearing the stuff that might make you think theres a better way to live.

In early 1985, the Komsomol, the youth wing of the Soviet Communist Party, drew up a list of Western musical acts not to be played on the radio, or in clubs and discos. They were ideologically harmful although in most cases the list didnt specify how or why.

Scroll down for the Spotify of acts banned for sex, punk, neofascism and more

Komsomol list of acts banned in USSR1985 black list in original Russian

The list cites many reasons these 38 acts were not to be played, including violence, eroticism, punk, mysticism and religious obscurantism. Its probably lost something in the translation, and picked up some spelling errors along the way. But it reveals a deeper knowledge of Western music than might have been expected in the 1985 Soviet Union.

The blacklist had a catchy title the approximate list of foreign musical groups and artists whose repertoires contain ideologically harmful compositions. Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads and Julio Iglesias are on it, with Madness, B-52s, Alice Cooper, The Village People, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, AC/DC and a Swiss band that sounds just like them called Krokus.

Its sinister and hilarious all at once, a reminder of just how hot the Cold War became in the mid 80s, and how daggy political folks can seem when they have to deal with the youth.

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09:29

A quick guide to Record Store Day 2018 in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Still taken from film High Fidelity, 2000

Ready to get your fingers dusty? Music nerd Christmas is almost here!

Where technology has navigated most of us towards online streaming, the annual Record Store Day manages to steer us back to the significance of the tangible, as record stores sugar things up worldwide with stacks of deals, giveaways and events. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day will be held this Saturday, 21st April, with local dealers curating their own magic for the day, as well as selling a bundle from the exhaustive RSD exclusive list. Check out the parties happening at the following local stores this Record Store Day. Happy hunting!

FRANKS WILD YEARS

3/2a Raymond Rd, Thirroul. Open 10am-12am | More info here

A journey down the Leisure Coast will land you a tops afternoon in Thirroul, as Franks Wild Years are going all out with live sets from The Jim Mitchells, Spike Vincent, Stefan Blair (Good Morning), Tropical Strength and Luke Spook. A store name nodding the great Tom Waits, youll probably find some of the artists exclusive releases amongst the crates, too.

MOJO RECORD BAR

73 York St, Sydney. Open 9am-late | More info here

Grab yourself a drink and head down to the basement of Mojo Records for a suite of new and used vinyl. The guys are offering 10% off new releases and 20% off secondhand as well as Audio-Technica turntables. Sift through with a drink in hand as happy hour will be running from 12-6pm, capped off by a live performance from Melbournes Wild Meadows at 6:30pm as part of their album launch tour.

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09:27

Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive had a couple of backpacking Aussie guests staying with me for the last few weeks. Theyre itchy-ass feet are doing a year-long stay-cay in the UK. And because theyre pretty much family I offered them a place to crash while they drifted through the city of ridiculous accommodation prices that is London. In fact,...

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The post Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks appeared first on Comfort is for Wimps.

08:35

08:27

MAINfm Kick-Off "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

 

The MAIN Kick-Off 
A Footy Fundraiser for MAINfm 
Sunday 10 June 
Gates Open: 12 noon Kick-Off: 1:30pm

Keep Up To Date with Event Happenings here: The MAIN Kick-Off 

To register to play: http://mainfm.net/themainkickoff/

08:21

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America are governed by the TOS with the companys international headquarters in Ireland. That means 1.5 billion users of Facebook who live outside Europe would nonetheless be protected by the GDPR.

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06:00

Syria - Who Is Stalling The OPCW Investigation In Douma? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why has the fact finding mission (FFM)of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) not visited Douma? The OPCW inspectors are held up by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) which has a say about any movement of UN aligned organizations in areas that might be dangerous. The UNDSS is led by an Australian police / intelligence officer. The holdup seems to be intended.

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