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Monday, 25 September

17:01

On German Tranquility and Missionary Zeal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Germans love their tranquility. I can attest to that having lived in the land of Oom-pah where wine and beer fests churn up robotic glee and civic togetherness. And the election charade for Angela Merkels fourth term is a good example of just how much people are willing to sacrifice in order to get their fix of Shangri La.

A story entitled Angela Merkel: Germans embrace predictability and stability ahead of vote at abc.net.au tells us that most Germans just want their beer, pretzels, and Angela Merkel piloting Germany over the rest of the EU some more. Okay, the last part is what I am telling you as an analyst whos lived in Germany for a decade. The point is, Merkel stands for the globalist world as it is today a steaming pile of crises of one kind or another. The problem with re-electing Angela Merkel for Europe, is that nothing will change for the Germans in the short term, and that nothing will change any time soon for countries less fortunate. Merkel is the symbol of what is all wrong about Germany and the EU. The European Union experiment cannot succeed if one country is favored above all others. In short, the euro zone cannot go forward if Germany is part of it. This should be abundantly clear for everyone paying close attention. The Australian piece continues, citing a German Octoberfest reveler:

I think in Germany, everybody feels good, Sebastian Tebbel says.

Thank God Natalie Nougayrde over at The Guardian interrupted Merkels Munich beer hall putsch with Germany wont lead the free world. It barely looks beyond its own borders, an opinion piece that gets down to the business of profiling the German psyche Merkel must protect them. The French expert frames Merkel and the Germans she panders to so:

The German campaign has paid very little attention to Europe, not to mention the world beyond it. It has practically dispensed with the question of how the country should relate to realities beyond its borders: the global shifts at work, how to define its role in a changing environment, how to strategically prepare for the future, and the external impacts that may lie in store.

But...

15:23

Government Confusion = Incompetence (Politics v Bankers) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Dear Martin Armstrong

About The post, Is There a Way Out of This Financial Mess?
In the second last paragraph you write, Taxes have risen as deficits expand because government thinks inflation is the danger. Link:
Shouldnt that be Deflation?
Thank you for doing what you do.
U

 

ANSWER: No. I agree it makes no sense but logic is not a talent of government. You have central banks trying to stimulate by increasing the supply of money, but then you have politicians worried about their deficits and being criticized so the they raise taxes. The two placed in the same room could never have a true dialog of any meaning.

The bankers are worried about deflation and the politicians, like Merkel, are worried about inflation. It is confusing, but hey, anyone who actually thinks electing people without trading experience is the way to run an economy should ask the parking attendant who parks a car if they are free to fix a cavity in your tooth.

15:04

Police Arrest 8 Year Old Boy Put Him In Restraints & Inject Him With Sedatives On First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school. Debbie Kiroff says her eight-year-old, who loves cooking, Lego and swimming, []

14:51

Aquakrafts Swachhagraha movement ensures clean drinking water, safe sanitation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sometime in 2002, a close friend of mine, Dr Vulimiri Jagdish, former Senior Public Health Specialist from the World Bank, introduced me to Dr Timothy Badger from Boston, USA, who had patents in water filtration technologies. Dr Badger was very passionate about doing work in India and wanted a partner. It was then that I introduced him to a very eminent scientist in India who told me that the technology was a magic wand and provided answer to water contamination problems in India. This encouraged me to support Dr Badgers efforts and helped him get some business by introducing him to prospective partners. Unfortunately, the partnerships did not work out and resulted in a huge financial loss to Dr Badger. But despite that, he wanted to continue his efforts of solving the water problem issue in India. This inspired me immensely and this is when I left a successful corporate career and started Aquakraft Projects Pvt. Ltd., in July 2010 with a focus to provide clean drinking water and sanitation to one and all.

Rampant drilling of borewells have depleted the ground water levels to dramatic proportions and as a result, many parts of India have an endemic problem of Fluoride and Arsenic contamination in ground water. As much of 80% of India receives its drinking water

from the ground and contamination poses a serious health risk. The striking feature of our technology that addressed these contaminants in a green way is that it does not require power, which is one of the critical components of sustainable water treatment solutions. Unlike Reverse Osmosis, it does not waste any water and treats 100% of the water and also there is no sludge. Also, it did not require much maintenance. In fact, the local village personnel were able to monitor and maintain the system without much ado. This buoyed my confidence and conviction and I set out to promote the same.

Armed with a magic wand, I travelled extensively across the length and breadth of India and while doing so, was alarmed to see that drinking water interventions have a very low rate of sustainability. One of the main factors was the lack of electricity, which was the most critical component fo...

14:28

Harvard Scientists Detect Alien Signals From Outer Space "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We finally got an answer !

Scientists from Harvard University claim that mysterious radio signals detected in outer space are likely to originate from an advanced alien civilization.

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

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A fast radio burst (FRB 150215) was detected on February 15, 2015 by the Parkes Telescope In Australia and scientists say they have no idea where it came from.

Thesun.co.uk reports: Harvard researchers have suggested that these fast radio bursts (FRB) are caused by alien space travel or advanced alien technology.

But according to a study recent study published by Cornell University, scientists are no closer to settling the debate.

The burst was followed-up with 11 telescopes to search for radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray and neutrino emission.

...

14:23

Tougher Times Ahead For New Zealands Next Government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Financial markets during the campaign showed a preference for continuity, but tougher times may be ahead.

14:15

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules Transport Aircraft '730' Departs Rockhampton Airport to RNZAF Base Ohakea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Early on Saturday 23 September, the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '730', which was deployed to Rockhampton Airport in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017, departed to RNZAF Base Ohakea in New Zealand.







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13:53

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR FORBIDDEN TIKI "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stallholder Profile for Forbidden Tiki

Your name: Geoff Pearce
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: https://forbiddentiki.net/
The suburb/town you live in now: Point Vernon, Hervey Bay Qld
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make island/tiki themed artifacts like tiki bar clocks, ornaments and decorative panels and I paint similarly themed artworks. I also sculpt tiki statues from Hebel block.



What inspired you to start your business?: I have long been a fan of the post WWII fascination with the south seas and island lifestyle. The resurgence of the US lead tiki culture in more recent years rekindled my interest. I have a great affection for all things Hawaiian and like to express that feeling in the work I create. Following on from my interest I am a member o...

13:51

Apps Are Reducing Depression "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Australian-led research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition.

13:47

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjets VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" at CQ Airports This Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was interesting to note over the over the course of this week, both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets have called into various Central Queensland Airports, presumably on med-evac flights.

File photo

Late on Wednesday 20 September, VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" arrived into Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  After a couple of hours on the ground, it returned to the capital.  Then late on Thursday 21 September, VH-VVI visited Rockhampton Airport also arriving from and later departing to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, in the very early hours on Monday 18 September, VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" called into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It later departed to Townsville.  Then, during the afternoon on Wednesday 20 September, VH-CXJ returned to Mackay Airport, arriving from Townsville and then later departing to Brisbane.  It then departed Brisbane and called into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before returning to Townsville.

13:43

How pure quartz was formed in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our February issue, which focused on Petrified Forest National Park, generated a lot of reader interest in this Northern Arizona gem. And a few readers wrote to ask about something we didn't mention in the magazine. "If the age of the trees and, I assume, tree pieces are more than 200 million years old, why is it that many of the petrified tree sections appear to have been sawed cleanly apart?" asked Bob Klages of Oxford, Michigan. "A bit more of the scientific explanation of the actual process of petrification would also have been fascinating to read about." To answer Mr. Klages' question, we turned to Bill Parker, the park paleontologist we featured in the issue. "The fossilization process itself is fairly complex," he says, but it goes something like this: A tree dies, falls over and is buried in a river channel or floodplain, under layers of mud, sand and gravel. In the groundwater table, the tree becomes saturated like a sponge and expands. The water, sand and gravel cut off exposure to oxygen, so the tree doesn't rot. Volcanic ash in the water breaks down, and the silica that was in the ash goes into solution - forming silicic acid, which enters the waterlogged tree and interacts chemically with the wood, altering it to silica and replicating the features of the wood. Over time, you end up with a silica replica of the tree.

How pure quartz was formed in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our February issue, which focused on Petrified Forest National Park, generated a lot of reader interest in this Northern Arizona gem. And a few readers wrote to ask about something we didn't mention in the magazine. "If the age of the trees and, I assume, tree pieces are more than 200 million years old, why is it that many of the petrified tree sections appear to have been sawed cleanly apart?" asked Bob Klages of Oxford, Michigan. "A bit more of the scientific explanation of the actual process of petrification would also have been fascinating to read about." To answer Mr. Klages' question, we turned to Bill Parker, the park paleontologist we featured in the issue. "The fossilization process itself is fairly complex," he says, but it goes something like this: A tree dies, falls over and is buried in a river channel or floodplain, under layers of mud, sand and gravel. In the groundwater table, the tree becomes saturated like a sponge and expands. The water, sand and gravel cut off exposure to oxygen, so the tree doesn't rot. Volcanic ash in the water breaks down, and the silica that was in the ash goes into solution - forming silicic acid, which enters the waterlogged tree and interacts chemically with the wood, altering it to silica and replicating the features of the wood. Over time, you end up with a silica replica of the tree.

13:38

Support Banned Books Week Buy INOCULATED Today! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD My local bookstore is celebrating Banned Books Week with a large display in its front window. (Banned Books Week is celebrated from September 24 to September 30.) Which makes me ask the question: If I am banned from a country (like Australia) because of the books I write, does the banning Continue reading Support Banned Books Week Buy INOCULATED Today!

The post Support Banned Books Week Buy INOCULATED Today! appeared first on BolenReport.

13:29

RACQ LifeFlight Australia Bell 412EP VH-XCK "Rescue 566" Calls into Rockhampton Base Hospital - Plus Some Videos of the Old and New Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Using the Hospital Heli-pad "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Tuesday 19 September, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bell 412EP VH-XCK was noted landing on the roof of the Rockhampton Base Hospital after flying in from near Rolleston with victims of a nasty car crash.

https://www.lifeflight.org.au/


VH-XCK is normally based at Roma Airport and uses the radio callsign of "Rescue 566"

After completing the patient transfer at the Base Hospital, VH-XCK was believed to have briefly called into Rockhampton Airport for fuel before it departed directly back to Roma Airport.

Meanwhile, local plane spotter Daniel B, who happens to work at Rockhampton Base Hospital, has shared with us a couple of nice videos featuring the new and old helipad at the Rockhampton Base Hospital, as well as the new and old RACQ-Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) helicopters.

The newer CHRS (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP VH-EPR is shown arriving on the helipad recently as "Rescue 300".


While the older CHRS (Jayrow Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-JRD is shown in 2014 arriving onto the old helipad at Rockhampton Base Hospital again as "Rescue 300".

...

13:23

Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 Bizjet VH-TFW Pops into Biloela / Thangool and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Wednesday 20 September, Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW was noted arriving at Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It touched down from its Archerfield base.

VH-TFW at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

After spending the night, VH-TFW then continued to Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 21 September.

At the time of writing, VH-TFW will depart Rocky and return to Archerfield early on Friday 22 September.

Meanwhile, a nice corporate turboprop in the form of Brisbane-based Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS also visited Rockhampton Airport in recent days, arriving from its Archerfield base on Friday 15 September.


It departed back to Archerfield on Monday 18 September.

Also, VH-ISS also spent a night at Theodore Airport Wednesday 20 September, arriving from Archerfield via Brisbane.  It returned there the next day.

Of interest, VH-ISS is an ex-Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft (ex NZ1882) and was delivered to operators in Tasmania in 2013.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Trevor Hardsman  

12:59

Baw Baws Utopia pound opening delayed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Missing a mid-September deadline is just the latest setback for the Baw Baw Shire's new pound project.

12:52

Everything is Fake: Top 40 Pieces of Fakery in Our World Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Everything is fake

in our society today or at least a great many things are. Our world is filled with an extraordinary amount of lies, deception, disinformation, misinformation, fakery, fraud, facades, mirages, propaganda and brainwashing. The good thing though is that once you awaken to the deception, you can use it as a tool for raising your consciousness. The idea that virtually everything is fake can be empowering rather than depressing. Sure, weve all felt overwhelmed, sad, angry and impotent at times when weve seen just how easily our (mis)leaders can fool the masses with sophistry and empty rhetoric, but theyve all been placed there to challenge us to wake up more quickly and fully, and reclaim our world.

Heres my list of the top 40 pieces of fakery in our world today:

1. Fake News

Lets begin with the MSM (Mainstream Media), better called the lamestream media, and their news, which is essentially corporate infotainment. The MSM waters down the news and makes it entertaining to further distract people from things of real significance. There is nothing balanced, impartial or fair about MSM news. In the US, Australia and many other Western nations, the news is dominated by a handful of for-profit corporations who are legally bound to provide a return on investment to their shareholders. This means running news pieces which either promote the agenda of the corporate owners (especially the military agenda) or censoring stories which would hurt political allies and advertisers (like Big Pharma, who is the biggest contributor of funds for advertising on MSM according to former US Senator Robert Kennedy Jr.).

Additionally, the news is literally fake remember the CNN green screen stunt where they pretended they were being bombed in Saudi Arabia but were really in a studio? What a...

12:43

A poll result I find hard to believe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nearly a week ago, I argued, in relation to the equal marriage survey that most people will either respond straight away or not at all. That was supported by an Essential poll, taken from Wednesday to Friday of the first week in which 9 per cent of those polled said theyd already responded. Since the first surveys were mailed out to rural areas on Monday, that looked like a rapid response. But the most recent Newspoll, conducted from last Friday to Monday reported only a 15 per cent response rate, even though nearly all those polled would have received the ballot. This didnt reflect apathy or a boycott the vast majority said they would definitely respond.

I dont have any good reason to think Newspoll is drastically wrong on such a straightforward question, but I also cant understand the result. Perhaps this is another example of the (apparently spurious) Pauline Kael fallacy, but everyone I know has already voted (mostly, though not exclusively, Yes). Id appreciate any insights on this.

12:32

Australian Teen left in wheelchair after Gardasil HPV vaccine reaction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ms Odey, pictured with her father, is sharing her story with The Northern Star ahead of the launch of her health blog and moving to Byron Bay from Brisbane in October.
Ms Odey, pictured with her father, is sharing her story with The Northern Star ahead of the launch of her health blog and moving to Byron Bay from Brisbane in October.
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12:06

Early AM uber situation? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey guys,

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with getting a 5am uber to the airport from the city centre?

I'm just wondering whether I bother with that or just go for a taxi.

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11:18

Missing woman Breana found "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Twenty-year-old Breana James has gone missing from a Tweed Heads health care facility. Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact police. Photo NSW Police

Twenty-year-old Breana James has gone missing from a Tweed Heads health care facility. Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact police. Photo NSW Police

Update: A  20-year-old woman who walked out of a health facility in Tweed Heads on Saturday (September 23) without advising staff has been found safe and well in the area.

Inspector Wayne Starling of the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command said he was grateful to the media and the people who helped locate Breana James.

Lets hope that she now gets the helps she needs, he said.

Original report: Police are on the lookout for 20-year-old Breana James, who walked out of a health facility in Tweed Heads on Saturday (September 23) without advising staff and has not been seen since.

She is described as Caucasian, with a medium complexion, medium build and long blonde hair that she normally wears in a ponytail.

At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a light blue top and black pants.

Breana is known to frequent the Tweed Heads and Chinderah area.

As there are concerns for her welfare, anyone who sees her is asked to contact Tweed Heads Police station 07 55069499 or call 000.

The post Missing woman Breana found appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:30

Popped Creative presents H U S T L E . "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

// 4 industry leaders will share their biggest tips & greatest regrets.
// Live music, great food & cocktails.
// Creative hustle on tap.

Prepare to be inspired.

On Friday 3 November Byron Bays premier events agency Popped Creative returns with the first of a four-part series designed to connect, inspire and entertain the local community: HUSTLE.

HUSTLE. is a series of panel discussions featuring the best and brightest in creativity, entrepreneurship and boldness in our local region, where industry leaders share stories of their greatest success and failures on their path to achieving their goals.

Popped Creatives Creative Director Abbie Gibson says HUSTLE. was created as an opportunity for the creative industries community and local businesses in Byron Bay and surrounds to share ideas and professional experiences A place to celebrate those people creating influential and inspiring projects which contribute positively to our growing economy.

The Northern Rivers faces unique challenges and opportunities ahead of us in that we are home to the largest number of creatives anywhere in Australia outside of Sydney and Melbourne. The region is brimming with ideas but employment and income earning opportunities are extremely limited. This has generated a groundswell of Hustlers in recent times; people striving to achieve their dreams, whilst trying to survive financially. It is more important than ever for us all to come together, share our stories, and unite on our journey as a changing and expanding region, says Operations Manager Monique Hartman.

Come along to hear from some of the best in the biz talk about their biggest challenges and successes; the make or breaks that have paved the way to their success today.

On the back of a successful launch with Popped in Surf Alley Byron Bay in May 2017, Popped Creative has garnered a reputation for curating unique, sophisticated arts & culture events that bring the local community together, whilst providing night-time entertainment unlike anything seen before in the region.

HUSTLE #1: Big Ups & Fuck Ups is on Friday 3 November at Thom Gallery, Fern Place, Byron Bay Arts & Industrial Estate.

// Doors open from 5:30pm.
// Speakers and performances from 7 9pm.
// Afterparty and Live DJs from 9pm till late.
// This event is 18+
// Program will be announced soon.

Early bird tickets on sale now for $29 +bf. Limited seats available. This event is expected to SELL OUT.

The following three episodes in the series will be announced in the new year.

For more information and discounted early bird tickets visit w...

09:13

Good Cop Runs for Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former Queensland police sergeant and alleged whistleblower Rick Flori has announced plans to run for parliament in the upcoming Queensland state election. Mr Flori is forging ahead with plans for his future, despite the looming threat of imprisonment over allegations of misconduct while he was a member of the Gold Coast police service. Mr Flori

The post Good Cop Runs for Parliament appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:10

Germanys Merkel faces tricky task to build government Far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is now part of the mix "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Associated Press

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BERLIN (AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel is embarking on a complicated quest to form a new government and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party.

Sundays election in Europes biggest economy left Merkels conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that focused squarely on Germanys leader of the past 12 years. However, no other party can lead a new government and Merkel herself lacks any obvious internal challenger.

Merkels partners since 2013 in a grand coalition of Germanys traditionally dominant parties, the center-left Social Democrats, vowed to go into opposition after a heavy defeat.

Caucus leader Thomas Oppermann doubled down on that pledge Monday, saying that we will not conduct coalition talks, because voters have decided that the Social Democrats place is in opposition.

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BERLIN Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in elections on Sunday, placing her in the front ranks of...

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08:56

Zero G - 25 September 2017 Episode 1152 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ZERO-G #1152 Title:EGGS OVER EASY

Podcast Title: Wild Blue Podder 1152

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Off we wander into the comic cosmos with Elizabeth Davie, Ezel Doruk & Shannan Lim from the Melbourne Fringe show, The Yonder, we bespeak Kingsman II: The Golden Circle, and get some androids to have Electric Dreams with the new Phillip K. Dick S.F anthology series on Stan.

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

08:27

Australia The Concealed Colony the book the federal police removed from bookshelves "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



It seems that the people in the 'Australian Government' are in full swing to cover up the deception and fraud committed by them against the good people of Australia.

In order for the masses not to know the legal and political reality they live in, within Australia, the Australian Federal Police last year have removed a book by the title;

Australia - The Concealed Colony

We have obtained information that this book is impossible to obtain in hard copy from bookshops.

However, this book is available in pdf (464p, 40MB) format;

08:12

More shootings near Papua's Freeport mine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



More shootings near Papua's Freeport mine
There's been another spate of shootings near the giant Freeport mine in Indonesia's Papua province.
Two vehicles belonging to the gold and copper mining operations were shot at yesterday on the main road servicing the mine from Timika.
Police are also investigating another shooting incident on a vehicle in the same section of the road last month.
Despite the road to the lucrative mine being closely guarded by police and security...

07:35

Benjamin Laws Moral Panic 101 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Benjamin Law, Moral Panic 101: Equality, acceptance and the Safe Schools scandal (Quarterly Essay 67, 2017)

qe67.jpgIn conversation with David Marr about this Quarterly Essay at the Seymour Centre in Sydney recently, Benjamin Law produced a wad of A4 paper at least 4 centimetres thick printed on both sides. It was a print-out of articles published in the Australian covering, or at least mentioning, the Safe Schools program over a single year, roughly one every two days. The stories, he says in this essay, were at best inadequate or misleading, at worst simply false.

The essay summarises the Australians campaign and its effects. It attempts to correct the record about the nature of Safe Schools, which was not a vile, child-corrupting Gay Marxist propaganda program, but a well-thought out, minimalist initiative to help schools counter bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer children, launched by the Abbott government in 2014, having been committed to by the Gillard government in its last weeks. The essay lays out much-needed information about where the medical profession and the law in Australian stand in relation to young people who identify as transgender, about queer theory, about the significance of same-sex marriage in combatting the systemic oppression of LGBTIQ people. Perhaps most tellingly, it repo...

07:06

Identifying Complexity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Marty, I have followed your Global Market Watch and it is really amazing. I noticed on IPE gas it came up and warned it was about to breakout to the upside. You said this is purely a pattern recognition system. Are there patterns that precede events and this is what your model is picking up on?

great-waveANSWER: In many fields there are these sudden Phase Transitions on the upside and Waterfall collapses on the downside which are extreme events. I have explained that sailors always told of rogue waves that rise up from calm waters and sink ships. The rogue wave appears out of nowhere in the eternal sea of global economics just as it does the oceans of the world. They are caused by the synchronization of many trends suddenly coming together to produce a giant wave.

There is an instability inside a gas turbine that suddenly appears, or a sudden extinction of previous ecosystems mass extinctions of which there have been five so far with another one due probably at the end of the next 309.6 year cycle in the 2300-2400 time peri...

07:05

Game On: This Is The Advertising Breakthrough Thats Revolutionizing Gaming "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This report is a PAID ADVERTISEMENT from Oilprice.com

video-gaming

Gen-Xers and Millennials are the first generations in history born to the video gaming age.

And theyve been gamified from birth, with 2.6 billion people playing video games worldwide, and it is generally accepted by industry pros that Americans alone spend 50 million hours a day gaming.

According to a Newzoo market intelligence report, the video games market is set to top $108-billion this year and more growth is forecast for years to come.

Now, theres one thing gamers absolutely hate about gaming: advertising. But one little-known company may have the answer to the secret to advertising success thats eluded the gaming industry thus far.

What Facebook has done for social media ads, and what Google AdWords has done for search and internet, Versus Systems Inc. (CSE:VS; OTC:VRSSF) is adapting for the gaming industry taking advantage of one of the most highly engaged audiences that exists.

This is a vast market, and a vast opportunity that has been missed by advertisers with the wrong approach. Its an audience too huge to annoy with pop-up ads and takeovers. Gamers want rewards and prizesand they want them to be relevant.

A little-known small-cap has come up with an innovative solution that creates a triple win situation for gamers, game publishers, developers and advertisers alike. And this is where advertising dollars could add substantially to the revenue totals.

And they are surrounding their technology with dozens of patent applications those building blocks that constitute the foundation of successful internet based companies like Google, Alphabet, Drobox and many other tech empires.

Versus Systems is offering every gaming company brand in the world the first-ever relevant way to access the 2.6 billion people who play PC, console, and mobile gamesdriving engagement for brands and game developers, while allowing players to play the games they love for real prizes.

Versus prizing and promotions platform allows game developers and brands to offer prize-based matches to players, all integrated directly into games. No more pop-ups, takeovers, or banner ads. No more irrelevant advertisingthis is pure, targeted brand engagement, patented technology matching prizes to pla...

07:03

Climate Change & Economic Activity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

I was wondering why a cold period would result in a commodity rise?

Thank you in advance for your time.

MG

ANSWER: When the climate turns cold, that is when food shortages takes place. When the climate turns warm, that is when economic activity starts and empires expand. The cold period we are entering will be on time for the shift in empires going forward.

global-warming-cyclical

All the great empires expanded during warming periods not cold.

06:19

MACKAY Drunk driver crashes into signs before hitting tree "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY September 25, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Drunk driver crashes into signs before hitting tree

September 25, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

She has been charged with driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on October 16. 0. Mackay Daily

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06:09

Meditation Music Arms Of An Angel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Free to download MP3 meditation music "Arms Of An Angel" (91min) an ambient spiritual symphony. by psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post Meditation Music Arms Of An Angel appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

06:00

A holiday break "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This pair of White-faced Herons are nest-building near the Newstead Cemetery.

Ill be keen to see how theyve progressed in a few weeks when Im back from an extended break.

White-faced Heron, Newstead Cemetery, 22nd September 2017

06:00

To My Friends in Australia: the Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature.

Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.


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06:00

Looking up, Down Under: Australia to create space agency, 50 years after launching satellite "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Half a century after sending a satellite into orbit aboard a rocket emblazoned with a spear-carrying kangaroo, Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector. The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the worlds top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk.

05:51

Is There a Bitcoin Bubble? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When the dollar price of one unit of any asset leaps from $1,938 to $4,425 in one month on no news, its fair to ask if we are witnessing bubble dynamics at work.

This is exactly what happened to bitcoin between 16 July, 2017, and 17 August, 2017.

This spectacular 128% gain in one month, which annualises to more than 1,540%, comes on top of the fact that bitcoin rose from $580 just about one year ago; an actual gain of 630% in the past 12 months.

Two years ago, bitcoin was $225, so the two-year gain has been 1,870%.

Whether looking at one month, one year or two years, annualised or actual, these gains are breathtaking.

The answer to the bubble question is almost certainly yes, but that tells us little about whats driving the bubble or how long it might last.

It serves no purpose to assess bitcoin based on intrinsic value.

Bitcoin has no intrinsic value and neither does any other form of money, including dollars or gold. Intrinsic value is an obsolete economic theory that was abandoned by economists in 1871.

The phrase intrinsic value is bandied about frequently, but it is of no use in valuing bitcoin.

Instead, economists use subjective value as a way to consider prices.

The subjective value theory says that the price of something is what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller based on the utility of the goods and services to the buyer.

Thats helpful, but utility can be a slippery concept. Sometimes utility is entirely practical. (I need a car to get to work to earn my pay, so the car has some utility I can value.)

But sometimes utility is idiosyncratic. (I get a rush from gambling so Ill spend money in Las Vegas even though I know the odds are against me.)

Bitcoin certainly has some utility to some people.

It is easy and inexpensive to make payments. It offers anonymity to those who value that (including criminals and terrorists).

It is useful as a way to evade capital controls for those trapped in closed systems such as Cuba, North Korea or China.

It can also be a lifesaver for refugees who are vulnerable to assault and confiscation as they flee from country to country.

Yet, there is little doubt that much of the price action in bitcoin comes from the utility of a get rich quick or something for nothing mentality. Greed and the thrill of gambling have utility to some, and bitcoin can certainly satisfy those needs and wants.

We pointed out above that the rise in the dollar price of bitcoin can also be viewed as a collapse of the dollar if bitcoin is a stable store of value and an acceptable numeraire.......

05:51

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

September 23, 2017 .Lauren   http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning.

I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout
the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

As the global nuclear free movement grows, so too will the attention given to this land.
It is in for a turbulent next few years, but no matter what any corporations, or selfish politicians say,
there is no denying the dangers and outright absurdities of uranium.

Too many people have been and will be hurt by nuclear weapons and nuclear power failures
and many more in the future will be effected by radioactive waste that we are accumulating.

Heres an idea to say no to uranium, leave it in the ground.

Heres an idea to say no to colonialism and exploitative western powers.


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05:48

A diplomatic path to containing the North Korea nuclear threat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The nuclear threat can be contained by diplomacy, These issues are manageable if they are given the right degree of priority,   Ft.com 25 Sep 17     North Korea is the issue of the day. The objective of a denuclearised Korean peninsula, pursued by the previous US administrations, is no longer an achievable goal.

The best that can be hoped for is the suspension of nuclear and missile testing in return for security assurances and practical aid. Sanctions are designed to draw Kim Jong Un into a negotiation with that aim, and to pressure China to take a more active part. But it is very hard to see President Kim pulling back now. And China is more concerned about a new US-led war in Korea or the north collapsing and sending millions of refugees into China, than it is about living with a nuclear armed Pyongyang.

The US only really has two strategic options: contain and deter the threat; or destroy it, which would require regime change. There are always military options. But all who have studied the secret Pentagon plans are sobered by the scale of loss of life in South Korea these would entail. There is also a risk of China reluctantly coming to the aid of the north as it did in the 1950s.

Realistically, it seems the only practical option is containment. That requires missile defence systems to create uncertainty that nuclear-tipped missiles would ever get through to their target, and to deter any use of such weapons by being cl...

05:44

Listen to the New Emma Davis Live Video Danger In Me "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Emma Davis Sydney singer-songwriter Emma Davis has just released an absolutely stunning new song Danger In Me. The heartfelt track was inspired by the current Marriage Equality debate and will be released on her upcoming album. I didnt set out to write a song about love, or marriage, Emma Davis explained. I []

05:44

Latest threats Trump versus Kim "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kim Jong-un wont be around much longer http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/international/2017/09/24/trump-insult-makes-attackinevitablekorea.html  Donald Trump has made fresh threats against the North Korean regime after it branded him a mentally deranged megalomaniac.

The US President warned Pyongyangs foreign minister that if he if he echoes thoughts of the countrys leader Kim Jong Un they both wont be around much longer.

He was responding after Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after Mr Evil President made an irreversible mistake by calling Mr Kim rocket man.

Describing Mr Trump as a mentally deranged person full of megalomania, Mr Ri went on to tell the annual gathering of world leaders that the country was now only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the states nuclear force.

Hitting back on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they wont be around much longer!

Shortly before Mr Ri was scheduled to speak at the assembly, the Pentagon announced a fleet of US bombers and fighter jets had flown off North Koreas coast, in what it called a clear message to Py...

05:44

Melbourne ABC Radio Jock Jon Faine Drops The N-Word On Air "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbourne radio host Jon Faine has dropped the n-word on air this morning, during a discussion over the growing storm in America around sporting stars refusing to stand for the American national anthem.

During his popular ABC 774 morning program, Faine took a call from Cam in Caroline Springs.

Things went downhill almost immediately.

CALLER: I just wanted to say about the America sports issue, I saw a film on the weekend, I am not your negro, about the civil rights activist, James Baldwin and.

FAINE: [Interrupting] I think its actually is it Im not your negro?

CALLER: Thats correct, yes

FAINE: Ok, or is it Im not your N*gger? Which one is it?

CALLER: Negro.

FAINE: Its Negro, okay, because theyre both words that are completely not used in polite conversation anywhere in North America now.

A note to Jon Faine theyre not used anywhere in Australia in polite conversation either and particularly not on public radio.

The on-air segment was tweeted out by prominent Melbourne comedian Aamer Rahman a short time ago. Rahman had the decency to bleep out the offending word.

The racial sensitivities of Melbourne ABC hosts are coming under increasing scrutiny of late last week, AFL star Hretier Lumumba took aim at Waleed Aly, now host of Channel 10s The Project but at one time the fill-in presenter for Faine, over an interview that Aly aired recently.

 

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In a lengthy essay, Lumumba accused Aly of running interference for white supremacists by grilling him over his experience with racism within the AFL, and stating on air that there was more goodwill towards Lumumba from the AFL than Lumumba realized.

Lumumba blew the whistle on AFL racism in an SBS documentary, Fair Game, which...

05:43

Barnaby Joyce now becoming aware of the radiation risks of nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Steve Dale   Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia shared a link more https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/
North Koreas latest threat to test a Hydrogen bomb in the pacific is probably making reasonable nuclear reactor supporters have a re-think. Take Barnaby Joyces words when he was surprised with the news because what theyre doing is theyre testing a mechanism to incinerate human beings, to kill men, women and children, to give people disease from radiation, to partially burn human bodies. Why would you say well thats a good thing? Why would you say that must be a good person? No. His words to give people disease from radiation gives me hope that he is beginning to understand the risks of nuclear in general.
 

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05:43

Six international academics refute the attack on renewable energy by Ben Heard and others "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Response to Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems AUTHORS W. Browna,(a) , T. Bischof-Niemz (b)  , K. Blok(c) , C. Breyerc(d) , H. Lund (e) , B.V. Mathiesen (f  )  (Their  university positions are listed at the end of this post) September 2017

Abstract A recent article Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems [by Ben Heard, Barry Brook, Tom Wigley and Corey Bradshaw] claims that many studies of 100% renewable electricity systems do not demonstrate sufficient technical feasibility, according to the authors criteria.

Here we analyse the authors methodology and find it problematic. The feasibility criteria chosen by the authors are important, but are also easily addressed at low cost, while not affecting the main conclusions of the reviewed studies and certainly not affecting their technical feasibility.

A more thorough review reveals that all of the issues have already been addressed in the engineering and modelling literature. Nuclear power, as advocated by some of the authors, faces other, genuine feasibility problems, such as the finiteness of uranium resources and a reliance on unproven technologies in the medium- to long-term. Energy systems based on renewables, on the other hand, are not only feasible, but already economically viable and getting cheaper every day.

Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Feasibility versus viability

2 3 Feasibility Criteria

2 3.1 Their Feasibility Criterion 1: Dem...

05:40

Australia needs a massive switch to renewables, if it is to meet its Paris climate commitments "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

the bind faced by the formerly green-tinged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

the Australia Institute, which has taken over the intellectual property of the Climate Institute, says even Dr Finkels model would be insufficient on its own to meet the international obligations signed under Mr Abbott.

This analysis of the economic modelling demonstrates meeting these targets for the electricity sector with a policy like the clean energy target is likely to require 66-75 per cent of electricity to be supplied by renewables, said Australia Institute executive director Ben Oquist.This was because a CET provides less of an incentive for gas generation than an EIS (emissions intensity scheme) or a carbon price.

Climate crunch: Australia to fail on Paris commitments without massive renewable switch http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/climate-crunch-australia-to-fail-on-paris-commitments-without-massive-renewable-switch-20170924-gynkj8.html  Mark Kenny, 25 Sept 17   Australia will fall short of its Paris carbon reduction targets signed under Tony Abbott unless it lifts its renewable energy production to levels higher even than Labors plan for 50 per cent green energy reliance by 2030.

The first assessment by the Australia Institutes new Climate and Energy Program, to be released on Monday, has found that unless a higher burden is placed on the more expensive...

05:33

The Grapevine - 25 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week Dylan speaks with associate professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Tilman Ruff returns to the show to talk about a nuclear weapons treaty

Then, Liz Mitchell from Totally Mild comes on the show to talk about performing for Girls Rock! Melbourne

Finally, Dr. Bruce Lindsay from Environmental Justice Australia comes on the show to talk about the new legislation to protect the Yarra River

 

05:31

Australias opposition leader visits South Korea, in lockstep with Turnbull on nuclear issue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bill Shorten visits South Korea to address nuclear tensions
Australian opposition leader calls on China and Russia to put pressure on the North Korean regime over missile tests,
Guardian, Amy Remeikis, 24 Sept 17,  Australias opposition leader, Bill Shorten, will meet with South Koreas prime minister as part of a bid to reassure the region that Australias position on North Korea will not change, even if there is a change in government.

Shorten and his foreign affairs spokeswoman, Penny Wong, have left for a four-day trip to South Korea and Japan, with meetings scheduled with Lee Nak-yeon, the former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, the commander of the US Forces in Korea, Gen Vincent Brooks, and Japans foreign minister, Taro Kono.

The trip comes just days after the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, used her address to the United Nations general assembly to condemn North Koreas ongoing nuclear and missile provocations, and to call on the rogue nations allies China and Russia to continue applying pressure.

On his way to the political hotspot, Shorten said North Korea was one area where Labor and the Coalition were in lockstep.

South Korea and Japan are critical to the economic and national security of our region, he said.

 And it is therefore important at a critical time, that both sides of Australian politics have the best possible understanding so we can make the best possible decisions.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/24/bill-shorten-visits-south-korea-to-address-nuclear-tensions

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05:27

Did Australian govt reject Chinas climate change action initiative? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Government denies claims it knocked back Chinese climate change offer and reveals joint action plan Fergus Hunter SMH, 23 Sept 17

The Turnbull government rejected a landmark Chinese invitation to issue a formal joint statement on climate change earlier this year, Greenpeace has claimed, saying Australia vetoed an unprecedented step in the Asian powers emerging international role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But the Australian government has denied the claim and revealed the two countries energy departments were working on a joint action plan on climate change as part of their commitments under the Paris agreement.

According to Greenpeace East Asia senior climate policy adviser Li Shuo, the government quietly knocked back an offer perhaps the first time the Chinese government had proactively sought such an arrangement during Premier Li Keqiangs state visit to Australia in March.

Mr Li said the offer was very, very significant because it suggested China had become diplomatically proactive after previously being on the receiving end of invitations from the European Union and United States to outline mutual commitments on climate change.

He observed it would have been a concrete political signal for the international community amid the uncertainty triggered by the election of President Donald Trump, who has wound back American leadership on climate change and begun the process of withdrawing the US...

05:26

Britains dodgy Small Modular Nuclear Reactor scheme: will it really happen ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is The UK Really Planning To Approve Mini Nuclear Reactor Rollout? https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/22/uk-really-planning-approve-mini-nuclear-reactor-rollout/ by James Ayre It was reported last week in The Telegraph that ministers in the UK were ready to approve the rapid development and testing of a fleet of mini nuclear reactors to be used as baseload capacity and meant to make up for older soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear facilities.

Is there any truth to this assertion? What about the assertion that such mini nuclear facilities will provide electricity thats one-third cheaper than that provide by the nuclear facilities currently in use in the UK?

That sounds a bit too good to be true (which means that it probably is), but that is the sales pitch thats being used.

I havent been able to find out too much about whats going on, as many news outlets havent been covering the matter apparently, but it seems that Rolls-Royce, NuScale, Hitachi, and Westinghouse have held meetings in past weeks with civil servants about Britains nuclear strategy and development of small modular reactors (SMRs) in recent days if The Telegraph is to be believed.

Heres more from that coverage: Whitehall sources confirmed that officials from t...

05:26

Rise of Chinas army of personal shoppers could triple in 2 years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sales by so-called daigous of Australian goods to Chinese consumers, such as baby formula and health products, could easily triple over the next two years, according to a key player involved co-ordinating the trade locally.

In an interview with The Australian, Sydney-based consultant Livia Wang welcomed last weeks announcement from Chinas State Council to extend the grace period for new rules for cross-border online trade by another year.

The managing director of consultancy Access CN, Ms Wang said the package of announcements from Beijing on the e-commerce market last week was good news, as it showed that Chinese authorities were determined to get the new rules around e-commerce sales of goods right.

E-commerce is an important channel for goods to be imported into China and the government wants to give people time to adjust and to make sure the implementation of the new rules goes smoothly, she said. It shows their commitment to encouraging the market.

The total global online sales market into China has grown by more than 28 per cent last year to about $US890 billion ($1.12 trillion), according to figures from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Sometimes called the grey market the daigou, or personal shopper, market is where Chinese people buy sought-after products off the shelves of Australian chemists and supermarkets and send them back to friends and family in China.

The more sophisticated daigous act as traders, buying goods wholesale, repacking them and sending them direct to homes in China. And while it is often individuals doing the buying and selling, their collective buying force they can literally make or break a business.

There is no estimate of the value of the grey market from Australia to China but the total online market of consumer goods including infant formula, beauty products, supplements, wine and beef from Australia into China is estimated to be worth more than $800 million.

Ms Wang said there were now as many as 80,000 daigous, or personal shoppers, in Australia selling Australian goods into China but their business model was becoming more sophisticated. They were now buying their goods through a network of more than 1000 gift stores, which were able to buy the goods on a more wholesale basis.

The shops also handled the packing and labelling of the goods for shipment to China, also making sure they complied with Chinese import taxes.

Given feedback from logistics companies, Ms Wang estimates there are now more than 40,000 parcels a day being sent from Australia to China with the bulk of consumer goods being sent by daigous.

But she warned that the increasingly commercially savvy Australian-based Chinese daigous were now quick to drop a he...

05:22

25 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RenewEconomy
  • Whats next for Minerals Councils coal and climate policy?
    The abrupt and unexpected departure of the Minerals Council of Australias CEO, Brendan Pearson, may well be a crucial tipping point in Australias debate over domestic energy policy.
  • Consumers see solar and battery storage as key to cutting bills
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05:16

Green Drinks September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Green Drinks Friday 29th September  5.00 til 6.30 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

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05:15

My Film Newton Is Not Cynical at All: Amit Masurkar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Naxal-controlled villages, if people vote, they are seen as government agents, if they dont, they are called Maoist sympathisers.

Amit V. Masurkar. Credit: Facebook/Sunil Borkar

On September 22, 2017, Amit V. Masurkars Newton  a satire centered on a young government clerk sent to conduct elections in Chhattisgarhs Naxal-controlled villages released in around 350 screens in Indian theatres. Earlier in the day, he received a call from a journalist, asking to confirm whether Newton had been selected as Indias official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Masurkar didnt have an answer he hadnt heard of the news.

It remains to be seen whether Newton qualifies for the ultimate journey from Mumbai to Los Angeles but the film has travelled across the world over the last few months, premiering at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, in the Forum section, where it won the International Confederation of Art Cinemas award, and subsequently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival (where it won the jury prize). On the heels of its theatrical release, and its selection as Indias Oscar entry, came a mini-controversy speculations of similarity between Newton and a 2001 Iranian film, Secret Ballot. Masurkar wont comment on it, except to say it is baseless.


Also read: Newton Takes a Close Look at the Slender Line Separating Democracy and Farce...

05:00

In which Major Mitchell and the bouffant one push hard for the 'no' vote ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Listen up GenYs and millennials ... heed the words of the man who gave genuine meaning to this meme ...



Yes, it's Major Mitchell day at the pond and the pond is awesomely excited to be in the company of this tremendously wise moraliser, yet again moaning and wringing his hands at Fairfax and the ABC ...


Ah Queensland in the good old days. 

Should by any chance a stray millennial pass by the pond - they really should be off watching the fourth season of BoJack Horseman to get a better understanding of dotards in their coulda, woulda shoulda phase of shouting at clouds and past careers - this might be a good time to remind such a one of the Major Mitchell's major journalistic accomplishment.
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04:55

Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility likely to fund coal rail line, but not coal mine itself "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

No coal projects being considered, says NAIF  http://www.afr.com/news/politics/no-coal-projects-being-considered-says-naif-20170922-gymmr4

The Turnbull governments $5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility has never received a proposal to help fund a coal-fired power station since it was created two years ago.

While senior minister, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, continue to link the NAIF to funding a next-generation coal plant, it is understood the NAIF board has not assessed any proposal for a high-efficiency low emissions or a carbon capture and storage coal project.

When contacted by AFR Weekend, NAIF chief executive Laurie Walker would not comment on specific proposals, but confirmed the board was on track to announce the first round of funding from the project later this month.

The project would then be put to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has taken over the portfolio after resources minister Matt Canavan stood aside following doubts over his citizenship.

 Ms Walker said the NAIF board was now looking at 10 projects in due diligence, up from five projects a few months ago, based on 161 inquiries, and was on track to make a decision by the end of the month.

Some of the projects under consideration by the NAIF include a rail link to Adanis $16.5 billion Carmichael mine in Central Queensland and Genex Powers $823 million Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland.

Other as yet undisclosed projects which have made it to the NAIF short-list include renewables, resources, transport and tourism, Ms Walker said.

 Despit...

04:52

Der imperiale Konsens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(Eigener Bericht) - Mit der Alternative fr Deutschland (AfD) zieht zum ersten Mal seit den 1950er Jahren eine Partei der extremen Rechten in den Deutschen Bundestag ein. Die AfD hat es geschafft, mit 13 Prozent einen guten Teil des laut soziologischen Studien seit je vorhandenen extrem rechten Potenzials in der deutschen Bevlkerung zu mobilisieren. Dabei tuscht die Tatsache, dass sich smtliche Bundestagsparteien offen von ihr distanzieren, darber hinweg, dass ihre Programmatik auf wichtigen Themenfeldern, insbesondere in der Auen- und Militrpolitik, bemerkenswerte Parallelen zu den politischen Zielen fast aller anderen Bundestagsparteien zeigt: Die AfD sieht Deutschland - ganz wie CDU/CSU, FDP, SPD und Bndnis 90/Die Grnen - als globale "Gestaltungsmacht", die ihre Streitkrfte massiv aufrsten und besser einsatzfhig machen muss. Whrend der Bundestags-Mainstream darauf setzt, die EU als Einflussinstrument fr die Berliner Weltpolitik zu nutzen, favorisiert die AfD fr die Bundesrepublik den nationalen Weg zur globalen Macht. Diese Variante kme wohl zum Tragen, sollte die EU einst an ihren zunehmenden inneren Widersprchen oder an erstarkenden Austrittsbewegungen scheitern.

04:50

American athletes continue to kneel before national anthem "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Donald Trump is at it again. This time its the escalating reaction against the continuing spread by leading athletes to kneel-down when the national anthem is being played.

Kneeling signals opposition to the political direction that the United states is taking, both domestically and internationally.

Those taking part, object to the hate message being spread and are standing up for human rights. The protest, which begun with National Football League (NFL) players and is now spreading to other sports is grabbing national attention.

Many of those involved are African Americans, whose communities are experiencing a fall in civil rights, stepped up police brutality and deepening economic hardship, has gained national attention. There is a sense that a new civil rights movement is emerging.

This is what Trump is really railing about. He accuses the kneeling protesters of being unpatriotic and loudly calls for the teams to sack them. But it this is having the opposite effect. More are taking part, instead of less and team managements are unable to prevent it, even if they want to. In general, they are supporting the players instead.

On Saturday local time, Musicians, celebrities, and world leaders congregated at Central and 60,000 people, for the Global Citizen Festival . Its central them concerned ending extreme poverty by 2030. But government cuts, the attacks on Obama care and rights issues kept on coming up and were displayed on video screen.

Stevie wonder took the show with his bending knees to support the athletes and their message.

It is not surprising that Trump is fast losing support, even in his support base.

On many fronts, the Trump administration is starting to come apart. Signs of this are the number of replacements of top officials. Working for the White house is not a secure position these days. The cross messages backflips of the administration are on the rise, if anything.

It is the stirring within many sections of American society that is driving this. The sympathy showed for the terror attacker in Baltimore that caused the death of one woman, provided another alert that the....

04:47

The Intolerance of Tolerance in Australia: Tony Abbotts Head Butt Episode "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This was a violent and criminal act, nothing whatsoever to do with the point of view of those of us who favour a yes vote.  Senator George Brandis, Australian Attorney-General, Sep 22, 2017

It came, less out of the

04:46

Uber Red "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The free market line is a lie. Like many of the platform firms, Uber is a venture-capitalist funded monopoly-in-formation. As Srnicek writes, the point about platform capitalism is that it depends on network effects to work: the more users it has, the more valuable it becomes, the more users it gets. The result, as with Facebook and Google, is monopoly. Ubers price-cutting practices, hugely subsidised by venture-capital, are intended to expedite its own market dominance.

04:12

Hundreds leave sustainability expo with definite plans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More_than_1000_people_visited_the_104449More than half of some 1,000-odd people who attended the 2017 Living for the Future Home Expo last week say that they left with a definite plan.

This years event, held at the Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads West on September 16, continued a rise in attendances each year and equipped most visitors with clear goals on how they could make their households more energy and cost efficient.

Tweed Shire Councils sustainability program leader, Deb Firestone, said a survey of visitors revealed many people found helpful solutions and would act upon them.

Sixty per cent of survey respondents left with a definite plan for their household power, recycling, food waste or building plans, she said.

A quarter of them would pursue options for renewable energy or improved energy efficiency.

Ms Firestone said the high proportion of newcomers to the 2017 expo was also very encouraging.

Its fantastic that each home expo is spreading the message to so many more people, she said.

This event aims to really spread the word about the sustainable living options that can bring substantial benefits to households, as well as benefits to the broader community.

At the same time, return visitors to the expo are telling us about the positive changes they have made since previous events.

Ms Firestone said 77 per cent of them gave examples of how they had taken information from an earlier expo and put it into practice.

The communitys large appetite for design and construction tips was evident in the large crowds at many of the events workshops, she said.

Sessions on alternative building materials, such as bamboo and hemp, attracted some of the days largest attendances.

That interest continued when many people signed up to speed date a designer, to get advice for their own projects, Ms Firestone said.

A workshop on the evolution of eBikes was also extremely popular, inspiring many people to take one of the electric bikes for a test ride.

I cant wait to hear how people put their newfound knowledge into play during the next 12 months.

The top prize in the 2017 Sustainable House Day Design Awards, this year hosted by the Home Expo, was claimed by Ballina and Brisbane-ba...

03:58

Alleged $8.8m fraud: Lawyers tackle Lagos over notice of discontinuance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Days after he initiated a nolle prosequi in a suit initiated against two Indians, Deepak Khilnan and Sushil Chandra over an alleged fraud of N8.8million, about 28 lawyers have faulted the Lagos State Justice Commissioner and Attorney-General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeems power to discontinue the matter. Parties in the matter have also described as an abuse of power by the Justice Commissioner to terminate the trial of the two Indians after the court had said they had a case to answer. Although they agreed that Attorney-General had powers under Section...

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03:44

Lauren: Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. River Red Gum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. River Red Gum: There are many types of activism. I find a lot of importance in engaging in the various campaigns which occur in Melbourne and get a lot of strength and motivation from the many passionate people I meet.
What I experienced on the Walkatjurra Walkabout was all of this and more. The walkabout is an annual one month long walk against uranium which starts at the proposed Wiluna uranium mine site near the Wiluna township (approx. 5hrs north of Kalgoorlie) and ends in Leonora. This year marked the 7th year that the walk has taken place but thats 7 years of a 40 year ongoing battle that the traditional custodians have been fighting against mining and exploration companies.

03:44

Victoria Police rife with sex predators? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The slave population of Australia are told that the police are there to "uphold the right" (whatever that means), that apparently there some sort of code of ethics, and that the police are keepers of the (queen's - you know the 'queen' of Australia - p.s. not a lawful entity) peace, supposed to protect life and property, but the reality is far different from the rosy picture painted in words.

Make no mistake about it that Victoria Police is corrupt to the core, where the media is told what information to release via the police media liaison officer.

Victoria Police is covering up an enormous amount of criminal activity within its organisation. 

Let's just take a look at one aspect that Herald Sun publication wrote (text only version) on the 25th of Sep 2017 under the headline;

Victoria Police officers probed over over criminal and disciplinary sex offences

...

03:13

Mass extinction is a real possibility "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This article from Futurism (2 September 2017) provides a scientists view of the threat to Earth coming from the high level of carbon emissions now being released into the planets atmosphere and argues that the evidence coming from scientists, whose nature is not to make rash statements, but to act conservatively, is alarming. The situation is serious enough to suggest the possibility of our ending as a species and pulling down much of existing life in the same direction. This is only one view, but it is consistent with the overall prevailing understanding.

Having spent years working with research scientists, many in medical research, I have learned these people are generally very conservative about any claims that make.

Prof Daniel Rothmans work here is very enlightening, very much to the point. The research that has gone into his work means, to the lay person, that what he is putting forward is a highly likely scenario some time in the not too distant future.

I can say that due to my nearly eight decades of life, events he is talking about are possibly only one lifetime away, possibly two. For many that puts such events in the lifespan of their new-born child, or at least their grandchild yet to come.

We have politicians in the pockets of greedy industrialists, a whole political spectrum of Global Warming deniers and a few other weirdos who say It will all be fine. Forget global warming as it is nonsense. Yet these people are dills, or they are bought off. We should be listening very carefully to our scientists, our mathematicians, our various doctors of these fields.

That is where our best bet lies. Please read the following article with care and consideration, it outlines what your grandchildren may face because of our, and our preceding generations industrial greed.

Mass Extinctions

It doesnt come along very often, but after some 540 million years, this world we live on has witnessed five mass extinctions  and the next curtain could fall before the century is up.

Thats the grim assessment of a new mathematical analysis of Earths revolving carbon cycle, with calculations predicting our horrendous output of CO2 emissions is inching us towards a threshold of catastrophe the planet hasnt breached in millions of years.

MIT geophysicist Daniel Rothman investigated fluctuations in the carbon cycle  the pathway carbon...

03:00

The Country Life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

That music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning, yet long untaught I did not hear, but now the chorus I hear and am elated.  Walt Whitman

Spring is here, spring is here
Life is skittles and life is beer
I think the loveliest time of the year
Is the spring, I do, dont you? Course you do
But theres one thing that makes spring complete for me
And makes every Sunday a treat for me
Tom Lehrer

It is five in the morning and the sun shes rising. Old King Koel has been making his lovelorn call for two hours already. As the shadows lift, a lone kookaburra calls. Another answers, and is immediately joined by a choral cacophony. A whip bird calls in the distance, and somewhere in the forest, a white-chested pigeon commences its hopeful woo woo. Just across the way, on a dance floor bedecked with festive straw swiped from the garden and blue trophies gathered from all over, a bower bird rasps loudly to a potential lady love who is edging across the garden. A mob of spangled drongos chortle and jingle amidst the trees as if they were about to watch the show.

...

02:57

Portuguese children sue 47 countries over climate change and more zedlines.. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Portuguese schoolchildren affected by forest fires in June are looking to sue 47 European countries, saying that the countrys failure to tackle climate change threatened their right to life.

Children from the Leiria region of Portugal are seeking an initial 35,000 via crowdfunding to mount their case, which will target the 47 countries which are major emitters in Europe, including France, Germany and the UK.

The children will be represented by British barristers who are experts in environmental and climate change law, and are supported by the Global Legal Action Network.

02:49

Body found floating at Cape Byron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The body of a  man has been found after he apparently drowned at The Pass, near Cape Byron, earlier today.

About 8.30am on Monday, emergency services were called to The Pass after reports of a concern for welfare.

The body of the man, believed to be in his 30s, was retrieved from the water.

Inquiries are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the mans death.

The man is yet to be formally identified.

Echonetdaily understands Byron Bay life savers retrieved the body with the aid of a jetski .

 

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02:33

8-Year-Old Girl Who Was Bullied For Loving Bugs Just Authored A Scientific Paper "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Credit: Direct Expose

8-year-old girls are rarely encouraged to play with bugs. Because of this, Sophia Spencer has been regularly teased by her peers for seeking out and examining grasshoppers and other insects in between classes.

While Sophias passion for entomology is likely a sign shell be an expert in the field someday, the teasing she received dampened her spirits. Aware of this, her mom, Nicole, contacted the Entomological Society of Canada, hoping an expert would maintain her daughters enthusiasm. She is often teased at school by her peers because she will proudly display her current bug friend on her shoulder, wrote Nicole.

She has asked me for over a year if this is a job she can do one day, exploring and learning more about bugs and insects. I have told her that of course, she could; however, I am at a loss on how to continue to encourage her, wrote Nicole. I was wondering if a professional entomologist would speak to her over the phone to encourage her love and explain to her how she could make this into a career. I am constantly looking for articles and information on the species and how to recognize them, but find the lack of answers to her questions unhelpful.

If someone could maybe talk to her for even five minutes, or who wont mind being a penpal for...

02:21

Fleet Foxes Announce Falls Sideshow in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Fleet Foxes When Fleet Foxes were announced for this years Falls Festivals in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle there was no guarantee wed be getting any headline shows. When Fleet Foxes were last in the country earlier this year for VIVID they didnt tour any further than Sydney. But never []

02:21

Aussies kill Monster Crocodile "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The largest crocodile seen in decades in Queensland was found dead over the weekend with a bullet in its head. We claim we want to save our wildlife, yet Governments and Citizens alike still show zero tolerance for animals that pose risk to humans, even when in the territory theyve occupied for millennia. The problem is exacerbated as we increasingly live, play and work in what have historically been wilderness areas.

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Going back to the crocodile just shot, local Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2m male reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River on Thursday. John Leaver said a 5m-long crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 30 years. Leaver, who ran a crocodile removal service across the state for 20 years, said the largest one he ever caught was 4.95m in the late 1980s. The farmer said Rockhampton locals used to shoot crocodiles equal to that size in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. But nothing that big until the weekend.

Technically of course, crocodiles are now protected in Australia, however this hasnt stopped them being killed by locals who see them as a threat, or sport. This problem is exacerbated as Australian cities sprawl further into estuarine areas, as houses move further into the bush, and as tourism encroaches more into remote areas. Crocodiles should be celebrated, but we as humans believe we have divine rights over wildlife.

This all raises an interesting question that is not limited to Australia of course People increasingly want to live and play away from the cities, as long as there are no dangerous animals. The problem with this of course is the dangerous animals (such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, spiders, tigers, lions, bears) are just part of a healthy ecosystem, and by removing them, we skew the ecosystem, as well as reduce its biodiversity.

Australia raised conservationists hackles with their absurd shark cull program in Western Australia, that needlessly killed hundreds of sharks. I have no problem conceding it is a horrific experience when someone is badly injured or killed by a shark, but the numbers are so low, compared with other risks locals face. Between 2000 and 2015, just 15 people were killed by shark attacks in WA. For the same period, over 900 people drowned in WA waters, over 1,000 people were murdered, and over 1,500 people died on their roads. Each one a tragedy of course, but just one death by shark per year in no way justifies the killing of critically endangered animals. Nor....

02:14

TPP-11 talks identify 50 items to suspend or renegotiate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

September 25, 2017: Last week the eleven remaining countries attempting to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the TPP-11) met in Tokyo.

They will meet again in Japan next month, and hope to reach general agreement by November.

Japans chief TPP negotiator Kazuyoshi Umemoto has told reporters that the TPP-11 made meaningful progress. Their aim is early ratification of the TPP, in the hopes that the US will return to the agreement as soon as possible.

Asia Nikkei reported that while Japan, Australia and New Zealand were still trying to minimise changes to the text, at least 50 items had been listed for renegotiation or suspension. These include rules initiated by the US on stronger monopolies on medicines, longer copyright periods, state-owned enterprises and government procurement. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to these in return for access to the US market.

02:09

Ugly greed at Exxon Mobil and Esso "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Ugly

Essos parent, The American Exxon Mobil, happens to be the sixth largest company in the world. It chooses to use its subsidiary in Australia for both a tax dodging and screwing workers, even though it has in its hands unimaginable wealth and is experiencing soaring profits, $7 billion for the last year.

Like many of its cohorts, the company uses the generous loopholes provided by the Australian government, to launder money and get away from paying its contribution into Australias taxation system.

For instance, loopholes allow the writing off interest borrowed from offshore subsidiaries, and Exxon Mobil has benefited by millions of dollars in this way, according to research by the University of Technology School of Accounting and campaign group GetUp.

The Federal Court recently ruled that the company had not paid $340 million in taxes during 2004 and 2008.

Tax avoidance is an important matter in this own right. It is also important, because it betrays the desire at the very top, to squeeze out the last drop, no matter what it cost others.

This is what lies behind efforts to drive down the wages and conditions of maintenance workers at the onshore at Longford plant and offshore facilities in Bass Strait. Using a contractor, wages have been cut by up to 30 percent and new family unfriendly rosters put in place.

A significant part of the wage cuts, comes through a reduction on loadings and the allowance paid to those who work offshore. Annual leave has been reduced as well.

The new roster turns away from the one week on, one week off system and is replaced with five weeks on and one week off.

Instead of lying down, the workers have refused to accept the changes and have been sacked for doing so.  Rather than give in, they have been waging ongoing  action and maintaining a picket on thelongford site.

Scabby, the mascot from the CUB was there. The connection? Here too management tried to use the same method to the same end.

CUB came unstuck and had to pull back and it is hoped that the same will happen here.

Esso took the matter to the court and...

02:05

Brunswick Heads residents asked for comment on paid parking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Shire Council has asked for feedback on the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

Byron Shire Council has asked for feedback on the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

Brunswick Heads residents are being asked for feedback on plans to introduce paid parking in the town centre.

The Byron Shire Council has placed the draft Brunswick Heads Town Centre Parking Strategy on exhibition and is now calling for public comment.

The strategy includes revised parking durations and paid parking in the town centre.

The councils acting general manager Mark Arnold said councillors had supported the strategy as a basis for public consultation at the 21 September meeting.

The strategy was developed by consultants last year.

Mr Arnold said the strategy would not only improve traffic flow in the town, but would also raise revenue from visitors that would be reinvested back into Brunswick Heads.

The council introduced pay parking to Byron Bay in December 2015 and last year alone it generated $3.5 million which has funded road and infrastructure upgrades in Byron and has facilitated the development of a range of key Master Plan projects in the town centre.

Without parking revenue these projects would not have been able to proceed, Mr Arnold said.

Parking consultants estimate the introduction of pay parking in Brunswick Heads could generate $900,000 a year which Council has undertaken to dedicate to upgraded public amenities and infrastructure in Brunswick Heads.

Mr Arnold said records showed that residents in Brunswick Heads and the north of Byron Shire already had 1670 pay parking permits which means they can park free of charge in all pay parking zones in the Shire including Byron Bay, Wategos, Belongil, Bangalow (from January 2018) and perhaps Brunswick Heads.

Accordingly, the proposed pay parking scheme targets visitors to the Shire who will generate the majority of parking revenue collected at the meters, Mr Arnold said.

Council is aware that some businesses in Brunswick Heads are concerned that the introduction of pay parking would have a negative impact on their livelihood.

While this is perfectly understandable, business operators in Byron Bay had similar concerns before pay parking was introduced there in 2015 however since..........

02:03

Celebrate Fair Food Week with us "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Poster

Come along to enjoy local and ethically sources food by SANDYgoodWICH and The Pines Kiama, connect with other foodies and celebrate our regional food and fair food leaders on Wednesday the 11th of October from 6pm 9pm at The Pavilion, Kiama.
Fair food advocate and university lecturer Sandy Murray will be the keynote speaker for the night and will talk about Strengthening the local food economy in Tassie what does it take?

The evening will include a number of local speakers such as Chris Bridge from Mahbrook Organics, Donna Walsh from Warrawong Community Lunch and Dylan Powell from Intergen Munch Out Kiama, plus an array of local expo stalls.

Connecting over Fair Food takes a Pay As You Feel approach, with a suggested minimum donation of $10 at the door. This event is organised by Food Fairness Illawarra, with support from Shellharbour, Wollongong and Kiama Councils and the Nutrition Society of Australia as part of National Fair Food week. All donations will support future Food Fairness Illawarra events to fuel the Fair Food conversation!

Places are limited and bookings essential at Bookings & More Info or by calling Healthy Cities Illawarra on 4283 8111.

Anyone who is involved with an initiative that supports a fairer food system is invited to apply for an expo stall or bring along a poster for the poster wall.

 

02:01

Chet Raymo, "Why Not?" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Why Not?"
by Chet Raymo

"A reader asked: "If we are all one and made out of the same material- then the things that we make are made out of the same material. But they are not animate. Why not?" At first glance, this might seem like a naive question, one that we all know the answer to. On reflection, it turns out to be terribly profound. Or should I have said, "wonderfully profound"?

Yes, everything, animate and inanimate, is made of the same stuff - the 92 naturally-occurring elements - but all of the animate things we know about are made mainly of carbon compounds - carbon in combination with with hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and a smattering of other elements- the compounds we study in organic chemistry. Carbon atoms have a knack for joining up in a rich variety of ways.

But all things made of carbon compounds are not animate. The petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries produce gobs of carbon-based products that are not alive, including paints and explosives.

Of course, some things we make are animate. Babies. Gardens. And we use animate matter to make inanimate things. Bread. Yogurt. Antibiotics. It is probably only a matter of time before researchers make animate matter from inanimate stuff- life in a test-tube (but then, since researchers were involved, you can say this is also life making life). And we have made some rather remarkable life simulations in computers. But none of this answers the question.

Life makes life, that's part of its definition. But what is it? The biologist Lynn Margulis with her son Dorian Sagan tried to answer the question in their book What Is Life? They give a terrific scientific accounting of what we know, but when it comes down to answering the readers question they are reduced to such definitions as: "a material process, sifting and surfing over matter like a strange, slow wave"; "the watery, membrane-bound encapsulation of spacetime"; "a planetary exuberance"; "existenc...

02:00

Uber loses its licence to operate in London "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Voices have warned that Uber should not have been allowed to operate in Australia, because its business model is based not on profit for providing a service, but on transferring the cost of running its operation to society and especially the driver. Uber has also been accused of providing inadequate security for both passengers and drivers, as well as making a significant contribution to traffic gridlock. The warnings have not been heeded and Uber now operates in Australia.  Based on the experience to date, the company has now been refused a renewal of its licence to operate in London. This report by the BBC (22 September 2017) tells the story.

Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.

Ubers approach and conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility which could have potential public safety and security implications, it said.

Uber said it would immediately challenge the decision in the courts.

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.

In a statement, Uber said: Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.

It said the decision showed the world that far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies.

There had been growing speculation that the app could be banned from London.

Opponents of the firm claim it causes gridlocked roads and does not do enough to regulate its drivers.

The Uber app has completely changed the London minicab and taxi market. As a disruptive technology it was popular and cheap.

But although Uber claims 3.5m Londoners use the app and there are 40,000 drivers, the company has been dogged with controversy in London.

It has been blamed for congestion, failing to report sexual offences, not doing proper criminal checks and a rise in collisions.

It has also been criticised by unions for poor working conditions of drivers.

Right up until the last minute, even the black cab organisations which have been fighting Uber since their arrival in 2012 were not certain they had won.

So this is a big shock to the industry and it will reverberate right around the world where the company is trying to operate.

This decision will be appealed and eventually probably go through the courts so its not quite over for Uber in London yet.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said in a statement: I fully support TfLs decision it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber, if there is....

01:59

State-wide video conference to support young women in business and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A state-wide video conference held next week will allow Queenslands young female entrepreneurs to discuss their challenges and needs.

The conference, held via video in 6 locations, will see guest speakers such as Pip Russell of Network 10 and Juiced TV, sharing their experiences as female entrepreneurs.

Cairns businesswoman Petina Tieman says networking groups for entrepreneurs typically do not discuss the unique challenges faced by young women in business.

Discussions held in the session will be used to help the government to support and enable young female businesswomen.

Queensland Government to spend millions on greyhound racing

01:56

The Strange Case of American Diplomats Getting Sick in Cuba (Acoustic Attacks?) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

12 battery device to detect Ultrasounds (against you), and (R) the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba

By Dee McLachlan

The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if hed walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.

Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, sympto...

01:50

Total fire ban as 22 fires burn on North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Today is a day of Total Fire Ban on the North Coast. File photo

Today is a day of Total Fire Ban on the North Coast. File photo

The Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for our region today, with the fire danger rating declared severe.

There are currently 22 fires burning between Coffs Harbour and the Queensland border.

Of continuing concern is a fire that has been burning at Upper Main Arm for a month. Although now under control it has burnt out more than 350 hectares of mostly forested land.

Arson suspected

Casino fire crews believe a blaze burning close to homes there may have been deliberately lit and are calling in police to investigate.

A fire on the edge of the Bruxner Highway at Mummulgum burned out more than 1,800 hectares before being brought under control.

A bushfire that started yesterday at Rappville has burned out more than 320 hectares and is yet to be brought under control.

Another blaze in the Richmond Valley has burned out 110 hectares at Busbys Flat.

Other fires burning in the region include another in the Kyogle area, which has burned out 30 hectares, and one at Wardell that is currently being brought under control.

NSW Forestry Corporation says it has placed 120 infra red cameras in state forests that have been hit with a number of blazes believed to be deliberately lit.

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01:35

Public safety put at risk by airport developments "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This map shows that a section of the approved manufactured homes development at Evans Head airport is in the public safety zone. (supplied)

This map shows that a section of the approved manufactured homes development at Evans Head airport is in the public safety zone. (supplied)

The state government and Richmond Valley Council have been accused of putting the interests of developers over public safety by approving residential and commercial buildings near airport runways

The criticism followed the recent approval of a manufactured homes development near runways at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.

Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee president Dr Richard Gates said the failure of the NSW government to mandate Public Safety Zones around airfields and airports was nothing short of criminal negligence.

Dr Gates said information received from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in relation to a fatal plane crash at Essendon Airport showed that houses and a primary school were in the public safety zone.

For years the NSW State government has used an outdated noise nuisance measure, the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast or ANEF, to determine how close residential and commercial buildings can be built near runways, Dr Gates said.

However there is substantial international research which shows that aircraft noise is not an appropriate safety measure to determine how close construction should be to an active runway to be safe.

Local, state and federal governments have known that the ANEF is the wrong measure and have failed to act. The exception is Queensland which has Public Safety Areas around its airfields to shield the public from the risk of aircraft accident and to give aviators room to move should there be a problem.

While the federal government has provided a National Airports Safeguarding Framework based on the advice of the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group (NASAG), the framework does not include public safety zones, which begs the question why have they been left out particularly when these are standard practice in most first world countries and the Queensland government has adopted them for their airfields?

It is very clear the big developer lobby has captured the safety agenda...

01:30

Here are all of the Falls Festival sideshows for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Festival season will be on us again before we know it, and you know what that means: sideshows. And theres some good news for anyone who missed out on tickets to the sold-out Falls Festival in Byron and Lorne, and doesnt fancy a trip to Marion Bay or Fremantle, as some of the biggest names have just announced a bunch of extra gigs.

Liam Gallagher, Run The Jewels, Foster the People, Jungle, DRAM, The Kooks and Flint Eastwood are the acts whove announced Falls Festival sideshows so far, for the most part playing both Melbourne and Sydney shows in early January.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday September 28 (local time), except for Run The Jewels, which has a Live Nation presale beginning at 10am Tuesday September 25, general sale from 12pm Thursday September 28 check out the full list of dates below, along with Liam performing Wonderwall at this years Reading and Leeds fest.

Falls Festival 2017 sideshows

LIAM GALLAGHER

Tickets

Thu 04 Jan Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Fri 05 Jan Forum Theatre, Melbourne

RUN THE JEWELS

Tickets

Thursday 4 Jan    Festival Hall, Melbourne
Fri 5 Jan Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

Tickets

Thu 4 Jan Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Fri 5 Jan Enmore Theatre, Sydney

DRAM

Tickets

Fri 5 Jan 170 Russell, Melbourne

THE KOOKS

Tickets

Wed 3 Jan Festival Hall, Melbourne
Fri 5 Jan Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

JUNGLE

Tickets

Wed 3 Jan Enmore Theatre, Syd...

01:26

Walsh wins through "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Grove local Sam Walsh played a key role in the Geelong Falcons first Under 18 TAC Cup premiership in 17 years on Sunday 24 September.
The Falcons won by two points against the Sandringham Dragons.
The TAC Cup decider was a thriller and went down to a kick after the siren.
Sandringham tall Joel Amartey kicked a behind at goal after the siren and euphoria erupted for Falcons players.
Sam was named in his sides best players and finished with 29 disposals.
Sam is the son of former Ocean Grove senior coach Wayne Walsh.
Walsh coached the Grubbers in 2015 and 2016.

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01:26

Turnbull's sucker government announces Australian Space Agency to give borrowed money to space companies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There's a good reason this is a $420BN industry. It's because of sucker governments like Turnbull's. Governments that borrow money to spend on pipe dreams and pork barrels. Anyone checked the debt clock lately? http://www.australiandebtclock.com.au/ Australian space agency to employ thousands and tap $420b industry, Government says By political reporter...

01:22

Police find bag of cannabis in womans mouth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Lismore police say the right to remain silent was taken to an extreme level by a 24-year-old Grafton woman they searched at Lismore pub on Thursday.

Police allege that drug detection dog Rufus made a drug indication on the pub patron.

Police tried to speak to the woman but say that she refused to speak.

She would nod and shake her head, but would not say a word, the police report said.

That is until they asked the woman to open her mouth: inside they found a bag of cannabis.

Police say the woman told them that the cannabis was not hers.

She was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for possessing a prohibited drug and will appear at Lismore Local Court in November.

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01:17

Abbott attacks Turnbull on two fronts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Given his new-found concern for violence, his hatred of Turnbull and his kamikaze political instincts, Abbot could well use 2GBs reach to deplore the way Turnbulls budget locks in all his own 30% cuts to domestic violence services. The budget also makes massive funding cuts to womens legal and housing services, which help women escape violence. On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia. One in three women has experienced violence by the age of 15.  One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence. Yet the former Minister for Women, typically, opts to play the victim, lie about his assailant and cheapen debate Equally solicitous is Tasmanian Liberal king-pin, Kaiser Erich Abetz who harbours fears marriage equality will lead to people marrying bridges or the Bruny Island Ferry. Abetz, who, in 1994, campaigned to keep homosexuality a crime in Tasmania and who damns media for ignoring gays who come out straight, sees the incident as a sign of ugly intolerance Astro Labe, meanwhile, is incensed by Abbotts wilful disinformation. The blood-nut wants to set things straight. Its just about Tony Abbott, the f***king worm that he is ... Id had half a skinful and I just wanted to nut the c**t ... The Australian: Abbotts noise impacts on Turnbulls success

01:05

Ultra Marathon for Daniel kicks off in Warragul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 2,000 kilometre, 35 day, solo ultra marathon for a good cause kicked off in Warragul on Saturday.

01:03

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its pretty simple really. A young man allegedly stabbed a woman in what was reported as a domestic violence attack. He has been arrested and charged over the stabbing. Channel 9 news forgot to mention him in the headline.

Rendering the perpetrators of domestic violence invisible also makes the cause of domestic violence invisible. It removes perpetrators from the public view where they belong and isolates the victim as the only focus. Victims must be heard and believed but not at the expense of recognising the cause the perpetrators choice to commit violence.

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00:56

"Only In Such Moments..." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
- M. Scott Peck

00:54

FACT OR FICTION - WHO KNOWS, WHO CARES? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On October 26th I will be discussing, at Readings in Hawthorn, the matter of CREATIVE NON-FICTION with Jane Sullivan and Lee Kofman. In preparation for this event I re-read an essay I wrote many years ago, and I reproduce it here now. The essay was part of one of my books on writing - Not Now Jack, I'm Writing a Novel. The image of the small blue butterfly refers to the very end of the essay.



FACT OR FICTION -- WHO KNOWS, WHO CARES
Ask me the difference between fiction and fact, about the relationship between the two. This is one of those questions, isn't it. I know it's no use if I just say that the only thing that matters about a story is whether you can believe it, whether you can go along with it while you are reading it. I am talking here about any story, fact orfiction. If you can't go along with what you are reading, youre often inclined to say to the writer of history is this really what happened and to the writer of fiction am I safe in believing this is all lies. People want clear categories, shelves marked FACT and shelves marked FICTION. A box of fact and a box of fiction. You can grow bewildered and even angry when you suspect writers are chucking bits from one box into another, especially if they dump some fiction into the fact pile. Facts in the fiction box are more acceptable, and you can see why they are there, and can enjoy them.

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00:53

Brisbane pride march mobilises ten thousand and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than ten thousand LGTBIQ supporters marched through Fortitude Valley on Saturday for the citys annual pride march.

The LGTBIQ community and its supporters were joined by Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in a show of support and solidarity.

This years march had added meaning, with Saturday also marking one of Australias largest door-knocking campaigns by the yes camp ahead of the nations same sex marriage postal survey.

The future of smoking in Queensland

Queensland health organisations have released a statewide survey on smoking, including smoke-free zones and tobacco control.

00:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Africa Has to Be Wary About Its Resources
OPINION & ANALYSIS
Taurai Changwa
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

AS commodity prices are trekking northwards on the international market, many African countries, which have predominantly resource-rich economies, are beginning to celebrate.

Growth in many such resource-rich countries, including Zimbabwe, is expected to be underpinned by the mining sector.

But it must be noted that the net benefit accrues to global resource consumers who value add these minerals and resources into commodities that are later on absorbed as finished products by African countries.

So Africa becomes the biggest loser.

Greed has really stifled progress in Africa.

Moreso, there is a global financial architecture that is not friendly to African economies.

Many global mining houses that make a living out of mining precious resources on the continent have offshore accounts through which they use to bank their proceeds.

This, they argue, is ostensibly meant to facilitate offshore transactions.



For African countries, money that is banked in this way becomes dead capital since it does not sweat for local economies.

Though it is practically impossible to list the sheer amount of minerals that are found on the continent, it is very easy to count companies that are involved in value addition and beneficiation.

Clearly, with such seemingly scandalous endowments, Africa should be the richest continent in the universe.

However, as long as the current status quo remains, Africa will continue to be a source of raw materials that sustains industrialisation and wealth creation on other continents.

Time and again, President Robert Mugabe always talks about beneficiation, but little progress is being made.

It is worrying that Africa continues to import both basic commodities and sundry items.

There is no reason for all these products not to be manufactured in Africa.

Africans are not children of a lesser God, whatever the Americans, Europeans, Australians and Asian can do, they, too, can also accomplish.

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00:37

Put down booze, its killing you: study "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A decade ago alcohol was responsible for 3,430 deaths per year. Now that figure stands at 5,554. Photo Flickr.com/einalem

A decade ago alcohol was responsible for 3,430 deaths per year. Now that figure stands at 5,554. Photo Flickr.com/einalem

If Australians put down the booze, national cancer deaths will drop, according to new research.

A one-litre decrease in annual alcohol consumption per capita had significant reductions in head, neck and liver cancer mortality, a study across a 20-year period has found.

For head and neck cancer deaths it was associated with an 11.6 per cent drop in males and 7.3 per cent reduction in females, and a 15 per cent reduction in male liver cancer mortality.

The study is published by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) and Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

Titled Alcohol consumption and liver, pancreatic, head and neck cancers in Australia: time-series analyses, the research is the first suggestive evidence that a decrease in population drinking could reduce the prevalence of deaths from the three cancers.

The study also found a higher death rate for men and women aged 50 and over from head and neck cancers, reflecting the long-term effects of alcohol consumption on the development of the disease.

This study has extended our understanding of the role that alcohol plays with respect to liver, pancreatic, head and neck cancers in Australia, and the importance of addressing the nations alcohol consumption levels lead author, CAPRs Dr Jason Jiang said.

National guidelines suggest an adult should drink no more than two standard drinks on any day to reduce the lifetime risk of harm attributed to alcohol.

There is no doubt that alcohol-related cancers would be significantly reduced if more of the population reduced their alcohol consumption and followed the national drinking guidelines, FARE chief executive Michael Thorn said.

The study exposes the need for improved public health education campaigns, better public health policies on alcohol, and more promotion of the guidelines to reduce the toll of cancer-related diseases and deaths in Australia.

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00:35

Weekend police beat: weapons, drugs charges in Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man was arrested in Mullumbimby on the weekend in possession of illegal weapons. Another man is sought over the armed robbery of a Terranora store, while a woman has had her licence revoked after flipping her car while drunk at Stokers Siding.

A 25-year-old Main Arm man was charged with drug and property offences in Mullumbimby on Saturday (September 23).

At about 10.40am police were called to Clays Road and Coral Ave, Mullumbimby in relation to a suspicious vehicle.

Police spoke to the driver of the vehicle, which they then searched, seizing illegal items and others they deemed unlawfully obtained.

The man was charged with possessing prohibited drugs, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without permit and having goods suspected of being stolen.

He is due to appear at Mullumbimby Local Court today (September 25).

Terranora armed robbery

Police are seeking information following an armed robbery at a Terranora shop on Friday (September 22).

At 4.30pm a man entered the Terranora General Store and demanded money from the store employees at knife-point.

Police say the offender took a sum of money before running from the store.

He is described as male, aged in his 20s, and was wearing a black hoodie, black shorts and white joggers.

Tweed Heads Detectives are continuing with enquiries.

If anyone has any information please contact Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers.

Drunk driver flips car

At 9.50am on Sunday (September 24) police were called to a single motor vehicle accident at Stokers Siding.

The vehicle had flipped onto its roof along Stokers Road and the female driver was lucky to escape with minor injuries.

The driver was breath tested at the scene, giving a positive roadside reading.

She was arrested and taken to Murwillumbah Police station for further analysis.

As a result she was charged with High range PCA and had her licence suspended.

She is due to appear at Murwillumbah court.

 

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00:35

Gay marriage support drops: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Support for gay marriage has fallen, according to a Newspoll. file pic)

Support for gay marriage has fallen, according to a Newspoll. file pic)

Support for same-sex marriage has fallen ahead of a national survey on the issue, according to Newspoll.

The proportion of voters who support same-sex marriage now stands at 57 per cent, compared to 63 per cent in August and 62 per cent in September last year.

The no vote has lifted to 34 per cent, from 30 per cent in August and 32 per cent a year ago.

About nine per cent are uncommitted.Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, collated its results from a survey of 1695 voters polled across the nation over four days from Thursday.

Support for same-sex marriage was highest amongst Labor and Greens voters, at 70 per cent and 85 per cent respectively.

But conservative voters are trailing, with coalition backers polling 47 per cent, alongside 35 per cent for One Nation supporters.

Newspoll also found the federal coalition government is behind the Labor opposition in two-party preferred terms, at 46 per cent to 54 per cent.

Malcolm Turnbull has again lost ground to Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister and now sits on a 42 per cent approval rating against 31 per cent for the opposition leader, a four-point fall since the last poll.

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00:32

Study urges large rise in renewables power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

A solar array near Windorah, Queensland. Photo David Elliott flickr.com/photos/drelliott0net

Australia will need up to three-quarters of its electricity coming from renewables by 2030 if it is to cut emissions in the cheapest way under a clean energy target.

But a new analysis from the Australia Institute finds the same emissions cut could be achieved with fewer renewables under a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme two policies rejected by the Turnbull government.

The think tanks analysis of modelling done for government agencies, released on Monday, finds the energy sector should do the heavy lifting if Australia is to meet its international emission reduction pledge in the most efficient way.

This is largely because the electricity sector can easily turn to renewables using technology already commercially available, while sectors such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing would have to either cut production or invest heavily in research.

Australia has committed under the UN-led Paris agreement to cut its emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

If electricity is to take on a comparatively higher burden of this task, Australia Institute research director Rod Campbell says it should cut emissions by 40-55 per cent by 2030.

To achieve this using a clean energy target the policy the government is now considering would lead to renewables making up between two-thirds and three-quarters of generation by 2030, the analysis finds.

This is substantially higher than Labors aim for 50 per cent renewables, which the government has ridiculed.

But if cuts were achieved using a carbon price or an emissions intensity scheme, there would be more gas generation and less renewables.

It is ironic that government-commissioned modelling shows that the policies that would minimise renewable energy penetration, such as carbon pricing and an EIS, have already been rejected, Mr Campbell writes.

All that remains is the CET that would bring in the largest share of renewable generation, or the prospect of failing to meet our Paris climate targets.

Prime Mi...

00:29

Australia commits to space agency "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia has committed to creating a space agency. Photo AP Photo/NASA

Australia has committed to creating a space agency. Photo AP Photo/NASA

Australia will join the growing global space industry after the Turnbull government committed to the creation of a national space agency.

The announcement comes after calls from the International Astronautical Federation, which is holding its annual conference in South Australia, and Adelaide-born astronaut Andy Thomas for Australia to join the industry.

The global space industry is growing rapidly and its crucial that Australia is part of this growth, Acting Science Minister Michaelia Cash said in statement.

A national space agency will ensure we have a strategic long-term plan that supports the development and application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry.

The agency will be the anchor for our domestic co-ordination and the front door for our international engagement.

Almost 200 written submissions have been received by a reference group while more than 400 people have been consulted across the country.

The group, chaired by former CSIRO head Dr Megan Clark, will now turn its attention to a charter for the national space agency with a broader strategy expected by the end of March.

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00:25

Calls await to discuss forming NZ govt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

National Party leader Bill English expects a call from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in the next few days.

My staff are in contact with Mr Peters staff to arrange for an individual phone call which we expect will happen in the next few days, and negotiations will begin from that point, he said on Sunday.

National won the most seats in the general election on Saturday but doesnt have a majority in parliament and needs NZ First.

Labour is exploring forming a government with the Greens and NZ First even though governments in the past have always been led by the party with the most votes.

All are awaiting how special votes change election results.

That will be known by October 12.

Mr Peters is the kingmaker.

He went fishing on Sunday and said it was important not to rush things.

Mr English said senior National ministers met on Sunday morning to discuss the election results and the partys approach to negotiations to form a government.

He said a two-party coalition would be more stable.

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00:16

Exploring Bangkoks Ghost Tower "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We stock our backpacks with freshly made dumplings from a local market, bottles of beer, a portable speaker and a couple of cheeky tins of spray paint, then catch a small riverboat ferry up the Chao Praya river towards the foot of the tower. This is when Jackson explains about the bribes.

Im not very experienced with paying bribes so I shut up and listen carefully. He says that there could be some men at the bottom who might ask us to pay an entry fee. Theyre not officially stationed there to charge entry fees, and theres no set price, but they might just do it anyway. This sounds a bit dodgy, but I nod along. Jackson, an Australian dude I met an hour ago, seems like a guy I can trust; after all, hes the one who read the listicle about the weirdest attractions in Bangkok.

Its called Sathorn Unique, but better known as The Ghost Tower. Its a 48-story building in the centre of the city thats been abandoned since the late 90s. Designed to be a mammoth block of opulent apartments, workers left the building to ruin during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The buildings developers ran out of money and discarded the huge structure when it was about eighty per cent complete, leaving this giant ghostly shell. Its been described by the Telegraph UK as one of the worlds most prominent temples of urban decay and a magnet for urban explorers.

As the three of us step off the little riverboat, we get our first glimpse of the tower: its a stark, 48-level blight on the skyline, surrounded by skyscrapers and expensive hotels. Theres a massive canvas advertisement stretching vertically across 20 stories of the building; it must be the biggest piece of fabric Ive ever seen. Its mostly white, but with dirty, frayed edges; its rippling slowly against 100 exposed balconies.

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00:00

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | NORTH & EIGHT "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A birthday and a new spring menu, whats not to celebrate? Since North & Eight opened two years ago, they have gone from strength to strength delivering innovative food style and excellent coffee to the far north.

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23:30

SSM Postal Vote Blows Out to $250m as Government Mails out Sausage Sandwiches "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Snag

The cost of the same-sex marriage postal vote, which was originally estimated to cost tax payers $122m, has more than doubled to $250m, after the government decided to throw a postal sausage sizzle into the mix.

We realised that the vote wouldnt be legally binding in Australia without a sausage sizzle, a government spokesperson said. So, we will be sending every person enrolled to vote a snag folded inside buttered white bread with sauce and onions.

The move has been welcomed despite the cost, with many noting that a sausage sanga is usually the only good that comes of voting.

This is the least they could do to thank the public for making a decision they too scared to make in parliament, one voter said. Although, knowing Australia Post, I bet my snag will be colder than a witchs tit.


23:00

Yarragon street trees face chop in short notice plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Eighteen long-established trees along Yarragon's Rollo Street could soon meet council chainsaws if a short notice reconstruction plan goes ahead.

23:00

Man winched to safety after Broken Head rock fall "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services' access to an injured man on Sunday (September 24). Photo Ian Cohen

Beachgoers parking along the sides of Seven Mile Beach Road hindered emergency services access to an injured man on Sunday (September 24). Photo Ian Cohen

A man who had to be winched for safety after falling off rocks at Brays Beach, near Broken Head, yesterday was lucky because emergency services had problems accessing him via the narrow road, according to one local.

Former NSW MLC and Byron Shire Councillor Ian Cohen told Echonetdaily that emergency services road access to the site was made extremely difficult because of beachgoers parking illegally along both sides of narrow Seven Mile Beach Road.

It is not the first time that Mr Cohen, who lives in the area, has complained of the dangers caused by illegal parking along the sides of the sandy road.

But he said that despite council rangers patrolling the road and issuing $220 fines, the problem is not going away.

Council rangers are patrolling but disaster is waiting to happen with unregulated summer hordes showing no respect, he said.

Rescue had sirens on due to speeding traffic mainly surfers charging the other way.

This was a simple broken leg accident could have been a disaster with a fire.

Im no oracle but I see disaster looming and backpackers just drive off, Mr Cohen said.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter rescued the 24-year-old man from Brays Beach on Sunday afternoon after he fell onto rocks and into the ocean.

The man was recovered from the water by members of the local Volunteer Rescue Association, together with police and ambulance emergency crews, and taken to Brays Beach.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter medical team were winched onto the beach to treat the patient for lower leg fractures.

Given the remoteness of location from road access, the medical team were required to prepare the man for a winch rescue stretcher recovery.

Together with the two medical team members, the patient was recovered from the beach by the rescue helicopter and flown to Lismore Base Hospital for further tr...

23:00

Chiba court recognizes nuke disaster evacuees loss of hometown for first time "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking damages from the government and TEPCO for residents who evacuated to Chiba Prefecture following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster hold up banners reading Government not liable, left, and TEPCO must pay portion of compensation, right, in front of the Chiba District Court on Sept. 22, 2017.

When on Sept. 22 the Chiba District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to pay some 376 million yen in damages to a group of Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees, it gave concrete recognition to the evacuees loss of hometowns, jobs and personal relationships for the first time.

Six and a half years after the disaster, even in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, the reconstruction of the communities that once thrived there is still a distant prospect. However, though it absolved the government of legal liability, this court ruling the second

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22:57

Over 30Sv / h Along Side of Recently Fukushima Reopened Route 114 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Via Oz Yo

Over 30Sv/h was read along side the recently-reopened Route 114 in Fukushima, September 20, 2017. It is insane for the government to give its green light for people to use that road.
6.5 years mean nothing here. Nothing at all.

route national 144 reopen 7 sept 2017

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22:56

Tepco promises legal safety vow as it seeks to restart reactors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Promises are meant to be broken

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The head of Tepco Electric Power company Holdings Inc. promised Wednesday to institute a safety pledge as requested by nuclear regulator, as the company seeks clearance to reactivate undamaged, idle reactors located far from its plant crippled by natural disaster in 2011.

has been calling for the company to make such a pledge part of its legally binding reactor safety program because it operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the site of a major nuclear disaster in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

President Tomoaki Kobayakawa told the regulator on Wednesday that will stipulate a pledge to build safety culture in its program developed for ensuring safe operation of the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at the companys power station in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of coast.

promise will pave the way for the regulators safety clearance for the two

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22:26

EDFL final a sign of a strong league: Gwynne "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Warragul Industrials' one-point loss to Catani in the EDFL seniors final may have been a nail-biter, but the league itself is in a much more comfortable position according to its chief.

22:26

SUTU / AR EXHIBITION at the Byron Bay Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In 2016, BBFF celebrated its 10th birthday, and marked the occasion by holding our biggest festival yet. BBFF has been sharing VR experiences with our Filmmakers since 2014 and a new feature in the mix was opening up our demonstrations of virtual and augmented reality technology to the general public.

As well as new award categories based around VR, the festival also conducted workshops and demonstrations for filmmakers, artists and attendees on this new medium.

Dont miss the incredible work of artist Sutu (Stuart Campbell) at this years festival, where you will get to experience an astonishing collaboration between art and technology with AUGMENTED REALITY (AR).

Prosthetic Reality is a first of its kind Augmented Reality Art book featuring 45 esteemed artists from around the world. The project has been heralded by Vice Creators Project as the most ambitious AR art project to date.

Works by Sutu from the book will be on display during BBFF.

Learn more at bbff.com.au

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22:25

2017 EDFL finals: Dusties v Catani in pictures "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This year's Ellinbank & District Football League seniors was a painful one for the Dusties - a half time lead ended with Catani taking the premiership by one point.

22:00

Innocent Man From Tennessee Will Stay In Prison Despite Charges Being Dropped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: Filming Cops

From the Tennessean, heres a crazy story about a man who looks to be doomed to years in prison, despite the fact that the charges that put him there have been dropped. You can thank the states parole board.

A judge and prosecutor dismissed the criminal allegations against John Leon Smith, but in the eyes of the Tennessee Board of Parole hes still guilty.

The man will remain in prison until next year at least maybe until 2026

Smith served about half of a 40-year prison sentence for a violent armed robbery and threatening to kill workers at a Nashville restaurant in 1992. Smith fired several shots, which wounded one worker, and as he fled from police, fired shots at officers, according to appeals court records.

I was drinking and drugging and it cost me my life, he said. I threw it away in 30 minutes.

He was released on parole in October 2013, according to state records.

Seventeen months later he was arrested on two felonies, alleging possession of marijuana and a weapon, court records show. At the time, Smith lived at a North Nashville home with two other people.

Because of his criminal history, Smith wasnt supposed to have guns.

Court records and transcripts say undercover police intercepted a UPS package with nearly 8 pounds of marijuana inside and delivered it to the home, where Smith answered the door. About 30 minutes later, another man arrived and tried to leave with the package before he was arrested, according to a transcript of one detectives testimony.

Officers later found a handgun in furniture in Smiths bedroom and three rifles and a shotgun in a separate closet, records say.

 A Nashville judge dismissed the gun charge two weeks later after hearing testimony from the homeowner that Smith did n...

21:19

SOGAVARE CHALLENGES UN TO ACT SWIFTLY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN WEST PAPUA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


SOGAVARE CHALLENGES UN TO ACT SWIFTLY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN WEST PAPUA

NEW YORK (22/09/2017): Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has challenged the United Nations General Assembly to act swiftly to stop ongoing human rights atrocities committed against the Melanesian people of West Papua.
Addressing the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York today (Friday 22nd Sept), Mr. Sogavare said the UN s lack of attention to the plight of the Melanesian people of West Papua grossly contradicts Article 73 of the UN Charter, which, speaks powerfully on fundamental human rights and in its 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
Mr. Sogavare told World Leaders at the UN that Solomon Islands position on decolonization and human rights issues are premised on principles that it had consistently upheld and in this connection, Solomon Islands condemns the consistent human rights violations in West Papua.
Our Sustainable Development Goals that promote the notion of no-one left behind is synonymous to empty promises unless we, in the United Nations, take active steps to address the plight of the peoples of West Papua.
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20:56

President Moreno: Ecuador to extend Assange's asylum, fears for his life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ecuador has decided to extend the political asylum granted to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange amid ongoing fears for his safety. "Ecuador decided to provide political asylum to Assange because it thought that his life is in danger and Assange thought the same," President Lenin Moreno said speaking to RT Espaol. "There is no death penalty in Ecuador, so our country has the right to grant asylum to Assange. We will continue to give him patronage for as long as we assume that his life may be in danger." Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges. Swedish authorities withdrew the allegations earlier this year, however, UK police said Assange would still be arrested if he left the embassy because he had broken the conditions of his bail and failed to surrender to authorities. Moreno noted that his government has urged Assange not to comment on Ecuadorian politics, which the Australian has ignored. "He continued to express his opinion on this issue and we let him to do that in order to avoid restriction of freedom of speech, but we earnestly urge him to abstain from that," Moreno said. In May, Assange tweeted that WikiLeaks will publish evidence of corruption in Ecuador if it receives it. In the interview, Moreno also discussed his country's relationship with Russia saying Ecuador needs to "get a lot closer to countries like Russia." He thanked the Russian government for allowing thousands of Ecuadorian students to study in Russia.

President Moreno: Ecuador to extend Assange's asylum, fears for his life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ecuador has decided to extend the political asylum granted to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange amid ongoing fears for his safety. "Ecuador decided to provide political asylum to Assange because it thought that his life is in danger and Assange thought the same," President Lenin Moreno said speaking to RT Espaol. "There is no death penalty in Ecuador, so our country has the right to grant asylum to Assange. We will continue to give him patronage for as long as we assume that his life may be in danger." Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges. Swedish authorities withdrew the allegations earlier this year, however, UK police said Assange would still be arrested if he left the embassy because he had broken the conditions of his bail and failed to surrender to authorities. Moreno noted that his government has urged Assange not to comment on Ecuadorian politics, which the Australian has ignored. "He continued to express his opinion on this issue and we let him to do that in order to avoid restriction of freedom of speech, but we earnestly urge him to abstain from that," Moreno said. In May, Assange tweeted that WikiLeaks will publish evidence of corruption in Ecuador if it receives it. In the interview, Moreno also discussed his country's relationship with Russia saying Ecuador needs to "get a lot closer to countries like Russia." He thanked the Russian government for allowing thousands of Ecuadorian students to study in Russia.

20:51

Crayola Glowboard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

20:00

Australia failing to meet Paris targets and more renewables needed, report says "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia Institute report says 66-75% renewable energy target by 2030 needed to meet its commitmentsWith the Coalition still hamstrung by internal divide over a clean energy target, a new report shows Australia is in danger of not meeting its Paris agreement commitments unless it acts soon.A report by the Australia Institute's climate and energy program examined the government's own modelling of the nation's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and found Australia could either [...]

19:46

Unpalatable truths about laboratory-grown food | Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Synthetic meat and fish can't, on their own, provide an answer to climate change, argues Iain Climie, while David Ridge envisages technical problems in taking the technology out of the lab, and onto people's platesSynthetic meat and fish (Is Frankenfish' the start of a food revolution?, G2, 21 September) could have huge benefits although there are cheaper and simpler ways to improve food supplies, including better livestock practices, conservation plus careful use, integrated [...]

19:05

Indonesia: Dangerous Sharia petition threatens tourists "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bali is a popular tourist destination, particularly for Australians, even though it has sustained several jihad attacks, prompting Australia and New Zealand to issue travel advisories. Now, an additional threat looms for Western tourists who travel not only to Bali, but to all of Indonesia. Sharia enforcement has been expanding in that country. And now, []

18:40

Why The Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism And The New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

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Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy. Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations. And when you throw in the state and local levels, the total number of laws, rules and regulations governing all of our lives is in the millions. This is something that we learned about in law school, and it always stuck with me.

Of course we cant do away with government entirely, because then we would have anarchy. For example, we dont want the freedom to run around murdering one another at random. So it is very good to have laws against murder.

But in general, our founders intended for this to be a nation where government was limited and where our freedoms and liberties were maximized.

Sadly, what we have today is radically different from what our founders intended. Government has just gotten bigger and bigger over time, and this is true on the federal, state and local levels. And the bigger government gets, the more oppressive it tends to become. North Korea, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany are three examples of what can happen when big government spins wildly out of control.

As I run for Congress, this is something that I am working very hard to educate people about. I am running on a pro-liberty platform, and that means that I want to try to restore the constitutional balance that our founders originally intended. In order to do that, we need to dramatically shrink the size of our federal government, and doing so would mean much more liberty and freedom for us all.

But you should see the loo...

18:00

The Latest Forum on the South China Sea in Russia: In Search of a Road Map "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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On September 18, Moscow hosted the third international scientific conference on the South China Sea, organized by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This was a milestone for the international scientific forum, which brought together prominent geopolitical experts studying this region from such states as the UK, Singapore, Australia, India and even Mexico. The discussion held at the forum centered around the tangle of contradictions existing in the South China Sea region, with experts trying to propose a road map that would lead to mutual peace and cooperation.

Those present at the forum have come to the conclusion that the tensions in the South China Sea have reached a new, even more dangerous level, evolving from a regional conflict that could be largely attributed to Chinas expansion into the South China Sea and its territorial disputes with ASEAN states, into a global conflict, that is being driven by a face-off between Beijing and Washington.

The experience of the two previous forums held in 2013 and 2015 has proven that opinions expressed by international experts from states in no way directly involved in the conflict are extremely beneficial in ones attempts to find a way to resolve the conflict. Previously, proposals were made to formulate new rules of engagement for all parties engaged in the South China Sea dispute in a bid to achieve deescalation. The opinions voiced at the two previous forums received a wide response in the region and were soon used by most regional players in their attempts to create a conflict-free road map.

Dmitry Mosyakov, Professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences would discuss the pivotal aspects of the now evolved conflict in the South China Sea. In particular, he pointed out that the transition of the conflict into a direct confrontation between China and the United States gives a new quality to the existing global confrontation, which explains why the dispute is now being covered internationally by virtually every large media organization. One shouldnt overlook the fact that this latest transition changes the entire political architecture within the region.

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17:52

When intra-governmental relations became absurd the US-Fed Accord Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am writing this while waiting for a train at Victoria Station (London), which will take me to Brighton for tomorrows presentation at the British Labour Party Conference. The last several days I was in Kansas City for the inaugural International Modern Monetary Theory Conference, which attracted more than 200 participants and was going well when I left it on Saturday. A great step forward. I believe there will be video for all sessions available soon just in case you were unable to watch the live stream. Todays blog completes my little history of the US Treasury Federal Reserve Accord, which really marked a turning point (for the worse) in the way macroeconomic policy was conducted in the US. In Part 1, I explained how from the inception (1913), the newly created Federal Reserve Bank, Americas central bank, was required by the US Treasury Department to purchase Treasury bonds in such volumes that would ensure the yields on long-term bonds were stable and low. There was growing unease with this arrangement among the conservative central bankers and, in 1935, the arrangement was altered somewhat to require the bank to only purchase debt in the secondary markets. But the change had little effective impact. The yields stayed low as was the intent. Further, all the prognistications that the conservatives raised about inflation and other maladies also did not emerge (which anyone who knew anything would have expected anyway). In Part 2, I traced the increased tensions between the central bank FOMC and the Treasury, which in part was exacerbated by the slight spike in inflation that accompanied the spending associated with the prosecution of the Korean War in the early 1950s. The tension manifested into open disagreement about the FOMCs desire to raise interest rates and end the pegged yield arrangement with the Treasury. In Part 3, we discuss the culmination of that tension and disagreement and examine some of the less known and underlying forces that were fermenting the central bank desire for rebellion.

We left Part 2 with the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) riddled with internal dispute about what course of action it should take given the general feeling that it should break the arrangement with the US Treasury and start pushing up interest rates to head off the inflationary pressures associated with the Korean War expenditure.

The last meeting we discussed was held on February 6, 1951.

The Minutes of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System reveal that the Board was concerned about several leaks to the press concerning the FOMCs Jan. 31 meeting with President Truman.

The discussions among FOMC board members w...

17:10

Mainstream media lies on gay marriage 'vote' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The lies and deception from the people in government on the same-sex marriage 'vote' have been phenomenal.

The other problem is that the people in the media have not reported the truth either.

Australia's mainstream media has deliberately lied to the good people.




Australia's mainstream media has labelled a survey / questionnaire from a business called the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics, ABN: 26 331 428 522) a vote which it is not.

The documentation given to the Australian people clearly states that it is a survey where there is no mention of it being an official government vote.

So, just in case you missed it this is how the survey form looks like, sans comments in red and blacked out 'confidential' personal identifiers:



The ABS has also ran a television advertisement promoting people to take an action in commerce i.e. to complete the survey form (which the ABS will sell for profit).

16:45

'How is this not genocide?' - Farmer Charles Massy wants a revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Health comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says - yet chemicals used in agriculture are 'causing millions of deaths'. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia. Charles Massy grew up here, on the sweeping Monaro plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko, an only child enveloped by the natural world, running barefoot, accompanied by dogs and orphaned lambs. Fifth generation, he has spent his adult life farming this tough, lean, tussock country; he is of this place and it of him. But when his friend and Aboriginal Ngarigo elder Rod Mason came to visit he discovered that a lifetime of intimately knowing the birds, trees and animals of this land wasn't significant at all.

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Queensland, Australia residents warned after death of 100 yo crocodile sparks fears of power struggle among aggressive males "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The death of a huge crocodile whose body was found in a river in Queensland, Australia, has sparked fears of a fight for dominance among the young, aggressive males living in the area. The 5.2 meter-long (17ft) male, which had been shot in the head, was discovered by a member of the public, who had spotted its body floating in the Fitzroy River. Local farmer John Leaver told the Australian Associated Press it had been around 20 to 30 years since such a large crocodile had been found in Queensland. "There may have been some others shot in the wild that we don't know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest," he said, adding the largest he had ever caught measured 4.95 meters (16.2ft). Leaver said that from the damage done to the crocodile's skull, the bullet probably came from a fairly large calibre rifle. "I would say that someone felt very threatened," he said.

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World's most successful environmental agreement has been in place for thirty years this month "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


CSIROscope, 15 September 2017:  

This weekend marks the 30th birthday of the Montreal Protocol, often dubbed the worlds most successful environmental agreement. The treaty, signed on September 16, 1987, is slowly but surely reversing the damage caused to the ozone layer by industrial gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Each year, during the southern spring, a hole appears in the ozone layer above Antarctica. This is due to the extremely cold temperatures in the winter stratosphere (above 10km altitude) that allow byproducts of CFCs and related gases to be converted into forms that destroy ozone when the sunlight returns in spring.

As ozone-destroying gases are phased out, the annual ozone hole is generally getting smaller a rare success story for international environmentalism.

Back in 2012, our Saving the Ozone series marked the Montreal Protocols silver jubilee and reflected on its success. But how has the ozone hole fared in the five years since?

The Antarctic ozone hole has continued to appear each spring, as it has since the late 1970s. This is expected, as levels of the ozone-destroying halocarbon gases controlled by the Montreal Protocol are still relatively high. The figure below shows that concentrations of these human-made substances over Ant...

16:15

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! cries Michaelia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


This was Australian Minister for Employment and Senator for Western Australia, Michaelia Cash in September 2017:


Sounds great, doesnt it? However, what Ms. Cash is confirming here is that 74,400 of the jobs she is claiming are in fact only part-time jobs and some would be for as little as half a day per week.


July 2016 11.963 million
August 2016 11.870 million
Sep...

16:12

Catalonia police chief refuses to comply with Madrid's attempt to take over local police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Spain's central government plan to take direct control over the local police force in the autonomous region of Catalonia in a bid to halt the upcoming independence referendum, faced staunch resistance, with local officials denouncing it as "intervention attempt." On Saturday, the chief of the Catalan police, Jose Maria Romero de Tejada, was informed that both he and his officers have to answer to the Civil Guard and Interior Ministry commander Colonel Diego Perez de los Cobos. The Catalan police, Madrid claims, have not been complying with their instructions to clear protesters away from government buildings. Although de Tejada remains formally in charge, he must now take orders from Colonel Cobos, who has already deployed additional National Police and Civil Guard forces into the autonomous region. Video link:

15:53

Sandy OSullivan: An open letter to our community about Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sandy OSullivan: Photograph: Supplied Share this Post Im exhausted. The constant background noise of the debate on Marriage Equality has had a toll on me and on a lot of queer Australians. As a member of a strong, but marginalised community, this debate has been devastating. As you probably know, theres a national survey on Marriage Equality, and voting is ...

14:58

Great white shark attacks boat off Esperance, Western Australia; third such incident in a week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Anxious Esperance residents have pleaded for government help after a third attack on a boat by an aggressive great white shark this week. The incident occurred near notorious attack site Kelp Beds Beach. More untagged and aggressive great white sharks have been encountered by people in the past two weeks than the two sharks detected by Fisheries' new $100,000 VR4 receivers, installed on Esperance beaches in June. Fishermen Jacob Oversby, 25, and Luke Christian, 25, were fishing in Wylie Bay last weekend when their 6m boat was attacked by a 3.5m great white shark, the same aggressive shark they had seen two days earlier. After taking just 10 seconds of video of the attack, the fishermen fled. Margaret River surfer and animal behaviourist Neil Innes said the video showed the shark giving a warning slap of its tail, before trying to "kill" the motor.

14:31

Allan Clarke: Young Aboriginal LGBTI people are killing themselves. We need to protect them "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Allan Clarke. Photograph: NITV Share this Post The small township of Bourke in far western New South Wales is a small speck of dust swimming in a vast ocean of ruby red dirt and is home to the Barkindji people since time immemorial. Every summer a wave of heat unfurls over the region, coming in from a flat scrub thick ...

14:19

Iran Nuclear Deal: Can The U.S. Walk Away? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Eric R. Mandel
The Jerusalem Post
September 23, 2017

The Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country US President Donald Trump,

September 14, 2017

What if the Trump administration comes to the conclusion that the Iran agreement (JCPOA ) authored by the previous administration has destabilized the Middle East and undermined American interests? Since it was signed, Iran has actively supported the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Sunnis, while being complicit in Syrian President Bashar Assads genocide of his own people.

Can the US wash its hands of the agreement, or are we stuck with it? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly asked President Trump to either amend or withdraw from the 2015 agreement. There is no doubt that president Barack Obama believed that he knew better than the Israelis what was in their best interest, but now there is a new sheriff in town, who for years has made it clear that he believes the Iran agreement is a danger to America.

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There are no American inspectors anywhere in Iran, or anyone else inspecting military sites, where agreement-breaking nuclear weapons development may be taking place. Can America withdraw or amend the agreement if Iran technically adheres to its commitment according to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), which refuses to confront Iranian intransigence on military inspections? Can Trump say sayonara, even if the other members of the P5+1 think it is not in their interest to leave the agreement? The answer is yes, but with a few caveats.

First, the Iran deal is not what it was presented by its authors to be. President Obama signed an agreement that betrayed his own words, promising to end their nuclear program. The agreement in fact guarantees an internationally accepted nuclear program in eight more years.

However, critics of withdrawal point out that despite the agreement having never having been signed, it is a commitment that was witnessed by five other major powers, and the consequences of America withdrawing would cast doubt on Western assurances in the future, undermining future negotiations.

The JCPOA is the most important American treaty of the 21st century, except that it was never submitted to the Senate for approval as a treaty.

According to Bruce Fein in The Washington Times, the JCPOA was intended to constrain Irans nuclear ambitions in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions, and must be construed a...

14:09

Why would banks eliminate ATM fees? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Over the past two days, the four major Australian banks have eliminated ATM fees charged to users who are not their customers who use their ATMs. This is great news for people who do not use ATMs of their own banks. They no longer have to pay the fees that have been transparent since 2009 that were charged by ATMs at least those owned by the four major banks. Not surprisingly, the media is fawning over it as are politicians.

But nothing tickles an economists spidy sense like this. Wait a second? Banks have decided to charge nothing for a service, that people who are otherwise not their customers for any other products, use? I have to ask: doesnt this use impose direct costs on the banks? Arent those costs likely to be non-trivial? Arent those costs likely to rise substantially as consumers do not suffer the pain at the ATM of paying for those costs? The stench no economist nose is picking up is quite pugnant.

The news articles all say that this was the result of government pressure. To be sure, it is just that. There are no laws preventing such things nor has any government wanted to pass them.

And there is a good reason for that. This will have consequences.

For starters, there are going to be fewer ATMs; at least from the big four banks. They no longer have to roll them out to please their own customers, so they wont. If you all decide a service will be free, it will be supplied by a free service. In addition, independent ATM operators who charge the highest fees will also see returns slashed by the new competitive pressure and so they will pull back to. As for smaller banks and credit unions, they get a gift. People will use their ATMs less but since they likely didnt earn anything other than covering their costs, they might even expand a little. However, in the aggregate, there will be fewer ATMs.

(Actually, the smaller banks really do benefit from all of this. I am not saying that is a bad thing per se but once again, why are the majors giving them this gift?)

I have not been following recent regulatory developments but it strikes me that this may be the first act in trying to get a better deal under the hood. Banks are doing this to get lighter regulation elsewhere. Perhaps to avoid a Royal Commission? This is something that Australians will need to watch out for.

Personally, I have not really bought the notion that Australian banks are colluding on things like interest rates. (...

14:06

The GENIE in the robot "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Here are 3 distinct journeys, visiting Brisbanes street signs.  In these journeys, passengers talk to each other about the worlds in the words they see flash by their windows.

Language

The street map is a dictionary, and every street sign in Brisbane needs some kind of interpretive plaque, which could be regularly updated as we grow in knowledge, experience and wisdom as a population.

The first part of the journey seeks to identify the cast of characters and events on the street signs and invites the question what verbs activate the nouns, which label our streets?

The second part of the journey recognizes that the names on the street signs may be better understood in relationship with each other, rather than one-by-one.  We will consider the ways we join place names together in our day-to-day life.

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This journey will be a physical inspection of James Burnetts Limits of the town of Brisbane, of 1844.

That old line is more commonly spoken of as Boundary Street, these days.

We will consider the street signs we pass using 3 interpretive frameworks, which are active in our city at the moment.

  1. Discovery (with Sir Joseph Banks)
  2. The Progress of Civilisation (on Brisbane City Hall and Railway Bridge)
  3. Resist.  Revive....

13:53

Tony Abbott head-butter Astro Labe left his mate for dead - Tasmania Coroner's report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Delightful creature. The failure of those other persons present when Mr Green suffered his injury to more positively act to assess his health state could well therefore have contributed to his death. Record of Investigation into Death Coroners Act 1995 Coroners Regulations 1996 Regulation 14 Form 4 I, Stephen Raymond...

13:39

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Pops into Rockhampton Airport as "Stallion 26" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Friday 22 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport while seemingly completing a crew training flight.






Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B captured some great photos as the Globemaster flew into Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley via airwork around Charleville and Emerald.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 26".

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13:30

Kaliya Identify Woman Young: Humanizing Technology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kaliya Hamlin Young

Humanizing technology

Its easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when its developed with social and emotional intelligence..

One key element of the answer to that question is to generate a digital identity that is not under the control of a corporation, an organization or a government.

I have been co-leading the community surrounding the Internet Identity Workshop for the last 12 years. After many explorations of the techno-possibility landscape we have finally made some breakthroughs that will lay the foundations of a real internet-scale infrastructure to support what are called user-centric or self-sovereign identities.

12:49

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Second Wave of Heavy Jet Charters into Rockhampton Airport Commence - Royal Brunei Airlines B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC Calls In "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on Friday 22 September, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 kicked off with Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as RBA4271.


I was alongside local plane spotter Daniel B to capture some nice photos as the Dreamliner touched down in the beef capital and parked on Gate 6 on the southern end of the parking apron.





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12:48

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SRQ and Royal Brunei B787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLC Both at Rockhampton Airport Late Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As expected, the second 'wave' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 continued in spectacular fashion late on Saturday 23 September with a nice pair of wide-body jets touching down in the beef capital, not only bringing in more personnel for the Exercise, but also taking some others home following their deployment.


Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200 9V-SRQ kicked off the Saturday night action touching down at Rocky directly from Singapore's Changi Airport as SIA8933.




12:00

Ep 222: The Dollar Bill Murrays; SUDS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ep 222 InstagramPhotos: Jack Doonar (TDBM) & Teds Records (SUDS)

The Dollar Bill Murrays

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 6th May 2017

Built up on thick, fuzzy guitars and big, washy drums, The Dollar Bill Murrays are a Brisbane based alt/desert rock band. The four-piece released their self titled debut EP in April 2016 and the second EP Always On via Valley Heat Records in March 2017.

 

SUDS

Recorded & Mixed by Harvey OSullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 2nd May 2015

Next up we have SUDS, which are better known by their old band name, Super Best Friends, who came to the attention of the masses in 2013 with the release of their single Round and Round, which featured cameo appearances from most of parliament house at the time including Kevin Rudd, Ton...

11:48

Abbott headbutt stops nation. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its the head-butt that stops the nation. Tony Abbott is nutted by Astro Funknukl Labe, a 38 year-old North Hobart DJ. Labe, a barista, bartender and post-punk anarchist who bears more than a passing resemblance to The Young Ones Vyvyan Basterd, pretends to shake the former PMs hand Thursday afternoon. Then he head-butts him. All

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11:38

The Intolerance of Tolerance: Tony Abbotts Head Butt Episode "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This was a violent and criminal act, nothing whatsoever to do with the point of view of those of us who favour a yes vote. (Senator George Brandis, Australian Attorney-General, Sep 22, 2017). It came, less out of the blue than out of the ether of the expected. A 38 year old North Hobart man

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11:00

CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald set to be released in October have gone missing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act

10:48

Tanya Plibersek nervous no vote could win marriage equality campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tanya Plibersek, Australian Labor Party Deputy Opposition leader:

But Tanya Plibersek sees apathy as the biggest threat to the yes campaign.

 Ive been nervous the whole way, she told ABCs Insiders. I think its going to be very interesting to see the level of turnout.

I think that the biggest threat to the yes campaigns success is people assuming that this is in the bag because they know that a majority of Australians support marriage equality and they think well, my vote wont matter, you know, everybody else will post back their yes vote.

The Guardian article below

 

The pro-gay marriage crowd in Australia keep saying that the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage but theres no solid evidence of this. Its just liberal pro gay marriage spin.

Christians should help the No vote by not being apathetic, not believing gay and liberal propaganda about the result, and tick the NO box on their ballot form and pop it in the post.

The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek nervous no vote could win marriage equality campaign

Deputy Labor leader says greatest threat to same-sex marriage is apathy, while rejecting claims the worst behaviour has come from the yes side

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10:14

Trump at the UN and Team America "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form).The late North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il (in puppet form). (Photo: Screenshot from Team America: World Police)

 

WARNING: This article discusses an R-Rated satire movie with crude sexual themes, violence, racism etc. If you are easily offended, please do not read this article.

This weeks news is almost identical to the plot of the 2004 smash hit movie Team America: World Police, made by the creators of South Park.

Dont believe me?

North Koreas program of weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to the lives of millions of people, not to mention the stability of the fragile international order. There is strong evidence they are cooperating with Islamist extremists in Iran to secure nuclear weapons capabilities for both countries. Left-wing activist movements with a strong media presence urge restraint and negotiations and blame American aggression for the crisis. An effete and ineffectual United Nations meddles and hand-wrings, but ultimately does nothing. Meanwhile erstwhile allies look on askance at what they see as Americas crass, boorish, cowboy approach, lamenting that force alone cannot solve geopolitical problems. Many are asking if ...

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10:10

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi Everyone  This is taken from the amazing Laurens own blog..  (Thanks Lauren)

http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

 

*This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning. I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

We sit, encircling a big, warm camp fire, enthralled by the entertaining Uncle Geoffrey Stokes, Wongatha elder as he tells us story after story from his vast deposit of life experiences. We gaze up to the starriest sky wed ever seen as he and Hannah and Zakquisha, Tjiwarl children from this land point out where the giant dark emu lies within the milky river above our heads and tell us t...

10:07

Their ABC - Tanya Plibersek defends YES spam text messages - "It's ridiculous" that people are upset "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SSM: Tanya Plibersek defends Yes campaign after thousands receive same-sex marriage texts By political reporter Henry Belot Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek has defended an unsolicited text message campaign urging people to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage survey. Key points: Australian Marriage Equality says messages were sent using a...

10:04

International Permanent Peoples Tribunal Rules Rohingya Crisis as Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The eyes of the world are on Myanmars shocking brutalisation and slaughter of a Muslim minority. Alister McKeith reports from Kuala Lumpur.

The Permanent Peoples Tribunal has ruled the current Rohingya crisis as unequivocally genocide, denouncing the United Nations use of the term ethnic cleansing as a euphemism with no basis in international law.

After a week-long hearing at the University of Malaya, Judge Daniel Feierstein stated that the Myanmar Government was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

War crimes listed included arbitrary arrest and torture; enforced disappearances; rape; killing; confiscation of property; and internal displacement.

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The Tribunal also affirmed that the election of Aung San Suu Kyis National League for Democracy had only brought about an acceleration of human rights abuses, and in an attempt to turn Myanmar into a supreme Buddhist entity.

Throughout the week, expert witnesses and victims of human rights abuses testified to the Peoples Tribunal, which began a grass-roots initiative in 1979 to denounce crimes of Latin American dictators.

The Tribunal heard that ongoing human rights abuses have been committed not only against the Rohingya, but also other ethnic and religious minorities, including the Kachin and other Muslim groups.

Testimonies included harrowing eyewitness accounts of mass rape of Rohingya women and the systemic slaughter of Rohingya men and boys. This included the massacre at Tula Toli, a Rohingyan village near the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Myanamar has been directly accused of genocide against the Rohingya population within its borders. Pictured is a visiting delegation To Rakhine from the European Commission, in 2013. Rakhine says ECHO DG (IMAGE: Christophe Reltien, EU/ECHO, Rakhine State, Flickr)Myanamar has been directly accused of genocide against the Rohingya population within its borders. Pictured is a visiting delegation To Rakhine from the European Commission, in 2013. Rakhine says ECHO DG
(IMAGE: Christophe Reltien, EU/ECHO, Rakhine State, Flickr)

Razia Sultana, a Rohingyan lawyer based in Chittagong, showed video interviews conducted with women from Tula Toli. In one, a Rohingyan woman tearfully described the massacre, explaining that the villagers were told by authorities not to leave Tula...

09:54

Cabramatta Moon Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Though it takes about an hour to get from Central to Cabramatta via train, the trip is well worth it. Sue and I headed out today for the annual Moon Festival, which I understand is traditionally in Vietnam, a mid-autumn celebration. Both physically and metaphorically, Cabramatta is home to many Australians with Vietnamese heritage, because []

09:53

Society under Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I sent a letter about the following incident to the editor of Sydney Morning Herald. Of course they didn't publish it. 

 
At 9pm on Thursday 22 June at Bankstown station I was taken off the train to Liverpool by police. They searched my bag and me. Reason? They said a guard saw someone of my description put something down the front of my pants. 
They took away my backpack and an officer put it on a seat on the platform and looked inside. Meanwhile they took me up in the lift into a room on the station concourse. About six of them surrounded me, ready to jump on and subdue me at the first sign of resistance.  They asked whether I was wearing underwear, before making me undo my pants so that they could have a bit of a look.  (What the guard had probably seen on the train's surveillance camera was me putting something, my wallet or handkerchief perhaps, in my pocket, at the front of my pants.) 
 
They did a cursory rather than thorough search, suggesting that they didn't expect to actually find something, such as an illicit drug, weapon or explosive, but rather were carrying out routine harassment and humiliation. They were responding to a report rather than acting on their own initiative.  It was a quiet night. Not many people around.  They were probably bored.  In my hand I had a copy of The Match! - an anarchist journal from the US, that I'd been reading on the train. That issue happened to contain a letter to the editor from me critical of NSW Police!  I put it on the table so that I could undo my pants as they ordered. 
 
"What are you reading?" one cop asked. "A magazine," I replied, stating the bleeding obvious. They didn't look at it or pursue the line of questioning. 
 
"Where did you catch the train?" 
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Society under Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I sent a letter about the following incident to the editor of Sydney Morning Herald. Of course they didn't publish it. 

 
At 9pm on Thursday 22 June at Bankstown station I was taken off the train to Liverpool by police. They searched my bag and me. Reason? They said a guard saw someone of my description put something down the front of my pants. 
They took away my backpack and an officer put it on a seat on the platform and looked inside. Meanwhile they took me up in the lift into a room on the station concourse. About six of them surrounded me, ready to jump on and subdue me at the first sign of resistance.  They asked whether I was wearing underwear, before making me undo my pants so that they could have a bit of a look.  (What the guard had probably seen on the train's surveillance camera was me putting something, my wallet or handkerchief perhaps, in my pocket, at the front of my pants.) 
 
They did a cursory rather than thorough search, suggesting that they didn't expect to actually find something, such as an illicit drug, weapon or explosive, but rather were carrying out routine harassment and humiliation. They were responding to a report rather than acting on their own initiative.  It was a quiet night. Not many people around.  They were probably bored.  In my hand I had a copy of The Match! - an anarchist journal from the US, that I'd been reading on the train. That issue happened to contain a letter to the editor from me critical of NSW Police!  I put it on the table so that I could undo my pants as they ordered. 
 
"What are you reading?" one cop asked. "A magazine," I replied, stating the bleeding obvious. They didn't look at it or pursue the line of questioning. 
 
"Where did you catch the train?" 
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09:27

View from the Junkyard Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The view from the from porch of my new home and studio and occasional exhibition space in Forest Lodge. Thanks to Andy Perceval for organising the space and putting so much work into realising it. We're still busy painting and fixing the kitchen, and clearing out some residual junk.

There'll be a housewarming and a bit of an informal show soon


Very windy today, so this is now a gritty landscape, mixed media

09:22

No More Long Hikes with Tight-arse Mates Trying to Avoid ATM Fees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ATMs

Huge expeditions with tight-arse mates to find their banks ATM are set to become a thing of the past, with Australias big four banks all ditching ATM fees today.

This will allow the boys to stay in the same beer garden for an entire afternoon, one man said. My tight-arse mates only ever get $20 from the ATM and its obvious to anyone who knows basic beer maths that it doesnt make sense to pay a $2-plus fee for that withdrawal, so we always have to pull up stumps and move on after every round. This destroys all momentum for anyone whos had some luck with a bird.

However, experts have warned that of unexpected consequences, with obesity rates set to balloon.

Im not sure how Im going to stay fit any more, one friend of a tight-arse said. A walk to another suburb or state to find a fee-less ATM between pubs always helped burn off a schoon or two.

To make up for lost profits, the big four banks plan to charge a $90 fee for logging onto internet banking.


09:13

The Masters of Gary Renard "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gary Renard

By RICHARD SMOLEY

Around Christmas of 1992, a man named Gary Renard, living in the remote backwoods of Maine in the northeastern corner of the US, came out of a meditation to find two stylish, good-looking people, a man and a woman apparently in their thirties, sitting on his couch. He had never seen them before and had no idea of where they had come from.

There was nothing threatening about them, Renard would later recall; in fact, they looked extraordinary peaceful, which I found reassuring. Looking back on the event I would wonder why I had not been more fearful, given that these very solid-looking people had apparently manifested out of nowhere. Still, this first appearance by my soon-to-be friends was so surreal that fear somehow didnt seem appropriate.

The man and woman called themselves Arten and Pursah. They said they were ascended masters who had come to teach Renard some lessons about life, the universe, and Jesus Christ.

So began a strange series of episodes that would continue off and on for the next nine years and would culminate in Renards first book, The Disappearance of the Universe, published in 2003. The story would grow stranger. Arten and Pursah soon identified themselves as later incarnations of the two disciples of Jesus that we know as Thaddeus and Thomas respectively. They began to tell Renard about the true nature of the teaching of Jesus, whom they call J.

The portrait of J and his times as drawn by Arten and Pursah will be more or less familiar to readers who have some familiarity with the historical Jesus as unveiled by scholarship over the past 200 years. The Gospels were not written by Jesus disciples or indeed by anyone who knew him personally (the one exception, Arten and Pursah say, is Mark, who met the master as a small child). The Gospels, composed some forty to eighty years after Jesus time, contained some authentic sayings and deeds of his as well as many admixtures and alterations to suit the developing Christian theology. Dont you find it a little strange that not one complete original copy of Js own words in his own language survived the rise of Christianity? Pursah asks.1 Do you really think that was an accident?

Pursah is of...

09:13

The Kali Yuga: Dicing with Death "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By GWENDOLYN TAUNTON

One of the most well-known cultural imports from India that has exerted an influence on Western thought is that of the Kali Yuga. This topic has been particularly dwelt upon by the Perennialist School, which includes authors such as Ren Gunon and Alain Danilou. The reason for the popularity of this subject in the West is two-fold: Firstly, the Kali Yuga can be used to explain a number of political, economic, and environmental problems which currently face humanity. Secondly, the Kali Yuga and whole concept of cyclic time is not entirely foreign. The theory of time as non-linear and not always progressive is a very ancient one, rooted in our own past. A similar cycle of Ages is present in Greek history, notably within the works of Hesiod, where he speaks of a fall from a Golden Age towards an apex of decline in the Iron Age. This cycle is also found in the Volusp of the Poetic Edda which outlines Ragnark and a Wolf Age (the equivalent of the Kali Yuga/Iron Age).

The four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali) have two standards of measurement, the chronological and the ethical. The chronological approach is based on astronomical positions and mathematical calculations. The stars and planetary positions have long been thought of as capable of influencing human behaviour via astrology, so from this viewpoint the cosmos itself would be the cause of the Yugas. Joscelyn Godwin brings the astronomical perspective to the fore when he states that one of the recurrent themes of the Golden Age is that during it the earths axis was perpendicular to the ecliptic If this were so there would be no seasons, but equal day and night throughout the year.1 The influence on time would therefore be direct and visible. The symbolism used to portray the Golden Age often implies an alteration to time, as major planetary conjunctions are said to occur at the end of the Kali Yuga and they are permanent conjunctions, which strongly implies time itself ceases.

However, the majority of issues which arise in the Kali Yuga can also be attributed to a decline in human morality and ethics, so many of the problems could be entirely man-made. The imagery of time, the ultimate horror for all sapient life, could simply have been added as a metaphor for a more psychologically healthy state, wherein man no longer feels enslaved by others from the cradle to the grave, enjoying the spontaneous nature of life in a seem...

09:13

The Cathars & Their Modern Day Revival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By ANDREW PHILLIP SMITH

Most forms of spirituality or religion look back to the past in some way. The past is a source of origin, tradition, revelation, and inspiration. For the medieval Cathars the most distant past was, as it is for most religions, the time in which the mythic foundation of the world was established. More recent developments, such as the coming of Jesus, brought the story forward to a new chapter. The Cathars believed that their initiation rite, the consolamentum, was the result of an unbroken tradition stretching back to Jesus himself.

Aspiring modern Cathars look back to the myths of the original spiritual realm, the fall of Satan and the angels, and the creation of the material world in which souls reincarnate until they can escape. They also look back to the historical groups and individuals who were involved with the development of this worldview in the first place. Modern esoteric lineages typically derive not from antiquity but from revivals that occurred in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thus when exploring movements like the Gnostics of antiquity or the Cathars of the Middle Ages, the modern spiritual seeker is often presented with a melange of spiritually-unsympathetic popular history, obtuse scholarly research, and a revivalist esoteric tradition that often has little to do with critical history.

The Cathars are best known not for what they did but for what was done to them. The Albigensian Crusade, launched in 1209 on the authority of Pope Innocent III, laid waste to the Languedoc in the south of France. The Inquisition was subsequently founded to root out and eradicate what remained of the Cathar heresy. Books on the Cathars focus on the relentless march of the crusading army as it moves from castle to castle, siege to siege, atrocity to atrocity. Or historians weigh up the influence of the Inquisition, a ruthless bureaucracy that survived into the nineteenth century. Tourists visit the Languedoc, now branded as Cathar country, for the fairytale citadel of Carcassonne, restored in the nineteenth century, for the wild ruins of medieval castles on challenging hilltops, and for the relaxed locals, good weather, cheap food and wine.

The reader of a history of the Cathars encounters a list of atrocities so numbingly extensive she is at risk of experiencing compassion fatigue. After the crusaders ended the siege of the city of Bram, 99 men had their noses and upper lips cut off, were blinded, and were...

09:12

What Are Humans Made Of? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By RICHARD SMOLEY

The figure seems to hover around 95 percent. Thats the proportion of the universe that consists of dark matter and dark energy entities that are only dimly and indirectly perceived by scientific apparatus.

This fact has gotten wide attention lately, but one implication has gone unnoticed: if this is the case for the physical universe, it must also be the case for our own bodies. Therefore 95 percent of your body is made up of matter and energy about which nearly nothing is known.

This makes the ancient dictum Know thyself somewhat harder to satisfy than one might have thought.

What, then, is the body made of? It is a question that conventional thought cannot answer and for the most part cannot contemplate. This leads us to consider views of the body in the worlds esoteric traditions. As in most areas, they dont agree on all points, but the similarities are more striking than the differences.

The first thing we have to acknowledge is that the body, taken as a purely physical entity, has no structure or coherence whatsoever. This is a strange claim to make, but we can see the truth of it simply by contemplating the difference between a living body and a corpse. The living body has coherence; it is capable of motion and activity, and can sustain itself for several decades. The corpse lacks all such features. It will rot to pieces in a very short time.

There must, then, be an organising structure that holds the physical body together during earthly life. One common name for this, which comes out of early twentieth-century Theosophy, is the etheric body, sometimes known as the etheric double. (I will be mostly using Theosophical terms in this article not because they are necessarily any better, but because they are the most commonly used ones in New Age contexts.)

Thus, for our discussion, we have to redefine the word body. From an esoteric point of view, a body can be described as a vehicle for structuring experience at a particular level of existence.

So what is this etheric body? Here is a firsthand observation. The American writer Rosanne Daryl Thomas describes the death of her cat:

He was leaving us. I held him. He pushed his head under my arm, purring as I stroked him and spoke softly, wanting to fill him with love. And then suddenly his face grew sharper and thinner. Hi...

08:58

NERAM's Centenary of Beersheba exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Friday, 29 September 2017, three new exhibitions open at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)..

The first is the opening of a Centenary of Beersheba exhibition. This post focuses on the first.

A century ago young men from the New England region found themselves on the other side of the world fighting against the Ottoman Turkish army from Egypt to Lebanon.

The new exhibition, Horse Power: Light Horse in Palestine to Beersheba and beyond, provides an opportunity  o look at the day to day life of these soldiers through their own words. The exhibition will be opened by Max Tavener, President of the Armidale RSL Sub Branch at NERAM at 6pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

After the Great War commenced in August 1914 there was a rush of enthusiastic volunteers who joined up from communities around our region, said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director. Young men from towns like Armidale, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Walcha and Glen Innes were fighting a determined enemy in the rugged, biblical landscape of Jericho, Jerusalem, Megiddo and of course Beersheba. We can only imagine the impact that these experiences had on them at the time and for the rest of their lives.

One hundred years later these are locations straight out of todays headlines as well, he said. In 1918 Australian troops were the first to enter the ancient Syrian city of Damascus and were welcomed by the inhabitants of Aleppo as liberators.

The New England Regional Art Museum has been working with Guest Curator Bill Oates, University Archivist at the University of New England who has been researching and curating the exhibition which will launch the program for the commemorations of the Centenary of the Battle for Beersheba in the New England region, where many of the soldiers in the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade came from.

Most Australians would have heard about the Battle of Beersheba in October 1917 and the historic charge of the Australian Light Horse one evening to capture the water so desperately needed by the horses and men, said Bill Oates, exhibition curator. Fewer people know about the long preparation leading to that moment and the additional year of successful campaigning that followed that day.

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08:44

GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Healing the Soul of the World" -- September 24, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Source: Dinar Chronicles

Well, another Saturday night is upon us is it coming and going? At this point we don't know.

There was no Church Bank call tonight because we were asked not to go on the air.

There is no advanced intel tonight because we were asked to put any out. Especially about Trump, Mueller, North Korea, Israel or Kurdistan.

There is however USN replacing USD that we can assure everyone happened as of 12:01am EDT. Hallelujah!

As such, we're waiting to release the website until we know when the RV release will be forthcoming.

We're just not sure how or when they're going to roll it out today, Sunday.

The RV could come literally at any second Sunday. Anytime.

That is the problem, we have several windows to choose from. Who knows which one is accurate.

And since we're in truth a post RV website at heart, it only makes sense for us to wait a little longer and aspire to release the Human Angel Services post RV www.humanangelservices.com.

We currently have 55,000 sign ups and will be over 60,000 at this rate before October 1, 2017. Again, thank you for your overwhelming support in rounding up all the Human Angels. It's truly been a humbling experience for Showme and I to watch all of you Human Angels answer the Clarion Call.

Amazing.

We thought we have another week just to put everything....

08:42

Tribal Elder Beating and Tasing by Police Unacceptable: Cause for Firing! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tribal Elder beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

A week ago, late Saturday night, 64-year-old Yankton Sioux tribal elder Raymond Cournoyer, Sr. received word his mother was going to make her journey to the spirit world. As any concerned and loving son would do, he attempted to rush to her deathbed at the Good Samaritan Center in Wagner, South Dakota.

Sadly, he never made it to her side before she walked on.

Unfortunately, for this tribal elder, he was driving while American Indian, in Wagner. Apparently, too fast. Upon arrival at the Good Samaritan Center, he was approached by two police officers who had followed him into the parking lot of the nursing home. He tried to explain his sense of urgency to get to his mothers side. He proceeded to walk towards the entry to the nursing home to be with his mother. The officers told him to stop. He said told them: No.

The two officers involvedone a Wagner Police officer and the other a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrolapparently did not believe Cournoyers story. One of the officers proceeded to slam Cournoyer to the ground, while the other opened fire on him with a taser gun. He was immediately handcuffed.

Some 45 minutes went by as the officers detained the tribal elderall the while his mother passed away inside the nursing homeso the Wagner Police chief could arrive to figure how to charge Cournoyer.

Photographs of the tased tribal elder were posted by his daughter on social media. The disturbing photographs showed numerous places on Cournoyers body where he was injured by the taser gun and the excessive force of the officers.

As do other Americans who read about the national epidemic of police brutality, I often try to give the law enforcement officers the benefit. However, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to do so. I know American Indians, on a per capita basis, are more likely to die as the result of law enforcemen...

07:41

Defending the Nauru 19: An Interview with Sydney Lawyer Christian Hearn "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nineteen people from the island of Nauru are facing trial accused of public order offences following a protest against the Nauruan government on June 16 2015. Now known as the Nauru 19, the group were part of hundreds of locals whod gathered to demonstrate. The protesters were making their way to Nauru parliament house to hold a

The post Defending the Nauru 19: An Interview with Sydney Lawyer Christian Hearn appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

07:01

3CR film fundraiser - 'Battle of the Sexes' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

He made a bet. She made her-story. The story of Billie Jean King's 1973 victory over Bobby Riggs in the infamous tennis match 'Battle of the Sexes'.Thursday 5 October, 6.30pm (exact time TBC) at the Palace Westgarth Cinemas, 89 High Street, Northcote. Tickets are for $25 full / $20 concession, purchase below, or direct from the station (21 Smith Street, Fitzroy), or phone 03 9419 8377 during business hours.

06:59

Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Download track for FREE here - http://get.siloarts.net/track/lovefool-the-cardigans-cover A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (soundcloud.com/thedreamecho) rainbowchan.com.au rainbowchan.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

06:03

Stomp Dance Kicks Off Chickasaw Annual Meeting & Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chickasaw Nation stomp dance troupe members, from left, Buddy Parchcorn, Cotie Poe and Jesse Lindsey sing and stomp dance at a recent demonstration. Everyone is welcome to join dancers Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival.

Published September 23, 2017

ADA, OKLAHOMA The Chickasaw Nation will host a community stomp dance Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.

Festivities will continue throughout the week at various locations throughout the Chickasaw Nation culminating with Gov. Bill Anoatubbys annual State of the Nation address. It will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fletcher Auditorium on the Murray State College campus.

Visitors may also enjoy a social stickball game at Kullihoma Sept. 29. Stickball has been played by Native Americans for centuries and is the forerunner of lacrosse.

Stomp dances are open to the public and include traditional song and dance, food and fellowship amid the natural and historic beauty of Kullihoma.

Stomp dancing has deep roots in the Chickasaw culture.

LaDonna Brown, director of research and cultural interpretation for the Chickasaw Nation, explained dances were often connected with spiritual, ritual, ceremonial or social events, such as a spring harvest celebration or fall festival.

There are still different dances for various occasions. The Chickasaws remember dances for their spiritual nature, yet they have become predominantly social in modern times. No matter the type of dancing, it is always an opportunity to come together as a community and guest participation is welcome and encouraged.

Men sing stomp dance songs in a call-and-answer format, following a male song leader, who often sets the dance rhythm using a handheld turtle shell shaker.

Women enhance the rhythms with shakers worn on their legs. These shakers are often made of turtle shells or deer hooves. As traditional box turtles are endangered, women fill milk cans with river stone to mimic the rhythms produced by authentic turtle shell shakers.

Social dances often have animal-themed names, like the snake dance and the raccoon dance. Each social dance has a fun and unique technique.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, visitors are....

05:43

Junket - South Korea and Japan in crisis - urgent call for Bill Shorten and Penny Wong to sort out mess "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

.@billshortenmp and @SenatorWong are flying to South Korea and Japan today for crisis talks. #NorthKorea #7News pic.twitter.com/7q2scny4zD 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 23, 2017

05:01

(Video) The Afterlife Exists, What Really Happens When We Die? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Published on Sep 20, 2017

This video details the whole process of crossing into the next life, from the journey home, to adapting to new living conditions in the afterlife, and even delving into what kinds of activities will be available there, and how we can be prepared for our own personal journey.

What happens when someone dies? What does it feel like? What exactly is the light at the end of the tunnel? Is reincarnation real? And if so, do spirits have any influence over their lives to come? Based on his own amazing experiences communicating with those who have passed over, Barry Eaton answers these questions about the spirit world, and many, many more. Taking the reader on a journey through the realm of the spirit.

05:00

In which the pond reverts to Akker Dakker's reliable capacity for abuse ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



The pond is full of remorse and deep regret ...

By wasting time with the fickle bromancer, the pond has left insufficient room for quality time on a meditative Sunday for its one true love, the reptiles of the Terror ...

Now it's true that this day there's a blow-in from the south, and Penbo doesn't sound like a genuine Sydney Terrorist, and he seems to be saying something like this ...



Well that's not a fit subject for a Sunday meditation. How the pond misses the good old days when the Pellists infested the Terror ...

Even more bizarre was the sight of Miranda the Devine channeling Carlotta ...

Now the pond doesn't mean to get into an originalist argument about whether Carlotta is "Australia's original transgender woman" - better to leave that to Estelle Asmodelle making her claim in her self-serving wiki here

Sadly Carlotta's wiki here tells Greg Hunters ...

Carlotta, who was born in Balmain, New South Wales, as Richard Byron, had a sex change operation in the early 1970s. It was not the first such procedure in Australia, but due to her celebrity status it became the first to receive publicity in the country.

Well no, it wasn't the first such procedure, and in reality, despi...

04:44

INAUGURAL RAY EVANS MEMORIAL ORATION "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite members and supporters of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance as well as the many many friends of the late and dearly beloved Ray Evans, to the Inaugural Ray Evans Memorial Oration.

A giant of Australian politics whose passionate zeal transformed centre-right politics, Ray was an inspiration and a mentor to countless individuals. A founding member of the HR Nicholls Society, the Bennalong Society, The Samuel Griffiths Society, the Galatians Group, and the Lavoisier Group,  all of which he was either President or Treasurer of, his contribution to Australian politics can not be Overstate.

As John Roskam wrote in the Australian Financial Review

Ray Evans had more influence on politics and policy in Australia than 95 per cent of MPs who have been in the federal Parliament, and 99 per cent of MPs who have ever been in a state Parliament. In some way or another, Evans was involved in, and helped shape, the course of every major policy debate in Australia of the last 30 years. And he did it all as a private citizen who volunteered his own time for the public good. He was the epitome of a concerned and engaged member of the community.

Through the establishment of this annual oration, Rays vision for a more free and prosperous Australia will be able to live on.

There can be no-one more appropriate to deliver the Inaugural Oration than Rays old boss and dear friend, Hugh Morgan AC. Ray wrote over 200 speeches during his time at Western Mining, orchestrating the companys media and public relations strategy,  and together they changed the direction of political debate in Australia.

A former President of the Business Council of Australia, a Board Member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Founding Chairman of Asia Society Australia, and a former president of the Lavosier Group we are very grateful to Mr Morgan for delivering the inaugural oration.

The venue shall be one of Rays favourite Restaurants and regular haunts the Red Emperor in Southbank, and includes a banquet meal and 3 hour drinks package.

WHEN : December 01, 2017 at 6pm 9pm

WHERE : Red Emperor Southbank
3 Southgate Ave
Level 2
Melbourne, Victoria 3006
Australia
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04:41

From Great Wars, Come Great Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[Editors Note: Below are two extracts from Greg Mayburys in-depth article on his website here]

By Greg Maybury

Germanys unforgivable crime before the second world war was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the worlds trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit. Winston Churchill to Lord Robert Boothby, quoted in the Foreword, Propaganda in the Next War (2/e),...

04:17

Video Shows Timothy Davis Being Carried Into Jail, Unconscious, In His Underwear After Cops Viciously Beat And Stripped Him. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Columbus, Ohio cops have held true to their tradition of brutality and unethical tactics in the case of Timothy Davis.

Daviss mother believes video released by the Franklin County Sheriffs Office Tuesday proves her son was so badly beaten by Columbus Police that he was unconscious and couldnt even walk.

Davis case gained national attention after cell phone video showed him being stripped and viciously attacked by a gang of cops on September 1st:

The jail video, provided by NBC4i,  shows Davis being carried into the Franklin County Jail by law-enforcement by his hands and feet. In the video, Davis has been stripped of his clothes with only his boxers partially on.

Davis mother, Valerie Johnson, was clearly upset after seeing the video which shows police treating her son like an animal.

I wouldnt even, thats like an animal, this is like an animal. This is not like my son. This is not a human being, said Johnson.

He was so badly beaten that my child couldnt even walk. Look at this video. My son naked, my son carried in face down. My son was unconscious. My son told me when he woke up he was laying in there naked in the cell, said Johnson.

The Franklin County Sheriffs office told NBC4 it was working to get answers about why Davis was carried into the jail to be booked. Columbus Police did not respond to NBC4is inquiry about the new video.

The Franklin County Sheriffs Office alleges Davis was never denied medical care. He spent three days in the hospital after the brutal beating by police, and has been seen multiple times by jail medical staff since he was booked on September 1st.
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04:06

Sustainability & Long Term Survival. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Sustainability. 
Sustainability/sustainable means lasting  for a long time, or, the ability to make something last for a long time.
If in our preparations for survival we are considering that we may need to live long term in a wilderness situation, then we need to make sure our equipment is sustainable. We also need to make sure that the lifestyle we have chosen is sustainable. In other words, if our equipment is not sustainable, then neither is our lifestyle.

If one has not had the experience, then at least most people can use their imagination to help them see & understand. For instance; lets say our country is attacked & the enemy uses an EMP to knock out the electricity grid. What will this mean for those living in towns & cities? It will mean that there will be no electricity, no water, no sewage control so no toilets. We all know what else will happen dont we, looting, supermarkets will be raided for all the food. Chemists looted, gun shops looted, Medical facilities will be hampered. Some people will want what you have, so it will not be safe for you to cook outside or in fact to go outside at all. Your house could be raided, if you manage to repulse an attack, then the attackers may well fire your house or drive a Mack truck through it. Does this make any sense to you?
Now you may say that you must bug in because you simply would not know how to survive in the bush. Well my reply to that is, learn. Get the skills you will need & go bush & get some experience before the shtf....

03:06

David Wilcock -- Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Personal and Global Attacks Become Lethal: Is the Disclosure War Reaching a Climax? [Part I]

by David Wilcock
September 23, 2017, 12:12 pm



Unprecedented solar emissions. Huge wildfires smoking out the US. Massive earthquakes. Three different monster hurricanes that steered perfectly into Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Damages to the already fragile US economy could easily exceed 1 trillion dollars -- at a time when there is nothing left to restore it with.

Within the UFO / Seeking Truth community, we saw the tragic deaths of Jim Marrs and William Tompkins -- as well as the possible attempted murders of Graham Hancock and David Wilcock, as we will discuss in Part Two.

David's insider 'Paul' had everything he owned stolen from him, as well as serious death threats. Pete Peterson's house has now been emptied to the bare walls and his trailers, packed with priceless classified items, are under imminent threat.

A massive, coordinated online attack against Corey Goode, including the destruction of his business and the expected loss of his children, was intended to lead to a fake, staged 'suicide', made believable by his overall anticipated collapse.

This all occurred shortly after Ancient Aliens, a top History Channel show, featured Corey Goode and William Tompkins' Secret Space Program testimony in an episode entitled "The Majestic Twelve", which aired on July 7, 2017.

So much has happened since our last update a month ago that it is difficult to summarize everything. Are these events interconnected? The answer definitely appears to be yes.

Since I am still on vacation, we will break this up into two di...

02:28

A Brief Mt Cannibal Visit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After a recent 'heads up' that things were beginning to happen on cannibal, a brief visit late last week produced some good sightings ...

Brown Thornbill. A favourite LBJ.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Beginning to be vocal.

Diuris sp. Quite small flower-heads.

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02:10

Is Blockchain Technology Really the Answer to Decentralized Storage? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While the Blockchain is certainly changing the world, its not a jack-of-all-trades. Have you heard of chain washing?

02:04

Same sex marriage protesters take the fight up to Sydneys homo epicentre "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Protesters say there is a much broader, hidden agenda

More than 60 police officers descended on Darlinghurst, in central Sydney, as an anti-same-sex marriage rally was held in the citys gay epicentre.

A crowd of about 20 people associated with the straight lives matter event at Green Park were outnumbered by counter-protesters, who tried to drown out the speeches with chants and horns.

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, who is a leading voice in the Yes campaign, dismissed the rally in his electorate as a distraction and spent the day doorknocking with volunteers.

Nick Folkes, who organised the rally, denied the location about 300m from Sydneys famous Oxford Street strip was significant.

Nick Folkes (centre) says he is exercising his right to free speech

Some people have said its provocative but were just exercising our democratic right to freedom of speech and freedom of location, he said.

I have real concerns about not just being about gay marriage, but a much broader agenda.

Were acting within the boundaries of law. I do believe weve got a right to be there, just as gay people have a right to be anywhere in support of their cause.

...

02:00

Moving Data to/from the Cloud "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Warning: Sexual practices, bodily fluids

Theres an old USENET dictum: never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes. (corollary: yeah, but the latencys killer)

What do you do when you need to move a whole lot of data into the cloud? Lets say a petabyte? (a million gigabytes) Assuming you can get 50% saturation out of a gigabit link thats about 500 years transfer-time. And, if youre like me and you live in Verizons metered LTE cloud, where every gigabyte over 30gb costs $15, itd cost a bit less than $1 million. This is a real question, though, for organizations that are moving video archives (think: all the cop-camera footage in a major city) (heh, Im kidding, major cities dont keep that stuff!) or libraries, or genomic databases; what do they do?

Amazon has an answer! Its a truckload of tapes! Things start small with the Snowball appliance an armored box for data. Its pretty cool: you set it up on your network, copy your data to it, you ship it to amazon and they offload it into S3, and your data is in the cloud!

In the Snowball appliance, the truck is FEDex or UPS, or maybe your system administrator has to drive it somewhere in the back of their car. I have scary memories of when I was a young pup at Digital and our RA-81s moved from one facility to another in the back of my little Honda CRX. Nowadays most people dont even understand I put a VAX 11/750 rack in the back of a Honda CRX and recognize that for the herculean feat it was. I also dropped a VR/219 monitor down a flight of stairs in the process; it survived.

If the armored box of hard drives doesnt work for you, theres the Snowmobile:

Amazon snowmobile 40,000lbs of lock in

The Snowmobile is what youd use if you had an Exabyte of data: its a small convoy of semitrailers full of hard drives. I wonder whether the NSA had an armed midnight run from Ft Meade, MD to the new data center in Utah, or were they just cross-syncing the data all along? Theres a cool plot in there for a cyberpunk adventure: someone thinks theyre about to knock over a truck full of iPhones but accidentally they get a petabyte of CIA data; hilarity and body-count ensue.

But, none of that was what....

01:03

When I Dance My Shadow Dances Too "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We all know the feeling of discovering parts of ourselves that we may have suspected but didnt know existed. Some of these parts come from the shadow self. The psycho-spiritual notion of []

00:21

MACKAY South Mackay man faces court on animal cruelty charge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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23:02

Abang Johari coy over Dr Ms entry into the state "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The state government has yet to confirm if Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be allowed into Sarawak today. The former prime minister is expected to speak during the opposition alliances event here tonight. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg did not give a clear cut answer on whether the former []

23:00

The Challenge of the Sea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  I had set myself a goal. Swim through as much of winter as I could. As long as I got further into the year than I did last year, I would be happy. If I managed to get to Continue reading

22:42

Firestick Farming, Controlled Burns and Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bill Gammages book The Biggest Estate on Earth: how Aborigines made Australia (Allen & Unwin Melbourne, 2012) was released to general acclaim and awarded many major prizes.  He came to Bairnsdale as the keynote speaker at a seminar organised by the East Gippsland Wildfire Taskforce (EGWT) in November 2014. The EGWT was a pressure group comprised of the mountain cattlemen and the timber lobby. They were campaigning for a widespread and regular burning of forest and bush areas basically advocating indiscriminate burning. Gammage gave an aura of respectability to what was otherwise a procession of biased and anecdotal accounts. His talk implied that everywhere was burned without exception regardless of rainfall, terrain, vegetation, aspect or soil type when obviously this was not so.

With regards our region much of Gammages work strongly relies on a few pages of Alfred Howitts Eucalypts of Gippsland, yet a closer examination of his works can give you facts opposing, as well as supporting, the Gammage thesis. None of the claims Howitt made applied to East Gippsland, much of which he thought a jungle. Further large tracts of west and south Gippsland were impenetrable scrub according to both the Strzelecki and Brodribb parties and therefore unburned in the years before they were traversed.  At a recent seminar in Bairnsdale Gunaikurnai descendant Wayne Thorpe denied that the practice of firestick farming was used in Gippsland at all.

So where, if anywhere, in Gippsland was burned in the pre-European era? Howitts observations apply mainly to the Omeo district high country and the observations of Strzelecki and Brodribb indicate that a number of large plains in central Gippsland were the most likely to have been frequently burned.  The paradox is that all these areas are now substantially farmed or closely settled and thus protected from all burning except the occasional bushf...

22:39

A fishy story "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Since 2006 scientists from the Arthur Rylah Institute have been surveying Goulburn River tributaries, including the King Parrot Creek, to assess the status of Macquarie Perch, Macquaria australasica, populations. During that time they have accumulated a great deal of data and obtained insights into the habits, requirements and biology of this fascinating native fish. []

22:11

Please help me. I am in serious trouble ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tasmanian Times readers might remember my pleading letter to the Derwent Valley Council (DVC) to not approve the proposed limestone quarry at Roberts Rd, Maydena, just across the road from our old ANM property near Maydena (article linked below)

21:15

The absurdity of a 25-seat Parliament ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Letter to the Editor Matthew Grooms admission that the pressure of several portfolios and the need to balance his family life was too much is an indictment on the absurdity of a 25-seat Parliament

21:11

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

21:03

This article is creating a firestorm in the US now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bill Kristol Neocon Jew is an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.

By Philip Giraldi

We dont need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we dont need it.

I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked,

Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know its American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldnt we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?

It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity.

Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called dual loyalty, particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

Most recently, some pundits, including myself, have been warning of an impending war with Iran. To be sure, the urging to strike Iran comes from many quarters, to include generals in the Administration who always think first in terms of settling problems through force, from a Saudi government obsessed with fear...

21:00

Father of Hare-Clark: Andrew Inglis Clark (1848-1907) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Father of Federation and of the Hare-Clark voting system ... Barrister, Parliamentarian, Attorney-General, electoral reformer and Constitutionalist The Hare-Clark electoral system, used for Tasmanian Lower House elections, is peculiar to the State and remains relatively unknown in most places of the world.  It has been in use continuously since 1907.  It is interesting to learn the history of the men behind the scenes who forced its adoption, primarily Thomas Hare, an English barrister, and Tasmanian-born Andrew Inglis Clark

20:32

What Is The Longest Straight Line On Earth You Can Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea or ocean? Someone has finally produced an answer to that question and heres the map that shows you how to go. Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai. March inland, []

20:27

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

20:14

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

19:48

A Brief Encounter with 'Today' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



I thought I might actually listen to an edition of Today in its entirety today, following yesterday's post about its 'dumbing-down'. 

It was disappointingly political and hard-news-focused, with lots on Mrs May's speech and Moody's downgrading and Rohingyas and Uber and capitalism and universities and undocumented migrants. 

There wasn't a single science story on it and the only arts bit was James Naughtie interviewing a children's author. 

There was, however, the new Nature Notes section - something I wholly approve of. 

Today's Nature Notes featured Charles Smith Jones of the British Deer Society answering elementary-level questions from Mishal Husain that any Autumnwatch viewer would have been able to answer. Still, Mr Smith Jones volunteered the interesting fact that some stags are known to travel up to 50 kilometres to join in the rut. (After Brexit can we go back to miles please?)

Plus the programme ended with Simon Jenkins and Mr Bruce the Station Master plugging Simon's new book on English railway stations. I liked that. (And I like Simon's highly judgemental books on buildings). Near to me is Carnforth Station where Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson shared a Brief Encounter to the strains of Rachmaninov. The ticking clock is still there, and it's usually working

My highlight though was Today's Matthew Price, that ultra-emoter, doing a....

17:37

Not-A-Poll: Best Prime Minister Of The Last 45 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Round 1

Now and then we see newspaper polls rating the best PMs of the last few decades, or in the case of one Essential poll last week, the best government of the last ten years.  John Howard is a persistent "winner" of the first class of polling, but I've always believed he has an unfair advantage.  He tends to get a very high share of the Liberal vote with other Liberal PMs hardly getting any, while the Labor vote tends to be split up more between Hawke, Keating, Whitlam, Rudd and Gillard.  For that reason it's not clear whether Howard would beat all the Labor PMs on a head-to-head basis, although it looks like he probably would.


I've decided to run a similar Not-A-Poll exercise here in the sidebar just for fun over a period of several months.  The basic rule is that we keep going eliminating one PM at a time (perhaps more) until someone has over 50% at the end of a month.  The more complicated rules are:


* Each round runs for a month, so you can vote in as many rounds as you like and don't have to stick with the same candidate.
* At the end of each round the PM in last place in that round is eliminated, jokes are made at their expense, and voting starts again without that PM.  
* If there is a tie for last place, it is broken using the results of the previous round, then the round before that, or failing that the most recent PM to leave office is excluded.
* If any ex-PM who is still in the contest dies during the voting period, voting will be suspended for a month and then continue. Hopefully all will stay in the most excellent of health throughout.
* If there is a change of Prime Minister during the campaign period, voting will be suspended for a month.  If the new PM has not been PM before, voting on the current round will then restart with that PM added; otherwise, voting on the current round will continue.
* If the contest is still going, there will be no voting in March 2018.  The reason for this will become clear at the time.
* Bulk Exclusion Clause: To streamline the process, multiple candidates will be eliminated from the bottom up at the end of a voting month if the combined transfer of their votes could not have put anybody over 50%, and if it would not have been possible for any of them to win from where they are in a preferential election.

Technical note: If you wish to vote on a mobile, switch to "View web version" at the bottom of an article.

Voting for Round 1 is open in the sidebar on the right and closes Sep 30 at 6:00 AEST.

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17:31

The Parsons Green bombing 1 week later: What do we now know? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far. Although no one was killed in the blast, 30 commuters were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted towards the rear of a District Line train, partially detonated during morning rush hour. The official terrorism threat level in the UK has returned to 'severe', meaning an attack is highly likely, but no longer imminent, having been raised to 'critical' in the aftermath of the blast. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing via its Amaq news agency. As Londoners try to return to life as normal, RT sums up everything we know so far about the attack and the ongoing police investigation.

07:44

Do all the right things and get shafted. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
$4120
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Was reporting my earnings to my job provider with pay slips now im stuck with a huge amount.

Have paid some off but feel terrified and scared

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Scary . Unknown.
Do all the right things and get shafted.

05:43

Can't believe this is happening. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
$1022
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 8 September 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Parenting Payment
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Anxiety. Totally stressed about the debt. Can't believe this is happening.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Don't think they handle it very well at all.
I can't believe this goes back 2013/14 financial year after reporting my earnings every fortnight and they are only picking it up now.
Glad I no longer need to report earn...

02:00

Thank Your Lucky Southern Cross for Aussie Gold "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are many remarkable insights in Jim Rickards book The New Case for Gold.

This bonus chapter will turn them into specific, useful and potentially profitable advice for you as an Australian.

As youll discover, Australians are uniquely poised to benefit from Jims analysis to a far greater extent than anyone else in the world.

You dont have to finish the book before you start reading this bonus chapter. They certainly complement each other though. You can think of this as the local guide to Jims ideas and analysis.

There are two reasons Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence. The first is Jim Rickards. Nobody in the newsletter industry has his insight, contacts and experience. Nobody.

A few years ago I sat opposite Jim at a dinner. It was after a conference we both spoke at in Sydney. Hes exactly the same guy behind the scenes as on stage. He just gives a little more away when he is off the record. Because hes the same person behind the scenes, I think hes genuine. Im willing to put my reputation on the line alongside his. I trust him.

The other reason Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence is gold. Jim Rickards is a long-time fan of gold. He thinks you should own it and governments should peg their currencies to it.

As he puts it in his book:

Gold is money, monetary standards based on gold are possible, even desirable, and that in the absence of a gold standard, individuals should go on a personal gold standard, by buying gold, to preserve wealth.

But its not gold by itself thats so enticing. Aussie gold investors are better placed than literally anyone globally to invest in gold. Theres a simple reason for this our currency.

The Aussie Case for Gold

Australia is a highly developed country. But our economy is built on commodities. And commodities are risky bets. They fluctuate heavily in price. Put the two together and youll understand why our currency has big swings too.

Our currency is whats known as a risk on bet. We do well in the world economys good times, and our currency goes up in value. We do badly during poor times, and our currency falls fast.

This currency instability, combined with Australias legal and political stability, means Aussie investors are best placed globally to benefit from owning gold.

Why? Gold is priced in US dollars. The Aussie gold price is the US dollar gold price, adjusted for the exchange rate to Aussie dollars. This creates a uniquely beneficially position for Aussie...

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