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Saturday, 20 October

10:30

Car Boot Sale and Market Day "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday 20th Oct, 8.30am 1.00pm, Chairo Christian School, Leongatha Campus
Leongatha

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Saturday, 06 October

21:00

Breathe: Michael Johnson & Evripides Evripidou "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday 6th Oct, 7.00pm 9.30pm, Inverloch Visitor Information Centre
Inverloch

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Saturday, 11 August

21:53

Despite Going Through Hell- I AM in NO WAY Suicidal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This whole situation with my dogs is being done as an attempt to destabilize me in hopes I become suicidal. OR they want to hurt me and CLAIM I hurt myself- although doing such is COMPLETELY against my faith and would NEVER happen.

There have been NO calls to the Sherriffs office regarding my dogs EVER and I have letters from my neighbors completely discrediting the one ANONYMOUS complaint my city hall is using to try to take them away from me.

This is not, in my opinion, a coincidence that this happened within days after my interview on Lift the Veil

The attacks against me have been crazy. My Gmail account davidshurter1@gmail was hacked- effectively preventing me from making YouTube videos.

Someone has tried to poison my dogs twice.

I have an army of trolls online trying to discredit me to try and prevent anyone from listening to me- generally using anonymous or fake names.

The good thing however about my Gmail account being hacked is I no longer have to deal with emails from Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.

So at least there is THAT silver lining.

I have to admit dont trust the new leaders of this mess who only seem to focus on their OWN claims while completely dismissing the history of this mess.

And have NO doubt- what happened in Omaha in the 80s DOES matter. It IS part of the history of this mess- and those who dismiss it or discredit it are not to be trusted in my opinion.

But let me say- no matter WHAT happens to me I will NEVER commit suicide or intentionally hurt myself in ANY way.

18:18

Facing Indictment, GOP Rep. Chris Collins Wont Seek Re-Election "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NEW YORKIn an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading.

Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying he will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. He had said later that day he would remain on the ballot despite the indictment and fight the charges.

I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Donald Trumps agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress, the statement said.

He went on to say he will fill out his term and continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Wednesdays indictment charges Collins and two others, including his son, with conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts.

Prosecutors say the charges relate to a scheme to gain insider information about a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for the New York state Republican party, said no decision has been made about a possible replacement for Collins on the ballot. She said the party is weighing its options.

16:21

English Catholic schools child abuse scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video from England is called Where are Downside and Ampleforth Catholic schools, what are monks accused of?

By Sam Tobin in England:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Child abuse inquiry report finds schools prioritised reputations over child protection

TWO leading Catholic schools prioritised their own reputations and those of sex-abuser monks over the protection of children, according to a damning report published today.

Inquiry chair Alexis Jay said: For decades, Ampleforth and Downside tried to avoid giving any information about child sexual abuse to police and social services.

Safeguarding children was less important than the reputation of the Church and the wellbeing of the abusive monks.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) found that the true scale of sexual abuse of children at Ampleforth and Downside schools over four decades was likely to be considerably greater than numbers cited in the convictions.

Ten men, mostly monks, at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset were convicted of or cautioned for offences involving sexual activity towards children or...

16:15

Anthropomorphic Global Warming in Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Australians have been told repeatedly that global warming leading to climate change is real.

The continent is becomng dryer, record air and ground temperatures are no longer novel, heavy rain events are predicted to become more destructive, mass flora and fauna extinctions are expected and the coastline is beginning to erode faster than at the historical rate.

It's not just happenng in Australia, other continents are also experience climate change and, the one factor most have in common is generations of ever increasing greenhouse gas emissions produced by both households and industries in metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Everyone bears some responsibility for where the world finds itself......


In the first quarter of 2018 Australias total greenhouse gas emissions will be over MT 7.3 CO2-e  higher than the national Paris ERT commitment made on our behalf by the Australian Government.

Over one quarter of Australias CO2-e budget for 2013 to 2050 has already been spent in the last 4.75 years.

AUSTRALIAS ANNUAL EMISSIONS, CALENDAR YEAR TO SEPTEMBER 2017*

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15:54

Dying cancer patient, poisoned by the same weed killer found in Capilano Honey, awarded $A395M "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A cancer patient in the US has been awarded $395 million Australian dollars ($US289 million) after a court found he got cancer from Roundup which Capilano Honey CEO Ben McKee admitted to beekeeper Simon Mulvany has also been found in Capilanos honey. Roundup is made by US agro-chemical giant Monsanto and there are hundreds more people []

12:37

Our ABC for us and ours! Well done to the ABC Local team!!!!!!! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The ABC Red Cross Appeal to help Australian farmers (since 5am 10 August) as of 6pm 11 August - TOTAL: $1,028,000. @RedCrossAU @ABCRural pic.twitter.com/RKpbjh3kpw Jennifer (@JenIngall) August 11, 2018 UPDATE Maybe a word from the wise here - from our reader JM!!!! Glad the abc trusts the Red...

12:33

Pastor Keith Ainge in charge of protecting children at Hillsong headquarters at Baulkam Hills, Sydney, Australia, is a Pedophile Protector "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pastor Keith Ainge and his wife Sue

Pastor Keith Ainge and his wife Sue. Pastor Keith Ainge is a Pedophile Protector. Formerly at Desert Life Church Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. Now in charge of Child Protection at Hillsong headquarters in Baulkahm Hills, Sydney, Australia- a real case of a perverse snake in amongst Hillsongs children.

 

Pastor Keith Ainge who was recently put in charge of protecting Hillsongs children is in fact a Pedophile who should be charged with not reporting a pedophile to the Police and for sheltering a pedophile. The pedophile being Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong.

Pastor keith Ainge is a Pedophile Protector, and now a crafty snake in charge of protecting Hillsongs Children.

12:24

Brendan Nelson - brilliant on Ben Roberts Smith VC MG. Well done Brendan. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian War memorial director Brendan Nelson has spoken about the claims made against Ben Roberts-Smith. #7News pic.twitter.com/avcEYbnFTH 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) August 11, 2018

11:13

Baillon's Crake at Oxley Creek Common reported by Rob Dougherty and Colin Reid on 11-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One seen at Jabiru Swamp. Viewing from bridge, bird on right of lagoon working the edge of bullrush around where floating water plants end and open water starts.

09:45

Philippines: Drug Suspect Who Previously Surrendered To Police and Went To Rehab, Killed Gang Execution Style "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

Abraham Cabuena, 49, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Cagayungan when he was shot at around 10 a.m.
Boy Santos
Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star) August 11, 2018 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines A drug suspect in President Dutertes watchlist was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants in Barangay Nanguneg, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur on Thursday.

Abraham Cabuena, 49, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Cagayungan when he was shot at around 10 a.m.

Police said Cabuena, who yielded under Oplan Tokhang in 2016, recently attended a community drug rehabilitation program.

Meanwhile, 21 sachets of shabu weighing 85 grams with an estimated street value of P1.2 million and 515 grams worth P6.27 million were recovered in drug raids in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Earlier this week, more than six kilos of shabu worth P73.4 million were recovered in  drug busts in the cities of San Carlos and Bacolod. Police said it was the biggest shabu haul not only in the province but also in the entire Western Visayas.

In Bulacan, 44 sachets of shabu were recovered from 28 persons arrested during drug stings in the last two days, according to Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna, acting Bulacan police director.  Jun Elias, Ramon Efren Lazaro, Gilbert Bayoran

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/08/11/1841424/drug-surrenderee-dutertes-watchlist-slain-p62-million-shabu-seized#iWcm5YHm27Ir0q8b.99
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09:37

Australia - Oberon - Letter | We just want democracy when it comes to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ON Tuesday evening, July 17, I attended the Oberon Council meeting where the decision was made to fluoridate the town water supply. 
I had to leave the meeting prior to the vote taking place as I was leaving the next morning for a short holiday and I had yet to pack my bag.
Over the last few months there has been a gathering of how the people of Oberon felt about having their water supply fluoridated. We all respect that we may have different views, however the percentage of 69 per cent saying no is a significant number.
Democracy is what we ask from all levels of government: federal, state and local. Democracy is provided by allowing the community to have their say and representatives from all three levels of government should never forget the reason they have been elected. 
All we, t...

09:24

Woe is me! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Melbourne misery

It feels a bit counterintuitive to be writing about misery after a magnificent morning of boogie boarding at Coolum Beach. 

However, I flew down to the Melbourne winter for a couple of days this week - enough to make any resident Queenslander miserable! - and looking with a raised eyebrow at the mass consumption in full swing down there and it got me wondering about all the talk of stretched household budgets and the like. 

Way back in the 1970s American economist Arthur Okun created his famous misery index, which added the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to the annual rate of inflation to produce a crude measure of pain for households and economic displeasure for the average voter.

Of course, any such index can't reflect the experience of all households.

And given that inflation rates have been much lower on average since the introduction of inflation targeting the results might always look relatively rosy for the modern household.

Australian crawl

With all that in mind I decided to have a bit of a crack at creating a modern Australian equivalent index. 

Firstly, we still start with the seasonally unemployment rate.

It's not perfect, not least because the unemployment rate is very much a lagging indicator, and as such may be prone to understating household pain at the beginning of a recession.

I dabbled with the idea of using the underemployment rate instead, but that isn't perfect either - even if you were using the volume measures - and ultimately there is still no better measure for the health of the economy than the rate of unemployment.

So that's the first part of the index. 

Then we add the headline inflation rate, also in the spirit of Okun (you could make a case for using a core measure of inflation, which would be hard to argue with). 
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09:21

Homo erectus, extinct by laziness? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 2016 video is called HD Documentary: Becoming Human, Episode 2, Birth of Humanity (Homo Erectus).

From Australian National University:

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

August 10, 2018

New archaeological research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Homo erectus, an extinct species of primitive humans, went extinct in part because they were lazy.

An archaeological excavation of ancient human populations in the Arabian Peninsula during the Early Stone Age, found that Homo erectus used least-effort strategies for tool making and collecting resources.

This laziness paired with an inability to adapt to a changing climate likely played a role in the species going extinct, according to lead researcher Dr Ceri Shipton of the ANU School of Culture, History and Language.

They really dont seem to have been pushing themselves, Dr Shipton said.

I dont get the sense they were explorers looking over the horizon. They didnt have that same sense of wonder that we have.

Dr Shipton said this was evident in the way the species made their stone tools and collected resources.

To make their stone tools they would use whatever rocks they could find lying around their camp, which were mostly of comparatively low quality to what later stone tool makers used, he said.

At the site we looked at there was a big rocky outcrop of quality stone just a short distance away up a small hill.

But rather than walk up the hill they would just use whatever bits had rolled down and were lying at the bottom.

When we looked at the rocky outcrop there were no signs of any activity, no artefacts and no quarrying of the stone.

They knew it was there, but because they had enough adequate resources they seem to have thought, why bother?.

This is in contrast to the stone tool makers of later periods, including early Homo sapiens and...

09:00

Monsanto loses case against man dying from Roundup cancer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From CBS in the USA, 10 August 2018:

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $289M To Dying Groundskeeper Who Blames Weed Killer For Cancer

Dewayne Johnsons lawsuit was the first of hundreds of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging that Roundup causes non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

This 10 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Terminally Ill Man Awarded $289 Million After Jury Rules Weed Killer Roundup Caused His Cancer

A terminally ill California man won a milestone case against agricultural giant Monsanto after he claimed the companys weed killer, Roundup, gave him cancer.

Dewayne Johnson, 46, was awarded $289 million in damages on Friday after a jury ruled the companys product was the reason he developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to the Associated Press. Monsanto denies the claims their product causes cancer and told the wire they plan to appeal the verdict.

Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, said he used the weed killer regularly while spraying it on the grounds he worked on in the San Francisco Bay Area school district. In one instance, the product left the father of two soaked after a hose broke in 2012, according to CNN.

He claimed he con...

08:25

The Watchers News Brief: August 10, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Strong cold front hits Australia's southeast, one death, hundreds of emergency callsOne person was killed after a strong cold front hit Australia's southeast on August 10. The storm produced strong winds across Victoria, with gusts up to 125 km/h (78 mph),...... Read more

08:00

Turnbull makes John Setka sound credible advising on corporate governance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey .@TurnbullMalcolm ! Maybe @unionsaustralia could run some good governance courses for the big banks. And to think your solution is to throw more money at them! Corrupt!#auspol https://t.co/jJQaAKv81C John Setka (@CFMEUJohnSetka) August 11, 2018

07:32

Submission from Azark, Leonora, Western Australia: wants the nuclear dump, scathing about the Kimba wastes plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  1. The Department has completely stage managed the initial identification and nomination of the current sites at Kimba and all the accompanying procedures for the Kimba community before the nominations were made
  2. It has similarly staged managed all subsequent aspects of the nominations including such things as selecting and effectively running the various community advisory groups including preparing meeting agenda and minutes

AZARK SUBMISSION to SENATE COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA (Submission no. 110)

INTRODUCTION

This submission is made by Azark Project Pty Ltd (ACN 618 973 792) on behalf of itself and Shire of Leonora and Goldfields Carbon Group Pty Ltd as the joint participants in and proponents of what is known as the Azark Project.

The Azark Project relates to the nomination of a previously identified and examined area of land near Leonora in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia as the site for selection by the federal government for the national for a national radioactive waste management facility.

In addition the Azark Project includes the possible development at that site of an underground nuclear waste disposal facility as a commercial enterprise.

TENOR OF SUBMISSION

It is submitted that the selection process adopted by the federal Department of Industry Innovation an...

07:31

Bluestone toilets in Frankston - Why this petition is important "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why do I think the preservation of a working fifty-year old bluestone toilet block, in the face of its unnecessary replacement by a production-line designed one, so important that I can bring myself to promote a change.org petition to save it? Because somehow this blocky polylith has shown the capacity to unite us, where we can agree on little else. We live in a very atomised society, suburbanites here in Australia, victims of change and population engineering. People find it difficult to agree on complex politics, but the toilet block is an obvious example of something that does not need fixing, but that someone is fixing to fix. It should be too small for the council to fight us over it, but since the council intends to replace all bluestone blocks, stopping this would obviously frustrate a significant financial transaction. Someone is benefiting financially from this overkill, but not us.

Somehow the threatened removal of the sturdy bluestone toilets symbolizes important elements of our disempowerment. Some of these are our resentment at impermanence, our growing lack of local self-determination, lack of real consultation in favour of manufactured consent, industrial design over artisanship, synthetics over stone and trees, abuse of authority, planning facism, consumerism, delocalisation of decisions, spin replacing argument, and corporate beneficiaries taking over local employment and manufacture.

Our state-ruled local government has different values from many of the locals. These values are for the imposition of unnecessary new infrastructure of banal style and flimsy construction in place of something that anyone can see is durable and which has taken on the thermodynamic patina of age and locality a sign that it belongs. Somehow this toilet block seems the right place to make a stand. See the petition here or republished below.

Retain & Refurbish Bluestone Toilets in Frankston

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07:30

Azark compares Western Australian site with South Australian sites for nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(Azark-) No interference with the heritage sites area would exist  No other heritage problems .   No watercourses or other issues with water or flooding since well above the floodplain in low rainfall region. nominated site is geologically completely stable and free of all seismic activity as granite hard rock which has not moved for 2.6 billion years.
Submission AZARK PROJECT to Senate Inquiry (submission No 110) Attachment 1
LEONORA WESTERN AUSTRALIA COMPARISONS OF SITES
BARNDIOOTA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) VS AZARK SITE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)
COMPARISON DESCRIPTION
BARNDIOOTA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) AZARK SITE COMMENT Size 6,300 ha 3,000 ha Only 100 ha at most required for the facility, but whole area is typographically the same throughout Topography Relatively flat and dry Totally flat and dry Entire Azark nominated site and surrounding land is granite hard rock 4km deep throughout and well above the floodplain Being hard rock granite, there is no water table

Location Distant from residences and towns
12km from nearest (uninhabited) residence and 15km from Leonora townsite
Azark site is remote
Heritage sites Intersects indigenous heritage sites and watercourse
Two overlapping indigenous heritage sites well away from the portion of the nominated site to be used for the proposed facility
No interference with the heritage sites a...

07:28

Leonora W.A. site geologically, environmentally better suited to waste dump than is Kimba S.A. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 these seismic surveys are many times more intensive and informative than what has been suggested for Kimba (and Hawker)
The Azark Project has on several previous instances fully documented all of the features and attributes of its site and the availability of all infrastructure and services and manpower which would fully support and cater for the construction and operation of both an above or below ground facility
 AZARK PROJECT LEONORA  Submission to Senate (no. 110) Attachment 3 National Radioactive Waste management Facility Site Charcterisation Project   Comparison of the site characterisation by AECOM of Kimba with the Azark Project site

Technical assessment information for the Azark Project at Leonora compared to the AECOM Characterisation Project for Kimba February 2018

Seismic Survey

No geological seismic surveys are necessary at the Azark site due to already completed comprehensive geological surveys by way of seismic lines across the site which among other things have established the depth of the geological structure as 4 km below surface

The seismic surveys undertaken in the Leonora region including the Azark site are relatively recent and very exhaustive using the latest state of the art technology

As a result these seismic surveys are many times more intensive and informative than what has been suggested for Kimba (and Hawker) under the site characterisation project by AECOM

The seismic surveys of the Leonora region were undertaken by the Geological Survey of Western Australia being part of that states Department of Minerals, Industry Regulation and Safety and which is internationally recognised as a leader and model in geological and geophysical surveys

This is demonstrated by the number of new and successful mining areas and mines discovered in Western Australia including locally the recent underground extensions at the Sons of Gwalia mine

These geological and geophysical seismic surveys established the depth and type of rocks at the Azark site as fresh hardrock granite going to a depth of 4 km and being very stable with no seismic events for some 2.6 billion years

Consequently this conrmed its superiority to any other areas for the hosting of the waste disposal facility

LiDAR and Geophysical Aerial Surveys

No aerial surveys are necessary to measure the height of and undulations in the ground as the general area comprising the Azark site is relatively at and approximately 40 m above any ood plains

It consists of some outcropping....

07:15

Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Those who attended the last ARAG meeting will be aware we discussed the Construction Vibration Guide for Homeowners, which promises that:

For residents and homeowners facing imminent large-scale construction, it provides detailed outlines on how to prepare for construction, how to document it, what to do if the home develops damage traceable to the construction, how to recognise damage, how to pursue a claim for repair reimbursement, relevant ground vibration standards, the impact pile-driving equipment that needs to be used to minimise cosmetic or structural damage to homes, the correct vibration monitoring equipment, and more.

A copy of the guide may be found here.

06:28

The bumpy road to think tank transparency in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During the week I received a response to my enquiry to the ATO requesting a list of Approved Research Institutes (some of which are think tanks like the IPA) however, as you will see from the response at the foot of this post, the problem of think tank transparency in Australia has a lot of hurdles to overcome before we will be in a position to understand who is funding them.

Australian tax law prevents the disclosure of organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient status which would presumably affect transparency regarding Approved Research Institutes that have DGR status. Im not sure why I was not provided with a list of ARIs that do not have DGR unless every ARI in Australia also has DGR, thus preventing disclosure. Given the secrecy provisions, who knows? See the thread below for a discussion of the issues surrounding think tank transparency.

International debate leans toward expecting greater transparency from think tanks. Transparify recently released its annual report, rating think tank transparency around the globe, announcing that overall, funding transparency is improving.

A couple of Australian think tanks made the 4 star rating but the IPA does not rate a mention presumably because T...

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06:27

Winter Washing of Fruit Trees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Although it may look like there is not much happening with your fruit trees over winter, the microscopic world of fungi is making plans, strategically laying in wait in the cracks and crevices of your trees until the weather warms up. The most prevalent fungus is Peach Leaf Curl, causing the disfigurement of leaves, and sometimes the fruit, on your peach, nectarine, apricots and even almonds. However there are many other fungal problems that may occur and winter spraying is a good way to help reduce the incidence of fungal problems.

Peach Leaf Curl will cause the lovely new growth on your trees to appear blistered and puckered and in severe cases it can cause pimples on fruit and premature fruit drop. In the cool moist weather of early spring the fungus will multiply and if the cycle is not broken your trees will continue to be infested year after year.

Other fungal diseases that may be dormant on stone fruit include Shot Hole, Freckle Spot, Rust and Powdery Mildew.
There are several things you can do to minimise the spread of Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal diseases in the garden.
Practise good garden hygiene. Pick up fallen leaves from the ground and avoid putting them in your compost. Remove damaged or rotten fruit and keep the tree pruned to an open vase shape to increase air circulation.

Plant your tree into well prepared soil in the right position with plenty of sun and good air circulation. Keep up a regular fertilising and watering schedule.

Spray your trees during winter with a low impact fungicide. Winter-washing helps to kill off any spores and can greatly reduce the incidence of Peach Leaf Curl and other fungal problems.

Winter Washing

The best spray to use is either copper oxychloride or lime sulphur sprayed in alternate years. The first spray should be in late autumn at leaf fall just before the tree enters its dormancy. Spray again at bud swell or bud burst in late winter or early spring. Once the leaves have opened out it is too late to spray for Peach Leaf Curl and many other fungal diseases. Safe and effective spraying can only be done at the end of the following summer.

When spraying fruit trees, be aware of the potential impact that spray drift may have on surrounding vegetation, soil micro-organisms, pets and humans. Spraying is usually done to the point of run-off, where the spray liquid has completely covered the tree surface and runs off on to the ground. It may be prudent to lay spra...

05:58

Heatstroke Comes in Handy: A Day in Bostoniensis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chariots of Fire

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Two persons indisputably died as a result of the 2013 Marathon bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 24 and Ibraghim Todashev, 27.  Another four reportedly died: Sean Collier, 27, Martin Richards, 8, Lingzi Lu, age 23, and Krystle Campbell.  Jahar Tsarvaev was convicted of the murder of each of those four. He is currently on Death Row.

I own up to being a partial...

05:50

CRIME CULTURE: Scrublands by Chris Hammer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CRIME CULTURE: A priest massacres members of his own church congregation in a drought-ridden New South Wales town. Charles Sturt University academic, Therese Taylor, explains why the newly released Scrublands is such a timely novel. [READ MORE]

05:03

Two months ago today, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the line of duty and remains in a coma. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two months ago today, Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the line of duty and remains in a coma. Today, his son Kaleb started kindergarten. Since his daddy couldnt be there, Kevins Squad & @ChiefJohnMina escorted Kaleb to his first day of school.https://t.co/GfxTWL7pgt pic.twitter.com/TUVfKjStYe Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) August 10,...

04:55

Climate change is increasing Australias heat and drought "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Great southern drought: Australian farmers crippled, climate action stalled https://www.dw.com/en/great-southern-drought-australian-farmers-crippled-climate-action-stalled/a-45015773

Amidst the worst drought in living memory, the worlds driest continent is also heating up due to climate change. Critics say too little is being done to prevent increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall.

New South Wales, which is Australias most populous state and about the size of France, was declared 100 percent in drought on Wednesday.

Despite the fact that it is winter, farmers in the state and throughout the southern region of Australia are struggling to maintain their livelihood as crops fail and livestock die.

With grazing land turned to dust, some farmers have resorted to hand-feeding to keep their stock alive. They also have permission to shoot kangaroos that compete for pasture. Depression and suicide among farmers are on the rise.

And yet, there is no end in sight to this crippling drought, unseen for generations. The predicted start of bushfire season has been brought forward two months in New South Wales to prepare for what could be an apocalyptic summer scenario.

Though Australia is t...

04:53

Nuclear Industry Not Prepared for the Impacts of Climate Change Upon It. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

How nuclear is preparing for climate change http://www.corporateknights.com/channels/utilities-energy/nuclear-preparing-climate-change-15339111/, BY JOHN VIDAL  AUGUST 10, 2018

Plans to weather erosion and storm surges for new nuclear power plants may not be up to date, some experts say....

04:51

Hobart City Council Voting Patterns 2014-8 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Advance Summary

1. Traditionally, the Hobart City Council  loosely divided between "pro-development" councillors and councillors who stress environmental issues and/or the interests of impacted residents. 

2. This term of Council has continued a trend from late in the previous term in which voting clusters have weakened and the voting of individual councillors has become much less predictable.  

3. Despite this most councillors can at least be classifying as leaning towards the "pro-development" ("blue") mindset or its opponent ("green").  

4. The results of votes on this council have been very unpredictable because of the weakness of the voting patterns observed, the narrow advantage in numbers for the "blue" side over the "green" side and the frequent absence of various councillors from meetings.

5. A possible ordering of councillors from "greenest" to "bluest" in this term is: Cocker, Burnet, Reynolds, Cooper (no longer on Council), Harvey, Ruzicka, Sexton, Briscoe, Thomas, Christie, Hickey (no longer on Council), Denison, Zucco.

6. Possible causes of the weakening of vote clusters include personality clashes within the "blue" side, a lack of solidarity or a common approach to most council issues among endorsed Greens, and genuine changes in the views of some councillors over time.   

(Note: This article is long and in places very mathsy, but I've cut out some of the really arcane stuff from past editions, mainly because the data entry was such a massive job by itself!)

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In the leadup to each set of Hobart City Council elections I post a detailed account of voting patterns on the Council in the previous term.  My findings for the 2011-14 term can be seen here, and that piece includes links back to older pieces.  Now that terms are four years long, this is a much bigger job than it used to be, but at least it only needs doing every four years.  Entering in the data from something like 84 meetings, every single one of them with at least one contested motion, took me much of the la...

04:44

Electric cars leave carbon emissions behind? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From a story about the innovative subsidy farmer Elon Musk in The Weekend Australian.

Technology commentator Anthony Agius in Melbourne said he put his name down for the Model 3 in 2017.

The focus was simply on leaving carbon emissions behind by owning an electric car.

Where does this technology commentator think the electricity is going to come from?

Last year the news from inside the Chinese bureaucracy was about a big push for electric cars to reduce air pollution. Someone must have realised where the power comes from so they have resumed construction of coal-fired power plants. In any case CO2 is not pollution, it is plant food, and it is well below the optimum level for plant growth.

PS Alan Kohler is amusing on the power issue as well:)

Another Kohler gig. helping the Australian Conservation Foundation to save the Galilee Basin.

04:43

Department of Veterans Affairs and their mind-numbing bureaucracy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yesterday I was in an East Timor SASR veteran's home for a few beers along with some other diggers. Each man had several tales of woeful, bureaucratic indifference from Australia's Department of Veterans Affairs. These men wrote out a cheque to Australia made out to the value of their life...

04:42

As hibakusha numbers dwindled a plea to carry on the campaign to get rid of nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Keep up the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons, Japan Times, 10 Aug 18   The number of surviving hibakusha as of the end of March was 154,859, a decline of 9,762 from a year earlier. In recent years, nearly 10,000 hibakusha have been passing away annually. Their average age has surpassed 82. This nations firsthand experience of the atomic bombings will fade with time. That is all the more reason for us to keep pushing for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

In his address during this years anniversary ceremony marking the Hiroshima atomic bombing, Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki summed up the danger of believing in the balance of power ensured by nuclear deterrence by asking how would you explain it to your children.

You see, we dont get along well with our next-door neighbor. So we have set a bomb that can blow up their house with all the family inside, just in case. We can press the button to set off this bomb any time. Our neighbor, on the other hand, has also set a bomb to blow up our house. Of course, neither family wants both families to end up dead, so I feel assured that they will never press the button. We will never do so, either. In short, we will never go into battle against each other. And the bombs will probably not malfunction. And we wont press the button by mistake, either, I hope. So you dont have to worry, the governor said, adding, How many of you could seriously offer such an explanation to your children?

How can we continue with a policy that we cannot explain to our next generation? https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinio...

04:39

Cheaper, more reliable medical isotopes from a cyclotron non nuclear, environmentally safe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUANTM Irradiation System Earns CE Mark Approval  https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/press-releases-pmn/business-wire-news-releases-pmn/quantm-irradiation-system-earns-ce-mark-approval

VANCOUVER, British Columbia ARTMS Products today announced it received CE marking approval for its first-in-class, advanced technology QUANTM Irradiation System for producing high-value radioisotopes, such as Tc-99m and Ga-68, on medical cyclotrons. Cyclotron facilities are constantly facing higher isotope costs and poor supply availability. Now, with CE marking, ARTMS QUANTM Irradiation System will help ease these issues.

CE marking is an important milestone for ARTMS, remarked Dr. Kaley Wilson, CEO of ARTMS Products. There is a huge opportunity in providing a cost effective and secured supply of radioisotopes to hospitals and research institutions. ARTMS provides a more economical, environmentally safe and secured supply of important radioisotopes than re...

04:35

Cyclotrons can be upgraded to produce Technetium99 right now. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Steve Dale shared a link.Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 10 Aug 18 

This article sugge...

04:24

Climate change has increased USAs wildfires "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires  , Carbon Brief , 9 Aug 18 

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as the western USEurope and Siberia. This has focused a great deal of public attention on the role that climate change plays in wildfires.

Recently, some commentators have tried to dismiss recent increases in the areas burnt by fires in the US, claiming that fires were much worse in the early part of the century. To do this, they are ignoring clear guidance by scientists...

04:19

Commissioned middle finger gem ring "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

O K for starters, the brief came from a Melbourne academic whose friend has a big gemmy ring by Barbara. Naomi loved the heaviness of it the chunky gold, the multiple different shaped and coloured stones, and the sense of medieval reliquary it has. Then followed the caution  find a solution that doesnt replicate my friends ring . . . Ive counted 29 gem option scans, multiple response files and further options and design files as part of our extended communications.

Here is the final job description: Bh Commissioned Renaissance gem ring for Naomi Multi gem ring has her round brilliant cut large Garnet 1=4.17ct in central rub over setting with three smaller rub over set gems; round brilliant cut Spinels 2=1.05ct and a trillion cut green Sapphire 1=0.97ct in triangular symmetry interspersed with Naomis round brilliant cut Sapphires 3=0.26ct in rectangular sections. Broad tapering band has carved strap detail to shoulders. Ring dimensions 22x23x6.5mm. Size Q. Subtle detail to setting sides. Matt and burnished finish. 18ct yellow gold.

Here is our clients response when the ring arrived yesterday:

Barbara I have received it and I love it! Thank you so much its breathtaking, really. What a moment when I unwrapped it!! Its so heavy and decadent exactly what I had hoped for, and right on brief. My son immediately said it was like a fortune-tellers ring, which I also thought was pretty great.

So: Thanks for persevering with me and making the process so careful and exact, such that we ended up with this fantastic outcome! Very best, N

Here is her selfie shot attached:

04:18

August 10 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: The NEGs failure to factor in climate change will cost our Pacific neighbours dearly As political leaders from across the country meet to determine the fate of the embattled National Energy Guarantee, they must be under no illusion as to how Australias backwardness on climate change is perceived by our Pacific island []

via August 10 Energy News geoharvey

04:09

Raga Shamabala Westside "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Raga Shambala the chants of the Himalayas featuring Tenzin Choegyal, Sangeet Mishra and Shen Flindell will come to Shepparton on Wednesday 5 September at WestSide Performing Arts Centre from 7:30pm. The concert opens with the divine sounds of sarangi in the hands of 8th generation master Sangeet Mishra accompanied by leading Australian tabla ... Read more...

03:00

US Must Turn to Russia to Contain China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vladimir Putin stands accused in the media and global public opinion of rigging his recent re-election

Imprisoning his political enemies, murdering Russian spies turned double-agent, meddling in western elections, seizing Crimea, destabilising Ukraine, supporting a murderous dictator in Syria, and exporting arms to terrorist nations like Iran.

At the same time, the country of Russia is more than Mr Putin, despite his authoritarian and heavy-handed methods.

Russia is the worlds 12th-largest economy, with a GDP in excess of $1.5 trillion, larger than many developed economies such as Australia (No. 13), Spain (No. 14) and the Netherlands (No. 18).

Its export sector produces a positive balance of trade for Russia, currently running at over $16 billion per month.

Russia has not had a trade deficit in over 20 years.

Russia is also the worlds largest oil producer, with output of 10.6 million barrels per day, larger than both Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Russia has the largest landmass of any country in the world and a population of 144 million people, the ninth largest of any country.

Russia is also the third-largest gold-producing nation in the world, with total production of 250 tons per year, about 8% of total global output and solidly ahead of the US, Canada and South Africa.

Russia is highly competitive in the export of nuclear power plants, advanced weaponry, space technology, agricultural products, and it has an educated workforce.

Russias government debt-to-GDP ratio is 12.6%, which is trivial compared with 253% for Japan, 105% for the United States and 68% for Germany.

Russias external dollar-denominated debt is also quite low compared with the huge dollar-debt burdens of other emerging-market economies such as Turkey, Indonesia and China.

Under the steady leadership of central bank head Elvira Nabiullina, the Central Bank of Russia has rebuilt its hard currency reserves after those reserves were severely depleted in 2015 following the collapse in oil prices that began in 2014.

Total gold reserves rose from 1,275 tons in July 2015 to about 2,000 tons today. Russias gold-to-GDP ratio is the highest in the world and more than double those of the US and China.

In short, Russia is a country to be reckoned with despite the intense dislike for its leader from Western powers.

It can be dislikedbut it cannot be ignored.

Russia is even more important geopolitically than these favourable metrics suggest.

Russia and the US are likely to improve relations and move closer together despite the current animosity over election meddling and the attempted...

02:59

Bizarre DMCA Takedown Requests Censor EU Censorship News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week we reported how impostors abuse the DMCA takedown process to punish rival pirate sites.

Just when we thought wed seen it all, an even more bizarre collection of takedown requests appeared.

This time our very own publication is a target, along with several other sites that cover censorship related news and developments.

At the center of the matter is the reporting agency Topple Track. In a series of takedown requests, the company targets a broad selection of perfectly legitimate sites, sites that have nothing to do with the content for which the notice is sent.

For example, this request was sent to Google on behalf of Melbourne artist Gamble Breaux, supposedly listing sites that linked to infringing copies of her song This Time.

However, most, if not all of the links in the notice are completely unrelated. This includes our article on pirate site blocks in Denmark, and a Danish news report on the rise of illegal streaming.

Sigh

Even more bizarrely, perhaps, the same notice also lists several articles about the EU upload filter and link tax proposals.

This includes the Savethelink.org campaign site, this article from Boing Boing, as well as an article from the German news site Der Spiegel, and a post from law firm Wilde Beuger Solmecke.

Worryingly, the same notice also lists an article from EU Member of Parliament Julia Reda, which Google has indeed removed from its index.

Redas article, gone
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01:51

Blog Post Title "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What goes into a blog post? Helpful, industry-specific content that: 1) gives readers a useful takeaway, and 2) shows youre an industry expert.

Use your companys blog posts to opine on current industry topics, humanize your company, and show how your products and services can help people.

01:44

IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE-BASED DECISIONS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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01:35

Why the Australian governments desperate frenzy to set up a nuclear waste dump on agricultural land? theme for August 18 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With breathtaking hypocrisy, the Australian government, fronted by its not terribly bright Resources Minister Matt Canavan, is pouring $$$ and huge effort, into conning a small rural community into hosting a nuclear waste dump.

This is of course, a world-wide problem, wherever the nuclear industry exists. However, Australians, especially country Australians, are especially poorly informed on matters nuclear.

The government has taken advantage of that fact, and brainwashed the farming and pastoral communities of Kimba and Hawker into the belief that theyd be doing  a noble thing by their children, grandchildren and beyond, and of course   saving Australias health system at the same time.

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00:13

Save Peppertree Place "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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We have 4-6 weeks to Save Peppertree 

This week staff and volunteers of the wonderful Peppertree place were told by Uniting (formerly Unitingcare/Kildonan) were told that they would be closed down within 4-6 weeks.  With the public shut out in 4 weeks. Previously they were being told they would remain open until November.

Time is critical now if we want to save Pepppertree, can you join me in signing this online petition to CEO of Uniting Paul Linosie and sharing it with other friends and family who love the place like you do. 

This is a disgrace on the part of Uniting. Leaving remaining staff and volunteers who have spent years dedicated to this organisation with nothing an no support in this time. Many of whom have built up the amazing supportive community through their work with the organisation. 


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00:09

Climate Change Forum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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CLIMATE FORUM WITH MARK BUTLER, SHADOW MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY AND GED KEARNEY MP FOR BATMAN

This is an important chance to show how much people in this area care about the climate and reinforce that politicians of all varieties need to take the climate crisis and the climate movement seriously. Its also a great chance to let them know that sitting on the fence on Adani is not good enough. 

Place:

The Shire Hall, 286 Gowers Street
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Start Date:

30 Aug 2018 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

RSVP here on Geds website.

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23:33

Night Parrot - New book stirs fresh controversy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



The following are transcripts of my news story and feature in the 11-12 August, 2018 edition of The Weekend Australian about Penny Olsen's new book Night Parrot.

News - Night parrot on brink of extinction as its watchers enter bitter feud


Five years after its rediscovery shook the natural history world, the confirmed population of the critically endangered night parrot is fewer than 20, indicating the species teeters on the brink of extinction.

A grim outlook for what is described as the world's most mysterious bird is emerging as bitter divisions among experts are exposed in a new book, Night Parrot, by Australian National University academic Penny Olsen, to be published soon by the CSIRO.

Dr Olsen launches a stinging attack on North Queensland naturalist John Young, whose publication of the first photographs of a night parrot in 2013 in south-west Queensland is described as the avian find of the century.

Dr Olsen suggests in the book that the bird had an injured wing and was set up for a staged photographic session.

Dr Olsen casts doubt on claims by Mr Young and his employer, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, that night parrots were found subsequently at other sites.

Supporters of Mr Young hit back, accusing critics of waging a personal vendetta against him.

Mr Young discovered the parrot in what is now known as the Pullen Pullen Reserve, owned by Bush Heritage Australia.

BHA and AWC are Australia's two biggest private conservation groups, owning millions of hectares of wildlife reserves. While BHA runs a night parrot research program in Pullen Pullen, the AWC and Mr Young are undertaking research in the neighbouring Diamantina National Park.

The two groups do not work co-operatively or share information to develop plans to protect the species.

Long-serving AWC chief executive and night parrot advocate Atticus Fleming quit the organisation abruptly last week, giving no reasons.

Mr Fleming's successor as AWC chief executive, Tim Allard, said he hoped to work co-operatively with BHA on night parrot research in future.
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23:03

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australian media lies about record hot July and wheat crop wipeout "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Trustworthy Australian media claims July 2018 as the hottest month ever in the country, but even the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says its 2nd warmest day time highs, and 5th warmest mean since records began. Australia's drought is set to significantly worsen as well based on past patterns of climate on longer multi-century and multi-millennia cycles. South America was below normal temperatures overall for July 2018. Sources

22:53

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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22:27

Heroin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I dont use illicit drugs. Im 61. Age doesnt stop a lot of people in Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales Australia, where I live, from using illicit drugs, even heroin. Most whove used heroin for a long time are long dead.

No matter what I write, what Im writing wont stop people using illicit drugs.

But here goes

In 2010, I observed someone very close to me with very serious drug psychosis through the the window in a padded cell in the lock-up section for drug addicts and the mentally ill called Kiloh, the psychiatric ward at Prince Alfred Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. This person had been using multiple drugs in a serious drug binge lasting four months. They were mainly using very strong laced hydroponic marijuana. This type of marijuana, grown by bikies and other criminals in houses converted to drug labs, caves and the Australian bush, is at least thirty times stronger than the bush-grown marijuana we used to smoke in the 1970s back in New Zealand. Then it is laced with amphetamines or whatever these criminals have available.

I first observed someone using heroin in 1972 when I was 16. A friend has been doing a carpentry course in Huntley, near Auckland, New Zealand. He made friends with some teenagers aged about 16 from Auckland. I visited him at one of his friends houses in Remuera, Auckland, one of Aucklands most affluent suburbs. In a large bedroom on the basement level a young man was in bed resting. He got up sleepily, and injected himself with heroin, and lay back on the bed and fazed out, very high.

I was always scared of heroin and strong drugs. Many of my Auckland friends when the family moved there in 1974, used LSD. I never used it. I smoked a lot of weed (marijuana) from the age of 15 to 19, when I became a Christian. I was always Christian in a way, but I did the 70s counter-culture teen rebellion thing.

One of the home group leaders under my leadership at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, the early name of Hillsong, in the 1980s, Michael Driscoll, suicided in the 1990s in Ireland. Michael went back on heroin, which he was on with his friend, the famous Australian painter Brett Whitely, and many other artists and their friends in Sydney in the 1970s, prior to Michael becoming a Christian. Jonathan Page and others helped Michael find Christ. Then in the 1990s he lost his way, moved to Ireland, went back on heroin, and suicided. I attended Michaels funeral in Neutral Bay in the 1990s.

22:00

Kunanyi ... Little Signposts ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Little signposts, on the hillside ... Little sign post, looking very tacky ABC: Mount Wellington Cableway Company accuses aldermen of undeniable bias, seeks legal advice

21:30

Mount Wellington cable car project hits council hurdle as backers revealed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The revised development plans of the Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) have struck their first council hurdle after a Parks and Recreation Committee recommended to deny the company access to public land ABC: Mount Wellington Cableway Company accuses aldermen of undeniable bias, seeks legal advice

21:15

Adding insult to injury, Howlett personally assured me that she wouldnt run in Prosser ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tony Mulder needs a dog. US President Harry Truman famously said, Want a friend in Washington? Get a dog! I was evicted from the Liberal Party for running in Prosser against endorsed Liberal candidate Jane Howlett. This contravened the Liberal Party Constitution, but so did her direct selection by the Abetz-controlled State Executive. Liberal Party President Geoff Page lied when said that process was followed

20:40

Rep. Chris Collins is arrested for insider trading "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Charges to three defendants also include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud Wednesday. The indictment is tied to securities of an Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics where Collins has served on the board of directors. Collins' latest sale of Innate Immunotherapeutics holdings was on June 20, 2018 and valued between $15,000 and $50,000 according to House periodic transaction reports. He bought at least 4 million shares between 2016 and 2018, according to the reports. Collins' value in Innate went from $25,000,001 to $1,000,001, according to his most recent financial disclosure. He serves on the Health subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce. Last August, the House Ethics Committee took up an inquiry into Collins and allegations that he had shared nonpublic information about the company, in violation of House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. Collins gained personal benefit and provided nonpublic information to his son Cameron Collins who sold nearly $1.4 million of Innate Immunotherapeutics shares, according to a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. "Christopher Collins knew or recklessly disregarded that he breached his duty by disclosing this inside information to Cameron Collins," the SEC said.

20:30

Former Australian Cricket Star Receives Criticism for Endorsing ICO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A former Australian cricketer has received criticism over his decision to publicly endorse an initial coin offering (ICO) platform. Michael Clarke tweeted his support for Brisbane-based Global Tech earlier this week.

Clarke Should Buy Sandpaper Instead of Endorsing ICOs

Two days ago, the former Australian cricket team captain took to Twitter to promote a company looking to create a platform described by SmartCompany as part social network, part cryptocurrency exchange.

In the tweet, Clarke included the message, exciting times ahead along with a marketing image from Global Tech. The image depicts the former cricket star with the quotation:

I am really excited to be involved with Global Tech. Their ambition and drive is something that I resonated with straight away and I cant wait to learn more about blockchain technologies.

Since posting the image, Clarke has received an intense backlash from both the cryptocurrency community and fans alike. Many questioned why someone with little to no prior experience in the tech industry would risk their reputation on an ICO given the funding methods track record for fraud and failure.

One particularly amusing response to the endorsement was from John Hempton. The prominent investor suggested to the former cricketer that sandpaper would be a better investment. He was, of course, referencing the recent Aussie cricket scandal in which members of the national team had been found using...

20:07

Coral reefs since the age of dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This May 2018 video says about itself:

The Coral Reef: 10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes | BBC Earth

Sit back, relax and enjoy the colourful world of coral reefs as we take you on a journey through some of the most vibrant parts of our blue planet with this 10 hour loop.

From Penn State university in the USA:

Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since age of dinosaurs

August 9, 2018

Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous climate change events in their long history, and at least some are likely to survive modern-day global warming as well, suggests an international team of scientists.

The teams conclusion is based on the finding that the relationship between corals and the mutualistic micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older and more diverse than previously assumed.

Past estimates placed the initiation of these symbiotic relationships at 50 to 65 million years ago, said Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology, Penn State. Our research indicates that modern corals and their algal partners have been entwined with each other for much longer since the time of the dinosaurs, approximately 160 million years ago. During their long existence, they have faced severe episodes of environmental change, but have managed to bounce back after each one.

According to LaJeunesse, the micro-algae, commonly called zooxanthellae of the dinoflagellate family Symbiodiniaceae live inside the cells of corals, allowing them to acquire energy from sunli...

18:04

The Drama Surrounding My City Manager and Doug Mesner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I spoke to the Sheriff who has been working with me since I moved here with concerns to the break Ins and attacks and now I understand why things are playing out as they have.

First of all, let me say I trust this Sheriff and realize that my belief that they are working like the Algona WA police did is COMPLETELY unfounded.

Right when I moved to Earling I got threatening emails from Doug Mesner- bragging that he already had contacts in Earling who were going to get me. The Sheriff I spoke to HAS these emails and every other one I have recieved since coming here.

The city manager befriended me before I had even got to Earling- as we would have hours long conversations on the phone before I ever even left WA.

I trusted her so much that I gave her keys to my house and she was one of the witnesses on my Last Will and Testament.

During these constant break ins I was going through- she was telling me it was my neighbor- who she told me police were investigating for manufacturing meth in their basement, however today the Sheriff told me this wasnt true.

My neighbors were NEVER being investigated. Let alone for anything doing with narcotics.

At the height of all of this- the city manager gave me a photocopy of a check my neighbors had written the city for their water bill.

I didnt understand why but at the time I just thought, as my friend, that the city manager was just trying to help me.

Now- talking with the Sheriff for an hour today- I know this is FAR from the truth.

Today I learned that had I done ANYTHING with that check- like posted it on my blog- I could have faced criminal prosocution.

In doing so I would have gone to jail as that protection order would have put me in jail for a year. But all I did was throw it in a pile of stuff in my office- as it seemed useless to me, and- until just recently- forgot about it.

I went in search of it after realizing what had been stolen from my house and figuring out it was the City Manager. Consequently I notified my Sheriff AND my neighbor whos check was photocopied.

But this was a setup the entire time. Doug Mesner was directing it- my city manager was helping- and with the break Ins and threats- they thought I would be reactionary and do something stupid- which would have landed me in jail- thus allowing Mesner to follow through with his promise to have me murdered in jail.

As far as the dogs- the Sheriff informed me they have NEVER recieved any complaints about my dogs until this anonymous one that the city of Earling filed. However he told me that Earling is just following the direction of their city attorney and that they have the right to reject putting me on the agenda.....

16:46

Can Taiwan counter Chinas mounting pressure? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports.

    
President Tsai Ing-wen and President Xi Jinping (Reuters/T. Siu, picture-alliance/Xinhua/L. TAo)

On July 24, China successfully lobbied five other members of the East Asian Olympic Committee to revoke Taiwans right to host its first-ever East Asian Youth Games next year.

Recently, a group of Taiwanese LGBTQ activists accused Beijing of pressuring the organizers of the Gay Games in Paris into banning the display of Taiwans flag.

Also, a performance by a Taiwanese high-school choir at the UN Center in Vienna was reportedly canceled due to pressure from the Chinese embassy in Austria.

On July 25, four major US airlines complied with Beijings demand to alter Taiwans description on their websites, changing the destination to Taipei instead of Taiwan. The total number of international airlines that have so far caved in to Chinas demand is now 44.

Read more: Australia says China pressured Qantas over Taiwan status

China continues to lay claim to the island under its one China policy, which Taiwan rejects, and hostility toward Taiwan has only grown in Beijing since Tsai Ing-wen (Tsai pictured above, with Chinese President Xi Jinping) was elected as Taiwanese president in 2016.

Screenshot offizielle Website der Fluggesellschaft Delta (delta.com)China has forced a number of international airlines to use Taipei instead of Taiwan as their destination

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16:16

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


You cant tell me what to do, youre not my dog!  [Anon]

Take your hundred dollar hat on your 1 dollar head and get back to rorting the system for you own greed you lying, dribbling fraction of a man.  [Self-confessed reformed journalist Ronnie Salt tweeting about the Nationals MP for New England NSW, 6 August 2018]

16:15

Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



15:55

Australias Biggest Bank Launches Worlds First Blockchain Bond With World Bank "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia has maintained a Blockchain-friendly position with its government-backed exploration of Blockchain technology for various applications. Now, it is getting ready to issue the worlds first Blockchain bond upon being mandated by the World Bank.

Australia to Create Distributed Ledger Bonds

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will reportedly create, allocate, transfer and manage the bond using Blockchain technology. The $AUD Kangaroo bond, named bond-i, will be delivered on a private Ethereum blockchain being utilized by the World Bank and CBA in Washington and Sydney, respectively. The Blockchain platform has been designed and developed by the CBA Innovation Labs Blockchain Centre of Excellence and an independent review of its technical architecture, security and resilience has been conducted by Microsoft.

The initiative is a part of the World Banks mandate to reduce poverty and promote development, as a part of which, it issues bonds worth US$50-US$60 billion annually for encouraging sustainable development. The World Bank is focused on helping countries to leverage the technology for sustainable development, and it aims to explore disruptive technologies such as blockchain to expedite its progress towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals.

A media release on CBAs website states This collaboration built on the longstanding partnership between the two organisations, with the World Banks 70-year track record of innovation in the capital markets and CBAs globally recognised Blockchain Centre of Excellence combining to deliver the project successfully.

In 2017, the CBA had issued a prototype cryptobond for Queensland Treasury Corporation utilizing its capital markets blockchain platform, and become the first government entity both in Australia and in the world to do so.

The Australian government has also been proactive in investigating the technology for its efficiency gains and implementing it across a range of sectors. The country has signed a five-year $740 million deal with IBM to use crypto and other new technologies to enhance data security. Australias Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is researching the technology, hoping to apply it in international trade and supply chain management for better security and transparency. Another area where the country is aiming to implement the technology is for tracking the provenance of s...

14:58

What I Endure Trying to Get My Family Child Trafficking Mess Exposed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Right now I am fighting to keep my dogs based on anonymous lies that are negated by my neighbors signed declarations. Jan Gaul- Earling IAs acting mayor- sent me an email telling me I could not come to a public town hall meeting and plead my case.

The Sheriff s dept told me they have never recieved any complaints- esp of them running around in loose in town- although Sheriff Donovan- who delivered the order to me last Sunday- told me city hall said it had happened three times.

However- Earling IA is a tiny town with less than 400 people and had this EVER happened- the Sherriffs dept would have been flooded with calls.

My neighbors have said they rarely bark- that they are gentle and sweet- as did my vet who also declared they were current on their rabies shots.

The Sheriff read Jan Gails letter three times- told me he didnt understand it and ended up calling the county attorney for clarification- who didnt understand it either.

And I can PROVE this conversation with the Sheriffs dept because I have the entire conversation on video. (I have learned these many years NOT to trust the police).

I figure those I am fighting think that if I loose my dogs- Ill either commit suicide or they can make it LOOK as if I did. However- this will NEVER happen as it is against my faith and I will NEVER risk my soul regardless of how much pain I am forced to endure.

I am even expected to do the impossible and register my dogs- despite the fact Earling IA has no such thing in place on the books.

This is NOT the first time I have had to deal with things like this.

On the protection orders granted against me in Kent WA- it was put on the documents and even mentioned in court that I threatened the Algona WA police. However- had I actually done this- I would have gone to jail and since that never happened- it is obviously a lie.

And the Algona WA police knew this- as after the fact I told them every video listed on that protection order had NOTHING to do with the petitioners but ONLY and SOLELY dealt with Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and they responded with we know .

So they obviously had read the orders and knew the claim that I threatened them was a lie. And yet they delivered the order and I lost the case anyway.

These people will do anything they can to shut me up. And they will hurt me any way they can.

All to protect their secrets regarding child trafficking and pedophilia.

14:26

The Book Group and Gerald Murnanes Collected Short Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gerald Murnane, Collected Short Fiction (Giramondo 2018) Before the meeting: Gerald Murnane has been described as Australias most distinguished unread writer. His most recent novel, Border Districts, is shortlisted for this years Miles Franklin Prize. He is the author of seven other novels, two Continue reading

13:36

Grey-crowned Babbler at Jirrima Cresent, Cooroibah reported by Russ Lamb on 06-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Three birds seen by roadside outside 4 Jirrima Cres, at 1010 hrs today, same location where 2 birds seen in May this year, and 400m from where 3 birds seen in Dec 2015. Possibility that there is a small resident population in area.

Black-necked Stork at Waterford West reported by Ron jAnderson on 07-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Visiting partners brother at Waterford West and saw a solitary Black-necked Stork flying in a westerly direction. My location would have been just north of the Logan River. The bird possibly could have been coming from Tygum Lagoon as it was not very high up.

Painted button Quail at Kilcoy -Murgon road near jimmna reported by Bernie and Linda McIvor on 10-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

one female foraging by the dirt road. Further on we counted a covey of 17 - 25 brown quail.

13:30

Do you have any questions which arent race-baiting? (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Do you have any questions which arent race-baiting? Video Stefan Molyneux Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern speak with an Australian Journalist about their Australian tour and almost immediately the question decent into absurd race-baiting. Watch Molyneux and Southern...

The post Do you have any questions which arent race-baiting? (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

13:22

PERTH Swinging sex ring mother pleads guilty to abuse of daughter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Swinging sex ring mother pleads guilty to abuse of daughter .

August 10, 2018 at 12:54PM .

The woman pleaded guilty when she appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today via video link from Bandyup Prison. She spoke only to enter the

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-10/mother-guilty-of-swingers-party-sex-abuse-of-daughter/10106128&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF0hudWwikSxpnIvlW9n6jp_9NMOQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Swingers mum admits WA child sex crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Swingers mum admits WA child sex crimes .

August 10, 2018 at 05:41PM .

The 39-year-old woman, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday to 17 offences including sexual penetration of a

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/10/17/45/swingers-mum-admits-wa-child-sex-crimes&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFrBIYQwhLE1VEoHemeHe-6pGVhsg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Extradition for historic child sexual offences, WA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Extradition for historic child sexual offences, WA .

August 10, 2018 at 03:15PM .

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Saturday 11 August 2018. The investigation is ongoing and Midland Detectives urge

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/extradition-for-historic-child-sexual-offences-wa-3/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGoVjIqxHTgqgKhRRSibLZaPYyklQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Southern River self-defence trainer charged with sexually assaulting women "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Southern River self-defence trainer charged with sexually assaulting women .

August 10, 2018 at 11:07AM .

He will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The investigation is ongoing. If you are, or have been a victim of sexual abuse, or if you have

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/comment/news/southern-river-self-defence-trainer-charged-sexually-assaulting-women&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEjhBOGHqPXNoxgGNj0IyQpZg1Alw

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Northam Drug Seizure "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Northam Drug Seizure .

August 09, 2018 at 04:46PM .

The man and woman were refused bail and have appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court. They are next due to appear in the same court on Monday

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.triplem.com.au/news/avon-valley/northam-drug-seizure&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF5o1acBZR_f9uhq4Bw7-BtGRxEgQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Evil mother who pimped out her own young daughter at sick swingers parties cries as she pleads "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Evil mother who pimped out her own young daughter at sick swingers parties cries as she pleads .

August 10, 2018 at 02:24PM .

The stepfather, who appeared in Perth Magistrates Court in April, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexually penetrating a child who was a de facto

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6046085/Perth-mother-sexually-assaulted-child-pleads-guilty.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHP9QRaNuC16wC2Z69E3Sddnr9uIg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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13:22

PERTH Man charged over sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man charged over sexual assault .

August 10, 2018 at 11:18AM .

The man, who was arrested by Armadale Detectives, will front Perth Magistrates Court on Friday over a string of alleged sexual based offences.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/man-charged-over-sexual-assault/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG7LLFwF9cPJAtq7fgwoDx7jAew5g

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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12:41

Dog-whistlers making it easier for population profiteers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE big business lobbies must be licking their lips over the out-pouring of racially motivated calls for lower immigration in the very week that Australias population hit 25 million. It means that sensible people arguing for lower immigration on economic and environmental grounds will now also have to run the gauntlet of being branded as racist.

Meanwhile, property developers, big retail, the banks and others revel in making short-term big profits from high population growth to the long-term detriment of everyone else.

The population crisis has nothing to do with race. It has nothing to do with what News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt calls a threat to Australian identity. It is a matter of economics and environment.

If anything, research suggests greater diversity helps companies perform better and that is probably the same for nations. So we should seek greater diversity among immigrants, but there should be a lot fewer of them.

The calls for lower immigration by Bolt, Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and others mixed with statements about African gangs, loss of identity and calls for white South African farmers to get special treatment is doubly appalling.

First, it makes intelligent discussion about the economics and environmental implications of high population almost impossible. Secondly, it opens the door to racism under the guise of patriotism and nationalism.

In a way they both pose significant threats to some of the best things about the Australian way of life.

One of those things is, of course, Australias progress in over-coming racism given our past.

The first British claim over, and settlement of, the Australian continent was based the dispossession of, and violence towards, the Indigenous population.

One of the first Acts of the Australian Federal Parliament the 17th in fact was the Immigration Restriction Act which enabled the White Australia Policy by making it virtually impossible for non-whites to emigrate to Australia.

It has been almost 50 years since that policy ended and more than 40 years since the Federal Parliament made racial discrimination illegal.

And still some peopl...

12:18

Turnbull corruption and Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FILE This is a Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo of Rupert Murdoch, right, Chairman of Fox News Channel, as he walks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, left, to their table for dinner aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River in New York.

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12:00

You Can't Have It All, but You Can Have Most of What Matters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today, we are featuring a guest article by Karen Treanor, an author living in Tasmania, Australia, and the founder of Quenda Books.

Treanor stumbled upon our article (A Thousand Hidden Subsidies by Johnny Sanphillippo) about $700,000 homes on semi-rural hilltops in California. She was struck by the dramatic contrast between the situation Johnny describedresidents seeking the best aspects of rural living but also demanding a full complement of urban servicesand her own experience living in rural Tasmania, where very little of the necessary infrastructure for a high standard of living is provided by the government. Rather, residents resourcefulness and initiative fill the gaps.


I'm a former New England Yankee who spent the best part of a decade in southern Africa and then settled in Western Australia with my family for many years before coming to roost in Australias smallest state, the island of Tasmania, which is about the size of Maryland. My husband and I came here in 2014, and rather than downsizing to a sensible suburban house with all the infrastructure most people take for granted, we found a large wooden cottage in the country. It has been a big change, going from a semi-suburban life with all the modern services at our doorstep to a rural existence with very few amenities.

We live on the edge of the d'Entrecasteaux Channel where the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and eagles and ospreys patrol the skies. At night you can see millions of stars because there is no light pollutionno street lights, no shops, no offices burning the midnight oil.  Just us and a handful of not very close neighbours. We are just about the same latitude South as our hometown in New England was North, so the quality of light and the weather are quite similarexcept the snow stays in the high country most of the time. The house sits on one corner of a ten-acre environmental block. You might think that sounds very green and responsible, but in practical terms what it means is you cant develop your property much beyond what you've currently got. No holiday chalets or granny flats can be built here, for instance. No commercial chicken farm can be established.

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11:01

1) Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1) Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case
2) Papua pastor a ray of light for HIV patients
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1) Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case

Published 10 hours ago on 10 August 2018


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10:56

Donald Trumps war on American football, continued "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video from the USA about American football says about itself:

Philadelphia Eagles DeVante Bausby discusses decision to demonstrate during national anthem

9 August 2018

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back DeVante Bausby raised his right fist during the national anthem before the teams preseason opener on Aug. 9, 2018. He explains his decision to demonstrate alongside teammate Malcolm Jenkins here. (Video by Daniel Gallen/PennLive)

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

American football players demonstrate again during national anthem

Players from American football competition NFL have demonstrated during the national anthem again already during the first exhibition games of the season. At least two players knelt and three stuck their fists in the air. Players also stayed in the dressing rooms during the national anthem.

The protests during the national anthem are sensitive in the US. In 2016, quarterback (playmaker) Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers started kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest against the racial inequality in the country, in his view.

Angry Trump

Kaepernick got more and more acclaim from colleagues after his protest, but also the anger of American president Donald Trump.

Trump campaigned strongly against Kaepernick and other athletes during his election campaign. He reproached kneeling players for a lack of patriotism and advocated sacking the sons of bitches.

As presi...

10:35

Celeste Liddle: Comedian makes fun of Indigenous women and gets away with it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Racially and sexually objectifying Aboriginal women reflects a long practice in Australia and abroad.

10:29

Coal Mining in Australia: Prospects for India "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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By Taazakhabar News Bureau

Minerals are back-bone of Australias economy. Australia is leading producer and net exporter of minerals. More than 300 mines over Australia produce over 22 varieties of mineral ores. Mining has directly or indirectly touched the lives of people and contributed billions of dollars to Australias wealth. The industry has developed 26 towns, 25 airfields, 2,000 kilometers of railway and 12 ports besides upgrading the facilities in existing ports.

Mining industry has been a catalyst for Australias economic development and is the largest source of private employment. Around 167 000 people are directly employed and almost a similar number some 153 000 are indirectly employed by the industry. The industry also serves as a spring board to leverage a number of immigrants wanting to make a fortune.

It is said to be so important that when it sneezes the Australian economy catches a cold. The industry accounts for 7% of GDP, 20% of investments and 50% of exports of goods and services.

Minerals are Australias largest export. Coal and iron ore are two of Australias largest export earners. The two types of coal mined in Australia include high-quality black coal and the lower-quality brown coal. The Black coal is mined underground in Queensland and New South Wales, and is used for domestic and overseas power generation and industrial boilers. Brown coal found in Victoria and South Australia is of lower quality due a higher ash and water content. Australia holds 8 per cent of the worlds black coal resources and accounts for 6 per cent of world production. In terms of brown coal resources Australia represent 24 per cent of total world resources. Coal is Australias biggest export commodity. Australia accounts for around 34 % of world black coal trade54% of world metallurgical trade and 18% of thermal coal trade. Almost 75% of Australian black coal production is exported. Australia has one of the largest coal reserves (76200 million ton) almost 10% of the world total.

Coal also referred to as Black Gold accounts for 25% of Australias exports. Though Coal is mined in varying quantities in almost every state of Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland account for 97% of Australias production and almost its entire black coal export. Victoria has the largest reserves of brown coal, used exclusively for power generation. The brown coal deposits in Victoria with low mining costs is one of the worlds che...

10:21

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II

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10:15

World Bank Picks Australias CBA to Deliver Worlds First Blockchain Bond on Ethereum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the countrys largest bank, has won a mandate from the World Bank to become the sole arranger of a bond exclusively created and managed on a blockchain. Dubbed bond-I Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument- with a nod to Australias famous Bondi beach, the pioneering issue will be the Continued

The post World Bank Picks Australias CBA to Deliver Worlds First Blockchain Bond on Ethereum appeared first on CCN

10:00

Commissioned diamond row ring with all her recycled family diamonds off to Sydney client "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two princess cuts and five baguette diamonds equally spaced around the 18ct rose gold, hand made band with individual 18ct white gold rub over settings Bh 2018.

Barbara posted the small movie of this on her Instagram @barbyheath and to date it has had 489 views and a similar ring request from a Melbourne client to source three larger diamonds.

 

09:52

China: Core Leader Xi Facing Rare Push Back People question Xis autocratic policies, manipulation and violations of the rule of law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Months after s campaign to consolidate power appeared to have reached its pinnacle with the announcement of the successful abolition of presidential term limits and an unprecedented government restructuring plan, there are growing signs of domestic dissent to Xis policies. A recent vaccine scandal, ongoing trade dispute with Washingtonembattled stock market, and international opposition to Beijings recent foreign policy assertiveness have emboldened some in China to voice their discontent.

Xi Jinping, center, during the National Peoples Congress in Beijing in March. Credit Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse Getty Images

Last week at The New York Times, Chris Buckley reported on a wave of rare domestic reproach facing Xi:

People nationwide, including the entire bureaucratic elite, feel once more lost in uncertainty about the direction of the country and about their own personal security, and the rising anxiety has spread into a degree of panic throughout society, Professor Xu [Zhangran, a Tsinghua law professor] wrote in an essay that appeared on the website of Unirule Institute of Economics, an independent think tank in Beijing that was recently forced out of its office.

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09:40

3 Friday nuggets from the SOMP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Statement on Monetary Policy

A sumptuous SOMP from the Reserve Bank of Australia today.

Particularly of interest were some useful explanations of bank funding costs, which are up a bit, if not a lot. 


Melbourne on fire

A couple of other interesting things jumped out to me. 

Firstly, we already knew that job vacancies are very healthy in Sydney and Melbourne.

In fact I was just down in Melbourne for a couple of days, and it looked to me like the economy is absolutely screaming along down there. 

I couldn't even make the weather look nice with an Instagram filter, but to witness the consumer economy down their in full swing is something else. 

It's almost as though Melbourne has been sucking the energy out of a number of the second tier capital cities in recent times, and jobs vacancies in Victoria are rapidly approaching the highest levels imaginable. 

With half of the state seemingly now getting under construction it's very much a case of full employment here we come for Melbourne. 

09:20

Extracts from todays Webinar about Managing Australias Nuclear Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

transcribed by Noel Wauchope 10 August 18 

Dr Margarert Beavis :

Less than 1% of the total wastes of the nuclear reactor comes from medical use For Intermediate Level Waste, (ILW) ARPANSA says repeatedly that there is no urgency for a news interim waste facility.  Internationally,  ILW is stored near reactors.

ANSTO is expanding nuclear activities, which will mean massive increases in wastes.

Information about nuclear medicine has been over-blown. Its very clear that nuclear medicine will continue regardless of the dump

Cyclotrons are the  fastest growing area of producing nuclear medicine. Canada and UK are phasing in cyclotrons. ANSTOs massive reactor plans mean not only more ILW, but also massive costs. Selling nuclear medicine gets back only 10% of the costs of managing the wastes

for informed consent, people need excellent information. Tours offered to ANSTO, not to Woomera. People told by Bruce Wilson this site will not leak

Scott Ludlam

The argument that ILW has to be moved that is contestable.  If it is perfectly safe,as claimed, why the push for moving it far away?  We should not have the process for an interim site before having the process for permanent disposal. Is it a case of out of sight out of mind

Whats the definition of Broad Community Support ? What will you do if both communities (general and indigenous) are not broadly supportive?

The material will be dangerous for 10,000 years. On a politicaland electoral basis- we do have time. Y...

09:16

World Bank Taps Australias CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The World Bank Group has partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond with blockchain. The CBA, one of the four major commercial banks in Australia, stated in the issue on Friday that itd won a mandate from the World Bank to organize the issuance of the bond, which would be created, transferred and managed by means of a blockchain platform. The technology, already developed by CBAs in house blockchain laboratory, intends to get key parties at a bond issuance process like investors and banks to be participating nodes in the distribution of network.

World Banks chief info officer Denis Robitaille commented at the release: This pioneering bond is a milestone in our efforts to find out how we may advise our client nations on the opportunities and risks that disruptive technologies provide as we strive to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The ABC, who designed and developed the technology, said its a personal blockchain at the top of the ethereum network and had been examined by Microsoft regarding the systems architecture, safety, and resilience. The announcement follows the news in December 2017 that the CBA is developing a blockchain system for issuing bonds in cooperation with a major world issuer, whose name wasnt disclosed at the time.

Presently, several major financial institutions in the world, like JP Morgan, the Agricultural Bank of China, and BBVA, have already tested blockchain based systems for bond and loan issuance. World Bank picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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09:12

Check out the hectic lineup for the Courier-Mail Spiegeltent at Brisbane Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theres less than a month until Brisbane Festival begins, and the lineup is their heaviest yet! Whilst there are massive gigs happening all over town as part of the festival, one of the most exciting venues involved is the Courier-Mail Spiegeltent.

The nomadic venue will be making its yearly trip to Brisbane for the festival and boasts a massive lineup of artists slated to perform in the tent. This years breath-taking line-up includes Destroyer (Canada), Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverJen CloherThe Teskey BrothersTkay Maidza and Touch Sensitive / CC : Disco B2B.

The lineup shows the Spiegeltent moving away from the circus and dance performances many people are used to seeing in the renowned venue. The festival is aiming to showcase the beautiful venue in a new light to attract a new crowd of attendees. They promise even if youve seen the artists play before, youll never have experienced it like you will in The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent.

Watch: Destroyer Tinseltown Swimming In Blood

A nomadic performance venue, The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent only comes to town for Brisbane Festival. Located in the centre of Treasury Brisbane Arcadia on the South Bank Cultural Forecourt its the heart and soul of Festival. The Treasury Brisbane Arcadia features multiple performance spaces where fans and festival-goers can see a variety of performances. However no venue in the festival showcases the diverse array of performers or h as much as the iconic Spiegeltent.
Check out a the full Courier-Mail Spiegeltent lineup below, as well as a video of the full Brisbane Festival lineup.

Music Line-Up At The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent Brisbane Festival:

Sat Sept 15 Tkay Maidza @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

Sat Sept 22 Touch Sensitive / CC : Disco B2B @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

Sun Sept 23 Destroyer @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

Wed Sept 26 Jen Cloher @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

Thurs Sept 27 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

Fri Sept 28 The Teskey Brothers @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

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08:34

08:25

Artists Wanted For Free Queer Art Exhibition During Brisbane Pride Festival In September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queensland artists are invited to register their interest for a free queer art exhibition organised by QNews Magazine as part of the Brisbane Pride Festival next month. This years Pride Festival kicks off on September 8, and the Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be held in the weeks following as part of Brisbane Pride Festival Month. ...

The post Artists Wanted For Free Queer Art Exhibition During Brisbane Pride Festival In September appeared first on QNews Magazine.

08:23

Dave Sweeney urges Federal government to pause and consider, rather than rushing into nuclear waste dumping in Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Slow down nuclear process: Sweeney, Whyalla News, Louis Mayfield 7 August 18  An environmentalist is urging the federal government to slow down their site selection process for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility as a community vote looms for Kimba and Hawker.

08:20

UN chief and Nagasaki mayor warn on need for nuclear disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

U.N. chief offers a warning on anniversary of last nuclear attack, CBC News, 9 August 18 TOKYO  Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the worlds second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the citys mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said fears of nuclear war are still present 73 years after the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings and that the attacks should never be repeated.

He raised concerns about slowing efforts to denuclearize, saying existing nuclear states are modernizing their arsenals.

Disarmament processes have slowed and even come to a halt, Guterres told the audience at the Nagasaki peace park. Here in Nagasaki, I call on all countries to commit to nuclear disarmament and to start making visible progress as a matter of urgency. Guterres added that nuclear weapons states should take the lead. Let us all commit to making Nagasaki the last place on Earth to suffer nuclear devastation, he said.

More than 5,000 citizens, including Nagasaki atom bomb survivors, and representatives of about 70 countries remembered the victims as they observed a minute of silence at 11:02 a.m., the moment the plutonium bomb Fatman hit the city..

Guterres said the peace and nuclear disarmament movement started by survivors of the atomic bombings has spread around the world but frustration over the slow progress led to last years adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Japan, despite being the only country in the world to have suffered nuclear attacks, has not signed the treaty because of its sensitive position as an American ally protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nuclear-weapons-threat-un-chief-anniversary-atomic-bomb-nagasaki-japan/

 

08:17

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Says No To Nuclear Ports In South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MUA Says No To Nuclear Ports In South Australia https://www.miragenews.com/mua-says-no-to-nuclear-ports-in-south-australia/ 8 Aug 18

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is continuing its long-running stance against the shipping of any nuclear material in or out of South Australia.

The Turnbull Government has shortlisted three sites in South Australia that could be used to permanently hold low-level nuclear waste and temporarily store intermediate-level waste.

Two of these sites are at Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula, while a third is near Hawker, in the northern Flinders Ranges.

Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Pirie were named as potential nuclear waste ports in three Site Characterisation, Technical Reports released by the Federal Department of Industry in July.

MUA South Australian Branch Secretary Jamie Newlyn said MUA members are long time opponents of Nuclear Waste Storage in Australia and led the charge against the former SA Governments International Waste Dump Royal Commission and consequent citizens jury.

The Turnbull Governments recent declaration that sites in Kimba and Flinders Ranges could be used to store intermediate-level nuclear waste is incredibly concerning, Newlyn said.

The MUA is further alarmed that the Federal Department of Industry has identified Whyalla and Port Pirie where our members currently work as potential ports to unload this toxic and unsafe material.

The MUA, along with the mayors of Port Pirie and Whyalla, have been blindsided by this announcement yet the safety of port workers and the communities through which this hazardous material is transported is critical.

A postal ballot will begin in K...

08:15

Whyallas port could be used to receive and ship nuclear waste to and from a waste management facility "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NUCLEAR TRANSPORT, Whyalla News (print edition, 9 Aug 18 ) Whyallas port could be used to receive and ship nuclear waste to and from a waste management facility, according to a report by the Federal Industry Department (DIIS).

But the federal government, who have plans to establish a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) in Kimba or Hawker, have poured cold water on the idea.

Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Pirie were named as potential nuclear waste ports in three Site Characterisation, Technical Reports released by the Federal Industry Department (DIIS) in July.

A shipment of nuclear waste is due from Sellafield in UK and a shipment out of Port Kembla is planned from the ANSTO Lucas Heights reactor of nuclear waste received from France in 2015.

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08:11

Crypto 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A big year for cryptos was promised in 2018.

Certainly it has been that.


#investment

08:10

Kimba nuclear waste dump proposal is in breach of International Atomic Agency Safety Guide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Susan Craig Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 9 Aug 18   THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS PROPOSAL IS IN BREACH OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC AGENCY GUIDE ON TWO COUNTS.

UNDER PARAGRAPH 2.22 AT PAGE 12 STATES:

2.22 In the classification scheme set out in this Safety Guide, low level waste is waste that is suitable for NEAR SURFACE DISPOSAL. This is a disposal option suitable for waste that contains such an amount of radioactive material that robust containment and isolation for limited periods of time up to a FEW HUNDRED YEARS are required.

This requirement is pretty much copied into the ARPANSA Guide under the heading of LOW LEVEL WASTE (LLW) at page 13 in Section 3.2

WITH RESPECT TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL WASTE THE IAEA GUIDE UNDER PARAGRAPH 2.28 AT PAGE 14 STATES:

2.28 Intermediate level waste is defined as waste that contains long lived radionuclides in quantities that need a greater degree of containment and isolation from the biosphere than is provided by NEAR SURFACE DISPOSAL. Disposal in a facility at a depth of between a FEW TENS AND A FEW HUNDREDS OF METRES is....

08:07

Julian Assange should be assured of immunity before taking risk of testifying to Senate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Assange should secure immunity before taking risk of testifying to Senate whistleblower    Kiriakou https://www.rt.com/usa/435543-assange-senate-testimony-kiriakou/ 9 Aug, 2018 

08:04

The huge water cost of nuclear power plants "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 

The hidden water footprint of fossil fuel and nuclear power  plants You probably have no idea just how much water is needed to produce electricity Quartz, By Akshat Rathi, August 9, 2018  . The trouble is that thermal electricity generationa category that includes coal, natural gas, and nuclear powerdoesnt just require fuel, but also water. And a lot of it.

In the US and Europe, more than half of the water drawn from nature is used for power generation. This years heatwave has forced some of those power plants to shut down.

As Quartz...

08:00

The Weekend Quiz August 11-12, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

Question 1:

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome:

(a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP).

(b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP (where the automatic stabiliser component is zero).

(c) A fiscal deficit of 2 per cent.

(d) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (c)

The answer is Option (a).

The question probes an understanding of the forces (components) that drive the fiscal balance that is reported by government agencies at various points in time and how to correctly interpret a fiscal balance.

In outright terms, a fiscal deficit that is equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP is more expansionary than a fiscal deficit outcome that is equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP or 4 per cent of GDP, irrespective of the cyclical and structural components and irrespective of the presence of the automatic stabilisers.

In that sense, the question lured you into thinking that only the discretionary component (the actual policy settings) were of interest.

To see the why Option (a) is the best answer we have to explore the issue of decomposing the observed fiscal balance into the discretionary (now called structural) and cyclical components. The latter component is driven by the automatic stabilisers that are in-built into the fiscal process.

The federal (or national) government fiscal balance is the difference between total federal revenue and total federal outlays. So if total revenue is greater than outlays, the fiscal position is in surplus and vice versa. It is a simple matter of accounting with no theory involved. However, the fiscal balance is used by all and sundry to indicate the fiscal stance of the government.

So if the fiscal position is in surplus it is often concluded that the fiscal impact of government is contractionary (withdrawing net spending) and if the fiscal position is in deficit we say the fiscal impact expansionary (adding net spending).

Further, a risi...

08:00

The Weekend Quiz August 11-12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome: (a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP). (b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP (where the automatic stabiliser component is zero). (c) A fiscal deficit of 2 per cent. (d) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (c)





2. When the government matches an increase in its deficit spending with debt issued to the non-government sector, the immediate stimulus to aggregate expenditure is less than would be the case if the government didn't borrow at all.


08:00

WalkatjurraWalkabout epic anti-uranium protest walk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Walkers Raisley (accessed) 8th Aug 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout is an epic one-month protest walk in the remote desert of the WA Goldfields, covering over 250 kilometers against uranium mining.
The walkers will visit the proposed Wiluna and Yeelirrie uranium projects
before walking into the Leonora community in solidarity and support of
Traditional Owners who have stopped uranium mining on their country for
over 40 years.  https://walkers.raisely.com/

08:00

World Bank Taps Australia's CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been chosen by the World Bank Group to help issue a bond over a blockchain.

07:55

Opinion divided on proposed nuclear dump for South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/opinion-divided-on-proposed-nuclear-dump-for-south-australia/10104926   10 August 2018   (view full episode)

The process has divided the town of Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula, which has two potential sites, and Hawker in the northern Flinders Ranges.

This afternoon, residents of those towns will gather round their screens to watch an online discussion canvassing both sides of the debate.

Barb Walker No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia Interesting to note in Frans closing comment, communities get to make the final decision. and they wonder why people get confused when RN cant even get it right. A few weeks ago we were told by government officials, the vote will be a gauge of community sentiment and the minister will have the final say.

How much is community sentiment 51%65%.75%??? At a community meeting the minister and other government officials refused to tell us what percentage for the YES or NO vote will be broad community support.
Get ready to have the goal posts moved again people!  
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07:50

Great shirts for a great cause the Mountain Pygmy Possum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At the backcountry festival, we will be raising funds for a number of great causes (check here for the full list).

As part of these efforts, we will be selling tshirts, and all profits will be directed to the Mountain Pygmy Possum recovery program at Mt Buller. Please see below for details on this important and very successful initiative.

You can buy tshirts through a bank transfer.

Please specify:

1/ decide on your size: from XS to 4XL. These are Australian made shirts. Check here if you want to see the size specifications.

Female: https://www.qualitops.com.au/online-store/womens/womens-classic-ss-tee/

Male: https://www.qualitops.com.au/online-store/mens/mens-classic-ss-tee/

2/ decide on whether you want a male or female style shirt.

3/ pay by bank transfer, leaving a note in the appropriate spot in the transfer form so I know where it comes from: BCF tshirt & your surname

Acc name: Campbell Walker

BSB:...

07:47

Thorium nuclear reactors can produce material for nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The half-lives of the protactinium isotopes work in the favor of potential proliferators. Because protactinium 232 decays faster than protactinium 233, the isotopic purity of protactinium 233 increases as time passes. If it is separated from its uranium decay products a second time, this protactinium will decay to equally pure uranium 233 over the next few months. With careful attention to the relevant radiochemistry, separation of protactinium from the uranium in spent thorium fuel has the potential to generate uranium 233 with very low concentrations of uranium 232a product suitable for making nuclear weapons. 

Thorium power has a protactinium problem https://thebulletin.org/2018/08/thorium-power-has-a-protactinium-problem/ By Eva C. Uribe, August 6, 2018  In 1980, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) observed that protactinium, a chemical element generated in thorium reactors, could be separated and allowed to decay to isotopically pure uranium 233suitable material for making nuclear weapons. The IAEA report, titled Advanced Fuel Cycle and Reactor Concepts, concluded that the proliferation resistance of thorium fuel cycles would be equivalent to the uranium/plutonium fuel cycles of conventional civilian nuclear reactors, assuming both included spent fuel reprocessing to isolate fissile material.

Decades later, the story changed. Th[orium]-based fuels and fuel cycles have intrinsic proliferation resistance, according to the IAEA in 2005. Mainstream media have repeated this view ever since, often without caveat. Several scholars have recognized the inherent proliferation risk of protactinium separations in the thorium fuel cycle, but the perception that thorium reactors cannot be used to make weapons persists. While technology has advanced, the fundamental radiochemistry that governs nuclear fuel reprocessing remains unchanged. Thus, this shift in perspective is puzzling and reflects a failure to recognize the importance of protactinium radiochemistry in thorium fuel cycles. 

Protactinium turns 100. The importance of protactinium chemistry for obtaining highly attractive fissile material from thorium has been recog...

07:41

Australian prawn farmers claim biosecurity undermined by trade considerations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

August 10, 2018: The ABC reports that until recently, Australia had been free of the deadly white spot prawn disease which is harmless to people but has the potential to wipe out both farmed and wild prawns. Quarantine border checks were intended to prevent the disease from being imported in raw prawns.

The ABC reports that, despite an outbreak of the disease in Queensland in 2016 documented by Four Corners, the Federal government had not revealed that two of 101 retail samples taken from Melbourne and Sydney retail outlets in May and June  2018 returned strong positives for white spot disease, while another four returned weak positives. In 2016, seven prawn farms at Logan, near the Gold Coast, had to destroy all their stock.

In contrast, when white spot was confirmed in 2016 in the wild in Moreton Bay, after quarantine regulations were tightened, the Queensland Government imposed a movement restriction order for raw wild caught prawns, crustaceans and marine worms between Caloundra and the New South Wales border.

In December 2017 a report by Australia's inspector-general of biosecurity, Dr Helen Scott-Orr, found a major biosecurity failure likely led to the 2016 outbreak. More than a $100 million of taxpayer money has since been spent on compensation, clean-up, monitoring and increased border security.

Containers of imported prawns are now required to be tested for the virus at the country of origin and again when they reach Australia, but the recent Melbourne and Sydney evidence shows this may not be effective.

The ABC reports that the Queensland Seafood Industry Association believes the differences between the response from the state and federal governments boiled down to international trade.

"Unfortunately our industry has been sacrificed on that altar of trade and it's never been good enough, said the Association spokesperson, Mr Eric Perez.

If we put restrictions on then suddenly, 'Oh well you export to our countries, what if we put restrictions on what you export out' so it is a trade issue," Mr Perez...

07:30

Will Holtec nuclear waste cans be safe long after Holtec ceases to exist ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Holtec and SNC-Lavalin presumably make money if the decommissioning can be done for less than $1 billion. What the public and the regulators need to watch now is how well it is done no cutting corners, no substandard materials, no shoddy work. We need to know that the oceanfront site in Plymouth will be safe for generations to come with no health risk to people in Southeastern Massachusetts. If that isnt the case when Holtec leaves, it is taxpayers who will have to pick up the tab to make things right. We dont want that to happen.

OUR OPINION: Keep a watchful eye on decommissioning of Plymouth nuclear plant Metro West Daily News 9 Aug 18

First the good news: In 10 years, the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth could be gone.

Now the bad news: Well, there really isnt any, if everything goes exactly as planned and if someplace in New Mexico decides it wants to house some of the nations most incredibly dangerous nuclear leftovers.

Those are pretty big ifs, as is everything about decommissioning a nuclear power plant. And it is a very long shot that there wont be 60 or so big tanks sitting upright on the plant site in 2028. They will be filled with rods containing the spent nuclear fuel that powered the plant. That spent fuel will be intensely radioactive for many thousands of years.

. Entergy announced last week (Wednesday, Aug. 1) that it was selling Pilgrim to Holtec International of Florida. Holtec and a Canadian company, SNC-Lavalin Group of Montreal, had set up a joint venture company, Comprehensive Decommissioning International, to take on the decommissioning of nuclear facil...

07:25

The inherent radicalism of Tasman Keith "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo by Tom Black, styling by Asia Carino

  • Tasman Keith :: Interview with Maia Bilyk on Lunch
Days after dropping new single My Pelopolees, Tasman Keith swung by to chat with Maia Bilyk on Lunch.

An ode to his Uncle Spits, and grandfather Billy Jack, My Pelopolees reflects the strength of Tasman Keiths ancestry, his community and the role of hip-hop intertwining. Keith references the interconnectedness between the future and past, wields his personal triumph to motivate other Indigenous people, and inspired by artists like Outkast bringing southern slang into hip-hop he incorporates mission slang out if his home town in Bowraville.

Keith is the son of Wire MC one of the most prolific voices in early Indigenous hip-hop. Keith recounts growing up, the similarities between their music, and the environment that was forged for future musicians, paved by pioneers like his father.

I thought everyones dad was a rapper.. that was just normal to me

Keith touches on the inherent radicalness of Indigenous people taking up space in the public sphere.

Straight up, waking up and being black, no matter whether you like it or not, its political. Being a black man on a stage on this land that was stolen and we were supposed to be wiped out is crazy enough

With an EP coming down the pipe, expect massive things from TK in the second half of 2018.

Listen to the whole chat above, get out to the Botany View this Saturday for the launch of My Pelopolees + check out the hauntingly beautiful visuals from Bowraville in the vid below.

 

WHAT: My Pelopolees Single Launch (fb event here)
WHO: Tasman Keith with Slim Set,...

06:41

World Bank Mandates Commonwealth Bank of Australia to Issue Bond Using Blockchain Tech "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has received a mandate from the World Bank to create and issue a bond exclusively on a blockchain

06:29

From Embers: New Content from July "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post From Embers: New Content from July appeared first on It's Going Down.

From Embers podcast presents its episodes from July, covering a wide range of topics from an anarchist perspective.

From Embers is a regular anarchist podcast produced in Kingston Ontario. We produce a few episodes a month about actions and projects going on in so-called Canada that inspire us, or about topics that we think will be relevant to anarchists living north of the border.

Last month, weve come out with three original episodes. They are:

No Pride In Genocide

A post-Canada Day reflection on resistance to colonial celebrations.  Interviews with two Indigenous organizers, one about Canada Day here in Kingston, Ontario, and another on Australia Day, also known as Invasion Day, which meets massive protests across Australia each January.

Conversation with an anarchist person of colour in Montreal

I talk to Rosa, a friend and anarchist person of colour living in Montreal, about racism, identity politics, identity-based organizing and projects shes involved with. Thanks to Rosa for the music selections!

Anti-fascism in Quebec

An interview with an anti-fascist based in Montreal. We discuss the history of the Quebec far right dating back to the 1930s, anti-fascist resistance in 1990s Montreal, and the contemporary context, including an important victory against La Meute on July 1, 2018.

You can tune in to From Embers in the Kingston area on CFRC 101.9 FM between 8 and 9 PM on Wednesdays. You can also stream episodes directly at fromembers.libsyn.com or subscribe and download them via any major podcatching app on your smartphone.

If you have feedback for us, or ideas for future episodes, please get in touch! You can email us at fromembers [at] riseup [dot] net

06:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 10th August "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Sunday Morning Cinema Dan Parsons Bandcamp Meet Me at the River Dawn Landes Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Julia Johnson w/ Clarissa Mei, Emily Stewart, Rosanna Stevens Friday 10th August 107 Projects, []

06:09

Australian Government Has Simply Lost Its Mind & Violates International Law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

People who think that Trump alone embarked on protectionism, really need to look around the World. Australians have been blocked by Amazon from buying anything from their US site because the government has imposed effectively a tariff of 10% on anything an Australian may purchase under $1,000 from the internet overseas. The Australian government is violating international law demanding that anyone selling anything on the internet must collect a 10% tax from an Australian and pay it to the Australian government.

The Australian government has shifted a tax-collecting burden to the entire world. Amazon has now blocked Australians from buying from their sites outside of Australia. They correctly criticized Australia stating that delivery companies such as Australia Post should be made to collect the tax, not the stores. The Australian government is pretending this is to protect Australian companies. However, this applies to absolutely everything sent to Australia even if there is NO LOCAL competition.

We are looked at a naked greedy tariff. Simply s...

05:29

Australian Christian Lobby Petitions Against Gay Conversion Therapy Ban "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has launched a petition calling on federal Labor not to ban the harmful practice of gay conversion therapy. The anti-transgender petition, which now has 19,000 signatures, hits out at Labor over the consultation draft of the partys platform, set to be debated at their national conference in December. The draft ...

The post Australian Christian Lobby Petitions Against Gay Conversion Therapy Ban appeared first on QNews Magazine.

05:11

Catholic Church Takes Historic Step In Embracing LGBTIQ Community "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Catholic Church will take an historic step towards embracing the LGBTIQ community at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this month. Father James Martin (pictured) will speak about welcoming LGBTIQ people and their families into their parishes, a topic he says was proposed by the Vatican. Pope Francis will attend the final ...

The post Catholic Church Takes Historic Step In Embracing LGBTIQ Community appeared first on QNews Magazine.

05:07

Featured Dish: Bocconcini "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bocconcinis relocation from Elsternwick to Barkly St has been accompanied with this big hitter from their authentic Italian menu. The Lamb Shoulder secondi is slow cooked for 4 hours and comes with crispy potatoes and gremolata sauce. Its rich and sumptuous, with enough garlic to kick-start a corpse. Welcome to St Kilda! Bocconcini 192 Barkly Street []

The post Featured Dish: Bocconcini appeared first on St Kilda News.

05:00

In which the pond is given a hydrological restoration by a visionary Flinty ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



It will be remembered the pond had decided to ban the Speccie mob for their failure to deliver some new Giles or a fresh Flinty what with the tedious arm-breaker simply not a good enough reason to reproduce what can be freely found on the intertubes, while Brownie too frequently resembles a Melbourne brown-out with a Leonski on the prowl

And Donald McDonald scribbling about Lang Lang?  Well, he's qualified, because if the pesky "Mc" is taken out of the name you get Donald Donald on Lang Lang ...

Luckily this Donald isn't needed, because the Speccie mob have come to heel - get around behind Speccie mob - and they didn't just deliver up Flinty, they made him the Friday feature and blessed him with a cartoon that had Lobbecke looking  nervously over his shoulder at the threat posed by Anton, even if he had to rely on Sarah for the concept ...


Actually the pond can't begin to count the number of times it's heard Mackellar cited over the last few days, usually by climate science denialists reminding themselves that this is all just business as usual and don't you worry about that

Of course there's a final line usually cited in these renditions, but at this point the Speccie mob inserted an ad, and the pond is too discreet to remind punters that the thoughts of Flinty might be had for a humble introductory bait and switch offer of six weeks for a buck (get ready to pay 45 smackers for every 13 issues after that once you forget you gave them your credit card)

S...

04:59

Heres Why The Gay Games Are Still Relevant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Ryan Storr, Western Sydney University and Caroline Symons, Victoria University The largest international LGBT+ sporting event, the Gay Games, is taking place in Paris this week, with over 10,000 athletes from 91 countries competing in 32 sports. The Games have grown in size and stature since their inception in San Francisco in 1982, developing ...

The post Heres Why The Gay Games Are Still Relevant appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:55

One of the petitions setting out to destroy Sky News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Almost 30,000 signatures on this petition https://www.change.org/p/alan-joyce-qantas-get-sky-news-off-your-screens Qantas, get Sky News off your screens! Sleeping Giants started this petition to Alan Joyce Sky News is played prominently in Qantas lounges and on screens on their fleet of planes. But this channel eroded its dedication to news long ago, with a...

04:54

Immediate Objections To Nuclear Bombing Of Hiroshima-Nagasaki By Respected US Public Figures Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : From History News Service July 29, 1998: Second-Guessing Hiroshima? By Leo Maley III and Uday Mohan Second-guessing the necessity and morality of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 53 years ago is nothing new. Contrary to widely held opinion, the first critics of Americas use of atomic weapons were

via Immediate Objections To Nuclear Bombing Of Hiroshima-Nagasaki By Respected US Public Figures Mining Awareness +

04:53

Victoria withholds support on NEG says it needs more work RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

State energy minister says Victoria and other jurisdictions have held off on approval of the NEG prior to its uncertain passage through the Coalition party room.

via Victoria withholds support on NEG says it needs more work RenewEconomy

04:52

August 9 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opinion: You probably have no idea just how much water is needed to produce electricity Despite the growth of renewable-energy, most electricity is still generated by fossil fuel or nuclear fuel. The trouble is that thermal electricity generation, a category that includes coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, does not just require fuel, []

via August 9 Energy News geoharvey

04:52

Flow Power contracts 50MW from proposed Queensland wind farm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Flow Power to take about half the output from new Queensland wind farm to deliver cheap renewable electricity to corporate customers in that state.

via Flow Power contracts 50MW from proposed Queensland wind farm RenewEconomy

04:51

States being asked to approve NEG mechanism that increases emissions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On top of that, the $150 average annual household saving the ESB claims is due to the NEG is illusory, and based on heroic demand assumptions.

via States being asked to approve NEG mechanism that increases emissions RenewEconomy

04:50

Big little lies: The rotten core that could kill the NEG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NEG, in its current form, proclaims to halt the energy transition in its tracks. Its a nonsense of course, but Australia needs a policy that recognises the future, not one that pretends to be able to stop it.

via Big little lies: The rotten core that could kill the NEG RenewEconomy

04:30

Hold Adani to account for pollution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Politicians are lying when they say a coal industry can co-exist with the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Queensland Government to hold Adani to account, following media revelations the company knew it would pollute the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie and breach their special licence to pollute by up to 900 per cent.

Dr Lissa Schindler, AMCS Senior Reef Campaigner, said: According to media reports Adani actually suspected that its water on site was more polluted than what was allowed to be released into our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie. This demonstrates yet again that Adani cant be trusted with our Reef.

To knowingly allow this water to be released and pollute the area surrounding the Abbot Point coal terminal would be to recklessly risk the health of our threatened dugongs, turtles, snubfin dolphins and the nationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

How can Adani challenge its measly $12,000 fine and fight an environmental assessment of Abbot Point when it reportedly knew it would pollute the Reef and breach its licence before the cyclone hit?

This is blatantly unacceptable to everyone who loves the Reef, let alone depends on it for their livelihoods. The Queensland Government must fight for our Reef and hold Adani accountable for this coal pollution.

The post Hold Adani to account for pollution appeared first on Echonetdaily.

04:17

Aged care suffers under funding freeze "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Southern Cross Care is implementing new rosters which will see 734 working hours lost per fortnight (equivalent to 8.5 full-time employees) at its facilities in Grafton and Casino.

Regional and remote aged care facilities are suffering the most as a result of the federal governments indexation freeze on the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) according to HSU NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes.

The cutbacks will affect services for residents such as nursing, laundry, cleaning, care planning, podiatry, dental, hearing aids and recreation. 

The freeze has put further pressure on the aged care sector at a time when it is already struggling to cope, said Mr Hayes.

The reality is now starting to bite in places like Grafton and Casino, where shifts are being slashed and services reduced.

This will have a downstream effect on the local economy, as local aged care workers will have less to spend in local shops. But more importantly, it means that our older citizens will not be getting the same level of support and care.

Labor says government fails to provide care

Labor candidate for Page Patrick Deegan responded to the news saying that the federal government was failing to adequately fund aged care, and failing to support older Australians in regional areas.

These cutbacks are a clear sign of an aged care system in crisis, Mr Deegan said.

In contrast Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan was out in Ballina on Wednesday at the newly upgraded $22 million Crowley Aged Care Facility in Ballina.

The upgraded and expanded facilities include a new residential care building, a two-story education centre with library and conference rooms, new entertainment area, main entrance and administration centre, chapel, caf and central plaza with improved landscaping and way-finding. 

However, industry research has showed that in the six months to December 2017, 41 per cent of aged care fac...

04:16

New Foreign Interference Laws Are Aimed at Stifling Dissent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Donald Trump has insisted throughout his presidency that there was no collusion between his election campaign and the Russian government. Just hours before his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was set to go on trial for tax and bank fraud charges, Mr Trump and his lawyers changed their tune.

The post New Foreign Interference Laws Are Aimed at Stifling Dissent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:07

Meet The Man Nicknamed Angel Of The Gap Who Managed To Talk Hundreds Out Of Their Own Suicides "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: http://www.theharvestnews.org/

He didnt plan on making saving lives his life mission. But from the first time that he saw someone sad and lonely, ready to jump over the bridge notorious for suicides, he knew he couldnt sit back and watch. When Don Ritchie chose to live by The Gap, he couldnt have known that his life was going to take on a much bigger purpose.

See how one man bravely attempted to save hundreds of lives, many of which were successful, by literally talking them off the edge and into his home.

Donald Don Ritchie

Source: https://i.ytimg.com/

Donald Taylor Ritchie, otherwise known to most as Don, had seen a lot in his 86-years of life. Born on June 9, 1925, Don was an Australian who was proud of his country and people. In 1939, when he was just a lad of 14, he took his place in the Royal Australian Navy as a seaman having lived through World War II.

04:06

New national headquarters for Aussie Helpers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE TIGHTENING cycle of drought hasnt helped a central business district struggling to adjust to declining population, increased mobility and digital disruption. But a bright...

03:59

Costa Ricas Top Court Orders Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Costa Ricas Supreme Court has ruled that the countrys ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives the Central American countrys lawmakers 18 months to change the current law. President Carlos Alvarado, who supports same-sex marriage, welcomed the ruling and said he wanted to ensure no Costa Rican person faced discrimination ...

The post Costa Ricas Top Court Orders Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down appeared first on QNews Magazine.

Banks cave in to pressure over farm deposits "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AGRICULTURE minister David Littleproud has welcomed all major banks coming to the table to offer farm management deposit offsets to their customers. To continue reading,...

03:48

Fairfax hatchet job on Ben Roberts Smith VC MG "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ben Roberts Smith VC MG is an executive with Channel 7. This hatchet job is courtesy of the newly minted Nine-Fairfax smear merchants. Here's a wordcount: allege - 24 allegation 23 claim - 13 sources - 8 You can read the entire piece here if you must. Here's an excerpt....

03:47

Strong women bask for a moment in the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JUDGES Johnny Maris and Majella Steedman had their work cut out making the calls for the Naidoc awards this year. Just as well they were...

03:46

A new red scare? On the campaign against Chinese influence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What, if anything, does McCarthyism have to do with racism? Consider what happened to the Council on African Affairs, founded in 1937 with a slightly different name, and renamed in 1941. The CAA was a volunteer organisation which published a journal called New Africa. It campaigned against colonialism and apartheid, and publicised the activities of the South African ANC, the party of Nelson Mandela.

03:39

Sometimes golf just isnt much fun at all "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THERE WERE quite a few mugs grinning over small brown bottles on the verandah of the clubhouse on Sunday afternoon. Donal OSullivans wasnt one of...

03:39

Media Release: Adani must be held accountable for polluting our Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Queensland Government to hold Adani to account, following media revelations the company knew it would pollute the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie and breach their special licence to pollute by up to 900%.

Dr Lissa Schindler, AMCS Senior Reef Campaigner, said: According to media reports Adani actually suspected that its water on site was more polluted than what was allowed to be released into our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie. This demonstrates yet again that Adani cant be trusted with our Reef.

To knowingly allow this water to be released and pollute the area surrounding the Abbot Point coal terminal would be to recklessly risk the health of our threatened dugongs, turtles, snubfin dolphins and the nationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

How can Adani challenge its measly $12,000 fine and fight an environmental assessment of Abbot Point when it reportedly knew it would pollute the Reef and breach its licence before the cyclone hit?

This is blatantly unacceptable to everyone who loves the Reef, let alone depends on it for their livelihoods. The Queensland Government must fight for our Reef and hold Adani accountable for this coal pollution.

Background

AMCS visited the wetlands following the pollution breach and took samples of the surrounding soil. We were only able to sample the surrounding area because Adani refused to grant us access to the W2 area where the pollution breach into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area occurred.

Media Contact: AMCS Communications Manager, Ingrid Neilson 0421 972 731 to seek comment from Dr Lissa Schindler, AMCS Senior Reef Campaigner.

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03:32

Sex pests hand in chip packet a bizarre attempt at disguise, says judge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 25-year-old man who kept pestering an older woman even though she rejected his advances received an 18-month prison sentence for indecent assault at the...

03:30

Israel Constitutionally Enshrines Its Apartheid System "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 19 July, the Knesset the Israeli parliament  passed the Nation-State Law, which officially relegates Palestinians in Israel to the rank of second-class citizens. This has effectively enshrined Israels decades-old system of apartheid in the nations Basic Laws: its de facto constitution. The legislation stipulates that only Jewish people have the right to self-determination

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03:25

Open arms and doors at Nancys, where family was big "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IN 1969, TV still broadcast in black and white, and ABCs Four Corners went to air with a film that exposed the towns casual apartheid....

03:25

How The Left sees Chairman Mal's $.5BN gift to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Only a once-in-a-lifetime political tool could piss off The Left by gifting $500M in the name of the environment. That unique political tool is Chairman Mal. Absolutely bereft of judgement, tool-man has managed the feat of upsetting everyone over his $500M taxpayer money handover. Here's how The Left sees it.

03:12

Lovely card from a recent home stay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

His house always has a room available for friends, we were so chuffed to make our spare room available for him recently. His divine card of appreciation (cover detail above) was a delight to read as was his illuminated conversation about most things here that caught his eye. We love the exchange of old-world cards.

03:11

DNA evidence implicates predator who denied raping teenager 10 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 52-year-old man was sentenced to six years jail at the district court after pleading guilty to raping a teenager nearly a decade ago. To...

03:07

Watpac wins tender to build new $90m hospital "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WATPAC CONSTRUCTIONS has won the main construction tender for the new $90.4 million hospital, health minister Steven Miles announced this week. To continue reading, please...

02:58

Citizens Group to Fight Police Corruption "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Many believe the culture of misconduct in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) is worse than ever before, even poorer than prior to the states 1987 Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption. Despite recommendations for better accountability mechanisms, police in Queensland and indeed across Australia have largely been left

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02:52

Jury finds roo shooter threw glass in self defence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A JURY has acquitted a kangaroo shooter of assault charges after his barrister argued he was defending himself when he smashed a glass against another...

02:51

Solving secondary problems first "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Can you run a self-driving car on a desert island?

Of course not: There are no roads; and there is no fuel for the car.

Why do I mention this?  Because the received narrative around climate change and so-called peak oil demand is that new technologies like electric self-driving cars are going to ride to our rescue in the near future.  This is a nice fantasy; but I would draw your attention to the fact that while we still have roads, along with much of our infrastructure they are falling apart through neglect.  Without the enabling infrastructure, the proposed new technologies are going nowhere.

Energy, meanwhile, is a far greater problem.  Globally (remember most of the food we eat and the goods we buy are imported) 86 percent of our energy comes from fossil fuels down just one percent from 1995.  Renewable energy accounts for nearly 10 percent; but most of this is from hydroelectric dams and wood burning.  The modern renewables solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, and ocean energy that so many people imagine are going to save the day account for just 1.5 percent of the energy we use.

Modern renewables are a kind of Schrodingers energy because they are simultaneously replacements for (some of) the fossil fuel that we are currently using and the additional energy to power all of the new technologies that are going to save the day.  And rather like the benighted feline in Schrodingers experiment, so long as nobody actually looks at the evidence, they can continue to fulfil both roles.

Given the potentially catastrophic consequences of not having sufficient energy to continue growing our economy, it is psychologically discomforting even to ask why energy costs are spiralling upward around the world, and why formerly energy independent countries are resorting to difficult, expensive and environmentally toxic fuel sources like hydraulically fractured shale or strip mined bitumen sands.  This, perhaps, explains why so many people focus their attention on solving second order problems something psycholog...

02:48

NEWS: Ben Leece Announces Album and New Label "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Newcastle singer/songwriter Ben Leece has had a big year with a nomination for the inaugural Australian Americana Music Prize and winning Alt-Country Song of the Year award at the 16th annual Independent Music Awards with his song Trace. Now hes adding a brand new album to those achievements, with the announcement that the Shane Nicholson-produced No Continue reading

02:46

For 38 years, life just got in the road for Meany clan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TESS MEANY grew up in a family of seven children. Her father Arthur was a schoolteacher and they moved a lot. She decided her fate...

02:40

Signs Point to a Global Slowdown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As gold has struggled through 2018 (down over 10% from US$1,363 an ounce on 25 January to US$1,215 an ounce today), my forecast for a strong year-end for gold has remained unchanged.

This forecast is based on a better-late-than-never realisation by the Fed that they are overtightening into fundamental economic weakness, followed quickly by a full-reversal flip to easing in the form of pauses on rate hikes in September and December.

Those pauses will be an admission the Fed sees no way out of its multiple rounds of QE and extended zero interest rate policy from 2008 to 2013 without causing a new recession.

Once that occurs, inflation is just a matter of time. And gold will respond accordingly.

Gold above US$1,400 an ounce by year-end is a distinct probability in my view. Even if gold rallies to the January 2018 high of $1,363 an ounce by year-end, thats an 11.5% gain in just a few months time.

Lets drill down a bit, starting with the Fed.

The reality of Fed tightening is beyond dispute. The Fed is raising interest rates 1% per year in four separate 0.25% hikes each March, June, September and December.

The exception is if the Fed pauses based on weak stock markets, employment, or disinflationary data, a subject to which well return.

The Fed is also slashing its balance sheet about $600 billion per year at its current tempo.

The equivalent rate hike impact of this balance sheet reduction is uncertain because this kind of shrinkage has never been done before in the 105-year history of the Fed. However, the best estimates are that the impact is roughly equivalent to another 1% rate hike per year.

Combining the actual rate hikes with the implied rate hikes of balance sheet reduction means the Fed is raising nominal rates about 2% per year starting from a zero rate level in late 2015. Actual inflation has risen slightly, but not more than about 0.50% per year over the past six months.

The bottom line is that real rates (net of inflation) are going up about 1.5% per year under current policy.

From a zero base line, thats a huge increase.

Those rate hikes would be fine if the economy was fundamentally strong, but its not.

Real growth in Q2 2018 was 4.1%, but over 4.7% of that real growth was consumption, fixed investment (mostly commercial) and higher exports (getting ahead of tariffs).

The other components were either small (government consumption was +0.4%) or negative (private inventories were -1.1%). Q2 growth looks temporary and artificially bunched in a single quarter. Lower growth and a levelling out seem likely in the quarters ahead.

The Fed seems oblivious to...

02:09

Lennox fig tree taken down "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The stump that is left of the once beautiful 200 year old Moreton Bay fig on Castle Drive Lennox Head. Photo Facebook.

To the great sorrow of a wide section of the local community the fig tree located on Castle Drive, Lennox Head was removed yesterday.

Around half a dozen people were there in the morning along with Gory who was chained in the tree.

We told the police we are here to protect the tree and the rights of nature, said activist and retired town planner John Sparks.

Protestors pleaded with the police and council to at least allow the work to be held off until the duck eggs located in the tree had time to hatch, which takes 28 days.

WIRES had explained to Ballina Council the unlikely chances of survival for the ducklings if the eggs are removed.

The Moreton Bay Fig tree on Castle Drive, Lennox Head that was removed yesterday. Photo Jenny Grinlington

However, the council had been given a License to Harm from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith had received a letter from OEH dealing her request for extra time for the fig tree to allow the duck eggs to hatch. The letter from the OEH declined to recommend an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) for the fig tree.

The Heritage Division said in its letter that without the support of the local Council to assess its heritage significance and consider listing as a local heritage item on its Local Environmental Plan, an IHO would be ineffective and is thus not appropriate in the circumstances.

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01:30

150 sleeping rough in Byron homeless headcount finds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Around 150 locals were found to be sleeping rough on the streets of the Byron Shire during a homeless headcount this week, highlighting the need for more crisis accommodation and support services in the area.

The headcount was conducted by around 20 volunteers including council compliance staff on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at known homeless hotspots in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads.

Led by Byron Community Centre Manager, Paul Spooner, the group found rough sleepers living in a range of conditions across the three areas.

This included people sleeping in cars, clustered together in public parks, huddled in shop doorways and camping in the bush.

There was a disabled guy sleeping on the ground with a piece of cardboard around him for warmth, and another in the alcove of a bank in town, Mr Spooner said of his observations in Byron Bay.

Then there was a whole crew of people in railway park. A few of them had old mattresses and a few blankets.

Once you get out into the bush near Bruns and Mullum you see more people in tents.

Mr Spooner said that when the statistics were considered in light of the broader ABS figures for homelessness in the region an interesting picture emerged.

Drilling down a bit more, the national average for rough sleeping is seven per cent of the homeless population, he said.

In Byron what were seeing is that were up around 40-50 of our homeless are sleeping rough, as opposed to couch surfing or sleeping in refuges. That means were six to seven times the national average when it comes to sleeping rough.

Mr Spooner said the headcount demonstrated the need for more frontline services and crisis accommodation.

I think it demonstrates that we really do need to do something about this problem, he said.

Yes we need more affordable housing stock in the region, but we also need the services at the coal face to assist those people who are right on the edge or already over it.

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01:22

Can the electricity system be fixed ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im going to be talking to Steve Austin on ABC 612 Brisbane today, hopefully about COAGs rejection of the Turnbull governments National Energy Guarantee. As I said when this policy was cooked up in a matter of a few weeks last year

The most important thing to understand about the federal governments new National Energy Guarantee is that it is designed not to produce a sustainable and reliable electricity supply system for the future, but to meet purely political objectives for the current term of parliament.

Those political objectives are: to provide a point of policy difference with the Labor Party; to meet the demands of the governments backbench to provide support for coal-fired electricity; and to be seen to be acting to hold power prices down.

To expand a bit on the first point, this is a policy that wont survive past the next election. If Labor wins, theyll need to raise the emissions reduction target and that will entail dismantling most of the elaborate structure of the NEG. If, regrettably, Turnbull is re-elected, hell face immense pressure from the backbench to do more for coal. On past form, and the indications of recent weeks, hell comply. If it should survive, the policy wont deliver any significant change from the current no-policy trajectory, because its essentially designed to do nothing.

But if not the NEG, what can be done to fix the shambles that is our electricity system? Heres a very brief outline:

(i) a publicly owned national grid, operated by a statutory authority with a service orientation encompassing the goals of security of supply, affordable electricity, and a transition to a fully renewable generation system
(ii) the abandonment of the electricity pool market, in favor of longer dated supply contracts, with an order-of-merit system of supply management
(iii) a mixture of public and private electricity generation and networked storage
(iv) reintegration of distribution and retail services

01:00

Q Anon is Certainly a Phenomenon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(photo from CNET)

By Phil Hingston

Q Anon blasted on the scene on 28th October,2017 announcing that our favourite arch-criminal, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be arrested on Monday, 30th October, 2017 between the hours of 7.45 am and 8.30 am US Eastern Standard Time.

Oct 28 2017 14:33:50 (EST) >>146981635
Hillary Clinton will be arrested between 7:45 AM 8:30 AM EST on Monday the morning on Oct 30, 2017.

Further, it was stated that her passport would be flagged as of 12.01 am the same day to prevent her escape. Now dont get me wrong, but didnt we see the Hilldog on a speaking tour in A...

00:57

Cocos palms prove deadly for wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Grey-headed flying-fox caught in South-American Cocos palm. Photo Shaun Murphy.

The Cocos palm is a South-American palm used to be a popular garden and street tree for its fast growth and tropical appearance. It is proving deadly to native wildlife. WIRES were called to Casino when a local noticed a  the local currawongs swooping something stuck high in a palm tree. It was a Grey-headed flying-fox which had become entangled in the palm fronds. This species is classified as vulnerable to extinction on the Federal Threatened Species list.

Grey-headed flying-fox caught in South-American Cocos palm. Photo Shaun Murphy.

Starving bats are attracted to the green seeds of the Cocos palm as well as the palm fronds which can provide a feed of insects such as lerps. The fronds become split and stringy, creating a trap for entanglement. 

00:44

What is the national energy guarantee? video explainer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It's crunch time for the Neg, the Turnbull government's flagship energy policy. Guardian Australia's political editor Katharine Murphy looks at whether the plan is likely to succeed, who wins and who loses under it, and will it be worth the procedural pain Commonwealth and state governments deadlocked before Coag energy meeting Continue reading...

00:18

Port Arthur Shooting coverup revisited "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Port Arthur HOW AUSTRALIANS WERE DISARMED BY A FALSE FLAG MASSACRE

26 Coincidences Which the Media and Officials Cannot and Do Not Want to Explain at Port Arthur Can you explain them?

  1. Martin Bryant got the Tasmanian authorities to have a 22-body refrigerated morgue truck available for his handiwork.Specially built and the only one in Australia, advertised for sale afterwards. YEAH RIGHT ! read YEAH RIGHT after each point .

2 The actual advertisement:

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Vehicle for Sale. Genuine Enquiries only. Yellow Chevrolet 350 V8 truck with refrigerated body, holds 22, this vehicle was primarily used as the disaster vehicle in the Port Arthur Massacre. This vehicle is currently for sale and all reasonable offers will be considered. The vehicle has value as not only a refrigerated unit for body removal, it is the only one of its kind in the entire country. The memorabilia value of it for anyone making a movie/series or writing a book on Port Arthur is limitless. Not only would the purchaser be getting the disaster vehicle, but the whole Port Arthur Story would be given as well.This vehicle is currently for sale and all REASONABLE OFFERS will be considered....

00:13

ABx Subsidiarys Aluminum Fluoride Technology To Be Licensed Globally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced to the market yesterday that its wholly-owned subsidiary ALCORE Limited will have the rights to employ ALCORE technology throughout the world.

In a press release issued yesterday, ABx said that the technology, which is used in producing aluminium fluoride (AlF3), will be available to ALCORE for utilization as it builds plants abroad. The process will yield more AlF3 at a lower cost in order to meet an ever-expanding demand, especially in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

Plants utilizing the process have already begun construction, with groundwork laid on such a plant in New South Wales last month. Once commissioned, the plant will produce AlF3 for the production of Corethane, a pure hydrocarbon powder derived from coal that can be used either as thermal power or in high-efficiency batteries.

ABxs CEO Ian Levy greeted the news as a major advancement in the ALCORE project and the technology it utilizes.

Step by step, ABx is bringing ALCOREs powerful new bauxite refining technology closer to becoming an important domestic producer and supplier of key AlF3 products for the Australasian aluminium smelters. However, in the longer-term, these global technology rights allow ALCORE Limited to produce AlF3 in any location globally. Creating ALCORE Limited as a project-specific subsidiary is expected to unlock considerable value for shareholders in both the short and medium terms.

ALCORE Technology also produces several valuable co-products including silica fume for the cement industry and Corethane pure hydrocarbons for energy and fuel security. Upside potential includes production of pure AlF3 for Lithium-ion batteries, iron oxide pigments, titanium oxide pigments. Further potential exists for developing ultra-pure products such as high purity alumina (HPA) for the manufacture of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for phones and computer screens.

Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The fir...

00:07

Alcore gets license to refine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AUSTRALIAN Bauxite-subsidiary Alcore will be free to produce aluminium fluoride anywhere in the world after securing global licence rights for bauxite refining using the Alcore technology.

The technology refines raw bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride and other valuable co-products such as silica fume and corethane.

The global licence will pave the way for Alcore to build multiple plants in any locations to meet growing demand for aluminium fluoride and associated co-products.

A global spike in aluminium smelter production and the use of aluminium fluoride in lithium ion batteries is boosting demand for the product.

Site construction work for the first stage of Alcores pilot project at Berkeley Vale on New South Wales Central Coast began in July.

The first stage is designed toproduce aluminium fluoride test samples and produce corethane, which is pure hydrocarbon powder refined from low-value coals

*A subscription is needed to access the full article at https://www.miningmonthly.com/operational-excellence/news/1344248/alcore-gets-license-to-refine

 

00:00

LGBTIQ Homelessness A State Emergency, MP Says "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has called for epidemic levels of homelessness in New South Wales to be treated as a state of emergency. Greenwich said the number of people with no fixed address in New South Wales had risen by 37 per cent since the 2011 Census. Research shows the issue disproportionately affects gay, ...

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23:52

Clunes dog attack fine increased after appeal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fines issued to a Clunes resident over the dangerous behaviour of their dog have been increased as a result of their appeal against the $550 fine.

Lismore City Council successfully defended the appeal by the dog owner in the Lismore Local Court recently. The appeal related to a dog attack that resulted in significant injuries to a neighbour on 19 March 2018.

Following an investigation by Council Rangers, a fine of $550 was issued to the dogs owner in relation to the dog attack as well as a Menacing Dog Declaration, said a council spokesperson.

The subject dog had exhibited a history of nuisance behaviour and aggression that had escalated over a period of time and Council took enforcement action under NSW Companion Animals legislation to promote responsible pet ownership.

While the owner appealed the fine they did not appear in Court, instead sending a written plea of guilty and requesting leniency.

The Local Court Magistrate handed down the following sentence:

  1. Conviction recorded.
  2. Fine increased to $800.
  3. Dangerous Dog Declaration against the subject dog.

Council Rangers are currently taking action to ensure the subject dog is properly contained and managed to protect Clunes residents from future attacks of a similar nature by the dog concerned.

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23:37

Richard Flanagan: Our politics is a dreadful black comedy press club speech in full "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I know this is a bit off topic for this blog, but it is such a great speech I thought youd all like to read it. the truth is always so much more interesting.

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Indigenous Australia, Anzac Day, the descent of democracy in a National Press Club address Flanagan examines a divided Australia which he says can be free only if it faces up to its past.

 

Richard Flanagan
 Richard Flanagan: Since the marriage equality vote its clear that Australians are not the mean and pinched people we had been persuaded and bluffed for so many years that we were. Photograph: Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse

told a friend the other day I was to be speaking here in Canberra today and she told me a joke. A man is doubled over at the front of Parliament House throwing up. A stranger comes up and puts an arm around the vomiting man. I know how you feel, the stranger says.

Both jokes are about failing regimes that have lost the essential moral legitimacy gover...

23:04

Poowong finals bound almost "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tane Derrick of the Poowong U16s gets away from the pack while making a solid contribution to the teams win on Saturday. Photos courtesy of Jeff Tull.

POOWONG travelled to Neerim South on Saturday looking for a victory in the seniors and reserves to push towards a finals berth, and came home with the dream intact.
The Magpies were also hoping Ellinbank did not cause an upset and defeat Catani in the seniors.
Poowong regained Trevor Hooker, Tim Francis and Josh Chivaroli this week with only Ben Hancock missing, hopefully back next week.
This will result in the first full list of available players.
Tim Hancock led the team on to the ground in his 100th senior game. Hes been a real stalwart for Poowong over the tough years.
Poowong kicked to the Noojee end of the ground against the breeze.
The game opened at a brisk pace with Neerim scoring the first goal.
Poowong worked the ball around until Chris Robinson marked and goaled.
He then set up Trevor Hooker for Poowongs second.
Neerim came back with two late goals, one from a snap and the other a running goal to take a four-point lead into the second quarter.
Poowong set out to open up a margin by half time with the aid of the breeze. A snap from Thomas Wyatt followed by a goal from Michael Harris after his strong tackle was rewarded gave Poowong a nice start.
Lachie Green added a good running goal and then Michael Harris added his second from a hand pass.
Clever goals from Chris Doria and Hooker just before half time led to a 29-point lead at the long break.
Neerim came out after the break and tried to go forward but the backline of Poowong held firm allowing only one point for the quarter.
Jake Hazendonk passed to Chris Robinson who kicked his second goal, and Wyatt kicked his second after a free kick.
Poowong led by 43 points at the last change but started to play short and this resulted in a poor last quarter.
The only goal came from a great running effort by Josh Chivaroli.
Neerim came back and kicked their fourth goal for the game.
Poowong with the four points moved back into the five after Ellinbanks 14-point loss to Catani.
This week Poowong play Buln Buln at home while Ellinbank takes on Nyora away.
Both results will have a bearing on the finals run home.
Poowong will need to play four quarters of football to hold their place in...

22:47

11 Surreal Scenes Showing Fires Are Unleashing Hell on Earth in California "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

california fires(ANTIMEDIA)  Wildfires in California are burning hundreds of thousands of acres as tens of thousands of firefighters, some who have traveled from as far as Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand work to contain the blazes. Even prisoners have been enlisted to fight the fires (at a rate of $1 per hour plus $2 per day). Though much of the []

22:27

Big finance and big media are behind the new rise of fascism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The way big commercial media reports on what is happening has narrowed down considerably in recent times.  This is evident across most developed countries, and in Australia, this is even more true than in most.

Promotion of race-based bigotry is now the masthead. None represent this more clearly than the Murdoch media empire. Take the present sky controversy, involving the Blair Cottrell interview. He is a self-confessed Nazi, propagating white supremacy, anti-Jewish, anti-black and anti-Asian and anyone else he can turn his hateful attention on. Cottrell argues that schools should teach, what he calls the truth about Germany under the Nazis and that Hitlers book Mein Camp should be issued to every student.

It is bad enough that he is provided a platform to broadcast his hate. But when the interviewer is seen to sympathise with what Cottrell has to say, bad is taken to another level. One could not have imagined something like this happening just a few years ago. Millions died, including Australians, populations suffered horrendously, because of what Blair Cottrell represents.

Because of the uproar it caused, Skye management has since apologised, . Not because they are repentant. This can be said with confidence, because the Cottrell Affair is not a one off. It represents a pattern that has become only too clear and is being replicated across the Murdoch stable, in every country in which it operates.

The Tommy Robinson affair is a current case in the United Kingdom. Robinson has been portrayed as a hero of free speech and lifted to celebrity status. What did he do? He went into a court and filmed defendants. This is not the first time, and the judge jailed him for contempt of the court. Although he has got off because of a technicality, it remains that Tommy Robinson promotes the same political views as Cottrell.

Robinson supporter Steve Bannon is an American counterpart. And he was until recently Donald Trumps right-hand man.

All of them fit into a big media driven campaign to promote anti-Islam and anti-immigrant feeling. The three mentioned, and others of as similar kind, serve as a manufactured public face. In this respect at least, there is some connection between Blair Cottrell and Pauline Hanson.

This tells us that the problem is much bigger than a handful of distasteful individuals. More powerful forces are behind them.

As a society, we must also come to terms over why this is happening.

Yes, a factor has been the rise of the Murdoch juggernaut, with its defined political objectives. As much as Rupert and his empire are a problem, it is more than this too. Other big media is also mired in the muck, being either part of it, or failing to challenge the narrative.

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22:14

1) Vanuatu appoints special West Papua envoy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1) Vanuatu appoints special West Papua envoy
2) Indonesia: speaking for rights
3) Australia ramps up arms exports to Indonesia
4)Soedarmo: Papuan Coffee promoted in Boston and Paris

1) Vanuatu appoints special West Papua envoy

6:48 pm on 9 August 2018 

The Vanuatu government has appointed Laura Lini as special envoy for West Papua.
Ms Lini is the daughter of Wal...

20:43

MACKAY Stunning discovery by police as home-made weapon unearthed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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17:25

Stunning Drone Photos Capture the Hidden Patterns of Our World "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Drone Photography of the Australian Forest

Though he only picked up a camera six years ago, Indonesian photographer Demas Rusli has quickly developed the skills to take stunning imagery. His drone photography offers a particularly artistic look at the landscape of Australia, where Rusli is based. Squeezing in time outside of his full-time job as an architect, Rusli travels in and around Sydney and uses a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to capture breathtaking views.

Rusli was first inspired to pick up a camera after helping his cousin, who is a professional photographer, with a photo shoot. Inspired by the interaction he saw between his cousin and the clients, he bought his first DSLR a week later. He also got an Instagram account and began posting his work. The interaction and feedback he received pushed him to keep going, and now he has over 100,000 followers.

Rusli's training as an architect is immediately evident when looking at his work. The harmony of lines, use of geometry, and symmetrical compositions all speak to his profession. My photos are always heavily influenced by leading lines, geometry, symmetry and balance and I always try to put a human figure in my photos to give the image a sense of scale and relate-ability, Rusli tells My Modern Met. This is something I learned from architecture school.

While we see a lot of drone photos, Rusli's stand out from the crowd for their crisp compositions and his ability to capture that unknown patterns that make up our world.

Architect Demas Rusli is passionate about photography and takes incredible drone photos to capture a unique perspective on the world.

Drone Photography by Demas Rusli...

17:22

Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading -- First Unsealed Indictment? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rep. Chris Collins Indicted on Insider Trading: First Unsealed Indictment?

August 8, 2018

Source: Golden Age of Gaia | By Steve Beckow



Some are describing this as the first unsealed indictment. Time will tell. Thanks to John.

New York Rep. Christopher Collins indicted on insider trading charges

Andrew OReilly, Fox News, Aug. 8, 2018

New York Republican Rep. Christopher Collins has been indicted on insider trading charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

These charges are a reminder that this is a land of laws and that everyone stands [equal] before the bar of justice, Geoffrey Berman, an attorney for the U.S. Southern District of New York, said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The indictment also names the congressmans son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of his sons fiance. The fraud counts relate to securities of an Australian biotechnology company called Innate Immunotherapeutics, where the 68-year-old congressman served on the board.

Christopher Collins, the defendent, violated the duties he owed to Innate by passing material; nonpublic information regarding the Drug Trial results to his son, Cameron Collins, the defendent, so that [his son] could use that information to make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others, the indictment states. Cameron Collins traded on the inside information and passed it to Stephen Zarsky.

Among the charges, the defendants are accused of multiple counts of securities fraud, along with one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count each of making false statements.
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16:16

The fight against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic continues.... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Minke Whale Breaching at http://wildwhales.org/speciesid/whales/minke-whale/

Australia states its position


Joint media release
Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for the Environment and Energy, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

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06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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20:45

Ecotourism ... the new greenwash term "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ecotourism is a term that is misused across the world as all international bodies agree; but it is particularly abused/misused by the Tasmanian Government and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT). This is not to say that there are not some authentic ecotourism enterprises in Tasmania, but they are at extreme risk of losing their status. More importantly, ecotourism is far from new; it used to be something generations of Tasmanians bushwalkers, climbers, skiers, etc did as an outdoor activity/past-time or philosophy, but without any corporate or government involvement; and while not strictly tourists as such, their activities were similar. The way the term is used today covers a wide spectrum of tourist activities, which usually involves nature, even if just in the form of what should be called more accurately scenery mining

20:30

Michael Ferguson referred to police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Labor will today refer Health Minister Michael Ferguson to Tasmania Police over serious allegations that he disclosed private medical information in the Cricket Australia sacking scandal Will Hodgman, Premier: Shameful attempt to waste police time Labors attempt to politicise what is an industrial relations issue between Cricket Australia and a former employee is very disturbing. After a number of unsuccessful stunts, the Labor Party is now attempting to waste police time in a politically-motivated witch hunt

20:26

Van Badham ... Desperate to be relevant ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 27 and 28 July a group of people met at RMIT Melbourne to attend the Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation (ASASE) - http://www.asase.com.au/further-details.  Without exception, the speakers and attendees at the gathering are persons academics, activists and social workers - dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of women and girls, and the untold harms it causes

20:00

Ferguson named as revealing health information to employer ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The woman at the centre of the Cricket Tasmania sacking furore has alleged Health Minister Michael Ferguson was the culprit who revealed her personal medical information to her employer Canberra Times: Damoclean sword: Michaela Banerji is still fighting after five years The former Immigration Department official said her sacking after a tweet drove a stake through her Advocate: Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson alleged to have disclosed private medical information Labor Leader Rebecca White: Independent inquiry the only solution to Fergusons non-answers on Cricket Australia Dust to Dust ... Make Black Lung history ...

19:30

The British Heat Wave and Aerial Archeology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The UK is experiencing its driest summer in fifty-seven years. Its not been great

18:15

Books to giveaway ... ALL GONE!X "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tasmanian Times has books to give away. Three books by Lynne Vincent McCarthy, She knows hes a killer. He swears hes innocent. Who do you believe? LONELY GIRL. All you have to do is write to editor@tasmaniantimes.com , giving your snail-mail address. As always, first in best dressed ...

07:28

Life on the Line podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I stumbled across this obscure treasure because Alex Lloyd, my former editor at Pan Mac, tweeted it out. As he should, it's his passion project. Alex and the rocksteady LoTL crew have been interviewing Australian veterans and packaging up the results as a podcast: Life on the Line.

The most recent ep, the one which drew me in, was a session with Trooper Mark Donaldson VC. I'd read his book, The Crossroad, a couple of years ago and it went straight to the shelf in my professional library.

The interview is fascinating, and hugely valuable if you're somebody like me who writes about military characters while having conspicuously avoided the inconvenience of military service.

There are seventy-eight interviews so far, with vets both male and female going back to WW2. There are episodes which delve into the Great War, but with no living particpants available, as far as I know, these often involve historians and family members.

It's a great collection, avaiable on iTunes.

Or you can check out the website here.

05:51

Gang Of Youths announce mini-festival A More Perfect Union "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When Gang Of Youths announced their massive Say Yes To Life tour, fans noticed that Brisbane was left out. Last week, on triple J drive the band confirmed that thered be something happening in Brisso. Now we have confirmation that the band will be hosting its own mini-festival.

A More Perfect Union will take place at Brisbanes Riverstage this November, and the lineup is to die for. Appearing will be Gang of Youths, Jack River, Thelma Plum, Luca Brasi and Charlie Collins.

Gang Of Youths stated that A More Perfect Union is something we have been excited about doing for a while now, bringing a festival to Australia that we can grow into something incredible for people. This is the first of hopefully many, and we have asked some friends we really respect to join us.

Tickets are available from Thursday 9th August, 11am. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to supporting the efforts of Aboriginal Legal Service.

Watch: Gang Of Youths Let Me Down Easy live at Splendour In The Grass:

Gang Of Youths 2018 Say Yes To Life Tour

Saturday, November 3rd
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Sunday, November 4th
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

Tuesday, November 6th 
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Wednesday, November 7th 
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Thursday, November 8th 
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Monday, November 12th
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Tuesday, November 13th
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Wednesday, November 14th
The Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Friday, November 16th
The Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Saturday, November 17th (Sold Out) (Sold Out)
The Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Sunday, November 18th
The Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Wednesday, November 21st (Sold Out) (Sold Out)
Enmore Theatre, S...

05:06

Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, 2018. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I am sitting in The Project Gallery at Queensland College of Art listening to The Pilgrims Song by wonderful Irish music makers The Gloaming. A pilgrim is what I am and what we are, a juggling mob of wanderers. We have put up our tent of 26 drawings here, our drawings by others who are the finalists in this 9th year of the  Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing. Drawing, the making of marks onto something with any medium.

The poetry of movement in the marking elevates this prize to the capture of thousands of moments. The evolution of drawing from single line linearity to a silent spacial performance captured only in an instant in the viewing means Maries legacy is full of possibilities. Awarding someone a prize for a drawing captured in a memory bank? Reminiscent of graffitis ephemeral marking making, drawing juggles styles, media, interpretations, thresholds, geography, makers.

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Sha Sarwari & Affifa

Here are marks on a lonely northern NSW beach at dawn when Sha, his wife, Affifa and a couple of friends dragged his boat sculpture to its death by burning. When I take time with this image the process and history of the marks strike me: Sha and Affifa collecting the ashes of the boat, the strong lines of dragging drawn on the sand behind them and the millions of marks left by feet, tid...

Tuesday, 07 August

22:45

Australias renewable energy ... We have a long way to go! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Renewable energy supply in Australia is still in its infancy compared to other developed nations such as China, USA and Western Europe. Less than 15 percent of our nations energy supply is produced through renewables, and considering the open space and sun availability we should be one of the worlds leading countries in this field was it not for our conservative governments ties to the fossil fuel industries

21:28

NZ Conservation Department Killing and Starving Kiwi Icon Bird "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Zealands Department of Conservation is almost certainly killing kiwi with its controversial 1080 poison drops says a hunting and conservation group, the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. The department aerially top-dresses public lands and national parks with 1080 under the guise of predator control aimed to kill rats and the Australian marsupial possums. Recently the department changed justifying its reason for using the poison from rats and herbivore possum to blaming dogs on the North Islands scenic Coromandel Peninsula

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