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Saturday, 23 September

21:11

Clapper: His non-denial denials revisited "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The former intelligence chief never actually refuted Obama administration spying on Trump. It would be peculiar if, as he now claims, James Clapper did not know about the Obama administration's monitoring of Paul Manafort. At the time, which appears to have been the autumn of 2016, Clapper was Obama's national intelligence director. The (dubious) raison d'tre of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) - a post-9/11 layering of yet more bureaucracy atop bureaucratic sprawl - was to ensure efficient information flow through the "community" of U.S. intelligence agencies. That said, it is a gross exaggeration to contend, as some are doing, that new revelations about the surveillance of Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, show that Clapper lied in a March 2017 interview by NBC's Chuck Todd. Instead, what we now know proves what I warned at the time of the interview: It was a mistake to construe Clapper's answers to Todd as a blanket denial of Obama spying on the Trump campaign. Carefully parsed, Clapper's comments left open the possibility - which some of us regarded as a high probability - that Manafort and other Trump associates had been under Obama-administration surveillance.

21:03

This article is creating a firestorm in the US now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Philip Giraldi

We dont need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we dont need it.

Bill Kristol Neocon Jew is an outspoken supporter of the state of Israel.

I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked,

Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know its American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldnt we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?

It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity.

Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called dual loyalty, particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

Most recently, some pundits, including myself, have been warning of an impending war with Iran. To be sure, the urging to strike Iran comes from many quarters, to include generals in the Administration who always think first in terms of settling problems through force, from a Saudi government obsessed with fear o...

20:32

What Is The Longest Straight Line On Earth You Can Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What is the longest straight line on Earth you can walk without getting your feet wet in a lake, sea or ocean? Someone has finally produced an answer to that question and heres the map that shows you how to go. Start in Shitangzhen, a Chinese coastal city just south of Shanghai. March inland, []

20:27

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

20:14

Bali issues travel warning as Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island. Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent. On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed. There had been a "tremendous increase" in volcano activity. They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas.

19:48

A Brief Encounter with 'Today' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



I thought I might actually listen to an edition of Today in its entirety today, following yesterday's post about its 'dumbing-down'. 

It was disappointingly political and hard-news-focused, with lots on Mrs May's speech and Moody's downgrading and Rohingyas and Uber and capitalism and universities and undocumented migrants. 

There wasn't a single science story on it and the only arts bit was James Naughtie interviewing a children's author. 

There was, however, the new Nature Notes section - something I wholly approve of. 

Today's Nature Notes featured Charles Smith Jones of the British Deer Society answering elementary-level questions from Mishal Husain that any Autumnwatch viewer would have been able to answer. Still, Mr Smith Jones volunteered the interesting fact that some stags are known to travel up to 50 kilometres to join in the rut. (After Brexit can we go back to miles please?)

Plus the programme ended with Simon Jenkins and Mr Bruce the Station Master plugging Simon's new book on English railway stations. I liked that. (And I like Simon's highly judgemental books on buildings). Near to me is Carnforth Station where Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson shared a Brief Encounter to the strains of Rachmaninov. The ticking clock is still there, and it's usually working

My highlight though was Today's Matthew Price, that ultra-emoter, doing a....

18:48

Where has JonDon gone? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Regular readers of this blog will, perhaps, be interested in the latest Jon Donnison news. 

I just heard him on PM reporting on the Uber story.

Yes, the great man has abandoned his beloved Gazan shore and his far-from-beloved Australian shore and been posted back to Blighty. 


I'm sure he'll be his usual 'impartial' self in London (and, yes, that's sarcasm). 

18:25

Buy A Bucket of Yuck, and God Refills for Free! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oh, Jim Bakker is going a bit nuts with his yuck in a bucket, insisting that everyone buy, and that all those filthy rich people, well, they should buy a million dollars worth, really! Why? Because end times, thats why, and money will be useless. Of course, ol Jim still seems to want piles of that useless stuff.

Guest John Shorey told viewers to stock up on Bakkers food buckets and not to worry about running out because God will miraculously refill them as needed.

When you empty a bucket of food, Shorey said, trust God to refill it.

Thats right nifty. Pity Jehovah cant see fit to just provide food directly, without the need to pour money into Bakkers pockets. Im sure they are counting on the rubes not giving this any thought, nor the fact that when the food bucket is empty, it will most certainly stay that way. I will admit, its hard to imagine one of them getting emptied in the first place.

When Shorey told those who have the means to buy 100 buckets of food to buy 100 buckets of food and give them to local churches, Bakker chimed in to urge millionaires to buy as much food as they can afford.

Do a million dollars worth of food, Im serious, Bakker said. If theyre rich, their money is going [away] anyway, John. Its not going to be worth anything. The crash is coming, so why not sow it into the Lord?

Shorey agreed, adding that those who dont use all their money to buy as much food as they can will have to answer to God.

Right, money is going to be absolutely useless, so why in the name of your psychogod arent you giving the stuff away? Wouldnt that be the godly thing to do? Oh, theres a tonne of irony comin up, folks

The Bible says that our riches will be a witness against us, Shorey said. When the time comes that youve left money in the bank that could have been used to help people, to help feed people and all you did is you just kept all your riches for yourself, it will be a witness against you. You will stand before God and he will say, Why didnt you do more to help the needy?

:head goes bang bang bang on the desk: Right. Lets see your bank books, boys. Then well talk.

Via RWW, theres video at the link.

18:02

I Believe Trump WAS Directed by Heaven- But NOT for the Reasons We Believe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With regards to the two asteroids I was speaking about 2006 VW139

Those who CAN hear WILL hear- those who CANT- WONT. And they WILL be held accountable for their CHOICES

17:37

Not-A-Poll: Best Prime Minister Of The Last 45 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Round 1

Now and then we see newspaper polls rating the best PMs of the last few decades, or in the case of one Essential poll last week, the best government of the last ten years.  John Howard is a persistent "winner" of the first class of polling, but I've always believed he has an unfair advantage.  He tends to get a very high share of the Liberal vote with other Liberal PMs hardly getting any, while the Labor vote tends to be split up more between Hawke, Keating, Whitlam, Rudd and Gillard.  For that reason it's not clear whether Howard would beat all the Labor PMs on a head-to-head basis, although it looks like he probably would.


I've decided to run a similar Not-A-Poll exercise here in the sidebar just for fun over a period of several months.  The basic rule is that we keep going eliminating one PM at a time (perhaps more) until someone has over 50% at the end of a month.  The more complicated rules are:


* Each round runs for a month, so you can vote in as many rounds as you like and don't have to stick with the same candidate.
* At the end of each round the PM in last place in that round is eliminated, jokes are made at their expense, and voting starts again without that PM.  
* If there is a tie for last place, it is broken using the results of the previous round, then the round before that, or failing that the most recent PM to leave office is excluded.
* If any ex-PM who is still in the contest dies during the voting period, voting will be suspended for a month and then continue. Hopefully all will stay in the most excellent of health throughout.
* If there is a change of Prime Minister during the campaign period, voting will be suspended for a month.  If the new PM has not been PM before, voting on the current round will then restart with that PM added; otherwise, voting on the current round will continue.
* If the contest is still going, there will be no voting in March 2018.  The reason for this will become clear at the time.
* Bulk Exclusion Clause: To streamline the process, multiple candidates will be eliminated from the bottom up at the end of a voting month if the combined transfer of their votes could not have put anybody over 50%, and if it would not have been possible for any of them to win from where they are in a preferential election.

Technical note: If you wish to vote on a mobile, switch to "View web version" at the bottom of an article.

Voting for Round 1 is open in the sidebar on the right and closes Sep 30 at 6:00 AEST.

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17:31

The Parsons Green bombing 1 week later: What do we now know? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on Parsons Green tube station in West London, but police have offered few definitive answers at this stage. RT rounds up what we know so far. Although no one was killed in the blast, 30 commuters were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted towards the rear of a District Line train, partially detonated during morning rush hour. The official terrorism threat level in the UK has returned to 'severe', meaning an attack is highly likely, but no longer imminent, having been raised to 'critical' in the aftermath of the blast. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing via its Amaq news agency. As Londoners try to return to life as normal, RT sums up everything we know so far about the attack and the ongoing police investigation.

16:56

Polls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


"According to recent polling, if a referendum were held today Britain would vote to stay in", Anita Anand told us on Any Answers today

And she didn't fail to repeat the point either. 

How much recent polling has shown that or whether (as I suspect after Googling around) it's actually just that one single BMG poll for the Independent (showing 52% for Remain, 48% for Leave) I can't say for sure but, regardless, our Anita was certainly making the most of that 'recent polling' today.

16:36

Sydney, Australia: Report-Back from the Straight Lives Matter Counter-Demo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AFA_Sydney

23.09.17: We had many more people, we sang and we danced and we laughed and we loved but most of all we told the fascists to get the fuck out. We did not let them anywhere near the Queer holocaust remembrance memorial and we created great bonds of solidarity and friendship. There were some young Queer people who came, and it was their first rally an they said it was a fantastic experience.

For all of the liberal wah-wah about how we would destabalise the marriage equality debate, weve actually done nothing of the sort. Instead we have continued the spirit of queer resistance and we have given the next generation their first taste of the struggle.

Today was a big positive for anti-fascists, however it would be wrong of us not to mention the role of the Liberal Party in laying the groundworks for the Party for Freedom hate rally today. This is all a direct consequence of their stupid fucking plebiscite.

(via Anti Fascist Action Sydney)


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16:16

Oh, it burns! It burns! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


News Corp hack Chris Kenny gets well and truly burned by ABC journalist Emma Alberici.

16:15

"My daughter doesn't need my permission to get married. But she needs yours." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 15 September 2017:

Marriage certification

Those of us who thought, like the old song, that love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage have had a lot of confusing information thrown at us recently about same-sex couples and the way their non-marriages give them all the same rights as married people. My wife and I were surprised, therefore, to attend the Roads and Maritime Service Centre last week to change our car registration, where we were asked to produce our marriage certificate.

This led me to wonder what other equal rights might not be there, particularly when my daughter, currently unable to marry her long-time partner, gets to our age.

Will she be asked for a marriage certificate if her not legally recognised wife is in hospital, or worse? Australia Post apparently charges hundreds of dollars for a name change, but not if you can provide a you guessed it marriage certificate.

Those who oppose same sex marriage are resting their hopes on the oldies like me.

But if you think we are going to support discrimination against our own kids and grandkids, you are about to be very disappointed.

My daughter doesnt need my permission to get married. But she needs yours. Please join me in voting YES.

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15:20

Exit From The Dark Trap (Jon video included) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Jon Rappoport

September 23, 2017

You can watch me talk about my collection, Exit From The Matrix, here:

In the long run, most Western and Eastern traditional metaphysics turn out to be a distraction away from The Individual. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

The night is long, and the search is weird. Clues appear, and yet they unendingly point to other cluesand what is the real shape of the expedition? Is it a trap? Do the markers on the road produce nothing more than a closed circle?

The Outsider is an individual who looks at the complexity of events in todays world, as he decides WHAT TO DO.

These events can seem to form a labyrinth. Theyre connected in ways that bind them to each other. One path leads to another, and eventually, the individual finds himself back where he startedbut not before going on a long strange trip in the maze.

During that trip, he loses contact with his own deep desires, because is fascinated and exhausted by the details of the labyrinth.

An apt analogy would be a treasure map. It promises victory and triumph, but as the seeker follows the thread, he enters a realm of cognitive dissonance, a dance in which he seems to be coming closer and yet moving further from the ultimate prize.

Authors and researchers have offered their interpretations of the nature of the trip: there are false trails; the mystery of life will always remain a mystery; the invisible rulers know how to hide themselves from the seeker

Leaving these conclusions aside, I find that the individuals true desire can be summarized in the question: WHAT DO I WANT TO CREATE?

Answering that question, and acting on the answer with full commitment, energy, determination, and power eventually, casts a bright light on the maze and reveals its patterns and its tricks.

In other words, there is a foundation from which the individual can launch his future, and that foundation is within his graspas Ive just indicated.

Moving out from that platform, he gains new perspective. He sees the world in a new way. He stays outside the labyrinth, and he is able to act on it.

Otherwise, he sinks into it.

What Im talking about here is more than advice. Its a different slant on metaphysics. Traditionally, metaphysics concocts a picture of Reality in an ultimate formand a cursory scan of Western philosophy reveals that every philosopher paints a...

14:50

Hands up all those who've received this same sex marriage "YES" text? Did you ask to receive texts like this? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

pic.twitter.com/YncDjlzpqP Mr Nobullshit (@Mr_Nobull) September 23, 2017 Unfortunately, thats not the case and these messages arent considered CEM as they arent related to commerce. Read https://t.co/K99muboG8K Andrew Mitchell (@amitchell01) September 23, 2017

14:01

Australia and U.S. Joined at the Hip: Wheres the Benefit? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being joined at the hip to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official Opposition Labor Party. To all practical intents and purposes the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party are indistinguishable on matters of defence, foreign policy and national security.

Turnbulls remarks, as with the election of the erratic and clearly unfit Donald Trump as US President, should have presented an opportunity for a critical reappraisal of Australias position viz a viz the United States. It did not happen, not least because a supine mainstream media sees no reason to question the fundamental assumptions underlying Australias defence policies since at least the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in January 1942.

Prior to that seminal event, Australia had never challenged its role as a colonial appendage to the British Empire. That status had led Australia into a series of wars, which in common with just about every other military misadventure before and since had only the vaguest connection with Australias national interest, if any.

Australian troops fought the Russians in the Crimean War of the 1850s (the rich irony of which is lost in the current propaganda war waged against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.) Australian troops were slaughtered in large numbers in World War 1, a war planned at least since the 1890s to counter any German challenge to British imperial supremacy (Docherty & Macgregor Hidden History, 2013)

Although Prime Minister Hughes refused a British request to formally join British forces fighting in the Russian civil war 1917-21 against the Bolsheviks, Australian troops nonetheless joined the North Russia campaign as volunteers. A Royal Australian Destroyer HMAS Swan also undertook intelligence operations in the Black Sea in late 1918 directed against the Bolshevik forces.

With the rout of the British forces in 1941-42 by the Japanese, it was obvious to Australian politicians that a new protector was needed, and the Americans required no encouragement to assume that role. The marriage of convenience that occurred in 1942-45 may have suited Australia in its perception of an imminent Japanese invasion, but then, as now, the brides dowry should have be...

13:30

PHOTO REVIEW; TOM NELSON & JAMIE SPENCE, July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

July Photo Review Tom Nelson & Jamie Spence Memento Mori Glory Our theme in July, Memento Mori, had several patrons turning up in mourning attire, expecting some sort of Service or Wake for a recently departed member of the tribe. Continue reading

13:14

Sen. McCain praised by liberals over health care bill opposition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The liberal establishment, with help from Hollywood, is showering turncoat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with praise after his stunning announcement that he would once again go directly against his own campaign promise and oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.

McCain made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that he could not in good conscience vote for the repeal of a law that he ran against during his last campaign.

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, McCain declared.

Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it, his statement continued. Without a full CBO score, which wont be available by the end of the month, we wont have reliable answers to any of those questions.

After the announcement the liberal media immediately went to work praising the senator, with multiple news outlets spending considerable time painting McCain as some sort of hero standing up to the forces of Trump when in reality he is nothing more than an establishment puppet working for the very same masters who control the mainstream press.

Unsurprisingly, numerous Hollywood celebrities also chimed in with praise for McCain throughout Twitter, with multiple openly anti-Trump Democrats responding joyfully to the senator once again turning on not only his party, but the people who voted for him in the first place.

Some of the more pointed Tweets included:

13:05

Drones to shark spot "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Life Guards Peter Hopkins and Ian Logue prepare for the beginning of another surf season at Corrimal Beach. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary (file).

Flags go up for another season

Wollongong City Council is the first in Australia to trial new shark deterrent technology as part of a management strategy announced for the 2017/18 swim season.

The flags have gone up for another season today (Saturday September 23).

Council Lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers will be stationed at Wollongongs 17 beaches from today until Sunday April 29 2018. Beach-goers are reminded never to swim at unpatrolled beaches and all swimmers are strongly advised to heed all surf warnings.

The new shark management strategy takes a three-staged approach:

  1. Coastal aerial patrols, from Stanwell Park in the north, to Windang in the south
  2. Using drone video surveillance to track sharks when there have been confirmed sightings
  3. Lifeguards trialling innovative new electrical shark-deterrent devices on their jet skis, called Shark Shield

Wollongong City Council is the first Council in...

13:05

THE SANTOS PROPOSAL TO MINE COAL SEAM GAS IN THE NARRABRI and PILLIGA AREA - PART 1 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mining company Santos has plans for a massive coal seam gas mining operation near Narrabri in the north-west of NSW.  In its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was put on public exhibition earlier this year, Santos outlined its proposal for 850 gas wells on agricultural land and in the Pilliga Forest (which is crown land).  Almost 23,000 submissions were received by the NSW Department of Planning on the EIS, the largest response ever to a planning proposal in NSW.  Apparently around 18,000 of these were opposed to the development.

The Government is yet to make a decision on whether the project will go ahead.

Santos has been operating a pilot project in the area since 2011 when it took over from Eastern Star.  

There has been considerable infrastructure development already in the area - e.g. test wells, flares, a produced water recycling plant and large holding ponds for produced water.

The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition made a submission opposing the proposal.  Two of the matters of concern from that submission are in this post.  The other  matters of concern will be in a later post.
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12:57

Control 101: Creating Consensus Reality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By PATRICK HENNINGSEN

By carefully controlling mainstream media and educational institutions, elite social engineers are able to control the flow of public discourse in order to serve their own goals and interests. By doing this, they create something akin to consensus reality. In other words, by controlling the perception of public consensus on any particular issue or event, you effectively control the prevailing reality.

A leading example of this social engineering phenomenon today is in the relentless promotion of war and global conflict throughout the media and education systems. Their carefully coordinated efforts can be boiled down to a simple concept: establishing legitimation and delegitimation in relation to the state or state institutions.

In todays formative education, school textbooks and assigned reading material are powerful tools used to shape students views. Often what is imprinted in ones memory is not particular details and facts but rather an atmosphere, an impression, or a tone.1 It can be argued this impression may be more influential in forming a pupils contextual world or nationalist view.

Professor of Education Dr. Michael H. Romanowski, explains: The authority of textbooks coupled with the objectivity of the technical knowledge that they communicate encourages students to accept unquestionably the impressions and worldview created by the language of textbooks.

Although textbooks claim rhetorically not to promote a particular understanding of history and to be objective, they advance a value-laden perspective of reality. Because the selection and structure of knowledge affect our perception of the world, the language and context used to articulate knowledge are crucial. Textbook authors select particular language that creates impressions in the minds of students. These impressions have power and authority because they are presented in the printed and bound textbook with its aura of an authority that is beyond question and criticism. Although textbooks are used in many different ways, they are still dominant and powerful educational tools that shape students views.

In his study Romanowski goes on to describe how through the careful use of language, US school textbooks depicted Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II in a manner that marginalised Japanese-Americans, while subtly mitigating any real criticism of the...

12:48

Explaining the Rohingya Crisis: An Interview with the ARNO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The UN Refugee Agency reports at least 420,000 Rohingya people have fled across the border from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in their homelands in late August. The refugees are now living in makeshift camps in the Coxs Bazar district. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has called for a coordinated response to the

The post Explaining the Rohingya Crisis: An Interview with the ARNO appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:46

Money for Life offer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our Money for Life seminar is happening very soon - see the details about this cracking event here, where you'll be able to ask the questions you really want answering. 

By the way, there's a special 2-for-1 offer available for here for my blog readers. 

Click on the image below to redeem your offer, and I look forward to seeing you there!


12:40

Power to the people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(Demolition of Tennyson power station in Brisbane now the site of the Brisbane Tennis Centre.)

Technically it would be harder to have a hot potato issue without electricity. Amongst other things, electricity makes it far easier to create the hot potato in the first place, as well as light, heating and cooling, traffic control, transport and giving you the ability to read this article.

However, if you listen to the Coalition who, in their best Hanrahan, are crying well all be rooned if any more of the coal fired power stations around Australia are allowed to close. The justification is that we need power that we can switch on and off like a lightbulb (pun intended). The problem with the justification is that there are other and better ways of getting power on demand.

Turnbull and his Coalition colleagues are not even sure what they want. At the Australian Forest Products Association Industry dinner in Canberra on 12 September 2017, Turnbulls remarks included

So weve taken action. Recently we commissioned the energy market operator AEMO, to analyse the future of dispatchable power in our energy market, in the immediate, short term, medium term and longer term.

Their finding, that youll have all read about in the news, is that the closure of Liddell power station in New South Wales in 2022 will create a large gap in reliable baseload power, in the national electricity market, the east coast essentially and South Australia.

Ive made it clear that we will not allow this gap in baseload power to occur.

So naturally we are exploring all options to fill this gap. We cannot have another event like the closure of Hazelwood, which whatever you may think of the Hazelwood power station, its closure at such short notice, taking so much dispatchable power out of the energy market, caused a dramatic rise in wholesale energy prices.

In New South Wales alone, it was over $50 a megawatt hour, nearly double the wholesale price of electricity. So you know ideology and good intentions are not enough; you have to be very hard-headed about this.
Apart from the illogical leaps of faith, the fundamental problem with Turnbulls speech is that the use of the terms dispatchable and baseload in connection with power production are...

12:34

The Australian Safe Schools Program and La Trobe University "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Unsafe Schools

In October 2010 La Trobe Universitys Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) launched an Australian Safe Schools program.

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12:23

NSW Police Given Power to Kill with Impunity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Berejiklian government has continued on in the Coalitions tradition over recent years of enacting laws that increase police powers, whilst whittling away at civil liberties, all in the name of a perceived terrorist threat.

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12:21

Queensland police get new powers to tackle terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Queensland laws to help police fight terrorism, including powers to turn phones, high-tech fridges and other devices into surveillance tools, have passed Parliament.

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11:38

Second Bee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our second working bee for Spring is on tomorrow from 10am. Come down to the garden and admire the blossoms and the rampant growth. Even todays hot winds dont seem to have dented too much growth. Main task is covering the pergola. Thanks to Julia and Ron we will have scaffolding. Mowing, whipper-snippering and some Continue reading Second Bee

10:57

Weapons of mass destruction banned nuclear soon to join the ban theme for Sept 17 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You might think that its naive to be talking about banning nuclear weapons, in this present climate of international tension. Yes, an international agreement to ban them is not going to get rid of nuclear weapons overnight, or indeed, anytime soon.

BUT as things stand now, nuclear weapons, held by all the so virtuous States  USA, Britain, France, India, China Pakistan, Israel, (- and now North Korea)   are accepted as respectable ,  defensive, necessary. 

The idea of the world recognising weapons of mass destruction as unacceptable is not new.  Its been done before.

Human beings, after all, are social animals, and their greatest successes have been achieved by co-operation. Years of co-operative effort by intelligent and thoughtful people have shed light on the humanitarian horror of mass killings, and mass sufferings of those who survived such attacks.

Under the auspices of he United Nations, the concerted efforts of so many have brought about  the recognition that mass murder is unacceptable, and has been judged to be illegal.  No, these threats have not been completely eliminated. But they have been vastly diminished, and no leader can get away with pronouncing them to be acceptable or necessary.

The United Nations Ban on  the use of chemical and biological weapons in warfare was signed in 1925, and  strengthened in 1997 in the  the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 

The United Nations Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) came i...

10:34

Herpes: Its Time To Put the Stigma to Bed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hey mates, Im a 22-year-old woman living in Australia. I am a student, I work, I explore, I see live music and go to art shows. I have hobbies and interests, I take photographs, I draw, I write, I live with a bunch of amazing people in a beautiful sharehouse in Sydney, and I have sex. I have a lot of sex.

But heres my conundrum: I also have Herpes. The strain is HSV-1, which most commonly appears as cold sores, but, lucky me, the outbreaks happen in my sweet lil nether-regions.

I have told most of my sexual partners, but Ive also left it out of the conversation for others. This wasnt some vindictive plot to spread the infection to everyone in the entire world, and it wasnt because I was ignorant about the topic it was just something that happened sometimes for one of the following reasons:

  1. We used a condom; I hadnt had an outbreak in months.
  2. We were both plastered.
  3. The dont ask/dont tell unspoken policy between dead-end flings.
  4. I was fucking scared, and never saw them again.

To me, these are just general life occurrences that happen to most sexually-active people from the age of like, 14 until you die. So for anyone sitting on their moral high-horse right now thinking, Fuck this bitch she needs to stop being so selfish and be a decent, honest human being, please try to dismount and listen for the next few hundred words.

The last two of my reasons are the most problematic to the spread of what is a very common STI, and I would like to change that. In order for this to happen, we young people need to be informed of the facts surrounding Herpes. Im one of those idealists who actually believes the stigma surrounding this issue can be changed with honest chit-chat amongst lovers, and after that, the media will eventually follow suit.

So how did I get Herpes in the first place?

A few years back, I was dating a dude I was madly in love with, and I just got an itch and a bit of a red uss. It was only a mild inconvenience at the time, kind of like the symptoms you get with thrush. When they didnt clear up after using thrush treatment, I decided to go to the doctor. It was only once I was in the doctors office that I realised it could be an STI.

I was told that if I had any red bumps, lumps, lesions or sores, then there was a strong likelihood I had Herpes. Old mate...

10:19

The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...

09:49

Afternoon Silhouette, and Marguerite Pete and Justo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Trees Silhouetted at Mum's house in Warabrook

I'm still pinching myself at having a studio with good daylight and room to have some paintings out, as well as the studio at Weave for the next few weeks. Today I realised I could try to finish a few of the paintings that have been annoying me


Marguerite Montes,  Peter Urquhart and Justo at the Record Crate a while ago

09:32

Reunited at Surry Hills Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Though I had vague plans for the day to visit a couple of galleries, do some work I needed to catch up on, and to go the Surry Hills Festival, the day started slowly. I woke, fumbled around, and then went back to sleep. Later in the morning I picked up a message from my []

08:54

Globalist Puppet John McCain Showered With Praise By Liberal Establishment and Hollywood Over Health Care Bill Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The liberal establishment, with help from Hollywood, is showering turncoat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with praise after his stunning announcement that he would once again go directly against his own campaign promise and oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill.

McCain made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that he could not in good conscience vote for the repeal of a law that he ran against during his last campaign.

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, McCain declared.

Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it, his statement continued. Without a full CBO score, which wont be available by the end of the month, we wont have reliable answers to any of those questions.

After the announcement the liberal media immediately went to work praising the senator, with multiple news outlets spending considerable time painting McCain as some sort of hero standing up to the forces of Trump when in reality he is nothing more than an establishment puppet working for the very same masters who control the mainstream press.

Unsurprisingly, numerous Hollywood celebrities also chimed in with praise for McCain throughout Twitter, with multiple openly anti-Trump Democrats responding joyfully to the senator once again turning on not only his party, but the people who voted for him in the first place.

Some of the more pointed Tweets included:

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08:44

Vanity Mal & Lucy make video of themselves posting SSM survey - it's unfair to vote "NO" says Chairman Mal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

And this is why this divisive figure is incapable of uniting and leading a country. It's Mal's way or the highway. Vanity Man. Lucy and I are voting YES because it's fair. Make sure you have your say too by returning your survey form. pic.twitter.com/6xhaDYC7pQ Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) September...

08:23

Solomon Islands at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

https://gadebate.un.org/en/72/solomon-islands

Solomon Islands

H.E. Mr. Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister

22 September 2017 
H.E. Mr.Manasseh Sogavare
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Statement Summary: 
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08:18

4 Secrets That A Narcissist Will Use to Control You "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In modern society today there are a lot of people who arent as nice as they make themselves out to be. You have to extra careful these days, because it can be very easy to get taken advantage of.

I dont know whether the world has always been this way, or if it is a new trait of a new generation, but we have become a society full of narcissists. They are literally everywhere and people are stabbing each other in the back left and right. Nobody has respect for other people and they dont think about anyone else but themselves. Sound familiar? It probably does, because chances are youve already dealt with a narcissist. I know I have and it is no fun.

A narcissist is someone who is purely concerned with only themselves. They think they are the best at everything and they will not take no for an answer. Most importantly, a narcissistic person will take advantage of whoever they have to gain whatever they seek, and its usually attention.

There are many different ways to tell if youre dealing with a narcissist, but in my opinion its the people who make you feel like you cant break your back enough to please them. While there are many specific methods of dealing with these types of people, the best approach in any battle is still knowing the tactics of the enemy and these are the best kept secrets of a narcissist. They use these four tactics to control you.

1. Theyll Never Show Appreciation

A narcissistic person will almost never show gratitude for anything that you do, and if they do its very little. This is a tactic they use to control you because it subconsciously makes you want to do more to please them. This automatically instills them as a number one priority in your brain.

2. They Reel You In

You might think that a narcissist doesnt have good people skills, but youd be wrong. Narcissistic people are the best at reading people and really getting to know you from the inside out. They are able to detect vulnerability and loneliness in others. They target individuals who are more vulnerable because they are more easily manipulated. They use your biggest weaknesses against you.

3. They Isolate...

08:07

Vanuatu at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Vanuatu

H.E. Mr. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister

21 September 2017


21 September 2017 
H.E. Mr.Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
UN Photo / ...

08:06

This Undergraduate From Iceland May Have Just Saved the Planet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While people claim plastic is fine because it is recyclable, most people dont bother to recycle! Did you know that it takes plastic around 450 years to decompose. New ways to resolve our plastic problem are constantly being created and yet we are not using any of them, why is that?

Last year a a product design student named Ari Jonsson presented a new biodegradable bottle design at a festival that should have been a game changer. This water bottle was to be completely created from red algae powder. Jonsson decided to come up with this idea after reading about the tons of plastic waste humans were producing.

Why are we using materials that take hundreds of years to break down in nature to drink from once and then throw away?

For this, he began studying the strengths and weaknesses of different substances, and finally decided that making plastic from algae was the answer. You see, this is something that can be formed into a bottle by merely adding water, heat and placing it into a mold that will be frozen. Once the bottle is emptied it loses its shape and begins decomposing, you really couldnt ask for much better.

Jonsson says you could even eat the bottle when you were done if you wanted to. His design makes bottles waste free and practical to say the least. Maybe in time, this sort of thing will be used globally. For more information check out the video below and take a look at the images of his bottle from beginning to end or drinking to decomposing. What do you think about this?

 

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08:00

The Weekend Quiz September 23-24, 2017 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:

If the inflation rate is steady and the central bank maintains a constant nominal interest rate, then the public debt ratio will rise if the government deficit doubles (say, from 2 to 4 per cent of GDP) although Modern Monetary Theory would not place any special importance in that increase.

The answer is False.

First, the statement although Modern Monetary Theory would not place any special importance in that increase is true but is a throwaway in the context of the issue whether the public debt ration rises when the primary deficit rises with a real interest rate constant.

The substantive part of the question requires a careful reading and a careful association of concepts to make sure they are commensurate. There are two concepts that are central to the question: (a) a rising fiscal deficit which is a flow and not scaled by GDP in this case; and (b) a rising public debt ratio which by construction (as a ratio) is scaled by GDP.

So the two concepts are not commensurate although they are related in some way.

A rising fiscal deficit does not necessary lead to a rising public debt ratio. You might like to refresh your understanding of these concepts by reading this blog Saturday Quiz March 6, 2010 answers and discussion.

While the mainstream macroeconomics thinks that a sovereign government is revenue-constrained and is subject to the government fiscal constraint, MMT places no particular importance in the public debt to GDP ratio for a sovereign government, given that insolvency is not an issue.

The mainstream framework for analysing the so-called financing choices faced by a government (taxation, debt-issuance, money creation) the government fiscal constraint is written as:
gbc

Which you can read in English as saying that Budget deficit = Governm...

07:23

The Little Bird Weekly News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.

Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.

Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.


In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.

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07:01

Australian patriot radio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Harry Palmer podcasts parliamentarians on political death row over dual citizenship, Tanya Plibersek support of ISIS and her drug dealing convicted husband cushy govt jobs, Cory Bernardi reveals carbon tax by stealth introduced under covert bill by Govt, condoned by the ALP and supported by Pauline Hanson, and more

Listen or download http://sosnews.org/apradio/2017/09/23/podcast-23-september-2017/


06:53

Extended drought: QLD Farmers on verge of shooting cattle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUEENSLAND graziers could be forced to shoot their cattle as parts of the state are savaged by soaring temperatures on top of an extended drought.

AgForce cattle president Bim Struss said if the rain didnt come soon, some graziers would be faced with no option but to shoot their cattle as the feed ran out and the animals grew too weak to be moved to market, putting them down for their own welfare.

Mr Struss said the devastating decision to euthanase could be forced on graziers in southeast Queensland hammered by the dry, early, soaring 40C-plus temperatures and sold-out or hard to find fodder and supplements.

He said many operators in western Queensland had already destocked selling their cattle on while they could still be moved.

He said he, like other graziers, had destocked and saved their paddocks for the rain that would eventually come.

He said areas roughly north of a line from Townsville to Mt Isa had received good rain and were having a better year.

It comes as Brisbane looks set to endure its driest September on record, with no rain having fallen at all this month.

An afternoon thunderstorm forecast for later today may break the two-month-long dry spell which has seen only 5mm of rainfall in Brisbane since July 20.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high chance of showers and a gusty thunderstorm with a top of 28C today.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said conditions are shaping up for the seasons first real summer afternoon thunderstorm.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/drought-may-force-farmers-to-shoot-cattle-because-of-extended-drought/news-story/3a432b2dfb4f37c62244f222f552e689


06:31

Meditation Spring Equinox "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Written guided meditation spring equinox. Bringing the energy spiritually to the spring equinox. by druid priestess Jyoti Eagles.

The post Meditation Spring Equinox appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

06:18

A Katter call and a round table conference makes boaties safe again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A round table conference and a phone call to a senior bureaucrat was all it took to pull the State Government into line over its attempt to plunder the assets of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue group.

At the invitation of the Port Douglas Marine Rescue Volunteer group (QF10)commander Ross Wood, KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen and Bob Katter were invited to discuss the impasse between the Coast Guard national management and QF10.

A round table conference and a call from Bob Katter was all it took to put the National Coast Guard bureaucracy in its place and to halt its intended plundering of public assets. KAP candidate for Cook Gordon Rasmussen addressed the conference of Marine Rescue volunteers.

The National Coast Guard had seized the assets of QF10 including their sea rescue boat and vehicles because the locally funded group refused to hand over $300,000 in a bank account and the Tin Shed building, provided by community fund-raising.

The National Coast Guard, in a similar grab by the Emergency Services Department tryin...

06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.60 AUD
Converter

05:41

Ask A Sithrak Worshipper: Sept 23, The World Ends "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is Sithrak planning to end the world on Sept 23? [express]

No!

Sithrak is going to fuck everyone up when they die, so it makes no difference whether they die now, or later. It makes no difference whether they die in the flames of Planet X slamming into Earths atmosphere, if they choke to death on a chicken bone, or if they die of boredom watching re-runs of Friends in their favorite chair.

How the christians think it will end

Creating an entire extra planet to smack into Earth is way too much effort for Sithrak.

The christian god is a great big megalomaniacal asshole, over the top and full of hate for everybeing thats not like him. But being full of hate requires caring way too much.

Sithrak is the low-energy god, wholl get you when you die and not a moment sooner. He doesnt care. If you are reading this after the 24th, you can rest comfortably knowing the christian god is probably not real, and that Sithrak still hates you anyway.

PS we couldnt decide whether to post this just before the day the christians think it will all and, or just after so we could laugh at them. But we try to be like Sithrak; either way, it doesnt matter.

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I see that other FTBloggers have tried their miserable best to answer this question, already. I decided to delay posting this until the very last minute on the 22nd so that, in your desperate, fearful moments before midnight, you can learn the truth. Or, if Im wrong and the world ends, you wont have time to post comments saying Im wrong.

05:07

When a duck eats mushrooms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

According to The Gabzone this is an unaltered panel from Kingdom Hearts, yet it reads like a Disney character having a consciousness-expanding experience.

05:03

Warangesda closes this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The exhibition is open a few more days at the Narrandera Arts Centre.

Warangesda details the history of the Mission at Darlington Point with responses from local artists, including AMS Woman Groups artwork Murrumbidgee Yellow Belly, Treahna Hamms Murrumbidgee Yabby and Rodney Simpsons Greed all shown and all created this year for the exhibition.

This Mission was significant for maintaining Wiradjuri in the region, first as a Christian mission and then an Aboriginal station:

The historic Aboriginal occupation of Warangesda was characterised by a relatively self sufficient Aboriginal community that participated in the economic maintenance of the wider community by the provision of labour to local agriculture. The people also maintained a culturally distinct Aboriginal lifestyle firmly based on the maintenance of family connections over the wider region.
Warangesda is rare in that it is one of only 10 missions established in NSW. It is unique in NSW, as it is the only mission or reserve site in NSW to retain a suite of original 19th century building ruins and archaeological relics.
The place is significant for its association with the last great inter-group burbung (initiation) in Wiradjuri country which was held at or near Warangesda in the 1870s. 

Peter Kabaila is a historian who's written on this area in various publications and has provided the text for the informative panels. His honours thesis was an archeological survey of the Mission site and many of the artifacts he found are now in the collection at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum.

The Warangesda exhibition was an opportunity for me to develop my skills "hang...

05:00

In which the pond double dates with Dame Slap and Bret Stephens ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Whenever climate denialists gather together for a gaggle and a giggle, the pond likes to begin proceedings with a reading from the holy works of Dame Slap ...

...Emails started arriving telling me about a speech given by Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota, on October 14. Monckton talked about something that no one has talked about in the lead-up to Copenhagen: the text of the draft Copenhagen treaty. Even after Moncktons speech, most of the media has duly ignored the substance of what he said. You dont need me to find his St Paul address on YouTube. 
Interviewed on Monday morning by Alan Jones on Sydney radio station 2GB, Monckton warned that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty was to set up a transnational government on a scale the world has never before seen. 
Listening to the interview, my teenage daughters asked me whether this was true. So I read the draft treaty. The word government appears on page 18. Monckton says: This is the first time Ive ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a government. But its the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening. ... Monckton became aware of the extraordinary powers to be vested in this new world government only when a friend of his found an obscure UN website and hacked his way through several layers of complications before coming across a document that isnt even called the draft treaty. Its called a note by the secretariat. 
The moment he saw it, he went public and said: Look, this is an outrage ... they have kept the sheer scope of this treaty quiet. Monckton says the aim of this new government is to have power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.

The pond's not sure why lawyers and paranoia fit so well together, but for those who like to Greg Hunt, here's Dame Slap's qualifications as a climate scientist ...


The daughter of Danish immigrants to Australia, Albrechtsen was born in Adelaide and attended Seacombe High School. She subsequently studied at University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She subsequently attained a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Sydn...

04:58

Killing Ground: An Aussie Horror Film That May Scare Us Into Breaking The Silence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. Catherine McGauran is hoping new Australian film Killing Ground will motivate life, and resolutions.

The outback may just be the most formidable character in Australian film and literature. More than just scenery or background, the bush is active in creating or enabling the horror that plays out in our much-loved Australian gothic stories.

Damien Powers film Killing Ground is a textbook expression of post-colonial anxiety, grounded in white Australians fear of the bush. It can go from idyllic playground to unpredictable captor in seconds.

At first Killing Ground looks like just another foray into this genre. However, it is Powers overly predictable use of tropes and cinematic techniques which make the film so terrifying these familiar structures reinforce our post-colonial story, by shoving latent fears into our face, with a new level of ferocity.

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Killing Grounds release coincided with the decision of two Melbourne councils to drop Australia Day ceremonies on January 26. Yarra City Council made the decision out of respect for Aboriginal Australians and because of the depth of feeling about what that day means for so many of our residents. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was out of step with national values, and proceeded to strip Yarra City Council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies.

But is it really out of step? The nature of social media has brought discussions like this from the fringes and into the mainstream. As a result non-Aboriginal Australians are learning more about our disturbing history, which is at best glossed over in schools, and support for recognition of this is growing.

Even the national broadcasters network Triple J held a survey to gauge where its listeners stood on moving the Hottest 100 from January 26. Powers film is part of this movement, suggesting that the disturbance of white Australias past is now so palpable that it can no longer be ignored. We are haunted by an unacknowledged past, which is why the post-colonial narrative of the sinister outback is so simple, yet so haunting.

Europeans....

04:52

What the eye cannot see "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fairy Martins are partial migrants with most birds leaving central Victoria in autumn, returning again to breed each Spring.

Culverts and bridges are favourite sites and a small colony nests most years at the Newstead cemetery. Watching and endeavouring to capture their aerial antics is challenging and rewarding, especially when you see one in the act of successfully snaring a flying insect.

Fairy Martin, Newstead Cemetery, 22nd September 2017

04:30

North Queensland is a State of mind "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

North Queensland is a State of mindOne of the mistakes of our Federation is that North Queensland is not a separate state, writes history editor Dr Glenn Davies. read now...

04:27

FixedIt: Love has nothing to do with murder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Channel 9 News reported on the sentence hearing of Alexander Villaluna yesterday. He pleaded guilty to murder and grievous bodily harm after he attacked Keith Collins and Jovi Pilapil with a hunting knife. Collins was killed in the attack and Pilapil was stabbed in the chest and arm.

The quote in Channel 9s headline was from Villalunas statement to the court for his sentencing hearing. Its an accurate quote and it probably does reflect his view of his crime.

But why is the media affirming a violent, controlling murderers view of the crime he committed? This is not an impartial or objective headline. Its an endorsement of a murderers self-justification for taking an innocent life. Murder is the ultimate violation and it has nothing to do with love.

Love is Keith Collins broken hearted children who had to identify his body, mourn his unjustifiable loss and carry on their lives knowing he should have been there to watch them get married, have children and share all their joys and sorrows. He was only 53, he should have had decades to experience love.

Promoting a murderers delusions of love is an unconscionable act in the face of the grief Keith Collins family are carrying. And it callously disregards the horror Jovi Piapil has to live with after being brutally stabbed and having to watch a man die on what should have been nothing more than a fun first date.

Its also worth mentioning that no references to sources of assistance were listed at the end of an article about domestic violence, despite the strong recommendation in the press council guidelines on reporting domestic violence cases.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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04:00

Mom is too Scared to Open Front Door, Then Checks Security Camera "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[BannedInfo] We all warn our children to never open the front door for strangers, especially when they are home alone.

Its a scary, but true, fact that danger often shows up right at our front door. One adult decided to follow the same rule for herself that she had set for her children. Melissa Vang made the decision to not open her front door when she checked to see who was ringing the doorbell and didnt recognize the young man who was standing there.

There are tons of stories that support Vangs apprehension of opening the front door for strangers. Unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions when they come knocking on strangers doors. This was not the case for Vang.

When Vang heard someone knocking on her front door she was home with her two young children. She decided against opening it. The security camera at her front door would capture footage of whoever was knocking, so she knew she could just check the footage after the stranger left. What she saw on the security footage was not what she expected at all.

She was touched to see that the stranger knocking on her door was a teenage boy who definitely wasnt trying to start any trouble. The young man, Tyler Opdyke, was actually doing the right thing, which is unusual in this day and age. His integrity showed through in that security camera footage. He actually looked for a camera on the exterior of the home and seemed relieved when he spotted one.

Opdyke was seen waving something at the camera, which was actually something that Vang was very happy to see. Vangs husband had lost his wallet on the driveway while getting into his car, and Opdyke had picked it up. He showed the money in the wallet to the camera and turned the wallet so the entire thing could be seen. He then left the camera at the door for the homeowner to find.

You can see the footage below:

The young man was in Vangs neighborhood to pass out flyers to promote his uncles pest control business. When he spotted the wallet with $1,500 cash in it along with numerous credit cards, he knew he had to do something. Vangs husband had so much cash in his wallet because he had been collecting cash for an event.

Opdyke explained that he had heard the children inside the home, but when no one answered he decided to show the wallet to the camera to let the homeowner know the real reason why he was knocking. He then placed it on the door mat. When interviewed by KXTV Opdyke explained, Ive been raised in the Church all my life and I just felt this is not mine.

Vang actually tracked Opdyke down in order to reward him for his kind....

03:48

Vaccines unable to prevent flu deaths "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AN EIGHT-year-old girl has died of the flu in Melbournes outer east.

The young girl died at the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully on Friday.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girls death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.

The Department of Education has been contacted.

Doctors admit flu vaccine is unable to protect health workers

Health Minister Jill Hennessy has urged Victorians to be alert to symptoms of the illness.

She told 3AWs Neil Mitchell the death of the young girl was one of the other very sad cases that weve seen this flu season.

Were having a horrific flu season right up and down the entire eastern seaboard both in QLD and NSW and Victoria, Western Australia seems to be less affected than what we are but we know weve had double the number of people with flu flu notifications, she told 3AW.

This is an influenza strain that is able to impact the young, the elderly, the well and the unwell and peopl...

03:46

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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03:39

Prisoners escaped, widespread looting in Puerto Rico after hurricane. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Something to think about!
"I was raised about a mile from that prison complex in Bayamon, so I know that my former neighbors are on edge. Our criminals are some of the boldest I know. Sadly it's only going to get worse, as people's bellies start to really ache, LEO's reach their limits, looters get bolder and there is less of the good stuff to loot from stores. Guess what; down there, generators are a big "come rob me" beacon shouting out to a half mile radius. Shit's getting real, and there's little respect for the rule of law or private property, and private firearm ownership is rare. You have to have a permit to possess, and another one to carry, and they're both subject to the whims of the approving authorities. This is where that laid back, care-free Caribbean attitude stops being cute. The island has a history of recorded hurricanes since the 1800's and it's still always a last minute panic. My uncle installs storm shutters down there for a living and was working until 11pm the night before the storm hit. I got good status back from most of my family except for my uncle, but this is only the beginning. God help them because only he can change the heart of those who would do harm."

03:38

White elephant F35 fighter jet may never defend Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Australia took delivery of two F-35A Lightning II Block 2B aircraft amid much fanfare at the Avalon air show in Victoria earlier this year. Several more are in the late stages of construction, due for delivery next year.

These are almost exactly the same in their specifications to the 108 F-35A Block 2Bs delivered so far to the United States Air Force.

But a controversial development and delivery contract process known as concurrency has produced an aircraft with software and components that were never fully tested.

The argument was computer simulation could streamline the whole process, eliminating risk, reducing cost and speeding up delivery.

It didnt.

The hapless F35 may never go to war for Australia, inspite of warnings from aeronautical engineers, the military and the Lockheed company, Australia continued with the purchase.

Now two senior US Pentagon officials responsible for the F-35 program have admitted they are seriously considering abandoning vital upgrades of those aircraft already delivered.

And Australia has at least two Block 2B F-35s that will likely require many millions being sunk into reconstruction and upgr...

03:27

Christ Church is holding a book sale this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Ashley Flockhart If youre a bookworm, your passion for words could make you a Good Samaritan. A thousand books will be for sale at the Christ Church Community Centre on 14, Acland St this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The sales earnings will go to the Christ Church restoration fund. The books are priced []

03:25

Responsible citizen shoots 5.2m crocodile near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

from the Guardian

A massive saltwater crocodile said to be one of the biggest ever seen in Queensland has been found shot dead in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton.

Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2-metre male reptile was found with a bullet in its head in the Fitzroy river in Rockhampton on Thursday.

The crocodile was taken to the nearby Koorana crocodile farm, where it will be buried once a necropsy is carried out. Farm owner John Leaver said a five-metre crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.

A responsible shooter shot this large salt water croc performing a public duty. The ALP/LNP junta has combined forces to prevent a KAP bill being presented in State Parliament which will protect the public, livestock and animals from croc attack.

There may have been some others shot in the wild that we dont know about, but from my recollection, over the past three decades this would be the largest, he said on Friday.

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03:00

Thank Your Lucky Southern Cross "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dear Reader,

There are many remarkable insights in Jim Rickards book The New Case for Gold.

This bonus chapter will turn them into specific, useful and potentially profitable advice for you as an Australian.

As youll discover, Australians are uniquely poised to benefit from Jims analysis to a far greater extent than anyone else in the world.

You dont have to finish the book before you start reading this bonus chapter. They certainly complement each other though. You can think of this as the local guide to Jims ideas and analysis.

There are two reasons Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence. The first is Jim Rickards. Nobody in the newsletter industry has his insight, contacts and experience. Nobody.

A few years ago I sat opposite Jim at a dinner. It was after a conference we both spoke at in Sydney. Hes exactly the same guy behind the scenes as on stage. He just gives a little more away when he is off the record. Because hes the same person behind the scenes, I think hes genuine. Im willing to put my reputation on the line alongside his. I trust him.

The other reason Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence is gold. Jim Rickards is a long-time fan of gold. He thinks you should own it and governments should peg their currencies to it.

As he puts it in his book:

Gold is money, monetary standards based on gold are possible, even desirable, and that in the absence of a gold standard, individuals should go on a personal gold standard, by buying gold, to preserve wealth.

But its not gold by itself thats so enticing. Aussie gold investors are better placed than literally anyone globally to invest in gold. Theres a simple reason for this our currency.

The Aussie Case for Gold

Australia is a highly developed country. But our economy is built on commodities. And commodities are risky bets. They fluctuate heavily in price. Put the two together and youll understand why our currency has big swings too.

Our currency is whats known as a risk on bet. We do well in the world economys good times, and our currency goes up in value. We do badly during poor times, and our currency falls fast.

This currency instability, combined with Australias legal and political stability, means Aussie investors are best placed globally to benefit from owning gold.

Why? Gold is priced in US dollars. The Aussie gold price is the US dollar gold price, adjusted for the exchange rate to Aussie dollars. This creates a uniquely benefic...

02:57

Prolong The Life Of Your Soap "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

5 ways you can prolong the life of your soap.

02:57

Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Todays Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) Employment growth best since the GFC from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queenslands recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the last year or so, after it experienced some sluggishness at the end of the mining investment boom. I also chatted with Trevor Jackson from 612 ABC Brisbane about employment and economic growth in Queensland last Tuesday evening. The interview starts at 846:

612 ABC Brisbane Evenings with Trevor Jackson, Tuesday 19 September 2017

I made the point to Trevor that, while the aggregate data are very good, we need to keep in mind that part-time positions appear to be growing much more strongly than full-time positions, and also that the State public service has made a disproportionate contribution to jobs growth.

My other media mention this week followed on from my small business employment trends post, published on Wednesday. The Courier-Mail ran an article yesterday including a quote from me. CCIQs GM of Advocacy Kate Whittle has included a snapshot of the article on her twitter feed (see below).

Incidentally, CCIQ is generally doing a great job informing and participating in the public policy debate. I can highly recommend the twitter feed of CCIQs economist Steven Gosarevski. Follow him @sgosarevski for very timely updates on the latest economic data relevant to Queensland. I have especially enjoyed his most excellent charts. Keep up the good work!


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02:17

The Strange Case of Joseph Ragos Sarcoidosis Death "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Sarcoidosis in the lungs (generic patient), and (R) Joseph Rago

by Dee McLachlan

On July 20th, 2017, a young Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Joseph Rago, died suddenly in his New York apartment at the age of 34.

On the 21st, the New York Times reported that Foul play is not suspected, but several alt-news sites suspected that he was silenced, because he was was about to expose something on big pharma and insurance.

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02:03

This week nuclear and climate news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As nations sign up at present, at United Nations, to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Treaty is due to come into force  later, when 50 signed members have ratified it. 122 countries out of the 193 UN member nations approved the draft treaty in July.

The nuclear weapons nations and their associates oppose the treaty, giving various important strategic sounding reasons. But when this UN treaty comes into force, joining the previous treaties that make other forms of mass destruction illegal, the governments with nuclear weapons will no longer be able to claim the moral high ground.  Their stand will sound hollow, against the growing global consensus that the possessing, threatening, using of nuclear weapons is inhumane and immoral.

Equally importantly, at the UN General Assembly, the urgency of the need to address climate change, is being discussed.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

02:01

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor may break election vow and allow coal ship loading "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.

Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.

But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading


01:59

Would you rather followTony Abbotts gut instinct, or Elon Musks brains? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tony Abbotts gut v Elon Musks brain and billions: which would you follow? Brisbane Times, 23 Sept 17 By Richard Denniss South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a state-based bank tax. But while Australians have been told these reckless policies will destroy jobs and discourage investment, some of the worlds most-successful entrepreneurs recently chose to invest big in the state. How could this be?

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who gave the world PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, recently secured the bid to build the worlds largest battery-storage plant in South Australia. English billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, whose family fortune was made in good old-fashioned steel, recently bought the Whyalla steelworks. Either these businessmen didnt do their due diligence or what conservative politicians tell us about South Australia is utter nonsense. I know which way Id lean.
Before Tony Abbott began his 23 years as a public servant, he dabbled with being a priest and a journalist. And while he clearly knows how to tell a simple story based on blind faith, there is nothing in his education or experience to suggest he knows anyt...

01:57

170 years since the massacre  and finally its a win for Wirangu people. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Wiles speaks with Wirangu Elder Jack Johncock & Elliston District Council Chairman Kym Callaghan

Listen to Audio on CAAMA Radio: http://caama.com.au/news/2017/170-years-since-the-massacre-and-finally-its-a-win-for-wirangu-people

A South Australian Wirangu Elder says its a win that the word massacre will be included on a memorial plaque recognising the site where  a large number of his people were shot and driven over cliffs by colonial settlers in 1849.

While the Waterloo Bay massacre remains strong in the memory of the local Wirangu people,
the local Elliston District council has finally acknowledged that the truth must be told  after decades of refusing to acknowledge the massacre.


01:55

Trump not a huge success on the international stage at United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Trump makes little headway in his first turn on U.N. world stage LA Times, 22 Sept 17 Tracy Wilkinson Contact Reporter

01:53

Leonardo DiCaprio blasts Trump over climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 http://pagesix.com/2017/09/22/leonardo-dicaprio-blasts-trump-over-climate-change/By Jessica Sager

The Oscar winner, 42, met with then-president-elect Trump, 71, in December, only to have the POTUS disregard their conversation once he took office.

We presented him with a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change, while also simultaneously harnessing the economic potential of green jobs, DiCaprio recalled at the Yale Climate Conference on Tuesday (via The Hartford Courant). We talked about how the United States has the potential to lead the world in clean-energy manufacturing and research and development.

Once in office, Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which regulates greenhouse emissions, and appointed climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The moves left staunch environmentalis...

01:51

2017 World Nuclear Status Report released "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A status report on a troubled nuclear industry http://thebulletin.org/status-report-troubled-nuclear-industry11130, By John Mecklin, 22 Sept 17

As in previous years, the reportcoordinated by Paris-based independent nuclear consultant Mycle Schneiderprovides an almost-daunting array of data on almost every aspect of nuclear power plant construction and operation. This years report also includes an assessment of what it calls the financial crisis of the nuclear sector, a status update on the Fukushima nuclear situation, and a chapter that compares investments in, capacity of, and generat...

01:47

Nuclear lobby depending on China to develop Generation IV nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

the theories behind many of the proposed systems arent new and often date back to the 1950s and 60s. Some experimental plants have been built, such as the fast breeder reactors in the U.K. and U.S. Most suffered from crippling cost or design problems or were abandoned after nuclear accidents.

Most if not all of these so-called advanced reactor designs have been around for decades,

Different designs have different problems. I dont think anyone can be or should be confident that these problems can be resolved merely by throwing money and hiring engineers and scientists.

Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors, Bloomberg By 

Stephen Stapczynski September 22, 2017 China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home.

01:41

23 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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  • Australia wind energys record day of production in August
    Wind energy posts record output in August, with renewables delivering 25 per cent of all demand at the evening peak.

01:26

The Gunnery and other Woolloomooloo drawings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Theses are some drawings I;ve been doing as I put together the big painting for Weave Community Centre. I'll add more as I scan them
 
The Gunnery and the Tilbury from Forbes St

I lived at the Gunnery from 1985-1991 when it was an artist community squat and the most exciting venue in town. It was the first place I had a real studio to work in, and there was the gallery and performance spaces like the Dome to play around in .

Then an art bureaucratic clique lead by Artspace got jealous, and played stalking horse for Transfield to get their hands on some waterfront property. They gutted the theatres and replaced them with offices and foyers

McElhone St 


Forbes St and the homeless shelter formed by the viaduct. This is a photo from a phone which I will hopefully replace with a (set of) scan.........

00:58

308 Vote yes for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australians currently have a chance to vote for marriage equality by postal ballot. I know this is a bit off the usual topics for this blog, but its something I feel strongly about. If you have the right to vote, here are six reasons to vote yes.

1. Because its the kind and decent thing to do. It would create joy for many thousands of people without hurting anybody.

2. Because gay people still face prejudice in many forms, and still attempt suicide at higher rates than their peers. Voting yes would be one small step towards turning this around.

3. Because we should not let the religious beliefs of a minority dictate how the rest of us live our lives. There is and should be a separation of church and state in Australia. Nobody should be required to follow the dictates of a religion to which they do not voluntarily subscribe. That is the real issue of religious freedom here quite the opposite of what some no advocates are claiming.

4. Because the position of some Christians against same-sex marriage is not supported by the Bible anyway (Whitaker, 2017). The Bible has vastly more to say about being kind and generous than the few vague fragments it includes on homosexuality. Nowhere does it actually proscribe same-sex marriage. In the Old Testament, it does say that a man lying with another man instead of his wife is an abomination. But (a) this is about adulterous sex, not marriage between a loving couple, and (b) there is an interesting list of other things that the Old Testament also describes as abominations, including wearing mixed-fabric clothing, tattoos, mocking the blind by putting obstacles in their way, and trimming your beard. Why are we not having a postal plebiscite on the trimming of beards? The highly selective focus of some Christians on homosexuality is hypocritical. Neither testament of the Bible says anything whatsoever against lesbians.

5. Because Australia is lagging behind the rest of the civilised world. Same-sex marriage is already legal in The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the US, Luxemburg, Colombia, Greenland, Finland, Slovenia, Germany and Taiwan.

6. Because this change is inevitable, and saying no now would needlessly delay us doing the right thing. It prolongs the debate and increases the number of publ...

00:47

Freshman Friday! Captain Morgen, adrenals, Jon Rappoport, FDA murder, Aussie vaccine war, Doc Nuzum, Bone broth, Lupus, planet X and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

September 22, 7-9PM EDT

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Freshman Friday is Back!

Captain rode out the hurricane, but she and her shipmates everyone else in Florida might be suffering from adrenal failure.  What does that mean?  What are the adrenals? How are the connected to stress, and once they are pooped out, what is the remedy?  Also, what type of stress is part of the normal human condition, and what part do we need to cut out?

 

 

 

Doc Nuzum Is Here! 

Prized since ancient times, confirmed by modern research, bone broth is one of natures most powerful health solutions. What is bone broth and why is it something you should add to your daily regimen? Doc Nuzum will explain! You can download a free 78-page Bone Broth Breakthrough e-book at RSBReports.com Youll discover the purest, healthiest and most convenient way to consume bone broth on the planet, along with over 50 recipe...

00:30

George Brandis and His Anti-espionage Laws About Foreign Interference Reinterpreted "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Cop Becomes Foster Dad To Cat Who Jumped In His Police Car "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A wayward cat found just the person to get him the help he needed (and he wasn't about to take "no" for an answer).

Officer Rick Butler, of Ohio's Oxford Police, had been out on patrol early Friday morning when he happened upon the random feline by no choice of his own. While the officer was stopping to check on a local church, the brazen orange cat reportedly leapt through the cruiser's open window. He then proceeded to demand attention and pets.

Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police

Butler, of course, was happy to oblige.

Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police

Butler might have thought it would be just a momentary encounter, but the cat evidently had something else in mind. Rather than slink away, having had his fill of the officer's affection, the kitty then staged a sit-in.

"[He's] super friendly and loving and now refusing to leave the police car!" the department reported.

Was the cat being stubborn? Maybe. Did it pay off? Yes, yes it did.

Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of Police

Thoroughly disarmed by the charming cat,  Butler didn't have the heart to turn the little guy away so he let him stay. The police station doesn't have facilities to house cats, so as the department announced online, Butler has decided to become his foster dad, at least until the cat's rightful owner is found or someone comes forward wanting to adopt him. (The cat, "not the officer," the police department was q...

00:11

Meditation Circle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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I am starting a new Monthly Meditation Circle at Autumn Retreat - to be held monthly on Mondays from 10am - 11.30am.  Dates are 23rd Oct, 27th Nov and 11th Dec.  

Come to one or come to them all.

For more information contact Rachael or visit. http://www.s-e-l-f.com.au/circles/

00:09

Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Recommendation sought:

Can anyone recommend a good accountant?

Jane 0400 597 728.

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This Sweet Senior May Be The World's Oldest Cat Now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An ancient proverb states that cats have nine lives, and that has never been more true than for Nutmeg.

The grumpy tabby who held the title for worlds oldest cat lived her life to the fullest until she passed in September at the age of 32 or 144 in cat years.

Now a new upstart in Werribee, Australia, could be the next feline to hold the title. At 26 years old, Teddy is Australias oldest living cat, and his owner, Fran English, is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.

English adopted Teddy in 2014 when his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and was shocked when Teddys microchip revealed that he was born in 1991.

The long-haired black cat is in surprisingly good shape for his advanced age, still finding plenty of time each day to prowl around Englishs garden and play in the sun.

Teddy has a rather unusual secret to his longevity, English notes on his Facebook page. Each day he eats a sprig of rosemary from the garden and then gets nice and clean in the shower.

"He used to try and get in the shower with me so I decided to let him get in one day and it just took off from there," Fran told Yahoo News. Teddys fascination with water has only increased over the years. Now he goes into the shower and waits for it to be turned on, and after his rinse, gets toweled off by his doting mom.

Diagnosed with arthritis earlier this summer, he now takes medicine daily to keep him comfortable and active, along with his normal diet of canned tuna and kangaroo meat. His mom even built him a ramp up to the bed.

But despite a few gray hairs, hes still friendly and outgoing. Teddy loves to go out for a wander according to his moms Facebook posts, gnawing on herbs and drinking from his own little fountain outside. The average life expectancy for an indoor cat is between 12 to 18 years old, while cats...

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23:16

In Florida Its Illegal To Power Your Home With Solar PanelsThanks To Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) []

23:00

The country is paying for the Coalition's 'adhockery' on energy policy | Chris Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Political systems decide what and what not to contest on a partisan basis. Surely Australia can be mature enough to agree on climate change The word adhockery, I am told, was first used around 1890. But this term, which denotes an over-reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans deserves a renaissance when it comes to energy policies of the Turnbull government. Has it really come to this? We are seriously being told that what we need to do is keep open [...]

22:57

Hillary Clinton fresh out of appeal to progressives "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Salon magazine suggested Wednesday that Hillary Clinton just isn't appealing - even to liberals. Liberal writer Conor Lynch describes the phenomenon as "the progressive animus towards Clinton." He notes a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows 53 percent of respondents have a negative or very negative perception of Hillary, leading to the conclusion that the failed presidential candidate "seems to be getting even less popular as the 2016 election recedes further into the past." Clinton ponders the question of her obtruding unpopularity in her new book, What Happened, asking "What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I'm really asking. I'm at a loss." The answer, Salon suggests, is "that Clinton was often her own worst enemy in 2016, and frequently provided her opponents with ammunition to torpedo her campaign." Lynch says Clinton ultimately failed to address her most stinging criticism by primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and was believed by progressives to be just another Washington insider. The Salon writer states, "They essentially saw her as a standard Beltway politician - no better and no worse than other politicians who court big donors at cocktail parties in Washington and Manhattan and Beverly Hills."

22:49

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

Summarised for you right here at Property Update. Enjoy!

22:43

Japans bomb in the basement "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Under the guise of a civil nuclear program, Japan has become a de-facto nuclear weapons state without so far having to take that next fateful step.

On Thursday, a shipment of 700 kilograms of plutonium arrived in Japan after a journey by sea from the French port of Cherbourg. Thats enough material for more than 100 nuclear weapons.

The plutonium in the form of atomic fuel known as MOX, a mix of uranium and plutonium oxide is for use in the Takahama-4 reactor, owned by Kansai Electric Power Co. and located on Wakasa Bay, in western Japan near Osaka.

There have been six shipments of such highly toxic cargoes since 1999, the result of an agreement to send radioactive spent fuel in Japan for reprocessing in France and the UK, and then to be shipped back as plutonium MOX fuel for use in Japans reactors.

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ChristinaMac "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

22 sept evacuees court victory

Plaintiffs and their lawyers enter the Chiba District Court on Sept. 22 to hear the verdict in the Fukushima nuclear accident compensation case.

TEPCO ordered to pay evacuees of Fukushima nuclear disaster

CHIBAA district court here on Sept. 22 ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 376 million yen ($3.3 million) in compensation to evacuees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster but absolved the central government of responsibility.

Forty-five people in 18 households who evacuated to Chiba Prefecture following the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant sought a total of about 2.8 billion yen from TEPCO and the government.

About 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 plaintiffs have been filed at district courts around Japan.

The Chiba District Court ruling was the second so far.

In March, the Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture found both TEPCO and the government responsible for the nuclear disaster and ordered compensation totaling

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Reprocessed nuclear fuel returned to Japan for reactor use "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Japan has learned absolutely nothing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. This is not going to end well!

This is a mouthful, read this:

Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.

The need to reduce its plutonium stockpile adds to Japans push to restart reactors, aside from also needing to generate power. It would require 16 to 18 reactors to burn MOX to keep Japans plutonium stockpile from growing when the Rokkasho plant starts up, according to government and utility officials.

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TOKYO- Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.

Kansai Electric Power Co said the shipment arrived for use at the No. 4 reactor at its Takahama

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TEPCO to delay emptying fuel storage pools at Fukushima plant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Plans to remove fuel rods from two spent fuel pools at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be delayed by up to three years because of difficulties in clearing debris and reducing radiation levels.

The government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. originally expected to start emptying the storage pools at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor buildings in fiscal 2020.

But they plan to move the starting time to fiscal 2023 in their first review in two years of the roadmap for decommissioning the stricken nuclear plant, sources said Sept. 20.

They are expected to announce the revised roadmap later this month.

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22:40

Political Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



22:32

Market Talk- September 22nd, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian ASX was probably over-sold yesterday and therefore stood as the only core that performed today. Closing up +0.5% was a healthy recovery after yesterdays 1% decline. Chinas downgrade put a small dent in confidence for the cash markets which took the Hang Seng down
-0.8% while the Shanghai closed with just small loss. Geopolitical risks remain present after US President Donal Trump signed to expand measurers to target North Korean trade. the Nikkei although closed lower (-0.25%) was off of its earlier lows as news of the speech-plays increased between the two nations. Having seen gold break the psychological $1300 mark yesterday, today we traded comfortably below that level all day. The Yen has dipped back below 112 again as talks of possible missile launches were circulating ahead of the weekend.

A quiet European session with the only action centred around UK Prime Minister Theresa May conference on BREXIT. GBP did rally close to the 1.36 level on expectation but that was shot down once delivered. Most of the evening session played a little over the 1.35 level but next week will be key as we approach month and quarter ends. FTSE liked what it heard finishing +0.65% better on the day but again, was probably more a reflection of sterling at that time. Gold could not breach $1300 and remains heavy even with the possible geopolitical uncertainties over the next couple of days. We did see some good economic data from France and a more broader European PMI which were both better but only tended to support markets rather than push them better. German elections of Sunday and it will be interesting to see where the youth decide to vote. Watch the peripheral groups to see who the coalition fits with.

Despite the lack of volume the price continues to rally regardless of all around it. Earlier in the session we had seen a weaker market which had the potential to run at one stage but the lack of liquidity, coupled with so few players that the follow-through just was not there! The enthusiasm for Apple appears to be weighing on confidence with a 5% price decline this week. Lots of talk about the slack in the IPhone 8 uptake and also slow watch turnover but in all the market is at contract highs so why not! Intere...

22:29

Pet Duck Adopts Furry Little Animal Who Lost Her Mom "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A resident of Adelaide, Australia, recently got a bit of a surprise when he checked his pet duck's little house where she lays her eggs.

Credit: FRSA

"He got a surprise when he reached under the super mum and felt fur!" Fauna Rescue of South Australia (FRSA) wrote on Facebook. The duck seemed quite protective of the little squatter: a tiny brushtail possum who lost her mom. "Little Daisy had been kept warm all night by the duck who had the orphan tucked under her wing."

Maybe the duck could sense that the little possum, who only weighed 12 ounces, needed help. "All by herself in a big scary world, little Daisy the possum sought a warm, safe place to hide," FRSA wrote. "She clearly found the right place when she stumbled across a nesting box and crawled in with the duck. Rather than chasing the orphan away, the duck decided to not only accept her, but made every effort to keep the orphan warm and comfortable."

Credit: FRSA

The man knew, however, that in the long term it would be better to turn Daisy over to people who knew how to raise orphaned possums, so he contacted FRSA for help. Daisy will be brought up there until she can be released back into the wild.

Credit: FRSA

Daisy now has a warm place to sleep and plenty of food at the rescue center. She even has a new friend. Daisy recently bonded with a little boy possum about her age who will be her adoptive sibling as the pair grow up and get stronger.
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22:21

Australian ad - 'The next Ice Age should be the most serious climate event for humanity' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An advert today describes the real climate change we should afraid of, discusses how past CO2 levels did not cause dangerous global warming, and extra CO2 has a smaller and smaller effect, then connects failed climate models with rising electricity bills. The text....

22:00

Wanting to be Brown is a Form of White Privilege "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My father is a man of colour; an Indonesian with a deep complexion, almond eyes and a smile that, teamed with his bellowed laugh, can light up a whole room. My mothers fair skin enhances her crystal blue eyes that have watched me navigate the twisted road towards adulthood.

Being of mixed race in New Zealand meant Ive never had to struggle for acceptance, and looking predominantly Caucasian inevitably means I havent had to deal with the issues many people of colour have, even though I technically should.

White privilege is something were born into and forced to either acknowledge or deny. You could be one of those tosser politicians who assure themselves it isnt real while sitting in a room full of other old white men who are convinced it took only hard work to get to where they are. Or, you could accept the privilege and not abuse the fact that sometimes the world really does revolve around you.

I used to think I was worldly. That I used my privilege as a reminder to be conscious and grateful for what it brought me. But a young Indian girl selling handmade bracelets on a dusty street in Amritsar exposed my hypocrisy with a simple question: What product did you use to get your skin that colour?

Little did that girl know, earlier that day, I was complaining about my paleness. I wished I could lather my body with the coconut-scented fake tan I had left 10,000 miles away. I wanted to be darker, to have sun-kissed skin like the girls you see when scrolling your Instagram feed. The ones who endorse those shitty teas and wear bikinis that cost more than my weekly wage at Maccas. I want everyone to compliment my bronzed glow because thats what it is, right? Bronze, not brown. Bronze is for white people, and brown brown is something else entirely.

Azealia Banks enters a shit-storm when she admits to using a skin whitening cream, but nobody gives a fuck if Kylie Jenner lathers on four coats of fake tan before a night out.

Racism exists. As much as we want to close our eyes and sing Kumbaya, we cant, because oppression is still here. People of colour are forced to accept their bodies, whatever shade they are, while I can pick being ghostly pale to a glazed doughnut and eve...

21:20

VR Workshops & Retreat at BBFF 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

VR Workshops

In 2016 we rolled out free Virtual Reality workshops across the Northern Rivers at the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Byron Community Centre and the Brunswick Picture House.

Over 100 Creatives came to learn about this immersive technology and the creative potential it, and other new technologies, holds at these workshops and in more depth at our ncube8 weekend at our 2016 Festival.

ncube8 returns to BBFF2017 providing new insight into the cutting-edge tools which have evolved in the past 12 months.

VR Retreat

A unique opportunity to accelerate your understanding and practice in this medium at a 2 day Residential Intensive in Beautiful Bangalow.

Right now we are seeking Expressions of Interests from 3 Artists who would like to be part of our incubation process in order to generate some form of VR experience, which evolves their existing artform. This opportunity will suit all kinds of Artists, Animators and Filmmakers. Luke Bubb from Moving Peaks and BBFF/GreenhouseFX|3D|VRs Osvaldo C Alfaro will share their knowledge, insight and tools with our Selected Artists.

Artists from outside of the area will be hosted in Bangalow for the nights of October 10, 11 and 12.

Learn more and register at bbff.com.au/ncube8

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21:10

From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Cops Off Campus! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Cops Off Campus! appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Wednesday morning, we dropped two banners at the University of Pittsburgh. They read, From Pitt to Georgia Tech: Disarm the Police, Arm Your Desire and Solidarity with St. Louis and Atlanta: Fuck the Police. The first was hung from student dorms, the second from condemned housing near campus we hope the symbolism is clear. Later that night, after campus police arrested a student protester during coordinated disruptions of a right wing debate on immigration, we linked up with two other crews to beautify campus with chalk and flyers [just a heads up, the link is from a right-wing student news site, and its kinda hilarious]. Another crew from the autonomous student network tells us they also tagged and wheatpasted the Oakland area on Tuesday night.

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We are deeply saddened and angered by the murder of comrade Scout Schultz by Georgia Tech campus police. As a small crew of radical queer youth and accomplices, we recognize that Scout could have been any one of us. We too struggle daily with and against our mental health; we take these actions as part of that struggle. We will continue to answer the calls to fight in Scouts memory [1234], one of which reads:

To anyone who is enraged, grieving, or who stands against the police and the murderous system they protect, we call for actions in solidarity with our fight here in Atlanta. To anyone who is fighting for liberation: in the coming days, fight with Scouts name on your lips, on your banners, and in your hearts.

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21:06

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post: The company quietly announced the move as a side note in its most recent annual report, stating that they will now only sell to green countries, which they defined as being NATO-members or NATO-equivalent (Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand) and those that met Transparency Internationals corruption perceptions index and the Economist Intelligence Units democracy index.

While Heckler & Koch did not respond to an inquiry regarding why Israel was added to the list, the German economic ministry told The Jerusalem Post in an email that while they are aware of the media reports, we dont comment on company trials or decisions.

According to The Guardian, the move makes Heckler & Koch the first arms company to have a more ethical export control policy than its own government. Germany, the worlds fifth largest arms exporter with a total of 6.85 billion euros ($8.22 billion) in sales last year, is in a two-year pilot phase of a new initiative to monitor the end use of its arms export.

21:00

Aboriginal Education and the 800 large ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In July this year four state government tenders were awarded to a media company called DCNSTRCT Pty Ltd. They totalled more than $800,000

20:56

Taking some of it with a grain of . . . grain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fancy a bit of grain for brekkie? Not true grain, but digital noise from cranking up sensor speed to capture action.

Can't freeze birds without much more expensive gear, but it's fun trying.

Immature Brown Honeyeater took plunge several times yesterday in the Common.

Fast settings also slowed passing Striated Pardalotes. Plural? Second bird tucked away, bottom right.

And Black-chi...

20:46

Lets Make America Smart Again: The Future of NASA "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Continuing with our Lets Make America Smart again series, we answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the past, present, and future missions of NASA with Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/lets-make-america-smart-again-the-future-of-nasa/

20:46

Erasmus of America: American Doctors Discover Cure for Most Ailments "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AMERICAN DOCTOR DISCOVERS CURE FOR MOST AILMENTS OF MANKIND! FROM ERASMUS OF AMERICA - SEPT. 22, 2017

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20:46

The Blunt Truth About Each Personality Type, and the Way that Others Perceive You "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.- Scott Fitzgerald

 Throughout the generations, experts have worked to better understand the concept of personality, where it originates and how it impacts our decisions in life. Many have developed their own analysis and understanding of this phenomenon, each building upon the knowledge and expertise of those who came before them.

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was one such expert, focusing a significant period of his career on the concept of personality development. He believed that our personalities were a response to the childhood events that we had experienced, and created labels for a number of different personality types that he had identified including oral and anally retentive.

In the 1970s two research teams led by Paul Costa and Robert R. McCrae of the National Institutes of Health, and Warren Norman and Lewis Goldberg of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Oregon teamed up to discover The Big Five. This refers to the five dimensions that they believe describe most human character traits including extroversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

In his book Personality: a Psychological Interpretation, Gordon Willard Allport defines personality as the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his characteristic behavior and thought.

Todays concept of psychology involves far more terms, theories, and concepts than ever before. As interest has grown in the general public about these various labels, the prevalence of trivia and online tests claiming to provide answers has multiplied, providing answers to anyone who seeks it. Some of these quizzes are specific, discussing personality in relation to our career choices, or the relationships we seek. They are fun and whimsical ways of viewing an otherwise complicated and in-depth conversation.

Here are some very blunt, very honest descriptions of a number of the most common personality types, and an inside look at how others view you:

 

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20:45

CoalWire: The latest ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CoalWire is a weekly news bulletin which summarises the most significant developments affecting the global coal industry and highlights the efforts of groups around the world working on coal-related issues. CoalWire is published by CoalSwarm. Read here

20:29

Messages of the Spirit: Why Signs and Omens Are So Important "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is your omen, only you know the meaning. To me, it is but another star in the night.

  • Gerald R. Stanek, The Eighth House

 Signs and omens have played an incredibly important role throughout history, revered by our ancestors for their ability to predict the future, warn them about difficult times to come and guide them through life as they knew it.

The first written references to signs and omens date back to approximately the third millennium B.C. The presence of these messages has been documented throughout the ancient world, in the historical documents of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations, Rome and even India. Amar Annus, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oriental Institute explains, The concept of sign is found in all ancient cultures, but was first described in ancient Mesopotamian texts. This branch of Babylonian scientific knowledge had great influence, as witnessed by similar texts written in the Aramaic, Sanskrit and Sogdian, among other languages.

In a world that has become dark and frightening, plagued with wars, increased rates of crime and a general disregard for the well-being of others around us, one has to wonder whether we need these messages more today than ever. This may be the time that we need to work to better connect, opening ourselves to these important messages from the Universe.

What is the difference between a sign and an omen?

The terms sign and omen are often used interchangeably today. While both are messages from the Universe, each carries its own purpose in our lives.

Signs appear specifically in our life when we are requesting that the Universe provide us with guidance or an answer while attempting to make a significant decision in our lives. This request isnt necessarily a verbal request; however, it can come in a deeper and more spiritual way as we allow our soul to call out for assistance from our spiritual guardians. It will only come to us when requested, and we will cease to see the sign once the decision has been made.

An Omen, on the other hand, can appear at any time without any prior request or search for guidance. These occur when our spiritual guardians feel the need to reach out to us about something that is coming. They may be ominous, outlandish, mysterious, wondrous or bizarre, each individual and different, however, each carrying an important message that the Universe wants us to hear. Their purpose is to relay that an important event is either happening right now or about to happen. These events may be good or evil in nature, bu...

20:00

When Free Speech Silences Marginalized Voices My Latest Ravishly Article "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contrary to popular belief among certain YouTubers, Im a social justice warrior who actually loves free speech. In fact, the main reason I write is to use my free speech rights to challenge peoples preconceived notions about gender and sexuality and create conversations about complex social justice issues. One of my favorite philosophers, John Stuart Mill, summarizes it best in his 1859 classic essay On Liberty:

But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race, posterity as well as the existing generation, those who dissent from the opinion still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

Of course this opens up a wide variety of questions regarding free speech in the 21st century: Is it censorship when a private organization disinvites a controversial speaker? Would racist slogans like Blood and soil be considered hate speech that directly leads to violence? Unfortunately, I dont have the time to answer all these questions right now. I do, however, want to point out a disturbing trend I see:

Those who advocate for free speech the most vocally tend to be silent when marginalized people are censored.

Click here to read the rest.

19:41

Did They Do It On Purpose? New Southpark Episode Triggers Amazon Alexa and Google Home Devices "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The episode, titled White People Renovating Houses, apparently drove Amazon Alexa and Google Home totally nuts, leaving many wondering if creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker did it on purpose. The likely answer given their history of tackling contemporary issues is yes.

We have an Amazon Alexa and a Google Home and South Park repeatedly screwed with both of them tonight, noted one Twitter user

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19:40

Tillerson Addresses North Koreas Latest Weapons Test Threat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[NY Daily] Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to say how exactly the U.S. might act if North Korea drops a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.

We will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena, but all our military options are on the table, Tillerson said during a Friday appearance on Good Morning America. Once we can assess the nature of this threat, the President will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions.

The top diplomats remarks came less than an hour after President Trump heightened the war of words with North Korea.

Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesnt mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! Trump tweeted.

The North Korean strongman on Thursday night threatened to carry out another weapons test this time possibly over the Pacific and called the President mentally deranged. Trump vowed this week to totally destroy the nation if North Koreas tests continued, referring to Kim as Rocket Man.

Tillerson, during his GMA appearance, didnt give a direct answer when asked if Trumps tough talk against the hermetic country worked.

The President takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously and it is his first and foremost responsibility but were not in this alone, he said, noting that China and Russia have also put pressure on North Korea.

Trump hit Pyongyang with its latest economic blow on Thursday when he signed an order directed at entities that work with North Korea.

Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Koreas efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind, Trump said.

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19:34

Hysteria: Health workers attacked, abused over Victoria hospital smoking ban "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rules banning smoking outside Victoria's public hospitals could be reviewed because health workers are being attacked and abused while trying to police the policy. Calls for an audit of the ban are being led by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is concerned nurses are being put in danger. "We're hearing that the policing of the ban actually leads to violence and aggression against our members," union state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said. The calls come after the death of Melbourne heart surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who was allegedly punched in the head in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital after expressing concern about people smoking near the hospital entrance. Last month two patient transport officers were reportedly assaulted outside Dandenong Hospital after refusing a request for a cigarette.

19:24

Morgan Freeman Drops Truth Bomb On Race Hustlers Leaving CNN Embarrassed & Speechless "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[BannedInfo] Who is better qualified to talk about how race has held him back than an eighty-year old black man from the Deep South, Memphis, Tennessee? On his way up there were no affirmative action programs to help him overcome the obstacle of being born Black in America.

Morgan Freeman was 80 when he was interviewed on CNN Tonight, two years ago.  Host Don Lemon Morgan asked him, Do you think poverty is part of genetics, to answer your question?

Freeman answered forthrightly,  No, you cant say that. I dont think wealth, personally, I dont think wealth and genetics have anything to do with each other, actually.

Freeman elaborated and his answer mustve had political race hustlers burying their heads, If youre born in the U.S., it really doesnt matter the condition of your birth.  What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment, whether or not you are I mean, this is from the standpoint of having been born with little. Here, you can always get out of that. Poverty is just

The Academy Award winner wasnt done.

When Lemon asked him, Do you think race plays a part in wealth distribution?

Freeman didnt hesitate, Today? No.

Lemon persisted, You dont?

And, Freeman remained resolute, No. No, I dont. You and I, were proof. Why would race have anything to do with it? Put your mind to what you want to do and go from there.

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee [in 1937], said Freeman.  I had a long haul from where I came from, to here. But here we are. So proof is in proof of the pudding is in the eating. Here we sit at the dining table.

Lemon was desperate to protect The Legacy Of Liberalism that has destroyed the Black family and the schools their children attend that Freeman had earlier alluded to (What matters is what you inherit from your nurturing, from your environment.)

Lemon: But its hard to when you say that to people because they say, Here you go with the pull yourself up by the bootstraps thing. Youre just being respectable. Not everybody can do that.

Freemans response was abrupt: Bullsh**! Everybody can! Not that it doesnt [take] courage. Courage is the key to life itself. A lot of people were born in situations, Ill never get out of this. So they wont. I say to people who say, We...

19:18

Dont Tell Me How To Travel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For years, I have been told that my way of travelling is wrong. Its a habit that I was once ashamed of, but now, unabashedly own.nf

I am an informed traveller who, like many others, secretly enjoys the daggy pastime of planning my holidays. We are the people who research and double check our travel itineraries the slightly obsessive travellers who are perceived as a little boring and tedious. It may not be edgy and cool, but you know what? We get shit done.

Ive been lectured more times than I can count by supposedly well-travelled people who, with all the knowledge that their 20-something years can offer, tell me the value of spontaneity and preach about the evils of planning and knowledge with no balance to be found.

No one can have fun making lists, they admonish.

I often wonder why I and so many others get such a bad reputation for being informed. In this age of anxiety, why torture yourself by not having even the slightest plan or fooling yourself into thinking that by winging it youre going to find yourself?

Maybe some people can improvise their way through their travels, but thats just not my style. This doesnt make my adventures any less valuable. To be one of those carefree people who can turn up somewhere and hope for the best would be great, but not all of us are that lucky. For me, its a definite way to waste my holiday and end up a nervous wreck.

I once bowed to the pressure of being more spontaneous on a trip to Japan. I couldnt let go altogether, so I made a loose itinerary and vowed only to bring it out if everything went to shit. My fellow travellers had only come up with a few things they wanted to do: watch a sumo match, visit a brewery and eat at high-end restaurants.

As it turned out, everywhere was fully booked for months, and it wasnt sumo season. With a completely empty itinerary, they planned to wander the streets of Tokyo. As the first week progressed, they realised that perhaps they needed to put a more solid plan in place. This is where me and my list of adventures came in. At first theyd thought I was crazy, but my planning meant they saw a lot of Japan, so they indulged me. One point for neuroticism and zero for their spontaneous adventure.

Not having a clue has even become a trend to impress people. This spontaneous approach to travelling has been so romanticised that its become like a photo of an average coffee with a pretty filter. After...

19:06

Trump at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose, threatening speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 19, 2017. In addition to harsh attacks on North Korea and Iran, Trump singled out Venezuela and Cuba, reading a host of cliched lies and traditional US government boilerplate from his teleprompter, delivered to a notably muted response from the assembled delegations.

Trumps address was a shameless display of demagogy that had the political aim of winning allies, especially in Latin America, for a campaign to isolate Venezuela and Cuba, and create the political conditions to implement regime change against both sovereign countries.

It is more likely that Trump, his Administration, and the US government as a whole, will be found politically isolated. The evening prior to his UNGA speech, Trump gave remarks before a dinner with some Latin American heads of state and diplomats. There he tested out his rhetoric, shameless hyperbole and half-truths, and threats against Venezuela. It remains to be seen how many of the conservative and neoliberal governments that Trump is courting in Latin America will be comfortable aligning themselves with the Trump Administration against Venezuela and Cuba.

Also, crucially for US policymakers, there is the overwhelming popular consciousness across the Americas and internationally against these US policies. It should also be clear to Trump and Washington that inside the United States there will also be great opposition and resistance to these policies.

On November 1, the UN General Assembly will again register the stunning isolation of US anti-Cuba policies when it votes overwhelmingly in favor of the Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo by the United States of America Against Cuba. Trump will certainly instruct US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to vote No this year, reversing the 2016 decision of the Barack Obama Administration to abstain. For years the annual UN vote has been a major political embarrassment for various bipartisan US Administrations and Congresses, with lopsided, near-unanimous support for the Cuban government-sponsored Resolution at the General Assembly vote.

Trumps lies and threats from the podium of the United Nations must be answered in the United States, across the Americas, and around the world by protests that are being organized on or around the time of the November 1 vote.

Join worldwide demonstrations in cities around the world to finally bring down the US blockade against Cuba!

19:03

DeVos Ditches Obama-Era Campus Assault Rules, But Problems Lie Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our long national nightmare is overor is it?

On Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidance on sexual assault that ensured more innocent students accused of the abhorrent crime would be found responsible and expelled. Earlier this month, DeVos announced she would seek comment from stakeholders to improve the way schools adjudicate accusations of sexual assault.

DeVos at the time mentioned the need for due process for the accused and better treatment of accusers, since all sides agree even the Obama-era guidance did not solve all the problems. (Supporters of the Obama-era guidance went apoplectic after DeVoss speech, however, claiming she was siding with rapists over victims, an absurd notion.)

In place of the Obama-era guidance, known ominously as the 2011 Dear Colleague letter, as well as a 2014 question-and-answer document, schools will now have to adhere to 2001 and 2006 guidance from the Education Department.

A Deprivation of Rights

In her letter rescinding the previous guidance, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson wrote of the problems caused by the Obama-era guidance. The 2011 guidance forced schools to adopt a low, preponderance of evidence standard for adjudicating sexual assault, when schools had previously been allowed to use the more stringent clear and convincing standard. To avoid federal lawsuits or yanked funds, schools were required to adopt the lower standard, even though such regulatory changes were required by law to go through a notice and comment period and the 2011 document did not.

Jackson also lamented the old guidances insistence that accusers have the right to appeal decisions, effectively undermining double jeopardy. Schools were also discouraged from allowing parties to cross-examine each other, claiming such a tool of due process could violate Title IX, the anti-discrimination statute from which all these rules sprung.

Schools were also required, under Obama-era guidance, to create quasi-judicial proceedings (stacked against the accused both in requirements and culture) and forbade them from relying on law enforcement to investigate. Schools also had to investigate and adjudicate in a short amount of time, and stated that any due process protections must not unnecessarily delay the proceedings.

The 2011 and 2014 guidance documents may have been well-intentioned, but those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many studentsboth accused students denied fair process and victims deni...

19:00

Why My Europe Trip Wont Set Me Free "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I trudged up the stairs to my house, listless and exhausted after nine hours in my cubicle. After a half-hearted hello to my father sitting in the living room, I noticed it: a cardboard-wrapped beacon of hope. My beautiful new Lonely Planet had arrived, clean and fresh and full of promise.

In a few months time, I would be embarking on my first solo trip: four weeks in Europe to help soothe the ache of a 20-something  who was disenchanted with the working world. I wanted this trip to provide more than a comprehensive knowledge of markets in Provence I needed this trip to reset the optimism and energy I had lost since joining the workforce. More than anything, I longed for freedom.

The weight of my expectations was immense, and I could feel it permeate my planning. My search for the perfect Airbnb had taken on a slightly manic edge. Which of these Parisian apartments will best facilitate my personal growth? Does a view of the Eiffel Tower expedite self-discovery?

In the midst of my madness, I chanced upon a new perspective on the pursuit of freedom in Kyo Maclears Birds Art Life Death. Referencing Geoff Dyer, Maclear writes: Now I know that the truth about freedom is that its a practice and not a permanent condition. It actually takes a daily effort to be free Freedom is not a great leap or a definitive jailbreak or the result of a moments decisive action, but a project to be constantly renewed.

Jean-Paul Sartre echoes this sentiment, advocating a form of existentialism based on the idea that all people are free to create themselves through their actions essentially empowering you to play an active role in choosing the person you want to be and the life you lead by the decisions you make. In this way, he suggests that it is possible to be authentic and free, but this can only be achieved through consistent effort.

For the most part, freedom is not something you consider to be a process or something that requires continued work. For most people, the image of freedom is big, bold and fearsome: marching into your boss office and quitting your job or buying that one-way plane ticket to a faraway destination. But perhaps we have the measure of freedom all wrong. Maybe freedom lives in the many small decisions we make each day.

Freedom happens when you decide you dont need that luxury hotel and the luxury loan to match. Freedom happens when you resist the temptation to slide from one unfulfilling job into another because its safe and comfortable and sounds go...

18:42

Gabon arrest of ivory trafficker "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gabonews
September 19, 2017
On Monday 18 September in Libreville, an ivory trafficker from Mayumba was
arrested by the judicial police and the Eaux et For?ts with the support of
the NGO Conservation Justice.

The transaction was to be held in a hotel in the Montagne Sainte district.

Thanks to extensive investigations, the mixed team was able to foil the
ivory trafficking and the organizer was arrested. Samba Camara, the brains
of the operation, was arrested in flagrante delicto for the detention,
transport, and marketing of the products of an integrally protected
species, 4 tusks of elephant ivory totaling 27 kg.

The offender, originally from Mayumba, from where the ivory would also
come, would not be at his first facts in terms of trafficking and will have
to answer that in court.

He faces six months in prison. In neighboring countries, sentences are
heavier, with 5 years in prison in Congo and 3 in Cameroon. Under these
conditions, the traffickers would logically favor Gabon. Recent articles in
the English newspapers The Mirror and Independent mention that ivory
originally from Gabon finances terrorist activities, including Boko Haram,
in other countries. These facts have been confirmed by the National Agency
of National Parks.[These latter reports are unfounded no evidence at all. KS]

As ivory traffic generates significant financial benefits and flows, it can
be understood that it may be of interest and linked to other types of
crime. The links between ivory trafficking and security issues are numerous
and have been highlighted in many countries.

http://gabonews.com/fr/actus/societe/article/trafic-d-ivoire-un-nouveau-trafiquant-arrete-a

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18:40

Malawi three arrested in Lilongwe for possession of ivory "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Nyasa Times

Elijah Phimbi
September 20, 2017

Malawi Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody three men at Kanengo
Police Station following their arrest after being found in possession of
Ivory illegal on Monday this week.

According to Kanengo Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Laban Makalani,
the three were arrested by Wildlife Crime Investigators at Kanengo
Industrial Site following a tip from well wishers.

Makalani identified the three as David Nyadani (39), Mike Josephy (37) and
Wisdom Milosi (49).

He said the three reside at Namitete and they travelled to Lilongwe in
search of a market to sell the ivory.

The ivory weighed 1.4 Kilograms and its estimated worth is about K2,
310,000.00.

They will soon appear before court to answer charges of Illegal Possession
of Protected Species and dealing in Government trophies contrary to Section
86 (1) and 91 of Wildlife Act said Makalani.

The trio hails from Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201709200873.html


18:34

The Common Roots of Anxiety and Addiction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Have you ever stopped to think about life from a perspective other than your own? Do you ever slow down and notice all the small things that make this world worth living in?

We spend our whole lives searching for something or someone to make us happy but is that what we really need? As human beings, I have noticed we are all addicted to something whether it is soda, junk food, alcohol, or anything else. We all have a crutch of some kind.

Why is this? Why do we allow ourselves to remain addicted to these things that are doing nothing good for us? What are we trying to cure ourselves of? What are we trying to hide?

As children, we seek gratification in all that we do but why? Why cant we just be happy? Is there no cure for the things that bring us down? Can we not work through our boredom, depression, anxiety and so forth?

Why do we experience all of these negative things in life? Why is it some people do and some people dont? Why are there so many questions that go unanswered?

I learned at a young age that feeling happy comes at the most unexpected times. In my opinion, the cure for all that makes us sick or brings us down is quite simple. Getting rid of all of these addictions and being in nature, and finally allowing our stress to drain away. While to most this will seem unrealistic or even stupid, it has worked wonders for me.

You see, we only fall into a routine of damage if we do not allow ourselves time to be disconnected when we can. Our dependencies and addictions are preventing us from overcoming things like anxiety and so forth. Addiction only feeds into the instability.

While my answers may seem a bit too open, maybe they helped you to see things a bit more clearly. Personal growth is important and overmedicating is not the answer. For more on this check out the videos below. If anything maybe they will help you to see things from a different perspective.

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18:14

The world is slowly moving toward de-dollarization "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The issue of when a global reserve currency begins or ends is not an exact science. There are no press releases announcing it, and neither are there big international conferences that end with the signing of treaties and a photo shoot. Nevertheless we can say with confidence that the reign of every world reserve currency has to come to an end at some point in time. During a changeover from one global currency to another, gold (and to a lesser extent silver) has always played a decisive role. Central banks and governments have long been aware that the dollar has a sell-by date as a reserve currency. But it has taken until now for the subject to be discussed openly. The fact that the issue has been on the radar of a powerful bank like JP Morgan for at least five years, should give one pause. Questions regarding the global reserve currency are not exactly discussed on CNBC every day. Most mainstream economists avoid the topic like the plague. The issue is too politically charged. However, that doesn't make it any less important for investors to look for answers. On the contrary. The following questions need to be asked: What indications are there that the world is turning its back on the US dollar? And what are the clues that gold's role could be strengthened in a new system? The mechanism underlying today's "dollar standard" is widely known and the term "petrodollar" describes it well. This system is based on an informal agreement the US and Saudi Arabia arrived at in the mid-1970s. The result of this deal: Oil, and consequently all other important commodities, is traded in US dollars - and only in US dollars. Oil producers then "recycle" these "petrodollars" into US treasuries. This circular flow of dollars has enabled the US to pile up a towering mountain of debt of nearly $20 trillion - without having to worry about its own financial stability. At least, until now.

18:00

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Strong Towns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins with two parallel scenarios: In the first, a man named Arthur Dent wakes up in his rural English home only to find that a bulldozer outside is about to demolish his house in order to build a highway bypass through it.

After deciding to lay in front of the bulldozer to prevent his home from being destroyed, his conversation with the bulldozer driver goes like this:

"Come off it, Mr. Dent," [the driver] said, "you can't win, you know. You can't lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely [...] I'm afraid you're going to have to accept it. This bypass has got to be built and it's going to be built!"

"First I've heard of it," said Arthur, "why's it got to be built?"

"What do you mean, why's it got to be built?" he said. "It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses."

Protetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council explains:

As you are probably aware, plans for the development of the outlying regions of the galaxy invoke the building of a hyperspace express route through your star system. And your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition.

(Shouts of terror emit around the globe.)

There's no point acting all surprised about it; the plans and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your earth years. If you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that's your own lookout.

There are some important Strong Towns issues explored here in just the first few pages of the book. First, how many people throughout history have been told "We need to bulldoze your house to build a highway"? And, when they ask why, are provided with little more answer than Arthur Dent receives: "It's a highway. You've got to build highways." Take a look at.........

17:23

Truth To Power 09.22.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Dediscovery of HIV: The Australian scientists who almost destroyed the AIDS paradigm and may have inadvertently found the key to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome epidemic. Charles Ortleb, the author of Truth to Power, discusses the arguments of the Perth Group, the Australian scientists who have been under attack from the AIDS establishment for many years for insisting that HIV was never properly isolated ...

The post Truth To Power 09.22.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

17:21

An NJRPP Public Briefing Meeting in Iluka, NSW, 20 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Section of the southern boundary of the Hickey Street land proposed for development

On 21 September 2017 North Coast Voices received this email from an Iluka resident on the subject of a recent meeting in that little coastal town:

At 4.30pm on Wednesday 20th September 2017 the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (NJRPP) held a Public Briefing Meeting at Iluka Community Hall concerning the proposed coastal subdivision of 19 hectares of environmentally sensitive land adjacent to the Iluka World Heritage Area.

The meeting was chaired by Gary West (Chair NJRPP) who was accompanied by three other panel members - Ms. Pam Westing, Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons and Deputy-Mayor Jason Kingsley.

Four council staff members accompanied the panel members, including Carmel Landers who is responsible for progressing the development application through council planning processes.

Concerned residents and ratepayers filled between half and three-quarters of the halls seating capacity.

...

17:03

Oklahoma Muslim who beheaded coworker says he is a slave to Allah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In those tapes Nolen answers questions in a very matter-of-fact way with seemingly little emotion. He told the investigators he beheaded Hufford because he felt oppressed as a Muslim. Nolen carefully explained his interpretation of the Quran and said no one guided him in the religion and that he came his beliefs on his own. []

17:00

The Legend of the Green Bread "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was leaning against a boulder on Uluwatu beach, watching disco lights and reggae music dance across hanging vegetation and out over the waves. Suddenly a hobbling little goblin of a man crawled out of the shadows.

Hey mate, I said. How ya feelin?

Aw Ben, he said in his thickly Australian accent. Is that you?

And it was fucking Sammy.

Aw shit dude, I just threw up, he said cheerily.

Wow, really? Great.

Bri did too.

What? Bri?

I followed him back to the spot Id left not two minutes ago. Sammy was stumbling a bit but Bri was twirling on her heels, not sure which way was down.

Were goin back to the hotel mate! Sammy said, trying to support Bri by the arm on top of his intoxicated sways. Neither of you are going anywhere, I said, then sighed, without me.

A few hours earlier, Sammy and I had checked into our hotel room, which included aircon and a pool but no potable water. That left only one thing worth drinking.

Lets hit the bar and get some Bintangs! was Sammys warcry. We asked around to see if anyone wanted to join and Bri volunteered. When we finally got ourselves seated and thirsts satiated, one thing was damned obvious. Sammy and I were both pining for this neat, dark-haired, longlegged and literary Kiwi girl. But only one of us was good at conversation and familiar with booze and parties.

I felt a bit dejected, but I also felt like I didnt want to compete with someone who was turning out to be one of my best mates. I decided to hit the beach.

After descending a stupid number of winding, stonecarved steps down to the sand, I did my usual thing and tried to find things the average party-goer might miss. I crawled around rocky boulders, cringed as some lads got uncomfortably close to a venomous seasnake, flirted around a bit (they all had boyfriends), and of course, subtly kept tabs on my new besty and erstwhile bae.

It came time to head back to the boulders and relieve myself of two or three Bintangs when I was met with my spiritbrothers beautifully drunken entrance. He and Bri had had more than just two or t...

16:59

Brexit Talks Could Continue Close to UKs March 2019 Exit, Theresa May Says "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FLORENCE, Italy Britains negotiations with the European Union could continue close to its scheduled March 2019 departure from the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the two sides need to come to an agreement by November next year in order to allow time for it to be ratified by parliaments.

Of course we will leave at the end of March 2019 and negotiations will be continuing potentially up quite close to that time, May said during a question-and-answer session following a speech in Florence setting out her Brexit plans.

(Reporting by William James; Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by William Schomberg)

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May Says Will Honour EU Budget Commitments During Period of EU Membership

FLORENCE, Italy Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that Britain will honour its budget commitments made during the period of its EUs membership during.

I do not want our partners to fear that they will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave, May said.

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16:55

Is Spain Going to Explode Over Catalonian Secession? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The autonomous region of Catalonia has once again called for a referendum for secession from Spain, and all hell is breaking loose. Although the vote is still two weeks away, this week has seen a marked increase in tension and conflict between the two sides thats quickly reaching a boiling point. The government in Spain, which calls the planned vote illegal, has frozen Catalonias access to public funds so that they cant be spent on organizing the referendum. It is also trying to shut down its access to ballot boxes, although the Catalan government says it has 6,000 of them hidden away.

On Wednesday, the Spanish military arrested 14 high ranking Catalan officials and raided 41 Catalan regional government departments across the region. They have also raided newspapers to look for documents having to do with the referendum, following a judges order. This caused more than 40,000 protesters to take to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, which then provoked the Spanish government to send troops into the city. Tens of thousands are gathering again in the city today for more protests.

Demonstrating the severity of the situation, the government in Madrid had attempted to send 4,000 police officers to the region on Thursday in police boats which were meant to dock in Catalonia to deal with the escalating situation, but the boats couldnt dockthe port workers wouldnt cooperate. They either boycotted or refused docking access to the ships. The government responded by hiring ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for police.

This Isnt The First Time Catalonia Has Sought Independence

Catalonia has long called for independence from Spain. As recently as 2014, it tried to hold a similar independence referendum. At that time, the Spanish government pushed back, calling the vote illegal. That caused Catalan leaders to rebrand the vote as a participation process to see how much support the Catalan government had for political independence. Catalan leaders still faced legal consequences for holding that vote, something that was presumably meant to scare Catalonia off from holding another referendum.

That clearly didnt work. This time around, Catalonia is much more defiant and is not taking no for an answer, which seems to be part and parcel of the populism thats been sweeping Europe in the last couple of years. Now, it appears Catalonias boldness could boil over into the kind of civil unrest that Western Europe hasnt seen in decades.

According to the...

16:51

To My Friends In Australia: The Vaccine War Deepens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted. Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to []

16:48

The Data Demontrates That America Should Build the Wall and Initiate Merit Based Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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I did not enjoy writing this article because I usually find myself rooting for the underdog, whether it is in sports or in politics. For example, I took great delight that I was able to take part in the greatest upset in American political history in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.  Having been raised in Denver, I reveled in the fact, that after 17 straight losing seasons, the Denver Broncos have managed to win three Super Bowls.  Subsequently, when I look at immigration, it is the story of the down-trodden and how they have made a life for themselves. I can personally identify with this sentiment, because I am a first generation American on my fathers side of the family.

Despite my affinity for the underdog, I find myself adopting pragmatist views towards immigration. First, allow me to say that many immigrants are my Christian brothers and sisters. And those that are here, minus the hard-core criminals, should not be deported because it is a case of too much water under the bridge. However, there is something that can be done, and should be done, with regard to future immigration. The numbers simply do not lie.

The Truthful Answers Are Often the Simplest

Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization and Senior Writing Fellow and he developed the following quiz on immigration:

1) What, for the last three decades, is the average number of immigrants legally admitted?

2) What is the Diversity Visa, and name at least three countries whose nationals have received the DV?

3) Approximately how many refugees does the U.S. resettle annually? Name at least three countries theyve come from.

4) Name the number of times Americans have voted on immigrant admissions, visa issuance, or refugee resettlement.

Answers:

1) More than one million, all given life-time work authorization, a total that continues despite 9/11, the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a...

16:16

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Tens of millions of dollars are spent annually on political lobbying for the interests of the fossil fuel sector. That investment serves the interests of a small amount of company shareholders in keeping a legacy industry alive, despite the availability of newer, clean technologies, at lower cost. In the wake of these behind-the-scenes policy negotiations, the real and present impacts of climate change, such as bushfires, coastal flooding and reduced crop yields are left at the door of future generations to deal with. [Professor Tim Flannery writing in The Guardian, 13 September 2017]

The main problem bedevilling Australias energy sector at the moment is a lack of settled policy to define the investment framework. It means companies like AGL have to guess what regulations they will face in the future. [Journalist Katherine Murphy writing in The Guardian, 12 September 2017]

Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period." [ESPN SportsCenter cohost Jemele Hill tweeting about US President Donald Trump on 11 September 2017]

16:01

Chrysanthemum Stone "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was sitting at the dining room table, singing to myself. You dont bring me flowersanymore.. Pete interrupted me. I think you meanat all. I never bring you flowers. Sigh. Such is life when youre married to an engineer. . . . . . Shortly after this conversation, it was Small Mans 21st birthday. I []

15:59

Lawmakers Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers SERAP "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has confirmed that its representatives yesterday met with the Senate President Bukola Saraki to discuss issues relating to details of annual salaries and allowances of lawmakers. In a statement today by Timothy Adewale SERAP deputy director the organization said that, While we appreciate the expressed commitment by Saraki to transparency and accountability of the National Assembly, and the rare opportunity to dialogue with him, we remain deeply concerned that the leadership of the Senate has unfortunately not satisfactorily addressed the damaging allegations byProfessor Itse...

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15:41

Roger Ver Joins Other Libertarians In Announcing a New Nation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ever wish you could live in a Libertarian utopia? Roger Ver and his team may have the answer for you.

15:19

Can You Feel The Love Tonight For Say I Do!? Sir Elton John Did! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bit of a coup for the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, of which New Matilda has a financial interest.

Sir Elton John, who embarks tonight on a very unique Australian tour (hes only performing in regional areas) will be performing in front of tens of thousands of fans. And a few thousand of those in Mackay and Cairns will be toasting the performance of one of the worlds great rock stars with a cool, refreshing can of Say I Do!

Sir Eltons management company Rocket Man Productions (go figure!) recently ordered over 6,500 cans of Say I Do, Sparkkes new white wine bubbles in a can which was launched earlier this year, and aims to promote marriage equality in Australia.

Sir Elton himself wont be sampling Say I Do! The superstar has been sober for 17years. But concert-goers will be among the first in the country to try the first white wine bubbles in a can Australia has ever seen.

New Matilda readers will among the first as well. You mob have been big supporters of Sparkke (which I greatly appreciate), and in particular Say I Do! And on that front, the first batch (from the crowd sourcing campaign earlier this year) left the warehouse in Sydney yesterday and today and should be in New Matilda homes by early next week.

When your Sparkke Say I Do! arrives, wed love to know what you think about it. So please take a photo of you enjoying it, and post it social media. You can hashtag it with #sparkkechange, #equalitybubbles and, of course, #voteyes.

In other Sparkke news, brewer Agi Gajic has just finished the newest product, a New England Pale Ale. Its a style of beer Agi became fond of during her trip to the United States earlier this year.

Its a full strength beer, and its campaign message is. Well let you know next week.

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15:17

Hundreds of homeless people vanish in Salt Lake City after police operation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police say that the whereabouts of several hundred homeless people are unknown and residents of the city are concerned

SALT LAKE CITY (INTELLIHUB) Police say that they do not know where hundreds of homeless people that used to congregate on the streets near a local shelter disappeared to following a local operation.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown told the press that he has checked all of the local encampments along the river banks and all the parks but is still perplexed how over 200 homeless people just vanished. Now some locals fear the worst and want answers.

All of this raises questions after a homeless man from Houston who survived Hurricane Harvey told a reporter that two local shelters were killing everybody.

Salvation Army and Russian Winds homeless shelter where they were accepting people were caught killing everybody that was in there, the man told NBC.

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14:24

Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Spotted at Emerald Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Wednesday 20 September, I ventured to Emerald with my lovely wife on our anniversary and as luck would have it, when I popped into Emerald Airport, there were four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters parked on the apron preparing for departure.


Sadly, I was only able to manage some photos on the phone as (of course) I didn't bring my camera with me!

All four had arrived a little while earlier from the South, flying under the one formation callsign of "Cowboy".

The four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville and were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.




14:21

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-448 Touch and Go at Rockhampton Airport as "Mentor 01" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Thursday 21 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-448 was spotted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport including a touch and go on Rocky's Runway 33.  It was heard to use the radio callsign of "Mentor 01".






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13:31

MACKAY Mackay man faces new sexual assault charge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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13:25

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy.

The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

In fact, current Florida state law makes it illegal.

This is the definition of crony capitalism. Companies lobby government officials, who then vote in favor of the corporate position  often for a quid pro quo in the form of financial support for the officials reelection campaign.

Any solar panels erected on a home must be connected to the local electrical power grid.

So, if you want to build an off the grid home  it is illegal to install solar panels on your home.

Just ask Robert Tarr who, according to WFTV, spent more than $60,000 for a system of 32 solar panels for his roof. But even though his house can generate enough electricity to run indefinitely without being hooked to a power company, legally, he still has to be connected and pay the Leesburg Electric Department for power he doesnt even need.

So you can be completely free of the grid?  Channel 9s Jamie Holmes asked.

Yes, Tarr said.

But they make you attach to the grid, Holmes asked.

Yes, Tarr said. I have a problem with it, OK? I think if I want to be totally independent of them, I should be allowed to be, Tarr said.

If Tarr were to stop paying his electric bill, reports WFTV, he said Leesburg would shut off his power. City officials could also revoke his certificate of occupancy for not being hooked up to the system.

So, if this family wanted to de...

13:13

Former Disney Exec: Hollywood Is Hurting Because It Makes Movies For Lowest Common Denominator "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This past summer, Hollywood earned its lowest box office revenue since 2006. More than a dozen films from every major movie studio bombed hard, to quote film financial analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen & Co.

I wouldnt want to be a movie theater owner right now, he said. The losses were nothing short of historic.

Many turn to the rise of Netflix, the role of Rotten Tomatoes and sequel fatigue, and other themes for answers. But two veteran Hollywood producers say the lack of family fare is a major factor behind Hollywoods slump.

Families are way underserved today, says writer Brian Bird. Now Bird and former Disney executive Mitch Davis are revealing their aim to create compelling films and TV shows that run counter to mainstream trends.

Audiences Are Starved For Family Programming

Movie producer Mitch Davis got his start at Walt Disney Studios in the late 1980s, working behind-the-scenes on Newsies, Dead Poets Society and other releases now considered iconic.

He wrote and directed The Other Side of Heaven for Disney in 2001, the first film role for young actress Anne Hathaway. She went on to star in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight trilogy. (Worth noting: Nolans World War II drama Dunkirk was this past summers only original, non-franchise hit.)

The movie industry is the most persuasive, pervasive creator of popular culture on the planet, Davis said in an interview to support The Stray, his independent family film opening in theaters October 6. To make a world-class movie, it costs upwards of 50 to 200 million dollars. What do those economic forces mean? If youre spending that kind of money, you have to know you have a legitimate path to recouping it. The answer to that question becomes the lowest common denominator: sex and violence.

Brian Bird, executive producer of When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel, echoed Daviss analysis. Its a race to the bottom everywhere in the media conversation, except for a few small networks who are trying desperately to program for a family audience.

Writer of successful biopics The Case for Christ and Captive for Paramount Pictures, Bird recently co-founded Believe Pictures with Michael Landon, Jr., son of the famed Little House on the Prairie...

12:42

Australias First Vaccine Magazine To Be Launched In September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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ANR Media is the proud publisher of Vaxxed Inc.- Australias first and only magazine to discuss the big global controversy surrounding vaccines and vaccinations. Read More

12:40

City Walk Reykjavik tour reviewed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On a cold January day in Reykjavik, we found ourselves standing with a group of 30 others waiting to start the City Walk Reykjavik tour. The popularity of the Reykjavik walking tour has a lot to do with the price of anything in Reykjavik Iceland. The meeting point was Austurvllur in front of the House of Parliament (Alingi). Mind you, you would never guess it is the house of Parliment. No guards, guns or dogs in sight which really surprised the majority of us in the group. Just a historically old looking stone building in downtown Reykjavik. We were later to learn that a previous Icelandic government was toppled by protestors throwing bananas at the building, it made for a great way to break the ice at the start of the CityWalk tour!

Reykjavik walking tour was funny and informative

Back to the City Walk Reykjavik. Eric was our guide on this day and a funnier more informative guy you would not meet. Some of the stories he told had us all completely in stitches. I would love to tell you some but I am not sure how they would come across in writing. The tour takes you on foot around the heart of Reykjavk starting as we said in Austurvllur and finishing at the Harpa Concert Hall. The main focus is the history of Iceland from the landing of the Vikings and how the country was populated (now thats a funny story told by Eric.) We learn of Reykjavk as a town and its quirks such as the Tree of the Year competition, when you visit you will totally understand. Eric will also go into more detail about Vikings and their way of life as they are very important to Iceland. After all, they settled this country. Statues of prominent Vikings are found throughout Reykjavik. Eric will also tell you about the famous Elves of Iceland and how they are so much a part of the Icelandic way of life. They so well respected and often roads are diverted as to not destroy their homes. The stories of the Elves are great for the kids and even the adults. It makes you look for them everywhere you go as you wander the city. You visit the famous Reykjavik hotdog stand where you talk food, nightlife, music and discuss the part Icelands banks played in the financial crash of 2008.

City Walk Tour Highlights Include:
  • Icelandic Parliment
  • City Hall
  • The Oldest Street in Reykjavik
  • The Tree of the Year
  •  Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. world famous hot dogs
  • Arnarholl Park
  • Laugavegur Street
  • ...

12:33

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: My Book. Primitive Fire Lighting. eBook. Written F...: Primitive Fire Lighting-Flint & Steel & Fire Bow. eBook. Title: Primitive Fire lighting. ID: 9784776 Category: History De...

12:27

Merkel's Muslim mob chanting "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight on your own". "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Merkels Germany... Islamozanis march through the streets: Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out & fight on your own#RoshHashanah pic.twitter.com/RFCGtn3vIG Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 20, 2017

12:18

Cory Bernardi takes out the #GoldKenny @Qldaah #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One Tweet to bind them all. The weekly Gold Kenny has been awarded by Mike Carlton to Cory Bernardi for his outstanding fundraising abilities. But there can only be one winner. For this truly spectacular own goal, it's Cory 'The Tory' Bernardi ! #goldkenny pic.twitter.com/DIRyk6rRRm Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) September 22, 2017 Cory Bernardi [seen here in this []

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12:18

Justin Luke - Author: Majority "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justin Luke - Author: Majority: In the hundred years or so before Christ, the slaves in the Roman Empire revolted several times. You might remember Kirk Douglas as Sparta...

12:17

Blanca Bar & Dining "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive heard mixed reports, the barman at a nearby venue told me when I mentioned I was meeting a friend for dinner at Bondis Blanca Bar & Dining. Its Mediterranean food, with Japanese flavours, the waitress told us. And with a Finnish chef! What an odd combination, we thought. As youll see from the photographs, []

12:00

Australia's Origin Energy to Trial Blockchain Power Trading "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of Australia's largest power providers is working with blockchain startup Power Ledger on a platform aimed to facilitate energy trading.

11:52

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as volume 5.

As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedys assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.

The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator...

11:34

Please Explainer: A Brief Punters Guide To How Malcolm Roberts Tried To Renounce His British Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts was a British citizen when he ran for office in the Australian Parliament on July 2, 2016.

So says the High Court of Australia, in a judgement handed down this evening.

New Matilda is preparing a story overnight which explains what happened. In the interim, we have released the brief video below, which explains in basic terms how Senator Roberts tried to renounce his citizenship prior to his election.

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10:57

South-East Oz Part 3: Bendigo & Ballarat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Black-eared Cuckoo
On our last morning in Deniliquin (see following post) I again checked out the back roads north of the town, seeing Pallid Cuckoo and a nice female Superb Parrot feeding in a flowering eucalypt.


Pallid Cuckoo


Superb Parrot
We headed...

10:54

Kefford Corporation Gulfstream G-IV-SP Bizjet N810LP Calls into Longreach Airport - Plus More incl a Cessna 182 Fly-in! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Sunday 10 September, Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream G-IV-SP bizjet N810LP was photographed shortly after arriving into Longreach Airport from Darwin.



After taking on fuel, N810LP continued to Canberra.

And also noted visiting Longreach Airport on Sunday 10 September was Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM.  It arrived from Bankstown and later departed to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

Meanwhile, over the course of Friday 8 September to Monday 11 September, several light General Aviation (GA) aircraft descended on Longreach as the Cessna 182 Association of Australia held their Spring fly-in to Longreach Airport.



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10:44

Cambrian trilobites from China, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This American Museum of Natural History video from the USA says about itself:

Niles Eldredge: Trilobites and Punctuated Equilibria

17 December 2015

In the late 1960s, Curator Emeritus Niles Eldredge was a graduate student with a passion for trilobite eyes. He had been taught to expect slow and steady change between the specimens of these Devonian arthropods he collected for his dissertation. Only his trilobites were doing one of two things: staying the same, or evolving in leaps.

Several years later, Eldredge, along with co-author Stephen Jay Gould, turned his observations into a theory known as punctuated equilibria: the idea that species stay relatively the same, or at equilibrium, throughout the fossil record save for rare bursts of evolutionary change.

A former Chairman and Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, Eldredge remains at the hub of evolutionary discussion and debate, as well as one of the worlds experts on trilobites, specializing in mid-Paleozoic phacopids. He has also analyzed the relationship between global extinctions of the geologic past and the present-day biodiversity crisis, as well as the general relationship between extinction and evolution.

Learn more about Trilobites: here.

From the American Museum of Natural History in the USA:

Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study fi...

10:28

Cashless Welfare Card National Rollout Set to Begin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Thousands of Queenslanders and Western Australians will be the next to have their Centrelink payments quarantined, as the federal government continues its rollout of the cashless welfare card. The Turnbull-led government announced plans to implement the card next year in both the Wide Bay region in Queensland including Bundaberg

The post Cashless Welfare Card National Rollout Set to Begin appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

10:21

Good-bye Senator Roberts, Hello Mr Malcolm. High Court rules Mr Roberts was a UK citizen - judgement here. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Re Roberts [2017] HCA 39 (22 September 2017) Last Updated: 22 September 2017 HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA KEANE J IN THE MATTER OF QUESTIONS REFERRED TO THE COURT OF DISPUTED RETURNS PURSUANT TO SECTION 376 OF THE COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL ACT 1918 (CTH) CONCERNING SENATOR MALCOLM ROBERTS Re Roberts [2017] HCA...

10:00

Raiden ICO: Ethereum Scaling Solution to Launch Publicly Traded Token "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ethereum's answer to bitcoin's Lightning Network will have one notable difference  a publicly traded token to be sold in a Dutch auction in October.

09:59

Baw Baw finally fills 12 month-vacant director position "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Baw Baw Shire's corporate and community services directorship finally has a new permanent face.

09:52

Email from ABC staffer applauds violence against Tony Abbott - "Good" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ABC does not apologise for staff member's email applauding Abbott's attack. They say it's unacceptable and a "lapse in judgement." pic.twitter.com/gLrw13S0Nn Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) September 22, 2017 Mr Abbott said the incident showed an ugly and partisan mindset at the national broadcaster. Its not our ABC if some of...

09:38

John Pilger: The Killing Of History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The winners get to write history, they say. And yet America which has started and lost many wars is still talking and spinning its way to a deafening silence. John Pilger explains.

One of the most hyped events of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam war in an entirely new way.

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its exceptionalism, Burns entirely new Vietnam war is presented as an epic, historic work. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to the entire Bank of America family which has long supported our countrys veterans. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.

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I watched the first episode in New York. It leaves you in no doubt of its intentions right from the start. The narrator says the war was begun in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and Cold War misunderstandings.

The dishonesty of this statement is not surprising. The cynical fabrication of false flags that led to the invasion of Vietnam is a matter of record the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, which Burns promotes as true, was just one. The lies litter a multitude of official documents, notably the Pentagon Papers, which the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971.

There was no good faith. The faith was rotten and cancerous. For me as it must be for many Americans it is difficult to watch the films jumble of red peril maps, unexplained interviewees, ineptly cut archive and maudlin American battlefield sequences.

In the series press release in Britain the BBC will show it there is no mention of Vietnamese dead, only Americans. We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy, Novick is quoted as s...

09:04

AOD Media Watch: Correcting Mainstream Media Misinformation About Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On March 31 this year, an opinion piece appeared in the Age with the headline, The zombie apocalypse is here and none of us are safe. The author Wendy Squires relates a confrontation she had with a man, whod allegedly been using ice, in a small park whilst walking

The post AOD Media Watch: Correcting Mainstream Media Misinformation About Drugs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:52

Euthanasia Propaganda Video Horrifies People Into Supporting Medical Eugenics "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A euthanasia propaganda film is making the rounds, spurring viral headlines to emerge such as this one from Unilad titled Euthanasia Video Of Dying Man So Horrific People Cant Watch It.

The Australian film depicts the death of a Victoria man named Greg Sims, as recalled by his daughter. He died of brain cancer.

According to 7 News:

Stop The Horror depicts the agonising death of Victorian father Greg Sims, as recalled by his daughter Nia.

It is the latest project from award-winning Snowtown director Justin Kurzel and was released on Thursday by Go Gentle Australia as part of its campaign to see assisted dying legalised.

The Victorian parliament will hold a conscience vote this year on whether to create assisted dying laws for the terminally ill.

This video is the epitome of fear-mongering. It was directed by Justin Kurzel, an Australian filmmaker known for producing horror movies. How did the Right-to-Die campaign come up with enough money to hire him to direct such a video?

Perhaps some influential people put money into it. The Victorian parliament are holding a vote on whether to create assisted dying laws? Why is that?

As the media operates in America, the Australian mainstream media, outlets such as Channel 7 or the Rupert Murdoch owned Daily Telegraph, propagandize about mandatory vaccination, euthanasia, and a host of other agendas.

An agenda of dehumanization is unfolding to state the simple truth. While people in agony who willfully choose to die instead of continue living in pain should have a right to do so, the people pushing pro-euthanasia propaganda have another agenda.

People must understand that once euthanasia is legalized, historically it leads to abuse and horrible corruption involving the lives of people who cant speak. People end up being euthanized who didnt want to die, and money is made from it.

If one researches the American Euthanasia Society for example, and its role in a network of eugenics societies from the US to Nazi Germany where coercive sterilization was....

08:49

Anti-nuclear campaign update - September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Please see below an update from FoE's anti-nuclear campaign with recent events, upcoming events, 'take action' requests, and some recent nuclear news.

08:43

Gillard delighted with choice of official portrait artist - he'll have plenty to work with "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vincent Fantauzzos portraits of Indigenous Australian artists moved me beyond words. Delighted he will be painting my official portrait. JG Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) September 22, 2017 Gillard delighted with her portrait artist Award-winning artist Vincent Fantauzzo will paint the official portrait of Australia's first female prime minister. A celebrated...

08:00

The Weekend Quiz September 23-24, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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

1. If the inflation rate is steady and the central bank maintains a constant nominal interest rate, then the public debt ratio will rise if the government deficit doubles (say, from 2 to 4 per cent of GDP) although Modern Monetary Theory would not place any special importance in that increase.



2. Progressives have pointed out the slow or non-existent growth in real wages over the last decades. What they demand is that the rate of growth in earnings is faster than the growth in labour productivity. Is this sufficient to achieve their aim of real wages growth?



3. A fiscal surplus may not suggest that the national government is trying to slow the economy down and contain inflation.


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07:54

Suddenly Summer! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today it was 24 degrees in Katoomba, suddenly it feels like summer!

We still havent had any significant rain and everything is very dry. At our working bee today we continued hand watering the veggie patch, the berries (there are buds coming!), and much of the orchard. There are flowers on our broad beans and the garlic is coming along nicely despite the dry weather.

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07:38

What sets George Brandis QC apart? Conviction, commitment & courage. The abject absence of all 3. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Remember when George Brandis said he was born for the repeal of 18C and reining in the Human Rights Commission? PAUL KELLY AND DENNIS SHANAHAN TONY Abbott plans to roll back Labor's laws that limit free speech on the basis of not "giving offence", defend religious freedom and reform the...

07:36

The WorldWhere Are You Heading? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

18 September 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  Liu Xiaobo passed away. What is thenot so hiddentruth about him?

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Johan Galtung

Answer: His speeches and writings show enthusiasm for the 100-year English colonization of Hong Kong, wishing 300 years colonization of China, celebrating the US war in Afghanistan, hoping for atomic weapons.

He got the Nobel Peace Prize for democratization of China, had the freedom of speech, but the prize communicated as a provocation. The prize could easily have been given to their Charter, not to Liu Xiaobo.

Norways securitywhat are the threats?

Answer: Given the location, an invasion by USA or Russia to prevent the other from doing so.

The situation is reminiscent of the threat from England, Germany and USSR to prevent one of the other from doing so in 1940; what happened was England and Germany violating Norwegian neutrality, fighting a battle on Norwegian territory.

USSR nothing...

07:11

Gas exports starve local firms, jobs: ACCC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian factories are at risk of shutting down and sacking workers as the nations gas exporters starve local customers in favour of overseas clients, according to a dire warning from the competition watchdog that clears the way for a gas crackdown.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission slammed the three gas giants in a clear sign to Malcolm Turnbull to impose the extraordinary export mechanism in order to guarantee supplies to Australian manufacturers and power stations and ease pressure on power prices.

The federal government may be faced with a choice of pulling a trigger on the mechanism on the one hand or seeing factories closed and jobs lost, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

Scott Morrison will receive formal advice on the crisis within weeks amid a wider government debate on energy policy, with Tony Abbott applying more pressure yesterday to prevent the government embracing a clean energy target that favours renewable power.

The Prime Minister vowed to act on the gas shortage and stepped up his support for a new coal-fired power station in Queensland, while insisting the Coalition was absolutely of one mind on energy despite Mr Abbotts implied threat to cross the floor of parliament.

Cabinet ministers are yet to decide the energy policy but Mr Turnbull emphasised the need to improve reliability and affordability, making no mention of a clean energy target or an increase in subsidies to renewable energy.

The Australian understands the government is considering a new framework to encourage investment in more power generation but this is not the clean energy target in the form recommended by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel in a report in June. Bill Shorten has demanded the government immediately pull the trigger on the gas export controls, which will force Origin Energy, Shell and Santos to supply more to the domestic market.

In a sign of the pressure on employers, Mr Sims said Bass Strait gas producers BHP and Esso were running reverse auctions to ration supplies, leaving some customers without energy despite their willingness to pay.

Mr Sims also blamed state governments for halting the development of new gas reserves, saying environmental concerns might justify some restrictions but not blanket bans an apparent warning shot at the bans in Victoria, NSW and the Northern Territory.

The ACCCs findings suggest there will need to be tight controls on gas exports from January 1, when the mechanism starts after the government gives the companies a chance to respond to its conclusions.

Those who criticise consideration of the gas security mechanism need to understand all the options available right now. There are not many. This is a very, very bad place to be, Mr Sims told the National P...

07:09

Dow High or Low "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

I am confused with the Dow Jones Index, could the index explode up through 23,000 to 40,000 from here or does there need a downward move then explode up through 23,00 (a sling shot).  Could you tell us what you see for the next 6 to 9 months.  Probably the most important investment for us all!
Thank you for all your help!
KC
ANSWER: The cycle is in the basing mode. Therefore, it need not drop sharply. Remaining within the channel is perfectly fine. A Slingshot would be more powerful to retest the bottom of the channel.  The explosion to the upside is still not yet unfolding and we need to be concerned about 2018 and the year-end closing. We will issue a special report to deal with that issue.
Part of the basing is concluding this year from political hell. The German elections are the 24th. Keep in mind that AfD will gain seats for the first time. Merkel has NEVER won a majority and she relies upon the FDP to hold power. The more the FDP declines and seats are taken by the AfD, the more chaos will unfold.

07:08

Climate Change on the Horizon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Marty,

Ive been looking at the Year Without a Summer on Wikipedia and read that there was a cooling trend prior to the winter-like conditions during the summer of 1816. It mentioned that it affected the northeast. Also that the reason for the cooling trend is associated with the volcanic activity prior to and including 1816 and the reduction in solar output. The article also mentions that from 1628-1626BC that there was another climate disturbance, Minoan eruption of Santorini. Looking at 1628BC to 1816AD and using 3141.592 days/cycle results in 400.13 cycles. Using 1628BC and projecting it 424 cycles puts us around 2021.42. Knowing from history how this climate disturbance affected the Northeast, is that one of the reasons why you moved from New Jersey to sunny Florida, besides the hunt for taxes in NJ?

ANSWER: Yes, Add the 300 year cycle in the energy output of the sun and we see that we are headed into a cold period. This should also result in a commodity cycle boom going in the next 8.6 year wave into 2024.

07:04

MEDIA RELEASE: QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT MUST BAN GREAT BARRIER REEF TRANS-SHIPPING OR BREAK ELECTION PROMISE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friday 22 September 2017

In response to the draft consultation paper released today by the Queensland government on trans-shipping in the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to fully implement its 2015 election commitment.

Imogen Zethoven, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director said:

In 2015, the Australian Labor Party promised to prohibit trans-shipping operations within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The consultation paper released today doesnt fulfil that promise. Instead it sets up an assessment framework that allows trans-shipping to extend from the four priority ports Townsville, Abbot Point, Hay Point and Gladstone out to the Marine Park.

Labor made a clear commitment to ban trans-shipping in the Marine Park. Now they are retreating from that promise. AMCS calls on the Labor government to fully implement their election commitment.

Labor was elected on a platform to save the Great Barrier Reef, and prohibiting trans-shipping in the Marine Park was a key element of that. Trans-shipping is the transfer of bulk materials like coal, sugar or petroleum from one vessel to another offshore.

Trans-shipping is risky. It increases the risk of a major accident such as a massive coal spill, and increases the risk of regular, chronic contamination from, for example, coal dust and small coal spills.

It will increase ship movements meaning more noise, more light, more likelihood of ship strikes of marine animals. It increases the risk of damage to seagrass meadows and corals through dredging and anchoring to establish the trans-shipping site.

The Queensland Governments Reef 2050 Plan includes the following target: Shipping within our Reef is safe, risks are minimised, and incidents are reduced to as close to zero as possible. Only a ban on trans-shipping in the Marine Park will ensure that target is met.

Editors notes:

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07:04

Central Banks Investing in Equities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: There is a new trend that central banks are investing in the stock markets Is this true? What is the impact of this move?

ANSWER: Yes. The reason has been rather straight forward. The only game in town has been US government bonds. Many have seen this as a problem the defeats diversification. Consequently, there has been a major effort to attempt to diversify into the private sector when there has been such uncertainty in the public sector. Behind the Curtain many are simply asking of Europe: What the hell is going on? This has been a euro crisis that simply never seems to end. What has happened to Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Holland and now even France. Many outside of Europe are simply asking has Europe just lost its mind? Hence, there has been a move to diversify out of government debt by central banks themselves.

06:47

New wetland ecology and training courses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Intermittent Swampy Woodland, Aquatic Herb land with emergent Red Gums, Scotties Billabong, Lindsay Island

SERA 2016 award winning ecologist Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes have sent us information on their upcoming wetland courses.

NEW: THE WONDERFUL WETLAND ECOLOGY BUS TOUR, 12 & 13 OCT 2017
Join us on a bus tour through some of northern Victorias most ecologically diverse wetlands that will be looking their best because of recent rainfall and flooding. Learn how ecological drivers determine wetland ecology. Dixie Patton, Barapa Traditional Owner will share knowledge on aboriginal uses of these amazing wetlands.  Other land managers will meet us along the way.

NEW: WETLAND RESTORATION AND MANAGEMENT, 16 & 17 NOV 2017
Learn about wetland restoration and management over 2 days with Damien Cook by visiting Waterways; a SERA 2016 award-winning wetland restoration project which he was involved in planning and implementing, followed by the 200 hectares of coastal park at the Victorian Desalination Plant, Wonthaggi.  Learn more about these projects here.

THE WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION DAYS STARTS OCT 2017 MAR 2018
Learn to identify the most common wetland plants. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 days.

Course relevant to all of Victoria and Southern NSW.

  • Day One:  Sedges, Grasses and Rushes
  • ...

06:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 22nd September "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, Well Meet Halfway. Details here A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, []

06:05

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...

06:01

Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....

05:53

No Free & Independent Media Allowed Australia Has Taken Another Step Towards Complete Government Control "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Bernie Smith

Australia has just sold its soul. A few days ago a law was passed quietly without much attention in the press.

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05:38

FixedIt: Men paying to rape children is not the childrens fault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TVNZ, undoubtedly with the best of intentions, ran a story about men paying to rape children. They framed it as a story about children selling themselves.

The children in this story are not the problem. If they are 12 and 13 year olds as the story claims, they cannot make the choice to have sex with adults.

If men in New Zealand are paying for the opportunity to rape children, even in the unlikely event that they are paying the children themselves, the problem is not what the children are doing. Its what the adults are doing.

If children are receiving money from men who rape them, the issue is how they ended up in a situation where they had no other alternatives than to accept money under such circumstances.

There are a lot of different issues here, all of them serious and deeply concerning. But the children involved are the victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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05:33

On-the-ball AG George Brandis QC says Tony Abbott's "YES" badge-wearing assailant had nothing to do with "YES" campaign "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oh, except for the "YES" badge. And attacking a prominent "NO" advocate. But other than the badge, and the attack on a leading figure in the "NO" campaign, there was absolutely nothing to do with the same sex marriage issue. A-G George Brandis: this 'deplorable' man had nothing to do...

05:18

Finland Is Eradicating Homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Over the course of the year, politicians in Sydney and Melbourne have resorted to criminalising homelessness as a way of dealing with the increasing amount of rough sleepers turning up on city streets. Last month, the Berejiklian government passed a bill that broadened police powers to enable them to remove people from crown lands within

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05:12

FixedIt: Women are not responsible for men choosing to commit crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Really?

19 counts of fraud, four counts of enter premises to commit an indictable offence, six counts of receiving tainted property and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs.

But hes not responsible for any of these crimes, its all his girlfriends fault. Because she was allegedly cheating on him.

His lawyer might have been trying it on as a last ditch attempt to garner sympathy from the Magistrate but what is the Sunshine Coast Dailys excuse for buying into this?

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05:08

An Inaugural Mix From Din On Body Promise "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • Din :: Sunset with Body Promise

Friendship is so often the foundation of fruitful opportunity. Din appear to be applying this philosophical nugget as a guide in life, being the pairing of close friends and fellow Sydney musicians Rainbow Chan and Alex Ward (aka Moon Holiday).

Din recently joined Body Promise to take us through a selection of their most coveted tracks from home and abroad. Sprinkled in the mix are their hot off the press productions which they will be putting front and centre for their first ever live show at Soft Centre.

Listen back to the full show to hear some carefully chosen words from Din or check out the mix here!

Tracklist:
Batu Off Court
Waterhouse 3415
Fake Low Res
The Golden Filter Vibrational
Head High Power Seat
Physical Therapy Huff
Din Jinni
1800 Haight Street LCD Casualty
Rita Furstenhof Hadron Collider
Charles Ham
Laurel Halo Jelly
Container Funnel
Enderie Let Systems Decide (A Laser Beam)
Chunyin ???
Tiga Bugatti
Din ???
Samo DJ & Tzusing Hollabackboi

Get the event details for Soft Centre here.

Catch Sunset with Body Promise every Tuesday from 6pm 8pm

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04:44

Local Government in the Inner West of Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local government.  What does it exist for?  In the inner west of Sydney, it does not appear seem to exist for local residents or rate payers.

You might think that local government is there for things like planning, pools and parks.  Perhaps a bit of rubbish collection and road maintenance.  But not for the new Inner West Council in Sydney.

Having done a deal with . the Liberals . Labor Councillor Darcy Byrne will be the new Mayor.  And Mayor Elect Byrne has promised to:

lead a council which is both progressive and effective.

Councillor Byrne also said:

With our belief in social justice and our commitment to diversity, we can show the rest of the country how progressive principles can be put into practice at the local government level.

The Inner West Council is the forced amalgam of 3 smaller councils Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield.  Marrickville Council even managed to have its own foreign policy.

But hey.  Who needs efficient planning and rubbish collection when you can have effective and progressive planning and rubbish collection with a touch of social justice and a commitment to diversity.

Perhaps a Council anthem to be sung before all Council meetings.

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04:39

The struggle for a democratic internet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The problem is less that these new ways of organising society have been radically successful than theyre being run in a way which is exploitative and undemocratic. Since 2008, Scholz has been considering the ramifications of the internet for labour. As the trends to platforms became more pertinent, he shifted his focus from cognitive work to labour in the more traditional sense. In the United States in 2016, 24% of workers had worked on some kind of platform. Every third person is a freelancer fifty five million people. How do you make an intervention in this kind of work?

04:30

Why Has the BRICS Failed to be an Effective Force? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years theres no sign that the old order has been challenged.

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

The formation of the BRICS the bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was supposed to be the harbinger for a new approach to global economic governance. The leading emerging markets and developing countries were becoming major players in the global economy. And they expected to play a commensurate governance role.

BRICS leaders have now been meeting annually for nine years. They recently met for the ninth BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. They have positioned themselves as a force for transforming global economic governance so that its more responsive to the concerns of developing economies. They are seeking a more just and equitable global economy.

The question is: how effective have they been in reforming global economic governance and the fairness of the global economy?

The honest answer is that as a group, BRICS hasnt been an effective force at all. This is for a number of reasons.

Whats not happened

The following examples illustrate the point.

At least formally the G20, which consists of 20 major economies including the five in BRICs, has supplanted the G7, made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, as the premier forum for global economic governance. But the agenda in these meetings is still largely set by the most powerful countries which now include China but not the other BRICS.

The IMF and World Bank have both changed their voting arrangements to give a louder voice to developing economies and emerging economies. This has particularly benefited China...

04:30

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

04:27

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UPDATE: ABC is reporting a man has been charged in relation to the alleged assault. His motivation remains unknown.

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

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What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offe...

04:13

Hritier Lumumba On White Fragility, White Supremacy, And Waleed Aly "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hritier Lumumba the man at the centre of the AFLs never-ending racism scandal speaks out about his fight for compassion and equality, and the silence and complicity of the people who turn away. This story can also be read on Lumumbas personal website.

It has been one week since I left Australia, and just over a week has passed since an interview I did with The Project was aired on TV. The interview was conducted by the host of the program, Waleed Aly.

During the interview, Aly quoted the 19th-century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and I took note of it. He said, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. And it is in the spirit of a new level of understanding, that I feel compelled to write about my experiences.

Firstly, I would like to let it be known that I appreciate the profound impact that Alys presence, in Australian media, has on society. His brilliance is evident and I am grateful that our paths crossed, for iron sharpens iron. I value his humanity, I wish that peace be unto him, and I see him as my brother who shares a divine connection to the same source of creation.

Regrettably, I made the error of going into the interview with the preconceived idea that we would both see eye to eye on the basic truths of racism/white supremacy. It pains me to admit, that my expectations of him were derived by his highly acclaimed career as an academic and journalist, his ethnicity, and his faith in Islam.

I made the assumption that he would skillfully deliver an objective, unapologetic stance in the face of racism. However, it is now very clear to me, that he and I have fundamental differences in our understanding of what racism/white supremacy is, and how it should be effectively dealt with.

Upon reflection, I should have been far more aware of our fundamental differences going into the interview.

After the death of Muhammad Ali, his portrayal of Ali as a black supremacist highlights the enormous discrepancy we have in our understanding. Waleed Alys non contextualized perspective of the separatist movement in the USA, of which Muhammad Ali was a part of, is void of highlighting the socio-political backdrop of white supremacy that pervaded Muhammad Alis life. By failing to point out that Muhammad Ali was socialized in a white supremacist society and world, responsible for a genocide that has spanned over 500+ yea...

03:57

APPLY NOW: Campaigner training the annual Felicity Whishart Program "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The late  Felicity Flic Wishart was an instrumental leader for the Australian environment movement. An immensely talented, passionate campaigner and communicator, Flic was also a trusted mentor for many young women. Her legacy lives on in her many hard-fought campaign wins, especially for the Great Barrier Reef, where a coral reef was recently named in her honour and in the work of those lucky enough to have received her guidance.

We want to keep Flics leadership alive. In her memory, Essential and the Australian Marine Conservation Society are partnering to deliver a unique training program for one successful applicant. Aimed at empowering young women who are passionate about the environment, our goal is to develop the skills of one effective campaigner this year and follow Flics footsteps.

Essential is a full service communications agency that brings together research, strategy, media, digital, advertising and production. With over 20 years experience, Essential has been the strategic force behind some of the most influential campaigns in Australia. Its award-winning creative solutions cut through and get results. Essential is also values driven. We care about the work we do and who we work with.

Flic worked closely with Essential to spearhead the Fight for the Reef campaign. Together AMCS and Essential combined social research, digital tactics and communications strategy to develop a community of more than 100,000 supporters and to effectively influence political decisions.

This training program has been designed to reflect Flics role as a mentor to young women and her understanding of the combined power of communications, digital and research to deliver progressive outcomes.

The program will cover communications strategy, digital tactics, earned media planning and social research techniques. It will provide exposure to a range of progressive camp...

03:43

The Elites Are Privately Warning about a Crash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Many everyday citizens assume powerful global financial elites operate behind closed doors in secret conclaves, like the scene of a Spectre board meeting in the recent James Bond film.

Actually, the opposite is true. Most of what the power elite does is hidden in plain sight in speeches, seminars, webcasts and technical papers. These are readily available from institutional websites and media channels.

Its true that private meetings occur on the sidelines of Davos, the IMF annual meeting, and G-20 summits of the kind just concluded. But the results of even those secret meetings are typically announced or leaked, or can be reasonably inferred based on subsequent policy coordination.

What the elites rely on is not secrecy but lack of proficiency by the media.

The elites communicate in an intentionally boring style with lots of technical jargon, and publish in channels non-experts have never heard of and are unlikely to find. In effect, the elites are communicating with each other in their own language and hoping that no one else notices.

Still, there are some exceptions. Mohamed A. El-Erian is a bona fide member of the global power elite (a former deputy director of the IMF and president of the Harvard Management Co.). Yet he writes in a fairly accessible style on the popular Bloomberg website. When El-Erian talks, we should all listen.

In a recent article, he raises serious doubts about the sustainability of the bull market in stocks because of reduced liquidity resulting from simultaneous policy tightening by the Fed, European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England.

He says stocks rose on a sea of liquidity and they may crash when that liquidity is removed. This is a warning to other elites, but its also a warning to you.

But its not just El-Erian whos sounding the alarm

Youve heard the expression the big money. This is a reference to the largest and most plugged-in investors on Earth. Some are mega-rich individuals, and some are large banks and institutional investors with a dense network of contacts and inside information.

When it comes to big money, sovereign wealth funds are at the top of the food chain. These are funds sponsored by mostly wealthy nations to invest a countrys reserves from trade or natural resources in stocks, bonds, private equity and hedge funds.

As a result, sovereign wealth fund managers have the best information networks of any investors. The chief investment officer of a sovereign wealth fund can pick up the phone and speak to the CEO of any major corporation, private equity fund or hedge fund in the world.

Among sovereign wealth funds, the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. (GIC) is one of the largest, with over $354 bi...

03:36

Massive clearing of native forestry in Tweed sparks furore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

By Luis Feliu

Massive and controversial logging and road works on a property next to a Crown reserve in the heart of the Tweed Valley has sparked community outrage with legal action by council, a protest outside the state MPs office and a personal mayoral mission to the minister to stop the work.

Campaigners against the unauthorised works say they amount to state-sanctioned destruction of precious remnant forests with aerial photos identifying 20 hectares of environmental zones, which have been deemed prime koala habitat but deferred by the state, subject to logging or clearing for roads.

Tweed Shire Council last night unanimously resolved to engage lawyers to investigate prosecuting the owner of the Boormans Road property at Tyalgum over the works on sensitive environmentally protected zones, some within an adjacent crown reserve.

However, council planners say a major contributor to the alleged unauthorised clearing relates to a Private Native Forestry Vegetation Plan issued by the NSW Environment Protection Agency in 2013.

Council has repeatedly raised its concerns with the NSW government, as has Richmond MP Justine Elliot who has written to environment minister Gabrielle Upton calling for the work to be stopped.

In the resolution last night, council also decided to issue immediate stop-work and clean-up orders on the site and back mayor Katie Milne personally urging minister Upton to revoke the so-called licence for private native forestry which the property owners Hewitville Holdings has used to justify the works.

The property, adjacent to the Limpinwood Nature Reserve, is owned by Hewitville Holdings, which is linked to former high-flying Gold Coast developer John Fish (see previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2015/07/bid-to-sue-tweed-developer-over-illegal-works-dropped/)

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03:26

MACKAY 49 charges include explosives and shortened guns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

49 charges include explosives and shortened guns

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Maximillian Voss, 27, from Mackay had 49 allegations listed on Thursday in Mackay Magistrates Court, where he appeared via videolink from prison.

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03:26

MACKAY Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations

September 22, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

likely plead guilty to entering premises and committing an indictable offence on April 27 in South Mackay, his lawyer told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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03:17

Westgate Tunnel hearings nothing but concerns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Since I started as the FoE & PTNT Sustainable Cities campaigner I have been continually shocked as I learn more about the Transurban $5.5 billion mega-toll road proposed for Melbournes West. 

What started as a much needed proposal to get noisy, poisonous trucks off the residential streets of the inner West has now morphed into a crazy plan to lock the West into a car dependent future. Titled a tunnel, it actually consists of a 12-lane toll way, short tunnel, 3 giant bridges across the Maribyrnong River, then an 18-lane double-decker road leading to spaghetti interchanges and flyovers.

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03:16

Indias Republic Of Fear And Loathing: The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A prominent Indian journalist was assassinated in early September, sparking outrage and protest around the country. Harsha Prabhu reports.

It was Shehla Rashid Shora, former Vice President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union, who nailed it. Speaking outside the Delhi Press Club at a pop-up action to protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh, she said: This bullet was meant for each of us.

The bullets that took the life of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh were fired at her while she alighted from her car at her home in Bengaluru, Karnataka, late on Tuesday, 5th September.

While the case is still under investigation, Lankeshs murder appears to point to a criminal, terrorist conspiracy whose likely origins lie in the climate of hate and division engendered by the Hindutva right wing forces in India.

 

Climate of hate

This was a theme echoed by many at the action to protest Gauri Lankeshs death at the amphitheatre in Mumbais suburb of Bandra last Wednesday.

Activist Teesta Setalvad said: Along with remembering the murders of freethinkers, well also have to remember those who were murdered by gaurakshaks (cow-protectors). Be it bullets or lynchings, its the same crime. This is the result of the work of those who spread hate and poison. All Indians live in fear today. Whether on a train or a bus, they cant speak freely, cant eat or drink what they want. All this is being done in an organised manner, so we need to have a collective response.

Feroze Mithiborwala, secularist and convenor of Bharat Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save India) said: When I heard about the attack, the first thing that came to my mind was Teesta Setalvad. Testa, we are with you today.

Teesta Setalvad had invited the Modi governments wrath by being an indefatigable fighter for the rights of those affected by the Gujarat 2002 pogroms against Muslims. She has pursued cases on behalf of the victims that have resulted in the conviction of BJP and Hindutva functionaries. The Modi government has responded by registering cases against her NGO, a Ford Foundation-supported charity that publishes an online magazine whose motto is Hate Hurts, Harmony works.

One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Mithiborwala said: Are we very clear we stand against all forms of religious fascism? All forms of communal violence? Be it Hindu or Muslim fanatics, we stand against them all?

The assembled crowd of several hundred...

03:05

83-year-old woman a victim of bag-snatch in Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was injured in a bag snatch in broad daylight in Ballina yesterday (Thursday, September 21).

The 83-year-old woman was walking on Winston Lane after leaving a supermarket in River Street at about 4pm.

Police have been told a man grabbed her handbag from behind and threatened her.

As the man continued to tug on the bag, the woman lost her grip and fell to the ground.

The man was last seen running towards Martin Street with the bag.

The woman was taken to Ballina Hospital in a stable condition. Police have been told she suffered a fractured pelvis.

The man who police believe may be able to assist in the investigation has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170 and 180cm tall and with short blond hair.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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03:04

The Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces More Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival The early bird tickets for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival have just gone on sale and the festival has just announced a bunch of new artists on the lineup. This time around Port Fairy has announced Amistat, Ben Waters Band (UK) with Derek Nash (UK), Black Sorrows, []

02:50

The Case For Euthanasia: Legalising The Last Resort "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What can Australia learn from other countries in legalising physician assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia? Jessica Qi takes up the cause.

In his famous work On Liberty, John Stuart Mill proposes that if a person is observed preparing to cross a bridge that you know to be dangerous, you may intervene to inform them of the risk of the bridges potential collapse should they continue, but you must ultimately move aside as only they know the importance of crossing and balancing that against the comparative risks. Philosopher Peter Singer draws on Mill to propose that this same right to autonomy extends to the euthanasia debate. Indeed, at the crux of the pro-euthanasia argument is the notion, that it is individuals who represent the best guardians of their own interests.

Support for autonomy in end of life decision-making is now eschewed by the majority of the Australian public. A 2016 survey of over 200,000 Australians garnered an approval rate of 75% for euthanasia.

Despite such support, Australia currently lacks jurisdiction that legally permits either voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Euthanasia is where the physician administers the lethal dose whereas with PAS, the physician provides the prescription that is the means of death but does not directly administer it.

The growing trend towards the legalisation of euthanasia or PAS in countries worldwide, means that Australian legislators will continue to face mounting pressure and will need to carefully consider the issue.

One of the major concerns for opponents is that the legalisation of euthanasia is a slippery slope. There is a fear that vulnerable people will be pressured into consenting, as they are perceived as a nuisance by their families or because of cost-cutting measures by their health providers. However, does citing examples of the abuse of a legal right provide sufficient cause to justify withholding that right?

To answer this, Benatar in his article disputing the slippery slope argument, makes an analogy to driving. People will always drive faster than they should; run traffic lights; drive vehicles that are un-roadworthy and often choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Despite all this, few people would then accept the argument that driving should be outlawed altogether.

The answer must not be to deny a right, but instead to regulate and implement safeguards to mitigate the risk of abuse. This has been demonstrated in the numerous jurisdictions where legalisation has occurred, with little evidence of abuse emerging.

A...

02:47

FixedIt: No fix required "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FixedIt is almost always about the media getting it wrong. When they get it right they dont usually appear on my radar. Which isnt really fair because there are a lot of good journalists and publication who do great work of reporting terrible crimes.

This one on The Canberra Times today is a good example. An article about a mans conviction for child abuse put the perpetrator at the beginning of the headline and was clear about the crimes he intended to commit.

The only time his intentions to abuse children was referred to as sex was in reference to the charge, which is specifically named in the ACT criminal code as sexual intercourse with a child. Every other description of his actions and intentions calls it abuse, sexual abuse or rape.

Sitting in court listening to the details of these cases can be gut-wrenching. Reporting it succinctly, accurately and responsibly is difficult as page after page of FixedIt proves.

The big win here is that this man was caught, charged and convicted before he was able to rape and abuse children. The police who investigate such crimes and have to trawl through truly revolting material to ensure child rapists are caught and incarcerated do an incredible job. And they pay a high price for it. Their work deserves to be recognised and applauded.

But The Canberra Times and Megan Gorrey deserve kudos here too. This is how you report sexual abuse of children. This is how you keep the public informed and show respect to the victims. This is how easy it is to do an incredibly difficult job properly.

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02:43

S&P Downgrades China Sovereign Credit Rating "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If theres one thing we can rely on in the financial world, its a rating agency coming to the party late.

Standard & Poors has now come out and lowered Chinas soveriegn credit rating. It also downgraded the countrys outlook from stable to negative.

It seems slightly bizarre that the other two big rating firms downgraded China four years ago.

Thats a long time in finance.

China has been racking up debt since the global financial crisis. This has worried a lot of people, for a long time. There is a limit to how much credit can pump up the economy.

I happened to be speaking to China expert Tom Miller two nights ago. He says Chinas leaders are perfectly aware that the state-run companies are saturated in debt.

In fact, a few years ago, the Chinese authorities identified the one factor in the Chinese economy that could take on more debt to prop up the economy: The Chinese consumer.

Hence mortgage growth took off as the rules were loosened a bit, and weve seen Chinas real estate market run hot in parts of the country.

How far can that go? Im not sure. Im not particularly bearish on China. Id say any slowdown there is probably expected now, and therefore priced in.

My colleague, Jim Rickards, is not sanguine. He views China as one of the triggers that could tip over the financial system.

In fact, China is one of the biggest triggers the global elites are preparing for. There is another one though.

Read on for Jims take here

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02:32

Yankton Sioux Tribe Wants Answers for Tasing of Tribal Elder by South Dakota Police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yankton Sioux Tribal Elder Raymond Cournoyer Sr. beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Published September 21, 2017

WAGNER, SOUTH DAKOTA The Yankton Sioux Tribe, based in Wagner, South Dakota, is seeking answers as to why one its elders was beaten and tased by South Dakota law enforcement last weekend.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, one of the Yanton Sioiux tribal elders, Raymond Cournoyer Sr., was rushing to be at his mothers side as she was making her journey to the spirit world.  Mr. Cournoyer never made it to share her final moments.

South Dakota law enforcement captured beating tribal elder.

Instead, he was stopped by South Dakota Highway patrol officer, Fisher, along with City of Wagner Police Officer, Eli Kuhlman, as soon as he arrived at the Good Samaritan Center. Although Mr. Cournoyer verbally informed officer Fisher of his intentions to see his dying mother, he was only able to take a few steps before Fischer grabbed him from behind and pushed him against the vehicle. By this time officer Eli Kuhlman arrived on the scene where he then grabbed Mr. Cournoyer slammed him to the ground face first and tased him. Both officers then placed him in handcuffs.

Mr. Cournoyer is a 64-year-old Army veteran who has been drug and alcohol free for over 30 years.  He is a widely respected member of both Yankton Sioux and Wagner communities. He posed no threat to anyone.

The tribe calls this type of excessive forces was uncalled for. There are available pictures from the Cournoyer family that show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.

...

02:27

Why Im not coming out this survey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All my doctors counsel me against being open about having a serious mental illness. Finding ways to massage the truth to people and explain away periods of absence from the workforce has become second nature to me. But, as a gay man who has been open and proud about his sexuality, I cant help but feel a bit conflicted. Is the counselling to stay secret actually denying people their proper supports in society and jeopardising mental health?

02:12

FixedIt: Serial DV offender is not invisible "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The West Australian reported on Atinae Afamilionas brutal attack against his wife by erasing him from the headline.

Afamiliona has multiple convictions for domestic violence offences against his wife and children. This attack occurred after she suggested a separation. His response to his wife making choices about her own life was to pick up a machete and hack at her with it at least 10 times. He severed two of her fingers and toes, and left her with deep scars on her arms and legs.

Acting Judge Grogin described the attack as a, brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who at the time was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car.

Afamiliona had three previous domestic violence offences on his record, including slapping a five-year-old girl across the face and dragging her by her ponytail, throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching a Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wifes home against court orders.

All these facts were reported in the article and yet Afamilionas very existence didnt make it into the headline.

Erasing violent men from headlines about their crimes does a grave disservice to victims and to the public, who depend on journalists to tell them the truth about what is happening in their society.

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02:09

Head-butt? Marriage Equality Broke My Arm And My Man-Love For Israel Folau "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tony Abbott claims to have been head-butted for his stance against marriage equality. Josh Dabelstein supports same-sex marriage and he took a much bigger hit than that.

I got into an argument with a couple of lads during my brief attempt at a law degree at the Australian National University in Canberra a few years ago.

I was with a girl who I had decided, that night, was the love of my life. Duly responding to the soft lefts beau de jour a love-token for my heterocrush I might have over-asserted my man-legiance to the whole gay marriage thing. My vague memory of the incident insists that this over-assertion of said man-legience was directed at two blurred and suited figures smoking cigars out the front of the Jolimont centre on Northbourne Avenue.

They made a homophobic jeer at a couple of blokes holding hands walking past, and I said something (Im told) like theyll be married before you two cunts.

I was out cold long before I hit the pavement. Two simultaneous punches to the face had my arm crumble beneath the weight of the rest of me.

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My mother continues to remind me of the eleven-thousand-dollar prosthesis that holds the radius and ulna together on my right arm, like I chose the extent to which medical insurance covers the miracles of modern science (without which Id never hand write or masturbate with the only hand good enough to get the job done. The rest Ill save for my therapist.

The point is that there are so many ways you can express your hatred of hatred, or what most people arent afraid of calling love. Dont be afraid to call a spade a spade. But most importantly, pick your battles. Trust me, pick your battles well and they wont cost your mum an arm or a leg.

Also while Ive got the microphone, Id like to say hello to Israel Folau.

Being the victim to your own youth and cultural values is not an excuse, when it comes to ex...

02:01

Greens open to all "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Grove Bowling Club will hold a come and try day on Friday 29 September.
The club will throw open its doors to people of all ages to come and test their skills on the rinks.
Expert coaching will be available for novice bowlers.
A free sausage sizzle will be available and the day kicks off at 10am and goes right through until 4pm.

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01:55

Heatwave hits state and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

01:45

Jackie Chans dad was a spy in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie

Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie The Foreigner in Qingdao city, east Chinas Shandong province, 19 September 2017.

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Jackie Chan offers up a startling confession soon after he sits down for a chat.

I am Australian, Chan, the legendary 63-year-old Hong Kong-born martial arts star, told AAP last weekend while promoting his new animated family-comedy film, The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Its the first of numerous startling insights into Chans little-known and influential years growing up in Canberra and the long connection his parents, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, have with Australia.

Both were buried in Canberra.

Known worldwide as Jackie Chan after making more than 100 Hollywood and Asian films including the Police Story and Rush Hour franchises, Shanghai Noon and The Tuxedo, Chan has had a few different names several from his time in Australia.

If it wasnt for Australia the world would not know him as Jackie.

When he attended the ACTs Dickson College he was known as Steve.

Around the US Embassy in Canberra where his parents worked he was known as Pao.

When I go to try to learn English at school they call me Steve, Chan said.

I tried to find a job.

A guy said Whats your English name? and I said I dont have one.

My friend was a driver for the embassy.

His name was Jack so it was, Ok, call him Jack.

Oh yeah.

Chan offered another interesting tidbit his dad was a spy.

Chan Sr was hiding out at the US Embassy in Canberra because he was a Chinese nationalist agent who originally fled China to Hong Kong to avoid being captured by rival Communists.

My father was spy hiding in Hong Kong and hiding in Australia at the American embassy for so many years, Chan said....

01:36

Tricky question of getting better banking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has always championed competition as the friend of the consumer. In the past few years he has been especially critical of state-owned utility monopolies and privatisations that lead to monopolies and structures that hurt consumers.

This week, with the interests of consumers at heart, he questioned the four pillars policy that prohibits mergers among the big four banks.

He said it could be argued that the four pillars policy gives the big four an advantage because they are seen as too big to fail and would be bailed out by the taxpayers if there was a crash, so they get higher credit ratings and can borrow at lower interest rates. Against that advantage it might make it harder new banks to enter the market to give consumers a better deal.

Alternatively, Sims suggests, the Government should look at extending the no-merger rule beyond the four big banks to all banks to stop the big four swallowing up smaller banks which can offer consumers a better deal.

Yes, it is a good idea to look at the banking system to see if the rules are still serving consumer needs, but we should be very careful. The stability of the financial system is more important than whether banks are serving consumers. It will not help consumers if the financial system is made less stable.

Australia has been pretty well served by its financial system compared to other countries, as the history of the global financial crisis attests. Sure, we have had our scams and incidents of unethical behaviour, but we dodged the bullet that hit the US and Europe.

A book by Obamas first Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, called Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises is quite instructive on how important the financial system is to the well-being of everyone. It also busts some myths on the 2008 crisis and points out some lessons which have still not been learnt in the US, and probably not in Australia either.

Geithner was head of the New York Federal Reserve under Bush and was one of the first to express alarm at the growth of the derivatives market which was one of the main causes of the crash. Finance companies bundled up mortgages into derivatives and sold them. The ratings agencies foolishly gave them AAA ratings, but when the housing bubble burst, the derivatives were near worthless and a chain reaction began.

Geithner wanted a classic Keynesian response: for the Government to push money into the economy, as was done by the Rudd G...

01:29

Tweed council votes Yes for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Councils chambers in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be flying the rainbow flag proudly soon after councillors last night voted to support the Yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.

The councils progressive majority backed mayor Katie Milnes notice of motion (in a 4-3 vote) for council to support amending the Marriage Act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community

Council will now erect a rainbow flag or banners outside the Tweed and Murwillumbah council chambers for the duration of the controversial postal survey.

Cr Milnes motion also proposes that council promotes its position on the issue through the media and social networking and holds at least one councilor-led public function to promote the Yes vote.

The Greens mayor said that while the Marriage Act is the responsibility of the Commonwealth councils are met with varying levels of success and/or criticism when they lend weight to matters outside of their jurisdiction.

Council must also consider that adopting a specific view on items that are subject to a conscience vote could result in unwanted community division being directed towards it, she said.

Flag etiquette requires that any flag, other than the Australian flag, must be flown lower than the Australian flag.

Council will also need to give direction on what flag is to be removed to fly the rainbow flag.

Therefore the option of the banner is easier to implement.

Cr Milne told councillors the rainbow flags would cost around $300 each and that there may also be other costs associated with the public function.

New deputy

Meanwhile, Cr Reece Byrnes was elected unopposed as new deputy mayor at an extraordinary meeting held last night.

Cr Byrnes, a Labor Party-endorsed councilor, was voted to replace Cr Chris Cherry.

Mayor Milne thanked Cr Cherry for her service in the past year.

Cr Byrnes will hold the position until September next year, when another election will be held.

Under the Local Government Act, the term of deputy is a year while for mayor it is two years.

At 29, Cr Byrnes is believed to be the youngest deputy mayor in Tweed shires history.

Outgoing deputy Cr Cherry, said councillors gave Cr Byrnes their full support by electing him unopposed.

The newly-elected deputy last night led a condolence motion for the late, Murwillumbah-born, Labor luminary John Johno Johnson.

It noted the recent passing of the former Member of the NSW Legislative Council and his great contribution to public life......

01:24

Divers Are Stunned By Weird Tube-Like Sea Creatures Lurking Below The Oceans Surface "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Divers off the coast of Australia spotted a giant translucent tube with a strange pink sheen on its skin. Initially uncertain about the 10-meter-long creature, they approached it with caution. As animal gently glided toward them, they decided to reach out and touch it. It felt like a soft, jelly-like substance and it didnt really []

01:22

North coast students spellbound in anticipation of finals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Junior finalist Sunny from Bangalow Public School. Photo supplied.

Junior finalist Sunny from Bangalow Public School. Photo supplied.

Six far north coast students are in the running to be crowned the states best speller after making it through the Regional Finals of the NSW Premiers Spelling Bee.

The students were rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November, where 86 students from across the state will compete for the title.

The local finalists are: River R, Yamba Public School, junior; Ben D, Dunoon Public School, junior; Bradley G, Terranora Public School, junior; Che M, Palmers Island Public School, senior; Sunny D, Bangalow Public School, senior; Amelie M, Pottsville Beach Public School, senior.

Senior finalist Amelie from Pottsville Beach Primary School. Photo supplied

Senior finalist Amelie from Pottsville Beach Primary School. Photo supplied

 

Winning a spot in the State Final is quite an achievement, with around 3,200 students from almost 1000 public schools across NSW competing in the regional finals this month (4-15 September) and more than 153,000 students taking part in this years competition, said an education department spokesperson.

To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki, he added.

NSW is the top-ranked State in mean spelling scores at all year levels in this years NAPLAN. The Premiers Spelling Bee is just one of the many initiatives that are improving the literacy skills of public school students across NSW.

Writing award

Meanwhile, one local student has been chose...

01:18

Bindaree's Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

20 Sep 2017 | Beef CentralHong Kong based investors who recently took a 51 percent stake in northern NSW export beef processor, Bindaree Beef have plans to further develop their Western Australian grazing property investments, purchased in April last year.

01:08

China bans Bitcoin executives from leaving the country "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

http://www.trustnodes.com/2017/09/19/china-bans-bitcoin-executives-leaving-country-miners-preparing-worst

Chinese media is reporting executives of crypto exchanges have been ordered to not leave the country with a very rough translation stating:

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchang...

01:04

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia

00:57

Australia backs Trumps North Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has welcomed US president Donald Trumps harsh new round of sanctions against North Korea.

Ms Bishop, speaking to reporters at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, said Australia will continue to review the autonomous sanctions it has on North Korea to ensure the rogue regime is compelled to return to the negotiating table and halt its nuclear and missile program.

Mr Trump announced a new executive order granting the US Treasury Department increased authority to punish North Korea with economic sanctions and target foreign companies, including banks, airlines and shipping companies, that do business with the Asian nation.

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00:53

Has Alpine Shire underestimated the economic and environmental costs of the Dinner Plain Green? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As reported several times by Mountain Journal, the Alpine Shire in north east Victoria is currently investigating whether to develop a Village Green (oval/ polo field/ elite athlete training ground) in the Dinner Plain village. The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million and substantial investigations have been carried out to assess the likely environmental, social and economic implications of the proposal. Council is now deciding whether to proceed with developing the Green, which will require the destruction of almost 2 hectares of snow gum woodland (an assessment of the environmental impacts of this project is available here).

I have read the relevant documents, inclusive of the Information Booklet and the flora and fauna assessment by Biosis, and have particular concerns about the environmental impacts and associated risks concerning offsets etc.

My biggest concern is that there are potentially significant ecological impacts and associated costs that are risks for the project that are not adequately considered.  I will go through each possible risk below but the biggest overall impact will possibly be on your cost benefit analysis for the project, i.e. if the costs go up any appreciable level then your cost benefit analysis could go into the negative quite easily.

First, I have compared the Village Green concept and the disturbance footprint detailed in the flora and fauna report and would strongly argue that the losses are underestimated for several reasons:

  1. The proposed works area defined by Biosis definitely looks smaller than the drawing in Figure 2 of the information booklet.
  2. It will difficult to limit the works and the impact to the proposed footprint in my view. There will inevitably be disturbance between existing buildings, use areas a nd tracks and the Village Green facility because of the inevitable desire lines that visitors will use between existing private land and use areas and the new Village Green.
  3. Batters have impacts beyond their footprint in most circumstances, including unanticipated impacts at construction, slumping after construction and drainage....

00:52

Australia follows nuclear weapons powers in boycotting UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia joins boycott of UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
9 News,  Sep 21, 2017 Australia has joined a boycott of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Koreas nuclear and missile tests.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joined representatives from the US, Britain, France and others who were absent from the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders overnight.

A total of 51 countries lined up to sign the new treaty.

 The treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel took part in the negotiations.

There remain some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the treaty for signing.

NATO condemned the treaty, saying that...

Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cypheriums talented team is building a double-chained infrastructure for the future. September 21, 2017 New York, NY Although the development of efficient blockchains has come a long way since 2009, scalability remains to be a major issue within blockchain. While many companies are actively working on a wide variety of technical answers to Continue reading Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain

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00:50

At United Nations, dozens of countries signing up to the nuclear weapons ban treaty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

50 signatories ink U.N. nuclear ban treaty opposed by major powers https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/21/world/50-nations-ink-u-n-nuclear-ban-treaty-opposed-major-powers/#.WcQszPMjHGg AP, KYODO, JIJI, 21 SEPT 17, AP, KYODO, JIJI  Dozens of countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the worlds nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless.

You are the states that are showing moral leadership in a world that desperately needs such moral leadership today, Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said as a signing ceremony began.

 Before the day was out, 50 signatories as different as Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty; others can sign later if they like. Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican also have already ratified the treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to take effect among the nations that back it.

They would be barred from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

Seven decades after the United States dropped two a...

00:49

Cycling road racing returns to the Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

cycling cyclingThe annual Battle of the Border national road racing cycling event through the scenic Tweed Valley, postponed in April due to the big floods, is on this weekend  and again set to draw hundreds of keen cycling fans.

The Battle Recharge event, part of the Subaru National Road Series (NRS), is run tomorrow through to Monday.

In March, Cyclone Debbie flooding caused not only loss of life but major damage to roads and council infrastructure, with restoration works still underway.

Mike Crawley, a spokesman for organiser QSMSports, said the not-for-profit event to brings an influx of sporting tourism back into the region and helps recharge the local economy.

We are looking forward to bringing cyclists and athletes from around Australia to the Tweed and showcasing the region as a premier sporting destination, Mr Crawley said.

Since the event started in 2009, we have enjoyed a strong partnership with the communities in the Tweed and Mt Warning Caldera.

Id like to thank Destination New South Wales, Destination Tweed, and Tweed Shire Council for their continued loyal support of the Battle and road racing in New South Wales, he added.

The strong partnership extends to the teams and riders, with a quality field ensuring its support of the three-day Tour, one of the staple events on the Subaru NRS calendar.

Fresh off his maiden Subaru NRS Tour victory at last weekends Amys Otway Tour, Queenslands Ryan Cavanagh (NSWIS) is eager to contest the event held just a couple of hours from his Sunshine Coast hometown.

Cavanagh said he has missed only one Battle from since it has started, I always want to a part of it as it is such a great event.

Cavanagh, who rides for the Sydney based NSWIS outfit, said the roads are dy...

00:48

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is no economic case for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

No commercial demand for nuclear power: PM http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/no-commercial-demand-for-nuclear-power-pm/news-story/fda3ef8ef990ebe9899cc8f31a605845

The prime minister says with electricity demand flat and even falling in Australia, he doesnt see there being a commercial demand for expensive nuclear power. Roje Adaimy, 21 Sept 17, Malcolm Turnbull doesnt see there being the commercial demand for nuclear power in Australia to warrant pushing its development.

The prime minister says that while the country has among the biggest uranium reserves in the world, building nuclear power stations takes a very long time.

China has a number of plants under construction but there is no cookie cutter design to help efficiently roll out the technology.

There also needed to be bipartisanship, which right now is not even remotely there, he told a politics in the pub event on Queenslands Sunshine Coast.

The projects take so long to build that they would be very likely to span the lifetime of several governments, Mr Turnbull said on Thursday night. Theyre all bespoke, so it takes a very long time to construct them and very expensive.

On top of that, demand for electricity in Australia was flat or declining. I dont see there being the commercial dema...

00:46

Best selling author Junko Morimoto called on Turnbull to sign nuclear weapons ban treaty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Junko Morimoto, author of My Hiroshima, urged Malcolm Turnbull to sign nuclear weapons ban treaty, ABC, By political reporter Anna Henderson, 21 Sept 17,  Best-selling childrens author and Hiroshima bombing survivor Junko Morimoto urged the Australian Prime Minister to sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons before her death.

Key points:

  • Junko Morimoto wrote an eye-witness account of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
  • Morimoto urged Malcolm Turnbull to sign and ratify the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • The author died on Thursday morning

Morimoto was the author of My Hiroshima, her eye-witness account of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, when she was a teenager.

Junko Morimoto: Remembering Hiroshima

Morimoto was in her 80s when she died on Thursday morning.

Last month Ms Morimoto sent a letter to Malcolm Turnbull calling on his Government to sign and ratify the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

When I was 13 years old, I survived hell on earth, the letter said.

Our home collapsed around us but my brother, sister, father and I managed to crawl out of the rubble and survive the horrifying days and months that followed.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-21/junko-morimoto-urged-turnbull-to-sign-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty/8969046


00:44

South Korea and Japan alarmed at Donald Trumps bellicose speech at UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jitters and surprise in South Korea and Japan over Trumps speech to the U.N  WP 20 September 17   The United States closest allies in Asia seemed blindsided by President Trumps latest outburst against North Korea, in which he threatened not just to act against Kim Jong Uns regime, but also to destroy an entire country of 25 million people.

In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump derided Kim as Rocket Man and said the United States would totally destroy North Korea if needed to protect its allies.Those allies, Jap...

00:42

Australians won over by cheapness and reliability of solar batteries, poll shows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Solar Batteries: Australians see energy storage as the future, poll finds, ABC By consumer affairs reporter Sarah Farnsworth and the National Reporting Teams Rebecca Armitage, 22 Sept 17, As power prices continue to surge, Australians believe household solar storage batteries are the key to cheaper and more reliable energy, according to a new poll of 2,000 households.

Key points:

  • A survey found almost three-quarters of people believe solar batteries will become commonplace
  • 68 per cent of households with solar panels are considering purchasing a battery
  • The price of storage batteries in the first half of 2017 only dropped by 5 per cent

The Climate Council found nearly three-quarters of those surveyed believe batteries, coupled with solar systems, would become commonplace within 10 years.

Of those who already had solar systems, 68 per cent were considering adding a household storage battery.

Most said the primary motivation for buying a solar battery was to reduce power bills.

Only 6 per cent believed consumers were driven by the need to protect their homes from blackouts.

...

00:40

Abbot Point spill further proof Adani cant be trusted on coal, green groups say "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pollution of wetlands adjacent to Adanis main coal export port in Queensland is proof the Indian-owned company cant be trusted to operate a much larger operation should the Galilee Basin ever be opened up to mines, environmental groups said.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/abbot-point-spill-further-proof-adani-cant-be-trusted-on-coal-green-groups-say-20170920-gyl2dp.html


00:38

In Southern Australia, winters are becoming drier "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias southern winters are drying out. Heres why, ABC 20 Sept 17 ,By Ben Deacon and Kate Doyle Winter rains are in decline across southern Australia, and while it is too early to say beyond doubt it is due to climate change, scientists say it is not just about climate variability.

Key points:

  • This winter was particularly dry given there was no El Nino event
  • Winters in Australias south are drying out, affecting farmers
  • Scientists say it is not just due to climate variability

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, June was the driest on record for large parts of southern Australia, and the winter as a whole across Australia was the ninth driest on record.

Its actually quite unusual for us to get such a widespread dry through the winter without having an El Nino, Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Blair Trewin said.

El Nino often brings dry conditions to Australia, but this year it is in neutral.

Its almost more about what hasnt been happening, Dr Trewin said.

Normally in winter, storms come up from the southern Indian Ocean and clip the bottom of Western Australia, delivering rain to the south of the country.

But until mid-July, the storms largely missed the continent. Rainfall continues to decline in southern Australia. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, May to July rainfall has reduced by about 19 per cent since 1970 in the south-west of Australia.
There has been a decline of about 11 per cent since the mid-1990s in the AprilOctober growing season rainfall in the continental south-east.

CSIRO Agriculture and Food senior principal research scientist Zvi Hochman said winter rain in Australias southern wheatbelt had declined by a whopping 28 per cent since 1990.

...

00:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Military Ideas and Theories
The DPRK upholds the man-centred military ideas and theories that embody the Juche idea and the Songun idea created by President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), founding father of socialist Korea.

These ideas and theories consist of the principles that will serve as guidelines in carrying on different types of revolutionary wars, army building and military actions, and also the theories and methods to be applied in crushing the enemies that are boasting of their numerical and technological edge, by dint of politico-ideological, strategic and tactical superiority, in conformity with the characteristics of modern warfare and the actual conditions of the country.

They are Juche-oriented military ideas and theories that enable the Korean people to develop their self-defensive military capability by themselves in line with the requirements of the Korean revolution and the specific situation in the country, and they constitute an encyclopedia giving comprehensive and scientific answers to all the theoretical and practical problems arising in army building and military actions in the present era.

Since they have been guided by these original military ideas and theories, the Korean army and people won the fierce wars against the US and Japanese imperialists that were incomparably superior in numerical and technological terms, and have achieved one victory after another in the decades-long military confrontation with the United States.

00:35

Australias Dubious Role in Syria: an Ongoing Saga "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets refuelling from a KC-30A en route to the Middle East (adapted photo SBS, AAP)

by James ONeill*

In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.

What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere.  Similar...

00:32

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sinister Intention of US to Re-deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons into S. Korea Disclosed
A spokesman for the Institute of American Studies under the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on September 15 as regards the fact that the Trump administration is publicizing through the media the possibility of re-deploying tactical nuclear weapons into south Korea and developing an up-to-date miniaturized nuclear bomb of low-intensity:

Recently, NBC  and other  American press reported that the  Trump  administration is currently examining various plans  for  developing  an  up-to-date  miniaturized  nuclear  bomb  of  low-intensity  to  deal  with nuclear threats posed by the DPRK,  Russia and  other countries, and that it would  not  rule out  the  option for re-deploying tactical nuclear weapons into south Korea in case the south Korean regime so requests.

The fact that the deliberate leakage of the information about tactical nuclear weapons by the Trump administration coincides with its moves to impose heinous sanctions and pressure and intensify military threats against the DPRK, raises an alarm at unleashing an actual nuclear war by the US on the Korean peninsula.

The US has generated the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula by deploying more than 1 000 nuclear weapons in south Korea from the 1950s and turning it into an outpost for a nuclear war, and has posed constant nuclear threats and blackmail to the DPRK.

In the early 1990s, as the international support for the just anti-nuclear, peace policy of the DPRK and its sincere efforts increased, the US declared the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from south Korea, but it has never stopped threatening and blackmailing the DPRK with various nuclear assets.

Explicitly speaking once again, the continuous nuclear threats and blackmail and vicious hostile policy of the US towards the DPRK are the very reason the DPRK gained access to nukes and strengthened its nuclear force for self-defense.

Besides, the re-deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, which are meant to be used for actual warfare beyond the purpos...

00:10

LNP to scrap juvenile bail housing if elected and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queenslands Liberal National Party said they will close supervised bail accommodation for juvenile offenders if elected to government, instead putting minors in prisons. Photo from Flickr.

The Labor party announced plans last week to roll out specialised centres over the next few months, designed to house between four and 12 children who had been charged with an offence but were yet to face court and were unable to return home.

Currently, minors awaiting trial but unable to go home make up about 80% of the population of youth detention facilities in Queensland.

00:06

Big Rob ordered to pay Lismore mayors $6k legal costs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former mayoral candidate Mr Big Rob.(photo Darren Coyne)

Former mayoral candidate Mr Big Rob.(photo Darren Coyne)

Failed mayoral candidate Big Rob has been ordered to pay the $6000 legal bill of Lismore mayor Isaac Smith after his appeal against an interim apprehended personal violence order was dismissed.

The interim APVO against Mr Rob was granted by Magistrate David Heilpern in Lismore Local Court in March, following a complaint by Cr Smith to police about harassment.

This prevented Mr Rob from going within 200 metres of anywhere Cr Smith or his family lived or worked, or attended school, and stopped him from publishing any material online about the family or the mayoral vehicle.

Mr Rob appealed the interim APVO in the District Court, which was dismissed by Judge Laura Wells on May 18.

Cr Smiths legal team then lodged an application for costs on the same day, which was adjourned until June 8, to allow Mr Rob to respond in writing why an order shouldnt be made against him.

When Mr Rob failed to appear in Lismore District Court on June 8, Judge Wells questioned why he thought he was excused from appearing or responding to the costs application in writing.

On Thursday at Lismore District Court Judge Wells ruled Cr Smith was entitled to be awarded costs he incurred during the appeal process.

She ordered Mr Rob to pay Cr Smiths legal costs totalling $6006.

The post Big Rob ordered to pay Lismore mayors $6k legal costs appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:02

The bully showed up at the wrong playground Trumps misguided address at the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Patrick T. Hiller, September 21, 2017, PeaceVoice.

It was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience, Swedish foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm expressed about what global and U.S. audiences helplessly had to endure during President Donald Trumps September 19, 2017 address to the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump acted like a bully, but unaware that he showed up at the wrong playground.

The United Nations was founded after World War II to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind. There is no doubt that the United Nations has never fully reached its potential, and without fundamental reform it never will. The spirit, however, is laid out clearly in the UN Charter. While being center stage at the United Nations General Assembly, an assembly where global collaboration is emphasized, Trump bragged about the United States, fueled division, and threatened other nations. The threat to totally destroy North Korea is beyond any form of acceptability, regardless if it is rhetorical or real. It is therefore important to challenge Trumps own words. We must not forget that he is the Commander-in-Chief with the authority to launch nuclear weapons.

Trump: Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. The U.S. has 6,800 nuclear weapons with the capacity to destroy human life on the planet many times over....

Thursday, 21 September

23:57

Biala Special School is excited to open their new playground "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Students doing a circuit in the new internal playground at Biala Special School. Photo supplied.

Students doing a circuit in the new internal playground at Biala Special School. Photo supplied.

Biala Special School in Ballina is excited to be opening a new safer playground space today that was refurbished using a $30,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Earlier this year, Principal Bhavni Stewart and Biala Support Services CEO, Linda Walsh accepted the grant to allow the project to proceed with the laying of a new weather proof synthetic surface in the playground.

Were overwhelmed by the amount of support from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation over the last 10 years with the Foundation also funding our respite camps and the upgrade of Melaleuca House, Linda said.

Bhavni Stewart said that the old playground had been rendered unsafe due to exposure to Northern Rivers weather. It simply had become either slippery in the rain or baked hard by the sun.

The new playground surface provides a safer environment and more user-friendly space for our students, which is so important in any school, but particularly one like ours which caters to children with intellectual and physical disabilities, Bhavni said.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman, Phil Neat said the key focus of its grant-giving was to support the organisations delivering life-changing services in local communities.

For almost 50 years Biala Special School is a community-built and run service which has brought joy, education and opportunity to the lives of people with a disability, he said.

It has become an extension of many families caring for loved-ones with disabilities, which is testament to its successful formula and the dedication of staff.

The Foundation is proud to support Biala in its work and to help make the daily experience of its students just that little bit better, Phil said.

Biala Special School is a small independent school for students with a moderate to severe intellectual disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biala Support Services provides support to adults with a disability through a range of social, community and recreational programs, as well as accommodatio...

23:36

Why Australia Should Sign The UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It will help stigmatise nuclear weapons and change mindsets about retaining them, but our Government doesnt support it.

 21/09/2017 Melissa ParkeFormer Member of Parliament for Fremantle and ICAN Ambassador ...

23:34

22 September More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

REneweconomy
  • Solar sedan and sports coupe in race across Australia and to commercial market
    A UNSW-built solar sedan is taking on a Brisbane-built solar sports coupe in a race across Australia and to drive as registered vehicles on Australian roads.

23:32

Friends of the Koala education centre opens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Friends of the Koala's new Burribi education centre. Photo supplied

Friends of the Koalas new Burribi Education cCentre. Photo supplied

A new koala education and administration centre was opened by Friends of the Koala in Lismore on Wednesday September 20 adjacent to their Koala Care and Research Centre in Rifle Range Road.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

This will provide much better outcomes for the koalas and an improved education facility which will enhance the community education experience for the many visitors and tourists that come to the Centre to learn about our iconic species said Ms Irwin.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan helped to officially open the Friends of the Koalas new $170,000 Burribi Education and Administration Centre. The Friends of the Koalas provided $91,121 while the  federal government...

23:04

Hackett hockey victory "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Alasdair Hackett receiving the Ric Purser Shield on behalf of Waverley Hockey Club.

WONTHAGGI boy Alasdair Hackett has captained Waverley Hockey Club to victory in the Grand Final of Victorias Under 16 Shield Hockey.
Played on Friday, September 8, Waverley fought back from two goals down against Southern United to draw the game 2-2, and then went on to win the penalty shootout, 5-4. Alasdair scored both of Waverleys goals in normal time, in a thrilling match, watched. by a large crowd, on a cold Friday evening at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
In the first two weeks of the finals, Waverley beat Camberwell, 1-0, and previously undefeated Essendon, 5-4 (Essendon had only conceded six goals all year until the semi-final, and had scored 115). Alasdair scored the only goal in the Camberwell game, and three goals plus two assists in the Essendon match.
Alasdair has been selected to represent the Victoria 16 years and under side in Adelaide in December this year, in the Pacific School Games, which involves state and territory teams, plus overseas teams, in 11 different sports and two age groups, in boys and girls competitions.
Anyone interested in joining Wonthaggi five-a-side hockey, played throughout daylight saving, should text John on 0418-500125. Participation is free. Usual hockey protective gear is advised.

The post Hackett hockey victory appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.

22:51

How the Mineral Boron found in Common Borax Helps Arthritis and Other Health Problems "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Boron-Borax

How To Make Borax Solution. See video below.

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Most of us are familiar with fluorides toxicity and capacity for negative effects, ranging from lowered IQ to  more serious neurological diseases and greater cancer risk. The type of fluoride added to our municipal tap water supplies is considered toxic industrial waste that the EPA banned from being dumped into our waterways and inland dumping sites.

Various health forums or chat sites discuss using the trace mineral boron as a solution for the fluorides in our bodies, but this health journalist didnt immediately trust using off the shelf Borax, a green cleaning solution, as a source of boron.

I was not willing to discuss this topic until I stumbled upon a more reliable, scientifically credentialed source, Dr. Newnham, PhD, DO, ND, who used boron to resolve his longstanding arthritic condition. His arthritic condition is not the only ailment addressed successfully using boron from Borax.

The Boron Revelations of Rex Newnham, PhD, DO, ND

Dr. Newnham was originally a professor of soil science and agricultural botany. After enduring the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs without improvement of his arthritic condition for years, he realized he needed to understand nutrition better to heal himself. So he earned degrees as an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) and Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with a Ph.D. in nutrition.

That training combined with his background in soil science led him to discover a trace mineral lacking in most food, due to poor soil conditions from modern farming methods. This trace mineral healed his arthritis boron.  In Australia where he lived and worked, natural boron compounds werent banned, but they were labeled as a poison.

Newnham argues that it is the amount that determines toxicity, not the compound itself. He used oxygen as an example. Breathing with 100 percent oxygen is rarely achieved, even so, too much oxygen well beyond the normal 21 percent we normally breathe for extended periods can actually kill. (Source)

After determining the toxicity zone....

22:38

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi: 'American Jews drive America's wars' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East? I spoke recently at a conference on America's war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, "Why doesn't anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it's American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn't we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?" It was a question combined with a comment that I have heard many times before and my answer is always the same: any organization that aspires to be heard on foreign policy knows that to touch the live wire of Israel and American Jews guarantees a quick trip to obscurity. Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries, meaning that no one will hear about or from the offending party ever again. They are particularly sensitive on the issue of so-called "dual loyalty," particularly as the expression itself is a bit of a sham since it is pretty clear that some of them only have real loyalty to Israel.

22:21

Cops Kidnap 8yo Boy for Acting Out in School, Put Him in Restraints, Force Inject Him with Sedatives "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Source: The Free Thought Project  By: Matt Agorist

In a police state, innocent 8-year-old boys with severe learning disabilities and diagnosed behavioral issues are not safe from the violent hand of the states enforcers. A mother has learned the hard way just how unsafe a child can be when the state gets involved after her 8-year-old son was kidnapped by police, put in restraints, and forcefully injected with a sedative after acting out on his first day of school.

Debbie Kiroff is now looking for answers after her son endured horrific abuse at the hands of those who claim to protect.

They know hes a runner, she told CBC Toronto. When I first brought him to the school, I said to them, He likes to run. Thats his release.

Earlier this month, the principal at Holland Landing Public School called her to let her know her sons behavior was escalating. However, she never expected what came next.

He usually runs to the same spot near the little forest that they go to for day trips, Kiroff said of the place her son runs to find his peace. This time, however, after he ran off, the police were called in.

According to Kiroff, she says it all began over an argument with another boy about who should be able to use a computer.

Hes running around right now, hes got a ruler, hes climbing this, climbing that, Kiroff says the principal told her, asking her to come pick her son up.

Kiroff, who works for the Canada Post, couldnt leave work, so she sent her daughter to pick him up.

By the time she got to the school, however, it was too late. Cops had snatched him up after he allegedly tried to run off school property.

Mom, theyve already got him in the police car. Theyre taking him to the hospital because hes too angry, she says her daughter told her on the phone.

When they got to the hospital...

22:10

Bi Any Means Podcast #116: When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer with Anthony Pinn "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My guest for today is Dr. Anthony Pinn. He is a professor, author, and public intellectual working at the intersections of African-American religion, constructive theology, and humanist thought. Pinn is also the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He has a new book called, When Colorblindness Isnt the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race. Today were going to talk about the book and how humanists can be better advocates for racial justice.

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21:10

Market Talk- September 21st, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After the unchanged call from the Federal Reserve, within hours we hear the same from the Bank of Japan. Asian equity markets drifted broadly lower with profit-taking the main reason behind many of the moves. The Nikkei continues slightly under recent highs with another small gain (+0.2%) to add to recent advances and was helped by a 0.4% inflation print. The Yen was little changed on the day, having been back to the 112 figure but eased again as we approached the end of the US trading hours. Both the Shanghai and Hang Seng closed only marginally weaker even with rumours of a China downgrade floating around. The Australian ASX closed weakest of the crowd closing down almost 1%. It did bounce off of earlier lows but still finished the day weak.

It was the UKs FTSE that bucked the winning trend in Europe with a small decline of just -0.1%. Other core markets (DAX and CAC) both closed around +0.35% whilst the IBEX managed just +0.05%. Talk is investors are nervous with ongoing uncertainties and even with geopolitical concerns rising again in North Korea. What may be even more surprising is that the events in Catalonia are failing to have an impact of Spanish government debt. Under normal market conditions yields would need to back-up to attract capital, but if the ECB continues to buy even month why bother to back it off? Other big market talk today was the discussions surrounding the possible merger of Commerzbank, BNP Paribas with possibly a little bit of UniCredit thrown in to the mix! Late in the day both the Euro and GBP rallied on the back of consumer confidence number but then US stocks were looking a little vulnerable as Europe closed.

It is quite unsettling to veteran players in the markets that volume are so low. Again today, we saw only a fraction of what we would normally see this time of year, without considering the potential geopolitical concerns, end of QE, rates edging higher, possible signs of inflation edging off the floor and US markets at historical highs. Into the close we did start to drift lower but even then the volume did not increase. Financials did hold-in marginally better than most other sectors, but then this time of year you just expect a wild swing occur for no reason and without warning....

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