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Monday, 13 November

21:46

Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now t...

21:16

A Strategic View "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My friend Aaron T. suggested this book to me.

Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.

Victor Davis Hansons new book is a strategic view of WWII [amazn] treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively I was wondering is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together? before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. When I read something critically, I am constantly weighing whether the author is pulling any tricks or putting his thumb on the scale and even with my skepticism sensitivity knob on 11 I dont catch anything in Hansons analysis that seems unfair. There are parts that make me uncomfortable, such as frank discussion of the value of the strategic bombing campaign and the question of how much it shortened the war (Hansons answer: it shortened it enough that it was probably a wash, trading dead Japanese and German civilians for dead Jews and Russian and other European civilians).

Im used to reading military history that focuses on a narrow area for example: the North Africa Campaign and the various events and trade-offs that theater commanders had to deal with. From that, I try to draw some conclusions, usually Wow, that was badly run or Rommel was overrated. Then, I check those conclusions against my memory and other things Ive read and see if they hold up. My experience reading this book is very different Hanson drops the conclusions and the facts from which they are drawn, and sometimes digs down to a necessary level of detail, but otherwise maintains his attention at the level of the big trade-offs: the axis did not coordinate its grand strategy effectively because Hitler was an impulsive gambler prone to sneak attacks. Reading an account of the Russia campaign, its pretty easy to see that Hitlers decision-making was bad, but Im not used to thinking about how Hitlers strategic blunders affected Mussolinis which, of course, they did.

When World War I broke out in 1939, Germany did not have a serious plan for defeating those enemies, present of future, that were positioned well beyond its own borders. Unlike its more distant adversaries, the Third Reich had neither an adequate blue water navy nor a strategic bombing fleet, anchored by escort fig...

19:00

The Mayors of Bolingbrook: Nora Wipfler (1975) (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In 1975, Bolingbrook celebrated its 10th birthday. Now it was officially the second largest municipality in Will County, and some predicted that Bolingbrook would soon reach 100,000 residents by 1985. If you were young and starting a family, Bolingbrook was the happening Chicago suburb. Old Chicago would open later that year, along with the Fountaindale Library. The future seemed bright.

The Babblers future, at the time, seemed uncertain. Following the loss of paper of record status, publisher John Olson was forced to make cuts. The page count was cut in half, and the number of enhanced photos per issues was reduced. Many believers feared that Chicagolands voice of truth could be silenced.

Though the Babbler was down, it was certainly wasnt out, as our first interview with newly elected mayor Nora Wipfler clearly showed.

Mayor Wipfler speaks: Romeoville wont eat us!

After avoiding the Babbler during the campaign, new Village President Nora Wipfler finally agreed to an interview! While obviously the powers that be prevented her from telling the whole truth about her plans for Bolingbrook, we found her relative openness to be quite refreshing.

Reporter: Thank you for the interview, madam president.

Wipfler: You can call me mayor. Everyone else does.

Reporter: OK. Well Mayor Wipfler, thank you for this interview.

Wipfler: Oh dont thank me. I just want to be able to go to sleep and not worry about a three AM call from your reporters.

Reporter: Fair enough.

Wipfler: But dont think that means Ill put up with any sexist questions.

Reporter: (Tears several pages out of his notebook.) In that case, my first question is, how do you enjoy being the most important mayor in the galaxy?

Wipfler: Galaxy? Oh, thats right. It feels just like being the mayor of a large village in Illinois. I enjoy it.

Reporter: Tell us about your first meeting with a space alien.

Wipfler: Now come on. You know that would be classified. I could tell you, but then a man in purple would have to slap you.

Reporter: Not a man in blue?

Wipfler: I meant a man in blue. Now, how about some questions that I can answer.

Reporter: OK. Our sources tell us that Old Chicago is being built over the Indian burial ground of ancient astronauts. Are you concerned that Bolingbrook could come under attack from a curse, the aliens decedents, or both?

Wipfler: No.

Reporter: Do you care to elaborate?

Wipfler: Old Chicago isnt being built on an ancient nuclear waste disposal site. The de...

18:29

Are Conservation Organisations Complicit in Ethnic Discrimination? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Trishant Simlai, doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, is interested in the links between armed conflict, militarisation and conservation in India. Raza Kazmi, a Jharkhand-based conservationist, is interested in conservation militarisation, intersection of forest rights and conservation needs, and conservation in Indias conflict-ridden Red Corridor landscape.

Global wildlife conservation efforts have advocated the exclusion of local people from parks and areas considered to be of great value to biodiversity, often supporting coercive means to achieve this goal. Among the coercive measures often suggested, some dont shy away from even recommending violence towards offenders.

Governments, conservation agencies and aid donors have further legitimised this exclusion by frequently invoking the narrative of an expanding human population destroying pristine landscapes, often ignoring the role of over-consumption by urban actors or of states and corporate interests extracting resources. Such coercive conservation measures often base the...

16:46

Some whataboutery from Tim Nicholls "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Among the tools used to defend the indefensible, the most widely used is whataboutery. When faced with a criticism you cant answer, you point to something allegedly comparable done by someone supposed to be on the same side as your critic, and ask the critic what about

A recent example (Hat Tip Bill Wallace). Presented on ABC TV with my observation that his election promises represent an arithmetic impossibility, Tim Nicholls resorted to whataboutery, suggesting that I had gone easy on Anna Palaszczuk in regards to the use of transfers of debt between the general government sector, GBEs and public service superannuation. Oddly enough, Ill be covering this exact point in an article Im now writing for The Guardian. The relevant para

Labor has been able to improve the accounting performance of the general government sector by requiring public enterprises to make bigger contributions to the budget and by making transfers from the funds hypothecated to pay for public service superannation. This doesnt change the financial position of the public sector as a whole, but makes the budget sector look better. The relevant criteria is public sector net worth and net financial worth, which are unaffected by such manoeuvres. Fortunately, public sector net worth has never been a problem: the Queensland government had net worth of over $170 billion when the Costello Commission reported, a figure that is projected to exceed $200 billion by 2020.

Some broader responses:

* Whataboutery is a very weak defence in a clear-cut case like this. Even if I were an ALP hack (readers of this blog can judge for themselves), it wouldnt invalidate the point Im making

* I dont think Palaszczuk is open to the specific criticism Im making of Nicholls. She hasnt promised to cut taxes or improve the budget balance, and her election spending promises look to be the kind of thing that can be managed within the normal budget process

* Ive already been critical of both sides in this election campaign. My only published opinion piece was a criticism of Palaszczuks pro-Adani policy, which she has subsequently reversed (not claiming cause and effect here, of course). If Nicholls cares to put up an election platform that adds up and protects crucial services from cuts, Ill be the first to congratulate him.

A few more points:

1. The implied assumption in whataboutery is that people shouldnt comment on any issue unless they have a published position on every issue that might be remotely comparable. This obviously isnt feasible for someone writing in spare team, without a team of staffers and researchers to do the....

16:32

Australia sells weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia, that perpetrate human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its a nearly impossible task to discover exactly what Australia is selling and to whom because the federal government refuses to say, but nuggets of information make it clear that Canberra is aggressively selling weapons and defence equipment to countries involved in conflicts where human rights abuses are being perpetrated.

In his seminal 2011 book on the global arms trade The Shadow World, journalist Andrew Feinstein exposes the fallacies of a nations expanding defence sector. The arms industrys economic contribution is undermined by the frequency with which its main players around the world, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman are implicated in grand corruption, inefficiency and wastage of public resources, he wrote.

Feinstein concludes that the arms trade often makes us poorer, not richer, less not more safe, and governed not in our own interests but for the benefit of a small, self-serving elite, seemingly above the law, protected by the secrecy of national security and accountable to no one. 

Murky business: Australias defence industry is growing, but at what cost?  SMH, Antony Loewenstein , 4 Nov 17 

This years Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the...

16:31

Selenite Crystal Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Selenite crystal meaning esoteric metaphysical and spiritual. Selenite the angelic healing stone.as channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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16:11

PNG to Begin Forceable Removal of Asylum Seekers From Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea immigration minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water.

Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.

We will be taking steps with relevant authorities to move the residents based on serious exposure to health risk for the food of everyone that is remaining, Thomas said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

The timetable stokes fears of a potential clash...

16:09

The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2017 Has Been Crowned "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The winners of this years Miss Sportsman Hotel drag contest have been announced. On Saturday night, Queensland drag queen Chocolate Boxx took home the top honours at the contest, which this year had a distinctly Australian flavour with the theme Stars of the Southern Cross. After wowing the judges with a performance of Christine Anus ...

The post The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2017 Has Been Crowned appeared first on QNEWS.

15:04

Snowflake stress levels at their ABC so bad the union will force entry to........do something....or something "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Unions to force entry into ABC Ultimo headquarters over staff stress The ABC Head Office in Ultimo, Sydney, where 72 per cent of staff have reported dangerous workplace stress levels. The Australian 12:25PM November 13, 2017 STEPHEN BROOK Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABCs Ultimo headquarters...

14:48

Roundup November 13 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Breaking news! OMG Dan Mitchell has written a book! Support Connor Court. Buy Dans book!

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Cheap power in Tasmania today (2.30 pm). Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0. Don Aitkin on the Claytons energy policy. Delingpole on the Paris Accord.

Alternative ideas. From the Centre for Independent Studies. Citizenship, the history wars and the staircase of opportunity for Aborigines. Lets not have a Universal Basic Income. Mark Steyn on line. A roundup from Heterodox Academy, the organization started by Johathan Haidt of The Righteous Mind. Mission: To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement. Intellectual Takeout. Accuracy in Academia. The American Scholar Inside the house that Stalin built.

Dan Mitchell. The triumph of communism. 100 years, 100 million deaths. The Senate...

13:56

ZAP/POOFness Report: "Blowin' In The Wind" -- November 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"The Office of Poofness"

"Blowin' In The Wind"


Bob Dylan


How many roads must a man walk down


Before you call him a man?

How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist

Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind

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13:54

Video: LA cops plant drugs in black suspects wallet "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This piece by TOM BOGGIONI  (Raw Story 10 November 2017), is a disturbing capture of an incident that looks very much another case of  racial profiling and setting up. The difference is that this time, the deed was accidentally recorded by the police themselves.

An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspects wallet while believing their cameras were off.

According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.

The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields front left pocket

But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspects wallet before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.

According Shields attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.

According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.

Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.

Video from GetThePoint

 

 

 

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12:59

Ecstasy, Misery and Revolver Upstairs "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When I was 22, three things happened that will forever mark the narrative of my life. I graduated from university, I broke up with someone who I loved, and I fell apart.

Adulthood had arrived with an unwelcome suddenness, and, terrified of being rejected by my dreams, I instead retreated into a shimmering expanse of meaningless good times. And by that, I mean I made Melbournes choice den of debauchery, Revolver Upstairs, my home base. I became a mess, and in a way, it was exactly what I had always wanted.

Since the end of my 21st year, I have been kicked out of a club on six different occasions. I would go out at least twice a week, and going out meant getting as fucked up as I possibly could; meant blasting a hole through my consciousness. I wanted to embarrass myself, to have a good story to tell the next morning, to be able to play at self-disgust but really loving every second. Up until this time in my life, I was always afraid that I wasnt brave or interesting enough to disintegrate completely. Well, I disintegrated.

I threw up in bars and on bars, into gutters and into bins; I threw up on the Sandringham Line train so frequently that my friends referred to that act as doing a Jane. I passed out in toilet cubicles and at parties; a friend woke up to me passed out in his backyard with my shirt off on one occasion. I threw glasses across the dance floor and out of car windows; I pissed on the dance floor several times rather than line up for the bathroom. My feet, for a long time, were blistered and rubbed raw and spotted with blood from dancing for hours on end.

I would drink all the time. There was a bottle of wine perpetually next to my bed and I would start drinking out of it as soon as I woke up. I drank at work, either out the back or out of a glass I kept under the counter that I would top up throughout the shift. I would go into work cooked I would go to Revs at 9 or so in the morning, take a pill or two, and start work at 12. It isnt a huge surprise that the store closed down, with employees like me. I got a new job, and spent my first shift struggling through a comedown. My previous job I had quit because my panic attacks had gotten too intense for work.

In my room, dirty clumps of ash sunk into the paint of the windowsill, smeared into a permanent, think black layer. Cigarette butts clogged every available surface. The room the house, in fact stunk of smoke, sweet and stale, but I was in it so much I didnt notice. Plastic wine glasses and ceramic mugs, rimmed with the deep red of old wine, sat for weeks beside piles of dir...

12:34

Can the EU regain its international climate policy leadership lost in Copenhagen? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is a guest post from Axel Michaelowa  from the University of Zurich. He is also the lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the second in the series from our Bonn panel on leadership in the climate regime. 

For over a decade, the EU was the undisputed leader of the international climate policy process. It had a grand vision for a universal international climate policy agreement modelled on the Kyoto Protocol. This was to be crowned during COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. So the shock was the greater when the EU was ignominously sidelined by an alliance of Barack Obama and the leaders of the large emerging economies. They did not like grand designs and instead embarked on a road towards a bottom up climate policy system.

Almost a decade later, the US has abandoned international climate policy leadership after it played a crucial role in helping France in the runup to the Paris Agreement. Can the EU now again lead? The answer unfortunately is No.

First, the EU is at the center of the global maelstrom of migration, terrorism and resurgence of populism, and even threatened by internal fragmentation as the case of Catalonia shows. This means that EU leaders are in perpetual crisis mode and cannot properly address long term issues auch as climate policy.
Second, the EU is lacking ambition. Several member states, including self-proclaimed climate policy leader Germany, are likely to miss 2020 emission targets by a wide margin. 2030 targets are generally not seen as very ambitious either.

Second, domestic mitigation policy instruments in the EU are suffering from serious flaws. The EUs climate policy flagship, the emission trading scheme has suffered from systemic overallocation ever since the economic and financial crisis struck in 2008. Thus, prices have remained low. The latest reform agreed just yesterday is a kind of band aid that does not resolve the broader challenge. In the context of renewable energy promotion, the widely successful feed in tariffs have now been replaced by auctions that may be able to reduce costs, but are equally likely to reduce the speed of renewable energy expansion. And many countries face the challenge that...

12:33

Hello world! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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12:23

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "A Walk" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"A Walk"

"My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces."
...

11:29

Kelvin Thomson on defending public land (Speech to PPLVic AGM 11 Nov 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The driving force behind the Protectors of Public Lands, Julianne Bell, passed away on Friday January 27 this year. Julianne was an indefatigable and tireless campaigner for the protection of Melbournes public open spaces. She was most well-known as the defender of Royal Park against any and all who would seek to diminish it for their own purposes, and she told me that she was most proud of her role in stopping the East-West Link, a Freeway which would carve up Royal Park in an outrageous act of environmental vandalism. She was the driving force behind this organisation and used it to defend public open spaces far and wide from all manner of threats the Carlton Gardens, the Catani Gardens, the Exhibition Gardens, the Rogers Memorial Reserve and many others too numerous to mention no public open space was too far away or too small to merit her attention.

Julianne worked closely with me on the problems caused by Rapid Population growth for the world in general and for Melbourne in particular. She understood that it is people, it is us, who are responsible for environmental damage, and was prepared to cut through the vanity that prevents many of us from acknowledging this. She had worked in the Immigration Department, and told me a number of times about the propensity for migration agents to tell fibs on applications, and the trouble an understaffed Department had in verifying claims and uncovering rorts.

Julianne was not always easy to work with, and she was very hard line. I did think when she was telling me about the evils of the Flower Show in the Exhibition Gardens that perhaps she could lighten up! But she grasped, better I think than anyone else I have ever met, that our public open spaces are constantly in danger from people or organisations or businesses who want to use them for a private benefit, at the cost of the value of the open space asset itself.

She understood and loved the heritage of Marvellous Melbourne, the legacy of beautiful parks and open spaces which Melbournes founders bequeathed us, and she was relentless in her defence of them. If Julianne had not been standing guard over them these past decades, they might well look rather different, and Melbourne might well have been on its way to becoming a soulless concrete jungle, like so many other cities around the world.

Over the years various Premiers and Lord Mayors have basked in reflected glory as Melbourne was declared the Worlds Most Liveable City. But this title owes, in my view, a fair bit more to Juliannes work than to theirs. If we are to keep that honour, we will need people to draw inspiration from Julianne, tak...

10:57

Listen to the New Tesse (Tom Stephens) Single Ill Tell You In The Morning "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Tesse Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens has just moved into the next step of his musical evolution, renaming himself Tesse to more accurately represent the collaboration with his supporting band (including Cam Whipp on bass, Mon Ellis on guitar, Chris Long on keys and drummer Rob Turner). Tesse will be releasing his []

10:55

Part 4 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. A cache of The Courier Mails front pages. (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another. . (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another []

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at: http://nofibs.com.au/meeting-david-marler-nofibs-twitter-activist-by-griffithelects

09:59

The Orange-bellied Parrot will become extinct without federal funding "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical. 

Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.

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The Orange-bellied Parrot will become extinct without federal funding "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical. 

Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.

 

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09:50

NEW AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SP HANDCRAFTED BOOKS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for SP Handcrafted Books



Your name: Stephanie Pollard
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:      Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books.  /   Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SPHandcraftedBooks
FB: Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books
The suburb/town you live in now:  Riordanvale Rd
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  There are many different and assorted styles of journals made in my workshop using a variety of covers materials - From classy classics to crocodile & saddle leathers!! I make beautifully handcrafted journals, some using an ancient binding method called Coptic Binding, which main feature is, they lie flat for ease of writing fully on every page & other leather journals are bound with along-stitch method. All the journals being bound with imported wax linen threads from the USA. In most of the journals I have found beautiful papers for the internal pages that are 120gsm and specialise for the dry medium applications i.e. lead & ink writings & drawings, charcoals & chalks, glue stick for photos or scrapbooking and most other unimaginable uses as long as for this 120gsm it's form is dry based. I have thicker papers for those wishing to commission a journal specifically for oil paints artistry  or those mediums needing the thicker non-warping papers. ...

09:29

Man Who Refused To Marry Until Gay People Could Pretty Worried Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ExcuseMaster

A Sydney man who told his girlfriend of seven years he wouldnt marry her until gay people enjoyed equal rights is desperately searching for a back-up plan after polls suggested the yes vote is likely to win.

It was the perfect excuse it was simple, it worked, and it made me look like I had morals or something, the man said. But it looks like my get-out-of-jail-free card will be torn up when the vote is announced on Wednesday. My girlfriends even dropping hints saying what a great day it would be for all couples to propose. Unfortunately, it might be time for me to hit the road.

The man is not alone, with one woman telling The Sydney Sentinel she had to vote no to protect her own freedom from marriage.

Yeah, I used the whole not until everyone can get married line as well, she said. Even though I do support gay marriage, I dont support having to get married myself, so its a no from me.


08:59

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SUNHAZE "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for SunHaze


Your name: Lana Reid

Your business name and Facebook/website name and link SunHaze, www.facebook.com/sunhazeaustralia www.sunhaze.com.au

The suburb/town you live in now: Mountain Creek

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Swimwear and Beachwear, I design and make all swimwear and beachwear.


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08:28

Man had Nothing to Wear on Run this Morning "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

RunPestTwo

A Clovelly man is in danger of missing his daily run along the coastal path to Bondi this morning after realising he had nothing to wear, even though his closet was packed full of designer workout gear, joggers made by NASA and colour-coordinated drink bottles.

The man said he just wasnt feeling any of his outfits.

Nothing truly expressed my positively carefree yet dangerously focused running mood or went well with this mornings lighting conditions, the man said. Naturally, everyone would be watching me, so I couldnt just chuck any old thing on. One unflattering Aquabumps snap could set me back years of dedicated training.

The man said if his emergency order from The Iconic doesnt arrive, he will make up for todays lack of training by spending an extra hour in the solarium and taking twice as many photos at Icebergs this afternoon than usual.


08:18

Acknowledgement to Country, Mud Gooloogong, and an Eviction Notice "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

After putting up his own Eviction Notice at the Lobby Restaurant, Wiradjuri man Mud Gooloogong remained there until he was arrested and removed peacefully by police. (photo ABC)

By Dee McLachlan

For those readers not living in Australia, let me first explain. If one attends any function, conference and event, the emcee or whoever is running the event starts off with an Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners. It is to pay respect to indigenous people.

This is how it goes.

Our conference is being held on the traditional country [or lands] of the Wada wurrung people [or relevant traditional owner], and I wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners. I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.

When I first arrived, it seemed to me a most respectful acknowledgement and a reminder of the lands history, but as the years have gone by it sometimes leaves me uneasy. In many of these functions, in Victoria, it feels a function of political correctness R...

06:30

So theres an election. What happens now? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Will Hodgman thought his worst case scenario was losing the Pembroke by-election to Labor. He was wrong ABC: Royal Hobart Hospital horror stories linked to bed shortages, inquiry hears A suicide in the Royal Hobart Hospitals emergency department waiting room and a patient sexually touched are among incidents aired at an inquiry into Tasmanias acute health services. Doctors and nurses have blamed several terrible incidents on bed shortages which are being exacerbated by the hospitals redevelopment. Witnesses at an Upper House parliamentary inquiry into the states acute health services have revealed a damning list of critical incidents at the hospital Labor: Gas contract uncertainty grows as Minister does nothing TT Media here for the range of reactions

06:15

NATION: Have I missed something ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Another freeloader, as I read it, is Senator Eric Abetz. He was in parliament for nearly 16 years before he produced a document relating to his renunciation of a citizenship other than Australian. He must have picked up millions since he was elected as a senator in 1994 Urban Wronski (aka David Tyler), who normally writes NATION, is having a couple of weeks off ...

06:00

Independent Artist Of The Week: Two Steps On The Water "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbournes Two Steps on the Water is a powerful musical project that sticks with you long after the music stops, built on raw emotions, off-kilter lyrics and haunting string arrangements.

The folk-punk quartet already have two LPs under their belt, God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye (2016) and their sophomore album Sword Songs which was released in September via their very own label, Emotion Punk Records. Run by lead-singer June Jones, the labels name is very much aligned with their sound.

Jones ability to articulate her emotional experience through lyricism is not only poetic, but hugely moving. Notions of identity are beautifully explored, and its not a simple kind of beauty either its complex, confronting and cathartic.

Two Steps on the Waters latest release Hold Me sees swirling strings drift above gentle percussion, with honest vocals once again leading the way. If only baring your deepest darkest fears was always this easy on the ears.

 

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

 

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05:46

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I am grateful for another guest post, this time from Dr Stephen Thornton of BG Economics. Views expressed are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Pets, Airbnb and Management Rights: Strata policy challenges for the incoming Queensland Government

by Dr Stephen Thornton

The apartment construction boom in Queensland in the last few years has been astonishing and unprecedented. The number of strata lots is now quickly approaching 500,000, mostly apartments and townhouses (465K, October 2017). By 2020 around one million people in the state will call them home.

A strata review is being finalised by the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre as part of a wider Queensland property law review commissioned by the former Newman government, with a number of recommendations recently made. Some of these recommendations go to procedural matters like the calling of AGMs, electronic communications and the like, while others are around by-laws and, importantly, scheme termination.

Given jobs and health budget savings are always high priorities, the incoming government should give serious consideration to one of the Centres recommendations around the keeping of pets. The recommendation would make it much less likely that pets would be banned in strata complexes, as it would limit the prohibition of pets to new buildings where the developer sets it as a by-law or if a body corporate adopts it by way of a resolution without dissent.

In my submission to the review (in which I argued that giving developers and bodies corporate the power to adopt no pet by-laws is contrary to Queenslands economic interests), I calculated that allowing pets in strata properties is likely to result in 1,000 new jobs in the longer term in Queenslands $1B $2B pet industry (currently estimated at 10,000+ jobs). Importantly, these new jobs would be in both high-skilled employment areas (e.g. vets, pathologists, radiologists) and lower skilled employment areas (e.g. retail stores, pet grooming, dog walking), and would be right across the state including high youth unemployment places like Townsville and Cairns.

In more recent work for the Mars Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign, I have estimated the recurrent public healthcare savings due to pets for the Queensland budget to be $172 million annually (total Qld/federal public saving of $435M; total all state/federal public saving of $2B). More pets in strata properties would increase these savings.

However, there are a number of major issues not cover...

05:01

YouTube Is Finally Cracking Down On Dark Versions Of Childrens Shows on YouTube Kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

While allowing young children on YouTube unsupervised is not a good idea, some parents just dont pay close enough attention to the things they are allowing their children to watch. In more recent times on YouTube, there have been many parody videos popping up of common children cartoons.

YouTube has now made announcements that they will be doing their best to clamp down on these disturbing childrens videos as they pop up out of nowhere in some cases and are it seems targeted towards corrupting children. This clampdown came only after many accusations have come up in regards to the site enabled infrastructural violence. A new policy will be in place that will show age restrictions on content that uses family entertainment characters in an inappropriate manner.

This will include videos like those of Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist and elsewhere. You see, while YouTube already demonetized these kinds of videos it was not yet doing anything to restrict them in regards to who sees them. While I am sure the inability to make money off of them has deterred some, creators there are plenty still going strong.

Age-restricted videos cannot be seen by those who are not logged into their accounts or those who are shown to be under the age of 18 on their profiles. This will also be a big help as age-restricted videos do not pop up on the YouTube Kids app. All of this being said, the content must be flagged before it can be marked as age-restricted. We can only hope what their definition of inappropriate it will be enough.

According to YouTube anything that features adult themes or graphic violence, in general, will be flagged. YouTubes director of policy, Juniper Downs told the Guardian that Earlier this year, we updated our policies to make content featuring the inappropriate use of family entertainment characters ineligible for monetization. Were in the process of implementing a new policy that age restricts this content in the YouTube main app when flagged. Age-restricted content is automatically not allowed in YouTube Kids. The YouTube team is made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting things right.

With this disturbing trend of turning childrens favorite television characters into violent sex-crazed maniacs, age restrictions are necessary. What do you think about all of this? Check out the video below to see one of....

04:44

A Recent Study Shows When A Person is More Likely to Cheat and Why "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

No matter what all relationships have rough patches. Some make it through these rough patches and others end up getting so damaged that moving forward together is not an option.

No, I am not saying that everyone cheats and I am not justifying it, but sometimes those rough patches to lead to cheating and there is nothing we can do about it. A research team from Israel actually looked into different reasons as to why people who were tempted to cheat managed to resist the urge and discovered something quite interesting. Their findings were published in the Journal of Sex Research and during their study, they were also able to come to a conclusion on about when the most likely point in a marriage men and women were most at risk of cheating altogether.

For this study, these researchers asked 423 participants to answer a simple questionnaire. In this questionnaire, they were to rate the importance of 29 different reasons to avoid or resist cheating in general and go over the likelihood of them cheating depending on whether or not the opportunity were to arise. Their findings showed that most people would resist being unfaithful because of the fear of being single as well as their moral compasses.

These results also showed that for women the window of time they were most likely to cheat was between the 6-10 year mark. Now, for men, they were most likely to cheat after 11 years. For those who do not know after the 7th year of marriage, most people begin feeling distant with their spouse on some level, so these findings actually make a lot of sense.

A survey that was done earlier this year actually gave some insight on why people cheat and to be honest it is for the reason you would think. Most women who cheat do so because they are not feeling as if they are getting enough attention from their partner. Men, on the other hand, reported cheating more because the other person was really hot. This survey was conducted by Superdrugs Online Doctor and included over 2,000 European and American participants.

You can see the top five reasons listed for each gender as reported by those who took this survey in the image below. You will most likely notice a huge difference between the mens reasons and the womans reasons. To be honest, these findings are a bit sad but the saddest part was that 71 percent of American men who cheated for the most terrible reasons said they wished they could take it back.

...

03:32

Your power in a decaying world "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Your power in a decaying world

by Jon Rappoport

November 12, 2017

These are notes I made prior to preparing my three Matrix collections:

Solutions to private problems and public problems require the ability to think things through, logically, and to reject what is unworkable or biasedbut above and beyond that, a person needs to be able to imagine solutions that havent been tried before.

Propaganda says: defect from your own power. Never find out what it is. Assume it isnt there. Propaganda says: all life is about the species, not about the individual.

When propagandists find a good thing, a message that works, they pound on it, they keep hammering away. Family, group, family, group, community. On and on. They never promote the message called The Individual with the same intensity. That would be counter-productive to what they are trying to accomplish: group identity; and amnesia about being an individual.

Civilization continues to erode and decay, as individual power is put on the back burner. But that doesnt give the individual a license to surrender. If others want to give up, thats their business. The individual, instead, finds new frontiers for his power, for his capacity to invent reality.

There is you, there is your own power. And what is that power? It comes in two forms or venues. First, there is the ability to apply logic to events and information; to think rationally from A to B to C; to analyze. And second, there is imagination, the capacity to conceive and then invent realities that would never otherwise exist in the world.

Individual power doesnt need to make rigid distinctions between what is done for self vs. what is done for others. Social engineers and propagandists make those separations. You exercise your creative power to fulfill what you deeply desire; and that process will, in fact, spill over and affect others in a positive way. It will lift them up. It will remind them that they, too, have power.

Logic and analysis keeps you from being sent down wrong roads, keeps you from buying official reality. Logic also reminds you that you have a mind. Logic is a road that can take you deeper and deeper into more basic fallacies that underpin organized society and its branches of knowledge. Logic tells you there are always more fundamental questions to ask and answer. There are levels of lies. The deeper you go, the more confident you become. The more powerful. Logic also lets you...

01:53

Dancing with words: Trump believed Putin 'means it when he says no' to meddling claims but still sides with US intel agencies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This weekend, Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 US election, after which Trump said he believes Putin "means it." Hours later, however, Trump said he stands by the US Intelligence Community's position on the matter. Just one day after the APEC international summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, where US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to have a quick chat on the way to a group photo, the US president was asked to answer "definitively... yes or no" if he really believes that Russia, or Putin in particular, interfered in the 2016 US presidential election. "What I said. I'm surprised that there any conflict in this. What I said is that I believe he believes that, and it's very important for somebody to believe it," Trump replied, apparently failing to meet the reporter's expectations, at a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on Sunday. Trump added that what the Russian leader believes "is what he [Putin] believes. What I believe is that we have to get to work." "As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership. I believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies, I've worked with them very strongly," he added.

01:11

Trump points to falsehoods in 'Russian hacking' claims but media ignores what he says "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Each day we get more "Russian influence" and "Russian hacking" claptrap. Like this from the once honorable Wired which headlines: Here's the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit: Russian interference in Brexit through targeted social media propaganda can be revealed for the first time. A cache of posts from 2016, seen by WIRED, shows how a coordinated network of Russian-based Twitter accounts spread racial hatred in an attempt to disrupt politics in the UK and Europe. Interesting, enthralling, complicate and sensational ... ... until you get down to paragraph 14(!): Surprisingly, all the posts around Brexit in this small snapshot were posted after the June vote. "Russian-based Twitter accounts" influenced the Brexit vote in the UK by tweeting affirmative AFTER the vote happened. "Russian agents" influenced the U.S. election by buying irrelevant Facebook ads - 25% of which were never seen by anyone and 56% of which were posted AFTER the election. During a flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donald Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.

01:09

Police Just Killed a 14yo Native American Boy Who Witnesses Say Was Holding a Phone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

boyPolice are refusing release any details after killing a 14-year-old boy on the Bad River Indian Reservation -- his family wants answers.

00:32

We Have Built a Paradise for Offshore Billionaires "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Thomas Frank and cross-posted from The Guardian

Its not enough to say, in response to the Paradise Papers revelations, that we already knew that rich people parked their money in offshore tax havens, where their piles accumulate far from the scrutiny of our government. Nor is it enough to say that we were already aware that we live in a time of inequality.

What we have learned this week is the clinical definition of the word. What we have learned is how much the rich and the virtuous have been hiding away and where theyre hiding it. Yes, there are sinister-looking Russian capitalists involved. But theres also our favorite actors and singers. Our beloved alma mater, supposedly a charitable institution. Everyone with money seems to be in on it.

Were also learning that maybe weve had it backwards all along. Tax havens on some tropical island arent some sideshow to western capitalism; they are a central reality. Those hidden billions are like an unseen planet whose gravity is pulling our politics and our economy always in a certain direction. And this week we finally began to understand what that uncharted planet looks like; we started to grasp its mass and its power.

Think about it like this. For decades Americans have been erupting in anger at what they can see happening to their beloved middle-class world. We think we know what the culprit is; we can see it vaguely through a darkened glass. Its elitism. Its a rigged system. Its people who think theyre better than us. And for decades we have lashed out. At the immigrant next door. At Jews. At Muslims. At school teachers. At public workers who are still paid a decent wage. Our fury, unrelenting, grows and grows.

We revolt, but it turns out we have chosen the wrong political leader. We revolt again; this time, the leader is even worse.

This week we are coming face to face with a big part of the right answer: its that the celebrities and business leaders we have raised up above ourselves would like to have nothing to do with us. Yes, they are grateful for the protection of our laws. Yes, they like having the police and the marine corps on hand to defend their property.

 Yes, they eat our food and breathe our air and expect us to keep these pure and healthy; they demand that we get educated before we may come and work for them, and for that purpose they expect us to pay for a vast system of public schools. They also expect us to...

00:31

Its all happening "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im not usually given to quoting Bill Lawry around these parts, but the last week has been somewhatbusy. For good reason, though.

First, the Cato Institute published the entirety of my Authors Note from Kingdom of the Wicked, where in an attempt to avoid having my writing horribly misinterpreted I set out how Id gone about writing my second novel, and why. The piece represents a fairly considerable piece of craft, and Id like to pay tribute here to both Legal Eagle and Lorenzo, who read and edited multiple early revisions with a view to helping me hone it to the greatest extent possible. Catos introduction runs as follows:

Regular readers of Libertarianism.org may recognize Helen Dale as a recurring contributor to the sitebut long before she started writing here, she was an award-winning author of fiction.

Writing fiction that feels real can be a tricky thing. For a fictional world and the characters in it to seem true to life, they have to behave like the real world behaves and as real people do. Authors, for that reason, have to have a theory of how the real world works, about how real people behaveeven if that theory is implicitthat they can draw on to answer questions about how their fictional world works and how their fictional characters behave in it.

Humans famously disagree about how the world worksabout their theories of sociology and economics, for exampleand those disagreements are by nature political disagreements. This means that at least to some degree, fiction is political.

I dont mean to sound nave about the issue of authorial intent. Perhaps its better to say that a text has an implicit politics, rather than asserting that the texts author shares those politics. But in the piece that followsthe Authors Note from Helen Dales new book Kingdom of the Wickedwe have an author giving us a peek behind the curtain into her thinking. She tells us she deliberately constructed her storys world while relying on a set of beliefsabout history, the law, and economicsthat she describes as belonging to the classical liberal tradition. I feel c...

00:05

Answering the Question That Won Me the Ig Nobel Prize: Are Cats Liquid? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At the centre of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container.

Under the right circumstances, cats bodies can behave like liquids. John Benson/Flickr, CC BY

Under the right circumstances, cats bodies can behave like liquids. Credit: John Benson/Flickr, CC BY

A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this definition.

Here a cat, whose body fits perfectly within a sink, behaves like a liquid. William McCamment, CC BY-SA

Here a cat, whose body fits perfectly within a sink, behaves like a liquid. William McCamment, CC BY-SA

This somewhat paradoxical observation emerged on the web a few years ago and joined the long list of internet memes involving our feline friends. When I first saw this question it made me laugh, and then think. I decided to reformulate it to illustrate some problems at the heart of rheology, the study of the deformations and flows of matter. My study on the rheology of cats won the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics.

The prizes are awarded every year by Improbable Research, an organisation devoted to science and humour. The goal is to highlight scientific studies that first make people laugh, then think. A ceremony is held every year at Harvard University.

What is a liquid?

At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container. The action must also have a characteristic duration. In rheology this is called the relaxation time. Determining if something is li...

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23:12

Security officer currently guarding Mandalay Bays 32nd-floor says he doesnt know, has never seen, Jesus Campos "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fellow Mandalay Bay security guard claims to never have seen Jesus Campos, doesnt know him

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A security officer responsible for guarding Mandalay Bay Resort and Casinos 32nd-floor stairwell entrance says he doesnt know Jesus Campos and has never seen him.

The officers shocking admission was captured on video by reporter Jason Goodman who was walking the hotel with Joe Napoli while live-streaming via YouTube late Sunday evening.

The two men entered the 32nd-floor after descending a stairwell from the 33rd-floor when the encountered the guard who was blocking entry to the 32nd-floor where Stephen Paddocks suite was located.

The security guard told Goodman that he has no idea if the floor was shot up or not and answered no when asked if he knew or had even seen Campos.

Campos was reportedly shot in the leg by Paddock while investigating a door alarm on the 32nd-floor just moments before Paddock opened fire onto concertgoers who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on that dreadful night.

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23:00

India in No Hurry to Dispatch Troops to Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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From October 23 to October 25 of this year, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked on a trip to a number of countries in the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia. His main task was to look for answers to the questions that arose after the speech of the President Donald Trump on policy of the new US administration on Afghanistan. The final and main point of the trip of the high American official was India.

The military operation of the USA in Afghanistan, which has dragged on for 16 years, has turned into one of the most costly and intractable adventures in the whole of American history. An attempt was made to get out of it during the administration of US President Barack Obama, who, during his term in office, managed to reduce the US military presence in this country by 10 times.

Declaring the previous administration guilty of everything during the election campaign, nevertheless, Donald Trump rather accurately expressed the intention to continue with Barack Obamas policy aimed at the full withdrawal of the American military from Afghanistan to its logical end.

Therefore, the expert community was surprised by the statement of Donald Trump (already as President) that the USA would not only continue its military presence in this country, but would also dispatch about five thousand more soldiers from private military companies to its territory.

The wording on the need to achieve victory without specification of over whom and how it would look, also sounded weird. For the many previous years, nothing similar to victory in Afghanistan was ever achieved; and we would like to repeat, during that time, the American military contingent (taking into account forces of the NATO member countries) much exceeded the group that is being deployed today, which is mainly engaged in the protection of its own area of deployment.

There is information appearing that the hawkish words mentioned above were included in Donald Trumps Afghan speech under pressure of his Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of State. Both of them, apparently, proceeded from considerations of the need to gain some time until the full military withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. We recall, that the latter is an indispensable condition that was put forward by the Taliba...

21:07

More Bad News About Smartphones When Will We Heed the Warnings? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the past few years, many of you have heard me and other professionals describe how smartphone use, and the technologically immersive culture in general, are associated with a multitude of negative outcomes. Whether it be sleep woes, increased anxiety, cyberbullying, rampant pornography exposure, or declining social skills, it is clear that the outcomes dont look anything like the sexy, sophisticated commercials that tech companies like to use.

Yet although many of us have focused our attention on concerns about youth development, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reminds us that threats cut across all ages, but begin with our minds. Ever since the first iPhone was released in 2007, researchers have been looking at how smartphones are affecting our intellect, which roughly stated involves our ability to pay attention, retain/recall information, and problem-solve/reason. Although advertisements profess that these remarkable technological innovations will only make us smarter and more efficient, the evidence indicates quite the opposite. In the words of the WSJ author, research suggests that as we grow more dependent on them, our intellect weakens.

Although the article reviewed many findings, the major themes were as follows:

  • The presence of smartphones, even when turned off or not answered, is associated with poorer attention, sloppier work, and increased symptoms of anxiety (e.g., blood pressure spikes, nervous thoughts).
  • The closer in proximity the devices are, the more brainpower is decreased. For example, individuals performed best when phones were out of the room and worst when phones were in front of them (and when in the pocket or out of sight, performance was in the middle). One recent study indicated that when schools banned smartphones altogether, test scores increased the most, especially for the poorest students.
  • Even in brief conversations (e.g., 10 minutes or less), the presence of smartphones inhibits development of a sense of intimacy, trust, and empathy, especially when meaningful topics are discussed.
  • Smartphones and other devices inhibit encoding and recall of information. Dubbed the Google effect, the idea that information can be searched on the internet seems to unconsciously reduce the likelihood that people will remember information given to them.
  • People are largely unaware of the way in which smartphones create distractions that create a brain drain; individuals often deny that devices are associated with poorer outcomes even when data reveals otherwise.

As with a number of other articles an...

20:09

Trump Reverses, Backs U.S. Intelligence Agencies When Asked About Russian Meddling John Kelly: The tweets dont run my lifegood staff work runs it. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

But the president wouldnt say definitively whether he believes the report that Russia interfered in 2016 election

Updated Nov. 12, 2017 3:39 a.m. ET

HANOI, VietnamPresident Donald Trump said he had full confidence in U.S. intelligence agencies, indicating that he believed a report earlier this year that concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Still, asked to answer with an affirmative yes or no about whether he believed that report was true, Mr. Trump declined. Instead, he expressed confusion that there was any question about his confidence in the intelligence agencies and again cast doubt on the previous administration, which initially assembled the report.

I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted, Mr. Trump said on Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam. I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.

Standing outside the Presidential Palace in Hanoi with Vietnam President Trn i Quang, Mr. Trump begrudgingly acknowledged his acceptance of the intelligence report a day after casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community.

Flying from Da Nang, Vietnam on Saturday, Mr. Trump told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin was irritated by repeated questions about his countrys involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and called a trio of former heads of U.S. intelligence agencies political hacks.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump was asked to definitely assertyes or nowhether he believed that Mr. Putin and/or Russia interfered in the election, Mr. Trump did neither.

Instead, he said he was with our agencies, and added the caveat that he meant his cabinet. The report was assembled under the Obama administration, but Mr. Trumps top intelligence officials have all unequivocally said they believe the findings.

Im surprised theres any conflict on this, Mr. Trump said.

...

19:34

Trump Says Putin Means It About Not Meddling Gets A Firestorm From U.S. Intelligence Community, John McCain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

DANANG, Vietnam President Trump said on Saturday that he believed President Vladimir V. Putin was sincere in his denials of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, calling questions about Moscows meddling a politically motivated hit job that was hindering cooperation with Russia on life-or-death issues.

Speaking after meeting privately with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said that he had again asked whether Russia had meddled in the contest, but that the continued focus on the issue was insulting to Mr. Putin.

Mr. Trump said it was time to move past the issue so that the United States and Russia could cooperate on confronting the nuclear threat from North Korea, solving the Syrian civil war and working together on Ukraine.

He said he didnt meddle I asked him again, Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One as he flew to Hanoi for more meetings. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.

Mr. Trump did not answer a direct question about whether he believed Mr. Putins denials, but his account of the conversation indicated he was far more inclined to accept the Russian presidents assertions than those of his own intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Mr. Putin directed an elaborate effort to interfere in the vote. The C.I.A., the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence all determined that Russia medd...

17:53

15 Scientifically Proven Signs You Are Smarter Than Average "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Have you always felt that your intelligence was superior to most people around you? Growing up our childhood is largely based on the concept of how smart we can demonstrate that we are, and how we stack up against our peers. This is enforced through test scores, school assignments and the quest to be accepted into our school of choice. We quickly learn to accept that our ability to memorize and recall information taught to us in classes is the true measure of how smart we are within our education system.

As we leave the world of academia and enter to the real world, we are introduced to the idea that the qualifications to be smart as were accepted in school no longer accommodate the true measure of intelligence. When aspects such as street smarts are added to the equation, one must look outside of the traditional testing process. We begin looking at a number of different factors such as curiosity, creativity, and emotional intelligence. This broader definition of the word smart can be hard to define and identify, however, there are signs that we can watch for.

Source: Indy100

 

Check out these 15 scientifically proven signs that you are smarter than average:

You are a procrastinator.

Experts say that many of the greatest minds of our time were found to be procrastinators. This may be due to a complete focus on one specific task, putting all others aside for the time being, or it may be a technique to tap into their deeper, creative side. One great example often found to procrastinate while working towards his next big innovation was Steve Jobs.

You are open to the opinions of others.

Psychologists have found that people who remain open-minded when presented with the opinions and views of others, actively seeking out new ways to approach a situation, score higher on intelligence tests than their closed-minded peers.

...

17:29

War Commemoration Porn: Remembrance Day Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The officials are called one by one to lay wreathes, a ceremony of mechanical efficiency.  With each laying comes the sense of wonder at how this could happen.  Political figures are the first to vote in parliaments and side with the executive when it comes to wars.  The temptations of human drives to tempt, and then succumb to death, were there long before Sigmund Freud identified them.

In the Australian capital, there were many wreaths, so many uniformed, deodorised dignitaries distant from the cries of battle and the horror of engineered slaughter.  There were the expected, the usual, the normal: the most medalled of them all, the Governor General, the various Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force.

There was the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court making her appearance.  There was even the ceremonial didgeridoo player.  Various associations also featured: those dealing with the incapacitated; the matter of war widows, the issue of legacies.  It seemed like a vast whos who of the military complex, which is exactly what it was.

The Australian response here is, in some ways, more tragic than most.  Retained, generally white Ghurkhas for imperial causes (there were those of other races in the Australian armed forces at points), they flitted between theatres to be slaughtered at the behest of not-so-grand strategies that mangled the word freedom and confused it for politics. In battle, such a word has little meaning, about as significant, in fact, as a wreath.  What matters is survival.

Across media networks, the word freedom was uttered as an automatic response, a genetically programmed insistence that the deaths of the Great War had been somehow necessary and, importantly, productive.

That disposition was sown by such figures as King George V, who had issued a request to the people of the British Empire to suspend ordinary activities for two minutes on the hour of the armistice which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom.

In 1997, the Australian Governor-General, Sir William Deane, proclaimed that November 11 be deemed Remembrance Day, insisting that a minutes silence be observed at 11 am on November 11 each year, a pause to reflect, more broadly, sacrifices made by the Australian armed forces.

Modern representatives of this view abound, and they are, unsurprisingly, effusive in the veterans organisations.  There were the remarks, for instance, of Richard Embleton from the Geelong Returned and Services League, who reflected on the tens of thousands of wool poppies laid out before Melbournes Shrine of Remembrance.  You only have to look around Australia [to see] how free we are and how important it is.

To...

17:13

Putin Says Alleged Manafort Russian Link Fabricated by Trump Opponents "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump ponders the answer to a question from a reporter en route to Hanoi, Vietnam, aboard Air Force One November 11, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Danang, Vietnam: President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last years US election, despite US intelligence agencies conclusion of Russian interference.

Trump made the comment after he and Putin met briefly at a summit in Vietnam on Saturday and agreed on a joint statement supporting a political solution for Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war.

It was the first encounter of the two leaders since July and came during a low in US-Russia relations and at a time when Trump is haunted by an in...

16:57

Andrew Blanch Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Promotional video for classical guitarist Andrew Blanch. Featured on Sydney Opera House Website.

16:00

share the dignity this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the past week Ive spent a considerable amount of time preparing for Christmas; organising weekends around dance and drama rehearsals, making lists of things to buy and chatting to the Grandmothers about ham and turkey and rice salad and pavlova.

This time of year is busy and exhausting and expensive, but I remind myself that its an opportunity to celebrate community and connection its something I get to do, not something I have to do. And while we, as a family, choose to buy mindfully and minimally, we recognise that we are blessed with abundance. We are so privileged.

But in all honesty, how can I begin to dread the busyness and exhaustion of the festive season if there is a large segment of the community who dread Christmas because it highlights their challenges and loneliness?

Last year I was introduced to the life-changing work of Share the Dignity an Australian charity that supports homeless women and victims of domestic violence. The charity works on the ground to bring dignity to these women through the distribution of sanitary items.

At Christmas they run the #itsinthebag campaign and this year I encourage you to take part. Basically you fill a handbag with everyday luxuries  personal care products, magazines, lip balm, mints, a hairbrush and drop it to your local collection point. Each bag thats received is distributed to police stations (often the first port of call for women fleeing domestic violence situations), shelters and charity organisations.

Its not the bag or even the contents, its knowing that someone thinks I am worthy.

This year, like last, Im creating a bag for a teen girl after reading this on the Share the Dignity website: Having worked for a long time in the child protection and foster care space, it is sadly always, without fail, the older kids that miss out more than any other age group at Christmas. Despite there being a massive Christmas gift appeal for children in care every year, and some very generous donations, there are very few presents donated for teenagers. Lets face it, teenagers are generally harder to buy for, but no less amazing and worthy. I know so many young teenage girls in care who would just be so thrilled to receive an awesome its in the bag gift for Christmas this year. Its something fun, young and useful all in one and then when they open it..its full of cool stuff.

I picked up a brand new handbag at the second-hand markets this morning and this week Ill fill it with beautiful products for a teen girl in my community. I...

11:37

HARPER AND DECAMERON: CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Several years back--in the pre-Trump era--a friend attended a forum at the Brookings Institution on the subject of US-Russian relations. During the question and answer portion of the event, she asked a question about American and European meddling in Ukraine,...

11:24

I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she []

10:46

Not recommended: John Smelcer's KISKA "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Published by Leapfrog Press, John Smelcer's Kiska was released in November of 2017.  I'll start by saying I do not recommend Kiska. Back in September when I received an advanced reader copy of Smelcer's book, I tweeted as I read it. Last week, Melissa S. Green sent me an in-depth review of his book. Rather than repeat what she said in her excellent review, I'm going to focus on a couple of things: the seal story and the dramatic character of Smelcer's story. 

First, though some background.

My guess is that most people do not know that Native peoples of Alaska were removed from their villages during World War II. In fact, most people don't know much about the Indigenous people of Alaska.

As I began the background research to review Kiska, I wrote to colleagues and writers in Alaska to ask about the internment of the Aleut people. I learned that the preferred name for the people I was asking about is Unangam. One resource I was pointed to is The Alaska Native Reader (2009), edited by Maria Sha Tla Williams. Here's a paragraph (I highlighted the end of the last sentence (Kindle Locations 62-66):

The history of Alaska is often told from the perspective of outsiders and those who view the resources of Alaska as amazing treasures to exploit. There are stories of eighteenth-century Russian fur hunters, of the brave miners who came to Alaska in the late nineteenth century to discover gold, of the companies that developed salmon canneries, and, in the twentieth century, of the oil companies that worked together to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, one of the engineering marvels of the twentieth century. These stories are often highlighted and even exalted, yet one must ask what was the impact on the indigenous people.
When I review a children's book, I consider impact. What will the content of a book do to Native children, particularly the children who are of the identity the characters are meant to be. Will it accurately reflect their people, past and present, and their experiences--good and bad? And, what will a book do to non-Native children? Will it give them reliable information about the people who are depicted in the book? The answers to those questions are why I do not recommend Kiska.


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Let's start with the description (from Amazon):
Kiskas home in the Aleutian Islands is a peaceful paradise until Japan invades in 1942. Soon after, a U.S. naval ship arrives to evacuate everyone in her village to an internment....

09:54

Qld Greens policies would increase State Govt spending by $8-9BN p.a. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queenslands Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is under threat of losing her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens candidate Amy MacMahon, who is benefiting politically from a range of utopian policies disconnected from economic reality (see Fridays Courier-Mail on the political situation in South Brisbane). I first heard about the Greens proposed $1 public transport fares policy while waiting in the green room of ABC Studios at the same time Ms MacMahon was on air discussing the policy with Steve Austin, who would interview me later that morning. Obviously this would be a very costly policy and one without economic merit, especially given the large subsidies already provided to public transport by the Queensland Government. But the $1 public transport fares policy would represent just a fraction of the total cost that Greens policies would impose on Queensland taxpayers.

Based on my interpretation of the policies currently presented, Greens policies could increase total annual Queensland Government expenditure by an incredible $8-9 billion or 13-14% (see chart below). Of course, this is unlikely to ever happen, given the Greens couldnt possibly win government in their own right, but it is interesting to consider what a Greens budget would look like.

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09:42

Whoops! Healthy Harold Didnt Warn Kids About Ice as he Didnt Think it Was That Good "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PoorKids

Healthy Harold has copped an unadulterated roasting today after admitting he didnt bother warning 1990s and 00s kids about ice because he never enjoyed it that much, so he thought it wouldnt catch on.

This isnt the first time Harolds underestimated a drug he was famously transformed into an enormous giraffe puppet after drinking bong water at a school fete yet with more than 92 per cent of Australians addicted to ice, its certainly his biggest goof.

Mate, to tell you the truth, I didnt think it was that strong a high, Harold said. The frisbee-sized pingers you could get on the rave scene at the time were where it was at. You needed to sit down and eat them with a knife and fork.

Harold said that if hes fired over the blunder, hes cooked up a few ideas about things he can do with the van.


08:33

Lessons From The Past, A Culture For The Future "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The answer to many of the worlds challenges lies in the past, writes Teila Watson.

I was asked to talk about our culture and the planet in the last two years. I wanted to take the opportunity to not only look at what the last two years have been like, but also how things got this way and where we go from here. Ive realised in the last two years, how quickly two years can pass. How much can happen in two years and how important the next two years are.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250So I will start at the beginning, beyond 60,000 years ago, because that is still how many of us locate ourselves.

When I say I am Kungalu, I am acknowledging that for tens and tens and tens of thousands of years, one parent of every child in my bloodline, has come from that country. By identifying myself in this way, I locate myself and my children through my family, from now, since 60,000 years ago and into the future.

I am also acknowledging the relationship that we have with our country, a relationship that has grown and been sustained through highly sophisticated and refined forms of substantive eco-science, and of course many generations of eco-scientists, or Murris in our own terms. Because in all that time, we didnt just survive on or off our land, but we thrived with it, through a complex balance of relationships which ensured that our existence was sustainable and abundant.

new matilda, uluru(IMAGE: Joanna Penn, Flickr).

Furthermore it is safe to say, that prior to colonialism, every inch of this continent was regularly maintained sustainably, by First Nations groups, through similar relationships.

But it wasnt just our relationship with land, that was sustainable in this way. Our relationships required and thrived off social sustainability as well. Our boarders never changed, at times they may have been adjusted, because of the ice ages and such but there was never open warfare. The idea of stealing land, simply just didnt exist.

A lot can be learned in 60,000 years. Yet First Nations people continue to suffer from genocide in this continent, in the last two years, two hundred years and the last two weeks.

Two of the most productive methods of colonialism are myth making and dehumanisation, when we make someone the other it becomes acceptable to give them less respect, like we have been seeing happen in the public debates around same sex marriage.

Saying a...

06:59

Mikmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Elsipogtog Mikmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first peoples lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province.

The Aboriginal title claim has been made on behalf of the entire Mikmaq first nation, and asks that the court confirm they hold the rights to the large portion of the province.

The land claim comes at a time when indigenous people are repeatedly raising concerns about government decisions pertaining to lands and water in Mikmaq territory.

Three years ago, violent protests erupted in the community over shale gas development. First Nations communities opposed to fracking felt they were not properly consulted.

During the time that Elsipogtog and surrounding areas decided that they did not want shale gas in New Brunswick, its essentially a continuation of that, Chief Arren Stock said Wednesday.

Kenneth Francis, who represents Elsipogtog on resource development, is heading up the land claim initiative.

There have been no real effort by the governments to engage us in these things, you say, how do we get them to the table? Francis said.

Global News reached out to...

06:00

Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election. There is no...

05:31

Trump: I Really Believe Putin When he Told me 'I didn't Meddle in Elections' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trump: 'I really believe' Putin when he told me face-to-face 'I didn't meddle' in elections

Source: Fox News | By Joseph Weber


Russian President Vladimir Putin is steadfastly denying that his country meddled in the 2016 White House race, President Trump told reporters Saturday.

Trump and Putin briefly spoke several times while in Vietnam for a regional economic summit, as part of the U.S. president's 12-day trip to Asia.

"He said he didn't meddle, Trump afterward told reporters, aboard Air Force One. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did."

Putins words contradict U.S. intelligence community claims that Russia indeed tried to influence the election's outcome -- amid evidence that suggests Russian operatives hacked emails from Democratic Party leaders and tried to sway U.S. voters by purchasing ads of social media.

"Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that,' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, 'I didn't do that.' I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country," also said Trump, who deflected answering a direct question about whether he believed Putin's denial.

Congress and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are each conducting investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russian in the 2016 campaign.

Trump and Putin were in together in Danang, Vietnam, for the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. They have no plans to hold a formal meeting during Trumps five-nation trip the concludes this weekend.

Trump told reporters on the flight from Danang to Hanoi that he and Putin largely discussed Syria in their "two or three very short conversations."

At about the same time, the Kremlin issued a joint statement...

05:01

The Fiasco of Saudi policies toward Lebanon: has MbS ever succeeded in a war or a policy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hoping to recruit some kids to demonstrate in support of Saudi regime policies towards Lebanon, this has become a national joke.  This is going viral: those kids were brought in by Saudi regime tool, Gen. Ashraf Rifi, to Beirut to support Saudi Arabia and protest against Hizbullah, were met with Lebanese correspondents who asked them why they were there and they could not answer. 

04:42

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

Are you only as happy as your unhappiest child? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An article published this week in the digital magazine Aeon carries the headline: "Kids? Just say no," which purports to make "the moral case against procreation". The author, a philosopher called David Benatar, claims that "coming into existence is always a serious harm". He describes himself as an "antinatalist". "Even if life isn't pure suffering," he ponders, "coming into existence can still be sufficiently harmful to render procreation wrong. Life is simply much worse than most people think." This is a point of view I find verging on the pathological, but it is true that the reasons not to have children are sufficiently numerous that it makes you wonder why so many people do it. Apart from anything else, people who don't have children are, according to numerous surveys, consistently happier. The moment you have children, you are burdened with worries and responsibilities for the rest of your life. You are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child. So, what is the motivation? The answer to this, as far as I'm concerned, is pretty much: "Well, what else are you going to do?" For me, life isn't the pursuit of happiness. Life is the pursuit of meaning.

04:29

WATCH: Texas Deputies Detain PINAC Correspondent for Suspicion of Burglary while Video Recording Government Building from Sidewalk "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A YouTube video shows Texas deputies detaining PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner for suspicion of burglarizing vehicles, and possibly plotting to help an inmate escape from jail in late September.

Their reason: Turner was video recording the City of Midland Police and Communication Center and Information Systems Department from the sidewalk.

That, of course, gave deputies the impression that Turner was plotting to bust someone out of jail, then break into cars right in front of the police station where seven cameras are mounted on the front of one building.

Not to mention capturing the evidence on his own camera for safe measure.

The Midland Police and Communications Center and Information Systems Department is described as a highly specialized unit of personnel which provides centralized communications service support to the Midland County Sheriffs Office, Midland Fire Department and the Midland Police Department.

Part of the communications center is located underground and is the Public Safety Answering Point for Midland County, according to its website.

The video begins with Turner walking down the sidewalk taking photos of vehicles and the building with several cameras.

How many cameras do they need? asks Turner, who frequently hears the same question from officers as he tours the State of Texas conducting similar audits.

Eventually, two sheriff deputies pull up in an SUV with their emergency lights lit up and approach Turner.

Hows it going? Im deputy Cook with the sheriffs office. Its just curious; somebodys taping around the sheriffs office. Im just trying to figure out whats going on.

Turner explains hes just taking pictures of vehicles and that he was attempting to locate the main building of the complex.

Do you have an ID or anything? Deputy Cook asks. To show who Im talking to.

I dont have one on me, Turner replies.

Whats your name, deputy Cooks asks, reaching for his radio to run Turners name through dispatch.

Uh, Id rather not give it.

Mkay, Cook says. Alright, any reason . . . video taping . . . just curiosity? Or what?

Im just gathering matters of public interest. Just a journalist, Turner replies.

Co...

03:42

Why Were Vatican And RC Church Hierarchies NOT Unnerved About Infertility Ingredients In WHOs African Tetanus Vaccine Campaign? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Roman Catholic Church has strict rules and unyielding dogma regarding religious beliefs and congregants practices but, unfortunately, seems to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye and subscribes to going along to get along especially regarding the pseudosciences regarding GMO phood [1], and what the medical industry submits as gospel truth when it comes to pharmaceutical vaccines!

Regarding GMOs:

The same Congregation also decided that Eucharistic matter made with genetically modified organisms can be considered valid matter (cf. Letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 9 December 2013, Prot. N. 89/78 44897). [1]

Relating to vaccines, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), sent a request to investigate vaccines to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith in order to answer questions posed by Mrs. Debra L. Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, in Largo, Florida.

In June of 2005, Mrs. Vinnedge received a reply on the letterhead of the Pontificia Academia Pro Vito saying [5]:

On June 4, 2003, you wrote to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, with a copy of this letter forwarded to me, asking to the Sacred Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith a clarification about the liceity [sic] of vaccinating children with vaccines prepared using cell lines derived fro...

00:57

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lack of Imperialist War Records Reflect the Covering Up of Military Failures
Doctors without Borders (MSF) hospital bombed by the
Pentagon in Afghanistan.
A veteran laments the deletion and disorganization of records from Iraq and Afghanistan.

By John Spencer
Washington Post
November 10 at 11:11 AM
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PANW Editor's Note: As this soldier laments in the Washington Post over the lack of record keeping in regard to the United States occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the real reasons behind this phenomenon is the concerted efforts by the Pentagon to conceal the monumental failures of these operations. Millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq have been killed, injured, impoverished and displaced as a direct outcome of these wars of regime-change. Since United States troops remain in both Afghanistan and Iraq, its is necessary for the Defense Department along with the complicity of the White House, Congress and the pro-war corporate media to repeatedly distract people's attention from the real reasons behind imperialist militarism. There were absolutely no sound explanations put forward about why it was absolutely necessary to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Both countries remain unstable after more than a decade of interventions. Thousands of U.S. troops have been killed and maimed for no honorable purpose. Until the people of the U.S. put a stop to these horrendous genocidal wars the world will know no genuine peace.
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I often wonder what people will say about the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan decades from now. What I will tell my children when they are able to understand the answers to questions about what happened over t...

00:31

MACKAY Hospital calls police over toddlers injuries "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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The growing list of federal parliamentarians found to have been ineligible to stand due to breaches of Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Tas"



1. Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlum first elected 2007, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship 14.7.2017, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

2. Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Joy Waters first elected 2010, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship 18.7.17, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

3. Liberal MP for New England Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce first elected 2004, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.27

4. Liberal Senator for NSW Fiona Joy Nash first elected 2004, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.27

5. One Nation Senator Malcolm Ieuen Roberts first elected 2016, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

6. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Shane Parry first elected 2004, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship on or about 2.11.17

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00:16

Melbourne, Austrlia: Relatos sobre o Dia de Ao para xs Refugiadxs na Ilha de Manus "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

08.11.17: RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees pediram um Dia de Ao, em 07 de novembro, em solidariedade com xs mais de 600 refugiadxs que atualmente so presxs dentro do antigo centro de deteno do governo australiano na Ilha Manus, em Papu Nova Guin. O governo australiano prendeu xs homens em Manus como parte de sua desprezvel poltica de deteno obrigatria para todos xs refugiadxs que tentaram entrar nos territrios australianos por barco.

O centro de deteno foi oficialmente fechado pelo governo australiano e todos os servios essenciais foram cortados, incluindo gua e eletricidade. A polcia e os militares de Papu Nova Guin tm impedido que alimentos e outros itens essenciais entrem no centro de deteno. O governo australiano est se recusando a assumir qualquer
responsabilidade ou obrigao de cuidar dxs refugiadxs e bloqueou ativamente outros pases de aceit-lxs, insistindo que xs homens devem se deslocar para um novo centro que foi construdo em Manus. Este centro no seguro nem est equipado para atender s necessidades dxs refugiadxs que tm medo de serem atacadxs por pessoas que no querem xs refugiadxs em suas comunidades. Como resultado desta situao, xs 600 homens se recusam a deixar o centro de deteno australiano e pediram comunidade internacional para intervir e ajud-los. As condies dentro do centro de deteno so sombrias sem comida, sem gua, sem esgoto, sem eletricidade e sem instalaes mdicas.

O Dia de Ao foi convocado para 07 de novembro para coincidir com a anual Melbourne Cup, um evento de corrida de cavalos internacional de alto padro, para gerar a mxima publicidade. Em Narrm/Melbourne, xs ativistas responderam ao chamado com uma srie diversificada de aes

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23:19

Queensland State Election 2017: Week 2 review from Joe Branigan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I am again very grateful for Joe Branigans review of the previous week in the Queensland election. The views expressed in the guest post are Joes, and they should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

Winner must target the fiscal balance, buy global and avoid mega-projects Week 2 Queensland election highlights from Joe Branigan

There was Tim Nicholls hurtling down the Movie World rollercoaster at terminal velocity coincidentally a speed soon to be seen on the M1 thanks to the political battle being fought from Logan to the NSW border. And there was the One Nation candidate cornered by a junior Channel 7 reporter and his quest for a stunning scoop. But the image of the week was surely Pauline and the Battlers Bus broken down on the Bruce Highway barely out of Rocky.

Beneath the bluster and non-verbal communication stunts so vital to election campaigns in a place where life is long and concentration spans are short, there are a number of important policy issues that will affect whether or not the good times continue to roll on.

The first and most important is that we need to live within our means, and that means targeting the fiscal balance not the net operating balance. The difference between the two measures is that the fiscal balance includes net infrastructure investment but the net operating balance does not. It is a public finance accounting identity that if you have a fiscal deficit your debt is rising, even if you have a net operating surplus.

My colleague John Quiggin made this point last week*, although I think he overstated what that would mean for LNP spending policies, in part because he has assumed that the LNPs M1 duplication policy (and therefore its cost) is the same as Labors when it is not: LNPs $500 million 4-lane arterial versus Labors $2.5 billion 6-lane highway. Based on work Ive previously done for the Queensland Government (with my SMART Infrastructure Facility hat on), my Saturday night back of the envelope calculation for the LNPs M1 duplication (based on the SEQ Council of Mayors specifications) is [36.5 km * $14.7 million per km =] $536.6 million. However, the per km cost might be lower in the post mining boom economy, as the cost of engineering, design and construction services have fallen relative to the mining boom data set I used to produce a median cost of $14.7 million per km. Therefore, I dont think the $500 million LNP estimate is unreasonable.

In any case (back to Quiggins point), a man is innocent until proven guilty, so lets see what the LNP costings say (yes, released way too late).

Labor have convinced themselves that targeting a net operating surplus is ok and they have demonstrated that commitment by bequeathing to the LNP (if it wins government) what can only be described as a kale an...

16:00

Trump Points To Falsehoods In "Russian Hacking" Claims - Media Still Ignore Them "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.

13:22

Australian UAP from earlier years "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Background

From time to time, I am contacted by individuals who tell me of UAP sightings from earlier years. Other people send me newspaper accounts of such events. These are all most welcome, as they add to our knowledge of previously unreported observations. This post describes two such recently submitted items.

Sighting from the destroyer 'Anzac'

A long time friend of mine, who lives in Tasmania, sent me a clipping from 'The Advocate' newspaper, Tasmania, dated 21 October 2017, and titled 'Possible Experience of UFO.'

This 'Letter to the Editor' read:

'Growing up I didn't believe in aliens, but that belief changed in a flash.

In the 1970's I was sitting out on deck of the destroyer Anzac just after sunrise, getting fresh air before duty. We were heading to a destination in the South Pacific, doing about 18 knots.

The sea was as smooth as glass and no-one else was on deck. A strange feeling suddenly came over me. I looked up and above the funnel was a shimmering mass the size of a medium car, making no sound. It looked like it was generating great power.

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04:30

Community-owned Tourism Plan Required for Bruny Islanders "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Bruny Island Necks car park scars the very landscape people go there to see. It shows the Liberals indifference to local communities and to Tasmanias natural values

Thursday, 09 November

05:43

Letters to my grandchildren (26) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, Do you remember in my fourteenth letter I wrote the following?

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