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Saturday, 17 November

00:30

Planning Your Property "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In this one-day intensive course we invite you to take a fresh look at ways of determining the potential of a piece of land (large or small) and at the elements and processes which lead to a sustainable design.

The course will help you to assess land and plan the development of a property to suit your life goals. Well explore the identification of personal aims, land ownership options, designing for sustained productivity, soil, water, fencing, machinery, taxation management and finance as well as the choice of crops and animals and how to rebuild lost ecosystems.

Bring along your plans and, if relevant, soil and water samples to test and discuss in an interactive learning environment.

This is a good course for those who may be considering a full Permaculture design course but want a taste of what it would be like.

You may like to read this article for some hints about property design.

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Wednesday, 14 November

00:30

Fruit & Nut Growing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Growing your own fresh fruit and nuts has to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in your own backyard or property! What's more, South Australias Mediterranean climate enables us to grow the most intensely flavoured and nutritious tree crops in the world.

This one-day workshop will explore different varieties of stone fruit, citrus, olives, pecan nuts, figs, apples, pistachios and as many other crops as you desire. We will also discuss preserving techniques to stock your pantry for supply through the seasons.

The course will develop skills required to plan, establish and manage fruit and nut trees in a garden or plantation.

Using demonstrations, practicals, walks and talks, we'll examine the selection of varieties, pollination requirements, planting material (grafting and other propagation techniques), orchard establishment, tree shaping, irrigation, soil fertility and pest management.

You are welcome to bring plans of orchards you are planning and soil samples for testing.

Also see our fact sheets for information about some of the wonderful species we can grow in Mediterranean climates as well as growing fruit and nuts.

Bookings & Refunds

  • In the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice. In this case a full refund will be made.

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Tuesday, 13 November

00:30

Introduction to Permaculture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A concentrated introduction to the principles and techniques of this complete system for the sustainable design for gardens, farms, homes, waste re-use, economics, community development and energy management. Inspect appropriately designed structures and growing systems on this organically certified property and solve some property design challenges using three-dimensional interactive modelling.

Bookings & Refunds

  • In the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice. In this case a full refund will be made.

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Monday, 12 November

00:30

Building with Strawbales "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Course

In this two-day course we will present you with an opportunity to assess the opportunities for strawbale building in your life, whether you wish to build your own home, construct a chook shed or just decide if strawbale is the right medium for your project.

We take you through the theory and design of strawbale building as well as actually building part of a strawbale structure and well discuss load-bearing versus pole frame structures, various wall shapes, foundations, plastering options, floors - earthen, concrete and wood.

You will learn through lectures, practical activities, case studies, videos, slides and a wealth of printed material.

In past workshops we have built an extension to the homestead at The Food Forest, a commercial coldroom, the 'Eco Gazebo', the 'Studio', an indoor/outdoor food preparation entertainment area and a beautiful sculptured garden wall using this extraordinary medium.

Topics

  • Basic construction techniques
  • Load-bearing vs pole frame structures
  • Design principles and site assessment 
  • Doors and windows 
  • Natural finishes 
  • Floors, foundations and roof options 
  • Fire, termites and rodents 
  • Building regulations and Council approvals
  • Costs
  • Builders, Contractors, Owner Builder comparisons

Pricipal tutors

Lance KairlGerald WittmanBohdan DorniakGraham Brookman and Annemarie Brookman.

Bookings & Refunds

  • The organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice if registrations are insufficient. In this case a full refund will be made.

Fact sheets on strawbale building

 

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Sunday, 11 November

00:30

Organic Vegetable Growing & Free Range Poultry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

finn and claudeGrowing high quality organic vegetables is not difficult once you understand the ecology of the garden, especially if you use free range poultry. This course will show you techniques for managing a self-sufficient backyard or small scale commercial garden and the basics of free range poultry husbandry.

We will consider the selection of vegetable species through the seasons, garden design, bio-diversity, irrigation, pest and disease management, mulching, composting and soil fertility, meeting quality and organic standards and small scale marketing.

The Chook is the world's original recycler and pest controller. We will look at its housing, breed characteristics, supplementary feeding, keeping hens out of the lettuces and foxes out of the hens, managing pests and diseases in free-range flocks, rearing your own replacements, as well as chickens and geese in orchard management.

Bookings & Refunds

  • In the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice. In this case a full refund will be made.

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Wednesday, 25 April

01:00

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Why study permaculture?

Population growth and consumption levels are pushing our Planet towards a catastrophic environmental tipping point. Permaculture offers a way that we, as individuals and communities, can take control of our future and live sustainably.

Permaculture is a design system which draws upon the great truths of traditional knowledge, modern scientific understandings and the ethics of a peaceful and democratic society. The approach was first developed in Australia in the late 70s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and is now taught in over 100 countries. Since then hundreds of thousands of people have graduated from Design Courses and are using this tool to build resilience and diversity into their lives at home & in the office.

Permaculture can be employed by anyone, whatever profession or skill, on any scale, from balconies and backyards to farms, factories, businesses, schools and cities anywhere on the planet and in any climate. It offers a sustainable landscape, dignified human-scale living and self-reliant children who have the confidence to design a sustainable future for themselves.

It is based on three ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of Community and Acceptance of personal responsibility for consumption and population. Many principles, technologies and strategies have evolved to make permaculture one of the most accessible and dynamic solutions to the issues we face in the 21st Century.

About this course 

April 25-29, May 11-13 & 26-27: 10 days spread out over three teaching blocks

This 10 day intensive design course will present you with an opportunity to consider your life in a new light and give you increased confidence and many skills needed to design a sustainable and meaningful place for your future.

You will work with a group of motivated fellow students with diverse skills and backgrounds and learn through lectures, practical activities, small group work, case studies, DVDs, field trips and games. In addition to our experienced teaching team, you will have access to a wide range of printed and digital resources.

The extended format of the course is for busy people, designed to cause minimum disruption to other parts of your life. It will allow you to absorb and practise skills from one learning block before moving on to the next. However the residential aspect is important, as it helps you become fully immersed in learning about sustainable living.

The first teaching block of 5 days starts Wednesday April 25th, which is Anzac Day and a Public holiday. Sessions are scheduled on most evenings, but we finish at 5pm on the last day of each block. There are 3 days in total which are weekday working days; these may need some planning to have off.

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Saturday, 20 January

22:09

BlackWallet Hackers Steal $400K From Users Accounts Whos at Fault? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Saturday January 13th, a total of around $400,000 was stolen from BlackWallet users" accounts after hackers hijacked its DNS server altering the flow of money. It was stated that if you had more than 20XLM (Stellar Lumens), the cryptocurrency []

The post BlackWallet Hackers Steal $400K From Users Accounts Whos at Fault? appeared first on The Global Mail.

Investors Warming Up to Bitcoin Futures Despite Volatility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin futures trading is a budding and increasingly attractive market for potential investors. Yet, despite the potential upside surrounding cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, many investment firms have been shying away from offering futures trading for this newly introduced, and often misunderstood, []

The post Investors Warming Up to Bitcoin Futures Despite Volatility appeared first on The Global Mail.

Is Bitcoin Legal? Scouting Bitcoins Legal Landscape Around the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

The rollercoaster of events in cryptocurrency during the past week and, indeed the last year, have been well documented. Who can forget how Bitcoin skyrocketed over the past 12 months? And, how its closest peers followed? Also, of course, how []

The post Is Bitcoin Legal? Scouting Bitcoins Legal Landscape Around the World appeared first on The Global Mail.

22:07

Business borrows again as economy picks up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lending up

A nice +9.5 per cent rise in Lending Finance in November 2017 to $74.3 billion. 

This was the biggest monthly gain in several years, and a 12-month high. 

Businesses are borrowing again, which is good to see, with a +14.7 per cent monthly increase in commercial finance commitments. 


Personal lending has been trending moderately higher for the past 7 months.

Meanwhile, there's clearly been a shift from investors to owner-occupiers in the housing market.

And finally, loans to buy blocks of land soared to a record high $8 billion in the month.


Victoria's population surge clearly in evidence here.

The wrap

This is the latest in what is now proving to become a steady stream of stronger data releases.

Just look at what we've seen in only the past few weeks alone:

-record employment growth in 2017 of +404,000 (& a surge in the participation rate)

-record high jobs vacancies of 210,800 - easily the highest ever figure 

-record high value of building approved - a massive pipeline of commercial, infrastructure, and residential building in the pipeli...

21:22

Free podcast "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Wow, weren't podcasts a growth industry in 2017?

Here's one worth listening to - in fact it's already become one of the most popular podcasts out there - Michael Yardney shares decades of wisdom on money, investing, and wealth.

Nice to hear a bit from Louise Bedford as well, I've watched her speak for the past three years in a row and always learn something new. 

Better still it comes with free resources and links (click on the image below).


Great stuff! Sign up for the free Property Update newsletter while you're there as well. 

20:45

Mid-summer Log cabins of Newstead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 21st January 2017 I noticed a cocoon on Newstead Natives smaller greenhouse, posted a photo of it on the Vic. Field Naturalists Club of Vic Facebook page and people kindly identified it as being made by the caterpillar of an Australian Faggot Casemoth.

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20:05

Protest Marches & Civil Disobedience Raise Awareness for Major Issues "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

We The People are speaking up ....

Are Mass Protests and Civil Disobedience Still Effective?

From an Essay by Micah Fink, Alternet, January 18, 2018

As millions prepare to return to the streets on Saturday, January 20, for a reprise of last years Womens March the largest mass protest in American history people of conscience are actively debating critical questions about the power of protest. Are mass protests and civil disobedience still effective? What are the most effective strategies for achieving lasting social change? What is the connection between protest movements and electoral politics? Do we need more marchers or mayors?

The Power of Protest, a new documentary film were launching on Kickstarter, seeks to answer these questions in the Trump era. The film will follow a year in the life of contemporary social movements like the Womens March, Black Lives Matter, Gays Against Guns, Lancaster Against Pipelines and Indivisible to see how they frame and pursue their objectives during a period of intense social turmoil leading into the 2018 midterm elections, and beyond.

We will also hear from strategic leaders of the civil rights movement, the Tea Party movement and the recent struggle for marriage equality to explore how social and technological changes are transforming what environmental activist Bill McKibben, one of our project advisers, calls the rapidly evolving new science of non-violent protest.

Case Studies in Resistance

The Kickstarter campaign weve produced offers a sample of our approach. It tells the story of a small but influential group of activists fighting to stop construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in the heart of Central Pennsylvanias Amish country.

The 184-mile pipeline is designed to carry fracked gas from the Marcellus shale fields in Northern Pennsylvania to Maryland and the Gulf Coast for industrial use and export to foreign markets. Its original route passed right through the backyard of Mark and Malinda Clatterbuck, whose house sits in a shady hollow in rural Lancaster County.

Mark, a professor of religious studies at Montclair State University, and Malinda, a Mennonite minister, are unlikely act...

19:57

Aslan Cafe ~ Strayan & Indonesian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A little birdie in St Peters told us about their local cafe that has an Indonesian dish or two on the menu. We have to check it out. We love it when cafe owners put a little bit of their heritage on the menu, especially when it's Indonesian, for some reason. It's smart business too. So we brunch in the inner west. On a Saturday. It sniffs of normal. Aslan's menu has both

19:51

RIP Barry Williams, skeptic and all round good bloke "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barry Williams died this morning. We were friends for many decades and I am not sure of his age which was probably approaching 80. He was never a prominent mover and shaker although for some years through the 80s to 2009 he was the public face of the Australian Skeptics, a network of groups ostensibly dedicated to critical thinking.

He was achieved the rank of flight sergeant in the Air Force and later worked in the US Consulate in Sydney doing trade shows until a large bequest to the Skeptics freed him to become the fulltime executive officer in 1995.

This is a fairly good interview. As noted in the interview he was a huge cricket fan with a great knowledge of the game. He wrote an essay on the myth of the devils number 87 (13 runs short of the century) which was reputed to be a dangerous number when many batsmen succumbed.

My wife painted his portrait.

I mentioned that the organized Skeptics were ostensibly dedicated to critical thinking. That was the case when Barry and I and some other good men and true were on the NSW committee but times have changed. Nowadays the Skeptics (and also the organized Rationalists and Humanists) are warming alarmists.

19:50

Fireworks, Smokescreens And The Coming Smart Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

 


"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman

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19:00

ASER 2017 Shows Indias Secondary Education Sector Is Failing to Impart Basic Skills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Merely increasing enrolment will not lead to the development of elementary skills that education is supposed to provide.

ASERs statistics have shown how the ability of grade 8 students has been consistently falling over the years, coinciding with the increase in enrolment rates. Credit: TESS India/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

ASERs statistics have shown how the ability of grade 8 students has been consistently falling over the years, coinciding with the increase in enrolment rates. Credit: TESS India/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2017 Beyond Basics was recently released and is unfortunately on expected lines. The report highlights the sorry state of education when it comes to Indias 14-18-year-olds and asks rather uncomfortable questions that policy practitioners must find answers to. In an earlier article, we had outlined some issues that have plagued Ind...

18:42

Pipit swims into view after dry Aussie crawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bit of dry Aussie crawl across baked mud at Melaleuca viewing area today brought Australian Pipit closer than commonly - for a few frames.

Pity, bird didn't offer 'that' perfect pose. Then, better pose, but greater distance.


Too much greenery to allow crawl up on Horsfields Bushlark. The species can, however, be surprisingly tolerant of people walking patiently toward them. Not at all tolerant, and thus unphotographed, pair of Brown Quail and a Red-backed Buttonquail unseen till flushed from long couchgrass nearby.

18:42

Beginners Yoga Freshwater Divine Flow Yoga & Pilates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Best Yoga Studio in Brookvale, North Sydney, Manly Vale , Freshwater, Northern Beaches, Deewhy, Curl Curl & more.

18:25

Net Neutrality, the Open Internet, and Nuclear Information theme for January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Before the Internet, information to the public was very much controlled by the established media print, radio, television. With the world wide web came the opportunity for just about anyone to set up a site, just like this one, and to provide information on any generalist or specialised subject. (Of course, there are disadvantages e.g. the new sites could lack the fact checking rigour expected of professional journalism).

From the point of view of examining nuclear issues, the Internet provided a timely opportunity to bypass the propaganda that is fed to the public via the mainstream media.  That has become more important now, as investigative journalists lose their jobs in the shaky world of commercial media.  The secretive nuclear industry has been having  a field day, or a field few decades, in handing out propaganda to mainstream journalists, who most often swallow it uncritically.

It was only  a matter of time before corporations worked to gain the same kind of control over the Internet, as they used to have over the media in pre-Internet days.

Its in this context, that, on December 15th, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United StatesNet neutrality requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data equally, without blocking, throttling or censoring services or websites.

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17:01

Sunday 1pm Free Trees BBQ at Mary White "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 21 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] This is a free feed social meeting for those that care about the habitat trees of UNE. Also feel free to bring something to share drinks, food, and fun things. Where: Mary White College When: 1pm Sunday 21st January Cost: Nil Here are some video of the Save UNE habitat trees campaign. [embed width="520"]https://youtu.be/DbHHPFIA5J8[/embed] [embed width="520"]https://youtu.be/Ws21Xa3uEDE[/embed] full article 

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 20-21, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Question 1:

The central bank can influence the supply of money via the price it provides reserves to the commercial banks but this influence is compromised by the level at which it sets the target monetary policy rate.

The answer is True.

The facts are as follows. First, central banks will always provided enough reserve balances to the commercial banks at a price it sets using a combination of overdraft/discounting facilities and open market operations.

Second, if the central bank didnt provide the reserves necessary to match the growth in deposits in the commercial banking system then the payments system would grind to a halt and there would be significant hikes in the interbank rate of interest and a wedge between it and the policy (target) rate meaning the central banks policy stance becomes compromised.

Third, any reserve requirements within this context while legally enforceable (via fines etc) do not constrain the commercial bank credit creation capacity. Central bank reserves (the accounts the commercial banks keep with the central bank) are not used to make loans. They only function to facilitate the payments system (apart from satisfying any reserve requirements).

Fourth, banks make loans to credit-worthy borrowers and these loans create deposits. If the commercial bank in question is unable to get the reserves necessary to meet the requirements from other sources (other banks) then the central bank has to provide them. But the process of gaining the necessary reserves is a separate and subsequent bank operation to the deposit creation (via the loan).

Fifth, if there were too many reserves in the system (relative to the banks desired levels to facilitate the payments system and the required reserves then competition in the interbank (overnight) market would drive the interest rate down. This competition would be driven by banks holding surplus reserves (to their requirements) trying to lend them overnight. The opposite would happen if there were too few reserves supplied by the central bank. Then the chase for overnight funds would drive rates up.

In both cases the central bank would lose control of its current policy rate as the divergence between it and the....

16:49

Turning marginal land into fertile soil "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Since having my soil epiphany brought on from doing the NRM Small Farm Planning Course, I have been arguing with people who keep banging on about how we have to abandon meat eating to save the planet.. I disagree.  Its just another silver bullet, as far as I am concerned, and they simply dont exist.  sure, most people might eat too much meat, but for anyone to tell me that marginal land can be turned into crop land, and easily at that, just riles me up  they obviously have no idea what theyre talking about, nor do they have any experience at doing this.

As I have said before, it took me ten years at my last project to convert that marginal land into something capable of feeding two to three people. Making compost by hand, even when using your own humanure, takes years. And while you are waiting for the soil to improve, you have to buy food from some unsustainable source or other.

From where I sit, we probably have a couple of years of relatively normal times left.

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Matt smoothing out the terrain

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16:40

CBD Banh Mi Round up ~ new pork roll providers in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An update on new additions to our list of pork rolls in the CBD. The last time we did a complete round up of the pork rolls available in the CBD we trudged endlessly up and down the central business district looking for these wonderful anytime Vietnamese sandwiches. There's been a lot of change in the city since we last went hunting - currently George Street is thoroughly shut down

16:12

20th January nuclear news this week. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The climate of fear. An article by Tony Schwartz, biographer of Donald Trump, describes Trumps main effect on the body politic , after a year in office: Trump has made fear the dominant emotion of our times. This culture of fear is now expressed in actions  USA quietly preparing for war with North Korea, Russias new underwater drone a doomsday weapon, United Nations: Secretary General warns on growing nuclear war danger.

End nuclear weapons and nuclear power we owe this to our children.

Im so sorry that Im not now covering climate change issues its not as if these are going away!

AUSTRALIA

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia.

Nuclear waste dumping decisions promoted...

16:11

GOLD COAST AIRPORT RECORDS BUSIEST DAY IN HISTORY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gold Coast Airport has recorded its busiest day in history, welcoming 24,076 passengers on Saturday 23 December 2017.

Previously Gold Coast Airports busiest day was Sunday 3 January 2016, when 23,856 passengers passed through the Coolangatta facility.

A record was also set for the calendar year when 6,542,604 passengers arrived or departed from Gold Coast Airport 120,602 more than in 2016.

Gold Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills said it was great to end the year on a high.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, December was a great month to show that we are ready, said Mr Mills.

Throughout the month, we saw strong domestic passenger movements, particularly from Sydney, reinforcing the Gold Coasts ongoing popularity as a holiday destination among interstate visitors.

We also welcomed our first month of direct Hobart services with Tigerair, which contributed to the great results.

We saw international long-haul passenger movements grow by 8.6 per cent in December, with capacity added on Japan and Hong Kong services to cope with demand.

We look forward to continuing this upward trend and key to this is increasing the airports capability to facilitate long-term passenger growth.

Currently, we are expanding the RPT apron to allow for more capacity and flexibility for different aircraft types in the future.

With less than 80 days to go until the Commonwealth Games, we are finalising preparations to provide a warm welcome not only to the Games Family, but to everyone who passes through the terminal during that time.

We expect passenger movements over the Games period to be comparable to our usual summer peaks over Christmas and New Year.

The Games Family will also have a dedicated lounge space which will allow them to relax in a private area, away from the usual activity in the terminal.

The post GOLD COAST AIRPORT RECORDS BUSIEST DAY IN HISTORY appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

16:04

Did Rights Decline as Governments Grew in Size? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Palace of the Doge Venice

QUESTION: In your study of history, would you agree with this quote? In all of history, no government became more honest, less corrupt, or respected its citizens rights more as it grew in size.

 ANSWER: I would have to agree. The only exception to that of Genoa, but it was based upon a revolving head of state (Doge) for a period of one year. Therefore, the lack of career politicians created a model state. In the case of Venice, the Doge was appointed for life. Upon his death, all his assets were frozen and then an investigation began to review all his dealings. No heir received anything until the slate was clean. As long as a government grows in size, it does so only at the expense of the people.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.60 AUD
Converter

15:40

David Leyonhjelm on Workplace Laws "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Industrial relations laws have the power to determine whether this century will be one of prosperity or stagnation for Australia.

Yet despite bills to establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the Registered Organisations Commission serving as the official triggers for the early double dissolution election in 2016, not a whimper was heard about industrial relations during the election campaign. And since then, the government has done little more than tinker.

The re-established ABCC will enforce existing industrial relations law, but the CFMEU will retain its privileged place at the bargaining table of Australias construction industry. And although the supervision of union officials has shifted from an organisation stacked with Labor appointees (the Fair Work Commission) to an organisation stacked with Coalition appointees (the Registered Organisations Commission), there has been no reconsideration of why union officials should be supervised at all.

If legislation didnt give unions special privileges, there would be no need for separate legislation to supervise unions.

Then there is legislation like the Corrupting Benefits and the Proper Use of Worker Benefits bills, which attack union officials who look after themselves rather than members. These may force some union officials to change their behaviour and slow the flow of funds to Labor and its mates, but any impact on the workplace will be marginal.

Government tinkering to industrial relations also includes, in the case of the Victorian Firefighters legislation, banning enterprise agreements that fail to promote respect for volunteers. This is not a record of visionary reform.

Visionary reform would remove unwarranted privileges for unions, remove unfair dismissal laws and, above all, reduce the regulation of wages.
Australian workplaces need wage deregulation to promote productivity and innovation and restore wages growth, in the face of challenges from automation and international competition.

Workplaces will never encourage individual workers to take on roles that make the best use of their skills and enthusiasm so long as they are paid at rates identical to other workers in the business, the industry or across the country. And yet the proportion of workers paid at a one size fits all regulated wage rates, otherwise known as awards, is on the rise.

From the time Keating first promoted enterprise bargaining as a better way for setting wages, through to the end of the Howard era, the share of workers on award wages fell. But from 2010 that share has risen and is now at levels not seen since the turn of the century.

What changed in 2010 was modern awards. These involved replacing thousands of wage regulations with a little over a hundred re...

15:35

Palestine,Israel, the US: How the South Pacific Countries are Selling their Votes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States proposed resolution at the United Nations, and therefore, against Palestine.

As reported on December 22, 2017 by Al Jazeera:

The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital null and void.

At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trumps controversial decision on December 6.

Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.

Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.

Did scarcely inhabited island-nations that are lost in the middle of a tremendous body of water, go crazy?

Before Crossing in Kiribati

After all those horrific nuclear experiments committed there, against their people, by the United States, France and the UK; could local people sincerely believe that the truth as seen from Washington is the only legitimate truth on Earth?

After the naked modern-day colonialism, which is being implemented by Australia, New Zealand, and France, and, of course, by the United States, have the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia become blind?

After total dependency, after decades of humiliation and virtual slavery, do the inhabitants of Oceania believe that their fellow victims in Palestine do not have the right to live in their own state, without barbed wire; that they shouldnt have their own historical capital?

The answer to all these question is, actually: No.

They do what they are doing simply and only because they have no choice.

*****

When working on my book, Oceania, travelling all over the South Pacific, I visited a Jesuit priest and the regions prominent intellectual, Francis X. Hezel. Our encounter took place in the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia...

15:35

Full Moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The astrology aspects and spiritual metaphysical meanings of the full moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse. by psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Full Moon February 2018 Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

15:01

11 Stories the World Would Have Missed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Since 2006, Wikileaks has been exposing government and elite corruption, high-level crime, and other wrongdoings by leaking secret and classified information. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been targeted multiple times by mainstream media, which often refers to Wikileaks as fake news.

The irony is that the documents published by Wikileaks and the claims theyve made have yet to be disproven, which is something many mainstream news outlets cannot say about their own broadcasts. Unlike mainstream media, Wikileaks has helped keep the public conscious of whats actually going on in the world.

11 Stories You Would Have Missed Without Wikileaks 

The following video exposes some of the craziest stories Wikileaks has uncovered. Its interesting to think that without Wikileaks, we may never have discovered the truth about some of these subjects!

Some of the topics include: journalists death as a result of the U.S, military, secret military prisons, Scientology, tampered data in support of climate change, the Australian governments internet blacklist, a major cover-up by an oil company, and more.

You can watch the video here:

Why Disclosure Is So Important

If you just watched that video and had no idea about some of the corruption that goes on within the government, the elite, and large corporations, I understand that it can be difficult to learn the truth. Government was created to serve the needs of the people and corporations cant bend laws, right? Although this was probably true at some point, weve come a long way from that ideal.

Its not so difficult for corporations and the elite to avoid laws when theyre the ones writing them, which is why theyre known as the shadow government.

At the moment, we live in a world where a select few groups control the overall population. The well-being of a country is determined by finance, so those who control the finances (big banks) essentially control the population. When you live in a world that values profit over people, its easy to understand how all of this can occur.

John C. Calhoun, the 7th Vice President of the United States,...

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Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...

14:30

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Russia Ready for Migrant Bitcoin Miners Influx

Despite some indecisiveness about cryptocurrencies on the part of centralized power, Russia has been quietly preparing for a wave of migrant crypto miners from East and West. Its been said that the country has got what it takes to invite them. A third of the Soviet era power producing capacity is idling, after energy hungry industries were closed and scrapped in the 90s. Experts, home and abroad, members of the local crypto community, all agree Russia is ready to welcome bitcoin miners from China and Europe. Thats if Moscow says yes or at least doesnt say no.      

 Also read: Mining Operations Offered to India After Mixed Signals from Beijing

Russians Mean Business

Hello, Invite Chinese miners to Russia!! Excess electricity capacity 20 MW 3 rubles/kWh (0.05USD; 0.32RMB). This is just one of many ads you can find in bitcoin forums these days. With electric installation to plug in the rigs ready, internet cables stretched in a 5,000 m2 air-cooled building check, fire alarm and CCTV cameras installed, and 24/7 tech support available, Russians mean business. The country is ready and even bragging about what it can offer to miners chased beyond the Great Wall, but not only, Do you cooperate with European colleagues? a question reads when you scroll down. Ill send the contract, the answer follows shortly after.

Dozens...

14:23

Jo Nova on the power situation in SA and Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Not a pretty sight.

SA is the mendicant state today, as you would expect.

Liberty Quote

Very few people, even among environmentalists, have truly faced up to what the science is telling us.

This is because the implications of 3C, let alone 4C or 5C, are so horrible that we look to any possible scenario to head it off, including the canvassing of emergency responses such as the suspension of democratic processes.

Clive Hamilton

14:17

Red alert: Warning as China eyes SAs Flinders Port deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A CHINESE corporation Landbridge that sparked a global diplomatic incident expressed interest in securing a stake in SAs Flinders Ports, which controls a crucial Port Adelaide site near where the $50 billion future submarines will be built.

The Advertiser can reveal retiring Trade and Investment Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith and SA Government bureaucrats met senior managers of the Chinese company, Landbridge, last September, for a meeting that included representatives from the Chinese consulate-general.

Landbridge was at the centre of an international incident in 2015 when it acquired Darwin Port from the Northern Territory government.

The sale led the then US president Barack Obama to chide Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for permitting the deal and sparked a major Federal Government review into the oversight of critical infrastructure.

At the meeting in a restaurant in Adelaides Chinatown, Landbridge raised its strong interest in making an investment in Flinders Ports.

Landbridges billionaire owner and president Ye Cheng, a national committee member of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference, was also present, along with Darwin Port operators.

On Friday, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said he was aware Mr Hamilton-Smith had arranged a meeting with a potential investor in South Australia, but not that it was specifically about ports.

Mr Koutsantonis said of course it was appropriate for Mr Hamilton-Smith to hold the meeting.

We often meet with Chinese investors and they ask a range of questions, sometimes about investment in mines in infrastructure, he said.

Theres no national security ramifications here because ultimately the decision is made by the Commonwealth, not by the state.

Chinese company Landbridge at centre of Darwin Port security scare meets SA Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith in a play for SAs Flinders Ports

Mr Koutsantonis said the State Government would not support a sale if it was considered by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Flinders Ports has seven operations in SA, of which Port Adelaides inner harbour is its biggest.

The meeting has sparked a warning from one of the countrys top security experts that the State Government could compromise SAs future bids for defence construction contracts by adopting a naive attitude about the operation and ambition of Chinese-backed companies.

Both the State Government and Flinders Ports say no formal proposal for an investment in the company has been made, but remain tight-lipped about details of the meeting.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings, formerly a senio...

14:10

Facing Prison for Providing Free Cannabis Medicine: An Interview with Jenny Hallam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The benefits of medicinal cannabis have been rediscovered over recent years. Clinical trials and research papers have documented evidence that shows cannabis medicines can treat conditions, such as  chronic pain, seizures in children with Dravet syndrome and multiple sclerosis. In the US, medical marijuana is legal  in 29 states. While the Australian federal government passed legislation in

The post Facing Prison for Providing Free Cannabis Medicine: An Interview with Jenny Hallam appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:00

Its Time to Rethink the Term LGBTIQA+ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LGBTIQA+ is a term often employed to be inclusive but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.

A participant wears a LGBT flag as people take part in the Annual Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, New York, June 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among gay men and heterosexual people.

This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the exchange of bodily fluids. Whether people involved have a particular identity, as the words used in the report suggest, is irrelevant.

Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct,...

13:42

Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives standing for South Australian election, with pro nuclear policy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Among policy positions to be revealed in greater detail in coming weeks are the scrapping of the Safe Schools program, capping the premiers tenure to two terms, and developing a nuclear fuel cycle industry.

Senator Bernardi said the direction of preferences would be subject to negotiation between the major parties.

Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives to fight for 20 seats in SA election, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/cory-bernardis-australian-conservatives-to-fight-for-20-seats-in-sa-election/news-story/7130de833df916429b388f70b26ff443, MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide@mjowen,  19 Jan 18

Cory Bernardis conservative party will run at least 20 candidates in lower house seats at the South Australian election, mirroring the plans of Nick Xenophons SA Best and heightening the critical role of preferences in determining the outcome of the March 17 poll.

The move comes after the Australian Conservatives ran candidate Joram Richa in the federal seat of Bennelong, in Sydneys north, in a key by-election last month, polling 4.5 per cent of the vote and directing preferences to Liberal John Alexander, who retained the seat....

13:32

USA quietly preparing for war with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The US appears to be quietly preparing for nuclear war with North Korea. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/us-appears-quietly-preparing-nuclear-war-north-korea-2018-1?r=US&IR=T, ALEX LOCKIE JAN 20, 2018, 

13:30

Witnessing a Genocide: Humanitarian Workers in Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is shocking to see, from 1994 onwards, the extent to which humanitarian workers in Rwanda became regular eyewitnesses to violence, murder and large-scale massacres.

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The genocide memorial in Kigali. Humanitarian workers in Rwanda had to deal daily with the horrors of war. Credit: Trocaire/Flickr, CC BY-ND

They are on the frontlines of any major conflict or disaster but how much is known about the daily experiences of humanitarian workers in these extreme situations? In their new book, Gnocide et crimes de masse. Lexprience rwandaise de MSF (Humanitarian Aid, Genocide and Mass Killings: Mdecins sans frontires, the Rwandan experience, 1982-97), Marc Le Pape and Jean-Herv Bradol set out to answer some of these questions. The book is also informed by Bradols experience of working for Mdecins Sans Frontires in Rwanda during the genocide. Here, they discuss their findings.

You investigated humanitarian operations in the Great Lakes region between 1990 and 1997. This was a period of extreme violence against Rwandophone populations. You specifically looked at the records of Doctors Without Borders in Paris. What did you hope to learn?

Marc Le Pape: The actual day-to-day work of humanitarian teams in situations of extreme violence is generally little known and understood. Thats why our investigations focussed on messages from the field, while most studies are far more concerned about getting the macro-political or macro-humanitarian picture. Taking a micro perspective meant we could observe the long-term evolution of operations: how, and with whom, did teams need to negotiate to launch and maintain operations?

So we looked at how these teams got information and communicated with political and military authorities, various local authorities, UN agencies in the Great Lakes region, local and international NGOs, religious leaders and people at emergency sites, in medical facilities and camps.

We also looked at the relationship between the field of operations, national capitals and the various Doctors Without Borders head offices. We tracked field accounts transmitted up the chain of command, how the organisations head offices reacted to the stories of violence, intimidation and prohibitions, and the way these were then framed and talked about publicly.

For example we examined all the documents, from internal alerts to public statements, demonstrating the gradual realisation of humanitarian workers in Rwanda in 1994 that they were witnessing the systematic, organi...

13:26

Labor plans joint ventures with China in Australias north "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Labor could enter jointly funded infrastructure ventures with the Chinese government in Australias north under Beijings Belt and Road initiative, all as part of an escalated embrace of Asia, should it win the next election.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will today propose coordinating the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund with the Belt and Road initiative, a massive push by Chinese President Xi Jinping to fund a global network of major infrastructure projects throughout the region and beyond such as ports, rail networks, bridges and roads. It is regarded with suspicion in certain circles as a vehicle by which Beijing wants to exert political and economic influence.

In a major policy speech, Mr Bowen will accuse the Coalition government of tinkering and gradualism when it comes to engaging with Asia as he outlines what he says will be a fundamental whole of government and whole of nation approach.

Other policy initiatives to be announced today range from strengthening business engagement by increasing Asian expertise in boardrooms, to establishing diaspora groups, boosting ministerial engagement, and rekindling measures from the Gillard governments Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. This includes working with the states to give every Australian student the opportunity to study an Asian language.

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13:26

Daniel Ellsberg on the dizzyingly insane and immoral history of nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

From the beginning of the Atomic Age, says Ellsberg, the true purpose of our nuclear arsenal, the whole terrifying array of warheads and delivery systems in all their vast numbers and varieties, has not been the defense of our country. It has not been, as trumpeted by politicians and generals (and as believed by citizens and schoolchildren), to deter an adversary from launching a nuclear attack against the U.S. It is the maintenance of a first-strike nuclear force not so much for the purpose of launching a deliberate surprise attack on anyone else, but to be ready to respond instantly

Dismantling Doomsday: Daniel Ellsberg on the Risk of Nuclear Apocalypse https://undark.org/article/book-review-ellsberg-doomsday-machine/  The whistleblower who gave us the Pentagon Papers unveils another secret history this one dizzyingly insane and immoral.01.19.2018  Mark Wolverton  

DANIEL ELLSBERG is perhaps the premier whistleblower of all time, the man who in 1971 dragged the Pentagon Papers out of top-secret darkness into the light. Yet even as excerpts from the papers 7,000 pages were being published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers, Ellsberg was sitting on an entire second set of secrets, having nothing to do with Vietnam: all his material on nuclear policy, such as the operational plans for gen...

13:16

Film company to abandon plans for production in South Australian area if Federal nuclear waste dump goes ahead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 20 Jan 18, 

John Wayne died of cancer, as did 46 members of the crew of The Conqueror, which was shot in nuclear contaminated environment in Nevada. Not so long ago at a Quorn anti-nuclear meeting one person submitted a written statement from hopefully a up coming film producer that they will cease all ideas of film production within the areas of Hawker and surrounding town...

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Indian villagers displaced forcibly for the cause of unnecessary, uneconomic, nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Kovvada Nuclear Reactor was to be built by US nuclear reactor maker, Westinghouse. But, in March 2017, Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy. The company was bled to death because of cost-escalations in two of the four nuclear power plants it designed and is constructing in the United States. Kovvada will benefit only Westinghouse, and no one else. Not the people. Not Indias energy security, said EAS Sarma, former Union Energy Secretary.

India is being bamboozled by the multinationals into signing these agreements with foreign companies

It is not just the US, even Europe is not gung-ho about nuclear. So, Westinghouse and GE have very little business, said Dr Sarma. They are looking for a market and India is fertile ground of them 

If nuclear energy is not as safe or inexpensive then why invest in it? Because nuclear energy is a possible front for weaponisation

In Kovvada, villagers displaced forcibly even as the prospects of Westinghouses nuclear project remain uncertain, DiaNuke.org, JANUARY 19, 2018 Raksha Kumar | The News Minute

The coast curves through northern Andhra Pradesh and forms a giant U. Dee...

13:05

Donald Trump and the culture of fear "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. Hes still a scared child, Guardian, 

alone can do it. These five extraordinary words kept coming back to me as I reflected on Donald Trumps first year as president of the US. He made this claim during his speech accepting the Republican nomination in July 2016. At the time, it struck me simply as a delusional expression of his grandiosity. Looking back, I also hear the plaintive wail of a desperate child who believes he is alone in the world with no one to care for him. I alone can do it is Trumps survival response to: I must do it all alone.

There are two Trumps. The one he presents to the world is all bluster, bullying and certainty. The other, which I have long felt haunts his inner world, is the frightened child of a relentlessly critical and bullying father and a distant and disengaged mother who couldnt or wouldnt protect him.

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In which the pond bypasses petty distractions for a decent dose of dog bothering ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

 


The pond is pleased to report that the lizards of Oz have continued to lather up an Oz day frenzy ...

And as a measure of the great sacrifices the pond always makes, the pond must tiptoe past them all, and also past Dame Slap, though the reptiles do seem to have been exceptionally cruel in their juxtaposition of stories ...



Who needs a man, when women have Dame Slap?

And there seemed to be a mixed message lost somewhere between poor old Peggy, back in the 1950s with Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Douglas Sirk movies, and later shows by Harvey ... 


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13:00

Aussie Heatwave Electricity Shortfall, Hospital Emergency Measures, Coal Blamed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova South Australia and the Australian State of Victoria learned the hard way that when power demand surges, you cant turn up the solar panels. Melbourne hospitals switch off lights as mercury rises Grant McArthur and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun January 19, 2018 7:36pm PATIENTS were left in

12:55

Vast majority of British nuclear bomb tests took place on Aboriginal land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon  19 Jan 18 An excerpt from a book by Rudolph Herzog..

Lorna Arnold, an official historian of the British Ministry of Defense, justified her governments treatment of Aborigines by arguing that, all the time, the latter had NO legal rights a problem general to the 1950s Australian and British society and thus not specific to the atomic tests.

Arnold asserted that the greatest damage suffered by the Aborigines from the tests was to their way of life rather than directly to their health. The fact that the Aborigines interests in the land were neither registered or respected, Arnold wrote, was because of their general situation and was neither new nor peculiar to the weapons trials.
The British military carried out nuclear tests in Australia for almost a decade, with a vast majority of experiments (as claimed) taking place on Aboriginal lands.

12:54

Anarchists: Government Shutdown Doesn't Go Far Enough : Make the Shutdown Comprehensive and Permanent "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Once again, the threat of a government shutdown looms over the capital. Politicians exchange barbs, pundits wag their fingers and wring their hands, and the rest of us get up and go to work like we do every day. The news anchors demand to know: whose fault is it? What labyrinthine eleventh-hour compromise will they devise to avoid it? The rest of the nation yawns with indifference.

But we want answers! What if the government does shut down? Who will funnel our taxable income to military contractors? Who will tap our phones and read our email? Who will raid 7-Elevens and deport people? Who will indoctrinate our children? Who will stop people from driving while black? Who will build the wall?

It doesnt sound all that bad, actually. Unfortunately, the shutdown theyre talking about wont interrupt any of those things. Compared to what this country needs, its just a bit of theatrics.

So heres a different proposal for how to respond to the imminent shutdown of the US government. Lets make it comprehensive and permanent.

What better way to cut through partisan gridlock than by abolishing both parties outright? Seriously, what have they ever done for us? Two gangs of thieves and swindlers competing to boss us around and bleed us dry. Its hard to imagine a single problem that any of them can resolve better than we could on our own. They themselves are responsible for most of the issues they claim to address.

In recent years, societies around the world have discovered that the absence of a functioning government has produced remarkably little change in their daily lives. Since its prime minister quit a year ago, Northern Ireland has functioned without its elected assembly doing a thing. In Belgium, in 2010 and 2011, 589 days passed without the establishment of a government with no noticeable change in everyday life for most Belgians. Similar interludes went by in Spain and Germany with similarly insignificant consequences.

This goes to show how much of a joke democracy is in postmodern capitalism. Cybernetic bureaucracies keep capital and goods flowing while states do litt...

12:53

Civil Disobedience in the Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Drinking, listening to music (and drawing) at the Civil Disobedience Picnic  yesterday evening in Camperdown Park in Newtown to protest the area being declared an alcohol free area

12:51

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science promotes risky radioactive waste agenda "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon, 19 Jan 18   Edward Teller, Father of the H-Bomb, relentlessly promoted a plan to use 300 nukes to build a second Panama Canal, thats 233 more bombs than what was exploded on the Marshall Islands, with residents unable to return. While here in Australia we have the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science relentlessly promoting their risky agenda of abandoning deadly radioactive waste within a community of unwilling people.

12:39

UK electricity consumers could be saved bns if Hinkley nuclear power plan is cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Abandoning Hinkley Point C now could save consumers almost 1.5bn per year for 35 years from 2027 http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/news/ 19 Jan 18 Stop Hinkley Campaign submits response to the Helm cost of energy review.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has submitted a joint response, with the Nuclear Free Local...

12:35

South Australias heatwave will not affect power supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SA heatwave will not affect power supply, Treasurer says, as TDU amateur cyclists ignore warnings, ABC News 19 Jan 18, By political reporter Nick Harmsen and staff  The South Australian Government is not expecting to use the states new backup diesel power generators despite temperatures well into the mid-40s forcing a tight power supply balance.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued a level two lack of reserve notice for the state late this afternoon, meaning there is a small buffer of surplus generation available.A level three notice means unexpected load shedding blackouts are likely.

The power supply situation is even tighter in Victoria  with AEMO flagging the possibility of curtailing power to some industrial customers who have volunteered to be part of a demand management scheme.

SAs hottest temperature so far recorded today was a scorching 47.4 degrees Celsius at Wudinna on Eyre Peninsula.Port Augusta hit 46.5C, Whyalla reached 46.4C and Lameroo and Tarcoola both had tops of 46C.SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said while the states temporary generators were ready, they were unlikely to be used this afternoon.

In terms of supply we should be okay, he said.

Victoria I understand is about to load she...

12:32

United Nations: Secretary General warns on growing danger of nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

U.N. chief: Threat from nuclear and other weapons gathers force, Asahi Shimbun, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, January 19, 2018 UNITED NATIONSRussias foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send an alarming message to North Korea and impact all international agreements.

Sergey Lavrov took aim at U.S. President Donald Trump at a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, saying that we cannot for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of international diplomacy.

Last Friday, Trump kept alive the Iran agreement, which has won international praise including from U.S. allies, by extending sanctions waivers. But the president warned that the United States would pull out in a few months unless terrible flaws in the deal are fixed.

Lavrov and others worry that a U.S. pullout from the 2015 deal could mean that Washington cannot be trusted to keep agreements, which could harm any future efforts to get North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened Thursdays meeting warning that the threat from weapons of mass destruction seems to be gathering force.

He urged expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle what he called the greatest security challenge in the world todayNorth Korea.

The international community must build on the small signs of hope from the recent contacts between the two Koreas to pursue diplomacy and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the U.N. chief said.

Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War, Guterres said. I remain deeply concerned over the growing risk of military confrontation and the unimaginable consequences that would result.

Chinas deputy U.N. ambassador, Wu Haitao, urged all countries to reject Cold War mentality and commit to peaceful solutions, including on the Korean Peninsula where he pointed to some positive changes emerging.

All parties should make concerted efforts to extend this hard-won momentum of reduced tension, create conditions for relaunching dialogue and negotiation and return the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula to the correct track of dialogue and negotiation, Wu said.. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801190018.html

12:29

India Enters Australia Group, Inches Closer to Joining Nuclear Suppliers Group "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

BY THE WIRE STAFF ON 19/01/2018   The Ministry of External Affairs hopes Indias credentials are taken into account as and when a decision is taken (on its NSG application). New Delhi: India on Friday joined the Australia Group which aims to stop the development and acquisition of chemical and biological weapons, a move that may take the country an inch closer to joining the Nuclear Suppliers group (NSG).

This is the third multilateral export control group after the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Wassenaar Arrangement that India has become a member of.

In a press release, the 42-member Australia Group said there had been very strong support for Indias membership at its plenary meeting in June 2017. Following that, consensus was reached intersessionally to ad...

12:25

Frederic Slater-Hero or Villain? Reclaiming the Standing Stones Heritage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frederic Slater-Hero or Villain?

Reclaiming the Standing Stones Heritage

By Steven & Evan Strong

Special Thanks to Richard Patterson & Erik Bower

During recent times quite a few commentators have gone to considerable lengths to cast doubt, and often ridicule, when assessing the credentials and sanity of Frederic Slater. The general consensus amongst the many later-day critics is that Slater was at best deluded, unqualified and more than likely off with the fairies." Due to his many shortcomings, it has been decided his inadequacies immediately disqualify any claims made in relation to the Standing Stones Complex.

Until March of 2017 Slater had spent 75 years suspended in total anonymity outside all avenues of mainstream press and official channels, his work and actual existence in every academic arena was censored and if it wasn"t for an invitation we knew was laden with second agendas, it would have stayed that way. From the first time the feature writer for the Brisbane Courier Mail contacted us, I immediately made it clear that our scepticism metre was running on overdrive. Despite his repeated assurances that the sacred mound would be revered and respected in the article he intended to write, we never let go of the real concern this was a very conservative paper covering an incredibly radical sacred site and advocate in the 1930"s. The content was so left-of-centre and this outlet of mainstream press was so far to the right there didn"t seem to be any middle-ground.

There was every conceivable reason demanding no further contact balanced against only one directive that insisted we agree without equivocation. When given my first ceremony by Karno and the Ramindjeri, it was made clear we had to convince using empirical evidence and logic and our primary target audience was to be those most resistant. Whether the scientists, mainstream press or even politicians, our anointed brief was constant in trying time after time to breach the wall. So we agreed to meet and in keeping with our misgivings the first issue raised by us related to why they were so supportive. Their responses sounded reassuring, but there was a hollow ring to every guarantee. Irrespective of individual dispositions, both reporter and cameraman were employees subservient to the Courier Mail"s philosophy of ridiculing anything that deviates from their brand of right-win...

12:04

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet - On Friendship" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"On Friendship"
 by Kahlil Gibran

"Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind,
nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, 
all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love 
but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill...

12:03

Thanks to New Digital Imaging Tool, Hidden Egyptian Paintings Have Finally Been Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Art can reveal so much about a culture. Sadly, many of the masterpieces created throughout the centuries have been lost due to erosion and the passing of time. On a positive note, not all is lost. To determine what our ancestors painted on rocks and engraved into stone, researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, developed a new imaging technique. The technology has allowed them to re-examine Egyptian art and find details that were lost over the years.

In their paper, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers describe a technique called DStretch. With this tool, they were able to analyze paintings found at Beni Hassan, an ancient Egyptian cemetery located near the city of Minya. Egyptologists have not realised [DStretchs] potential in helping us to examine and record ancient wall paintings, Dr. Linda Evans told IFLScience.

The technique was first developed in 2005 and allows digital images to be enhanced. After the remnants of paint and engravings are analyzed by three bands of RGB color, the intensity and saturation of them are improved. Essentially, the images are stretched then mapped back to normal. The resulting product reveals artwork similar to what the original looked like.

Credit: Evans et al

Artwork from Beni Hassan, which has been carved into the walls near tombs, contains scenes from daily life, such as farming, hunting, and fishing. Because the artwork is multi-colored, researchers had a difficult time determining the shades of red, brown, blue, green, black, and white used. Using DStretch, the researchers found a drawing of a herd of pigs, as well as a hoard of bats.

The most surprising outcome of the DStretch study has been the confirmation of new images of animals that are incredibly rare in Egyptian art, said E...

12:00

The demons of Van Dieman's Land: Britain's genocide in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The demons of Van Dieman's Land: Britain's genocide in TasmaniaNot only were British colonists at war with Australia's First People, but irrefutable evidence shows they were trying to wipe them out. read now...

11:59

Scuba Diving Philippines PADI IDC & PADI Dive Courses by Sea Explorers Philippines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scuba Diving in the Philippines: Malapascua, Alona Beach, Cabilao and Dauin we combine it all. Scuba Diving, Island Hopping and Dive Resorts in the Philippines.

11:24

Burn Fat for Fuel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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11:20

That stuck in the past comment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Cally Jetta If every blackfulla in this country received a dollar each time someone said to them stop living in the past or you get better treatment than other Australians and you still complain we would all be very wealthy people. Thats it in a nutshell. The two main attitudes and beliefs that fuel

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10:39

Curators from National Museum visit ninney rise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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This week FoNR committee members Sandal Hayes and Liz Gallie met at Ninney Rise with Kate Morschel and Rowena from the National Museum Australia. 

They had a tour of the house and we provided oral history. Both Kate and Rowena were familiar with the FoNR website and Iain McClaman's 'The Reef a Passionate History' and expressed how valuable the website and material is as a resource.

They were impressed with Ninney Rise and very interested in the part the Ninney Rise story might play in a new dedicated exhibition at the museum on the Great Barrier Reef. 


The  exhibition will cover deep history, indigenous history and the anthropocene age, impacts of man.

FoNR was delighted to be able to provide valuable information about this important period in our local history and appreciative of the advice and material they left with us including 2 folders of excellent resource material and links to guide funding opportunities, accessioning and collections policy data etc.

They are keen to include Ellison Reef in the story. I'm sure visiting Ninney Rise and the plaque has given them a lot of material to consider.
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10:33

Market Rebounds after Cryptocurrency Bloodbath "IndyWatch Feed National"

On January 17, 2018, the cryptocurrency market almost unanimously plummeted by around 20 to 40 percent and almost erased any progress made by the industry in terms of market capitalization within the past couple of months. Bitcoin, the world"s most []

The post Market Rebounds after Cryptocurrency Bloodbath appeared first on The Global Mail.

10:33

Hot, hot, hot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

42.3 C is too hot for me and for the birds.

The birdbaths throughout our garden supported pardalotes, honeyeaters and parrots through a blazingly hot day yesterday. The Galahs gathered on the front lawn used a tried and true cooling technique.

Spotted Pardalote (imm), Wyndham Street Newstead, 19th January 2018

10:08

To understand how an economy works you need to understand classical economic theory "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

So long as Keynesian economics remains the mainstream, there is no possibility of taking down the crony capitalist system of economic mis-management that is at the heart of modern policy. Because Keynesian theory is the mainstream which everyone learns, economists are taught from their very first days of study, that routinely syphoning our wealth into the hands of governments and their friends will create a net increase in the number of jobs while making everyone better off. It isnt true, and ought to be seen as obviously untrue, but since the pretence makes governments and their crony capitalist friends rich, it just goes on. So more fool you for accepting Keynesian theory.

The argument that an economy is driven by the level of demand, irrespective of what is being demanded, works very well for those receiving handouts from governments, but harms everyone else. All production uses up resources while only a small proportion adds anything back in. It is invisible in the way economics is currently taught why all of that matters. In writing as I do I am doing nothing more than repeating what was obvious to every great economist before The Keynesian Revolution but is utterly unknown, other than to a handful of modern economists who have actually studied the classics.

At the link may be found a pre-print of an article of mine that will appear in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought: Making Sense of Classical Theory. This is the description of its contents.

The fundamental problem discussed is the shifts in the conceptual base of economic theory that followed the publication of The General Theory, along with various technical terms being given different meanings, which have made it almost impossible for modern economists to comprehend classical theory. Yet it is in the classical theory of the cycle where the most profound understanding of the nature of recession and cyclical unemployment is found.

The papers not long but it takes you into the heart of the differences between modern economics and the classical theory that had existed prior to the publication of The General Theory in 1936. This is now the sixth paper in a series that began with the publication of my article on Mills Fourth Proposition on Capital in 2015. That earlier paper was criticised by an economist in the UK by name of Roy Grieve, whose criticism of my paper attracted a further series of comments by an American economist, James Ahiakpor.

I can only hope that the core point found in the attached paper, explaining why classical theory works and Keynesian economics does not, will be clear. But as this brief paper points out, there have been so many changes in the terminology and presuppositions within economic theory since classical t...

09:31

Nuclear-trashed Pacific islands, sea level rise, and hope from New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guano, Nuclear Testing, Chemical Weapons   Another guano claim converted for U.S. military use is Johnston Atoll (Kamala), located about 800 miles southwest of Honolulu.

One phase of expansion on Johnston Island involved construction of a launch pad for high-altitude missile tests for Operation Dominic in the 1960s. Two of the tests were aborted, with radioactive contamination falling on the runway. Forty years later, in 2002, the Air Force finished burying thousands of cubic meters of plutonium-contaminated waste in a 25-acre landfill on the atoll.

The question, then, is not when will islands be submerged, but when will sea-level rise make life on low-lying islands impossible.

The answer to that question is close at hand for a number of Pacific islands.

Perhaps the biggest legal stride in New Zealand is Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns recent announcement of plans for a special refugee visa for Pacific Islanders, starting with 100 places annually. We are anchored in the Pacific, Ardern told reporters. Surrounding us are a number of nations, not least ourselves, who will be dramatically impacted by the effects of climate change. I see it as a personal and national responsibility to do our part.

American Polynesia, Rising Seas and Relocation, By Laray Polk, Global Research, Ja...

09:03

The question of when human life begins is still a point of contention for some "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The science has been obscured in philosophy, but the question is settled. The question of when a human life begins is a strictly scientific one and one for which the scientific community has had an empirical, internationally acknowledged answer for a very long time. For more than a century, the field of human embryology has documented that in human sexual reproduction a new, whole, individual, living human being begins to exist at "first contact" between a sperm and an oocyte/"egg" (the beginning of the process known as fertilization.) Immediately when these two mere cells make first contact and fuse, organism proteins and enzymes specific to humans are produced. One new single-cell human being with his or her own new, unique, and complete set of human DNA begins to exist. This is an internationally recognized empirical fact that has been documented by the Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development since 1942, and updated every year since then to the present by the international nomenclature committee (FIPAT). The 23 Carnegie Stages cover human development during the eight-week embryonic period, and a new human being is represented by Carnegie Stage 1a.

08:48

FixedIt: how NOT to report on a man who murdered a woman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

News.com.au have helpfully provided a perfect example of a how not to report on a man who killed a woman.

Dont write headlines giving sympathy to a murderer. He was lonely. Thats the biggest, boldest fact to report? Thats the first thing to say in the headline? Really? He killed a woman. That doesnt make him an object of sympathy. It makes him a murderer and a criminal.

Dont interview a murderers friends. Men who murder women are not evil monsters lurking in alleyways, hiding their recognisably evil faces from the world. Theyre just men. They look like other men and live lives like other men. They have friends and families and people who care about them. Those people mourn them when they die and are shocked when they kill women they claim to love. All these things are true of Brazil Gurung and none of them change the fact that he killed a woman. Murder is still murder even if the murderer had friends who liked him.

Dont make excuses for murder. Cocaine does not cause murder. Loneliness does not cause murder. Debt does not cause murder. A decision to travel does not cause murder.Ex-wives definitely do not cause murder. Devoting nearly 700 words to all the difficulties of a murders life as if they excuse or justify the fact that he killed a woman is ludicrous. Half the country is lonely. Thousands of people use cocaine. Hundreds of thousands of people in Australia have ex-spouses. These people do not commit murder. Murder is caused by one thing the decision to commit murder. Any other details should be used for nothing more than describing the circumstances.

Dont erase the victim. Amelia Blake was 22 years old. She was a person. She should have had decades to live and explore all her possible futures. In the whole article her name is used seven times and six of those are describing his life and his relationship to her. The only time she is mentioned outside  describing his life is in the last paragraph, which briefly states that her family is mourning her.

Women do not exist only as an extension of a mans life. This is not a movie where the female character is written only to move the male protagonist through a plot. This is someones life. She was real. She was a person. And he killed her. Where are the people who mattered to her in this article? Where are her friends and the difficulties of her life? What are the trials she had to overcome? It appears that none of them are important enough to ask about or report. The only story told is his story.

Murder is the ultimate vi...

08:44

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Main Page "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to the main page for my 2018 Tasmanian state election coverage.  This page will carry links to all the other articles about the election that I write prior to the close of polling, and will contain general big-picture stuff and links to all the specialised articles (once these are written).  It will be updated very frequently.  However, one thing I am doing differently from my 2014 guide is that each electorate will have its own guide page.  The electorate guide pages will be rolled out over coming days and I aim to have them all up by the end of Monday 22 January.  Note that these are my own guides and I reserve the right to inject flippant and subjective comments whenever I feel like it; if you do not like this, write your own.


If you find these guides useful, donations are very welcome (see sidebar), but please only give me money if you can afford to.

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Articles relevant to the election and written during the linkup will have links to them posted here as they are done.  

Electorate guides

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The election must be held by May 19, 2018.  Premier Hodgman has repeatedly stated the election will be in March, four years to the month since the last state election.  The previous three Tasmanian state elections have been held on the same weekend as South Australia (to the intense annoyance of the election-watching community nationwide), which in this case would mean March 17.  However, at the time of writing (Jan 18) there are widespread rumours that the election may be called within days for March 3.  March 10 is unsuitable as it falls on a public holiday weekend and March 24 is probably too close to Easter.  The time between the gazetting of the election and the election date can be between 27 and 61 days, meaning that in practic...

08:39

APRadio weekly podcast available "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harry touches on Gangs of Melbourne with an email from a terrified mother describing death threats to her `12 year old son and police admit they are powerless Turnbull commanding the default military backup for Japan with no fuel, bullets or engagement ready equipment . Queensland Greens protected crocs killing tourist trade Bob Hudsons Newcastle song revisited to 1970s . Click Here

08:37

Ancient Sanskrit Reveals the 9 Rules for Being Human "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the questions that has puzzled the greatest minds in history is What is the meaning of life?. What is our true purpose on this earth, why are we here? Chances are youll get a different answer from almost every single person. Some people believe that money will help them find the answer, so... View Article

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08:07

EDITORIAL: The death of Papuans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EDITORIAL: The death of Papuans
EDITORIAL The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, January 19, 2018 | 07:59 am


Malnourished siblings Epi (left), Arfat (center) and Poma from Sarwamok in Agats district, Asmat regency, Papua, are being transferred to Agats General Hospital. The children were found on Thursday by paramedics who had been deployed in response to a recent measles outbreak. The journey from Asmats capital to Agats regency takes several hours by boat. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)
The wood...

08:00

January 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was  Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan  (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.


1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbourne Town Hall with a banquet to kick off the third and (at long last!) final session of the National Australasian Convention (where the delegates agreed on drafting the Constitution Bill...but not before they dragged it out until the 17th March).
But the banquet...!
Prawn cocktail...

07:34

In which toxic waste mingles with a familiar Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The pond was startled, shocked, to see it lying there, in a Newtown street ...

Luckily the pond's long, rigorous training immediately kicked in. Just as some are trained to deal with asbestos removal, so the pond knows how to deal with toxic sludge.

Even so, it was a narrow squeak. What if some innocent child of hippies had strayed by, picked up the sludge and taken it home? The physical and mental damage might have lasted a lifetime, and without any magic water to hand to redeem the situation ...

Now some will suggest the pond is being unnecessarily alarmist, but the fact is this sort of contaminated bile is much prized in certain parts of the world, just as terrorists yearn for a lump of uranium ...



Don't worry, those suppliers also had a spare harbour bridge available for your bidding ... and if you looked elsewhere, it's actually as cheap as chips, or even free ...

The pond immediately began decontamination procedures. 

Even though it...

07:32

Hundreds evacuated as ice jams cause flooding in USA and Canada (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ice jams have caused severe problems along some rivers in north eastern USA and eastern Canada since 12 January, 2018. States of emergency have been declared and around 200 people have evacuated their homes and north eastern USA and a further 100 in New Brunswick, Canada. Heavy rain over the last few days has also caused rivers to overflow and some surface flooding. Two people died in West Virginia when their vehicle was trapped in flood water. Flood rescues were required in Pittsburgh after a major road was flooded. Ice jams in northeastern USA Media have reported dozens of ice jams along rivers in north eastern USA. Below is a short summary of some of the floods. Parts of the Connecticut River near Haddam are so blocked, ice breakers from the US Coast Guard have been called in to break the jam.

07:17

Night shift work increases the risks of multiple primary cancers in women. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Jan ;27(1):25-40. PMID: 29311165 Abstract Title:  Night Shift Work Increases the Risks of Multiple Primary Cancers in Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 61 Articles. Abstract:  A growing number of studies have examined associations between night shift work and the risks of common cancers among women, with varying conclusions. We did a meta-analysis to identify whether long-term night shift work increased the risks of common cancers in women. We enrolled 61 articles involving 114,628 cases and 3,909,152 participants from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. Risk estimates were performed with a random-effect model or a fixed-effect model. Subgroup analyses and meta-regression analyses about breast cancer were conducted to explore possible sources of heterogeneity. In addition, we carried out a dose-response analysis to quantitatively estimate the accumulative effect of night shift work on the risk of breast cancer. A positive relationship was revealed between long-term night shift work and the risks of breast [OR = 1.316; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.196-1.448], digestive system (OR = 1.177; 95% CI, 1.065-1.301), and skin cancer (OR = 1.408; 95% CI, 1.024-1.934). For every 5 years of night shift work, the risk of breast cancer in women was increased by 3.3% (OR = 1.033; 95% CI, 1.012-1.056). Concerning the group of nurses, long-term night shift work presented potential carcinogenic effect in breast cancer (OR = 1.577; 95% CI, 1.235-2.014), digestive system cancer (OR = 1.350; 95% CI, 1.030-1.770), and lung cancer (OR = 1.280; 95% CI, 1.070-1.531). This systematic review confirmed the positive association between night shift work and the risks of several common cancers in women. We identified that cancer risk of women increased with accumulating years of night shift work, which might help establish and implement effective measures to protect female night shifters. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 27(1); 25-40.2018 AACR.

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07:00

Watch My Live YouTube Stream on President Trumps First Year in Office Tonight at 7PM EST "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Tonight, Ill be hosting a live YouTube stream with Davis Aurinithe Bechtloff and Artistic Layman assessing President Trumps first year in office, the FISA memo scandal, and our thoughts on the coming year in American politics. Well also be taking your calls. The show will begin at 7pm EST (6pm CST/4pm PST).

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06:00

Day to Day Politics: So, Bill, where do you stand now? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Saturday 20 January 2018 It was around a year ago that I was suggesting a number of things that Labor, in its lead up narrative to the next election could advocate for. The most popular thing, amongst many Labor supporters and others, was to advocate for a National ICAC or something similar. Almost on cue at

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05:49

The Gender Inclusivity of Diverse White Privilege Equity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Blame Shiv for this one; she posted about someone at Monsanto inviting Jordan Peterson to talk about GMOs, and it led me down an interesting rabbit hole. For one thing, the event already happened, and it was the farce you were expecting. This, however, caught my eye:

Corrupt universitiesand Womens Studies departments in particular, he saysare responsible for turning students into activists who will one day tear apart the fabric of society. The world runs on ideas. And the ideas that are in the universities are the ideas that are going to be in the general public in five to ten years. And theres no shielding yourself from it, he said.

Peterson also shared a trick for figuring out whether or not a childs school has been affected by the coming crisis: If a schoolteacher uses any of the five words listed on his display screendiversity, inclusivity, equity, white privilege, or genderthen a child has been exposed.

Whats Petersons solution for all this? The answer to the ills that our society still obviously suffers from, he said, is that people should adopt an ethos of responsibility rather than continually clamoring about their rights, which is something that weve been talking about for about four decades too long, as far as I can surmise.

Four decades puts us back into the 1970s, when womens liberation groups were calling to be able to exercise their right to bodily autonomy, to be free from violence, to equal pay for equal work, to equal custody of kids. If Peterson is opposed to that then hes more radical than most MRAs, who are generally fine with Second Wave feminism. I wonder if hes a lost son of Phyllis Schlafly.

But more importantly, he appears to be warning us of a crisis coming in 5-10 years, one that invokes those five terms as holy writ. Thats . well, lets step through it.

Diversity training started sometime before the 1980s by white male corporate managers, who were worried some of their employees didnt have the proper training or knowledge of corporate culture. Over time, employee feedback suggested including said managers as well to help weed out their biases. By the 1990s, diversity training was booming thanks to corporate interest.[1] The reasons were pretty simpl...

05:48

Wilfred Burchett, the CIA and an Attempted Bribery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 6 February 1976, in his syndicated column in the New York Post, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jack Anderson revealed to his readers that the CIA once tried to bribe the Communist Worlds most famous newsman, Wilfred Burchett, into defecting to the U.S. for $100,000.

The attempted bribe happened in Korea in September 1953, during the talks to end the Korean War. In todays money, the CIAs $100,000 would be equivalent to $904,239.70 according to dollartimes.org. Why did the CIA try to buy my father, Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett in Korea in 1953? I dont know. But I can guess

My father confirmed the story in an article in The National Guardian (New York, Feb. 18, 1976). His answer to the offer, made by an American newsman on behalf of the CIA was Nothing doing.

I remember asking him in our home in Paris at the time: Why didnt you tell that story earlier? They accuse you of being a KGB agent, and now we learn that it was actually the CIA who wanted to buy you!

His answer was: it would have been embarrassing and damaging to the reputation of the colleague who made the offer on behalf of the CIA.

In October 1974, my father appeared in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney. He was suing the editor of the Australian right-wing magazine Focus for defamation over an article which accused him of being a KGB agent. The allegations were based on the testimony of a former part-time KGB operative, Yuri Krotkov (aka George Karlin), who specialized in the sexual blackmail of foreign diplomats in Moscow. He defected to the UK in September 1963. In 1969, Krotkov/Karlin was called to testify before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Internal Security and named Jean-Paul Sartre, John Kenneth Galbraith, a number of distinguished diplomats and other personalities of being in the pay of the KGB. Among those named was Wilfred Burchett.

Wilfred Burchett had been a thorn in the U.S. and Australian militaristic establishments ever since he blew the whistle on one of the greatest crimes against humanity: the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the long-term effects of atomic radiation. He went on to report the talks to end the war in Korea from the North Korean- Chinese sides. And in 1969, when Krotkov/Karlin spun his tale, he was reporting the Vietnam War from the Hanoi-Viet Cong sides. He did it openly and publicly in articles and books published and widely read all over the world.

For the people sitting on the U.S. Senate Committee before which Krotkov/Karlin testified, the anti-war movement was a communist conspiracy orchestrated by Moscow. So to have one of the most prominent journalists reporting the....

05:18

U.S. Air Force Weighs International Squadrons to Strike Terror Targets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Use of low-cost fighter planes would allow deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, answers questions during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Nov. 9.Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

Jan. 19, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

The U.S. Air Force is considering forming international squadrons of low-cost fighter planes to strike terrorist targets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, allowing deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities.

A new unit employing relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf aircraft could free up cutting-edge U.S. and allied jet fighters for deterrence missions in Europe and Asia, and could help relieve a critical pilot shortage the U.S. Air Force faces, military and congressional officials say.

 

As the U.S. transitions its fighter fleet to new advanced stealth planes, like the F-22 and F-35, it is confronted with the difficult cost equation of using a fighter jet that costs $150 million to buy and $35,000 an hour to fly to destroy a terrorist camp of tattered tents.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft refuels during an exercise over Nevada in 2016.Photo: Msgt Burt Traynor/Planet Pix/ZUMA Pres

Now, as Russia and China invest in their militaries and assert themselves more, the U.S. faces the additional problem of how and where to deploy limited numbers of stealthy warplanes to deter so-called peer competitors.

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Claire G. Coleman: No, I Will Not Thank You For Your Invasion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claire G Coleman. Photo Credit: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Claire G Coleman. Photo Credit: Jen Dainer, Industrial Arc Share this Post I searched the Internet for my name on a fine January morning, it can be the only way to find reviews of my work. I found my name somewhere unexpected, in an article by Keith Windschuttle in Quadrant (Australia ...

05:03

Scientist Claims that Gut Feelings Are Caused By Our WiFi Like Connection to Other People "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We all have a sense of intuition. Now, for some, it is much more intense than it is for others but it is still always there.

Where does our intuition come from though? What is causing it to do the things it does? Digby Tantam, a Professor at the University of Sheffield, has gone to great lengths to research intuition and believes he has the answers we have all been looking for.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.- Albert Einstein

He published his findings in his book The Interbrain. He seems to think that our human brains are interconnected and are able to communicate with other brains. This being done non-verbally, of course. He claims it is occurring through micro-signals that are revealing the thoughts of others.

This essentially means he thinks that our brains speak to one another through a means similar to WI-FI. He calls this connection the Interbrain and argues that it is what creates our gut-feeling because our brain on a subconscious level already knows what those around us are thinking. Does that make sense to you?

Tantam told the Telegraph as follows on his new book:

We can know directly about other peoples emotions and what they are paying attention to,

It is based on the direct connection between our brains and other peoples and between their brain and ours. I call this the interbrain.

The area of the brain that is closest to the nose os the orbitofrontal cortex. It might be there because so many of our most basic connections to other people are via smell.

People with autism are in his theory not plugged into this like the rest of us and added:

They are often able to pick up or learn what expressions mean and yet that doesnt seem to solve the problem of that lack of human connection.

Emotional contagion occurs at the speed of light, not the speed of electronic transmission. Face-to-face visual input is accompanied by sound, by gesture, by the smell of sweat, by the possibility of touch, and by a connection.

This is a highly controversial subject but I find these things to be quite fascinating. What do you think about a...

04:59

Walk Inside a Warehouse-Sized Kaleidoscopic Painting by Katharina Grosse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse encompasses an entire warehouse, transforming its raw interior into a soft maze of kaleidoscopic color. The installation, titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, responds to the architecture of Sydneys contemporary art center Carriageworks, filling the industrial space with nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric.

I was fascinated by the thought of folding space, explained Grosse in a statement about the work. I was interested in taking this vast surface and shrinking it by folding or, actually, hiding the entirety of whats there. I understand a painting as something that, as we view it, travels through us and realigns our connections with the world.

To produce the piece Grosse first suspended the multitude of fabric from Carriageworks ceiling, creating a series of drapes and folds. The artist then used a spray gun to paint the work in a series of gestural strokes, creating an immersive site-specific environment that obscures the historic buildings architecture in a dense mass of swirling color.

The work was mounted as a part of Sydney Festival 2018, and is on view through April 8, 2018. You can view more of Grosses large-scale paintings (including this 2016 in situ installation at Rockaway Beach) on her website.  (via Juxtapoz)

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04:34

The New Bourgeoisie, Critical Theory and Jordan B Peterson "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Earlier this week, clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson appeared on Britain's Channel 4 in an interview with TV journalist Cathy Newman. It didn't go well. Journalist Douglas Murray described it as "catastrophic for the interviewer", while author Sam Harris called it a "nearly terminal case of close-mindedness". Sociologist Nicholas Christakis perhaps described it best: Christakis mentions two important things about Newman. First, she seemed hostile towards Peterson, clearly going into the interview with a moral prejudice towards him. Second, she seemed unable to engage with his arguments, instead misrepresenting them ("You're saying women aren't intelligent enough to run top companies?") or taking issue with them (during a conversation about unhealthy relationships, Newman asked: "What gives you the right to say that?" Answer: "I'm a clinical psychologist.") At one point, she was rendered speechless.

04:15

What is Ripple? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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By Shawn Gordon

What is Ripple? Technically speaking, is Ripple a cryptocurrency in the mold of Bitcoin? The short answer is probably no, but that doesnt stop it from often being lumped into that same category.

What is Ripple?

Originally released in 2012 as a subsequent iteration of Ripplepay, Ripple is a real-time gross settlement system (RTGS), currency exchange and remittance network. Using a common ledger that is managed by a network of independently validating servers that constantly compare transaction records, Ripple doesn't rely on the energy and computing intensive proof-of-work used by Bitcoin. Ripple is based on a shared public database that makes use of a consensus process between those validating servers to ensure integrity. Those validating servers can belong to anyone, from individuals to banks.

The Ripple protocol (token represented as XRP) is meant to enable the near instant and direct transfer of money between two parties. Any type of currency can be exchanged, from fiat currency to gold to even airline miles. They claim to avoid the fees and wait times of traditional banking and even cryptocurrency transactions through exchanges.

How Is It Fundamentally Different From Bitcoin?

It is the validating servers and consensus mechanism that tends to lead people to just assume that Ripple is a blockchain-based technology. While it is consensus oriented, Ripple is not a blockchain. Ripple uses a HashTree to summarize the data into a single value that is compared across its validating servers to provide consensus.

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04:06

Pair of pit bull terriers severely maul 4-year-old in Melbourne, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 4-year-old child "severely mauled" by a pair of pit bulls Thursday afternoon in Brevard County was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for treatment, police said. The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. at The Meadows mobile home park off Rolling Rock Drive near John Rodes Boulevard, just north of Eau Gallie Boulevard. Paramedics responded to the scene within minutes. "They're working on him now," Melbourne police Lt. Steve Sadoff told News 6 partner Florida Today. Three pit bull mixes were taken from the scene by Brevard County animal control, but four dogs were at the residence at the time of the attack, officers said. Police said the child suffered multiple lacerations but is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

03:50

US Encircles Iran with 45 Bases, But Concerned With Iran in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Washington D.C. (AHT) With the imminent defeat of United States-supported terrorist groups in Syria by the Syrian government, with assistance from Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, one might reasonably think that the U.S. would finally just go home. After all, U.S. President Donald Trump wants, or so he says, to stop nation building, and put America first.

When a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked what role U.S. soldiers/terrorists would have in Syria, once ISIS was no longer a viable presence in that country, the answer was not what the questioner expected. The State Departments David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, responded thusly: We are deeply concerned with the activities of Iran, with the ability of Iran to enhance those activities through a greater ability to move material into Syria. And I would rather leave the discussion at that point.

This response further obfuscates the already complicated, years-long U.S. interference in Syria. The Syrian government has been fighting a variety of foreign-supported terrorist groups for several years; ISIS has been chief among them. While the U.S. has ostensibly helped defeat ISIS in Syria, it has long been proven that ISIS fighters receive training and funding from the U.S., Britain, and other countries. The U.S. is more than willing to support both sides of a conflict since it is the worlds largest arms dealer; where there is money to be made, the U.S. is there, regardless of how totally immoral the deal might be. So it both supported and, to a lesser degree, fought, ISIS.

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03:49

Unhealthiest State Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By  the World Mercury Project Team

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

 

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03:46

Millions of "mishandled" dollars funneled from Australian govt to Clinton Foundation now under investigation by FBI "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette. "I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers," Smith told LifeZette. Of note, the Clinton Foundation received some $88 million from Australian taxpayers between 2006 and 2014, reaching its peak in 2012-2013 - which was coincidentally (we're sure) Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's last year in office. Smith names several key figures in his complaints of malfeasance, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and multiple Australian government officials - including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, whose conversation with Trump aide George Papadopoulos that Russia had 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton allegedly launched the Trump-Russia investigation (as opposed to the Fusion GPS dossier, of course).

03:20

Market Talk- January 19th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

A positive day for core Asia but not that convincing. You could highlight the Australian ASX as one key core that set a weaker tone settling -0.15% lower, but we also saw the Hang Seng and the Nikkei in and out of negative territory. In Japan the Nikkei was better bid in the morning session but traded heavy in the afternoon session even driving a bid back into the safe-haven Yen (110.60 last seen). It did manage a +0.2% better close but looked less than convincing. Chinas Shanghai and the Hong Kongs Hang Seng both performed the better Asian exchanges closing +0.4% higher the pair. News that the HSI has received huge cash inflow for the first three weeks of 2018, with talk that real estate is the hot sector. The Shanghai index reached its best level in nearly three years even as the on-shore Renminbi reached its 2yr high above 6.4 mark. The Dollar Index (DXY) traded heavy today as it broke the psychological 90 level in early trade. Hot topic in Asia and taken into the European session is the concern that the US government may end Friday in deadlock and that faces a potential US government shutdown. Just to address many concerns coming in, we would not expect such action to affect its credit rating.

Europe stood in stark contrast to the Asian session with a strong return across the field. Currency did weaken (Euro -0.25 and GBP -0.3%) but stocks were over 0.5% on the whole. The German DAX was the highlight (+1.15%) after strong Eurozone data hit the screens. The Current Account number came in 2bn higher at 32.5bn against the previous 30.3bn. The UKs FTSE after a weak opening found its legs and eventually closed around +0.4% higher. We did see a dip in the index after the Retail Sales number disappointed markets, so the final closing number was an outstanding effort. French President Emmanuel Macron was vocal following his visit with Theresa May. He warned that if the City wished for access to the single market, they would be expected to contribute to the EU budget! Still lots of reports that MiFID 2 is killing volume and trade. Talk is that the options volumes have almost died with many still even unsure what they are allowed to offer staff losses anticipated! Gold is seeing a bit of a bid and continues to p...

01:59

All You Need to Know About the ESTA Visa and Why Travelers to the US Need it "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

All You Need to Know About the ESTA Visa and Why Travelers to the US Need it | airplane-traveling | News And Opinions

If you plan on visiting the US for any number of reasons, you are probably going to need a visa. You will also require an ESTA visa, which is a digital visa that stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This shouldnt be a concern as it is relatively easy to acquire. While the process is pretty straightforward, you still need to familiarize yourself with it in order to properly go about applying for your ESTA. Check out the rest of this piece in order to learn how you can get your own ESTA and become eligible for travel in the US.

Registration process

You apply for an ESTA visa by going to https://www.e-visa-usa.com/en/application. The form you need to fill in is in regards to general information about yourself, which you shouldnt find difficult to answer. This personal information is then sent over to US authorities which will run your application information against their criminal database.

Expenses

You will need to pay a few in order to submit your ESTA application, but were not talking big bucks. You will need to pay a total of $14 for the application, out of which only $4 cover the actual cost of the application. The other $10 is considered a donation to US Tourism. If your application is rejected, you will be refunded the $10, but the $4 application cost is non-refundable.

How long does it take?

You shouldnt have to wait too long for your ESTA response to kick in. You can except a response in a matter of seconds from sending out your application, but keep in mind that it might take more than that. The best way to go about it is to prepare for a lengthier response duration, so that you dont have your plans ruined by this unknown factor. It is known that the maximum waiting time is 48 hours, so it helps to submit your appl...

01:59

FBI Investigating Millions Of Mishandled Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: ZeroHedge: The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette. I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations []

01:48

Prime Minister Abe and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull meet in Tokyo and agree to boost defense ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrive at Narashino exercise field in Chiba Prefecture on Thursday. | REUTERS

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STAFF WRITERS The Japan Times

 JAN 18, 2018

Visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe agreed Thursday in Tokyo to bolster cooperation to ensure a free, open, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region built on a rule-based order, effectively endorsing Japans strategy to keep Chinas growing military power in check in the region.

In a joint statement released the same day, the two leaders also agreed to promote deeper and broader defense cooperation this year, including exercises, operations, capacity building and mutual visits by the military forces of the two countries.

Abe has advocated a policy of pursuing a free and open Indo-Pacific region, which calls for freedom of maritime navigation and opposes any unilateral action to change the status-quo. It is widely seen as designed to urge China to rein in its growing assertiveness at sea.

Our relationship is about shared values. We are seeking to achieve the same objective as youve described as a free and open Indo-Pacific, Turnbull told reporters soon after the summit.

The two leaders reaffirmed their determination to urge member countries to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement so that it will quickly go into effect, according to the statement.

Japan and Australia have also been negotiating to conclude a new military pact that would specify the legal status of military personnel temporarily staying in each others countries for drills, and aims to simplify procedures needed for the transport of military equipment.

In the joint statement, the leaders said they underscored the importanceof such a pact and directed all relevant ministers to conclude the negotiations as early as (is) feasible.

Although Japan has a S...

01:39

China a disruptive force, says US Pacific military chief "IndyWatch Feed National"

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US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, commander of United States Pacific Command, welcoming US President Donald Trump at its headquarters in Aiea, Hawaii, on Nov 3, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) The head of the US militarys Pacific command called China a disruptive power in the Indo-Pacific region on Thursday (Jan 18) and urged countries in the area to build capabilities and work together to ensure free and open seas.

Admiral Harry Harris, known for his combative views on Beijings South China Sea expansion, was speaking at a security conference sponsored by the Indian government, where he was joined by the chief of staff, joint staff of Japan and the head of the Indian navy.

The three countries the United States, Japan and India have grown increasingly concerned about Chinas assertive military posture in the region and sought to draw closer, with Australia, in a quad of liberal democracies.

I believe the reality is that China is a disruptive transitional force in the Indo-Pacific, they are owner of the trust deficit that we all have spent the last hour talking about, Adm Harris said, referring to the discussions of the panel.

The United States has criticised Chinas construction of islands and build-up of military facilities in the South China Sea, saying they could be used to restrict free nautical movement.

China says there is no issue with freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and opposes efforts to use it as anexcuse to infringe on Chinas sovereignty and security interests.

Adm Harris said Chinas actions had caused disquiet in countries stretching from the Philippines to Malaysia and Vietnam. He said it was time countries took firmer measures to ensure maritime stability.

We must be willing to take the tough decisions to ensure the Indo-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean remain free, open and prosperous, he said.

This requires like-minded nations to develop capacities, leverage each others capabilities. Adm Harris had earlier proposed joint patrols with the Indian navy in the Indian Ocean. New Delhi, worried about a backlash from China, said no such actions were planned.

But India has begun holding trilateral naval exercises with the US and Japan that military experts say could eventually include Australia as well.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/china-a...

00:16

Intergenerational Summer Tweet of the Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


00:15

Quote of the Week 20 Jan 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Like it or not, Aboriginal Australians are the most disadvantaged, ostracised, criticised and victimised group in society. We experience racism pretty much on a daily basis. I speak from experience. This is Aboriginal life. [Tauto Sansbury writing in The Advertiser, 31 December 2017]

Friday, 19 January

23:30

Liberal tolerance: Billie Jean King calls for Aussies name to be removed from arena because of stance on homosexual marriage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Per proggie rules, no dissenting opinions allowed. From Daily Mail: Margaret Courts husband has hit back at Billie Jean King and others who called for her name to be taken off the Australian Open arena. The former tennis champion was Continue reading

23:29

India Enters Australia Group, Inches Closer to Joining Nuclear Suppliers Group "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ministry of External Affairs hopes Indias credentials are taken into account as and when a decision is taken (on its NSG application).

Indias application to the NSG has been pending largely due to opposition from China. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: India on Friday joined the Australia Group which aims to stop the development and acquisition of chemical and biological weapons, a move that may take the country an inch closer to joining the Nuclear Suppliers group (NSG).

This is the third multilateral export control group after the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Wassenaar Arrangement that India has become a member of.

In a press release, the 42-member Australia Group said there had been very strong support for Indias membership at its plenary meeting in June 2017. Following that, consensus was reached intersessionally to admit India to the club. India then reaffirmed its intention to join the group, said the announcement.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that the series of multilateral export control groups that India has joined helps in establishing our credentials for joining the NSG. India joined the MTCR in June 2016, followed by the...

23:23

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 20, 2018 They said of Jesus, He is out of his mind.  If not, why is he seen happily in the company of sinners, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers and outcasts? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 316

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Reading 1  2 SM 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

David returned from his defeat of the Amalekites
and spent two days in Ziklag.
On the third day a man came from Sauls camp,
with his clothes torn and dirt on his head.
Going to David, he fell to the ground in homage.
David asked him, Where do you come from?
He replied, I have escaped from the camp of the children of Israel.
Tell me what happened, David bade him.
He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle
and that many of them had fallen and were dead,
among them Saul and his son Jonathan.David seized his garments and rent them,
and all the men who were with him did likewise.
They mourned and wept and fasted until evening
for Saul and his son Jonathan,
and for the soldiers of the LORD of the clans of Israel,
because they had fallen by the sword.

Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul,
slain upon your heights;
how can the warriors have fallen!

Saul and Jonathan, beloved and cherished,
separated neither in life nor in death,
swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!
Women of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and in finery,
who decked your attire with ornaments of gold.

How can the warriors have fallen
in the thick of the battle,
slain upon your heights!

I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother!
most dear have you been to me;
more precious have I held love for you than love for women.

How can the warriors have fallen,
the weapons of war have perished!

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23:06

No, Washington Post, Socrates Was Not A Social Justice Warrior "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Washington Post recently published an article headlined: Why social justice warriors are the true defenders of free speech and open debate. Written by Matthew Sears of the University of New Brunswick, the piece is an academic fantasy. Sears might as well have opened his article by declaring: Let us begin by setting aside all the facts.

Even if the clickbait headline, which the author likely did not write himself, is set aside, the article is ridiculous. It attempts to graft a bland discussion of Socrates, philosophical history, and educational theory onto a defiant vindication of social justice warriors as the real truth-seekers and defenders of intellectual inquiry. Sears claims social justice warriors are the true heirs to the Socratic method of dialectic, a form of debate in which new ideas can emerge only after the very best ideas of the very best thinkers have been considered and taken seriously.

But campus enforcers of political correctness do not seek out the best arguments of those they disagree with. They do not engage in respectful, informed debate. Rather, they shut it down. They scream, blockade, threaten, and assault to stop speech they disagree with. Left-wing academics systematically discriminate against conservatives (especially Christians) and even stage hysterical witch-hunts against each other to suppress perceived heresies. Social justice warriors are not the heirs of Socrates; they are precisely the sort of people who had Socrates sentenced to death.

Have You Ever Met a Social Justice Warrior?

Sears presents a fanciful vision of social justice as inspiring a superior approach to intellectual inquiry. However, his writing about respectful, informed debate condemns, rather than vindicating, actual campus social justice warriors. Their very name gives them away. They have labeled themselves warriors rather than debaters or dialoguers or respectful interlocutors in a shared effort at moral and philosophical inquiry. None of Sears high-minded piffle bears any relation to how social justice advocates actually behave in the classroom and the academic community.

Sears mentions incidents like left-wing mobs takeover of Evergreen State College, but never disavows them. If Sears wishes to defend social justice as actually practiced on college campuses, he should do so forthrightly and honestly. If he wishes to claim that violent campus mobs and vindictive academic witch-hunters are not real social justice warriors, he should explain how they have deviated from the true gospel of social justice.

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22:00

Open Letter To The Resistance: Why Lightworkers Attack Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Unknown Light Warrior brings us some unusual information and food for thought so we can chew the cud and figure ourselves out rather than beating ourselves up. Makes a lot of sense.  ~ BP

By The Unknown Lightworker

Quick update & preface: No show this week. Too much happening with the 144k Campaign & the Piercing The Veil Through the Global Leyline Tachyon Chamber Project. But Ill be back next week, with a VERY special guest. For now make sure you read this BREAKTHROUGH article thats being communicated to our galactic family. It was AWESOME therapy for one lady who proof-read it so it may well have the same affect on you.

Unlike my previous articles, this one will be short partly because of the urgent need for the Resistance, all other off-world groups & ET souls incarnated here for the first time to receive this intel that is proving hard for them to truly absorb process & thus understand at the real-world practical level about the real reasons why surface Lightworkers attack each other.

Henceforth in this article Ill be speaking to all off-world groups, not only the Resistance Movement.

Reason #1: Most of us are just a few lifetimes away from going dark.

As an off-worlder youll know that the Archons, were once Angels.

This is something you are aware of intellectually but it is hard for you to truly synthesize this information in a way that actually answers the question of why Lightworkers attack each other in the context of working & fighting together for planetary liberation, without having actually experienced several lifetimes here yourself

This article will allow you to finally truly understand this. Or as we on the surface put it To really get it.

Because how can any Lightworker attack another, when working and fighting side-by-side?

Its so illogical

Its so ugly

It goes against everything were striving for

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20:09

Bondi Rescue Lifeguard Dean Gladstones Yoga Workshop at Byron Spirit Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dean Gladstone will be running a yoga workshop as part of the yoga program at this years Byron Spirit Festival in April 2018.

If you ever watched Bondi Rescue you would recognise Deano as the star of the channel ten hit reality TV series, but since then he has gone on to become an ambassador at the international yoga and wellness organisation Lululemon.

Deano started his wellness journey as a result of a recovery mission from injury. It led him to yoga and a more rounded view of fitness and nutrition. He completed his yoga teacher training recently and is now sharing all of that knowledge at the Byron Spirit Festival!

Byron Spirit Festival
We Are The Mandala
April 20th 22nd 2018

Tickets are on sale now from spiritfestival.com.au/tickets
Learn more at spiritfestival.com.au

The post Bondi Rescue Lifeguard Dean Gladstones Yoga Workshop at Byron Spirit Festival appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

20:05

Callum Clayton-Dixon: Our history of resistance involves revitalising our traditional languages "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gabi Briggs and Callum Clayton-Dixon at the Anaiwan Language Hub. Photo: Madeline Link/Armidale Express. Gabi Briggs and Callum Clayton-Dixon at the Anaiwan Language Hub. Photo: Madeline Link/Armidale Express. Share this Post This year marks the bicentennial of John Oxleys 1818 reconnaissance mission to the so-called New England Tableland in New South Wales, which lay the foundation for two hundred years ...

19:20

Raffling Feathers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A signed artwork by local artist and garden member Sally Roadknight is just one of the fantastic contributions to our Community Garden Fundraising Raffle. The feather tryptich (detail shown here) is one of a number of artworks offered. Theres also a work from Maritsa Gronda and cards from Julie Patey. Alongside the art, plenty of Continue reading Raffling Feathers

19:01

Strange Anomalies on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"




What makes this unusual is that they are effectively spaced apart and not a group but obviously still are.

It could be a section of soldiers wearing  gravity belts and camouflaged to look like a bit of cloud.  It is an obvious application once you have the gravity belts.  It certainly is no natural phenomena and the cotton like camouflage  is about right for this as human operated platform.

This naturally extends our expectations regarding the USSS and its operational capabilities.

Recall that this entire program is dependent on one discovery and that is gravity manipulation.  Original lab work around 1955 and we also confirmed it all in our own lab work.  In short I know it exists and why from a theoretical viewpoint.  When we discovered it, it was obviously too easy and I checked the literature to locate 1955.


Strange Anomalies on Sunshine Coast

http://www.phantomsandmonsters.com/2018/01/daily-2-cents-eyewitness-reports-of.html

I recently received the following account:


I'm sorry but I will have to guess the year as around 2010. I had been living in Australia since 2007 and had moved back to the Sunshine Coast after a year in Northern Queensland.

My mother had come out to visit from....

19:00

The Shortest of Straws "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Letter to the Editor from Ali WILKINS of Scarborough, expressing an interesting perspective on SBCs masterful lending of 9M to Benchmark against the gilt-edged security of land it already owns.

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Dear Editor,

Recently on Tripadvisor Alpamare Scarborough rated 17th in the top attractions in our town. The Cliff Lift, St. Marys Church and the Italian Gardens scored higher than our World Class Waterpark.

If only those few with power in our Council had taken heed of the objections submitted to the Benchmark planning application 2012 11/01844/FL including the Urban Space Group who in conclusion said:

The layout, design and ambition of this proposal is not of a sufficient standard for this potentially wonderful part of Scarborough

And the Scarborough and District Civic Society who stated:

We wish to register our disappointment at the quality of this proposal. we support the opinion expressed by the Urban Space Group that, if this application is approved, it is a lost opportunity to create a spectacular development. This is a typical commercial developers answer to maximising the profit on the site with little or no thought for the unique quality of the sites For all these reasons the Civic Society objects strongly to this proposal

If they had taken note and not blindly agreed to this developers plans we would more likely have a waterpark to be proud of. Instead of an overpriced eyesore blotting the landscape, a blot which we now have the dubious pleasure of owning, according to a delighted Cllr. Mallory at the last Full Council Meeting. And furthermore, should Benchmark default on the unsecured 9m loan, we were assured that we could take it back which we own anyway! Lloyds lent Benchmark 5m against the waterpark so why didnt the Council secure the loan of 9m?

Apply this to the Councils hell bent destruction of the Futurist Theatre, despite thousands of people objecting to its demise; despite the Authorities/Trusts who wrote supporting its restoration to a year-round attraction and looking at what Flamingo Land have planned for it I dont think I am alone in this feeling of dja vu.

I just get the feeling that we residents have drawn the shortest of straws.

Regards,

Ali Wilkins.

Ali WILKINS, Scarborough. Scarborough. 19th January, 2018.

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