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Saturday, 18 November

22:09

Drain the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Swamp thing

Since the hiring freeze was lifted, Canberra has seen by far and way the strongest household income growth, with gross income per capita in the ACT up from $101,600 to above $110,000 over the past two financial years.

Nice work if you can get it!

At the other end of the scale household income per capita declined in Western Australia in FY2017, back to below the level seen in the 2014 financial year in nominal terms. 


Disposable incomes followed a very similar pattern, with Canberra absolutely miles ahead of the rest, by a magnitude of almost 50 per cent. 

Surprisingly the Northern Territory has been the strongest performer over the past five years in per capita terms, with disposable incomes rising by +24 per cent. 


Queensland incomes have really struggled since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012, and income growth has been relatively modest elsewhere.

These numbers are derived from the state accounts, and as ever some household are faring better than others. 

21:48

Vegas 5 star million Dollar Decemeber Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Family travellers looking for a 5-star getaway or just a weekend away from the kids look no further than Las Vegas in December. A recent survey by a luxury travel magazine tells us that, only 24 percent of U.S travellers have stayed at a five-star property more than once within the last five years. The cost being put down as the reason for this low number.

For most of us who work normal jobs 9-5 with a spouse, 2 kids a mortgage and bills its simply out of the question 95% of the time. * Hotwire, a leading online travel site, is seeking to change those statsand just in time for the holidays.

Speaking of Holidays Las Vegas really turns it on in December leading up to Christmas day. The desert heat and the neon lights are perfect for Santa and visitors to get out and about. You will find an array of Christmas events in Vegas such as the ones I have listed below

  • Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan.
  • Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden.
  • Holiday Havoc at the Palms.
  • The Nutcracker.
  • LeAnn Rimess Today is Christmas at the Orleans.
  • Im Dreaming of a Wine Christmas at Downtown Container Park.
  • Bellagio Fountains.
  • Mystic Falls Park at Sams Town

Now back to the amazing prices you will be able to get in Vegas from the 8th of December through the 28th of December. What do you think would be an amazing price for a 5-star room in Las Vegas? Take into consideration the average retail rate for five-star hotels in Las Vegas in December comes in at $432. Today, Hotwire is kicking off an insane sale, a Million Dollar Sale. five-star hotels in Las Vegas for just $50, yes I did not leave out any numbers that $50. Since jumping onto the travel scene in 2000, Hotwire has partnered with thousands of hotels, airlines and car rental companies to help sell their remaining inventory. It is because Hotwire regularly offers deals on travel inventory that would otherwise remain unsold that they g...

21:08

Roundup Nov 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0.

Trumpwatch. Pressing on with deregulation. 105 rules down.

Climate. Brainwashing required to deal with global warming (Jerry Brown).Jo Nova on the madness of climate control the Climate Action Network rating the contribution of the nations of the world.

Since India is getting the Green Guernsey and the US is getting a wrist slap, we know for sure this chart is not based on actual CO2 emission trends, or perhaps even any numbers.

The US, after all, has reduced emissions more than anywhere else while India is doubling its coal mining. Is that what we should aim for?

Australia, meanwhile, can never do enough, despite reducing our per capita emissions by a phenomenal 28% from 1990-2013. We sacrificed our electrical grids, have implemented an Emissions Trading Scheme and say we are aiming for the same obscenely tough 28% reduction that is the fashion despite being a heavy industrial quarry, with the lowest population density, biggest distances, and highest electricity costs in the world. To make it harder on ourselves the chief commodity we are disadvantaging happens to be our second largest export industry. Despite all this, CAN ranks Australia Very low.

Dan Mitchell. The equality trap. With the very best of intentions of course.

When talking to such people, my first priority is getting them to understand that its possible for an economy to grow and for all income groups to benefit. I explain how even small differences in long-run growth make a big difference over just a few decades and that it is very misguided to impose policies that will discourage growth by penalizing the rich and discouraging the poor.
I som...

20:00

CARTOONS: Hats off to Malcolm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

CARTOONS: Hats off to MalcolmYes! It's four more new cartoons from Mark David. read now...

19:22

Climate news, nuclear news, to 17 November -Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Today, the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, are wrapping up. The worlds diplomats discussed and developed national pledges, with USAs Michael Bloomberg pledging American action by cities and States, in defiance of President Trump. Scientists reported that the plans are not enough to meet the Paris climate goal of holding the global temperature increase to well below 2 C above pre-industrial levels. It is still worth acting to prevent extreme changes, but climate change impacts are already locked in.

To give an example of the kind of climate feedback mechanisms  that might be happening, China has this year increased its carbon emissions, largely because of less availability of hydropower.  Hydropower was in short supply because of drought, which, in itself, was probably exacerbated by climate change.

You would think it hardly possible that tensions could ratchet up any further around North Korea, but they have. China has sent a diplomat to North Korea, and has asked USA to stop the naval military drills around the Korean peninsula.

AUSTRALIA...

19:20

Western Australia: Mulga Rock Uranium Project threatens environmental impacts from Tailings waste: "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Briefer (Nov 2017) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner

Uranium mining has unique, inherent risks and long term impacts. The West Australian Parliament has passed a Motion (Legislative Council 23 May 2012) recommending:

The government adopt equivalent or better environmental management regulatory requirements for any future uranium mine in Western Australia as exists under Commonwealth and Northern Territory legislation for the operation of the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory with regard to the disposal of radioactive tailings, including the requirements that

(a) The tailings are physically isolated from the environment for at least 10,000 years: and

(b) Any contaminants arising from the tailings do not result in any detrimental environmental impacts for at least 10,000 years.

The Barnett era WA gov Approval for the Mulga Rock Uranium Project (Dec 2016) fails to comply with required Commonwealth & NT legislative standards or with the WA Parliament recommendation.

There are two types of intended Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF): an Above Ground TSF and multiple Mine Pit TSFs in 4 areas across 30 km. An authorised extent of physical and operational elements (Approval Schedule 1 Table 2) place some limits on...

19:16

The Earths twin threats nuclear and climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"


Climate News Network 16th Nov 2017 Climate change and nuclear threats are closely linked and must be tackled together, US experts say. The warning comes from a working group chaired by
the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan policy institute
of security and military experts (many of them high-ranking former members
of the armed forces), in a report which offers a framework for
understanding and addressing the distinct problems together.

The report is published as this years UN climate summit draws to a close in Bonn in
the aftermath of President Trumps tour of Asia, during which nuclear
weapons issues featured prominently.

Professor Christine Parthemore, a former adviser to the US defence department, co-chairs the working group.She told the Climate News Network: Simultaneous effects of climate
change, tough social or economic pressures, and security challenges could
increase the risk of conflict among nuclear weapon-possessing states, even
if that conflict stems from miscalculation or misperception.

India and Pakistan are major concerns. They are grappling with water stress,
deadly natural disasters, terrorism, and numerous other pressures. At the
same time, the types of nuclear weapons they are developing and policies on
command of those weapons are raising tensions between them.
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-nuclear-threats-twins/


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19:11

Australias Ben Heard and the failed pro nuclear push at Bonn Climate talks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Above: Ben Heard at Bonn, 16 November

Ben Heard and the pro nuclear lobby group Generation Atomic were not very successful at the Bonn climate talks. A member of the group marraskuu explains:

we ran around Bonn, trying to secure a permission for a side event that our group would like to organize on Monday, when the UNEP [ United Nations Environment Programme ] Sustainable innovations forum, from which the nuclear industry was kicked out from, starts. They eventually ended up denying us the permission.
The evening was spent in one of the weirdest way I have ever spent an evening: By sticking up stickers on Bananas

So the nuclear lobby at the climate talks was reduced to pushing one of their most dishonest and silliest propaganda spins the banana argument.  Because our bodies contain a small amount of (mildly) radioactive Potassium 40   and because theres potassium 40 in bananas then we are told not to worry about the nuclear fission produced highly radioactive ions like Cesium , Strontium, Iodine,

BUT IN REALITY :  When you eat a banana, your bodys level of Potassium-40 doesnt increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero.

 

 


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19:08

1) Fighting wont stop unless Jakarta closes Mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) TPN-PB was confirmed there was a fire contact before the evacuation of civilians
3) Security Forces Free 344 People Held Hostage by Gunmen in Papua
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1) Fighting wont stop unless Jakarta closes Mine
  • By Len Garae
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  • Nov 17, 2017


18:55

Why a pre-emptive ar with North Korea would be total hell "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ultimately, the larger problem is that President Trumps policy objectives are unattainable.

Denuclearization is a non-starter from North Koreas perspective because Kim believes not without reason that nuclear weapons are a matter of regime survival, having seen what happens to leaders in countries like Libya when they give up their nuclear programs.

As long as President Trump insists on complete, verifiable and total denuclearization, Washington is walking America down a path that leads to (likely nuclear) military conflict

A preventive war with North Korea would be total hell. Heres why http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/17/preventive-war-with-north-korea-would-be-total-hell-heres-why.html  By Harry J. Kazianis | As the Trump administration continues to rattle sabers at North Korea with rhetoric eerily similar to the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the possibility of a preventive U.S. war with North Korea may be more real than foreign and defense policy experts recognize....

18:50

Gautum Adani has Indias government under control, now Australias, too? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire, The Age 18 Nov 17 
Adanis push to build a mega coal mine in Queensland has polarised opinions nationwide. It should come as no surprise: the billionaire behind the project has long been a focus of controversy in his native India.
Tim Elliott
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the 55-year-old has a net worth of $US9.9 billion ($12.9 billion), placing him among the 10 richest people in India. As chairman of Adani Group, which he founded three decades ago, he presides over an empire with interests in mining, ports, power plants, real estate, renewable energy, food, and even defence
To Australians, however, he is best known for his proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, to be built in central Queenslands Galilee Basin. Construction was scheduled to start in October, but has been delayed due to political and financing issues. Should the mine proceed, it will be one of the largest in the world roughly five times the size of Sydney Harbour and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal per year for anywhere between 50 and 60 years, all of which will be exported, the bulk of it to India.
Adani has also been willing to operate at the very limits of Indias notoriously murky business world. His companies have been implicated in multiple instances of alleged corruption, including tax evasion, bribery, money laundering and large-scale illegal exports. In 2007, India&#821...

18:41

Northcote by-election results live "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

8:23pm Im gonna turn off for a little while and will come back once most of the votes have reported.

8:22pm With seven booths reporting preferences, the Greens have won six. Labor held on with 53.3% in Darebin Parklands, but that was a swing of almost 21.8%.

8:20pm Six booths have reported preferences. The Greens are on 55.3%, but are projected to increase that to 60.7% as the remaining booths come in.

8:18pm Just back from dinner now. 10 out of 14 booths have reported the primary vote. The Greens polled 48.3% of the primary vote so far, and my model suggests it will creep up to about 49.3%.

7:49pm Four 2CP booths have reported, and the Greens are on 56% of the vote after preferences. This is a swing of 17.8% in these four booths, and youd expect that Greens vote to grow as bigger booths report.

7:47pm Weve now got six votes reporting primary votes, and the swing to the Greens remains above 14%, which would put them on track to win a majority of the primary vote.

7:43pm 14% primary vote swing to the Greens in Preston South. Its worth noting the best Greens areas have not yet reported its possible they will not gain as large swings there.

7:39pm 21.5% swing to the Greens after preferences at Alphington North.

7:33pm We now have preferences from Alphington and Darebin Parklands and the swings are just as big. A 14.7% swing in Alphington and a 21.8% swing in Darebin Parklands. Between these two booths its a swing of 16.8%, which would project to a Greens 2CP just over 60%.

7:29pm Another big swing to the Greens of almost 15% in Alphington. Overall swing to the Greens is sitting on 14.8% after four booths.

7:23pm Alphington, in the south-east, saw another double-digit swing to the Greens. The Greens gained 10.7% for a total of 43.6%, while Labor dropped 5.3%.

7:22pm Off two booths, the Greens are up 15.25%, and Labor is down 9.6%. Its worth noting both booths are in the north of the seat, which is one of the more pro-Labor areas. It suggests the Greens are making inroads in Labors better areas.

7:21pm The second booth, Bell, is substantially bigger than Darebin Parklands, and has a similar pattern. 13.6% swing to the Greens, 7.8% swing away from Labor.

7:13pm If this swing played out across the seat, the Greens would end with about 51% of the primary vote. Its worth bearing in mind that the Greens only polled 33% in this booth, but it was a poor booth in 2014. Its possible t...

18:35

18 November More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Elon Musk finally unveils the Tesla Semi electric truck
    Elon Musk is unveiling his companys electric truck, the Tesla Semi, promising long range and big savings. Heres what we know

18:33

Despite the huge risk to humanity China now joins the space race "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Chinas nuclear spaceships will be mining asteroids and flying astronauts to the moon as it aims to overtake US in space race   State media publishes Chinese scientists ambitious plans to revolutionise space travel and exploration in coming decades, South China Morning Post, Stephen Chen: Friday, 17 November, 2017 China is on course to develop nuclear-powered space shuttles by 2040, and will have the ability to mine resources from asteroids and build solar power plants in space soon after, according to state media. The ambitious claims, made by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology the countrys leading rocket developer and manufacturer were published on the front page of Peoples Daily on Friday.

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18:28

A gas market run by a cartel is no market "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A gas market run by a cartel is no market

Despite what Canberra believes, the gas crisis is not a question of supply.
The problem lies with the handful of extremely powerful companies which steer the market as they see fit.

The alleged gas crisis in Australia is patently not about supply. It is about systematic abuse by a handful of gas oligarchs to reap giant profits and rig prices.

The creation of such a crisis is as politically convenient for politicians as it is economically and financially advantageous for the handful of companies running this national sideshow.

With the rewards of power, profit and incumbency, like those Ive just outlined, why would either the cartel or our political leaders desire a real, meaningful outcome?

The actions of the Turnbull Government over the last few months, supposedly a party that champions the free market, in failing to act to curb LNG exports, is deeply troubling.

With even a laymans understanding of financial and economic analysis, this decision is baffling. It will cause further harm to our national prosperity. Lets not delude ourselves, the gas industry in this country is not...

18:27

Pope Francis speaks out for science rebukes climate change deniers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

PopePope Francis rebukes perverse climate change deniers over rejection of science behind global warming  Pontiff encourages policymakers to accelerate their efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions at Bonn summit Independent, Nicole Winfield, 17 Nov 17  Pope Francis has rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such perverse attitudes and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Francis issued a message to the Bonn meeting, which is working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping global emissions.

In it, Francis called climate change one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing. He urged negotiators to take action free of special interests and political or economic pressures, and to instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet. . In his message, the Argentine pope denounced that...

18:25

Chinese government pressure stops Japanese students speaking on disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Student nuclear disarmament speech canceled due to Chinese pressure: govt sources KYODO NEWS  Nov 16, 2017   A speech by a Japanese student peace ambassador at an international disarmament conference in Geneva in August was canceled due to pressure from the Chinese government, Japanese government sources said on Thursday.

The speech by a representative of high school student ambassadors calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons had been delivered...

18:25

Lockyer Valley November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Blue-winged Kookaburra
Among nice birds encountered during a foray into the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys were Blue-winged Kookaburra, Freckled Duck, White-winged Chough, Hoary-headed Grebe, loads of Rufous and Brown Songlarks, Red-necked Avocet and Black-tailed Godwit. I started out along Cove Road, Stanmore, where a pair of Cotton Pygmy-Geesewere on one of the farm dams. Moving on to Toogoolawah, an immature Nankeen Night-Heron was flushed from a roadside ditch. Plenty of Rufous Songlarks were in the grasslands east of the town; they proved to be unusually common throughout the region.


Nankeen Night-Heron

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18:18

18 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid
    Networks and consumer groups say taking rural customers off grid and providing them with solar and storage can save billions, and make electricity cleaner, safer and more reliable. Its a no brainer, but the regulator stands in the way.

18:08

An opportunity for a Bill of Rights "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

One of the striking outcomes of the equal marriage survey is that a lot of people who had always assumed themselves to be part of (in Spiro Agnews phrase) the silent majority have been presented with undeniable evidence that they are actually in the minority. Not only that, but the minority to which they belong on equal marriage would be even smaller if it werent boosted by lots of people theyve always thought of as undesirable minorities. Most notably, the note vote was swelled by Muslims and recent migrants from more traditional cultures.

Against that background, its not surprising to see people who have never had a good word to say about the United Nations, or about a Bill of Rights, embracing the idea of incorporating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights into Australian law (were already a signatory, but that has no legal effect).

It would be absurd to incorporate a document dealing with topics as diverse as the death penalty and war propaganda (both prohibited) into the Marriage Act. Nevertheless, now that the issue has been raised, its a great opportunity for Australia to get something like a Bill of Rights enshrined into law (though of course it wouldnt change the Constitution).

Its tempting to use the thumping majority recorded in the survey as a stick with which to beat those (variously described as dinosaurs or reactionaries) who campaigned against equal rights on this occasion. But all majorities are temporary. It would be far better to use this moment to make common cause in support of protections for minorities of all kinds.

A couple more points

As occasional commenter Fran B points out on Twitter, theres no risk of the ICCPR becoming a backdoor way of implementing Brandis right to be a bigot. Section 18(3) reads

Freedom to manifest ones religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

and this clearly includes the protections of our current anti-discrimination law, not to mention Article 26 of the ICCPR which prohibits all kinds of discrimination.

Another appealing feature of this approach is that it doesnt leave room for lots of quibbling about what rights to protect: we cant amend the ICCPR, so the appropriate approach is to legislate it as a binding set of principles, then use subsequent legislation to interpret.

So, lets get equal marriage done straight away, then turn to the broader question of protecting civil and political rights for everyone.

17:43

WHY DID SIR JOSEPH BANKS HATE BANANAS? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An alphabetical stroll through the first years of white settlement in Australia's history

The post WHY DID SIR JOSEPH BANKS HATE BANANAS? appeared first on The Westsider.

17:39

Junction St Shed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Marooned workshop in a carpark





 An old industrial workshop marooned in a carpark off Junction St in Forest Lodge near my new studio

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17:38

A book Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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By Kimura Aya Hirata (August 2016)
Description
Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 many concerned citizensparticularly motherswere unconvinced by the Japanese governments assurances that the countrys food supply was safe. They took matters into their own hands, collecting their own scientific data that revealed radiation-contaminated food. In Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists Aya Hirata Kimura shows how, instead of being praised for their concern about their communities health and safety, they faced stiff social sanctions, which dismissed their results by attributing them to the work of irrational and rumor-spreading women who lacked scientific knowledge. These citizen scientists were unsuccessful at gaining political traction, as they were constrained by neoliberal and traditional gender ideologies that dictated how private citizensespecially womenshould act. By highlighting the challenges these citizen scientists faced, Kimura provides insights into the complicated relationship between science, foodways, gender, and politics in post-Fukushima Japan and

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17:35

A BOOZE-SOAKED AUSSIE HORROR YARN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kenneth Cook's 'Wake in Fright' is best read sober

The post A BOOZE-SOAKED AUSSIE HORROR YARN appeared first on The Westsider.

17:27

THE BEST NIGHT IN FOOTSCRAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The best of Footscray all in one nigh

The post THE BEST NIGHT IN FOOTSCRAY appeared first on The Westsider.

17:11

Let us do the right by international students and not just benefit from their student fees "IndyWatch Feed National"

In recent days the Twitterverse of the Premier Mark McGowan and his Education Minister Sue Ellery have been extolling the advantages that we stand to gain from the sales pitch that they have undertaken in China to attract foreign students to Western Australia. I applaud the efforts of the Minister and the Premier in recognising []

17:08

Part 5 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed. . (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed Newspoll: Labor tipped to win Brisbane Times reports, Labor may return to government in Queensland, taking marginal seats from the Opposition via One Nation preferences, the latest Newspoll suggests.: Labor to win in Queensland: Newspoll. Tim confirms deal LNP/PHON deal confirmed: Tim Nicholls has finally confirmed he would form a minority government with One Nation. #qldvotes pic.twitter.com/eYh4jQ6WcX David Marler (@Qldaah) November 18, 2017 Bad []

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17:06

A LITTLE RESPECT GOES A LONG, LONG WAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Belty has forgiven me. I managed to scrape together a grand, which was a bit of a stretch since he was expecting three. The coup-de-grace though was a crappy old sideboard I had five-fingered from a hard rubbish collection while enduring a rain of mouth from its former owner. She thought me a special kind []

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17:00

Dammit, there must be room for a complimentary woman at the reptile table ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



The reptiles of Oz were keen this morning to propose that gorgeous George would pour oil on troubled waters, or if you will, kero in the rain tank to quiet the mossies, but dammit, to mix the metaphors, the squeaky wheel is always unhappy, no matter how much oil you drop on it ...


Paranoia's the name of the game, and fear and loathing must continue apace.

It's not enough to fear the apocalypse, the rapture, the end of the world, a life spent in limbo (if it existed), the usefully invented purgatory, or an eternity of hellfire, it's those damned progressives assaulting traditional values that must keep everyone up at night ...

You know, traditional values like burning witches and heretics and gays, or at least stoning them to death, and other traditional values ...

Say what?

Shanahan has also taken to scribbling the same sort of paranoia sighted three days earlier in their ABC?

Relax, that's just silly old Andrew West wanting to stir the pot and keep the paranoia bubbling along nicely in the Religion Report on RN her...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 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:

Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.

The answer is True.

It is clear that at any point in time, there are finite real resources available for production. New resources can be discovered, produced and the old stock spread better via education and productivity growth. The aim of production is to use these real resources to produce goods and services that people want either via private or public provision.

So by definition any sectoral claim (via spending) on the real resources reduces the availability for other users. There is always an opportunity cost involved in real terms when one component of spending increases relative to another.

Unless you subscribe to the extreme end of mainstream economics which espouses concepts such as 100 per cent crowding out via financial markets and/or Ricardian equivalence consumption effects, you will conclude that rising net public spending as percentage of GDP will add to aggregate demand and as long as the economy can produce more real goods and services in response, this increase in public demand will be met with increased public access to real goods and services.

You might also wonder whether it matters if the economy is already at full capacity. Under these conditions a rising public share of GDP must squeeze real usage by the non-government sector which might also drive inflation as the economy tries to siphon of the incompatible nominal demands on final real output.

You might say that the deficits might rise as a percentage of GDP as a result of a decline in private spending triggering the automatic stabilisers which would suggest many idle resources. That is clearly possible but doesnt alter the fact that the public claims on the total resources available have risen.

Under these circumstances the opportunity costs involved are very low because of the excess capacity.
The question really seeks to detect whether you have been able to distinguish between the financial crowding out myth that is found in all the mainstream macroeconomics textbooks and concepts of real crowding out.

The normal presentation of th...

16:53

Committee members of the VFSRS/VUFORS : 1959 - 1972 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Introduction

Between 1959 and 1972, there were over thirty individuals who served on the committee of the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society/ Victorian UFO Research Society. In this post I identify these individuals and the committee positions which they held, and provide information about a number of them which will be new to most blog readers. 

Some individuals such as Peter Norris; Paul Norman and Judith Magee, played a major role in the development of the society during these years. Others came and went. Sadly, I am aware of a number of such people as Judith Magee, William (Bill) Stapleton, and Paul Norman who are deceased.

Judith Mary Magee



Committee, Dec 1959 Nov 1962; Vice President  & Programs Officer, May 1964 Dec 1965; Secretary, Dec 1966 Dec 1967; Vice President, Oct 1968 Dec 1972.

Vice President: Mrs Judith Magee has been a member of the V.F.S.R.S. since 1958 and a committee member since 1959. She completed a secretarial course at Brighton Technical School and worked in a Melbourne radio station and bank prior to joining the Womens Royal Australian Naval Service in March 1944. After demobilisation in 1946 she joined Australian National Airways as an air hostess and in 1947 became the only woman finalist in the Sun flying scholarship. Since her marriage in 1948 she has worked as a diathermy operator, mannequin and saleswoman.

Mrs Magee believes that flying saucer research should take a middle-of-the-road attitude and be accurately presented to the public in a factual manner.

[Source: Australian...

16:51

Protected: The chance to edit Frank Moorhouse "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

16:30

Man Pulls Out at $290 on the Pokies to Avoid Compulsory Nose Bag Shout "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SpringCarnival

A Sydney man enjoying a purple patch on the sentimental favourite pokie he grew up with, Spring Carnival, decided to call it quits and cash out at $290 so his spectating pals didnt enforce the compulsory rule of shouting everyone a nose bag if your winnings exceed $300.

The man said hitting collect was one of the hardest things hes ever had to do, as he was certain things were far from finished on the race track.

Winning more than $300 when your mates are watching is basically a loss, the man said. So instead of shouting a bag, I grabbed everyone a schooner of rum or two, then snuck off to look for the only sort of bags Im interested in the bookie bags belonging to W.Winbig.

The man ended up returning all his winnings, credit card cash advances, and a Nimble loan to Spring Carnival. He will be not be seen for the rest of the weekend and will be taking his lunch to work every day next week.


16:28

Mullumbimbys streets are alive with the sounds of music. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yes, its dancing in the streets.

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Even if you arent in a venue, Mullumbimby is a town thats having too much fun.

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If you do have tickets you get to enjoy some of the worlds finest entertainers.

The post Mullumbimbys streets are alive with the sounds of music. appeared first on Echonetdaily...

16:27

REVIEW: Superheros Unite In Blockbuster Justice League Part One "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been something of an arduous trek but the Justice League have finally made their way to the big screen. Long before Joss Whedon earned the tick of approval from comic enthusiasts the world over with his take on The Avengers, George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was planning on bringing the titular crew to cineplexes in an ambitious actioner where the ...

The post REVIEW: Superheros Unite In Blockbuster Justice League Part One appeared first on QNEWS.

16:18

The gains from cutting corporate tax rates "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Here is a recent paper by Stephen Bond and Jing Xing:

We present new empirical evidence that sector-level capitaloutput ratios are strongly influenced by corporate tax incentives, as summarised by the tax component of a standard user cost of capital measure. We use sectoral panel data for the USA, Japan, Australia and eleven EU countries over the period 19822007. Our panel combines internationally consistent data on capital stocks, value-added and relative prices from the EU KLEMS database with corporate tax measures from the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation. Our results for equipment investment are particularly robust, and strikingly consistent with the basic economic theory of corporate investment.

Via Henry Curr.  Here is a piece by Fuest, Piechl, and Siegloch, forthcoming in the American Economic Review:

This paper estimates the incidence of corporate taxes on wages using a 20-year panel of German municipalities. Administrative linked employer-employee data allows estimating heterogeneous worker and firrm effects. We set up a general theoretical framework showing that corporate taxes can have a negative effect on wages in various labor market models. Using an event study design, we test the predictions of the theory. Our results indicate that workers bear about 40% of the total tax burden. Empirically, we confirm the importance of both labor market institutions and profit shifting possibilities for the incidence of corporate taxes on wages.

Via Dina D. Pomeranz.  Ive been reading in this area on and off since the 1980s, and I really dont think these are phony results.

The post The gains from cutting corporate tax rates appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:06

Lithium the new White Gold "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lithium is known and white gold since electric cars require a lot of batteries. This has resulted in transforming the metal into a valuable and sought-after commodity. The demand keeps rising as there is a need for energy storage that can only be produced if lithium is available in sufficient quantities.

The price has soared from $1,550 to $9,100 a metric ton. This interesting metal was once used as a treatment for brain disorders. It was also the title of a song by Nirvana for its effect on the brain. Lithium is often found in salt flats when water repeatedly evaporates from a shallow lake, leaving behind a crusty layer of salt minerals. Consequently, Lithium is unique because it is the lightest known metal.

During the 1790s, it was a Brazilian naturalist who discovered the mineral called petalite on an island in Sweden. Then in 1817, a chemist in Sweden discovered that petalite contained a previously unknown element. He was able to isolate one of the salts, but he could not isolate the mineral itself. Nevertheless, he gave it its name lithium, which meant stone in Greek.

Finally, 1855 a British and a German chemist were able to separate the metal from the salts. Once this was accomplished, commercial production of the lithium metal began in Germany in 1923. Because it is so light, it is known for its wide use in batteries.

The latest story involved a pair of exploding headphones on a plane. That incident came after the Samsungs Galaxy Note 7 recall of their phones, which ended that line. You cant chalk it all up to incompetence, either. At the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a robot named...

16:05

Bird Art on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Pridham - past winner 2016
The Holmes Art Prize 2017

In its third year, the Holmes Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art showcases Australias best realistic bird art artists working in any two-dimensional medium and depicting a realistic Australian birdlife scene.

Up to forty finalists will be included in the exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, with a major prize of $15,000, four prizes of excellence and a Peoples Choice, each at $1,000. The winning artwork will be acquired into the collection of Dr Gary Holmes.

Wednesday 8 November to Sunday 3 December

16:03

"A Message From The Stone Age" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"These hands were painted on the walls of a cave in Rio Pinturas, Argentina. The hand forms were created by pressing all or part of the hand against the surface, after having applied paint or clay.
Despite its clear bodily form, this sign is a surprisingly rare sign, found at just under 7 per cent of the French sites studied. Its earliest know appearance is at Chauvet, from where it seems to have spread out in all directions. By 13,000 years ago it had fallen out of use. Hand symbols also feature at sites in Australia and Burma."

Across 30,000 years the message is clear: "I am Human. I am here..."

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.00 AUD
Converter

15:38

Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' - a short part two "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

In a previous post I discussed what we know of a tantilising story from the son and daughter of a high official in the former Australian Department of Supply, in relation to his knowledge of the 6 April 1966 Westall incident.

New material

Over my years of searching government archive material held by such agencies as the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) I have learnt that these organisations are constantly making new material available. I thought it would be worth my while, spending some time, doing yet another search for any further material on Mr 'X.' This search proved to be very fruitful.

I now have found new material which:

1. Provides his University results from the years 1930-1934, when he attended University in Sydney and completed both a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (1st class honours) and a Bachelor of Science degree (2nd class honours.)

2. Gives a photograph of him in 1935. In order to ascertain whether or not anyone could deduce the identity of Mr X from this photograph, I used a number of web based reverse image sites to check if it is possible to determine the source of this image and thus reveal his identity. I was unable to find Mr X's real name from this image, and this is why I provide the photograph here. If you use "copy image address" you will only get "Capture_Photo_1935.JPG."



3. Advises that he was appointed as an Engineer in the Postmaster General's Department in 1937.

4. Shows that he moved to the Department of Civil Aviation in 1946, and became a Senior Airways Engineer.

All of this is consistent with the account of his career as conveyed in 2010 by his daughter.

5. I have also found some leads concerning positions within the general area of what became the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics area of the Department of Supply in 1967. In 1963 it appears to have been titled Aircraft and Guided Weapons Supply Branch, Department of Supply. Unfortunately, the archive material for this era, is currently not yet available. I have submitted a...

15:35

Another Two Recent Excursions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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15:15

Inspirational Orbn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

One nation that is holding out against its own dissolution is Hungary. Its Prime Minister, Viktor Orbn, gave a speech this week to a congress of his political party, Fidesz. It is, in the main, one of the great inspirational speeches from a major political leader.

I say this, even though it is difficult to categorise his speech politically. Is he a Christian and nationalist right-liberal? Or a traditionalist? At the very least, he is shifting the Overton window back toward something close to a traditionalist politics.

One reason I hesitate to label Orbn a traditionalist is that he excludes race as a foundation of national identity. I have written before (here and here) that I disagree with those who think that a communal tradition can be founded on racial self-interest alone. Orbn goes entirely the other way. He provides a rich foundation for a communal identity, but excludes what realistically ought to be there, namely a common ancestry.

I will now hand over to the extraordinary Hungarian PM:

...we should realise that the spirit of the age is not the same as the prevailing media trend. We should realise that the soothing melodies pouring out of the speakers of powerful global corporations and global political organisations siren voices encouraging breezy irresponsibility, frenzied consumption and boundless self-indulgence are not at all the same as the spirit of the age. Under the soft blanket of dreams laid down by the global elite, one finds the cold, hard reality of life. We see tens of millions of Europeans working hard and struggling day in, day out to keep themselves and their families afloat. We see how they yearn for security and order. We see how they cleave ever more firmly to their cultural identity, and fight every day for every square metre of their normal European life. This is the true spirit of the age. So we should refocus our vision, and well see that in fact the spirit of the age is on our side: it is on the side of hardworking and responsible Europeans who provide for their families, love their homelands and insist on their Christian roots. We are in a majority in an overwhelming majority. It is only a question of time, and we shall prevail not only in Hungary, but in the whole of Europe; indeed, we shall prevail in the entire Western world.

This is also well understood by globalist elites, the bureaucrats who serve them, the politicians in their pay, and the agents of the Soros-type networks that embody their interests. The...

14:12

Las Vegas Police Explosive Breach Of Adjoining Door In Stephen Paddocks Room Proves Involvement Of More Than One Gunman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

...

13:30

As Australians Say Yes to Marriage Equality, Legal Fight Over Human Rights Takes Centre Stage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that parliament will legislate to permit same-sex marriage before it breaks in December.

People carry banners and signs as they participate in a marriage equality march in Melbourne, Australia, August 26, 2017. AAP/David Crosling/via Reuters

People carry banners and signs as they participate in a marriage equality march in Melbourne, Australia, August 26, 2017. AAP/David Crosling/via REUTERS

The results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey are in. Despite the voluntary nature of the survey, 12,727,920 (79.5%) eligible Australians voted.

By a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%, Australians have said yes to the proposition:

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that parliament will...

13:17

SPRING SURPRISES "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

enthusiastic weeds on the sheep manure pileOne of the things I love about gardening is the unexpected arrivals.  After being away for three weeks we had a predictable explosion of spring weeds sticky weed, nettles and grasses especially.   Many of them arrived with the sheep manure dug up from under the woolshed a few months ago.

Also expected were the running-wildly-to-flower brassicas broccoli, kale, and bok choy plants, as well as lettuces and leeks for a bit of variation (and wasteful non-eating).

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13:00

In which the pond suffers along with Dame Slap as she rents the air with a howl of pain ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix ...

Say what? The world has moved on?

These days it's Game of Thrones?

No matter, the pond can recognise a cry, nay, a howl of pain ... a shriek of endless suffering ... a sense of deep loss ... a feeling of abandonment and betrayal ... of desertion ... with consequent disturbance in the force ... and the weird species dysphoric anthropomorphism which creates the sense of being a donkey, or an ass ...


Lo, what golden ass is this that approaches?




A donkey vote.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Dame Slap confessing to being a donkey? Or worse, a Game of Thrones' fan?

Pausing in the ritual proceedings, the pond first had to acknowledge the many blood sacrifices it makes each day when it comes to blogging.

There's no time for the dog botherer, with his cheer-leading of Malwar...

12:51

Margaret Court Responds To Yes Vote With Another Boycott "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court is not happy with the resounding Yes vote that emerged from the same-sex marriage postal survey. Court, now a Perth-based pastor, caused controversy earlier this year when she said she would boycott Qantas because of CEO Alan Joyces support of same-sex marriage. And after the yes vote was announced on ...

The post Margaret Court Responds To Yes Vote With Another Boycott appeared first on QNEWS.

12:50

orphfund childrens villages- discussion from a volunteers perspective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

uniting church castlemaine 4pm sun 19th

mark anstey (recent visitor to africa as a volunteer for orphfund) and steve argent (orphfund founder) will be guests in a forum style discussion hosted by jim foley. mark will discuss the experiences and observations made visiting orphfunds african projects in uganda, kenya and sierra leone. steve will talk about orphfunds history, aims, achievements and directions. there will be a chance for questions. all welcome.

12:47

I Feel Violated: Flat Earth International Conference Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Repent Or Perish! Trust Jesus!

Naysayers Make Us Stronger!

FLAT EARTH: Its easier to fool people than to convince them. THEY HAVE BEEN FOOLED.

LIARS: Faking Space Since 1958 Research Flat Earth

The fanatical messages proudly plastered across parked cars and the anti-science t-shirts donned by the crowd gathering at the Emporium Suites hotel on the 6th of November were extreme, even by North Carolinian standards.

They did, however, confirm that after 30 hours and 15,000 kilometres of travel I had finally made it to the curious event Id been ruminating over for the last 6 months: The 2017 Flat Earth International Conference.

Led by morbid curiosity, Id come to meet the people behind the movement that Neil deGrasse Tyson dubbed a deep failure of our educational system.

The conference room could have been lifted straight out of a 1980s sales convention: Tacky orange and peach sponged walls lined with bawdy teal trim rose to meet oversized gold light fittings, and an aura of disconcertingly unbridled enthusiasm permeated the wide-eyed crowd.

Organiser Robbie Davidson wasnt lying about the event selling out: 500 flat-earthers had paid up to $249 each and travelled from as far as Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand to be amongst their people.

The opening speech, delivered by Darryle Marble (the conferences youngest and only black presenter) was initially every bit as hilarious as I had anticipated.

Now he stood, proudly proclaiming to a captive audience that the curvature of the earth is implanted memories, that the globe cant be moving because our senses dont tell us we are spinning, and that the surface of a half-drunk bottle of water is always flat therefore the earths oceans cant possibly curve around a globe (this, by the way, is by far the most popular proof parroted by members of the flat earth community).

Smiling smugly at the sheer ridiculousness of his claims, I looked across the dimly lit room in search of other amused faces.

There werent any.

After bragging about making international media, throwing in a few well-received jibes at the expense of old Joe bag of donuts globe head (this, along with globetard is a popular insult amongst flat-earthers) and making half a dozen allusions to other consp...

12:45

The Road to Huxleys Novel "Brave New World" has Been Paved "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: Deus Nexus | by David Nova

In Aldous Huxley's infamous dystopian novel, Brave New World, a fictional hallucinogenic drug, SOMA, is used to keep society peaceful and happy. In the dystopian novel and the film adaptation of The Giver, a carefully controlled society is pacified by mandatory, daily drugs.

And in Ira Levin's dystopian novel, This Perfect Day, people are continually drugged by means of monthly treatments (delivered via transdermal sprayor jet injector) so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative "Family members".

The key to a perfectly controlled, dystopian society, at least according to our celebrated literary minds, lies in the application of Psychoactivepharmaceuticals designed to pacify the masses, guaranteeing compliancy, particularly among the more rebellious or independent-minded members of society, those who dare to question authority. Of course, the question arises, how does such a society enforce the mandatory daily dosing for millions, or perhaps billions of people?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have just provided the answer. The FDA just approved a new pill with a digital sensor in it. It will "ensure" that patients who suffer from mental health issues take their medicine when they are told.

Our government, in coordination with the pharmaceutical industry, is also busy stretching the definition of mental illness, creating new disorders to justify newer, experimental prescription drugs.

Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it looks that way. The manual identifies a mental illness labelled as "oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD. It's defined as an "ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior." (...

12:26

Say Hello to $3 Trillion in Forgotten Debt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Via: Bloomberg: Companies have been on a borrowing binge, but you wouldnt always know the full scale of their liabilities by looking at the balance sheet. This makes it hard for investors to compare businesses that fund their activities in different ways. Happily though, thats about to change. How come? The answer is buried in []

12:05

Behrouz Boochani on the Manus Island standoff "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Whisson speaks with Kurdish journalist and detained refugee Behrouz Boochani on conditions inside the besieged Manus Island detention centre. *Featured image courtesy http://kikei.net/

11:49

Subscriberthon Weekend: Cultured and caffeinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve got prizes for oenophiles, emerging writers and artists, Canberrans, dog owners, coffee afficionados, gamers, New Zealanders, strapped poets and chocolate lovers. There are bikes, bee-keeping workshops, award-winning books, bundles of excellent magazines, music and a trip to Byron Bay!

11:39

Queenslands rare snubfin dolphins and dugongs drown in Great Barrier Reef fishing nets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed deep concern over the deaths of two snubfin dolphins drowned in legally set gillnets in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Snubfin dolphins are incredibly rare, exist only in Australia, and are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

With four dugongs also recently killed, conservationists are now call for netting bans in high value dugong, dolphin and turtle habitats.

Tooni Mahto, AMCS Senior Marine Campaigner said, Queenslanders will be shocked to learn that gillnetting in the Great Barrier Reef is drowning our rare snubfin dolphins and dugongs.

With the Queensland election just a week away, this is a stark reminder of the need for all parties to step up protection for our threatened marine life.

These recent dolphin and dugong drownings are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that gillnet fisheries have been killing Queenslands dolphins, dugongs and turtles for decades.

Gillnets are invisible walls of death for some of Queenslands precious marine wildlife. We should be moving away from these deadly fishing methods towards more sustainable fishing, particularly within the Reefs World Heritage waters.

AMCS is calling on all Queensland parties to commit to ending gillnetting in high conservation value areas.

As a priority, gillnets should be removed from the marine park waters north of Cooktown. This would protect Queenslands snubfin dolphins, dugongs and turtles, as well as enhance the World Heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.

Background:

  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed two snubfin dolphins were drowned in legally set gillnets in October. Four dugongs have also recently died, with one death confirmed as drowning in a gillnet.
  • The two snubfin dolphin deaths and confirmed dugong death were reported appropriately by the commercial fishers operating the gillnets.
  • Snubfin dolphins were identified as a new species in 2005.
  • Snubfin dolphins are Australias only endemic dolphins and live in small isolated groups along Australias northern coastline, from the Kimberley to Gladstone. They live in riverine, estuarine coastal waters.
  • Snubfin dolphins are listed as vulnerable to extinction in Queensland waters
  • One of the main threats to snubfin dolphins is incidental capture from netting, especially gill nets and ghost nets.
  • Sustainable fisheries management is listed as the first recovery action for snubfin dolphins by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. To access the plan visit......

11:30

New Music Through Old Ears: Kid Clarksons Maroon Flag "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

New Music Through Old Ears: Kid Clarksons Maroon FlagEntertainment editor John Turnbull checks out recent releases from Americas sweetheart Kelly Clarkson, hyper-patriot Kid Rock, punk survivors Anti-Flag and pop septuplets Maroon 5. read now...

11:21

Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam - Vietnamese ~ Haymarket "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam, the most famous seven delights of beef, is back in Haymarket inside the Mountbatten Hotel. I'll have a schooner of New with me pho, thanks. Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam was until a few months ago located on Level 3 of Market City food court. The closure of that space meant some stalls stayed and moved downstairs to Level 1, and other have moved on or simply closed. We had a

11:20

Sally McManus: Speaking words of hope "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Of the thousands of words in the hundreds of articles written about Sally McManus none describe her more passionately or more succinctly than these offered by Trish Corry: Sally McManus is everywhere. Fighting the good fight. Travelling all over Australia. Standing with workers. Speaking words of hope [my emphasis]. Fighting for workers. Standing

The post Sally McManus: Speaking words of hope appeared first on The AIM Network.

11:16

Death by a Thousand Cuts: When the Cures of Big Pharma are Worse than the Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The vaccine debate and prying into Planned Parenthoods Standard Operating Procedure are two arenas I have not gravitated toward. Genetically-engineered crops, industrial farming, confined feeding operations (CAFOs), dams killing wild salmon, these are my fortes.

The news daily is like death by a thousand cuts for me tied to new studies on collapsing ecosystems, indigenous people fighting against mines and other extractive industries, and more and more on climate change/global warming.

I never thought Id be embroiled in a fight for my livelihood because I questioned the rampant vaccination of girls (and now boys) with the Merck marketed HPV vaccine, Gardasil. To date, more than 270,000,000 doses have been distributed worldwide, this HPV vaccine (World Health Organizations Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) distributed by both GlaxoSmithKline and Merck versions. There are scientists who say the human papillomavirus is not the cancer threat posited by the drug manufacturers and their paid-off doctors;  that most immune systems can fight off the HPV; that the vaccine only hits two of the more than 40 different HPV phenotypes.

My story with HPV vaccine started when I was in a Planned Parenthood training last month, a mandatory course for social workers titled Fundamentals of Sex Ed. For a total of possibly 30 seconds out of a 16-hour two-day training (I was kicked out after day one, eight hours worth), I voiced my opinion about the potential risks associated with Gardasil.

The opinion was put down on a slip of paper, then, and thrown in with dozens of other comments from the 40 participants. This is in Seattle, one of the bigger Planned Parenthood locations, and the comments I made were specifically sold to us all as an anonymous forum. I went further with two more comments on the slips of paper about 60 words answering this first day evaluation question: What could Planned Parenthood have done differently today in the training?

I am really disappointed that Planned Parenthood in Seattle is so lock-step in line with Big Pharma. Especially in the case of Gardasil, which is a vaccine that has gotten tens of thousands complaints about it. Anyone, including my 16- to 21-year-old clients, could easily Google Gardasil Dangers and find a plethora of very disturbing and legi...

11:12

The British Empires Opium Trade Led to the War on Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In the mid-18th century, China was exporting large quantities of highly sought-after commodities to European countries, such as porcelain, silk, tea and spices. By contrast, the goods produced in Europe were of little interest to the Chinese. Under the Qing Dynasty, all incoming foreign trade took place in the

The post The British Empires Opium Trade Led to the War on Drugs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:05

NNTT Danggan Balun (Five Rivers) People "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/007 available here entered on the Register 14/9/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the native title claim group as Danggan Balun (Five Rivers)

Sarah Warri/Warru Clarke
George Daramlee Drumley
Jack Slab/Slabb Snr (husband of Lizzie Waggil Slabb & father of Charlotte, Frank, John/Jack Jnr, Olive & Victor)
Kitty Blow (wife of Joseph Blow & mother of Frank Blow & Hughie Blow)
Jackey Jackey aka Bilin Bilin aka Bilin aka John 'Johnny' Logan
Kipper Tommy Andrews (father of Lizzie Malay (nee Tommie)
Julia Sandy (wife of Arthur Ford);
Billy Terribah/Didiba Andrews (father of Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Boyd (nee Andrews);
Mary Ann Mitchell (mother of Mary Ann Drumley (nee Sandy), Ida Bell (nee Sandy), Norman Sandy Snr & Lindsay "Billy" Sandy);
Unnamed mother of Matilda 'Mittie' Fogarty (nee Sandy) and Lizzie (mother of William 'Billy' Brown);
Alice Edwards (nee Coolwell) (mother of Jack Jnr, Florence, Minnie, Eva, Eileen, Maud, Catherine, Evelyn & Julia);
Coolum (husband of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) & father of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Unnamed mother of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) (wife of Coolum & mother of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Yarry (father of Frederick 'Fred' Yarrie/Yarry);
Joseph Coolwell (husband of Polly Allen/Dalton & father of Alfred, Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Polly Allen/Dalton (wife of Joseph Coolwell & mother of Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Elizabeth Wheeler/Tomes;
Jim Edwards Snr (husband of Topsy (of Ipswich) & father of Jimmy Edwards Jnr).
William Williams (Snr.)

 

11:01

NNTT Yuggera Ugarapul People "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/005 available here entered on the Register 4/8/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the Yuggera Ugarapul People as Yuggera Ugarapul:

Janie/Janey Billie/Billy (mother of Harry Thompson and Daisy Moreton (nee Thompson);
Billy Turner (father of Amy Turner);
Jackey Harvey (father of Emily Harvey the social mother of Robert Anderson Snr);
Thomas Duggandan/Anderson (social father of Robert Anderson Snr);
Topsy of Ipswich (mother of Jimmy Edwards Jnr);
Ted Myer/Meyers/Myers (father of Elsie Richards);
Molly Myers (nee Crow) (mother of Elsie Richards).

10:16

Weekend Reading "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

My RMIT colleagues Chris Berg, Jason Potts and I have a new working paper out on the economics of identity.

Identification forms a key part of all but the least sophisticated economic and political transactions. More complex or significant transactions demand more formal identification of the parties involved. In this paper we develop an institutional economics of identity. We distinguish between a Demsetzian evolutionary view of identity institutions and a legal-centric view of identity institutions. In the former view, identity is a contextual, fluid and subjective, and evolved for market, social and political exchange. In the latter, identity is uniform and permanent, and created (imposed) by governments. Governments have an interest in identity insofar as identity is used in the process of tax collection, entitlements, and conscription. Private organisations free ride off state-provided identification services. The paper concludes with a discussion about technological change and identity management. We characterise two possible futures: one in which new technologies enable states to create more comprehensive uniform identities, and one in which new technologies enable identities to be federated and transferred to citizens.

10:03

Samis Sourdough Fruit Loaf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I know, I know. I bang on about this all the time. The very best part of sourdough baking (for me) is being able to share bread with others. And as my friends on the Bay Run found out recently, if you stand still long enough, Im likely to hand you a loaf. In turn, []

10:02

Help Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Help!

Our little community music school in Pascoe Vale needs to make a stage and costumes and also requires some assistance with sound for our upcoming outdoor Christmas concert on the 16 December. 

We would love any help in the form of: 

- donations of pallets or other platforms

- help to build a removable platform for our students 

- help making costumes and set design

- help with sound and audio/music before and on the day

- admin help
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09:56

Heads up "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Inward bound

As the economy and especially hiring have picked up, so too has immigration, with long term arrivals into Australia hitting a record high 777,440 over the year to September, for a year-on-year increase of +5.5 per cent. 


Lots of Aussies head overseas too, of course, though ABS research has found that long term departees commonly end up back in Australia pretty quickly. 

Short-term arrivals also hit a record high of 8.72 million over the year to September.

Although the pace of growth here appears to be slowing, the Aussie dollar is now declining again after a brief interlude, which should spur tourism faster, higher, and stronger in 2018.


Oh, and there's the Commonwealth Games boost to come next year too.

Uni corn

Drilling deeper into the figures, unsurprisingly education arrivals are at an all-time high.

The next big international student intake won't show up until the February 2018 figures, but 2017 has been a record year for enrolments, and no doubt a lucrative one.

If you've felt that the inner city centres have become busier in recent years, then you'd be right, with the international student phenomenon being largely an urban trend. 

09:55

The Lymphatic System Is How Cancer Spreads: 4 Ways to Keep It Healthy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following closely behind heart disease, can you name Americas second-most pressing public health concern? If you answered cancer, youre correct.[1] In January 2017, the American Cancer Society published their cancer statistic projections the numbers of new U.S. cancer cases and deaths that will occur in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.[2] According to... View Article

The post The Lymphatic System Is How Cancer Spreads: 4 Ways to Keep It Healthy appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

09:49

Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Two Timber Windows in reasonable to good condition. 

Measurements: 

Small white window:
1530 H
1410 W


Larger window:
1395 H
2330 W 


Pick up from Preston.
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09:42

Food Swap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Come and join us for the Transition Darebin Food Swap this Saturday in Reservoir.

When?  10-11 am

Where? In the pop-up park on the corner of Broadway  and Cheddar Rd. Reservoir.
Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability, and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. 

You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.
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09:40

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hello Newlanders,

Does anyone have a child's bike for a 4-year old (less than size 16) that they want to get rid of or sell?

Thanks.

KT
prescott_kt@hotmail.com

09:35

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, radiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen.  
 Click image for larger size.
At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning an area equivalent to four full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged as Gum 56 for Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum, but seafood-loving astronomers might know this cosmic cloud as The Prawn Nebula.

09:33

"That Bleak And Ultimate Question..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yet now, as he roared across the night sky toward an unknown destiny, he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my life, he asked himself, that the world will be poorer if I leave it?
- Arthur C. Clarke, Glide Path

09:00

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 2): Scams, sex, shares and citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 2): Scams, sex, shares and citizenshipThree quarters of the Federal ministers forced to leave their posts in the last 45 years have been from the conservative side of politics. Alan Austin continues this exclusive Independent Australia series. read now...

08:59

Australias southern most ski field "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mt Mawson ski field in the Mt Field National Park is the southern most ski area in Australia. Its a remarkable place, and while its of a low elevation, with very limited vertical terrain, and is subject to the notoriously fickle snow conditions to be found in Tasmania, it is a magical spot. It has several rope tows, and is a Club ski field composed of seven lodges, with no public accommodation. Its also a fairly solid 30 to 45 minute walk up the mountain to get to the ski field.

But like the surrounding ranges within the Mt Field national park, when its in condition its truly fantastic.

It is also a volunteer mountain that operates at the weekend. At the other Australian resorts, we get very used to having everything done for us. Mt Field is more like skiing was in Australia in the early days. It had a good winter this year, with tows running on weekends from mid August until early October.

According to the end of season report from the president of the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association (STSA) Peter Davis, there were various bits of excitement during the season, like the following:

The season started on 13th of August, but unfortunately there was a problem with the access road which prevented the majority of skiers from getting through. (It took) took 5 hours to clear the road, and then a landslip was identified which kept the road closed for a couple of hours longer. There was a queue of 100 cars waiting to get up the Dobson Road.

Then there were technical issues with the tows. At one point the rope on the University Tow broke. Fortunately STSA had two rolls of new rope on the mountain, and on Sunday the volunteers tackled the big job of joining a new rope, under the patient guidance of experienced Mt Mawson Ski Patroller Andrew Davey. Members of the public helped to move the 500 metres of heavy rope across to the Uni Tow, and then a team of skiers and boarders assisted with tensioning the rope down the hill in preparation for completion of the final splice.

Ironically later in the season we experienced some intermittent electrical problems with the University Tow, and so it was not used for the last 3 weeks of skiing.

Public facilities are pretty basic: there is a simple visitors hut up on Tarn Shelf, the Ski Patrol have an unheated shipping container as their base, and the public shelter in the village is also unheated. The good news is that a new shelter is currently under construction and will be ready by next winter.

When the snow is good, there is some fantastic touring out towards Mt Field West (although the access over the Rodway Range is mostly through boulderfields and can be hard and dangerous in certain conditions or sketchy snow cover). Th...

08:48

Guy Can't Stop Saving Orphaned Baby Lambs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs heart.

Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.

Credit: Ward Young

We decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.

Young and his fiance Georgie Purcell Kyneton bottle-fed Louis to help him grow big and strong and in the process, they both fell in love with Louis.  

Credit: Kelly Dinham

When you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.

Credit: Ward Young

As soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.

He is such a kind and loving boy, Young said. When he sees our car come down the driveway, he sprints up to the gate to meet us. Really, lambs absolutely love human interaction, but on massive farms they so rarely receive it. So we're just glad that we can give him the love he craves....

08:45

Frustrated Qld industry peak bodies (e.g. AgForce, QRC) want greater consultation post-election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last Sunday, five prominent Queensland industry peak bodiesAgForce, the Property Council, QRC, QTIC and Timber Queenslandissued a joint election platform Driving Queenslands Economic Growth. It was extraordinary that such a diverse collection of peak bodies were motivated enough and could find sufficient common ground to issue this joint platform. Partly, it was motivated by the frustration that senior staff in industry bodies have felt with the way the State Government has consulted industry to date. Industry groups have been disappointed they were inadequately consulted on a range of policy developments in recent times including, among others:

  • Reintroduction of third party objection rights to resources projects;
  • Chain of Responsibility Bill;
  • The calling in or cancellation of projects such as the Gold Coast integrated resort and casino;
  • Imposition of a 3% transfer duty surcharge for foreign buyers of residential property in Queensland; and
  • Creation of an additional public holiday.

I wouldnt go so far as to say that we would have automatically had better policy on each and every one of these issues if the industry groups views were accommodated, but policy development processes where industry groups are inadequately consulted will no doubt lead to poorer outcomes overall.

What I really like about the joint election platform from the five peak bodies is the strong commitment to evidence-based policy. The platform notes:

Investors are looking for predictable and enduring policies anchored in evidence based research. Industry is seeking a regulatory system which is globally attractive and internationally competitive and look to Government to:

  • Ensure our unicameral Parliament has an effective and transparent review mechanism.
  • Guarantee evidence-based planning decisions.
  • Commit to a genuine regulatory impact process for all major legislative changes.

Industry groups want rigorous cost-benefit analysis of policy proposals presented in Regulatory Impact Statements for consultation and scrutiny. It is fantastic that the peak bodies are pushing for evidence-based policy. As an economist who spent nearly a decade in the State and Federal public services, I have a deep commitment to evidence-based policy development, and I have seen that effective and genuine consultation with industry is a vital part of that process.

Finally, I should stress that instances of inadequate consultation and rushed legislation and regulation have occurred for many years in Queensland, and not just during the mo...

08:44

5 Superhuman abilities of Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Youve probably heard that Indigenous people have some of the oldest living cultures on earth This didnt happen by accident. Superhuman traits have seen them live successfully through ice ages, adapt to tropical, polar, coastal, arid, desert & even alpine regions.

Here are 5 superhuman abilities that many indigenous folk are still blessed with today.

 


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08:41

Possum magic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I dont do much night photography but its always fun. Last night, a brief visit to Rotunda Park produced a suite of opportunities to observe and photograph some of the resident Brush-tailed Possums.

The abundance of brushies, along with Ring-tailed Possums, Sugar Gliders and rabbits is a good reason for the Barking Owls to stay around over the summer.

Brush-tailed Possum, Rotunda Park Newstead, 17th November 2017

08:35

Cosmic Queries: Defending our Planet, with Bill Nye "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The universe is a hostile place. What would we do if a planet-destroying asteroid or comet strike were imminent? Do we have plans in place? Bill Nye and comic co-host Chuck Nice are back to answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about defending the Earth. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Find out more here: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/cosmic-queries-defending-our-planet-with-bill-nye/

08:32

"At Least My Generation Will Have Our Revenge On The Millennials" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"At Least My Generation Will Have Our Revenge On The Millennials"
by Kurt Schlichter

"With all the awful things happening now the discord, the anger, the stupidity at least those of my generation can rest easy knowing that the Millennials are going to suffer after were gone. Sure, Im going to die a lot sooner than them unless someone invents some sort of expensive life extension potion that I can buy but they cant because they will still be paying off their degrees in Oppression Studies and Virtue Signaling Arts until the year 2083. But at least Ill know that we left them a suitably terrible world, since they are a terrible generation.

Millennials are the spawn we deserve annoying, posturing, and frequently pierced. They are utterly convinced of their own moral superiority, and yet they dont even believe in morals. Well, thats not quite true they just confuse morals with the increasingly bizarre patchwork of taboos and fetishes of the social justice weirdos they use as their moral compasses. When you ask people, Whats the worlds biggest problem, and they answer, The structural paradigm imposed by cisgender Western males, and you reply, How about, I dunno, ISIS? and they answer Well, who are we to judge their culture? its slappin time.

We warned them to stay off our figurative lawns, and now its time to figuratively tackle them like Kentucky libertarians.
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08:30

Sane Progressive on Censorship, Duopoly, False Flags, Truth to Power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Debbie addresses the items in the title and more. Despondency and silence are not the answers. She discusses the actual censorship ongoing and getting rapidly worse, and also shows how we inadvertently feed into "the system." I appreciate many a writer on various sites, but DL seems to cover facts and overal context like no one else.

08:19

The Stanford Prison Experiment Abuse and Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stanford Prison Experiment, 1971. Does this image look familiar? Abu Ghraib? (photo psych205.com)

By Dee McLachlan

I watched the movie a Stanford Prison Experiment this week (trailer below). The movie is based on a real experiment conducted at Stanford University between August 1420, 1971 by a research group led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo, using college students and paying them $15 a day.

The experiment, which seemed highly unethical, was an attempt to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, with the interaction between prisoners and prison officers. It was conducted in a small section of a basement of Jordan Hall, the psychology build...

07:30

My Week in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten years ago, or even five years ago, Im sure I could have been tempted to top off the evening Continue Reading My Week in Hobart

07:28

1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowis Development Approach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Note. Lots of media coverage around this so called hostage crisis .
The OPM has pointed out a number of times the people were not held hostage 
and in fact the local people remained in their villages because it was their home 
and also  of their fear of military sweeps. 
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1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowis Development Approach
2) Hundreds of residents escorted out of besieged Papuan villages
3) Indonesia says Papua villages in standoff with rebels secure
4) Civilian hostages being used as human shields: Human rights activist
5) Joint security team takes control of Kimbeli, Banti villages
6) Police, TNI Evacuate Hundreds of Papuans from Captivity

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1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowis Development Approach
By : Petrus K. Farneubun | on 2:45 PM November 17, 2017



07:28

In which, as alarums and panic spreads amongst the reptiles, the pond cuts directly to the prattling Polonius chase ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The Terror in terror, the Fairfaxians rampant, oh deary me, what's a reptile to do?


Oh what a stern and unhappy woman she is, not a hint of a smile, a frowning harridan ... but will it be enough?

Can the reptiles yet achieve what they managed for SSM? Or will Black Knight syndrome prevail yet again?

Who knows, who can tell, who can say? Certainly not the reptiles ...

The reptiles are in a state of uproar and agitation this day, confused and bickering amongst themselves ...

...

07:19

Not more about lerps! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Psyllids are tiny winged insects that look like small cicadas. In fact both psyllids and cicadas are Hemipterans meaning that they are characterised by sucking mouthparts. Adult and nymph psyllids suck the sap of plants. The psyllid nymph extrudes a mix of wax and sugar-rich honeydew from which it constructs a shelter under which it []

07:13

Episode-2115- Expert Council Q&A for 11-17-17 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on permaculture, SEO, boosting energy, cryptocurrency, diet, tree propagation, nut harvesting, vehicles, cooking, the pharmaceutical industry and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The path to being an agent of change in permaculture Geoff Lawton The skinny on top level domains and SEO Nicole Sauce Boosting energy levels Doc Bones Will ethereum be able to scale to meet future demands Brandon Todd Is fermented dairy better than standard dairy products Garry Collins Starting butternut and walnuts from seed Nick Ferguson Processing black walnuts Ben Falk Why some vehicles have two batteries Steven Harris Cooking leg of pork Keith Snow Why millions of Americans now have high blood pressure Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 71 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Dot Com, Dot Net and Negative Greed The Nut Wizard Paint Mixer I Use for Projects Master Cracker Order Form Master Cracker on Amazon New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension Why your blood pressure readings may be higher than your actual blood pressure Why millions are misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, they dont like doctors! If I Could Be Anywhere Jackson Brown Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ev....

06:55

Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1) Sustainability problem: energy 2) Indian Railways are installing solar panels on 250 local trains to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions. The energy will among other things be used to power lights and fans on the trains. The technology will help advance Indias renewable energy program, especially because the trains mainly will run in []

via Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity


06:42

Scientists Have Sent A Message Into Space, And Hope to Get An Answer Back Within 25 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This project is known as Sonar Calling GJ273b and was led by the Sonar organization. With the help of METI, as well as the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, their goal was to get a message to a planet far away.

This group of scientists sent out batches of transmissions on October 16th, 17th, and 18th of this year using the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter Scientific Association) antenna in Norway. That being said, those transmissions were not announced until recently. These messages were sent to the exoplanet GJ 273b which for those who do not know is a super-Earth almost three times the size of our planet. This one orbits in the star known as Luytens Stars habitable zone.

These are the first ever messages sent by METI but come on the anniversary of the famous Arecibo Messages that were sent out 43 years ago. If there is Alien life out there, we could expect to get a reply in roughly 25 years. This star was selected specifically because it is visible from the northern hemisphere and is known for having a potentially habitable exoplanet in orbit.

President of METI Douglas Vakoch actually told IFLScience the following:

This project tests the Zoo Hypothesis, which says that perhaps extraterrestrial civilizations are much closer than wed imagined, perhaps even around the nearest stars, but theyre watching us like we watch animals in the zoo.

The messages sent included 33 musical pieces as well as mathematical and scientific tutorials created by METI that is supposed to help show our intelligence. The plan is to send out another message in April of 2018 with more information about our scientific understanding and at the end include a clock time that tells any life listening in when we would be expecting to hear back from them.

According to Newsweek when deciding what to say in the message or better yet what language to say it in the following conclusion was met:

Extraterrestrials wont speak English or Spanish or Swahili. So we need to look for a truly universal language. Our message is written in the language of math and science. Over the centuries, scientists and mathematicians have repeatedly taken a vote on the most essential concepts needed to explain the nature of the universe. Those are the ideas that are at the core of our message.

These group...

05:40

Carbon dioxide and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Strap yourself down - a puzzle you never knew existed has finally been solved! Nov 16, 2017: Scientists Solve 22 Million-Year-Old Climate Puzzle -"Paleoclimate Events Can Predict Earth's Future" Solved yesterday, settled today! That's a rapid fire consensus... (they actually use the word "settled" in the title of the paper) Study Settles prehistoric puzzle, confirms modern link of carbon dioxide and global warming Finally poor Miocene researchers can sigh with relief as the first study in years shows what they *knew* was the right answer and now they can issue press releases, rest their weary minds, and stop trying to think of excuses as to why their results didn't fit with The Climate Model Testaments. Who knew there were large discrepancies and carbon dioxide did not fit the temperature theory for a million years or so? Not the public. Where were the press releases? Research Shows A High Temperature World Had Nothing To Do With CO2 Study shows temperatures fell dramatically, CO2 stayed the same Study shows models have no freaking clue what controls the climate Exactly, never.

05:18

LVMPDs explosive breach of adjoining door in Paddocks room proves involvement of more than one gunman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who locked the adjoining door to room 134? More importantly, who rented the room?

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB)  Anyone who has been closely following the Las Vegas shooting investigation knows that Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, for whatever reason, has not been fully forthcoming about all of the events which took place on the night of October 1.

One glaring detail that throws a wrench in the entire Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments official story in which authorities claim Stephen Paddock acted alone is the fact that the door which adjoins rooms 135 (Paddocks suite) and 134 (a queen suite next to Paddocks) was locked and had to be breached by SWAT after Paddocks suite was secure.

If the adjoining door was locked and Paddock was already dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then who locked the adjoining door to room 134 where the second window was broken out?

If SWAT had to breach the door it had to be locked from the opposite side. If thats the case, then who rented room 134? Did they exit into the hallway Campos was in?

More importantly, who put the cart in front of the door which leads from into room 134 from the hallway and who ran the wires from the camera on the cart into room 134 under the door?

Keep in mind, as of yet, we do not know exactly who rented room 134. Although an Austrailian man by the name of Brian Hodge reportedly told The Courier-Mail that he was staying in room 32134 he may have been mistaken because receipts obtained by journalists after the fact reveal that Hodge was staying in room 32143, and not room 32134.

Was someone firing from room 32134?

As you may already know, on Nov. 1 Intellihub was the first to publish the precise video timestamp and a screenshot of what appeared to be a single muzzle flash emitting from the room adjacent to Stephen Paddocks 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite but now an independent ballistic analysis confirms the flash was, in fact, actual gunfire.

In the video, a flash can clearly be seen (at the 6:52-second mark) coming from room 32-134.

You can best view the flash by enlarging the video to full screen.

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05:00

For The Fifth Time, Colliding Black Holes Have Been Reported "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Spacetime ripples from black holes colliding have been detected once again. For a fifth time, scientists have reported the detection of two colliding black holes via their gravitational waves, tiny vibrations that warp the fabric of spacetime.

Unlike previous gravitational wave detections, which were heralded with news conferences often featuring panels of scientists squinting at journalists under bright lights, this was a low-key announcement. According to Science News, the event, caught on June 8, 2017, by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, LIGO, was unceremoniously unveiled in a paper published online on November 15 at arXiv.org.

With masses 7 and 12 times that of the sun, the pair of black holes was the lightest LIGO has spotted so far. Scientists are now aiming to collect data from many black hole crashes. That data can be analyzed to answer questions about the population as a whole, such as how two black holes get paired up in the first place.

A computer simulation (above) shows the collision of two black holes, a tremendously powerful event. This simulation shows how the merger would appear to our eyes if we could somehow travel in a spaceship for a closer look. It was created by solving equations from Albert Einsteins general theory of relativity using the LIGO data.

The lack of fanfare over this detection signals a shift, said Science News. It almost seems as though its expected news, which could be great for astronomy overall.

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04:41

Pennsylvania Cops Terrorize Elderly Couple After Confusing Hibiscus Plants for Marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Armed with assault rifles, Pennsylvania cops forced a 66-year-old woman out of her home, handcuffing her in her underwear while ransacking her home, looking for marijuana.

They ended up finding only hibiscus plants.

Buffalo Township police also handcuffed her 69-year-old husband at  gunpoint after he arrived home and finding a dozen cops rummaging through their home, looking for the non-existing marijuana plants.

Edward and Audrey Cramer tried to explain to the cops that they were only hibiscus plants, but Buffalo Township Police Sergeant Scott Hess refused to believe them, informing them he had expertise in identifying marijuana plants.

Buffalo Township police officer Jeffrey Sneddon also claimed to have expertise in identifying marijuana when he obtained the search warrant last month, according to the Tribune-Review.

Now the couple is suing the police department along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., whose representative took photos of the hibiscus plants and sent them to police, informing them that they were marijuana plants.

It all started on October 5 when insurance agent Jonathan Yeamans entered the Cramer property to investigate a claim that a neighbors tree fell on their property in September.

While investigating the claim, Yeamans spotted the hibiscus plants and surreptitiously photographed them, sending the photos to police, claiming the Cramers were involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation.

Two days later, a dozen cops arrived at the home, banging on the door, pointing their assault rifles at Audrey Cramer who answered the door wearing only underwear, a bra and a t-shirt.

The cops claimed they had a search warrant, but refused to show it to her. They also refused to allow her to put on shoes or pants.

According to the Tribune-Review:

The suit claims Cramer asked if she could put on a pair of pants next to her, and was told in no uncertain terms that she could not.

 

She was placed under arrest and read her rights.

 

The complaint alleges that she was walked outside and made to stand handcuffed, in her underwear and without shoes for 10 minutes.

 

The suit claims that Hess refused her request to get sandals. Police walked her down the gravel driveway, barefoot, to a police car.

 

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03:58

The Chillie Group, Neutral Bay, Sydney How The Chillie Group treat their staff and clients with usury, deception and contempt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Paul Kelly Design designed interior installed by The Chillie Group wall fabric designed by the iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst long deceased since the 70s, but whose art and designs live on in her wallpaper and fabric designs.

Im a builder project manager with 45 years construction experience. Ive did a three month stint recently for The Chillie Group based in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.

Firstly, let me clarify, The Chillie Group comprises two men Graham Wem and Paul Milton. There is one part-time mother, Bec, who helps out with administrative duties. I was the only experienced full-time project manager and builder working there and since I left there is no full-time support staff.

Graham Wem is an interior designer by background a failed architect and Paul Milton is a trade carpenter. Despite their lack of building qualifications and management experience, these two Sydney men have combined to do well, on a very limited scale, in the Sydney pub and club industry.

Being a two-man band with two full-time carpenters, they have very limited reach, low level management and personnel skills and experience, and should only be trusted with small projects to say $1.5 to $2 million contract value. Th...

03:38

So much for "new kind of politics": Theresa May's husband linked to Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Theresa May's husband has been linked to the Paradise Papers after his company was accused of arranging investments in tax havens. Thousands of documents have exposed how Britain's mega rich invest their money abroad to legally avoid paying hefty tax bills. Although not illegal, they are depriving the Treasury of juicy tax revenues at a time when many Britons are having their welfare payments slashed, and the National Health Service (NHS) faces a yawning budget black hole. Philip May, the PM's husband, is a relationships manager for investment-management firm Capital Group. His is the latest big name to be associated with the papers. According to the documents, Capital Group allegedly used offshore-registered funds to make investments in a Bermuda-registered company. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party wants to 'flush Phil' to answer some questions.

03:37

Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kristina Compher worries that her three children are not the same people they were a year ago, before their father Christopher Murphy died after an auto accident and subsequent encounter

The post Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies appeared first on Filming Cops.

03:20

Man dies after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

03:04

China's space odyssey: Beijing reveals ambitious goals for its space exploration program "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

China has revealed its long-term roadmap for the country's space exploration program, including some extraordinarily ambitious goals set between now and 2045. Some magnificent milestones appear on that trajectory. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China's answer to SpaceX, hopes to have fully developed its expendable, low-cost, 'Long March' rocket series by the end of the decade. It released the details in a statement on state news channels Thursday. Long March 5 and 7 are almost fully operational, but CASC hopes to have its #8 rockets carrying out full-scale commercial missions by 2020. The 8 will be the company's springboard towards competing in the commercial space sector, by providing launch services to trade partners.

02:54

Disregard for human life: Video released of staff laughing at WWII veteran as he dies, screams in pain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A World War II veteran confined to a nursing home died while his calls for help went unanswered- and the whole thing was caught on hidden camera. The incident took place at a Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014 , but the footage has only recently been made public by the family as part of a lawsuit. 89-year-old James Dempsey -who served his country during World War II- called for help six times, saying he couldn't breathe. When he finally became unresponsive, former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles approached the scene after being notified by another nurse.

02:35

European Royals Killing Naked Children for Fun at Human Hunting Parties? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Child Abuse Recovery) : European royals killing naked children for fun at human hunting parties : 

This is one in a series of articles taken from eyewitness testimony before the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels.

Five international judges are examining evidence of child rape, torture, murder and kidnapping allegedly done by global elite members of the Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult network.

Regular Ninth Circle child sacrifices were said to take place in the catacombs of Catholic Cathedrals, the Vatican, on private estates and groves and government military bases in Belgium, Holland, Spain, Australia, Ireland, France, England and the US.

At least 34 child mass grave sites were identified in Ireland, Spain and Canada and refused excavation by the respective governments, Crown of England and Catholic Church. Named as present in Ninth Circle activities were Pope Francis, former Pope Ratzinger;Anglican, United Church of Canada and Catholic Church officials including Cardinals; members of European royalty including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip; officials of the Canadian, Australian, UK and US military and governments including the USAs CIA, plus prominent government ministers, judges, politicians and businessmen from the US, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland and the UK.

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01:29

No Support for Climate Change Victims as Fiji Sides With Historical Polluters "IndyWatch Feed National"

By not giving decisive actions that prioritised vulnerable people a permanent place on the agenda, along with the expertise and the means to do so, the Fijian Presidency has failed in its mandate.

An installation of a life-sized polar bear in copper impaled six metres above ground on an oil pipeline shaped like a carbon dioxide graph, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

An installation of a life-sized polar bear in copper impaled six metres above ground on an oil pipeline shaped like a carbon dioxide graph, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot. Credit: Aruna Chandrasekhar

Aruna Chandrasekhar is a researcher and photojournalist working on issues of development, land alienation, indigenous rights and corporate accountability in India for the last six years. She tweets at @aruna_sekhar.

Bonn: In a huge blow, the Conference of Parties (COP) at the UN climate talks adopted a decision with no concrete support for victims on the frontlines of climate change in developing countries, after strong lobbying by developed countries.

The decision was adopted after the US, Australia, Canada and the European Union (EU) aggressively blocked financial support for impacts that the developing world cant yet cope with or adapt to. As of now, the extremely w...

01:13

Gladstonian liberalism is the answer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Im not sure I know the question to which Cosmopolitanism Is the Answer, but whatever the question, it is the wrong answer for me. As it happens, these are things I have lately been thinking about myself having come across another article looking at these same issues but from a very different perspective. And while it is difficult to sort through the various labels one can put on ones personal ideology, the closest I have been able to come up with for myself is Gladstonian liberal which is quite different from classical liberal. So let me take you to an article about the naming of things where classical liberal is the equivalent of insane while conservative represents prudential common sense.

The differences between the classical-liberal and conservative traditions have immense consequences for policy. Establishing democracy in Egypt or Iraq looks doable to classical liberals because they assume that human reason is everywhere the same, and that a commitment to individual liberties and free markets will arise rapidly once the benefits have been demonstrated and the impediments removed. Conservatives, on the other hand, see foreign civilizations as powerfully motivatedfor bad reasons as well as good onesto fight the dissolution of their way of life and the imposition of American values.

Integrating millions of immigrants from the Middle East also looks easy to classical liberals, because they believe virtually everyone will quickly see the advantages of American (or European) ways and accept them upon arrival. Conservatives recognize that large-scale assimilation can happen only when both sides are highly motivated to see it through. When that motivation is weak or absent, conservatives see an unassimilated migration, resulting in chronic mutual hatred and violence, as a perfectly plausible outcome.

Since classical liberals assume reason is everywhere the same, they see no great danger in depreciating national independence and outsourcing power to foreign bodies. American and British conservatives see such schemes as destroying the unique political foundation upon which their traditional freedoms are built.

Here is the definition of Gladstonian liberal from Wikipedia which seems accurate enough for me and is utterly distinct from the classical variety as defined above.

Gladstonian liberalism is a political doctrine named after the British Victorian Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party, William Ewart Gladstone. Gladstonian liberalism consisted of limited gove...

01:07

Aussie Hockey Players Shoot Nude Calendar To Fight Homophobia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of Australias top hockey players have joined with Western Australias LGBTI-inclusive hockey team the Perth Pythons to shoot a nude calendar. The initiative is to fundraise for their efforts to combat homophobia in the sport, the team says. Growing up, I would hear a lot of homophobic slurs thrown around the hockey field, Perth ...

The post Aussie Hockey Players Shoot Nude Calendar To Fight Homophobia appeared first on QNEWS.

00:54

Weekend reads - must read articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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00:15

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Not sure if this has been posted but Jesus, this is wrong on levels yet to be described by science.  [Jeremy Parkinson writing in Facebook on 9 November 2017 with regard to a US newspaper opinion piece describing New Zealand as being in the grip of the far right]


The number of MPs and senators suspected of failing to obey the Constitutions requirements on dual citizenship is now 28 to 30 by some counts, and only the High Court can rule on their status.
 [journalist Malcolm Farr in news.com.au, 10 November 2017]


"What is #absurd is people who under our constitution are illegitimately elected to parliament think that the problem is with the constitution" ...

Friday, 17 November

23:50

"I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The bald man in the BBC Question Time audience demanded answers from the Labour shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, but he wasn't remotely interested in what she had to say, because he'd already diligently rote learned his political opinions from the right-wing media.

When he said "I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" you might have imagined that he was interested in listening to the answer, but when Thornberry replied "most of central Europe" and when pressed to name specific countries she said "Germany" and "Sweden" he sneered derisively as if she was the delusional one.

Thornberry's response elicited cackling and sneering from the Tory tribailists in the BBC audience, but that just goes to show how these people have been led like sheep into believing that Jeremy Corbyn is some kind of terrifying left-wing extremist, rather than a centre-left democratic socialist who is proposing economic policies that are perfectly normal across Europe and the rest of the developed world.

Of course there is no country on Earth where a government has come to power and enacted absolutely everything in the Labour Party manifesto, but significant elements of Labour's economic policies are absolutely commonplace across the developed world.

One of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent headline policies is the abolition of  tuition fees (which should more accurately be described as Aspiration Taxes) and making university education free. University education is free (or very low cost) across most of Europe, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and let's not forget Scotland either. If Ger...

23:32

Are Red States Tax Takers And Blue States Tax Makers? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With every debate on taxing and spending in Washington comes inevitable references to which states send more in taxes to the federal treasury than they receive in benefits for their citizens. The figures thrown around are sourced differently and vary widely, but the point of it all is for Democrats to point at poor, Republican states and call them hypocrites for doing exactly what Democrats say they should: taking money from richer places.

But how much of it is true? An op-ed in The New York Times this week accuses Republicans of favoring red states over blues ones in their plans, while repeating the old lie that small states equal representation in the Senate favors Republicans (the ten smallest states are currently represented there by nine Republicans, nine Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats; the ten largest states are represented by nine Republicans and eleven Democrats).

What kind of spending are they talking about? And what is behind these claims, which pit one part of the population against the other?

Who Pays More Taxes?

Lets start with the taxes paid. In fiscal year 2016, the Internal Revenue Service collected a record $3.3 trillion in taxes nationwide. That money came from a total population of 312,471,695, according to the most recent census (for this article, the figures will only include the 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico). That gives us a national average of $10,622 in taxes for each American.

Even that figure is a little misleading, because the taxes collected include estate taxes, unemployment taxes, business taxes, and excises, which cannot be accurately attributed to one person. If we want to talk about individual income taxes only, the figure is a slightly lower $9,216 per person.

So do blue states pay more than red ones? Again, defining terms is important in answering the question. For this article, well call states that voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, 2012, and 2016 blue states. Those that voted Republican all three years are red, and those that shifted in different elections are purple.

The result: Democrats are correct on this fact. The blue states did pay more per capita in federal taxes than the red did. The $12,648 per capita taxation there is 118 percent of the national average. The purple states fell in between the two, slightly below the national average.

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23:31

Reports Of Small-Town Americas Death Are Greatly Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent article for Politico Magazine, Michael Kruse takes readers on a ghastly tour of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, past the neighborhoods marked X for demolition, to the house where a baby starved to death, and onward into the living room of a woman whose son overdosed last year. The place emerges as a gray hellscape soaked in fentanyl and the fumes of closed mines, where hollow-eyed retirees shuffle past shuttered diners in a trance of bitter grief.

The retort from Johnstowns city leaders is crisp, devastating, and will sadly never have the readership of Kruses original narrative. Simply put, they write, Johnstown was just the convenient backdrop Politico needed to validate its storyline.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

Kruses article is bad journalism, factually and spiritually, but it is simply the latest and sloppiest entry in a growing genre: the new American Gothic. The scene is buzzing with activity. Mark Zuckerberg has just returned from Trumps America and he cannot hide his tears. J.D. Vance is serenading the lecture circuit with his hillbilly elegy.

Charles Murray and Robert Putnam have delivered door-stoppers on the unravelling American fabric, and The Economist recently revisited its cheery 2012 meditation, The sadness of Scranton, with an essay on globalizations losers that begins, Even before the disaster, Scranton had been having a poor century.

Separately, these are all outstanding analyses by serious people, and there are many other fine writings in this vein. But taken in their totality, one could be forgiven for thinking that (1) most of America is hurtling towards sodden annihilation, with northeast Pennsylvania at the helm, or (2) that writing an unsparing (read: brutal) profile of an American town or city is a rite of passage for participation in the public sphere. At the very least, one would conclude that the news-reading public has an insatiable appetite for images of wet mobile homes and disused barns.

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

Singular as these times we live in may be, it is worth pausing to ask why these gloomy narratives are having such a moment in the sun. A thirst t...

23:31

The Philippines President Spurns The U.S. To Flirt With China "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration needs to start asking an important question: What should it do with the Philippines? One of Americas oldest Asia-Pacific allies, as well as its former colony, the Philippines seems to be daily drifting toward China. This was abundantly clear this week as the ASEAN and APEC summits came to a close and President Trump headed home after his 12-day trip to Asia.

On Tuesday, the day Trump left town, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, raved about Chinas willingness to begin talks on establishing a code of conduct for the South China Sea, going so far as to call the Chinese gracious.

Gracious, indeed. China has already run roughshod over the half-dozen countries that have claims in the strategically significant waters of the South China Sea, where China has laid claim to an expanded maritime border along its notorious nine-dash line. In recent years, Beijing has been constructing man-made islands in the South China Sea and expanding islands that already exist, equipping them with strategic military bases that include radar sites, aircraft hangers, and runways. Not only would these islands allow China to control some of the worlds busiest international shipping lanes, it would also give Beijing a huge strategic advantage should the United States and China ever go to war.

Beijings South China Sea shenanigans are all part and parcel of Chinas goal of becoming a regional military powerhouse, ruling over a Chinese sphere of influence that stretches from Japan to Australia. Duterte, in paying homage to the new king in town, is hoping he can somehow appease his way into relative peace with Beijing.

Making Overtures to China

The Philippine leader has made it clear since first running for president that, if elected, he wouldnt challenge China like his predecessor did, despite a 2016 United Nations tribunal ruling in the Philippines favor in a dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. Now, this code of conduct agreement has emerged as a way for Duterte to get a little piece of the pie while letting China take pretty much everything it wantsthat is, if China even agrees to any such code, which is unlikely.

Trump offered his deal-making skills to help resolve the simmering conflict over the South China Sea, but it seems dubious whether China and the Philippines will take him up on that offer. America is being squeez...

23:30

Why Amazon Is Buying Up All Those Cryptocurrency URLs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People really want Amazon to get into cryptocurrency. Amazon-watchers have shivered with anticipation as the company bought web domains like amazonbitcoin.com, even though the site has never done more than redirect to Amazons main page. But a new wave of purchases has observers keyed up all over again. This time the acquired URLs are amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Whats going on?

The easy answer is brand protection. Anyone whos worked on a political campaign knows the virtue of over-hoarding web addresses that could be used in any conceivable way to tarnish, mock, or otherwise weaken the candidate and his or her public image. Amazon can certainly afford to collect as many potentially brand-diluting or revenue-reducing domains as seems reasonable. With cryptocurrency now penetrating the consciousness of ordinary people, now is a decent time as any to scoop up a few more destinations would-be customers might go.

The sexier answer is Amazon wants to be ready to jump with a moments notice into accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, you name it. Now that cryptocurrencies have made a pretty good claim to durabilityeven if their prices might fluctuate speculativelythe next big economic question is which institutions are going to muscle in first, if any.

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

Wall Street is too divided on the wisdom of crypto. Sovereign wealth hasnt shown enough interest. As far as we can tell, the financial powers that be are not going to transform the status and usefulness of Bitcoin and company anytime soon.

That leaves the playing field open for significant private entrants. Here you have your ideological benefactors, heavyweight speculators, bitcoin miners, and your international renegades, building up sudden, significant wealth they want to keep relatively free from global or national regulatory systems.

But there are limits to what cryptocurrency can do for the people poised to wield the most outsized control over it. Bitcoin, for instance, is a kludgy way to pay for most goods and services. Its much better and more conveniently used as a place to park wealth (assuming those exchange rates stay high). Its also a stupid way to try to participate in off the grid commerce. Thanks to the blockchain, you do not want to try paying for that suitcase full of heroin you bought on the dark web using Bitcoin.

So even though cryptocurrency is destined to remain an above-board commercial platform, its not a very good platform for commerce as currently structured. That means its not terribly attractive to a heavyweight company like Amazon that could freely wade into the status quo crypto space. So, again, whats going on?

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

23:12

Apple wont launch its HomePod speaker this year after all "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018. When it launches, the HomePod will cost $349, with a focus on streaming high-quality

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018.

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22:33

Backfire: plebiscite shows appetite for action "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

JUST as the postal plebiscite has blown up in the faces of the conservatives who promoted it, let us hope that any subsequent rearguard sabotage attempt under the guise of freedom of religion does the same thing.

For more than two decades (since Howard was elected Prime Minister) politicians have been utterly risk averse, fearfully imagining that some silent, conservative, Christian majority lurks out there ready to punish them at the slightest hint of social progress on human rights or fairness to the marginalised LGBTIQ, unemployed, refugees, homeless.

Wednesdays result should put paid to that.

But if we are going to turn over some rocks in a debate on religious freedom we might see a greater need for freedom FROM religion, not freedom OF religion.

For a start, religions get a free kick under the Marriage Act. If you are a minister of religion of a recognised denomination you are automatically entitled to be registered as a marriage celebrant.

Civil celebrants, on the other hand, have to meet other requirements, such as knowledge of marriage law, an ability to advise couples of relationship services, and be of good character and standing.

With respect to marriage, surely, we should have the same rules for everyone. Wasnt that demonstrated on Wednesday?

Perhaps we should start a campaign to take religion out of marriage laws altogether. At law, everyone should marry before a competent civil official. If religious people feel that that would not be a real marriage they can go off afterwards and do a religious ceremony.

Further, why does the parliamentary session at which these questions are debated begin with a Christian prayer? If parliamentarians mirror the community, about a quarter would be atheists and most of the rest would not be observant Christians.

Theres more. Why should religions get tax-free status for money raised and spent for proselytising their religion and for raising money through commercial enterprises even if there are grounds for tax breaks on charitable work?

And on the charitable, medical and educational side, why should religious institutions escape ordinary anti-discrimination employment laws, especially when they get very large amounts of public money for this and are significant employers?

And why have we wasted $300 million over the past half decade on the schools chaplaincy program under which educationally untrained religious operatives spout uneducational, unscientifi...

22:20

Gulf oil minister: Saudi Arabia's Aramco will go public in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saudi Aramco's plan to take a portion of its business public next year will go ahead as scheduled in 2018, Oman's oil minister told CNBC Monday. At an energy industry conference in Abu Dhabi, Oman's Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi was pressed for a definitive answer regarding his expectations over Saudi Aramco's potential IPO next year. He replied: "If CNBC says yes, then I say yes." The initial public offering (IPO) for the world's largest energy company is expected to take place in the second half of 2018. However, recent reports have suggested Saudi Aramco could move to delay its IPO into 2019 or even shelve the exercise altogether in favor of selling private shares to sovereign wealth funds.

22:02

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In this piece for Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood discusses the legacy of Julian Jaynes, a psychologist best known for theorizing that consciousness was a cultural development resulting from the existence of language.

Its a remarkable thesis that doesnt fit well with contemporary thought about how consciousness works. The idea that the ancient Greeks were not self-aware raises quite a few eyebrows. By giving consciousness a cultural origin, says Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Jaynes disavows consciousness as a biological phenomenon.'

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21:52

Qlds real gross state income surged in 2016-17 as coal prices recovered strongly "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

According to ABS State Accounts data released today, Queenslands real gross state income surged 7.5% in 2016-17, the highest growth rate among States and Territories, owing to the strong recovery in coal prices during that financial year (see chart below).* Growth in real gross state income incorporates improvements in the terms-of-trade, while real gross state product (GSP) growth does not, and the latter measure was a much less impressive 1.8 percent. Now much of the gains in the terms-of-trade accrue to mining companies that are majority foreign-owned, but the Queensland Government does capture some of the gains through higher royalties, particularly on coal. To illustrate, coal royalties in 2016-17 ended up being an estimated $3.4 billion compared with $1.7 billion in 2015-16.

Coal prices higher than those forecast by Queensland Treasury have continued into the new financial year, and this will provide a nice little windfall for the incoming Queensland Government after next Saturdays election. Former Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche commented on a LinkedIn post of mine earlier this week that he would guess there is a $1 billion coal royalty windfall in 2017-18 awaiting the next government, and I think thats a reasonable estimate based on recent coal prices compared with budget assumptions.

Real_GSI

*Hat tip t...

21:26

Some questions for Amy MacMahon #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Amy MacMahon, candidate for The Greens. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I dont have the []

The post Some questions for Amy MacMahon #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

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