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Saturday, 23 September

03:06

The Big Bad Australian, Battling the Nations Interest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

BHP, the worlds largest mining company, has demonstrated its clout by firing the head of the Minerals Council of Australia, Brendan Pearson. Amongst the most competent and seasoned energy specialists in Australia, Brendan had led the MCA with self-effacing charm.

He had sought to ensure an integrity in the organisation (this being the second most important of BHPs stated values clearly trumped by the organisations view of it first stated value sustainability). MCA commissioned GHD  to do the basic research on the costs of new coal in Australian generation; though careful to doff a hat to Political Correctness by measuring only high cost HELE (high efficiency low emissions) plant it estimated the costs at under $50 per MWh, much less than half of the costs of unreliable wind and solar. Such costing confirmed those of my own, which were developed by examining costs of the most recently commissioned Australian generator and estimating cost increases in coal, labour and capital since then.

Perhaps because its executives have caught the greenhouse climate change disease or perhaps because they fear the campaigning left, BHP has been in the forefront of politically correct statements on the issue.

It was a major supporter of the Gillard carbon tax and contributed heavily to funding the ALP taxpayer floated think-tank, the Grattan Institute, for which it also got a free pas from the ALP to pursue its unconsummated takeover of its iron ore rival Rio.

BHP bankrolls organisations like the World Resources Institute to give it a clean bill of health as a greenhouse gas emitter, claiming that its in-house and related emissions have been halved to about 18 million tonnes of CO2. Of course that excludes its sales of the fiendish emitting products which involve some 70 million tonnes of coal and maybe half that in terms of gas and petroleum.

Coal and petroleum contribute $3.8 billion and $4.1 billion respectively to gross profits with only iron ore greater at $9.2 billion though this itself like the other major commodity copper (earning $3.5 billion in gross profits) is valueless without subsequent use of fossil fuels for processing.

The key Australian manager and deliverer of the death blow was Mike Henry who has overseen impressive cost cutting and for this may even be worth his $4.5 million a year remuneration. Henry doubtless believes that the world must move out of carbon fuels but there is no path for the Bad Australian to achieve this. Indeed in a delicious irony, its South Australian smelter lost $138 million as a result of the wind-induced state blackout debacle last year, a coal replacement strateg...

01:51

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

...

01:45

Classical theory explained "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Ill be in Canberra for the first three days of next week for the meeting of the History of Economic Society of Australia where I will be giving a presentation on the actual meaning and significance of classical economic theory. I am therefore putting up a post from way back in history that I did in 2011, so ancient that Maurice Newman was the Chairman of the ABC and I was still being published at The Drum. The rest of this post is what I said then. But before I get to that, I will put up this quote from a brief article on me [my name even comes first in the articles title!] which you may find in the June issue of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought:

Steven Kates is probably the best-known present-day proponent of the old classical macroeconomics of Jean-Baptiste Say, James Mill, David Ricardo, and John Stuart Mill.

But as I say in the heading to the slide, I am probably the best-known because I am probably the only one in existence. It was also, let me assure you, not intended as a compliment. Anyway, here is what I wrote back then.

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I have an article up at The ABCs Drum website where I again look at the statement by the ABCs Chairman, Maurice Newman, on the value of classical economic theory in comparison with the modern. Here was the full quote from his speech:

We may think we are all Keynesians now, but perhaps contemporary teachings of Keynes are not faithful to the original doctrine, or, maybe, Keynes is now a defunct economist. Perhaps post modernist economics has so captivated our journalists that they have suspended the spirit of enquiry, open-mindedness and scrutiny that an informed democracy so desperately needs.

Under relentless pressure, classical economics has become all but a relic of a bygone era. Yet the work of classical economists most likely holds the solution to todays economic ills.

The point that Maurice Newman was making was that journalist really ought to take a look at the economic ideas of the classical economists, which using the modern Keynesian definition incorporate every economist before Keynes himself, with the exception of Malthus, Hobson, Major Douglas and Gesell (who these last three are you might very well ask, but this is Keyness very own and very short list). As for the rest, they were consigned by Keynes to the dustbin of history, whose theories are only kept alive by a very small band of economists scattered across the world.

In the article, I quote Alfred Marshall, arguably the greatest economist to emerge from the n...

01:29

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

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

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

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

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


01:25

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

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

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

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

This Isnt The First Time Catalonia Has Sought Independence

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

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

According to the...

01:21

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

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

01:18

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

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

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

The Truthful Answers Are Often the Simplest

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

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

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

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

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

Answers:

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

00:46

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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

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

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

00:45

Political Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


00:31

Chrysanthemum Stone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

00:29

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

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

The post Lawmakers Salaries: Meeting with Saraki raises more questions than it answers SERAP appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

00:11

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

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

Friday, 22 September

23:49

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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23:47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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22:54

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

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


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

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

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




22:51

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

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






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22:01

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

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21:55

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

Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

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

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

In fact, current Florida state law makes it illegal.

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, Tarr said.

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

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

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

So, if this family wanted to de...

21:43

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

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

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

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

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

Audiences Are Starved For Family Programming

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

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

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

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

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

21:12

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

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

21:10

City Walk Reykjavik tour reviewed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Reykjavik walking tour was funny and informative

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

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

21:03

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

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

20:57

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

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

20:48

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

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

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20:48

Justin Luke - Author: Majority "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

20:47

Blanca Bar & Dining "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

20:30

Australia's Origin Energy to Trial Blockchain Power Trading "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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

20:22

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

Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:04

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

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

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

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

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19:27

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



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


Pallid Cuckoo


Superb Parrot
We headed...

19:24

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

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



After taking on fuel, N810LP continued to Canberra.

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

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



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19:14

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

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

Niles Eldredge: Trilobites and Punctuated Equilibria

17 December 2015

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

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

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

Learn more about Trilobites: here.

From the American Museum of Natural History in the USA:

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

18:58

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

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

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

18:51

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

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

18:30

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

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

18:29

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

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

18:22

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

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

18:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:05

Why Women Should Never Have Been Given The Vote And Sundry Other Matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Recently I heard about a suffragette who threw a brick through a window early last century. Because of this, we should have never given women the vote. Ok, ok, I know thats a ridiculous argument for two reasons: Why should the violent actions of one person deprive others of their rights? Women in Australia already

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17:34

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

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

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

17:22

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

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

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

According to 7 News:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:19

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

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

17:13

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

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

16:30

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

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

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



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



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


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16:30

'The Vietnam War': The killing of history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

'The Vietnam War': The killing of historyA new American TV documentary series is rewriting the history of the Vietnam War, says John Pilger. read now...

16:24

Suddenly Summer! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

...

16:08

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

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

16:06

The WorldWhere Are You Heading? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

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

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Johan Galtung

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

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

Norways securitywhat are the threats?

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

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

USSR nothing...

15:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:39

Dow High or Low "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

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

15:38

Climate Change on the Horizon "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Marty,

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

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

15:34

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

Friday 22 September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editors notes:

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15:34

Central Banks Investing in Equities "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

15:17

New wetland ecology and training courses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

Course relevant to all of Victoria and Southern NSW.

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

15:10

National's New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How bad is National's New Zealand? Whole families are homeless and sleeping in doorways:

A homeless family-of-eight are among those sleeping rough on the streets of south Auckland.

The couple and their six children were recently found lying in the entry of the Manurewa Citizens Advice Bureau by its board chairman Gordon Myer when he arrived for work two mornings in a row.

"They lay matting in the area and set their beds up in the foyer," he says.

"There's another group of people who sleep around the back. There's about seven or eight of them."


This is simply indecent, reminscent of the Victorian cities many of our ancestors fled here to escape. And we should not tolerate a government which permits it, which allows families to be left homeless and on the street and without support. Instead, we should take our opportunity tomorrow to vote to end this indecency.

14:57

Right Wingers Playing the Victim "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

To be a right winger these days, you have to be good at playing the victim. Victim-playing defines the behaviour of right wingers from the Prime Minister and his in-fighting colleagues, throughout the right-wing business world, all the way down to the rank and file right-wing-trolls on social media. This is not just an Australian

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14:42

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

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, Well Meet Halfway. Details here A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, []

14:35

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...

14:31

Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.60 AUD
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14:28

What really matters is not what matters but who decides what matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

This is a twitter stream on Big Brother and Protecting Elections which really is not just funny but also relevant and serious. And speaking of Facebook, let me also mention this: Mark Zuckerbergs Fake News Problem Isnt Going Away. From which:

In early September, Facebook disclosed that it sold $100,000 in political ads during the 2016 election to buyers who it later learned were connected to the Russian government. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia, the most senior Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have said theyre considering holding a hearing, in which case Zuckerberg could be asked to testify.

Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller has made Facebook a focus of his investigation into collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trumps campaign. A company official says its in regular contact with members and staff on the Hill and has had numerous meetings over the course of many months with Warner. On Sept. 21, Zuckerberg said the company would turn over the ads to Congress and would do more to limit interference in elections in the future. Facebook acknowledges that it has already turned over records to Mueller, which suggests, first, that the special counsel had a search warrant and, second, that Mueller believes something criminal happened on Zuckerbergs platform. . . .

On Sept. 14, ProPublica reported that it had managed to purchase ads targeted at users whod listed interests such as Jew hater and How to burn Jews.

Well theyve stopped that now, but only after it was pointed out to them. Every new technology not only changes the way people find things out but also what things they find out. I am therefore a free speech absolutist which is why we should make it illegal for Facebook or Twitter and other platforms of the same kind to prevent people from saying things there that are perfectly legal to say anywhere else.

14:23

No Free & Independent Media Allowed Australia Has Taken Another Step Towards Complete Government Control "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Bernie Smith

Australia has just sold its soul. A few days ago a law was passed quietly without much attention in the press.

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14:08

FixedIt: Men paying to rape children is not the childrens fault "IndyWatch Feed National"

TVNZ, undoubtedly with the best of intentions, ran a story about men paying to rape children. They framed it as a story about children selling themselves.

The children in this story are not the problem. If they are 12 and 13 year olds as the story claims, they cannot make the choice to have sex with adults.

If men in New Zealand are paying for the opportunity to rape children, even in the unlikely event that they are paying the children themselves, the problem is not what the children are doing. Its what the adults are doing.

If children are receiving money from men who rape them, the issue is how they ended up in a situation where they had no other alternatives than to accept money under such circumstances.

There are a lot of different issues here, all of them serious and deeply concerning. But the children involved are the victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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


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14:03

On-the-ball AG George Brandis QC says Tony Abbott's "YES" badge-wearing assailant had nothing to do with "YES" campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh, except for the "YES" badge. And attacking a prominent "NO" advocate. But other than the badge, and the attack on a leading figure in the "NO" campaign, there was absolutely nothing to do with the same sex marriage issue. A-G George Brandis: this 'deplorable' man had nothing to do...

13:48

Finland Is Eradicating Homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the course of the year, politicians in Sydney and Melbourne have resorted to criminalising homelessness as a way of dealing with the increasing amount of rough sleepers turning up on city streets. Last month, the Berejiklian government passed a bill that broadened police powers to enable them to remove people from crown lands within

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13:42

FixedIt: Women are not responsible for men choosing to commit crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Really?

19 counts of fraud, four counts of enter premises to commit an indictable offence, six counts of receiving tainted property and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs.

But hes not responsible for any of these crimes, its all his girlfriends fault. Because she was allegedly cheating on him.

His lawyer might have been trying it on as a last ditch attempt to garner sympathy from the Magistrate but what is the Sunshine Coast Dailys excuse for buying into this?

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


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm
Ph: 1800 99 10 99

 

13:38

An Inaugural Mix From Din On Body Promise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Din :: Sunset with Body Promise

Friendship is so often the foundation of fruitful opportunity. Din appear to be applying this philosophical nugget as a guide in life, being the pairing of close friends and fellow Sydney musicians Rainbow Chan and Alex Ward (aka Moon Holiday).

Din recently joined Body Promise to take us through a selection of their most coveted tracks from home and abroad. Sprinkled in the mix are their hot off the press productions which they will be putting front and centre for their first ever live show at Soft Centre.

Listen back to the full show to hear some carefully chosen words from Din or check out the mix here!

Tracklist:
Batu Off Court
Waterhouse 3415
Fake Low Res
The Golden Filter Vibrational
Head High Power Seat
Physical Therapy Huff
Din Jinni
1800 Haight Street LCD Casualty
Rita Furstenhof Hadron Collider
Charles Ham
Laurel Halo Jelly
Container Funnel
Enderie Let Systems Decide (A Laser Beam)
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13:30

In which the pond is confused by the cawing Crowe and the parroting Ando ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The reptiles, and so the pond, always try to stay on the light side, but sometimes the comedy is too rich for even the best reptile correspondent, and it's best to go with dry understatement ...

The lawyer for One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has said his client's credibility may have been affected by evidence given during a lengthy cross-examination at the High Court on Thursday. (ABC here).

The mighty Roberts had credibility? Who knew?

When he asked the High Court to consider his citizenship status, Senator Roberts further confused matters by repeatedly refusing to say when he filled in the form renouncing his British citizenship and paid the associated fee.

Never mind, the comedy is rich, and speaking of confusion, the reptiles, the cawing Crowe and so the pond were mightily confused this day ...

At first it seemed clear-cut, with the cawing Crowe at the top of the opinion page making a bold, brave statement:


That seemed might clear, but suddenly later in the day, the bold statement became a question ...


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13:28

Keeping their eyes on the big stuff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In a very joint announcement:

  • The Hon. Kelly ODwyer MP, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services on 19 July 2016;
  • the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science;
  • the Hon. John Barilaro MP, NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Small Business; and
  • the Hon. Victor Dominello MPm NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property

Announced this morning a new plan Making it easier to start a new business.

Apparently:

The new business registration service allows businesses to apply for multiple business and tax registrations at the same time online at business.gov.au. This has reduced the average time taken to register for an ABN from over an hour to less than 15 minutes. The service also supports businesses to meet their obligations and avoid applying for registrations that they dont need.

Great.  But when will the new service that will allow for easy business de-registration and bankruptcy filing be announced?

One might wonder whether it will it be possible to use this new wiz-bang service when the electricity is out because the sun aint shining and the wind aint blowing?  Will it also work when the NBN is down or internet is not otherwise available?  Will it work remotely when businesses are up before the Fair Work Commission dealing with industrial relations matters?

As a citizen, I am very comfortable that Ministers ODwyer and Laundy are on the job here.

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13:14

Local Government in the Inner West of Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local government.  What does it exist for?  In the inner west of Sydney, it does not appear seem to exist for local residents or rate payers.

You might think that local government is there for things like planning, pools and parks.  Perhaps a bit of rubbish collection and road maintenance.  But not for the new Inner West Council in Sydney.

Having done a deal with . the Liberals . Labor Councillor Darcy Byrne will be the new Mayor.  And Mayor Elect Byrne has promised to:

lead a council which is both progressive and effective.

Councillor Byrne also said:

With our belief in social justice and our commitment to diversity, we can show the rest of the country how progressive principles can be put into practice at the local government level.

The Inner West Council is the forced amalgam of 3 smaller councils Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield.  Marrickville Council even managed to have its own foreign policy.

But hey.  Who needs efficient planning and rubbish collection when you can have effective and progressive planning and rubbish collection with a touch of social justice and a commitment to diversity.

Perhaps a Council anthem to be sung before all Council meetings.

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13:09

The struggle for a democratic internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem is less that these new ways of organising society have been radically successful than theyre being run in a way which is exploitative and undemocratic. Since 2008, Scholz has been considering the ramifications of the internet for labour. As the trends to platforms became more pertinent, he shifted his focus from cognitive work to labour in the more traditional sense. In the United States in 2016, 24% of workers had worked on some kind of platform. Every third person is a freelancer fifty five million people. How do you make an intervention in this kind of work?

13:00

Why Has the BRICS Failed to be an Effective Force? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years theres no sign that the old order has been challenged.

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africas President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Credit: Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

The formation of the BRICS the bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was supposed to be the harbinger for a new approach to global economic governance. The leading emerging markets and developing countries were becoming major players in the global economy. And they expected to play a commensurate governance role.

BRICS leaders have now been meeting annually for nine years. They recently met for the ninth BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. They have positioned themselves as a force for transforming global economic governance so that its more responsive to the concerns of developing economies. They are seeking a more just and equitable global economy.

The question is: how effective have they been in reforming global economic governance and the fairness of the global economy?

The honest answer is that as a group, BRICS hasnt been an effective force at all. This is for a number of reasons.

Whats not happened

The following examples illustrate the point.

At least formally the G20, which consists of 20 major economies including the five in BRICs, has supplanted the G7, made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, as the premier forum for global economic governance. But the agenda in these meetings is still largely set by the most powerful countries which now include China but not the other BRICS.

The IMF and World Bank have both changed their voting arrangements to give a louder voice to developing economies and emerging economies. This has particularly benefited China...

13:00

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

12:57

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

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What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offender almost certainly didnt jail men, women and children seeking asylum; he didnt send troops to foreign countries to carpet bomb them; and he probably didnt punch a wall behind the head of a woman at Sydney University a few years back.

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12:52

Is there a mirror anywhere? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Leading climate campaigner, Leonardo Di Caprio has suggested that:

We should not have people in office who do not believe in facts, in truths, in modern science, that are able to manipulate and risk the entire future of this entire generation.

This is same Leonardo whose extensive familiarity with facts and science come from dropping out of high school to attended a free local drama center to perfect his acting skills.

This is also the same Leonardo who flew on a private jet from NY to LA SIX times in SIX weeks.

And again, this is the same Leonardo who rents a $678 million yacht that burns thousands of liters of diesel every hour.

But good ol Leonardo reckons that:

future generations will vilify current politicians who deny and refuse to fight climate change

Lets make Leonardo Supreme Ruler of the World Government.  Then we can all eat cake.

Mirror mirror on the wall, whos the greatest dilettante of them all?

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12:43

Hritier Lumumba On White Fragility, White Supremacy, And Waleed Aly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hritier Lumumba the man at the centre of the AFLs never-ending racism scandal speaks out about his fight for compassion and equality, and the silence and complicity of the people who turn away. This story can also be read on Lumumbas personal website.

It has been one week since I left Australia, and just over a week has passed since an interview I did with The Project was aired on TV. The interview was conducted by the host of the program, Waleed Aly.

During the interview, Aly quoted the 19th-century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and I took note of it. He said, Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. And it is in the spirit of a new level of understanding, that I feel compelled to write about my experiences.

Firstly, I would like to let it be known that I appreciate the profound impact that Alys presence, in Australian media, has on society. His brilliance is evident and I am grateful that our paths crossed, for iron sharpens iron. I value his humanity, I wish that peace be unto him, and I see him as my brother who shares a divine connection to the same source of creation.

Regrettably, I made the error of going into the interview with the preconceived idea that we would both see eye to eye on the basic truths of racism/white supremacy. It pains me to admit, that my expectations of him were derived by his highly acclaimed career as an academic and journalist, his ethnicity, and his faith in Islam.

I made the assumption that he would skillfully deliver an objective, unapologetic stance in the face of racism. However, it is now very clear to me, that he and I have fundamental differences in our understanding of what racism/white supremacy is, and how it should be effectively dealt with.

Upon reflection, I should have been far more aware of our fundamental differences going into the interview.

After the death of Muhammad Ali, his portrayal of Ali as a black supremacist highlights the enormous discrepancy we have in our understanding. Waleed Alys non contextualized perspective of the separatist movement in the USA, of which Muhammad Ali was a part of, is void of highlighting the socio-political backdrop of white supremacy that pervaded Muhammad Alis life. By failing to point out that Muhammad Ali was socialized in a white supremacist society and world, responsible for a genocide that has spanned over 500+ yea...

12:27

APPLY NOW: Campaigner training the annual Felicity Whishart Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The late  Felicity Flic Wishart was an instrumental leader for the Australian environment movement. An immensely talented, passionate campaigner and communicator, Flic was also a trusted mentor for many young women. Her legacy lives on in her many hard-fought campaign wins, especially for the Great Barrier Reef, where a coral reef was recently named in her honour and in the work of those lucky enough to have received her guidance.

We want to keep Flics leadership alive. In her memory, Essential and the Australian Marine Conservation Society are partnering to deliver a unique training program for one successful applicant. Aimed at empowering young women who are passionate about the environment, our goal is to develop the skills of one effective campaigner this year and follow Flics footsteps.

Essential is a full service communications agency that brings together research, strategy, media, digital, advertising and production. With over 20 years experience, Essential has been the strategic force behind some of the most influential campaigns in Australia. Its award-winning creative solutions cut through and get results. Essential is also values driven. We care about the work we do and who we work with.

Flic worked closely with Essential to spearhead the Fight for the Reef campaign. Together AMCS and Essential combined social research, digital tactics and communications strategy to develop a community of more than 100,000 supporters and to effectively influence political decisions.

This training program has been designed to reflect Flics role as a mentor to young women and her understanding of the combined power of communications, digital and research to deliver progressive outcomes.

The program will cover communications strategy, digital tactics, earned media planning and social research techniques. It will provide exposure to a range of progressive camp...

12:13

The Elites Are Privately Warning about a Crash "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Many everyday citizens assume powerful global financial elites operate behind closed doors in secret conclaves, like the scene of a Spectre board meeting in the recent James Bond film.

Actually, the opposite is true. Most of what the power elite does is hidden in plain sight in speeches, seminars, webcasts and technical papers. These are readily available from institutional websites and media channels.

Its true that private meetings occur on the sidelines of Davos, the IMF annual meeting, and G-20 summits of the kind just concluded. But the results of even those secret meetings are typically announced or leaked, or can be reasonably inferred based on subsequent policy coordination.

What the elites rely on is not secrecy but lack of proficiency by the media.

The elites communicate in an intentionally boring style with lots of technical jargon, and publish in channels non-experts have never heard of and are unlikely to find. In effect, the elites are communicating with each other in their own language and hoping that no one else notices.

Still, there are some exceptions. Mohamed A. El-Erian is a bona fide member of the global power elite (a former deputy director of the IMF and president of the Harvard Management Co.). Yet he writes in a fairly accessible style on the popular Bloomberg website. When El-Erian talks, we should all listen.

In a recent article, he raises serious doubts about the sustainability of the bull market in stocks because of reduced liquidity resulting from simultaneous policy tightening by the Fed, European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England.

He says stocks rose on a sea of liquidity and they may crash when that liquidity is removed. This is a warning to other elites, but its also a warning to you.

But its not just El-Erian whos sounding the alarm

Youve heard the expression the big money. This is a reference to the largest and most plugged-in investors on Earth. Some are mega-rich individuals, and some are large banks and institutional investors with a dense network of contacts and inside information.

When it comes to big money, sovereign wealth funds are at the top of the food chain. These are funds sponsored by mostly wealthy nations to invest a countrys reserves from trade or natural resources in stocks, bonds, private equity and hedge funds.

As a result, sovereign wealth fund managers have the best information networks of any investors. The chief investment officer of a sovereign wealth fund can pick up the phone and speak to the CEO of any major corporation, private equity fund or hedge fund in the world.

Among sovereign wealth funds, the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. (GIC) is one of the largest, with over $354 bi...

12:06

Massive clearing of native forestry in Tweed sparks furore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

By Luis Feliu

Massive and controversial logging and road works on a property next to a Crown reserve in the heart of the Tweed Valley has sparked community outrage with legal action by council, a protest outside the state MPs office and a personal mayoral mission to the minister to stop the work.

Campaigners against the unauthorised works say they amount to state-sanctioned destruction of precious remnant forests with aerial photos identifying 20 hectares of environmental zones, which have been deemed prime koala habitat but deferred by the state, subject to logging or clearing for roads.

Tweed Shire Council last night unanimously resolved to engage lawyers to investigate prosecuting the owner of the Boormans Road property at Tyalgum over the works on sensitive environmentally protected zones, some within an adjacent crown reserve.

However, council planners say a major contributor to the alleged unauthorised clearing relates to a Private Native Forestry Vegetation Plan issued by the NSW Environment Protection Agency in 2013.

Council has repeatedly raised its concerns with the NSW government, as has Richmond MP Justine Elliot who has written to environment minister Gabrielle Upton calling for the work to be stopped.

In the resolution last night, council also decided to issue immediate stop-work and clean-up orders on the site and back mayor Katie Milne personally urging minister Upton to revoke the so-called licence for private native forestry which the property owners Hewitville Holdings has used to justify the works.

The property, adjacent to the Limpinwood Nature Reserve, is owned by Hewitville Holdings, which is linked to former high-flying Gold Coast developer John Fish (see previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2015/07/bid-to-sue-tweed-developer-over-illegal-works-dropped/)

North East Forestry Aliiance (NEFA) and Northern Rivers...

12:00

Career counselling with Rocky "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Career counselling with RockyRocky Dabscheck recently took on a position as a careers counsellor at a leading secondary college, where he discovers some of the students could make fine politicians. read now...

11:56

MACKAY 49 charges include explosives and shortened guns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 22, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

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Maximillian Voss, 27, from Mackay had 49 allegations listed on Thursday in Mackay Magistrates Court, where he appeared via videolink from prison.

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11:56

MACKAY Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Post-funeral family feud leads to serious assault allegations

September 22, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

likely plead guilty to entering premises and committing an indictable offence on April 27 in South Mackay, his lawyer told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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11:47

Westgate Tunnel hearings nothing but concerns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since I started as the FoE & PTNT Sustainable Cities campaigner I have been continually shocked as I learn more about the Transurban $5.5 billion mega-toll road proposed for Melbournes West. 

What started as a much needed proposal to get noisy, poisonous trucks off the residential streets of the inner West has now morphed into a crazy plan to lock the West into a car dependent future. Titled a tunnel, it actually consists of a 12-lane toll way, short tunnel, 3 giant bridges across the Maribyrnong River, then an 18-lane double-decker road leading to spaghetti interchanges and flyovers.

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11:46

Indias Republic Of Fear And Loathing: The Assassination Of Gauri Lankesh "IndyWatch Feed National"

A prominent Indian journalist was assassinated in early September, sparking outrage and protest around the country. Harsha Prabhu reports.

It was Shehla Rashid Shora, former Vice President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union, who nailed it. Speaking outside the Delhi Press Club at a pop-up action to protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh, she said: This bullet was meant for each of us.

The bullets that took the life of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh were fired at her while she alighted from her car at her home in Bengaluru, Karnataka, late on Tuesday, 5th September.

While the case is still under investigation, Lankeshs murder appears to point to a criminal, terrorist conspiracy whose likely origins lie in the climate of hate and division engendered by the Hindutva right wing forces in India.

 

Climate of hate

This was a theme echoed by many at the action to protest Gauri Lankeshs death at the amphitheatre in Mumbais suburb of Bandra last Wednesday.

Activist Teesta Setalvad said: Along with remembering the murders of freethinkers, well also have to remember those who were murdered by gaurakshaks (cow-protectors). Be it bullets or lynchings, its the same crime. This is the result of the work of those who spread hate and poison. All Indians live in fear today. Whether on a train or a bus, they cant speak freely, cant eat or drink what they want. All this is being done in an organised manner, so we need to have a collective response.

Feroze Mithiborwala, secularist and convenor of Bharat Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save India) said: When I heard about the attack, the first thing that came to my mind was Teesta Setalvad. Testa, we are with you today.

Teesta Setalvad had invited the Modi governments wrath by being an indefatigable fighter for the rights of those affected by the Gujarat 2002 pogroms against Muslims. She has pursued cases on behalf of the victims that have resulted in the conviction of BJP and Hindutva functionaries. The Modi government has responded by registering cases against her NGO, a Ford Foundation-supported charity that publishes an online magazine whose motto is Hate Hurts, Harmony works.

One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. One of the protests earlier this month over the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Mithiborwala said: Are we very clear we stand against all forms of religious fascism? All forms of communal violence? Be it Hindu or Muslim fanatics, we stand against them all?

The assembled crowd of several hundred...

11:35

83-year-old woman a victim of bag-snatch in Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was injured in a bag snatch in broad daylight in Ballina yesterday (Thursday, September 21).

The 83-year-old woman was walking on Winston Lane after leaving a supermarket in River Street at about 4pm.

Police have been told a man grabbed her handbag from behind and threatened her.

As the man continued to tug on the bag, the woman lost her grip and fell to the ground.

The man was last seen running towards Martin Street with the bag.

The woman was taken to Ballina Hospital in a stable condition. Police have been told she suffered a fractured pelvis.

The man who police believe may be able to assist in the investigation has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 170 and 180cm tall and with short blond hair.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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11:34

The Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces More Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival The early bird tickets for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival have just gone on sale and the festival has just announced a bunch of new artists on the lineup. This time around Port Fairy has announced Amistat, Ben Waters Band (UK) with Derek Nash (UK), Black Sorrows, []

11:20

The Case For Euthanasia: Legalising The Last Resort "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What can Australia learn from other countries in legalising physician assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia? Jessica Qi takes up the cause.

In his famous work On Liberty, John Stuart Mill proposes that if a person is observed preparing to cross a bridge that you know to be dangerous, you may intervene to inform them of the risk of the bridges potential collapse should they continue, but you must ultimately move aside as only they know the importance of crossing and balancing that against the comparative risks. Philosopher Peter Singer draws on Mill to propose that this same right to autonomy extends to the euthanasia debate. Indeed, at the crux of the pro-euthanasia argument is the notion, that it is individuals who represent the best guardians of their own interests.

Support for autonomy in end of life decision-making is now eschewed by the majority of the Australian public. A 2016 survey of over 200,000 Australians garnered an approval rate of 75% for euthanasia.

Despite such support, Australia currently lacks jurisdiction that legally permits either voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Euthanasia is where the physician administers the lethal dose whereas with PAS, the physician provides the prescription that is the means of death but does not directly administer it.

The growing trend towards the legalisation of euthanasia or PAS in countries worldwide, means that Australian legislators will continue to face mounting pressure and will need to carefully consider the issue.

One of the major concerns for opponents is that the legalisation of euthanasia is a slippery slope. There is a fear that vulnerable people will be pressured into consenting, as they are perceived as a nuisance by their families or because of cost-cutting measures by their health providers. However, does citing examples of the abuse of a legal right provide sufficient cause to justify withholding that right?

To answer this, Benatar in his article disputing the slippery slope argument, makes an analogy to driving. People will always drive faster than they should; run traffic lights; drive vehicles that are un-roadworthy and often choose to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Despite all this, few people would then accept the argument that driving should be outlawed altogether.

The answer must not be to deny a right, but instead to regulate and implement safeguards to mitigate the risk of abuse. This has been demonstrated in the numerous jurisdictions where legalisation has occurred, with little evidence of abuse emerging.

A...

11:17

The Gunnery and other Woolloomooloo drawings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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11:17

FixedIt: No fix required "IndyWatch Feed National"

FixedIt is almost always about the media getting it wrong. When they get it right they dont usually appear on my radar. Which isnt really fair because there are a lot of good journalists and publication who do great work of reporting terrible crimes.

This one on The Canberra Times today is a good example. An article about a mans conviction for child abuse put the perpetrator at the beginning of the headline and was clear about the crimes he intended to commit.

The only time his intentions to abuse children was referred to as sex was in reference to the charge, which is specifically named in the ACT criminal code as sexual intercourse with a child. Every other description of his actions and intentions calls it abuse, sexual abuse or rape.

Sitting in court listening to the details of these cases can be gut-wrenching. Reporting it succinctly, accurately and responsibly is difficult as page after page of FixedIt proves.

The big win here is that this man was caught, charged and convicted before he was able to rape and abuse children. The police who investigate such crimes and have to trawl through truly revolting material to ensure child rapists are caught and incarcerated do an incredible job. And they pay a high price for it. Their work deserves to be recognised and applauded.

But The Canberra Times and Megan Gorrey deserve kudos here too. This is how you report sexual abuse of children. This is how you keep the public informed and show respect to the victims. This is how easy it is to do an incredibly difficult job properly.

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11:13

S&P Downgrades China Sovereign Credit Rating "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

If theres one thing we can rely on in the financial world, its a rating agency coming to the party late.

Standard & Poors has now come out and lowered Chinas soveriegn credit rating. It also downgraded the countrys outlook from stable to negative.

It seems slightly bizarre that the other two big rating firms downgraded China four years ago.

Thats a long time in finance.

China has been racking up debt since the global financial crisis. This has worried a lot of people, for a long time. There is a limit to how much credit can pump up the economy.

I happened to be speaking to China expert Tom Miller two nights ago. He says Chinas leaders are perfectly aware that the state-run companies are saturated in debt.

In fact, a few years ago, the Chinese authorities identified the one factor in the Chinese economy that could take on more debt to prop up the economy: The Chinese consumer.

Hence mortgage growth took off as the rules were loosened a bit, and weve seen Chinas real estate market run hot in parts of the country.

How far can that go? Im not sure. Im not particularly bearish on China. Id say any slowdown there is probably expected now, and therefore priced in.

My colleague, Jim Rickards, is not sanguine. He views China as one of the triggers that could tip over the financial system.

In fact, China is one of the biggest triggers the global elites are preparing for. There is another one though.

Read on for Jims take here

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11:02

Yankton Sioux Tribe Wants Answers for Tasing of Tribal Elder by South Dakota Police "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yankton Sioux Tribal Elder Raymond Cournoyer Sr. beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Published September 21, 2017

WAGNER, SOUTH DAKOTA The Yankton Sioux Tribe, based in Wagner, South Dakota, is seeking answers as to why one its elders was beaten and tased by South Dakota law enforcement last weekend.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, one of the Yanton Sioiux tribal elders, Raymond Cournoyer Sr., was rushing to be at his mothers side as she was making her journey to the spirit world.  Mr. Cournoyer never made it to share her final moments.

South Dakota law enforcement captured beating tribal elder.

Instead, he was stopped by South Dakota Highway patrol officer, Fisher, along with City of Wagner Police Officer, Eli Kuhlman, as soon as he arrived at the Good Samaritan Center. Although Mr. Cournoyer verbally informed officer Fisher of his intentions to see his dying mother, he was only able to take a few steps before Fischer grabbed him from behind and pushed him against the vehicle. By this time officer Eli Kuhlman arrived on the scene where he then grabbed Mr. Cournoyer slammed him to the ground face first and tased him. Both officers then placed him in handcuffs.

Mr. Cournoyer is a 64-year-old Army veteran who has been drug and alcohol free for over 30 years.  He is a widely respected member of both Yankton Sioux and Wagner communities. He posed no threat to anyone.

The tribe calls this type of excessive forces was uncalled for. There are available pictures from the Cournoyer family that show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.

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10:57

Why Im not coming out this survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

All my doctors counsel me against being open about having a serious mental illness. Finding ways to massage the truth to people and explain away periods of absence from the workforce has become second nature to me. But, as a gay man who has been open and proud about his sexuality, I cant help but feel a bit conflicted. Is the counselling to stay secret actually denying people their proper supports in society and jeopardising mental health?

10:42

FixedIt: Serial DV offender is not invisible "IndyWatch Feed National"

The West Australian reported on Atinae Afamilionas brutal attack against his wife by erasing him from the headline.

Afamiliona has multiple convictions for domestic violence offences against his wife and children. This attack occurred after she suggested a separation. His response to his wife making choices about her own life was to pick up a machete and hack at her with it at least 10 times. He severed two of her fingers and toes, and left her with deep scars on her arms and legs.

Acting Judge Grogin described the attack as a, brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who at the time was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car.

Afamiliona had three previous domestic violence offences on his record, including slapping a five-year-old girl across the face and dragging her by her ponytail, throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching a Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wifes home against court orders.

All these facts were reported in the article and yet Afamilionas very existence didnt make it into the headline.

Erasing violent men from headlines about their crimes does a grave disservice to victims and to the public, who depend on journalists to tell them the truth about what is happening in their society.

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10:39

Head-butt? Marriage Equality Broke My Arm And My Man-Love For Israel Folau "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Abbott claims to have been head-butted for his stance against marriage equality. Josh Dabelstein supports same-sex marriage and he took a much bigger hit than that.

I got into an argument with a couple of lads during my brief attempt at a law degree at the Australian National University in Canberra a few years ago.

I was with a girl who I had decided, that night, was the love of my life. Duly responding to the soft lefts beau de jour a love-token for my heterocrush I might have over-asserted my man-legiance to the whole gay marriage thing. My vague memory of the incident insists that this over-assertion of said man-legience was directed at two blurred and suited figures smoking cigars out the front of the Jolimont centre on Northbourne Avenue.

They made a homophobic jeer at a couple of blokes holding hands walking past, and I said something (Im told) like theyll be married before you two cunts.

I was out cold long before I hit the pavement. Two simultaneous punches to the face had my arm crumble beneath the weight of the rest of me.

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My mother continues to remind me of the eleven-thousand-dollar prosthesis that holds the radius and ulna together on my right arm, like I chose the extent to which medical insurance covers the miracles of modern science (without which Id never hand write or masturbate with the only hand good enough to get the job done. The rest Ill save for my therapist.

The point is that there are so many ways you can express your hatred of hatred, or what most people arent afraid of calling love. Dont be afraid to call a spade a spade. But most importantly, pick your battles. Trust me, pick your battles well and they wont cost your mum an arm or a leg.

Also while Ive got the microphone, Id like to say hello to Israel Folau.

Being the victim to your own youth and cultural values is not an excuse, when it comes to ex...

10:31

Greens open to all "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Bowling Club will hold a come and try day on Friday 29 September.
The club will throw open its doors to people of all ages to come and test their skills on the rinks.
Expert coaching will be available for novice bowlers.
A free sausage sizzle will be available and the day kicks off at 10am and goes right through until 4pm.

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10:25

Heatwave hits state and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

10:25

Last day to enrol "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today is the last day on which you can advance vote. It is also the last day you can enrol to vote - for some odd reason we don't allow enrolment on election day. So, if you're not enrolled, get along to an advance voting station and do it. Likewise if you think you might be busy tomorrow (and don't want your two hours paid time off to vote), or just want the whole thing to be over, get out there and vote! The polls are tight, so no matter who you support, every vote is going to matter.

The Electoral Commission has a list of advance voting locations here.

10:15

Jackie Chans dad was a spy in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie

Jackie Chan attends a press conference to promote his new movie The Foreigner in Qingdao city, east Chinas Shandong province, 19 September 2017.

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Jackie Chan offers up a startling confession soon after he sits down for a chat.

I am Australian, Chan, the legendary 63-year-old Hong Kong-born martial arts star, told AAP last weekend while promoting his new animated family-comedy film, The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Its the first of numerous startling insights into Chans little-known and influential years growing up in Canberra and the long connection his parents, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, have with Australia.

Both were buried in Canberra.

Known worldwide as Jackie Chan after making more than 100 Hollywood and Asian films including the Police Story and Rush Hour franchises, Shanghai Noon and The Tuxedo, Chan has had a few different names several from his time in Australia.

If it wasnt for Australia the world would not know him as Jackie.

When he attended the ACTs Dickson College he was known as Steve.

Around the US Embassy in Canberra where his parents worked he was known as Pao.

When I go to try to learn English at school they call me Steve, Chan said.

I tried to find a job.

A guy said Whats your English name? and I said I dont have one.

My friend was a driver for the embassy.

His name was Jack so it was, Ok, call him Jack.

Oh yeah.

Chan offered another interesting tidbit his dad was a spy.

Chan Sr was hiding out at the US Embassy in Canberra because he was a Chinese nationalist agent who originally fled China to Hong Kong to avoid being captured by rival Communists.

My father was spy hiding in Hong Kong and hiding in Australia at the American embassy for so many years, Chan said....

10:06

Tricky question of getting better banking "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

THE chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has always championed competition as the friend of the consumer. In the past few years he has been especially critical of state-owned utility monopolies and privatisations that lead to monopolies and structures that hurt consumers.

This week, with the interests of consumers at heart, he questioned the four pillars policy that prohibits mergers among the big four banks.

He said it could be argued that the four pillars policy gives the big four an advantage because they are seen as too big to fail and would be bailed out by the taxpayers if there was a crash, so they get higher credit ratings and can borrow at lower interest rates. Against that advantage it might make it harder new banks to enter the market to give consumers a better deal.

Alternatively, Sims suggests, the Government should look at extending the no-merger rule beyond the four big banks to all banks to stop the big four swallowing up smaller banks which can offer consumers a better deal.

Yes, it is a good idea to look at the banking system to see if the rules are still serving consumer needs, but we should be very careful. The stability of the financial system is more important than whether banks are serving consumers. It will not help consumers if the financial system is made less stable.

Australia has been pretty well served by its financial system compared to other countries, as the history of the global financial crisis attests. Sure, we have had our scams and incidents of unethical behaviour, but we dodged the bullet that hit the US and Europe.

A book by Obamas first Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, called Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises is quite instructive on how important the financial system is to the well-being of everyone. It also busts some myths on the 2008 crisis and points out some lessons which have still not been learnt in the US, and probably not in Australia either.

Geithner was head of the New York Federal Reserve under Bush and was one of the first to express alarm at the growth of the derivatives market which was one of the main causes of the crash. Finance companies bundled up mortgages into derivatives and sold them. The ratings agencies foolishly gave them AAA ratings, but when the housing bubble burst, the derivatives were near worthless and a chain reaction began.

Geithner wanted a classic Keynesian response: for the Government to push money into the economy, as was done by the Rudd G...

09:59

Tweed council votes Yes for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Councils chambers in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be flying the rainbow flag proudly soon after councillors last night voted to support the Yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.

The councils progressive majority backed mayor Katie Milnes notice of motion (in a 4-3 vote) for council to support amending the Marriage Act to include all members of the LGBTQIA community

Council will now erect a rainbow flag or banners outside the Tweed and Murwillumbah council chambers for the duration of the controversial postal survey.

Cr Milnes motion also proposes that council promotes its position on the issue through the media and social networking and holds at least one councilor-led public function to promote the Yes vote.

The Greens mayor said that while the Marriage Act is the responsibility of the Commonwealth councils are met with varying levels of success and/or criticism when they lend weight to matters outside of their jurisdiction.

Council must also consider that adopting a specific view on items that are subject to a conscience vote could result in unwanted community division being directed towards it, she said.

Flag etiquette requires that any flag, other than the Australian flag, must be flown lower than the Australian flag.

Council will also need to give direction on what flag is to be removed to fly the rainbow flag.

Therefore the option of the banner is easier to implement.

Cr Milne told councillors the rainbow flags would cost around $300 each and that there may also be other costs associated with the public function.

New deputy

Meanwhile, Cr Reece Byrnes was elected unopposed as new deputy mayor at an extraordinary meeting held last night.

Cr Byrnes, a Labor Party-endorsed councilor, was voted to replace Cr Chris Cherry.

Mayor Milne thanked Cr Cherry for her service in the past year.

Cr Byrnes will hold the position until September next year, when another election will be held.

Under the Local Government Act, the term of deputy is a year while for mayor it is two years.

At 29, Cr Byrnes is believed to be the youngest deputy mayor in Tweed shires history.

Outgoing deputy Cr Cherry, said councillors gave Cr Byrnes their full support by electing him unopposed.

The newly-elected deputy last night led a condolence motion for the late, Murwillumbah-born, Labor luminary John Johno Johnson.

It noted the recent passing of the former Member of the NSW Legislative Council and his great contribution to public life......

09:54

Divers Are Stunned By Weird Tube-Like Sea Creatures Lurking Below The Oceans Surface "IndyWatch Feed National"

Divers off the coast of Australia spotted a giant translucent tube with a strange pink sheen on its skin. Initially uncertain about the 10-meter-long creature, they approached it with caution. As animal gently glided toward them, they decided to reach out and touch it. It felt like a soft, jelly-like substance and it didnt really []

09:52

North coast students spellbound in anticipation of finals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Junior finalist Sunny from Bangalow Public School. Photo supplied.

Junior finalist Sunny from Bangalow Public School. Photo supplied.

Six far north coast students are in the running to be crowned the states best speller after making it through the Regional Finals of the NSW Premiers Spelling Bee.

The students were rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November, where 86 students from across the state will compete for the title.

The local finalists are: River R, Yamba Public School, junior; Ben D, Dunoon Public School, junior; Bradley G, Terranora Public School, junior; Che M, Palmers Island Public School, senior; Sunny D, Bangalow Public School, senior; Amelie M, Pottsville Beach Public School, senior.

Senior finalist Amelie from Pottsville Beach Primary School. Photo supplied

Senior finalist Amelie from Pottsville Beach Primary School. Photo supplied

 

Winning a spot in the State Final is quite an achievement, with around 3,200 students from almost 1000 public schools across NSW competing in the regional finals this month (4-15 September) and more than 153,000 students taking part in this years competition, said an education department spokesperson.

To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki, he added.

NSW is the top-ranked State in mean spelling scores at all year levels in this years NAPLAN. The Premiers Spelling Bee is just one of the many initiatives that are improving the literacy skills of public school students across NSW.

Writing award

Meanwhile, one local student has been chose...

09:48

Bindaree's Chinese investors plan to develop northern WA cattle assets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

20 Sep 2017 | Beef CentralHong Kong based investors who recently took a 51 percent stake in northern NSW export beef processor, Bindaree Beef have plans to further develop their Western Australian grazing property investments, purchased in April last year.

09:38

China bans Bitcoin executives from leaving the country "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

http://www.trustnodes.com/2017/09/19/china-bans-bitcoin-executives-leaving-country-miners-preparing-worst

Chinese media is reporting executives of crypto exchanges have been ordered to not leave the country with a very rough translation stating:

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchang...

09:34

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Grower's Guide to Cultivating Chinese Water Chestnut in Australia

09:27

Australia backs Trumps North Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has welcomed US president Donald Trumps harsh new round of sanctions against North Korea.

Ms Bishop, speaking to reporters at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, said Australia will continue to review the autonomous sanctions it has on North Korea to ensure the rogue regime is compelled to return to the negotiating table and halt its nuclear and missile program.

Mr Trump announced a new executive order granting the US Treasury Department increased authority to punish North Korea with economic sanctions and target foreign companies, including banks, airlines and shipping companies, that do business with the Asian nation.

The post Australia backs Trumps North Korea sanctions appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:23

Has Alpine Shire underestimated the economic and environmental costs of the Dinner Plain Green? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As reported several times by Mountain Journal, the Alpine Shire in north east Victoria is currently investigating whether to develop a Village Green (oval/ polo field/ elite athlete training ground) in the Dinner Plain village. The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million and substantial investigations have been carried out to assess the likely environmental, social and economic implications of the proposal. Council is now deciding whether to proceed with developing the Green, which will require the destruction of almost 2 hectares of snow gum woodland (an assessment of the environmental impacts of this project is available here).

I have read the relevant documents, inclusive of the Information Booklet and the flora and fauna assessment by Biosis, and have particular concerns about the environmental impacts and associated risks concerning offsets etc.

My biggest concern is that there are potentially significant ecological impacts and associated costs that are risks for the project that are not adequately considered.  I will go through each possible risk below but the biggest overall impact will possibly be on your cost benefit analysis for the project, i.e. if the costs go up any appreciable level then your cost benefit analysis could go into the negative quite easily.

First, I have compared the Village Green concept and the disturbance footprint detailed in the flora and fauna report and would strongly argue that the losses are underestimated for several reasons:

  1. The proposed works area defined by Biosis definitely looks smaller than the drawing in Figure 2 of the information booklet.
  2. It will difficult to limit the works and the impact to the proposed footprint in my view. There will inevitably be disturbance between existing buildings, use areas a nd tracks and the Village Green facility because of the inevitable desire lines that visitors will use between existing private land and use areas and the new Village Green.
  3. Batters have impacts beyond their footprint in most circumstances, including unanticipated impacts at construction, slumping after construction and drainage....

09:22

Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cypheriums talented team is building a double-chained infrastructure for the future. September 21, 2017 New York, NY Although the development of efficient blockchains has come a long way since 2009, scalability remains to be a major issue within blockchain. While many companies are actively working on a wide variety of technical answers to Continue reading Cypherium Announces Development of a Scalable, Hybrid Blockchain

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Australia follows nuclear weapons powers in boycotting UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia joins boycott of UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
9 News,  Sep 21, 2017 Australia has joined a boycott of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Koreas nuclear and missile tests.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joined representatives from the US, Britain, France and others who were absent from the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders overnight.

A total of 51 countries lined up to sign the new treaty.

 The treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel took part in the negotiations.

There remain some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the treaty for signing.

NATO condemned the treaty, saying that...

09:20

At United Nations, dozens of countries signing up to the nuclear weapons ban treaty "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

50 signatories ink U.N. nuclear ban treaty opposed by major powers https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/21/world/50-nations-ink-u-n-nuclear-ban-treaty-opposed-major-powers/#.WcQszPMjHGg AP, KYODO, JIJI, 21 SEPT 17, AP, KYODO, JIJI  Dozens of countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the worlds nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless.

You are the states that are showing moral leadership in a world that desperately needs such moral leadership today, Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said as a signing ceremony began.

 Before the day was out, 50 signatories as different as Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty; others can sign later if they like. Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican also have already ratified the treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to take effect among the nations that back it.

They would be barred from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

Seven decades after the United States dropped two a...

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