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21:00

EP 228: The Scientists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photo: Mark Louttit

The Scientists

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 4th November 2017

The Scientists first formed in Perth as The Exterminators and then The Invaders in 1977. Once they became The Scientists in 1978, they then released their first single Frantic Romantic/Shake (Together Tonight) in June 1979 on the D.N.A. Records label. After a debut LP (commonly referred to as The Pink Album) and a number of lineup changes, the band relocated to Sydney in 1982.

This change in scenery and lineup also saw The Scientists change musical direction. Pop-infused punk rock was traded in for a more psychedelic style of swampy, blues rock n roll. The band was signed by Au Go Go Records who released two singles as well as the influential Blood Red River LP in the space of a year, making them one of Australias most popular independent bands at the time. But another move was soon on the cards.

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20:08

Maybe we no longer want long lives "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

So you'd like to live forever.

I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.

Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.

The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that  just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.

No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.

Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.

Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.

The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.

Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than th...

19:41

Bruny Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its funny how the phrase the mainland can mean two quite different things in Tasmania. You would assume, on the surface, its a reference to the rest of Australia. But on ABC Radios Country Hour the other day, I heard someone from King Island refer to the mainland as the rest of Tasmania. And I []

19:40

Sydney firm launches major privacy class action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media Release A Sydney law firm is expected to launch one of Australias largest class actions in the new and expanding area of privacy breaches. Centennial Lawyers will tomorrow file the lawsuit against the NSW Ambulance Service in the Supreme Court of NSW. The plaintiff alleges that a contractor was allowed to access personal workers

The post Sydney firm launches major privacy class action appeared first on The AIM Network.

19:01

Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Urgent surgery needed for brain-injured refugee on Nauru A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since yesterday afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same

The post Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru appeared first on The AIM Network.

18:44

Carpe diem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

This interesting story caught my eye:

WITHIN hours of the same-sex marriage announcement on Wednesday, an outspoken No voter who owns a beauty salon in Perth was floored by a gay wedding request.

Belinda received a booking inquiry on her salons Facebook page from gay couple Brad and Chris for a full body wax to make our honeymoon extra special.

My partner Chris and I have started planning our big day for Jan now the vote thing is over, So excited!

 Belinda, who is afraid to use her real name, is certain she is being trolled by gay activists.

Its not genuine. They know Im an active No voter and they think they can goad me

Are they going to turn up at the shop tomorrow? Where do I stand now if there are people out there deliberately trying to force me to participate in gay weddings?

Yes. Well. What to make of this request? First of all why would anyone care why people would want to have a full body wax? Does Belindas business offer that service or not? Given that she now knows its for a wedding she should charge a wedding premium for the service. All other caterers seem to do so.

Nobody is forcing her to participate in anything just do your job. Run your business. Mind your own business.

Then, of course, we have to wonder how smart all of the individuals mentioned in this story really are.

Who would invite someone who they think loathes them to pour hot wax onto their body and rip their hair out by its follicles?

Who would pass up the opportunity to pour hot wax onto somebody they loathe and rip their hair out by the follicles?

18:21

What's a little mud, grass, tidy, tickle between friends? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


White-browed Crake strolls across drying area at edge of Payets Tower pool in Townsville Common, ignoring intruder slopping alongside in mud-enclosed boots. But what's a little mud between friends?

Bit wetter underfoot for Comb-crested Jacana. Not quite in the clear either. But what's a little grass between friends?

Below the tower, Crimson Finch cleans up (as requested) after getting stuck into sticky grass seeds. But what's a little tidiness between friends?

18:13

A Lurker An Open Letter to the Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party of Australia, and the National Party of Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Good Afternoon,

Now that those of you who have agitated for same-sex marriage have received the go-ahead from 61.6% of those who sent back Yes responses to your postal survey, I would ask the following questions of your lawmakers:

  1. What exactly are you planning on doing to ensure that the fundamental freedoms of all Australians, especially those of minority groups (and Christians/Social-Conservatives now could be categorised as a minority group) are not eroded or diminished by same-sex marriage being written into law?
  2. How exactly will you protect and strengthen the following freedoms Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Expression and last, but not least, Freedom of Religion?
  3. How will you ensure that both religious and non-religious Australians will not suffer discrimination, law-fare, violence, bullying and intimidation simply for holding a public view against same-sex marriage?
  4. How will you ensure that families can remove their children/opt out of Government educational programs like and similar to Safe Schools without negative consequences for either the child or the family?
  5. How will you ensure that radical gender theory is not wholesale inflicted on Australian society?
  6. How exactly will you ensure that protections for any and all freedoms that are written into law cannot be easily overturned, rescinded, removed or diluted by future Governments?
  7. In your haste to pass a Same-Sex Marriage Bill, how will you ensure that by passing such a Bill, you will do no further harm to Australian society?

Respectfully,

A Lurker

17:18

Open Letter to President Trump Concerning Jahar "IndyWatch Feed National"

(photo PBS)

by Cesar Baruja, MD

August 18, 2017

President Donald Trump

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20500

Re: Reinvestigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Dear Mr. President,

Before my petition to you, I would like to introduce myself. I am Cesar Baruja, an MD Family Physician from Paraguay and an American citizen who has been working in the United States of America since 2005.

I am writing to ask you for a reinvestigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing that occurred on Boylston Street in Bo...

17:00

The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly

The post The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy appeared first on The AIM Network.

16:45

beeswax a story from hive to candle "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Most nights, once the children are in bed and the house is quiet, I light a beeswax candle. Its a little ritual Ive had for the past few years and one I look forward to every evening. It signals the end of the day a time to settle in and take rest.

I choose beeswax candles because the alternatives are brimming with chemicals that I dont want in my home. Even natural soy wax? Yes! Its actually chemically bleached, heavy metal hydrogenated (they use nickel) soybean oil a process that is environmentally disastrous. And because it has such an awful aroma, natural soy wax candles are always heavily fragranced. I choose not to wear perfume or burn artificial fragrance because the side effects are awful. This article explains it very succinctly.

But beeswaxbeeswax is a sweet, subtle honey-scented option that iodises the air as it burns. Thats right it purifies the air of dust, germs, particulate matter and viruses. Isnt nature clever!  If you live near a main road or any building works, the air is full of particulate matter burn a large beeswax candle you can actually see the dirt in the pool of wax dirt that could have ended up in your lungs.

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16:41

Same-Sex Marriage: What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unless youve been trapped on a deserted island somewhere, youll know Australias controversial, prolonged and expensive public survey has voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Across the nation, banners waved slogans such as Love Wins and Equality at Last. But not everyone was happy about the outcome, with 38.4% of those who returned their surveys

The post Same-Sex Marriage: What Happens Next? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:30

"There Is Nothing I Can tell You..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"There is nothing I can tell you that you do not already know.
There is no question that you can ask me that you yourself cannot answer.
You have just forgotten."
~ David Littlewood

16:14

Eat It - 19 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's a stormy weekend in Melbourne, and we started the show by acknowledging the awesome postal survey result this week... hooray for the "yes" vote, and bravo to progressive Melbourne!

Anyway back to food, and we spoke to Andrew Kavasalis about the recent law change allowing the production and sale of low-THC hemp for consumption in Australia. We're lagging the world in this, however hemp seed is a very nutritious food that is easy to grow, and vegan-friendly. It tastes a little like nuts, and much like almonds you can even make milk from it. Hopefully you'll see some on restaurant menus and store shelves very soon.

The man behind the CBD's Pastuso, Alejandro Saravia made the trip into Brunswick to talk about Peruvian food, and specifically Empanada. His Fitzroy eatery Che serves up many varieties, and we spoke about how to make them at home, as well as the many differing varieties of chillies available around the world.

We finished by chatting to Professor James Dale about the growing worldwide crisis for banana growers. There is a soil-borne fungus that is slowly infecting the worldwide crops of our favourite banana, the Cavendish. Affected plantations can take up to 40 years to recover from the disease, and Professor Dale is part of a team working on a GM solution to increase the natural resistance to this threat.

16:07

The Dow v S&P500 v NASDAQ Whats the Difference? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong

Why do you always use the Dow Jones Index? It seems to have the least logical construction of the major indices. Why not use the S&P500?

Many thanks for your informative and thought-provoking blog,

G

ANSWER: Each index offers a completely different perspective. The Dow Jones Industrials is the big money. You will notice that this index leads the way. It is the first out of a key low because it is typically the foreign capital that comes in based on currency. You will also notice it tend to top out first because the big money tends to start to pull out first also...

16:05

How to Define a Statesman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: You have said that all we have are politicians, not statesmen. What is your definition of a statesman?

GD

ANSWER: A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the wisdom to correct it before it does any more harm. This is the same quality required to be a successful hedge fund manager. If you cannot quickly realize when you are wrong and get out of a bad trade, you will lose your shirt, pants, wife, kids, and the dog.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.00 AUD
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15:42

Video: Angry Mob Of Hillary Clinton Supporters Attack Female Reporter, Attempt To Silence Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Recently released footage taken during a Hillary Clinton event in Austin, Texas shows a vicious group of women Clinton supporters attacking independent reporter Millie Weaver after she asked them a question they did not like.

Weaver, covering the event for Infowars.com, attempted to ask multiple different liberal women what their take was on Bill Clintons documented history of sexual violence against women.

For a group and party supposedly dedicated to womens rights, the response Weaver was given was startling to say the least.

From having her microphone pushed out of her hand to being flipped off directly in her face, the hoard of Clinton zombies showed their true colors, all because Weaver dared to ask them a question that they have purposefully chosen to ignore for years.

Weaver began her report by explaining the planned Clinton event and noting that she had chosen to wear a t-shirt that exposed Bill Clintons long history of sexual violence in the hopes that the female Hillary supporters would be interested in discussing these alleged crimes but perhaps knowing that they would most likely be triggered by the mere mention of them.

Weaver then encountered a security guard who claimed that he worked for the property owner but had actually been filmed doing security for the Clinton motorcade. In other words, a Clinton crony was sent to bother Weaver almost immediately.

Clinton fans then laughably claimed that the documented fact that Clinton helped sell off some of our uranium to the Russians is fake news.

The same women who claimed that a verified fact is fake news also refused to answer a question about how she feels about all the women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault by turning her answer into a question itself about disinformation she heard from the mainstream media regarding Alex Jones.

Another Clinton zombie was so triggered that she actually grabbed Weavers microphone in a clear attempt at squashing both free speech and the rights of the press.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the entire exchange between Weaver and the Clinton zombies came when employees of the book store where Clinton was signing her excuses filled book actually came up to Weaver and demanded that she leave under the threat of violence.

Im sorry I need for you to go because you are upsetting people, one of the liberal store employees laughably claimed. (Keep in mind they were on a public sidewalk)

After Weaver replied that she needed them to get o...

15:00

Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday looked so promising and Adele was very happy. The only dark spot was the fact that Jay hadnt answered her calls or called back, neither did he respond to her text messages. It wasnt the first time such would happen but she just wasnt feeling too cool about it anymore. By midday, she got really worried. Why wasnt he answering her calls? Could something be wrong? An icy hand grabbed her chest and her heart raced. Jay detested her getting family involved whenever he didnt return home. The last...

The post Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady appeared first on Newtelegraph.

Abbotts down, but is he out? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Ad astra Tony Abbott has been on the way down for years. His time in the sun began unexpectedly on the 1st of December 2009 when he became Leader of the Opposition after toppling Malcolm Turnbull in a spill brought about by Turnbulls support for Kevin Rudds Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Abbott had the

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14:58

Corys Croissants or Religious Freedom In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

You may not have noticed it, but one of Cory Bernardis motions in the Senate the other day had to do with croissants. Now, having written satire in the past, its often very hard to point out some of the things that the Liberals and ex-Liberals like Bernardi and Hanson have actually done. Manys the

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14:57

Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man caught on camera painting over Sydneys George Michael mural has reportedly been slapped with a graffiti charge. The artwork, depicted the singer and gay icon as Saint George Michael, was painted by artist Scott Marsh on a building in Sydneys inner-west in the weeks after Michaels death on Christmas Day last year. Video ...

The post Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural appeared first on QNEWS.

14:38

Donald Trump and economic policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Just received this very nice note so thought I would say something about the question asked. Here is the note:

I enjoy reading your contributions to Catallaxy on a regular basis. I cant say I know a lot about economics, but I especially like hearing you arguments to current economic theory. Rational debate is a powerful tool.

Recently, I was at work and a conversation around the lunch room turned to America politics.

Most of my work colleagues are Never Trumpers, but when I pointed out the American economy was currently doing very well, with record high stocks and decade low unemployment, one of my colleagues said something thatade me questions Donald Trumps success. The comment was

The current economic success in American has nothing to do with Donald Trump. It wouldnt matter who was President at the moment. The economy just goes through natural peaks and troughs in a capitalist society...

Knowing that the President has now been in place 12 months, and knowing that the Republicans still have not released their tax plan, is the above statement true?

Nothing like magical thinking to make you believe in the tooth fairy.

The parlous state that Obama left the American economy in will require an astonishing amount of luck combined with a great deal of very well constructed policy to move past. You do know that in the entire eight years Obama was president, the US economy on not a singe occasion achieved a growth rate as high as 3%. Trump has now achieved it twice, with more to come. Obama even inherited the recovery phase following the GFC which is almost invariably an economys period of strongest growth since part of what happens is the recovery of ground lost during the recession. Instead, there were eight years of low growth and stagnant employment. There is not an economic story to tell to his credit, even with interest rates at near zero and public spending at an all-time high, which in standard economic theory are a good thing. Of course, both are harmful to an economys prospects but dont expect your friend to know it or believe it if you tell him.

But why take my word for it. Here is Conrad Black pointing out that Trump is already the most successful U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. And as you can see from the beginning of this excerpt is not PDT greatest admirer, but even so:

He can be a tiresome and implausible public figure at times, and the reservations widely held about him, in the United States and elsewhere, are understandable and not unfounded. He is, ho...

13:42

In the 56th Parliament the main fiscal battle line will be between SEQ and Regional Qld Joe Branigan guest post "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am delighted to publish another guest post from Joe Branigan on the upcoming Queensland election. Views expressed are Joes, and are not necessarily shared by me. GT

In the 56th Parliament the main fiscal battle line will be between SEQ and Regional Qld

Guest post by Joe Branigan

The Peoples Forum. Who would be a politician? The ability to say five different things to three different groups of people in the same sentence using exactly the same words, facial expressions and body language without for a nanosecond questioning your own sanity. How are those skills even developed?

Which brings me to regional Queensland.

There are seemingly sharp differences between the wants and needs of SEQ residents vis--vis Regional Queenslanders. But perhaps those differences simply reflect different means to achieve the same ends a comfortable life with secure employment in the community where your family lives. Nothing wrong with that aspiration. The question is: what role should the Queensland Government play in supporting that aspiration, against technological, cultural and economic tides?

In my recent submission to the House of Representatives Regional Development and Decentralisation Inquiry The Contribution of Our Cities to our Enduring Prosperity ( Sub 154 SMART Infrastructure Facility), I presented the arguments in defence of Australias great capital cities. Compared to the regions, cities have lower unemployment rates, higher productivity, higher wages, deeper employment markets, and vastly more private and public goods and services. Public infrastructure services are cheaper to deliver per person. City dwellers have greater life expectancy in part because they are closer to emergency health services. Harvard economist Ed Glaeser has written that cities foster innovation, spur competition and entrepreneurship, and allow for social and economic mobility. In short, cities are a triumph of human civilization.

Theres a trade-off between investing public money in SEQ and Regional Queensland. Simply, within a budget constraint, a dollar invested in SEQ is a dollar not invested in Regional Queensland and vice versa. My friend and colleague Gene Tunny has written previously busting the myths around Regional Queenslanders not getting their fair share of taxpayer funds in relation to infrastructure investment (e.g. see GTs 16 July post). Regional Queensland also benefits from other policies, like the annual payment made to Energy Queensland to meet the Unifo...

13:37

Save the dates! 2018 workshops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heres the public workshops Plan to Win has planned for the first half of 2018.

In addition to public workshops, customised training is available for organisations, campaigns and alliances. We provide intensive training of trainers and can work with you to develop your own training programs and other capacity building projects. Plan to Win also provides facilitation services and one-to-one mentoring.

Contact us to express interest in any of these workshops further details and registration will be available closer to each dates. If you would like to book Plan to Win for gigs or projects in 2018 get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Were open to feedback on these dates so if theres clashes let us know!


Training Skills for Action Groups

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February

A thorough grounding in training skills in a social movement context with a particular focus on tools and activities to help volunteer action groups really power. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior.


Deep Democracy for Social Movements

9am-1pm, Wednesday 7 March

Strong movements require effective communication and decision making! In this workshop you will experience facilitation tools that increase buy-in and create great group dynamics through people feeling heard. Presented by Pru Gell, accredited Lewis Method Deep Democracy instructor.


Organising to Win

March to May 2018

Essential skills for organisers! An accessible program including two weekend workshops (24 & 25 March and 26 & 27 May), a mid-point review, practical exercises and group projects. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior with special guest presenters with organising expertise in a range of movements.


Activist Learning Circles

Plan to Win is piloting small groups for peer support and critical enquiry using the action learning set methodology. Groups will be able to meet online or in person. Get in touch to be part of this opportunity to reflect, learn and innovate with other change agents.


Womens Environmental Leadership in Action

April September 2018. National program with retreats held in Victoria.

WELA is a year long leadership program designed by and for women environmentalists. It includes three residential retreats, mentoring sessions and action learnin...

13:21

KKK in Bennelong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Citizens need no better demonstration of the difference in political skills between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party than by looking at the contest for Bennelong.

While the ALP is playing chess in nominating Kristina Kerscher Keneally (KKK), the Liberal Party is playing with themselves in renominating John Gilbert Alexander (Alexander).

KKK is young, experienced and politically astute and has recently moved into the seat (or close enough). Alexander is no so young, not so fresh has has recently moved out of the electorate having recently sold in Bennelong and bought in Wentworth.

Lets take a guess who is going to be the longer term prospect for the seat? KKK or Alexander?

With the Bennelong contest, the Labor party is in a win-win scenario. By having Keneally run, the ALP is forcing the Liberals to spend lotsa resources to defend the seat so as to avoid the government going minority. And these arent exactly resources the Liberal Party is swimming in.

The rumor is, that a former President of the NSW Liberals said when discussing fundraising, you only get one Malcolm Turnbull in your lifetime. Ironic isnt it.

Add to this, the Liberal Party is bleeding members and donations to the Australian Conservatives and it is not certain that Malcolm Turnbull will run at the next election let alone kick in another million or two to bail the party out, again.

Lets get serious here. KKK is in the Bennelong hunt for the long haul.  Its not as if she is trading a rising TV star for a return to politics. Her TV star seems on the decline with SkyTV management sending her to Canberra.  And her lunch time panel partner, Peter Van Onsellen, seems to have disappeared from the Sky 2018 program completely.

The money at Sky seems to be for the evening commentary and KKK has not been in that game for a while.

So even if KKK does not win this time, she will contribute to bleeding the Liberal Party and in doing so, well positioning herself to run next time when the incumbent probably wont run.

And further demonstrating the difference between Labor and the Liberals, guess what policy tickets is KKK running on?  Medicare administratio...

13:00

In which the pond sprays on some Devine good grace and good faith, as promised ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Remember that Devine talk of good grace?

It seems like so long ago, an eternity ... and luckily this Sunday Miranda the Devine provided a chance to see how the accepting with good grace was going (sadly Akker Dakker had the good grace to disappear, presumably on a holyday to lick his homophobic wounds) ...

First the pond had to get past another bit of Devine malice ...


Try telling that to the Donald ...

And so to the good grace, as the pond promised ...



That bit of street art immediately sent the right signal to the pond ... the Devine's good grace was going to be malice and vandalism in action ...


...

12:04

Quentin Not All Superheroes Wear Capes-Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

quentinQuentin Kenihan, is living proof that superheroes dont need capes, just the right attitude! Quentins warts and all memoir is a story to inspire others to try and live a happy and good life and to chase their dreams. Not All Superheroes Wear Capes reveals how Quentin has faced the many extraordinary daily challenges in his life. Born with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, Quentins bones broke all on their own.

When Quentin was seven and featured in a TV documentary, Australians fell in love with his wit, and never-say-die attitude. Over the years Quentin grew up before our eyes. But there was a dark side to his painful disability and life in the public eye. The true story was never told until now. A story of abandonment, drug addiction, dark days and thoughts of suicide. Battling through it all, Quentins life journey is inspirational. Quentin is determined to live life the best he can.

Quentin Kenihan is my guest today.

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes by Quentin Kenihan

Published by Hachette Australia

I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm

Margaux

 

The post Quentin Not All Superheroes Wear Capes-Arts Monday appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

12:01

Gross State Product. Victoria top, but NSW the real winner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria has Australia's top-performing state economy, but the real prizes have gone to NSW and South Australia.

The annual Bureau of Statistics measure of state domestic product puts Victoria's economic growth at 3.3 per cent throughout 2016-17. NSW recorded weaker growth of 2.9 per cent, South Australia 2.2 per cent, Queensland 1.8 per cent and Tasmania 1.1 per cent. Western Australia's economy shrank 2.7 per cent.

But the league table takes no account of population growth.

Victoria had by far the strongest population growth during 2016-17. NSW and Queensland were well behind, and the other states even further behind. When adjusted for population, gross state product per resident grew fastest in South Australia (1.6 per cent) and NSW (1.3 per cent). Victoria's gross state product per resident grew just 0.9 per cent.

 

The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory did better than the states on all measures. The ACT recorded economic growth of 4.6 per cent and growth per resident of 2.9 per cent and the Northern Territory recording growth of 4 per cent and 3.7 per cent.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas brushed aside the per capita measure to declare that the overall 3.3 per cent result was higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal National Party government.

"This data once again shows the strength of Victoria's economy, and reinforces the direction we've steered our economy across three successive budgets with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need," he said.

In both big states the growth was broadly based with the production of "professional, scientific and technical services" the biggest contributor.

"For the past five years professional, sc...

12:00

Alliance time? Greens unseat Labor in historic Northcote by-election landslide "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Alliance time? Greens unseat Labor in historic Northcote by-election landslideA massive swing to the Greens in a Victorian by-election, in a seat Labor had held for 90 years, sends a strong message to Bill Shorten. read now...

11:52

Micks Travels with The Rocket Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

mick m 1After six-times Olympic coach Mick Miller was declared free of throat and neck cancer, he embarked on a journey of recovery and discovery around Australia in his trusty Volkswagen Beetle, The Rocket.

Travelling Australia Micks Way follows his journey and captures Micks daily adventures in the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Australian landscape.  His story and photography is real, heartfelt and inspiring. His journey raised funds and awareness for post-cancer recovery and a portion from the sale of each book will be donated to The Tomorrow Trust, helping to support cancer patients and their families who are living with, through and beyond cancer.

For anyone who has ever wanted to explore the beaches, deserts and towns of Australia, Travelling Australia Micks Way is a wake-up call and a reminder that there is no time like the present to follow your dream.

Mick Miller is my guest today.

Travelling Australia Micks Way by Mick Miller and Robyn Ford

is published by Finch Publishing www.finch.com.au

More info: www.mickmiller.com.au

mick mI look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm

Margaux

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11:00

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 3): Purges over performance and positions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 3): Purges over performance and positionsThe Turnbull and Abbott Governments had the most lost ministers per year for performance issues or disputes since the Whitlam days. read now...

10:10

Good Prepper/Survival Forums. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have been a member on many survival forums, the American ones are fine for those living in America, but Australia is so different from America that I find it is really of no interest or help to me. Australian survival forums do not impress me at all, many members tend to be narrow minded & set in their ways & spend more time making disparaging comments than actually adding useful information to the topic.
In my search for a forum where I can actually enjoy sharing my knowledge & at the same time learn something new, I came across the "Preppers Forum" based in the UK. Now I fully realise that the UK is also different from Australia, but not as different as America is. The people don't always think in the same way as we do in Australia, but they are more like us than the Americans are when it comes to discussing survival topics.
Right now I am posting topics on this UK forum that is of some use to those in the UK, but if there were more Australian members then I would also post topics that are of interest to Australians. If like me you have found that you don't "fit in" on other forums, forums where Moderators & Managers fail to curb bad behavour by other members, then this could be the forum for you.
You can check out the forum here: https://www.preppersforum.uk/ (I am now site manager on this forum, so if you have any problems, please feel free to contact me).
Regards, Keith.

10:05

Blessed Are The Christian Rock Cakes: The Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Admittedly, they help keep us out of jail, so were a little biased. But thats not the only reason we love Marque Lawyers.

If you follow the Sydney law firms Twitter account, youll understand that not only do they do law differently, but that they have a somewhat acerbic wit. Nothing is sacred well almost nothing they posted a rather nice tweet recently about banning the climb at Uluru.

From celebrating Mark Latham falling off a chair and accusing The Australian of running ads by Satan, to blessed are the Christian rock cakes for they will be protected from hungry gay mouths , a Sunday morning scanning Marques tweets is a thing to behold.

So, for your sabbath entertainment, here are some of the Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers (you can follow them on Twitter here, by the way and we should also note, we also love our in-house pro bono lawyer Geoff Holland. But Geoff doesnt tweet. Wake up Geoff).

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09:47

Unsmashed Avo Tipped to be Sydneys Next Big Food Trend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NonSmashedAvo

A Bondi caf has been awarded five chefs hats and hailed as fucking genius for serving customers whole, unpeeled avocados on toast, a bold departure from smashed avo, which dominated global headlines throughout the year.

The chef said the new creation aligns beautifully with his philosophy of making whole foods whole again.

Smashed avo was really just part of that ridiculous deconstructed food trend, which is so 2017, he said. We wanted to ditch the fads and get back to basics for 2018. Our food is so wholesomely whole we dont even peel off the little sticker that comes naturally from the tree.

Sunday brunch fans have been lining up for the dish since 4am Wednesday morning, with many saying theyre willing to spend all the deposit their parents gave them for their first home on this culinary marvel.


09:43

When the right to be forgotten becomes possible on the Ethereum blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Storing diplomas or data on the blockchain will certainly infringe regulations on personal datas protection. Lexing Alain Bensoussans Legal Opinion analyses compliance of the BCDiploma solution with the GDPR.

The general regulation on personal data (GDPR) will be the new reference text on the protection of personal data, defined as all information related to a physical person. It will take effect on May 25th, 2018. As a new standard in terms of privacy protection, we especially find among its contributions the granting of new rights for individuals whose data are undergoing treatment:

    The right to erasure (i.e. the right to be forgotten).
    The right to portability;
    The right of rectification.

The GDPR has a worldwide scope and applies to all companies having or processing data of EU residents. The regulation gives to the regulator the power to inflict financial sanctions up to 4% of a companys global turnover. As a consequence, one can figure out that the conformity with this new regulation is a major stake for companies, CIOs and lawyers.

Blockchain and the GDPR: An inevitable conflict?

The GDPR also provides EU citizens with a right to erasure: to be able to require that businesses holding their data irrevocably erase the data upon request (also known as the right to be forgotten). (..) This may end up putting the GDPR on a collision course with blockchain technologies in unexpected ways. Luther Martin

New services based on blockchain technologies are created every day, in various domains: finance, insurance, logistic, healthcare, but also education, with diploma certification. However, due to the unalterable character of the blockchain, a data is impossible to erase once it has been written on it. At first glance, blockchain and right to be forgotten dont seem compatible. Inalterability and decentralization not only imply that the register is made of indelible data, but also imply that this register is shared with all user in the network In case of application of the right to be forgotten, we might expect to go against the very principle of inalterability, which lies at the core of the blockchain technology. In order to comply with the blockchain principles, it would be necessary to erase the data from each and every node of the network, and its records, which is technically impossible. For stakeholders and users of the blockchain technology, it becomes urgent to find answers to this issue in order to not slow down the adoption of this technology. All the more since the material and territorial application field of the GDPR is extremely broad.

CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURED ALGORITHM: THE LEXING ALAIN BENSOUSSAN LAW FIRM ENVISAGES COMPLIANCE WITH THE GDPR/

The cryptographic perspective s...

09:29

What was true in history is true now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Below is a passage of observation by Theodor Mommsen from his magnum opus; The History of Rome, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902. This work would have been a major part of the teaching of Classics in many universities of that era. The accrued knowledge ought to have welded itself to

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09:23

Massage services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I'm looking for a massage in Cairns following several weeks working on farms. I've noticed a lot of massage places in Cairns, but which are any good? Are there any to avoid? Especially those which offer a happy ending (gf getting massage too).

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09:09

What was true in history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Below is a passage of observation by Theodor Mommsen from his magnum opus; The History of Rome, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902. This work would have been a major part of the teaching of Classics in many Universities of that era. The accrued knowledge ought to have welded itself to our culture, social science and general knowledge, and should be learned wisdom to use and reflect upon through the years. But it is not! It is a waste of knowledge up there with the loss for millennia of the knowledge for making concrete How many mistakes could have been avoided and lives spared if such knowledge was digested with integrity or even was taken seriously.

I, myself, am disgusted and disappointed at the lax attention to such knowledge by those who ought to know better. As a tradesman who was taught the accrued skills of my craft, accumulated over many millennia of a society working with timber and construction..applied and improved upon through the wisdom and knowledge of many times illiterate but astute artisans..I feel disappointed and let down by a clique of higher-educated elite who seem to prove Mommsens observations below to be so accurate.

However, it is neither wit nor wisdom on my part to make these observations, for I am but the messenger. It is however, on the part of those who ought to understand and know better; an utter betrayal of a fine education and a dishonourable disgrace of political knowledge. I would say that those revered institutions of private school education and sandstone tertiary education, that conduct their system of instruction of their charges under a banner of pompous and insincere Latin mottos or logos that preach such lofty aspirations but in truth are little better than the most vulgar colloquial slang spat into a gutter by an inebriated starting-price bookie after a bad day at the races.

Theodore Mommsen:

It is true that the history of past centuries ought to be the instructress of the present; but not in the vulgar sense, as if one could simply by turning over the leaves discover the conjunctures of the present in the records of the past and collect from these the symptoms for a political diagnosis and for the specifics for a prescription ; it is instructive only so far as the observation of earlier forms of culture reveals the organic conditions of civilization generally the fundamental forces everywhere alike, and the manner of their combination everywhere different and leads and encourages men, not to unreflecting imitation, but to independent reproduction.

In this sense the history of Caesar and of Roman Imperialism, with all the unsurpassed greatness of the master worker, with all the historical necessity of the work, is in truth a more bitter censure of modern autocracy than could be written by the hand of man. According to the same law of nature in virtu...

09:01

Could you distinguish a dead person from a mannequin? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Caitlin Doughty writes about two recent cases where people came across the bodies of dead people but then dumped them, thinking that they were mannequins put out as pranks. She is the owner of a funeral home and she says that part of the problem is that too few people spend any time at all with their deceased loved ones, thinking that they must quickly shunt them off to funeral homes, and thus have little idea of what a dead person looks like.

How could this happen twice in the span of two years? The answer lies in our strained, often non-existent relationship to the dead body. In the Western world, Halloween mannequins are more of a reality than a real dead body. The misidentification of a corpse by civilians is not a surprising outcome, it is the only outcome.

I opened my latest book with the story of a daughter who wanted to keep her mother at home after she died. The hospice nurse, well intentioned though she may have been, erroneously told the daughter that to do this would be illegal, that the funeral home had to come take away the body immediately. The daughter feared that something she desperately wanted for her own healing was morbid and wrong.

Meeting our dead, in their natural state, is something Americans practiced for hundreds of years before the rise of the modern funeral industry (and the chemical preservation and makeup that came with it). Anyone who has cared for their own dead knows it is a simple transition back to that time past. Our dead have almost magic powersan outsized, powerful, and unexpectedly profound effect on the grieving individual. Even if we fear them, we must see them for what they aretreasure, not trash.

If you had asked me before whether I could tell the difference between a dead person and a mannequin, I would have said of course. But after reading this, I am not so sure. When I have been to open-casket funerals of people I have known, they do not look quite like what they did when alive. Given the increasing life-like appearance of mannequins these days, maybe I could get confused too.

08:46

Australia the chartered corporation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Some people may know that Australia's ex prime minister Tony Abbott stated that Australia was started off as a chartered corporation.

Thanking Allah ( or 'fortunately' - for the people in government) the majority of the serf population missed it, where even if they didn't they still would not comprehend what that means.

So let's get straight into the meat of the topic from information contained within UNESCO under the headline;

Deed of Settlement of the South Australia Company 1836


The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is a key document in South Australias history: it highlights the difference between the manner in which South Australia was established and populated and the foundation of other Australian colonies as penal settlements. It also records British economic expansionism at its peak and illustrates the interconnections between British business interests, the Colonial Office, and social and evangelical activists. In 1834, the British Parliament passed the South Australia Act, which empowered the government to establish and settle a province in South Australia. However, the Colonization Commissioners required 35,000-worth of land in South Australia to be sold before the new province could be established. Initially, only a limited amount of land was bought. The South Australian Company was formed in London on 9 October 1835, to encourage the further purchase of land. On 27 June 1836, the Deed of Settlement was signed by about 300 shareholders of the South Australian Company. The company played a pivotal role in the founding, early survival, and development of the colony, where the company built roads, bridges, ports, warehouses, and mills, and established agriculture, whaling, banking, and mining enterprises.2

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is significant as a document representing the history of both imperial Britain and colonial South Australia. In establishing the rights and property of the South Australian Company, it demonstrates the extent of British government, business and social-evangelical interests in Australia.

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08:27

The Parks Victoria Volunteer Track Ranger Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is a great program: Parks Victoria (PV) Track Rangers are volunteers who walk and camp along popular tracks during peak holidays in order to provide a presence in key visitation areas and providing hikers with up-to-date park information.

If you have good experience in remote area walking plus appropriate skills and the right personality, its a great opportunity to be out in some fantastic country and contribute in a positive way to the management of some of the states best parks.

It involves a 4 to 6 day commitment. Full details below.

According to PV:

Participating in the track ranger volunteer program is a great way to help Parks Victoria by providing a presence and friendly contact point at campsites and trails in the Victorias national parks, promoting minimal impact techniques to improve awareness of park environment and providing visitors with current park information.

Where?

The program runs in the Great Alpine National Park (Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, the Alpine Crossing between Falls Creek and Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo), Grampians National Park, Cathedral Range State Park and Wilsons Promontory National Park.

When?

The program usually for 4 to 6 days across the New Year period, over selected long weekends and Easter.

What key skills are needed?

You will need strong experience in remote area hiking and camping, high level of fitness, positive attitude, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a valid first aid certificate and must be willing to camp out for a minimum of 4 nights in remote areas.

Volunteers may apply as couples or singles, in which case you will be paired up with a second track ranger to ensure safety. Volunteers must be fully self-sufficient. Download the Volunteer Track Ranger Role Description.

A National Police Check will also be conducted on all successful applicants with the cost covered by Parks Victoria. This is now completed online to save processing times.

A Working with Children Check is also required and can be obtained by visiting www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. This check is free for all Volunteers.

For any questions please email volunteertrackrangers@parks.vic.gov.au.

How to join

To apply please...

08:00

My granddaughter will be 35 in 2050. I grieve that she will know silent and empty places | Christine Milne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's white lemuroid possum became my symbol for habitat loss and global warming that will send one-third of species to extinction by mid-centuryIt was 8 November, 2011 and I had just had one of the best days of my parliamentary career. We had made history when the Senate adopted legislation to implement an emissions trading scheme to address global warming. I was both exhausted and excited, having negotiated and shepherded the legislation through the senate for the Greens. It had [...]

07:47

In which petulant Peta offers Malware the chance to do some cat-herding ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The lizards of Oz always produce wondrous, bizarre sights but this sad reflection reflecting on sad reflections produced so many reflections that the pond was blinded by the light ... cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night, blinded by the light, mama always told the pond not to look into the sights of the rambling spewman sun, ooh but mama that's where the fun is ...

Moving right along - what, you thought the pond would read rambling doucheman? This pond offers very low standards but it has some - it was time to revert to the Sunday Terror this day and read the thoughts of petulant Peta ...

The aim of this game is to see how she can cause Malware maximum grief, while appearing modest, reasonable, even conciliatory,  and by chance it was the subsidiary column, tucked away out of sight by the Terrorists, that offered the best hope for a classically devious Peta sighting ...



In the last few days, the standard reptile line has always been to conjure up the ghost of Eddie, but petulant Peta is just as interested in giving Malware a big fright ...


There's the obligatory Eddie reference, but then comes a kind of character reference for the wannabe usurper, along with a smiling...

07:42

Local Snakes and Climate Change by a Gippsland Naturalist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Highlands Copperhead (Shawn Scott)

(My blog a few weeks ago Tiger Snakes and a warming Gippsland attracted a lot of attention. Here is some feedback from a well-informed source who prefers to remain anonymous.)

Just a couple of points on your comments about snakes and climate change.

As for Tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus), they have always occurred at significant altitude in places like Benambra. But according to some researchers who have studied alpine/sub alpine moss beds, tiger snakes were never seen in these beds thirty years or so ago, but now are reasonably frequently seen. The Copperhead and the Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) have always been the snake of these areas, but the changing climate has given the Tiger a helping hand.

However, the best reptile indicator of climate change in the Gippsland Plains is the Eastern Brown Snake (Psuedonaja textilis). They have always occurred in significant numbers in the gorges and higher valleys where they are out of the cooling easterlies, and have significant rock outcrops to retain the heat they need to hatch their eggs. The Tiger, Copperhead and Black snake give live birth to their young (viviparous), so the gravid female can move to find warm niches, but the Brown snake cannot do this, as they lay eggs (oviparous) and the locality becomes more important.

In the 40 years I have been in this area, I have noticed a significant increase in sightings of Brown Snakes in the past 15 years on the Gippsland plains, compared to when I first arrived in this area, and was very active in the field. Also, during this same period, I have noticed the disappearance of the Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) from the Gippsland Plains pasture country, and they are now only found in and around wetlands.

An excellent website on snake varieties in Gippsland can be found here.

 

07:30

Swiss cheesed "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

200,000 more Oz millionaires

2017 saw another large increase in global wealth, increasing by 6.4 per cent or (USD) $16.7 trillion to $280 trillion, driven by equity prices and non-financial assets, including housing.  

Global wealth is projected by Credit Suisse to hit $341 trillion by 2022, driven largely by rapid growth in countries such as China and India. 

The US continued an unbroken run of gains since the financial crisis in 2017. 

The Eurozone saw the creation of 620,000 new US dollar millionaires as the currency picked up, and Australia once again punched above its weight in adding a further 202,000 millionaires, taking the total up from 958,000 to 1.16 million. 

Switzerland's wealth per adult has increased by by a thunderous 130 per cent since the turn of the century in US dollar terms to $537,600, albeit largely due to shifts in the exchange rate, according to the Credit Suisse 2017 Global Wealth Report. 

Among the countries in the world with available figures over the long term, Switzerland stands alone in seeing no decline in wealth inequality over the past century. 

Home to just 0.01 per cent of the global population, Switzerland alone accounts for some 1.7 per cent of the top 1 per cent of global wealth holders, with several thousand ultra-high net worth individuals with personal wealth in excess of $50 million. 

Lucky country

Switzerland is something of an exceptional case as a tax haven, but next in line comes Australia with a mean wealth per adult of $402,600, partly driven by "high property prices in the capital cities", somewhat perversely.

Australian household wealth gains have averaged 12 per cent per annum since the turn of the century, and the average debt to assets ratio is surprisingly low at only 20 per ce...

07:00

A distracting sandwich "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The sandwich was distracting me. I was supposed to be submitting things, sorting things, tidying things. All things related to the computer and to be honest, it wasnt holding my interest quite as it should have. The sandwich to my Continue reading

06:47

FixedIt: Invisible child rapists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Independent reporting of the trial of three men who kidnapped a 14 year old girl, drugged her, photographed her and advertised her on a escort website. Twenty men paid to rape her.

Jake Cairns, 21,  Brandon Sharples, 20, and Jack McInally, 21, have all been convicted of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child but theyre not identified in this article until the third paragraph.

If all you read was the headline, you wouldnt even know they had been on trial, let alone that they were convicted. And once again, the media confuses rape with sex. They are not the same thing. Sex only happens when there is consent. A 14 year old girl who has been kidnapped and drugged by adult men was not consenting to sex. She was being raped. The men who kidnapped her and took money from other men who paid to rape her should not be erased from the headlines, they should be the focus.

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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06:38

Upcycling workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.

The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles.  These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.

Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into  thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.

 

 

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06:30

Aussie woman rides blindfolded to win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aussie rider Julia Maguire had to ride blindfolded to win selection to compete at the International BMW GS Trophy in Mongolia next year.

The blindfolded ride was one of many rigorous challenges she faced, along with Brisbane nurse Andrea Box and 21 other competitors from around the world, at the recent four-day qualifying event in South Africa.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedAndrea and Julia

Im so excited, very-very excited. Relieved! Julia said after being selected for one of two three-woman teams to compete at the Mongolia GS Trophy in June 2018.

Australia will also field its first national team consisting of amateur riders Shane Guttridge, Simon Turvey and Michael Haley.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedWinners are grinners (from left): Simon Turvey, Julia Maguire, Shane Guttridge, Andrea Box and Michael Haley

Blindfolded test

The world qualifying event in South Africa included a range of tough challenges including the blind riding test, where the women had to try to reach a target set at the far end of a field while blindfolded.

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06:28

1) High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Armed Criminals Set Freeport Truck on Fire
3) Expressing Anger, Armed Criminal Group Burns Haul Truck of PT Freeport
4) Freeport Evacuating Mine Worker Families after Shootings



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1) High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine
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06:00

Day to Day Politics: The Politics of Hate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Sunday 19 November 2017 One of the most heartening observations from watching the various gathering of politicians was seeing political opposites openly embracing after the Yes side was announced the winner of the Marriage Equality survey. People in other circumstances who would openly display an avowed hatred of their opponents were sharing the love. I

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05:39

New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...

05:13

"Thucydides in the Underworld" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Thucydides in the Underworld"
by J. R. Nyquist
"Master, what gnaws at them so hideously their lamentation stuns the very air?" 
"They have no hope of death," he answered me..." 
- Dante Alighieri, "The Inferno"

"The shade of Thucydides, formerly an Athenian general and historian, languished in Hades for 24 centuries; and having intercourse with other spirits, was perturbed by an influx into the underworld of self-described historians professing to admire his History of the Peloponnesian War. They burdened him with their writings, priding themselves on the imitation of his method, tracing the various patterns of human nature in politics and war. He was, they said, the greatest historian; and his approval of their works held the promise that their purgatory was no prologue to oblivion.

As the centuries rolled on, the flow...

04:45

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, TRUMP & BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Speaking at a Sydney Politics in the Pub event last month, Cathy Vogan, founder of THING2THING.COM and author of The Wikileaks Tapes, offered a comprehensive view of how the use of behavioural micro-targeting, big data and psychometrics by Cambridge Analytica got Donald Trump elected, and led to a vote for Brexit.

Cambridge Analytica: how big data-assisted behavioural micro-targeting facilitated the Trump & Brexit victories

Vogan opened by addressing some of the claims made by Hillary Clinton in a recent ABC interview. It was to point to the content of the Podesta emails, as resumed by Julian Assange in an interview with John Pilger; and to somewhat ridicule Clintons suggestions that Wikileaks had been involved in the spread of fake news.

In light of subsequent revelations by The Atlantic; recriminations by Barrett Brown; and these observations by The Intercept, regarding Assanges possible Nazi-Soviet Pact moment with the Trump campaign, what can one say?

An organization with a sterling reputation for providing the public with accurate information about secret government and corporate activities was used t...

04:15

Geoffrey Dyers supreme artistry ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

GEOFF DYER Recent paintings 15 November - 10 December 2017 Arguably Tasmanias most prominent landscape painter, Geoff Dyer became nationally known after winning the 2003 Archibald Prize with his powerful portrait of Tasmanian environmentalist, writer and friend, Richard Flanagan (who did the poignant launch speech)

04:14

Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  The Vicar in-Charge of the Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye Memorial Anglican Church, Ajao Estate, Lagos, Venerable Michael Odumuyiwa, has said that human being cannot but experience hardship in one way or the other. The Vicar, who was answering questions from our correspondent at the Adult Harvest celebration of the church, encouraged Nigerians to take their focus from the present hardship in the country and rather get connected to God in order to enjoy divine satisfaction with even the little God has blessed them with. He said: Today we are celebrating...

The post Ajao Estate Anglicans celebrate harvest appeared first on Newtelegraph.

03:59

FBI report on black extremists raises new monitoring fears "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) An FBI report on the rise of black extremists is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesnt target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says black identity extremists are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which extremists had acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents. It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

I have never met a black extremist. I dont know what the FBI is talking about, said Chris Phillips, a filmma...

03:46

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? | police | Special Interests Tyranny & Police State US News

In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address.

For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US.

So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings.

Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies.

So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

Whi...

03:44

The 1821 Macquarie Bicentenary ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This suggestion for a bicentenary event also includes the proposal for an Australian Convict Trail

03:10

Malcolm Young From AC/DC Is Dead at 64 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist from AC/DC is dead. According to NBC, the member of the Australian hard rock band was 64. The official AC/DC Facebook page announced his death on Saturday but offered no details. In 2014, Young was diagnosed with dementia. NBC reported that he died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. The []

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02:13

Dune Rats back fight to save local bowlo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join Brisbane rockers Dune Rats at the Coorparoo Bowls Club this Sunday, as they fight to save one of their favourite community venues. Following a proposed development to build over the club with 80 aged-care units, the Coorparoo Bowls Club (QLD) is throwing a fund-raising event on Sunday 19th November from 2PM. In spirit of keeping the local music []

The post Dune Rats back fight to save local bowlo appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

02:02

Washingtons War On Poor Grad Students "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Jill Richardson for Other Words - The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nations graduate students. Its a little bit wonky, so stay with me here. Ill explain how it affects me, since Im an actual graduate student. Going to grad school wouldve been entirely out of reach for me if I had to pay full tuition for my education. Getting a PhD takes at least five years and often more. I dont have a spouse, trust fund, or parents to cover my cost of living or my tuition. If I had to pay for my own education, it wouldve been simply out of the question. This is hardly uncommon. How many adults do you know can forego five or more years of income while simultaneously paying thousands of dollars in college tuition each year? Since the answer to that question is not many, universities employ graduate students as poorly paid labor in exchange for an education, health insurance, and a very low wage. In my case, Ive worked as a teaching assistant for the past three years while also attending classes at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other students worked as research assistants. A lucky few got funding that allowed them to pursue their own research. The rest of us had to work. Forbes mentions some magical places where graduate students are given stipends up to $50,000 per year. At Wisconsin, we werent so lucky.

02:02

A delicate exercise "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It must be tricky to critique flat Earth stories, which are risibly goofy and in defiance of the evidence, when you personally believe in young Earth stories, which are just as idiotic, but Danny Faulkner of Answers in Genesis tries. He attended a flat earth conference, and whats remarkable about his essay is how gingerly he treads. Make no mistake, Faulkner does not believe in this flat earth crap, he gives a few specific criticisms of some of their rationalizations, and it is not currently the policy of Answers in Genesis to support flat earth claims (they say the Bible does not claim the Earth is flat), but give them time if flat-earthers become numerous enough to be fleeced, expect even more niceness from AiG.

Its just the irony of it all. Faulkner was getting a little taste of how loony these fringe Bible kooks look to the rest of us, with their weird claims that flout all the evidence, but are fervently held solely because they connect them to their religious beliefs. No, the Bible doesnt flat out state that the Earth is flat, but it is a reasonably inferred part of the mythology, and there are all kinds of hints that the ancient authors modeled the world that way; it also doesnt come right out and say that the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it is also clear that the ancient authors had no concept of deep time, and so AiG has inferred and imposed a set of interpretations on the Bible that bolster their preferred preconceptions. There is no difference between flat-earthers and young-earthers in their methodology or their biases or their abuse of science.

Theres also the lack of perspective. Ive attended creationist events, and this is exactly what they sound like: disappointingly vague, reliant entirely on religious testimonies and that damnable Christian persecution complex.

I was a bit disappointed by the content of the conference. I had expected that I would hear and see information about flat-earth that I hadnt encountered already, but that wasnt the case. Many of the presentations largely were personal testimonies of how people had come to believe in flat earth. Hence, I didnt learn much about the flat-earth model that I didnt already know. However, I did learn much about the flat-earth movement itself. In conversations and in the presentations, I learned how people came to lose jobs, friends, and even family members once they, in their own words, came out of the closet about flat earth. Therefore, many of the people in attendance clearly viewed the meeting as a safe refuge where they could meet ostracized people like themselves. This clearly brought joy to many attendees, and I suppose the last thing these people would do would....

01:49

Prosperity Through Keystrokes: Understanding Federal Spending "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Steve Grumbine. It has long been known that our electoral system and methods of voting are corrupt, untrustworthy, and easily manipulated by less than savvy politicians, state actors, and hackers alike. The answers to many of these issues is the same answer that we would need to push for any progressive reforms to take place in the United States: namely, we need enlightened, fiery, peaceful, and committed activists to propel a movement and ensure that the people rise, face their oppressors, and unify to demand that their needs be met. What is not as well-known, however, is how a movement, the government, and taxes work together to bring about massive changes in programs, new spending, and the always scary National Debt .

01:48

Noro on the Veendam? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

HAL VeendamA passenger sailing on a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship near Greece contacted me today, stating that a number of guests are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms:

"I'm currently on MS Veendam. Left Fort Lauderdale on October 20th and due to return to Fort Lauderdale on December 8th. Currently docked in Souda, Greece. Leaving at 5:00 pm less than an hour from now. Souda port terminal has WiFi.

Noro started about four days ago. We did pick up passengers in Barcelona and some of them are sick now and seem to have gotten sick shortly after boarding from what I understand. One day there were 29 passengers and two crew sick . . .  Yesterday ...  only four new cases and no crew sick anymore. 

Ship is cleaning, isolating and taking precautions including not allowing passengers to handle food which is good."

It is currently unknown whether the gastrointestinal outbreak is in fact due to norovirus (or-coli or some other more exotic virus) because there will be no testing of the affected passenger's stools. 

In the last week, we have written about GI outbreaks which included the Crown Princess, which called on a U.S. port and had to report the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Anthem of the Seas was experienced a similar outbreak affected many dozens of guests (around 100 people). The Anthem did not meet the percentage of guests who reported their symptoms to the ship infirmary, and therefore there is no official CDC report.  The Celebrity Solstice was also reportedly hit with an aggressive GI outbreak while sailing around Australia, according to news accounts. 

Holland America Line experienced 18 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010. Only Princess Cruises suffered more norovirus/GI cases which were reported to the CDC during this time period. HAL suffered norovirus outbreaks on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and two outbreaks each on the Volendam and the Noordam this year.

Cruise ships on non-U.S. itineraries do not have to report GI outbreaks. 

Have a thought? Please leave a comment below ...

01:27

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ABC News Australia

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64

19 November 2017

 

A young Malcolm Young holds a guitar as he poses, sitting on an amp

Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years.

Young started AC/DC in 1973 with his brother, fellow guitarist Angus.

Their other brother George Young, a member of The Easybeats and a producer for AC/DC, died in October aged 70.

Malcolm Young died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement on AC/DCs Facebook page said.

As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special, Angus Young said.

He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

Malcolm, job well done.

Young told band to keep making music after diagnosis

Youngs family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

In an interview with the ABCs 7.30, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson said Young had told the band to keep making music.

Without any of that sympathy stuff, you know, there was none of that stuff around.

And he just said to keep doing it. Thats the way he talked [he was a] straight shooter.

So we did, and it was great.

Angus You...

01:17

Alft in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over dinner, we talked a little of our memories of the lunch we enjoyed at the world-renowned Noma, when it operated briefly in Sydney. With only a limited run in Sydney, it was something we had planned several months for. And even now, eighteen months later, I still remember almost every detail of the experience. []

01:15

Roo scientists admit industry stimulates roo population growth whilst calling roos pests "IndyWatch Feed National"

This scientific submission on commercial kangaroo management was closely based on the literature from the industry, which proved to be a revelation in what it actually admitted about its manipulation of kangaroo population numbers. Basically, the very small number of scientists dominating the academic literature and the industry have stated (variously) that they artificially stimulate population growth rebound beyond normal numbers in targeted populations of kangaroos; that they then justify their industry and culls on the basis that the animals are too populous and a pest; that the Australian public would not allow the industry to continue if they did not swallow the line that kangaroos are a pest; that although the industry and population culls are justified in order to prevent damage to grasslands and erosion by overgrazing, this is in fact false, and the example is given of kangaroos even at 50 per km square making almost no impact on the land, whereas the sheep that the industry is purportedly saving the land for, devastate it. This is my second article on kangaroo science and I did not go into it expecting to find such blatant snake oil passing for research among a very small cognoscenti, but here it is. Im was surprised as you will be. Also, one final word, even if the industry is correct in saying that it artificially boosts kangaroo numbers in order to have enough kangaroos to harvest, as I say at the end, that does not apply to all populations and that does not mean that the strategy is not causing population crashes and demographic anomalies, for reasons that I raise in this article. If you think there are fewer kangaroos around, you may well be right and have a better idea than the industry itself. (This researched article by evolutionary sociologist Sheila Newman [1] was originally submitted to the South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018-2022 (kmp@sa.gov.au) on behalf of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council on 7 October 2017.)

Contents

IS THE COMMERCIAL KANGAROO INDUSTRY ACTUALLY FARMING KANGAROOS AND AT HIGHER DENSITY THAN NATURAL?
POPULATION THEORY
Demographic brakes
Demographic accelerators
More demographic Brakes: Sexual Segregation/Gender pathways
What are the consequences of loss of sex-specific territory?
How far do kangaroos migrate? 9
ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE MITIGATION & ROO DENSITY: THEORY & EXPERIMENT
KANGAROO WELFARE PROPOSAL THAT WOULD ALSO REGULATE FERTILITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH CARRYING CAPACITY:...

01:01

EXCLUSIVE! Barnaby Joyce: Peeling back the rumours "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

EXCLUSIVE! Barnaby Joyce: Peeling back the rumoursThe Nationals run New England and they dont want anyone to talk about the rumours swirling around Barnaby Joyce, reports Ross Jones. read now...

01:00

AGM Vic Branch of Sustainable Population Australia Nov 25 Hawthorn Library "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Public Seminar with two speakers: Jack Roach, immediate past president of Boroondara Residents Action Group and Adrian Whitehead. Adrian Whitehead will speak on "Population Perspectives, from global to local." Public Welcome. Free Parking near venue. Financial members may nominate for any committee positions. See details inside re how to nominate.

Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian branch)
Annual General Meeting
Saturday November 25th 2017 at 2.00pm
Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Nominations for Committee Positions: Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee positions. Please email before 17thth November to victas@population.org.au or write to:

Returning Officer, Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch,
P.O.BOX 556 Hawthorn 3122

Following the formal proceedings, please stay for our public seminar
Population perspectives: from global to local
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Presenters: Adrian Whitehead, Environmental campaigner &
Jack Roach: Immediate Past President Boroondara Residents Action Group
Free parking is available near the venue.
You are invited to stay for afternoon tea following the seminar

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00:48

Art on Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The other evening as I was walking home to my apartment in Hobart, I happened upon an interesting public art project. The lane-way I thought was going to be a short-cut to home, turned out to be a delay, as I enjoyed Art On Victoria. I popped back today to snap a few daylight photographs. []

00:16

FACT CHECK: Size comparison - cargo vessel Island Trader and cruise ship Caledonian Sky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The debate concerning the Sydney-driven proposal to make the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination continues.

I have noticed there has been some comment on social media that the small cruise ships Yamba could expect to have visit would be same size or smaller than the Island Trader which used Yamba as its home port for around 17 years.

The phrase small cruise ship is being taken literally and the conclusion invited is that these cruise ships are so small there is nothing to be concerned about.

To assist with a more accurate size comparison I have laid out the dimensions of the cargo vessel MV Island Trader and the passenger ship MV Caledonian Sky below.

The comparison indicates that if the proposal goes ahead the average small cruise ship entering the Clarence River estuary is likely to be at least twice the size of the Island Trader.

# This is MV Island Trader

The Island Trader was built in 1981, has 485 gross tonnage, dead weight of 242t*, is 38.8m long, 9m wide and has a maximum draft of 2.8m.

00:15

Post Same-Sex Marriage "Yes" Victory: I want everyone to have the right to discriminate against the LGBTI community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Tony Abbott on Facebook, 15 November 2017:

I always said this was an issue where the Australian people wanted their say and todays result demonstrates that seeking their views was the right thing to do.
I congratulate the yes campaign on their achievement.

The people have spoken and, of course, the parliament should respect the result.
I also thank the 4.7 million Australians who supported marriage between a man and a woman.

Both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader have pledged their support for freedom of religion.

I look forward to a parliamentary process that improves on the Dean Smith bill to implement same sex marriage with freedom of conscience for all, not just the churches.

So far, this process has been a credit to us as a nation and now needs to be completed in a way that keeps us the best country in the world.
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Saturday, 18 November

23:48

Richard Wolstencroft & MUFF ~versus~ Those Degenerate Gays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local filmmaker, self-described transcendental fascist and, more recently, Trump fanboy and partisan of the AltRight,* Richard Wolstencroft, established the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2000 after the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) declined screening his 1999 film Pearls Before Continue reading

23:46

Queensland: A Hard Election To Model "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Primary vote aggregate Labor 34.7 LNP 32.8 Green 8.8 One Nation 17.3 Other 6.4
If Newspoll/Galaxy preference assumptions are correct Labor should just win majority on current numbers
If ReachTEL preferences are accurate LNP should just win a majority


Most of the difficulty comes from the preference problem.  A divergence of around four points in polling exists between the ReachTEL polls on the one hand and the Galaxy/Newspoll stable (and also Essential) on the other.  About three points of that, on the latest figures, is caused by preferencing differences.  ReachTEL is using purely respondent preferencing, while the others are using some combination of previous elections (Essential) or assumptions with an undisclosed and unclear basis in evidence (Galaxy/Newspoll).  The previous election had much less significant One Nation presence and also had optional preferencing, so there is really no credible baseline for "last-election" preferencing.

A further issue with Queensland has been the dearth of statewide polling.  In the last six weeks there has been only a Newspoll (17 Oct), a Galaxy (1-2 Nov) and three ReachTELs (two commissioned ones both on 13 Nov and an earlier one for which the 2PP was released but the primary votes were not.)  The Newspoll and Galaxy both had Labor ahead 52-48 and all the ReachTELs had Labor behind by the same margin.

Aggregating all polls that have released full primaries based on polling conducted entirely since September, but with a 25% downweighting for commissioned polls, and with greater weighting for November (3) than October (2) and September (1) I get a reading of:

Labor 34.7 LNP 32.8 Green 8.8 One Nation 17.3 Other 6.4

By Newspoll's preference assumptions this would result in a 51.8% 2PP for Labor, a 0.7% swing to the government.  But by ReachTEL's respondent preferences it would result in about a 51-49 result to the LNP.

A small number of seat Newspolls released today was reported favourably for Labor, because it showed them gaining Whitsun...

23:29

Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November).

The accident between two motorbikes happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same road where a refugees was killed on 2 November.

It is understood that doctors believe the man needs an urgent surgery to deal with a clot or bleeding on his brain. He was vomiting blood and had bleeding from his right ear beefore he lasped into unconsciousness.

Other refugees on the island do not believe that Nauru is equipped to perform the brain surgery need, but no arrangements have been made for the man to be medivacced for urgent treatment.

People on the island are also concerned that the current dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government that has seen the Nauru government expel 107 Canstruct workers from the island in the last 24 hours has paralysed administration on the island and is delaying the decision to provide the urgent treatment he needs. The injured refugee is a Canstruct worker.

The dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government is over rent (believed to be over $3.5 million a year) that Border Force has been paying for space in the Menen Hotel (owned by the Nauruan government) for various activities.

We have grave fears for the life of this refugee. He needs urgent surgery; any delay could be a matter of life and death, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Border Force cannot shrug off its responsibility for this mans welfare. We are calling on Peter Dutton to ensure that a money-squabble with Nauru is not going to cost this refugee his life.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

23:24

Whats This about Roy Moore and the Droit du Seigneur? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Journos wait on steps of State House in Montgomery, for a womens meeting re Roy Moore

by Mary W Maxwell

Yesterday I published an article at Rumor Mill News about the Roy Moore affair. I feel quite certain he is not guilty of the sexual harassment, or whatever you call it, that he is accused of, much less of being a pedophile. In that article I said so in an indirect manner.  Ill say it more directly in this article.

The line-up of who is accusing Moore is handy for separating the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the chaff, etc, in Congress. Several Republican senators came forward promptly to dissociate themselves from Moore, or even to say he cant join the Senate.  What a joke. They have revealed their attachment to the machine by so saying.

Is Roy a Sleazy Type?

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22:45

Will AI scarecrows warn off elephants? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New Scientist

An African forest elephant in a woodland setting in Loango National Park, Gabon. Hes on your farm, eating your crops

Michael Nichols/National Geographic/Getty

When you think of agricultural pests, elephants are probably near the bottom of the list. But they do an enormous amount of damage to nut and banana plantations precisely because they are too big, tough and smart to scare off once they start eating. Now, Australian researchers have developed an AI scarecrow that can do the job. It has been so successful that they are looking to adapt it to other smart pests the long term goal is a scarecrow that understands the type of pest approaching and can tailor its scaring strategy.

Scarecrow technology has a long history of ignominious failure, and not just for elephants  animals quickly learn to tune out a deterrent if it becomes apparent that there is no threat. Many growers have described birds perching and even roosting on devices that were designed to scare them off. So researchers from CSIRO, Australias national research organization, decided the answer was artificial intelligence.

Their AI scarecrow bears little resemblance to what you may be picturing. It has three elements: sensors that detect what kind of pest is approaching, a processing brain to identify them and decide how best to respond, and deterrent devices that can respond intelligently with the right combination of sound or light. These can be scattered widely to encompass any area that needs protection, even if its the size of a plantation.

Then it is loaded with a library of predator sounds, animal alarm calls and irritating tones, as well as its own self-generated noises anything we would consider as scary or startling, says senior researcher Ashley Tews. What constitutes a scary sound is an ongoing area of species-dependent research. However, previous work indicates that leopard and tiger growls can make elephants depart the scene. Its als...

22:09

Drain the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Swamp thing

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

Nice work if you can get it!

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


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

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


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

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

22:09

Horrifying New Study Shows People Willing to Hurt Complete Strangers Just to Obey Authority "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TFTP| For the state to make war, it must convince the populace that killing other people is just and necessary. Many different rationalizations have cropped up over the millennia from controlling resources to exterminating races to fighting terrorism but murdering strangers requires a particular obedience to authority.

Fifty years ago, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the Milgram experiment, which measured the willingness of study participants to hurt others, even when it conflicts with their personal conscience, in the interest of obeying authority. The results, published in 1963, showed that a very high percentage of participants were willing to follow orders and cause serious injury to others.

The researchers recruited 80 participants (40 men and 40 women), with an age range from 18 to 69, for the study. Participants had up to 10 buttons to press, each a higher shock level. The results show that the level of participants obedience towards instructions is similarly high to that of the original Milgram studies.

They found that 90% of the people were willing to go to the highest level in the experiment.

Study co-author Tomasz Grzyb noted that the vast majority of people claimed they would never behave in such a man...

22:02

Does Mental Illness Exist? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this interview for ABC Australia, leading psychology professor Peter Kinderman discusses why we need alternative ways of understanding and supporting people in distress that take into account social and environmental factors, not just biology.

Mental health issues are hugely significant worldwide, but are we approaching them in the most effective and humane way? A leading professor of psychology says that everybodys crazy but nobodys illmeaning that seeing mental distress as an illness is the wrong approach. We need a model of care which supports people who are distressed because of their social and life circumstances.

21:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:08

Roundup Nov 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Trumpwatch. Pressing on with deregulation. 105 rules down.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:26

What's About to Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 



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

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

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

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
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20:00

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

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

19:22

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

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

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

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

AUSTRALIA...

19:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:16

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


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

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

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

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


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19:11

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

Above: Ben Heard at Bonn, 16 November

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

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

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

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

 

 


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19:08

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

2) TPN-PB was confirmed there was a fire contact before the evacuation of civilians
3) Security Forces Free 344 People Held Hostage by Gunmen in Papua
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1) Fighting wont stop unless Jakarta closes Mine
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18:55

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

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

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

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

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

18:50

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

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

18:41

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

10:25pm As my last contribution for tonight, here is a map of the booth results and the Greens swing (which can be toggled).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:35

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

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

18:33

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

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

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18:28

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

A gas market run by a cartel is no market

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

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

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

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

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

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

18:27

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

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

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

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

18:25

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

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

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

18:25

Lockyer Valley November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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


Nankeen Night-Heron

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18:18

18 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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

18:08

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

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

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

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

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

A couple more points

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

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

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

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

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

17:43

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

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

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

17:39

Junction St Shed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Marooned workshop in a carpark





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

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17:38

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

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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

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17:35

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

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

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

17:27

THE BEST NIGHT IN FOOTSCRAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The best of Footscray all in one nigh

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

17:11

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

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

17:08

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

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

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17:06

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

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

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17:00

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



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


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

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

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

Say what?

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

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

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