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Saturday, 25 November

00:56

Worst frost since 1977 caused extensive damage to Victorian crops, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A late spring cold snap ripped through western and central Victoria this month, causing extensive agricultural damage. Older farmers in the region say it was 'the worst frost since 1977.' Agriculture Victorias southwest grains regional manager Rob...... Read more

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Friday, 24 November

23:26

Helmet hanger safeguards important lining "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This motorcycle helmet hanger is claimed to safeguard your helmet while safely putting it on display so every visitor will see your love of motorcycle.

New Spanish motorcycle accessories company Halley Accessories has successfully achieved its Kickstarter crowd funding goal and will go into production.

This follows the unsuccessful attempt in 2014 of Brisbane custom bike shop Ellaspede to get crowd funding for their helmet rack.

Ellaspede hangerEllaspede hanger

Hanger price and delivery

Halley product designer Marc Graells says the price delivered to Australia from Barcelona is 35 (about $A55) for one and 45 (about $A75) for two.

We expect to deliver the product at the end of March, he says.

The Halley rack seems a little more stylish, secure and with better protection for the helmet foam than the Ellaspede product.

Marc says the hanger has no sharp edges like other helmet racks that could rip the lining or depress the vital EPS shock-absorbing foam in your helmet.

Halley helmet hanger

It is important that you preserve the lining and foam in your helmet as this will save you in a crash.

Its why we also dont recommend you hang your helmet on your motorcycle mirrors. Not only will it affect the lining, but it could easily fall off.

Passionate rider

Marc is a passionate rider who likes to show off his motorcycle as well as his helmet.

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23:07

Corridor of uncertainty "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gabbatoir

As a cricket tragic, I was thrilled a little over a year when we named our son Stanley, being in part a subtle or oblique reference to one end of the Gabba cricket ground in Brisbane (I felt a reference to the old Clem Jones stand - or even 'Sir Gordon Chalk'! - might have been pushing it...). 

There's been a tremendous amount of excitement in Brisbane this week as the English cricket team is in town to the play the first Test Match of the historic Ashes series.

The view of the Stanley Street End skyline today takes in many cranes, as well as the imposing $85 million Trafalgar Residences, a 20-storey apartment block at 855 Stanley Street (being a new development since the last time an Ashes test was played here). 


Looking back towards the opposite Vulture Street End of the ground, the television cameras picked up the apartments advertised for sale and for rent at 444 Vulture Street, where apartments are advertised for rent from $360/week for 1-bedroom units, and from $750/week and above for 3-bedders. 

At this stage of the construction cycle there's a risk of vacancy rates being understated as single advertisements can account for multiple new apartments.

And the offers of rent-free periods for tenants, free internet, and so on in Woolloongabba apartments reflect the clear weakness in the rental market. 


In a moment of w...

22:26

FixedIt: Rape and sexual abuse of children is not sex "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ex magistrate William Randall was convicted last week for sexually abusing a boy over twelve years, starting when the boy was only five years old. Randall was sentenced to nine years in jail.

The Courier Mail reported that Hetty Johnson asked for a review of any cases he presided over that may have involved crimes against children and labelled it child sex cases.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

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20:48

The Phenomenon of Mysterious Booms Continue Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The phenomenon of mysterious booms is continuing around the world, with the sound of unexplained explosions being reported from locales as diverse as Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire.

Booms reported by residents of six counties in Alabama have been investigated by police, NASA, and the Birmingham Alabama National Weather Service, with the latter tweeting on November 14:

"Re: loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake. We don't have an answer, and can only hypothesize with you. 1) sonic boom from aircraft; 2) meteorite w/ current Leonid shower?"

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18:40

Cry, my beautiful country: Barnabys shameful legacy to the lifeblood of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This. Is. Serious. Part of our great and beautiful country is being plundered and crying out for help, but hardly anyone is stopping to listen, let alone act accordingly Ted Mead in Comments: This is a heart-breaking reminder of what is inherently wrong with this country, if not the world. Unquestionably, water is our most valuable resource, yet we have passively stood by and let the influential manipulate this resource to the benefit of the minority whilst the majority, and the environment, suffers. We are so out of touch with reality these days that only a broad-scale environmental catastrophe will ensure a different view, though by then it will be too late. A comprehensive ecological collapse is inevitable! The American Navajo have a word for this dire scenario Koyaanisqatsi

18:18

McCain And Clinton Forced To Wear Ankle Monitors For Upcoming Criminal Trial "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What do John McCain and Hillary Clinton have in common, besides both being globalist traitors to the United States? The answer, according to an FBI source, is they are both criminal defendants in upcoming trials [...]

18:15

Sweltering summers the face of things to come ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bored of the tedious cool winters in Tasmania? Thinking about packing up and migrating north?  Well beware!  New climate predictions are claiming that cities like Melbourne and Sydney will soon be experiencing 50 degree Celsius temperatures, and that the scorching summers, which occurred in 2015, will just be average by 2025 ATA: Australia can be 100% renewable by 2030 ATA discussion paper: 100% Renewable grid by 2030

17:56

How Exit From The Matrix could change your life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

How Exit From The Matrix could change your life

by Jon Rappoport

November 24, 2017

Inside the psyche of the individual, something is going on. Something profound.

The creative impulse.

This is where the life blood of the soul lives.

Human beings chained to The Mechanical dont realize it. Theyre looking for the next resolution to the next problem.

The creative impulse cant be taken apart and separated into discrete elements. It cant be sliced and diced. It cant be made into an equation.

A person learns about his own creative impulse by acting on it. By creating.

This is far too simple for academics and professionals.

A revolution occurs when the individual throws off the shroud of consensus reality and creates what he truly wants to.

Life is never the same again.

The creative impulse carries with it just one imperative: CREATE.

Decide what to create and do it.

That isnt hard to understand.

When a person creates what he wants to, he establishes a new channel(s) of self-knowledge beyond words. He grasps an inner connection to the core of his being. He experiences it first-hand.

Time and time again, I have read writers who compose works about creativity. Inevitably, they come to a point where they add some extra piece: it is the really the universe that is giving a person permission to create; there is a field the individual taps into in order to create; there is a collective consciousness that is entered.

On and on it goes. Whereas, in fact, THE INDIVIDUAL CREATES. PERIOD.

There is no extra aspect that somehow determines and rules the creative impulse.

To create or not to create; that is the question.

That is the basic question which determines human psychology. If the answer is YES, you get one dynamic psychology. If the answer is NO, you get another essentially passive psychology, and then you also get endless problems, which are misunderstood.

In my mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, I include profound imagination exercises which, when practiced on a daily basis, can help bring an individuals creative impulse front and center, and can help him unleash his creative power.

This is the underlying goal of my work.........

17:28

Details emerge of Mossad operation in Raqqa that led to laptop ban on UK flights "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ever wondered why British authorities won't let you take your laptop in carry-on luggage when flying back from certain Middle East countries? Details of a secret Israeli operation in Syria have now emerged, offering a few answers. Airlines abruptly stopped letting passengers take laptops in their cabin baggage in March 2017. Passengers were not told what threat their devices posed or why there had been a sudden change in the rules. Now, the lid has been lifted on the spy operation which uncovered the intelligence that led to the ban. A secret Israeli operation supported by Mossad fed intelligence to the rest of the world after its agents listened in on a conversation between Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) fighters in the group's then-capital, Raqqa. Commandos from Israel's elite Sayeret Matkal force and Mossad technical operatives were scrambled to the desert outside Raqqa in two Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters. The operatives planted listening devices around a room used by IS, and just days later intelligence began flooding in. Jihadis were overheard discussing a plot to blow up a passenger jet using a laptop.

17:04

China kindergarten sex abuse and needlemarks claims prompt police probe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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A parent is surrounded by members of the media outside the kindergarten run by pre-school operator RYB Education Inc being investigated by Chinas police, in Beijing, China November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee Reuters

By Philip Wen and Adam Jourdan

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) Chinese police are investigating claims of sexual molestation and needlemarks on children at a Beijing kindergarten run by RYB Education Inc, the latest case in a booming childcare industry to spark outrage among parents, sending the companys New York-listed shares tumbling on Friday.

The official Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday that police were checking allegations that some teachers and staff at the kindergarten had abused children, who were reportedly sexually molested, pierced by needles and given unidentified pills.

Shares in RYB plunged 38 percent on the New York Stock Exchange early on Friday, almost wiping out most of the 44 percent rise in the Chinese companys stock since its IPO in September.

Parents said their children, some as young as three, relayed troubling accounts of a naked adult male conducting purported medical check-ups on students, who were also unclothed, other media said.

Some parents, who gathered outside the school to demand answers on Thursday, said their children gave matching accounts of being fed unidentified tablets and of punishments where students were made to stand naked in class, media said.

The welfare of children in professional care has become a hot-button issue in China, where a string of high-profile cases of abuse has underlined lax regulations and supervision in the childcare and early learning industry.

We deeply apologise for the serious anxiety this matter has brought to parents and society, RYB said in a statement on its official microblog on Friday, adding that it was helping authorities.

We are curr...

17:00

SOTT FOCUS: The Health & Wellness Show: Evil Brainz: Biology and Crime "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Murderers, fiends, offenders, crooks, abusers -- criminals and criminal behavior have always been a part of the human landscape. The reasons for their behavior have stumped the best minds on the planet and there is no surefire way to identify who will become a scourge of humanity and who will become an upright citizen. Nature vs nurture has been an ongoing debate in the social sciences with nurture -- as it does offer some glimmer of hope -- often winning out. However, new research points out that we are relying too much on a sociological viewpoint to explain crime and violence. Biology plays in important role too, and in some cases genetic inheritance is the only explanation that makes sense. Join us on this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we discuss the genetic and evolutionary aspects of antisocial behavior and attempt to answer the question: Are some people born to be bad? And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, where she discusses how to pet your cat without suddenly getting scratched or bitten! Running Time: 01:25:46 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!

16:23

Queensland: The Election Polls Forgot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland Aggregate: Labor 35.9 LNP 33.9 One Nation 13.3 Green 9.6 Other 7.3
2PP off this aggregate: 52.5 to Labor
Seat projection off this aggregate: Labor 51 LNP 37 PHON 3 KAP 2 
(Greens may win 1-2 seats instead, but not enough reliable evidence re Greens' chances)
Uncertainties: limited polling dominated by a single pollster, change in preferencing method and likely preferencing behaviour

Nearly three years ago an incumbent Queensland government was leading about 52-48 in the polls and polling analysts generally though that it might lose but would probably be returned.  We were wrong; it did very narrowly lose, mainly because of a radical shift in preferencing behaviour by voters for minor parties.

Three years later, some of the problems are the same.  A radical shift in preferencing behaviour is possible in theory, because Pauline Hanson's One Nation was just a minor presence last election but is now gathering a double-digit vote.  Moreover, some polls have showed One Nation voters as much more likely to preference the conservative side of politics than they used to be - a situation consistent with the party attracting a lot of ex-Coalition supporters.

There is a new problem in terms of how much we can trust polling data.  Nearly all of the polling data for this election has come from a single firm, albeit one (the Newspoll/Galaxy stable - see final Newspoll here) with an excellent record at recent elections.  The main challenger, ReachTEL, has repeated its form from the WA election where its results were weaker for the government than Newspoll's, until it moved into line with it very late in the piece.  Apart from that, there were some pretty old monthly Essentials but that's about all that's been seen.  We're left needing a lot of faith - however justified by the past evidence - in a single pollster.   This is quite odd coming after a same-sex marriage postal vote that attracted interest from at least ten different pollsters - and perhaps that is the explanation there.

In the big picture, should what we are seeing in the polling (a small move to Labor, concentrated in the state's south-east) surprise?  Historically, first term state governments generally win, with some exceptions.  State governments generally also win when the opposite party is in power federally, again with rare exceptions.  Moreover, state governments of the latter kind tend to gain seats.  First term state governments that are of the opposite party to the federal government?  In modern times they always win, and they sometimes go from very tenuous positions to big majorities.

For all th.....

16:03

It Takes a Village: Parenting on the Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Want to find honest reviews on products, discounts on child supplies and excellent education for parents and kids alike? FamilyPoints has the answer through Blockchain technology.

16:00

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds | chia-seeds | General Health Special Interests

Health awareness is increasing everywhere and so is the demand for healthy foods. Arguably, prepackaged and processed food unnecessarily pollute the can-be-simple process of providing our bodies with nutrition. In response, many people look to whole, raw foods that have traditional appreciation. If you want to avoid lab-experiment food, then just ask yourself, what did people eat before they started eating attractively packaged baked goo made from test tube ingredients?

Thats a question with many answers, and one such answer is chia seeds. Chia seeds are a traditional food in central and south America and, yes, these are the same seeds known for the association with the Chia Pet. But more than an answer to ceramic statue baldness, chia seeds are very nutritious and loaded with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be eaten alone or added to smoothies, protein shakes, yogurt, cereal, salads, and so on. They have a very mild flavor that is slightly nutty but mostly neutral. When theyre hydrated or mixed with water they form a clear gel consistency. Some people are a little skeptical at first but relax, the flavor is benign, almost tasteless. Nutritionally, however, chia seeds and chia gel is rich in protein and amino acids.

As an ingredient alternative, chia seed gel can replace as much as 25% of oil or eggs and produce a more nutritious product without sacrificing flavor or texture. [1] Id recommend going ahead and substituting a little more. Additionally, know that breads made with chia seeds are higher in protein, omega-3, omega-6, fiber and folic acid than breads made from wh...

14:51

Scarred tree "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many scarred trees can be seen in the Riverina.

Hadn't noticed this one until roadworks included removing the trunk in the foreground.

I'd like to learn more about how to identify them, as well as recognising the tools used to make them.

14:50

Gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As a kid I would ask my father if we could celebrate Halloween and he'd scoff, saying something about it not being an Australian tradition. 

If I could go back to that conversation I'd point that out he was born in North America.

Now that I have kids I celebrate Halloween with them and it seems to be increasingly part of the Australian calendar. It seems to me an opportunity to meet neighbours.

Another celebration that Australia needs is Thanksgiving.

It would be good to promote thoughts of gratitude and sharing a meal.

14:48

Green meteor fireball seen over New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speculation ran rife online after Inverell Times reader Lawana Hillhouse reported seeing a strange light moving over the town on Thursday night, November 23, at approximately 9.45pm. "It was sort of round and real red," Lawana said. She watched the object, which she initially believed was a fireball, move at a medium pace towards Moree. "I thought it was some sort of weird weather event," she said. Meteors, ball lightning, burning space junk and even aliens were among the many possible explanations given, as the Higgins Storm Chasing website reported similar sightings across NSW between 9.30-11pm.

13:16

State Election Campaign Daily Update! Qld Gvt Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY & Super King Air VH-SGQ - Plus Super King Airs VH-EWQ & VH-ZGD at Multiple CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


On Tuesday 21 November and Wednesday 22 November, the election campaign bandwagon continued to pass through Central Queensland with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hitting the hustings in several key seats. 

On Tuesday, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY departed Mackay Airport for Townsville and then Bundaberg Airport.  It later flew to Brisbane.  Meanwhile, the Queensland Government Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted transporting the Premier to various parts and was flew from Brisbane to Townsville before visiting Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports.

On Wednesday, VH-SGQ departed Bundy for Maryborough Airport and then Toowoomba.  It then flew to Brisbane.

As has been the case over the last couple of weeks, The Premier was joined in her travels by a pair of Super King Air turboprops Easternwell Group Beech B300 Super King Air VH-EWQ and Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD.  On Tuesday 21 November, both flew from Mackay Airport to Rockhampton, Gladstone and then Bundaberg Airports.  On Wednesday 22 November, both departed Bundy for Maryborough Airport before VH-EWQ flew to Brisbane while VH-ZGD flew to Toowoomba before later also flying to Brisbane.

It was also interesting to note that The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU flew into Bundaberg Airport on Tuesday 21 November.  It flew up from and then returned to Brisbane on what appeared to be only a training flight.  While the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK was noted visiting several CQ Airports on Wednesday 22 November on what appeared to be one of its thrice-weekly prisoner transfer flights.

Finally, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland Tim Nicholls - plus support staff and media - continued to fly into parts of CQ on board Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP.  On Wednesday 22 November, VH-VEP was noted arriving into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Cairns and appeared to be staying for the night.

12:51

Five questions about democratic power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MANY people complained that Malcolm Turnbull was running scared by cancelling next weeks sitting of the Parliament. But that was a political reaction. The more important constitutional question, and its implications for democracy, went unanswered: how is it that a Prime Minister without a majority in the House of Representatives can prevent that House from sitting?

Well, Section 5 of the Constitution says, The Governor-General may appoint such times for holding the sessions of the Parliament as he thinks fit, and may also from time to time . . . dissolve the House of Representatives.

In theory, the Governor-General does what the Prime Minister tells him or her to do. So Turnbull can just tell the Governor-General that the Parliament should not sit, and the Parliament does not sit. He could tell the Governor-General to dissolve the House and call an election.

On only one occasion has a Governor-General acted unilaterally and not sought nor taken the advice of the Prime Minister in 1975, when the Prime Minister was dismissed. On one other occasion in 1983 a Governor-General asked for more information and time before accepting a Prime Ministers advice to call a double dissolution election.

Turnbulls action in cancelling the sitting augurs badly for democracy in a time of falling support for the two major parties and the increasing likelihood of hung parliaments.

It is even more messy in a Parliament haunted by the spectre of the possibility of a critical number of Members not being eligible to sit, thus threatening the Governments majority.

At present the Government would not lose a no-confidence motion because it has enough cross-bench support. But that could change with a couple of by-elections caused by our defective Constitution disqualifying MPs who have been democratically elected.

If that happened, the Governor-General would then have to decide whether to make up his own mind as to whether parliamentary sessions continue or follow convention and accept the Prime Ministers advice, whatever that might be a fresh election, on one hand, or cancelling of parliamentary sittings until the all the by-elections are over, on the other.

Cancelling sittings prevents embarrassing defeats for the Government or the passing of legislation it does not want a bank royal commission, for example.

There is much too much uncertainty in all this. And much too much leeway for short-term polit...

12:15

Angry McNugget Lover Arrested After Ordering 200 Hash Browns "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive gotta say, straight up, this is one of the most bogan news stories Ive ever read.  Its a tale of disappointment, a tale of anger, of lost tempers and, undoubtedly, a tale of regret.

Lets get the basics out of the way to start with.  Some absolute tit from Epping in Sydney has landed himself in hot Mcwater after a night on the Mcpiss.

Just before 5am one Saturday morning (so you know it was a total ball-snorter of a Friday night), the bloody idiot has hit up the drive-through for a good old Mcfeed.

Much to the Mcpissheads chagrin, he heard the most annoying words you can hear at any Maccas.  Sorry, bloke, that sh**s on the lunch menu.  Were doing brekkie now.  Want some hotcakes?

The Maccas where it all went down. Credit: Google/Daily Telegraph

The Maccas where it all went down. Credit: Google/Daily Telegraph

Now, old mate was rocking a blood alcohol level of 0.175 so he wasnt just tipsy, he was abso-f***ing-lutely plastered.  Having said that, getting your car through the drive-through in that state is a task in itself, so you know, its not all bad.

Im kidding.  It is.  He really shouldnt have been on the road.  And his reaction kinda proves it.

No nuggets, I imagine him saying.  Fark, come on cobber, its not breakfast.  I aint even finished drinking yet

l9vdh

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11:41

Bowhead whale behaviour, new study "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This 22 November 2017 video is called Bowhead whales come to Cumberland Sound in Canadian Arctic to exfoliate.

From the University of British Columbia in Canada:

Bowhead whales come to Cumberland Sound in Nunavut to exfoliate

November 22, 2017

Aerial drone footage of bowhead whales in Canadas Arctic has revealed that the large mammals molt and use rocks to rub off dead skin.

The footage provides one answer to the mystery of why whales return to Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, every summer, and helps explain some unusual behavior that has been noted historically by Inuit and commercial whalers living and working in the area.

This was an incidental observation, said Sarah Fortune, a PhD student at UBCs Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and lead author of a new study based on the findings. We were there to document their prey and feeding behavior, but we noticed some strange behavior near the shore.

Fortune and her colleagues William Koski, a whale biologist with LGL Limited, and local Inuit hunters and fishers from Pangnirtung watched from a boat as the whales turned on their sides and waved their flippers and tails in the air. It was clear the whales werent there just to feed.

When the researchers sent drones up to record the animals from above, they saw large boulders underwater and realized that the whales were rubbing against rocks to remove dead skin.

We now know that Cumberland Sound serves as a habitat for feeding and molting, said Fortune. Very little is known about molting in any of the large whale species.

The warmer coastal waters of summer might help facilitate molting, Fortune says. Ocean temperatures are expected to rise, and the change could have implications for the timing, duration and energy needed for molting, as well as the whales diets.

As oceans change, relatively large-bodied, fatty Arctic crustaceans known as zooplankton the preferred prey of bowhead whales could move to new habitats further north while smaller-bodied, temperate species that are lower in energy are likely to dominate the waters. Scienti...

11:03

Hunter's gathering pace "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recovery momentum

Job vacancies continue to rise solidly, up by another +8.4 per cent over the year to October 2017, according to the Department of Employment.

Vacancies have now increased by +37,000 or +26.5 per cent since the October 2013 nadir. 


In New South Wales vacancies are up by +6.4 per cent over the past year in seasonally adjusted terms to the highest level since March 2011.

The recovery since 2013 has really been a Sydney and Melbourne phenomenon...at least, until now.

Regional rebound

It's good to see momentum shifting away from the centre of the city a little, with advertisements now surging back to life in regions such as Newcastle & the Hunter (+26.8 per cent), and Gosford (+21.1 per cent).

Similarly in Victoria there was strong year-on-year growth in vacancies in Geelong (+13.4 per cent) and Bendigo (+13.5 per cent).

Of course, the absolute numbers of vacancies are much lower in regional cities than in the capitals, but the direction is nevertheless heartening. 


There was also double digit growth in Queensland and Victoria, while Western Australia (+16.5 per cent) has clearly turned the corner. 

In trend terms job ads rose in seven of the eight occupational groups over the past year, with...

10:45

Western Australia nuclear waste enthusiast Glenn Baker shows his ignorance of the real purpose of nuclear dump "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Is Mr Baker ignorant, or disingenuous?

In his enthusiasm Mr Baker seems unaware that the processed nuclear waste returning from France is classified there as high level waste. The proposed dump for radioactive wastes in outback Australia is obviously intended to store those long-lasting toxic wastes. Australias nuclear reactor in Lucas Heights, Sydney produces these dangerous wastes, just the same as any other nuclear reactor.

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10:35

"Just Where You Begin Again..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions."
 - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy" 

10:10

Anti Adani coal mine protest march in Bendigo "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bendigo protesters march against Adani coal mine, http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5077271/bendigo-protesters-march-against-adani-coal-mine/Bendigo Advertiser, 23 Nov 17, A group of activists marched on Bendigo politicians offices on Thursday, protesting the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland.

The protesters gathered at Labor MP Lisa Chesters office at noon before marching to the office of Senator Bridget McKenzie. Carrying placards and wearing pictures of black lungs, members from the Bendigo District Australian Conservation Foundation delivered letters to both politicians.

Victorian Committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia chair Dr John Iser also spoke at the protest, voicing concerns about health implications of the mines coal pollution on its workers and surrounding communities.

It is the first of two events planned in Bendigo for the national Stop Adani Shakeup week.


10:04

Australia -- Bottled water: Concerns aired at Beechworth public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Community concern: Up to 200 people attended a public meeting in Beechworth about the use of groundwater for bottled water. Picture: Allan Thompson
ALLAN THOMPSON, The Weekly Times
TEMPERS were tested when up to 200 people packed a public meeting in Beechworth last night to address growing community concern about the use of groundwater for bottled water in the area.

Organisers, Indigo, Alpine and Towong councils kept a tight rein on the meeting, keeping the question and answer section of the forum brief and to the point.
Even so, the depth of emotion was apparent as supporters and opponents of the bottled water industry strongly argued their case and, on one occasion, started talking over the top of each other.

Indigo Shire Council Mayor Jenny OConnor said the bottled water industry had come out of left field and councils keep hitting brick walls with legislation trying to regulate it.
She believed the water should be kept at its source for agriculture and community use rather than used for bottled water while Alpine Mayor Ron Janas expressed concern on the impact and cost of the trucks used to transport water on local infrastructure. He described the water as liquid gold for some and said there were moral and ethical concerns over its use.

New Towong Mayor, Aaron Scales told the meeting he was worried about local amenity.
We are trying to encourage people to move into our area and if that amenity is not there, then they wont move, he said.
However, Black Mount Spring Water owner Tim Carey, who extracts and trucks the local water to Asahi in Albury, defended the industry, saying only 0.1 per cent of water extracted from the ground in Australia was used for bottled water. The industry was legal and Goulburn Murray Water closely monitored the aquifers to ensure it was sustainable, he said. He gained support from a number of speakers in the audience who claimed tap water was a health risk due to the chlorine and fluoride added to it.
We used to kill rabbits with fluoride, one man told the crowd.
However, guest speaker Huw Kingston, who led the charge to make his hometown of Bundanoon in NSW the first in the world to become plastic bottle water free, said there were high levels of public health control over tap water and it was perfectly safe. He added bottled water often contained a percentage of tap water as well as the same chemicals.

He said despite the monitoring of the aquifers by auth...

09:46

"Who Is Delusional? The Answer Is: We All Are" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Who Is Delusional? The Answer Is: We All Are"
by Noel Hunter

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" 
- Carl Jung 

"Within the mental health profession, clinicians and researchers who value a system of categorical illnesses and individual defects too often proclaim that the major feature delineating "real psychosis" from other "disorders" is the presence of delusions. Two recent articles in the New York Times exemplified for me how skewed this assertion is. It also led to a greater awareness, more specifically, of how problematic it is to view so-called delusions as meaningless indicators of disease... for we all experience delusion. How one experiences the self, the world, and relationships (usually based on our relationships with our caregivers) determines the level with which one must cling to seemingly irrational ideas in order to maintain a sense of order and meaning in the world. Let me explain...
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07:50

Mysterious deep-Earth seismic signature explained? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Finding has implications for conditions that set the stage for life New research on oxygen and iron chemistry under the extreme conditions found deep inside Earth could explain a longstanding seismic mystery called ultralow velocity zones. Published in Nature, the findings could have far-reaching implications on our understanding of Earth's geologic history, including life-altering events such as the Great Oxygenation Event, which occurred 2.4 billion years ago. Sitting at the boundary between the lower mantle and the core, 1,800 miles beneath Earth's surface, ultralow velocity zones (UVZ) are known to scientists because of their unusual seismic signatures. Although this region is far too deep for researchers to ever observe directly, instruments that can measure the propagation of seismic waves caused by earthquakes allow them to visualize changes in Earth's interior structure; similar to how ultrasound measurements let medical professionals look inside of our bodies. These seismic measurements enabled scientists to visualize these ultralow velocity zones in some regions along the core-mantle boundary, by observing the slowing down of seismic waves passing through them. But knowing UVZs exist didn't explain what caused them. However, recent findings about iron and oxygen chemistry under deep-Earth conditions provide an answer to this longstanding mystery. It turns out that water contained in some minerals that get pulled down into Earth due to plate tectonic activity could, under extreme pressures and temperatures, split up -- liberating hydrogen and enabling the residual oxygen to combine with iron metal from the core to create a novel high-pressure mineral, iron peroxide.

07:30

Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus reduces organophosphate pesticide absorption and toxicity to Drosophila melanogaster. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Appl Environ Microbiol. 2016 Oct 15 ;82(20):6204-6213. Epub 2016 Sep 30. PMID: 27520820 Abstract Title:  Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus Reduces Organophosphate Pesticide Absorption and Toxicity to Drosophila melanogaster. Abstract:  : Organophosphate pesticides used in agriculture can pose health risks to humans and wildlife. We hypothesized that dietary supplementation with Lactobacillus, a genus of commensal bacteria, would reduce absorption and toxicity of consumed organophosphate pesticides (parathion and chlorpyrifos [CP]). Several Lactobacillus species were screened for toleration of 100 ppm of CP or parathion in MRS broth based on 24-h growth curves. Certain Lactobacillus strains were unable to reach stationary-phase culture maxima and displayed an abnormal culture morphology in response to pesticide. Further characterization of commonly used, pesticide-tolerant and pesticide-susceptible, probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG (LGG) and L. rhamnosus strain GR-1 (LGR-1), respectively, revealed that both strains could significantly sequester organophosphate pesticides from solution after 24-h coincubations. This effect was independent of metabolic activity, as L. rhamnosus GG did not hydrolyze CP and no difference in organophosphate sequestration was observed between live and heat-killed strains. Furthermore, LGR-1 and LGG reduced the absorption of 100M parathion or CP in a Caco-2 Transwell model of the small intestine epithelium. To determine the effect of sequestration on acute toxicity, newly eclosed Drosophila melanogaster flies were exposed to food containing 10 M CP with or without supplementation with live LGG. Supplementation with LGGsimultaneously, but not with administration of CP 3 days prior (prophylactically), mitigated CP-induced mortality. In summary, the results suggest that L. rhamnosus may be useful for reducing toxic organophosphate pesticide exposure via passive binding. These findings could be transferable to clinical and livestock applications due to affordability and practical ability to supplement products with food-grade bacteria.IMPORTANCE: The consequences of environmental pesticide pollution due to widespread usage in agriculture and soil leaching are becoming a major societal concern. Although the long-term effects of low-dose pesticide exposure for humans and wildlife remain largely unknown, logic suggests that these chemicals are not aligned with ecosystem health. This observation is most strongly supported by the agricultural losses associated with honeybee population declines, known as colony collapse disorder, in which pesticide usage is a likely trigger. Lactobacilli are bacteria used as beneficial microorganisms in fermented foods and have shown potentials to sequester and degrade environmental toxins. This study demonstrated th...

07:30

Here's Where the Aluminum from Vaccines Accumulates in the Body "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When it comes to the most widely used adjuvant ingredient found within vaccines, aluminum, many questions have yet to be answered, particularly when it comes to where the aluminum goes after injection, an issue known as biopersistence.

One reason this question arises is because a causative role has been established in whats known as macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) lesion in patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, or brain inflammation.

Myalgia, arthralgia, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, dysautonomia, and autoimmunity have been temporally linked to aluminium adjuvant-containing vaccine administration (Gherardi and Authier, 2003; Authier et al., 2003; Exley et al., 2009; Rosenblum et al., 2011; Santiago et al., 2014; Brinth et al., 2015; Palmieri et al., 2016).

Evidence that aluminum-coated particles phagocytozed in the injected muscle and its draining lymph nodes can disseminate within phagocytes throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain further suggested that alum safety should be evaluated in the long term. (source)


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07:00

The Weekend Quiz November 25-26, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. A fiscal rule that forces governments to run fiscal surpluses each year would equally force the private sector to run deficits and accumulate increasing levels of indebtedness as a result.



2. If a government is running an austerity program and learns that the estimated output gap was smaller than they originally thought, then other things equal, the governments discretionary fiscal austerity would have to be intensified to balance the structural fiscal balance.



3. Opponents of continuous fiscal deficits often agree that a short-period of deficit spending when the private demand is weak is not likely to be inflationary. Their main concern is that it is the accumulated stock of spending associated with continuous fiscal deficits that eventually increases the risk of inflation. Their concern has some validity.

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06:20

Last-minute economic policy post "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Both Labor and the LNP have released their economic policies just two days before the state election. This isnt just a matter of costings. Essentially, all the new expenditure items and tax reductions were announced with some fanfare during the campaign, while the revenue measures and expenditure cuts needed to fund these goodies have been kept under wraps until now. This is a terrible way to run an election, but the hardheads on both sides obviously think its a good idea (the same hardheads who gave us compulsory preferential voting on the Labor side and the Commission of Audit for the LNP).

On the LNP side, my assessments here and here have been confirmed. The tax cuts and extra spending promised by the LNP have been financed by cuts to services (euphemistically referred to as efficiency dividends) and by the abandonment of the Cross-River rail project, which appears to be vital if we are going to handle a growing Brisbane population in the future. The efficiency dividend will necessarily involve reduced employment. If the promise to avoid compulsory redundancies is adhered to in spirit as well as letter, that will mean a semi-permanent hiring freeze in areas with low turnover, which is likely to have adverse effects on efficiency.

These are big cuts, but not enough to reach the target of a surplus on fiscal balance. That means the stage is set for yet another Commission of Audit and unannounced further cuts.

Labor is planning to finance promised improvements in services through a mixture of tax increases (targeted at the relatively wealthy) and unspecified reallocation of existing funds, yielding a modest net increase in expenditure as compared to the cuts proposed by the LNP.

We have a choice then between Labor offering improved services, which must ultimately be financed by tax revenue and the LNP offering cuts in taxes, services and jobs. It would have been helpful if this choice had been made explicit four weeks ago, but still it is clear enough. Unsurprisingly, I prefer Labor.

05:54

New Personal Training Service Where Trainers do the Workout for You "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fitness4U

A service launched in Sydney today allows time-poor clients to relax while personal trainers work out on their behalf.

The new service, called Fitness 4 U, is designed for busy Sydneysiders whod rather be drinking at work, drinking at the pub, or drinking at home than exercise.

One of the first members of the service said its up there with having porn on your phone in terms of game changingness.

This way I can tell myself Im going to exercise today, not exercise today, but then still feel good about it as someone else did it for me, the man said. I havent noticed any physical gains, but my conscience has improved dramatically now I dont have to feel bad about not exercising.

The membership also comes with a backpack that you can take with you absolutely everywhere to make those not exercising feel bad about themselves.


05:14

MACKAY Car thief, burglar almost hit police officer with stolen car "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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04:20

Lazer Baby "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

You may have caught them at The Bird, theyve been very busy gigging around sharing their recent works and release track, So Lonely.

Its Lazer Baby Tasmanian R&B, Soul Group and they came by for a drop into Breakfast with Caitlin to give us a little live taster of their song bau live in the studio.

 

Play lazer baby

04:05

Two AIHW obesity reports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Overweight and obesity in Australia: a birth cohort analysis.

Adults in 2014-15 were significantly more likely to be obese than adults of the same age 20 years earlier at almost any given age. At age 18-21, 15.2% of those born in 1994-1997 were obese, almost double the proportion of those born in 1974-1977 at the same age (8.0%). Children and adolescents in 2014-15 were also significantly more likely to be overweight or obese at ages 10-13 and 14-17 than those of the same age 20 years earlier.



A picture of overweight and obesity in Australia

This report provides an overview of overweight and obesity in Australia-a major public health issue that has significant health and financial costs. Almost one-quarter of children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and rates continue to rise, largely due to a rise in obesity, which cost the economy $8.6 billion in 2011-12.


Media release: Gen, X, Y and Z: Obesity risk higher for younger generations.

Infographic/Stats mat: An interactive insight into overweight and obesity in Australia.

03:59

Work-related hospitalised injuries, Australia 2006-07 to 2013-14 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There were 617,755 hospitalised cases funded by workers' compensation in Australia in the period from 2006-07 to 2013-14, with 72% being male and 96% aged 15-64. Almost 38% of these cases were hospitalised primarily due to a musculoskeletal-related condition while 32% were hospitalised primarily due to injury and poisoning. There were 234,104 hospitalised cases reported as work related over this period, with 61% being funded by workers' compensation.

Download report: Work-related hospitalised injuries, Australia 2006-07 to 2013-14.

03:57

The Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and

03:56

Hospital care for Australian sports injury 2012-13 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This report focuses on acute care services provided by hospitals for sports injuries treated in Australian hospitals in 2012-13. Cases of sports injury are examined in terms of the body region injured. Of the selected injury types, Head injury was the most common, accounting for 16% of all hospitalised sport related cases. Injury to the knee accounted for 12% of hospitalised sports injury.

Download report: Hospital care for Australian sports injury 2012-13.

03:51

Impact of physical inactivity as a risk factor for chronic conditions [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This report details the impact of physical inactivity on disease burden in the Australian population. Results from this study suggest that prevention and intervention efforts may best be focused on sustained population-level increases in physical activity, by as little as 15 minutes each day, to avoid associated disease burden. It also highlights that health inequalities exist, with lower socioeconomic groups experiencing larger rates of disease burden due to physical inactivity.

Major findings include:

* Physical inactivity is responsible for 1020% of burden for related diseases

* 2.6% of the total disease burden in 2011 was due to physical inactivity

* 1.7 times higher rate of physical inactivity burden in the lowest socioeconomic group compared with the highest

* When physical inactivity is combined with overweight and obesity the burden increases to 9%; equal to tobacco smoking

Download report: Impact of physical inactivity as a risk factor for chronic conditions.

03:41

5 new AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 reports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released 5 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 reports todawhich can be accessed by clicking below.

These reports give the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in each state are faring according to various measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health, and health system performance.Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. The reports highlight the main areas of improvement, and continuing concern.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: New South Wales.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: Queensland.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: South Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: Victoria.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report: Western Australia.

03:34

Australian health expenditure-demographics and diseases [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 2012-13, hospital admitted patient expenditure was estimated at $45.0 billion, and accounted for almost one third (31%) of total health expenditure. Expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $2.1 billion. Expenditure was highest in older age groups, but grew for all age groups from 2004-05 to 2012-13 (45.5%). Cardiovascular diseases were the largest disease contributor at $5.0 billion (11.1%), followed by injuries at $4.1 billion (9.0%).

Download report: Australian health expenditure-demographics and diseases: hospital admitted patient expenditure 2004-05 to 2012-13

03:31

Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This report presents trends in fall related hospital care for people aged 65 and older from 2002-03 to 2012-13. There was a decrease in the rate of hip fractures due to falls (-2% per year) between 2002-03 and 2012-13. In contrast, falls resulting in head injuries increased at a particularly high rate (7% per year).

Download report: Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2002-03 to 2012-13

03:25

Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999-00 to 2011-12 [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This report focuses on trends in deaths due to injury and poisoning that occurred over the period 1999-00 to 2011-12.

The age-standardised rate of injury deaths decreased from 55.4 to 47.2 deaths per 100,000 between 1999-00 and 2004-05 and changed little after that. Rates of injury deaths involving transport injury and homicide declined from 1999-00 to 2009-10, while rates for most other external cause groups fluctuated over this period. Rates for suicide deaths declined from 1999-00 until 2004-05 and remained relatively steady thereafter.

Rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were generally at least twice as high as rates for non-Indigenous Australians over the period from 2001-02 to 2011-12.

Download report: Trends in injury deaths, Australia 1999-00 to 2011-12

03:24

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Evidence" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Evidence"

"Where do I live?
 If I had no address, as many people do not,
 I could nevertheless say that I lived in the same town as the lilies of the field,
 and the still waters.

Spring, and all through the neighborhood now there are
strong men tending flowers.

Beauty without purpose is beauty without virtue.
But all beautiful things, inherently, have this function -
to excite the viewers toward sublime thought.
Glory to the world, that good teacher.

Among the swans there is none called the least,
 or the greatest.

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief.
 Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.

As for the body, it is solid and strong and curious and full of detail;
 it wants to polish itself; it wants to love another body;
it is the only vessel in the world that can hold,
 in a mix of power and sweetness:
words, song, gesture, passion, ideas,
ingenuity, devotion, merriment, vanity, and virtue.

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.

- Mary Oliver
We dont read and write poetry because its cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for! To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life! of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless- of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer: That you are here - that life exists, and that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
- "Dead Poets Society"
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03:23

Trey Gowdy Just Became the Most Powerful Man in Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

President Trump Just Made Trey Gowdy The Most Powerful Man On Capitol Hill

November 22, 2017

Source: The Last Line of Defense | By Flagg Eagleton



For five years, Trey Gowdy asked the Oval Office for the tools necessary to do his job properly, and for five years he was told no by the Obama administration.

One of the most difficult parts of Trey Gowdys job as congressional inquisitor is security clearance. When investigating people who held titles like Secretary of State and Special Aide to the President or even President, Gowdy runs into the issue of security clearance all the time.

Its a matter of national security has become a term Mr. Gowdy hears far too often. It is the single-best excuse Hillary Clinton and her lawyers have been able to come up with when they dont have an actual answer to his questions.

President Trump has just removed that blockade. By executive order, Trey Gowdy has been given the highest security clearance possible. He could now sit in on presidential intel briefings if he felt he needed to.

The first thing Gowdy did with his newfound ability to investigate is to re-open the Benghazi case. There was a 6-hour window that Clinton never answered for because she said she was in meetings with the president and joint chiefs that were highly classified. Gowdy will begin his investigation by revisiting those discussions and finding out exactly why four men were left to die.

Next, with his newfound freedom of information, hell look into just how far Obama went when he sent weapons and cash to the Muslim Brotherhood after they took Egypt by force.

Nothing about this wonderful new power is going to be good for Obama, Clin...

03:20

Aussie tells Harry to feck off at Polo game "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We may be more used to seeing a shroud of misty-eyed fans surrounding the Royals whenever they meet the masses, but not everyones so taken with them.

On occasion, they even get told to f**k off, and not in jest either not that theyd probably even find that funny.

Surprisingly, it was Prince Harry who was on the receiving end of this tongue-lashing, by Australian polo player Beau Skerrett.

Not only was he told to go forth and multiply, but Beau also described him as a spoilt brat.

Generally seen as one of the more affable and down-to-earth members of The Firm , this may come as a surprise to many.

In true royal style, it happened on the polo pitch, during a charity match Beau was umpiring between Prince William, Prince Harry and the princes of Malaysia back in 2014, rather than in the queue at the supermarket.

In an interview with The Courier Mail , Beau explained he felt he had to say something after Prince Harry lost his temper on the field.

While he added that William was the perfect bloke, his assessment of Harry was a little more brutal.

Harry loses his cool [on the field]. He is a spoiled brat.

At least Meghan loves him

It got to the point where I couldnt send anyone off but something had to be said because he was just getting a bit serious.

Harry didnt take it too well. I think Im the only guy who ever told him to f**k off in front of a crowd that pay 5000 pound to shake his hand.

It was very funny and William actually apologised for him.

You have to admit, its an impressive claim to fame.

Definitely.

 

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03:14

Breakfasters - 20 - 24 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Comedian Hannah Gadsby talks about her award-winning show Nanette; actor Greg Sestero chats about the making of The Room, and the new film The Disaster Artist; food critic Larissa Dubecki talks about the food trends of 2017; "Friday Funnybugger" Laura Dunemann tests the team on how well they know each other; and Geraldine talks about a terrible crowd at a show in Sydney. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

03:14

Roadblocks in mental health care "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Clinical factors stand in the way of better mental health care, according to new research led by Flinders. The research project led by Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) at Flinders University, has found that despite best practice techniques being available to reduce or eliminate seclusion and restraint, national system-wide implementation is inconsistent.

The project, funded by the National Mental Health Commission, and conducted by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), reveals that clinical factors stand in the way of achieving a restraint-free environment in mental health care.

Read more at: https://indaily.com.au/news/local/2017/11/08/roadblocks-mental-health-care/

03:11

Greater support for mental health in the bush "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE rate of suicide is 66% higher in rural Australia compared to major cities, with farmers twice as likely to take their own lives than the general population. Per capita rural Medicare expenditure on mental health care is 60% of what it is in cities.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said distance was one barrier for those in the bush, which had now been removed.Mr Littleproud said a new telehealth initiative was available for people living in rural and remote areas, improving access to psychological services."I often hear travel times and the fear of others knowing you're receiving help stops people from putting up their hand for assistance - so that's why we've introduced this new service to improve mental health access, he said.

See more at: https://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/greater-support-for-mental-health-in-the-bush/3260006/

03:00

Thank Folk Its Friday 24th November "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Melbourne based alt-folk-rock duo This Way North announced a huge national tour. Details here Folk super-group Im With Her announced details of their debut album See You Around. Details here Jennifer Hankin from Vanishing Shapes and The Button Collective has []

02:37

Vaccine Safety Activist Promises To Retire If Victorian Health Minister Is Vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Meryl Dorey, the former president and founder of AVN (Australias national vaccine-safety consumer health lobby group) has called upon Health Minister Jill Hennessy to show that vaccinating our children carries no risk.

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01:58

Trump cant stop accidental nuclear war "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US President Donald Trump will not scrap Americas intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and hence will not be able to stop an accidental nuclear war with Russia, because he is completely committed to an obsolete military technology, according to E. Michael Jones, an American political analyst in Indiana.

Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of the Culture Wars magazine, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday.

Arms control specialists and nuclear strategists have called on the United States to scrap its ICBMs, saying they are most likely to cause accidental nuclear war with Russia.

Two questions: First of all, can the United States ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) cause a nuclear war by accident? Second question, would the United States then would be willing to limit them or just scarp them? Jones said.

Answer to the first question: Yes. They can cause war by accident. This has almost happened in the past. The fact that it hasnt happened is a good sign, he stated.

 

Recently, in the United States one of the generals announced if Trump ordered him to fire the intercontinental ballistic missiles that he would not do it, which is an indication of the lack of confidence in the president among the military people, the analyst said.

The second question: Is the United States going to do anything about it? The answer is no not under Donald Trump.  Donald Trump has shown himself completely committed to what many people are saying, simply an obsolete military technology, he noted.

He seems to be lost in a technological time-warp sometimes back in the late 1970s no recognition of the state of military technology the fact that some of this technology has become obsolete no sense of negotiating out of this positi...

01:46

Alanna Eileen Announces New EP Keepsake "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Alanna Eileen Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alanna Eileen has just dropped the news that she will be releasing her new EP Keepsake on the 13th December. The EP was recorded at folk-music mecca The Sitting Room in Lyttelton, New Zealand with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid) and features five beautiful tracks including []

01:42

Would you believe some creationists think humans are not animals? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Of course you would, because you know creationists believe a lot of stupid things. I decided to answer on of their sillier assertions.

00:42

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

00:40

What is good government? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many people are now becoming aware of a document called the Constitution, where some may have even read section 44, the section where Australia's federal MPs are getting hammered on.

Some may have even read a bit more of this document and come across some other words, for example "good government".

It's not really defined anywhere, so let's take a look at an action that is good (for the) government.


 So the people in government kill off Australia's automotive manufacturing industry.

This action saves corporate promissory notes (read cash) from subsidies handed out.

Imported cars give rise to more cash into government coffers, where an increase (of e,g, $10k for a Toyota Camry () ) the tax slave population pays for it.

The 'government', a business, balances (or rather cooks) the books where the tax slave herd population pay for the mop up.

This action is good (for the) government.

The less you say / do the more they get away with.

00:17

It will be better if Labor wins the Queensland election "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

The Queensland election has nearly come and gone, and the polls are suggesting that Labor will remain in office tomorrow.

Given what is at stake, the return of a Labor government is the preferable option.

Its record may not be exactly clean. But look at the alternative. This is a particularly obnoxious government, committed to an extensive extension of cuts to services and generous tax cuts for the wealthiest; a government far more committed to continuing and extending the coal economy; a government in an effective alliance with One Nation, the leadership of which, is bent on pushing the same to an extreme and implementing the politics of hate.

Preventing the rise of such a government may not solve all problems, but it will at least arrest the prospect of sliding down the black hole of an ideology and politics that will bring about a rise in economic and social harm. It will buy some time.

There must eventually be a turn to a clear cut alternative to neoliberalism and a shift away from coal extraction, towards building a more sustainable Queensland economy. The question is whether a Liberal National Party/One Nation government or a Labor government provide the best conditions to move forward.

The dark horse may be the performance of One Nation and the flow of its second preferences. The party had cashed in a growing disenchantment with the major parties. The driver is disenchantment with the state of the economy and the perception that the major parties dont care about people and are doing nothing to provide new opportunities and improve the situation.

As one local business owner in Townsville summed up how many feel:   Just sick of the same relentless spiel. Nothing really changes.

One Nation began its election campaign standing high at 18 percent. This has now gone down to 12 percent, meaning that they are neck in neck with the Greens, who are also standing at 12 percent in the polls.

The main cause has been a series of Pauline Hanson led gaffs that have made her and herr party lo0oks like a collection of prize idiots.

Although One Nations failure has driven some back to the major parties, the level of disenchantment remains deeply seated. Consequently, there is still a measure of uncertainty as to what will happen tomorrow.

The disconnection will remain after he polling stations have closed and be an ongoing leading feature of Queensland politics.

There is also a growing divide between city and country, where the support for Hanson and One Nation is the strongest.

This part of Queensland is especially angry and if its concerns are not met, it spells ongoing and deepening trouble for both Labor and the LNP.....

00:15

Why doesnt Russia defend Syria against Israeli fighter jets? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The image taken from social media shows the site of a reported Israeli strike in Masyaf, Hama Province, Syria, September 7, 2017.   ArabiSouri on steemit: This was a question asked on Quora and some had different answers, many talking in favor of #Israel with a lot of wishful thinking for the #Zionist apartheid Israel. Heres my reply which covers some of the reasons. Israel is a rogue borderless entity living on land foreign imported immigrants stole from Palestinians using terrorism as the main method then waging horrific wars against its neighbors. Israelis couldnt live a single day without complete funding from the USA, France, Germany and even from Russians but through a different way. US Aid to Israel Try not to be shocked! Heres how the Political Zionism movement took control of all the Western countries: Political Zionism in the United States of America Astounding Facts! About 1 million Russians, many of them Jews, migrated to occupied Palestine aka Israel. They are a main source of income and trade and a profound

00:14

PAIN "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Swedish industrial metal titans, PAIN, will tour Australia for the first time ever in May 2018 in support of their eighth studio album, Coming Home (Nuclear Blast)

Led by one of the most iconic and legendary figures in the extreme metal world, Peter Tagtgren, PAIN will crush every capital city on the map.
Mixing metal with electronica and techno, PAIN has gone from side project to fully fledged wrecking ball since forming in 1997.
Pulsating beats and wall of sound guitars drive the PAIN sound, however its the atmospheric, orchestral arrangements and ambience that complete it.
Live, the band are unstoppable. Delivering an inescapable sonic assault that demands your full attention and co-operation.
Tagtgren is one of the most prolific people in the music industry. He is the front man for legendary death metal act Hypocrisy and owner of the iconic recording studio, The Abyss.
With over 100 album producing credits to his name, Peter is synonymous with Scandinavian heavy music.
In 2015 he also partnered with Rammstein front man Till Lindemann to release Lindemann which Peter describes as a baby between Rammstein and PAIN a mix of Rammstein vocals and PAIN music.
Perhaps the never ending stream of album credits and his own musical output is the reason why PAIN havent visited Australian shores until now.
Watch PAINs music video for Call Me featuring Sabatons Joakim Broden
 
 
Special Guests on all shows are Melbournes Witchgrinder. Combining industrial rhythms with 80s and 90s metal markers and wrapping them in horror and sci fi centred lyrics,
Witchgrinder deliver an exhilarating live show via their commanding stage presence. Having shared the stage with Wednesday 13, Suicide Girls, Ghost, Hanzel Und Gretyl and more, they are the perfect appetiser for the main course.
BRING ON THE PAIN!

 

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23:56

Farmers face off at CSG pipeline contractors in Coonamble "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from New South Wales

APA contractors were caught trespassing on a farm near Coonamble, on the central-western plains of New South Wales on Monday.

The company aims to coal seam gas  pipe through the area that has been extracted by Santos at the Narrabri.

Local opposition has grown, and farmers are playing a large part in it.

The trespassers were seen by the neighbour, who acted quickly. Within a short time, an impromptu farmers protest materialised on the farm and the gentlemen who had entered without permission found themselves surrounded by angry farmers who wanted them to leave.

Word spread quickly and all of a sudden there were upwards of 70 people there and 30 to 40 cars, one of the farmers.

There is a big no trespassing sign on the gate they wouldve climbed over. And right next to that is a biosecurity sign with the landowners number on, which they could have called, he added.

The contractors said they had a court order to access the land. They failed to produce it and left soon after.

Someone had obviously tipped off the police and they were on the property in force, almost getting there quicker than the farmers.

The quickness of the response is a good indicator of the extent of preparedness within the local community to take up the fight against coal seam gas. Many farmers are joining in, because they see a threat to their land and animals.

And the evidence to back this concern is over whelming. The use of high pressure and chemicals in the process, poses a serious risk of ground water resources being contaminated. Farmers are dependent on this water. So are other residents.

Regardless of the danger, companies like APA see a source for profit and operate where they enjoy the support of politicians.

The positive note is that coal seam extraction has become so unpalatable that the bulk of the Australian community is against it. This has seen hundreds of local alliances spring up and campaigns right around Australia to put a stop this noxious industry. Narrabri and Coonamble are part of this.

Each day the capacity of coal seam gas companies to press ahead becomes a little more difficult. The industry is almost at a dead end and is just waiting to be buried once and for all.

It just needs a bit more push.

 

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23:45

MEDIA RELEASE 24/11 | POLICE BEAT MANUS REFUGEES "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE POLICE BEAT MANUS REFUGEES PNG poice and Immigration returned to the detention centre around 7.00am (PNG time) and have begun systematically beating refugees in an attempt to drive them out of the detention centre. (Video clip attached) Around 350 people remained in the detention centre overnight despite brutal police actions(...)

22:56

Energy ministers discuss new national plan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Turnbull governments energy plan tipped to save households more than $100 a year on their power bills faces an early roadblock, with at least one state vehemently against the policy.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill reiterated his opposition to the National Energy Guarantee ahead of a meeting of energy ministers in Hobart on Friday.

He believes the plan was focused on extending the life of coal-fired power stations and stalling the development of renewable energy.

His government continues to back an emissions intensity scheme, which would put the onus on power generators, rather than retailers, to bring on more renewable energy, cut emissions and reduce prices.

Every time we offer good faith what we see is essentially the commonwealth using bad faith to advance a scheme which is just about propping up coal-fired power stations, Mr Weatherill said.

Central to Fridays talks will be new modelling commissioned by the Energy Security Board parts of which were released earlier in the week.

It estimated the average household power bill would drop $120 under the guarantee between 2020 and 2030 compared to the business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said the plan was recommended by a panel of experts and would deliver a 23 per cent reduction in wholesale prices.

Momentum is building behind the National Energy Guarantee with a large cross-section of business and community groups wanting the states to get on board with this plan for a more affordable and reliable energy system, he said in a statement to AAP.

Its unclear whether Labor governments in Queensland and Victoria will back the plan, but NSW has indicated it will urge all states and territories to agree to proceed with it.

The Business Council of Australia has called on ministers to put politics aside and end the deadlock on climate and energy policy.Australia needs momentum and decisive action to see the National Energy Guarantee implemented, chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

Denying Australians the opportunity for reliable, affordable energy in the name of political expediency would be simply unacceptable.

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22:53

Xenophon calls for palm oil labelling "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Orangutans need our help. (AAP)

Orangutans need our help. (AAP)

Former senator Nick Xenophon has called for Australian food regulators to take urgent steps toward mandatory palm oil labelling in Australia.

Mr Xenophon, who is standing in the South Australian election in March, says palm oil is not only a health risk, but is devastating for the planet and fatal for orangutans.

Australians consume 10 kilos of palm oil every year and just dont know it, he said in a statement provided to AAP through the Orangutan Alliance.

The laws would help consumers make an informed choice, he said.

The issue of mandatory labelling of products containing palm oil could be considered at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Melbourne on Friday.

During his time in the Senate, Mr Xenophon introduced legislation to mandate such labelling after receiving a petition of more than 100,000 signatures.The bill passed in the Senate but has since stalled in the lower house.

Orangutan Alliance founder Maria Abadilla became dedicated to saving Borneos orangutans and finding new solutions to the palm oil debate after seeing rainforest burn-offs to allow for oil production.

We hear the arguments that the cost of adoption for the industry will be massive, but what is the cost of the planet? she said.

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22:51

Federal parties eye Hanson Qld poll result "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Queensland state election will be a turning point for One Nation.

But whether it shows Pauline Hansons party is in a death dive or its stocks are on the rise is yet to be seen.

The death dive theory has the edge.

Hanson was caught by surprise by Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuks decision to call a November 25 poll.

She was heading to India on a parliamentary delegation when she heard the news.

One Nation was forced to field fewer candidates and its campaign was not as organised as it could have been.

Hanson returned to the Sunshine State and took to the hustings after a champagne launch in the Battler Bus.

However, troubles with the vehicle put the campaign behind schedule.

Her partys state leader Steve Dickson has been kept busy trying to sandbag his own Sunshine Coast seat.

The federal wheels fell off the campaign when Hanson had a falling out with new senator Fraser Anning, who quit the party shortly after being sworn in.

On his first day in Canberra, Anning who replaced Malcolm Roberts after he lost his seat due to dual citizenship issues and Hanson had a party room spat over staffing.

In politics, disunity is death.

A Galaxy poll for News Corp found two out of five Queenslanders were less likely to support One Nation after the split.

Voters will remember what happened after the 1998 state election at which One Nation took 11 seats.

Within 12 months the party had disintegrated.

One Nation needs to pick up state seats in Hansons home state if it is to survive nationally.

Polling in the final week of the campaign puts its statewide support around 17 per cent.

But there are pockets of stronger support in north Queensland seats such as Thuringowa, Whitsunday and Hinchinbrook, as well as the southern seats of Lockyer and Bundaberg.

A solid showing could give One Nation a foot in the door for the next federal election in seats such as Herbert, Dawson, Wright, Flynn, Hinkler and Blair, as well as the Senate.

Hanson, who witnessed a car-wreck of a campaign at the West Australian election but still picked up seats, says shed be happy winning one seat in Queensland.

There are benefits in a weakened One Nation for Malcolm Turnbull, as he seeks to restore his own stocks.

It will give the coalition a better chance of bolstering its numbers in the Senate.

And it will raise hopes that LNP members in regional seats will be able to see off future challenges from the minor party.

However, undermining that is t...

20:03

#ICYMI - Extended Classic: The Art of the Hail Mary "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hosts Gary OReilly & Chuck Nice dissect the famous Miracle at Michigan Hail Mary pass with the man who threw it, Kordell Stewart, and physicist John Eric Goff. Now extended with Chuck, Gary and John answering your Cosmic Queries about physics and football. Dont miss an episode of Playing with Science. Subscribe to our channels on: TuneIn: tunein.com/playingwithscience Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/playing-with-science/id1198280360 GooglePlay Music: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iimke5bwpoh2nb25swchmw6kzjq SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/startalk_playing-with-science Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/startalk/playing-with-science NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/extended-classic-the-art-of-the-hail-mary/?safari_redirect

18:30

Yesterday took the biscuit ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have been glued to mainstream and social media on the Manus issue as an advocate for 3 years.  And Ive met a few refugees along the way. But yesterday took the biscuit. The sight of Aussies swallowing dishonest propaganda whole has shaken me. Were in deep trouble if we think that Peter Dutton (Immigration Minister) and Julie Bishop (Foreign Minister) can lie straight in bed at night, let alone display any sensitivity to the facts of 4 years of offshore detention Richard Flanagan: Behrouz Boochani exposed Australias evil on Manus. The shame will outlive us all We are now known as the inventors of a vile form of repression. Instead of thanking the refugee reporter for alerting us to what was happening to our country, we enabled his imprisonment Manus Island police uselong metal poles to beat refugees More chaos ...

18:30

Yesterday took the buscuit ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have been glued to mainstream and social media on the Manus issue as an advocate for 3 years.  And Ive met a few refugees along the way. But yesterday took the biscuit. The sight of Aussies swallowing dishonest propaganda whole has shaken me. Were in deep trouble if we think that Peter Dutton (Immigration Minister) and Julie Bishop (Foreign Minister) can lie straight in bed at night, let alone display any sensitivity to the facts of 4 years of offshore detention Richard Flanagan: Behrouz Boochani exposed Australias evil on Manus. The shame will outlive us all We are now known as the inventors of a vile form of repression. Instead of thanking the refugee reporter for alerting us to what was happening to our country, we enabled his imprisonment Manus Island police uselong metal poles to beat refugees More chaos ...

18:00

The Eyes Are The Window to the Soul, And Science Proves It! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Weve all heard it at one time or another: Your eyes are the window to your soul. Experts are now pointing to a number of studies to show that there is actually some truth to this statement! Cambridge researchers have dedicated years to better understanding our ability to read a persons emotions by gazing directly into their eyes, and new research shows that there is a genetic component to consider!

The journey to reach this point began twenty years ago when a team of scientists out of the University of Cambridge began to investigate the concept of Cognitive Empathy. In simple terms, cognitive empathy refers to our ability to recognize and understand the emotions of people around us. Consider the last time that you were spending time with a loved one and you could just tell that they were sad about something despite the fact they hadnt actually told you that they were sad. Their emotional state at the time was revealed to you through a number of different non-verbal clues such as boy language, facial expressions and, according to the researchers, the eyes.

Throughout the course of their studies, the team developed a test known as the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test, or the Eyes Test for short. The test asked participants to view a series of pictures depicting solely a persons eyes, identifying the emotional state of the person pictured. The test picked up on a few patterns in regard to those who excelled in the test, for example, women statistically scored better on the test than men. However, they concluded that further research was required to better understand why some people were more adept at reading another persons eyes.

Source: Scoop.it

 

Recently the same team of researchers has partnered up with a genetics company called 23andMe to further investigate the potential genetic connection between those who are skilled at reading the emotions of their peers. Studying 89,000 people from around the world, the team discovered something interesting when comparing their test results to the genetic information that they had compiled.

The team discovered that women who scored well on the Eyes Test had a genetic variant on chromosome 3. This same pattern was confirmed by a second test completed by the Brisbane Longitudinal...

17:24

Eyewitness spotted multiple gunmen shooting on the ground just outside the Route 91 venue ten minutes before massacre "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An eyewitness who was riding in a taxi saw several gunman firing full-auto bursts at the corner of Mandalay Bay Rd and Las Vegas Blvd at 9:50 p.m., ten minutes before the shooting officially started

LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) A man who wishes to remain anonymous recently told End Times News Reports Jake Morphonios that there were multiple gunmen on the corner of Mandalay Bay Rd and Las Vegas Blvd at 9:50 p.m., ten minutes before the shooting officially started.

The man told End Times News Report that he was up in the Delano hanging out with some friends on the night of October 1 when a female friend of his decided to grab an Uber and and go meet up with some other friends of hers at another location.

She got picked up in an Uber down at the Delano valet, he said. She called me about five minutes later and I know the exact time she called because the timestamp is still on my cell phone 9:55 p.m. she called me at 9:55 p.m.

As soon as I answered she tells me that there are shooters on the ground down in the street, he explained. Las Vegas Blvd was full of traffic so she hadnt made it very far away.

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The man said that the womans Uber ride had just turned onto the boulevard when she told him that she saw several gunmen.

When she first called to tell me what she was seeing I thought she was joking but then I heard gunshots myself, the womans friend explained. It sounded like automatic gunfire.

The man also noted that his friend told him that the armed men did not appear to be law enforcement officers.

As Morphonios points out in his video, the mans testimony is extremely alarming because the shooting did not officially start until 10:05 p.m.

Additionally, it is important to point out, on Oct. 14 Intellihub confirmed with shooting survivor Ric...

17:20

A music lesson from Palestine, for Nick Cave "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Upon hearing Nick Caves statements in Tel Aviv ahead of his performances there (November 19 and 20), I fell silent for a few minutes. The popular Australian singer-songwriters anti-Palestinian statements are not just hurtful; they are inconsistent with his reputation of progressive politics.

It is a different silence, though, than the one Nick Cave has cloaked himself with after Palestinian civil society and international figures, including musicians and public intellectuals, urged him to respect the Palestinian nonviolent picket-line and to refrain from whitewashing Israels violation of Palestinian human rights through performing in Tel Aviv.

I will respond to Nick Caves claims through a short personal story.

When I was thirteen, I made my way from home in Ramallah to Jerusalem to attend a music lesson. Waiting at Israels apartheid wall and Qalandia checkpoint, which separates Ramallah from Jerusalem, I had one of my most terrifying encounters with Israeli occupation soldiers.

Get the f*** out of here! You cannot enter Jerusalem, the young, arrogant Israeli soldier shouted after seeing a copy of my birth certificate. I was thirteen, so I could not have a proper Israeli-approved ID. I shouted back at her, I was born in Jerusalem for Gods sake! How can you turn me back? She insisted on seeing my original birth certificate, and did not let me pass.

I was only trying to attend a music lesson in Jerusalem, I tried to explain in vain. But I was not going to take no for an answer. As the soldier started becoming aggressive, I called my father on his cellphone and told him the story while shouting back at the soldier. My father begged me to stop shouting at the soldier and to walk fast towards the Qalandia refugee camp nearby before I got hurt.

They dont care if youre a child, believe me, his voice cracked with worry.

As the soldier started getting frighteningly close to me, I quietly asked a Palestinian woman how to get from the checkpoint to Qalandia, and quickly ran to a shop where I hid and waited for my father to pick me up. It felt like hours, but it was actually less than 20 minutes. I got into his car and all my defiantly held-back tears gushed out.

Shall we go back to Ramallah? he asked softly. You seem too rattled to take a music lesson right now. Without thinking, I responded: Thats what they want! They want me to give up, go home and become a silent victim. Ill go to Jerusalem in spite of them. Ill sing and continue what Ive started. This is how Ive cho...

17:17

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? By Moon Of Alabama November 21, 2017 Information Clearing House  The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer []

17:03

Researchers Show Where The Aluminum Travels To In The Body & Stays After Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Arjun Walia

When it comes to the most widely used adjuvant ingredient found within vaccines, aluminum, many questions have yet to be answered, particularly when it comes to where the aluminum goes after injection, an issue known as biopersistence.

One reason this question arises is because a causative role has been established in whats known as macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) lesion in patients who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, or brain inflammation. Myalgia, arthralgia, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, dysautonomia, and autoimmunity have been temporally linked to aluminium adjuvant-containing vaccine administration (Gherardi and Authier, 2003; Authier et al., 2003; Exley et al., 2009; Rosenblum et al., 2011; Santiago et al., 2014; Brinth et al., 2015; Palmieri et al., 2016).

Evidence that aluminum-coated particles phagocytozed in the injected muscle and its draining lymph nodes can disseminate within phagocytes throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain further suggested that alum safety should be evaluated in the long term. (source)

This study has prompted further research evaluating the potential hazards of injected aluminum, which begs the question, why hasnt proper evidence and evaluation been published showing that its safe to inject aluminum into babies via several vaccines in a short period of time? Aluminum adjuvants may be effective for stimulating an immune response, but to simply presume there are no consequences for doing this, or to not emphasize or even state the adverse effects that have been discovered, is, I would argue, criminally negligent.

Such negligence is not uncommon when dealing with pharmaceutical companies, however. For example, a study published in the British Medical Journal and conducted by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials.

Even the...

17:00

Talking Turkey ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

16:26

54 Years Later, the Same Reasons to Assassinate a President Remain the Same "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Before Its News)



This is the 54 anniversary of the murder of JFK, one of our most beloved Presidents. I pray to the almighty that some journalist is not writing these words about Donald Trump 54 years from now. Trumps life is in extreme danger. Why? Because he is doing what he does best, winning. He has turned the tables on the Deep State. Soon, many of the Deep State minions and actual controllers are going to prison.

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One of two things are going to happen: (1) There will be an assassination attempt on Trump; or, (2) The American people will be the victim of a Deep State planned, mass casualty event which will stop the rising tide of populism in its tracks.

This article will focus on the first possibility listed above.

 

Why Do So Many Seek to Assassinate Trump?

To answer that question, I think it is prudent to take a look back at JFK and ask the same question.

I spent 25 years examining the JFK assassination and the reasons why he was assassinated and I arrived at the following conclusions:

  1. The Federal Reserve wanted him dead over the silver certificates which threatened to one day supplant the Federal Reserve Note.
  2. JFK wanted to reduce/eliminate the oil depletion allowance which provided a huge, yet undeserved tax break that the average taxpayer did not receive.
  3. JFK was talking nuclear arms reduction with the...

15:54

Girl recovering from shark attack off Melbourne Beach, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Crystal-clear water and lingering mix swell revealed some excited ocean activity in Central Florida last weekend both above and below the surface. On Saturday evening, at about an hour or two before sunset, 14-year-old surfer Kaia Anderson was bitten by what is believed to be a spinner shark off a Floridana Beach access in southern Melbourne Beach. "Kaia lives right next door to me, she's probably the nicest girl I've ever met in my entire life, and she and her sister go surfing every single day," said local pro Chauncey Robinson, who witnessed the attack. "I'd been up at the access watching the waves for 30 minutes prior and saw a shark go through a wave, but others thought it was a dolphin, since there were a few of those out, too. Then, probably ten minutes before it happened, I saw a spinner shark jump out the back and splash in front of everyone.

15:52

70 years of broken promises: The untold story of the UN's partition plan for the benefit of the Zionists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thousands of Palestinians were killed in the rebellion as they continued to reject the prejudicial partition. In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, "it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world." It is not the first time that Netanyahu discredits the idea of a Palestinian state. Despite clear Israeli intentions of jeopardizing any chances for the creation of such a state, the US Administration of Donald Trump is, reportedly, finalizing plans for an 'ultimate peace deal'. The New York Times suggests that "the anticipated plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution." But why the wasted effort, while all parties, People in the United States included, know that Israel has no intention of allowing a Palestinian state and the U.S. has no political capital, or desire, to enforce one? The answer may not lie in the present, but in the past.

14:29

Die Grnen berichten von den Sondierungsgesprchen. ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Die Grnen berichten von den Sondierungsgesprchen. Money Quote:

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Was haben die Grnen bei den Sondierungen gelernt?

Habeck: Wir waren gezwungen, unser Wahlprogramm zu einem Ergebnisprogramm zu machen. Beispiel CO2-Reduktion: Wir konnten nicht mehr nur Gigawatt-Forderungen erheben, sondern mussten auch erklren, wie dabei die Versorgungssicherheit gewhrleistet bliebe. Das war eine Wirklichkeitshrtung.

o_O

Die sind ernsthaft whrend der Sondierung zum ersten Mal gefragt worden, ob sie ihren Plan gegengerechnet haben?!

Heilige Scheie! "Wirklichkeitshrtung", ich kipp aus den Latschen!

Leute, lasst euch das eine Lehre sein! So kann das enden, wenn man sich in irgendwelche virtuellen Parallelblasenwelten zurckzieht!

Update: Ein Einsender fgt hinzu:

bemerkenswert wird das Ganze ja erst wirklich, wenn man wei, was Lindner und Kubicki in ihrer Pressekonferenz gesagt haben. Die sprachen davon, dass zwischen Belgien und einem westlichen Bundesland (knnte NRW gewesen sein) eine Absprache bestehe: Deutschland versorge Belgien mit Kohlestrom, damit die Tihange abschalten knnten. Ja, genau, _das_ Kernkraftwerk. Derentwegen in Aachen Jodtabletten verteilt werden. Dessen Abschaltung knnten die nicht durchgerechneten Umweltplne der Grnen also verhindern.

14:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mikdad: We Support UN Role in Case it Respects its Charter and States Sovereignty
23 November 2017

Damascus, SANA- Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed that the summit meeting between President Bashar al-Assad and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most important meetings as it came before holding the tripartite summit in Sochi city in Russia and it conveyed a message that Russia stands by Syria and consults with it on sensitive issues.

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Wednesday,  Mikdad commented on Sochi statement, saying that the language of the statement affirms the political sides which we have dealt with over the past years, and it deals with issues of combating terrorism and the bases set to accomplish the political process.

Answering a question on the UN role in the future political process in Syria, Mikdad said We support the role of the UN in case it respects its Charter which embodies the sovereignty and the independence of the states and the noninterference in their internal affairswhen the UN practices its role on these bases we welcome it.

The committee to discuss constitution during the coming National Dialogue Congress in Sochi doesnt have an official nature and it is a brainstorming process as the Syrian Arab Republic discusses its constitution according to the constitutional mechanisms adopted by the laws in force similar to the parliamentary elections which are conducted according to a constitutional mechanism and the ballot boxes, Mikdad added.

He clarified that the battel against terrorism has almost reached the end and the remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists and the groups affiliated to them will naturally decline, asserting that the battel will continue till fully eliminating terrorism.

Mikdad called upon the states which are part of the illegal US-led coalition to withdraw from it, calling upon the US at the same time to stop its operations in Syria and withdraw its forces from it, and to combat terrorism according to the recognized international mechanism.

R. Jazaeri/ H. Zain

13:30

In Final Leg of Campaign in Gujarat, Its Modi Versus Rahul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With a likely erosion of BJP votes due to anti-incumbency effect and a fraction of Patel vote going to the Congress, both parties appear to be neck and neck at the current stage.

BJP supporters at a rally. Credit: PTI

BJP supporters at a rally. Credit: PTI

As electioneering intensifies in Gujarat, the question being asked is whether the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be able to hold on to its votes or will the Congress make a dent in the saffron partys support base. There are no easy answers, but electoral statistics indicate that the BJP has consistently garnered more than 40% of the popular vote in the state since 1995. In the context of the first-past-the-post system that is followed in India, this is highly significant. Dubbed as the winner-takes-all system, such a high percentage of votes translates into the winner getting two-thirds of the total number of seats.

Little wonder, then, that since 1995, the BJP has consistently won more than 115 seats out of the 182 in the Gujarat state assembly contests. In 1995, the first time the BJP came to power in the state, the party won 121 seats and 42.51% of the popular vote. In the next election in 1998 (it was a mid-term election after internal troubles in the BJP led to a full-blown crisis and a government in the interim by a breakaway faction led by Shankar Sinh Vaghela), the BJP won 117 seats with a vote share of 44.81%. The vote percentage of the BJP...

13:30

Fake economics: how to make bad transport projects look good "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria is spending $5.5 billion building the West Gate Tunnel, another $1 billion widening CityLink, probably $10 billion on the North East Link, $11 billion on Melbourne Metro, $8 billion removing level crossings, and, if the Coalition returns, more than $3 billion on the East West Link.

NSW is spending $16 billion on WestConnex, $14 billion on Western Harbour Tunnel Beaches Link, $9 billion on the F6 Extension, $3 billion on NorthConnex, $11 billion on Sydney Metro South West, $8 billion on Sydney Metro NorthWest, $3 billion on Parramatta Light Rail, $2 billion on Sydney Light Rail, and billions more on Sydney Metro West.

It would be nice to know it was money well spent.

There's a fiction that a benefit-cost ratio above "1" means things are OK.

Here's how it works. A consultant adds up all the costs over a period of 30 or 40 years and all the benefits. If the benefits are greater than the costs, giving a ratio of, say, 1.5, it is said to be worth doing. But if they are less, say, 0.45 (which was the ratio in the first study of in the East West Link), it is said to be a waste of money.

Often the studies are never made public, sometimes they are never conducted (as was the case with the national broadband network) and very often they are conducted as an "add-on"; financial bling to be sprinkled over the project after it has been approved and announced.

Melbourne's $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel is a case in point. Sydney's $14 billion Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is another. Internal NSW Transport emails released to me under freedom of information show an analyst complaining that his superiors had as good as completed the business case without access to the numbers.

"How something with no, repeat, no, benefit-cost analysis or traffic numbers can be construed as 80 to 90 per cent complete is beyond me," the exasperated official wrote. "The numbers tell us if the thing makes sense."

And the numbers are sometimes rigged.

A seminar in Melbourne last month on the use and abuse of cost-benefit analysis explored the ways.

One of the easiest is to hike the traffic forecasts. On some toll roads, the number of cars predicted to use them was greater than the capacity of the roads. Out of court settlements were reached between the modellers and investors in Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel and Brisbane's M7 Clem Jones Tunnel.

Professor Jago Dodson of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research revealed that in the queue at a conference he had met one of Australia's senior transport modellers who had worked on at least one of those tunnels.

"Myself and another col...

13:12

Thanksgiving 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Trench Boys
Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on all the blessings in life, and I have many.

I'm thankful for landing in a career that I find fulfilling and exciting with opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.  This year my job took me to Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Rota, Guam, Rapa Nui, mainland Chile, and the United Nations to advocate for ocean protections.  I continue to work at the intersection of science and community to drive policy, and increasingly I am able to fold art and culture into this equation.  The people who surround me are inspiring, untiring, and committed to making this world a better place.

I received recognition from my peers and colleagues for my work this year (in trophy form), which I have found to be mostly humbling and embarrassing.  When I was younger I hungered for recognition, but these days I'm more comfortable with it being given to others.  I'm never the smartest or hardest working person in any room, and any credit I get belongs to the people I work with more than anything.  Honestly, the best part about winning an award is being nominated by your friends.

I've got a great wife and together we share an amazing marriage.  Life is always entertaining and exciting with Edz around.  I enjoy sharing our mundane moments on social media with the hashtag #ConversationsWithMyWife.  The feedback I get is that you enjoy them, too. 

We had a bit of a health scare back in March, so I'm thankful for modern medicine and health insurance this year.  I've never really needed it until this year, and I'm glad we had access to it.  The doctors and nurses at the George Washington University Hospital saved Edz' life. I was on Easter Island when she went to the hospital, and rush as I tried, it took me nearly two days to get back to Washington, DC.  In my absence, Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan really showed what a class act he is and how much he cares.  He was at the hospital when Edz woke up from surgery -- her only family in the city -- and was there when my mom arrived from...

12:25

Glenorchy: What Happens If Most Of A Council Quits While It's Suspended? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to Glenorchy City Council.  You can be checked out any time they like, but you can never leave.

That was the vibe following recent developments in an already strange and long-running Tasmanian local government dispute, one that is daily creating newer and more exotic flavours of political-law popcorn for electoral ambulance-chasers like me.  My sympathies are with the poor ratepayers of Glenorchy, who are becoming literally poorer ratepayers as they are required to support this niche entertainment as it drags on into season after season.

To begin partway through about book six of Glenorchy Game of Thrones, the GCC has long been wracked with factional strife and hackery (which has often crossed state party lines in odd ways) despite having, at times, some very well regarded Mayors.  The 2014 election saw a team headed by then one-term alderman Kristie Johnston run on an agenda to "clean up Glenorchy and clean out the council".  They were endorsed by Denison federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie - not normally one to put his name to anybody else's bid - who denounced the existing Councillors in no uncertain terms.



Johnston thrashed incumbent Mayor and long-term alderman Stuart Slade with 58.3% to Slade's 22.7% in one of the state's most sensational mayoral wins on record.  Former federal MP Harry Quick was elected Deputy on Johnston's ticket, and two incumbent Councillors were shown the door with miserable primary vote shares.  However, Daenerys and her dragons had no sooner claimed the Iron Throne than her problems began.  Johnston's team had been a small one, and not all of them had won seats, so Johnston arrived as Mayor without the numbers.  This is a common problem with directly elected mayors, the common problem with indirectly elected ones being murky backroom Rats In The Ranks shenanigans, as on display this week in WA.  A similar situation to Glenorchy was also seen on the now-dismissed Huon Valley Council, though their Mayor was much more narrowly (and quite surprisingly) elected, and had nothing resembling the scale of Johnston's mandate.

Johnston's term has therefore been dominated by conflict between supporters and opponents of her reform attempts, and also by conflict between the Mayor and General Manager (a standard feature when the Mayor doesn't have the numbers).  It didn't help her that despite running with Johnston at the 2014 election, Quick has from the start been far from a consistent supporter of her on Council voting, and has fallen out with his endorser Wilkie during the term. I know nothing of the causal issues there.

Councillors all vote independently to some degree, as on Hobart Council, and a lot of motions are unanimous.  Yet a quick browse of the Minutes at various times through the Council's term shows that Glenorchy Council's defining voting patt...

12:12

The Saudi System and Why Its Change May Fail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EDITORS CHOICE | 21.11.2017 The Saudi System and Why Its Change May Fail The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the []

09:43

Members of the Australian Dental Association visit Gunnedah to brief Gunnedah Shire Council about adding fluoride to the water supply "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gunnedah Shire Councillors attended a closed meeting on Wednesday to be briefed by members of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) NSW regarding water fluoridation.

ADA spokeswoman Dr Sarah Raphael, who hosted the briefing, shared with councillors and local dentists a report from the federal governments National Health and Medical Research Council on water fluoridation.

Dr Raphael said water fluoridation has been researched in Australia for decades.

Water fluoridation is one of the most widely-studied public health measures of all time, Dr Raphael said.

Decades of research in Australia have proven it is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay, water fluoridation gives everyone in the community protection from tooth decay on tap.

The fluoride debate has prompted a wave of facebook groups against water fluoridation, including a group administrated by Gunnedahs Wendy Carpenter called Its OK to say NO to fluoride in Gunnedahs water.

Mrs Carpenter said the group is designed to help bring balance to the discussion.

There are a growing number of people in our community who are very concerned about the proposed fluoridation of Gunnedahs water, Mrs Carpenter said.

We are very concerned that in the light of increasing evidence that ingesting fluoride in water is not safe nor is it the most effective method of tooth protection.

Fluoride Action Network Australia (FANA) chair Merilyn Haines said the organisation has sent research and reports to council and hopes council will consider research from both sides of the debate.

We hope that Councillors will consider these concerns because NSW Health will not be providing this type of information either to the Councillors, or to the public in the very one sided biased consultation that NSW Health is conducting, Mrs Haynes said.

Gunnedah dentist Dr Karthikeyan Muthusamy supports water fluoridation and said adding fluoride to the water is safe for everyone.

I strongly recommend fluoridation, Dr Muthusamy said.

It comes from a solid basis of research and it saves people a lot of trouble in regards to dental health.

The briefing follows a resolution from the October ordinary council meeting that stated NSW Health would seek public feedback regarding fluoridation and report the findings to council at Decembers ordinary council meeting.

*Original article online at........

09:33

FESTIVAL NOT DOMINATED BY MEN! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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PREVIEW

Melbourne Womens International Jazz Festival,November 24 to December 10, 2017

I suppose the reason why we dont have a mens international jazz festival in Melbourne or anywhere is that it would be doubling up on what we often experience at jazz gigs that is, a predominance of male performers.

So, until that changes, and we no longer need a womens festival because most gigs feature women musicians, lets celebrate the work of, and the depth of talent among, the many female practitioners of jazz or improvised music.

This year Sonja Horbelt has programmed a ripper of a festival in Melbourne with a great deal of talent from Australia and overseas, including expatriate trombonist Shannon Barnett and  internationally-acclaimed Korean musician Hyelim Kim.

Full details are available on the festival website, but heres a summary of the gigs on offer to whet your appetite. This is an inexpensive way to hear and celebrate the considerable talent of the many women musicians who compose and play jazz.

Friday, November 24, 5.30pm 6pm-8pm, Sharny Russell Quartet, $15/$10, Uptown Jazz Cafe

An Australian pianist/vocalist/composer based in Byron Bay, Sharny Russell has...

08:48

Scientists Have Finally Found A Way to Regenerate Old Human Cells! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

These findings are groundbreaking. Regenerating old human cells is going to be taking a lot less time than anyone could have ever imagined.

Researchers from the University of Exeter have recently revealed something spectacular. They have found a way to regenerate old human cells in a matter of hours. This research was published in the journal BMC Cell Biology and was based on earlier discoveries from within the same group.

You see splicing factors gradually switch off as we age. According to Richard Faragher as well as Dr. Elizabeth Ostler at Exeter, splicing factors are something we can turn back on with the help of chemicals. This meaning they can make senescent cells look younger and even make them divide into young cells. They do this by using something known as resveratrol analogs.

For those who do not know resveratrol analogs are found in dark chocolate, red wine, and red grapes. They turn on the splicing factors and make the cells look younger. It is that simple! Once they began looking younger they also began regenerating. This could potentially help tons of people age without becoming old.

It could reduce the degenerative effects aging has on our bodies. Each time they have repeated this experiment the results ended up the same. However, of course, more studies will be necessary before the possibility of a clinical trial of any kind comes into play. This could be the answer we have been looking for in this department. While we do not yet know where these findings will take us, it does appear something good will come from them.

The conclusion reads as follows:

During the aging process, both senescent and non-senescent cells lose a degree of response to cellular stressors. The upstream causes of this are as yet unclear but may include changes in genes controlling alternative splicing; a major regulator of gene expression which ensures genomic plasticity. Here, we provide evidence that treatment with novel analogs of the stilbene compound resveratrol is associated not only with the restoration of splicing factor expression but also with amelioration of multiple cellular senescence phenotypes in senescent human primary fibroblasts. At present, the precise mechanisms behind these observations are unclear but may involve both the restoration of a more youthful pattern of alternative splicing and also effects of specific splicing factors on telomere maintenance. We propose therefore that splicing factors, and the upstream drivers of splicing factor expressions may prove promising as druggable targets to amelior...

08:20

9 Symptoms That Prove Adrenal Fatigue Is Causing Your Anxiety, Insomnia and Depression "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our fast-paced, high-stress society often leads to feelings of being overwhelmed, worn down or exhausted. During the busiest times of our lives, we may find that a lack of sleep, a mile long to do list, never-ending responsibilities and an attempt to maintain a social calendar all add up to an incredibly high level of fatigue. If this exhaustion cannot be solved through time off and a good night sleep, it may be a sign of a bigger problem.

Leila Kirdani, a family physician that specializes in functional medicine, explains, Fatigue is probably the number one complaint among new patients in my practice. Anyone with prolonged fatigue, with difficulty sleeping, who feels burned-out or lack of enjoyment in life, may be suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Source: Hormones Balance

 

While the term adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical diagnosis, practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine have adopted the label to identify a number of nonspecific symptoms including digestive problems, body aches, nervousness, fatigue and sleep disturbances. In fact, experts estimate that as many as 80% of Americans experience adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives.

Dr. James Wilson coined the term adrenal fatigue in 1998 when he noticed that there was a connection between increased stress levels as well as a noticeable change in adrenal function. He set out to research the connection between the two, studying both men and women who had reported experiencing chronic fatigue.

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07:41

Protesting Asylum Seekers Ordered Out of Manus Island Camp by PNG Police "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters.

About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island Centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it in a standoff the United Nations described as a looming humanitarian crisis.

They destroyed our food and damaged our accommodation too, they destroyed our water tank, one asylum-seeker said in a mobile telephone message from the camp.

Many of the men climbed onto rooftops and hid in toilets, he said. Three other asylum seekers gave similar accounts of the police action.

A video shot by Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz and posted o...

07:24

Threatened species protected on Toorongo Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mt Toorongo is a magical spot: it is a mountain in the Central Highlands to the east of Melbourne. If you drive to the Baw Baw ski village from Noojee, it is the steep dark mountain that fills the skyline above you as you head through the last of the farming country at Icy Creek.

Not many people go there. Its a bit off the track, but is accessible quite easily via a number of dirt roads. As I understand the ecology of the mountain, it was burnt twice in close succession (in the 1920s and the infamous 1939 fires). So the eucalypt forest on the summit was replaced by a remarkable cloud forest of what are normally understorey species. The summit itself is a long ridge which offers wonderful views of the Baw Baw Plateau, the Latrobe Valley and distant Strzelecki Ranges to the south.

Like many forests in the region, the mountain has been relentlessly logged. Much of the cloud forest was chained down by bulldozers in the early 1990s and planted with Shining Gum (which is not actually indigenous to the area as I understand it).

But there are still pockets of cool temperate rainforest, and the forest at the treeline, composed of old wattles and myrtle beech, is a delight. It still harbours endangered animal species, too.

Recently, WOTCH (Wildlife of the Central Highlands), a volunteer group which focuses on citizens science like animal surveys, identified Leadbeaters Possums on the Toorongo Plateau, the northern slopes of the mountain. It is hard to overstate the importance of Toorongo Mountain and the plateau. Like the Errinundra Plateau, it has acted as a refugia in times of climate variation and climate change in the past, providing a place for the old Gondwanic species to retreat to when temperatures are warmer and fire regimes are stronger.

The Leadbeaters Possum was found in an area that was scheduled for logging and the discovery of the individual means that this particular section of forest will be protected. This is a great outcome, won by an inspiring group.

You can find out more about WOTCH via their facebook page.


06:38

Part 6 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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. Queensland election: Breaking down the big promises from Labor and the LNP. Archive of The Courier Mails front pages during election 2017. (November 23, 2017) Day 26 Adani NAIF veto to be respected. (November 24, 2017) Day 27 Election eve. . (November 24, 2017) Day 27 Election eve Time to vote #9News state political editor @ShaneDoherty9 with the final word on who will win tomorrow. #QldVotes #QldPol pic.twitter.com/m5RbSvcaar Nine News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) November 24, 2017 Great summation of the #qldvotes []

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

06:21

RISE eX-detainees condemn todays brutal attack on refugees and the forcible removal of refugees on Manus by Australian lead and funded authorities : 23/11/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Today refugee detainees on Manus informed us that they have been attacked by the Australian lead and funded authorities on Manus. According to the reports, this operation is a joint effort by the AFP and the PNG authorities. Refugees on Manus have been protesting the forcible removal to another refugee camp and have instead been pleading to end over 4 years of human rights violations against them by closing the camps all together and ending unjust mandatory detention of refugees. Over the last 23 days the Australian government has ceased all food supplies, power and medical services which has put an already vulnerable community at an even further risk of harm.

Today, Australian led authorities entered the Manus torture camp and destroyed the belongings of all held there and began removing refugees forcibly one by one. Additionally the police have arrested refugees so far including Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani. Refugees are under attack; distressed and bashed while being forcibly removed. This Manus systemic designed torture operation MUST end and refugees who are held hostage on the island MUST be evacuated immediately and given permanent protection in Australia and, if they choose, New Zealand.

We eX-detainees condemn this this type of terrorist and illicit activity led by the Australian government. We also condemn all those who look to labour and Liberal MPs for instruction as opposed to taking direction from those with lived experience such as eX-detainees.

eX-detainee and founder of RISE Ramesh Fernandez said Manus is a designed operation, similar to operations carried out in Christmas Island and Cocas Island as well as in many other detention centres in mainland Australia. The Australian immigration officials are well recognised thugs who continue to function without any accountability in detention centres. Dont be surprised because this has been going on for nearly 30 years now

Furthermore, we eX-detainees believe that people should stop repeating slogans such as not in my name. These people have elected the politicians that support this torture of our communities and it is time to recognise the influence their vote has.

eX-detainees at RISE are calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

While you take action on this urgent matter, get involved in eX-detainees #SanctionAustralia. RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia from major international human rights bodies in the way of sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention policy and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded from participation in all internati...

06:05

On Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For decades, American Indians have gathered on the fourth Thursday in November on Alcatraz Island to pray.

Commentary

Published November 23, 2017

Every year during Thanksgiving week I am asked if American Indians celebrate the national holiday. The answer really covers the spectrum of those who choose to embrace modern American living and those who attempt to live traditional practices of our ancestors.

Hundreds of American Indians will travel-beginning at about 3 a.m. this morning-from Pier 33 in San Francisco to Alcatraz Island for an indigenous sunrise ceremony. This is how they celebrate today. They will pray, sing and dance beyond the rising of the sun. During their prayers, they will give thanks to the Creator for our ancestors who went before us. This year, they will remember the memory of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, who began his spirit journey late last month. They will remember how he once too was on Alcatraz Island as a young AIM leader to protest with those who occupied the island. They will remember the Longest Walks he began on the island; they will remember the walks would continue to Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the injustices of federal policies towards American Indians. And they will pray for future generations that will produce future leaders such as Dennis Banks.

Levi Rickert

Still othersparticularly many tribes across Indian Countyhave already hosted Thanksgiving dinners for their tribal elderly and other community members in recent days.

Today, many American Indians will sit down to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. They will gather with family and friends to eat, discuss tribal politics and Washington, D.C. politics. They will discuss the erosion of moral standards in American society where lying by the current occupant of the White House has become an everyday occurrence. Wives,....

06:01

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry Film Screening Friday 8th December (Melbourne) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AFSA, in conjunction with ORICoop are proud to present the heartfelt film: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, & Nick Offerman and directed by Laura Dunn (The Unforeseen), this documentary is "a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry".

As a special guest and pre-screening event, Charles Massy will discuss his groundbreaking new book, Call of The Reed Warbler. There will be an opportunity for Q & A with Charles, and copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night.

Join us for a night of discussion, learning and reflection around farming - in the past, the present and the future.

Watch the film trailer HERE.

TICKETS: $25, (AFSA & ORICoop Members $20).

(General admission tickets listed as "ORICoop Friends FRI" and AFSA Members listed as "AFSA Members FRI").

Post-film details TBC (we will be hitting up a local pub and would love to continue discussions after the film - we hope you'll join us!)

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06:01

Religious Persecutions have impacted Political-Economy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: hi martin

question for you

if we fed the data and all the info you had on ISLAM CHRISTIANITY JUDAISM etc and all other religions into SOCRATES and ask it ..what would its preferred choice be of RELIGION and what should the world followwhat would SOCRATES say?

have you ever tried this thought experiment?

Regards

SS

ANSWER: Interesting question. I do not believe it would pick one for that is a subjective decision. It would forecast trends, but not which religion is better. What it does do is it will forecast religious upheaval, which is tied to economics. Change the economy and you create change in religion. The introduction of Communism followed Marx in banning religion.

 

 

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05:10

Sharks vs. Measles, Victorian Minister vs. Sweden, and Vax vs. Playgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jackson State University study found shocking statistics about vaccination (photo Immunity Education)

By Dee McLachlan

Am I reading this correctly?

The Herald Sun reported today:

Three children were removed from the father and mothers care following serious concerns for their welfare, but the couple are now fighting a decision made by a childrens court that the children be immunised while in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services....

04:45

How Much Do You Know? Episode 1 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

How Much Do You Know? is a podcast series that looks at HIV in the year 2017.

Its brought to you by and produced in the studios of Eastside Radio located in Paddington Sydney in association with ViiV Healthcare.

This episode looks at modern HIV testing techniques and the easy and convenient methods in which people can now find results almost instantaneously.

Most importantly we discuss the ways in which we can now address anonymity for those at high risk yet in circumstances that require discretion.

Journalist Tim Brunero is joined by Dr Phil Reid from the Kirkton Road Centre in Kings Cross.

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That was Dr Phil Reid from the Kirkton Road Centre in Kings Cross speaking with Tim Brunero.

Testing for HIV has come a long way since the 1980s. In 2017 it really is about offering the right test for the right person in the right setting and making testing as easy as possible.

Head to health.nsw.gov.au for a full list of sexual health clinics throughout the state and or call 1800 451 624 today.

Youve been listening to How Much Do You Know? A podcast series on HIV in 2017 that is brought to you by Eastside Radio in association with ViiV Healthcare.

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04:42

War, Business and Orchids the Smith Story "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  Stanley Smith was an Australian businessman, WWII operative in China and expert horticulturalist. His life took him from a comfortable Brisbane upbringing to the danger of war and finally to a life half-way across the world. His Chinese-born wife, Continue reading

04:38

Sydney unemployment still dropping "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney unemployment falling

Greater Sydney has been creating thousands of new jobs per month, and the harbour city's unemployment rate has been trending down now for 44 months, hitting an annual average of just 4.65 per cent.

Brisbane recorded a nice fall in the month, but seems to be creating a dearth of full time positions.


Sydney's monthly unemployment rate dropped to just 3.9 per cent in October.


There hasn't been a lower result since August 2005.

Sydney's labour market is tightening gradually, and there are some signs of wage pressures in the construction industry.

It now takes 14 weeks on average for Sydneysiders to find a job, down from 18 weeks three years earlier, so it's been a bit of a slow burn.

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have also seen a fine turnaround in fortunes over the past couple of years as the state's economy accelerated away from the resources downturn, and coal prices came shooting back with a vengeance.

Queensland is now creating the most jobs, and cities such as Gold Coast are recording very low unemployment rates - at an annual average of just 4.8 per cent - with the Commonwealth Games visitor boost still to come.

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03:05

Local Retailers Furious Amazon Australia Launch Will Force them to Offer Fair Prices "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The launch of Amazon Australia set for this afternoon is causing tremendous stress-anxiety-depression for local retailers, who are used to being able to rip customers off.

A spokesperson for one retail giant said board members have been burning the cocaine oil staying up all night trying to invent new ways to charge Australians heaps for products that are cheaper everywhere else in the world, a practice retailers have affectionately dubbed the Australian tax.

One of the best ideas was to pretend we care for the environment and charge a carbon footprint tax or something for postage, he said. And a cracking idea for our bricks-and-mortar stores was to open a toll booth and charge entry, then put together a marketing campaign about how were creating new jobs for the folk who have to man them all day.

Some Australian retailers have said Amazon Australia wont make any difference to their businesses as they dont sell books anyway.


01:42

Block Printing Workshop Ages 16 to 25 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here at Pine Street Block Printing Workshop you can learn how to block print design suiting ages 16 to 25 years old in a 3 hour hands-on lesson to demonstrate the basics of block print designs. You will be taught by professionals working in the industry to master your skill; ready for Christmas and be able to design and carve your own block and print your own cards and paper.

Look at elements from the natural environment, native leaves, plants, seed pods & flowers. Create a unique block print design and print your own. Be inspired by Australian printmakers whilst learning a new technique. The class includes an introduction to hand colouring with watercolour. You can even print your own personalised Christmas cards! Great introduction to block print for young people. Sustainable and non-toxic printing methods.

What: Block Printing

When: Wednesday 6 December 6pm 9pm

Where: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington

To book online click here

 

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01:39

TODAY 5:30pm |Emergency speak out: Manus men under attack "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When: TODAY 5:30pm 23 November Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Right now police and navy are in the compounds on #Manus pushing people to leave the centre. Reports that some men have been assaulted. Authorities are aggressive and using force but the peaceful men are resisting.   Join us for an(...)

00:19

Week-long festival of Indigenous rugby league to kick off 2018 season "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE second Festival of Indigenous Rugby League will kick off the 2018 rugby league season on February 10 with the NRL announcing a week-long celebration and matches at Sydneys Redfern Oval. The 2018 festival will follow the inaugural 2017 Newcastle festival. Six teams will play as part of the festival, with emerging mens and womens Maori teams participating for the first time. The Indigenous All Stars elements will form part of the festival, including the Youth Summit and NRL Indigenous Players Cultural Camp. The popular Interstate Challenge will take place, this time involving the Newcastle Yowies (NSW) and the Dhadin Geai Warriors, from Torres Strait. The Redfern festival also will include a womens game between the First Nation Gems and the New Zealand Maori Ferns. Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley will take charge of the emerging Indigenous mens team the First Nations Goannas.

00:16

Tesla semis and the laws of physics "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

ANOTHER excellent and well researched article from Alice Friedemann. This pretty well confirms everything I told our mate Eclipse who believes in all this techno crap, because thats all it is. I find it baffling how people get taken in by such rubbish.  Even if these trucks were going to be built, it would be a HUGE waste of Lithium batteries, because they are needed elsewhere, in things that we need to carry around for doing useful things.

Loads of interesting links in the references at the bottom

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Tesla Truck

Preface: Most people think that electric truck makers need to tell us the specs the battery kWh, price, performance, and so on before we can possibly know anything about their truck.

But thats simply not true.  We know what lithium-ion batteries are capable of. And we know the kWh, size, and weight of the battery needed to move a truck of given weight a certain number of miles.  That makes it possible for scientists to work backwards and figure out how many kWh the battery would need to be to go 300 to 500 miles, what it would weigh, and the likely price for the battery needed for a truck at the maximum road limit of 80,000 pounds. [in Australia i...

Wednesday, 22 November

23:56

CasinoCoin Announces Coin Swap "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Swap to Ripple-based blockchain will position cryptocurrency for further growth

22 November 2017 (Isle of Man) CasinoCoin (CSC), the open source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency designed specifically for the regulated online gambling industry, has announced it will initiate a coin swap to move to a new Ripple-based blockchain, bringing a host of advantages for users and operators.

There are several reasons behind the move to the new CasinoCoin blockchain. Liquidity of the coin will be increased from 40 million to 40 billion, a total coin supply more in line with the scale of the global iGaming industry, which H2 Gambling Capital estimates will be worth 54 billion in gross win by 2020*.

Additionally, the new CasinoCoin blockchain infrastructure is more advanced, and features added functionality including faster transaction times, with capability of up to 1,000 processed per second.

The coin swap will start at midday GMT on November 25, 2017 and will be open for 80 days. Holders of CasinoCoin will be able to initiate the coin swap within the new CasinoCoin wallet.

Current CasinoCoin holders will receive 1,000 coins on the new blockchain for every one coin sent from the old blockchain. The process will be managed manually to ensure optimal security checks on all transactions, and the coin swap will close at midday GMT on February 14, 2018.

The coin swap process will be executed with full transparency. All CasinoCoin that are swapped will have their transaction IDs displayed on a web page to prove those coins were swapped during the process.

The coins Foundation, which advocates for the growth of CasinoCoin and cryptocurrency in the regulated gambling industry, will use any balance of coins not swapped onto the new blockchain, by midday GMT on February 14, 2018, to support continued operations, marketing, and development.

The new CasinoCoin blockchain will continue with the ticker CSC and retain the current CasinoCoin name and branding. The original blockchain will be rebranded CasinoCoin Classic (CCC), with no new development or support from the Foundation after February 14, 2018.

For full details on how to proceed with the coin swap, please visit: https://casinocoin.org/coinswap/. The CasinoCoin team will also be answering questions on Reddit and Discord.

John Caldwell, Director of Advocacy for the Foundation, said: This coin swap will move CasinoCoin to a new blockchain that will bet...

23:18

Infeasible for Qld Greens to pay for extravagant promises by only taxing property developers & big corporations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Brisbane Times is reporting Queensland Greens, swelled by the newly enrolled, plan on doing a Northcote, and it appears that the Palaszczuk Governments star performer, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, remains at risk of losing her seat of South Brisbane to Greens candidate Amy MacMahon. Ms MacMahon has observed:

There is a clear sense that people have had enough of the big parties.

For many people this does appear to be the case, but that does not mean the Greens are a sensible alternative. From time-to-time, I have disagreed with particular policies advanced by the major parties, but the major parties are generally wrong within normal parameters, borrowing a phrase from P.J. ORourke. The Queensland Greens have no idea what those normal parameters are.

The Queensland Greens are putting forward a policy platform that, in the extremely unlikely event it would ever be enacted, would increase State government spending by at least $8-9 billion (or 13-14%) and result in either (a) a blow out in the budget deficit and total State debt of over $100 billion or (b) massive increases in taxes and charges on ordinary Queenslanders, and not just on the property developers and big corporations the Greens would like to target (see my 12 November post). And note my previous post was written before the Greens announced a child care plan that would cost at least an additional $1 billion annually. In its media release on its utopian child care plan, the Greens again identified property developers and big corporations as candidates for higher taxes:

Our ambitious plan would cost $5.4 billion over five years. We would make property developers and big corporations pay for 200,000 Queensland kids to get access to free, universal high-quality childcare and kindergarten.

I should note the Greens child care plan amounts to $5,400 per child annually, which seems like an under-estimate of what it would cost to offer free child care to each child, even it were only 3 days per week for 3 and 4 year olds, and 1 day per week for 2 year olds, as the policy states. Assuming annual out-of-pocket child care costs of around $15,000 for child care five days per week (see this Courier-Mail article......

23:06

Listen to the New Freya Josephine Hollick Single The Pearly Gates of the Landfill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Freya Josephine Hollick Melbourne alt-country singer-songwriter Freya Josephine Hollick has just launched her brand new single The Pearly Gates of the Landfill. The track is the singers first since the release of her EP Dont Mess With The Doyenne earlier this year. I wrote it about like always my daughters []

22:57

Mom charged with a felony for putting a recorder in daughter's backpack to catch her bully "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For weeks, Sarah Sims said she called and emailed school officials repeatedly to tell them her child was being bullied at school and was never given a response. So, she took matters into her own hands and now she is facing felony charges. Sims discovered her daughter was being bullied in late September. So, like any parent would do, she reached out to school officials for help. But she received nothing. "The thing that bothers me the most is that I am yet to get a response from anyone in the administration," Sims added. After being shrugged off by the school, Sims decided that she would take matters into her own hands and catch her 9-year-old daughter's bully. "I tried to be fair, but it's not fair," said Sims. "There is nothing fair about this." She wanted to obtain proof that nothing was being done to help her 4th-grader, so she put a digital recorder in her backpack to capture audio from inside the classroom. "If I'm not getting an answer from you, what am I left to do?" she asked.

22:57

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22:42

Australias reputation faces serious risks if Adani loan goes ahead "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Peter Hannam reports (Sydney Morning Herald 19 November 2017) that the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has condemned the prospect of a $1  billion loan to Adani, and Australias performance at the Bonn climate talks last week.

Providing a $1 billion loan to underwrite Adanis proposed mega coal mine in Queensland would have serious negative impacts for Australias international reputation and unpick the progress of the Paris climate agreement, according to Christiana Figueres, a former United Nations climate chief.

Ms Figueres has written to the Turnbull governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which is considering a concessional loan for a rail link from the mine to the coast.

The former executive secretary of the UNs Framework Convention on Climate Change
sought to highlight that under the NAIFs own enabling legislation, it must not act in a way that is likely to cause damage to the Commonwealth governments reputation, or that of a relevant State or Territory.

Ms Figueres warned the expected total lifetime carbon emissions from burning coal from the proposed Carmichael in the Galilee basin would be 4.64 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide, according to details of the letter obtained by Fairfax Media.

At its peak, the mines product would trigger emissions of 120 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent, roughly equal to what Australia has pledged to cut by 2030 from current pollution levels under its Paris pledges.

Based on these numbers, emissions that would result from burning Carmichael coal in one peak production year would completely cancel out the total emissions reduction effort Australia has committed to for the 13 years from now until 2030 under the Paris Agreement, she said

The rail loan, now being considered by NAIF, has been a key point of debate in Queenslands state elections, with polls indicating little support for concessional finance for Adani, a mining conglomerate owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government, if re-elected at Saturdays elections, would have no role in assessing the NAIF loan, effectively blocking it. Oppositional leader Tim Nicholls supports the loan and has blasted the premiers stance as putting thousands of regional jobs at risk.

Ms Figueres said her intervention was prompted by a deep concern for planetary well-being, I cannot, in all good conscience, remain silent on an issue that threatens to u...

22:35

Report highlights problem gambling woes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its no secret Australians love a punt but researchers say those most likely to be problem gamblers are also the most financially and socially strained.

And theyre increasingly putting proportionately more of their household budget on the line than the wealthy particularly when it comes to betting on races and other sporting contests, cards and the pokies.

The Australian Gambling Research Centres latest report, released on Thursday, looked at gambling activity throughout 2015.

It found 6.8 million Australians placed up to 10 bets a month on lotteries, scratchies, pokies, races, sports, keno, casinos, bingo, poker or private wagers classifying them as regular gamblers.

1.1 million were at risk of gambling-related problems and they came from clear demographics.

Problem gamblers were more likely to be young, single, male, unemployed, indigenous, renters, welfare recipients and from low socio-economic areas.

Higher risk gamblers lived in households where members experienced a much higher proportion of financial problems, including an inability to pay electricity, gas or telephone bills on time and needing to ask friends or family for financial assistance, AGRC lead researcher Dr Andrew Armstrong noted.

Almost half of all people who bet on the pokies, races, sports, casino tables, private betting or poker experienced one or more issues, the report said.

At the severe end of the spectrum, problem gamblers wagered an average 27 per cent of their disposable household income.

Thats four times what they spent on utility bills and half of what they spent on groceries.

In dollar terms, regular gamblers spent an average of $883 a year while problem gamblers spent $6241.Gamblers in low-income families spent an average of 10 per cent of their household income on gambling, compared to high-income households which spent 1 per cent of the household budget, Dr Armstrong said.

Lotteries were by far the most popular way to bet, used by 76 per cent of regular gamblers, followed by scratchies at 22 per cent and the pokies at 21 per cent.

Lottery and scratchies were both favoured by older people, particularly retirees with 10 years of schooling or less.

And while the pokies were also favoured by over-50s from a similar education level, people in inner-regional areas, with the lowest incomes were over-represented.

(Pokie) participants were over-represented among people for whom welfare payments formed their main source of income, the report also says.

NSWs top 25 pokie hotels raked in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the past financial year, AAP reported in August.

Thirteen o...

22:28

Assisted-dying laws passed in Vic "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victoria will enact the only legal voluntary assisted-dying scheme in the country in a move met with mixed emotion.

Labor government-proposed legislation won narrow support in the states upper house on Wednesday after 28 hours of continuous debate and the second of two overnight sittings.

Today is all about emotion and its all about compassion, Premier Daniel Andrews said after the vote.

This is Victoria at its best, leading our nation.

Voluntary assisted-dying will only be accessibly to terminally ill Victorian adults with less than six months to live.

The bill wasnt without its opponents and Labor only attracted the support it needed by conceding a number of amendments, including halving the initial life-expectancy of 12 months.

The legislation returns to the lower house next week where the amendments need ratification in what is considered a formality, allowing the scheme to be operational by June 2019.

Advocates for voluntary assisted-dying welcomed the passage of the legislation through the states upper house despite the amendments.

Id be absolutely confident this new slightly amended legislation will pass, Dying with Dignity vice-president Dr Rodney Syme said.

This legislation is entirely about choice what choice people want to make about how they will die, where they will die and who they will die with, he said.

Long-time euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke said he hoped Wednesdays move would inspire further action.

Victorias example will embolden other more timid state parliaments to try again, he told AAP.

Liberal MP Inga Peulich was one of 18 politicians in the 40-member chamber to vote no and described the legislation as sloppy.

Im disappointed for all those people who will be at risk from some fairly bad legislation, she said.

Outside parliament tempers flared.

Youve made a terrible mistake, anti-voluntary assisted dying campaigner Frances Beaumont yelled at MPs.

Victorian branch president of the Australian Medical Association Lorraine Baker said it was a challenging day.

The outcome of this parliamentary vote will cause anguish for some members of our profession, as well as the public, she said.

Mr Andrews insists the assisted-dying model is the worlds most conservative.

People applying to use the scheme must be determined by multiple doctors to be suffering intolerable pain and be of sound mind.

Except in cases where patients are too incapacitated, the scheme stipulates lethal medication is self-administered.

The post...

22:24

"How the Deep State Squeezed Americas Wealth" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"How the Deep State Squeezed Americas Wealth"
by Bill Bonner

"'Salvator Mundi,' said to be by Leonardo da Vinci, is the worlds most expensive painting. Last Wednesday, at auction, each square inch was valued at nearly $1 million - including the bummed-up, restored and damaged parts. The painting may not be da Vincis work. Or perhaps, since it has been so heavily doctored, little remains of his work. And whoevers work it was must have been having a bad day. And yet, it sold for over $450 million (including auction-house charges) - a lot of money for such a depressing work of art.
Donald Trump as da Vincis 'Salvator Mundi'

The question on the table: Why? But since we dont know the answer to that question, well answer another one: How come so many people have so much money?
.......

22:13

Streets workers win battle to protect jobs and wages "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The battle against the attempt by ice cream maker Streets to slash wages is over.

Facing ongoing resistance among its workforce and a boycott of the companys products that was starting to bite as Australia enters the peak season, has forced significant compromises from the major multinational owned (Unilever) ice cream maker.

Iconic streets brands include Golden Gaytime, Paddle Pop and Magnum.

At the companys Minto plant in Sydney yesterday, management agreed to withdraw its application to terminate jobs, provide a wage rise of 5 percent now, a further rise of 1.5 percent in a years time and 2.5 percent the year after that, instead of cutting wages; retain existing redundancy provisions; and keep the 12 hour shift structure.

A further concession will see the introduction of 39 permanent part time positions, as an alternative to a casual workforce.

In return, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will stop any action, including the Streets Free Summer boycott and withdraw a video from social media.

Workers have endorsed productivity concessions, involving the acceptance of a new seasonal 44 hour a week roster and some workplace flexibility, involving shorter breaks and acceptance of a limited number of voluntary redundancies. Management will have more scope to move workers between machines. There will no longer be a Sunday roster.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus hailed the agreement, as a huge win for the workers at Streets.

Like Carlton and United Breweries in the dispute it faced last year, streets faced the prospect of a heavy impact on sales as the weather warms up.

AMWU New South Wales secretary Steve Murphy said workers had been staggered by the huge support received from the public.

This campaign, driven by the stories of ordinary workers and their families, became the touchstone for a broader campaign to fix broken workplace laws, he said.

Although concessions were made on both sides, the key issues of  a large scale wage cut and the casualisation of the workforce through a labour hire company were prevented, meaning that from the workers point of view, this has been an important win.

The broader impact is that, as was the case at Carlton and United Breweries, enlisting the support of the wider community has been shown to be an effective means to maintain workplace standards, at a time when major employers are more willing than before, to try and enforce draconian changes.

Maintaining the line against the denigration of working conditions is important because of the direct social impact on those who are affected.

Just as imp...

21:34

Traditional Owners Expose Adanis Relentless Pursuit of W&J Country "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the third in a five part series on the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, Kristen Lyons looks at a deal struck between the miners and the local traditional owners, and why it just adds to the smell that pervades the entire project.

 

Introduction

The Indian industrial conglomerate, Adani Enterprises well known for environmental damage and human rights abuses at its project sites around the world, and built upon a complex business structure with tax havens in the Cayman Islands entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of coal tenements in the Galilee Basin, in Central Queensland.

Despite its controversial back story, some of which has only come to light since approvals were granted for its Australian project, Adani quickly rose to become a poster child for the State Government, based on promises its Carmichael mine project would deliver jobs and economic growth for regional Queensland.

Managed by its domestic arm, Adani Mining Pty Ltd, over the following years it developed a project proposal that included a coalmine, as well as rail and port infrastructure, thereby opening up the massive Galilee Basin for coal exports.

With seven years gone since acquisition of the coal tenements, and marred by substantial project downsizing, Adani is yet to start construction of its mega mine.

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Councils (W&J) defiant opposition to Adanis proposed Carmichael mine has been central to this delay; opposition that has, in itself, exposed the dirty deeds Adani is willing to perpetrate against Traditional Owners who seek to defend their right to say no to a mine that would destroy their country.

This article exposes some of Adanis deeds, including its nefarious actions in reaching an agreement with Traditional Owners, as well as its use of an Indigenous Participation Plan and cultural heritage work as attempts to blackwash its corporate brand, all while walking over Traditional Owners rights.

These tactics, alongside collusion with state and federal governments, are all part of Adanis relentless pursuit of a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou country. Yet the outcome of Adanis bullying tactics has not simply failed to achieve agreement with Traditional Owners for the destruction of their country, it has also eroded the companies social license to operate in Australia.

 

W&J country is the heart of Adanis Project.......

20:46

How to Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind, According to a Hindu Priest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our subconscious minds control more than we think. It involuntarily controls your flow of emotions, reactions, and innermost desires and fears all without us ever having to blink an eye.

Our subconscious is extremely powerful, much more than we think. Some researchers believe that 95% of our minds are part of the subconscious. Its essentially everything that makes you who you are today. According to the Freudian Model of the Unconscious, the subregions of our mind are the main guiding points on our behavior. It controls everything from your habits to your urges and to live a truly happy life you must reprogram your subconscious to be positive.

Many people throughout history have spoken of the importance of nourishing our subconscious minds. Those who practice spiritual growth and seek a higher consciousness are aware that you can train and basically bend your subconscious self to be more positive, happy, and giving. Many people even practice mantras. Mantras are repeated phrases to remind the subconscious of something. It is a type of meditation well understood by spiritual advisers. It offers emergence of desired positivity in your outcomes, personality, habits, and emotional beliefs.

Hindu priest and worldwide motivational speaker, Dandapani explains how mantras are similar to affirmations. They reprogram the subconscious mind. He speaks of this with Brian Rose of London Real in an interview. He answers many questions about the positive outcomes of meditating on mantras and practicing obtaining a higher consciousness.

Dandapani states, You can say they are...

20:29

Family Want Answers After Founder Of Unlocking Autism Found Dead In Canal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jeana Beck a well known and and respected autism advocate was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Lincoln City on Friday. She was reported missing by her son Jacob Smith, on Friday after she went [...]

20:18

The voice missing from the elephant trophy debate? Africans. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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An African elephant in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rosie Cooney November 21 at 2:29 PM

Rosie Cooney is chair of the International Union for Conservation of Natures Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. Her views are her own.

The answers for conserving the Earths wild creatures seem easy from the office chairs of the affluent west. Ban trophy hunting! Hunt down the poachers! More tourism!

But the social media campaigns and President Trumps flip-flopping on Twitter over the past few days on U.S. elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia highlight the deficiencies of this model of decision-making. We need a lot less shouting and lot more listening and to different voices.

How can we help secure a future for wildlife? We know what the animal lovers and celebrities will say. We know what the hunting organizations will say. Weve heard these voices before, loud and clear, with the same simple answers. But what might the people and government of Zimbabwe say (if they could look away from...

19:33

People Make 'Security Systems' For Special Wild Parrots To Keep Them Safe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Swift parrots may be small, but the risks theyre facing in the wild right now are anything but.

Native to southeastern Australia, these tiny, endangered birds migrate to Tasmania each year to breed and settle into nests with their babies. But this year, theyve moved to a different side of the island that is packed with sugar gliders who love to break into nests for a quick snack.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

On average, about half of the adult female parrots that nest in Tasmania are killed by sugar gliders each year, Dr. Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation scientist from Australian National University, told The Dodo. This threat is the reason the parrots were listed as critically endangered [two years ago].

Credit: Shutterstock

In addition to being at risk from sugar gliders during their breeding season, swift parrots have also faced habitat loss in recent years due to the logging industry. Only an estimated 2,000 remain in the wild.

Luckily, some humans are on their side and have raised over $87,000 to save them.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

The money, collected through a crowdsourcing campaign that started in October, is being used to build specially-designed, predator-proof nesting boxes for the birds.

By covering the small entry hole in nesting boxes with a solar-powered door, the birds inside are protected once the door shuts at nightfall (when sugar gliders are out prowling for food). With the light of the morning sun, the tiny door automatically opens again and the birds can carry on with their day....

10:57

Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch + French Christmas, Perfume & Drinks 23/11/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Forever French 22 Nov Queen Kaf stephanie denizard

Bonjour, Bonsoir, Good Day, Good Evening Eastside Listerners, Its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I will be hosting and producing Forever French today, Wednesday 22th of November 2017 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu: Music from la Francophonie, Lancme Perfume Masterclass at Alliance Franaise Sydney, Parisian Christmas gifts at LIngnue, Thursday drinks with the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce at Palings Kitchen to conclude with a quick trip in Montreal where you will discover songs from the new album of Soran Dussaigne, Stephane Moraille, Bernhari and Shenzo Gregorio Quintet Feat Montreal singer Athsia. To stream us and to listen to all previous shows, click here: http://www.eastsidefm.org/ForeverFrench

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