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Sunday, 25 February

11:28

BEHIND BARS PART 5: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities: The Need For Large-Scale Change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In the final piece in this special 5-part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull makes the case for urgent action. Click on the numbers to read each of the other stories in the series 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

Lack of medical care

HRW observed: All prisoners face delayed or inadequate access to health care due to overcrowding. Prisoners with disabilities, however, face particular barriers accessing specialized services due to lack of proper diagnoses, long waiting lists, negative staff attitudes, and lack of resources. Impossibly large caseloads prevent mental health professionals from providing appropriate care for prisoners, who often have complex needs. Furthermore, Mental health staff often fail to discuss with prisoners the nature, purpose, risks, and benefits of different types of treatment so that the prisoner is not in a position to make informed decisions on whether or not to consent to the treatment. The effectiveness of their work is also often impeded by antagonistic relations between prisoners and prison staff.

The difficulties begin with the admission process. When prisoners are taken into prison, staff do not have the time, training, or tools to effectively identify people with disabilities and their support needs. Both the Western Australia and Queensland Departments of Corrective Services said staff receive initial training on disability and mental health, but there is no specific refresher or on-going training required or provided.

As staff do not identify the disabilities and needs of prisoners, prisons fail to provide appropriate and adequate services and accommodations for the particular needs of prisoners with disabilities. Prisons in Western Australia and Queensland were not consistently assessing or collecting data on disability (NSW may be exempt, due to the government refusing to cooperate with HRW). A WA prison nurse said, There is no disability assessment here. We dont have time, we dont have the facilities, and we dont have the nursing staff. Prison is not set up for people with disabilities.........

11:06

Tasmania 2018: What Happens If No Party Wins A Majority? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

UPDATE 28 Jan: Parts of this article relating to Labor are now out of date with ABC TV News tonight clearly showing Labor leader Rebecca White saying that Labor will not govern in minority.   See update at bottom of article.

UPDATE 31 Jan: And I missed it at the time but Will Hodgman also on the first day of the campaign said "We will govern in majority or not at all [..]"
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Advance Summary 

1. Despite widespread reports to the contrary, neither major party appears to have given an explicit commitment that they will not govern in minority should no party win a majority at this year's Tasmanian state election.

2.  The leaders have only given various, often ambiguous, commitments that they will only govern "alone" or that they will not govern via deals with, or with the support of, minor parties.

3. A widespread belief that if there is no agreement between parties the Liberals would be forced to keep governing appears to follow instead from a direction from Governor Underwood to Premier Bartlett to form a government in 2010.

4. In theory, a government in such a position could instead resign, but this seems unlikely in practice.

5. In the absence of at least a tacit arrangement between parties, the most likely outcome of a hung parliament would be the Liberal Party continuing in minority unless/until the government was defeated on the floor of the House.

6. For this reason, a parliament without any party holding a majority might (if all parties stuck to their pre-election commitments but no party gave any new ones) be unusually unstable.


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There's been quite a bit of media coverage in the last week about what happens in the 2018 Tasmanian state election if no party wins a majority.  This started when the ABC's Rhiana Whitson put a question to the Premier, Will Hodgman, about a scenario in which the Liberals might be left in office in minority because neither party wants to govern in that condition.  When Hodgman's response stressed the concept of a "A majority Hodgman Liberal Government" (or nothing) this was widely taken as flagging that he would resign and let somebody else be Premier in minority, a repeat of the...

08:46

Media Release: Thousands March for takayna / Tarkine in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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25th February 2018

A successful March for takayna / Tarkine was held in Hobart, Tasmania today, with more than 1000 people rallying. Speakers at the event included Bob Brown, Australian Actor Essie Davis, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centres Theresa Sainty, The Crayfish Man Todd Walsh and Tasmanian Greens Leader Cassy OConnor.  Bob Brown Foundation, organisers of todays March for takayna / Tarkine have ramped up the campaign to defend takayna / Tarkine in the lead up to the Tasmanian election.

06:32

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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06:30

Pastor Neville Johnson of Academy of Light based in Maleny, Queensland, Australia. False prophet. Former head pastor of Queen Street, Assemblies of God, Auckland, New Zealand. Likes blow jobs from young church secretaries and ripping people off in very dodgy financial schemes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Neville Johnson of Academy of Light Ministries, Queensland, Australia false prophet Please keep away from him and whatever you do, dont give him or his ministry any cash and steer well clear of his prophecies and financial and Ponzi schemes. and if youre a young church secretary, be watchful, and be warned

05:14

Liberal gift $250,000,000 to the Pokies Barons. Financial incompetence or corruption ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Leaving aside the fact that their (Liberals) support of the poker machine industry is repugnant, their management of the financial aspects are simply disgraceful. It smacks of financial incompetence and has a mighty whiff of corruption of governance

04:52

The multiple misrepresentations of Liberal pollies and industry lobbyists ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday (23/2/2018) I attended a protest in front of Parliament House against poker machine industry. There were 4 excellent speakers: Leanne Minshull, Pat Caplice, James Boyce and Greg James. I learnt a thing or two from each of them. I was already well aware of the depressing dishonesty and multiple misrepresentations of many Liberal politicians and industry lobbyists in attempting to justify their cowardly acquiescence to the greed and carelessness generated agenda of the poker machine gambling industry. I was not aware of the extent to which Premier Hodgman has failed to understand his own partys policy and the implications thereof

04:30

Thousands March for takayna / Tarkine in Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday next week, if Hodgman wins, the logging, mining and off-road vehicle invasion of the Tarkine will be racked up and the privatisation of all Tasmanias National parks, from Cradle to Maria Island, will be truly ugly, Bob Brown said today. The Tarkine needs to be protected, Australian Actor, Essie Davis said when she spoke at todays event

02:48

Small Rural Town Of Hay Planning First Ever Mardi Gras Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The small town of Hay in rural New South Wales is set to hold its first Mardi Gras party next month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Rainbow on the Plains Festival will comprise three all-inclusive events: a colourful street parade on Saturday, March 3 from 1pm, ...

The post Small Rural Town Of Hay Planning First Ever Mardi Gras Celebrations appeared first on QNews Magazine.

01:52

Captured Night Parrot Disappears in WA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


A Night Parrot at the WA site where a bird was captured: Pic by Bruce Greatwich 
The following news story written by me was published in The Weekend Australian of 24-25 February, 2018.


Rare night parrot vanishes after intervention by recovery team

A critically endangered night parrot disappeared after being caught and fitted with a radio transmitter in Western Australia by the team of experts charged with saving the birds from extinction.

No surveys were undertaken to determine how many parrots survived in the remote East Murchison site before the night parrot recovery team netted the bird.

The news emerged as it was revealed that almost half the nests of the night parrot found in Queensland were deserted after being discovered by scientists. Critics say misdirected, if well-meaning, interference in managing th...

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Saturday, 24 February

23:02

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR TWO LADIES WHO "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Two Ladies Who



Your name: Fi Wake and Linda Ryan
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Two Ladies Who ; facebook - https://www.facebook.com/twoladieswho ; Etsy- https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TwoLadiesWho
The suburb/town you live in now: Bracken Ridge/ Strathpine
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Two Ladies Who combine Vintage patterns with modern fabrics to produce quality, handmade clothing and accessories for women and girls.


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22:00

February 25 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1802 - Boston Bay in South Oz was desperately in need of a name so Matthew Flinders obliged when he tip toed around its edges.

1817 - There were now 20 children at the Native School.
I have been much delighted with having them read and spell They read with so much boldness and attention as supprised [sic] me, wrote the Methodist missionary, the Reverend Samuel Leigh.

1825 - Crikey they were stretching their necks in job lots in Hobart!

1825 - Henry McConnell Hanged at Hobart for robbery.
1825 - Jeremiah Ryan Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Charles Ryder Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - James Bryant Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Black Jack (or Jack Roberts) Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Patrick McCarthy.
1825 - John Logan Hanged at Hobart for attempting to shoot Mr Shoobridge.
1825 - Musquito Hanged at Hobart for a murder at Grindstone Bay.
1825 - Peter Thackery Hanged at Hobart for bushranging and robbery.


1841 - Bunbury was coming up in the world and became the next housing boom area when it was surveyed as a town site.

1841 - In a sign that the youth of the age had nought to better themselves with Eddie John Eyre, a mere whipper-snapper at 25 yrs, strolled 1,000 miles from Adelaide to Albany in WA.

1842 - The bodies of 3 Indigenous women and 1 small child were found in the Portland area while another woman was wounded but found to be alive.
Witnesses stated they were fired upon at close range by a group of 8 white settlers.

1848 - Ludwig Leichardt and his party set off for a progressive dinner from the Darling Downs to cross Oz from east to west but they never made it for the starter soup.

1864 - The Banana Benders had developed a love for the iron horse aka railroad when they began work on their first track from Ipswich to Toowoomba.

1884 - The Taranaki Herald told all who'd listen how the Wairarapa and the Adelaide were racing...which all ended in tears, of course.
Brisbane was flooded, again, with 4 Chinamen drowned in Lawnsville.
And the former Inspector of Govt Schools apparently dropped off the perch.
See?
School stress was knocking them off back then.

1890 - The Colonist was proclaiming that some chappie with a knighthood was babbling about the 'character of the territory of Western Australia'.
All I know is - let 'em secede if they want and replace 'em with a couple of Kiwi AFL teams.

1890 - Author Robert Louis Stevenson was enjoying his stay in Sydney soooo much he parked his posterior in the foyer of the Union Club and penned Father Damien, An Open Letter To The Reverend Dr Hyde of Honolulu.

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10:30

Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools

Over the past few years, colleges and universities all over the world have been creating courses revolving around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Now the subject is slowly infecting the halls of high school students who want to learn about these emerging technologies. Because of the increased student interest, this week a Business and Personal Finance teacher from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey announced plans to add the topic of cryptocurrencies to his course next semester.

Also read: Ross Ulbricht Denied Post-Conviction Relief Extension

Younger Generations Are Becoming Very Interested In Bitcoin

Students all over the world are interested in cryptocurrencies and the subject is being taught throughout many college campuses. However, the trend is starting to find its way into high school classrooms as younger scholars are fascinated by this technology. Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on a high school in Brisbane Australia where students had such an interest in bitcoin that it prompted students to create a cryptocurrency information night. This week the students at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey are also curious about digital currencies and the schools Business and Personal Finance class plans to add cryptocurrencies to the course next semester.

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10:17

PERTH Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust .

February 24, 2018 at 08:45AM .

The brother of former brothel madame Jameile Lahood is the fourth person in New South Wales to be arrested in a $1 billion drug bust. Jabour Anthony Lahood was arrested in his home in Sydneys north-west on Thursday, according to The Daily Telegraph. His sister is the former owner of Stilettos,

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10:17

PERTH Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history .

February 24, 2018 at 08:30AM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing 1.2

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-madams-brother-extradited-over-1b-wa-drug-b/3344794/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEGlVVLIND1e5l0ARtqLC6P_oI40w

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08:14

Love our Streets West Hobart - community meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Many of us have heard about the Love our Streets West Hobart community project. This is a Council project aimed at fostering creative activities in our community in order to to enhance walkability and bring the streetscape to life with colour and fun.


Community members have suggested ideas via https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/westhobartconnect?tool=news_feed or have sent the coordinator, Amanda Midgeley an email.

Some of the ideas have included: a street party, more decoration of fences, urban art walls, seating, history conversations, intergenerational art project, project with the school, street market and more!

Amanda is now inviting us to a community meeting so we can hear more about these ideas and look at how as a community we can make them happen!   There are two sessions available, so that as many people as possible can fit it into their schedules.

Activities will be provided for children, and they are also welcome to join the conversation.
Please invite your neighbours!

Thursday 1st March

4pm 5pm  and   6pm - 7pm 

Lawrenny Court meeting room, 131 Hill St, West Hobart.



07:56

MACKAY Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

A MAN has been charged after a car was allegedly driven at a group of people in West Mackay, injuring a man. Preliminary information suggests at around 3.10am a vehicle was allegedly driven into the front yard of a Perry Street address and directly at a group of men and a woman. The car allegedly

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MACKAY Dangerous operation, West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

Dangerous operation, West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 26. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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MACKAY Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege

February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance (alcohol) and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. A police spokeswoman said investigations into the circumstances surrounding the alleged hit-and-run were

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MACKAY Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

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07:51

Sydney 2046 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Infrastructure vision

Like many getting-a-bit-long-in-the-tooth Sydneysiders, I've increasingly been having recurring daydreams about selling a place at Bondi or in the inner west and trading it for a mansion at Maroochydore (or sometime it's a mooring at Mooloolaba). 

Probably about once a fortnight I have these fantasises, on average, I reckon. 

And then reality bites.

I wake up and find that Infrastructure Australia (IA) has released another report, which always brings me back to earth and reminds me why I invested in inner-Sydney property in the first place. 

Future cities

As ever, IA's Future Cities report presents a range of scenarios.

There's a decentralised scenario which incorporates acres of building and hundreds of thousands of new homes in the south-west.

And then there's a centralised scenario where everyone crams like crazy into zones close to the Central Business District (CBD), and to a lesser extent Parramatta.

And then there's the medium-density scenario, which is a realistic mixture of the two, incorporating population growth across the city and on balance the most likely outcome. 

The scenarios have one thing in common: none of them envisages a Sydney in 2046 with a population of under 7.34 million. 


Although people a...

07:00

The Weekend Quiz February 24-25, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Question 1:

Estimates of cyclical fiscal balances by the IMF and other bodies are typically biased upward.

The answer is False.

The answer relies on the knowledge that the implicit estimates of potential GDP that are produced by central banks, treasuries and other bodies are too pessimistic.

The reason is that they typically use the NAIRU to compute the full capacity or potential level of output which is then used as a benchmark to compare actual output against. The reason? To determine whether there is a positive output gap (actual output below potential output) or a negative output gap (actual output above potential output).

These measurements are then used to decompose the actual fiscal outcome at any point in time into structural and cyclical fiscal balances. The fiscal components are adjusted to what they would be at the potential or full capacity level of output.

So if the economy is operating below capacity then tax revenue would be below its potential level and welfare spending would be above. In other words, the fiscal balance would be smaller at potential output relative to its current value if the economy was operating below full capacity. The adjustments would work in reverse should the economy be operating above full capacity.

If the fiscal outcome is in deficit when computed at the full employment or potential output level, then we call this a structural deficit and it means that the overall impact of discretionary fiscal policy is expansionary irrespective of what the actual fiscal outcome is presently. If it is in surplus, then we have a structural surplus and it means that the overall impact of discretionary fiscal policy is contractionary irrespective of what the actual fiscal outcome is presently.

So you could have a downturn which drives the fiscal balance into a deficit but the underlying structural position could be contractionary (that is, a surplus). And vice versa.

The difference between the actual fiscal outcome and the structural component is then considered to be the cyclical fiscal outcome and it arises because the economy is deviating from its potential.

As you can see, the estimation of the...

05:45

Tasmania 2018: ReachTEL Confirms Liberals Probably Winning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ReachTEL (after redistributing undecided) Liberal 48 Labor 32.2 Green 12.5 JLN 5.3 (4.0 excluding seats not contested) Others 2.1
ReachTEL has historically skewed against Labor and to the Greens in Tasmanian elections
Most likely breakdown based on raw figures 13-9-3 (close to 14-8-3)
Most likely breakdown based on correction for past skew 13-10-2 (close to 13-11-1 or 12-11-2)
Aggregate of all polling 13-10-2
Current prediction 13-10-2

The first independent poll of the Tasmanian election has been released and it confirms growing suspicions over the past few weeks that the Liberals will probably retain an outright majority, although it may well be a majority of one.  Moreover given the historic tendency of ReachTEL to skew against Labor and to the Greens, the poll can be taken as suggesting that the Greens are in serious trouble and that none of their seats are safe.  I am a little sceptical of whether that past pattern will continue.

The poll published by the Mercury today has a total sample size of 3,179 with 641 in Bass, 636 in Braddon, 624 in Denison, 633 in Franklin, 645 in Lyons.  A few aspects of the poll create interpretation issues:

1. The pollster has polled support for the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) in both Denison and Franklin, where the Network has no candidates.

2. The pollster has provided "Undecided" figures (2.4-5.0% varying by electorate).  However ReachTEL defines "Undecided" differently from other pollsters.  If a voter is undecided when first asked their vote, but on the second attempt names a party, then this voter is treated as "Undecided" (Other pollsters include this voter as a voter who has a preference for a given party).  If a voter doesn't name a party on the second prompt, they are excluded from the survey.  (Newspoll defines this sort of voter as "undecided" but also excludes them from the survey).  The figures ReachTEL supplied to the Mercury would have included the breakdowns of the "Undecided" voters by party.  Without the full figures, I can only distribute them in proportion.

Figures without skew adjustments

With the "Undecided" voters redistributed proportionally, but with no adjustments for the history of ReachTEL skew, the following are the results:

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05:41

The websites of two Australian UFO groups "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear readers,

As I write this my home City's temperature is sitting on 23.3 degrees centigrade, which is rather comfortable, compared to a hot week ahead for my former home town of Adelaide which is bracing itself for several days around 38-39 degrees centigrade. 

Overseas, you hear of Australia's beach culture, and one of the reasons is indeed our hot climate, especially during February - traditionally our hottest month.

So with a glass of Victorian chardonnay at my side, and hubby looking after the kids, I sat down to take a look at the websites of two of the biggest UFO organisations in Australia. Here are my observations.

1. UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated.

Up front I must say that I am far more interested in the quality of information provided on a website, than how it looks to the viewer. I found this website to be extremely easy to navigate, having just four main areas, namely 'events;' 'sightings;' 'membership;' and 'archives.' It opens up to the 'events' page.

Here we find current events - details of the group's upcoming monthly meetings, with speakers and a summary of what they will be talking about. Over the last few years, under the leadership of Mariana Flynn (recently retired as President) a large range of overseas speakers have appeared at the group's meeting, together with a diverse range of Australian researchers. Here you can also sign up for notifications of events by email. 

The 'sightings' area opens up to (a) report a sighting; (b) UFO sightings guestbook and (c) UFO sighting reports. Individuals wishing to report a UFO sighting can choose to either complete an on-line report form, or write a guestbook entry. When I checked out the guest book, I found reports dated between 1958 and 2017. Many of these appear to be of mundane objects, and it would hav...

04:32

The Arms Race Furphy: How the Soviet Union Really Collapsed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Earlier this week, New Matilda published a story from economics columnist Ian McAuley on why Donald Trumps strategy of boosting the military was a poor one. He linked it to the arms race that preceded the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iliana Nikolova, a US-based academic, responds.

One of the most intriguing questions of modern history is: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? The dominant narratives offering an answer to this question are two.

  1. One comes from the so-called Western anti-imperialist camp which attributes the collapse of the Soviet Union to the simplistic but popular when-in-doubt-blame-the-CIA theory. This stipulates that the collapse of the Soviet Union was as a result of a CIA orchestrated coup detat in order to clear the way for the American neoliberal/neoconservative agenda.
  2. The other answer is that offered by the Western/American pro-imperialist camp that attributes the collapse on the Soviets themselves, accrediting the demise to the vile mix of a socialist dictatorial regime and the Soviet states deranged obsession with the arms race. This ultimately led to miserable living conditions for the people of the Soviet Union, who, following Western prescriptions for democracy, at some point in the 1990s got enlightened, took to the streets, and the evil socialist regime loss its legitimacy and collapsed.

Both narratives are incomplete and erroneous. Incomplete because they dont take into consideration the historical context and the irrevocable correlation between American imperialism (a by-product of the end of World War II) and the rise of the Soviet Union as a superpower (also a by-product of the end of the World War II). Erroneous because they aim to explain the collapse of the Soviet Union without a critical analysis of global capitalism and its implications on world economic dynamics.

St. Basils Cathedral, Red Square in Moscow. (IMAGE: Flickr, Seth Morabito)

The imperialists narrative is not new, it is the same narrative that their predecessors the colonialists have been using to explain why people around the world were colonized it is their fault, they are backwards, they are aggressive, they cant manage themselves, they live in primitive oppressive societies, they subject the...

04:00

Coral Reefs at Risk of Dissolving as Oceans Get More Acidic, Finds Study "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ocean acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs.

A man snorkels in an area called the Coral Gardens near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. Credit: Reuters/David Gray/File Photo

Oslo: Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists said on Thursday.

Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs....

02:21

We Want Water Sovereignty for Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While the process of formulating the MDBP was long and fraught with governance issues, the four affected states (QLD, NSW, VIC & SA) agreed to implement it in 2012 for the health of the river and its many and diverse communities and uses.

It appears that lobbying from Big Ag in particular the cotton industry, which by its own admission uses a staggering 26% of all Australian agricultural irrigation water and then exports 99% of their product resulted in the proposed amendment to take 70GL out of the system further upstream instead of retaining this resource downstream as environmental flows.

Withdrawing more water upstream against community sentiment is deeply flawed and a rejection of the tenets of water sovereignty because its allowing commercial use to quite literally ship our scarce water resources overseas for profit.

When we export cotton, rice, beef, wine any agricultural product we are exporting our water.

Environmental flows control the timing, quality, and volume of water flows to sustain river ecologies and the communities that depend on them. Calling them environmental seems to be part of the problematic discourse that allows governments and the media to pit greenies against farmers, instead of enabling a holistic discussion that acknowledges the importance of healthy river ecologies to all life, including that sustained by farmers.

Removing a further 70GL of environmental flows for the benefit of cotton farms and other big water users (Im looking at you, rice farms) is a threat to the very existence of those downstream. Broken Hill is running out of clean drinking water the issue is critical, and not even about the more complicated questions around water rights for commercial activities and how to balance these with ecological health, recreational use, and basic human needs its the basic human need at stake here.

In a related but separate current issue around the MDBP, works have commenced to run a pipeline from the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth 300km north to supply fresh drinking water to Broken Hill which f...

01:40

You Need to Ask Yourself Why a Nobody Such As Myself is Garnering So Much Attention from Trolls "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People are probably wondering who I really am- considering all the tripe that is out there about me. The articles, the videos, and the army of trolls- all of them anonymous who claim to know everything about me who are over eager to tell everyone what they think of me.

The question I have is how many other non famous people do you know who have the same attention on them as I do.

Entire YouTube channels have been designed about me- most notably that by John Kilrush aka Doug Mesner aka Doug Misicko aka Satanic Temples Lucien Greaves aka all the OTHER names this idiot claims. The dude believes he is the Legion of the internet. But with all the crap in his life- it seems his sole focus is on me.

If this dude and his Satanic Temple followers arent threatened by me- what other reason would they spend so much time focused on discrediting and attacking me? And attacking my supporters? And anyone who would listen to me?

They will claim I am crazy- but in two months time- I put my house up for sale and sold it- bought another- packed up everything I owned and moved 1/2 way across the country. And I did this alone- all by my lonesome. Does this fit the image of a disorganized crazy person? And since none of these anonymous trolls are actually in my life- except for trying to constantly intrude on it- how would they really know?

Esp considering I do my best to avoid them like the plague. The answer is they dont obviously. But they sure do share their opinions like they do.

Which again begs the point as to why? What other non famous nobody garners the attention that I do? And I am their ONLY focus. They are solely and ONLY focused on me.

Again it begs the question as to why? Why do they feel I am so special? What makes me warrent so much of their attention and focus?

If I do a video- within minutes they are commenting on it- generally before I can even finish. Every time. What makes me so special that they lie in wait for me? And how do they find the time to do so every time?

Obviously there is more to them than meets the eye- esp considering all of them are ALWAYS anonymous. Doug Mesner- who is actually Doug Misicko- has a myriad of aliases- which also begs the question why- not to mention how can you trust someone who constantly lies about his own name.

I am a nobody. Ask 100 people out on the street who I am and not one of them will know. So again you need to ask yourself why is all of this obsession being placed on me?

The answer is simple. It is because I am telling truth that they are desperate for others not to know. There IS no other reason.

So one last time I will beg the question as to why?

Friday, 23 February

23:41

Friends of FM March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CPR LISTENER RISES EARLY TO WIN NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION

Stephen McCarthy likes an early cuppa and listening to Good Morning Country on City Park Radio between 5-6am weekdays.

Imagine his surprise when he won the competition for a guitar signed by the 2017 Golden Guitars winners.

Kevin Walshy Walsh from GMC  personally presented the guitar.

Stephen has since put it on eBay to raise funds for St Giles.

HIGH PRAISE

City Park Radio has a new sponsor. Bruce from Cocoon Living 109 George Street wanted to hear his spot before going to air.

He was so rapt with it he sent all around the world to all the tea manufacturers, including Unilever in England and New Zealand.

They all said they had never heard anything more professional on commercial radio or tv ever.

They loved the voice and music bed. They said the voice and music worked so well together and suits the product just perfectly. Hats off to our Shirley Lee and David Lay.

Another sponsorship deal well executed. Congratulations

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22:59

More jobs & growth "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

More jobs

We've seen plenty of evidence that the labour market is picking up through 2017.

And that continues in 2018, with the trend skilled vacancies now heading up for 16 consecutive months. 

Skilled vacancies increase by +10.6 per cent to 183,600 over the year to January 2018, according to the Department of Employment after notching yet another monthly gain. 

The index is now +31.4 per cent or +43,900 vacancies higher than at the October 2013 low point and rising solidly. 


There were robust gains around the states, although the trend for South Australia has been meandering a bit. 


Easier to find work

The median duration of job search also now looks to be falling. 

The fastest city to find a job in has been Sydney for some time (now down to 9 weeks in January), but Melbourne (9 weeks) and Brisbane (9 weeks) also joined Sydney this month. 

Job search figures are highly seasonal, so this will be a trend to watch as 2018 rolls on. 

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22:36

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

See here on how Melbourne's suburban house prices have continued to rise.



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22:00

February 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.

1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.


1817 - The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.

1820 - Governor Macquarie shot off an email but failing to find an NBN connection he scratched out a letter to Earl Bathurst regarding the surveyors Oxley and Meehan at Illawarra.

1828 - Alexander Stewart popped in to Illawarra as a convict, where he was assigned to Edward Corrigan.

1830 - John Oxley was Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Susan Corfield.

1838 -  The 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into office.

1842 - A Native Police Force was established at Narre Warren with 25 Aborigines trained and under the command of Henry Dana, who moved the force to the banks of Meri Creek the following month.

1842 - Muston's Creek Massacre took place; when six big brave white men rode up on horseback and opened fire killing 4 Indigenous women (1 who was pregnant) and a child, with a 5th severely wounded woman dying later.

1859 - Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.

1860 -  William Meuct was a convict who was a little less than lavish with his praise towards his prison guard at Geelong Gaol on this day; silly Meuct was charged with being insolent and was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

1875 The SS Gothenburg struck Old Reef off Ayr, Queensland and sank with the loss of 102 lives.

1876 -  A deputation of Coranderrk Aborigines led by (William) Beruk Barak travelled to Melbourne to call on the Colonial Secretary to request Superintendant Green's reinstatement.
They were unsuccessful.

1888 - Louisville, Kentucky, became the first government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms).

1896 - Victoria was all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27,
It's a cricket thing.

1905 - Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aborigine famous for the recordings of her language and songs, died on this day.

1908 - A confused and troubled soul going by the name of Benjamin Harvey did a bunk from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria, dressed only in his shirt.
Whilst on the run Harvey called at a farm where he asked if he might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be...

21:56

Back in black? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



One of the Hodgman governments claim that always seems to pass without challenge is the proposition that the budget, being back in black is now able to withstand more spending.

The almost universal view is that we now have the necessary cash buffer to be able to loosen the purse strings a little and give ourselves a treat after a few years of austerity.

However, reality has a different perspective.


The governments surplus measure is a profit figure. It excludes spending on infrastructure buildings and other capital amounts so it can be misleading.

On the other hand, the Australian governments deficit/surplus is a cash figure. Cash in less cash out equals the deficit (or surplus). If the State government reported like this its deficits for this year and the next will total $500 million. Even though the governments profit figure shows it to be in surplus it will be spending $500 million more than it will be receiving.

This is contrary to what 99 per cent of electors believe, that the governments surpluses have built up a cash buffer which now allows all par...

20:59

Barnaby Joyce Was Fair Game, But There Still Needs To Be A Privacy Line We Dont Cross "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Earlier this week, we published a piece by Melissa ODonnell arguing that the private lives of elected leaders should not be entirely off limits. Melbourne-based philosopher Janna Thompson replies.

Is Barnaby Joyces affair a private matter that should not be publically discussed? To answer, I think we need to make a distinction between two issues.

  1. Is it fair that Barnaby Joyces privacy be respected when the private lives of public women are regarded as legitimate objects of scrutiny and judgment (as in the case of Cheryl Kernot)?
  2. Should we prefer a social and journalistic convention that keeps the private lives of both women and men in politics out of the public eye?

It is possible to answer yes to the first question (as ODonnell does) and yet believe that scrutiny of private lives ought, in most cases, to be kept out of politics. It is possible to approve of the exposure of a hypocrite who claims to stand for family values while still resisting the practice of publicising the private affairs of politicians.

Politicians are not paragons of virtue. There are many, many examples from recent history of politicians who had affairs, slept around or divorced their partners. Some of these were good leaders, or at least effective in getting things done. We are better off for their being in politics.

To make private lives the object of scrutiny, and private faults or vices a reason for condemnation, is to make virtue a requirement for holding political office. This would be bad for many reasons. It would keep out of politics talented people who do not want their private lives scrutinised, for whatever reason. It would turn the press gallery into a gutter press, concentrating on exposing and discussing the latest sexual scandal rather than focussing on the business of the nation. It would turn politics into soap opera.

Barnaby Joyce and wife Natalie (they are now separated) at the 2017 Mid-Winter Ball.

Most of us are not all that virtuous, or not all the time, and insisting on virtue in all private lives would ensure that politicians would find devious, secret ways to sin to the detriment of the people they are involve...

19:23

Theresa ... on thin ice ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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19:00

The Liberals grubby little secret "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The shocking pokies losses for every pub and club in Tasmania When I revealed the most 20 harmful poker machine venues earlier this month, Tasmanians were quite rightly shocked, Mr Wilkie said. Now that this more detailed data is out there for all to see, it paints an even grimmer picture of just how much money is sucked out of communities and lost in these venues. And it confirms that big business is the big winner from gambling addiction because the same names pop up over and over again Alliance for Gambling Reform ... Mr Costello engaged in a 30 minute debate (listen to full 19 minutes conducted on air, https://www.tasmaniatalks.com.au/the-show/25720-tim-costello-compares-aus-pokies-debate-to-nra-in-us) with Tasmanias most pro-pokies journalist, Grant Broadcastings Northern Tasmania presenter Brian Carlton, this morning and made the following points: # As the recent Australia Institute study revealed, Australia has 76% of the worlds pokies in pubs and clubs as most countries recognise the danger of mixing alcohol with addictive pokies at venues which are not exclusively focused on gambling services ABC: Pokies are big money in Tasmania election campaign shows just how contentious they are Greens: Liberals Plundering Protected Areas, Underfunding Parks Andrew Wilkie: Yet another grubby Liberal Party pokies secret ... The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join Monash Universitys Dr Charles Livingstone ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/Removing-Tasmanias-pokies-would-help-gamblers-witho/ ) and author and historian Dr James Boyce ( http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/article/will-the-alp-dance-to-lennon-and-/ ) to condemn the Liberal Partys poker machine policy, which will see the industry benefit to the tune of $250 million. Make no mistake the Liberal Partys poker machine policy isnt to keep the status quo, Mr Wilkie said. Not only will it entrench poker machines in hotels and clubs for decades, but it will in effect hand the poker machine industry an enormous $250 million windfall UTG: Call for more ethical principles in politics - UTG releases A New Ethic It is very clear in todays politics that the political parties do not adhere to any sets of principles they act according to expediency or what they think will appeal to the media for that day. It is not even clear, for example, what the philosophical issues are concerning the poker machines. If pokies are a social problem then, given that 2,300 problem gamblers* in Tasmanian indulge in four or more types of gambling then why isnt all gambling the focus for reform? If the issue is the dominant control of pokies by one organisation or family, then that is another issue, Dr. Holloway said Alliance for Gambling Reform: Broken promise: Crown and Packer fail to lift transparency game The Conversation: FactCheck: a...

17:50

Video Friday: More Boston Dynamics, OpenCat Robot, and Uncanny Valley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Engineered Arts U.K. company Engineered Arts has a new line of entertainment robots called Mesmer.

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.


An extra special thank-you to Boston Dynamics this week for posting another video of SpotMini that includes a nice, detailed explanation of whats actually going on:

A test of SpotMinis ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door. A person (not shown) drives the robot up to the door, points the hand at the door handle, then gives the GO command, both at the beginning of the video and again at 42 seconds. The robo...

17:07

PERTH Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust .

February 23, 2018 at 08:52PM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-madams-brother-extradited-over-1b-wa-drug-bust/news-story/76edc557b717092ba36f7a21816f1a2a&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGXV33yroQ4nP1g9pgF-GL8hESOIA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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16:33

Woman severely injured after being bitten by shark off Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A woman is severely injured after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Sydney. The swimmer was in the water at Congwong Beach in La Perouse at 7pm on Friday when she was attacked by what is believed to have been a shark. In the wake of the attack, the local council has announced all beaches in the area will be closed on 'for at least Saturday'. The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was taken to St George Hospital where she is being treated for severe lacerations to one of her legs. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said it was unclear what species of shark had bitten the woman.

14:46

Sustainable Population Australia comments on Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.

We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.

It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000

While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.

Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.

Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.

Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.

Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.

SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...

13:06

BILL SHORTENS ALLEGED CRIMES ARE FRAUD, THEFT, ADULTERY AND RAPE TO NAME A FEW. SHOULD HE BE PM? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shortens history covers everything from major fraud and theft when he was Victorian and National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), raping another union member at a camp, branch stacking to become a politician and improve the power of the AWU and getting one of his staff members pregnant. Read More

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