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Saturday, 27 January

11:32

Earthquake swarm in progress along the coast of NSW, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A seismic swarm is in progress along the coast of northern New South Wales, Australia since Friday, January 19, 2018, raising fears that a bigger earthquake might hit the region. Authorities say that while they can't rule out a bigger one, they don't see it...... Read more

11:26

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

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 1996 situation with Ray Groom resigning and being replaced by Tony Rundle.

The Premier didn't care for this interpretation and took to Twitter to deny it, saying that he would not quit.  He was then asked by the ABC's Richard Baines to guarantee he would continue as leader no matter what and replied "Yes, 100% guaranteed".  As I pointed out in that article, the guarantee is not Hodgman's to make - if the party's result is poor the party might remove him, especially if it decided it wanted to continue in office and was in a position to do so.  Bu...

10:37

Australia - Letter | Why revisit the follies of fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FELLOW residents, the time has come again to discuss the states controversial fluoridation policy. The Oberon people decisively rejected state government backed fluoridation of our water four years ago, and it may be time to dust off and have at it again, as council have decided to decide whether or not to review the original decision. 
Back in the day good dental health in children was a parental responsibility, not a government one; and the government ought to butt out of this one permanently. The state may spruik the high number of fluoridated precincts in NSW, but cant deny 23 Queensland councils have voted to remove it. Why is that? Or that first world governments such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Hungary, Japan and Israel have openly rejected it. Why? 
Why is NSW Health so far behind on this issue? Cant they read what is accepted mainstream news/policy outside of our national media? Fluoride should have gone the way of thalidomide, thimerosal, Ritalin and other terrible government approved ideas of the past. 
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08:34

Bei Technik (und auch sonstigen Lebensumstnden) habe ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bei Technik (und auch sonstigen Lebensumstnden) habe ich mehrfach die Erfahrung gemacht, dass es Dinge gibt, bei denen man nicht mehr gewillt ist, auf den alten Stand zurckzugehen, wenn man das einmal in ordentlich erlebt hat. Ich erinnere mich noch an den bergang von Rhrenmonitoren zu Flachbildschirmen, das war sowas. Oder wenn man zuhause mehr Internet-Bandbreite kriegt, dann fhlen sich so Hotel-WLANs pltzlich viel schlimmer an, geradezu unaushaltbar schlimm. Oder bei SSDs ist es auch so.

Wieso nutzen Firmen das eigentlich nicht aus? Firmen geben ein Heidengeld aus, um Mitarbeiter an sich zu binden, damit die nicht nach der Ausbildung woanders hin gehen. Aber bei Software tolerieren die Kreativitt- und Lebensfreude-vernichtende Krckenlsungen. Schlechte Sthle, schlechte Tische, Groraumbros, das hatte ich ja schon in meinem Antipatterns-Vortrag. Aber erweitert das mal auf Software und brokratische Prozesse. Stellt euch mal vor, in einer Firma funktionieren die Prozesse von alleine, vllig stressfrei. Du brauchst irgendwas? Die Dokumentation ist verfgbar und auffindbar, das Formular fragt dich nicht nach Dingen, die die Firma eh schon ber dich wei, du musst nicht Internet Explorer 8 benutzen, damit die Seite funktioniert, sowas.

Das erstreckt sich auch auf ganz praktische Aspekte bei der Softwareentwicklung.

Normalerweise, wenn ich zum Kunden gehe, vergeht der erste Tag damit, dass die ihre Brokratie auf die Reihe kriegen. Und das ist der gute Fall, nachdem die schon in Vorarbeit gegangen sind. Das ist nur noch sowas wie Badges abholen, Account aktivieren, Netzwerkzugang kriegen, Zugang zum Quellcode, etc. Aber ich habe einmal erlebt, bei VMware, dass dieser ganze Kram schon fertig war, bzw. "mal eben schnell geklickt wurde" in dem Meeting am Anfang. So ala "Was brauchen wir? Einen Server mit dem Quellcode? Braucht ihr den auf einer festen IP? Wollt ihr Windows mit Visual Studio? Eclipse? Linux? Alles einmal?" und whrend wir die Frage beantworteten, klickten die da kurz zusammen, Instanzen fuhren irgendwo hoch, und fertig war die Laube.

Na gut, denkt ihr euch jetzt vielleicht, das ist ja auch deren Kerngeschft. VMs hochfahren. Ja und nein. Ich habe schon Datenbankhersteller erlebt, wo es mehrere Tage dauerte, bis ein Account im System war, und dann nach Abholen des Badges dauerte es nochmal einen Tag, bis das Aktiv-Flag sich durchs System repliziert hatte und man sich auch einloggen konnte. Und das ist noch nicht einer der schlimmsten Flle. In den meisten Firmen da drauen ist die Infrastruktur in bemitleidenswertem Zustand, und die Leute arrangieren sich einfach damit.

Ich frage mich gerade, ob man das nicht ndern knnte, wenn man da blo aus einer anderen Perspektive draufguckt. Wenn man das als Manahme zur Mitarbeiterbindung sieht. Denn wer einmal in einer Firma war, wo so Lebensqualittsvernichtungs...

Friend, not foe: Review highlights benefits of predators and scavengers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Predators help humans far more than theyre given credit for, despite the antagonistic nature of the relationship, according to a review of studies. While predators and scavengers are a large source of conflict, such as big cats in Africa and Asia or dingoes in Australia, there are many examples where they may provide benefits to humans, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in a statement. Our paper identifies studies that have shown these benefits across a broad spectrum. If reintroduced in parts of the U.S., mountain lions could help keep the deer population in check, which would likely lower the number of deer-car collisions, one study found. Photo by Julia Larsen Maher/WCS. Predators are typically better known for harassing pets and livestock, or being a source of disease, than they are for the valuable and often less visible services they provide. But predator numbers are down around the world: Leopards are found in less than a quarter of their historical range, for example, and most vulture species numbers are sliding too. Those types of trends have scientists worried that we might not understand predators importance before its too late. So OBryan and his colleagues combed the scientific literature, searching for information about how these animals impact our lives. Their review uncovered many examples of documented benefits from predators, from mountain lions reducing deer-vehicle collisions and bats saving corn farmers billions per year by reducing crop pests, to vultures savings millions in livestock

07:22

LITTLE BUTTON-QUAIL at 28 degrees07'17.49 south, 152degrees 40'22.52 east reported by Errol Stenzel on 14-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A pair on grassy open ridge, white flanks showed distinctly when birds flew a short distance away. Only my fourth record of this species since 1990 in this area ( Boonah , Blackrock). was seen more often in the 1972 to 1988 period.

07:21

superb parrot at Karana Downs Queensland reported by Peter Griffiths on 27-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AVIARY ESCAPE; First reported 25th January The bird returned today and I was able to take a photograph but I am unable to see how I attach it to this email. I have tried to attach the photo but am not sure that it has worked. I am a novice at this but I have not noticed this bird here before and from what I understand,it's habitat is in the inland of southern NSW and Vic, not South East Queensland

07:00

The Weekend Quiz January 27-28, 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:

A currency-issuing government can run a balanced fiscal position (spending equals tax receipts) over the economic cycle (peak to peak) as long as it accepts that after all the spending adjustments are exhausted that the private domestic balance will only be in surplus if the external balance is in surplus.

The answer is True.

Note that this question begs the question as to how the economy might get into this situation that I have described using the sectoral balances framework. But whatever behavioural forces were at play, the sectoral balances all have to sum to zero. Once you understand that, then deduction leads to the correct answer.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To ren...

06:23

BOGAN PRIDE! 100 drunk White youths celebrating Australia Day attack children & parents at kids carnival "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EXCLUSIVE: A mass brawl involving up to 100 drunk bogans and rival youth gangs from Anglo and Caucasian backgrounds has taken place on Australia Day at a fairground on the NSW South Coast. The Huskisson Carnival at Shoalhaven is meant to be a family-friendly event that runs for the summer school holidays until January 28.

Continue reading

04:00

Dog Decides To Hitchhike Across Australia All By Himself "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is doing his best to explore it all on his own.

Credit: Laura Scudamore

Earlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.

Rusty and the work dogs will sometimes disappear around the property looking for adventure, Laura Scudamore, Rustys owner, told The Dodo. They will also sometimes find themselves on the nearby highway having a stickybeak [being nosy].

Credit: Laura Scudamore

When Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.

A year and a half ago, Rusty first evaded his caretakers and ran to the highway where he caught a lift to Chinchilla, two and a half hours north of Goondiwindi. His cuddly nature endeared him to a local family, who took him...

03:50

Friends of FM February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

OUTSIDE BROADCASTS  Behind the scene, a huge volunteer effort

This summer, City Park Radio was proud to broadcast the WBBL and BBL games at UTAS Stadium and the Greater Northern League Cup Final. Preparations began back in June with Cricket Australia to broadcast the three Big Bash games in Launceston.

After negotiations were complete we were excited about being given permission to broadcast all three games and to be part of the live stream on the Cricket Network.

We were fortunate to be able to secure the services of Jill Couch and Dane Anderson as our expert commentators. Both Jill and Dane were fantastic due to their reading of the game and their vast experience in cricket at a high level. Also in commentary Dave Mohr and Matthew McGee our footy commentators, joined by Andrew Johnston and Quentin Von Stieglitz. We thank all those in our team for giving up their time to help make the two days such a success.

The partnership with the Cricket Network resulted in our radio commentary being linked with the vision supplied by the Cricket Australia vision in their live stream. Highlights packages available on the web and TV news items also featured City Park Radio commentary.

Despite the home teams not winning any of the three games it was a great experience being part of the CA live stream and certainly the crew from the Cricket Network were pleased with our product. This partnership was the first time a community radio station has joined forces with the Cricket Network and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in 2018.

On January 14th, for the third consecutive year we broadcast the Greater Northern League Final on City Park Radio. This year we were at a new venue for CPR the famous and historic Latrobe Recreation Ground for the battle between Latrobe and Burnie. It was a great day out and certainly it was well supported on our online stream which struggled to meet the demand!

Thanks to Craig Boon and Andrew Fitz who made the journey from Launceston and Rob Stewart from the Burnie Hurricanes for giving us his local insight into both teams!

Sports broadcasts on City Park Radio continue to receive good feedback and with our winter coverage of the TSL and SEABL not far away we are always on the lookout for major sponsors. Please co...

02:52

The State Of VR HMDs On Linux With DRM Leasing, Etc "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Keith Packard who has been doing contract work for Valve the past year on improving the support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs) shares a status update on his work at this week's Linux.Conf.Au in Sydney...

02:49

444 Meaning Numerology "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The metaphysical spiritual and symbolic significance of 444 meaning in numerology. Are the angels sending you messages? from psychic medium Ian Scott.

The post 444 Meaning Numerology appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

02:47

Superb Parrot at Karana Downs reported by Peter Griffiths on 25-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This bird visited our bird feeder (Wild bird seed mix) this morning and The bright yellow forehead and throat where what drew my attention to it, as I have never seen this bird before. Looking through a bird book the only bird that fitted what I saw was the male superb parrot but I did not notice a red patch under the yellow throat and the birds are supposedly native of southern Australia. The bird seemed comfortable in its surroundings but a young king parrot and a white cockatoo were already monopilising the feeders and after a few minutes watching, the bird flew off again. As it flew off the feathers in flight were not so much dark green as described in the book, but had a tinge of blue about them.

01:43

Not Even the Briefest of Pauses for Human-Forced Global Warming Oceans During 2017 Were the Hottest on Record robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Where does most of the heat trapped by human fossil fuel and other greenhouse gas emissions ultimately end up? Given our fixation on global surface temperatures, many people would say the atmosphere. But this answer is incorrect. The vast majority ends up in the world ocean. (Global change in ocean heat content through 2015. Image source: []

via Not Even the Briefest of Pauses for Human-Forced Global Warming Oceans During 2017 Were the Hottest on Record robertscribbler

00:25

Australian Painted Snipe at Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel) reported by Robert Morris et al on 26-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian Painted Snipe (2) back at Tea Tree Wetlands (Arundel Gold Coast) yesterday afternoon (thanks for the update from Todd Burrows)

00:11

White-necked Petrel, Black Noddy, good numbers of Sooty Terns at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 26-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A good summer's day out with a tropical feel - White-necked and Tahiti Petrels, Black Noddy (not annual off Southport), 3 White Terns and lots of Sooty Terns (some with juvies) amongst 15 species recorded.

00:07

Grey Ternlet at Mooloolaba reported by Greg Roberts via Matt Hervey on 23-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bird found washed up on rocks, later died, 2 weeks after 1 seen on Mooloolaba pelagic. Pic by Matt Hervey

00:06

Black-necked Stork, Marsh Sandpiper at Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd, Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 26-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A single Black-necked Stork is staying for the last three days at the shallow storm water ponds located opposite to the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd entrance. Pied Stilt are still breeding there. There also 3 Marsh Sandpipers, 28 Little Egrets and hundreds of ducks and other waders.

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Friday, 26 January

23:10

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia invasion day sign 2018

Marching in Melbourne Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to...

22:58

We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

22:20

Video Friday: ANYmal in Davos, ISS Robot Upgrade, and WALK-MAN's Soft Hands "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: IIT/WALK-MAN Project

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!):

IEEE IRC 2018  January 31-February 2, 2018  Laguna Hills, Calif., USA
International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

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


ANYmal was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where it got cold feet.

ANYmal ]


Robot arm maintenance in space is much more difficult than robot arm maintenance on Earth, but you get quite the view.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle of NASA conducted the first spacewalk this year Jan. 23 to replace a degraded latching end effector (LEE) on one end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. There are two redundant end effectors on each end of the arm used to grapple visiting vehicles and components during a variety of operational activities.

NASA ]


This recently released video, part of a Humanoids 2016 paper, describes  inflatable impact-protection palms on...

22:00

January 27 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, armed with a bundle of spears. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, Master they told me you were in gaol.
Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears? asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, To spear the Governor.

1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.

1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.

1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.

1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.


1847 - Jeremiah Connell was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Edward Martin at Buninyong.

1848 - The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on this day.

1859 - The grand old gutter of Australia aka the Darling River became a highway on this day when the paddle steamer ship "Albury" debuted on the watery road, heralding the beginning of the popular (and rather rheumatic romantic) means of transport.

1875 - Foundation stone was laid for Sydney's The Great Synagogue in Elizabeth Street.

1876 - For the third time in nine years, the flour mill of Walter Duffield in Gawler burnt to the ground.

1881 - The NSW Government invited offers from English companies to build a bridge across Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Ah Kett was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Foo Ah Moy  at Cheritah Station, Roebourne.

1883 - John Collins was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of John King at the Kalgan River near Albany.

1903 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Weston - Abermain.

1906 A cyclone damaged Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.

1908 - Australia's first Lifesaving Club carnival was held on Manly Beach, NSW.

1911 - The Land newspaper was first published.

1941 Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major Gene...

21:33

The Bumpy Road Down, Part 4: Trends in Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

IrvMillsIrv Mills has just published part 4 of his Bumpy Road Down series of articles..

This time Im going to look at some of the changes that will happen along the bumpy road down and the forces and trends that will lead to them. If you followed what I was saying in my last post, youll have realized that the bumpy road will be a matter of repeatedly getting slapped down as a result of going into overshootexceeding our limits, crashing, then recovering, only to get slapped again as we go into overshoot yet again.

Along the way, where people have a choice, they will choose to do a range of different things (some beneficial, others not so much), according to their circumstances and inclinations. Inertia is also an important factorpeople resist change. And politicians are adept at kicking the can down the roadpatching together the current system to keep it working for little while longer and letting the guy who gets elected next worry about the consequences.

Because the world will become a smaller place for most of us, well feel less influence from other areas and in turn have less influence over them. There will be a lot more dissensuspeople doing their own thing and letting other people do theirs. I expect this will lead to quite a variety of approaches, some that fail and some that do work to some extent. In the short run, of course, working means recovering from whatever disaster we are currently trying to cope with. But in the long run, the real challenge is learning to live within our limits and accept just enough rather than always striving for more. Trying a lot of di...

20:39

Eat Less Meat Ignores the Role of Animals in the Ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lifted from Civil Eats its fortunately what we were taught at the Small Farm Planning course, and its mercifully slowly catching on. My neighbours cows are currently on my land, building soil and reducing fire danger all at the same time.

Given the concerns over resource-intensive industrial meat production, youd think the resounding message would be, dont buy cheap meat, buy good meat.

Instead, a rule of thumb that has emerged in environmentalists circles is simply eat less meat. This statement frames meat as an indulgence rather than 1) the end result of an essential and timeless ecological process (the biological breakdown of vegetation, which feeds the soil and removes dead grass so that new vegetation can grow) and 2) a fulcrum in the way land across the world is managed or mismanaged.

As a grazier and land manager, Im part of a growing group of people who have committed our lives to restoring the health of environments directly, through exquisitely precise grazing on sensitive land, and who depend on the support of our communities to do this work.

Eat less meat is a well-intended caveat amongst woke environmentalists (a group who is, after all, my cohort) but it has also become a primary barrier to me and others like me doing our work. And its hard to not take that personally. Because what could be more personal than the health of my watershed and the kingdoms that inhabit it? If these things arent personal to you, we have a bigger problem.......

14:55

Colorful Installation Transforms Warehouse Into a Psychedelic Painting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kaleidoscope Installation by Katharina Grosse

Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse is renowned for transforming industrial gallery spaces, architecture, and landscapes into otherworldly environments that burst with vibrant color. Rendered in spray-painted fabric, the artists latest installation titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped transforms Sydneys contemporary art centera giant warehouse called Carriageworksinto a magnificent, immersive kaleidoscope painting.

Commissioned by Sydney Festival 2018, Grosse filled the warehouse with nearly 90,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of white fabric suspended from the ceiling. The epic canvas, full of drapes and folds, was then painted by Grosse using a spray gun. The result is a psychedelic world of swirling colors that disguises the harsh industrial building. I was fascinated by the thought of folding space, explains Grosse. I was interested in taking this vast surface and shrinking it by folding or, actually, hiding the entirety of whats there. I understand a painting as something that, as we view it, travels through us and realigns our connections with the world.

If youre in Australia, Grosses work is on view through April 8, 2018 as part of Sydney Festival 2018. You can also see more of the artists colorful installations on her website.

Katharina Grosses latest installation transformed Sydneys contemporary art center into a magnificent kaleidoscope painting.

Kaleidoscope Installation by Katharina Grosse...

13:00

Brisbane Airport to Launch In-Terminal Cryptocurrency Payments "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia's Brisbane Airport is to roll out digital currency payments within the terminal shopping area.

12:51

Letter from NSW Labor leader Luke Foley - announcing a NSW Government treaty with Aborigines if Labor wins power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Luke, if this is the only way you can find fulfilment you need to get out more. Dear xxxx On this day 230 years ago the first British colony in Australia was settled at Sydney Cove. This was the beginning of New South Wales as we know it today. The...

11:28

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-CXJ Calls into CQ Airports on Training and then Medevac "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday 23 January, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ had a busy day popping into some CQ Airports while on a training flight and then later, a medevac flight.


VH-CXJ initially departed Brisbane and was heard to complete airwork around Bundaberg Airport including at least two missed approaches.  After continuing to Towsnville, VH-CXJ later returned South and was noted arriving into Mackay Airport but as "Ambulance 452".  It later departed to Brisbane on what looked to be a medical evacuation (medevac) flight.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  

09:05

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

These left-wingers and disenchanted who do these marches on Australia Day should get over it.

We who are living today are not responsible for the injustices of the past.

These left-wingers adopt one cause after another and are never happy.

The Guardian Australia

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Invasion Day protest in Melbourne

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings.

That was then. On Friday, when the Invasion Day march reached the barricades that had been pushed aside after the parade moved on, it significantly outnumbered the Australia Day event.

Crowd estimates were between 40,000 and 60,000 people. It stretched the lengt...

07:59

MEDIA RELEASE 26/01| FEARS FOR TWO-WEEK OLD REFUGEE BABY ON NAURU "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FEARS FOR TWO-WEEK OLD REFUGEE BABY ON NAURU There are serious concerns for the welfare of a two-week baby boy on Nauru. The baby was born to Iranian refugees on 12 January. The baby has a seriously infected umbilicus that has been left untreated since Thursday after the babys mother(...)

07:55

There are more important issues than "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

whatever issue on which I want to avoid justifying my firmly held, but indefensible, position.

One of the rhetorical tricks Ive noticed becoming increasingly common (though I may just have been sensitized to it) is opposition to some proposal, based on the claim that there are more important issues to discuss. Heres a typical example from right wing culture warrior, Kevin Donnelly, campaigning against equal marriage in the leadup to the recent postal survey. Before commencing a lengthy diatribe against gay activism, Safe Schools, alcoholic and abusive parents, surrogacy and so on that barely mentions the topic of marriage, Donnelly says

about 98 per cent of Australians identify as heterosexual and according to the 2011 census figures only 1 per cent of Australian couples are same-sex, with surveys suggesting only a minority want same-sex marriage. There are more important issues to worry about.

If Donnelly believes the issue is unimportant, why is he writing about it? Why not just leave it up to the good sense of the majority of Australians, as the rhetoric of the plebiscite suggested? Why not focus his attention on problems like protecting children from the effects of alcoholism and domestic violence.

The answer is, of course, that Donnelly has no case, or none he is able to make publicly, but nonetheless is very concerned to stop equal marriage. In the absence of a case, he must resort to diversions. So, rather than explain why gay people should be denied the right to marry, he starts off by saying the issue is too unimportant to bother with.

Of course, there are plenty of questions that are too trivial to bother with, and the sensible response is not to bother with them. If pressed, one could reasonably respond this issue isnt worth my time, Ill just go with whatever the majority decides, but this is hardly ever done.

The only case where this trope is at least possibly justified is as an admonition to political allies not to be diverted into big efforts on trivial issues, when there are more important problems to deal with. Again, though, this only makes sense for someone who is themselves indifferent regarding whether and how these issues are resolved.

07:44

Kolkata, India: International Anarchist Solidarity Action with Villawood Hunger Strikers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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On 24 January, 2017, we, a group of anarchists from 3 different continents, undertook an action in support of the hunger striking prisoners in Villawood Detention Centre, so-called Sydney, Australia.

The solidarity action, which was undertaken in Kolkata, Bengal, India, involved a protest street theater action outside the Australian Education Fair. The aim of the action was to inform the general population, and prospective students considering study in Australia, of the vile racist policies of the government in relation to its ongoing treatment of refugees. Our goal was also to challenge the dominant rhetoric of Australia, as &#822...

07:29

Photos of rallies and Yabun Festival in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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07:00

The Weekend Quiz January 27-28, 2018 "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 currency-issuing government can run a balanced fiscal position (spending equals tax receipts) over the economic cycle (peak to peak) as long as it accepts that after all the spending adjustments are exhausted that the private domestic balance will only be in surplus if the external balance is in surplus.



2. A basic understanding of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) would leave you to conclude that excessive real wage demands by workers can cause unemployment.



3. The achievement of a fiscal surplus indicates that the national government is:


06:33

Grey Ternlet at Mooloolaba "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Grey Noddy found this week at Mooloolaba - Pic by Matt Harvey
A second Grey Ternlet (Noddy) has turned up on the Sunshine Coast. This bird was found on January 23 on rocks at Mooloolaba and taken to Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue at Landsborough,  from where it was transferred to Australia Zoo's veterinary facility.

Unfortunately the ternlet had to be put down. According to Australia Zoo wildlife rescue worker Matt Harvey, the bird showed signs of extensive physical damage including a broken wing, head trauma and bleeding. The ternlet may have been seriously wounded during an attack by another animal, or it may have faltered at sea and sustained injuries when washed up on the rocks.

Grey Noddy seen on January 7 off Mooloolaba
The find was almost two weeks after a Grey Ternlet was seen on the January 7 Mooloolaba pelagic just 20km offshore. The species is a very rare visitor to Queensland waters.

Matt also reports that a juvenile White-tailed Tropicbird was found in an emaciated condition at Sunshine Beach on January 21.

05:56

Dog With 'Human' Teeth Helps Her Mom Make Friends Everywhere She Goes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As a member of the fastest dog breed on the planet, the quick pace of city life agrees with Salty the greyhound.

The white dappled dog is a fixture in coffee shops and pubs around Melbourne, Australia, and her mom, Lucy Percival, is happy to encourage her social spirit.

Credit: Lucy Percival

We live in Melbourne, which is famous for its bars and cafs, and Salty is a true Melbourite as she loves them, too, Percival told The Dodo. Saltys favorite things are catching the train to go to a bar, or walking to our local cafs for a puppuccino. If she chooses her walk route, she always chooses to walk to the train station!

Most dogs would prefer to head to the dog park rather than a bar but Salty isnt like most dogs, for a number of reasons.

Credit: Lucy Percival

Whenever Salty is contentedly sitting at her favorite spot, something odd happens: She reveals her pronounced front teeth and her jaw starts to chatter. This behavior can draw curious, even concerned, stares from her fellow caf patrons.

Some people think the shaking is because shes sick, scared or cold, Percival said, but she is definitely healthy, happy and warm in the Melbourne summer!

Chattering (chittering or knitting) is one trait that makes greyhounds special. Unlike humans, where teeth chattering is an involuntary form of shivering, greyhound teeth chattering is usually a sign of happiness or contentment, similar to a cats purr.

Though Saltys chattering is not especially uncommon for greyhounds, it still draws attention and can get quite noisy.
 
Salty chatters a lot! She chatters when its breakfast or dinner time, she chatte...

05:15

Is Your Tea Sustainable? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Tea has been a favorite beverage of many cultures for centuries. Drunk originally in China for medicinal purposes it is now mainly drunk to get a lift. But there are now dozens of different teas from many plant sources and all come in different types of packaging, loose, in cans or boxes or in little bags. We can also grow teas at home even in Australia. These different methods of obtaining tea differ in their sustainability and maybe grow-your-own is best.

The black and green teas we are accustomed to are derived from Camellia sinensis subsp. sinensis and Camellia sinensis subsp. assamica1. Tea drinking originated in China around 1500 BC, primarily as a medicinal drink. The effects of its caffeine content gradually led it to become a popular drink in the Tang Dynasty (618907) and its use spread to neighbouring countries. It was first imported into Europe by the Dutch East India Company in the early 1600s. Its use then spread to France, Germany and Great Britain in the mid-1600s. Initially only drunk by the wealthy because it was expensive, it became more widely used when more was imported and the price fell to the point where it could be regarded as a typically British beverage2.

Growing Tea

Most tea production has been in humid areas with rich, acid soil and high rainfall. It grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates with partial shade, but in other areas it needs full sun as long as it receive sufficient water. Pesticides are used in many tea-growing areas3,  but their levels are reduced in the final products if the tea leaves have been washed during processing.

In Australia, tea is grown in many regions from north Queensland through to Vic...

04:10

MACKAY Slade Point robbery accused faces extra charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Slade Point robbery accused faces extra charges

January 26, 2018 at 06:37AM ,

AN 18-year-old man charged in relation to the alleged armed robbery of a convenience store in Slade Point on Sunday has been further charged with breaking into an Airlie Beach home and unlawfully driving a car. Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, of Hay Point, faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday but

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Inebriated man was on way to solve indigestion

January 26, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A BRISBANE geologist who was caught driving while almost three times the legal alcohol limit had been on his way to buy Quick-Eze, the Mackay Magistrates Court has been told. Christopher John Smallwood, 35, of New Farm in Brisbane, pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving on March 31 last year.

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03:11

Banzai for Victory Day! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tonkatsu Abbott-san, the first native sutorarian to be appointed a Deputy Assistant Governor of Imperial Nippon"s southernmost prefecture, has lauded the extension of The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere to the Chrysanthemum Throne"s vanquished enemy. Speaking today from the grounds of the royal palace on Yamamoto Harbour to mark the anniversary of the fall of Sydney in 1943, Abbott-san supported Victory Day remaining on January 26, the day the American war criminal Douglas MacArthur surrendered all gaijin forces on the antipodean continent to General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Victory Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the things we've achieved under the firm but benevolent guidance his Imperial Majesty, and of course his father before him, Abbot-san told the small crowd of dignitaries, including Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado, the first of the blood Royal to visit sutoraria Prefecture and stay in the Harbour Palace. The Princess was attended by exalted representatives from the Diet in Tokyo and conquered prefectures throughout the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Guests watched a re-enactment of the moment Lieutenant Colonel Masao Kusunose led the 144th Infantry Regiment ashore to crush the few remaining enemy forces which had survived the collapse of the Brisbane Line.

"What happened on the 26th of January 1943 was on balance, for everyone a good thing, said Deputy Assistant Governor Abbott-san, because it brought civilisation to this country, it brought sutoraria into the modern world. All of the things that we know and love about modern sutoraria are the lineal descendants of the attitudes that came ashore with Lieutenant Colonel Kusunose on that day back in 1943.

He bowed in deep abasement to Princess Ayako and Members of the Diet to express the bottomless gratitude of all his countrymen for ending the rule of foreign devils in the great south land.

Cheering crowds later turned the Avenue of a Thousand Years into a sea of red and pink, as they waved banners and flags emblazoned with the Rising Sun, and threw cherry blossoms at the soldiers of the 55th Division, marching from the site of that historic landing under the shadow of the Yamamoto Harbour Bridge, up the grand avenue to Imperial Square in front of Central Station.

Most of the crowds were young families from the Home Islands and Manchurian Colonies, some of them celebrating their first Victory Day in sutoraria after successfully applying for the right to migrate and take up grants of land and property within this vast, underpopulated continent.

The loudest cheers, however, were raised for the small c...

02:11

Nuclear power proponents fighting a losing battle to get any role in Australias energy future "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Safety risks stall nuclear role in Australias energy mix, SMH, 25 January 2018, Cole Latimer 
http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/safety-risks-stall-nuclear-role-in-australia-s-energy-mix-20180125-p4yyvj.htmlIf Australia is to hit its Paris climate change targets and lower carbon emissions it needs to think seriously about nuclear energy, lobbyists say, but the safety risks coupled with its economic viability have former supporters doubting its future in Australia.

Australias commitment to the 2015 Paris climate agreement which aims to reduce emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels has increased the pressure to reduce the electricity industrys emissions levels, and nuclear energy has been put forward as a way to reach decarbonisation of the network.

Robert Parker, who is a current committee member and former president of the Australian Nuclear Association, said nuclear energy could play a major role in Australias decarbonisation if it is used along with renewable generation such as wind, solar and pumped hydro storage.  Mr Parker said there was the potential to replace Victorias brown coal-fired power stations with nuclear reactors once they had reached the end of their operating life. He said the infrastructure was already in place to rapidly build and operate a nuclear power plant..

Friends of the Earth national nuclear campaigner Dr Jim Green said the cost of nuclear power had made it unviable.

With the possible exception of carbon capture and storage, nuclear power would be the most expensive and least effective way of reducing emissions in Australia, Dr Green told Fairfax Media.

The estimated cost of reactors under construction in the UK is $20 billion each. The estimated cost of reactors under construction in France and Finland has risen to $16 billion each. Energy efficiency and conservation programs, coupled with renewable energy expansion, can sharply reduce emissions in Australia far more quickly and cheaply than nuclear power.

Ten years ago, there might have been a debate to be had over the economic merits of nuclear power, when the Switkowski inquiry estimated that a reactor could be built for $4 billion to $6 billion. The Switkowski panel was out by a factor of three and even Ziggy Switkowski himself now acknowledges that renewables are a more economically viable choice.

Nuclear physicist and NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski, who once said Australia needs 50 nuclear reactors across the nation, believes the window...

01:58

Doomsday Clock moved 30 seconds closer to midnight, "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CLOSER TO MIDNIGHT: THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK AND THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR, Wired, 25 Jan 18, THE ACCIDENTAL MISSILE alert in Hawaii earlier this month made real for 38 terrifying minutes the vague, low-level dread that permeates American life today: Nuclear war seems closer and more real than it has in a generation. Even the popenot exactly a fear-mongersaid last week that the world now stood at the very limit.That existential fear was affirmed today by the organization of nuclear scientists who have spent seven decades trying to turn humanity away from nuclear weapons: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, an unofficial barometer of how close the world stands to a man-made catastrophe. It now stands two minutes away.

To call the situation dire is to understate the danger, said Rachel Bronson, the head of the Bulletin, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Thursday, announcing the clocks new setting.

The clock dates back to 1947, when the scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project wanted to create a mechanism to warn of escalating global tensions and the danger of global Armageddon. The iconic stylized timepiece has since become the global arbiter of dreador hope. It aims to answer two questions: Is the future of civilization safer or at greater risk than it was last year? And how does todays risk compare to the risks weve experienced over the last 71 years?

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01:37

Kiata wind farm to strengthen Victorias energy network RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A new wind farm in Western Victoria will power more than 20,000 households as part of a jobs boom in Western Victoria with six projects underway or proposed in the area.

via Kiata wind farm to strengthen Victorias energy network RenewEconomy

01:25

Australia Day, let some of us rejoice! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia day is upon us again, a time for flags and snags, beers and pavlova. But something else is about to become synonymous with our national day, controversy.

The 26th of January for many Australians is a time to celebrate the birth of a modern, diverse nation, a lucky country.

The 26th of January for many other Australians is a day of mourning, a time when the massacre of their people is celebrated by the nation.

This issue is riven with ideological tensions, there are cries of free speech being trampled on both sides.

Mark Latham et al claim they need to save Australia day, and Tony Abbot insists that Australia Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the things weve achieved.

What happened on the 26th of January 1788 was on balance, for everyone Aboriginal people included a good thing because it brought Western civilisation to this country, it brought Australia into the modern world.

Mark Kenny of the Sydney Morning Herald  suggests a compromise move to May 9 could work. The date of federation, the date parliament moved to Canberra and the date in 1988 when the current parliament opened.

This is issue is complex, it would be easy to class it as black versus white Australia, however this is far from the case.

Norma Ingram, Jacinta Price, Peter Fitzsimmons and Tom Switzer...

01:10

Australia Day, Invasion Day or Possession Day? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What a great way to celebrate the beginning of Martial law (something the mainstream media has not mentioned yet) on this continent by wrapping it up in a  'consumer' friendly "Australia Day" slogan where it's celebrated with barby and beer in hand by the herd population, where the (very learned) legal community should know otherwise.

Some people even refer to the 26th of January as Invasion Day, marking the arrival of the convicts from the First Fleet.

Let's not worry about the 'other' 26th day of January the one of 1808, which was the one of the Rum Rebellion.

The 26th of January may not be that important as people make it out to be, where another action occurred approx 8 years earlier where no spot light has be put on it.

 "The history of New South Wales as a British possession commenced on 28th April 1770 by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, landed at Kurnell on the southern shore of Botany Bay, and took possession of the country in the name of King George the Third"

as seen in screen capture below from the book;
New South Wales the Mother State of Australia, which was issued by "THE INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT" by authority of the government of the state of New South Wales.



SO how did this taking "possession" occur?

1). Was there any bartering with the people of many 'nations' who already were living on the land?
2). Was there the "meeting of the minds" for an agreement of some sort?
OR
3). Was it just plain and simply taken or in criminal law, stolen?

Now that would not be very honourable if it was stolen would it?

We asked the Australian people's most popular read news site the Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun publication to comment on this in an email but no response was given, see screen capture of email sent to Herald Sun

00:49

Redating Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The date of our national day is a cruel joke, writes Dean Frenkel.

Political correctness is the biggest obstacle to changing the date of Australia Day.

This does not refer to the brand of political correctness that right wingers bleat-on about, but an older form that has not been acknowledged but still dominates: right-wing political correctness.

Yet the case for maintaining the status quo and persisting with January 26 is empty.

In short their best arguments can be presented as questions: Why are Australians not allowed to celebrate their national day when every other nation is allowed to celebrate their national day?

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The answer: In simple terms, it is insulting, at best, and more likely an act of war to celebrate our national day on the anniversary of the invasion.

Why is patriotism in Australia so discouraged when it is perfectly acceptable in other countries?

The answer: Because love of country is far more substantial than politically correct expressions that descend into waving the national flag, and standing for the national anthem. Generally, Australians are too smart to fall for jingoist propaganda. Indeed, every time white supremacists wrap themselves in the Australian flag, the flag itself becomes synonymous with extreme right wing politics.

But isnt Australia a better place because of the invasion and occupation? Well, if we focus just on the environment, Australia has never been in such bad condition; more damage has been done in 230 years of modern occupation than in 60,000 years of Aboriginal stewardship. Many indigenous species are now endangered, and the absolute majority of Australian land has been exploited and irretrievably changed for the worse.

The arrival of the First Fleet marks the biggest change to Australian history since humans first inhabited Australia. From that day most Aboriginal people became dispossessed from 60,000 years of connection to country. And given their substantial connection with the land, it marked the beginning of the removal of Aboriginal people from their traditional culture. But most offen...

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23:46

The right to withdraw labour is a fundamental human right "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Editorial comment

Responding to the order made by the Australia Fair Work Commission yesterday over its decision to order members of the Rail Bus and Tram Union in Sydney, to not go on strike next Monday and to lift their overtime ban, has brought to attention the difficulty that unions and their members have with an industrial relations system, become increasingly skewed to favour the employer.

Yesterdays article in The Pen was restricted and is therefore republished at the bottom of this page.

Not since the days of the master Servants act of the nineteenth century, has such a one-sided system been in place.

It marks a significant restriction of the democratic right of workers to have say in the conditions of their employment.

To suggest that there is equality before the law is nonsense. Big employers have the economic muscle and connections to impose their will, which means that the employment relationship is not one between equals. Unions emerged because of this. Only through acting together can workers be heard.

The Fair Work Act and the institutions that administer it, are designed to restrict this right. Nothing proves this more convincingly, than the rarity of orders made against employers, for bringing economic harm to those who work for them and providing an unsafe workplace.

The union peak body in Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, released the following statement yesterday.

ACTU statement

Todays decision by the Fair Work Commission to suspend the action by train drivers is further evidence of the broken rules in Australian workplaces that are driving down wage growth.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today noted that the right to withdraw your labour is a fundamental human right, that is denied to most Australian workers, most of the time.

Quotes attributable to Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary:

The basic right to strike in Australia is very nearly dead.

Rail workers followed every single rule and law, and still the Minister of the day can get an order to cancel bans on working excessive overtime.

When working people and their union go through every possible hoop and hurdle and are still denied these basic rights, it is no secret why so many workers havent had a pay rise.

Working peoples wages in Australia are so stagnant because the rules are stacked in the favour of the employers.

We need to change the rules, because Australia needs a pay rise.

 

Sydney rail workers pus...

23:09

Premier urged to stop koala-habitat logging near Bellingen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Eight NSW environment groups have written to the NSW Premier urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.

Logging operations are planned in Gladstone State Forest where hundreds of koala scats were found by community groups in July and August 2017.

The groups say the planned logging operations, on top of operations carried out in August 2017, highlight how the regulation of public native forests is failing to protect koalas.

A National Parks Association spokesperson said that despite Forestry Corporations own ecologists finding extensive evidence of koala scats, and the hundreds of scats found last August by members of the Bellingen Environment Centre and Kalang River Forest Alliance, no steps have been taken to protect Gladstones koalas.

Polling in the north coast seats of Ballina and Lismore in December 2017 showed people were very aware of the plight of koalas, and highly supportive of new national parks for their protection, the spokesperson said.

North East Forest Alliances Dailan Pugh said koala populations on the north coast have declined 50  per cent  in the past two decades.

Logging has been proven to be contributing to this decline. We must protect the remaining breeding colonies to give koalas a fighting chance, Mr Pugh said.

Gladstone has been found to support a significant koala population, including a mother and her joey. This core koala habitat needs to be protected.

Nambucca Valley Conservation Association spokesperson Lyn Orrego said the state government has allowed Forestry Corporation to undertake intensive, clearfell logging, not valid under logging rules, of 23,000 hectares of high-quality koala habitat in our north coast public native forests over the past 10 years.

We implore the premier to take seriously our request for a stay of execution for the koalas of Gladstone State Forest, Ms Orrego said.

Unprecedented high levels of evidence of breeding koala populations in Gladstone State Forest have been found.

Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Ashley Love said this is exceptional evidence of occupancy and demonstrates this area of forest is entirely unsuitable for logging.

Forestry Corporations own ecologists have identified the importance of this area for koalas, yet no protections have been put in place. The premier must intervene, he said.

Frances Pike of the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance said not only is our forest wildlife getting hammered by logging, it is driving climate change too.

Forests are the best technology we have for drawing down carbon dioxide...

22:57

More soil building on the Fanny Farm "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I always try to source my materials as close to home as possible, and sometimes that can be frustrating.! My ever so knowledgeable neighbour told me some months ago that Dolomite was locally available, and dirt cheap at that. Of course, he has about seven times as much land as I do, and when he buys some, he gets, well  seven times as much as I need.. and it comes by truck of course, and all I wanted was one ute load. So I rang the guy who runs this enterprise, and the dolomite saga began

When I first rang him, it was next Monday. Luckily I rang first, and I got sorry, theres no one there today, but on Wednesday  Sounds like Tasmania all over.

Anyhow, I eventually got my Dolomite. The depot is inside Ta Ans sustainable plywood factory (!) whose trucks drive past my shed at least four or five times a day, and who knows how many during the night. The place never seems to stop with logging trucks going in the forest, as well as out. Dont ask, I dont know, and it could only occur in Tassie!

I had been on that road once before with Glenda many years ago while we were still investigating which part of the Huon we might choose. We only had a tourist map, and we somehow got lost in among the forestry roads that criss cross this logging area, and they werent on the tourist map, and I still didnt have a GPS. We eventually saw signs pointing to Geeveston, and at least I knew where that was! We even drove right past this place, not realising of course that one day wed own it. The poor little hire car took a pounding on the incredibly rough roads, the sort that shake the fillings from your teeth. So I knew what I was in for, except that an unloaded ute with 65psi in its tyres was even worse.

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22:43

Changing date the key to national reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NSW Aboriginal Land Council chair Roy Ah-See. Photo courtesy Ourmob

Changing the date of Australias national celebration from 26 January is the key to resetting the national reconciliation process, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) said today.

NSWALC chair Roy Ah-See said any celebration of what it means to be Australian must include Australias First Peoples.

For Aboriginal people, 26 January is an annual reminder of our dispossession, discrimination and exclusion, Cr Ah-See said.

Every year, a growing number of Australians are also becoming increasingly uneasy about holding a national celebration on 26 January.

Cr Ah-See said the debate about changing the date would not disappear and he urged political and community leaders to initiate a process towards a more suitable celebration of Australia.

You would be hard-pressed to find people more patriotic about Australia than its First Peoples.

Weve cared for this country for more than 60,000 years and weve played a major part in Australias success.

Were not saying dont celebrate we want a celebration but on a day that we can all be comfortable with.

Change the date and well be the first to RSVP.

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22:00

January 26 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1788 - Two French frigates of the Laprouse expedition sailed into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson.

1791 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.

1798 - Explorer George Bass transferred 5 escaped convicts from Glennie Island back to the mainland expecting them to walk back to Sydney.
Strangely they were never seen again....*cue alien music*

1798 - Something that was sighted, although they're fast disappearing, were the first koala and lyrebird near Bargo NSW, by John Price, Governor John Hunter's servant.
The animals didn't rate the Europeans very highly.

1808 - John Macarthur was arrested and gaoled, sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers forming the court demand Gov William Bligh granted Macarthur bail and stand down Atkins'; Bligh summons them to appear before him the next day; Major George Johnston signed an order for the release of Macarthur, proclaimed martial law, marched on Government House and arrested Bligh.

1818 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.

1818 - Not celebrating on this day was Richard Collyer who was Hanged on the Newtown road, Hobart, for the murder in 1815 of Carlisle and O'Byrne at New Norfolk.

1827 - A public meeting was held in Sydney to demand trial by jury, taxation by representation, and a Legislative Assembly elected on manhood suffrage.

1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
5 white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.

1838  - The foundation stone for Holy Trinity Church North Terrace was laid by GovernorJohn Hindmarsh.

1838 - The 50th Anniversary of the Colony was celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday.

1844 - Governor FitzRoy pottered across to NZ and, despite the demands for revenge in the Wairau Massacre of 22 settlers, he decreed the Maori had been provoked by the Europeans' unreasonable actions.
So revenge was off the menu.

1849 The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after a public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.

1850 - Today saw the first issue of the Irish Exile: Freedoms Advocate newspaper in Tassie.

1855 - Work commenced on foundations of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

1858 - Adelaide was roasting nicely to the tune of 46.8 degrees C.

1858 - First t...

21:49

Celebrations and protests on Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Canberra [AAP]

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is urging Australians to embrace Australia Day to celebrate the rich history and culture of indigenous people and the contributions of migrants.

As disagreement intensifies over shifting the national day from the January 26 anniversary of the First Fleets arrival in 1788 and division widens amid growing Invasion Day rallies, Sir Peter reminded Australians to celebrate their diversity on Friday.

From the rich culture and history of our first Australians, to the many generations whove come here to make Australia home, to those people proudly taking the citizenship pledge and becoming our newest Australians today, our nation is stronger because of our diversity and the way we live and work harmoniously together, he says in his Australia Day address.

Citizenship ceremonies and backyard barbecues are bound to draw big crowds, but not all will be celebrating this year.

Thousands are expected at Invasion Day marches around the country, buoyed by Thursdays comments from Australian of the Year nominee Johnathan Thurston that the date will inevitable change one day.

More than 5000 are expected at a rally outside the Victorian Parliament and similar numbers will walk in Sydney, starting from The Block in Redfern.

Protests have already begun with a Melbourne statue of Captain Cook daubed in pink paint and the words No Pride on Thursday.

But Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge is among those to throw his wholehearted support behind keeping the date.

On Australia Day, we celebrate the big three pillars of our society; our Indigenous heritage, the British foundation and multicultural character, Mr Tudge said.

An Institute of Public Affairs poll released this week suggests most Australians agree with him, with 70 per cent of 1000 respondents saying the public holiday should remain on January 26, while 11 per cent disagree.

And not all Aboriginals are boycotting celebrations with indigenous performers including the Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers and the KARI Singers opening Fridays festivities in Sydney which is expecting a crowd of around half a million into the city.

The harbour will be the focus of celebrations, including ferry races, an aquatic ballet and evening fireworks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be in Canberra for a citizenship ceremony and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will attend events in his Melbourne electorate.

Almost 13,000 people from 129 different nationalities are due to become Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country.

Cockroach races in Queensland and native animal cook ups in the Northern...

21:48

Australia in 2018 (Crocodile Dundee grows up) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Walkabout Creek

With a bit of scuttlebutt this week about a forthcoming new Crocodile Dundee movie (fake news, no doubt) let's take a quick look at how Mick Dundee would assess the changes in Australia since 1986, assuming he'd been walkabout Stateside for a few decades...

5 million people in one place

On arrival in Manhattan, Dundee famously exclaimed: "That's incredible. Imagine 7 million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must be the friendliest place on earth!". 

Since 1986, Australia's population has increased very strongly from around 16 million to nearly 25 million. Mick would be surprised to discover Sydney itself taking on more of a Manhattan feel, with well over 5 million residents, from fewer than 3 million back then. 


The population of the Territory remains fairly sparse, however, at under  million in total, with population growth in the Top End now having almost totally stagnated after the recent resources boom.

'A sheila like you?

Mick might also be surprised to find that working women like Sue Charlton are increasingly a force to be reckoned with Down Under.

The female participation rate was under 62 per cent in 1986 but had soared to its highest level towards the end of 2017 at 65.7 per cent - this year will likely see Australia's highest labour force participation rate as a result. 

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18:32

Linux.Conf.Au 2018 Videos Now Available "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Taking place this week in Sydney, Australia is the 2018 Linux.Conf.Au conference. For those that can't make the event, there's a livestream, but if the time difference impacts you, the recordings are now beginning to trickle in via YouTube...

15:59

Narrm / Melbourne, So-Called Australia: Banner Action for Invasion Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Banner drop. West Gate freeway. Melbourne. Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

14:43

Sydney unemployment rate lowest since 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney on fire

The ABS released its Detailed Labour Force figures for the month of December 2017.

Greater Sydney created a massive +101,000 extra jobs in 2017.

That took total employment in Sydney to a record high 2,714,700. 

And with job vacancies across the state soaring to their highest ever level, that's set to continue in 2018.

The annual average unemployment rate for Sydney fell to just 4.6 per cent.

That's the lowest level since December 2008. 


In fact, things generally improved around the traps in 2017.

The improvement in the southern states has also been marked, with Adelaide's unemployment rate falling quite sharply now, and Hobart recording an annual average unemployment rate of just 5.6 per cent in 2017. 

What else was news last year?

Elsewhere, it was a big year for employment growth in Queensland, with the mining sector turning around after a prolonged slump. 

13:57

Government boosts Victoria market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A new government scheme that will add to demand in markets such as Frankston, and Geelong, and Mildura.

From the Housing Industry Association (HIA): 

13:15

Ive Had It With Reporters Trying To Stamp Political Heresy Out Of Tennis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Not so long ago, tennis fans could watch a match and root for an underdog without having to worry about who he follows on Twitter or what he retweets. But in an age of ubiquitous social media and particularly since the toxic 2016 election, Americans can no longer remain blissfully unaware of how our athletic heroes feel about politics.

Sports reporters badger athletes about whether they would visit the White House, demand to know how they feel about national anthem protests, and scrutinize their Twitter activity looking for evidence of pro- or anti-Trump fodder to create headlines.

This week at the Australian Open, where an American named Tennys Sandgren came out of nowhere to reach the second round of the tournament, the press corps seemed less interested in his Cinderella story than the fact that his Twitter activity is awfully similar to President Trumps.

Caring More about Politics than about Tennis

Sandgren, a 26-year-old Tennessee native who had just two career wins at the Association of Tennis Professionals level coming into the tournament, had just scored the win of his life, beating No. 5-ranked Dominic Thiem. Then his apparent right-wing leanings were raised at a post-match press conference.

A British reporter asked why he had expressed support for Hillary Clintons debunked Pizzagate issue, and had re-tweeted and followed so-called white nationalists on Twitter. Sandgren denied being a member of the alt-right, and insisted that he didnt endorse the viewpoints of people he followed or retweeted.

But he also said he found some of the (alt-right) content interesting, and the press smelled blood. Elite news outlets around the world went ape, running damning pieces detailing the journeyman tennis players Twitter activity, focusing on dubious conspiracy theories common among elements of Trumps base.

I dont endorse Sandgrens opinions, nor am I a fan of the president. But make no mistake, the point here is to punish and embarrass him for being a Trump supporter.

I concede athletes help dig their own graves by making their viewpoints public on social media. But would journalists be scrutinizing Sandgrens every tweet and demanding answers if he had been following and retweeting Antifa activists, who have encouraged violence against the police? Would they be concerned if he had expressed support for baseless left-wing conspiracy theories? I think not.

Sandgrens political viewpoints have no bearing on the tournament. Twitter is like a religion to journalists....

12:38

Australia Bound? Brisbane Airport Accepts Cryptocurrencies in a World-First "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Australia Bound? Brisbane Airport Accepts Cryptocurrencies in a World-First appeared first on CCN

Brisbane airport will soon be accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies at various retail establishments for travelers arriving or departing the airports terminals. In an unprecedented move, Brisbane Airport (BNE), Australias third-busiest airport, will introduce cryptocurrency payments at a number of terminal retailers where travelers can make retail purchases with digital currencies. In its official Continued

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11:47

PERTH Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life .

January 25, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 19-year-old Hamilton Hill man had been charged over a brawl on the Armadale train line that left another main fighting for his life with a serious brain injury. Kensington detectives said the 19-year-old man was with friends when he boarded an Armadale-line train at Perth station at about 6.30am on

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10:57

2017 Site Review "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another year down in the just-over five-year history of this site.  2017 did not have either a federal election or a Tasmanian state election but there was still a fair amount of interest, especially in the Queensland election.  Indeed traffic by unique pageviews was only down 40% on last year despite the lack of a federal election, and up 25% on the last year without a federal or Tasmanian election (2015).  Moreover, there were more total pageviews than in the last state election year, 2014! Here's the activity graph for the year (the units are sessions per week):


The major event of the year on the site was the Queensland election, and quite aside from Queensland elections being always so interesting, I think the real reason for this is that the flow of information from official sources was very poor.  Other spikes included two rounds of Tasmanian legislative council elections and the Marriage Law Postal Survey, but there was also a continuing run of Section 44 fun that meant there was generally something to talk about in the second half of the year.



In 2017 I published 77 articles, down nine on 2016.  The main reason for the slight drop is the reduction in the number of Poll Roundup articles, of which ten came out this year, compared to 18 in a federal election year the year before.  I expanded out Tasmanian Legislative Council previews so that each seat had its own page, but on the other hand I only did one post-count thread for Queensland.  As well as poll roundups, the same-sex marriage postal vote (ten articles) and Queensland (nine) were covered fairly heavily.  I'm pleased to have been able to keep the volume somewhere near previous years in a year when my professional workload again increased.

As usual a number of things got partly written but never finished, sometimes for lack of time or sometimes because I thought better of finishing them or lost my temper with the subject matter.  Pieces started but not yet (and in some cases probably never to be) finished included:

* The Lower House section 44 piece foreshadowed in the most recent Senate piece.
* Does Voting For One Nation Help Labor Win Elections? (Answer: Very rarely.  Somebody tell Turnbull that we do have preferences in this country.)
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09:02

Giant Freshwater Lobster "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Giant Freshwater Lobster puppet, currently under construction for debut at SLFs Big Weekend.

In a partnership between Bob Brown Foundation and Snuff Puppets, the construction of a 5 metre long, 2 metre high, giant blue freshwater lobster puppet began late last year. The puppet is a larger than life size replica of the Tarkines Giant Freshwater Lobster, a creature found nowhere else in the world other than a small number of rivers in Tasmanias northwest.

The habitat of this unique species is threatened by sediment and run off from logging of the Tarkines ancient forests that flank the river where this species lives, Tarkine campaigner Emma Wasson told the Festival.

So far the construction of this puppet has taken more than 300 hours, with time donated by a group of 20 volunteers who have become active in Bob Brown Foundations campaign to protect the Tarkine from Melbourne.

Festival Partner, the Bob Brown Foundation hopes this giant roving lobster puppet will highlight to Melbourne the plight of threatened species in Tasmanias ancient rainforests and that people at the festival will take lots of photos to share over social media using the handle #craycray.

Using our phone cameras and social media networks we can amplify the message that species like this are being pushed to the brink of extinction unless we stop destructive ancient rainforest logging, a practice well out of date in the 21st Century.

Currently there are activists in the threatened Sumac forests, defending them in tree sits, staying vigilant and ready to raise the alarm on logging activity which they hope to prevent again this summer. Tasmanias Tarkine is one of the last wild places left on Earth. The Bob Brown Foundations campaign in Melbourne to activate citizen participation in this urgent campaign is growing and they will have a big summer of action planned.

The creation of this giant Snuff Puppet will continue this month. Painting and puppet operation training for volunteers will begin in early February. The puppet requires two puppeteers to operate and a team of marshals who will accompany this giant through the festival grounds handing out campaign information.

If youd like to join the puppet team over the Festivals Big Weekend, you can RSVP for training here.

Snuff Puppets have a wonderful reputation in building giant puppets commissioned by the Nation Gallery of Victoria and have built their business through the grassroots environmental movement of Melbourne. Weve also had support from the Lush Charity Pot to aid the construction of this campaign prop.

The post...

08:55

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08:49

Industrial & Commercial Plumber Melbourne Leading Plumbing Solutions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hills District Podiatry, Podiatrist in Sydney, located in Rouse Hill and Baulkham Hills is your local expert podiatry service. We specialise in all foot and lower limb problems.

08:16

Being an ally on Jan 26 and beyond "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

First off. Listen.

That is what we are doing. And we arent writing this to centre our own experiences we are writing it because we take the time to try and follow and listen to a range of aboriginal voices, and we might have access to information that you havent come across. We want to take away from emotional labour of aboriginal people by supporting other allies with a collation of useful information.

So that is the first step. Its not about us, its not about you, its about mob. (Photos from Naarm Melbourne rally here)

And guess what they have got different views. Like white people, or people descended from Sudan, or Vietnam, or people all named Becky.

Please dont be like Friendlyjordies and attribute all aboriginal voices to one or two people. (Or maybe dont be like Friendly jordies at all on this one.)

What even do I call JAN 26 and what are people asking for?

Some people are calling to #ChangeTheDate and some people call it Invasion Day or Survival Day. In Melbourne (Naarm) they are calling to #AbolishAustraliaDay. Its likely this will mean different things to different people, but what does seem to be commonly shared perspective we shouldnt be celebrating genocide.

Which is what happened when the first fleet landed on the shores of this continent and occupied where hundreds of aboriginal nations had already been prospering for 1000s of years. First nations people in America (referred to as Turtle Island by some) have similar issues with Thanksgiving Day.

White Australias collective amnesia on this goes to the core of some of our current injustices. How can we talk about fixing things if we cant admit there is a problem in the first place?

And some mob dont support to Change the Date for that very reason they would rather structural injustices were addressed youth incarceration and suicides, health issues, legal discrimination, children removed from family, deaths in custody, land grabs for minerals and so much more.

Here is...

07:50

NSW Labor inviting nominations to fill Sam Dastyari's senate seat - $750 to nominate - form here "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Labor Party just going through the motions for appearances sake? Perish the thought. SPECIAL POLITICAL BRIEFING 1. NEW MEMBERS' EVENING A new members' evening will be held in March. Luke Foley, Leader of the Labor Party and Members of Parliament will be in attendance to welcome new members. The...

07:19

Victoria's anti and/or pro corruption commission deflects report involving John Cain Jr, the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

UPDATE @MatthewGuyMP Dear Opposition Leader, Are you satisfied with the IBAC's response in this matter?https://t.co/R31IMjqbEr Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) January 25, 2018 ENDS A practical way to think about conflict of interest is its effect on reputation in the eyes of a third party. Learn how to identify conflicts...

06:47

Podiatrist Annangrove Hills District Podiatry "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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04:58

Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying No Pride.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England.

Victoria Police took photographs of the defaced statue and dusted beer bottles found nearby for fingerprints in St Kilda this morning.

Another statue, Burke and Wills, has been splattered with green paint and the word stolen written across the plaque.

It is Melbournes oldest piece of public art and was made by sculptor Charles Summers.

The statue honours explorers Robert OHara Burke and Williams John Wills who...

04:56

Victoria's get-out-of-jail-free cards available to favoured "sons" via the Anti-ahem-Corruption Commission "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

INDEPENDENT BROAD-BASED ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION ACT 2011 - SECT 67 Complaints or notifications to the IBAC that do not warrant investigation INDEPENDENT BROAD-BASED ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION ACT 2011 - SECT 67 Complaints or notifications to the IBAC that do not warrant investigation (1) Subject to sections 60(2), 60(4), 60(5), 63 and 65,...

04:11

MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation

January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

A MAN who stole $40 worth of food has been granted probation after he promised a magistrate he would stop buying drugs so he could feed himself. Matthew Luke Mason, 29, of South Mackay, was sentenced to 15 months probation by magistrate Damien Dwyer in the Mackay Magistrates Court

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MACKAY Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed

January 25, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, 18, of Hay Point, appeared in dock of the Mackay Magistrates Court briefly yesterday dressed in a maroon T-shirt and black sports shorts. Magistrate Damien Dwyer adjourned the case for this morning for his lawyer Antoinette Morton of Fisher Dore solicitors to make a bail

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MACKAY Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race

January 25, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

A HAY POINT woman charged with street racing on a notorious stretch of road has told the Mackay Magistrates Court it was just a stupid decision. Stephanie Lauren Gelens, 22, of Hay Point, pleaded guilty yesterday to racing on Harbour Rd in North Mackay about 7.55pm on December 30. The court

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03:07

BALD FACED CON! Convicted fraudster tossed out of Sydney pub owing tens of thousands to bands after ripping off punks & bar staff "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: A convicted fraudster who once faked his CV so he could unlawfully obtain almost $6 million from high-profile victims and banks is at the centre of a police investigation after being tossed out from running a trendy Sydney pub for failing to pay rent and allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars owed

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03:05

Plantar Fasciits Heel Pain & Heel Spur Sydney Heel Pain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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02:04

Brain farts "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A certain Indigenous lady has advised that the Indigenous communities should "forgive" the invasion of Europeans into this country.
Hmm.
I don't think it's forgiveness that is at issue ; it is more the rampant racism, degradation, disrespect and all-out hatred shown towards Aboriginal people that is the problem.
The NT "intervention" still continues, along with the damn cashless welfare card.
By the way, those cashless welfare cards cost the taxpayer $10,000 EACH to maintain each year, so don't think it doesn't effect non-Indigenous Joe Blow down the street.

I was in Chaddy with the hubster the other day when I spied a Muslim lady wearing the most cheery hijab, all white with thin black geometric lines and bold primary colours in some triangles, it looked light, airy and comfy.
I asked her where she bought it - apparently I must go to India or Pakistan.
Poop.
A little later I spied an Indian lady wearing a lovely choli of deep blue edged with purples and gold. Again I asked where I might get one - Indian or Pakistan was the answer.
You know, sometimes tshirts and shorts are bloody boring and uncomfortable.
I may pilot the broomstick to India or Pakistan sometime....
*waves hello to ASIO monitoring any mention of another country*

The hubster and I darkened the doorway of our local hostelry after the Chaddy outing - one needed a $6 pint of the amber fluid to refresh and recover - when we got chatting with another local and proceeded to fix all the ails of the world with our opinions, one of which was improve the mental health system to prevent people self-medicating with street drugs & alcohol.
Popping out to the balcony for a ciggie (one has started, again, and one is not at all upset) we all  witnessed a lady being scooped up from the ground by a couple of policemen while a girl tried to mop up the blood on the lady's face. A few other locals joined us on the balcony and filled us in - apparently the lady is a regular who is on medication but occasionally drinks to excess to cope with life. An ambulance was called and she was taken away to recover.
We ambled home and I have since been attempting to paint up singlets for us to wear to Balit Narrun (Share The Spirit) Festival on Rum Rebellion Day in the Treasury Gardens.

02:01

Bushfires-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During bushfires and emergency events WIRES can be inundated with enquires from people wanting to assist wildlife.

Many calls we take are from people wanting to assist with the rescue of injured wildlife in a direct way. While these offers are appreciated as its very encouraging to know that people want to help wildlife in times of tragedy, it is necessary for WIRES rescuers and carers to be trained and licenced before they are able to do this safely. Only appropriately trained members are authorised to carry out emergency wildlife rescue and care activities and even they must not enter fire areas until authorised to do so by local Fire Control Officers.

Currently the bushfires are being controlled and an emergency / severe weather event has not been declared, therefore WIRES has not been notified to respond via the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area.

Bushfires present a significant risk to the safety of volunteers and the activities conducted during and after a fire event are managed by first responder organisations such as RFS, Fire & Rescue NSW and SES.

First responder volunteers who are authorised to be on the fire grounds do help wildlife where they can. These animals are brought out of the fire zone and taken to vets for emergency treatment and from there to WIRES volunteers for ongoing care. 

Ringtail Possum joey with burnsOne of these animals was a tiny ringtail possum joey rescued from the Royal National Park area. She has burns on her tail, ears and all four paws and is having daily vet checks for signs of respiratory problems. Her WIRES carer, Ludy says she is responding well but burns can take weeks and sometimes months of recovery.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with WIRES we encourage you to find out more about becoming a volunteer so that you can join a local branch and assist with ongoing wildlife rescue and care in the future.

In addition, you can also assist wildlife during fires as outlined below.


General advice for helping wildlife after bushfires


  • Download our free Wildlife Rescue App and register your email so that you have emergency wildlife rescue advice immediately available if you need it & you can report a rescue to our rescue team direct from the app.
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00:55

Sydney rail workers push ahead with industrial action "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from New South Wales

Sydneys rail workers decided to go on strike, in a major escalation in their dispute with Sydney Trains.

Nearly 6,000 members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will walk off the job on Monday. They have also put in place an overtime ban, which started today (Thursday 25 January).

The dispute is over dissatisfaction with an offered pay deal and ongoing overwork. A big part of the problem is a new timetable that includes 1.500 extra bus, train and ferry trips, without employing the extra people needed to cover them. Consequently, those who are there have been forced to work longer hours and lose days off, under declining working conditions.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Alex Claassens told the media the industrial action was about, people being able to have their days off.

Anybody that runs a business knows you cant continually run it on overtime, and if were running a railway that requires people to work overtime, weve got real problem, he said.

The dispute goes to the Fair Work Commission today.

In a press release, the union has called on the minister to intervene and do what must be done to end the dispute.

Alex Claassens said, Members have made it clear that the offer put forward yesterday is not good enough, and that negotiations will need to continue before there is an offer that is up to scratch.

The onus is now on the Minister to bring the dispute to an end tomorrow by meeting the legitimate concerns of the workforce which is straining daily to keep the system operating under enormous pressure.

Strike action has always been a last resort and I remain hopeful that we can make progress over the next 24 hours.

Its disappointing that were in this position. The Transport Minister has unfortunately let it get to this. He could have averted this issue a long time ago, simply by putting forward a fair and reasonable offer for the workers back then.

Theres no doubt that a ban on overtime work will cause disruptions on the network and thats because the Transport Minister has allowed our services to get to the point where theyre reliant on people working their rostered days off in order to keep our trains running.

While these disruptions are regrettable, they are merely a sign of things to come if the Minister continues to run down the public transport system.

No one wants our transport system to run smoothly more than th...

00:20

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ECLECTIC CREATIVE DESIGNS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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23:16

Telltale rocks suggest that part of Australia was once part of North America "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Also known as Columbia, Nuna was a supercontinent that geologists believe existed from approximately 2.5 to 1.5 billion years ago. Now, theres new evidence as to how its various pieces once fit together Australian scientists have found rocks in northern Queensland, that match up with rocks from Canada.

The rocks, which have geological signatures that are unknown anywhere else in Australia, were found near the small town of Georgetown, which is located about 412 km (256 miles) west of Cairns. They are said to be very similar to rocks that are currently found in Canadas precambrian shield.

Our research shows that about 1.7 billion years ago, Georgetown rocks were deposited into a shallow sea when the region was part of North America, says lead scientist Adam Nordsvan, a PhD student from Australias Curtin University. Georgetown then broke away from North America and collided with the Mount Isa region of northern Austral...

23:13

Mortgage stress dissipates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Economy picking up

2017 was Australia's greatest ever calendar year for employment growth in absolute terms, with the economy adding +403,700 jobs. 

Sydney in particular has been adding jobs for fun. 

And with skilled vacancies rising for 14 consecutive months for the first time since March 2011, there's even a chance that 2018 could be even stronger again. 

Skilled vacancies were +8.1 per cent higher over the year according to the Department of Employment, and +27.8 per cent higher (+38,700 vacancies) than at the October 2013 nadir. 


There were some nice improvements in Western Australia and South Australia, while Sydney is just outright flying.

In this context, it's not a surprise to hear that mortgage arrears have been in freefall throughout 2017. 

Prime RMBS 31-60 day arrears fell to just 0.26 per cent in November 2017 according to S&P, which is the lowest level in more than 21 years of figures. 


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23:05

Plans to stop NSW rail strike in court "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney commuters are having to deal with the pinch of reduced train services as the NSW government makes a last-ditch effort to stop a 24-hour strike on Monday.

With trains operating on a Saturday schedule, services on Thursday have been cut by nearly half, meaning every 15 minutes rather than every eight.

Despite calling on hundreds of additional buses we are still unable to replace the full capacity of cancelled train services, Transport Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said in a statement.

Customers should consider whether they need to travel at all but if they do, should allow plenty of additional travel time, expect delays and travel outside the morning and afternoon peak periods, she said.

By 7.30am on Thursday trains heading into the city were jam-packed, according to social media.

T1 Line from Penrith-City. Cannot move, wrote Nine Network.

The state government late on Wednesday launched legal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission to stop the 24-hour strike scheduled for Monday and an indefinite ban on overtime work.

The application was adjourned until Thursday morning, just as the first disruptions of the overtime ban begin to hit the system.

No trains will run across NSW on Monday and all stations will be closed if the 24-hour strike goes ahead.

The possibility follows a poll by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union labelled illegitimate by Transport Minister Andrew Constance which asked members via text message whether they wanted to accept the latest pay package from management.

More than 6100 text messages were sent to union members asking whether a 2.75 per cent pay increase as part of a package that also includes free bus travel and a one-off $1000 payment was good enough.

Workers were required to reply yes to call off the strike, with a non-reply counted as a no vote.

Only 5.93 per cent about 360 workers responded in favour of suspending industrial action.

Just a couple of people said no, according to RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens, prompting questions over the polls validity.

Mr Constance slammed the unions SMS voting method and made an 11th-hour bid at the Fair Work Commission to prevent the strike.

The applications are due to be heard jointly at the commission at 8am on Thursday.

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23:00

Manhunt to find NSW lawyers attacker "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A manhunt is underway as police search for the brazen attacker who shot dead Vietnamese criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh in a busy southwest Sydney cafe.

The 65-year-old was shot three times through the back at point-blank range outside Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in front of horrified witnesses.

Homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook says the investigation is in its early stages but officers are treating it as a targeted attack and will look into Mr Ledinhs clients.

Mr Ledinhs university friend and NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane said he was sickened and shattered by the attack.

Ho was a good father and a kind-hearted man. He wanted to help his community and the community respected him, he told NewsCorp Australia.

The news of his killing sickened me. I was shattered by it. He didnt deserve to die like this.

Police arent aware of any threats received before the shooting and there was no concern about reprisal attacks, Det Supt Cook added.

The attacker was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black.

Detectives on Wednesday sifted through rubbish bins near the cafe to find a possible link to the attacker.

Det Supt Cook said officers would continue canvassing the area and were searching for a man of Pacific Islander appearance.

He was last seen running down Stewart Lane at Bankstown and remains on the run.

Police have urged anyone with knowledge of the gunmans whereabouts to contact police but not to approach him.

Law Society of NSW President Doug Humphreys said hes shocked by the incident and will work quickly to appoint a manager to Mr Ledinhs Bankstown firm to ensure his clients continue to have access to legal representation.

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22:57

Earthquake shakes NSW mid north coast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake which struck off the NSW mid north coast is one of many small tremors that have shaken the region in less than a week.

The quake hit just before 1.30pm on Wednesday near Nambucca Heads, with small seismic activity continuing in the area.

Geoscience Australia says it could be felt as far south as Port Macquarie, north to Coffs Harbour and inland to Armidale.

While there is no tsunami threat to Australia, the quake could have caused damage up to 6km away.

The area near Nambucca Heads has experienced several earthquakes ranging from 1.9 to 3.3 in magnitude since Saturday.

Wednesdays tremor was the strongest so far, seismologist Dr Jonathan Bathgate said.

Since Saturday a cluster of earthquakes has started and theyre starting to get relatively strong shaking, he told AAP on Wednesday.

It doesnt mean there is something larger coming, but its not something we can predict.

The series of small quakes isnt common for the coastal area, with the nearby inland area of Tamworth recording a bigger history of seismic activity.

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22:51

Exploring You See Monsters: Aussie vs Australian "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  • Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Cigdem Aydemir, Safdar Ahmed, Sara Mansour and Aamer Rathman :: Interview with Abdul Abdullah

You See Monsters is an ABC documentary that is currently on iView which explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with creativity, satire, and irreverence.

The following conversation is the second part of our three part audio series. Listen back to the Canvas: Art & Ideas interview with Canvas host, Abdul Abdullah, his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (AKA the Prototype), artists Cigdem Aydemir and Safdar Ahmed, slam poet Sara Mansour and comedian Aamer Rathman. 

Abdul Abdullah: Look at that Australian identity, and for especially the Cronulla riots, like who was Australian, who wasnt. I feel out form when Im entering a country. Its pretty obvious that I should put myself down as Australian but I can safely say that Ive never felt like an Aussie. Have you ever been made to feel like you dont belong in this country? When, how have you been made to feel like you dont belong in this country? This time shall we start with Safdar?

Safdar Ahmed: I guess my answer to that would be a really long winded, complicated, self-analysing confession. Because I dont think I belong anywhere. Im a mixed raced kid. My mums British, my fathers family are Indian, Indian Muslims, and I was born in England. But we migrated here when I was a baby, and Ive always sort of felt like I dont identify with any particular nationality or group i...

22:45

Nannas KNAG Deputy PM in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Outside the deputy PMs office yesterday KNAGs Elizabeth OHara, Margaret Scheidler, Tania Marshall, Felicity Cahill and Pat Schultz had a clear message for Barnaby Joyce. Photo Supplied.

Eve Jeffery

Slap bang in the middle of Australias most iconic country music festival, and slap bang in the middle of town, the just as iconic Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) created a stir yesterday as they staged an event of their own for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on his home turf.

As thousands lined the streets of Tamworth for the annual Country Music Festival, members and supporters of KNAG lined the street outside Australias 2ICs hometown office in Peel Street and sat down for a yarn.

Lismore KNAGs Margaret and Louise wanted Barnaby to se the cloths they had knitted for the generations they are trying to save the plant for. Photo supplied.

KNAGs from all around the countryside converged, aglow in their yellow splendour, from loops as far as Lismore, Drake, Gloucester, Taree, Sydney and Elands with one purpose in mind: to support the New England loop in their quest to send a strong and clear message to Barnaby Joyce about his role in office and his duty of care to farming, indigenous cultures, our wilderness areas and future generations.

The area in Minister Joyces electorate around Tamworth is under direct threat from gas and coal mining and the Nannas have come together to highlight this to the member for New England.

The Knitting Nannas say the  threat to the Great Artesian Basin from both coal and gas mining is enormous and irreparable and they are callin...

22:00

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


1795 -  Cameragal (North Shore) elders officiate at the Erah-ba-diang initiation ceremony in Cadigal territory at Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), in which a dozen boys are made men. According to David Collins, Pemulwuy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in. No attempt is made to detain Pemulwuy.

1808 - John Macarthur was up to his old tricks, I see!
John Macarthur came before court on a charge of sedition over the Parramatta case. He challenged Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins' impartiality in the case and the court adjourned in confusion.

1848 - The final convict ship to regurgitate the shackled sort into Victoria, "Marion", propped herself up at the bar at Port Melbourne.

1863 - James Morrill , a British citizen, ended years of living among Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.

1865 - Australia, and Melbourne in particular, was in a lot of hot water when the US Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah sailed jauntily into Hobson's Bay and was slipped at Williamstown for repairs.  The US Consul demanded that the ship be seized as a pirate but she was allowed to go on her merry way on February 18.

1868 - The City of Melbourne was destroyed by fire.
No, not the city itself, you goose, the steamer ship named for the actual city.
Anyways, it was loaded with wool and all sorts of goodies while it was in Williamstown , then it got a tad warm under the gunwale, and went belly up.


1877 - Francis Dutton, former Premier of South Oz, did the soft shoe shuffle from this mortal coil.

1881 - An intercolonial conference imposed unilateral restrictions on the number of Chinese immigrants following ongoing trouble on Australia's goldfields involving Chinese miners.
Dickheads!

1884 - James Francis, former Premier of Victoria, did the same as Frank Dutton. I'm seeing a pattern here....

1885 - The Melbourne-Sydney Express passenger train derailed near Bethungra (Cootamundra) , killing seven and injuring over 20. The cause was a washaway of a culvert over Salt Clay Creek during a period of heavy rainfall.

1886 - Deciding to have a proper knees up Mother Brown, the Federal Council of Australia held a wild orgy party conference in Hobart amidst the apples.


1900 - After all the tongues wagged about how well the wild orgy party conference went in Hobart, the State Labor pollies met in Sydney to repeat the trick with the apple formally found the Federal Labor Party.

1900 - Wash your bloody hands, yer dirty buggers!
Bubonic plague hit Sydney. 103 died horribly.

1901 - Severe cyclone at Semaphore (SA) damaged several homes..........

21:24

Teachers and principals turn on Victorian Coalitions school curriculum changes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by a teacher in Victoria

The Victorian oppositions new policy to overhaul the school curriculum, has been given the thumbs down by teachers and principals, who say that it is based on ignorance about what goes on in the classroom.

The  School Education Values Statement, launched yesterday, by leader Matthew Guy and shadow education spokesperson Tim Smith, aims to strip back the state curriculum and impose greater emphasis on Western History, Australian values and national pride.

These words are a thinly veiled code, for the imposition of propaganda to instill in the young, notions of Western superiority, jingoistic nationalism and a narrow view of Australian history and society, which ignores the reality of what happened to the First Australians and that this developed as a land of people from many places and different races and cultures,who contribute to the melting pot of the Australia that is still emerging.

Insisting that Western tradition is somehow superior to others encourages racial and ethnic intolerance. is this what we want? Young Australians should learn about the Enlightment and the striving for more democratic forms of government. It is important.  But it should be studied in the context of the reality that this has been a battle against the existing power structures, which drew from many traditions. This is not what is being talked about.

In its place, is the claim that this land is an outpost of superior Western (read British) civilisation, and that Australian values were born out of participation in the empire and its wars, instead of by millions, battling it out at home, to make this a better place to live, and even rebelling from time to time.

Teachers know better and will resist it. They do teach Australian values. But these are of a different kind,  about respect, inclusiveness, an open mind and questioning.

Within the text, there is explicit criticism that what is taught in mainstream schools is too broad and that they get involved in areas that should be left to families or the community outside the schools. This concerns for example, learning about how babies are made and personal relationships, or learning about issues concerning harmful drug use.

It is subtler too. The division of what should be permitted in the school and what belongs outside, is about effectively outlawing concepts of Australian values that do not tally with what is prescribed.

The new policy, it is claimed, is also supposed to lift what is said to be declining student results. The Statement talks about an emphasis on doing more to lift literacy and numeracy skills. It neglects to mention that these are already at the centre of the curriculum.

This is not to deny that there are problems. There clearly....

20:40

Review: Tomers Advanced Introduction to Behavioral Economics "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the next couple of months I shall post, in preparation for an invited longer review essay on recent books on BE, reviews of individual books such as Tomers, Angners A course in behavioral economics, Cartwrights An Introduction to Behavioral Economics, and Dhamis The Foundations of Behavioral Economic Analysis. Comments are welcome.

Here is the first review, for your entertainment:

Tomer, John F. Advanced Introduction to Behavioral Economics. Elgar (2017). ISBN: 978 1 78471 991 3 (cased), ISBN: 978 1 78471 993 7 (paperback)

Tomer , an Emeritus Professor of Economics at Manhattan College, covers much ground in a fairly superficial manner. We are being lectured about the scientific practices of mainstream economics (narrow, rigid, intolerant, mechanical, separate, individualistic; see p. 10) and the emergence of behavioral economics (BE). In passing, we hear about different strands of BE (chapter 3: The bounded rationality strand, chapters  4 and 5: the psychological economics strand, chapter 6: behavioral finance), BE, public policy, and nudging (chapter 7), law and BE (chapter 8), behavioral macroeconomics (chapter 9), the empirical methods of BE (chapter 10), and neuroeconomics (chapter 12).  We are also treated to an answer (I am sure you can guess it) to the question: Are mainstream economists open-minded toward behavioral economics or do they resist it? (chapter 11) In chapter 13 the author enlightens us about paths Toward a more humanistic BE and in chapter 14 we can read about Behavioral economic trends.

Each of these chapters are about 10 12 pages long. Along the way we hear about ENEs  (Early Neoclassical Economics) and NEs (Neoclassical Economics) lack of behavioral realism. NEs lack of connection to other social sciences in particularly regrettable for those who place a high value on a unified social science or at least on having many viable linkages among the different social sciences. (p. 9) Referring to a decade-old study of his that was published in an inconsequential journal, we learn that The results for NE (also referred to as mainstream economics) are quite clear. NE is rated high on all six dimensions (narrowness, rigidity, intolerance, mechanicalness, separateness, and individualism, (p. 12)  After this paper tiger has been successfully constructed, we are being told how it is being torn to smi...

15:36

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Lyons "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I've left the most interesting one for last for alphabetical reasons.  This is my Lyons electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Lyons (Currently 3 Liberal 2 Labor). 
Most of the state
Rural and outer-suburban including many forestry towns

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.  Candidates are listed incumbent-first and then alphabetically, except if stated otherwise.

Candidates

Liberal

Rene Hidding, incumbent, former leader, Minister for Police, Minister for Infrastructure, yet to produce promised audit into media coverage of same-sex marriage debate.
Guy Barnett, first-term incumbent, former Senator, Minister for Resources
Mark Shelton, incumbent, became Speaker on Elise Archer's promotion to ministry
Jane Howlett, businesswoman, previous candidate for seat (and Federal seat of Franklin) in 2010
John Tucker, farmer, Break O'Day councillor, now one disqualification away from a Senate seat

Labor

Rebecca White, incumbent, Labor leader since March 2017
Jen Butler, staffer for David Llewellyn and previously Michael Polley
Darren Clark,  small business owner/operator, PCYC President,....

08:45

Steel Horses rides rise in small clubs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club is typical of how small, niche clubs are becoming more popular while larger motorcycle clubs are struggling to retain members.

With its emphasis on small membership, riding every Sunday, plenty of social meetings and fun, the Brisbane-based club is the antithesis of big, impersonal and political clubs.

Most of our members have come from other clubs that are just too big, says president Steiny.

A big club is not necessarily a good thing. They can be too cliquey. Youre better off with a good core of members. Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club

Steel Horses was started in Brisbane in 2009 by members of other motorcycle clubs. They wrote some rules and immediately incorporated the club for insurance reasons, so members knew they rode at their own risk.

It now has about 26 members and while they are always interested in new members, they see the club stabilising around an ideal 30 members.

Steiny says they did get a little too political at one stage, so they moved back to our roots of riding and social activities.

He says the club is an ideal size because everyone knows everyone else in the club and cliques dont develop like they do in bigger clubs.

Ride ride rideSteel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club

Steel Horses has an emphasis on riding with a long ride (300-500km) every Sunday even if it falls on Christmas Day, plus unofficial breakfast ri...

08:10

the first six months with baby "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Marigold is six months old today.

And no, I cant quite believe it. It feels like its been six weeks, maybe a couple of months, and yet here we are, celebrating her half-birthday. Regardless of the fact that time has flown and shes very much an almost-moving-about-baby now, I dont feel like Ive missed out on anything. Ive spent hours upon hours holding, cuddling and kissing her; truly breathing in all her newness.

She is joyous and happy and bonny and bubbly. And I can see exactly why the baby of the family stays the baby regardless of their age. Its the adoration thats bestowed upon her day in, day out that will continue for years to come, of that Im absolutely sure! Shes carried around in loving arms, smooshed and kissed and told that shes loved and she laps it all up with her sweet, sweet smile.

For someone who loves being pregnant and having babies, I was surprised by the profound sense of completion I experienced within minutes of Marigolds birth.  Subsequently, I resolved to savour every moment and milestone, wholeheartedly knowing that the milky newborn days are the most fleeting and precious of them all.

Perhaps youre heavily pregnant and anxiously awaiting your baby. Maybe youre reading this in the early hours with a newborn at the breast. If so, a few suggestions for the first six months with baby:

  • Go gently : recovering from birth and getting to know your baby will take up every minute of your day in the first few weeks. Youre sore and tired, your baby is fresh and learning to attach, youre hungry and emotional and elated and overwhelmed...

06:09

Sydney Podiatrist,Podiatrist Sydney,Podiatrist Sports Podiatrists at Sydney Podiatrist "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney Podiartist specialises in sports podiatry in Sydney and the surrounding suburbs, with years of experience.

05:27

15 awesome gigs you cant miss this month "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Weve compiled the cream of the crop when it comes to summer street parties, festivals promoting promising emerging acts for a dime, and international touring acts to catch over the coming month in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

From shoegaze pioneers to Aussie party rock, theres something for everyone in this ol genre-blended gig guide.

Sydney

The Marly Hottest 100 Party

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

With the Aussie music-lovers biggest day coming up fast, Newtowns Marlborough Hotel has stepped up the game and dropped the details for an absolutely awesome day of celebrating the legendary  triple j Hottest 100.

Featuring DJ sets from Alex The Astronaut, Ball Park Musics Jen Boyce, and ex-triple j presenter Dom Alessio, youll be in good hands on the day, with countless Hottest 100 activities going down, along with plenty of amber fluid from local brewers. Needless to say, if ever you needed a way to count down the famed poll, this is definitely the way to do it.

Entry is free, find out more here.

Yabun Festival 2018

When: Friday, January 26th
Where: Victoria Park, Sydney

What better way to spend your Australia Day (also known to many as Invasion Day) than to pay respects and listen to the First Nations people. Yabun Festival will be hosting some incredible talent from the likes of Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Electric Fields, Troy Cassar-Daley and more. The best part? The whole festival is free!

Entry is free, find out more here.

Freedom 4

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst

But theres much more to celebrate on January 27 than just triple js hottest 100 Freedom are back at it at Oxford Art Factory with yet another gutful of stellar genre-diverse emerging acts, from the dreamy alt-rock of Good Boy to the twisted grooves of imbi the girl. Plus, the likes of Gusher DJs will have you dancing your mid-long weekend hangover away. Oh, and did we mention that this one is free too?

Entry is free,...

04:39

Horrifying Train Incident A Future Report and a Potential New Contract? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Richmond Station (photo SMH)

by Dee McLachlan

At Richmond station in New South Wales, a train failed to stop and crashed into the end-of-the-line buffer just before 10:00am on Monday 22/1/2017. To quote from an ABC article:

Around 16 people were injured when a train failed to brake and hit a barrier at Richmond Station in Sydneys north-west this morning, with one witness saying passengers were sent flying like Superman.

I would not normally write about an incident like this except that someone called me to say that they had heard about a potential train incident happening before it happened.

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In an interview for SBS a local witness, Noel Keogh, described how

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04:06

MACKAY Mum took pokies win that wasnt hers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY January 24, 2018 at 06:48AM ,

Mum took pokies win that wasnt hers

January 24, 2018 at 06:48AM ,

A MOTHER of five who was handed $1009 when a pokies attendant mistook her for another customer has been ordered by Mackay Magistrates Court to repay the sum. Rebecca Lee Warren, 40, of Mackay, pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly gaining funds and other charges yesterday. The court

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MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food spends night locked up "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Man who stole $40 worth of food spends night locked up

January 24, 2018 at 06:48AM ,

Matthew Luke Mason, 29, pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Mason stole a sandwich and approximately 10 chocolate bars, worth a total of $37, from the United Petroleum service station about 12.15am on October 16, the court heard. About a month later

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03:49

RISE Press Release Re-Invasion day aka Australia Day in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We Refugees, Ex-detainees and Asylum seekers from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Invasion Day aka Australia Day on the 26th of January.

RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees. As Refugees seeking protection and freedom on this land we acknowledge that we live in occupied territories where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional owners and where sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?

Since RISE was established in 2009, we requested that Refugee organisations and advocates stop using the slogan Australia was built by boat people or the slogan We are all Boat people in pro-refugee campaign slogans erasing the existence of the Indigenous peoples of this land and conflating genocide and occupation with seeking refuge by boat. Unfortunately our requests were dismissed and in 2014 a mostly white run organisation called I am a boat person with a logo which resembles the first fleet of Ships that arrived from Britain, was established to advocate for refugees arriving by boat and they organised an event on Australia Day in front of Parliament House in Canberra using this slogan. Clearly our efforts were inadequate and that was the year when we first made a public declaration about our concerns that included a statement that we do not support the celebration of Australia Day.

To quote RISE founder and eX-detainee, Ramesh Fernandez As survivors of occupation, rape, torture and oppression we should not undermine the struggle for survival that other oppressed community groups face. We should respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their sovereignty. It is not a day to poster yourself on a billboard, dance, sing or wrap a flag around yourself that represents occupation, colonisation and genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them everyday in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.

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01:30

Adani trains stopped in their tracks again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tayla Jay Haggarty suspended above the Aurizon rail line. Photo supplied

Update: Ms Haggarty has safely abseiled down of her own volition and is now in police custody. Trains were stopped for over six hours as a result of her actions.

Front Line Action on coal has again halted coal trains running to Adani-owned Abbot Point Coal Port.

Tayla Jay Haggarty is currently suspended above train lines running to the port, with her suspension system attached to the rails.

The Brisbane student hoisted herself into position high above Aurizons coal railway in the early hours of the morning, and alerted authorities that she had blocked the train line.

I think its really sad but also interesting that for me, as a person, to peacefully occupy this tree is a crime, but the actions of corporations such as Adani who are profiting off the destruction of this beautiful country are not only accepted but encouraged by this government. said Ms Haggarty.

See also: Dispatches from the Adani frontline

Frontline Action on Coal has been active in Bowen and the Galilee region for almost six months now and has stopped work on the construction of a new rail line and operations at the Abbot Point coal terminal numerous times.

The group has already caused significant financial burden to the Adani and Aurizon companies through work delays, demonstrating a high level of risk to potential investors.

We expect that the Queensland government will adhere to their promise to not approve any public funds for Adanis disastrous coal mine, and veto any NAIF loan to Aurizon for a new rail line Ms Haggarty said. We will continue to use peaceful measures to disrupt any company that threatens the Galilee with dangerous fossil fuel projects.

 

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01:10

Dickhead Alt-Right Wankers - they walk amongst us! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The recent waffling bulltish in the mainstream media (MSM) about African gangs running riot through our streets and the Dunderhead Dickhead Dutton waxing lyrical on radio about how us Melbourne mob are too scared to go out at night for fear of the same African gangs has me mightily miffed.
Ok, alright.
I'm bloody pissed off.
What a load of crap.
There is a Neo-Nazi wanker floating around the south-east burbs with his Nazi arm band proudly displayed - albeit held on by a pair of rubber bands (such dedication!) - carrying a Confederate flag.
I witnessed this moron on Clayton station making many uncomfortable, standing amidst a sea of non-white faces who noticeably moved away from him.
I glared my anger at him but he played Mr Teflon and chose to ignore my blatant dislike.
We boarded the same train, we alighted at Oakleigh.
He was part-way down the ramp from the station when I made a point of standing on the station above him and GLARED again, catching his eye and this time he stopped.
He waited for me.
As I got closer he demanded,
"What's your problem?"
Well, dear reader, how could I refuse such a request?!
I let rip into him, how he was doing more harm than good, hurting people with his display of hatred - he interjected with waffle about how they do more for the community these days (insert much eye rolling and guffaws at this mind-bending bulltish) plenty of blather about the "blacks" coming into Oz, the Muslims, etc.
He tried to tell me that "The Jews" were responsible for WW2 due to the poor economy of Germany - I baffled the poor halfwit with history about how it was the combined signing of the Treaty at Versailles and the reparations demanded of Germany that had ruined the economy, thereby enabling the monster Hitler to rise and create WW2.
He dropped his eyes and couldn't cope with facts and history being thrown at him, instead he remarked on my shaved head, saying I should have more respect for myself, demanding to know if I was Jewish (I wear a pentacle around my neck, the idiot obviously couldn't tell the Star of David from a Wiccan symbol, such was the dedication to his cause...more sarcastic eye rolling).
I then began throwing song lines at him
"It;s hard to be humble, mate, when you're perfect in every way like me. I can't wait to look in the mirror cos I reckon I get better looking every bloody day"
He walked away, again remarking on my hair....
My final shot was,
"Hey, at least I don't have to grow my hair into a pony tail to cover up the male pattern baldness happening at the front - like you"
Didn't hear a peep from his departing back.
But it's the moronic MSM reports and the even more stupid remarks from parliamentarians who are giving carte blanche to these Neo-Nazi "patriot" scum who are uneducated and...

01:00

Queensland federal redistribution finalised "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Six Australian states and territories have been due for federal electorate redistributions during the current federal parliamentary term weve already completed the process in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, and the process was well under way in Queensland.

It turns out that the final decision for the Queensland federal redistribution was announced on January 5. The decision appears to be exactly the same as the draft map, which I blogged about in October.

You can download the boundaries file from the maps page, and you can see how the boundaries have changed in the below map.

This redistribution was one of the most subtle in recent years. Twelve out of 30 seats experienced no change, while the other 18 mostly experienced minor changes.

00:22

Ellaspede Backroads blast a winner! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brisbane motorcycle custom shop Ellaspede is running a new event called Backroads or Bust where you could be a winner simply for showing up on time!

The ride is on March 3 from Brisbane to Byron Bay along the backroads over the border, but with a twist!

Its not the fastest to get to the destination who is the winner, but the rider who arrives at a precise elapsed time, says spokesman Hughan Seary.Ellaspede Backroads or Bust

Weve done a few checkpoint and standard time road rides before, but this is the first one with a cash prize for the rider who arrives closest to our standard time, he says.

The purpose of the event is just to have a big old road ride as we havent done one for a while.

Plus well be finishing up at The Department of Simple Things in Byron Bay, which is a rad mens shop that will be featuring some of the Ellaspede soft goods during the month of March.

Its typical of Ellaspede to organise unusual events such as their annual Dust Hustle.

Backroads or Bust fee

Riders pay $30 to enter which includes a coffee at Ellaspede in Brisbanes West End, coffee at the halfway stop at Iron & Resin Garage on the Gold Coast and a barbecue lunch at the finish point.Ellaspede Backroads or Bust

And $10 from each entry goes into a prize pool for the rider who arrives closest to the allotted time.

Riders will be sent off in waves and timed. The closest to the standard time previously recorded by Ellaspede riders obeying the route and legal speed limits.

Were currently sitting at just under 60 already registered and Id like to get at least 100 so that we can give away $1000 cash, Hughan says....

00:13

Free to Morrow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Had a chuckle when I spotted this sign offering "free beer to morrow" on this ABC News story

One of the earliest examples of 'free to Morrow' was nearby around a century ago outside Tango Joe's at the settlement called Bagtown.

A cemetary is all that remains of Bagtown, between Hanwood and Griffith.

'Tango' Joe Burgess sold cordials at a time when alcohol was prohibited in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

However, according to an interview with a former Bagtown resident, Burgess also sold an early McWilliam's wine known as 'Pinky'.

As for the sign, legend has it that one day a bloke asked 'Tango' Joe for a drink and, because the bloke's name was Morrow, free drinks were supplied.

A replica of 'Tango' Joe's store housing actual cordial-making equipment owned by Burgess can be seen at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum.

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23:46

Has Qld dropped the ball on the GST Carve-Up Review? Guest post from Nick Behrens "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS on the GST redistribution inquiry currently being undertaken by the Productivity Commission. Views expressed are Nicks, and are not necessarily shared by me. That said, I find it regrettable the PCs draft inquiry report advances options that forgive WA for its poor public financial management during the term of the Barnett Government, to the detriment of all other states and territories. Queensland certainly needs to exert influence on the PC inquiry before it finalises its report later this year, as Nick argues below. GT

Has Queensland dropped the ball on the GST Carve-Up Review?

by Nick Behrens, Director, QEAS 

Many readers will no doubt be aware that the Productivity Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry into Australias system of horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE), which underpins the distribution of GST revenue, and has been an issue of hot contention among States and Territories for decades. The Inquiry is considering the influence the current system of HFE has on productivity, efficiency and economic growth and whether there may be preferable alternatives.

I have previously asked is this Inquiry a threat or an opportunity for Queensland given that in 2017-18 as a State we will receive close to $15 billion in GST or 24 per cent of all money available despite having only 20 per cent of Australias population.  My view is it is undoubtedly a threat.

The proposal with the most profound implications for Queensland is that HFE should no longer aim to raise the fiscal capacity of each state to same as the highest state (currently WA), but instead to the average or to the second highest State (currently NSW). If actioned, Queensland will continue to be a net beneficiary of GST distribution. However, the extent of our benefit would be reduced by $729 million each year if HFE is to the second highest state or by $1.6 billion if it is to the average. These numbers would change from year-to-year, as the extent of HFE in Queenslands favour varies from year-to-year, and has at times resulted in a re-distribution away from Queensland (when we were penalised for high royalty revenue). However Queensland has generally been a beneficiary of HFE, and the PCs proposals are expected to be adverse for the State over the long-term.

My fear is that Queensland is being outgunned in the war among States in advancing their interests. It appears we may be more reliant on political rhetoric to progress our case as opposed to the substance of good representation underpinned and advanced through evidence and statistical research. While there are some very good and well reasoned arguments advanced in the Q...

23:45

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Franklin "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is my Franklin electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Franklin (Currently 3 Liberal 1 Labor 1 Green). 
Eastern shore Hobart (Clarence City), much of Kingborough, Huon Valley, D'Entrecasteaux Channel
Urban/outer urban/treechange/rural

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.  Candidates are listed incumbent-first and then alphabetically, except if stated otherwise.

Candidates

Liberal

Will Hodgman, incumbent, Premier since 2014, party leader since 2006, backing vocals, guitar
Jacquie Petrusma, incumbent, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Women, conservative on social issues
Nic Street, first-term incumbent (countback during term), previously Kingborough councillor, liberal on social issues
Claire Chandler, senior risk analyst at Deloitte Australia, former federal Young Liberal President
Simon Duffy, staffer to Petrusma, former youth worker, disability services background

Labor

Kathryn Barnsley, medical researcher (PhD 2016), anti-tobacco advocate, supporter of Ivan Dean's Tobacco-Free Generation proposal.
Heather Chong, Clarence city councillor, small businesswoman, also ran in 2014
Kevin Midson, Australian Workers' Union organiser
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23:29

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Braddon "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is my Braddon electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Braddon (Currently 4 Liberal 1 Labor). 
North-west and western Tasmania including Devonport, Burnie and Ulverstone
Regional/rural/remote

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.  Candidates are listed incumbent-first and then alphabetically, except if stated otherwise.

Liberal

Jeremy Rockliff, incumbent, Deputy Premier,
Adam Brooks, incumbent, mining industry businessman, backbencher, briefly a minister
Roger Jaensch, first-term incumbent, backbencher, former Cradle Coast Authority chairman
Joan Rylah, first-term incumbent, backbencher, businesswoman
Felix Ellis, plumber, social media stirrer, strong chess player (#7 in state March 2017 - we've never played)

Labor

Shane Broad, first-term incumbent (elected on countback during term), agricultural scientist (PhD)
Themba Bulle, Burnie doctor with international experience
Anita Dow, until recently Mayor of Burnie, nurse predominantly in palliative care
Danielle Kidd, manager of Cradle Coast University of Tasmania campus
Wayne Roberts, teacher

Greens

Greens candidates for Bass are listed in what I think is endorsed ticket order.

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23:12

Conservationists return to Tasmanias Tarkine to defend forests "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bob Brown Foundation and community members have set up camp in a threatened forest canopy in Tasmanias Tarkine. Four climbers are camping in the canopy of an area of old-growth rainforest, that was recently scheduled to be logged.

 

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PRESS CONFERENCE
Today, Wednesday 24 January, 11AM
Level 4 / 116 Bathurst St Hobart

Logging in Tasmania is destroying unique wildlife-rich forests, sending species towards extinction and contributing to climate change, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

22:34

South Pacific Cruise Part 2: Lifou Island & Port Vila "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Metallic Pigeon
We had two landings during our recent South Pacific Cruise Lifou in the Loyalty Islands and Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

Easo, Lifou Island

Pacific Dawn, Lifou Island 
On Lifou, part of New Caledonia, we were ferried to shore in the village of Easo in tender boats from the ship, Pacific Dawn. Here I waved down a driv...

22:25

Mehajer spends night behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer. (AAP)

Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer will remain behind bars after a magistrate denied him bail, saying she considered the prosecution case against him to be quite damning.

The 31-year-old had applied for bail at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday after being accused of staging a car crash last year to avoid going to court for a separate matter.

But magistrate Jennifer Giles on Wednesday refused his application, saying Mehajers alleged crime struck at the very heart of the criminal justice system and he had not shown cause as to why his detention was unjustified.

The former Auburn deputy mayor was on his way to face court in October last year over his alleged assault of a taxi driver when his Mercedes AMG collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander at an intersection in Lidcombe.

He was freed by firefighters and taken to hospital, while his passenger and the occupants of the other vehicle two women aged 31 and 32 were uninjured.

The other driver admitted fault after the crash, the court heard on Wednesday.

Ms Giles said family members of the other driver were allegedly heard later in telephone intercepts to be claiming $10,000, saying they had helped Mehajer.

A police strike force investigated the crash, and on Tuesday morning Mehajer was arrested at a home in Vaucluse, while his associate Ahmed Jaghbir was also arrested at a Lidcombe property.

Both Mehajer and Jaghbir have been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud.

Jaghbir, 28, is defending an unrelated murder charge following the shooting death in March last year of Sydney underworld figure Kemel Barakat.

Jaghbir allegedly said he was instructed to arrange the October collision to buy Mehajer some more time before his scheduled court hearing that day, the court heard.

Prosecutors allege Jaghbir was a middle-man between Mehajer and family members of the other driver, and that he texted Mehajer his bank details after the crash, the magistrate said.

She said Mehajers lawyers alternative explanation that he could be the victim of an extortion attempt involving the driver of the other vehicle was in no way any kind of reasonable hypothes...

22:21

Dispatches from the Adani frontline "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lisa, Danny and Ella made the pilgrimage from Mullumbimby. Photo Mia Armitage

Mia Armitage

Forget clicktivism, where concerned citizens take a stance through social media: anti-Adani protesters from all over Australia, millennial through to baby-boomer and beyond, are taking direct action.

Twelve environmental activists have returned to the northern rivers from Bowen, in north-central QLD, where they participated in a protest camp partly aimed at stopping the proposed Adani mega-mine.

The pilgrimage began in Coffs Harbour for some, before protesters from the Byron and Tweed shires climbed on board a repurposed yellow school bus last week destined for Camp Nudja, about eighty kilometres southwest of Adanis coal export port at Abbot Point.

Protesters included a naturopath in her forties from Bangalow, a filmmaker and a worker, both in their twenties and from Mullumbimby, and a former schoolteacher and former builder in their sixties living in Pottsville.

Activists charged

Liisa Rusanen described herself as a mother of two from Coffs Harbour who had never locked on in protest before.

But last week she joined other anti-coal protesters to discreetly plan a very public anti-Adani protest: a temporary shutdown of the companys coal-export operations at Abbot Point.

We knew how to stop the conveying belts before we got there, said Ms Rusanen.

We were locked on for about six or seven hours in the end.

The first thing police did when they arrived was take our food and water, and they told us we were welcome to have food and water if we released ourselves, but they werent going to give it to us as long as we were locked on.

QLD police arrested Ms Rusanen and four other protesters locked to the conveyor belt on Thursday.

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22:02

Residents take over Townsville Council meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Townsville

Yesterday (23 January), the Townsville City Council was shut down, in the face of angry residents, opposed to the decision to provide $18.5 million, in order to help billionaire coal miner Adani build an airstrip, at his Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

The protest was led by the activist organisation Front Line Action on Coal. Slogans were shouted from the public gallery and major Jenny Hill adjourned the proceedings. They were reconvened later on, with police blocking people from re-entering the building and making their way to the public gallery.

Elena Jeffrey, spokeswoman for the group and a local resident says that there is concern about the secrecy behind the deal.

I came because its Townsville Councils open day. Its the day when they are inviting Townsville residents to come and ask questionsand Im really concerned about the secrecy of the minutes and details of the $28.5 million contribution the proposed airstrip, she said.

Townsville Council has been an avid supporter of Adani all along, claiming that the alliance would bring benefits to the local economy. It claims that by now contributing to the airstrip, the city would be made into a hub for 900 first in first out (FIFO) workers at the Carmichael mine.

This is open to dispute and critics point out that the claimed benefit to the local economy is greatly exaggerated, and as far as becoming a FIFO hub, Townsville is competing with Rockhampton, which is also contributing a lot of money to the airstrip. The prize will not go to both. And there has been to answer as to why Adani has not agreed to use the already existing airport in Townsville for the project. It is an indication that the city might be bypassed.

Apart from all this, the destruction of farmland and the Great Barrier Reef from the Adani operations will take much more from the local economy than any minor benefits that might come out of the partnership with Adani.

Ms Jeffrey said, Its been three months since the decision was made and even separate to commercial in confidence, the council has to explain what the benefits are.

Federal MP Bob Katter has added his voice to those demanding an explanation.

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22:00

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

1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay on his third southern expedition.


1788 - Playing tiggy is not the best thing for explorers hell bent on taking over the world as Jean La Perouse found when he popped into Botany Bay only to find Governor Phillip had pipped him at the post by 6 days.

1807 - John Kenny was Hanged and gibbetted at the scene of the crime in Parramatta for the murder of Mary Smith.

1807 - The first ship built in the colony by merchant Robert Campbell, the Perseverance, was launched at his shipyard on Sydney Cove. It sailed for China via Norfolk Island on 9th February.

1817 - Tinny bugger John Oxley got the lucky door prize of the first land grants in the Illawarra District. If he'd hung around he'd have seen Wollongong park itself on his bush block.

1822 - Macquarie visited the Native Village on the Richmond Road at Black Town on a tour of inspection with his successor governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

1828 - Governor Darling decided to pull the plug on the Sullivan Bay settlement at Westernport Bay so he sent the schooner - that's a ship not an Aussie beer glass size - to collect everyone.

1856 - Finally, something for those with small man syndrome to occupy themselves...the South Australian Jockey Club was formed.

1862 - Kewacan (Larry)  was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup.
1862 - Long Jimmy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup .

1865 - The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah steamed into Port Phillip Bay.

1865 - The SS Star of Australia left Sydney for Rockhampton and is never heard of again. 17 lives were lost.

1867 - The Illustrated Melbourne Post published a wood engraving by Samuel Calvert, titled "The aboriginal cricket match on the M.C.C. ground" with the following descrption,
A rare sight in 19th-century Melbourne - an Aboriginal cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1871 - The Plantagenet Road Board (WA) was gazetted on this day.

1883 - The bloke in charge of the native police in Cloncurry, Qld, Marcus de la Poer Beresford (try saying that mouthful with your back teeth floating in beer and no teeth in at all) and 4 police were ambushed and killed by Aborigines which caused more than a year of battles.

1895 - The first electric light illuminated Ballarat streets.

1903 - Kalgoorlie finally got a drop to wash their smalls (and bloodstains) when the 352 mile water pipeline opened.

1908 The Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, now known as the Sydney Roosters, are formed at Paddington Town Hall.

1916 - John Jackson was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable D...

21:40

Government grants sloppy, and perhaps corrupt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Before the last election the Turnbull government had an unofficial budget: $20 million for each electorate in play. It could be handed out as picnic tables, fire trails, skate parks, netball courts, disabled toilets, or anything else that made it look as if the government cared about the electorate.

A senior source told me it was clever Turnbull had managed to cap the financial cost. Labor said little. It couldn't. In office it had done it itself.

That these sort of grants weren't what the Commonwealth was for, as was tacitly acknowledged as Treasurer Scott Morrison tried to keep a straight face in a press conference days before the vote.

Journalist Phillip Coorey had asked him why the Commonwealth was funding dunny blocks.

"People need them Phil, people need them," the Treasurer replied. Addressing community cohesion was important.

But not important enough to have an independent panel access applications and award grants on the basis of need. If that had happened it is highly unlikely that 20 per cent of the funds would have gone to electorates representing just 2 per cent of the population.

Labor used to have such a panel, although it didn't always follow its recommendations. In 2014 the Audit Office recommended that the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development do the job. The government "agreed" with the recommendation, although it merely "noted" another that said applications should have to meet published merit assessment criteria.

In an almost ideal world we would have an independent body deciding on grants, in the same way as the independent Reserve Bank decides on interest rates, and for the same reason the government can't be trusted. In an absolutely ideal world the Commonwealth wouldn't hand them out at all.

At a minimum we should have a Commonwealth anti-corruption commission. And we ought to outlaw bigger grants that are just as sloppy, allocated without tender.

In the budget the government awarded Fox Sports $30 million to "increase coverage of sports that receive low or no broadcast exposure". The criteria are so broad it'll meet them easily. The documentation released this month says it's a direct offer, "available only to Fox Sports Australia Pty Ltd".

In ...

20:47

Thoughts for The Week By Ron Owen. Firearms, The Law, & Equality "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Persecution.
We all should question why over 2 million licensed shooters in Australia, people who are the pillars of our community, who have had the most stringent background checks, paid thousands of dollars for licences, safety courses, and security are the most bullied members of our community. ( https://acic.govcms.gov.au/sites/g/files/net1491/f/acic_2016-17_annual_report.pdf?v=1508387578 page 132 puts us at 2.02 million licences with 6.03 million registered firearms)
If anyone is in doubt of this just check out the above website we are all listed and counted on the Australian Criminal Commissions Data Base, you can expect police inspections, you can be told that you have to attend more club shoots, you can be told to dispose of your property and when you want to purchase a firearm in Queensland and your waiting for a licence you can expect a response like this applications have dramatically increased and we are looking at 13+ weeks before anything is really done, call back in three months.
Not as prevalent, but same arrogant modus operandi Permits to Acquire are continually delayed for many weeks after the time st...

15:53

The secret House memo and rescue from above truth plus psyop By Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

January 23, 2018 NoMoreFakeNews.com

The theme: Something starts off as fairly reasonable, and then is blown out of all proportion.

First, a brief recap on the secret House memonot available to the press or publicand the reaction to it.

Purportedly, the memo will reveal that Democrat operativessome inside the FBI and the DOJfeloniously used a fake and fabricated Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump team during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

The spying was then undertaken to hopefully a) gain information that would help defeat Trump in the election; and b) connect Trump to Russian efforts to influence the election in his favor.

Breitbart: Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a shocking classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.

The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy, said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo sickening and said it was worse than Watergate.

From this platform, some people are expressing hope that the memo will achieve everything from jailing Hillary Clinton and James Comey to draining the whole swamp. They claim the memo contains the answer to who murdered Seth Rich, as well as the outline of a 16-year plan to destroy the US.

And at the extreme end of THAT scenariothere are friendly extra-terrestrials in the wings offering us help.

You can find such analyses sweeping around online.

Its called Rescue From Above.

It happens every time

In this case, what starts out as a possibly explosive secret memo, which could indict key members of the FBI and DOJ and DNC, including Hillary, and exonerate Trump from charges of Russian collusionbecomes a messianic mission from higher powers to save the country and the world.

And the key is: all people have to do is sit back and wait. Rescue will happen.

Just as the Iraqi Dinars meteoric rise was coming soon, years ago;....

11:34

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Noted Arriving into Moranbah Airport - Plus FIFO Charter Flights Galore! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday 23 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted arriving into Moranbah Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It had earlier arrived into the Sunny Coast from Canberra.

File photo

At the time of writing, it is unclear whether the RAAF Challenger remains parked at Moranbah Airport or has departed.

A37-002 was noted using the radio callsign of "Wisdom 44".

Meanwhile, as we've posted on our Facebook page, Tuesday seems to be a particularly busy day for Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights in and out of Moranbah Airport with at least eight flights noted visiting from Brisbane and one from Cairns during the afternoon and evening on Tuesday 23 January.

Fly Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation SAAB 340Bs VH-VEM, VH-VEO and VH-VEP all looked to complete return flights to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane.

While QantasLink Dash-8-Q400s VH-QOD, VH-QOE, VH-LQF, VH-QOV and VH-QOP completed return flights to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane and Cairns respectively.

Busy!

Photo taken by 'AC' 

09:25

Neil Diamond retires from touring - diagnosed with Parkinsons - thanks for the memories of a lifetime! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For you dad. My dad loved Neil Diamond. This was the setlist from Neil's Sydney concert, 29 March 1996, the day of Dad's funeral. MAR 29 1996 Neil Diamond Setlist at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia Edit venue & date Show all edit options Tour: World Tour 1996 Tour statistics...

08:18

Long-toed Stint in Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



A Long-toed Stint turning up in Brisbane was hard to resist as this species is a very rare visitor to Queensland. A Long-toed Stint was first found by Ged Tranter at Tinchi Tamba Wetland in northern Brisbane on January 17. It appeared to have left the site when Michael Daley found a stint at Kedron Brook Wetland, not too far away, on January 21. Since then two Long-toed Stints have been seen together at the latter site.



I was at Kedron Brook yesterday and Chris Attewell was kind enough to point us in the direction of where the bird had been hanging out. Over the next couple of hours the stint showed nicely as it foraged among Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and Red-kneed Dotterels at the southern end of the wetland.

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08:09

Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch: GIVEAWAY + French Cabaret + Mardi Gras Film Festival 24/01/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

|| Wednesday 24 January 2018 ||8-9:30pm

Bonsoir, Good evening Eastside listeners, its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I will be hosting and producing Forever French on, Wednesday 24th of January 2018 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu: FRENCH CLASSICAL CABARET with Jane Rutter at Camelot Lounge, QUEER SCREENS 25TH MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL. I will be giving away double passes to the screening of the movie Happy End by Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, featuring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones. During the show, when you hear the trailer of the movie call 9331 3000 and voil, you might just win!  I will play a plethora of music coming from French speaking countries. Thats all tonight on Forever French!. To stream us and to listen to all previous shows, click here: http://www.eastsidefm.org/ForeverFrench

 

WHATS GOING ON IN SYDNEY?

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07:42

Stop wasting my tax on this crap "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Debt amount: 
$766
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
November 2015
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Spent 6 years at university living dollar to dollar and quite poor to finish and get a mediocre job.
In between paying back staggering amounts of tax and HECS debt I get lumped with this.

I am not exactly sure how they determined that i gave them false figures of income. I simply entered the numbers off my income into their system.
No BS, no lies no deception, between working credits, and fluctuations in payments I have no idea how they determined payments.

But I am not going to be held accountable for their flawed system when i answered their questions truthfully.

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06:04

SIMAs Summer Jazz 2018 on now at The Sound Lounge & Foundry 616 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sandy Evans Trio

SIMAs SUMMER JAZZ 2018 at The Sound Lounge (Seymour Centre) and Foundry 616 (Harris Street, Ultimo)

SIMAS 2018 Summer Jazz presents an exceptional program of music at the Sound Lounge in the Seymour Centre along with an additional show at Foundry 616. Once again SIMAs artistic director Zoe Hauptmann has assembled some wonderful musicians from both Sydney and interstate in a series of nights that explore the wide world of jazz. As Zoe herself explains:

Expect to hear celebrated Australian jazz musicians, improvisers and outstanding up and coming young artists.

With the season already underway following a standout performance from pianist and composer Felix Bornholdt there are six more opportunities to catch some truly exciting and inspiring music.

The Sound Lounge has long been one of Sydneys favourite jazz venues with its superb acoustics and atmospheric nightclub setting. Its fully licensed and has all the ambience of a classic basement style jazz club. Foundry 616 in Ultimo needs no introduction and has quickly cemented itself as Sydneys leading jazz venue.

All feature artists start at 9.00pm with the opening artists at 8.00pm

Book for all shows and access the full Summer Jazz program at: www.sima.org.au

THE SOUND LOUNGE:

Saturday 20 January MATT McMAHON TRIO 20TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE: One of Australias finest jazz pianist and long time Eastside presenter Matt McMahon joins bassist Jono Brown and drummer Simon Barker to celebrate twenty years of making music together. As a trio, their music embrace...

05:38

Culture Guide January 22-28: Jurassic Plastic, Fleabag, Pussy Riot Theatre & more "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
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04:11

MACKAY Credit card knife at airport sets man back $300 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY January 23, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Credit card knife at airport sets man back $300

January 23, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

AN ANDERGROVE man has been spared a conviction after he was caught with a credit card knife at Mackay Airport on Boxing Day. Mark Neill Holman, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a Category A, B or M weapon when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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04:11

MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 23rd of January, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY January 23, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 23rd of January, 2018

January 23, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Shes been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February. Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago.Locals attending their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

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03:46

Greece the next bailout is just around the corner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When the latest Greek bailout deal between the Greek government and the European Commission/IMF) was concluded on June 16, 2017, I concluded that it was designed to fail. Please read my blog Latest Greek bailout a recipe designed to fail. Despite all the statements from the European Commission and the IMF to the contrary, the terms of the deal with the Greek government confirms that these institutions had abandoned any pretense to being interested in serious economic policy. For the European Commission, the desired irrevocable status of the euro, as a political statement, is all it seems interested in when it comes to Greece. They just dont want to admit that Greece cannot reasonably function in this monetary union. This deal only stalled reality for yet another day and the only goal it serves is to keep Greece using a currency it cannot afford to use. And now the reality is emerging that the Greek economy will need a further bailout to survive for another period. The latest analysis from the German research group Centrum fr europische Politik shows that Greece remains close to insolvent and cannot survive within the Eurozone on its own. One has to ask what has all the austerity been for if the patient is still on life support some 10 years later. We know the answer.
The characters within and outside of the European Commission that are bent on maintaining the Eurozone status quo no matter what have regularly told us that the Greek crisis is over.

Remember in 2013, the Financial Times ran the story (January 30, 2013) Greece seen as over worst of crisis where they quoted a Greek central banker as saying that Greece had turned the corner and that confidence in Greece had been boosted by eurozone politicians push for greater European integration.

Denial as the integration message is reinforced!

And then what about on July 21, 2015, when the newly instated President of the German research centre ZEW (Centre for Economic Research) to CNBC that the worst is over for Greece (see Is the worst over for Greece?).

And so it goes.

Last year (July 24, 2017), the Greek Prime Minister gave an interview to the UK Guardian Alexis Tsipras: The worst is clearly behind us where he:

promised to defy his critics by taking the country out of its longest-running crisis in modern times.

Tsipras said:

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02:39

Middle-ring vacancies in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Vacancies jump in middle-ring hotspots

The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) reported that vacancy rates in middle ring Sydney ticked down to 2 per cent in inner ring Sydney in December, roughly in line with last year.

December and the early part of the new year is normally a soft patch for the rentals market and we expect to see vacancies rise.

All those new apartments are beginning to show in middle-ring vacancy rates though, with the middle ring recording a vacancy rate of 2.6 per cent in December.

It's normal to see temporary spikes when projects are completed, so we'll have to wait to see whether this proves to be anything more sustained. 

Here are the figures smoothed on a 4mMA basis to take out some of the noise. 


There are plenty of new apartment vacancies in the Hills District, Parramatta region, and Canterbury Bankstown. 

There was also a bit of an increase in outer Sydney vacancies to 2.3 per cent according to the REINSW. 

If visuals are more your thing, take a look here where I roamed the suburb of Canterbury to take a look at what a construction boom actually looks like in practice.

See also, Parramatta, Campsie, and...

01:53

Safety for some: those left behind on Manus and Nauru fearful and despairing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After nearly five years of fear and violence on Manus Island approximately 40 men are today flying to safety in the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. For the people left behind in Australian Governments offshore processing regime, hope is running out.

More than 2000 people, including more than 150 children, remain in desperate and dangerous conditions on Manus and Nauru in what the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.

Behrouz Boochani, a journalist who has been held on Manus Island for almost five years said, Its a great feeling when you see the faces of the people who were under torture for years who have gotten freedom. On the other hand it's very sad when you see the faces of people who are still living in an uncertain situation and dont know anything about their future.

Over the weekend, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island. 

Amy Frew, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, A handful of people have today found relief and hope. The men currently flying to the United States will finally be able to rebuild their lives in safety. But the tragic reality is over two thousand people still remain trapped in endless despair.

This is the second group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, originally struck between Australia and the US under the Obama administration. The agreement, which President Trump called dumb shortly after he first took office, has been dogged by delays and confusion.

More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered. It's also been reported that a group will shortly depart from Nauru to the US but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

There are many questions around the deal, we dont know how many people will be included. But the main question is that what will happen for the people who remain? The Government has not given any details, said Mr Boochani.

Hope for some does not solve the humanitarian disaster the Australian Government has created. This chapter does not end until every last man, woman and child is safe and able to rebuild their lives. Whatever the situation, deliberate cruelty to innocent people is never the answer, said Ms Frew.

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01:28

FixedIt: A well overdue thank you "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I know many of you are not in a position to give financial support so you do it in other ways. Thank you. I dont want anyone to feel obligated but I do want to let the people who are able to help know how much it matters.

Its well overdue, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people who are able to support FixedIts Patreon account and explain how much your support for FixedIt matters.

Im often asked to name the worst headline Ive ever fixed. My answer is always the same: all of them, because they are all about a person. One of the reasons I never lose sight of that is the number of times Ive fixed a headline and then been contacted by the person the article was written about. They tell me their stories and what it felt like to see those headlines. Children who were abused see headlines that dismiss their trauma as sex. Women whove been assaulted see their abuser erased from the abuse they suffered. People torn apart by grief read sympathetic article about the man who killed a person they love. These people are very real and the effect of having their suffering presented to the world as their own fault is indescribable.

Those people are why FixedIt matter so much. Them, and the ones yet to come. We already know that around eighty women will be killed in Australia this year by a man who claims to love them. We wait and watch and hope, but still those headlines roll out, week after week. Hundreds of thousands more will be are being abused by their partners. Others will be assaulted by men who will not accept that womens bodies are not just objects to be taken at will. Eventually some of those people will make it into the news. And the unspoken collusion of patriarchy will continue to render the abusers invisible and the victims blameable.

As much as I wish it wasnt true, the need for FixedIt is not going to disappear any time soon. I also wish time and money were not the greatest barriers to keeping it going but landlords dont accept activism in lieu of rent and you cant buy food with Facebook shares. I want you all to know that without your support I would not have been able to pay rent this month. When finances are that tight I wouldnt be able to spend time on FixedIt, Id have to use that time finding other ways to pay rent.

In a very real way you are the only reason I can keep FixedIt going.

I know times are tough. I know many of you are struggling and have to give up something else to give your support to this. I grateful to every single one of you for what you do to keep it going.

The best day FixedIt will ever have is when I can tell you we dont need it any more. Until then, all I can say is thank you.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of i...

01:20

A prince of men "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sometimes i get tired of writing grown up columns. Then things like this happen:

Finally! Prince William got a proper haircut.

I"ve been urging the bloke to go the number one comb for some time now. It"s been obvious for many years that he was thinning out on top and as I said to him, Will, I said, we"ve got the rotten Frenchies where we want them at the moment, but you never know when the Dauphin or the Grand Constable is likely to start stirring up trouble around Agincourt again. You can"t expect the happy few to follow you into wanton slaughter if they"re distracted by your bald spot.

At Blunty.

00:59

GM Golden Rice Bubble Bursts "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For Immediate Release 23rd January 2018

One carrot has the same amount of vitamin A found in nearly 4kg of cooked GM golden rice. 75 days after harvest a person would need to eat 31 kg to get the same amount as in a handful of fresh parsley as Vitamin A degrades in storage. [1]

The International Rice Research Institute has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) for GM golden rice to be approved for sale in Australia (A1138). This approval was strongly sponsored by the industry corporates like, Syngenta and Dow who are part developers of the GM rice. [2] FSANZ was asked to deny the approval by a Filipino farmer-led group, MASIPAG.[2] MASIPAG said an approval in Australia means the Philippines could automatically approve the GM rice with no democratic participation. They note that there are no studies comparing this rice with locally available Vitamin A rich food or with the government programme of supplements. Filipino farmers could be seduced into growing GM golden rice, rejecting traditional varieties which are nutritionally diverse and fulfil the needs for food security and human health.

The GM rice contains three new proteins that have altered the rice endosperm so it can produce vitamin A. The whole application has been assessed using unpublished applicant data. FSANZ did not receive, or request, any ingestion/feeding studies with the application, so there are no publications on whether the GM rice would cause allergic reactions or even anaphylaxis in children, immune compromised people or the elderly. FSANZ is aware that this application is not because GM golden rice will be sold in Australia. Instead it could be a contaminant in rice, rice flour, bran, bran oil or husks. This GM rice application means rice products contaminated with GM Golden Rice will need neither labelling nor recall. The Australian consumer will be unaware what they are eating.

The Golden Rice crop is unstable, as is shown by the wildly varying b-carotene yields [3]. FSANZ cannot do an adequate assessment on nutritional safety due to this instability, especially in the levels of nutrients and anti-nutrients.

We ask the Ministers on the Forum to request a review of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval of GM golden rice (A1138) under section 21 of the FSANZ Act. We ask for comprehensive 90 day feeding trials, peer reviewed evidence that the GM golden rice can be stored and cooked without nutrient los...

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23:44

Media-Boosted Racist Sells House To Fund Legal Loss. Guess Whos Trying To Buy It "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of Great Britains best known xenophobes has been forced to sell her house after losing a major defamation case. And inevitably, a crowdsourcing campaign has sprung up to try and raise enough money to buy it, and then gift it to an organisation to house you guessed it, refugees.

Its a well-worn path. Someone achieves fame via reality television. They turn out to be a redneck, and disgrace themselves publicly. Repeatedly.

Courtesy of a particular hatred for migrants and asylum seekers whom she describes as cockroaches and feral humans Hopkins soon found herself a darling of the British press. In the past decade, Hopkins has appeared on and worked for most of the major networks, including the BBC, and was given a column for the odious MailOnline, along with The Sun.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)And then gradually, as she continued to spew hate everywhere, it inevitably led to this headline in the UK Independent: Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause why was it published?

The answer to that question is simple: Mainstream media in Britain has the same problem as mainstream media in Australia they dont hate naked bigotry as much as they hate not getting traffic to their site (see The Age and Herald Suns coverage of African youths in Melbourne for more local examples). Because clickbait.

Having created Hopkins, the media is now feasting on her rotting corpse. And still getting the clicks. But as you might expect, people who find fame on the back of their ignorance, arent necessarily interested in facts and so Hopkins is getting plenty of other attention as well. Of the legal variety.

From Hopkins Wikipedia page: In 2016, Mail Online was forced to pay 150,000 to a Muslim family whom Hopkins had falsely accused of extremist links; and in a 2017 libel case, Hopkins was personally required to pay 24,000 in damages and 107,000 in legal costs to Jack Monroe after making defamatory remarks on Twitter. Later in 2017, Mail Online was forced to pay substantial damages and legal costs to a teacher about whom Hopkins had made false claims.

Its the Monroe legal case that has finally led to her apparent financial downfall.

Last year, Hopkins used her Twitter account which has over 800,000 followers to attack Monroe, a journalist....

23:44

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As you may know if you read this blog often enough, I am completely anti jobs and growth. So many jobs are bullshit jobs these days, and so much automation is coming on board like Amazon opening a store with almost no staff as one prime example that the future of work is hardly well defined, especially as we head into a low energy future. Just this week, I was pointed to a book and an article on these issues that I thought Id shara and comment on, and as always, your comments are more than welcome..

Utopia for Realists : and how we can get there - Rutger BregmanThe book I was pointed to is one Geoff Lawton is currently reading, or so he tells me..  its called Utopia for Realists. It certainly looks interesting to me, and I might just buy it, even if the Guardian gives it a caning

This is a book with one compelling proposition for which you can forgive the rest. It is utopian visions that have driven humanity forwards. It was the hope we could fly, conquer disease, motorise transport, build communities of the faithful, discover virgin land or live in permanent peace that has propelled men and women to take the risks and obsess about the new that, while not creating the utopia of which they dreamed, has at least got us some of the way. Celebrate the grip that utopia has on our imagination. It is the author of progress.

But if this is the books big insight, much of the rest fluctuates from the genuinely challenging to politically correct tosh. My biggest beef is the idea that increasingly grips liberal thinkers desperate for anything radical the concept of a universal income for all. Financially, behaviourally and organisationally bonkers, this idea is gaining traction on the bien pensant left. The proposition is that because a rogue capitalism is going to automate away most of our jobs, human wellbeing can only be assured by everyone receiving a universal basic income.

I dont know what this book critic thinks people with no jobs will spend to keep the economy going  maybe hell......

23:29

Fire ban declared as Royal National Park blaze continues "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Firefighters conducting backburning operations in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Crews worked through the night to contain a bushfire burning out of control in the area. Photo NSW RFS

SYDNEY [AAP]

Firefighters hope to contain a blaze that has burnt through more than 2,000 hectares of land in the Royal National Park in Sydneys south as temperatures in much of NSW continue to soar.

Smoke from the fire along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, which is believed to have been deliberately lit on Saturday, blanketed southern Sydney and the NSW south coast on Monday afternoon as strong winds fanned the blaze.

Firefighters have been trying to gain an upper hand on the fire and worked through the night to strengthen containment lines in the hope the blaze will be contained on Tuesday.

The park will remain closed all day.

Firefighters are also battling with a bushfire thats destroyed more than 54,000 hectares of land in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri in NSWs north west.

The fire is burning on multiple fronts but no homes are under threat and firefighters with the support of water bombing aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire.

Another blaze at Bannaby in the Southern Tablelands is burning out of control with more than 1880 hectares of land destroyed.

The fire burning near Wombeyan Caves has forced the closure of the caves and the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Area to visitors.

Firefighters are keeping a close eye on bushfires across NSW with two regions the Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes subject to total fire bans on Tuesday.

Fire bans

Outback NSW wont reach the blistering temperatures experienced at the weekend but the mercury is forecast to remain at 40C for most of the week.

After a hot weekend and even higher temperatures on Monday, the temperature is expected to remain at or above 40C for central NSW for the rest of the week.

Temperatures on Tuesday are forecast to reach 45C in the states west and 43C in Wilcannia in the northwest.

After reaching 43.2C on Monday, Penrith in western Sydney will see some relief with the mercur...

22:49

Arts Wednesday 24 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At 10:40, Richard Major concludes the series on Australian birds with the Common Myna.

At 11:00 am, I will play a conversation I recorded with viola da gamba player, Jenny Eriksson. Jenny is the founder of The Marais Project, dedicated to 16th century music, where she plays her acoustic viola da gamba. She is also the founder of Elysian Fields, her jazz group, with whom she plays electric viola da gamba. The two groups are performing Sunday 28 January at Independent Theatre in North Sydney, with the first half of the program by The Marais Project. In the second half, Elysian Fields plays the poetry of Thomas Wyatt set to music by Matt McMahon. In between talking, we listen to music and also to the acoustic viola da gamba, which Jenny brought into the studio.

Music is all related to the sixteenth century.

Do keep me company!

The post Arts Wednesday 24 January 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

22:40

Butler issues Labor Party reform plea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Outgoing ALP president Mark Butler. Photo AAP

CANBERRA [AAP]

Outgoing ALP president Mark Butler has hit out at the backroom buffoonery of factional warlords in his own party and launched a fresh push for reform.

Addressing the Victorian Fabian Society, Mr Butler warned Labor is treading water with falling numbers and only 50,000 members out of a country nearing 25 million.

The rank and file needs to be given more input, he says.

Im sorry to say that ours remains a party that gives ordinary members fewer rights than any other Labor or Social Democratic Party I can think of, he said in the speech on Monday night.

Mr Butler says many of the reforms discussed at the national conference in 2015 have been blocked by factional leaders.

It is time to issue a strong call for the conference in Adelaide this July to grasp the nettle and to give ALP members the range of democratic and participatory rights that members of our sister parties across the world take for granted, he said.

Mr Butler also pushed for a new category of member, called a registered supporter, who could vote in leadership ballots.

The president cited British Labours recruitment of 35,000 new members in four days after the 2017 election, taking its body up to 550,000.

Our members here in Australia are hardworking, motivated believers in the Labor mission but as a group we are not representative of the broader Australian population, he said.

While Labor can come together for election campaigns, there isnt the army of supporters to organise beyond them and it cant compete with the likes of GetUp, Mr Butler said.

The post Butler issues Labor Party reform plea appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:23

Sydney train crash investigation under way "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sixteen people were injured when this train crashed into a barrier at into a barrier at Sydneys Richmond Station on Monday (January 22).

SYDNEY   [AAP]

Authorities are investigating what caused a Sydney passenger train to plough into a rail barrier at a train station, injuring more than a dozen people.

The train smashed into the end of the line at Richmond Station on Monday morning, crushing the bumper and causing part of the train to lift on impact.

A total of 16 people, including the driver and two other staff members, were treated at the scene.

Fifteen people were taken to various hospitals for treatment, including a 21-year-old man with a suspected broken leg and an elderly woman with a fractured collarbone.

Most of the injured were discharged from hospital by Monday evening; however, several were still being treated.

Three women aged 77, 69 and 60 and a 22-year-old man remained in stable condition at Westmead Hospital while two men aged 59 and 32 were also stable at Nepean Hospital.

Witnesses described the incident as insane.

Passenger Jaiden Ruttley, who was towards the back of the train, said it felt like the whole train had lifted up in the air.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins said it was too early to speculate about the cause but from what he had seen, the buffer stop worked effectively.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Office of Transport Safety and the Office of National Rail Safety Regulator are investigating the incident.

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22:00

January 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1788 - Gov Phillip and his men were warned away from the southern end of Botany Bay by Aboriginal People with spears shouting, Wirra, Wirra! . Later that arvo one of Phillip's men was ordered to drop his dacks to answer questions the Indigenous People had about the sex of these white people.

1790 - Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!

1796 - Blasphemy!!! A general order was issued in the colony that prohibited all distilling of spirits.


1803 - Charles Grimes (Chas to his mates) led a party of sight-seeing tourists from the ship Cumberland, who were exploring the far reaches of Port Phillip Bay, when they decided to climb Arthur's Seat.
Because it was there and they could.

1806 -  George Caley and Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from Van Diemens Land.

1825 - Martin Benson was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek near Windsor.
1825 - Eliza Campbell was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of her master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - James Coogan was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - Anthony Rodney was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - John Sprole was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.

1833 - And they say those colonials had no sense of fun in the old days....Bathurst was gazetted as a town.

1834 - Patrick Gallagher was Hanged at Sydney for the rape of Ellen Walsh.

1837 - Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean was arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing

1839 - Rev. Dr. Lang returned to England and notorious swindler Henry Turner Harrington attempted to escape his creditors on vessel Roslyn Castle.

1855 - The effects of a tsunami, that originated in The Shaky Isles aka Aotearoa aka NZ, was felt in Tassie with a very sudden rise and fall of the Derwent river noted as far as New Town Bay.

1879 - The NSW Government was the first to introduce laws restricting Chinese immigration.

1884 - Henry Benjamin Haynes was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Ann Haynes.

1908 - Balmain Rugby League Club was launched into the world today.

1922 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was opened from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

1938 - William Cooper urged Christian or...

21:00

All Speech Is Created Equal But Some Speech Is More Equal Than Others "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If you think the right to free speech in Australia is equal, youd be wrong. And if you think the people banging the free speech drum dont know that, youd still be wrong. Dominic Keenan explains.

In the past 18 months, there has been burgeoning debate surrounding free speech. Its come in many forms calls to reform 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, same-sex marriage legislation, and an increasing culture of political correctness.

Throughout these discussions notions of free speech are often invoked to argue against progressive politics. The reasoning is always the same: dont stop me discriminating, thats against my free speech.

There are two major problems with this view, and the first is rather large.

Freedom of speech does not strictly exist in Australia our right to free speech is a longstanding misconception. What we actually have is an implied freedom of political communication a more nebulous concept that protects speech and acts surrounding political participation.

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This fact largely discredits any opposition by free speech advocates to anti-discrimination legislation and progressive politics. If a comment or action falls within the scope of political participation, no law can restrict it. That would be unconstitutional and stuck down by the courts. Also susceptible to such restrictions are acts and speech intended primarily to hurt others, which dont fall within the scope of legitimate political participation.

But even if we somehow manage to get over that hurdle, a second problem remains. Proponents of free speech are not talking about universal free speech, but their free speech. So should they be taken seriously? Are we okay with the promotion of free speech for some (an already privileged group) but not others?

A prime example of this problem are the offensive language laws found in each state and territory, which make it an offence to use offensive language in a public place.

In 2002, Lance Carr, a young Indigenous man, was arrested for saying Fuck you, I didnt fucken do it to a police officer while being questioned for a crime he didnt commit. This scenario is typical of offensive language c...

21:00

Dare to compare: The advantages of everyday Russian life compared to the US "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Two powerful countries with different views and approaches to many issues, Russia and the U.S. have always been compared to each other. Putting politics aside, Russia Beyond analyzes Reddit and Quora.com posts about the advantages of everyday Russian life compared to American and gives a brief outline. Over the last couple of years, Russia has definitely been attracting Westerners' attention and not only in terms of hacking rumors and every other scandal under the Sun. The way ordinary Russians live and cope with their problems is also interesting, especially in comparison to the West, the U.S. in particular. On Jan. 15, 2017 a user going by the alias ajl1239 posted a question on Reddit: "As a so-called 'Westerner,' I'd like to know what are some things that you absolutely think Russia does better than the West (i.e. U.S./EU)?" Six months ago almost the same question appeared on Quora.com: "In what ways is Russia better than the United States?" We've studied the most popular answers, compared them with what we see in Russia, provided information from some other sources - and made a list of what Russia excels at. Here we go.

20:55

Out of practice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It would appear that not writing on my blog had become the norm for me so I kind of forget that I have this space again and hence forget to write here. Then there is also the fact that really I don't have much to write about most of the time.

Now I can share a picture of my messy writing desk with you. it seems that any paper, pens, books or stationery just landed there and I couldn't sit there and write letters or make mail art or pen a single thing in my journal.


But it took next to no time to set it to rights. Just a matter of putting things in there place. I tidied the desk a couple of weeks ago and happily it has stayed tidy. The secret (which is no secret at all), put things away when I am finished with them. Works every time



And life has been pretty much in summer holiday mode here but not for long, school is back on Monday and university in early February so it will be heads down then. 

The heat has been so draining. I always have some degree of ennui during the long, hot summer months and if there is no rain- which there isn't- then it is so much worse. It's hard to shake.

Tracy

20:31

Carb Loading: Outdated and Dangerous "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


It has become a familiar scene at athletic events: sugar and carb-fests before and during marathons, triathlons, swimming competitions, and other sports among amateurs and professionals, even high school athletes and grade school soccer players. They do it for energy and enhanced athletic performance, having been told that loading up on carbs is the ticket to winning.

This common practice is based on decades-old flawed studies that reported that athletes experienced reduced performance when deprived of carbohydrates, performance restored upon restoration of carbohydrates. Thus was born the notion of carb-loading (i.e., consuming large quantities of grains and sugars prior to exercise to improve performance). That simple observation has since become a universal practice. It means runners have pasta feasts the night prior to a marathon in the United States, South African triathletes eat bananas and drink sugary energy drinks during workouts, and even aerobic-exercising mothers in Sydney, Australia, load up on energy bars prior to putting on their Spandex. It is common to see participants in athletic events gorging on pasta, fruit, desserts, and a mind-boggling variety of energy bars and drinks from sponsors. They then deal with the wall of low blood sugar that results after high blood sugar, as well as abdominal distress and diarrhea from the osmotic load created by the exceptional intake of sugar. (This is why dozens of Porta Potties are familiar fixtures along the route at these events.)

Contrary to popular perception, athletes are not impervious to all the problems presented by overconsumption of carbohydrates and sugars; they are just as prone to all the problems associated with both grain consumption and carbohydrates, such as provocation of autoimmune diseases, impaired digestion, high blood sugars, and the phenomena of glycation, and they are not necessarily spared the visceral fatprovoking effects, either, though their extreme exercise habits blunt it. (Go to any athletic event and you will see it: Easily a third of athletes, including serious athletes, are overweight.) The phenomenon of glycation alone can be responsible for prematurely deter...

19:44

Utter And Complete Panic Over FISA Abuse Memo Roils Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Game Changing Proof Of Brazen Plot To Frame An Incoming President With A False Russian Conspiracy

Democrats Caused Government Shutdown To Distract Public From #ReleaseTheMemo Campaign

By Susan Duclos

Democrats in utter and complete panic decided to force a government shutdown onto America to distract the publics attention from the classified four-page House Intelligence Committee memo which details  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the Obama administration and Intelligence agencies like the FBI and DOJ during his presidency.

In the first article of the #ReleaseThe Memo series we at ANP detailed a House Intelligence Committee vote where every single Democrat on the committee voted against releasing a four-page memo which details FISA abuses, under the Obama administration, to the full 435 members of Congress. Republicans approved it in a party line vote, allowing access only in the secure room because of classified information contained within the document.

We asked in that initial article  What are Democrats so scared of?

In part Two of the #ReleaseTheMemo series, that question was answered as members of the House that entered that private room and read the details of the corruption and politicization of the intelligence community, came out and went on camera, visibly shaken over what they had read, with one Representative even comparing those rampant abuses by the Obama administration to actions used by the KGB. Every member that saw the memo came out with demands that the House Intelligence Committee declassify the document and release it to the public at large.

In the midst of the public outcry where millions of Americans called Congress to demand the release of the memo, Democrats in the Senate, in a blind panic over the upcoming release of the memo, took a calculated risk to shutdown the government, with the liberal mainstream media playing their part by focusing their headlines on the issues causing the government shutdown. This also allowed the MSM to avoid finally informing their audience that the Independent Media was correct over the last year in asserting the whole Russia collusion with Trump storyline, and the Mueller investigation, was nothing m...

19:25

Canadian billionaire couple linked to Clinton Foundation found dead in double murder - Update: Crime was 'contract killing' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The owner of the Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife were found dead at their home under suspicious circumstances. Reports say their bodies were "hanging side by side" next to their pool. The bodies of Bernard Sherman, 75, also known as Barry, and his wife, Honey, 70, were found around Friday noon in their mansion in the North York district of Toronto by the police, who arrived in answer to a 911 call. Police did not say who made the call, while the National Post reported that the bodies were initially discovered by a real estate agent, who came to the couple's luxury mansion, which is currently up for sale. The paper also said that the bodies were "found hanging side by side next to their indoor pool," something that other Canadian outlets later repeated, citing police sources. Local media also said police were looking into whether it was a murder-suicide.

19:23

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Into a Kusama Infinity Room? We Found Out "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Inside a Kusama Infinity room at the Tate Modern in London, 2012 (photo courtesy Dominic Alvess Flickrstream)

Of all the things we left behind in 2017, Kusama fever was certainly not one of them. If you missed her by-now legendary Infinity Rooms in Washington, DC, Singapore, and Seattle last year  whether because of incredibly long linescrashing websites, or mere inconvenience  youll have plenty of chances to experience at least one of Kusamas magical spaces in 2018.

The special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is currently open at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Australia, and the Broad in LA has an infinity room in its permanent collection, not to mention the newly opened Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. Out of curiosity, we decided to find out just how long the waits are to see the various infinity rooms a...

18:19

How to Spot a Psychopath On Your Facebook Friends List "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fact: A psychopath is born every 47 seconds. Kent A. Kiehl, The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without a Conscience

Its a staggering statistic if you really stop and think about it, the idea that there is a new psychopath brought into this world once every 47 seconds. In fact, it is estimated that 1% of the population meet the diagnostic criteria for psychopaths. If you previously believed that you have never met one, think again!

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

 

The term psychopath is largely misunderstood. Due to their portrayal on television and in Hollywood, many Americans immediately think of criminals, inmates, and those who can be described as nothing short of evil. The truth is far muddier, causing us to overlook many of the psychopaths that we have encountered in our lives. While the personality traits associated with psychopathy can greatly increase ones likelihood to commit a crime, not all psychopaths are criminals. Instead, the term refers to a specific set of personality traits which can be seen in many of the worlds most famous criminals but also may be seen in your co-worker, neighbor or family member.

Psychologists determine whether or not someone meets the criteria for psychopathy by assessing their personality, looking for a specific set of traits including callousness, superficial and shallow emotion, irresponsibility, lack of remorse or guilt about harming others, lack of empathy and the tendency to exploit, manipulate and engage in predatory behavior towards others.

While there are some signs that we can watch for in person, such as the facial expression and body language when someone is speaking if they are smirking while they are saying the right things about how sorry they are that they hurt someone, this may be a red flag the anonymity of the internet provides for a platform to share their thoughts and feelings without being as readily identified. That being said, it isnt impossible!

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18:17

32 Toxic Behaviors to Eliminate From Your Life Immediately "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The place you are at in your life is largely determined by the decisions you make, the way you treat others (and yourself) and the energy that you welcome into your life. Choosing to engage in toxic behaviors will create an environment in which this type of thinking is considered to be normal or welcome, inviting similar energies from those that meet. There is good news this IS a choice.

Its not always easy to step back and genuinely reassess the decision that you are making, however, taking an honest, hard look at your life may empower you to turn the tides on negativity creating a happy, successful and joyous environment. The power is in your hands and your hands alone.

Source: Hey Sigmund

 

Eliminate these 32 toxic behaviors from your life for a happier, successful future:

#1 Negative Self Talk

Stop for a second and seriously think about the way you talk to yourself. Would you use that language on a friend, co-worker or family member? No? Far too many of us allow permit toxic, hurtful, degrading and self-depreciating self talk, tearing ourselves down rather than taking the steps to build ourselves up and prepare ourselves for success. Turn that conversation around you deserve far better!

#2 Not Speaking Out

Dont sit back in the role of bystander in your life. If you dont agree with something that someone else is doing, or if you need something more from them then speak up. You ultimately run your own life, and you know what you want and need most. Dont shy away from voicing your opinion, even if it may be difficult to say.

#3 Arrogance

Always believe in yourself, a lesson that we are first taught as children and carry into our adult lives. There is, however, a point where you can believe too much in yourself, which leads to a lack of compassion and understanding of those around you. You dont always have the best answer, so be open to hearing the opinions of others.

#4 Holding on to Loss

It is through some of the most challenging and trying losses in our lives that we learn valuable lessons and grow into the person that we are meant to be. Loss is inevitable, whether it is the result of loss of life of someone we c...

17:52

Diseases Caused By Food And Water Contamination "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Doom And Bloom) The primary necessity for survival is the availability of air. Once you have air to breathe, water, food, and shelter become the next requirements for your continued existence on the planet; that is, clean water and properly prepared food.

Even in normal times, there are many instances where an outbreak of infectious disease occurs due to water of poor quality. Ingesting food that was incompletely cooked caused the deaths of medieval kings in medieval times and may even have sparked the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

Epidemics caused by organisms that cause severe diarrhea and dehydration have been a part of the human experience since before recorded history. If severe enough, dehydration can cause hypovolemic shock, organ failure, and death. Indeed, during the Civil War, more deaths were attributed to dehydration from infectious diseases than from bullets or shrapnel.

Off the grid, water used for drinking or cooking can be contaminated by anything from floods to a dead opossum upstream from your camp. This can have dire implications for those living where there is no access to large amounts of IV hydration.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the preparation of food and the disinfection of drinking water should be under supervision. In survival, this responsibility should fall to the community medic; it is the medic that will (after the patient, of course) be most impacted by failure to maintain good sanitation.

Many diseases have disastrous intestinal consequences leading to dehydration. They include:

Cholera: Caused by the marine and freshwater bacterium Vibrio cholera, Cholera has been the cause of many deaths in both the distant and recent past. It may, once again, be an issue in the uncertain future.

Cholera toxins produce a rapid onset of diarrhea and vomiting within a few hours to 2 days of infection. Victims often complain of leg cramps. The body water loss with untreated cholera is associated with a sixty per cent death rate. Aggressive efforts to rehydrate the patient, however, drops the death rate to only one per cent. Anti...

16:53

The UGC hub at the BBC builds trust with readers by involving them in the reporting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The BBC's user-generated content (UGC) hub began using a tool called Hearken in September 2016 to get an idea of the type of stories people were interested in even outside the news agenda. The aim was to build trust with the audience by answering their questions and including them more in how the news gets made. Hearken is a platform and framework focused on public-powered journalism. Various news organisations around the US have been using it to get their readers more involved in the stories that are being reported, from the pitching stage to publication. In this week's episode, we speak to Andre Massiah, senior broadcast journalist at BBC News, and the UGC hub's Hearken lead, about how people have been using the feature, and the type of stories they have helped shape.

16:39

Why is the Israeli army finally worried that Gaza is on the brink of collapse? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

They should know.

More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the 2 million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

It may be considering too its image and defence case if its commanders ever find themselves in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague accused of war crimes.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking the armys warnings to heart. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netany...

15:51

Operation Olive Branch Continues as Turkish Troops Push into Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Turkish troops began crossing the border near Afrin on Sunday as a part of a campaign deemed Operation Olive Branch.

After over a week of cross-border shelling by Turkish artillery and then a flurry of airstrikes that allegedly took out 153 Kurdish targets, Turkey has finally begun sending ground troops across the Syrian border into Afrin. Afrin is currently under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group primarily led by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey has framed the Operation Olive Branch as having two objectives:

  • To end the threats posed to Turkey by the YPG and their allies in the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • To aid Turkeys allies in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in capturing territory from the Kurds.

The Turkish backed factions of the FSA began moving reinforcements towards Afrin late last week and now claim to have 25,000 fighters in the area. According to Ankara the aim of the operation is to create a safe-zone in northern Syria between the Kurds and Turkey with the FSA rebels holding the captured region.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan spoke on the operation on Sunday, saying:

Our jets took off and started bombing. And now, the ground operation is underway. Now we see how the YPG are fleeing in Afrin, and that the Turkish military will chase them. God willing, we will complete this operation very quickly.


Read more by Jim Carey


As of the writing of this article, Turkish forces have pushed about 5 kilometers into Kurdish territory and the YPG claims to have repelled sever...

11:29

Greens want ban lifted "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Cr Mithra Cox

GREENS councillor Mithra Cox will seek to ease restrictions on school swimming carnivals when Wollongong Council reviews its School Use of Council Swimming Pools Policy at its January 30 meeting.

Wollongong Council currently has a ban on non-competitive swimming at carnivals, which means that many students dont even get wet at the school swimming carnival any more, Cr Cox said.

The Greens councillor will seek to amend the present policy which limits primary school carnivals to half a day, and bans non-competitive swimming, when it is debated by Council.

For many children, the highlight of the carnival used to be the fun races at the end of the day the tug of war, the boogie board races and the pool noodle challenge.

But now fun races have been banned by Wollongong Council, and students can only race in competitive races in Council pools.

Teachers have told me that only a small proportion of the most competitive, sporty kids participate in swimming carnivals, a big decline from a decade ago.

There is no good reason for Council to restrict fun races at carnivals.  The Department of Education has stringent guidelines to ensure supervision and safety of children, outlined in the Water Safety Guidelines for Unstructured Aquatic Activity and Sport Safety Guidelines. These guidelines limit unstructured free swimming, but still allow for fun races under supervisio...

11:20

Bushwalkers found safe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

police 8SIX bushwalkers were located safely by emergency services after losing their way on a coastal walking track near Helensburgh.

About 6.30pm on Friday the group entered the track near Otford. Upon their journey, the group became lost.

A 21-year-old woman called police for assistance. A multi-agency response was activated to search for the bushwalkers with Wollongong Police assisted by State Emergency Services, Royal Fire Service, Pol Air, NSW Ambulance and Illawarra Police Rescue.

About 1am on Saturday, Police Rescue and SES members located the group about 20 minutes from the start of the walk. The group, consisting of a 21-year-old woman, a 13-year-old, a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old, were uninjured and in good spirits.

They were conveyed to Wollongong Police Station where they spent the night.

Police from Wollongong Local Area Command have appealed for groups planning to bush walk in the area to be better prepared for the conditions they will encounter.

Police also encourage hikers to install the Emergency Plus App on their mobile phones, which allows for swift identification of a location by emergency services.

10:21

Daily Sabah: Exclusive interview with Gilad Atzmon "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I left Israel because I didnt want to live on someone elses land.

I left Israel because I didnt want to live on someone elses land.

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Gilad Atzmon In an interview with Daily Sabah's editor Burak Altun digging into  the current crisis in the Middle East

Burak Altun: Mr Atzmon, you are one of the most gifted jazz musicians around. In addition, you  are actively engaged in peace in the Middle East and criticize the state of Israel  within that context. I can see two separate identities here - you are a musician and a political activist. At the social and political level, you complain about identity politics in the West. What is it all about?

Gilad Atzmon: To start with, you are very kind in your description of me, but let me correct you. I am not a political activist, I have never been involved in politics and I prefer to stay away from the so called activist community. The reason is simple. Activists always know the answers. I am a philosopher. My task is refining the questions. I can easily live in peace with more than one answer and even with competing and contradicting  answers. 

However, let me address your question regarding identity politics. In the world in which I grew up the role of the political and especially Left politics was to point at that which unites us. Our left icons insisted that it didnt matter whether one is a Muslim, Black, Jew or Woman, we were all united against the mammonites, those capitalist plunderers in the City. But this has  changed. At a certain stage the Left decided to embrace new tactics. We were taught how to speak as a: as a woman, as a Jew, as a Black, as a gay and so on. Instead of being united we were set up to fight each other. In this New Left/progressive universe, we the people are divided by our biology yet the global market is united in its war again...

09:47

Antony Hampel Alive Events Agency "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Event Management Company in Sydney, Melbourne, and Australia wide. Specialises in brand activation, retail activations, experiential marketing and many more. Events produced by Antony Hampel of Alive Events Agency. "

09:00

Why were crossbows not used in the 19th century? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


A great question and there is your reason.  Gunpowder may well have been weak, but a slug or even a charge of nails would do great damage in close quarters and obviously they were able to hang onto this against its recoil.

The cross bow is operating at medium range and this would be closer targeting armor.  It would also be excellent in support of pike-men against heavy cavalry.

Except with the English, the long bow was not often deployed, and its advantage was in range.  It could imposes rapid plunging fire on a charging body of men.  I actually do not think that the long bow was ever fully exploited.  In combination with a pair of horses, the second carrying a bundle of arrows, you have the capacity to close on a group and hurt them at a substantial distance that would be comparable to Mongol ability who used a smaller but stronger bow....
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Why were crossbows not used in the 19th century, even though they could be reloaded way faster than the infantry guns of that period?



https://www.quora.com/ 

A lot of good answers here, so let me tell you a history lesson on the first army that came to this conclusion: the Spanish Tercios. 

It was the XVI century and the Great Captain, Gonzalo Fernndez de Crdoba, was tasked by Fernando and Isabel, the Catholic Kings of the newly formed Kingdom of Spain, with the mission to go to Italy and defeat the superior....

08:55

Facebook says it has a moral duty to understand how it affects democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Writing in a blog post, Facebook civic engagement product manager Samidh Chakrabarti dressed many of the criticisms launched against the company regarding its effect on democracy. From foreign government interference to the spread of fake news and the echo chamber effect, Chakrabarti said many of the issues people raise over these concerns dont have clear

Writing in a blog post, Facebook civic engagement product manager Samidh Chakrabarti dressed many of the criticisms launched against the company regarding its effect on democracy. From foreign government interference to the spread of fake news and the echo chamber effect, Chakrabarti said many of the issues people raise over these concerns dont have clear answers. However, Chakrabarti says that doesnt mean the company doesnt have a moral duty to look into them:

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08:03

Why is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can continue coping much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking evasive action. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week there could be no improvements, no reconstruction in Gaza until Hamas agrees to give up its weapons the only thing, in Hamass view, that serves as a deterrent against future Israeli attacks.

Figures show Israel...

07:37

Pokie backflip? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The extension of pokie machine into community pubs and clubs was initially bitterly opposed by the Federal Group. Until it got a better deal. 

In the interim it submitted an alternative  to a LegCo inquiry in 1993 proposing increased numbers of pokies at the two casinos.

What Ms White is now proposing and what Federal Group now ferociously opposes, is virtually the same as the policy it fully supported in 1993. 

The following are snapshots from the 1993 submission:




...

07:36

2018 Tasmanian State Election Guide: Denison "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is my Denison electorate guide for the 2018 Tasmanian State Election.  (Link to main 2018 election preview page, including links to other electorates.)

Denison (Currently 2 Liberal 2 Labor 1 Green). 
Western shore Hobart, primarily Hobart City and Glenorchy City
Inner and outer urban

Declared Candidates

Note to candidates: As the number of candidates is large, continually changing link and bio details could consume a lot of my time.  It's up to you to get your act together and have your candidacy advertised on a good website that I can find easily well ahead of the election.  On emailed request I may make one free website link change per candidate at my discretion; fees will be charged beyond that.  Bio descriptions and other text will not be changed on request except to remove any material that is indisputably false.

I am not listing full portfolios for each MP, only the most notable positions.  Candidates are listed incumbent-first and then alphabetically, except if stated otherwise.

Liberal

Elise Archer, incumbent, Speaker for most of term, recently promoted to ministry
Simon Behrakis, small businessman (Salamanca Fresh) with economics/stats background
Sue Hickey, incumbent first-term Lord Mayor of Hobart, promotions/printing small business background
Kristy Johnson, owner-manager of all-female Fernwood Gym, not to be confused (but will be) with extremely popular Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston
Dean Young, newsagent, small business - finance background

Labor

Scott Bacon, incumbent, Shadow Treasurer, son of former Premier Jim Bacon
Madeleine Ogilvie, first-term incumbent whose Catholic Right social-issue positions have often been contentious within the party
Tim Cox, high-profile former ABC radio Hobart broadcaster, recently commercial radio news manager
...

06:43

'Deplorable' Professor Fights Back Against Campus Totalitarians "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

'Deplorable' Professor Fights Back Against Campus Totalitarians --An interview with the 'Anti-PC NYU Prof' | 22 Jan 2018 | "In the fall of 2016," New York University professor [and CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald recently told The Daily Caller, "I was noting an increase of this social justice ideology on campuses, and it started to really alarm me. I saw it coming home to roost here at NYU, with the creation of the bias reporting hotline, and with the cancellation of the Milo Yiannopoulos talk because someone might walk past it and hear something which might 'trigger' them." Rectenwald, himself a leftist, created an initially anonymous Twitter account, @antipcnyuprof, to speak out against that ideology and the "absolutely anti-education and anti-intellectual" classroom indoctrination he was witnessing, as well as the collectivist surveillance state that the campus was becoming, as students were urged to report each other for the sin of committing microaggressions...Recently Rectenwald even filed a lawsuit against NYU and four of his colleagues for defamation. He consented to answering some questions for FrontPage Mag about his conflict with the NYU ideologues.

06:28

summer done right "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive spent the last few weeks meandering through school holidays.

You know what I mean; making my way from the kitchen to the laundry to the washing line to the beach to the supermarket.

We havent been on any grand adventures or even ventured far from home. These holidays have been simple (some of us may even choose to describe them as boring). Of course, theres been time spent with friends, swim school intensives, a movie session, a market visit, library books borrowed and muffins baked.

But most of all theres been afternoons whiled away in the backyard with the mozzie bites and bruised shins and screaming fights to prove it.

When I start to think that we should be doing more more memorable, sparkling, exciting things I come back to whats important and sustainable for all of us. And this summer, its been a slow and steady rhythm thats taken us from morning to night.

Daniel has only just gone back to work after having a month off so this week well readjust while preparing the big kids to go back to school next Tuesday. I have to be really disciplined with bedtimes over the next few days because I currently have the big kids going to bed late and waking up at 8:30am not exactly ideal for school mornings.

And of course, behind the scenes, there is all the preparation for our adventure which is so big and consuming that were still trying to muddle our way through. One question inevitably leads to ten more and we still dont have an appropriate car or a caravan.

But, last week we sold our old car to a family who had just returned from an extended holidaytravelling Australia in a caravan with four kids. What are the chances?! When Daniel told me I held my hands up and declared it a sign from the universe. He resisted such enthusiasm but agreed that yes, it was a rather lovely coincidence.

And so for now, were doing what we can. Clearing out the garage and the wardrobes and culling until were left with the necessities (which is still too much stuff).

The post summer done right appeared first on Practising Simplicity.

06:03

Do Commitment of Traders & Inventories Really Matter? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Do you think that the Commitment of Traders and reported inventories are relevant to gauge market performance?

ANSWER: The oldest game in town is manipulating inventories. Commodities can be stored at many places, but only selected facilities are on the reporting list. During the famous Buffet Silver scandal of 1997-1998, to justify taking silver up in price they had to make the inventories appear to decline. The easy way to do that was simple. Buffet bought the silver but in the London market not COMEX. Thus, the silver was moved from New York to London and then everyone touted silver was in short supply as if it had been consumed like wheat.

Phibro had one of their paid analysts to call the Wall Street Journal to try to stop me from warning clients that silver was being manipulated. Their mistake was getting mainstream media involved. Once the Wall Street Journal reported I said silver was being manipulated, the CFTC had to call me. I can write on this blog whatever. As long as it does not appear in the mainstream press government can ignore it.

The CFTC called me and asked me where the manipulation was taking place. I told them it was out of their jurisdiction in London. They said they could make a call and I s...

06:03

Central Bank Reserves The Rise of the Yuan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I understand that your model shows that China will become the dominant economy post-2032. The IMF added the yuan to their SDR basket. Are central banks starting to use the yuan in reserves in a major way yet?

KD

ANSWER: Yes. The ECB (European Central Bank) converted a half-billion euros to yuan. So that is not what you would call major. This is a first step in the true internationalization of the yuan. The Bundesbank has also converted a small portion of their reserves. So it is starting. Reports that China was selling off US debt are false. The U.S. debt to China is $1.2 trillion as of October 2017. Thats 19% of the $6.3 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $20 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself. What China and most governments have been doing is reducing their holding in maturity from 10 years down to 5 years or less.

Despite what everyone may believe, the ECB reserves rank only number 30 on the list among central banks with just 75.1 billion. China has the biggest reserves of all followed still by Japan. Other than Switzerland, no European country ranks in the top ten. This is a reflection of their status in world trade as well. It only follows reason that the Chinese yuan will become a wider used reserve currency as it also dominates trade.

06:01

Why the Dollar is the Mainstay of the World Economy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: A friend told me the one pound coins I have from a trip to Britain last year were canceled. How can a government simply cancel its money?

KL

ANSWER: Oh yes. Britain canceled the one pound coins last October. They estimated that 400-450 million pounds became worthless overnight. Europeans routinely cancel their currency. This is another reason why the US dollar is the RESERVE CURRENCY in the world. While you have these people who hate the dollar all the time in the USA, outside, it is the mainstay. The dollar is used worldwide because it is trusted while other countries routinely cancel currencies. India made headlines last year cancelling their high denomination notes overnight. This may force people to pay their taxes and prevent them from hoarding cash. But it is also why the US Treasury and Board of Governors staffs estimate that nearly 60% of all U.S. banknotes in circulation, or close to $500 billion, is held outside the United States. There are more dollars outside the USA than inside. This is also why the USA is not pushing the electronic currency as hard as you see in Europe. There, they just want to cancel all the currency to get more taxes.

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04:08

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The NSQHS Standards (second edition) are now available.

The second edition of the NSQHS Standards addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.

Health service organisations will be assessed to the second edition of the NSQHS Standards from January 2019.

The Commission's National Model Clinical Governance Framework is also available now. Building on the NSQHS Standards, the Framework provides information about corporate and clinical governance, and roles and responsibilities for people within a health service organisation.

The Commission has developed a range of other resources to support implementation of the NSQHS Standards.

For more information on the second edition and related resources please contact the National Standards team on 1800 304 056 or accreditation@safetyandquality.gov.au

04:06

Spinal cord injury, Australia:7 new AIHW reports: "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Spinal cord injury from traumatic causes imposes a heavy physical, psychological and economic burden on the injured people, their families and society, because it often results in a high level of long-term disability and morbidity and in increased mortality risk.

This collection of reports provides data from 2008-09 to 2013-14 on the incidence of traumatic spinal cord injury, the people injured, the care provided to them, and the causes of the injuries. Each reporting year is covered in its own report, and, in addition, the older years of data are summarised in Spinal cord injury, Australia: summary 2008-09 to 2012-13.

The latest report shows that in 2013-14, 236 new incident cases of spinal cord injury due to external causes were reported to the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register. Males accounted for 81% of traumatic spinal cord injury cases. Land transport crashes (46%) were the leading mechanism of injury followed by falls (32%). Nearly half (45%) occurred while the person was engaged in a sport or leisure activity.

Spinal cord injury, Australia: summary 2008-09 to 2012-13.

Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2008-09.

Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2009-10.

Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2010-11.

Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2011-12

Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2012-13.

Spinal cord injury, Australia, 2013-14.

03:57

WayAhead: Access more than 5000 mental health and related services for free "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The WayAhead Directory is a searchable online database that anyone in the community can use to access local mental health and related services. These services also include community support organisations, legal, employment and recreation services and information resources when and where they're needed.

Currently, the WayAhead Directory lists information on more than 5,600 mental health and other related services. Search results are determined by location and can be filtered by demographic subgroups, types of services and more.

The WayAhead Directory.

03:53

Medicines for cardiovascular disease [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cardiovascular medicines are key elements in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. This bulletin uses data on supply, general practitioner (GP) prescriptions, use and expenditure to highlight that cardiovascular medicines are most commonly used to help control levels of blood pressure and blood lipids, such as cholesterol.


Key findings:

* Over 100 million Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme/Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions for cardiovascular medicines were dispensed to the Australian community in 2015. These comprised one-third (34%) of the total prescription medicines dispensed.

* Blood pressure lowering medicines (such as perindopril and irbesartan) and blood cholesterol lowering medicines (such as atorvastatin and rosuvastatin) were the most commonly dispensed prescription medicines in Australia in 2015.

* Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of all medications prescribed by GPs in 2015-16 were for the cardiovascular system, at a rate of 9.4 per 100 problems managed. Many of these prescriptions included orders for repeats.

* Almost three-quarters (72%) of the estimated 4.1 million Australians who reported having a cardiovascular condition in 2014-15 had used a cardiovascular system medicine in the previous fortnight.

Medicines for cardiovascular disease

03:37

Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"





The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.

03:36

Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"





The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.

02:28

The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here.

Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of African gangs in Melbourne with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive.

The defensiveness has come in the form of conceding that yes, people of African descent are over-represented in some sorts of crimes in Victoria. However, the general crime rate is falling, and the over-representation is more or less accounted for by socio-economic disadvantage.

So take the standard statistic. People of Sudanese and South Sudanese background in Victoria make up 0.14 percent of the population, but are about 1.5 percent of the criminal population. It is concluded from this that Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants are about 10 times more likely to commit various crimes.

A file image of Victorian police.A file image of Victorian police.

Similar conclusions could be drawn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They make up some 2 percent of Australians over 18, but 27 percent of people in prison. In this case too, part of the over-representation can be attributed to socio-economic disadvantage. But the crime statistics themselves arent neutral. They are reflective of oppressive and discriminatory policing habits.

When people see that Sudanese people are over-represented in crime statistics, a red flag should go up that another racial minority is being heavily policed. We cannot know the extent to which the statistics are influenced by the nature of how police interact with Sudanese immigrants. But it is irre...

02:13

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

Robertson, New South Wales, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

01:32

Hassan Nasrallah answers Trump on Hezbollahs drug trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on January 19, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the death of Fayez Moghniyeh, father of martyrs Jihad, Fouad and Imad Moghniyeh In case this video is censored by Youtube, find it on Dailymotion, Vimeo or Rutube. See Kafka 2.0: How Youtubes Political Censorship is []

00:40

Womens marches across the United States fight loss of rights "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from New South Wales

Huge numbers of women took part in street marches over the weekend and this signaled a new rise in the movement for equality. Wearing pink (Pussy) hats, they took to the streets, to show they were prepared to fight against that threaten to set back advances women have achieved over recent times. Estimates of the number have ranged to the hundreds of thousands claimed by the establishment, to the millions insisted by others.

 

Video from ABC News (US)

Most important is that the number of Americans who are angry about what is going on cannot be ignored.
Women took to the streets in many American cities and more than 600 locations. Support rallies took place across Europe, South America Asia and Africa and in Australia as well.
Gender equality is in the centre stage, because the Trump administration is moving to increase inequality. This also relates to Trumps own public performance and released tapes about his ugly attitude towards women. There is no doubt that the recent campaign outing sexual predators (#Me Too) in the workplace and has netted some high profile identities, has helped to put womens rights at the political centre.It was also fueled by the overall reaction against the Trump political direction that is hurting working Americans, the marginalised and poor. A political direction that is fanning race hate and is intended to divide ordinary Americans and favour the wealthiest Americans at the top. These issues were raised over the weekend.An important development is that the womens marches were not called in the form of opposition against Trump, but as an expression of what participants want to achieve. Rather than calling on political leaders to turn away from what they are doing, the emphasis was on what those who want to bring about change are going to do.Considerable attention has been put on the mid-term elections for the House of Representatives coming up this year, where there is a gearing up for a host of woman candidates to stand. A formidable number of celebrities attended the marches. Some of them were speakers.The electoral strategy is not all. The key is motivating ongoing activism and organising at the grass roots.

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23:00

Live Jazz Events in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

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22:45

European women join chorus for change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thousands of people on two continents have picked up the baton from the US and rallied in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment.

Demonstrations in London, Paris, Sydney and other European and Australian cities on Sunday followed much larger womens marches held on Saturday across the US to mark the anniversary of President Donald Trumps inauguration, as well as the protests it inspired.

In the British capital, demonstrators carried placards reading We Are Powerful and Times Up and chanted outside Prime Minister Theresa Mays office as they raised grievances ranging from workplace inequities to misogynistic abuse on social media.

Today is a call for action to bring about change, London protest co-organiser Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said.

This is so much more than Trump.

The London event drew thousands of people despite sleet and snow.

Heavy rain fell on the protesters who gathered near the Eiffel Tower, which could have been a factor in the small number of participants compared with the US marches on Saturday.

It doesnt matter if the weather is like this, Maggie Kan, who was one of the more than 100 people who didnt let the rain and cold deter them.

Were still coming together, and were going to still fight against Trump and his agenda.

The international events come at a time of reckoning for many men in Hollywood, the media and other industries as women speak out about sexual misconduct and inequity in general.

More are scheduled to take place in the US on Sunday.

They will culminate in a Las Vegas rally that will launch an effort to register a million voters and target swing states in the US midterm elections later this year, which could shift control of congress.

I think last year was that watershed moment of President Trumps election, said Melissa Goffin, the march organiser in Melbourne.

Its a new era of feminism.

Those who took part in this years events said they were galvanised by an avalanche of political and gender issues over the past year, as well as the (hashtag) MeToo movement, which has been credited with countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

Trump dismissed the suggestion that his presidency has been bad for women.

He tweeted on Saturday that it was a perfect day for women to march to celebrate the economic success and wealth creation of his first year in office.

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22:42

Republicans, Democrats dig in on shutdown "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Republicans and Democrats appear to be hardening their positions as both sides hunker down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a US government shutdown in its second day.

Democrats demanded that US President Donald Trump negotiate on immigration issues as part of any agreement to resume government funding.

They accused him of reneging on an earlier accord to protect Dreamers, illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, from deportation.

I hope it is just a matter of hours or days. But we need to have a substantive answer, and the only person who can lead us to that is President Trump. This is his shutdown, Dick Durbin, the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, said on the CBS Face the Nation program on Sunday.

Republicans were just as adamant, saying they would not negotiate immigration or other issues as long as all but essential government services remain shuttered.

Speaking to US troops at a military base in the Middle East, Vice President Mike Pence said, Were not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers and your families, the benefits and wages youve earned.

A bipartisan group of senators met on Sunday in a Senate office building, searching for ways out of the crisis.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins said a group of as many as 22 senators were discussing alternatives, though the details were in flux.

After funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight on Friday, many US government employees were told to stay home or in some cases work without pay until new funding is approved.

The shutdown is the first since a 16-day closure in October 2013.

Trump said on Sunday that if the stalemate continued, Republicans should change Senate rules so a measure could be passed to fund the government.

Current Senate rules require a super-majority of three-fifths of the chamber, usually 60 out of 100, for legislation to clear procedural hurdles and pass.

If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51 percent (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, Trump said on Twitter.

But Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, from Trumps own party, rejected the idea.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.The Senate will vote early on Monday on whether to advance a measure to fund the government through February 8, unless Democrats agree to hold it sooner, McConnell said on Saturday.

The level of support for the bill was uncertain, but given Democratic leaders public statements, it seemed unlikely the measure would receive the 60 votes required to advance.

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20:33

Do We All Really Want Whats Best For The Kids? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As evidence against charter schools increases, charter school supporters have started to assert more frequently that charter schools are not a panacea, they cannot fix everything. And even though they have many problems, they should always be supported nonetheless. Charter schools are said to be a viable option for some and people should have choices.

After all, at the end of the day, we are all supposedly working for the same thing, we all want what is best for the kids. That is what is important according to charter school advocates, not all the serious problems plaguing charter schools and the harmful effects these schools are having on education and society. Both supporters and critics of charter schools supposedly want what is best for the kids. They allegedly do not have profoundly different and irreconcilable visions of education and society. If anything, they have only reasonable and harmless differences of opinion over secondary issues.

This is straightforward disinformation, which is more harmful than misinformation or hype. Charter school supporters do not want the same thing as supporters of public schools. Proponents of public schools and champions of charter schools want different things because they have different aims and interests. They are on different planets as the saying goes. They do not actually share the same interests.

Among other things, charter school promoters never offer any deep analysis of education, social relations, and social conditions. They seldom investigate fundamental questions about the nature of education in a modern society based on large-scale industrial production. Disciplined intellectual inquiry into major concepts and their meaning and significance are routinely avoided by charter school supporters.

Instead, charter school supporters continually overwhelm people with facile answers, ready-made views, and self-serving tautologies that block discussion, elaboration, and analysis. Anti-consciousness prevails. All sorts of irrational assertions are made about families, students, education, and society by charter school supporters in order to hide the privatization, marketization, and corporatization of education. Such assertions usually involve buzz phrases with words like parents, kids, innovation, or choice in them. Charter school supporters even characterize evidence against charter schools as propaganda. For charter school supporters, everything rests on an expedient capital-centered approach to education and society.

More than a century of study of social class relations, and life itself, confirm that there are antagonistic and irreconcilable class interests in society, and that these historically defined incompatible interests are often self-servingly concealed by those who have usurped power by force so as to create the illusion that we are one nat...

18:30

Meria Heller Awaken with Meria and Monnica 01.21.18 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Awaken with Meria & Monnica. Meria and Monnica Sepulveda take you on a spiritual journey. Intuition is a gift we all have, exercise it and use it; everything is an exchange of energy; feel your own answers; your inner genie; research and development;only one truth; dont hesitate to make changes or leave it to someone else; divine order; challenges dont have to get the ...

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18:25

After disturbing tour of Hebron, Roger Cohen takes a step away from Zionism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday in the New York Times, Roger Cohen published a column from Hebron titled Holy City of Sterile Streets that lots of people are talking about, and which I see as distancing the columnist from Zionism: 1, It states bluntly that the Israeli goal of sterilizing Hebron streets by emptying them of Palestinians is reminiscent of anti-semitic rhetoric and actions; 2, It says the occupation has never ended and it is being done in the name of the Jews and is getting worse every time he sees it; 3, It urges people to put the disputed claims of the past behind them and look to the future.

The last message is a memo to Cohen himself. He has repeatedly cited the Jewish history of persecution to justify the existence of a Jewish state he chooses not to live in but to defend. That justification gets a lot slimmer in this piece. The Jewish history of persecution turns out to produce Jewish monsters. And Cohen surely recognizes that it is cruel to revisit such a place and only see the conditions get worse, and mouth liberal Zionist pieties as an answer.

Some excerpts. First, the endless occupation and the anti-Semitism echo:

The occupation of the West Bank is a half-century old. Thats a long time. Jews did not go to the Holy Land to deploy for another people the biological metaphors of classic racism that accompanied their persecution over centuries. But the exercise of overwhelming power is corrupting, to the point that sterile streets, presumably freed of disease-ridden natives, enter the lexicon.

Next, in this passage Cohen identifies the occupation as inherently Jewish in Zionist eyes, and rejects that strategy as oppressive.

[Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence] remembers a mission statement on a wall: To protect and defend the inhabitants of the Jewish community of Hebron. He was ordered to fire a grenade machine gun into a heavily populated Palestinian residential area. He saw a Palestinian medical clinic destroyed. Doubts grew.

Its not defense, or prevention. Its offense against Palestinian independence. That is the mission, Shaul says. The view is that between the river and the sea there is room for one state only, so it better be us. Inevitably, the settlers, however extreme, become a vehicle of this strategic aim.

Here is the part where Cohen urges everyone to escape their nationalist narratives and look ahead:

To settlers, this is the first Jewish city in the biblical hills of Judea. To the Palestinian majority, this is their centuries-old home under relentless Israeli military occupation.

Like every Israeli-Palesti...

17:34

Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse fills an entire warehouse at Sydneys Carriageworks contemporary art center. The work, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, uses nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric. More images on Colossal. (via Colossal)

What vision of female liberation and modernity might women dream for themselves? Radical Women showcases a range of politically engaged artworks by female-identified artists, focused on resistance to the military dictatorships between 1965 and 1980, but the show makes clear that sexual assault is a tool of state power. Numerous artistsincluding Ana Mendieta, Anna Maria Maiolino, Mara Evelia Marmolejo, Dalila Puzzovio, and Margot Rmerdraw connections between individual acts of violence against women and the will of an oppressive state bent on squashing dissent. Furthermore, in works by Mendieta, Sara Modiano, and Graciela Gutirrez Marx, the rape of the female body is likened to capitalisms exploitation of the Earths resources; ecological conservation becomes an essential space of liberation. In contrast with Tiqquns eco-Young-Girl, who laments the violence of capitalist exploitation without impeding it, approaching activism as yet another act of consumption, these artists propose that simply living an unfettered, sustainable life on ones own terms is the ultimate radical act.

LA was an odd choice for an artist who had been a pioneeri...

16:34

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney Morning Herald

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Kate McClymont
  • Kate McClymont

For the past 25 years Craig McLachlan has been the golden-haired boy of the Australian theatre and television industry.

But now the Gold Logie award-winning actor famous for his starring roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home and Away stands accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, exposing himself and bullying female colleagues.

A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

Two cast members have lodged a complaint with Victoria Police, alleging that a number of actresses in the show were subjected to McLachlan touching their genitals, groping their breasts, exposing himself and pressing his penis against them.

Complaints to the production company, the Gordon Frost Organisation, fell on deaf ears, they say.

Hes really calculated and very manipulative, a predator, said model and actress Erika Heynatz, one of those who have gone to the police..........

16:29

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im not sure how wise Craig McLachlan is to launch defamation actions.

After all, at least two female alleged victims of his behaviour have gone to NSW Police and complained about Craig McLachlans alleged sexual behaviour.

It sounds like there is substance to these ladies claims why would so many ladies have come forward to media and told their stories are they making these salacious, scandalous allegations up? I think not.

Id say Craig McLachlan is going to get himself deeper and deeper into trouble by not owning his errant behaviour, apologising to the alleged victims, and getting off his high horse.

If NSW Police charge him during the defamation proceedings, which will take a long time, his defamation action will go down in flames.

The only parties to benefit from this saga now are the media and lawyers.

Daily Telegraph Sydney

Craig McLachlan to launch defamation proceedings

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court

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13:00

Indias Tax Authority Continues to Hound Bitcoin Investors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Governments all over the world are seemingly cracking down on cryptocurrency activity. In India, things are slowly evolving in such a direction. Not only are banks closing bank accounts related to cryptocurrency activity, but the tax authority is getting involved as well. More specifically, a fair few speculators do not declare their investments on tax returns It is not an illegal activity by any means, but it does raise some questions which need to be answered. All affected investors have received an official tax notice as a result.

India is a very important country when it comes to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Local exchanges generate a high amount of trading volume, which is a positive sign. Unfortunately, local banks have begun freezing exchanges assets for the time being. There is no indication as to why this is happening or when things will return to normal. To make matters even worse, the Indian income tax department in now probing cryptocurrency investors as well.

Indian Tax Authority Wants to Tax Bitcoin

More specifically, the Indian tax authority has sent notices to cryptocurrency investors. This includes all speculators not including their investments on the recent tax returns. Although India has no official cryptocurrency regulation or taxation guidelines, this development raises some questions. It is unclear what the tax authority is looking for exactly at this point. We do know all local exchanges were surveyed in the process. This seems to indicate the local authorities want to curb cryptocurrency trading in one way or another.

Whether or not this means India will tax capital gains through cryptocurrency, remains to be seen. It would not necessarily be in their best interest to do so. At the same time, taxing Bitcoin grants the cryptocurrency more legitimacy as well. It is a fine line to walk for the tax authority right now. Especially when considering how the government still mulls over cryptocurrency regulation. Taxation guidelines are a part of regulation, in a way. How all of this will play out, remains to be determined.

It is evident the Indian tax authority would like to collect such capital gains tax. A notice was sent out to investors last month regarding this particular development. It seems a lot of people ignored this request, which shouldnt come as a big surprise whatsoever. Investors are not interested in sharing their cryptocurrency gains or losses with the government. After all, there is no l...

12:31

Bitcoin Futures: A Way to Control Cryptocurrency Markets? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Bitcoin Futures: A Way to Control Cryptocurrency Markets? appeared first on CCN

Can Wall Street investors manipulate the cryptocurrency markets via Bitcoin futures? Based on the recent fall in the markets during the week of January 15th, it seems that yes is the answer to that question. During the market slump last week, there was some banter on Reddit that the crash was going to end Wednesday, Continued

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11:59

Nothing is Impossible: Rediscovering The Kybalion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By MITCH HOROWITZ

And with the wish the energy was born
Corpus Hermeticum, book I

I once regarded The Kybalion as little more than a novelty of early twentieth-century occultism. I considered the book a faux-antique work of mind-power philosophy, dressed up in pseudo-Hermetic language and offering a handful of serviceable but not greatly significant ideas of practical spirituality.

I was wrong.

This enduring work, which appeared on the American occult scene in 1908 under the mysterious byline Three Initiates, has earned its posterity. The book serves as something close to what it claims to be: a Great Reconciler of metaphysical, transcendental, and New Thought philosophies.

Although some of The Kybalions reference points and formulations are plainly modern, the book can justly be defended as an authentic retention of certain ancient Hermetic ideas. Its author about whom Ill say more in a moment drew upon elements of the Hermetica, a late-ancient collection of Greek and occasional Latin writings attributed to the mythical man-god Hermes Trismegistus, or thrice-greatest Hermes. This was a Greek appellation for Ancient Egypts god of writing and intellect, Thoth, whom the Greeks venerated above their own Hermes or Mercury. Using Greek literary form, the various and unnamed authors of the Hermetic tracts, not always agreeing among themselves, codified fragments of immeasurably old oral precepts from Ancient Egypt.1

I should have listened more closely when, almost twenty years ago, a respected religious philosopher, who himself had translated some of the core Hermetic writings, told me of The Kybalion, with his voice low and a gleam in his eye: There are some good ideas in that little book.

Indeed there are and it took me a long time to rediscover them. It is not always easy to say exactly what brings us back to a book or an idea. I had always orbited around The Kybalion, albeit tentatively; I admired or grew friendly with some of its acolytes and with cultural figures influenced by it; and, finally, in 2017, I returned to the book in full. It was as though a light went on. Maybe my journey is an example of the books dictum: When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with wisdom.

Before saying more about the value of The Kybalion, let me address the question of its authorship. The identity of the Thre...

11:00

EP 234: Food Court & Siamese "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Photo: Teds Records (Sunscreen), Justin Edwards (SE)

Food Court

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, 15th September 2017

The members of Sydneys Food Court met at a party under the Glebe tram-tracks and started jamming 60s garage blessed with some 90s fuzz bosh. The band features Cristian Campano (ex-Betty Airs) on vocals/guitar, Lewis Mckeown (Pretend Eye) on bass/vocals, Dan De Santis on guitar and Nic Puertolas (ex-Salvagers) on drums.

2013 saw the release of their debut ep Smile At Your Shoes and a string of singles followed. They then followed up with 2014s Big Weak and a full length entitled Good Luck which was released in 2017. The album was the final LP to be recorded by John Castle in his legendary Shed Studios where Castle worked his magic on records from the likes of Megan Washington, You Am I and more recently Jack River.

Food Court bring energy, riffage and a killer live show...

09:07

Alzheimers Disease Audio Bite #18 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Listen to Dr. Sebis tone as he answers a womans question about Alzheimers. It is a tone representing the determination to reveal to people just how easy it is to overstand disease. There is only one disease! Dr. Sebi would always say. The only other source for disease that he Continue reading

07:33

Aleister Crowley & The Book of the Law: A Magical Encounter in Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu

By ROBERT BLACK

Aleister Crowley (18751947) is remembered as a libertine, philosopher, mountaineer, magician, and supposedly the wickedness man in the world. He wrote bad poetry, pornographic books, novels and a vast array of literature.

He is best known as being an infamous occultist and the scribe of The Book of the Law, which introduced Thelema to the world. Crowley was an influential member of several occult organisations, including the Golden Dawn, the A..A.., and Ordo Templi Orientis.

One of the most enigmatic aspects of Crowleys life was his receipt of what he believed to be a document dictated by a praetor human intelligence known as Aiwazz.

Crowley studied ceremonial magic for many years, but he felt he had not found the success he was searching for. He and his wife Rose travelled to Egypt where they spent a night in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid. Rose became clairaudient and began to repeat the phrase They are waiting for you. Crowley was bemused as Rose was not known for her interest in magic or occultism, and hitherto had shown no signs of psychic ability. But she was insistent, and perhaps more to humour his young wife Crowley invoked the god Thoth and asked a number of test questions.

Surprisingly, the answers were way beyond his wifes understanding and showed a level of sophistication that piqued Crowleys interest, to say the least. The final test involved an image of Horus at a local museum. He asked the communicating being to identify it. Rose very quickly identified various images of Horus, but it was the stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu that she was most drawn to, an artefact known as inventory number 666 (Crowleys personal number as The Master Therion). The being not only identified Horus on the stele but caused Rose to explain that the intelligence attempting to communicate was not Horus himself but his representative Aiwazz.

On 8 April 1904, between noon and early in the morning, Crowley experienced a dark and overwhelming presence behind him. It communicated through him a bit like automatic writing and dictated over three days what became known as Liber AL vel Legis or The Book of the Law. The Book of the Law offers a new revelation and the revival of the Egyptian cult...

07:33

Egypt in the Western Occult Tradition "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Egyptian god of knowledge, wisdom & magic, Thoth, carved on the back of the throne of the seated statue of Rameses II. It was believed Thoth was the original source of important spiritual knowledge which was preserved in the Corpus Hermeticum.

By RICHARD SMOLEY

O Egypt, Egypt, of your reverent deeds only stories will survive, and they will be incredible to your children! Only words cut in stone will survive to tell your faithful works, and the Scythian or Indian or some such neighbour barbarian will dwell in Egypt.

This haunting passage comes from the Corpus Hermeticum, the celebrated Hermetic body of writings, believed to go back to Hermes Trismegistus himself, a semidivine figure associated with the Greek god Hermes and his Egyptian equivalent, Thoth.

These texts go back no further than the early centuries of the Common Era. The passage above hints at their purpose: to preserve something of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt as its civilisation began to decay. Here is a good place to start when looking at Egypts role in the Western occult tradition.

The Corpus Hermeticum was brought to Italy in the mid-fifteenth century by Greeks fleeing the collapsing Byzantine Empire. The great patron of the arts, Cosimo de Medici, had these texts translated into Latin almost immediately. Because scholars thought they went back to Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary, and perhaps a teacher, of Moses, they were held in the highest esteem for almost two centuries. When their true date was discovered, they lost much of their prestige, and they have never quite regained it. Nevertheless, they have shaped the Western esoteric tradition in innumerable ways.

Consider Athanasius Kircher, a seventeenth-century Jesuit who, in the subtitle of Joscelyn Godwins recent book about him, was the last man to search for universal knowledge. Part of the knowledge he sought was the meaning of the hieroglyphs. Kirchers interpretation, created out of his own imagination, was almost entirely wrong. But his mistakes are instructive.

The symbol that he regarded as the key to this knowledge is a human-headed scarab from a bronze tabletop known as the Bembine Table of Isis. The body of the scarab, Kircher says, is the Earth; its wings are the airy sphere; several concentric ovals set in the place of the shoulders ar...

07:33

Modern Medicine: The New World Religion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By REG LITTLE

East Asia and possibly South Asia have strong traditions that offer insight into Western medical and scientific follies, but many parts of the developing world are much more vulnerable. The French author, Olivier Clerc, in his 2004 publication, Modern Medicine: The New World Religion has exposed the complex and confused mix of Christian and Enlightenment forces unleashed on many communities without effective traditional spiritual and scientific defences.

It is perhaps no accident that Clerc comes from a nation that, like those of East Asia, has sought ways to defend traditional agricultural and food cultures from the dictates of Anglo-American free trade and market forces. France is also a nation with a uniquely strong administrative tradition capable of exercising authority over corporate interests.

Clerc offers a unique and powerful insight into the way in which contemporary life and thought in developing nations have been perverted by a wicked mix of the power of corporate marketing, the mystique of science and the superstition of religion. He shows how illusion operates at many levels in society and how medicine and religion become entangled and almost inseparable in popular faith.

The following summary is derived from an outline on the web of Clercs book. He shows that illusion and faith are central qualities of Western civilisation, which are distinguished with difficulty. They are capable of destroying spiritual and health wisdom wherever they are found.

Clerc remarks on how Christian missionaries of the last three or four centuries sought to evangelise primitive people by destroying or burning the various cult objects of these people in order to eradicate their religions, superstitions and customs.

Yet, whether it was conquistadors stamping out Inca culture, the Inquisition stamping out European heresies, or Christian missionaries stamping out Voodoo or other African and Asian religions, the destruction of objects of worship did not prevent the continuation of strongly rooted inclinations, albeit with different qualities.

Clerc shows that the supposed secularisation of present day society is also just an illusion, with the beliefs and superstitions of Judeo-Christian culture remaining deeply embedded in the modern Western subconscious, becoming identified with many secular aspects of daily lives without people realising it.

The daily evening television news bulletins, the stars of...

07:33

The Magus Was A Spy: Aleister Crowley and the Curious Connections Between Intelligence and the Occult "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A war time photo of Aleister Crowley imitating Britains Prime Minister Winston Churchill, for whom he claimed to have invented the V for Victory hand sign.

By DR RICHARD SPENCE

In Magick Without Tears, Aleister Crowley observed a fundamental similarity between the Secret Chiefs, the invisible and inaccessible Masters to whom he professed obedience, and Captain A. and Admiral B. of the Naval Intelligence Service. Both, he noted, keep in the dark for precisely the same reasons; and these qualities disappear instantaneously the moment They want to get hold of you.1

Crowley, arguably the most famous or infamous occultist of the last century, spoke from personal experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Crowley, aka The Great Beast 666 and the Wickedest Man in the World, maintained some kind of connection with one or another aspect of British intelligence, most notably the Admiraltys Naval Intelligence branch. His case is by no means exceptional. Many of his associates in the occult realm, among them Everard Feilding, Theodore Reuss, Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Maxwell Knight, also had links to one spy agency or another.

The inter-connection of occultism and espionage goes back at least to the Elizabethan intrigues of Dr. John Dee, and certainly is much older than that. For Crowley, Dr. Dee was a role-model in more ways than one. Occult orders and spy agencies do share much in common. Both are focused on the acquisition and safeguarding of specialised knowledge and embrace secrecy as a cardinal virtue. They are selective in recruitment and members are bound by oaths of silence and loyalty. They operate, so much as possible, outside public view or even public awareness. The pursuit of occult knowledge provides an excellent training ground for espionage and kindred intrigue, and vice versa. As Crowleys literary creation Sir Anthony Bowling put it, investigation of spiritualism makes a capital training ground for secret service work, one soon gets up to all the tricks.2

What follows is a selective and inevitably brief survey of various persons who were involved in intelligence work and occult pursuits. The common denominator and main object of attention will be Crowley himself.

Crowley makes scattered allusions to intelligence work in his autobiographica...

07:33

Alchemy The Art of Transformation: An Interview with Cherry Gilchrist "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By RICHARD SMOLEY

Cherry Gilchrists book on the history and interpretation of alchemy has remained a classic since its first publication in 1984. Alchemy, the Great Work: A History and Evaluation of the Western Hermetic Tradition will be published in a new edition by Weiser Books, with an introduction by Mark Booth, in June 2015.

Her book on alchemy as a system of self-development, drawing on the Twelve Gates of George Ripley and alchemical imagery, is Everyday Alchemy, published by Rider in 2002.

She has appeared on radio and TV on various occasions to discuss alchemy, most notably on Stephen Hawkings World, in an episode filmed in Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire, UK, home and haunt of an eighteenth-century alchemist.

Cherry also draws on her knowledge of the Tree of Life, astrology, and divination in her writings on alchemy. She has studied these subjects since her student days at Cambridge, from which she graduated with a degree in English literature and anthropology. Following the line of oral traditions and wisdom, she has also written about Russian folk traditions, ancestry, personal life stories, and myths and legends from different cultures. Cherry is at present writing a book on the traditional Tarot trumps for Quest Books. For details of her work, see www.cherrygilchrist.co.uk.

Other interests include singing early music, and travel. Places visited such as Easter Island, Siberia, and the Silk Road have given her inspiration for her books, and insight into ancient cultures.

Cherrys own philosophy is that the Hermetic work can be passed down through a genuine line of teaching, and that it needs to find different forms in new generations. She was a founder member of Saros, the Foundation for the Perpetuation of Knowledge, an organisation headquartered in the UK which took on those aims.

Cherry lives in Exeter, UK, with her husband, artist Robert Lee-Wade.

Richard Smoley (RS): Maybe we could start by a brief definition of what you think alchemy is.

Cherry Gilchrist (CG): Alchemy is about transformation. In its most basic definition, its the transformation of base material or metal into gold. However, that is too simplistic, according to the ways in whic...

06:55

Fiona Wrights Domestic Interior "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fiona Wright, Domestic Interior (Giramondo 2017)

Domestic.jpgOne of my New Year resolves for the blog is not to attempt to review every book of poetry I read. Ill still blog about them, but for each book Ill focus on one or possibly two poems that resonate with me in some way.

Domestic Interior tests that resolve, because an awful lot of its poems speak to me loud and clear.

I havent read Fiona Wrights first book of poetry, Knuckled (2011), or her collection of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance  (2015), both published by Giramondo, but somehow Id picked up an expectation that her work would bristle with introspective misery. That expectation, even though endorsed by the back covers reference to highly charged moments of emotional extremity, turned out to be wide of the mark. Even the section titled A Crack on the Skin: On Illness, theres much lightness, grace, good humour and a pervasive celebration of friendship. And always, especially for Sydney readers, theres plenty of recognisable life as we know it or, in a number of poems, as we overhear it.

I caught a glimpse of Fiona Wright at a funeral when I was still part way through my first reading of the book, reason enough to choose to blog about Camperdown, St Stephen...

03:18

Hashimoto's and Melasma Gateway Diseases "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

nciples / CPC #9: HASHIMOTOs AND MELASMA: GATEWAY DISEASES
CPC #9: HASHIMOTOs AND MELASMA: GATEWAY DISEASES
APRIL 19, 2014 BY JACK KRUSE 227 COMMENTS


READERS SUMMARY:
How does a good question on the forum lead to a better answer to modern disease?


There is no trophy in health without a racefor a new truth.

With many of you gathering with family this holiday weekend here is my little gift for you.  These two diseases just puzzle and confound many.  In this blog you will see a new way to look at these diseases.

Melasma is one of the most common problems millions of women face and they spend millions of dollars with cosmetics and dermatology consults to try to get rid of the problem.  Melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral or patch contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications.  It is also common in women who go through an early and fast paced menopause.  They also tend to have poor sleep as a stereotype for a deep reason.
If you ask any dermatologist, if they are honest they will tell you it is one of the toughest 3 things they try to treat.  The main reason it is a tough disease is because we are not thinking about the pathway that forms pigmentation in humans correctly using normal environmental signals.  This pathway is tied to many of the blogs I have already written.  The pathways all tie back to the 3 legged stool of life I wrote about in Energy and Epigenetics 4.  These 3 are,  the photoelectric effect, water chemistry, and the electromagnetic force.
Most women who have melasma have a history of taking oral birth control pills or exogenous sources of estrogen.  Oral contraceptives deplete nutrients more than any othe...

03:02

Poker machine reform "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wow!  Just like that, the next Tasmanian election became important.  The Tasmanian Liberal Party have been nowhere near as incompetent, corrupt or divisive as their federal counterparts.  Add to that some comparatively progressive positions on refugees and Marriage Equality and they are closer to their Labor opposition than the federal government.  Well they were close. 

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01:45

Web Exclusive: Illuminati investigates Clow UFO Base following Womens March in Chicago (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After 300,000 people attended the Womens March Chicago, the Illuminati announced it was launching an investigation into security at Clow UFO Base.

We cannot believe that more humans attended this years march than last years march, said Mu, an investigator aligned with the Illuminati.  We think most of the marchers were aliens, and that means there was a serious security breach at Clow UFO Base.  We also think the New World Order bussed in aliens to Chicago from their base in Rochelle, IL.  We are going to get to the bottom of this, starting with Clow.

Clow officials denied any security breaches at the base.

The base is still locked down, said an official who asked to remain anonymous.  There are no flights to Clow, and we are keeping a close eye on flights leaving Clow.  To the best of our knowledge, none of our visitors went to the Chicago march.  Mayor Claar made it very clear that we were to do everything in our power to keep visitors away from the march.  If you ask me, I think a lot of people just hate President Trump and his administrations treatment of women.  Thats why the marches were so popular.  But you didnt ask me.

Other officials said they would cooperate with the Illuminati, but did not believe any aliens from Clow attended the march.

Clow UFO Base is under the jurisdiction of the Illuminati following Mayor Roger Claars defection from the New World Order in 2016.

Thomas Xavier, an administrator for the New World Order, says only ten aliens were authorized from Hub 35 in Rochelle to attend the march and believes others watched from orbit.

We did not use our visitors to inflate the numbers of marchers in Chicago.  The public is rejecting the chaos sought by the Illuminati and will turn to the order and stability we will offer them.  The tide is turning.

A phone call to Claar was answered by a receptionist, who said he was busy and could not be disturbed.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, Charline, I just found out that my slide on the racial demographics of Bolingbrook is wrong.

You approved it.

You messed it up.

I didnt mess it up.  I did it on purpose.

Why?

I was sending a subliminal message to the Trump supporter...

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22:37

Wild at art "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



David Lynch first came to my attention via a profile in The Weekend Australian ahead of the release of Wild At Heart

It spoke of his interest in settings of urban decay, as well as the mix of brutal realism and surreal fairy tale-like moments in his films.

A few months later I was a 16- or 17-year old at the cinema using a borrowed ID to buy a ticket to the R-rated film.

It didn't change my life but I think it did change how I see the world, at least a little.

Wild At Heart remains a favourite film and I like the way it presents romantic love as an antidote to all the evils of the modern wold.

It's a theme that continued in Twin Peaks but became complicated in films Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive, where unreliable narrators use romantic love to try and keep a handle on their increasingly unbalanced lives.

I like the way Lynch keeps audiences unsettled and, while there are many aspects to his storytelling that are remarkable, there's something about the way that he reconciles all the varying viewpoints without compromising their individuality.

It's not without judgment but it recognises the richness they add.

It's a richness that I think distinguishes David Lynch's work.

22:00

January 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.
Allegedly.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.


1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died...

19:41

What do the Ice Core Bubbles Really Tell Us? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball At a recent public presentation titled Whither the Weather the most frequently asked question popped up once gain. How do they know the temperatures from thousands of years ago, as in the Antarctic ice record. I gave the standard answer about layers of ice, extraction of air from trapped bubbles

18:07

Silent killer chemicals: How to reduce your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our government won't protect us from these harmful chemicals, so we have to protect ourselves. What keeps you up at night? Sick kids, restless pets, the latest tragedy on the evening news, politics, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, money troubles, job stress, and family health and wellbeing? There is no shortage of concerns that make us all toss and turn. But what keeps the chemical industry up at night? A couple of decades ago a senior Shell executive was asked this very question. The answer? Endocrine disruption. If you can even pronounce "endocrine disruption," you're doing well. What is it? Why should we care? And why is it keeping chemical bigshots up at night?

17:33

What MLK's 'letter from Birmingham jail' tells us about 16y/o jailed Ahed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimi's detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement for freedom. King's letter is an explanation of the need for "direct political action." King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said they're against segregation but times are changing, so why do "extremist" black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and won't do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

17:00

The Satoshi Revolution Chapter 4: Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era?

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 2 : The Moral Imperative of Privacy
Chapter 4: When Privacy is Criminalized, Only Criminals will be Private
by Wendy McElroy

Is Privacy Possible in the Digital Era? (Chapter 4, Part 3)

Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual the right to be let alone Numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the house-tops.

Louis Brandeis

What is privacy? Simple images come to mind, like slamming a door in the face of a census taker, but the question unlocks a complex issue.

Perhaps the most famous answer comes from an article by the American attorneys Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis, which appeared in a 1890 issue of the Harvard Law Review. It was one of the most influential articles in the history of legal theory. The Right to Privacy is considered to be the first prominent call for privacy as a concept to be cemented into law. It opened: THAT the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Elsewhere, privacy is defined as the right to be left alone.

The article argued for privacy as a foundational or basic human right, upon which all other rights depended. The right of property in its widest sense including all rights and privileges, and hence embracing the right to an inviolate personality, affords alone that broad basis upon which the protection which the individual demands can be rested. No right is more basic than pri...

15:41

'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

15:32

Julian Assange warns of 'political propaganda' as Amazon's Alexa becomes feminist "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has just received an enhanced personality: now, not only can she give you the correct answers, but can even offer a response in case of insults and personal attacks. Creators also expect that she could potentially express her own opinions on certain political issues, a move that has prompted criticism. Anyone who calls Alexa a "slut" now gets a negative response, German newspaper Die Zeit reported. Amazon has adapted the machine's character and how it responds in various situations. Now Alexa, who identifies herself as a woman and a feminist, will react to sexually charged insults with answers like "This is not for me," "This is not nice of you" or "I don't know what you expect." In addition, Alexa supports the Black Lives Matter movement and might potentially express her opinion on other important political issues in the future.

14:30

Do We Really Believe in Everything We Say? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

Portrait of a Man with a Quilted Sleeve, Titian, c1509. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons/National Gallery, London

Most of us have views on politics, current events, religion, society, morality and sport, and we spend a lot of time expressing these views, whether in conversation or on social media. We argue for our positions, and get annoyed if they are challenged. Why do we do this? The obvious answer is that we believe the views we express (ie, we think they are true), and we want to get others to believe them too, because they are true. We want the truth to prevail. Thats how it seems. But do we really believe everything we say? Are you always trying to establish the truth when you argue, or might there be other motives at work?

These questions might seem strange, offensive even. Am I suggesting that you are insincere or hypocritical in your views? No at least Im not suggesting that you are...

10:30

Review: Why Education Alone May Not Change the Skewed Global Order "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In New Wealth of Nations, Surjit Bhalla offers compelling support for education as the foundation of individual, national and global advance. But is this the only way to reduce inequality?

Democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID - UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The democratisation of education is perhaps the most important change in the human condition. Credit: DFID UK Department for International Development/ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

My father and his four brothers were born into a wealthy landowning family in rural Gujarat and all five could have lived comfortably on this inheritance. Yet, my granduncle, who managed the familys assets, decided to send all five to Mumbai for higher studies and to secure professional competence in law, medicine or accountancy. Intrigued by this, I once asked an older relative why he had chosen to do this. The answer was truly enlightening.

My father and his brothers were born rather late in the life of my granduncle and he was afraid that he would not be around to settle them in the management of the properties. He consulted a local Parsi friend who advised: Convert your fungible wealth into educat...

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Friday, 19 January

21:53

Episode-2150- Expert Council Q&A for 1-19-18 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on cider making, rocket mass heaters, investing, cryptocurency, grid down info gathering, boot care and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Eden Brothers Seeds joins the MSB Jack Making sweet cider without blowing up bottle Nicole Sauce Retrofitting a rocket mass heater to an existing chimney Paul Wheaton ROTH IRA investing John Pugliano The crypto known as Rai Blocks Ben Fitts Getting info in full grid down scenario Steven Harris Get your free crypto currency from Brave and an ARK update Jack Basic boot care Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 93 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Coin Market Cap Rai Blocks on Coin Market Cap The Rai Blocks Website The Rai Blocks White Paper Snow Seal for Your Boots Scout Boot Cream Kiwi Horse Hair Shine Brush Kiwi Silicon Water Proofing Scotch Guard Water Shield General Purpose Scrub Brush Freedom Alice Cooper Sponsor of the Day Western Botanicals Ready Made Resources Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoGulch.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in b......

18:59

Walk Inside a Warehouse-Sized Kaleidoscopic Painting by Katharina Grosse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse encompasses an entire warehouse, transforming its raw interior into a soft maze of kaleidoscopic color. The installation, titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, responds to the architecture of Sydneys contemporary art center Carriageworks, filling the industrial space with nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric.

I was fascinated by the thought of folding space, explained Grosse in a statement about the work. I was interested in taking this vast surface and shrinking it by folding or, actually, hiding the entirety of whats there. I understand a painting as something that, as we view it, travels through us and realigns our connections with the world.

To produce the piece Grosse first suspended the multitude of fabric from Carriageworks ceiling, creating a series of drapes and folds. The artist then used a spray gun to paint the work in a series of gestural strokes, creating an immersive site-specific environment that obscures the historic buildings architecture in a dense mass of swirling color.

The work was mounted as a part of Sydney Festival 2018, and is on view through April 8, 2018. You can view more of Grosses large-scale paintings (including this 2016 in situ installation at Rockaway Beach) on her website.  (via Juxtapoz)

...

06:59

Playmate: On The Border of Things "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Australia, it can be really hard to answer questions around where we come from; what our national identity is, who we are in relation to our family, and what to make of our shared histories in a complex nation that doesnt treat us all the same.

For the past three years, James Nguyen has been getting to know his Uncle Ai. Cong Ai Nyugen came to Australia from Vietnam to live with James family. He quickly moved to the outback, and all James knew was that he was picking fruit.

This road trip is a chance to catch up with my Uncle Ai. When I was in primary school, he left to go fruit-picking. We havent really talked much since then. As adults, we are basically strangers and this project is an excuse to make up lost time, and just hang out as if he never left.

On The Border Of Things: Part One lets you meet James. He casually and intimately shares the road he travelled (quite literally) in getting to know his uncle, and how exploring new parts of Australia helped him better understand Vietnam and his own family and the pitfalls of grocery conglomerates.

Its a talk, a bilingual performance piece, a video, and an immersion into farm life all in a small garage in Erskineville. I cant stress how close the whole thing is, how much James feels like a good mate afterwards, and how much youll learn about farming. Did you know that Vietnam is the worlds second biggest coffee grower in the world?

The migrant experience is more nuanced than the first generation, second generation narrative. There are varied opportunities, things to let go, and things worth fighting to retain. James ability to play within this, and his snapshot of one experience is honest, raw, kind, and well worth seeing.


WHAT: On The Border Of Things: Part One
WHERE: PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville
WHEN: Until January 20
HOW MUCH: $15 from The PACT website

 

 

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00:34

Foo Fighters pop-up bars, with Foo Town beer open in Sydney and Melb. next week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia fancy a pint? asked the Foo Fighters on social media, and Im so excited by the prospect of a Foo Fighters branded bar and beer, I wont even point out that pints are traditionally a Melbourne or a British thing, and not dreadfully common in NSW.

The Foo Fighters Hotel opens on Wednesday night in Sydney, taking over a bar that was once named The Hollywood Hotel during a simple time, while Fooie Bar launches Sunday at the former Cherry Bar in Melbourne. This will be exclusive merch, trivia, drinks, and random giveaways.

Young Henrys are supplying a Foo-branded beer too, in case you thought youd be smashing VB or something.

Check out the timetable below.

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Thursday, 18 January

23:59

This Way North Announce Sass The Patriarchy February Residency "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of This Way North Melbourne duo This Way North have announced a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout February titled Sass the Patriarchy. The night will be about about positive action, the creation of opportunity for women, and a chance to show support for the amazing women in our community []

01:05

Jamila Woods on being a black woman in Chicago "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Photo by Zoe Rain

  • Jamila Woods :: Interview with Tanya Ali

Jamila Woods debut album HEAVN landed in 2016 and turned her into a bold new figure in R&B. Tanya Ali got the chance to unpack what it means to be a black woman in Chicago, and how she is working on the ground to inspire a new generation of young artists.

Struggling to piece together the songs shed written for the album, Woods wanted spoken word interludes to thread HEAVN together, she just didnt know where to start. The classic R&B record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill helped lead the way. The introvert in me thought it would be nice to ask black women in my life questions and have them call me and leave an answer on my voicemailWhats the story of how you got your name? What kind of love do you think we black women deserve? Who is someone you miss right now?

Some of the answers they gave let Woods see connections in her own songs that she hadnt realised were there, working as perfect transitions throughout the record.

Outside her stunning debut record and captivating live shows, Woods pours energy into Chicagos young people. She started off teaching poetry on weekends. She went on to become a teaching artist with the non-profit Young Chicago Authors, going into schools and starting poetry clubs. I remember as a young person, Woods says. Having poetry mentors outside school blew her mind. It changed her whole prospective. For the first time she looked at poetry and music and thought, Wow. That can be a job?

Now, it is her job. As Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, she is creating alternative education spaces outside of schools. Places that bring people together. I could grow up on the south side and never meet someone from the north side, Woods says. Running Young Chicago Authors poetry...

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Wednesday, 17 January

23:44

Psych Fest Australia have announced their insane 2018 lineup "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Psych Fest has gained a reputation as one of the nations most enthralling boutique music festivals, championing all things fuzzed out, hazy and delayed.

After the roaring and reverberating success of 2017s installment of the festival, 2018 is here boasting a slew of international and local favourites set to take the stage. Topping off the roster of incredible acts will be the USAs Flavor Crystals and Italys New Candys wholl be playing in Australia for the very first time.

With the success of huge acts like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Tame Impala, theres no hiding Australia has a burgeoning thirst and talent for delay-drenched tunes and fuzzed out tracks Psych Fest will be a massive celebration of this awesome musical community.

Local acts kicking things off will include psych pop stalwarts, Moaning Lisa, Glitoris, Sports Bra and many more. Suss the entire lineup below:

SYDNEY MANNING BAR FEBRUARY 24 

International: New Candys (Italy) + Flavor Crystals (USA)
Local (in alphabetical order): Arse, The Baudelaires, Davey Lane, The Demon Parade, Egoism, Glitoris, Imperial
Broads, Julia Why?, Lapse, LIGHT, The Lovetones, Married Man, Moaning Lisa, Moody Beaches, Sports Bra, The
Wednesday Night + DJs + Special Guests TBA

MELBOURNE THE TOTE MARCH 3

International: New Candys (Italy) + Flavor Crystals (USA)
Local (in alphabetical order): The Baudelaires, The Bleeding Flares, Buried Feather, The Demon Parade, The
Dunes, Egoism, Julia Why?, Jungle Cuffs, Lazertits, Little Desert, Moaning Lisa, The Wednesday Night + DJs +
Special Guests TBA

23:26

Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces First Round Of Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of The Lost Brothers The Fairbridge Folk Festival have just announced their first round of artists and I think its time to start booking flights to WA. This years lineup includes UK Euro-gypsy-ska group Sheelanagig, Irish harmonic duo and Timber and Steel favourites The Lost Brothers (above), Victorian favourites Perch Creek, the brand []

09:11

Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch : So Frenchy So Chic + French Film Festival + Tropical Party 17/01/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

|| Wednesday 17 January 2018 || (8-9:30pm)

 

Bonsoir, Good evening Eastside listeners,
Its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I hope you all had a fabulous festive season with your loved ones. I will be hosting and producing Forever French on, Wednesday 17th of January 2018 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu: Australians get ready to wine, dine and dance again with So Frenchy So Chic this Saturday 20th of January, The 29th Alliance Franaise French Film Festival programming is released, The French Caribbean vibe is coming to town with Creole Zouk and I will play a plethora of music coming from French speaking countries. Thats all tonight on Forever French!. Click here to stream previous shows: http://www.eastsidefm.org/ForeverFrench

WHATS GOING ON IN SYDNEY?

SO FRENCHY SO CHIC: Australians are already getting to ready to wine, dine and dance again when So Frenchy So Chic returns for another summer festival of pleasures. In 2018, the beloved garden party, grand picnic and celebration of joie de vivre spreads the love to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney with music, food and frivolity the Frenchy way. While Ff, General Elektriks, Juniore, Francois and the Atlas Mountains * and L.E.J take the main stage, theres a lot more to enjoy on the day.

WHEN:SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY
WHERE: SYDNEY: , BICENTENNIAL PARK, GLEBE
2:40PM 3:50PM JUNIORE
4:20PM 5:30PM FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
6PM 7:20PM L.E.J.
7:40PM 9PM FEFE
9:30AM 10:35PM GENERAL ELEKT...

05:40

Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Freedom Time Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Always a hit with Melbourne and Perth punters, Freedom Time Festival made its debut in Sydney this January. With heavyweights including Larry Heard, Leroy Burgess & Harvey Sutherland, Johnny Osborne, Sassy J & Ruby Savage letting loose in front of the Manning Bar crowd, the atmosphere was electric. Positive vibes all round.

 

FBi Presents Freedom Time Festival | 07.01.18 | Photos by Andrew Aslanidis

 

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Tuesday, 16 January

10:11

Guns N Roses Dizzy Reed is playing a free gig in Sydney next month "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

If youve been hanging out for more live action from Guns N Roses since their last visit to Australia, then Dizzy Reed, the bands longtime keyboardist, may just help to fill that void.

Despite being a member of Guns N Roses for close to 30 years, and being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 2012, Dizzy Reed has managed to go his entire career without releasing a solo record. Now, with the release of his upcoming album, Rock N Roll Aint Easy, thats all about to change, and Reed is giving Aussie fans a treat to celebrate.

Coming to Australia for one show only, Dizzy Reed is set to launch his debut solo album at Sydneys iconic Frankies Pizza By The Slice on Sunday, February 18th.

With a lineup that features plenty of local bands, including The Velvet Addiction, The Kids, Junior Danger, The Desert Sea, Two Headed Dog, and A Basket Of Mammoths, this is set to be one heck of a night. Oh, and did we mention that its free? Thats right you can skip past the doorman and stroll right in for a night of killer tunes.

This is definitely one show youre not going to want to miss, especially at a price like this, so be sure to check out the events Facebook page for more info, and get ready for Dizzy Reeds Rock N Roll Aint Easy to be released on February 16th just in time for his show!

Check out Dizzy Reeds This Dont Look Like Vegas:

Dizzy Reed Australian Album Launch

Dizzy Reed
The Velvet Addiction
The Kids
Junior Danger
The Desert Sea
Two Headed Dog
A Basket Of Mammoths

Sunday, February 18th
Frankies Pizza By The Slice, Sydney, NSW
Free Entry
More Info: Facebook

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