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Wednesday, 13 June

19:21

Former Australian prime minister Keating says Trump surprisingly good at foreign policy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Guardian

Former Australian prime minister Keating says Trump

surprisingly good at foreign policy

Paul Keating had not expected US president to have such a pragmatic grasp of international affairs

Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating criticised Barack Obamas lack of policy ambition in office.
Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating criticised Barack Obamas lack of policy ambition in office. Photograph: David Moir/AAP

Donald Trump is surprisingly good at foreign policy, according to former Australian prime minister Paul Keating, who says the United States was directionless under the previous three administrations.

As the US president accepted an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for talks, Keating said he had not expected Trump to have such a pragmatic foreign policy and urged the president to continue down the path he was on.

America has gone on for 24 years without a strategy, Keating told a business conference in Sydney on Friday, during which he criticised Barack Obamas timidity and lack of policy ambition in office.

Trump has, surprisingly and I hope he maintains this put his hand up for the right policy.

Trump won praise for accepting the North Korean offer...

15:15

Back to the future as researchers invent real-life flux capacitor "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Gosia Kaszubska

The Back to the Future time machine runs on an imaginary flux capacitor but could the movie invention become reality?

In the popular movie franchise Back to the Future, an eccentric scientist creates a time machine that runs on a flux capacitor.

Now a group of actual physicists from Australia (RMIT University, University of Queensland) and Switzerland (ETH Zurich) have proposed a similar device that can break time-reversal symmetry.

While their flux capacitor doesnt enable time travel, its a critical step in future technologies like the quantum computer and could lead to better electronics for mobile phones and wifi.

The research, published in Physical Review Letters, proposes a new generation of electronic circulators devices that control the direction in which microwave signals move.

RMITs Professor Jared Cole said the device proposed in the research was built from a superconductor, in which electricity can flow without electrical resistance.

We propose two different possible circuits, one of which resembles the iconic three-pointed-star design of the flux capacitor that we see in the Back to the Future films, Cole, from the School of Science, said.

In this circuit, quantum tubes of magnetic flux can move around a central capacitor by a process known as quantum tunneling, where they overcome classically insurmountable obstacles.

The combination of magnetic fields and electric charges leads to what the physicists call broken time-reversal symmetry.

This effect does not allow us to actually travel back in time, Professor Tom Stace, from the University of Queensland, said.

Instead, it means that signals circulate around the circuit in only one direction, much like cars on a roundabout, he said.

Such a device can be used to isolate parts of an experimental apparatus from one other, which is critical when the individual parts are extremely sensitive quantum systems.

Lead author Dr Clemens Mueller, ETH Zurich, said the device was a crucial component for next generation technologies, including the long sought-after quantum computer.

Our research makes an important step towards scaling up this technology, where researchers need to precisely direct control and measurement signals around a quantum computer.

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13:52

Queensland delivers marriage equality for transgender people "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Transgender people in Queensland will have the dignity of living their true lives, following a significant birth certificate reform passed by the State Parliament tonight.

The Queensland Government has removed an unnecessary and discriminatory barrier, which forced married trans people to divorce their spouse in order to change the gender marker on their birth certificate.

Brisbanes Roz Dickson transitioned at age 47 and wanted to stay married to her wife Kathy. Roz and Kathy have been together for 28 years and have two children.

I want to stay married, particularly for our children. When I transitioned to live as a woman I became happier in myself, a more fulfilled and content person to live with and a better parent to our young children. This law means I will finally be able to change my birth certificate to reflect who I am, said Ms Dickson.

This change will ensure transgender people are not forced to choose between divorcing the person they love and having identification that doesnt reflect who they are.

Queensland is the third state to introduce the amendment after marriage equality was realised last year. Trans and gender diverse advocates continue to advocate for similar changes in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia, as well as removing other outdated and unfair barriers to accessing accurate birth certificates. South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and New South Wales have already reformed their birth certificate laws to remove this requirement.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, celebrated the laws which will finally allow marriage equality for transgender Queenslanders and their families.

Our communities, families, doctors and schools already support marriage equality, and its time our laws did as well. This is a small but significant change that will allow transgender people to be free to be who they are, while maintaining their commitment to the person they fell in love with, said Ms Brown.

The Queensland Government is currently reviewing laws which only allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate in very limited circumstances.

Transgender people face p...

13:09

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Pops into Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the late afternoon on Wednesday 13 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It looked to arrive from Canberra.

A36-002 at Mackay Airport recently  (File photo)

After only around an hour on the ground, RAAF VIP 34 Squadron transport bizjet returned to Canberra.

A36-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Regent 16".

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 13 June, RAAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-007 was noted overflying Mackay Airport during two sorties it looked to complete as a part of the joint military land/sea exercise currently underway in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  The Poseidon appears to be based at Townsville and was heard to use the radio callsigns of "Blackcat 51" and then "Blackcat 22" during both of its sorties.

Photo taken by 'JM' 

12:49

All Photo Angles Covered as Atlas Air Boeing B747-400 N464MC Returns to Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As has been widely reported, early on Wednesday 13 June, Atlas Air Boeing B747-446 N464MC arrived back into Rockhampton Airport, flying directly from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu) as GTI8360 "Giant 8360".


Like its previous arrival over the weekend, many local plane spotters were on hand at Rockhampton Airport as the jumbo jet made a smoky but very quiet landing on Rocky's Runway 15.




11:30

NO AUSSIES or Europeans wanted Bundaberg strawberry farm posts ad looking for Asian workers only "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

READ MORE AT NEWS.COM.AU 

JOBSEEKERS are outraged an ad for work in Queensland that has specified only people from Korea, Japan and Taiwan should apply. Read More

11:24

The Grace of Tenderness "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Stuart Wilde article. Tenderness is one of the three graces [along with generosity and respect]. Through tenderness you arrive back in the lap of the Gods for the celestial....

09:13

My ABC radio interviews on the Qld state budget for 2018-19 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Budget balances

I made two trips to ABCs South Brisbane studios yesterday. On the Breakfast program, hosts Bec Levingston and Craig Zonca and I chatted about Queenslands growing state debt, the distinction between good and bad debt, and the states credit rating. I spoke after the Deputy Premier-Treasurer had chatted with Bec and Craig, and you can hear me from around 2 hours, 34 minutes into the recording:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/breakfast/9839236

On Steve Austins Drive show in the afternoon, Steve and I chatted about my impressions of the budget, released just three hours earlier. I told him I thought the projected operating surpluses were too thin and actually negligible when compared with gross state product (see chart above based on data published in the budget as well as ABS data). I also noted that, even according to the metrics the government prefers, the budget projects a deterioration in Queenslands fiscal position. For example, on p. 48 of Budget Paper 2 we discover:

  • the general government debt to revenue ratio is projected to increase from 54 percent in 2017-18 to 68 percent in 2021-22, meaning the government is not expected to comply with the fiscal principle to Target ongoing reductions in Queenslands relative debt burden; and
  • ...

09:00

Eugenics never went away "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"





Our civilization has always been deeply flawed and this is a continuing problem.  It follows that we then depend on government intervention to resolve perceived flaws and those structures are easily manipulated in unacceptable ways.  This is one of the more obvious examples.

First, though, i do want to say that the tool of summary sterilization is not the actual problem.  In fact there are ample situations were it can be effectively applied.   The problem remains as always in the process which is immediately open to the application of self interest.

Under no circumstance was the case described here anything close to the intentions of the framers of the laws in question.  Yet it was still far too easily abused.  We have seen the same problem with foster programs and their like.

Today we have the ongoing horror of abortion which is now far removed from claimed intent.  Put another way, you do not release a hundred killers from death row because one may be innocent. You simply change out the actual practice until you have something that works well enough and is perhaps corrective.

Corrective, sadly, may mean eligibility for compensation.  Until we get our civilization right we may have to live with that.

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Eugenics never went away



Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic programme of sterilising the unfit continues even today

The Provincial Training School in Red Deer, Alberta, opened in October 1923 and was designated to be a residential institution for the training of people deemed mentally defective. Photo courtesy eugencisarchove.ca

Robert A Wilson

is professor of philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the founder of the network.........

08:51

FLUORIDE & ACNE: IS FLUORODERMA CAUSING YOUR CYSTIC BREAKOUTS? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This article looks at the emerging evidence between fluoride and acne and whether this widespread toxin could be the cause of your cystic breakouts. *SPOILER ALERT* If youre living in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Hong King or Singapore then the answer is most likely YES!

fluoride & acne: is fluoroderma causing your cystic breakouts?

About a year ago I was browsing the internet looking for research and evidence that certain toothpastes could trigger, or at least aggravate, flare ups of perioral dermatitis. I had no idea that this research session would totally change my opinion on some of the key causes of acne!
During this research session I came across a website called The Cellulite Investigation, a blog written by author and ex-FBI Investigator (you know the research on this site is going to be insanely detailed and evidence-based if an FBI investigator is behind it), by Melissa Gallico. What started as an investigation into why Melissa struggled with cellulite, led to the pioneering discovery that excess fluoride exposure clogs up the lymphatic system and causes hormone imbalances that can trigger cystic acne. Melissa actually discovered so much information on the topic that wasnt really accessible she decided to write a book on the fluoride/acne connection called The Hidden Cause of Acne.
Fluoride & Acne: Is Fluoroderma causing your cystic breakouts? | This article looks at the emerging evidence between iodine, fluoride and acne and whether this widespread toxin could be the cause of your cystic breakouts.
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07:13

Petition to change motorcycle exhaust noise rules "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following a police crackdown in at least two states on motorcycle exhaust noise and heated discussion on our website, a Queensland sports bike rider has launched a petition to have the noise rules changes.

Click here to sign his petition to Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads director-general Neil Scales. It has attracted more than 7000 signatures after about one week.

James Elwood motorcycle noise petitionJames and his Suzuki

Suzuki GSXR1000 rider James Elwood says he has not been fined for exhaust noise in his 20 years of riding.

To be honest, I dont believe my exhaust noise would be above the legal limit, he says. 

However, he is incensed that police are fining riders for the issue of exhaust noise which he believes can alert drivers to their presence.

Click here to read about challenging noise fines.

Irrespective of laws that prohibit drivers from using mobile phones while driving, fines for phone use are being issued at record highs every year, James says. 

This means that riders are on the roads with the most distracted drivers in history. Further to that, these drivers are looking at the roads less and less which is taking away their ability to see riders that are around them, or approaching their vehicle. 

The next best thing we can do as riders in this environment is be heard. 

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06:57

Audio: How soundscapes are helping us better understand animal behavior and landscape ecology "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On todays episode, we take a look at soundscape phenology and the emerging role its playing in the study of animal behavior and landscape ecology. Listen here: The Mongabay Newscast previously looked at how soundscapes are being used in phenological studies when we talked about the great Sandhill crane migration on the Platte River in the US state of Nebraska. Today, we take a deeper dive into soundscape phenology with researcher Anne Axel, a landscape ecologist and professor at Marshall University in the US state of West Virginia. Later this month, Axel will give a keynote address at the biennial Ecoacoustics Congress in Brisbane, Australia on soundscape phenology, a relatively new line of bioacoustic research. Ecoacoustic studies have informed much of Axels work, allowing her to better understand how differences in dry forest phenology the study of cyclical and seasonal life events in plants and animals and the impacts of human disturbance are reflected in dry forest ecology. For a recent study in Madagascar, Axel used bioacoustic recordings together with data on livestock movements, lemur density estimates, and satellite imagery to map spatial patterns of biodiversity and disturbance, placing her at the forefront of the new research method known as soundscape phenology. Axel tells us all about this new field of study and plays a few of the recordings that have informed her research in this Field Notes segment. Heres this episodes top news: Norwegian government report sharply critical of funding for tropical forest conservation East Africas mountain

04:47

MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 13th of June, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY June 13, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 13th of June, 2018

June 13, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

A 31 year old man was arrested and is due to face MACKAY MAGISTRATES COURT on July second. A new transport plan has been unveiled for the

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04:10

Fundraiser to help Esso workers at Longford "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

For more than a year, workers at Essos  gas plant at Longford in Victoria, have been  out of work and maintaining a permanent vigil outside the gate, over their refusal to accept a cut to a third of their wages, and a  roster that they say, would undermine their working conditions. These workers and their families are having a hard time of it, and need donations from supporters to help them get by.

Workers Solidarity in Melbourne has organised a trivia/auction fund raising event.

Book a table or for one. Come. Have some fun and  help raise some money.

Food provided, drinks available.

Keynote Speakers

Troy Carter, AMWU delegate and worker
Colin Long, Secretary of the NTEU Victoria

Event organised by Workers Solidarity.

On Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 6:30pm
Location

At the AMWU  at 251 Queensberry St, Carlton South, Victoria 3053

Bookings

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03:51

Commodity Surge to Send Queensland Property Market to New Highs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Todays Daily Reckoning Australia cant help but arrive in your inbox with an air of excitement.

Natural resources are going to heat up the Aussie market as analysts start upgrading earnings estimates for mining stocks.

How could they not?

Take coking coal, for example. Six months ago the Queensland government forecast the price to average US$123 a tonne.

In fact, the price is actually going to be US$161 for fiscal year 2019 staying above US$130 a tonne for another four years if the latest estimates are on the money.

Its incredibly exciting for Queensland, which produces nearly half of the worlds seaborne coking coal.

But its not just Queensland benefitting from the resources boom. The outlook across the whole commodity sector looks bullish

Notable fund manager Ben Griffiths noted in yesterdays Australian that commodities demand is strong and supply diminished after years of underinvestment.

Griffiths also says that a mass of investment capital is going to flow out of global bond markets and seek shelter in natural resources.

One reason for this is that raw materials are undervalued relative to stocks and bonds.

A second is that they offer protection from the inflationary pressures building:

Truckers in both China and Brazil have protested in recent weeks over high gasoline and diesel prices

One of the worlds largest shipping companies has put a 20% surcharge on customers to cover its increased fuel bill

And unemployment is generally at record lows, and especially so in the United States. In fact, US inflation is now at a six-year high.

Then you have the government playing its part.

Take Queensland as an example.

Instead of using the unexpected windfall from higher coal and LNG prices to pay down the states monstrous debt, the Queensland government is going to spend it all with even more borrowing to boost the local economy.

This large infrastructure spending will come to over $45 billion over four years, according to the latest budget. This value will be captured in the local real estate market, setting the stage for the next property hotspot in Australia: South East Queensland.

Of course, as you know, banks are tightening lending practices. Investor loans are off the boil. But there are plenty of non-bank sources of cash for developers, and the fractional property investment platforms are still gearing up for the mum and dad buyers wanting in on the action.

Aussie property might cool for a while, but I dont think theres a massive drop-off in prices on the horizon....

02:46

Diamond Dove at Priors Pocket, Moggill reported by Rod Gardner on 12-06-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The probably juvenile male reported on Saturday was joined by an adult male this morning. Later the adult male was seen with four Peaceful Doves. No pics of the juvenile. At the same spot as on Saturday: around the western corner and along the south-western fence line of the paddock that backs on to the Brisbane River lagoon.

02:21

Queensland ETU members rally and march on the State Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ugly

Sick and tired of being treated with disrespect, members of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) descended on parliament house in Brisbane at midday yesterday (12 June). They are angry about the state governments failure to protect jobs.

Jobs are being transfered via the hire of labour hire companies and ongoing public asset sales by stealth.

They are also upset that the assets are being sold off to foreign ownership. A case in point is the sale of the electricity generation  capacity.

State Secretary Peter Ong describes said, our members fought hard on behalf of their communities to protect the states public assets and jobs from private ownership and they are seeing private companies investing in the generation sector with the approval of the State Labor Government elected on a no asset sales agenda. You can image how that goes down with our members.
The Government has the ability to regulate the sector via Cleanco a Government Owned Corporation set up for exactly that purpose, yet they are dragging the chain and we are seeing solar farm after solar farm being owned and operated by private companies.

To make matters even worse, our members in Townsville, Mackay and many other regional areas where these solar farms are primarily located are seeing what should be; good, well paid, trade qualified jobs, being given to unlicensed, unskilled labour, often foreign backpackers bused in by labour hire companies from hostels. Its an absolute disgrace and a betrayal of trust particularly for our members facing uncertain futures in the transition from traditional electricity generation to renewables.

The state government is acting similarly with the Townsville Stadium project. Interstate based labour hire company with an anti-worker history is being used, on tone of the states biggest infrastructure projects.

Many of these union members are Labor party supporters and campaigned for the its re-election at the last election. They feel betrayed by a government that is supposed to be on their side.

The Video below tells the story.

 

Video from ETU Queensland & NT

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02:00

RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft Come and Go at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the last couple of days, the visiting pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft have been noted coming and going from Rockhampton Airport and the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).



On Monday 11 June, A34-005 was photographed above departing Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley as "Wallaby 05".

Then on Tuesday 12 June, the other Spartan A34-006 was also spotted departing Rockhampton Airport also for Amberley but as "Wallaby 03".



A little later, on Tuesday 12 June, A34-006 and A34-005 both flew from Amberley into Shoalwater Bay, landing at the Samuel Hill Airfield.  A34-006 "Wallaby 03" then flew back into Rockhampton Airport, while A34-005 "Wallaby 05" departed back to Amberley.

UPDATE!  During the night on Tuesday 12 June, A34-005 "Wa...

00:00

June 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1810 - Today was a lucky day for explorer Matthew Flinders as he was finally released from prison on Mauritius...although his famous pusskin, Trim, wasn't quite so lucky....

1816 - Mrs Mac breathed a sigh of relief as the road to Mrs Macquarie's Chair was finished and she could go have some time to herself and get some embroidery done in peace and quiet...while helping plan the architecture of the colony, the new hospital, roads, pioneer hay making with John Macarthur's missus, have babies and....maybe do more than glance at the stunning view from her famous chair.

1827 - At Dairy Plains Meander River in Tassie 9 Aboriginal people were killed by armed stockmen.

1831 - The British built steamer, Sophia Jane, became the first steamship to operate in Australian waters, when it began choofing its Sydney to Newcastle service.

1835 - Batmania was suggested as a name for the proposed settlement which later became Melbourne.
The original name is Narrm.

1872 - The Royal Mint building in William St, Melbourne was officially opened by someone or other...hmph, it's just giving them a licence to print money...

1884 - Joseph Cordini was hanged at Deniliquin Gaol for the murder of George Mizon on the Hay road outside Deniliquin.

1887 - John Harrison was hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of William Thompson.

1887 - Ellen Thompson was hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of her husband William. She was the only woman hanged in Queensland.

1888 - Calabungamarra was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of a Chinese man, Indyco, at Hamersley Range.

1890 - Ballarat Bods got their happy groove on with the opening of the Fine Art Gallery building.

1893 - Passing more than the brekkie prunes today saw the NSW Government pass a law allowing settlement on Crown land.

1893 - Soon after the Kiama to Bomaderry Railway Line (NSW) opened a valuable horse was killed on the line at Gerringong.

1895 - Coal miner Robert Hales was walking home through the relatively short 80m Helensburgh Tunnel south of Sydney when a steam train appeared behind him.
He ran.
Not fast enough.

1910 - Alexander Joseph Bradshaw was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of George and Alice Sutherland at Carron River, near Croydon.

1916 - The Cudgewa Railway Line (Vic) was extended when the Tallangatta to Shelley section was opened.

1923 - That black, salty spread made from the left-overs of beer brewing that we slather on our sangas, Vegemite, waltzed into legend on this day.

1924 - The Victorian railway extension from Annuello to Robinvale (formerly Bumbang) was officially opened. A special train fro...

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Tuesday, 12 June

22:49

Australia is moving towards a treaty with the First Nations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Contributed from Queensland

Joining Victorias historic initiative towards putting in place a treaty with the First Nations of the state, the Northern Territory has signed a memorandum of understanding towards a similar result.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner says his government stands ready to negotiate a Northern Territory Treaty.

South Australia had already made its own move, and on 13 December 2016, it set aside $4.4 million to support its treaty process, backing negotiations that were already taking place.  But the states new government has reversed direction and stopped the negotiations.

Moving towards Treaty is an important step towards reconciliation,  recognitising that the land was taken by foreign invaders from those already living here and the right to sovereignty. .

In formal terms, a treaty is a binding agreement between two or more states that agrees on certain responsibilities and duties for each party, which is usually reached after a period of negotiation. The implication is that the parties relate to each other as equals.

This is the reason why achieving this is so important to Australias First Nations. Achieving a treaty, is to move  dependency and powerlessness, towards being a people with their own voice and in control of their own destiny.

The movements towards Treaty that are now underway in Victoria and the Northern Territory, is working to pull the whole of Australia into this direction.

The Commonwealth government continues to refuse to shift. It will not be able to hold back the tide of history and will eventually have to give way. Now that the process has begun in a state and territory, the pressure  to catch up is on.

The Northern Territory memorandum of understanding, which has come about after a period of consultation that began in March, was signed on 7 June at the Barunga Festival in the Aboriginal community of Barunga, about 400km south-west of Darwin. It weas here that 30 years ago, the landmark declaration of self-determination and a call for a treaty, was delivered to the then prime minister of Australia, Bob Hawke.

Junes memorandum outlines how the consultation between the traditional owners and the Government is going to take place. A working group has been set up. It was signed by the Anindilyakawa Land Council, the Central Land Council, the Northern Land Council, the Tiwi Land Council and the Chief Minister Michael Gunner, on behalf of the Territorys gove...

17:46

MACKAY Andergrove traffic complaints lead to multiple charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY June 12, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

Andergrove traffic complaints lead to multiple charges

June 12, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

driving, driving without due care and attention and committing a public nuisance offence. He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 2.

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16:52

On Her Shoulders "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

*A fictional account of the kind of  real life stories behind the walls of a domestic violence shelter.

Bridget heard the crunch of stones on the pathway two seconds before the knock on the door. Two seconds that gave her time to turn off the television, position herself behind the curtain and pretend she wasnt home.  Her visitor knew she was in there of course and after her first lyrical tap on the screen was ignored she called out Hey Bridget, you may have forgotten, just want to remind you, its group day today. Theres childcare on site and we are having morning tea. You are very welcome to join us.

Bridget looked over at her sleeping baby, hoped he wouldnt wake up and then returned her attention to the slight gap in the curtain. She hadnt left her unit since arriving at the shelter four days ago, refusing to respond to the weekend staff and their invitation to join the group for Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch in the meeting house.
Bec, the newest team member expressed her concern during the handover with the Monday shift,  I think we might need to use our key to check on Bridget, she hasnt made contact all weekend and she might have self harmed or overdosed in there. Tricia, the site manager, smiled and responded with, Its fine Bec, we know Bridgets okay her lights are on in the evening and staff saw her taking rubbish out to the bin on the weekend.

The familiar frustration that came with the feeling that she was not being heard washed over Bec, her chest tightened, her heart started beating faster and to her great annoyance she could feel her cheeks begin to go red. Tricias answer did little to appease Becs growing concern for Bridget. Okay she responded, frustration tightening her voice, but can we document it in her file that I have expressed a concern please?

This was a familiar scenario for Tricia, managing passionate social workers, fresh out of university, who insisted on ensuring that every detail is documented.  They....

15:19

Fiona Barnett: Australias Satanic Pedophile Network "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia (Just like in the USA)

Australian woman Fiona Barnett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names. Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators. She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

See video, read full full article.

See Especially:

Robert Steele: Overview on Pedophilia (Pedopredation) for the London Hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse

ITNJ Judicial Commission of Inquiry London Hearings

Review: Trance: Formation of America

See Also:

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Donald Trump: January 2018 Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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15:06

Outcome of Assange Case Could Undermine the Rights of Millions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

LONDON As the sixth anniversary of his extended stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London approaches, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is faced with increasingly limited options. Barred from communicating with the outside world and from receiving most visitors, Assanges only hope of avoiding extradition to the United States on trumped-up espionage charges comes down to the governments of the two countries of which he is a citizen: Australia and Ecuador.

In an unexpected move last week, the Australian government sent officials to meet with Assange and later confirmed that Australia would finally extend consular assistance to the Australian-born journalist after years of failing to do so and even threatening to revoke his Australian passport. The Australian government, in the past, has attempted to argue that it can do little to help Assanges situation, asserting that it was unable to intervene in the due process of another countrys court proceedings or legal matters.

It has also failed to publicly comment on the UNs finding that Assange has been subjected to arbitrary detention by the United Kingdom asserting, as recently as last week, that the governments position on the matter is confidential, and deflecting responsibility by claiming that the UNs findings are directed at the United Kingdom and Sweden, not at Australia.

However, given the fact that Sweden has dropped all legal proceedings against him, and with his protected status at the Ecuadorian embassy in question, Australia is now coming under unprecedented pressure to act. And the political pressure the Australian government is facing involves the broader implications the Assange case holds for Australian citizens as a collective, not just for Assange as an individual.

As recently noted by Richard Hoffman at WSWS:

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15:03

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millons of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and....

14:59

Alerta Antifascista!!! : Solidarity with Flemington estate arrestees "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As previously noted, a number of people have been charged with various offences arising from the Milo Yiannopoulos counter-protest outside Melbourne Pavilion in the Melbourne suburb of Kensington in December last year. While tour organisers and venue owners (Damien Costas/Penthouse Continue reading

14:23

Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.

The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.

The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.

'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.

Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.

Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.

Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.

Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.

Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.

In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...

14:23

Shock union claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.

In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.

He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.

Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.

Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.

In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.

The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.

Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...

14:23

Victoria police 'caught using and trafficking meth and ecstasy - as two officers joke over texts about going to work after a cocaine bender' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



No wonder they cannot control the African teenagers who aree running riot

Police partying on ice, cocaine and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, says an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission special report.

The report takes in three investigations into claims of drug possession, trafficking and use by police since 2014 and says allegations against eight officers have been substantiated.

Operation Apsley revealed a group of police were using drugs regularly in their social lives - including one who used cocaine 'most days' for four months last year.

The officer, known as Senior Constable A, and a friend, Senior Constable B, used and trafficked drugs and were 'cavalier about the safety risks', the report says.

Both told IBAC they would not work if affected by drugs, but messages between them refuted these claims, including this exchange after a night out using cocaine:

Senior Constable A: 'Feeling slightly average but okay. Gonna be a long shift. Rad night.'

Senior Constable B: 'Kill me, I wanna lay down.'

Another senior constable messaged a civilian associate about putting MDMA powder into capsules - 'Now that you run a sophisticated drug syndicate you will be... essstremely bizzy' was the reply.

Two other IBAC operations also exposed regular drug use with one that focused on a constable leading to that officer's brother being arrested by federal and interstate police on drug offences.

While IBAC says allegations against eight were substantiated it says they were likely just 'snapshots of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police'.

Of those eight officers, two were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC, and one was charged with criminal drug offences.

One has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are suspended and one returned to work after an admonishment notice.

There are systemic deficiencies in Victoria Police's illicit drug prevention and detection, IBAC concludes.

'Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey,' IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.

'While most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.'

Victoria Police's alcohol and drugs policy says illicit drug use is not tolerated but there is ambiguity about the consequences, IBAC says.

Police have accepted the recommendations...

14:22

Former police officer found not guilty of misconduct after leaking footage "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



The vindictive prosecution of a whistleblower who should in fact have been praised casts a dark shadow over the reputation of the QPS.  It shows the police as having no morality at all.  They were furious that Flori revealed the ugly truth about them and desperately wanted to get back at him.

Now that their prosecution has failed, it is surely time to ask some very challenging questions of Ian Stewart, the Queensland police chief.

The prosecution was undoubtedly stressful for Flori -- as would have been intended -- but there was a silver lining to his dark cloud. After her own victory over a crooked cop and his QPS defenders, Renee Eaves has done a lot to help other innocent victims of the police. So she flew to Fiori's side when his prosecution was announced and has given him support ever since. And as well as a her strength of character and iron will, Renee is absolutely gorgeous. A former bikini beauty, she is a dream walking. Having her nearby would soothe most troubled male souls.

You see her walking beside Fiori below.  I had the great privilege to help her once when she badly needed it




A FORMER Queensland police sergeant who leaked footage of officers bashing a handcuffed man in a Gold Coast station basement has been found not guilty of misconduct.

Rick Flori, 47, was acquitted of the charge by a majority 11-1 verdict by a jury on Wednesday following a six-day trial at the Southport District Court.

Flori, who has since resigned from the Queensland Police Service, says he released the footage of the January 2012 arrest to cast a spotlight on illegal practices within the force.

Flori released footage of police at the Surfers Paradise station bashing a handcuffed man, Noa Begic, in a basement car park in January 2012.

Once the footage was run by The Courier-Mail, an internal investigation lead to a search of Floris home where the footage was located on an SD card.

Flori told investigators hed acquired the footage for training purposes and denied knowing anything about the email address used to arrange the leak with a journalist.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller said Flori was upset at being overlooked for a promotion to senior sergeant in 2011.

Once he realised the footage included the man who had been given the promotion at his expense, Senior Sergeant David Joachim, hed set about leaking it to discredit his rival, Mr Fuller argued.

Mr Fuller said in the email sent to the journalist, Flori failed to mention any of the other officers involved except for Sen Sgt Joachim, despite Senior Constable Ben Lamb being the man who kneed and punched Mr Beg......

14:22

This is the shocking moment police officers refuse to give their badge numbers after tasering a driver 'for no good reason' and arresting him. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



The driver and his wife were heading to dinner with a friend at Fremantle, south of Perth, when his Jeep was stopped and served with a defect notice.

After being tasered, as he tried to drive off, the motorist's friend turned on his camera phone and repeatedly demanded the three officers give him their badge numbers.

To make matters worse the female officer, Senior Constable Arnold, repeatedly put a hat over her face as the driver's friend filmed the encounter in March 2017. 'You are not the person being spoken to,' she said.

When the driver's friend asked her again, explaining it didn't matter that he wasn't the one being arrested, she doubled down on her refusal to comply with the law.

'You're not the person that we're dealing with. You have no right.'

Earlier in the four-minute video footage, a male officer Constable Keenan repeatedly told the driver to 'get out of the car' before holding the taser pointed towards him

The state watchdog blasted the officers for using 'unreasonable and oppressive force'.

'The incident involved a driver, his wife and friend who were heading to a Fremantle restaurant for dinner but ended up with the driver being tasered in his vehicle for no good reason, arrested and locked up,' it said.

When the man was told by police to turn around to be cuffed, Constable Keenan then used force to twist his arms behind his back and press him against his four-wheel drive.

'I'm not resisting, mate,' the man told the officer.

'You were under no threat when you tasered him,' the friend behind the camera added.

He was then placed under arrest for disobeying the directive of a police officer.

A subsequent internal police review cleared Constable Keenan of any wrongdoing, however the Crime and Corruption Commission has found his actions 'unlawful, unreasonable and oppressive.'

Constable Keenan has not been charged with any wrongdoing but has been stood aside, one year after the incident. The female officer, Senior Constable Arnold, was criticised by the CCC for preventing the filming and has since been charged.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the police would be brought to justice.  'Police officers in this instance have done the wrong thing, they have been found out, and they will need to cop the consequences,' she said.

Ms Roberts said officers should be kept accountable with the use of body cameras, and WA traffic police could be trialling the devices by the end of 2018.

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14:22

Labor tax plan to hit home prices "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our research with RiskWise at the front of the Fin Review today (paywall).

14:21

Victoria Police 'deficiencies' found in IBAC report on internal reviews "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog says there are "concerning deficiencies" in the way Victoria Police reviews serious incidents, including those that kill or injure members of the public.

IBAC found police failed to consider evidence that should have been included, such as witness statements, in more than half of the cases.

About two-thirds of the reviews also failed to address human rights, while almost a third were not adequately supervised.

The audit also found Victoria Police failed to notify IBAC of 16 deaths and nine serious injuries resulting from police contact.

"The audit identified concerning deficiencies in Victoria Police's oversight, which require immediate attention," IBAC commissioner Robert Redlich QC said in a statement.

"Police have significant powers, the community rightly expects them to use these powers responsibly and perform their duties fairly, impartially and in accordance with the law."

A review is held when a member of the public dies or is seriously injured after contact with police to see if it was preventable.

The watchdog also looked at how thoroughly incidents were investigated, whether reviews were impartial and whether conclusions were justified.

It found a "general overreliance" on police statements and a failure to critically examine the accuracy of police accounts by seeking independent statements or CCTV recordings.

Drunk person found dead after being taken home by police

In one instance, an individual was taken home by police after they were discovered intoxicated, sitting on a public bench.  The police officers decided to take them home after discovering that they were not drunk enough to be arrested.

The individual was discovered hours later dead on their front lawn after falling through a glass frame near their front door.

IBAC found police CCTV inside the police van did not record the incident, and there were inconsistencies in the statements provided by the two police officers who drove the person home.

"The deceased's next of kin expressed concerns about the transparency and truthfulness of the police investigation of the incident," the report said.

It found conflicts of interests were often poorly identified and managed and more than a third of reviews took longer than they should have.

One case IBAC investigated included an alleged family violence incident where a person killed themselves in the days after police involvement in the matter.

The review file was allocated to the same region where the incident took place and the person overseeing the review admitted to having known one of the officers involved "since childhood".
Despite the a...

14:21

Byron Bay cop is slammed by the police watchdog for 'intentionally inflicting pain' on a naked teenager he hit with a baton 15 times "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



It is often difficult to get insane and drug-affected people to co-operate

A Byron Bay police officer involved in the beating of a 16-year-old boy with Asperger's has been blasted by the police watchdog for being too violent after he baton-struck a disoriented teenager more than 15 times.

The head of the independent Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, Michael Adams, criticised the officer's violent use of force during a hearing in Sydney on Thursday.

He questioned the number of blows delivered, along with officer E's failure to consider his actions whilst he was striking the boy.  The officer's motive appeared to be to inflict pain, he said.

The commission is examining the conduct of officers involved in the apprehension and detention of the drug-affected teenager.

Police arrested the teenager, who was found naked, sweating profusely and pacing up and down in a Byron Bay laneway, in the early hours of January 11.

Bystander video taken from a nearby balcony shows a police officer, known as E for legal reasons, striking the 16-year-old more than 15 times as he lay on the ground surrounded by up to three other officers.

Officer E said he began using his baton after earlier attempts to subdue the 16-year-old using pepper spray and a Taser had failed.

He said the boy - labelled AO by the commission - tried to get up after a baton blow to his knee had brought him to the ground and he also resisted officers trying to handcuff him. 'He needed to be compliant. He needed to be restrained,' he said

But LECC Chief Commissioner Adams questioned whether the officer had warned the boy that his attempts to resist being handcuffed would be met with baton blows. He said the number of strikes appeared excessive given the boy's mental state and the number of officers at the scene.

Officer E said the baton blows were assisting the other officers, who were struggling to handcuff AO as he wriggled around and pulled his arms under his body.

'This guy had been sprayed, had been Tasered twice and that's why I deemed that ... I was of the opinion that it needed more,' he said.

He rejected the commissioner's suggestion that other methods of control may have been more effective and said despite his small size compared to the officers, the boy was strong. 'He was very violent, at no point did I feel we had control of him,' he said.

Officer E rejected claims he had sworn at and threatened bystanders for videoing the arrest. 'I was the officer who approached people ... I would have liked footage of it,' he said.

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14:21

Why did a police officer give out a woman's address to her abusive ex? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



A Queensland Police officer has managed to keep his job after he deliberately and callously leaked the address of a woman fleeing intimate partner violence to the abusive ex-husband she was trying to escape.

Senior Constable Neil Punchard had found Elizabeths (not her real name) address using the confidential police database, and directed the man to just tell her you know where she lives and leave it that. He then joked with Elizabeths ex that she would flip out when she realised her ex who had a string of domestic violence orders against him had her address and will f...ing explode.

Sickeningly, SC Punchard is also said to have offered advice to the man in dealing with the Family Court, and offered to liaise with other police officers to assist him in any complaints.

If she gets the police, he told the man, tell them to contact me or give me their names and I will contact them. I wont hinder the investigation, but I will give them a heads up on what has happened.

As Elizabeth said back in 2016 when the case was first brought to light, Knowing an officer had not only aided and encouraged a perpetrator to not only stalk me but many other horrible things, its really left me feeling very unsafe and I really would like to know why the police commissioner has not stood this person down.

In April 2017, Elizabeth received a letter from the assistant commissioner who informed her that an investigation had found sufficient evidence to support the allegations made by you, which is to say that SC Punchard had deliberately leaked details that put Elizabeth and her family in fear for her safety. Despite this acknowledgment of fact, Elizabeth was informed that the constable wouldnt be charged and that, following an internal disciplinary hearing, the matter has been addressed [and] I do not intend to take any further action and now consider this matter closed.

Yes, you read that correctly. A senior constable who colluded with her abusive ex-partner to reveal a woman's private location and facilitate further harassment and fear really did just get a little slap on the wrist while being allowed to keep his job. A job, by the way, that places him in the path of other victims fleeing the abusive men he very clearly feels kinship with.

This isnt the first time something like this has happened. In February 2017, a woman reported that her ex had been accidentally informed of her address due to an apparent clerical error, despite having breached several intervention orders and having threatened to kill the womans children.

As Sherele Moody reports here, Queensland public servants have handed out womens addresses to accused DV perpetrators three times in the past twelve months.

Its another damning indictment on police serv...

14:20

Former ASIO officer sues police for $750,000 claiming he was wrongfully arrested, put in a deadly chokehold and told by an officer 'they could shoot him and get a medal' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Gold Coast police again.  They are deep-dyed thugs. No part of this is appropriate police behaviour

A former federal security and police officer is suing Queensland Police for $750,000 claiming he was put in a deadly chokehold in a wrongful arrest.

Paul Gibbons alleges officers were excessively violent, abused him and threatened him on his honeymoon at a hotel in the Gold Coast.

He claimed he was confronted by police because they were allegedly annoyed at him taking 10 seconds to open the locked door to the hotel lobby.

One reportedly told him they could shoot him and receive a medal according to papers lodged to Brisbane District Court show, the ABC reports.

Mr Gibbons, who previously served in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), has taken the State of Queensland to court.

He is claiming damages for assault, battery, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Footage from a security camera inside the hotel lobby shows the moment he is wrestled to the ground after police surrounded him when he started filming them on his phone, Mr Gibbons alleges.

The ABC reports Mr Gibbons claims the officers threatened to arrest him for obstructing police, who were at the hotel for another matter.

The former ASIO agent, who also served in the Australian Federal Police, says when he questioned why they required entry, a police officer pointed to his gun saying the weapon was his authority.

The court heard the officer allegedly said: 'When we tell you to do something, you don't ask questions. You f***ing do it. 'Hell, we can put a bullet in your f***in' head and get a medal.'

One of the officers said the recording on Mr Gibbons phone would be 'easily remedied' flashing a torch directly into the camera.

The CCTV footage shows Mr Gibbons handcuffed on the floor while an officer scrolls through the device.

Mr Gibbons said he felt as though his throat would be crushed by one of the officers when they squeezed him during the incident in 2016.

The same officer is alleged to have later said: 'I'm going to kill you c***. When we get you out to the truck, I'm going to smash your f***ing face in c***.'

Part of the claim also includes $50,000 for potentially missing out on selling the footage from his phone to the media after it was deleted.

The state government, who is representing police in the case, has not replied to the lawsuit. A spokesman for the Queensland Police Service said the force could not comment while the matter was being dealt with in court.

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14:20

The sexual, racist and homophobic remarks that got a police officer booted from the force "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



A Victorian police officer has been dismissed from his post in the transit safety division after a decade of derogatory and racist remarks were revealed during a disciplinary hearing.

The man, whose identity isn't revealed, allegedly told a constable she had a 'cracking a***', offered to slap another's 'just once' and made comments about public service officers not being Australian or greeted them as 'homos'.

When she replied that she had, he continued with: 'Don't worry if I want you, you will know about it,' the Herald Sun reported.

While the officer contested his dismissal upon reviewing the comments Police Registration and Services Board Victoria upheld the decision.

While the police officer was later diagnosed with mental health issues, he made a point of saying his actions were only an effort to promote camaraderie.

The board said his unprofessional and repeatedly disrespectful conduct was made worse by the fact he didn't appear willing or able to alter his behaviour.

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14:19

Vile trolling, disgusting brutality and now 258,000 fake breath tests: As Victoria's cops are busted in ANOTHER scandal people ask, who polices the police? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



After allegations of brutality and the sacking of a top officer earlier this year, Victoria Police has been rocked by revelations more than 258,000 breath tests were faked.

An external investigator will be brought in to examine the falsified tests, in which officers blew into RBT straws themselves or placed fingers over the holes.

The fake tests were discovered just weeks after the force was hit with allegations of excessive violence, with the beating of a disability pensioner caught on camera.

The incident involving six officers allegedly beating the mental health patient with batons, verbally abusing and pepper spraying him was caught on camera. Police were referred to oversight body Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) over the incident.

The arrest of a Sudanese-born Melbourne man who allegedly robbed and trashed a chemist in 2016 was also reported to the IBAC.

Footage showed the man being punched 11 times and hit with a baton before one of the officers stomped on his back in a two-and-a-half minute ordeal.

That incident followed a complaint by Jia Meeks, who was seen on CCTV been thrown into a cell door at Bendigo Police Station.

Mr Meeks, who was arrested for allegedly swearing at police and acting aggressively, was left bleeding from facial injuries and suffering a bruised wrist after the alleged incident.

The allegations of brutality followed the resignation of Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin over a series of offensive online posts made under a pseudonym.

Mr Guerin, was was the head of Victoria Police's ethical standards body, quit the force in February after being referred to the anti-corruption commission.

Using the alias 'Vernon Demerest', Mr Guerin made a series of racist comments on Youtube.

'The jigaboo runs riot and out of control. The 'boo needs the lash,' read one of the vile comments.

'Wonderful to see greasy, diving, cheating dagoes get their just reward. Bitter, lingering defeat,' said another posted on a soccer video.

The comments were exposed a week after he publicly apologised last week for making graphic references to former police commissioner Christine Nixon.

In March the IBAC delivered a damning report accusing the force of failing to investigate dangerous incidents.

The IBAC itself has been criticised for its handling of complaints about Victoria Police.

Lawyers told a parliamentary inquiry in February they do not recommend complaining to IBAC, as more than 90 per cent end up handed back to police to investigate.

Victoria Police is now in discussions with IBAC about the roadside breath test revelations, which occu...

11:17

Re-registered Baron Capital (Inverell - NSW) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 Bizjet VH-TFW Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Friday 8 June, recently re-registered Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport.  It touched down from its *new* base at Inverell in New South Wales.

VH-TFW at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

After staying for the weekend, VH-TFW was noted departing to Roma Airport and then back to its Inverell home on Monday 11 June.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 10 June, Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ was noted visiting Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Brisbane base.

Finally, on Saturday 9 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting Roma Airport on a medical evacuation flight.  It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 12 June, VH-VVI was spotted completing a training flight into Bundaberg Airport, also flying from and back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

10:46

More Photos as Atlas Air Boeing B747-400 N464MC Departs Rockhampton Airport Monday Morning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After spending the night parked, on Monday 11 June, the visiting Atlas Air Boeing B747-446 N464MC departed a foggy Rockhampton Airport bound for Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu) as GTI8363 "Giant 8363".


As we posted below, late on Sunday 10 June, N464MC touched down at Rockhampton Airport directly from Hickam Field (formerly Hickam Air Force Base) in Hawaii, flying in as GTI8362 "Giant 8362".


Many local plane spotters were on hand at Rockhampton Airport as the jumbo jet made a very quiet landing on Rocky's Runway 33 before it taxied in and parked on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron.


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09:09

Smoked Garage Custom Motorcycles goes upmarket "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Brisbane custom motorcycle shopSmoked Garage Custom Motorcycles has moved upmarket to the top end of Fortitude Valley into an near-century-old three-storey building.

Its now at 126 Wickham St which is the third location for Smoked since starting in 2013 as a furniture shop with a few custom bikes sprinkled around the floor.

But marketing manager Benny Selboskar says this is a permanent location with three floors of motorbiking fun.

Upmarket digsSmoked Garage goes upmarket

The basement houses the fully functional workshop with three and soon four full-time techs working on custom builds.

Theyre so busy there is a three-month waiting list for their creative customs, Benny says.

The street level features a collection of beautiful, hand-crafted machines cafe racers, bobbers, scramblers, and everything in between.Smoked Garage goes upmarket

There is also an upmarket coffee shop with a basic menu that Benny says will expand quickly over time.

He says they will soon have food and liquor licences and a fully functioning kitchen.

Owner Shane Covill says that later this year the top level will open with a dedicated event space including a long bar and more than 330sq m of open area....

06:46

A Recession Is Comingand the Fed Cant Stop It "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Is the Federal Reserve ready for the next recession?

The answer is no.

Extensive research shows that it takes between 300 and 500 basis points of interest rate cuts by the Fed to pull the US economy out of a recession. One basis point is 1/100th of 1%, so 500 basis points of rate reduction means the Fed would have to cut rates by 5%.

Right now the Feds target rate for Fed funds the so-called policy rate is 1.75%. How do you cut rates 35% when youre starting at 1.75%? You cant.

Negative interest rates wont save the day. Theyve been tried in Japan, the Eurozone, Sweden and Switzerland, and the evidence is that they dont work to stimulate the economy.

The idea of negative rates is that theyre an inducement to spend money; if you dont spend money, the bank takes it from your account the opposite of paying interest.

Yet the evidence suggests people save more with negative rates in order to meet their lifetime goals for retirement, healthcare, education, and so on.

If the bank is taking money from your account, you have to save more to meet your goals. That slows down spending or what neo-Keynesians call aggregate demand.

This is just one more example of how actual human behaviour deviates from egghead theories.

Zero means zero

The bottom line is that zero means zero. If a recession started tomorrow, the Fed could cut rates 1.75% before they hit zero. They would then be out of bullets.

What about more quantitative easing, or QE?

The Fed ended QE in late 2014 after three rounds known as QE1, QE2 and QE3 from 20082014.

What about QE4 in a new recession?

The problem is that the Fed never cleaned up the mess from QE1, QE2 and QE3, so their capacity to run QE4 is in doubt.

From 20082014, over the course of QE1, QE2 and QE3, the Fed grew its balance sheet from US$800 billion to US$4.4 trillion. That added US$3.6 trillion of newly-printed money, which the Fed used to purchase long-term assets in an effort to suppress interest rates across the yield curve.

The plan was that lower long-term interest rates would force investors into riskier assets such as stocks and real estate. Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke called this manipulation the portfolio channel effect.

These higher valuations for stocks and real estate would then create a wealth effect that would encourage more spending. The higher valuations would also provide collateral for more borrowing. This combination of more spending and lending was supposed to get the economy on a sustainable path of higher growth.

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06:15

For graduates of Victoria Police Academy - powers of arrest and the definitive "finds committing" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(32 years after graduation, comparing battle scars - if you'll permit me the rare indulgence!) Her Majesty's Constables of Police in Victoria will recall the first week of training at Glen Waverley and the Friday morning exam on Powers of Arrest. Two words struck terror into us at exam time....

04:50

ECCV ENCOURAGES VICTORIAN LOCAL COUNCILS TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLD REFUGEE DAY "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ECCV ENCOURAGES VICTORIAN LOCAL COUNCILS TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLD REFUGEE DAY

Tuesday June 12th, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is hosting a global campaign #WithRefugees and it is inviting Refugee Welcome Zone Mayors around Australia to participate in an initiative to highlight the important work cities all over the world are doing to promote inclusion, bring communities together and support refugees. 

ECCV encourages Victorian local councils to consider participating in this global initiative to mark this significant international day. ECCV Chairperson Cr. Kris Pavlidis who is also the Mayor of Whittlesea City Council states it is essential that local councils lead their communities with compassion and unity.

ECCV will host its annual event Campfire Stories to acknowledge the importance of mutual understanding. The event is an experience where every day Victorians from refugee backgrounds share their stories.

The first of two Campfire Stories for 2018 will be in partnership with Welcome to Australia and Asylum Seekers Resource Centre on June 19th at Siteworks in Brunswick.

The second 2018 Campfire Stories will be in partnership with Welcome to Australia and Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of the Emerge in Yarra festival on July 25th at the Abbotsford Convent Precinct. To book, please register using Eventbrite.   

Cr. Kris Pavlidis says the ECCV is excited about local municipalities leading the way in their communities.

World Refugee Day is on 20 June 2018.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

Editors Notes:

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02:21

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01:18

Time for a Royal Commission to examine the Developers' World "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

How dare the Urban Development Institute of Australia tell the State Government that it should set housing targets for each council to cope with Melbourne's rapid population growth and then if we don't meet the targets they set we will be victimised. [1] They even specifically mentioned Boroondara and Stonnington as not pulling their weight and referred to NIMBYs. As a resident of Boroondara I can assure the Development Institute that Boroondara is being flooded with buildings to such an extent that the whole neighbourhood character is being ruined, what on earth do they want. High rise on every suburban street?

The real problem is that Melbourne is getting too many people coming to the city. Even Planning Minister Wynne is quoted as saying that Melbourne has the highest growth rate of any city in the developed world. We have been saying this for years as we see it's livability being wrecked. People all across Melbourne are complaining as they see their areas being overcrowded and over developed. The Federal Government must reduce immigration - tell them we are full to bursting. Do they want to turn us into a dense third world city with polluted gridlocked streets?

Many of us are saying, having watched the Royal Commission into the Banking World, that it is time for a Royal Commission to examine the Developers World.

NOTES

Below is the article that caused the suggestion that we need a Royal Commission into how development is conducted in this country.

[1]

"Develop or be punished," by John Masanauskas. (Herald Sun, 2 June 2018.

A DEVELOPER lobby has called for suburbs which dont pull their weight on housing supply to be punished with less investment in infrastructure.

Urban Development Institute of Australia state CEO Danni Addison said the state government should set housing targets for each council area to cope with Melbournes rapid population growth.

That new housing stock, if delivered, should be accompanied by infrastructure investment from government, she told a UDIA event yesterday.

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01:09

Theres No Such Thing as an Irrational Market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the mid-90s a man called Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Thats the central bank over there.

Under his watch, American stocks were bubbling along nicely.

In 1990, the NASDAQ was valued at just over 600 points. By 2000 it had rocketed to 5,000 points.

Thats a 733% rise.

But it didnt last.

The market popped spectacularly at the summit. And over the next three years, the NASDAQ would plunge to 1,000 points.

Unlike most, Greenspan had seen it coming. And he actually tried to warn everyone.

He delivered his now infamous Challenge of Central Banking in a Democratic Society speech in December 1996. It was during this talk that he coined the term irrational exuberance.

Greenspan explains:

But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade?

To answer his question, most people didnt know. They were too high on irrational exuberance to see it.

Of course, hindsight reveals that the stock market went completely overboard on the upside, before contracting.

The age of irrational exuberance, as Greenspan termed it, had set in.

But what was it exactly?

Rational irrationalism

Theres no easy way to describe irrational exuberance.

Partly, thats because its self-explanatory. It describes a baseless giddiness about a rising market. One that acts like a vacuum, sucking investors into its vortex.

But it doesnt tell you everything about whats really happening.

When dealing with psychology, many people view human behaviour as unpredictable.

Yet while people are indeed irrational, theyre often rationally irrational.

We all operate through identifiable patterns of behaviour. You can just about guess what someone will do in any given situation knowing very little about them.

In the case of the dotcom mania, investors were at first overjoyed as stock prices boomed to high heaven. Predictably, more capital piled into the market on the back of this.

They then became dismayed as they watched their wealth go up in smoke.

We saw this play out again in the crypto market late last year.

It shouldnt have been a surprise. This is what people do. They get swept up in the moment. And allow emotions to take over.

Greenspan wasnt wro...

01:02

Melbourne market terror plot exposed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Terror target: Melbournes Queen Victoria Market. Photo qvm.com.au

MELBOURNE, AAP A terrorist plot to blow up Melbournes Queen Victoria Market was foiled by members of a British family who pretended to be a willing recruit.

A man, who claimed to be part of an overseas terrorist network, sent encrypted texts and voice files with instructions on how to set off a bomb at the market to the recruit over five months.

But the recruit was actually a British-based family of amateur jihadi hunters and the correspondence was forwarded to the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police, The Herald-Sun reported on Tuesday.

A Victoria Police spokesman said the matter was assessed and it was determined they posed no threat.

Our teams regularly receive information from various sources and carefully assess that information based on validity and risk, the spokesman said.

These matters were assessed earlier this year in accordance with that process and it was determined that they pose no threat in Australia.

The plot apparently involved making a car bomb and driving it at a crowded corner of the market.

Queen Victoria Market chairman Paul Guerra said the plot came to its attention on Monday.

Were in very close contact with Victoria Police, he told Melbourne radio 3AW.

They alluded to this yesterday but there is no credible threat, theres certainly no immediate threat.

Mr Guerra said the market had its own security team but also worked closely with police.

Its a number one international tourist destination for the whole of Melbourne therefore we have a close working relationship with Victoria Police, he said

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00:00

June 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1789 The Hawkesbury River discovered Governor Arthur Phillip.

1822 -  Colebee from Richmond married Kitty, aged 13, from the Warmuli (Prospect Clan), a student at the Native Institution.

1826 -In the first recorded use of gas lighting in Oz, Pitt St, Sydney shopkeeper J.T Wilson blinded his rivals, and the general public, when he installed it in his shop.

1871 - NSW Government tossed a measly  30,000 for the fortification of Sydney Harbour.

1872 - The Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint began spitting out the coins and folding stuff.

1883 The first Australasian headquarters of the Salvation Army opened in Melbourne.

1886 - The Shearer's Union was formed during a meeting that was a tad more than tea and scones at Fern's Hotel in Ballarat.

1889 - The Australian Labour Federation was formed in Brisbane.

1902  - They knew when they were beaten, those men, so the Commonwealth Franchise Act came into force, which gave all the females of the species the right to vote in federal elections.
Except those gals who were aboriginal....or from any of the Pacific Islands....or Asia...or Africa...

1903 - A knees-up was held by a group of barristers in the chambers of the then Queensland Attorney-General, Sir Arthur Rutledge KC, where they resolved to form a Bar Association.
Not the liquid refreshment sort of bar.

1911 - Those delectable steam tram thingies began tootling along the Sutherland to Cronulla Tramway Line (NSW).

1912 - The Port Douglas and Mossman Record announced that Dick and Ernest C. Hannaford, who had a photographers studio further up Mill Street, were arranging for picture shows with their own apparatus in the hall, with occasional visits to Port Douglas.
Should we wonder at the 'apparatus'.....perhaps not.

1914 - The Illawarra Coke Company opened a set of sidings to serve their coke ovens on the other side of the main line, coal being supplied from the Coal Cliff mine by an overhead conveyor.
We won't comment on mainlining the coke....

1915 - Aspirin was first made in Australia by 31-year old Melbourne Pharmacist George Richard Rich Nicholas under the name Aspro.

1931 - Some silly bugger thought that the Northern Territory was too large to be governed. So in 1927 the Northern Territory was split into two territories, North Australia and Central Australia. However, on this day the two were reunited in Holy Matrimony as the Northern Territory.

1933 -  Twelve Police Cadets, the sons of serving Policemen, were appointed to the NSW Police Force and attached to various sections and metropolitan city stations.

1954 - The first engine of the Central Australia Railway...

Monday, 11 June

23:35

Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is hiring! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is looking to employ a Senior Project Officer to be based in Bourke. Closing date for applications is 22 June 2018.

Become part of the community-led, justice reinvestment initiative in Bourke. The Project uses a collective impact framework that brings together a diverse range of organisations and services to work on a common agenda: to reduce youth offending and incarceration, build alternative pathways for young people, and increase community safety.

Maranguka and the Justice Reinvestment Project are amongst the most innovative, Aboriginal-led social change programs in Australia.

The Senior Project Officer (Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project) is responsible for facilitating and supporting the cross-sector collaboration needed to achieve the Projects goals relating to young people and their families, including:

  • Participating in the cross sector working group and working to embed the strategies to support young people and their families into all parts of the Bourke community;
  • Working in a small multi-disciplinary team whose role is to enable a whole-of-community collaborative response to achieve better outcomes for young people and their families with a particular focus on issues relating to the criminal justice system;
  • Ensuring that young people in Bourke participate in decision-making and evaluation;
  • Helping to build the communication strategy and processes to ensure the collaborators, partners and stakeholders are connected to and engaged with the Project.

This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorized under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Salary Range: $72,000 $78,000 (dependent on experience, skills, qualifications as demonstrated in your application and interview)

For the position description see: Maranguka Senior Project Officer June 2018.

Please provide a brief cover letter addressing the essential criteria and your resume to nicole@justreinvest.org.au

For any questions please contact Nicole Mekler, Coordinator, Just Reinvest NSW, 0412 483 170, nicole@justreinvest.org.au

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23:28

China is in trouble. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Between yesterdays revelation of Saudi Arabias appointment with 2030 and now this, the global economy is looking ever more shaky.
Republished from MISES WIRE..
06/09/2018

Before we discuss the economic situation of China, a few words about Chinas strongman, Xi Jinping. The new Chinese emperor has engineered a meteoric rise. He started off as simple rural laborer but is now the most powerful Chinese president since Deng Xiaoping. Such a career path requires strength, tact, and probably a dash of unscrupulousness. 

While the rulers of China have been able all along to hedge their plans over longer periods than their Western counterparts have, the new legal situation has extended this planning horizon even further.1 In comparison with those of Western economies, Chinas countermeasures against the crisis in 2008 were significantly more drastic. While in the US the balance sheet total of the banking system increased by USD 4,000bn in the years after the global financial crisis, the balance sheet of the Chinese banking system expanded by USD 20,000bn in the same period. For reference: This is four times the Japanese GDP.

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The following chart shows the expansion of the bank balance sheet total as compared to economic output. Did the Chinese authorities assume excessive risks in fig...

23:21

Love after Love "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Love after Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the others welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give win. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

by Derek Walcott

20:15

Bees Understand the Concept of Zero "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180607141031.htm

By demonstrating that even tiny brains can comprehend complex, abstract concepts, the surprise finding opens possibilities for new, simpler approaches to developing Artificial Intelligence. In research published in the journal Science, Australian and French researchers tested whether honey bees can rank numerical quantities and understand that zero belongs at the lower end of a sequence of numbers.

Associate Professor Adrian Dyer, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said the number zero was the backbone of modern maths and technological advancements.

"Zero is a difficult concept to understand and a mathematical skill that doesn't come easily -- it takes children a few years to learn," Dyer said. "We've long believed only humans had the intelligence to get the concept, but recent research has shown monkeys and birds have the brains for it as well. What we haven't known -- until now -- is whether insects can also understand zero."

As well as being a critical pollinator, the honeybee is an exceptional model species for investigating insect cognition, with previous research showing they can learn intricate skills from other bees and even understand abstract concepts like sameness and difference. But bee brains have fewer than 1 million neurons -- compared with the 86,000 million neurons of a human brain -- and little was known about how insect brains would cope with being tested on such an important numeric skill.

RMIT PhD researcher Scarlett Howard set out to test the honeybee on its understanding, marking individual honeybees for easy identification and luring them to a specially-designed testing apparatus. The bees were trained to choose an image with the lowest number of elements in order to receive a reward of sugar solution. For example, the bees learned to choose three elements when presented with three vs. four; or two elements when presented with two vs. three.

When Howard periodically tested the bees with an image that contained no elements versus an image that had one or more, the bees understood that the set of zero was the lower number -- despite never having been exposed to an "empty set."

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

19:07

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place, there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statute. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millions of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.

Swedish authorities have since closed their investigation, saying it couldnt continue without Assanges presence in their country.

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17:22

How traffic signals favour cars and discourage walking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We need more walkable cities and fewer cars! If aliens came to our planet they would conclude that cars are the dominant species!


Traffic signals give priority to motor vehicles over pedestrians. This inequality undermines many of the stated goals of transport, health and environment policy.

State and city governments say they want to encourage walking and biking for many reasons:

13:08

Ducking Hell: The Shocking Video Revealing How We Farm Ducks In Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shocking footage of duck farming in Australia has emerged showing day-old ducklings being dropped into an industrial shredder, adult ducks being kicked and thrown around a barn by workers, and ducks which should have been stunned before slaughter hanging by their feet on a conveyor belt while they bleed to death after having their throats slit.

The footage, depicted at the bottom of this story, was secretly filmed across three farm sites two in Victoria and one in NSW earlier this year. It was provided anonymously to Animal Liberation NSW and captures the entire farming process, from birth to death. Laws in NSW (and to a lesser extent Victoria) prohibit filming and distributing images of animal cruelty captured inside farms. The footage was provided to Animal Liberation NSW anonymously, but the provenance of the locations has been confirmed.

Adult ducks can be seen stumbling around barns crowded with thousands of other birds, many of them too weak to hold their own body weight after having lived a life never exposed to water. Some have deformed beaks, wings and feet, and some have gone blind or lost eyes. There is barely any natural light in the barns featured in the video.

Ducks on a NSW farm, with limited access to light, and no access to open water.

Animal rights activists say that the sheds are not cleaned for the entire 7-week cycle, making disease and fatalities common, and causing burns on the ducks feet. In one scene, the floor of one of the barns is virtually alive with maggots and insects, with corpses of ducklings and adult ducks filmed throughout the facilities.

Once their seven week growth cycle inside a crowded, dry barn is complete, the ducks are thrown into large crates and shipped by truck for slaughter.

The footage shows what happens at the slaughter house ducks are thrown around by their necks and then hung upside down by their feet onto an automated shackle line. Their heads are dragged through electrified water, which is supposed to stun them before their throats are slit. However, numerous ducks can be seen flailing wildly, upside down, while the conveyor belt continues. Theyre not stunned, but slowly bleeding to death.

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