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Friday, 17 November

19:00

For The Fifth Time, Colliding Black Holes Have Been Reported "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Spacetime ripples from black holes colliding have been detected once again. For a fifth time, scientists have reported the detection of two colliding black holes via their gravitational waves, tiny vibrations that warp the fabric of spacetime.

Unlike previous gravitational wave detections, which were heralded with news conferences often featuring panels of scientists squinting at journalists under bright lights, this was a low-key announcement. According to Science News, the event, caught on June 8, 2017, by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, LIGO, was unceremoniously unveiled in a paper published online on November 15 at arXiv.org.

With masses 7 and 12 times that of the sun, the pair of black holes was the lightest LIGO has spotted so far. Scientists are now aiming to collect data from many black hole crashes. That data can be analyzed to answer questions about the population as a whole, such as how two black holes get paired up in the first place.

A computer simulation (above) shows the collision of two black holes, a tremendously powerful event. This simulation shows how the merger would appear to our eyes if we could somehow travel in a spaceship for a closer look. It was created by solving equations from Albert Einsteins general theory of relativity using the LIGO data.

The lack of fanfare over this detection signals a shift, said Science News. It almost seems as though its expected news, which could be great for astronomy overall.

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18:41

Pennsylvania Cops Terrorize Elderly Couple After Confusing Hibiscus Plants for Marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Armed with assault rifles, Pennsylvania cops forced a 66-year-old woman out of her home, handcuffing her in her underwear while ransacking her home, looking for marijuana.

They ended up finding only hibiscus plants.

Buffalo Township police also handcuffed her 69-year-old husband at  gunpoint after he arrived home and finding a dozen cops rummaging through their home, looking for the non-existing marijuana plants.

Edward and Audrey Cramer tried to explain to the cops that they were only hibiscus plants, but Buffalo Township Police Sergeant Scott Hess refused to believe them, informing them he had expertise in identifying marijuana plants.

Buffalo Township police officer Jeffrey Sneddon also claimed to have expertise in identifying marijuana when he obtained the search warrant last month, according to the Tribune-Review.

Now the couple is suing the police department along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., whose representative took photos of the hibiscus plants and sent them to police, informing them that they were marijuana plants.

It all started on October 5 when insurance agent Jonathan Yeamans entered the Cramer property to investigate a claim that a neighbors tree fell on their property in September.

While investigating the claim, Yeamans spotted the hibiscus plants and surreptitiously photographed them, sending the photos to police, claiming the Cramers were involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation.

Two days later, a dozen cops arrived at the home, banging on the door, pointing their assault rifles at Audrey Cramer who answered the door wearing only underwear, a bra and a t-shirt.

The cops claimed they had a search warrant, but refused to show it to her. They also refused to allow her to put on shoes or pants.

According to the Tribune-Review:

The suit claims Cramer asked if she could put on a pair of pants next to her, and was told in no uncertain terms that she could not.

 

She was placed under arrest and read her rights.

 

The complaint alleges that she was walked outside and made to stand handcuffed, in her underwear and without shoes for 10 minutes.

 

The suit claims that Hess refused her request to get sandals. Police walked her down the gravel driveway, barefoot, to a police car.

 

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17:58

The Chillie Group, Neutral Bay, Sydney How The Chillie Group treat their staff and clients with usury, deception and contempt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Paul Kelly Design designed interior installed by The Chillie Group wall fabric designed by the iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst long deceased since the 70s, but whose art and designs live on in her wallpaper and fabric designs.

Im a builder project manager with 45 years construction experience. Ive did a three month stint recently for The Chillie Group based in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.

Firstly, let me clarify, The Chillie Group comprises two men Graham Wem and Paul Milton. There is one part-time mother, Bec, who helps out with administrative duties. I was the only experienced full-time project manager and builder working there and since I left there is no full-time support staff.

Graham Wem is an interior designer by background a failed architect and Paul Milton is a trade carpenter. Despite their lack of building qualifications and management experience, these two Sydney men have combined to do well, on a very limited scale, in the Sydney pub and club industry.

Being a two-man band with two full-time carpenters, they have very limited reach, low level management and personnel skills and experience, and should only be trusted with small projects to say $1.5 to $2 million contract value. Th...

17:38

So much for "new kind of politics": Theresa May's husband linked to Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Theresa May's husband has been linked to the Paradise Papers after his company was accused of arranging investments in tax havens. Thousands of documents have exposed how Britain's mega rich invest their money abroad to legally avoid paying hefty tax bills. Although not illegal, they are depriving the Treasury of juicy tax revenues at a time when many Britons are having their welfare payments slashed, and the National Health Service (NHS) faces a yawning budget black hole. Philip May, the PM's husband, is a relationships manager for investment-management firm Capital Group. His is the latest big name to be associated with the papers. According to the documents, Capital Group allegedly used offshore-registered funds to make investments in a Bermuda-registered company. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party wants to 'flush Phil' to answer some questions.

17:37

Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kristina Compher worries that her three children are not the same people they were a year ago, before their father Christopher Murphy died after an auto accident and subsequent encounter

The post Family Wants Answers From California Highway Patrol After Man Hit With Taser Dies appeared first on Filming Cops.

17:20

Man dies after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

17:04

China's space odyssey: Beijing reveals ambitious goals for its space exploration program "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

China has revealed its long-term roadmap for the country's space exploration program, including some extraordinarily ambitious goals set between now and 2045. Some magnificent milestones appear on that trajectory. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), China's answer to SpaceX, hopes to have fully developed its expendable, low-cost, 'Long March' rocket series by the end of the decade. It released the details in a statement on state news channels Thursday. Long March 5 and 7 are almost fully operational, but CASC hopes to have its #8 rockets carrying out full-scale commercial missions by 2020. The 8 will be the company's springboard towards competing in the commercial space sector, by providing launch services to trade partners.

16:54

Disregard for human life: Video released of staff laughing at WWII veteran as he dies, screams in pain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A World War II veteran confined to a nursing home died while his calls for help went unanswered- and the whole thing was caught on hidden camera. The incident took place at a Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation in 2014 , but the footage has only recently been made public by the family as part of a lawsuit. 89-year-old James Dempsey -who served his country during World War II- called for help six times, saying he couldn't breathe. When he finally became unresponsive, former nursing supervisor Wanda Nuckles approached the scene after being notified by another nurse.

13:50

"I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The bald man in the BBC Question Time audience demanded answers from the Labour shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, but he wasn't remotely interested in what she had to say, because he'd already diligently rote learned his political opinions from the right-wing media.

When he said "I'd like to hear an example of a country where Corbyn and McDonnell's ideas have worked" you might have imagined that he was interested in listening to the answer, but when Thornberry replied "most of central Europe" and when pressed to name specific countries she said "Germany" and "Sweden" he sneered derisively as if she was the delusional one.

Thornberry's response elicited cackling and sneering from the Tory tribailists in the BBC audience, but that just goes to show how these people have been led like sheep into believing that Jeremy Corbyn is some kind of terrifying left-wing extremist, rather than a centre-left democratic socialist who is proposing economic policies that are perfectly normal across Europe and the rest of the developed world.

Of course there is no country on Earth where a government has come to power and enacted absolutely everything in the Labour Party manifesto, but significant elements of Labour's economic policies are absolutely commonplace across the developed world.

One of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent headline policies is the abolition of  tuition fees (which should more accurately be described as Aspiration Taxes) and making university education free. University education is free (or very low cost) across most of Europe, including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and let's not forget Scotland either. If Ger...

13:32

Are Red States Tax Takers And Blue States Tax Makers? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With every debate on taxing and spending in Washington comes inevitable references to which states send more in taxes to the federal treasury than they receive in benefits for their citizens. The figures thrown around are sourced differently and vary widely, but the point of it all is for Democrats to point at poor, Republican states and call them hypocrites for doing exactly what Democrats say they should: taking money from richer places.

But how much of it is true? An op-ed in The New York Times this week accuses Republicans of favoring red states over blues ones in their plans, while repeating the old lie that small states equal representation in the Senate favors Republicans (the ten smallest states are currently represented there by nine Republicans, nine Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats; the ten largest states are represented by nine Republicans and eleven Democrats).

What kind of spending are they talking about? And what is behind these claims, which pit one part of the population against the other?

Who Pays More Taxes?

Lets start with the taxes paid. In fiscal year 2016, the Internal Revenue Service collected a record $3.3 trillion in taxes nationwide. That money came from a total population of 312,471,695, according to the most recent census (for this article, the figures will only include the 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico). That gives us a national average of $10,622 in taxes for each American.

Even that figure is a little misleading, because the taxes collected include estate taxes, unemployment taxes, business taxes, and excises, which cannot be accurately attributed to one person. If we want to talk about individual income taxes only, the figure is a slightly lower $9,216 per person.

So do blue states pay more than red ones? Again, defining terms is important in answering the question. For this article, well call states that voted for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008, 2012, and 2016 blue states. Those that voted Republican all three years are red, and those that shifted in different elections are purple.

The result: Democrats are correct on this fact. The blue states did pay more per capita in federal taxes than the red did. The $12,648 per capita taxation there is 118 percent of the national average. The purple states fell in between the two, slightly below the national average.

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13:31

Reports Of Small-Town Americas Death Are Greatly Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a recent article for Politico Magazine, Michael Kruse takes readers on a ghastly tour of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, past the neighborhoods marked X for demolition, to the house where a baby starved to death, and onward into the living room of a woman whose son overdosed last year. The place emerges as a gray hellscape soaked in fentanyl and the fumes of closed mines, where hollow-eyed retirees shuffle past shuttered diners in a trance of bitter grief.

The retort from Johnstowns city leaders is crisp, devastating, and will sadly never have the readership of Kruses original narrative. Simply put, they write, Johnstown was just the convenient backdrop Politico needed to validate its storyline.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Or Silent Hill?

Kruses article is bad journalism, factually and spiritually, but it is simply the latest and sloppiest entry in a growing genre: the new American Gothic. The scene is buzzing with activity. Mark Zuckerberg has just returned from Trumps America and he cannot hide his tears. J.D. Vance is serenading the lecture circuit with his hillbilly elegy.

Charles Murray and Robert Putnam have delivered door-stoppers on the unravelling American fabric, and The Economist recently revisited its cheery 2012 meditation, The sadness of Scranton, with an essay on globalizations losers that begins, Even before the disaster, Scranton had been having a poor century.

Separately, these are all outstanding analyses by serious people, and there are many other fine writings in this vein. But taken in their totality, one could be forgiven for thinking that (1) most of America is hurtling towards sodden annihilation, with northeast Pennsylvania at the helm, or (2) that writing an unsparing (read: brutal) profile of an American town or city is a rite of passage for participation in the public sphere. At the very least, one would conclude that the news-reading public has an insatiable appetite for images of wet mobile homes and disused barns.

These Reports Are Greatly Exaggerated

Singular as these times we live in may be, it is worth pausing to ask why these gloomy narratives are having such a moment in the sun. A thirst t...

13:30

Why Amazon Is Buying Up All Those Cryptocurrency URLs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People really want Amazon to get into cryptocurrency. Amazon-watchers have shivered with anticipation as the company bought web domains like amazonbitcoin.com, even though the site has never done more than redirect to Amazons main page. But a new wave of purchases has observers keyed up all over again. This time the acquired URLs are amazonethereum.com, amazoncryptocurrency.com, and amazoncryptocurrencies.com. Whats going on?

The easy answer is brand protection. Anyone whos worked on a political campaign knows the virtue of over-hoarding web addresses that could be used in any conceivable way to tarnish, mock, or otherwise weaken the candidate and his or her public image. Amazon can certainly afford to collect as many potentially brand-diluting or revenue-reducing domains as seems reasonable. With cryptocurrency now penetrating the consciousness of ordinary people, now is a decent time as any to scoop up a few more destinations would-be customers might go.

The sexier answer is Amazon wants to be ready to jump with a moments notice into accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, you name it. Now that cryptocurrencies have made a pretty good claim to durabilityeven if their prices might fluctuate speculativelythe next big economic question is which institutions are going to muscle in first, if any.

Cryptocurrency Isnt a Good Platform for Commerce

Wall Street is too divided on the wisdom of crypto. Sovereign wealth hasnt shown enough interest. As far as we can tell, the financial powers that be are not going to transform the status and usefulness of Bitcoin and company anytime soon.

That leaves the playing field open for significant private entrants. Here you have your ideological benefactors, heavyweight speculators, bitcoin miners, and your international renegades, building up sudden, significant wealth they want to keep relatively free from global or national regulatory systems.

But there are limits to what cryptocurrency can do for the people poised to wield the most outsized control over it. Bitcoin, for instance, is a kludgy way to pay for most goods and services. Its much better and more conveniently used as a place to park wealth (assuming those exchange rates stay high). Its also a stupid way to try to participate in off the grid commerce. Thanks to the blockchain, you do not want to try paying for that suitcase full of heroin you bought on the dark web using Bitcoin.

So even though cryptocurrency is destined to remain an above-board commercial platform, its not a very good platform for commerce as currently structured. That means its not terribly attractive to a heavyweight company like Amazon that could freely wade into the status quo crypto space. So, again, whats going on?

Or Maybe Theyre Serious

Cryptocurre...

13:12

Apple wont launch its HomePod speaker this year after all "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018. When it launches, the HomePod will cost $349, with a focus on streaming high-quality

Back in June, Apple took the unusual step of announcing its HomePod connected speaker six months in advance. Now, Apple says it needs more time, and it will delay its answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home into early 2018.

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12:20

Gulf oil minister: Saudi Arabia's Aramco will go public in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saudi Aramco's plan to take a portion of its business public next year will go ahead as scheduled in 2018, Oman's oil minister told CNBC Monday. At an energy industry conference in Abu Dhabi, Oman's Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi was pressed for a definitive answer regarding his expectations over Saudi Aramco's potential IPO next year. He replied: "If CNBC says yes, then I say yes." The initial public offering (IPO) for the world's largest energy company is expected to take place in the second half of 2018. However, recent reports have suggested Saudi Aramco could move to delay its IPO into 2019 or even shelve the exercise altogether in favor of selling private shares to sovereign wealth funds.

12:02

Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In this piece for Nautilus, Veronique Greenwood discusses the legacy of Julian Jaynes, a psychologist best known for theorizing that consciousness was a cultural development resulting from the existence of language.

Its a remarkable thesis that doesnt fit well with contemporary thought about how consciousness works. The idea that the ancient Greeks were not self-aware raises quite a few eyebrows. By giving consciousness a cultural origin, says Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Jaynes disavows consciousness as a biological phenomenon.'

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11:52

Qlds real gross state income surged in 2016-17 as coal prices recovered strongly "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

According to ABS State Accounts data released today, Queenslands real gross state income surged 7.5% in 2016-17, the highest growth rate among States and Territories, owing to the strong recovery in coal prices during that financial year (see chart below).* Growth in real gross state income incorporates improvements in the terms-of-trade, while real gross state product (GSP) growth does not, and the latter measure was a much less impressive 1.8 percent. Now much of the gains in the terms-of-trade accrue to mining companies that are majority foreign-owned, but the Queensland Government does capture some of the gains through higher royalties, particularly on coal. To illustrate, coal royalties in 2016-17 ended up being an estimated $3.4 billion compared with $1.7 billion in 2015-16.

Coal prices higher than those forecast by Queensland Treasury have continued into the new financial year, and this will provide a nice little windfall for the incoming Queensland Government after next Saturdays election. Former Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche commented on a LinkedIn post of mine earlier this week that he would guess there is a $1 billion coal royalty windfall in 2017-18 awaiting the next government, and I think thats a reasonable estimate based on recent coal prices compared with budget assumptions.

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11:00

Explainer: Questions the Modi Government Needs to Answer on the Rafale Fighter Jet Purchase "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/Files

New Delhi: Listen, all of you keep asking me so many questions and I happily answer them. I want to ask why dont you question the prime minister over the Rafale deal. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi...

10:22

Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A Islanders VH-TRS & VH-URJ Ferry North & South via Rockhampton Airport This Week "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It was interesting to note that on Friday 17 November, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS flew North from Archerfield and called into both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports.  It is due to continue to Cairns and Horn Island on Saturday 18 November.

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VH-TRS has been at Archerfield undergoing planned maintenance since arriving from Cairns via Emerald Airport in late October.

It was also interesting to note that on Wednesday 15 November, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-URJ was noted ferrying ferried South to Archerfield from Cairns via Rockhampton Airport.  It appears that it will now undergo planned maintenance also at Archerfield.

Finally, escaping our immediate attention but also calling into Rockhampton Airport in the wee small hours of Tuesday 14 November was the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which arrived from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane on a med-evac flight.

10:14

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.



2. For a nation running a current account deficit, national income adjustments will ensure government fiscal balance is in deficit if the private domestic sector seeks to increase its saving overall as a percentage of GDP.



3. If the central bank pays a positive interest rate on overnight reserves then it no longer would have to conduct open market operations to ensure its policy rate is sustained (ignore any reserve requirements).


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10:01

Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German

09:58

Israel May Demand Iran Leave Southern Syria, but Russia Sets the Rules of the Game "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For Moscow, the presence of Iranian troops is legitimate Assad himself invited them

Amos Harel Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM
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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad upon his arrival at the Kremlin in Moscow, October 21, 2015. AFP

A single brief statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday cleared up the strategic picture in southern Syria and the entire region. Three days after the signing of the agreement between Russia, the United States and Jordan about the cease-fire arrangements there, Lavrov disavowed the section of the accord that says foreign forces will be kept out of Syrian territory. Irans presence in Syria is legitimate, he said, and therefore Russia did not promise to compel the Iranians to withdraw their forces from the country.

This claim by Moscow, which also applies to the Russian forces there, rests on Iran and Russia having been invited into Syria by the Assad regime. This invitation by the Syrian sovereign ostensibly bestows legitimacy on the presence of these countries military forces in Syria, even with Russia conveniently ignoring the ongoing atrocities the Assad regime has been committing against its own citizens for the past six and a half years.

The only thing the Russians agreed to was a stipulation that the Iranians and the Shiite militias that answer to them would be kept five kilometers from the lines of contact with the rebels. For Israel, this means that the Iranians will be on the Golan Heights, just five to 10 kilometers from the border, depending on what areas are held by the rebels. This is the reason for Israels disappointment with the agreement, a feeling that has only intensified in the wake of Lavrovs statement.

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The Russian foreign ministers statement contained another hidden message: Moscow will be the one that decides what happens in Syria. The total lack of an American response to Lavrovs comments, so soon after State Department officials boasted at a press briefing about the section of the agreement regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces, proves yet again whos really running the show in Syria.

The reason for Russian support of Iran, despite Russias generally close and positive ties with Israel, is simple: The Iranians, and especially their Hezbollah proxies, are providing the Russians and the Assad regime with the ground forces upon which the regimes survival hinges. Keeping the current regime in power is mission number one for the Russians, because that way they can maintain all the advantages an image of....

09:47

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The following article by Jay Syrmopoulos was originally published at The Free Thought Project

Las Vegas, NV With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been...

09:38

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

But in the Senate, a similar measure received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.

The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Acts requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate under the Obama health care law would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for additional tax cuts.

U.S. President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, telling reporters on his way out, the tax is going very well. (Nov. 16)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that repeal of the mandate would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making it a political risk for some lawmakers.

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08:40

MACKAY Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Special delivery: Mackay woman caught posting drugs to ex

November 17, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Day, 21, faced Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to supplying drugs on May 22. Day had no prior

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MACKAY Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Alleged: Mackay man accessed 1000s of child porn images

November 17, 2017 at 04:45AM ,

Terrence Bell, 68, remains on bail after fronting Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, unrepresented by a lawyer. Hes been charged with

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08:40

MACKAY Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MACKAY November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Burglar, car thief didnt feel safe in home after break-in

November 17, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Mitchell Francis Callaghan, 22, from Mackay faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of car theft, stealing and

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06:05

Remaining EU Member will have to pay 15% More upon BREXIT "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; All the news here in Britain is always how bad it will be if we leave the extortion ring in Brussels. You have mentioned that we are the biggest market for German cars. What will Brexit do to the EU?

Thanks

GD

ANSWER: Once the British exit from the EU extortion ring as you call it, the remaining nations will have to pay more than an additional 10 billion euros to keep Brussels floating in jobs and exorbitant pension. Besides the German auto-industry being clipped for political reasons as the EU punishes Britain to act as a deterrent to prevent others from leaving, Germanys proportion of making up the shortfall from BREXIT will be almost 4 billion. With BREXIT, everyone will have to contribute an additional 15% so they can do nothing but make it more miserable for Europeans.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani calls for a doubling of the budget of the European Union. We need twice as much money as today, so 280 billion euros instead of 140 billion euros per year, said Tajani the spark newspapers.  Since the EU cannot issue debt, that means the doubling of the EU budget should not be financed by additional transfers from the Member States, but by the introduction of taxes.

This will require new EU own resources, such as a financial transaction tax on stock exchanges, Tajani said. The President of the European Parliament justified his initiative with the costs of dealing with the refugee crisis and the fight against terrorism, as well as the increased need for investment. Europeans must invest more in energy and digitalization of the economy in the future, the Italian said. Only in this way could the EU compete with the US, China, India or Russia in global competition.

The EU Parliament is currently negotiating with the finance ministers of the EU governments for the Community budget for the year 2018. The EU parliament demands funds of 146.7 billion euros for the coming year 2.3 billion euros more than the finance ministers want to make available.

Almost 80 percent of the EU budget is cov...

06:04

Is the Dollar Really a Petrodollar anymore? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you so much for shedding light on what can only be deranged forecasts on the dollar and gold and never change regardless of how much money they lose people year after year. I received this email with the headline How Much Longer Can the Petrodollar Survive? They claim that now adversarial nations like China, Russia and Iran are threatening the petrodollar hegemony by establishing their own trading and banking infrastructure that excludes dollars for trade. Suddenly Iran is now a world power and as you said at the conference, the dollar support is not trade or oil, but where big money parks.

My question is, just how can these people sleep at night putting out false information all the time? Isnt that what the investment banks pled guilty to putting out false forecasts to support their own positions during the Dotcom bubble?

ANSWER: Yes, you are correct. It is one thing to put out analysis that is unbiased and it is raw corruption to put out forecasts that support your own investments creating a conflict of interest. It would not be a criminal act as long as they disclose what their portfolio is. Only the government gets a free get out of jail card for fake forecasts.

The decline in commodities was was due to a number of factors, including an economic slowdown in China, a severe recession in Brazil, with falling prices for oil and other commodities, and exchange rate volatility that saw the dollar rise. Despite positive growth in trade volume terms, the current dollar value of world merchandise exports declined by 14% in 2015, to US$ 16.0 trillion, as export prices fell by 15%. Even the dollar value of world commercial services exports also fell 6% in 2015 to US$ 4.7 trillion, although the decline was less s...

06:00

Phil Pringle Head Pastor of C3 Church. False prophet of the Prosperity Gospel. Part one. Meeting Phil Pringle for the first time in 1982 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Dr Phil Pringle of C3 Church Eric Clapton hair cut or is it a topaz? And 70s glasses dont believe a word Doctor Phil Pringle says Like Brian Houston of Hillsong, its all spin and con

 

The first time I met Doctor Phil Pringle was in 1982.

I was a builder working at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia CLC Darlo for short. CLC Darlinghurst was the second location and second name for Hillsong Global Church.

The lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of  Hillsong Global Church was showing Phil Pringle my handiwork. This is before he acquired his doctorate from an unknown theological college overseas in the early 1990s and announced to his C3 staff and the world, Call me Dr Phil Pringle from now on.

I still remember the day very clearly when I first met Phil.

The party of pastors arrived with a young Phil Pringle boasting to his spiritual father, the lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Global Church, about his amazing vision for the lost of Sydney and how he was going to build a mighty church in Sydneys Northern Beaches with a massive Bible College etc etc.

I was watching and listening and thought this guy is full of himself.

 

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04:31

Section 44: Would a student loan from the Commonwealth prove grounds for disqualification? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Could the Commonwealth HELP loan scheme, that assists the vast majority of students to undertake tertiary or further education, give rise to yet another ground for disqualification under section 44 of the Constitution, which has seen 10 MPs and Senators depart the Parliament since the 2016 election, another candidate miss out on taking up a Senate seat, and a growing cloud over many more?

If it does, this might adversely affect the position of the newly elected Greens Senator for Western Australia, Jordon Steele-John, who, before taking up his seat this week, was undertaking a degree in politics by distance education at Macquarie University?

If this were found to be an issue, it would also affect the future nomination and election of students and recent graduates with student loans owing to the Commonwealth. While few students are in the box seat for winning an election, some run as minor party candidates, for the experience or to fly a partys banner in seats where their prospects are slim.

While it seems far fetched, and reminiscent of the concerns at the time of the 1975 referral of James Webster to the Court of Disputed Returns that ordinary, routine transactions with the Commonwealth, like getting the telephone installed, might see Members of Parliament breach s.44(v), the so-called brutal literalism of the current Court, the decision in Re Day No. 2 earlier this year, and the particular nature of the Commonwealth HELP schemes, do give rise to contemporary questions.

And given the fact that most MPs and Senators are of an age or circumstances where they have either not been beneficiaries of the HELP scheme, or have likely discharged any liabilities through previous employment before contesting an election, the issue has not likely been at the forefront of attention for the Parliament before now.

While the prospects of disqualification arising from the HELP loan arrangements are far from certain, it does add more uncertainty to the questions hanging over the newly elected Senator Andrew Bartlett, who faces an office of profit question over his university employment, and the prospective replacement for Jacqui Lambie, Steve Martin, who faces a question...

03:48

GET ADRIAN JACKSON TO SHOUT "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

PREVIEW

Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jacksons Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017

Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long hell be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout in all senses of the word.

On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangarattas jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).

Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.

Readers of Martin Jacksons MJC newsletter will have seen Adrians account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:

It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situa...

03:44

How Google Is Revolutionising Research "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Googles omnipresence in the lives of people has led to a wealth of information on what people think, want and desire. Such data is being used by researchers to understand human behaviours and psyche.

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Credit: Digitalpfade/pixabay

Aneree Parekh is a research assistant at the department of psychology, Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai.

The Internet was started as a haven a place where people could connect across nations, where they could get answers at the click of a button. And in 2017, the Internet has become life itself and Google the preferred navigator for most people in the world. A little more than a decade ago, Google was created to organise the worlds data and its success is well documented, not in the least by the fact that google has now become a common verb in many languages. Looking for a place to eat nearby? Google it. Whats the weather going to be like today? Google it. Show timings for a new movie? Google it. Is that weird mole on your back cancerous? Oh my god, google it!

The ubiquitous use of Google to find answers to questions big and small has provided unique and unprecedented knowledge about human behaviour patterns and psyche. Like a trail of breadcrumbs, the trails of internet searches we leave behind reveal our deepest fears, desires and secrets, and researchers are beginning to follow them.

Most people in the developed world, and an increasing number of people in the developing world, turn to Google for information on consumer products like cars and mobile phones, health, politics, entertainment and even love. This creates a wealth of information about what people want. The availability of s...

03:43

COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A platform of climate protest signs on the grounds of the U.N. campus at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Justin Catanoso BONN, Germany An anxious uncertainty hung in the air at the start of the 23rd annual United Nations climate summit two weeks ago: what role would the small U.S. negotiating team play in the era of Donald Trump, a climate denier who has forced the United States to become the only country on earth to reject the Paris Agreement? As the gavel falls ending COP23 on Friday, 17 November, the answer to that question will be apparent for all to see: obstruction. Obstruction by the worlds richest nation and the planets second-worst greenhouse gas emitter. For two weeks, the U.S. delegation has, by all accounts, worked to deny developing nations vulnerable to, and victims of, global warming the financial pathway they need to adapt to climate change or recover from climate-related losses and damages. Other wealthy nations, so-called developed countries, struggling with their own economic worries, immigration crises, or controversial energy dilemmas, have apparently followed the U.S. lead and fallen in line. At stake is the wide gap between the billions raised by developing nations and the billions more needed for developing countries to endure and adapt to global warmings dire impacts roughly $10.3B billion in cash has been raised so far toward a pledge of $100 billion a year starting in 2020, along with a pledge for access to financing from global banks.

03:31

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Mol Med Rep. 2017 Oct 26. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PMID: 29115463 Abstract Title:  Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide inhibits prostate cancer cell migration via the protein arginine methyltransferase 6 signaling pathway. Abstract:  Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumor of men worldwide and the incidence and mortality rate is gradually increasing. At present, the molecular mechanisms of growth and migration in human prostate cancer have not been completely elucidated. Studies have demonstrated that Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) can inhibit cancer. Therefore the present study investigated the effect and molecular mechanism of GLP on cell growth and migration of LNCaP human prostate cancer cells. LNCaP cells were transfected with either a protein arginine methyltransferase 6 (PRMT6) overexpression plasmid or PRMT6 small interfering (si)RNA. The cell growth and migration, and the expression of PRMT6 signalingassociated proteins, were investigated following treatment with 5 and 20 g/ml GLP. The results demonstrated that GLP inhibited cell growth, induced cell cycle arrest, decreasedPRMT6, cyclindependent kinase 2 (CDK2), focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and steroid receptor coactivator, (SRC) expression, and increased p21 expression in LNCaP cells, as determined by using a Coulter counter, flow cytometry, and reverse transcriptionquantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively. Furthermore, GLP significantly inhibited cell migration, as determined by Transwell migration and scratch assays, and altered CDK2, FAK, SRC and p21 expression in LNCaP cells transfected with the PRMT6 overexpression plasmid. By contrast, PRMT6 knockdown by siRNA reduced the effect of GLP on cell migration. These results indicate that GLP was effective in inhibiting cell growth, the cell cycle and cell migration, and the suppressive effect of GLP on cell migration may occur via the PRMT6 signaling pathway. Therefore, it is suggested that GLP may act as a tumor suppressor with applications in the treatment of prostate cancer. The results of the present study provide both the preliminary theoretical and experimental basis for the investigation of GLP as a therapeutic agent.

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03:21

Westall, the Department of Supply and Mr 'X' - a short part two "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Background

In a previous post I discussed what we know of a tantilising story from the son and daughter of a high official in the former Australian Department of Supply, in relation to his knowledge of the 6 April 1966 Westall incident.

New material

Over my years of searching government archive material held by such agencies as the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) I have learnt that these organisations are constantly making new material available. I thought it would be worth my while, spending some time, doing yet another search for any further material on Mr 'X.' This search proved to be very fruitful.

I now have found new material which:

1. Provides his University results from the years 1930-1934, when he attended University in Sydney and completed both a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (1st class honours) and a Bachelor of Science degree (2nd class honours.)

2. Gives a photograph of him in 1935. I have used a number of web based reverse image sites to check if it is possible to determine the source of this image and thus reveal his identity. I was unable to find Mr X's real name from this image, and this is why I provide the photograph here. If you use "copy image address" you will only get "Capture_Photo_1935.JPG."



3. Advises that he was appointed as an Engineer in the Postmaster General's Department in 1937.

4. Shows that he moved to the Department of Civil Aviation in 1946, and became a Senior Airways Engineer.

All of this is consistent with the account of his career as conveyed in 2010 by his daughter.

5. I have also found some leads concerning positions within the general area of what became the Aircraft, Guided Weapons and Electronics area of the Department of Supply in 1967. In 1963 it appears to have been titled Aircraft and Guided Weapons Supply Branch, Department of Supply. Unfortunately, the archive material for this era, is currently not yet available. I have submitted a request to be advised when this material becomes publicly available. Hopefully, this will conf...

03:19

Huge opinion survey, over 13 countries, finds overwhelming support for solar power in UK "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Solar Power Portal 15th Nov 2017, The majority of UK respondents to the largest survey of attitudes towards green energy ever conducted would like to see more solar power used compared to other generation technologies. The rsted Green Energy Barometer, which surveyed more than 26,000 people across 13 countries, asked just over 2,000 people in the UK where they would like to see more of their energy come from.

The results showed that the most common answer wassolar, with over three quarters (77%) preferring the technology to its closest competitors, tidal power (71%) and offshore wind (70%). Natural gas
and nuclear, the two technologies being pursued most vigorously by the UK government, languished in bottom place with 34% and 31% respectively, while the survey did not even ask UK respondents for their views on coal, which is to be phased out by 2025.

UK (2,020 respondents) International average (26,401 respondents)
Solar power 77% 80%
Tidal power 71% 58%
Offshore wind 70% 67%
Onshore wind 61% 64%
Sustainably sourced biomass 53% 51%
Natural gas 34% 37%
Nuclear 31% 26%

https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/new_evidence_of_overwhelming_public_support_for_so...

03:13

Chilean prisons: Concerning the juridical situation of our comrade Marcelo Villaroelor how the revenge of the State is perpetuated in silence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last September, at the 4th Military Prosecutors Office in Santiago, the refusal of the petition to prescribe the sentences made by our comrade Marcelo, several months ago was notified.

Immediately, Marcelo appealed to this refusal, leaving the resolution of the appeal in the hands of the Martial Court, where it was reaffirmed in the first days of October.

These condemnations correspond to some causes originated by actions framed in his old militancy at the Mapu-lautaro, organization in which our comrade was an active fighter since a very young age and of which, while imprisoned, in 1995, he was expelled because of anarchist deviations.

Marcelo served his sentence without interruption for 11 years, two months and fifteen days from October 13, 1992 until December 28, 2003, remaining only his night prison until March 2005, when he granted the so-called probation, which obliges him to sign a document every week until completing 20 years of penitentiary control.

The first days of November 2007 for Marcelo are marked for him by his participation on the Bank Security robbery, along with other other comrades, action in which a cop died and that caused an answer from the State without precedents. Marcelo decides to assume clandestinity, and in February 2008, in his absence, he has his probation revoked.

In March 2008, he is detained in Argentina and in September 2014, he is sentenced to 14 years for 2 bank robberies.

In that same period, as penalties related to old causes emanated from the always sinister Military Justice were revised, the condemnation remained as it follows:

Illicit terrorist association: 10 years and 1 day.

Damage to a cop car with serious injuries to carabineers: 3 years + 541 days.

Co-author murder qualified as terrorist: 15 years and 1 day.

Theft with intimidation, Law 18.314: 10 years and 1 day.

Explosive attack against the embassy of spain: 8 years.

In total, these old convictions compute 46 years, establishing its end on February, 2056.

There are a number of irregularities in this math, and although the legal issue is not our focus it never was, we believe that it becomes urgent and necessary to face this situation that at all lights represents a clear revenge against a comrade who holds high subversive autonomous and libertarian convictions, a comrade who has never abandoned the direct confrontation for total liberation, nor has it ever reno...

02:21

Pope: Thou shalt do less MSG, more MDG, and fat cats will happily pay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Many complain about failing to think outside of the box, about the world of unmet needs, about inequities... When out-of-the-box solutions are offered, how many do something to implement the answers? What do you do? Do you believe the solutions offered here are too far out of the box?

02:01

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School, Auckland, New Zealand and barrister in Brisbane, Australia part two Jonathans estrangement from his mother and his father issues "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jonathan R Wain as I knew him in the 1970s Jonathan pushed his mum too far about the reasons for her divorce from his father in the late 1979s, and his mother disinherited him.

 

Jonathan R Wain was raised by his mother in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs Wain was estranged from Jonathans father.

Mrs Wain was a pleasant laconic woman, who was always welcoming and friendly to me. Jonathan has a younger sister Lindsey, and an older sister whose name I cant recall. His older sister in 1974 when I met Jonathan, was estranged from her mother, primarily due to her involvement in a Christian cult it may have been the Children of God I cant recall. It wasnt the Moonies.

In 1976-77, Jonathan located and spent some time with his long-lost father. Armed with a dubious raft and bad stories about Mrs Wain from his father, and an assemblage of bitter allegations, Jonathan started to press his mother barrister-style for more information about why his parents had separated. Jonathan has always had an unnerving ability to ask people very personal questions often with hardly knowing them, and invading peoples personal space by standing too close to them invading their aura.

Mrs Wain had always blamed her former husband for the marital issues and Jonathan, being a bu...

01:51

Compilation of Victoria's TAC road safety commercials dating back to 1989 - quite confronting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This might be a bit much for lots of people - approach it with a bit of caution particularly if you're carrying a few memories.

01:42

The unions are in the Turnbull governments sights "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.

Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that,  step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck.  It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised,  its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.

Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.

Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.

A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons,  which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces.  Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.

This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.

Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.

She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...

00:56

Commbank is ditching coal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ugly

A year of campaigning and more than 100,000 people signing a petition, Commbank has finally decided to phase out investment in coal and this move the bank closer to turning away from fossil  fossil fuels altogether

Protests outside branches of the bank and bad publicity had an effect.

It came to a head at the banks annual general meeting in Sydney, where the Chair, Catherine Livingstone announced the new policy. No more coal projects will be funded.

The bank has made a commitment remove its existing $6 billion investment in this carbon emission producing industry.

This is a major change for the better.

Anti-coal campaigners know that it is not enough to leave it at this and that the pressure will have to be kept on Commbank to do what it says it is going to do.

At the same time, this success will be used as leverage to induce other banks into going down the same road.

The banks are aware of how unpopular they are, and their advertising campaigns are geared around each of them telling the public that they are different to the others. They know they are vulnerable to losing customers. This is the reason why Commbank recently dropped its ATM charges and was followed by the other banks in a very short time.

The unpopularity of the banks has provided campaigners with an unusual opportunity to be effective and win significant concessions. With these under the belt, greater pressure can be put on politicians to make them act decisively, to stop support for fossil fuels and promote renewable alternatives.

Australia needs this to move towards a modern, sustainable economy.

There is still along way to go to make this a reality and it wont be easy to get there. But every win takes us another step down this road.

The post Commbank is ditching coal appeared first on The Pen.

00:23

HR manager among those penalised almost $400,000 for "systematic" exploitation at restaurant "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An example of the effect of the liberalisation of labor laws combined with massive increase in economic immigration in Australia. See more about how this came about in Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured almost $400,000 in penalties against a company and three individuals including an HR manager for systematically exploiting overseas workers at a Chinese restaurant in NSW and fabricating records to try to cover it up. The penalties have been imposed in the Federal Court after 85 employees at the New Shanghai Charlestown restaurant at Charlestown were underpaid a total of $583,688 over a 16-month period in 2013-2014. Justice Robert Bromwich has imposed a $54,672 penalty against the mastermind of the exploitation, restaurant owner Zhong Yuan John Chen, and penalised his company NSH North Pty Ltd a further $301,920. Justice Bromwich imposed a $18,496 penalty against restaurant manager Jin Xu for her involvement in the exploitation and in addition, imposed a $21,760 penalty against the restaurants HR manager Ting Sarah Zhu, dismissing her argument that her culpability was greatly reduced because she had been following her bosss orders.

The penalties are the result of an investigation and legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Fair Work inspectors found that many workers at the restaurant mostly visa holders from Asia were paid as little as $10 an hour.

Under the Restaurant Industry Award at the time, most were entitled to be paid more than $20 an hour for ordinary hours and between $24 and $45 an hour for weekend, public holiday and overtime work. One employee was underpaid more than $33,000.

When the Fair Work Ombudsman began its investigation, NSH North provided fabricated records to inspectors that purported to show staff had been paid correctly.

The company later provided the true employment records, only after the issue was raised with them by the Fair Work Inspector and a further Notice to Produce issued, showing the unlawfully low, flat rates the employees were actually paid.

Justice Bromwich found that the contraventions involved serious and premeditated conduct and encompassed a widespread, systematic and prolonged failure to accord employees their basic entitlements.

NSH North has rectified more than $450,000 of the underpayments and is attempting to locate the employees who....

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23:59

The music capital of Australia isnt a city its a country town "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tamworth Country Music Festival isnt just about country music: its about spectacle. Across ten days over the January long weekend, every square inch of the northwest NSW town is taken over by buskers, stalls, punters and artists. Its the second-largest country music festival in the world after the iconic Nashville, with over 2,800 events, 800 artists and 120 venues, making room for everything from alt-country to yodelling.

In 2018, 50,000 punters will make their way to Tammy, placing it among the ranks of Australias other internationally-recognised regional festivals such as Byron Bays Bluesfest, Queenslands Woodford Folk Festival, and the stalwart Falls Festival. Unlike these festivals, however, TCMF is open access and family friendly with plenty of free shows, making it accessible to audiences who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel the distance to an established music festival.

Its the social aspect of it, Tamworth Country Music Festivals founding father Max Ellis recently told the Northern Daily Leader about what makes the festival so special. It seems to be improving [with] a lot more artists and a lot more fans.

The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time

Born-and-raised Tammy local and heavyweight TCMF fan, Caitlin McInerney, similarly speaks to this social aspect, noting that people come from all over Australia just to visit Tamworth for country music. All the gigs are up close and personal, and the bands and singers all have beers with the crowd after the shows.

The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time; its one of the best celebrations of country music Australia has to offer. Not to mention [there are] way too many hotties in jeans and boots a girl gets whiplash.

Theres no bigger or better celebration of music in Australia than the Tamworth Country Music Festival

The festivals DOB is often debated, but most point its inception back to January 1973, when local radio station 2TM launched the Australasian Country Music Awards, now known as The Country Music Golden Guitar Awards

While Sydneys music venues have been knocked around by the state governments lockout laws, as well as excessively expensive liquor licenses and the residential noise complaints that come with a rapidly gentrifying city, Tamworth Regional Counci...

23:58

Injured workers will lose compensation the day after Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Emma Reynolds (news.com.au 9 November 2017)writes about the impact that the change to workers compensation in New South Wales will have on injured workers, who face the prospect of of losing income support.

Its going to be a bleak Christmas for thousands of injured employees who are set to be thrown off workers compensation support on Boxing Day.

For Anthony McGarrell, 54, it is the final insult after a decade of agony. He has no idea how he will survive after that, and is set to lose his rented home, his car and his dignity again.

Mr McGarrell, from Sussex Inlet on the New South Wales south coast, used to work in the entertainment industry, until he suffered a double hernia while moving a piece of staging for Channel 9 in 2007.

He now endures chronic pain and cannot walk without a frame. He typically wakes every two hours at night, and even sitting down sends sharp pains through his pelvis and spine.

I have bladder and bowel damage, he told news.com.au. I have to be careful getting into bed.

I get severe pain attacks that literally cripple me to the ground.

Despite that, Mr McGarrell has tried many times to return to work in the entertainment industry, spending time after his injury in an office job organising studio rostering and satellite play-out services.

The 54-year-old lives with chronic pain and has had multiple surgeries.Source:Supplied

But steady work has proven out of reach for the former scriptwriter, with repeated surgery defeating his efforts. If you want to know how hard it is to return to work, get injured, he said. By the time Id had seven hernias, no one would touch me with a barge pole.

Im unemployable.

As a result of 2012 reforms in NSW, injured workers will lose their entitlement to compensation once they have received 260 weeks of payments, whether consecutive or not, if their injuries are assessed to be less than 21 per cent.

Many will also lose medical benefits. Under the old laws, they would have had support until the age of 65.

For Mr McGarrell, who has been assessed at wildly different levels by various doctors, this is simply a way for insurance companies to avoid paying up. Instead, he will have to turn to Centrelink, who are likely to refer him on to Disability Support Pension.

When his current payments are terminated, Mr McGarrell will lose up to 66 per cent of his income. Whats left will barely cover his rent or lifelong medical expenses. Right now, he doesnt know what future lies ahead after Christmas.

The unpredictability of it makes life....

23:37

Young Mother In California Threatened With Arrest At A Bus Stop For Not Vaccinating Her Children "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Could you imagine being threatened by law enforcement authorities over vaccine records as you are waiting with your children for the school bus?  This is something that literally just happened to one young mother down in California.  One morning she walked her kids to the bus stop and she was approached by an official from the Claremont school district and a police officer.  In very intimidating fashion, they began questioning her about whether or not her children had been vaccinated.  When she refused to answer and started recording the interaction they walked away, but that wasnt the end of it.  Later she called the police department and explained what was going on, and she was told that she could be arrested for refusing to vaccinate her children.

You can see the video for yourself on Facebook right here.  It has already been watched more than 159,000 times, and we need to get this out to as many people as we possibly can.  The following is the description that Porsha Rasheed posted along with the video

Please watch this Video and share I am. I am being set up by the Claremont school district to be arrested and they are trying to force me to give my child immunization shots! I woke up this morning and walked my kids to the bus stop like I always do. Guess who was waiting the Claremont police department along with another man asking me about my childs shots! I called the police department to make a complaint for harassment and was told by the sergeant, that me not giving my kids shots is a criminal act and that I will be arrested. This is why they were at the bus stop to try to in...

23:24

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures.
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In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second images of the ground and de-rotated sky were digitally added to bring up the needed light and detail. In the foreground lies Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that tragically ran aground in 1878. The two rocks pictured are the remnants of a collapsed arch and are named Tom and Eva after the only two people who survived that Loch Ard ship wreck. A close inspection of the water just before the rocks will show reflections and shadows in light thrown by our Milky Way galaxy."

22:57

NSW assisted dying bill: fight goes on "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.

The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.

Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.

We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.

He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.

We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.

Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.

Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.

He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.

However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.

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22:51

Mungo Man laid to rest after 42,000 years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.

The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.

Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.

He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.

Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.

They become known as Mungo Man.

In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.

But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.

The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.

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22:39

Wanna be startin' somethin' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Northern Powerhouse

We all know that employment growth since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012 has been all about Sydney and Melbourne.

Until now!

Queensland is suddenly off to the races, with trend employment growth blazing +4.62 per cent higher across the year to October, by far its strongest annual result since before the financial crisis. 


Of course, it's harder for the most populous states to record such a large percentage increase, but even so, this has suddenly become too big a move to ignore. 

Some questions we've not had to ponder too often in Queensland since 2007 include: where, why, & what are the new jobs? And will it continue?

Where? Pretty much all around the state, as I've looked at here previously (Queensland is one mainland state where employment is not excessively capital city focused). 

Queensland is also coming from a relatively low base, after a rough trot, and much of the hiring has been part time in nature. 

The likely drivers might range from Chinese visitors and the dollar-driven tourism industry, the commodity price rebound creating jobs upstate, a slew of public sector and NDIS hiring, and perhaps some spillover or multiplier from the fading residential construction boom.

Agriculture exports have been strong, so that's another possible bright spot, plus some increased aggregate demand creating services jobs as interstate migration has picked up.

Just from driving around various parts of SEQ, there are an awful lot of road projects underway right now, while there are several significant infrastructure projects underway or about to commence in Brisbane.

SEEK...& ye may find.....

22:33

All-Time High: Bitcoin Shrugs Off the Competition Once Again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The price of a single Bitcoin exceeded its previous all-time high again today. Seemingly shrugging off doubt over its position as top-dog in the cryptocurrency world, the going rate of each unit of the digital currency reached an unprecedented 7,794 according to market price watch website, Coinmarketcap. This puts it ever-closer to the next major psychological milestone of $8,000.

Bitcoin has had a turbulent month thus far. Its previous run up in price was brought to a sudden end following the news that the planned hard fork to introduce larger blocks to the main chain would not go ahead. Many believed that the fear and uncertainty created during the confusion over the planned upgrade known as Segwit2x meant that wed seen this years all-time high for the currency last week and it would struggle to surpass this level again in 2017. However, as is often the case with Bitcoin, the doubt was short-lived. The price rebounded fast from its monthly low point on Sunday of around $5,580 back to record-breaking highs in just four days.

As youd expect, the all-time highs in price coincide with an all-time high in interest in the digital currency. Google Trends shows that online searches for the term Bitcoin follows the price chart rather closely with spikes in interest this year at the end of May, beginning and middle of August, mid-September, and of course, throughout October and into November. Meanwhile, a look at which regions are searching the most for the term Bitcoin probably invites more questions than it answers. The top five areas that searched for the term Bitcoin from highest downwa....

22:30

Weatherwatch: La Nia strikes out on its forceful voyage round the globe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Unusually cold patches of the Pacific ocean are again on the move, threatening to disrupt weather patterns worldwide A gigantic blob has surfaced in the Pacific, a monster of unusually cool water stretching out from South America across the equator. This is La Nia and it could send the world's weather haywire over the next few months. Its impact could even be felt in Britain. Seven years ago one of the most powerful La Nias on record led to catastrophic floods in Queensland, Colombia, [...]

22:18

Britt McHenry Talks Colin Kaepernick, Roger Goodell, And Sports Media "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Britt McHenry, sports journalist and Federalist contributor, joins Federalist Radio to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named GQ Magazine Citizen of The Year, as well as the NFL owners disputes with Commissioner Roger Goodell.

I dont think Kaepernick has done even to bridge the divide. I think hes continually deepened the divide, McHenry said.

Its seems like every sports talk show these days is based around hosts yelling at each other. How did this happen? Its archaic and stereotypical. An easy answer thoughits cheaper to produce, she said.

Listen here:

21:18

Corruption Trial Against Sen. Bob Menendez Ends In Mistrial "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After six days of jury deliberations the felony corruption trial against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has ended in a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial Thursday afternoon after the jury passed him a note saying that they could not reach a unanimous decision. One juror said the jury was deadlocked with 10 jurors who wanted to acquit the Democratic senator and two who thought he was guilty, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors say Menendez accepted bribes from his co-defendant, a wealthy eye-doctor and deep-pocketed benefactor who was convicted of Medicare fraud earlier this year for over billing the U.S. government and taxpayers up to $105 million. Justice Department officials allege that Menendez lobbied the State Department to get visas for his married friends alleged mistresses and pushed top officials to drop the fraud investigation. In exchange, Menendez allegedly received luxury vacations, trips aboard a private plane, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from his co-defendant, Salamon Melgen.

On the first day of deliberations, a juror asked Walls: What is a Senator? The judge refused to answer. On Monday, a juror who was dismissed from the trial told media outlets that the jury was deadlocked, with a majority of the jurors leaning towards an acquittal. She also told reporters she thought it would result in a mistrial. As it turns out, her prediction was spot on.

The DOJ will likely refile charges against Menendez, putting him on trial again. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has called for an ethics investigation into the New Jersey senators actions that led to the indictment.

In a press conference following the news of the mistrial, Menendez said he would not forget those who he says tried to use the trial against him in order to gain his Sen...

21:16

Jewish identity politics gone crazy: "Anti-Semitism" bill could equate criticism of Israel with racism - Jewish community split over implications for dual-loyalty "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On November 7, the House Judiciary Committee held hearings over the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill that would broaden the definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. If passed, the legislation would instruct the Department of Education to consider the State Department's definition of antisemitism when investigating educational institutions for discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimonies in support of the bill from individuals representing institutions such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Those who argued against the bill were Jewish Studies professors and representatives of advocacy groups. During the question and answer portion of the hearing, an exchange between Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, the Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University, was revealing and rooted in American Jewish history. Trachtenberg argued that the State Department's definition of antisemitism was deeply flawed because it defines all accusations of American Jewish dual-loyalty as inherently antisemitic. By these standards, the ideas of Theodor Herzl could be defined as antisemitic. Herzl argued that because Jews represent one people, it is useless for them to be loyal to any other state but the proposed Jewish State. Rabbi Cooper seemed to misunderstand the argument, reflexively accusing Trachtenberg of providing "cannon fodder for antisemites".

20:50

London Grenfell disaster, many people want justice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video from London, England says about itself:

Lily Allen is incredibly moving on the horror of Grenfell Tower fire and the need to find answers

31 October 2017

In our most unfiltered episode so far, Lily Allen talks to James about the right-wing tabloids, phone hacking, womens sexuality, Grenfell, and the Harvey Weinstein allegations, as well as her life growing up and making it in the music business.

Full episode here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hundreds to participate in Grenfell fire inquiry

Thursday 16th November 2017

Unprecedented number of applications to probe catastrophic safety failings

NEARLY 400 individuals and organisations will be core participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry after an unprecedented number of applications, the inquiry announced yesterday.

This could allow them the right to provide opening statements, suggest lines of questioning, or highlight evidence relating to the fire on June 14 that tore through the residential council-owned block, which killed at least 80 people and left hundreds homeless.

A total of...

20:34

Space Fence: Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Space Fence: Connecting the Surveillance and Transhumanist Agendas | Space-Fence | Chem-trails & Geo-Engineering Environment HAARP Military Military Weapons Nano-Technology New World Order Project BlueBeam Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Special Interests Surveillance Trans humans

The Space Fence is not just to track and catalog space debris. Its an overarching program that connects the geoengineering, surveillance and transhumanist and AI agendas.

The Space Fence is a massive, planetary-wide, space surveillance system currently being constructed that aims to monitor you all the way down to your DNA. Officially, the Space Fence is, according to Wikipedia, a 2nd generation space surveillance system being built (started in 2014) by the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to track artificial satellites and space debris. Its budget is US$1.594 billion, its expected to be operational in 2019 and the Space Fence facility will be located in the Marshall Islands along with an option for another radar site in Western Australia. The Space Fence is a resurrection of a program started by Reagan in the 1980s called SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative), commonly known by its nickname Star Wars. However, like many exotic weapons of the New World Order, it has a cover purpose and a real purpose. This article exposes the grander implications of the Space Fence and how it connects to other technology that could be used to enslave you.

What is the Space Fence?

Although the USAF and Lockheed Martin tell us that the purpose of the Space Fence is to detect, track and catalog space debris, we must acknowledge that the MIC (Military Intelligence Complex) is at the helm of the New World Order and is routinely engaged in psychological operations against the rest of the population. The Space Fence is the answer to the prayers of a control-freak conspiratorial class. It will have the capacity to surveil everything on Earth. Like Skynet in the fictional Terminator films, it could become surveillance beyond comprehension. How? Th...

19:30

The mess were now in: The leaked TASSAL document ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speech to the Senate on the salmon industry on November 14 So my question to the state government, who are spruiking a job-rich salmon industry as a basis for a social licence for the Okehampton Bay project, is: are you aware of a plan to cut jobs and use technology? Are you aware if it has been accepted by the Tassal board? Are the 40 jobs stated by the Tassal CEO in his public statements net of the 20 jobs to be lost as forecast in this document, or is it only likely to be 20 jobs at Okehampton Bay half the figure publicly stated by stakeholders? John Biggs in Comments: Not surprisingly perhaps this completely backs up Christine Milnes claims ( TT HERE ) that corporate donations and like with Gunns, corporate mates and to hell with the public interest. Christines claims that the Greens are the only party that put public interest first. That message is so obvious yet so deliberately avoided and distorted by the major parties and some minor ones, and the press. This so easily may be taken further to systemic levels: that is, that the Westminster system and its reliance on two party government and opposition is so easily open to corruption. A multi-party and power-sharing system is so much less open to corruption because the voting keeps shifting issue by issue. While we are unfortunately a long way from that, one easy step of major importance would be to ban corporate donations both local and foreign to political parties Geoffrey Swan in Comments: despite all our efforts (and yours at the 2015 Senate Inquiry) Huon Aquaculture continues to this day, now 10 plus years on, to discharge 26 million litres every day of the year of fish poo, fish sewage, fish effluent, fish shit ... into the once-pristine Russell River in Lonnavale. This company is showing no interest in protecting this river Jeremy Rockliff, Elise Archer: Tassal shift to oceanic farming welcomed Rosalie Woodruff: Tassals Off-Shore Spin Tassals so-called commitment to Tasmania in moving their operations apparently off-shore is simply a PR exercise. It seems to be designed to secure their share price and water down the intense public scrutiny of their activities, and the current court hearings. What they are proposing is just to move from several tiny and environmentally damaged sites in the DEntrecasteaux Channel and Huon Rivers, as they consolidate and intensify operations at Long Bay near Port Arthur. The Long Bay lease is 45m from the shore in a relatively shallow and unflushed bay. Despite an implicit apology in Tassals statement about the environmental harm they caused in Macquarie Harbour, the company might accept the lessons learned, but clearly havent learnt from them

18:31

Almost summer snow in Australia with giant hail, record cold for Boston and NYC "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Unusual almost summer snows in NSW Australia along with "gigantic hail" as it was described. This is expected in a grand solar minimum where extremes in heat and cold effect crop production, we saw this in the USA over the last week as well. Record cold in Boston and New York breaking records back to 1903. Interestingly the record cold in NYC article never listed the temperatures that were broken. Sources

16:36

Bega Valley. COMMENT: Greed, stupidity and mismanagement destroying Sapphire Coasts gems "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views  do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss. 

There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.

Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.

I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.

The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.

The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.

The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.

The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.

The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.

How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?

The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.

The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?

What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?

More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed....

16:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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16:11

10 Compelling Reasons Why the Vegas Shooting Has Disappeared from Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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With the 24/7 news cycle constantly in full swing, important stories at times get lost in the constant onslaught of non-stop information. The mainstream media gatekeepers essentially dictate what social and cultural memes are injected into the public consciousness, what topics are discussed, and which cases are given publicity and thoroughly investigated with journalistic rigor.

With such oligarchical control of the mass media the media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines.

Without question, one would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, to maintain a strong presence in the headlines especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case.

The scant information released by investigators indicates that Stephen Paddock, 64, who by all accounts was independently wealthy and a Vegas high-roller, opened fire on a music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Casino.

The massacre left 58 dead and 546 injured, yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers even to the most basic of questions.

Now, a month and a half later, there are few answers to the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history and perhaps even more strange the case has been jettisoned from the 24/7 mainstream media cycle, despite the fact that the most basic of questions have yet to be answered.

One would assume that such a high-profile case would garner widespread interest from investigative teams across the spectrum of major broadcast mass media and cable news, and yet, there are no penetrating journalistic investigations delving into the many unanswered questions.

In fact, coverage and investigation into the highly dubious shooting are virtually non-existent outside of online alternative news media.

Here are the few facts that we know thus far, and they seem to raise more questions than answers:

1. The official timeline of the mass shooting has been changed at least three different times.

2. Paddock wired $100,000 to an account located in...

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15:56

In Falling Birthrates, Japan Faces an Existential Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Under the weight of an alarming decrease in its population, Japan has now shifted its focus toward developing a new generation robots that can substitute human beings for maintenance, management, and the renovation of infrastructure, and also act in the event of a disaster. Put simply, this phenomenon of a rapidly dwindling population is the most serious challenge that Shinzo Abe will face in his third-term as the prime minister of Japan.

Yet this phenomenon is certainly a direct outcome of the development model Japan has chosen for itself, one where a great majority of the countrys women have lost the urge to have a healthy sex life and rear children. By the end of the previous decade, Japans population had peaked at the whopping 128 million mark. But by 2015, the country had lost one million people, and in 2016, Japan recorded less than one million new births for the first time in its history.

This decline is no sudden development: the country now has 40 percent less newborn children than in 1949.

With an average life expectancy of 87 years, Japan is now the most senior citizen of the world. But it has been estimated that with its low birth rate, the population of the country could drop to as low as 80 million by 2060. This is sure to have a catastrophic bearing on the national economy and finance as social security has already been consuming one-third of budget spending and public debt has reached a level of more than double of Japans GDP.

But why is the population of Japan shrinking so rapidly? The simple answer is that a large number of Japanese males and females are not interested in sex at all, which is otherwise part and parcel of the life of a normal human being. This is a direct outcome of the high-speed capitalist development model that Japan has adopted since the end of WWII. Too much workload, fatigue, and very little social security have resulted in men and women losing the will to procreate.

As a corollary to this, the institution of family has come under threat. Various other social and psychological factors are also standing in the way of population increase. According to a survey report of Japans National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (NIPSSR) released last year, 70 percent of unmarried men and 60 percent of unmarried women in the 18-34 age group are not in any kind of romantic relationship. Moreover an earlier NIPSSR survey reveals that 90 percent of Japanese women want to stay single. The figure becomes more revealing when one takes into account that 70 percent of women leave their jobs after the birth of their first child. Not that the Japanese ladies do this gladly. But they have to accept such an eventuality because they get very little maternity security raising their child, from neither the state nor their employers. So they are gradually losing th...

14:52

How the BBC outsources its complaints system "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Towards the end of last month, one of our readers referred in the comments section to an article by Peter Hitchens concerning the BBCs complaints system:

I have many times battled my way through the futile outer defences of the Corporations complaints system. This was long ago outsourced to an outside contractor, Capita.

I get the strong impression that Capita is there solely to soak up the anger of viewers and listeners. I can get no straight answer from the BBC about whether complaints made to it are even passed directly to the programme-makers involved.

For those unfamiliar with the background, Capita plc is a London-based business process outsourcing and professional services company. In 2009 the BBC announced that Capita had been re-appointed as the service partner that will deliver the Corporations Audience Services....

14:30

Tamil Nadus MGNREGA Workers Left in the Lurch Due to Delayed Wages, Unused Funds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 2016-17, pending payments under the employment scheme in the state amounted to a whopping Rs 5,571 crore.

Representative image of MGNREGA workers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Representative image of MGNREGA workers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Tiravur, Tamil Nadu: I could kill someone, said Janaki Chinarasu in early June at her home in Tiruvarur, protecting her forehead from the heat with her hands askew. Its like the sun god has conspired with the rain god to punish us.

Chinarasu is a frail, strong-witted woman with a five-year-old on her lap and a husband hovering around, looking for a washcloth to go out to work. She fantasised about her life as a farmers wife in the past before the unforgiving drought struck in the summer of 2016. How we used to accidentally drop rice and then just clean it up. Now we have to eat it from the floor even if a few grains drop, she said, feet gliding across the red oxide floor of her hut to turn off the gas stove.

Tiruvarur, among other drought-hit districts in Tamil Nadu, is uniquely miserable for holding the position of the district closest to the Cauvery delta. Here, the people are especially bitter owing to the Cauvery water crisis that reached a crescendo last year.

In August 2016, protests erupted in Tamil Nadu after Karnataka did not release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. In October, the Karnataka government, backed by a state asse...

13:06

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...

11:04

An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

copyright Des Pensable 2017

Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

10:16

Delta Govt Frees 26 Awaiting Trial Inmates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


LAGOS NOVEMBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has released 26 inmates awaiting trial in at Agbor Prison.
Justice Umukoro secured the release of the inmates during the ongoing prisons visit, which commenced on Wednesday.
Most of the inmates whose ages range from 19 to 30 years old were released on the grounds of ill health, want of diligent prosecution, inordinate long detention in prison custody and on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution that some of them have no case to answer.
The Chief Judge who granted the release of the 26 inmates out of the 397 cases reviewed stated that the exercise was not meant to throw the gates of prisons open to accused persons awaiting trial for various criminal offences but to ascertain the validity of their detention, ability to withstand trial and whether their cases were going on progressively.
While commending some members of the lower Bench (Magistrates) for their hardwork, diligence and dexterity in handling matters brought before them, Justice Umukoro however decried obvious lack of seriousness exhibited by some, saying that since they were the ones to inherit the institution of justice at the higher Bench they needed to be more serious and prove their mettle.
The Assistant Controller of Agbor Prison, Mr Emmanuel Ozili, commended the State Chief Judge for religiou...

09:42

Marriage Equality results response "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

Thursday 16th November, 2017

Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledge that the people of Australia have spoken on the issue of marriage equality. Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered a resounding 61.6% for the yes vote.

ECCV welcomes and accepts views on both sides of the debate and encourages respectful dialogue among all communities including the multi-faith and multilingual communities in Victoria. On this mornings radio program, Mornings with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ECCV Chair Eddie Micallef explained (the results of the vote) shows us that there are differing views within the community overall but within the multicultural community there is a sizeable component of conservative views in relation to issues like same-sex marriageother moral issues.  

The ECCV accepts that same-sex relationships are a part of Australias diverse society. The view of the ECCV Board of Directors is that all Victorian and Australian citizens should have equal civic rights and the freedom to practice and express faith.   

Major groups like FECCA and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs launched The YES Alliance on the steps of Victorias Parliament House on September 20th, 2017. The YES Alliance is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that supported a yes vote. Voters were then encouraged to consider diversity in the context of human rights.   

The marriage equality plebiscite has been a divisive time in Australian history and as a result it placed a spotlight on a challenging intersection of civic freedoms and religious beliefs. ECCV understands that some ethnic communities have strong religious ties and accept Australians differing views.

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

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06:01

The Most Befuddling Investment Decision is Currency FIRST! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for a spectacular WEC. I was amazed at how many pension funds were there. They were some of the biggest and we hear that they are listening to you and had shifted into equities. Some were talking at the cocktail party how you have really helped them even selling the strategy to their boards. The ones who were there were from Europe, Japan, and Canada. Do any American pension funds listen to you?

Cant wait for next year!

Thank you for opening my eyes.

LW

ANSWER: I am not at liberty to discuss who are clients and who are not. It is true, that our biggest clients in pensions are ALL outside the USA. They see the world from an international perspective more so than American firms who still do not understand currency. We have been the currency specialists since the 1970s. Consequently, non-Americans have been a major component of our global business. American funds tended not to understand or even consider currency risk. To this day, schools do not teach hedging currency risk. It is not even discussed.

05:18

Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

04:25

Smart Arts 16 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Festival director Wesley Enoch joins Richard to chat about the 2018 Sydney Festival program; Artist Liza McCosh pops by to talk about the abstract work Liminal at 45 Downstairs, and performer Faustina Agolley talks about their debut in MTCs The Father.

04:22

IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post IWW Picket Met with Violence in Portland: Solidarity and Calls Needed appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report comes from the Burgerville Workers Union, who has launched a campaign in the Portland area for higher wages and job place improvements. Less than a week ago, the corporation hired anti-union thugs to attack and harass picketing workers. Solidarity is needed, and people are being asked to call in and demand that this harassment and intimidation end and the corporation negotiate with the union. 

On the night of Friday, November 10th, a private security firm hired by Burgerville physically assaulted workers and their supporters standing up for their rights during a peaceful union picket at the Convention Center location. This security firm not only created an intimidating atmosphere through acts and threats of violence but actively and recklessly endangered the lives of everyone who stood up that night for the rights of workers.

Apparently Burgerville thinks its okay for people they hire to assault their workers, says Burgerville worker Mark Medina. The guards, he says, dont care about our rights, dont care about our civil rights, dont care about us as human beings.

The picket itself was part of a long unionization campaign at Burgerville, which has met with intense union busting from corporate. Workers are fighting for living wages, affordable health care, reasonable scheduling, and basic dignity. These demands, however, were answered by Burgerville with violence.

As documented in the video interview above, filmed immediately after the events of November 10th, Burgervilles private security guards used force to stop a worker at the Convention Center Burgerville, Chris Merkel, from entering his own place of work.

One of these big burly men, says Chris, ran back behind me and bumped me really hard, and I stumbled forward.

Chriss manager and a security guard also accused him of trespassing, despite Convention Center being his workplace and despite him being in the store not a half hour before the action.

That didnt make any sen...

04:13

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind. Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from []

03:47

Community Billboard 15th November 22nd November "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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03:47

Exclusive: First listen of HTMLFlowers debut album Chrome Halo "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Premiering on FBi Radio, Melbournes HTMLFlowers (aka Grant Gronewold) is finally ready to unleash his new album Chrome Halo.

A collection of eleven strong and stirring tracks created in and out of hospital beds, the album dissects sacrifice, frustration, love and living with a disability. Ahead of its release this Friday, HTMLFlowers takes us through the record track by track, featuring the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Sui Zhen and more.

 

CICADA

I never really rapped much before this album, this is the first fight song. Its about feeling born a thousand times. Wanting to die but being so strong you cant. The world is just a dream to you. Disableds live a life in stealth, whether or not we want to. No one sees you and thats your power, I remind people of death, they treat me like death and so I learnt all of Deaths tricks.

A disabled never dies cause a disabled is never allowed to live, we just shed bodies like the cicada.

I very strongly felt the album should start with the phrase Shut the fuck up, lemme finish cause I always talk too much.

 

GOD ON MY HITLIST

Inspired by the HABITS lyrics toxic angels, we wake up wheezing, Mo and Maia made me think about being an enemy of god, a wrong angel, powerful and hated. Whether its being queer or disabled or non- normative in any way, you are seen as a wrong angel beautiful to some, but never allowed to be accepted in the eyes of God, tradition, society or whatever. Gods approval is cancelled.

This song is revenge.

The disabled are haunted by religious organisations who want to save our souls so that they can feel better about us existing at all. I reject your god, I hunt your god, I eat your god. I sampled horror movies for the beat. In horror films, 9 times out of 10 the threat in the film is illness or death and the villain is disabled or deformed. Thats mine now. Disableds own horror motifs, sorry, not sorry.

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03:36

Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was....

03:04

Vanessa Berrys Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In this book we are shown perspectives of lesser-known places on Sydneys suburban fringes such as Hornsby, Warragamba and Turramurra; sleepy shopping arcades in Penrith; an abandoned theme park in Lansvale and a 1970s floating restaurant slowly disintegrating in Snails Bay. What emerges in these deftly observed urban essays is far more than a simple description of urban space and reminiscence.

02:34

Weed Company Mocks Big Pharma Ads In Genius Parody Video [Watch] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Amanda Froehlich, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times Media

Its 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth and is proven to deliver numerous benefits

02:13

Immaculately Manicured Woman has no Time to Exercise "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fatto

A Sydney woman known for her elaborate hair styles, make-up, nail art and clothing has defended her obese status, explaining that she simply has no time for exercise.

I put a lot of time and money into my appearance, but you cant do everything and exercise is hard, she said. Im not saying all the self-maintenance I do is easy, but at least I can do most of it sitting down.

The woman admitted to spending an average of four hours and $1,000 a day maintaining her looks, ignoring advice from doctors who have suggested she could achieve a 2,000 per cent increase in attractiveness by simply eating some vegetables and going for short daily walks.

Doctors are unhealthily fat-shaming people, the woman said. Men are so dazzled by my beautiful hair, nails, clothes and make-up they dont notice that I have six chins and my belly rolls have belly rolls.


01:55

Bad fairy at the wedding: @burgewords on the curse of #MarriageEquality activism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ID like to briefly hold your attention in this short period before marriage equality is legislated in Australia, because nobody will ever give a second thought to the years of struggle that led to this weeks resounding public vote for same-sex dignity. The concept of marriage equality first hit me like a bullet in 2004, in the moment I realised Id been completely and utterly duped by this lucky country. My partner Jono had died suddenly just weeks before, and I was struggling with acute, identity-killing grief. I had no idea that this profound amputation would come to be treated as though it was a paper cut. Unbeknownst to me, []

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Michael Burge

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Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

01:24

Two more women come forward about Roy Moore "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As is often the case with sexual abuse, once the floodgates open, more and more people come forward with stories about the perpetrators that they had long suppressed thinking that they were alone or that no one would believe them. That is what is happening with Roy Moore as two more women come forward with stories that Moore is a creepy guy.

Tina Johnson recalled how in 1991 when she was 28, she went with her mother to Roy Moores law office to get some custodial papers for her son signed. She said that Moore flirted with her the whole time making her uncomfortable and then as she was leaving the office, he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. She told her sister about it years later and her sister recalls the conversation.

In 1982, 17-year old Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess in a Red Lobstr restaurant when she encountered Moore who as a county assistant district attorney in his thirties.

Thorp said Moore asked her if shed go out with him sometime.

I just kind of said, Do you know how old I am?' she recalled.

And he said, Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.

Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.

Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.

Thorp knows one of Moores accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfmans story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.

Although Thorps story does not involve sexual assault, it adds to the evidence that Moore was constantly on the prowl for teenagers.

Moore seems to be still holding up in the polls. One of his most ardent defenders, Sean Hannity of Fox News, had an interview with Moore that was supposed to allow Moore to rebut all the charges but his answers were so equivocal that even Hannity yesterday said that he would give Moore 24 hours to clear up all the inconsistencies or he should get out of the race. As you might expect, Moores supporters have gone ballistic at what they perceive as Hannity going over to the dark side. (See the comments to that post.)

Donald Trump has maintained an uncharacteristic silence on Moore. After he made a misstep in endorsing Moores rival Luther...

00:17

Communities and their libraries being short-changed throughout the state "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Death by a thousand cuts may be an old saying but it is particularly relevant to todays NSW libraries as they fight to retain funding from the NSW state government.

The NSW public library association (NSWPLA) is the peak body for the  for support and advocacy of the states 368 libraries and their Councils and is holding its annual WITCH Conference commences on Wednesday 22 November 201. It is using the conference to both challenge traditional thinking in the library sector but to also highlight the contingency funding cuts the library system is facing.

The NSW state government provides the lowest per capita funding for libraries of all states and territories in Australia, said NSWPLA President, Councillor Dallas Tout.

State funding represented just 7.5 per cent of the total operating costs of NSW libraries In 2015/16, a significant reduction compared to the 23.6 per cent state contribution in 1980.

The ongoing decrease in state funding is now resulting in the attrition of staffing, opening hours, services and programs in the NSW public library network as local government struggles to meet the funding shortfall.

NSWPLA is extremely concerned about the state governments lacklustre attitude to the NSW public library network, which continues to experience growth for the broad range of physical and virtual services that our libraries offer at no charge to residents across the state.

It is ironic that NSW the state that provides the lowest per capita contribution of all  established a Library Act in 1939 to ensure the prosperity of its libraries and to encourage local councils to provide them to their communities Cr Tout commented.

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00:09

Ageing homeless population set to soar as property prices bite "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This article by Christopher Knaus (The Guardian 15 November 2017) is a damning piece about how older Australian are being treated by the Australian government. The number finding themselves sleeping in the street is growing.

Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people

Henry Wilson, 73, slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months. Homelessness is growing among older Australians, experts warn.

Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands.

He was sleeping rough at Sydneys Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pants and a jacket.

Wilson didnt drink. He didnt gamble. He was simply forced to leave a toxic living environment, and was rendered homeless by Sydneys stratospheric property prices.

Wilson spent several months on the streets. He remembers the passersby that turned their noses up. He could hear them mutter under their breath.

It was hard, but I just sort of took it, and moved on, he said.

Wilson remembers going to sleep in a state of hypervigilance, always ready for an unpredictable threat or opportunistic theft. One night, he let his guard down. He was assaulted and robbed of his meagre possessions.

You were fighting to go to sleep because you didnt know what was going to happen. It was scary, he said.

As soon as I sensed someone was near, I used to wake up. But then one night I didnt, and my things got taken.

Henry Wilson at his new accommodation in Sydney. Wilson slept rough at Sydneys Central Station for several months.

Wilson is one of the many older Australians facing homelessness. Its a problem that will only get worse. Two distinct social trends an ageing population and rising property prices  are combining to drive concerns that more older Australians will find themselves homeless.

Mission Australia this week released a report on the issue, collating data on ageing and homelessness to paint a worrying national picture. The number of older Australians is set to double between 2010 and 2050.

The most recent census figures available on homelessness, from 2011, show....

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23:57

Quantum Methods & CERN Is A Quantum Computer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Anthony Patch joins me on KBS as we get even deeper into quantum computing, CERN & more. We often cite D-Wave and their various quantum machines, which utilizes quantum annealing or quantum tunneling to go to mind boggling numbers of parallel dimensions in search of answers. However, there are other techniques/methods when it comes to

23:54

AND the shale oil rout continues unabated. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Republished from SRS Rocco Report.  for those of you who dont know it exists!

U.S. SHALE OIL PRODUCTION UPDATE: Financial Carnage Continues To Gut Industry

As the Mainstream media reports about the next phase of the glorious U.S. Shale Oil Revolution, the financial carnage continues to gut the industry deep down inside the entrails of its horizontal laterals.  The stench of fracking fluid must be driving shale oil advocates utterly insane as they are no longer able to see financial wreckage taking place in these companies quarterly reports.

This weekend, one of my readers sent me the following Bloomberg 45 minute TV special titled, The Next Shale Revolution.  If you are in need of a good laugh, I highly recommend watching part of the video.  At the beginning of the video, it starts off with President Trump stating that the U.S. has become an energy exporter for the first time ever.  Trump goes on to say, that powered by new innovation and technology, we are now on the cusp of a new energy revolution.  While I have to applaud Trumps efforts for putting out some positive and reassuring news, I wonder who is providing him with terribly inaccurate energy information.

I would kindly like to remind the reader; the United States is still a NET IMPORTER of oil.  We still import nearly six million barrels of oil per day, but we export some finished products and a percentage of our shale oil production.  Thus, we still import a net of approximately three million barrels per day of oil.

A few minutes into the Bloomberg video, both Pioneer Resources Chairman, Scott Sheffield, and Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm, explain how advanced technology will revolutionize the shale oil industry and bring down costs.  I find that statement quite hilarious as Continental Resources and Pioneer continue to spend more money drilling for oil and gas then they make from their operations.  As I stated in a previous article, Continental Resources long-term debt ballooned from $165 million in 2007 to $6.5 billion currently.  So, how did advanced technology lower costs when Continental now has accumulated debt up to its eyeballs?

Of course it didnt.  Debt increased on Continental Resources balance sheet because shale oil production wasnt profitable even at $100 a barrel.  So, now the investor who purchased Continental bonds and debt are the Bag Holders.

Regardless, while U.S. oil production continues to increase at a moderate pace, there are some troubling signs in....

23:31

Eligibility doubts about two Nationals MPs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

Two more Turnbull government MPs could be tripped up by the High Court after it ruled a Liberal candidate was ineligible to take the Senate seat of former cabinet minister Fiona Nash.

Ms Nash was disqualified by the High Court on October 27 because she held dual citizenship, in breach of section 44 of the constitution.

Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the NSW coalition Senate ticket at the 2016 election behind the then-Nationals deputy, and was due to take Ms Nashs seat following a court-ordered special count.

However, the court on Wednesday ruled Ms Hughes could not take up the seat because she was also disqualified.

Ms Hughes was appointed a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on July 1 this year, which the government admitted to the court was an office of profit under the Crown.

The ruling has heightened concerns inside the government that assistant minister David Russell who is facing his own High Court battle and Nationals colleague Barry OSullivan might be disqualified for similar reasons.

Attorney-General George Brandis wouldnt be drawn into speculation about the pairs future until the courts reasoning in the Hughes case is made public.

Let us see, let us see what the High Court says, he told Sky News on Thursday.

In the Hughes case, the government argued Ms Hughes did not hold the AAT position at any time between her nomination for election and the declaration of the election result in 2016.

However the court heard the fact she held the AAT position between September 4-5, when the Senate resolved to refer the Nash case to the court, and October 27, should render her ineligible.

The NSW Liberal Party is awaiting further direction from the court, but commended Ms Hughes for seeking clarification of her status.

It is expected if there is another special count the seat could go to Liberal candidate, Major General Jim Molan, a key ally of Tony Abbott.

Labor senator Penny Wong said it was a humiliating defeat for the government and showed it could not be trusted.

The post E...

23:27

Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Supporters of assisted dying will take their message to the steps of NSW Parliament House ahead of the opening debate. Dying with Dignity NSW and its supporters will gather at 9am on Thursday to show their support for the Draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

We are joining together in anticipation of an historic victory for compassion and recognition of the rights of the terminally ill to choose how and when they end their lives, says vice president Shayne Higson.

The bill will be debated in the states Upper House from Thursday with scores of terminally ill anxious to learn whether theyll be granted control of their own destiny.

We are pleased to see our parliamentarians engaging with this important issue, given the high levels of community support for legalisation of voluntary assisted dying, Ms Higson said in a statement on Thursday.

For many, the debate is purely political but not for Scott Riddle.

The father of three with stage four bowel cancer says the prospect of choosing how to die is calming in what is otherwise a scary scenario.

The private members bill, if passed, will provide patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

Two doctors and a psychiatrist or psychologist would also need to determine whether theyre fit to do so.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who introduced the bill to parliament, says most supporters of voluntary assisted dying have seen a bad death first hand.

My father died a particularly long and difficult death over some three and a half years and theres no doubt that thats an influence, he told AAP.

While the bill has support from Liberal, National, Labor and Green MPs, the opposition is similarly diverse.

Neither Premier Gladys Berejiklian nor Opposition leader Luke Foley will support the bill if it makes it to the lower house.

The post Assisted dying supporters rally in Sydney appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:52

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters. Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions. The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce more carbon emissions than a small country. In this special five-part New Matilda series, researchers from the University of Queensland, along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, its impact on Traditional Owners, the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion. This first introductory piece the first in our series is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons, Morgan Brigg and John Quiggin.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Theres been much said about the controversial and politically divisive Adani Carmichael mine the environmental costs of this ticking carbon bomb, Adanis international track record of human rights abuses and environmental harm, lies about employment figures, the failed economics of the project, and the revolving door between Adani and government staffers and lobbyists.

Kicked off in a big way by the Newman Government, its a major headache for the Palaszczuk government whos determined backing of the project has surprised and angered many of its supporters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)

Labors decisive announcement, at the end of week one of the election campaign, to veto Adanis requested $1 billion loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), demonstrates the volatility of this mi...

22:35

Dream on! Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, but never did "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria or any other country because it is absolutely impossible under international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, commenting on the issue. "The UN cannot do such things," he told the Russian media. He went on to say that "Syria is a sovereign independent state," adding that "only the Syrian government can invite armed forces of the third countries onto its territory" while "the UN has no such right," as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. The diplomat also said that "the fight against terrorism does not give any states or coalitions a free hand to establish their presence on Syrian territory." International law indeed envisages no way for the UN or any other international body to sanction an invasion of one state's armed forces on the territory of another state. In fact, such actions are regarded as aggression under international law and are strictly prohibited. UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 on the definition of aggression explicitly states that an "invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State" as well as "any military occupation, however temporary" or "bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State" is what particularly constitutes aggression. However, all these facts did not prevent Mattis from claiming that it was the UN that sanctified the presence of the US troops on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. "You know, the UN said that ... basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out," the US defense secretary said, referring to the US actions in Syria as he answered a journalist's question on Monday.

22:25

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KUMIHIMO BRAIDING "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Kumihimo Braiding



Your name:  Helen Jackson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Kumihimo Braiding (no facebook/website)
The suburb/town you live in now:  Wandal,  Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Kumihimo braided necklaces with and without beads.  Polymer Clay Applique Pendants and other jewellery.



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22:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

22:04

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Barrister
Dilworth Old Boy

 

I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...

22:00

Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth

21:36

Those Magical, Fantastical Russians vs. U.S. Empire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Glen Ford in Black Agenda Report: This induced state of emergency is designed to prepare the American public, politically and psychologically, to maintain the momentum of the U.S. imperial offensive in the world. The only people that can make Russiagate fade away are the ones that invented it in the first place: the spooks, Wall Street Democrats and institutional servants of capital that gathered in Hillary Clintons overstuffed campaign tent, last year, to plot the next moves of a beleaguered U.S. empire. Although a Bernie Sanders upset in 2016 had always been a statistical impossibility, Donald Trumps capture of the Republican Party machinery had destabilized the duopoly political system at a time of great stress for U.S. imperialism. The previous year, the Russian military had set up shop in Syria, blocking U.S.-backed jihadists from ousting the secular, Arab nationalist government of Bashar al Assad. It was Vladimir Putins answer to the global military offensive launched by Barack Obama in 2011, with NATOs overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, followed immediately by the jihadist push into

21:00

Wauchope launches first Moto Fest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The first Motorcycle Friendly Town in NSW opens up to riders this weekend with the first Wauchope Moto Fest this Saturday (November 18, 2017).

It will include a motokhana, show and shine, swap meet, tattoo competition, trade and market stalls, live music and more.

A tattoo celebrity is coming from Queensland to guest judge the tattoo show and most categories are already full.

Of course, another motorcycling attraction is the nearby riding paradise of the Oxley Highway plus many regional adventure trails.

Oxley Highway hillclimb speed reductions RMS safety standard limits moto festOxley Highway

Moto Fest runs from 8am to 4pm in the towns centre.

Moto Fest to attract thousands

Wauchope Motorcycle Friendly Town Co-ordinator Jenny Pursehouse and committee members Nadia Stocks say accommodation is filling up fast.

Wauchope Motorcycle Friendly Town moto festWauchope has declared itself a Motorcycle Friendly Town

We have had great feedback from many motorcycle groups some coming from Western Australia and Queensland, Jenny says.

We have also been very pleased by the response from local businesses in Wauchope.

Were looking forward to welcoming riders...

21:00

America's economic problems demand a radical solution. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Our cities are failing. People are hurting... If we dont attack this problem in a radically different way, its going to overwhelm us.
Charles Marohn

In this podcast episode, Chuck breaks down Strong Towns' core insight about the American growth model what's wrong with it and why it's bankrupting our country then talks about how this movement responds to that problem in a thoughtful, non-partisan manner. There are no simple answers.

Success for our country will not come from the federal government or the corporate sector and trickle down to our communities. Rather, when we focus on the struggles of real people and make small, incremental investments over a period of time to improve them, that's when we'll see broad prosperity in our nation. That's when we'll be building Strong Towns.

Listen to the episode

Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been. Join the movement that's changing the world.

Become a member of Strong Towns

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20:52

Exercise increases the size of the hippocampus in humans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new Australian-led study has found. In a first of its kind international collaboration, researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Brain health decreases with age, with the average brain shrinking by approximately five per cent per decade after the age of 40. Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans has been inconsistent.

20:16

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of the Funniest Shows in Modern Capitalism
by Bill Bonner

"On Monday, Caracas rolled out the red carpet - literally. In one of the funniest shows in modern capitalism, bondholders were invited to a special meeting in the Venezuelan capital. A few turned up. They wanted to know what to expect. The country is going broke - fast. Oil output is at a 28-year lowcash is disappearingchaos is spreading. When would Venezuela default on its bonds? The meeting lasted 30 minutes. No questions were allowed. And then, less than 24 hours later, investors got their answer: today!

Rendezvous with glory: Hold on Were back in good ol Baltimore. Theres nothing quite like it. Thank God. Every place has its own character, its own style, and its own life...

19:52

GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...

19:00

Germany reveals the total amount of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The German government has revealed that the total value of its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the third quarter of 2017 has quintupled in comparison to the same period last year. The news provoked a wave of outrage from the opposition. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a long-running bombing campaign in war-torn Yemen, Riyadh and Cairo appear to be among the top clients of the German arms industry. The money spent is also on the rise. The numbers have been disclosed in the Economy Ministry's answer to an information request filed by Left Party MP Stefan Liebich. According to the data, Egypt has taken first place with some 300 million ($352.5 million), skyrocketing from 45 million in the same period last year. Riyadh is also showing quite an appetite for German arms, importing 148 million ($173.9 million) worth of military equipment, going up from 41 million.

19:00

15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes Yes for Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians61.6% of its voting populationsupport same-sex marriage and its legalization.

The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality. But due to politics, putting public opinion into law has been a slow process thats years behind other English-speaking countries. In 2004, the then-prime minister John Howard altered the Marriage Act that clarified the definition as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

After more than a decade of activism, the issue came to vote as part of a national postal survey. Although voluntary, 79.5% of voters made their voices heard. Now, the parliament will have to debate how to turn this into the law of the land.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the survey: They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done.

The result of the inquiry and its massive support is something to celebrateand many Australians did just that. See how some of them reacted (including the Sydney Opera House) in the photos below.

On Wednesday, November 15, Australia had a postal survey that voted on the issue of marriage equality.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...

18:27

JFK files reveal CIA blocked access to Jim Angleton's files, obscuring CIA crimes and possible assassination info "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The CIA delayed responding to requests for information about its longtime counter-espionage chief, James Angleton, as it tried to minimize the disclosure of his activities related to Soviet defectors and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, newly released documents show. "Don't answer his initial request any sooner than necessary," said a May 31, 1979, internal CIA memo about a Freedom of Information Act request from author David Martin, who is now a CBS News correspondent. "When we do, deny release of any of the information, maintaining it is still classified and involves protection of sources and methods." Martin was seeking information about the agency's handling of Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1964. Angleton and some of his colleagues in the CIA and FBI considered Nosenko a possible double agent. The CIA memo was one of dozens about Angleton included in the 13,213 files released last week by the National Archives. They show the concerns and frustrations about the work Angleton did during his CIA tenure and the difficulty investigators had in getting access to his files at the agency. Angleton was the agency's main conduit of information to the Warren Commission, the seven-member panel appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. Angleton did not tell the commission about the CIA's involvement in attempts to overthrow or kill Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro, which factored into later conspiracy theories.

Tuesday, 14 November

20:28

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