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Thursday, 19 April

18:30

Bitcoin money laundering claims largely overblown says Quebec chief scientist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin has been touted as the go-to for criminals in their illegal activities, such as money laundering, but Quebec Chief Scientist Rmi Quirion says that claim is blown out of proportion. Earlier this year, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said []

The post Bitcoin money laundering claims largely overblown says Quebec chief scientist appeared first on The Global Mail.

15:01

Australia: Muslim husband tells wife Im allowed to marry four women. You have to change your Western mentality. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The words of an abusive Muslim husband, sanctioned by Islamic law to be ruler over his wife and to beat her if she is disobedient: Im allowed to marry four women, he told her. You have to change your Western mentality. Muslim women in Australia are stuck with violent husbands as they fight to get []

14:00

Research problems at Australian university hit the news "IndyWatch Feed National"

A university in Australia thats made headlines before over allegations of research misconduct has found itself in the news once again. Last week, the University of Queensland (UQ) announced some of its authors were retracting a paper after discovering data were missing. Just days later, the university made headlines over an investigation into three papers Continue reading Research problems at Australian university hit the news

13:18

Chief of Army bans "death symbology/iconography". What's a rifle for General? ICB? Crossed swords??? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is crazy. A soldier's job is to close with and kill the enemy. Death goes with the territory. Soldiers need to be very good at bringing death to the enemy. This badge is American but it'll give you the idea as to what the Chief of Army wants to...

12:16

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

It"s simple to acknowledge the sweet fact that Bitcoin and other altcoins might be finally turning the corner and pointing to different technical metrics. With Bitcoin looking like it is hauling altcoins with it in the right direction. Despite shedding []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin appeared first on The Global Mail.

11:51

2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

You can make a donation to the Bardi Bus at Bardi Bus needs some Loving

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10:19

Gillard, Wilson and Slater & Gordon's dealings with money set aside for widows and orphans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...

09:42

Educate yourself, then educate others: WAR, Invasion Day and treaty "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Naarm, and in other cities on Aboriginal land, the steadily growing number of attendees at Invasion Day rallies both Indigenous and settler is clear evidence that more people are rethinking their relationship to Australia Day, and by extension, their position within ongoing colonisation. Supporters of Invasion Day must take some time to learn about treaty, follow the politics, and take a position.

09:27

Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive had a couple of backpacking Aussie guests staying with me for the last few weeks. Theyre itchy-ass feet are doing a year-long stay-cay in the UK. And because theyre pretty much family I offered them a place to crash while they drifted through the city of ridiculous accommodation prices that is London. In fact,...

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The post Ive been sharing my bedroom with two people for three weeks appeared first on Comfort is for Wimps.

08:21

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from new data privacy protections "IndyWatch Feed National"

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in

Next month the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, which will give European Facebook usersand any users of Facebook who are subject to Facebooks terms of services in Irelandmuch more control over what data Facebook can access and store about them. Right now, all European Facebook users and Facebook users in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America are governed by the TOS with the companys international headquarters in Ireland. That means 1.5 billion users of Facebook who live outside Europe would nonetheless be protected by the GDPR.

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07:43

Corporate tax, inequality & bastard banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Corporate tax is a hot topic in Australia with major corporations lobbying hard for a cut in the tax rate even while the business practices of Australias banks are revealed to one and all as little better than criminal. Aware of the rising inequality driven by multi-national tax minimisation and avoidance, many Australians are justifiably angry.

AusGov.info contains Australias top-earning companies (including the likes of Google, Apple, BHP, Glencore & ExxonMobil). In fact, theres a tonne of information at AusGov.info so I thought Id break out a guide for how to search some of the datasets. Ill start with the recipients data.

This data includes the following datasets:

  • AEC political donations data receipts to & from political parties
  • ACNC charities register ABN, address, beneficiaries, electorate
  • ACNC Annual Information Statements Assets, Liabilities, Income, Expenses, Grants/...

07:29

Western Civilization Awakes From Its Slumber "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supporters of French President Macron celebrate his victory (Illustrative photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)(Illustrative photo from France: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

This article was republished with permission from the Middle East Forum

Victor Orbns landslide electoral victory on Sunday, gaining 134 seats out of 199 in Hungarys parliament, increases his governing supermajority and endorses his tough policy of excluding illegal immigrants, especially from the Middle East. His success dramatizes a new reality across Europe and in Australia: a novel kind of party has emerged, disturbing the political scene and arousing impassioned debate.

Examples of this phenomenon include the other three members of the Visegrd group (Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia) as well as Austrias four-month old government. Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, sees western Europe following the Visegrd group: In the Eastern part of Europe, anti-Islamification and anti-mass migration parties see a surge in popular support. Resistance is growing in the West, as well.

In France, the National Front emerged as the second strongest party in last years presidential elections, in Italy, a muddled situation could lead to an Orbn-like government, while Cory Bernardis Conservatives and Pauline Hansons One Nation have made their mark on the Australian scene. Indeed, like-minded parties have quickly become a significant force in some twenty countries.

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06:44

Jack Latimore: Big questions remain over the police treatment of Aboriginal protest group at Games "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stolenwealth Games protestors prepare for a march into Surfers Paradise during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games this month. Photo: Supplied Stolenwealth Games protestors prepare for a march into Surfers Paradise during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games this month. Photo: Supplied Share this Post While theres been plenty of questions over decisions regarding the entry of athletes in Sunday ...

06:29

Congratulations Bernard Gaynor - Full Bench of the High Court ruling in Bernard's favour on free speech issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

God only knows how Bernard Gaynor keeps on keeping on - quite literally! Bernard has been tied up with constant court battles for years, all because he speaks his mind about his Christian beliefs. It's cost him his job in the Army. It's cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars....

06:01

MACKAY Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang

April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

A 36-year-old man has since been charged with assault occasioning bodily arm and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. Police believe the incident may be linked to an altercation at a licensed venue on Malcolmson St, Mt Pleasant, about the same time. One person was taken to

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06:01

MACKAY Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger

April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

EXCLUSIVE: BATTERED and bruised, a 39-year-old woman ran along a Bakers Creek road screaming for help, 40 minutes after she was allegedly kidnapped and then tortured. Pete Harold heard the calls for help as the woman entered his Connors Rd property on Sunday afternoon. I was going to

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MACKAY Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Clifford John Byrne, 55, avoided jail-time when he was sentenced for failing to comply with reporting conditions in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Byrne whose reporting obligations have now expired was ordered to pay a $5000 fine, out of a possible maximum penalty of five years jail, or a

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MACKAY Assault charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Assault charge, Mackay

April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

A 36-year-old McEwans Beach man has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. A 24-year-old Mackay West man has been charged with trespass and is also due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May

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MACKAY Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing

April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

A LANDSCAPER from West Mackay who stalked his ex-partner by harassing her with hundreds of calls is a free man, for now at least. Michael Liam Saylor, 31, applied for bail in Mackay Magistrates Court in late April. He was subsequently released from prison, despite opposition from the prosecution.

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06:01

MACKAY Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri

April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Lois Reiss vanished after her husbands body was found, and her trail went cold until Pamela Hutchinson, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., was discovered dead. There was no ID on her whatsoever, charge cards, anything, Vincent Watts, Hutchinsons

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MACKAY Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam

April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MARIAN tradesman has been charged after a 20-year-old Mirani man died in a ute rollover at Eungella Dam late last year. Zachary Ty Gaston, 20, faced Magistrate Mark Nolan in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Police allege Gaston dangerously operated a vehicle causing death or grievous

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06:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.05 AUD
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Syria - Who Is Stalling The OPCW Investigation In Douma? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why has the fact finding mission (FFM)of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) not visited Douma? The OPCW inspectors are held up by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) which has a say about any movement of UN aligned organizations in areas that might be dangerous. The UNDSS is led by an Australian police / intelligence officer. The holdup seems to be intended.

04:54

More delays for Sydneys light rail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Workmen walk past the George St Sydney CBD Light Rail Project construction site in Sydney, Friday, April 13, 2018. The subcontractor building the Sydney light rail is seeking an extra $1.1 billion, claiming the NSW government induced it to enter the agreement on a false premise. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

SYDNEY AAP

A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.

Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.

Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.

We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.

Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.

A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.

In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....

04:50

Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking "IndyWatch Feed National"

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver

LONDON AAP

Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.

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04:46

Govt open to extending banks commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

CANBERRA AAP

The Turnbull government would be open to extending the banking royal commission if it is requested by the man overseeing it.

The inquiry heard what senior ministers described as disturbing revelations this week, including that AMP had been charging clients for advice they never received and then repeatedly lied to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

If the royal commissioner says to us that there is more work to be done, that he needs more time, then obviously the government would act on that, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told 2GB radio on Thursday.

The post Govt open to extending banks commission appeared first on Echonetdaily.

04:27

Hibiscus Legging Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more.

03:57

Statistics show cost of Northern Territory Governments failure to keep election promise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Statistics released this week reveal the Gunner Government is sending more men and women to prison than ever before a direct result of Chief Minister Gunners failure to repeal mandatory sentencing laws.

The Corrections Departments figures for April 2018 reveal 1,833 prisoners were locked up across the Territory. The situation is dire in Alice Springs, which has capacity for around 500 people but currently has 642 prisoners - 142 more than there is room for. The Northern Territory has by far the highest rate of imprisonment in Australia.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the numbers show a grave crisis of mass-imprisonment that the Gunner Government can and should commit to fixing.

These terrifying statistics paint a picture of an unfair and damaging criminal justice system that is geared towards separating families and communities and locking people up in dead end prisons. With the stroke of a pen the Gunner Government can begin to turn the tide on this crisis by repealing mandatory sentencing laws, said Ms Musk.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are locked up at significantly higher rates than non-Indigenous people in the NT. Just last month the Australian Law Reform Commissions report on the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples found that laws like the Northern Territorys mandatory sentencing are disproportionately used against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mandatory sentencing forces people into prisons even where this defies common sense. There is no room for mandatory sentencing in a modern and fair justice system. The Gunner Government can today choose to cut the number of people, particularly Aboriginal people, being siphoned into the quicksand of the criminal justice system by wiping these unfair laws from the statute book, said Ms Musk.

The statistics also show an increase in women being forced into prisons, the majority being mothers. Alarmingly, women are being held in small units inside the over-crowded and male-dominated prisons.

Most women in prison have children and locking them up causes profound upheaval broken families, children moved into child protection, and the loss of housing and employment. Locking women up in male prisons is...

03:44

The CIA Poisoned the Skripals with Psychotoxin BZ "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Adapted photo credit (L) Ben Birchall)

by G5

The Skripals absolutely insignificant in the overall have been variously elevated to a greater importance for both political and commercial gains.

They were poisoned by the US produced Psychotoxin BZ administered in Zizzis restaurant by a CIA Op. The objective was an Anti-Russian False Flag, to damage a consortium of opposing interests. An operation not well thought or planned. They are similar to The False Flags of Litvin...

02:17

FixedIt: Child abuse charges are not a sex case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.

Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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02:10

FixedIt: A woman, a man and a baby were murdered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland Times reported that a man who impregnated his then 18 year old daughter murdered his duaghter, their baby and her adoptive father before killing himself. Not only does the man who committed all these murders not even get a mention in the headline, the murders themselves arent even there.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...

02:05

Why Blue Shirt is a Dickhead and Im Better at Pub Crawls Than You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Duuuude, the craziest thing happened the other day, Blue Shirt said in his typically slow and monotoned voice, before proceeding to tell the most un-crazy story in human history.

It was day two, and Blue Shirt had already made himself out to be a huge tool. Throughout Europe, Ive found hostels will often give a free room and board to fun, outgoing individuals in exchange for their smile, natural friendliness and good humour. Sometimes, if the hostels offer one, these are the people who will lead the pub crawl. This is based on the premise that the chosen ones will generally increase the vibe within the hostel and make it others time there more enjoyable. This is a premise that I agree with, and people who do this job can make a travel experience phenomenally better.

Blue Shirt was one of these types, except, he had been there for one week and he sucked at his job. Ive never understood people who are tight with other peoples money. I dont mean stealing from your employer and dishing it out to your friends; I mean like Blue Shirt, whose job it was to walk around giving out watered-down shot glasses full of vodka and some godforsaken fruit juice.

Never before has a glass 1.5 fl oz cylinder yielded someone so much faux power. Blue Shirt thought he had control over the Seven Kingdoms as he strutted from dorm to dorm dishing out the sweet syrupy concoction. He would look at us with a contemptuous face, refusing us a second shot, despite having done the rounds of the dorms and returning to the common room with a half-full tray still left.

Its a phenomenon my mate Andy calls the BNOC. It stands for the Big Name On Campus, which I guess is ironic because people who are dubbed the BNOC are likely to have never been big name on any campus at any point in their lives. The sudden and minor power gifted to Blue Shirt by way of his hostel volunteer position had given him some sense of self-importance far beyond its reality.

He was in stark contrast to the volunteers I had met in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: people who engaged and talked to the fresh faces entering the common room and made everyone feel accepted and welcome. It wasnt until I first hit the road myself that I realised so many introverts travelled. The ability for one outgoing person to reach out to others can lift the mood of a room tenfold, whether its a time-passing game of cards or beers in the kitchen.

So it was a Thursday night and the Pink Panther Hostel was having a themed pre-drinks night something to do with Polish karaoke songs from a very niche e...

02:01

FixedIt: Allegedly punching a woman in the head is not just a legal issue "IndyWatch Feed National"

ESPN reported that the Santa Clara County District Attorneys Office announced last Thursday that it was charging Reuben Foster with felony counts of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon. He allegedly punched his girlfriend in the head between eight and ten times.

Foster played football for the San Francisco 49ers. He has reportedly been suspended until the charges against him are heard in court. It is reasonable for a sports report to include or even lead with this. Theyre reporting on sport not crime. It is not reasonable to completely erase the nature of his alleged crimes from the headline.

Professional athletes have been protected from consequences for violence against women for a long time. As a New York Times article from 2003 pointed out, The difference in these results for athletes and non-athletes indicates something is working to the advantage of the athletes over their accusers. The athletes social environment provides him with both protection and support. Accused athletes have money, powerful lawyers, public relations specialists, high-profile coaches and other popular personalities to come to their defense.

Hiding the crimes footballers are accused of is part of the culture of protecting these athletes.

This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

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01:42

Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again "IndyWatch Feed National"

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

LOS ANGELES AAP

US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

The post Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again appeared first on Echonetdaily.

01:21

Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April "IndyWatch Feed National"

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
6pm
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
IPAN-Victoria
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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00:43

ACOSS launches campaign to increase Youth Allowance and Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

A week ago, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) launched a campaign to raise the Youth Allowance and called for an increase in Newstart. Its called Raise the Rate.

This comes after comments by Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan, Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash, and Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan, about changes to Australias welfare system brought in by the passing of the Welfare Reform Bill on 16 March.

ACOSS chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie said Newstart had not increased in real terms since 1994.

At just $278 per week, people trying to survive on Newstart while looking for work are having to make really tough choices between paying a bill and eating a meal, she said.

According the official government line, the change will be simpler and provide greater encouragement for people to move from welfare into work. The truth of the matter is that this is about making it harder to get on benefits and stay on them, while at the same time denying services that will help people find real work.

The idea is that desperate people will do anything to survive. Even take on work that is unsuitable to their needs, demeaning and dangerous, at a fraction of the normal wage and no protection.  And this is to be achieved by not only making welfare harder to obtain. But by keeping benefits so low that they are not enough to cover even basic needs.

Australias job market is depressed and there are more people looking for work than there are available jobs. It only makes sense, if the purpose is to use the unemployed to replace those already in secure work. And this can only be achieved, if the pay and conditions are cut down.

Government policy is therefore a means to create a more effective source of cheap labour, to further undermine the pay and conditions of the whole workforce.

In this context, the ACOSS campaign is timely. Forcing the government into making substantial increases to the Youth Allowance and Newstart will not only protect those on these benefits. It will defend the position of the whole workforce.

 

Source ACOSS

The gr...

Wednesday, 18 April

04:13

Flawed & dangerous debt recovery system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
June 2010 to July 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

So, i was told i had a debt of nearly 10 grand, for a three year period beginning eight years ago.
I was applying for Newstart at the time of discovering this information so i was understandably upset.

I was wracking my brains at just how in the world that would have happened, but obviously being so long ago, and over a three year period, it's impossible to recall.
For portions of those years, I was studying(austudy) & also briefly on Newstart. Through worry & tears, i got in touch with my previous employer & luckily they sti...

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