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Tuesday, 22 May


Private members bill banning live sheep exports before the Australian Parliament - it needs your support "IndyWatch Feed"

Sky News, Sunday 20 May 2018:

Greens MP Adam Bandt has told Sky News there may be the numbers in federal parliament to pass a private members bill that will ban live sheep exports. Liberal backbencher Sussan Ley will introduce a private members bill to parliament next week that, if passed, would see the live sheep export trade phased out. 

The bill has the support of three Liberal MPs, Labor and the Greens. Mr Bandt says theres a 'real prospect' the bill could pass the parliament within the next month.

ABC News, Monday 21 May 2018:

Support for shutting down the live sheep export trade is gaining ground, with Labor set to formally endorse the proposal this week.

Liberal MP Sussan Ley will today introduce a private member's bill that would ban live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer months in 2019 and entirely close the sector down in five years.

"This has been a trade marked by disaster following debacle and that's gone on for 33 years, it's had a very sad history, a very dismal history," she said....


Sometimes it is hard to believe how bone-achingly stupid governments can be Part One "IndyWatch Feed"

Before the Abbott Coalition Government appointed John Lloyd Australian Public Service Commissioner in 2014 he was Director, Workplace Relations and Productivity at the far-right pressure group, the Institute for Public Affairs - so this was all but inevitable....

The Prime Minister's department has refused to release emails relating to the public service commissioner John Lloyd and a right-wing think tank, saying they could prejudice an investigation into a possible breach of the law.

Mr Lloyd has previously rejected suggestions he gave special access and research to the Institute of Public Affairs after Labor senators last year raised an email he sent to a member of the group with an attachment showing what he described as "generous" provisions in public service enterprise agreements.

A freedom of information request sought emails held by Department of Prime...


The one big soul that belongs to everybody "IndyWatch Feed"

The response to our appeal in Wanted: three hundred good people to help with meeting our server costs was humbling to say the least, and because of your support The AIMN lives on. Your donations have gone a long way in covering those costs for the next twelve months and for this Carol and I say thank you. Lets

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ACTU joins forces with big business to try to build a big Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

ACTU joins forces with big business to try to build a big AustraliaThe ACTU is working with the Business Council and Australian Industry Group to grow Australia's population by the size of Canberra of every year. read now...


Tony Abbott On Twitter Where He Demonstrates His Capacity To Twit "IndyWatch Feed"

AGL is a business acting against the national interest. Of course AGL want to shut down Liddell because its a source of cheap power and they want all of us to pay more so their shareholders can get higher profits. Tony Abbott Rossleigh: Tony Abbott wasnt available, but Ive managed to track down a spokesperson

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Tom Wolfe, the Parajournalist "IndyWatch Feed"

As is the nature of his creepy totality, President Donald Trump has a habit of suffusing the obituaries of the famous and pampered. Tom Wolfe, it is said by such figures as Maggie Haberman in The New York Times, conceived of Trump as a formidable figure before Trump himself came to prominence. The point is

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Trumps Fed Nomin "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump Federal Reserve Board of Governors nominee Marvin Goodfriend reportedly advocated on two different occasions the elimination of cash from circulation in an effort to prevent individuals from hoarding cash in the event that the Federal Reserve were to push a negative interest rate policy during a financial crisis.

The Mises Institute notes that Goodfriend first floated the idea in a 1999 paper called The Case for Unencumbering Interest Rate Policy at the Zero Bound and again promoted the concept at a 2016 Federal Reserve conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Goodfriend reportedly said that the Fed needs the option to push interest rates negative, which would cause consumers to pay fees in order to keep their money in savings accounts, and that cash should be eliminated to prevent banking consumers from pulling their money out of banks to avoid paying those fees.

Bloomberg notes that Goodfriend suggested a few theories for how to phase out cash. He floated eliminating large bills to make cash less convenient. He suggested that the Fed charge banks and/or consumers fees for issuing paper currency. He advocated that the issuance of cash be taxed such that consumers only receive 90 cents when withdrawing a dollar. He also called for abolishing cash outright. The Wall Street Journal notes that Goodfriend additionally suggested that cash bills should contain a magnetic strip so they can be scanned and tracked as they move through circulation.

The Federalists Connor Boyack wrote, From Sweden to India and Venezuela to Australia, governments around the world have already taken steps to eliminate cash from their economy. This is particularly attractive in countries like China, with a government that wants to be able to track its citizens at all times.

Cash purchases are notoriously difficult for regulators to monitor.

In a January Senate confirmation hearing, Goodfriend downplayed his seriousness in advocating the policy.

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For Weight Loss, Better Eyes, Good Cholesterol "IndyWatch Feed"

By Dr. Mercola

Chicken as the foundation of a delicious home-cooked meal has been an American mainstay for decades. Not centuries, you might ask? As a matter of fact, up until the 1920s, homesteaders filled chicken coops with chickens to fulfill one main purpose: to produce eggs.

Chickens werent regarded as much beyond egg production until a new concept featuring chicken as a main course took flight in the late 40s. It was based, not surprisingly, on the food industrys initiative to find more uses for said chickens. Today we have a plethora of chicken recipes, from broth to casseroles to fried, not to mention nuggets. But what happened to eggs?

Eggs became a target based on the faulty premise of the medical establishment that eating too many yolks would drive up cholesterol and pack your carotid arteries with plaque. As recently as 2012, eggs were still being maligned and even deemed as health-damaging as smoking cigarettes, according to a Canadian journal.1 Many still believe this, and its the misinformation thats damaging health, not egg consumption.

According to a recent study2 led by Nick Fuller at the University of Sydney, Australia, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eggs, despite conflicting evidence continuing around the world, are not responsible for heart disease or high cholesterol. In fact, theyre one of the most nutritious foods in your kitchen. When he led the first portion of the study, Fuller wrote that eggs can support several aspects of health, including eye, blood vessel and heart health, healthy pregnancies and fat regulation, noting:

Despite being vilified for decades, dietary cholesterol is understood to be far less detrimental to health than scientists originally thought. The effect of cholesterol in our food on the level of cholesterol in our blood is actually quite small.3

Whether Two Eggs or a Dozen, Egg Intake Shows No Negative Results

The latest study notes that people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes ate a dozen eggs a week fo...


Coming soon to Australian shores "IndyWatch Feed"

The Hon. Wayne Swan was and will always be Australias best ever treasurer.  He is probably also the best Treasurer/Finance Minister planet earth is likely to ever see.

Sadly though for Australia and the Australian economy, Mr Swan is no longer Treasurer.  But he is running for the Presidency of the Australian Labor Party.  And according to Troy Bramston:

Mr Swan says he has the experience, time and conviction to be president and has made the battle against inequality his focus. He attacked banks, multinational firms and the media the Murdoch press who must be defeated.

He aligns himself with radical left US politician Bernie Sanders.

There you have it.  Bernie Sanders.  Like music to the inner city lefty ears.

Just consider this.  In February 2017,  in a debate on Obamare and the US health system, Senator Sanders was asked about the costs and regulatory burdens for small business.  And you know what Senator Sanders told the small business person?  Words to the effect of drop dead.

This is the same Senator Sanders who, like the Hon Swan, believes that the purpose of business is to generate taxes for government and work for public service regulatory agencies.

Watch for yourself here.  Or if you dont have time while you are busy generating tax for the government, wait for a Labor Government to see the impacts directly for yourself.

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IPA, Bolt and other deniers throw epic global tantrum after JCU gets rid of Ridd "IndyWatch Feed"

IPA, Bolt and other deniers throw epic global tantrum after JCU gets rid of RiddClimate science denial groups from the UK, U.S. and Australia have leapt to support a controversial marine scientist who was fired from his job at an Australian university. read now...


Suburban Accounting "IndyWatch Feed"

Intellectual and philosophical consistency.  Its nice to have but not essential.  There is no obligation on people to be consistent, but when they are not, they should at least acknowledge it.  For example, consider the following two statements from the same person:

From 20 May 2018:

The future is unknowable. We cant forecast the economy even a year ahead with any accuracy, but what we can be most sure of is that, even with pure motivations, a mechanical projection out 10 years is highly likely to be way off-beam.

From 20 November 2013:

Did I ever doubt that climate change represented by far the greatest threat to Australias future economic prosperity? Never. Should I have said this more often, rather than chasing a thousand economic will-o-the-wisps? Yes.

When it comes to Treasurys budget forecasts and projections, they are nonsense.  When it comes to climate forecasts and projections, they must be taken as irrefutable; as if published on stone tablets.

And who made those statements?  I think Judith Sloan describes him as the suburban accountant.

Here is the 2018 article Here is the 2013 article.

In the 2018 article, the accountant also wrote this:

Even without the ever-present temptation to fudge, projections are a device for deluding ourselves.

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Spain lied "IndyWatch Feed"

When Spain suspended Catalan democracy last year and imposed colonial rule from Madrid, it presented it as a temporary measure, to be ended once elections had been held and a new government was in place. But they lost those elections, and their efforts to prevent a new government from being formed (including nakedly arresting and charging a presidential candidate with "rebellion" to prevent his election) failed. And so Spain is now simply refusing to return control:

ANGER was rising in Catalonia last night after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy backtracked over withdrawing the unprecedented direct rule he imposed after last Octobers independence referendum.

He claimed to recognise the powers of newly-elected President Quim Torra but refused to approve his choice of ministers, four of whom are facing charges connected with the poll, and refused to publish their nominations in the official gazette.

The Madrid government must end direct rule once the Catalan government is formed and cabinet ministers named, under the terms of the emergency legislation brought in under Article 155 of the Spanish constitution.

So much for Rajoy's vaunted "rule of law". This was always and only about usurping Catalan democracy.

As for what happens next, I expect the Catalan government will take the Spanish government to court to enforce its own law. Though I doubt they'll get justice from Spanish judges appointed by Rajoy.


A pawn of the fishing industry "IndyWatch Feed"

Deep-sea trawling is an environmentally destructive practice which devastates vulnerable marine ecosystems for the private profit of a few fishing companies. The New Zealand government has been worried about this for a long time, and so they've been working through the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation to regulate it in our region. But now, they've suddenly shitcanned that plan:

The Government pulled plans to put major restrictions on deep sea trawling after the fishing industry threatened legal action.

Officials and scientists from New Zealand and Australia had been working on the joint proposal since 2012 and it was finally due to go in front of an inter-governmental body in Peru in late January.

It was designed to protect the stocks of orange roughy in the high seas and prevent the destruction of delicate seabed life like coral and sponges.

But just weeks before the meeting, the High Seas Fisheries lobby group which includes Talleys and Sealord wrote to the Government threatening legal action.

In a story which sounds awfully familiar, Winston Peters got involved, and suddenly six years of careful work and consultation were overturned so the fishing industry could keep on pillaging. Combine it with his push for a "marine sanctuary" in which fishing is permitted, and its beginning to look like the Minister for Foreign Affairs is simply a pawn of the fishing industry.


Throwing a hammer at a moving nail "IndyWatch Feed"

Forget the line about to a hammer everything is a nail.  The new role of government is about buying a pile of hammers, issuing them to bureaucrats (new and to be hired) and asking them to throw them at anything that looks interesting.

Apparently the Commonwealth Government has a new agency called the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).  Who knew?  Yet the role of this DTA is:

to make it easy for people to deal with government. We help government transform services to be simple, clear and fast.

So yet again it seems that Governments solution to poor government is . more government.  One might imagine that easiest way for most people to deal with government is not to have to deal with government in the first place.   Clearly it is wishful for government to establish a Government Reduction Agency (GRA).  Maybe also when the government runs 100% of the economy, or what is left the economy, then all will be perfect.

So here we go:

The Digital Transformation Agency has revealed plans to prototype a welfare payment delivery system using blockchain technology.

Thats right.  Cart before the horse style.  Rather than working out the best way to delivery welfare payments and then finding the best technology, the DTA wants to pick the technology first and the work out the best way to deliver welfare payments using the pre-determined technology; irrespective off course of whether the distributed ledger solution is the best one.

Yes.  Lets go to a cardiologist to assess our asthma problem and let them perform heart surgery to vary our breathing patterns to help with the asthma.  Brilliant arent they.

But who enables this crap.  The Liberal National Coalition Government of Australia.  As part of the 2018-2019 budget:

the Australian government also set aside AU$700,000 in funding for the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to investigate areas where blockchain technology could offer the most value for government services.

Ignoring for a moment why the government wants to be in this area in the first place, other than to keep some unnecessary bureaucrats within DTA busy doing stuff that they dont need to do, consider the crowding out effects.  There are lots of blockchain/distributed ledger projects currently going on in the private sector and what is the government doing?  They are bidding up the price of expertise so that som...


Modern family or royal wedding madness? "IndyWatch Feed"

Modern family or royal wedding madness?Its the worst thing to happen to a republican, but falling for royal wedding madness is a catching disease. read now...

Monday, 21 May


The pond is taking a break ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The last the pond heard, Jeffrey Bernard, James Bolam, Peter O'Toole and sundry others, including no doubt the original Dorothy Parker, have been unwell, and so too is the pond, and it's time for another break, with business to be resumed when some form of wellness returns.

There's always a danger in reptile handling and the pond has succumbed yet again but for those up to the task, no doubt the reptiles will keep on giving ...


Just be fair: when does journalism undermine its own reputation? "IndyWatch Feed"

 I don't think I have ever seen another media organisation targeted by the full force of the State, as WikiLeaks is. Interview with Stefania Maurizi.

lead lead lead Stefania Maurizi. Photographer,Roberto. All rights reserved.Stefania Maurizi works for the Italian daily La Repubblica as an investigative journalist. She has worked on all the WikiLeaks releases of secret documents, and the Snowden files about Italy. She has recently started a multijurisdictional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation effort to defend the right of the press to access the full set of documents on the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks case. Six years since Ecuador granted Julian Assange political asylum, a freedom of information act in the UK is shedding light on what was happening behind the scenes during that period. With few records and a great deal of mystery...

Yorgos Boskos (YB): In a speech to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia last April, you outlined the multijurisdictional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation effort that you have launched to defend the right of the press to have access to the full set of documents on the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks case. What are the outcomes of this procedure so far?

Stefania Maurizi (SM): The reporters covering Assanges case were just willing to crib from the authorities declarations. No media has tried to access the full set of documents in his regard. FOIA litigation is an ongoing procedure in Sweden and UK. I would like to litigate the case in the US and Australia as well. I would like to litigate the case in the US and Australia as well.

Sweden has a very helpful transparency law when it comes to Freedom of Information, enabling me to get hold of 226 pages of documents for the first time. Most of those documents were not redacted. Thanks to those documents, I learned that the UK authorities looked at this case as special in their correspondence with the Swedish prosecutors, and a UK lawyer named Paul Close working for the UK Crown Prosecution Service the UK Government's entity whi...

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