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Saturday, 17 November

14:16

US DOJ 'Mueller' Investigation: the list keeps getting bigger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



Mueller's list now includes an Australian citizen......

The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2018:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing  a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has also exploring the publication by WikiLeaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Officials have alleged the emails were hacked by Russian spies and transferred to WikiLeaks.

Mueller has also been exploring, among other things, communications between the group and associates of President Donald Trump, including political operative Roger Stone and commentator and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi..

And another Russian gets named....
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14:15

GJD Developments' Byron DA rejected by NSW Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel as disrespecting the process "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



A four-storey mixed use development covering three building lots totally 2,834m2  approx. 1km from Main Beach, comprising commercial premises, caf, child care centre, 24 shop top residential units, 26 serviced apartments and underground parking for 120 cars, has failed to gain consent.

Echo NetDaily, 14 November 2018:

A contentious application to build a four-storey residential/commercial development at the southern end of Jonson Street has been refused by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, with one panelist branding it disrespectful.

There was a burst of applause from the public gallery as the panel unanimously rejected the $21.1m development at a meeting in Mullumbimby on Wednesday afternoon.

In doing so the panel went against a recommendation from Byron Council staff that the development be approved.
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10:22

Signs around the world "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Sorry if you have seen them before.

Cocktail Lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.

Dry Cleaners, Bangkok: DROP YOUR TROUSERS HERE FOR THE BEST RESULTS.

A Nairobi Restaurant: CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.

On the main road to Mombasa, leaving Nairobi:TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.

On a poster at Kencom: ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO, WE CAN HELP

In a City restaurant: OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AND WEEKENDS.

In a Cemetery: PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS, FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.

Tokyo hotels rules and regulations: GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE, OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS, IN BED.

On the menu of a Swiss Restaurant: OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR.

In a Tokyo Bar:SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.

Hotel, Yugoslavia:THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE IS THE JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID.

Hotel, Japan: YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID.

In the lobby of a Moscow Hotel, across from a Russian Orthodox Monastery:YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY, WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN AND SOVIET COMPOSERS, ARTISTS, AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY, EXCEPT THURSDAY.

A sign posted in Germanys Black Forest: IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR BLACK FOREST CAMPING SITE, THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT, UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Hotel, Zurich: BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IN THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Advertisement for donkey rides,Thailand:WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?

Airline ticket office, Copenhagen:WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

A Laundry in Rome: LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND THEN SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD TIME.

And finally, Seen in an Abu Dhabi Souk shop window: IF THE FRONT IS CLOSED, PLEASE ENTER THROUGH MY BACKSIDE.

10:02

The embassy issue will not go away "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

There was no issue until it was made into an issue; and there is no question that Prime Minister Scott Morrison heard what he wanted to hear, and did what he wanted to do.

What he heard and acted on, according to Morrison, was advice from ex-ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma. This is a man billed by his colleagues as the best and brightest of Liberal Party recruits, an opinion duly amplified by major media outlets. Yet his advice was so spectacularly poorly conceived or poorly received, or both that a month later it is still the chemtrail of Australian politics: a toxic threat, spun out of thin air.

As good an account as any of how the prime minister and his aspiring candidate for the wealthiest seat in the country lit this flaming mess is from Katharine Murphy, the Guardian Australia political editor. There is more backstory of course, there always is, but Liberal Party factional in-fighting already gets way more attention than it deserves. From where I sit, the entire caucus is not worth a jot; and costs the Australian public a fortune in salaries and phone bills and jet travel and pork, for negative return on our investment, for nothing at all in the national interest.

Domestic politicking on Israel and Palestine inevitably stirs up anti-Arab and Islamaphobic feeling as well as anti-Semitism. It mobilises unhelpful interventions from people like Malcolm Turnbull and Bob Carr, people who posture as experts on matters which they failed to address while in office, when they had the power to effect positive change. That political reporters buy into their legacy protection racket is equally irritating, but the crux is that when these voices dominate debate, no real progress is ever made.

There is no excuse for Sharma advising the prime minister as he did; and no excuse for Morrison not knowing, if indeed he did not, that announcing a re-think on moving the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is highly problematic.

Morrison had been in office less than two months at the time, and the by-election to choose a replacement for his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull was a mere five days away. Most commentators immediately noted that the seat of Wentworth has a significant Jewish bloc of around 12 per cent of voters; that strict adherents of Judaism would have likely cast pre-poll votes due to our elections being held on a Saturday; and that Jews are not a homogenous group of one mind on Israel, or Palestine, or pro-Zionist policy settings.

Oh, wait. Nobody said anything about Zionism. Nobody ever does.

The Holy City

I once spent two days in al Quds Jerusalem...

09:51

Coal on the rise worldwide contra lies by the Greens, The Australia Institute and Joseph Stiglitz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

From the Global Warming Policy Forum. Demand for coal rising in defiance of the local Greens, Richard Dennis at The Australia Institute and Joseph Stiglitz. French drivers are about to go on strike over Carbon and fuel taxes, that is one thing the French know how to do, they tie up the roads bigtime! The farmers do it whenever their protections are under threat. Other news, US shale oil surges, the European Court blocks British plans to boost hydrocarbon power production (WTF?) and the new Brazilian government rejects the global warming scam, and another doomsday climate report falls over.

Media around the world seized upon the report as yet another indicator of climate-change doom and runaway global warming. No surprise, since most of the media faithfully adhere to the Holy Church of Global Warming.

The only problem: The study made a crucial math error, something that happens often in published reports. Its alarming conclusion was all but invalidated, as The Daily Callers Michael Bastasch reported.

Chris Kenny has a good piece in The Weekend Australian on the Green lies and Richard Dennis. If you cant get to that, check out the debate between Lord Christopher Monckton and Richard Dennis a few years ago. Dennis was well and truly owned but he has clearly learned nothing since.

More on the French Revolution vs Carbon tax.

06:30

Mark Lathams identity crisis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Mark Lathams identity crisisAfter several career changes it seems Mark Latham has found an appropriate home in the One Nation Party, writes Jacinta Coelho. read now...

05:31

New Music Through Old Ears: Lil Star Craigie Muse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

New Music Through Old Ears: Lil Star Craigie MuseJohn Turnbull checks out recent releases from emo-rapper Lil Peep, stadium rockers Muse, Sydney singer-songwriter Karen Craigie and the soundtrack from A Star is Born. read now...

05:26

The gross incompetence of a mediocre middle-class "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Gather around fellow workers and producers gather around citizens and retirees, gather around young and old and all you who are now concerned at the gross mismanagement of the nations commodities, utilities, resources and people power. It is time to talk of removing those middle-class incompetents from office and replacing them with a

The post The gross incompetence of a mediocre middle-class appeared first on The AIM Network.

01:03

Seven days in November "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Possibly the most astonishing aspect of the blatant efforts to steal the Senate and Congressional elections in the United States is how little commotion it has caused. Votes are being manufactured almost at will, and the only reason the result in Florida is unlikely to be overturned is that the lead for the Republican candidate is so large. Otherwise, the will of the people, etc, be damned. A few of the stories but none from the MSM. What you are seeing is a prelude to the 2020 presidential election. And while this focuses on Florida, you may be sure this occurred in every state and in elections for both the Senate and the House.

Rubio: No Evidence Of Election Fraud? Look What We Just Learned Democrats Did In Florida

Two Florida Counties Accused of Cheating on Recount

Federal Prosecutors Called in After FL Democrats Caught Altering Election Documents

DEMOCRACY DIES IN A LEFTIST COUP

The Democrats Chaos Strategy Almost Worked In Florida

And while all of this is going on right before your eyes, this is the news that everyone fixates on.


ACOSTA GETS A PASS
TRUMP THREATENS TO BAN  AGAIN
CONDUCT RULES COMING

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Friday, 16 November

22:43

Age of Sail "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

***2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION VENICE FILM FESTIVAL***

Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. Directed by ACADEMY AWARD-winning filmmaker John Kahrs. Produced with Chromosphere and Evil Eye

Google Spotlight Stories has released its latest short, Age of Sail. Directed by Academy Award winner John Kahrs (Disneys Paperman short), it blends beautiful animation with the story of an old, lonely sailor, played by Ian McShane, who is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in 1900. When he rescues a young woman (Cathy Ang), who fell overboard from a passing ship, his outlook changes to one of hope.

Its the first Google Spotlight Stories short to include dialogue, and, clocking in at 12 minutes, its the longest one to date. Age of Sail was an official selection at this years Venice Film Festival, and it also qualifies for the best animated short film Oscar.

Kahrs and his team had to bear in mind that setting a VR film on the open sea, with a boat rolling on waves, could cause viewers motion sickness. They simplified the look of the sky and ocean, and made sure youre able to focus on the horizon to minimize the feeling of seasickness.

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22:00

In which the pond dallies with the dog botherer's denialism ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Relax, relax, the pond is taking a break from the hagiographic, Uriah Heep-like knuckle-cracking, and forelock-tugging, the uxorious fawning of the bromancer over his new bro, the most excellently dinkum  ScoMo

There's only so much even the surrealist pond can take in a week

Watching The Ballad of Buster Scruggs last night, there was much talk of the uncertainty of life and thought, and assorted grim dramatic illustrations were provided, to the pond's amusement but, it has to be said, without convincing the pond entirely (though that episode about death in the frontier made a powerful case), because it's safe to say that if, the sun rises on a daily basis, then the bromancer will daily, routinely go to that place where the sun doesn't shine and crawl up it because that's his reptilian duty, that's his lizard Oz job, and he's diligent about his reptile obligations

But enough of being able to replicate an observable bromancer experiment in a scientific way, because this day there was much to read, and top dog in the opinion pages, at least for a nanosecond, was the dog botherer

 

Oh fucketty fuck, the dog botherer doing climate science for the umpteenth time, and blathering about climate science? 

Wouldn't the pond be better off kneeling beside the bromancer and worshipping in an ever so humble way at the church of the fine job ScoMo?

Well yes, perhaps, but the pond loves irony, and you see, the ironi...

22:00

The crackpot far right populism of Matteo Salvini "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The crackpot far right populism of Matteo SalviniItalian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's extreme Right-wing policies signal a possible resurgence in European nationalism. read now...

14:16

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



"Scott Morrison is Dutton dressed up as lamb"  [Jenny Frecklington-Jones

14:15

GIF of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


06:30

Trumps withdrawal from the INF treaty could signal a new nuclear arms race "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Trumps withdrawal from the INF treaty could signal a new nuclear arms raceWhile the threat of nuclear war seems like a thing of the past, the reality is that the global nuclear arms race is still dangerously alive. read now...

04:31

#MeNeither "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

This is from David Solway: Why I Am No Longer a Canadian Writer. And Canadian though I be by citizenship, a Canadian writer I am not, since were I still in the Old Dominion, these would have been the social mores that would be applied to me.

Generally speaking, then, our writers no longer challenge the fashions and superstitions of the day, they defer to them. Our writing culture has for the most part continued its descent into the politically correct dementia of our historical moment, the latest instance being the pronominal madness that has swept through the universities and entered the larger society. We now live in a world of zhis, zhers, zims and eims. It is no surprise that the current office administrator of the Writers Union, Valerie Laws, signs off a communiqu with the parenthetical tag (she/her/herself). Such silliness has become pro forma, and I fear not even the polemical power of a Jordan Peterson can resist it. The problem is not only legally compelled speech, as Peterson says, but socially compelled compliance.

But I am an Australian writer (and citizen), and while it is still not perfect here you will find yourself potentially unwelcome in some venues we are nowhere near what we find there. Bindi Coles apology to Andrew Bolt may be a prime example of why we may be the last place of sanity remaining in the West. It wont last forever, so enjoy it while you can.

03:00

Hundreds killed, thousands displaced in Taliban attack over Hazara districts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Hundreds killed, thousands displaced in Taliban attack over Hazara districtsThe Taliban have launched a new wave of violence against the Hazara peoples in Afghanistan. Namatullah Kadrie reports.  read now...

02:35

Balance of power games played out by media reports promoting fear and distrust "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Denis Bright Having increased its majority in the US Senate at the Mid-term elections on 6 November 2018, the Trump Administration can claim a partial mandate to excuse the Democratic Blue Wave in the US House of Representatives. For Australia, this is a dangerous time in our foreign policy as the mainstream media cheers

The post Balance of power games played out by media reports promoting fear and distrust appeared first on The AIM Network.

02:00

Government hides truth about koala mortality rates "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Government hides truth about koala mortality ratesNew information on the removal of koalas from the Coomera-Pimpama region reveals a lack of compassion from the Government. read now...

01:37

Frenchman with a forked tongue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today in The Australian

Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism, Frances President Emmanuel Macron declared on Armistice Day, before adding, in a thinly disguised swipe at US President Donald Trump, those who say my interests first, regardless of others! rob a country of what gives it greatness: its moral value.

01:19

"A serious threat to public health" "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

That's how UK doctors have described that country's benefit system:

Universal credit has become a serious threat to public health, doctors have said, after a study revealed that the stress of coping with the new benefits system had so profoundly affected claimants mental health that some considered suicide.

Public health researchers found overwhelmingly negative experiences among vulnerable claimants, including high levels of anxiety and depression, as well as physical problems and social isolation exacerbated by hunger and destitution.

Universal credit is not only failing to achieve its stated aim of moving people into employment, it is punishing people to such an extent that the mental health and wellbeing of claimants, their families and of [support] staff is being undermined, the report states.

It concludes that universal credit is actively creating poverty and destitution, and says it is not fit for purpose for many people with disabilities, mental illness or chronic health conditions. It calls for a radical overhaul of the system before the next phase of its rollout next year.


This system is profoundly evil. And its entirely intentional. Tories have never supported effective welfare systems. Instead, they want them to be cruel and punitive, pour encourager les autres. Every "suicide" due to universal credit is in fact a murder - a murder committed by a cruel and vicious government wanting to eliminate the poor.

meanwhile it'd be interesting to see similar information on the New Zealand welfare system. But I suspect WINZ refuses to collect any useful information, because it could only make them look bad.

01:02

The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMos Recognition Policy Stumbles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Jerusalem, deemed a holy city, and seen as trade item, bargaining chip and bartering tool over the centuries. Sought by the major faiths, despoiled at stages by various empires, revived and chalice of poison in international law. Australias Scott Morrison, charmless in his ignorance, has come to realise the problems of relocating the Australian embassy

The post The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMos Recognition Policy Stumbles appeared first on The AIM Network.

Thursday, 15 November

23:05

How Australias NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

HEARTWOOD INC.

How Australias NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

File 20181114 194500 wwi1je.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected.
Dean Lewins/AAP

George Rennie, University of Melbourne

One of the more noticeable ad campaigns in the upcoming Victoria state election comes from a seemingly unlikely source. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) seeks to unwind Australias gun regulations, and knows that state governments are as good a place as any to start.

SIFA is a key part of Australias gun lobby, and uses the same tactics as its American equivalent, the National Rifle Association (NRA). Like the NRA, SIFA seeks to co-opt democratic norms to force change, even when it is directly at odds with overwhelming public opinion.


SIFAs Not Happy Dan television ad.

The NRA playbook

A common misconception about the NRA is that its a grass-roots organisation. This implies that policy comes from its many paid members,...

22:47

Brexit: this is it? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Since the Brexit referendum was hailed by many as representative of a new force in global politics, its of interest even on the far side of the planet, and Ive watched the slow-motion train wreck with appalled fascination.

So, as far as I can tell, the Brexit deal Theresa May has come up with is pretty much the super-soft version. About the only immediate change it will produce is a return to blue passports in place of the EU burgundy, which, it appears, were always optional. And, it appears, the new passports will be printed in France.

All that assumes that the deal will go through. In this context, Ive been struck by a lot of commentary supporting the deal on the basis that a second referendum isnt feasible due to the timing requirements of the Referendums Act. Am I missing something here? Isnt Parliament supreme? And given that this issue has consumed British politics for the last two years or more, can there really be any significant ambiguity about the possible choices articulated by May today: her deal, no deal or no Brexit?

Feel free to comment on these or any other aspects of the issue.

22:09

In which the pond sails on the good ship Britanic with our Henry, the perfidious French, and the bromancer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Trust the immortal Rowe to hit the mark this morning, with more immortal Rowe here

With a steady stony glance 
Like some bold seer in a trance, 
Beholding all his own mischance, 
Mute, with a glassy countenance 
       She look'd down to Camelot. 
It was the closing of the day: 
She loos'd the chain, and down she lay; 
The broad stream bore her far away, 
       The Lady of Shalott. (more here, and let's not quibble about creek v stream)

You see, the pond woke groggy, battered and bruised, like a stunned mullet this morning ...after a hard-core night spent binge-watching Theresa May and the British parliament do their thing

What a show, and it has to be said, what a performance. As the good ship Britanic took on water and began to list and sink, May and her small band performed admirably, and the deck chairs were shuffled about with a sense of British aplomb and style

And what a cast the whining Scots, the needy Welsh, the mad Northern Irelanders, and then stood Rees-Mogg, in sinister, angular style, with a lean and hungry look.

Why Shakespeare himself would struggle to conjure a greater villain a perfect ponce, righteous and indignant he clearly thinks too much, but only in the manner of a dangerous fundamentalist

The pond had only one complaint. Being madly infatuated with the British Speaker, the pond had hoped for more one-liners, quips and put-downs, but that maddening British capacity for reserve meant that the baying herd sipped at May's rich blood as if politely dining with the Queen, and so the mighty Bercow only had a few lines

Above all, the pond loves the way the meerkats bob up and down in a futile bid to attract the attention of the Speaker. So many meerkats standing, so many meerkats reluctantly sitting, so few given the Bercow nod

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22:07

Time for the government to pay up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Primary teachers are on strike this week, secondary teachers are planning the same, and next year there's the prospect of a joint teachers' strike meaning schools everywhere will shut. Meanwhile, other strike action is shutting down the courts, forcing trials to be delayed and clogging an already overstretched justice system. The underlying cause of this? Nine years of National penny-pinching and trying to "do more with less" has left public servants overworked and underpaid, and now they're sick of it enough to actually do something about it.

The government's response has been to claim there is no more money. Bullshit. Whether there's money for public servants or planes is simply a matter of priorities. And this government's priorities are to spend $2.3 billion on war-toys for America rather than making sure basic government services like schools and the courts function. More generally, they get to decide their financial parameters, such as how fast they pay down National's debt, or even whether to raise taxes to gain additional revenue to boost public services. The fact that they're not considering any of this tells us that providing basic services is simply not their priority. What is their priority? Fuck knows - but its looking like as little as possible while collecting their fat salaries. Just like National, really.

But the New Zealand public does care about those services. We care about whether kids can go to school, and we care about whether the courts function. So unless the government wants us to start caring about them, at the ballot box, it needs to change its priorities and pay up.

22:00

Australian politics for beginners: Part one "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Australian politics for beginners: Part oneStephen Williams gives us a breakdown of how the Liberal Party works and why it's not the ideal party to govern our nation. read now...

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