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Saturday, 16 December

22:15

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst behind judicial paedophile and bribery cover-up evidence shows "IndyWatch Feed National"

Court evidence filed by NSW Police has the witness statement of NSW Supreme Court registrar Chris DAeth which shows Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has conspired with others since September 2016 trying to jail journalist Shane Dowling for making judicial paedophile and bribery allegations against 16 judges , including Bathurst, in an article he published in []

22:04

Bennelong by-election - by 8PM it was all John Alexander - except for the victory party which was Chairman Mal's "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE - 40 minutes of counting and it's done and dusted. Bill Shorten and Labor appear to have overplayed their hand somewhat - rather than Turnbull it's Shorten who's been sent a very clear message. This is a disastrous result for Bill, his girl and their red army. Back in...

21:59

Pope Francis says sex abuse royal commission findings should be studied in depth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont hold your breath about the Pope or the Church of Rome making any great changes. Theyre good at making patronising responses and doing nothing.

ABC News Australia

Pope Francis says sex abuse royal commission findings should be studied in depth

16 December 2017

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for World Youth Day at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy, April 8, 2017.

 

Pope Francis says the findings of Australias child sex abuse royal commission deserve to be studied in depth, after the Catholic Church was heavily criticised in the final report.

The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under the final recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which were on Friday released.

If rubber-stamped, the changes would signal a break from centuries of tradition.

The final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Re...

21:45

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Text Juan on 0415 453 840. 


21:41

Fish Creek shoots and scores! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE netball community in South Gippsland will be able to play better and safer netball with funding from the Labor Government for upgrades to facilities in  Fish Creek and Bass. []

The post Fish Creek shoots and scores! appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:38

Significant Boost for ViPlus Dairy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VIPLUS DAIRY in Toora has become the first Australian producer of locally made infant formula products to gain regulatory approval to sell infant formula in China. From January onwards under []

The post Significant Boost for ViPlus Dairy appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:35

Council appoints new Rating Strategy Steering Committee member "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

South Gippsland Shire Council has elected Megan Knight to the Rating Strategy Steering Committee at its meeting  to fill an extraordinary vacancy. Earlier this year Council called for applications from []

The post Council appoints new Rating Strategy Steering Committee member appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:31

Farmers Markets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Christmas and holidays will be here for a lot of us before we know it.  This weeks market gives you an opportunity to fill your festive table with a spread []

The post Farmers Markets appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:30

Monsoon Shootout Seeks to Answer Does the End Justify the Means? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amit Kumars directorial debut Monsoon Shootout gets bogged down by words where just visuals are enough.

A still from Monsoon Shootout.

The first encounter between a cop and a gangster has a quality of romance. The person in your head is finally flesh and gun. There is curiosity. Youve been obsessed but you barely know them. There is hesitation should you talk or shoot?

Adi (Vijay Varma) meets Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) for the first time in a rundown alley. Its late in the night, and the Mumbai clouds have opened their ducts. Adi points his gun at Shiva who is on the run, trying to climb a wall. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Hes unarmed.

Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootouts director, has filmed the next portion in slow motion. As the two shoot blank stares at each other, Adi remembers his mothers (Pravina Deshpande) advice, There are three paths in life: good, bad and middle. Good: dont shoot; arrest the guy. Bad: murder him and dress it as a shoot-out. Middle: injure and arrest him.

Adi doesnt shoot. Shiva jumps the wall and hides under trash. The next morning, he finds the boy who tipped off the cops and hacks him with an axe. Adis senior, Khan (Neeraj Kabi), relegates him to clerical work. Adi starts investigating the case alone, but Kumar is not interested in its outcome. Soon were back in the alley. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Slow motion, his mothers words and a frozen Adi. This time he shoots. Shiva dies.

These arent spoilers. The film reveals...

21:18

Australian universities accused of sharing military technology with China "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Defence Department has been accused of turning a blind eye to universities illegally sharing military technology with China.

Former senior defence official Peter Jennings has told AM there was a likelihood universities were breaking strict export controls on technology that could be used for military purposes.

Growing mistrust of Australia

He said the time had come for the Defence Department to conduct a deep and immediate investigation.

The department should now be looking to audit the performance of universities because we are talking about the mass migration over to Chinese interests and thats not in Australias commercial, or indeed national, security interests, he said.

There are strict rules banning the sharing of research that could be used for military purposes by Australias potential foes, including China.

Australian universities conduct world-leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, super computing and driverless car technology that could be adapted for military purposes.

The Defence Department said it relied on self-assessment from universities to police their academics interactions with overseas academics.

It is ultimately the responsibility of each institution to ensure they comply with the law, the Department told the ABC in response to questions about links between Australian and Chinese researchers.

Charles Sturt University professor Clive Hamilton has uncovered hundreds of research projects linking Australian scientists with senior Chinese military figures.

At the centre of a web of questionable collaborations with Australian universities sit Yang Xuejun, a Lieutenant-General in Chinas Peoples Liberation Army who heads the countrys top defence research academy.

Professor Hamilton said much of those collaborations could mean Australian technology could be used against it on the battlefield.

There is no doubt some of the technology they are working on is being applied to improve the battle readiness of the PLA, Professor Hamilton said.

Laws governing the export of defence technology were tightened in 2012 to include university research following the signing of a weapons treaty between Australia and the US.

Professor Hamilton said questions about Australian universities collaborating with Chinese military researchers could damage relations with Australias biggest strategic ally.

I know that our research is being carefully read in Washington and hard questions are being asked of the Australian Government, he said.

Source:...

20:29

THIS YEARS FLU SHOT ADMITTEDLY ONLY 10% EFFECTIVE BUT THE PROPAGANDA SAYS GET IT ANYWAY "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doctors are anticipating a particularly bad year of flu as the same strain which struck Australia earlier this year is set to hit the U.S. According to the Daily Mail, over 370 deaths have occurred this year as a result of the flu, but vaccinations are proving to be largely ineffective against the virus.
Every year scientists attempt to predict which strain of influenza will become the most virulent in order to create vaccines which protect as many people as possible from the flu. If they guess the wrong strain it could result in a 0% effectiveness rate where if they guess correctly the effectiveness rate could be upwards of 60% or higher.
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20:27

McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Eurocopter SA365N1 Dauphin 2 Helicopter N38MD 'Helitack 429' Calls into Emerald and Longreach Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Thursday 14 December, McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Eurocopter SA365N1 Dauphin 2 helicopter N38MD 'Helitack 429' was noted passing through Emerald and Longreach Airports while ferrying from its Sunshine Coast base to Mount Isa.

File photo

UPDATE!  On Friday 15 December, N38MD continued from Mount Isa to Darwin, calling into Tennant Creek and RAAF Base Tindal (Katherine) for fuel on the way.

Of interest, N38MD was one of five Eurocopter AS365 N3/N2/N1 helicopters - N82MD, N94MD, N38MD, N61MD, N93MD - that were acquired by McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia on medical retrieval and other general charter work.

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As shown above, it appears that their previous operator was the Maryland State Police Department.

20:27

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LAH at Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 15 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LAH was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports while heading South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.

VH-LAH at Gladstone Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

VH-LAH is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue missions. On this ferry flight, it was noted using radio callsign of "Choppa 42".


The Exercise finished this week and featured a mass departure of some 14 RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet and British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet aircraft from Townsville early on Thursday 14 December.  They were heard refuelling with RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 "Dragon 16" over inland Central Queensland as they flew South to Williamtown.

Photo taken by Col B 

20:00

RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Back in CQ and Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 15 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was back in CQ, spotted calling into Rockhampton Airport returning back to the South, after it was noted flying North via Longreach Airport on Thursday 14 December - see Blog post below.





It looked to arrive from Townsville via airwork at Cairns. 

After a short while on the ground, A37-002 looked to depart to Tamworth and points South.  Like its trip North the previous day, the Challenger was heard to be flying as "Envoy 29".

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Jaxson White 

19:55

Beat Depression by Retraining Your Brain The Power of Alpha Brain Waves "IndyWatch Feed National"

The search for an effective tool to manage and even cure depression is one that has captivated the attention of scientists, medical professionals and researchers for decades. Experts estimate that more than 16 million American adults are currently affected by Major Depressive Disorder, which is equal to a staggering 6.7% of the US population aged 18 and older! With the prevalence of depression in the United States the demand for answers is incredibly high.

In an effort to better understand the workings of the mind, neuroscientists have been focusing on studying the presence of brain waves, and the power that they have to influence our thoughts, feelings and overall mood. Scientists have discovered 5 distinct bandwidths that make the way in which our brains operate, each representing a different state of consciousness.

Photo by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash

 

Delta Waves (0.5 to 3 Hz): The slowest of the 5 bandwidths, Delta waves occur when we have reached the deepest state of sleep.

Theta Waves (3 to 8 Hz): The brainwaves that occur during a lighter sleeping state, or during the deepest of meditation.

Alpha Waves (8 to 12 Hz): When we are awake, however, we are not fully conscious of what is happening around us, such as during a daydream, we are often experiencing Alpha Waves. These also have been witnessed during times of meditation.

Beta Waves (12 to 30 Hz): This is the bandwidth at which our brainwaves regularly operate at during times of consciousness. This is also the state at which depression and anxiety are most common.

Gamma Waves (25 to 100 Hz): The highest level of consciousness, we only enter into this bandwidth during times of intense thoughts and processing, or when we have obtained a higher state of consciousness.

In understanding these various classifications, and the associations with each, we are able to piece together the ways in which our brainwaves influence our thoughts, feelings and emotio...

19:46

New order "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Slowdown

More evidence of an orderly slowdown in the housing market, with new home sales following approvals higher again in recent months. 

The November 2017 figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) showed that new homes sales were a moderate 6 per cent below where they were a year ago, following a record run through this cycle.

Building approvals remained relatively flat from a year earlier, as analysed here previously

Source: HIA

Victoria has been the strongest of the main markets for new home sales, and Western Australia the weakest (partly in response to more restrictive policies for first homebuyers).

The HIA expects new home sales to cool further in 2018.

Fundamentals balanced

As for the other market fundamentals, they have generally been strengthening.

While dwelling commencements ease, immigration increased by 27 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a very strong +245,500, largely focused on Sydney and Melbourne.

Much of the increase in recent times relates to temporary visas.

Partly for that reason, internal migration trends are at least as important.

Meanwhile trend employment growth hit the highest level ever recorded this month at +371,000, helping New South Wales return to full employment already, as the other states im...

19:34

5 Science Experiments That Show An Intelligent Consciousness Permeates Our Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since the dawn of self-awareness, both spiritual and scientific minds have pondered similar questions to our existence: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here and where are we going?

While most teachers within the worlds religions would disagree to the specific answers to these questions, there is a reoccuring theme that presents itselfour universe is not simply a colliding ground of dead matter and scientific chance, but rather it is a vast, interconnected ocean of intelligence. We often hear this theory mentioned as the great oneness, source, god, and the list goes on.

Within the field of quantum mechanics, physicists, too, have opened their eyes to the possibilities of a conscious, vibratory field that permeates the Universe. In his best-selling book, The Source Field Investigationsauthor David Wilcock proposes the question, could all space, time, energy, matter, biological life, and consciousness in the Universe be the product of a source field? He references a number of curious experiments conducted by scientists over the last century which add credence to his theory, and by the end of the book it is difficult to refute the existence of what he names the Source Field.

Below are five experiments explored in The Source Field Investigations that aim to prove the existence of an interconnected consciousness that pervades the Universe.   

1) Dr. Cleve Backster discovers plants perceive threats and have extra-sensory perception.

Cleveland Backster was a researcher and interrogation specialist for the CIA who served as director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. Backster developed the first numerical standardized evaluation of the polygraph chart and went on to study and promote the technology extensively.

Dr. Cleveland Backster: Henry Groskinsky/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Backster performing one of his experiments.

On February 2, 1966, Backster&...

19:33

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.

19:25

19:20

Lions Rd reopens to traffic after bridge works "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Lions Rd on the Queensland and NSW border has reopened to traffic after bridge work  closed the popular motorcycle route from January.

It was supposed to be closed to traffic for only six months, but bad weather has forced delays until December 15, according to Roads and Maritime Services.

Lions Rd bridge work delays 2018 TTA new concrete bridge

Heavy traffic

Now that it is open, heavy traffic will be permitted on the road as the picturesque wooden bridges some single lane have been replaced by modern, two-lane, concrete bridges. They will have no load limits, allowing trucks and caravans to use the route.

While the work will now keep the road open in flood times, it may become a slower trip with riders hindered by slow-moving trucks and caravans using the shorter route.

Kyogle Council says the new bridges will help the local timber and beef industries, so we can expect logging trucks and cattle transports on the road.

The alternative route along the Mt Lindesay Highway and Summerland Way almost to Woodenbong is 24.3km longer, so many other interstate trucks and grey nomads may also start choosing the hilly Lions Rd.

Tourism industry

Council says the bridges will help the tourism industry, but it certainly wont help motorcycle tourism if the road is open to big trucks and caravanners.

Lions TTLions Rd closed for six months trafficLions Rd scenery

Organisers of the Lions TT to postpone their September event blamed the delays to the opening of the road on the cancellation of the event this year.

Kyogle Council says the two-lane concrete br...

19:16

Couples Walk Down The Aisle At First Australian Same-Sex Weddings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two couples have tied the knot on Saturday at the first two same-sex weddings held since marriage equality became law. At MacArthur Park in Camden, south-west of Sydney, couple Lauren Price and Amy Laker were pronounced wife and wife in front of 65 friends and family on Saturday afternoon. The couple, who had been engaged ...

The post Couples Walk Down The Aisle At First Australian Same-Sex Weddings appeared first on QNEWS.

19:00

Scientist Who Discovered Gluten Sensitivity Now Claims it Never Existed "IndyWatch Feed National"






  Great science.  The real take home is that we must avoid exposure to Roundup in our bread at least.  Organic is a good start but most of us will still use commercial breads in some form.  worse the politicians are loath to force labeling.  It is not difficult to test every batch of flour as i am sure the Chinese are now doing.
I would become very rigorous regarding this chemical.  Not least because Monsanto has blatantly lied about this for decades and i am sure they knew.
Fortunately most of us seem to still tolerate some exposure.  The same was true for smoking.  It may simply take a long time to present and you could be long dead for other reasons..
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Scientist Who Discovered Gluten Sensitivity Now Claims it Never Existed

November 13, 2017

http://econewsmedia.org/2017/11/13/scientist-discovered-gluten-sensitivity-now-claims-never-existed/ 

More than 18 million people are said to have some intolerance to gluten, the sticky protein that can be found in breads, barley, and other wheat products. But how scientifically grounded is this sudden wave of large-scale gluten intolerance?

As it turns out, it may not be gluten that is triggering health problems, but a reaction to agrochemicals being used in the harvesting of wheat.

So we have to ask: Is Monsantos glyphosate the true cause of sensitivity to glutenous foods?

Gluten is a protein composite that acts as a glue for bread, holding it together and giving it that fluffy, chewy texture that people enjoy. It is also used as a chewy meat substitute called seitan, widely used by vegetarians and vegans. Although some experts believe that only 1 percent of Americans have Celiac Disease, the auto-immune disorder that results in gluten intolerance, 18 percent of adults now reportedly regularly purchase gluten-free foods and ...

18:54

Frantastic news? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Fran Unsworth 

So James Harding's replacement as the BBC's new Director of News and Current Affairs will be Francesca Unsworth. 

What do we know about Fran (besides what we can read on Wikipedia)? 

Well, she's a longstanding BBC insider and presently Director of the World Service, and, according to Guido Fawkes, has a "strong grasp of the impartiality rules". 

That latter bit sounds good, but...

She's also been the chair of the 'independent' BBC Media Action charity - and that's the charity, you may recall, which became controversial for its EU funding and its actions in apparently advancing EU priorities.

I'm not sure that anyone's ever quite got to the bottom of that yet, and it still smells bad to me.

She was (is?) also a board member (as per her BBC Declaration of Personal Interests) on the EU's world-embracing Erasmus Mundus progr...

18:03

List of Deep Underground Military Bases Located in the United States "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A recap: Above and Below Ground threats to Americans

D.U.M.B.s
Deep Underground Military Bases in the united States


99% of these bases have already been destroyed by the Alliance. - OD

The world's most prominent researcher on Underground Military Facilities, Richard Sauder, Ph.D, told of an interesting story in his book Hidden In Plain Site:

As it happens, after giving a public talk a couple of years ago I was approached by a man who had been a uniformed member of the United States Navy. We chatted for a while and when he mentioned that he had spent some time at China Lake my ears perked up. I asked him if there was an underground facility at China Lake. He said that indeed there is, and that it is impressively large and deep. I asked him if he had ever been in it, and he said that he had, though not to the deepest levels. I asked him how deep the deepest part extended. He looked at me soberly and said very quietly, It goes one mile deep. I then asked him what the underground base contains. He replied, Weapons. I responded, What sort of weaponry? And he answered without pausing, Weapons more powerful than nuclear weapons.

Underground Bases listed by State

ARIZONA

1. Fort Huachuca. 3150 N 1100 1948 W, saucer base below, intelligence training above, mind-control included, too.

2. Gates Pass Base

Read More:

http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-recap-above-and-below-ground-threats.html

18:00

Bennelong by-election live "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

...

Candidate Party Primary Primary % Swing 2PP votes 2PP % 2PP Swing
Tony Robinson Liberty Alliance 623 0.86 0.86
Wesley Folitarik Sustainable Australia 827 1.14 1.14
James Jansson Science Party 902 1.25 1.25
John Alexander Liberal 31,901 44.08 -9.23 39195 54.16 -5.66
Kristina Keneally Labor 26,290...

17:28

Crook Family goes to Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Crook family pilgrimage to the Brisbanes produce markets at Rocklea was a highlight for all four children. Raising this number of kids with one breadwinner must have been a budgeting nightmare. We snacked mainly on fruit. There were no fast food outlets or packaged treats for us in those days. We got pretty excited []

17:00

The Weekend Quiz December 16-17, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Although we are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall, we are unable to draw any conclusions about the state of the fiscal balance until we know the relative magnitudes of the other balances.

The answer is False.

This question requires an understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. But it also requires some understanding of the behavioural relationships within and between these sectors which generate the outcomes that are captured in the National Accounts and summarised by the sectoral balances.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach into...

16:06

Bitcoin = Money, Commodity, or Shares? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: I read your article on Bitcoin. I found it fascinating that defining what it is changes everything. You did not actually say what you thought it was, money, stock, or a commodity. Curious as to what you would classify Bitcoin as.

All the best

ANSWER: The definitions I presented are from the government perspective of taxation. They will naturally define it to be whatever produces the great tax for themselves.

Economically speaking, anything that can be exchanged to facilitate a barter transaction becomes a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE. That really can be anything. It has been food, sheepskins, seashells, cattle, bronze, silver, gold, or a derivative of something as paper money began.

Pictured here is a bronze ingot of the Minoan society, It is cast in the form of a sheepskin. This reflects the transition from sheepskin to the Bronze Age. Above is a Roman ingot with the picture of a bull, which also reflects that this was a transition for cattle that was money previously.

Cryptocurrency is the next transition from tangible items being used for money...

16:05

Victorian Government moves on invasive animals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wild deer cause massive damage across the Alps and many other forested parts of south eastern Australia. The Victorian Government has accepted most of the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into the Control of Invasive Animals on Crown Land. Significantly, the government has acknowledged that recreational hunting is generally an ineffective means of invasive animal control and announced that feral cats will be declared pest animals on public land, allowing more effective control programs.

A statement from the responsible Minister, Lily DAmbrosio, is available here. The minister says that Government will also engage with traditional owners and Aboriginal groups to increase Aboriginal participation in biodiversity and land management. The following media statement comes from the Victorian National Parks Association.

In its response the government has committed to reducing the impact of deer on biodiversity in Victoria across all land tenures, using a range of management tools.

The government will also seek federal funding for research into effective deer control methods.

Current estimates for Victorias feral deer population is around one million and they are having a considerable impact on many of our finest national parks, including rainforests, wetlands and alpine regions, the Victorian National Parks Associations Phil Ingamells said.

This is a very welcome response from the government.

Importantly the Victorian Government has acknowledged that recreational hunting is generally an ineffective means of invasive animal control.

While it supports Parks Victorias strategic control programs using skilled amateur shooters, the government says such programs should be in addition to funded programs using professional pest animal controllers.

In other key recommendations supported by the government:

  • There will be complementary control programs between parks and private land.
  • Amateur hunters will have access to meat processing facilities for personal consumption of deer.
  • Feral cats will be declared pest animals on public land, allowing more effective control programs.

However, the Victorian Government has not supported a recommendation to allow amateur hunters access to more powerful firearms and noise suppressors (silencers) for public safety reasons.

These recommendat...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.35 AUD
Converter

15:45

Australia: PM Turnbulls Future at Stake in Crucial Sydney By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia December 5, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Credit: Reuters

Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia December 5, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is hoping to regain his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership.

The election campaign in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Bennelong has been bitterly fought between the centre-right governments candidate, former tennis star John Alexander and the Labor oppositions Kristina Keneally, a...

15:45

The Modern Slave Trade is Alive and Well "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A CNN report about West African migrants being sold in open-air slave markets in Libya sparked outrage around the globe last month. Although, reports about the growing slave trade in the North African country have been emerging since early 2017. Published on November 14, the CNN report gained widespread attention as

The post The Modern Slave Trade is Alive and Well appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

15:35

Pokie reflections "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


By all accounts Labors policy to remove pokies from communities after 2023 was unexpected.

However the risks involved when the gaming monopoly expires has previously been discussed by both parties to the arrangement, the government and Federal Group.

Treasury head Don Challen  told a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on 16th July 2003 which was looking at a premature extension of the original deal due to expire in 2009:

I did say to Mr Farrell across the negotiating table a number of times that 'Come 1 January 2009 you don't have a business'.  I put a reasonableness test on the outcomes we get from the negotiations and if I didn't think they were reasonable in the interests of the Tasmanian community I would have kept pushing Mr Farrell until I got him to the point where I thought we had a reasonable outcome.  In the back of his head he knows that legal possibility of the licence coming to an end is there and that is a discipline on him to come to the negotiations with a realistic attitude.

Quite clearly both parties negotiated the 2003 deed extension with a sunset clause in full knowledge the punch bowl may be removed in 2023. If Federal Group have a risk management strategy theres little doubt what should be number one on the list.


The last bit of Mr Challens comment is significant:

...

15:34

Kids ... in... Space ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Space Agents Lucy and Josh

 

A Christmas painting I started for my brother's grandkids

15:25

Needle Exchanges Are Desperately Needed in Australian Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its well-known that illicit substance use occurs right across the Australian prison system. A 2010 Corrective Services NSW report found that just over a third of inmates reported using an illegal drug at least once during their current stint behind bars. Despite searches and the use of sniffer dogs by prison guards, illicit drugs continue to be

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15:17

A vicious cycle towards extinction: Hunting and trade can push even abundant wildlife populations to the brink "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announcement in November that it was lifting a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia an order President Donald Trump said in a tweet two days later that he had put on hold was merely the latest flashpoint in a debate that has been raging for years. Proponents of trophy hunting insist that it generates revenue that can be directed towards conservation efforts and creates incentives for local populations to conserve particular species. Opponents counter that there is no research proving these claims to be true and that there are better alternatives, such as eco-tourism, the benefits of which are more established and do not rely on killing animals for sport. According to the Matthew Holden, an applied mathematician at University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses on how human behavior reacts to and impacts conservation policies, we dont know enough about how trophy hunting affects wildlife populations to say with any certainty whether or not the legalization of the transport of elephant trophies could drive African elephants to extinction. Both sides of the trophy hunting debate make seemingly logical arguments, but actually very little is known about the social and economic side of trophy hunting and thats a big concern, Holden said in a statement. Holden is the lead author of a study recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that adds a significant new dimension to the debate, however. He and a colleague at

15:04

The F Word Address "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was honoured to deliver the F Word Address at the Wheeler Centre this year. This is the speech as I wrote it but I spoke without notes so the actual delivery might have been slightly different. Its a longish (10 to 15 minute read).

Podcast is available on The Wheeler Centre website


I think many of you know that I am going to be talking quite a lot about mens violence against women. Obviously if it gets too much and you want to leave please dont hesitate to do so. But thats not always as easy as it sounds, so if you want to just tune out, think about something else or read something on your phone for a bit, please do. Theres going to be a lot of people tweeting so no one will notice. And if you need to talk or ask for help, you should. No one should ever feel shame about the feelings this stuff can provoke. Shame belongs only to perpetrators.

As Santilla said I am a journalist. I found some research a few weeks back that says journalists are among the least valued professions in Australia, we come just above politicians and priests.

I think thats fair, weve earned it and we earned it the same way priests and politicians did. Weve lost sight of our purpose.

One of the best descriptions Ive heard of the purpose of journalism is that it exists to describe society to itself, and we do this by finding things out and telling people about what weve found.

It sounds simple, it should be simple but it appears that it isnt. And people know. When we are describing a society that is not what people know to be true, they stop trusting us. I think this, in the simplest terms, is why people have lost faith in journalism.

Theres many different ways weve done this, politics and economics are the obvious ones, but my particular area is how women are described in the media. We are half the population and less than 30 percent of the news reported about our population.

The MEAA produced a report in 2016 on women in media. Its a bleak picture of a profession rife with discrimination, bullying, harassment and underrepresentation.

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14:03

Bennelong Live: Majority On The Line (Plus Post-Count) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bennelong: John Alexander (Lib) vs Kristina Keneally (ALP)
2016 margin: Liberal 9.7%

Introduction

Welcome to my live comments page for today's Bennelong by-election, including the post-count for as long as it remains of interest.  As usual this is intended as a more forensic companion to the coverage on ABC News Live, and there will be similar live comment threads at Poll Bludger, The Tally Room and other places.  Comments here will start from 6 pm and will scroll with the most recent on top of the page, refresh now and then for the most recent comments.

If this seat falls, the Turnbull Government loses its majority, although it would be unlikely to collapse by reason of that happening alone.  The government very easily saw off a similar situation in New England two weeks ago but that was against weak opposition.  Polling and historic evidence both suggest Alexander will probably be narrowly returned (see my preview comments, including poll results) and the betting markets have him favourite at around $1.33.  In my view, that's a bit short. There are a lot of strange factors at work making this one a singular contest.  I can't find any objective reason to say Keneally will win, but I can see lots of subjective ones why she might.

The by-election is also an important test for Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives, both in terms of the potential for the party to succeed in New South Wales (where it is anecdotally attractive to disgruntled Abbott fans) and in terms of its potential to supplant or absorb Fred Nile's Christian Democrats.  Bennelong is an excellent test seat for this as the Christian Democrats polled very well (over 6%) at the 2016 election.  Bernardi's party is eyeing off One Nation's Senate seat in NSW and we may find out whether this is a realistic threat.

In terms of some basic statistics for the election, enrolment is 106,582.  However, recent urban by-elections have rarely had turnouts much above 80% even when both major parties have contested.  Perhaps the intense focus on this by-election will drive a higher turnout, but I'm expecting at least 10,000 and possibly 15,000 or more to not show up.  I'm also expecting about 5% of votes cast to be informal.

13,387 voters have pre-polled.  Nearly all of these were at Epping and West Ryde Prepoll Voting Centres (6848 and 6275).  There have been 16,210 postal vote applications of which 439 have been withdrawn as duplicates.  Of the postals, 45% are Liberal "party postals" and 7% are Labor's, compared to the 2016 election at whic..........

14:01

Pre -Christmas week: dancing on the climate/nuclear Titanic? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I know. Its just not what you need to hear in the week before Christmas.  Unfortunately, I am reminded by the wonderful Katharine Hayhoe  that even if you ignore, or even disbelieve in scientific findings   they are still there, still real.

At the bottom of this newsletter, I attach my picture my rather jaundiced view of Christmas preparations.  My two big influences this week come from...

13:59

Change requires courage: We need all Australians to walk with us "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week I appeared on #QandA as one of the questioners to the Prime Minister regarding the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He sought to defend his dismissal of a proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament by relying on the fact we already have Indigenous MPs in Parliament.

13:45

Knitted octopus "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Had to buy this knitted octopus when I spotted it sitting on a shelf at a local opp shop

13:19

Rubicon forest at immediate risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rubicon_alert_Dec_2017.jpgThe Rubicon Forest Protection Group has detected logging in a very important area in the Rubicon Valley right next to the Rubicon Valley Historic reserve and on the Royston River.

The natural heritage, ecological values and tourism value of this beautiful place are being decimated.

13:11

Give A Man a Fish. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You know the saying:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

I hate fishing. Hate it with a passion.

When I was a kid, my dad took me and my older twin brothers to Alexandria, Minnesota. My great aunt Jo lived on Lake Latoka there. She owned a large pontoon boat and had a lot of old dude friends who liked to fish. She made fruit punch slushies, filled up ice cream pails with it, and sent me, my brothers, the old dudes, and my dad off to the lake.

We caught 109 fish that afternoon. I remember running from one full hook to the next, taking off fish and throwing them in the water basket. It was an exhilarating time.

The next year, my dad took the three of us to a lake in St. James, Minnesota. That is the exact opposite direction of the northern city of Alexandria, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Down there, the lakes are shallow, green, smell like toilets from hell, and give you the runs just for walking past. We had no boat and stood on the dock. There was no wind and it was 98 degrees, with high humidity.

We caught a frog and a bicycle.

On the way home, I asked my dad a very important question that would change the course of my life:

Was our success last year in Alexandria what most fishing trips are like, or is it closer to the misery of St. James?

Dad, not knowing that he was about to give a young gentleman an enormous distaste for an absolutely pointless and boring activity, answered as honestly as every fisherperson should answer:

St. James is the norm.

That was it for me. I never fished again on purpose.

 

13:00

In which the pond forsakes the bilious dog botherer for the dubious joys of nattering "Ned" ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Yes, it's a lay-down misre ... there's no way a good hand, even with a Joker in it, could defeat the dog botherer at comedy ...

The bilious hater moaning about bile and hate?

It's simply too rich, too sublime ... and yet such is the innate natural perversity of the pond that it decided to go with an old favourite for the day ...


Pause for a Colbert beat ... just kidding ... but it does set the mood for a burst of hand-wringing, sky-falling nattering "Ned" ...



Now this might all seem a tad premature. The pond takes a very Doris Day Que Sera Sera attitude to Bennelong. The pond isn't within the electorate, isn't voting, and all will be revealed in due course, and the cards - even the dog botherer's Joker - will fall h...

12:47

The taking down of the calendars "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The taking down of the calendars: a reflection or two! (Ziedels secret carby). #1 Dropped in to the workshop to pay my mechanics bill a while back..more than a year or so, in fact anyway, it was on that day when Peter the mechanic was taking down several of those girlie

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12:46

Its a new economic world coming "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

From Drudge:

You dont get all that much credit for an economic upturn since life is never perfect even if everyone has a job, specially if everyone has to work to earn a living. But it will create wealth since the tax cuts are also coming with spending restraint (of a kind) and the removal of regulations at a rate of 22 gone for every new one introduced.

I know there are #NeverTrumpers out there but what exactly they could have expected to have occurred instead that was better remains a mystery. And speaking of which, here is a rhetorical question that needs no answer: Why Does the Media Not Report That ISIS Was Defeated in Iraq and Its Capital City of Raqqa in Syria Has Been Captured by US-Allied Troops? As he says, I would imagine for much the same reason the media is silent on the economy.

And let me add this: GOP Senators Unanimous in Support for Tax Bill.

 

12:28

A stretch and then flash! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Have just spent a pleasant morning watching Rainbow Bee-eaters in the Sandon bush.

This female alighted briefly above the nest site, performed a couple of stretches and then was gone in a flash into the tunnel to resume incubating.

Rainbow Bee-eater (female), Sandon State Forest, 16th December 2017

12:00

Traditional Owners Want To Delay The Government Removing Their Rights Over Land  Adani Wants To Mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The WandJ Traditional Owners Council is one of the final barriers to one of the worlds largest coal mines. 
And it is now scared its native title will be extinguished before its day in court.

Amy McQuire, Indigenous Affairs Reporter www.buzzfeed.com/amymcquire amy.mcquire@buzzfeed.com   www.buzzfeed.com/amymcquire/traditional-owners-want-to-delay-the-government-removing?utm_term=.vx7kjGveg December 15, 2017

W&J spokesperson Murrawah Johnson told BuzzFeed News  that there are concerns the Queensland government could move at any time to extinguish native title over the site, before a Federal Court hearing in March that will challenge the validity of the ILUA. Thats the reason W&J are seeking an injunction.

We have a court case, challenging the legitimacy of this agreement,  and they seem to be willing to go and extinguish our native title in the face of all of that,  despite the agreement being illegitimate, Johnson told BuzzFeed News.


11:45

Computer modelling is valuable for fire prevention: prescribed burning is inadequate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unfortunately, due to climate change, we are going to see a lot more catastrophic days in the future in Tasmania and indeed globally.

To fight the catastrophic fires of the future, we need to look beyond prescribed burning https://theconversation.com/to-fight-the-catastrophic-fires-of-the-future-we-need-to-look-beyond-prescribed-burning-89167  December 15, 2017 California is burning  a sentence weve heard far too often this year. Sydney is currently on bushfire alert, as firefighters battle a fire in the Hunter Valley region and temperatures are set to top 40.

A cocktail of factors, from climate change to centuries of ignoring indigenous burning practises, means that catastrophic fires are likely to become more common.

One of Australias favourite fire prevention measures is prescribed burning using carefully controlled fires to clear out flammable materials. Were almost obsessed with it. Indeed, it seems the outcome of every major inquiry is that we need to do more of...

11:39

In Turnbulls skewed moral universe only good survivors get recognition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse hadnt quite concluded when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social Security Minister Christian Porter embarked on their malfeasant project of creating two tiers of abuse survivors. In their proposed and ill-named redress scheme, (there can be no redress, there can only be recognition of awful suffering) a

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11:39

UK tribunal rules that WikiLeaks is a media organisation, not a hostile intelligence agency "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Julian Assange welcomes UK ruling that WikiLeaks is a media organisation, WikiLeaks founder welcomes ruling by UK tribunal. IBT ,By Jason Murdock, December 14, 2017  WikiLeaks has been recognised as a media organisation by a UK tribunal in a ruling that flies in the face of claims by US officials who have branded it a hostile intelligence agency.

The anti-secrecy website helmed by Julian Assange has faced the ire of CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has compared its work to Hezbollah, Isis and al-Qaeda. Over the years, WikiLeaks has disclosed countless documents pilfered from the US government.

The tribunal, in a section detailing the public interest for disclosing any withheld information, described Assange as the only media publisher and free speech advocate in the Western world who is in a situation that a UN body has characterised as arbitrary detention.

It added: The circumstances of his case arguably raise issues about human rights and press freedom, which are the subject of legitimate public debate..http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/julian-assange-welco...

11:33

Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who Will Survive Trump's Storm? Here's the Answer (VIDEO) | trumps | Government Government Corruption Multimedia Trump

This week we examine and analyze deep questions about who will survive the storm that is now upon us. This, of course refers to President Trumps storm which is playing out against the deep state criminals, pedophiles and traitors. 

As this now fully unleashed second American revolution progresses into 2018 who can you trust and why? What are the essential factors that will determine peoples identity to either side- that meaning the globalists versus the nationals, the deep state cabal and its funded groups versus the Patriots who love America, Conservatives and people who still cherish cultural and religious moral values. 

The definitive line is now drawn in the sand and today we discuss some of the details of this divide and what it means for you and I. We also discuss the alternative media, the notion of being a truther and the importance of understanding what all of this means.

The post Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Sleuth Journal.

11:23

This Years Flu Shot Admittedly Only 10% Effective but the Propaganda Says Get it Anyway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Doctors are anticipating a particularly bad year of flu as the same strain which struck Australia earlier this year is set to hit the U.S. According to the Daily Mail, over 370 deaths have occurred this year as a result of the flu, but vaccinations are proving to be largely ineffective against the virus.

Every year scientists attempt to predict which strain of influenza will become the most virulent in order to create vaccines which protect as many people as possible from the flu. If they guess the wrong strain it could result in a 0% effectiveness rate where if they guess correctly the effectiveness rate could be upwards of 60% or higher.

This flu season strain H3N2 is predicted to hit the U.S., which has been the deadliest throughout the past decade. However, this years vaccines are proving only to be about 10% effective against the virus. To put that in perspective statistically, in 2011 it was recorded that out of the 2.7% of people estimated to be affected by influenza each year, vaccinations were only able to drop that number down to 1.2%.

This 60% effectiveness rate was actually touted as a huge success by vaccine manufacturers, but it also meant that the remaining 98.5% of people who either werent granted immunity from the vaccine or never got it at all had no benefit from the shot whatsoever. Now that the new vaccine has only a 10% effectiveness rate, the amount of people who can potentially benefit from getting vaccinated for the flu falls from roughly 3 in 200 people to less than 1 in 300.

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11:16

Investors are Fleeing Fossil Fuels in Droves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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When Bill McKibben and 350.org spear-headed a campaign to divest from fossil fuels and go 100 percent renewables as part of a multi-pronged strategy to confront ramping harms from global climate change in 2012, the big push-back was divestment doesnt work, its just feel-good, someone else will just buy the stocks when prices drop.

The Green Mouse That Roared

As if where individuals, banks, investment firms and governments put their money doesnt matter. As if monetary policy at all levels isnt an enabler of energy and climate policy. As if the world were awash in an infinite flood of money. As if capital just magically grows on trees.

The detractors clearly didnt get it. Theyd already lost the argument. But the ultimate realization would take years to materialize.

The divestment movement wasnt so much about the short-term, day to day, flux of money on the financial markets. It was

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11:14

Government and utilities shaken by high court challenge to public trust in Japans nuclear authority "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Residents who filed an injunction to suspend the restart of a reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant speak at a news conference Wednesday in Hiroshima.
Wednesdays ruling by the Hiroshima High Court halting the planned restart of a nuclear reactor in Ehime Prefecture has cast doubt on the judgment of Japans Nuclear Regulation Authority which had approved the restart under stricter post-Fukushima guidelines shocking the government and utilities across the nation.
The ruling deals a heavy blow to a plan by Prime Minister Shinzo Abes administration to bring more reactors back online, and is sure to prompt the government and utilities to keep a closer eye on similar cases continuing across the country.
Yuichi Kaido, a lawyer representing local residents, called the ruling the most important since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, spurred by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
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11:13

Japanese Foreign Ministers Gimmick to Promote Fukushimas Contaminated Produce "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Japanese Government wont stop at anything to promote Fukushimas contaminated produce to its people so as to calm their fears and to the foreign markets so as to make them lift their imports restrictions on Eastern Japan produce.
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Boris Johnson downs a can of peach juice from Fukushima given to him by Japanese minister to prove goods from the nuclear meltdown zone are safe
Boris Johnson was handed Fukushima fruit drink by Japanese minister Tar Kno
He downed can in three gulps as an act of solidarity, saying: Very good. Mmmh
Many countries including the US and China still ban imports from the area
Nuclear plant in the prefecture suffered huge meltdown after earthquake in 2011
Boris Johnson has downed a can of peach juice from an area of Japan that suffered a triple nuclear meltdown in a bid to show its produce is safe.
The foreign secretary was

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11:12

Should the public be allowed to see the radio-contamination map ? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Voices

We are publishing the most recent map of the soil contamination made by the Fukuichi area environmental radiation monitoring project.

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We have published several soil contamination maps of the Fukuichi area environmental radiation monitoring project in this blog (see maps of Namie, Minamisoma 1 & 2 ). Normally, the government should carry out the measurements, but the government relies on the air radiation dose measurements at the expense of the radio-contamination measurements found on the surface and in the air (in terms of the volume of radioactive substances). To fulfill the lack of this essential information for the radioprotection of the population, civil groups conduct soil measurements.

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11:02

Oscar's self-portrait "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Oscar produced this self-portrait during his art classes at high school this year

Apparently it was his idea to use only straight lines and it's a distinct result.

11:02

Report: Jho Low, gang welcomed 2013 in two countries on the same night "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low, and his entourage, ushered in 2013 twice in Sydney and then Las Vegas, a report in The Australian said today. Citing a report first published by whistleblower website The Sarawak Report on social media posts of the party, The Australian said it painted a picture of excess, including gambling []

11:01

Bad Horsie Billy by Neve "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Clearly Neve is signifying Billy is bad because he smokes a pipe

11:00

(We) wish you a merry Christmas overseas to nemesis! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Barddylbach Australians may have forgotten what happened on Halloween already, but it may be harder to forget this will be the fifth consecutive Christmas the Australian Federal Government has imprisoned refugees in offshore mandatory detention. New cabins on a remote hostile island while families, women and children languish on another is not freedom, it

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11:00

Screen Themes: The Disaster Artist vs Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Screen Themes: The Disaster Artist vs Jim & Andy: The Great BeyondThings are getting a little weird at IA HQ, as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out a couple of movies about movies and ponders the troubled genius of Jim Carrey. read now...

09:45

7 Things You Value As An Old Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As an old soul, you stand out more than others. You just dont seem to fit in and there is nothing wrong with that.

That being said, some people just cant quite pinpoint what it is that makes them different. If you believe you may be an old soul but arent quite sure this should help you. All old souls value the following things, and if you value these things you are an old soul.

An old soul is a person whose soul has already lived many lives. You have already been here time and time again and gained great wisdom. You are quite intelligent and often act wise beyond your years.

7 Things Old Souls Value:

1. Growth

You know growth is important for all of us. No matter how old we are we never stop growing. This is something we all have to accept. Growth is just a part of life and a big part at that.

2. Freedom

You like to be able to do the things you want to do. You have been through this life more than enough times to know that freedom is important. Without freedom we are nothing.

3. Alone Time

You need time to reflect and unwind. As an old soul, you are much more introverted than others. You have already lived through the stages most people are stuck in. Three or more lives ago you may have been a party animal, who knows.

4. Knowledge

You are constantly learning new things and figuring out answers to questions you never thought would be answered. Knowledge is the key to everything. Without knowledge where would we all be?

5. Truth

You do not lie and do not let those who lie remain in your life. You are honest and truthful and expect nothing less from others. Telling the truth is not hard and you are more than aware of that.

6. The Bigger Picture

You are always working towards something else. The bigger picture never leaves your mind. You have a plan and know your purpose.

7. Family

You are quite family oriented because you have seen what it is like to be away from those who care. You would do anything for those closest to you and they know that. Family is something you hold to a very high standard.

Old souls are some of the most amazing people in the world, if you happen to be one remember that you should always be true to yourself. Things are falling into place and you are going to be the only one still standing tall in the end....

09:30

Helping the Catholic Church out of trouble "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Peter Mcc The Catholic Church finds itself in a bit of a bind these days. They love having their exclusive gentlemens club, with all the trappings and showmanship, fancy dresses, fine wines, and immunity from the Law, but suddenly folk have had enough of their treatment of children and society wants, demands actually, that

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09:30

Royal Commission recommends sweeping reforms for Catholic Church "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Royal Commission recommends sweeping reforms for Catholic ChurchThere were more than four times the number of child abuse allegations against the Catholic Church than any other religious group. read now...

09:06

FixedIt Shes a woman and a person, not her job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 reported that Rashid Mohamed Abuuh was convicted on several charges over raping a woman in Canberra last year.

Her job is not the most important thing to know about her. She is a woman and a person before she is her job. Dehumanising rape victims is abhorrent.

Sex work is dangerous, but not because the people who do such work are working with toxic chemicals or high risk machinery, its because they are working with men. The men who put sex workers in danger are the ones who believe they are easy prey, theyre bad women and they are therefore acceptable vessels for male violence. The belief is utterly false and should not be given any credence.

No one can buy the right to rape someone.

 

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09:01

Trying to find a bar I went to 20 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

About 20 years ago I went to a neat bar in Cairns while doing a around the world trip and now a friend is there and I would love to send him to the same place. I only have vague memories of it (because of the fun I had that night). What I remember is: * It had long tables that were green in color * I think it was north of the city * I think it was on a hill * I think that it was open air * I know this is insanely vague...

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08:51

Glowing Fireballs & Mushroom Clouds: Declassified Footage Shows Cold War US Nuclear Tests (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Newly declassified footage of US nuclear tests has been published online, showing dramatic fireballs and mushroom clouds from experiments conducted between 1945 and 1962.

The 62 videos were released by the Lawrence Livermore National Library in California on Thursday.

Weve received a lot of demand for these videos and the public has a right to see this footage, LLNL nuclear weapon physicist Gregg Spriggs said. Not only are we preserving history, but were getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.

Each of the tests were captured by some 50 cameras, providing different vantage points and backup in the event of a camera malfunction.

The common thread between these films is that they contain a great deal of quality scientific data, data that can never be reproduced, the release says.

Preserving the videos required the expertise of rare film expert Jim Moye, particularly as some were suffering from physical decay. His job was to prep and clean the film before scanning it with a customized Hollywood film scanner.

The preservation of the films will now allow scientists to better understand the yield (amount of energy released) of each test, and to provide more accurate data for those who are responsible for certifying the nuclear stockpile every year.

Its been 25 years since the last nuclear test, and computer simulations have become our virtual test ground. But those simulations are only as good as the data theyre based on. Accurate data is what enables us to ensure the stockpile remains safe, secure and effective without having to return to testing, Spriggs said.

The videos published on Thursday include the Harlem event, a 1.2 megaton test that took place 13,645 feet (4,158 meters) over the Christmas Island area of the Pacific on June 12, 1962. The Turk event of March 1955, which took place 508 feet above the desert floor of a Nevada test site, is also included in the released footage.

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08:50

How to join the fight to save your way of life "IndyWatch Feed National"



1) Our local MP is corrupt & there is no point in contacting him 2) you say nothing about the gun owners in Australia being fractured. They all have their preferences & don't give a damn about others shooters/gun owners. So long as we are not backing each other, then we are fighting a lost cause 3) you mention nothing about demanding stronger penalties for gun crimes, we should be shouting this from the roof tops. We are not ALL good blokes, there are criminals amongst us & they need to be rooted out & given heavy sentences, not just a slap on the wrist & put back on the streets. This is what the government wants!!! 4) I gave up on the SSAA a long time ago, they are all for themselves & stuff you if you don't do what you are told. Not a hope in hell of me being a member again, never!
Keith.

08:42

FixedIt Murderers belong in headlines "IndyWatch Feed National"

News.com.au reported that a man shot and killed his estranged wife at Penn State campus.

The man also killed himself so there wont be a trial, but police told the media he lured his ex wife out of her workplace and shot her in the car park.

State Police Lt Eric Hermick was quoted as saying I know theres often panic about college campuses and talk about active shooters, but thats not the situation, he said. It appears to be some type of domestic violence issue here.

But somehow the man who killed a woman he once claimed to love wasnt in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

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.

But 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.

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 becoming a Patron


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08:39

Ho! Ho! Ho! A present from Santa Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Trumpie kicks another goal.

WASHINGTON, DC President Donald Trump broke the all-time record on first-year judicial appointments to the federal appeals courts on Thursday, as the Senate confirmed James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the Fifth Circuit, a nominee notable as a racial minority who is outspoken on the importance of constitutional conservatism.
Senators voted 53-43 to confirm Ho of the Fifth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Democrats voted overwhelming against Ho, as they have done for all of President Trumps nominees to the appeals courts.

Unlike some judicial nominees, Ho is assertive and unapologetic about his adherence to originalismthe judicial philosophy that the Constitution must always be interpreted according to the original public meaning of its words. When senators asked him if he was an originalist, instead of the verbal tap-dance many nominees do to avoid that hot-button term, he answered bluntly, Yes, I am an originalist.

Ho likewise trumpets his affiliation with the conservative Federalist Society, which is vilified daily in left-of-center circles. Rather than downplay that connection, when asked if he was connected to the organization, he answered, I am proud to be a member of the Federalist Society. I have been a member since my earliest days in law school.

Ho is the 12th judge confirmed this year to the federal appeals courts. Kennedy and Nixon appointed 11 judges in their first year.

The Senate also confirmed six judges to other federal courts in the face of unprecedented obstruction from Senate Democrats. Their filibusters consumed up to 30 hours of floor time per nominee in an effort to limit the number of judges confirmed under President Trump.

08:36

David Leyonhjelm. Accelerating the share of women in management "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Although men typically hold more senior positions in the paid workplace than women, this gap is shrinking. The question is, how fast should it shrink in the future?

Authoritarians will favour quicker action than libertarians, because authoritarians are less likely to concern themselves with the injustice to individual boys and men of an accelerated shrinking of the gap in managerial positions or of creating a less productive organisation.

The Governments Workplace Gender Equality Agency has some reasonable advice on how increased female representation in management might be achieved. It calls on organisations to advertise for all positions broadly, and to critically assess whether the criteria they use for recruitment and promotion are in the best interests of the organisation. The Agency also outlines how, if the pools from which staff are recruited have a higher proportion of women than current management, the proportion of women in management will naturally rise over time.

However, the Agency also gives some insidious advice that would sacrifice justice and productivity in order to accelerate the achievement of a higher proportion of women in management.

The Agency advises that female turnover can be reduced and prospects for female promotion boosted by increasing workplace flexibility and the use of sponsorship programs to help female staff achieve their full potential.

Workplace flexibility means allowing working-from-home, part-time work and working irregular hours, and directing more of an organisations payroll towards paid leave rather than hourly wages. This might be good for the individual beneficiaries, but it is likely to inhibit the work of other staff and lead to less getting done at greater expense. A drop in productivity is assured if it is not part of the conversation when workplace flexibility is under discussion.
And female-only sponsorship programs are inherently unjust. It means that when there are two staff members with similar qualifications and potential, the female employee is developed, mentored and shepherded towards promotion while the male employee is not.

How can anyone with a son think this is the right response to past decades of mistreatment of daughters? Visiting the sins of the father on the son is both immoral and lazy thinking. It is as if we see the injustice of blacks being ordered to sit at the back of the bus, and our response is to order all white folk to sit at the back of the bus instead.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency unashamedly advises organisations to recruit and promote a higher proportion of women than the proportion of women in the pool from which an organisation promotes and recruits. So if an organisation is looking for 20 recruits from a class of 40 engineering graduates, only six of whom are female, the Agency would...

08:32

Fascism? Surely Not. "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Vaughan Famularo for the Saker blog Recently, Australia held a plebiscite for the legalisation of Gay Marriage which passed in the affirmative by a reasonable majority of the population.

08:18

Episode-2133- Expert Council Q&A for 12-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on herbal medicine, cooking, radios, knife making, websites, law enforcement, investing, rocket mass heaters and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The uses for wild lettuce extract Doc Bones Getting pectin to do its thing when making jam Erica Strauss GMRS radio for back up comms Tim Glance Choosing the right steel for a knife Patrick Roehrman Finding the right word press theme Nicole Sauce Dealing with LEOs that escalate vs deescalate Dan  Ohmann Could we be looking at a major market correction John Pugliano More on rocket mass heaters Paul Wheaton Thoughts on accusations and the court of public opinion Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 82 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Tim Glances Recommended GMRS Radio Gear Recommendations Browning Antenna Antenna Mount Base Antenna Hand Held Radio Midland Mobile Radio Rock and Roll Christmas George Thorogood & The Destroyers Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on th........

08:06

In Turnbulls skewed moral universe only good survivors get recognition. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse hadnt quite concluded when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social Security Minister Christian Porter embarked on their malfeasant project of creating two tiers of abuse survivors,  In their proposed and ill-named redress scheme, (there can be no redress, there can only be recognition of awful suffering) []

08:00

December 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1791 - Whalers Matilda and Mary Ann arrived at Sydney from the "Coast to the south" (Illawarra).

1807 - John Macarthur was arrested on a second warrant, and granted bail. Upon his commitment for trial before the Criminal Court, he demanded payment of a 15-year old debt from Judge-Advocate Atkins.

1811 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie set in motion the move of the settlement at Port Dalrymple back to the George Town site on Outer Cove from York Town. He renamed the locality York Cove.

1817 - Colonial architect Francis Greenway was given a conditional pardon.
1824 Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell arrived in the area the Aborigines call Corayo (Corio)

 on a bay called Jillong (Geelong)

1826 - Joshua John Moore is recorded as the first European landowner in the area known as the Limestone Plains. In 1824 he took out a ticket-of-occupation for 2000 acres on what is to become the site of Canberra. In 1825 he obtained permission to purchase 1000 acres of unoccupied land, but does not exercise his option to purchase until 16 December 1826 when he writes:
"The land I wish to purchase is situate at Canbery on the E. bank of the river which waters Limestone Plains, above its junction with the Murrumbeeja [sic], adjoining the grant of Mr Robert Campbell snr."He had already built huts and stockyards on the ridge where the Canberra Community Hospital now stands and enclosed thirty acres (12 ha) for cultivation.


1845 - Thomas Mitchell departed Orange, New South Wales, in search of a great river flowing to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

1860 Burke, Wills, Gray and King strolled off from Cooper's Creek in the general direction of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Will you tell them or shall I ...?

1876 - British Government agrees to send a Military Engineer to Australia to advise on its defences.

1888 - Melbourne's Princes Bridge was opened.


1900 - Bushfires ravaged Benalla and Wangaratta, Vic.

1903 After 8 years the great drought broke in most states of mainland Oz.
Which was seen as a sign from heaven when women were allowed to vote in Oz in federal elections for the first time.

1903 - Held in Victoria on this day was Australia's second federal election and the first (worldwide) in which women have the right to vote and the opportunity to stand for national Parliament.Vida Goldstein, Nellie Martel and Mary Ann Bentley stood for the Senate. Selina Siggins stood f...

07:28

Record high immigration to Sydney & Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Immigration ramps up

The natural increase in Australia's population slowed a bit over the 2017 financial year as the number of deaths increased. 

However net immigration from overseas boomed by +27 per cent from +193,000 to 245,500, so you can comprehensively chalk that one up as a good call for this blog page (a year ago much of the idle talk of was population growth dropping because of a slowing economy). 

Australia is the planet's sixth largest country so this isn't such a big deal in itself, but the concentration of the immigration will raise a few eyebrows, as we shall see below. 


Over the financial year Australia's population grew by +388,100 or +1.6 per cent to 24.6 million by the end of June 2017. 


The Aussie population will pass the 25 million landmark in 2018.

The MEL-SYD magnet

Net overseas migration into the two most populous states rose to the highest level on record. 

New South Wales (+98,600) and Victoria (+86,800) accounted for the great bulk of immigration, with new arrivals overwhelmingly clustering into the capital cities of Greater Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Immigration into Queensland is also picking up the pace, from a cyclical nadir of +18,300 over t...

07:26

Everything must go "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

We have clearance, Clarence

In the unlikely event you hadn't noticed, I take a very methodical, sometimes painstaking approach to financial analysis.

Why? To some extent, I can't help it because I trained as an accountant, so my brain just likes to work logically...crunching my way through the numbers to find the story behind them.

It's also because I believe that if you have a range of key metrics and indicators that you update every week, then you'll be practically forced to pick up on or identify the best trading themes as and when they come along.

You might get one or two compelling ideas in a year. 

Sometimes trading themes aren't clear-cut or straightforward to spot, and other times you pick them up but too late to be useful or profitable to anyone.

But occasionally there are a great big ideas staring you right in the face.

A key theme in 2017 has been the emergence of headwinds facing some businesses in the retail sector.

The figures this year have generally shown that retail volumes have been uninspiring, though not disastrous.

But increasingly there has been evidence that retail prices are under significant pressure, particularly in certain sectors.

Fashion sector businesses, for example, have been especially hard hit, with a growing list of failures, while retail activity for some discretionary spend has held up better, such as for eating out.  

And lately there's been growing evidence that retail prices have actually been falling at a concerning rate. 

With Amazon and others now disrupting the retail space further, there are significant downside risks for many retailers.

Myer fail...

07:24

How the Disappearance of an Indigenous Activist Sparked an Uprising in Argentina "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For the past three months, an unsettling question has riled Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado, the indigenous rights activist disappeared under murky circumstances after a protest? The tragic answer took 78 days to establish. Santiago Maldonado, 28, was last seen on August 1 at the Pu-Lof indigenous community in Chubut, Patagonia. An artisan and organizer from El Bolsn, he traveled to support the Mapuche's struggle. Dwellers of the Patagonia region, which abuts Argentina and Chile, [...]

07:22

In which the pond does a dynamic pivot to prattling Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"




Who knew the chairman was a fan of Silicon Valley, a comedy about silly people using futurist lingo to disguise sundry retreats and defeats ...

Naturally the spinmeisters were out in force at the lizard Oz ...


The pond preferred the NY Times' reference to the chairman having his King Lear Moment ...

At times like this there's an urgent need for kowtowing, lickspittle forelock tuggers ... and by golly the lizard Oz came up not just with the supine DD, but with a beauty ...

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07:03

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The must read articles of the week, summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the below image). 


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06:57

How Chinese FDI Will Transform the Global Economy "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Chinese companies are moving abroad, and in doing so will reshape the global economy.

06:44

Hey, maybe Trump will nominate me for a federal judgeship "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After seeing this video of one of Donald Trumps nominations for a lifetime position as a federal judge in the US District Court, I feel that I am just as qualified as him. He failed to satisfactorily answer a single question of law posed to him by Republican senator John Kennedy of Louisiana. Trump has been nominating extreme ideologues to the federal bench, many of whom have been deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association. The sad thing is that the Republican senators have confirmed many of them.

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It should be noted that Kennedy is one of the most conservative members of the senate.

06:32

Catholic Church In Australia Links Celibacy To Child Sex Abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mandatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, according to a newly released report. In the landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse said that some church [...]

06:04

Day to Day Politics: Bleary-eyed affluenza and capitalist over-indulgence. The cure? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Saturday 16 December 2017 As the final days before Christmas, meander their way through those monolithic tributes to capitalism, peoples only thoughts are of seasonal indebtedness for their happiness. As they descend into the Australian 30 day non-thinking hiatus that is our festive holiday season who will be interested in news? As we invest in the

The post Day to Day Politics: Bleary-eyed affluenza and capitalist over-indulgence. The cure? appeared first on The AIM Network.

05:53

LGBTQ center behind complaint filed against Laurier University TA Lindsay Shepherd "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

'We're not there to do any deep-dive critical thinking' There have been a few outstanding questions since graduate student Lindsay Shepherd was investigated and threatened with discipline for exposing her undergraduate communications students to a televised debate on gender-neutral pronouns. Chief among them: Who filed the complaint against her? The answer could determine whether Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University broke its own rules to investigate her. Thanks to a lengthy and eye-opening Maclean's feature, we now know: It wasn't technically a student. Specifically, it was campus LGBTQ office acting on a tip from a student: Toby Finlay, an administrator at the Rainbow Centre, wouldn't share the specifics of the conversation due to confidentiality reasons, but adds: "It was through us that they made the complaint that led to the situation that blew up in the media."

05:31

Catching up with John Young "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I caught up today for a pleasurable few hours in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with bush naturalist extraordinaire John Young.




John is something of a legend in the birding community. It is well-known that he and I have had our differences over the years, but with the benefit of hindsight, everyone acknowledges they might have done things differently in times past. We move on. Whatever our differences, I've always regarded John as arguably Australia's most skilled bush naturalist. His uncanny ability to track down birds in difficult circumstances is widely acknowledged. John is doing some excellent field work these days as a senior ecologist with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.


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05:30

PR: Cedex Transforming Diamonds into a Tradeable Asset "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cedex Tradable Diamonds

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

There are well established markets for trading the vast majority of commodities that are significant to the global economy. This includes everything from oil to gold to even soybeans. But there is one major commodity for which that isnt true diamonds.

Thats finally going to change in 2018 with the launch of CEDEX, a decentralized diamond exchange that will transform diamonds into a tradable asset.

Diamonds have been a steady store of value throughout modern history, similarly to gold and other precious metals. The problem is that very few people have access to the diamond market. This is primarily a consequence of three factors specific to the diamond industry: lack of transparency, lack of liquidity, and lack of standardization.

By solving all three of these issues, CEDEX has built a bridge that will connect the diamond industry to innovative financial markets. Before discussing that solution, though, its important to understand the problems.

First is the lack of transparency. How can you determine what any given diamond is worth? Unless youre an expert, the answer is that you have to take it to a professional appraiser. The appraiser will then evaluate the diamond and try to gauge its true worth, a somewhat subjective process that may be inconsistent from one appraiser to the next. As a consequence, there isnt clear and transparent pricing for diamonds and general investors cant purchase them with any confidence.

Even if the lack of transparency were solved, investors would face another serious problem lack of liquidity. While diamonds are a durable good, they are mainly sold to end customers in a one-sided transaction. As a result, diamond owners cant expect to resell their diamonds for anything close to fair market value. In fact, diamonds are usually resold at a loss of 30% 50%. This leaves no incentive for general investors to even consider diamonds.

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05:06

Can't be repeated enough: Former Facebook executive warns 'you are being programmed' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook's vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business on 10 November in which he described feeling "tremendous guilt' in helping the company attract two billion users. His comments echoed remarks by Sean Parker, one of the early pioneers of Facebook, who spoke on 8 November, saying the social network provided "a dopamine hit and a social validation feedback loop, that exploited a vulnerability in human psychology." However, coverage this week has seen thousands responding to Palihaptiya's words. "We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," he told the audience.

05:01

Trumps Judicial Nominee Shows No Knowledge of Basic Legal Terms in Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The testimony of one of President Donald Trumps latest judicial nominees went viral Thursday after the potential future U.S. District Court judge was shown to have no knowledge of basic legal terms and little experience in law.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Federal Election Commissioner Matthew Spencer Petersen if he had ever tried a criminal or civil case or a case in a state or federal court, finally questioning whether he had even taken a deposition without supervision from a more senior attorneythe answers to all of which were no.

Petersen also appeared to be unfamiliar with legal rules dictating court procedures and several examples of legal terminology.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) posted about Petersens testimony on Twitter, expressing shock at his flimsy qualifications for an appointment as a federal judge.

But Petersen is only the latest of Trumps judicial nominees to draw attention for their lack of eligibility. Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged the Trump administration to withdraw its nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer, nominated to district courts in Alabama and Texas, respectively.

As Axios reported, Trump has set a record for the most circuit court judges confirmed in his first year in office, with 12 confirmationsbut on social media, critics suggested the president is placing quantityand cronyismover quality in his nominating process. Petersen served on the FEC alongside White House Counsel Don McGahn, who now oversees the presidents judicial nominations.

05:00

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is the last thing I'll be writing for Strong Towns in 2017. I want to take the opportunity to thank you, our readers, for being part of our conversation. Since I published my first column back in 2008, this forum has been an intellectual exploration for me. It's overwhelming at times to ponder just how many people look to Strong Towns for explanations and answers today, but for me, it's always been about the disciplined act of putting thoughts in writing, sharing them and then learning from the interactions that follow. 

I've learned more from this process in nine years than I ever learned from my undergraduate and graduate programs. That's largely because of you; all the thoughtful feedback and heartfelt reactions and intelligent conversation. In the cesspool that often is online dialogue, we have developed a shiny outpost of civility and thoughtfulness. That's you, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. 

I've been talking about the essence of the following piece  that poor neighborhoods subsidize affluent neighborhoods in the American development pattern  during the Curbside Chat for some time now. Some people struggle with it, but I share this information towards the end of the conversation and, by that point, it's just another shocking fact in a long list of them throughout the Curbside Chat. I was finally prompted to write it down, however, and this piece is the result. 

I think there were two reasons why I was hesitant, and kind of remain so. First, by itself, the suggestion that poor neighborhoods subsidize wealthy neighborhoods is so counter-intuitive  even to those who advocate for the impoverished  that it's really hard to believe. During the Curbside Chat presentation, I have over an hour of setup working up to this point. And it's one point of many. Here, in a ~1,000 word piece, I don't get the opportunity to provide that context. As a stand-alone piece, I worried the challenging and provocative nature of the claim would stretch our credibility. It certainly will for some.

I also have a lot of you who are pushing  I would go so far as to say demanding  that Strong Towns center its advocacy around the social justice narratives of our day. Not only is this not my language (I would be an inauthentic poser if I pretended it was) it's not the prism through which I view my work or the world in general. That being said, I'm glad that some people do view things through that prism, I don't oppose them and I'm happy to welcome them into our conversation. I think we have a lot to offer each other and, indeed, since starting Strong Towns, I feel like I've learned a lot and changed my understanding on many things. All of this is a process.

With that said, I am proud of this piece, originally published in January, and the reaction it received when it was fi...

04:30

Artists Protest Australian Museums Deal with Security Firm that Allegedly Abused Asylum-Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

<i>Love Story</i>, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)Love Story, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)

Earlier this week, the South African artist Candice Breitz changed the title of one of her works to protest that the Australian museum hosting it hired a security firm that allegedly abused refugees at detention centers. Her action and accompanying statement have moved other artists to join in the protest.

The work in question, a video in which actors including Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recite the stories of refugees, is featured in the inaugural NGV Triennial, which opened today at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The works original title was Love Story; due to the NGVs contract with Wilson Security a company whose human rights abuses at Australias offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru came to light in August 2016 Breitz has retitled it Wilson Must Go. In a statement posted on Facebook (and included in...

04:19

Gabon ivory smuggling arrests "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gabon Initiatives

Fabrice Mikomba,
December 14, 2017

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MEKAMBO: The small municipality of Mekambo was the scene of an operation of
the DGR last Sunday. The elements of this special brigade seized three
alleged ivory traffickers.

Bernard Nolo, Landry Mouamouele, and Jean-Benoit Akono, three Gabonese,
were arrested in possession of four ivory tusks in eight pieces.

Informed that a transaction concerning trophies of a fully protected
species was to take place in the capital of the Zadie department, the
elements of the DGR, assisted by agents of the Water and Forest
Administration and a lawyer of the NGO Conservation Justice, left Makokou
the provincial capital to reach the small town located more than two
hundred kilometers away.

Arriving at the scene, they would quickly deploy in the city, carrying out
checks in buildings and vehicles. It is indeed by carrying out these
controls that they would encounter the traffickers who were preparing their
loot for sale.

The appointed Nolo Bernard and Jean Benoit Akono indicated they had picked
up the ivories in the Matsiedie River in the forest before they had brought
them to the previously selected place where Mouamouele Landry already was,
in order to sell them.

They were then all taken to the offices of the DGR in Makokou.

They will now have to face justice to answer to the facts of detention,
transport, and marketing trophies of a fully protected species as
stipulated in the Forest Code in its articles 272, 274 and 275.

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04:02

White Cops: The Height of Racial Resentment "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Researchers will surely continue to plow the 2016 U.S. presidential election looking for answers to Donald Trumps victory for decades to come. What we know now, though, is that racial resentment played a prominent role in the equation. Michael Tesler has shown, for instance, that white racial resentment was more tightly linked to [support for Trump] than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively even after controlling for party and ideology. And Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel have found that racial attitudes towards blacks and immigration are the key factors associated with support for Trump.

If white voters are racially resentful and if their resentments remain consequential for their selections at the ballot box, we might wish to understand who among the white population in the U.S. evinces the most racially resentful and racially conservative attitudes and why. Some recent sociological work has examined this question and found at least one primary suspect: white police officers.

White individuals throughout the country continue to compose a large share of law enforcement positions. They also continue to murder unarmed black citizens at a disproportionate rate as well. Yet, despite these instances, 70% of whites believe those police departments do an excellent/good job holding police officers accountable when they engage in misconduct, compared with 31% of blacks; 75% of whites believe those police officers do an excellent/good of treating racial and ethnic minorities equally, compared with 35% of blacks; and, finally, 44% of whites believe that blacks fatal encounters with police are isolated incidents, compared with 18% of blacks.

While decades of sociological research betray the general sentiments of many white citizens, white law enforcement officers continue to maintain even more racially resentful and racially conservative sets of beliefs than white citizens writ large. Racial resentment is indeed a bit different than outright racist views, but only a permutation of them.

In new research published by sociology professor Ryan LeCount, racial resentment is simply understood as the belief that black citizens are unfairly advantaged relative to whites. In his research, LeCount examined the extent of racial resentment among white police officers in comparison with white citizens, in addition to the extent to which w...

04:00

Saving seed in Tasmania ... and a multinational company ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The thin edge of the wedge has arrived in Whitemore, Tasmania Michael Anderson in Comments: In the US, where I live, it has taken the form of expensive lawsuits aimed at private citizens (farmers or just regular Joes) who grow heirloom crops and/or save seeds.  The culprits are Dow, Monsanto, and Archer-Daniels-Midland. You can fully expect your politicians to take their side as these multinationals are bribing them hand over fist.  Money talks and bt walks. Their GMO plants cant grow without petroleum-derived chemicals to keep them alive, but they can make your plants sterile.  They - Dont - Care.

04:00

Love of Porn! Sexual Anarchy! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Frothy fanatic Kevin Swanson has the answer as to why the people of Alabama failed Roy Moore so miserably porn!

Swanson, who interviewed Moore on his program earlier this year, told his audience that Alabama was among the states where people spent the most time on the website Pornhub in 2016, which lead him to conclude that it was no coincidence that Moore lost because that state probably has significant sexual problems, especially since Doug Jones is so in favor of sexual perversion, transgenderism and homosexuality. Evidently, the state of Alabama must have a problem with sexuality. Its obvious.

Somehow or another, this wasnt any sort of a problem when you thought Moore was going to win. Doug Jones is so in favour of people. People who come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and genders. Mr. Jones has the radical notion that they are all human, and deserving of the same rights automatically consigned to the straight white male person contingent. It is true that the people of Alabama did, in the end, have a problem with sexuality. Specifically, they had a problem with Roy Moores sexuality. Its interesting how that troubled people enough to get out and rock the vote, but it doesnt seem to trouble you at all, Mr. Swanson.

Unless there is a spiritual awakening, Swanson added, I think these conservative states are going to become liberal in their moral values within another five, 10, or 20 years. If the fathers are doing pornography, the kids are going to turn into homosexuals. The fathers will hide their sin and the children will come out of the closet with it.

People will come out of the closet whether or not their parents might indulge in porn. That would be because sexual orientation is not caused by, or swayed by porn. Of course, youre the idiot who thinks Disney movies will turn a whole generation of sprogs gay. (Frozen). Swanson also thinks that the death penalty is appropriate for queer folk.

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03:42

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: The Christian Zionism Connection "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Donald Trump announced on 6 December that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most notable about his speech was not what he said, or how he said it, but the presence and demeanor of vice-president Mike Pence. Though an element almost entirely missing from the reams of analysis following Trumps statement, Pences beliefs do much to explain Trumps motivation.

Washingtons declaration of Jerusalem to be Israels capital has provoked sharp criticism across the world, most strongly in the Middle East where 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for East Jerusalem to be accepted as the capital of a Palestinian state. This may count for little in Trumps White House, though there might be slightly more concern over the attitudes of the European Union in general and France in particular. Even Britain under Theresa May added its pennyworth.

The strong worldwide condemnation of a statement with little obvious benefit raises the question: why did Trump go so far at this time? Some pointed to his repeated backing for Israel during the presidential campaign in 2016 and the need to deliver to his core domestic base. In turn, this leads to a further question: why would this base be especially supportive of the Jerusalem policy? The answers almost certainly lie in one particular element of evangelical Christianity, most commonly known as Christian Zionism, and one of its most fervent supporters, vice-president Mike Pence.

To talk about the power of the Jewish lobby in the United States is actually misleading when the more correctly described Israel lobby wields far more electoral power thanks to its reinforcement by Christian Zionists. They number tens of millions of voters compared with the far smaller American Jewish population who, in any case, will tend more often to vote for the Democratic Party.

Nearly a third of Americans, around 100 million people, lean towards evangelical Christianity and of these perhaps a third embrace the Christian Zionist perspective. This is passionate in its support for Israel. Two of the most powerful groups that link with the pro-Israel lobby are Christians United for Israel and the International Christian Embassy.

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03:30

Barnett defends the indefensible GBE with more spin, deception and blame "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At the recent Government Business Enterprise hearings Guy Barnetts spruiked the prosperity of the Tasmanian Forest industry for 2017. This was yet another falsehood by the minister himself. In fact it was a tumultuous year for FT/ STT, and the firesale of floggingoff their hardwood plantations for a song proved how diabolical their present scenario is. So what is the government really doing to address the native forestry industrys afflictions ? The Hodgman governments robotic thinking continues to see the well-greased wheels of insatiable native forest logging in Tasmania grinding away at decimating High Conservation Areas. To put it simply, they know no other way to utilise a finite resource beyond recklessly mismanaging it at a high cost to the taxpayer and the environment

03:23

Andreas Antonopoulos Warns of Bitcoin Bubble "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Were well-used to members of central banks, and government expressing concerns about Bitcoin. However, whats much rarer is one of our own using that pesky B word. Revered Bitcoin proponent Andreas Antonopoulos has joined the likes of Jamie Dimon and Janet Yellen in deeming the worlds hottest digital currency a bubble.

The Australian Financial Review report that the Bitcoin and blockchain guru warned that the rise in price weve seen so far in 2017 was not the result of genuine adoption and usage but rather people hoping to emulate the parabolic gains early advocates of crypto have seen:

What were seeing is a straightforward grassroots bubble driven by speculation and greed.

He also cautioned investors who he feels are essentially throwing money at a technological innovation they know nothing about. This makes it even more dangerous, and Antonopoulos feels that those who dont properly understand what they are getting themselves into are taking on a serious amount of risk.

The concern coming from a Bitcoin proponent should certainly worry those invested in the space more than that of central bankers many of who are essentially clueless about cryptocurrency themselves. Andreas Antonopoulos has dedicated much of the lifespan of Bitcoin advocating its use, and its game-changing properties in the world of finance. Hes spoken many times about cryptocurrencys potential to completely destroy central bankers ability to dominate the planet by controlling the cash were all dependent on. Hes even authored two of the spaces most popular books, Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money.

Rather than pursue wealth, Antonopoulos instead favoured spreading awareness. Hes been something of a digital nomad for the last few years, appearing at events around the globe where he has selflessly championed Bitcoin. Despite his time in the space, until recently, he hadnt enjoyed the same financial success as many early adopters. This prompted an attack on Antonopoulos by fellow long-time advocate Roger Ver. He publicly poor shamed his fellow crypto-pioneer which prompted the wider community to donate almost $2 million to Antonopoulos as a sort of communal thank you to a man who has done so much to spread Bitcoin awareness.

The Australian Finance Review went on to state that Antonopoulos warned that the influx of users seeking fast gains on their investments was causing Bitcoin to not perform as it was designed:

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03:22

'Wheel estate': Americans living in vehicles and working temporary jobs increasing as traditional housing becoming unaffordable "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Millions of Americans are wrestling with the impossibility of a traditional middle-class existence. In homes across the country, kitchen tables are strewn with unpaid bills. Lights burn late into the night. The same calculations get performed again and again, through exhaustion and sometimes tears. Wages minus grocery receipts. Minus medical bills. Minus credit card debt. Minus utility fees. Minus student loan and car payments. Minus the biggest expense of all: rent. Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles In the widening gap between credits and debits hangs a question: which bits of this life are you willing to give up, so you can keep on living? During three years of research for my book, Nomadland: Surviving America in The Twenty-First Century, I spent time with hundreds of people who had arrived at the same answer. They gave up traditional housing and moved into "wheel estate": RVs, travel trailers, vans, pickup campers, even a salvaged Prius and other sedans. For many, sacrificing some material comforts had allowed them to survive, while reclaiming a small measure of freedom and autonomy. But that didn't mean life on the road was easy.

03:21

Uneffingbelievable. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sheldon Whitehouse: MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrumps US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he cant answer a single one. Hoo-boy.

Hoo-boy does not begin to cover this. At all. I wanted to reach right through the screen, and space-time, to insist on answering the questions with a yes or no. Absolutely no other words allowed. Im a 60 year old artist in rural nDakota, and I know what a motion in limine is, because Law & Order. So, do I get to be a judge?

Then theres just the waste. The waste of time. The waste of money. The waste of brain cells in indulging this farce.

Via Twitter.

03:21

Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fundraising Update

Some generous donations from Australia and the UK in the wee hours of this morning boosted our total to $48,435 from 205 donors as of 7 am today (Dec 15). This means that we are in very good shape to reach $50,000 by midnight tonight which will trigger another $2,000 from a super angel pledge.

But we cant stop there. Our mini-goal for Christmas Eve is $120,000, so we are going to need a lot of miracles before then.

So please make a donation today large or small and become a member of the FAN team for 2018 and help rid the world of fluoridation.

You can follow our progress on our homepage  www.FluorideALERT.org (masthead #1) for the totals.

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How to Donate:

You can make a donation at our secure online server, or by check, payable to Fluoride Action Network, and mail to:

FAN
c/o Connett
104 Walnut Street
Binghamton, New York 13905
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Legal Recourse for Fluoride Victims

Does your child have moderate or severe dental fluorosis from excessive fluoride in drinking water or fluoride supplements?  If your childs teeth have been damaged due to fluoride exposure you may have legal rights.  Chris Nidel and the lawyers at the Washington, D.C. law firm Nidel & Nace are investigating claims against water companies and supplement manufacturers for injuries caused by ingesting excessive fluoride and for their failing to warn of its negative impacts, such as dental fluorosis.

Contact: Attorney Chris Nidel  chris@nidellaw.com...

03:17

F.A.N. Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some generous donations from Australia and the UK in the wee hours of this morning boosted our total to $48,435 from 205 donors as of 7 am today (Dec 15). This means that we are in very good shape to reach $50,000 by midnight tonight which will trigger another $2,000 from a super angel pledge.

But we can't stop there. Our mini-goal for Christmas Eve is $120,000, so we are going to need a lot of miracles before then. 

So please make a donation today large or small and become a member of the FAN team for 2018 and help rid the world of fluoridation.

You can follow our progress on our homepage www.FluorideALERT.org (masthead #1) for the totals.

How to Donate: 
You can make a donation at our...

02:50

FREE books. First in, Best dressed ... !x "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tasmanian Times has books to give away ... including four Pet Cookbooks (by Kim McCosker), Operation Playboy by Kathryn Bonella, At Hells Gate, 4 true tales as told to Mark Abernethy, and The Burden of Lies by Richard Beasley, a Peter Tanner thriller

02:45

Quirky New Felt Storybook Characters by Cat Rabbit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Textile artist Cat Rabbit (previously) continues to produce a variety of croissant-headed spindly-legged felt creatures, all made by hand in her Melbourne studio. Many of the pieces seen here are special commissions, and several characters also make appearances in storybooks called Soft Stories, a collaboration with Isobel Knowles. You can see more Cat Rabbit goodness on Etsy and in her shop. (via Lustik)

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02:45

Big year for centenaries, this 2017 ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

what with 1517s Martin Luther (not King) and 1917s Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (n Ulyanov) And although less widely known, 717 Arab at Constantinople, another 1517 in Syria, Palestine and Egypt, 1717 re Belgrade from the Ottomans, leading to our very own Light Horsemen at Beersheba, leading via very important evens and decisions in the next few years to . . .

01:35

The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense.  Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised.  The origin is always elsewhere.

Australias politicians represent this more starkly than most.  Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they become the servants of different masters once in office.  Whether it is the large party machines that often back them, drawing and quartering their individuality, or a powerful lobby that threatens and cajoles them, the Australian politician is at the mercy of various earthly and often nasty powers.  The one judge of the matter, the public, is left out.

The fall of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who had become a distraction of such proportion as to drive opposition leader Bill Shorten potty, constitutes the first conspicuous casualty of this dilemma: that of the bought politician. But it all seemed so convenient, and easy.

Today, after much reflection, concluded Dastyari, Ive decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is not to return to the Senate in 2018.  His Labor values had told him like a high gospel power that his continued presence in the party room had detracted from the pursuit of Labors mission.

Dastyari had certainly bumbled and bungled his way into a corner so narrow that no tomfoolery could extricate him.  Excuses that had been made in the past (oh, cheeky Sam; or what a lark) had run out of steam.

The list of grievances against him had become a lengthy one. Over a year ago, it was revealed that he permitted a company owned by Huang Xiangmo, with claimed links to the Chinese communist party, to foot a legal bill for his office.  Such a donation, as it was termed, saw him resign from the front bench.  (It is worth noting that Huang had donated generously to the Liberal Party as well a far from negligible $50,000 to the Victorian branch in November 2014.)

Then came the revelation, scenting of a targeted intelligence leak, that the senator had been cautionary to the billionaire prior to a meeting: leave the phones behind, he suggested, as they were surely surveillance targets.

But of all such detractions and transgressions, an umbrella theme of sorts had emerged. Dastyari was to be crucified for being too close to a power that is both boon and bugbear for Australia. His behaviour had revealed a dark future, one of Chinese influence edging out US suasion.  In Australia, this has assumed something of a binary idiocy, the either or of allegi...

00:15

Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



00:13

Will #Lebanon Become a Petroleum-Rich Country? Is this a Good Thing? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lebanons cabinet was celebrating yesterday the passing of the petroleum decree and our Energy & Oil Minister announced afterwards that Lebanon will start exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast in 2019. Obviously this is big news and Lebanon becoming an oil rich country could prove to be a game-changer for the economy and the country as a whole but were assuming here that a competent and transparent governing body is handling the matter.

I was watching Kalamenass yesterday where the hot topic at hand was the passing of the oil & gas decree and it was clear that no one still has all the answers on the decree passed, the companies in question, the offers, the terms etc .. and that transparency remains a key component to making this work. While one of the three guests was very pessimistic, for valid reasons, about the outcome of such a decree, the two other guests were quite optimistic but raised concerns as well.

Is becoming an oil & gas rich country a good thing?

It suffices to google oil & gas rich countries to find out that corruption is a huge problem in many oil-rich countries and is central in explaining why these countries perform badly in terms of socio-economic development. Even worse, an NYtimes post stated that while every nation wants to strike oil, yet after it happens, nearly every nation is worse off for it. It may seem paradoxical, but finding a hole in the ground that spouts money can be one of the worst things that can happen to a country. Oil or gas-dependent countries eventually become among the most economically troubled and most conflict-ridden ones in the world, in reference to the resource curse phenomenon, with few exceptions of course.

Just in case you dont know what the resource curse is, it is also known as the paradox of plenty and refers to the paradox that countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources. This is mainly due to governments mismanagement, corruption, instability and other factors.

This being said, and given the high levels of corruption and staggering incompetence found at all levels of government, I am not that optimistic about the prospects of Lebanon becoming an oil-rich country given that transparency...

Friday, 15 December

23:29

How Christmas Baptizes Norse Mythology Into Powerful Christian Archetypes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Every Christmas we all take a tree that otherwise doesnt die and we kill it. Then we place it inside our homes and cover it with a bunch of chintzy nonsense. As Jim Gaffigan says, this sounds like the actions of a drunk man.

In his Christmas tree bit, a wife wonders why theres a pine tree in the living room, and Jim answers with slurred speech saying that theyre gonna decorate it, for Jesus. Indeed, that is exactly why we have Christmas trees: Not drunk people, but Jesus the Messiah.

The Christmas tree is a perfect symbol of Christian theology. It depicts the complete good news of Christ. But to see this we need to understand what the tree means and where it comes from. Lets look at the trees origins. That begins with Norse mythology.

The Tree Upon Which the World Hangs

Norse mythology centers upon a tree. This is not exactly novel. Trees are sacred in almost every culture and religion to varying degrees. This makes sense for several reasons: trees represent immortality because they can live for thousands upon thousands of years. They also are often a source of life either by their fruit or the shade they provide, or because humans have learned how to craft almost anything from their flesh.

But the tree at the center of Norse mythology is unique. It is called Yggdrasil. Modern people tend to think of and depict it as a gigantic ash tree where the nine realms of gods, elves, dwarfs, etc. sit in the branches and roots. Ancient Norse people wouldve probably seen these renditions and known what was meant, but to them the tree didnt actually exist in that way at all. Yggdrasil was existence itself. The world itself was the tree.

By world, I dont mean earth. Earth was a realmMidgard, or, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it, middle earth. Our realm of Midgard was small within the world of this cosmic tree.

The cosmic tree was most clearly seen and understood only after the sun went down. Then the universe is laid bare before mans eyes. In a world without city lights, the naked eye can see the universe of stars that surrounds us in shocking detail. Billions of stars explode across the night sky like a Jackson Pollock painting.

In the middle of all that splendor was the Bifrost, what we call the Milky Way. Weve discovered this white path through the night sky is actually an arm of our spiral galaxy. But to the Norse the Bifrost was a bridge between Asgard and Midgard. Asgard was the home of the Aesir, the greatest Norse gods, Odin of course being their chief.

So what does Yggdrasil mean? It is often translated as Odins horse. But that is actually a theological interpretation of the true meaning of the word. The word literally means The Awesome Ones Gallows. To say it is Odins horse is therefore not false.

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23:12

The Antifascists (2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary film The Antifascists has now had a public release on YouTube. It is highly-recommended watching. See also : antifascism on film (February 21, 2017) /// The Far Right and Antifa, Making Contact [podcast], December 13, 2017 /// The Continue reading

23:12

Interstate Banking & Changes to the Federal Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: 

Hi Marty,

You say, The one-size-fits-all policy of central banks with regard to interest rates pits East v West in both Canada and the United States. Farmers, oil producers, and miners are forced to pay higher interest rates when their economies are declining because of speculative booms in Toronto or New York.

I can see how regional Central Banks could have supplied different stimulus in different regions back in the time of the Feds formation when the mediums of communication were not what they are today, but how would that work now. With the ability, today to borrow money electronically from where ever it is cheapest, wouldnt people in the high-interest regions simply borrow in the regions where the money was cheapest defeating that strategy?

Regards,

F

ANSWER: About 70% of small business are routinely turned down for business loans. The small farmers, miners, and oil producers cannot simply borrow from the cheapest source. I myself always found banks calling me asking if wanted to borrow money when things were great and I never needed it. If you are watching your business model decline, nobody will lend to a ship taking on even a little water. There is a huge difference between a consumer loan on credit cards and a small business.

Consumers already pay interest rates set by a bank which are usually covering various regions. It is true, after the collapse of 9,000 banks with the Great Depression, thereafter banks were prohibited from Interstate Banking. Indeed, Interstate Banking allowing banks across state lines became widespread in the mid-1980s, when state legislatures passed legislation that allowed bank holding companies to acquire out-of-state banks on a reciprocal basis with other states. I had been on the board of a regional bank in the early 1980s. After Interstate Banking was allowed, a New York bank came down and put in a bid for Capital State Bank. It was sold and everyone cashed-in on their shares.

The main point is that there remain regional lending problems. The banks will lend to a market that is booming and will shun away from the regions in trouble. Today, a major bank in New York goes down and it impacts the entire country thanks to Interstate Banking.

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23:11

Parliament House of Lords Dental Health: Children:Written question - HL3911 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Q Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: ChildrenHL3911

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.


A Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Public Health Englands Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.
Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)



Who would believe them after their involvement  in the Southampton fluoridation scheme debacle.

This video shows how they manipulate reviews if they don't agree with the findings. Now a bit old as SHA's no longer exist. It's the council who have to ask for a feasibility study.



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22:42

NAB will no longer fund new coal projects "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

National Australia Bank (NAB) has become the first of Australia's 'Big Four' to have a formal policy to stop lending to new coal mining projects. Climate campaigners have welcomed this, but say NAB needs to exit coal power stations too.

22:41

MACKAY SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car

December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

It will be alleged the man returned a reading of .207% more than four times the legal limit. He was served with a notice to appear for driving under the influence of liquor and will front Mackay Magistrates Court on January 18. Mackay Police will aim crack down on drink drivers this weekend after a horror

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MACKAY Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash

December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

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