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Saturday, 21 January

00:12

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near the coast of Makira (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 23:04 UTC on January 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 29.9 km (18.6 km). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of...... Read more »

Friday, 20 January

22:25

Newly received RAAF file contains photos of an unidentified object "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

I have just obtained a copy of a previously unseen RAAF file from the National Archives of Australia. File series J229, control symbol 5/13/Air, barcode 21290309 has a date range of 1956-1966, and is titled 'Sighting of unidentified objects.' It originated from 10 (MR) Squadron RAAF, based at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It is 130 pages in digital format.



Among reports of a probable meteor (Townsville 13 Oct 1956); probable lightning flashes (Townsville 20 Jul 1957); a probable submarine intruder (during exercise Tuckerbox II, 12 Sep 1962 at 1922S, 15450E); another probable submarine sighting ( 27 Sep 1963 in the Torres Strait), is a much more intriguing set of photographs.


Unidentified object

On 16 May 1958, a Lincoln aircraft A73-60 photographed Cartier Island, at 0220Zulu, while flying at 1500 feet, using a 5 inch lens.



A memo from the Squadron photographic officer to the commanding officer, 10 Squadron, dated 29 May 1958, states in part:

'After normal processing film was numbered and assessed  for printing during which time object was discovered.'

...
The object

22:15

Melbourne CBD killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas social media post "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a message that was posted by Melbourne CBD killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas from his social media account.

Source: Supplied

21:36

Regarding Yesterday’s Post on Mike Pence "IndyWatch Feed National"

I posted a couple videos made by some guy named Tori without watching them first and I now regret that decision. I was out of sorts yesterday and was seriously considering giving up on this mess- and I didn’t bother viewing the videos I was sent.

I DON’T believe in reptilians or aliens or any of the other stupid shit this guy said. I DO believe Pence is a closeted gay- and I DO believe Trump is a pedophile (as we have seen with Jeffery Epstein he both hangs out with AND DEFENDS pedophiles) and I ALSO BELIEVE chances are Pence is of the same cut of cloth- considering that ” birds of a feather flock together”. But this dude Tori- now that I actually listened what he had to say- sounds like a fricking wacko.

I am sorry for posting this without vetting it first. But I am human and make mistakes- just like everyone else.

21:27

Mayor Quilliam's comments uninformed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 20 January 2017

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Comments by Mayor Quilliam in the Circular Head Chronicle this week misrepresented a meeting held in Melbourne last week by Melbourne-based supporters of a Tarkine National Park. The meeting was in fact organised by the Bob Brown Foundation's Melbourne office, in support of local campaigns to have the Tarkine declared a National Park and World Heritage Area. The Bob Brown Foundation has campaign offices in Burnie, Hobart and Melbourne.

"The Tarkine is an area of outstanding and well-recognised National and World Heritage values. It is a special place to all Australians and, in fact, to a great many people around the globe", said Bob Brown Foundation's Burnie-based Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan.

"Many people have visited Mayor Quilliam's region as a result of our campaign, supporting jobs and businesses in Circular Head. Understandably, some of those people have joined our campaign as a result of witnessing the Tarkine first hand."

"I don't recall Mayor Quilliam having similar issues with interstate mining companies or their foreign investors."

"Mayor Quilliam's address doesn't give him a greater say on World or National Heritage listing for the Tarkine."

 
For more information or comment:
Scott Jordan, Campaigner 0428 300 324

20:44

Trump Inauguration Open Thread "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The swearing in is, for us, on Saturday January 21st at 4:00 am AEST with Trump’s inaugural address scheduled for 4:10 AEST.

19:53

Protests in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia Over Jallikattu "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Competitors try to tame a bull during Jallikattu organised as a part of Pongal celebrations at Alanganallore village in Madurai. Credit: PTI

London/Colombo: Protests demanding a reversal on the ban on the bull-taming sport Jallikattu have spread beyond India, with the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia holding demonstrations.

Hundreds of UK based Indian Tamils have come together to organise a series of protests in favour of Jallikattu this week in London and across the UK.

The protest group includes London Tamil Sangam, World Tamil Organisation and British South Indians. They held protests outside the Indian high commission in London on January 17 and January 18. Further protests are being planned in the city of Leeds in UK and Dublin in Ireland.

“Hundreds have been turning out to highlight that Jallikattu is part of our tradition and identity. We are also working on a major hunger-strike this weekend to raise awareness around the issue in the UK. We are expecting over 1,000 people to join that protest,” a spokesperson for the protest group told PTI.

Protesters have been carrying placards and chanting slogans in Tamil that say, ‘We need Jallikattu’ and ‘Jallikattu is our identity’.

The group has also prepared a petition for the Indian high commission, which reads, “We, Indians living in the UK, have consistently shown our support to the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. We are gathered here to morally support our brothers and sisters that are leading the peaceful protestations in Alanganallur, Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.”

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a protest was held in the Tamil dominated northern capital of Jaffna, yesterday.

Hundreds of people held placards saying ‘Why ban it when it is our culture’ and ‘This is a valued tradition lets permit it’.

The Australian Tamil community has also joined the ongoing protest against the ban on Jallikattu by holding peaceful demonstrations in Melbourne and Sydney, while further protests are being planned.

“Jallikattu is an ancient and traditional Tamil sport. The seals of the Indus Valley civilisation depict it, which is proof that this sport was in vogue more than five, six thousand years ago – why ban it now? It is like taking away a part...

19:52

Part 40 (D). Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity are happening because Australian Government Service lawyers are not heeding the advice of Commissioner Ian Hanger and advising government Ministers of the “negative” aspects and ‘risks’ inherent in welfare policies and practices.

Note: The short link URL for this site is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-Kd

below the line is the text of an email to Mr.Tim Begbie, is a Senior Legal Counsel for the federal government. Welfare recipients how get slugged with one of the Tudge Fudge Fraud demands should copy this email text and include it any rebuttal of Centrelink’s demands. ————————————————

To:    Tim Begbie
Senior General Counsel
T 02 6253 7521
tim.begbie@ags.gov.au

Dear Mr. Begbie,

Re: Violation of the constitution – s.42C of the Social Security (Administration) Act (1991).

As a senior AGS lawyer, I should not have to remind you that the constitution is the ultimate law in Australia as even the high Court and the Parliament are bound by it. However, as the Parliament demonstrated on 4th August 2011, if politicians believe that they can get their own way by undermining the jurisdiction of the courts, they will give it a try. The High Court is well aware of this political reality and the rejection of the retrospective legislation put through the Parliament on 4th August 2011 was most emphatic:

 On the Director’s construction, s 66A creates a statutory fiction with the effect of attaching criminal liability to the defendant for her failure to advise the Department of an event within 14 days of its occurrence. This is so notwithstanding that at the time of the failure she was not required by law to inform the Department of the event (putting to one side receipt of any information notice) and that the duty is incapable of discharge.

  1. A clear statement of legislative intention is required before the courts will find that liability for a serious Commonwealth offence is imposed by means of a statutory fiction. The ascertainment of such an intention proceeds by the application of well-understood principles. In issue is proof of an offence under the Code. This directs attention to the law creating the offence and to the general principles of criminal responsibility under the Code. To observe that s 66A of the...

    ...

19:08

The weighty matter of sugar and diabetes "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I USED to think that excess weight was caused by eating too much and/or not exercising enough. “There was no-one overweight on the Burma Railway,” I’d quip. Not any more.

When over-weight people said, “It’s my metabolism” or “I am big-boned” I would dismiss it as an excuse for gluttony and laziness.

Not any more.

The myth that obesity is caused by over-eating, especially a diet high in fats, is one perpetuated by the sugar industry and the “research” that the sugar industry has funded over the decades.

The sugar industry also perpetuated the myths that obesity causes diabetes; that diets high in saturated fats, high cholesterol and over-eating generally causes heart disease; and that excess salt causes hyper-tension (high blood pressure).

Anything, in short, to steer attention away from the real cause of these four maladies – sugar.

And the nutrition scientists let it happen.

For the past 40 years, people have been deluded into thinking that low-fat diets would reduce obesity and therefore diabetes and heart disease, when all along the enemy was highly refined carbohydrates, especially sugar.

They have allowed people to believe that only calories matter and that if you eat more calories than you expend in exercise you will get fat.

I have just finished reading “The Case Against Sugar” by Gary Taubes, perhaps the most important book of 2016. It should be compulsory reading for our new Health Minister.

Taubes points to the explosion in diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and cancer that comes with the western diet and presents the facts and argument that show how everything has been blamed but the real culprit – refined sugar.

Indigenous populations had non-existent rates of the cluster of western diseases despite many of them having very high-saturated-fat diets – the Inuit, the people on the Tokelau atolls and American Indians are examples.

Then came sugar and western diseases. They got fat despite many having high-exercise laboring jobs. The people who emigrated from Tokelau to New Zealand and who were closely monitored got Western diseases while those who remained in Tokelau on a high-fat but no-sugar diet of unprocessed pork and coconut did not, at least until their diet changed to one of processed food and high sugar later in the 20th century.

Cancer in the indigenous populations was also almost non-existent, until they took up high-sugar diets, but the link is harder to show, though the role of insulin in feeding cancer cells is becomin...

18:11

Melbourne: Car Deliberately Strikes Pedestrians Killing Three and Hurting Many "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Police and emergency services gather at the scene after a car is believed to have hit pedestrians in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Several pedestrians were injured after being struck by a car in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, prompting a major police operation as officials told the public to stay away from the area. (Luke Costin/AAP via AP)

Police and emergency services gather at the scene after a car is believed to have hit pedestrians in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, January. 20, 2017. Credit: AP

Sydney: A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, police said. Officials said the incident had no links to terrorism.

The chaos began in the early afternoon, after a man was seen driving in erratic circles in the middle of a major intersection in downtown Melbourne. The driver then turned onto the Bourke Street Mall, a pedestrian-only road, deliberately colliding with pedestrians before continuing onto a sidewalk and hitting several other people, Victoria state police acting commander Stuart Bateson said.

The man was arrested at the scene and there was no further threat to the public, Bateson said. Police believe the incident is somehow connected to a stabbing that had occurred in the city earlier in the day.

The incident comes amid global concern over extremists using vehicles to strike crowds, following truck attacks in Berlin and Nice, France last year. Bateson said the Melbourne incident had no links to terrorism.

“At this present stage, we ask the public to avoid the city,” Bateson told reporters. “It is going to take us a really long time to process this scene. Our priority at the moment is with the injured, and it must be that we give them our attention.”

Paramedics were assessing 20 people at the scene, several of whom had serious injuries, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

Video footage shot from a news helicopter overhead showed several heavily armed police officers standing near the area where the incident occurred. Several officers could be seen standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, clad only in his underwear, his hands apparently handcuffed behind his back. Police could also be seen examining a heavily damaged red car at the scene.

A video posted on social media captured the moment the car began driving in circles in the intersection before continuing on toward B...

18:10

Hobart Transport review - Have Your Say - on Private Transport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The City of Hobart is currently seeking community input on "Private Transport" (this is Module 2 in a package of four modules).  This gives us all a chance to tell Council what we think about walking, riding and driving in our city.

WHEN has put in a submission, and key points from this are included below if any WH residents would like to use them too. 


How to have your say
Note: submissions on Module 2 need to be in by 20 March 2017. 
Your submission can be as long or short as you want. You do not have to answer all or any questions in the Consultation Paper, they are there as a guide.

Online use the Surveys and Forms tab at https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy
(if you choose this approach, try skimming through the notes below first)
Email - coh@hobartcity.com.au, with Transport Strategy in the email Subject line.
Post - Transport Strategy
          City of Hobart
          GPO Box 503
          Hobart TAS 7001

The Council’s documents
An overview of the whole transport strategy review process is here:  https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy

Consultation Paper 2: Private Transport can be downloaded from the Related Documents Tab on this page: https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy

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18:00

Update on the John Finch Situation (Targeted Individuals) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB Readers of Gumshoe know that certain things happen to targeted individuals. To name two of the individuals: John Finch of Melbourne and Janine Jones of Rotorua, NZ. A typical dose of torture consists of being hit with an electromagnetic wave. But there are others forms of targeting an individual, […]

17:44

Engineers Australia : New lab-made diamond at mining’s cutting-edge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia getting their QC production lines ready with this advancement. BTW — get ready as the printers are coming soon.


The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international team to create a nano-sized diamond that’s harder than the natural gem and which will be useful for cutting through super-hard mining materials.

ANU Associate Professor Jodie Bradby said her team, including ANU PhD student Thomas Shiell and experts from RMIT, the University of Sydney and the United States, fabricated nano-sized Lonsdaleite, which is a hexagonal diamond only found in nature at meteorite impact sites, such as in Arizona’s Canyon Diablo.

‘This new diamond is not going to be on any engagement rings. You’ll more likely find it on a mining site, but I still think that diamonds are a scientist’s best friend,’ said Assoc Prof Bradby from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.

17:03

Black Economy Taskforce – invitation for public comment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

You have 4 weeks.  That’s right.  4 weeks to submit your comments, which will likely be ignored, to the Black Economy Taskforce.

Don’t be fooled by the scary name “Black Economy”.  This is about getting rid of cash and forcing people to be completely and entirely beholden to the government and banks.

Remember the words of Ronald Reagan:

The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Read also the contribution of Simon Black in Zero Hedge writing about Nobel Prize Winner (Joseph Stiglitz) Tells Davos’ Elite, US Should “Get Rid Of Currency”.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – January 21-22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. A program of fiscal austerity which yields a fiscal surplus will always undermine attempts by the private domestic sector to save overall when the nation's exports are less than the sum of their imports and net income flows.



2. The more funds that commercial banks have on account with the central bank the greater is their capacity to provide loans to customers.



3. If governments sought funding from the central bank for their net spending (deficits) rather than private bond markets then the inflation risk of such spending would remain unchanged.


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16:47

1) Organisations petition Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Indonesian Military to build naval base in Papua
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1) Organisations petition Australia
  • By Len Garae
  •  
  • 8 hrs ago

The five most prominent Ni-Vanuatu charitable organisations in the country led by the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association (VFWPA), have petitioned the Australian Government to “stop killing Melanesian people
...

16:44

President Obama "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

On the eve of the swearing in of the 45th President of the USA, Donald J. Trump (what does the J. stand for?), Ilya Shapiro wrote an excellent article in the Federalist:

Top 10 Ways Obama Violated The Constitution During His Presidency

This is all a world away from candidate Obama, who said this on the campaign trail in 2008: “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president.” As George Mason law professor David Bernstein quipped, foolish voters thought that Obama was taking issue with the imperial presidency, when really he was only complaining that the wrong man occupied the throne.

Shapiro also notes that:

If you live by executive action, you die by executive action—whether that means reversing President Obama’s policies or pocketing his constitutional excesses for future use.

Apparently, the Obama administration has been in overdrive writing rules and letters to try to retain as much of President Obama’s “legacy”.

This is what happens when you try to govern by fiat rather than legislation; the next guy and remove and replace just as easily.

16:30

The Trump Inauguration E-Sleepover with Tess's LIVE BLOG! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Trump Inauguration E-Sleepover with Tess's LIVE BLOG!Set the alarm for 3am and Join Tess Lawrence for her LIVE BLOG on the Donald's inauguration. read now...

16:22

Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former editor of largest newspaper in Germany revealed the CIA pays journalists in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to plant fake stories – and the CIA is trying to bring war to Russia .  January 15, 2017 by Baxter Dmitry Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how … Continue reading Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead

15:58

Anti Competitive Behaviour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Published in Business Insider today, Federal Labor MP and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition & Productivity, Shadow Minister for Trade in Services and Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits, the Hon. Andrew Leigh writes about Why the battle over hiring rival employees could be the next big challenge for Australian workplaces.

Dr Leigh, for a doctor he is, describes certain anti-competitive actions undertaken by businesses in the labour market.  He references the prior collusion in the United States between Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar to note hire or poach each other’s workers.  Dr Leigh then asks, rightly, whether such activities occur in Australia.

Fair enough.  But then Dr Leigh proceeds to claim that non-compete provisions in employment agreement hurt workers.  Perhaps, but consistent with someone who probably has never worked in the private sector (and has never thus been party to a private employment contract) and someone who is a politician (and likes to selectively omit key facts), Dr Leigh writes:

These clauses prevent employees from working for a competitor, starting a competing firm or poaching their customers. They are legal and they are being used more and more frequently.

Dr Leigh conveniently omits to write that non-compete agreements are not perpetual and usually have a relatively short time horizon, frequently up to 3 months.  Non-complete agreements are also often, but not always, coupled with a period of paid “gardening leave”.

Interestingly, Dr Leigh does not indicate what a Labor government would do to address these “evil” non-compete provisions.  A thought bubble of sorts perhaps.  A Labor policy on this would be most interesting read though.  As someone who appears to be trained in both law and economics, it would be enlightening to hear Dr Leigh’s justification for further state intervention in the contents of a private and voluntary contractual agreement between 2 consenting parties.  It would also be very interesting to read a Labor policy on other anti-competitive practices, you know like in the construction sector.

Dr Leigh then makes the following statement:

Labor also believes there are other ways to make the Australian economy more competitive. We are committed to raising penalties for anti-competitive conduct, doubling the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s litigation budget and giving it a market studies function to delve deeply into overly concentrated industries.

R...

15:50

Various Artists "Newcastle Folk Festival 1974" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Suttor - festival performer 1974
Sometime ago, I had a .wav rip of the "Newcastle Folk Festival 1974" passed on to me by a friend. (Just to alert out international visitors this Newcastle is in New South Wales)

The album suffers from all the usual problems with folk festival recordings back in the sixties and seventies - limited recording facilities and editing facilities. It appears that the vinyl did not have all that many problems itself. I only had to do minimal editing of the rip but the overall sound quality is very ordinary in parts. One very annoying feature was that there was a lot of applause included on the album after each number and it was not only "canned applause" but it was the same for each performance and on "fade" it sounded like a gurgling drain. I have severely reduced the amount of applause just to keep within the "live" performance spirit.

There are some good performances on this album despite the recording and production problems and some songs and talented performers that we have not heard elsewhere.
I do not have any graphics for the album so I have included a far more modern photo of Tony Suttor who was one of the performers on the day.

Tracklist
Side One
    01. Lady Chatterly's Lover - Chris Cady
    02. Love Song to a Stranger - Fay Davis
    03. Hal 'n' Tow - Jolly Rumbylowe
    04. Right of the Line - Maureen Cummuskey (great poem/song by the late Dermott Ryder)
    05. Rise Up Jock - Tony Suttor & Andy Saunders
    06. Rovin' Gambler - Tim Glover
    07. Motor Car Song - Peter Mitchell
Side Two
    01. Shake That Thing - Chris Cady
    02. Starry Night for a Ramble - Sydney Ducks Push Band
    03. Broom of Cowdenknowes - Jolly Rumbylowe
    04. Dark Eyed Rovers (Child 200)- Colin Dryden
    05. The Tailor and the Mouse - Libby & Micky
    06. Calton Weaver - Tom Rummery
    07. My Faithful Johnny - Tony Suttor & Andy Saunders
    08. Polly Put the Kettle On - Tom, Kate, Jacko & Colin
&...

15:44

Car rams into pedestrians, 3 dead, 20 injured in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At least 3 people have been killed and 20 more injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd of people in the center of Australia's second largest city Melbourne. The incident happened at about 1:30pm local time near Bourke and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne's city centre emergency services said. An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman confirmed that several people were struck by a car while Victoria Police said a number of people had been injured in the incident.

15:35

ECCV condemns attacks on ad featuring Muslim girls wearing hijabs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has strongly condemned attacks on an ad featuring Muslim girls wearing hijabs – as part of an Australia Day 2017 electronic billboard promotion – as racist, ignorant and highly divisive.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said reports that the ad on a rotating electronic billboard in Cranbourne was “pulled” because of threats to the advertising company QMS are “extremely disappointing”.

“I have been informed that the ad - which featured two Muslim girls - was part of a electronic billboard that featured a number of rotating images of people from different cultural backgrounds photographed at last year’s Australia Day celebrations.

“The fact that the only image that has been targeted for criticism is one that has an image of culturally diverse Australians demonstrates how blatantly racist and narrowly focused the attacks are.

“Apparently, this was one of a number of rotating images that were meant to show and celebrate graphically and visually the great cultural diversity that is such an integral part of Australian society.

“Australia is a country built on immigration. Multiculturalism has been acknowledged at all levels of government and within the wider community as one of our greatest strengths, and is what makes our society so culturally rich and vibrant.

“The fact that it has been reported that these threats to the advertising company QMS has forced it to withdraw the ad because of fears for the safety of its employees is an absolute disgrace.

“These threats are nothing more than mindless, ill-informed acts of racism which refuse to acknowledge the reality of the society we are currently living in. We are a highly successful, multicultural society, which gains many benefits from our great cultural diversity and to state otherwise is to go against reality.

“I have been informed that there is a campaign to raise funds to have the ad re-instated, and I commend and congratulate those who are acting to promote an image – that is one of many – celebrating the great cultural richness we have in this country as part of Australia Day 2017 celebrations.”

15:33

New Online University Revolutionises Adult Education "IndyWatch Feed National"

ONLINE UNIVERSITY REVOLUTIONISES ADULT EDUCATION global freedom movement

It’s time to build the definitive truthseeker university.

A new online education initiative promises to shake up the way we learn, teaching everything we didn’t learn at school.

Global Freedom University (GFU) is a truly independent community-based online learning hub that will provide the leading-edge and “controversial” information that is left out of mainstream education and general public discourse. The 12 faculties of the new “truthiversity” will feature this diverse material in multimedia formatting to cater to all learning styles.

“Put simply, our mission is to un-slave humanity and provide the information and know-how to people such that they can know who and what they are, and be the authors of their own destiny. We want to remove the Orwellian boot from the face of humankind and replace it with the light of truth and freedom.

We realised people’s need for a more cogent, organised, directed, and efficient way to get the best and most essential information and action steps, so we are creating the GFU to serve that exact purpose.” Global Freedom Movement co-founders Brendan D. Murphy and Aimee Devlin

The crowdfunding campaign to raise $7,000 in much needed funds for Global Freedom University will run for 45 days from January 15th, during which time all contributors will earn their place on the Honour Roll as GFU Founders, and have the opportunity to receive rewards packages corresponding to their investment.

For additional information, please contact Global Freedom Movement here.

15:32

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th January "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Sydney bluegrass band The Morrisons announced an east coast tour to support their upcoming album. Details here – We posted the full lineup for this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, […]

15:29

Witness says Melbourne driver yelling 'Allah uh-Akhbar' while ploughing into people "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This witness, Stefano, describes the driver screaming at people on the street.@theheraldsun pic.twitter.com/vlJYw6h0iW — Andrea Hamblin (@AndieHamblin) January 20, 2017 BREAKING: police say 3 dead after cars sped into pedestrians in #Melbourne. "Not a counter-terrorism related event." pic.twitter.com/4iIpD0zfu5 — Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) January 20, 2017 Footage from Melbourne of car...

15:19

Benutzt hier jemand ein Android mit Opus-Support? Hoffentlich ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand ein Android mit Opus-Support? Hoffentlich kriegt ihr dafür Updates.

Das Problem in Mediaserver, das sie da herausheben, der Einzeiler-Patch (das ist übrigens nicht ungewöhnlich) ist im libopus-Repository seit einem halben Jahr gefixt. Wieso hat Google so lange gebraucht?

Der Einsender meint, er habe mal bei Firefox geguckt, und da ist das auch noch ungefixt im aktuellen 51er-Prerelease. Wieso braucht Firefox eigentlich so lange?

Wieso liefern diese ganzen Idioten eigentlich überhaupt eigene Kopien von Upstream-Repositories aus?! Das ist ein völlig sinnloser Angriffsvektor.

Zu ihrer Verteidigung muss man allerdings auch vorbringen, dass Opus das nicht als Security-Fix gekennzeichnet hatte, und mit dem nächsten Release bis vor ein paar Tagen gewartet haben.

And this is why we cannot have nice things.

Update: Man muss auch dazusagen, dass dieser Patch jetzt nicht so dramatisch aussieht. Das eigentliche Problem ist also vermutlich ein Folgefehler von dieser Zeile.

15:06

Heads of Charm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne trash rock three-piece, Heads of Charm, kicked off a national tour last night, in honour of their newest single OK Yes Please.

It’s the band’s first time performing in Perth and part of a three-date West Coast leg that’ll see them play the Basso tonight and the North Freo Pub Crawl tomorrow.

David Gagliardi, Lachlan Ewbank and Zaire Kesha joined Breakfast with Caitlin for a catch-up on all things Heads of Charm.

Play Heads of Charm

15:05

The Morning after ‘Morning in America’ "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Trump, if you believe the press, is supposed to cut taxes and boost spending, thus touching off a Reagan Redux…the morning after the ‘Morning in America’.

The post The Morning after ‘Morning in America’ appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

15:00

German Inflation Anxiety Could Bring an Election Shock in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The ECB’s increasingly shrill mantra that it makes policy for the monetary union as a whole and not for its largest member (Germany) could well cause a black swan to appear — in the form of a German political shock this autumn. The Frankfurt-based officials have been ignoring the historical observation of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Mundell that central banks of federal unions are intuitively alert to symptoms of monetary instability in their dominant economic member — for example: Ontario in Canada and New South Wales in Australia. (California, at around 13% of the US economy does not qualify as “dominant.”)

The German economy is now emitting signals of serious euro-monetary disorder even though these become muffled in the various statistical averages across the euro-area as a whole which register on the dashboards of the Frankfurt monetary bureaucracies. Chancellor Merkel, the modern-day Metternich, fighting desperately to sustain the European status quo, apparently does not hear or see any of the alarm signals. These include a climbing inflation rate (already at 1.7% year-on-year in December — equivalent to 2.5% if as in the US imputed rents of owner-occupied dwellings were included — and widely forecast to be substantially higher in coming quarters). Als...

14:56

‘Farewell Welfare’ — Part II "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Welfare promises — made in times of lower life expectancies, when less people were at the apex of society’s pyramid (and during the greatest credit boom in history) — are going to be reneged upon.

The post ‘Farewell Welfare’ — Part II appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

14:54

Boy Nearly Decapitated While Using THIS Popular Cell Phone Accessory "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

16-year-old Bradley Willoughby from Queensland, Australia, was nearly decapitated by the most unlikely of cell phone accessories while motorbiking on his parents’ farm. Even though he had taken all the  Full Article »

14:52

The War on Cash has arrived in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The war on cash has come to Australia. This may be a new threat to our shores, but it’s been going on for years overseas. The European Central Bank (ECB) recently announcing they wouldn’t continue to produce the 500 euro …

The post The War on Cash has arrived in Australia appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

14:50

David Leyonhjelm. Free speech is a lot more than 18C "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Free speech is a lot more than the right to freely comment on issues of race – important though that is. There is other legislation that contains restrictions on speech just as oppressive and infantile as Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act.

If you “insult” a registrar in bankruptcy proceedings, you face six months imprisonment. The same applies if you “insult” someone officiating over your entitlement as a veteran, or your claim to copyright.

If you “insult” a member of the Fair Work Commission, you could end up in jail for a year. In fact, there is a long list of government bodies that you can’t “insult” without risking jail-time.

Whatever we might think about S18c, at least its penalty for insulting someone on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin isn’t jail time.

Bans on insulting government bodies should go; only behaviour that disrupts, interrupts or threatens the bodies’ proceedings should be outlawed. Repealing S18c while retaining prohibitions on insulting government bodies, upon pain of imprisonment, suggests those bodies should have superior status to the people they serve.

We also need to consider the expanding range of secrecy laws in this country.

It is illegal for a journalist to endanger lives by knowingly blowing an undercover operation of our police or spy agencies, just to grab a headline. This is as it should be, but Australia’s secrecy laws go far beyond this. If journalists reveal corruption or incompetence in undercover operations, they could face up to ten years in jail. If they report information about police undercover operations that’s already public, they could still face jail-time. And it’s not just journalists who face these restrictions; if you mention to your neighbours that their house was searched by the cops while they were away, you can be jailed for two years.

Repealing S18c, while retaining heavy restrictions on reporting of police operations, suggests we don’t take police corruption and incompetence seriously.

Then there are the restrictions on free speech linked to terrorism. These can be counter-productive. For instance, encouraging terrorism or genocide, without actually inciting any terrorism or genocide, is punishable by up to seven years’ imprisonment. The problem is, this suppresses mouthing-off by dickheads as well as the reading aloud of hateful passages from the Koran or Old Testament. It would be better to allow this mouthing-off and preaching to occur, not just so the ideas can be rebutted, but so our security agencies can identify people who should be subject to surveillance.

Restrictions on free speech often attract little sympathy from mainstream society when they only affect a section of it. Consider adult fans of weird sex and sadomasochism. They can’t ob...

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Fairy-wrens, Bronze-cuckoos, Baby Quails, and a Spectacular Waterfall "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

1. Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) would have to be one of Australia's most loved garden birds. They are found in south-eastern Australia from southern Queensland through to Adelaide as well as Tasmania.  In the breeding season the males develop their beautiful blue and black plumage. It is mainly insectivorous  but will also eat some seeds. Getting

14:17

David Leyonhjelm on the Australian of the Year awards "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Australian of the Year Awards cost taxpayers $4 million each year – which means every Australian chips in nearly 20 cents. I want my money back.

Ever since Tim Flannery got the gong in 2007, these Awards have become a Festival of Political Correctness.

Flannery was up against a worthy field of finalists that year, including medical professionals, philanthropists, educators and even Gabi Hollows. The stand-out candidates were the Western Australian scientists, Professor Barry Marshall and Robin Warren –two Nobel Laureates whose discovery of the cause of stomach ulcers has saved millions of people from suffering. Their independent thinking is an inspiration to everybody. However, they were not the political activists the panellists were looking for.

Despite having few qualifications in climate science, Flannery used his appointment to raise alarm about climate change and to tell us about the unbridled potential of geothermal energy and wave machines.

It wasn’t long before governments were throwing billions of our dollars at desalination plants and a range of other hare-brained schemes. It’s money we will never see again and our kids will be paying off for decades.

In many of the years since, the choice of Australian of the Year has not been the person most deserving, but the one who will deliver us a lecture about being a racist, wife beater or environmental vandal – if not all three.

Last year will be remembered as a particularly low point when David Morrison began issuing bizarre edicts seeking to prevent us from using the term “guys” to describe people of all sexes.

This year, the bookmakers have figured out that the Sudanese refugee turned lawyer, Deng Thiak Adut, is the most politically correct option and installed him as short-priced favourite.

In fact, Mr Adut has a great story to tell and demonstrated two qualities that will get you far in Australia: a liking for hard work and a willingness to assimilate, so I would not begrudge him this award.

But with most of us suffering from lecture fatigue, I can only hope that if he gets the award, he will refrain from calling Australians racist – particularly since, as he revealed in his autobiography, he would have been excluded from any meaningful education in Sudan because he comes from a tribe with darker skin.

It would also be nice if he recognised the great tolerance exhibited by most Australians – particularly those in the outer suburbs of our cities – who have seen some poorly adjusted refugees bring crime and dysfunction into their neighbourhoods.

But for whoever wins it, the Australian of the Year Award has lost its credibility. If we are to revive it, we first need to stop wasting so much money on it. We also need to turf-out t...

13:32

Gallery: FBi Presents Little Simz at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FBi Presents Little Simz at Oxford Art Factory | 17.1.17 | Photo by Liam Cameron - liamcameron.com.au

On an outrageously hot summer Tuesday, London rapper, vocalist and label boss Little Simz tore up Oxford Art Factory – treating an adoring crowd to cuts from her recent record Stillness In Wonderland (FBi album of the week, Dec 2016).

 

Photos by Liam Cameron, 17.1.17.
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Utility scale investment marks the surge in wind and solar power in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

solar-panels-and-moneyWind, solar investment surge “the start of bigger text-relevantthings to come” REneweconomy By  on 18 January 2017 The strong growth in large scale renewable project financing in Australia in 2016 could be just the beginning of a major wave of investment.

This is the prognosis of Bloomberg New Energy Finance associate Leon...

13:13

Renewables tide will leave Trump and Turnbull behind "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-relevantNeither Trump nor Turnbull can turn back the tide on renewables, Guardian, Blair renewable-energy-world-SmPalese, 18 Jan 17  The argument for renewable energy is now a purely economic one – and the move away from coal will only pick up speed The inauguration of President Trump this Saturday (Australian time) marks a radical change in the world as we know it. It ushers in the beginning of four years where progressive issues as far reach...

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Potential of Queensland solar farm- to make this State the energy capital of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-relevantProject heralds ’energy capital of Australia’
ONE of Australia’s largest solar farms, with the potential to create 400 local construction jobs, has been approved by a regional Queensland council……. (subscribers only)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/huge-new-solar-farm-project-will-make-the-western-downs-the-energy-capital-of-australia/news-story/f63f29cbc6ef5a53eda1c3dee073dc3a


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The nuclear lobby’s spurious argument about the dangers of solar power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

abbott-derekDerek Abbott No High Level International Nuclear Waste Dump in South Australia  Thought for the day: Nuke lobbyists love to state that more people die falling off roofs whist tinkering with their solar panels that people have died from nuclear power stations.

If we take the USA, for example, there are about 1 million (in 2016) domestic rooftops with panels. And yes, unqualified people do silly things on roofs when they shouldn’t be there.

By contrast there are about 60 commercial nuke power plants in the USA ru...

13:04

Scrutiny on Hansard reveals the Australian government’s confusion about nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

scrutiny- Australian environmental watchdog activists are studying  the tired old arguments rehashed in Parliament   since the 1950s. Here’s  a sample of their findings on nuclear waste .  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/
Steve Dale  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia From 2006 – “We need to know what sort of fuel we are talking about, and it is important that we understand this. It is not physically Australian waste material that will be returned. If you listen to the government, you would say we are getting a neat package of fuel sent back to us after it has been reprocessed. This is simply not the case. What we will get back will be a proportion of the by-product of spent fuel from every country that sends its waste to France for reprocessing, divided between the contributing countries. Each country of origin of the waste will receive a proportion of different elements from the reprocessing of the fuel. The main elements are vitrified fission product—high-level waste compacted residues, the hulls and end pieces from the metallic casings—and also high-level waste uranium and plutonium.” Mr Snowden, 19 October 2006. Found with search terms...

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The poison of prohibition "IndyWatch Feed National"

‘We should not underestimate the harm that illicit drugs do everyday every day in our community,’ he has stated. A crucial aspect that Dr Gannon ignores is that harm can be significantly heightened through the very act of prohibition. Take for example the prohibition era of America in which alcohol was banned. Alcohol poisoning became more prevalent among drinkers due to two main reasons.

12:56

Aboriginal Traditional Owners speak out against Yeelirrie uranium mining approval "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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The West Australia Nuclear Free Alliance and Traditional Owners of the Yeelirrie area have spoken out against the Environment Minister decision to approve the Yeelirrie uranium mine.

Kado Muir, Chairperson of the West Australia Nuclear Free Alliance said, “I’m disappointed, but it’s not over, we’ll keep fighting against the Yeelirrie uranium mine proposal. The project doesn’t add up and the risks for the environment as well cultural heritage are far too great.”

“The Ministers decision to make many species extinct against the advice of experts and the EPA shows how little our environmental laws mean to this Government.”

Richard Evan Koara Elder said “Cameco and the Government have no respect for our heritage or for life.”

“The Minister who gave approval to mine Yeelirrie, he does not own the land. He does not have the right to destroy our cultural heritage or the subterranean fauna. He’s supposed to protect the environment not approve its destruction.”

“This is our sovereign land and we do not want Cameco to mine here. We’ve fought against this mine for 40 years, our old people said not to touch that area, we have to listen to them. We will continue to say no to Yeelirrie. We will keep fighting, our country is too important.”  https://nuclearfree.wordpress.com/media/


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In which the pond breaks Godwin's Law in a special TGIF edition heralding the future ... and with parades and elephants too ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Screen caps, no hot links, google the story as you care, because this is TGIF day, and it's time to kick up the heels and relax and enjoy a good military parade ...




Oh the pond probably should get a little serious ... 

You see the reptiles are wildly excited, and naturally the first thing they do is rip off the WSJ ... here's another screen cap, and if only Colbert knew the word of the day is chaos ...


Yes, it's disciplined parades and chaos, and a truly bizarre piece of speculative nonsense the pond will get to in due course ... and meanwhile, on with the WSJ making the reptiles of Oz sound grate again ...

12:55

Ben Heard and Barry Brook spruik for nuclear reprocessing at Port Augusta "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

These two nuclear spruikers have been at it for decades – promoting the nuclear industry under the cover of pretending to be environmentalists.

logo-bright-new-worldNow they’re at least ‘coming out’ about being nuclear lobbyists.   It is surprising that  the Australian National University is publishing  (in the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies journal)  their claims about recycling nuclear waste as a multi $billion windfall for South Australia. They even claim that nuclear waste reprocessing for South Australia would have ‘significant environmental benefits’!

Ben Heard enthuses that South Australia can ‘commercialise leading technology’ Ben Heard worked on this with former Liberal Senator Sean Edwards.

They’re trying to make a mark on the international scene with their new project “Bright New [Nuclear] World”.   But this is their new project’s first foray into the Australian scene.

 


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Liberal hopeful Sean Edwards at odds with South Australian Liberals over nuclear policy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Liberal-nuclear-glowNuclear differences between Liberal hopeful Sean Edwards and state party noted, but not an issue ABC News 16 Jan 17  Nuclear power advocate and former Liberal senator Sean Edwards’ possible move into South Australian politics has not created a rift, the state party’s leader Steven Marshall has said. Mr Edwards lost his seat at last year’s federal election after being moved down the Liberal Party’s Senate ticket.

He signalled last week he would meet with party officials about possibly nominating for preselection for the next state election in March 2018 in the regional seat of Frome.

Mr Marshall told ABC Adelaide Mr Edwards was a “good friend” and had made a “great contribution to the people of South Australia in the Federal Parliament”.

“In recent years of course, he has been a strong advocate for nuclear energy here in Australia, more particularly here in South Australia,” Mr Marshall said.

“[His opinion] it differs from the parliamentary party. He’s mainly an advocate for nuclear energy. He sees it as clean and affordable.”

Mr Marshall also said the party had considered the Government’s proposal for a nuclear waste dump and decided it was too great of a risk.

“We believe the economic risk was too to high, we have a much greater ambitions for South Australia than becoming a nuclear waste dump.”

Mr Marshall said there was “no rift” between him and Mr Edwards and the difference of opinion was encouraged in partyroom debate…...

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Nuclear financial crisis causes Toshiba’s shares to crash "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

money-down-holeToshiba shares crash as nuclear writedown crisis deepens Shares in Toshiba have dived 16% on reports that the embattled Japanese conglomerate faces bigger losses at its US nuclear power business. BBC News 19 Jan 17 

It is feared Toshiba may have to write down the value of the unit by a larger-than-expected 700bn yen ($6.1bn; £5bn).

There are unconfirmed reports Toshiba is seeking aid from the government-backed Development Bank of Japan (DBJ).

Toshiba said the exact writedown figure was not finalised, and declined to comment on any DBJ approach.

The laptops-to-hydro power giant was plunged into crisis late last year when it emerged it faced huge cost overruns on projects handled by a newly-bought company that builds US nuclear power plants. ……. on 27 December Toshiba admitted that it faced writedowns of “several billion dollars”. The company later indicated that the size of the writedowns would be between $1bn and $4.5bn.

Toshiba’s nuclear services business brings in about one-third of the industrial giant’s revenue.

The share price, down 26% at one stage on Thursday, is now 50% lower than when the writedown revelations emerged amid fears that the company still has no firm grip on the final costs………http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38674697


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Translation to English "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Here is an op-ed from the WSJ:

There is much to be said for a foreign policy equivalent of stare decisis. To say so isn’t to argue against all change: Every policy should be reviewed regularly and revised as circumstances warrant. Fresh opportunities arise, as do new threats. But wholesale, frequent reversals of foreign policy run the risk of unnerving friends and emboldening adversaries.

Sounds sensible. But …

A third mistake would be to immediately move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. This might at first seem like a sensible proposal, even an obvious one. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and where most government officials reside and work. But moving the embassy comes with real downsides, only some of which relate to the diplomacy—going nowhere slowly—intended to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

So in basic English – we’ve been persecuting Jews for centuries and enabling terrorism for decades, why stop now?

All up, however, the argument doesn’t make sense to me given Mr Trump’s stated objectives.

The U.S. should be especially wary of sudden or sharp departures in what it undertakes abroad. Consistency and reliability are essential attributes for a great power. Allies who depend on Washington for their security need to know that this dependence is well placed. Serious doubt about America would inevitably give rise to a very different and much less orderly world.

There would be two reactions. First, “self-help” would increase, as countries take matters into their own hands in ways inconsistent with American interests—including by developing their own nuclear weapons. Second, many countries could fall under the sway of stronger regional states, undermining the balance of power. This is a prescription for instability.

What Mr Trump actually does in office remains to be seen – but my understanding of his platform is that he would like to see more American allies engaging in self-help and not relying on US military power for their own defence.

His objective is to make America great – not make the world safe. I think implicit in his slogan is the corollary “… and the devil take the hindmost”.

12:47

Donald Trump’s confused thoughts about nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Donald Trump’s very confusing thoughts on nuclear weapons, explained

12:23

Part 40 (C). Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity. The role of the Australian Law Society in the Tudge Fudge fraud. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity would not be happening, e.g. the current Tudge Fudge Fraud, if the Australian Law Society practiced what it preaches. If Australian lawyers lived up to their professional standards, neither the “irrelevant” crimes against humanity nor the Tudge Fudge Fraud would be happening.

NOTE: the short link for this URL is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-JW

Below is a copy of yet another use of the ‘FORWARD’ button in my Microsoft email program to forward the AFP and UNHRC emails that are shown in parts 40 and 40(B) of this extended posting

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Attention: President or Chief Executive.

Australian Law Society

19th January 2017

There are no “fence sitters” in a humanitarian disaster of holocaust proportions.

I strongly recommend that you follow the advice that I am providing to everyone else, i.e. steps 1 to 10 in the email below to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Commissioner Al Hussein.

With an undisclosed, state sanctioned death toll that could easily be around the 100,000 mark, it is gross hypocrisy for ALS lawyers on both sides of a criminal prosecution to ignore the fact that the AFP, the ACC, SAPOL and the NSW Police, and every state and territory coroner in the nation, refused to acknowledge the persecution and murder of welfare recipients on a scale that under articles 6 & 7 of the Rome Statute, legally justifies the use of the terms “Genocide” and Crimes against humanity.”

The public silence of the ALS on these issues  means that, by act of omission, the ALS is a silent partner in these crimes, i.e. the ALS is giving 21st century meaning to Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s famous quotation, To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men.

 Please, totally ignore my opinions and consider the Matters of facts and the Questions of Law raised by those facts. When you do this, please remember your own code of conduct:

“Fundamental duties of Solicitors”:

Section 3: “Paramount duty of the court and the administration of justice”.

Sub-section 3.1. “A solicitor’s duty of the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.”

Sub-section 4, “Other fundamental ethical duties- 4.1.4 “avoid any compromise to their integrity and professional independence.

By failing to uphold your own professio...

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2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Conclusion

The situation is indeed very concerning. Many things could set off a crisis:

  • Rising energy prices of any kind (hurting energy importers), or energy prices that don’t rise (leading to financial problems or collapse of exporters)
  • Rising interest rates.
  • Defaulting debt, indirectly the result of slow/negative economic growth and rising interest rates.
  • International organizations with less and less influence, or that fall apart completely.
  • Fast changes in relativities of currencies, leading to defaults on derivatives.
  • Collapsing banks, as debt defaults rise.
  • Falling asset prices (homes, farms, commercial buildings, stocks and bonds) as interest rates rise, leading to many debt defaults.

FOLLOWING ON from my last post exposing HSBC’s forecast of a peak oil caused economic collapse, along comes this piece from Gail Tverberg predicting it may all start this year…….

Most of this article is a rehash of things she’s said before all consolidated in one lengthy essay, and some of them were published here before. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to not recognise all our ducks are lining up on the wall…….

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Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let me explain a few of the things I see.

[1] Many economies have collapsed in the past. The world economy is very close to the turning point where collapse starts in earnest.......

12:11

Review: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks at Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent (Sydney Festival) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney - January 18, 2017: Cash Savage and The Last Drinks perform during the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

All photos: Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival 

When you mix in equal parts the first two Velvet Underground albums, add some Beasts Of Bourbon and bits of the Cramps, Gun Club and Nick Cave, out comes the not-like-any-of-them-but-inspired-by-them-all Cash Savage & The Last Drinks.

They were simply magnificent – and then some – in the Spiegeltent as part of Sydney Festival. Great songs and a totally in-the-moment band – and then there’s Cash Savage, a true force of nature with (endearing) swagger’n’attitude to burn.

The first and only time I’d seen Cash and her band prior to this show was a lunchtime show at a Melbourne record shop. They were as good as you can be at lunchtime in a Melbourne record shop: okay, but not life changing. In between, I’d been mesmerised and rather obsessed by their most recent album, One Of Us – a significant leap forward from their previous record, which in itself was pretty damn good.

But it’s live that Savage and her Last Drinks come into their own. This was one hell of a powerful, confident and intense show. Just over an hour in length, it drew mainly from the current record, with highlights including ‘Sunday Morning’, ‘Run With The Dogs’ and a storming rendition of their ‘Rat-A-Tat-Tat’.

During the performance, Savage prowled the stage, alternating between playing guitar and simply singing. The Last Drinks themselves were always totally there – right, right there – and frequently breathtaking. Joe White is a mighty fine guitar player, Rene Mancuso plays the thundering rhythms that are so essential to this band’s sound, Chris Lichti is a versatile bass player. And then there was the inspired craziness and passion of Brett Marshall on banjo and Kat Mear’s searing and uplifting violin playing.

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Part 40 (B). Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity.’FORWARD’ to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity could be stopped by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Al Hussein. Unfortunately, this agency appears to be on an extended Christian break and so the Tudge Fudge Fraud rolls on unhindered by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Note: the short link URL for this posting is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-Jv

I used the ‘Forward” button in Microsoft Mail to forward the email to the Federal Police that is in my last posting (Part 40) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Although the plain text email formatting is altered to suit this web page, the text of the to Mr. Al Hussein email is shown below the line is accurate in content:

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hc_al_hussein_largeCommissioner Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Per ...

12:04

Magnitude 6.5 – 67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands – January 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

USGS Event Page
2017-01-19 23:04:20 UTC
Magnitude 6.5
67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
-10.386°S   161.308°E
29.9 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

USGS “The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.”
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12:04

Australia is naturally suited to a federal system "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The age-old idea of abolishing the states has popped up again, this time from Bob Hawke. I’ve recycled some old arguments against this idea in the standard form where the states are to be replaced by regional governemnts. I’ve also added some new points, focused on the undesirability of a unitary state. The piece is at The Conversation, entitled If we scrapped the states, increasing Canberra’s clout would be a backward step

12:00

Weekend reflections "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

After a long break, it’s time for another weekend reflections, which makes space for longer than usual comments on any topic. Side discussions to sandpits, please. Absolutely no personal criticism of other commenters.

11:53

Melbourne Tram network set to go Solar and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne’s entire tram network is set to use solar energy by the end of 2018. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

 

The State Government plans to build a new solar energy plant in regional Victoria, with half the energy produced by the farms, expected to offset the amount of electricity needed to run 401 trams on Melbourne’s network.

 

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio says the plan is a world first, with the Government committed to growing renewable energy. The Government says the project would create 300 new jobs.

Climate Council warns warmer temperature could affect Queensland

11:43

Three Silk Road Vendors Convicted for Online Drug Distribution "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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A federal jury in Orlando, Florida, found Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus, a 31-year-old from Visalia, CA, guilty of selling drugs via the darknet. Previously—or very shortly before but within the same week—Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus watched his conspirators plead guilty for the same or very similar crimes. All of the defendants shared a conviction: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. However, the degree of each charge varied amongst the men.

According to the indictment, Julian Villa-Gomez, Fadhle Muqbel Saeed, and Alfonso Bojorquez-Vazquez involved themselves in said drug dealing conspiracy. The six-count indictment, only recently unsealed, charged the three with conspiracy to distribute several drugs: marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone. In addition to the conspiracy charges, the indictment accused the men of aiding and abetting each other and those both “known and unknown to the jury.”


The entire case raised questions online—specifically /r/darknetmarkets—based on the number of aliases involved. For instance, Saeed went by darkexpresso, bonappetit, and Damien Darko. The list of associated cases for some of the men took a decent amount of time to read through. Reddit users questioned why the government waited so long to make the arrests.

The indictment itself only accused the group with marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone distribution. However, the recent announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida mentions those substances, along with additional ones. According to the announcement mentioned above, the group sold cocaine and steroids as well. “The drugs were sent to purchasers throughout the United States and Australia,” the announcement stated.

During the hearing, according to the DEA, the courtroom heard the classic spiel on how to buy from the darknet, how to buy bitcoins, etc. The group, including known and possibly unknown individuals, conducted 1,300 transactions on Silk Road 2. The gross proceeds of those sales amounted to more than $1.9m—all of which must be forfeited.


The indictment revealed that the group sold starting as earl...

11:36

Groundswell anger over Tweed Valley’s ‘water mining’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Water, water everywhere (and every drop for drink): Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler.

Water, water everywhere (and every drop for sale): Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler.

By Luis Feliu

A public meeting at the Uki last night revealed a groundswell of widespread discontent around the Tweed Valley over proposals for large-scale extraction of water from bores and bottling for sale.

Uki Hall was packed with around 200 people from around the Tweed vocally against a controversial plan by a former state-government minister to extract water from a bore on his property to sell to a bottling company.

But locals from Dungay, Bilambil and Urliup also vented their anger at plans currently before Tweed Shire Council for contentious major water extraction in their neck of the woods.

Many at the meeting let several Tweed shire councillors attended that underground water supplies belonged to the whole community and should not be sold.

Late last year Uki locals rallied at a similar meeting when it was revealed that Rowlands Creek Road property owner Jack Hallam had lodged the plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from the bore on his property to sell it to the bottling plant.

Soon after, Mr Hallam withdrew the plan, but  in October last year he then quietly re-submitted  the proposal for ‘bulk loading and delivery of extracted water’, once again raising the ire of neighbours and Uki locals who called last night’s meeting.

The plan involves taking a maximum of 24 megalitres of water from the existing bore by large semi-trailer tankers (2.5-metre wide, 28,500-litre capacity) to the commercial bottler and distributor. The proposal is for up to three loads a day (six trips), six days a week from 7am to 6pm.

The bore is licensed by the NSW Office of Water for 25-megalitre extraction.

Opponents have expressed concerns abou...

11:30

Centrelink's robo-debt fiasco now faces thousands of man hours to fix "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Centrelink's robo-debt fiasco now faces thousands of man hours to fixHad Centrelink stuck to manual checking of data, it wouldn't now be facing thousands of man hours dealing with the debacle. read now...

11:21

Patti Smith Announces Her Last Ever Australian Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Patti Smith Announces Her Last Ever Australian Show

With six dates across Sydney and Melbourne almost entirely sold out, it’s clear there’s just a bit of demand to see Patti Smith and Her Band when they roll into our country for Bluesfest this year.

Despite the clear love for her here (and everywhere), Bluesfest have today announced that her newly-announced show will be her last ever in the country, and that she’ll be joined by a very special guest.

Singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has received the honour of supporting the legendary songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at the April 20 show, which will take place at the classic Festival Hall in Melbourne.

These shows were already in high demand, being her first in the country in eight years, but now carry even more weight to them in the wake of the announcement. You now have just one final opportunity in both Sydney and Melbourne to grab a spot, and tickets for the final show are on sale Monday January 23 through Ticketmaster.

Patti Smith and Her Band Final Australian Shows

State Theatre, Sydney NSW – SUN 9 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – MON 10 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – TUES 11 APRIL 2017
Bluesfest Byron Bay – THU 13 APRIL 2017
Bluesfest Byron Bay – FRI 14 APRIL 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC – SUN 16 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC – MON 17 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Melbourne VIC – TUE 18 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
Festival Hall, Melbourne VIC – THU 20 APRIL 2017 – on sale Monday January 23rd 10am AEDT

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11:09

Streetscape for Niki "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I've painted a bunch of Woolloomooloo landscapes recently. Here's another Everyone stops to have a look and a chat, which is very cool


Dowling Street Woolloomooloo, a commission I'm working on


11:08

Farmers sunblock fruit to stop burning of crops amd more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Farmers are applying sunblock to fruit as the Queensland heatwave threatens to burn crops. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Sunshine Coast pineapple farmers are using limestone solutions that turn the fruit white, or protective polymer solutions that don’t change the colour of the fruit.

 

Glass House Mountain’s grower Murray Pike says, after a big natural flowering of pineapples this year, it was crucial to protect the crops to avoid severe financial loss.

 

Farmers battle Department of Defence over Land

11:05

Knitting Nannas: ‘Are you OUTRAGED?’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Lismore KNAG will take their box and their pussies to the streets on Saturday to stand up and sit and knit for a better future for the kiddies. Photo Judi Summers.

Eve Jeffery

The local loop of Knitting Nannas Against Gas are readying their box and their pussies for a placid protest of the loud and partially pink kind this weekend in preparation for the tough times ahead, and the inauguration of Donald Trump in the US tomorrow our time.

Nanna Jally is a little bit outraged. Photo Judi Summers.

Nanna Jally is a little bit outraged. Photo Judi Summers.

The Nannas have just one question: ‘Are you outraged?’

If you’re as mad as hell and you’re not going to take it any more, if you are fed up with the way our country’s ‘leaders’ deal with the environment, centrelink, health, education, pensions, politicians’ perks, sovereignty, police, the courts, privatisation, climate change, sexism, racism, unionism, taxation, asylum seekers, refugees and anything else that you find incomprehensible, then the Nannas are inviting you to be part of the community to stand up and have your say on the box.

Nanna-Lou-Photo-Judi-Summers-DSCN3656The forum will literally pop-up at 10.30am, tomorrow Saturday 21 January on the corner of Molesworth an...

11:04

11:00

Marguerite Montes at the Record Crate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Marguerite singing at her regular tuesday night show


Mike with Neville, Rich and Vanessa out the front before the show - it was the hottest night I can remember in Sydney, over 30C at midnight still when I went home

10:54

Cockatoos at Chris's "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Cockatoos of Woolloomooloo, who have organised themselves feeding stations all over the area.  This one has no ID, it's friend is called 134

Another cockatoo, eating a cracker

10:52

preparing for school mornings "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Needless to say, we are well and truly out of the school morning routine.

Dawdling is our preferred pace of late, peppered with a fair bit of disorganisation. We struggle to get out the door before 10am and when we do it’s a bit of a palaver.

This year I’m getting two kids ready for school and while excitement levels are high, I’m well aware that excitement can be distracting.

And then there’s me; just emerging from the first trimester and well and truly out of routine. I definitely need a bit of practice.

And so, come Monday, we’ll be doing a bit of a trial run. It won’t involve school uniforms or the like but I will be up by 6:30am and rousing the kids by seven. And then we’ll do breakfast and dishes and washing out and clothes on and teeth brushed and shoes located.

And we’ll attempt to be in the car with minimal shouting by 8:30am.

And then I’ll drive to the beach or the coffee shop and relish in the fact that I have a whole week till the school run officially begins again.

I’m no expert at super-organised school mornings that flow easily. However, I know that there are a few things that always, without fail, ensure an easier morning routine.

  • create a designated place for school bags and shoes : ours is in the entryway so as soon as we get home of an afternoon the bags are placed beside the desk, unpacked and there they stay till the next morning.
  • pack lunch boxes at night : I never used to do this but last year I was converted. It saves a good twenty minutes in the morning and is particularly helpful if you’ve had an unsettled night with a baby or toddler.
  • encourage your kids to lay out their uniform for the following day : yes, they are capable! And if you don’t do this, you might have to utilise the 15minutes super quick cycle on your washing machine + dryer before school (and that’s never a great start to the day).
  • give the kids a ten minute warning : the key to this being successful is that you need to give it to them when you’ve got twenty minutes spare. A reader shared this trick with me a few years ago and it works a charm. I encourage the kids to sit at the door with bags on their backs and there they wait till I’m ready to leave. It’s incredibly satisfying.

Before school commences I would also encourage you to clear the front of your fridge because the notes that will come home in those first few weeks are of epic proportions (and all very important!).

How are you feeling about the kids going back to school?

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10:46

Life in a post-flying Australia, and why it might actually be ok "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The aviation sector is a massive consumer of fossil fuels and producer of carbon emissions; but can Australia really do without it? Business and tourism experts explain why life without air travel in Australia isn't as crazy as it sounds.

10:44

Interview: glaciologist Jason Roberts in Antarctica – video "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Each day glaciologist Jason Roberts flies planes over Antarctica to map the terrain under the ice, trying to discover how climate change will affect sea level rise. Roberts, who works for the Australian Antarctic Division, says the point of his work is to look for the ‘canary in the coalmine', identifying hotspots where warm water is interacting with the east Antarctic ice shelf, making it vulnerable to changing climate conditions that could have drastic implications Continue reading...

10:42

Powerful 6.8 quake strikes near Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

An earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale has struck west of Solomon Islands at a depth of 33km, according to the US Geologic Survey. The earthquake's epicenter was located some 71 kilometers from the town of Kirakira, the capital of Makira-Ulawa Province in the Solomon Islands. No Tsunami warning has been issued by either the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or the emergency services of Australia and New Zealand.

10:25

Sparks fly at Wollongbar TAFE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At just 11 years of age, George tavelled from Queensland but to get his hands and his eyes on some virtual reality gear to see just where his future lies. Photo Tree Faerie.

At just 11 years of age, George traveled from Queensland to get his hands and his eyes on some virtual reality gear to see just where his future lies. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

The sparks were flying, and building, and discovering and creating this week at Wollongbar as the TAFE hosted its annual Bright Sparks program, a free, three-day science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics event preparing young students and school leavers for jobs of the future.

This event which brings bright sparks and future thinkers together from schools, university and community across the Northern Rivers, is designed for students and their families to take a peek inside the classrooms of the future and get an understanding of the careers that we can expect to emerge.

North Coast TAFE Innovation Consultant Peter Smith said in his introduction to the workshops that our future workforce is undergoing a significant transformation with almost fifty per cent of the current careers likely to change over the next ten years.

The program delivered a wide range of workshops including Clean Energy For Now and Into The Future 3D Life; Next Gen Pilots – Drones; 3D Printing A New Path Forward; The Home: An Alternate Design; Energy: Powering Our Future; Step Into Virtual Reality; Biodynamic Farming & Understanding Soil Quality; Using Human Energy To Brighten Your Day; Coding & Robotics and Scientist Automotive & Science Biodiesel – Fuelling Cars From Kitchen Scraps.

Experts in their fields including Simon Jardine, Brian Forbes, James Novak Mirabai Nicholson, Dale Lindley, Will Gammon and Ronny Matzat were on hand to take questions and tempt visitors with amazing career choice opportunities.

Organisers were very excited that the event had capacity students from as young as ten right up to senior students hungry for information to take their lives and careers into the future.

The post...

10:16

The Waifs Announce 25th Anniversary Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Waifs 2017 marks 25 years of Australian folk band The Waifs and to celebrate they’re releasing a new album and hitting the road the road for a national tour. Their new album, Ironbark, is due for release on the 3rd March. The album will feature 14 tracks and between now and […]

10:08

Nurses protest over the closure of ward and loss of beds at Adelaide Hospital and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Patients could be kept waiting in ambulances outside emergency departments, according to proposed industrial action by nurses at two of Adelaide’s public hospitals. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Nurses in Adelaide are planning to limit emergency department admissions at the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, in protest against cuts to patient bed, including the closure of a ward.

 

An urgent injunction will be sought by the SA Government from the state’s Industrial Relations Commission, to stop the staff from taking action.

 

Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s SA branch chief executive Elizabeth Dabars says the nurses were acting in the patient's’ best interests, calling on the SA Health Minister Jack Snelling to simply reopen the beds.

10:02

Wordsmiths will be welcomed at Lennox Head Poetry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first ever Lennox Head Poetry Festival begins today.

The first ever Lennox Head Poetry Festival begins today.

The very first Lennox Head Poetry Festival kicks off with “Poet’s Pot Luck” this evening at Lennox Bookmark, 2/66 Ballina St, Lennox Head from 5pm to 7pm.

The festival is presented free to the public by the Lennox Arts Board (LAB) and curated by poet and Curtin University academic Susan Bradley Smith.

LAB President Martin Chatterton will open the festival, and Southern Cross University students and staff will perform an interactive, themed reading.

This features local poets Stevi-Lee Alver, Sharon Fearnside, Andrew Woods, Lynda Hawryluk, and Moya Costello.

The free event marks the opening of the festival and organisers said everyone was welcome.

Tomorrow a  “Saturday Night Poetry Fever” will be hosted by Club Lennox from 6pm.

Susan Bradley Smith’s latest book ‘The Screaming Middle’—largely set in Lennox—will be launched. This will be followed by poetry readings from some great poets, and an open mic. Bring along your poems and step up to the mic: prizes are involved and everyone is welcome to read.

A weekend writing workshop “Brave New Voices” with Lana Woolf is also on offer.  The workshop is limited to 16 participants and payment is by donation to the poet.

Email susan.bradleysmith@curtin.edu.au if you’d like to enrol. This is a two day workshop and it is essential that participants attend both Saturday and Sunday.

Poet Lana Woolf will introduce you to biomythography using a series of creative principles t...

09:58

Restaurant L'Arlequin ~ French - Noumea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Restaurant L'Arlequin is hard to miss in Noumea, look for the bright colours of its namesake among the old houses of Faubourg Blanchot. One bright sunny day in Noumea (which occurs quite often, even in winter) we decided to take a walk down the length of Route du Port Despointes in Faubourg Blanchot. The area is known for its historic houses, many have plaques commemorating the build date and

09:54

Landholders will still have to wait for LNG dividend payments "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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No immediate dividend payment, says Sonk

Shirley Mauludu | The National aka The Loggers Times | January 19, 2017 
DIVIDENDS “will not be paid right away” to the beneficiary groups which have signed agreements to acquire Kroton equity in the PNG LNG project, an official says.
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk made the statement on Tuesday when PDL (petroleum development licence) 4 from Gobe in Southern Highlands signed their unit application form to buy their share of the Kroton equity.
“What we are doing will maybe go through two steps. After the signing, it does not mean that we will release the dividends right away,” he said.
“We will wait for all the green field areas to go through the normal process of clan vetting, ADR (alternative dispute resolution), to properly identify and register all the landowner groups, ILGs (incorporated land groups), landowner representatives of the ILGs.
“We will allow for that to complete and then we will release dividends. That will take some time.”
Ten (10) groups had signed their share transfer documents as well as the v...

09:51

Petition rejects rate rise for Byron residents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron residents should not be slugged with a 60 per cent increase in rates, according to Byron Labor. (file pic)

Byron residents should not be slugged with a 60 per cent increase in rates, according to Byron Labor. (file pic)

The operators of holiday-let houses and the tourists that visit them should be the ones helping to pay for local infrastructure not local residents, according to a petition being circulated by Byron Labor.

The political group is accusing the Greens Party of pushing for a 60 per cent rate rise instead of looking at other options.

Byron Labor acting secretary Asren Pugh said the proposed rate rise was a lazy and unimaginative response from council leadership ‘and it’s just not good enough’.

‘We have had over 12 years of a Greens Party-led council and our local infrastructure is crumbling, our roads are a mess and the only solution that our Mayor can come up with is a 60 per cent rate rise for local residents” Mr Pugh said.

‘Nearly 30 per cent of council expenditure is spent on looking after tourists. It’s time to make them pay, not slug residents with a massive new bill.

‘The council should be looking at all other options before raising residential rates. Byron Labor has called for the businesses that benefit from tourists to bear the burden of any increased rate rise.

‘We already have the lowest business rates in the region with businesses in places like the Lismore CBD paying double Byrons business rate. The millionaire commercial landlords of Byron Bay can afford to contribute a little more.

‘We also have up to an estimated 1000 holiday let houses across the shire that are taking housing from local people and profiting from tourists.

‘These properties should be helping fund our local infrastructure and they should pay the increased business rates. If a property is holiday let and AirBnb for over 3 months of the year, it is a business, not residential.

‘This would act as a defacto bed tax and mean local accommodation providers are paying something to support the tourists they profit from.

There are other opportunities that should be looked at by council, such as increasing parking fees, particularly at popular tourist hotspots like Main Beach and Wategoes, that would take the pressure off local residents.

Residents can go to...

09:40

On the Road with Woodlock "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following a series of sold out shows, the occasional festival and a trip to China, Melbourne band Woodlock are back on the road this month to promote their new single, ‘Something Broke That Day’.

Jennie Lenman and Ian Newton spoke to guitarist and vocalist Zeke Walters from the road about their new single and more.

You can catch them live at Jive Bar tonight.

Produced by Milly Schultz-Boylen

Image sourced from Facebook 

09:32

NSW Police Are Taking Keep Sydney Open To Court To Stop Their Protest Rally "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Police Are Taking Keep Sydney Open To Court To Stop Their Protest Rally

The New South Wales Police Commissioner has launched legal proceedings to prevent Keep Sydney Open from hosting a rally in Kings Cross this Saturday night, January 21.

The protest march was announced earlier this week, and is due to include a DJ set by Sydney dance legends Flight Facilities, who themselves got started on the dancefloors of the Cross.

According to Keep Sydney Open’s Facebook statement, the Crown received notice of the rally 11 days ago, on Monday January 9, but the legal action was only launched at 4pm yesterday, Thursday January 19.

These developments follow NSW Premier Mike Baird’s shock announcement of his resignation yesterday, in news that was met with a mix of joy and disdain by anti-lockout campaigners.

This article was originally published on The Brag – follow them on Facebook for more Sydney arts, music and entertainment news.

09:27

Premier Baird was an ‘environmental destroyer’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The government's anti-protest laws will be discussed at a Mullumbimby pub next week. /Joel Carrett

The government’s controversial anti-protest laws were the centre of discussion last year in Mullumbimby. Photo Joel Carrett

The conservation movement will remember Mike Baird as the premier who repealed some of the state’s most important conservation laws, according to the Nature Conservation Council.

‘Mike Baird might hope to be remembered as a builder, but the NSW conservation movement will remember him as a great destroyer’, Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘Mr Baird was premier for only a few years but the harm of his backward environmental policies will be felt by our native wildlife, bushland and communities for many years to come,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘On his watch, the Liberal-National government repealed some of the state’s most important nature conservation laws, including the Native Vegetation Act and the Threatened Species Conservation Act, and put in place significantly weaker environmental protections.

‘His legacy is a system of laws that will accelerate land clearing and habitat destruction, and add extinction pressure to the state’s 1000 threatened species.

‘We recognise the Baird government has set a target of net zero carbon emissions, which is a positive signal that carbon pollution and climate change are higher on the Coalition government’s agenda.

‘However, the continued expansion of coal mines in NSW, including in Sydney’s drinking water catchment, and the lack of action on renewables undermines these efforts.

‘We sincerely hope the incoming premier takes a genuine interest in the protection of the astonishing natural beauty and wildlife that is the common legacy of all people in NSW,’ Ms Smolski said.

 

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09:18

Trams running on solar power: sure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

When you next get on a Melbourne tram, you will be comforted to know that it is being powered by the sun.  Just don’t bother to look for the solar panels on the roof; let’s not forget that the trams are powered by electricity.

But in what must be one of the biggest political blundering bluffs used by any government, the Victorian government will throw $150 million at a solar power operator and try to get away with the lie that trams are now being run by the sun.

Andrews and his completely incompetent and out-of-her-depth energy minister, Lily D’Ambrosio (no doubt, elected because of her factional links, not her ability) are now really taking the piss.

And the worst thing is the Victorian opposition is so weak, that Guy and his mates are not even landing a glove on the socialists running the state.

Mind you, the $150 million bill won’t be sent to public transport users; no, that will be covered by the long suffering tax payer.

Expect more of this reverse auction stuff; it is just a fancy term for doling out many millions of dollars of taxpayer money to renewable energy rent-seekers and creating a veneer that the money is being used for worthy purposes; in this case sun run trams.

And bear in mind these subsidies are in addition to the ones the operator will receive from the RET through the certificates.

All this stuff makes Bernie Madoff look quite tame and he was at least only ripping off his own clients rather than taxpayers.

Victorian taxpayers to fund first ‘solar trams’

Victorian taxpayers will partially fund the building of a $150 million solar plant to be used to power Melbourne’s tram network.

Victorian taxpayers will partially fund a $150 million solar plant to power Melbourne’s tram network.

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday doubled down on the government’s controversial renewable energy targets as she announced that a 75 megawatt solar plant would be built in regional Victoria.

She would not say how much the government would contribute to the project, which will be partially funded by the private sector.

She boasted a “world first” policy would see Melbourne’s entire tram network run...

09:06

Places to go, people to be "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Nothing from me today - I'm off to Wellington's annual roleplaying convention.

Normal bloggage will resume Tuesday.

09:05

Stars’ lights to shine bright "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bicycle-made smoothies are just one of the ways Inverloch Stars players like Oscar Gibson-Goldsmith have helped raise funds to install lights at Thompson Reserve.

THE Thompson Reserve Lighting Project is well on track, with the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club raising a whopping $60,000 towards the project so far.
The lighting towers are expected to be completed prior to the upcoming soccer season, which kicks off in April.
A project contractor is yet to be appointed and a public tender for the project will be advertised shortly.
The $240,000 project has been made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the State Government and $70,000 provided by the Bass Coast Shire Council, as well as the provision of project management by the council.
The remaining $70,000 will be raised by the soccer club and the Star’s Lighting Project co-ordinator Gene Parini said it’s been a big team effort to raise $60,000.
“We’re a little bit tired but it’s pretty rewarding that we’ve got this far and we’re a bit more relaxed at this point and on the home run,” he said.
“We’ve still got a fair bit of the summer left and once season starts again we’ll continue to fundraise.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said Council is delighted with the club’s fundraising efforts.
“We’re pleased that the club has provided a valuable contribution to the project to make it happen,” she said.
“Without contributions like this, projects would not meet community need and in many cases, not occur.
“The project will be another big step in support of community sport in Bass Coast. The growth of soccer has come at a rapid speed in recent years, with Inverloch, Phillip Island and Cowes increasing in participation annually.
“Council fully understands the need of sports such as soccer in providing suitable playing and training facilities and will continue to look for ways of meeting the needs of all clubs across Bass Coast.”
Keep a look out for Stars players and officials rattling tins at local events throughout the summer, and tax deductable donations can be made by visiting www.inverlochstars.com.au and clicking the Donate Now link.

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09:04

Thousands of properties without power in South Australia and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

33,000 properties are without power in South Australia, after wild storms moved across the state, with Adelaide being hardest hit.

 

SA Power Networks spokesman Paul Roberts saying crews were working frantically to restore power, but many people would be without power for an extended period.

 

This storm is one of many in recent months that has caused damage to the South Australian electricity network.

 

Australia’s largest aluminium smelter set to cut jobs

Australia’s largest aluminium smelter Boyne Smelters has announced it will cut jobs and production due to massive electricity price hikes.

 

09:02

The inauguration timetable in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The inauguration takes place in the early afternoon of the 20th of January in the US but will occur in Australia in the early hours of January 21st. Here is the Australian timetable if you want to tune in. Cannot say exactly where it will be broadcast since I am writing this from Denmark, but the following is taken from the ABC website.

Saturday, 1:00am AEDT

The President-elect attends a morning worship service.

Saturday, 1:30am AEDT

The Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony begins. The crowd will be entertained by performers until the President-elect arrives.

Saturday, 2:30am AEDT

President-elect Trump heads to the White House for a meeting with soon-to-be former President Barack Obama. From there, they head to the swearing-in ceremony at the US Capitol together.

Saturday, 3:45am AEDT

Incoming vice-president Mike Pence takes his oath of office.

Saturday, 4:00am AEDT

Which is noon (local time), at which point the term of the new administration officially begins. Mr Trump will step up and take the oath of office, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Saturday, 4:10am AEDT

President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address.

Saturday, 5:00am AEDT

After the conclusion of the inaugural ceremony, Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden (as well as their families) will be escorted out by the new President and Vice-President.

Saturday, 5:30am AEDT

An Inaugural Luncheon organised by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Saturday, 6:30am AEDT

After lunch, President Trump and Vice-President Pence lead the Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Saturday, 11:00am AEDT

The day finishes with Inaugural Balls held across Washington.

09:00

start - [Future meetings] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks Monday 30th Jan, 2017

09:00

Kathryn Lomer’s Night Writing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kathryn Lomer, Night Writing (University of Queensland Press 2014)

nw.jpgKathryn Lomer has been to places I’ve been, loved music I’ve loved, had experiences similar to mine, learned things I’ve learned, and uses words about them that opens doors for me. A rural Catholic childhood, science and maths, bushwalking, parenthood, sex, the ups and downs of relationships, camping holidays, birds, cattle, several kinds of loss, several kinds of revival, surgery, music, visual art and sculpture, the quality of daylight, Brisbane and Melbourne art galleries, North Queensland tourist spots: she makes warm, intelligent, accessible poetry from all these.

An attractive feature of her work is the way it’s grounded in science and physical experience, while open to kinds of feeling generally associated with religion or fantasy. This stanza from ‘Measure’, for example:

I used to make shell necklaces on Hawley Beach,
my mother saying fairies made the shell holes
to help little children do just that.
I tell my son sea urchins
drill a hole to get at food inside.
Truth is also extraordinary

And how about this bit of taxonomical music from ‘Spyhopping’, which is addressed to humpback whales:

Your name is a parsing of the past:
animalia chordata vertebrata mammalia
cetacea mysticeti balaenopteridae
megaptera novaeangliae
;
a prayer said in Latin
that you survive.

The book is in five sections. Th...

08:50

Maules Creek CWA Submission to NSW EPA re Air Quality "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From our own observations, both locally and in the Hunter Valley we have visibly seen the increase in particulate    pollution. The Maules Creek CWA’s  submission here.

 

08:47

Berejiklian frontrunner for Baird’s job "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A June 21, 2016 file photo of NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian delivers her the 2016-17 budget to the Legislative Assembly in June 2016. AAP Image/Paul Miller

NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian delivers her the 2016-17 budget to the Legislative Assembly in June 2016. AAP Image/Paul Miller

SYDNEY [AAP]

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is the frontrunner to take over the leadership after Mike Baird’s shock resignation from the state’s top job.

The premier revealed his planned exit via social media on Thursday morning, citing serious health challenges his parents and sister are facing.

Mr Baird’s reign ends next week after being in the top job for two years and nine months.

A party room meeting is planned for Monday and a leadership spill is expected to happen on Tuesday.

Ms Berejiklian, a seasoned and scandal-free politician, confirmed on Thursday she would be would be standing for the role of 45th premier of NSW.

It’s not known if she will have any competitors but it’s believed transport minister Andrew Constance was sounding out support for a tilt.

Another possible contender, planning minister Rob Stokes, who was overseas when the announcement was made, won’t run for the leadership, according to the ABC on Friday.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Ms Berejiklian said she was saddened by Mr Baird’s decision to leave politics and that he was an ‘inspiring leader’ and a ‘man of enormous integrity’.

She also said Mr Baird was a friend and that his leadership had made ‘NSW the economic and infrastructure powerhouse of the nation’.

The state’s deputy premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro, who also learnt about Mr Baird’s retirement plans through the media, said Ms Berejiklian would make a fantastic premier.

Mr Baird has said Ms Berejiklian would be ‘outstanding’ but said he hasn’t backed a...

08:41

Croc sightings on the rise in Qld "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Melissa Grant

BRISBANE [AAP]

Crocodiles are being removed from golf courses and suburban waterways as sightings of the reptile rise in Queensland.

Ranger croc call-outs and sightings of the animal were up in 2016, during which NSW woman Cindy Waldron was killed by a croc at a beach north of Cairns.

The biggest one captured was a 4.7 metre monster around the Townsville waterfront precinct, The Strand.

Two were also captured at the suburban St Crispins Lake in Port Douglas after several were spotted, including one basking in a resident’s yard.

Crocs were also removed from golf courses in Cairns and Townsville, while another was handed into Innisfail police after it was seen crossing the Bruce Highway.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection resolved 127 reports concerning crocodiles in 2016 compared with 87 the previous year.

There were 59 confirmed croc sightings, up from 32, and another 378 unconfirmed reports, which was 49 more than in 2015.

The numbers are considerably higher than in 2011 when the department resolved eight reports of concerning crocodiles and there were 56 confirmed sightings plus 270 unconfirmed ones.

Cairns mayor Bob Manning said it was clear crocodile numbers were rising and the problem could not be ignored any longer.

‘All the public want is to know that their children are safe, they want their swimming holes back and they want to be able to feel safe at beaches,’ he told AAP.

‘If crocodiles were starting to find their way south … politicians may pay attention then.’

There have been renewed calls for a crocodile cull, with federal MP Bob Katter leading the charge by calling for...

08:38

Vic group nick flock of chooks: police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Free range chooks near Mullumbimby, NSW. Photo Good Goog Facebook page

Free range chooks near Mullumbimby, NSW. Photo Good Goog Facebook page

Christopher Talbot

MELBOURNE [AAP]

Police pulled over a van in regional Victoria and found five people laying in the back and 42 allegedly stolen chickens.

The group, who are reportedly animal activists, allegedly took the chooks from a poultry farm in Drouin in West Gippsland on Friday morning.

Police say they have interviewed the van driver and his passengers and they were released pending summons.

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08:18

The 7 trade deals being negotiated in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Including the TiSA and RCEP there are seven trade deals AFTINET will be monitoring this year.

The others are:

  1. Australia-Indonesia FTA: This is now a main priority for government with the aim to finish mid-late 2017. Key issues include ISDS, movement of temporary workers and stronger medicine monopolies. Read more.
  2. PACER-Plus: The 2016 deadline for completion was missed after PNG withdrew from the negotiations and Fiji announced that it does not agree with the final text. We are concerned about the deal having negative impacts for Pacific Islands on local employment, government revenue, access to services, health outcomes and food security. Read more.
  3. Australia-India FTA: Negotiations remain on hold but may resume this year. Major issues include ISDS and temporary migrant workers. Read more.
  4. Australia-EU FTA: Talks will begin in 2017 towards an FTA with the EU. A possible separate FTA with Britain cannot begin until Brexit is complete. Read more.
  5. Three ongoing WTO negotiations: Negotiations are ongoing at the WTO for the Information Technology Agreement and Environmental Goods Agreement. Australia is also seeking to join the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, which would lock in restrictions on local content. Read more.

08:04

In which the reptiles, and perforce the pond, say farewell to the hound of the week ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


(And as always, more Pope here).

With a bit of luck, nobody outside NSW will have seen ABC News' appalling, pathetic attempt at relevance, which turned up on last night's traditional seven o'clock bulletin.

Some bright spark had the bright idea of setting up a few cameras outside parliament house, and doing a live newscast for the half hour, with bonus rich, vibrant Macquarie street noise running rampant under everything, and the anchor looking like a lost shag on a rock,  as did the several guests who turned up to commentate on the rock - look, there's Quentin Dempster trying to shuffle out of shot and ending up in limbo, which the pond had thought the Catholic church had abolished.

Mike Baird turned up like a useless panting greyhound to grace the proceedings, while saying absolutely nothing he hadn't said before in previous press conferences, though with bonus awkwardness produced by the format, the noise, and the idle pandering questioning.

Other news items were read with flapping paper and street noise, and sudden tranquility of sound when studio conditions returned.

Nothing was accomplished by the farce, except the expenditure of additional money - those up north wondering where their shortwave savings went now have the answer - and a production which in the old days would have failed the most basic tech checks and been deemed unbroadcastable ...

No doubt masochists will hunt it out on iView in the same way that the pond likes to collect little Oz treasures like this ...

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08:02

Put The Aussie Girls Back in Australia Day Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A billboard in Melbourne for an Australia Day celebration featuring two young Muslim girls wearing hijabs has become the subject of an embroiling controversy.  

The seemingly innocent billboard was taken down on Tuesday, after the company operating the billboard received several threats and complaints, with some describing it as ‘un-Australian’.  

Those in favour of the billboard however have not stood down. On Wednesday, advertising agency Campaign Edge started a crowdfunding page to create a similar campaign featuring the image. Since then, they’ve raised over a whopping $150,000.

Campaign Edge Executive Creative Director Dee Madigan joined our hosts, Jennie Lenman and Ian Newton to discuss this cause.

Produced by Milly Schultz-Boylen

To donate head to: https://www.gofundme.com/aus-day

07:57

Mental Health First Aid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Capitalism is a system that can make you sick. Unsafe working conditions, lack of regulations of chemicals, etc., not to mention the...

The post Mental Health First Aid appeared first on The Pen.

07:53

491 reports of dog attacks in 2016 reported across Mackay, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dog attacks were reported across Mackay Regional Council area last year, despite rules around dangerous dog ownership. The council's health and regulatory services manager, Craig Shepherd, said there was 491 reports of attacks from January 1 to December 31 last year. Reports "varied from barking and growling to biting", Mr Shepherd said. The council investigates all dog attack reports, however there has been "very few instances" where dogs have been euthanased immediately, he added.

07:40

Homelessness needs practical solutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly Homeless is a problem for a rapidly increasing number of people. It is brought about by the extreme rise in rentals and...

The post Homelessness needs practical solutions appeared first on The Pen.

07:33

From Truman to Trump (Extra War, Hold the Peace) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seventy years ago president Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law, a decision even he came to regret. We could say the rest is history, except that it is decidedly not. With a new White House occupant in place, Aussie writer Greg Maybury explores herein why this isn't the case.

07:30

Recognising local Widjabul‐Wyabul artists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Artwork by Oral Roberts. Supplied by Arts Northern Rivers

Photo Artwork by Oral Roberts. Supplied by Arts Northern Rivers

Widjabul‐Wyabul (or Bundjalung) artists are being sought to create a new work of art in the Lismore quadrangle to be the focal point for the entrance to the new Lismore Regional Gallery. Located off Keen Street the new gallery will also house Arts Northern Rivers who will act as advocates for local artists on site.

The proposed art work will need to be created by drawing or painting, no sculpture is permitted, and aims ‘to provide strong recognition of the original custodians on which the Gallery will be sitting,’ according to the Lismore Council press release. The projects canvas is the existing brick wall adjacent to the car park, leading from Keen Street and is two storeys high. A number of existing feature also need to be incorporated into the project including air‐conditioning units, windows, and exhaust fans.

Mark Cora, the indigenous arts development officer from Arts Northern Rivers, said they are looking for local artists ‘who have the stories and understanding of the local area.’ This is an opportunity for the Bundjalung people to tell their stories and create a sense of ownership at the site.

Artists are being invited to submit an expression of interest that outlines their ideas – not the full design – about how they would approach the project. Three artists will be shortlisted and receive $500 to develop their ideas into a final concept over a two month period.

Projects can be designed by the commissioned artist and executed by contractors as well as including community participation. ‘Projects that utilise community participation, particularly with young Aboriginal people are also permissible,’ said the press release.

The budget for the commission is $38,000 including all costs associated with the piece. Expressions of interest can be submitted until February 10. For more information on submitting a proposal see Lism...

07:30

Media Sauce: #Trumpistan — where to find the real and unreal news on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Media Sauce: #Trumpistan — where to find the real and unreal news on TrumpFollowing the #Trumpistan presidency? Here's a guide to the best news sources. read now...

07:28

Disappointing 2016 for Qld labour market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday, on the same day the December jobs figures released by the ABS confirmed a disappointing 2016 for the Queensland labour market (see charts below), the Deputy Premier announced the State Government’s new regional jobs program. Coincidental or not, the timing highlighted to me the relatively limited impact that jobs programs typically have on the overall State economy. The Works for Queensland program may well bring benefits to some regions through upgraded infrastructure and temporary stimulus, but the expected State-wide impact of around 600 jobs quoted in the media release is relatively minor when compared with total unemployment in Queensland (around 155,000) and an estimated fall in employment over 2016 of over 30,000.

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07:14

Trump’s presidency is doomed ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Click through to the site to view the cartoon.

07:11

Centrelink whistleblower reveals massive fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reproduced here is a clarified summary of the whistleblower’s document, courtesy of GetUp Introduction & Summary of Errors Direct Quotes from Introduction “I am a...

The post Centrelink whistleblower reveals massive fraud appeared first on The Pen.

06:59

Put Aus girls back in Aus day ad "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Click through to the site to view the cartoon.

06:55

Women for Climate Justice Raise Their Voices "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Saturday January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of women are expected to gather in Washington D.C. and hundreds of cities across the U.S. and the world.  They will march together as part of the historic Women’s March on Washington while standing up for their […]

The post Women for Climate Justice Raise Their Voices appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

06:51

Byron Writer’s Festival StoryBoard Program Receives $300,000 Catalyst Funding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A substantial Federal government grant will see StoryBoard – Byron Writers Festival’s free creative writing program– introduced to over 100 Northern Rivers schools every year for the next three years.

The Australian Government’s Catalyst program has granted Byron Writers’ Festival $300,000 over three years to expand the reach of the StoryBoard initiative, first piloted in 2016. The successful 2016 trial saw authors Tristan Bancks and Samantha Turnbull visit more than 20 local regional schools.

Byron Writers Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the grant opens up exciting opportunities for primary and high school students at the 100-plus schools in the region.

“Encouraging active literacy in exciting and creative ways through StoryBoard is a game changer,” she says.

“According to the Northern Rivers Social Profile, our region has higher vulnerability rates than other parts of NSW for children’s social competence, communication skills and general knowledge. Many of our kids aren’t reaching literacy levels that allow them to fully participate in the world and create their futures.”

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The StoryBoard program offers participating schools a free three-hour workshop with an award-winning author. The students brainstorm, imagine, and create their own short story, based on their lives. StoryBoard also offers support for students through volunteer tutors, and publishing opportunities for students and their stories.

StoryBoard was successful in attracting two other grants last year, enabling the program to purchase a vehicle to take authors and volunteer tutors out to schools. The StoryBoard bus – which will be a work of art in itself – and the workshop approach is configured to create the quirkiness to inspire children, teachers and schools.

Byron Writers Festival is lining up a stellar program of nationally renowned storytellers, ready to begin touring the region early in the 2017 school year.

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06:48

Australia joining US in openly trashing global climate efforts. #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Australia joining US in openly trashing global climate efforts.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Here we are – Donald Trump is about to become the 45th president of the United States and we have to prepare for the onslaught.

It beggars belief that in 2016 an outright climate change denier could rise to the highest office in the US, dragging with him a Republican controlled Congress hungry to revive the old glory days of coal, gas and oil, not to mention a Secretary of State that until last month ran the biggest oil company on earth.

McKibben (black cap) was among activists arrested outside the White House in 2013 protesting against the proposed expansion of the Keystone oil pipeline. Two years later, the expansion was canned. Photo: Getty Images

Yet while Australians may groan and worry at the destruction that Trump will bring, take a look at your own…

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06:47

Local Winds Brought Radioactive Materials From Fukushima To Tokyo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Nocturnal local winds carried radioactive material from Fukushima to Tokyo following the 2011 Fukushimia Daiichi nuclear accident.

AsianScientist (Jan. 17, 2017) – Nocturnal local winds were responsible for transporting radioactive material over 200km from the Fukushimia Daiichi nuclear accident to the Tokyo metropolitan area.

These findings by researchers from the University of Tokyo have been published in Scientific Reports. A research group led by Project Researcher Takao Yoshikane and Associate Professor Kei Yoshimura analyzed observational data and ran computer simulations to determine whether the radioactive plumes were carried by chance haphazard activity in the air or by a regular mechanism in the atmosphere. They found that the radioactive plume moves along two local wind systems that appear during the night on calm days when the impact of northwesterly seasonal winds and low-pressure systems are low. These nighttime local winds were formed by a difference in temperature between the North and…

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06:43

Wind energy creates jobs. #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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US wind energy jobs reach 100,000 according to US DOE
Employment in the US wind energy industry is higher than that at nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants according to the DOE. These wind jobs can be found across the nation, with nearly 25 percent of American wind workers being employed in Texas alone. More growth in the industry is possible, according to DOE’s Wind Vision report, with the potential to create 380,000 jobs by 2030.
“Wind means opportunity and job security for over 100,000 Americans” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “The Department of Energy’s new jobs data underscore the incredible impact of wind power in creating American jobs. Wind workers directly contribute to our nation’s energy independence and economic success story. We’re especially proud of helping America’s veterans find well-paying jobs after their service, employing them at a rate that is…

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06:41

Nuclear: Game Over "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Nexit – Nuclear Exit

It took the world 48 years to gradually ramp up to a peak of 438 commercial nuclear power plants in 2002. Today, in 2016, we have dropped to 402 reactors with further closures foreshadowed.

There is about 200 years of uranium, if we consume it at the current rate. Scale up to 3000 reactors and we have only about 25 years of power left.

Humans globally consume roughly 15,000 gigawatts (GW) of power, in oil, coal, gas, nuclear, and renewables all added together.1 To put it another way, it means that, on average, we use 15,000 gigajoules (GJ) of energy every second of every day. That is an enormous number, equivalent to switching on 15 billion electric kettles.

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On the other hand, 15,000 GW is a relatively small number as it is 5000 times less than the average solar power hitting the planet’s surface. And remarkably…

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06:40

How Nuclear Power Causes Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here’s why they are dead wrong.

Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity. Another tenth of that is lost in transmission. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Nuclear fission is the most water intensive method of the principal thermoelectric generation options in terms of the amount of water withdrawn from sources. In 2008, nuclear power plants withdrew eight times as much freshwater as natural gas plants per unit of energy...

06:37

Ocean Acidification could have significant influence on marine animals. #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Ocean Acidification and the extent to which marine species are able to deal with low pH levels in the Earth’s seas, could have a significant influence on shifting the distribution of marine animals in response to climate warming.

This is one the findings of a landmark new study that has taken a first-ever global scale integrative approach to the topic, bringing together population genetics, growth, shell mineralogy and metabolic data for marine snails found in the North Atlantic.
Published in this month’s Nature Communications, the report, Regional adaptation defines sensitivity to future ocean acidification, reveals that populations at the northern and southern range edges are the most sensitive to ocean acidification, and the least likely to be able deal with significant implications for biogeography and diversity.
Scientists at the University of Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR), Canada, the University of Plymouth, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the University of Birmingham, launched…

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06:33

1) MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) ’Syringe terror’ prompts Papua Police to intensify security

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1) MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour
22 minutes ago 
The chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has postponed the PNG leg of his Melanesia tour.

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06:00

Hydro knows what caused Basslink to fail. Why can’t the Plebs know ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

… Tasmania was put in a precarious position during the interconnector outage because dam storages levels had shrunk to almost 12%. Diesel gensets were brought in to augment Tasmania’s power generation. For example Catagunya’s 18MW generators alone used 80,000 litres of diesel per day. It is over twelve months since Basslink broke and we still do not know what caused the power cable to fail or why it took so long to fix. Tasmanians have a right to know …  …

05:45

The Mercury ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the years my newspaper diet has consisted of the Sydney Morning Herald, the West Australian (not the best), and in the past 10 years The Mercury. And, whenever possible, the Weekend Australian …

05:35

Play time at The Forbidden Corner Yorkshire England "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

This week’s guest post on The Forbidden Corner Yorkshire comes from Jennifer St Louis who writes at Our family Travel Adventures. Jennifer and her family of 5 are from California, This family are on a great adventure! They sold their house and cars and took a leap. Jennifer and her family have been travelling since 2013. So far on their family travel adventures, they have explored much of Western Europe, Central America and the United States.

Sometimes when travelling, you accidentally stumble upon a special place that captures the hearts of the entire family.  The Forbidden Corner did exactly that for our family.  Located in North Yorkshire near Leyburn, the park can be tricky to find. A GPS can come in very handy to locate places such as this.

Have you heard of The Forbidden Corner in Yorkshire?


forbidden corner YorkshireThe Forbidden Corner Yorkshire describes itself as a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.

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Merida from Brave visits the Forbidden Corner

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05:30

Voller and friends ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The other day I was listening to ABC News Radio, when I heard a segment on how Dylan Voller and his friends were suing the Northern Territory government. When I heard the lawyer starting to talk, outrage overtook me and I actually switched the only news station I listen to, off, in visceral disgust and anguish

05:13

Let them vape ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A response to: E-cigarettes should be banned, not promoted by government E-cigarettes are devices which vaporise a liquid for inhalation, first successfully developed for commercial sale by a Chinese scientist in 2003. Hon Lik was a 52 year old pharmacist and heavy smoker and like most smokers, he was quite aware of the harms of smoking tobacco.

04:57

Politicians must take responsibility for their greed, wastage and negligence. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  If you go to the website #notmydebt you’ll find fifteen pages of stories written by people who’ve received demands from Centrelink to repay debts the department has falsely raised against them. It’s a harrowing read. Depending on which explanation you prefer, the aggressive efforts to extract monies from people who do not owe them has […]

03:58

This study found a statistically significant association between the intracranial distribution of gliomas and the self-reported location of the phone. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 1 ;184(11):818-828. Epub 2016 Nov 3. PMID: 27810856 Abstract Title:  The Intracranial Distribution of Gliomas in Relation to Exposure From Mobile Phones: Analyses From the INTERPHONE Study. Abstract:  When investigating the association between brain tumors and use of mobile telephones, accurate data on tumor position are essential, due to the highly localized absorption of energy in the human brain from the radio-frequency fields emitted. We used a point process model to investigate this association using information that included tumor localization data from the INTERPHONE Study (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). Our main analysis included 792 regular mobile phone users diagnosed with a glioma between 2000 and 2004. Similar to earlier results, we found a statistically significant association between the intracranial distribution of gliomas and the self-reported location of the phone. When we accounted for the preferred side of the head not being exclusively used for all mobile phone calls, the results were similar. The association was independent of the cumulative call time and cumulative number of calls. However, our model used reported side of mobile phone use, which is potentially influenced by recall bias. The point process method provides an alternative to previously used epidemiologic research designs when one is including localization in the investigation of brain tumors and mobile phone use.

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03:44

If This is True- Mankind is Fucked "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump is our messiah- he is going to SAVE us. There is NO ONE ON EARTH who is more honest- trustworthy- or loveable because he is JUST LIKE JESUS CHRIST. He is going to do what we won’t do for ourselves and will do all the work for us himself! Those bad politicians hate him because he is so great and is working directly with the right hand of God. He LOVES us and he wants to PROTECT us and HELP SAVE us- and he will because he is so genuine and caring! GO TRUMP- AND THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR MESSIAH!!!

And remember to do your part to help stop pedophilia by clicking on a like button on Facebook today!!

03:10

Adorable Red Panda Cub Can’t Stop Hugging Toy That Looks Just Like Her "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal.

In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at the zoo, gave birth to Maiya. At first, the little one was happy and healthy. Not long ago, however, she was traumatically injured while being carried in her mother’s mouth. “The mum was actually carrying the cub around by the scruff of the neck, which is a common way that red panda mothers do carry their babies,” Tamara Gillies, Maiya’s keeper, told ABC News. “Unfortunately, her saliva or something [got] into the skin folds [and] caused a wound on the cub’s neck.” After assessing the wound, veterinarians and zoo staff made the difficult decision to temporarily separate mom and baby, leaving Maiya with no other red pandas to snuggle up to—that is, until she made a particularly plushy little friend.

As evident in photographs (which are almost too cute to handle), Maiya has bonded with a twice-her-size stuffed red panda. She has become inseparable with the twinning toy, which acts as an improvised cuddle buddy during bottle feedings and snoozes. “The soft toy gives her something with a familiar scent to snuggle and play with,” Gillies explained. “It’s the same color as a real Red Panda and she clings to it using her claws and teeth as she would do with her mum.”

While the plaything has proven to be a sufficient substitute for Amala’s maternal care, the mother and cub will be reunited soon, as Maiya has shown excellent signs of improvement. “She’s definitely a little survivor,” Gillies said. “She’s guzzling down her milk formula, she’s gaining weight every day and the wound on her neck has almost completely healed.” Go Maiya!

Check out photos of the lovable red panda cub and her favorite toy below!

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02:33

Your Body is No Longer Yours: Australia Has Become The First Country To Microchip Its Citizens "IndyWatch Feed National"

You may not have noticed, but there are two kinds of countries in the world these days: Dictatorships led by authoritarians and democracies that are slowly being taken over by  Full Article »

01:55

People Are Knitting Giant Sweaters For Elephants To Keep Them Cozy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Wildlife SOS India

It’s estimated that within the next ten years, African elephants will go extinct. To protect the beautiful, wise, and intelligent creatures, activists have gone to great lengths to deter and capture poachers who are intent on killing them, as well as rhinos, in the wild. Now, a group of compassionate activists is knitting sweaters for the large land mammals in India to keep them cozy and to show love. 

According to Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center, a cold front is moving across northern India and everyone is beginning to feel the chill – including wildlife. To protect the sanctuary’s pachyderm residents, activists in the nation have volunteered to knit giant sweaters to keep the previously abused mammals warm and protected.

Credit: Wildlife SOS India

Local villagers were eager to collaborate and custom-knit large sweaters for the elephants and did so with a smile. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, told The Dodo that it took about four weeks for them to complete one. However, that time frame didn’t stop them from quickly creating more.

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00:26

Centrelink's monumental clusterf*ck continues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


As the Turnbull Government response grows more heavy-handed, community resistance grows......
Crikey, 19 January 2017:
Just as Australians were ringing in the new year and the public campaign against Centrelink's massively scaled-up debt recovery program was beginning to pick up steam, a legislative change removed a time limit that meant a certain number of welfare debts used to expire.
Previously, unlike other debts to the government, notably those owed to the Australian Taxation Office, welfare debts would lapse if no action was taken to recover them in six years.
Agencies like Centrelink could fairly easily restart the six-year limit, by taking a basic action like opening the client's record and doing a basic review, but nonetheless it resulted in some debts expiring because the agency did not have enough resources to pursue them all.
From January 1 it was removed entirely by the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act, shortly after the government asked Centrelink to identify and recover hundreds of thousands more debts than it ever has before by significantly decreasing the amount of administrative effort spent on each one.
The various pieces of legislation amended by the act now say welfare debt recovery actions can take place "at any time" and according to the act's explanatory memorandum:
"This will align social welfare debt recovery with the arran...

00:16

#NotMyDebt: "Treating Australians like crap is going to get you crap poll results" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The “false debt” disaster rolls on, with the Turnbull Government attempting some window dressing in the hope of reversing bad polling.

News.com.au, 16 January 2016:

AN Australian of the Year finalist has also become embroiled in the Centrelink debt recovery debacle, after being sent an incorrect debt notice due to the automatic debt recovery system.

Queensland medical researcher Dr Janet Hammill, who works voluntarily and lives off the age pension, was sent a debt notice for $7600, The Guardian reports.


The 76-year-old had reportedly received a $26,000 research over parts of 2011 and 2012, which she fully reported to Centrelink at the time.

But the system appears to have averaged the grant across 2012 and deemed her overpaid.

But Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system appears to have averaged the grant across all 26 fortnights of 2012, before deeming her to have been significantly overpaid.

Hammill said she had struggled to contact anyone at Centrelink.

“You feel so helpless, I mean for heaven’s sakes, you can look through my CV and see that I’m not helpless,” Hammill told The Guardian....

00:15

Want to know who the world can blame for what is occurring in America today? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Today at noon Washington DC time (4am Saturday 21 January Sydney time) this profoundly ignorant man, Donald John Trump, will be sworn in as 45th President of the United States of America.

Business Insider, 8 November 2016

This is occurring because one month previously on 19 December 2016 the U.S. Electoral College1 met to confirm Donald Trump by vote as the President2despite Trump losing the popular vote at the 8 November presidential election by over 2.8 million votes.

Electoral College places are allotted to states proportionate to each state's population, each place can only be filled by a person resident congressional district in that state and a person is barred from a place at the college if he/she holds an office of profit or trust in that state. Members generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our [U.S.] history as a nation, more than 99 percent of Electors have voted as pledged.

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