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Tuesday, 09 January

22:18

Review: Falls Festival Byron Bay, Part 2 The Main Event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography The Falls Festival is increasingly trying to be everything to everyone, stretching across the East Coast and now hopping to the West, its a broad canvas to wash but we are still always delighted to spot some more folkier acts gracing the main line up. After checking out The Grove []

21:10

Poverty sweater US$400. Hypocrisy priceless. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

As reported in True Pundit, actress Connie Britton is wearing a US$400 sweater at the Golden Globes that says poverty is sexist.  It was a black sweater of course.

Hollywood hypocrites strike again.

Oh and Oprah is running for President in 2020!

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

21:10

Welcome to 2018! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dazzling New Year's Eve & 2018 New Year celebrations at Sydney's iconic and illuminated city harbour. By The Weekly Times Editor John F Booth AM [more]

The post Welcome to 2018! appeared first on The Weekly Times.

20:59

Liberals' pokie policy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Its easy to summarise the Libs pokie policy. They have simply adopted THA and Federal Groups position. Without amendment.

When Rebecca White moved the goalposts the Libs were left flatfooted with a urgent need to find a plausible alternative.

Yet despite the mountain of evidence presented to the parliamentary inquiry plus its 72 findings and 23 recommendations, despite its own post 2023 framework  that specified allocation of venue licenses by a market based mechanism, the Libs opted instead to adopt the THA/ Federal proposal in its entirety, a proposal lodged so late in the life of the parliamentary committee it didnt have enough time to consider it in detail.


Pubs and clubs with existing pokies will be gifted a 20 year license to continue after 2023 with a significantly higher share of the pool. This effectively means the 96 existing pubs have just been given a windfall capital gain of $150 million. Thats how much the value of the pubs will increase with implementation of the Libs policy. One quarter of this or $37.5 million will accrue to the Federal Group as owners of twelve of the better performing pubs. The better performing the pubs the higher the capital gain. About $75 million will fall into the laps of five other groups who own multiple pokie venues. The rest will be distributed amongst single venue operators.

There wont be any market based mechanism to allocate licenses to venues. They will simply be gifted to those who currently have pokies.

But granting a licence for 20 years means that if any government makes any changes in the next 20 years which adversely affe...

20:28

Queensland election: Labor plotting to revive Safe Schools plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland Labor has been accused of plotting to reintroduce the controversial Safe Schools program, amid revelations it plans to invest in a program to support same-sex-attracted and transgender students and tackle homophobia in the schoolyard. Read More

20:27

Viv Forbes with a terrific piece on political leaders who promise to control the climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

8 January 2018 Be Careful What you Wish For. In todays crazy world, western politicians are wasting billions of tax-payer dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief that this will somehow change Earths climate. Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hell-bent on creating global...

20:18

20:01

Gunnedah Shire Council have reached out to NSW Health to start water fluoridation process "IndyWatch Feed National"

GUNNEDAH could have fluoride in its water by 2020 after Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) commenced the process to fluoridate the towns water supply.

The decision to accept a proposal to add fluoride to the water supply was passed in December when council resolved to write to NSW Health to commence the water fluoridation process.

GSCs infrastructure services acting director Daniel Noble said the council will continue to investigate the best way to implement the water fluoridation project.

As per council resolution, council has written to NSW Health requesting approval to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply in accordance with section six of the fluoridation of public water supplies act, Mr Noble said.

In preparation for approval, the council will continue to investigate best practice for planning and implementing the fluoridation project, and refine the planning and construction documentation required to build the fluoride dosing station and associated infrastructure.

Fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply is expected to commence in 2020.

The news has been met with resistance by fluoride opponents, including Gunnedahs Wendy Carpenter who said the Facebook group Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water will continue to lobby against water fluoridation.

We will keep fighting because I know there are a lot of people who are unhappy with the decision, Mrs Carpenter said.

I think for the time being its important for us to let the dust settle and see where we exactly go from here.

We are going to keep informing people of material that is out there and helping them to see the risks of fluoride.

The Gunnedah local said the debate had started an open discussion about fluoride.

The best thing is a lot more people know about it that otherwise wouldnt have, she said.

It shouldnt be an emotive decision and I think with more discussion and sharing of facts it becomes less emotive.

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19:48

American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

8 Jan 2018 TRANSCEND Media Service 

Foreword to Michael Haas Book

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Johan Galtung

What is that American Diplomacy, after US bombing killed 3,5 million in Pyongyang in 1952 and the US Army killed 3 million in Vietnam from 1961 (Kennedy) to 30 Apr 1975 (Ford)?  Softer?

This very rich, well researched book by Michael Haasa senior, major US political scientistgives detailed softer empirical, factual answers in Part II.  Indeed, highly recommended.

In this foreword, however, I will explore US deep culture implications for US foreign policy, close to American Diplomacy.

The US self-image as successor to Israel as MFNmost favored nationby God, with Chosen People-Promised Land, CPPL, status, is from 1620, on Mayflower.

Since about Year 70 Israel clearly no longer enjoyed CPPL status; that was under King David and under King Solomon.

The position as CPPL was empty, may those with credentials apply. Puritan Pilgrims from East Anglia via Leiden in Holland, did, and according to themselves successfully so....

19:41

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #576 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #576 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #576 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 9th January 2018 to Monday 15th January 2018 Eat, Drink, WaterTaxi to the Tennis Enjoy a meal at BearBrass and then enjoy a return trip with Melbourne Water Taxis along the Yarra to Melbourne Park. Tennis WaterTaxi | Book Online Free Things To Do in January .nobrtable br { display: none } 7 genuinely free and fun things to do in Melbourne. 1. Screen Worlds - ACMI will change the way you think about moving image. 2. NGV Triennial - exhibition of contemporary art. 3. Linden Postcard Show - art competition back for it's 27th year. 4. NGV Kids Summer Festival - how we can play, move and make. 5. Australian Music Vault - the story of Australian music. 6. Tai Chi & Qigong Class - Join Tai Chi Australia for a free class at Fed Square. 7. CERES | Environmental Park - thriving, vibrant free community. Portarlington Mussel Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday January 13th 2018 - 100 stalls, music, roving entertainers, art shows, cooking demonstrations, tastings + 10 ton of mussels> Portarlington Mussel Festival 2018 French Festival @ Werribee Park .nobrtable br { display: none } Wine. Dine. Dance in the summer festival of pleasures. Its a party, a picnic, a celebration of life and culture, the Frenchy way. So Frenchy So Chic | Buy Tickets The Unbelievables are Unbelievable! .nobrtable br { display: none } Featuring the greatest acts from around the globe The Unbelievables has it all jaw-dropping magic breathtaking circus and the world's most spectacular dancers. 3 - 13 January 2018 | The Unbelievables | Hamer Hall Midsumma Carnival .nobrtable br { display: none } The most fabulous queer-day-out at Alexandra Gardens on Sunday 14th January 2018 and it's free. Midsumma Carnival 2018 Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical .nobrtable br { display: none } Starring David Campbell and a sensational cast including an 18-piece big band Dream Lover is a big show with a big score and a big heart.. Until 21 January: Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical | State Theatre Frankston Waterfront Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } 2 spectacular days of live music, beach and water sports, market stalls, delicious food, wine, cider and craft beer. Frankston Waterfront Festival 2018 Frankston Sand Sculpting Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } Do not miss your chance to see 3500 tonnes of sand transformed intricately into life sized sand sculptures by the worlds best artists. 26 DEC 2017 25 APRIL 2018 - Aladdin & The Arabian Tales NGV Triennial Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } Featuring the work of 60 artists and designers from 30 countries the NGV Triennial surveys the worlds best art and design across cultures scales geo...

19:07

Photos-West Papuan flag flying at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It was great to see the West Papuan flag flying at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. With all the difficulties the  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have they still find time to support West Papua.

Great Indigenous exhibition in Canberra. "Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters" at the National Museum of Australia.












18:46

King St from Martin Luther Square "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


 A painting I started months ago of the old Post Office etc which I hadn't managed to get back to till today: King St Newtown from the I have a Dream mural

18:24

1) West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) A Former Political Prisoners Fragile Freedom in Indonesia
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1) West Papuan activist on trial for treason over independence petition
Campaigners have called for the release of Yanto Awerkion, 27, who faces six years to life in jail if found guilty in Indonesian court
Helen Davidson Tue 9 Jan 18 17.14 AEDT


West Papuan independence campaigners have called for the release of an activist who has been put on trial for treason after he helped gather signatures for a petition.
Yanto Awerkion was arrested for his involvement in a pro-independence petition which gathered more than 1.8m West Papu...

17:54

Protecting the Clintons "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 29 February 2016 - almost two years ago - I wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (via her senior advisor): This is just a heads up. I have very good contacts in the United States including lawyers working on the Clinton Foundation. There are some matters that might be...

17:49

Australian Accused: #metoo Fall Out List Grows To 7 Men "IndyWatch Feed National"

FIRST PUBLISHED December 18, 2017: Hollywood and America are reeling and Australia is about to be. At least, thats been the growing expectation in Australian media for the last few months.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the global #metoo campaign, dozens of powerful men in America have been outed as serial sexual harassers, abusers or rapists.

The dam, however, hasnt yet burst in Australia. So far, only seven men a politician, three entertainers, a lawyer, a musician and a music producer have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct, and unlike the outpouring of apologies from Hollywood, in Australia all seven of the men have so far vehemently denied the allegations levelled against them, although one has issued a partial apology for his conduct towards a 16-year-old girl.

Brief details of each case are printed below. Well keep updating this list as it inevitably grows.




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17:23

EXPLAINER: The #metoo Allegations And How Media Defends Them In A Defamation Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

With fresh allegations of Australian men behaving badly, defamation law expert Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers explains what defamation is, and how it can be defended. And sometimes cant be.

A new day, a new sexual harassment revelation, and a new set of well-worked defamation lawyers (disclosure: including us, for NM). Weinstein, Waterstreet, Burke, Rush, McLachlan, and the rest; theyve all been defamed. The real question is whether the defamation is defensible. Enter the lawyers.

The first, best defence to a defamation claim is truth. If you can prove the truth of a defamatory article, then you win. Nothing else comes into it. The kind of truth were talking about is what you can prove in court.

Disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.Disgraced Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.

In a lot of the sexual harassment stories, its one persons word against anothers. In court, the judge or jury has to decide who is more believable. That means you dont know for certain whether they will believe your side of the story before you publish.

So for example in the Waterstreet story, Tina Huang provided a sworn statement detailing her experience, along with a bunch of contemporaneous emails and other messages supporting her statement. Later, when a copy of the video she was shown emerged, she provided a further sworn statement confirming that was the video that she was shown.

A picture of Charles Waterstreet from his public Facebook page, December 2016.A picture of Charles Waterstreet from his public Facebook page, December 2016.

A separate witness identified Waterstreet as the man in the video. Where the investigation started with the word of a single witness, it ended up being s...

17:22

Australians Welcome Same-Sex Marriage Laws with Midnight Weddings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Felicity Evers and Jenny Thompson are married in a ceremony in Newcastle, Australia, January 9, 2018. Credit: AAP/Dan Himbrechts/via Reuters

Sydney: At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalise gay marriage took effect.

It was just magical, Diana Ribeiro told Special Broadcasting Service television, after her minute-past-midnight marriage in Melbourne to her wife Deanne Ribeiro was solemnised before about 60 cheering guests.

For me Deannes always been my wife...

17:19

Oprah for President! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

First Greg Gutfeld

And then Mark Steyn with Tucker Carlson

Of course, there is then this

 

In the meantime

 

17:10

Not Possible to Get Definitive Answer on Savarkars Role in Gandhi Assassination, Says Amicus Curiae "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan has told the Supreme Court that there is no need to investigate the murder again.

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17:00

Australia's child protection system is ripping families apart "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Australia's child protection system is ripping families apartChild protection and family services should focus on assisting vulnerable families as opposed to removing children. read now...

16:51

Cat Tracker "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This information was received via Iona Mitchell, whose contact details are below.

The University of South Australia is running an innovative Cat Tracker project Australia-wide.  The project tracks the movement of pet cats and interviews their owners.  The aim is to learn about the roaming behaviours of pet cats and to help cat owners make decisions about their cats care and welfare.  Even if you are not a cat owner, you can still fill out the survey to provide your views on cat ownership, part of this project's objectives are to find out more about social attitudes to cat ownership and cat management.

A light-weight GPS tracker (like the one in the attached photo) is placed on a cats collar or harness, and its movement over a 24 hour period is recorded.  The information is downloaded and displayed on a map - to show you exactly where your cat roams!  This enables you to check on your cats safety e.g. is it spending time near roads; identify its favourite sleeping, hiding and roaming places; and find out if it is entering other peoples homes to be fed!  Kids also love to learn where their furry-friends like to spend time.





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16:36

Leongatha Under 14s runners-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jack Butcher tries to get the score moving for his Under 14 team mates and managed a creditable 12 runs batting down the order. M190218

Leongatha and District all-rounder Jack Collins opening the bowling against Central Gippsland in the second of two 20/20 games played during day 3 of country week. Z030218

JUNIOR cricket teams from all over Gippsland came to play in the Gippsland Cricket Championships conducted this year by the Leongatha and District Cricket Association.
The six cricket Associations Under 15 and Under 14 teams played off in five games over the first four days of the week with the resulting ladder positions determining who would play off in the finals on Friday.
At the end of the successfully, organised week there were presentations of individual trophies and medallions to the teams announced Champions.
There was also the announcement of the All Gippsland Team in both divisions.
The Under 15 competition was conducted upon four local turf wickets which was a great credit to our local clubs and curators that many high scoring games were played and that the talented cricketers had a chance to show their skills.
One player, Curtley Farley from Bairnsdale, had an exceptional batting week in making a hundred and 3 fifties and was awarded the Batting aggregate trophy.
Top batsmen for Leongatha were Josh Williams from Inverloch and Evan Allaway from Korumburra who both made 159 runs for the week.
The bowling aggregate award winner was Tyrone Bramwell from Traralgon, who with a six wicket performance in the Grand Final ended up with 13 wickets for the week.
For the LDCA the top wicket-taker was Jack Collins from Nerrena who had 9 wickets for the week and Evan Allaway had the glory of taking a hat trick in the game against Warragul.
Bairnsdale Cricket Association went through the week undefeated and also won the Grand Final.
Played on local synthetic wic...

16:29

Googles AI Center in China: Poaching Talent "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

January 8, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential ingredient to holding global primacy in the near future.

What resembles a sort of arms race has emerged between prominent nations around the globe. Perhaps in an effort to provide the US with an edge, or perhaps in an effort to mitigate the impact of such an arms race, Google has opened an AI center in China.

CNN in its article, Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China, would announce:

Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.

The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing Chinas desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to:

help China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.

Considering Googles services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.

This question may have been at least partially answered in a recent AI summit which included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Poaching Foreign Talent

The Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security (CN...

16:29

Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...

16:28

David Leyonhjelm on Future Submarines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Major wars in future will be fought remotely, with drones, long range missiles and satellites. Surface ships will be quickly destroyed while manned aircraft and ground forces will either be wiped out or not particularly useful.

Submarines that can remain undetected beneath the surface of the ocean, on the other hand, will be largely untouchable. Armed with a variety of weapons, they offer genuine deterrence backed by the capacity, if required, to inflict massive deadly force on an enemy.

Replacing Australias Collins Class submarines is therefore a matter of major concern, given that the countrys future may depend on them.

The Navys program to replace the Collins Class submarines is known as SEA 1000. It involves modification of a French Barracuda Class submarine from nuclear to diesel-electric propulsion, plus other changes specific to Australia.

The 12 new submarines, to be known as Shortfin Barracudas, are intended to begin entering service in the early 2030s with construction extending to 2050. The program is estimated to cost $50 billion and will be the largest and most complex defence acquisition project in Australian history.

For a country with limited financial resources and industrial capacity, the decision to develop an original design is high risk. This was highlighted in a timely Insight Economics report, released in September 2017, which said: The capability requirements for the (future submarine) set out in the 2009 Defence White Paper were highly ambitious and any attempt to satisfy them with a (diesel-electric submarine) of a new and untested design, apart from being excessively expensive, would inevitably risk compromising the Submarine Forces ability to discharge its most essential operational tasks.

Going forward with just one design has resulted in Defence gifting to Naval Group almost complete market power over capability, price and delivery. Should the design turn out to be inadequate or unworkable, the implications for Australias future submarine capability would be dire.

Then theres the decision to build them in Australia. The Abbott governments 2016 Defence White Paper only committed to building them in Australia if it could be done without compromising capability, cost or project schedule. That changed because of South Australian politics, and the new submarines could now be more appropriately described as the Xenophon class.

Even if all goes well, the cost of building warships in Australia will be 30 to 40 per cent more than if they were built overseas. However, the plan to build them in Adelaide at the Australian Submarine Corporation, the same group currently building the Air Warfare Destroyer, years late and a billion dollars over budget, adds to a sense of foreboding.

This follows the prize...

16:18

16:08

World Debt Burden has Exceeded $230 Trillion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I find it interesting how you have pointed out that when it comes to public debt, the USA is actually far better than Europe or many in Asia. You also forecast that debt would begin to rise sharply from mid-2017 going into 2021. Do you have any figures to support that forecast?

NW

ANSWER: Yes of course!. The volume of global debt is rising significantly. According to the Institute of International Finance, total liabilities in the third quarter of 2017 surpassed $230 trillion. This is an increase of 16 trillion compared to the end of 2016. As the interest rates continue to rise, the debt servicing costs are simply going to explode. As a whole, Europe is over 100% of debt to GDP on average compared to the USA at about 73%. Government debt has exceeded $60 trillion.

This entire system is coming undone. The debt servicing is exploding as rates begin to rise. The Sovereign Debt Crisis is very much alive and well.

16:03

Climate Change As if it was Supposed to Change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Your computer has proven it can forecast markets, economies, the rise and fall of governments, war, and now even weather well in advance of anyone else. Is this bitter cold just a taste of what is to come? If so, I definitely think it is time to follow you south before you cant sell a house up here when interest rates also start to rise. Working in a bank, I know all too well as soon as there is any trouble, the lending stops. I suppose that is what you are warning about with your real estate forecasts as well.

FH

ANSWER: Unfortunately, this is the beginning of the decline. It will get worse. We are looking at a progressive period of colder weather for the first 13 years following 2015. There should be some oscillation and if there are any warm winters compared to this one, this will be an extension of the decline at least into 2032 with the more likely target off into 2045-2047. By the time this is finished, you will be willing to taxes to get global warming. The sad part of this whole mess is that the Global Warming crowd, while they are rolling around in their bed of cash rejoicing how much they made on this scam, they have led many people to their death by distracting people from the real fury of nature.

Extreme cold has reached from New England to the Midwest and down to the Carolinas, with temperatures dropping below zero. It has been in the 40s here at night in the Tampa region and it snowed a little in Tallahassee. The fatalities associated with the harsh conditions will continue to rise from drivers sliding off an icy road to the rise in disease. This will be a very dangerous rise in economic declines as well as temperature plummet during the winters ahead. It is so cold, any kind of exposed skin can freeze in a couple of minutes. It was so cold, the attendance for New York Citys Times Sq...

16:01

Ukraine & the Next Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for defending the Ukrainian people in their quest to overthrow the government corruption. You are a great inspiration here in Kiev. What does your model show for the success of our revolution looking ahead?

PN

ANSWER:  There are many in the West who know nothing of Ukraine and simply attribute the revolution to the CIA. I understand the disillusionment in Ukraine about these pretend analysts. They pontificate CIA and ignore that there was a real uprising of the people. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine endured years of corruption, mismanagement, lack of economic growth, currency devaluation, and problems in securing funding from public markets. The corruption became widespread and Yanukovichs sons were engaged in a protection racket preventing people from going into small business. There is no other evidence of how the Ukrainian people have suffered under political corruption that has not really changed. Yanukovich was removed, but those under him are still in power and just changed their stripes. The corrupt politicians did not realize that when the government tried to arrest Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-Georgian leader-turned Ukrainian opposition politician, the people would rally and rescue him from the police wagon freeing him. The accusations that he plotted to overthrow the government is on par with the corruption. I have a friend who lives close to him. He stood on the roof preaching to the people as the police tried to grab him. It was a real spectacle of corruption.

They have also accused Saakashvili of accepting funding from an exiled Ukrainian businessman in a bid to seize power, which he denies. Thousands of people even gathered outside the courthouse after an almost-eight-hour hearing where the government tried to use the criminal process to eliminate an opposition leader. This is standard in politics and we see the Democrats in the USA trying the same tactics to Impeach Trump. The people are against demanding the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko tryi...

15:37

Watch the New Papa Pilko and the Binrats Video Surrender "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Papa Pilko and the Binrats Sydney alt-country six piece Papa Pilko and the Binrats are kicking off their 2018 with a brand new single and video Surrender. The track is the first new music from Papa Pilko and the Binrats since 2016 and was produced by Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub, Polish []

15:17

The Rise and Fall of Keynesianism after the GFC "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

International Studies Quarterly has just published a symposium responding to a paper by Henry Farrell and me, which has been released from behind the paywall for the occasion. Our paper has the fairly self-explanatory title Consensus, Dissensus, and Economic Ideas: Economic Crisis and the Rise and Fall of Keynesianism In our paper we looked at the resurgence of fiscal Keynesianism in the immediate aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and of the successful counterthrust leading to the adoption of austerity policies in the US and Europe.

The symposium has comments from a multidisciplinary group of political scientists, sociologists and economists: Abraham Newman, Andrew Baker, Elizabeth Popp Berman, Paul Krugman, Stephen K. Nelson along with a response from us. Its great to get these different disciplinary perspectives all in one place, since they all have key pieces of the puzzle, and we are very happy they have chosen to engage with us.

15:05

Ten Top Picks For Sydney Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

52 Artists, 52 Actions

Sydney Festival invites art and culture lovers to explore a smorgasbord of performance, exhibition, installation, theatre, comedy and more, transforming our city at the start of each new year. A festival of bold ideas, the program features 134 events over three weeks. To help you make sense of it all, FBis culture team have highlighted their top picks. Virtual reality, underwater music and a whole year of socially engaged artistic projects: here are our top picks for Sydney Festival 2018.

 

Whist

Theatre, virtual reality and psychoanalysis collide in Whist, a branching, hands-on trip through the mind of Sigmund Freud. The immersive  experience takes you along one of 76 possible directions in a journey through a fictional familys hope and fear. Have your conscious and unconscious mind picked apart in this 360-degree, head-first plunge into primal instinct and desire.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 6-28th Jan
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $39. More info here.

 

You Animal, You

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14:41

Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So nice to be back at the console again after a wonderful break. At 10:40 am, Richard Major continues with Part 3 of Australian birds, this week talking about sulphur crested cockatoos.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Joanna Butler, musician and musical researcher. Joanna has been responsible for selecting the music for Rembrandt Live, performances at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to accompany the blockbuster exhibition, Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. Hear about music of the time, the musicians, the instruments and of course, about the concerts themselves.

We will hear music that will be performed at the concert as well as contemporary music from Dutch musicians.

I look forward to your company.

The post Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

14:10

The Warnings Flashing For 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im calling 2018 The Year of Living Dangerously.

That description might seem odd to lot of observers.

Major U.S. stock indexes keep hitting new all-time highs. 2017 went down as the first calendar year in which the Dow Jones industrial average was up for all 12 months.

Even in strong bull market years there are usually one or two down months as stocks take a breather on the way higher. Not last year. Theres been no rest for the bull; its up, up and away.

Inflation is tame, even too tame for the Feds liking.

The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. U.S. growth was over 3% in the second and third quarters of 2017, much closer to long-term trend growth than the tepid 2% growth weve seen since the end of the last recession in June 2009.

The U.S. is not alone. For the first time since 2007, were seeing strong synchronized growth in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan (the big four) as well as other developed and emerging markets.

Growth breeds growth as consumers in one country create demand for goods and services provided by another. This is what economists mean by self-sustaining growth instead of force-fed growth from easy money and government spending.

Technology rules the day. The pace of innovation is unprecedented in world history.

Our daily needs are being fulfilled better, faster and cheaper by the likes of Amazon, Google, Netflix and Apple. We can share the good news on Facebook.

Best of all, the U.S. Congress and White House got around to cutting our taxes in late December!

In short, alls right with the world.

Or not.

2018 might unfold catastrophically

To understand why 2018 may unfold catastrophically, we can begin with a simple metaphor.

Imagine a magnificent mansion built with the finest materials and craftsmanship and furnished with the most expensive couches and carpets and decorated with fine art.

Now imagine this mansion is built on quicksand. It will have a brief shining moment and then sink slowly before finally collapsing under its own weight.

Thats a metaphor. How about hard analysis? Here it is:

Start with debt. Much of the good news described above was achieved not with real productivity but with mountains of debt including central bank liabilities.

In a recent article, Yale scholar Stephen Roach points out that between 2008 and 2017 the combined balance sheets of the central banks of the U.S., Japan and the eurozone expanded by $8.3 trillion, while nominal GDP in those same economies expanded $2.1 trillion.

What happens when y...

13:59

Grant application to the Department of Defence for funds received during the financial year 2016-17 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Successful.
Thankyou for releasing this document and waiving associated fees. Yours sincerely, Dan Monceaux

13:55

Cryptos Threaten Bank Power Base "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The worlds monetary system is upheaving at the moment. You just cant see the smoke and bullets flying yet.

Check out the news from the Bank of England.

Its decided not to create its own official cryptocurrency.

This is after spending considerable time (and presumably money) since 2015 on researching the technology.

In late December, a whisper came out that the bank was going to launch a crypto as soon as this year.

Such an outcome would mean it was perfectly feasible for a British citizen to hold any money directly with the central bank, and not in, say, HSBC.

The Bank of England dropped the idea because it wants to protect traditional banks.

The reasons cited for this, as described in the Financial Times, are mostly bogus.

This is a skirmish in an ongoing war.

The world is going to wrestle with these monetary problems for a long time to come.

Cryptocurrencies can expose the shoddy system we have now for the politicised and corrupt regime it is.

Todays Daily Reckoning will attempt to explain why

The false premise behind the Bank of Englands decision

The Bank of Englands decision is purely designed to protect the status quo.

The bank suggests one reason for not pursuing a cryptocurrency is that it might not be able to maintain economic stability through adjusting interest rates.

Blah blah blah.

Note the false premise. The UK economy is not stable. The collapse in 2008 was so bad it led to an economic wipeout and riots in London.

Note the second one. Cutting interest rates could not save the UK economy then and doesnt do much for it now.

The Bank of England was forced to create 375 billion pounds via quantitative easing to bail out the banks and keep the system afloat.

The entire theoretical edifice behind interest rates is bogus. The central banks say that cutting rates stimulates the economy and raising them cools it.

Actually, the evidence suggests that interest rates follow economic growth, and do not lead it.

Were seeing this right now. The US Fed is slowing lifting rates in response to the strength of the US economy.

In the central bank fantasy land, interest rates are both cause and effect.

What actually matters is not so much the price of money, but the quantity of money in the economy.

When commercial banks expand lending, its bullish for the economy because there is more credit in the economy available for spending. That shows up in higher sa...

13:55

An MMT response to Jared Bernstein Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

This is the second part of my response to an article posted by American political analyst Jared Berstein (January 7, 2018) Questions for the MMTers. Part 1 considered the thorny issue of the capacity of fiscal policy to be an effective counter-stabilising force over the economic cycle, in particular to be able to prevent an economy from overheating (whatever that is in fact). Jared Berstein prescribes some sort of Monetarist solution where all the counter-stabilising functions are embedded in the central bank which he erroneously thinks can take money out of the economy at will. It cannot and its main policy tool interest rate setting is a very ineffective tool for influencing the state of nominal demand. In Part 2, I consider his other claims which draw on draw on the flawed analysis of Paul Krugman about bond issuance. An understanding of MMT shows that none of these claims carry weight. It is likely that continuous deficits will be required even at full employment given the leakages from the income-spending cycle in the non-government sector. Jared Bernstein represents a typical progressive view of macroeconomics but the gap between that (neoliberal oriented) view and Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is wide. For space reasons, I have decided to make this a three-part response. I will post Part 3 tomorrow or Thursday. I hope this three-part series might help the (neoliberal) progressives to abandon some of these erroneous macroeconomic notions and move towards the MMT position, which will give them much more latitude to actually implement their progressive policy agenda.

Question about Krugmans finance-ability claims

The issue raised by Jared Bernstein draws on an August 15, 2011 article by Paul Krugman MMT, again.

In that article, Krugman claims that:

1. a deficit financed by money issue is more inflationary than a deficit financed by bond issue which is clearly false. More later.

2. the money-financed deficit would lead to hyperinflation clearly false as a general rule.

3. When people expect inflation, they become reluctant to hold cash, which drive prices up and means that the government has to print more money to extract a given amount of real resources, which means higher inflation clearly ridiculous. If people are reluctant to save and spend instead then the fiscal deficit will be smaller.

If the government wishes to retain the same hold over real resources then it will have to deprive the non-government sector of purchasing power in these cases. Please read Part 1 for the discussion about this.

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13:43

Sources: Bolingbrook to investigate the Clintons (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Will the Village of Bolingbrook investigate the Clinton family?  Sources with relatives whose friends work at Village Hall say yes:

Sure the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation, said one source.  But we know that theyre in league with the Deep State.  Can we really trust any organization tied to them?  So were helping Trump I mean were helping bring the Clintons to justice.

There are many laws the Clintons could have broken, said another source.  Did Bill have an affair while visiting Illinois?  Thats a crime in Illinois.  There are other obscure laws in Illinois that we could get them on.  I mean discover if they violated.  The point is that there are so many crimes that the Clintons could have committed, that we cant expect Congress and the FBI to investigate them all.  It is the patriotic duty of every community to investigate the Clintons.

The sources agree that Mayor Roger Claar asked the village staff to look into Clintons ties to Bolingbrook, no matter insignificant they may seem. Though the Clintons did not make any campaign stops in Bolingbrook, Claar, the sources say, believes that there could be some inappropriate connections between some Bolingbrook residents and the Clintons.

Maybe some residents did more than vote for Clinton.  Maybe they received secret funds from the Clintons and used them to run for local office.  We cant know for sure unless we investigate.

When called, Claar answered the phone and said: He hated me and committed a crime. How is that not a hate crime?  For that matter, how can you say that my support of Donald Trump is not a creed?  A creed is a set of beliefs that guide someones actions.  Google it if you dont believe me!

In the background, a woman said: Actually, I have the Babbler on Line One.  The Herald is on Line Two.

Ill deal with you later, Claar said before hanging up.

Chelsea Clinton laughed after being asked about the alleged investigation. Ill make this quick since the board meeting is about to start.  I dont know who this Mayor Blair is.  Ive never heard of Bowling Illinois, most of the money the Clinton Foundation makes goes towards its programs, the former President is my dad, my mother won the popular vote, I have four degrees, includi...

13:41

Indias LGBTI Community Could Be On The Verge Of A Major Win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

India could be on the verge of legalising homosexuality after the countrys top court agreed to re-examine the countrys law banning gay sex. The Indian Supreme Court will review the validity of Section 377 of Indias penal code which bans carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal and has ...

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13:37

A Turnbull Republic is on its way get ready "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A republic for Australia means NO MORE RIGHTS and NO MORE FREEDOMS.
They will make the new constitution so that it only benefits THEM and not we the people!!

A republic is great for politicians as they can then rewrite the constitution and somehow any references to TREASON will all be removed.

ONLY a REFERENDUM by WE THE PEOPLE can decide on whether we are allowing Australia to become a Republic !!!


13:29

The founding falsities of postcolonialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his discussion with anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman, evolutionary psychologist and YouTuber Gad Saad offers (at 8.48) the following:

By the way, in terms of generative grammar, whenever when I see the word post before anything then that raises a flag that its bullshit. So post = bullshitpostmodernismpostcolonialismpost-structuralism. So, maybe Chomsky can one day weigh in on why the introduction of post implies that we are going to generate nonsense.

As it happens, Chomsky is not a fan of postmodernism: he is too much of a member of the Enlightenment left for that.

I have been less than impressed with my encounters with postcolonialism. It seems to be based on three fundamental errors: the Marx Mistake, the Lenin Error and the Fanon Fallacy.

The Marx Mistake

Marxs conception of the state, so memorably set out in Chapter 1 of The Communist Manifesto (pdf) (1848) held that:

The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.

A useful (if somewhat grammatically challenged) summary-discussion of the Marxist approach to the state is here and a pithy summary is here. At its simplest, the underlying causal structure is that the production technology produces the class structure which produces the state. So that, while there is some scope for independent action by holders of state power, the class structure is prior to, and helps structure, the state.

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13:26

Hunt offers less for youth mental health programs than we spent on the postal survey "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Amidst much fanfare, Greg Hunt announced yesterday that there would be an injection of more than $100 million into school mental health programs and a range of new Headspace centres. Great. Except I seem to recall DECEMBER 8 2014 Mental health organisations cut services and staff amid funding uncertainty Forty per cent of mental health

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13:05

The Pencil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

With all these revelations of sexual harassment and workplace bullying, I thought Id slip in a little anecdote that I heard on the job many years ago. Strange, the places life takes you In all the years I worked as a sub-contractor for the Greeks, I worked on my own. I found that it

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13:00

In which the pond resumes normal usual Caterist service with idle chatter of "boutique human rights" ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



Being deeply conservative, the pond appreciates how quickly things have swung back to a traditional cycle, with Caterists turning up on a Tuesday and five bells sounding, and all well in the world ...

And tried to hear your voice, 
but all I heard 
 Was a boat's whistle, and the scraping squeal 
Of Caterists whining 
Of seabirds' voices far away, and bells, 
 Five bells. Five bells coldly ringing out. 
 Five bells. (here for the original)

Caterists, it will be remembered, are a rabble with a deep and just cause ... plunder the taxpayer's purse, preferably while denouncing rent-seekers ...


For pure comedy, it helps if the Caterists talk of the prosaic challenged of government, such as balancing budgets, while the pond contemplates the $1.5 trillion or so the Donald and the GOP are busy adding to the national debt ...

Not that the pond cares about the fate of the young in the United States, except when the pancake flattens around the world.

Talk about being easily bored by the prosaic challenges of government and cheap jokes about rainbow dances...
...

13:00

Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for Defrauding Elderly Client "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney lawyer Victor Berger has been removed from the roll of legal practitioners after over-charging an elderly client $137,543. The solicitor made regular phone calls to the frail woman in her nineties, checking on her health, her relationship with her children, and her housework. Then in 2012, some months before the woman died, the lawyer

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12:35

Australia is missing out on tax revenue from gas projects "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Australia is missing out on tax revenue from gas projects

Diane Kraal, Monash University

Despite huge investment from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, the revenue generated by taxing gas is falling. This is in part because of lower gas prices but its also due to the complexity of the tax system, where only eight projects are actually paying the petroleum resource rent tax.

The value of gas projects in Australia sits at around A$200 billion dollars. Out of the operating and planned LNG projects in Australia, the largest natural gas to LNG projects are offshore in the west and the north. All the coal seam gas to LNG projects are onshore in the east.


The petroleum resource rent tax is a profits-based tax, levied over a specified threshold, and generated from the sale of petroleum commodities such as natural gas and oil, but excludes LNG.

It replaced Commonwealth royalties for all petroleum resources in Commonwealth waters, except for the North West Shelf project. From 2012 it was extended to include all onshore and offshore oil and gas projects, including the North West Shelf and coal seam gas (CSG) projects.

Royalty revenues are higher because the calculation is a straightforward 10-12% of the gas value at the well-head. Royalties are not technically a tax, but rather the price paid for the stock of mineral resource by business.

Currently the businesses operating...

12:30

Turnbull's kiss of death for an Australian Republic "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Turnbull's kiss of death for an Australian RepublicThe Australian Republic is now emerging as a key election issue, with the Prime Minister a mere observer in its wake. read now...

Turnbull pricks his own thought bubble on an Australian Republic "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Turnbull pricks his own thought bubble on an Australian RepublicThe Australian Republic is now emerging as a key election issue, with the Prime Minister a mere observer in its wake. read now...

12:28

Cow wows judges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OVERWHELMED, shocked and excited is how Outtrim dairy farmers Lyn and Les Hornby felt when one of their cows was awarded overall champion in the eighth Leading Edge Genetics on farm competition recently.
The three year old cow, sired by Dorcy, was one of 384 entries from 58 Gippsland farmers, and also won the three year old category.
Mr Hornby said she was a fine cow, with a good udder, confirmation and back end.
She is a placid cow as well. She stood really well for the judge, he said.
It was the first win in the challenge for the Hornbys and their herd manager Jess Stace.
Judge Matt Templeton spent several days visiting farms across Gippsland and said the Hornbys cow was one he just couldnt fault on the day.
For a young cow to carry an udder like thatand overall quality was impressive, he said.
The Hornbys have been in the dairy industry for 20 years and moved on to their Outtrim farm around six years ago.
They milk around 270 Friesians off 350 acres and supply Murray Goulburn.
Mr Hornby said over the past few years, they had been working on improving the herd overall, with a particular emphasis on teat length, as well as feet and legs.
We are always trying to breed a better cow, full stop, he said.
We have improved our herd a lot, particularly since we started using AI. We dont use any herd bulls and we mop up with Herefords.
When selecting genetics, Mrs Hornby said they look for low cell counts and are particularly keen on animals with good temperaments.
It is no good if you cant get the cups on them, she said.
Assisting with their herd improvement over the years has been Brad Aitken from Leading Edge Genetics.
He has helped us pick the bulls that fit our cows the best, Mr Hornby said.
After a wet October, the Hornbys cut silage late this year, but Mr Hornby said the yield was still good.
Jess had to spray the entire farm for army worms. Where we had cut silage, it wasnt greening up and all the bare spots were covered in caterpillars, he said.
They were eating the grass as fast as it could grow. I had never seen them that bad.

Great win: Outtrim dairy farmers Lyn and Les Hornby were thrilled when their three year old cow was announced as the overall winner of the...

12:27

Jennifer Maidens Appalachian Fall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jennifer Maiden, Appalachian Fall: Poems about Poverty in Power (Quemar Press 2017)

appalachian.pngQuemar Press published the ebook of Jennifer Maidens  Metronome the day after the 2017 US presidential election. In its last poem, Maidens fictional alter egos George Jeffreys and Clare Collins watch the election results on TV, and chat to Donald Trump on the phone. One insistent strand of Appalachian Fall is a continuation of the Trump theme.

Jimmy Carter chats with his re-awakened distant cousin Sara Carter Bayes at Trumps inauguration. Jane Austen comments on his rivalry with Kim Jong-Un. Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton chat about him.  Trump himself appears with George Jeffreys, with his mother, Mary Anne Macleod, and solo.

Maidens lively, questioning intelligence worries away at the double mystery of Trump: who is he and what happened to make him President? The books subtitle, Poems of Poverty in Power, gestures towards her answer to the second question: Jimmy Carter, reflecting on Saras music, articulates it:

thought: we knew ourselves when we heard it:
the low gut scream of hunger,
for some food, some pride, for any sort of
civilising action, answered passion, and if all
these people were Trump voters, maybe that in...

12:27

Dairy cows get groovy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A DAIRY yard surface must provide confident footing for cows under all conditions.
CowTimes Darold Klindworth said simple grooving in the cement can make a world of difference to cow flow into the dairy and safety for cows and workers alike.
Some dairy yards become very slippery when wet or worn. Injury is inevitable when cows (and even workers) slip. A slippery yard surface affects cow flow into the dairy because cows become fearful and hesitate. Its just not worth the risk because its so simple to fix, he said.
Concrete yards can have a number of successful treatments applied to reduce their slipperiness. Cutting grooves into the yard surface is a common solution.
A diamond pattern is easy to construct while providing good traction. For best results:
diamonds should be at least 12mm wide and 12mm deep; and
the points of the diamond should point up and down the slope to help with yard washing.
When doing a new concrete surface, use an experienced contractor with a good track record in cow yards. Many yards have been spoiled by inexperienced installers.
Make sure the surface is not too rough as this causes lameness. To test, walk on the yard in bare feet. If it is uncomfortable for you, its too rough for your cows.

Safety focus: grooves in dairy yards improve traction for milking herds. Photo: Facebook.

12:26

Prices fall with yarding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were approximately 570 export and 200 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 1000 head from the last sale of 2017.
The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a sale which struggled to find any traction.
Quality was fair with the grown cattle consisting of mostly Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers while the young run held a small proportion of trade suitable lots.
The limited selection of trade cattle sold firm while the secondary lots sold to little competition from processors with restockers picking up the slack.
The handful of grown steers and bullocks sold to solid demand while a better supply of dairy and crossbred manufacturing steers lifted 8c to 14c/kg.
Cows sold to softer demand with prices back 6c to 10c/kg for most. Heavy weight bulls were off 3c for the better shaped lots and 9c/kg for the dairy lots.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 280c to 303c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade made between 250c and 282c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks sold between 265c and 271c/kg. Heavy weight dairy manufacturing steers made from 236c to 258c with the crossbred portion from 247c to 267c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold from 170c to 216c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 206c and 235c/kg.
The better shaped heavy weight bulls sold between 235c and 275c with the dairy lots between 212c and 248c/kg..
The next sale draw January 10:
1. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 2. SEJ, 3. Rodwells, 4. Elders, 5. Alex Scott & Staff, 6. Landmark.
Sheep Sale Wednesday, January 10 at 12pm.

Hoping to buy: Andrew Siekman from Korumburra and Landmark agent Stan Alger were at the Leongatha VLE store sale last Thursday, hoping to find Mr Siekman new cattle.

12:24

MACKAY Woman in custody faces fresh charge ahead of sentencing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Woman in custody faces fresh charge ahead of sentencing

January 09, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A SLADE Point woman awaiting sentencing for a string of stealing and fraud offences, has been hit with a fresh charge. Karen Patricia Anne-Maree Wise, 34, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, after recently pleading guilty to 13 charges, including alcohol theft, credit

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MACKAY Found the bong: Noise complaint tradies downfall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Found the bong: Noise complaint tradies downfall

January 09, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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MACKAY Behind bars, accused of break and enter, car theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Behind bars, accused of break and enter, car theft

January 09, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Brian Illington Trent Tapim, 23, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Monday on 18 charges. That includesc four counts of entering premises, three counts of car theft, three counts of failing to stop for police, and one count each of break and enter and stealing a firearm or ammunition. Tapims

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12:24

Galleries to dazzle towns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A GALLERY of lights may become a fixture in the Waterline communities.

Co-creative director of The Edge of Us a team of local artists in Bass Coast Jessica Wilson presented Bass Coast Shire Council with the concept of an art project called Luminous Galleries recently.

Luminous Galleries is the follow on project from the successful Luminous Streets project, which took place in April.

Taking place in five Waterline towns Pioneer Bay, Tenby Point, Grantville, Corinella and Coronet Bay Luminous Streets saw children and community members create light based sculptures that responded to the unique identity of each town.

In 2018, The Edge of Us hopes to see something a little more permanent.

What is proposed is the installation of permanent light fixtures arranged in constellation clusters. The community would then be asked to create their luminous artworks over these fixtures to create a night time gallery.

These galleries would be ever changing to promote community involvement.

The project was made possible through the Regional Arts Victoria Small Town Transformations Program.

We are heading into our second year, and we want to try to get people out of their homes and work together on this special project, Ms Wilson said.

There is a lack of connectedness between these towns, and this would be a permanent legacy. It would encourage people to drive through the towns and look at the new sculptures.

The constellation clusters have been carefully mapped and inspired by Indigenous Australian tradition of navigating the stars using story and song. With help from Indigenous artist Steve Parker, the constellations would be oriented towards the next town to encourage the journey.

The project is fully funded, but council assistance would be required to ensure the installations had access to power, are sensitive to the environment and are maintained.

12:21

Ladies day treat at Stony Creek Racing Club "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT was a massive day at the Stony Creek Racing Club yesterday, Monday, January 8.
Not only were the children entertained with Chris Humfreys Wild Action Zoo, the ladies had a lovely day out as well.
The Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club organised this years Pink Roses Ladies Marquee, with major sponsor Sisterhood Womens Travel.
Around 70 women enjoyed the day in the marquee, and a percentage of the profits will go back into the surf life saving club for vital equipment.
It was a fabulous day. It was the first time weve been asked to do something like this and we were very excited, co-organiser Megan Watson said.
Kongwak artist Fiona Kennedy was thanked for having four artworks on display, which helped add an extra touch of elegance in the marquee.
Club CEO Sarah Wolf was thrilled with the outcome of the day.
People began queuing up at 11.30am to come in, so the club is becoming a great holiday destination for families, she said.
Chris (Humfrey) is always a real drawcard for children. They love coming along and seeing native animals they wouldnt ordinarily get to see.
The Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club did a great job with the marquee; its been a wonderful day.
Ms Wolf said there was a good field with 101 entries, and the track was in great condition, considering the club held a meeting very recently.

Close: jockey Clayton Douglas (left) on Champagne Elle just edged out Brandon Stockdale and horse Paris Flirting in the first race of the day at Stony Creek Racing Club yesterday, Monday, January 8.

12:20

Sailors learn new skills "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JUNIOR sailors took to the water in Inverloch last week.
Over three big days, 24 beginners or Tackers between the ages of seven and 12 learned the basics of sailing from scratch.
This coincided with the Start Sailing program for teenage and adult sailors.
The event was held at the South Gippsland Yacht Club in Inverloch, and is an initiative of the Boatshed Sailing Melbourne.
Qualified trainers journeyed to Inverloch for the week for the program, with South Gippsland Yacht Club member Grace Biram helping out as a qualified assistant trainer.
Day one was held on Tuesday, January 2, and the Tackers were towed through the water by the trainers, and learned about boat and water safety.
On day two, they learned some theory and played games before getting into the boats, and by day three most were sailing independently.
This was the first time the South Gippsland Yacht Club has held this event in four years.
We are excited to have the program back and hope to get some new members, Commodore Rob McNair said.
Mr McNair said the club hopes the program will become an annual event, and is looking to host it again this time next year.
The trainers told Mr McNair that last weeks conditions in Inverloch were challenging, the beginners did extremely well and showed great improvement.

Set sail: Greensboroughs Lachie Brain, Outtrims Oscar and Sam Beachley, and Portarlingtons Finn Fairlie enjoyed the Tackers program, held in Inverloch over three days last week.

12:20

Sea Days Festival soldiers on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ATTENDANCE at the Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival was severely affected by the heat on Saturday, but Sunday was a different story.

While the heat even kept some exhibitors away on the first day of the festival, Sundays cooler conditions saw them return to a huge audience.

Run by the Port Welshpool Working Group, the event was in its 13th year.

Working group secretary Alma Mattingly said the festival was closed down early on Saturday, due to a lack of visitors.

By about 2pm the only ones sitting around talking were the stallholders so we wound it up early, she said.

We had to cancel the come and try fishing on Saturday afternoon as well, but the boat rides and helicopter flights continued and were very successful.

I was disappointed sat, but there was nothing that could be done.

Ms Mattingly said on Sunday there were plenty of exhibitors on site and people everywhere.

We did really well on Sunday. I think because of the different exhibitors. They really drew the crowds, she said.

The childrens activities on Sunday were popular with visitors and the come and try fishing program saw lots of fishing rods put to use.

We went through lots of fishing rods and lots of food, Ms Mattingly said.

Sunday was brilliant. I heard a lot of the exhibitors who had never been before say they were astounded by the crowd coming through.

I said that was what it was normally like.

The Port Welshpool Working Groups next event is an indoor market, which will be held at the old ferry terminal on Sunday, January 13.

Trash and treasure: from left, Welshpool and District Primary School students Elsa Gallagher, Chelsea Whale, Chelsea Brown and Katelyn Doran were getting ready to pick up rubbish along the foreshore as part of the Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival on Saturday.

12:18

Local girl Sophie chalks up a double "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IN A riding display that finally rewarded her talent, local jockey Sophie Logan produced a masterful performance on Sunday at Woolamai picnic races to land a winning double.
While it was the first time Logan had tasted victory on her home track this season from the two meetings to date, it was just a matter of time before she broke through and may prove a catalyst for future success.
Woolamai and District Racing Club secretary Bev Carmichael said, The weather was ideal after the very hot Saturday and we were very pleased with the day even though the attendance was slightly down on previous years.
This was probably due to the fact it was a Sunday meeting and a lot of people were heading home after their holiday break and going back to work the next day, Mrs Carmichael said.
It was lovely to see a lot of families with children in the crowd. The children had a wonderful day of activities provided by Kelly Sports as part of the Kids Summer of Racing Program. They were also entertained by Pockets the Clown, face painting and the jumping castle.
Club president Robert Carmichael said, It was great to see so many families with the picnic rugs out and the Kelly Sports activities are proving exceedingly popular. Also local Bass Coast businesses are again supportive with sponsorship and all this sets up well for our next meeting.
In mild conditions with the gentlest of ocean breezes present, conditions were tailor made for an afternoon at the races and the on track action didnt disappoint. The opening event on the six race card saw the Cranbourne trained Mr Gogarty demolish his rivals by an ever increasing 12 length margin. Giving jockey Maddison Morris an armchair ride throughout, Mr Gogarty simply outstayed the rest of the field and a career over the jumps beckons for the seven year old.
Trainer Ray Caldwell was keen to point out the ability of his horse over hurdles and was adamant plans were afoot for this in the future.
Race two saw the first of Sophie Logans winning rides and was also an excellent result for the locals in the training ranks with Last One Laughing bringing up victory number four from just fourteen starts. The horse is trained at Corinella by Shae Eden, who is enjoying a superlative run with his charges of late. Recent wins at Moonee Valley and Flemington as well as the provincial tracks have again put the Eden stable in the spotlight, however Shae no doubt still derives great satisfaction from winning races at Woolamai. Last One Laughing was positioned well by Logan and proved too classy in the run to the post.
Race three went to Cranbourne trained four year old Mystyko, giving win number two to Sophie. In a polished riding display, the horse looked well balanced in the run and was given every chance of victory. Stride by stride Mystyko was able to gain the ascendancy over adversaries up the home straight and prevail in a tight...

12:18

Warning Over New Penis Whitening Procedure Popular With Gay Men "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thailands health ministry has issued a warning over a new penis whitening procedure thats reportedly popular among gay men in the country. A Facebook video by Lelux Hospitals Skin and Laser clinic detailing the treatment, which breaks down melanin in the skin using lasers, reportedly went viral online with more than 19,000 shares in two ...

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12:18

Market hard to resist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Koonwarra Farmers Market is held, rain hail or shine and last Saturday was no exception, despite soaring temperatures before midday.

People did their shopping early to escape the heat and enjoyed a cool treat to help keep the summer warmth at bay.

The next Koonwarra Farmers Market will be on Saturday, February 3.

Tasty stuff: Lucy Reed and Annabel Rodrigues from Inverloch were trying to stay cool with an iced chocolate at the Koonwarra Farmers Market on Saturday.

12:17

Gippsland Junior Country Week Championships of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Gippsland Cricket Championships conducted by the Leongatha and District Cricket Association were held last week. The six cricket associations U15 and U14 teams played five games during the week against each other over the first four days.
According to ladder positions finals were held on the Friday. 1 v 2, 3 v 4 and 5 v 6.
At the end of the successfully, organised week there were presentations of individual trophies and medallions to the teams announced Champions.
There was also the announcement of the All Gippsland Team in both divisions.
The Under 15 competition was conducted upon four turf wickets.
It was a great credit to the local clubs and curators that many high scoring games were played and that the talented batsmen had a chance to show their skills.
Top batsmen for Leongatha were Josh Williams from Inverloch and Evan Allaway from Korumburra who both made 159 runs for the week.
The top wicket taker was Jack Collins from Nerrena who had nine wickets for the week.
Evan Allaway had the glory of taking a hat trick in the game against Warragul.
Bairnsdale Cricket Association went through the week undefeated and also won the Grand Final.
Played on our synthetic wickets was the U14 competition.
Two players had exceptional batting efforts in making hundreds each. It was no surprise they finished top two in the Batting aggregate with local OMK player Ethan Lamers finishing second with 272 runs for the week including his 101 * in one game.
The winner though was Max Welsh from the Bairnsdale Cricket Association with a sensational 317 runs.
Both players look destined for higher honours.
The top wicket taker was Darcy Hume from Nerrena who had 10 wickets for the week.
The LDCA U14 team ended up on top of the ladder but unfortunately wasnt able to win the grand final game going down to the Warragul team.
It was a fantastic week with many individual highlights.
Leongatha and District Cricket Association results
Round 1
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 5/215 (B Manicaro 46, J Whiteside 39, E Lamers 32, D Hume 27) def Traralgon DCA 72 ( D Hume 3/12, J Whiteside 2/7, L Gill 2/11)
Round 2
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 2/173 ( E Lamers 70, D Hume 33*, J Whiteside 31) def Sale Maffra Cricket Association 6/157 ( T Niven 2/18)
Round 3 T20
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 7/115 ( E Lamers 56) def Bairnsdale Cricket  Association 9/79 ( O Kenter 3/19, T Hanily 2/9 )
Round 4 T20
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 2/150 ( E Lamers 101*, D Hume 27* ) def Central Gippsland Cricket Association 5/101
Round 5
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 88 def by Warragul and District Cricket Association  106 ( O Kenter 4/17, T Niven 2/20)
Gr...

12:15

Listen to the New Sam Newton Single Hazel Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Sam Newton Hardworking Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his brand new single Hazel Eyes right before Christmas. The track is taken from Newtons forthcoming album Stare Into The Dark which is expected early this year. Hazel Eyes waltzes into your ear drums with Sam Newtons laid back vocal style and the []

11:55

Justice Action calls for external overview of mental health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

The NSW minister for Health is refuting claims by Justice Action that the 19 recommendations from the review following the death of Miriam Merten at Lismore Hospital would not prevent this event recurring again.

The Review team have made comprehensive recommendations to improve leadership, culture and oversight in mental health units, said the Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies.

The Government has accepted all 19 recommendations and is committed to ensuring this review is a turning point for the NSW mental health system. The NSW Ministry of Health will now develop a plan outlining how and when each of them recommendations will be implemented.

However, Justice Actions Coordinator Brett Collins says that the mental health system in NSW is an appalling hotbed of abuse that has to change.

They need to bring in external oversight and they need to put people in control of what is happening to them. They need to treat people with dignity and humanity.

Collins says that the review itself was inadequate and makes it appear that they are doing something when they are doing nothing.

The mental health industry has closed ranks, he said. They would like to move on and just make a few tweaks.

Reduction of seclusion and restraint, greater support and control for people in the mental health system along with the removal or amendment of legislative protections such as s.195 Act have been recommended by Justice Action.

In the report the mental health system have accepted all the problems and the solution has to take into account that people are held to account for what occurred. No outsiders have been brought in how do we change a culture when there is no external oversight? External people...

11:54

Crash highlights quad bikes danger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A FIFTEEN year old Inverloch girl is fighting for life in the Royal Childrens Hospital after a quad bike accident in Devon North near Yarram on Wednesday afternoon.

A 16 year old male from Narre Warren South was a passenger on the bike and remains in a critical but stable condition in the Alfred Hospital.

The incident occurred in Bolgers Road.

It appears the girl lost control of the bike on a bend. The bike skidded and flipped throwing the pair onto the road. They both suffered significant head injuries in the accident, Yarram Police Sergeant Brian Howard said.

Both were knocked unconscious, however the male came too shortly after and contacted his parents, who rushed to the scene and notified the ambulance, who then called police to assist.

The parents of both victims are devastated.

The girl underwent surgery last Wednesday evening and Thursday, and was in a critical but stable condition. She is suffering from significant injuries.

The male remained in hospital in a stable condition.

Last year, Victoria became the first state to require mandatory rollover protection to be fitted to quad bikes used in the workplace, including farms.

According to Safe Work Australia, almost one in seven fatal quad bike incidents involved children under 16 years.

Safe Work Australias website said children under 16 should never ride adult sized quad bikes.

You should never carry children as passengers on single rider quad bikes. Carrying children or other passengers adversely affects quad bike stability and increases the risk of rollover, it said.

There were 10 quad bike fatalities in 2017, two of those in Victoria.

11:47

Venus Bay debates skate park site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Venus Bay community is split over the proposed location of a new skate park for the town.

South Gippsland Shire Council is now advertising its intention to erect the skate park on the corner of Jupiter Boulevard and Centre Road, opposite the towns shops.

Supporters say that location is public, ensuring the skate park is easy to find and does not attract unsavoury activity.

But opponents say the site was bought by council with the intention of creating additional car parking to ease congestion during the summer holidays when the towns population swells to approximately 7000 people.

They want the skate park built behind Jupiter Park, in Jupiter Boulevard.

Opponents have initiated a petition calling on council not to build the skate park at the proposed site and retain it for parking.

The existing skate park is behind Venus Bay Community Centre, and is out of sight and outdated.

The new skate park will be a street style park with ramps and a flat section, catering for skate, BMX, scooter and blades enthusiasts.

Council has allocated $125,000 to the project, which was identified by the community as a priority for Venus Bay.

The site was proposed by the majority of people at a meeting in August 2017.

Leading the lobby for the proposed location is Sam Ennis, owner of Edge of the Earth Hair and Surf, which hires skateboards and scooters. He said he has a vested interest in the skate park going ahead where proposed, but believed it would benefit the community.

I feel its a fantastic location purely for safety and convenience because it is close to the shops and the toilets are 100m away, he said.

It keeps the park in the public eye which is smart because the crowd that skate parks can attract out of the public eye really is not kid friendly.

Mr Ennis believed there was adequate space on the site for a skate park and car park of a size that would double the existing parking available.

I dont want this block sitting here eight months of the year as a car park and not being used, he said.

Tom Turners family runs Agapi Fish and Chips and Venus Loves Gelato, and back the proposed location.

There are not a lot of things for young people to do in winter. The skate park would be used more than the car park during the rest of the year, he said.

Doug Don initiated a petition objecting to the proposed location. He said Jupiter Park was more suitable given it has public toilets, a playground, barbecue and ample space.

Felicity Kaye has a holiday house next to the proposed site and is concerned about her familys privacy if the skate....

11:44

Police search for missing girl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing a Boolarra teenager.

Breanna Bourke, 16, was last seen on January 2, 2018 in the Boolarra area.

Police have concerns for her welfare due to her age.

She is approximately 150cm tall with brown hair and a petite build.

She is believed to be in Morwell, however she could also be in the other areas of Gippsland.

Police have released an image of Breanna in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information regarding her current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Breanna is asked to contact the Morwell Police Station on 5131 5000.


Mysterious circumstances: police are looking for missing Boolarra girl, Breanna Bourke, 16.

11:42

Fire danger runs high "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland could be in for hot and dry weather for the rest of summer, resulting in a dreadful fire season according to the Ruby Fire Brigade.

Captain Michael Guest said rain early in the season would result in grass and bush growing, and produce more fuel for fires.

Ruby CFA member Darren Hardacre said, The grass and bush areas have dried out really quickly and a lot of the bush is lacking soil moisture and is already dry.

Its really significant for us to make sure locals have prepared for the season. Whether theyre in town or rural areas, they need to have a fire plan.

We urge people to seek the knowledge and prepare a plan. If they dont know what to do, there is information on the CFA website or they can contact their local brigade.

Mr Guest suggested residents tidy around their properties, keep grass short, keep wood piles away from house, cut back branches and clear roof gutters.

The Ruby CFA trained once a month ahead of the fire season.

The training has included ensuring everyone is familiar with how the pump works, as well as tree hazard awareness, Mr Guest said.

Everyone needs to make sure they have a plan for their pets and farm animals on bad days, especially if they are away on the day, and to share the fire plan with everyone living at the house, the neighbours and family members not at the house.

Not only are fire fighters preparing, but so are the Ruby Reds, the voluntary CFA members who help at the brigade, organising events and catering for firefighters. There are 45 Ruby CFA members and around 20 active operational members.

 

Fire ready: from left, Ruby CFAs Andrew Sage, Darren Hardacre, Karen Hardacre, Nicole Whiteside, secretary Linda Sage, Nathan Hardacre, Aaron Perks, Tim Hardacre and captain Michael Guest have been hard at work preparing for the fire season.

11:34

Formal complaints to the FBI regarding suspect Australian taxpayer donations to the Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

You will be aware that criminal investigations involving the Clinton Foundation are now underway in the United States. I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers. I am now preparing complaints/referrals to the...

11:30

Armed robbery in Burra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

POLICE are investigating an armed robbery at Korumburras Middle Hotel early yesterday (Monday) morning.
At about 12.30am, an offender gained entry to the premises on Commercial Road and stole money.

The offender was chased from the hotel and apprehended, before escaping down Radovick Street after a brief struggle.
Detectives from Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the incident, as well as a burglary at Korumburra Car Company in Radovick Street, but were unsure what was stolen from that business.

11:28

Push for new Leongatha entertainment hub "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A PROPOSAL to build a new RSL complete with upmarket accommodation in Leongatha could still proceed.

Last year, the Leongatha RSL flagged the possibility of building a new RSL on the corner of Smith Street and Michael Place in Leongatha.

The new complex was to include a restaurant, accommodation, function centre and on-site parking.

The RSL proposed to buy the former Carinos office complex now owned by South Gippsland Shire Council and sell the existing RSL site in Michael Place to council.

But the RSL withdrew its proposal in October 2017, despite the RSL and council entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to start talks about a land swap earlier that year.

The Star understands the Leongatha RSL withdrew its proposal after the complex did not receive unanimous support from the RSL committee, despite significant work already being undertaken to progress the project.

The Star understands committee members in favour of the new RSL are advancing their case for the project to advocate for the proposal to proceed, citing it would benefit Leongatha and broader South Gippsland.

Had council acquired the existing RSL site, it was likely the site would be included within a municipal precinct to include new council offices and a library for Leongatha.

Among those supporting the proposal is RSL president Steve Wisdom.

If it does not happen, it will eventually mean the death of the club, he said.

RSL members for the project believe it would help attract new members, young and old, as well as provide a diverse income stream by enabling the club to host large functions by offering extra space, as well as accommodation, to people attending those functions.

How the project would be financed was a point of conjecture, with significant capital raising in the order of many millions of dollars by the community required.

Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt welcomed the prospect of a new RSL.

We have been informed that the local RSL was not in favour or was not able to agree on moving forward on that project, but it would have been fantastic if they could have come to some sort of agreement on how to best move forward, she said.

If they cant come to an agreement, there is not much we can do. Im sure there is support from within council, if they do want to do something. It would be great for Leongatha.

Cr Brunt would not rule out a municipal precinct in the long term.

Councils existing offices are ageing and were not designed for modern municipal operations.

You have to think that over time you have to evaluate your office space, Cr Brunt said....

11:25

Unmasking Malcolm: The Big 5 Policy Failures of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The myth of the moderate Malcolm Turnbull dies hard, writes Ben Eltham. Will 2018 be any different?

At the end of 2017, it was easy to think of the Turnbull government as a spent force. Given the constant state of crisis that has bedevilled politics for years now, we can be forgiven for thinking that the government is about to fall, or that Turnbull is about to be replaced.

That would be unwise. Politics is rarely predictable, and even if it were, the fact remains that the government is just 18 months into its second term. Turnbull doesnt have to call an election until late 2019. As long as he can hold his government together, Turnbull has plenty of time. The longevity of the Turnbull government is one of the stranger aspects of Australias unsettled political economy.

The Coalition has ruled since September 2013, but really it has been two different governments: Abbott and Turnbull. You need to grasp that fact to understand politics in 2018. We are not in the fifth year of a unified Coalition government. We are 27 months into the Turnbull administration.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

No-one could accuse the Abbott government of lacking a program: its agenda was obvious, as soon as it was elected. Commissions of Audit, massive cuts to health and education, endless culture wars, a jihad against climate science. Tony Abbott and his cabinet certainly stood for something. To their bemusement, it was a something that voters rejected.

Ever since he took office, media coverage (and to a lesser extent, popular understanding) of Malcolm Turnbulls prime ministership has been framed around wishful thinking the desire for a particular sort of prime minister, a prime minister that Turnbull has manifestly failed to be.

The idea of a small-l liberal, moderate, progressive Malcolm Turnbull has died hard in the mediascape, even as it has quickly faded in the imagination. Fawning admirers at Fairfax and the ABC fell over themselves to genuflect in front of a politician that could not help but identify with (the conservatives at News Corporation were a different matter).

Perhaps the paradigm example of the media love-in was when Turnbull ushered Annabel Crabb around the family mansion on Sydney Harbour; but there were plenty of others. When Turnbull announced his ill-fated plo...

11:18

Rally to stop road closure at Lake Ainsworth this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

The closure of the eastern foreshore road at Lake Ainsworth has raised passions and Preserving Lake Ainsworth inc have called for a protest rally this Saturday at 10am at Lake Ainsworth.

Preserving Lake Ainsworth inc have gathered 4,050 signatures in an attempt to stop the road closure and claim that it cuts out 120 car parks and long vehicle parking including easy disabled access to the lakes eastern foreshore that will be replaced by only 68 formal car parks.

The group have also raised concerns relating to the impact on parking for the Lennox Head Surf Life Saving and the 300 nippers they have signed up over the summer saying that there is nowhere for parents to park.

The Lennox caravan park now has to be fenced off as all traffic is to be diverted in front of the park, said rally organiser, Don Opie.

That places 800 vehicle movements in front of the caravan park and people will be forced to cross by formal crossings with all gear.

Misleading information

Ballina Shire mayor David Wright has responded to the call for a rally saying I know that people who do not want to see the eastern road closed are passionate. However, it concerns me when I see information that is potentially misleading or incorrect being put into print.

One example of the misleading information is the mention of paid parking in the petition/letter the community group are asking people to sign. Council has never had any plans for paid parking in this location.

The mayor also disputes claims that the dog exercise areas would be lost, that the development application is not supported by Council technical staff and that access to public land will be l...

11:11

Is socialism obsolete? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Wandering through the citys bookshops yesterday I came across this: Is Capitalism Obsolete? with the subtitle, A Journey through Alternative Economic Systems. I live in hope that there will be at least one volume somewhere that has no for an answer. Havent seen anything in years. The above is my picture of the back cover. If you read how they advertise the book, you will find the least unexpected turn in the history of modern publishing.

After communism collapsed in the former Soviet Union, capitalism seemed to many observers like the only game in town, and questioning it became taboo for academic economists. But the financial crisis, chronic unemployment, and the inexorable rise of inequality have resurrected the question of whether there is a feasible and desirable alternative to capitalism. Against this backdrop of growing disenchantment, Giacomo Corneo presents a refreshingly antidogmatic review of economic systems, taking as his launching point a fictional argument between a daughter indignant about economic injustice and her father, a professor of economics.

Is Capitalism Obsolete? begins when the daughters angry complaints prompt her father to reply that capitalism cannot responsibly be abolished without an alternative in mind. He invites her on a tour of tried and proposed economic systems in which production and consumption obey noncapitalistic rules. These range from Platos Republic to diverse modern models, including anarchic communism, central planning, and a stakeholder society. Some of these alternatives have considerable strengths. But daunting problems arise when the basic institutions of capitalismmarkets and private propertyare suppressed. Ultimately, the father argues, all serious counterproposals to capitalism fail to pass the test of economic feasibility. Then the story takes an unexpected turn. Father and daughter jointly come up with a proposal to gradually transform the current economic system so as to share prosperity and foster democratic participation.

Capitalism is a system of production in which the ownership of firms is in the hands of private individuals who use the capital they buy, rent or own, while directing the employees they hire, to produce goods and services in a lawful way to sell what they have produced to others in order to earn a profit for themselves. There are lots of variations on the theme but that is essentially it. Nothing else has ever worked. Nothing else...

11:10

Neighbours Had To Cut A Line From The Shows Gay Wedding Proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the writers of Australian soap Neighbours has revealed that the script for the episode had to be changed after Australias historic yes vote for marriage equality. Neighbours first episode of the year, aired last night, saw character David Tanaka pop the question to his boyfriend Aaron Brennan in the long-running shows first ever ...

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11:09

Lies. Damned Lies. Statistics. ABC. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The ABC, also known as the media wing on of the Greens-ALP coalition, reported yesterday that Labor pounces on Scott Morrisons negative gearing lie after release of secret briefing documents.

According to the insightful analysis of the ABC:

The previously confidential advice to Treasurer Scott Morrison from his own department said the Oppositions plan might cause some downward pressure and could have a relatively modest downward impact on prices.

Interesting.

Here is the actual document from which the ABC bases its reporting.  This is a single document of presumably many produced by the Treasury on its analysis of negative gearing and capital gains tax.  Perhaps 60% of the contents of this document has been redacted, but there is no place for doubt, modesty or uncertainty when the ABC is criticizing a Liberal National Government.

According to this Treasury advice, Labors proposed policy would generate $3.4 to $3.9 billion of additional tax revenue.  Or in Swan-speak, $3.4 to $3.9 billion of saves.  The Commonwealth collected approximately $370 billion (yes billion!) in tax revenue in 2015-2016, so this increase in tax (or Swanny-Saves) would equate to an approximately 1% increase in tax.  Not a drop in the ocean.

Changing circumstances are also no barrier to the ABC when criticising the government.  Treasurys advice was from early 2016 and yet the state of the property market in early 2018 must be ignored so as to support the narrative.  But here is the rub.  According to Treasurys advice, when it comes to existing residential investment property:

Overall, price changes are likely to be small, though the composition of ownership may shift away from domestic investors.

So, for a policy that was designed to improve housing affordability , what it actually is expected to achieve is a significant increase in tax revenue and an increase in foreign investors.

But thats not the story for the ABC.

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11:05

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates,We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.

Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.

Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night knock and talk in Scotts apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.

Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt feared for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.

Although knock-and-talk policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantlesslethalexercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into talking with heavily armed police who knock on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.

No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.

According to journalist Michael Harriot:

More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died...

11:04

Lismore Square extension meeting may be illegal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Part of the land that could be sold to developer McConaghy Holdings during last weeks mini-flood in Lismore. Photo Peter Bellew

Chris Dobney

Tonights meeting to reconsider a controversial application by shopping centre developer McConaghy Holdings to take over a portion of Lismore Park and extend its Lismore Square development may be illegal, according to a long-time Lismore City Council watcher.

Peter Bellew, who emailed Echonetdaily a video showing the parkland proposed for redevelopment underwater in last weeks rain, has written to the council giving it legal notice that he is prepared to challenge the outcome of tonights Extraordinary General Meeting in court and demanding to know why the council has refused to hold a public access session.

According to Mr Bellew, the council has brought forward the meeting, at which the development is due to be reconsidered following a rescission motion last year, from February 13 to tonight without giving residents proper notice.

Mr Bellew told Echonetdaily he has been fighting to save Lismore Park for over 23 years.

The park has been public community land since it was proclaimed Lismore Park in 1887. Its been here for 130 years; its served the community very, very well. The councillors have no right to sell that land for public loss and private profit, he said.

Mr Bellew said he also had serious concerns about the suitability of the land and the effect of filling part of it for the shopping mall.

From looking at those videos, any fill that was put into that land would be an abrogation of public safety. That area is the basin, it takes in the whole of the rainfall all over Lismore Heights and East Lismore.

Brewster Street on that particular day was closed for over half an hour with water all over the road and thats the third time since September, he said.

Legal notice

Mr Bellew said in a legal notice to the council that it had failed to give sufficient notice of its plan to move forward consideration of the proposal and three...

11:02

Top Cop Graham Ashton head of organisation committing criminal offences? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

So it seems that the CEO of an organisation committing criminal offences is back in 'business'.


Can you make your allegations of criminal activities stick???


Just a reminder that the police hand out fines 'unlawfully';

See document;

Ex Victorian police officer comments on fines at:
https://corpau.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/ex-victorian-police-officer-comments-on.html

10:49

Australia's emissions record is terrible. It's time for this government to stop pretending | Greg Jericho "IndyWatch Feed National"

In case you missed it, the latest greenhouse gas emissions data was released just before Christmas. It's badIn the week before Christmas the government yet again released its latest data on greenhouse gas emissions in the hope they would be missed amid other news and the nearing festivities. As we start the new year let us revisit the data and highlight just how terrible the government's record on emission reduction has been.The news that the temperature in Penrith reached 47.3C on Sunday [...]

10:42

UN group meets to discuss ISDS reform "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

January 9, 2018: A working group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) recently held talks to discuss current concerns about the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) scheme, and possible reforms. UNICTRAL is one of the two bodies which provides panels of investment law arbitrators for ISDS disputes.

According to IAReporter, based on the transcript of the proceedings, the main concerns raised by government delegations were the cost and lengthy duration of ISDS disputes, the issue of corporations failing to pay costs if awarded against them, frivolous claims by investors, inconsistent rulings and lack of transparency. Concerns were also raised about the independence and impartiality of arbitrators.

These are all issues raised by AFTINET and other civil society groups which have led some governments and the ALP, Greens and Nick Xenophon Team to oppose the inclusion of ISDS in trade agreements.

One of the biggest issues identified by some delegations was the lack of consistency in the current ISDS system. Australia, Canada and the E.U. all noted that government lawyers have had trouble interpreting treaties, and Australia admitted that in terms of providing advice internally to government on new policy initiatives it can be challenging to work out where a tribunal might come out on a particular issue.

Broadly, there were three different positions taken by delegates on the need for reform.

Some like Brazil said there was no need for investor-initiated disputes at all, and that disputes could be dealt with by government-to-government disputes processes which are part of all trade agreements.

Others including the U.S., Chile, Mexico, Russia and Japan cast doubt on the severity of problems, and argued that states can use various bilateral tools to alleviate any problems. The U.S. was joined by Russia, Korea and Israel in arguing that the non-uniform arbitration system was a positive thing, as it allowed regional specificities to be considered.

Other delegations like the E.U., Canada, Mauritius and Argentina called for multilateral solutions (such as a permanent court and an appellate mechanism). The E.U. argued that the question of consistency still remains a problem, and suggested that holistic improvements could be made to the treaty system.

There was also a focus by some on negative public pe...

10:35

Le 1881 ~ Noumea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The family was keen to return to 1881 with it's bargain lunch time meal deal and water views. It's an easy one bus trip fom Anse Varta. It's an interesting trip giving a good gawk and the working harbour and, if you're lucky, the prison. Le 1881 is in a beautiful and historic location. You can tick off some sites at the same time. Ah, this is how we roll. Like our

10:34

Culture Guide January 8 14: Cinemania, Bear Pack comedy, Broken Glass & more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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10:30

NORTEC now dumps training those most in need "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre. Photo supplied

Aslan Shand

Employment and training provider NORTEC have recently withdrawn the government funded outreach program aimed at providing language, literacy and numeracy training to help people access employment and training opportunities.

Like their recent termination of small business incubators in the region, NORTEC only provided the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC) where the program was run with a very short notice two weeks.

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program was based at the MDNC and was accessed by a range of age groups who used the program to create opportunities for meaningful work where literacy and numeracy has been a barrier.

The Department of Education and Training said NORTEC closed the Mullumbimby site owing to low student numbers; however, it is understood by The Echo that some students believed they were being diverted away from the Mullumbimby program prior to its closure.

On average there were ten or more students in classes at any one time, said student Tanya Winters who completed the last three sessions of her course in Murwillumbah after the Mullumbimby service closed.

On paper, NORTEC appear to be servicing this area, even though they no longer deliver any local services. Students are now required to travel to Ballina, Kingscliff or Murwillumbah to access them. 

Locally based programs are very thin on the ground in the Byron Shire, said Julie Williams, MDNC manager.

I am weary of organisations being funded to deliver across LGAs without a locally based presence, or at least an authentic partnership with a locally based organisation that has an ongoing relationship with the community.

When purse strings get tight, the first thing to go is outreach services which leaves a community high and dry. It doesnt get the funded service and cant apply for funding because on paper there is already another organisation delivering...

10:21

Queensland Couple Craig and Luke Wed On First Day Of Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first Queensland couple has tied the knot on the first official day of marriage equality. Australias same-sex marriage legislation was passed exactly one month ago and while some couples were granted exemptions, today is the first official day of same-sex ceremonies. Queensland athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan timed their vows so they could ...

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10:12

The real reason Iranian protestors took to the streets: Govt's new budget, Trump's meddling in Iran's economy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When the Iranian protests broke out last Thursday, I immediately reached out to friends, family, and organizers of the Green Movement, which erupted after the 2009 stolen elections, to find out what was going on. But almost everyone I spoke to gave me the same answer: We don't know. We haven't been able to piece it together yet. We are all confused. But one person had quickly managed to put together the Persian puzzle: Donald Trump. Although it took him days to figure out what was going on in Charlottesville, Iran was a piece of cake for America's most unpresidential president. Since then, he has shot off half a dozen or so tweets purporting to support the protesters. In reality, however, the tweets seem more aimed at fanning the flames than aiding the demonstrators. There is no evidence that the protesters in Iran are taking their cues from Trump - or even paying attention to him. Unlike the 2009 protests, when some of the demonstrators called on Barack Obama to speak out against the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, no chants have been heard in Iran calling on Trump to do or say anything at all. Nor has any evidence emerged to substantiate the accusation that the protests were orchestrated from abroad. In the eyes of most Iranians, Trump has shown nothing but animosity toward the Iranian people since he took office.

10:10

Meet The Brisbane Hustlers Rugby Team At Their Open Day This Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local gay rugby team the Brisbane Hustlers are holding their 2018 Open Day this weekend. The event will be held on Saturday, January 13 in New Farm Park in Brisbane from 3:00pm. If youve thought about playing Rugby Union but werent sure where to begin, the team says the Open Day is the perfect event ...

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10:07

Flickerfest celebrating 20 years in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Miro an Australia WWII film.

Flickerfest is returning to the northern rivers for its twentieth year to bring you the best short films from the Byron region, Australia and the World. A cinema-packed short film weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall will be screening an entertaining, inspiring and award winning range of 30 Flickerfest short films over three nights from January 2628.

Many of the films have been hand picked from 2,500 entries from Flickerfest 2018 in Bondi and for some it will be their world or Australian premieres.

Flickerfest Mullumbimby will also be presenting the best of northern rivers shorts at the Byron All Shorts finalists screening showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from our very talented local filmmakers. Byron All Shorts finalists will be announced this coming week.

Bronwyn Kidd (Flickerfest Director) says: As Mullumbimby is our hometown Im always really excited to be presenting these very exciting, entertaining and inspiring short films hand-picked for local audiences at our local tour event.

Our Mullumbimby Flickerfest is both a celebration of film and a great community networking event where people who love films and great stories can come together over the weekend and enjoy inspiring films from the northern rivers, acr...

10:02

Securing an open relationship "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im noticing a theme in my reflective posts: they often start with the phrase a friend posted on Facebook

Its a statement that much of our interactions are undertaken in that highly-managed medium.

Obviously much of my reflection happens here and recently Ive been pondering the increased interest in polygamy.

Its surprising who likes the posts about open relationships that I share and Im also surprised who shares posts of their own.

Yesterday a friend commented on how shed decided an open relationship wasnt for her while growing up with a view of her unhappy parents open relationship.

Now shes just entered an open relationships and was explaining that polyamory isnt the same as polygamy.

Her point was that being open to being more than a couple isnt the same as being open to everything that could be a part of that relationship.

It brought to my mind recent conversations with my partner and how the notion of an open relationship isnt a notion like open borders.

Our relationship is probably a bit more like I imagine it is in the European Union, where passports are checked prior to crossing boundaries.

09:52

Coal protesters block rail line near Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Natan Shlomo (L) and Lilli Barto blocking the path of a coal train near Bowen. Photo supplied

Two protesters from Front Line Action on Coal are currently blocking Aurizons coal railway near Bowen, calling on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

They have prevented any coal trains getting to Adanis Abbot Point coal terminal by locking their arms inside a steel barrel filled with concrete on the train tracks since 7:15am today.

The Queensland Labor government is currently considering rail operator Aurizons bid for a NAIF loan, which would open the floodgates for new coalmines in the Galilee Basin.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, is currently locked onto the concrete barrel near Mt Buckley Rd, 20 minutes south-west of Bowen.

State Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto any NAIF loan that would enable Adanis dirty coal project, she said.

Funding Aurizon would be a back-door route to allow Adani to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere.

Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, is also attached to the barrel on the railway.

Coal is fuelling catastrophic climate change. We stand against the damage this would cause in the Galilee basin, he said.

If Labor continue to turn a blind eye to the devastating cost of coal mining they are complicit.

This comes as part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, following on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adanis coal port. The group is committed to sustained action against the Adani project.

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09:42

09:31

North Coast gay couple wed on first legal day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan were among the first Australian gay couples to tie the knot as the new legislation came into effect overnight. Photo ABC

A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.

Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.

The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.

Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.

Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.

Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.

In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.

The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.

Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.

She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.

Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.

On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.

Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...

09:27

SPECIAL REPORT: Australia's P&I Cliff (the great interest-only reset) "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

SPECIAL REPORT: THE P&I CLIFF

Are you a fund manager, sophisticated or institutional investor interested in Australia's markets?

Changes to mortgage lending standards are the biggest issue facing Australia's housing markets in 2018 and beyond, as the market regulator has taken decisive action to tackle rising household debt as it approaches 200 per cent of annual household disposable income. 

My guess is your main concern right now is making sense of the variables to give you a framework for analysing firms, market opportunities, and future trends in Australia. 

This report is for you. 

About me

If you're not a regular reader of this site, I'm Pete Wargent, a housing market analyst - you can find a sample of some of my recent media work here

I write reports for funds and sophisticated investors. 

As anticipated in the WargentAdvisory 2017-18 Long & Short Reports last year, billions of dollars of interest-only mortgages are now falling due for reset, leaving investors with multiple investment property mortgages unable to cope with the 40 to 50 per cent jump in repayments.

Already in the past week there have been multiple media stories of high-profile investors and large property investment clubs running into strife.

It's the hot topic in Australia at the moment, and with good reason.  

You may recall that WargentAdvisory warned about this last year in one of our client notes, as...

09:16

Oprah 2020 Is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On Sunday evening at the annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, Oprah won hearts and minds with a rousing speech about speaking truth to power and advancing the position of women in society.

It was an objectively powerful oration, and social media was promptly flooded with calls for Oprah to be the countrys next president. The newfound Oprah 2020 campaign drew support not only from NBC News, which eventually deleted a tweet referring to her as our future president, but also famous neoconservative war hawk Bill Kristol, who unleashed a Twitter storm of support for the beloved American icon.

Oprah did rightly speak out against the 2003 Iraq war (though Kristol claims, partially correctly, that she supported regime change), and as an individual, she is a wonderful example of human connection, kindness, and compassion...

09:09

House of Cards "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A quite lengthy article published back in November last year by Matt Barrie and Craig Tindale on Medium.com entitled, Australias economy is a House of Cards, gives us a comprehensive view of where the Australian economy is at present. What is revealed should shake Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison out of their overly optimistic complacency,

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09:06

Barely 2 weeks into the year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It is barely 2 weeks into the new year and the hands have already come out for government to dole out tax payer monies.  Not for human welfare but for corporate welfare.

Apparently, in their pre-budget submission, the Institute of Public Accountants said:

Australias entrepreneurial environment would be strengthened if the government helped promote early-stage venture capital financing to high-potential young firms.

Perhaps this is a Machiavellian way for the Institute of Public Accountants to keep its members busy.  You see, the Institute of Public Accountants:

has a passion for small business. More than 75 per cent of our members are either servicing small business or are small businesses in their own right.

an as a rule of thumb, whenever governments meddle in business, they tend to damage much more than help.  This ensures that the businesses not benefiting from government largess are kept small and vulnerable, and thus open to the services of the members of the Institute of Public Accountants.

The IPA submission says:

Young firms in uncertain technological or new knowledge environments are particularly likely to be unattractive to bank providers of debt.

But what they are proposing is in effect public equity financing, but not public as in a voluntary investment by investors in a publicly traded company.  Rather a mandatory investment on behalf of all citizens in a non public not traded company.

But not satisfied with having the accountants gazump them, the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in its submission:

has called for renewed consideration of government equity co-investment programs, modelled on the governments biomedical translation fund established in 2015.

There is no better reason for the taxes of Australians to be cut than to starve the government of the ability to engage in such nonsense.

Shut it down.  Give it back.

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08:24

Gold Coast shooting sparks major manhunt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BRISBANE -[AAP]

A police hunt is on for three men and a woman after a man was shot at a Gold Coast home yesterday afternoon (Monday January 8).

Police say the group went to a Carrara home about 4pm, armed with a gun and a metal pole, and shot the man, leaving him with injuries to his arm and chest.

The 44-year-old victim remains in hospital as police continue to hunt for his attackers, who fled the scene in a car.

A woman and a child who were also at the Carrara home when the shooting occurred werent hurt.

A large contingent of police spent the night searching for the attackers, but no arrests had been made by early Tuesday morning.

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08:20

Stop sale of Byron railway land: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wollongbar Motel, Byron Bay. Photo booking.com

The Greens NSW transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi and Ballina MP Tamara Smith are calling on the NSW Government to urgently stop the sale of rail corridor land to property developers in Byron Bay.

Residents have just one day left to make submissions on the development application, which was lodged with Byron Shire Council by developer Wollongbar Properties, and has been on exhibition over the holiday period.

It covers a 611sqm parcel of railway land behind the Wollongbar Motel on Shirley Street in Byron Bay, which the proponent plans to buy from Transport for NSW.

Dr Faruqi said the Government must immediately stop any sale of rail corridor land in Byron.

Its really concerning that part of the corridor is being sold off just for the sake of private developers building luxury apartments, she said.

Act of parliament

I have written to the minister urgently seeking clarification about how rail corridor land can be sold off without the required Act of Parliament. Are they trying to find a roundabout way of selling off precious public transport land? The government must stop the sale and undermining of this rail corridor.

People of the North Coast have been campaigning for a real public transport solution since the Labor Government closed the Casino-Murwillumbah line nearly 14 years ago. Keeping the rail corridor in public hands and restoration of regional rail services must be the priority, not private luxury apartment complexes, Dr Faruqi said.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith agreed that keeping the rail corridors in the region in public hands was vital.

These spaces belong to the community and are common land corridors for transport and public use they ought never be sold off to developers. Once you start down that path there is no going back.

Our rail corridors are public places and public spaces that should never be privatised because they belong to the community in perpetuity, she said.

The post...

08:00

Heres Why Theres No More Free Passes For The Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A new Department of Justice probe of the email and charity fraud scandals wont end well for Bill or Hillary

By Charles Ortel

Until recently, the Clinton Foundation has been monitored by the IRS, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, and multiple state government authorities that are seeded with persons loyal to either the Clintons or the Obamas.

Every time, the Clinton Foundation got a free pass.

But now it appears key authorities may finally be turning strict attention toward answering tough questions about public filings of Clinton charities inside and outside the United States. When these powerful organizations engage motivated minds, they will wish to concentrate on a few areas that have long gone begging for attention.

The first time the Clinton Foundation was investigated, between 2001 and 2005, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey, and others could not seem to find obvious and escalating frauds as a supposed presidential library complex in Little Rock, Arkansas, also fought HIV/AIDS internationally from unregistered offices in New York and Massachusetts without ever obtaining required audits of worldwide activities.

Strangely, as the first investigation wound down, evidence in the public domain suggests that the Clinton Foundation also defrauded the National Archivist by making demonstrably false representations in a binding legal agreement.

For example, there is no evidence the IRS provided final approval to the Clinton Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS internationally as a tax-exempt purpose by Nov. 18, 2004, the date the presidential archive was officially donated.

That Nov. 18, 2004, agreement is nowhere to be found today on the Clinton Foundation website and in public filings despite the charitys more than 13 years of widespread solicitation across state and national boundaries using telephones, mail, and the internet.

The next major investigation started in December 2009 when the French government launched a detailed look into UNITAID, a multilateral international organization primarily funded by France that has sent more than $650 million to arms of the Clinton Foundation engaged, at least in theory, in fighting HIV and AIDS.

Reports concerning this investigation, written in French and published in 2010 and 2011, show that French government authorities, like their U.S. counterparts, missed the heart of...

08:00

January 9 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta, turned up his toes at age 83.

1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.

1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.

1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.

1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'

1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.

1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.

1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.

1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke GangJohn Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Pheganwere ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.

1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...

1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !

1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.

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08:00

Ray Thomas: The quiet achiever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Ray Thomas: The quiet achieverMoody Blues founder Ray Thomas has died of prostate cancer, aged 76. read now...

07:42

In which the pond turns to dashing Donners to give the lizard Oz a caning ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Another day, another dollar, and the rabid politicisation, the demonisation and the fear-mongering, continues apace at the top of the lizard Oz ...

It's now become completely naked and shameless ...

But wait, what's that the pond trimmed, that snowstorm at the top of the digital revolving fickle finger of fate splash of doom?


It's a Ridders, in full scientific flight ... as the reptiles show off their colonial cringe by running with re-heated half-baked beans from the one-time alleged mother country, one of those weird catastrophists that spend their days conjuring up all sorts of disasters, provided it doesn't have anything to do with global warming ...


Yes, we're running out of carbon in the atmosphere, and ruination confronts us all ...

Is there anyone to hand who can add to the benefits of a colonial cringe?


Sexton for Prince Chuck ... or is tha...

07:41

1) Indonesian activists, church attack palm plantation bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



2) Jailed West Papuan gets trial date after 6 months in prison
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1) Indonesian activists, church attack palm plantation bill

Proposed law panders too much to big firms, leaves people and environment vulnerable, they say 


Indonesian activists and church people have reacted angrily to a draft bill set to go before legislators aimed at regulating the palm oil industry, saying it panders to large scale palm companies and fails to protect peoples rights and the environment.
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07:11

A bright, new dawn? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



A string of tweets this afternoon from Matthew Moore of the Times broke the news of the goings-on today at the BBC:
  • NEW: BBC staff told that anyone who has indicated support for Carrie Gracie, or tweeted an opinion about BBC pay, can no longer present any segments on BBC pay.
  • The directive, from new director of news Fran Unsworth, applies to off-air producers as well as on-air presenters.
  • Given that dozens (hundreds?) of BBC women and men have publicly backed Carrie Gracie, this threatens to turn into farce...
  • UPDATE: BBC says that staff have been reminded of existing guidelines that reporters who have expressed public views should not conduct interviews on that subject.
How fascinating! As the Guardian puts it, "the BBC has banned journalists who tweeted support for Carrie Gracie from presenting on-air segments about the gender pay row at the broadcaster...as  editors at the BBC moved to enforce its editorial guidelines by stopping journalists reporting on the issue if they have supported Gracie or have been campaigning for pay equality":
A BBC spokesperson confirmed that editorial guidelines were being applied, saying: Where a presenter or reporter has publicly expressed a view on a particular issue they would no longer be perceived as an impartial voice, therefore it is right they do not conduct interviews on that issue. This is in keeping with editorial guidelines. 
The BBCs guidelines include a segment about reporting on controversial subjects concerning the broadcast. They say the reporting must remain duly impartial, as well as accurate and fair. The guidelines add: We need to ensure the BBCs impartiality is not brought into question and presenters or reporters are not exposed to potential conflicts of interest.
What an excellent decision! Let's hope this policy is now enforced across the BBC on other issues too (from Brexit to Trump, fr...

06:48

The Political Preconditions for Impeachment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont bet on Michael Wolffs book changing the dynamic in Washington. But here are the three things to monitor to determine if Trumps job is in jeopardy.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

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Heres what needs to happen for impeachment to become a reality:
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1. Democrats need to take back the House.
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2. Trumps job approval rating with Republicans needs to fall below 70%.
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3. There needs to be a bombshell from the Mueller investigation.
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Impeachment: Its Political

Editors Note: Impeachment is a predominantly legislative process currently followed in several dozen countries, including BrazilSouth Korea and...

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06:41

Only 10 Seconds Left, Blair "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When Blair asked me what we were doing over the Christmas break, the answer was easy: Wrestling.

He had visions of baking honey desserts with mom, riding his bike downtown and playing on his iPod. But of course, he knows time away from school is time for wrestling. And good thing because the Olympic Champ Henry Cejudo made a surprise visit to his practice!

Opportunities are abundant when you sacrifice. But it didnt stop there.

We traveled to downtown Phoenix for a tournament at Arizona State University. He moved from 73 lbs to 84 lbs to compete in a bigger bracket.

A few wins later, he was in the finals!

But his opponent was a bit older, way stronger and much bigger. After the first period, Blair was down 2-0. He gave me that, I-gave-everything-I-had-and-scored-nothing- because-hes-too-damn-big look.

I gave him the Change-your-attitude-change-your-strategy-look.

After the second period, the score was tied 2-2. It was Blairs choice for the third and final period.  He chose to start on his feet.

The first takedown was going to dictate the winner

Everyone, at some point thinks, I gave it everything I had. It happens when we learn, when we exercise, when we competeand thats when we start quitting.

But the people who coach and condition themselves to ignore that voice are the ones who learn that anything is possible when you keep going. Its the harder road, sure.  But you know where quitting gets you, so you have to at least push for progress, no matter how small.

Every New Year, were all making resolutions and goals.

Most are going to quit when they think theyve done all they can.  That will probably be in February.

I know, personally, that the voice of despair is always there. But, I also now that I can ignore it as long as Im making small, even infinitesimal, progress toward a resolution.

In wrestling and life, Blair and I live by the 1% rule.

If you can improve just 1% every match, its a victory. It means youre a better wrestler than you were prior to lacing up.

Thats a win, regardless of the final score.

As a chemist, this is the same motivation that pushed me in the lab. Every product has to yield a positive, measurable result, I insisted.

for example, when I designed The AM-PM Fat Loss package, I wanted to confer users with a cluster of measurable results that would yield health and longevity.

A boost in energy.

A reduction in belly fat.

Better mental focus............

06:30

Aussie flu outbreak worsens as French epidemic of 'exceptional magnitude' threatens UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

The deadly "Aussie flu" outbreak could get worse, as a French epidemic of "exceptional magnitude" threatens to infect the UK. The deadly H3N2 strain is feared to have spread to almost all parts of the UK, following a surge in flu cases over the weekend. Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London were last night the only places where no one has yet reported an "influenza-like illness" - with churches even banning handshakes in an attempt to curb the spread of infection. Some 4.5million people are thought to have been struck down by flu over the past week, according to the online tool FluSurvey.

06:00

Day to Day Politics: Hi, Sweety. Mixing sugar with capitalism. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Tuesday 9 January 2018 When I first posted this article three years ago it gained little exposure. It was the same with cigarettes when they were first suspected of having cancerous ingredients, and we all know how that ended. Now the medical profession are trying, once again, to have a tax on sugary drinks instigated.

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06:00

The Modern Slavery Act are we aiming too low? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Modern slavery, as defined by the Walk Free Foundation, refers to situations where one person has taken away another persons freedom their freedom to control their body, their freedom to choose to refuse certain work or to stop working so that they can be exploited.  According to this definition, there are an estimated 40.3 million slaves in the world. This number includes 24.9 million forced labour slaves who generate 150 billion USD in annual profits, and 15.4 million forced marriage slaves.

The prevalence of forced labour slaves is greatest in our own neighbourhood of Asia and the Pacific and can take many forms. It may include migrants picking the fruit you eat in Australia or New Zealand, constructing buildings in the UK or coercing a 12 year old Cambodian at gunpoint to work ten-hour days stitching your shirts. During my own research into irregular migration, we discovered migrants who had their documents withheld being forced to pay off people smugglers debt by working long hours without pay.

Many acts of slavery are difficult for Australians to address. What we can do, however, is reduce the likelihood that Australian companies are complicit in supporting modern slavery, particularly forced labour slavery. It is with the goal of supporting the business community respond more effectively to modern slavery that the government has...

05:49

Russiagate Turns On Its Originators "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Russiagate originated in a conspiracy between the military/security complex, the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee, and the liberal/progressive/left. The goal of the military/security complex is to protect its out-sized budget and power by preventing President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. Hillary and the DNC want to explain away their election loss by blaming a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the election. The liberal/progressive/left want Trump driven from office.

As the presstitutes are aligned with the military/security complex, Hillary and the DNC, and the liberal/progressive/left, the Russiagate orchestration is a powerful conspiracy against the president of the United States and the deplorables who elected him. Nevertheless, the Russiagate Conspiracy has fallen apart and has now been turned against its originators.

Despite the determination of the CIA and FBI to get Trump, these powerful and unaccountable police state agencies have been unable to present any evidence of the Trump/Putin conspiracy against Hillary. As William Binney, the former high level National Security Agency official who devised the spy program has stated, if there was any evidence of a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the US presidential election, the NSA would most certainly have it.

So where is the evidence? Why after one year and a half and a special prosecutor whose assignment is to get Trump has no evidence whatsoever been found of the Trump/Putin conspiracy? The obvious answer is that no such conspiracy ever existed. The only conspiracy is the one against Trump.

This has now become completely apparent. Russiagate originated in a fake Trump dossier invented by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 intelligence officer. It is not yet clear whether it was the DNC, the CIA, or the FBI who paid Steele for the fake dossier. Perhaps he sold it to all three.

What we do know is that the FBI used what it knew to be a fake dossier to go to the FISA court for a warrant to spy on Trump.

As a consequence both Comey and the FBI, special prosecutor Mueller, and Christopher Steele are in hot water. The Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley, has instructed the US Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation of Steele for false statements to FBI counterintelligence officials.

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05:19

Change Your Story, Change Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Linda George, Contributor
Waking Times

Stuart Wilde said:

Once you accept life without struggling against it, you can see that everything serves you in one way or another. A lousy meal helps you appreciate and remember a good meal.

 

A defeat strengthens you for the next victory. If you try not to quantify and judge things and accept them as part of your overall experience, you become mature. All of a sudden that power that should have been yours from the beginning is returned to you as a calm individuality a creative stillness that allows you to BE. Acceptance unshackles you from the restraints that youve created for yourself, and it allows you to explore inside your own individuality.

What would it mean, how would it change things, if, this year a new one just begun you, me, anyone listening could take this advice? Acceptance without struggle. And awareness that everything happening that we dont like is actually serving us in some way. It is all in how we choose to use our thoughts. And the life we are creating is made from our thoughts.

Our thoughts seemingly arise out of nowhere, capture our attention, torment us for a while if they are at the negative end of the continuum (and with the brains natural bias toward the negative, they often are) and then, eventually, leave us alone. It feels we are at their mercy. The wisdom and spiritual traditions tell us we need to let go of the egoic mind (the mind that generates thoughts) and find the calm stillness of the Higher Self behind it. Herein lies the answer to our distress. It is said the mind makes a wonderful master but a very poor servant. For most of us, our minds, the monkey mind (or the lower mind in the theosophical tradition) is our master. My proposition is this: can we decide, right now, to turn this around and make 2018 the year of change of mind? From master to servant the minds status can be changed. What would it take?

Acceptance according to Stuart Wilde and others. Acceptance is allowing life to unfold without imposing the egos preferences upon it. Michael Singer wrote the story of his life on this path, entitled, The Surrender Experiment. His realization that the monkey mind with its never-ending chatter...

04:17

Sydney experiences hottest day since 1939: 47.3 C (117 F) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday's temperatures...... Read more

03:51

How stress can make you pile on the pounds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Are you stressed out? Is it hard for you to lose weight? Is there excess fat hanging around in your belly area? If you answered yes to those questions, exploring the relationship between those problems is crucial to your health and well-being. And even if you didn't answer yes to all three questions, it is important to understand how stress can harm your body. That's because your body's main stress hormone - cortisol - can rise to damaging levels when you experience stress. Cortisol (a steroid hormone) helps fuel the fight-or-flight response - the psychological loop that fires you up to fight or run for your life when facing danger. Think of it as your body's built-in alarm system. When you are faced with immediate danger, increases in cortisol help you respond. The hormone works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

03:43

Study On Sapiosexuality Suggests (For Some) Intelligence Is Sexy "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The study suggests that 1 to 8 percent of people are sexually stimulated by intelligence!

What turns you on? Is it a beautiful set of eyes, a strong physique or someones ability to make you laugh? According to a new study intelligence is a strong turn on for a small group of people called sapiosexuals.

The new study published in Science Direct supports the idea that some people are sexually attracted to the intellect of someone else.

The study from the University of Western Australia observed 383 students. They filled out a questionnaire which included questions on intelligence, and if it was a train they found sexually stimulating. There was also other questions on other areas of love and sexuality so as not to just focus on intelligence as a quality.

Lead researcher Gilles Gignac said We found that sapiosexuality can be measured psychometrically and that between 1 percent and 8 percent of relatively young people (18 to 35) may be sapiosexuals, he continued However, interestingly, how...

03:38

Roads to Nowhere: Asias Risky Obsession With Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Following Chinas example, the developing world is now infatuated with infrastructure-led growth.

03:36

Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond.

It exploited the people and natural resources of the region, fuelled conflict as it waged war with rival European powers seeking to carve out their own colonies in Asia and left an enduring impact on the region, including ethnic and territorial feuds still unfolding today, e.g. the Rohingya crisis in present-day Myanmar.

Rather than make restitution for its decades of war, conquest and exploitation, the United Kingdom today eagerly seeks to reassert itself in the region alongside the United States who has also spent over a century in the region pursuing what US policymakers openly admit is American primacy.

The Diplomat, a US-European geopolitical publication focused on Asia-Pacific, described this development in its article, The British Are Coming (to Asia).

The article featured a single image, that of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UKs newest warships and its largest. It is one of two colossal warships UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently pledged to send across the globe to aid Washington in its growing confrontation with Beijing.

The author, US Air Force Major John Wright currently serving as Japan Country Director, International Affairs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu, Hawaii, attempts to construct a positive argument for the UKs involvement thousands of miles from its own shores.

The article admits that the US has few capable allies in the region willing to comply with mutual defence needs beyond their own territory. It admits that the US has increasingly looked beyond Asia for partners. The UK then, is about as beyond Asia as any potential partner could be.

The article notes that the UK has already deployed warplanes to Japan in addition to the aforementioned future deployment of British warships to the region. It also s...

03:25

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Curtailed attention spans, more isoaltion, depression and suicide among young iPhone users is alarming researchers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But theyre on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phoneshes had an iPhone since she was 11sounding as if shed just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. We go to the mall, she said. Do your parents drop you off?, I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when Id enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. NoI go with my family, she replied. Well go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where were going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.

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Those mall trips are infrequentabout once a month. More often, Athena and her friends spend time together on their phones, unchaperoned. Unlike the teens of my generation, who might have spent an evening tying up the family landline with gossip, they talk on Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send pictures and videos that quickly disappear. They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other. Sometimes they save screenshots of particularly ridiculous pictures of friends. Its good blackmail, Athena said. (Because shes a minor, Im not using her real name.) She told me shed spent most of the summer hanging out alone in her room with her phone. Thats just the way her generation is, she said. We didnt have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like actual people.

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This Swallowable Gas Sensor Could Improve Your Diet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new ingestable capsule may also make it easier for doctors to diagnose gut disorders Photo: RMIT University

Is your diet working? A new ingestible gas sensor may be able to tell.

An Australian team has developed the first gas-diagnosing intestinal pill ever to be tested in people. As the researchers report today in the journal Nature Electronics, this smart capsule reliably measured levels of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide as it journeyed through the innards of six healthy volunteers, revealing the impact of dietary fiber intake on microbial activity in the small intestines and colon.

Not only might this electronic pill one day shape custom diets for optimal gut health; it could also help doctors distinguish between the early signs of different GI disorders, such as malabsorption syndrome, Crohns disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even colon cancer.

At the moment, we have no tool to differentiate between these different things, says Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, an electronic engineer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, who led the research. A colonoscopy can only reveal inflammatory lesions or cancerous polyps that are visible with a cameraand by that point, people have often suffered with gut discomfort and without a diagnosis for years.

Thats too late, says Kalantar-zadeh, who envisions people popping a swallowable sensor once or twice a year to detect disease early on. If gas profiles around the norm change, he explains, then wed know we have a problem with the gut.

On its surface, the gas capsule looks like an over-the-counter supplement youd buy at any GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. But within its inch-long polyethylene shell are two gas sensors, a temperature sensor, a microcontroller, a radio-frequency transmitter, and button-sized silver-oxide batteries. The gas sensors are sealed within a special membrane that allows gas in but keeps out stomach acid and digestive juices.

Kalantar-zadehs ingestible capsule would be the first to provide information about the chemical composition of the gut.

03:20

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02:34

Israel Is Becoming an Illiberal Thugocracy, and Im Running Out of Ways to Defend It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its not just the BDS blacklist. In Israel, the basic rights and values underlying democracy itself are being repealed

By David Rothkopf Jan 08, 2018 1:20 PM
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An Australian graffiti artist works on his mural depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. October 28, 2017

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Block me.

Dont let me enter Israel.

I am a Jew. Three dozen of my relatives died in the Holocaust. My father, before he fled the Nazis, was an active member of Zionist youth organizations. By my understanding of what used to be Israels right of return, I was under the impression that I had a standing invitation to visit or even move to Israel whenever I chose.

But apparently, the ideas and ideals underlying both that right of return and the State of Israel itself are undergoing a reconsideration.

Rally in support of Palestinian 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, detained by Israel, at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York. January 5, 2018
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The vote by the Knesset last March to ban the entry of those involved in boycotts of Israel and the action this week by the Strategic Affairs Ministry to blacklist the leaders of 20 foreign organizations that are seen to support such boycotts suggest that in fact, the basic rights and values underlying democracy itself are being repealed in the country.

I know those rights did not exist for millions of Palestinians. I have throughout my adult life been deeply troubled by that fact. The Palestinians fully deserve a state of their own and candidly, having such a state is not only their right and what is right, it is what is in the best interest of the security of Israel.

But I have rationalized maintaining my support for the State of Israel based on a few assessments.

First, the creation of Israel was in my mind, just and necessitated by history. Next, my sense was that the issue of the rights of the Palestinians would be fairly resolved over time via negotiation that h...

02:02

Monitoring Undersea Cables "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wheres the Collusion? (Trevin)

That is the question, according to TRNNs Aaron Mate. Mate could not get a straight answer from Guardian reporter Luke Harding whose book on the topic, ironically titled Collusion, is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Trumps Buy American Weapons Plan (Dan)

In a big giveaway to arms manufacturers like Raytheon and Boeing, the Trump administration is drafting a plan that would boost US weapon sales around the globe. Dont expect the sellers to show concern over human-rights-abusing buyers either.

Kris Kobachs Voter Fraud Crackdown (Reader Steve)

The notorious Kris Kobach is using anecdotal cases of voter fraud to further his  and President Trumps  claims that it is a widespread problem.

How Airlines Are Screwing You (Russ)

Southwest Airlines, along with American, Delta, and United, agreed to a $15 million settlement over limiting capacity on their airlines. This effectively shrinks available seating and, by consequence, raises fares. While none of the carriers admitted wrongdoing, and tacitly stated the plan will continue in a variety of ways, the class-action lawsuit is an important first strike.

Palestines Few Friends in the Middle East (Dan)

While many Arab countries claim to support the Palestinian cause, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, most of them are actually closer to Israel.

Mind-Blowing New Photos of Jupiter (Jimmy)

NASAs $1 billion Juno spacecraft is taking stunning photos of the giant gas planet. Some of the many storm systems captured are larger than the earths diameter.

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01:48

Thousands of flying foxes killed by record-breaking heatwave near Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As record breaking heat swept across Western Sydney on Sunday, it took with it 'thousands' of bats who melted in the sweltering conditions. A critical portion of Campbelltown's flying fox colony died from the heat, as surging temperatures left many dead on the ground and still suspended among the trees. Heartbreaking photos of the death toll were shared online by volunteer groups Wires and Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands, who tried desperately to save as many lives as they could. As parts of the state became the hottest place on earth Sunday, rescuers from North Western Sydney Wires worked tirelessly alongside Sydney Wildlife volunteers. But unfortunately for hundreds - potentially thousands - of bats, their help came a little too late.

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