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Jen Cloher Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 22nd Mar, 8.00pm, Theatre Royal

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Friday, 12 January


Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" forms near Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" formed late January 10, 2018 (UTC), near the west Kimberly coast, Western Australia. The system is expected to intensify while moving in a S to SW direction. There is a risk of a severe tropical cyclone impacting the Pilbara or far...... Read more

Thursday, 11 January


Black Friday & iPhone X drive retail surge "IndyWatch Feed"

Retail surges

Oops, so much for those ruinous household budgets! 

In original terms retail turnover tore +6.3 per cent higher in November 2017 following on from solid gains in October, as Black Friday shoppers scooped up bargains and discretionary gadgets such as the new iPhone X.

Spending on electrical goods & gadgets leapt +9.3 per cent in the month. 

Total retail turnover in seasonally adjusted terms jumped +1.2 per cent to $26.38 billion, comfortably the largest month on record, and likely driven by volumes rather than prices. 

In trend terms annual retail turnover growth remains very moderate, though this largely reflects retailer discounts rather than volumes, and the GDP contribution from consumption in the fourth quarter looks set to be a solid one. 

At the industry level there was a thumping +4.5 per cent monthly jump in household goods, representing the iPhone effect (there was reportedly a shortage of phones, perhaps leading to a rush) but there was another horrible-looking decline for department stores. 

The reason? A record share of online sales at 5.5 per cent of total turnover, suggesting that the traditional retail department stores face serious headwinds. 



St Kilda artist Adrian Spurr "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Text & photographs by Kerrie Pacholli /  film produced by The new SKN editor Mantis Kane commissioned me to produce an article on St Kilda based artist Adrian Spurr. I took the opportunity to make a micro-documentary about this local celebrity artist/sculptor who has a studio at the Shakespeare Grove St Kilda Artists Studios as part of []


Why you should rack up marginal gains "IndyWatch Feed"

Small gains, big difference - read here for more (or click image).


Cities 4.0 Summit 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Cities 4.0 Summit is Australia's most innovative smart cities event.


BYRON BIKE RACK PROJECT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Create sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron Enter your designs in Byron Bike Rack Project competition

Calling all Northern Rivers artists, designers, artistic teams and bike riders!

Dream up a set of sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron and you could be funded $20k to bring the project to life and see them used in our town.

Byron Bike Rack Project is a community initiative by local independent brewery Stone & Wood, in partnership with the Byron Shire Council. Encouraging the locals of Byron Bay and its visitors to ride, rather than drive, the competition aims to create a set of public art installations that are functional and look good for the town of Byron!

Entries close: 22 January 2018

The designs will be judged in two rounds, the first round by a committee from Byron Shire Council Public Art Panel and the second round to be announced soon.

The winning artist(s) or designer(s) will need to be available from 4 March 30 April 2018 to create the sculptures. The final artwork must be delivered to the Byron Shire Council depot in Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay.

For further information visit the Byron Bike Rack Project webpage.

For all competition queries please contact:

The post BYRON BIKE RACK PROJECT appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Australia"s Hard Choice Between China and US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has always believed that it doesnt have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of the hard choice.


The Dark Side of Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed"

By Leo Jai Lesson 1: The use of nerve words A few years back, at the height of the controversial Western Australian shark cull, I found myself constantly locking horns with a local news editor over the fear and misinformation that they were generating in their deliberately slanted media reports. Back then it was exasperating,

The post The Dark Side of Mainstream Media appeared first on The AIM Network.


PERTH Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car .

January 11, 2018 at 03:37PM .

Police stopped and searched the Captiva, and it will be alleged the methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old Tuart Hill woman, was arrested, and will face a charge of possessing the drug to sell or supply after she was bailed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on February .


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PERTH High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail .

January 10, 2018 at 09:59PM .

In bizarre scenes at Perth Magistrates Court, a friend of the accused man marched out while swearing at the media before Mr Huston demanded security officers bring him back and warned him he too would be charged with contempt if he did so again. Mitchell Walsh, now 33, swore angrily when he was .


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PERTH West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth .

January 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A DEAD husbands watch is allegedly among the haul of an alleged 25-year-old West Perth burglar who stole from 92- and 65-year-old women in North Perth. It will be alleged he stole the 65-year-olds handbag, cash and credit cards at her home on Glendower Street home about 8.30am on January 5, .


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PERTH Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack .

January 11, 2018 at 03:53PM .

Steven Mason Mourish cried as he fronted the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. As he raced down Abernethy Road in Kewdale, a 70km/h zone, he reached speeds of up to 155km/h and ran two red lights before smashing into a bus, rolling several times before eventually coming to a stop 80m away. .


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PERTH WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack .

January 11, 2018 at 06:15AM .

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods rejected Billingtons defence in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he thought his friend was in danger from Davis. She said there was no evidence of that and he had acted impulsively and unprovoked. However Ms Woods, who described his actions as a cowards .


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Kathryns lucky day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kathryn Griffiths was the lucky $5,000 First Prize winner at Coxs Road Mall Christmas promotion drawn by Ryde MP Victor Dominello. Second Prizewinner of $500 [more]

The post Kathryns lucky day appeared first on The Weekly Times.


MACKAY Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban

January 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Magistrate Damien Dwyer gave the advice to Chase Dylan Marshman, while sentencing him for contravening a ban on entering Mackay Safe Night Precinct on December 23 last year. Marshman faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty. Barrister Phillip Moore said Marshman had

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MACKAY Drink driving, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Drink driving, Mackay

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He will be appearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 at 8:30am to have the matter heard. While we are used to hearing stories of the occasional motorist driving with readings at similar levels occurring during late night hours it is unusual to see a reading such as this during the day.

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MACKAY Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach

January 11, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matters heard later this morning. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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MACKAY Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets

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A MACKAY woman is facing accusations of loading up with goods from supermarkets and shops before leaving without paying. Simone Nina Emery-Grant faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on four fresh charges, represented by defence barrister Phillip Moore. Magistrate Damien Dwyer

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MACKAY Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson

January 11, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MAGISTRATE has criticised police over delays in the case of a Nebo man behind bars after allegedly torching a Koumala property in July last year. Curtis Phillip Meierts case was raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday by his solicitor, Chris Colwill. Meiert, 26, has been charged with arson,

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Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loyas Death Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the case.

Judge Loya. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya tomorrow. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the circumstances surrounding Loyas death.

Loya, who was presiding over the CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, passed away on December 1, 2014.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone. He submitted that a fair probe was needed into the death.

Also read:...


Fig trees in Waterloo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Figs outside one of the houso towers in Raglan St Waterloo yesterday afternoon before I went in for a birthday party

I've been told I may doing a mural nearby to record the area and its inhabitants as part of the redevelopment Waterloo is facing


A month in, Teslas South Australia battery is surpassing expectations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After a month of operation, the Tesla battery at Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia is outperforming expectations - and the model is set to be emulated in Victoria.


BAD MANNERS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A David Roy Williams and Metropolis Touring Presentation




Legends of fun time ska, BAD MANNERS return to Australia and New Zealand in 2018 for a Greatest Hits Tour. Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel, the man famous for his shiny bald head and giant personality, BAD MANNERS have a huge setlist of ska jubilation Walking In The Sunshine, Lorraine, Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew, Just A Feeling, Skinhead Love Affair, My Girl Lollipop, Inner London Violence and of course the ultimate knees up Can Can.

Very Special Guest on this tour will be rude-girl queen of ska-pop JENNIE BELLE STAR (aka Jennie Matthias), lead singer of much treasured London  all-girl 80s band THE BELLE STARS. Formed out of the ashes of 2-Tone ska revivalists The Bodysnatchers, THE BELLE STARS signed to the home of Madness (Stiff Records) and proceeded to storm the UK charts with a succession of fabulously exuberant ska romps. Having toured the world with the likes of Madness, the Beat and The Clash, Jennie will perform a set of skankin standards and THE BELLE STARS classics including Sign of the Times, as well as their Two Australian Top 10 singles, Iko Iko and The Clapping Song.

Part nostalgia, part celebration, but total enjoyment and heartfelt smiles Glam Adelaide

BAD MANNERS quickly became the favourites of the Ska movement through their on-stage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops TV exploits and an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze.

At their peak popularity during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when ska revivalist such as Madness, The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter filled the charts, Bad Manners spent a staggering 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983.

From start to finish, the show is full of almost obnoxious amounts of energy.  Song...


Your Top 10 Crypto Questions Answered "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Heres the problem: Most people who know a lot about bitcoin can only speak tech.

I was at a conference recently. I was the keynote speaker but had zero talk prepared (as usual). It was a crowdfunding conference, so I crowdsourced my talk.

I told the audience: I can talk about entrepreneurship or I can take 15 minutes to explain bitcoin without using any technical jargon.

Clap for which one you want.

Almost 100% of the audience wanted to learn about bitcoin without the technical jargon.

People are hungry for this. They dont want to hear about crypto or blockchain.

They just want to know what all this bitcoin stuff is about.

Back in 2013, I thought bitcoin was a scam. I was wrong.

First, some credentials

In early 2013, I had my doubts. I started reading everything I could. Then I got my hands dirty.

Ive been a coder/programmer since 1985. I decided to code up a bitcoin-only store (maybe the first ever) and sell my book, Choose Yourself, on it before it was released on Amazon.

It was very hard. I had to develop the store from scratch since there were no easy tools to help me. There still arent (hint: business opportunity).

Once I launched it, quite a few people bought my book. I sold a PDF of my book for 0.1 bitcoin. Bitcoin was then $60, so I sold it for about $6 per PDF. Right now, its as if I sold each PDF for $1,600. I sold many copies.

I went on CNBC when they heard I was doing this. The anchor asked me, Did you just do this for publicity?

I said, Well, Im on national TV, so I guess it worked.

Another thing worth noting: Most of my customers came from one domain name (they had to submit their email addresses for me to process the sale): Make of that what you will.

A few months ago, I started writing about cryptocurrencies again. I saw so many people getting involved in scams, I wanted to help.

The other day I had an Uber driver who thanked me during the car ride for helping him get it.

And last night at a restaurant, at the end of the meal, the waiter shook my hand and thanked me for helping him finally begin to understand what bitcoin was about.

In order for cryptocurrencies to succeed, people need to understand at a basic level what they are. Nobody needs to learn complicated cryptography or blockchain.

Just understand why now. And why this is important for us as a society.

Below, I answer the top 10 questions Im often asked about cryptocurrencies. Is it too late to get aboard? What will be the...


Turnbull Attempts to Silence Activist Groups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Last month, the federal government introduced bills to ban foreign donations and require the registration of lobbyists working for foreign interests if they are seeking to influence the Australian political climate. While the Labor party has indicated support for most of the proposed changes, it has joined a chorus

The post Turnbull Attempts to Silence Activist Groups appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


A marine biologist says a humpback whale protected her from a huge tiger shark while diving "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An American marine biologist says footage of her swimming with a humpback whale shows the large mammal protecting her from a tiger shark. Nan Hauser, 63, president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and a Brunswick, Maine, resident, says she uploaded footage of her encounter Monday and it quickly spread across the internet. Hauser tells the Portland Press Herald she was in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean when she came face-to-face with a 23-tonne humpback whale, which approached her and began nudging her around the water. She says the whale also shielded her with a fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.


Renew Fest returns for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo from a previous Renew Fest. Ingrid Pullen Photography

Renew Fest will celebrate its third anniversary this May, and earlybird tickets are available from January 8 until February 14.

The grassroots festival, to be held May 19 and 20 at the Mullum Showgrounds, is a celebration of collaborative action and the power of community for innovative sustainability projects.

This years theme will be Deep listening.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan says, With deep listening as our overarching theme this year, we are bringing care to all facets of the program to support a collective listening experience.

As the guiding motive of Renew Fest is to give rise and celebration to collaborative actions of regenerative change, this years festival will be exploring the importance and place of deeply listening to life as we seek to bring renewal to the story of our environmental humanity.

Last years festival patron and internationally acclaimed heart-to-heart parenting advocate Robin Grille is thrilled to be returning once again for Renew Fest 2018.

Warm and uplifting

Mr Grille says, I found Renew Fest 2017 to be a heart-warming and uplifting experience; in which we could see a truly new world clearly starting to take shape, with love, with excitement and with grounded possibility. The festival is a place to be recharged, to discover how powerful we are when we join together in vision for a transformed world.

I love Renew Fest for its can do energy, and for the sheer abundance and variety of how tos.

I am thrilled to be invited back to participate in this dynamic, nourishing and colourful festival in 2018.

And, most interestingly, the theme and emphasis of this years Renew Fest will have a surprising brand new twist



Underwater Volcanoes Contribute to Warming Deep Water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I read you Maya Report and found it fascinating how volcanic eruptions in the ocean are polarized to where the North Pole is at that time. Now we have people trying to claim that the heat from global warming is being hidden stored deep in the oceans. It seems once more these people ignore the fact that there are underwater volcanoes erupting more so now than before. Is that a true statement?


ANSWER: Oh yes, that is correct. There have been attempts to measure the heat generated from underwater volcanic eruptions. They attempted that off the East Pacific Rise, which is a point in the ocean floor where continents move apart. This is where magma contained in the Earths core to rise to the surface and spew from underwater volcanoes. This data was part of what was supplied to me to run through our model to determine the cyclical nature of how the poles flip. The volcanic activity underwater is rising and no doubt has an impact on the temperature. There have been attempts to linked volcanism to tiny shifts in the Earths orbit around the sun, as well, that occur every 100,000 years. These shifts may trigger ice ages and warm periods, both of which affect global sea levels. That, in turn, would increase or suppress volcanic activity it is believed.

Nevertheless, the Global Warming crowd claims the oceans are getting warmer down deep and that must be from mankind. Once more, they take the results and fit it to a predetermined conclusion.


8 Indigenous-Made Films Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and a 20th Anniversary Screening of Smoke Signals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Film Still: Mud

Published January 11, 2018

PARK CITY, UTAH  Following President and Founder Robert Redfords original vision, Sundance Institute has remained committed to supporting Native American artists throughout the Institutes history. This support has established a rich legacy of work and has supported more than 300 filmmakers through labs, grants, mentorships, public programs, and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Native American and Indigenous Program has a global focus and through its work strengthens Indigenous cinema. Filmmakers supported over the years include: Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muskogee), Taika Waititi (Te Whnau--Apanui), Billy Luther (Din/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iupiaq), Aurora Guerrero (Xicana), Sydney Freeland (Din), Ciara Leinaala Lacy (Kanaka Maoli), Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Shaandiin Tome (Din).

This year, eight Indigenous-made films will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-28, in Park City, Utah. In addition, there will be a special 20th Anniversary Archive Screening of Smoke Signals, directed by Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) with the screenplay by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur dAlene). This is also our opportunity to introduce the Native Programs filmmaker Fellows for the coming year.

Feature Films

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Genesis 2.0 / Switzerland, Directors: Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev(Yakut/Buryat), Producer: Christian Frei On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. When they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass, its resurrection will be the first manifestation of the next great technological revolution: genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.




Going Bankrupt from Abroad or Having Debts in Different Countries "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published January 11, 2018

LONDON There are so many questions to be answered about having debts in UK. What will it happen if you have debts in the UK and then move to a different country? Will they affect you abroad or not? What happens if you get back in the UK? What about the accounts you owe if you move abroad?

Its all very complicated, but we have the answers. Well, at least a part of them, since every country has a different law on collecting debts.

The debts could be collected even though you move from the UK. If, for example, you moved to Australia, the collectors dont have authority in Australia, so they cant collect your debt. But they can make you bankrupt in the UK, and as soon as you buy a property, they will take it in the bankruptcy, no matter its location.

Your Debts Can Be Sold

The bank you owe money to can sell your debts to a different collector, so, one day, you might get a phone call from a different collector.

It is quite confusing, especially when you get debts in other countries. If you move from the UK to America, the bank might sell your debts to an American collection firm, so you will be chased in order to pay, according to the law.

Of course, its not as harsh as its in Dubai, where if you dont pay your debts, you can go to jail.

Going Bankrupt in the UK from Abroad

You can go bankrupt in the UK from a different country, depending on the country you have moved to and how much time you spent there. If you move to a EU country in three months time since you left the UK, you can go bankrupt back in the UK. After those three months, you will need to go bankrupt in that new country you live some EU countries have harsher bankruptcy laws, while others dont have an actual form.

What Will It Happen If I Leave Unpaid Debts?

A we already mentioned, the bank might sell your debts to a collector from the country you moved. Coming back to the UK while still being in debt will not have you detained, stopped or questioned, if you are a citizen of the UK. Leaving behind debt or unpaid bills is not a crime. The same goes for non-UK citizens...


Trumps Conciliatory Pose Crumbles as Mueller Moves to Interrogate "IndyWatch Feed National"

United Front Against Austerity|Tax Wall Street Party American System Network|Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Defying GOP Cover-Up, Sen. Feinstein Publishes Testimony of Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, Ending Republican Myth of How FBI Russiagate Probe Started; Investigation Triggered by Reports of Collusion from Britain, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Netherlands, France, and Australia; Thanks to GOP, Trump Inner [...]


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.75 AUD


SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 14 May 2018 - 8:30am


SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Transport

Super early bird tickets on sale now! Don't miss out!


Craig McLachlans Rocky Horror Allegations Put Spotlight On Acting Boundaries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Leith Taylor, Edith Cowan University Where do the boundaries lie between exploring every possibility an acting role offers and still behaving appropriately, with respect to other performers? This week Victoria Police confirmed they were investigating allegations of indecent assault and sexual harassment involving actor Craig McLachlan in his lead role as Dr Frank-N-Furter in ...

The post Craig McLachlans Rocky Horror Allegations Put Spotlight On Acting Boundaries appeared first on QNEWS.


Coal activists facing trespass charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Natan Shlomo and Lilli Barto blocked the railway line for five hours.

Two protesters who blocked a coal railway near Bowen in Queensland for five hours on Tuesday are facing trespass charges.

The pair locked their arms inside a concrete barrel on a railway line used by Aurizon to transport coal to Adanis Abbot Point terminal.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, and Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, called on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

Ms Barto said Queensland Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto any NAIF loan that would enable Adanis dirty coal project.

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

Mr Shlomo said coal was 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, he said.

Tuesdays action was part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, and followed on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adanis coal port.

The pair are facing are trespass on a railway, interfere with a railway and contravene direction or requirement.

The group, Front Line Action on Coal, said it was  committed to sustained action against the Adani project.




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The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed"

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushimas Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean  but its only now the damage has been photographed.

RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building.

All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater.

These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to decommission units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.

Robot image of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor (Source:

What the photos taken by the robot did reveal was that some of the structural supports of Unit 2 have been damaged. It is also true that all four buildings were structurally damaged by the original earthquake some five years ago and by the subsequent hydrogen explosions so, should there be an earthquake greater than seven on the Richter scale, it is very possible that one or more of these structures could collapse, leading to a massive release of radiation as the building fell on the molten core beneath. B...


River Country Returns in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last year was a big year for the Murray Darling, with a Victorian State Election and a key decision about the fate of the Murray Darling Basin Plan pending for February, 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger.


River Country Returns in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last year was a big year for the Murray Darling. The Darling ran dry, Four Corners exposed upstream water theft thrusting our river into the national spotlight and bickering over the Murray Darling Basin Plan threatened to cut back the amount water that is returned to the environment. With a Victorian State Election and a key decision about the fate of the Murray Darling Basin Plan pending for February, 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger.


Tourism Should Be Regulated Before Its Too Late "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cannot let 1.8 billion people wander in the world without introducing some global regulations on how to limit the negative aspects of tourism.

Residents of Venice hold a banner saying My future is Venice during a protest. Credit: Reuters

Rome: This year, we will have three million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and take remedial measures, because they are becoming seriously negative if things are left as they are.

Sameer Kapoor listed for Triphobo Trip Planner a list of 20 places that have been ruined due to excess of tourism. Antarctica is getting an alarming level of pollution. The famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love from the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to the memory of his wife, Mumtaz, has changed its shining milky white marble into a yellow shade. Mount Everest is strewn with trash from invading visitors. The Great Wall of China has been so mistreated by the massive invasion of tourists that it has begun to crumble in places. The famous beaches of Bali are littered with trash, traffic is in a gridlock and roads and footpaths are in a dangerous state of disrepair. Macchu Picchu has a such large number of visitors that archaeologists are worried about preservation of the site. Once there was a train to a small village, Aguas Calientes, to then continue by foot or mules. Now you can reach the enigmatic and sacred Inca citadel by air conditioned bus and Aguas Calientes is now a town of 4.000 people with five star hotels. The famous Australian Coral Reef Barrier has lost already one third of the corals. The Galapagos islands, where Charles D...


NSW Police Officer Found Guilty of Assault and Perjury "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A New South Wales police officer who tasered a man three times and then lied about the circumstances in court has been found guilty of both common assault and perjury. The story so far In June 2013, former police sergeant Nigel Davey was on solo patrol in Nowra on the NSW South Coast, when he

The post NSW Police Officer Found Guilty of Assault and Perjury appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


My anxiety levels are through the roof "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Thursday, 11 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
January 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This supposed debt dates back to 2011, when I was grieving for the loss of my best friend to suicide.

I have received a letter saying I have no debt, and to disregard any previous letters, then a phone call was received by me today from a Collection Agency!!
My anxiety levels are through the roof and I am even having suicidal thoughts once more.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 


Pineapple go to waste farmers warn of shortage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Queensland farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit.

Ideal growing conditions across Queensland have led to a bumper season, forcing down the amount of money paid to farmers for their crop.

In many cases, its not enough to cover the cost of production.

Damien Berra, who farms at Rollingstone, about 50 kilometres north of Townsville, has left more than 40 tonnes of pineapples in a pile to rot or to be given away to be used as feed for livestock.

Its devastating, all the hard work you put in over the years, just ends up in a pile of rotting fruit, he said.

Stephen Pace, who chairs the peak industry group Australian Pineapple Growers, also farms in the area.

He said it was depressing to see so much fruit go to waste.

Its a sad fact its better to discard it rather than to put it on the market and drag down an already oversupplied market, Mr Pace said

A social media post made by business NQ Paradise Pines to raise awareness of the issue has gone viral.

Since Monday it has been shared by more than 15,000 people.

NQ Paradise Pines manager Robert Richardson said problems faced by growers were being exacerbated by food manufacturer Golden Circle, and its decision not to open its cannery during the industrys busiest period.

Youd assume the cannery would look at the growing co...


Minerals council puts in its bid to overturn Australias laws prohibiting nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed"

Lift nuclear power ban: Miners, Australian Associated Press
January 10, 2018  The peak mining body has urged the federal government to lift the ban on nuclear power in Australia in order to help shore up the nations energy supply.

The Minerals Council of Australia made the call in its pre-budget submission.

Nuclear power has the advantage of being able to generate baseload electricity with very low CO2 emissions over its life cycle, the submission says.

The council said the ban on nuclear power in Australia is hampering an open debate about future energy and climate change management and stands at odds with Australias export uranium mining industry.


Australian universities must eschew narrow fixation on jobs "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian universities must eschew narrow fixation on jobsUniversities are trying to produce graduates with the skills employers need now and in the future except no-one really knows what those are. Dr Lee Duffield proposes a better approach. read now...


Port Augusta area to get worlds largest thermal solar plant "IndyWatch Feed"

South Australia planning to build the worlds largest thermal solar plant,  Commenting on the latest approvals, SolarReserve chief executive Kevin Smith said it is a major milestone.

It is a significant step in the development of the Aurora solar thermal power station, which will bring clean power generation technology to South Australia, Mr Smith said.

The Clean Energy Council executive general manager Natalie Collard told Fairfax Media, the price that the government will pay for power is remarkably low, considering solar thermal is a very young technology in Australia.

The state has taken a series of positive steps towards greater energy independence which are really starting to pay off. And it has already met its target of 50 per cent renewable energy almost a decade early, she said.

South Australia is providing the rest of the country a glimpse of a renewable energy future. Our electricity system is rapidly moving towards one which will be smarter and cleaner, with a range of technologies providing high-tech, reliable, lower...


Turnbull governments duplicity on climate and greenhouse gas emissions "IndyWatch Feed"

Turnbull Government conceals damning climate dataIndependent Australia, Turnbull Government is negligently concealing its massive climate change policy failure, writes Peter Boyer. 8 January 2018

..a malignant trend in public life: the willful, calculated, planned use of the festive season to disguise government failure to meet its obligations.

In this case, its about accounting for national carbon emissions as required under an international a...


Parties must relieve pressure on SA's struggling renters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

With South Australian renters continuing to grapple with high utility costs, a good move would be to reverse a legislative change which hit tenants with water supply charges, writes Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Cost of living issues are front and centre in the lead-up to the March state election. 

Yesterday the Government began sending out letters to 169,000 South Australian households inviting them to take up a deal they have negotiated with Origin Energy offering an 18% discount on supply and usage, plus no exit fee.

We believe this is a worthwhile deal. At the same time all parties will need to take further steps to help alleviate the pressure on low-income households and must pay particular attention to the needs of renters.


Belarus Japan clean radiation peaceful murder "IndyWatch Feed"

What is CLEAN in Japan? In Japan, if something is irradiated with 8,000 becquerel per Kilogram, it is reused, in public places, for streets, for example: What is CLEAN in BELARUS? Any area, which is irradiated with 7,400 becquerel per m is clean: And what is CLEAN? Dr, Scherb, Institute of Biomathematics and Biometry Germany: []

via Belarus Japan clean radiation peaceful murder



Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

By Ccile Asanuma-Brice,
Researcher in urban sociology,
Franco-Japanese Institute Tokyo UMIFRE 19-CNRS /
CLERSE Laboratory, University Lille 1-CNRS
Translation Herv Courtois & Kingsley Osborn
The explosion of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011 caused serious radioactive contamination that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Because this proves the impossibility of managing a nuclear accident, the refuge is not desired by the national authorities who opted for a nuclear action, nor by the international authorities. At first the authorities provided aid and shelter, but all aid was interrupted in April 2017 at the same time as the reopening of part of the former evacuation zone in order to force the migrants to return to life in the contaminated territories.
Chapter breakdown
A morning like any other
The effects of resilience


SolarReserve granted approval for 150MW solar thermal project RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

SolarReserves 150MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year.

via SolarReserve granted approval for 150MW solar thermal project RenewEconomy


In which the pond dives into the third rate world of Terrorist wannabes ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The reptiles are a hardy lot. Freeze them, whack them in the oven for a few minutes, and the next minute they're bouncing all over the place and ripping off a poorly placed finger ...

And they're loyal. Do they love their coal or what? Have they maintained the love with a ferocious, uxorious intent?


Love the Chinese when they love their coal, best buddies time, though occasionally the messages get a little mixed and confused and confusing ...

Wasn't climate science a Chinese hoax?

Well the news that Australia's experienc...


Launch of Melbourne's REAL Transport Vision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

rally_transport_plan_Feb_2018_.pngFebruary 6 from 8 AM - 9 AM

Parliament of Victoria

Spring Street, Melbourne,

JOIN US to launch a community transport vision for Melbourne-wide sustainable transport options!

Our political leaders have failed to develop a comprehensive transport plan for Melbourne and concerned citizens are not waiting any longer.

JOIN US for the launch of a broad community transport vision to provide Melbourne-wide sustainable transport options for the future.


Craig McLachlans Brisbane Rocky Horror Show Replacement Announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The producers of the Rocky Horror Show have confirmed that understudy Adam Rennie will replace embattled actor Craig McLachlan during the Brisbane leg of the musical starting next week. Earlier this week McLachlan left the current season of the cult classic musical after multiple women levelled accusations of sexual misconduct against him, all of which ...

The post Craig McLachlans Brisbane Rocky Horror Show Replacement Announced appeared first on QNEWS.


Free trade or womens rights? Analysis from Kate Lappin "IndyWatch Feed"

January 11, 2017: Kate Lappin, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, has written an article explaining how trade and investment agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can deepen gendered inequality and exploitation.

If enacted, the RCEP would entrench the power of multinational corporations and the wealthy few, via provisions on ISDS, agriculture, intellectual property and trade in services.

The RCEP chapter on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) would give corporations the ability to sue governments if changes to government laws or policies has harmed their profit. UN experts published a statement in 2015 stating that they believed governments would be less likely to pass regulations if they fear intrusive ISDS awards. Such regulations could  include increases to the minimum wage, affirmative action programmes for women and Indigenous people or efforts to protect the environment, food security and access to essential medicines.

RCEP would also open land and agriculture to foreign investors. This would pit women working on small-scale subsistence farms against giant agrobusiness monopolies. Expanding commercial agriculture of course means less communal land and resources, which again would disproportionately impact women.

The expansion of intellectual property protections would require states to sign up to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which would allow patenting of seeds and would criminalise the saving and sharing of patented seeds, with exemptions only available to landowners. The majority of women farmers are not landowners, and may be faced with fines or prison terms for collecting seeds.

The provisions would also extend monopolies on medicines, delaying the availability of cheaper generic medicines. This increases profits for pharmaceutical companies, but  women will have  less access to affordable medicines. Patenting of traditional plants and medicines also put them out of reach of Indigenous women (who used them for hundreds of years before these corporations came along).

The trade in services proposals in the TPP and RCEP encourage privatisation of essential services (like education, health, water and energy) and relax regulations on these services (like environmental and health standards). They may prevent governments from re-regulating if privatisation fails, as wa...


Submissions To The Religious Freedom Review Will Be Published "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Philip Ruddock has said that public submissions to the religious freedom review will be published online and the deadline to submit them has been extended. The former Howard Government minister is heading an expert panel to review whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom following the passage of same-sex marriage legislation ...

The post Submissions To The Religious Freedom Review Will Be Published appeared first on QNEWS.


Postcard from the road to nowhere "IndyWatch Feed"

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australias Minister for International Development and the Pacific, yesterday fired a salvo across Chinas bows.

On Radio Australias Pacific Beat program, the government front-bencher accused China of funding the construction of useless buildings and roads that go nowhere.

Shes hardly the first to do so. In Vanuatu, people have questioned the terms of a raft of loans taken out beginning in 2011, when lobbyists acting for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) succeeded in changing finance legislation, making it possible for ministers to sign off on loans without Parliamentary oversight.

We are right to question the design, implementation and price of some of these projects. The Santo Wharf Project is a striking example, where failure to consult and coordinate with local and industry stakeholders resulted in a drastic reduction in cruise ship arrivals for 2018. The end result has thrown Luganvilles tourism development plans into a cocked hat, and caused millions of dollars of lost revenue.

It will take years to bring cruise ship arrivals back to 2014 levels, let alone to start tapping into the northern ports full potential.

One of the greatest criticisms lined up against Chinas infrastructure projects is the Export-Import Bank of Chinas (EXIM Bank) not-so-concessionary loans. The terms are substantially less favourable than those offered by the World Bank or ADB, for example. These issues have been raised with China. In a Beijing meeting with senior Foreign Ministry officials, the Daily Post was assured that China will not force Vanuatu to pay its debts.

But a population whose New Years Day hangover was sharpened by a 2.5% rise in the Value Added Tax (VAT) is not so optimistic. The nation spent all of 2017 wrangling with the question of how to service our increasing debt load. The issue threatened to split the cabinet and was the subject of heated debate throughout the country.

We have a right and a duty to question our Chinese-funded infrastructure investments. But Australia should think twice before chiming in.

These roads are not roads to nowhere. They lead to our homes.

This is a surprisingly tone-deaf flight of rhetoric. Ms Fierravanti-Wells has travelled our rural roads numerous times, and has always warmly engaged with the people who live on them.

Last week, I circled the entire southern half of Tanna. Half of the drive was on a Chinese-funded road. The other half was on rutted, dangerous tracks, some of them fit only for goats. South Tanna is a stunnin...


WTB --> Full face snorkel masks in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anywhere in Cairns sell these full face snorkels? I dont want to drive all the way into the city just to deal with a bunch of underpayed drongo backpacker staff trying to earn commision by attempting to flog off all the overpriced in-store crap. So I was hoping to get an idea if the product is even available in Cairns... I know I could buy online, but kinda want it by next week. Any ideas? Thankyou Cairns ppl

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"The Philosophy Of Being" "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "The Philosophy Of Being"
By E D Detetcheverrie   

"Outrageous to some, clarifying for others, 
a strange conversation meant to provoke further thought.

Now I know why they explain it in metaphors. The truth seems surreal. We are inadequate to describe it concisely. Ask not if you have strayed from the path; there is only one path, one way, and you are always on it...

Do they call it enlightenment because there is a light?
It is not mere photons, and light is only one part of it.
Who is in charge of it all?
Yes, we are.
Do the wicked receive their just reward?
We shall all, ultimately, resume our place in the light.
Is the simplistic lifestyle really the true way?
All ways are the pathway to the light.
So, you can do as you please and still gain entry to that Better Place?
This is the place. Every experience is a learning experience.
What are the rules we should live by in order to achieve true happiness?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
How do we resolve all the ills of the world?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
Who should we pray to?
Adoration is not necessary. Rather, pr...


Heres The Title Of Kylie Minogues Next Album "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kylie Minogue has finally announced the title of her upcoming album. The singer spilled the beans on her Twitter account that her highly-anticipated 14th studio album will be titled Golden. Its true. We have GOLDEN times ahead! I cant wait to share new music with you, she tweeted. The new record is expected to be ...

The post Heres The Title Of Kylie Minogues Next Album appeared first on QNEWS.


Court Ruling Directs 16 Countries To Legalise Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A landmark court ruling has directed 16 Latin American countries to enact marriage equality. The ruling was handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose in Costa Rica, to which 20 countries that have signed the American Convention on Human Rights are bound. The judges were responding to a petition ...

The post Court Ruling Directs 16 Countries To Legalise Marriage Equality appeared first on QNEWS.


Bushcraft 101 for Teens with Andy Currey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 10 February 2018 , 9am to 3pm. In this one-day course, Andy from Sun and Stars Bushcraft, will take you on a practical journey through the philosophy of bushcraft. You will learn how to build shelters, light fires, make resourceful camp crafts, connect with nature, use animal mimicry and even listen to the birds. True bushcraft []

The post Bushcraft 101 for Teens with Andy Currey appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.


E zones to be flexible for some land owners says Byron Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Section of e-zone map around Bangalow. Image Byron Shire Council

The implementation of E zones in the Byron Shire has generated significant concern by landowners over its implementation. Byron Shire Council has now talked to more than 300 people and received more than 600 submissions from land owners and and members of the public on the issue.

E zones are a zoning that can be placed on areas of land that are considered to have high environmental value.

E2 zoning relates to environmental conservation and primarily applies to areas of high ecological, scientific or cultural value that should be protected for environmental conservation purposes where commercial agricultural activities are not carried out

E3 environmental management and primarily applies to areas containing special ecological or cultural attributes that require careful consideration/management. This zone allows for a wider range of land use activities that are compatible with these attributes.

However, many land owners are concerned that after years of revegetating their land at their own cost their properties would be devalued and significant restrictions placed on how they could build on and manage their land in the future with the implementation of E zones. This was compared to the properties where land owners had kept the land in a degraded condition and was therefore not considered of high environmental value and therefore open to a wider range of activities.

Voluntary re-vegetation

Byron Shire Council has recently stated that Land that has been voluntarily re-vegetated by the current land owner, without public funding, will not have an E2 or E3 zone applied without agreement.

Some land owners were concerned that they would be disadvantaged because they had spent many years re-vegetating their properties at their own cost, and the consistent message from Council is that no new E zones will apply unles...


Yacht Club Restaurant, Cercle Nautique Caledonien (CNC) - Noumea, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue striped awnings, expensive boats, cold beer and rose. The Yacht Club Restaurant at CNC gives you that South of France feel in Noumea. The Yacht Club became a quiet favourite of ours over the years for it's low key coastal pub atmosphere. Though the menu has changed and the bargain 1700 franc daily special is gone, the Yacht Club is still a family favourite. Havannah beer on


Mosquitos and the Human Rights Act "IndyWatch Feed"

The Mosquito is a sound system that emits a deafening whine at a frequency older people cannot hear. It is explicitly used to deny access to public space to young people and to "deter" them from "congregating". Over the past few years, such devices have been installed by a number of New Zealand local authorities in parks and other public spaces, often at the behest of the police.

It also pretty obviously violates the Human Rights Act.

The Human Rights Act includes age (meaning any age above 16 years) as a prohibited ground of discrimination. Refusing access by the public to places, vehicles, or facilities on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination is illegal. But this is the explicit purpose of Mosquito devices, and the sound they emit is expected to be heard by people up to the age of 25. So, the explicit purpose of such devices is to deny people access to spaces (by making it damn unpleasant to be there), on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.

Using such a device might not be unlawful where the space is already closed to everyone, regardless of age. "Might" because local authorities (and the police who are advising them) have wider obligations not to discriminate under the Bill of Rights Act, and these may rule out specifically age-based measures unless they can meet the stringent test of a justified limitation. And because the effects of these devices may intrude into areas which are not closed, which immediately violates freedom from discrimination, as well as the freedoms of movement, assembly and association. What is clear is that deploying them in or in a way which affects public streets, open parks, "pedestrian links", or any public space is discriminatory and illegal.

As for what to do about it, complaining to the Human Rights Commission seems to be a good place to start.

(This post was inspired by a request on FYI, the public OIA...


US labour market steady but some distance from full employment "IndyWatch Feed"

On January 5, 2018, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest labour market data Employment Situation Summary December 2017 which showed that total non-farm employment from the payroll survey rose by 148,000 in December, well down on the 228,000 rise in November. While the payroll data showed a fairly strong employment outcome, the Labour Force Survey data estimated a that 104 thousand (net) jobs were created in November, up from the weaker rise in employment (57 thousand) in November. The labour force was estimated to have risen by 64 thousand with participation constant. The BLS thus estimated that unemployment fell by 40 thousand and the official unemployment rate fell slightly from 4.12 to 4.09 per cent. There is still a large jobs deficit remaining and other indicators suggest the labour market is still below where it was prior to the crisis.

Overview Total employment rose by 104 thousand in December 2017

For those who are confused about the difference between the payroll (establishment) data and the household survey data you should read this blog US labour market is in a deplorable state where I explain the differences in detail.

See also the Employment Situation FAQ provided by the BLS, itself.

The BLS say that:

The establishment survey employment series has a smaller margin of error on the measurement of month-to-month change than the household survey because of its much larger sample size. However, the household survey has a more expansive scope than the establishment survey because it includes self-employed workers whose businesses are unincorporated, unpaid family workers, agricultural workers, and private household workers

Focusing on the Household Labour Force Survey data, the seasonally adjusted labour force rise by 64 thousand in December 2017 with the participation rate steady at 62.7 per cent.

Participation has been steady since October 2017, which may signal the cycle has peaked.

Total employment rose by a 104 thousand in net terms, which means that official unemployment fell by 40 thousand.

The official unemployment rate fell marginally to 4.09 per cent (from 4.12 per cent).

However, in assessing the overall state of the labour market, we have to bear in mind that the December 2017 participation rate of 62.7 per cent is still far below the peak in December 2006 (66.4 per cent).

Adjusting for the ageing effect (see below), the rise in those who have give...


Black-necked Stork, Australian Bustard at Roma Taroom Rd reported by Alex and Ted Wnorowski on 08-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At 110 km from Roma along the Roma Taroom Rd (25,55.52S, 149.25,51E) were 3 Black-necked Storks (including one juv). There were also 2 Magpie Geese, !2 White-necked Heron and many other water birds. 70 km further down the road to Roma (26.16,44 S, 148.53.54E) we encountered 11 Australian Bustards in one flock. Additionally 5 more birds we saw along the road.


MP Justine Elliot questions sale of small incubator sites by NORTEC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

Justine Elliot, Labors federal member for Richmond has made urgent representation to the minister for jobs and innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash regarding NORTECs termination of leases for the small businesses at their three small business incubator sites at Mullumbimby, Goonellabah and Byron Bay. She has also raised concerns over the sale of the Byron Bay and Goonellabah sites.

NORTEC is an employment and training provider that receives government funding to run projects including NEIS programs, small business support and numeracy and literacy access programs. They have recently closed all three incubator sites and have listed the Byron Bay site for sale. The Mullumbimby site is not owned by NORTEC.

These incubator sites were developed from a local commitment to business growth and innovation. Im advised that they were handed to NORTEC in good faith with the understanding that they would be held in trust for the local community, said Ms Elliot in her letter to the minister.

Ive been further advised that all these incubators were funded by a combination of community assets and funding from State and Federal Governments.

Local entrepreneur and self-made millionaire George Lewin also contributed $125,000 towards both the Mullumbimby and the Goonellabah site during their development stages.

As you can appreciate there is widespread community concern firstly about the sudden closure of the business incubator sites and secondly that the government funded small incubator facilities are now being sold off, continued Elliot.

Can the Minister please urgently advise what action the Turnbull Government will be taking in terms of investigating the sale of these government funded sites and also what action the government will be taking to ensure the future provision of business incubator sites for our region.

The post...


Xmas Supporter Draw Prize Winners! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Many thanks to the hundreds of Eastside Listeners who signed up during our recent Xmas Supporter Drive. It was an incredible effort from everyone involved especially all our Prize donors. Special mention to our friends who also gave gifts on our behalf to the Children of Barnardos to help make this time just a little more special for these disadvantaged kids!

Congratulations to everyone below on winning one of our Major Prizes!

Major Prize Draw:

  1. WOMADelaide 2018 including 4 Day Full Festival Pass for 2 to WOMADelaide in March 2018 + return airfares!
Ralph Taylor Maroubra


  1. Album of the Week: A copy of every single Album of the Week for the past 12 months!
Anthony Don Monterey


  1. The Owl House A wonderful degustation dinner for two valued at $270 for The Owl House in East Sydney.
Alexandra Brown Marrickville


  1. City Recital HallFamily pass to see Puss In Boots in January at the

City Recital Hall


  1. Audio TechnicaAudio Technica ATH-UN1 headphones
Robyn Mitchinson Potts Point


Gold Supporter Prizes:

  1. Melbourne International Jazz Festival: 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival with tickets for two to a several premier concerts in the program + return airfares!
Sean & Sophie Catchlove Waverley


  1. Audio Technica Audio Technica ATH-UN1 headphones
Thomas Wh...


North Coast best place to view lunar trifecta "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A super red blue moon event will take place on 31 January. photo:

North Coast stargazers will be in for a treat on 31 January when a once-in-lifetime lunar event takes place.

That evening a blue moon, a blood moon and a supermoon will all converge on the same night, providing a lunar trifecta, and the NSW North Coast and Gold Coast will be the best places in the world to view it.

Southern Cross University geographer Professor Bill Boyd said the extremely unusual occurrence would be the first super red blue moon for at least 150 years.

The title super red blue moon sounds a bit peculiar, but it describes an event where three separate lunar conditions come together simultaneously, said Professor Boyd.

Each happens on its own time cycle, but this year they all happen at the same time. This is an extremely unusual occurrence it will be unlikely for all three celestial events to converge again within the next century.

Professor Boyd said a supermoon happens when the moon is at the closest point on its orbit around the Earth, some 25,000 km closer than on average. It appears 14 per cent larger than usual and 30 per cent brighter. This happens every 14 months or so.

Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse happens when the sun, the Earth and the moon are completely aligned, so that the moon travels through the Earths shadow. It occurs two to four times a year, though not usually a full eclipse.

Indeed, the January 31 lunar eclipse is the first total eclipse in 150 years.

Professor Boyd said as the moon passes through the earths shadow, people often assume it will go completely dark.

However, some of the sunlight entering the Earths atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon.

This gives the moon its red glo...


Hazelwood Health Study releases 2017 Annual Report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Hazelwood Health Study 2017 Annual Report is now available. The report provides a summary of progress made since the second Annual Report was submitted in November 2016, and includes a forecast on developments that are expected over the next few months. Click here to download a full copy of the report. For a copy []


Real women say stop demonising men just because you hate them "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Catherine Deneuve leads group of 100 women denouncing #MeToo campaign for puritanism

from the ABC and Cairns News

Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women have denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment amounts to puritanism and is fuelled by a hatred of men.

In the aftermath of accusations against the US movie producer, millions of women took to social media to share their stories of being sexually harassed or assaulted, using the #MeToo hastag worldwide or #SquealOnYourPig (#balancetonporc).


French actress Catherine Deneuve  says the puritan campaign against men has gone too far saying a mans right to pester a woman was an essential part of sexual freedom.
Sydney-based commentator and author, Stewie Jones-Cartwright agrees, telling Cairns News  the legion of men-hating dykes working for the ABC and other extremist womens groups are getting too much media attention over normal male and female interaction. The media should be cen...


Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Barts music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckleys of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or $25 goes directly to the artist.


Safety of Monsanto/Dows Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Safety of Monsanto/Dow's Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question | gmo_monsanto_dow_RNAi_corn | Environment General Health GMOs Medical & Health Science & Technology Special Interests

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species. 

A new study titled, Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPAs recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dows RNA interference (RNAi) corn  a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to peoples dinner tables by the end of this decade.

The Biotech/Chemical industrys new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it.

The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: you are what you eat. The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isnt imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is...


Censored News: The Oxford Union Lecture by Kevin Annett that Didnt Happen, until now "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On the subject: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic Church?

 (Soon to be broadcast on youtube)

The Oxford Union Lecture Hall and its shadow of censorship

Hello and welcome. Im Kevin Annett. Not too long ago I received a formal invitation from the oldest debating society in the world, the Oxford Union, to come there and debate the rather strange question of whether there is any good in the Roman Catholic church. Just a week before the scheduled debate, and as on so many other occasions, my invitation to speak was withdrawn without explanation. So here is the talk I planned to present at the Oxford Union debate.

 Good evening. Let me begin by saying what a pleasant surprise it is to be able to join you here tonight. The last time I tried to give a public talk in England, at a London rally to protest child trafficking by church and state, your privately-run UK Border Agency police saw fit to arrest, finger print and deport me from this country without giving a reason. But be that as it may, and it usually is, I especially thank you for having me here.

 Tonights topic for debate is framed rather tellingly: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic church? and assumedly in its holding company, the Vatican Incorporated. The very wording of this subject imples that no, there isnt any good, so lets search for some. Of course, trying to locate integrity in any corporation is like looking for love in a brothel. So perhaps the question of tonights debate has already been answered, my job is done and we can all go home.

 In any event, the title of the main event tonight is a bit confusing, beginning with the word good, which is after all a completely relative and morally ambiguous term.

 The Spanish Conquistadors and their slaughter-blessing catholic priests thought they were doing good when they wiped out millions of non-catholic peop...


Have your say on the future of Tweed rural land "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Tweed Shire once had more than 1,750 dairy farms. Photo Flickr/Glenda 8

Anyone with an interest in the future use of rural land in the Tweed shire are being urged to attend an information session on 1 February.

Organised by the Tweed Shire Council, the session will be the last chance to hear about the Draft Tweed Shire Rural Land Strategy, which is now on exhibition.

The strategy seeks to paint a picture of what rural land in Tweed Shire may look like in 20 years, how it might develop and how it will be managed to preserve the quality of the rural Tweed lifestyle.

Tweed Shire Council Senior Strategic Planner Stuart Russell, who has overseen preparation of the Draft Strategy and who will conduct the information session, said the rural Tweed landscape has changed significantly in recent decades.

During its heyday, it is believed that more than 1750 dairies operated in the Tweed and about 1150 pig farms, Mr Russell said.

Rural land in the Shire is now a complex mix of land uses ranging from arable land around Cudgen where much of the States sweet potatoes are grown and the extensive floodplains that produce around 30 per cent of the States sugar cane, to the rolling slopes where grazing is mixed with hobby farms and rural lifestyle properties, tourist accommodation, rural industries and the Shires rural villages.

The draft strategy proposes more than 140 actions aimed at balancing the competing uses for rural land, to protect agricultural land, the natural environment and rural landscape in a sustainable way.

Key policy directions and actions of the Draft Strategy pivot around meeting the housing needs of the Tweeds growing community and lifestyle preferences in harmony with rural industry, the diversification of value-adding opportunities to better support and promote Tweeds farming and produce sector, greater flexibility to respond and capitalise on emerging tourism markets and a range of other actions to assist the local Tweed economy and preservation of its natural environment on which so many industries rely.

Comments on the Draft Rural Land Strategy can be made up to close of business on Wednesday 28 February.

For more information and to download a copy of the Draft Rural Land Strategy visit



FixedIt: A man, not an app, was charged with rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 9 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

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Factual lies: How the Turnbull gang negative gears the truth "IndyWatch Feed"

Factual lies: How the Turnbull gang negative gears the truthManaging editor Dave Donovan explains why the media constantly allow the Coalition to get away with telling lies. read now...


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

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......


Vics take slender lead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victoria took a slender lead into the 2nd round of the surf life saving Wieland Shield at Ocean Grove main beach on 10 January.
The event, the 25th of its type, pits the best surf life savers from Victoria against the elite from California, USA, and attracted a good crowd of onlookers at Ocean Grove for the first round before making its way to Torquay and then finally, Lorne.
Victoria finished the day at Ocean Grove with a 34 to 32 lead over the Californians.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs Jesse Coulson won the mens Ironman event for the Vics.
Events included a surf race, board race, Ironman and Ironwoman and a surf rescue relay.

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Listen to the New Im With Her Single Game To Lose "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Im With Her US trio Im With Her have just given us another taster from their upcoming album See You Around (due on the 16th February) the divinely syncopated track Game To Lose. As with the rest of the album Game To Lose was co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura []


Lose the name win the game Fact or Fiction? "IndyWatch Feed"

Some people may have heard the catch phrase;

"Lose the name win the game", where currently a search engine result points to 7,690,000 references.

In order to hold one accountable for one's actions the most important element in a court room, is the 'persons' name.

Without that there can be no case.

Many people should also be aware of the saying "knowledge is power" where today a researcher can obtain this with far less legwork than one did a generation ago, prior to the vast resources of the internet.

With that comes the fact that people are becoming more aware that (for example) fines are not being issued honestly by the Australian authorities.

As a result the authorities are responding, where now you do not know the name of your accuser as shown in the example of a fine or "Infringement Notice"

where in this case the Issuing Officer is the number 127.

The fundamental laws in this country give you the right to know the name of your accuser.

A right that has currently been taken away.

How does that saying go again? - "Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?

Are these the actions of honest authorities?


FixedIt: how can you think child abuse is sex? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Leslie Baker has been charged with dozens of crimes against children, including 24 counts of indecent treatment of boys under 14 years, five counts of indecent treatment of girls under 17 years, 14 counts of carnal knowledge and one count each of unlawful wounding and deprivation of liberty.

The Bulletin reported he was in court this week on a procedural matter and described his alleged crimes as child sex.

To be clear, his case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an...


The Surreal Oil Paintings of Joel Rea (12 Photos) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Joel Rea was born in 1983 and graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003.

Identifying as a contemporary surrealist painter, Rea creates imagined scenarios that represent and deal with the issues of the present. All constructed in his recognisable hyperrealistic style, Reas work is a meld of political, social and environmental commentary.

My working life as an artist consists of meticulously moving paint whilst absorbing numerous sources of audio information via the internet. My hunger for knowledge grows at an accelerated rate but ultimately I am within a universe of constant distraction, a mental state of constant fantasy, memory and imagination constraint by my animal body.
I attempt now in my new work to open doors to these many windows of sublime curiosity, to commentate Weve travelled millions of years to get here, a race with amnesia pelting forward and fooled by a blue-sky vale. Our personal needs made paramount over...


Man dies after hitting a tree north of Grafton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has died after a single-vehicle crash north of Grafton yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Iluka Road at Woombah, about 60 kilometres north of Grafton, just before 3.30pm, following reports a Volkswagen Amarok left the roadway and hit a tree.

The driver and sole occupant, a 66-year-old man, died at the scene.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Transition Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

3-4 February at Sustainable Valley
Presented by Mind and Body Leadership Coach Erin Tetarenko (MSc)

Are you at a crossroads and looking for change? Maybe, youre yearning for a greater sense of purpose and meaning within your work?

If youre in the midst of change or planning to make the shift from whats comfortable to the unknown, join an inspiring community as we explore heart-centered and practical strategies to help you prepare for an empowered transition.

Within this 2-day workshop youll have some time to clarify whats really important and what gives your life a sense of purpose. Tap into powerful aspects of yourself while exploring your core values and intrinsic motivation. You will use this information to explore success on your own terms, identify pathways for positive change, and create strategies to prepare you for meaningful change.

Practical exercises are given to support you to build confidence and appropriate resources to overcome potential barriers and obstacles that prevent successful goal achievement. Participants will learn practical techniques and skills from current research in coaching and positive psychology, the science of human flourishing and optimal performance.


Saturday 3rd February (10am 4:30pm)

Sunday 4th February (10am 3:30pm)

Learn more at


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Injured woman winched from bottom of Minyon Falls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A view of Minyon Falls from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. (supplied)

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has winched recovered a 37-year-old female walker who suffered injuries as a result of a fall onto rocks while walking on the track at the base of Minyon Falls.

The female walker was treated for injuries and flown to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The winch recovery was conducted 200 metres from the base of the falls.

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MACKAY Road spikes used to stop drink-driver four times over limit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Manning faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop a motor vehicle. Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Manning, who did not have a lawyer, that he could expect a huge fine and huge suspensions. Not that I can do anything

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Julian Assange Granted Ecuadorian Passport Posts Photo in Nations Jersey "IndyWatch Feed"

On Wednesday, Julian Assange tweeted a photo of himself wearing an Ecuadorian soccer jersey amid reports that he was granted a passport from the nation on December 21.

The WikiLeaks founder is listed with Ecuadors Internal Revenue Service under the number 1729926483 as Julian Paul Assange which would mean that he has been granted citizenship by the nation that has been providing his political asylum.

The news comes one day after it was announced that Ecuador was seeking mediation to figure out a way to get Assange out of the embassy. The sentiment was echoed in another statement issued by the government on Wednesday.

Assanges Australian passport was previously taken by British police. When he contacted his home nation about obtaining a new one they told him that it could only be given to him if he traveled to Australia to get it which he was obviously unable to do.

The portrait was the first thing that Assange has tweeted from his personal Twitter account since a cryptic hash on New Years Day that was accompanied by the M.I.A. song Paper Planes.

Rumors and speculation from conspiracy theorists have been swirling since the tweet, including people falsely claiming that Assange has left the embassy.

A WikiLeaks legal source close to the publisher told the Gateway Pundit on Tuesday morning that not only are these claims false, the political persecution of WikiLeaks has ramped up substantially.

Its false and the actions of the US State Department, Department of Justice and the CIA against WikiLeaks have substantially increased, not decreased, in recent weeks, the source told Gateway Pundit.

Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012, where he applied and was granted political asylum. Since that time, the building has been encircled by police waiting on standby to arrest him. Many fear that should he be arrested in London, he would be extradited to the United States where he would face harsh penaltie...


Southbound Irukandji no issue for tourism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Irukandji is heading south. (wikipedia)

The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is moving south along the coast of Queensland and with warming sea temperatures it may become a regular at beaches as far south as the Gold Coast.

Toxicologist, Associate Professor Jamie Seymour from James Cook University, has little doubt Irukandji will end up at the popular beach after a stinger was found at Fraser Island on Sunday.

Their southerly migration, Prof Seymour warned, would force beach closures and could collapse tourism.

But Queensland Tourism Industry chief Daniel Gschwind dismissed Prof Seymours concerns.

We are concerned about any potential risk but there is no need to be alarmed at this point, he said.

Fears about Irukandji come after one was caught on the western side of Fraser Island on Sunday, which prompted a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water.

There were 10 suspected Irukandji stings on the western side of Fraser Island between December 22, 2016, and January 5 last year, while a boy was stung on Mooloolaba Beach in early 2017.

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NSW power workers set to walk off job "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thousands of NSW Ausgrid workers have voted to strike next month in the peak of summer heat after negotiations over pay and career progression soured.

The Electrical Trades Union says after more than three years of pay freezes along with nearly 2000 job losses during the same period, workers have no choice but to take action.

Workers are seeking a pay rise of three per cent a year.

During this same time, Ausgrid executives awarded themselves pay increases averaging 5.3 per cent a year, while they also enjoyed average bonuses of more than $50,000 each in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg said in a statement on Thursday.

More than 93 per cent of about 2800 Ausgrid members, made up of four unions, supported industrial action including work stoppages, refusing to do overtime and callouts.

Workers will decide on what specific actions to take on January 31.In an official statement, Ausgrid, which is jointly owned by the NSW Government, Australian Super and IFM Investors, said it was disappointed at the proposed union action.

We believe we have achieved in principle agreement on virtually all of our proposal, Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said in a statement.

If the unions elect to take industrial action, Ausgrid will ensure there is minimal impact on energy supply to our customers.

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New NSW shark nets yield same low results "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A typical bull shark. Image

Only one target shark was caught in new nets deployed off the NSW North Coast in the first five weeks of their trial, while 53 other animals became entangled in the mesh.

Data released by the NSW government on Wednesday showed a single bull shark was caught in the nets off five beaches within the boundaries of Richmond Valley Council.

Meanwhile, 41 rays of different species were caught, with 16 of them dying, as well as four turtles, two of which died.

The second shark meshing trial, which began in November 2017, is using different types of netting at different heights to an earlier trial in order to reduce by-catch, the Department of Primary Industries has previously told AAP.

In the first trial, which ran from December 2016 to May 2017, 275 animals were caught in the netting, nine of which were target sharks a strike rate of three per cent.

The government considers tiger, white and bull sharks as target species.

Five fewer animals were caught in the new nets over a four week period compared to a similar time frame in December last year during the first trial.

Greens MP Justin Field called on the government to scrap the ineffective netting.

This report is yet more evidence the shark netting program in NSW does little to keep people safe in the water but takes a terrible toll on local marine life, Mr Field said.

A recent Senate report found people are 100 times more likely to drown at the beach than to be killed by a shark in Australia. The risk is infinitesimally small.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, accused the greens of using the regular, planned release of a monthly report to run a scare campaign over summer.

He said claims the strategy isnt a science-based approach were inaccurate.

Not only are we leading the world with our research and technology, we are also continually consulting with the community regarding all our approaches, Mr Blair said in a statement.

The DPI has been contacted for comment.

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NSW jobs are absolutely booming "IndyWatch Feed"

Sydney booms

Wow, even more stunning jobs vacancies figures for New South Wales, topping 81,500 for the latest quarter to November 2017! 

To put that in perspective, before this cycle no state or territory had ever gotten near to even 60,000, although there was a bit of a funding-related gap in the ABS survey through 2008-9.

Sydney may well be set for a record low unemployment rate over the next ~18 months on this evidence, so it's small wonder it remains the premier city of choice for immigrants.

Melbourne is shaping up extremely well too, while Brisbane and Perth are recovering nicely, if steadily. 

Jobs vacancies have thus exploded 17 per cent higher year-n-year to 210,800, easily the highest level on record - the Aussie economy is back in business!

And the number of unemployed persons per vacancy has declined to the lowest level in years, so finding a job is typically getting easier. 



The way to a healthy and sustainable food supply and where does GM2 fit in? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fran Murrell

This blog post was originally published on MADGE.

It is essential to have a sustainable food system; people want healthy, safe food to feed themselves and their family. The government is putting our food at increased risk by considering the deregulation of controversial gene editing techniques which may have a catastrophic impact on our already fragile food system.

Twenty years ago, industrial agriculture released GM crops. One type is engineered to withstand sprays of herbicide, usually glyphosate based ones like Roundup, while the other type produces toxins that kill insects by destroying their stomachs.

There have been large numbers of claims and counter claims about the success or otherwise of these crops. It is frequently framed as a scientific discussion with neither side able to resolve the controversy. Many people are unaware that approval of these GM crops is based almost exclusively on unpublished studies done by the GM companies. There have been minimal animal studies and no human trials.

Pesticide usage has risen dramatically with GM crops (Benbrook)1. Argentina has decimated mixed agriculture and rainforest to grow vast acreages of GM soy for export as animal feed 2.

These growing areas are experiencing increases in birth defects, cancers and other illnesses 3. A recent UN report says pesticides arent necessary to feed the world, in fact, they are killing 200,000 people a year by acute poisoning and causing numerous diseases 4. Pollinators, including bees, are also killed by pesticides and without pollination the production of many crops collapses. Only a minor increase in yield is due to GM breeding, the majority of increases are due to conventional breeding and changed farming practices.

Now the seed breeding industry, which is dominated by chemical companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Du Pont 6 says that new breeding technologies, like gene editing and CRISPR, will solve current agricultural problems. Industry claims that, although these techniques fall under the Cartagena Protocol and Codex definitions of biotechnology, they are not GM. I refer to these techniques as GM2 to highlight that they the next generation of GM breedi...


January 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1800 - Convict transport Minerva arrived at Port Jackson with 188 convicts. Also on board were Catholic Priest, Father James Harold, 'General' Joseph Holt and Lieut William Cox. 
On the same day, Thynne, under charter to officers of the NSW Corps, arrives from Bengal with a large quantity of spirits for sale in the colony.

1830 - Thomas Finley was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of overseer Edward Walsh at Bathurst.

1830 - John Mayo was Hanged at Hobart Gaol for the murder of James Bailey at Port Macquarie.

1837 - Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1840 - Murderous bastard Angus McMillan and his party set out from Tambo River, Vic, to explore previously unknown areas of what is now known as Gippsland. They discovered the Gippsland lake system including its major tributary rivers when not busy killing GunaiKurnai people.

1841 - Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1857 - Land goes on sale in Nowra, NSW.

1858 - Lasting a mere 5 months today witnessed the first issue of the Melbourne Evening Mail.

1865 - In Ballarat afire on  Main Road  destroyed 60 premises.

1865 - Charleville, Qld, was gazetted as a town.

1866 - SS London, en route to Melbourne from Britain, sank in the Bay of Biscay; 244 passengers and crew drowned, including actor GV Brooke.

1867 - Northern Territory's Escape Cliffs settlement was abandoned; its inhabitants returned to Adelaide.

1867 - Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, first Premier of NSW, died, age 54.

1874 - Colonel Peter Warburton completed his gruelling nine-month crossing of the Great Sandy Desert.

1887 - Unemployment reached its highest ever level in the midst of an economic depression.

1896 - Today saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degre...


The Fatal Flaw in Your Town's Development Pattern "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A small town in Texas is doing exemplary work to put Strong Towns principles into action. Several Strong Towns members lead the local government in Fate, TX and they've used Strong Towns concepts in a number of ways to help themselves and their community to better understand the financial impact of their development pattern. We often encourage towns to #DotheMath and Fate has answered that call.

Justin Weiss, Assistant City Manager of Fate shared with us a slide from a presentation at a recent city council meeting, which perfectly illustrates the financial problem with the suburban development model. When a dead-end street in Fate needed repairs, Justin and his colleagues used basic math to look at how much those repairs would cost and how many years' worth of taxes the residents along this street would have to contribute in order to fully fund the repairs. The results were deeply troubling and yet they're the norm in towns and cities across the country.

Courtesy of the City of Fate

Courtesy of the City of Fate

Justin explains:

The goal is to demonstrate how those served (almost exclusively) by adjacent infrastructure have no way to pay for it when it comes time to replace/repair.

In this scenario, the neighborhood of about 22 properties pictured above was recently annexed by the City.  In doing so, the City also took on their [dead-end] road, which was the Countys responsibility previously.  It appears it was neglected for many years as it was ranked one of the worst in the road assessment performed by staff and engineer earlier this year.  During the budget process last summer, Council directed Staff to create a roads plan (with no dedicated revenue source)...  The solution for this particular road varied from grinding it up and leaving it as a dirt road to a full reconstruct with asphalt or concrete. 

Staff suggested the cheapest fix (next to grinding up the whole thing and leaving it as a dirt road) which was to do a chip seal at a cost of about $40,000.  It really isnt a fix, mostly cosmetic (only lasts a few years)  and doesnt address base failure, etc. We couldnt in good conscience recommend building a brand new road ...




3) Trial further delayed for West Papuan campaigner



Broken Heads unique ecosystem must be protected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Broken Head quarry photo used in the 1997 DA/EIS process. Photo Supplied

Jan Barham

Twenty-five years ago the Byron Shire Council was at its worst, approving developments without environmental concern and with an enthusiasm for changing the scale and character of the area.

The councils approval of Club Med was not the only major decision challenged by the community in the courts; there was also the Batsons Sand and Gravel Quarry at Broken Head. It became a period of high community engagement with activism an essential element of being an empowered Byron Shire resident.

As a community we had ideas for a sustainable future, we had embraced the Rio Earth Summit and the call for action. There are fond recollections for many of how it felt to be part of a connected community with a goal of stewardship, to care for and protect our precious place. As a community we were the superhero, not individually but collectively being a voice against the degradation of our home. Its time again for community action.

With Broken Head a recognised biodiversity hotspot it was alarming that this area,  previously recommended for protection, was being proposed for ongoing sand, gravel and pebble  extraction in the coastal zone.

The 64ha site was known to contain up to 29 threatened plant and animal species and sits above a significant Aboriginal site that is affected by pollution from the quarry operation. As the Shires southern wildlife corridor, Broken Head plays a crucial role in species survival.



High and dry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In spite of a very dry summer, the breeding season continues to roll on.

For aerial insect hunters, like this Dusky Woodswallow, warm summer days are a boon for flying insects. As I watched this adult at the nest (with at least two young), small flocks of woodswallows were foraging high above the forest as the morning started to heat up.

Dusky Woodswallow nest, Sandon State Forest, 10th January 2018


In which the pond gets thoroughly Mooriced ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond was startled to read the other day that More than one in ten Amazon employees in Ohio is on food stamps ...

It wasn't just Amazon ...

The Policy Matters Ohio study, compiled from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services data, ranks the states employers with the most employees in families that receive SNAP benefits. Fast food restaurants and discount stores dominate the lists top spots. Walmart leads the rankings, with 11,560 employees in households dependent on food assistance. 
But Amazon is one of the fastest-risers through the ranks. As of the August 2017 data, Amazon ranked nineteenth in the state, with 1,430 employees in families receiving SNAP benefits.

At the same time, a fierce argument broke out as to whether Jeff Bezos, with a humble US104 billion, was the richest man in history ... what with Bill Gates having had a touch of the guilts and given some of his loot away ...

A lot of this is attributed to the digital age, and it's true that the gig economy has devised many new and admirable ways for screwing people ... but greed is greed, and the state facilitating greed has been around for a long time, as the pond was reminded when reading about Seneca in Nero's time ...

Sadly A Stoic in Nero's Court  is inside the NY Review of Books' paywall... but these lines caught the pond's eye ...

Having survived Caligula:

"... In a ministerial career known through the histories of Tacitus, Cassius Dio, and Suetonius, but about which his own writings are silent, Seneca spent some fifteen years at Nero's side, advising the young and unstable new ruler after Claudius's death in 54. Seneca wielded immense power in Nero's name and got fabulously rich off his handouts. All the while he continued to publish treatises - two long works, De Ira ("On Anger"), urging control of one's tempe and De Beneficiis ("On Benefits"), illustrating proper ways to give and receive, along with a variety of shorter works. Aware of the paradox of an imperial aide preaching Stoic tenets, Seneca's enemies labeled him a tyrannodidaskalos, "tyrant-teacher", and publicly decried his t...


Summer series just around the corner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The New Year has begun, which means the annual Cape Paterson Aquathon is right around the corner.
The first leg in the three-event series, its your first opportunity to gain valuable points in the Bass Coast Summer Series.
The event starts on Cape Paterson First Surf Beach for a 400m surf swim, followed by a run back to the clubhouse where you don your shoes for a 4.4km run along the scenic clifftops, north on Brown Road, west on Surf Beach Road towards Second Surf, then a loop through The Cape estate and back to the finish line at First Surf carpark; a new route for the popular event.
So get behind the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club as they host this fantastic event which is a major fundraiser for volunteer surf lifesaving services.
And of course, the surf club has a major new building project ahead of them as well and everything they can raise themselves is a big help.
The series will again boast over a $3000 cash pool, with each of the 16 category winners taking home $250.
The Cape Aquathon is then followed by the Cowes Classic on Feb 3 and the Channel Challenge on Feb 17.
Being held on Sunday, January 21, keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details or check out the Cape Paterson SLSC website.

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Listen to My Live Call-in YouTube Stream Today at 5PM EST "IndyWatch Feed"

This afternoon, Ill be hosting a live YouTube stream, taking your calls and testing out my new conferencing system. Instead of using Skype, Ill be using actual phone numbers from now, allowing you to call into the show more easily. The show will begin at 5pm EST (4pm CST/2pm PST).

You can watch the stream when it starts by using the window below, or you can click here to watch it on YouTube and join the chat. You can also use the window below to watch a recording of the stream after it ends.

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As US East Coast Freezes, Bats Boiled Alive by Heatwave in Australia Fall From the Sky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

(ANTIMEDIA) Australia  As those on the East Coast of the United States begin to breathe a little easier following a powerful winter storm this week, many on the other side of the world are battling through an altogether different type of weather situation.

Over the weekend, Sydney, the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales, became the hottest location on planet Earth. The city has been gripped by a devastating heatwave, and on Sunday the temperature rose to over 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sadly, the heat proved too much for some of Sydneys more vulnerable residents. In the suburb of Campbelltown, where the temperature reached nearly 112 degrees, hundreds of bats, mostly babies, were essentially boiled alive despite the efforts of wildlife rescue workers.

I dont know how many times I bent down and got on my knees to pick up a dead baby, Kate Ryan, who manages the colony of flying fox bats, told the Campbelltown-Macarthur AdvertiserThere were dead bodies everywhere.

Ryan was among several volunteers who descended on the location, where bats were either falling dead to the ground or perishing where they hung in the trees.

They basically boil, Ryan saidIt affects their brain their brain just fries and they become incoherent. It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade.

A Facebook post from WIRES, Australias largest wildlife rescue....


Syrian Army makes major gains in Idelb, liberates nearly 100 villages "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While the U.S. seems to have given up on regime change in Syria it is still trying to sabotage the progress of the Syrian government and its allies. The recent drone attack on the Russian base Khmeimim in Latakia is just one example. Thirteen sophisticated armed drones with a reach of some 100 kilometers attacked the base at the same time as a U.S. electronic warfare plane was circling off the Syrian coast. The attack was unsuccessful. Russia has sophisticated electronic warfare means and hijacked the command over six of the drones. The other seven were taken down by Russian air defenses. To claim, as the U.S. does, that ISIS or some "rebels" did this is nonsense. ISIS has made short range weaponized drones flown by remote control in line of sight mode. This attack was by autonomous drones using GPS and barometric sensors to find their way to their targets. This is qualitatively on a whole new level. I doubt that Russia will let this go unanswered. Look out for some "mishap" that may soon hit some U.S. troops or interests abroad.

Syrian Army makes major gains in Idlib province, liberates nearly 100 villages "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While the U.S. seems to have given up on regime change in Syria it is still trying to sabotage the progress of the Syrian government and its allies. The recent drone attack on the Russian base Khmeimim in Latakia is just one example. Thirteen sophisticated armed drones with a reach of some 100 kilometers attacked the base at the same time as a U.S. electronic warfare plane was circling off the Syrian coast. The attack was unsuccessful. Russia has sophisticated electronic warfare means and hijacked the command over six of the drones. The other seven were taken down by Russian air defenses. To claim, as the U.S. does, that ISIS or some "rebels" did this is nonsense. ISIS has made short range weaponized drones flown by remote control in line of sight mode. This attack was by autonomous drones using GPS and barometric sensors to find their way to their targets. This is qualitatively on a whole new level. I doubt that Russia will let this go unanswered. Look out for some "mishap" that may soon hit some U.S. troops or interests abroad.


What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 "IndyWatch Feed National"


It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the globe and wiped out an estimated 20 million to 50 million of them. (source)

And here we are, potentially on the cusp of another influenza pandemic. H3N2, or the Australian flu is making the rounds this year and has spread to the UK, among other countries. This map from the UK Sun shows the spread and the potential for a pandemic.

This flu is particularly deadly. 745 people died from it in Australia in late 2017.

The NHS says that Australian flu symptoms have rapid onset:

  • a sudden fever a temperature of 38C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also have ear pain and lethargy.

As well, the Japanese Flu and the French Flu are two other strains that are running rampant, although their symptoms arent as severe as those of the Aussie H3N2. The Japanese Flu, also known as the Yamagata flu, is less serious but far more contagious. The French Flu is H1N1 and has been deadly for some sufferers.

The United States is having a bad year also.

Here in the US, an epidemic is rapidly becoming deadly and overwhelming hospitals.

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Arizona Girl Raped and Burned in Foster Care Still Represented by Same Attorney Kept Away from Family "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Justice for Devani

A picture of how beautiful Devani used to look before she was kidnapped by the State of Arizona and removed from her family, and put into the care of foster parents who were child abusers.

by Health Impact News/ Staff

An Arizona court decided this week that a woman accused of scalding a little girl alive and burning over 80% of her body will go to trial in October 2018. Meanwhile, Samantha Osteraas is out on bail, and the little girls biological mother is still trying to get justice for her daughter, whose life was destroyed by Child Protective Services and the adults the agency placed her with.

While Samantha Osteraas is free to walk the streets as she awaits trial, little Devanis real family has no idea where she is or who the agency has placed her with this time.

The court-appointed attorney chosen to represent little Devani and allowed her to remain in foster homes where she was allegedly raped, sexually trafficked, and burned, is the same attorney still representing her today.

The foster parents who committed such atrocities are now answering for their criminal acts in the legal system, but the government agencies that placed her there and kept her there until today, are apparently not being held responsible for their parts in these heinous crimes.

Where is the justice?

How Can Something Like this Happen in America?

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal copper statue designed by Auguste Bartholdi a French sculptor was built by Gustave Eiffel

What happened to Devani is one of the most horrific cases that we have ever covered at Health Impact News.

We have seen hundreds of cases where children are removed from loving parents by the state for the simplest of infractions too many dishes in the sink, a child that is too short, or a disagreement with a doctor over a diagnosis or a treatment. In many cases, the allegations used against the parents are not even true, as apparently it is in this case.



Russia defeated ISIS in Syria so what was the US doing? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who defeated the Islamic State In Syria? With a $1 trillion annual military budget why did it take the US six years to 'beat' a ragtag militia? Before answering that question. What is the ISIS? Can the public overcome its chronic amnesia and think back to the sudden appearance of ISIS dressed in brand new black uniforms, gleaming white NIKE's and driving Toyota trucks? They seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2014. ISIS looked as if it were a mirage when it appeared, or more likely a CIA staged scene from Hollywood.


Day to Day Politics: Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies fundamentally a dishonest bunch of liars "IndyWatch Feed"

Thursday 11 January 2018 It is little known that just before the Labor Party announced its plans to reform negative gearing and capital gains the Liberals had planned to do the same thing. Labors timing left the Liberals with little option but to dice the announcement and start a scare campaign based on a load

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Anti-slavery efforts can be profitable for businesses "IndyWatch Feed"

In my last blog, I lamented that the Australian government was only estimating an expected $11,500 regulatory light touch price tag on the anti-slavery efforts of a company with over $100 million in revenue.

That said, as a business owner I sympathise that while aspiring to best practice in anti-slavery efforts is laudable, high compliance costs are the antithesis of business orthodoxy. Consider also the impact of regulation on suppliers for example, a supplier that pays $2 per day to its workers under horrible conditions, after an anti-slavery drive, may have to pay $20 per day under improved conditions. Both compliance costs and the flow on effects of extra regulation on suppliers could squeeze profit margins up and down the supply chain.

While we can proudly say there is no price to eradicating slavery, a profit-maximising shareholder may see things differently especially if they dont know the results of the efforts their company has taken to eradicate slavery in their supply chains.

The following are two approaches that may address possible shareholder concerns associated with additional compliance costs. One approach is ensuring businesses benefit from their attempts at eradicating slavery through positive public relationship exercises. This could generate a race to the top that perhaps expands beyond anti-slavery into the realms of ethical sourcing more generally.  Civil society could be encouraged (backed by competitive government funding) to recognise businesses that are champions at identifying and eradicating slavery and those that source items only from ethically cleared businesses (see for example SA8000). The recognition may involve highlighting compliance via a tiered approach (see for example this report by Baptist World Aid).

It is important, however, for a companys anti-slavery efforts to be amplified with wide-ranging publicity and ideally for CEOs to be individually informed of their companys tiered ranking. The public, armed with greater information, may be emboldened to purchase products and services from more ethical companies over less ethical companies. The recently-concluded Australian parliamentary inquiry suggested that an independent body be funded to benchmark modern slavery statements; hopefully the government heeds this recommendation.

Concurrently, Australia should consider imposing penalties on businesses that do not disclose their anti-slavery efforts. Under the Australian governments...


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

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.


Mark Zuckerberg Is Officially Considering a Cryptocurrency for Facebook in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(ANTIMEDIA)  2017 was an incredible year for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Bitcoin doubters are apologizing for their disturbing lack of faith while tech moguls are waking up in droves to the revolutionary potential of how a truly decentralized blockchain could help end corruption and market manipulation by untrustworthy central actors. The newest voice on the scene with regard to decentralization is none other than Mark Zuckerberg, whose recent Facebook post has many thinking the social media magnate is considering entering the crypto sphere.


Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn something new. I've visited every US state, run 365 miles, built an

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 4, 2018

Zuckerberg, who starts each new year with lofty public goals for where and how he wants to steer Facebook, had some interesting things to say for 2018.

[O]ne of the most interesting questions in technology right now is about centralization vs decentralization, Zuckerberg wrote. A lot of us got into technology because we believe it can be a decentralizing force that puts more power in peoples hands.

But today, many people have lost faith in that promise. With the rise of a small number of big tech companies and governments using technology to watch their citizens many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralizes it.

While it is more than a little ironic that Zuckerberg who prides himself on tackling humanitarian problems has the audacity to talk about giant tech companies using their technology to monitor people, he is at least acknowledging that a centralized corporatist technocracy might not have all the answers and that it may be necessary to destabilize that system.

There are important counter-trends to this like encryption and cryptocurrency that take power from centralized systems and put it back into peoples hands, Zuckerberg continued. But they come with the risk of being harder to control. Im interested...


Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joseph Thomas For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonizing India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while...


Netanyahu Defends Sons Demand for Prostitute Cash From Son of Energy Baron "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his son on Tuesday a day after an Israeli television channel aired recordings from 2015 in which he pressured an Israeli gas tycoons son for money for a prostitute using a controversial gas deal as leverage.

The recordings come as Israeli police continue their investigation into suspicions that the prime minister received gifts from tycoons in exchange for political favors.

Your witch hunt has reached a new and unprecedented low with the broadcast of a secret tape of things that were said jokingly two and a half years ago, between young people drinking alcohol, the Netanyahu family said in a statement.

According to an Israel Television News Company report, Yair Netanyahu, then 25, was in conversation outside a Tel Aviv strip club with Nir Maimon, the son of Kobi Maimon, a major shareholder in Isramco, one of the companies involved in developing Tamar, one of Israels offshore gas fields.

A third friend, Roman Abramov, who was reportedly employed at the time by a firm of the Australian billionaire James Packer and earning tens of thousands of shekels each month despite having no relevant experience, was also present.

Bro, you have to spot me, Yair Netanyahu was recorded telling Nir Maimon. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro. He fought, fought in the Knesset for this, bro.

What? Maimon replied.

You owe us; you owe us 25,000 Shekels [$7,255], Abramov adds.

Yair Netanyahu continues: Bro, my dad now arranged a $20bn show for you, and you cant spot me 400 shekels [$115]?

Related | Thousands Of Israelis Rally For Sixth Week Against Criminal Netanyahu

Hadashot another name for the Israel Television News Company reported that the armored car in which the conversations took place was provided by the prime ministers office and driven by a state-funded driver.

A security guard, also funded by the state, escorted Yair and his friends throughout the night from the first strip club to another, according to Hadashot.

In the recordings, Abramov said that Maimon gave Netanyahu 400 shekels [$115]Netanyahu said: This was for a prostitute. Yair Netanyahu and his friends can be heard discussing the thousands of shekels they paid for strip...


Analysts: RT under siege because it 'gives a voice to critics of US system while MSM parrot govt line' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the aftermath of the CBS interview with our Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, RT asked several analysts to give their views about why the news network is so feared - and vilified - in the US. After CBS aired its interview with Editor-in-Chief Simonyan in early January, social media users took opposing sides over whether they like RT or not, but many agreed that CBS was pushing a mainstream media agenda claiming "Russian meddling." RT asked several analysts to make their points about the interview, which was produced in the form of a televised report selectively featuring Simonyan's answers. Political commentator John Bosnitch said RT has given a voice to "the critics of the US system," and those critics come from the US itself, including people opposing the US establishment, its foreign interventions and "the deep state" since at least the 1950s. The US is not used to hearing more than one official narrative, the analyst argued, adding "the White House, the Congress and the arms of the government, and the deep state, the police and intelligence services, define the [media] narrative."


Forest ranger kills unarmed man traveling to a spiritual retreat; FBI investigating "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Community members are horrified and searching for answers after a beloved citizen of Hutchinson, Kansas, was shot and killed by a federal officer while traveling to a spiritual retreat. Tyler Miller, 51, was driving on a curvy, mountain road in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a large rock, according to a report from KWCH News. However, the details regarding what happened between the time Miller crashed and the time a federal officer opened fire on him, are still largely unknown. Attorney Matt Bretz confirmed that the Miller family is still awaiting more information from the FBI, which is currently investigating the shooting: "He was on his way to a spiritual retreat north of Sedona. The road is a bit curvy. He lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and hit a large rock, and then it becomes rather vague as to what happened, and the FBI hasn't been able to tell us or hasn't told us yet. At some point after the collision, Mr. Miller exited his vehicle, and was shot by a forest ranger."


Taking a more holistic approach to treating depression "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

All of us, even if do not suffer from depression ourselves, know people, often many people, who do suffer from it. It is telling that often, when we are informed that someone has depression, we ask whether it is clinical depression, a term that suggests that it is not some transient phenomenon caused by some immediate factor whose effects may decrease with time (like the death of a loved one), but is instead caused by something that is not just deep-rooted but also based in biology.

This way of thinking has resulted in the widespread prescribing of anti-depressants to control the levels of serotonin released into our brains, the lack of which is widely supposed to be a major cause of depression. Johann Hari was a columnist for the British newspaper The Independent. He is a good writer and I used to read him but then he disappeared from sight and I did not know why. I just learned that in 2011 he had been accused of plagiarism and that resulted in him losing his job.

He is back with a book about depression. He himself began to have depression when he was a teenager and was prescribed anti-depressants. His symptoms immediately went away but eventually came back and his dosage had to be increased. That cycle continued until he was taking large doses of drugs and still not getting relief. After 13 years of this, he started on a personal journey across the world to try to find out what was causing depression and how different people in different countries were dealing with it. He finds that there are more factors than biology at play and that we should not ignore them and focus too much on purely pharmaceutical solutions.

He presents the results of his investigations in the form of a book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions and has published a long edited extract that summarizes his findings.

To find the answers, I ended up going on a 40,000-mile journey across the world and back. I talked to the leading social scientists investigating these questions, and to people who have been overcoming depression in unexpected ways from an Amish village in Indiana, to a Brazilian city that banned advertising and a laboratory in Baltimore conducting a startling wave of experiments. From these people, I learned the best scientific evidence about what really causes depression and anxiety. They taught me that it is not what we have been told it is up to now. I found there is evidence that seven specific factors in the way we are living today are causing depression and anxiety to rise alongside two real biological factors (such as your genes) that can combine with these...

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