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Saturday, 13 January

22:07

Found "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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FOUND: Baseball cap in Coburg.

Text 0417 053 377.



22:06

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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SEEKING to buy or borrow: toddler Seat for a bicycle.

Please call Heidi on 0421 402 512 if you are able to help.

21:42

3 cool things you may or may not know about Woy Woy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1. The Ettalong Water slide
Most people know about the water slide opposite Ettalong War Memorial Club in the late 80's but do you know where it is now?


The tower section was sold to be converted to a climbing tower to a company in Queensland and the slide sections were given to a youth refuge at Somersby where it was installed next to a dam, from reports the ride was quite deadly and claimed a few victims so it was placed out of bounds , you can see the Google image below


2. Patonga Station
While researching I uncovered this article about the first proposed route for the nothern railway between Brooklyn and Woy Woy

The following extract is from the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1 December 1881, Answers to Questions, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, in relation to connecting the Great Southern and Northern Lines via the construction of the Homebush-Waratah Line:
...From this point the line takes a north-easterly direction towards Flat Rock Point, crosses the channel between the southern mainland and Long Island; thence across the Hawkesbury River to Dangar Island (37 miles [60 km] from Redfern); and thence across the main channel of the river to a tunnel through the cliffs on the northern bank to Patonga Creek; thence by a tunnel through the high land between that creek and Woy Woy Creek, thence across that creek and skirting the western shore of Brisbane Water, across Narrara Creek through to the village of Gosford (49 miles [79 km])....

21:37

18:55

PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a sawn-off pump action Breech-Loading shotgun seized by police from criminals, this is what criminals use. They do NOT use black powder muzzle-loading pistols. So why are flintlocks, wheellocks & matchlocks on a restrictive firearms licence? Either it is because of sheer ignorance, or they simply could not be bothered to distinguish a muzzle-loading pistol from a modern breech-loading pistol when they drafted the legislation. None of these pistols is capable of firing modern cartridge ammunition.


Please sign my petition asking the government to take primitive muzzle-loading pistols off the restrictive H class licence & place them with other muzzle-loading guns on the less restrictive B class licence.
Thank you.
Keith.

This is a matchlock muzzle-loading pistol, it requires a smouldering matchcord to make it fire.
This is a wheellock muzzle-loading pistol, it requires a key to wind up the lock, & a piece of iron pyrite rock to make it fire.
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18:08

Two glossy legs good, four grossy legs bad "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Glossies and grossies: too few of the first; too many of the second. Four Glossy Ibis recently dropped in on the Townsville Common and showed a taste - with two later arrivals - for life around the pools at Payets Tower and Melaleuca viewing area.

First quartet displayed uniform breeding plumage.


Later two offer more contrast, with one bird less colourful.

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17:53

Robo Cops Are Being Used Worldwide But Does the Public Want Them? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A pilot programme using a robotic police officer in San Francisco has ended as quickly as it began after the machine waged a war on the homeless. The idea seemed sound enough: The San Francisco animal rescue group SPCA, (a non-profit organisation) employed the services of a $6 per-hour rented Robo Cop to monitor the

The post Robo Cops Are Being Used Worldwide But Does the Public Want Them? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

17:45

So-called Australia: Fundraiser for Prison Writings Journal Paper Chained Still Needs Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

PAPERCHAINED

Received on 12.01.18:

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has shared and/or donated to the Paper Chained Journal 2018 costs so far we have just hit the halfway mark with $175.00 raised by 7 people!
With only $175.00 to go, wed just need 10 people to donate around $15-$20 each to reach the goal. Please share this link and news in your networks to help us get to the total:
https://www.gofundme.com/paper-chained-journal

We are crowdfunding to raise the costs associated with receiving material, printing, and distributing the Paper Chained Journal in 2018.
The first publication of Paper Chained (2017) was funded solely out of the pockets of a member of the Running Wild Collective who is a low-income earner and full-time student. The journal unfortunately cannot be sustained this way going forward and we are asking for assistance from the community to cover basic costs.

Costs include the lease of a PO Box to make submissions of writings accessible to those in prison ($129 per year), printing of journals so that we can send publications to people in prison and to community centers (roughly $5 per journal) and...

17:44

Black-chinned Honeyeater at Raysource Rd, Haigslea reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Killer views this morning (~7:30am) of four Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding down low, right over the cross-junction. At least one was not in full colours and had a pale bill hence an immature and likely sign of local breeding. Readily lD'd by blue eye-skin and black chin; they were extensively vocal and were constantly calling throughout the time we were there (~30 mins). Closest l have ever seen this species to Brisbane.

Channel-billed Cuckoo at Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A pair of T. Crows successfully raised and fledged 4 cuckoo chicks in our garden. Channel-billed Cuckoos are common but so many chicks in one nest are rather unusual. This explained why our crows seemed so busy lately, raiding every property in the neighbourhood and storing pieces of food in the gaps of air conditioners, garden furniture slats and palm crowns.All four fledglings left the nest this morning and flew to the top of a tall Norfolk pine. They made very loud noises, constantly begging their foster-parents for food. After 30 min they all flew away - 4 cuckoos frantically chasing two crows in the sky.

Wood Sandpiper; Australasian Shoveler at Lake Clarendon reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Prolonged views of one Wood Sandpiper on the rock-strewn exposed land, close to the foot of the dam tower. At least four Aust Shovelers were seen from this vantage point, but no doubt there were more further out.

Musk Duck at Lake Clarendon reported by Donald Gaydon; Heath Gaydon on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Single bird, female or juvenile, no throat lobe visable, large size, reptilian head and bill, sitting low in water, spiky tail held vertically. Single Musk Duck sighted amongst thousands of other waterfowl - primarily Hardheads and Grey Teal. Very hot conditions 40 degrees C at 10.30am

17:14

IN CANADA, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS DESTROYING ALL OTHER RIGHTS "IndyWatch Feed National"

To see the real effects of redefining marriage, look no further than Canada. Regardless of whether one is for or against redefining the traditional definition of marriage in Australia, it is impossible to deny that the majority of Canadians have lost their fundamental rights as a result marriage being redefined. Read More

17:08

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 13-14, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Question 1:

The net worth of the non-government sector rises immediately as a result of the government issuing bonds to exactly match ($-for-$) the increase in net public spending.

The answer is False.

The question requires you to be careful. It is asking whether the bond sales cause a rise in the net worth of the non-government sector, not whether the net worth of the non-government sector rises.

The only difference between the Treasury borrowing from the central bank and issuing debt to the private sector is that the central bank has to use different operations to pursue its policy interest rate target. If it debt is not issued to match the deficit then it has to either pay interest on excess reserves (which most central banks are doing now anyway) or let the target rate fall to zero (the Japan solution).

There is no difference to the impact of the deficits on net worth in the non-government sector.

So in terms of the specific question, you need to consider the reserve operations that accompany deficit spending. Like all government spending, the Treasury would credit the reserve accounts held by the commercial bank at the central bank. The commercial bank in question would be where the target of the spending had an account. So the commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a deposit would be made.

The transactions are clear: The commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a new deposit has been made. Further, the target of the fiscal initiative enjoys increased assets (bank deposit) and net worth (a liability/equity entry on their balance sheet). Taxation does the opposite and so a deficit (spending greater than taxation) means that reserves increase and private net worth increases.

This means that there are likely to be excess reserves in the cash system which then raises issues for the central bank about its liquidity management as explained above. But at this stage, M1 (deposits in the non-government sector) rise as a result of the deficit without a corresponding increase in liabilities. In other words, fiscal deficits increase net financial assets in the non-government sector.

What would happen if....

16:58

Easy Homemade Beeswax Wraps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last Christmas, our lovely friend Diana gave us a beeswax wrap to experiment with. It proved to a handy replacement for plastic bags and cling film, and an ideal way to wrap loaves of sourdough As its our goal to try and live greener in 2018, and given that commercial beeswax wraps are prohibitively expensive, []

16:20

Lets have more African immigrants "IndyWatch Feed National"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

Or consider Nigerian-Americans, Nigeria being the most populous nation in Africa. Their education levels are among the very highest in the U.S., above those of Asians, with 17 percent of Nigerian migrants having a masters degree.

And:

Economist Edward Lazear suggests a simple experiment. Consider immigrants to the U.S. from Algeria, Israel and Japan, and rank them in order of most educated to least educated. The correct answer is Algeria, Israel then Japan. Although thats counterintuitive at first glance, its easy enough to see how it works. If you are Algerian and educated, or aspire to be educated, your prospects in Algeria are relatively poor and you may seek to leave. A talented, educated person in Japan or Israel can do just fine by staying at home. These kinds of considerations explain about 73 percent of the variation in the educational outcomes of migrants.

Do read the whole thing.

The post Lets have more African immigrants appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:02

Are Police Acting Like Thugs Because Judges Refuse to Defend the Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave was questioning the school board how they can vote to give the superintendent a raise when school employees have not gotten a raise in years. A policeman from the parish Marshals Office told her to leave the room. He shut down her freedom of speech to even ask a question in a respectful manner.  He ordered her to step outside, pushed her to the ground, and then arrested her dragging her out in handcuffs.

The question this presents is why are police officer lacking any training about human and constitutional rights. Far too many seem they believe they are supreme in their authority and need not answer to anyone. This evolves because judges are not defending the constitution as a whole. There are no checks and balances anymore. What happened to We the People in this modern day?

16:00

The Gender Contract "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Lets start by watching a short YouTube video; Semba Cesaria Evora. Did you watch it? No? well go back and watch it you have to so as to understand this post says about it all when it comes to gender relations and without a word. Where have we gone wrong? What should be

The post The Gender Contract appeared first on The AIM Network.

15:45

Defence analysts suggesting that Australia might need nuclear weapons? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 Why Australia might be forced to consider nuclear weapons, Brisbane Times, By Tony Walker
12 January 2018  ..Fifty years on from Strangeloves release its not an irrelevant question to ask whether America has in place fail-safe mechanisms to prevent just such a nuclear accident; nor is it out of order to note the beginning of a debate in the shadows about Australia going nuclear.

Not since the John Gorton era of the late 1960s cabinet documents confirm discussion then has the possibility of Australia becoming a nuclear power been canvassed, except on the margins of the defence debate, and in top secret advice to the government of the day.

However, in recent weeks the issue has found its way crabwise into public domain via contributions from defence analysts Paul Dibb, Richard Brabin-Smith, and Hugh White in his Quarterly Essay...

15:22

The books you do [and dont] see in bookshops "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It is the first time in years I have seen a book of mine on a bookstore shelf, and a mere $39.95 as well. Has only happened twice before but incredible to see. I imagine it may have been because the title is so ambiguous Art of the Impossible so that it might have been anti-Trump as was every other political tract sharing the shelf. You can also buy the book from The Book Depository for A$29.21 and with worldwide free delivery. In my view, the farther we move from the election, the better the book becomes. It puts everything in context and helps you remember the might have beens, every one of which is a horror story we are not being made to endure. No book a decade from now will be able to make you understand the 2016 election the way this book does.

What has also amazed me is that even with all the interest in PDT across the world, I have never ever seen one of his own books anywhere for sale, other than in op-shops, where I am the only one to buy them at $3 a copy. In particular, why does no one sell or buy his Art of the Deal which has always been plain sailing to get through and would teach you something about the man who is president you cannot otherwise find out.

15:13

William Carrs View of Money Manipulation "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased, and became an exclusive winter retreat for the Jekyll Island Club gang. It was the richest, most inaccessible club in the world. Some members: J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field. (photo  jekyllclub.com)

This is a follow up to my previous...

15:09

USAs Plutonium Plant demolition halted due to radiation danger "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Regulators to DOE: No more Hanford demolition until we say its safe http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article194318189.html, BY ANNETTE CARY, acary@tricityherald.com, January 11, 2018, Hanford regulators have ordered the Department of Energy not to restart demolition of the nuclear reservations highly radioactively contaminated Plutonium Finishing Plant until regulators agree the work can be done safely.

15:03

Anna Von Reitz -- More than One Way to Skin a Bunch of Rats "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By GK

By Anna Von Reitz


Last night I tuned into a little ole down home teleconference sponsored by the Texas Republic. They are extremely well-organized compared to most of the rest of the state republics and have their history firmly intact. Many of their counties are up and operational and they hold their regular meetings at various places throughout the state to meet and greet and educate as they go. After all the gritty hand-to-hand in places like Illinois the past few weeks, it was like balm to my soul.

They have developed yet another ingenious and effective answer to the IRS fraud, which is simple and deadly to implement. The essence of it is to politely inquire about the jurisdiction of two courts. When the district level court replies that they don't have jurisdiction over the municipal corporation dba "IRS" and the "US TAX COURT" admits that it doesn't have jurisdiction over the territorial corporation dba "Internal Revenue Service" it puts the vermin in a real bind. If they take JOHN QUINCY DOE to US District Court, he can say, "But look here, the US District Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the IRS." If they take John Quincy Doe to the US TAX COURT, he can say, "But look here, the US TAX COURT says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service." [They can't complain because "John Quincy Adams" does sound exactly like "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS" only now you get to use that fact against them the same way they used it all these years against us. ] And both statements are absolutely correct, counter-claiming, and self-cancelling.

This is because unknown to most Americans, we've been dealing with two separate governments (Territorial and Municipal) and two separate agencies (Internal Revenue Service and IRS) and two separate court systems (US District and US TAX COURT)---neither of which have anything much to do with us, except that they are supposed to be providing "essential government services" in Good Faith and aren't. Now if you do what these Texans recommend, you can put these courts in a good old-fashioned Texas Twist-Em double-bind. Either way they go, they are stuck having to explain to their own employees and to the public the fraud scheme they've been working, and rather than do that, they are going to let go of you faster than an average rattlesnake.

As I have explained many times these vermin have created public trusts named after you. They stole your identity and took title to your Given Trade Name, then spl...

14:56

The Cooking of Humanity Invisible Global Warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

FOREWORD:

Barrie Trowers background and personal warning in his own words

In the very early 1960s I trained with the government microwave warfare establishment. I looked at all aspects of microwave warfare and when I finished my time in the military, because I had a lot of expertise in the microwave field, I was asked if I would carry on with this research. We are in a new Cold War and this is why countries are developing this. And this is why all the microwave transmitters are going up everywhere because somebody, if they wanted to, could use them for other effects. The system is up and running. Years ago our government said to our scientists when it comes to microwaves you will only talk about things to do with heat, and that is it. So they wont even discuss anything else. They will deny anything that doesnt have anything to do with heat. They even deny all their 40 years of research leading up to this, although theyve said that this can cause cancer and all the damage, they say no it cant. Were only looking at heat and heat is all that matters. So for the last 40 years the English government has been lying to the people. And the American, the Canadian, the Australian, they have been lying. They have been lying to protect industry, to protect their profits, to protect themselves from lawsuits. So they are really just liars and it is provable, sanctioned by the World Health Organization, without a shadow of a doubt. It is the same people that sit on the ICNAP certificate, sit on our government health protection agencies, sit on the World Health Organization it is the same people. There are probably no more than 20 of them. But, yes, they are going to, in my opinion, commit the worst genocide this planet has ever known, not just people, but animals and plants. They are probably going to cause more destruction than a global war, and in several hundred years time, people will look back, whoever survives, and look at what we tried to do to stop them.

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14:55

PERTH Perth home owner charged over property fire that caused $500000 damage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth home owner charged over property fire that caused $500000 damage .

January 13, 2018 at 10:22AM .

to the house and surrounding bushland, leaving an estimated damage bill of around $500,000. The man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident. He has been charged with criminal damage by fire and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/perth-home-owner-charged-over-property-fire-that-caused-500000-damage-ng-b88713523z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEle34t7oHcNPK9gmb6qblHXrZ9hA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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13:45

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Newlanders, 

I am selling my 2009 Red Toyota Yaris!

It's a red 5 door hatch in good condition. 4 cylinder, 5-speed manual, airbags, new windscreen, new battery, near new tyres, ABS + more.

101124 kms, rego until May 2018, RWC.

Only reason for sale is changing to an automatic.

...

13:41

Your Wedding Questions Answered At Same-Sex Marriage Boot Camp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Getting married but dont even know where to start planning your perfect wedding? Brisbanes Broadway Chapel in Woolloongabba is owned and run by local couple James and Nick (pictured), and theyre thrilled to welcome the first same-sex couples to the heritage-listed venue. Theyre offering prospective couples the chance to sign up for Same-Sex Marriage Boot ...

The post Your Wedding Questions Answered At Same-Sex Marriage Boot Camp appeared first on QNEWS.

13:36

School Holiday Music Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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School Holiday Music Programs for children 

The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is now taking last minute enrolments for their two specialised Choral, Vocal, Improvisation and Composition workshops for children Thursday and Friday next week. We are also offering 15% off our wonderful multi instrumental and individual tuition, vocal, yoga, dance and creative movement classes at our community music school

http://www.melbourneinnernorthperformingartsacademy.com.au

The Singing Playground - Choral and Vocal workshops
Join Christine in an afternoon of fun and games! Singing, vocal play and movement integrate to become rich learning opportunities that are seriously fun and engaging. Kodaly based with creative and collaborative, active and dynamic sessions will have them singing all the way home!
...

13:34

Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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FREE CLEAN SAND FOR SAND-PIT OR SIMILAR

We ordered a cubic metre of sand for our sand-pit and its way more than we need. Its fine grade, white, clean sand and its yours if you want it. 

Free of charge but you need to come and shovel it and take it away soon.

Contact: nelly@nellythomas.com

Cheers, Nelly.

13:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

13:22

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following is a call out for contributions on a new publication called Conflictual Wisdom. A second attempt was made last year for contributions, but the project was delayed. You can read the original call out here. The email has been changed to conflictualwisdom (at) protonmail (dot) com. Both new and original articles on the subject of overcoming hopelessness, trauma, or disappointment as anarchists for the long term are welcome. The deadline is mid-February. If you plan to write an article specifically for this, they ask that you notify them in advance.

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom / A Second Try

It has been over a year since my last attempt at this. I find myself writing this rough draft call out from the same historic hill I wrote from a little over a year ago. Originally I wrote a cathartic piece regarding my own existential issues as a revolutionary anarchist.
I typically have always wrote purely propaganda, but with time, feelings of disappointment or defeat are inevitable, affecting my ability to be so classically hyperbolic in what I say.
With this, I found the need to write a public piece last year regarding my issues with helplessness and my struggle to continue onward in permanent conflict with this society, as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary anarchist. I wrote a piece a little over a year ago titled To My Comrades. I wanted to turn it into a larger project that compiled different responses to the piece, hopefully creating a forum or publication of mixed voices in struggle on the issue of keeping strong, or generally just helping each other to get out of bed in the morning as anarchists in a horribly overwhelming era. To put it simply, I was humbly searching for advice and inspiration from other anarchists, and wanted to share whatever I discovered on this journey for help.

I believe that there are multiple benefits to creating a safe space for dialogue such as this: steering folks away from the counter-revolutionary directions of passive nihiism and post-modernism, or sharing with younger folks the obstacles that typically come with time as a revolutionary, and how some have chosen to overcome them.

I thought that by exposing some humility and existential contemplation, maybe I could start to encourage a dialogue that helps answer questions that tend to push folks away from the movement over time, or lead people to consider betrayal in the form of snitching or ghosting as an option in th...

13:21

What To Do With Kids School Papers and Art Work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Declutter and reduce the waste associated with the end-of-year influx of school papers and art work.

13:00

In which Dame Slap dons a MIGA cap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The pond regrets that presidential politics is currently dominating proceedings, but the pond is a mere cork bobbing on the reptile ocean, and when Dame Slap returns, the pond must go where Dame Slap goes, ye even unto a conspiracy involving the UN using climate science to establish world government ...

It means she's ideally placed to talk about a post-truth, no-trust world ...


It's not as if the reptiles didn't provide other examples of loonacy this day...

 

But the pond can never ignore Dame Slap, even if it turns out that Dame Slap is just channelling Adam Goodman of the Tampa Bay Times and Why Oprah for president makes sense ...

...

13:00

Turnbull's new 'Keep Australia working' mantra just doesn't add up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Turnbull's new 'Keep Australia working' mantra just doesn't add upThe Coalition's catch phrases are all about creating more and better jobs for Australians but how good is its record really? John Haly looks at the numbers. read now...

12:46

APRadio welcomes Mike Holt to the team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harry touches on Queensland removal of agenda from Drivers Lic .. Julian Assange report on his status with

Authorities out of con...

12:36

White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder appeared first on It's Going Down.

KALKASKA, MI Broderick Brock Ward, 42, called his brother Sammy Ward, 38 telling him about how a resident of Kalkaska had questioned what is a n***er like you was doing here? You never heard of Kalkaska? There are three Ks in Kalkaska for a reason, the man told Brock, alluding to the Ku Klux Klan.  Explaining that he felt extremely uncomfortable the friend he had traveled up north with had told him to hide in a backroom should his Racist friends come over.

Brock told his brother that he had asked a mutual friend to come get him. He told Sammy to give the friend gas money if needed, because he was completely broke.

That was Nov. 17, the last time the brothers spoke. Brock stopped answering his phone, this was unlike him. Three days later on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sammy and two other family members traveled the four hours north to look for Brock. They eventually found him 20 minutes south, in a rental trailer In Fife Lake dead, alone and covered in blood. He had been shot to death.

Samuel Ward said that police have told his family that a black man, Terrance Jordan, confessed to the murder and stated that it had to do with drugs. Ward said he is not buying it, The house had no drugs. I dont know what these people had when they caught up with them, but what does that have to do with my brother? Seems shit isnt adding up, Sammy continued, I dont know if this is a smokescreen. Theyre lying so much about everything and not telling us anything. Theyre saying a black guy confessed saying it was a drug deal gone bad.  I think they want us to put it out there to ease up the race thing. It will take the light off them.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Sammy says his brother stopped by their mother Bettys house and brought a friend, Jason Morgan of Kingsley. They said they were heading up north to go fishing.  After they left, Sammy called his brother. Brock youre going way up north, you need to let me know where youre going, he told him, asking him to text him his address when he got there. He did.

Friday Brock called saying he felt uncomfortable because he was told by his friend, that it is racist up here, its very racist.

So at that point, I guess my brother was getting nervous. He called for a ride. He was telling me, Im on my way back down. Make sure Mike come get me. If they need gas money give them some g...

12:06

The Bolt Revolt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Cally Jetta Andrew Bolts sheer idiocy and unabashed loathing of Aboriginal people never ceases to amaze me. There is nothing particularly special and unique about a bigoted nitwit with archaic views and a big mouth; the only standout difference here is that somehow this man has been given a platform to spew his hate

The post The Bolt Revolt appeared first on The AIM Network.

12:04

La Gavotte Restaurant & Creperie ~ French - Noumea, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We sneak in a final cheeky lunch at La Gavotte, crepes and Breton style galettes by the water in Baie des Citrons. A light lunch in theory at least, after a week of meat and cream. La Gavotte has a menu of just about every French style filling you can think of, savoury, extremely smelly or fruity and sweet. Specialising in the Breton buckwheat galettes or the lighter fluffier crepes

11:50

Bitcoin Enthusiast Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Italian Explorer Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi

Few people will ever encounter an undiscovered natural wonder, and then have the pleasure of naming it. Thats what happened to Guido Turricchia and his intrepid band of explorers deep within the Papua New Guinean jungle and deep beneath the earth. The speleologist found a new cave and had the honor of christening it. The epithet the environmental engineer and bitcoin enthusiast chose? Why, Satoshi.

Also read: Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland

Blockchain meets Rockchain

For the past month, Guido Turricchia, Andrea Felici, and Maurizio Buttinelli have been AFK and thus divorced from bitcoin price moves and cryptocurrency drama. On December 10, the trio of experienced explorers left Italy to embark on their most ambitious trip yet through the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea. The southwest Pacific nation, which lies north of Australia and to the east of Indonesia, is famed for its biological diversity.

Italian Explorer Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi

Guido and his group witnessed many enchanting sights as they trekked through the jungle, but they were saving themselves for the beauty that lay within the earth. From Guatemala to Costa Rica, the speleologists have...

11:40

The Gender Contract. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Did you watch that you tube vid ?no? well go back and watch it.. you have to so as to understand this post.. Says about it all when it comes to gender relations and without a word. Where have we gone wrong?.. What should be an equal distribution of respect of give and take has turned into an mostly male violent, free-for-all. Has it always been this way, that the alpha male has dominated the female in a no-choice oppression system of patriarchal rule?..

Semba (masemba in plural) is a traditional music genre and dance genre from Angola that became popular in the 50s. It is the product of an evolution as it was influenced by different ethno linguistic groups from Angola as well as several different African rythms. In the context of dancing, the word Semba means the body of the man that comes in contact with the body of the woman at the level of the belly button.

In one of the national Angolan languages called Kimbundu, Semba can also have the meaning of Umbigada. Umbigada describes also a dance movement when the contact between the two bodies is provoked by the man who suddenly takes the woman on the hip and brings her towards his belly button. The Umbigada movement is exactly what is still done today in the traditional dance from Angola called Rebita and other African dances.
Before the arrival of the Portuguese the semba dance was part of traditional religion. Dancing accompanied the worship of the godess Kianda, in honour of whom food, clothing and other gifts were thrown into the sea. (Quotes from various sources of general information on the internet).

I have to confess here and now, this gender topic is a very difficult theme for me to write upon..as a matter of fact, from a male point of view, it could be seen as one best avoided as it could bring the wrath of all things anti-male upon one..But fuck it!Ive not backed out of a good scrap yet and Im not about to now!..But there is also another reason why I find it rather traumatic..and the one is connected to the other..so to tackle one, I have to tackle the other because both are interconnected by what is now a national moral and ethical dilemma..

As an amateur writer of mostly emotive genre (if I can say it like that), I need to feel an emotional connect to both the story-line and the characters of which I write..and then, perhaps more importantly, I have to want to deliver those stories to my fellow country folk equal with my cultural sympathies..but lately, in perhaps the last few years, I have felt less and less connected to either of those two identities..ie; neither with characters now releva...

11:37

Intelligent Birds Are Deliberately Starting Fires and Feasting on Animals as They Flee "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA) Australia  It appears human beings arent alone in their ability to control fire. A recently published study that compiled accounts from indigenous peoples of Australias Northern Territory reveals that at least three species of predatory bird actually start fires to aid in their hunts.

These accounts of so-called firehawk raptors the black kite, the whistling kite, and the brown falcon describe the birds using their beaks and talons to transport burning branches from existing brush fires to other locations. The fire and smoke from these newly-set fires cause prey to flee, exposing them to the predators.

Whats more, the raptors actually appear to work in coordination with one another, as study co-author Bob Gosford explained to the Washington Post back in 2016.

Its not gratuitous, said Gosford, an ethnobiologist and ornithologist. Theres a purpose. Theres an intent to say, okay, there are several hundred of us there, we can all get a meal.

Gosford was first inspired to conduct the research after stumbling upon a passage from I, the Aboriginal, a 1964 autobiography of Waipuldanya Phillip Roberts compiled by an Australian journalist.

I have seen a hawk pick up a smouldering stick in its claws and drop it in a fresh patch of dry grass half a mile away, Roberts wrotethen wait with its mates for the mad exodus of scorched and frightened rodents and reptiles.

Indeed, lead study author Mark Bonta made it clear to National Geographic that his team hasnt uncovered anything that wasnt already known to Australias Aboriginals.

Were not discovering anything, said Bonta, a geographer at Penn State University. Most of the data that weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoplesTheyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.

Bontas team notes in the study that the behavior of....

10:23

MACKAY mackay crime mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Mackay woman convicted over desexing of stolen pet dog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mackay woman convicted over desexing of stolen pet dog

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Ty was later euthanased after being returned to his owner, perhaps because he had been desexed, prosecutor Acting Sergeant Duncan Erskine told Mackay Magistrates Court. Mann, a 61-year-old disability pensioner, faced the court yesterday to hear shed been found guilty by Magistrate Mark Nolan

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10:22

The four horsemen of the current apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Wolfgang Kasper at the Mannkal-IPA conference on Western Civilization. Two wear red and two wear green: the revival of Marxism, the Welfare State, Environmental Fundamentalism and Islam.

The horsemen used to be Pestilence, War, Famine and Death.

For nerds. A heap of stuff about the original horses.

10:04

Peter Combe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PETER COMBE returns to the Zoo on Sunday April 8 with his fast, furious and fabulous JUICY JUICY GREEN Band. A BIG KIDS NIGHT OUT for fans who grew up on old faves Newspaper Mama, Mr Clicketty Cane, Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Toffee Apple, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jeffrey Hill, Down in the Bathroom, Baghdad, Chish and Fips, Tadpole Bluesplus some songs from his ARIA nominated new album, LIVE IT UP.

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09:44

Buying Time To Beat Adani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The environment and the people will ultimately win the battle to stop the Galilee Basin being opened to coal mining, predicts Ben Pennings.

Adani is on the ropes, desperately trying to rescue the $1.5bn they gambled on the economically marginal and environmentally disastrous Carmichael coal mine. Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer or Aurizon might follow Adani into the Galilee basin but the environment movement has the numbers this time. Mass social movements like #StopAdani will triumph over profit, either through the ballot box or in front of bulldozers.

People ask me why I quit my job at The Queensland Greens, why I put myself at physical and legal risk to initiate citizen resistance against Adanis plans. The answer is always the same. To buy time. There is enough coal in the Galilee Basin to not only cook the Reef, but to supercharge extreme weather and destroy farmland worldwide. The resulting death and destruction is seemingly unspeakable.

Any time gained through stopping fossil fuel projects must be used to enact meaningful cultural and systemic change. The 50 years of the modern environment movement have been the most ecologically destructive in human history, when hyper-consumerism has become our dominant religion and carbon emissions have soared.

Our dominant culture of over-consumption, expensive thrills and massive waste must be challenged and changed. Civilised humans have turned their only home into a garbage dump, created an ecological debt that cannot just be written off. Solar-powered ecocide is still ecocide.

Living beyond our means hasnt made us any happier. If needless consumer products gave us the happiness promised in their ads we wouldnt need to buy any more of them. Few people are immune to the constant lies of advertisers and politicians advocating for faceless corporations.

US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)

Every kid that gets cancer, every cyclone, and every useless nick knack contributes to economic growth. Progress must be measured differently through wellbeing, social equality and harmony. Despite advertising being embedded in our culture, people value health, relationships, and recreation more than extra possessions.

The environment movement can only challenge consumerist culture by taking up the fight for economic justice. People by nature compare themselves to others. The outlandish and celebrated...

09:33

Mullumbimby Street Food Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mullumbimby Leagues Club alongside The Design Collective have joined forces to create a unique outdoor twilight market, beer garden, gourmet street food and live music event in a family-friendly setting on the lush green grass of the leagues club.

The market kicks off Feb 3rd, 2018 with live local band Fat Albert launching the markets to the Northern Rivers community. Gather your friends, family and bring your picnic blanket for a night of delicious food (veggie, vegan and gluten-free options) artisan, Designer, handmade and vintage markets and all of your favourite brews on tap.

For more information and to apply www.thedesigncollectivemarkets.com

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09:20

What a dump this place is. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just moved here. Fuck what a mistake! As soon as I can break lease I'm getting the hell out of here. Run down dump in the middle of nowhere. I kept hearing about "The Strand", The Strand! the Strand! - okay, I go look - It's a strip of lawn along a beach you can't go into the water (because of the Jellyfish). Wow - amazing guys eye roll

The rental agent rented me a unit that has a broken toilet (water from the drain pipe leaks and runs onto the floor and pools outside). The gas cooker is broke, knobs missing or broken so I can't use even if it did work (looks like i'm going to have to survive on fast food for dinner) Cockroachers and ants everywhere. And the "Laundry" is a washing machine from the 90's sitting outside. I've been here 1 day and want to get the fuck out. I should have expected to be ripped off from the local realestate mobs, you're all One Nation Voters and religious nutters up here, I should have known that makes you untrustworthy.

I'm sure you guys that have been born here and know nothing else think this place is the top shit, this place has more in common with Kalgoorlie. What a dump.

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09:16

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) | spices | Multimedia Natural Medicine Special Interests

In spite of what many people believe, pharmaceutical drugs are not useful to achieve or maintain a healthy state, neither physical nor mental.

Both physical and mental health are closer to everyone than people imagine. Yet, so many people continue to believe that synthetic drugs are the solution to their problems.

Meds provided to the sick by a physician only perpetuate their unhealthy physical state, and those recommended by psychiatrists only aggravate the chemical imbalances in the brain.

The questions are then where do people go when they want to prevent and cure disease or when they want to stay healthy?

The answer is simple. Herbs and spices.

Herbs and spices are in most cases the inspiration for pharmaceutical companies to produce synthetic drugs that they allege treat and cure disease.

Those drugs unsuccessfully attempt to mimic what natural spices and herbs do all by themselves, without the help of artificial chemicals.

Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals, writes Dr. Mercola.

Just as any other food item people ingest, herbs and spices have an effect on their health, but different from most processed foods, they provide an upgrade to your nutritional habits.

When eating in low, normal doses such as ones most people use in preparing their meals, and for long periods of time, herbs and spices have the ability to prevent inflammation, which is the root cause of most diseases.

There are many lists that include spices which have shown signs of being beneficial to human health, especially when trying to prevent disease, but there are four of them that make every single one of those lists.

Clove, Ginger, Rosemary, and Turmeric have shown, in laboratory and human studies, to signif...

08:59

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. | gold-dollar-eagle-720x340 | Economy & Business Special Interests

Author: Dr Fraser Murrell, Melbourne Australia
First Posted: Thursday , 20 Nov 2014

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton presided over a (bi-metal) Gold and Silver Standard, with the flaw being the fix of silver to gold. In the 1900s, John Maynard Keynes revolutionized economics, with the result being certain economic collapse. In both cases there was a logical error in the key definition of price, which is critical to the stability of the economy. This note examines the problem and then goes on to present a workable Gold Standard, which it is argued, is the most stable frame of reference for our economy.

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Life would be chaotic if time and space changed regularly or even our definition of it changed regularly. Fortunately, Newton sorted it all out back in the 1600s, developed the Laws of Motion, allowing mankind to proceed with certainty. However, if some Government expert later decided that time ran backwards on alternate days and space was shaped like a banana, then chaos would return.

In economics, the central concepts are time and price and again Newton considered this problem and deemed that price should be defined with reference to weights of gold and silver (more on this later). Once again the real world proved him (almost) correct and as a result there was economic certainty and Britain Ruled the Waves. But then along came economic experts like Keynes who changed all the critical definitions and as a result we have been plunged back into chaos.

To understand Keynes distortion of our economic frame of reference, consider the following example. A man walks into a bank in 1971 with savings of $1,000 (cash) and $1,000 (gold) and today in 2014 he retires and withdraws both. Ignoring for the moment interest and fees, under an (ideal) Newtonian frame of reference there would be price stability, so that the value of each wit...

08:56

John Oliver on Spotlight Vs Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe its the times we live in, but journalism is being celebrated in the movies again. If only the gap between the Oscar-grabbing, fist-pumping glory and the grubby reality was not so great The 2015 Read more

08:40

Matthew Heffernan: Dont Redefine Indigenous, Redefine Good Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo credit: Amy Hetherington                        Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Share this Post Matthew is a Pintupi-Luritja/Irish man, hailing from Alice Springs but now calling Darwin home. Matt was awarded a National Scholarship from Global Voices (A Non-Government Organisation promoting ...

08:27

Historical marker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Calm evenings are a wonderful time to visit Cairn Curran. This set was observed as I sat above the reservoir at Joyces Creek earlier in the week. The site is traced by a ragged line of dead River Red-gums that mark the original course of the creek a reminder of a past landscape.

Looking north-east along the original course of Joyces Creek, 10th January 2018.

08:21

Outlook 2018: A mixed bag for residential housing "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

See my thoughts at Livewire markets here (or click image).

08:06

100 Rare parrots found dead on road in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Environmentalists are concerned motorists are hitting and killing flocks of highly endangered parrots feeding around a New South Wales road. Ecologist Saan Ecker estimated more than 100 superb parrots had been found dead on a road off Barton Highway, near the town of Murrumbateman, in recent days. Yesterday she saw dozens of the dead birds surrounded by live ones, and said several motorists had alerted Wildcare of similar sightings in the area. "For every dead body was one or two live birds sitting between each and [they] are getting hit [by cars] as well."

08:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

07:53

South Australia is Building the Worlds Largest Thermal Plant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.

When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.

How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....

07:25

1) Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Papua to get Freeports shares
3) Indonesia lays groundwork for transfer of Grasberg mine to local control
4) Freeports exports fall short of quota
5) PT Freeport`s 51% divestment not negotiable: Indonesian minister
6) Batik Air to launch Surabaya-West Papua route on Jan. 19
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1) Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine
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07:08

In which Polonius rushes to the defence of the Donald "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


You've got to love the NY Times, and its talk of "vulgar remarks",  and genteel "alarm", but how strange it is to see "shithole" turn up in the WaPo ...

Of course in the tree killer edition, it quaintly became "profanely assails," in a subdued report on yet another failure at the right hand top of the page ...


The lizard of Oz for a nanosecond joined in, with a discreet use of asterisks ...

By this morning, that was only a dream, long gone, off into the digital void, "disappeared", so that other news and commentary of the standard Oz kind could replace it ...

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06:42

Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin appeared first on CCN

The ink is barely dry on President Trumps tax legislation, and a new bill has surfaced in Arizona that kicks things up another notch. The bill proposes using bitcoin to pay state income taxes, and it was submitted by Senators Warren Petersen and David Farnsworth as well as Reps. Travis Grantham and Jeff Weninger, all Continued

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06:27

Kentucky cop chokes innocent man for asking why the town's water was cut off "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Kentucky man learned the hard way this week that speaking your mind to those in a position of power can and will get you assaulted by police. A Martin County resident wanted to know why he was paying for water and not getting it, so a police officer grabbed him by the throat to keep him in his place. The residents of Martin County held a public meeting this week to address the fact that they are paying for water and it's not going into their homes. Although tempers were high, no one got violent and people only seemed to want answers as to when the Martin County Water District would turn the water back on. According to LEX18, the water company explained what they were doing to attempt to remedy the outages which started during cold temperatures last week. They were faced with two options, they said. The first would be cutting off water to the entire county while they attempted to fill the tank reservoir. The other would be to strategically cut water to different areas of the county. Unfortunately, even after doing the latter, the company admitted that they were still having difficulty.

06:10

Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals Klutznick, chair of Americans for Peace Now "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals.

Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the major driver for Palestinian youth today is democracy and equal rights, not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another corrupt inefficient authoritarian state, so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state.

Klutznick dismissed the idea:

You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinan democracy. Because I dont believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

Shikaki said that he agrees, but this is not an answer for young Palestinians:

I actually share your view on this. However, what would you say to those 18- to 22- year olds who basically say, You will fail to produce a two state solution. Why do you want to prevent me from dreaming about a one state solution, in which we all live in peace with equal rights. We know that it will be a tough battle. We know that it will not be easy and that Israeli Jews will not want to give up on their own state, but if we cant get a sovereign independent democratic state, we have no alternative but to take this approach.

What you just said and what I also believe in, is that only if we can provide them with a viable process that can lead to a two state solution. If we cant deliver on that, then our ability to convince the youth of our argument is very very weak.

Klutznick said the only hope is to reengage the U.S., though not under Donald Trump:

I agree with what you said. I think the answer lies in the fact that the United States has temporarily as we hope here lost its status as an honest broker. And I think the hope for both...

06:00

Day to Day Politics: What makes them tick? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 13 January  2018 I befriended Stuart Whitman around three years ago and we have twice since taken coffee together at the popular Federation Square in Melbourne. We both, I think, while discussing the finer points of life, recognised a common thread of humanity that we both shared. At the time he was working in

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06:00

Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Col McKenzie calls on government to stop funding work of Terry Hughes, saying tourists won't do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead'A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef's leading researchers a dick, blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state's greatest natural asset.Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great [...]

05:59

The Homeopathic Answer to Mumps "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is becoming increasingly clear that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is failing to live up to its alleged preventative benefits. Weve already seen small outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and now mumps appears to be making a comeback. And even though homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment for mumps, mainstream medicine doesnt really want you to know about it.

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05:55

PERTH Woman charged in relation to Maylands stabbing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A WOMAN has been charged in relation to a stabbing in Maylands on Friday, January 12. The 48-year-old woman was charged with unlawful wounding in circumstances of aggravation by Midland Detectives. She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on January 31. The alleged incident occurred at

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05:28

Young Womans Ovaries Destroyed by Gardasil: Merck Forgot to Research Effects of Vaccine on Female Reproduction "IndyWatch Feed National"

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An alarming study has revealed that Merck & Co., the corporate mastermind behind the infamous Gardasil vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), conveniently forgot to research the effects of this deadly vaccine on womens reproductive systems. And at least one young woman, in this case from Australia, bore the brunt of this inexcusable failure after discovering []

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05:10

Gun Training, Gun Laws, And Media With Cam Edwards "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Cam Edwards joins Ben Domenech in studio to answer questions on gun laws, gun training, and his role in conservative media.

I really think we need to have some of these bigger, broader conversations about mental health in this country, as opposed to just mental health and gun ownership, Edwards said.

Cam Edwards is currently the host of the Cam & Company show on NRA TV, where they discuss second amendment issues. He lives on a 40-acre farm with his family in Farmville, Virginia.

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04:54

Facebook Takes Another Stab at Soft Censorship Through Modified Trustworthy Newsfeed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a move that is set to infuriate news organizations that are not deemed trustworthy, Facebook is set to introduce sweeping changes to its newsfeed as early as next week, prioritizing trustworthy sites and removing clickbait and low quality news publishers, while promoting posts from friends and family, the WSJ reports.

Under its new approach, Facebook would evaluate parameters such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers. Such variables would inform its algorithm that determines which publishers posts are pushed higher in the feed, one of the people said.

It is not known how Facebook will decide which publications are deemed trustworthy.

The move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site, in other words censoring content it deems inappropriate while promoting news outlets that are ideologically aligned with the organization.

While the WSJ writes that Facebook hasnt decided whether to proceed with the shift, and it may choose not to do so, the FT disagrees and reports that the worlds largest social network will unveil the change imminently, according to people briefed on the plans, hoping to differentiate between salacious content and quality news. Zuckerberg has finally realized that not all news is equal, said one publisher clearly on the promoted sight of equal briefed on the plans.

While Facebook will try to make the newsfeed a place for personal sharing and in-depth discussions similar to Snapchat and move other content from pages and publishers to a separate space within the app, the move is widely expected to infuriate news organizations which are not deemed trustworthy or high quality by the site.


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03:59

Why is ice slippery? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(We are bracing ourselves for a severe ice storm today in this region so I am reproducing a blog post from back in 2006, before I moved to this site, because I thought that readers might find it interesting. I have edited it slightly, because tinkering with my writing is something I cannot help. This question formed the basis of an article by Robert Rosenberg in the December 2005 issue of Physics Today, p. 50-55.)

As you can see from this video, this man was reminded that ice is really slippery.

But why is ice so slippery?

How people respond to such a question can tell you a lot about their relationship to science in general. Some people will think that such a question, dealing as it does with everyday phenomena, should have a simple answer that has been known for a long time. Others will answer that that is just the way ice is. Intelligent design and other types of creationists might respond that ice was made slippery by their god for a purpose that we cannot comprehend. Yet others will say who cares? and wonder why we should bother with trying to answer such a question at all. But ask a group of scientifically-minded people this question and you will get a lively discussion going about the various possible explanations.

The basic reason why ice is slippery is not hard to understand. It is caused by the presence of a thin layer of water on the surface of ice. But this prompts the next question of what causes that layer of water to coexist with the ice. Why doesnt it also freeze when the ambient temperature is below the freezing point of water? And seeking the explanation for this has formed the basis for a long series of research programs that have lasted for well over a century.

One popular explanation is that the pressure of the feet or skis or skates on the ice lowers the melting point temperature of ice. So when ice skaters glide on the ice, the high pressure caused by their weight on the thin blades (nearly 500 times atmospheric pressure) causes the melting point to drop below the normal freezing point of 0oC, and thus the surface of the ice, finding itself above that temperature, melts. Joly examined this idea in 1886 and calculated that such a high pressure would lower the melting point temperature to -3.5oC.

The problem with that explanation is that the optimum temperature for figure skating is -5.5oC while ice hockey players favor harder, faster ice at -9oC. In fact skating is possible at temperatures as low as -35oC. But this pressure explanation, despite its flaws, remained the dominant explanation for nearly a century. (However, it should be noted that the chief scientist of the 1910 Scott...

03:45

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" makes landfall near Wallal Downs, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" made landfall near Eighty Mile Beach, west of Wallal Downs in Western Australia just before 10:00 UTC on January 12, 2018 as Category 1 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. The system is expected to continue...... Read more

02:54

Trumps Rhetoric On Haiti Is The Kind Of Thing That Will Turn This Country Into A Sh-thole "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The media is ablaze over the question President Trump reportedly asked lawmakers in an oval office meeting on immigration Thursday: Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?

To Trumps question I would respond: Mr. President, there are sh-thole countries around the world. There are terrible countries where governments are corrupt, people are expendable, dignity is nonexistent, the population is uncared for and uneducated, infrastructure is missing, and those who have power and money basically own those who dont. In these countries life is bleak, and suffering is so overwhelming that often the only options are death or flight.

In the country of Iraq where I was born, and which my latent love of motherland will only allow me to call a quasi-sh-thole, there are currently 3 million internally displaced people, more than 8 percent of the population. Across the Middle East there are millions of refugees in camps because someone believed they were worthless.

These countries exist in this state because somewhere in the hierarchy of their societies, a critical mass of people are okay with the degradation of humanity, okay with dismissing lives as worthless. America might not be there yet. But it seems that you and some of your colleagues are approaching that same kind of contempt for humanity.

Mr. President, I beg you: Use your position to elevate the conversation, to elevate these neighbors in such desperate need. Create a climate of human worthiness that will pressure their governments to create a space for these people to flourish. What concerns me is that your statements are not just words, but they convey our values, and if we continue to devalue each other, we too will become a sh-thole country.

In our own backyard, there is human abduction and coercion, sex trafficking, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and all manner of violence and deprivation perpetrated by one human being upon another. We too have sh-thole tendencies. Thats because too many people dont see each other as valuable human beings and precious souls, but instead as economic units.

Your rhetoric continues to drive our national character in this direction.

The answer is not to bring everyone from these countries to America. Not only would that not be fitting for us, but that is not what is best for them in the long run. Some may be better off coming here, and we may be better off if they do. But what is good and right is for them to have a chance to flourish in their own lands. And to have any hope of making that happen we have to first believe that t...

02:34

US military seeks to control your Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

US Army seeks new intel tool able to understand social media posts in languages including Russian, Arabic and French, and which can post answers on its own By Seraphim Hanisch Seraphim Hanisch | The Duran | January 11, 2018 For years the conspiracy theorists have claimed that Facebook is a CIA front operation, and that []

02:13

Lions give Salvos a festive boost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RYDE Lions Project Co-Ordinator Lion Judy Harris presented the last cage of food to Salvation Army representative Graham Janes at the Gladesville Shopping Village on [more]

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02:06

Horse riding team thank generous sponsors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MARSFIELDS Riding For the Disabled Centre is celebrating three years of support from the Ryde Business Forum. This is the third year that members and [more]

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02:04

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BEIJING (Analysis) Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded troll farms, those more grounded in reality acknowledged that, while Putin is right, Russia is not the number two competitor with the United States.

The real competitor in the race for AI superiority should be obvious. There is only one nation quickly catching up to the perceived technological superiority of the United States: China.

Not only is Chinas tech industry catching up with the United States but, unlike Washington, Beijing is directly investing billions of dollars in AI research projects. Washington has ceded both control of AI research and the drafting of laws governing and guiding tech companies to the CEOs of said companies and their lobbyists.

There are also major differences between Beijing and Silicon Valley, with the former seeking to use AI for improving human life economic systems in conjunction with the state while the latter seeks to exploit, extort and monitor humanity through the submission of the state.

These two approaches are night and day and account for many of the reasons that the West is truly threatened by the race for AI between the neoliberal privatizers in the U.S. and those pushing an alternate model in China that will largely operate as an extension of state economic management.

 

Silicon Valley: A hotspot of AI development and unethical business

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02:00

Marijuana Still Banned at Coachella Festival Even Though Its Legal in California "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(TMU)  Cannabis was recently legalized for recreational use in the state of California, but one of the largest music festivals in the state just announced that the changing laws would not affect their policy on the substance, and that cannabis use will be prohibited at this years event.

A notice on the FAQ portion of their website answered the question, Hey since Marijuana is legal now, that means I can use it at Coachella right? With the cringe-worthy reply of, Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products arent allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.

The page linked to an article at dailynews.com where Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained that this was a decision that the promoters made.

The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises, (for instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you dont have the right to bear arms in my house, Marshall said.

According to Digital Music News, even medical marijuana patients will not be able to use their medicine at the festival but will be forced to leave it in a box for the duration of the event. Interestingly enough, the festival will continue to serve alcohol, and be sponsored by alcohol companies, while it is now a generally accepted fact that alcohol is far more dangerous and harmful than cannabis.

The owner of the corporation responsible for the festival, Philip Anschutz, is a very controversial figure who has been rumored to make large contributions to prohibitionist and anti-LGBT organizations. Anschutz vehemently denied these claims in a...

01:59

Your UNIVERSAL RIGHT TO INFORMED CONSENT Denied By Vaccine Pushers "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Virtually every human ailment has some basis in our genes. [1] What affects human genes? Here are some of the more commonly recognized triggers: Genetics, epigenetics, environmental factors, chemicals, nutrition or lack thereof, electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), radiofrequencies (RFs), and even medical procedures like ionizing radiation X-rays [2] and chemotherapy [3].

According to biotechnology experts, it usually takes more than a decade for a company to conduct the kinds of clinical studies needed to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration. [1]

Those types of studies are neither required nor performed in the case of influenza (flu) vaccines, especially!

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What does the above have to do with humans and health?

The main issue is informed rights and how those rights currently are being denied and taken away from humans in every age group, especially in the USA and Australia, plus other countries when it comes to vaccines and forced vaccinations.

Theres the Universal Right to Informed Consent, which...

01:46

Much travelled Ray turns 90 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gladesville identity Ray Merchant celebrated his 90th birthday on December 9 with family and friends at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. Ray moved to Gladesville in [more]

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01:18

Dominic Raab is a liar "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The new Tory housing minister Dominic Raab is a liar. He appeared on BBC Question Time on January 11th 2018 and told a glaring lie to the British people.

His lie was an absurd claim that the NHS has more beds than ever.

Anyone who has paid the remotest attention to the Tory vandalism of the NHS that has been going on since 2010 will have been aware of the dozens of NHS facilities that have been shut down and downgraded under their so-called cost-cutting measures.

How could there be more beds than ever as Raab claimed when the Tories have been closing and stripping back so many NHS services you may well ask.


The answer is that Dominic Raab was lying th...

00:36

Dominello to protect families from shonky builder stuff ups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Home owners will be protected from shoddy builders under a new insurance scheme announced by Ryde MP Victor Dominello this week. Mr Dominello is NSW [more]

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00:16

Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



00:15

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


In his dual careers as lawyer and merchant banker, Malcolm Turnbull has earned a reputation that inspires a mix of awe, fear and, among some, downright loathing. [Journalist John Lyons writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, 1991]

Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism. [Erin E. Buckels et al, writing in Personality and Individual Differences, Trolls just want to have fun

Few New Yorkers want to play golf at a course named after a man who hailed Nazis as very fine people and rhapsodized over the men who fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War. [Oliver Willis writing at Shareblue Media, 28 December 2017]

00:08

MACKAY Chef charged with sexually grooming child online "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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00:01

For the Supreme Court Judges to Go Public Is Unsettling, but They Were Left with No Option "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The last thing a democracy can afford is a judiciary which wont even dare to stand up for its own rights.

The Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

Silence is no answer, and the judges could not have turned to any other authority than the people. Credit: PTI

The press conference by four judges of the Supreme Court is extraordinarily unsettling. It is deeply regrettable that things have come to such a pass.

However, if one takes a close look at the options, this bold step was better than their accepting a situation they considered unfair. The last thing a democracy can afford is judges who dont even dare to stand for their own rights as judges, and for the systematic working of the highest court.

All four Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph have as good as given up the likelihood of a post-retirement sinecure such as a governors post. The two judges who are in line to be chief justice may even have risked that appointment. It is a courageous move, which must therefore be lauded.

Silence is no answer, and the judges could not have turned to any other authority than the people. And let us make no mistake, it is the people who are the ultimate authority in a truly democratic republic.

The various institutions of the state, including the apex court, are creatures of the constitution, which explicitly comes from we the people. That is the fundamental difference between constitutions such as of India, France and the United States on one hand and systems that hinge on the sovereignty of a monarch on the oth...

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23:58

SBC: Silence is Golden, Dave "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SBC: Silence is Golden, Dave

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, sharing with the public an unanswered question Is the tale wagging the dog. David KITSONs silence on the subject indicates an affirmative answer.

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On 15th December 2017, I emailed the Scarborough Borough Council Deputy Monitoring Officer, Mr David KITSON.

I received a read-receipt informing me that Mr KITSON acknowledged opening my email as follows: 18th December 2017 11:23:01 (UTC) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London.

Before reproducing that email, readers deserve an insight into my purpose in making a fundamental and, in fact, straight-forward enquiry.

Since mid-November, as I am sure regular readers are certainly aware, several Enquirer contributors have addressed the matter of the interception and censoring of emails from (we are told) certain members of the public to Councillors and ranking Council Officers.

Opposition Councillors notably, Councillor Tony RANDERSON [Lab.] and Councillor Janet JEFFERSON [Ind.] have expressed their anger and disbelief that their Officers have been standing between them and the people they represent.

Curiously, Conservative Councillors have been conspicuously silent on the subject, with the exception of the Leader (in his Queens Speech, which I have deconstructed elsewhere) and Councillor John NOCK [Con.], whose response to Councillor RANDERSON bore all the hallmarks of having been drafted or dictated by some obliging soul in the Legal & Democratic Services department. It concludes with the tired old mantra, The overarching reason for the current practice is to Protect Officers and Members from unreasonable stress, abuse and inappropriate conduct. I will not trouble to repeat the many reasons why this is nonsense.

That the current practice may be undemocratic, unreasonable and unjustifiable as well as illegal has clearly not entered Councillor NOCKs purview. Such things pass over his head, obscured by the Tory diktat of solidarity within the Conservative group.

The Leader returned to the topic in his Christmas Address, reiterating the party line, which bears repetition here (along with my deconstruction):

DB: The cou...

23:58

West Ryde to celebrate 25 years Easter parade and fair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Rydes annual Easter Parade & Fair will celebrate its silver anniversary on Saturday, March 24, bigger and better than ever, centred for the first [more]

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23:38

Children give up holidays to save dogs on death row "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHILE other children are enjoying the summer holidays, two caring girls from Ryde have given up their break to rescue dogs on death row. Eight-year-old [more]

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23:17

Brave Carolyn pleads with councillors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A BRAVE resident with a disability gave a heartfelt speech to the City of Ryde Council recently where she urged councillors to do something about [more]

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23:02

West Ryde tree a killler, say residents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Residents of Fernvale Avenue is West Ryde sent The Weekly Times this photograph of a fallen branch from a council tree on Monday which they [more]

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23:02

Claire McCaskill Stumbles Over Just Crazy Facts In Revealing Medicare Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Congressional hearings often serve as elaborate theatrical productions. Members ask pre-written questions, receive formulaic answers, and in many cases use witnesses as props to engage in rhetorical grandstanding. The grandstanding element was on full display Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary-designee. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wanted to beat up on evil drug companies, and she wasnt going to let facts get in her way.

McCaskill spent two minutes attacking pharmaceutical advertisements, including a reference to the one for erectile dysfunction where they have them in two bathtubs, before she tackled the issue of Medicare negotiating prices with drug companies. At this point she demonstrated ignorance on several issues.

First, she confused the difference between list prices, or the prices that pharmaceutical companies post publicly, and net prices, which are the net price for payors, based on negotiations with pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs). Azar admitted that drug companies have no economic incentive to lower list prices, but that negotiations with PBMs do put downward pressure on the net prices. One can question whether PBMs pass on their savings from negotiating rebates some have done just that  but their negotiating power does keep net prices in check.

Second, McCaskill failed to grasp that Medicare drug plans already negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, and that the discounts they obtain have helped keep overall premiums for the prescription drug Part D plan low. It may sound radical to McCaskill, who has spent practically her entire adult life working in government, but the private sector can negotiate just like the government, and probably do so more effectively than a government entity.

Third, McCaskill refused to believe that getting the government involved in negotiating drug prices would not save money. When Azar explained that removing a provision prohibiting federal bureaucrats from negotiating prices wouldnt save money, McCaskill called his explanation just crazy and nuts.

It isnt nuts, its economics. Even though McCaskill tried to lecture Azar on economics and markets at the beginning of her questioning, her queries themselves showed very little understanding of either concept. In a negotiation, the ability to drive a hard bargain ultimately derives from the ability to seek out other options. If Medicare must cover all or most prescription drugs, such that it cant walk away from the proverbial bargaining table, it will by definition be limited in its ability to put downward pressure on....

22:59

Drouin cyclist a NATIONAL CHAMP after win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local rider Cyrus Monk is a national road cycling champion after taking out the under 23 category in the Australian National Road Race Championships last weekend.

22:50

GIANT CONES removed from Baw Baw BUNYA PINE trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three giant pine cones have been removed from bunya pine trees in Warragul and Drouin.

22:49

To The Point with Helen Schmid "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Learn communication and leadership skills with Toastmasters IS BECOMING more confident with public speaking on your bucket list? It had always been one of many [more]

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22:42

Hunters Hill Happenings with Mayor Mark Bennett "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hoping 2018 is a year of good health and success. WELCOME to 2018! A happy New Year to everyone. Let us hope that this is [more]

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22:24

Baw Baw fills community assets director vacancy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Baw Baw Shire has appointed a new community assets director, three months after the former director jumped to Frankston City.

22:23

Woman stabbed 13 times by Palestinian jihadis asks: Is the UK funding the terrorists who tried to murder me? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The answer to the question is Yes, of course. The Palestinian Authority spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in stipends and other benefits to jailed terrorists and their families. According to data collected by Israels Defense Ministry, the PA spent a total of 1.237 billion shekels ($358 million), or about 7% of the []

22:16

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 13, 2018 Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310

Image may contain: one or more people and people sitting

Art: Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples

Reading 1  1 SM 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
he stood head and shoulders above the people.

Now the asses of Sauls father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you
and go out and hunt for the asses.
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
but they failed to find the animals.

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.

Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
Please tell me where the seer lives.
Samuel answered Saul: I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
I will tell you whatever you wish.

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Sauls head;
he also kissed him, saying:
The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORDs people Israel,
and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.

This will be the sign for you
that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.

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22:07

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

ABC Australia

So its all good and Ok to be a homosexual or lesbian and be as outspoken as you like about your sexuality, and Christians are not allowed to express their solid Biblical opinions.

Removing names from stadiums, black-bansthese are the tactics of the left-wingers, who proclaim freedom of speech and freedom of personal expression.

 

ABC Australia

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacquas newborn child would be deprived of his father.

King said she had once supported Courts name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.

However, she said comments from her f...

22:01

Word Salad is Not Disorganized Thought and Speech "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This piece for Holistic Elephants discusses the role of social context and environment in our perception and construction of word salad, a common symptom of psychosis and extreme states.

So then the class explored instead: what this word salad might have actually been DOING to the psychologist, what did it DO within the social context of this interview and relationship, how did it function? The patient was breaking all of Grices Maxims of polite conversation, wrecking all the polite adjacency pairs, and presenting abstract and obfuscating answers to deflect inquiries, challenges, normal conversation, and relationship building. And the person did this perfectly by talking word salad, which makes sense when you put it in context; that is, when you think about what this language is doing in the situation and not analyse what it means, expresses, communicates, refers to, or represents. In a functional sense, this was not disorganized at all!

21:58

WGACs latest exhibition thinks outside the box "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The West Gippsland Arts Centre hasn't let its long-time closure for renovations prevent it from showing art exhibitions.

21:38

AFG interest-only smash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Loan sizes up

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) released its mortgage index for the December 2017 quarter. 

The major lenders have lost market share this year, but the non-banks and alternative lenders have generally picked up the slack, leaving lodgement volumes relatively flat over the year. 

Over the 2017 calendar year the average mortgage size written by AFG brokers increased by a relatively moderate +2.8 per cent.

The largest increase was in Victoria where the average mortgage size jumped by $20,385 to $496,815.

In New South Wales the average mortgage size was higher still at $613,084, having increased by $10,662 over the year, these mainly being capital city loans written to aspirational buyers. 

There were also +3.4 per cent increases in Queensland and South Australia respectively.


Reflecting challenges in the local economy, the average mortgage size in Western Australia declined by -1.1 per cent to $439,944.

The average loan size in the Northern Territory increased, but volumes are so small that there is no meaningful trend to be found in the numbers. 

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21:16

Blog Update "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past 5 years or so. Also thank you to those who have commented, provided additional information or corrected posted information.
As you have probably noticed, the frequency of posts over the past year has diminished quite markedly. This is due to changed circumstances for me including increased work commitments.
As such, I am unable to keep up regular posts to the blog for now. I do have a heap more photos of interesting places to go on the blog and will try and get some of those up if and when time allows.
In the meantime, you can continue to check out those places, buildings & historic sites already posted on the blog.
Thank you to everyone for your support of the blog.

Cheers
Geoff

21:10

To 14 January the week in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

International relations seem to become ever more complicated and risky. Donald Trump says I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. It is really hard to make sense out of Trumps utterances, and the climate of new media makes that all the more difficult, and dangerous. Donald Trumps national security adviser, H.R. McMaster thinks its about time to bomb North Korea. 17 former nuclear launch officers warn Congress about Trumps power to destroy.

 European powers urge US not to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal. If he did, it would certainly not help international efforts to persuade North Korea to cease its nuclear weapons drive.

AUSTRALIA

Defence analysts suggesting that Australia might need nuclear weapons?

Latest pro nuclear push in Australia shows the split in the nuclear industry. Former Big Nuclear...

20:53

Finding Your Feet @ Palace Cinemas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When Lady Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldnt be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling.

But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance.

Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that its never too late to start again.

What: Finding Your Feet

When: From February 23

Where: Palace Cinemas 

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20:41

Look at Hoddle Street now: "streamlined " as opposed to "tree -lined" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hoddle Street is a very long road in Melbourne, Victoria. Congestion in Melbourne is reaching ludicrous and unforgivable proportions. The treelined part of Hoddle Street is apparently being sacrificed without public consultation for the no-win race of government-engineered population growth.

Ian Hundley, of Protectors of Public Lands,Victoria took these photos yesterday of the before an after tree removal for lane widening in Hoddle street Melbourne. He wrote:

"I checked out the Hoddle Street capacity road works today. See photos taken from the Vere Steet footbridge (near Collingwood Town Hall) to the south which shows trees retained and to the north which shows where trees have been removed from the median. Also one of the signs which declares this is a project to connect communities. We must try to contain the mirth on that one - if they pull it off it will be the first traffic sewer to have brought communities together."

The sign Ian refers to reads, "Streamlining Hoddle Street-Connecting our communities." How completely facile! It must have been coined on a morning tea break without realisation that "streamlining " in this case means de-tree lining!

All this destruction is to help accommodate the additional 100,000 cars each year in Melbourne. The only way to widen a long established street like Hoddle Street is to either knock down houses and appropriate land or remove anything not absolutely necessary, that won't cost the government money, and for which the voices of complaint, from the avian inhabitants and the long-suffering public will not be heard.


I did not hear any public announcement of the removal of these trees. They are just gone. What difference will the additional traffic and the absence of th........

20:37

Hundreds of dead fish mysteriously wash up on beach in Adelaide, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dead fish have mysteriously washed up on an Adelaide beach as authorities warn swimming is off limits. Locals were shocked to find fish including mullet, trevally, bream and snapper washing up at West Lakes this week, 7 News reported. One woman said she saw over 50 stranded on a concrete pillar. Another said: 'We have a lot of people that come down here to do local fishing and they might be poisoning their children if they take the fish home.'

20:02

Germany Allows Iranian Mass Murderer To Leave The Country "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
 JANUARY 11, 2018 18:08

Iranian dissidents protest at Hamburg airport.

Mahmoud Shahroudi

Mahmoud Shahroudi in 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI)

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.

Critics accuse Shahroudi, the who headed Irans judiciary system from 1999 to 2009, of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents.

Germany has a choice, Dr. Michael Rubin, an Iran expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Does it want to be a safe haven for terrorists and mass murderers? Alas, for Sigmar Gabriel [Germanys foreign minister], it seems that the answer was and is yes. But why should principle matter if German businesses can make an extra million euros?

Shahroudis presence in Hanover prompted protests and widespread calls on social media for Germanys government to arrest and prosecute the religious leader...........

19:07

Backcountry film festival lineup 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The backcountry film festival is going to be great this year. We will have shows in Melbourne (March or April) and Bright (July) and probably NSW.

There is a great line up of films (details here), eight in total, covering a range of continents and aspects of backcountry skiing/ riding and snow culture. Stay tuned for full details closer to winter.


18:50

Issue of Judge Loyas Death a Serious Matter: SC "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 15.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today termed as a serious matter the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, and sought a response from the Maharashtra government on pleas seeking an independent probe into it.

The top court said, This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte.

A bench of justices Arun Mishra and M.M. Shantanagoudar asked Maharashtra government counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar to file a reply by January 15.

At the outset, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay lawyers association, said the high court is seized of the matter and the apex court should not hear the pleas.

The Bombay High Court is seized of the matter and in my opinion, the Supreme Court should not hear this matter. If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court, Dave said.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone, said that s...

18:43

US, India Can Announce Major Deals in Intelligence, Fighter Aircraft "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, Ambassador Kenneth Juster said.

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: The United States is more than just another defence equipment supplier to India and the two sides can announce major pacts in areas such as intelligence, surveillance and fighter aircraft production next year, newly appointed Ambassador Kenneth Juster said on Thursday.

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, he said.

In his first public speech after taking over as the ambassador in November, he said an equally important objective is to continue support to India as a net provider of regional security, capable of...

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