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Sunday, 14 January

21:11

PERTH Ben Cousins Appears In Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ben Cousins departs from the Perth Magistrates Court on April 2, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Former AFL player, Cousins was arrested last week on drugs charges at Esperance Airport.LessMore. Embed. EmbedLicence. 2of 10. Ben Cousins (R) and his lawyer Michael Tudori arrive at the Perth Magistrates

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PERTH Ben Cousins Faces Court After Arrest On Drug Charges Photos and Images "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ben Cousins Faces Court After Arrest On Drug Charges Photos and Images .

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A journalist holds a copy of the daily court list prior to former West Coast Eagles AFL player Ben Cousins appearance at the Perth Magistrates Court on drug possession charges on October 18, 2007 in Perth, Australia. Cousins was arrested on October 16, 2007 and charged with possessing an illegal

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21:00

EP 233: Sunscreen & Soda Eaves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ep 233 Instagram

Photo: Teds Records (Sunscreen), Justin Edwards (SE)

Sunscreen

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Sunscreen is a band from Sydneys Inner West. Fronted by Sarah Sykes (from Flowertruck) and Alexander McDonald, Sunscreens emotional guitar-pop draws inspiration from bands Mazzy Star and The Go-Betweens, delivering ultimate UV protection for the emotions and soul.

The band has supported promising acts including The Ocean Party, Rolling Blackouts C.F, DMAs, RVG and Jade Imagine. As well as headline shows to support the launch of their debut EP, Just a Drop, a split between Dinosaur City Records and Spunk.

Soda Eaves

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Primarily the solo effort of Jake Core, Soda Eaves features contributions from a number of friends, including Jordan Ireland, Alec Marshall (Hot palms, Sui Zhen) a...

20:37

Huawei and ZTE banned by the US government "IndyWatch Feed National"

'Consumer' grade communications electronics, e.g. routers, modems, phones are (deliberate by design) unsecured devices.

We have mentioned that Microsoft's BitLocker encryption has vulnerabilities;
https://corpau.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/microsoft-bitlocker-vulnerabilities.html

Now the lawmakers of the United States have put through law that forbids people in government using hardware manufactured by Huawei or ZTE as shown in article within screenshot;



Just one aspect of secure communications is the use of https:// in web addresses as opposed to the not so secure http://.

In order to be assured of some sort of security, login links for quite some time contain the address https://, however ZTE have deliberately omitted the https protocol in favour of the more vulnerable http to gain access as administrator to their hardware.



In the above illustration the web browser warns that the connection is not secure i.e http://

The company TP-Link also has this not secure mode of login to their routers.

We therefore do not recommend the purchase or use of Huawei, TP-Link or ZTE.

Optus sells Huawei modems to Australia's 'consumers'.

Optus and Virgin also sell ZTE pocket wifi devices.

19:33

Boiling Point 9th of January 2018; Blowflies and salvia; the sixth taste and a vaccination against malaria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Its summer time in Australia and this means blowflies. They seem to come in droves. We swat and spray to keep them away. But how do these pesky flies keep cool on a hot summer days? According to new research it seems salvia keep Chrysomya megacephala cool. Blowflies move a small amount of salvia to the outer part of their mouth. Once the salvia is cool, the fly swallows it. According to research the salvia cools the body down by 4 degrees Celsius. Want to find out how this fascinating method of keeping cool works? Listen to the podcast to hear what Tim had to say.

Is Calcium a sixth taste? Calcium comes in many delicious forms. Cheese, milk, yoghurt and cheese you can never have enough cheese. Some researchers classify calcium as our sixth taste. Humans have a gene T1R3 that allows us to taste calcium. It is thought the taste of calcium may act as a warning signal to humans and animals. Want to find out more about calcium, check out the podcast and listen to what Alex had to say.

We are getting closer to developing a vaccine to stop the spread of malaria. Scientists have made a breakthrough in how Plasmodium vivax enters cells. Scientists found Plasmodium vivax enters red blood cells via a specific protein. This is a breakthrough in how to treat and prevent Plasmodium vivax. It is understood trials of this vaccine will not occur for another decade, but this new breakthrough provides scientists with answers. Want to find out more about malaria and the hopes for a vaccination? Listen to the podcast and hear what Chantelle had to say.

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19:29

Okinawa and the Secret to Longevity (Sponsored Post) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

While there are no official records of the undying (yet), more people live beyond 100 years of age in Japans Okinawa Prefecture than anywhere else in the world. And while they may have tapped and plumbed the fountain of youth somewhere in the hundreds of islands, the key to longevity may be more simple.

Life medicine, or what the locals call nuchigusui, is an Okinawan precept for healthy living. By focusing everyday practices on easing the mind, satisfying the spirit and looking after the body, the locals have inhabited a philosophy that seems to be working pretty well.

It all comes down to fresh food, stress-free living and a connection with nature that is endemic to Japanese culture and way of life. For thousands of years, the rich beauty of the islands has been conserved, and if you look at the stars at night amidst almost no light pollution you can catch a glimpse into ancient utopian times.

Whether its long stretches of white sand beaches, rare blue coral reef or dense jungles, 20 per cent of the Okinawa Prefecture is national park. The islands are also incredibly fertile, and provide a habitat for dugongs, turtles, rare cats and thousands of other animals that feed off its rich resources.

Food itself is the essence of nuchigusui. Eating is revered as medicine; vitality is passed from the cook to the customer. The island chain has countless wholesome dishes that are native to the region, from delicious teas to rich sobas, all of which aim to nourish and rejuvenate.

Okinawa might be the only place youll ever visit where the more time you spend, the more time you earn on Earth, and even if you dont find the secret to immortality, youll walk away feeling pretty bloody relaxed.

Check this vid out to see what we mean.

This post has been presented in conjunction with Be.Okinawa, but all opinions are the authors own.

Cover by Ryo Yoshitake 

19:13

The thirty-eight minutes in which Hawaii thought Trump had finally pushed North Korea too far "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The New Yorker, 13 January 2018:

Residents of Hawaii received this warning on their smartphone screens 
Saturday morning from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
Photograph Caleb Jones / AP

A little after 8 a.m. today, Hawaii standard time, an alert was sent to cell phones in Hawaii: ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill...

18:46

Microsoft BitLocker vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"


For those who think that their (Microsoft) BitLocker encrypted storage device is safe from prying eyes from the corporation aggregate commonly referred to as government, think again.

As documented by the NSA (National Security Agency) of the USA;


Kindly brought to you by Edward Snowden.

Source: http://www.cjfe.org/snowden

18:37

The Selfish Green "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Every now and again, a video pops up in my newsfeed that I really really look forward to watching. This was one of them but oh what a disappointment..  Sometimes, and I know I am not, I start believing I am the only one who gets it and sees the whole picture. Well 99% of it, Im certain Ive missed something.

While theres no doubting the eminence of the panel of four, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Jane Goodall, and Richard Leaky (of whom I hadnt really heard of much before), I thought they fell far short of understanding the issues no, predicaments we are facing.  None of them seem to know much about energy, or the monetary system, with the fat cat lookalike, that Leaky fellow I didnt know much about, really displaying his ignorance of nuclear energy.

Whats plain to see after watching that lot is that we are truly stuffed, notwithstanding their collective optimism, which as you probably all know, I dont share  a pessimist is, after all, a well informed optimist!

Leakys wish to monetise every aspect of the environment so it can be saved really takes the cake. Money is the problem after all, which thankfully Attenborough points out to him, even if its just as an aside.  I love Jane Goodall to bits (and her chimps theres a wonderful clip of a couple with a Jack in the Box), but shes frankly a bit nave.  Dawkins is interesting, as always, but has no grasp of the financial and energy problems at all, in fact says nothing whatever about it.  Attenborough is the best informed of all, he has after all seen how the planet has changed in the past 60 years more than anyone else, and at least he realises we are way overpopulated..  at the end, they all roll around in hopium. Id love to know what DTM followers think

That this video has only had 187,634 views as I type says it all.  Does anybody care?

 

18:15

15h ngy 14/01 trc tip U23 Vit Nam vs U23 Australia ti VCK U23 chu 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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17:00

In which, thanks to a careless comment, the pond is forced on an acid Palin flashback with Dame Slap ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The pond does faithfully read its comments - there's a matter of spam, wayward links and defamation for starters - but more so for the acid flashes and memory hits ... as with the anonymous reader who recalled Dame Slap and Sarah Palin, and sent the pond haring off down memory lane, and ending up in the rabbit hole in a pool of tears ...

The pond usually only deals with the fresh dung in the Murdochian stables, for fear of repetition, but how better to fill in a wet day in Sydney?


It was noted in the comments section how Dame Slap routinely picked winners, in much the same way that Sarah herself is a sure guide to winners ...


But that was 2016 ...


... and the pond is still in the time machine back in 2008, which doesn't fe...

15:26

Fusion GPS Walks Back Its Claim FBI Had Source Inside Trump Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The media exploded after Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) unilaterally released Fusion GPSs full testimony from an August 2017 interview last Tuesday.

After a series of excuses, Dianne Feinstein finally admitted she released the transcript to the public at the request of Fusion GPSs lawyers.

Shortly after the transcript hit the public, everyone was talking about how Christopher Steele was told the FBI had a source inside the Trump campaign feeding the FBI agents information.

According to the transcript, this internal source confirmed the claims in the dossier to the FBI thus giving the 35 page document more credibility. Everyone assumed this source was Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos since he was the star in the December 30th New York Times article.

Fusion GPS is now walking back the claim the FBI had an internal source, claiming they mischaracterized the source. The source was apparently an Australian diplomat.

The correction to Simpsons original state as reported by The Washington Times:

A source close to Fusion GPS tells me there was no walk-in sourcethat was a mischaracterization by Simpson of the Australian diplomat tip about Papadopoulis [sic], tweeted NBC reporter Ken Dilanian.Whether the source the FBI supposedly told Mr. Steele about could be Mr. Papadopoulos is doubtful. He has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about issues surrounding his contacts with the professor. The criminal complain says the...

15:13

FBI says device encryption is 'evil' and a threat to public safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FBI continues its anti-encryption push. It's now expanded past Director Christopher Wray to include statements by other FBI personnel. Not that Chris Wray isn't taking every opportunity he can to portray personal security as a threat to the security of the American public. He still is. But he's no longer the only FBI employee willing to speak up on the issue.

This post is by Tim Cushing and was originally published on Techdirt.com. See the original article.

Wray expanded his anti-encryption rhetoric last week at a cybersecurity conference in New York. In short, encryption is inherently dangerous. And the FBI boss will apparently continue to complain about encryption without offering any solutions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was unable to access data from nearly 7,800 devices in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 with technical tools despite possessing proper legal authority to pry them open, a growing figure that impacts every area of the agency's work, Wray said during a speech at a cyber security conference in New York.

The FBI has been unable to access data in more than half of the devices that it tried to unlock due to encryption, Wray added.

"This is an urgent public safety issue," Wray added, while saying that a solution is "not so clear cut."

The solution is clear cut, even if it's not workable. What Wray wants is breakable encryption. And he wants companies to do the work and shoulder the blame. Wray wants to be able to show up at Apple's door with a warrant and walk away with the contents of someone's phone. How that's accomplished isn't really his problem. And he's not intellectually honest enough to own the collateral damage backdoored encryption would cause. But that's how Wray operates. He disparages companies, claiming encryption is all about profit...

14:43

Equal pay for all!! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Still reeling from its double standards on tolerating child rape by some males, lewd semi-forced sex by others and the odd bit of hanky panky by almost everyone, Hollywood is now embroiled in self-abasement  over the discrepancy in pay between men and women.

Talent Agency represents both Michael Mark Wahlberg and co-star Michelle Williams.  The agency managed to negotiate a $1.5 million fee for the former and nothing for the latter in re-shooting All the Money in the World, (itself a costly action necessitated by Kevin Spacey being sacked in the afterglow of the Weinstein revelations).

This has brought much soul searching and led Mr Wahlberg to donate his fee (and Talent Agency to contribute $500,000) to Times Up, a lobby that is involved in hunting men who earn too much in the industry and seeking more pay for women.

Mr Wahlberg, last years highest paid actor declared, I 100% support the fight for fair pay.  Well good on him!

While hes at it he should seek to lower the discrepancy between what his female co-star the lighting guy earns.  Or perhaps there ought to be a schedule of earnings for all films: for example, the lead guy/gall/LGBTQWERTY  gets 2 units, the director 1.9, the gaffer 1.2 and the make up person 1.  It should be the same for all movies

As a matter of fact I want to extend the case wider. For example, all seafood should receive the same price it is simply not fair that crab should sell for $3 per kg while squid is $33 and prawn an obscene $150. Am analysing what should be the right price and how to ensure an adequate supply of the more popular fishmeat and avoid an abundance of the less popular. Will let you know when I work out the answer.

Meanwhile am off to see Darkest Hour perhaps Winston Churchill can offer me enlightenment.

14:24

Japanese Peace Boat arrives in Fremantle January 24th "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi Everyone..

Hopefully you have had a bit of a break and are ready for an exciting 2018..

We will be kicking off the year with the arrival of the Japanese Peace Boat in Fremantle..  This will be an amazing event and will bring together Traditional Owners, Hiroshima Survivors and Fukushima farmers, along with 100s of Japanese people.

Please spread the word and we hope to see you at the B sheds on Wednesday the 24th of January as we welcome the Peace Boat with a Whadjuk Noongar smoking ceremony, Welcome To Country, dancers, music and much much more!

PEACE BOAT 96th VOYAGE COMING TO FREMANTLE
Wednesday 24 Thursday 24 January 2018 | Fremantle Port | a massive 2 days of building a culture of peace around the world 

We are excited to announce that this January Fremantle Port, City of Fremantle, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) and Mayors for Peace will host the Japanese Peace Boat on its 96th world voyage.  The Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The delegation on board this voyage will be atomic bomb survivors and farmers from Fukushima and joined by around 800 participants from around the world.  The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct dialogue between those on-board and in the ports they visit.  For more information : http://peaceboat.org/english/

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14:07

Bad drivers should have their cars driven by robots "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

A while ago I had one of those Someone on the Internet is Wrong arguments with the authors of an article arguing that we would need massively more evidence before we could conclude that autonomous cars are safer than those driven by humans. Rather than dig back to find those arguments again, I thought Id link to this Bloomberg piece and, in particular the following passage

GMs autonomous test cars were in 22 accidents in California last year, according to data from the states Department of Motor Vehicles In a November interview, GM President Dan Ammann attributed the accidents to testing in a dense urban environment and noted the companys cars werent at fault in any of the incidents.

Suppose that in any crash between autonomous cars and humans, each is equally likely to be at fault. What is the probability of seeing 22 crashes caused by humans and none by autonomous cars. Obviously, its the same as that of a fair coin showing 22 heads in a row, which is 2^-22 or about 1 in 10 million.

Of course, the drivers involved in the crashes arent likely to be a random sample of the population. As is standard in such things, the 80/20 rule applies: 20 per cent of drivers are responsible for 80 per cent of crashes and traffic infringements. THe 80/20 rule is derived from a Pareto distribution, and we can apply it a second time to say that 20 per cent of the remaining 80 per cent of drivers are responsible for 80 per cent of the remaining 20 per cent of crashes. That is, 36 per cent of drivers are responsible for 96 per cent of crashes. On that basis, its perfectly possible that the remaining 64 per cent of good drivers are as good as autonomous cars or even better.

It might also be argued that autonomous vehicles may fail in defensive driving, that is, in reducing harm in a crash caused by the failure of another driver.

Still, it seems pretty clear that autonomous cars are a lot better than the drivers responsible for most crashes and infringements. It isnt that hard to identify a lot of these drivers before they kill themselves someone else, since prior driving record variables, particularly a drivers prior traffic citation history, are the most consistent and powerful predictors of subsequent accident risk. Now that cars dont need steering wheels or pedals any more, theres no obvious reason to put people with bad driving records back in charge of them. Bad drivers should have their cars driven by robots.

14:07

Bruce Pascoe on Indigenous land management and regenerative farming "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Pascoe, Bunurong man and highly acclaimed author of 'Dark Emu: Black Seeds', sat down with AFSA President Tammi Jonas at the Food Sovereignty Convergence in Canberra, 2017. Bruce spoke about connection to country, respecting the land and the history and culture of people imbedded within it, and how we can work towards 'conciliation' as farmers, eaters and activists in Australia. Thank you Karina and Kimmo Vennonen for the recording!

http://afsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Bruce-Pascoe-Tammi-Jonas.mp3

 

 

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14:04

REVIEW: Spielberg Drama The Post Is More Relevant Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the American government continues to be viewed with doubtful and suspicious eyes, not to mention the hammering the news media receives, a film like Steven Spielbergs The Post feels more relevant than ever, despite its 1970s setting. Before the White House was taken down by the Watergate scandal in 1972, the Presidential estate fought ...

The post REVIEW: Spielberg Drama The Post Is More Relevant Than Ever appeared first on QNEWS.

14:02

Can UK refuse Julian Assange as an Ecuadorian diplomat? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is for the government of Ecuador, not the UK, to determine who is an Ecuadorian citizen. It is for the government of Ecuador, not the UK, to determine who is an Ecuadorian diplomat. It is not in the least unusual for Julian Assange to become an Ecuadorian citizen. Having been granted political asylum, and having lived for over five years under Ecuadorian jurisdiction, naturalisation is a perfectly normal step. There are a great many refugees in this country who are now naturalised UK citizens. Julian appears suitably proud of his new citizenship, and rightly so. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office appears to be putting out a story that it has refused to accredit Assange as an Ecuadorian diplomat. As the Guardian reports: "Earlier this week the UK's Foreign Office revealed that Ecuador had asked for Assange, who was born in Australia, to be accredited as a diplomat. The request was dismissed."

13:00

In which the pond keeps to the left to avoid an unpleasant Akker Dakker duty ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


As the pond faces a hideous challenge this meditative Sunday, the first thought was to find a distraction, and Newtown certainly offers plenty of them ...

From hipsters stroking beards while contemplating phone to glad-wrapped fresh tats on the ankle to hippies who've strolled back in after modelling for a Melanie LP cover ... you know who you are ...


... to ostentatious greyhounds on parade to furious bike riders riding furiously and recklessly, Newtown has the lot ...

Now don't get the pond wrong. The attitude of Sydney drivers to bike riders is shocking and appalling, but there's a hierarchy in the streets, from cars down to bikes down to pedestrians, and the pond frequently happens to be a pedestrian, and so cops a lot from the fast or the furious, who, to avoid the crazed cars on the road, head off to the footpath and expect to make it their own.

The pond can't count the number of times a stealth bike bomber has crept up on it from behind, jangled its bell, and after the pond has jumped into the air, expects the pond to step aside so that the grand progress might continue ... but ...


In essence, keep to the left and give way.

The pond just included the rest because the pond loves acts of parlia...

12:59

The Young Folk St Pats Day March 17th "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its not often that St Pats Day lands on a Saturday. What better way to spend St Patricks Day than to see authentic Irish Band The Young Folk Live at the Bundy! Supported by local band Mollimor.

Bundy BBQ from 6pm Music from 7.30pm. BYO.

Since their initial discovery by Pixie Pace Records on the award-winning folk compendium released by ARC Music, The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk [curated by John ORegan], The Young Folk are filling venues both at home in Ireland and abroad.

While The Young Folk have performed widely in Ireland at festivals, venues and showcases, they are fully committed to expanding their fanbase overseas. With this in mind, they are rapidly becoming national favourites in The Netherlands with two sold out tours which included the infamous Paradiso in Amsterdam. They have also performed extensively in the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia, USA and now have just finished their very first headline tour of Australia 2017. Along the way, TYF have bagged support slots for Midlake, Lisa Hannigan, The Waterboys and Imelda May, They have also featured at Manchesters Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen.

Tickets Available HERE

 

12:41

1984: Dystopian Prophecies Become Reality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The week after Donald Trumps inauguration in January last year, George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four became Amazons number one selling book. Penguin Books had to order a reprint of 75,000 copies to keep up with the increase in demand. It seemed people wanted to remind themselves about what might be in

The post 1984: Dystopian Prophecies Become Reality appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:31

The gang crisis our leaders help create "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.

Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.

Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".

It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.

"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".

It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.

The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, yout...

12:21

Axe negative gearing, boost GDP - RBA conference paper "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Axing negative gearing would lift home ownership to as much as 72.2 per cent of households, cut home prices by just 1.2 per cent and lift rents "only marginally", a study shown to the Reserve Bank of Australia has found.

Preliminary results from the economic modelling exercise, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, were presented to a RBA workshop last month and released on Friday.

Melbourne University researchers Yunho Cho, Shuyun May Li and Lawrence Uren conclude that eliminating negative gearing entirely would lead to an overall welfare gain of 1.5 per cent of GDP, making three quarters of the population better off.

The figure compares to a Treasury prediction of welfare gain of 1.2 per cent from Turnbull government's plan to cut the company tax rate.

Speaking after the release of the paper, Dr Uren stressed the research was incomplete and said it was possible the size of the lift in home ownership could be revised down. But he said the directions of change and magnitudes were unlikely to change much.

An ownership rate of 72 per cent would be the highest since 1991, before 1999 when the Howard government cut the headline rate of capital gains tax making negative gearing more attractive. It currently stands at 66.7 per cent.

During the 2016 election campaign Prime Minister Turnbull said a Labor plan to wind back but not eliminate the negative gearing tax concession would "smash up home values", and "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

The claims were at odds with advice to the government at the time released on Monday under Freedom of Information laws that characterised the likely impact of Labor's proposals as "relatively modest".

Negative gearing allows investors in housing and other assets to deduct investment losses from their wage incomes for the purpose of calculating taxable income. The losses can be recouped later when the asset is sold for a profit, which is taxed at only half the rate of wage income.

Treasury found the arrangement predominantly helped high income families, with more than half of the benefit going to the top 20 per cent of earners.........

12:21

Understanding Their Game We Have a Problem, Carrs Solution, Lets Take Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Skull and Bones, at Yale University. These secret organisations are POISON

by Dee McLachlan

This is the third part of the previous William Guy Carr articles, Pawns in the Game (12/1/2017), and Money Manipulation (13/12017) in which Carr describes a diabolical centuries-old plot by a few to dominate humanity.

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12:15

Coal is now the biggest threat to energy security "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.

One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.

When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.

On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.

When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.

Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.

When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.

But he was speaking about the past.

Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.

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12:09

What a job? Move to NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.

The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.

The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.

In NSW, the state with the best odds, there were only 2.2 job seekers for each vacant job, one of the lowest ratios ever recorded. A year earlier there were 2.7.

While Victoria has recorded the biggest improvement, the odds remain nowhere near as good as in NSW. There were 3.1 unemployed Victorians trying to get each vacant job in November, down from 4.2 a year earlier.

In Queensland the odds improved from 4.5 per vacant job to 3.9, in South Australia from 6.1 to 5.7, in Western Australia from 4.7 to 4.3 and in Tasmania from 7.9 to 5.7.

In the Northern Territory the odds remained little changed at about two unemployed per vacancy, and in the Australian Capital Territory they slid from 1.6 to just 1.3. But the ACT figures are unrealistic because they are biased downwards by the number of ACT workers living outside of the territory and the number who come from interstate for jobs.

The better odds in every state reflect both a surge in the number of vacancies, from 69,000 to 81,500 in NSW, and from 45,400 to 57,500 in Victoria, and also a drop in the number of Australians identifying as unemployed.

A near-record 383,300 more Australians have found work in the past 12 months, almost all of them full-time.

Construction vacancies have ju...

12:05

Sydney land values soar again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Up & away

New South Wales saw another massive +14.6 per cent increase in total land values in the 2017 financial year, to more than $1.7 trillion.

These figures are not used for the calculation of rates, which are only updated every three years. 

The NSW Valuer General Report showed that once again residential land values in Sydney have been tearing along, with the state's residential land values rising by +14.1 per cent to $1.4 trillion, while rural land prices also increased on improved crop yields. 


Total land values have now recorded double-digit gains in financial years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively, including a thumping +20.7 per cent increase in FY2015. 

Rezoning drives uplifts

Some LGAs have been amalgamated, so in certain cases the FY2017 figures are not included in the graphic below, but the story was essentially more of the same. 

In blue chip Mosman the median land value ripped $315,000 or +17.1 per cent higher to $2,155,000, an all-comers record for Australia. 

The story wasn't much difference in the eastern suburbs jewel of Woollahra, where the median land value rose by $290,000 or +11.9 per cent to $2,030,000. 

Strathfield was yet again a strong performer with the median land value rising by $240,000 or +16.1 per cent to $1,730,000.

Indeed, over the past five financial years the greatest increases in median land value have been recorded in Hunters Hi...

12:05

Why Treasury told Turnbull about negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Malcolm Turnbull knew or ought to have known that the claims he made about Labor's housing policy during the election were likely to be wrong.

The Treasury pointed it out in the lead-up to the campaign.

Ramping up his rhetoric in order to win the election, Turnbull said Labor's plan would "devalue every home, every property, in Australia".

It would "smash up home values", "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

It was "a big sledgehammer" aimed at the property prices.

Except that the Treasury didn't think so, and had spelled out its reasoning in a memo delivered to treasurer Scott Morrison as Turnbull was sharpening his lines.

Far from disowning the memo, the Treasury has spent much of the past two years arguing that its contents reflected its genuinely-held opinion.

Fighting to prevent its release to the ABC under the Freedom of Information Act, it told the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner that publication would harm its "ability to provide candid and confidential advice to ministers in the future".

Here is that candid and confidential advice. Labor wanted to limit negative gearing to newly-built homes. Losses from investments in other homes and shares could still be deducted from income, but only from investment income. Existing investments would be unaffected. And the capital gains from those investments would be taxed more heavily, at three-quarters rather than half the income tax rate.

Treasury said the changes would have a "relatively modest" effect on prices.

Returns for investors would fall. But owner-occupiers, unaffected by the changes, would be "likely to limit the extent to which is an impact on prices".

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

Labor's policy, or cut-down versions of it, has been supported by the Property Council, the Business Council, the head of the Abbott government's Commission of Audit, the head of its review of the financial system, the Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe, the Institute of Company Directors, and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.

Treasury, but not Turnbull, thou...

12:01

Bob Avakian: "Why do people come here from all over the world?" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the face of the white supremacist attacks by Donald Trump on immigrants from Haiti, Africa, El Salvador and elsewhere, this clip from a talk by Bob Avakian answers the question "Why do people come here from all over the world?"

11:54

Deutsche Probe Brings Action from US Rep. Maxine Waters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

President Trump held a joint Press Conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. This was the first opportunity for the press to query the President about the size of his nuclear button, or the recent reality show he put on at the White House with Congressional leaders over DACA, meant to demonstrate his stable genius, and also answer questions about a rumored Robert Mueller interrogation.

I was wondering just what her excellency must have thought, when the press pretty much ignored her while President Trump repeated a multitude of denials with regard to any collusion with Russia.

In Norway, the prime minister and cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the monarch, to the Storting (parliament of Norway), to their political party and ultimately the electorate. In practice, since it is nearly impossible for a government to stay in office against the will of the Storting, the prime minister is primarily answerable to the Storting. If the prime minister loses the confidence of the Storting, he or she must resign.

While I was pondering her Excellencys musings, I received an email from a representative of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), an estimable member of the American Storting. Waters is a ranking member of the Congressional committee monitoring the Department of Justice and Treasurys long-term investigation of Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering, known as mirror trades.

Rep. Waters had apparently read the WhoWhatWhy article I wrote on Deutsche Bank and wanted to inform me that her office had written to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and requested that he recuse himself from any oversight of that investigation, and anything else relative to President Donald J. Trump and his businesses. Waters also wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, demanding to know the current status of the mirror trades investigation.

While she was at it, she wrote to the current CEO of Deutsche Bank demanding all documents related to Trump and the Trump Organizations interactions with Deutsche Bank. And she asked whether Deutsche Bank had laundered any money for Trump as Steve Bannon, one of Trumps erstwhile advisers, reportedly told Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has been exploring the ties betwee...

11:12

Medical Marijuana Innovation: An Interview With Andrew Kavasilas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In late 1930s Australia, dozens of cannabis-based medicines were widely available, either by prescription or over-the-counter. One of the most popular was Dr J Collis Brownes Chlorodyne, which was a preparation made from Nepalese cannabis resin. When a Victorian MP suggested that over-the-counter sales of Chlorodyne be stopped, country parliamentarians flew into a rage. The

The post Medical Marijuana Innovation: An Interview With Andrew Kavasilas appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:09

A Politicians guide to the question, How are you going to pay for it? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

If theres one question a politician fears being asked, it is this one. After announcing a decision to undertake a bold new and expensive development project, the question always arises, How are you going to pay for it? It shouldnt be a horror moment for politicians, but it is, and the reason is simple. They

The post A Politicians guide to the question, How are you going to pay for it? appeared first on The AIM Network.

10:57

"What Life Expected From Us..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way...

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
- Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"
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10:22

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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10:19

Fiona Reilly: Tuning Into Your Own Vibration "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuning Into Your Own Vibration

by Fiona Reilly; Wake Up World

Source: Rise Earth

There is such liberation and joy in finding ones own vibration and unleashing it fully in the world. Can you think of a time when you were in touch with and living true to you? A time when you were in your strength and power. What does it feel like? Strong, free, vibrant, playful, joyful, liberating, empowering these are some of the words that come to mind. Yet for many of us, remaining in touch with our own vibe is a challenge. The world is full of distraction and its easy to be pulled out into something other than our own truth and beingness.

In our current world there are so many influences that try to make us like everyone else. Ingrained social conditioning places much emphasis on doing and success is often based on things such as material gain and power. From an early age we are given roles that may not necessarily be in our best interest. We are encouraged to behave well, study hard, find a good job and make lots of money and so forth Society doesnt place much value on being, expressing or creativity just for the sake of it. Our own unique expression and vibration is not widely respected.

However, the full expression of our selves is so inspiring, fulfilling and worthwhile. We dont need others to tell us how to be or what to do, inside we have all our own answers. When we surrender and let go of any external demands, we can find true love and joy. Sometimes there is the temptation to look to the outer world to provide us with solutions and to be a source of our peace and happiness.



We may find being true to our own vibe difficult because of insecurities or lack of self....

10:08

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Newlanders. 

We have a few things for sale. Please text Mel on 0404 043 010 if you would like either of them.

Vintage Style Bike


This bike is suitable for a young person, it would suit someone from the age of 10 or 11. It's a great commuter bike, is only a year and a half old and has been serviced regularly. 
We'd like $50.00 for it.



Rear Mounted Bike Carrier

10:00

KPN Shows Support for NEO by Hosting a Consensus Node in Their Data Center "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

No one can deny cryptocurrency is about much more than just Bitcoin. That is a positive development, as Bitcoin is not perfect. Nor does it have all of the answers to our problems either. It is a good currency at times, but right now, its not in the best of shapes. As a result, mainstream companies are slowly showing an interest in other currencies. KPN, for example, has decided to host a dedicated NEO consensus node in their data center. An interesting decision by the Dutch telco.

There is an interesting future ahead for all currencies that are not Bitcoin. Especially those which offer something entirely different from established currencies. NEO is similar to Ethereum in some ways, yet completely different in other aspects. So far, this altcoin has seen great success throughout 2017. It seems that powerful trend will continue into early 2018. Especially when they have some big announcements to make in the coming months.

KPN Sees Merit in NEO and the Smart Economy

One of those announcements has to do with KPN. Most people know this company because its one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies to date. Surprisingly, KPN decided to hop on the NEO bandwagon. More specifically, the company will host an NEO consensus node within their data center. That in itself is a rather surprising development. Then again, the giant has shown an interest in NEO and the smart economy before. It seems they are only now putting their plans into action, which can have some interesting consequences.

One could argue this news has no major impact. At the same time, the telco giant purposefully chose this altcoin over all other cryptocurrencies on the market. They are seemingly not interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or XR. Instead, they want to support NEO and become a part of the smart economy. It is an interesting development which will have major consequences. What those consequences might be, is anybodys guess right now. It is a ma...

09:57

White-necked Petrel at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was an interesting day off Southport yesterday in a 25+kt northerly. Lots of birds although the north wind caused reduced diversity. Great numbers of Tahitis, a Kermadec and a showy White-necked Petrel in 60fths were the highlights.

09:14

Is your smartphone making you unhappy? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Journalists Resource) Theres abundant speculation that our smartphones make us less happy. Twitter: saps your attention. Facebook: fills you with FOMO. Email: your boss is barking directives again.

A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds science behind the speculation. The researchers, from the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia, conduct two experiments that show smartphone distractions reduce how much we enjoy one thing repeatedly shown to make humans happy: face-to-face social interactions.

In the first, 304 participants each had dinner with a small group of friends or family. Half were told to keep their smartphone handy for a questionnaire, which would arrive by text, about the meal. Half were asked to turn their phones to silent and stash them away, instructed that they would receive questions later by paper. After the meal, all participants answered questions about how much they enjoyed their social interactions, how connected they felt, how distracted or bored. Lastly, participants reported how much they used their mobile phones; this response was compared with video footage of the meal (participants consented to being recorded, but didnt know why they were being videotaped). This part of the study found that:

  • Participants who used their phones known as the phone condition reported significantly lower interest and enjoyment than those in the phoneless condition.
  • Participants in the phone condition reported feeling more distracted and slightly more bored.
  • We found that phone use had a small negative effect on well-being.

In the second experiment, the researchers surveyed 123 American public-university students by text message five times a day at random for a week, asking them how they were feeling and what they had been doing for the last 15 minutes. Over 41 percent of responses occurred while participants were interacting with someone face-to-face. While using their smartphones, these people reported feeling:

  • more distracted and more bored;
  • less interested in their int...

08:54

What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Network error

Paddy Manning

A good friend of mine lives in Healesville, in the Yarra Valley, about half an hour from the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Rural enough to be quiet. Close enough to get into the city for a big night out. With two kids and a comfortable home, Adam and his wife have a pretty typical family, internet-wise. The usual collection of phones, tablets, laptops and a smart TV jostle for access to the wi-fi router, pulling down Netflix, YouTube and Foxtel Go. They had an ADSL2+ plan that promised download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) at a cost of $65 a month, but never delivered more than 7 Mbps. The usual crap.

In late 2016, after almost eight years of laughable, hyper-partisan politics, Australias National Broadband Network (NBN) rolled into town. The young family was excited. A grey-green node, the size of a washing machine, popped up 350 metres away in the next street. Mysteriously, Adams internet speeds plunged. No problem: in January, he jumped on the NBN website, plugged in his address and confirmed he could get an NBN connection. He called his internet retailer to ask about their 100 Mbps NBN plan ($80 a month), and heres where the story gets interesting. They didnt want to sell him the 100 Mbps plan, recommending a 25 Mbps plan instead, and telling him the NBN had said that, for the coexistence period of 18 months (while ADSL and NBN technologies were running simultaneously), thered be a slowdown in NBN speeds. Curious, Adam called the NBN and was told that was rubbish, and he should definitely be able to get up to 100 Mbps at his address. He called the retailer back and ordered the 100 Mbps plan. Off-peak he is now getting 25 Mbps, but it fluctuates wildly, and at peak times in the evening he is getting between 2 and 8 Mbps worse than before. Adam chatted with an IT guy at work and found out broadband retailers were cutting corners it was all about something called CVC.

As it happens, that little acronym now represents one of the biggest problems facing the NBN: it stands for Connectivity Virtual Circuit and is the wholesale price per megabit that....

08:17

Marsupial fossil discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This 2016 video is called Extinct and Extant Australian Species.

From Palaeontologia Electronica:

Miminipossum notioplanetes, a Miocene forest-dwelling phalangeridan (Marsupialia; Diprotodontia) from northern and central Australia

ABSTRACT

Miminipossum notioplanetes represents a new Early/Middle Miocene family (Miminipossumidae) of phalangeridan possums recovered from the Two Trees Local Fauna from the Riversleigh World Heritage area in northwestern Queensland and the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna of the Tirari Desert in northern South Australia. Because of widespread convergence in key features of P3 and M1 among phalangeridan families, the interfamilial relationships of Miminipossumidae are uncertain. The age of the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna has been in doubt with estimates ranging from Late Oligocene to Middle Miocene. The new taxon raises to 15 the number of taxa in the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna that are shared with both...

08:00

January 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875....

08:00

How 'miscalculations may have made a 'prostak' out of Mr Holocaust "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How 'miscalculations may have made a 'prostak' out of Mr HolocaustThe Weisenthal Centre's "Mr Holocaust" is undermining the very Holocaust history he claims to support, writes Branko Miletic. read now...

07:53

Claim: Birds of Prey Deliberately Setting Wildfires "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall So much for fire control JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound

07:49

1) Yanto Awerkions trial adjourned again after prosecution witnesses fail to answer questions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Papua, Mimika to Jointly Get 10% of Freeport's Divested Shares

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1) Yanto Awerkions trial adjourned again after prosecution witnesses fail to answer questions 

JANUARY 12, 2018
  • Treason trial of Independence petitioner Yanto...

07:30

Gippsland Public Opinion: Climate Change Effects Everything "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The current opinions and priorities of Gippslanders are clearly shown by the Sustainability Victoria commissioned opinion poll on climate change in our region. The priorities from the top are public health 62%; jobs 62%; cost of living 55%; roads & transp. 50%; education 48% with climate change a lowly 21% languishing at the bottom!

A Sustainability Victoria employee described the survey as the social research is far beyond an opinion poll.  It is robust enough for results to be utilised in scientific literature. It is independent delivered with a sample size significant enough for the results to represent the wider population, and representative of all demographics (gender, age, education level, income, etc.). We conclude that the poll is reliable and that few Gippslanders realise all these aspects of our lives are affected in some way by human caused climate change.

Some of these aspects already threaten our way of lives or, in other words, are a public health matter. Extreme weather effects our health, whether it is the heat stress of heatwaves or the physical threat of bushfires and floods to our lives and property. Farmers during periods of extended dry face mental stress as do other workers whose jobs are put at risk by the clean energy disruption. These are but a few examples of climate changes direct or indirect effects on public health problems.

On the up side there are numerous reasons why we should rapidly change from dirty to clean energy. The Morwell open cut fire for instance was responsible for more fatalities than those caused by all the terrorist acts in Australia in over a century. The major industries, and thus employers, in the Gippsland region logging and fossil fuel are all operating on borrowed time. Others aspects such as jobs are being eroded by the disrupting solutions to climate change. Renewable Energy is a job boom area but jobs appear to be leaving the Latrobe Valley for elsewhere.

With regards the other high polling priorities in the survey the cost of living is affected in many ways. A few examples include insurance going up to cope with the damage costs of extreme weather events and the creeping costs to us all of the privatised (and heat stressed) power industry. With roads and transport climate change mea...

07:25

In which the pond kicks back its heels for a lazy recycling Sunday with the reptiles of the lizard Oz ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



This being the season that the pond routinely checks out the Academy screeners and decides on its vote, the pond got to brooding about the way intellectual content is now routinely snaffled and recycled.

How desperate are things getting in the reptile herpetarium?

Well, it takes some fair cheek not just to borrow The Economist's editorial, but then to run it alongside prattling Polonius - already covered by the pond - with the skew, "Ousting Trump is a fantasy", and "be careful what you wish for."

Everybody's sharing content these days - the AFR, for example, has shamelessly pillaged and recycled stories from the NY Review of Books.

Last Thursday the pond was astonished to discover a two page spread for G. W. Bowersock's review of Gary Wills' book, entitled The Voice of God (at the NYRB here, now inside the paywall), dressed up for the AFR's 'summer review' as No Basis for a Holy War. 

The original had been published 7th December last year, while the mouldy, green with age reprint landed in the AFR on 11th January 2018.

Of course Wills himself had set that particular hare running way back in March 2016 in the NYRB with My Koran Problem  (inside the paywall) but that's another story...

Now the reptiles at least have the decency to do their pillaging and grave-robbing in a fresh and timely manner ......

07:19

As more national governments veer towards fascism the level of danger Facebook presents rises "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Trump Regime is busy dismantling democratic checks and balances in the United States, the May Government in Britain is handing powers of arrest to certain multinational corporations and in Australia federal and state right-wing politicians slavishly ape Republican and Conservative policies.

Rabid nationalism, religious extremism, contrived xenophobia, authoritarianism, contempt for human rights and disdain for democratic processes appear to be the order of the day for too many political leaders in too many 'western' countries around the world.

Smack bang in the middle of this political miasma is a vast and powerful IT multinational which wouldnt recognise an ethic if it fell over it.

How long before the aims of modern day fascism and Facebook Inc merge?

Public Integrity, 31 July 2017:

When Chicago resident Carlo Licata joined Facebook in 2009, he did what the 390 million other users of the worlds largest social network had already done: He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names.

But what Licata, now 34, didnt know was that every time he was tagged, Facebook stored his digitized face in its growing database.

Angered this was done without his knowledge, Licata sued Facebook in 2015 as part of a class action lawsuit fi...

07:00

The Sunrise Swimmers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nearly two years ago I loosely started a project as a way of reconnecting to a city I hadnt called home for a really long time. All I knew is, it would involve a camera and the ocean. As time Continue reading

06:48

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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06:00

Day to Day Politics: Him or Him? What do you think? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Sunday 14 January 2018 With the likelihood of an election this year its time for the Australian people to seriously decide what it is they want in the way of governance. Do they want a continuation of the sort of politics as expressed by both Abbott and Turnbull or another three years, or do they

The post Day to Day Politics: Him or Him? What do you think? appeared first on The AIM Network.

05:56

DOJ unseals indictment involving Uranium One scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Department of Justice unsealed an 11-count indictment on Friday to a former DoD intelligence analyst-turned uranium transportation executive who stands accused of a bribery and money laundering scheme involving a Russian nuclear official connected to the Uranium One deal. 

The indictment corroborates a November report by The Hill that an FBI mole deeply embedded in the Russian uranium industry had gathered extensive evidence of the scheme.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russias State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.

According to the indictment, beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at Transportation Corporation A to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX. DOJ

While the indictment lists Lamberts company as Transportation Corporation A, a simple search reveals that Lambert is the co-President of DAHER-TLI, the leading front end freight forwarding company dedicated to Nuclear Cargo, according to its website.

In 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a letter to Lambert with findings that TLI had exported plutonium in excess of the maximum quantity and type applied for and licensed, and exported Australian obligated material, which was not authorized under license conditions.

Prior to his 26 year tenure in the transportation industry 20 of which have been with TLI, Mr. Lambert was an Arabic Linguist for the Navy for five years, and a Senior...

05:11

Liberal Zionists cant talk about the shooting of Mohammed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As everyone knows, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped a heavily-armed Israeli soldier occupying her property in Nabi Saleh on December 15, and was arrested a few days later. She has now spent over three weeks in prison.

Ahed Tamimi, right, confronting an Israeli soldier at her home in occupied Nabi Saleh on Dec. 15, 2017. 

What many people do not know is that the young womans confrontation followed within hours the shooting by an Israeli soldier of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, during a demonstration. A rubber bullet entered his head under his nose and got lodged in his skull; a family member told Al Jazeera blood poured from his head like a fountain.

Last week Haaretz posted a moving video, below, of an interview with Mohammed in which he states that he was going to a protest of Trumps Jerusalem announcement on his villages lands when he was shot by a soldier he did not see; that he underwent a six-hour operation and spent a week in a (medically-induced) coma; and that he cannot go out of the house for the next few months because he now lacks bone in part of his skull.

The liberal Zionist group J Street has now posted two anguished blogposts about Ahed Tamimi slapping the soldier. Neither mentions the injuries to Mohammed Tamimi.

The head of J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, did a post on Ahed Tamimi in late December that related mixed feelings about the episode, but expressed greater sympathy for the Israeli soldiers than for the young Palestinian:

On the one hand, we truly honor and respect t...

05:00

Professor Claims Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Are Equal Threats "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Are Islamophobia and anti-Semitism comparable? Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, senior lecturer in history at Kings College London, maintains that the answer is yes. Zia-Ebrahimi recently made this argument with a talk co-sponsored by Harvard Universitys Saudi-funded Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and titled, When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialisation in Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Speaking []

02:44

Trump joins the EU "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The lead item on the BBC News website this morning was:


Iran's "anger" at Trump was the BBC's main angle on the story, which concerns the US's imposition of sanctions on the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani.

As so often with BBC reports you have to go elsewhere to find the context to the news, including answers to such questions as 'Is the US move merely a whim of Donald Trump's?'.

The answer to that question turns out to be 'no'. The White House is merely joining the E.U., which sanctioned Ayatollah Larijani in 2012 for personally approving and overseeing the imposition of horrific punishments: 

Those sanctions are still in force (being separate to those relating to Irans nuclear programme, lifted back in 2016). 

...

02:09

7 Protesters Arrested After Sit-In At Rep. Steny Hoyers Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

The protesters were demanding to meet with the Southern Maryland lawmaker about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. A group of about 12 protesters gathered in Hoyers office Thursday afternoon and refused to leave. They carried photos of Yemeni children, and some had their hands painted red. They were motivated by desperation and frustration that people continue to die in Yemen, said David Bradbury, an Australian filmmaker who attended the protest. Years of war have devastated the country and about 75 percent of the its population is in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. The Yemeni childrens poorest country has faced sustained bombings and famine. The protesters believed that Hoyer has not used his pivotal, crucial role in Congress to spur the necessary action, Bradbury said. Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said the group was charged with unlawful entry.

01:21

The true price of accepting Chinese cash Chinas debt-trap diplomacy snares our Asian neighbours "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It wasnt long ago that local entrepreneurs in Sri Lankas remote Hambantota district were running white elephant tours of the sleepy towns Chinese-funded, multi-billion-dollar attractions.

They would start at the international airport dubbed the emptiest airport in the world and move on to the port with no ships, and finally the cricket stadium.

In symbolism not lost on the home team, wildlife officers were deployed at the last international match there in July to keep elephants from the ground.

What else was there to do but laugh at the obscene folly of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who in 2009, flush with success from his brutal suppression of a 27-year Tamil insurgency, sought to cement his legacy in eponymous vanity projects in his home town of 11,000 people on the countrys southern tip?

When international lenders baulked at the project, Rajapaksa turned to the country least interested in his governments poor human rights and corruption record, and most eager to lend money: China.

Nine years on, and few in Hambantota or anywhere in Sri Lanka for that matter are laughing.

Last month, Hambantota Port was handed over to a Chinese state-owned company under a 99-year lease deal widely cited as a cautionary tale on the debt legacy of Chinese investment in Asia and the Pacific.

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

The $US1.1 b...

00:36

Ed Brubakers Fatale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, colours by Dave Stewart, Fatale Book 1: Death Chases Me (Image 2012)
colours by Dave Stewart,  Book 2: The Devils Business (Image 2012)
colours by Elizabeth Breitweiser and Dave Stewart, Book 3: West of Hell (Image 2013)
- colours by Elizabeth Breitweiser, Book 4: Pray for Rain (Image 2014)
- colours by Elizabeth Breitweiser, Book 5: Curse the Demon (Image 2012)

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I read the Book 1 of Fatale a while back, and was unimpressed. When my son recently offered to lend me all five volumes, I decided to give it another go. I reread Book 1 to refresh my memory, and am embarrassed to say that I had almost no memory of the first reading, and this time I enjoyed it a lot. My blog post from back then describes it pretty accurately:

Its a detective yarn combined with a Lovecraftian horror story. The telling is satisfyingly complex, shifting back and forth between two time periods and only gradually revealing the nature of the dilemmas facing the the le...

00:16

New public register published as part of a federal crackdown on non-complying day care centres "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This month the Turnbull Government published a new public register as part of its crackdown on fraud in the day care sector.

Australian Department of Education, Child Care Enforcement Action Register. 6 January 2018:

The Child Care Enforcement Action Register is a list of services that have been the subject of a sanction and/or immediate suspension under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (the Administration Act).

In accordance with section 201B of the Administration Act, the Department of Education and Training (the department) publishes a list of services that have been sanctioned under section 200 and/or suspended under section 201A of that Act. Information published on this page only relates to those enforcement actions permitted to be published under the Family Assistance Law (FAL).

The department has established the Child Care Enforcement Action Register because it considers that information on sanctions should be available to the public. Information about the responsibilities and obligations of approved child care services and the FAL can be found on the departments website.

The information relates to enforcement action taken by the department between 1 July 2016 and 30 September 2017.

...

Saturday, 13 January

22:55

Romper Stomper Pulls On Its Boots Again (But Forgets To Thread Its Laces) "IndyWatch Feed National"

WARNING : CONTAINS SPOILERS Everything that needs be said about Stans new drama Romper Stomper has likely already been said, but for what its worth I thought Id throw my two cents in. To begin with, I suppose I should Continue reading

22:43

Chief Justice Bathurst again uses Supreme Court for personal grievance and vendetta against journalist Shane Dowling #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The NSW Supreme Court, with CJ Bathursts finger prints all over it, denied me a fee waiver when I tried to file a Notice of Motion on Friday (12-1-18) on the basis that the Registrar said it was scandalous and had little chance of success which is a blatant denial of natural justice. The order []

22:11

House Sitters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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HOUSE-SITTERS AVAILABLE FOR ONE WEEK LATE JANUARY 

A family of four (2 adults and 2 kids) are looking to house-sit in the northern suburbs from 19 to 25/26 Jan. Super-reliable and friendly family from Paris (visiting friends in the area) who will take good care of things while you are away. 

Please call Anne-Louise Craven if you need someone to house-sit your place for a few days (it doesn't need to be the whole time) 0412 950 815. 

Thanks so much!

22:10

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi all,

For sale is an IKEA KURA loft bed. 

Here are all the details:


Its in good used condition. Marks and scratches present. 

It is partially dismantled for easy transport. I can disassembled the whole bed if required. I kept the slats together as it takes a long time to put...

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.

21:51

One of the Biggest Crypto Exchanges Goes Dark and Users Are Getting Nervous "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bloomberg

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By Camila Russo

January 12, 2018, 2:39 PM EST

One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.

Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based companys website.

We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade, according to a status update on Krakens website posted seven hours ago. This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.

In previous updates, Kraken mentioned its working on unexpected and delicate issues and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, were not proud of it.....

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])....

21:39

Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, January 14, 2017 The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 65

Art: The Charge to Peter by James Tissot

Reading 1  1 SM 3:3B-10, 19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am.
Samuel ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me.
I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep.
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
Here I am, he said. You called me.
But Eli answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am. You called me.
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant is listening.

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Responsorial Psalm PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
...

21:37

21:31

Iran says will retaliate against US sanctions on chief judge Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

DUBAI (Reuters) Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to fix a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 10, 2018. REUTERSAlexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the terrible flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Irans judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

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Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani

The Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic, Irans Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

On Friday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trumps decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

20:17

Making a dinosaur fossil in your own home "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2017 video is called Massospondylus | Learn Dinosaur Facts | Dinosaur Cartoons for Children | Im A Dinosaur.

From the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa:

Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossil in your own home

CT-scan study makes it possible to 3-D print and study the skull of the dinosaur species Massospondylus that roamed South Africa 200 million years ago in your own home

January 12, 2018

The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world.

Kimi Chapelle, a PhD student at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits), has used the Wits MicroFocus CT facility to peer inside the skull of the dinosaur Massospondylus.

Chapelle was able to use the CT facility to rebuild every bone of Massospondyluss cranium, and to even look at tiny features like nerves exiting the brain and the balance organs of the inner ear. Her research is published today in the open-access journal, PeerJ.

Along with the paper, which is open for anybody to download and read, a 3D surface file of the skull is av...

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.
...

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 Allstate"

"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 Allstate"

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.

16:04

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

...

16:02

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

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.

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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...

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